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Richard L. Van Ausdoll

October 5, 1963 - March 1, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Richard L. Van Ausdoll, age 57, died at his home Monday, March 1, 2021. Richard was born on October 5, 1963 in Sterling the son of Richard D. "Pete" and Bonnie J. (Conley) Van Ausdoll. He married Teresa Mocklin on May 1, 1999 in Rock Falls. Richard was the Pastor at Cross Trail Family Church in Rock Falls. He was the President of the Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club and founder of...
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Shirley M. Jordan

September 29, 1934 - February 28, 2021

Shirley M. Jordan Shirley M. Jordan, age 86, of Sterling, died Sunday, February 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Shirley was born September 29, 1934 in Ohio, IL the daughter of Simon and Estella (Latta) Pfeffer. She married John R. Sutton, Sr. in Sterling. He preceded her in death in June of 1975. Shirley was a homemaker. She is survived by three daughters, LeAnne Betts of...
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George "Jeep" Plate

June 30, 1947 - February 28, 2021

George "Jeep" Plate, 73, of Rock Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. Jeep was born June 30, 1947 in Chicago, the son of George Frank Plate and Susan Plate. He married Bridget Burren on December 28, 2001 in Sterling. Jeep was employed as an iron worker in the Chicagoland area for many years. A car enthusiast, he enjoyed working on cars and was an excellent...
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Keith Helms

February 21, 1940 - February 28, 2021

Keith B. Helms, 81 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Keith was born on February 21, 1940 in Rock Falls, the son of Ellard and Blanche (Klocke) Helms. He was a United States Army National Guard Veteran. He married Carol Bates on January 6, 1980. She preceded him in death on November 25, 2020. Keith worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling...
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Toni V. Graves

February 25, 1974 - February 24, 2021

Toni V. Graves, 46, of Hooppole, passed away on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Toni was born on February 25, 1974 in Morrison. She enjoyed horses, and was employed at a horse farm in Geneseo. Toni also enjoyed camping. Survivors include her husband, Joshua Graves of Hooppole; one daughter, Harlee Graves; two sons, Zach and Eli Graves all of Hooppole; one...
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Norma F. Hammelman

February 13, 1936 - February 24, 2021

STERLING – Norma F. Hammelman, 85 of Sterling died Wednesday February 24, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home after a short illness. She was born on February 13, 1936, the daughter of Edward and Faye (Kirby) Tucker. She married Lowell Rhodes on December 22, 1950. He died in 1953. She married George H. Dissinger of April 9, 1955. He died. She later married Gene Hammelman on November 15, 1987....
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Roy V. Sargent

January 23, 1940 - February 24, 2021

STERLING – Roy V. Sargent 81 of Sterling died Wednesday February 24, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 23, 1940 in Iowa City, IA the son of Vern LeRoy and Alma (Saunders) Sargent. Roy served in the US Army from December 23, 1957 – October 13, 1960. He married the former Myra A. Gibler on August 5, 1991. He had worked at Don Mullary World of Cars in Dixon,...
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Jeanette M. George

January 15, 1953 - February 24, 2021

Jeanette Marie George, 68 of Prophetstown, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jeanette was born on January 15, 1953 in Moline, the daughter of Clark and Ethel (Anderson) Obendorf and her birth mother, Ruth Williams. She married Alan George on September 4, 1992 in Sterling. Jeanette was a beautician and an owner of the Lyndon Shell Gas...
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Winburn "Sonny" Leach

July 22, 1947 - February 23, 2021

MILLEDGEVILLE – Winburn "Sonny" Leach, Jr. age 73, died at his home Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Winburn was born on July 22, 1947 in Marvell, Ark. the son of Winburn and Florence (Seidel) Leach, Sr. He served his country in the United States Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Winburn was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling. When he was younger he loved to...
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Charles "Chuck" Kornewald

March 9, 1956 - February 22, 2021

STERLING – Charles "Chuck" Wayne Kornewald, 64 died Monday February 22, 2021. He was born on March 9, 1956 in Decatur, IL the son of Charles A. and Betty L. (Ladd) Kornewald. He had worked at Quebcor in Mount Morris a few years. Later he worked at Credit Auto Sales in Dixon for 20 years and also was a car sales man in the area. Before retiring he worked at Autozone in Dixon. Survivors are...
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Marilyn L. Tower

February 14, 1947 - February 22, 2021

Marilyn L. Tower, age 74 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, February 22, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Marilyn was born on February 14, 1947 in Sterling, the daughter of James S. and Doris (Stevens) Holmes. She married Robert Tower on January 2, 1967 in Chicago. Marilyn worked at AT&T as a Marketing Manager, she retired after 18 years...
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Jessie "Sis" Ashfield

August 23, 1947 - February 22, 2021

STERLING – Jessie "Sis" L. Ashfield, age 73, died Monday, February 22, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jessie was born on August 23, 1947 in Thayer, Mo. the daughter of Jessie and Dorothy (Meeks) McCradic. She was employed in the Quality Control Department for Borg-Warner Manufacturing in Dixon for 30 years retiring in 2000. Jessie was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock...
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Allan F. Larson

April 3, 1936 - February 21, 2021

Allan F. Larson, 84, of Rock Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Allan was born on April 3, 1936 in St. Charles, IL, the son of Carl and Helen (Johnson) Larson. He married Loretta Nistor on July 11, 1958 in St. Charles. He was employed at Burgess Norton Manufacturing for over 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Loretta; two daughters, Terry Larson of...
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Leonor R. Chavez

November 6, 1937 - February 21, 2021

STERLING – Leonor R. Chavez, age 83, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leonor was born on November 6, 1937 in Weslaco, Texas the daughter of Ambrosio and Paula (Gonzalez) Rivera. She married Santos Chavez Sr. on May 16, 1956 in Edenburg, Texas. He died December 24, 1998. Leonor was a homemaker who loved cooking, sewing and always doing for family. She worked...
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John A. Bertolozzi

March 22, 1928 - February 21, 2021

ROCK FALLS – John A. Bertolozzi, 92 of Rock Falls died Sunday February 21, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 22, 1928 in Rock Falls the son of Edmundo and Eleonora (Bertorelli) Bertolozzi. He was a 1947 graduate of Rock Falls High School and served in the US Army for three years. He had worked at International Harvester and Northwestern Steel and Wire. John...
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Everett G. Waite

June 26, 1936 - February 21, 2021

Everett G. Waite Everett G. Waite, age 84, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Everett was born June 26, 1936 in Nashua, Iowa the son of Burla Waite. He married Patricia A. McDuffy and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2020. Everett was employed as a Union Electrician at the Denver National Airport and many other locations. He is survived by one...
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Wayne Gallentine

June 5, 1940 - February 19, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Wayne Gallentine, 80, of Rock Falls died Friday February 19, 2021 at Allure of Prophetstown. He was born on June 5, 1940 in Rock Falls the son of Delbert and Olive (Judd) Gallentine. He married the former Linda L. Adams on June 1, 1979 in Rock Falls. Wayne was employed at the former Anixter in Rock Falls for 30 years until they closed. He loved to golf, collected baseball cards,...
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Trillion N. Edwards-Galindo

January 1, 2021 - February 18, 2021

Trillion N. Edwards-Galindo Trillion N. Edwards-Galindo, age 6 weeks, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Trillion was born January 1, 2021 in Sterling the son of Pedro Galindo, Jr. and NayIesha Edwards. He is survived by his parents of Sterling; one brother, Pedro Tre Galindo, III; three sisters, Mia Ameri Galindo, Marisa Ari Galindo and ZaileyRae...
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Gerald "Jerry" L. Schultz

April 13, 1944 - February 18, 2021

Gerald L. Schultz Jerry L. Schultz, age 76, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, February 18, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Jerry was born April 13, 1944 in Sterling the son of Everett and Agnes (Green) Schultz. He married Ann Carlson on April 14, 1965 in Sterling. Jerry was employed at Illinois Forge for 36 years and later was the custodian at Newman Central Catholic High...
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Mia Lee Jensen

March 8, 1965 - February 17, 2021

Mia Lee Jensen, 55, of Milledgeville, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Mia was born on March 8, 1965 in Dixon, the daughter of Gary and Cheryle (Hackbarth) Remrey. Survivors include her parents; son Jackson (Nysa) Williams of Rock Falls; two brothers, Tory Remrey of Milledgeville, and Tyson (Elizabeth) Remrey of Wisconsin; three...
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Gary J. Buis

February 23, 1958 - February 16, 2021

Gary J. Buis, 62 of Sterling, died Tuesday February 16, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on February 23, 1958 in Morrison, the son of Alfred and Florence (Temple) Buis. He attended Albany Grade School and graduated from Fulton High School. He married Karen Wiersema on May 19, 1978. Gary worked as a HVAC Technician with B&D Supply in Rock Falls. He had served as a member of the Coleta...
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Dolores May McDonnell

October 20, 1932 - February 14, 2021

Dolores May McDonnell, age 88, died Sunday, February 14, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling. Dolores was born on October 20, 1932 in Beloit, WI the daughter of Edward and Paule (Cambien) VanRemoortere. She married Lawrence E. Sweeney Jr. He preceded her in death on November 7, 1985. Dolores later married Dr. Thomas McDonnell. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2007. She was a member of...
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Ascencion "Josefina" Castaneda

May 5, 1932 - February 14, 2021

Ascension "Josefina" Castañeda, 88, of Sterling passed away on Sunday February 14, 2021 at Lutheran General Hospital outside Chicago. Josefina was born on May 5, 1932 in Boone, AZ. Daughter of Beatriz Magaña Castañeda and Ventura Castañeda. Josefina worked for General Electric in Morrison, and eventually retired from Harper Wyman in Rock Falls. Years after retirement she worked part...
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Robert W. Thompson

September 4, 1965 - February 13, 2021

STERLING – Robert W. Thompson, age 55, died Saturday, February 13, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robert was born on September 4, 1965 in Sterling the son of Lyle and Helen (Stevens) Larkey. He married Evelia Sosa in November of 1995. Robert was the manager of Mobil and Save Mart Gas Stations in Rock Falls. He loved to watch WWE Wrestling and spending time with his grandchildren. ...
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Leona R. Jurkens

February 8, 1921 - February 12, 2021

Leona R. Jurkens, 100, of Sterling, died on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home. Leona was born February 8, 1921, the daughter of Patrick and Irene (Shurly) Regan. She graduated from Community High School in 1939. Leona married Robert Jurkens on February 26, 1944 in Sterling. He predeceased her on March 1, 1999. Leona was employed as an administrative assistant at Newman High...
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Eric A. Smith

December 4, 1979 - February 11, 2021

Eric A. Smith, 41, of Morrison, died on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Morrison Community Hospital. Eric was born on December 4, 1979 in Sterling, the son of Jeffrey Smith and Patricia Williamson. Eric was employed by Tyson Foods. He was well loved by his family and friends. Survivors include his mother, Patricia (Richard) Williamson of Sterling; children, Eric, Jr., Jennifer, Erica, Joseph,...
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Raymond L. Teichler

August 26, 1948 - February 9, 2021

Raymond L. Teichler, age 72, of Savanna, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Raymond was born August 26, 1948 in Savanna the son of Raymond A. and Lorraine E. (Kelly) Teichler. He married Valerie Bertolini and enjoyed over 42 years together. Raymond was employed at Elkay Manufacturing for 27 years. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren...
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Michael F. King

April 23, 1957 - February 9, 2021

Michael Fred King, 63 of Sterling, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at his home. Michael was born on April 23, 1957 in Rockford, the son of Fred and Barbara (Ulrich) King. He was a United States Navy Veteran. Mike worked as a machinist for American Marsh Pumps in Lakeland, FL, for many years. He enjoyed fishing and football, and was an avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Survivors include his...
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Jason "Hoopty" Law

August 12, 1981 - February 9, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Jason A. Law, 39 passed away unexpectedly Tuesday February 9, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on August 12, 1981 in Sterling, the son of Brent A. and Edith E. (Seidel) Law. He attended Riverdale Grade School and Rock Falls High School. Jason had worked at Wahl Clipper in Sterling. He enjoyed working on cars, listening to music and drawing. He had a kind...
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Betty J. Pollock

March 9, 1928 - February 8, 2021

Betty J. Pollock, 92 of Rock Falls died February 8, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on March 9, 1928 in Hahnaman Township, Whiteside County, the daughter of Walter and Betty (Peterson) Anderson. She married Malcolm Kent Pollock on June 26, 1949 in Rock Falls. He died June 8, 2008. She loved reminiscing of her youth growing up on a farm and told many stories about her...
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William Jacob Wilsey

October 9, 1984 - February 5, 2021

William "Willie" Jacob Wilsey, 36, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, February 5, 2021 at his home. Willie was born on October 9, 1984 in Morrison, the son of William E. and Debra (Coleman) Wilsey. He attended Montmorency and DuPage County schools. Willie worked for Manpower Temp Services, Mallard Manufacturing, and Metal Spinners Inc. He was a licensed forklift operator. Willie enjoyed spending time...
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Donald L. Rosengren

March 3, 1931 - February 5, 2021

Donald L. Rosengren, 89 died Friday February 5, 2021 at his home. He was born on March 3, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Lloyd Edgar and Anna Marie (Vock) Rosengren. He attended the former Sturtz School in Montmorency Township and was a 1948 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. After graduating, he began farming with his brother Elwin. In 1950, he married Marlyn R. Schmitt in...
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Phillip A. Quint

November 9, 1967 - February 4, 2021

Phillip A. Quint, 53, of Fulton, died Thursday, February 4, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. The funeral will be Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 Am, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany. He was born Nov. 9, 1967, in Munich...
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Laura Jane Urban

February 27, 1932 - February 4, 2021

Laura J. Urban Laura J. Urban, age 88, of Sterling, died Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. Laura was born February 27, 1932 in Sterling the daughter of Charles and Mamie (Miller) Stern. She married Carl O. Urban on November 30, 1956 in Sterling and they enjoyed over 50 years together. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2007. Laura was employed as a secretary...
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Venustiano "John" Castaneda

October 5, 1927 - February 3, 2021

Venustiano "John" M. Castaneda, 93, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. John was born on October 5, 1927 in Savanna, IL, the son of Ventura and Beatriz (Magana) Castaneda. He married Tomasa Duran on October 23, 1949 in El Paso, TX. She predeceased him on October 21, 2019. John was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 39 years. He was a member of St....
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Edward W. Croft, Jr.

July 30, 1950 - January 27, 2021

Edward W. Croft, Jr, 70 of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Edward was born on July 30, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Edward and Georgia (Thompson) Croft, Sr. He married Kathy French on May 1, 1970. Edward worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for over 30 years before retiring. He enjoyed riding his Harley, watching his grandkids ride dirt...
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BrianLee Scykes

February 1, 1982 - January 27, 2021

BrianLee Scykes, 38, of Rock Falls, passed on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. BrianLee was born on February 1, 1982 in Sterling, the son of Brian and Cheryl (Michels) Scykes. He was a graduate of Sterling High School. BrianLee was employed at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling. He enjoyed puzzles and games, NASCAR, and wrestling. He also loved to help people. ...
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Austin E. Walters

June 21, 1993 - January 26, 2021

Austin Earl Walters, 27 of Rock Falls, IL passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Austin was born June 21, 1993 in Sterling, IL. He spent the majority of his life in Prophetstown, IL, where he attended school, played basketball, and formed lasting friendships. Most recently, he was employed as a millwright at Vern's Farm Supply, working alongside some of his best friends....
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Modesta O. Cornejo

February 24, 1928 - January 25, 2021

Modesta Olivares Cornejo Modesta Olivares Cornejo, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, January 25, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Modesta was born February 24, 1928 in Torreon, Coah, Mexico the daughter of Jacinto and Julia (Vallejo) Olivares. She married Edel Cornejo, Sr. in 1947. He preceded her in death on July 12, 1988. She was employed at Golden Meals and Midland Bank for many...
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Marie Boggs

February 2, 1939 - January 24, 2021

ALBANY – Marie Boggs, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 24, 2021 surrounded by her family. Marie was born on February 2, 1939 in Newton Township, Illinois, the daughter of William Joseph and Gladys Marie (Kennedy) Sullivan. She married Fred Boggs on May 3, 1962 in Rapid City, Illinois. In her younger years, Marie loved working with horses and taught her daughters...
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Sandra L. Himelrick

August 20, 1947 - January 23, 2021

Sandra Lee (Smith) Himelrick Sandra "Sandy" Himelrick passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the age of 73, in her daughter's home, surrounded by family. Sandy was born August 20, 1947 in Glover Gap, West Virginia the daughter of William and Mary (Philipps) Smith. She was an extraordinary person with an unwavering faith in God and a quick sense of humor. She received her cosmetology...
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Catherine Frances Gottel Stermer

October 10, 1922 - January 23, 2021

Former Sterling resident Catherine (Gottel) Stermer, 98, died Jan. 23, 2021, in Franklin Grove, IL. of the Covid virus. No service will be held at this time. A family gathering is planned for June 2021. Mrs. Stermer was born October 10, 1922, in Swainsboro, GA., to Elisha E. and Katie B. Lamb. She met Vernon H. Gottel, Sr., of Sterling, at a USO dance in Augusta GA during WWII. She...
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Timothy P. Regan

July 16, 1947 - January 22, 2021

As the sun was setting on the clear cold day of January 22, 2021, the pink sky was the backdrop to the silhouette of trees. That beautiful twilight time. Tim loved these beautiful moments of the day; the sunset. Tim passed away at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 16, 1947 in Sterling the son of Elbert F. and Effie M. (Dickey) Regan. He attended St. Mary Grade School and was...
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Floyd "Ed" Royer

November 4, 1947 - January 22, 2021

Floyd "Ed" Royer, 73 died Friday January 22, 2021. He was born on November 4, 1947 in Rock Falls the son of Floyd Everett and Evelyn (Silvey) Royer. He attended Rock Falls School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Army from September 7. 1965 until September 8, 1968. He married Connie Sue Johnson on February 10, 1967 in Rock Falls. She died April 13, 2012. Ed had worked...
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Larry "Bodean" D. Johnson

October 12, 1956 - January 22, 2021

Larry "Bodean" D. Johnson Larry "Bodean" D. Johnson, age 64, of Sterling, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling due to COVID. Larry was born October 12, 1956 in Princeton the son of Oliver and Mary (Hamblock) Johnson. He was employed as a truck driver for many years. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved riding his Harley and...
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Shaun D. Hodge

April 4, 1963 - January 21, 2021

Shaun D. Hodge Shaun D. Hodge, 57, Rock Falls, Navy veteran, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Shaun was born April 4, 1963 in Sterling the son of Melvin and Ruth (Pierce) Hodge. He married Patricia Colberg on November 7, 1987 in Sterling. He was previously employed at Borg Warner in Dixon. Shaun enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, helping people,...
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Rebecca "Becky" Gomez

May 24, 1955 - January 21, 2021

Rebecca "Becky" Gomez, 65 of Rock Falls died Thursday January 21, 2021. She was born on May 24, 1955 in Sterling and raised by her mother Alicia and step father Jesus Miniel. She attended local schools. Becky began her working career at CGH Medical Center in Sterling at the age of 19, having worked as a unit secretary and eventually as a tele communicator for the Emergency Service Department,...
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Brian K. Folkers

March 11, 1963 - January 21, 2021

Brian Kenneth Folkers, 57 of Bettendorf, died Thursday, January 21, 2021 at his home. Brian was born on March 11, 1963, the son of Kenneth Folkers and Patricia (Pfeffer) Jones. He was employed at Arconic Inc. for many years. Brian was outgoing and energetic, and was a friend to many. He loved his Harley and going to bike week and Sturgis. He enjoyed traveling to Florida and Las Vegas whenever...
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Rowland F. Gillette

September 21, 1935 - January 20, 2021

Rowland Franklin Gillette, 85, passed peacefully into Heaven in his home. Where he resided for over 50 years in Rock Falls, Illinois surrounded by his loving wife Dawn, children and grandchildren. He strived to make this a better world for all. He was born September 21, 1935 in Mendota, IL to Charles and Esther Gillette. Rowland and Dawn celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2019 with all...
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Ronald Glen Meier

February 21, 1934 - January 20, 2021

Ronald G. Meier, 86, of Prophetstown, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Ronald was born on February 21, 1934 in Whiteside County, the son of August and Elsie (Taber) Meier. He was employed as a farmer for 20 years, and later worked at Whiteside County F.S. until retiring in 1996. Ronald was a member of First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. ...
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Martha Marie Heffelfinger

May 4, 1933 - January 19, 2021

Martha Marie Heffelfinger, 87, of Sterling, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at her home. Martha was born on May 4, 1933 in New Bern, NC, the daughter of Mayhugh and Hollon (Caton) Scott. She married Terrence Heffelfinger on December 27, 1991 in Dillon, SC. He predeceased her on November 11, 2020. Martha loved plants, and with her "green thumb" she could grow anything. She also enjoyed...
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James H. Clausen

April 3, 1937 - January 19, 2021

STERLING – James H. Clausen, age 83, died at his home Tuesday, January 19, 2021. James was born on April 3, 1937 in Ramona, S.D. the son of Harry W. and Mary L. (Fordice) Clausen. He married Ramona Schinderling on December 20, 1960 in Madison, S.D. James was employed as a Supervisor at Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling for 30 years retiring in 1996. He served his country in the United...
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Mark H. Eissens

December 15, 1958 - January 19, 2021

Mark Harold Eissens, 62 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at his home. Mark was born on December 15, 1958 in Sterling, the son of Raymond and Charlotte (McCullough) Eissens. He worked as a landscaper and had landscaped many local parks. Mark enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid cyclist. He is survived by his three children, Lupe Eissens of Moline, Mark A. (Brittany) Eissens of...
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Margaret Mary (McGinn) Iwanski

September 23, 1943 - January 18, 2021

Margaret Mary (McGinn) Iwanski, 77, of Arizona City, AZ, formerly of Cook and LaSalle counties, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Margaret was born on September 23, 1943 in Chicago, the daughter of John and Violet (Huber) McGinn. She married Robert Thomas Iwanski, Sr on September 4, 1965 in Chicago. Margaret and Robert shared 55 years of marriage...
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Alexandria N. Cannavo

July 11, 2003 - January 18, 2021

Alexandria N. Cannavo, 17, of Tampico, died Monday, January 18, 2021. Alexandria was born July 11, 2003 in Sterling the daughter of Chad Cannavo. She was an avid athlete who loved basketball and softball. Alexandria was a straight-A student and a member of National Honor Society. After graduation, she planned to attend Sauk Valley Community College and the University of Iowa. She was a hard...
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William Joseph Cruz

July 11, 1950 - January 18, 2021

William "Billy" Joseph Cruz, 70, of Sterling, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at his home. Billy was born on July 11, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Sabas and Carmen (Cruz) Hernandez. He married Mary Hernandez on January 27, 1996 in Sterling. She predeceased him on November 24, 2011. Billy was a veteran of the US Air Force. Billy was a member of Agua Viva Church in Rock Falls. He enjoyed...
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Theresa Lynn Lauritzen

July 10, 1963 - January 18, 2021

Theresa Lynn Lauritzen, 57, of Sterling passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at CGH Medical Center. Theresa was born on July 10, 1963 in Dixon, the daughter of Howard and Nancy (Reiter) Lauritzen. She married Anthony McDowell on September 26, 2014 in Sterling. Survivors include her mother, Nancy Lauritzen of Sterling; her father and second mother, Howard (Nancy) Lauritzen-Laurin of...
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Wanda M. Oltmanns

January 27, 1931 - January 18, 2021

Wanda M. Oltmanns Wanda M. Oltmanns, age 89, of Sterling, died Monday, January 18, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Wanda was born January 27, 1931in Sterling the daughter of Charles and Rosa (Bethard) Guthrie. She married Loren Oltmanns on November 27, 1970 in Sterling. Wanda was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of people, cleaning and working in her yard. She was very...
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Cathy S. Herrmann

April 10, 1950 - January 16, 2021

Cathy Suzette Herrmann, 70 of Sterling, died Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Iowa City University Hospital. Cathy was born on April 10, 1950 in Monroe, MI, the daughter of Donald G. and Phyllis Irene (Boyd) Herrmann. She graduated from Huron High School in Flat Rock, MI, Class of 1968. She received her Master's degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from the University of Michigan....
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Hugh McDermott, Jr.

June 24, 1941 - January 15, 2021

Hugh M. McDermott, 79 of Dixon, passed away, Friday, January 15, 2021 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Hugh was born on June 24, 1941 in Chicago, the son of Hugh M. and Anna McDermott, Sr. He married Barbara Klingberg in 1983 in Wheaton. Hugh was loved by many. He never turned anyone in need away. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; eight children, Jim (Dawn) McDermott of Oregon, Debbie (Dave...
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Sievio Tintori

November 9, 1922 - January 15, 2021

Sievio Tintori, 98 of Rock Falls, died Friday, January 15, 2021 at Rock Falls Rehab and Health Care. Sievio was born on November 9, 1922 in Rock Falls, the son of Angelo and Armida (Bertalozzi) Tintori. He was a United States Army Veteran and served our country in WWII. He married Laura Veracini on August 10, 1946 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on January 23, 2009. Sievio worked at...
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Sara M. McCoy

January 12, 1949 - January 14, 2021

Sara Mae McCoy, 72 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, January 14, 2021 at her home. Sara was born on January 12, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of Clevie and Juanita (Thomas) Pillars. She worked at Winning Wheels as a dietician for many years. She also was a cook at Self Help, Head Start and Grandma for Tri-County. Sara loved her grandchildren and cherished her time spent with them. Survivors...
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Billy Murray

March 18, 1949 - January 14, 2021

Billy Joe Murray, 71 died Thursday January 14, 2021 in Rockford after an extended illness. He was born on March 18, 1949 in Glade Springs, VA the son of John and Sarah (Shew) Murray. He married Sandra M. Masini on September 20, 1968. Bill worked in shipping at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. After they closed he then worked at Builder Discount a number of years. He was a member of the Masonic...
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Dianna M. Remour

January 13, 1956 - January 13, 2021

Dianna M. Remour, age 65, of Albany, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at her home. Dianna was born January 13, 1956 in Moline the daughter of Harold and Cherry (Crosby) Stephens. She married Boyd D. Remour on June 17, 1974 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2012. Dianna was a homemaker but also cleaned homes and cared for the elderly. She later worked at Kelly's Food Mart...
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Penny L. Hammer

November 11, 1947 - January 12, 2021

Penny L. Hammer Penny L. Hammer, age 73, of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at her home with family by her side. Penny was born November 11, 1947 in Galesburg the daughter of Bill and Birdie (McGahey) Leitsch. She married Lynn Hammer on March 7, 1969 in Galesburg. Penny graduated from NIU with an MSP degree in 1991. She was employed as a Speech Pathologist at CGH Medical Center in...
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Paul A. Hoffmiller

April 1, 1940 - January 11, 2021

ROCK FALLS – Paul A. Hoffmiller, 80, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 11, 2021, at his home. He was born on April 1, 1940 in Sterling the son of Albert Paul and Jane Victory (Innes) Hoffmiller. He attended St Mary and St. Andrew grade schools and Newman High School. He married Barbara Roberts on April 19, 1967 in Dixon. She died December 16, 1995. Paul and his brother John had owned...
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Nellie Jo Adams

August 3, 1925 - January 11, 2021

Nellie "Nell" Adams, 95 of Sterling died Monday January 11, 2021 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on August 3, 1925 in Taos, New Mexico the daughter of Pleasant and Madlyne (Arnold) Hill. She married William Edward Adams on August 3, 1946 in Rock Falls. He died February 9, 2020. Nell had worked as a book keeper for many years for the late Dr. Sullivan in Sterling and also for her late...
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Daniel J. Crebo, Jr.

December 29, 1993 - January 9, 2021

Daniel J. Crebo, Jr, age 26 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, January 9, 2021. Dan was born on December 29, 1993 in Sterling, the son of Daniel J. and Lisa (Bollman) Crebo, Sr. He was a 2012 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a United States Army National Guard Veteran. Dan enjoyed reading, writing, drawing, working out, being down by the canal and listening to music. Survivors include...
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Alvin A. Barton

May 3, 1932 - January 9, 2021

Alvin A. Barton, 88 of Sterling died Saturday January 9, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 3, 1932 in Truman, Arkansas the son of Elijah W. and Edith (Dickens) Barton and he had served in the US Airforce during the Korean War. He married Martha Jane Johnson on November 20, 1954 in Wichita, TX. She died May 5, 1991. He later married Margaret M. (Harms) Rowzee on June 12, 1993. Alvin was...
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Noel A. Feather, Jr

April 11, 1936 - January 6, 2021

Noel Albert Feather, Jr., 84, of Rock Falls, IL, passed away peacefully January 6, 2021, surrounded by his family. The eldest son of Noel Sr. and Opal (Lamb) Feather, Noel was born April 11, 1936, in Fairfield, IL, the family then moving to Sterling, IL, where he spent most of his life. In later years, he and his wife Sue wintered in Florida. He retired from NW Steel and Wire after 30 years. ...
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Lyle Bogott

May 28, 1927 - January 4, 2021

A wonderful Dad, retired teacher and coach and overall good guy, Lyle Bogott passed away on January 4, 2021 in Alvin, Texas. He was born on May 28, 1927 in Sterling, IL, to Fred (Ted) and Celia Bogott. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife Jean whom he was married to for almost 70 years, two sisters, Katherine and Jeanette, two brothers, Danny and Fred, five brothers-in-law...
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Ronald E. Nissen

January 31, 1956 - January 3, 2021

Ronald Eugene Nissen, 64, of Mt. Morris, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ronald was born January 31, 1956 in Clinton, IA, the son of Donald and Norma (Kahn) Nissen. Ronald married Judy Kriebs on December 30, 1985 in Clinton. He was employed in flooring industry for many years, at Walmart in Freeport for 20 years, and most recently at Sterling Farm & Fleet...
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Alice Marie Brunk

May 15, 1936 - January 3, 2021

Alice M. Brunk, 84 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Alice was born on May 15, 1936 in Green Castle, Missouri, the daughter of Ida (Wildman) Adams. She married Paul Brunk on April 15, 1955 in Prophetstown. Alice was a registered nurse and worked at CGH Medical Center for about 15 years. She was a wonderful seamstress and quilter. Alice was...
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Carol Hunt

December 19, 1936 - January 2, 2021

FREEPORT – Carol Hunt, age 84, died Saturday, January 2, 2021 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Carol was born on December 19, 1936 in Polo the daughter of Lee and Stella (Blow) Hunt. She was employed for over 20 years with Structo Manufacturing in Freeport. Carol was a lifetime member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Her family appreciates the friendships she...
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Adolph L. Zapf

March 13, 1922 - January 2, 2021

STERLING – Adolph L. Zapf, age 98, died Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on March 13, 1922 in Rock Falls the son of George and Dora (Jacobs) Zapf. Adolph married Ona Mae Rosene. She died March 21, 1981. He was a lifelong farmer in the Rock Falls area and lifelong member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Adolph in his younger years would travel to area...
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Drew M. Henson, USAF

December 20, 1999 - January 1, 2021

ROCK FALLS – SrA Drew Mikel Henson, USAF, 21 died in a single car accident due to weather and took this young bright life away from his adorning family and friends on New Year's Day January 1, 2021 in Florida. Drew was born on December 20, 1999 in Sterling the son of Charles Buckley and Nancey Illene (Welch) Henson. Growing up Drew attended Rock Falls Middle School and Newman Central...
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Lillian Mae Burke

February 14, 1950 - January 1, 2021

Lillian Mae Burke, 70, of Riverview Haven, Rock Falls died at CGH Medical Center, Sterling on January 1, 2021. Lillian fought the Covid-19 pandemic for 5 days until her body didn't have the strength to fight any more. Lillian expressed her undying love and passion for work at Self Help Enterprises for over 40 years. Lillian was born on February 14, 1950 in Tampico, Illinois to John William...
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Steven J. Shaner

April 13, 1960 - December 31, 2020

Steven J. Shaner, 60, of Morrison, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Morrison Community Hospital. Steven was born on April 13, 1960 in Chicago, the son of Donald and Lorraine (Keller) Shaner. He married Karen Adamec on June 14, 1986 in Downers Grove. Steven was employed as an engineer with Union Pacific Railroad in Clinton, IA for 24 years. He enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and...
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Arlyn D. Cain

December 24, 1940 - December 30, 2020

ROCK FALLS - Arlyn D. Cain, of Rock Falls died December 30, 2020 at his home, just days after spending his 80th birthday with family. Arlyn Dale Cain was a man of simple pleasures. He loved spending time with his wife of nearly 61 years, Judy, in the modest of moments, whether that was making nightly McDonald's runs for ice cream or chatting about grandchildren.He made it a point to speak to...
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Earl Ronald Moore

June 8, 1934 - December 30, 2020

Earl R. Moore, 86, of Milledgeville, died on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Earl was born on June 8, 1934 in Bureau County, the son of Earl and Viva (Musser) Moore. He married Kathryn Hagie on May 25, 1957 in Milwaukee, WI. Earl was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 40 years. He enjoyed riding bicycles, motorcycles, and camping. Survivors include...
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Denise D. McLoughlin

October 28, 1950 - December 29, 2020

Denise D. McLoughlin Denise D. McLoughlin, age 70, of Prophetstown, died December 29, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Denise was born October 28, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Dennis and Esther (Cordry) Wranik. She married Timothy McLoughlin on November 4, 1968 in Elgin. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2019. She worked with the Tampico Area Historical Society for...
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Rita Ann Conley

August 6, 1929 - December 28, 2020

Rita Ann Conley, 91 of Rock Falls, died on Monday, December 28, 2020 at The Villas of Hollybrook, Reflections and Memory Care in Springfield. Rita was born on August 6, 1929 in Bagley, WI, the daughter of Alfred and Evelyn (Bailey) Jackley. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1948. She married Harold Conley on June 24, 1948, he preceded her in death on September 10, 1984. Rita dedicated...
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James William Foley

June 13, 1931 - December 28, 2020

James William Foley, 89, of Sterling, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at his home. James was born on June 13, 1931 in Harmon, the son of Joseph and Grace (Johnson) Foley. He graduated from Catholic Community High School in 1949. James was a US Army Veteran and proudly served in the Korean War. He married Marie Ann Muhleback on October 26, 1957 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dixon....
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William Wesley Fisher

August 13, 1925 - December 27, 2020

ROCK FALLS – William Wesley Fisher, age 95, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. William was born on August 13, 1925 in Harmon the son of Herbert and Helen (Robinson) Fisher. He married Barbara Myers on October 11, 1947. She died on December 20, 2011. William retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire after 35 years. He was a member of the First Christian...
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Leland W. Bryson

January 10, 1937 - December 27, 2020

Leland W. Bryson, 83, of 701 Washington St., Milledgeville, IL died December 27th, 2020 at Sterling CGH following an extended battle with cancer. Leland was born on January 10, 1937 in Whiteside County, the son of Benjamin and Helen Schilling Bryson. He married Ruth M. Alber on October 11, 1953. He was retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire; the Milledgeville Volunteer Fire...
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Dolores "Dee" Smith

February 17, 1938 - December 26, 2020

NAPERVILLE - Dolores "Dee" Smith, Age 82, formally of Prophetstown, IL passed away on December 26, 2020 at St. Patricks Residence in Naperville. She was born February 17, 1938 in Michigan. Dee moved to Prophetstown where she worked as a CNA at Winning Wheels. There she meant her good friend Jim and they lived together in Prophetstown and Sterling. Dee is survived by her sister Mary Ann ...
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Guadalupe Salazar

October 3, 1947 - December 24, 2020

Guadalupe Salazar Guadalupe Salazar, 73, of Dixon, died Thursday, December 24, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Guadalupe was born October 3, 1947 in San Benito, Texas the son of Donato, Sr. and Ester (De La Cruz) Salazar. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was later employed at Rochelle Foods. Guadalupe loved his animals and was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. ...
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Anthony S. Velazquez

May 11, 1956 - December 24, 2020

Anthony Steven Velazquez 64 of Lyndon Illinois passed on the morning of December 24, 2020 at CGH medical center Sterling, IL. Tone was also born at CGH. His sons were at his bedside and daughter via video to say goodbye. Tone was the son of Jose and Eudora (Harms) Velazquez. He attended Prophetstown High School, and Sauk Valley Community College Dixon, IL. He worked for Chicago and Northwestern...
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Kye S. Jaques

December 3, 1936 - December 23, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Kye S. Jaques, age 84, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Kye was born on December 3, 1936 in Osan, South Korea the daughter of Mun Ok Pak and Pong Sun Kim. She married Jimmy Jaques on March 27, 1967 in South Korea. Kye was an avid gardener and loved working outdoors. Survivors include her husband, Jimmy of Rock Falls;...
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Nancy L. Heath

February 7, 1936 - December 23, 2020

Nancy Lee, 84 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Nancy was born on February 7, 1936 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Elbert and Vivian (Roderick) Chronister. She married John Henry Heath on January 21, 1956 in Rock Falls. Nancy enjoyed sewing, working in the flower garden, painting and baking. She is survived by her husband of...
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Clarence "Jack" O. Sampson

March 10, 1934 - December 23, 2020

Clarence "Jack" O. Sampson Clarence "Jack" O. Sampson, age 86, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling with his children present. Jack was born March 10, 1934 near Iuka the son of Orville and Elizabeth (McDaneld) Sampson. He married Beverley Hunter on September 22, 1957. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2011. Jack served in the US Army and...
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Anita R. Fisk

July 12, 1941 - December 22, 2020

Anita Rae Fisk, 79 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Anita was born on July 12, 1941 in Sterling, the daughter of Leslie and Berneice (Oppendike) Johnson. She married David E. Fisk on August 19, 1957 in Norfolk, VA. He preceded her in death on June 19, 2019. Anita was a LPN and worked at Morrison Hospital and then at Good Samaritan...
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Marjorie H. Miller

September 10, 1947 - December 21, 2020

Marjorie H. Miller Marjorie H. Miller, age 73, of Belvidere, died Monday, December 21, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marjorie was born September 10, 1947 in Aurora the daughter of Cecil and Clois (Stewart) Hastings. She married Dennis Miller on June 14, 1969 in Batavia. Marjorie was employed at Fox Valley Hospice as an office manager for many years. She is survived by her...
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Carl H. Nelson

October 12, 1924 - December 18, 2020

Carl Harold Nelson was born October 12, 1924 on the family farm near St. Peter, MN, the son of Alma Johnson and Sigfrid Nelson, a Swedish immigrant. After attending rural one room schools, he graduated from St. Peter High School. He served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater, participating in the liberation of the Philippines. Carl worked at Wahl Clipper Corporation for...
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Linda Kay Parr

September 29, 1944 - December 17, 2020

Linda Kay Parr, 76, of Erie, died on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at her home. Linda was born on September 29, 1944 in Westby, WI, the daughter of Carl and Alice (Thorgerson) Sather. She married Tyrone Parr on February 27, 1965 in Westby, WI. He predeceased her in May of 1990. Linda was a member of the Clinton Women's Club. She loved her dogs, and enjoyed cooking and baking. She often told of...
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Stanley John Domack, Jr.

February 11, 1935 - December 16, 2020

Stanley John Domack, 85 of Morrison, IL, flew West on December 16, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley A. and Helen C. Domack, and his wife of 62 years, Shirley, who passed away in November of 2016. He is survived by sisters Rennett, Marshann and Rosemary; son, Christopher; daughters, Roxanne, Sharon and Stephanie; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr....
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Terry L. Lynch

September 22, 1954 - December 16, 2020

Terry L Lynch, 66, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Winning Wheels in Prophetstown. Terry was born on September 22, 1954 in Amboy, the son of Joseph and Marilyn (Miller) Lynch. He married Delores Franco on December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. Terry was employed as a maintenance supervisor for many years. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. He was a member...
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Carol A. King

November 16, 1949 - December 15, 2020

Carol "Hock" King, 71, of Prophetstown (formerly of New Boston, IL and Mechanivsville, IA), passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at her home. Carol was born on November 16, 1949 in Muscatine, IA, the daughter of James King and Molly Juhl. She was employed as shift foreman at Products Unlimited and Micron Industries for many years. Carol was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles...
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Arthur A. Deem

June 30, 1924 - December 14, 2020

Arthur A. Deem, 96 died Monday December 14, 2020 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on June 30, 1924 in Rock Falls the son of Arthur E. and Genevieve (Coe) Deem. He was a US Navy Veteran and served in WWII and the Korean War. He married Ruth Corl on November 28, 1948 in Rock Falls. Art had been employed at the former R.B. & W. Co in Rock Falls for 43 years, retiring as a draftsman. He...
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Diane C. Dillon

December 20, 1933 - December 12, 2020

Diane C. Dillon, age 86, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Diane was born December 20, 1933 in Dixon the daughter of Edward and Kathryn (Stanley) Johnson. She married James Dillon on May 8, 1955 in Nachusa. He preceded her in death on November 19, 2019. Diane was a lifelong teacher at East Coloma School in Rock Falls. After retirement, she and...
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