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Dale S. Smith

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

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Doris J. Murphy

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Sharon J. DeJaeger

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Carol L. Fragoso

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Sheldon L. "Pill" Schroeder

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Dale L. Moon

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Cori Brooks Ellis

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

 

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

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Lois J. Hubbs

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Cathy J. Goodbar

 

 

 

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

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

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

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Lyle G. Leader

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

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

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

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

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Mary Ann Wysowski

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

 

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

    

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

 

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

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

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Norma J. Hardy

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

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

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

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

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Theodore "Theo" L. Giebel

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Winifred Spilker

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Winifred's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Herbert Richey Jr

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

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

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

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

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Sandra A. Manthe

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

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

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

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

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Col Willard Mannon

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

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

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

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

  

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Aaron M. Frank

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Scott E. Rowlee

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

 

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Lou Jean Ptashnik

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Shirley A. Rodak

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Dale Petty Sr.

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

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

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Marjorie Marie (Paulsen) Lewis

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Eddie Wallace

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

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

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

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

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Marion Joyce Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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Shirley E. Prenevost

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Mildred M. Golden

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

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

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

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

   

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Maxine E. Evans

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Larry V. Rahmus

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Helen L. Gradert

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Dorothy Gustafson

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Rose Manning

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

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

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

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

 

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Robert Swinderman

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

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Robert James "Jim" Cross

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Kevin T. Burnett

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


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


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


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

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Marilyn Quagliano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jason Brent Swift

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

 

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Patricia J. Murphy

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


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


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


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

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Marie "Jeanne" McDonough

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Arthur F. Lambert

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Marjorie E. Headley

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Evelyn R. Gibson

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

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


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


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

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Agnes Mary DeWalt

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


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


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


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

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Gerald Charlet

 

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

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

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

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Wilbur D. Egert

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Betty E. Jones

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

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

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

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William J. "Bill" DeRew

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Leland Earl Hoadley

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

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

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

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Billie P. Schmidt

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


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


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


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

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Thomas Coates

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


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


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


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


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

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Christopher D. Nelson

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


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


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


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

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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.

 

 

 

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

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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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