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Joyce A. Hemminger

November 21, 1942 - May 23, 2018

Joyce A. Hemminger, 75, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joyce was born on November 21, 1942 in Sterling to Edward and Fanny (Clapper) Roberts. She is survived by her daughters, Jodi (Alex) Wade of Prophetstown and Jessica Hawley of Morrison; sisters, Edith Tarbill of Sterling and Joan Willis of Rock Falls; a brother, Jack Roberts of...
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Jane M. Rockwell

April 1, 1931 - May 22, 2018

Jane M. Rockwell Jane M. Rockwell, age 87, of Dixon, formerly of Rock Falls and Tampico, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Liberty Court in Dixon. Jane was born April 1, 1931 in Sterling the daughter of Jesse and Demarius Adele (Robinson) Warner. She was a 1950 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Sterling and later met and married the love of her life, Lowell D. Rockwell, on May 7, 1951...
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Richard J. Strong

May 4, 1936 - May 20, 2018

Richard J. Strong, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Sterling. Richard was born May 4, 1936 in Atchison, Kan. the son of Albert and Irene (VanDyke) Strong. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Carolyn Ortscheid on December 31, 1960 in Rock Island. Richard was a teacher at Challand Middle School for 32 years retiring in 1999. He had previously taught...
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Esther Mae Jones

February 26, 1937 - May 16, 2018

Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones, age 81, of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Esther was born February 26, 1937 the daughter of James and Winnie (McGee) Wallace. She moved to Sterling in 1968 and was employed at the Dixon State School. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed praying, family, walking,...
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George Albert Logan, Jr.

July 8, 1927 - May 14, 2018

George A. Logan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14 surrounded by his immediate family. George was born July 8, 1927 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest O. and Mary (Smith) Logan. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945 and was a life-long resident of Rock Falls. Upon graduation George joined the US Army and served during World War II from 1945-47. He was a member of...
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John M. Dunaway

February 19, 1935 - May 12, 2018

John M. Dunaway, age 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home. John was born February 19, 1935 in Decatur the son of Noah and Marguerite (York) Dunaway. He served in the US Air Force and later graduated from the draftsman trade school at Oklahoma State University. John married Carolyn Turner on November 23, 1957 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio....
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Antonio M. Castillo

July 31, 1932 - May 12, 2018

Antonio M. Castillo, age 85 of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Antonio was born on July 31, 1932 in San Benito, Texas, the son of Jose and Teresa (Martinez) Castillo. He married Dominga Castaneda on January 11, 1959. She preceded him in death on June 25, 1984. Antonio worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 35 years until retirement. Survivors include...
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Marjorie L. Brotheridge

July 3, 1919 - May 9, 2018

Marjorie L. Brotheridge, age 98 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Marjorie was born on July 3, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Macfarlane) Pexton. She married Robert A. Brotheridge on November 7, 1937 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2007. Marjorie worked at Frantz Manufacturing. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and...
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James Preston Starling

October 10, 1947 - May 8, 2018

James Preston "Sweet Coc" (name originated from his love of Coca Cola) Starling, 70, of Prophetstown, IL, formerly of Des Moines, IA, and Rock Island, IL., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Winning Wheels Comprehensive Rehabilitative Care. Due to an accident, he spent the last 17 years of his life in comprehensive care. He accepted this period with great...
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Howard A. Boostrom

February 21, 1925 - May 7, 2018

Howard A. Boostrom Howard A. Boostrom, age 93, of Sterling, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Howard was born February 21, 1925 in Galva the son of Carl and Gladys (Larson) Boostrom. He graduated from Galva High School in 1942 and entered the US Navy in May of 1943, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was discharged in January of 1946. Howard...
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MaryLou Meyer

February 8, 1927 - May 5, 2018

STERLING – MaryLou E. Meyer, 91 of Sterling died Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on February 8, 1927 near Morrison, IL the daughter of William and Jennie (Taylor) Frankfother. She married Melvin F. Meyer on November 11, 1945 near Polo at Brick Church. He died August 11, 2000. MaryLou had worked as a switchboard operator for Illinois Bell and also back when CGH...
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Lawrence "Larry" Eggleston

October 13, 1933 - May 5, 2018

STERLING - Mr. Lawrence "Larry" Paul Eggleston, born on October 13, 1933 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, to the late Sylvia and Wilbur Eggleston , passed away at age 84 on May 5, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois surrounded by his wife and children. Larry's faith in Christ and love of his family was evident to the end. He was involved all of his life in the church,...
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Esther Marie Cummings

April 20, 1920 - May 3, 2018

Esther Marie Cummings, age 98, formerly of Sterling, IL, passed away peacefully at her home in Tigard, Oregon, on Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, following an extended recovery period from a broken hip. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Charlotte, Iowa, and married Albert L Cummings on July 30, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. She lived her life solely for her family and was happiest when she was doing...
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Janice M. Calandri

November 20, 1926 - May 2, 2018

Janice M. Calandri Janice M. Calandri, age 91, of Moline, formerly of Cordova, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in Moline. Janice was born November 20, 1926 in Sterling, the daughter of Clarence and Lepha (Sherman) Humphrey. She married Junior Wiens and had two children, Pamela and Kevin. Later, she married Raymond Calandri on...
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Dwight J. Hoogheem

July 28, 1926 - May 2, 2018

Dwight J. Hoogheem, 91, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL. Dwight was born July 28, 1926, in Clinton, IA; the son of John and Janetta (Sikkema) Hoogheem. He married Irma Brondyke on June 28, 1949, in Albany, IL; she survives. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was employed by Agrico Chemical Company, Fulton, IL for 26 years, then...
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Isola Toby Irwin

December 18, 1936 - May 2, 2018

Isola M. "Toby" Irwin, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Toby was born on December 18, 1936 in Moweaqua, Ill. to Aubry D. and Hazel F. (Mullen) Stringer. She married Larry Lee Irwin on June 30, 1972 in Rock Falls. She baby sat many children for several years. She is survived by her husband Larry, of Rock Falls; her daughters, Mary ...
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Amber Washam

January 30, 1980 - April 30, 2018

STERLING – Amber F. Washam, 38 died Monday April 30, 2018. She was born on January 30, 1980 in Sterling. Amber recently had worked at Comfort Inn of Rock Falls. Survivors include her parents, Tammy (Keith) Tompkins of Rock Falls; her daughter Hannah Washam of Sterling; her maternal grandparents, Sam (Pat) Skinner of Rock Falls; her brothers: Joshua Tompkins of Sterling, Justin (Jennifer)...
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Donald W. Lauts

June 18, 1931 - April 29, 2018

Donald W. Lauts, 86 Donald Wayne Lauts, 86, a lifelong resident of Emerson, died Sunday, April 29, 2018. He was born June 18, 1931 in Prairieville, the second son of Herbert and Anna (Reins) Lauts. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in 1954, having attained the rank of Sergeant. After returning from Korea, Don met and married Dorothy...
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Wanda D. Hinrichs

April 3, 1925 - April 28, 2018

Wanda D. Hinrichs, 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Wanda was born on April 3, 1925 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Paul H. and Lula M. (Kendall) Smith. She married Harold "Bud" Hinrichs on December 11, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 26, 1984. Wanda was a Foster Grandparent for Sterling Schools for ten years and retired...
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Nellie L. Colley

February 23, 1926 - April 27, 2018

Nellie LaVern Colley Nellie LaVern Colley, 92, died Friday, April 27, 2018 at Dixon Rehab and Health Care Center. Nellie was born on February 23, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Sanders) Popejoy. She married Hubert Colley on December 13, 1948 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on November 28, 1995. She was an avid BINGO player, a lifetime member of the Rock Falls...
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Arthur Leon Gillihan

December 31, 1942 - April 27, 2018

Arthur (Leon) Gillihan, 75 of Rock Falls, IL passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood surrounded by his family who loved him very much. Leon was born December 31, 1942 in Gorby, AR to Alex and Dora (Smith) Gillihan. He married his high school sweet heart, Lena Sherrill on July 2, 1960. Leon's greatest joy was his family. He enjoyed attending...
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James D. Partridge

January 13, 1927 - April 26, 2018

James Douglas Partridge, 91 of Sterling, died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. James was born on January 13, 1927 in Dixon, the son of Hector and Mabel (Dettman) Partridge. He is a United States Army Veteran and served in WWII as a Private First Class. James then joined the Army National Guard and retired as Sergeant First Class. He married Trudy Lambert on...
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Leola Mae Pitts

April 30, 1933 - April 25, 2018

Leola M. Pitts, 84, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on April 30, 1933 in Sterling to Leo Ray and Alva Mae (Shook) Hinrichs. She married Gene Morgan. She later married Raymond Pitts in 2007. Leola worked for Lawrence Brothers as a supervisor for 19 years until retiring in 1977. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Evangelical...
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Joseph C. McDonald

December 3, 1937 - April 24, 2018

NESLON, IL – Joseph C. McDonald, 80 of Nelson died April 24, 2018. Our dad was born on December 3, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence J. "Bun" and Josephine M. (Genz) McDonald. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Nelson, his mother's home town which became his lifelong home. He attended Nelson Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. ...
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Louis "Joe" Valente

June 2, 1950 - April 22, 2018

Louis M. "Joe" Valente, 67 of Rock Falls died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joe was born on June 2, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Michael J. and Joan C. (Posada) Valente. He worked at Lawrence Brothers for 5 years until October of 1975. He was an avid billiards player. Joe became the kind of player that he had always respected. It was his love of family...
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Marvin E. Wallace

April 23, 1923 - April 22, 2018

Marvin E. Wallace, 94 died Sunday April 22, 2018. He was born on April 23, 1923 in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence and Bernice (Stroup) Wallace. He attended and graduated from Rock Falls Schools and High School. He married Carmen Bohms on November 23, 1943 in Rock Falls. She died October 31, 2000. Marvin was a member of Immanuel Ev Lutheran Church in Rock Falls since 1946. He was custodian of...
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Jack Wohlstadter

February 4, 1932 - April 22, 2018

Jack Valentine Wohlstadter, 86, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Dixon Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Dixon. Jack was born in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Henry Louis and Edna Phillipina (Richars) Wohlstadter on February 4, 1932. Jack attended Woodward Elementary (K thru 8th grade) and Cleveland High School, graduating in 1950.He had been a member of the Cleveland High School Gym...
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Vada B. Lansford

June 24, 1927 - April 20, 2018

Vada B. (Fields) Lansford of Rock Falls died peacefully Friday April 20, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. Vada was born on June 24, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of George W and Hazel E. (Eichelberger) Fields. She attended Sterling schools and graduated from Rock Falls High School. On December 7, 1946 she married Leslie E. "Pete" Lansford. He died December 8, 1980. She worked for several stores...
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Daniel Henson

April 29, 1946 - April 20, 2018

Daniel J. Henson, 71 of Sterling died Friday April 20, 2018 at his home following an illness. He was born on April 29, 1946 in Sterling, the son of Donald and Florence (Marcrum) Henson. He married Linda Smith. He later married Clarise K. Hunsberger on May 28, 1988. Dan served in the US Army for over 21 years retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. Dan then went to work at Frantz Bearing...
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Robert Durant

December 22, 1961 - April 19, 2018

Robert W. Durant, 56 of Rock Falls died Thursday April 19, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 22, 1961 in Sterling the son of Robert and Donna (Beaver) Durant. He was in the US Navy from 1979 – 1983 having severed on the USS Saratoga. He married Pamela F. Parrott on September 15, 1995. At the time of his death, Robert was working at Mallard Manufacturing in...
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Catherine Shuman

March 30, 1953 - April 18, 2018

Catherine "Cathy" Shuman, 65 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Cathy was born on March 30, 1953 in Cook County, the daughter of Dewey and Rose (Gordon) Chattin. She married Lester Shuman on July 9, 2004 in Morrison. Cathy worked as a LPN for home health care for many years. Survivors include her husband, Lester; her son, Christopher ...
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Helen Sanders

August 7, 1929 - April 17, 2018

Helen Marie Hinz Sanders, 88, of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Helen was born on August 7, 1929 in Charlotte, Iowa the daughter of William and Hulda Hinz. She married the late Sedrick M. Sanders on September 3, 1949. He died on January 23, 2003. Helen enjoyed playing the violin, cooking, and reading. She was active in...
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Kenneth W. Jay

December 27, 1926 - April 17, 2018

Kenneth W. Jay, age 91, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Unity Point in Rock Island. Kenneth was born December 27, 1926 in Neodasha, Kan. the son of Oscar and Lillian (Biddle) Jay. He served in the US Navy during WWII and later was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 30 years. He married Margery Miller on March 19, 1949 in Peoria. She preceded him in...
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Louise M. Myers

March 9, 1928 - April 13, 2018

Louise M. Myers, 90 of Sterling, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Louise was born on March 9, 1928 in Holdrege, NE, the daughter of Burt and Bessie (Norval) Englund. She married Vern J. Myers on October 13, 1945 in Girard, KS. He preceded her in death on November 14, 1997. Louise worked for Gear Corp as a finisher for 18 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member...
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Barbara J. Gillette

July 19, 1959 - April 12, 2018

Barbara J. Gillette, age 58, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Barbara was born on July 19, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Jones) Gillette. She married Michael W. Greeno on November 5, 1977 in Lyndon. Barb later married Phil Kuehl in May of 2001. She was co-owner and operator of Kuehl's Pub in Prophetstown for several years. Barb was an...
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Todd R. Dewald

May 18, 1966 - April 11, 2018

Todd R. Dewald, 51, of Tampico, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 18, 1966 in Sterling to Craig G. and Barbara (Wolber) Dewald. He was united in marriage to Julie White on June 28, 1986 in Walnut. Todd worked for National Manufacturing Company for 22 years and Rock River Lumber and Grain for the last 8 years. Todd raised mules and...
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Diane Little

June 7, 1945 - April 11, 2018

Diane Little, age 72 of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Diane was born on June 7, 1945 in North Dakota, the daughter of John and Mary (Heintz) Tschosik. She married John C. Little on October 15, 1966 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1994. Diane worked in food service all her life and retired from...
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John A. Krueger

July 10, 1946 - April 10, 2018

John Alvin Krueger, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Mercy Health Center in Rockford. John was born on July 10, 1946 in Mankato, MN, the son of Clarence and Lavola (Miller) Krueger. He is a United States Marine Veteran. John served in the Vietnam War and is a Purple Heart recipient. He married Jane Bell on October 22, 1977 in Rock Falls. He was a truck driver and drove for...
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Henry B. Cassens

November 12, 1937 - April 10, 2018

Henry B. Cassens, age 80, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Henry was born November 12, 1937 in Sterling the son of Vernon and Leona (Johnson) Cassens. He married Beverly Turek on September 10, 1960 in Polo and was employed at several window manufacturing companies. Survivors include his wife of Sterling; four sons, Jeffrey (Kathleen)...
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Rockie Penaflor

August 27, 1927 - April 9, 2018

Rockie Penaflor (Mr. Rockie) passed away on April 9th, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. He was 90 years old. Mr. Peñaflor was born on August 27th,1927 in Deming, New Mexico to his parents, Felipé and Angela Peñaflor. Rockie was raised in his beloved Rocky Mountains of Claremont, Wyoming until his family moved to Sterling at age 13. He married Mary Lou Dunaven on July 14th, 1948....
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Jeffrey L. White

March 23, 1955 - April 8, 2018

Jeffrey L. White, age 63, died Sunday April 8, 2018 at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. Jeff was born on March 23, 1955 in Dixon the son of Charles M. and Phyllis (Rhodes) White. He was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire, Sterling for 20 years. He was a member of Local 727 as a Truck Driver for Austin Powder/Dyno Nobel companies. Jeff enjoyed gardening, was an avid Seattle...
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Terry L. Heeren

September 10, 1947 - April 6, 2018

Terry L. Heeren, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Terry was born September 10, 1947 in Princeton the son of Fred "Pete" and Rita (Saathoff) Heeren. He was a 1965 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling. Terry served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and later was employed as the head of the mail room at the Rockford...
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Mary 'Joyce' Franklin

January 2, 1952 - April 5, 2018

Mary "Joyce" Franklin, 66 of Polo, died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joyce was born on January 2, 1952 in Evansville, IN, the daughter of Charles and Mary Jane (Lynch) Williams. She graduated from Mendota High School in 1970 then graduated from IVCC in 1972 from the Nursing Program. She worked for 34 years as a Registered Nurse in the OB department at...
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Marilyn J. Jackley

June 3, 1931 - April 2, 2018

Marilyn J. Jackley, age 86, of Sterling, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2018, from 10 – 11:00 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Hillenbrand officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling.
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Othel "Ozzie" Osborn

December 28, 1933 - March 29, 2018

Othel "Ozzie" Osborn, 84 of Prophetstown, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Ozzie was born on December 28, 1933 in Carbondale Twp, IL, the son of Charlie C. and Violet (Ward) Osborn. He was married to Yvonne Albus for 27 years, together they had two children, Rick and Marty. He then married Charlotte P. McKenna in June 1982 in Coleta. She preceded...
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Audrey J. Brockman

July 8, 1929 - March 29, 2018

Audrey J. Brockman, 88 of Rock Falls died Thursday March 29, 2018 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on July 8, 1929 in Earlville, IL the daughter of Cloyd and Nancy (Garrison) Cook. She married Robert A. Brockman July 31, 1949 in Sterling. He died February 27, 2015. Audrey had worked in retail in the Sterling area. She was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Rock Falls and was a...
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Angela J. Jordan

May 11, 1959 - March 28, 2018

Angela J. Jordan, 58, of Sterling, died on Wednesday evening, March 28, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on May 11, 1959 in Salina, Kansas to Virgil and Harriet (Sutton) Van Derryt. She married Chris Jordan in 2007 in Rock Island. Angela was an inventory specialist with Ray-O-Vac for 9 years. She was a member of Abiding Word Church in Sterling and was an avid Chicago...
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William T. Williams

June 14, 1932 - March 28, 2018

William T. Williams, age 85 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home. William was born on June 14, 1932 in Rolla, Missouri, the son of Vernon and Irene (Murphy) Williams. He married Lois J. Tarbill on October 22, 1951 in Sterling. William was a truck driver for over 40 years and retired from Roadway Trucking. He was a lifelong member of the Rock Falls Eagle's Club. Survivors...
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Richard T. Horn

December 16, 1933 - March 27, 2018

Richard T. Horn, 84, of Morrison, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 16, 1933 in Ladora, Iowa to Frank and Martha (Timm) Horn. He married Sondra Stover on September 17, 1960 in Knoxville, Iowa. Richard was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison, and retired from Morrison Institute of Technology as an instructor. ...
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Pat Wiles

April 14, 1937 - March 27, 2018

Pat Wiles, age 80 of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Pat was born on April 14, 1937 in Princeton. She married Allen Wiles on December 31, 1965. Pat retired from Kirlin's Hallmark in Sterling. She was a member of the 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Allen; two daughters, Debra and Penny; one son, Chuck...
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Sonia K. Larson

September 11, 1937 - March 26, 2018

Sonia K. Larson, age 80, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice House, Sterling. Sonia was born on September 11, 1937 in Dawson, Minn. the daughter of Olaf and Alice (Shaffer) Peterson. She married James L. Larson on October 21, 1958 in Sterling. He died January 24, 1992. Sonia was employed as a Caregiver with Dors in Rock Falls. Survivors include, four daughters, Dawn ...
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Brandi J Laughlin

January 13, 1979 - March 26, 2018

Brandi J. Laughlin, 39 of Rock Falls died Monday March 26, 2018 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on January 13, 1979 in Sterling the daughter of Joseph and Renee (Zentz) Sibley. Brandi had earned her associates degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse, working in family practice and dermatology for over 12 years before deciding to spend more time with her...
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Brent Ricks

November 22, 1960 - March 24, 2018

Brent Edward Ricks It is with great sadness that the family of Brent Ricks announces his unexpected passing on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the age of 57 years, in Houston, Texas. Brent was born November 22, 1960 in Sterling, the son of Edward and Nancy (Eshleman) Ricks. He was a 1978 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He attended Northern Illinois University. After college, Brent worked at...
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Curtis Varney

January 12, 1929 - March 22, 2018

Curtis D. Varney, 89 of Sterling died Thursday March 22, 2018. He was born on January 12, 1929 in Sterling the son Elmer and Frances (Curtis) Varney and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. He married Rosemary Blase on August 11, 1957 in Oregon, IL. She died July 12, 2005. He later married Ramona (Rice) Elmendorf on December 28, 2007 in Rock Falls. Curtis had farmed...
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Rose J. Thompson

June 28, 1934 - March 22, 2018

Rose J. Thompson, age 83 of Sterling, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at her home. Rose was born on June 28, 1934 in Amboy, the daughter of Ray and Dorothy Newman. She married John Hinton. He preceded her in death. She then married Roy "Skip" Thompson on January 7, 2006 in Dixon. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Roy;...
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Leonard E. Prew

August 28, 1926 - March 21, 2018

STERLING – Leonard E. Prew, age 91, died Wednesday March 21, 2018 at Rock River Hospice & Home, Sterling. Leonard was born August 28, 1926 in Dixon the son of Louis and Rose (Rietz) Prew. He married Doris Boehm on July 17, 1949. She died November 5, 1997. Later he married Marilyn Jones-Mosher on October 17, 1998. Leonard was employed as the head of the accounting department and assistant...
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Robert E. Wiersema

May 19, 1941 - March 20, 2018

MORRISON – Robert E. Wiersema, 76 died Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Morrison Community Hospital. He was born on May 19, 1941 in Fulton, the son of Jacob and Jeanette (Wierema) Wiersema. Bob was a gentle soul who loved spending time with his family and friends and making them laugh with his special sense of humor. He enjoyed a long career as a head cook and kitchen manager for various local...
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Sally A. Pope

June 21, 1934 - March 20, 2018

Sally A. Pope, age 83, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Regency Care of Sterling. Sally was born in Joliet the daughter of Dee and Mary (Whiteman) Maxwell. She married Walter Pope on September 15, 1956 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2001. She was employed as a nurse's aide at the Plainfield Nursing Home. Survivors include one daughter, Jayne (Dean) Hurd;...
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Ronda G. Boken

February 22, 1961 - March 19, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Ronda G. Boken, age 57, died at home Monday March 19, 2018 following an extended illness. Ronda was born on February 22, 1961 in Sterling the daughter of George and Rose Marie (Blankenship) Thomas. She married William Boken, Jr. on August 10, 1996 in Rock Falls. She was an LPN for Gaffey Home Nursing for five years. Survivors include her husband, Bill Boken of Rock Falls; one...
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Gene L. Klock

March 20, 1937 - March 19, 2018

Gene L. Klock, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Gene was born March 20, 1937, in German Valley the son of Samuel and Ruth (Swalve) Klock. He served in the National Guard and later married Martha "Sue" Berard on January 19, 1963 in Polo. He was employed at Radio Ranch for over 50 years as an Avionics Engineer. Gene was an avid Ham Radio...
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Carol Treadwell

January 1, 1923 - March 18, 2018

STERLING – Carol Treadwell, age 95, of Benton passed away Sunday March 18, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Carol was born on January 1, 1923 in Joliet to Leonard F. and Carol (Leigh) Roblee. She was united in marriage to Harry A. Treadwell on January 8, 1945 in Glen Ellyn. They celebrated more than 72 years of marriage together. Carol was a 1941 graduate of Lockport High School. ...
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Helen M. Warren

September 1, 1925 - March 18, 2018

Helen M. Warren Helen M. Warren, age 92, of Sterling, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Regency Care of Sterling. Helen was born September 1, 1925, in Mt. Erie the daughter of Bedie and Pearl (Vandaveer) Berg. She was a school teacher in Orchardville and later married Earl Warren on May 22, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 15, 1975. Helen was an avid bowler and enjoyed...
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Virginia L. Bass

January 3, 1938 - March 17, 2018

Virginia L. Bass, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling (formerly Sterling Pavilion). Virginia was born on January 3, 1938 in Round Grove, the daughter of Harold and Ethel (Manon) Van Horn. She married George Bass on August 8, 1954 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2014. Virginia worked at General Electric in Morrison before retiring....
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Mary Ann Schwindenhammer

March 14, 1941 - March 16, 2018

Rock Falls- Mary Ann Schwindenhammer, 77, of Rock Falls, died on Friday evening, March 16, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on March 14, 1941 in Sterling to Philip and Beulah (Schwitzberger) McAndrews. She was united in marriage to Robert Schwindenhammer on August 24, 1963 in Sterling. She enjoyed bowling for many years, her computer and going to the casino. ...
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Todd A. Pratt

August 17, 1960 - March 15, 2018

Todd A. Pratt, age 57 passed away at home on March 15, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends. Todd was born on August 17, 1960 in Morrison the son of Lester and Anita (Santer) Pratt. He married Vickie Como on March 16, 2001. Todd was a diehard Steelers fan. He worked at St. Marys cement plant in Dixon. Survivors include his wife Vickie of Dixon and new puppy Tess; his father, Lester...
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James J. Howell, Sr.

July 7, 1945 - March 15, 2018

ROCK FALLS – James J. Howell, Sr. age 72, died at home surrounded by family Thursday, March 15, 2018 following an extended illness. James was born on July 7, 1945 in Cahokia the son of Joy and Norma (Meyer) Howell. He married Judith L. Hart on July 1, 1989 in Clinton, Iowa. She died January 10, 2017. He was employed as a Lineman with AT&T for 39 years. James served his country in the Navy...
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Ruth Ann Meier

April 20, 1941 - March 14, 2018

Ruth Ann Meier, 76, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Ruth was born on April 20, 1941 in Rock Falls to Evelyn Rayborn. She worked in the restaurant at Walgreen's for 14 years. She is survived by a son, Todd (Kris) Meier of Washington, Ill.; a grandson; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2...
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Addie "Linda" McGregory

October 1, 1931 - March 14, 2018

Addie "Linda" P. McGregory, age 86 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Linda was born on October 1, 1931 in Oneida, Arkansas, the daughter of Henry and Clara (LeVenia) Jones. She married Webster "Wayne" McGregory on April 4, 1953 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2014. She is survived by her two sons, Michael W. (Debbie)...
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Arny Joe Johnson

March 22, 1955 - March 12, 2018

Arny Joe Johnson, 62, of Deer Grove, died on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on March 22, 1955 in Sterling to Arnold Gilbert and Phyllis (Chandler) Johnson. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 27 years until the mill closed. He later worked at Sterling Steel for 15 years. Surviving are his children, Brandi (Jeffrey) Tutterrow...
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Ann McMillin

January 9, 1928 - March 10, 2018

Ann McMillin, 90, of Sterling, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Sterling Pavilion, surrounded by the love of her family (clan) and under the care of Rock River Hospice. Ann was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Lorene (Regan) Bingham. She was one of sixteen children. Ann married John "Jack" McMillin on February 15, 1947. Ann attended Chicago State University...
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Joseph A. Garcia

May 4, 1958 - March 10, 2018

Joseph A. Garcia, 59 of Sterling died Saturday March 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 4, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Salvador and Delores (Seidel) Garcia. He attended St. Mary Grade School and was a 1976 graduate of Sterling High School. Joe married Denise Francque on July 15, 1995 in Sterling. He was employed for 25 years at the Dixon Correctional Center as a...
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Carol Koehler

August 25, 1935 - March 9, 2018

Carol Marian (Full) Koehler, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 9, 2018. Carol was born on August 25, 1935 to Jacob and Thelka (Dinges) Full in Sublette, Illinois. She married Jack D. Koehler at St. Patrick's Church, Amboy, IL, on July 13, 1957. They are the parents of Kimberly (Robert) Freitag of Elgin, IL, Trish Joyce (Thomas Senneff) of Sterling, IL, and...
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Pamela S. Charleston

February 20, 1955 - March 9, 2018

Pamela S. "Pam" Charleston, 63 of Rock Falls died Friday March 9, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on February 20, 1955 in Dixon, the daughter of Elmer and Frances (Carry) Shoemaker. Pam was a 1974 graduate of Rock Falls High School where she had been active in the Marching Rockets. She married Ray L. Charleston on February 16, 1975 in Rock Falls. Pam was employed...
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Ramona J. Clardie

September 22, 1934 - March 9, 2018

Ramona (Monie) Joy Clardie STERLING – Ramona Clardie, 83, of Sterling, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at CGH in Sterling. Monie was born Sept. 22, 1934 in Villa Ridge, IL, the daughter of Amos and Virginia (Sisk) Clardie. She was Paralyzed in a car accident at age 17, she worked from her home (before it was fashionable), operating Clardie Telephone Answering Service over 45 years. She was a...
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Raymond V. Lehman

December 3, 1951 - March 7, 2018

Raymond V. Lehman, 66 of Sterling died Wednesday March 7, 2018 at his home. He was born on December 3, 1951 in Morrison, the son of Charles E. and Phoebe D. (Bannick) Lehman. He married Janice I. Wuebben on May 11, 1974 in Erie, IL. Mr. Lehman was employed for over 20 years as a correctional officer for the Illinois Department of Correction at the Dixon Prison. He was an active member of...
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Andrew C. Kallas

May 12, 1952 - March 6, 2018

Andrew Christ Kallas Andrew C. Kallas, age 65, of Dixon, IL, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Andrew was born May 12, 1952, in Dixon, the son of Christ and Violet (Giannetto) Kallas. He served in the US Army. Career positions included Mainline Railroad crew leader, Dixon Park District director, Heartland Cable and Wireless regional manager, and most...
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Bernard J. Housenga

April 1, 1929 - March 4, 2018

Bernard J. Housenga Bernard J. Housenga, age 88, of Fulton, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at The Alverno in Clinton, IA. Bernard was born April 1, 1929 in East Clinton, IL, the son of Dave J. and Bessie (Wiersema) Housenga. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1947 and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Bernard married Mary J. Lyons on June 29, 1951. He retired from Ralston Purina as...
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Shirley Ann Adams

April 21, 1949 - March 4, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Shirley Ann Adams, age 68 passed away at home Sunday, March 4, 2018 surrounded by her family. Shirley was born on April 21, 1949 in Sterling the daughter of Thomas and Bernice (Ennis) Holcomb. She married Harold G. Adams on October 29, 1977 in Rock Falls. Shirley was a homemaker who loved her kids and grandkids. She also loved Elvis Presley. Survivors include her husband,...
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Barbara Osborn

October 9, 1923 - March 3, 2018

Barbara Jeanne Reed Osborn was born October 9, 1923 in London Mills, IL the sixth of fourteen children of Bertha and Cyril Reed. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University, she married Philip Shanton Osborn in 1946. Barbara also earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Colorado and a M. A. in Instructional Technology from Northern...
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Kathryn A. Hesser

November 10, 1935 - March 3, 2018

Kathryn Hesser, 82, of Sterling, died on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at her home. She was born on November 10, 1935 in Princeton to Ivan and Ethel (Baxter) Saathoff. She married Ronald D. Hesser, Sr. on January 5, 1957 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1997. Kathryn was a registered nurse for over 50 years and had worked at several area nursing homes, retiring as Director...
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Mary A. Blevins

July 19, 1975 - March 2, 2018

DAVIS JUNCTION – Mary A. Blevins, age 42, died at home, Friday, March 2, 2018 following an extended illness. Mary was born on July 19, 1975 in Standish, Mich. the daughter of Darrell and Judy (Moore) Hicks. She married Lathe Blevins in Sterling on August 17, 1996. Mary was employed for 23 years with the 3M Corporation in Sycamore as a Systems Analyst. Survivors include, her husband,...
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Ernestine "Chick" Bradford

February 3, 1925 - March 1, 2018

Ernestine "Chic" Bradford, 93 died Thursday, March 1, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on February 3, 1925 in Cash, Arkansas the daughter of Clarence and Etta Lee (McGowan) Montgomery. She married Harvey Bradford on October 26, 1940 in Cash, AR. He died February 21, 2000. She was employed for 22 years at the former General Electric Plant in Morrison, retiring in 1985. She...
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James O. Martin

July 10, 1938 - February 26, 2018

James O. Martin, 79 of Rock Falls died Monday February 26, 2018 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. He was born on July 10, 1938 in Des Moines, IA the son of Bertchel and Ann (Richardson) Martin and served two years in the US Navy. He married the former Arlene (Shuman) DeGroot on September 12, 1981 in Sterling. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling before retiring. ...
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Donna Pritchard

May 20, 1946 - February 26, 2018

SHANNON – Donna Pritchard, age 71, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport. Donna was born on May 20, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of Robert E. and Margaret B. (Moore) Schryver. She was employed with Burgess Battery Company for several years and most recently with Casey's General Store in Shannon. Survivors include, her son, Scott Pritchard of Dixon; two...
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Dean A. Hicks

October 16, 1962 - February 25, 2018

Dean Alan Hicks, age 55 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 25, 2018 at his home. Dean was born on October 16, 1962 in Sterling, the son of James Clinton and Carolyn Jean (Bloomquist) Hicks. He was a United States Army Veteran. Dean worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 10 years. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Hicks of Rock Falls; three daughters, Kacie (Jon) Alton...
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Sally Wolf

April 28, 1952 - February 23, 2018

Sally Jean Wolf, 65 of Rock Falls, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Sally was born on April 28, 1952 in Sterling, the daughter of Manuel S. and Connie (Morales) Galvan. She married David Wolf on March 12, 1999 in Sterling. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, swimming, cooking for family gatherings and talking and visiting with special friends. ...
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Pauline Newman

July 25, 1930 - February 22, 2018

Pauline Newman Pauline Newman, age 87, of Sterling, died Thursday, February 22, 2018, at The Citadel of Sterling. Pauline was born July 25, 1930 in Tampico the daughter of Charles and Viola Newman. Survivors include one daughter, Michele (Mike) O'hara of Plano; two sons, Pat Balk of Sabula, Iowa and David Bower of Argo Fay; one brother, Harold Newman of Rock Falls; one brother-in-law,...
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Lovie M. Hughes

August 13, 1928 - February 19, 2018

Lovie Mae (Palsgrove) Hughes The Hughes family announces the passing of Lovie M Hughes, 89, of Sterling died Monday February 19, 2018 in her home. She was born August 13th 1928 in Columbus, Kentucky, the daughter of Jake and Nellie (McDonald) Palsgrove. She married Everett S. Hughes in Oceola, Arkansas on August 23, 1945; Everett passed in 2004. She worked at Northwestern Steel &...
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Sharon L. Jenkins

August 5, 1934 - February 18, 2018

Sharon L. Jenkins, 83, of Rock Falls, died on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at her home. She was born on August 5, 1934 in Sterling to Tracy and Evelyn (Baker) Jones. She married Donald Leroy Jenkins on August 30, 1978 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2003. She was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and worked as a telephone operator. She later went to work for...
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Nancy A. Shipp

November 4, 1936 - February 18, 2018

STERLING – Nancy Shipp, age 81, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Rock River Valley Hospice and Home, Sterling. Nancy was born on November 4, 1936 the daughter of Arthur and Irma (Atherton) Crofton. She married E. Donald Shipp on November 24, 1955 in Sterling. He died in February of 1990. Nancy was a homemaker. Survivors include, two daughters, Chris (Mike) Kuelper of Rock Falls and Cathy...
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Duane A. Nielsen

April 1, 1922 - February 17, 2018

Duane A. Nielsen, 95, originally of Rock Falls, IL, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Genesis Health Group in DeWitt, IA. He previously was in assisted living in Davenport, IA. Duane was born April 1, 1922 in New Sterling, Jackson County, IA, the son of Nels C. and Grace L. (Bristol) Nielsen. After graduation from Clinton High School in 1941, he was employed by Climax Engineering for 10...
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LaVerne A. Welte

September 25, 1939 - February 11, 2018

LaVerne A. Welte, 78 of Sterling died Sunday February 11, 2018 at Rock River Home and Hospice. He was born on September 25, 1939 in Rockford, IL the son of Anthony and Ruth (Hennessy) Welte. He served in the US Army from 1961 – 1963. He married Charlene E. Danner on April 4, 1964. She died July 14, 1998. LaVerne had been employed as a purchasing agent and had retired from Sauk Valley...
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Patsy J. Bryant

March 29, 1940 - February 11, 2018

Patsy J. Bryant, 77 of Rock Falls died Sunday February 11, 2018 at Rock River Home and Hospice in Sterling. She was born on March 29, 1940 in Flora, IL the daughter of Rex and Lola Marjorie (Rogers) Staley. She married Ronald Walls on April 29, 1962. She later married Curtis C. Bryant on November 30, 1985 in Rochelle. He died January 14, 2011. Survivors include her daughter Debra (Fred)...
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Cheryl Simester

January 6, 1930 - February 8, 2018

Cheryl A. Simester, 88, of Sterling, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Cheryl was born on January 6, 1930 in Rock Falls to Ralph Levi and Marguerite Lamoine (Cole) Ryan. She was united in marriage to Raymond Alfred Simester on December 14, 1950 at Rock Falls Congregational Church. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2001. ...
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Frank C. Vranich

April 10, 1925 - February 7, 2018

Frank Charles Vranich, age 92 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Frank was born on April 10, 1925 in Ironwood, MI, the son of Steve and Barbara (Biondich) Vranich. He is a United States Navy Veteran. He married Helen Frey on November 1, 1947 in Chicago. Frank worked for many years at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. He is...
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Mary-Ann P. Myatt

July 15, 1933 - February 5, 2018

STERLING – Mary-Ann P. Myatt, age 84, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Mary-Ann was born on July 15, 1933 in Sterling the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Bingenheimer) Brown. She married Howard C. Myatt on December 3, 1955 in Janesville, Wis. He died September 12, 1990. Mary-Ann was employed as a CNA with Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home in...
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Arlyn R. Sikkema

July 8, 1947 - February 4, 2018

Arlyn R. Sikkema Arlyn R. Sikkema, age 70, of Lyndon, died Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Arlyn was born July 8, 1947, in Morrison the son of Dwaine and Emily "Billie" (Howe) Sikkema. He married Deb Wetzell on June 19, 1990, in Mauston, Wis. Arlyn was employed at the Local 2158 in Bettendorf, Iowa as a millwright for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting,...
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Virginia Patricia Scanlan

November 16, 1933 - February 3, 2018

Virginia Patricia Scanlan, 84 of Rock Falls, passed away, Saturday, February 3, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born November 16, 1933 in Denver, CO, the daughter of the late Phoebe Bonnell McNinch and Carlos McNinch. Virginia married Joseph L. Scanlan, August 26, 1950 in Harmon, IL. She is survived by three sons, Joseph (Debra) Scanlan of Rock Falls, Cecil Scanlan of Rock...
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Guadalupe "Lupe" Duran

October 10, 1943 - February 2, 2018

STERLING – Guadalupe "Lupe" Duran, age 74, died Friday, February 2, 2018 at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, in Hazel Crest. Lupe was born on October 10, 1943 in Galesburg the daughter of Pedro and Catalina (Zepeda) Martinez. She was employed for several years as a Homemaker with Tri-County Homemakers. Lupe was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling. Survivors include, one...
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Faye Wise

March 21, 1941 - January 30, 2018

Faye Wise, age 76 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Faye was born on March 21, 1941 in Athens, Alabama, the daughter of Mabin and Mable (Brown) Chapman. She married Clifton R. Wise on June 27, 1959 in Alabama. Faye worked as a seamstress at Kline's Department Store in Sterling for many years and retired from Sterling Federal Bank. She...
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