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McDonald Funeral Home is independently owned and operated with an on site crematory offering full service funerals and cremations.


Our Obituaries

Edith Elmendorf

August 14, 1918 - October 14, 2019

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

July 2, 1945 - October 14, 2019

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

November 10, 1930 - October 9, 2019

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

July 8, 1958 - October 8, 2019

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

May 7, 1933 - October 8, 2019

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

May 19, 1930 - October 6, 2019

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

January 1, 1948 - October 5, 2019

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

January 7, 1952 - October 2, 2019

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

January 14, 1950 - October 2, 2019

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

June 11, 1923 - September 30, 2019

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

September 10, 1957 - September 30, 2019

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

December 21, 1957 - September 29, 2019

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

December 28, 1948 - September 27, 2019

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

October 14, 1945 - September 26, 2019

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

August 6, 1942 - September 26, 2019

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

November 22, 1959 - September 25, 2019

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

January 16, 1930 - September 24, 2019

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

June 26, 1955 - September 24, 2019

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

April 30, 1930 - September 23, 2019

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

June 1, 1937 - September 22, 2019

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

October 24, 1932 - September 21, 2019

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

October 6, 1945 - September 19, 2019

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

December 4, 1928 - September 18, 2019

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

May 23, 1935 - September 18, 2019

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

December 11, 1944 - September 18, 2019

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

November 17, 1948 - September 15, 2019

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

February 28, 1946 - September 13, 2019

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

April 6, 1944 - September 13, 2019

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

August 28, 1918 - September 13, 2019

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

August 21, 1955 - September 13, 2019

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

June 22, 1935 - September 9, 2019

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

May 30, 1932 - September 9, 2019

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

November 28, 1936 - September 8, 2019

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

December 23, 1949 - September 5, 2019

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

July 19, 1923 - September 4, 2019

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

April 19, 1939 - August 30, 2019

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

May 10, 1937 - August 23, 2019

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

April 18, 1927 - August 19, 2019

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

May 6, 1936 - August 16, 2019

Barbara A. Lopez, 83 formerly of Sterling died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on May 6, 1936 in Dixon the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Baker) Nicklaus. She married James L. Lopez Sr. on July 17, 1964 in Sterling. Barbara was a member of St. Mary Church in Sterling where she had been active in cooking for many fund raisers and also active in the Pro-Lifer Movement...
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Tom E. Denham

April 6, 1940 - August 16, 2019

Tom E Denham, age 79 died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Tom was born on April 6, 1940 in Sterling, IL the son of Tom and June (Reiger) Denham. He married Frances Harman on February 2, 1973 in Rock Falls, IL. He first joined the Naval Reserves in 1957 during his senior year of high school and subsequently joined the Navy in 1958 and served 4 years in Key West, FL. Tom...
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Loretta Cullison

December 4, 1919 - August 13, 2019

Loretta Cullison, 99, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from Avonlea Cottage in Sterling. Loretta May Cullison was born to Harold and Harriet (Lloyd) Pritchard on December 4,1919, in Belvidere, Illinois. She was a graduate of Belvidere High School In 1937 and Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb. She married Roy F. Cullison on January 1, 1942, in Wichita...
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Kathy A. Thomas

December 6, 1961 - August 13, 2019

Kathy A. Thomas, age 57 of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her home. Kathy was born on December 6, 1961 in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Pauline (Becrest) Crowder. She married Charles Thomas on July 12, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kathy worked for Kreider Services for 15 years as a habilitation technician. Survivors include her husband, Charles; one son, Jordan (Neysa) McCleary of...
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Mary Alice Arnold

October 30, 1935 - August 13, 2019

Mary Alice Arnold, age 83 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Alice was born on October 30, 1935 in Centralia, WA, the daughter of Joseph Gordon and Lucille (Brady) Theriault. She married William "Bill" Arnold on February 2, 1957 in Centralia, WA. Alice was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. She was a nurse,...
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David Wolf

March 12, 1953 - August 12, 2019

David A. Wolf, Sr., age 66, of Lyndon, died Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home. David was born March 12, 1953 in Sterling the son of Walter and Lenore (Steffen) Wolf. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later married Sally Galvin on March 12, 1999 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2018. David was employed at Tyson for 15 years retiring in 2018. ...
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Myrna Schauff

July 26, 1935 - August 11, 2019

Myrna D. Schauff, 84 died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut. She was born on July 26, 1935 in Kansas, IL the daughter of Herman and A. Olive (Childress) Hallman. She was a graduate of Walnut High School and Sterling School of Beauty. She married Gerald Schauff on February 16, 1957 in Walnut. Myrna was a breast cancer survivor since 1965. She was an active member of St. Mary...
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Gary L. Skrogstad

September 6, 1955 - August 10, 2019

Gary L. Skrogstad, age 63, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Gary was born September 6, 1955 in Sterling the son of Leslie and Rebecca (Stone) Skrogstad. He married Virginia Burger on September 8, 1979 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2017. Gary was employed at Sterling Steel as a crane operator for many years. ...
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Frances Scudder

December 18, 1920 - August 8, 2019

Frances Bohms Scudder, 98 of Sterling died Thursday August 8, 2019 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. She was born on December 18, 1920 in Morrison, the daughter of John and Emma (Hughes) Gorzny. She was educated in a rural Morrison school and was a graduate of Morrison High School and of Liberty School of Beauty Culture in Peoria. She married Edward Bohms on March 9, 1940 in Davenport, IA. He...
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James D. Mackeben

September 19, 1936 - August 8, 2019

James D. Mackeben, age 82, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2019. Jim was born September 19, 1936 the son of Roy and Gladys Mackeben. He retired from driving truck for several years and was known as "Little Jimmy Dickens" to his truck driving family. Jim was a member of the Rock Falls Eagles Club Aerie 2783. He is survived by his wife, Charlene; his children and...
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Larry D. Buchanan

October 15, 1960 - August 8, 2019

Larry Dean Buchanan, age 58, of Sterling, was killed in a construction accident on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 in Wyoming. Larry was born on October 15th, 1960 in Mooresville, N.C., the son of Ira and Gladys (Mayberry) Buchanan. He married Connie Sue Grenoble on June 9th, 2018 in Rockfalls after being together for 13 years prior. Larry was employed at Cold Storage Construction as the...
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Veronica Tschosik

October 12, 1940 - August 6, 2019

Veronica Tschosik, age 78 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Veronica was born on October 12, 1940 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Lucille (Whaley) Grennan. She married Edward Tschosik on September 5, 1964 at St. Andrew in Rock Falls. Veronica owned and operated The Bridal Path in Sterling for about 15 years. She was a member of St...
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Orvie Inez Peppers

April 22, 1926 - August 4, 2019

Orvie I. Peppers, 93 formerly of Rock Falls died Sunday August 4, 2019 at Resthave Home in Morrison. She was born on April 22, 1926 in Hackleburg, Alabama the daughter of Thomas J. and Minnie I. (Crow) Tidwell. She had worked in dietary at the former Dixon Develop Mental Center for 20 years and then worked for 6 years in dietary at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. She was a member of...
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Joseph Lewandowski

May 6, 1925 - August 3, 2019

Joseph Lewandowski, age 94, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joseph was born May 6, 1925 in Oregon the son of John and Katherine (Gritzko) Lewandowski. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1943 and served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII from 1943 – 1945. Joseph was a 2nd LT Bombardier and Navigator. He married Suzanne F. McFadden on...
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Jeffrey D. Nelson

November 28, 1963 - July 31, 2019

Jeffrey D. Nelson, age 55, died at his home Wednesday, July 31, 2019 following an extended illness. Jeff was born on November 28, 1963 in Moline the son of Norman and Dixie (Hendrichs) Nelson. He was employed as a Welding Supervisor with Collis Manufacturing in Clinton. Jeff loved to fish, play games with his son Jesse and they were both avid Alabama and Dallas Cowboy fans. Survivors...
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Thelma "Carol" Shearer

December 9, 1946 - July 31, 2019

Thelma "Carol" Shearer, age 72 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Carol was born on December 9, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Orin Dean "Mac" and Bette Lorene (Glenn) McIlvenna. She worked at United States Steel- Gary Works in Gary, IN for 13 years and then at Self Help Enterprises as a supervisor for 21 years, retiring on July 20, 2012...
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Edward M. Eide

February 22, 1945 - July 30, 2019

Edward M. Eide, age 74 of Lyndon, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Edward was born on February 22, 1945 in Esmond, IL, the son of Maurice and Laura (Paulin) Eide. He owned and operated a small business, E & E Satellite Systems in Wauconda, IL, for many years. After retirement, he became a woodcrafter and owned a wood carving shop in Woodbine, IL. Aside for his...
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Mary Janet Wahl

January 12, 1924 - July 29, 2019

Mary Janet Wahl, 95 formerly of Sterling, IL died Monday July 29, 2019 at Halifax Health and Hospice. She was born on January 12, 1924 in Dixon, IL the daughter of George and Helen (Ryan) McKenney. She married Warren P. Wahl on November 7, 1944 in Dixon. While a Sterling resident she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Survivors include her son Jim (Debby) Wahl of Sioux Falls, SD; her...
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Harry Nathaniel Trotter

September 14, 1957 - July 26, 2019

Harry Nathaniel Trotter Harry Nathaniel Trotter, 61, of Rock Falls, died Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. Harry, affectionately known as Harry-O or Grandpa, was born September 14, 1957 in Chicago the son of Winston Trotter and Lillie (Knox) Trotter. He served in the US Marines from 1976 – 1978 and later married Verda Johnson-Trotter. Harry spent his career and his life...
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Eugene Frump

October 22, 1937 - July 25, 2019

Eugene G. Frump, 81 of Rock Falls died Thursday July 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 22, 1937 in Paxton, IL the son of Gale E. and Bernice L. (Snitchler) Frump. He served in the US Airforce. He married Barbara J. Argraves on May, 18, 1957 in Sterling. She died April 29, 2012. Gene began his working career at Northwestern Steel and Wire and other small factories in the area. He...
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Mitzi Abell

June 9, 1946 - July 25, 2019

Mitzi J. Abell, 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday July 25, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 9, 1946 in Duquoin, IL the daughter of Lester Thomas and Lillian (Harris) Mitchell Sr. She married Wayne Abell on October 14, 1978 in Sterling. Mitzi served with honor and dedication as a police officer for the City of Rock Falls, beginning in 1974 and retiring in 2003 with the...
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Leroy D. Oudekerk

July 12, 1951 - July 25, 2019

Leroy Dale Oudekerk, age 68 of Morrison, died Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Leroy was born on July 12, 1951 in Forest City, IA, the son of Emil and Sophia (Harringa) Oudekerk. He married Sally Wright on November 30, 1985 in Morrison. Leroy worked for 32 years at Schuler Motors in Morrison. He enjoyed reading, watching old WWII movies and hunting in his...
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Tony Licocci

November 28, 1928 - July 24, 2019

Tony A. Licocci, 90 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 24, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1928 in Rock Falls, the son of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. He attended St Mary Grade School in Sterling; was a graduate from Community Catholic High School and earned his degree from Illinois State University. He married Betty L. Wilder,...
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Evelyn Mae Gray

June 12, 1933 - July 23, 2019

Evelyn Mae Gray, 86 formerly of Amboy and Manlius, died Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. She was born on June 12, 1933 in Columbus, OH the daughter of Chris and Catherine (Simcox) George. She married Dewey Gray on August 28, 1958 in Miami, FL. He died June 20, 2016. Evelyn was a devout Christian and loved to tend to her flowers and garden. Survivors include two daughters...
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Frank J. McCue

March 13, 1920 - July 23, 2019

Frank James McCue, 99 of Sterling died Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on March 13, 1920 in Sterling, the son of James Arthur and Mary Antoinette (Long) McCue. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Kelly on June 28, 1941 in Sterling. Frank was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling; the Knights of Columbus; the Sterling...
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Ronald E. Smith

January 16, 1936 - July 23, 2019

Ronald E. Smith, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ronald was born January 16, 1936 in Sterling the son of Harold and Myrtle (Signor) Smith. He served in the US Army and later married Dianne Curry on February 11, 1961 in Prophetstown. She preceded him in death on November 22, 2005. He was employed at Lawrence Brothers as a tool and die...
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Richard R. Allen

September 4, 1934 - July 22, 2019

Richard R. Allen, 84 of Emerson died Monday July 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on September 4, 1934 in Sterling, the son of Robert Clay and Edna Lucille (Frankfother) Allen. He was a graduate of Bradley University. He married Karen Gail Elmendorf on September 18, 1960 in Sterling. He had worked at National Manufacturing in Sterling for 30 years retiring as plant...
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Gerald L. Hartman

April 23, 1939 - July 19, 2019

Gerald L. Hartman, age 80 of Rock Falls died Friday, July 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home, Sterling. Gerald was born on April 23, 1939 in Sterling, the son of Clifton and Laverne (Eilers) Hartman. He married Rosalie Anderson on September 6, 1959 in Sterling. Gerald was a plant manager at Northwestern Steel and Wire where he had worked for 34 years before retirement. He enjoyed farming,...
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Shannon Pierceson

May 28, 1971 - July 17, 2019

Shannon J. Pierceson, 48 died Wednesday July 17, 2019. He was born on May 28, 1971 in Sterling, the son of John F. and Susan M. (Franks) Pierceson. Shannon was a 1989 graduate of Tampico High School and had attended Sauk Valley Community College. He had farmed and also was the owner / operator of Pierceson Trucking and Cylinders Plus. Shannon was a dealer for GMG Grills and also enjoyed bar...
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Terry A. Gholson

August 9, 1936 - July 17, 2019

Terry Augustus Gholson, age 82 of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony in Rockford. Terry was born on August 9, 1936 in Sterling, the son of Augustus Marion and Mary Ellen (Terry) Gholson. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Terry is a 1959 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He worked as a funeral director at Unger Funeral Home...
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Richard D. Schryver

March 30, 1930 - July 16, 2019

Richard "Richie" "Dodson" D. Schryver, age 89 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at his home. Richard was born on March 30, 1930 in Milledgeville, the son of Walter and Ethel (Walters) Schryver. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Marilyn Nelson on April 11, 1953 in Sterling. They were married nearly 60 years before she passed on July 3, 2012....
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Patricia S. Stranberg

March 17, 1945 - July 13, 2019

Patricia Sue Stranberg, 74, of Dixon, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Pat was born March 17, 1945 in Sterling the daughter of David Lamont and Mary Elizabeth (Leach) McCombs and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Don F. Stranberg on July 4, 1980 in Sterling. Pat was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Dixon and was a loving and caring...
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Vickie Scott

December 27, 1952 - July 12, 2019

Vickie R. Scott, 66 of Rock Falls died Friday July 12, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 27, 1952 in Carrollton, IL the daughter of Charles L. and Mable L. (Cummings) Retherford Jr. Vickie was a 1971 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Gary L. Scott on June 16, 1972 in Rock Falls. Vickie had worked at the Sterling and later Burke Cleaner from 1988 to 2018. She was a member...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Hall

November 10, 1928 - July 11, 2019

Elizabeth "Betty" M. Hall, 90 of Sterling died Thursday July 11, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 10, 1928 in Sterling, the daughter of Ira H. and Matilda (Fehrenbacher) Martin. She married Lyle G. Hall on December 10, 1955 in Sterling. He died June 25, 1984. Elizabeth had been employed at the former Midwest Home Health Care in Sterling. Later she served for 25 years...
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Lois Irene Thoman

March 2, 1936 - July 10, 2019

Lois Irene Thoman, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep July 10, 2019 at her care facility in Lancaster California. She was born in Sterling on March 02, 1936 to Emery and Marie (Rieger) McNeil. Lois graduated from Sterling High School in 1955 after which she attended Illinois Wesleyan University earning a music degree in 1959. She married Robert (Bob) Thoman on December 26, 1960. ...
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David T. Downing

July 6, 2019 - July 10, 2019

David T. Downing, age 62, died Wednesday July 10, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. David was born on July 6, 1957 in Topeka, Kan. the son of Andrew and Frances (Williams) Downing. He married Monica Dunkel on April 4, 1987 in Rochelle. David was employed as a Dispatcher with the Whiteside County Senior Center in Sterling. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid fisherman. David served his...
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Joann H. Howlett

February 8, 1937 - July 9, 2019

Joann H. Howlett, 82 of Sterling died Tuesday July 9, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Joann was born on February 8, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Dirks) Dettman. She married Donald Wayne Howlett on November 12, 1954. He died January 10, 2011. Joann was employed at the Sterling Farm and Fleet for 11 year as a department manager. She was a volunteer for the CGH...
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Mary Jane Habben

August 2, 1926 - July 5, 2019

Mary Jane Habben, age 92 of Morrison, died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Mary Jane was born on August 2, 1926 in Morrison, the daughter of Vernon and Hattie (Kuehl) Mort. She married Raymond S. Habben on September 18, 1945 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2018. Mary Jane worked at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison for 29 years. Survivors...
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Marjorie Ann Billings

April 26, 1934 - July 5, 2019

Marjorie Ann Billings, age 85 of Prophetstown, formerly of Rock Falls, died Friday, July 5, 2019 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Marjorie was born on April 26, 1934 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of George and Fern (Fenn) Maberry. She married James Ambrose Billings on March 16, 1951 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on September 14, 1993. Marjorie worked as a diet counselor,...
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Eugene M. Broderick

March 23, 1926 - July 4, 2019

Eugene (Gene) M. Broderick, a longtime member of the Sterling-Rock Falls, IL community, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2019 at the age of 93 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL. Gene was born on March 23, 1926 in a farmhouse and raised on the Broderick family farm located in the rural Clyde Township town of Malvern, IL. He was the second of four children born to Frank and Maurice...
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Earl Cernetisch

November 6, 1948 - July 3, 2019

Earl David died at his home in Albany, IL, on July 3rd, 2019. Earl David Cernetisch was born on November 6th, 1948 to Fred and Lora (Hall) Cernetisch in Davenport, IA. He grew up in Davenport and enjoyed boy scouts, playing baseball, and going on family fishing trips. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and trained with the Naval Reserve until his graduation in 1966 when he was sent on the "Kiddie...
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Charley Riney

August 16, 1945 - July 1, 2019

Charley P. Riney, age 73, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 1st, surrounded by family and friends. Charley was born in Keokuk, Iowa and graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1963. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1963-67, graduating with a degree in teaching high school English, a career he pursued for 47 years. During his time at Loras, Riney was a standout...
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Betty J. Shumaker

November 25, 1923 - June 26, 2019

Betty J. Shumaker, age 95, died Wednesday June 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Betty was born on November 25, 1923 in Dixon the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Tate) Bennett. She married Clarence R. "Boots" Shumaker on November 17, 1943 in Morrison. He died on June 24, 2015. Betty was employed as a Beautician for several years at Gladys Bixby's Home Salon in Sterling. She was a great...
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Harry T. Riggins, Jr.

October 5, 1925 - June 23, 2019

Harry T. Riggins, Jr. age 93, died Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Harry was born on October 5, 1925 in Tharpe, Tenn. the son of Harry T. and Lillis M. (Hester) Riggins, Sr. Harry married A. Winifred Clifton on October 10, 1947 in Rock Falls. She died on December 28, 1991. Harry was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire for 36 years retiring in 1982. He served his...
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Diane DeJarnatt

September 19, 1956 - June 21, 2019

Diane C. DeJarnatt, 62 of Sterling died Friday June 21, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 19, 1956 in Morrison, the daughter of Oscar and Mary Jean (Heeren) Pletsch and was a 1975 graduate of Tampico High School. She married Barry DeJarnatt on September 19, 1981 in Sterling. She had attended Sauk Valley Community College. Diane had worked as a teacher's...
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David "Dave" Fisk

September 1, 1938 - June 19, 2019

David "Dave" Fisk, 80, a resident of Prophetstown, died on Wednesday morning, June 19th at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. He was born on September 1, 1938 in Sterling to Harold and Margaret (Carstensen) Fisk. He was united in marriage to Anita Johnson on August 19, 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia. Dave was a lineman for the former Contel Telephone Company, later Frontier, for over 40...
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Joahn Kathleen Hacker

January 4, 1928 - June 18, 2019

Joahn Kathleen (Tritz) Hacker, 91, a resident of Sterling, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at her home. She was born on January 4, 1928 in Freeport to Frank and Marie (Lyons) Tritz. She married Don Hacker on May 22, 1948. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa, Joahn went to work for Tritz Implement Company International Harvester and then later for Rock...
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Tom Cheshier

August 18, 1951 - June 17, 2019

Tom Cheshier, 67 of Coleta, died Monday June 17, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. He was born on August 18, 1951 in Sterling the son of Jack R. and Barbara J. (Craig) Cheshier. Tom attended Rock Falls and Sterling Schools. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard. He married Marcia (Conkling) Searing on November 14, 1987 in Coleta. He began his working career at the former...
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Richard Condiff

September 29, 1932 - June 17, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Richard Condiff, age 86, died at home Monday, June 17, 2019. Richard was born on September 29, 1932 in Park Rapids, Minn. the son of LeRoy and Marguerite (Comstock) Condiff. He married Darlene Helt in Rock Falls on March 2, 1952. She died on January 27, 2013. Richard was employed as a Crane Mechanic and Foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire for over 30 years. He loved NASCAR...
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Patricia L. Onken

June 4, 1952 - June 14, 2019

Patricia Lynn Onken, age 67 of Morrison, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Resthave Care and Rehab in Morrison. Patricia was born on June 4, 1952 in Morrison, the daughter of Ellsworth and Marian (Dykhuizen) Nice. She married Darrell Jay Onken on August 9, 1983 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2019. Patricia retired from General Electric in Morrison. Survivors include...
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David Franco

December 19, 1964 - June 10, 2019

David R. Franco, 55 of Rock Falls died Monday June 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on December 19, 1964 in Sterling, the son of Manuel and Socorra "Coco" (Mendez) Franco. He was a graduate of Sterling High School and Welding Technical School in Tulsa, OK. He had been employed as a welder most recently at Allied – Locke in Dixon. He was a Chicago Bears and...
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Patricia Ann Krone

October 19, 1941 - June 8, 2019

Patricia Ann Krone, age77, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Patricia was born on October 19, 1941 in Mounds the daughter of John and Easter (Buckles) Soots. She married Kenny Linboom. He passed away and she later married Marvin Krone. Patricia worked in the Repair Department at Wahl Clipper as well as Hunter-Douglas in Colo., Sterling Gazette and various factories. ...
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Maria M. Mendoza

July 7, 1953 - June 8, 2019

María Magdalena Mendoza, age 65, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Peoria Maria was born on July 7, 1953 in Princeton. The daughter of Natalio G. and Isidra (Flores) Ortega. As a Custodian with Unit 5 of the Sterling School District for over 33 years, Maria saw three generations of children in school. She was often friends with the parents and grandparents of the...
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Connie J. Todd

July 19, 1950 - June 8, 2019

Connie J. Todd, age 68, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Winning Wheels in Prophetstown. Connie was born on July 19, 1950 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. the daughter of James and Florence (Vinson) Todd. She loved to read and was an accomplished writer having published a book. Connie loved spending time with her friends family especially grandkids. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and working in her...
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Evelyn Bay

October 5, 1937 - June 7, 2019

Evelyn Bay, 81, of Rockford formerly of Rock Falls, passed away unexpectedly Friday June 7, 2019 Evelyn was born on October 5th, 1937. After graduating from Rock Falls High School and Western Illinois University, she entered a career in teaching. She spent most of that career teaching Math at East Coloma School in Rock Falls. On July 15th, 1961 she married the love of her life Robert Bay....
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JoAnn Lyon

July 11, 1924 - June 7, 2019

JoAnn Reeves Lyon, longtime Sterling resident and community leader, died 06/08/2019 at the age of 94. She was born on July 11, 1924 in Mitchel, South Dakota, daughter of William Stanley Reeves and Frances Corwin Reeves, both of Iowa. Her husband of 65 years, James H. Lyon, passed away in 2012. Survivors include her sister, Mary Frances Reeves Packard; children, Scott Lyon, Linda Lyon-Russell ...
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Foster Dale Sigel

December 30, 1946 - June 6, 2019

Dale Sigel, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday June 6, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1946 in Dixon, the son of Harry Claybourne and Emma Louise (Plock) Sigel. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army from 1966-1968. He married Johnnie L. Jones on September 19, 1976 in Rock Falls. Throughout his life Dale had worked at several jobs including as a truck driver...
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Mary O. Ratzlaff

February 25, 1934 - June 4, 2019

Mary O. Ratzlaff, 85, of Morrison, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Franklin, TN surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born February 25, 1934 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of Chirila John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean. She married Harold Ratzlaff on July 6, 1952 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 20, 1985. Mary dearly loved time spent with her family and friends,...
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Teresa M. Timmons

October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019

Teresa M. (Haan) Timmons (October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019) Resthave Care & Rehabilitation 408 Maple Avenue Morrison, Illinois 61270 Mrs. Teresa (Haan) Timmons was born October 4, 1915, in Garden Plain, IL, to Margaret (Jaarsma) Haan and Peter H. Haan. She had three brothers, Alan, Louis, and Henry, and a sister, Alta Mae. Teresa's father, Peter Henry Haan, was born in Holland. He came...
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Lee F. Hollingsworth

November 16, 1942 - June 3, 2019

Long time Dixon businessman, Lee F. Hollingsworth, 76 died Monday June 3, 2019. He was born on November 16, 1942 in Sterling. Lee grew up in Nelson, where he attended grade school later graduating from Rock Falls High School with the class of 1960. He served in the US Marines and upon discharge, went to work at the Chrysler Plant in Belvedere, IL and also attended Rock Valley College. In 1975,...
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Roger E. Miner

August 29, 1938 - June 2, 2019

Roger Earl Miner, 80 of rural Mount Carroll, died Sunday June 2, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL. He was born on August 29, 1938 in Kankakee, IL the son of Ashton Armond and Marguerite Irene (Harris) Miner. Roger was a graduate of Kankakee High School and Valparaiso Technical Institute. He served in the US Navy on the USS Randolph. He married Donna J. Christensen on April...
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David Robinson

May 24, 1955 - June 2, 2019

David Robinson, age 64, died Sunday June 2, 2019 at Morrison Community Hospital. David was born on May 24, 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the son of Donald and Colleen (Beer) Robinson. He married Mary Haggard on January 20, 1984 in Clinton, Iowa. David was employed as a Railroad Conductor with Union Pacific Railroad for over 30 years. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and a member of...
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