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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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.