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Roger D. Weber

 

 

Roger D. Weber, 72, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 16, 2017. Private graveside services will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the family of Roger Weber.

 

Roger was born on April 10, 1945, the son of Chester C. and Lauretta (Parpart) Weber, in Geneseo, IL. He attended and graduated from Geneseo High School. Roger married Jackie Morsman on November 10, 1967, the couple later divorced. He worked for International Harvesters Works for 18 years, before starting his own business, Weber’s Tree Service. Roger owned and operated the tree service in Geneseo for many years. He was a member of the Colona Gun Club, and a very proficient and talented trap shooter. Roger was a true outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and trapping.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Corey Weber, Mico, TX, and his daughter, Marcy (Ken) McKillip, Milan, IL. Roger’s grandchildren are Samantha Weber, Nick Parker, Blake McKillip, Kade McKillip, and Kylie McKillip, and great-granddaughter, Violet Grace Weber. His sisters are Mary (Mark) Seaholm, Moline, IL, Renee (Mark) Taylor, Moline, IL, and Trish (Jim) Rusk, Geneseo, IL.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Lauretta, his step-mother Dee, and by his special friend Jeannie Phillips.

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to Vickie Rogers, for her care and concern for Roger these past few years!

 

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Sarah Esther Watson

 

Sarah Esther Watson, 41, of Port Byron, IL passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held by Sarah’s family. Sarah’s wishes were honored by becoming an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the educational fund for Sarah’s sons, Drew and Alex, in her memory. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Sarah was born on June 23, 1976, the daughter of Chuck and Mary (Ward) Williamsen in Moline, IL. She graduated from J.D Darnall high school in the class of 1994. Sarah attended Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and graduated in 1999. Sarah had been employed at Project Now Head Start of the Quad Cities, as an assistant teacher, teaching in several Quad City locations. She was a past library board member of the River Valley District Library in Port Byron, IL. Sarah taught vacation bible school at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron. Most of all, Sarah loved being a mother. She also loved helping other children at Project Now Head Start. Sarah was also involved in many other organizations, as well as a member of the Heritage Church in Rock Island, IL.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Scott Watson, sons, Drew Williamsen Watson, and Alex Lewis Williamsen Watson, her parents, Chuck and Mary Williamsen, her brother, Matt (Amber) Williamsen, Geneseo, IL, and four nieces and nephews.

 

Sarah was preceded in death by her grandparents, Winford & Frances Ward, and Charles & Mary Williamsen, and her aunt Jane Dericx.

 

 

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Donna Jean Michalik

Donna Jean Michalik, age 84 of Kewanee, died at home the afternoon of October 14, 2017. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:45 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church.  Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Humane Society or to her church.

Donna was born May 9, 1933, in Kewanee, the only child of Peter and Leota (Zang) Kohler.  She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew (Snooks) Michalik, loving mother of Matthew and Mark Michalik.  Cherished grandmother of Peter, Clare, John, Luke and Brooke Michalik. 

Donna graduated from Visitation Grade School in 1946, and from Kewanee High School in 1950.  She married Andrew F. (Snooks) Michalik on April 7, 1956 in Kewanee. They celebrated 56 years of marriage in 2012. He preceded her in death on January 3, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and special cousins. Surviving are her two sons, Matthew (Mary Helen) of Homewood, IL, and Mark (Kendra) of Plainfield, IL and her five beloved grandchildren, Peter, Clare, John, Luke and Brooke; her special cousins Rosalie, Mary, Rita and Zoe and several Kohler cousins. Donna was employed for many years in the Operating Department of the Illinois Power Co. in Kewanee and later for the accounting firm of Clifton, Gunderson & Co. retiring in 1993.

Following her retirement, Donna thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching their activities, traveling to Arizona to visit old friends (Helen Sckrabulis in particular), playing bridge, flower gardening and time spent on the golf course. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking.

She was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and now St. John Paul II Parish (formerly Visitation Church), their Altar and Rosary Society, the Kewanee Hospital Auxiliary and the afternoon ladies golf league.

She was inducted into the Kewanee Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Kewanee, and had lived in the same house across from West Park for nearly her entire life.

Donna will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family and she loved her pets: Tiger, Taffy, Mitzi and her beloved Molly along with Nala and Lily.

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Bonnie Glaski

Bonnie E. Glaski, 68, of Milan, formerly of Kewanee, died at 10:57 a.m., Friday, October 13, 2017 at her home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with private committal rites at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bonnie Glaski Memorial Fund.

She was born on October 1, 1949 in Kewanee, the daughter of Syrus A and Alberta L (Stephens) Perrigo. She married Dennis J Glaski on January 13, 1973 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Frenette. She is survived by two sons, Jerrod (and his fiancée Jill Henderson) of Milan, Il and Sergei (Carolina) Guschin, of Des Moines, IA, two daughters, Lexie Glaski of New Bedford, Il and Bethany DeSmit, ten grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Tiana, Aiden, Ethan, Zander, Isabelle, Jasmine, Alex and Alayna, two brothers, Norman Perrigo of Kewanee and A. Leslie (Jayne) Perrigo of Wyoming, Il, and two sisters, Martha (Michael) Peed of Kewanee and Carole (Terry) Colgan of Wyoming, Il.

Bonnie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1967 and then Augustana College in 1971 having earned a degree in teaching. She had taught 7th grade at Visitation School in 1984 and continued as a substitute teacher off and on for several years. She was a stay at home mom and for a number of years, did seamstress work out of her home. She had attended St. John Paul II, Visitation Church in earlier years. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, doing crafts and watching movies. She was also an avid reader. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Istvan Holper III

Istvan "Steve" "Hoop" Holper, III, 58, of Andover, died Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  There will be a private committal service at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Steve Holper Memorial Fund.

 

Istvan Holper, III was born March 8, 1959 in Chicago, the son of Istvan and Donna Holper, II.  He was educated in Paw Paw, IL and graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1977.  His marriage to Gina Dilenbeck took place on October 12, 1991 in Geneseo.  They later divorced.  Steve worked for the State of Illinois - CMS, in Henry County from 1986 until retiring on August 1, 2017.  He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 and the Illini State Pullers.

 

His hobbies were restoring antique cars and trucks, and he was currently restoring a 1950 Dodge pickup.  He also made engines and transmissions for hot rods and attended many area car shows.  Steve was a great friend, always willing to help anyone.  He was a devoted father to Camden, who was his pride and joy.

 

Those surviving are a son, Camden Holper (Kaela Moran), Andover, his father and step mother, Steve and Pat Holper, Lancaster, MO, sisters, Donna Patton, Virginia Beach, VA, Tammy Wyatt, Leland, IL, Pam Morris, Franklin Grove, IL, and Wanda (Al) Frieberg, Beverly Hills, FL.  Other survivors include brothers, Vance (Linda) Holper, Ohio, IL, David Vaughn, Franklin Grove, IL, Ronnie Vaughn, Ottawa, IL, and an aunt, Diane Minard, Aurora, IL.

His mother and a brother, Charles Vaughn, preceded him in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Steve's  obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Ruth A. Junis-Albrecht

Ruth A. Junis-Albrecht, 79, of Colona, formerly of Toulon, died at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the home of her daughter in New Boston, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

She was born May 26, 1938 in Toulon, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Schmidt) Fussner. She married Leonard Junis and he preceded her in death and then she later married William Albrecht and he preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Timothy (Sandra) Junis of Colona and Joseph (Brenda) Junis of New Boston, IL, her daughter, Rita (Ron) Martin of New Boston, IL, three brothers, Edward Fussner of Toulon, George (Linda) Fussner of Allentown, PA and Roger (Ruth) Fussner of Phoenix, AZ, a sister, Mary Forstrom of Wyoming, IL, five grandchildren, Wesley (Vineta) Junis, Wyatt (Brandy) Junis, Tyler (Hillary) Junis, Jamie Current and Samantha (Jason) Dale and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Ruth graduated from Toulon High School in 1956. She was a homemaker and in her early years had worked Boss Glove Manufacturing. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colona. She enjoyed participating in parades and with Race for the Cure. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Nancy C. Morey

 Nancy C. Morey, 86, of Kewanee, died at 9:21 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and private graveside services and inurnment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in rural Annawan. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Historical Society or to the Kewanee Animal Shelter. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born December 5, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of Keith and Barbara Webster. She married Orville Ray Morey on October 5, 1951 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on December 11, 2014. Survivors include her two sons, Mark Morey and Miles (Karen) Morey, both of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Nancy graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was a homemaker and had worked as a draftsman for the City of Kewanee working alongside the city engineer. She also worked at Kewanee Boiler and alongside her husband in the family business. She was affiliated with the Fairview United Methodist Church in rural Annawan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dianna Kay Leadingham

 

 

Dianna Kay Leadingham, 83, of Atkinson IL, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at her home. Private funeral services are planned for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Cemetery in Atkinson, IL. No visitation is planned.  Memorials may be directed to the family of Dianna.

 

Dianna was born on September 17, 1934, the daughter of Jack and Phyllis (Williams) Klink in Galesburg, IL. She was a CNA at the Hillcrest Home, Geneseo, and then the Kewanee Care Center from which she retired. She enjoyed crocheting and doing cross word puzzles.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Deb (Kevin) Stanfield, Atkinson, sister Jackie VanDeVoorde, Geneseo, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Dianna was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Phyllis, daughter Janie, sons Danny and Jimmy and her sister JoAnn “Corky”.

           

 

 

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Marjorie S. Homer

Marjorie S. Homer, 75, a resident of Heritage Health in Walnut, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Heritage Health in Walnut or to Vitas Hospice in LaSalle.

She was born February 13, 1942 in New Bedford, IL, the daughter of George and Emma (Hardy) Howes. She married George R. Homer on October 20, 1963 and he preceded her in death on October 25, 2013. Survivors include a son, Steve Homer of Knoxville, TN, a daughter, Jeri (Tim) Hallinan of Macomb, IL, her two sisters, Betty Schuler of Walnut and Joyce Long of Oregon, IL and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sean and Quinlan Hallinan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a son, Bradley.

Marjorie had worked as a waitress for many years at Midland Country Club in Kewanee until her retirement. She had been a member of the former Assembly of God Church in Kewanee and the Rebekah Lodge. She was an Elvis fan who enjoyed bowling and had bowled in league, flower gardening, doing word search puzzles and going on group bus trips with her husband. Most of all she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bette Buffett

Bette Jane Buffett, 92, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Kewanee Care Home.

Bette was born in Galesburg, Illinois to the late Charles and Cecilia (Maxwell) McElwain on March 18, 1925.

 

Bette is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Buffett; and three sisters, Mary Remick (Bill), Joanne Engels (Marvin), and Sue Gauwitz.  Bette is survived by her brothers, Bill (Katy) and Terry (Karen) McElwain both of Arkansas and special friend Shirley Dana.

 

Graveside services will be held at South Pleasant View Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 13, 2017 with Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Henry County Humane Society, Kewanee Chapter. Please leave an online condolence for Bette’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Donna J. Johnson

 

Donna J. Johnson, 79, formerly of Cambridge, died on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 13th at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  The family requests casual dress for the service.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.

 

Donna Jean Smith was born March 27, 1938 in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter Gale and Doris (Hawthorne) Smith.  She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1955.  She was united in marriage to Rodney D. Johnson on December 30, 1956 in Cambridge Lutheran Church.  He survives.  Donna had worked at Bank Orion, Cambridge, and retired after 34 years.  She was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church and she loved spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.

 

Survivors include her husband, Rodney, Geneseo; two daughters, Denise (Charlie) Brown, Cambridge, and Deana Fox, Orion; six grandchildren, Sara (Chad) Humphrey, Michael (Jessica) Beam, Brandon (Amanda) Beam, Tyler Fox, Tanner (Amber) Fox, and Jacob Fox; nine great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Avery and Ella Humphrey, Rodney, Rowdy, and Ruby Sue Beam, Caylee and Colton Beam, and Elizabeth Fox; a brother, Carl (Mary) Smith, Geneseo; and a sister, Bette (Gene) Clarke, Colona.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lavonne and Linder Schumaker.

 

The family would like to thank Good Samaritan, Geneseo; Hospice Compassus; and Unity Point Family Medical, Cambridge office.  Condolences may be expressed by visiting Donna’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Willie Mae Hodge

Willie Mae Hodge, 78, of Kewanee, died at 12:51 a.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Paul Schultz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m.Thursday, October 12 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the COPD Foundation.

She was born August 1, 1939 in Grand Chain, IL, the daughter of Adolphus J. and Versie M. (Travis) West Sr. She married James E. Hodge on June 16, 1956 in Peoria and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1998. Survivors include her eight children, Cheryl Lynn Hodge Johnson, Lewis E. Hodge Sr., Donna Marie Hodge, Lisa Rochelle Hodge Reed and James W. (Latisha) Hodge Sr., all of Kewanee, Lori Ann Hodge Wilson of Bowling Green, KY, Linda Gynell Hodge of South Dakota and Amy Genean (Zach) Hodge Bailey of Kewanee, a brother, Adolphus West Jr, two sisters, Hazel West and Marcella Lobdell, thirty grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leon in infancy and Alphonso, a sister, Myrtle, a son, Randal Lee and two daughters, Angela and Delores.

Willie Mae had worked at the Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee, in the dietary department at the Kewanee Care Home and in skilled nursing at Kewanee Hospital. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Willie Mae was an unconditional loving mother who loved her family and the Bible and was known as the “neighborhood mama.” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Arlo W. Morey

 

 

Arlo W. Morey, 87, of rural Kewanee died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. (noon)., on Tuesday, Oct 10th at Fairview United Methodist Church, Annawan Township.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services  at the church.  Memorials may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church.  Stackhouse-

Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Arlo was born December 8, 1929 in Kewanee, IL the son of Marion F. and Hazel R. (Palmer) Morey.  Arlo served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.  He married Carla J Wolfe at Fairview United Methodist Church on December 13, 1953.  She survives.  Arlo was employed by Goldstar FS for 35 years before retiring on December 31, 1991.

 

Arlo was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.  He was also a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge where he was instrumental in the ground breaking and process of building the country club.    Arlo loved his many trips with family and friends fishing in Minnesota and Canada.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carla; two daughters and (spouses) Annette (Marty) Verdick, Champaign, IL, Tanya (Mike) Procell, Baton Rouge, LA; three grandchildren, Neal (Elizabeth) Verdick, Chicago, Lisa (Jon) Penner, Bloomington, IL, and Adam (Heather) Procell, Baton Rouge, LA; three great grandchildren, Dana and Claire Penner, and Autumn Procell; and an exchange daughter, Caroline Winneke, from Australia.  Arlo was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lynn.

 

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Arlo’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Mary C. Osborne

Mary C. Osborne, 76, of Morton, formerly of Kewanee, passed peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at her home.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at1:00 p.m.Wednesday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home with recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton or to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Mary was born May 21, 1941 in Kewanee, the daughter of Forrest and Clara (Fortman) Boswell. She married William Duane Osborne on August 7, 1965 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2013. Survivors include a son, Mike (Rachel) Osborne of Morton, a brother, David (Sara) Boswell of Kewanee, a sister, Jane Boswell of Peoria, two grandchildren, Aaron Clyde Osborne and Grace Catherine Osborne, three nephews, Jeffrey (Cara) of Southlake, TX, Thomas (Lannie) of Lombard, IL and Mark (Kathryn) Boswell of Long Grove, IL and a cousin-in-law, Sandy Murphy of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Patrick Murphy and Peggy Lehr.

Mary graduated from Kewanee High School in 1959 and from Bradley University in Peoria.  She taught business, economics, and typing classes at Spalding and Peoria Notre Dame High School, where she was a photographer and yearbook advisor most years.  She enjoyed teaching CCD classes to grade school children for several years at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  She had a passion for gardening and outdoors, science, photography, the holidays, and trips to Northern Wisconsin.  Family and friends were especially important to her.  She loved being nana to her grandchildren.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lura Bartley

Lura L. Bartley, 76, of Cambridge, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center, in Galesburg, IL. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Lura was born on December 22, 1940, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Shelby and Ruby (Clark) Williams. She graduated from high school and married Howard W. Bartley on August 22, 1958 in Kinsgton Mines, IL. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2017. Lura was employed by the Pekin Insurance Company, in the claims department and she retired after 25 years. Lura enjoyed quilting, painting and working in her flower garden. She and Howard spent much time together in Florida. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

 

Those left to cherish Lura’s memory include her daughters Lynn (Dan) Cole, Geneseo, Annette Bartley, Pekin, IL and Janice (Scott) Muzzarelli, Normal, IL. Her grandchildren are Ryan Cole and Valerie DeReu, and she has five great grandchildren.

 

Lura was preceded in death by her husband, Howard and her parents, Shelby and Ruby.

 

 

 

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Anthony P. Brazee

 Anthony P. Brazee, 35, of Kewanee, died at 1:14 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born August 3, 1982 in Kewanee, the son of William R. and Molly Jo (Jones) Brazee. Survivors include several aunts and uncles, including Darlene (Walter) Hamrick Jr. of Dixon, IL and numerous cousins, including Lila (David) Lee of Dixon, IL, Mary (Jerry) Simmons and Walter (Dee) Hamrick III, both of Kewanee, Bradley Hamrick Sr. of Dixon, IL and Adam (Carrie) Hamrick of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Anthony graduated from Kewanee High School. He enjoyed watching WWE wrestling and movies especially horror, shooting pool, fishing and spending time with his cousin, Tyler. He was a well-liked person and was known to many as the “lovable giant.” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Chester Elgin Jr.

Chester E. “Chet” Elgin Jr., 80, of Kewanee, died at 11:15 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Toulon Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.,Friday, October 6 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, October 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish or to Visitation School.

He was born May 3, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of Chester E. and Helen (Grudzinski) Elgin Sr. He married Janet A. Sherbeyn on September 10, 1960 in Galva. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Marty (Laura) Elgin of Burlington, WI and Jack Elgin and his special friend, Janelle of San Diego, CA, three grandchildren, Alexis, Amanda and Nathaniel and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald and a sister, Joan Graf.

Chet graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955. He worked as clerk for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and the Knights of Columbus. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mauritz Oscar "Maury" Hulting

Mauritz O. “Maury” Hulting, 96, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 1st, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care unit in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo at 10:30 a.m. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will take place one and a half hours prior to the funeral service, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be left to First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Mauritz. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Maury was born on July 22, 1921, the son of Oscar and Olive (Forsell) Hulting, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School, and graduated with the class of 1939. Maury furthered his studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Maury was united in marriage to Gladys Mae Weber on February 24, 1949 at the Loraine Church Parsonage, and celebrated 68 years together. Maury’s life time passion was farming and raising cattle and hogs on the family farm he was born on, in Osco Township. This love for the outdoors inspired Maury to plant a tree every year, and to care for and love his walnut grove. He was a member of Geneseo Kiwanis Club for over 30 years, along with being a member of Livestock Feeders Association, Deere Valley Collectors Club, Henry County Board for ten years, and the ASCS Board. Maury was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gladys, and his daughters Carol (Jim) Breczinksi, Minnetonka, MN, Gail (Norm) Hutchinson, Geneseo, IL, and Sharon (Jim) Greif, Monticello, IA. His grandchildren are Lora Breczinski, William (Chloe) Breczinki, Gloria (Ryan) Brock, Dan (Becca) Hutchinson, and Peter, Nick, and Kate Greif. His three great-grandchildren are Harper, Herbert, and Max.

 

Mauritz was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Olive, his brothers Alvin and Carl, and his sister Marie.

 

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Becky Ann Switzer

Becky Ann Switzer, 64, of Kewanee passed away at 10:20 am on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home, Kewanee. Becky was born December 1, 1952 in Kewanee the daughter of Howard and Mary Lou (Hayden) Baldwin. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1970. She married Robert Switzer on May 3, 1980 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, he survives. She was a long-time employee of Boss Manufacturing where she worked as a Consumer Marketing Manager.

Becky is also survived by three children, Nick Switzer, Kewanee, Valerie Switzer, Kewanee, Ryan (Abi Stevenson) Switzer, Kewanee; grandchildren, Max Schneider and Lily Switzer-Bowers; and one brother Hayden (Carla) Baldwin, of AR. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dave Baldwin.

Becky enjoyed playing bingo with her mom, vacationing in Florida, shopping and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made out to the family. Please leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Carol A. Jacobson

 

 

Carol A. Jacobson, 81, of Geneseo died peacefully on May 10, 2017, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.  A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on Saturday, September 30, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at her home: 628 East Ogden Avenue, Geneseo, IL. Friends are invited to share a meal and tell stories about Carol. Guests are invited to park at Vandemore Funeral Home, west of Carol’s home.

 

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Richard Jay Boomer

 

Richard J. Boomer, 84, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on September 16, 2017, in Mesa, AZ. He was born December 22, 1932 in Atkinson, IL, the son of Lester J. and Helen Breese Boomer. He graduated from Hillsdale High School, class of 1951 and moved to Arizona at the age of 19. Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with local arrangements.

 

He is survived by daughter, Cindy E. Boomer, son, Richard J. Boomer, Jr. and step-son, Rick Johnson of Mesa, AZ. Also surviving Richard are sisters, Olive Norris and Janet Steinwinder, AZ, Mary Bridges, MS, Donna Jeffers, Washington, IL, and brother, James Boomer, Geneseo, IL.

 

Richard was a highly skilled heavy equipment and crane operator. He enjoyed driving past the large buildings (schools, libraries, Glendale City Hall, etc.) where his crane was used in construction.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Arizona Humane Society.

 

 

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Thershea Warren

Thershea Marie (Barkley) Warren, 92, of Cuba, IL formerly of Wyanet and Kewanee, IL, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Clayberg Nursing Home, Cuba, IL. Thershea was born September 6, 1925 in Wyanet, IL the daughter of Calvin and Pearl (Johnson) Barkley. She graduated from Wyanet High School. Thershea married Junior Crist in 1943, he died in WWII in 1944. She then married Joseph Warren in 1949 he preceded her in death on September 14, 1999.

Thershea is also survived by three daughters, Sandra (Douglas) Milby, Toulon, IL, Janet (Carl) McMillian, Cuba, IL, Tina Lindsey, Canton, IL; one son, Clinton (Roseann) Warren, Geneseo, IL; two brothers, Arnold “Jim” Barkley, Peoria, IL, Bernard “Bunk” Barkely, Washington, IL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; three sons, Arthur Warren, Kenneth Crossley, Richard J. Warren; one sister, Judith Young; and three brothers, John Barkley, Gerald Barkley and Donald Rhea.

Thershea worked at the Kraft Cheese factory in Manlius, IL for a number of years. She was also a member of the Bunker Hill Church of God. Thershea and Joseph had many foster children through the years. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking; she will always be remembered for her excellent goulash. She also loved spending time with her family.      

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor John Erickson will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Please leave an online condolence for Thershea’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kathryn Garms

Kathryn “Katie” LeeAn Cass Garms, 78, of Kewanee, died Monday, September 25, 2017 at Kewanee Care, Kewanee, IL. Kathryn was born March 31, 1939 in Bradford, IL the daughter of Frank and Freida (Stephens) Cass. She graduated from Bradford High School and Blackhawk College. Kathryn married Louis W. Garms on October 28, 1961 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death.

Kathryn is survived by three children, Christina Carlson, Galva, IL, Harold “Bill” Garms, Kewanee, IL, Jennie Garms, Kewanee, IL; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two siblings, James “Jim” Cass, Tiskilwa, IL, Mrs. Michael (Margaret) “Peggy” Talbot, Branson, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband; one great granddaughter, Lauren Trussen; four siblings, Arthur “Skip” Cass, Robert “John” Cass, Donald Cass, and Beverly Walker.

Kathryn worked for the housing authority of Henry county for numerous years. She also catered and made cakes. She volunteered in Haiti and sponsored a child, Amanda. She loved baking, sewing, traveling, and playing cards. She also enjoyed animals and auctions. She also loved spending time with her family.

Per her wishes there will be no visitation or services. A private family graveside will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society. Please leave an online condolence for Kathryn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Evelyn L. Kicksey

 

 

Evelyn L. Kicksey, 106, of Colona and a longtime resident passed away on September 23, 2017, at Amber Ridge Assisted Living in Moline, IL.  Funeral services celebrating her life will held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday September 28 at the Colona United Methodist Church.  Reverend Mark Horn will officiate. Burial will follow in the Rosedale Cemetery, in Cambridge, IL. Visitation for Evelyn will be 1 Hour prior to the services (10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.) at the Church,  Memorials may be left to Colona United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the Family with the arrangements. 

 

Evelyn was born on August 18, 1911, the daughter of Lawrence and Daisy (Reed) Johnson in Geneseo, IL.  She completed 11 years of school and married Fred J. Kicksey on April 2, 1955 in Cambridge, IL. He preceded her in death in 1980. Evelyn worked as the office assistant for the Cambridge Veterinarian Clinic for many years and was then a Homemaker. She was a Longtime and very Active member of the Colona United Methodist Church, and was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Henry County Republican Women and was active with the Colona Senior Citizens. Evelyn enjoyed flower gardening and yardwork, baking, quilting and spending time with her family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Joyce Falline ,Moline, Illinois, step-daughter, Joy (Gene) McCord, 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 17 great great Grandchildren. Very Special friends Armonda and Brenda Veloz.

 

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Fred, her daughters and son-laws, Shirley & Don Griggs and Janet and Henry  Sellers and step-daughter and spouse, Janet and Larry McElwee. Her son-in-law Wayne Falline, brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Darlene Johnson and sister and Brother-in-law Florence and Bill Nebergall.

 

 

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Dale S. Smith

Dale S. “Smitty” Smith, 88, of Galva, died at 2:40 a.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Toulon Health Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 30, at Rux Funeral Home, Galva.  Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to The First Methodist Church or the Toulon Health Care Center.

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Doris J. Murphy

 

 

Doris J. Murphy, 87, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon, IL. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will take place at a later date at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society’s Building Fund or the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City, IL.

 

Doris was born on March 4, 1930, the daughter of Anton and Ramona (Wharrie) Scubic in Coal City, IL. She graduated from Coal City High School. Doris married E. James Murphy on September 3, 1949; he preceded her in death in 2001. Doris worked as the office manager for Jim Smith Chevrolet and Oldsmobile in Coal City, IL for many years. She enjoyed antiquing and flower gardening. Doris was an avid college basketball and Notre Dame Football fan. She also enjoyed staying up to date on the Geneseo sports teams. One of Doris’s greatest joys was her great-grandson Jack. Doris was a member of the Eastern Star organization and the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Carol Washburn, Geneseo, IL, and her brother, Dale (Patricia Vidmar) Scubic, Coal City, IL, grandson James (Sarah) Washburn, and great-grandson Jack Murphy Washburn.  Doris is also survived by her grand-dog Sadie, and her numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Ramona, her husband James, and her sister in-law Patricia Halliday Scubic, brother and sister in-law Frank and Louise Hanley, and several other brother in-laws and sister in-laws.

 

 

 

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Sharon J. DeJaeger

 

 

Sharon J. DeJaeger, 78, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Genesis East in Davenport, IA. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo at 1:00 p.m. Reverend Matt Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in Silvis, IL. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Sharon was born on December 5, 1938, the daughter of Carl and Perry Johnson in Moline, IL. She graduated from Moline High School and attended the University of Illinois. Sharon was united in marriage to Gerald R. DeJaeger on September 21, 1957, celebrating one day short of 60 years together. She was a member of Le Vieux Grenier Antique Club (Questers International), and collected many artifacts. Sharon loved cooking and traveling. She especially enjoyed traveling to Spain.

 

Those left to cherish Sharon’s memory include, her husband, Gerald, her sons, Kevin (Kathy) DeJaeger, Geneseo, and Kenneth (Joy) DeJaeger, Norwalk, CT, and her daughter, Kathleen DeJaeger, Geneseo. Her grandchildren are Darren, Tara, Tes, and Mia, and her great-grandchildren are Benjamin, Shae, and Aiden. Sharon is also survived by her sisters, Suzie (Bob) Pheiffer, Spring Hill, KS, and Sandy (Dick) Blomberg, Mt. Home, AK.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Perry.  

 

 

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Carol L. Fragoso

Carol L. Fragoso, 60, of Kewanee, died at 3:53 pm on September 19, 2017, OSF Hospital, Peoria, IL. Carol was born August 31, 1957 Alliance, OH the daughter of Richard and Starr (Heestand) Vlahovich. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1975. She married Julio Fragoso in 2001 in Kewanee, he survives.

 

Carol is survived by one son, William (Lacey) Ornelas of Kewanee; one daughter, Maria (Perry) Porter of Lowden, IA; six grandchildren, Brody, Edith, Walker Ornelas, and Tracy, Christina, Dillon Porter; three brothers, Jeff Vlahovich, Richard (Connie) Vlahovich, Matthew (Giulietta) Vlahovich; two sisters, Tricia (Robert) Johnson, and April Fesler. Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Carol worked at Abilities Plus for seven years. She enjoyed gardening, baking, crafting with the grandkids, and loved spending time with family.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 9-11 am prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Please leave an online condolence for Carol’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Sheldon L. "Pill" Schroeder

 

Sheldon L. “Pill” Schroeder, 92, of Geneseo, passed away on September 20, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. There will be a private graveside service on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo where Military Honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Memorials may be left to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA.

 

Sheldon “Pill” was born on February 1, 1925, the son of Merle and Helen (Nelson) Schroeder in Geneseo, IL.  He graduated from Geneseo High School. After high school, Sheldon became a member of the United States Navy and served his country in World War II and the Korean War. Sheldon married Ethel Sommers on October 18, 1947 in Geneseo; Ethel preceded him in death on January 23rd, 2017. He was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Geneseo. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching basketball and football. Most of all, Sheldon enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. Sheldon attended the First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Becky (David) Newton, Silvis, IL, and his three grandchildren, Stacy (Betsy) Demarest, Kimberly (Dan) Beug, and Lisa (Jeff) Nyberg. Sheldon also has 10 great-grandchildren. His sister is Karen Judith (Donald) Doubler, Annawan, IL.

 

Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ehtel, his son Mark Schreoder, his daughter, Kathleen Burgston, and two sisters.

 

 

 

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Dale L. Moon

Dale L. Moon, 86, of Kewanee, died at 4:35 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Courtyard Estates of Kewanee. Dale was born June 15, 1931 in Kewanee, the son of George and Oka (Marshall) Moon. He married Shirley Mae Warren at First Baptist Church, Kewanee on November 9, 1952, she survives.

 

Also surviving are four children, Terry (Kathy) Moon, Terre Haute, IN, Debra (Bob) Schaecher, Kewanee, Joey (Nancy) Moon, Kewanee, Ricky (Chris) Moon, Kewanee; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. Dwaine (Beverlee) Moon, Darrel (Beverly) Moon. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dean Moon; a great-granddaughter, Maggie Madsen; and one sister-in-law, Betty Lindburg.

 

Dale first worked as an Industrial Engineer at Hyster for 35, while there he taught welding at Black Hawk East for many years. Later he was a supervisor and an advanced robotic engineer at John Deere, he retired in 1993. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Kewanee, the Masonic Lodge #159 and the Farm Bureau. Dale started the First Baptist Church play ministry, taught sunday school, was a superintendent at the church, was a deacon, and served on many boards. He enjoyed farming, collecting coins, gardening. He was also an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Dale enjoyed traveling the US with Shirley in their RV.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5-7 on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee and one hour prior to the funeral at First Baptist Church. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church Music Ministry. Online condolences may be left for Dale’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Cori Brooks Ellis

Cori Brooks Ellis, 38, formerly of Kewanee, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Rock Island, IL.

 

Friends are invited to join the family in remembering Cori at a memorial service and balloon release to be held at 3:00 p.m.Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Windmont Park in Kewanee, IL. Cremation has been accorded. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Lois J. Hubbs

Lois J. Hubbs, 84, of Galva passed away at her home at 10:53 a.m., Saturday September 16th, 2017.

 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 20th at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Galva, IL.  Pastor Bob Curry will officiate.  Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19th at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery.  Rux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey or Red Cross Hurricane Irma relief funds.

 

She was born April 18th, 1933 in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Gordon and Opal (Yaden) Holliday.  She married Carl “Sam” Hubbs on June 7th, 1958 in Peoria.  Surviving are her two daughters, Melissa (Donald) Quanstrom of Galva, and Carla Hubbs of Chicago; siblings Vivian Doubet of Hanna City, George “Dick” (Phyllis) Holliday of Hanna City, Jimmy Holliday of Peoria, and Freda (Mike) Burton of Crown Point, IN.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Matthew Quanstrom, Valerie (John, Jr.) McArthur, Raquel Quanstrom, Daniel Hubbs, Jamie Hubbs, and Katrina Hubbs, as well as 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Gordon “Ducky” Holliday and Robert Holliday, her husband, and her son, Samuel Hubbs.

 

Lois graduated from Manual High School in 1950, as well as John Proctor School of Nursing on August 6th, 1953.  For the following 59 years, she dedicated her professional career to caring for community members as a nurse.  Most of her career was spent in home health with the Henry County Health Department. She also worked at the TB Sanitarium in Peoria, Hammond-Henry Hospital, and Kewanee Hospital (now Saint Luke Medical Center), among other practices. She retired officially from nursing in 2012.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Galva, and was an avid and faithful Chicago Cubs fan as well as Chicago Bulls fan.  She greatly enjoyed being a nurse, as well as spending time with her family, and heavily spoiling her loved ones.

 

The family would like to thank the staff at Preferred Hospice, especially Char and Vicki and Pastor Bob Curry. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Cathy J. Goodbar

 

 

 

KEWANEE- Cathy J. Goodbar, 67, of Kewanee, went home to Jesus at 6:54 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at her home after an almost 6 year battle with lymphoma. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Wethersfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Grace Community Bible Church in Venice, FL, The First Christian Church, Kewanee or the First Congregational Church in Galva.

She was born on August 22, 1950 in Kewanee, the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Calcutt) VanHecker. She married Jim “Goober” Goodbar on September 12, 1975. He survives as well as a sister, Janice Bennett of Kewanee and lots of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Heidi Lin Goodbar who was of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic and a brother, Henry VanHecker Jr.

Cathy had graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1968. She had worked at various place over the years including the Henry County Health Department, the Star Courier, Sears and Walworth. She was a member of the Grace Community Bible Church in Venice, FL and she enjoyed reading, crafting and the Cubs. She loved Jesus with all her heart and always wanted him to be the center and glory of her life. She now dances with him in heaven. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.  

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Lyle G. Leader

Lyle G. Leader, 69, of Galva, died at 2:06 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.Tuesday, September 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. His brother, Rev. Richard Leader will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Following the service cremation will be accorded.

He was born March 12, 1948 in Ladysmith, WI, the son of Charles and Icle (Cole) Leader. He married Victoria “Vicki” Dixon on July 21, 1973 on a Navy base in North Chicago, IL. She survives of Galva, as do two daughters, Dana Leek and Misty Isaacs, both of Kewanee, four brothers, Steve, Roy, Joe and Richard, three sisters, Betty, Joyce and Eva, four grandchildren, Patricia, Jordan, James and Jadelyne and three great grandchildren, Tyler, Colton and Aidan. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James and a sister, Peggy.

Lyle graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL. He served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam Era and continued his career as a submariner having served in Guam, Hawaii, California, South Carolina and Illinois, retiring in 1989. He was of the Baptist faith and a “man of all trades,” enjoying fishing, golfing woodworking and especially helping his children with their homes. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Ann Wysowski

Mary Ann Wysowski, long-term resident and dedicated volunteer in Kewanee, died at the long-term care facility of Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, on September 11, 2017 at 94 years of age.  Mary Ann Schwerbrock was born on February 4, 1923, the daughter of John H. and Mary Goossens Schwerbrock.  She graduated from Visitation School and Kewanee High School in 1941 and married Edmund Wysowski at Mather Field Air Base, Sacramento, California, on November 20, 1943.

 

Mary Ann was known for her engaging personality, work ethic, and volunteer spirit.  She assisted her husband, a golf professional, at Baker Park Golf Course and Lake Bracken Country Club, Galesburg, in their golf shops.  She was employed by the State of California in Sacramento, and in Kewanee by Steele's Federal Bakery, Faull Furniture and Gifts, and the food service of Kewanee Hospital.  Mrs. Wysowski was a long-term member of Visitation (St. Mary's) Church, and a volunteer for St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, Visitation School, Visitation Church Altar and Rosary Society, Pilot House (Abilities Plus), and Royal Oaks Care Center.  She logged more than 20,000 volunteer hours in the Kewanee Hospital (St. Luke's) Alcove gift shop, which she helped establish.  In 2004, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Royal Oaks, and in 2006, by Kewanee Hospital.  In 2007, she received the Women in a Supporting Role award by Kewanee Business and Professional Women, and, in 2014, the Inspirational Volunteer award by Henry County Housing Authority.

    

In addition to her husband who died in 2001, Mrs. Wysowski was preceded in death by a brother, John A. Schwerbrock, and a sister, Theresa Marshall.  She is survived by her children, Patricia (Fred) White, Diane Wysowski, Kathleen (Victor) Coburn, Michael Wysowski, and Mary Elizabeth Harrison; a brother, Charles (Thelma) Schwerbrock; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am at Saint John Paul II Parish (Visitation) Church, Kewanee. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. Luke's Hospital, St. John Paul II Parish, or Visitation School. Leave an online condolence for Mary Ann’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.       

The family thanks caregivers at Courtyard Estates, Kewanee, and Hillcrest Home and Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.

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Norma J. Hardy

Norma J. “Jeannie” Hardy, 80, of Kewanee, died at 8:32 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at her home. Norma was born on December 1, 1936 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Norman and Helen (Strum) Wager. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1954. She was employed as a nanny and worked at Empire Clothing and Super 8.

Norma married Robert W. “Bob” Hardy on April 20, 1958 in Kewanee, IL. He survives along with three daughters, Donna (Darin) Kistler, Lafayette, IL, Connie (Doc) Hardy, Tulsa, OK, and Robin (Larry) Hampton, Kewanee, IL; son, Mark Hardy, Lakewood, CA; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Wager, Larry Wager, Jim Wager; two sisters, Ruth Boelens, Atkinson, IL, and Mary Ann Zapisek, Kewanee, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Brian Hardy in 1988 and a great-grandson, Konnor Jones.

Norma enjoyed crocheting, word search books, being outdoors, especially camping and sitting on the front porch swing. Norma loved to spend time with her family.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Reverend William R. Toliver will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s. Online condolences may be left for Norma’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Theodore "Theo" L. Giebel

 

 

Theodore “Theo” L. Giebel, 41, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly, September 13, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been scheduled to follow the funeral service. Visitation will be Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo High School Music Department or the Geneseo Animal Shelter.

 

Theo was born on August 4, 1976, the son of Roy “Mike” and Eugenia (Stark-Ryser) Giebel, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School and graduated with the class of 1994. Theo served in the United States Navy from 1994-2000, aboard the USS Carl Vincent. He graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 and attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Theo worked at the Waubonsee Community College in Aurora, IL, and Oswego School District before returning to Geneseo. He was employed with the City of Moline Public Works, and was assigned the custodial care of the Moline Public Library. Theo worked part time at Casey’s General Store in Geneseo.  He loved music, and enjoyed motorcycles and riding his Triumph. Theo was an avid T-shirt collector for many years. Theo was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

 

Those left to cherish Theo’s memory include his mother, Eugenia, Geneseo, his brothers, William Giebel, Geneseo, and Taylor (Beth) Giebel, Conover, NC, and his sister, Michalea Giebel-Moore, Geneseo. Theo has three nephews, one niece, two grand-nieces, and one grand-nephew.

 

Theo was preceded in death by his father, Roy “Mike” Giebel, and by his grandparents.

 

 

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Winifred Spilker

Winifred Jane Spilker, 79, of Milan, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Cremation has been accorded and a private committal service will be held on Friday, September 15th, at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Memorials may be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Jane was born January 16, 1938 in Quincy, IL, the daughter of Henry J. and Elizabeth L. Beck Logsdon.  She was educated in St. Patrick, MO schools and graduated from St. Patrick High School in 1956.  Her marriage to Lewis H. "Mick" Spilker, Jr. took place on Nov. 28, 1957 in Quincy.  He passed away May 7, 2006.

 

The couple moved to Cambridge in 1967.  Jane worked as a CNA at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, for several years and then worked in the bakery department at Wayne's Super Value in Cambridge for a year.  Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting, and refinishing furniture.

 

Those surviving are two daughters, Patricia S. Kowitz, Moline, Sandra Goepper, Cambridge, two sons, Lewis H. (Debbie) Spilker, III, Waterloo, IA, Kenneth R. (Julie Anderson) Spilker, Milan, foster daughters and spouses, Tina and Dan Smith, Cambridge, and Amanda DeLellis, Cambridge, 12 grandchildren, six foster grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are five sisters, Mary Rhodes, St. Patrick, MO, Ciel Abbot, Farmington, MO, Alice Jenkins, Farmington, MO, Fran Rebs, Wisconsin, Jody Edmondson, Springfield, IL, and three brothers, Ted Logsdon, Melbourne, FL, Frank Logsdon, Tennessee, and Dave Logsdon, St. Patrick, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Karen Dyer, a brother, Bill Logsdon, and a great grandson, Deondre Kowitz.

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Herbert Richey Jr

Herbert W. “Mingy” Richey Jr., 85, of Kewanee, passed away at 3:58 p.m., Sunday, September 10, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Park District, Kewanee Auxiliary Police, or to Excel School in Atkinson.

He was born September 25, 1931 in Washington, PA, the son of Herbert and Voila (Walls) Richey Sr. He had married Marylou William-Bey on March 16, 1957 and they later divorced. Survivors include four daughters, Christina Richey, Penny Richey, Lisa Richey and Angela Richey-Braxton, ten grandchildren, Glenn Whayne Jr., Dea Whayne, Brenda Caselberry, Jessica Burnett, LaTesha Smith, Winsome Battle, Blake Smith, Philemon Smith, Sultan Cousin and Malichi Cousin, thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul James Richey Jr. and a son, Herbert Richey III.

Herbert grew up of the Baptist faith and graduated from Atchison High School in Atchison, KS. He worked as a welder at Great Dane Trailers until his retirement. He had also worked maintenance for the Kewanee Park District, as a bus aide at Kewanee High School and at the ticket gate for Kewanee High School football games. He was a member of the Kewanee Police Auxiliary and loved to work with kids. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks fan who enjoyed fishing, hunting birds and especially his family time. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sandra A. Manthe

Sandra A. “Sandy” Manthe, 75, of rural Kewanee, IL, died at her home on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Sandy was born on June 13, 1942 in Miami, Fl. The daughter of John and Margarita [Fernandez] Walker.  Sandy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Mary Crest College and her Masters from the University of Illinois.  Sandy was employed by Kewanee School Dist. #229 as a first-grade teacher at Central School for 32 years.  She retired in 2004.

Sandy married Jim Manthe at the Church of Peace in Kewanee on July 22, 1996.  He survives along with three sons Kirk (Lorie) Manthe of Kewanee, David (Rhonda) Manthe of Geneseo, and Jason (Jeanie) Manthe of Peoria.  Five grandchildren Jessica, Ian, Liz, Lexie and Eddie Craig, a nephew Dale Walker and a niece Lorraine Hart, a brother-in-law Paul Manthe of Kewanee, a sister-in-law Kathy (Robert) Hefner of Creve Coeur, Il. As well as nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Evan Manthe and a brother John Milton Walker.

Sandy was a member of the Church of Peace, rural Kewanee where she also taught Sunday School.  She loved flower gardening and was a member of the Kewanee Garden Club.  Sandy was involved in the Manthe family sheep business and could be seen at county fairs; State fairs and national livestock shows with their Columbia Sheep.  Sandy enjoyed hosting family gatherings, she adored her grandchildren and spending time with her family.  She was a fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Fighting Illini.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Church of Peace, rural Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.   Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a teacher’s scholarship at KHS in Sandy’s name.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Col Willard Mannon

COL Willard Beattie Mannon, USAF (Ret.), of Clearwater, FL, departed on his Final Flight on 4 November 2010. Graveside services with full military honors will be conducted by Kewanee Veterans Council at 11 a.m. Friday, 15 September in Elmira Cemetery. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born 28 March 1916 in Kewanee, IL. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1939 and was commissioned an officer in the US Army Air Forces in 1942. He spent WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He retired as a Colonel from the US Air Force.

His wife, Elaine Christian Mannon, whom he met and wed in Oahu, Hawaii in 1943, preceded him in death in 2001.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Mannon German and her husband Michael of Alexandria, VA, and Kathryn Mannon Kollmeyer of Dallas, TX; two grandsons, Michael II and Christopher German, both of Alexandria, VA, three great-granddaughters, Madeline, Sophia, and Emma German, and one great-grandson, Correy German. Please leave a memory or condolence for the Mannon family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

  

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Aaron M. Frank

 

Aaron M. Frank, 34, of rural Annawan died on Saturday, September 09, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis after a yearlong battle with Lymphoma B.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Revs. Terry Lancaster and Jan Shaulis will officiate.  Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Aaron Frank Memorial Fund

 

Aaron was born on August 10, 1983 in Geneseo to Lorre Frank.  He was raised by his grandparents, Errol and Beverly Frank in rural Annawan.  Aaron graduated from Annawan High School in 2004.  He enjoyed helping his grandfather farm and riding in his semi.  Aaron had worked at Abilities Plus, Kewanee.  His hobbies included fishing, riding his bike, camping, watching the Chicago Cubs and the Green Bay Packers.  Aaron touched so many hearts with his text messages and sense of humor.

 

Survivors include his Grandmother, Beverly Frank, mom, Lorre Walker, brother, Marcus (Courtney) Sleaford, sisters, Ashley (Josh) Palumbo, and Jessica (Adam) Gordon.  Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Kim Frank, Lonnie (Tammy) Frank, and Lindsey (Michelle Thompson) Frank, nephews, Alex & Adien Palumbo and many aunts, uncles and cousins who were special to him.  Aaron was preceded in death by his grandfather, Errol Frank and his great grandparents.

 

Video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Aaron’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

 

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Scott E. Rowlee

 

Scott E. Rowlee, 54, of Atkinson, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at his home. No services are planned at this time. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory are assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Scott was born on March 16, 1963, the son of Robert E. Rowlee and Sandra (Blanchard) Iocca, in Anchorage, Alaska. He enjoyed fishing and visiting with his family and friends. Scott loved music, especially playing his guitar.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Robert Rowlee, Omaha, NE, and Sandra Iocca, Tampa Bay, FL, his brother Robert (Maggie) Rowlee Jr., Norfolk, VA., and sisters Kristi (Jeff) Johnson, Geneseo, IL, and Vicki Brewer, Wichita Falls, TX. His niece Melissa Johnson, and several other nieces and nephews also survive him.

 

Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

 

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Lou Jean Ptashnik

Lou Jean Ptashnik 88, of Kewanee, IL, joined her husband in heaven, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at The Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, IL, at 1:00 pm. Lou Jean was born September 13, 1928 in Downing, Missouri, the daughter of Aven and Ruby (Poole) Crawford.  She attended grade school and graduation from Memphis High School in 1946.  She married Fledgamier (Bill) Ptashnik on February 5, 1955 in Moline, IL.

Lou Jean is survived by her son, Kenneth (Kristina) Ptashnik, Kewanee; 3 grandchildren, Ashley (David) Lamb, Metamora, IL, Adam Ptashnik, Kewanee, Apryl Ptashnik, Neponset; 3 step grandchildren, Victoria, Benjamin and Samuel Gleichman; 4 great-grandchildren, Madilynne, Witten, Kennedy and Fallon.  She enjoyed the love of 7 nieces and 2 nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, 1 son (Terry), 2 sisters (Maxine and Mary), and one brother (Harry Lee).

Lou Jean worked for over 20 years for John Deere in East Moline, having retired in 1984 from Eagles Grocery store after 14 years as cashier.

 She enjoyed camping, fishing, dancing (especially Polka) for many years with her husband and her grandchildren.  Her grandchildren always brought a smile to her face. Her grandchildren were the love of her life.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Priscilla class and shared membership with her husband in the National Camper and Hikers Association.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Kewanee, IL.  Reverend Doctor Dale Dykstra will officiate.  Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Presbyterian Church.  Please leave an online condolence for Lou Jeans’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Shirley A. Rodak

Shirley A. Rodak, 84, of Kewanee, died at 8:58 am, Thursday, September 7, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. Shirley was born November 21, 1932 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Edward and Constance (Kapacinskas) Blackledge. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing. Shirley married Anton Rodak at St. Anthony’s Church in Kewanee on October 18, 1953, he preceded her in death on February 7, 2007.

 

Surviving is one son, Tony Rodak, Kewanee; one daughter, Mary Kay (Tom) Crawford, Bloomington, IL; one granddaughter, Amy Rodak, Springfield, IL; step-granddaughters, Jenna Crawford, and Jessica (Bryan) Nussbaum; step-great grandchildren, Emma and Sarah Kirkwood, and Abraham and Luna Nussbaum all of Bloomington, IL. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a daughter-in-love, Teresa Stout.

 

Shirley was employed as an RN at St. Francis Hospital, Hillcrest Nursing Home, and various other nursing homes throughout Kewanee. She enjoyed being part of the altar and rosary society at St. Francis of Assisi, quilting, crocheting, and making pies. She was cook of the week for the Star Courier. Shirley loved spending time with her friends and family.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Father Jerry Rafalko will officiate. A private family burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Holy Trinity Parish, Kewanee, IL or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter and friend and will be dearly missed by all who loved her. Online condolences may be left for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Dale Petty Sr.

 Dale M. Petty Sr., 55, of Kewanee, died at 8:09 a.m., Sunday, July 2, 2017 at St. Martha Manor in Chicago.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial gathering will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m.Tuesday, September 12 at the Windmont Park Shelter in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Marjorie Marie (Paulsen) Lewis

 

Marjorie Marie (Paulsen) Lewis, age 88 of Geneseo, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Amber Ridge Assisted Living in Moline, IL. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, September 8th, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, and Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Rock Island, IL. Visitation for Marjorie will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday September 7th, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, Geneseo Friends of the Library, or the charity of your choice in honor of Marjorie.

 

Marjorie was born on February 23, 1929 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Henry and Gabrielle (Holevoet) Paulsen. She attended Country School for primary education and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1946. She was united in marriage Nov. 2, 1947 to Ralph G. Lewis in Geneseo, IL.  He preceded her in death on Jan 23, 1999. Marjorie enjoyed gardening, walking, drawing, quilting, needle crafts, reading, and traveling. She very much loved her St Malachy church community, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Survivors are her children, Richard (Sue) Lewis, Marcia (David) Everett, Karl Lewis, and Gina (Joseph) Massop. Her grandchildren are Michael (Gayle) Lewis, Donna (Jim) Brady, Gabrielle Lewis, Nick Lewis, Lindsey (Eric) DeWall, and Stacey (Troy) House. Marjorie is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren, Brynn, Zach, Lauren, Katie, Audrey, June and Eli. Her sister Louise (Ivan) Wildemuth, brother Albert (Anne) Paulsen, and friend Dathan Kerber.

 

Preceded in death by parents Gabrielle (Holevoet) Bergdahl, Henry Paulsen, husband Ralph Lewis, sister Elaine Turner, and Grandson Timmy.

 

 

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Eddie Wallace

 Eddie Wallace will be doing his combining in heaven this fall. He left us at 4:30 a.m.Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at his home in rural LaFayette at the age of 90.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, September 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Kewanee or to Abilities Plus.

He was born July 13, 1927 in Arlington, IA, the son of Russell and Elizabeth (Walker) Wallace. He married Darlene Stewart on September 25, 1948 in Kewanee. She survives of rural LaFayette, as do two sons, Terry (Cynthia) Wallace of Cincinnati, OH and Rick (Carol) Wallace of Dexter, MI, two brothers, Mervin (Gwen) Wallace of Toulon and Eugene (Wanda) Wallace of Kewanee, three grandsons, Matt, Nicholas and Sean and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Eddie graduated from Victoria High School in 1945. He served his country in U.S. Army during WWII. He farmed in the Lafayette area for many years. He was a member of the First Christian Church where he was a Deacon and helped with the youth. He had also been a member of the school board at LaFayette High School, the Illinois Appaloosa Association (I.A.A.) and the Kewanee Krashers Model Airplane Club. He also helped start and worked with the Silver Spurs 4-H Club. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marion Joyce Reynolds

Marion Joyce Reynolds, 22, of LaFayette, died at 7:37 p.m., Sunday, August 27, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, September 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

She was born May 22, 1995 in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Richard S. and Barbara J. (Shipman) Reynolds. Survivors include her mother and step-father, Barbara (Dean) Simoneaux, paternal grandfather, Albert Reynolds, maternal grandparents, Rich (Cindy) Shipman, her brother, Dakota Reynolds, half-sister, Faith, half-brother, Patrick and an uncle, Jeff Reynolds (Kari Richardson). She was preceded in death by her father, grandmother, Barbara and an uncle, Michael.

Marion graduated from Kewanee High School. She enjoyed music, attending the First Baptist Church in Galva and its activities and visiting with people. This obituary may be viewed and private condolence left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Shirley E. Prenevost

 

 

Shirley E. Prenevost 83 of Geneseo passed away on Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Aspen Rehab & Health care Center, Silvis. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, September 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Cemetery in Hampshire, IL on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday. Memorials may be left to the Shirley Prenevost Memorial Fund.

 

Shirley was born on May 22, 1934, the daughter of Glenn and Bessie (Zeman) Truesdell in Hinkley (Mission Creek) Minnesota. Shirley was united in marriage to William Prenevost in 1951, William passed away in 1986. She later married Robert Brown in 1996, Robert passed away in 2016. Shirley’s passion was raising her eleven children. She continued to spend her life supporting and encouraging them and their families. She also enjoyed traveling later in her life. Shirley had been attending First Baptist Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Terry (Mark) Larson, Geneseo, Bill (Susan) Prenevost, Kansas City, KS, Gordon (Carol) Prenevost, Geneseo, Brad (Terriann) Prenevost, Waco, TX, Mike Prenevost, Geneseo, Brien (Judy) Prenevost, South Elgin, IL, Rosanne (Kermit) Brown, Elkhart, IN, Frank (Lana) Prenevost, Antinoch, TN, Galen Prenevost, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Marilee (Curt) Pfaffinger, Hampshire, IL, and Tim (Stephanie) Prenevost, Geneseo, IL. Shirley has 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Darlene (Paul) Christensen of Pensacola, FL.

 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Prenevost, and by her second husband Robert Brown.

 

 

 

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Mildred M. Golden

Mildred M. Golden, 70, formerly of Bradford and Kewanee, died at 11:12 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center-Silvis in Silvis, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 6 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Mildred Golden Memorial Fund.

She was born April 29, 1947 in Kewanee, the daughter of Henry and Elaine (Gillis) Byers. She married Ronald L. Golden on July 30, 1971 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2014. Survivors include her two sons, Shawn (Angela) Golden of Cambridge and Ron (Valarie) Golden of Colona, eight grandchildren, C.J., Natalie, Nikki, Brandon, Morgan, Gabrielle, Courtnie and Makayla and a sister, Ruth VanWynsberg of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter in infancy, a brother, Emmert Byers, a sister, Beverly Jo Byers and a special uncle, Emmert Gillis who helped raise her.

Mildred graduated from Toulon High School in 1965. She had worked for Kewanee Manufacturing, as a deli clerk at Sullivan’s grocery store and at Rombach Meter Company. She was an active member of the Hog Days Festival Committee for many years. She enjoyed camping and fishing and attending the monthly luncheons with her husband’s classmates. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

   

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Maxine E. Evans

Maxine E. Evans, 79, of Cambridge, died Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Marigold Rehabilitation & Health Care, Galesburg.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 8th, at the First Baptist Church of Cambridge.  Rev.. Todd Smith will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.

 

Maxine Elizabeth Stewart was born April 5, 1938 in Hillsdale, the daughter of  Fred and Dorthea Mickaelson Stewart.  She attended grade school in Hillsdale and graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1955.  Her marriage to Daniel Evans took place on June 23, 1956 in Hillsdale.

 

She was the owner/operator of the Broken Wheel Restaurant in Cambridge for ten years.  Maxine was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cambridge.  She enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping, and waterskiing.  Her first love was the river.

 

Those surviving are her husband, Dan, a daughters and a son-in-law, Terry and Dale Allen, Cambridge, Vickie Vicevich, Green City, Missouri, sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Dawn Evans, Cambridge, Todd and Dee Evans, Geneseo, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Other survivors include a brother, Bill Stewart, Hillsdale, and a sister, Arlene Misfeldt, Geneseo.  Her parents, a brother, Richard, and a son-in-law, Sam Vicevich  preceded her in death.

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Larry V. Rahmus

 

Larry V. Rahmus, 70, of Geneseo passed away suddenly Friday, September 01, 2017 in the Unity Point-Trinity emergency room, Rock Island, Illinois. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Larry Honzel will officiate. Burial will follow at the Edford Township Cemetery. Visitation will take place Tuesday, September 5, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Larry Rahmus Memorial Fund.

 

Larry was born on December 19, 1946, the son of Vernon and Lottie (McFadden) Rahmus in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1965 and studied law enforcement at Black Hawk College, graduating in 1970. Larry was united in marriage to Sherry Bobo on July 5th, 1969 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL. Larry was a lifetime farmer in rural Geneseo, and it was his love and passion. He was a 4-H leader for several years, and a past president of the QC Arabian Horse club. Larry was also a commander of the Henry County Mounted Search and Rescue. He will be remembered for his kind heart and love for people; Larry never met a stranger.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Sherry, son, Mike (Jennifer) Rahmus, Geneseo, daughter, Jennifer (Mark) Richardson, Aledo, and daughter-in-law, Kathy (Bill) Atcheson, Waukee, IA. His grandchildren are Brian (Sawyer) Rahmus, Chelsea Rahmus, Austin (Samantha) Dekezel, Blake, Ashlyn, and Makenna Rahmus, Ethan Atcheson, Tom Richardson, and Rachel Dawson. His great-grandchildren are Remington, Hayden, and Adalynn Rahmus, Breelyn Richardson, Landon Eisentrager, Juleah & Elana Dawson, and Lilah Carey. His sisters are Genevieve (Glenn) Anderson, Geneseo, and Mary Jo (Greg) Henry, Osco. Larry is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lottie, his son Jason “Jake” Rahmus, and a son-in-law, Darren Dekezel.

 

 

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Helen L. Gradert

 

 

Helen L. Gradert, 92, of rural Cambridge, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2nd, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.

 

Helen Louise Nelson was born May 16, 1925 in Lynn Township, Henry County, Illinois, the daughter  of Floyd and Ruth Swanson Nelson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1943.  She then worked as a secretary for John Deere Co. in Moline for several years.  Her marriage to Ralph E. Gradert took place on February 22, 1947 in Orion.  He passed away on June 23, 2008.

 

The couple farmed near Geneseo and moved to their present farm in Andover Township in 1953. Her memberships include the Cambridge Lutheran Church and the WELCA group of the church.  She enjoyed playing cards, watching sporting events, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Helen tried not to miss any of their sports and school activities.

 

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Joy Gradert, and Roger and Bobbi Gradert, all of Cambridge, five grandchildren, Keith (Melissa) Gradert, Annette (Justin) Wells, Kindra (Aaron) Callahan, Renee (Brian) Crabtree, and Aubrey Gradert.  Also surviving are four step grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Weber, Brian Eilers, Danielle (Chance) Torrez, Nichole (James) Gorman, three great grandchildren, and 11 step great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, a brother, Sterling Nelson, and a step granddaughter, Shawna Sloma, preceded her in death.  A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Helen's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Dorothy Gustafson

 

Dorothy F. Gustafson, 88, of Cambridge, died Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1st, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be at Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church.

 

Dorothy Frances Cantwell was born January 14, 1929 in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Alva F. and Dorothy V. (Kassebaum) Cantwell.  She graduated from Davenport Central High School and worked as a bookkeeper at the Davenport Bank and Trust Co. prior to marriage.  She married Robert W. Gustafson  on September 6, 1952 in Davenport.  He passed away September 15, 2012.  The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary shortly before he died.  They had lived on the family farm in Andover Township which has been in the Gustafson family since 1875. 

 

She was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge, and a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and served in many ways.  Dorothy was a leader of the Country Belles 4-H Club for ten years.  She enjoyed golf, reading, and sewing.  Bob and Dorothy wintered in Mesa, Arizona for 17 years. 

 

Those surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Bill Frank, Grimes, Iowa, Julie and Craig VanVooren, Moline, and a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Madeline Gustafson, rural Cambridge.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Nicole (Tyler) Furek, Devin Frank, Kirsten (Frank) Nelson, Dane VanVooren, Christy (Corey) Foltz, Laura (Paul) Erlewine, nine great grandchildren, and a nephew, Rick Gustafson.  Her parents, her husband, and a brother-in-law and his wife, Don and Virginia Gustafson, preceded her in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Dorothy’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com  

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Rose Manning

 Rose Marie Manning, 87, a resident at Bettendorf Health Care Center in Bettendorf, IA, formerly of Galva, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at the center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva, Galva Park District, or to Hook and Bullet Conservation Club.

She was born January 21, 1930 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Irivin and Effie (Hiatt) Scott. She married Irving L. “Dobber” Manning on November 14, 1948 in Galva and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Michael and Tim Manning, both of Bettendorf, IA, a daughter, Paulette (Floyd) Manning-Bruns of Bettendorf, IA, three grandchildren, Cory, Shawn and Tim (Lindsey) and six great grandchildren, Austin, Jordin, Karsin, Trent, Loren and Sabrina Rose. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother in infancy.

Rose Marie graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948. She worked at Lily-Tulip and Dixline and as a waitress at Waunee Farms and Midland Country Club Restaurants. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Hook and Bullet Conservation Club. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of a Women’s Bowling League and enjoyed playing Bridge with a women’s card club. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband and spending time with her grandsons. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Robert Swinderman

Robert "Bobby" Elliot Swinderman, 31, died Sunday, July 30th, in Charleston, Illinois. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at Windmont Park, Kewanee, IL.  Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of local arrangements.

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Robert James "Jim" Cross

 

 

Robert James “Jim” Cross, 69, of Colona passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, Reverend Melva England will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 25 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be left to the Robert James Cross Memorial Fund.

 

Jim was born on August 20, 1948, the son of Tony J. and Helen (Rafferty) Cross, in Albany, Georgia. He graduated from Moline High School and attended Black Hawk College. Jim married Kathy L. Johnson on June 28, 1969 in Geneseo, IL. He worked in industrial sales throughout his life and was co-founder of JC Cross Co. in Davenport, IA. Jim was a sports fanatic, especially for the Geneseo football and girls’ softball teams; following his grandchildren’s sporting events closely. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. Jim was known for his huge heart and love for all that he met. He would give and do anything for anyone. He will be fondly remembered for his generosity and love for people. Jim and his wife Kathy were both members of the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kathy, and daughters, Heather (Willie) High, Monticello, IL, and Megan Cross, Champaign, IL. His grandchildren are Jameel, Mason, and Maia High, and Gia and Kinley Cross. Three very special people, whom he helped raise and considered his children; Gordon Cox, Thailand, George Cox, Burnsville, NC, and Gwen (Kevin) Kaszynski, Woodstock, IL, along with their families. Jim was proud of and cherished all FIVE of his children. His siblings are sisters, Regina (Dan) Fraser, Apache Junction, AZ, Marge (Chris) Wagner, Roselle, IL; and brother, Gerald Cross, Moline.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Helen, and his mother-in-law Gladys Johnson.

 

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Kevin T. Burnett

 Kevin T. Burnett, 64, of Galva, died at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, August 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 26at the funeral home. Galva Fusiliers will render salute. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kevin Burnett Memorial Fund.


He was born November 18, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Edgar A. and Bernice (Kelly) Burnett. He married Debra C. “Debbie” Heggwood on June 23, 1972. She survives of Galva, as do three daughters, Brandie (Larry) Comer of Orion, IL, Courtney (Rudy) Almanza of Rock Island and Devin (Evan) Weaver of Milan, two brothers, Gary (Jean) Burnett of Galesburg and Kent (Sara) Burnett of Etoile, TX, two sisters, Dottie Cook of Galesburg and Sandy (George) Dyer of Flower Mound, TX, eight grandchildren, Meghan, Sarah, Anne, Victoria, Isaac, Kaylee, Ty and Karine, three great grandchildren, Alex, Logan and Carter and a special daughter, Laura Bay of Byron, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Edgar, Jack and William.


Kevin graduated from Galva High School in 1970. He had worked as a crane operator for Butler Mfg. in Galesburg. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva, Valley View Country Club in Cambridge and an honorary member of the Galva Fusiliers. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed bowling and had been inducted into the Galva Bowling Association. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marilyn Quagliano

Marilyn Quagliano, 90, of Kewanee passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL.

Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will be officiating. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be private in East Moline, IL.

Marilyn was born February 24, 1927 in Joliet, IL, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth McCarthy. She grew up in Sterling and graduated from Newman High School, attended numerous Chicago schools and completed her studies in education at Illinois State University.

As a young teacher, Marilyn met Dr. Michael Quagliano in Kewanee on a blind date set up by Mary Remick at Dr. Quagliano’s request; this resulted in 58 beautiful years of marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Among Marilyn’s many passions, the greatest were her love for her family and teaching.

Her 40 year career as a teacher at Kewanee High School and Visitation touched many students. Kewaneeans remember her best as a director of class plays and creator of theatrical productions like the “High Fever Follies” and “Stand Up and Cheer” all to fund local school projects.

She is survived by her three sons, Patrick, New York, NY; Michael Drew, Louisville, KY; Dr. Timothy (Shannon), Dubuque, IA; and daughter, Julie (Mark) Westemeier, Arlington, VA; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joseph (Sally) Quagliano, Manlius, IL; and sister-in-laws, Teresa Kapka, Niles, IL, and Judy Quagliano, Kewanee, IL. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Michael Quagliano in 2012.

The family is forever grateful to the exceptional staff and loving caregivers at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL, and her brother-in-law, Joseph and wife Sally Quagliano, for daily visits with treats and endless card games.

Memorials shall be directed to Visitation Forever Fund for Visitation Catholic School. Please leave an online condolence for Marilyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jason Brent Swift

 

 

Jason B. Swift, 48, of Atkinson, IL passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Unity Point Health – Trinity Rock Island. Visitation service will be held Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be left to the Jason Swift Memorial Fund.

 

Jason was born on December 16, 1968, the son of Ron Swift and Mary Beth (Seifert) Swaggerty, in Kewanee, IL. He attended and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1987.  Jason married Nicole M. Verdick on September 5, 2009 in Geneseo, IL. Jason started his career with McDonalds in 1986 as a crew worker and became a manager of the Kewanee location in 1993. He then moved to the Geneseo McDonald’s location where he worked as the general manager for 31 years. Jason enjoyed playing his guitar (left handed), shooting guns, camping and spending time outdoors. He was a huge Chicago Bears fan. Jason loved to cook and grill for his family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Nicole and sons Brandon Swift, Geneseo, Tyler Swift, Menifee, CA, and step-son Clint Verdick, Atkinson. His parents are Ron Swift, Kewanee, and Mary Beth (Gary) Swaggerty, Springfield. His brothers are Josh Stairwalt, Reno, NV, and Zach Stairwalt, Roseville, CA. His sisters are Jennifer Symms, Cypress, TX, and Meagan Stairwalt, Springfield, IL.

 

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

 

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Patricia J. Murphy

 Patricia J. Murphy, 86, a resident at Rosewood Care Center of East Peoria, formerly of Kewanee, died at 4:56 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the center.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 25 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.


She was born March 2, 1931 in Kewanee, the daughter of Philip and Gertrude (Morrisey) Miler. She married Timothy J. “Tim” Murphy on February 12, 1972 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Philip “Phil” Miler and a sister in infancy. She is survived by two daughters, Jan (Deke) Ingram of Clearwater, FL and JoAnne (Jason) Hurdis of Washington, IL, and three granddaughters, Jessica, Jana and Jennifer.


Patricia graduated from Kewanee High School in 1949. She had worked at Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee and in the radiology department at Kewanee Public Hospital. She was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a volunteer for the Henry County Humane Society and a past member of the Kewanee Elks Lodge Ladies. She enjoyed giving a helping hand to any in need and with her beliefs, often light candles at church and prayed for people’s concerns. She loved her family, her grandchildren and her dogs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marie "Jeanne" McDonough

 

 

Marie “Jeanne” McDonough, 91, of Geneseo passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, August 25 in Springfield, PA.  Memorials may be directed to St. Bernadetter Catholic Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the local arrangements.

 

Jeanne was born on August 25, 1925, the daughter of John and Anna (McGeehan) Shakey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Bartram High School in West Philadelphia. Jeanne was united in marriage to Joseph D. McDonough on April 26, 1947, Joseph passed away on February 4, 2008. She worked as a medical secretary for Misercordia Hospital in Philadelphia for many years.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Jeanne (Steve) Doubet, Atkinson, and her sister Geraldine (Joe) Maccrory, Media, PA. Her grandchildren are Michael Michio and Joseph Conor Doubet. 

 

 

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Arthur F. Lambert

 

 

Arthur F. Lambert, 69 of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo, IL. Visitation and Memorial services are planned for Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. A private inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Arthur was born on March 9, 1948, the son of Arthur William and Marguerite (Bartke) Lambert in Geneseo, IL, the older of two children. He married Teresa A. Petrusek on April 18, 1970 in Chicago, IL. Arthur was a long time resident of Lake in the Hills and Huntley, IL, and was most recently a resident of Geneseo, IL. He worked as a tool & die engineer with several companies in the Chicago land area for many years. Arthur was a devout Catholic and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Teresa, whom he was married to for 47 years; his daughter Kathleen (Barry) Jacocks, Geneseo, and his son Michael (Kimberly) Lambert, Pingree Grove, IL. His grandchildren are Haleigh, Natalie, Jacey, and Kylie.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marguerite.

 

The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo and Unity Point Hospice for their compassion in caring for Arthur.

 

 

 

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Marjorie E. Headley

 

 

Marjorie E. Headley 78 of Atkinson, formerly of Milan, passed away on Thursday August 17, 2017 at the Aspen Rehab & Healthcare Center, Silvis. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 22nd 2017 at the North Cemetery in Geneseo, IL. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Easter Seals Foundation. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Marjorie was born August 19, 1938, the daughter of James E. and Doris Dean (Youngquist) Morrell in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Ellicot High School in Ellicot, Colorado and later attended Black Hawk College. Marjorie was united in marriage to James Headley on December 9, 1960 in Security, Colorado. Marjorie’s love and focus of her life were her grandchildren, especially Shelby.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband James Headley, her son James “JD” Dean (Teresa) Headley, Moline, and her daughter Julianne (Scott) Branham, Atkinson. Her grandchildren are Ryan Michael Branham, Shelby Ann Branham, and Anna Louise Headley. Her siblings are, brother Dr. Lawrence Morrell, Albuquerque,  and sisters, Ruth Sinnes, Security, CO, Pat Harper, Calhan, Co, Mary Nevling, New Windsor, IL, and Sally Schwaner, Kirksville, MO.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Dr. Lynn Morrell, Lyle Morrell, and James Morrell, and her sisters: Betty Dahl, Shirley Hoffmeier, and Martha Molloy.

 

 

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Evelyn R. Gibson

Evelyn R. “Evie” Gibson, 87, of Galva, died at 3:45 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2017 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

  
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 22 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion, Grace United Methodist Church or to the Children’s Hospital of Peoria.


She was born February 18, 1930 in Walnut, IL, the daughter of Gordon and Alice (Beaber) Fordham. She married Paul T. Gibson on March 16, 1946 in Ottawa, IL. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by a son, Duane (Vermeda) Freidinger of Goodfield, IL, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, a sister, Marlene Berg of Galva, a sister-in-law, Ketra Fordham of Manlius, four special nieces, Pam (Greg) Rylander of Rockwall, TX, Annette (Randy) Smith of Galva, IL, Connie (Tom) Rollins of Victoria, IL, Arlene (Tim) Morris of Bloomington, IL and several other nieces and nephews.


Evie had owned and operated the Market Street Café in Galva for a number of years. Prior to that, she had worked at GTE in Kewanee and had also owned and operated the A&W Drive-In in Galva. She was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Galva Senior Citizen Center and enjoyed visiting with friends at Courtyard Estates. She enjoyed walking around Wiley Park and was a “kid at heart,” enjoying visiting with children and her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.  

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Agnes Mary DeWalt

 Agnes Mary DeWalt, 79, of Kewanee, died at 5:55 p.m., Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Putnam Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Windmont Park Lighting Fund.


She was born August 11, 1938 in Wyoming, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Althea (VanDusen) Scaggs. She married Thomas D. DeWalt on February 23, 1957 in Henry, IL. He survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Michael (Kathy) DeWalt of Peoria and Tom (Sherry) DeWalt of Sterling, IL, a brother, Jim Scaggs of Kewanee, a sister, Donna (George) Hatchett of Morris, IL, two grandchildren, Emma (Kevin) Kerian and Marc (Emily) DeWalt and a great granddaughter, Margaret Kerian. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Agnes graduated from Kewanee High School in 1956. She was of the Methodist faith and was a homemaker and had volunteered at Kewanee Hospital. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gerald Charlet

 

Gerald “Jerry” Charlet 75, of Kewanee Il, died at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his home. Jerry was born April 29, 1942, the son of Earl Charlet and Anne (Scoville) Hammersmith. He attended Wethersfield Schools. Surviving is his daughter Kelli (Jason) DeSplinter of Annawan, and his grandchildren Wyatt and Shelby DeSplinter, and Jerry’s companion dog “Blue”. Also surviving his children from a previous marriage, Gerri Ann Confair, Robin Grayson, Earl Charlet, Robert Charlet with numerous grandchildren; also surviving is one brother Dennis “Dink” Harbin, formerly of Kewanee and one sister, Cheryl Lowe of LA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerry was a laborer for Local 852, retired from        Public Works Department for the city of Kewanee.  After he retired from the city he was self-employed. He had been a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee, the American Legion, and enjoyed spending time with his daughter, grandchildren, and friends. He considered himself a self-appointed “city manager” of the city of Kewanee. Jerry enjoyed life to its fullest.

A celebration of life visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. There will be a reception following at the Flemish American Club, Kewanee. Private burial will be in the Wyoming Illinois Cemetery Pastor Terry Lancaster will officiate. Online condolences may be shared with Jerry’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Wilbur D. Egert

 

 

Wilbur Darrell Egert, 95, of rural Prophetstown, passed away August 13, 2017 at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21st at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson, Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s of the Field cemetery outside of Hoopole. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20th at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson.    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wilbur Egert Memorial Fund. All donations will be given to local charities.

Wilbur was born on the family farm south of Prophetstown on May 16, 1922 to Perry and Lila (Pritchard) Egert, the oldest of four children.  He married the love of his life, Mary Jean VanDeVelde, on August 27, 1946 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Prophetstown. 

Wilbur farmed north of Atkinson for over 70 years.  He loved the land and his cattle.  He played saxophone for many years in several local bands including the Prophetstown City Band and Geneseo Maple Leaf Band.  He was a voracious reader and enjoyed flying his 1949 Luscombe Silvaire airplane into his 80’s. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean, two children and their spouses: Sandra (Bob) Searls Longmont, CO. and Terry (Rochelle) Egert Littleton, CO. His five grandchildren are Stephanie Cusack, Michael Searls, George Pavlantos, Brittni Levering and Lindsay Phelan. He has eight great-grandchildren. Wilbur is also survived by two sisters, Lavona Oncken and Phyllis Taber. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lois Oetzel and three brother-in-laws: Dwight Oetzel, Ronald Oncken and Nelson Taber.

 

 

 

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Betty E. Jones

Betty E. Jones, 88, of Kewanee, Il died at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee.  There will be no visitation or services.  Burial will be private for the family in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Betty was born July 5, 1929 in rural Kewanee the daughter of Carl and Bessie (Burnett) Huffman.  A homemaker, she had also been employed at the former J. Ray co. in Kewanee and Boss Glove Co.   Betty was a member of the Eagles and American Legion Aux. in Kewanee.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, and being outdoors.

Betty is survived by her son Keith Reiff of Kewanee, a granddaughter Cherokee (Josh) Ince of Tremont, Il., a great grandson Josh Ince, Jr., one sister Melva Hicks of Kewanee and one brother Mason (Julie) Huffman of Santa Rosa, Ca.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters Belinda Ince and Robin Noirot, three sisters Ann Heiser, Leota Huffman and Minnie Claeys and one brother Chuck Huffman.

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William J. "Bill" DeRew

 

 

William J. “Bill” DeRew, 87, of Annawan, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. A Memorial Mass will be Wednesday, August 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan at 10:00 a.m. Father Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. August 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be left to the William DeRew Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Bill was born on February 8, 1930, the son of John and Eugenia (Galle) DeRew in Prophetstown, IL. Bill graduated from R.O.W.V.A. High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and served until 1953. He married Barbara J. Bachman on February 5, 1955 in Kewanee, IL. Bill was a lifelong farmer, farming in the Woodhull area before moving to Geneseo where he continued to farm. He was also a feed salesman for short time. Bill and Barbara were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and spending time tending his garden. Bill was also a member of the 40 & 8.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Barbara of 62 years, son Michael (Doreen) DeRew, Geneseo, IL and daughter Chris (Stephen) Sellon, Vero Beach, FL. Bill has 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His sister is Dolores (Wayne) Kapple, Hot Springs, AR.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eugenia.

 

 

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Leland Earl Hoadley

Leland Earl “Lee” Hoadley, 87, of rural Kewanee, Il. Died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at his home.  He was born April 11, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Warren Everett and Mabel Florence (Brown) Hoadley.  He attended Kewanee Schools.  Lee married Jane Marie Duhlstine on May 8, 1948.  They were divorced in 1967.  She died October 20, 2007.  He married Phyllis Ann Swanson on October 13, 1967.  She died March 19, 1978.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Nancy Ann Hoadley and Mary Ann Hoadley, one son, Steven Bud Hoadley and two brothers, Warren Everett Hoadley, Jr. and Wallace Richard Hoadley.   Lee married Janet Mae O’Brien on January 23, 1988 in Sunset Beach, Ca.  She survives along with Lee’s children; including four daughters, Carol Diane (Gerald) Johnston, Paula Marie Hoadley, Janet Kay Hoadley and April Ann Hoadley, two sons, Daniel Lee (Mary) Hoadley and Christopher Kent Hoadley, five grandchildren, Jody, Peggy, Audrey “AJ”, Ryan and Jacob, five great grandchildren, Joshua, Dylan, Patrick, Chen-Chen, Selina and four great great grandchildren, Paul, Avery, Benjamin and Stella.

Lee worked construction and farmed in Bureau County.  He is remembered for his herd of Charolais Cattle.  He also grew and sold trees and shrubs for many years.  He enjoyed woodworking and was a rock hound.

Cremation was accorded and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date by the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Billie P. Schmidt

Billie P. Schmidt, formerly of Galva, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo at the age of 93. Born March 24, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest daughter of Elric and Rose (Schneller) Polly, she graduated from Argo High School and attended Evangelical Hospital of Chicago Nursing School. She married Paul M. Schmidt, M.D., October 14, 1944. She, Dr. Schmidt, and their young son moved to Galva in 1948 when Dr. Schmidt joined the practice of Robert H. Stewart, M.D. As a nurse, Billie assisted her husband with the practice and remained with it for a number of years after it was sold to another physician until her retirement.


Billie was active in the Galva community. She was a long-time member of the Congregational Church, singing in the Sunday choir, and of Chapter BR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was a Boy Scout den mother and volunteered for many years with the Galva Tutoring Center, providing after school tutoring. She had many interests and hobbies.  A particular favorite was creating miniature settings, crafting tiny furniture, wall decor, and rugs.  In addition to making her miniatures, Billie was a talented seamstress, quilt maker, gardener, and painter. Cooking was also one of her specialties. She was an avid reader, loved cats, and was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan.


Billie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Georganne Korkos. She is survived by her four children: Paul (Julie) Schmidt, Phyllis Dobey, Jim (Lisa) Schmidt, and Lorna Schmidt, and two grandchildren, Caleb and Jacob Dobey.  Also surviving are her sisters Patricia Jackson and Roberta Wesolowski.  


A Celebration of a Life well lived will be held for family and friends at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the P.E.O., Abilities Plus, Henry County Humane Society, Freedom House or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Thomas Coates

Thomas John Richard Coates, 92, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.


Thomas was born January 25, 1925, in Neponset, the son of Robert Richard and Ethel (Headley) Coates. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert F. (Shirley) Coates of Princeton; two sisters, Elizabeth Coates of Neponset and Jeanne (Cecil) Gunning of Neponset; and nephew, Gary C. Coates of Princeton.  


Mr. Coates was a graduate of Neponset High School. He was a farmer on his Neponset farm his entire life. He also had a lifelong love of animals. After moving to Kewanee, he was employed for several years at Carson Pirie Scott of Kewanee and Black Hawk College of Kewanee.


Surviving Thomas are nieces, Beatrice (Gary) Coates of Princeton and Sherrilyn Coates Roberts of Petersburg, IL; and nephews Michael (Lois) Coates of Cedar Rapids, IA, Daniel (Elissa) Gunning of Galena, IL, Gregg (Paula) Gunning of Neponset, David (Barb) Coates of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Clifford (Dee) Gunning of Kewanee. Also surviving are several grandnieces and grandnephews.


Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with Rev. Michael Selburg officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens, south of Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Henry County Mobile Meals. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Christopher D. Nelson

 Christopher D. Nelson, 53, of Madison, WI., formerly of Galva, died at 11:58 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017 at UW-Madison Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall.


Cremation has been accorded and a private Memorial Mass will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Inurnment will be at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church, the Galesburg Rescue Mission or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


He was born July 29, 1964 in Kewanee, the son of Keith and Helen (Bernitt) Nelson. He is survived by his parents of Galva, a brother, Randall Nelson of Galva, two sisters, Elizabeth (Roger) Cooper of Woodhull and Wendy (Michael) Kernan of Mt. Zion, IL, four nephews, Anthony Nelson of Denver, Ryan Kernan of Mt. Zion and Luke and Levi Nelson, both of Pekin and four nieces, Amanda Coleman of Mt. Pleasant, Victoria Cooper of Woodhull, Cassidy Nelson of Pekin and Elena Kernan of Mt. Zion. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.


Christopher graduated from Galva High School in 1982 and had received his associates degree from Black Hawk College, East Campus. He had worked as a chemist at PP David in Middleton, WI for nearly 20 years. In high school, he had wrestled. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, cards and games but especially enjoyed playing pitch with his family in which he always overbid and won. He will be remembered especially for cooking chicken wings, and his crawdads, sausage and shrimp boil which all enjoyed over the last holiday. He was an organ donor and his spirit will continue in the lives of others. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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