McDonald Funeral Home

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


Our Obituaries

Wallace "Wally" Rohlik

November 12, 1931 - November 16, 2018

Wallace "Wally" James Rohlik, 87 passed away on November 16, 2018 in Sterling, IL. Wallace was born on November 12, 1931 on the family farm in Seaforth, MN the son of William and Lydia (Kohlof) Rohlik. Deciding against a career in farming, he attended railroad operator's training in Minneapolis and began a career with the Chicago Burlington and Quincy (Later Burlington Northern) Railroad. In...
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Ron E. McDivitt

September 23, 1946 - November 14, 2018

Ron E. McDivitt, 72 of Rock Falls died Wednesday November 14, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 23, 1946 in Covington, TN the son of Everett and Louise (Ivey) McDivitt. He married Linda Buchholz on September 26, 1964 in Rock Falls. Ron was employed at General Electric in Morrison for 36 years retiring in 2003. He had coached Little League in Morrison for 20 years and was die-hard St....
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Kathryn Quimby

July 11, 1931 - November 14, 2018

Kathryn A. Quimby, 86 of Rock Falls died Wednesday November 14, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on July 11, 1931 in Rock Falls the daughter of Fay L. and Irma Marie (Cox) Russell. She married Edward Manon in 1947. He died in 1954. She then married Richard Bailey in 1955. He died in 1987. She then married Larry R. Quimby in 1997. He died in 2008. Kathryn worked at the former...
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Timothy J. Church

December 8, 1958 - November 14, 2018

Timothy J. Church Timothy J. Church, age 59, of Tampico, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Tim was born December 8, 1958 in Sterling the son of Ronnie and Mary (Rude) Church. He married Lisa Scanlan on September 19, 1981 in Prophetstown. Tim was employed at ComEd for 32 years, Mitchell Melons all his life and Zaagman Farms part time. He...
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Bessie Mae Near

July 18, 1936 - November 12, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Bessie M. Near, 82 of Rock Falls died Monday November 12, 2018 at her home. She was born on July 18, 1936 near Millington, TN the daughter of Edward Flowkes and Erma Purser. She worked as a care giver at the former Dixon State School for a number of years. She was a member of Firehouse of God in Sterling. She enjoyed WWE wrestling, watching the Walk Dead show, NFL football, music...
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William "Bill" Beauvais

May 13, 1971 - November 12, 2018

William "Bill" Paul Beauvais, age 47 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home. Bill was born on May 13, 1971 in Freeport, the son of Lawrence Paul and Catherine Marie (Bright) Beauvais. He married Loratta "Lori" Boyd on February 17, 2009 in Dixon. He worked as a carrier and motor route driver for Sauk Valley Media since 2012. Survivors include his wife, Lori of Rock Falls;...
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Hubert Gebhardt

July 8, 1942 - November 11, 2018

Hubert R. Gebhardt, 76, of Dixon, died on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on July 8, 1942 in Sterling to Sidney and Lucille (Stultz) Gebhardt. He was employed as a Vehicle Recovery Agent with AMI of Big Bend, Wisc. for 15 years. He was USAF veteran. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Woods; 2 sisters, Barbara (David) Dorway of Las Vegas, Nev. and...
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Robert J. Buhler

September 30, 1926 - November 10, 2018

Robert J. Buhler, 92 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bob was born on September 30, 1926 in Dixon the son of Bert and Alice (McCoy) Buhler and was a graduate of Dixon High School. He married Linda Lou Bradley on February 9, 1963 in Sterling. She died June 27, 2012. Bob worked for many years as a painter at the former Dixon Developmental Center...
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Carolyn V. Williams

May 18, 1949 - November 9, 2018

Carolyn Williams, 69, of Sterling, died on Friday, November 9, 2018 at her home. Carolyn was born on May 18, 1949 in Polo to Russell E. and Lillian E. (Ferguson) Scott. She married Richard Williams on September 23, 1967 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2000. Carolyn was a nurse at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison as well as Heartland Home...
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Betty G. Arians

September 8, 1932 - November 8, 2018

Betty G. Arians, 86 of Sterling died Thursday November 8, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on September 8, 1932 in Fulton, IL the daughter of Duke and Reka (Sissing) Boerema. She married Marvin G. Arians on September 12, 1952 in Morrison. Betty worked as a receptionist/secretary at the former Arians Century 21 Realty in Sterling for several years. She was a member of New Life...
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Irene L. Lindsay

July 6, 1919 - November 7, 2018

STERLING – Irene L. Lindsay, age 99, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Irene was born on July 6, 1919 in Vincent, Iowa the daughter of Otto and Florence (Modler) Dencklau. She married Charles Lindsay on July 30, 1937 in Clinton, Iowa. He died April 9, 2001. She was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling. Irene in her...
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Clell "Jake" Jaques

March 17, 1946 - November 5, 2018

Clell A. "Jake" Jaques, 72 of Woosung, died Monday November 5, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on March 17, 1946 in Ashton, IL the son of Harold and Mae (Wendt) Jaques and was a 1964 graduate of Princeton High School. He married Sandra Lee Wise on September 19, 1965. Clell was a Viet Nam era veteran having served in the Army from October 29, 1965 to August 4, 1966....
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Frank E. Vock

February 15, 1955 - November 4, 2018

Frank E. Vock, 63 of Rock Falls died Sunday November 4, 2018 at his home. He was born on February 15, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Harold and Mary Jane (Miller) Vock. He married Jennifer Onnen on September 13, 1991 in Sterling. Frank was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co as a Piler Operator in the 14"mill. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; his two brothers: Jim Vock...
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Thomas L. Siebert

July 2, 1941 - November 3, 2018

Thomas L. Siebert Thomas L. Siebert, age 77, of Lyndon, died Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Thomas was born July 2, 1941 in Topeka, KS the son of Maurice and Marie (Bursiek) Siebert. He served in the US Army from December of 1958 – February of 1962 and later married Linda Lu Stone on March 22, 1975. He was employed as a machinist,...
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Steven E. Downs

February 24, 1978 - October 31, 2018

Steven E. Downs, 40, of Dixon, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his home. He was born on February 24, 1978, in Freeport, the son of the late Gary L. Downs and Roberta (Gerdes) Konneck. He was a 1997 graduate of Prophetstown High School. He enjoyed video games, music and walking. Survivors include his mother, Roberta of Tampico; his brothers, Leland (Diane) Downs and Kenny Downs of Rock...
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Ellen E. Chapman

May 12, 1951 - October 30, 2018

Ellen Elaine Chapman, age 67 of Pontiac, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at her home. Ellen was born on May 12, 1951 in Rock Falls, the daughter of George and Hertha (Nielsen) Moore. She married Forrest David Chapman, Jr. on July 14, 1968 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2010. Ellen worked for RR Donnelley as an examiner for about 30 years before retirement. Survivors...
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Carla Ann Harrison

July 29, 1941 - October 29, 2018

Carla Ann Harrison Carla Ann Harrison, age 77, of Moline, died Monday, October 29, 2018 at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. Carla was born July 29, 1941 in Morrison the daughter of Carley and Thelma (Blagg) Harrison. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1959 and later graduated from Millikin University in Decatur. She was employed as a music teacher in the Rock Island school...
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Ricardo Bernal

July 17, 1973 - October 28, 2018

Ricardo J. Bernal, 45 of Davenport and formerly of Sterling died Sunday October 28, 2018. He was born on July 16, 1973 in Sterling, IL the son of Ramon and Virginia (Segobiano) Bernal and was a 1991 graduate of Sterling High School. Ricardo made many sacrifices in his life in order to earn his bachelor's degree and his family was very proud of his accomplishments. Ricardo was employed as an...
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William Swan

January 11, 1942 - October 26, 2018

William L. Swan, 76, of Tampico, died on Friday evening, October 26, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 11, 1942 in Princeton to Leonard and Betty (Hartz) Swan. He was united in marriage to Mary Schmitt on January 11, 1964 in Sheffield. Bill enjoyed farming until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico and enjoyed raising...
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Mary Ann Lampley

March 21, 1928 - October 22, 2018

Mary Ann Lampley, age 90 of Sterling, died Monday, October 22, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Mary was born on March 21, 1928 in Benton, Illinois, the daughter of Peter and Sophia (Daktor) Bartuska. She married Carl Lampley in 1947. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Catherine (Wayne) Russell of Rock Falls and Treva Lampley of Enfield, Illinois; three...
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Robert Glenn Coleman

September 24, 1947 - October 20, 2018

Robert Glenn Coleman, 71, of rural Harmon died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 24, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Glenn E. and Ruth (Hartshorn) Coleman. He attended Nelson Grade School and Rock Falls High School, and was a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois. He married Mary Overmann on August 30, 1980 in Dixon. He was a lifelong fifth-generation farmer. ...
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Linda L. Ferguson

September 29, 1951 - October 20, 2018

Linda L. Ferguson Linda L. Ferguson, age 67, of Tampico, died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. Linda was born September 29, 1951 in Rock Falls the daughter of Gene and Jackie (Allison) Simmons. She married Perry Ferguson on August 28, 1971 in Sterling and was employed as a CNA for Peak, Inc. Survivors include her husband of Tampico; her father of Lyndon;...
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John J. Vronich

February 19, 1923 - October 19, 2018

John J. Vronich, age 95 of Milledgeville, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. John was born on February 19, 1923 in Ironwood, MI, the son of Steve and Barbara (Biondich) Vranich. He is a United States Army Veteran. He married Thelma Frey on September 27, 1947 in Chicago. She preceded him in death in 1995. John worked for many years at Argonne National...
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Jamey Marie Krueger

May 21, 1978 - October 17, 2018

Jamey Marie Krueger, age 40 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at home. Jamey was born on May 21, 1978 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Jane (Bell) Krueger. She enjoyed riding her motorcycle, baking, cooking, doing crafts and spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her mother, Jane; two daughters, Alyssa and Alexis Krueger of Rock Falls; her twin...
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Kevin L. Melberg

June 3, 1954 - October 17, 2018

Kevin L. Melberg Kevin L. Melberg, age 64, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Kevin was born June 3, 1954 in Dixon the son of Lyle and Carolyn (Lathrop) Melberg. He married Barb Frank on June 29, 1991 in Rock Falls and was employed in the trucking industry for many years. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; four daughters,...
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Gloria Anderson

October 2, 1942 - October 15, 2018

STERLING – Gloria M. Anderson, 76 died Monday October 15, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. She was born on October 2, 1942 and was a graduate of Lena High School, Lena, IL. She married Donald R. Anderson on December 22, 1962 in Sterling. He died May 8, 1998. Throughout her career, Gloria had worked at the former Lawrence Brothers in Sterling, Products Unlimited, Harper...
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Sergio Vivarelli

June 6, 1935 - October 15, 2018

Sergio Vivarelli, 83 of Rock Falls died Monday October 15, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 6, 1935 in Balbano, Lucca, Italy the son of Gino and Elena (Grazianni) Vivarelli. He immigrated to the United States in 1954. He began his working career at Wahl Clipper in Sterling and later worked for 30 years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring from the scrap yard as an...
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Gary L. Downs

May 6, 1943 - October 14, 2018

Gary Lee Downs, age 75 of Lanark, died Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his home. Gary was born on May 6, 1943 at his paternal grandparents' home in Lanark, the son of Harlan L. and Mary L. (Endress) Downs. He was very active all his life as a Boy Scout. He served his country in the National Guard. He previously was an active member of the First Brethren Church in Lanark. Gary married Jerry ...
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Helen Spencer

April 18, 1959 - October 12, 2018

STERLING– Helen Spencer, age 59, died Friday October 12, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home, Sterling. Helen was born on April 18, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Robert L. and Sandra (Rhoades) Thompson. She married Mark Spencer on March 16, 1984 in Sterling. Helen was a homemaker and member of Living Bread Fellowship Church in Sterling. Survivors include her father, Robert Thompson of...
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Berniece Anschutz

March 10, 1922 - October 12, 2018

Berniece Anschutz, age 96 of Sterling, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Berniece was born on March 10, 1922 in Milledgeville, the daughter of John and Mary (Glenn) Magill. She married Howard Anschutz on October 15, 1955 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1992. Berniece worked as a legal secretary for Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson for 40 years and...
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Mary Helms

February 7, 1944 - October 11, 2018

MILLEDGEVILLE – Mary Helms, age 74, died at home Thursday, October 11, 2018. Mary was born on February 7, 1944 in Sterling the daughter of Ralph and Vivian (Sullivan) Miller. She married John Helms on August 18, 1973 in Sterling. Mary was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, John Helms of Milledgeville; one daughter, Crystal Helms-Woodward of Dixon; one son, James D. (Sherry) Smith...
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Paula L. Bryant

April 3, 1947 - October 11, 2018

Paula L. Bryant, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Paula was born on April 3, 1947 in New Albany, IN, the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Stroud) Skaggs. She married Kenneth Walker Bryant in August, 1996 in Rock Falls. She was a nurse's aide at Heritage Square in Dixon until her retirement. Paula enjoyed being outdoors and doing...
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Josephine M. Wade

April 23, 1938 - October 10, 2018

Josephine M. Wade Josephine M. Wade, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Josephine was born April 23, 1938 in Rock Falls the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Clapper) McCallister. She married Melvin Wade on June 5, 1955 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2005. Josephine was a homemaker, attended the Firehouse of God...
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Joshua L. Springer

April 7, 1982 - October 9, 2018

Joshua Springer, 36 of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Josh was born on April 7, 1982, the son of David and Donna (Allen) Springer. He enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was the 2nd Vice President of the Who Else Club in Nelson. Josh loved to lend a helping hand and was a friend to everyone. Survivors include his parents David and Donna Springer of Dixon; his sister...
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Charlie R. White

August 3, 1961 - October 8, 2018

Charlie R. White, 57 of Princeton, died Monday, October 8, 2018 at his home. Charlie was born on August 3, 1961 in Sterling, the son of Charlie and Elaine (Fernandez) White. Survivors include his son, Ryan (Lauren) White of Oak Harbor, WA; his parents, Charlie and Elaine White of Rock Falls; one granddaughter, Emma Rose; one brother, Ken White of Evansville, IN; two sisters, Jennifer White...
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Harold Ross Packer

January 22, 1937 - October 5, 2018

Harold Ross Packer, age 81, of Sterling, died Friday, October 05, 2018 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Harold was born January 22, 1937 in Erie the son of Ross H. and Lucille M. (Stage) Packer. He married Madeline Doubler on July 10th 1954 in Erie. Harold was a farmer in the Sterling area for many years. He had served in the US Airforce. Survivors include three daughters: Yvonne ...
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Mary C. Wilson

November 6, 1944 - October 3, 2018

Mary Celeste (McAndrews) Wilson, 73 of Dixon, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, after an extended battle with illness. Mary Celeste was born on November 6, 1944 in Dixon, the daughter of the late Harold P. and Catherine (Miller) McAndrews. Mary Celeste graduated from Sauk Valley Community College with a degree in Nursing. She spent 20...
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Nancy J. Bushong

September 12, 1927 - October 3, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Nancy J. Bushong, age 91, died Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice & Home. Nancy was born on September 12, 1927 in Dean, Iowa the daughter of Jesse and Rose E. (Stroup) Sizemore. She married Samuel Bushong in 1949 in Peoria. He died November 19, 1951. Nancy was a homemaker and member of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls. Survivors include, one daughter...
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Peter J. O'Connell

December 1, 1944 - October 3, 2018

Peter J. O'Connell, 73, of Sterling, died on Wednesday morning, October 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born on December 1, 1944 the son of Daniel D. and Ruth Eileen (Bowen) O'Connell. He was united in marriage to Patricia Feehan on July 15, 1977 at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange. Peter owned and operated his own metals processing company for many years. He...
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Shirley Ann Eberly

December 13, 1935 - October 1, 2018

Shirley A. Eberly Shirley A. Eberly, age 82, of Rock Falls, died Monday, October 1, 2018 at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Shirley was born December 13, 1935 in Sterling the daughter of John and Katherine (Hague) Moore. She married Terry Eberly on June 8, 1954 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 12, 2016. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Gary Eberly of...
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Mary M. Hopper

February 27, 1929 - September 30, 2018

Mary M. Hopper, 89, of Sterling, died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. Mary was born on February 27, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Mich. to John and Hazel (Downes) Gibbons. She married Gordon Hopper on March 25, 1968 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1980. Mary was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by a daughter, Anita Marie Hopper of Green Bay, Wisconsin; a son,...
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Avlon 'Al' Foster

October 26, 1928 - September 26, 2018

Avlon "Al" C. Foster, 89, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday evening, September 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on October 26, 1928 in Pitts, Ark. to Homer Niles and Lillie (Cox) Foster. Al was an inspector at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 25 years, retiring in 1992. Al served in the United States Air Force from 1946-1949. He was a member of Como...
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Dorothy Aileen Hoffmiller

June 8, 1920 - September 25, 2018

Dorothy A. Hoffmiller, 98 of Rock Falls died Tuesday September 25, 2018 at Regency care of Sterling. She was born on June 8, 1920 in Polo, IL the daughter of Daniel and Pauline (Ports) Garman. She married Len Abell on April 10, 1943. He died October 26, 1972. She later married Albert Hoffmiller on October 13, 1978. He died March 31, 2003. Dorothy was employed by Riverside Cemetery in Sterling...
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Betty June Finkle

September 15, 1934 - September 24, 2018

Betty June Finkle, 84 of Rock Falls died Monday September 24, 2018 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on September 15, 1934 in Elgin, the daughter of Matthew and Marjorie (Roth) Bresnahan. She married Lourde Finkle on July 29, 1949. He died July 28, 1995. Betty had worked at Franz – Steel Ball for 25 years and then taught at Morrison High School for 15 years until her retirement. She had...
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Carol M. Kern

July 8, 1944 - September 22, 2018

Carol M. Kern Carol M. Kern, age 74, of Morrison, died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. Carol was born July 8, 1944 in Ft. Atkinson, Wis. the daughter of Otto and Gertrude (Sery) Callum. She was employed at Bergners for many years. Survivors include her significant other, Stan Franks of Milledgeville; one daughter, Mary (Randy) Gabel of...
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Gail D. Bell

March 4, 1952 - September 18, 2018

Gail D. Bell Gail D. Bell, age 66, of Rockford, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Gail was born March 4, 1952 in Taylorville the daughter of Herschel and Glenda (Modlin) Deadmond. She married Dennis Bell on April 11, 1981 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2011. She was employed as a CNA at Mercy Healthcare and Mercy Page...
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Marian and Lawrence Zink

September 18, 2018

Marian W. Zink, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, September 15, 2018 at her home. Lawrence A. Zink, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday September 18, 2018 at his home. Marian was born February 9, 1929 in Savanna the daughter of Frank and Frances (Halfman) Wires. She was a homemaker. Lawrence was born August 4, 1929 in Mossbach the son of Mauritz and Lillian (Haas) Zink. He was...
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Gary Egan

September 1, 1947 - September 17, 2018

Gary T. Egan, 71 of Rock Falls died Monday September 17, 2018 at his home following an illness. He was born on September 1, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Paul F. and Helen (Buxton) Egan. He married Cheryl L. Burall on November 1, 1974 in Rock Falls. He had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; two sons: Gary R. Egan of Champaign...
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Frances "Franny" Clevenger

October 19, 1950 - September 17, 2018

Frances "Franny" Clevenger, 67 of Rock Falls died Monday September 17, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on October 19, 1950 in West Helena, AR the daughter of Robert L. and Nora G. (Calloway) Williams. She married Eddie R. Clevenger on December 2, 1967 in Hannibal, MO. Franny had worked as a manager of the Rock Falls McDonald's, for 15 years before retiring. She had...
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Cherry Lou Ebenezer

May 1, 1937 - September 14, 2018

Cherry Lou Ebenezer, 81 of Dixon, formerly of Rock Falls, died, Friday, September 14, 2018 peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones. Cherry was born on May 1, 1937, the daughter of Leo G. and Iva R. (McGlaughlin) Strike. She married Donald Ebenezer on November 24, 1955 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Cherry worked at Lee Wayne Advertising (now Halo) for over 30 years and...
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Robert N. McMurren

March 8, 1946 - September 14, 2018

Robert N. McMurren, 72, of Ashton, formerly of Aurora, died on Friday, September 14, 2018 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born on March 8, 1946 in Burlington, Iowa to Robert and Delores (Vieu) McMurren. He married Judy Hamm on September 5, 1964. Bob was a union carpenter for over 20 years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Aurora; a daughter, Julie Martin, of...
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Eric J. Kithcart

March 14, 1980 - September 11, 2018

Eric J. Kithcart, 38, of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was born on March 14, 1980 in Sterling to Charles and Donna (Hoster) Kithcart. He is survived by his parents Charles and Donna of Sterling; uncles and aunts, Donald Kithcart of Sterling, Gary Kithcart of Normal, Kenneth Kithcart of Rock Falls, Deb (Jon) Block of Sterling and Brian (Terry) Hoster of Princeton...
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Mary Louise Sitter

February 20, 1929 - September 9, 2018

Mary Louise Sitter, 89, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2018 in Sterling, Illinois with family at her bedside. Her final hours were spent with family and friends who stopped by and shared memorable stories of her life's adventures. She was definitely a bright spot in the hearts of many. Mary was born February 20, 1929 in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas E. and Florence Helen ...
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Margaret O'Bryan

March 20, 1925 - September 6, 2018

Margaret O'Bryan, 93 formerly of Sterling, died on September 6, 2018 at Pine Acres Nursing Home in DeKalb, IL. She was born on March 20, 1925 in Union Township, IL, the daughter of Christian and Ema (Reggelum) Madsen. She attended Lyndon IL Schools. Margaret married Donald W. Johnson in 1944. He passed away in 1946. She then married Edward P. O'Bryan in 1951. He passed in 2011. She was...
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Elmer G Habben , Jr

September 7, 1958 - September 5, 2018

Elmer G. Habben Jr, 59, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 2018 at home after a five year battle with lung cancer. Elmer or "E" as he was called was born Sept. 7, 1958, in Sterling, the son of Elmer and Evelyn (Evans) Habben. He attended Hopkins Elementary School and graduated from Sterling High School in 1977. He married Kathy Kissee on Oct 5, 1985 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Elmer...
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James "Slim" Dunaway

February 23, 1991 - September 4, 2018

STERLING – James "Slim" Dunaway, age 27, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. James was born on February 23, 1991 in Marion, Ohio the son of John and Kathryn (Bushman) Dunaway. He was employed with Perfect Tree Service in Sterling for 6 years. Survivors include his parents, John and Kathryn Dunaway of Sterling; four daughters, Arsenia of Rock Falls, Sydney, Madelyn...
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David H. Carlson

August 30, 1946 - September 2, 2018

David Carlson, age 72 of Dixon, died Sunday, September 02, 2018 at his home. David was born on August 30, 1946, the son of Otto H. and Hilda K. (Braten) Carlson. He married Wendy Jane Condon on September 27, 2004 at St. Bride's Episcopal Church in Oregon, IL. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Travers; one daughter, Mary (Chase) Williamsen of Rock Falls; two sisters, Helen and Roxanne. ...
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Cecilia R. Tulini

January 31, 1923 - September 1, 2018

Sterling- Cecilia R. Tulini, 95, of Sterling, died on Saturday morning, September 1, 2018 at her home. She was born on January 31, 1923 in Sterling to Louis and Alphonsine (Colin) Concotelli. She married Deno C. Tulini on September 1, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2012. ...
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Floyd L. Glick

July 19, 1916 - September 1, 2018

Floyd LeRoy Glick, age 102, of Rock Falls, Illinois, passed away on September 1, 2018 of natural causes. He is sharing eternal life in Heaven, with his wife Mae L. Glick. Floyd graduated high school in Sterling, Illinois where he lived with his family. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents Agnes and Clarence Glick, his sister Evelyn Bennett, his twin brother Lloyd Glick, his...
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Barbara K. Linboom

August 24, 1942 - August 31, 2018

Barbara K. Linboom, 76, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, August 31, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Barbara was born on August 24, 1942 in Green Castle, Mo., to Bruce and Clara (Polly) Snyder. She married Horace Linboom and he preceded her in death in 1978. Barbara enjoyed crocheting and was an avid Cubs fan. She loved spending time with family especially her grandchildren and great...
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Lois Evalee White

January 10, 1934 - August 30, 2018

SHABBONA – Lois Evalee White, age 84, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Prairie Crossing Nursing Home in Shabbona. Evy was born on January 10, 1934 in Greenville, Mo. the daughter of William and Lottie (Atnip) Brown. She married Herbert Curtis White on March 12, 1953 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Evy was employed as a Secretary for Franklin Grove grade school and also worked 10 years at Edelmann's...
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Marion "Earline" Harper

February 3, 1927 - August 29, 2018

Earline Harper, 91 of Rock Falls died Wednesday August 29, 2018 at Resthave Home in Morrison. She was born on February 3, 1927 in Poplar Grove, AR the daughter of Edward and Alma Mae (Long) Crow Sr. She married Floyd Marsden Harper on November 12, 1946 in Phillips Co, AR. He died December 21, 2017. Earline enjoyed her country music, loved to play golf and was a CUBS fan. Survivors include...
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Josephine "Jo" A. Gaskill

October 19, 1951 - August 29, 2018

Josephine A. "Jo" Gaskill, 66, of Tampico, died on Wednesday morning, August 29, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jo was born on October 19, 1951 in Sterling to John H. and Mellie A. (Clark) Cumby. She was united in marriage to Dennis Gaskill on September 18, 1971 in Tampico. Jo retired from National Manufacturing Company in 2007 after 30 years of service. She graduated from the...
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Laurie J. McAndrews

March 6, 1955 - August 29, 2018

Laurie J. McAndrews, 63, of Rockford died on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at her home. She was born on March 6, 1955 in Sterling to Edward and Marjorie (Fritz) McAndrews. Laurie was employed in the trucking industry for over 25 years. She was a kind and compassionate person who put others before herself. Laurie enjoyed traveling, camping, being outdoors and shopping especially for that...
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Ernest J. Fabian

May 25, 1938 - August 28, 2018

Ernest J. Fabian, age 80 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Ernest was born on May 25, 1938 in Hungary, the son of Kalman and Maria Fabian. He was a Veteran in the Hungarian Military where he was a parachutist. He married Grace Fay Sparrow. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2015. Ernest worked for Alloyd in DeKalb as an assembler. Survivors...
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Raymond Muntean

December 4, 1944 - August 26, 2018

Raymond Muntean, age 73, of Mt. Carroll, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Raymond was born December 4, 1944 in Sterling the son of John and Edna (Eden) Muntean. He married Diana Spencer on June 11, 1965 in Rock Falls. Raymond was employed with the Labor Union Local 727 for 50 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and tractors. Survivors include his wife, Diana...
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Patricia Boyer

December 25, 1936 - August 26, 2018

Patricia Boyer, age 81, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation & Health Center, Rock Falls. Patricia was born on December 25, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Fred W. and Hazel (Schwank) Miller. She married Raymond Boyer on December 9, 1977. He died on December 22, 2013. Patricia was a homemaker caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors include...
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Donald L Smoot

September 13, 1940 - August 25, 2018

Donald L. Smoot, 77 of Sterling died Saturday August 25, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 13, 1940 in Cobden, IL the son of Henry Floyd and Golda Virginia (Bell) Smoot and served in the Illinois Army National Guard. He married Sylvia Benkitis on September 4, 1965 in Sterling. Donald had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring after 35 years of...
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Donald John Jackley

October 9, 1959 - August 24, 2018

Donald J. Jackley, 58, of Sterling, died on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on October 9, 1959 in Sterling to Melvin and Shirley (Argraves) Jackley. He married Melinda Burge on August 12, 1977 in Morrison. He later married Robin Butler on August 11, 1984 in Polo. Donald was a graduate of Sterling High School in 1977, later attending Sauk Valley...
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Josephine R. Slater

April 6, 1933 - August 23, 2018

Josephine R. Slater, 85 of Sterling died Thursday August 23, 2018 at her home. She was born on April 6, 1933 in Harmon, IL the daughter of Edward and Agnes (Mekeel) Blackburn and was a 1951 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. She married Russell Slater on July 5, 1954 in Sterling. He died March 13, 2008. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; the Altar and...
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Kenneth E. Bryant

December 19, 1957 - August 20, 2018

Kenneth E. Bryant, 60 of Sterling died Monday August 20, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Kenneth Walker and Mary Lena (Stanfield) Bryant. He attended local schools. Ken had worked at Donaldson's in Dixon and later as an investment planner. He was a member of the Oxford Club and he had enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, working with and creating with stained...
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Marvin J. Miller

January 29, 1947 - August 20, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Marvin Joseph Miller, 71 died Monday August 20, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling after a short illness. He retired upon their closure from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co with 29 ½ years of service having worked in the nail room and shipping department. Following retirement from the mill, he then drove for Cobane Air Freight for a time. Marv was born on January 29, 1947 in...
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Frank P. Sinkus

August 22, 1951 - August 19, 2018

Frank P. Sinkus, 64 of Mt. Morris, died Sunday, August 19, 2018 at his home. Frank was born on August 22, 1951 in Chicago, the son of Al and Janie (Morrano) Sinkus. He married Linda Newcomer on June 9, 2006 in Dixon. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Mt. Morris; his children, Kevin Sinkus of Chicago, Lisa (David) Little of Tampico and Andrew (Kim) Bonjour of Rockford; two...
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Mary Ellen Dixon

April 1, 1955 - August 19, 2018

Mary Ellen Dixon, 63, of Rock Falls, died on Sunday morning, August 19, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on April 1, 1955 in Sterling to Gordon and Maxine (Brockman) Loy. She married Robert Dixon on July 12, 1975 in Como. Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Rock Falls; sisters, Sandra (James) Downey of Rock Falls, Jessie Fisher and Rosa Lee (Matt) Webb of Sterling...
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Loren T. Beswick

October 1, 1953 - August 18, 2018

Loren T. Beswick, of Sterling, passed away, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Liberty Court, Dixon at the age of 64. Loren was born October 1, 1953 in Morrison, IL. His parents were Thomas Lorenzo and Marion Nora (Naftzger) Beswick. He married Ann Roberta Gomsrud on October 4, 1986 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling. Loren's educational history: attended Morrison schools and graduated from...
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Scott Hayen

November 9, 1979 - August 17, 2018

Scott Hayen, age 38, died Friday, August 17, 2018. Scott was born on November 9, 1979 in Sterling the son of Jeffrey and Denise (Leffelman) Hayen. He was employed as an Order Filler with the WalMart Distribution Center in Sterling. Scott served his country in the Army National Guard. Survivors include his mother, Denise (Kenny) Sexton of Sterling; his father, Jeffrey Hayen of Rock Falls...
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Bertha Driessens

March 3, 1916 - August 16, 2018

Bertha Driessens, 102 of Tampico, died August 16, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Bertha was born on March 3, 1916 in Sheffield, IL, the daughter of Camiel and Madeline Van Parys. She married Kamiel Driessens on September 26, 1936 at St Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield. They lived in Tampico where they raised their three sons; Donald, Darrell and Dennis. Bertha was very active in the...
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Margaret Elizabeth Hassell

July 22, 1951 - August 14, 2018

Margaret E. "Moose" Hassell, 67 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 14, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on July 22, 1951 in Nashville, TN the daughter of Atwood Clifton and Margaret Ellen (Lewis) Hassell and she had moved to this area with her parents as a child. She was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Margaret had worked for over 30 years at the Exceptional Care and Training...
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Louis G. Bohms

October 3, 1925 - August 14, 2018

Louis Bohms, age 92, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at The Citadel of Sterling. Louis was born on October 3, 1925 in Rock Falls the son of Fred and Elva (Fisher) Bohms. He married Esther LaBine on September 18, 1950 in Sterling. Louis was employed as a Machinist with Northwestern Steel & Wire for 37 years retiring in 1982. He served his country in the United States Army in the Korean...
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Frances R. Anzelmo

October 7, 1957 - August 11, 2018

Frances R. Anzelmo, age 58, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Frances was born October 7, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of James and Marilyn (Purvis) Seeley. She married John Anzelmo on September 29, 2006. Frances was very involved in her church, was an avid reader, enjoyed making jewelry and blankets, and loved riding horses and motorcycles. ...
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Meg Pew

August 17, 1936 - August 11, 2018

Meg Pew, 81 of Dixon died Saturday August 11, 2018 at Clarrisa Cook Hospice in Bettendorf, IA. She was born on August 17, 1936 in Chicago, the daughter of Clayton and Patricia (Nolan) McCombs. She was employed at Edelman's in Dixon for several years. She was an active member of St Anne Catholic Church in Dixon where she sang in the choir and was a Catechist. She had served as past president of...
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Eula George

July 14, 1924 - August 10, 2018

Eula L. George, 94 died Friday August 10, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on July 14, 1924 in Chilhowie, VA the daughter of Charles M. and Mary Jane (Lester) Hicks. She moved to this area in 1954. She married Joseph Neal. He died November 3, 1996. She later married Stan George and he died. Eula was employed for several years at General Electric in Morrison, IL before retiring....
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Norma J. Ludwig

June 6, 1941 - August 9, 2018

Norma J. Ludwig, 77, of Sterling, died on Thursday evening, August 9, 2018 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born on June 6, 1941 in Sterling the daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Bishop) Potts. She married Brad Ludwig on September 20, 1959 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2004. Norma was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed gardening and...
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Susan Marie Frank

October 17, 1946 - August 9, 2018

Susan Marie Frank, 71 of Tampico, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Susan was born on October 17, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Glen R. and Iola (Warner) Stanley. She married Gerry K. Frank on December 27, 1966 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Susan was a homemaker and loving mother who enjoyed gardening, baking and decorating. She loved to...
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Ethelyn A. Pool

February 24, 1926 - August 9, 2018

Ethelyn A. Pool, age 92, of Sterling, formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Hope Howell of Sterling and Corinne Murray of Rock Island; one son, Clay (Dorothy) Pool of Iowa City, Iowa; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents;...
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Raymond L Mangan, Jr

October 1, 1947 - August 7, 2018

Raymond L. Mangan, Jr, 70 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 7, 2018 at his home with his family at his side following an extended illness. He was born on October 1, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Raymond L. and June (Stafford) Mangan Sr. and had attended local school. He married Marilyn J. Reigle on December 11, 1965 in Sterling. Ray had worked for 27 years for the City of Rock Falls as a police...
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Dolores Nieves

November 11, 1918 - August 3, 2018

Dolores Nieves, age 99, died Friday, August 3, 2018 at Clarissa Cook Hospice Center, Davenport, Iowa. Dolores was born on November 11, 1918 in Puerto Rico the daughter of Antonio and Edelmira (Garcia) Velez. She married Emilio Nieves on August 6, 1951 in New Jersey. He died May 10, 2000. Dolores was employed as a Sewing Machine operator. Survivors include, one step-daughter, Magda Sipes;...
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Donald Kendell

October 3, 1935 - August 2, 2018

Donald R. Kendell, 82, of Clinton, Iowa, died on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his daughter's home in Oregon, Ill. He was born on October 3, 1935 in Sterling to Cloyd and Marvel (Kramer) Kendell. He is survived by his daughters, Diann McKeown of Oregon, Joann Long of Dixon and Brenda Kanzler of Dixon; his sisters, Marian Carpenter of Oregon and Barb Travis of Rock Falls; his brothers,...
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Shirley De Jarnatt

December 19, 1928 - July 31, 2018

Shirley M. DeJarnatt, 89 of Sterling, died on Tuesday night, July 31, 2018 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. Shirley was born on December 19, 1928 in Belvidere to Clifford and Edna (McLain) Burroughs. She married Carson DeJarnatt on December 28, 1947 in Belvidere. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1995. A 1946 graduate of Belvidere High School, she played clarinet in...
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Joan M. Poerstel

July 8, 1933 - July 29, 2018

PROPHETSTOWN – Joan M. Poerstel, 85, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Joan was born July 8, 1933, in Cicero, the daughter of Frank S. and Lillian E. (Markowski) Peters. She married William H. Poerstel on Oct. 19, 1957, in Cicero. He died on March 29, 2013. Joan was a homemaker and member of St. Catherine of...
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MaryLou Smeltzer

November 28, 1945 - July 28, 2018

MaryLou Smeltzer, 72 of Rock Falls died Saturday July 28, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling after a short illness. She was born on November 28, 1945 in Rock Falls the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Spencer) Sheen. MaryLou was a 1963 graduate of Rock Falls High School. She had worked at the Telephone Company and Northwestern Steel and Wire before being disabled due to Multiple...
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John David Dykhuizen

February 21, 1931 - July 27, 2018

John David Dykhuizen, 87 of Milledgeville, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. John was born in Morrison, IL to William and Elena (VanWieren) Dykhuizen on February 21, 1931. He married Alberta Ann Smith in Fulton, IL on September 25, 1953 who survives. A graduate of Morrison High School in 1951, he was the first member of his family of nine to attend and graduate...
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Dale C. Ward

July 28, 1930 - July 26, 2018

Dale C. Ward, 87, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Dale was born on July 28, 1930 in Bee Branch, Arkansas to Monroe and Gertrude (French) Ward. He married Kathryn Johnson in 1949. She survives in Sterling. Dale moved from Bee Branch to Sterling to begin work at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. He was an active member of the...
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Michael T. Little

October 26, 1969 - July 23, 2018

Michael T. Little Michael T. Little, age 48, of Rock Falls, died Monday, July 23, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Michael was born October 26, 1969 in Sterling the son of Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1987 and later graduated from Sauk Valley Community College. Michael was employed at Hormel in Rochelle for 17 years in the...
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Merrilee Ann McCue

August 18, 1948 - July 23, 2018

Merrilee Ann McCue, 69 of rural Sterling entered the gates of Heaven peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday July 23, 2018. She was born on August 18, 1948 in Sterling, the daughter of David Lamont and Mary Elizabeth (Leach) McCombs and was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. She married Robert J. McCue on September 23, 1965 in Sterling. Throughout her working career,...
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Betty Jane Harridge

July 10, 1929 - July 23, 2018

Betty Jane Harridge, 89 of Morrison, died Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison surrounded by her family. She was born in Morrison, the daughter of John and Louise (Rosenow) Popkins on July 10, 1929. She attended Morrison Schools. Betty married John A. Harridge on September 7, 1949. She was a former homemaker, worked in the food industry and was known for her baking skills...
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James R. Blair, Sr.

December 26, 1941 - July 15, 2018

James R. Blair, Sr. James R. Blair, Sr., age 76, of Chadwick, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. James was born December 26, 1941 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of George T. and Theodora M. (Horton) Blair. He served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War. "Once a Marine, Always a Marine". He married Judy Miller on February 10, 1967 in Sterling and was last...
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Jeffery Allen Burgess

December 5, 1972 - July 15, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Jeffery Allen Burgess, 45 died Sunday July 15, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. He was born on December 5, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Jerry and Kathryn (Walker) Burgess Sr. He was employed as a tool builder at J.S. Mold in Milledgeville. Survivors include his daughter, Kelsay (Logan) Rieck of Albany, IL; his brother Jerry ...
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Betty J. Mazziotta

September 5, 1946 - July 10, 2018

Betty J. Mazziotta Betty J. Mazziotta, age 71, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born September 5, 1946 in Bellwood, Pa. She married Joe Mazziotta on May 13, 2000 in Rockton and was employed at Bergners in Sterling for 33 years. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; two sons, Josh (Crystal) Whitaker and Russell Whitaker both of Fort...
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Patricia J. Little

June 3, 1975 - July 6, 2018

Patricia J. Little, 43, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, July 6, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 3, 1975 in Sterling to Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. She worked at Whiteside County Animal Control for many years. Patty enjoyed reading her Bible, exercising, listening to music and being around animals. Surviving are her mother, Sandra Clapper, of Rock Falls;...
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