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Ruby Whipkey

January 9, 1922 - December 8, 2016

Ruby A. Whipkey, 94 formerly of Rock Falls, died Thursday, December 08, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Ruby was born on January 9, 1922 in Plainfield, IA, the daughter of Craig and Iva (Losee) Wilson. She married George Whipkey on November 13, 1945 in Waverly, IA. He preceded her in death on April 3, 2003. She worked at Highway 30 Grocery Store for 20 years. Survivors include her two...
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James O. Green , Sr.

February 16, 1947 - December 6, 2016

James O. Green, Sr., 69 of Sterling, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. James was born on February 16, 1947 in Chicago, the son of James J. and Ruth (Ziegler) Green. He is a United States Navy Veteran and served in the War in Vietnam. James married Pamela Hammer on August 18, 1967 in Rock Falls, IL. Survivors include his wife, Pamela; one daughter, Melissa ...
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Lois A. Winge

October 5, 1932 - December 5, 2016

Lois Ann Winge, 84 of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lois was born October 5, 1932 in Ruthton, MN, to Marius and Orphah (Aaker) Svendsen. She married Lyle Winge on June 13, 1953 in Dawson, MN. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. She graduated from Dawson High School in 1950. She was a loving wife and mother and devoted...
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Stephen Pierce

December 9, 1946 - December 5, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Stephen D. Pierce, 69 died Monday December 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 9, 1946 in Sterling, the son of Donald Leroy and Virginia Mae (Hancock) Pierce. He was employed at the former Lawrence Brothers in Sterling and later worked as a control room operator in the jail at the Whiteside County Sheriff Department in Morrison for 19 years. ...
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Helen Latta

October 24, 1927 - December 2, 2016

Helen Latta, 89, Boonville, MO, died at her home on December 2, 2016. Helen was born on October 24, 1927, the daughter of James and Minnie (Burke) Burkett. She married Kenneth Latta on August 3, 1945 in Chicago, he proceeded her in death on April 11, 2005. Survivors include one daughter, Kalah (Julian Dingly Sr.) Foy of Missouri; one sister, Lena Willman of Rock Falls; one brother,...
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Betty L. Abbott

November 24, 1925 - December 1, 2016

FULTON – Betty L. Abbott, 91 of Fulton died December 1, 2016 at the Alverno in Clinton, IA. Betty was born on November 24, 1925, the second child of George Dewey and Lotus Martin (Martin) Briggs in rural Piatt County, IL. She attended a rural one room country grade school and graduated from high school, third in her class, from Weldon, IL high school in 1942. She attended Brown Business...
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Norma M. Wise

May 5, 1938 - November 30, 2016

Norma M. Wise, 78 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at her home. Norma was born on May 5, 1938 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Harold F. and Parolee (Raynor) Stone. She married Alva R. Wise, Jr on June 10, 1956 in Walnut. Norma worked at Hartz Jeweler in Sterling for 15 years. Survivors include her husband, Alva; two daughters, Katherine Tysdale of Cecilia, LA and Carolyn ...
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Joyce M. Conboy

October 27, 1918 - November 30, 2016

Joyce M. Conboy, age 98, of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Morningside of Sterling. Joyce was born October 27, 1918 in Rock Falls. She married John Conboy on November 20, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1975. Joyce was a farm wife and loved to play cards, cook and dance. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. In her...
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Raymond R. Bielema

September 25, 1919 - November 29, 2016

Raymond Ralph Bielema, 97, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the nursing home. He was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Fulton to Jacob R. and Alice (VanderSchaaf) Bielema. He was educated in the Smith Grade School of rural Whiteside County, Illinois. He married Belva Jean Wierenga on Feb. 28, 1947. They raised three sons in the Fulton home built in 1947 by Belva...
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Harold John Hagenow

August 18, 1926 - November 26, 2016

Harold J. Hagenow, 90, of Quincy died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was born August 18, 1926 in Bremer County, Iowa the son of John and Winnie (Jans) Hagenow. He married Frieda Wolters on March 3, 1950 in Denver, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 6, 2007. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II in the Philippines. He worked in sales...
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Gertrude E. Puels

September 13, 1913 - November 26, 2016

Gertrude E. Puels, 103, of Rock Falls passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born September 13, 1913 in Lyndon Township, she was the daughter of Miles and Elizabeth (Meyers) Hannis. She married Allen H. Puels on June 3, 1936 in Morrison. He died February 6, 2002. Gert attended the rural Whiteside schools and graduated from Morrison High School in 1931. ...
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Betty M. Hammelman

August 3, 1923 - November 25, 2016

Betty M. Hammelman, 93 of Sterling, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Franklin Grove Nursing Home. Betty was born on August 3, 1923 in Champaign, IL, the daughter of Earl and Emma (Mahan) Beightler. She married Ralph Hammelman on April 14, 1944 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1996. Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing. She loved spending time with her...
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Eugene W. Middleton

May 6, 1932 - November 24, 2016

Eugene W. Middleton, 84, of Morrison, died Thursday morning, November 24, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Born May 6, 1932 in Morrison he was the son of Wesley Albert and Margaret (Thielen) Middleton. He married Phyllis DeVries on November 9, 1960 in Morrison. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2007. He worked at General Electric in Morrison for 34 years in maintenance and...
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Carol L. Creekpaum

February 27, 1945 - November 24, 2016

Carol L. Creekpaum, born February 27, 1945 in Mt. Carroll to Lawrence and Mary Lego, peacefully passed away November 24, 2016 at St. Anthony's in Rockford surrounded by her children. She married James Cox in 1963; they had two daughters. She later married Walter Creekpaum in Rock Falls in 1967, where they raised six children together. He preceded her in death in December of 2011. During...
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Jean Tubbs

December 20, 1933 - November 23, 2016

Jean Tubbs, 82 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Regency Care of Sterling. Jean was born on December 20, 1933 in Hoxie, AR, the daughter of Paul and Bertha (Collins) Songer. She married Marvin C. Tubbs on September 16, 1950 in Hoxie, AR. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2007. Jean worked for CGH as a switchboard operator for around 35 years. Surviving are one...
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Juanita G. Casas

June 12, 1928 - November 22, 2016

Juanita G. Casas, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Juanita was born June 12, 1928 in Pettus, Texas the daughter of Juan and Antonia (Garza) Garcia. She married Esteban Casas. She was employed at Mercy Hospital in Aurora for thirteen years retiring in 1991. Survivors include two daughters, Isabel (Robert Sharp) Hoffman of Hemet,...
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Alice C. Garland

June 1, 1921 - November 19, 2016

Alice C. Garland Alice C. Garland, age 95, died Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Dixon Health Care Center. Alice was born June 1, 1921 in Flint, Mich. the daughter of Eustace and Mabel (Thurm) Wilson. She married David H. Garland on August 26, 1939 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on March 21, 1994. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. Survivors...
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Michael R. Feldthouse

March 18, 1979 - November 18, 2016

Michael R. Feldthouse, 37, of Manteca, CA formerly of Sterling died Friday, November 18, 2016 following injuries from an automobile accident near Mojave, Calif. Michael was born March 18, 1979 in Sterling, a son of Michael D. and Linda K. (Williams) Feldthouse. He married Rebecca Jo Sumner on September 15, 2001 at Como Baptist Church in Sterling. Michael worked for Waste Management as a...
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Charlotte Woodin

November 2, 1921 - November 18, 2016

Charlotte E. Woodin, 95, of Milledgeville died November 18, 2016 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford. She was born November 2, 1921 in Sterling the daughter of Rufus and Maye (Coats) Capp and was a 1940 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Earl L. Woodin on June 20, 1943 in Polo, IL. She was a homemaker all of her life and helped her husband with the running of his business,...
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Terry L. Colcord

December 6, 1960 - November 16, 2016

DIXON – Terry Lee Colcord, age 55, of Dixon passed away peacefully, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Polo Healthcare Center, Polo. Terry was born December 6, 1960 in Morrison the son of Terry and Linda (Wilson) Colcord. He graduated from Polo Community High School in 1979. He immediately started working for Plews Edelmann Company. Terry was employed with the company for 30 years, starting in...
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Nellie J. Commisso

October 19, 1927 - November 16, 2016

Nellie Jean Commisso, 89, of Sterling, died Wednesday morning, November 16, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born October 19, 1927 in Polo she was the daughter of Guilford and Ruby (Wiegle) Eller. She married Joe Commisso in 1948. He died in 1987. Nellie taught at Central Elementary School and Wallace Elementary School in Sterling for many years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church...
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Ruth E. Carew

September 7, 1925 - November 15, 2016

Ruth E. Carew Ruth E. Carew, age 91, of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Ruth was born September 7, 1925 in Chadwick the daughter of Wayne and Mary (Miller) Plummer. She married Paul Carew on December 28, 1945 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2000. She was employed as a chef at Emerald Hill Country Club for 35 years. Ruth was a member of...
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Randy C. Hacker

March 21, 1955 - November 15, 2016

Randy C. Hacker, age 61 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Randy was born on March 21, 1955 in Princeton, the son of Lauren and Marjorie (Hawksworth) Hacker. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1973. Randy was a cook for the Wagonwheel for many years. Randy was a long-time loyal Chicago Cub's fan. He had a love for music, especially guitar, enjoyed...
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Sharon Callaghan

January 19, 1938 - November 14, 2016

Sharon Welch Callaghan Born January 19, 1938; died November 14, 2016. Sharon spent her early years at Welchwold, the family farm in Deer Grove, Illinois. She attended St. Mary's school in Sterling and later moved to Winnetka, where she graduated from New Trier High School. Sharon received a scholarship to attend Manhattanville College and graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart. ...
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Guadalupe Garcia

April 29, 1943 - November 13, 2016

Guadalupe Garcia, 73 of Rock Falls died Sunday November 13, 2016 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. She was born on April 29, 1943 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico the daughter of Arturo and Guadalupe (Campos) Zamores. She married P. John Garcia on February 6, 1965 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was a member St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls and a dedicated volunteer serving in the chapel....
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Raymond L. Vesel

February 27, 1927 - November 13, 2016

STERLING- Raymond L. Vesel 89, of rural Sterling, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Born February 27, 1927 in Greenwood, Wisconsin, he was the son of John and Margaret (Schutte) Vesel. He married Delores Weyneth in 1952 in Wausau, Wisc. Raymond was a US Navy veteran serving proudly in WW II as a Naval Helmsman. He was employed most of his adult life by Metal...
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John W. Abbadusky

January 26, 1942 - November 12, 2016

LYNDON- John W. Abbadusky, 74, of Lyndon, died Saturday morning, November 12, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Born January 26, 1942 in Monmouth he was a son of Forrest and Elsie (Kline) Abbadusky. He married Judy Pinney in 1961. He later married Beth Detra in 1966. He worked for Pemberthy in Prophetstown for 25 years. John was a member of the Rock River Valley Barbershoppers, 1st...
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Carol Williamson

December 10, 1929 - November 11, 2016

Carol J. Williamson, 86, of Sterling, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born December 10, 1929 in Dixon, she was a daughter of Henry and Gladys (Baker) Fisher. She married Leo Williamson in February 1947 at Rock Falls Christian Church and he preceded her in death in 1993. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening and bowling. Carol loved taking trips to the casino and...
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Ernest W. Topping, Jr.

December 11, 1931 - November 8, 2016

DIXON – Ernest Wright Topping Jr., 84, of Dixon, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, to Ernest Sr. and Lilly (Lundquist) Topping. He married Doris Jones on Feb. 28, 1952, in Rock Falls. She passed away Aug. 25, 1987. He married Gayle MacLennan Cunningham of Rock Falls on Nov. 26, 1988. He served in the Navy from 1949 to 1953 aboard the heavy cruiser USS Albany, CA 123....
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Rena L. Mannon

July 27, 1931 - November 8, 2016

Rena L. Mannon, age 85 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Rena was born on July 27, 1931 in Chadwick, the daughter of Arthur M. and Pearl (Queckboerner) Lott, Sr. She married Paul V. Mannon on April 28, 1951; he preceded her in death on January 29, 2002. Rena was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Lyndon and...
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Lonna M. Waters

October 13, 1959 - November 7, 2016

Lonna Mae Waters, 57 died Monday November 7, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on October 13, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Alfred Junior and Janet Marie (Barkdoll) Waters. Survivors include her four sisters: Lynn (William) Vinson of Prophetstown, Lauri Walker of Harrisville, UT, LeAnne (Michael) Wade of Sterling and Lisa (David) Turner of Rock Falls and several...
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Marjorie Wetzell

August 17, 1930 - November 5, 2016

TAMPICO, IL – Marjorie A. Wetzell, 86 died Saturday November 5, 2016 at Prophets Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. She was born on August 17, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of Lowell and Ethel (Mathis) Lewis and was a 1948 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Harold Oscar Wetzell on September 5, 1948 in Tampico. He died on August 4, 2015. Marjorie helped her late...
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Pauline Jennifer Juarez

January 14, 1976 - November 4, 2016

Pauline Jennifer Juarez, age 44 of Sterling, died Friday, November 04, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Pauline was born on January 14, 1972 in Sterling, the daughter of Paul and Barbara (Chesnek) Juarez. Survivors include her parents of Sterling; one brother, Carlos Juarez (Lauri Schirtzinger) of Columbus, OH; two sisters, Anna Juarez (Carlos Garza) of Sterling and Casey Juarez (Albert Benson...
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Nick G. Hughes

August 7, 1931 - November 3, 2016

STERLING- Nick G. Hughes, 85, of Sterling, died Thursday, November 4, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born August 7, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa he was a son of John and Irene Hughes. He married Nancee Hauser on January 22, 1955 in Fort Meyer, VA. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2012. He served proudly in the US Army and was a pharmacist at the US Pentagon during his military service. ...
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Lola Pyron

May 21, 1923 - November 2, 2016

Lola Pyron, age 93, of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Lola was born May 21, 1923 in Phillips County, Ark. the daughter of William and Myra (Crow) Berry. She married Wilburn Pyron on September 23, 1939 in Phillips County, Ark. She lived and raised her children here then retired to Ark. She moved back to the area in 1996. Lola was a member of Como Baptist...
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Lori J. Lewis

January 22, 1959 - October 30, 2016

Lori June Lewis, age 57 of Sterling, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at home. Lori was born on January 22, 1959 in Exeter, Rhode Island, the daughter of Edwin Whitford and Jean Dawson. She was employed by National Manufacturing for over 5 years. Survivors include her daughter, Tasha Lewis of Sterling; her son, Joe Lewis of Sterling; sister, Joanne Pimentel of Coventry, RI; two...
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Norma J. Wilson

July 2, 1933 - October 29, 2016

Norma J. Wilson, age 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Norma was born July 2, 1933 in Willowton, W.V. the daughter of Charles and Emma Mae (Melvin) Thomas. She married Leo Wilson, Sr. on February 8, 1957 in Quincy. He preceded her in death in February of 1976. She was a school bus driver for 16 years. Survivors include seven daughters, Glenda...
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Paul H. Stewart, Sr.

August 2, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Paul H. Stewart, Sr., 74, of Sterling, died on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Chalet Nursing and Rehab Center in Chicago. Born August 2, 1942, in Sterling he was a son of Harold and Hazel (Oltman) Stewart. He married Waldena Gibbs on October 27, 1963. They were married for 25 years. Paul owned and operated Paul Stewart Home Construction for many years. He was a member of Immanuel...
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Paul H. Stewart, Sr.

August 2, 1942 - October 27, 2016

STERLING- Paul H. Stewart, Sr., 74, of Sterling, died on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Chalet Nursing and Rehab Center in Chicago. Born August 2, 1942, in Sterling he was a son of Harold and Hazel (Oltman) Stewart. He married Waldena Gibbs on October 27, 1963. They were married for 25 years. Paul owned and operated Paul Stewart Home Construction for many years. He was a member of...
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Nellie M. Hayden

January 7, 1926 - October 27, 2016

Nellie May Hayden, age 90 of Sterling, died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Nellie was born on Jan 7, 1926 in Eldorado, IL, the daughter of Harry and Lillie (Young) Hayden. She enjoyed fishing and cooking and loved her animals. Survivors include one son, Timothy Sweet of Texas; granddaughters, Denise (Joe) Schneiderbauer of Sterling, Sheryl (Scott) Howard of...
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Vernon L. "Sonny" Rosenow

December 7, 1928 - October 27, 2016

STERLING – Vernon L. "Sonny" Rosenow, age 87, died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Vernon was born on December 7, 1928 in Manlius the son of Henry and Clara (Thompson) Rosenow. He married Dorothy Rayborn on June 26, 1948 in Rock Falls. She died December 12, 2003. Vernon was employed as a Truck Driver with National Cylinder Gas and General Cartage, later driving...
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Catherine "Marge" Spotts

April 29, 1926 - October 26, 2016

STERLING –Catherine M. "Marge" Spotts, age 90, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society Prophets Riverview, Prophetstown. Marge was born on April 29, 1926 in Sterling the daughter of Clarence and Eileen (Petri) Hellem. She married Lester August Spotts on June 9, 1946. He died August 2, 1993. Marge was employed as a Secretary with General Cartage, RB&W and Wahl Clipper in...
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E. Sue Myers

August 21, 1934 - October 25, 2016

E. Sue Myers, 82, of Rock Falls, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion surrounded by her loving family. Born August 21, 1934 in Rock Falls she was a daughter of John and Josephine (Van Dyke) Mc Beth. She married Ronald D. Myers on March 23, 1957 in Rock Falls. Sue was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church. She was a telephone operator with Illinois Bell for many...
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Adela R. Loso

October 4, 1928 - October 21, 2016

Adela R. Loso, age 88 of Rock Falls, died Friday, October 21, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Adela was born on October 4, 1928 in Colombia. She married David Loso. Adela was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include her two sons, Teddy Loso Phd of Cape Girardau, MO and Donald (Edna) Loso of Mt. Morris, IL; two...
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Karl W. Kilberg

November 10, 1934 - October 21, 2016

Karl W. Kilberg Karl W. Kilberg, age 81, of Sterling, died Friday, October 21, 2016 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Karl was born November 10, 1934 in Sterling the son of Karl and Margaret (Wiersema) Kilberg. He married Beth Myers on June 26, 1954 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on February 24, 2011. He was employed at the Eureka Funeral Coach Factory in Rock...
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RoseAnn Castillo

August 14, 1956 - October 20, 2016

STERLING – Our courageous daughter, sister and aunt, Rose Ann Castillo, age 60 went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 20, 2016 at Serenity Hospice in Oregon, IL. She was born on August 14, 1956 in Sterling, the daughter of Pablo and Severina (Rodriguez) Castillo. Rose Ann was a life long and faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Surviving include her parents,...
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Leonard W. Gilbert

January 23, 1937 - October 20, 2016

Leonard W. Gilbert Leonard Wayne Gilbert, age 79, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Leonard was born on January 23, 1937 in Polo, the son of Harold and Bertha (Wisler) Gilbert. He is a United States Veteran of the National Guard. He married Anita Drane. Leonard was employed by Reliant/RB & W for 36 years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed boating,...
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Gregory A. Hemminger

July 9, 1956 - October 19, 2016

Gregory A. Hemminger, age 60, of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Greg was born July 9, 1956 in Sterling the son of Burton and Doris (Sutton) Hemminger. He was employed by the Sterling Park District and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include three brothers, Dennis (Lorna) Hemminger, Mark Hemminger and Michael ...
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Manuel Gonzalez

September 10, 1937 - October 19, 2016

STERLING – Manuel L. Gonzalez, 79 of Sterling died Wednesday October 19, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on September 10, 1937 in Dixon, the son of Juan and Antonia (Magana) Gonzalez. Manuel had served in the US Airforce from 1957 – 1961. He married Jean Adams on September 9, 1961 in Halifax, NC. Manuel was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 34 ½ years...
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Esdell Dwain Foster

August 30, 1943 - October 18, 2016

Esdell "Dwain" Foster, age 73, of Rockford, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Aperion Care in Amboy. Dwain was born August 30, 1943 in Jonesboro, Ark. the son of Manford and Sally (McKalip) Foster. He married Barbara Burall on June 13, 1964. She preceded him in death on July 11, 2004. He was employed at Frantz Manufacturing for 25 years. Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Foster of...
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Roselyn T. Vavra

July 5, 1918 - October 16, 2016

Vavra, Roselyn T. (nee Parr) age 98, at rest Sunday, October 16. Devoted wife of the late Jerry; Loving mother of Beverly (the late John) Gelwicks; cherished grandmother of 5, great grandmother of 7 and great-great grandmother of 2; dear daughter of the late Charles and Angelina (nee Porzico) Parr; sister of Robert (Barbara) Parr and the late Edward (the late Mary) Parr. Resting at...
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Gwendolyn R. Fritsch

November 5, 1929 - October 15, 2016

Gwendolyn R. Fritsch, 86, of Rock Falls, died unexpectedly, Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Sterling with her daughter Connie and Son in law Tom at her side. Born November 5, 1929 in Hamilton Township, she was a daughter of Charles L. and Ethel Eilene (Renner) Fritz, and was raised by her grandparents, Glenn and Ethel Renner. On August 3, 1947 she was married to Conrad "Connie" Schmidt and later...
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Elnora Mae Hinrichs

November 3, 1924 - October 14, 2016

STERLING – Elnora Hinrichs, age 91, died Friday, October 14, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Elnora was born on November 3, 1924 in Fulton the daughter of David and Alice (Smith) Wierema. She married Glenn Hinrichs on April 18, 1945 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1985. Elnora was a homemaker and member of First Lutheran Church of West Jordon, Sterling. ...
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Dorothy J. Foy

November 3, 1927 - October 14, 2016

Dorothy Jean Foy, age 88 formerly of Rock Falls, died Friday, October 14, 2016 at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. Dorothy was born on November 3, 1927 in Patoka, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Edith (Hicks) Forehand. She married Jack Foy, he preceded her in death on February 6, 1987. Dorothy was a longtime member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. She was an avid walker...
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Terry Eberly

March 30, 1937 - October 12, 2016

Terry Eberly, age 79 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, IL. Terry was born on March 30, 1937, the son of Robert and Clara (Quimby) Bryant. He is a United States Army Veteran. Terry married Shirley Moore on June8, 1954. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirley; one son, Gary Eberly of Rock Falls; two sisters, Delores (Gary)...
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Jacinda Phillips

October 11, 1964 - October 12, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Jacinda Phillips, age 52, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Jacinda was born on October 11, 1964 in Sterling the daughter of Cecil Clyde and Emma Jane (Dixon) Phillips. She was formerly employed as an Assisitant Manager with Wal Mart for 8 years. Survivors include, one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Dalke of Rock Falls; one son, Jefry Alan...
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Judith A. Barger

February 19, 2016 - October 11, 2016

Judith A. (Royer) Barger, 70, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford surrounded by her loving family. Born February 19, 1946 in Sterling she was a daughter of Floyd and Evelyn (Silvey) Royer. She married Walter Lee Barger, Sr. on September 23, 1965 in Canton, Ohio. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2006. She attended Harvest Time Bible...
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Cleora J. Roth

April 28, 1930 - October 11, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Cleora J. Roth, passed away Monday October 10, 2016 at her home at the age of 86. She was born April 28, 1930 at her family home at 312 West 3rd Street in Prophetstown, IL the daughter of Lester B. "Buck" and Florence (Adams) Roth. Cleo, as she was known to family and friends lived in the family home her entire life. Cleo's grandfather, Henry C. Adams and his brother Fred,...
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Larry "Butch" Bender

April 15, 1942 - October 10, 2016

Butch Bender, age 74, of Prophetstown, died October 10, 2016 after a two-year battle with cancer. Butch was born April 15, 1942 in Sterling, IL son of Leroy and Lorraine (Stephenson) Bender. He entered the US Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1962. He was a member of Battery A First Missile Battalion 65th Artillery. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He later married Juanita...
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June Rae Van Drew

June 15, 1947 - October 9, 2016

ROCK FALLS – June R. Van Drew, 69 of Rock Falls died Sunday October 9, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 15, 1947 in Sterling the daughter of Raymond and Mary (VonHolten) Wuebben. She married Larry Van Drew on November 11, 1965 in Rock Falls. He died May 18, 2002. June was employed as a beautician for many years and of last at Smart Style at Walmart in Sterling. She was a member of Rock...
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Phillip H. Christensen

November 7, 1937 - October 6, 2016

Phillip H. Christensen, Sr., age 78 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Phillip was born on November 7, 1937 in Harmon, the son of Harry and Marie (Garland) Christensen. He married Sally Sword on July 3, 1971 in Rock Falls. He worked as a laborer for Local 727 for over 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Sally; six children, Brenda (Patrick)...
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Charles C. Harper

September 26, 1931 - October 6, 2016

Charles C. Harper, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at his home in Rock Falls surrounded by his family. He was born September 26, 1931 in Loudon Township, Fayette County, IL to Clifford Harper and Gertrude Bieber Harper. He was born in the same house where his Mother and most of her siblings were born. Charles grew up on a farm near St. Elmo, IL until his parents...
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Ruth M. Finley

September 28, 1923 - October 5, 2016

Ruth M. Finley, age 93 of Rock Falls, passed away Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ruth was born on September 28, 1923 in Tampico, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Jacobs) Schultz. She married Alvin Bollman on July 18, 1942, he preceded her in death on July 12, 1971. She then married Lyle Finley on July 3, 1972, he preceded her in death on April 3, 2002. She...
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April A. Hemminger

April 17, 1956 - October 3, 2016

April A. Hemminger, age 60, of Rock Falls, died Monday, October 3, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living. April was born April 17, 1956 in Sterling the daughter of Donald and Irene (Newark) Bushaw. She was previously employed at CGH Medical Center in Sterling as a Respiratory Technician. Survivors include one son, Dillon Hemminger of Sterling; one daughter, Veronica Gray of Aurora, Colo.; one...
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Owen Ryan Oetting

September 2, 2001 - September 27, 2016

Owen R. Oetting, 15 of Morrison and formerly of Sterling died Tuesday September 27, 2016 at Morrison Community Hospital. Owen was born on September 2, 2001 in Sterling, the son of Ryan and Jennifer (Grennan) Oetting. He was a freshman at Morrison High School and loved playing sports, including, football, wrestling and baseball. Owen was active member at St. Mary Catholic Church in Morrison and...
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Tab A Law

December 27, 1955 - September 26, 2016

Tab A. Law, 60, of Rock Falls, died Monday, September 26, 2016 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Born December 27, 1955 in Sterling he was a son of Lawrence Newstrand and Sylvia Thompson. Tab was an automotive consultant at The Auto Store for over 20 years. Surviving are his sons, Mike (Rebecca) Miller of Leaf River, Brock (Jill Taylor) Law of Rock Falls and Tab "T.J." Jr. of...
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Dan E. Royer

December 4, 1957 - September 26, 2016

Dan E. Royer, 58, of Lyndon, died Monday, September 26, 2016 at his home. Born December 4, 1957 in Sterling, he was a son of Robert and Doris (Wallingford) Royer. He married Roxanne Sellnow on September 23, 1984 in Dixon. She preceded him in death on August 29, 2001. Dan was a truck driver for Dohrn Trucking in Rock Falls for over 15 years. He attended Harmon United Methodist Church. He...
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Sondra Hart

April 28, 1939 - September 25, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Sondra Hart, 77 of Rock Falls died Sunday September 25, 2016 at her home. She was born on April 28, 1939 in Moline, the daughter of Harry Timothy and Myrtle Elletta (Charlberg) Viren. She married Larry Hart on August 8, 1964 in Rock Falls. She had worked at the Coloma Township Offices for many years. Survivors include her husband, Larry; her three sons: Tarry Hart, Leroy...
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Elsie M. Webb

July 11, 1936 - September 25, 2016

Elsie M. Webb Elsie M. Webb, age 80, of Franklin Grove, died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Elsie was born July 11, 1936 in Woodlawn,IL the daughter of Lloyd and Alverta Mae (Layton) McDuffy. She married Ronald Webb on June 5, 1954 in Dixon. Elsie was the head cook at Franklin Center High School for over 30 years retiring in 1997. She was a member of Harvest Time...
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Wallis Arvid Adell

February 23, 1934 - September 23, 2016

STERLING – Wallis A. Adell, 82 of Sterling died Friday September 23, 2016 at University of Madison Hospital. He was born on February 23, 1934 in Greeley, CO the son of Arvid Waldermar and Vivian Evelyn (Udd) Adell. Wallis was a 1951 graduate of Essex High School, Essex, IA; He attended the North Park College in Chicago and then graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL....
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Joan L. Letcher

June 6, 1939 - September 22, 2016

CLINTON, IOWA- Joan L. Letcher, 77, of Clinton, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Mercy Living Center South in Clinton. Born June 6, 1939 in Clinton, she was a daughter of Warden and Wilma (Ashpole) Welch. She married Melvin Letcher in Fulton on August 23, 1957 and he preceded her in death on October 15, 2003. Joan was a member of the United Methodist Church. She was active in several...
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Donald G. Morgan

October 7, 1930 - September 21, 2016

Donald Gene Morgan, age 85 of Sterling, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at his home. Don was born on October 7, 1930 in Rock Falls, the son of Allen and Vera (Landis) Morgan. He is a United States Army Veteran and served during the Korean War. He married Mary Lavonne McDonnell on October 17, 1953 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 26, 2016. Don was a chief engineer at...
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Paul D Tyler

October 23, 1937 - September 17, 2016

Paul D. Tyler, age 78 of Rock Falls, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born on October 23, 1937 in Rochelle, the son of Les and Mammie Tyler. He was one of six children. Paul married Emma E. "Dollie" Martenson of Tampico on December 28, 1956 in Rochelle. They were married 57 years. She preceded him in death on November 9, 2014. Paul was in...
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Donald W. Krug, Jr.

February 27, 1945 - September 15, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN - Donald W. Krug Jr, 71 died on September 15th 2016 at CGH in Sterling. Don was born February 27, 1945 in Sterling the son of Donald and Lorraine (Hackbarth) Krug Sr. Don graduated from S. I.U. in Carbondale, IL with a degree in math and economics. He married Donna Rury in September 1965. She died December 21, 2000. He later married Victoria (Woosley) Duncan on December 26,...
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Stephanie Joy Kruse

January 8, 1980 - September 14, 2016

CHICAGO – Stephanie Joy Kruse, 36 formerly of Sterling died suddenly Wednesday September 14, 2016 at Community First Medical Center in Chicago. She was born on January 8, 1980 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Thomas Lee and Karen Lee (Benda) Kruse. She worked as a massage therapist. Surviving are her parents, Tom and Karen Kruse of Sterling; five sisters: Jessica (Michael) Mays of Long...
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Charles L. Retherford

January 28, 1927 - September 14, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Charles L. Retherford Jr 89 of Rock Falls died Wednesday September 14, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 28, 1927 in Carrollton, IL the son of Charles and Lela (Jackson) Retherford Sr and was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Army. He married Mabel Cummings on December 26, 1947 in Jerseyville, IL. She died on November 5, 2001. He was...
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Daryl John Grennan

April 20, 1971 - September 13, 2016

Daryl John Grennan, age 45 of Byron, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in Byron, Illinois. He was born on April 20, 1971 in Sterling, Illinois to Eugene and Margaret (Naughton) Grennan and was the sixth of ten children. Daryl attended and wrestled for Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling and was in the graduating class of 1989. After high school, Daryl completed his...
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Adeline K. Sheehan

February 16, 1919 - September 12, 2016

Adeline K. Sheehan, age 97 of Sterling, died Monday, September 12, 2016 at Polo Rehab and Health Care Center in Polo. Adeline was born on February 16, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of John Henry and Matilda Katherine (Berge) Dombroski. She married Floyd Sheehan on September 16, 1936 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2004. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran...
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Ramiro Capilla

May 10, 1932 - September 10, 2016

Ramiro Capilla Ramiro Capilla, age 84, of Sterling, died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at his home. Ramiro was born May 10, 1932 in Mexico the son of Jose and Guadalupe Capilla. He married Maria de la Luz in 1960. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include one daughter, Alicia (Jose Luis) Garcia of Okla.; four sons, Salvador ...
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Shirley L Short

July 2, 1942 - September 8, 2016

Shirley L. Short, 74, of Prophetstown, died Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Prophets Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Born July 2, 1942 in Elizabeth, IL she was a daughter of Robert and Clara (Quimby) Bryant. She married LeRoy N. Short on August 14, 1959 in Galena. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2002. Surviving are her daughters, Kay (Rockie) Ballard, of Lyndon, Sherry ...
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Dorrance "Doc" Clemens

August 19, 1927 - September 7, 2016

Doc Clemens, age 89, of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Doc was born August 19, 1927 in Detroit, Mich. the son of Anthony and Laverne (Tobin) Clemens. He served in the US Navy during WWII and later married Phyllis Wessels on September 4, 1950 in New Vienna, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 11, 2016. Doc and Phyllis owned and operated D&E...
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Shirley Rotherham

November 27, 1924 - September 6, 2016

STERLING, IL - Shirley was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1924, to Leslie R. and Lillian C. (Dubba) Griff in Aurora, Illinois. Both parents preceded her in death. Shirley had one younger brother, Richard E. Griff, who also preceded her in death. Shirley was educated in the Aurora public school system. She attended Greenman grade school and graduated from West Aurora High School. ...
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Marvin E. Stevens

October 24, 1942 - September 4, 2016

Marvin E. Stevens, age 73, died peacefully at his home Sunday, September 4, 2016. As recently as Friday, Marvin had a big smile on his face as a result of a successful day of fishing on the Rock River. In addition to fishing, Marvin loved to play golf and was frequently at the Edgewood Country Club in Polo. He would often smile as a result of shooting "closer to the hole" on hole...
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Oralia Heppler

August 8, 1945 - September 3, 2016

STERLING – Oralia Heppler, age 71, died at home in Sterling on Saturday, September 3, 2015. Oralia was born on August 8, 1945 in McAllen, Texas the daughter of Guadalupe and Avelina (Rodriguez) DeLaFuente. She married Marvin Heppler on December 30, 1968 in Sterling. He died on January 9, 2016. Oralia was a homemaker. Survivors include, one daughter, Theresa Heppler of Sterling; one son,...
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Genevieve Schmidt

July 17, 1929 - September 2, 2016

STERLING- Genevieve "Ginny" Schmidt, 87, of Sterling, died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling. Ginny was born July 17, 1929, the daughter of Leslie and Jennie Dahl. She attended and graduated from Manlius High School , where she especially enjoyed being a cheerleader with some of her best friends while cheering on her "best guy" Jiggs. She attended two years of college,...
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James T. Wolf

August 10, 1933 - September 1, 2016

James Turney Wolf, age 83 of Sterling, died Thursday, September 01, 2016 at home. James was born on August 10, 1933 in Rock Falls, the son of Cecil and Dorothy (Turney) Wolf. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1951. He married Ruth Wescott on September 28, 1952 in Rock Falls. James was employed by Frantz Manufacturing for 42 years, retiring in 1995 as the Assistant Chief Engineer. He...
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Brian Bell

June 12, 1958 - September 1, 2016

Brian Bell, 58, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, September 01, 2016 at his home. Born June 12, 1958 in Sterling, he was a son of Roy Bell and Betty (Cox) Nance. He was an automotive sales consultant for many years. He enjoyed cooking, singing, fishing and dancing. He was an avid Bears, Bulls and Cubs fan. Survivors include his father, Roy Bell, Sr. of Lafayette, LA; daughters, Vanessa...
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Jane A. Berg

April 3, 1926 - August 31, 2016

Jane Ann Berg, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, August 31st at The Alverno in Clinton, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton, IL, on Saturday, September 3rd at 10 a.m. The Rev. Matthew Camaioni will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. A Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the...
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Rosetta M Von Holten

October 7, 1927 - August 30, 2016

Rosetta Mae Von Holten, age 88 of Walnut, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Mendota Lutheran Home in Mendota, IL. Rosetta was born on October 7, 1927 in Rock Falls, IL to Clarence and Bernice (Stroup) Wallace. She was united in marriage to Richard R. Von Holten on November 24, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on May 12, 2013. She attended...
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Vera L. Allison

December 7, 1922 - August 28, 2016

Vera L. Allison, 93, of Franklin Grove, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, August 28th,2016 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born December 7, 1922 in Sterling, the daughter of Menno Long and Pearl (Landis) Long. Vera was a member of the Sterling High School Class of 1941. She received degrees from Goshen College, and later from Pestalozzi Frobel Teachers College. ...
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Carol Fitzgerald

July 2, 1950 - August 23, 2016

Carol Fitzgerald, 66, died at Sterling, IL on 8/23/2016 of cancer. Ms. Fitzgerald was born on July 2, 1950 in Chicago, to Lucien and Dian (Gorgas) Fitzgerald. She married Douglas Becknell on July 10, 1971. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northern Illinois University and earned a Master's degree from Illinois State University. Ms. Fitzgerald was Executive Director of the...
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William Gene Creekpaum

June 13, 1930 - August 23, 2016

ROCK FALLS – William Gene Creekpaum, 86 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 13, 1930 in Vergennes, IL the son of August and Dorothy (Miller) Creekpaum He married Nina B. Johnson on November 7, 1952 in Vergennes, IL. He was employed as a Reel Operator at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring in 1984 after 30 years. He served in...
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Kenneth Haverland

October 7, 1934 - August 23, 2016

Kenneth D. Haverland, 81 of Sterling died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was employed by Northwestwern Steel and Wire Co for 37 years and managed the Wire Division Shipping Departments for many years before retiring in 1990. After retirement, he joined Landmark Realty as a sales agent. He served in the US Army from 1957-1959 stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA. He was born on October 7, 1934...
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Debbra S. Martin

November 28, 1972 - August 22, 2016

Debbra S. Martin Debbra S. Martin, age 43, of Polo, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Debbra was born November 28, 1972 in Sterling the daughter of Delbert and Evelyn (Portner) Tarbill. She married Lloyd Martin on July 23, 2016 in Mt. Morris. She was employed at PNC in Polo as an inspector. Survivors include her husband of Polo; one son, Andrew (Gabrielle Martinez)...
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Marie Radake

August 26, 1930 - August 21, 2016

Marie Radake Marie Radake, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Marie was born August 26, 1930 in Tamaroa the daughter of Stanley and Iona (Keller) Dublo. She was educated in Tamaroa. Marie married Frank Radake on October 30, 1948 in Benton. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1989. She was employed at GE for 22 years retiring in 1990. ...
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Wilbur Story Frankfother

May 4, 1921 - August 19, 2016

Wilbur Story Frankfother, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Illinois Veteran's Home in LaSalle. Wilbur was born on May 4, 1921 in rural Morrison, the son of William S. and Jennie V. (Taylor) Frankfother. He is a United States Army Veteran serving our country in WWII. He married Ruth Fay Marsh on November 21, 1953. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2012.Wilbur...
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Anita L. Pratt

November 8, 1936 - August 19, 2016

Anita L. Pratt, age 79 of Prophetstown, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Prophetstown. Anita was born on November 8, 1936 in Moline, the daughter of Charles and June (Paine) Santee. She married Lester LaVern Pratt on May 15, 1955 in Prophetstown. Anita was a lifelong member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Lester; four...
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Judith Ann Larkins

July 22, 1943 - August 18, 2016

Judith Ann Larkins, age 73 of Clinton, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Center South. Judith was born on July 22, 1943 in Morrison, the daughter of Gerald and Marian (Tessman) Rummel. She married Richard Larkins on December 7, 1963 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Judith loved to cook, spend time with her family and enjoyed being outdoors. She was a member of the Clinton...
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Gayle Schmidt

June 26, 1954 - August 17, 2016

Gayle S. Schmidt, 62, of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, IL. Gayle was born June 26, 1954, in Morrison, IL; the daughter of Faye C. and Norma L. (Robison) Groharing. She worked in dietary at the Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison, IL for a few years. Survivors include her son, Corey (Michelle) Schmidt of Stitzer, WI; three...
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Jose Zacarias Balderas

November 5, 1968 - August 16, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Jose Balderas, age 47, died at his home, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Jose was born on November 5, 1968 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Lucina Balderas. He married Linda Cavazos on November 21, 1987 in Sterling. Jose was employed as an Industrial Electrician with Sterling Steel Company for 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Linda of Rock Falls; two daughters, Amanda...
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