McDonald Funeral Home

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

Our Obituaries

LaVonne Eckel

November 29, 1932 - January 21, 2020

LaVonne B. Eckel, 87 died Tuesday January 21, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. She was born on November 29, 1932 in Sterling, the daughter of Fay L. and Mae E. (Scott) Hart. She married Hoyt V. Rhodes on November 4, 1951. She later married David W. Eckel on September 27, 1974. He died January 17, 1992. Lavonne had worked at the former Admiral Company in Dixon and later in the meat...
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Brian Reed

March 24, 1965 - January 20, 2020

Brian L. Reed, 54 of Sterling died Monday January 20, 2020. He was born on March 24, 1965 in Sterling the son of Lyle and Ann (Landis) Reed and was a graduate of Sterling High School. He married Diane G. Devers on November 30, 1985 in Rock Falls. Brian had worked at National Manufacturing and later Aztec. However his lifelong passion and pride was farming. He was a member of St. Paul Ev....
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Florence H. Vasquez

February 24, 1925 - January 20, 2020

Florence H. Vasquez Florence H. Vasquez, age 94, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at home on January 20, 2020 surrounded by her family. Florence was born February 24, 1925 to Marcello and Benita (Coronado) Hernandez. She married Valente "Joe" Vasquez on November 16, 1942 in Marksville, La. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1976. Florence was always a firm believer in the power...
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Lyla Mae Pope

May 27, 1929 - January 19, 2020

STERLING – Lyla Mae Pope, 90, of Sterling died Sunday, January 19, 2020 at her home. Lyla was born on May 27, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Rudolph and Gladys (Emmitt) Dettman. She married Daniel Pope on January 15, 1950 in Rock Falls. He predeceased her on November, 10, 2007. Lyla was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. A lifelong volunteer, Lyla served with the CGH...
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Doris Cox

November 5, 1931 - January 17, 2020

Sterling - Doris Marie Cox, 88, of Sterling, died peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home Sterling. Doris was born in Wyoming, IL on November 5, 1931, the daughter of Emery and Lorene (O'Neill) Barton. In 1950 Doris married Myron L. Cox and they had eight children. She began her teaching career in 1950 in a one-room school in Stark County retiring 50 years later...
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Barbara L. Barth

April 20, 1946 - January 17, 2020

WALNUT – Barbara L. Barth, 73, of Walnut, died on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Barbara was born on April 20, 1946, the daughter of Earl and Ruby (Booth) Watson. She married Ed Barth in 1965. He predeceased her on February 14, 1995. Barbara worked as a CNA at Walnut Manor for many years. Survivors include one daughter, Kathy (David) Karrow, and their son...
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Joyce Bennett

May 9, 1926 - January 16, 2020

PROPHETSTOWN – Joyce Bennett, age 93, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Allure Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Joyce was born on May 9, 1926 in Walnut the daughter of Frank and Frances (Hasbrook) Broers. She married Gordon Bennett on February 28, 1948 in Walnut. Joyce was at the Meek School in Walnut, Tampico Elementary and Prophetstown Elementary Schools teaching a total of 28 years...
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Julia Stevenson

October 7, 1947 - January 16, 2020

STERLING – Julia Ann Stevenson, 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home, surrounded by loved ones. Julie, the daughter of Joseph and Opal (Prater) Cox, was born in Orange County, CA on October 7, 1947. Julie will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, optimism, and sunshiny presence that lit up the room. Her goofy antics could bring a smile to anyone's...
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Bill Peters

July 20, 1932 - January 14, 2020

STERLING - Bill Peters of Milledgeville, IL passed away peacefully at Rock River Hospice and Home on January 14 at the age of 87. Bill Peters was born July 20, 1932. He was the second child of Gerald and Gladys (Goodell) Peters of Prophetstown, Illinois. Bill grew up on farm near Prophetstown with his sister Eureath (Bollivar) and his favorite dog Ted. Bill attended one room country...
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Eldon Williams

February 23, 1940 - January 13, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Eldon Eugene "Willie" Williams, 79, of Rock Falls, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 13, 2020 while at Dixon Rehab Center. Eldon was born on February 23, 1940 in Dent County, MO, the son of Archie and Alene (Hartley) Williams. Eldon was a graduate of Rock Falls High School, and married Sandra Hamilton on November 1, 1965 in Sterling. He served four years in the US Navy...
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Debra Ann Morgan

November 20, 1959 - January 13, 2020

Debra Ann Morgan, age 60 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 13 at her home, exactly the way she wanted it to be. Deb was born on November 20, 1959 in Morrison, the daughter of Donald and Geraldine (Zuidema) Damhoff. She married Michael Morgan on October 23, 1982 at her parents home in Morrison, followed by a great celebration at Lake View Country...
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Peter W. Bell

June 22, 1936 - January 7, 2020

Peter W. Bell of Sterling, IL, formerly of Boone, IA and Fulton, IL passed away on January 7, 2020 at home in the care and love of his family at the age of 83. He was born June 22, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI to Leo P. and Elda R. (Larson) Bell. Peter attended Fulton, IL grade school and was a graduate of Fulton High School in Illinois. Peter discovered his love for automobiles, especially...
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Darlene St. Clair

May 18, 1931 - January 5, 2020

Darlene A. St. Clair, age 88, passed away at The Legends Nursing Home in Ft. Worth Texas on Sunday, January 5, 2020. She was born on May 18, 1931 the daughter of Everett & Lucille (House) Cook. Darlene married Fredrick St. Clair on July 9, 1949 in Rock Falls Illinois. She worked for National Manufacturing until her retirement in 1986. Dolly enjoyed many hobbies including bowling. After...
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Margery Perino

August 26, 1924 - January 4, 2020

STERLING – Margery Ruth Perino, 95, of Sterling, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Regency Care. Margie was born on August 26, 1924 in Scarboro, IL, the daughter of Robert and Alice (O'Donnell) Herrmann. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tampico, and served in the St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society. Margie also participated in the Deer Grove Town and...
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Mary "Missy" Rangel

August 16, 1958 - January 3, 2020

STERLING – Mary Iva "Missy" Rangel, age 61, beloved mother, wife, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on January 3, 2020. Mary was born August 16, 1958 to John and Marie (Vogel) Schmitt. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1976. She married Fred Rangel on October 26, 1979 just celebrating their 40th anniversary. They lived in Tucson, Arizona...
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Maghaie Zephlyn Huff

January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2020

STERLING – Maghaie Zephlyn Huff, (Navajo traditional name, diyinbanaal'a'i), infant daughter of Adam and Olivia Huff, of Prophetstown was born into eternity at 3:12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Maghaie is survived by her parents; two grandmothers, Carolyn Harrison of AZ and Sarah Golden of Prophetstown; two great-grandmothers, Dorothy Harrison of AZ, and Judy Golden of Prophetstown;...
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Raymond E. Portner

April 28, 1938 - December 30, 2019

STERLING- Raymond E. Portner, 81, of Sterling died on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice Home. Raymond was born April 28, 1938 in Polo, the son of Alven and Agnes Portner. He worked as a farmer at Fred Jacobs Farm, and later moved to Virginia where he worked in a shipyard until his retirement. Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and splitting wood. Raymond is survived by...
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Francisca Brainerd

August 4, 1945 - December 29, 2019

STERLING – Francisa Brainerd, 74, of Sterling, died on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Francisca was born on August 4, 1945 in Hidalgo County, TX, the daughter of Pedro and Romona (Olivarez) Guerra. She married Donald Brainerd on June 17, 1995. She worked in housekeeping at Exceptional Care for many years, and attended City of God Church, as well as Twin City...
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Jack D Koehler

October 10, 1931 - December 29, 2019

Jack Donald Koehler, age 88, passed away at Regency Care Center in Sterling, IL on December 29, 2019. Jack was born on October 10, 1931, to Adam and Helen (Hicks) Koehler and was raised in Sublette, IL. After graduation from Amboy High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and joined the Seabees construction battalion where he served in Newport, RI, Newfoundland, Cuba, and Morocco from 1951-1955...
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Craig Kilberg

November 11, 1958 - December 27, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Craig A. Kilberg, 61, of Rock Falls died Friday December 27, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family following a brief, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on November 11, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Donald Gene and Shirley Tene (Skrogstad) Kilberg. He was a 1977 graduate of Sterling High School and married his best friend Rebecca "Becky" Koeppen on...
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Joseph Anning

January 16, 1930 - December 25, 2019

Joseph H. Anning, age 89, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 with family members in Indiana as a result of a sudden heart aneurysm. Joseph was born January 16, 1930 in Sterling, the son of Chester and Ruth (Eberhardt) Anning. He served for three years in the Korean conflict as Master Sargent from 1950 through 1953. He was employed at the Sterling Post Office for his entire career....
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Dennis E. Waller, Jr.

August 2, 1953 - December 25, 2019

STERLING – Dennis E. Waller Jr., 66, of rural Chadwick, died on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Dennis was born August 2, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Dennis and Loretta (Whiteside) Waller. He married Kathy Barnes on February 23, 1974 in Sterling. Dennis was a gifted carpenter who loved to build most anything, and was a member of the Carpenter's Union #792. He also loved...
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Mary Alice Glavin

September 11, 1938 - December 25, 2019

Mary Alice Hart Glavin, 81, most recently of Ottawa, IL, passed away early in the morning on December 25, 2019. Mary Alice's ancestors came to the United States in 1851 from Ireland and in 1867 from Sweden. She was always very proud of her family's heritage, but also proud of how they served America. Her grandfather, William Hart, was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, enlisting from 1880-1899. He...
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Martin G. Chavez, Sr.

November 11, 1943 - December 22, 2019

Martin G. Chavez, Sr. Martin G. Chavez, Sr., 76, of Sterling, died Sunday, December 22, 2019 at his home. Martin was born November 11, 1943 in Matehuala San Luis Potosi, Mexico the son of Juan and Paula (Guerro) Chavez. He married Matilda Gonzalez on June 22, 1968 in Sterling. Martin was employed as a welder at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 36 years. He is survived by his...
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Steve M. Gunderson

July 14, 1946 - December 20, 2019

Steve M. Gunderson Steve M. Gunderson, age 73, of Sterling, died Friday, December 20, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Steve was born July 14, 1946 in Slayton, Minn. the son of Clifford and Evelyn (Comnick) Gunderson. He married Dianne Crofton on June 16, 1968 in Milledgeville. Steve was employed as a salesman for SBM for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Gunderson of...
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David T. Allen

February 13, 1959 - December 20, 2019

ROCK FALLS - David T. Allen, 60, of Rock Falls passed away in the early morning hours of December 20, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family. David was born on February 13, 1959 in Clinton, IA, the son of Lowell and Lucille (Overstreet) Allen. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School class of 1977, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy O'Neal. They were married on July 1, 1978. David...
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James "Jim" Kulas

March 25, 1933 - December 20, 2019

ROCK FALLS - James "Jim" N. Kulas, 86, died Friday, December 20, 2019. He was born on March, 25 1933 in Stephen, Minnesota, the son of Bazil and Frances (Longowski) Kulas. Jim married Karen Barnhart on September 30, 1960 at St. Andrew Catholic Church. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jim worked at Sterling Steel Ball for 40 years. He enjoyed polka dancing, as well as...
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Janice Hulteen

June 15, 1927 - December 20, 2019

Janice M. Hulteen, 92 of Rock Falls died Friday December 20, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, She was born on June 15, 1927 in Bureau County, IL the daughter of Hiram and Edith (Swanson) Dalton. She married Roger Kent Hulteen. He died December 8, 1992. Janice was a member of St. Paul Ev Lutheran Church in Sterling. She was very proud of her late son, Gary for whom she cared for...
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Pamela K. Brumbly

May 26, 1961 - December 19, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Pamela K. Brumbly, age 58, died Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Pam was born on May 26, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald and Naomia (Junkins) Harrison. She was employed at PNC Manufacturing, in Polo, for 18 years. Pam cherished spending time with her friends and family. She was caring, loving, quick-witted, and will...
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Jason Dennis

May 9, 1977 - December 18, 2019

Jason R. Dennis, 42 of Chicago, formerly of Prophetstown died December 18, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet from injuries received in an automobile crash. He was born to James Alan and Nancy Ann ( Stockner ) Dennis. He was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Illinois Wesleyan University and his master s degree in education from the...
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Robert Heren

July 21, 1928 - December 18, 2019

Robert A. Heren, 91 of Sterling, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at his residence Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Bob was born on July 21, 1928 in Pekin, IL to Christopher and Bertha E (Hild) Heren. He was a proud graduate of Green Valley High School and served proudly in the US Airforce during the Korean War. Bob volunteered in many organizations including the American Legion as well as...
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Mildred "Millie" E. Kitzmiller

January 2, 1925 - December 18, 2019

STERLING – Mildred "Millie" E. Kitzmiller, age 94, died on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Polo Rehab Center. Millie was born on January 2, 1925 in Gering, NE, the son of Charles and Agnes (Steinke) Green. She was employed at Lawrence Brothers for many years. Upon retirement, Millie worked as a hostess at Rock River County Club, as well as a local laundromat. She enjoyed bowling in her...
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Jacob L. Cassens

December 2, 1976 - December 16, 2019

Jacob Leroy Cassens was born December 2, 1976 in Burlington , WI. Jacob passed December 16th in Belvedere, Illinois. He leaves behind his parents, Susan and Gale Cassens. His brother, Jason Cassens and wife Geneveive Cassens. He leaves his two children: Tristen Jacob Cassens and Alissa Jo Cassens and her husband Benjamin Hansen. Not only will he be missed by his blood family , but he...
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Tracy Russell

March 27, 1966 - December 15, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Tracy A. Russell, 53 died Sunday December 15, 2019. He was born on March 27, 1966 in Sterling, the son of Alvin Glen and Mary Jane (Rajnowski) Russell and had attended Rock Falls schools. Tracy married Sabrina McNinch. He liked to camp, staying at the river, boxing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Tracy enjoyed people and throughout his life made countless friends and was a...
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Owen W. Nye

July 27, 1929 - December 15, 2019

MILLEDGEVILLE – Owen W. Nye, age 90, died at his home on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Owen was born July 27, 1929 in Dixon the son of Russell and Beulah (Lenhart) Nye. He married Jacqueline Loechel on June 8, 1952. She died October 18, 2001. Owen later married Melva Rapp on April, 15 2004. He owned and operated Farm Lot Equipment; worked as a Meat Inspector for 11 years for the State of...
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Dorothy Hendryx

June 22, 1927 - December 14, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Dorothy J. Hendryx, 92 of Rock Falls died Saturday December 14, 2019 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on June 22, 1927 in Massbach, IL the daughter of Mortiz Arthur and Lillie Regina (Haas) Zink. She married Allen G. Hendryx on July 27, 1963 in Rock Falls. He died January 22, 2019. Dorothy had worked at GE in Morrison for approximately 15 years. She graduated from Northern...
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Willard J. Huizenga

May 25, 1922 - December 14, 2019

Willard J. Huizenga Willard J. Huizenga, 97, of Morrison, died Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Resthave Home, Morrison. Willard was born May 25, 1922 in Erie the son of Anno and Rena (Heun) Huizenga. He married Ella Mae Bielema on October 6, 1943 in Erie. She preceded him in death on November 12, 1994. He later married Phyllis Pruis on June 6, 1998 in Fulton. Willard was a farmer for many...
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Carl G. Stange

August 25, 1928 - December 14, 2019

Carl G. Stange Carl G. Stange, age 91, of Sterling, died Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Carl was born August 25, 1928 in Sterling the son of Conrad and Nettie (Stern) Stange. He married Beverly Martin on February 16, 1951 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2006. Carl was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing...
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Sheila Timmons

February 5, 1948 - December 13, 2019

DIXON – Sheila Rae Timmons, 71 of Dixon died Friday December 13, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 5, 1948 in Sterling, the daughter of Forrest Edward and Della Mae (Stelzrider) Conley. She married Duane Timmons on September 2, 1967 in Dixon. He died January 10, 1998. Sheila had worked as a CNA for over 50 years, having worked in KSB Home Health Care for 28 years. Survivors include...
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Amber Jaco

June 28, 1979 - December 11, 2019

MORRISON, IL - Amber Lee Jaco, 40 of Morrison, IL died Wednesday December 11, 2019 at her home. She was born on June 28, 1979 in Riverside, CA the daughter of Terry B. and Lorrie M. (Aaron) Jaco. She married Troy Crouch on December 29, 2013. Amber was employed as a transportation representative for Schneider Nationwide Trucking, working at the Sterling Walmart Distribution Center. Amber was a...
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Douglas Thomas Crofton

July 15, 1949 - December 10, 2019

Douglas T. Crofton, 70, of Sterling, passed away on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Doug was born on July 15, 1949, the son of Donald and June Smith Crofton. He Married Berta J. Gillis on August 20, 1971 in Sterling. Doug proudly served our country in the United States Army. He worked for Illinois...
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Opal E. Christian

January 26, 1925 - December 9, 2019

Opal Eunice (Lamb) Christian Opal Eunice (Lamb) Christian, age 94, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., formerly of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at The Pavilion Center in Lebanon, Tenn. Opal was born January 26, 1925 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. the daughter of Leonard and Mattie (Manning) Lamb. She married Noble E. Christian on August 19, 1944 in El Paso, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 14,...
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Theodore "Ted" Sulouff

December 8, 2019

MORRISON – Theodore "Ted" Eugene Sulouff, age 87 of Morrison, died Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Ted was born on March 6, 1932 in Sterling, the son of Harry and Leola (Wilson) Sulouff. He was confirmed in Broadway Methodist Church in Sterling, and married Betty Deets on August 5, 1956 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Ted served in the Navy as boatswain mate...
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Barbara "Jill" Schueler

December 4, 1947 - December 8, 2019

STERLING – Barbara Jill Schueler, 72 of Sterling died Sunday December 8, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 4, 1947 in Sterling, the daughter of John F. and Joan (Long) Treacy. Jill was a graduate of Sauk Valley Community College earning her nursing degree. She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at various hospitals, including CGH and KSB. She married...
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Lois M. Fordham

July 20, 1918 - December 7, 2019

Lois Margaret Fordham, age 101 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, December 7, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lois was born on July 20, 1918 in Walnut, the daughter of Howard H. and Edith M. (Becknell) Wallace. She married Harold E. Fordham on March 29, 1938 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1989. Lois was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls...
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David A. Lee

January 22, 1965 - December 7, 2019

DIXON – David Alan Lee, age 54, died at home surrounded by his family Saturday, December 7, 2019. David was born on January 22, 1965 in Kewanee the son of Floyd and Vera (Stutler) Lee. He married Lila Hamrick on July 8, 2000 in Dixon. David was employed as a HVAC technician for 26 years, most recently with Stewart's Heating and Cooling in Dixon. He worked alongside Dustin Drew and Brandon...
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Ester Salazar

February 2, 1923 - December 6, 2019

Ester Salazar 96 of Rock Falls died Friday December 6, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 2, 1923 in San Benito, TX the daughter of Manuel and Guadalupe (Flores) DeLaCruz. She married Donato Salazar Sr on February 19, 1947 in San Benito. He died January 17, 2005. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, cooking, traveling,...
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Roy E. Klapprodt

September 13, 1945 - December 6, 2019

STERLING – Roy E. Klapprodt, age 74, died Friday, December 6, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roy was born on September 13, 1945 in Dixon the son of Edward and Marion (Burket) Klapprodt. He married Joyce Razo on December 12, 1968 in Sterling. She died February 21, 2002. Roy was employed as an Engineer with Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 30 years retiring in 2002. ...
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Ernest "Ernie" Williams III

December 4, 2019

Ernest Leroy Williams, III, age 71 of Lyndon, died Monday, December 2, 2019 in Worth, IL. Ernie was born on August 10, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Ernest L. and Mary (Schultz) Williams, Jr. He married Emma m. Newberg on May 6, 1978 in Chicago. He worked in masonry construction for many years. Ernie enjoyed going fishing and camping at Yogi Bear. Survivors include his wife, Emma; five...
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Dorothy Rita Barnhart

January 28, 1931 - December 3, 2019

Dorothy "Rita" Barnhart, 88 died Wednesday, December 3, 2019 at her home in Rock Falls Illinois. She was born on January 28, 1931 in Morrison Illinois the daughter of Fay McKee and Anna (Martin) McKee. Dorothy was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her daughter Anna Marie (Ron Voss) Barnhart of Rockford...
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Janice L. Morgan

November 11, 1937 - December 2, 2019

Janice L. Morgan, 82 formerly of Sterling died Monday December 2, 2019 at Aurora St. Luke Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born on November 11, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Leroy Howard and Mary Ellen (LaMont) Varner. Janice was a 1955 graduate of Sterling High School and had attended Sauk Valley College. She had worked for many years as a nurse. Survivors include her children: Emmit ...
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Elaine White

January 28, 1939 - December 2, 2019

Elaine Laverne White, 80, of Rock Falls, formerly of Manlius, IL, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019. Born January 28, 1939 in Hilo, Hawaii, the daughter of Joseph P. Fernandez and Julie (Charles) Souza Bailey. Elaine was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother. She loved her family, friends and her church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charlie White; son Kenneth White of...
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Richard H. Andrews

September 2, 1932 - December 2, 2019

Richard H. "Red" Andrews Richard H. "Red" Andrews, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 2, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Richard was born September 2, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Howard and Laverne (Cook) Andrews. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed as a mechanic at Lawrence and Sons. Richard married Hazel Jones on May 15, 1987 in Sterling. He is survived...
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Ervin "Cork" Goodell

August 31, 1939 - December 1, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ervin "Cork" Goodell, age 80, died at his home Sunday December 1, 2019. Cork was born on August 31, 1939 in Rock Falls the son of Ervin D. and Irene (Crossley) Goodell. He married Judith Mandrell on March 21, 1958. Cork was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 35 years retiring in 1999. He was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his...
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Philip Kaehler

February 20, 1954 - November 30, 2019

Philip J. Kaehler, 65 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. He was born on February 20, 1954 in Sterling, the son of Alfred and Celia (Vinson) Kaehler. He had worked in the plumbing trade. Survivors include his daughter Shaina Kaehler; son, Josh Lafavre (Kezia Boyd); grandchildren: Greyson Kaehler and Eamon Kaehler; his sisters and brothers: Debbie...
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James L. "Jim" White

November 18, 1946 - November 30, 2019

ROCK FALLS – James L. "Jim" White, 73 of Rock Falls died Saturday November 30, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on November 18, 1946 in Sterling, the son of John Maxwell and Florence Lucille (Gordon) White. He married Lisa L. Hazen on November 22, 1996. Jim had worked for many years for the City of Rock Falls retiring as superintendent of streets. He had enjoyed cooking,...
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Ila Leaf

October 20, 1926 - November 29, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ila Leaf, 93 of Rock Falls passed away on Friday November 29, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Ila was born on October 20, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of C. Leland and Gladys (Forsee) Lee. She married Sam Leaf on June 24, 1945. He passed away on November 23, 1998. Together they had five sons and one daughter. Ila was a full time wife, homemaker, mother nurse, cook...
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Gearold A. Stees

February 18, 1943 - November 29, 2019

Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees Gearold "Gabe" A. Stees, age 76, of Nelson, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Gabe was born February 18, 1943 in Sterling the son of George and Edith (Vandusen) Stees. He married Margaret Hermes on September 2, 1961 in Morrison. Gabe was employed as a truck driver for Woods Brothers in Oregon for 35 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret...
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Victoria Henderson

September 12, 1949 - November 28, 2019

HAVANA, IL - Victoria S. "Vicky" Henderson, 70 formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday November 28, 2019 at St. John Hospital in Springfield. She was born on September 12, 1949 in Rock Falls the daughter of William Oliver and Beatrice B. (Conley) Ricedorf. She married Donald H. Henderson Jr on July 19, 1969 in Sterling. Vicky had worked as a Home Health Aid for Mason County before her retirement....
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Richard M. Cater

November 24, 1953 - November 27, 2019

Richard M. Cater, age 66 of Tampico, died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Richard was born on November 24, 1953 in Sterling, the son of James and Ruth (Butler) Cater. He graduated from Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley College. He worked as a lab technician at KSB Hospital from 1996-2009. Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and horse shows with his...
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Gary W. Brent

August 16, 1956 - November 26, 2019

Gary W. Brent, age 63 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Gary was born on August 16, 1956 in Aurora, the son of Howard Earl and Mary Lorene (Clauss) Brent. He enjoyed country music, trips to the Wisconsin Dells, the outdoors and sipping his favorite drink. He loved spending time with his nephews, Jesse, Brian, Tony and Adam. Survivors...
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Nancie S. Myers

January 11, 1939 - November 26, 2019

Nancie S. Myers Nancie S. Myers, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at The Citadel of Sterling. Nancie was born January 11, 1939 in Polo the daughter of Everett and Agnes (Johnston) Rucker. She married Harold E. Myers on December 18, 1954 in Polo and was employed at Borg Warner for 10 years. Survivors include two daughters, Liz (Larry) Lawrence and Mary (Terry) Walters...
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Peggy Lynn Ottens

August 15, 1945 - November 24, 2019

Peggy Ottens, age 74, passed away peacefully at UW Health University Hospital on November 24, 2019. She was born on August 15, 1945, to Cecil and Dorothy Knox. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Linda Brearton. Peg is survived by her three children, Bart (Cindy) Ottens of Chadwick, Illinois. Brett Ottens (Amber Howard) of Morrison, Illinois and Nikki Arians of Morrison,...
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Maxine June Mount

June 1, 1926 - November 22, 2019

Maxine June Mount, 93 of Rock Falls, died Friday, November 22, 2019 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehab in Rock Falls. Maxine was born on June 1, 1926 in Tampico, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Jacobs) Schultz. She married Elwin LaVerne Mount on October 25, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on May 21, 2005. Maxine was a cook at the former Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Rock...
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Shirley P. Wells

August 19, 1927 - November 19, 2019

Shirley Paddock Wells, 92 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Shirley was born on August 19, 1927 in Tampa, FL, the daughter of Ward and Grace (Myers) Paddock. She married Keith E. Wells on April 3, 1948 in IL. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1991. Shirley was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society and active in...
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James "Jim" Dillon

August 12, 1931 - November 19, 2019

James "Jim" W. Dillon, 88 of Sterling, died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. James was born on August 12, 1931 in Decatur, IL, the son of Roy R. and V. Ruth (Bennett) Dillon. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Jim married Diane Johnson on May 8, 1955 in Nachusa, IL. He worked for Commonwealth Edison for over 30 years. Jim was a member of...
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Russell Hall

October 18, 1951 - November 17, 2019

Russell W. Hall, 68 died suddenly Sunday November 17, 2019 at Tucson Medical center. He was born on October 18, 1951 in Kewanee, IL the son of James L. and Theresa M. (Perino) Hall. He was a 1969 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling and was a 1973 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He married Sue Stowell on September 17, 1977. She died July 11, 2016. ...
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Thomas and Dawn Whitney

November 16, 2019

Thomas and Dawn Whitney Thomas and Dawn Whitney, of Lyndon, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at their home. Thomas was born January 6, 1941 in Keshena, Wis. the son of Thomas and Madeline (Westcott) Whitney. He served in the US Coast Guard and was employed as a contractor. He was also a member of the Menominee Nation. Dawn was born February 15, 1966 in Hammond, Ind. the daughter of Homer...
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Peter Leseman

January 4, 1964 - November 16, 2019

DETROIT – Peter B. Leseman, age 55, of Detroit, MI passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Celebration of Life Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday November 30, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in Sterling, Illinois with the Very Rev. James R. Keenan, V.F. officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery Sterling, Illinois immediately following mass. Peter...
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John Hildebrand, Jr.

December 10, 1956 - November 16, 2019

John Christian Hildebrand Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven on Saturday, November 16, 2019. John was born December 10, 1956 in Morrison, Illinois. He was baptized on Christmas day, 1956, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling, Il. He was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls on May 30, 1971. John graduated from Rock Falls High School and joined the US Navy....
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Ruth Garza

November 21, 1929 - November 16, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ruth "Cuca" Garza, 89 died Saturday November 16, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 21, 1929 in Eaglepass, TX the daughter of Gonzalo and Apalonia (Garcia) Rodriguez. She married Rosendo Garza on February 23, 1947 in Edinberg, TX. He died April 14, 1996. She had been member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include three daughter:...
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Steven K. Bushman

March 20, 1953 - November 15, 2019

STERLING – Steven K. Bushman, 66 of Sterling died Friday November 15, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford suddenly. He was born on March 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Arman E. and Lenora J. (Queckboerner) Bushman and was a graduate of MIT in Morrison. He married Linda J. Weed on May 23, 1979 in Rock Falls. Steven had worked as a truck driver for the former Northwestern...
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Joyce D. Howard

May 26, 1929 - November 15, 2019

Joyce D. Howard, age 90, of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, died on Friday, November, 15, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehab. Joyce was born on May 26, 1929 in Fair Haven, IL to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. She married Wayne Howard on May 22, 1949. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Falls. ...
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Glen Hacker

November 14, 2019

STERLING – Glen Hacker, 83 of rural Sterling died Thursday November 14, 2019 He was born the son of Ray and Mary (Weidel) Hanabarger. He married Patsy Rasmussen on March 18, 1956 in Sterling. She died March 9, 2016. Glen had owned and operated HH Farm Services for several years. He always helped working the farm for spring and fall harvest. He enjoyed attending the many family and...
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Francis E. McDonnell

February 21, 1927 - November 14, 2019

STERLING – Reverend Francis E. McDonnell, 92 died Thursday November 14, 2019 at Presence Cor Marie Nursing Home in Rockford. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Sterling, the son of Thomas Joseph and Margareth (Weber) McDonnell. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Community High School. He attended Lora College for one semester before entering St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. ...
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Raymond J. Espinoza, Sr.

June 11, 1938 - November 14, 2019

Raymond John Espinoza, Sr. age 81 of Sterling, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home. Ray was born on June 11, 1938 in Sterling, the son of Pedro A. and Estella M. (Hansen) Espinoza. He is a United States Army Veteran. Ray married Juanita "Jenny" Rose Cruz on February 4, 1961 in Sterling. He worked as a mechanic for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 36 years, retiring...
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Thomas E. Duncan

September 17, 1950 - November 13, 2019

Thomas E. Duncan, 69, of Morrison, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home. Thomas was born September 17, 1950 in Thorpe, W.V. the son of Willie and Irene (Poff) Duncan. For many years, he was employed at GE in Morrison where he thought of his co-workers as family. He was a car enthusiast especially race cars and any vehicle from the 1960s. Tom enjoyed spending time at the Wild Rose...
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Robert Van De Velde

August 11, 1925 - November 12, 2019

Robert Joseph Van De Velde, 94, passed away on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. He was born in Sheffield, Illinois, on August 11th, 1925, the son of Bruno and Emma Van De Velde, who immigrated to the United States from Belgium in 1887 through Ellis Island. Robert moved with his family to the Tampico area at the age of 5 in 1930. In 1943,...
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Fernando "Fred" Garza

November 20, 1953 - November 9, 2019

Fernando "Fred" Garza, 65 of Sterling died Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Glafiro and Soledad (Pèna) Garza Sr. He married the former Marie Henning on June 14, 1996. He had worked in the heating and cooling profession and had operated his own business Fred's Heating and Cooling. In the past he liked working with stained glass. ...
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Robin G. Flynn

October 31, 1966 - November 9, 2019

Robin G. Flynn, age 53 of Sterling, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robin was born on October 31, 1966 in Rockford, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Harding) Frazier. She married Theodore "Ted" Flynn on July 19, 1985 in Sterling. Robin worked at Burger King as the restaurant manager for many years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. She...
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James "Jim" Sheley

May 4, 1931 - November 6, 2019

James "Jim" Joseph Sheley, 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jim was born on May 4, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Orin J. and Bess D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Rose Elgin on June 16, 1956 in Sterling. Jim worked at RB & W for 31 years. He was an avid reader. He...
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Leo E. Blair

August 14, 1931 - November 6, 2019

Leo E. Blair Jr. 88 and a long time area Funeral Director/Embalmer, died Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Northwest Medicine – Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. He was born on August 14, 1931 in Galt, the son of Leo E. and Edna (Hahn) Blair Sr., and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Airforce. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He married Joan...
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Virginia Bartlett

May 27, 1930 - November 4, 2019

Virginia Bartlett, age 89 of Sterling, died Monday, November 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Virginia was born on May 27, 1930 in West Tisbury, MA, the daughter of Joaquin and Agnes Rabello. She married Richard K. Bartlett on January 5, 1950 in Fairfield, CA. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2010. Survivors include her son, Richard K. Bartlett, Jr. of Sterling; two...
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Brittney L. Long

March 8, 1995 - November 3, 2019

STERLING – Brittney Long, age 24, formerly of Polo died at her home Sunday, November 3, 2019. Brittney was born on March 8, 1995 in Dixon the daughter of Brad and Barbara (McBride) Long. She was employed as a CNA at Regency Care of Sterling. Survivors include, one son, Levi McBride of Sterling; her father, Brad Long of Polo; her mother, Barbara (Robert) Helton of Dixon; two sisters,...
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Katelynn Zaagman

December 2, 1992 - November 3, 2019

STERLING – Katelynn D. Zaagman, age 26, formerly of Prophetstown died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Exceptional Care Center in Sterling. Katelynn was born on December 2, 1992 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of James and Candace (Stichter) Zaagman. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include her parents, James and Candace Zaagman of Prophetstown; one...
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Marvin Deetz

March 25, 1930 - November 3, 2019

Marvin L. Deetz, 89 of Rock Falls passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday November 3, 2019. Marvin was born on March 25, 1930 the son of Ernest Amil Henry and Louise Theresa (Bannick) Deetz Sr of Deer Grove, Illinois. After helping his father and brother on the family farm, Marvin was drafted into the US Marines Corps during the Korean War. On October 21, 1951 Marvin married...
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Martha R. Bass

March 19, 1938 - October 30, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Martha R. Bass, age 81, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Martha was born on March 19, 1938 in Dixon the daughter of Emmert and Florence Mae (Baer) Finch. She married Raymond F. Bass on September 11, 1970. He died January 14, 2017. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include, two daughters, Bernie...
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Janice Kay Seidel

January 19, 1949 - October 30, 2019

Janice Kay Seidel, age 70 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Janice was born on January 19, 1949 in La Salle, the daughter of Sam and Catherine (Pricco) Pagoria. She graduated from Hall High School in Spring Valley in 1967 and then graduated from Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby in 1969. Jan married Michael R. Seidel on May...
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Leatrice L. Pashon

April 8, 1929 - October 30, 2019

STERLING – Leatrice L. Pashon, age 90, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Leatrice was born on April 8, 1929 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Vera (Dougherty) Ramsay. She married Charles Pashon in 1944. He died on December 6, 1994. Leatrice was employed in the Quality Control Department with General Electric in Morrison for over 30 years...
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Marietta L. Manning

January 8, 1949 - October 30, 2019

Marietta L. Manning, age 70 of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at her home. Marietta was born on January 8, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of John Austin and Dorothy (Arnold) Kiefel. She married John Manning on March 2, 1968 in Rock Falls. Marietta was a homemaker and she and John were foster parents for many years. She enjoyed being involved in book clubs and spending time with...
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Clayton K. Reed

October 27, 1931 - October 27, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Clayton K. Reed, age 88, died at his home Sunday, October 27, 2019. Clayton was born on October 27, 1931 in Morrison the son of Fayne and Susan (Hardesty) Reed. He married Carolyn Sue Crane on October 11, 1952 in Abilene, Kan. She died August 2, 2005. Clayton was employed with EBY Brown Trucking for 27 years. He loved to travel especially wintering in Texas with Carolyn Sue. ...
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Bruce Apgar

October 6, 1951 - October 25, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Bruce T. Apgar, 68 of rural Prophetstown died October 25, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 6, 1951 in Joliet, IL the son of Oliver and Jean (Smith) Apgar. Bruce attended Taft Elementary School and Lockport High School. He married Suzanne Marie Shedosky on January 3, 1978 in Lockport, IL. Bruce loved the simple living he found in rural Prophetstown. He was an excellent...
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Dorothy S. Von Holten

February 1, 1922 - October 25, 2019

WILLIAMSVILLE – Dorothy Sarah Von Holten, age 97, formerly of Rock Falls passed away peacefully Friday, October 25, 2019 at her daughter's home. Dorothy was born on February 1, 1922 in Rock Falls to Anton and Marie (Lofgren) Martenson. She married James Von Holten on October 6, 1940 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He died on January 3, 1979. Dorothy was very involved in the church...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Flynn

January 9, 1964 - October 24, 2019

Dorothy "Dottie" Marie Flynn, 55 of Sterling, died Thursday, October 24, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dottie was born on January 9, 1964 in Sterling, the daughter of John H. and Veneranda (Ribeiro) Duncan. She married Lawrence "Leroy" Flynn in September of 2009 in Sterling. She worked at numerous local restaurants as a waitress for many years. Dottie enjoyed reading, shopping and...
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Lee Ann Jones

August 14, 1955 - October 23, 2019

Lee Ann Jones, age 64, of Chadwick, died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Lee Ann was born August 14, 1955 in Macomb the daughter of Wayne and Betty (Porter) Furlow. She married Larry Jones on November 22, 1984 in Mt. Carroll. Lee Ann was employed at Elkay and the WalMart Distribution Center for many years. She is survived by her...
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Michael L. Gragert, Sr.

June 11, 1944 - October 22, 2019

Michael L. Gragert, Sr. Michael L. Gragert, Sr., age 75, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. Michael was born June 11, 1944 in Clarion, Iowa the son of Roy and June (Streit) Gragert. He served in the Army and married Judi Moran on October 10, 1961. They just celebrated their 58th anniversary. Michael was employed at NWS&W and owned and operated...
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Edna M. LeMay

September 15, 1933 - October 22, 2019

Edna M. LeMay, 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019, surrounded by her family, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Edna was born on September 15, 1933 in Effingham, the daughter of John and Nellie (Vollmer) Boos. She married Robert P. LeMay on August 21, 1954 in Effingham. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2001. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Edna...
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Linda K. Free

July 31, 1949 - October 22, 2019

MILLEDGEVILLE – Linda K. Free, age 70, died Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Linda was born on July 31, 1949 in Dixon the daughter of Wayne and Thelma (Kane) Crawford. She was employed with Borg Warner in Dixon for 37 years retiring in 2009. Linda was a member of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. Survivors include, one daughter, Terri Weegens...
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Terry Pratt

February 7, 1956 - October 22, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Terry A. Pratt, 63 of Prophetstown died Tuesday October 22, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on February 7, 1956 in Sterling, the son of Lester L. and Anita L. (Santee) Pratt. He married Michele M. Heimann on September 10, 1977 in Sterling. Terry was a member of the EMS community for most of his life. He served as a paramedic with the Prophetstown Fire...
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Tomasa Castaneda

March 10, 1929 - October 21, 2019

STERLING – Tomasa D. Castaneda, 90 of Sterling died Monday October 21, 2019 at her home. She was born on March 10, 1929 in El Paso, TX the daughter of Ventura and Augustina (Perez) Duran. She married John Castaneda on October 23, 1949 in El Paso, TX. Tomasa began her working career at Illinois Bell in Sterling and worked there for 25 years. Then she went to work at Centel Telephone Co in...
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