McDonald Funeral Home

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


Our Obituaries

Lu Ann Vos

September 8, 1956 - October 19, 2020

Lu Ann Vos Lu Ann Vos, 64, of Morrison, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Lu Ann was born September 8, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Lois (Harvey) Vos. She was employed at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling and Rolling Hills Progress Center in Lanark. Lu Ann enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics. She is survived by her...
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Mark D. Duchay

August 30, 1963 - October 17, 2020

ROCK FALLS - Mark D. Duchay, age 57, died at his home Saturday, October 17, 2020. Mark was born on August 30, 1963 in Sterling the son of Dennis and Marian (Martin) Bonnette. He married Laura Hemminger on April 7, 2012 in Rock Falls. Mark owned and operated Mark Duchay Lawn Care for over 20 years. He enjoyed his work as well as collecting beer steins. Survivors include, his wife Laura of...
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G. Marlene Collins

December 25, 1930 - October 15, 2020

Glenda Marlene Collins, 89 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Marlene was born on December 25, 1930 in Bradford, Ark., the daughter of Oscar Alva and Arlie Mae (Rutledge) Wells. She married Joseph L. Collins on August 23, 1950 in West Plains, MO. He preceded her in death. Marlene was a 3rd grade and special reading teacher. She taught for...
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Frances Willett-Jomant

January 29, 1933 - October 14, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Frances Willett-Jomant, age 87, died at her home Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Frances was born on January 29, 1933 in Roodhouse the daughter of Edward and Ruby (Sanders) Jones. She married Frank Willett on October 15, 1949. He died May 11, 1982. She later married William Jomant on August 31, 1998. Frances was employed at General Electric in Morrison for 28 years retiring in 1993...
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Merle G. Wolfley

June 5, 1933 - October 13, 2020

Merle G. Wolfley, 87 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Merle was born on June 5, 1933 in Morrison, the son of Glen and Helen (Isenhart) Wolfley. He was a United States Army Veteran. Merle married Lucille Hinrichs on May 6, 1956 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 5, 2017. Merle worked at Steel Ball in Sterling for many years. He was a...
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Douglas D Little

June 23, 1943 - October 9, 2020

Douglas D. Little, 77 died Friday October 9, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home. He was born June 23, 1943 in Sterling, son of Ernest and Geraldine (Miller) Little. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for a short time; then for Prescott Construction for 27 years. Later drove for Rock River Ready Mix. He was a member of the Teamsters Local and the Sons of the American Legion, Sterling ....
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Emersyn R. Hopkins

September 28, 2020 - October 8, 2020

Emersyn Raelyn Hopkins, 10 days old, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Emersyn was born September 28, 2020 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of Brett Hopkins and Shannon Mallory. She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Aaliyah and Brooklyn; two brothers, Izaih and Karsyn; maternal grandparents, Chuck and Tracee McCarty of...
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Gale Wayne Staples

February 21, 1950 - October 7, 2020

STERLING – Gale Wayne Staples, 70, of Sterling passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Gale was born in Sterling on February 21, 1950, the son of Wayne Staples and Janet (Billings) Love. He was a US Army Veteran. Gale married Corina Marquez on September 21, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV. He was employed as a highway maintainer with the Illinois Department of...
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Jimmy L. Devers

March 29, 1963 - October 6, 2020

Jimmy L. Devers, 57 of Rock Falls died unexpectedly Tuesday October 6, 2020 at home. He was born on March 29, 1963 in Sterling the son of Donald Gene and Beulah Mae (Brey) Devers. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School where he played football and wrestled. He was employed at Self Help in Sterling for several years. Jimmy enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of St....
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Marsha H. Parker-Hussung

November 9, 1958 - October 6, 2020

Marsha Helen Parker-Hussung Marsha Helen Parker-Hussung, age 61, of Dixon, died Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at her home. Marsha was born November 9, 1958 in Los Angeles, Calif. the daughter of Charles, Sr. and Mary (Stees) Parker. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who enjoyed spending her time with family. She is survived by four children, Jeremy (Janie) Parker of Dixon,...
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LaVonne J. Norman

August 2, 1931 - October 6, 2020

MT. MORRIS – LaVonne J. Norman, age 89, formerly of Tampico died Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. LaVonne was born on August 2, 1931 in Watertown, S.D. the daughter of Nick and Anna (Schmidt) DeGroot. She married Glenn Norman in Rock Falls on June 2, 1950. LaVonne was employed as a School Bus Driver for several years retiring in 1990. She was a member of the...
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Patrick J. Liston

April 5, 1957 - October 5, 2020

Patrick James Liston of Sterling was called home on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at the age of 63. Pat was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on April 5th, 1957 and grew up in Ireland and the western suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park in 1975 and then from Western Illinois University in 1979. Upon graduation from The John Marshall Law School in 1985, he began practice...
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Elijah Wesley Forren

March 7, 1978 - October 4, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Elijah Wesley Forren, 42, of Rock Falls passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at CGH Medical Center. Elijah was born in Sterling on March 7, 1978, the son of Lon and Cynthia (Wells) Forren. He loved the outdoors and also enjoyed reading. Elijah loved his children very much and will be fondly remembered by his family as an excellent father, and a loving son. Survivors include...
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Robert J. Niesen

October 28, 1941 - October 4, 2020

Robert J. Niesen, 78, of Sterling died Sunday October 4, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Robert was born on October 28, 1941 in Sterling the son of John and Bernice (Sutton) Niesen. He married the former Robbie Tilley on October 1, 1976. Bob was a retired journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 364 in Rockford. He believed in the union traditions and philosophies and maintained a close bond...
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Geneva F. Dussler

January 28, 1916 - October 4, 2020

Geneva F. Dussler, age 104, of Rock Falls, Illinois, died Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. Geneva (Lawrence) was born January 28, 1916 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin to Andrew and Sarah (Larsen) Lawrence. She graduated from New Lisbon High School in 1933 and worked in Delavan, Wisconsin where she met and later married John Dussler June 16, 1936. They...
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Haylee Lyn Kaye

June 14, 2002 - October 2, 2020

Haylee Lyn Kaye, 18 of Rock Falls, died Friday, October 2, 2020. Haylee was born on June 14, 2002 in Sterling, the daughter of Jesse Westmoreland and Nicole (Kaye) Smith. She loved being around her family but loved being a mom more than anything. Survivors include her son, Royce (1); her mother, Nicole Smith, Rock Falls; maternal grandmother, Sandra Kaye (Ray Sweger), Chana, IL; her...
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Richard E. Wagenknecht

September 2, 1940 - October 1, 2020

STERLING – Richard "Dick" E. Wagenknecht, 80, of Sterling, died on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at his home. Richard was born in Sterling on September 2, 1940, the son of Leonard and Ruth (Snow) Wagenknecht. He was a proud United States Marine, and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include one daughter, Tamra Wagenknecht of Aurora; two sons, Jeff (Tara) Wagenknect of Walnut, and Timothy ...
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Arthur Joseph Gugerty

August 26, 1932 - October 1, 2020

Arthur Joseph Gugerty, 88, of Ohio, IL, died Thursday October 1, 2020 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He was born August 26, 1932, in Ohio, the son of John Elmer and Margaret Ann (Doran) Gugerty. He married Lucilla Michlig on Nov. 8, 1952, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. Art served in the United States Navy from 1952-56 and sailed the world as a radarman aboard a destroyer...
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Phillip I. Crossman

September 1, 1943 - October 1, 2020

PROPHETSTOWN, IL – Phillip I. "Grubby" Crossman, 77 of rural Prophetstown died Thursday October 1, 2020 at his home. He was born on September 1, 1943 in Sterling the son of Edgar and Janet Crossman He attended Portland Grade School. Phillip served in the US Army. He married the former Karen Pifke on September 1, 1989. He had been employed for several years at Sterling Multiproduct in...
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Linda S. Handel

September 11, 1949 - September 29, 2020

STERLING – Linda S. Handel, 71 of Sterling died Tuesday September 29, 2020 at her home. Linda was born on September 11, 1949 in Sterling the daughter of Norman and Clara (Schutt) Knowles. She married Denis L. Handel on June 22, 1985 in Rock Falls. He died December 9, 2015. Linda was employed for 36 years at Borg Warner in Dixon before retiring. For the past 5 years she worked at Help at Home...
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Kimberly S. Norman

February 19, 1966 - September 29, 2020

STERLING – Kimberly S. Norman, age 54, died Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Kimberly was born on February 19, 1966 in Sterling the daughter of Frank and June (White) Norman. She was employed with County Market in Sterling for over 15 years and with Casey's General Store in Rock Falls. Survivors include, her mother June Norman of Sterling; three sons,...
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Charles R. Crase

March 31, 1955 - September 28, 2020

FREEPORT – Charles R. Crase, 65, of Baileyville, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 28, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Charlie was born in Freeport on March 31, 1955, the son of Frederick and Thelma (Davis) Crase. He married Linda LaBudde on December 30, 1972 in Forreston. Charlie owned and operated CRB Garage in Freeport for many years. Charlie enjoyed car shows and racing...
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KENNETH "SNUFFY" SMITH

February 2, 1940 - September 28, 2020

Kenneth L. "Snuffy" Smith Sr. 80 of Rock Falls passed away Monday September 28, 2020 at his home. He was born on February 2, 1940 in Rock falls the son of Adam T. and Gladys V. (Portner) Smith. He married Vicki Allison on May 10, 1958 in Rock Falls. Ken had worked for 38 years in the furnace department at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring in 1999. He had enjoyed camping,...
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Caroline L. McCune

October 13, 1943 - September 26, 2020

Caroline L. McCune, age 76 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, September 26, 2020. Caroline was born on October 13, 1943 in Chilhowie, VA, the daughter of Daniel and Anna Louise (Dowell) Dean. She married the love of her life, Lauren McCune, on May 13, 1961 in Sterling. Caroline worked at JcPenny's in Sterling for 20 years. In her early years, she loved to go bowling, ride motorcycles, go camping...
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Daniel V. Murnane

September 27, 1936 - September 26, 2020

MORRISON – Daniel V. Murnane, age 83, died Saturday, September 26, 2020 at The Citadel in Sterling. Daniel was born on September 27, 1936 in Baltimore, Md. the son of Jeremiah and Ruth (Herman) Murnane. He married Barbara the daughter of Herman Axelson and Helen DeBord on September 1, 1967 in San Francisco, Calif. Daniel was employed with several government offices as well as Wells Fargo...
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Cora Jane Whelchel

March 26, 1964 - September 25, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Cora J. Whelchel, 56, of Rock Falls, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Cora was born in Sterling on March 26, 1964, the daughter of Joe and Sally (Reed) Riley. She married Mark Whelchel on November 2, 1982 in Arkansas. He predeceased her on June 30, 2014. Cora especially enjoyed connecting with special friends and family on Facebook. ...
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Dennis P. McClearin

April 18, 1947 - September 19, 2020

Dennis P. McClearin, 73 of Sterling died Saturday September 19, 2020 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born on April 18, 1947 in Benton, the son of William Dewey and Unita Fanny (Murphy) McClearin. He was a 1965 graduate of Rock Falls High School where he was on the wrestling team. He married A. Janet Torres on September 28, 1979 in Rock Falls. Dennis had worked as a...
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Michael L. Flynn

June 22, 1938 - September 17, 2020

STERLING – Michael L. Flynn, 82 of Sterling died September 17, 2020 at his home. He was born on June 22, 1938 in Amboy, IL the son of James LeRoy and Edna Marie (Paschal) Flynn. He married Louise Aldrich on June 20, 1959 in Sterling. She died December 11, 2011. Mike was employed as a hooker at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 37 years retiring in 1997. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic...
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Jeanine Hay

August 23, 1929 - September 15, 2020

Jeanine C. Hay, 91 of Sterling died Tuesday September 15, 2020 at her home. She was born on August 23, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Raymond Harold and Irene Frances (Schikan) Cramer. Jeanine was a 1943 graduate of Wallace Grade School; a 1947 graduate of Sterling High School and a 1950 graduate of Wesley Memorial School of Nursing. She was united in marriage to John Hay on October 15,...
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Sally Hopkins

January 19, 1955 - September 13, 2020

STERLING – Sally Hopkins, age 65, died at her home in Sterling Sunday, September 13, 2020. Sally was born on January 19, 1955 in Sterling the daughter of Vernon and Irene (Murphy) Williams. She married Sherman Hopkins in Sterling on August 11, 1995. She was an Entertainer for many years. Sally was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Sterling. She loved to bake, make jewelry, crafts,...
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Cherryl L. Doty

October 10, 1956 - September 12, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE – Cherryl L. Doty, age 63, died Saturday, September 12, 2020 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Cherryl was born on October 10, 1956 in Macomb the daughter of Wayne and Betty (Porter) Furlow. She was a valued employee for over 30 years with Elkay Manufacturing. Cherryl enjoyed reading and loved her family. Survivors include her mother, Betty Furlow of...
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Donald W. Berogan

May 10, 1935 - September 12, 2020

Donald W. Berogan, 85 of Sterling, died Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Donald was born on May 10, 1935 in Amboy, the son of Harry C. and Laura May (Hobbs) Berogan. He was a United States Army Veteran. He married Mary Christina Rice on December 13, 1957 in Rock Falls. He worked at Lawrence Brothers for 38 years, retiring in 1997. Don enjoyed roller...
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James Cumby

February 14, 1944 - September 10, 2020

ROCK FALLS – James M. "Jim" Cumby, 76 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 10, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born in Bedford, IL the son of Frank and Rosa Bell (Inman) Cumby. He married Bonnie Grubs. She died December 1997. He later married Ruth Ann Thompson in 2000. He had worked at Nehring Electric Works in DeKalb a number of years. He enjoyed pitching horse shoes,...
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Vickie Pratt

July 11, 1958 - September 10, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Vickie Pratt, 62 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 10, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on July 11, 1958 in Sterling, the daughter of Arthur Fay and Lois (Russell) Como. She married Todd A. Pratt on March 16, 2001 in Sterling. He died March 15, 2018. Vickie had worked for Instant Car Credit on Route 30 in Rock Falls for several years, and at the time of...
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Scott Paul Niziolek

September 2, 1959 - September 8, 2020

Scott P. Niziolek, 61, of Tampico, IL, left this earth on Tuesday,September 8, 2020, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, IL. Scott was born September 2, 1959, in Madison, WI; the son of Melvin R. and Patricia A. (Hammerschmitt) Niziolek. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He married Elizabeth M. Pavelski on March 2, 2005, in Chicago. He most recently worked for Drives Inc., Fulton, IL until...
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Betty Jane Hutchison

October 31, 1935 - September 8, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE – Betty Jane Hutchison, 84, of Milledgeville passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at her home. Betty was born in Rock Falls on October 31, 1935, the daughter of Zenas and Elsie (Williams) Morris. She married Frank Hutchison on February 11, 1955 in Sterling. He predeceased her on August 20, 1988. Together they farmed in the rural Milledgeville area from 1955-1988. Betty...
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Robert F. Anspach

October 8, 1931 - September 7, 2020

Robert "Bob" F. Anspach Robert "Bob" F. Anspach, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Monday, September 7, 2020 at his home. Bob was born October 8, 1931 in Lewistown the son of Ward and Nellie (Nott) Anspach. He married Bonnie Maxine Wickland on November 28, 1953 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2013. Bob was a 1949 graduate of Sterling High School. He was employed and...
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Allen W. Snyder

February 5, 1942 - September 7, 2020

Allen Wayne Snyder, 78 of Sterling, died Monday, September 7, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Allen was born on February 5, 1942 in Sterling, the son of Verlyn and Vivian (Cox) Snyder. He was a United Air Force Veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He worked at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 30 years, retiring in 2000. Al enjoyed playing cards but had a passion for Bridge....
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Aldona S. Miloch

November 8, 1926 - September 3, 2020

STERLING – Aldona Sophie Miloch, nee Alisauskis, 93, of Sterling passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Aldona was born in Chicago on November 8, 1926, the daughter of Matthew and Sophie (Simkus) Alisauskis. She married Norbert Miloch on October 17, 1953 in Chicago. Aldona worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church...
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Ann M Craft

May 7, 1951 - September 1, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Ann M. Craft, 69 of Rock Falls died Tuesday September 1, 2020 at her home. She was born on May 7, 1951 in Freeport, and the daughter of Donald and Catherine (Furlong) Minner. She married James R. Craft on May 7, 1977 in Rock Falls. Ann had worked as an assistance speech pathologist for the Rock Falls District 13 school system for approximately 10 years. She later worked at the...
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Carolyn Greenwood

May 6, 1948 - August 31, 2020

STERLING – Carolyn Greenwood, age 72 of Sterling, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Carolyn was born on May 6, 1948 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward E. and Lila A. (Schwarz) Maynard. She worked at Frantz manufacturing in Sterling for many years. Carolyn was a wonderful cook and baker. She enjoyed spending time out at the cabin and loved to fish out there. ...
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Juanita M. Insley

February 15, 1948 - August 31, 2020

Juanita M. Insley Juanita M. Insley, age 72, of Sterling, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Juanita was born February 15, 1948 in Woosung the daughter of Lloyd Bell and Myrtle Holcomb. She married Lester Insley on June 19, 1965. Juanita was employed at Wahl Clipper as an inspector until her retirement in 1998. She enjoyed spending time with her family and...
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Orin W. Sheley

May 12, 1928 - August 31, 2020

Orin W. Sheley Orin W. Sheley, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Orin was born May 12, 1928 in Elmhurst the son of Orin J. and Besse D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He married Jeannine M. Wicks on July 17, 1948 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 14, 2015. Orin worked at several factories in the area including...
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Betty Ann Knox

April 10, 1946 - August 30, 2020

Betty Ann Knox, age 74 of Sterling, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Betty was born on April 10, 1946 in Princeton, the daughter of Benjamin and Helen (Kares) Odell. She married Douglas Knox on May 19, 1967 and together they had two daughters. Betty worked as a poker dealer at the riverboat for several years. Betty has a deep love for her...
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Seth D. Hill

February 16, 1930 - August 30, 2020

STERLING – Seth D. Hill, age 90, died Sunday, August 30, 2020 at CGH Medical Center after a short illness. Seth was born February 16, 1930, the son of Harry and Olive Hill. Young and in love at the age of 19, Seth married Mary Joan Wilcke on April 22, 1949 in Mayfield, KY. They lived a long happy marriage before she passed on March 17, 2014. After serving in the United States Air Force in...
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Dorothy Fay Kicksey

October 21, 1932 - August 29, 2020

Dorothy Fay, 87 of Sterling, died Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Regency Care of Sterling. Dorothy was born on October 21, 1932 in Myron, Arkansas, the daughter of Amos Lee and Rebecca F. (Hatman) Marney. She married Richard Kicksey on March 4, 1982 in Sterling. She worked at National Manufacturing for 27 years, retiring in 1995. Dorothy enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, bowling, gardening and...
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Betty Jean Benson

October 7, 1958 - August 28, 2020

STERLING – Betty Jean Benson, 61, of Sterling passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020. Betty was born in Sterling on October 7, 1958, the daughter of Floyd and Alma (Little) Dickerson. Betty married David Benson on August 1, 1981 in Coleta. Her love for children made her a pillar of the community, as she worked in the Unit 5 School District mentoring those from all walks of life. Survivors...
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Ellis "Rocky" Rock

October 28, 1935 - August 28, 2020

Ellis (Rocky) Rock, age 84 of Albany passed away Friday, August 28, 2020 at his home. Ellis was born on October 28, 1935 in Canby, MN, the son of Earle and Lena (Kelso) Rock, he moved to Malvern, IA in 1943 where he was educated in Malvern schools, then moved to Round Grove in 1952. He married Geraldine Hansen on September 14, 1955 in Carrollton, Miss. He was employed at International Paper,...
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Vicki L. Fountain

July 2, 1951 - August 28, 2020

Vicki Lee Fountain, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 28, 2020 at her home, surrounded by family. Vicki was born on July 2, 1951 in Sterling, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Jane (Christoffersen) Wetzell. She was a United States Navy Veteran. Vicki worked as a Registered Nurse for 36 years, retiring in 2017. She enjoyed planting flowers, renovation projects, watching QVC and had a...
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William "Bill" Milby

March 3, 1960 - August 27, 2020

It is with great sadness the family of Bill Milby had to say goodbye to him on Thursday August 27, 2020 as he left the earth for eternal life with God and all of his family and friends that preceded him. He died at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago from complications of renal cancer. He was born on March 3, 1960 in Sterling, the son if Elmer and Gladys "Leta" (Skaggs) Milby and was a 1978...
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Manuela "Nellie" Young

August 12, 1941 - August 27, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Manuela "Nellie" Young, 79, of Rock Falls, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at her home. Nellie was born in Weslaco, TX on August 12, 1941, the daughter of Esteban and Apollonia (Sandoval) Cantu. She married Steve Young in 1975 in Dixon. Nellie was employed at National Manufacturing for many years, and was a lifelong member of Unity Fellowship She read the Bible faithfully...
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John B. Schutz

June 24, 1929 - August 26, 2020

John Benjamin Schutz, age 91 of Columbus, IN, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at his home. John was born on June 24, 1929 in Camargo, IL, the son of Nikoles and Nellie Pearl (Taylor) Schutz. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, retiring in 1991. John married Ruth Aldridge on December 15,...
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Vera McCormick

March 15, 1931 - August 26, 2020

STERLING – Vera K. McCormick, 89 of Sterling died Wednesday August 26, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling surrounded by her family. She was born on March 15, 1931 in rural Sterling the daughter of Robert L. and May D. (Wesner) Kraft. She graduated Sterling High School in 1949 and the graduated from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing. She married Lawrence H. McCormick on...
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Martha Cervantes

December 9, 1953 - August 24, 2020

STERLING – Martha Cervantes, age 66, died at her home on Monday, August 24, 2020. Martha was born in Los Ocotes Gto, Mexico on December 9, 1953 the daughter of Jose and Emilia (Rizo) Cervantes. She married David Zaragoza in Mexico. Martha was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. She was a homemaker and caregiver to her son Fernando Zaragoza. Survivors include her father Jose...
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Richard W. Hadcock

November 18, 1946 - August 22, 2020

Richard W. Hadcock Richard W. Hadcock, age 73, of Walnut, died Saturday, August 22, 2020 at his home. Richard was born November 18, 1946 in Fort Wayne, Ind. the son of James and Mae (Cooley) Hadcock. He served in the US Army and later farmed in the area for many years. Richard married Barb Metcalf on August 20, 1987 in Morrison. He is survived by his wife, Barb Hadcock of Walnut; three...
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Lucille M. Bohms

August 13, 1932 - August 20, 2020

STERLING – Lucille "Lucy" Margaret Bohms, 88, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Regency Care of Sterling. Lucy was born in Eagle Lake, MN on August 13, 1932, the daughter of Harry and Mary (Korteum) Decker. Lucy married James Bohms on June 3, 1961 in Sterling. He predeceased her on November 20, 2012. Lucy was employed at Lawrence Brothers for 40 years, and also worked at...
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Melvin "Mel" Wagner

May 21, 1957 - August 17, 2020

ROCK FALLS, IL – Melvin D. "Mel" Wagner, 63 of Rock Falls died Monday August 17, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 21, 1957 in Sterling, IL, the son of Billy D. and Carrie B. (Trivett) Wagner. He married Elaine Shepherd on October 17, 1987, in Rock Falls, IL. Mel worked as an auto mechanic for many years with the late Melvin Hohn and then he worked at Jesse's Auto...
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Jeffrey A. Smith

January 9, 1960 - August 15, 2020

NELSON- Jeffrey A. "Oopie" Smith, 60, of Nelson, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home. Oopie was born in Sterling on January 9, 1960, the son of Freddy and Bessie (Near) Smith. He married Francis Udell on August 3, 1996 in Rock Falls. Oopie worked as a pallet maker for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his children and grandchildren, often hosting...
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Lucille Grace Pro

May 4, 1922 - August 14, 2020

Lucille Grace Pro, age 98 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 14, 2020 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Lucille was born on May 4, 1922 in Cudahy, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clarence and Alvina (Lathrop) Peterson. She married Oresto A. Pro, Sr on May 9, 1948 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on April 21, 2012. Lucille worked at General Electric in Morrison for 15 years, retiring in...
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Frances M. Chavez

February 9, 1943 - August 13, 2020

STERLING – Frances M. Chavez, 77 of Sterling died Thursday August 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on February 9, 1943 in Dixon, the daughter of Adolph and Josephine (Magana) Perez and was a 1961 graduate of Newman Central catholic High School. She married Lee Chavez in November 1962 in Sterling. Frances had been employed by CGH Medical Center in Sterling for 30...
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Richard E. Weigle

August 31, 1933 - August 13, 2020

Richard E. Weigle, age 86 of Sterling, died Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Richard was born on August 31, 1933 in Sterling, IL, the son of Ralph and Beulah (Neikirk) Weigle. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. Richard married Neva Carol Smith on September 3, 1954 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. She preceded him in...
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Michael W. Kinison

December 26, 1969 - August 10, 2020

MORRISON – Michael W. Kinison, 50, of Kentucky died on Monday, August 10, 2020. Michael was born in Sterling on December 26, 1969, the son of Merten and Lynn (Oda) Kinison. Survivors include his mother Lynn Kinison of Sterling; four daughters, Azeneth (Stephanie) Rose-Love of Kansas City, MO, Karrie Kinison of Sterling, Lillian Kinison of Rockford, and Rileigh Kinison of Sterling; one son,...
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Thomas Lee Oltmanns

December 13, 1998 - August 9, 2020

STERLING – Thomas Lee Oltmanns, 21, died August 9, 2020. He was born on December 13, 1998 in Rockford and was a graduate of Sterling High School. Tom was very dedicated to his work on the farm working many long hours. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and outdoor activities. Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Christine (Valore) Otlmanns of Sterling; his sister Michele (Moe...
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Ronald James Gipson

January 25, 1948 - August 6, 2020

Ronald James Gipson, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 6, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 25, 1948 in Sterling, the son of Floyd J. and Jean L. (Welker) Gipson. He attended St. Andrew Grade School in Rock falls, Newman Central Catholic High School (Class of 1967) and graduated in 1969 from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Ron earned his Bachelor of...
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Linda Peterson

April 4, 1953 - August 6, 2020

Linda Peterson, age 67, of Walnut, died Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Linda was born April 4, 1953 in Princeton the daughter of Dario and Betty (Sandberg) Wolford. She married Charles Peterson on June 16, 1984 in Manlius. Linda was employed as a X-ray Technician at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley for 22 years retiring in 2016. She enjoyed...
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Arley T. Downie

December 24, 1931 - August 2, 2020

Fr. Arley T.Downie, 88, of Fulton, Ill. Formerly of Farmington, New Mexico died Sunday, Aug.2,2020 at Generations Skilled Care in Rock Island, Illinois. Arley was born on the Family Farm in Hooppole Illinois on December 24th 1931 to Thomas G. Downie and Helen E. (Shere) Downie. He was educated in his early years in Merrill Wisconsin they then moved to Sterling, Illinois where he attended St...
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Elizabeth L. Miller

December 13, 1934 - August 2, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Elizabeth "Betty" Lois (Waldschmidt) Miller, 85, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2020, in her home in the presence of her loving family. She was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Tiskilwa, the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She was the eighth of 11 children and graduated from Community Catholic High School, Sterling, in 1952. She was class salutatorian...
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Carlos "Charlie" Ortiz

April 24, 1939 - July 28, 2020

Carlos "Charlie" Ortiz, age 81 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home. Charlie was born on April 24, 1939 in Malakoff, TX, the son of Florentino and Elisa (Gonzalez) Ortiz. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and served from 1958-1962. Charlie married Teresa Rausch on May 11, 1968 in Sterling. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 30 ½ years, retiring in 1993. He was...
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Virginia "Ginny" Brainerd

October 19, 1952 - July 24, 2020

STERLING – Virginia Mary Brainerd, 67 of Sterling died Friday July 24, 2020 at residence at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Ginny was born October 19, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Joseph D. and Ramona (Ostrander) Bittorf. She attended St. Mary School and Newman Central High School in Sterling and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Ginny had been a school teacher having taught...
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Juanita Rosas

May 6, 1953 - July 23, 2020

STERLING – Juanita Rosas, 67, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Juanita was born in Donna, TX, the daughter of Hesequio and Santiaga (Chavez) Moreno. She was employed at Servicemaster for the last 15 years. Juanita was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include her father, Hesequio Moreno of TX; her husband; one...
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Ronnie L. Pillars

May 6, 1947 - July 23, 2020

Ronnie L. Pillars, age 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home. Ron was born on May 6, 1947, the son of Clevie Harrison and Juanita V. (Thomas) Pillars. He was a United States Army Veteran. Ron married Connie Gregg on December 5, 1969 in Sterling. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Chicago Northwestern) from 1969 until he retired in 2007. Ronnie enjoyed spending...
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Ronald K. Munz

November 18, 1943 - July 22, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE - Ronald "Munzie" K. Munz, 76 of Milledgeville, passed away peacefully at his home on July 22nd, 2020 after a several year battle with cancer. Ron was one of three children born in Sterling on November 18th, 1943, the son of Rex and Margaret (Sullivan) Munz. Ron married Nancy Kay Moore from Sterling, Illinois on February 5th, 1965 and together they had 3 children He retired as a...
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Norma Bates

September 29, 1932 - July 21, 2020

STERLING – Norma J. Bates, 87, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Norma was born In Aledo, IL on September 29, 1932, the daughter of Chet DeLap and Jean Bauguess DeLap. She married Delmar W. Bates on July 26, 1952 in Rock Falls. He predeceased her on November 11, 2011. Norma was employed at Dixon Developmental Center for 17 years. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca (Michael)...
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Marc McCombs

January 11, 1971 - July 20, 2020

Marc S. McCombs, 49 died Monday July 20, 2020, surrounded by family at the University Hospital in Iowa City, IA He was born on January 11, 1971 in Sterling the son Michael D. and Jeannette H. (Valdivia) McCombs and was a 1989 graduate of Sterling High School. He served in the US Navy from 1989 – 1992. Marc had worked as a heavy equipment operator. He had enjoyed spending time with his...
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Edna Mae Tegeler

September 28, 1924 - July 18, 2020

Edna Mae Tegeler Edna Mae Tegeler, age 95, of Mt. Carroll, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Allure of Mt. Carroll. Edna Mae was born September 28, 1924 in Fulton the daughter of Klaas and Effie (VanderVinne) Wiersema. She married Lawrence W. Tegeler on February 24, 1950 and was a homemaker. Edna Mae was a current/charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Lanark where she taught Sunday...
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Magdalena "Maggie" Frias

December 7, 1958 - July 18, 2020

Magdalena "Maggie" Frias, age 61 of Amboy, formerly of Rock Falls, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at her home. Maggie was born on December 7, 1958 in Chicago, the daughter of Victor and Fredesvinda (Diaz) Montanez. She married Hector Frias on December 18, 1982 in Rock Falls. She worked at Rayovac in Dixon for 6 years. Survivors include her husband, Hector; her son, Victor (Jennifer) Rodriguez...
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Frances C. Clark

March 9, 1957 - July 18, 2020

STERLING – Frances C. Clark, 63 of Sterling died Saturday July 18, 2020 at her home. She was born on March 9, 1957 in Sterling the daughter of Juan and Refugia (Ruiz) Mendoza. She married John L. Clark on April 29, 1989 in Rock Falls. Frances had worked as a tele communicator / supervisor for the Sterling Police Department from 1977 – 1990. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church...
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Edward R. Barajas

December 8, 1936 - July 17, 2020

STERLING – Edward R. Barajas, age 83, died Friday, July 17, 2020 at CGH Medical Center. Edward was born on December 8, 1936 in Dixon the son of Genaro and Mary (Moreno) Barajas, Sr. He married Joyce Wiker on January 3, 1958 in Dixon. Edward was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling for over 35 years retiring in 1991. He enjoyed woodworking, photography and outdoor...
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Mary A. Caudillo

June 13, 1923 - July 16, 2020

Mary A. Caudillo, age 97, passed away peacefully, Thursday, July 16, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on June 13, 1923 in Price, Utah to John and Merejilda (Galbadon) Erwin. Mary moved to Sterling in 1950 and married Peter C. Caudillo who preceded her in death in July 1987. Mary worked at Community General Hospital, Heartland Nursing and Coventry Village, she loved...
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Flora Jo Rude Larson

February 21, 1934 - July 15, 2020

Flora Jo Rude Larson, 86 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 15, 2020 at her home. She was born on February 21, 1934 in Vienna, Il the daughter of Elmus Herschel and Mary Esther (Hight) Crenshaw. She married Curtis Eugene Rude on December 17, 1951 in Morrison, IL. He died August 10, 1996. She later married Roger Wayne Larson on July 20, 2002 in Sterling. Flora was a member of the 1st Christian...
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David Wayne Druen

August 10, 1962 - July 13, 2020

David Wayne Druen, age 57 of Sterling, died Monday, July 13, 2020. David was born August 10th of 1962 to Oden and Alice Druen. Dave loved a good conversation, the Hennepin Canal, and was passionate about his family, his savior, Jesus Christ and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Monica, his children, Monica Ann, Connor Lee, and Joshua, his grandson, Tyson, his sisters, Deborah...
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Tevin Shae Rumley

September 5, 1991 - July 9, 2020

Tevin Shae Rumley, age 28 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 9, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Tevin was born on September 5, 1991 in Sterling, the son of Cledith (Metzler) Rumley and John Rumley. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 2010 and then graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from MATC in Milwaukee. Tevin enjoyed listening to music, playing and watching all types of...
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Jason A. Chapman

August 16, 1976 - July 5, 2020

Jason A. Chapman, age 43 of Sterling, died Sunday, July 5, 2020 at his home. Jason was born on August 16, 1976 in Sterling. He is the son of Dennis and Lorna (Chapman) Hemminger. He worked as a laborer for the Local 727. Jason enjoyed riding his motorcycle and drawing. He had a love for music and writing songs, and also had his own DJ service, Midwest Mobile Sounds. Survivors include his...
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George "Doc" Wright

July 26, 1940 - July 3, 2020

ROCK FALLS – George U. "Doc" Wright, 79 of Rock Falls died Friday July 3, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 26, 1940 in Rock Falls the son of Numen and Sarah (Martindale) Wright. He married the Barbara Jean Helms on December 16, 1960 in Sterling. She died June 21, 2006. He later married the Linda L. Burgett on August 26, 2011. Doc had worked for the former National...
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Timothy J. Denning

April 26, 1986 - July 2, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Timothy J. Denning, 34, of Rock Falls, passed away on July 2, 2020 following an accident. Timothy was born in Sterling on April 26, 1986, the son of Linda Denning. He married Michelle McCullough on January 3, 2020. Timothy and Michelle celebrated 16 years together in June. He was employed in road construction at Porter Brothers. Timothy enjoyed life and was an extremely hard...
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Davie Garnett Hughes

October 1, 1941 - June 29, 2020

Davie Garnett Hughes, age 78, of Rock Falls, died Monday, June 29, 2020 peacefully at his home. Davie was born October 1, 1941 in Liberty, Ky. the son of Kelly and Stacha (Burchell) Hughes. He married Theresa A. Sutton on January 27, 1962. She preceded him in death on May 3, 2002. He later married Suzann (Minshall) Young on February 23, 2004 in N.C. Davie was employed at Northwestern Steel...
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Robert D. Fell

February 27, 1945 - June 29, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Robert D. Fell, age 75, died at his home Monday, June 29, 2020. Robert was born on February 27, 1945 in Sterling the son of Herbert and Florence (Lease) Fell. He married Judith Cook on December 18, 1976 in Rock Falls. Robert was employed as an Assembler for 30 years with International Harvester in East Moline retiring in 1996. He was an avid woodworker and a past Scout Master. ...
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Melvin F. Berogan

March 4, 1933 - June 29, 2020

STERLING – Melvin F. Berogan, 87 of Sterling died Monday June 29, 2020 at his home. He was born on March 4, 1933 in Amboy, the son of Harry C. and Laura Mae (Hobbs) Berogan. He served in the in US Army during Korean War. Melvin married Donna M. Clevenger on April 13, 1956 in Rock Falls. She died October 18, 2013. He had worked for 38 years at the Parrish Alford plant of Northwestern Steel...
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William Moog, Jr.

May 8, 1964 - June 22, 2020

CLINTON, IOWA – William Moog, Jr., age 56, died at his home in Clinton on Monday, June 22, 2020. Billy was born on May 8, 1964 in Libertyville, IL the son of William and Christine (Jonsson) Moog, Sr. After his parents' divorce, Billy's mother, Christine, would go on to remarry in 1987, to Larry Peters who saw Billy as a son. He was known as a father, brother and grandpa to many...
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Ruth I. Seidel

July 26, 1927 - June 22, 2020

Ruth Irene Seidel Ruth Irene Seidel, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, June 22, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Ruth was born July 26, 1927 in Madison, Wis. the daughter of Edward L. and Leola (Welker) Olds. She married Jack A. Seidel on December 13, 1947 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on June 14, 2005. Ruth moved to Owensboro, Ky. in 1953 where she loved bowling, their dog, ...
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Mary E. Morris

September 29, 1933 - June 21, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Mary E. Morris, 86, of Rock Falls, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at her home. Mary was born in Knobel, AR on September 29, 1933, the daughter of Clarence and Nancy (Britton) Smith. She married D.J. Morris on September 10, 1960 in Morrison. He predeceased her on August 5, 2016. Mary was employed as a telephone operator at Illinois Bell in Sterling for many years. Mary was...
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Debra Higgins

October 4, 1961 - June 19, 2020

DIXON – Debra Higgins, age 58, died Friday, June 19, 2020 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Debra was born on October 4, 1961 in Silvis the daughter of Richard and Priscilla (Stanley) Thomas. She married Danny Higgins on July 24, 1982 in Erie. Debra was employed with Super Pantry in Dixon for several years. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Debra loved...
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James M. Law

August 13, 1943 - June 19, 2020

ROCK FALLS – James M. Law, age 76, died at his home Friday, June 19, 2020. Jim was born on August 13, 1943 in Sterling the son of Lester and Lenora (Brown) Law. He married Loretta Fay Williams on January 29, 1966 in Rock Falls. Jim was employed as a Brick Mason for 35 years with Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion for 47...
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John Delgado

March 27, 1927 - June 18, 2020

STERLING – John Delgado, 93, of Sterling, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. John was born on March 27, 1927 in Burgess, Missouri, the son of Eligio and Caroline (Villegas-Garcia) Delgado. He married Cecelia Campos of August 8, 1949 in Rock Island, IL. They were married for nearly 70 years. John was US Army WWII veteran and proudly...
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Patricia M. Lilly

April 18, 1953 - June 16, 2020

DIXON – Patricia M. Lilly, age 67, died Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Patricia was born on April 18, 1953 in Moline the daughter of Claude and Mary (Thomas) Adams. She was married Randy Lilly on January 15, 1978 in Hillsdale. Patricia was employed as a Cook with The Citadel of Sterling. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and was an avid Chicago...
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Edward A. Stastny

September 28, 1955 - June 15, 2020

Edward A. Stastny, Sr, 64 of Nelson, passed away after a long illness on June 15, 2020. Ed was born on September 28, 1955 in Chicago, the son of Anthony and Effie Louise (Lamond) Stastny. Ed was a talented slate and tile roofer. He loved to sing for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved his wife, Susan, greatly, along with his children and grandchildren. His favorite activities were...
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Norman G. Day

February 21, 1940 - June 15, 2020

ROCK FALLS - Norman G. Day, age 80, died Monday, June 15, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City. Norm was born on February 21, 1940 in Sterling the son of Carl and Luella (Daehler) Day. He married Linda Bonner on August 21, 1959 in Morrison, Illinois. For 51 ½ years Norman worked for the Sterling Daily Gazette starting out in paper delivery and rising to production manager...
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Lawrence E. Maxwell

March 9, 1933 - June 15, 2020

Lawrence "Max" E. Maxwell, age 87, of Morrison, formerly of Milledgeville, died Monday, June 15, 2020 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Lawrence was born March 9, 1933 in Galt the son of Earl J. and Clara (Dettman) Maxwell. He served in the US Air Force and later married Nancy Duclon on April 13, 1957 in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. Lawrence was employed at the former Kraft Foods factory in Milledgeville...
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Terry L. Grennan

April 23, 1948 - June 15, 2020

May we all come together in these difficult times to mourn the loss of a great man of our community, Terry Lee Grennan, 72 of Rock Falls, has passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He fought this fight with a brave conviction that he still had much to do on this earth; especially concerning his family. He professed a strong Catholic faith...
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Librado "Lee" Olalde

October 8, 1949 - June 14, 2020

Librado "Lee" Olalde, 70 of Sterling died Sunday June 14, 2020 at CGH Medical Center. He was born in Sterling the son of Librado and Esperanza (Cantu) Olalde Sr. He attended Nelson Grade School and Rock Falls High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army in Vietnam. Lee married Beverly (Buck) Lyons on September 17, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in...
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