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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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Gordon K. Wall

Gordon K. Wall, of Galva, died at 9:05 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home.


Cremation has been accorded and a graveside service with military rites will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10 at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee with Pastor Don Reul officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.


He was born on July 24, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of Curtis and Nina (Brown) Wall. He is survived by a brother, Jack Wall of Kewanee, a sister, Patricia Conner of Lakeland, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Erline Wall.


Gordon attended Kewanee schools. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. In his early years, he had worked on a farm and also worked at Kewanee Boiler for 33 years as a painter and laborer. He was a member of the Kewanee and Galva Pigeon Clubs. Over the years, he raced countless birds and had earned many awards for these races. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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John W. Benton

 John W. Benton, 53, of Galva, formerly of Hannah City, died at 6:15 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.


Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday August 12 at the Hanna City United Methodist Church, 12208 W. Farmington Rd., Hanna City, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is assisting the family with arrangements.


He was born May 19, 1964 in Grinnell, IA, the son of Harold J. and Ernestine (Baldwin) Benton. He married Deborah A. Falls on February 18, 1994 in Paducah, KY. She survives as do two sons, Alex and Zach and two daughters, Tala and Summer, all at home. He was preceded in death by his parents.


John graduated from Streator High School in 1982 and then graduated from Sawyer College with an associate’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1988. He had worked as a cook at the Germantown Bar & Grill. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences can be left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Robert Swinderman

Robert Elliot Swinderman, 31, died Sunday, July 30th, in Charleston, Illinois.  Robert (Bobby) was born on March 17th, 1986 in Peoria, Illinois, to Scott and Brooks Swinderman.  He is survived by his parents, recently married sister and new brother in law Elizabeth and David Cartwright, Rochelle, Illinois, and uncles Todd (Nancy) Swinderman, Palm Coast, Fla. and Bob (Jill) Armstrong, of Kewanee, and Dallas Texas and an aunt, Faye Underwood of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Cousins Catie Underwood, Jessie and Zach Swinderman, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. And Champaign, Il. respectively, also survive. He was preceded by his grandfathers, Bob Armstrong , Bob Swinderman and grandmothers, Lee Anna Armstrong and Pat Swinderman.

 In his early years, he was a student at Wethersfield Grade School.  When he was in fifth grade, he and his family moved to Effingham, Illinois, where he was a 2004 graduate of Effingham High School.  He attended Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and Lake Land College.  In recent years, he resided in Dallas, Texas and worked for Rebcon Inc., a specialty construction company.  Bobby was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Effingham, where he became part of a loving church family, and participated in mission and many activities.   He enjoyed his early years in Kewanee and loved to return, fishing at Windmont Park with his friends and sister, working on dirt bikes and going on float trips.  During his Effingham years, he was active as a Boy Scout, enjoying many camp outs with his troop and later, became an Eagle Scout recipient.  He was interested and skilled in mechanical and construction pursuits and continued his love of the outdoors into adulthood. Services were held in Effingham, Illinois on Thursday, August 3rd.  At a later date, there will be a memorial and committal in Kewanee, Illinois.  Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Youth Group, Effingham, Illinois and the Hour House, Charleston, Illinois. 

Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home of Kewanee, IL is in charge of local arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

   

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William H. “Bill” Bean

 

 

William Howard “Bill” Bean, 98 of Geneseo, passed away on July 28, 2017 at OSF Hospital, Peoria IL surrounded by his family.  Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the First Congregational Church, Geneseo on September 16th at 2:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church, Geneseo, or to the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of the Cardiac Surgery Department, Rochester, MN.  Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with arrangements.

Bill was born on August 28, 1918 in Rock Falls, Illinois to Clare Lavern and Lora Ellen (Downey) Bean.  When he was three, his family moved to Geneseo.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1936 and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  He played the tuba and bass drum in the Maple City Band and sang in the First Congregational Church choir for over 75 years.  On June 7, 1946 he married the love of his life, Eunice P. Smallwood at the First Congregational Church in Geneseo.  Bill worked at the Farmer’s National Bank, retiring in 1984 as a Vice-President.  He was the last surviving founding member of the Geneseo Rotary Club, and served in that organization for many years.  He loved music and he and Eunice took the family to the Quad City Symphony concerts regularly.  He was a devoted Christian and faithfully served his church.  Bill and Eunice loved camping and traveled with their family all over the United States and Canada.

Survivors include his sister, Carol Maplethorpe, Antioch, IL; his brother James (Hedi) Bean, Audubon, PA; daughters: Sue Fuelling, Gaylord, MI and Carol (Gregg) Neuleib, Geneseo; sons: John (Vicky) Bean, Geneseo, and David (Ann Li) Bean, Morrison, IL; grandchildren: Andrew DeGroot, Jennifer (Brian) Williams, Peter Neuleib, Mary Bean (Marco Penaloza), William (Brittany) Bean, Arthur (Rachele) Neuleib, and Laura Li Bean; great grandchildren: Jonathan and Logan Williams, Carter Neuleib, Arya and Eden Bean, Tristan and Rylan Neuleib, his sisters-in-law Manie Jeckel, Carol “Penny” Bean and Dorothy Bean; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eunice, his brothers Herbert and Paul Bean; brothers-in-law Charles Maplethorpe, John V. Smallwood and Ed Jeckel; sister-in-law Jean Bean; son-in-law Larry Fuelling; and nephews Lawrence Bean and Richard Bean.

 

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Elsie Lippens

Elsie Lippens, 98, of Kewanee, of Kewanee, Il., died at 7:45 A.M. at her home surrounded by her caregivers and friends.   Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Senior Citizen Center, Salvation Army, Food Pantry or Stepladder Tutoring.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Elsie was born November 22, 1918 in Kewanee the daughter of Arthur and Leona (DeWolf) Lippens. 

Elsie was employed for 25 years at the former Kresge Store in Kewanee retiring in 1983.  She had also worked at the Dollar Store, Jupiter and K-Mart in Kewanee. 

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donovan Lippens and a sister Margaret Myers.  Surviving are cousins from the Lippens and Kolata families.  Also surviving are her special friends Gary Skovronski and Anita Blanks.  Elsie was very grateful to her caregiving team that allowed her to leave the nursing home and return to her own home. Elsie’s family and friends would like to extend a special thanks to OSF Hospice of Galesburg.

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William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock

 

William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock, 90, of rural Geneseo, died July 30, 2017 at Unity Point Hospital, Rock Island, Illinois.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo.  Reverend Ryan Landino from First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, IL will officiate.   Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Illinois. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m at the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to William Eugene Hartsock Memorial Fund.

 

Gene was born April 10, 1927 in Wapello, Iowa.  He was the oldest of six children born to Harold Frederick Hartsock and Carroll Bessie Beckey.  He married Mary Lou Steele on December 20, 1952 at Church of Peace in Rock Island.  She preceded him in death on August 9, 2005.

 

Gene was a man of many interests.  He was a hard worker, having been a Union Carpenter for 55 years.  He worked many side jobs after work and on weekends to support his family.  Gene and Mary Lou spent many years traveling to bluegrass festivals around the Midwest.  They spent 14 years wintering in Brownsville, Texas until Mary Lou’s death.  Gene enjoyed going to auctions, thus his accumulation of tools and musical instruments.  Gene was also an avid bow hunter traveling 45 years to Black River Falls, Wisconsin to hunt deer.  Gene also loved chopping and selling firewood up until the final days of his death.  During the winter months he enjoyed cracking black walnuts to give away to others.  He loved watching golf and nature shows on the television.  He looked forward to his monthly poker nights with some great guys. His small farm brought him enormous pride and allowed him to tinker daily.

 

He is survived by his children and spouses:  Gene, Jr. (Diane) Hartsock, Geneseo, Sandy (Butch) Jones, Port Byron, IL, Sally (Mike) Howard, Geneseo, Jim (Jeanne) Hartsock, Geneseo, Jerry (Jan) Hartsock also of Geneseo.  He leaves 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are his siblings:  Merle (Bud) Hartsock, Wilbur Hartsock, Donna Hayes, Bob Jordan and Carol Balfe.  Also surviving includes his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dewey and Carol Steele.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, his parents, an infant son, his mother-in-law, Florence Steele and sister-in- law, Wanda Johnson. 

 

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Doris M. Hier

Doris M. Hier, 83, of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton, Illinois surrounded by caring staff.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Reverend Chris Bushre will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or to the Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund.

 

Doris was born September 17, 1933 to Olof and Lura “Mae” Matson.  During her early years Doris worked for the Walworth Company.  On July 30, 1955, she married Wendell Hier.  She worked part time for many years as church secretary for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois.  Around age 50 Doris started taking college classes.  In May 1986, Doris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Black Hawk College, East with a double major in Math and English.  She was also named a Founder’s Scholar.  That same summer, Doris launched a successful writing career which spanned 20 years and produced more than 900 published works.  These works included personal experience stories, games, devotions, food articles and even greeting cards.

 

Doris was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was a church choir member most of her adult life.  A woman of many interests and talents, Doris was an avid reader, traveler, and reluctant camper.  For the sake of her family she camped all over the country visiting most of the continental United States.  She and her husband also visited London, England and Canada.  A self-taught pianist, Doris loved gathering with her family to play and sing around the piano.  She was also a formidable scrabble and word game opponent and loved games of all kinds.

 

Just two days short of their 62nd wedding anniversary, Doris Hier is survived by her devoted husband, Wendell, and children: Lynn Verschage (Michael) of Waupaca, Wisconsin; Lea West (Kent) of Decatur, Illinois; and Matthew Hier (Deborah) of Rockford, Illinois.  Doris is survived by seven grandchildren:  Daniel Verschage, Andra Revak, Alexandra Haefele, Rachel Seidel, Jacob Hier, Megan Blass, and Lucas Hier.  Doris also leaves five great-granchildren:  Kyler Smith; Steven Verschage;  Ayla, Braden and Bryan Revak.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Bradley Verschage. Share a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

            

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Agnes H. Palmer

- Agnes H. Palmer, 104, of Moline, formerly of Galva, died at 6:23 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017 at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Paul Lindbald 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 MGT New Hope Church. 

She was born August 17, 1912 on a farm near Cambridge, the daughter of Newell and Hildur (Johnson) Robertson. She married Leonard A. Palmer on February 22, 1933 in Rock Island and he preceded her in death on April 6, 1974. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Kelley of Moline and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Raymond, a daughter, Violet Caldwell and three brothers. 

Agnes attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Victoria High School. She and her husband farmed in the Galva area until 1956 when they moved to Moline. She had worked in the kitchen at Lutheran Hospital and later for the City of Moline. She was a member of the Moline Gospel Temple and following retirement had volunteered at the church. 

The family wishes to give a special thank you to the staff of Hope Creek Care Center and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald Morgan

 

 

Donald Hollis Morgan, 62, of Silvis, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, while under hospice care at Unity Point Health Trinity Rock Island with his "queen" by his side, wife Kelly Duff-Morgan. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and there's no funeral service. Memorials can be made in Don's honor to the Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.

 

In true Don fashion, he asked that family and friends gather at a later date to "raise a glass" to toast and celebrate his life.

 

In November 2016, Don was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. From that point, he fought every minute of every day for the chance to spend one more day with his beloved wife, family, friends, and pets. He was a huge car fan whether that meant doing a rebuild, tinkering with a motor, racing in a demolition derby, or participating in a car show. One of his favorite vehicles was a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak. He enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips to Mexico. Don also loved fishing, and doing anything outside.

 

Don is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Kelly Duff-Morgan; siblings Mary, Chuck, Whitney, and Trude; his wife's family, and his fur babies.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Tim.

 

 

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Bonnie L. Mitchell

 Bonnie L. Mitchell, 73, of Kewanee, died at 11:26 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, IL at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


She was born September 27, 1943 in Galesburg, the daughter of Elmer Clarence and Jessie Louise (Miller) Bridges. She married Edward Mitchell on July 12, 1962 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2017 on their 55th wedding anniversary. Survivors include her two sons, Russell Mitchell of Galesburg and Duane (Jill) Mitchell, of Kewanee.


Bonnie attended Galesburg schools. She had worked at FCA in Princeville for nearly 20 years. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Uno and thoroughly enjoyed her family time. She is now at peace with her husband. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Brayden A. Talbot

 

Brayden A. Talbot, 7 month old son of Zach and Rachel Talbot of Geneseo, IL, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in the emergency room at Morrison Community Hospital. A private funeral service for family and friends is planned for Friday, July 28 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be left to the family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Zach and Rachel, brother Adam, and his twin sister Brooklyn. His grandparents are Mickey & Karen Knox, Rock Falls IL, Gary & Jodell Talbot, Geneseo, IL Helen & Tony Lewis, August, GA, and his great-grandfather Ralph Dillon of Winter Haven, FL. Brayden is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

 

 

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Vincent C. “Vince” Hannah

 

Vincent C. “Vince” Hannah, 70, of Geneseo passed away peacefully surrounded by his family July 22, 2017 at his home. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, July 31st at First Baptist Church in Geneseo at 10:30 a.m. Reverend David Murphy and Reverend Joel Kobernat will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be Sunday, July 30th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Vincent Hannah Memorial Fund.

 

Vincent Cecil Hannah was born on May 8th, 1947, the son of Cecil E. and Margaret A. (Curry) Hannah in Rock Island, IL. He went to Rockridge High School before enlisting in the United States Army. He served in the Vietnam War until 1972.  Vincent married Marty A. Whitt on December 31, 1988 in New Lenox, IL. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Vince worked as an operations supervisor for Kinder Morgan Pipeline for 48 and a half years. He coached boys softball and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He enjoyed fishing, spending time in his garden, and keeping his lawn manicured. He owned and remodeled many of his rental homes with his wife. Vince also enjoyed dancing and was a member of Kountry Nights from 1993-1998.

 

Vince never met a stranger, he knew everyone. He was always available to lend a helping hand to his family and church in their times of need. He resided in Geneseo for nearly 50 years, so his community ties ran deep and strong. Vince loved spending time with his wife and children and he always enjoyed opening his home to them on special occasions and holidays. Among his many qualities, he was hard working and dedicated to his family and God. He never held a grudge and was always quick to forgive. You could always count on everything he did because he did everything out of love.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Marty Hannah. His six sons are Timothy Hannah, Milan, IL, Jeffrey Smith, Lockport, IL, James (Michelle) Smith, Galva, IL, Michael (Dayna) Smith, Minooka, IL, Kenneth (Keri) Smith, Osco, IL, and Kevin Smith, Geneseo, IL. His daughters are Cyndi (Shawn) Webster, Colona, IL and Debbie (Harry) Kosters, Morris, IL. Vincent also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren with one on the way. His brothers are Michael (Jackie) Hannah, Rock Island, IL and Allan Hannah, Monmouth, IL.

 

Vince was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Margaret, and one granddaughter Allyson Kosters.

 

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Georgia Grabbe

 Georgia Ann Grabbe, 76, of Galva, died at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m.Friday, July 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

She was born March 9, 1941 in Galesburg, the daughter of William and Virginia (Showalter) Perry. She married William E. “Bill” Grabbe Sr. on April 16, 1961 in Galva and he preceded her in death on July 31, 2013. Survivors include her son, William (Cheri) Grabbe Jr. of Galva, a brother, Bill, three sisters, Norma, Nancy and Betty, a grandchild, Patrick (Kotalina) Grabbe and two great grandchildren, Nathan and Carson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ed, a sister, Jeanie, and a daughter, Cindy in infancy.

Georgia was a homemaker and she enjoyed music, going to yard sales, watching her favorite T.V. show, American Pickers and going for rides and heading to McDonalds. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Beverly J. (Clason) Bryan

 

 

Beverly J. (Clason) Bryan, 79 of Colona, left this earth Friday morning, July 21, 2017 to join her loved ones in heaven. A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Beverly Clason was born May 14, 1938 in Soldiers Gove, WI, the daughter of Rollo and Charlotte (Ward) Clason. They moved to Illinois and became farmers. Bev married Harvey Beattie in 1956, and from that union her two sons, Scott and Todd were born. She later married Blair Bryan Jr. in Colona, IL. The years she spent with Blair were the happies years of her life. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2012. She was a longtime cashier and checkout clerk for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Milan, then lastly at Farm & Fleet in Moline. Bev had a love for horses and dogs, and she had owned several of both in her lifetime. She will be remembered for being a fantastic cook and her talent for baking apple pies. Bev also took pride in, and enjoyed decorating her home.

 

Bev was preceded in death by her parents, brother Leroy Clason, sister Barbara Oltman, and her husband Blair Bryan Jr.

 

Bev is survived by her oldest son Scott Beattie of Dallas TX. Her son Todd (Cindy) Beattie and their daughter Jayme, who was very special to her, and a grand-daughter Alexcia Lamberson, who made her smile.

 

 

 

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Beatrice Murphy

Beatrice “Sally” Murphy, 88, of Kewanee, IL, died at 12:15 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at her home. Sally was born February 25, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold and Pauline (Wilsey) Walker. She married Jack Murphy on January 24, 1947 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death.

Sally is survived by 2 daughters, Kathleen (Pat) Colletta, Channahon, IL, Cynthia Murphy, Bloomingdale, MI; 2 sons, Ed (Janice) Murphy, Bloomingdale, MI and John (Karen) Murphy, Bangor, MI. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Melanie, Tricia, Keith, Patrick, John, Michael and Jamie; great grandchildren, David, Timothy, Dean, Emma, Ruby and Rose; sister Marcella Smith, Kewanee; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Murphy; granddaughter, Kimberly and a sister Jean Haumon.

Sally enjoyed gardening, bird watching, sewing and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dog Holly.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Visitation Catholic Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday 9:00 to 11:45 am at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be held at a later date. Share a memory or leave a condolence for Sally’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Donna J. Nelson

 

Donna Jean (Bates) Nelson of Geneseo was called home to the loving arms of her Lord on July 19th, 2017 at the age of 88. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22nd at the First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be Friday, July 21st at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to First United Methodist Church, Hammond Henry Hospital, or Geneseo Athletics.

 

Donna was born on October 20th, 1928 and was raised in rural Kewanee, the daughter of Carl and Verla (Werkheiser) Bates.  Donna, the sister of three brothers and four sisters was a 4-H member, pitched softball and was a member of church and neighborhood groups and attended church camps where she met many friends.  

Donna graduated Wethersfield High School.  She met the love of her life, John M Nelson, through her sister Alice’s husband.  John and Donna were married on February 28th, 1948.  John passed away on June 26th, 2006. Together they farmed North of Geneseo and raised five children.  Donna, her siblings and their spouses remained close throughout their adult lives.  They enjoyed time together playing cards, traveling and gathering twice annually for large family reunions.  As they all retired they met once a month to continue playing cards and enjoying time with each other.

 

Donna was active in the Salem Society of Pink Prairie in Phoenix Township and the United Methodist Women of First Methodist Church of Geneseo.  She worked right alongside her husband on the farm, as well as preparing many midday meals for the men who came to work for them.  The workers were always expected to sit around the large family table and enjoyed her delicious homemade pies and cookies.  Her most famously requested pie was lemon meringue.  Donna and John were avid Geneseo sports fans,   attending most of the out of town events.  They were the number one fans of their eleven grandchildren.  They would spend the cold winter shut in days putting together large jigsaw puzzles. Donna will be remembered by her grandchildren and great grandchildren for her many hours spent with them, playing table games (never “letting” them win), putting puzzles together, baking them special cookies, and teaching them unconditional love.

 

Donna and John were afforded the pleasures of traveling to Europe, Canada, Alaska and The Panama Canal.  A major highlight for them was being able to attend the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA when the Illini football team played in 1984.  There were numerous trips across the country to reunite with John’s army buddies who they remained close in contact with over the years.

 

The family expresses deep appreciation to the wonderful and loving staff of Geneseo Liberty Village and Hillcrest Home who assisted in making her final two and half years pleasant and comfortable.

Donna is survived by her five children.  Three sons and their wives, Michael of Rock Island, David (Michele) of Geneseo, Steven (Diana) of Springfield, IL.  Two daughters and their husbands, Susan (Tom) Heiden and Linda (Jim) Claeys both of Geneseo.  A very special daughter, Vivette Catipon of Livermore, CA whom Donna and John took in as an exchange student.

Eleven grandchildren and spouses, Christine (Joe) Brandlin of Huntley, IL, Richard (Theresa) Van Opdorp of Mt Prospect, IL, Abby Mooney of Geneseo, Jon Van Opdorp and his fiancé’ Kate Miller of Wales, WI, Nicki (Ted) Stoops of Bloomington, IL, Angela (Roderick) Rippen of Raleigh NC, Kelsey (Brandon) Cherry of Geneseo, Jackeline (Brian) Nelson-Rogers of Springfield, IL, Tyler Claeys and special friend Ariel Stann of Chicago IL, John David (Ashley) Nelson of Junction City, KS, Emma Claeys of Geneseo.  One step grandson and wife, Justin (Heather) Heiden of Pine Island, MN.

 

Nineteen great grandchildren, Brooke and Hailey Brandlin, Blayke, Grant and Cole VanOpdorp, Mick, Madelyn and Colten Mooney, Lily, Luke and Charlotte Stoops, Garrett, Brenden and Maddoux Mather, Grace Schilling, Charlee and Lane Cherry and Cataleya-Marie Rogers.  Two step great grandchildren, Brooke Sinning and Jarrett Heiden.

 

Donna is also survived by one brother, Earl Bates and one sister Phyllis (Alvin) Hepner both of Kewanee and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, and three sisters.

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Judith Pianawski

Judith Ann (Polansky) Pianowski, 70, of Kewanee, passed away at 5:26 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born July 5, 1947 in Moline, the daughter of Frank Albert and Helen Louise (Druin) Polansky Sr. She married Alan John Pianowski on November 25, 1972 in Kewanee. He survives, as do a son, Ted Alan Pianowski of Ohio, three daughters, Denise Lee Thomason of Dayton, OH, Charlotte Irene Horsley of Knoxville, TN and Heidi Marie Parsons of Kewanee, eleven grandchildren, Tomie Nicole Pianowski, Jill Marie McConnell, April Lynne Merritt, Jamie Kay Thomason, Rebecca Jean Thomason, Jessica Lynne Thomason, Charlotte Irene Pianowski Jr., Sharde Nicole Pianowski, Jennifer Marie Horsley, Tyler Dennis Parsons and Spencer David Parsons, thirty-three great grandchildren and her brother, Frank Polansky Jr. of Pahrump, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Joyce Marie Foster and a sister-in-law, Jackie Polansky.

Judith graduated from Kewanee High School in 1966. She had worked as a turner at Headwear in Kewanee, in housekeeping at Kewanee Hospital, as a jogger at the Mail-o-graph and as a presser at Novak’s Cleaners until her retirement. She was a member of the Family History Club and the Top 5 in Kewanee. She enjoyed sewing and doing needlepoint and making cat blankets for the Kewanee Animal Shelter. She also enjoyed her cats, doing family history and being on the computer, but most of all she cherished her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Emanual Rosa

 Emanuel Mario Rosa, 64, of Kewanee, died at 7:21 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.  

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Bruce A. Tossell

 Bruce A. Tossell, 58, of Kewanee, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home.


A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Following the visitation cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Rux Funeral Home with the Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko officiating. Private inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born September 17, 1958 in Kewanee. He was the youngest son of James and Erma (Richard) Tossell. Bruce loved Kewanee. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976 and attended college in St. Louis. He continued his career with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Johnson State Park until his retirement. He also served the City of Kewanee as councilman for 10 years and became Mayor in 2007, serving two terms. He remained involved in the community even after leaving office in 2015. Bruce was a Facebook enthusiast and was especially fond of cooking and grilling and took special interest in the landscape and outdoor living space at his home. He was always willing to help anyone if he could and tried to find solutions to sometimes very difficult situations.


Bruce married Lisa Kidd and they later divorced. He is survived by his daughter, Carley (Jeff) Frail and their two children, Grace and Max and his son, Cayon Tossell. Also surviving are brothers, Jim (Margie) and Dick Tossell, both of Kewanee, sisters, Connie (Joe) Mangan of Florida and Ginger Tossell (Dan Bates) and Nancy (Tim) DeLathouwer, both of Kewanee, several nieces, nephews and cousins, his faithful dog, Jen and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Bennett W. Vincent

 

 

Bennett W. Vincent, 55, of rural Cambridge, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20th at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiate.  Pastor David Joyce will give the eulogy.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Pancreatic Cancer Research.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Bennett Wayne Vincent was born July 6, 1962 in Geneseo, the son of Hal Dean and Sally Wells Vincent.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1980.  Bennett attended Illinois State University in Normal and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.  His marriage to Bonita A. Brown took place on September 5, 1987 at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  He was a lifelong farmer.

 

His memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church, Valley View Country Club, Cambridge, and the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.  He enjoyed bowling, golf, and family vacations.  Bennett was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Bonita, a son and daughter, Brandon & Lynne Thompson, Lutz, FL, a son, Brinton Vincent (fiancée - Perry Alekna) Maquoketa, IA, a daughter, Bailey Vincent, Bettendorf, his parents, Hal Dean and Sally Vincent, Cambridge, a brother and sister-in-law, Mitch and Doreen Vincent, Cambridge, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joni Secymore, Cambridge, and Angela Vincent and Darryl Cherry, Pearland, TX.  Other survivors include brothers-in-law and their wives, Ron Trout, Atalissa, IA, Dale and Joanne Trout, Saffell, AR, Kevin and Sandy Brown, Abingdon, IL, a sister-in-law and her husband, Brenda and Jeff Brown, Des Plaines, IL, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  His grandparents and a brother-in-law, Paul Secymore, preceded him in death.     

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

 

 

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Mary Jo Cleary-Hasley

Mary Jo Cleary-Hasley, 70, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully at 7:14 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Tuesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin 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 family for a memorial to be established.

She was born October 9, 1946 in Galva, the daughter of Clyde and Norene (Anderson) Nichols. She married Danny Cooper and later married Clifford Cleary and is survived by her husband of 27 years, Paul Hasley. Also surviving her are four daughters, Tangee (Pat) Frazier of Quincy, Crystal (Joel) Emerich of Phoenix, AZ, Jollene (Casey) Gunlikson of Williston, ND and Kelli Jo Cooper and her fiancé, Jeff McFadden, of Galesburg, her brother, Larry (Joyce) Nichols of Peoria, eleven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford and children, Marlene and Kenneth Cooper.

Mary Jo attended Galva schools and Brown’s Business College. She worked for many years as a CNA at Marigold and Cottonwood Nursing Homes and most recently as a crossing guard. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cards. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lisa M. McCann

 

Lisa M. McCann, 59, Geneseo, passed away peacefully with her siblings at her side on July 14, 2017 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa after a year-long courageous battle with cancer.  A visitation to celebrate her life will be held at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 18, 2017.  A memorial service will also be at Vandemore Funeral Home on July 19 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Geneseo Humane Society or the Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. 

 

Lisa was born in Geneseo, Illinois on August 14, 1957 to Edward and Betty (Gernant) McCann.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1975.  She worked in the banking industry her entire life, spending the past 30 plus years as a conversion analyst for Fiserv.  Lisa enjoyed life to the fullest.  She loved spending time with friends and family, was a Bears, Yankees, Cubs, Fighting Illini and Nascar fan.  Her back door was always open to anyone who wanted to come by to visit.  The TV in her kitchen was always on, and if not tuned in to a sporting event, was dialed into the Food Network.  She raised several Schnauzers over the years, and will be missed by her little buddy Linus.

 

Lisa is survived by her sister Patricia and friend, Steve Walker, Geneseo, brothers Ed (Michele), Cedar Falls, Iowa and Steve (Heidi Parkhurst), Coal Valley, Illinois; five nieces and nephews, Cade and Madison McCann, Cedar Falls, Alison Tomczak (Doug), Naperville, Illinois, Michael McCann, Moline, Illinois and Darby Finnegan and friend Tyler Pitlik, also of Moline; and her special great-niece and nephew Sadie and Owen Tomczak, Naperville, who always referred to her as “aunt Lisa”.  She is also survived by a fantastic circle of friends.  She was preceeded in death by her parents.

 

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Dr. Garneau’s office.  A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Clarissa Cook for making Lisa’s last days on this earth so comfortable.

 

 

 

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Edward Mitchell

Edward Mitchell, 79, of Kewanee, died at 10:47 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at his home due to complications of colon and liver cancer.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, IL at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born December 16, 1937 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Sylvanus Earl and Florence Ruth (Callison) Mitchell. He entered the U.S. Army at 17 years of age and served six years in Korea and Germany. Following his time in the service he worked at Kewanee Boiler Corporation until his retirement.


Edward married Bonnie (Bridges) Mitchell on July 12, 1962 and they had been married 55 years on the date of his death. She survives, along with sons, Russell Mitchell and Duane (Jill) Mitchell, a sister, Mary Louise Morrell and two brothers, Ray Charles Mitchell and Richard Junior (Lynn) Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in by his parents, two brothers, William Earl Mitchell and his twin, Edmund Lee Mitchell and a sister, Earline Ruth (Mitchell) Breasaw. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Francis Zimmerman

– Francis C. “Hank” “Zim” “Zimmy” Zimmerman, 95, of Kewanee, passed away at 6:10 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee, Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 17 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Francis Zimmerman Memorial Fund.


He was born March 1, 1922 in Bradford, the son of Carl and Estella “Stella” (Powers) Zimmerman. He married Eleanor Johnson on July 25, 1942 in Manlius and she preceded him in death in May of 1996. He later married Shirley A. Currier-Homer on January 31, 1998 in Kewanee. She survives as do, his daughter, Sharon Lappin of Kewanee, his son, Gary (Dorothy) Zimmerman of Loma Linda, CA, a sister, Laura (Ray) McCall of Princeton, four grandchildren, Doug (April) Zimmerman, Scott (Alyssa) Zimmerman, Melissa (Rick) Baskett and Joe (April) Fjeld and seven great grandchildren, Cody Demas, Kyla, Tristen, Makenna and Addix Fjeld and Amriel and Kendron Baskett. He was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Everett, Fred and Jesse.


Hank graduated from Princeton high School in 1940. He served his country in the Army Air Force during WWII. He had farmed in the Malden, Manlius and Sheffield areas. He was very active in church activities in Wyanet and Kewanee. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed all sports especially golf.

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Johnathan A. Woods

 

Johnathan A. Woods, 32, of Kewanee, IL, died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his home. John was born April 11, 1985 in Kewanee, son of Jerry and Wanda (DeVoss) Woods. He graduated from Kewanee High School.

 

Surviving is his mother, Wanda; dad, Mike Thomas; father, Jerry; daughter, Joy; son, Jesse; sister, Ivory Woods; brother-in-law, Abishai Price; uncles, Mike DeVoss, George (Michelle) DeVoss, Brian (Brenda) Woods; aunts, Kathy Humphrey, Judy Moore, Lori Hickenbottom, Brenda Woods, Sandie DeVoss, Debbie Copper; cousins, Tony Woods, JoAna DeVoss, Dale Fought; three nephews and two nieces.

 

John was preceded in death by his grandparents; two brothers, Jesse and Elmer; and an aunt, Brenda DeVoss.  John enjoyed fishing, camping, playing Xbox, and spending time with his kids. He loved going on the road with his dad, Mike in his semi. He was learning how to work on cars with Mike teaching him.

 

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 am prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left for John’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kathleen Lamb

Kathleen Marie Lamb, 73, of Galva, died at 5:35 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.


Cremation will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Galva Cemetery. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society or to the Galva Food Pantry. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.


She was born April 19, 1944 in Kewanee, the daughter of Geroid G. and Esther I. (Calkins) Lamb. Survivors include many cousins and 2nd cousins and her special friends, JoAnn Wilson, Bonnie Hoxworth and Mary Hollingsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Kathleen graduated from Galva High School in 1962. She worked as a teller at State Bank of Toulon in Galva and had also worked in her earlier years at Anderson Grain Elevator, Dr. Dickerson’s Veterinary Clinic and Bothwell Fertilizer and Equipment in Victoria. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and enjoyed singing in the church choir especially during the holiday seasons.  She dearly loved her cats. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen L. Foote

 

 

Helen Louise Holevoet Foote, 88, of Geneseo, died on July 10th, 2017 under hospice care at Good Samaritan Care Facility in Geneseo, IL.  A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will be at the Annawan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral.

Helen was born to the late George and Georgette Holevoet in the family home in Cornwall Township, Henry County on May 29th, 1929. She attended and graduated 8th grade from the Brandon Country School.  She later attended Geneseo Township High School and graduated in 1947.  One week later, she started working at her one and only job at the Geneseo Republic Newspaper, where she worked for nearly 30 years.  She was united in marriage to Casper “Doc” Hartman Foote at St. Anthony Church in Atkinson, IL on July 13th, 1968.  Doc passed away on September 2nd, 1998. She was an active member of St. Malachy Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and various volunteer programs.   Helen’s work here on earth is done. She has received a call from her eternal home, an offer she couldn’t refuse.  This assignment consists of a grand reunion with family and friends whom she has not seen in a long time.  Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, gardening, biking, writing letters, and reading to her heart’s content.  She touched many lives in her 88 years and will be missed greatly by her family and friends.  We find comfort in one day knowing we will be invited to her heavenly reunion. 

Helen is survived by her younger siblings, Arthur Holevoet, Paul (Kathy) Holevoet of Atkinson, and MaryLou Robinson of Cambridge, three nieces, three nephews, 17 great nieces/nephews, one great-great niece and one on the way.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Casper “Doc” Hartman Foote, brother in law, Wayne “Bunky” Robinson, and her beloved dog, Tinkerbell.

 

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Kristine Henkins

 Kristine Ann (Goreth) Henkins, 51, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:40 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.


She was born September 14, 1965 in Rantoul, IL, the daughter of Roger and Barbara (Wright) Goreth. She married Tony R. Henkins on October 10, 1992 in Kewanee. He survives, as does her mother of Kewanee, her grandmother, Ann Wright of New Windsor, five siblings, Kevin (Pam) Goreth of East Peoria, Kimberli (Craig) Lindstrom of Kewanee, Kelli (Sam) Mitchell of Advance, IN, Karri (Shane) Kazubowski of Kewanee and Kraig (Michelle) Goreth of Madison, MS, a sister-in-law, Ladosha (Dave) Bystry of Kewanee and fourteen nieces and nephews, Alexa, Ashlin and Clay Goreth, Mackenzie Kristine Lindstrom and Marlie Lindstrom, Kelsie and BayLee Mitchell, Ryan and Alison Kazubowski, Elizabeth, Roman and Roger Paul Goreth, Elizabeth Kegebein and David Paul Bystry. She was preceded in death by her father, paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather and her mother-in-law.


When she was eight Kris was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She battled this disease for 44 years. When her kidneys failed at the age of 32, her sister Kim gave her new life with her gift of a kidney. From then until the present, she was always mindful to protect this wonderful gift. Nurturing her five younger brothers and sisters, her giving nature and compassion led her to a nursing career where she truly cared for her patients. Having not had children of her own, she loved to spoil and dote over her nieces and nephews. All of them loved her very much. She was very proud to have been a Godmother to a niece and nephew and to have named her niece, Ashlin Nicole.


Kris graduated from Kewanee High School in 1983 and from Moline Public School of Nursing in 1986. She worked as a Registered Nurse for Dr. Kevin Jeffries at the Family Health Clinic in Galva and had also worked at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, FL and as an orthopedic nurse at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She attended Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and in her early years was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. She enjoyed cooking and baking and attending Peoria Rivermen hockey games. She especially enjoyed her dog, Max and attending the sporting events of her nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dennis E. Drawyer

 Dennis E. Drawyer, 83, of Kewanee, died at 12:31 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 at his home.


Cremation will be accorded and a visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Thursday, July 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.


He was born October 20, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Melvin D. and Irma M. (Hulbert) Drawyer. Survivors include his son, Dusty (Tracy) Drawyer of Kewanee, his granddaughter, Alexandria, two brothers, Nolan (Janice) Drawyer of Kewanee and Lonnie Drawyer of Princeville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Pamela Drawyer and three brothers, Rodney, Duane and Ronald.


Dennis had served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had obtained the rank of Master Sargent. He had worked at Kewanee Boiler Mfg. He enjoyed listening to the radio, fishing and mowing grass. In his early years he enjoyed watching baseball and football. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dean Lindsey

Dean Lindsey, 82, of Kewanee, passed away at 9:05 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.  


Private graveside services with military rites by the Kewanee Veterans Council will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Dean Lindsey Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.


He was born December 2, 1934 in Gorham, IL, the son of William and Geneva (Denten) Lindsey. He married Lucy P. Keel on February 27, 1957 in Beeville, TX. She survives, as do two sons, Terry (Josie) Lindsey and William (Alica) Lindsey, both of Kewanee, five grandsons, Lucas (Amber) Lindsey, TJ Allen (Jessica) Lindsey, Josh (Breann) Lindsey, Mark (Kelsey) Lindsey and Juan (Morgan) Garcia, seven granddaughters, Julie (Ryan) DeMuynck, Sheila (Patrick) Goforth, Jenilee (John) Johnson, Aimee Katheryn (Drew) Gilbreath, T.J. Lindsey,  Connie (Thad) Yordy  and two foster children, Ann Tylor and Florence Mannon, twenty great grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Petty of Toulon and a nephew, Dean Petty. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Dean served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He had worked at Regals in Lynn Center. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan and he will be deeply missed by his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phill Emmerson

 

Phill Emmerson, 91, of Sheffield passed away on Friday July 7, 2017 at the St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, Illinois.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 A.M Wednesday, July12, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Clark Carrington American Legion Post #1031, Mineral. Visitation for Phill will be on Tuesday from 4-7 P.M. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests Memorials to the Phill Emmerson Memorial Fund to be distributed to several local charities or the American Alzheimer’s Research Association.

 

Phill was born on August 1, 1925 in Princeton, Illinois the son of Mel & Alice (DeMarlie) Emmerson. He attended Sheffield Schools, and later served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950-1952. He was united in marriage to Norma Hier on August 12, 1950 in Kewanee. Phill was a lifetime farmer in the Atkinson & Sheffield area’s retiring in 1989 when he and Norma moved into Sheffield. He also was a longtime Hulting Hybrid Seed Corn dealer for the Area.

 

Phill was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, the American Legion, Kewanee and Annawan Bolder’s Club’s, Western Illinois Bolders League, and the Flemish American Club. He enjoyed, and was, an avid Rolle Bolle player. He loved to travel, and he and Norma traveled extensively.  They enjoyed 8 trips to Europe, 13 trips to Hawaii, and 4 trips to Alaska. Phill was proud to have driven in every state in the U.S.

 

Survivors include his wife: Norma; his  daughter: Patsy ( Robert) DeFauw, Annawan; son: James (Peggy) Emmerson, Sheffield;  grandchildren:  Anita (Daniel) Rakestraw, Rob (Amy) DeFauw, Jamie Emmerson, and Benjamin Emmerson; 2 step grandchildren: Kristie Mansfield, and Shawn Etheridge; Great grandchildren Hannah and Maddison Rakestraw and Nash DeFauw, and 7 step great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Anez Emmerson, Geneseo.

 

Phill was preceded in death by his parents; 2 Brothers: Roger and Rene Emmerson; and his sister Alice Rodgers.

 

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Robert A. Huber

 Robert A. Huber “Bob” died peacefully at the Iowa Masonic Health Facility on June 30th in Bettendorf, IA at the age of 76.


Bob is survived by his four children; Ed Huber (Stacey) of Moraga, CA, Penny Hoker (Jeff) of Dixon, IA, Molly Hickerson (Sean) of Orion, IL and Carrie Vaughn (Chris) of Washington, IL.  He also had 8 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Bonnie, of Peoria, IL.


Bob was born on July 18, 1940 in Kewanee, IL to John and Emily Huber. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1959 and served in the US Army. He married Bonnie Peterson in 1963 and moved to Peoria, IL, where he lived most of his adult life.  They were married for 48 years until her death in 2011.  He was employed by Dental Arts Laboratory and Methodist Medical Center and was an active Mason, belonging to Schiller Lodge in Peoria.


Bob's world revolved around his family. His heart was constantly tethered to the well-being of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Bob was a warm, compassionate, loving soul who never met a stranger. He welcomed everyone into his life with a warm smile and a firm handshake.


A funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Galva Cemetery on July 6th where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. A celebration of life service will follow at the Iowa Masonic Health Facility in Bettendorf, IL from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Iowa Masonic Music and Memory Program, 2500 Grant Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements and this obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Bonnie S. Peterson

 

Bonnie S. Peterson, 57, of Kewanee, entered her eternal home on Thursday, June 29, 2017 after a long illness.


Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Red Oak Cemetery in rural Cambridge. Memorials may be directed to the Bonnie Peterson Memorial Fund.


She was born March 29, 1960 in Peoria, the daughter of Melvin and Lorraine (Anderson) Peterson. They preceded her in death, as do a sister, Connie, a brother, Rick, a niece, Ginger (Peterson) Schubach and nephews, Nathaniel and Jacob Peterson. Bonnie is survived by two brothers, Ron (June) Peterson of Wyoming, IL and Don (Brenda) Peterson of Princeville, IL, a niece, Rebecca (Bob) Heck and five nephews, Matt (Jen), Jeff, Ethan, Donnie and Cody Peterson.


Bonnie was a 1979 graduate of Kewanee High School. She was of the Christian faith and was a member of Kewanee Tops, Fairview Homes Community Outreach Program, Big Brother Big sisters and the Hog Days Festival Committee. She was known as the “treat lady” at Fairview Homes. Children loved to see Bonnie to get cookies or cupcakes. She put a smile on the children’s faces and loved to see the children at the Carnival. She also loved the excitement of the Hog Days Parade.

  
She lived life to the fullest and will be sadly missed by family and many friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ronny W. Hodgson

 

 

Ronny W. Hodgson, 65, of Geneseo passed away at home with his wife by his side on Sunday, July 2. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo; Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. The family requests that friends and family wear casual attire. Burial will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, military honors will be provided by the Moline American Legion Post. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Ronny Hodgson Memorial Fund.

 

Ron was born on December 3, 1951, the son of William B. and Dorothy E. Hodgson in Geneseo, IL. Ron attended Geneseo schools, and graduated from Geneseo High School. He married Sandra J. Wanamaker-Fulton on July 4th 1993. Ron enjoyed photography and riding his motorcycle. He was currently working at Moline Dispatch Publishing Company as an IT Tech, and had been there for the past 21 years. Ron was a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam era, and became a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders following his time in the service.

 

He is survived by his wife Sandra, son Erik W. Hodgson of Princeton, and step-daughter Christina (Michael) A. Brown of Geneseo, his sister Kay (Richard) L. Stiner of Geneseo, brother, Jimmy S. Hodgson of Geneseo. His grandchildren are Shawn M. Hodgson, Tori A. Hodgson, Alex X. Brown, and Jayden H. Brown

 

Ron was preceded in death by his mother and father.

 

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Marianne R. Garinger

 

 

Marianne R. Garinger, 87, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo; Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, June 30 from 4:00-7:00 p.m at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Animal Shelter, Geneseo Food Pantry, or to the Geneseo Library.

 

Marianne was born December 2, 1929, the daughter of Francis Haskell and Rose Marie (Veverka) Laramie, in Oak Forest, IL. She attended Thorton Township High School in Midlothian, IL. Marianne married Jack W. Garinger on August 31, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana; he preceded her in death in 2012. Marianne was a talented seamstress and artist who enjoyed quilling in her spare time. She was an avid bridge player and golfer, spending many hours on the greens of the Geneseo Country Club. She loved to make Christmas ornaments for all of her grandchildren. Marianne was a member of Women of the Moose, Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary, and the Geneseo Country Club.

 

She is survived by her son Joseph Garinger of Elgin, IL, and her daughters, Jackie (Joe) Mickley of Geneseo, Jodi (Bruce) Wolfe of Geneseo, and Jeannette (John) Beck of Champaign, IL. Her grandchildren are Jake (Amelia), Joe (Kari), James (Avery), and Jenna Mickley; Anne (Adam) Watson, Evan (James) Hill, Charles Wolfe, Lindsey (Ben) Blonder, Derek (Lorena) Vaughn, John (Leslie) Beck, Libby Beck, Amy Jo (Fiancé Robby Rohe), and Alec Garinger. She is also survived by her 15 great-grandchildren.

 

Marianne was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother, and one sister.

 

 

 

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Geraldine Johnson

 

Sunrise August 25, 1931 and Sunset June 24, 2017 - Geraldine Johnson, also known as Jerry and Dean, 85, of Kewanee, IL, passed away June 24, 2017 at her home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Lawrence D. Anderson Sr., of the Second Baptist Church in Kewanee, will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Repast to follow. There will be a Celebration of Life Community Potluck Social from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 30 at Second Baptist Church, 610 W. First St., Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Geraldine Johnson Memorial Fund or Second Baptist Church of Kewanee. 

She was born in Parkin, Cross County, AR on August 25, 1931 to Tetrether Flemings Collins and Fred Collins. Geraldine was educated at White Rock School in Widener, AR, a rural one-room school house, and a private segregated school in Forrest City, AR. In her teenage years, her mother married Albert Dobbs, Sr., known as Papa Dobbs. She was greatly influenced by him and considered him her father as she always had fond memories of him and how wonderfully he treated his new family, especially her mother. She gained numerous family members because of Papa Dobbs and was close to them until the time of her passing. She was looking forward to the Searcy family reunion Labor Day weekend and upcoming Dobbs family reunion, to be held in Washington, D.C. She was especially excited about visiting the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Considered one of the seasoned family members, she had a wealth of knowledge of the family history and enjoyed when the family asked her about the past. 

She became a Christian at an early age and was always very active in church. Growing up, she was a member of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeside and Madison, St. Francis County, AR until she moved to Illinois. She married Iria Johnson Sr., of Forrest City, AR, in May 27, 1951 in Forrest City, AR. Their union formed four children. Soon after their marriage, Geraldine moved to Kewanee in 1951, to join her husband. In the same year, she became a member of Second Baptist Church in Kewanee. She served in various positions in the church, most recently as chaplain of the Mission Ministry and was appointed as Church Mother by Second Baptist Church's Pastor Lawrence D. Anderson Sr. in 2013. She was very proud and honored to hold the distinguished position of Church Mother. She worked as a housekeeper in private homes in Kewanee for 15 years and as a housekeeper for Leisure Hills Nursing Home (now Royal Oaks Care Center) in Kewanee for several years. Geraldine's long-time employment was at Kewanee Care/Peterson Health Care starting in 1988 and retiring at 78-years-old, after 21 years of service.  She received numerous awards from Peterson Health Care which included Lifetime Service award, Longevity award, Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year. Her hobbies included landscaping her yard, spending time with her church family and friends, traveling, talking to long-distance family, and visiting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
   
Survivors include her sister, Almeater Collins, of Boston MA; brothers: Wardell Collins, of Marianna, AR, and Clyde Maxwell, of Cordova, TN; daughters: PareLee Brown, of Aurora IL, Faye Turner of Westmont, IL, and Betty Jean Taylor, of Patterson, NJ; sons Stephen “Stevie” (Lisa) Johnson, of Westmont, IL and Ira Johnson, Jr., of Russellville, AR; six grandchildren: Tammie Leigh (Stirling) Brown-Edwards, of Macomb, IL; Alfred (Candice) Turner Jr., of Aurora, IL; Shaunta' Turner, of Aurora IL; Kristina Diemer, of Aurora; and Yakira and Janoah Johnson, of Westmont, IL; sixteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; nephews, Percell Searcy Jr., Rev. Franklin Searcy and Leonard F. Muhammad, all of Chicago IL and Ernest Searcy, of Matteson IL; nieces, Margarett Fox of Chicago IL, Carrie Dotson of Cleveland OH, Ineice Searcy of Forrest City AR, Lydia Coleman of Tulsa OK and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband in 1982, son, John I. Johnson, brother, Albert “Buddy” Dobbs Jr., and sisters, Hattie Jordan, Polly Searcy, Lydia Wright, Edna Barkley, and Frenchie B. Young. Online condolences and memories may be made at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Norma Dilts

 

 

Norma Dilts, 88, of Geneseo passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Woodridge Supportive Living Center in Geneseo where she was currently residing. A funeral service will be Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo; Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be Thursday, June 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Senior Citizens’ Center

 

Norma was born on October 27, 1928, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Hickey) McGonigle in Princeton, IL. She attended Princeton, IL schools and the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria, IL. Norma married Robert L. Dilts on July 10, 1948.  In the early 60’s, Norma and Bob opened Bob Dilts TV, a Magnavox dealership & TV/Stereo repair business. They later expanded into music with a record shop, offering albums, 8-tracks, & cassettes. After Bob’s death in 1977, Norma continued the business through 1987. She was a member of Women of the Moose, loved to play bingo, and to spend time with her family, especially her grand & great-grandchildren.

 

Her pride and joy were her daughters and three grandsons - Jaimie, Kevin, and Ryan “Pudge.” Her great-grandsons, Kyle & Jack, treated her like a queen. She was so thrilled when only two weeks ago a 3rd great-grandchild, Jade Cheryl, was born.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Rhoni (Zach) Perrine of Geneseo, and Linda (Harry) Sellers of Geneseo, and son-in-law John (Carla) Edwards of Geneseo. Her three grandsons are Jamie (Cory) Sellers, Kevin (Jenna) Sellers, and Ryan “Pudge” Sellers & fiancé Brooke VanderSnick. Her great-grandchildren are Kyle Sellers, Jack Sellers, and Jade Cheryl Sellers.

 

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, daughter Cheryl J. “Tudi” Edwards, sister Mary Cresto, and brother Don McGonigle.

 

The family would like to thank Karna DeMay and Woodridge for the special care that they offered to Norma.

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Tamara S. Nightingale

Tamara “Tammy” S. Nightingale, 55, of Kewanee, IL, formally of Aurora, IL died at 3:55 am, June 24, 2017 at OSF Saint Francis Hospital, Peoria, IL. Tammy was born December 31, 1961 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Roger and Frances (Gray) Zerbes. She married William “Bill” Nightingale on November 2, 2002 at the First Methodist Church, West Jersey, IL. He survives.

Also surviving include her siblings, Mark (Marilyn) Zerbes, Karen (Narry) Mahabir and Jay Zerbes; numerous nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; good neighbor, Linda Hull; best friend, Brenda Miles; and her faithful dog, Misty. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tammy graduated from Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove. She enjoyed the Bunko Girls Club she belonged to here in Kewanee, she traveled to a lot of houses playing dice. Tammy loved her swimming pool. Previous years, she enjoyed camping at the Woodhaven Campground by Amboy, IL. Tammy loved to cook and spend time with her husband, Bill. She enjoyed decorating for Christmas. She especially enjoyed Valentine’s Day in 2004 when she was given her boxer, yellow lab, shepherd mix, Misty.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established and may be left at the funeral home for the family. Share a memory or leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Barbara J. Bell

 

Barbara J. Bell, 87, of Geneseo passed away Sunday, June 25 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Burial will take place in the North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Memorials may be left in Barbara’s memory to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Barbara was born on December, 27 1929, the daughter of Elbert and Cassie (Goembel) Douglas in Geneseo, IL. She married Robert L. Bell on August 4, 1950 in Piggot, Arkansas; he preceded her in death in 2008. Barbara worked from home as a homemaker, and raised three beautiful daughters. Her family meant the world to her. She was an avid reader, yard sale shopper, and gardener. Barbara also loved to tend to her birds and enjoyed cooking for her family.

 

Survivors include her daughters: Brenda (Ken) Chapin of Princeton, IA, Bobbie Bell of Geneseo, Cassie (Ralph Sanders, Bruce Township, MI; grandchildren: Amanda (Michael) McTauge, Dubuque, IA, John Chapin, Cordova, IL, Jarrod (Dawn) Collins, Geneseo, IL, Brandon (Rose) Collins, Geneseo, IL and Rebecca Sanders, Bruce Township, MI; great-grandchildren: Brooklynn Chapin, Melissa & Annamae McTague, Quinn Collins of Geneseo, and Grant Collins; sister-in-law Marie Douglas, East Moline, IL.

 

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents, 4 brothers, and 5 sisters.

 

 

 

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Patricia A. Williams

 

 

Patricia A. Williams, 75, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, June 18 at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo; Reverend Ryan Landino will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the memorial service.

 

Patricia was born on October 7, 1941, the daughter of Frank and Opal (Paul) Averill, in Canton, IL. She later married Gene A. Williams on August 19, 1958 in Lewiston, IL. Gene passed away in 2013. Patricia enjoyed playing music, her instruments of choice included the piano, bass, and guitar, but she was also able to play many others and she loved to spend time with her family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Jennifer Walsh of Millersville, MD; sons: Mark Williams of Geneseo, and Steve Williams of Des Moines IA; grandchildren: Kevin Williams, Marcus Williams, Matthew Walsh, and Aidan Walsh; and sister, Barbara (John) Briggs.

 

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Opal, and by 2 sisters.

 

 

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Esther L. Sturm

Esther L. Sturm, 89, of Galva, passed away at4:38 p.m., Sunday, June 18, 2017 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. 

 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva.  Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Esther Sturm Memorial Fund. 

 She was born November 17, 1927 in Kewanee, the daughter of Frank and Grace (Ouart) Kuster.  She married Erman Sturm on December 19, 1948 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church in Kewanee.  He survives, as does a son, Roger (Juana) Sturm of Galva. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 Esther graduated from Galva High School in 1944.  In 1948, she was an Illinois delegate to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago for food preservation which she had earned first place with. She is a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical United Church in Christ. She was an excellent cook and also enjoyed canning. She loved being outdoors and took great pride in being a farm wife and working along side her husband, working tirelessly over the years with their livestock and farming operation. She especially enjoyed mowing. In earlier years, she was a member of the Henry County Rural Youth and had been a 4-H leader for ten years. Esther was also a member of Henry County Home Extension where she served as secretary and treasurer for ten years. She and her husband were also members of the Flemish American Club in Kewanee. This obituary and private condolences may be left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Veronica Lepianka

Veronica M. Lepianka, 95, of Kewanee, died at 6:20 a.m., Sunday, June 18, 2017 at her home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 23 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu and her nephew, Fr. Anthony Lebedis. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. A rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. by her nephew, Fr. Tony.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed for masses at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish or for masses at the church of the donor’s choice. 

 

She was born on January 15, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of Stanislaw and Helena (Rakoczy) Gruszeczka. She married Walter S. Lepianka on October 25, 1947 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1984. She was also preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.  She is survived by two sons, Lawrence (Jan) of Walnut, IL and Philip (Cheryl) of Powell, OH, a daughter, Shirley (Gregory) Myers of Aiken, SC, six granddaughters, Melissa (Dan) Thompson of Henry, IL, Natalie (Mick) Lilley of Normalville, PA, Serena (Brett) VonHolten of Pontiac, IL, Courtney (Chris) Kohler of Chicago, IL, Andrea (Matt) Wiggim of Princeton, IL, and Nicole (Zach) Steel of Los Angeles, CA , eleven great grandchildren and a brother John (Shirley) Gruszeczka of Kewanee. 

 

Veronica had worked as a seamstress at Boss Glove Mfg. in Kewanee for over thirty years until retiring in 1975. She had attended school at St. Stanilaus Catholic School and Visitation Catholic School.  She was a devoted Catholic and member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and was a past member of St. Stanilaus Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was devoted to saying the rosary every day. She was proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed making and cooking traditional Polish foods for her family gatherings. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Allan Utech

 

Allan Lincoln Utech, 97, of Washington, Iowa died Saturday, June 17, 2017.  Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge Illinois.  Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiate.  There is no visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation or the Washington United Methodist Church.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services in Cambridge is handling the arrangements.

 

Mr. Utech was born February 12, 1920 in New Canton, Illinois the son of Ernst H. Sr. and Nellie H. Evans Utech.   He married Emma Leeper.  The couple later divorced.  He married Margrette Elizabeth Anderson Johnson on May 25, 1969.

 

He was a graduate of Illinois State University.  He taught high school Vocational Agriculture.  He also worked for the State of Illinois as a supervisor and later as a consultant all in the Vocational Agriculture field.  He was an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corp and retired from the military as a First Lieutenant.

 

He was a member of the United Methodist Church and had held several church positions in Springfield IL.  He served as president of the Land of Lincoln Retired Teachers Association.  He enjoyed gardening, family and traveling.

 

Surviving are his wife Margrette of Washington IA, 2 daughters Janet (Steve) West of Hiawatha IA, and Ruth Utech of Springfield IL, one granddaughter, one grandson, 4 step-grandsons and several great and great great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-daughter Kay Bennett, step-sons Roger and Steve Johnson, sisters Nellie Sund, Pearl Utech, Evelyn Myers and three brothers Raymond, Ernst Jr. and Perry.

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Alison H. Strand

Alison H. Strand, 67, of Galva, died at 9:18 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home.


Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born August 24, 1949 in Kewanee, the son of Harland C. and Elsie Mae (Oberg) Strand. He married Georgia G. Gray on April 8, 1967 in Galva. She survives, as does a son, Rob (Doris “Doe”) Strand of Kewanee, a daughter, Brenda Strand of Galva, a brother, Armand Strand of Galva, a sister, Annette Boehm of East Peoria, IL and his grandchild, Allyson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Anthony.


Alison attended Galva schools. He worked as a farmer in the area and had also operated a guitar shop in Galva. He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed playing guitar and riding motorcycles. In his early years, he was active in the bands; Everyday People and Shades of Blue and had played at area colleges and venues and had also won several Battle of the Bands contests. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Linda M. Holden

 

 

Linda M. Holden, 72, of Bishop Hill, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at her home.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 30th at the Colony Schoolhouse in Bishop Hill.  Rev. Dan Wright will officiate.  A graveside committal service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on June 30th at the Bishop Hill Cemetery.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Bishop Hill Fire Department.

 

Linda May Lambert was born December 21, 1944 in Harvey, IL, the daughter of William and Frieda Ehrich Lambert.  She attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and graduated in 1962.  Linda attended Patricia Stevens Career College in Chicago. She then attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in design. Her marriage to Stephen J. Holden took place on September 13, 1973 in Coal Valley.  He passed away October 7, 2011.

 

She worked as an interior designer for the restaurant industry for many years. Her work included restaurants in the Quad Cities and across the mid-west. While living in Bishop Hill she and her husband operated a pottery/gift shop and a bed and breakfast. After moving from Coal Valley to Bishop Hill, the Holdens were active in various civic activities for a period of time. Among the positions Linda held within the community was as a review officer to assure the historic integrity of the community. Linda also worked at the Bishop Hill Post Office and later became the postmaster.  Mrs. Holden’s professional credentials include membership in the American Society of Interior Designers.

 

Those surviving are a cousin, Alan Ehrich, Chicago, and neighbors and friends.  Her parents, her husband, and two infant children preceded her in death.

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Mary Lou Baldwin

Mary Lou Baldwin, 92, of Kewanee, died June 14, 2017 at OSF St. Lukes Hospital, Kewanee. Mary Lou was born August 20, 1924 in Kewanee, the daughter of Elsworth and Frances (Coyne) Hayden.

Mary Lou was married Howard Baldwin on February 23, 1947 in Dwight, IL. She is survived by her son, Hayden (Carla) Baldwin of AR; daughter, Becky (Bob) Switzer of Kewanee; 14 grandchildren, Ryan (Abi Stevenson) Switzer, Nick Switzer, Valerie Switzer, Tabatha Baldwin, Kim Cirrintano, Shannon (Tommy) Uran, Heather (Scott) Bugner, Robin Hesse, Kerrie (Mike) Bowers, Mike (Dawn) Kunde, Wayne (Tanya) Kunde, Dave Jr. (Jude) Baldwin, Debbie (Bruce) Eldred, Doug (Michelle) Baldwin; 26 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren. Mary Lou is preceded in death by her parents; son, Dave; brothers, Bob and Charles Hayden.

Mary Lou was employed at the Kewanee School District #229 for many years. She enjoyed bingo, gardening, sewing, ceramics and baking. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Private burial will be at the Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be shared with Mary Lou’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Donald "Sonny" Barnes

Donald “Sonny” Barnes, 81, of Kewanee, passed away June 14, 2017 at his home. Donald was born January 5, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Willard and Anna (Wuctir) Barnes.

Don married Joann VanWassenhove on July 30, 1955 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee. He is survived by his wife; sons, Randy (Kim) Barnes of Kewanee, Rick Barnes of Kewanee; daughter, Rhonda Roberts of East Moline; four grandchildren, Niki (Scott), Daniel (Ariana), Jolene, Roxanne; four great grandchildren, Steven, Coleton, Braxton, Aubriella; and a brother, William Barnes of Prophetstown. Don is preceded in death by his parents; son, Rodney Barnes; sister, Dorthy Shambaugh; and a brother, Kenney Barnes.

Don was employed by the City of Kewanee for 20 years, working for the street department. Prior to working for the city, he worked for Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor for a number of years. He enjoyed camping and fishing for catfish. He loved his garden and never had a weed in sight. But most of all, Don loved spending time with his family.

Celebration of life services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL. Father Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be at a later time. There will be a luncheon following the service at the American Legion post 8078, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Holy Trinity Church. Online condolences may be shared with Don’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Marian L. Leaf

 Marian I. Leaf, 90, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully at 1:45 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 20 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Linda Winkelman and Linnea Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, June 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee and additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church.


She was born January 1, 1927 in Kewanee, the daughter of Eli and Vera (Clong) Ratliff. She married Richard W. Leaf on November 11, 1945 in Galva and he preceded her in death on March 24, 2008. Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Jim) Herriot and Jean (Jerry) Grebner, both of Kewanee, a son, Bill (Janelle) Leaf of Kewanee, five grandchildren, Monica (Darrin) Nelson, Matt Jenkins (Deann Schweitcher), Emily (Jon) DeBord, Karyn (Randy) Carton and Rick (Sarah Sal) Leaf, eight great grandchildren, Morgan Stewart, Kyle Dockery, Lilly DeBord, Josie DeBord, Parker DeBord, McKenzie Carton, Katlyn Carton and Lolabelle Leaf and three great-great grandchildren, Brooklyn Shue, Malaigh Stewart and Kinleigh Stewart. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.


Marian graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1944. She had worked as a medical transcriptionist at Kewanee Public Hospital for 24 years, retiring in January of 1989. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading and traveling. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Laura F. Thomas

 

Laura F. Thomas, 94, of Sheffield died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 19th at Mineral United Methodist Church.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield.  Memorials may be made to Mineral United Methodist Church or Mineral Museum.

 

Laura Frances Rakestraw was born August 16, 1922 in rural Mineral, the daughter of George B. and Laura Nellie (Brewer) Rakestraw.  She was educated in Mineral schools and graduated from Mineral High School in 1940.  She attended Augustana College in Rock Island for a year.  Her marriage to Morris Foes took place in September of 1941 in Sheffield.  They were divorced.  She later married Clinton W. Thomas on February 12, 1961 in Sheffield.  He died August 5, 1999.  Laura was a homemaker and a member of the Mineral United Methodist Church where she was baptized.  Her hobbies included flower arranging, flower gardening, and watching the birds.

 

Those surviving are her children and spouses, Joyce (Foes) and Raymond Dixon, Peoria, Gerald and Mildred Foes, Sheffield, Thomas and Cynthia Foes, Annawan, Marlene (Thomas) Etheridge, Princeton, and Connie (Thomas) Jaggers, Sheffield.  Other survivors include seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and one step great great grandchild.  Her parents, husband, five, brothers, and three sons-in-law preceded her in death.

 

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the caregivers who helped care for Mother for the last two years.  Thank you Kelly Hecktner, Erin Green, Lee Blanford, and Brenda Nimrick. 

 

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Patricia Ann Byers

Patricia Ann Byers, 84, of Morrison, IL, formerly of Erie and Kewanee, died Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 4:25 a.m. at Resthave Home in Morrison, IL. Patricia was born March 13, 1933 in Kewanee, the daughter of William and Lena Mae (Hayes) Huber. She attended Kewanee High School.

 

Patricia married Robert J. Byers on July 13, 1952 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on March 11, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Susan Byers, sisters, Madge Huffman, Betty Johnson, Mary (“Teenie”) Featherstone, brothers, William (“Bud”) Huber, John (“Jack”) Huber, Lewis (“Kirk”) Huber, and two grandchildren, Mickel Thompson and Robert Demuynck . Surviving are two daughters, Lena Mae Hollins (Sam Cole), of Kewanee, Kathleen (Garrett) Karman of Erie, 7 grandchildren, Tracy (Ryan) Herrick, Louise Thompson, Rebecca Hegwood, Patrick Hines, Patricia Giesenhagen, Alecia Zahlen, 22 great grandchildren with another on the way, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Patricia was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee prior to moving to Erie, when she then became a member of the Erie United Methodist Church. Patricia met her husband at the roller rink. She was an LPN until retiring in 1987. Patricia enjoyed playing bingo, loved dogs and had a huge collection of ceramic dogs. She also enjoyed flowers, especially pink roses. When her children were young she enjoyed camping with them. She loved people and enjoyed making them smile with her witty ways, jokes and wonderful sense of humor.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Reverend Rod Dye will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  There will be a luncheon following the committal at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be shared with Patricia's family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Eugene Francis Hernandez

Eugene Francis "Geno" Hernandez, age 59, died Friday morning suddenly 12:10 am June 9, at Saint Francis Medical Center,  Peoria, IL. after a long battle with medical problems.

Funeral services will be held at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home on June 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm. With Pastor Dan Craig officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm till time of services at the funeral home. Graveside Military Services will be provided by the Kewanee Veterans Council at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Geno was born in Milan, MO on 29 September 1957, the son Eugene Francis Hernandez Sr. and Helen "Glidewell" Hernandez. Geno was the second eldest son, Steve Hernandez "Kathy" (deceased), John Hernandez "Chin" of Davenport, IA, Rose Boehle "Chris" of Davenport and Thomas Hernandez of Kewanee IL. Geno is survived by his son: Kyle Hernandez and step-daughter Jayme Crooks. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Zoey Janis Hernandez and Danielle Elizabeth Hernandez and six nephews, nieces, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife Janis “Call” Hernandez, parents and grandparents.

Geno is a veteran of the US Navy serving on the USS Acadia during the early 1980's. Nicked name fittingly the "Love Boat." As a child, he received his passion as an avid Historian from his father. Geno had a vast knowledge of War History and Politics. He took pride in that fact. His attention to detail was legendary. Geno was retired and pursuing his passion of fishing, making wine, playing music and chess.

Contributions in memory of Eugene Francis "Geno" Hernandez may be made at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home or https://www.gofundme.com/geno-hernandez-recovery-fund. Share a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Howard W. Bartley

 

Howard W. Bartley, 78, of Cambridge, formerly of Pekin, IL, died Saturday June 10th at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Howard was born on June 13, 1938; the son of Gilbert and Daphine (Brown) Gilbert, in Pekin, IL. He married Lura L. Williams on August 22, 1958 in Kingston Mines, IL. Howard worked as an oiler for Corn Products in Pekin, IL for over 40 years, where he retired from. He was a former member of the Moose & Eagle Lodges. Howard enjoyed restoring antique cars, and cherished the time he spent with his wife Lura in Florida.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lura; daughters: Lynn (Dan) Cole of Geneseo, Annette Bartley of Pekin, and Janice (Scott) Muzzarelli, of Normal; grandchildren: Ryan Cole, and Valerie DeReu; and 5 great-grandchildren.

 

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Daphine, and his brother Donald.

 

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Curtis C. Brandt

 

Curtis C. Brandt, 66, of rural Sheffield, died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Princeton, IL.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17th, at the Sheffield Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Buda.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Peoria Rescue Ministries.

 

Curtis Charles Brandt was born November 5, 1950 in Kewanee, the son of Charles W. and Ida E. Ballard Brandt.  He was educated in Annawan schools and graduated from Annawan High School in 1968.  His marriage to Norma Brookman took place on June 13, 1982 in Mineral.  Curtis was employed at LTV in Hennepin until it closed.  He was called back when Arcelor-Mettal took over the plant operations.  Curtis retired after 40 years as a member of the United Steel Workers Union.  His hobby was collecting antique and miniature John Deere tractors.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Norma, children and spouses, Theresa and Wayne Martin, Peoria, Cynthia and Charles Crawley, Peoria Heights, Donald DeVoss, Sheffield, Diana Lee, Mineral, and David DeVoss, East Peoria.  Other survivors include 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, a brother, Ricky Brandt, Mineral, and a sister, Susan (Craig) Wilkinson, Sterling.  His parents, a daughter, Barbara Anderson, and a sister, Helen Sweeney, preceded him in death.

 

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

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Terry W. Ptashnik

Terry W. Ptashnik, 61, of Kewanee, IL, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. Terry was born April 25, 1956 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Fledgamier William and Lou Jean (Crawford) Ptashnik.

Also surviving are his mother, Lou Jean Ptashnik; brother, Kenneth (Kristine) Ptashnik, Kewanee; nieces, Ashley (David) Lamb, Mackinaw, IL, Apryl Ptashnik, Neponset; nephew, Adam Ptashnik, Kewanee, 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews, Madilynne, Witten, Kennedy and Fallon. He was preceded in death by his father, Fledgamier William Ptashnik.

Terry graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1974. He attended Black Hawk College West Campus for a degree in Broadcasting. He worked for a radio station, RadioShack and County Line Services. Terry also worked for Caterpillar in Mossville, IL. Later he owned and operated a bicycle repair shop. He enjoyed speed boats and bicycles.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00 am till the time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Private family burial will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established, contributions may be left at the funeral home. Share a memory or leave an online condolence for Terry’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Grady M. Taylor

Grady M. Taylor, 77, of Geneseo died on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his home.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family.  Memorials may be made to his family.

Grady was born January 16, 1940 in Sulligent, Alabama the son of James Marvin and Carrie Early (Loggan) Taylor.  He married Annette Gryp on July 19, 1971 in Davenport.  Grady drove a bus for the City of Davenport for over 35 years.

Grady was an avid Alabama Football fan, he loved helping people and enjoyed farming/gardening.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Paula Taylor and Amy (Scott) Blaser, both of Geneseo; two grandchildren, Breanna and Billy; a sister, Josie Robinson, brother, Alan Taylor, and sister-in-law, Cathy Taylor.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Clyde.

Condolences may be expressed by using the guest book/condolence button to left of this page and contributions made to Grady's Family through our website.

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Ronald W. Miller

 Ronald W. “Ron” Miller, 76, of Macon Twp., rural Neponset, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 14 at the Neponset Methodist Church. Rev. Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Methodist Church, Floral Hill Cemetery, the Neponset Historical Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


He was born May 22, 1941 in Macon Twp., son of W. Wayne and Mary Ann (Hood) Miller. He was educated in Neponset schools and graduated in 1959 from Neponset High School. He married Carolyn Carley on August 18, 1962, who was a 12-year classmate. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, two sons, Mark (Rose) Miller of rural Neponset and Phil (Judy) Miller of Bloomington, IL; five grandchildren, Ariana Miller of Bloomington, IL, Mary and Lena Miller of rural Neponset, Kris (Jessie) Reed of Shelbyville, IL and Kanen (Shiloh) Reed of Mode, IL; three great grandchildren, Tess and Hemi Reed and Ariea Reed and his step-mother, Betty Miller of Princeton. Also surviving are two brothers, John (Sharon) Miller of Neponset and Bob (Laurie) Miller of Kewanee, four sisters, Beth (Jack) Sommers of Berthoud, CO, Lois Boese of Sun Lakes, AZ, Carol (John) Gerrond of Rockford, IL and Mary Jane (Lee) Stabler of Kewanee, brother-in-law, Merrill Gunning of Neponset, eighteen nieces and nephews and many great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Eileen Gunning and a niece.


Ron farmed for 47 years, milking cows, and raising livestock for many of those years. He was a charter member of the Neponset Historical Society and president for the last 20 years. He was a 62-year member of the Neponset Methodist Church and served on the church council for many years. He was a Macon Twp. Clerk for 14 years, an election judge, a former member of the Neponset School Board and retired volunteer Neponset fireman. Ron was a member of the Kewanee Racing Pigeon Club for many years and showed poultry at the Bureau County Fair in Princeton for 30 years. He raised Hackney horses and he Carolyn showed them in driving competitions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kentucky. He was also the Chairman of the Neponset Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2005.

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Edward E. Franz

 

 

Edward E. Franz, 96, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday June 6, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Society. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo at 2:00 p.m. Brian Smith, of Wildwood Church in East Moline will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral at the Vandemore Funeral Home. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded to follow the funeral services. A private family scattering will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Edward E. Franz Memorial Fund.

 

Edward was born June 20, 1920, the son of Edward and Lillian (Crane) Franz, in Streator, IL. Edward married Marion E. on October 18, 1944 while serving as a Private First Class in the United States Army during World War II. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards with his friends, and playing bags. Edward especially loved to dance with his wife, Marion, to big band music. Marion passed away in 2001. He was also a member of the American Legion.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include: his son, Martin (Carla) Franz; daughter, Susan (Paul) Andermann; grandchildren: Martin (Katy) Franz, Cheryl (Greg) Hanger, Julie (Josh) Boone, Henry (Thuy) Andermann, Rachel Langenkamp, and Greg Andermann; 9 great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald Knerr (Yvonne) and sister, Arlene (Bill) Gardow.

 

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian.

 

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Chris J. Alexander

 

 

Chris J. Alexander, 52, of Atkinson, passed away Monday, June 5th at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life is to be scheduled at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Chris was born on September 12, 1964, the son of Wendell and Linda (Vanwaes) Alexander, in Morrison, IL. He spent many years as a laborer for Heinold Hog Station in Atkinson, IL. Chris enjoyed to fish, and enjoyed helping the elderly. He especially loved having breakfast at Lisa’s.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his brother, Jeff (Beth) Alexander; his sister, Debra (Dennis) Christie; niece Samantha French; long-time friend Sharon Redmond; and his cherished cousins who were more like his siblings: “sisters” Lana Davis, Kim (Bob) Paige, Tammy (Craig) McVietty, Lori Trujillo, Dyann (Troy) Schultz; and his “brother” Kevin Stafford; ½ brothers: Steven Alexander, and Dennis (Terri) Alexander; and ½ sisters: Wendy Slusser, and Cheryle Riley.

 

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Linda; and by Luella & Roy Strawhacker.

 

Memorials may be left to the Chris J. Alexander Memorial Fund, and may be mailed to the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo.

 

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Arthur E. Fritch

Arthur E. Fritch, 89, of Kewanee, IL. died at 9:30 P.M. Friday, November 25, 2016 at Aperion Care in East Moline.  Cremation was accorded and Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Alzheimer’ Association.

Arthur was born June 4, 1927 in LeRoy, IL, the son of Harry R. and Mamie (Burkholder) Fritch. He married Ada Phelps on September 4, 1944 in Lacon, IL, she survives.

Also surviving are 3 daughters, Waneta (Richard) Black, Beardstown, IL, Diana (David) Cannon, Cambridge, IL, Christina (Arthur) Greene, Richmond Hills, GA; 1 son, Greg (Shirlee) Fritch, Silvis, IL; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Charles, Harry and George Fritch; 2 sisters, Mary McGuire and Jennie Dabler.

Arthur worked for John Deere in Moline in the machine shop. He was a member of the Beardstown Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling. Please leave a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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