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Lois E. Miles

January 3, 1926 - April 24, 2017

STERLING – Lois E. Miles, age 91, died at home Monday, April 24, 2017. Lois was born on January 3, 1926 in Faribault, Minn. the daughter of James and Bertha (Burge) Marsh. She married Clyde Miles on December 24, 1944 in Seattle, Wash. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2002. Lois was employed with Microgear in Prophetstown. Survivors include, three daughters, Bonnie Miles, Barbara ...
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Harold M. Schinderling

July 25, 1928 - April 23, 2017

Harold Schinderling Harold Schinderling, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion. Harold was born July 25, 1928 in Madison, S.D. the son of Carl and Georgiana Schinderling. He served in the US Army and later married Janean Cunningham in 1953. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years as a general foreman/supervisor. Survivors his wife of...
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Dale R. Wharfield

January 19, 1931 - April 22, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Dale R. Wharfield, 86 of Rock Falls died Saturday April 22, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dale Ray Wharfield was born on January 19, 1931 in Sterling the son of Miles Henry and Lula Mae (Ryan) Wharfield and had served in the US Army. He married Shirley Akridge on March 19, 1955 in Sterling. Dale was employed for 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in...
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Judy M. Paisley

January 5, 1938 - April 22, 2017

Judy Paisley Judy Paisley, age 79, of Morrison, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison, IL, surrounded by her family. Judy was born in Michigan on January 5, 1938. She moved to Illinois in 1954 after marrying J.C. Gantenbein. During that union, they had a daughter, Sue Ann. Judy remarried in 1975 to Charles W. Paisley. He was her true soul mate...
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Christopher Michael Mullen

October 6, 1970 - April 19, 2017

Christopher M. Mullen, age 46, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Christopher was born October 6, 1970 in Dearborn, MI the son of Michael and Susan (Venier) Mullen. Chris gallantly fought a rare disabling disease for 46 years. Survivors include his parents of Rock Falls; three brothers, Matthew Mullen of Libertyville, Kevin (Laura) Mullen of...
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Jerry D. McKenna

July 17, 1956 - April 15, 2017

Jerry D. McKenna Jerry D. McKenna, age 60, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home. Jerry was born July 17, 1956 in Morrison the son of John and Esther (Eads) McKenna. He married Laurie McBroom on June 24, 1996 in Tampico. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2001. He was employed at Walnut Components for 35 years. Survivors include four daughters, Heidi Scott of N.Y....
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Raymond L. Gibble

August 29, 1925 - April 15, 2017

STERLING, IL – Raymond L. Gibble, 91 of Sterling died Saturday April 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on August 29, 1925 in Beardstown, IL the son of Samuel Bowman and Blanche S. (Dietsch) Gibble. Ray's story weaves back and forth between the Illinois, Mississippi and Rock rivers. Beardstown, Illinois lost a promising citizen when Ray graduated from it's high school....
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Traci Lynn Payne

August 30, 1966 - April 15, 2017

Traci Lynn Payne, age 50 of Sycamore, formerly of Sterling, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kishwaukee Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. Traci was born on August 30, 1966 in Sterling, the daughter of Darrell and Nancy (Waldschmidt) Holbrook. She graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1984. She married Dean...
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Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen

December 12, 1944 - April 13, 2017

Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen, age 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her home with her children. Sis was born December 12, 1944, in Linton, Ind. the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary (Haseman) Williard. She married John T. Petersen on July 10, 1965 in Downers Grove. She was a lifelong Cubs fan and loved traveling, reading and watching movies. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Michael J. Floming

March 23, 1962 - April 13, 2017

Michael J. Floming, age 55 of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on March 23, 1962 in Geneseo, Ill., the son of Roger Floming and Beverly (Williams) Daniels. He married Annette Allen on July 13, 1994 in Sterling. He was employed by Allied Lock for 11 years. Michael enjoyed motorcycles and Taekwando. He ran Taekwando schools in Amboy,...
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Victor Howell

June 26, 1936 - April 10, 2017

Victor Howell, age 80, of Sterling, IL, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Hope Howell of Sterling, IL; one son, Victor Howell of Machesney Park, IL; one daughter, Vonnie Howell of South Elgin, IL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Logan Hawkins of Geneva, IL, a special young man who shared Victor's birthday. He was preceded...
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Marion L. Reed

October 27, 1946 - April 9, 2017

Marion L. Reed, age 70, of Rock Falls, passed peacefully Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Regency Care in Sterling. Marion was born October 27, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of Clarence and Vera (Jones) Davis. Survivors include three sisters; one brother; three children: one daughter, Aleta J. Echebarria of Rock Falls; two sons, Steven J. (Cathy) Marlatt of Rock Falls and Donald L. Marlatt, Jr....
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Joan Oltmans

April 8, 2017

Joan Oltmans, 70 of Sterling died Saturday April 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on August 26, 1946 in Portia, AR the daughter of Cecil and Rose (Duncan) Casper. She married John Oltmans on April 30, 1966 in Sterling. He died February 5, 2005. Joan had worked as a cake decorator at the Sterling County Market for a number of years. Survivors include one daughter, Tami (David) Blackert...
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Francisco L. Torres

February 19, 1934 - April 8, 2017

Francisco L. Torres, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Francisco was born February 19, 1934 in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico, the son of Victoriano and Carmen (Luna) Torres. He married Josefina Barretos on February 26, 1960 and was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad for 34 years retiring on September 30, 1998. He was a member of St....
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Mary E. Howard

December 18, 1927 - April 7, 2017

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Mary Elizabeth Howard, age 89, formerly of Rock Falls died Friday, April 7, 2017 at her daughters home in Ora Valley, Ariz. Mary was born on December 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth (Collins) Cain. She married Jasper Locey on March 19, 1947. He preceded her in death August 29, 1954. Mary married Alfred Payne on September 6, 1958 and later married...
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Mary Jane Russell

April 7, 2017

Mary Jane Russell, 77 died Friday April 7, 2017 at Regency care in Sterling surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on April 15, 1939 in Argyle, MN the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Verbout) Rajnowski. She married Alvin G. Russell on September 1, 1956 in Sterling. Mary Jane was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and was deeply devoted to her prayer life and committed...
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Sharon L. Gerdes

April 6, 2017

Sharon L. Gerdes, age 64, of rural Princeton and formerly of Walnut passed away peacefully on Thursday April 6, 2017 at her home after a two year courageous battle with cancer. Sharon was born on July 13, 1952 in Princeton, Illinois the daughter of Maynard and Margaret (VonHolten) Parker. She was educated in Walnut Schools and graduated from Walnut High School. She was united in marriage to Ed...
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Bev Kitsmiller

October 5, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Beverly "Bev" Kitsmiller, 73, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at home. He was born on October 5, 1943 in White Hall, Illinois the son of Franklin and Dora (Kessinger) Kitsmiller. He married Wendy Leach on October 5, 1986 in Sterling. Bev was a supervisor at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 30 years until retiring in 2001. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Chicago...
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Larry "Zeke" Clark

January 8, 1939 - April 6, 2017

Larry J. "Zeke" Clark, 78, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 8, 1939 in Toledo, Washington the son of Gladys Lucille Clark. He married Barbara Hubbard on February 13, 1965 in Coleta. Zeke owned and operated Zeke's Car Care Center for 18 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Bulls fan, enjoyed NASCAR and Football. Those surviving include...
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Robert E. Stern, Jr.

April 5, 2017

Robert E. Stern Jr, 39 of Sterling died Wednesday April 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in an automobile crash. He was born on January 29, 1978 in Sterling, the son of Robert Eugene and Catherine (Bennett) Stern Sr. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Robert married Cynthia L. Bonnell on April 17, 2009 in Morrison. He was employed for the past 3 years...
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Harold Wickler

May 4, 1945 - April 5, 2017

Harold L. Wickler, age 71, of Morrison, IL passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. He was born on May 4, 1945 in Platteville, Wisconsin to Myles and Margaret (Keough) Wickler. His formative years were filled with his love of competitive go-cart racing and working at the family Texaco gas station from the 8th...
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John Piquett

April 4, 2017

John Gerald Piquett, 61, of Galena, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with brain cancer. John was born on March 4, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Augustus and Inez (Furlong) Piquett. John was united in marriage to Joanne Edwards on May 31, 2013 in Galena, IL. He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 1974. ...
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LaVern Johnson

April 2, 2017

Pastor LaVern L. Johnson, 81, of Malden, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home. He was born on February 11, 1936 in Madison, Wisc., the son of Leonard and Ida Johnson. He married Doris Thorpe in 1962 in Willmar, Minn. He pastored several churches including First Lutheran Church in Ohio, IL, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana before coming to Illinois. LaVern enjoyed astronomy, genealogy,...
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Carol R. Karg

June 8, 1940 - April 2, 2017

Carol R.Karg, 76, formally from Muscatine, IA, passed away on April 2, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Carol was born on June 8, 1940 in Hutchinson, MN to John and Leila (Lickfett) Karg. She grew up in Hopkins, MN where she met and married William R. Kloster in July of 1961. They moved their lives to Muscatine where they raised their two children. Carol worked and excelled as a...
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Virginia A. Livingston

October 20, 1927 - April 2, 2017

Virginia A. Livingston, age 89, of Lanark, IL, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at The Alverno in Clinton, IA. Virginia was born October 20, 1927, in Hammond, Kansas the daughter of Alva and Gladys (Houndshell) Lilly. She married Roy Livingston on September 28, 1948 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1988. She was a homemaker and also worked in a shoe factory for a short time. ...
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Lola Jean Behrens

June 9, 1928 - March 28, 2017

Lola Jean Behrens, age 88 of rural Sterling, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was born on June 9, 1928 in Sterling, the daughter of Lawrence and Erma (Watson) Dirks. She married Donald H. Behrens on October 22, 1950, he preceded her in death on March 19, 2006. Lola Jean was a lifelong, faithful member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in rural Sterling. She was the church organist for 50 years,...
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Dewey "Doc" Criddle

September 4, 1928 - March 26, 2017

GENESEO – Dewey L. "Doc" Criddle, age 88, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Geneseo. Dewey was born on September 4, 1928 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. the son of William and Verda (Stroder) Criddle. He married Joyce Carr on April 6, 1980 in Sterling. Dewey, nicknamed Doc, was preceded in death by his first wife Rose Mary Campbell Criddle and one infant daughter Paula...
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Ronald Dean Peppers

August 8, 1948 - March 24, 2017

ROCK FALLS- Ronald Dean Peppers, age 68 of Rock Falls, died Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home. Ronald was born on August 8, 1948 in Phillips Co., AR, the son of Willie and Inez (Tidwell) Peppers. He married Paula Franks on August 23, 1967 in Como. He was a roofer with Union Local 11. He is survived by: his wife, Paula; his mother, Inez Peppers of Sterling; three sons, Donald (Jennifer)...
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Thomas M. Weinger

February 6, 1981 - March 23, 2017

Thomas Michael Weinger, age 36 of Erie formerly of Prophetstown, died Thursday, March 23, 2017 due to results of a car accident. Thomas was born on February 6, 1981 in Fort Hood, Texas, the son of Karl Weinger II and Janet Michel. He graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1999. He was employed at Poopy's Pub N' Grub in Savannah, IL. Survivors include his children, Noah and Kaya; two...
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Corrine "Connie" D. Schweiss

April 4, 1930 - March 23, 2017

Corrine "Connie" D. Schweiss, age 86, of Sterling, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Connie was born April 4, 1930, in Chicago the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Oehl) Nichols. She married Edward Schweiss on June 17, 1950, in Sterling. Connie was a homemaker and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling where she was active in the Altar and...
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Megan Margaret Propheter

October 13, 1983 - March 19, 2017

Megan Margaret Propheter, age 33 of Madison, Wis., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at University of Madison Medical Center, surrounded by her family. Megan was born on October 13, 1983 in Sterling, the daughter of Timothy J. and Ann M. (Weaver) Propheter. Megan had two brothers, Brian and Nicholas. Megan graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School, attended Pacific...
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Betty M. Cushman

September 18, 1932 - March 19, 2017

Betty M. Cushman, 84, of Galt, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born on September 18, 1932 in Iowa City, IA she was the daughter of Arthur and Ruth (Bean) Ford. She married Rodney T. Cushman on June 6, 1951 in New Mexico. Betty was a secretary at Sterling High School for 6 years. She and Rodney enjoyed traveling and took many trips to England,...
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James "Jim" Dublo

November 10, 1932 - March 18, 2017

James "Jim" Franklin Dublo, age 84 of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Milledgeville, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 at home. Jim was born on November 10, 1932 in Tamaroa, IL, the son of Stanley and Iona (Keller) Dublo. He married Lela May Johnson on December 20, 1952 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2017. He farmed for many years then was employed by General Electric in...
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Richard Paul Aldrich

February 1, 2017 - March 17, 2017

Richard Paul Aldrich, infant son of Shawn Aldrich and Kelly Baily, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Richard was born February 1, 2017. He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Andrew and Charles Bailey and his sisters McKenzie and Gracie Bailey; maternal grandmother Michelle Courtright of Alabama; maternal grandfather Kurt Dahler of Galesburg; paternal grandfather...
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Beverly J. Robbins

March 26, 1931 - March 17, 2017

Beverly Jean Robbins passed away on March 17, 2017 surrounded by everyone that loved her. Beverly was born on March 26, 1931 to Edward and Ruby (Sanders) Jones. She grew up in Rock falls and even met the love of her life James" Jay" Robbins when she was 16 years old. She married him on February 12, 1948, and he left her side on March 19, 2002. Beverly left behind many people that loved her...
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Hope D. Bailey

September 1, 1922 - March 16, 2017

Hope Delores Bailey, age 94 of Sterling, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Hope was born on September 1, 1922 in Rock Falls, the daughter of William and Anna (Mickelson) Desmond. She married Benjamin Franklin Bailey on June 12, 1948 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2011. She was a beautician for over 50 years. She enjoyed shopping and spending time...
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Edward "Buster" Pashon

July 10, 1962 - March 16, 2017

Edward Eugene "Buster" Pashon, 54, of Morrison, passed away March 16, 2017 at his home. He was born July 10, 1962 in Sterling, Illinois to Eugene and Victoria (Fortune) Pashon. He is survived by 2 sons, Eugene Edward Pashon and Caleb (Ashley) Pashon and a granddaughter Sandra Elizabeth Pashon; his mother Victoria (Mark) Siperly, a sister Jennifer and a brother Jerry; several nieces,...
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Rosalinda Scott

March 12, 1952 - March 16, 2017

Rosalinda Scott, age 65 of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Rosalinda was born on March 12, 1952 in Sterling, the daughter of Manuel and Guadalupe (Miniel) Rodriguez. She married Bradley W. Scott on October 18, 1975 in Rock Falls. Rosalinda worked as a clerk for the Post Office in Sterling for 25 years. She enjoyed...
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Vicki Jo Hunter

July 13, 1942 - March 14, 2017

Vicki Jo Hunter, 74 died Tuesday March 14, 2017 at Lawnwood Regional Medical center and Trauma Center in Fort Pierce, FL after a sudden illness. She was born on July 13, 1942 in Morrison, IL the daughter of Russell and Arlene (Thomson) Onken. She married Bruce Hunter on November 26, 1960 in Morrison, IL. She worked alongside Bruce, in their family business, Hunter Body Shop, Towing and Auto...
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Zane "Dick" Anderson

November 9, 1931 - March 13, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Zane R. "Dick" Anderson, age 85, died at home, Monday, March 13, 2017. Zane was born on November 9, 1931 in Rock Falls the son of Alonzo and Belva (Johnson) Anderson. He married Joyce Knight on February 6, 1954 in Rock Falls. Zane was employed as a Lineman and Tree Trimmer with the City of Rock Falls for 35 years retiring in 1987 and as a playground equipment painter with...
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Henrietta R. Manon

January 27, 1925 - March 12, 2017

Henrietta R. Manon, age 92, of Morrison, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Morrison Community Hospital. Henrietta was born January 27, 1925 in Dundee the daughter of Albert and Sophia (Baumgartner) Schultz. She married Leo Manon on November 2, 1945. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1997. She was a housekeeper for prominent business people and was also employed at Lawrence Brothers and GE. ...
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Ann W. Higley

January 3, 1931 - March 11, 2017

Ann W. Higley died March 11, 2017 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Society, Prophetstown, Illinois after a long battle with cancer. Ann was born in 1931 to Keith and Jessie Warner, Prophetstown, IL. She married Robert M. Higley in June 1950 in Sterling. She was employed as a librarian clerk at Sterling Public Library prior to her retirement. Ann was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening...
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Richard Weston Kilroy

October 19, 1933 - March 10, 2017

Richard Weston Kilroy, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home. Richard was born October 19, 1933 in Morrison the son of Robert and Juanita (Matthews) Kilroy. He married Helen Marie Reynolds on October 10, 1961 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on December 18, 2000. He married Ruth Knowles on September 12, 2014 in Sterling. He was employed at Northwestern...
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Robert "Bob" Barnett

February 24, 1936 - March 8, 2017

Robert D. "Bob" Barnett, 81, of Sterling, formerly of Lyndon, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. Robert was born on February 24, 1936 in Buda the son of Robert E. and Rowena (Jackson) Barnett. He married Judy Paulsen on June 19, 1972. Bob was a millwright at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company in Sterling for 30 years until his retirement in 1991...
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Carol M. Fleischer

January 7, 1935 - March 7, 2017

Carol M. Fleischer Carol M. Fleischer, age 82, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home. Carol was born January 7, 1935 in Chicago the daughter of Howard and Ruth (Fredrick) Kirchner. She married Richard Fleischer on July 9, 1955 in Chicago. She was employed as a secretary for various businesses. Survivors include her husband of Rock Falls; two daughters, Sandra (Jeffrey)...
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Helen M. Itken

January 30, 1924 - March 6, 2017

Helen M. Itken Helen M. Itken, age 93, of Sterling, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion. Helen was born January 30, 1924 in Milledgeville the daughter of Paul and Lula Mae (Kendell) Smith. She married Harold Itken on November 9, 1944 on the family farm near Milledgeville. He preceded her in death on June 19, 2003. Helen was a bookkeeper for Skip Jenson Plumbing for many years. ...
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Gary D Wright

March 4, 1964 - March 6, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Gary D. Wright, 53 of Rock Falls died Monday March 6, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on March 4, 1964 in Sterling, the son of Wayne and Maria (Flosi) Wright. His passions were artistry, antiquing, fishing, playing his guitar. Gary loved his reptiles and arguing politics. Survivors include his mother Maria Wright of Rock Falls; his sons: Allen Wayne...
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Doris Rayfield

April 19, 1935 - March 4, 2017

Doris Rayfield Doris Rayfield, age 81, of Clinton, IA, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Eagle Point Nursing Home in Clinton, IA. Doris was born on April 19, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Ryle. She married Joseph Hayward Rayfield in 1955 in Philadelphia, PA . He preceded her in death in 1988. Doris was employed at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, PA as a CNA. ...
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Gregory E. Holcomb

September 12, 1962 - March 4, 2017

Gregory E. Holcomb, 54, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Greg was born September 12, 1962 in Rock Falls the son of George and Helen (Stein) Holcomb. He married Lisa Clark on June 16, 2007 in Rock Falls. Greg was a security officer for Sterling Steel and attended First Open Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife, Lisa, of Rock...
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Corey Velazquez

August 10, 1977 - March 3, 2017

VELAZQUEZ, Corey Evan, 39, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Harmon, Illinois, died March 3, 2017 at his home after a brief illness. Corey was born August 10, 1977 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Illinois. Corey was the son of Joseph L. and Teresa J. (Miller) Velazquez. Corey was a 1996 graduate of Bureau Valley High School. Corey enjoyed farming with his grandfather and dad all through grade school...
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Jeffrey R. Wolf

November 25, 1956 - March 3, 2017

Jeffrey R. Wolf, age 60 of Sterling, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jeff was born on November 25, 1956 in Rock Falls, the son of Walter George and Millicent Louise (Harris) Wolf. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1975 then began working for the Local #25 as a pipefitter in November of 1979, retiring in May 2011. He married Kathy Peve on June 26, 2010 in...
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Richard D. Parker

December 7, 1930 - March 2, 2017

STERLING- Richard Parker, 86, of Sterling, died Thursday evening, March 2, 2017 at his home. Born December 7, 1930 in Kewaunee, Wisc., he was a son of Charles and Helen (Catton) Parker. He married Rita Daniels on March 20, 1954 in Dixon. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for many years until his retirement. Surviving is his wife, Rita, of Sterling; his children,...
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Larry "Bumpy" D. Oviatt

July 2, 1949 - February 27, 2017

Larry "Bumpy" D. Oviatt Larry "Bumpy" D. Oviatt, age 67, of Sterling, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at his home. Bumpy was born July 2, 1949 in Savanna the son of Ray and Imogene (Handel) Oviatt. He was employed at Angelo's in Sterling for many years. Survivors include two sisters, Florene (Jerry) Shaw of Sterling and Debbie (Paul) Hardey of Morrison; three brothers, Rick (Michelle)...
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Leroy Holloway

September 17, 1938 - February 27, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Leroy J. Holloway, 78 of Rock Falls died Monday February 27, 2017 peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born September 17, 1938 in Coloma Township, the son of Troy James and Eva Mae (Tighe) Holloway and he had served in the US Airforce. Leroy married Nina L. Royer on November 30, 1963 in Rock Falls. He was employed for 41 years at the former Northwestern Steel...
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Vera L. Kunde

February 16, 1926 - February 27, 2017

Vera Lucille (Maxwell) Kunde, 91, of Sterling, died February 27, 2017 at The Sterling Pavilion. Lucille was born on February 16th, 1926 in Whiteside County, Illinois, the daughter of Owen McKinley Maxwell and Milly Jane (Sampson) Maxwell. She married Robert Edward Kunde on August 31, 1947 in Coleta, Illinois. She worked at CGH for two years, Green Giant canning factory for three years and...
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Ralph F Miller

March 8, 1931 - February 26, 2017

STERLING – Ralph F. Miller, 85 died Sunday February 26, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on March 8, 1931 in Fairmont, NE the son of Ernest and Helen (Baumgartner) Miller. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Marines as an Air Wing SGT from Dec 1951 – Dec 1953. Ralph married Helen Anderson on July 20, 1952 on her family farm near Coleta. She died August...
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Zelda J. King

June 4, 1932 - February 22, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Zelda J. King, 84 of Rock Falls died peacefully Wednesday February 22, 2017 at her winter home in Ellenton, FL. She was born on June 4, 1932 in Paw Paw, Illinois the daughter of Lawrence Sylvester and Merle Gertrude (Warren) McCord. She married James L. King Sr on June 17, 1950 in Rock Falls. He died on February 10, 2011. Zelda had worked for many years, alongside her husband in...
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Richard L. Snyder

August 11, 1948 - February 21, 2017

Richard L. Snyder Richard L. Snyder, age 68, of Sterling, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at his home. Richard was born August 11, 1948 in Rock Falls the son of Charles and Leanora (Tompkins) Snyder. He married Janice Reiger on March 14, 1970 in Rock Falls. Richard was employed by Trek Transportation in Jackson, Mi. as a truck driver retiring in 1997. He also farmed for many years. ...
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Mary Jane Hill

March 1, 1921 - February 18, 2017

Mary Jane Hill, 95, of Sterling, died on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Resthave Home in Morrison. She was born on March 1, 1921 in Paris, Kentucky the daughter of Nimrod and Emily (Little) Crump. She married Allen E. Hill on August 16, 1945 and he died on January 30, 1985. Mary worked for Quinn's Jewelry for 20 years as a clerk. She was a longtime and faithful member of First United...
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Ronald DeWayne Young

October 14, 1941 - February 18, 2017

Ronald Dewayne Young, age 75 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, February 18, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ron was born October 14, 1941 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Howard and Pauline Young. He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Ron married Anna Ordean on August 8, 1965 in Rock Falls. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire as an electrician for 28.5 years. Ron was a member...
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Alberta M. Flessner

April 8, 1930 - February 18, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Alberta M. Flessner, age 86, died at her home Saturday, February 18, 2017. Alberta was born on April 8, 1930 in Danville the daughter of James and Mabel (High) Richards. She married Leo R. Lewis in 1947 in Danville. He died on January 23, 1971. She later married Douglas Flessner in Dixon. He died January 3, 2001. Alberta was employed as a line worker for 10 years in the...
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Margaret Frazier

June 11, 1960 - February 15, 2017

Margaret Mary Frazier, 56, of Freeport, IL, died February 15, 2017 at University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at McDonald's Funeral Home, 505 First Avenue, Sterling, Illinois on Saturday, February 18 with service following at 2:00. A graveside service at Calvary Cemetery will follow. A luncheon will then be served at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Sterling,...
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Dale Maynard

September 25, 1950 - February 15, 2017

Dale H. Maynard, 66, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 25, 1950 in Sterling a son of Edward and Lila (Schwartz) Maynard. He married Christine Thompson on December 31, 1991 in Sterling. Dale was a firefighter with Rock Falls Fire Department for 33 years retiring in 2010. He was a veteran of the US Army. Surviving is his wife of Rock Falls;...
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Irene Allison

June 3, 1934 - February 14, 2017

Irene Allison, 82, of Rock Falls, died Friday morning, February 14, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 3, 1934 in Magnolia, KY she was a daughter of Howard and Sarah (Pottinger) Clark. She married Robert Allison Jr. on July 4, 1958 and they divorced in 2002. Robert preceded her in death on October 14, 2014. Irene attended Liberty Baptist Church. She was a great...
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Stanley "Kim" Egan

September 17, 1954 - February 13, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Stanley "Kim" Egan, age 62, of Rock Falls died at his daughters home following an extended illness. Stanley was born on September 17th, 1954 in Sterling the son of Stanley and Rosemary (Kelly) Egan. He was married to Vickie Comer of Rock Falls for 11 years. Stanley was employed as a Tool & Die Maker for most of his career at RB&W in Rock Falls and later at Allied Locke...
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Claud Ensinger

August 8, 1932 - February 12, 2017

DIXON – Claud L. Ensinger Sr of Dixon, IL went home surrounded by his family on Sunday February 12, 2017 at the age of 84. He was born on May 8, 1932 in Mulkytown, IL the son of Oscar and Ollie (Web) Ensigner. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the Army. He married Carol M. (Lamoreux) Jutras of Milledgeville on March 30, 1963 in Morrison, IL. He was an avid radio HAMM radio...
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Donald D. Worcester

November 1, 1936 - February 11, 2017

STERLING - Dr. Donald D. Worcester, age 80, died Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Dr. Worcester was born on November 1st, 1936 in Pontiac, Michigan. The son of Donald H. and Dorothy (Bowers) Worcester. He married his wife of 55 years, Donna J. Flint on June 10, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She preceded him in death on September 17th, 2015. Donald earned his B.A....
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Patricia McDonald

December 16, 1941 - February 11, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Patricia Ann McDonald, 75 died Sunday February 11, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 16, 1941 in Dixon, the daughter of Francis J. and Hazel F. (Levan) Hermes. She married Joseph Harold McDonald on September 20, 1962 in St. Andrew Church, Rock Falls. He died November 23, 2006. Pat had worked earlier in her life as a waitress at the Milledgeville...
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Nicholas J. Smith

October 5, 1987 - February 11, 2017

TAMPICO – Nicholas J. Smith, 29 passed away Saturday February 11, 2017 with his mother at his side. He was born on October 5, 1987 in Sterling the son of Larry Joe and Nancy Jane (Buckley) Smith. He and his brother owned "Two Brothers Handyman Services" and he did in carpentry and construction at the time of his accident. He was an avid fishermen and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. ...
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Danny E. Hains

November 12, 1950 - February 11, 2017

Danny E. Hains Danny E. Hains, age 66, of Sterling, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee. Danny was born November 12, 1950 in Sterling the son of Richard and Joyce (Hunsberger) Hains. He served as a Sergeant in the US Air Force in Bitburg, Germany and later was employed at National Manufacturing in Sterling. Dan's life goal was to make the world a...
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Richard Glenn Beyer

September 24, 1941 - February 9, 2017

Richard Glenn Beyer, 75 of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born September 24, 1941 in Savanna, Ill, the son of Glenn and Gladys (Troxell) Beyer. He married Shirley Harman in 1967. He worked at NWS & W for 38 ½ years as a pipefitter and retired in 1998. He also owned and operated B & H Furniture and Twin City Yellow Cab...
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Shelly A. Reese

October 10, 1952 - February 5, 2017

Shelly A. Reese Shelly A. Reese, age 64, of Dixon, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 in her home surrounded by loving family. Shelly was born October 10, 1952 in Fairbury the daughter of Wilbur and Ellen "Corky" (Miracle) Norris. She was the Director of Nursing and later Administrator at Tammerlane in Sterling for a total of 28 years. She was also a Registered Nurse Certified – Psychiatric. ...
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Pablo Castillo

January 15, 1925 - February 5, 2017

STERLING – Pablo Castillo, 92 of Sterling died Sunday February 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 15, 1925 in San Benito, TX the son of Jose Guadalupe and Maria Carmen (Castillo) Gonzales. He married Severina Rodriguez on September 27, 1952 at St. Mary Church in Sterling. In 1943, Pablo joined the Army Aircorps. Inducted in San Antonio, he went thru basic...
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Martha Sue McGinn

September 3, 1944 - February 4, 2017

Sue McGinn, 72, of Tampico, died on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at her home. Sue was born on September 3, 1944 in Chicago, the daughter of Edward and Martha Sue (Allen) Lewis. She married Stephen McGinn on September 25, 1965. Sue was a typist with the Warrenville Digest for several years and previously worked with the Fox Valley Shopper. She enjoyed cooking, reading, typing, camping,...
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James S. Moeller

November 27, 1955 - February 4, 2017

NELSON – James Shore Moeller passed away February 4, 2017. He was born on November 27, 1955 in Sterling, the son of John Hartzell and Elizabeth Hope (Shore) Moeller. At an early age, Jim showed his skill at fixing things. At seven, his mom took him from class to fix a water pump. Jim attended Nelson School and was a 1973 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He attended SIU from 1973 –...
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Donald W. Matthiessen

April 24, 1929 - February 3, 2017

STERLING - Reverend Donald Matthiessen, age 87, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Don was born in Persia, Iowa on April 24, 1929 to PW and Lillie (Martens) Matthiessen. He was a graduate of Persia High School, Dana College, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. He was ordained as a minister in July of 1975. He married Rosemary (Mortensen)...
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Lela M. Dublo

February 1, 1935 - February 2, 2017

Lela May Dublo, age 82 of Apache Junction, AZ, formerly of Sterling, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Apache Junction. Lela was born on February 1, 1935 in Agnew, IL, the daughter of Sanford Marion and Nora Johnson. She married James Dublo on December 20, 1952 in Sterling. She worked for at Borg Warner for 18 years. Survivors include, her husband,...
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Paula Tijerina

January 26, 1932 - February 1, 2017

Paula Tijerina, 85, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at her home. She was born on January 26, 1932 in Weslaco, Texas a daughter of Guadalupe and Maria (De Jesus) Sandoval. She married Jose Tijerina in 1988 in Sterling. She owned and operated Danny's Taco's in Sterling for 18 years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and enjoyed cooking, making tamales,...
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Steven K. Sucher

April 13, 1943 - January 31, 2017

STERLING – Steve K. Sucher, age 73, died at his home on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Steve was born on April 3, 1943 in Rock Falls the son of Harold and Marion (Ferris) Sucher. He married Peggy Beggerow in Sterling on March 14, 1964. Steve was a meat cutter for Kroger in Sterling for 10 years, then was the meat manager at Kroger in Dixon for 10 years and then went to the former Rheelings as the...
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Frances Maynard

November 25, 1926 - January 30, 2017

Frances Maynard, 90 of Rock Falls died Monday January 30, 2017 at her home. She was born on November 25, 1926 in Iroquois Co, IL the daughter of Ernest William and Leatha E. (Johnson) Johnson. She married Russell J. Maynard on August 19, 1951 in Lyndon, IL. He died November 22, 2008. She worked as an income tax preparer and was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Surviving...
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Timothy P. Ratliff

November 18, 1961 - January 29, 2017

Timothy Ratliff age 55, died January 29, 2017, in Rock Falls, IL after losing a hard-fought battle with addiction. Tim was born November 18, 1961 in Milledgeville the son of Thomas and Avis (Morgan) Ratliff. He married Kristine Kloster on January 15, 2000 at Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Tim was employed at East Coloma School for 17 years as the head of maintenance and former...
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Leonard R. Norman

February 7, 1919 - January 28, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Leonard R. Norman, age 97, died at home Saturday, January 28, 2017. Leonard was born on February 7, 1919 in New Bedford the son of John and Pearl (Wescott) Norman. He married Lorraine Mae Anderson on March 11, 1950 in Morrison. She died November 13, 2004. Leonard was employed as a Mechanic for 58 years with Midwest Operating Engineers Union Local 150 retiring in 1983. He...
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Ronald E. Fee

March 17, 1946 - January 28, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Ronald E. Fee, age 70, died at home, Saturday, January 28, 2017. Ronald was born on March 17, 1946 in Sterling the son of Earl and Jessie (Hague) Fee. He married Leticia Obera on June 9, 1984 in Rock Falls. She died October 6, 2001. Ron was employed for 46 years as a Motor Repairman with Hills Electric in Rock Falls retiring in 2011. He served his country in the United States...
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Bernice M. Smith

January 10, 1928 - January 26, 2017

Bernice M. Smith Bernice M. Smith, age 89, of Sterling, died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion. Bernice was born January 10, 1928 south west of Coleta. She married David E. Smith on June 1, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in Milledgeville. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1963. Bernice graduated from Liberty Grade School in Coleta, Milledgeville High School and Northern...
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James E. Lathrop

May 24, 1932 - January 25, 2017

TAMPICO – James E. Lathrop Sr, 84 of Tampico died Wednesday January 25, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 24, 1932 in Ottumwa, IA the son of Roy and Nancy (Walker) Lathrop. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the Air Force from 1951 – 1955. He married Pauline Ghys on November 12, 1955 in Des Moines, IA. She died September 14, 2002. He was employed at the former...
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Helen E. Conway

April 2, 1922 - January 25, 2017

STERLING, IL - Helen E. Conway died Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born April 2, 1922, daughter of Edward and Agnes Hermes of Harmon, IL. Helen graduated from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA with degrees in Music and Business. She was particularly fond of her time spent as an educator in the Manlius area, a regional manager for World Book Enterprises, and over...
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Marjorie Coats

March 20, 1932 - January 23, 2017

Marjorie F. Coats, 84 of Sterling and formerly of Mount Carroll, died Monday January 23, 2017 at her home. She was born on March 20, 1932 in Bradford, IL the daughter of Ralph and Pauline (Christofphel) Thicksten. She married Lyle Coats on December 30, 1952 in Prophetstown. Marjorie and her husband Lyle farmed in the Mount Carrol area, having lived there from 1955 until the summer of 2016...
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James A. Marston

February 10, 1970 - January 22, 2017

James A. Marston James A. Marston, age 46, of Fulton, died Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Jim was born February 10, 1970 in Chicago the son of Glen Marston and Mary Marston. He married Kelly Rieck on October 8, 2010 in Morrison. He was employed at Drives in Fulton from 1990-2005 and at Jacobs in Clinton from 2006-2016. Jim enjoyed boating,...
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Joyce L. Dall

July 16, 1960 - January 21, 2017

Joyce L. Dall, age 56 of Rock Falls, IL, formerly of Chicago, died Saturday, January 21, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. She was born on July 16, 1960 in Chicago, the daughter of Earl and Lorraine (Browne) Dall. She married Gary Reed. Joyce was employed by Walmart in Rock Falls. She was a lover of all animals, especially her dog, Ringo. Survivors include her husband, Gary of...
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Leslie K. Mielke

October 19, 1912 - January 21, 2017

Leslie Mielke, 104 of Sterling, was embraced by the arms of Jesus, Saturday, January 21, 2017. Leslie was born October 19, 1912. He married Theda Struckman on Septmber 1, 1951. She preceded him in death August 18, 2011 He is survived by nieces and nephews. Leslie graduated from Franklin Grove High School. He worked at Com Ed for many years. He served in the United States Army as a radio repair...
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Ron A. McDivitt

April 14, 1965 - January 20, 2017

Ron A. McDivitt, age 51 of Morrison, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. Ron was born on April 14, 1965 in Rockford, the son of Ron E. and Linda (Buchholz) McDivitt. He graduated from Morrison High School. Ron was employed by Whittier Elementary School in Clinton, IA. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed golfing, listening to music, watching movies,...
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Mary E. Snyder

July 13, 1926 - January 19, 2017

Mary E. Snyder, 90, of Prophetstown, formerly of Rock Falls, died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Prophets Good Samaritan Home. She was born on July 13, 1926 in Deer Grove the daughter of John H. and Emma M. (Peterson) Renner. She married Glenn Snyder on November 11, 1950 in Sterling. He died June 6, 2003. She worked for Sears Roebuck for 28 years as a clerk. Mary was a member of Rock Falls...
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Larry D. Slick

November 30, 1937 - January 19, 2017

Larry D. Slick, age 79, died at his home Thursday, January 19, 2017. Larry was born on November 30, 1937 in Lanark the son of Luke and Irma H. (Butz) Slick. He married June R. Andrews on August 31, 1958 in Polo. Larry served his country in the United States Army. He was a farmer and lifelong member of Milledgeville United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, June Slick of...
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Joan D. Loy

September 25, 1953 - January 18, 2017

Joan D. Loy, 63, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in her home with several of her sisters around her. Joan was born on September 25, 1953 in Sterling, Illinois the 11th child in a list belonging to her loving parents, Gorden and Maxine (Brockman) Loy. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends with Christmas and birthdays and her favorite times to celebrate her...
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Michael "Wally" Walljasper

April 20, 1947 - January 18, 2017

Michael "Wally" Walljasper, 69, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on April 20, 1947 in Sterling the son of Martha Walljasper. He married Connie Salazar on March 7, 1977 in Dixon. He was in construction for over 40 years and was an avid Chicago sports fan. Wally dedicated over 20 years to coaching Sterling baseball. ...
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Edna M. Kyger

February 27, 1922 - January 18, 2017

Edna M. Kyger, 94 of Dixon, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at home. Edna was born on February 27, 1922 in Sterling, the daughter of Miles and Lulu Mae (Ryan) Wharfield. She married Lester Kyger on August 14, 1947 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1999. Surviving her is one son-in-law, Warren Steinhurst; one brother, Dale (Shirley) Wharfield of Rock Falls; five...
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Judith "Judy" Nehrkorn

August 17, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Judith L. "Judy" Nehrkorn, age 79, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Sauk Valley Senior Living, Rock Falls. Judy was born on August 17, 1937 in Sterling the daughter of Arthur and Alice (Merlak) Werland. She married Donald "Don" L. Nehrkorn on July 14, 1957 in Sterling. He died on July 25, 2016. Judy was employed as an Administrative Secretary with Colonial Acres Nursing Home, Rock Falls for...
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Earl T. Rhodes

May 13, 1945 - January 17, 2017

Earl T. Rhodes, 71, of Lyndon, died on Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 13, 1945 in Tipton, Iowa the son of Lowell and Ida (Snelling) Rhodes. He married Rose Sanders on October 7, 1967 in Sterling. Earl was a US Army veteran and a lifetime member of Rock Falls Eagle's Club where he...
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Alberta Bert Wilson

September 2, 1921 - January 17, 2017

Alberta "Bert" Wilson, 95, of Sterling, died Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Born September 2, 1921 in Rock Falls she was a daughter of William and Bessie (Evans) Conley. She married Cleo D. Wilson on October 30, 1948 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1984. Alberta was a machinist at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for 36 years until her...
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Kirby L Franks

September 24, 1955 - January 16, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Kirby L. Franks, 61 died Monday January 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 24, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Wilber and Marilyn (Johnston) Franks and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Kirby had worked as a caregiver thru NICIL. Kirby was a Chicago CUBS and Chicago Bears fan. Survivors include his brother, William Franks of San Diego , CA and his sister...
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