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Ernest "Ernie" Williams III

December 4, 2019

Ernest Leroy Williams, III, age 71 of Lyndon, died Monday, December 2, 2019 in Worth, IL. Ernie was born on August 10, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Ernest L. and Mary (Schultz) Williams, Jr. He married Emma m. Newberg on May 6, 1978 in Chicago. He worked in masonry construction for many years. Ernie enjoyed going fishing and camping at Yogi Bear. Survivors include his wife, Emma; five...
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Elaine White

January 28, 1939 - December 2, 2019

Elaine Laverne White, 80, of Rock Falls, formerly of Manlius, IL, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019. Born January 28, 1939 in Hilo, Hawaii, the daughter of Joseph P. Fernandez and Julie (Charles) Souza Bailey. Elaine was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother. She loved her family, friends and her church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charlie White; son Kenneth White of...
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Richard H. Andrews

September 2, 1932 - December 2, 2019

Richard H. "Red" Andrews Richard H. "Red" Andrews, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 2, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Richard was born September 2, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Howard and Laverne (Cook) Andrews. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed as a mechanic at Lawrence and Sons. Richard married Hazel Jones on May 15, 1987 in Sterling. He is survived...
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Ervin "Cork" Goodell

August 31, 1939 - December 1, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ervin "Cork" Goodell, age 80, died at his home Sunday December 1, 2019. Cork was born on August 31, 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Ervin D. and Irene (Crossley) Goodell. He married Judith Mandrell on March 21, 1958. Cork was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 35 years retiring in 1999. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his...
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Philip Kaehler

February 20, 1954 - November 30, 2019

Philip J. Kaehler, 65 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. He was born on February 20, 1954 in Sterling, the son of Alfred and Celia (Vinson) Kaehler. He had worked in the plumbing trade. Survivors include his daughter Shaina Kaehler; son, Josh Lafavre (Kezia Boyd); grandchildren: Greyson Kaehler and Eamon Kaehler; his sisters and brothers: Debbie...
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James L. "Jim" White

November 18, 1946 - November 30, 2019

ROCK FALLS – James L. "Jim" White, 73 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on November 18, 1946 in Sterling, the son of John Maxwell and Florence Lucille (Gordon) White. He married Lisa L. Hazen on November 22, 1996. Jim had worked for many years for the City of Rock Falls retiring as superintendent of streets. He had enjoyed cooking,...
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Ila Leaf

October 20, 1926 - November 29, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ila Leaf, 93 of Rock Falls passed away on Friday November 29, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Ila was born on October 20, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of C. Leland and Gladys (Forsee) Lee. She married Sam Leaf on June 24, 1945. He passed away on November 23, 1998. Together they had five sons and one daughter. Ila was a full time wife, homemaker, mother nurse, cook...
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Gearold A. Stees

February 18, 1943 - November 29, 2019

Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees, age 76, of Nelson, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Gabe was born February 18, 1943 in Sterling the son of George and Edith (Vandusen) Stees. He married Margaret Hermes on September 2, 1961 in Morrison. Gabe was employed as a truck driver for Woods Brothers in Oregon for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret...
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Victoria Henderson

September 12, 1949 - November 28, 2019

HAVANA, IL - Victoria S. "Vicky" Henderson, 70 formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday November 28, 2019 at St. John Hospital in Springfield. She was born on September 12, 1949 in Rock Falls the daughter of William Oliver and Beatrice B. (Conley) Ricedorf. She married Donald H. Henderson Jr on July 19, 1969 in Sterling. Vicky had worked as a Home Health Aid for Mason County before her retirement....
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Richard M. Cater

November 24, 1953 - November 27, 2019

Richard M. Cater, age 66 of Tampico, died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Richard was born on November 24, 1953 in Sterling, the son of James and Ruth (Butler) Cater. He graduated from Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley College. He worked as a lab technician at KSB Hospital from 1996-2009. Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and horse shows with his...
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Gary W. Brent

August 16, 1956 - November 26, 2019

Gary W. Brent, age 63 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Gary was born on August 16, 1956 in Aurora, the son of Howard Earl and Mary Lorene (Clauss) Brent. He enjoyed country music, trips to the Wisconsin Dells, the outdoors and sipping his favorite drink. He loved spending time with his nephews, Jesse, Brian, Tony and Adam. Survivors...
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Nancie S. Myers

January 11, 1939 - November 26, 2019

Nancie S. Myers Nancie S. Myers, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at The Citadel of Sterling. Nancie was born January 11, 1939 in Polo the daughter of Everett and Agnes (Johnston) Rucker. She married Harold E. Myers on December 18, 1954 in Polo and was employed at Borg Warner for 10 years. Survivors include two daughters, Liz (Larry) Lawrence and Mary (Terry) Walters...
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Peggy Lynn Ottens

August 15, 1945 - November 24, 2019

Peggy Ottens, age 74, passed away peacefully at UW Health University Hospital on November 24, 2019. She was born on August 15, 1945, to Cecil and Dorothy Knox. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Linda Brearton. Peg is survived by her three children, Bart (Cindy) Ottens of Chadwick, Illinois. Brett Ottens (Amber Howard) of Morrison, Illinois and Nikki Arians of Morrison,...
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Maxine June Mount

June 1, 1926 - November 22, 2019

Maxine June Mount, 93 of Rock Falls, died Friday, November 22, 2019 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehab in Rock Falls. Maxine was born on June 1, 1926 in Tampico, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Jacobs) Schultz. She married Elwin LaVerne Mount on October 25, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on May 21, 2005. Maxine was a cook at the former Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Rock...
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Shirley P. Wells

August 19, 1927 - November 19, 2019

Shirley Paddock Wells, 92 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Shirley was born on August 19, 1927 in Tampa, FL, the daughter of Ward and Grace (Myers) Paddock. She married Keith E. Wells on April 3, 1948 in IL. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1991. Shirley was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society and active in...
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James "Jim" Dillon

August 12, 1931 - November 19, 2019

James "Jim" W. Dillon, 88 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. James was born on August 12, 1931 in Decatur, IL, the son of Roy R. and V. Ruth (Bennett) Dillon. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Jim married Diane Johnson on May 8, 1955 in Nachusa, IL. He worked for Commonwealth Edison for over 30 years. Jim was a member of...
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Russell Hall

October 18, 1951 - November 17, 2019

Russell W. Hall, 68 died suddenly Sunday November 17, 2019 at Tucson Medical center. He was born on October 18, 1951 in Kewanee, IL the son of James L. and Theresa M. (Perino) Hall. He was a 1969 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling and was a 1973 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He married Sue Stowell on September 17, 1977. She died July 11, 2016. ...
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Thomas and Dawn Whitney

November 16, 2019

Thomas and Dawn Whitney Thomas and Dawn Whitney, of Lyndon, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at their home. Thomas was born January 6, 1941 in Keshena, Wis. the son of Thomas and Madeline (Westcott) Whitney. He served in the US Coast Guard and was employed as a contractor. He was also a member of the Menominee Nation. Dawn was born February 15, 1966 in Hammond, Ind. the daughter of Homer...
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Peter Leseman

January 4, 1964 - November 16, 2019

DETROIT – Peter B. Leseman, age 55, of Detroit, MI passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Celebration of Life Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in Sterling, Illinois with the Very Rev. James R. Keenan, V.F. officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery Sterling, Illinois immediately following mass. Peter...
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John Hildebrand, Jr.

December 10, 1956 - November 16, 2019

John Christian Hildebrand Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven on Saturday, November 16, 2019. John was born December 10, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. He was baptized on Christmas day, 1956, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling, Il. He was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls on May 30, 1971. John graduated from Rock Falls High School and joined the US Navy....
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Ruth Garza

November 21, 1929 - November 16, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ruth "Cuca" Garza, 89 died Saturday November 16, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 21, 1929 in Eaglepass, TX the daughter of Gonzalo and Apalonia (Garcia) Rodriguez. She married Rosendo Garza on February 23, 1947 in Edinberg, TX. He died April 14, 1996. She had been member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include three daughter:...
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Steven K. Bushman

March 20, 1953 - November 15, 2019

STERLING – Steven K. Bushman, 66 of Sterling died Friday November 15, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford suddenly. He was born on March 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Arman E. and Lenora J. (Queckboerner) Bushman and was a graduate of MIT in Morrison. He married Linda J. Weed on May 23, 1979 in Rock Falls. Steven had worked as a truck driver for the former Northwestern...
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Joyce D. Howard

May 26, 1929 - November 15, 2019

Joyce D. Howard, age 90, of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, died on Friday, November, 15, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehab. Joyce was born on May 26, 1929 in Fair Haven, IL to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. She married Wayne Howard on May 22, 1949. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Falls. ...
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Glen Hacker

November 14, 2019

STERLING – Glen Hacker, 83 of rural Sterling died Thursday November 14, 2019 He was born the son of Ray and Mary (Weidel) Hanabarger. He married Patsy Rasmussen on March 18, 1956 in Sterling. She died March 9, 2016. Glen had owned and operated HH Farm Services for several years. He always helped working the farm for spring and fall harvest. He enjoyed attending the many family and...
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Francis E. McDonnell

February 21, 1927 - November 14, 2019

STERLING – Reverend Francis E. McDonnell, 92 died Thursday November 14, 2019 at Presence Cor Marie Nursing Home in Rockford. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Sterling, the son of Thomas Joseph and Margareth (Weber) McDonnell. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Community High School. He attended Lora College for one semester before entering St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. ...
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Raymond J. Espinoza, Sr.

June 11, 1938 - November 14, 2019

Raymond John Espinoza, Sr. age 81 of Sterling, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home. Ray was born on June 11, 1938 in Sterling, the son of Pedro A. and Estella M. (Hansen) Espinoza. He is a United States Army Veteran. Ray married Juanita "Jenny" Rose Cruz on February 4, 1961 in Sterling. He worked as a mechanic for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 36 years, retiring...
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Thomas E. Duncan

September 17, 1950 - November 13, 2019

Thomas E. Duncan, 69, of Morrison, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home. Thomas was born September 17, 1950 in Thorpe, W.V. the son of Willie and Irene (Poff) Duncan. For many years, he was employed at GE in Morrison where he thought of his co-workers as family. He was a car enthusiast especially race cars and any vehicle from the 1960s. Tom enjoyed spending time at the Wild Rose...
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Robert Van De Velde

August 11, 1925 - November 12, 2019

Robert Joseph Van De Velde, 94, passed away on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. He was born in Sheffield, Illinois, on August 11th, 1925, the son of Bruno and Emma Van De Velde, who immigrated to the United States from Belgium in 1887 through Ellis Island. Robert moved with his family to the Tampico area at the age of 5 in 1930. In 1943,...
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Fernando "Fred" Garza

November 20, 1953 - November 9, 2019

Fernando "Fred" Garza, 65 of Sterling died Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Glafiro and Soledad (Pèna) Garza Sr. He married the former Marie Henning on June 14, 1996. He had worked in the heating and cooling profession and had operated his own business Fred's Heating and Cooling. In the past he liked working with stained glass. ...
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Robin G. Flynn

October 31, 1966 - November 9, 2019

Robin G. Flynn, age 53 of Sterling, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robin was born on October 31, 1966 in Rockford, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Harding) Frazier. She married Theodore "Ted" Flynn on July 19, 1985 in Sterling. Robin worked at Burger King as the restaurant manager for many years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. She...
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James "Jim" Sheley

May 4, 1931 - November 6, 2019

James "Jim" Joseph Sheley, 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jim was born on May 4, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Orin J. and Bess D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Rose Elgin on June 16, 1956 in Sterling. Jim worked at RB & W for 31 years. He was an avid reader. He...
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Leo E. Blair

August 14, 1931 - November 6, 2019

Leo E. Blair Jr. 88 and a long time area Funeral Director/Embalmer, died Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Northwest Medicine – Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. He was born on August 14, 1931 in Galt, the son of Leo E. and Edna (Hahn) Blair Sr., and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Airforce. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He married Joan...
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Virginia Bartlett

May 27, 1930 - November 4, 2019

Virginia Bartlett, age 89 of Sterling, died Monday, November 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Virginia was born on May 27, 1930 in West Tisbury, MA, the daughter of Joaquin and Agnes Rabello. She married Richard K. Bartlett on January 5, 1950 in Fairfield, CA. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2010. Survivors include her son, Richard K. Bartlett, Jr. of Sterling; two...
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Brittney L. Long

March 8, 1995 - November 3, 2019

STERLING – Brittney Long, age 24, formerly of Polo died at her home Sunday, November 3, 2019. Brittney was born on March 8, 1995 in Dixon the daughter of Brad and Barbara (McBride) Long. She was employed as a CNA at Regency Care of Sterling. Survivors include, one son, Levi McBride of Sterling; her father, Brad Long of Polo; her mother, Barbara (Robert) Helton of Dixon; two sisters,...
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Katelynn Zaagman

December 2, 1992 - November 3, 2019

STERLING – Katelynn D. Zaagman, age 26, formerly of Prophetstown died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Exceptional Care Center in Sterling. Katelynn was born on December 2, 1992 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of James and Candace (Stichter) Zaagman. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include her parents, James and Candace Zaagman of Prophetstown; one...
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Doris I. Smith

April 15, 1930 - November 3, 2019

Doris I. Smith, 89 of Prophetstown passed away peacefully Sunday November 3, 2019 at Allure of Prophetstown. She was born on April 15, 1930 near Morrison the daughter of Henry Elmer and Florence (Hahn) Monnier. She was a 1948 graduate of Morrison High School and a 1981 graduate of Sauk Valley College earning her Registered Nurse degree. Doris had worked as a nurse for 20 years before retiring....
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Marvin Deetz

March 25, 1930 - November 3, 2019

Marvin L. Deetz, 89 of Rock Falls passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday November 3, 2019. Marvin was born on March 25, 1930 the son of Ernest Amil Henry and Louise Theresa (Bannick) Deetz Sr of Deer Grove, Illinois. After helping his father and brother on the family farm, Marvin was drafted into the US Marines Corps during the Korean War. On October 21, 1951 Marvin married...
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Martha R. Bass

March 19, 1938 - October 30, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Martha R. Bass, age 81, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Martha was born on March 19, 1938 in Dixon the daughter of Emmert and Florence Mae (Baer) Finch. She married Raymond F. Bass on September 11, 1970. He died January 14, 2017. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include, two daughters, Bernie...
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Janice Kay Seidel

January 19, 1949 - October 30, 2019

Janice Kay Seidel, age 70 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Janice was born on January 19, 1949 in La Salle, the daughter of Sam and Catherine (Pricco) Pagoria. She graduated from Hall High School in Spring Valley in 1967 and then graduated from Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby in 1969. Jan married Michael R. Seidel on May...
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Leatrice L. Pashon

April 8, 1929 - October 30, 2019

STERLING – Leatrice L. Pashon, age 90, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Leatrice was born on April 8, 1929 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Vera (Dougherty) Ramsay. She married Charles Pashon in 1944. He died on December 6, 1994. Leatrice was employed in the Quality Control Department with General Electric in Morrison for over 30 years...
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Marietta L. Manning

January 8, 1949 - October 30, 2019

Marietta L. Manning, age 70 of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at her home. Marietta was born on January 8, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of John Austin and Dorothy (Arnold) Kiefel. She married John Manning on March 2, 1968 in Rock Falls. Marietta was a homemaker and she and John were foster parents for many years. She enjoyed being involved in book clubs and spending time with...
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Clayton K. Reed

October 27, 1931 - October 27, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Clayton K. Reed, age 88, died at his home Sunday, October 27, 2019. Clayton was born on October 27, 1931 in Morrison the son of Fayne and Susan (Hardesty) Reed. He married Carolyn Sue Crane on October 11, 1952 in Abilene, Kan. She died August 2, 2005. Clayton was employed with EBY Brown Trucking for 27 years. He loved to travel especially wintering in Texas with Carolyn Sue. ...
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Bruce Apgar

October 6, 1951 - October 25, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Bruce T. Apgar, 68 of rural Prophetstown died October 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 6, 1951 in Joliet, IL the son of Oliver and Jean (Smith) Apgar. Bruce attended Taft Elementary School and Lockport High School. He married Suzanne Marie Shedosky on January 3, 1978 in Lockport, IL. Bruce loved the simple living he found in rural Prophetstown. He was an excellent...
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Dorothy S. Von Holten

February 1, 1922 - October 25, 2019

WILLIAMSVILLE – Dorothy Sarah Von Holten, age 97, formerly of Rock Falls passed away peacefully Friday, October 25, 2019 at her daughter's home. Dorothy was born on February 1, 1922 in Rock Falls to Anton and Marie (Lofgren) Martenson. She married James Von Holten on October 6, 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He died on January 3, 1979. Dorothy was very involved in the church...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Flynn

January 9, 1964 - October 24, 2019

Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Flynn, 55 of Sterling, died Thursday, October 24, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dottie was born on January 9, 1964 in Sterling, the daughter of John H. and Veneranda (Ribeiro) Duncan. She married Lawrence "Leroy" Flynn in September of 2009 in Sterling. She worked at numerous local restaurants as a waitress for many years. Dottie enjoyed reading, shopping and...
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Lee Ann Jones

August 14, 1955 - October 23, 2019

Lee Ann Jones, age 64, of Chadwick, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Lee Ann was born August 14, 1955 in Macomb the daughter of Wayne and Betty (Porter) Furlow. She married Larry Jones on November 22, 1984 in Mt. Carroll. Lee Ann was employed at Elkay and the WalMart Distribution Center for many years. She is survived by her...
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Michael L. Gragert, Sr.

June 11, 1944 - October 22, 2019

Michael L. Gragert, Sr. Michael L. Gragert, Sr., age 75, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. Michael was born June 11, 1944 in Clarion, Iowa the son of Roy and June (Streit) Gragert. He served in the Army and married Judi Moran on October 10, 1961. They just celebrated their 58th anniversary. Michael was employed at NWS&W and owned and operated...
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Edna M. LeMay

September 15, 1933 - October 22, 2019

Edna M. LeMay, 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019, surrounded by her family, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Edna was born on September 15, 1933 in Effingham, the daughter of John and Nellie (Vollmer) Boos. She married Robert P. LeMay on August 21, 1954 in Effingham. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2001. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Edna...
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Linda K. Free

July 31, 1949 - October 22, 2019

MILLEDGEVILLE – Linda K. Free, age 70, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Linda was born on July 31, 1949 in Dixon the daughter of Wayne and Thelma (Kane) Crawford. She was employed with Borg Warner in Dixon for 37 years retiring in 2009. Linda was a member of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. Survivors include, one daughter, Terri Weegens...
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Terry Pratt

February 7, 1956 - October 22, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Terry A. Pratt, 63 of Prophetstown died Tuesday October 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on February 7, 1956 in Sterling, the son of Lester L. and Anita L. (Santee) Pratt. He married Michele M. Heimann on September 10, 1977 in Sterling. Terry was a member of the EMS community for most of his life. He served as a paramedic with the Prophetstown Fire...
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Tomasa Castaneda

March 10, 1929 - October 21, 2019

STERLING – Tomasa D. Castaneda, 90 of Sterling died Monday October 21, 2019 at her home. She was born on March 10, 1929 in El Paso, TX the daughter of Ventura and Augustina (Perez) Duran. She married John Castaneda on October 23, 1949 in El Paso, TX. Tomasa began her working career at Illinois Bell in Sterling and worked there for 25 years. Then she went to work at Centel Telephone Co in...
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John T. Beien

May 15, 1955 - October 20, 2019

John Beien John T. Beien, 64, of Sterling, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. He was a retired IBEW 364 union electrician of 36 years, fully transitioned to loving Grandpa. John was born May 15, 1955, in Sterling, the son of Vincent C. and Catherine A. (O'Connell) Beien. Survivors include his wife, Sheryl, son and daughter-in-law Adam and Andrea Beien, one grandson John-Thomas, four...
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Jose Donna

March 12, 1929 - October 19, 2019

STERLING – Jose Donna, 90 of Sterling died Saturday October 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on March 12, 1929 in Rivera, TX the son of Pedro and Romana (Amaya) Donna. He married Virginia Rodriguez on April 17, 1951 in Brownsville, TX. Jose was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company in Sterling retiring as a millwright in 1985. He had also operated...
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Gary Edge

December 14, 1943 - October 18, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Gary E. Edge, 76 of Prophetstown died Friday October 18, 2019 at his home after a short battle with cancer. He was born on December 14, 1943 in Hazel Green, WI the son of Eldon and Ina (Carr) Edge. He served in the US Navy and had sailed on the USS Poccono that was stationed out of Norfolk, VA. Gary was employed at GE in Morrison for over 30 years before retiring. He married...
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Minnie "Ruth" Hunsberger

March 2, 1934 - October 16, 2019

Minnie "Ruth" Hunsberger, age 85 of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Ruth was born on March 2, 1934 in Florida, the daughter of Henry J. and Clara (Seales) Roberson. She married Harold R. Hunsberger on June 25, 1952 in MS. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2012. Ruth was a licensed beautician for many years. She enjoyed crocheting and...
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Aloysius J. Dieterle

July 20, 1925 - October 14, 2019

Aloysius J. Dieterle I, Aloysius J. Dieterle, on October 14, 2019, passed away at the age of 94. Born July 20, 1925 in Santa Monica, California I was the first born of six sons to Earnest and Helen (Vock) Dieterle. Raised in Westwood, California (UCLA area, with vivid memories of Jackie Robinson), I was a very active child. Guided by my mother, I was involved as an altar boy, choir, and...
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Edith Elmendorf

August 14, 1918 - October 14, 2019

Edith A. Elmendorf, 101 of Sterling died Monday October 14, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 14, 1918 in Brainerd, MN the daughter of Henry Estel and Fannie Irene (Heikens) Wilson. She married Kenneth Homer Elmendorf on November 3, 1934 in Clinton. He died June 15, 1989. She later married Lawrence Price Elmendorf on July 30, 1994. He died March 2, 2007. Edith was...
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Charles M. Lalley

July 2, 1945 - October 14, 2019

Charles M. Lalley, age 74, of Lyndon, died Monday, October 14, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Charles was born July 2, 1945 in Augusta, Ga. the son of Charles F. and Clara (Rosenbulm) Lalley. He served in the US Army and later married LuRe Sibley on June 27, 1970 in Prophetstown. Charles was employed at Sterling Steel Ball for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, LuRe Lalley of...
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Viola "Tootie" Camp

November 10, 1930 - October 9, 2019

Viola "Tootie" M. Camp, 88 of Sterling, joined her beloved husband in Heaven on October 9, 2019. Viola was born November 10, 1930 in Alsey, IL, the daughter of Harold P. and Stella (Lawson) Daniel. She was wed to Lloyd "Corky" M. Camp on June 6, 1952. He preceded her in death on September 12, 2005. Viola volunteered at Wallace School for Patti and Mark. She was a member of neighborhood watch....
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James W. Anning

July 8, 1958 - October 8, 2019

James W. Anning, age 61, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at his home after a courageous battle with throat cancer. James was born July 8, 1958 in Sterling the son of Joseph and Evelyn (Loughe) Anning. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for many years and later retired from Sterling Schools in 2018 after 12 years of employment. He is survived by his dad, Joseph H. ...
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Robert Eugene Bradley

May 7, 1933 - October 8, 2019

Robert Eugene Bradley, age 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 08, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. Robert was born on May 7, 1933 in Amboy, the son of Robert and Isabel (Harvey) Bradley. He is a United States Army Veteran. Robert married Margaret Ann Weaver on July 10, 1954 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2010. He worked at Northwestern Steel...
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Charles F. Boucher

May 19, 1930 - October 6, 2019

Charles F. Boucher, age 89, of Sterling, died Sunday, October 6, 2019 at The Citadel of Sterling. Charles was born May 19, 1930 in Rock Falls the son of William and Ellie Mae Boucher. He was employed and retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire, was a licensed plumber/pipefitter for 62 years and married Dorothy Warkins on December 27, 1950 in Oregon, IL. She preceded him in death on April 16...
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Addison Pearl Headlee

June 2, 2010 - October 5, 2019

Addison Pearl Headlee, 9, of Milledgeville, died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Mercy Health in Rockford. She was born on June 2, 2010 in Sterling, the daughter of Wayne Jacob Headlee and Jennifer Marie Schryver. She was currently a 4th grade student at Chadwick-Milledgeville Middle School where she excelled as a student. Addison loved music and art class and participated in basketball, swimming...
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Linda A. Hemminger

January 1, 1948 - October 5, 2019

Linda A. Hemminger, age 71, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at her home. Linda was born January 1, 1948 in Rock Falls the daughter of Eleanor Duncan and James Fordyce. She married Thomas Hemminger on October 6, 2003 in Jonesboro, AR. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2003. Linda was a homemaker. She is survived by two sons, Michael (Kristi) Marschang of Rock Falls...
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Barry Robert DeJarnatt

January 7, 1952 - October 2, 2019

Barry Robert DeJarnatt, age 67, of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at his home. His son, Seth and his family, and friends, Erik Haenni, April Tabor and Larry McGinn were with him at the time of his passing. Barry was born January 7, 1952 in Sandwich the son of Carson and Shirley (Burroughs) DeJarnatt. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1971 and served in the US Navy from...
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Beverly A. Miller

January 14, 1950 - October 2, 2019

Beverly A. Miller, age 69, formerly of Rock Falls died Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Beverly was born on January 14, 1950in Halifax, Nova Scotia the daughter of Vernon and Helen (Gouthro) Marshall. She married Leslie R. Miller on September 20, 1969 in Halifax. He died October 29, 2002. Beverly was employed at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Sterling...
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Margaret Alice Branson

June 11, 1923 - September 30, 2019

Margaret A. Branson, 96 died Monday September 30, 2019 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on June 11, 1923 in Salem, IL the daughter of William Harrison and Alta Odetta (Burton) Lenington. She married Oscar B. Branson on November 20, 1942 in St. Louis, MO. He died June 4, 1992. Margaret was a past member of the Tampico Baptist Church and passed the time reading her bible and working puzzles. ...
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Victor L. Jomant

September 10, 1957 - September 30, 2019

Victor L. Jomant, age 62 of Sterling, died Monday, September 30, 2019 at his home. Victor was born on September 10, 1957 in Sterling. He was the son of Joe and Patricia (Steltzer) Rodriguez. Victor married Nikki Walrath on August 1, 2003 in Rock Falls. He worked for Clinton Engineering for 16 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. ...
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William "Bill" Johnson

December 21, 1957 - September 29, 2019

STERLING – William "Bill" Johnson, age 61, died Sunday, September 29, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bill was born December 21, 1957 in Sterling the son of John E and Mary Ann (Schultz) Johnson. He worked as a Network Engineer for the Air Force and various contractors after retiring from the military. Bill was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling. Survivors...
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Teri Jo Lutz

December 28, 1948 - September 27, 2019

Teri J. Lutz, age 70 of Rock Falls, went to join Todd and family in Heaven on Friday, September 27, 2019. Born, December 28, 1948 in Sterling, she was the daughter of William and Marion Brown. She married Todd Lutz on April 7, 2001. He passed away on February 3, 2006. She loved to go to flea markets, go to auctions, and play BINGO at times. Teri loved sharing her life with her children and...
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Terry Schueler

October 14, 1945 - September 26, 2019

Terry L. Schueler, 73 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on October 14, 1945 in Sterling, the son of William and Blanche (Connolly) Schueler. Terry was a 1963 graduate of Rock Falls High School and a 1967 graduate of Northern Illinois University. He married Sally K. Calsyn on August 3, 1968 in Rock Falls. Terry was a veteran of the US...
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Elsie Orlando

August 6, 1942 - September 26, 2019

ROCK FALLS - On Thursday September 26, 2019, Elsie L. Orlando peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her youngest Son was with her at the time of her passing. Elsie was born on August 6, 1942 to Carl and Martha Hinrichs in Sterling. Elsie was married on April 23, 1966 to Carmen L. Orlando. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1992. Elsie was a Homemaker and devout...
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Mark L. Taylor

November 22, 1959 - September 25, 2019

Mark L. Taylor, age 59, of Dixon, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling surrounded by his loved ones. Mark was born November 22, 1959 in Sterling the son of Donald Taylor and LaDona (Akridge) Stevens. He served in the Air Force. He married Linda Kaehler on August 10, 1996 in Rock Falls and was self-employed at Boss Carpet One in Dixon for many years. ...
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Frank Belt

January 16, 1930 - September 24, 2019

Frank L. Belt, 89 of rural Morrison died Tuesday September 24, 2019 at his farm home. He was born on January 16, 1930 in Morrison, the son of Forest and Gladys (Crump) Belt. He grew up and was raised on the family farm South of Morrison located on IL 78 and Black Road. He was a graduate of Lyndon High School. Frank was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. He married Linnea...
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Celestina M. Serafin

June 26, 1955 - September 24, 2019

Celestina "Celeste" Marie Serafin, age 64 of Sterling, died Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at her home. Celeste was born on June 26, 1955 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of George and Anna (Warmus) Serafin. She worked as a pharmacy technician for various pharmaceutical jobs and then she worked at the Whiteside County Senior Center for many years. Celeste was a devout Catholic and a very...
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Petra Hernandez

April 30, 1930 - September 23, 2019

On September 23, 2019, God called our angel mom home. Petra Hernandez was surrounded by family when she passed peacefully at her home. Petra was born and raised in San Benito, TX. She married Asencion Hernandez on January 21, 1945. He preceded her in death on August 8, 2006. She is also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two children. She is survived by one brother, eight...
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Alan E. Ernst

June 1, 1937 - September 22, 2019

Alan E. Ernst, age 82, died Sunday September 22, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Alan was born on June 1, 1937, the son of George and Marie (Mundt) Ernst. He married Joyce Pyse on July 3, 1954 in Sterling. She died August 23, 2019. Alan was employed as a Supervisor and Maintenance Manager at Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling for 42 years retiring June 1, 1997. ...
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Dona J. McLaughlin

October 24, 1932 - September 21, 2019

Dona J. McLaughlin, age 86, died Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehab. Dona was born on October 24, 1932 in New Holland the daughter of Chris W. and Leona E. (Maacks) Puls. She married Delain McLaughlin on December 17, 1955 in Rock Falls. He died November 13, 2015. Dona graduated Salutatorian from Middletown High School and attended Illinois State University. ...
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Shirley Ruth Buntjer

March 7, 1947 - September 19, 2019

Shirley Ruth Buntjer, age 72 of Lyndon, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home. Shirley was born on March 7, 1947 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Edna (Eden) Muntean. She married John Buntjer on February 14, 1978 in Sterling. Shirley volunteered for 18 years at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. She enjoyed her cats and knitting. Survivors include her husband, John...
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Steven E. Howard

September 25, 1940 - September 19, 2019

Steven E. Howard, 78, of Albany, IL, died Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the V.A. Medical Center, Iowa City, IA. Steven was born on September 25, 1940, in Clinton, IA; the son of Harry H. and Harriett C. (Shannon) Howard. He is U.S. Air Force veteran. He was the owner and operator of Howard's Tap, Albany, for 26 years. He was a member of the Albany American Legion, Post #328 and Morrison...
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Herminio Rodriguez

October 6, 1945 - September 19, 2019

Herminio Rodriguez, Jr., age 73, died Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Herminio was born on October 6, 1945 in Santa Rosa, Texas the son of Herminio, Sr. and Ciria (Rodriguez) Rodriguez. He married Gynethia Bishop on February 13, 2009 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2019. Herminio was employed by Union Pacific and...
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Virgil W. Yohn

December 4, 1928 - September 18, 2019

Virgil W. Yohn, age 90 of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Virgil was born on December 4, 1928 in Sterling, the son of Lee and Hazel (McLindsay) Yohn. He attended Wyanet School becoming a letterman in basketball and track. Virgil is a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Marie Saraceno on July 6, 1956 in...
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Eugene D. George

May 23, 1935 - September 18, 2019

Eugene D. George, age 84, of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. Eugene was born May 23, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Chris and Catherine (Kiner) George. He was a devout Christian and a kind hearted person who was always giving of himself. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He touched all our hearts in a special way. ...
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Jerry A. Cater

December 11, 1944 - September 18, 2019

Jerry A. Cater, age 74, of Ashton, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Jerry was born December 11, 1944 in Princeton the son of Harry and Harriett (Allen) Cater. He was a graduate of Oregon High School and later married Constance "Connie" Perkins on August 5, 1967 in Rochelle and was employed at Del Monte and Silgan Containers both in Rochelle. ...
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Gary L. Zink

November 17, 1948 - September 15, 2019

Gary L. Zink, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his home. Gary was born November 17, 1948 in Savanna the son of Larry and Marian (Wires) Zink. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed at Raynor Garage Doors for 15 years and Dohrn Transfer Company for many years. He married Cindy Remala on July 24, 2009 in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife, Cindy...
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Patricia A. Marruffo

February 28, 1946 - September 13, 2019

Patricia A. Marruffo, age 73 of Sterling, died Friday, September 13, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Patricia was born on February 28, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Benito A. and Jovie (DeLeon) Marruffo. She worked at Woolworth's and Walmart in Sterling for many years. Pat was an avid Cubs Fan and enjoyed spoiling her nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was a...
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Gloria Gutierrez

April 6, 1944 - September 13, 2019

Gloria Gutierrez, age 75 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Gloria was born on April 6, 1944 in San Benito, TX, the daughter of Jose and Clara (Garza) Escamilla. She married Abraham J. Gutierrez on February 3, 1962 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 25, 1999. Gloria was a member...
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Raymond Braggo

August 28, 1918 - September 13, 2019

Raymond H. Braggo, age 101, formerly of Amboy died Friday, September 13, 2019 at Avonlea Cottage in Sterling. Raymond was born on August 28, 1918 in Oglesby the son of Charles and Rose C. (Foltynewicz) Braggo. He was united in marriage to Geraldine L. Lee on December 19, 1941 in Kahoka, Mo. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2010. They farmed in the Prophetstown and Amboy area until...
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Richard D. Parker, Jr.

August 21, 1955 - September 13, 2019

Richard D. Parker, Jr., age 64 of Rock Falls, died Friday, September 13, 2019 at his home. He was born on August 21, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Richard and Rita (Daniels) Parker, Sr. Survivors include his mother, Rita Parker of Sterling; two sisters, Debbie Hines of Rock Falls and Susan Parker of Sterling; three brothers, Jeff Parker, John (Wendy) Parker and Michael Parker all of Rock Falls....
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Donald Dean Bartlett

May 22, 1933 - September 11, 2019

Donald Dean Bartlett, age 86 of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Donald was born on May 22, 1933 in Green County, Illinois, the son of Walter "Jim" D. and Nettie E. (Wells) Bartlett. He graduated from Winchester High School and then received his Bachelor's Degree at Western Illinois University. Don...
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LeRoy Compton

June 22, 1935 - September 9, 2019

LeRoy Compton Sr., age 84 of Morton, IL died Monday, September 9, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Morton. LeRoy was born June 22, 1935 in Rufe OK, the son of Alvin and Rachel (Churchill) Compton. He married Sandra J. (Dickinson) Compton on May 12, 1956 in Sterling. He retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire in 1995 after 33 years of service. He was active in the FISH Pantry Program for...
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Roberta M. Zivney

May 30, 1932 - September 9, 2019

Roberta M. Zivney, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Citadel Care Center in Sterling. Roberta was born May 30, 1932 in St. Louis, Mo. the daughter of Robert and Juanita (Matthews) Kilroy. She was employed at Borg Warner for 25 years retiring in 1994. Roberta was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She is...
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Delbert M. Tarbill

November 28, 1936 - September 8, 2019

Delbert M. Tarbill, age 82, of Polo, died Sunday, September 8, 2019 at his home. Delbert was born November 28, 1936 in Sterling the son of Raymond and Luella (McLindsey) Tarbill. He married Evelyn Portner on June 20, 1964 in Rock Falls and was employed with the City of Sterling for many years. Delbert enjoyed collecting trains, hunting, fishing and playing guitar. Survivors include his...
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Charles T. Aldridge

December 23, 1949 - September 5, 2019

Charles Theodore Aldridge, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, September 5, 2019 at his home. Charles was born on December 23, 1949 in Sterling, the son of Aaron Isaac and Mary Ann (Mattingly) Aldridge. He was a United States Army Veteran. He married Martha E. (Ruiz) Juarez on August 13, 1984 in Rock Falls. Charles worked as an inventory clerk at Anchor Coupling for 20 years. He loved the...
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Marvin "Speed" Gulbranson

July 19, 1923 - September 4, 2019

Marvin "Speed" I. Gulbranson, age 96 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Marvin was born on July 19, 1923 in Benson, MN, the son of Ingelbret and Marie (Håvelsrud) Gulbranson. He is a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1943-1946. Marvin married Myrtle Hatten on August 6, 1960 at St. Paul's Ev....
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Bernadine A. Coats

December 13, 1930 - September 4, 2019

Bernadine A. Coats, age 88 of Sterling, Illinois, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Rock River Hospice. Bernadine was born on December 13, 1930 in Metamora, Illinois to Henry A. and Lillian A. (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She married Robert I. Coats on August 25, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2013. She was a devoted Air Force wife, as Bob served in the U.S.A...
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Donald J. Egan

June 4, 1939 - September 2, 2019

Donald J. Egan, 80 of Rock Falls died Monday September 2, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 4, 1939 in Sterling the son of Paul Francis and Helen Lorraine (Buxton) Egan. He married Sharon L. Richardson October 29, 1960 in Sterling. Don worked for over 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co retiring from the carpenter shop. Also, throughout his life, Don did masonry/brickwork...
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John E. Kenney

April 19, 1939 - August 30, 2019

John E. Kenney, age 80, of Polo, Illinois, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Illinois. John was born April 19, 1939 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Rita (Robertson) Kenney. He was a 1957 graduate of Dixon High School and later married Lydia Jimenez on February 15, 1958 in Sterling. John was retired from Commonwealth Edison after 40 years of service. He was...
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Joyce Pauline Ernst

May 10, 1937 - August 23, 2019

Joyce Pauline Ernst, age 82 of Morrison, formerly of Sterling, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Joyce was born on May 10, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Alan E. Ernst on July 3, 1954. Joyce worked as an LPN for several years. Survivors include her husband, Alan; her son, Lee (Lauren) Ernst of...
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Verna Jacobs

April 18, 1927 - August 19, 2019

Verna A. Jacobs, 92 of Sterling died Monday August 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on April 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of John Mathias and Edna Caroline (Woessner) Hammelman. She married Lloyd F. Jacobs on January 15, 1956 in Sterling. He died February 3, 2011. Verna had worked as a book keeper for several years at the Daily Gazette and later at WSDR Radio in...
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