Obituaries

William C. Korthals

William C. Korthals, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee.  Cremation Rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of Life and private inurnment will be scheduled for a later date.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel will be assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be directed to the William C. Korthals Memorial Fund.

William was born on March 22, 1934, the son of William F. and Kathryn (Douglas) Korthals, in Geneseo.  He graduated from Geneseo High School.  He married Patricia Anderson on November 16, 1952.  She preceded him in death on September 18, 2018.  Together they were the proud parents of four daughters and two sons.  William was an operator at Cleveland Quarry.  In his youth, he enjoyed coon hunting and deer hunting.  As he grew older, he enjoyed raising livestock on his farm and always had a faithful dog by his side.  

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving daughters, Donna (Patrick) Patten, Auburn, CA, Beverly (Scott) Nelson, Atkinson; son, Robert Korthals, Geneseo; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Jennifer) and Timothy Sawyer, Jennifer (Michael) Cottrell, Izaak (Allison)Patten, Elizabeth and Sarah Korthals, and Seth Nelson; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Blair, Geneseo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Patricia, two daughters Gloria Rhodes and Trisha Edwards, son Kenneth C. Korthals, brother James G. Korthals, and sister Betty L. Korthals.

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Lois Marshall Castagna

Lois Marshall Castagna passed away on her family farm Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and was born July 21,1923, on the farm to Duncan Marshall and Martha Clark Marshall. She married John Castagna June 26,1948, and was a widow for 38 years. She is survived by James (Anne) Castagna of Toulon, Jane Castagna Smith (Steven L) of Marietta, GA, four granddaughters; Teri Smith Fleming (Scott), Atlanta, GA, Teresa Castagna Russell (Brad), Biggsville,IL, Toni Smith, Jefferson, GA, Laura Castagna (Sanjay Sofat), Bloomington IL; one grandson, Jon Michael Castagna, Toulon, and one great grandson, Oliver Russell of Biggsville, IL. 
Lois Marshall Castagna was known to her family as a strong willed, compassionate, and hard-working woman. Before the farmHer trend, Lois was certainly among the first women in the area to claim her occupation as a farmer. Lois attended Saxon School and Toulon High School. She worked on the family farm for the entirety of her life. At the age of 10 she was driving a team of horses, up to 89 years old driving tractors, and at 95 still running the grain augers. She taught all her nieces, nephews, children, grandkids, and family friends how to drive whether it was 3 on the tree or an automatic by utilizing hay fields and their obstacles and to properly fish by spitting on the worm. She cared for the fruit orchard as well as the gardens and flowers and enjoyed mowing her yard. She was an excellent cook too, even though her first love was farming. 
Lois documented many of the changes to her family farm throughout the years. She kept detailed calendars of farm happenings and even had filmed hogs being shipped from the farm and corn and beans being harvested in the 1940s. Family milestones and happy times were also documented on film. 
Lois enjoyed her grandchildren. She sent texts, emojis, and shared photos with her grandchildren on her iPhone. Lois was well versed in current news and political matters. 
Lois will be remembered for her love of family, her spunky personality, and her devotion to her family farm. She has passed on a love for agriculture, nature, and travel to her grandchildren and will be remembered as a life force of compassion, intelligence, humor, and strength. There will be no visitation. Private Graveside Service will be Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Pleasant View Cemetery. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Patricia A. Jackson

Patricia A. Jackson, 85, of Mineral, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Private graveside services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Mineral Cemetery, Mineral, IL.  Pastor Larry Jourdan will officiate.  Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Jackson Memorial Fund.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patricia was born on February 28, 1934, the daughter of August and Julia (Bauwens) Haars, in Geneseo.  She attended Atkinson schools.  On July 25, 1953, in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, she married her sweetheart, William Jackson.  Patricia was a homemaker and mother of four wonderful children.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and especially loved spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, William; daughters, Julie (Marty) Ufheil, Lake of the Ozarks, Brenda Jackson, Mineral; sons, Rod (Renee) Jackson, Mineral, Loren (Val) Jackson, Annawan; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Helen Verstraete, Elizabeth Haars, Evelyn Betcher, and Arlene Halsey, and brothers Vernon and Harvey Haars.  

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Susan M. Willison

Susan M. Willison, 67, of Altona, died at 3:05 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at her home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Private inurnment will be held at later date. Memorials may be directed to the Little John Conservation Club in Victoria.

She was born May 6, 1952 in Kewanee, the daughter of Walter Dean and Evelyn Marie (Knapp) Halsall. She married Charles “Chuck” Willison on March 27, 1976. Survivors include her husband of Altona, three children, Jake Willison of Altona, Lyndsey Bishop of Rio and Jessica (A.J.) Rebhan of Charlotte, NC, four grandchildren; Monika Mahnesmith (Jared Brodie) and Ashton Willison, both of Altona, Katelyn (Zach) Hiller of Fayetteville, NC and Kelsey Bishop of Rio and one great grandchild on the way, Baby Brodie, two brothers, Larry (Debbie) Halsall of Galva and Jim (Faye Dickey) Halsall of Galesburg and three sisters; Deanna (Don) Colgan of Galva, Bonnie (Bill) Carlson of Colorado Springs, CO and Anita Ziegler of Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother in infancy.

Susan graduated from Galva High School and retired from Maytag in Galesburg after 31 years. She was a member of Little John Conservation Club and enjoyed camping and fishing. She liked dancing and listening to the music of local band, Solomon Sage of which she was an honorary member. She was an avid lover of Coca-Cola and also enjoyed antiquing, horseback riding, traveling, gardening and sitting by the campfire. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

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G. Ilene Jones

G. Ilene Jones, 94, of Williamsfield, died at 7:50 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield. Rev. Marty Briney will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Brimfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed in her name for Alzheimer’s research and may be left at the funeral home.

She was born June 17, 1925 in Laura, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (King) Miller. She married William A. Jones on July 30, 1949 in Laura and he preceded her in death on September 2, 1998. Survivors include her son, Todd (Michelle) Jones of Williamsfield, eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Thomas and Craig and a brother and a sister.

Ilene graduated from Brimfield High School in 1943 and from Illinois Central College with a degree in nursing. She had worked as a licensed practical nurse at nursing homes in Knox County, Toulon and Farmington. She was of the Methodist faith and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

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Edward M. Raschke, Jr.

Edward M. Raschke, Jr., 66, of Geneseo, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at his home.  A memorial visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  A Celebration of Life will be held, at a later date, in September.  Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded.

Edward was born on April 18, 1953, the son of Edward and Betty (Martin) Raschke, in Geneseo.  He graduated from United Township High School in 1971.  Edward married Sandra J. Cornmesser on May 20, 1972, in Moline.  He was employed by Case IH as an assembler for 30 years.  He assisted his friends with their farming.  Edward was a member of the Stewart Masonic Lodge #92 A.F. & A.M., Geneseo.  He enjoys riding his Harley motorcycle with Sandy, traveling, fishing, and hunting.  He especially loves spending time with his grandson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Sandy; daughter, Janelle (Ben) Wilson, Milan; son, Scott (Amanda) Raschke, Woodhull; grandson, Zachary; sisters, Carolyn Erickson, Carbon Cliff, Nancy Fliege, Geneseo, Linda (Jay) Weimer, Geneseo, Rebecca (Steven) Knorreck, Long Grove, IA; brothers, John (Jane) Raschke, Pleasant Plains, IL, Ron (Cindy) Raschke, Geneseo, Don (Diane) Raschke, East Moline, IL, Timothy (Beth) Rogers, Geneseo, Bradley (Shanna) Rogers, Jacksonville, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

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Susan Werner

Susan Werner, 62, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Allure (formerly Good Samaritan), Geneseo.  A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019, at Roselawn Memorial Estate Cemetery, East Moline, IL.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory will be assisting the family with arrangements.

Susan was born December 7, 1956, the daughter of Dean and Joan (Stage) Miller, in Geneseo.  She attended Geneseo High School.  Susan married Michael F. Werner on September 28, 1995.  He preceded her in death on June 2, 2019.  She was a cleaning lady for several families in Geneseo over the years.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Michelle; sons, Jason and Troy; brother, Corey; sisters, Kathy and Barb.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Michael.

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Harry W. Humphrey

Harry W. Humphrey, 103, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Allure of Geneseo (formerly Good Samaritan).  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Burial will be in Coal Valley Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Harry Humphrey Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Harry Wiley Humphrey was born January 2, 1916 in Bonapart, Iowa, the son of William W. and Ida Mae Murphy Humphrey.  His marriage to Veryl M. Lee took place at her parent's home in Coal Valley on January 30, 1937.  She passed away on December 22, 2001.  He was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Harry worked as a coal miner, a farmer, a barber, and then  was a security guard at John Deere until retiring in 1981.  He enjoyed bowling and golfing

Those surviving are his son, Steve Humphrey, Mesa, AZ, ten grandchildren, Laurie (Lee) Meylor, Dave (Amy) Humphrey, Julie (Pete) Reyes, Brenda (Phil) Gawthrop, Mitch (Shelley Richardson) Fickling, Kendra (Kelly) Katter, Kim (Barry) Jackson, Shayne (Jen) Fickling, Angela Evans, Alina ( Ernie) Navarro, 24 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents, his wife, a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Wayne Fickling, a son, Larry Humphrey, three sisters, Gladys Lamb, Ruth Clayman, and Helen Raisbeck, and five brothers, Clarence, Warren, Wayne, Glen, and Roy Humphrey, preceded him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Robert "Bob" B. Clucas

Robert “Bob” B. Clucas, 89, of Kewanee, died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Bob was born in Kewanee on January 22, 1930, the son of John T. and Nola M. (Bennett) Clucas. Bob attended Galva, Wethersfield, and Kewanee Schools. Bob married Betty Donaghy in 1985.
Bob is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Matthew Clucas, Stevens Point, WI and Robert (Joan) Clucas, Pompano Beach, FL; eight grandchildren, Evan, Clint, Morgan, Dylan, Ana, Tori, Alex, and Delaney; and one great granddaughter, Violet. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, John Clucas. 
Bob served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Bob retired in 1995 after being in sales with various companies. Bob was a life member of both the VFW Post #8078, Kewanee and the American Legion Post #0381, Abington. He was a 50+ year member and past master of the Masonic Lodge #185, Abington. Bob enjoyed years of fishing and hunting in the western states and in Canada.
A Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date. Please leave an online condolence for Bob’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Janice M. Dailey

Janice M. Dailey, 81, of Galva, formerly of Neponset, died Sunday, August 11, 2019 at OSF St. Luke’s Hospital, Kewanee. Janice was born in Victoria, IL on May 6, 1938, the daughter of Harry Clyde and Leona (Horkstrom) Wright. Janice married David A. Dailey, Sr. in Lafayette on January 28, 1955. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1982. 
Janice is survived by three sons, David (Linda) Dailey, Jr., Galva, Herb (Nancy) Dailey, Alpha, Kevin (Rachel) Dailey, Galva; two daughters, Kathy (Denny) Stone, Big Sandy, TN, Debra (Dwain) Carley, Neponset; 33 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Rittenhouse, Aurora, IL; brother, Norman (Trish) Wright, Calimesa, CA; one sister-in-law, Joan Wright, Esperance, NY; and her cat, Fluffy. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Darlas Andrews, Dorothy Ann Wright; and one brother, Willis Wright.
Janice was a CNA at Toulon Rehabilitation Center, retiring after 20 years. When she was young her and her sisters sang at the Four-Square Church, Galva. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Galva. Janice enjoyed playing the piano by ear. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, washing clothes and making homemade sugar cookies for her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching detective shows. She loved spending time with her family, especially cooking for them all. She enjoyed being a part of the three amigos with Martha Johnson and Barb Hopkins, going to church and watching TV with them.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Janice’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marilyn Juanita Norbom

Marilyn Juanita Norbom, 89, of Galva, passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m., Sunday, July 30, 2019 at Cornerstone Rehabilitation in Peoria, IL.  A celebration of life will begin with attendance to the 9:00 a.m. church service at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva on Sunday, August 18th with a luncheon following at 11:00 a.m.; provided by Marilyn’s friends at Grace United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Karen Martin of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow at the Galva Cemetery. Following Marilyn’s burial, friends and family are welcome to attend a cremation burial ceremony with Military Honors for Marilyn’s eldest son, Garry Eugene Norbom who passed away on November 27, 2018.  

Marilyn is preceded in death by husband, Harry Dean Norbom; parents Lou Vern and Bessie (Eibeck) McBride; son, Garry Eugene Norbom; son, Robert Charles Norbom; grandson, Joseph Eugene Norbom; sister, L. Josephine (McBride) Plunk; brother-in-law, Monroe Plunk; sister-in-law, Leona (Norbom) Crossan; niece, Cheryl Crossan; and nephew, James Monroe Plunk.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter-in-law, Debra (Grice) Norbom; four grandchildren, Amy (Norbom) Verdes Terblanche, Nathan Stevens and Zachary and McKenzie Norbom; great granddaughter, Veola Terblanche; nieces and nephews, Constance (Plunk) Brian Harland, Julie (Crossan) Lieter, Mary (Crossan) Lanny Johnson and Christopher Crossan; great nieces and nephews; Juliet, Brad, Johnathan (Hunt) Ashley Lutes, Janelle (Harland) Nick Cross, Jacki (Jones) Doug Wyman, Jonathan Jones, Abe Dunning (Marie), Andy Dunning (Tina), Aaron Dunning (Jennifer), Anne (Lieter) Steve Barnes, Tony Lieter, Michael Johnson (Jennifer), Mathew Johnson and Nicholas Johnson (Sabrina), and many great-great nieces and nephews, including Alexendar and Kyrah Gross, Georgina Cross, Greg and Sarah Wyman.

Marilyn was born in Kewanee, IL on November 12, 1929, daughter of Lou Vern and Bessie (Eibeck) McBride.  She graduated from Kewanee High School.  Married Harry Dean Norbom in 1948 and moved to Galva, IL that same year.  She worked in textiles in Kewanee to later Apparel Merchandising at Murnens Clothing before waitressing at Boston Restaurant followed by Woodhull Plaza; where she had the opportunity to serve many celebrities; many of which were the country music stars of the day.

Marilyn was outgoing and had a fun-loving spirit.  She enjoyed outings and travels with friends and family; one of her most memorable trips was to Japan.  She was active in community volunteering, including the local food bank and Senior Citizen Center of Galva.  She loved her church family and enjoyed singing church hymns. An active member in (UMW) United Methodist Women’s Group; Treasurer for many years at Grace United Methodist Church.  Bowling was a favorite pastime of hers, that she enjoyed doing together with her husband Harry Dean Norbom.  She was on a women’s bowling league for many years, receiving numerous trophies from her wins.

She was exceptionally talented in the arts.  Something she would pass on to her children and grandchildren.  She was an amazing seamstress; enjoyed knitting; sewing doll clothes for her granddaughter, Amy; creating and selling crafts with her sister, Josephine; baking and gardening.  Marilyn loved collectibles and had an impressive doll collection.  She loved to find that one of a kind.

Marilyn was kind and sincere. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, enjoyable to be around.  She would always think of others and keep them in her prayers.  She had an immense love for her family.  Loved to sing praise to God.  Her presence will be deeply missed. 

Memorials may be offered at Rux Funeral Home. The family of Marilyn Norbom wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff that provided wonderful care and help given by Compassus Hospice, Cornerstone Rehab in Peoria, and Courtyard Estates of Peoria. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Nellie M. Ristau

Nellie M. Ristau, 95, of East Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity, Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Her niece and nephew, Reverend Reneé Holm and Dr. Jay Nelson, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Nellie Ristau Memorial Fund.

Nellie was born August 19, 1923, the daughter of Elmer and Agnes (Francis) Horn in Geneseo, IL.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1941.  Nellie married Raymond R. Ristau on July 19, 1943, in Missouri.  He preceded her in death on December 3, 2006.  She worked at the bookstore in Geneseo for 39 years.  She was a member of Living Hope Church, Davenport, IA.  Nellie enjoyed traveling and loved being with her family for all their events.  Nellie never met a stranger.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Louise & Duane Kruse, Loveland, Co, and Janice & Arlon Gradert, Geneseo; grandchildren, Mike Walker, Stratford, IA, Tim & Angie Gradert, Port Byron, IL, Rick & Shari Gradert, Geneseo; great-grandchildren, Jessica & Adam Gordon, Paige & Jimmy Krizan, Tyler Gradert  (Haley Stark), Adam Gradert, Connor Luxmore, Tanner Vantwerp, Mason Webster; great-great-grandchildren, Stephany & Dominic Krizan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Raymond, brothers Preston and Charles, sister Lucille,  granddaughter Chaunda Gradert, and great-great granddaughter Abigail Krizan.  

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Marion C. Gordon

Marion C. Gordon, 74, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August15, 2019, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 -11 a.m. immediately prior to the service at Concordia Lutheran Church. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral service by Vandemore Funeral Homes and Crematory. Memorials may be directed to Concordia Lutheran Church or the CRI Wildlife Refuge.
Marion was born on July 31, 1945, the daughter of William and Marie (Popp) Nöelle, in Nürnberg, Germany.  She married Anthony Gordon on February 5, 1965, in Nürnberg, Germany.  Marion was in the transportation business for 60 years. She worked for All American, Advance Transportation and Campbell 66. Marion was the first female terminal manager in the Quad Cities. She was the president of the Traffic Club and the founder and president for 30 years of the CRI Wildlife Refuge. The organization was established to save wildlife and Marion helped to rescue hundreds of animals in the Quad City area. 
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Anthony, of Geneseo; son, Patrick (April) Gordon, Tulsa, OK; two grandchildren; and sister, Marina Verena, Germany. Marion was preceded in death by her parents.

 

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Catherine Anisa "Katie" Rashid

Catherine Anisa “Katie” Rashid, born September 16, 1922 in LaFayette, IL and was a 96-year-old resident of LaFayette and current resident of Courtyard Estates in Kewanee. She passed away at 7:59 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the estates.

Along with her family, Katie owned and operated Rashid’s grocery store in Lafayette until it closed in 1992. She was the oldest living member of the Rashid family. Katie will always be remembered for her kindness and sincere interest in each and every person she met.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents, James (Shafee) and Lizzie (Zakia), her siblings Jeanette, Quinton (Betty Ann), Helen, Betty Jean (Jack) Lord, and a brother, Kermit who died in infancy. She was also preceded in death by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her adoring nieces and nephews Gayann (John) Pfeiffer of Glen Ellyn, IL, Debbie (Jeff) Ladeur of Naperville, IL, Greg (Debbie) Rashid of Sun City, AZ and Jeff (Kimberly) Lord of Plainfield, IN. Katie is also survived by 10 great-nephews and 3 great-nieces. The family would like to thank Courtyard Estates and Transitions Hospice for their astounding support and care.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 13 at St. John Catholic Church, 202 NE 1st Street, Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements. 

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Franklin W. Shambaugh

Franklin W. Shambaugh, 80, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Emergency Department, Geneseo.  A memorial visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Private inurnment will follow at Annawan Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, Kewanee.

Frank was born on October 8, 1938, the son of Charles and Catherine (McKenzie) Shambaugh, in Kewanee, IL.  He attended Kewanee High School.  He married Patricia A. DeConinck on August 15, 1957, in Booneville, MS.  She preceded him in death in 2011.  Frank was a journeyman electrical lineman, first with Farmers Mutual Electric Company, and then with the City of Geneseo from which he retired.  He enjoyed restoring antique vehicles.  He was a true fixer and repairman.  He enjoyed his neighbors and neighborhood.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Laurie (Paul) Miller, Geneseo, Melinda (Butch) Haverland, Geneseo; sons, William Shambaugh, Silvis, Jamie Shambaugh, Geneseo; grandchildren, Jessica Hutchinson, Max (Meghan) Haverland, Mick Haverland, Michael Miller, and Sean Miller; great-grandchildren, Memphis and Tate; brother, Kenny (Mary Ellen) Shambaugh, Cambridge; sisters, Ellen Schmidt, Colfax, WI, Linda Redmond, Rockford, IL.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Patricia, and his brother Dean. 

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Garry Eugene Norbom

Garry Eugene Norbom, 62, of Lewiston, ID; previously of Galva; son of Harry and Marilyn Norbom; husband of Debra (Grice) Norbom; father of Amy (Norbom) Terblanche; father-in-law to Verdes Terblanche and grandfather to Veola Terblanche; passed away peacefully on November 27, 2018 at his home in Lewiston, ID.  He is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Eugene Norbom; father, Harry Dean Norbom; and brother, Robert Charles Norbom.

Garry attended Galva high school and would marry his grade school sweetheart, Debra (Grice) Norbom and have two children, Joseph Eugene Norbom and Amy Jo Norbom.

Garry served in the Navy, on the super aircraft carrier, USS Constellation (CV-64); as a Baker for the Navy Officers and Admirals.  After his service in the Navy, he attended Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.  Later to manage a bakery in Bremerton, WA; where he would share his joy for baking in showing his daughter, Amy the skills of professional baking and cake decorating on a large scale.  He would continue on to work in custom home construction as a detail finish carpenter; to most recent, lead cook at the Lewis & Clark College in Lewiston, ID.

Garry was truly brilliant and talented in all he did.  He was an amazing artist, being highly distinguished in the fine arts with his works ranging from oils portraits, watercolor landscapes, charcoal sketches, clay sculpture, wooden totems, custom home interiors, boat painting; to writing his own music, playing acoustic guitar and drums; even playing live on the radio.  You name it, he could create it.  
He had a witty sense of humor.  He loved books and loved to learn.  He was an adventurer at heart, loved the outdoors.  He was a hiking and mountaineering enthusiast, whether it be the switchback trails of the Olympics or the glaciers of the Cascade Mountains, he was going to test his limitations.

Garry had a big heart and would give you all that he had.  He had a wild spirit that could not be tamed.  He made friends with all walks of life.  He was entertaining, interesting and knowledgeable about a lot of things and a lot of off the wall things.  He will be deeply missed and always loved.

A celebration of his life will begin with attendance at the 9:00 a.m. church service at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva on Sunday, August 18th with a luncheon following at 11:00 a.m., provided by the members of Grace United Methodist Church.  A burial ceremony for Garry with Military Honors accorded by the Galva Fusiliers will follow Marilyn’s committal service at the Galva Cemetery.

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Marilyn Juanita Norbom

Marilyn Juanita Norbom, 89, of Galva, passed away peacefully at 4:45 a.m., Sunday, July 30, 2019 at Cornerstone Rehabilitation in Peoria, IL.  A celebration of life will begin with attendance to the 9:00 a.m. church service at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva on Sunday, August 18th with a luncheon following at 11:00 a.m.; provided by Marilyn’s friends at Grace United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Karen Martin of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow at the Galva Cemetery.
Following Marilyn’s burial, friends and family are welcome to attend a cremation burial ceremony with Military Honors for Marilyn’s eldest son, Garry Eugene Norbom who passed away on November 27, 2018.  

Marilyn is preceded in death by husband, Harry Dean Norbom; parents Lou Vern and Bessie (Eibeck) McBride; son, Garry Eugene Norbom; son, Robert Charles Norbom; grandson, Joseph Eugene Norbom; sister, L. Josephine (McBride) Plunk; brother-in-law, Monroe Plunk; sister-in-law, Leona (Norbom) Crossan; niece, Cheryl Crossan; and nephew, James Monroe Plunk.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter-in-law, Debra (Grice) Norbom; four grandchildren, Amy (Norbom) Verdes Terblanche, Nathan Stevens and Zachary and McKenzie Norbom; great granddaughter, Veola Terblanche; nieces and nephews, Constance (Plunk) Brian Harland, Julie (Crossan) Lieter, Mary (Crossan) Lanny Johnson and Christopher Crossan; great nieces and nephews; Juliet, Brad, Johnathan (Hunt) Ashley Lutes, Janelle (Harland) Nick Cross, Jacki (Jones) Doug Wyman, Jonathan Jones, Abe Dunning (Marie), Andy Dunning (Tina), Aaron Dunning (Jennifer), Anne (Lieter) Steve Barnes, Tony Lieter, Michael Johnson (Jennifer), Mathew Johnson and Nicholas Johnson (Sabrina), and many great-great nieces and nephews, including Alexendar and Kyrah Gross, Georgina Cross, Greg and Sarah Wyman.

Marilyn was born in Kewanee, IL on November 12, 1929, daughter of Lou Vern and Bessie (Eibeck) McBride.  She graduated from Kewanee High School.  Married Harry Dean Norbom in 1948 and moved to Galva, IL that same year.  She worked in textiles in Kewanee to later Apparel Merchandising at Murnens Clothing before waitressing at Boston Restaurant followed by Woodhull Plaza; where she had the opportunity to serve many celebrities; many of which were the country music stars of the day.

Marilyn was outgoing and had a fun-loving spirit.  She enjoyed outings and travels with friends and family; one of her most memorable trips was to Japan.  She was active in community volunteering, including the local food bank and Senior Citizen Center of Galva.  She loved her church family and enjoyed singing church hymns. An active member in (UMW) United Methodist Women’s Group; Treasurer for many years at Grace United Methodist Church.  Bowling was a favorite pastime of hers, that she enjoyed doing together with her husband Harry Dean Norbom.  She was on a women’s bowling league for many years, receiving numerous trophies from her wins.

She was exceptionally talented in the arts.  Something she would pass on to her children and grandchildren.  She was an amazing seamstress; enjoyed knitting; sewing doll clothes for her granddaughter, Amy; creating and selling crafts with her sister, Josephine; baking and gardening.  Marilyn loved collectibles and had an impressive doll collection.  She loved to find that one of a kind.

Marilyn was kind and sincere. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh, enjoyable to be around.  She would always think of others and keep them in her prayers.  She had an immense love for her family.  Loved to sing praise to God.  Her presence will be deeply missed. 

Memorials may be offered at Rux Funeral Home. The family of Marilyn Norbom wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff that provided wonderful care and help given by Compassus Hospice, Cornerstone Rehab in Peoria, and Courtyard Estates of Peoria. 

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Sharon S. Guthrie

Sharon S. Guthrie, 75, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 07, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Sharon was born December 15, 1943 in Kewanee, the daughter of Arlo and Jeanne (Donaldson) Anderson. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1962. Sharon married Thomas J. Guthrie, Jr. on March 10, 1964 in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2006.
Sharon is survived by two daughters, Denise (Gregg) Sawickis, Kewanee, Dawn (Bill) Aldred, Winnsboro, SC; one son, Michael “Mike” Guthrie, Hopedale, IL; three grandchildren, Cole Thomas Sawickis, Kewanee, Malleri Sawickis, Galesburg, Mason (Jennifer) Aldred, Kewanee; two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Dade Aldred, both of Kewanee. Also surviving, one brother, Richard (Carolyn) Anderson, Kewanee; and her beloved dog, Boo. Also, a beloved friend, Cheryl (Harland) Cole. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother, Ronald Anderson.
She worked as a Bookkeeper for People’s National Bank and retired in 2012 after 33 years of employment. Sharon enjoyed working on her house. She also enjoyed wallpapering and yardwork. Sharon enjoyed watching her grandson play football. She loved being with her family and especially enjoyed family gatherings.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm, Monday, August 12, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 11:00 until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, the Kewanee Humane Society, or the Kewanee Food Pantry. Please leave an online condolence for Sharon’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Moneta M. Poole

Moneta M. Poole, 90, of Geneseo, died, Friday, August 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan/Allure of Geneseo. Moneta was born April 2, 1929 in Geneseo, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (VanDeVelde) Verstrate. She graduated from Geneseo High School. Moneta married Joseph F. Poole on August 31, 1963 in Sheffield, he preceded her in death.
Moneta is survived by two daughters, Jolene Poole, Kewanee, Noreen Poole-Dailey, Daytona Beach; one son, Bruce Palmer, Peoria; three granddaughters, Lillianna Kelly, Taylor Gunn, Angela Finin; one grandson, Bruce Palmer, Jr.; four great grandchildren, Haley and Dalton Palmer, and Blaze and Skylar Finin. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Marjorie Harrington; and brother, Arthur Verstrate.
Moneta was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. John Paul II Catholic Church. She enjoyed arranging flowers, playing cards, and reading. She especially enjoyed taking care of her family and friends. 
Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Please leave an online condolence for Moneta’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Linda Rose Gorden

Linda Rose Gorden, 72, of Kewanee, died at 9:03 a.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Linnea Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 9 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Linda Gorden Memorial Fund.

She was born October 9, 1946 in Kewanee, the daughter of Robert and Darlene (DeValkenaere) Anderson. She married Donald R. Gorden Sr. on March 3, 1972 in Kewanee. Survivors include her children; Tamara “Tammy” (Tony) Stoner of Kewanee, Marcia (Bill Bradley) Hartman of Las Vegas, NV, Robin (Larry Derr) Williams, Michelle Phelps, Donald (Michelle) Gorden Jr., Dawn (Chris) Pruitt and Deanna Young, all of Kewanee and Brandon (Tiffany) Gorden of Peoria, sixty-five grandchildren and great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and her close friends, Frances Strand and Linda Buesing. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Nancy Mock, a son, Dustin, a grandson, Christian and a great-great grandchild, Landyn.

Linda had worked in the restaurant business starting at Davidson’s in Kewanee. She later owned several restaurants in the area, including the Coffee Bar in Cambridge and the Kewanee Café. She also had ran the kitchen at the Flemish American Club. She had been a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, a former member of the Rebekah Lodge and was a member of the McDonald’s coffee group. She was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed cooking, the Rocky Mountains, collecting geese and she especially enjoyed her puppies. 

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Leland E. Neuleib

Leland E. Neuleib, 76, of Kewanee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 5, 2019, at OSF St. Luke Medical Center – Emergency Department, Kewanee, IL.  A memorial visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Private inurnment will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Oakwood Cemetery.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Memorials may be directed to the Leland Neuleib Memorial Fund.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

Leland was born March 25, 1943, the son of Walter and Pauline (Whittington) Neuleib, in Osco, IL.  He graduated from Geneseo High School.  On October 29, 1966, he married his loving wife, Ruth A Verplaetse, in Geneseo.  Leland worked as a driver and in the maintenance department for Abilities Plus, an electrician for Gutschlag Electric, Kewanee, and then Menard’s in Kewanee.  He was passionate about volunteering his services and was proud to donate his time to the Kewanee Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Hillcrest Home, and Hog Days Festival Committee.  He was an FFA Alumnus, a member of the Mississippi Valley Garden Tractor Pullers Association and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Ruth; daughters, Teresa Neuleib, Carlock, IL, Annette (David) Pickrel, Galesburg, IL; son, Kevin (Jennifer Boelens) Neuleib, Kewanee; grandchildren, Harley Jo Gengenbach, Danielle Neuleib, Carver Neuleib; sister, Elaine (James) Henson, Geneseo; brother, Dale (Junarita) Bush, Geneseo.

Leland was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Clyde P. Bush.  

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Cora Mae Sopiars

Cora Mae Sopiars, 96 of Kewanee, died Saturday August 3, 2019 at Toulon Nursing Home. Cora was born September 14, 1922 in Clitheral, MN, the daughter of Charles and Rena Hagestande Owens. She was reared and educated in Kewanee and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1940. Cora married Joe Sopiars February 24, 1941 in Davenport Iowa. He preceded her in death, in 1988 as well as her parents, step-father Peter Kull and granddaughter Tami and grandson Jason. Cora was also preceded by 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
Cora is survived by 2 sons Joseph (Carol) Sopiars of Kewanee, David (LuAnn) Sopiars of Kewanee, and Pamela Sopiars of Gilbert Az. 10 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 9 Great great grandchildren. Cora had worked as a receptionist for Drs. Weiser- Wiggin- Hubbard, and lastly had worked at Wal-Mart as a stocker and greeter. Cora was a member of the former St. Frances of Assissi Church, and also the Flemish American Club.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Schueneman & Tumbleson funeral home with the Father Tony Labedis officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Private burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery Kewanee.    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneral.com

 

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Richard G. Lindell

Richard G. Lindell, of Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA.  A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Art League, in lieu of flowers, to honor Richard’s memory.

Richard was born December 3, 1929, the son of Eric and Hortense Lindell, in Cambridge, IL.  He attended Cambridge High School, graduating in 1948.  Richard married Veronica Boone on April 7, 1951, at St. Malachy Church, Geneseo.  She preceded him in death in 2006.  He married Judy Holland in 2009, she preceded him in death in 2015.  Richard was employed by Deere & Company for 35 years, retiring in 1984.  He was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Geneseo Art League.  He enjoyed oil painting, art weaving, and playing the harmonica.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Rick (Linda) Lindell, Cleveland, IL, Diane Pace, Brownsburg, IN, and David (Wanda) Lindell, Hillsdale, IL; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Anita Winek, Princeton, IL; brother, Leonard Lindell, Moline, IL.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Veronica and Judy, son Brian Lindell, sister Kaye Robinson, and brothers Dennis and Robert Lindell.

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Kenneth "Ken" L. Clark

Kenneth “Ken” L. Clark, 90, of Kewanee, died, Friday, August 2, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Ken was born July 14, 1929 in Gold Township, Bureau County, the son of Kenneth Sr. and Grace (Douglas) Clark. Ken married Margery “June” Stone on February 26, 1949 in Hooppole, she preceded him in death on May 6, 2006. 
Ken is survived by one son, Kevin (Pamela) Clark, LeRoy, IL; one daughter, Karen Clark (Karen Brush), Kewanee; four grandchildren, Kamela Jones, Denise Portwood, Taryn Cirks, Dr. Thomas Murphy; six great grandchildren, Dylan, McKayla, Jayson, Kaden, TJ, and Sara. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers, Robert, Richard, Avery, Gene; four sisters, Wilma Osborne, Georgia Roberts, Margail Whitmer, Sandy Begyn, and one in infancy; and two grandsons, Christopher Patrick Murphy and Shawn Michael Clark.
Ken served his country in the United States Marines. He worked for Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee Masonic Lodge #159, where he was past Grand Master, Royal Arch Masons, Hooppole American Legion Post #1191, Former OES Harmony Chapter #43, where he was past worthy patron. Ken loved gardening and fishing, he especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. A private family burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Please leave an online condolence for Ken’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Willicene (Gigi) Pobanz

Willicene (Gigi) Pobanz, 98, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Melva England will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo.

Willicene was born on September 29, 1920, the daughter of Floyd and Ethel (Johnson) Sand, in rural Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1937.  She married Robert Oscar Cherry on June 20, 1940, and had two children, they later divorced, and he preceded her in death in 1995.  Willicene and Clifford Lestor Pobanz were married on May 7, 1955.  Clifford preceded her in death in 1990.  She lived most of her life in Geneseo, except for a few of her retirement years that she spent in Pharr, TX.  She worked at Farmers Mutual Electric Company, Moline National Bank, and H&R Block.  She loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and several foreign countries.  She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, knitting, and baking angel food cakes.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and TOPS.  She loved her children Darold Cherry, Marilynn Cherry Bourne, and stepson Neil Pobanz very much. 

She is survived by her children and their spouses; Darold and May Cherry, Lago Vista, TX; Marilynn and Gary Bourne, Geneseo; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Elaine Sand Hamilton, St. Charles, MO.

Willicene was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, brothers, Vernon, Laverne, and Dale Sand, sister, Sylvia Sand Chapman, and her stepson, Neil Lestor Pobanz.  

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