Our Obituaries

George T. Miller

July 4, 1960 - January 18, 2018

George T. Miller, 57, of Marengo, passed away January 18, 2018 in Huntley. Born July 4, 1960 in Pontiac, MI; he was the son of Emanueal and Nancy (Bright) Miller. He married Kathi Jackson on May 18, 1985 in Waterford, MI.A strong union man, George was a member of Local 681.He enjoyed muscle cars (Chevrolet's), being outdoors, music, attending car shows and looking for that next find (Chevy's)...
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James P. Russell

January 30, 1947 - January 15, 2018

James P. Russell, 70, of Marengo passed away January 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.He was born January 30, 1947 in Chicago to William and Helen (Russell) Young. Jim was a veteran of the United States Army. On August 4, 1990 he married Mary Ellen Emrich. Jim worked as a heavy machine mechanic. He brought those skills home with him and was known to be incredibly handy and able to...
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Penelope K. Yates

December 27, 1948 - December 16, 2017

Penelope "Penny" Yates, 68, of Capron passed away December 16, 2017 at her home. She was born December 27, 1948 in Chicago to Edward and Helyn (Polz) Freeman. On June 19, 1993 she married Michael Yates in Wilmot, WI.Penny was passionate about horses and was an advocate for harness racing.She is survived by her husband, Michael; her sisters, Patti (Erik) Johnsen and Pamela Freeman; and her niece,...
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Terry L. Pace

January 20, 1945 - December 14, 2017

Terry Lee Pace, 72, of Union, passed away December 14, 2017 at Crossroads Care Center in Woodstock. Born January 20, 1945 in Elgin; he was the son of Francis and Margaret (Fenton) Pace. He married Betty Green on March 2, 1974 in Marengo.A U.S. Army Veteran, Terry retired from Midwest Bank in Union after 40 years of employment. He was a member of Marengo United Methodist Church where he sang in...
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Kenneth George Stein

June 29, 1934 - December 2, 2017

Kenneth G. Stein, 83, of Marengo, passed away December 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Born June 29, 1934 in Chicago; he was the son of Louis and Amalie (Hauke) Stein. He married Ann Kraeplin on May 12, 1956 in Elmhurst.A U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of Masonic Lodge #1051 and Marengo United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher, counter, a member...
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Jordan Edward Campbell

April 18, 1996 - November 20, 2017

Jordan Edward Campbell, 21, of Marengo, passed away on November 20, 2017. He was born April 18, 1996 in Elgin, the son of Scott and Kellie (Edgington) Campbell. Unbeknownst to any, he would prove to be an enchanting combination of rebellion and tenderness.He loved playing ball. Basketball, football, baseball, volleyball, bocci ball. Just kidding - but really though he had a knack for basketball...
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Francis George Steinhauer

May 11, 1924 - November 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Marengo-Union Funeral Home, Marengo, IL.
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Ludwig Michael Finzel

September 18, 1936 - November 11, 2017

Ludwig "Lewy" M. Finzel, 81, of Union, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on November 11, 2017. Born September 18, 1936 in Elgin; he was the son of George and Katherina (Gehringer) Finzel. He married Darlene Schmidt on June 13, 1959 in Marengo.A U.S. Army Veteran, Lewy was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. He retired from Local 1035 after 30 years of employment; he was also...
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Violet Scharenberg

August 10, 1924 - October 29, 2017

Violet Scharenberg, 93, of Marengo passed away October 29, 2017 at Centegra Hospital-Huntley.She was born August 10, 1924 in Columbus, OH to Giovanni and Donata (Pignatiello) Vannicelli. Most people in Marengo will remember Violet as "Pancake the Clown." Pancake would paint faces at all community events for over 20 years. When she wasn't entertaining the town, Violet enjoyed gardening and her...
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Jaime L. Campuzano

March 11, 1986 - October 22, 2017

Jaime "Jimmy" L. Campuzano, 31, of Marengo, passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2017 in Marengo. Born March 11, 1986 in Woodstock; he was the son of Hericeldo Campuzano and Debra (Egland) Campuzano. Jimmy lived his life passionately with his charm, amazing smile, huge heart and undeniable dimples. He never took life for granted and lived each day to the fullest. He was a very motivated...
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Maria R. Velasquez

April 9, 1921 - October 18, 2017

Maria R. Velasquez, 96, of Woodstock, passed away October 18, 2017 in Woodstock. Born April 9, 1921 in Hinds, TX; she was the daughter of Jose and Leonarda (Diaz) Rodriguez. She married Ernesto Velasquez on July 17, 1939 in Cotulla, TX.She enjoyed sewing, bingo, dancing, listening to music, quilting, cooking for family and spending time with her grandchildren.Maria is survived by her children,...
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Paul E. Rueff

May 16, 1931 - September 23, 2017

Paul E. Rueff, 86, of Marengo passed away September 23, 2017.He was born May 16, 1931 in Tower Hill in Shelby County, IL to Ezra and Bessie (Blades) Rueff. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army. While he was stationed in Germany he met his sweetheart, Margot, who he brought back to the States and they were married on May 7, 1955 in Crystal Lake. Paul worked as an artificial inseminator. He was a...
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James C. Dotson

August 21, 1942 - September 11, 2017

James Carl Dotson, 75, of Chicago, passed away September 11, 2017 in Chicago. Born August 21, 1942 in Pikeville, KY; he was the son of the late George W. and Louise (McCoy) Dotson.Survivors include his children, Cindy Hays and Greg Dotson; and a brother, Thurman Dotson Sr.Visitation 4 until 8 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2017 with a service at 7 p.m. at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy...
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Linda A. Koplin

February 1, 1950 - September 3, 2017

Linda A. Koplin, 67, of Marengo passed away September 3, 2017 at Centegra Hospital-Huntley.She was born February 1, 1950 in Harvard to Riddley and Mary (Houston) Susong. On June 13, 1980 she married Gerald Koplin in Woodstock. Linda enjoyed gardening, painting, and traveling. She also loved to socialize, especially with her neighbors.Linda is survived by her husand, Gerald; her sons, David...
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David M. Wolf

March 24, 1960 - September 1, 2017

David M. Wolf, native Marengoan, passed away during heart surgery, in Atlanta Georgia. The Wolf family have been multi-generational members of the community and were life-long members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Marengo. David was a 1978 graduate of Marengo Community High School. In 1983, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale,...
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Cynthia Kellett

March 16, 1984 - August 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Marengo-Union Funeral Home, Marengo, IL.
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Theodore J. Bartosik

May 21, 1942 - August 28, 2017

Theodore J. Bartosik Jr., 75, of Union, Illinois, formerly of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, passed away in the early morning of August 28, 2017 after a brave battle with Leukemia. Theodore, or Ted to his friends and family, was born on May 21, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Theodore and Genevieve (Muszynski) Bartosik. He married the love of his life, Rosalie Sharapata, on November 13, 1965. ...
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Jamie Lynn Homuth

August 29, 1982 - August 27, 2017

Jamie L. Homuth, 34, passed away August 27, 2017. She was born August 29, 1982 in Burbank, IL to Gary and Lorraine Kolke. On July 28, 2008 she married Josh Homuth.Jamie was currently enrolled in the Nursing Program at Chamberlain University School of Nursing. She was an incredibly motivated and dedicated student. She worked hard to be an 'A' student and the president of the school, President...
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Charlotte Myrtie Deneen

February 7, 1927 - August 23, 2017

Charlotte Myrtie (Reese) Deneen, 90, of Marengo died peacefully at her home on August 23, 2017 with her family continuously around her. She was born February 7, 1927 in Harvard, Illinois to Emil H. and Myrtie Mae (Wright) Reese. She married William F. Deneen on May 27, 1950 in Marengo.Charlotte was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvard, the Harvard Moose Lodge, the Moose Golden Agers,...
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Edward Frank Koester

October 25, 1932 - August 20, 2017

Edward F. Koester, 84, of Marengo passed away August 20, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.He was born October 25, 1932 in Chicago to Irvin and Magdalen (Rosner) Koester. Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for 35 years as a Sears repairman. Edward enjoyed gardening and spending time with family. He was always friendly to anyone he met and enjoyed talking to everyone.Edward is...
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Karen E. Backes

November 23, 1947 - August 6, 2017

Karen E. Backes, 69, of Marengo passed away August 6, 2017.She was born November 23, 1947 in Belvidere to Clinton and Ethel (Ham) McKee. Karen graduated from Marengo Community High School in 1965 and then went on to receive her Associates from McHenry County College. Following school Karen went to work at Arnold Engineering, where she worked for over 40 years in various departments. Karen was a...
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Lauri Ann Gruber

August 13, 1959 - July 30, 2017

Lauri A. Gruber, 57, of Marengo, passed away peacefully in her home on July 30, 2017. Born August 13, 1959 in Oak Park; she was the daughter of Chalmer and Doris (Nelson) Farley. She married Rick C. Gruber on August 14, 1998 in Maywood.A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Lauri cherished her family. Lauri was wonderful volunteer and organizer for District 165. She enjoyed cooking, gardening...
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Jason D. Peter

April 16, 1984 - July 25, 2017

Jason Duncan Peter, 33, of Marengo passed away Tuesday, July 25.He was born on April 16, 1984 in Osage Beach, Missouri, and grew up in Marengo. As part of Team Crazyhorse with the Illinois Army National Guard 106 Calvary, Jason served honorably in Afghanistan in 2008-09. He was a die-hard Chicago sports fan with a big heart and a legendary sense of humor. A loyal friend and a loving family member...
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David L. Ihssen

April 10, 1953 - July 2, 2017

David L. Ihssen, 64, of Marengo passed away July 2, 2017 at home. He was born April 10, 1953 in Elgin to Herman and Emily (Sieroslawski) Ihssen. David is survived by his wife, Ellen Ihssen; his children, Rebecca (Kyle) Dionne and James (Carrie) Ihssen; his granddaughter, Allison Ihssen; and his siblings, Dale (Sue) Ihssen, Russell (Joan) Beck, Lori (John) Parnell, Helen (Rick) McConaghie,...
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Evelyn M. Schuring

August 21, 1917 - June 18, 2017

Evelyn M. Schuring, 99, of Marengo passed away peacefully, Sunday, June 18, 2017, with a summer wind blowing and corn leaves reaching for the sky in the farmhouse where she lived, farmed and prayed for rain for over 80 years. She passed away surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 21, 1917 in Barrington to Elmer and Lillian (Grimm) Reese. She married Raymond Schuring on November 9,...
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Dianna Lorraine Mullan

July 27, 1957 - May 24, 2017

Dianna L. Mullan, 59, of Fox Lake passed away May 24, 2017 at her home. She was born July 27, 1957 in Minneapolis, MN to Robert and Joanne (Burnett) Mullan. She graduated from Harvard High School in 1975 and then continued her education at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Following her graduation there she went on to the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science in...
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Chester R. Kawa

July 24, 1931 - April 28, 2017

Chester R. Kawa, 85, of Marengo passed away April 28, 2017 at his home. He was born July 24, 1931 in Chicago to Frank and Frances (Jozefowicz) Kawa. On October 8, 1955 he married Joyce Lilja in Chicago.Chester retired from the William Wrigley Co. after many years of service. He enjoyed gardening and cooking. He loved all animals and had a special place in his heart for his dog, Mocha. Chester...
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Steven Zugay

July 29, 1974 - April 26, 2017

Steven Zugay, 42, of Marengo passed away April 26, 2017. Better known to most who knew him as "Hillbilly", he loved to have a good time. Getting out on his motorcycle, sitting by the bonfire, or drinking a couple beers with friends, all were ideal for Hillbilly. The thing he lived for though was his son, Steven. His son was world.He will be greatly missed by his son, Steven Zugay; brother,...
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Bruce J. Biggs

April 14, 1932 - April 26, 2017

Bruce J. Biggs, 85, of Marengo passed away April 26, 2017 at Florence Nursing Home. Bruce had a great love for life. He enjoyed the time he spent working at Pioneer Center. He loved the activities they had there and loved to make people laugh. For Bruce it was the simple things in life that made him happy, a Diet Coke, his weekly Subway sandwich, a beer on holidays, and getting cards. He...
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Richard D. Beda

June 12, 1946 - April 25, 2017

Richard D. Beda, 70, of Marengo passed away April 25, 2017 at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington. He was born June 12, 1946 in Chicago to Frank and Joanne (Pucek) Beda. In 1991 he married Patricia Deneen in Marengo. Richard is survived by his wife, Pat; his brothers, Robert (Noreen) Beda and Ronald (Joanne) Beda; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents...
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Zackary John Weiberg

April 7, 1989 - April 23, 2017

Zackary John Weiberg 28 of Chicago passed away suddenly on April 23rd. He was born in McHenry on April 7th 1989. Zackary graduated from McHenry East High School in 2007. He worked in the healthcare field all of his adult life. Zack loved to read and was an animal lover especially Giraffes and Otters. He had a passion for travel and of all the finer things in life such as Tiffany jewlery and...
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Dawn M. Snodden

March 29, 1966 - April 22, 2017

Dawn M. Snodden, 51, of Marengo, passed away April 22, 2017 in her home. Born March 29, 1966 in McHenry; she was the daughter of Frank and Gail (Sundberg) Barg. She was the wife of Thomas J. Snodden Jr.A member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo, Dawn was employed by the local school district's transportation department.She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Snodden Jr.; daughter, Penelope...
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Nancy A. Hagemeier

July 23, 1952 - April 16, 2017

Nancy A. Hagemeier, 64, of Marengo, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 23, 1952 in Beaufort, SC; she was the daughter of Elra and Virginia (Miley) Lambert. She married Lee Hagemeier on November 15, 1968 in St. Louis, MO.A devoted wife and mother, Nancy enjoyed having lunch with her friends, crotchet, showing dogs and spending time with her...
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James Paul Zilke

March 19, 1943 - April 12, 2017

James Paul ("Jim") ZilkeJim Zilke, 74, of Marengo, Illinois, passed away suddenly April 12, 2017. Loving husband of Betty, beloved father of Kimberlee (Patrick Greif) and Rachel (Keith Yacullo), adored grandfather of Ethan Zilke and Elizabeth Greif. Beloved brother of Gloria (Marshall Ottenfeld), Daniel (Nancy), and twin brother Jack (Diane). Fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, extended family...
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Marie Alma Baker

September 10, 1917 - April 4, 2017

Marie Alma Stewart Baker, 99, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at The Residency, Scottsbluff, NE. She was born September 10, 1917, to Adelbert Lawrence Stewart and Carrie Belle (Curtis) Stewart in Marengo IL. She grew up on a farm and graduated as salutatorian from Marengo High School. She attended Blackburn (IL) College for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in...
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Richard R. Bergbreiter

November 11, 1953 - March 26, 2017

After a long, hard battle with cancer, Richard Raymond Bergbreiter died on March 26, 2017, in Union, IL at the age of 63. He leaves behind to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Helen and devoted sons, Richard Jr. and Steven.Richard was born on November 11, 1953 in Chicago, IL, to father Raymond Bergbreiter and mother Eileen (Triner) Bergbreiter, who predeceased him. He grew up in a loving...
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Robert Louis Helfers

April 22, 1941 - March 11, 2017

Robert L. Helfers, 75, of Union passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 in Barrington. Born April 22, 1941 in Elmhurst; he was the son of August and Edna (Rosenwinkel) Helfers. He married Karen J. LoGrasso on September 7, 1963 in Itasca. A member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Seneca Township Liars Club; Bob retired from Seneca Township Highway Department as a Road Commissioner after 15 years...
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Frank Louis Haubold

October 8, 1928 - March 9, 2017

Frank L. Haubold, 88, of Belvidere, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017 at Swedish American Hospital following a brief illness.Born on October 8, 1928 to Frank and Ethel (Shallcross) Haubold. Frank was born in Chicago and lived also in Indiana. He joined the US Army in 1954 and served honorably during the Korean conflict. He met Maribeth J. Bartusch and they married in 1965 in Chicago and...
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Madeline M. Roberts

September 28, 1945 - February 18, 2017

Madeline M. Roberts, 71, formerly of Marengo, passed away February 18, 2017 in Rockford. Born September 28, 1945 in Chicago; she was the daughter of David and Leona (Caruso) Roberts.An avid horse rider, she enjoyed arts and crafts, movies, animals, movies, being outside with nature, riding her bike to the library, reading books, and spending time with her family.She is survived by her brother,...
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Mary W. Vanderstappen

March 7, 1928 - February 16, 2017

Mary W. Vanderstappen, age 88, of McHenry, Illinois, died February 16, 2017.She was born March 7, 1928 in Heesch, Netherlands to Johannes and Cornelius (Vanderwetering) VanErp. She was united in marriage to Albert Vanderstappen on February 17, 1954 in Heesch, Netherlands. Together they lived in Cary, Illinois for over 40 years. She is survived by her children, Joan and husband Terry Ward of...
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Marylin R. Vehrs

August 19, 1937 - February 13, 2017

Marylin Ray (nee Thielenhouse) Vehrs of Marengo passed away February 13, 2017. Marylin was born August 19, 1937 in Chicago to Roy and Helen Thielenhouse. In 1959 she married her loving husband, Herb.She was a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid in Marengo.She enjoyed being a stay at home mom until her children were grown; then she was a realtor for 20 years.Her loving...
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John J. LaPorte

November 2, 1948 - February 13, 2017

John J. LaPorte, 68, of Garden Prairie passed away February 13, 2017 surrounded by his family. John was born in Chicago to Joseph and Catherine (McLeod) LaPorte. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. On March 24, 1972 he married Susan J. Sudeikis in Chicago. John was a meat cutter for National Tea Company, Sentry Foods, Meijer Foods, and Pacemaker Foods. He is...
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Gale L. Kunde

June 12, 1942 - February 11, 2017

Gale L. "Butch" Kunde, 74, of Belvidere passed away February 11, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born June 12, 1942 in Belvidere, the son of Harvey and Helen (Bloedorn) Kunde. In July of 1961 he married Bonnie Nelson.Butch worked in the woodworking profession all his working years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman but loved all sports. Butch served as a little league coach for many...
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Ricardo Efrain Saldivar

April 19, 1959 - February 6, 2017

Ricardo Efrain Saldivar Jr, 57, of Marengo passed away February 6, 2017, at his home.He was born April 19, 1959, in Monterrey, CA, to Ricardo and Doree (Sachs) Saldivar Sr. Ricardo grew up in McAllen, TX, and graduated from McAllen High School (Class of '77). He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at Pan American, where he served as student government...
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Jeffrey C. Petersen

August 14, 1953 - February 5, 2017

Jeffrey C. Petersen, 63, of Marengo passed away February 5, 2017. He was born August 14, 1953 in Chicago to Carl and Bernice (Bogus) Petersen. Jeff worked at Morton International in Ringwood for 30 years. He was passionate about music and in his younger years was in the band Black Water Gold. Jeff had a great skill with woodworking and was a talented artist. He also loved his Chicago Cubs and...
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Mary A. Frasher

June 15, 1931 - February 4, 2017

Mary A. Frasher, 85, of Marengo passed away February 4, 2017 at her home. She was born June 15, 1931 in Chicago to Henry and Delia (O'Neal) McTigue. On October 28, 1950 she married Harold L. Frasher. While living in Chicago Mary worked as a dental assistant. She then changed focus and worked at Motorola for a short time before ultimately working at Jewel Tea Company, first in Palatine and then at...
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Florence Hunt

October 19, 1930 - February 3, 2017

Florence Hunt, 86, passed away February 3, 2016. She will be missed by those who knew her. According to her wishes, services for Florence were private. Arrangements were entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. For information please call the funeral home at 815-568-8131.
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Eulalia Mae Greene

January 13, 1938 - February 2, 2017

Eulalia Mae Greene, 79, of Marengo, formerly of Carpentersville, passed away on February 2, 2017 in Woodstock with her family by her side. Born on January 13, 1938 in Hubbard, WI; she was the daughter of Albert A. and Nellie B. (Capener) Brown. She married Landon Greene on March 19, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI. She was a member of the Worldwide Church of God and the International Poets Society.A true...
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William Courtney Morse

February 24, 1953 - January 30, 2017

In loving memory of William "Bill" Morse who passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 30, 2017. An avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears, Bill enjoyed music. He loved his family dearly and most of all his loving wife of 41 years, Cathy.He is survived by his wife, Cathy Morse; brothers, Larry, Gordon (Kathy) and Robert (Susan) Morse; sister, Sharon Cochran; step-father,...
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Erwin D. Behrens

October 24, 1940 - January 19, 2017

Erwin D. Behrens, 76, of Marengo passed away January 19, 2017 in Marengo.He was born October 24, 1940 in Chicago to Erwin and Wanda (Bator) Behrens. Erwin was a longtime resident of Marengo. He farmed with his father and later retired as a toll collector.He enjoyed music and movies. Erwin also liked to be outside whether it was fishing, gardening, or riding his motorcycle.He is survived by his...
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Esther Garcia Morales

April 3, 1936 - January 18, 2017

Esther Garcia Morales, 80, of Marengo, passed away January 18, 2017. Born April 3, 1936 in Cotulla, TX; she was the daughter of Juan and Enriqueta Garcia.She is survived by her children, Manuel (Cleo) Pedroza Jr., Ricardo (Adel) Pedroza, Ernie (Debi) Pedroza, Paul Garcia and Sonia (Victor Ramirez) Morales; brothers, Juan (Anne) Garcia and Jesus (Rita) Garcia; 14 grandchildren and 30 great...
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Derek Robert Caskey

January 4, 1997 - January 17, 2017

Derek Robert Caskey, 20, of Marengo, passed away January 17, 2017 in Madison, WI. Born January 4, 1997 in Barrington, he was the son of Patrick K. and Rae (Henderson) Caskey. A 2015 graduate of Marengo Community High School, Derek was a student at Central College in Pella, IA. While a student in high school, Derek was an avid football player who held a 3.5 GPA. He was also part of the Illinois...
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Iona B. Clifford

June 1, 1926 - January 15, 2017

Iona B. Clifford, 90, of Marengo passed away January 15, 2017 in Woodstock.She was born June 1, 1926 in Marengo to William and Ruth (Cantlin) Bailey. On August 24, 1950 she married John Clifford in Marengo. Iona worked at Shearer's Pharmacy and at McGill's for many years.Iona is survived by her children, Noni (Denny) Hogan and J. (Jusanne) Clifford; her grandchildren, Kristi (Brian) Gerdes, Adam ...
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Clarice M. Dahlman

May 3, 1935 - January 15, 2017

Clarice M. Dahlman, 81, of Marengo passed away January 15, 2017 at her home. She was born May 3, 1935 in Fairmont, Minnesota to George and Susie (Gould) Miller. On August 25, 1956 she married Arnold Dahlman in Marengo. Clarice spent 30 years working at the YumYum instilling a strong work ethic in the high school students of Marengo. After the YumYum closed she worked for 20 years at Ace...
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Cathy Ann Banker

August 26, 1955 - January 8, 2017

Cathy Ann Banker, 61, of Marengo passed away January 8, 2017 in Elgin.She was born August 26, 1955 in Elmhurst to Charles and Edna (Judd) Morgan. On June 1, 1974 she married Bill Banker at St. Mary's Church in Elgin.Cathy cherished the time spent with her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. To say she enjoyed cooking is an understatement. Cathy had a talent for cooking...
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Charles G. Bonk

December 2, 1937 - December 29, 2016

Charles G. Bonk Jr., 79, of Marengo, passed away December 29, 2016. Born December 2, 1937 in Chicago; he was the son of Charles G. and Lillian (Polgesek) Bonk. He married Kathleen E. Wilcox on September 22, 1973 in Marengo. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Charles retired from Union Special after more than 20 years of employment. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Marengo.An avid fan of...
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Lucile L. Oakley

April 6, 1916 - December 15, 2016

Lucile L. Oakley, 100, of Marengo passed away December 15, 2016 at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock. She was born April 6, 1916 in Flora Township to Ray and Mabel (Kingsbury) Morehead. Lucile graduated from Belvidere High School and went on to school in Rockford to become a beautician. She would work as a beautician for 20 years. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of...
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Bret L. Berent

March 5, 1995 - December 1, 2016

Bret Lawrence Berent, 21, of Harvard, Passed away in his home on Thursday, December 1, 2016. He was born to Larry and Susan (Baum) Berent on March 5th, 1995 in Barrington. Bret got his first dirt bike at the age of five which began his lifelong love of riding and the "Need For Speed". He started racing motocross at 6 years old. Bret graduated from Marengo High School in 2013. After high...
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Connie Lucille Sandman

April 22, 1951 - November 12, 2016

Connie L. Sandman, 65, of Marengo passed away on November 12, 2016 at Centegra Medical Center in Huntley. Born April 22, 1951 in Belvidere; she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys (Griebel) Sandmann.A graduate of Northern Illinois University; Connie retired from Harrison Elementary School in Wonder Lake after teaching for first and second grades for 37 years. She was also a member of Marengo...
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Daniel G. Horenberger

September 24, 1957 - November 10, 2016

Daniel G. Horenberger, 59, of Marengo passed away November 10, 2016.He was born September 24, 1957 in Highland Park, Illinois to George and Lenora (Kieser) Horenberger.Dan was a unique and interesting man. He was the creator and owner of Brass Ring Carousel Company, known for restoring antique carousels and also building custom carousels all over the country. Dan was a Jeep Forward Control Truck...
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John David Kellett

November 13, 1934 - November 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Marengo-Union Funeral Home, Marengo, IL.
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Rita Maria Stoiber

August 4, 1928 - October 26, 2016

Rita M. Stoiber, 88, of Marengo passed away October 26, 2016 at Valley Hi Nursing Home in Woodstock. She was born August 4, 1928 in Munich, Germany to George and Theresia Muller Stierstorfer. Her profession as a professional photographer with a specialty in photographing ballet dancers through her studio, EOS Studio, in Elgin showcased her creativity with beautiful results. Her darkroom work and...
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Gary J. DiPirro

April 1, 1947 - October 13, 2016

Gary J. DiPirro, 69, of Marengo passed away October 13, 2016 at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere. He was born April 1, 1947 in Belvidere to Louie and Sylvia (Sweet) DiPirro. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1972. He was an aircraft mechanic and received a national defense medal. After the service Gary made a career as a cement contractor. Gary is survived by his sister, Lana (Bill)...
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Willard Edward Kalter

July 4, 1935 - October 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Marengo-Union Funeral Home, Marengo, IL.
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Bernice E. Steffen

March 3, 1928 - October 3, 2016

Bernice E. Steffen, 88, of Harvard passed away October 3, 2016 in McHenry. Born March 3, 1928 in Chicago; she was the daughter of Einer C. and Edna (Anderson) Swanson. She married Edwin Steffen on December 26, 1970 in Marengo. A long time McHenry county election judge, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aide and church choir.Bernice enjoyed quilting,...
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Diane M. Witt

December 7, 1952 - September 5, 2016

Diane M. Witt, 63, of Wonder Lake passed away September 5, 2016 at her home. She was born December 7, 1952 in Chicago to John and Marian (Florio) Katsantones. On December 31, 1997 she married Jack Witt in Woodstock. Diane was a very generous person to those around her. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. She was partial to gardening and being outdoors but she...
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Dennis James Vance

January 1, 1943 - September 4, 2016

Dennis J. Vance, 73 of Marengo, passed away peacefully September 4, 2016 in Chicago. Born on January 1, 1943 in Chicago; he was the son of Laurence and Henrietta (DeVoe) Vance. He married Grace A. Chase on September 27, 1969 in Wheaton, IL. A proud Marine Corp Veteran, Dennis retired from the packaging industry after 39 years of employment. He was a member of Marine Corp League Detachment ...
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Therese Nowakowski

July 31, 1940 - September 4, 2016

Therese "Terry" Nowakowski (Nee Bejger), 76, of Marengo passed away September 4th, 2016 in McHenry surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chicago to Sigmund and Pearl Bejger. Married for 57 years to Andrew Nowakowski. She is survived by her brother Ziggy; 5 children, Dee(Novak), Joe, Nancy (Mark Sisson), Patti (Marty Gibbons) and Sharon; 10 Grandchildren, Eric, Renee, Sara,...
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Anna Hall

September 12, 1916 - August 24, 2016

Anna Hall, 99, formerly of Union passed away August 24, 2016 at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere. She was born September 12, 1916 in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry and Bernice (Gorski) Legler. On June 5, 1937 she married Joseph "Albert" Hall.Anna worked at The Rose Farm, Aubrey's, and Arnold Engineering for many years. Devotion to her Catholic faith was also an important...
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Nathan Stengel

December 31, 1979 - July 31, 2016

Nathan Dean "Buddy" Stengel, 36, died unexpectedly July 31, 2016 in his home in the Chicagoland area. He was born December 31, 1979 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Formerly of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Buddy was a graduate of Warwick Senior High School, Lititz. He worked as a floor installation technician.Buddy loved baseball and was an amazing cook. He was a gentle and loving man with a...
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Jose Loyo Garcia

December 18, 1967 - July 31, 2016

Antonio Loyo, 48, of Marengo passed away July 31, 2016. He was born December 18, 1967 in Vega de Alatorre, Veracruz, Mexico. On August 11, 2001 he married Kellie Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Kellie; his children, Chloe Loyo, Andres Rivera, Roseann Rivera, and Joseann Rivera; his parents, Alberta Hernandez and Antonio Guevara; his sisters, Veronica (Hugo) Loyo Lazada and Letecia Loyo Garcia...
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Emily Marie Chicoine

March 27, 2000 - July 25, 2016

Emily Marie Chicoine, 16, of Marengo, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 in Chicago. Born March 27, 2000 in Barrington; she was the daughter of Christopher P. and Angela M. (Camelon) Chicoine. A student at SEDOM Center, Emily was a cheerleader and she participated in the dance program.She enjoyed spending her time walking and listening to music and the television.Survivors include her mother,...
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Julia Rae Henderson

October 17, 1937 - July 22, 2016

Julia R. Henderson, 78, formerly of South Elgin and Huntley, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 in Rockford. Born October 17, 1937 in Elgin; she was the daughter of Edwin T. and Virginia (Lusted) Young. She married Rodger Jay Henderson on March 19, 1960 in Carpentersville. She was a member of Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley and a former member of Community United Methodist...
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Ruth F. Wagner

October 20, 1917 - July 17, 2016

Ruth Wagner, 98, of Marengo passed away July 17, 2016 at Florence Nursing Home in Marengo. She was born October 20, 1917 in Riley Township to William and Iva (Russell) French. After growing up on many farms in northern Illinois and living in several states, Ruth finally returned to her beloved Marengo in 1948, where she resided ever since. Ruth worked at both McGill's and Arnold Engineering...
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Cindy L. Zochowski

December 20, 1956 - June 23, 2016

Cindy L. Zochowski, 59, of Marengo passed away June 23, 2016 at her home. She was born December 20, 1956 in Blytheville, AR to John T. and Louise (Haynes) Matthews.Cindy is survived by her children, Stephanie Stengel and Nathan Stengel; her grandchildren, Taylor, Alexis, Bianca, and Emma; her mother, Louise Matthews; and her siblings, Barbara (Glendon) Roby and Clifford (Maureen) Matthews.She was...
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Wayne E. Hopper

September 29, 1924 - June 23, 2016

Wayne E. Hopper, 91, formerly of Marengo, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2016 at Maple Crest Care Centre in Belvidere. He was born September 29, 1924 to Milton and Florence (Thompson) Hopper in Woodstock. He married Jeanette Pollnow on September 30, 1945 in Marengo. He was a truck driver for Marengo Steel for more than 30 years.He is survived by his son, Keith (Donita) Hopper; son-in-law,...
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Marilyn Shirley Gumprecht-Grever

July 3, 1934 - June 19, 2016

Marilyn S. Gumprecht-Grever, 81, formerly of the Marengo-Union area, passed away June 19, 2016. Born July 3, 1934 in Belvidere; she was the daughter of Herman and Elsie (Swallisch) Kunde. She married Richard W. Gumprecht Sr. on May 23, 1953 in Pacific Grove, CA.She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Marengo; where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Red Hat...
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Doris Janet Sloat

January 6, 1931 - May 25, 2016

Doris Janet Sloat of Marengo, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was born on January 6, 1931 in Virgil, IL to John and Mary (Berens) Stevens. She attended Belvidere High School. In 1957 she married Robert Sloat and together they had three children. Doris was employed as a waitress at Shady Lane Restaurant and Theatre for over 20 years. She was also employed as a crossing guard...
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Carol Ruth Meyers

September 14, 1929 - May 25, 2016

Carol R. Meyers, 86, of Marengo passed away May 25, 2016 surrounded by her family.She was born September 14, 1929 in Eagle Lake, IL to Rev. Walter and Esther (Piehler) Vetter. Carol was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marengo and loved singing in the choir. She enjoyed sewing and baking, as well as picking up a good mystery to read. Spending time with her grandchildren was always...
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Gerhardt Paul Schlie

March 19, 1934 - May 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Marengo-Union Funeral Home, Marengo, IL.
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Mary H. Edmonds

November 20, 1937 - May 8, 2016

Mary Edmonds, 78, of Marengo formerly of Streamwood, passed away May 8, 2016 at her daughter's home surrounded by family. She was born November 20, 1937 in Belton, Kentucky to Thomas and Katie (Jewel) Sherfield. On June 20, 1958 she married George Edmonds and shortly after moved to the Chicagoland area. Mary was a hardworker but enjoyed playing Pinochle for fun. She also loved cooking. Mary was...
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Virginia Ann Sears

April 28, 1930 - May 7, 2016

Virginia Sears, 86, of Lecanto, FL, and formerly of Marengo, passed away May 7, 2016 at Diamond Ridge Health and Rehab in Lecanto. She was born April 28, 1930 in Chicago to Ralph and Lota Peterson. On July 9, 1949 she married David Sears in Marengo. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2015.She enjoyed playing her prized trumpet and the organ, or any other instrument she got her hands on. Her and...
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Jessie Downing Rinker

May 28, 1926 - May 3, 2016

Jessie (Bramel) Rinker of Charlevoix, MI, formerly of Marengo, IL, passed away on May 3, 2016. She was born in Mt. Auburn, IL, on May 28, 1926. Jessie graduated from Ottawa High School in Ottawa, IL, in May 1944. She completed the nursing program at Silver Cross Hospital (Joliet, IL) in 1945. Jessie was married to the late Ross L. Rinker on January 30, 1947. While Jessie was a homemaker for...
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Lionel T. DeGrand

May 23, 1932 - April 22, 2016

Lionel DeGrand, 83, of Marengo passed away April 22, 2016 at JourneyCare in Woodstock.He was born May 23, 1932 in Escanaba, Michigan, the son of Ruth DeGrand. On July 5, 1952 he married Constance Baranski.Lionel owned his own business, Countryside Builders for many years. He was also a longtime member of the Union Lions Club.Lionel is survived by his wife Connie; his children, Gail (Howard)...
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David Philip Shadle

December 16, 1955 - April 9, 2016

David P. Shadle, 60, of Marengo passed away on April 9, 2016 surrounded by his family.He was born December 16, 1955 in Belvidere, IL to Philip and Florence (Hopp) Shadle. On June 21, 1986 he married Denise Oblinger.Dave was an honest and hardworking man. He worked at Meyer Material for over 20 years and then owned and operated RainbowSoft Water Softener Company for 16 years. Most recently he...
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John L. Burmeister

July 21, 1938 - February 28, 2016

John L. Burmeister, 77, of Marengo passed away February 28, 2016. He had an amazing sense of humor, enjoyed building furniture, was an avid Nascar fan and loved his dogs. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed deeply by his family - wife Darlene, three children and their spouses, Leslie (JoséManuel), Charles (Lucie) and August (Janice), and two stepchildren Lloyd (Vicki...
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Richard Svatik

July 25, 1943 - February 1, 2016

Richard "Dick" Svatik, 72, of Marengo, passed away February 1, 2016 at Journey Care Hospice in Woodstock. Born July 25, 1943 in Chicago; he was the son of Steven and Maxine M. (Nelson) Svatik.A 1961 graduate Dundee High School, Richard worked on the family farm for many years and was formerly employed at the Marengo Ridge Golf Club.Survivors include his sister, Sandra (Larry) Dobbs and numerous...
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Charles Robert Lippincott

April 21, 1927 - January 31, 2016

Charles Robert Lippincott, 88, of Belvidere passed away January 31, 2016. He will be missed greatly by his loving family. His interment will be in Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst. For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131.
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Betty Jane Karsten

February 1, 1924 - January 15, 2016

Betty Jane Karsten, 91, of Rockford passed away January 15, 2016 at Presence Cor Mariae Nursing Home. She was born February 1, 1924 to Harry and Mamie (Hegberg) Sarbaugh. Betty served in the United States Navy during WWII. She married Clarence Karsten.She was a former active member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Union. In her younger years she enjoyed traveling and spending time...
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Olive M. Wunderlich

March 16, 1920 - January 2, 2016

Olive Martha Wunderlich, born March 16, 1920. Died January 2, 2016, at Northwoods Care in Belvidere, IL where she was a resident for the last three years. Ollie was born on the Weist family farm just outside Marengo, IL to Grace (Weist) and Fredrick Polnow. She graduated from Marengo Community High School in 1936. She was employed at Arnold's Engineering for 46 years. She also worked at...
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Frank F. Zientarski

October 8, 1941 - January 1, 2016

Frank F. Zientarski Jr., 74, of Marengo passed away January 1, 2016 at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere. Frank owned his own business, Scheduled Profit Systems, from which he retired at the age of 62. Soon after his retirement he realized how much he truly enjoyed working so he went to work at Wal-Mart in Belvidere where his part-time job turned into a full-time job for the next 11 years. He...
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Robert D. McEstes

October 9, 1938 - December 24, 2015

Robert D. McEstes, 77, of Rockford passed away December 24, 2015.He was born October 9, 1938 in Chicago to Benjamin and Rose McEstes. He was a hard worker who spent his life on the road as an over the road trucker.He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his children, Debra (Doug) M'Gonigle, Robert A. (Jacqueline Cantley) McEstes, Carri-lynn (Brian) Carroll, and Russell D. (Kelly Hoffmann) McEstes; 12...
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Greg Gregory Ouellette

December 14, 1948 - December 13, 2015

Greg Ouellette, 66, of Marengo passed away December 13, 2015. He was born December 14, 1948 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Arthur and Jenny (Stefs) Ouellette. On April 29, 2006 he married Judith (Zemon) Dunton. Greg loved music and for many years made his living as a musician. He had a great talent and gift for the guitar, both electric and acoustic. He started playing at 7 years old and never...
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Richard Carl Polnow

April 18, 1925 - December 8, 2015

Richard C. Polnow, 90 of Belvidere, formerly of Union, passed away December 8, 2015. Born April 18, 1925, in Marengo; he was the son of George and Florence (Bloedorn) Polnow. He married Arlene Schiller on November 29, 1947 in Marengo. A United States Army veteran of the Korean War, Richard retired from Freunds Equipment after 36 years of employment. He was a member of Teamsters and the local...
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Dolores E. Skinner

September 19, 1930 - December 4, 2015

Dolores "Dolly" E. Skinner, 85, of Union passed away Friday, December 4, 2015.Dolly was born September 19, 1930 in Union to Herman and Alma (Dittbenner) Albrecht. She married Leslie "Les" Skinner on May 6, 1950 in Union. Dolly was a lifelong member of St. John's United Church of Christ and Women's Circle. She was very active in her church and enjoyed participating in the many functions held...
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Doris A. Edge

October 7, 1921 - November 27, 2015

Doris Annette (Stark) Edge, 94 of Garden Prairie passed away peacefully on November 27, 2015 at Northwood Care Centre, Belvidere, IL. Doris was born on October 7, 1921 in Platteville, WI; daughter of Nellie (Morris) and Harry Stark. Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was married to Delbert R. Edge, December 24, 1938. They had two children, Jerome "Jerry"...
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Louis Earl Thompson

December 9, 1938 - October 24, 2015

Louis Earl Thompson, 76, of Marengo passed away October 24, 2015 at his home.He was born December 9, 1938 in Eldorado, Illinois to Louis and Leone (Bruce) Thompson. On April 4, 1970 he married Margaret Preiss.Louis worked at Arnold Engineering for over 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. Thompson; his children, Brian Mark Thompson,...
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Stanley L. Banach

June 17, 1917 - October 8, 2015

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George F. Zinser

April 23, 1920 - October 3, 2015

George F. Zinser, 95, of Williams Bay, WI, passed away October 3, 2015. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He will be remembered in a private memorial service. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Marengo-Union Funeral Home. For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131.
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Ronald G. Wittlief

April 14, 1949 - September 30, 2015

Ronald G. Wittlief, 66, of Marengo passed away September 30, 2015 in his home. Born April 14, 1949 in Belvidere; he was the son of George and Verna (Hinz) Wittlief. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Ronald was a life-time resident of Marengo. He attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Marengo Community High School.Survivors include his brother, Rich (Jean) Wittlief; two nieces; one nephew;...
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