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    Maralyn A. Guthrie of Annawan died Thursday, May 25 at the age of 91. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Monsignor Dale Wellman will celebrate while Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will preside. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in rural Annawan. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.

    Maralyn was born on September 8, 1925, the daughter of John and Helen (Hayes) Brennan, in Rochelle, IL. She graduated from Rochelle High School in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music. Maralyn married James Guthrie on June 14, 1952. She taught vocal music in Lombard, Wethersfield, Atkinson (for over 30 years), and finished her teaching career at Lyle School in Kewanee. Maralyn was a long time music director and church organist at Sacred Heart. She also was the President of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Province Director of National Council of Catholic Women, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart, and member of the Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and accompanying many vocalists for weddings and funerals, playing bridge, golfing, swimming, attending her son’s auctions, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and watching all sports, especially her beloved Cubs.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen; sister, Emmie Hope; brother-in-law, Jack Hope; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brennan; and daughter-in-law, Carol Guthrie.

    Her survivors include her daughter, Jeanne (Paul) Tsukuno of Wheaton; son, Mark Guthrie (Pattie Lewis) of Annawan; brothers Bill (Fran) Brennan of Maple Park, Jack Brennan of Libertyville; grandchildren, Ann (Reeve) Brandon of Chicago; Katie (Scottie) Welch of Chicago; Molly Carroll of Chicago; Kelly (Adam) Lang of Chicago; Sara (Marcus) Parent of Gurnee; Susan (Dave) Mercier of Chicago; Stephanie (Patrick) Boilini of Highland Park; and great grandchildren, Symone Parent; Sasha Parent; John Brandon; Riley Welch; Brody Welch; and Timothée Mercier.

    Memorials may be left in her memory to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Annawan/Alba Fire Department.


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    Alfred L. Duck, 81, of Geneseo passed away Tuesday, May 23rd at Heartland Health Care Center in Moline, IL. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. Private burial is planned for a later date at Chapel Hill Gardens in Elmhurst, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.


    Alfred was born May 26, 1935, the son of Elmer Duck and Lula Franks in Dyers, Tennessee. He married Carol A. Herrmann on September 12, 1959 in Lombard, IL. He worked as an inspector for General Motors, locomotive division for 20 years, retiring in 1986. Alfred will always be remembered as a true handyman; he could fix anything and enjoy building things.


    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Carol (Herrmann) Duck, and his daughters: Diane Barton of Geneseo, IL and Debbie (Dane) Kunkle of Plainfield, IL; along with 8 wonderful grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


    Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lula, his step father Johnny Emrey.





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    Charles D. Lowe, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, May 22 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held Friday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, Reverend Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be left in Charles’ memory to the Grace United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.


    Charles was born April 15, 1933, the son of Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe in Sidel, IL. He was a graduate of the Sidel High School. Charles proudly served his country in United States Army. Charles married Ina C. Mills on July 20, 1957 in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He worked as a tool design checker for Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria, Aurora, and Mt. Joy for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Charles is a former Lions Club Member. He was an avid and accomplished woodworker and designer. He enjoyed traveling with classic club, and most of all he loved spending time with his family.


    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ina; his son John (Marjorie) Lowe of Davenport, IA; his daughter, Debra (Peter) Riley, of Peoria, IL; and his 3 grandchildren: Alexis, Benjamin, Maxewell Riley.


    Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe.



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  •  Joyce L. Beebe, 69, of Galva, passed away at 12:42 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Beebe Memorial Fund.

    She was born August 30, 1947 in Galesburg, the daughter of James A. “Arnie” and Jeanne A. (Leiser) Goodbar. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Beebe of Winter Garden, FL, a brother, James R. (Cathy) Goodbar of Kewanee and her special friend, Jerry Loibl. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Heidi Goodbar.

    Joyce graduated from Galva High School in 1965 and attended Midstate College. She worked as a meat processor for Bob Evans until her retirement. She enjoyed shopping and going to the river boat and visiting and socializing with friends. She especially loved country life and living on the farm. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.


  • Wayne “Barney” Ott, 81, of Dahinda, passed away at 8:50 a.m., Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

    Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at Williamsfield Cemetery. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield FFA Alumni. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

    He was born January 8, 1936 in Dahinda, the son of William and Mildred (Morgan) Ott. He married Rita Ann Mackie on June 29, 1956 in Williamsfield and she preceded him in death on November 3, 2009. Survivors include his three sons, Martie (Tina) Ott, Mark (Susan) Ott and Michael (Madolyn) Ott, all of Williamsfield, six grandchildren, Abigail (John) Gruber, Alexander (Kelsey), Samantha, Austin, Brayden and Gionna, three great grandchildren, Rylee, McLean & Eloise and his sister, Peggy (Mike) Shepard of Lakeland, FL. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

    Barney graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1954. He was a self-employed farmer all his life. He was an avid Billtown Bomber fan and enjoyed following the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed visits from his family, many friends and especially his great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.


  • Harriette M. Duffy, 98, of Galesburg, formerly of the Victoria and Williamsfield area, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2017 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center in Galesburg.

    Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time. Inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Victoria United Methodist Church or to O.A.K.S. in Galesburg.  Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

    She was born June 13, 1918 in Victoria, the daughter of Frank and Mabrun (Rice) Peterson. She married William E. Duffy on December 3, 1939 in Burlington, IA and he preceded her in death in July of 1984. Survivors include her two sons, William E. (Donna) Duffy Jr. of Viola, IL and Cecil (Mary) Duffy of Galva, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and a special nephew, Tim Connors. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, five brothers.

    Harriette graduated from Victoria High School in 1937. She operated the Victoria Hotel Café for many years. She was a member of the Victoria United Methodist Church and O.A.K.S. in Galesburg. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.



    Bonnie R. Cox, 95, of Colona IL, formerly of Annawan, IL, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson, Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will be in the Annawan Township Cemetery in Annawan, IL. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. on hour prior to the service. Memorials may be left to the Bonnie Cox Memorial Fund.


    Bonnie was born April 12, 1922, the daughter of Cleve and Helen (Carter) Shearer, in Tampico, IL. She attended Tampico High School, and went on to achieve her business degree following her graduation. Bonnie married Clarence W. Cox in 1945, he preceded her in death. She and Clarence were active members of the Annawan and Mineral communities. Bonnie was a member of Annawan Community United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, helping her family.


    Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Richard (Marlee) Cox of Colona, IL, and Jim (Jeanine) Cox of Rock Springs, WY; and her grandchildren: Bruce (Kelly) Cox, Nichole Cox, Jim Cox, and Kim Burnside; 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.


    Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Helen, and her husband Clarence.



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