Obituaries

Joseph "Joe" J. Quagliano,

Joseph “Joe” J. Quagliano, 82, of Manlius, died Monday, October 14, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. Joe was born December 30, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Nick and Carmela (Nevola) Quagliano. Joe was reared and educated in Kewanee Schools, graduating with the class of 1954. Joe graduated with a B.S./B.A. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Denver University in 1959.  
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Sarah “Sally” (Dabler) Quagliano; his children: Kevin (Erika) Quagliano, Farmington, MN, Kari (Alan) Harris, New Brighton, MN, Pamela (Mark) Horwitz, Tiskilwa, Deborah (Peter Callahan) Roush, Wyanet, Karen Roush, Rocklin, CA, Marty (Lori) Roush, Manlius, Joseph (Donna Bunten) Roush, Olympia, WA,; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Teresa Kapka, Niles, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Francie, Doc, and sister, Tina.
What a wonderful life.  A life: full of faith, love, family, friends and service. Professionally, Joe served the hospitality industry for over half a century, living in Las Vegas for 22 years. He retired from the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, as the Director, of the exemplary accredited, Food and Beverage Management Program and then retained the title, Professor Emeritus. As a hospitality industry leader and the recipient of many awards, Joe’s long career extended to involvement as both an academic and operational representative on the local, state, national and international levels. He served over the years in the capacity of general manager, director and consultant in hotels, clubs, fine dining establishments, institutional operations and restaurant owner.  Before retirement, Joe served as the International Food Service Executive Association’s (IFSEA) Scholarship Chairman. Some may remember that he was the owner of Papa Nick’s restaurant, Kewanee, from 1982 – 1990. 
He was the founder of the Miss World Festival Pageant Scholarship program.  He served as local councilman and temporary mayor for the City of Kewanee.  He founded the Friends of Johnson Park Foundation, which is now celebrating over 30 years in operation and served as its first president. 
Joe served his country in the Army in Panama.  He was a member of the American Legion, Kewanee Post #0031 for 24 continuous years. Sir Knight Joseph Quagliano, passionately and tirelessly pursued his faith in many ways, selflessly giving of his time and energy to assist others at the state and local levels through the Knights of Columbus. He was the former Charter Faithful Navigator for the Guardian Angel Assembly 3375, Las Vegas Diocese and before returning home to Manlius, IL, as Marshall 4th Degree.  Recently, Joe practiced his deep faith as a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Kewanee; St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton; and the Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas.  
We will so miss our loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, colleague, teacher and mentor, Joe Quagliano.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am, Friday, October 18, 2019 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu and Father Daniel Gifford will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rosary will be 5:45 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2019 prior to the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Please leave an online condolence for Joe’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 


Joyce A. Maher

Joyce A. Maher, 80, of Geneseo, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, October 14, 2019, at her home.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula and Deacon Art Ries will celebrate.  Private inurnment will be held for the family on Monday at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday at the church.  A Scripture Service will be held at 6:45 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Maher Memorial Fund, which will be distributed among several charities. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joyce was born June 1, 1939, the daughter of Robert and Hazel (Stablein) Pettit, Sr., in Moline.  She graduated from Alleman High School. She attended St. Ambrose School of Nursing, graduating with a registered nursing degree.  Joyce married Michael P. “Mick” Maher on August 6, 1960, at Sacred Heart Church, Moline.  She was an RN at Mercy Hospital, Davenport, and Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo, for many years.  She later became a bookkeeper for Hazelwood Homes in Geneseo.  Joyce was very active in Cursillo, RICA, Pastoral Care Committee, and the Liturgy Committee at the church.  She helped start the gift shop at St. Malachy Catholic Church.  She loved her coffee groups and lunch dates with friends and serving on her class reunion committees.  She loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Kathy (Bruce) Pickett, Bettendorf, Mickey (Jeff) King, Morton, IL, Patty Howard, Morton, IL, and Betsy (Kiki Calumet) Maher, Park Ridge, IL; sons, Mike Maher, Geneseo, and Pete (Kristen) Maher, San Diego, CA; twenty-one grandchildren; eleven great-grandsons and the first great-granddaughter is on the way; mother, Hazel Pettit, Geneseo; sisters, Lynda (Bob) Carroll, Geneseo, Mary (Larry) Gillespie, Geneseo, and Lori (Bob) Ward, Geneseo; brother, Bob (Ginny) Pettit, Geneseo; brothers-in-law, Denny (Deanna) Maher, and Pat (Holly) Maher; sisters-in-law, Jean Maher and Marsha Maher; many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mick Maher, father, Robert Pettit, Sr., sister, Carolyn Thorton, niece, Suzie Pettit, one great-nephew, two great-grandchildren.

The Maher family would like to thank the hospice nurses and caregivers, especially Casey Hess, for all the loving care they extended to Joyce and her family.


Christopher "Cray" P. Slusser

Christopher “Cray” P. Slusser, 29, of Kewanee, died Friday, October 11, 2019 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Chris was born December 28, 1989, in Kewanee, the son of Patrick and Cynthia (Betz) Slusser. Chris attended Kewanee Schools. 
Chris was survived by his dad, Patrick Slusser, Kewanee; brothers, Eric M. Slusser, Blythe, SC, Robert D. Slusser, Blythe, SC; daughter, Finn Lee Rose Slusser; mother of Finn Lee, Lola Swindle, Kewanee; aunts, Marie (Reba) McKee, Kewanee, Gayle Dildine, AZ, Julie Sturm; uncles, Phil (Rita) Slusser, Paul (Vicki) Slusser, Bob McKee,  all of Kewanee; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia; maternal grandparents, Donna Murry and Henry Betz; paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Slusser; and an uncle, Terry Betz.                
Chris worked at WKEI as a production technician. Chris enjoyed fishing, playing video games, and celebrating 420. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals. He especially loved spending time with his daughter Finn Lee Rose, cousins and his family.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Friday, October 18, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 6:00 pm, Friday, October 18, 2019 at the funeral home. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to his daughter, Finn Lee Rose for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Chris’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 


Richard "KeeKee" J. Galli

Richard “KeeKee” J. Galli, 71, of Kewanee, died Monday, October 14, 2019 at Royal Oaks Care Center, Kewanee. Richard was born June 30, 1948 in Kewanee, the son of Victor John and Patricia Ann (Harris) Galli. Richard graduated from Toulon High School. Richard married Patricia Lynn Galli in May 1985, in Bradford. 
Richard is survived by his best friend, Patricia Lynn Galli; daughters, Tricia (fiancé, Brandon Kopp) Galli, Kewanee, Chandra (Dalton) Kuffel, Kewanee; three sons, Billy (Tara) Kelly, Galva, Chase (Becky) Echelberger, Kewanee, Tate Echelberger, Kewanee; grandchildren, Bentley Matuszyk, Marlee Kopp, Bryker and Baylor Hagerman, Alexis, and Will, Jubilee Echelberger, Kayla and Sierra Echelberger; sisters, Victoria (Don) Gibson, Buda, Faye (Clint) Bushong, Hampton; brother, Mike (Brenda) Galli, Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Shannon Galli; grandson, Chance Echelberger; several beloved uncles; an aunt; and his beloved dog, Capone.
Richard was a welder at Pines Trailer Corp. for 20 years, retiring in 2003. Richard served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, the Chicago Bears, and his beer. He loved his coffee in the morning and listening to talk back radio. Richard touched a lot of people’s hearts; he had an impact on everyone he met. He had a very frank sense of humor. He especially loved spending time with his friends and family, and his dog, Capone. He loved his daughters and his grandkids meant the world to him. The family would like to say a special thank you to OSF Hospice and Royal Oaks Care Center for the great care they received for Richard. 
Services are pending with Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.

 


Angelos K. Koustas

Angelos K. Koustas, 92, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at his home.  Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded.  No services will be held.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel will be assisting with arrangements.

Angelos was born May 15, 1927, in Levidi, Greece.  He married Panageota “Betty” Peponis, she preceded him in death in 1990.  Angelos worked for John Deere Harvester Works for 29 years as a forklift operator.  He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, George (Tara) Koustas, Geneseo; grandchildren, Beth Ann Koustas, Madison Koustas, and Nicholas Koustas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and daughter Marina who passed on July 9, 2019.


Teresa L. Marolf

Teresa L. Marolf, 61, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Cambridge.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Stephen Campbell will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Teresa Marolf Memorial Fund.

Teresa was born May 5, 1958, the daughter of Charles and Virginia (Richardson) Feltner, stepdaughter of Jack Richardson and Pamela Feltner, in Wooster, OH.  She attended schools in the Quad Cities, received her LPN in Georgia, and her RN degree at Black Hawk College, Moline.  Teresa married Steve L. Marolf on September 25, 1982, in East Moline, IL.  Teresa worked as RN for over 30 years, working at Hammond Henry Hospital, Illini Hospital, and lastly doing pediatric home healthcare.  She enjoyed cross-stitch and games on the computer.  She adored her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Steve; daughters, Tarahka (Patrick) Juchcinski, Geneseo, Tristi (Brady)Stromquist, Wonder Lake, IL, Taelynn Marolf, Geneseo, special daughter, Tonya Marr, Geneseo; sons, Justin (Tasha) Marolf, Atkinson, Riley Marolf, Geneseo; nine grandchildren; sisters, Tiffany Feltner, Willis, TN, Beckie Feltner, TN; brother, Jeff (Nancy) Richardson, Erie.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, a sister, nephew, and niece.


Mary Ann "Dolly" Bishop

Mary Ann “Dolly” Bishop, 73, of Kewanee, died at 6:05 p.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19 the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 29, 1945 in Kewanee, the daughter of Lawrence and Patricia (Lansbarkis) Erdman. She married John Bishop July 11, 1967 in Chiefland, FL and he preceded her in death on August 18, 1979. Survivors include her children; Doreen (James) Kida and Michael Bishop, both of Kewanee, Cheryl Bishop and her significant other, Todd Sewell of Sheffield and Wendy (Jesse) Peed of Kewanee, grandchildren; John Hufnagel, Heather Shoen, James (Samantha) Kida Jr., Chase Kida, Jacob Kida, Rickelle (Gregg) Rice and Jesse Peed Jr. and several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Kenneth Erdman, two sisters, Judith Nelson and Kathleen Quimby and two great grandchildren.

Mary had worked as a retail associate at Wal-Mart for several years until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, doing puzzle books, birdwatching and watching black and white movies. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.


Marietta R. Jackson

Marietta R. Jackson, 77, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee, died at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19 at Israel of Gods Church in Galesburg. Officiant will be Bishop Ronald C. Henton assisted by Rev. Harold L. Boyd, Pastor of the Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 21 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Marietta Jackson Memorial Fund.

She was born June 22, 1942 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of Lloyd and Frances Taylor. She married James H. Jackson on September 27, 1960 in Cambridge and he preceded her in death on April 17, 2015. Survivors include her two sons, Gregory (Cindy) Jackson of Monmouth, IL and Darnell (Amy) Jackson of La Vista, NE, her daughter, Linda Jackson of Kewanee, siblings; Dewey (Lauran) Taylor of Alabama, Richard (Sandra) Taylor of Texas, Beatrice (Raymond) Peoples and Ella (Harold) Boyd, both of Galesburg and Greg Taylor of Peoria, ten grandchildren; Nicole, Ronnie, Ryan, Christina, Tayler, Raven, Gregory, Anissa, Brittyn and Everleigh and twelve great grandchildren; Lexus, Teya, Datin, Maysen, Delaney, Tamia, Makayla, William, Alexandria, Hezekiah, Jeremiah and Gabriel. She was also preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Wanda Coleman, Paul (Nadine) Taylor, Charles Taylor, Freedonia (Watsy) Ewing and Lloyd (Cindy) Taylor and by her son, James L. Jackson.

Marietta went to high school in Galesburg and graduated from Black Hawk East College with a degree in Nursing. Taking care of people was her passion. She worked at the old Kewanee Hospital assisting in delivering babies for many years. Many local residents remember her being involved in the birth of their children. While working at the hospital she also worked as an EMT on the ambulance. After retiring from the hospital, she worked in several nursing homes in Kewanee, Toulon and Galva. She also did home health care in her spare time. She really enjoyed dogs and birds for pets and even won the Hog Days Pet Talent Contest with her pet pig, Corky. She also enjoyed just walking and watching wildlife with friends. She also sang and played piano in many local weddings and funerals. Her other passion was her faith. She was a faithful member of the Israel of Gods Church in Galesburg where she played the piano and sang for many years. She even wrote a couple of songs they still sing. She had also been a nurse for the Church Kids Summer Camp in Sycamore, IL. And one of her favorite groups of women that she belonged to was the Women’s Red Hat Society out of Kewanee.


Martha A. Workheiser

Martha A. Workheiser, 81, of Kewanee, died at 8:43 a.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Betty’s Garden Memory Care in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

She was born January 15, 1938 in Kewanee, the daughter of Oscar and Thelma (Cowell) Stoner. She married Floyd J. Workheiser on May 12, 1956 in Kewanee. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, two sons, Tim (Genia) Workheiser of Peoria and Doug Workheiser of Kewanee, her daughter, Lisa (Larry) German of Kewanee, three brothers; Doyle Stoner of Toulon and Danny Stoner and Tony (Tammy) Stoner, both of Kewanee, two sisters, Patricia Bennett of Silvis and Della (Albert) Gustaitis of Monroe, IL, eight grandchildren; Eric, Jason, Taryn, Jessica, Andrew, Amber, Michelle and Amanda, thirteen great grandchildren; Haley, Erica, Catherine, Ashton, Keishan, Gemma, Lilly Ann, Brianna, Jazmen, Miguel, Tony, Chloe and Jayce and two great-great grandchildren, Axton and Kayani. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers; Jay, Jack, Harold and Melvin, five sisters; Rosie, Barb, Doris, Joyce and Sylvia and her daughter, Dawn Marie Workheiser.

Martha had worked at Boss Manufacturing, Empire and Boss Balloon Factory. She enjoyed going to casinos and crocheting.


Norma J. Hahn

Norma J. Hahn, 76, of Cambridge, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Visitation will be prior to the funeral service from 2 – 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Norma Hahn Memorial Fund.

Norma was born January 9, 1943, the daughter of Wayne and June (Furniss) Honts, in Geneseo, IL.  She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She was a CNA at Hammond Henry Hospital and Hillcrest Home for 35 years.  She retired in 2011.  Norma was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed doing crafts and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, William Hahn Jr, Bradford , IL, and Anthony (Victoria) Hahn, Woodhull, IL; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tyler, Bryce, and Breanna Hahn; great-grandchildren, Donavin Hoffman, Damien Hoffman, Kohlsyn Hahn, and Theo Hahn; sister, Judy Bernier, Cambridge; brother, Roger (Diane) Honts, Kewanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and June, and brother-in-law, Steve Bernier.  


John P. Wildermuth

John P. Wildermuth, 82, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island.  A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edford Township.  Pastor Timothy Nerud will officiate.   Visitation for John will be held 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the service and a private Committal Service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Oakwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

John was born on November 2, 1936, the son of Marvin and Fern (Rogers) Wildermuth, in Osco, IL.  He graduated from Cambridge High School.  On August 19, 1956, he was united in marriage to Carolyn M. Kane, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  He was a lifetime farmer in rural Geneseo.  His true love and passion were farming and raising hogs.  He was a past Elder at the church and Sunday School Superintendent.  He was a member of the Henry County Pork Producers and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  John especially loved traveling with his wife, Carolyn.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Carolyn; daughter, Ann (John) Behrendt, Coralville, IA; son, Phil (Melinda) Wildermuth, Geneseo, grandchildren, Abbey (Ryan Cathelyn) Wildermuth, Jordan (Alisha) Wildermuth, Taylor (Bridgett) Wildermuth, Benjamin, Joshua, Zachary, Jacob, and Gabriel Behrendt; great-grandchildren, Camille Wildermuth, Kane Feulling, Crosby Wildermuth, and Emory Wildermuth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Fern, and sister, Edith Wells


Philip S. "Phil" Lippens

Philip S. “Phil” Lippens, 67, of Kewanee, died Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 11 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:45 a.m., Friday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Visitation School, Saint John Paul II Parish or to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born December 10, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Homer and Helen (Zumber) Lippens. Phil graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1970 and went on to graduate from Black Hawk East. Survivors include his three brothers; Tom (Norine “Sis”) Lippens, Paul Lippens and Joe Lippens, all of Kewanee,  four nieces; Laura Lippens, Angie (Brad) Pronschinske, Autumn (Zach) Padilla and Rachel (Dustin DeReu) Lippens, three nephews; Paul Jr. (Danielle) Lippens, Brian (Kami) Lippens and Jason (Ashley Smith) Lippens, his great nephews; Blake Lippens, Michael Shaw, Kellan DeReu and Carter and Noah Lippens, his great nieces; Mia Padilla, Lia Lippens, Macey Lippens and Klaire DeReu, his aunt, Marilyn Zumber and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Phil attended all of the family gatherings, enjoying most, being the fun uncle, who played tricks with the young ones with his gift giving. He had many “Best Friends” too many to mention and he loved his neighbors and enjoyed spending time with them and they thought very highly of him. Phil enjoyed his step-niece and nephews; Ashley, Daniel, Austin and Aaron and loved his morning coffee with friends. Phil last worked at Advanced Metal before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and trapping. He was very proud to be the inventor of the “Cat Fish Worm Dryer” He loved selling his garden produce at the farmers market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and was an avid fan of the Chicago Black Hawks, Bears and Cubs.

Phil was most proud to be a member of Saint John Paul II Parish, where he was an usher for early Mass every Sunday. He believed in God and liked to talk about his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil was known for his open opinions and his hand gestures while talking. He was very kind and thoughtful to others and will truly be missed by many. Although his death came too soon, his family knows he is at peace and will remember him with all the memories that have made them smile and laugh. Peace be with you Phil and God Bless You.


Patricia L. Anderson

Patricia L. Anderson, 79, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Unity Point Health- Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Rev. Matt Kamprath will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to the Patricia L. Anderson Memorial Fund.

Patricia was born December 19, 1939, the daughter of Otto and Martha (Peterson) Koester, in Rock Island, IL.  She graduated from Rock Island High School, in 1957.  She married Donald Anderson on July 27, 1957, in Rock Island, IL.  Patricia was a LPN at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care, and also while living in Arizona. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, she loved music and singing, especially at church events. Patricia was an avid golfer, she loved playing piano, crafting and enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Don, her three daughters; Kathryn (Jim) Heller, Kari (Gene) Gentry, Kristine (Jim) VanVooren  all of Geneseo, her son; Lonnie (Cathy) Anderson of Geneseo., eight grandchildren; Sarah (Brian) Hofer, Brad (Sheryl) Heller, Joshua Anderson, Karalee Wasserman, Aaron (Sarah) VanVooren, Travis VanVooren, Emily Gentry, Ethan Gentry, 10 great-grandchildren, and her two brothers; Larry Koester of Milan, IL., Gary (Sandy) Koester of Rock Island, IL.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters.


C. Jean Lewis

C. Jean Lewis, 76, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Chris Ritter will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be directed to C. Jean Lewis Memorial Fund.

Jean was born September 19, 1943, the son of Ralph and Orva (Whitacker) Lewis, in Moline.  She graduated from Riverdale High School in 1961.  Jean married Kenneth Lewis on July 20, 1968.  He preceded her in death in 2015.  Jean was a longtime waitress in Geneseo, serving at The Deck, Moose Lodge, and the Atkinson Plaza.  She belonged to the Women of the Moose, was a longtime youth coach, enjoyed bowling and was active in the Women’s Bowling Association.  She especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Dee Smith, Bartonville, IL; son, Dean (Nita) Lewis, Lathrop, MO; grandchildren, Zach Lewis, Evan Lewis, Drake Lewis, Brock Lewis, Grant Lewis, Kyleigh (Justin) Burke, and Zoey Smith; great-grandchildren, Harper Burke and Sawyer Dieckow.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Orva, and her husband, Kenneth, her sister Leslie VanZuiden, brother Donald Peterson, and sister Gayle VanDerSnick.  


Tammy Lynn Bryan

Tammy Lynn Bryan, 46, of Kewanee, died at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at her home.

She was born November 6, 1972 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Wayne and Bonnie Bryan. She attended Kewanee Schools and was a huge supporter of all the local sporting events. She especially enjoyed cheering on the Cross-Country teams and the girls’ basketball teams.

Tammy looked forward to attending Abilities Plus every day and enjoyed it so much she often asked if she could go to work on the weekends too. She was named Employee of the Month and had been a cheerleader for their sports team the Cougars. She made many special friends at Abilities Plus and would share stories about daily events as soon as she got home each day.

Tammy had a love for running that she shared with her parents. Every weekend they would be signed up for local 5K’s,10K’s, and even Half Marathons. Both Bonnie and Wayne took turns pushing Tammy’s wheelchair in races but often other runners asked if they could have the honor. At one Steamboat Classic Tammy was pushed by Olympic Champion Constantina Tomescu from Romania. That was an amazing day for Tammy because the faster she could go in her chair the more she liked it. At another Classic she was escorted by the Peoria Fire Department and when they discovered she was racing in just a regular wheelchair they raised funds to purchase her a specially built chair from the Adaptive Star company. And because of Tammy’s inspiration races for special needs children and adults were added to Steamboat Days.

She even traveled as far as North Dakota with her family and friends to take part in the Fargo Rock and Roll Marathon. In the running community Tammy touched each and every person she met in such a special way and they became her family too. From the Quad Cities Distance Classic and the Peoria Steamboat Classic and everything in between she made friends and inspired people to do their best, but more importantly she reminded people to have fun.

Tammy also loved and respected the Kewanee Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. A sighting of a police car made her day. Every night she would be glued to the television watching one of her very favorite shows, COPS.

Tammy was preceded death by her mother, Bonnie. She is survived by her father, Wayne Bryan, Uncle Bill (Judy) Bryan and cousins; Dan (Amy) Bryan, Jamie (Tami) Bryan, and Rebecca (Kenny) Koerner, and the many friends she made over the years. Tammy also had a special love for her dog, Jacob.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus. 


Bruce E. Nordstrom

Bruce E. Nordstrom, 64, of Cambridge, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at his home.  Private graveside services will be held, at a later date, at Bishop Hill Cemetery.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel, is assisting with arrangements.

Bruce was born on January 4, 1955, the son of Harold and Helen (Swanson) Nordstrom, in Galesburg.  He attended Orion High School.  He married Edna Boggs, she preceded him in death in 2013.

Those left to cherish his memory include brother, Donald (Barbara) Nordstrom, Clearwater, FL, sister, Kathy (Dick) Edwards, Geneseo, Marty (Terri) Nordstrom, Orion; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen.


Dorothy M. Crosby

Dorothy M. Crosby, 96, of Sheffield, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan.  Father Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation for Dorothy will be 9-10 a.m. on Friday, at the church.  A rosary will be recited at 8:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be directed to the Dorothy Crosby Memorial Fund.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy was born, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (VanCawenberge) VanDeKeere, on October 10, 1922, in rural Sheffield, IL.  She graduated from Sheffield High School in 1940.  Dorothy married Donald E. Crosby on August 18, 1943.  He preceded her in death in 2010.  She farmed with her husband Don, in rural Sheffield, for many years, and raised five sons, Richard (Jackie), Harvard, IL, James (Shirley), Geneseo, John (Sandy), Annawan, Bruce (Deann), Sheffield, Mark (Sandy), Annawan.  She was an avid rolle bolle player and enjoyed attending all the grandchildren’s events.  She liked knitting, crafts, and baking.  She was a member of the Flemish American Club – Kewanee, the Altar and Rosary, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan.

Also surviving are her ten grandchildren, Michelle Loeding, Brian Crosby, Melinda Murphy, Sheila Arnold, Angie Crosby, Alissa Quatrini, Heidi Wise, Misti Thurston, Lisa Tabaka, Luke Crosby; 29 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Margaret, her husband Don, her son Bruce, grandchildren, Kimberli, Aaron, and Stephanie, and her sister Darlene VanDeVelde.

 


Raymond J. Pribble

Raymond J. Pribble, 75, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, at his home.  A funeral service will be held to celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, at First Congregational Church, Geneseo.  Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Military Honors will be accorded by VFW – Don Cherry Post.  Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church.

Raymond was born on November 17, 1943, in the Bronx, NY.  He was the son of Raymond and Joan (Lewis) Riddell.   He proudly served in the United States Army Corp in Korea.  On September 16, 1971, Ray married his loving wife, Lona L. (Moore) (Waller) Pribble, in a ceremony held at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, IA.  He was the owner and operator of AllQuip Company, Geneseo.  He was an engineer at heart and really enjoyed working his business.  He had a great love for all animals, especially dogs. His true love was his family and his back yard where he enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Raymond was a member of First Congregational Church, VFW – Don Cherry Post, and the Geneseo Moose Lodge.

When meeting people for the first time if they asked  him where he was from, he always had this spiel: “I was born in the Bronx, moved often: Bermuda, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Ohio, Newfoundland, Kansas, Virginia, Korea, back to Virginia, back to Kansas, Washington State, Kansas again to Iowa, and then to Illinois. While living in Iowa I met Lona. we married and I moved to Geneseo.  I told her I never wanted to move again, unless it was to the ocean.” He loved living by the ocean in Bermuda, but he never moved again. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Lona; sons, Bruce Waller, Fort Atkinson, WI, Troy (Tami) Waller, Geneseo; grandchildren, Jacob (Maggie) Waller, Lucas Waller, Hannah Waller, and Brennan Waller; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Leo Woodruff, Troy, Tucker, and Charlotte Waller; sister, Claire (Larry) McCoach, Olathe, KS; brother, Lon (Eileen) Pribble,  Alexandria, VA.

Raymond was preceded in death by his Father, Raymond Riddell, his Mom and stepfather, Joan and Fred Pribble,  stepsister Linda Riddell. 


Dennis Joseph Holtschult Sr

Dennis Joseph Holtschult Sr., 58, of Kewanee, died at 11:10 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Following the services there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment at the Kewanee American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born February 11, 1961 in Kewanee, the son of David T. and Betty J. (Krause) Holtschult. He married Marilyn Nichols-Holtschult on December 29, 1981. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, two sons, Chris (Jennifer) Woodruff of Neponset and Dennis Holtschult Jr. of Kewanee, his daughter, Dana Holtschult and her boyfriend, Rob Davis of Kewanee, grandchildren; Patrick, Paige, Raivin and Easton Woodruff and Arianna Jones and Ayden Bainbridge and Adalynn Davis and three brothers; David (Gail) Holtschult and Bob Holtschult, both of Kewanee and Keith (Millie) Holtschult of Carbondale. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jane Wisniewski.

Dennis graduated from Kewanee High School in 1979 and obtained an Associate’s degree in agricultural mechanics and equipment and machine technology from Black Hawk East. He had worked for Goodrich Equipment and Bomag America, both in Kewanee and Holland and Sons in Geneseo as a diesel mechanic for combines and tractors. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan who enjoyed metal detecting, fishing, camping, collecting John Deere tractors and riding Harley-Davidsons. He especially enjoyed his family and spending time with his grandchildren. 


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 private inurnment will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Oakwood Cemetery.  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. 

 


Betty L. Cauwels

Betty L. Cauwels, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo and the Geneseo – Atkinson Food Pantry.

Betty was born on July 8, 1935, the daughter of Mell and Ella (Fiers) Minnaert, in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1953.  Betty married Donald Cauwels on August 21, 1954, in Geneseo.  He preceded her in death in 2008.  During her early years, she worked at Royal Neighbors of America, later worked at Hanford Insurance in Geneseo for forty years, after retirement, Quilts -n- Bloom, Geneseo. Betty was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Women of the Moose.  Betty enjoyed helping daughters with hand sewing, enjoyed time on the river, as well as Friday night outings with Judy, bingo, and bowling.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Gloria (Kim) Hankins, Geneseo, Teresa Cochran, Geneseo, Angela (Bob) Lavine, Geneseo; grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Hankins, Seth Hankins, Justin, Brandon, and Katie (John Lee) Cochran, Abby and Adam Lavine; great-grandchild, Paige (Matt) Turppa.

Betty was preceded by her parents Mell and Ella, her husband Donald, and her brother Clyde Minnaert.


Rodger A. Bayless II

Rodger A. Bayless II, 50, of Hutchinson, Kansas, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois, died Friday, September 13, 2019, at his home.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29th, at the Geneseo Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services at 225 E. Park Street.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Geneseo Community Center at 541 E. North Street.  Private inurnment will be at a later date in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rodger A. Bayless II Memorial Fund.

Rodger Allan Bayless II was born April 17, 1969 in Moline, the son of Rodger A. and Colleen K. Cherry Bayless.  He was educated in Geneseo and Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1988.  He married Sara Pettett on June 12, 2004 in Roseville, Illinois, and they divorced in 2013.

He worked in the highway construction field for several years before moving to the West Palm Beach, Florida area, where he was an aircraft mechanic at the West Palm Beach Airport.  Rodger enjoyed fishing with his son, spending time in the out of doors, and hunting.

Those surviving are his son, Kayne Rodger Bayless, Roseville, IL, his parents, Rodger and Colleen Bayless, Dahinda, two sisters, Tamara Bayless and Angela K. Kehoe, both of Moline, and a brother, Joseph Bayless, Dahinda. Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, Barbara Guyer, Geneseo, three aunts, an uncle, cousins, 
and many nieces and nephews.  His sister, Melissa Six, his paternal grandfather, Millard Bayless, and his maternal grandparents, Leonard and Corrine Cherry, preceded him in death.


Eugene F. Reiff

Eugene F. Reiff, 93, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Kewanee Care Home. Eugene was born August 4, 1926 in Kewanee, the son of William Jr. and Lola (Piester) Reiff. He married Shirley M. Ahlgren on October 25, 1947 in Kewanee; she survives.
Eugene is also survived by two sons, Thomas (Theresa) Reiff, Bridgeview, IL, Steven “Whitey” (Carol) Reiff, Toulon; granddaughters, Brenda (Jim) Sullivan and Amy (Steve) O’Donnell; grandson, Scott (Rochelle) Reiff; step-grandson, Jerry Robb, Savannah, GA; great-grandchildren, James, Cameron, and Colin Sullivan, Madelyn and Adam Reiff, Ryan, Meagan and Jake O’Donnell. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eileen Gosh; and a brother, Wayne Reiff.
Eugene was a Navy Veteran of World War II and was stationed on a Patrol Craft as a Seaman First Class in the South Pacific area. He retired from Hyster, Co in 1988. He was a life member of the VFW Post #8078 and a life member of Henry County Historical Society. He enjoyed Nascar Racing and traveling with his wife. 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, September 27, 2109 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Kewanee. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Senior Citizens Center or to the Henry County Humane Society. Please leave an online condolence for Eugene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 


Margitta Ann "Marge" Chaney

Margitta Ann “Marge” Chaney, 70, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Unity Point Health-Trinity, Rock Island.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  A private graveside service will be held at Edwards Cemetery located in Powersite, MO, at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society and Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.

Marge was born February 7, 1949, the daughter of Paul and Erna (Speicher) Chaney, in Dickens, MO.  She graduated from Geneseo High School, Black Hawk College, and Northern Illinois University.  She received her master’s degree in Elementary Education and Reading.  Marge was a 35-year teacher for the Kewanee School District.  She taught 3rd grade and later taught Title 1 classes.  She participated in activities at St. Malachy Catholic Church where she was a member.  She also participated in breast cancer support groups and Women Connection meetings.  She enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, eating at fine restaurants, needlepoint, quilting, scrapbooking, and card making.  She loved her Yorkies, Maya and Maggie, knowing that she will meet them, and several others, at the Rainbow Bridge.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Christa (James) Barton, Winnebago, IL; niece, Erin (Hector) Flores; nephew, Brandon Barton; great-nieces, Eneida Gomez, Everley and Wrenna Flores; great-great-nephew, Jahseh Barr, who is on the way; special aunt, Mona Chaney, MO; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Erna.


Randal L. Lipes

Randal L. Lipes, 62, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Mausoleum, East Moline.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be directed to the Randal Lipes Memorial Fund.

Randal was born on March 18, 1957, the son of Lindel and Simonne (Thiron) Lipes, in Moline.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1975, and then attended Augustana College where he obtained a business degree.  Randal was the turf sales manager at Holland & Sons, Geneseo, for over twenty years.  He enjoyed his Ford Mustang, collecting antique toys and pedal cars, working on his computer, spending time with his family, especially his girls Josie “Dozer” and Miranda “Panda”, as well as spoiling his grandbabies.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Miranda Lipes and her partner Kyle “Red” Lahr, Denver, CO,  Josie Kernes and his son-in-law Steve, Geneseo; grandchildren, Kendra and Wayne; mother, Simmone Lipes, Ozark, MO; sisters, Sheri Hursman, Ozark, MO, Jodi Maschmeier, Kellogg, IA.

Randal was preceded in death by his father, Lindel.