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Linda Kay Ward

Linda Kay Ward, 73, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services (1-2 p.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee.

Linda was born on March 7, 1945, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Johnson) Ward, in Geneseo, IL. She attended school in Geneseo. She loved to play Bingo and cards with her friends. Linda attended Abilities plus in Kewanee, for several years where she made many great friends.    She was an avid collector of Beanie Babies!

Those left to cherish Linda’s memory include her brother, Jack (Cheryl) Ward, of Cordova, IL; nephew, Matt (Jaime) Ward, Chandler, AZ, and niece, Molly (Mark) Biedenfeld, Edina, MN; her great-nephew, Colton Ward and great-niece, Claire Biedenfeld.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie. 

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Lester Charles Larson

Lester Charles Larson, 86, of Cleveland, IL, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona, where military honors will be accorded by the Colona American Legion. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lester Larson Memorial Fund.

Lester was born on October 12, 1932, the son of Kenneth and Hazel (VanKlaveren) Larson, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy. Lester married the love his life, Lillian Bekerian, on July 3, 1955, in Boston, MA, recently celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary. Nicknamed Kong, due to his size, he worked as a welder for many years, and was later employed as a foreman at John Deere Harvester Works while installing HVAC in his spare time. After retiring from John Deere, he worked with his son’s, Mark and Chuck, and their successful arm’s manufacturing business, Rock River Arms, in Colona. Lester was a member of the Colona American Legion Post 1233, where he was a commander, helped add on to the building after a fire, and volunteered his time as a cook. He enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting, as well as wild black raspberry picking and farming sweet corn. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and back to his “Bostonian” roots, the New England Patriots. Lester enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with large meals including Henny Penny Chicken, Kibby, homemade Vegetable and Clam Chowder Soups, taking things easy by gathering at Frank’s Pizzeria. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lillian, children; Linda (Jim) White, of Colona, Lisa (Gary) Sides, of Cleveland, IL, Mike (Debbie Tyner) Larson, of Carbon Cliff, IL, and Chuck (Melissa) Larson, of Geneseo, grandchildren; Chad, Jennie, Matt, Jeremy, Sara, Katie, Kenneth, Kassandra, Kyle, Jake, Trenton, and Logan, and great-grandchildren; Kaya, Gage, Paige, Bradlee, Elyn, Kinsley, Brinley, and Maddison. Lester is also survived by his siblings; Vivian Martins, of Geneseo, Keith (Carol) Larson, of Colona, Charles Larson, of Geneseo, and Garold Larson, of Kewanee.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hazel, his son, Mark Larson, and one brother, Herman Larson.

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Lyle R. Miller

Lyle R. Miller, 94, of rural Geneseo, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Edford Township. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

 

Lyle was born on October 5, 1924, the son of Raymond and Florence (Wiese) Miller, in Edford Township, in rural Geneseo, Illinois. He is a 1944 graduate of Geneseo High School. Lyle married Joyce E. Peterson on February 2, 1947, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Lyle was a lifetime grain & livestock farmer in Edford Township. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and his true passion was farming the land he loved. Most of all, Lyle enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce, sons; Gary (Shirley) Miller, of Geneseo, Rick (Debbie) Miller, of Moline, daughter, Deb Ward, of Atkinson, six grandchildren, and his brother, Kendall Miller, of Paradise, CA.

 

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Florence, granddaughter Donna, and a sister, Gail.

 

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Diana L. Cotes

Diana L. Cotes, 56, of Kewanee, formerly of Cambridge, died Monday, October 15, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Diana Cotes Memorial Fund. 

Diana Lynn Cotes was born July 19, 1962 in Rockford, the daughter of Benard Cotes and Anita Manary.  She was educated in Rockford and Orion schools.  She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and had worked at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, Kewanee Care Nursing Home, and the Henry County Health Department, Kewanee.  She enjoyed playing slot machines.

Those surviving are her four children, Felicia (Jon) Warner, Bradford, and LeeAlan Cotes, Gabrielle Cotes, and Melody Collins-Cotes, all of Kewanee, three grandchildren, Rylee Johnson, Jesse Johnson, and Jayanna Warner.  Other survivors include her mother, Anita Manary, Kewanee, siblings, Steven Cotes, Kewanee, Lisa Cotes, Peoria, David Cotes, Claremore, OK, Pamela Moody, Peoria, and longtime companion, Frank Collins, Cambridge.  Her father preceded her in death.

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Evelyn Cleo Frazer

Evelyn Cleo Frazer, 89, of Princeton, died at 6:38 a.m., Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Evelyn Frazer Memorial Fund.

She was born January 12, 1929 in Goshen Township, Stark County, IL, the daughter of Glenn Forrest and Lora Ellen (Dalrymple) Dixon. She married William Edmond Frazer on November 20, 1991. He survives of  Princeton, as do two sons; Todd Cade (Karen Dunn) of Hanna City, IL and Ed Hufnagel (Stacey Lantz) of Toulon, four daughters; Brenda Jannie of Wyanet, Cathy (Dan) Moreland of Buda, Lori (Kevin) Connell of Dover, IL and Tara Cade (Scott Smith) of Wyanet, three step-sons; Jim (Bonnie) Hufnagel of Muskegon, MI, Jerry (Margaret) Hufnagel of Clinton, IL and John (Tina) Hufnagel of Jackson, MI, a step-daughter, Janet (Leo) Raymond of Montrose, MI, a sister, Juanita (Don) Turner of Loveland, CO and a sister-in-law, Betty Jean VanWassenhove of Kewanee, twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-three great grandchildren, fifteen great-great grandchildren and eleven step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two sons and two daughters.

Evelyn retired from Martin Engineering in Neponset. She was of the Baptist faith and had attended several different churches. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved reading, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

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Mary L. (Sawickis) Kazmierski

The angels came to Kewanee Care on October 12, 2018 to take 94-year-old Mary L. (Sawickis) Kazmierski to her home in heaven. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Saint John Paul II Parish. Celebrant will be Father John Burns. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, with a Rosary Service at 6:00 pm. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish or a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Mary was born on February 27, 1924 to Victor and Lucy (Marchulitis) Sawickis. Mary married Walter J. Kazmierski on April 12, 1946 in Galva. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Julie (John) Boling, Kewanee; granddaughter, Jeannie (Mike) Carlson, Mineral; great-granddaughter, Jessie Sequra, Mineral; great grandson, Bret Carlson, Mineral; sister, Emily Entas; brother, Veto (Jean) Sawickis, both of Kewanee; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and seven siblings, Alfonse, Joseph, Edward, Donald, Bernard, Betty, Johnny, and her very special grandson, Johnny L. Boling. 
Mary worked in Kewanee at the Boss Glove factory until its closing. She enjoyed many fishing trips with her husband and family members to their cabin on the Rock River. She especially enjoyed time spent with her great granddaughter, Jessie and grandson, Johnny until his passing. Family and friends really made her life special. Mary was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish. 
The family wishes to give a special thank you to all the staff at Kewanee Care Nursing Home for all the care and compassion that was shown during her stay with them, and to Compassus Hospice and to Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Mark, Chris, James and Brandee, for all their help and care. And to Father Johndamaseni Zilimu for his visits and prayers. Please leave an online condolence for Mary’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Larry J. Noder

Larry J. Noder, 70, of rural Bradford, died at 2:18 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 22 at Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford where military rites will be accorded by the Bradford American Legion. Pastor Janice Ringenberg will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria or to Kellsies Hope Foundation, a childhood cancer research foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, IL, the son of Edwin and Marjorie (Swift) Noder. He married Cheryl Garren on July 6, 1968 at the Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford. She survives, as do four children; Angelyn Craddock and her special friend, Tom Breed, Kristen Noder and her special friend, Tim Pyszka, Jeremy (Jenny) Noder and Corey (Courtenay) Noder and ten grandchildren; Roger and Benjamin Craddock, Conor, Keegan and Caleb Mooney, Michaela and Miranda Noder and Dylan, Aaron and Collin Noder. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edwina Kay (Jim) Harmon and Janet Ann Horack, two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Marburger and Wayne Garren and Wayne’s children; Craig, Cassandra and Jeffrey Garren and his son-in-law, Dave Craddock.
Larry and his family moved to the family farm in 1963. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1966 and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Midstate Business College and Illinois Central College in Peoria. He was employed by Caterpillar and then left his job to return to farming in 1970 following the passing of his father. He also worked for Bradford Ag and then Ag View Services, retiring in 2015. Larry also served his country in the Army National Guard. He had served on the board at Leet United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Bradford Jaycees, Bradford School Board, Bradford Fire Department, 40&8 and the Bradford American Legion where he was Past Commander. He enjoyed working on special projects in his new shop, gardening, cooking, traveling and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

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Joan D. Schmidt

Joan D. Schmidt, 87, a resident of the Senior Star Care at Elmore Place in Davenport, IA, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday October 10, 2018 at Senior Star Care. A private graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. 

Joan was born on March 23, 1931, the daughter of Arthur and Daisy (Searle) Durling, in New Rochelle, NY. After high school, Joan received her Medical Secretary certification. Joan was united in marriage to Harry J. Schmidt in 1952. Harry preceded her in death in 2014. She worked as a medical secretary for a surgeon in New Jersey for many years. After moving to Geneseo, she worked for Four Seasons, the Geneseo Telephone Company, and Guzzardo’s Hallmark store, all in Geneseo. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Christian Women’s Club, where she had served as past president. Joan was the leader of bible studies and the bible study fellowship group at her church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, and doing arts and crafts. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son; Kurt Schmidt, of Davenport, IA, three adopted grandchildren; Amanda Sprott, Jenna Rauh, and Alyssa Jasper, and her twin sister; Jean DiMaria, of New Jersey.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Daisy, her husband, Harry, and two sisters.

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Ramona R. Baker

Ramona R. Baker, 73, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at her home. Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family of Ramona R. Baker.

Ramona was born on May 25, 1945, the daughter of Charles and Flossie (Conner) Stahlheber, in Pinckneyville, IL. She was an avid shopper who loved watching HER Chicago Cubbies on TV, and sitting on the sidelines cheering at Geneseo soccer games. Ramona will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and soon-to-be great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her two sons; Roy Baker Jr., of Geneseo, and Russell (Donna) Baker, of Pensacola, FL, and one daughter, Raschel (Jeremy) Stout, of Geneseo. Ramona is also survived by her three grandchildren, Justin Baker, Maeghan Baker, and Jacob Stout. Ramona was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Flossie, and four sisters; Dodie, Bonnie, Marybeth, and Darlene.

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Mary Jane Reed

Mary Jane Reed, 88, of Galva, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.            Tuesday, October 16th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jeffery Goard will officiate.   Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Galva Christian Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Mary Jane Connour was born June 23, 1930 in Murrayville, Illinois, the daughter of Vessie L. and Cora E. Luallen Connour.  She was educated in Gilson area schools.  Her marriage to Dewey R. Reed took place on September 4, 1948 in Knoxville, IL.  He passed away January 18, 2013.  Mary Jane was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Galva Christian Church.
 
Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Janice Reed, Oneida, two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen and Richard Hurlbutt, Galva, Gail Drawyer, Kewanee, nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one on the way.  Other survivors include a brother, Carl Connour, Galva, and a sister, Carol Wheeler, Ava, MO.  Her parents, her husband, a daughter, Linda Carol, five brothers, a son-in-law, Rodney Drawyer, and a step granddaughter, Gwyn Drawyer, preceded her in death.

 

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Hazel I. Pahlow,

Hazel I. Pahlow, 91, a resident of Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, formerly of Galva, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at the center.
Cremation will be accorded and per Hazel’s request, there will be no services. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 26, 1926 in LaFayette, IL, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Winter) Clague. She married Raymond Meaker and later married George H. Pahlow on October 29, 1982 and he preceded her in death on February 23, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a son Charles Meaker.  Survivors include her son, James (Jeanne) Meaker of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter-in-law, Donna Meaker of Mattoon, IL, two step-sons, Larry and Jon Pahlow, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Hazel had worked as an office clerk for LaFayette Home Nursery and for Jordahl Enterprises. She enjoyed reading, going to the riverboat and playing bridge and golf. 

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Bernard W. Glynn

Bernard W. Glynn, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday October 13, 2018, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Long-term Care Unit. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post, following the Funeral Mass at the Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, with a scripture service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Deacon Larry Honzel will lead the scripture service. Burial and graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Malachy Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Bernard was born on September 23, 1925, the son of Bernard W. Glynn Sr. and Cora I. (Graves) Glynn, in Duluth, MN. He is a graduate of Morgan Park High School and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1949. Bernard married Margaret J. Olson on June 19, 1948, in Duluth, MN. Margaret preceded him in death in 2000. He was then united in marriage to Charlene K. Munson on February 14, 2002, in Geneseo, Illinois. Bernard worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 34 years as an Engineer. He retired in 1985. Bernard is a proud veteran of the United States Navy, and served his country during World War II as a radio technician. Bernard was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. He is a former member of Lombard Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. Bernard enjoyed traveling and camping. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Charlene, daughters; Pamela Jordan, of Austin, TX, Diana Engstrom, of Austin, TX, Patricia (Joe) Bond, of Phoenix, AZ, Joan (Don) DeAvilla, of Cary, IL, and Paula (David) Yost, of Osage Beach, MO, step-children; Lori (Richard) Erickson, of Geneseo, Teri (Mike) Long, of Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Eric) Gustafson, Geneseo, and Marty (Krista) Munson, of Geneseo. Bernard is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 16 step-great-grandchildren.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Sr. and Cora, his first wife, Margaret, one step-son, Kevin Munson, and one sister.

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Joyce E. Rednour

Joyce E. Rednour, 80, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Deacon Nick Simon will officiate. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Rednour Memorial Fund.

Joyce was born on June 11, 1938, the daughter of Glen and Geneva (Ashley) Lundeen, in Galesburg, Illinois. She is a 1956 graduate of Galesburg High School. Joyce was united in marriage to Bill G. Rednour on April 20, 1957, in Galesburg, Illinois. Joyce spent her life as a mother and homemaker and was a member of Atkinson Congregational Church. She was an avid sports fan, especially cheering for the Fighting Illini, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears!

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bill, sons; Steve (Debra) Rednour, of Rock Island, and Scott (Sherie) Rednour, of Atkinson, daughter, Jill (Mike) Guth, of White Heath, IL, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her brother, Fred (Pauline) Lundeen, of Jupiter, FL, and sisters; Judy Rylander, of Oneida, and Anna Steck, of Galesburg.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Geneva, brother, George Lundeen, and two sisters; Dorothy Pitman and Eva Weber.

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Roxanne L. Mullenix

Roxanne L. Mullenix, 68, of Davenport, IA, formerly of Kewanee, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA. Roxanne was born July 29, 1950, in Kewanee, the daughter of Earl and Phyllis (Hapner) McNaught. Roxanne graduated from Kewanee High School with year of 1968. Roxanne married Jerry O. Mullenix, Sr. on August 25, 1978 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on July 15, 2006.
Roxanne is survived by two sons, Joseph Mullenix of Davenport, Jerry Mullenix, Jr., Idaho; one daughter, Tracy Mullenix, Washington; two granddaughters; and one brother, Philip (Margit) McNaught, Kewanee; She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. 
Roxanne attended Vocational Tech in San Diego, CA and Eureka College, Eureka, IL. She worked as an ultrasound technician for Genesis Hospital, Davenport, until her time of retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, theatre, travel and music. She especially enjoyed her time with her family and friends. 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, October 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 -6:00 pm, Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Friends of the Animals, Kewanee. Leave an online condolence for Roxanne’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Evelyn A. Hansen

Evelyn A. Hansen, 99, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Courtyard Estates, Galva died there on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, October 15th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield.  Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to

Sheffield Rescue Unit or Western Bureau County Food Pantry.

 

Evelyn Newman was born on October 3, 1919 in Annawan, IL the daughter of Tom and Edith (Wells) Newman.  She attended school in Annawan and Manlius. On August 27, 1961 she married Delmar “Doc” Hansen in Sheffield.  He died on September 27, 1987. Evelyn had begun working at Village Café, Sheffield in 1945. From 1952 to 1966 she worked at National Dry Cleaner, Sheffield.  She then worked at Stacy’s Cleaners, Kewanee until 1970. Evelyn had worked at Prairie View Nursing Home in the laundry until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.

 

Evelyn is survived by nieces and nephews, Roger (Judy) Newman, Leslie (Betty) Newman, Carol (Woody) Partain, Mary Daniel-Morgan, Michael (Lynn) VanHyfte, Tina (Ed Kutz) Behnke, and Ken Behnke and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Arthur, sisters Ruth VanHyfte and Edith Behnke and a niece, Judith Ellis.

 

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William C. "Bill" Myers

William C. “Bill” Myers, 91, of Geneseo, longtime Funeral Director and owner of Myers Funeral Home, Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Visitation for Bill will be Friday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo. A private family funeral service will be held prior to the visitation. Private graveside funeral services will be held Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Bill was born on March 10, 1927, the son of Jerry W. and Frieda B. (Hollatz) Myers, in Geneseo, Illinois. He obtained his private pilot’s license while attending Geneseo High School, graduating in 1946. Bill was a former Sea Scouts leader, which is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. Sea Scouts was a specialized program, organized to address youth members’ boating skills and to promote knowledge of maritime heritage. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and graduated in January 1948. Upon graduation, he joined his father, Jerry, in the family business -Myers Funeral Home - in Geneseo. The business was established by Bill’s grandfather, William L. Myers, in 1908. When William died, his son, Jerry, took over and operated the business. Bill was the third generation of Myers Funeral Directors to serve the Geneseo area.

Bill was united in marriage to Irene L. Dodge on May 7, 1950 in Geneseo. After Bill’s father, Jerry passed away, in 1957, Bill and Irene co-owned - and in 1964, owned and operated - Myers Funeral Home. In 1976, Bill and Joe Wright formed a partnership, creating Myers-Wright Funeral Service. Both families operated the business until they retired in 1985.

When Bill was not working, he was flying his plane, which he co-owned with two other pilots. He also enjoyed operating his John Deere tractor on the farm. He could be found fixing fences, cutting trees, and working with his stock cattle. Later in his life, he re-visited a hobby of building HO train layouts. During the last three years, as a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home, he enjoyed word games and Bingo. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff and especially to Julie, for the excellent care that he received. 

Bill leaves behind his wife, Irene, after 68 years of marriage. He also leaves two daughters, Jean (Wayne) Hulting, Chisago City, MN and Lynn Myers, Geneseo. His two grandchildren are Sarah (Mark) Ksiazek and Mark Hulting. His three great-grandchildren are Lucas and Anna Ksiazek and Finn Hulting-Abram, all of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Geraldine Kewley.

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Jerome Eugene "Jerry" Gibson

Jerome Eugene “Jerry” Gibson, 70, of rural Galva, died Monday, October 8, 2018 at his home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Mike Miller will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at the Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to CURE Childhood Cancer, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Post 45 in Galva.

He was born March 29, 1948 in Buena Vista, Georgia, the son of J. Henry Gibson and Margaret (Ford) Gibson DeMott. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children, Angela Lewis, Carmin Widner, Faye (David) Dunn, Megan (Tim) Davis and Keitra (Robby) Sparks, his step-children, Trent (Julie) Kaufman, Susan (Paul) Schuytema and Ian (Marla) Klein, his grandchildren, Lyle Sellers, Ashley Sellers, Ivy (T.C.) Clifton, Jamie (Craig) Harper, Rodney (Alyssa) Brasington, Wade (Mikayla) Brasington, Aubrey Davis, Cameron Davis, Elsie Davis, Bradley Kemper, Max Lansing, Emery Schuytema, Eli Schuytema, Katherine Kaufman, Donald Elston, Kane Elston, Grace Klein and Kaydence Klein, his great-grandchildren, Mason Mayes, Sadie Elston, Loreley Harper and Emily Brasington, his mother, Margaret and a brother, Wayne (Mary) Gibson. He is preceded in death by his father, three siblings in infancy and a grandson, Nicholas Widner.

Jerry served his country with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a purchasing agent for Caterpillar in Peoria and had been a Henry County Deputy Coroner. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Galva and the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Post 45 and was part of the Galva Fusiliers. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wayne L. Abernathy

Wayne L. Abernathy, 87, of Galva, went to be with the Lord Jesus and his wife on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Ivan Brake will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Galva Assembly of God Church.

Wayne LeRoy Abernathy was born March 28, 1931 in Prairie City, IL, the son of Theodore and Ona Miller Abernathy.  He was educated in Bushnell, IL schools.  His marriage to Doris M. Jennings took place on April 15, 1950 in Quincy, IL.  She passed away on October 30, 2016.

He worked at the Galva Foundry for 40 years and at Galva Iron & Metal for 28 years.  Wayne was a 58 year member of the Galva Assembly of God Church.  He loved adult coloring, word search, and watching television.

Those surviving are his two daughters, Katrina "Tina" Abernathy and Tonya L. Abernathy, both of Galva, a daughter-in-law, Sharon Abernathy, LaFayette, two grandson, Bradley (Marlo) Abernathy, Galesburg, Kipp (Michelle Offill) Abernathy, Rock Falls, IL, four great grandchildren, Zach, Bryce, Krayten, and Kieryn Abernathy, four sisters-in-law, Ginger Abernathy, Macomb, IL, Pauline Abernathy, Rushville, IL, Cathy Abernathy, Galesburg, and Jenny Jennings, Galva, three nieces, Tammi (Troy) Roberts, White Water, MO, Sharon (Frank) Bainbridge, Galva, and Pam (Nick) Nicolay, Kewanee, and a nephew, Jeff (Debbie)Cale, Colchester, IL.  Also surviving are special friends, Ron Hepner, Ruth Hepner, Brandon Macklin, Mike and Karen Rohrig, Drew and Krystal Dirks, all of Galva, and Lenny, Jenny, and Aribella Fryer of Galesburg.  His parents, his wife, Doris, a son, Timothy, two sisters, and six brothers preceded him in death.

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Sylvia I. (Pemberton) (Klavon) Simms

Sylvia I. (Pemberton) (Klavon) Simms, 92, of Geneseo died on Saturday, October 06, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 10th at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Stephen Mueller will officiate.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church or St John’s Lutheran Church, Geneseo. 

Sylvia Pemberton was born July 12, 1926 in Geneseo the daughter of Henry and Nellie (Sanders) Pemberton.  She attended Geneseo schools and graduated with a GED in 1974.  On July 3, 1943 she married Harry A. Klavon in Geneseo.  He died on April 1, 1997.  She later married Vernon M. Simms on October 5, 2002 in Geneseo.  He died on March 27, 2009.  Sylvia had owned and operated Sylvia’s Beauty Shop in Geneseo for 42 years until retiring in 2005.

Sylvia was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo; Geneseo VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Geneseo American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed collecting dolls.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn (Joe Gargano) Anderson, East Moline, Carolyn (Dan) Werner, Geneseo and Jane (Jack) Copeland, Moline; three sons, Russell (Lynn) Klavon, Geneseo, Dennis (Ann) Klavon, Monett, MO, and  Raymond (Jennie) Klavon, Geneseo; twelve grandchildren, Richard Anderson, John Anderson, Jennifer Schroeder, Kevin Klavon, Kelly Cortez, Erika Watkins, Nathan Klavon, Denise Kurima, Brenda Hallendorff, Josh Stidham, Becca Stidham, Jordan Copeland;  four step-grandchildren, numerous  great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a daughter, Darla Stidham, son-in-law, Rich Anderson, two daughters-in-law, Carol Klavon and Annette Klavon, three brothers, two sisters and two grandsons, Marcus Klavon and Kyle Klavon.

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Raymond W. Martzluf

Raymond W. Martzluf, 101, a resident of Courtyard Estates in Knoxville, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away at 12:40 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the estates.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 6 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, 430 N. Chicago St., Williamsfield, IL 61489. Pastor Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or to Hospice Compassus, 755 N. Henderson St., Galesburg, IL 61401. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
He was born February 13, 1917 in Stark County, IL, the son of Fred A. and Amanda (Barrett) Martzluf. He married Dorothy Marie Nelson on September 1, 1938 in Peoria and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2017. Survivors include three children; Shirley M. (Dwight) Burrill of Bonita Springs, FL, Joyce E. (Jim) Graves of Dahinda, IL and Douglas R. (Laura) Martzluf of Chambersburg, PA, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Harriet Hayden.
Raymond farmed in Knox County for many years, retiring in 1981. He also operated Texaco Service Station and Auto Repair in Peoria and had been a partner in the former MFG Ford Dealership in Williamsfield. He was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church where he had been Chairman of the Administrative Board, Treasurer of the Board, Trustee and on the Memorial Committee. He was also a charter member of the former Williamsfield Lions Club and had served as a director of the former Williamsfield Farmers Elevator and director of the Happy Hollow Lake Association. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bradley Braves fan and had been active in softball and baseball in the Peoria and Williamsfield area. 

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Cornelia A. Arnold

Cornelia A. Arnold, 64, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village, surrounded by her family after her courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Cornelia was born on October 14, 1953, the daughter of Frank and Madeline (Lloyd) Brand, in Moline, Illinois. She graduated from United Township High School with the class of 1971. She was united in marriage to Vincent C. Arnold on November 6, 1971, in East Moline. Vincent preceded her in death in 2012. Cornelia retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier after 32 years of service, in October of 2017. She enjoyed driving through the country side and enjoying the views while she worked. Cornelia loved going to garage sales and watching the QVC shows. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Jennifer (Mike) Rahmus, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Brian (Sawyer) Rahmus, and Chelsea Rahmus, and great-grandchildren, Remington, Hayden, and Adalynn. Cornelia is also survived by her brothers, Robert (Karen) Bowling, of Moline, and James (Joyce) Bowling, of Moline, sisters, Debbie Brooks, of Geneseo, and Linda (Steve) Montecino, of Colona, and sister-in-law’s, Becky (Rob) Hurless, of Prophetstown, and Debbie (Harold) Long, of Estherville, IA.

Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Madeline, husband, Vincent, three sisters; Jackie Moore, Donna Crull, and Billie Brown.

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Lois M. (Orr) Fisher

Lois M. (Orr) Fisher, 87, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:02 am on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Geneseo. Lois was born February 17, 1931 in Kewanee, the youngest daughter of Joe and Alice (Heeter) Orr. Lois married Robert “Bob” Dale Fisher on June 1, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee, he preceded her in death on January 17, 2015.
Lois was active in many different volunteer activities, including being a Sunday school teacher, board member at the Mineral-Gold District Library, and the Sheffield Library. Lois held several positions in the various offices of the Henry County Genealogical Society and volunteered in their genealogical library.
Lois is survived by one son, Michael (Linda) Fisher, Sheffield; one daughter, Karen (Dave) Tomsic, Kewanee; two grandsons, Chad (Angie) Fisher, Sheffield, Cory (Laura) Fisher, Bradenton, FL; four great grandchildren, Lea, Lani, Kenzi and Carson Fisher, one brother, Warren Orr; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Jean Orr. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Lynn in 1976; three sisters, Marion (in infancy), Gladys Bates, Jean Jennings; two brothers, Donald and Max; one nephew, Bobby Orr (Vietnam); and a niece, Donna Handley.
Lois was active in their farming operation at Sheffield and Kewanee, was an avid reader, enjoyed researching genealogy, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Lois was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Pastor Martin Gutzmer will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, Quad Cities. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Anna M. (Stuhlsatz) Blake

Anna M. (Stuhlsatz) Blake, 92, of Neponset, died at 3:30 pm on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, October 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Fire Department, Neponset’s Floral Hill Cemetery, Visitation School Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ann was born November 19, 1925 in Kewanee to Charles and Selma (Sally) Stuhlsatz. She married Wilbur Blake of Neponset at Visitation Church in Kewanee on January 25, 1947, he preceded her in death on October 19, 2014.

Ann is survived by two sons, Chuck (Sue) Blake and Tom (Crystal) Blake all of Neponset; five grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Hatchell, Bradley (Courtney) Blake, Dustin (Mikee) Blake, John (Chelsea) Blake and Cassidy Blake; eight great grandchildren, Easton, Brayden, Jase, Kaelyn, Blake, Carsen, Bradley, and Colt; a sister, Madeline Rodak of Kewanee; and a sister-in-law, Carol (Wayne) Gerrond of Neponset. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law, Chester (Madeline) Rodak, and a sister-in-law, Florence (Bus) Stetson.

She was a lifelong member of Visitation Church. “Annabobbie” graduated from Visitation Grade School in 1939 and Kewanee High School in 1943.

She was a lifelong farm wife who had been employed at Martin Engineering, Dean Scott Fertilizer Co., and served many years as a manager of the Ag View Fertilizer Plant in Neponset.

Ann and Wilbur enjoyed their friendships with numerous friends at several of the area’s local establishments and particularly those they met at the VFWs and Legions they visited throughout the Midwest.

Ann’s greatest joy came from her visits from friends, family, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Please leave an online condolence for Ann’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Mary June Kuster

Mary June Kuster, 80, of Kewanee, died at 6:37 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, October 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6 at the Church of Peace in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Church of Peace.
She was born June 11, 1938 in Ocala, FL, the daughter of Leon and Elizabeth Cheek. She married Kenneth L. Kuster of Kewanee on June 26, 1955 in Dade City, FL. He survives alongside two sons, John “Blake” Kuster of Muscatine, IA and Michael Kuster and wife Kim of Lombard, IL, two daughters, Robin Sumrall and husband Lonnie of Tampa, FL and Leann Pregont and husband Dan of Watersmeet, MI, her brother, Landon Cheek of Homosassa, FL, ten grandchildren; Nicholas Eilers and wife Adena, Rachel Barkules, Jaclyn Hill, Bill Clark and wife Brittany, Jessica Clark, Christine Borrillo and husband Shane, Karin Kuster, Whitney Kuster, Brooke Kuster and fiancé Alex Diaz, and Mikey Kuster, and five great grandchildren; Taliya, Jada, Sofia, Caleb and Kayleen. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joyce Luffman.
Prior to retirement, Mary June worked as a real estate broker and managed the Midland South Apartments. She was an active member of the Church of Peace and served as president of the church board during their recent remodeling project. She belonged to two bridge clubs, enjoyed cooking, and believed “if you can read, you can cook.” An active family woman, she was lovingly referred to as “Grandma June.” She delighted in preparing holiday dinners for her family and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

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Lorece L. Arnett

Lorece L. Arnett, 87, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Pastor Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Lorece was born on July 29, 1931, the daughter of Howard and Emma (Melton) Hall, in Monmouth, Illinois. She graduated from Galesburg High School with the class of 1949. Lorece was united in marriage to Robert Arnett on April 8, 1950, in Wataga, Illinois. Robert preceded her in death in February 2, 2015. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Lorece was a mother and homemaker and enjoyed baking cookies and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Denny Arnett, of Moline, Gary Arnett, of Lake Wales, FL, and Tim (Rebecca) Arnett, of Geneseo, grandchildren; Jeff Arnett, Jennifer (Scott) Daniel, Ben Arnett, Bryan Arnett, and Flynn Arnett, great-grandchildren, Skylla, Brady, Rose, and Mystique, and one great-great-grandson, Ryland. Lorece is also survived by her sisters, Mary Stanley and Virginia Rinehart, both of Galesburg.

Lorece was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Emma, husband, Robert, one grandson, Ray Malone, and daughter-in-law, Linda Arnett.

The family would like to extend a special Thank – You to Hospice Compassus and their staff, for the exceptional love and care they provided during Lorece’s final days.

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Richard H. Rahn

Richard H. Rahn, 85, of rural Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at his home. Funeral services will be held on at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Atkinson Congregational Church. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Atkinson Township Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson Fire Department & Foster Hope.

Rich was born on December 8, 1932, the son of Herman and Alvina (Nehring) Rahn, on the family farm in rural Geneseo. He attended Atkinson schools. Rich married Gay Ann Anderson on August 3, 1957, at the Mineral United Methodist Church in Mineral, Illinois. He was a lifetime farmer in rural Atkinson, and worked for the Rock Island Line as a carmen for several years, as well as Wyffels Hybrids as a production technician later in life. Rich is a proud veteran of the United States Army and served his country from 1955-1956. He was a member of the Atkinson American Legion Post and active in Atkinson Kiwanis Club. Rich enjoyed snow skiing, ice skating, and other winter sports. His experience on the Rock Island Line gave Rich a love for train rides for fun. Most of all, Rich enjoyed spending time with his loving family at the Annual Rahn Camping Trip.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gay Ann, children; Scott Rahn, of Rock Island, Cindy (Steve) Clementz, of Geneseo, Randy Rahn, of Geneseo, Ryan (Lola) Rahn, of Atkinson, and Russ (Linda) Rahn, of Centerville, OH; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Alvina, his grandson, Jordan Rahn, granddaughter, Bridget Tatman, and sister, Annabelle Mohr.

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Glenna L Boker

Glenna L Boker, 86, of Kewanee, died at 7:13 PM Wednesday September 26, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 AM Monday, October 1, at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Don Reul will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4-6 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the donor’s choice.
She was born on September 23, 1932 in Versailes, Il, the daughter of William F and Lottie L (Suratt) Smith. She was first married to Lawrence Self and then to Everett L Boker.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a son, Lawrence, a brother James and three sisters, Barbara Clays, Lula Swan and Juanita Suratt.  She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Self of Kewanee, two sons, Jack Self of Toulon and William (Paula) Self of Daytona Beach, Florida, eleven grandchildren, Bill Self, Rebecka Self, April Self, Lawrence “Larry” Self, Dalton Brewster, Krissy Quinn, David Self, Chris Crain, Tonya Self, Jessica Lindsey and Trisha VerVynck,  several great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, a brother Charles “Dick” Smith of Kewanee, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Imogene Bates.
Glenna had been a cook at Waunee Farms for 33 years. She recently had been baptized at the First Baptist Church in Galva.  She loved cooking and she enjoyed doing woodworking and making cut-outs, doing yard work and fishing. She was especially proud of her family and enjoyed having them around.  Her home was welcome to anyone and she never knew a stranger. She will be deeply missed by those lives she touched.  

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Arlene B. Adkins

Arlene B. Adkins, 81, of Davenport, IA, formally of Atkinson, IL, died at 10:12 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Unity Point Trinity Hospital, Rock Island, IL. Arlene was born October 29, 1936 in Geneseo, the daughter of Harvey and Bonnie (Wolf) Morton. She attended Geneseo schools. Arlene married Larry Lee Adkins, he survives.
Arlene is survived by her two sons, Wade Adkins, Davenport, IA, and Ronald (Theresa) Hansen; one grandson, Dan Hansen; two great-grandchildren, Phinnley and Nicholas Hansen; one sister, Rita Phyfe, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son Ryan Adkins; one daughter in infancy, Ramone Adkins; one brother, Harvey Morton; two sisters, Vivian Wright, and Alvera Wachtel.
Arlene was a homemaker. She enjoyed Cherry Blossom Antiques Glassware, and riding motorcycles.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig to officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, rural Annawan. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Arlene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Helen E. Schallow

Helen E. Schallow, 91, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and grandchildren, on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Helen was born on December 11, 1926, the daughter of Henry and Hilma (Jokinen) Ikkala, in Marquette, Michigan. She was united in marriage to Louis B. Schallow on September 7, 1946, in Michigan. Louis preceded her in death in 2013. Helen worked in the supply department of Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo for 28 years before her retirement. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and active in the Women of the Moose, Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her dogs. Helen was a proud grandmother, and loved staying up to date on her grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael (Gwen) Schallow, of St. Charles, IL, daughter, Corrine Waldbusser, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Sarah Shrake, Scott (Becky) Waldbusser, and Kristin (Anthony) Whitt, and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Emma.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Hilma, husband, Louis, a grandson, Ryan, four brothers, and a sister.
 

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Victor H. Betcher

Victor H. Betcher, 84, of Silvis, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis. Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the memorial service, at the funeral home. A private family inurnment will take place Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be directed to the American Alzheimer’s Association.

Victor was born on October 31, 1933, the son of Harry and Julia (Wicklund) Taylor, in Ashland, New Hampshire. He attended Farleigh-Dickerson College. Victor married Barbara Ann Duplissis on December 13, 1953, in Wharton, New Jersey. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army, and worked as a Munitions Commander at the Rock Island Arsenal for many years. Victor was a member of the American Legion and a longtime volunteer at Hammond Henry Hospital and Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and golfing. Victor was a fan of all sports and was an avid Geneseo Football Fan.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barbara, of Silvis, daughters; Connie (Jeff) Melby, of Moline, Cindy Betcher, of Moline, and Kathy Betcher, of Moline, grandchildren; Molly Danay, Hilary (Evan) Nelson, Sarah (Chris) Jacobi, Charlie Caldwell, and Sampson Sprague, and great-grandchildren; Owen & Reid Jacobi, Hunter Danay, and Esme Nelson.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Ellen Reilly & Ingrid Carlson, and by two brothers, Raymond & Donald Taylor.
 

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Merwyn A. Dergins, Sr

Merwyn A. Dergins, Sr., 61, of Lincoln, Illinois, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in the emergency room of Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after becoming ill at his worksite.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th, at St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Kewanee.  His sister, Dawn Baird, will officiate.  A private interment of cremains will take place at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, prior to the memorial service.  There will be no visitation.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Merwyn Andrew Harris Dergins was born January 28, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Merwyn and June Charlett Dergins.  He attended Kewanee, IL and Apache Junction, AZ High Schools, and he obtained his diploma from Dover, OH.  His marriage to Melanie Fortney took place on September 21, 1976 in Dover, OH.  They later divorced.

He was a traveling Master Plumber for 40+ years.  Merwyn enjoyed fishing, hunting, football, baseball, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Those surviving are four sons, Merwyn (Crystal) Dergins, Jr., Queen Creek, AZ, Chad (Catherine) Dergins, Columbus, OH, Nathan Dergins, Uhrichsville, OH, Travis (Sarah) Dergins, Ahwatukee, AZ, grandchildren, who he cherished, Matthew, Joshua, Caitlyn, Miles, and a new baby on the way.  Other survivors include sisters, Dawn Baird, Vancouver, WA, and Holly Caldwell, Lincoln, IL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.
 

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Marjorie M. Johnson

Marjorie M. Johnson, 96, of Galva, died at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20 at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for the services. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Parkinson’s Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born July 12, 1922 in Rockwell City, IA, the daughter of Elmer R. and Lena May (Janes) Orwig. She married Morris S. Johnson on March 18, 1945 in Galva and he preceded her in death on September 16, 1976. Survivors include her seven children; Mary Jane Conner of Washington, IL, Karen S. Johnson of Deerfield, IL, John R. (Nancy) Johnson of Springfield, VA, Paul D. (Becky) Johnson of LaFayette, TN, Gary G. Johnson of Altona, Edward G. (Debbie) Johnson of Kewanee and William D. (Ellie) Johnson of Lake Placid, FL, her sister, Verla (Dewey) Stevens of Galva, a sister-in-law, Evelyn Orwig of Galva, an aunt, Betty Orwig of Wyanet, ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Harold, Dallas and Donnie.
Marjorie had worked at several eateries and businesses within Galva including; restaurants, grocery stores and a department store. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles, flower gardening, stitchery and quilting. She especially enjoyed being around her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
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David D. "Coop" Coo

David D. “Coop” Cooper, 62, of Neponset, died at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Carol Kersey will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. The family asks that you wear your David Cooper Benefit t-shirts to the services. Burial will be in Hopeland Cemetery in rural Buda where military rites will be conducted by the Neponset American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born October 12, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Homer and Bernice (March) Cooper. Survivors include his girlfriend, Karen Branom of Neponset, four children; Ben Cooper (Patricia Giesenhagen) of Kewanee, Heather Eaton (Jamie Tuthill) of Kewanee, Susan Hayes of Clarksville, TN and Edward Eaton of Ina, IL, twelve grandchildren; Alivia and Zoey Cooper, Kirstie (David) Frail, Tré Eaton (Lindsey Rule), Chypre Scruggs (Matt St. Clair), Erica (Andrew) Hansen, Andrea (Jason) Mapes, Breanna (Roger) Hytinen, Phillip Anderson, Trevor Barnes and Chance and Emily Eaton, eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Cooper.
David graduated from Kewanee High School and attended Black Hawk East. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He had worked for Great Dane in Kewanee. David was a man who enjoyed saving a penny and reminiscing about the old times. He also enjoyed farming with the Miller family, gardening, attending yard sales and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
The family would like to thank Kirstie and David Frail for the special care they gave to Coop. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Teresa Ann Marie Dale

Teresa Ann Marie Dale, age 75, of Tucker, Georgia, formerly of Atkinson, Geneseo, and Erie, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, at Northlake Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tucker, Georgia. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home, prior to the service. Burial will take place in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Atkinson, Illinois. Memorials may be given to the Erie Food Pantry, PO Box 689, Erie, Illinois, 61250 in Teresa’s memory. Family and friends are invited to share in Teresa’s life at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

Teresa was born on May 21, 1943, the beloved daughter of Clarence and Mathilda (Desbro) Van De Woestyne.  She attended Atkinson High School and graduated with the Class of 1961.  She married Dennis Jones on June 29, 1962 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  She later married Thomas Dale on October 9, 1999 in Geneseo.  Tom died on November 1, 2015, in Erie, Illinois. Teresa worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses in the area.  In 1999, Teresa and her husband, Tom built a home and retired in Erie.  She enjoyed the outdoors, primarily gardening and working in her yard.  She also enjoyed visiting with her friends, neighbors and playing cards, mostly Rummy.  She loved her family and cherished holidays together, especially when the kids would come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
           
Teresa will be dearly missed by her two children, Dan (wife, Juliana Cyril) Jones of Atlanta, Georgia and Brenda (husband, Steve Wilkinson) Jones of Somers, New York; one granddaughter, Josie Wilkinson; and one sister, Lois (Robert) Garcia of Erie.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mathilda; and one infant brother, William Joseph Van De Woestyne.
 

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James Kenneth Loving

James Kenneth Loving, 76, of Altona, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be no local services.  His cremated remains will be buried in the City Cemetery, Paris, Tennessee at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Galva, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the family.

James was born September 21, 1941 in Paris, Tennessee, the son of Crawford and Corrine Briesendine Loving.  He was educated in Paris schools and later earned a Masters of Business Administration degree.  He worked for Warner Brothers in California for several years.  He then became a property manager for a commercial apartment building, before moving to Altona.

Those surviving are his domestic partner, Pamela Kogan, three children, six grandchildren, and two nephews.  His parents and a brother, Bobby Dixon, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be expressed and donations may be left by visiting James' obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Donald M. Tomsic

Donald M. Tomsic, 81, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Don was born November 18, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Martin and Myrtle (Cole) Tomsic. He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1954. After a stent in the Army he received an Associates Degree in business and accounting. He married Betty Dexter on August 9, 1958 at the First Methodist Church, Kewanee, she survives.
Don is also survived by their children, James (Patricia) Tomsic, Charleston, SC, David (Karen) Tomsic, Kewanee, and Susan (Steven) Brody, Kewanee; two granddaughters, Samantha (fiancé, Jimmy Kida) and Claire Brody; sister, Shirley (Duane) Burnett, Geneseo; brother, John (Pat) Tomsic, Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957, at the time of discharge he was a Specialist 3rd Class. He was also in the Kewanee National Guard. He retired from Komatsu in Peoria in 1999, where he was a purchasing agent.
Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Don was an Eagle Scout-Silver Beaver, Order of the Arrow (Vigil), Wood Badge, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chairman with the Boy Scouts of America. He led three expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch, NM. Don was also a Master Mason, past Master, past Priest of York Rite, past Commander of Knights Templar, past Master of Fort Armstrong, treasurer of Masonic Foundation for 15 years for the Kewanee Lodge 159.
Don spent 30 years on the WHS football chain gang. Kewanee BI-Centennial King, and beard contest winner. Don organized the Cub Scout Unit at Belle Alexander School. He was a PTA President at Belle. He was also a member of the Model “T” Ford and Model “A” Clubs of America. He was a board member of the Saxon Community Cemetery Association and the First United Methodist Church. Don especially enjoyed spending time with his wife Betty of 60 years, children and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, September 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in the Saxon Community Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be at 6:45 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Saxon Community Cemetery Association, Boy Scout Troop 180, or First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Don’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Patty S. Sims

Patty S. Sims, 77, of Annawan, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at her home in Annawan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Annawan Alba Rescue Squad.

Patty was born on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Carroll and Irene (Wagner) Nichols, in Trenton, MO. She was united in marriage to James E. Sims on May 25, 1960; in Trenton, MO. James preceded her in death in 1999. Patty was employed at John Deere Harvester Works for 26 years, and retired from the company. Patty had been attending the Mineral United Methodist Church, and was a member of Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She was an avid reader, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Patty was a Kansas City Royals fan.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Glynda (Greg) Woolam, of Atkinson, sons, Eddie (Jenifer Kelty) Sims, of Moline, Jim “J.R.” Sims, of Mineral, and John (Dee) Sims, of Wake Forest, NC, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Patty is also survived by her brother, Jack (Dorothy) Nichols, of Trenton, MO.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Irene, husband, James, grandson, Jared Sims, two sisters, Phyllis and Joann, and son-in-law, Danny Pratt.
 

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Tammie D. Clementz

Tammie D. Clementz, 52, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Michael Pakula will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope at the Brick House (1431 Ripley Street, Davenport, IA 52803) or to the American Cancer Society.

Tammie was born on June 30, 1966, in Zweibrucken, Germany, the daughter of Carnie and Velma (Moose) Wilkerson. She graduated from St. Katherine-St. Mark Preparatory School in 1984 and from Maryville College, St. Louis, MO in 1988, with a degree in finance. Tammie married Jeffrey Clementz on May 25, 1991, in Kauai, Hawaii. She was a Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward D. Jones, Geneseo, for 22 years. Tammie served in several volunteer positions but still found time to travel.  Her pride and joy was her daughter, Lindsey.

Tammie is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey, daughter Lindsey, Chicago, IL, mother, Velma Wilkerson, Geneseo, and brother, Ronald Wilkerson, Pacific Heights, CA.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carnie.

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Marie Frances DeNolf

The sweet soul of Marie Frances DeNolf, 98, of Andover, ascended into heaven on Sunday, September 9, 2018, after a two day stay at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo.  As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded, and there will be no visitation or services.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Marie was born August 15, 1920, the daughter of Michael and Sophie Shuda.  She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Moline.  Her marriage to William F. DeNolf took place on May 23, 1953 in Moline.  The couple moved to Andover in 1959.  She was a Fashion Two Twenty Cosmetic consultant for many years.

She loved to dance, crochet, knit, and any craft projects.  Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and attending their events.  They referred to her as Granny, Cuckoo, Granny-Great, and Granny-Grapes. Marie loved birds, her favorite being the cardinal.  She was a big Chicago Cubs fan.

Although she resided with her daughter, Carol "Sissie", and son-in-law, Russ "Ruskie", for the past year, she was able to enjoy her home in Andover a few times a week with her daughter, Linda "Deedle", who took over the upkeep of the Wee Farm after Bill's passing in 2006.  Her husband, Steve, assisted in the maintenance.

Those left to remember and miss her terribly are Carol (Russ) Reed, Cambridge, and Linda (Steve Swiger) Pettifer, Geneseo, nine grandchildren, one step granddaughter, 26 great-grandchildren, two step great grandsons, and 14 great-great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, a son, Jerry, and a daughter, Sandra, preceded her in death.

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Shirley D. Drehman

Shirley D. Drehman, 88, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14th, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Chaplain Roger Carson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Shirley Drehman Memorial Fund.

Shirley was born on July 7, 1930, the daughter of Virgil and Helen (DeMaranville) Eyer, in her grandparents’ farmhouse in Atkinson, Illinois. She went to school in a one-room school house until second grade before transferring to Geneseo schools. Shirley is a graduate of Geneseo High School, class of 1948. Shirley married Robert “Bob” Drehman. They later divorced. She worked as a reporter for the Dispatch Argus newspaper for many years. Shirley worked as a hairdresser in her own salon “Shirley’s House of Beauty” in Geneseo, and also worked as a realtor. She was a member of the Baptist faith, was proud to be a born-again Christian, and was dedicated to reading her bible. Shirley loved to dance and watch ice skating. She also enjoyed watching Olympic gymnastics. Most of all, Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Susan (John) DeSplinter, of Geneseo, son, Kenneth (Ellen) Drehman, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Ross (friend - Scott Kelty) Holmstrom, Kenissa (Slater) McKay, and Devin (Becky) Drehman, and two great-grandchildren, Bennett Drehman and Mary Colette McKay, and half-brother, John (Sue) Eyer, of Erie, IL.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Helen, and her brother, Gary Eyer.
 

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Bette Lou (Goodale) Sawickis

Bette Lou (Goodale) Sawickis, 89, of Kewanee, passed away on September 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Bette was born July 19, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Louis and Mabel (Evans) Goodale, the fourth child of five. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947.
She married Edward Sawickis on April 12, 1958. Edward, the love of her life, died in 1993. Bette is survived by three children, Linda (Nausser) Jamali of Springfield, IL, John (Gretchen) Sawickis of Matthews, NC, and Mark of Kewanee; grandsons, Paul and Drake Jamali both of Washington, D.C.; and her sister, Mary Motley of Kewanee. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Doris Clark, Donald Goodale, and Louise Weingart.
Nicknamed “The General” and “The Pepsi Lady”, Bette devoted her time to her three children-serving as chief scheduler and attending sporting events, school plays and band concerts. She preferred baking over cooking and will be remembered for her fabulous homemade fudge. She also served as bookkeeper at Ed’s Heating and Air Conditioning until 1986.
Bette enjoyed traveling, dancing with Ed at the Flemish American Club, breakfast with her friends, getting her hair done on Saturdays, Wheel of Fortune, popcorn, celebrating Christmas, Cubs games, and attending First Christian Church. Most of all, Bette enjoyed spending time with her family.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation 439 Willard St. Kewanee, IL. Special thanks to Heather Jontz and the staff at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Please leave an online condolence for Bette Lou’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Dorothy J. Hill

Dorothy J. Hill, 87, Kewanee, died at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Senior Citizens Center in Kewanee.
She was born March 28, 1931 in Matteson, IL, the daughter of Emil and May (Roberts) Kangas. She married Harold W. Hill on June 18, 1949 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1989. She is survived by two sons, Kevin Hill of Olympia, WA and Mark (Karyl) Hill of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Mary (Conrad) Hubner of Manito, IL and LuAnn (Paul) Schaecher of Kewanee, a daughter-in-law, Lynette (Miller) Hill of Shelton, WA, ten grandchildren; Shana (Sid) Redding, Rachel (Benjamin) Rabey, Kraig, Kara and Kody Hill, Rita and Robert Trentadue, Stefanie (Dustin) Hampton, Amanda (Larry) Schreiber and Nicholas Schaecher, nine great grandchildren; Krista, Becker, Sullivan, Grey, Arlyn, Elena, Allie, Owen and Hadliegh, a brother, Paul (Jenny) Kangas and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lance Hill, great grandson, Graham Rabey, three brothers, George, Merle and Robert, two sisters, Marjorie Kopp and Elizabeth Stuart, sisters-in-law; Louise Kangas, Lois Tilson and Elaine Souba and her special friends, Marjorie Lamb and Viola Washburn.

Dorothy graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. She had worked in the kitchen at Henry’s in Kewanee, at the coffee shop at A-Z in the Henry County Senior Citizen Center and as night matron at the Whiting Home. She was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic and its Altar & Rosary Society and was currently a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing puzzles and she especially enjoyed people. 

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Mary Ellorene Salisbury

Mary Ellorene Salisbury, 81, a resident of Marigold Health Care Center, formerly of Kewanee and Galva, died at 4:55 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 14 at Galva Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born August 24, 1937 in Galva, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Bonar) Gearhart. She married Ronald Salisbury Sr. on June 9, 1956 and they later divorced. Survivors include her son, Ronald (Janet) Salisbury Jr. of Toulon, her brother, Dave Gearhart of Galva and her two grandchildren; Kylie and Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Gearhart Sr.
Mary graduated from Galva High School. She was a homemaker who loved to garden and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. 

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Robert G. Gardner

Robert G. Gardner, 70, of rural Cambridge, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at his farm doing his cattle chores.  Cremation has been accorded and a public visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 11th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department

Robert Gale Gardner was born January 10, 1948 in Galesburg, the son of Wilson G. and Avice M. Fink Gardner.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966.  Bob attended the Lincoln Barber College in East Moline, graduating in 1968.  His marriage to Kathy Heberer took place on March 21, 1971 at the family farm in rural Cambridge.

He was a self employed barber at his shop, Shears, in Kewanee for 50 years and had farmed most of his life on the family farm.  Bob was not a man of great accomplishments, he was just a great man who knew no strangers.

Those surviving are his wife, Kathy, his children, Patience (Paul) Hansen, Genoa, IL, Neil Gardner, Kewanee, and Mariah (Craig) Clementz, Prophetstown, and grandchildren, Griffin, Sydney, Madysen, Nash, Brody, and Ella.                   Other survivors include a brother, a sister, and an aunt.  His parents and a sister preceded him in death. The family would like to thank Christine Wexell, Dennis Nussear, and Amanda Johnson of the Cambridge Ambulance, Officer Winters, and neighbor and friend, Meg, for being there for Kathy.
 

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Ronald "Ron" L. Troyer

Ronald “Ron” L.  Troyer, 59, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born May 30, 1959, the son of Virgil and Marilyn (Troyer) Cowling, in Hastings, MI. Ron had degrees in Auto Mechanics and Welding.
Ron is survived by his mother, Marilyn Cowling; two daughters, Sabrina Tran, Kewanee; Brittney McEdward, Cashmere, WA; grandchildren, Jacob Tran, Emitt Tran, Marleigh McEdward, Ezekiel McEdward, Kyle Smith, and Heather Smith; three sisters, Cindy Troyer, Neponset, Diana (Mark Sr.) Sutton, Kewanee, Ginney (Ron) Vinson, Kewanee; one brother, Matt Cowling; significant other, Esther Smith, Kewanee; children he considered his own, Angie Smith, Larry (Cheryl) Smith, Jr., both of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dad, Virgil Cowling and a son, Nicholas Troyer.
Ron worked for Great Dane for many years, as a safety director and a union trainer. Ron was a proud member of the Union #30, as a Union Steward. In his youth he attended Sheffield Methodist Church. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know people. He loved to frequent Goodwill, the auctions and yard sales around the area. He also loved demolition derby cars with his nephew Mark Sutton, Jr., he played the guitar and sang. Ron was a very sarcastic person and enjoyed telling jokes. He enjoyed his dog, Jenna and cats, Scooter and Tootsie. Ron especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. The family requests casual attire in Ron’s memory. Burial will be in the West Neponset Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, September 14, 2018 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Ron’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Bryant Ottes (Baby Bop) Pruett

Bryant Ottes (Baby Bop) Pruett, infant son of Jason and Andrea Pruett, of Calamus, IA, passed away while in his parent’s arms, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. The family requests that baseball attire be worn to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, IL. Following the committal service, the family invites friends and loved ones to join them for a luncheon of celebration at the Knoxville American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Bryant Pruett Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several charities that have been helpful to the family.

To Bryant, what would have been our future Grand Champion pig showman, and Chicago Cubs All Star Player, we love you more.

Those left to cherish Bryant’s memory include his parents, Jason & Andrea Pruett, sisters, Shelby and Tenley,  grandparents, Ron & Jeanne Wilt, of Walnut, IL, and William & LuAnn Pruett, of Gilson, IL, great-grandparents, Dean Ganshow, Dolores Wilt, and Richard Pruett, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryant was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.


 

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Sue Ann Hostetler

Sue Ann Hostetler, 66, of Kewanee, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 10, 1951 in Kewanee, the daughter of Roy and Pearl Mae (Bunker) Mahnesmith. Sue graduated from Kewanee High School Class of 1970. 
Sue is survived by her mother, Mae Mahnesmith, Kewanee; brother, Roy L. (Linda) Mahnesmith, Princeton; daughters, Sabrina (Adam) Haptonstall, and Shannon (Jason) Schwarz, both of Kewanee. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Nikki Golden, Brandon Golden, Morgan Golden, Alex Forbes, Dallas Schwarz, Brianna Schwarz, all of Kewanee, Alexia Schwarz and Tristan Schwarz, both of Godfrey, IL. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Potter Mahnesmith.
Sue worked for the Kewanee Police Department and the City of Kewanee as a Telecommunicator. She retired in December of 2017. Sue was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. She was a talented seamstress and she enjoyed quilting. She was an excellent cook and baker. Sue loved spending time with friends and family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cuddling with her two Bichon Frise dogs, Lacee and Joker. Sue was involved with the Relay for Life for many years and she loved to dance.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. James Breed to officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. till time of service at the funeral home. Private Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please leave an online condolence for Sue’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jerry L. Verdick

Jerry L. Verdick, 71, of Port Byron, passed away suddenly on Saturday September 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Jerry Verdick Memorial Fund. The family would like to invite their friends and loved ones to join them for a memorial luncheon at the Geneseo Moose Lodge, immediately following the committal services at the cemetery.

Jerry was born on February 4, 1947, the son of Clarence and Katherine (Price) Verdick, in Morrison, Illinois. He is a graduate of Manlius High School and a proud veteran of the United States Army. Jerry married Glenda Fordham, they later divorced. On April 11, 1981, Jerry married Sherie M. Powers in Sheffield, Illinois. He was employed at Timberlyn Lighting Company in Geneseo, where he was the general manager for many years before his retirement from the company. Jerry was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron. He enjoyed Rolle Bolle and attending auctions & garage sales. Most of all, Jerry loved the time he spent with his family and grand-puppies.

Those left to cherish his memory include wife, Sherie, son, Rob Verdick, of Geneseo, daughter, Jessica (Cody) Vipond, of Geneseo, his father, Clarence Verdick, of Davenport, three grandchildren, Jonna, Jerry, and Clint Verdick, and two great-grandchildren, Max & Adam Lee. Jerry is also survived by his siblings, Judy (Tom) Wallace, of Port Byron, Steve (Mary) Verdick, of Peoria, and Bruce (Lisa) Verdick, of Texas.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine, and by his son, Adam John Verdick.

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Christine L. Sullivan

Christine L. Sullivan passed away peacefully at home on August 31. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday September 9, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo with Rev. Christopher Ritter officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. A private burial will be held on Monday, September 10. Memorials and donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s (www.pedaling4parkinsons.org).   
Chris was born on June 1, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of James and Jackie Sprinkle. She graduated from Palatine High School in 1972. She attended Cornell College, where she met her husband, eventually graduating from Illinois State University in 1976.
She worked several jobs throughout her life including waitressing, sales, and an aerobics instructor. In recent years she was the Director of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, retiring after over 10 years of service. Chris was a devoted believer in Jesus Christ with a servant’s heart, loved by the entire congregation. 
Chris loved to dance and was a member of a dance troupe that toured Europe during college. Later she performed liturgical dance for her church. She performed and taught dance at any opportunity.
Her hobby was caring for people. She was always sending someone a card or note, making a phone call to catch up, or buying that special gift to express her love to family and friends.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Doug, sons, Matthew and Kyle, daughter, Lauren (Jeriah) Williams, mother and father, three brothers (Jim, Scott, and Kurt), a sister (Laurie), and her mother-in-law Gramma Dee. She had a special love for her grandsons, Greyson and Miles, and her granddaughter, Bianca. She loved her dog, Ellie.

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Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin

Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin of Aurora, CO, formerly of Kewanee, died August 20, 2018 at her home. She was born July 27, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold W. and Etta Marie (McNaught) Paxton.  She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955.  She married Frank Vance Deskin in June 1955.  He preceded her in death in December 2016.
She is survived by a son, Douglas V. Deskin of Aurora, CO and a daughter, Beth (Jeff) Tramel of Aurora, CO; and two grandsons, Jeremy and Matthew, both of Arvada, CO.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a grandson, Nathan Tramel.
Shirley was a homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and children.  She enjoyed traveling across the country with her husband with one of her favorite places being Las Vegas.  She spent many hours embroidering quilt blocks and loved to play bingo.
A joint Memorial Service for Shirley and Frank will be held at 11:00 am on September 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, IL. Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the Denver Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please leave an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Retired Illinois State Trooper Floyd Blanks

Retired Illinois State Trooper, Floyd Blanks, 59, of Kewanee, died at 4:05 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 31 at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Sunday School Department at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee, the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame, the Black History Extravaganza, Kewanee Crop Walk or to the Kewanee Historical Society.
He was born May 16, 1959, the son of Gus and Verdia Mae (Clayton) Blanks Sr. He married Anita Brown on November 22, 1986 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his two daughters, Jennifer Marie Blanks and Melissa Blanks, his siblings; Glady (Billy) Bell, Callie (Charles) Brock, Ollie (Larry) Owens, Lilly (Ronnie) Bea, Richard (Patricia) Blanks, James Blanks, Fred (Jean) Blanks, Robert (Kathy) Blanks, Eddie (Tammy) Blanks, Gus Blanks Jr., Lindsey Blanks, Monica Blanks, Sheree (Mary) Blanks and LeRoy Blanks and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Deloris Blanks and two brothers, Earl and Lindzy.
Floyd graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977 and attended Black Hawk College in Moline and the Police Academy. He was Sergeant with the Illinois State Police for many years and was also a fireman for Firehouse #2 with the Kewanee Fire Department and for the Bloomington-Normal Fire Department. He was the recipient of the Illinois State Police Meritorious Award and numerous commendations, awards and letters of recognition. He was also an instructor in a national drug interdiction program. He was a member of Ark Tabernacle Church and was inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame in 2011. He enjoyed building things, fishing, golfing and baseball. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

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James W. "Jim" Little

James W. “Jim” Little, 71, of Kewanee, died at 2:50 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 29 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Garden of Peace Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Park District.
He was born January 25, 1947 in Kewanee, the son of Betty Little. Survivors include his wife, Betsy Little, a daughter, Michelle (Jim) Anderson, grandchildren; Deborah Hager, Kirsten Hager, Bryce Anderson and Tess Anderson, his sister, Joyce (Don) Swearingen, mother-in-law, Hazel Boswell, sisters-in-law; Judy Quagliano, Nancy (Don) VanDeSampel and Michelle Ricciardi, nieces and nephews; John (Autumn) Summy, Shawn (Crystal) Summy, Kirk VanDeSampel, Chris (Jessica) Washburn, Angela (JR) Salisbury, Teresa (Don) Stickle, Don Swearingen, Matt (Cristiane) Ricciardi, Chris Ricciardi and Erin (Luke) McKnight. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Little, wife, Debbie Little, fathers-in-law, John Boswell and Bernie Cooper, mother-in-law, Mary Ann Cooper, sister-in-law, Sue Siefers, brothers-in-law, Pat Ricciardi and Francie Quagliano, a niece, Melissa Siefers and a nephew, Jacob Summy.
Jim graduated from Kewanee High School in 1965 and served his country in U.S. Navy as a SeaBee during Vietnam. He had worked in the transportation department at Marting Engineering and Great Dane for 33 years. Jim was larger than life. He had a quick wit and kind heart. Jim loved golf and never met a golf club he didn't have to buy. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed solving the world's problems with his morning coffee group at the 19th Hole Restaurant and Burger King. Jim had an infectious personality that made everyone feel at ease. He would talk to anyone and everyone as though he had known them for years.  Jim was never afraid to be the life of the party and loved to tell jokes. His true passion in life was his family. His love for his wife, daughter and grandchildren was evident in every story he told. Jim only had to meet someone one time to gain a new friend. The world is a little less bright with his passing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald W. Jones

Donald W. Jones, 98, of rural Galva, died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 31 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus or to OSF Hospice.
He was born March 26, 1920 at the family home in rural Galva, the son of Harry and Esther (Peterson) Jones. He married Ruby A. Peck on January 4, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of 70 years of Galva, a son, Tom (Mei) Jones of Galva, a daughter, Teresa (Mike) Gibbons of Galva, a sister, Virginia Soderberg of Oak Brook, IL, five grandchildren; Cooper (Darcie) Langdon, Heather (Gary) Kiesling, Josh (Holly) Hopping, Zack (Carrie) Hopping and Kylee (Josh) Glaser and six great grandchildren; Rhett Kiesling, Parker Hopping, Olivia Hopping, Sawyer Hopping, Raya Hopping and Adlin Langdon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda Langdon.
Donald attended country schools and graduated from Galva High School. He was a grain, livestock and dairy farmer in the Galva area for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galva and had been a member of the Galva School Board for 9 years. In his early years he was a member of the Knox County 4-H and had been a leader. He enjoyed woodworking.

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Donald G. Hogeboom

Donald G. Hogeboom, 90, of Annawan died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village. Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Donald Hogeboom Memorial Fund.

Donald Gene was born on February 14, 1928 in Kewanee the son of Glenn and Nettie (Orr) Hogeboom.  He was raised and educated in Kewanee and attended Kewanee High School.  Don left high school and join the Army serving in 9th Inf. Division during World War II.  He was later called back to duty during Korean Conflict and served in the 44th Division Co K 123rd Infantry.  On June 19, 1950 He married Margaret E. Blake in Kewanee.  She survives.

Don had worked at Walworth, Kewanee in receiving from 1946 to 1959 and then at Case I-H, East Moline from 1960 until 1988.  He was a member of the VFW Post 176, Annawan and Hooppole American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, pick (darts), traveling, Bears football and White Sox baseball.  He loved to play cards & Monopoly with his sons and grandsons.  He also enjoyed taking care of garden and yard and being outdoors, especially at his cabin on the Rock River.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons, Don (Marjorie) Hogeboom, Peoria, and Bill Hogeboom, Annawan; daughter, Jeanne (John) Zabloudil, Geneseo; grandchildren, Wesley (Molly) Hogeboom, Peoria, Lauren (Matt) Lenz, Peoria, Lucas Hogeboom, Geneseo, Logan Hogeboom, Geneseo, Ryan Carlson, Annawan, Brandon (Adrianne) Carlson, Geneseo, and Aaron Carlson, Coal Valley; great grandchildren, Zach Carlson, Graysen Carlson, Aliyah DeKeezel, Braylee Carlson, Braxton Brants, Haze Hogeboom, Noah Hogeboom, Mason Lenz and Natalie Lenz.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Orville and Harold Hogeboom, and sisters Grace Skutnick and Alice VanHyfte.
 

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Gayle Weber

Gayle Weber, 84, of Geneseo died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 29th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Private interment will be in Liberty Cemetery, rural Atkinson. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Janet Gayle Egert was born June 17, 1934 in Geneseo the daughter of C. Robert and I. Mabel (Clark) Egert. She was raised and educated in Geneseo graduating from Geneseo High School in 1952. On June 6, 1954 she married Dean E. Weber at Grace E.U.B. Church, Geneseo. He died on August 20, 2005. Gayle had worked at McNamara’s 5 & 10, Geneseo, helped with the books for her husband’s business, Dean’s Shell Service, Geneseo, and worked and retired from Farmers National Bank, Geneseo.

Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Azure Circle at the church, and Card Club. She enjoyed flea markets, mystery bus tours, and camping.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy (Art) French, Colona and Colleen “Connie” (Micah) Anderson, Cambridge. Grandchildren, Angela French, Corbin (Melissa) Shipp, Lacey (Bob) Burris, Ariel French, Jesse (Stacy) Brobston and Johanna Williams; 14 Great Grandchildren, Jordan, Jameson, Keegan, Gavin, Easton, Declan, Seth, Sarah, Ben, Devin, Izabella, Paizley, Milla, and Hunter; and her sister, Clarice Massingill, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dean.
 

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Algird Albert Kapacinskas

Algird Albert Kapacinskas, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 25, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, with his loving wife, Joyce, at his side. He was also an 18-year survivor of melanoma.
Algird was born on December 9, 1958 at St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, IL to Albert Joseph and Aldona Isabella (Sutkaitis) Kapacinskas. Algird married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Blessington in Rock Island, IL on March 2, 1990.
Algird was raised in a family of nine children in a home adjacent to the family business, Al’s Midway Tap. Algird graduated from Kewanee High School in 1977, where he wrestled, played football, and played trombone in the high school band. After his father died, Algird helped his mother run the Midway Tap for several years. Algird graduated from Black Hawk College in Kewanee with an Associate’s of Liberal Arts and later graduated from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport with an Associate’s of Arts degree in electronic engineering. He then began his life-long career in the casino industry.
His marriage to Joyce was his greatest joy. For almost 29 years, they lived a wonderful life of adventure throughout the United States. Algird started his career as a slot technician at the Diamond Lady in Iowa, continuing as an executive casino manager at several casinos around the country, including Biloxi, MS, Albuquerque, NM and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Algird inherited a love of sports from his father. He was a die-hard Cubs fan and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Algird loved music, old movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Algird was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his nephew, Henry Kapacinskas Kelley. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Moline; his mother, Aldona Kapacinskas of Kewanee; his siblings; Diane of Arnold, MO, Leonard (Holly) of DeBary, FL, MaryAnn of Rock Island, IL, Susan of Champaign, IL, Paula of St. Paul, MN, Bruno (Cheryl) of Bradenton, FL; Ruth Amber of Kewanee and Justin of Grimes, IA, nieces and nephews include; Sam Kapacinskas of Salt Lake City, UT, Alex Kapacinskas of Jacksonville, FL; Leah Muller of Oak Park, IL, Anna Muller of Champaign, IL, Carolyn Muller, Denver, CO and William, Albert, and Audrey Kelley, all of Kewanee. Joyce’s family were beloved by Al and include Joan and Stan Snyder, Regina and Scott Harris, James Blessington, Janis and Randy Hawkins and Jeffrey Blessington, all of Chillicothe and nieces and nephew; Mitchell (Nicole) Snyder, Allison (Jim) Sterling and Genna Hawkins.
Algird was a devoted husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather, and friend to the many people whose lives he touched. He was a kind and loving soul and had no enemies. He lived his life gently, always respectful of others. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed but never forgotten.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30th at the funeral home. Rev. Mark DeSutter will officiate. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. A Celebration of Life luncheon for all friends and family at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee will follow the service. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald V. Sawickis

Donald V. Sawickis, 88, of Kewanee, died at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish, American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born December 4, 1929 in Kewanee, the son Victor and Lucy (Marchulitis) Sawickis. He married Shirley Daniels on May 5, 1951. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters; Carol Mulder of Atkinson, Janice (David) DeFord of Friendswood, TX and Chris (Mark) Sexton of Davenport, IA, a twin brother, Veto (Jean) Sawickis of Kewanee, two sisters, Emily Entas and Mary Kazmierski, both of Kewanee, nine grandchildren; Dustin (Jenny) Mulder, Matt and Tyler Mulder, Shelby Mulder, Jason, Ashley and Allison DeFord, Casie (Josh) Morehead and Lindsey (Marvin) Christiansen, ten great grandchildren; Dominic, Owyn and Ellie Mulder, Kadence Sexton, Alexa and Ben Christiansen, Lincoln and Grant Morehead and Asher and Griffin Mulder and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings; Alfonse, Joseph, Edward, Bernard, Betty and Johnny.
Donald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He farmed in the Galva area for many years and had also worked at the Kewanee Boiler Company. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Henry County Farm Bureau. He was passionate about farming and thoroughly enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and reading.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to OSF Hospice for the care and compassion that was shown to them during this difficult time. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mona J. Kubiak

Mona J. Kubiak, 84, passed away on Monday, August 20th, 2018 in her home surrounded by family and love. Mona was born on August 3rd, 1934 to Donald and Helen (Sauer) Peck in Kewanee. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1952, after graduation she worked at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor. She married Walt Kubiak on October 9th, 1954 and they had three daughters together. Mona enjoyed being a member of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She was a secretary for Attorney Don McRae and Associates for many years, retiring in 2000.

She enjoyed working outside in her yard tending to her many flowers and plants, shopping, playing slots, reading and watching Family Feud. She had a special connection with several neighborhood squirrels and hand fed them daily. Mona made it an annual tradition to take her girls and grandchildren on the train to Chicago to shop and see the Christmas decorations. Creating a lifetime of special memories with her children and grandchildren will never be forgotten. She was a very kind and selfless person who put others needs ahead of her own. She was concerned about the wellbeing of her family and friends until the very end. She will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts.

Survivors include two daughters; Lynne (Bill Reed) DeBlieck and Teri (Joe) Warner, six grandchildren; Mark (Tara) DeBlieck, Brean Holtschult (Jeremiah Bruegman), Mallery DeBlieck and Jersi, Jerni and Jexsi Warner, six great grandchildren; Coleman, Harper, Collins, Kendyl, Kenzie and Linkin, a brother; Darrel Peck, a sister; Judy (Don) Bridgewater and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Walt and their daughter; Sue.

Cremation has been accorded. Mona had requested there be no visitation or formal services. Private inurnment for both Mona and Walt will be held Friday, August 24th at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. A gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 25th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Mona's home, 330 Ridyard Ave. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
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Roger L. Claeys

Roger L. Claeys, 79, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church or Atkinson Rescue Squad.

Roger was born on December 3, 1938, the son of Joseph and Lola (VanVolkenberg) Claeys, in Atkinson, Illinois. He attended Atkinson schools. Roger married Augustine A. “Augie” Martin on August 30, 1957, in Antioch, California. He worked as a combine inspector for John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 31 years and retired from the company. Roger was a member of First Baptist Church in Geneseo for many years.

Roger was a UAW member and proud US Navy veteran. Roger loved riding his Harley and took many trips to motorcycle races and events. Roger loved country music and put together his own band “The Westerners”. They played at VFW and Eagles halls, and local celebrations. Roger enjoyed the fine art of making homemade wine and salsa and managed to put in a gigantic garden every year. He won several ribbons for the famous cantaloupes that he grew. Roger loved to play pool and pics, and also loved to camp and fish. He took many fishing trips with family and friends, and always shared a story about the one that got away! Roger enjoyed flying. He obtained his pilot license and owned his own plane. He made several trips to the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh WI, and received two trophies for “Best Original Airplane Condition”. He had a special place in his heart for his Shelties, Bandit and Gracie, enjoyed life to its fullest, helped people with their taxes, and was a loving and caring husband and father.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Augie, daughters, Judy (Larry Lewis) Claeys, Atkinson, and Jana (Dale) Claeys-Rozendall, Lynnville, IA, grandchildren; Anita (Bill) Theisen, Moline, Ashlie (Mike) Lively, Geneseo, and Andrea (Matt) Oliver, Roseburg, OR, a step-grandson, Brandon Rozendall and twelve great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lola, and three brothers, Don, Jack, and Bob Claeys.

 

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Louie Lucinda "Cindy" Girkin

Louie Lucinda “Cindy” Girkin, 34, of Kewanee, died at 9:56 am Thursday, August 16, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 22 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee with a prayer service to be held at 6:45 pm. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Sunday August 26th beginning at 3 pm at the home of her boy friend’s family at 509 Adams St. in Layfayette. Memorials can be directed to the Cindy Girkin Memorial Fund.
She was born on March 4, 1984 in Kewanee, the daughter of Carl and Helen (Stockwell) Girkin. She was adopted and raised by Mary Girkin. She is survived by her father Carl, her biological mother, Helen Stockwell, her children, Madison Whitcher, Teralynn Whitcher and Connor Girkin and her siblings, Lucius (Eva) Girkin, Jason Anderson, Becky (Charles) Doty, Jeremy Anderson, Cassy (Jeremiah) Williams, Mandy Girkin, Larry Girkin, Edwin Craig and R.J. Thomas and several nieces and nephews and her boyfriend, Edward Mensen Jr.  She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Girkin, a brother, Carl E Girkin and an aunt, Nonie Girkin.
Cindy graduated from Kewanee High School in 2002. She then attended BHE earning a degree as a CNA. She had worked at several nursing homes in the area but most recently at Toulon Health Care and Rehab Center. She was an avid Cub’s fan and enjoyed shopping, crafts and her family. Cindy was a loving, kind hearted woman who will be remembered as a loyal friend, a beloved partner, daughter and sister but most of all, a cherished mother.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Debi Pease

Debi Pease, 65, of Cambridge, died Saturday, August 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after the service and a private committal service will be held on Monday at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Debi Pease Memorial Fund.

Debra Lynne Drehman was born February 3, 1953 in Geneseo, the daughter of Dale E. and Doris A. Manthe Drehman.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and was a member of the Class of 1971.  She attended cosmetology school in Moline. Her marriage to Ronald Pease took place on October 12, 1975 in Cambridge.

She worked as a beautician in Cambridge for 15 years.  Debi then worked as a customer service representative for Springfield Armory in Geneseo for 20 years until retiring in 2016.  She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Sean McCauley, McKinney, Texas, a grandson, Nolan McCauley, McKinney, a brother and sister-in-law, Donavan and Emilia Drehman, Bettendorf, and a sister, Dee Lookingbill, Cambridge. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.  Her parents, her son, Michael Johnson, Jr., and her brother-in-law, Lee Lookingbill, preceded her in death
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Debi's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Marvin E. Taets

Marvin E. Taets, 94, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village, Princeton died there on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield, with a rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association or VITAS Hospice.

Marvin was born October 24, 1923 in Gold Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Van Cauwenberge) Taets.  He was raised and educated in Gold Township.  On September 25, 1946 in Kewanee he married Mary Van Poucke, they had 66 years together before her death on Dec. 19, 2012.  Marvin had farmed in the Sheffield area for 30 years until retiring in 1977 when they moved into town and Marvin worked for Bureau Service Co. until retiring in 1989.  He had also worked at Kraft Cheese Factory and with Bureau County Assessor’s Office.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and enjoyed family and friends, his faith, farming and growing things, building and fixing things, helping others, reading, fishing, getting mail, and following the activities his kids,  grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include  two daughters, Jean Ann (James) Carter, Atkinson, IL and Nancy (Larry) Dynes, Atkinson, IL; son, Dennis R. (Sharyn) Taets, Fredericksburg, VA; daughter-in-law, Peggy Taets, Sheffield; 10 grandchildren, Carrie (Bill) Northcott, Kimberly (David) Hexter, Jenifer (William) Congdon, Scott (Jill) Dynes, Jonathan (Crystal) Taets, Adam (Danielle) Carter, Matthew (Amanda) Dynes, Michele (Robert) Gerstein, Tracey (Casey) Carton and Sarah (Joe) Kampe; and sixteen great grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Ethan, Justin, Jackson, Bennett, Callen, Devin, Alexandria, Logan, Cole, Dominic, and Katie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Arlene Taets, brothers, Wallace and Raymond Taets, and a son Gary Taets.

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James D. Hermie

James D. Hermie, 78, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held for family on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Pastor Rena Whitcher will officiate. Burial will follow at Annawan Township Cemetery. Public Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the James Hermie Memorial Fund.

James was born on December 25, 1939, the son of John and Rachel (Smith) Hermie, in rural Annawan, Illinois. He is a graduate of Annawan High School. James married Donna J. Carrington on June 14, 1958, in Annawan. He worked as a welder for International Harvester Works in East Moline for many years, and he later retired from the company. James is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. James enjoyed playing golf, making wooden toys, and having coffee with his friends at the Purple Onion in Annawan.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Donna, daughters, Kim (Gregg) Pickering, of Kewanee, and Sue (Chuck) White, of Sheffield, seven grandchildren; Brandon (Jenni) Pickering, Danny (Autumn) Pickering, Ashley Pickering, Shane Pickering, Kala (Jake) Peterson, Chelsea DeVoss, and Haley DeVoss, and 16 great-grandchildren. James is also survived by his brother, Jack (Marie) Hermie, of Bettendorf, IA, and his sister, Esther (Jim) Kuelper, of Prophetstown, IL.

James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rachel, a grandson, Nathan Pickering, and a brother, Robert Hermie.
 

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Richard L. Gustafson

Richard L. Gustafson, 71, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, August 10, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  His body has been bequeathed to the University of Iowa.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family requests that everyone in attendance wear Chicago Cubs apparel if possible.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Hillcrest Home for their Activity/Rehab Addition, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Marvin G. Garlick

Marvin G. Garlick, 72, of Geneseo, passed away on August 16, 2018, at Unity Point Trinity – Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of memorials and statuaries, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Marvin was born on April 27, 1946, the son of Archie M. and Rosalea (Glenn) Garlick, in Macomb, IL. He was a graduate of Rushville High School and attended Black Hawk College and the Illinois State Police Academy. He married Sue Houser on December 30, 1967 at the Rushville United Methodist Church. Marvin grew up on a dairy farm in Doddsville, IL, and showed his family’s prize heifers. He locally began his career in the beef industry at Illini Beef/IBP and Tyson Foods, as assistant sales manager for 40 years, later retiring in 2011. Following Marvin’s retirement, he worked for the City of Geneseo Park & Recreation Department and was the Geneseo Police Commissioner for many years. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and an avid Nascar and Chicago Cubs fan. Marvin enjoyed cooking and gardening, taking pride in keeping his yard well-manicured. He was always quick to help his neighbors and always cherished his memories and friends he made in Rushville, Atkinson, and Geneseo. He will be missed by his loyal companion and four legged buddy, Kenny. Most of all, Marvin loved being Poppie to Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue, daughter, Carrie (Brian Kostka) Garlick, of Libertyville, IL, and their children, Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett, brother, Donnie (Kathy) Garlick, of Macomb, IL, nephews, Mike (Casey) Garlick, Matt (Pam Stoneking) Garlick, Eddie Green, Bill (Laurel) LeSage, John (Lori) LeSage, niece, Jane (Matt) Stropes, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and a brother-in-law, Ronnie Fowler, of Brooklyn, IL.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Rosalea, sister, Janice Fowler, niece, Angie Green and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Merle LaSage.
 

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Marie E. Boone

Marie E. Boone, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Hammond Henry Long – Term Care, in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Kiwanis Club or St. Malachy Catholic School.

Marie was born on April 20, 1931, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mae (Schumaker) Wiley, in Rock Island, Illinois. She is a graduate of Galva High School with the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Vincent A. Boone on June 26, 1954, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Vincent preceded her in death on September 9, 1974. Marie was a life-long member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where she remained active in Altar & Rosary Society and Circle #7, and participated in Parents Club of St. Malachy School. She worked as a waitress and hostess at the former Deck Plaza in Geneseo for many years, and was a World Book Encyclopedia sales associate for many years. Marie also owned and operated Boones Catering in Geneseo, and her catering company fed the Geneseo Kiwanis Club for many years. She enjoyed playing Bingo & Yahtzee, listening to old country music, and dancing. She loved coffee and red roses and could play any instrument by ear.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Julie (Ed) Bauman, of Geneseo, Cindy (Jason Wilkins) Boone, of Geneseo, Pat (Sue) Boone, Geneseo, Lorraine (Curt) Brooks, of Rapids City, Marty Boone, of Geneseo, Terry Boone, Geneseo, Tim (Candy) Boone, Geneseo, and Jason (Wendy) Boone, Geneseo, 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Loretta Wiley, of Geneseo, her special friend, Julian Valdez, and her friend & caregiver, Cindy Raschke.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mae, husband, Vincent, seven brothers, and one sister.
 

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Lois E. Novotny

Lois E. Novotny, 86, of rural Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Lois was born October 1, 1931 in Madison, Nebraska, the daughter of Lyle and Irene Oleson. She married Marvin R. Novotny on November 20, 1949 in Norfolk, Nebraska, he preceded her in death on May 15, 2017.
Lois is survived by a son, Joe (Connie) Novotny, Galva, IL; daughter, Judy Novotny, Dixon, IL; son-in-law, Mark Guthrie, Annawan, IL; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Jean (Duane) Siedschlag, Omaha, NE. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Carol M. Guthrie in 2008; brother, Duane; and a sister, Marilyn.
Lois was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking and auctions with Mark and Carol Guthrie. She was a devoted wife and mother. Lois worked tirelessly beside Marvin on the farm for many years.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Chris Bushar will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at Faith Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Greg A. Purdy

Greg A. Purdy, 39, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at his home. Greg was born February 8, 1979 in Davenport, IA, the son of William and Vicki (Malone) Purdy. Greg married Jennifer Lang on July 14, 2017 in Kewanee.
Greg is survived by his wife, Jenny; a son, Christian Purdy; a daughter, Alexis Purdy; step-daughter, Jordyn Dykeman of Kewanee, Jocolyn Little of Kewanee; step-son, Jaiden Little; sister, Melissa (Russell) Roberts of Kewanee; brothers, Michael (Jennifer) Purdy, Castleton, IL; Erik (Aprille) Purdy, Kewanee, IL; three nieces; three nephews; and his father and mother in law, Gene Lang and Sue (Mark) VanDeRostyne all of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his father; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Greg was a contractor by trade and was working towards his CDL.  He loved derby cars, Nascar, fishing and WWE. He had a collection of white Bengal tigers scattered throughout the house. Greg was an expert griller/smoker and loved having friends over to hang out. He especially loved spending time with his children and step-children. Most of all, he loved to make people laugh.
Graveside Services will be at 2:15 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Greg’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Donna D. Schiltz

Donna D. Schiltz, 90, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Fountain View Village Skilled Nursing Care Center in Arizona. 

Donna was born on July 15, 1928, in La Salle, Illinois, the daughter of Bruce and Florence (Kelly) Davis. She attended Visitation Elementary and Kewanee High School.  She also attended Marycrest College, Brown’s Business School, Bradley University, and Western Illinois University, receiving her teaching degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teachers College of Chicago.  She taught third grade at Lyle, Franklin and Irving Schools for a total of 21 years, retiring from the Kewanee District in 1983.

Donna married John Schiltz on June 8, 1967. She had previously been married to Vernon Hermie.  She is survived by three sons, Greg (Marian) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Tim (Chris) Hermie of Roscoe, IL, Kevin (Cathie) Hermie of Kewanee. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Jenny (Casey) Jensen of Black River Falls, WI, Tim Hermie of Arlington Heights, Bruce (Katie) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Alex (Courtney) Hermie of St. Peters, MO, and Claire (Tyler Nichols) Hermie of Kewanee; three great granddaughters: Emmery, Abigail and Finley Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, as well as one brother, Tom Davis of North Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her mother and her father.  

While living in Kewanee, Donna was a member of the Saint John Paul II parish and Henry/Stark Retired Teachers Association. She was a lover of animals, having raised several Chihuahua dogs and a variety of cats throughout her life. 

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, August 17, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Deacon Marty VanMeltebeck will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Kewanee Schools Foundation or the Kewanee Humane Society in Donna’s name. Please leave an online condolence for Donna’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kallen Glenn Peed

Kallen Glenn Peed was born into the arms of the angels on July 28, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg.
Kallen is survived by his loving parents Steven Peed and Laura Barnes; adorning siblings, Jadyn Peed, Keagen Sparks, Jamarien Peed, Alaya Peed, Nevaeh Peed, Noah Peed, Kysen Peed, Nash Peed; maternal grandparents, Larry Neels, Julie Neels; paternal grandparents, Willie Peed, Lynn Peed, all of Kewanee; uncles, Mickeal (Angie) Barnes, Galva, Nick Neels, Kewanee, Richard Barnes, Kewanee, William Peed, Kewanee, Ryan Peed, Kewanee; aunts, Sara Peed, Kewanee, Jamie Royce, Kewanee; and numerous cousins. Kallen was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Barnes; uncle, Ben Royce; and one cousin, Ethan Peed.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Please leave an online condolence for Kallen’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Lloyd E. Fronk

Lloyd E. Fronk, 50, of Annawan died on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Annawan Township, Henry Co, IL.  Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Funeral Expenses Fund at Bank Orion, or OSF Richard Owens Hospice House or Annawan-Alba Fire Department.

Lloyd was born May 31, 1968 in Kewanee, IL the son of Lloyd L. and Edith F. (Blodgett) Fronk.  Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1987.  On June 24, 1989 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee he married.  Debra L. Kemerling.  She survives.

Lloyd had worked for Hatzer & Nordstrom Equip. Co., Annawan for over 30 years.  He enjoyed working on small engines, fishing, camping and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Debra; sons, Christopher Fronk, Annawan and Eugene Fronk, Chillicothe, IL; sister, Vicki Krantz, Annawan; half-sisters, Pamela Mills, Maria Petty, and Roxanne Schwigen, all of Kewanee and half-brother, Mark Schwigen, Chicago, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncle Larry Fronk, half-sister, Tina Petty and an infant sister.
 

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Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson

Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson, 86, a resident of Hillcrest Home, formerly of Atkinson and past resident of Orion, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018, at the nursing home in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Research Association, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, or Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion.

Shirley was born on July 13, 1932, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lievens) Taets, in Atkinson, Illinois. She married Donald Enyeart in November of 1951. They later divorced and Donald preceded her in death in 2004. Shirley later married Donald Nelson in January 1992. Mr. Nelson preceded Shirley in death in 2011. She worked as an independent jewelry sales associate for Sarah Coventry, Jewels by Parklane, and Celebrity Jewelry.   Shirley was a long-time member of Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion, and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. She was a member of Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, reading, and especially loved watching golf.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, John (Cindy) Enyeart, of Erie, IL, Tom (Vicky) Enyeart, of Atkinson, Jerry (Darcy) Enyeart, of Atkinson, and Larry (Teresea) Enyeart, of Bloomington, IL, and daughters, Vicki (Gary) Carrington, of Atkinson, Conni (Steve) Bristol, of Geneseo, and Kay (Ed) McCoy, of Anchorage, AK, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and her brother’s-in-law, Richard Portrey, of Hillsdale, IL, and Phil St. Jean, of Rhode Island.”

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth, husband, Donald Nelson, three sisters, Rita Portrey, Barb St. Jean, and Judi Tieken, and a brother, David Taets.
 

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Donald R. Severns

Donald R. Severns, 72, of Moline, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to the Donald Severns Memorial Fund.

Donald Raymond Severns was born July 20, 1946 in Moline, the son of Raymond and Harriet Lott Severns.  He was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1964.  His marriage to Cynthia M. Hartman took place on June 24, 1978 in Aledo.  He worked in construction for Montgomery Elevator in Moline and retired in 2004 as a service technician for Kone Elevator.       

He was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors and served as treasurer of the I.U.E.C Local #46.  Don served on the Martherville Village Board, and he was a volunteer fireman when he lived in Matherville.  His hobbies were woodworking, fishing, and camping.

Those surviving are his wife, Cindy, three daughters and sons-in-law, Tracie and Tim Carother, Sherrard, Bambi and Tim Wilburn, Center, TX, Joleen and Brian Easley, Moline, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Anji Severns, Matherville, and Brent Severns, Belleville, IL.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two sisters,  Janice Schadt, Huntley, IL, and Donna (Robert) Partlow, Center, TX.
His parents and a sister, Joyce Miller, preceded him in death.
 

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Sara R. (Tedell) Goembel

Sara R. (Tedell)  Goembel, 69, formerly of Colona, a resident of St. Anthony’s Care Center, Rock Island died there on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at Colona United Methodist Church, Colona, IL.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Rev. Mark Horn and Rev. Randy Willers will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Education Fund for her grandchildren.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sara Ruth Tedell was born February 6, 1949 in Moline, IL the daughter of Martin J. Tedell, Jr. and Lillian “Sunny” (Sundquist) Tedell.  She attended Moline schools and graduated from The Villa De Chantal, Rock Island.  She also received an associate’s degree from Blackhawk College, Moline.  On Nov. 23, 1974 at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline she married David Goembel.  He died on Dec. 28, 1992.

Sara was a member of Friends Network in Geneseo and Colona United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed collecting plates, playing bingo, baking and loved animals.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lewis Whittle, Colona; 2 grandsons, Tyler Nelson and Bretton Ferguson; her mother, Sunny Tedell, Moline, brother-in-law, Doug Kaiser, Moline and special friends, Heidi Christianson and Carl Beckman.  She was preceded in death by her father, husband, daughter Ashley, grandson Matthew and sisters, Anne Kaiser and Laura Enloe.
 

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Laura J. Favre

Laura J. Favre, 90, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Unity Point Health – Trinity, Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Laura Favre Memorial Fund to be distributed amongst several local organizations.

Laura was born on July 24, 1928, the daughter of Orlando and Sadie (Peters) Ludwig, in Chicago Heights, IL. She is a graduate of Edwardsville High School. Laura was united in marriage to Jacob “Jake” Favre on August 10, 1947, in Mt. Olive, IL. Jake preceded her in death in 2013. She worked as a homemaker from her own home and raised five children. Laura was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, and active in the Women of the Moose and Academy of Friendship clubs. She also participated in the Impact Group, which lectured to those arrested for drunk driving, as well as the Tourism Council for Geneseo. Laura was a member of the Victoria Walk Committee for many years and is a proud founding member of Richmond Hill Players. In 2017, Laura was selected to sit as Grand Marshall in the Christmas walk parade, in recognition of her many years of volunteering for so many local groups and organizations. She was very instrumental in, and loved helping build many parade floats held throughout the year.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Wayne (Christina Hellwich) Favre, of Nordland, WA, daughters, Yvonne Favre, of Rock Island, and Jackie (Mike) Skiles, of Geneseo, six grandchildren, Joe, Aubry, Michael, Kari, Jacob, and Dana, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Orlando and Sadie, husband, Jacob, and daughters, Sharon Favre and Catherine Pulling.
 

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