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Nancy Lou Matthews

October 13, 1941 - August 10, 2017

Nancy was born on October 13, 1941 in Livingston, Wisconsin to Lester and Vera (Davenport) Reger. She married James Matthews on September 25, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, Iowa. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and bird watching especially hummingbirds and orioles. Nancy was the Salutatorian of her class, graduating from Cobb High School, Cobb, Wisconsin in...
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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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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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Merl L. Ludwig

August 29, 1949 - April 7, 2016

Merl Leslie Ludwig, age 66 of Chadwick, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Merl was born on August 29, 1949 in Dixon the son of Melvin and Barbara (Grover) Ludwig. He married Roslyn Dyer on April 28, 1984 in Chadwick. Merl worked as a Driller and Blaster for Kasbohm Custom Drilling until he retired in 2013. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in the War in Vietnam....
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June L. Stewart

November 18, 1920 - February 24, 2016

June (Dyslin) Stewart died Wednesday February 24 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll, IL. She was born November 18, 1920 in Freeport, IL to Clifford and Elsie (Meyer) Dyslin. She graduated from Freeport High School and worked for McNess in Freeport, before marrying Vernon Stewart on April 1, 1944. After 51years of marriage, she was preceded in death by her husband Vernon in 1995. June is...
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Stanley Stephen Wagner

December 3, 1931 - February 16, 2016

Stanley Stephen Wagner, 85, of Chadwick, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the home of his caregivers. Born January 3, 1931 in Milledgeville, he was a son of Ernest Stephen and Achsia Helen (Deets) Wagner. Stanley served in the United States Army from 1954-1955 and was a member of Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He farmed in Chadwick all his life. Those left to honor his memory...
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Terry J. Pilgrim

November 27, 1952 - January 28, 2016

Terry Joe Pilgrim, age 63 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center West in Davenport. Terry was born on November 27, 1952 in Sterling; the son of Robert and Ardetta (Howard) Pilgrim. He was employed by Bushman's in Milledgeville as a mechanic since 2001. Terry enjoyed all outdoor activities, such as, camping, hunting, fishing, softball and riding his...
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Dorothy "Dotti" Real

November 8, 1917 - December 30, 2015

Dotti Real, age 98, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at CGH Medical Center. She resided in the Good Samaritan Center in Mount Carroll. Dotti was formerly of Milledgeville and later of Sterling. Dotti was born on November 8, 1917; the daughter of James and Ivy (Senneff) Cheeseman. She married Harold Real of Milledgeville, on December 31, 1942. Dotti was a farmer along with her husband for...
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Darrel C. Spencer

August 14, 1951 - December 16, 2015

Darrel C. Spencer, age 64 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Darrel was born on August 14, 1951 in Sterling; the son of Frank "Gail" and Edna (Byvick) Spencer. He is a United States Marine Veteran. Darrel was employed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 30 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Rice Lake...
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Edward L. Dittmar

October 5, 1924 - October 16, 2015

Edward L. Dittmar, age 91 formally of Milledgeville died Friday, October 16, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Edward was born October 5, 1924 in Chadwick the son of John William and Bertha Louise (Schleaning) Dittmar. He married Elaine Shirley LeFevre on December 28, 1962 in Polo. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1999. Edward was a life-long farmer. After retiring from...
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Margaret "Maggie" Mullen

March 29, 1941 - October 6, 2015

Margaret "Maggie" R. Mullen, 74 of Savanna, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Big Meadows in Savanna. Maggie was born on March 29, 1941 in Seattle, Washington to John and Virginia Scott. She married James A. Mullen on April 21, 1983 in Clinton, Iowa. Maggie worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at several nursing facilities in her younger years; she was a very caring...
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Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz

December 20, 1919 - March 25, 2015

Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz, age 95 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Alice was born on December 20, 1919 in Husum West Germany; the daughter of Amandus and Emma (Kuhntopf) Martens. She married Walter Protokowitz on March 21, 1942 in Husum, West Germany; he preceded her in death on April 16, 1990. Alice was employed for 18...
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William A. Collins

September 22, 1941 - January 30, 2015

William Albert Collins, age 73 of Milledgeville, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at home after a brief battle with cancer. Bill was born on September 22, 1941 in New York Mills, Minnesota; the son of Albert William and Ada Ethel (Niemela) Collins. He graduated from New York Mills High School in 1959. Bill was a structural steel Ironworker for over 50 years and was a member of Local 498,...
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Richard "Dick" L. Short

February 4, 1931 - December 2, 2014

Richard "Dick" L. Short, age 83 formerly of Milledgeville, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Dick was born on February 4, 1931 in Dixon. In 1948, he joined the United States Army and served in the Korean War. During his time of service, he was awarded the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged in September of 1952. He worked for Gibbs Dry Wall in...
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Dennis R. Morris

June 7, 1950 - November 26, 2014

Dennis R. Morris, age 64, of Milledgeville passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore. Dennis was born June 7, 1950 in Wilton, Arkansas to Berlin and Ophelia Morris Romero. He married Dorothy VanKampen on October 24, 1997. He attended Rockford schools before joining the US Army in 1967. After serving in the Army, he was a truck driver for over 40 years,...
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Doris J. Bryant

June 2, 1935 - July 29, 2014

Doris J. Bryant, age 79 of Chadwick, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her home. Doris was born on June 2, 1935 in Sterling, the daughter of Herbert Leslie and Marguarite Frances (Turner) Saunders. She married Thomas H. Bryant on January 5, 1957at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Doris was a member of SS. John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mt. Carroll. She was loved by all she met, and...
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Duane C. Shank

February 25, 1941 - May 28, 2014

Duane C. Shank, age 73 of Chadwick died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Duane was born February 25, 1941 in Freeport the son of Eldon and Lois (Graybill) Shank. He worked as an over the road truck driver for 30 years. Duane married Judy Lendman on February 8, 1964 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on March 26, 1995. He enjoyed refurbishing and reselling old...
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Vernon Sidney Milnes, Sr.

October 18, 1927 - March 12, 2014

Vernon Sidney Milnes, Sr., age 86 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Vernon was born on October 18, 1927 in Morrison, Illinois to Sidney and Edna (Swanson) Milnes. He married Rhea Clary on February 18, 1948 in Morrison. Vernon was a life, long farmer and a long time member of Hope Methodist Church in Chadwick. Survivors include his wife,...
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Larry Paul Gipe

October 5, 1937 - February 27, 2014

Larry Paul Gipe, age 76 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Morrison Community Hospital. Larry was born on October 5, 1937 in Sterling to Ellwood David and Helen May (Grim) Gipe. He married Carol Sue Miller in Chadwick on August 31, 1958. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2002. Larry was a life long farmer, who had a love for antique tractors and going on tractor rides...
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Jereme "Chones" Pettorini

April 8, 1976 - February 2, 2014

Jereme (Chones) Jerike Pettorini, age 37 of Lanark, died Sunday, February 02, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Jereme was born on April 8, 1976 in Morrison to Thomas A. and Carrie L. (Funderburgh) Pettorini. He married Kimberly Bruckner on November 4, 2011 in Morrison. Survivors include, his wife Kim of Lanark; his mother, Carrie (Ron Ottjepka) of Amboy; two children, Wesley and Montana; Several...
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Thomas L. Sweitzer

May 31, 1946 - January 7, 2014

Thomas L. Sweitzer, age 67 of Milledgeville died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Thomas was born May 31, 1946 in Rural Lanark, the son of Oliver and Ruth (Koeller) Sweitzer. He married Nancy Hughes on October 15, 1977 in Savanna. Thomas worked at Polhill's Implement as a tractor mechanic for 39 years. He was a township trustee for Elkhorn Grove Township for many...
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Sally Sue Dusing

February 28, 1956 - October 31, 2013

Sally Sue Dusing, age 57 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Freeport Rehab and Health Care Center after a long and hard battle of breast cancer. Sally was born on February 28, 1956 in Sterling to Russell and Mabel (Miller) Klitz. She worked as a secretary for Ken Nelson for many years. Sally enjoyed going to auctions and was an avid collector of antiques. She loved animals...
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Marilyn J. Parks

July 21, 1936 - October 29, 2013

Marilyn Parks, age 77 of Milledgeville died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at her home. Marilyn was born July 21, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Harry and Esther (Hartman) Bushman. She graduated from the Rockford School of Nursing in 1957 and the same year married her husband John Parks on September 28. Marilyn worked at Sinnissippi Centers as an RN for 20 years, after she retired she worked...
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Lillian M. Thorngren

June 10, 1918 - October 16, 2013

Lillian M. Thorngren, age 95 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll. Lillian was born on June 10, 1918 in Fair Haven Township to Floyd and Mary (Jones) Miller. She married Robert S. Thorngren on August 9, 1941 in Milledgeville. He preceded her in death on January 31, 2010. Lillian was a homemaker, helped on the farm and over the years...
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Orville D. Ohlwine

January 24, 1926 - September 20, 2013

Orville D. Ohlwine, age 87, of Milledgeville died Friday, September 20, 2013 in Dixon after a long-term illness. Orville was born January 24, 1926 in Polo, the son of Oliver and Elizabeth (Barnes) Ohlwine. He joined the US Army in 1951 and transferred to the Reserves in 1953. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Orville married Corrine Edna Swanson on October 27, 1957 in Sterling. He was a...
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Marjorie "Marge" Watkins

May 21, 1931 - July 14, 2013

Marjorie "Marge" Watkins, age 82 of Milledgeville died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at her home. Marge was born May 21, 1931, in Walnut, the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Wagelin) Fritz. She married Donald G. Watkins on June 11, 1950 in Walnut, he preceded her in death on February 25, 2009. Marge worked for many years as a floral designer and enjoyed every minute of that. She also enjoyed going to...
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Stephanie J Wolf

March 21, 1949 - May 20, 2013

Stephanie J. Wolf, age 64 formerly of Milledgeville, died Monday, May 20, 2013 at Polo Rehab and Health Care Center. Stephanie was born on March 21, 1949 in Dixon, to David T. and Aileen (Drew) Wolf. She worked at Village of Progress in Oregon then the Rolling Hills Workshop in Lanark for 30 years. Survivors include three brothers, Richard (June) Wolf of Prospect Heights, Arthur (Joretta)...
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Joyce B. Strehlow

August 12, 1931 - February 10, 2013

Joyce B. Strehlow, 81, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at her daughter's home. Born August 12, 1931 in Monroe, Wisconsin she was a daughter of Raymond Clarence and Nellie (Ault) Fey. Joyce attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milledgeville. Surviving are her daughters, Linda Folkers of Milledgeville, Ruth (William) Wolf of Milledgeville and Debra (Jim) Meyers...
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April Lee Shipman

January 5, 1981 - February 6, 2013

April L. Shipman, 32, of Chadwick, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013. She was born January 5, 1981 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Diane (Scheidecker) Shipman. April loved boating and skiing. She was a lover of all animals especially her German Shepherds. Her love of animals was especially shown to the ones she raised on her farm. April is survived by her parents, Paul and Diane...
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