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    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.


    Share a message of sympathy with Vince’s family at:  vandemorefuneralhome.com



  •  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.




    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.




    Share a message of sympathy with Bev’s family at:  vandemorefuneralhome.com


  • 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



    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.

    Share a message of sympathy with Donna’s family at:  vandemorefuneralhome.com



  • 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.


  •  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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