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Carol Fitzgerald

July 2, 1950 - August 23, 2016

Carol Fitzgerald, 66, died at Sterling, IL on 8/23/2016 of cancer. Ms. Fitzgerald was born on July 2, 1950 in Chicago, to Lucien and Dian (Gorgas) Fitzgerald. She married Douglas Becknell on July 10, 1971. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northern Illinois University and earned a Master's degree from Illinois State University. Ms. Fitzgerald was Executive Director of the...
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William Gene Creekpaum

June 13, 1930 - August 23, 2016

ROCK FALLS – William Gene Creekpaum, 86 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 13, 1930 in Vergennes, IL the son of August and Dorothy (Miller) Creekpaum He married Nina B. Johnson on November 7, 1952 in Vergennes, IL. He was employed as a Reel Operator at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring in 1984 after 30 years. He served in...
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Kenneth Haverland

October 7, 1934 - August 23, 2016

Kenneth D. Haverland, 81 of Sterling died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was employed by Northwestwern Steel and Wire Co for 37 years and managed the Wire Division Shipping Departments for many years before retiring in 1990. After retirement, he joined Landmark Realty as a sales agent. He served in the US Army from 1957-1959 stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA. He was born on October 7, 1934...
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Debbra S. Martin

November 28, 1972 - August 22, 2016

Debbra S. Martin Debbra S. Martin, age 43, of Polo, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Debbra was born November 28, 1972 in Sterling the daughter of Delbert and Evelyn (Portner) Tarbill. She married Lloyd Martin on July 23, 2016 in Mt. Morris. She was employed at PNC in Polo as an inspector. Survivors include her husband of Polo; one son, Andrew (Gabrielle Martinez)...
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Marie Radake

August 26, 1930 - August 21, 2016

Marie Radake Marie Radake, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Marie was born August 26, 1930 in Tamaroa the daughter of Stanley and Iona (Keller) Dublo. She was educated in Tamaroa. Marie married Frank Radake on October 30, 1948 in Benton. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1989. She was employed at GE for 22 years retiring in 1990. ...
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Wilbur Story Frankfother

May 4, 1921 - August 19, 2016

Wilbur Story Frankfother, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Illinois Veteran's Home in LaSalle. Wilbur was born on May 4, 1921 in rural Morrison, the son of William S. and Jennie V. (Taylor) Frankfother. He is a United States Army Veteran serving our country in WWII. He married Ruth Fay Marsh on November 21, 1953. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2012.Wilbur...
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Anita L. Pratt

November 8, 1936 - August 19, 2016

Anita L. Pratt, age 79 of Prophetstown, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Prophetstown. Anita was born on November 8, 1936 in Moline, the daughter of Charles and June (Paine) Santee. She married Lester LaVern Pratt on May 15, 1955 in Prophetstown. Anita was a lifelong member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Lester; four...
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Judith Ann Larkins

July 22, 1943 - August 18, 2016

Judith Ann Larkins, age 73 of Clinton, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Center South. Judith was born on July 22, 1943 in Morrison, the daughter of Gerald and Marian (Tessman) Rummel. She married Richard Larkins on December 7, 1963 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Judith loved to cook, spend time with her family and enjoyed being outdoors. She was a member of the Clinton...
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Gayle Schmidt

June 26, 1954 - August 17, 2016

Gayle S. Schmidt, 62, of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, IL. Gayle was born June 26, 1954, in Morrison, IL; the daughter of Faye C. and Norma L. (Robison) Groharing. She worked in dietary at the Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison, IL for a few years. Survivors include her son, Corey (Michelle) Schmidt of Stitzer, WI; three...
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Jose Zacarias Balderas

November 5, 1968 - August 16, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Jose Balderas, age 47, died at his home, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Jose was born on November 5, 1968 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Lucina Balderas. He married Linda Cavazos on November 21, 1987 in Sterling. Jose was employed as an Industrial Electrician with Sterling Steel Company for 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Linda of Rock Falls; two daughters, Amanda...
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Carley Ann Harrielle

December 8, 1998 - August 15, 2016

Carley Ann Harrielle, 17 of rural Sterling died Monday August 15, 2016 of injuries received from an automobile crash near Milledgeville. She was born on December 8, 1998 in Sterling, the daughter of Scott W. and Dawn L. (Hodge) Harrielle. She was going into her Senior year at Milledgeville High School. Carley Ann was a fun loving, full of laughs and beautiful daughter. She loved time spent...
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Aaron Junior Stevens

February 5, 1938 - August 13, 2016

Aaron Junior Stevens, 78 of Rock Falls died Saturday August 13, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 5, 1938 in Karnack, IL the son of Marion and Cora (Dunn) Stevens. He married LaDona "Jean" (Akridge) Taylor on October 24, 1970 in Rock Falls. He was employed as an equipment operator thru Union Local 196 for 35 years retiring January 1, 2001. He had been a member of the First Southern...
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Alan Eberhardt

October 6, 1929 - August 12, 2016

STERLING – Alan Joseph Eberhardt, 86 of Sterling died Friday August 12, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living in Rock Falls. He was born on October 6, 1929 in Sterling the son of Frank W. and Verna M. (Cox) Eberhardt. He was an insurance agent in Sterling for any years and had served in the US Army during the Korean War. He married the former Norma Jean Starks and later married Joanne Neiderman....
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Robert "Potts" Delgado

August 18, 1948 - August 12, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Robert "Potts" Delgado, 67 of Rock Falls died Friday August 12, 2016 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. He was born on August 18, 1948 in San Benito, TX the son of Francisco and Concha (Trevino) Delgado. He was employed as a crane mechanic at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling for over 30 years. Survivors include his daughters: Esperanza Delgado of...
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Madeline Huerta

September 13, 1938 - August 12, 2016

STERLING – Madeline M. Huerta, 77 of Sterling died Friday August 12, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on September 13, 1938 in Geneseo, the daughter of Lawrence and Ida (Sturtewagen) Doubler. She married Harold Packer on July 10, 1954. She later married Nacho Huerta. Surviving are her children: Yvonne (Jed) Walker of Rock Falls, Harold (Margie) Packer Jr of Fenton,...
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Johnnie G. Hughes, Sr.

January 4, 1947 - August 12, 2016

Johnnie G. Hughes, Sr. Johnnie G. Hughes, Sr., age 69, of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 12, 2016. Johnnie was born January 4, 1947 in Liberty, Ky. the son of Kelly and Stacha (Burchell) Hughes. He was employed by National Manufacturing for 34 years. Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Hughes of Vallejo, Calif; two sons, Johnnie, Jr. (Lisa) Hughes and Brian Weaver both of Vallejo,...
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Richard Enright

August 24, 1946 - August 8, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN, IL – Richard J. Enright, 69 of Prophetstown died Monday August 8, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 24, 1946 in Moline, Il the son of Raymond and Amy (Reisenbigler) Enright and was a 1964 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War having served with U.S. Marines from 1964 - 1968. Dick married Deborah K. Franks on May 16, 1970 in...
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Sharon Nice

October 31, 1943 - August 7, 2016

Sharon S. Nice, age 72, of Sterling, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at her home. Sharon was born on October 31, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of George and Catherine (Williamson) Stahler. She had worked in patient accounts at CGH. Sharon enjoyed spending time with friends at the Sterling American Legion. Sharon's family would like to extend a special thanks to Todd and Claudia for...
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Barbara L. Wear

May 23, 1954 - August 6, 2016

STERLING- Barbara L. Wear, 62, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 6, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born May 23, 1954 in Carthage she was a daughter of Eugene and Kathryn (Wright) Wear. She had worked as a CNA over the years. Barbara attended Sterling 1st Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards,...
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D.J. Morris

April 23, 1927 - August 5, 2016

ROCK FALLS- D.J. Morris, 89, of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 5, 2016 at home. Born April 23, 1927 in Xenia, he was a son of Clark and Cleo (Harrell) Morris. He married Mary Smith on September 10, 1960 in Morrison. He was a WW II veteran serving in the US Army. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary, of Rock Falls; a daughter Mary Jo Funderberg of Rock Falls and a brother...
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Mary E. Swanson

May 7, 1928 - August 3, 2016

MORRISON – Mary Swanson, 88 of Morrison died Wednesday August 3, 2016 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Mary was born on May 7, 1928 in Erie, the daughter of George and Cecelia (Kennedy) Smith and was a graduate of Fulton High School. She married LeRoy Swanson on February 28, 1947 in Des Moines, IA. He died March 29, 2007. Mary was employed at the former General Electric Plant in Morrison retiring...
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Gene A. Kuhlemier

September 3, 1965 - August 3, 2016

Gene Allen Kuhlemier, age 50 of Erie, died Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Moline. Gene was born on September 3, 1965 in Sterling, the son of Marvin and Barbara (Ottenhausen) Kuhlemier. He married Gui Mei Huang "May" in Morrison, December of 1994. Gene was employed by Tyson Foods for over 30 years. Survivors include his wife, May of Erie; his parents, Marvin and...
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Ida Nusbaum

February 2, 1944 - August 2, 2016

Ida Nusbaum, age 72, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Ida was born on February 2, 1944 in Lyndon the daughter of Samuel and Leilo (Carrell) Olinger. She married Gail Nusbaum on June 20, 1964 in Rock Falls. Ida was a homemaker who loved working in her yard, making floral arrangements for family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, and...
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Kenneth W. Fetterman

October 6, 1944 - August 2, 2016

A dedicated husband, father, brother and grandfather, Kenneth Ward Fetterman left our world very peacefully on Tuesday August 2, 2016. His golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. Thanks to the amazing world of communication Kenny met Karen Bowen online and made many trips from New York to Illinois. Kenny and Karen were married on August 25, 2012. Kenny was the oldest son...
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Lester J. Bohms

August 21, 1923 - August 2, 2016

Lester Bohms, age 92 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 02, 2016 at home. Lester was born on August 21, 1923 in Rock Falls, the son of John and Anna (Boseneiler) Bohms. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving our country in WWII. Lester married Elda L. Dravis on June 30, 1948 in Rock Falls; she preceded him in death on March 9, 2013. He was employed by Illinois Forge Inc. as a Production...
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Gary Lee Martin

August 7, 1941 - August 1, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Gary Lee Martin, 74 of Rock Falls died Monday August 1, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 7, 1941 in Sterling, the son of Perle and Marie (Henry) Martin. Gary was employed at the former Lawrence Brother Hardware in Sterling for 35 years and later he worked at Frantz in Sterling fir a few years. He was a member of New Life Lutheran Church. Gary was a supporter of local...
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Audrey Sandrock

March 15, 1934 - July 31, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Audrey Mae Sandrock, 82 passed away Sunday July 31, 2016 peacefully surrounded by her loving family at CGH Medical Center in Sterling She was born on March 15, 1934 in Sterling the daughter of Clarence ad Alice (Hinrichs) Ackland. She married Carlyle Sandrock on December 10, 1950 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He died October 20, 2012. They were blessed to have...
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Betty Ligons

May 31, 1939 - July 31, 2016

MORRISON – Betty Ligons, age 77, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa. Betty was born on May 31, 1939 in Morris the daughter of Alfred and Dorthey (Hoffmann) Jensen. She was employed as a Cable Former with Western Electric in Montgomery for 30 years retiring in 1994. Survivors include one son, David (Sue) Ligons of Morrison; two grandchildren. She was...
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Marty A. Cheshier

October 2, 1963 - July 26, 2016

Martin A. Cheshier Martin A. Cheshier, age 52, of Austin, Texas passed Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Marty was born October 2, 1963 in Elgin, IL the son of George and Roberta (Wasson) Cheshier. He married Dawn Rogers on July 3, 1986 in Austin, Texas. He was the Senior Director of Time Warner Cable for 33 years. Marty enjoyed hanging out with his sons and...
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James E. Fitzgerald

November 7, 1932 - July 26, 2016

DIXON – James E. Fitzgerald, 83 died Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Franklin Grove Nursing Home. He was born on November 7, 1932 in Humboldt, IA the son of Bernerd and Agnes (Johnson) Fitzgerald and served in the USAF during the Korean War. He married Doris Seidel in 1952. She died in 1988. He later married Treva (Davis) Hargitt on September 1, 1990. Jim was employed for 28 years at the former...
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Donald L. Nehrkorn

April 19, 1937 - July 25, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Donald L. Nehrkorn, age 79, died Monday, July 25, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Don was born on April 19, 1937 in Rock Falls the son of Vernon D. and Lottie E. (Bowers) Nehrkorn and was a 1955 graduate of Rock Falls High School where he lettered all four years in all sports. He married Judith Werland on July 14, 1957 in Sterling. Don was employed as a General Foreman...
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Trinidad C. Molina

November 21, 1933 - July 25, 2016

STERLING – Trinidad C. Molina, 82 of Sterling died Monday July 25, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on November 21, 1933 in Agualeguas, N.L., Mexico the son of Candelario T. and Cayetana (Villareal) Molina. He married Josefina Padilla on July 11, 1959 in McAllen, TX. Mr. Molina was employed for 31 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as...
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James Paul Galvin

September 13, 1930 - July 23, 2016

James Paul Galvin, 85, of Sterling, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling after a long battle. Born September 13, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa he was a son of Walter and Gertrude (Rogosia) Galvin. He married Doris Kainer on December 7, 1954 in Park Ridge. She preceded him in death on August 27, 2009. Those left to honor his memory include a daughter, Deborah...
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James E. Werland II

February 13, 1974 - July 22, 2016

James Edward Werland II, 42, of Leander,Texas, formerly of Sterling, died unexpectedly Friday, July 22, 2016 at Allegiance Health Hospital in Jackson, Mich. Born February 13, 1974 in Sterling he was the son of James and Sheila (Gowan) Werland. Surviving are his wife, Desiree Werland of Leander; parents, James (Sheila) Werland, of Sterling; two daughters, Ashley and Krysta Werland of...
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Ruth Olive Cornils

January 12, 1922 - July 22, 2016

Ruth Olive (Hill) Cornils, 94, of Sterling, passed away on July 22, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. Born January 12, 1922 just south of Creston, Illinois, Ruth was the fifth of six children of Oscar and Olive (Ravnaas) Hill. Upon graduation from Northern Illinois Teacher's College (now NIU) with an Associate degree in 1939 Ruth taught elementary...
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Doris E. Royer

September 29, 1928 - July 22, 2016

OREGON – Doris E. Royer, age 87, formerly of Harmon died Friday, July 22, 2016 at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon. Doris was born on September 29, 1928 in Erie the daughter of Ally and Mary (Behler) Wallingford. She married Robert Royer on September 4, 1948 in Rock Falls. He died on May 7, 2009. Doris was a homemaker. Survivors include four daughters, Delores Estes of...
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Becky M. Langner

January 24, 1939 - July 22, 2016

DIXON – Becky M. Langner, age 77, died at her home Friday, July 22, 2016. Becky was born on January 24, 1939 in Reedsburg, Wis. the daughter of Albert and Dorothy (Lutz) Riedel. She married Peter Langner on July 29, 1966 in Baraboo, Wis. Becky was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Peter of Dixon; two daughters, Kim (Charles) Krabbenhoeft of Sterling and Kandi Hall of Rockford;...
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Ronald D. Frye

August 20, 1942 - July 19, 2016

Ronald D. Frye Ronald D. Frye, age 73, of Dixon, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Ronald was born August 20, 1942 in Saltsburg, Pa. the son of Albert and Caroline (Cupples) Frye. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later was employed at Schryver's Bacon Factory in Dixon. Survivors include one daughter, Robin (Shane Gray) Frye of...
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Barbara S. Rodekamp

October 3, 1935 - July 19, 2016

Barbara Sue Rodekamp, 80, of Clinton, formerly of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at her home. Born October 3, 1935 in Sterling she was the daughter of Roy and Carrie (Tompkins) Denning. She married Carl Rodekamp on May 10, 1951 in Sterling. She and her husband Carl owned and operated Rodekamp Painting in Sterling for 37 years. She was a supervisor at General Electric in Morrison...
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Joan E. Massengill

December 9, 1924 - July 18, 2016

MILLEDGEVILLE- Joan E. Massengill, 91, of Milledgeville, died Monday, July 18, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion following a brief hospitalization and skilled care placement for chronic needs. Born December 9, 1924 she was a daughter of Forrest and Grace (Schiltz) Kaeser. She was united in marriage to Loyde "Frank" Massengill. Joan was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who was...
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Marlene Ann Linn

September 29, 1939 - July 15, 2016

Marlene Ann Linn, age 76 of Rock Falls, IL, died Friday, July 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Marlene was born on September 29, 1939 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Howard P. and Anne Marie (Gustafson) Gunn. She married Buford Ray Linn on August 28, 1970 in Rock Falls, IL. She proudly assisted with the Linn Construction Company, working as the secretary and treasurer for 45...
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Edward Francis Hermes

January 14, 1941 - July 12, 2016

DIXON – Edward F. Hermes, 75 of rural Dixon died Tuesday July 12, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA. He was born on January 14, 1941 in Sterling, the son of Hugh J. and Mary Elizabeth (O'Neil) Hermes. He attended St. Mary School and Newman High School in Sterling. Ed was a 4th generation farmer, having dedicated over 55 years to farming in Whiteside and Lee Counties until his...
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Phyllis Clemens

July 11, 1930 - July 11, 2016

STERLING – Phyllis J. Clemens, 86 of Sterling died Monday July 11, 2016 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on July 11, 1930 in Petersburg, IA the daughter of Clarence and Anna Rose (Bockenstedt) Wessels. She married Dorrance "Doc" Clemens on September 4, 1950 in New Vienna, IA. She and her husband were the owners/operators of D & E Furniture Store in Sterling retiring in July 1995. ...
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Dorothy "Dotty" Jacob

September 4, 1934 - July 8, 2016

Dorothy "Dotty" M. Jacob, age 81, died Friday, July 8, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Dotty was born on September 4, 1934 in Energy the daughter of Sidney W. and Edna Mae (Dillow) White. She married Roscoe "Jake" Jacob on December 6, 1969 in Sterling. He preceded her on June 22, 1992. Dotty was employed at Lambs Tap, Rock Falls and several area restaurants. Survivors include two...
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John R. Nagel

August 19, 1927 - July 7, 2016

John R. Nagel of Morrison, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 88, but his kind heart and strong will shall not be forgotten. He was born at home at 1293 Bluff Street, on August 19, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa and was the fourth of six children of Arthur Eugene and Margaret M. (Aureden) Nagel. John attended St. Mary's Grade School in Dubuque and graduated from...
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Timothy R. Lundquist, Sr.

March 22, 1961 - July 5, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Timothy R. Lundquist, Sr., age 55, died at home Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Tim was born on March 22, 1961 in Chicago, the son of Richard Lundquist, Sr. and Marie (Kendall) Lundquist. He married Geri Moore on August 13, 1983 in Sandwich. Tim was employed as an HVAC Instructor with several area colleges. Survivors include his wife, Geri of Prophetstown; one daughter,...
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Larry J. Gragert

April 16, 1939 - July 5, 2016

Larry Jule Gragert, age 77 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Larry was born on April 16, 1939 in Clarion, Iowa, the son of Roy and June (Streit) Gragert. He is a United States Navy Veteran. Larry drove a truck for Lawrence Brothers until he retired, then went to work for Yellow Freight where he retired for the second time, and for the last 5 years he...
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Myron L. Van Buskirk

April 29, 1955 - July 4, 2016

Myron L. Van Buskirk, 61, of Albany, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home. Born April 29, 1955 in Savanna, he was a son of Robert and Virginia (Thompson) Van Buskirk. He married Marlene Rose on January 11, 1986 in Clinton, Iowa. Myron worked for ADM/EMS for 12 years as a Tool Crib Attendant and was a US Navy veteran. He enjoyed doing auto body work and painting cars, working in his yard...
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Raymond R. Peugh

June 21, 1939 - July 1, 2016

Raymond R. Peugh, 77, of Polo, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at Polo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born June 21, 1939 in Sterling, he was the son of Ralph and Hazel (Fletchic) Peugh. He married Donna (Humphreys) Drexler on January 1, 1990 in North Las Vegas, Nev. Mr. Peugh was a US Army Veteran, a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling and a 1957 graduate of Sterling...
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Elizabeth June Dillow

October 5, 1929 - June 30, 2016

Elizabeth June Dillow, age 86 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. June was born on October 5, 1929, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Oller) McCabe. She married Burton Dillow on February 28, 1946; he preceded her in death on July 22, 2011. June started sewing when she was a girl, learning to make her own clothes as she launched her career as a...
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R. Craig Massey

August 2, 1962 - June 30, 2016

STERLING – R. Craig Massey, 53 of Sterling died Thursday June 30, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. He was born August 2, 1962 in Sterling, the son of Garlin and Melva (Counts) Massey and was a 1980 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Julie A. Sheffler on May 26, 1990 in Sterling. Craig had worked as a driver for UPS for 25 years and for the past 10 years was maintenance supervisor at...
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Russell N. Garrett

May 23, 1930 - June 30, 2016

Russell N. Garrett, age 86 of Fulton, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his home. Russell was born on May 23, 1930 in Breckenridge, MN, the son of William and Zelma (McDougal) Garrett. He married Dorothy Dahlberg on July 29, 1950 in Breckenridge. She died in May 1999. He was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as a superintendent after 36 years of service. ...
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N. Kathleen Hunkins

November 18, 1930 - June 29, 2016

N. Kathleen Hunkins N. Kathleen Hunkins, age 85, of Dixon, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at her home. Kathleen was born November 18, 1930 in Shibley Point, Mo. the daughter of Audrey and Letta (Byrn) Leonard. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1948 and was employed at GE in Morrison for over 20 years. Kathleen enjoyed all animals, flowers and gardening. Survivors include her son,...
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Richard J. Bellville

December 16, 1955 - June 28, 2016

Richard Bellville, 60, of Palatine, formerly of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at his residence. Born December 16, 1955 in St. Ignace, Mich. He was a son of Marshall John and Catherine Margaret (Dolan) Bellville. He married Anita Williamson on September 26, 1983 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2005. Richard was an electrician and lifelong member of IBEW. ...
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Ila J. Hulstrom-Holly

July 7, 1928 - June 24, 2016

Ila J. Hulstrom-Holly, 87, of Sterling, IL, passed away on June 24, 2016, at the CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Ila was born July 7, 1928, in Osceola, IL; the daughter of James A. and R. Bernice (Clarke) Forbes. She married Everett E. Hulstrom and later married Thomas Holly on March 22, 1999, in Ocala, FL. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2011. She was a member of the First...
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Russell L. Spencer

February 2, 1947 - June 23, 2016

Russell L. Spencer, 88, of Walnut, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born August 2, 1927 in Rock Falls, he was a son of Toby O. and Etta Mae (Crotts) Spencer. He was united in marriage to Ellen "Boots" Von Holten on February 2, 1947 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Russell proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII from 1944...
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Agnes Ann Worthington

November 3, 1942 - June 23, 2016

Agnes Ann Worthington, age 73 of Sterling, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Agnes was born on November 3, 1942 in Sterling, the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret (Lauff) Aldrich. She attended Newman Central Catholic High School and graduated with the class of 1961. Agnes received her nursing certificate at Sauk Valley Community College and worked as a Licensed...
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Larry L. Alber

March 10, 1944 - June 21, 2016

Larry Loren Alber passed away from this life on June 21, 2016. He was born in Freeport, Illinois, to the late Loren and Lucile Bushman Alber on March 10, 1944. He graduated from Milledgeville, Illinois High School and then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, where he graduated in 1966. His career after college began with work for Kraft Foods in Illinois and later...
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Gonzalo Mena

September 24, 1923 - June 20, 2016

STERLING – Gonzalo C. Mena, 92 of Sterling died Monday June 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on September 24, 1923 in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of Roberto and Carmen (Castillo) Mena. He married Rose Sandoval on January 31, 1947 in Ft Madison, IA. She died September 13, 1993. Mr. Mena was employed for 36 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling...
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Glen R. Stanley

August 12, 1919 - June 17, 2016

Glen R. Stanley, 96, was born August 12, 1919 in Coloma Township to Bertha (Selgastad) Stanley and Clarence Stanley. A lifetime resident of Rock Falls, he entered into His Eternal Life on June 17, 2016. A good man, a hardworking man and a brilliant minded man, he was an Eagle Scout, called up to serve his country during WW II, willing to serve but rejected due to a heart condition. Glen was a...
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Meredith Anne Renkes

January 13, 1930 - June 16, 2016

Meredith A. Renkes, 86, of Morrison, IL, passed away June 16, 2016, at CGH Medical Center. Meredith was born January 13, 1930, in Morrison; the daughter of Ralph and Sara (Rogers) Domdey. She married Warren R. Renkes on November 7, 1947, in Morrison, IL. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1998. Meredith was a 1947 graduate of Morrison High School. She was employed at General Electric...
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Jerry R. Burgess, Sr.

January 20, 1949 - June 14, 2016

Jerry Richard Burgess, Sr., age 67 of Sterling, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at home. Jerry was born on January 20, 1949 in Saltville, VA, the son of George and Myrtle (Porter) Burgess. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the War in Vietnam. Jerry was employed by the United States Postal Service for 24 years. Survivors include his mother, Myrtle of Janesville, WI; one daughter,...
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Phillip Gary Pyron

December 1, 1949 - June 13, 2016

Phillip Gary Pyron, 66 of Sterling died Monday June 13, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 1, 1949 in Marvell, AR the son of Wilburn and Lola (Berry) Pyron. He married Bonnie J. French on June 14, 1968 at Como Baptist Church, Sterling. He had worked for many years at the former Reliant Fastner in Rock Falls. He enjoyed watching and attending grandchildren's...
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Diane H. Walsh

October 2, 1942 - June 12, 2016

Diane H. Walsh, age 73 of Sterling, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 12, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her immediate family, after being visited the last few weeks by so many dear friends and family members. Diane was born on October 2, 1942 in West Palm Beach, FL, the daughter of William H. and Margaret (Rood) Small, Jr. She married...
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Mary Alice Bornemeier

May 12, 1927 - June 11, 2016

Mary A. Bornemeier, 89, of Sterling, died Saturday evening, June 11, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born May 12, 1927 in Dwight, Ill. she was a daughter of Stanley and Alice (Eikenberry) Finifrock. She married Edward Bornemeier on March 15, 1947 in Carroll County. Those left to honor her memory include her husband Edward, of Sterling; two daughters, Charlene (Alan) Knudten of Rock Falls and...
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Joyce Ann Long

July 14, 1942 - June 11, 2016

STERLING – Joyce A. Long, 73 of Prairieville, died Saturday June 11, 2016 at her home. She was born on July 14, 1942 in Eldorado, IL the daughter of John and Nellie (Hayden) Clark. She married John J. Long Sr. on September 8, 1961 in Polo. He died July 20, 1986. She later married Gurven Bland on February 14, 1999. He died February 26, 2006. Joyce had volunteered many hours and had cooked at...
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Mary Elaine Gibson

September 29, 1937 - June 11, 2016

Mary Elaine Gibson, 78, of Thomson, died Saturday morning, June 11, 2016 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. Born September 29, 1937 in Clinton, Iowa she was a daughter of Robert and Marie (Kelly) McGowan. She married George Leland Gibson on September 1, 1956 in Villa Park. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2000. Mary was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing...
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Roland L. Dail

January 30, 1920 - June 10, 2016

Roland Leroy Dail Milledgeville - Roland Leroy Dail, 96, passed away peacefully with family in his Milledgeville home June 10. Roland was born the third of five children to Dubert and Emma Dail, Erie Illinios, graduated Erie High School 1938. Joined the U.S. Navy, attended Naval War College, served during WW II. At sea, he sang "God Save the Queen" and "How Great Thou Art" to...
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Robert "Bob" McKinley

March 14, 1944 - June 9, 2016

Robert (Bob) Charles McKinley 72 passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, IL. He was born March 14, 1944 in Belleville, IL to Walter and Marie (Broberg) McKinley. He graduated from Harlem High School, Loves Park, IL in 1962 and attended Western Illinois University. He graduated from Rockford College in 1971 and earned his MBA from Northern Illinois. Bob...
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Robert L. McCoy

May 10, 1935 - June 7, 2016

Robert McCoy, 81, of Sterling, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home. Born May 10, 1935 in Sterling he was a son of William and Marjorie (Sherman) McCoy. He married Mary Lewis in 1977. She preceded him in death in 2011. He was employed with United Electric and later Reitzel Electric as an electrician. He moved to Texas and ran his own electrical business from 1981 until his retirement...
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Marcia Billings

November 4, 1944 - June 6, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Marcia Billings, age 71, died at home Monday June 6, 2016. Marcia was born on November 4, 1944 in Dixon the daughter of Charles "Al" and Ruth (Feery) Milledge. She married David Billings on July 3, 1976 in Rock Falls. Marcia was employed with GE in Morrison retiring in 1978. Survivors include her husband David of Rock Falls; one daughter, Tina Egan of Kansas City, Mo; one...
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Michelle L. Northcutt

May 13, 1966 - June 4, 2016

STERLING - Michelle Lynn (Frank) Northcutt, originally from Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday June 4, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her immediate family, after being visited the last few weeks by so many dear friends and family members. Michelle was born to the loving parents of Dennis and Linda (Russell) Frank. Her father preceded...
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Kathryn A. Fowkes

August 26, 1955 - June 4, 2016

Kathryn A. Fowkes, age 60 of Sterling, IL, passed away on June 4, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born to Richard and Ruth (Mason) Hedstrom on August 26, 1955 in Norfolk, VA, Kathy attended Woodlawn School, where she was a state title-holding swimmer, and Sterling High School. She later married her now ex-husband, Douglas Fowkes, and gave birth to the prides of her life, her three sons. Kathy...
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Dale E. Hughes

August 19, 1964 - June 1, 2016

Dale E. Hughes Dale E. Hughes, age 51, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dale was born August 19, 1964 in Sterling the son of Garnett and Theresa (Sutton) Hughes. He married Tenna Duran on August 8, 2015 at their home in Rock Falls. Dale was an agricultural truckdriver for many years. He was a diehard Bears fan and the biggest...
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Bonnie J. Wankerl

June 14, 1938 - June 1, 2016

Bonnie June Wankerl, age 77 of Oquawka, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Roseville Rehabilitation and Health Care in Roseville, IL. Bonnie was born on June 14, 1938 in Rozetta, IL at home, the daughter of Joseph and Martha (Collins) McVey. She married John Wankerl on December 24, 1961. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989. Survivors include her sister, Melva Essex of Oquawka, IL and...
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Leanne G. Baxter

November 30, 1939 - June 1, 2016

Leanne G. Baxter Leanne G. Baxter, age 76, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Leanne was born November 30, 1939 in Sterling the daughter of Guy and Edna (Melhousen) Shippee. She married Warren Baxter on March 21, 1959 in Rock Falls. She was employed as an in home caregiver for many years and was a member of 16th Avenue Church of Christ in...
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David R. Wagner

May 25, 1943 - May 30, 2016

ROCK FALLS – David R. Wagner, 73 of Rock Falls died Monday May 30, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 25, 1943 in Sterling, the son of Henry S. and Lucille (Schneider) Wagner. He married Sheryl (King) Smith on August 17, 1984 in Rock Falls. Dave had worked for over 37 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling. He was a car enthusiast and at one time owned and he...
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Irene T. Ramirez

October 20, 1926 - May 30, 2016

Irene T. Ramirez, age 89, of Sterling, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at her home. Irene was born October 20, 1926 in Taft, Texas the daughter of Dionicion and Josefa (Campos) Trevino. She married Noe D. Ramirez on February 9, 1947 in Pharr, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 3, 1992. Irene was employed at Admiral in Dixon, Borg-Warner in Dixon, Harper-Wyman in Sterling and General...
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Allison J. Edwards

August 9, 1956 - May 28, 2016

Allison J. Edwards, 59, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at home. Born August 9, 1956 in Champaign, she was a daughter of Franklin and Shiela (Foskett) Pribble. Those left to honor her memory include her parents Sheila Davis of Dixon and Edwin Davis of Wheaton; her sisters, Tina Krasciki of Colorado and Tara Resgonia of California; brothers, Nick (Carol) Foskett of England, Jeremy ...
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Carol "Sue" Todd

October 11, 1941 - May 27, 2016

Carol "Sue" Todd, age 74 of Sterling, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at her home. Sue was born on October 11, 1941 in Morrison, the daughter of Warren and Yetta (Lyon) Smith. She married Dale Todd on November 21, 1986 in Xenia, OH. She was a member of D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution and Harvest Time Bible Church. Survivors include her husband Dale; mother, Yetta Todd of...
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Mary Ann Hardt

August 11, 1943 - May 26, 2016

Mary Ann Hardt, age 72 of Sterling, died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at her home. Mary Ann was born on August 11, 1943 in Broadview, IL, the daughter of John and Mary Lou (Goodson) Lindmeier. She married Robert E. Hardt, Sr. in Bellwood at the United Church of Christ and celebrated 56 years of marriage on February 25th. Mary Ann was employed by UPS in Oak Brook, working in customer service for 17...
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Belva J. Bielema

July 20, 1925 - May 25, 2016

Belva Jean Bielema, 90, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness. Born July 20, 1925 in Clinton, IA, she was a daughter of Albert Norman and Lucille Wierenga. Belva lived in the Fulton house her father, Albert "Bat" Norman, built for her and her husband from 1947 through 2012. She loved doing small things for others and...
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June L. Machamer

June 1, 1927 - May 23, 2016

June L. Machamer, age 88, of Wauconda, died Monday, May 23, 2016 at her home. June was born June 1, 1927 in Chicago the daughter of Gust and Esther Bergquist. She graduated college with her Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics and her Master's Degree in early childhood education. She married Charles E. Machamer in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2004....
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Anna F. Hicks

March 14, 1942 - May 23, 2016

Anna Faye Hicks, 74 of Sterling, passed away Monday May 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on March 14, 1942 in Bardstown, KY the daughter of Theodore and Annie (Vest) Aldridge and had attended Rock Falls schools. She married Curry J. Hicks December 30, 1958 in Charleston, S.C. Anna had worked at GE in Morrison and Sterling Steel Ball. Anna enjoyed spending time with...
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Ingeborg "Inga" Teachout

January 28, 1930 - May 19, 2016

Ingeborg "Inga" Hannlore Haarmeyer Teachout, age 86 of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Inga was born on January 28, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Emilie (Johannesmeyer) Haarmeyer. She married Lester Teachout on November 26, 1954 at Centennial United Methodist Church in Rockford. Inga came to the United States in...
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John A. Celletti, Jr.

February 15, 1948 - May 19, 2016

John A. Celletti, Jr., age 68 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at home. John was born on February 15, 1948 in Sterling, the son of John and Ida (Smith) Celletti, Sr. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School. John married Diana Reid on June 5, 1966 in Rock Falls. He was the owner and operator of Celletti's Sportland in Rock Falls. John loved his store and cherished...
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Donna Lee Smith

November 17, 1939 - May 19, 2016

Donna Lee Smith, 76, of Sterling, passed away May 19, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, at home with her family by her side. Donna was born November 17, 1939, in Sterling, the daughter of Hugo and Mabel (Dietz) Gerken. She married Dale E. Smith on April 9, 1961. Donna was a registered nurse for 50 years and co-owner of Dale's Charter Service, with her husband, for 20 years. Donna loved...
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Thomas Neil VanNatta

September 22, 1941 - May 16, 2016

Thomas N. VanNatta, 74 of Prophetstown died Monday May 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 22, 1941 in Rock Falls, IL the son of Ray and Catherine (Spencer) VanNatta and had been a 1960 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Vicki Stevens on June 24, 1961 at St. Andrew Church in Rock Falls and had served in the US Army in Korea. Having come back to Rock Falls after the...
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Joshua W. Grunder

January 5, 1977 - May 15, 2016

Joshua William Grunder, age 39 of Tampico, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Fort Payne, Alabama. Josh was born on January 5, 1977 in Freeport, IL, the son of Randy and Nancy (Smith) Grunder. He graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1995. He married Jill Michele Skwiercz in 2001 in Dekalb, IL. Josh was employed by East Moline Correctional Center for over 15 years. He is a United States Air...
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Loretta L. Behrens

July 22, 1937 - May 6, 2016

Loretta L. Behrens, 78 of Dixon, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home She was born July 22, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Bishop) Potts. Loretta was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed painting, quilting, and entertaining for her family. Survivors include her children, Gregory Behrens of Rock Falls and Braden Behrens of Rockford;...
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Florence L. VanDeWostine

August 5, 1926 - May 6, 2016

Florence L. VanDeWostine Florence L. VanDeWostine, age 89, of Prophetstown, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Florence was born August 5, 1926 in Prophetstown the daughter of Glenn and Sylvia (Beebe) Brooks. She married Fred VanDeWostine on August 13, 1944 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2013. Florence owned and operated The Coffee Shop...
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Mark Near

October 24, 1963 - May 5, 2016

STERLING – Mark R. Near, 52 of Sterling died Thursday May 5, 2016 unexpectedly. He was born on October 24, 1963 in Morrison, the son of Robert and Vera (Schroeder) Near and was a graduate of Sterling High School. Mark had worked all of his adult life as a mechanic. He enjoyed "wrenching" and found great fulfillment in attending and nurturing his son Kobe in quad racing. Surviving are...
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Floyd L. Bennett

April 11, 1927 - May 4, 2016

Floyd L. Bennett, 89 of Elkhart, IN, passed away on Wednesday May 4, 2016. He was born on April 11, 1927 in rural Whiteside County, the son of Leonard and Emily (Gruber) Bennett. He married Janet R.Verbout on March 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Church in Sterling. She died August 11, 2015. He was employed in the office at Frantz Mfg Co in Sterling for over 47 years. He served in the US Navy for 3...
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Robert "Willie" W. Cochran

July 3, 1956 - May 2, 2016

Robert W. Cochran "Willie" Robert W. Cochran, age 59, of Harmon, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home. "Willie" Robert was born July 3, 1956 in Sterling the son of Willie and Mary (Wade) Cochran. He married Donna Burgett on November 26, 1973 in Tipton County, Tenn. He was employed at Rockwell International in Palmdale, Calif. for 15 years. "Willie" Robert enjoyed camping with his...
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John N. Brouilette

October 11, 1962 - May 2, 2016

John N. Brouilette, 53 of Sterling passed away after a brief illness on Monday May 2nd, 2016 at his home. John was born on October 11, 1962 in Chicago, the son of Kenneth E. Brouilette and Anne M. (McCarthy) Brouilette. John graduated in 1980 from Sterling High School where he was active in sports, and became a gifted running back. His athleticism carried over to his two sons, Joseph and...
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Warren C. Long

December 22, 1945 - May 1, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Warren C. Long, age 70, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Warren was born on December 22, 1945 in Sterling the son of Leslie and Wilma (Shank) Long. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1965 and from Sauk Valley Community College in 1968. He married Beverly Bohm on December 6, 1968 in Sterling. Warren was employed for 33 years as a Data...
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Victor A. Raines

November 16, 1960 - May 1, 2016

Victor Allen Raines, age 55, of Dixon, passed away Sunday morning, May 1, 2016 at home. Born November 16, 1960 in Geneva, he was a son of Charles and Yvonne (Arnold) Raines. He married Carol Dittmar on June 22, 2012 in Dixon. Victor was employed at Crest Foods in Ashton for 32 years until retiring in 2014. His all-time passion was to hunt and fish with his brother Jeff. He was involved...
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Genevieve Irene Covello

February 6, 1929 - April 30, 2016

Genevieve I. Covello, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living Center. Born February 6, 1929 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Vernon Clyde and Vernice (Newman) Perkins. She married Thomas Covello in June 1965 at Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death. Genevieve was a nurse for many years. Those surviving include her children: Dino Jenerro of...
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Wayne A. Stinemyer

July 1, 1922 - April 30, 2016

Wayne A. Stinemyer Wayne A. Stinemyer, age 93, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sun Valley Terrace in Beloit, Wis. Wayne was born July 1, 1922 in Galt the son of Harry and Bertha (Mock) Stinemyer. He married Judith Rudolph on November 16, 1958 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2005. He was employed at Frantz Manufacturing in Sterling for 43 years. Wayne was a...
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Mary Lavonne Morgan

April 30, 1930 - April 26, 2016

Mary Lavonne Morgan, age 85 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida. Lavonne was born on April 30, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Henrietta (McDermott) McDonnell. She married Donald Gene Morgan on October 17, 1953 in Sterling. Lavonne had managed and cared for the McDonnell Farms, was an Avon sales representative and...
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