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Darlene Kereven

March 16, 1920 - November 19, 2017

STERLING -Darlene Kereven passed away Sunday November 19th at the grand old age of 97 She was born March, 16, 1920 in Harmon, Illinois the daughter of James Luther Hicks and Nancy Anna (Bowles) Hicks. She married Edwin Kereven in June of 1962. He preceded her in death in 1990. She was a hairdresser for many years, finally retiring in 2000 at the age of 80. She was a long time member of Wesley...
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Perry Joseph Ports

June 13, 1937 - November 17, 2017

Perry J. Ports, 80 of Sterling died Friday November 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on June 13, 1937 in Sterling, the son of Perry Thomas and Helen Veronica (Drew) Ports. He attended St. Mary Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Community Catholic (Newman High School) in Sterling. He served in the US Army for 3 years in Germany. Perry married Alice B. Boddiger on May 27, 1961 at Sacred...
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Connie C. Jackson

July 13, 1957 - November 17, 2017

Connie C. Jackson Connie C. Jackson, age 60, of Lyndon, died Friday, November 17, 2017 at her home. Connie was born July 13, 1957 in Morrison the daughter of Ralph and Coletta (Wand) Koehn. She married Merle Jackson in July of 1995 in Morrison and was employed at Sterling Medical Supplies for 26 years. Survivors include her husband of Lyndon; one daughter, Tiffany (Ron) Coleman of...
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Larry A. Horner

November 21, 1940 - November 16, 2017

Larry A. Horner, Sr., 76 of Sterling, died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home. Larry was born on November 21, 1940 in Freeport, the son of LaVerne E. and Lorraine Celeta (Hopkins) Horner. He grew up in Nelson and graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1959. Larry served in the US Army three years in Germany. He married Margo A. Paschal on August 17, 1963 in Rock Falls. Larry was...
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Nancy Ellen Hahn

December 13, 1951 - November 16, 2017

Nancy Ellen Hahn, 65 of Sterling, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling surrounded by her loving family. Nancy was born on December 13, 1951 in Dixon, the daughter of Loyd and Hazel Black. She graduated from Dixon High School in 1970. She worked at the Dixon State School and several different nursing homes. She met the love of her life, Gary Lee Hahn and...
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Ida Mae Wiemken

August 24, 1932 - November 16, 2017

Ida Mae Wiemken, 85 of Sterling, IL died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 24, 1932 in Woosung, IL the daughter of Harry Dale and Faye Geraldine (Brown) Houpt. Ida Mae married Don Wiemken in Royce City, TX on July 2, 1985. She was employed at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, IA from 1964-1974. She then worked for Dixon State School from 1975...
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Eunice Detweiler

August 18, 1934 - November 15, 2017

Eunice E. Detweiler, age 83 of Sterling, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 after an extended illness. Eunice was born on August 18, 1934 in Sterling, the daughter of Roy K. and Minnie (Arnold) Detweiler. She was educated at Kapp Grade School and Sterling High School, working at Community General Hospital during her senior year. She continued to work there for several years before...
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Jesus Ortega

November 13, 1926 - November 14, 2017

Jesus Ortega Jesus Ortega, age 91, of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at his home. Jesus was born November 13, 1926 in Olivia, Texas the son of Mr. and Mrs. Primitivo Ortega. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Anne R. Martinez on November 13, 1950. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2009. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for...
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Dorothy M. Marsh

July 21, 1920 - November 13, 2017

Dorothy M. Marsh, 97 of Sterling died Monday November 13, 2017 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. She was born on August 21, 1920 in Sterling, the daughter of James "Shirley" and Bertha Irene (Talmadage) Funk. She married Robert James Marsh on May 2, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. He died September 9, 2015. She was a lifetime member of St. John Ev Lutheran Church in Sterling. Survivors include her son,...
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Anna Young

July 5, 1944 - November 12, 2017

Anna Young Anna Young, age 73, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by family. Anna was born July 5, 1944 in Sterling the daughter of Chirilia John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean. She married Ronald D. Young on August 8, 1965 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on February 18, 2017. Anna was employed as an LPN for Whiteside County...
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Harvey J. Waldschmidt

July 8, 1921 - November 10, 2017

Harvey Joseph Waldschmidt, 96 of Sterling, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at CGH Medical Center peacefully from a short illness. Harvey was born on July 8, 1921 in Metamora, Ill., the oldest of eleven, the son of Henry A. and Lillian (Elbert) Waldschmidt. The family moved to the Waldschmidt Family Farm south of Rock Falls on March 1, 1942. Harvey was needed with the farming so he did not...
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Bessie Irene Sexton

August 20, 1938 - November 9, 2017

Bessie Irene Sexton, age 79 of Sterling, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Bessie was born on August 20, 1938 in Ozark, Ark., the daughter of Clemia and Minnie (Bryson) Tillery. She married Dennison Sexton on May 26, 1956 in Ark. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2016. Bessie was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed to read and write. She would collect...
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Marian L. Whitver

October 25, 1921 - November 8, 2017

Marian L. Whitver, 96, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, November 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on October 25, 1921 in Prairieville to Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Wechsler) Reaver. She married Warren M. "Bud" Whitver on June 20, 1947 at the country home of her parents east of Sterling, where Menard's is now located. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1999. She was a...
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Marjorie J. Long

September 6, 1922 - November 6, 2017

STERLING- Marjorie J. Long, age 94, of Rock Falls died peacefully Friday, November 3, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion. Marge was born November 6, 1922, in Rock Falls, in the house her father built. She was the daughter of Peter and Agnes (Osmundsen) Rogness. Marge was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and received her R.N. degree from Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. She married Paul L....
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Michael Cunniff

July 19, 1949 - November 6, 2017

Michael Cunniff, age 68 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at Good Samaritan in Prophetstown. Michael was born on July 19, 1949 in Sterling, the son of Thomas W. and Barbara (Stewart) Cunniff. He was a 1967 Graduate of Newman High School. He then graduated from Sauk Valley Community College with an Associate's Degree and from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Science in...
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Betty E. Scanlan

November 25, 1957 - November 5, 2017

Betty E. Scanlan, 59 of Rock Falls died Sunday November 5, 2017 at her home following an illness. She was born on November 25, 1957 in Sterling, the daughter of Stanley Owen and Vivian Pearl (Cowger) Miller. She attended Rock Falls schools and married Cecil M. Scanlan on May 26, 1972 in Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband, Cecil; 2 sons: Cecil (Jennider) Scanlan and Christopher ...
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Norma F. Buckner

February 3, 1922 - November 4, 2017

Norma F. Buckner, 95, of Sterling, IL, died Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Sterling Pavilion, Sterling, IL. Norma was born on February 3, 1922, in Marion, IL; the daughter of Irvin and Mollie (Dillingham) White. She married Zoral H. Buckner in Marion, IL; he preceded her in death on June 23, 1990. Survivors include her children, Judy (Tim) Nicoud, Sr. of Naples, FL, Barbara Jo ...
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Roger D. Lane

July 13, 1949 - November 4, 2017

Roger D. Lane, 68 of Sterling, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Roger was born on July 13, 1949 in Morrison, IL the son of Harold and Erna (Nathes) Lane. He married Lisa (Frasor) Lane on April 21, 1995 in Sterling, IL. Roger was employed as a UPS driver for 31 and a half years until he retired in 2002. Survivors include his wife Lisa, his children;...
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Carolyn "Sue" "Ralphie" J. Wasmund

May 9, 1948 - November 3, 2017

Carolyn "Sue" "Ralphie" J. Wasmund Carolyn "Sue" "Ralphie" J. Wasmund, age 69, of Coleta, died Friday, November 3, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Carolyn was born May 9, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of Robert and V. Lucille (Maxwell) Kunde. She married John L. Wasmund on August 11, 1968 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2003. She was employed by Dr....
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Evelyn "Lynn" L. Oncken

December 17, 1932 - November 2, 2017

MILLEDGEVILLE - Evelyn (Lynn) Lee Hull Oncken, 84, of Milledgeville, died on November 2, 2017, from an extended illness at Regency Care Center in Sterling, IL. Lynn was born on December 17, 1932, in Batavia, IL, the daughter of Clark Arthur Hull and Beatrice (Bell) Hull. Lynn married Keith Oncken on September 10, 1950, with Lynn's father, a Methodist minister, conducting the marriage...
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Edward J. Kobbeman

August 27, 1919 - October 26, 2017

Edward J. Kobbeman, 98 of Rock Falls died Thursday October 26, 2017 at his home. He was born on August 27, 1919 in Tampico, the son of Henry S. and Emma (Schwamberger) Kobbeman. He was a veteran of WW II as a fighter pilot with the US Army Air corps, having flown 98 missions. He served in the South pacific for 17 months with the 67th, 68th, 339th Fighter Squadron of the 347 Fighter Group. He...
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James D. Dudley, Sr.

February 3, 1945 - October 25, 2017

James D. Dudley, Sr., age 72, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Jim was born February 3, 1945 in Sterling the son of George and Jean (Gilman) Dudley. He married Peggy Waffle on August 1, 1965 at the Rock Falls Methodist Church. He worked in the Autobody Industry for over 40 years, with 20 of those years at Polhills, Inc. in Milledgeville. Jim enjoyed fishing, camping and...
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David M. Reyes

May 14, 1987 - October 25, 2017

David M. Reyes, age 30 of Dixon, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. David was born on May 14, 1987, the son of Victor M. and Clementina Reyes. He was employed by Wahl Clipper for 11 years. David enjoyed camping and going for walks. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his son, Izzy. Survivors include his parents, Victor and Tina...
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Lavonia F. Ufkin

December 6, 1928 - October 25, 2017

Lavonia Faye Ufkin, 88, of Rockford, died on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Crimson Point in Rockford. Lavonia was born on December 6, 1928 in Sterling to Ora and Bertha (Jacobs) Scykes. She married LeRoy Ufkin on December 15, 1946 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death in March 1964. She was a nurse's aide at Walnut Manor retiring in 1995. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and her...
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Thomas L. Hunsberger

February 18, 1963 - October 24, 2017

Thomas Lee Hunsberger, age 54 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tom was born on February 18, 1963 in Sterling, the son of Leo F. and Audrey B. (Dornbusch) Hunsberger. He was a United States Army Veteran. Tom married Karen M. Perris on July 18, 2014 in Rock Falls. He was employed by Rehrig Pacific Logistics in Rock Falls. Survivors include his...
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Mary Frances Diaz

January 11, 1924 - October 24, 2017

Mary Frances Diaz, 93, of Rock Falls, died on Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on January 11, 1924 in Galesburg to John and Juanita (Delacruz) Magon. Mary was a homemaker and later worked for Tyco, Northwestern Steel and Wire Company, and worked for Lawrence Brothers as an assembler and retired after 13 years. She enjoyed...
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Joshua C. Mellott

February 2, 1990 - October 23, 2017

Joshua C. Mellott, age 27, of Rockford, formerly of Amboy, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Joshua was born February 2, 1990 in Mendota. He was the son of Sherrie Henrichs and Ralph Beauchamp, Sr. Josh graduated from Amboy high school and went to Truman college in Chicago where he majored in art. He enjoyed spending time with family, painting,...
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Eugene Sutton

January 27, 1919 - October 23, 2017

FENTON, Mo. -Eugene Henry Sutton, age 98, fell peacefully asleep in the Lord's arms on Monday, October 23, 2017. Eugene was born on January 27, 1919 in Harmon, IL , the son of Avery and Edna (Bine) Sutton. He married Jennie Bohms on April 11, 1947 in Morrison. She died December 22, 2007. Eugene was a paratrooper in WWII and retired from International Harvester. Besides his family, Eugene's...
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Jody R. Meiners

April 27, 1973 - October 19, 2017

Jody R. Meiners, 44 of Rock Falls died Thursday October 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on March 27, 1973 in Sterling, the son of Dale S. and Cassandra (Chamberlain) Meiners. He attended Rock Falls schools and Sauk Valley Community College where he earned his certificate as an electrician. Jody worked at Mallard Manufacturing in Sterling as a mechanical engineer. He enjoyed...
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William "Harold" Petty

November 30, 1955 - October 19, 2017

William "Harold" Petty, age 61 of Sterling, died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Rock Falls Rehab and Health Care. Harold was born on November 30, 1955 in Sterling, the son of William Dempsey Petty and Lena Mae (Cook) Petty. He retired from Reliant-RB&W Manufacturing in Rock Falls. Harold enjoyed collecting baseball memorabilia and albums. He had a love for music and was an avid Chicago Bears,...
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Delores A. Schmitt

October 26, 1937 - October 18, 2017

Delores A. Schmitt, 79 of Sterling died Wednesday October 18, 2017 at Morrison Community Hospital. She was born on October 26, 1937 in Mount Morris, IL the daughter of Hubert and Marie (Rasche) Nalley. She married Donald Schmitt on December 20, 1969 in Mount Morris. Throughout her working life, Delores had worked at the former McGregor Magazine and Cable Printing both in Mount Morris, and she...
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David "Ozzy" Walker

April 3, 1965 - October 18, 2017

David "Ozzy" Walker, age 52 of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. David was born on April 3, 1965 in Sterling, the son of Quillon "Bob" and Sarah "Wilma" (Burnside) Walker. He was a self-employed mechanic for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Kristan Hunter of Tampico; three grandchildren; two nephews; one niece and one great niece. ...
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Robert Lee Lindsay, Jr.

September 15, 1954 - October 16, 2017

TAMPICO – Robert Lee Lindsay, Jr., age 63, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago. Robert was born on September 15, 1954 in Sterling the son of Robert and Elsie (Parker) Lindsay, Sr. He married Marjorie McKenna on January 3, 1989 in Clinton, Iowa. She died on October 16, 2015. Robert was employed and very active with the Prophetstown Middle School,...
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Virginia C. Hunter

June 28, 1920 - October 16, 2017

Virginia C. Hunter Virginia C. Hunter, age 97, of Sterling, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling. Virginia was born June 28, 1920 in Rock Falls the daughter of Arthur E. and Genevieve B. (Coe) Deem. She was a 1938 graduate of Rock Falls High School where she was active in drama and plays. Virginia attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon and later married John G. Bohlken...
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C. Matthew Willis

August 14, 1973 - October 16, 2017

C. Matthew Willis, 44 died Monday October 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on August 14, 1973 in Sterling, the son of Wayne and Catherine "Kate" (Stewart) Willis. He married Kathy Weidel November 8, 2002. She died July 12, 2003. He then married Sheril Broege on October 25, 2014 in Rock Falls. Matt worked in maintenance at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. He enjoyed fishing, vintage...
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Sue Z. Adams

April 26, 1948 - October 15, 2017

Sue Zann Adams, age 69, of Prophetstown, IL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society - Prophets Riverview Home. Sue was born on April 26, 1948, in Prophetstown, IL, to Robert and Mary Louise (Martin) Hummel. She married William Adams on December 10, 1965, in Tampico, IL. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1969. Sue is survived by three children, Bliss ...
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Tamara L. Wolzfelt

January 29, 1958 - October 12, 2017

Tamara L. Wolzfelt, 59, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore. She was born on January 29, 1958 in Sterling to John M. and Geraldine (Lathrop) Wolzfelt. Tammy was a CNA with Franklin Grove Nursing Home and formerly owned and operated TLC Cleaning. She enjoyed Sundae's on Sunday at McDonald's and loved to watch her soap operas and Dr. Phil on TV. ...
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Genevieve E. O'Malley

May 15, 1927 - October 12, 2017

Genevieve E. O'Malley, 90, of Sterling, died on Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2017 at her home. She was born on May 15, 1927 in Princeton to Albert and Mae (Parlier) Barth. She was united in marriage to Frank O'Malley on October 12, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. O'Malley worked in the catalog department at Sears and later became a...
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Arthur G. McDonnell

August 30, 1934 - October 12, 2017

STERLING –Dr. Arthur G. McDonnell, age 83, died Thursday, October 12, 2107 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Arthur was born on August 30, 1934 in Sterling, the son of Ambrose and Athlene (Bracken) McDonnell. He served his country in the United States Navy. Arthur married Adele Novak on September 27, 1958 in Lemont. He practiced dentistry in Sterling for 30 years retiring in 1990. ...
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Genevieve E. O'Malley

May 15, 1927 - October 12, 2017

Genevieve E. O'Malley, 90, of Sterling, died on Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2017 at her home. She was born on May 15, 1927 in Princeton to Albert and Mae (Parlier) Barth. She was united in marriage to Frank O'Malley on October 12, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death in 1982. Mrs. O'Malley worked in the catalog department at Sears and later became a...
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Alvia Payne

July 2, 1925 - October 11, 2017

Alvia Lee Payne, 92 of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at 12:15 a.m, on October 11, 2017 in Richard Owens hospice home, Peoria, IL surrounded by loved ones. Alvia was born in Iuka, IL on July 2, 1925 to Estel and Shirla Payne. Alvia married the love of his life, Theresa on March 14, 1950. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, both parents, 4 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived...
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Delores A. Hinrichs

September 24, 1927 - October 11, 2017

Delores A. Hinrichs, 90, of Sterling, died Wednesday morning, October 11, 2017 at Regency Care in Sterling. She was born on September 24, 1927 in Creighton, Nebraska to Maurice and Agnes (Johansen) Olsen. She was united in marriage to Arthur Hinrichs on November 21, 1945 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1996. Delores worked for General Electric in Morrison until her...
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Nancy E. Cox

November 21, 1954 - October 6, 2017

Nancy E. Cox Nancy E. Cox, age 62, of Sterling, died Friday, October 6, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Nancy was born November 21, 1954 in Rock Island the daughter of John and Iva (Johnson) Lundeen. She married Andy Cox on October 16, 1982 in Rock Falls. She was employed at National Manufacturing for 34 years and was most recently employed at Larson's. Nancy was a...
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Kaden Anthony Beer

January 13, 2007 - October 6, 2017

STERLING – Kaden Anthony Beer, 10 of Sterling died Friday October 6, 2017 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Kaden was born on January 13, 2007 in Oak Lawn, IL the son of Jeffrey K. and Stacey A. (Drane) Beer. He was currently attending Lincoln School in Sterling as a 5th grader. He was a typical boy, yet throughout his life, Kaden overcame many challenges. He enjoyed playing...
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Thomas R. Billings

August 11, 1923 - October 1, 2017

STERLING – Thomas R. Billings, age 94, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Heritage Woods, Sterling. Thomas was born August 11, 1923 in Lacky, W. Va. the son of Ambrose and Amie (Duncan) Billings. He married Betty Hamilton on September 23, 1946 in Welch, W. Va. She died August 20, 2015. He was raised in Chilhowie, Va. before his family moved to Rock Falls in 1948. ...
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Lowell E. Anderson

November 15, 1953 - September 30, 2017

Lowell Anderson, 64, of Galt, died on Saturday morning, September 30, 2017 at his residence. He was born on November 15, 1953 in Sterling to Ernest Leroy and Lois Marie (Lauff) Anderson. He married Linda Weigle on November 27, 1976 in Sterling. Lowell was a truck driver with Hopkins Township for 10 years, previously working for TMC for 9 years. He enjoyed farming, being outdoors,...
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Lynda F. Smith

July 8, 1946 - September 30, 2017

COLETA – Lynda F. Smith, age 71, died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mercy Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford. Lynda was born on July 8, 1946 in Stockton, Calif. the daughter of Robert L and Faye (Newton) Webb. She married Harold Smith on June 17, 1967 in Coleta. She did office work in various local churches before retirement. Lynda was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Sterling where...
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Carl D. Donovan

November 19, 1943 - September 30, 2017

STERLING- Carl Donovan, age 73, died at home surrounded by his loving family following an extended illness Saturday, September 30, 2017. Carl was born on November 19, 1943 the son of Nathan Charles and Reta Alice (Adams) Donovan. He married Sheila Ann Cook on April 25, 1979. Carl was employed as a Head Wiper for 32 years at Northwestern Steel & Wire retiring in 2004. Survivors include,...
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Gladys E. Schreiner

January 25, 1920 - September 26, 2017

Gladys E. Schreiner, age 97 of Rock Falls, passed away, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 25, 1920 in Stockton, Ill., the daughter of George and Tyrissia Evans. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Everett Schreiner. Gladys is survived by one son, Gary of Rock Falls; three grandsons, Gregory of Colorado, Steve ...
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Diane M. Chojnacki

April 25, 1938 - September 24, 2017

Diane M. Chojnacki Diane M. Chojnacki, age 79, of Sterling, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at her home. Diane was born April 25, 1938 in Chicago the daughter of Jerry and Mildred (Strong) Urban. She married Leonard Chojnacki on November 19, 1955 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on September 29, 2004. She was employed as a travel agent for many years. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Patsy Y. Fulton

February 3, 1942 - September 23, 2017

Patsy Fulton, 75 of Sterling died Saturday September 23, 2017 at her home. She was born on February 3, 1942 in Hoxie, AR the daughter of John B. and Clara G. (Ball) Fry. She was a 1960 graduate of Rock Falls High School and an 1964 graduate of KSB Hospital Nursing School. She married Ronald L. Fulton on March 5, 1966 in Sterling. Patsy had served as a school nurse with Unit 5 at Washington for...
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Regina D. Fistler

October 24, 1956 - September 23, 2017

Regina D Fistler, 60 of Sterling died Saturday September 23, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on October 24, 1956 in Russellville, KY the daughter of Paul and Lula (Fuller) Jones. She had worked at the former Costal Truck/gas station in Rock Falls; as a dispatcher for Book Trucking and for approximately 12 years she worked as a dispatcher for Cindy's Trucking. Regina was a...
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Patricia Ann Maddox

December 7, 1943 - September 22, 2017

Patricia Ann (I'm not a cat lady) Maddox, 73, of Rock Falls, IL passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 Born December 7, 1943 in Clinton, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Lehman and Bernice (Gorzney) Lehman. Patty was preceded in death by her parents, brother (William Joseph Lehman), sister (Phyllis Jean Miller) and approximately 376 cats. She is survived by Shoney Cat ...
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Bradley Lockie Billings

July 20, 1920 - September 22, 2017

STERLING, IL – Bradley Lockie Billings, 97 died Friday September 22, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on July 20, 1920 in Gary, West Virginia the daughter of Robert and Purle Beatrice (Dowell) Duncan. She married Joe William Billings Sr on July 18, 1936 in Welch, West Virginia. He died November 20, 2010. She had worked at the former National Manufacturing Co retiring in...
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Melinda R Guentert

November 30, 1929 - September 22, 2017

STERLING – Melinda R. Guentert, 87 of Sterling died Friday September 22, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Melinda was born on November 30, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Jessie and Maria Gonzalez. She worked as an aide in health care. She married Rudolph Galvan Sr in January 1949 in Dixon. He died September 29, 1999. She then married Frank Guentert on November 29, 2000. She was a...
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Douglas R. Tyler

December 30, 1967 - September 21, 2017

Douglas R. Tyler 49 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 21, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1967 in Sterling, the son of Paul D. and Emma (Martinson) Tyler and was a 1986 graduate of Erie High School. He married the former Stacey Clausen. Doug was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing golf and chess. He loved family time together. Survivors include his son, Samuel J. Tyler...
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Hermina Kelly

April 5, 1920 - September 20, 2017

Hermina M. "Meanie" Kelly, 97 formerly of Sterling, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at home where she lived with her daughter Patt, in Tucson, AZ. Meanie was born April 5, 1920 in Alpnach, Switzerland, the daughter of Mathias and Mary Vogel. The family immigrated to Sterling when she was 7 months old. She married Edward T. "Ned" Kelly on January 21, 1943 at Our Lady of Perpetual...
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Shirley T. Kilberg

May 19, 1937 - September 20, 2017

Shirley T. Kilberg, 80 of Sterling died Wednesday September 20, 2017 at her home. She was born on May 19, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Clarence T. and Bernice A. (Bete) Skrogstad. Shirley was a 1956 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Donald Kilberg on June 29, 1957 in Sterling. She had worked as a dental assistant for Dr. John Readel, DDS of Sterling for 14 years retiring in...
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Thomas A Baker

May 15, 1950 - September 19, 2017

Thomas A. Baker, age 67, of Sterling, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling after a courageous 8 month battle with cancer. Tom was born May 15, 1950 in Sterling the son of Floyd and Fern (Adams) Baker. He married Shari Pyse on December 1, 1967 in Rock Falls. He worked for 28 years for Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and became the youngest foreman at the age of 21...
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Shane W. Warehime

April 21, 1981 - September 18, 2017

Shane Wm. Warehime Shane Wm. Warehime, age 36, of Dowagiac, MI, formerly of Sterling, IL , died Monday, September 18, 2017, at home. He was born April 21, 1981 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Donna Warehime. He married Amber May Baxter July 7, 2007, in Cassopolis, MI. Shane was a well-loved son, husband and father. He enjoyed football and NASCAR. In his younger years,...
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Timothy Lee Ohda

April 26, 1957 - September 17, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Timothy Lee Ohda, 60 of Rock Falls died Sunday September 17, 2017. He was born on April 26, 1957 in Rockford, IL the son of James Arthur and Betty Sue (Maness) Ohda. Tim was a 1975 graduate of Rock Falls High School where he played sports. He was an avid Notre Dame Fan. Survivors include his two sisters: Lori Reavy of Polo and Kristy Collier of Rock Falls; 3 nieces, Shauntai...
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Timothy Lee Ohda

April 26, 1957 - September 17, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Timothy Lee Ohda, 60 of Rock Falls died Sunday September 17, 2017. He was born on April 26, 1957 in Rockford, IL the son of James Arthur and Betty Sue (Maness) Ohda. He attended Montmorency Grade School and was a 1975 graduate of Rock Falls Township High School where he played in sports. Tim had worked at various jobs in his life. He was a passionate Notre Dame fan. Survivors...
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Sheila S. Davis

August 7, 1933 - September 17, 2017

Sheila Davis, age 84 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Dixon Health Care and Rehab. Sheila was born on August 7, 1933 in England, the daughter of Henry A. and Alice (Miller) Foskett. Survivors include five sons, Nick (Carol) Foskett of England, Jeremy (Jill) Pribble of Nelson, Frank (Josephine) Pribble of Texas, Kevin Davis (Jackie) of Lyndon, and Eddy (Pam) Davis of...
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Basil Dean Chapman

June 7, 1927 - September 10, 2017

Basil Dean Chapman, 90 of Rock Falls died Sunday September 10, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on June 7, 1927 in Whitehall, IL the son of William Lee and Nellie (Pruitt) Chapman. He served in the US Army during World War II. Basil married Betty Rose Fauble on October 15, 1948. She died on January 18, 1977. He was employed as a machinist at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire...
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Charles D. Hicks

July 20, 1942 - September 10, 2017

Charles D. Hicks Charles D. Hicks, age 75, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 at his home. Charles was born July 20, 1942 in Crab Orchard, W. V. the son of Thomas and Eva (Crawford) Hicks. He married Kathleen Downey on June 6, 1964 in Rock Falls. He was employed at Raynor for 29 years. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; one daughter, Kim (Randy) Bellows of Rock Falls;...
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Roland Jay Klimstra

April 27, 1929 - September 6, 2017

Roland J. Klimstra, age 88, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA. Roland was born April 27, 1929, in rural Fulton, IL. He married Lola M. Dykstra on May 11, 1949, in Thomson, IL. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2006. Roland farmed his entire life in the rural Fulton, IL area. He managed the Erie F.S. Fertilizer Plant...
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Elida Hernandez

July 13, 1970 - September 6, 2017

Elida Hernandez, age 47 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. She was born on July 13, 1970 in Mexico, the daughter of Adolfo and Ofelia (Riestra Martinez) Hernandez Flores. Survivors include her daughter, Leslie Hernandez; two sisters, Petra Hernandez and Silvia Hernandez; two brothers, Hugo Hernandez and Manuel Hernandez and many...
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Wayne Snyder

September 15, 1938 - September 6, 2017

PROPHETSTOWN – C. Wayne Snyder, age 78, died Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Wayne was born on September 15, 1938 in Moline, the son of Ward Elias and Mary Aretta (McAfee) Snyder. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp. Wayne married Betty Tinkler-Gallentine on February 14, 1990 in Rock Falls. He was employed as a Journeyman...
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David Bruce Ekholm

May 3, 1946 - September 5, 2017

David B. Ekholm, 71 of Sterling died Tuesday September 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 3, 1946 in Hemet, CA the son of Paul Alexis and Margaret Bernadine (Brewster) Ekholm. David had served in Viet Nam with the US Army during the Viet Nam war. He married the former Cheryl Olson on April 12, 1979 in Dixon, IL. He worked as a truck driver for many years for...
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LaRue Jean Plog

October 4, 1925 - September 4, 2017

MILLEDGEVILLE – LaRue Jean Plog, age 91, died Monday, September 04, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home, Sterling LaRue was born on October 4, 1925 in Milledgeville the daughter of LaRue and Bertha (St. Clair) Geary. She married James Plog on September 18, 1948 in Milledgeville. He died on November 9, 2013. LaRue was a homemaker. Survivors include, two daughters, Polly Nobis of...
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Sandra G. Hunter

January 2, 1948 - September 3, 2017

Sandra G. Hunter, age 69 of Deer Grove, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria. Sandra was born on January 2, 1948 in Princeton, the daughter of Clifford and Caroline (Dalton) Dunbar. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1966. Sandra left Illinois and moved out to California in 1971. She was a rate clerk for Teamsters Local in California. She moved back to this area...
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Rodney T. Cushman

May 4, 1928 - September 3, 2017

GALT – Rodney T. Cushman, age 89, died at his home Sunday, September 03, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Rodney was born on May 4, 1928 in Galesburg the son of Thomas and Marie (Weinberg) Cushman. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Rodney married Betty Ford on June 6, 1951 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She died March 19, 2017. He was employed as an Electrician with...
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Nettie M. Pettenger

April 16, 1920 - September 1, 2017

Nettie M. Pettenger, 97, of Rock Falls, died on Friday evening, September 1, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling, with her family by her side. She was born on April 16, 1920 in Amboy to John Dwight and Laura A. (Clink) Eller. Nettie was united in marriage to Lyle D. Pettenger on February 3, 1940 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on June 19, 2008. Nettie worked for the former Sowles Dry Goods...
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Arthur C. Best

March 22, 1934 - September 1, 2017

MORRISON – Arthur Clarence Best, age 83, passed away surrounded by family, Friday September 1, 2017 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Arthur was born on March 22, 1934 in West Pittston, Pa. the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Werner) Best. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1953 – 1957. Arthur married Mavis Martinson on December 29, 1956 in Galesville, Wis. He enjoyed...
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Marjorie E. Dietz

September 8, 1920 - August 30, 2017

Marjorie Estelle Dietz, age 96 of Sterling, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling. Marjorie was born on September 8, 1920 in Malvern, Ill., the daughter of Edward and Ivy (Horning) Larkey. She attended country schools and graduated from Morrison High School in 1938. Marjorie worked in Chicago for a short time and was the drummer with a local dance band...
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Patricia Ann Dugal

August 14, 1947 - August 28, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Patricia Ann Dugal, age 70, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society Prophets Riverview, Prophetstown, IL. Patricia was born on August 14, 1947 in Fort Dodge, Iowa the daughter of Paul Joseph and Loretta Thelma (Lane) VonBank. She married Daniel Dugal on August 5, 1970 in Elk Point, S.D. He died on August 1, 2017. Patricia was employed as a Nurses Aid. She was a...
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Mary Lou Martin

March 21, 1924 - August 24, 2017

Mary Lou Martin Mary Lou Martin, age 93, of Sterling, died Thursday, August 24, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mary Lou was born March 21, 1924 in Sterling the daughter of Ira and Matilda (Fehrenbacker) Martin. She attended St. Mary's grade school and Catholic Community High School (Newman), graduating in 1942. Shortly after graduating, she began work at Northwestern Steel & Wire...
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Summer D. Harmon

August 17, 1977 - August 22, 2017

STERLING – Summer D. Harmon, 40 of Sterling died Tuesday August 22, 2017 at the University of Madison Hospitals from injuries from two vehicle automobile collision North of Sterling. She was born on August 17, 1977 in Sterling, the daughter of Ernest F. and Crystal K. (Fellows) Anderson and was a graduate 1995 of Rock Falls High School. She had worked as a motor route carrier for Sauk Valley...
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Christine "Cricket" Easley

May 14, 1944 - August 20, 2017

Christine "Cricket" Easley, 73, of Rock Falls, died on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home. She was born on May 14, 1944 in Sterling to Robert and Maxine (Florida) Easley. She worked for Lawrence Brothers Hardware in the Customer Service Department for many years. Cricket enjoyed playing softball in the Rock Falls-Sterling Softball League and bowling at Blackhawk Lanes. Survivors include...
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Paul M. Grant

September 5, 1980 - August 20, 2017

Paul M. Grant Paul M. Grant, age 36, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Paul was born September 5, 1980 in Freeport the son of Micheal and Laura (Smith) Grant. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for 16 years. Paul was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed riding snow mobiles...
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Michael Wright

April 8, 1957 - August 20, 2017

MILLEDGEVILLE – Michael Wright, age 60, died at home on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Michael was born on April 8, 1957 in Davenport, Iowa the son of James and Audrey (Lane) Wright. He married Tammy Costello on December 3, 2016 in Reno, Nev. Michael was the Owner/Operator of his own truck leased to Cook Logistics in Delavan, Wis. for the past 9 years. He was a lifelong member of O.O.I.D.A....
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Lillian Ricks

March 15, 1937 - August 19, 2017

Lillian G. Ricks, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Lillian was born on March 15, 1937 in Etowah Co., Alabama, the daughter of Ellis and Zannie (Chastain) Gwin. She married Billy Ricks on May 17, 1963 in Rock Falls. Lillian worked as a secretary for the Whiteside Co. Housing Authority. Survivors include her husband, Billy; one son,...
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Pamela Marie Schroeder

July 25, 1955 - August 16, 2017

Pamela Marie Schroeder, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her home. Pamela was born on July 25, 1955 in Sterling, the daughter of Alan and Joyce (Pyse) Ernst. Survivors include her three children, Amy (Mitch) Mendoza of Fulton, Anne Welch of Sterling and Jeffery Gaither (Sarah Blair) of Dixon; her parents, Alan and Joyce Ernst of Stoutsville, MO; one brother, Lee...
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Karl E. Felker, D.M.D.

December 8, 1954 - August 15, 2017

Karl E. Felker, D.M.D., 62, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 8, 1954 in Peoria to Virgil L. and Dorothy M. (Glenn) Felker. He married Rita Dombroski on June 12, 1982 in Sterling. He started his dental practice in Milledgeville in 1978. He associated with Aelred Fonder, D.D.S. in 1990 in Rock Falls, and took over the...
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Marjorie M. Brandt

August 22, 1921 - August 12, 2017

Marjorie M. Brandt Marjorie M. Brandt, age 95, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Marjorie was born August 22, 1921 in Genesee Township the daughter of Homer and Eva (Wagner) Stinemyer. She married Elwin Brandt on December 2, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2012. Marjorie was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock...
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Stevie Dawn Thomas

January 15, 1999 - August 8, 2017

STERLING – Stevie Dawn Thomas, 18 of Sterling died Tuesday August 8, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile crash in Ogle County. She was born on January 15, 1999 in Dixon, the daughter of Scott E. and Bonnie (Jacob) Thomas. She had been working in food service in local restaurants at the time of her death. Survivors include her father, Scott E. Thomas of Rock Falls; her sisters: ...
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Rita Beatty

September 15, 1925 - August 7, 2017

STERLING – Rita Beatty, age 91, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. Rita was born in Sterling on September 15, 1925 the daughter of William J. and Mildred (Bates) Murphy. She married Albert J. Beatty on February 7, 1948 in Sterling. He died September 2, 2003. Rita was a homemaker and enjoyed attending daily Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah, Ga....
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Charlie G. McNinch

March 9, 1954 - August 7, 2017

Charlie G. McNinch Charlie G. McNinch, age 63, of Rock Falls, IL, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at his home. Charlie was born March 9, 1954 in Sterling, IL, the son of Douglas and Irene (Clark) McNinch. He served in the US Marines and later was employed as a line inspector at Rheem in Ft. Smith, AR for 30 years retiring in 2014. Charlie enjoyed restoring old cars, doing martial arts,...
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Mary Alice Dombroski

March 11, 1922 - August 6, 2017

Mary Alice Dombroski, 95 of Sterling died Sunday August 6, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on March 11, 1922 in Sterling the daughter of Alonzo Webster and Mary Margaret (Hermes) Butterfield. She married Lester Dombroski on December 2, 1950 in Chicago. He died June 11, 2012. Mary Alice had worked as a book keeper at the former Vock Distributing in Sterling for 17 years. She...
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Thomas J. Hand

August 25, 1925 - August 6, 2017

Thomas J. Hand Thomas J. Hand, age 91, of Clinton, IA died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton. Thomas was born August 25, 1925 in Thomson, IL the son of Thomas and Helen (Sheridan) Hand. He served in the US Army and later married Margaret Enwright on December 31, 1949 in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death in January of 1984. He married Barbara Vogel on March...
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Edward Sheldon Bornemeier

July 27, 1924 - August 5, 2017

Edward "Ed" Bornemeier, age 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ed was born on July 27, 1924 in Cherry Grove Twp, the son of Charles and Olive (Brown) Bornemeier. He married Mary Alice Finifrock on March 15, 1947 in Carroll County. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2016. Edward farmed in the Freeport and Carroll County area before working for...
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Nicolas Velasquez, Sr.

December 23, 1924 - August 4, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Nicolas Velasquez, Sr, age 92, died at home Friday, August 4, 2017. Nicolas was born on December 23, 1924 in Cabana, Peru, South America the son of Augusto and Maria (Quinonez) Velasquez. He married Nelly Maravi on May 17, 1956 in Lima, Peru. Nicolas was employed as an Attorney for 39 years retiring in 1989. He enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife Nelly and son Nicolas...
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Margaret Rausch

September 23, 1925 - August 4, 2017

Margaret Rausch, age 91 of Sterling, died Friday, August 4, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Margaret was born on September 23, 1925 in Minnesota, the daughter of Gasper and Dorthea (Miller) Wolf. She married Roy Rausch, Jr. on January 1, 1946. He preceded her in death on March 27, 1970. Margaret was a homemaker, an avid bowler and a member of Messiah Ev. Lutheran Church in Sterling. ...
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Daniel F. Dugal, Sr.

September 9, 1945 - August 1, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Daniel Dugal Sr., age 71, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Daniel was born on September 9, 1945 in Waterville, Maine the son of Alyre and Francis (Veigue) Dugal. He married Patricia VonBank on August 5, 1970 in Elk Point, S.D. Daniel was employed as a Furnace Operator at Northwestern Steel & Wire, Sterling for 27 years retiring in 2001. He was a...
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Benjamin L. Kingery

April 7, 1926 - July 31, 2017

Benjamin Leon Kingery, 91, of Rock Falls, died July 31, 2017 at the Dixon Rehabilitation and Care Center in Dixon Illinois. Mr. Kingery was born April 7, 1926 in Springpoint Twp. Cumberland County Illinois, the son of Ben Esau and Blanche (Scott) Kingery. On March 18, 1950, he married Dorothy Ann Landis in Gary Indiana. To this union was born one son, Gordon. July 7, 1955, Ben married...
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Harold Michler

July 22, 1923 - July 29, 2017

STERLING – Harold W. Michler, 94 of Sterling died Saturday July 29, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 22, 1923 in Little Black, WI the son of Walter Carl and Elsie Ida (Neese) Michler. He served in the US Navy during WW II. He married Dorothy L. Etter on December 21, 1946 in Chicago. She died December 23, 1998. Harold began his long and successful 40 plus year career...
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Robert C. Schmidt

July 12, 1938 - July 29, 2017

Robert "Bob" C. Schmidt Robert "Bob" C. Schmidt, age 79, of Lanark, formerly of Polo, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Bob was born July 12, 1938 in Chicago the son of Carl and Florence (Buman) Schmidt. He served in the US Army and later married Judith Mason on February 15, 1964 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Wheaton. Bob was employed at Northwestern...
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Milo O. Mundorff

July 28, 1917 - July 28, 2017

Milo O. Mundorff, Jr, age 100 formerly of Sterling, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at the LaSalle Veteran's Home. Milo was born on July 28, 1917 in Millsboro, South Dakota, the son of Milo Sr. and Ida Mundorff. He was a United States Army Airforce Veteran and served in WWII as a pilot. He married Ruth Irene Sowers on August 11, 1944 in Warrensburg, Missouri. She preceded him in death on December...
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Alberta I Herrera

January 17, 1931 - July 28, 2017

Alberta I. Herrera, age 86 of Sterling, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Alberta was born on January 17, 1931 in Sterling, the daughter of Albert Otten and Bessie (Craig) Beggs. She married Pedro "Pete" Herrera. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2001. Alberta worked at Farm and Fleet in Sterling for 25 years, retiring in 1996. She was a past member of the...
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Virgil F. Plautz

January 12, 1942 - July 27, 2017

PROPHETSTOWN, IL – Virgil F. Plautz, 75 of Prophetstown died Thursday July 27, 2017 at his home He was born on January 12, 1942 in Rock Falls, the son of Delbert and Cassie (Stern) Plautz. He married Sandra K. Lear on November 23, 1963 in Washburn, IL. Virgil had farmed for over 50 years before retiring. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown; the Tampico Lions Club and a...
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