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Timothy Jay Wade

May 20, 1964 - October 19, 2021

Timothy J. Wade, 57, of Fulton, died on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on May 20, 1964 in Sterling, the son of James Wade and Patricia Alter. He previously operated his own lawn care service. Tim enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing, was an avid professional boxer, and especially loved his dog. Survivors include his mother Patricia of...
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John E. Williamson, Sr.

August 30, 1960 - October 15, 2021

John E. Williamson Sr, 61 of Sterling passed away on Friday October 15, 2021 surround by his loved ones. He was born on August 30, 1960 in Sterling, the son of Thomas W. and Catherine "Louise" (Mattingly) Williamson. He married Penny Ann Collier on April 21, 1984. She died January 4, 2019. He had worked as a union laborer for Sjostrom and Sons until he retired in 1996. He was a coon hunter and...
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Conner Stephen Lee

January 3, 1993 - October 11, 2021

Connor Stephen Lee, 28 years old passed away on October 11,2021 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. His passing was completely unexpected, and his family is shocked and deeply saddened. Connor was joyously welcomed into this world by his mother Monica Gallentine Druen and his father Don Lee on January 3, 1993. Connor leaves behind a loving family, his beloved 5-year-old son...
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Donna J. Dirks

April 20, 1935 - October 10, 2021

Donna J. Dirks, 86, of Sterling, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Donna was born on April 20, 1935 in Princeton, the daughter of Leslie and Marcella (Bohm) Stern. She graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1953. On Sunday, December 19, 1954, Donna married Lyle W. Dirks in Sterling. For 15 years she worked as a dental assistant with Dr. E.O. DeWeerth, retiring in...
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Patricia May Henderson

September 15, 1938 - October 7, 2021

Patricia May Henderson, 83, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family Patricia was born on September 15, 1938 in Nelson, the daughter of Claude and Mary (Brown) Pritchard. She was a member of First Christian Church in Rock Falls, as well as TOPS: IL 304. Patricia enjoyed reading, visiting the casino, traveling, Thomas Kinkaid artwork, and spending time...
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Shirley A. Decker

August 13, 1935 - October 7, 2021

Shirley A. Decker, 86, of Prophetstown, IL , passed away on Thursday, October 7th at Allure of Prophetstown. Private graveside services will be held Monday, October 11th at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown, IL Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the Prophetstown Food Pantry and Rock River Hospice. Shirley was born August 13, 1935 at Morrison Hospital, Morrison, IL to Walter and Phern ...
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Lois Jane Simmons

March 22, 1924 - October 5, 2021

Lois Jane (Hawkins) Simmons, 97, of Milledgeville, IL, died on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at her home. Lois was born on March 22, 1924, in Milledgeville, the daughter of Bernie and Ethel (Wolber-Miatke) Hawkins. She was a 1942 graduate of Milledgeville High School, and also attended Rockford Business College. Lois was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was employed by the...
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Carl Martin Hans

June 24, 1937 - October 4, 2021

Carl M. Hans, 84, of Rock Falls, died on Monday, October 4, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Carl was born on June 24, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Martin and Hazel (Humphrey) Hans. He married Barbara Harold on June 29, 1958 in Rock Falls. Carl enjoyed fishing, was a lifelong member of the Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club, and a master instructor of hunter's safety. He owned and operated Jim's...
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Dolores A. Blackard

January 5, 1933 - October 2, 2021

Sterling – Dolores A. Blackard, age 88, died Saturday October 2, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Dolores was born in Spring Valley Illinois on January 5, 1933, the daughter of Chester and Mary Dezutti. Dolores Married Raymond Blackard on August 29, 1953. Dolores's education includes a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in education from Northern Illinois University. She taught second...
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Patrick Marschang

July 11, 1946 - September 30, 2021

Patrick Henry Marschang, 75, of Rock Falls died on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at his home. Patrick was born on July 11, 1946 in Sterling, the son of James and Eleanor (Bernice) Fordyce. He married Julie Quimby on February 9, 2018 in Tampico. Patrick was a US Marine Corps veteran, and proudly served in the Vietnam War. Patrick was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion and the Department of...
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Jeremy Arthurs

March 25, 1978 - September 29, 2021

ROCKFORD – Jeremy J. Arthurs, 43 died September 29, 2021 at Swedish American Hospital. He was born on March 25, 1978 in Sterling the son of Walter C Arthurs and Linda M. Lopez. Jeremy had worked on various construction projects. He enjoyed spending time with family and his grandchildren. Jeremy's lucky number was 420. Survivors include his daughter, Kayla Arthurs (Aaron Jackson) of...
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Jennie L. Milroy

September 4, 1935 - September 28, 2021

Jennie Lee Milroy, 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford, IL. Jennie was born September 4, 1935, in Yorktown, IL, the daughter of Fred and Florence (Franks) Thompson. She married Donald J Milroy on October 9, 1954, in Sterling, IL. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2008. Jennie was a long- time member of the Sterling First Church of the...
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Caroline Williams

August 18, 1947 - September 28, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Caroline L. Williams, 74 died Tuesday September 28, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. She was born on August 18, 1947 in West Palm Beach, FL the daughter of Harold George and Dorothy Letitia (Barncroft) Iversen. Caroline attended St. Juliana Elementary School in West Palm Beach, FL; Dyess TX AFB (elementary school on base) Presque Isle, MA AFB (elementary school on...
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Raymond F. Blackard

August 25, 1925 - September 27, 2021

STERLING – Raymond F. Blackard, age 96, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Raymond was born in Spring Valley Illinois on August 25, 1925, the son of Frank and Mary Blackard. Raymond was a World War II veteran and served in France in 1944 and 1945. Raymond married Dolores Dezutti on August 29, 1953 Raymond's education includes a Bachelors Degree in psychology from...
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Richard L. Willhite

July 30, 1943 - September 27, 2021

Rock Falls – Richard L. Willhite, 78 died Monday September 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on July 30, 1943 in Sterling the son of Donald C. and Helen L. (Insley) Willhite. He served in the US Navy from 1961-1964. He married Connie L. Reed on June 26, 1965 in Rock Falls. Richard was employed at the former RB&W and later Reliant Fastener for 38 years. He was a...
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Kevin A. Sproul

August 28, 1966 - September 27, 2021

Kevin A. Sproul Kevin A. Sproul, age 55, of Sterling, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Kevin was born August 28, 1966 in Sterling the son of David and Gloria (Waldschmidt) Sproul. He attended Sauk Valley Community College then graduated from Illinois State University with a Master's Degree in Industrial Technology. While at ISU, he was a member of a circus...
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Calvin C. Bryant

October 1, 1927 - September 26, 2021

Calvin C. Bryant Calvin C. Bryant, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, September 26, 2021 at his home. Calvin was born October 1, 1927 in Warren, Ark. the son of Hubert and Grace (Castleberry) Bryant. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Margie Williams on January 21, 1956 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2013. Calvin was employed at Parish...
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William G. Groleau

February 15, 1941 - September 26, 2021

William Grant Groleau was born on February 15th, 1941, in Gladstone, MI, the son of Agnes (Jacovich) and William Groleau. He was raised in Rockford, IL where he attended school at St. Edwards, St. Thomas High School and Rock Valley Community College. William also served in the Army from 1958-1961. William married Mary Thole at St. Michael's in Galena, IL on June 15th, 1963. They had four...
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Joan Kelly

September 1, 1938 - September 24, 2021

STERLING - Joan D. Kelly, 83, died Friday September 24, 2021 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Joan was born on September 1, 1938 in La Salle, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Wennmacher) Neidetcher. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Kewanee as a Registered Nurse. Joan married the love of her life Gerald (Jerry) A. Kelly on February 23, 1963 in Sterling. He died July 17,...
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Joel Canas

June 13, 1934 - September 22, 2021

Joel Canas, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joel was born June 13, 1934 in La Feria, Texas the son of Epigmenio Canas and Erlinda Garcia. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire from September 5, 1951 until his retirement in 1985. Joel attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He is survived by four sons and...
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Terry James McDonnell

October 6, 1941 - September 22, 2021

Terry James McDonnell, 79, of Okeechobee, FL, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Terry was born on October 6, 1941 in Sterling, the son of Terrance and Marie (Cassens) McDonnell. He married Barb Ebenezer in 1979 in St. Louis. Terry was employed at RB&W for 38 years, retiring in 2007. Terry was a US Army veteran and was a member of...
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Jack R. Redell

November 28, 1956 - September 21, 2021

Jack R. Redell, 64 of Rock Falls died Tuesday September 21, 2021 at his home. He was born on November 28, 1956 in Springhill, the son of Elbert and Ruth (Morris) Redell. He married QTina Norton on November 19, 1977 in Rock Falls. Jack was a civil engineer for 40 years. He worked for many firms but was currently employed at Quigg Engineering. He was a member of the Sterling-Rock Falls Amateur...
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Steven D. Bohms

August 22, 1951 - September 21, 2021

Steven D. Bohms Steven D. Bohms, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Steven was born August 22, 1951 in Sterling the son of Louis and Esther (LaBine) Bohms. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 37 years. Steven was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls...
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Mary "Sue" Cherry

September 11, 1935 - September 21, 2021

Mary Susan (Sue) Cherry passed into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 11, 1935 to Abram and Ruth Hey of Sterling, IL. Sue grew up in Sterling alongside her brother Phil and sister Janna. She was a graduate of Sterling High School, attended Denver Women's College and Northwestern University where she studied to become a dental...
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Skylar Juno K Clark

September 20, 2021 - September 20, 2021

Skylar Juno K Clark was born into eternity on September 20, 2021 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, the infant daughter of June Attebury and Devon Clark. Survivors include her parents; two grandmothers, Jennifer Martinez of Sterling and Heather Clark of KY; grandfather, David Lewis of Rock Falls; great grandparents, Corinne (Jose) Olalde of Galt; great grandmother, Kathy Clark of KY; one aunt, Atyana...
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Karen M. Kosier

April 6, 1939 - September 20, 2021

PROPHETSTOWN – Karen M. Kosier, age 82 died Monday, September 20, 2021 at Allure of Prophetstown. Karen was born on April 6, 1939 in Sterling the daughter of Cecil and Helen (Corbin) Kosier. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1958 and moved to Rock Island. Karen worked as a Secretary with Harry Alder & Son's in Rock Island retiring in 2007. Karen was an avid reader, and loved to bake...
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Raelynn Kae Lawson

May 14, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Raelynn Kae Lawson, 4 months old, died on Sunday, September 19, 2021. Raelynn was born on May 14, 2021 in Sterling, the daughter of Shelbi Lawson and Shawn O'Shaughnessy. She will be remembered as a happy baby that was always smiling. Survivors include her mother, Shelbi Lawson of Rock Falls; father, Shawn O'Shaughnessy of Polo; three brothers, Jaxon, Leonard, and Grayson; grandmother, Katie ...
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Karson L. Crump

February 2, 1958 - September 19, 2021

Karson Crump, 63, died Sunday September 19, 2021 at his home in Rock Falls. He was born on February 2, 1958 in Sterling the son of Phillip K. and Charlotte J. (Alexander) Crump. He married Debra Sue Sublett on October 7, 1978. Karson had been employed at Nachusa Lutheran Home for 10 years and then Donaldson's in Dixon for 19 years. He attended Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include...
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Timothy R. McQuillan

May 24, 1946 - September 18, 2021

Timothy R. McQuillan Timothy R. McQuillan, age 75, of Sterling, died peacefully on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Timothy was born May 24, 1946 in Eau Claire, Wis. the son of Michael and Elizabeth (Rawlings) McQuillan. He was a 1964 graduate North High School in Eau Claire and served in the US Army, Artillery, 1st Armored Division. Timothy married Wanda...
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Braylyn Nichole Fell

August 7, 2021 - September 14, 2021

Braylyn Nichole Fell, 5 weeks old, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Children's Hospital in Peoria. Braylyn was born on August 7, 2021 in Freeport, the daughter of Kira Scott. Braylyn touched the hearts of many and will be forever missed. Survivors include her mother; grandparents, Jamie Fell and Larry Brill; great grandmother, Judy Fell; two aunts, Tina Fell, and Kate...
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Marcus A Holloway

June 23, 1971 - September 14, 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI – Marcus A. Holloway, 50 died September 14, 2021 at Aurora West Allis Medical Center. He was born on June 23, 1971 in Sterling the son of Elmer and Valarie (Guinn) Holloway. He married Jennifer L. Creekpaum on August 20, 1994 in Rock Falls. Marcus had worked as a bus driver for several years. He was a good husband, dad, son, uncle and friend to many. Marcus was a selfless man...
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Gene T. Dalton

August 29, 1937 - September 13, 2021

Gene T. Dalton, Sr, 84 of Rock Falls died Monday September 13, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on August 29, 1937 in Prairie DuChen, WI the son of John and Marvel (Rumsey) Dalton. He married Shirley Jean McKinstry on August 31, 1958 in Clinton, IA. Gene was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co as a first helper in the furnace department, retiring in 1990 after...
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Julie Anne Westbo Bosley

July 29, 1961 - September 11, 2021

Julie Anne (Westbo) Bosley, 60, of Milledgeville died on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at her home. Julie was born on July 29, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of Richard and Carol (Bellars) Westbo. Julie was an exceptional cook who loved to entertain. She will be remembered as a beloved mother, grandmother, former wife, and friend. Survivors include two daughters, Lasondra Bosley of...
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Gladys Rausch

December 26, 1938 - September 11, 2021

STERLING – Gladys Rausch, age 82, died at her home Saturday, September, 11, 2021. Gladys was born on December 26, 1938 in Sterling the daughter of Richard and Violet (Miller) Gors. She married Robert Tarbill in 1962. He preceded her in death in March of 1987. Gladys later married Richard Rausch on March 3, 1989. She was employed for 37 years with Wahl Clipper retiring in 2000. Gladys was a...
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Eugene E. Apple

July 14, 1943 - September 10, 2021

Eugene E. Apple, 78, of Morrison, died on Thursday, September 10, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Eugene was born on July 14, 1943 in Harmon, the son of Charles and Mildred (Bushman) Apple. He married Jane Bristle on 09/26/1970 in Rock Falls. Eugene was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. He was a true sportsman and loved hunting, fishing, frogging, and trapping. He...
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Isaiah M. Latigo

May 17, 1999 - September 9, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Isaiah M. Latigo 22, died Thursday September 9, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on May 17, 1999 in Sterling and was the son of Michael Anthony Latigo and Andrea Lynne Olalde. He was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. He had worked for various local employers before moving to Phoenix in May of this year. Isaiah loved to fish, riding his bike, singing, exploring TIKTOK. Isaiah...
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Cynthia Sue Wiersema

May 20, 1953 - September 9, 2021

Cynthia Sue Wiersema, 68, of Fulton, died on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Cindy was born on May 20, 1953 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of John and Marjorie Mathew. She married James Wiersema on May 31, 1981 in Morrison. Cindy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, and was an animal lover. She especially enjoyed spending time with her...
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Judith A. Stern

December 9, 1946 - September 8, 2021

Judith A. Stern Judith A. Stern, age 74, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Judith was born December 9, 1946 in Rock Falls the daughter of Fred and Sarah (Story) Stern. She attended Sauk Valley Community College and was employed at Home Care Management in Dixon, Rock Falls Savings and Loan, and H&R Block. She is survived by her...
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Nancy F. Law

December 21, 1945 - September 7, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Nancy F. Law, 75 died Tuesday September 7, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 21, 1945 in Sterling, the daughter of Rolla Laverne and Fern Genevieve (Higley) Murray. She was a graduate of Tampico High School. She had married John Law. Nancy began her working career in the offices of Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling; later working as a...
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Diane M. Sexton

March 28, 1950 - September 7, 2021

Diane M. Sexton passed away on September 7, 2021 at the age of 71, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her by living their lives to the fullest. Diane Marie Bonneur Sexton was born to Everett Eugene and Mary Katherine Bonneur in Morrison, IL on March 28, 1950. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1968 and received...
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Richard L. Akridge

June 16, 1938 - September 6, 2021

Richard L. Akridge Richard L. Akridge, age 83, of Sterling, died Monday, September 6, 2021 at his home. Richard was born June 16, 1938 in Sterling the son of Ivan and Dorothy (Howard) Akridge. He married Carol Sue Bell on August 18, 1957 in Sterling. They just celebrated their 64th anniversary. Richard was employed at Illinois Forge, Rock River Vending Company for 25 years and National...
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Barbara J. Fredericks

April 30, 1953 - September 5, 2021

STERLING – Barbara J. Fredericks, age 68, died Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Barbara was born on April 30, 1953 in Chilhowie, Va. the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Shupe) Hicks. She married Thomas Fredericks on March 14, 1970 in Rock Falls. Barbara worked at the White Hen Pantry in Sterling for 5 years and as a Cashier with Kroger's for 15 years...
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Joan Smith

December 29, 1964 - September 4, 2021

STERLING - Joan Shelmerdene (HIcks) Smith went to be with her Lord on September 4, 2021. She was born December 29, 1964 in Sterling Il to Kelly and Lois (Davis) Hicks. She graduated from Prophetstown High School with Honors. She attended Sauk Valley College. Joan had two sons, Aron (Jessica) Hassell of Ozark MO and Byron (Adelina) Hassell of Rock Falls IL. Joan married Michael Smith on...
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Sandra K. Blomstrand

July 3, 1944 - September 2, 2021

Sandra K. Blomstrand, 77 died Thursday September 2, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL She was born on July 3, 1944 in Morrisvale, W. VA the daughter of Earl and Helen (McClure) Davis Sr. She married Harry R. Blomstrand November 15, 1968 in Chicago. He died June 5, 2002. Shortly after his death in 2006 she returned to Morrisvale to live, and in 2016 moved to Rock Falls, IL near her...
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William D. Petty

December 12, 1927 - September 2, 2021

William "Bill" D. Petty, 93, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Bill was born on December 12, 1927 in Marshfield, MO, the son of John and Omie (Linder) Petty. He married Lena Cook on December 15, 1945 in Marshfield, MO. Bill worked in construction for many years. He enjoyed gardening and was known as "Mr. Fix-It" in his younger years. Bill also enjoyed...
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Jerry L. Hinrichs

February 21, 1950 - September 2, 2021

Jerry L. Hinrichs Jerry L. Hinrichs, age 71, of Lyndon, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Jerry was born February 21, 1950 in Sterling the son of Bennie and Lois (Wolber) Hinrichs. He married Shirley Reins on June 20, 1970 in Sterling. He was self-employed as a farm tractor mechanic for 50 years. Jerry also sold John Deere 2-Cylinder Tractor Rebore Kits to...
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Wallace I. Miller, Jr.

December 2, 1950 - August 31, 2021

INVERNESS, FL – Wallace I. Miller Jr., age 70, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Citrus Memorial Hospital. Wallace was born on December 2, 1950 in Sterling the son of Wallace and Alois (Minson) Miller Sr. He married Marilyn Thompson on August 1, 1970 in Artesia, Calif. Wallace was formerly employed with Hey Brothers Ice Cream in Dixon, Transitions Nursing...
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Cynthia J. Ramirez

February 22, 1957 - August 31, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Cynthia J. Ramirez, age 64, died Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Cindy was born on February 22, 1957 in Freeport the daughter of Robert and Joyce (Connor) Gundry. She married Noe Ramirez, Jr. on February 11, 2000. Cindy was employed as the Manager at Advance America in Sterling. She loved to fish and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. Survivors...
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Gary N. Hartman

November 24, 1960 - August 30, 2021

Gary N. Hartman Gary N. Hartman, age 60, of Fulton, died Monday, August 30, 2021 at his home. Gary was born November 24, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Virgil and Dorothy (Snyder) Hartman Sr. He was previously employed at Climco in Morrison and recently enjoyed being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Gary's family would like to thank everyone who provided...
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Dawn L. Edwards

November 18, 1956 - August 29, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Dawn L. Edwards, 64 died on Sunday August 29, 2021 at her home. Dawn was born on November 18, 1956 in Sterling the daughter of Raymond Elbert and Marie Agnes (Berzinski) Miller. She attended local school and was a graduate of Sauk Valley Community College with a degree in nursing. She worked for many years at CGH Medical Center in the CCU unit and later as a case manager. She...
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Gary R. Williams

December 27, 1948 - August 28, 2021

STERLING – Gary R. Williams, 72 of Sterling died August 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on December 27, 1948 in Rochelle, the son of Homer and Juanita (Purvis) Williams. He had worked as a drywaller. Gary enjoyed fishing, listening to his music and watching TV Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer (Andrew) Kessler of Sterling; his sons: Timothy (Tracey) Williams of Dixon,...
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Marcella Hamstra

July 8, 1949 - August 26, 2021

Marcella A. Hamstra, 72, of Morrison, died on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Marcella was born on July 8, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of Adam and Helen (Bartz) Yoeckel. She married Philip Hamstra in 1987. Survivors include her father, Adam Yoeckel; husband, Philip Hamstra; one daughter Nyla Hamstra; one son, Adam Hamstra, all of Morrison; one sister,...
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Denverd R. Hutton

January 15, 1928 - August 26, 2021

TAMPICO - The Rev. Denverd "Denny" Randolph Hutton, 93, died peacefully on Aug. 26, 2021, in his home just weeks after suffering a broken neck as result of a fall. He was under the full-time loving care of his son, Denverd K. Hutton, and his grandson, Savage Hutton, for the last two years of his life, and under Hospice care for just days before his death. Denny was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in...
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Susan V. (Crotty) James

June 12, 1944 - August 25, 2021

Susan V. (Crotty) James, 77, formerly of Odell and Rock Falls, IL, Rogers City, MI and Laurie, MO, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, AZ. Sue was born on June 12, 1944 in Kalamazoo, MI the daughter of Francis D. and Constance P. (Bowers) Crotty. She was a 1962 graduate of Odell High School and a 1989 graduate of Sauk Valley College in Dixon, IL. She...
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Denny R. Fulfs

February 8, 1947 - August 25, 2021

Denny R. Fulfs, 74, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Denny was born on February 8, 1947, in Sterling, the son of Harry and Marie (Reed) Fulfs. He managed the family farm for many years. Survivors include two brothers, Larry (Marilyn) Fulfs of Winslow, IL, and Lyle (Donna) Fulfs of Melbourne, FL; one sister, Debbie (Wayne) Waggoner of Goshen, IN; many nieces and nephews. ...
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Doris L. Wasson

July 21, 1922 - August 24, 2021

Doris L. Wasson Doris L. Wasson, age 99, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. Doris was born July 21, 1922 in Rochelle the daughter of Charles and Marjorie (Grim) Howard. She married Clark Wasson on January 5, 1946 in Franklin Grove. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2004. Doris was a school teacher at Dillon School in Rock...
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Susan I. Zemke

July 22, 1951 - August 24, 2021

Susan Irene (Mickelson) Zemke, age 70 died Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.Susie was born July 22, 1951 the daughter of Martin Leonard and Doris Ledema (Hemminger) Mickelson. Her mom died when she was 3 and she was raised by her maternal grandma, Edna Mae Edsel. She was educated in the Sterling Schools.Susie married Kenneth Harold Zemke, Jr. on September 24,...
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Geraldine "Gerri" Rose

June 28, 1952 - August 18, 2021

CHADWICK – Geraldine "Gerri" M. Rose, age 69, died Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Gerri was born on June 28, 1952 in Sterling the daughter of Irvin and Dorothy (Maxwell) Boles. She married Rodney Rose on February 15, 1975 in Rock Falls. Gerri was employed as a Cashier with K-Mart in Sterling for 27 years and Wal-Mart in Sterling for 15 years retiring in 2017. She...
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Nancy L. Sullivan

January 2, 1939 - August 18, 2021

STERLING – Nancy Lou Sullivan, 82, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home. Nancy was born on January 2, 1939 in Sterling, the daughter of Guido and Helen (Poci) Vittorio. She married George Sullivan in 1959 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. He predeceased her on May 16, 2019. Nancy was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, where she served as...
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Jeffery Lee Dahn

November 29, 1952 - August 15, 2021

Jeffery Lee Dahn, 68, of Sterling, died on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Exceptional Care & Training Center in Sterling. Jeffery was born on November 29, 1952 in Elgin, IL the son of Norman and Nancie (Ottenson) Dahn. Survivors include two sisters, Jeri Rowland, and Christine Boscarello, both of Antioch, IL; 3 nieces; 3 nephews; and 13 great nieces and nephews. Cremation rites have been...
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Jose DeJesus Ibarra

September 30, 1951 - August 15, 2021

Jose DeJesus Ibarra, 69, of Sterling, died on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Jesus was born on September 30, 1951 in Mexico, the son of Margarito and Angelita (Diaz) Ibarra. He married Rosa Diaz on December 12, 1992 in Chicago. Jesus was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He enjoyed fishing, playing the accordion, and singing. His family will lovingly remember his...
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Donald J. Gnaedinger

October 22, 1931 - August 14, 2021

Donald James Gnaedinger, age 89, residing in Greenville Nursing and Rehab in Greenville Illinois, passed away at 12:15 pm August 14, 2021 from natural causes. Donald was born on October 22, 1931 in Burgess Township, Bond County Illinois to parents Anthony and Laura (Voegele) Gnaedinger. His siblings preceding him in death are Genevieve, Richard, Carl, Rita, Joan and Vincent. Donald is survived...
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Della Brenner

December 5, 1939 - August 14, 2021

Della Brenner, 81, of Sterling, died on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Della was born on December 5, 1939 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Lester and Eva (McNamer) Henry. She married Paul Brenner on July 22, 1961 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, IA. He predeceased her in May of 1995. She was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Rock Falls. Survivors...
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Diana Lauff

November 7, 1948 - August 14, 2021

Diana Lynn Lucas Lauff, 72, of Sterling, died on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home. Diana was born on November 7, 1948 in Prairie Du Chein, WI, the daughter of Francis L. and Elsie (Lund) Lucas. She married Timothy Lauff on June 29, 1968 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Diana was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. She was employed at Sterling Steel...
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Patricia Lynn Cain

February 19, 1967 - August 12, 2021

STERLING – Patricia Lynn Cain, age 54, died Thursday, August 12, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Patricia was born on February 19, 1967 in Sterling the daughter of Doyle and Carren (Pyse) Fullington. She was employed as an RN for many years with Sterling Pavilion and The Citadel of Sterling. Patricia enjoyed riding her Harley Davidson, boating and attending concerts. Survivors...
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Robin Bormann

October 14, 1959 - August 12, 2021

Robin Bormann, 61, of Fulton, died on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Robin was born on October 14, 1959 in Maquoketa, IA, the daughter of Dwaine and JoAnn Berman. She was employed at Blue Hill Dairy for 25 years. Robin loved reading, cooking, spending time with her cats, and spending time with friends. Survivors include one son, Joseph Peters of Springbrook,...
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Mary Ann Dettman

February 20, 1926 - August 8, 2021

Mary Ann (Cowley) Dettman, 95 of Sterling died Sunday, August 8, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls with the Reverend Bree Truax, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Saturday at the church from 10:00 – 11:30 immediately preceding funeral. Mary Ann (Cowley) Dettman...
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Vivian S. Mitchell

April 6, 1959 - August 7, 2021

Vivian S. Mitchell Vivian S. Mitchell, age 62, of Apopka, Fla., died Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Advent Health-Apopka. Vivian was born April 6, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Virgil and Lola (Bartels) Mitchell. She worked at Florida Hospital of Altamonte as an X-Ray Technician for over 30 years retiring as X-Ray Supervisor. She is survived by two brothers, Larry (Marlene) Mitchell of...
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Janet Mae Gay

April 6, 1934 - August 7, 2021

Janet Mae Gay, 87, of Prophetstown, died on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Allure of Prophetstown. Janet was born on April 6, 1934 in Ashland, WI, the daughter of Wilho and Alma (Martinson) Bloomquist. She married John T. Gay on September 11, 1954 in Ashland, WI. He predeceased her on November 7, 2014. Janet was a member of Village Point Church in Elk Grove Village, IL, where she stayed involved for...
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Larry Lubbs

May 9, 1948 - August 6, 2021

Larry Lubbs, 73, of Sterling passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, August 6, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. He was born on May 9, 1948 in Princeton, IL the son of Norman and Beverly Lubbs. He married Becky Mann on February 16, 1979 in Dixon, IL. He was employed at the Daily Gazette and Sauk Valley Newspapers for 20 years as a pressman and commercial printing and...
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Mark A. Totty

March 23, 1966 - August 6, 2021

Mark Andrew Totty, 55, of Albany, IL earned his wings and went to be with our Lord and Savior in the late evening hours of August 6th, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Mark was the youngest of three children, born March 23rd, 1966 to Jerry and Janet (Sadler) Totty in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The family traveled around the US often...
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William C. Braden

February 19, 1947 - August 5, 2021

William C. Braden, 74 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 5, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on February 19, 1947 in Glendale, CA the son of Lyman and Dorothy (Griffin) Braden Sr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the US Army for 5 ½ years and then in the US Navy for 16 years. He married Betty J. Warner on October 6, 1972 in Rock Falls. He then worked on the...
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Joshua Gibbbons

October 5, 1992 - August 5, 2021

Joshua David Gibbons, 29, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford. Josh was born on October 5, 1992 in Sterling. He will be remembered as a loving son and brother, and a devoted father and uncle. He leaves behind a family that adored him. Survivors include his parents; fiancé; one daughter; three sisters; and one brother. Josh was preceded in...
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John "Boots" Bonneville

July 16, 1940 - August 5, 2021

John "Boots" R. Bonneville, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Boots was born on July 16, 1940 in Sterling, the son of Joseph and Viola (Rohde) Bonneville. He married Shanda Cook on May 30, 2000 in Cumberland, WI. Boots was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for many years. He enjoyed fishing, traveling up North to Wisconsin, playing...
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Terry W. Dickerson

September 6, 1949 - August 5, 2021

Terry W. Dickerson, 71 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 5, 2021 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born on September 6, 1949 in Sterling the son of John N. and Mary jean (Kuykendall) Dickerson. He attended local schools and was employed at the former Parish Alford Plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. He had served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his...
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Brock Henson

March 17, 1978 - August 4, 2021

Brock W. Henson, 43, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Brock was born on March 17, 1978 in Sterling, the son of Wess and Cynthia (Bass) Henson. He was employed at Sterling Walmart for 14 years, and also helped his father with rental properties in the area. Brock enjoyed drag racing, Halloween, spending time with friends, being a "cab driver," and...
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Philip E. Bruketta

July 15, 1946 - August 3, 2021

Philip Edwin Bruketta, 75, died at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL surrounded by his family on August 3, 2021. Philip was born July 15, 1946 in Canton, IL the son of George and Charlotte Irene (Wilcoxen) Bruketta. He married Barbara Murphy on April 17, 1971, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Philip is a retired plumber of many years. Philip was a member of St. Andrew...
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Craig Alan Seidel

September 4, 1965 - August 2, 2021

Craig A. Seidel, 55 of Rock Falls died Monday August 2, 2021 at his home. He was born on September 4, 1965 in Sterling the son of Paul F. and Carol J. (Johnson) Seidel Sr. and was a 1983 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Ronda Myers on March 18, 1989. Craig had worked at several local companies and had owned and operated Fin and Fur Taxidermy. He had been a true outdoorsman having...
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Jeffery L. Slater

April 3, 1965 - July 30, 2021

Jeffery L. Slater, 56 died Friday July 30, 2021 at his home. He was born on April 3, 1965 in Spring Valley, IL the son of Gerald and Wilma (Thone) Slater. He had attended local school. He married Jacob B. Tucker on November 4, 2010 in Dubuque, IA. Jeff had begun his working career in sales at Sears in Sterling; Woolworth in Sterling; Wolohan Lumber in Sterling; Allen Lumber in Princeton;...
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Carole S. Finnicum

August 6, 1937 - July 30, 2021

Carole S. Finnicum, 83, of Sterling, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Carole was born August 6, 1937 in Rock Falls, the daughter of William "Tubby" and Maxine (Garner) Howard. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1955. She married Owen Hagen in 1957 and had 3 children together. They divorced in 1969. She married Jim Edeus in 1971, they...
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Ruben J. Velazquez

July 2, 1952 - July 27, 2021

Ruben J. Velazquez, 69 of Rock Falls died Tuesday July 27, 2021. He was born on July 2, 1952 in Sterling the son of Teodoro Juan (Maria Isabel (Gonzalez) Velazquez Aguila. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1971. Ruben had worked at Wosoba Auto Supply, Garage Door Specialists and most recently for Kunes Auto Group. Ruben enjoyed working on his old cars, riding his Harley Davidson...
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William "Bill" Williamson

April 27, 1928 - July 27, 2021

William "Bill" Williamson, 93, of Rock Falls, died on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Bill was born on April 27, 1928 in New Hope, KY, the son of Paul and Ada (Taylor) Williamson. He married Kathy Christensen in 2000 in Sterling. Bill was a member of First Open Bible Church in Rock Falls. He previously owned and operated B&R, The Palms, R&R, and Belts by Williamson. Bill enjoyed...
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Tommy L. Karrow

December 5, 1947 - July 26, 2021

Tommy L. Karrow, age 73, of Sterling, died Monday, July 26, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Tom was born December 5, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Wayne and Linnae (Mortenson) Karrow. He married Janice Duncan on December 7, 1968 in Rock Falls. Tom was employed at Rock River Tool & Die (formerly RB&W) for over 40 years, retiring in 2014. He was an avid farmer, member of FFA,...
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Morris G. Wallace

June 15, 1942 - July 25, 2021

DIXON – Morris G. Wallace, age 79, died at his home Sunday, July 25, 2021. Morris was born on June 15, 1942 in Chicago the son of Harold M. and Madge (Harper) Wallace. He married Roberta Fandrey on March 25, 1963 in Chicago. Morris was a Machinist as well as Owner/Operator of Romoco Inc. trucking in Dixon for 30 years, retiring in 2013. Survivors include his wife: Roberta of Dixon; two...
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Janice DeMay

May 26, 1950 - July 24, 2021

Janice DeMay, 71 of Rock Falls died Saturday July 24, 2021 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA. She was born on May 26, 1950 in Blue Island, IL the daughter of Alphonse and Lorraine E. (Cady) Kloptowsky. She married Louis J. DeMay on November 21, 1970 in Chicago. Janice had worked at the former Roxite Company in Rock Falls for 20 years and then for First Student as a bus driver for...
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Florence K. Schmick

June 10, 1921 - July 23, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Florence K. Schmick, 100 formerly of Pekin and Spring Lake died Friday July 23, 2021. She was born on June 10, 1921 in Forest City, IL the daughter of Clarence and Bessie (Montgomery) Schleder. She married Arthur Raymond Schmick on August 4, 1940. Florence enjoyed gardening, playing games, cards and her dog Magic. Survivors include her four daughters: Barb (Ed) Stover of...
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Walter Denning

May 20, 1946 - July 23, 2021

Walter W. Denning, 75 of Rock Falls died Friday July 23, 2021 at the University Hospital in Iowa City. He was born on May 20, 1946 in Sterling the son of Roy and Lois (McConnell) Denning and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the Army. Walt married the former Laura Moore on June 17, 1974 in Pecatonica. He had worked for 33 years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co; then as a...
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Arnold D. Schaver

July 6, 1946 - July 22, 2021

Arnold D. Schaver Arnold D. Schaver, age 75, of Sterling, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Arnold was born July 6, 1946 in Morrison the son of Willard and Pauline (Tegeler) Schaver. He was employed at Sears in Rockford for 26 years and later worked at Bergner's in Rockford as Supervisor of Internal Authorization for 19 years. He is survived by his mother, Pauline...
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Mary L. Gilmartin

December 20, 1938 - July 19, 2021

Mary L. Gilmartin Mary L. Gilmartin, age 82, of Rock Falls, died Monday, July 19, 2021 at her home. Mary was born December 20, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Roselia (Schaab) Harper. She married Thomas B. Gilmartin on October 15, 1966 in Jersey City, NJ. He preceded her in death on April 10, 2004. Mary was previously employed at County Market in Sterling and was a member...
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Lois M. Musselman

March 23, 1926 - July 16, 2021

Lois Marie Musselman, passed away on July 16th 2021, she was 95. Lois was the daughter of George and Emma Bongart of Sterling Il At age 7 her father passed from appendicitis. Their little family, mother Emma, and sister Lilla Jane moved to the Morrison farm with her grandparents Hulda and Henry Rosenow. There, she helped on the farm and took the carriage to the one room school. Lois...
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Carl G. Hepner

August 6, 1954 - July 15, 2021

Carl G. Hepner, age 66 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at his home. Carl was born on August 6, 1954 in Kewanee, IL, the son of Frank G. and Grace M. (Kraklow) Hepner. He married Cheryl Osterkamp on January 1, 1976 in Hawarden, IA. Carl was a farmer for several years then went on to Hamilton Tech. to become an electrical engineer. He worked at Advanced Systems in Waterloo and then...
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Rita M. Parker

June 3, 1935 - July 15, 2021

STERLING – Rita M. Parker, age 86, died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Rita was born on June 3, 1935 in Amboy the daughter of Carl and Margaret (Keys) Daniels. She married Richard D. Parker on March 20, 1954 in Dixon. He died on March 22, 2017. Rita was employed as a CNA with the Dixon State School for over 20 years. She enjoyed puzzles, word search, crocheting...
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John M. Krug

August 1, 1952 - July 14, 2021

John M. Krug, 68 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 14, 2021 at his home. He was born on August 1, 1952 in Sterling the son of Donald and Lorraine (Hackbarth) Krug. He married Beth A. Lange on December 24, 1971 in Rock Falls. John had been a truck driver for many years and prior to retirement drove for Rock River Lumber and Grain. He was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Rock Falls....
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Karen R. Lego

August 8, 1953 - July 14, 2021

Karen R. Lego Karen R. Lego, age 67, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Generations at Neighbors in Byron. Karen was born August 8, 1953 in Chicago the daughter of Joseph and Lillian Whalen. She married James D. Lego on October 15, 1969 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2020. Karen was employed as a school bus driver in Johnsburg and also as a banker in McHenry. ...
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Frances G Kierczynski

August 3, 1943 - July 14, 2021

Frances G. Kierczynski, 77, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at CGH Hospital in Sterling. Fran was born on August 3, 1943, in Spring Valley to Nestor and Lena (Bernardoni) DeHasque. She married Francis David Kierczynski on May 16, 1964, in Peru. Fran had worked at the former Harper Wyman in Sterling. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Fran enjoyed...
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Louis P. Verbout

August 25, 1925 - July 13, 2021

Louis P. Verbout, 95, of Sterling, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in his home. He was born on August 25, 1925 in Argyle, MN, the son of Percy and Rose (Safranski) Verbout. He married Agnes Rajnowski on September 16, 1947. Louis worked at Franz Manufacturing for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Agnes; two sons,...
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Rickie Preston

October 3, 1949 - July 9, 2021

Rickie H. Preston, 71 died Friday July 9, 2021. Rick was born on October 3, 1949 in Bono, AR the son of Hugh and Mary (Hendrix) Preston. He married the former Mary Jayne Thompson and she preceded him in death. Rick had worked for several years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and later was the owner/operator of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Sterling. Rick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He...
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Brian K. Caudillo

November 11, 1962 - July 8, 2021

Brian Keith Caudillo left this world unexpectedly on July 8, 2021 at age 58. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Brian was born on November 11, 1962 in Sterling, the son of John and Hope (Caudillo) Juarez. He married Christina and together they had five children, Zach, Robert, Manuel, Angel, and Jacob. Brian was an artist who loved exploring his Native American...
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E. Earl Stevens

February 1, 1937 - July 8, 2021

E. Earl Stevens, age 84, of Sterling, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Earl was born February 1, 1937 in Grassy Meadows, West Virginia. He married Comella "Cam" Crane on December 5, 1960 in Covington, VA. It was no secret Cam was the love of his life. The pair were a charismatic duo. She was a strong-willed woman with a charming sense of humor. He was a driven...
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Linda L. Meyer

February 24, 1948 - July 7, 2021

Linda L. Meyer, age 73, of Dixon, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Linda was born February 24, 1948 in Polo the daughter of Henry and Emma (Nicodemus) Jacobs. She married Richard "Dick" L. Meyer on March 22, 1968 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2014. Linda was self-employed as a daycare provider for many years. She enjoyed...
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