McDonald Funeral Home

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

Our Obituaries

Anna Leah Ann Hussung

January 25, 1972 - July 18, 2017

Anna Leah Ann Hussung, age 45 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Anna was born on January 25, 1972 in Sterling, the daughter of Van and Elaine (Richter) Hussung. She was employed by Focus Services in Sterling for the past six years. She is survived by her father, Van (Theresa) Hussung of Sterling; her two children, Jessica Hussung of Sterling and...
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Mervyn W. "Bill" Becker

May 30, 1922 - July 17, 2017

Mervyn W. "Bill" Becker, 95, of Rock Falls, died on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bill was born on May 30, 1922 in Rock Falls to Ludwig and Nellie (Knight) Becker. He married Ruth Arlene Seidel on May 30, 1943 in Seattle, Wash. She preceded him in death on February 25, 2016. Bill was employed at National Manufacturing in Sterling for 34 years until his...
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Johnna R. Comer

May 31, 1952 - July 15, 2017

Johnna Rae (Walker) Comer, 65, of Sterling, went to be with her Savior on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Johnna was born on May 31, 1952 in Morrison the daughter of John and Betty Walker. She married John Comer on August 20, 1972. Johnna had many accomplishments in life and had many titles including: mother, wife,...
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June Elizabeth Metcalf

April 25, 1920 - July 14, 2017

June Elizabeth Metcalf, 97, of Lyndon, died on Friday morning, July 14, 2017 at Prophets Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Mrs. Metcalf was born on April 25, 1920 in Galt to Fred and Nellie (Frye) Scott. She married William Grant Metcalf in 1938. He preceded her in death in 2008. Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Barbara (Richard) Hadcock of Walnut and...
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William "Bill" Baird

May 5, 1929 - July 12, 2017

STERLING - William "Bill" Clinton Baird died July 12, 2017. He was born May 5, 1929, in Jefferson County, Illinois to Adam and Ethel Banta Baird. Bill graduated from Sterling High School in 1946 and met and married the love his life, Millie. "Bill and Mill" celebrated 65 years of marriage on September 30, 2016. Together they enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states and 13 countries. Bill...
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Ronald Duane Myers

December 9, 1929 - July 11, 2017

Ronald D. Myers, 87 of Rock Falls died Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 9, 1929 in Sterling, the son of Earl and Clara (Buyers) Myers. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He married E. Sue McBeth on March 23, 1957 in Rock Falls. She died October 24, 2016. Ronald was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Local...
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James M. Williams

October 24, 1950 - July 10, 2017

MILLEDGEVILLE – James M. Williams, age 66, died at home Monday, July 10, 2017 following an extended illness. James was born on October 24, 1950 in Sterling the son of C. Richard and Margaret (McKean) Williams. He married Kathy Burgess on September 26, 1970 in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Jim owned and operated Jim Williams Flooring for over 30 years. He shared his skills to many...
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William "Bill" J. Wolff

February 23, 1945 - July 10, 2017

William "Bill" J. Wolff, 72, of Deer Grove, IL, died Monday, July 10, 2017, at the CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Bill was born February 23, 1945, in Dixon, IL; the son of Aloys M. and Lucille M. (Dupuis) Wolff. He married Judith A. Taylor on April 15, 1972, in Rockford, IL. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. He was employed by National Manufacturing, Sterling, IL...
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Frank Norman

June 30, 1934 - July 5, 2017

Frank Norman, 83 of Sterling died Wednesday July 5, 2017 at his home. He was born on June 30, 1934 in Morrison, the son of Frank and Kate (Decker) Norman. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Navy. Frank married June G. White on April 13, 1963 in Sterling. He was employed for 31 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling as a crane mechanic. He was a...
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Joseph J. Szymanski

December 5, 1929 - July 5, 2017

Joseph J. Szymanski, 87, of Dixon, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Joe was born on December 5, 1929 in Hegewisch, a suburb of Chicago, the son of Joseph and Mary (Plebanski) Szymanski. He was united in marriage to Dolores "Dee Dee" Metcalf-Snyder on February 25, 1994 in Dixon. Joe graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago and attended McCormick...
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Frank E. Yaklich

December 17, 1952 - July 1, 2017

Frank E. Yaklich, age 64 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, IA. Frank was born on December 17, 1952 in Bremerton, Washington, the son of Frank J. and Bernadine (Moore) Yaklich. He married Kathy Dobbeke on September 1, 1973 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico. Frank was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 28 years. He...
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Jerome White

March 18, 1961 - July 1, 2017

Jerome S. White, 56 of Rock Falls died Saturday July 1, 2017 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood. He was born on March 18, 1961 in Detroit, MI the son of Hannibal and Lucille (McNair) White. He married Rose Marie Anderson on July 5, 2014 in Rock Falls. Jerome was employed for the past 8 years with Waste Management at the Whiteside County Landfill as an operator. Survivors include his...
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Delores Hayen

April 4, 1933 - July 1, 2017

Delores "Dee" Mae Hayen, 84, of Sterling passed away July 1, 2017 surrounded by family and her dearest friend after a lengthy illness. Delores was born April 4, 1933, the daughter of Dale and Margaret (Near) Exner. She was raised and attended schools in Walnut and Rock Falls, IL. After she graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1951, she married the love of her life Herbert Hayen on June 21,...
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Merle E. Linton

January 15, 1933 - July 1, 2017

Merle E. Linton Merle E. Linton, age 84, of Sterling, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at his home. Merle was born January 15, 1933 in Coleta the son of Chester and Leone (Overholser) Linton. He attended Coleta Schools and later married JoAnn Meiners on January 9, 1986 in Rock Falls. Merle enjoyed farming and bricklaying especially with his father and brother, John. He also enjoyed traveling...
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Roderick Coy

March 26, 1975 - June 30, 2017

Roderick A. Coy, 42 of Sterling died Friday June 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was born on March 26, 1975 in Las Vegas, NV the son of Randy L. and Sheryl (Bartz) Coy and was a 1993 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Fabra Heald. Rod had worked at Allied Locke and later at the Walmart Distribution Center. He also owned his own lawn care service. Rod...
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Nina L. Wagner

August 16, 1940 - June 30, 2017

Nina L. Wagner Nina L. Wagner, age 76, of Milledgeville, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Nina was born August 16, 1940 in Lanark the daughter of Marvin and Margaret (Shank) Andrews. She married Monty Wagner on July 4, 1959 in Polo. She was employed by Kendall County for 33 years and was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon. ...
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Michael R. Engelkens, Sr.

November 10, 1951 - June 29, 2017

Michael R. Engelkens, Sr, of Sterling, passed away June 29, 2017 at CGH Medical Center. He was born in Kewanee, IL on November 10, 1951 to Edd and Susan (Welch) Engelkens. Michael honorably served his country thru his early years in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved to cook. Michael was an Executive Chef at several restaurants & resorts. He loved to spend time with...
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Mary Christine Moore

January 10, 1953 - June 28, 2017

Mary Christine Moore, age 64 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at home. Mary was born on January 10, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald and Mary (Green) Wilkinson. She retired from Allied Lock after being employed there for 20 years. Mary loved her animals and spending time with her family. Survivors include, her mother, Mary Wilkinson of Elgin; one son, Mark (Katrina)...
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Franklin L. Schnoor

July 29, 1923 - June 24, 2017

STERLING – Franklin L. Schnoor, age 93, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Regency Health Care, Sterling. Franklin was born on July 29, 1923 in Bouton, Iowa the son of Louie A. and Elfrieda A. (Lange) Schnoor. He married Phyllis Geer. He later married Barbara Foehrkolb. He was employed as Condo Manager for 15 years. Franklin served his country in the United States Army during WWII. ...
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Ronald I. Rendleman

January 16, 1933 - June 22, 2017

Ronald Ivan Rendleman Born Jan 16, 1933 Went to Heaven June 22, 2017 Ron Rendleman was a model and actor in Chicago during the 1960's. Upon his conversion to Christianity in 1966 he was instrumental in the Jesus People Movement of the 70"s promoting Christian Rock concerts bringing the message of Jesus to thousands of people on college campuses, churches, parks, prisons and Sweden. Ron was...
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Marianne Wright

November 3, 1937 - June 22, 2017

Marianne Wright, 79 of Rock Falls, lost her battle with Alzheimer's and passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Avonlea Cottage Memory Care in Dixon, IL. Marianne was born on November 3, 1937 in Nowawes, Germany, the daughter of Herman Wilhelm and Anna Stolle. She came over from Germany in October of 1974 with Maureen Wall Frankfother and Virginia Wall Pinkston after having met Arthur...
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Louise E. Oskroba

May 18, 1944 - June 22, 2017

Louise E. Oskroba, 73, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday morning, June 22, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on May 18, 1944 in Chicago. She worked in customer service at Office Max for 15 years. Louise enjoyed dancing, shopping, gambling, palm and tarot card reading. Louise adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was Mrs. Claus at the Peru Mall. ...
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Beverly E. Bellini

April 20, 1929 - June 22, 2017

Beverly Elberta Bellini, age 88 of Sterling, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Beverly was born on April 20, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald and Ethel (Pettenger) Harting. She married Milo Bellini on June 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2004. Beverly was employed by General Electric in Morrison for 23 years before retiring in 1981. She was a...
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William A. Snyder

August 27, 1928 - June 20, 2017

William "Bill" A. Snyder, age 88, of Garden Plain, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Bill was born August 27, 1928 in Albany, IL, the son of Dean and Marie (Settle) Snyder. He married Joyce Nelson on February 22, 1948 in Morrison, IL. He farmed in the Garden Plain area for 68 years. Bill enjoyed reading newspapers and magazines to keep up on the...
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Ronald Paliwoda

October 20, 1936 - June 19, 2017

Ronald Paliwoda, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Monday, June 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ronald was born on October 20, 1936 in Chicago, the son of Walter and Josephine Paliwoda. He is a United States Army Veteran. Ron married Carol Mrozynski on October 26, 1957 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on June 8, 2017. He was employed by Illinois Bell for 35 years before retirement....
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Florencia A. Interone

October 16, 1935 - June 18, 2017

Florencia A. Interone, 81 of Sterling died Sunday June 18, 2017 at her home. She was born on October 16, 1935 in Dansalan Lanao, Philippines, the daughter of Leocadio and Eleuteria (Guillena) Alegarbes. She married Dr. Carmelo V. Interone on February 8, 1964. He died January 16, 2002. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling where she had served as a Eucharistic minister at...
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Peggy J. Lesniewski

February 29, 1928 - June 18, 2017

Peggy J. Lesniewski, age 89, of Sterling, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Peggy was born February 29, 1928, in Prophetstown the daughter of Clayton and Adelaide (Cox) Marshall. She married Richard J. Lesniewski on November 16, 1946 in Prophetstown. He preceded her in death on September 20, 1990. She was employed at General Electric for 25 years retiring in...
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Olive "Sandy" Meyer

June 25, 1932 - June 17, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Olive "Sandy" Meyer, 84 of Rock Falls died Saturday June 17, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving faming. She was born on June 25, 1932 in Paw Paw, IL the adopted daughter of Arthur and Ella Henry. She married Donald H. Meyer on July 25, 1953. He died August 28, 1990. Sandy enjoyed cooking, singing, music including piano, organ, and guitar. Sandy was very proud of her...
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Michael Wade

September 30, 1960 - June 17, 2017

STERLING – Michael T. Wade, 56 of Sterling died Friday June 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 30, 1960 in Sterling, the son of William Hart and Judith Ann Fry. He married LeAnne Waters on October 4, 1983. Mike was employed by the Whiteside County Sherriff's Department as a tele communicator for 20 years retiring in 2012. He served in the US Airforce from October 30, 1979 –...
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Laura Mae North

January 16, 1943 - June 15, 2017

Laura Mae North, 74, a longtime resident of Sterling, IL went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 15, 2017. She was born January 16, 1943 to Cecil and Jane (Bitner) North and raised in Youngstown, Ohio before moving to Cleveland where she worked for State Farm Insurance for many years. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers Cecil (Joe), George and a sister...
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Glenn Alan Sauter

May 16, 1951 - June 12, 2017

Glenn A. Sauter, 66 died Monday June 12, 2017 at Rockford Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born on May 16, 1951 in Chicago, the son of John Wesley and Evelyn Martha (Lietzow) Sauter. He earned his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in 1973 from Millikin University; a Master of Business Administration in 1982 from Loyola University; History Major – Second Certification in...
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Fred Howe

April 29, 1923 - June 11, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Fred Howe Jr, 94 of Rock Falls died peacefully on Monday June 11, 2017. He was born on April 29, 1923 in Xenia, IL the son of Fred and Nancy (Brown) Howe and was a veteran of WW II, having served in the US Navy. He married Patsy Lou Burkett on January 10, 1949 in St Louis, MO. Pat passed away on July 14, 2004. Fred had worked for 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire...
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Madeline M. Wilkinson

January 23, 1921 - June 10, 2017

Madeline Mildred Wilkinson, 96, of Sterling, went home to the Lord on Saturday morning, June 10th at home with her granddaughters Theresa and Wendy at her side. Madeline was born on January 23, 1921 in New Town, Sullivan County, Missouri to Audrey and Delma (Deeds) Jaques. She married Howard Wilkinson on July 3, 1937 in Trenton, Missouri and he died on August 6, 1966. Madeline was a cook...
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Raul Leal

December 31, 1942 - June 9, 2017

Raul E. Leal, age 74, died at home Friday, June 9, 2017 following an extended illness. Raul was born on December 31, 1942 in Pharr, Texas the son of Pablo T. and Petra (Escimilla) Leal. He married Vicki M. Sargent in 1969 they had 3 children together. Raul married Donna M. Boken on December 31, 1991. He was employed as a Furnace Foreman at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 33 years...
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James Williams

March 18, 1941 - June 9, 2017

James A. Williams, age 76 of Rock Falls, died Friday, June 09, 2017 at his home. James was born on March 18, 1941 in Rolla, MO, the son of Vernon and Irene (Murphy) Williams. He married LaVonne C. Flynn on September 14, 1963 in Rock Falls. James was employed by Rochelle Foods for 21 years and retired on March 18, 2003. He is survived by his wife LaVonne; one daughter, Charlotte Henrichs...
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Carol Paliwoda

October 31, 1936 - June 8, 2017

Carol Paliwoda, age 80, died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Carol was born on October 31, 1936 in Chicago the daughter of Anthony and Helen (Bank) Mrozynski. She married Ronald Paliwoda on October 26, 1957 in Chicago. Carol was employed for over 20 years as a School Secretary at Alan Shepard High School in Palos Heights. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church....
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George Milne

November 21, 1921 - June 8, 2017

George Milne, age 95 of Sterling, died Thursday, June 08, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. George was born on November 21, 1921 in Sterling, the son of Harry and Marie (Murray) Milne. He is a United States Army Veteran. George served our country from 1942-1945 during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. He married Doris Reifenberg on May 20, 1950 in Evanston, IL....
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LaVerne Ellen Card

November 6, 1926 - June 8, 2017

LaVerne Ellen Card, age 90 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at her home. LaVerne was born on November 6, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Hugh and Ruby (Lindsley) Collett. She married Lloyd Card on November 23, 1946. LaVerne was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; one son, Stephen (Barbara) Card of...
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Ethel Mae Barkdoll

March 6, 1923 - June 7, 2017

Ethel Mae Barkdoll, 94, of Sterling, Ill. formerly of Theodosia, Mo., died on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at her home. Ethel was born on March 6, 1923 in Tampico, Ill. to Leslie and Carla (Olsen) Whaley. She married Keith Barkdoll on March 2, 1944 in Rock Falls, Ill. He died on April 19, 2009. After her children were raised, she turned her energies and focus to attaining her GED and...
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Richard E Cummings

November 25, 1948 - June 5, 2017

Richard Eugene Cummings passed away on June 5, 2017 in Lakeland, Fla. Richard was born November 25, 1948 in Sterling the son of Olin and Joyce (Lakin) Cummings. He was employed as a truck driver and enjoyed triking. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Clevenger; one son, Joseph Cummings; one daughter, Jodie Cummings; two brothers, Ronald and David Cummings; one brother-in-law, Bradley...
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Florence Propheter

September 15, 1923 - June 5, 2017

Florence L. Propheter, formerly of Sterling, died Monday, June 5, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Mrs. Propheter was born September 15, 1923 in Dixon, the daughter of Edward D. and Margaret G. (Murphy) O'Malley. Florence graduated from Dixon High School in 1941 and married Robert A. Propheter, June 6, 1942. Mr. Propheter died May 1, 1994. Survivors include five sons, Michael, Patrick (Ginny) of Dixon,...
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Lorraine P. Dahlstrom

October 19, 1939 - June 5, 2017

Lorraine Patricia Dahlstrom born a lifetime Cubs fan on October 19th 1939. She died on Monday June 5, 2017. She was born in Sterling, IL the daughter of Albert and Emma (Lennman) Melville. Lorraine was very active in the Girl Scouts and an avid Rocket Booster being Alumni herself, also a member of the Rock Falls Firefighters Lady Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time on the Rock River with...
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Glenn M. Schutt, Jr.

March 31, 1925 - June 4, 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. – Glenn M. Schutt Jr., age 92, formerly of Rock Falls died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Bradenton Hospice House. Glenn was born on March 31, 1925 in Sterling the son of Glenn and Minnie (Speidel) Schutt. He married Ruth Ella Zarr on October 12, 1945 in Sterling. She died July 20, 2014. Glenn attended Iowa State University and joined the Civil Air Patrol. He loved flying small...
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Bonnie S. Jacob

November 27, 1964 - June 4, 2017

Bonnie S. Jacob, age 52, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at her home. Bonnie was born November 27, 1964 in Sterling the daughter of Roscoe and Dorothy (White) Jacob. She was employed at MacLean Fogg. Survivors include one son, Devin Jacob of Rock Falls; two daughters, Danielle (Cody Richardson) Grennan and Stevie Thomas both of Rock Falls; one sister, Melissa (Lance) Hartzell of...
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Richard A. Shoop

February 15, 1941 - June 2, 2017

Richard Arley Shoop, 76 of Sterling died Friday June 2, 2017 at his home. He was born on February 15, 1941 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Arley Alvin and Evelyn (Riddle) Shoop. He served in the US Army form November 29, 1962 until November 27, 1964. He worked as an electrician in construction. He married Catherine on April 27, 2017 in Dixon. Surviving is his wife, Catherine; step...
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Keith J. Mayne

January 6, 1978 - June 1, 2017

SFC Keith J. Mayne, age 39, of Milledgeville, died suddenly on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at his home. Keith was born January 6, 1978 in Richland Center, Wis. to Nora (Baker) and Jim Mayne. He grew up in Boscobel, Wis. and enlisted in the US Army. He later graduated from UW-Platteville as an Education Major. He married Lisa Waldman on February 23, 2002. They were blessed with two beautiful...
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Robert Paul Inboden, Sr.

August 14, 1931 - May 30, 2017

Robert P. Inboden Sr, 85 died Tuesday May 30, 3017 at Sterling Pavilion. He was born on August 14, 1931 in Casey, Illinois the son of Emery and Opal (Garret) Inboden and had served in the US Marines during the Korean War. He married Caroline O. Beachler on August 21, 1954 in Tampico. Mr. Inboden had served as an Insurance Representative for many years before retiring. He was a member of the...
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Adrienne Mae Sanders

June 23, 1933 - May 30, 2017

Adrienne M. Sanders, age 83, of Sterling, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Adrienne was born June 23, 1933 in Rockville Center, N.Y. the daughter of Austin and Mary (Flanagan) Allen. She was a 1951 graduate of Sterling High School and later married Eugene Sanders on September 14, 1953. Adrienne was part of the first graduating class of...
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Joseph G. Fiorini

February 22, 1921 - May 27, 2017

Joseph George Fiorini, age 96 of Sterling, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Joseph was born on February 22, 1921 in Rock Falls, the son of Antonio and Rosa Fiorini. He married Marjorie N. Frank in 1953 in Good Hope, IL. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2011. Joseph served in the United States Navy. After graduating from Moler Barber College, he worked for...
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Betty J. Henson

September 16, 1937 - May 26, 2017

Betty J. Henson, 79, of Sterling, died on Friday morning, May 26, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on September 16, 1937 in Sterling to Ernest and Eva (Reeser) Finders. She married Charles Henson on October 15, 1955 in Rock Falls. She was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and loved Conway Twitty and Elvis. Betty enjoyed cooking and also loved flowers. She adored...
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Timothy Pessman

September 6, 1984 - May 24, 2017

Timothy "Tim" Lee Pessman, age 32 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on September 6, 1984 in Sterling, the son of Roger Pessman and Pamela (Scott) Pessman. Survivors include his parents, both of Rock Falls; his son, Tyler Pessman; his daughter, Nicholle Pessman and one sister, Tonya Buchholz of Sterling. He was preceded in death by...
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Harry A. Treadwell

July 14, 1923 - May 24, 2017

Harry A. Treadwell, 93, of Benton, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling in Sterling, Ill. Harry was born on July 14, 1923 in Elgin, Ill. to Charles A. and Verna (Willand) Treadwell. He was united in marriage to Carol Roblee on January 8, 1945 in Glen Ellyn, Ill. They celebrated over 72 years of marriage together. Harry was a veteran of the US Army...
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Robert "Bob" Newman

June 10, 1950 - May 22, 2017

STERLING –Robert (Bob) Lee Newman, age 66, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Stephenson County Nursing Home. Robert (Bob) was born on June 10, 1950 in Sterling the son of Bernice (Clark) Carew. He was employed as a Millwright with Northwestern Steel & Wire, Sterling for 15 years. He was a Mechanic, Carpenter, and did Construction Work throughout his life. Robert was enlisted in U.S. Army and...
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Francis I. Gracey

February 8, 1930 - May 22, 2017

Francis Irene Gracey, age 87, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Alpine Fireside Nursing Home, Rockford. Francis was born on February 8, 1930 in Lisbon, Iowa the daughter of Karl and Ethel Ann (Powdell) Miller. She married James Gracey on September 7, 1977 in Huntsville, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1993. Francis was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Linda (David) Bond of...
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Marjorie Helen Kontos

March 1, 1931 - May 21, 2017

Marjorie Helen Kontos, 86, of Sterling, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling. Margie was born March 1, 1931 in California, the daughter of Carlyle and Helen (Frye) Cameron. Her family moved to Sterling when she was a young child. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northwestern University. She graduated college on a Sunday and three days later was united in...
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Jean L. Bogott

November 13, 1928 - May 18, 2017

Jean L. Bogott, 88, of Dixon, died on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Jean was born on November 13, 1928 in Sterling the daughter of William A. and Hazel (Geiger) Maynard. She was united in marriage to Lyle C. Bogott on August 3, 1947 in Rock Falls. Jean worked at J.C. Penney in Sterling for 12 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon and the...
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Evangeline M. Guither

April 23, 1923 - May 17, 2017

Evangeline M. Guither, age 94 of Walnut, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Evangeline was born in Ohio, IL on April 23, 1923 to Henry and Harriet (Martin) Albrecht. She was a 1940 graduate of Ohio High School, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and remained a lifelong participant in U of I Extension programs. She joined the US Army Signal Corps during WWII,...
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Carol I. Humphrey

June 10, 1931 - May 15, 2017

Carol Humphrey passed away peacefully following a short illness with her husband of 65 years at her side, just shy of her 86th birthday. Carol was born on June 10, 1931 to Paul F. and Bertha (Peterson) Beveroth of Morrison, Illinois. After graduating from Morrison High School she was employed at Bull, Yost and Ludens, Attorneys at Law as their legal secretary. On August 11th, 1951, she married...
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Genevieve Whetstone

April 6, 1928 - May 15, 2017

Genevieve Whetstone Genevieve Whetstone, age 89, of Forsyth, Mo., formerly of Rock Falls, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Cox Health Hospital in Branson, Mo. Genevieve was born April 6, 1928 in Qulin, Mo. the daughter of Edward and Essie (Brim) Mobley. She married Homer Whetstone on May 19, 1951. He preceded her in death on May 7, 2006. She was employed at Lawrence Brothers for 20 years. ...
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Richard E. Hains

May 14, 1929 - May 15, 2017

Richard E. Hains, age 88, of Sterling, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Richard was born May 14, 1929 in Sterling the son of Charles and Leola (Sivits) Hains. He was a 1947 graduate of Sterling High School and later married Joyce Hunsberger on April 9, 1949. Richard retired from National Manufacturing and Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling. Late in life, he...
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Frances D. Worrell

August 19, 1933 - May 15, 2017

Frances D. Worrell, 83, of Milledgeville, died on Monday morning, May 15, 2017 at her home. Frances was born on August 19, 1933 the daughter of Delbert and Ethel (Meek) Tomlinson. She was united in marriage to Bruce Worrell on April 20, 1956. He preceded her in death February 13, 1987. Frances enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and playing Skip-Bo with her neighbor and...
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Kenneth R. Ervin

August 19, 1940 - May 12, 2017

Kenneth R. Ervin, age 76 of Rock Falls, died Friday, May 12, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ken was born on August 19, 1940 in Danville, IL, the son of Howard and Dovie (Clifton) Ervin. He married Judith E. Davis on July 17, 1959 in Danville. Ken was a United States Veteran and served in the Navy from 1959-1961. He worked as a manager for around 25 years for Western and Southern Life...
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Colin "Jude" Buyno

January 31, 1976 - May 11, 2017

PROPHETSTOWN – Colin "Jude" Buyno, age 41, died Thursday, May 11, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Colin was born on January 31, 1976 in Streator the son of Philip and Sallie (Powell) Buyno. He was employed as a Carpenter with Platinum Construction of Tampico. Survivors include his parents, Philip and Sallie Buyno of Prophetstown; fiancé Annette Garcia of Sterling; one...
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Sharon K. Bearce

January 29, 1942 - May 9, 2017

PEKIN- Sharon K. Bearce, 75, of Pekin and formerly of Savanna, died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. The daughter of Harrison E. and Charlotte (Helle) Osborn, Sharon was born on January 29, 1942 in Savanna IL. Sharon worked at the Savanna Army Depot and then went on to become the Detroit area manager for the U.S. Federal Government for 4 years. When she...
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Cheryl Lynn McKean

May 7, 1949 - May 4, 2017

Cheryl Lynn McKean, age 67 of Polo, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her home. Cheryl was born on May 7, 1949 in Dixon, the daughter of Darrel E. and Barbara M. (Caton) Rinehart. She married Michael L. McKean on February 10, 1968 in Brookville. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2009. Cheryl worked as a Supervisor at Raynor Garage Doors in Dixon for 19 years. Survivors include her daughter...
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Kenneth A. E. Boesen

September 8, 1941 - May 2, 2017

Kenneth Andrew Edward Boesen, age 75 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with ALS. Kenneth was born on September 8, 1941 the son of Kenneth E. and Helen D. (Cantlin) Boesen. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1959 and then attended Loyola University. He served in the United States Army as a MP. Kenneth...
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Earl "Vern" L. Thompson

June 27, 1932 - April 28, 2017

Earl L. "Vern" Thompson Earl L. "Vern" Thompson, age 84, of Walnut, passed away on April 28, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family with the help of Vitas Hospice. Vern was born in Pontiac, IL to Earl and Ruth (Bressner) Thompson on June 27, 1932. On July 29, 1956, Vern married Ruth E. Hemken from Flanigan, IL. At that time, he drove a truck for Lee Trucking and then for Chicago...
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Leona "Lee" Laemmel

December 28, 1931 - April 27, 2017

Leona "Lee" Laemmel, 85, of Sterling, died on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lee was born on December 28, 1931 in Broadhead, Wisc. the daughter of Emil and Mary Louise (Kern) Bosshart. She married Walter "Buck" Laemmel on December 14, 1951 in Amboy. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2006. Lee worked at K-Mart for several years. She loved to crochet, bake,...
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Wilma Mae Russell

September 2, 1921 - April 27, 2017

Wilma M. Russell, 95, of Sterling, died on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Wilma was born on September 2, 1921 in Eureka, Illinois the daughter of Lester and Freda (Bachman) Smith. She married Maurice Russell and he preceded her in death in 1980. She was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church. She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Winfrey of Bakersfield,...
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Ferrol Irene Yates

June 18, 1926 - April 26, 2017

Ferrol Irene Yates, age 90 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Oregon Living and Rehab Center, Oregon, IL, surrounded by her family. Ferrol was born on June 18, 1926 in Tuscola, IL, Forrest and Irene (Riley) Seward. She married Everett L. Yates on April 19, 1947 in Mount Carroll, IL. He preceded her in death on December 29, 2002. Ferrol enjoyed reading, sewing, baking and planting...
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Nancy L. Crow

September 5, 1954 - April 25, 2017

Nancy Crow, 62, of Rock Falls, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Nancy was born on September 5, 1954 in Sterling the daughter of William H. and Doris (Sucher) Oltmanns. She married Jerry L. Crow, Sr. on June 5, 1998 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2015. Nancy was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. She enjoyed flowers...
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Herbert Marschang

June 10, 1931 - April 25, 2017

STERLING – Herbert Marschang, age 85, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Herbert was born on June 10, 1931 in Sterling the son of Arthur and Gretchen (Lenhart) Marschang. Following his father's death, he was raised by his mother and step-father Robert Haag. Herbert married Marjorie Knudson on September 22, 1956 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2010....
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Ellen Boots Spencer

June 23, 1926 - April 24, 2017

Ellen A. "Boots" Spencer, 90, of Walnut, formerly of Sterling, died on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Boots was born on June 23, 1926 in Rock Falls a daughter of Otto and Margaret (Whyte) Von Holten. She was united in marriage to Russell LeRoy Spencer, Sr. on February 2, 1947 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on June 23,...
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Lois E. Miles

January 3, 1926 - April 24, 2017

STERLING – Lois E. Miles, age 91, died at home Monday, April 24, 2017. Lois was born on January 3, 1926 in Faribault, Minn. the daughter of James and Bertha (Burge) Marsh. She married Clyde Miles on December 24, 1944 in Olympia, Wash. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2002. Lois was employed with Microgear in Prophetstown. Survivors include, three daughters, Bonnie Miles, Barbara ...
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Harold M. Schinderling

July 25, 1928 - April 23, 2017

Harold Schinderling Harold Schinderling, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion. Harold was born July 25, 1928 in Madison, S.D. the son of Carl and Georgiana Schinderling. He served in the US Army and later married Janean Cunningham in 1953. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years as a general foreman/supervisor. Survivors his wife of...
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Dale R. Wharfield

January 19, 1931 - April 22, 2017

ROCK FALLS – Dale R. Wharfield, 86 of Rock Falls died Saturday April 22, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dale Ray Wharfield was born on January 19, 1931 in Sterling the son of Miles Henry and Lula Mae (Ryan) Wharfield and had served in the US Army. He married Shirley Akridge on March 19, 1955 in Sterling. Dale was employed for 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in...
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Judy M. Paisley

January 5, 1938 - April 22, 2017

Judy Paisley Judy Paisley, age 79, of Morrison, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison, IL, surrounded by her family. Judy was born in Michigan on January 5, 1938. She moved to Illinois in 1954 after marrying J.C. Gantenbein. During that union, they had a daughter, Sue Ann. Judy remarried in 1975 to Charles W. Paisley. He was her true soul mate...
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Jerome "Jerry" Fullmer II

February 25, 1965 - April 21, 2017

STERLING – Jerome S. 'Jerry" Fullmer II, age 52, died at home Friday, April 21, 2017. Jerry was born on February 25, 1965 in Sterling the son of Jerome S. and Pamela K. (Lentz) Fullmer. He was employed as a Mill Hand with Northwestern Steel & Wire for several years. Survivors include, his parents, Jerome and Pamela Fullmer of Mission, Texas; one daughter, Kelcie (Corbin) Kutella of Twenty...
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Christopher Michael Mullen

October 6, 1970 - April 19, 2017

Christopher M. Mullen, age 46, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Christopher was born October 6, 1970 in Dearborn, MI the son of Michael and Susan (Venier) Mullen. Chris gallantly fought a rare disabling disease for 46 years. Survivors include his parents of Rock Falls; three brothers, Matthew Mullen of Libertyville, Kevin (Laura) Mullen of...
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Jerry D. McKenna

July 17, 1956 - April 15, 2017

Jerry D. McKenna Jerry D. McKenna, age 60, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home. Jerry was born July 17, 1956 in Morrison the son of John and Esther (Eads) McKenna. He married Laurie McBroom on June 24, 1996 in Tampico. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2001. He was employed at Walnut Components for 35 years. Survivors include four daughters, Heidi Scott of N.Y....
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Raymond L. Gibble

August 29, 1925 - April 15, 2017

STERLING, IL – Raymond L. Gibble, 91 of Sterling died Saturday April 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on August 29, 1925 in Beardstown, IL the son of Samuel Bowman and Blanche S. (Dietsch) Gibble. Ray's story weaves back and forth between the Illinois, Mississippi and Rock rivers. Beardstown, Illinois lost a promising citizen when Ray graduated from it's high school....
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Traci Lynn Payne

August 30, 1966 - April 15, 2017

Traci Lynn Payne, age 50 of Sycamore, formerly of Sterling, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kishwaukee Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. Traci was born on August 30, 1966 in Sterling, the daughter of Darrell and Nancy (Waldschmidt) Holbrook. She graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1984. She married Dean...
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Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen

December 12, 1944 - April 13, 2017

Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen, age 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her home with her children. Sis was born December 12, 1944, in Linton, Ind. the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary (Haseman) Williard. She married John T. Petersen on July 10, 1965 in Downers Grove. She was a lifelong Cubs fan and loved traveling, reading and watching movies. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Michael J. Floming

March 23, 1962 - April 13, 2017

Michael J. Floming, age 55 of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on March 23, 1962 in Geneseo, Ill., the son of Roger Floming and Beverly (Williams) Daniels. He married Annette Allen on July 13, 1994 in Sterling. He was employed by Allied Lock for 11 years. Michael enjoyed motorcycles and Taekwando. He ran Taekwando schools in Amboy,...
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Victor Howell

June 26, 1936 - April 10, 2017

Victor Howell, age 80, of Sterling, IL, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Hope Howell of Sterling, IL; one son, Victor Howell of Machesney Park, IL; one daughter, Vonnie Howell of South Elgin, IL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Logan Hawkins of Geneva, IL, a special young man who shared Victor's birthday. He was preceded...
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Marion L. Reed

October 27, 1946 - April 9, 2017

Marion L. Reed, age 70, of Rock Falls, passed peacefully Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Regency Care in Sterling. Marion was born October 27, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of Clarence and Vera (Jones) Davis. Survivors include three sisters; one brother; three children: one daughter, Aleta J. Echebarria of Rock Falls; two sons, Steven J. (Cathy) Marlatt of Rock Falls and Donald L. Marlatt, Jr....
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Joan Oltmans

April 8, 2017

Joan Oltmans, 70 of Sterling died Saturday April 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on August 26, 1946 in Portia, AR the daughter of Cecil and Rose (Duncan) Casper. She married John Oltmans on April 30, 1966 in Sterling. He died February 5, 2005. Joan had worked as a cake decorator at the Sterling County Market for a number of years. Survivors include one daughter, Tami (David) Blackert...
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Francisco L. Torres

February 19, 1934 - April 8, 2017

Francisco L. Torres, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Francisco was born February 19, 1934 in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico, the son of Victoriano and Carmen (Luna) Torres. He married Josefina Barretos on February 26, 1960 and was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad for 34 years retiring on September 30, 1998. He was a member of St....
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Mary E. Howard

December 18, 1927 - April 7, 2017

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Mary Elizabeth Howard, age 89, formerly of Rock Falls died Friday, April 7, 2017 at her daughters home in Ora Valley, Ariz. Mary was born on December 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth (Collins) Cain. She married Jasper Locey on March 19, 1947. He preceded her in death August 29, 1954. Mary married Alfred Payne on September 6, 1958 and later married...
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Mary Jane Russell

April 7, 2017

Mary Jane Russell, 77 died Friday April 7, 2017 at Regency care in Sterling surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on April 15, 1939 in Argyle, MN the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Verbout) Rajnowski. She married Alvin G. Russell on September 1, 1956 in Sterling. Mary Jane was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and was deeply devoted to her prayer life and committed...
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Thomas McGinn

June 17, 1929 - April 6, 2017

Thomas A. McGinn died peacefully at his home in Fountain Hills, AZ on April 6, 2017. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial on May 6, 2017 at Newman Central Catholic High School Chapel between 9:30-10:30 with a funeral mass immediately following. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, IL. Tom was born on June 17, 1929 in Oak Park (Chicago), IL, the son of...
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Sharon L. Gerdes

April 6, 2017

Sharon L. Gerdes, age 64, of rural Princeton and formerly of Walnut passed away peacefully on Thursday April 6, 2017 at her home after a two year courageous battle with cancer. Sharon was born on July 13, 1952 in Princeton, Illinois the daughter of Maynard and Margaret (VonHolten) Parker. She was educated in Walnut Schools and graduated from Walnut High School. She was united in marriage to Ed...
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Bev Kitsmiller

October 5, 1943 - April 6, 2017

Beverly "Bev" Kitsmiller, 73, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at home. He was born on October 5, 1943 in White Hall, Illinois the son of Franklin and Dora (Kessinger) Kitsmiller. He married Wendy Leach on October 5, 1986 in Sterling. Bev was a supervisor at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 30 years until retiring in 2001. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Chicago...
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Larry "Zeke" Clark

January 8, 1939 - April 6, 2017

Larry J. "Zeke" Clark, 78, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 8, 1939 in Toledo, Washington the son of Gladys Lucille Clark. He married Barbara Hubbard on February 13, 1965 in Coleta. Zeke owned and operated Zeke's Car Care Center for 18 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Bulls fan, enjoyed NASCAR and Football. Those surviving include...
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Robert E. Stern, Jr.

April 5, 2017

Robert E. Stern Jr, 39 of Sterling died Wednesday April 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in an automobile crash. He was born on January 29, 1978 in Sterling, the son of Robert Eugene and Catherine (Bennett) Stern Sr. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Robert married Cynthia L. Bonnell on April 17, 2009 in Morrison. He was employed for the past 3 years...
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Harold Wickler

May 4, 1945 - April 5, 2017

Harold L. Wickler, age 71, of Morrison, IL passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. He was born on May 4, 1945 in Platteville, Wisconsin to Myles and Margaret (Keough) Wickler. His formative years were filled with his love of competitive go-cart racing and working at the family Texaco gas station from the 8th...
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John Piquett

April 4, 2017

John Gerald Piquett, 61, of Galena, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with brain cancer. John was born on March 4, 1956 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Augustus and Inez (Furlong) Piquett. John was united in marriage to Joanne Edwards on May 31, 2013 in Galena, IL. He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 1974. ...
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LaVern Johnson

April 2, 2017

Pastor LaVern L. Johnson, 81, of Malden, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home. He was born on February 11, 1936 in Madison, Wisc., the son of Leonard and Ida Johnson. He married Doris Thorpe in 1962 in Willmar, Minn. He pastored several churches including First Lutheran Church in Ohio, IL, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana before coming to Illinois. LaVern enjoyed astronomy, genealogy,...
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Carol R. Karg

June 8, 1940 - April 2, 2017

Carol R.Karg, 76, formally from Muscatine, IA, passed away on April 2, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Carol was born on June 8, 1940 in Hutchinson, MN to John and Leila (Lickfett) Karg. She grew up in Hopkins, MN where she met and married William R. Kloster in July of 1961. They moved their lives to Muscatine where they raised their two children. Carol worked and excelled as a...
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Virginia A. Livingston

October 20, 1927 - April 2, 2017

Virginia A. Livingston, age 89, of Lanark, IL, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at The Alverno in Clinton, IA. Virginia was born October 20, 1927, in Hammond, Kansas the daughter of Alva and Gladys (Houndshell) Lilly. She married Roy Livingston on September 28, 1948 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1988. She was a homemaker and also worked in a shoe factory for a short time. ...
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