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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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Richard W. Harper

September 25, 1935 - January 16, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Richard W. Harper, 81 of Rock Falls died Monday January 16, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on September 25, 1935 in Nixon, TX the son of Clyde and Maudie (Petty) Harper. He married Lois Crow on April 30, 1956 in Pleasanton, TX. He was employed for 34 years at Raynor Door in Dixon. Survivors include his wife, Lois; his son, Rusty Harper of Destin, FL; his...
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Wayne M. Smith

December 15, 1928 - January 14, 2017

Wayne M. Smith Wayne M. Smith, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Wayne was born December 15, 1928 in Sterling the son of Harry and Mildred (Palmer) Smith. He was a 1947 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He served in the US Army and later married LaVern Hines on November 7, 1953 in Rock Falls. Wayne was employed at Northwestern Steel...
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Robert A. Gilbert

August 17, 1926 - January 13, 2017

Robert A. Gilbert, 90, of Milledgeville, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Living Center in Mt. Carroll. Robert was born August 17, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa; he was a son of Cloy and Mabel (Smith) Gilbert. He was united in marriage to Joanne L. Capp on April 11, 1953 at First Christian Church in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2002. Robert retired from...
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Raymond D. Ybarra

August 31, 1934 - January 12, 2017

Raymond D. Ybarra, 82 of Sterling died Thursday January 12, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 31, 1934 in Sterling the son of Jose and Trinidad (Cabrera) Ybarra. He married Celia Sanchez on January 4, 1957. She died March 23, 2015. Raymond had been employed for 38 years at the former A.E. Bogott & Son in Sterling as an architectural...
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Judith L. Howell

January 2, 1951 - January 10, 2017

Judith L. Howell Judith L. Howell, age 66, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home. Judith was born January 2, 1951 in Sterling the daughter of Victor Hart and Betty (Sandusky) Forbes. She married James Howell on July 1, 1989 in Clinton, Iowa. She was employed as an X-Ray and Lab Tech at Dr. Woods's office in Morrison for 24 years. Survivors include her husband of Rock...
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Ronald Hoffman

April 16, 1936 - January 7, 2017

Ronald Hoffman, 80 of Sterling, died Saturday, January 07, 2017, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ronald was born on April 16, 1936 in Chicago, the son of Carl and Florence (Osterberger) Hoffman. He married Loretta Krysa on June 6, 1964. Ronald worked for Edelmann as a tool and dye maker for 35 years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include his wife,...
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William "Bill" Schwab

January 6, 1937 - January 7, 2017

William K. Schwab, 80, of Sterling, died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home. He was born on January 6, 1937 in Sterling, the son of Albert and Mabel (Laidig) Schwab. He married Mary Kay Stevens on November 14, 1970 in Sterling. He was a US Navy Veteran. Bill enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, walking and being outdoors. He was an avid Chicago sports fan and supported all of the local teams. ...
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Robert J. Voss

October 20, 1939 - January 6, 2017

Sterling, Ill. --- Robert J. Foss, 77, of Sterling, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion following a battle with cancer. Robert was born on October 20, 1939 in San Francisco, Calif. the son of Frank and Josephine (Mafort) Foss. He married Susan Elaine Unterzuber on December 25, 1977 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in...
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Ken W. Matthew

June 17, 1930 - January 6, 2017

Ken W. Matthew, 86 of Fulton, died Friday, January 06, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton. Ken was born on June 17, 1930 in Clinton, the son of William and Marie (Hyer) Matthew. He was a United States Navy Veteran. He married Joan R. Balk on July 8, 1950 in Fulton. Ken worked for millwright union 2158 in Bettendorf, IA, retiring in 1992. He was a former volunteer fireman for the...
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Phyllis A. Boyd

September 21, 1934 - January 4, 2017

Phyllis A. Boyd, 82, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Regency Care in Sterling. Phyllis was born on September 21, 1934 in Bluefield, West Virginia, the daughter of Robert Edmund and Maxine (Smith) Croy. She married Thomas Boyd on January 4, 1949 in Pikesville, Kentucky. He died April 26, 1973. Survivors include a daughter Deborah Humphrey, of Terre Haute, Ind.; sons, Thomas...
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Gregory Manzano

April 10, 1971 - January 4, 2017

ROCK FALLS, IL – Gregory Manzano, 45 of Rock Falls died Wednesday January 4, 2017 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on April 10, 1971 in Sterling, the son of Jubencio and Sylvia P. (Regalado) Manzano. He attended St. Mary Grade School and was a 1989 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling where he excelled in running and played football and basketball....
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Duane H. Bracke

October 27, 1949 - January 4, 2017

Duane H. Bracke, 67 formerly of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at home. Duane was born on October 27, 1949 in Geneseo, the son of Hubert and Gertrude (Tillie) Bracke. He married Kathryn Maes on January 23, 1971 in Prophetstown. Duane farmed for over 20 years and was employed by Rock River Lumber and Grain for 17 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of St. Catherine's...
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Paul S. Walls

July 12, 1943 - January 4, 2017

Paul S. Walls Paul S. Walls, age 73, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Paul was born July 12, 1943 in Violet Hill, Ark. the son of Vernon and Opal (Tate) Walls. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 28 years. Survivors include two sons, Michael (Amy) Walls of Rock Falls and Roger Walls of Fla.; one daughter, Beverly...
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Robert Eugene Boothe

September 13, 1935 - January 1, 2017

Robert Eugene Boothe, 81, of Polo, passed away at home on Sunday January 1, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. Robert was born September 13, 1935 in Drummonds, Tennessee to Albert and Ruby (Purser) Boothe; he was the eldest of their five children. Robert's family migrated from Tennessee to Sterling, Illinois in 1947 and lived for a time in the Silver City boxcar settlement established for employees...
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Angie Springer

November 20, 1923 - January 1, 2017

Angie Springer Angie Springer, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Liberty Court in Dixon. Angie was born November 20, 1923 in Tampa, Fla. the daughter of John and Matilda Garcia. She married Bernard Lepianka on September 16, 1945 in Tampa, Fla. She later married Carl Springer on March 12, 1983 in Rock Falls. She was a secretary for the City of Rock Falls for 12 years. ...
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Rosalie C. Frain

July 15, 1930 - December 29, 2016

Rosalie Clara Frain, age 86 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Rosalie was born on July 15, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Nellie (Quimby) Hart. She worked at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown as a cook. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Frain (Tom Johnson)...
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Ralph A. King, DPM

August 24, 1936 - December 23, 2016

Dr. Ralph A. King, DPM, 80, of Sterling, died Friday, December 23, 2016 with his loving family at his side. Dr. King was born on August 24, 1936 in Monroe, Michigan. He was the son of Raymond and Ruth (Wright) King. He married Sharon Murphy on June 10, 1967 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island. He served in the United States Navy from 1954-1958 as a Hospital Corpsman and an Operating...
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Jan A. Weinrich

July 28, 1943 - December 22, 2016

Jan A. Weinrich, 73, of Sterling, IL, died Thursday, December 22, 2016, in Sterling, IL. Jan was born July 28, 1943 in Urbana, IL; the son of Jack and Kathryn (Prentiss) Weinrich. He married Kathleen A. McNinch on December 20, 1968, in Tampico, IL. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2004. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was employed by the N.W.S. & W. of Sterling, IL,...
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Ventura Valdez

July 14, 1931 - December 22, 2016

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Ventura Valdez, age 85, of Sterling died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Ventura was born on July 14, 1931 in Delia, Texas the son of Tomas and Augustina (Tovar) Valdez. He married Florinda Ortiz on January 22, 1954 in Mexico. She preceded him in death July 9, 1959. Ventura later married Francisca Trevino on July 15,...
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Eugene L. Anderson

August 11, 1924 - December 22, 2016

Eugene L. Anderson, 92, of Quincy formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Born August 11, 1924 in Cass Lake, Minnesota he was the son of Gunnar and Leva (Josephson) Anderson. He married Darlene Giboo on April 29, 1944 in Yuma, Arizona. She died May 27, 1998. He was WW II veteran serving in the US Navy and a member of the Rock Falls VFW....
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Rudy O. McCrady

May 30, 1938 - December 22, 2016

Rudy O. McCrady, age 78, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Rudy was born May 30, 1938 in Rector, Ark. the son of Rudy E. and Nellie (Dortch) McCrady. He married Janey Gill on January 6, 1961 in Paragould, Ark. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2012. He was employed as a Supervisor at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 34 years. He was a...
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Jesse R. James

October 16, 1942 - December 21, 2016

Jesse Ronald James, 74, passed away December 21, 2016 in Laurie, Missouri. His visitation will be held at McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown, Illinois from 3:00 – 6:00 on Wednesday, December 28. Private burial services will take place Thursday, December 29 at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois. Jesse was born on October 16, 1942 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Jesse and Arlene James. Jesse...
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Frank J. Angone, Jr.

January 23, 1935 - December 20, 2016

Frank J. Angone Jr, 81 of Sterling died Tuesday December 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 23, 1935 in Chicago the son of Frank and Eva (Sarro) Angone Sr. Frank was a graduate of Bloom Twp High School in Chicago Heights and later graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in finance. He had earned his CLU – Charter Life Underwriter and his CPCU...
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Curtis A. Hagen

June 5, 1941 - December 20, 2016

Curtis A. Hagen, 75, of Sterling, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born June 5, 1941 in Dubuque, IA he was a son of Eldo and Bernadine (Schlake) Hagen. Curt worked for Haskell's and formerly worked at Prescott's and Hank Bright RV Center for many years. He enjoyed 57 Chevy cars, going to the Cordova dragstrip, fishing, traveling to Iowa, spending time with his dog...
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Jerry L. Elder

January 18, 1956 - December 19, 2016

Jerry L. Elder, 60, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Serenity Home and Hospice with his loving wife at his side. Born January 18, 1956 in Morrison, he was the son of Charles and Virginia (Richmond) Elder. He was united in marriage to Roxann Wolfe on December 28, 1974 at Maranatha Baptist Church in Rock Falls. Jerry was a truck driver for Wausau Supplies for almost 11 years...
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Lois M Hayden

June 16, 1946 - December 18, 2016

Lois M. Hayden, 70, passed away at home on December 18, 2016. She was born in Sterling, IL on June 16, 1946. Lois moved to Florida in December 1986 with her husband. They have been avid horseshoes players and members of the Clearwater Horseshoe Club. Lois was also active in her church, Faith Lutheran Church , Dunedin, Fl. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jim; three daughters,...
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David L. Haak

April 19, 1944 - December 18, 2016

David L. Haak David L. Haak, age 72, of Rock Falls, died peacefully Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. David was born April 19, 1944 in Sterling, the son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Oltmanns) Haak. He was a 1962 graduate of Sterling High School and a 1966 graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb. David married...
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Comella A. Stevens

March 20, 1937 - December 17, 2016

Comella A. "Cam" Stevens, 79, of Sterling, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 following an automobile accident near Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Born March 20, 1937 in Hinton, WV she was the daughter of Loman and Marie (Fleshman) Crane. She was united in marriage to Ray McMillen in 1954. He died in 1958. She then married Elverson "Earl" Stevens on December 5, 1960 in Covington, VA. She worked...
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Velma Schreiner

April 12, 1923 - December 16, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Velma A. Schreiner, 93 of Rock Falls died Friday December 16, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on April 12, 1923 in Erie, IL the daughter of Tebe and Lillian (Doll) Frohling. She married Lyle J. Schreiner on June 10, 1945 in Port Byron, IL. He died January 16, 2002. Velma had taught and created ceramics for many years. She was very active in attending her...
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Linda M. Murray

September 1, 1958 - December 15, 2016

Linda Marie Murray, 58 of Rock Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at her home. Linda was born on September 1, 1958 in Dixon, the daughter of LaVerne and Pauline (Hardt) Hanson. She married Jeffery Murray on December 23, 1976 in Rock Falls. Linda worked at Life Management, Reliant/RBW and then retired from Sterling Federal Bank as a loan officer after 15 years. She was a member...
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Garian E. Cox

October 16, 1932 - December 12, 2016

CHADWICK, IL – Garian E. Cox, 84 of rural Chadwick died Monday December 12, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on Viroqua, WI the son of Clarence and Mildred (Sidie) Cox. He married Berta Dunham October 16, 1954 in Sabula, IA. Garian was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling plant 4 in the electric weld for over 31 years. He was a member of...
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Fayette Lee Richardson

October 29, 1928 - December 12, 2016

Fayette L. Richardson, age 88, of Rock Falls, passed away, Dec 12, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. He was born October 29, 1928 in Besoco, WV. He attended grade school, high school and Beckley College all in Raleigh County, WV and served in the U.S. Army 1945-1947. Fayette was employed by Gulf Mining Co. in WV for 5 years prior to relocating to Rock Falls in 1953. There he was...
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LaVerne H. Battles

August 25, 1934 - December 11, 2016

LaVerne Howard Battles, age 82 of Sterling, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at his home. LaVerne was born on August 25, 1934 in Milledgeville, the son of Howard and Mabel (Milroy) Battles. He was a United States Navy Veteran. LaVerne married Sierra "Sue" Attebury on January 8, 1970. He retired from Operator and Engineer's Local 150 in 1992. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in...
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William Boyle

September 11, 1944 - December 10, 2016

William O. Boyle, age 72 of Lyndon, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at his home. Bill was born on September 11, 1944 in Rockford, the son of Orville and Bernice (Marlette) Boyle. He worked as a forklift operator of Admiral for several years. Survivors include three sons, LeRoy, Randy and Billy Boyle and two cousins, Sam J. Russell and Marvin E. (Denise) Russell. He was preceded in...
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Mary Ann Williams

June 11, 1930 - December 10, 2016

Mary Ann Williams Mary Ann Williams, age 86, of Sterling, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Quail Park Nursing Home in Granbury, Texas. Mary Ann was born June 11, 1930 in Madison, Wis. the daughter of Lawrence and Jennie (Mortimer) Olds. She married Robert Williams on August 10, 1947 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on November 15, 2008. She was a homemaker and was a member of the...
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Donita F. Miles

March 3, 1947 - December 10, 2016

Donita Miles, 69 of Rock Falls died Saturday December 10, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on March 3, 1947 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Lee and Faye (Walker) Fairchild. She married Daniel Miles on December 26, 1970 in Cypress, IL. Donita was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls where she had served as a past Sunday School teacher and helped with preparing...
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Ora V. Lanning

December 21, 1922 - December 9, 2016

Ora V. "Ginny" Lanning, age 93 of Rock Falls, died Friday, December 09, 2016 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation and Health Care. Ora was born on December 21, 1922 in Stanardsville, VA, the daughter of Shergard and Eva (Marshall) Harlow. She married Eugene Rosene and later married Alva Lanning on January 17, 1961 in Beloit, WI. Alva preceded her in death on May 20, 2010. Ora worked for many health...
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Ruby Whipkey

January 9, 1922 - December 8, 2016

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

February 16, 1947 - December 6, 2016

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

October 5, 1932 - December 5, 2016

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

December 9, 1946 - December 5, 2016

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

October 24, 1927 - December 2, 2016

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

November 24, 1925 - December 1, 2016

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

May 5, 1938 - November 30, 2016

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

October 27, 1918 - November 30, 2016

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

September 25, 1919 - November 29, 2016

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

August 18, 1926 - November 26, 2016

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

September 13, 1913 - November 26, 2016

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

August 3, 1923 - November 25, 2016

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

May 6, 1932 - November 24, 2016

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

February 27, 1945 - November 24, 2016

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

December 20, 1933 - November 23, 2016

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

June 12, 1928 - November 22, 2016

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

June 1, 1921 - November 19, 2016

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

March 18, 1979 - November 18, 2016

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

November 2, 1921 - November 18, 2016

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

December 6, 1960 - November 16, 2016

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

October 19, 1927 - November 16, 2016

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

September 7, 1925 - November 15, 2016

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

March 21, 1955 - November 15, 2016

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

January 19, 1938 - November 14, 2016

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