Obituaries

Leonard G. Lenny Hulslander

Leonard G. “Lenny” Hulslander, 74, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at Rosewood Care Center of Moline.  A memorial visitation to celebrate his life will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Cremation Rites have been accorded per Leonard’s wishes.  Private inurnment at St. Anthony Cemetery, Atkinson, will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the Leonard Hulslander Memorial Fund.

Lenny was born on December 27, 1944, in Kewanee, the son of Leonard and Mary (Windy) Hulslander.  He graduated from Kewanee High School and went on to attend one year of college.  He married Sandy L. Parker on May 17, 1991, in Williamsport, IN.  He was an automobile salesman for 35 years, working at both D & D Chevrolet in DeWitt, and Mills Chevrolet, Moline.  Lenny was an avid fisherman.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandy; sons, Ted Hulslander, Peoria, Chris (Paula) Hulslander, Neponset, IL; stepson, David (Jodi) Scharer; four grandchildren; brothers, Donald Hulslander, Ft. Myers, FL, Larry Hulslander, Huntsville, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mary.

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Lola M. Shaw

Lola M. Shaw, 88, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2019, at Allure of Geneseo.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Donna Runge will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Lola Shaw Memorial Fund.

Lola was born September 22, 1931, the daughter of Blanche Spears.  Lola married Lloyd P. Shaw in August of 1954.  He preceded her in death in 1977.  She was fond of roosters and collected them.  She enjoyed going to garage sales, reading, and was an avid Denver Broncos fan.  She was a loving person with a great sense of humor.  She never missed a holiday and always reached out to her children and grandchildren with phone calls and a card.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Barbra Koch, Westcliffe, CO, Dawn (Bob) Berry, Colona, Mary (Scott) Canda, Trinidad CO, Lisa Shaw, Walsenburg, CO, Frank (Leanne) Shaw, Cape Coral, FL; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Berg, Milan, IL, Irene Hall, Atkinson, IL.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Blanche, her husband, Lloyd, brothers, Edward and Lee Roe, and sisters, Violet DeToye, Blanche Johnson, and Helen Hood.

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Paul E. Rist

Paul E. Rist, 84, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully at home to be with the Lord, surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  Paul was born October 14, 1935 in Ottawa, IL, the son of Dale A. and Gladys E. (Swaney) Rist. Paul was raised in Elmira and graduated from Toulon High School with the class of 1953. Paul attended Olivet Nazarene College. 
He enlisted in the Navy from 1954-1958, where he was a hospital corpsman 2nd class. Then he worked at Midwest Typewriter in Moline and Murphy Book Store in Kewanee until opening and operating Paul’s Office Equipment for 16 ½ years. Then he retired from AST Cabinetry in 1998. Pastimes included being a Lay Speaker at Lafayette Methodist Church. He was a member of the Flemish American and the American Legion Auxiliary unit 31 and current member of the Kewanee Church of Peace. He enjoyed mowing, traveling, dancing, singing in the choir, horseshoes and along with loving his wife, Janice of 62 years, raising three children; Jeff (Dorothy Roe), Quad Cities, Peggy Rose, TN, John (Terry Sauer), Kewanee; two grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin Petty) and Brian (Amber Sauer); and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Gladys Rist; and his grandparents.
Funeral Services will be at 3:30 pm, Friday, December 13, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:30 pm until the time of service at the funeral home. A private burial will be in the Toulon Cemetery at a later date. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kewanee Church of Peace or Meals on Wheels at the Senior Center. Please leave an online condolence for Paul’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

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Robert G Mills

Robert G. Mills, 84, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2019, at his residence.  A funeral service will be held to celebrate his life at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery, Atkinson.   Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Robert Mills Memorial Fund which will be distributed amongst several charities.

Robert was born July 1, 1935, the son of Ernest and Elva (Johnson) Mills, in Moline, IL.  He graduated from Moline High School in 1953.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force.  Robert married Dorothy M. Sears on August 31, 1963, in Atkinson, IL.  He worked for 26 years at John Deere Harvester Works, retiring as a foreman.  He later worked for ten years at the President Riverboat Casino as a bartender, and for eleven years at Village Home Stores as a sales associate.  Robert was an avid New York Yankees fan, but especially loved following his grandchildren’s events, and loved his grand dogs.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dorothy; his children, Karen (Dan) Kosgard, Bettendorf, Craig (Julie) Mills, Geneseo, and Rick (Jen) Mills, Geneseo; grandchildren, Stephanie Kosgard, Jeremy, Jordan, Taylor, Ashton, and Addie Mills.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Elva, brothers and sister-in-law, Blair (Patricia) Mills, Lynn Mills, and nephew John Mills.

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Cleo F. Szafranko

Cleo F. Szafranko, 93, of Lebanon, TN, formerly of Kewanee, died Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the home of her daughter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition through the American Cancer Society and directed to  https://donate.coloncancercoalition.org/tributes-and-memorials/cleoszafranko?tab=MyPage#.

She was born December 29, 1925 in Gold Township, Bureau County, IL, the daughter of Wilbur and Viola (Donnely) Reider. She married Edward W. Szafranko on November 18, 1961 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan and he preceded her in death on August 22, 1975. Survivors include her daughter, Kim (Jack) Anderson of Lebanon, TN, her brother, Thomas (Barbara) Rieder of Aurora and two grandchildren, Tyler Jo Anderson (Molly Caron) and Shade Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lowell.

Cleo graduated from Annawan-Alba High School in 1943. In her teens and young adulthood, she worked for Dr. Graham DDS and Johnson Lumber. Her and her husband Eddy later formed V&S Welding Supply and she worked there until she sold it in 1998. She had been a member of the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and their Altar and Rosary Societies. She had also been a member of the Kewanee Business Women. She was a “fixer upper” and a “jack of all trades” and enjoyed working. 

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Jean M. Wagle

Jean M. Wagle, 78, of Geneseo, passed away at the home of her daughter in Moline, on Friday, December 6, 2019.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Tim Howard will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the services with a private inurnment to be held at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.

Jean was born on August 14, 1941, the daughter of Robert and Jean (Fenno) Clark, in Geneseo, IL.  She attended the Geneseo schools.  Jean married Marvin W. Wagle on August 30, 1997, in Rock Island.    She worked at Hillcrest Home for many years as a nurse’s aide.  She attended Heritage Wesleyan Church, Moline.  She was a member of a quilting club and was an avid supporter of the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.  She enjoyed spending her time quilting, reading, horseback riding, and flower gardening.  She was generous, kind, and willing to help anyone!

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Marvin; daughters, Laurie Daniel, Moline, Cherie (Mike) Taets, Moline; sons, Troy (Becky) Clark, Davenport, Brian Horn; stepsons, Roger (Jennifer) Urven, Peoria, Lonnie (Jessica) Urven, CA; stepdaughter, Cheryl (Mike) Shannon, Moline; grandchildren, Scott (McKenzie) Taets, Brooke (Eric) Lemmon, Eric (Abbey) Taets, Shae (Keith) Stewart, Austin Daniel, Kiley Daniel, Amanda Fiers, Jessica Bailey; nine great-grandchildren, and two on the way; sister, Janice (Robert) Baird, Silvis; and her beloved dog Addi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Jean, brother, Randy Clark, and sister, Joyce Schultz. 

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Mary Lee Anderson

Mary Lee Anderson, 74, of Rock Island, died at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Friendship Manor’s Silver Cross Pavilion in Rock Island.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 13 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Rev. Randy Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lee was born December 15, 1944 in Kewanee, the daughter of LeRoy and Marian (Appell) Anderson. Mary Lee graduated from Galva High School and the Augustana Nursing Program in Chicago. She spent her career as a nurse at what is now UnityPoint Health in Rock Island. She also volunteered and helped kids less fortunate.

Survivors include her brother, Merle (Mary Lou) Anderson of Eldridge, IA, nieces, Laurie (Shirck) Monfiletto of Albuquerque, NM and Amy (Anderson) Karber of Mansfield, TX, nephews, Eric Anderson of Destin, FL and Brent Anderson of Lisle, IL, as well as great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lou Ann and her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff of Courtyard Estates in Galva and Friendship Manor and Silver Cross Rehabilitation in Rock Island. Also thank you for the excellent care and kindness provided by the staff at Compassus Hospice.

Mary Lee had a deep faith in God and she knew where she was going

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Sheila Price Tunnicliff

Sheila Price Tunnicliff, 93, of Kewanee, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Kewanee Care Home. Sheila was born April 1, 1926 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles and Fern (Green) Wyand. Sheila graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1944.
Sheila is survived by her husband Ed Tunnicliff; son, Ron (Marsha) Price, Kewanee; daughter, Patty (Jay) Poulos, Kewanee; grandchildren, Jennifer, Theresa, and Jim Russell, Danielle (Ryan) Hatfield, and Shannon (Donna) Price; great grandchildren, Ian Kelly, Kaden Swearingen Russell, Logan Hatfield and Morgan and Mallery Price. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ed Price; sister, Phe Laws; and brother, Carlos Hugo Green. 
Sheila was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to church and studying the Bible with her friend Ozella. She enjoyed shopping with her friends. She loved riding horses. She also loved cats and dogs, especially her dog, Timmy. She especially enjoyed her family get togethers. 
Graveside services will be at 1:00 pm, Monday, December 9, 2019 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Animals. Please leave an online condolence for Sheila’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Ardeth "Ardy" E. Unterzuber,

Ardeth “Ardy” E. Unterzuber, 88, of Kewanee, died at 10:56 a.m., Sunday, December 1, 2019 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 6 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born November 3, 1931 in Kewanee, the daughter of Leland H. and Mildred L. (Gorey) Lewis. She married Ronald Buffett on October 7, 1950 in Dixon, IL. She would later marry Harry Unterzuber on May 25, 1985 in Sterling, IL and he preceded her in death on December 24, 2007. Survivors include her two daughters, Teresa “Terry” Klimkewicz (Jon Coulter) and Judy Kelly, both of Kewanee, two sisters,  Loretta Landwehr of Mineral and Emilee Stephenson of Rochester, IL, five grandchildren; Alex Klimkewicz, Kaylee (Troy) Anderson, Angela (Casey) O’Connor, Brian (Kelly) Dexter and Ryne Kelly and four great grandchildren; Addison and Tessa Anderson and one on the way and Delaney and Kelsey O’Connor. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; William, Ronald and Gordon Lewis, her son, Gary Buffett and her daughter, Bonnie in infancy.

Ardeth graduated from Kewanee High School in 1949. She had worked as a cashier at Kroger’s and the A&P. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan who enjoyed going to the casino and especially enjoyed reading to her grandchildren. 

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Erma M. Likes

Erma M. Likes, 88, of Williamsfield, died at 8:05 a.m., Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 5 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Pastor Teri Shane will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association for research or to the STEM Program at Williamsfield High School. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

She was born September 1, 1931 in Elmore, IL, the daughter of Jesse and Rilla (Yelm) Barber. She married Philip E. Likes on December 12, 1948 in Williamsfield and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2000. Survivors include her two daughters, Alice Likes and Peggy (Rick) Secrist, both of Williamsfield, two brothers, Carl Barber of Ellenton, FL and Leo (Judy) Johnson of Williamsfield, nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Keith.

Erma attended Williamsfield schools and had worked in human resources at Alcoa Building Products in Princeville, IL for 37 years. She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed doing puzzles, and going on bus trips and tours. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and following their sporting events. 

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Betty Kirkhove

Betty Kirkhove, 86, formerly of Kewanee and Milan, IL passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019 at New Perspective in Silvis, IL.

Cremation will be accorded, with no visitation and a private family graveside service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Rux Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty was born December 6, 1932 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Vershaw) Queen. She married Raymond Kirkhove in October of 1952 and he preceded her in death in October of 2003. Betty worked as an x-ray technician at Kewanee Public Hospital, was an employee at Boss Manufacturing, was head housekeeper at LaQuinta Inn-Moline, and was a clerk at the Moline Assessor's Office. Betty enjoyed square dancing, traveling, spending quality time with her kids and grandkids, was a great cook, and loved her dog, Luke.

Survivors include her son, Roger (Sharon) Kirkhove, Moline, her daughter, Connie (Joe) Molsen, Florida, her stepson, Kenneth Kirkhove, Tennessee, her brother, Ron (Lois) Horton, Kewanee and her sister-in-law, Joyce (Phillip, deceased) Kirkhove, Silvis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Shirley (Glenn) and two stepsons David and Dennis.

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Dr. Thomas J. Van Vooren

Dr. Thomas J. Van Vooren, DMD., 66, of Atkinson, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Cremation Rites will be accorded following the Mass and a private inurnment will be at St. Anthony Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. on Friday, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to Thomas J. Van Vooren Memorial Fund, which will be distributed amongst several local charities.

Thomas was born on September 22, 1953, the son of Frank J. “Dobber” and Arlene (VanOpDorp) Van Vooren, in Geneseo.  He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1971 and went on to attend Northern Illinois University for undergraduate courses.  He then attended Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, to obtain his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry.  On March 25, 1972, he married Beth M. Riekena at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Tom purchased Dr. Graham’s dental practice in Annawan in 1978 and started Dr. Thomas Van Vooren Dental Office, retiring in 2013.  He was a member of the American Dental Association, Rock Island District Dental Society, Henry County Health Department Board, and former Atkinson School Board member.  He loved his trips to Canada, where he served as CEO, at Possum Lodge.   He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, and especially spending time with his friends and family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Beth; his children Jacob (Jill) Van Vooren, Chicago, Jennifer (Phil) Cipfl-Koch, Shiloh, IL; grandchildren, Cole and Monet Van Vooren, Jack Cipfl, Maebree and Madelyn Koch; sisters, Bonnie (Ron) O’Brecht, Geneseo, Mary Kay (Jerry) Franks, Atkinson; brother, Duane (Kathryn) Van Vooren, Atkinson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Arlene.

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Alvin S. Dobbels

Alvin S. Dobbels, 83, of Geneseo, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, November 29, 2019, at Allure of Geneseo surrounded by his loving family.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3rd, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday at the Knoxville Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Alvin Dobbels Memorial Fund.

Alvin Richard Dobbels was born February 1, 1936 in Cambridge Township, the son of Alfred A. and Mary H. Buyck Dobbels.  He was educated in Cambridge area schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1954.  Alvin loved one woman for his entire life and married her, Joyce Ann Fox, on August 2, 1958 in Geneseo.  They were married over for 61 years.

He served in the Army National Guard for six years and was a member of the Civil Defense.  Alvin worked for the Henry Service Company in Cambridge for 34 years, retiring in 1991.  He loved spending time with his wife and family and was a "jack-of-all-trades" and a carpenter.   

Those left to honor Alvin’s memory include his wife, Joyce, their children:  Susan (Dean) Borders, Blue Grass, Iowa, Scott (Elizabeth) Dobbels, Silvis, Ted (Deidre) Dobbels, Crystal Lake, Illinois, grandchildren:  Dustin and Abigail Dobbels, Adam Borders, Greyson and Finnegan Dobbels, Alexandra Sloan, Chance Vicary, Andrew (Lea) Borders, Amber (Matt) Lingen, great-grandchildren:  Owen, Gabe and Henry Lingen, siblings:  James (Carol) Dobbels, David (Deb) Dobbels, Don (Kathy) Dobbels, all of Cambridge, and JoAn Dobbels-Morris, Toulon.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert Dobbels, Gilbert Dobbels, Alfred Dobbels, niece, Sr. Becky Dobbels, and nephew Jerry Dobbels.  The family would like to thank Good Samaritan and Allure Nursing Homes and Compassus Hospice for Alvin’s care. 

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Ruth C. Gentry

Ruth C. Gentry, 89, of Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.  A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  A Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Ruth Gentry Memorial Fund, of which the family will distribute amongst several local charities.

Ruth was born on January 30, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Mayme (Cowells) DeRoo, in Atkinson.  She graduated from Atkinson High School in 1948.  On July 19, 1951, Ruth married Winfred L. Gentry at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  She was a secretary and teacher’s assistant at the Atkinson Grade School for over thirty years, before retiring.  She was a member of St. Anthony’s where she was on the Alter and Rosary Society.  She was very talented at crocheting and loved spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Winfred; her children, Michael (Sharon) Gentry, Atkinson, Eugene (Kari) Gentry, Geneseo, Kenneth (Suzi) Gentry, Houston, TX, Kay (Mike) Croegaert, Geneseo, Steve Gentry, Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Brent (Chris) Gentry, Jason (Andrea) Gentry, Katie (John) Gasper, Drew Croegaert, Blake (Laurie) Croegaert, Emily Gentry, Ethan Gentry, Melissa Darden, and Lonnie Smith; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Rosemary Entas, Kewanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mayme.

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Richard C. Wiquist, Sr

Richard C. Wiquist, Sr., 89, of Lathup Village, Michigan, formerly of Andover, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of November 25, 2019, at Chester Street Residence in Royal Oak, Michigan, after battling prostate cancer and heart failure.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at the Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  Rev. Reed Pedersen will officiate.  Burial will be in the Andover Township Cemetery with military services.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A separate Celebration of Life will be held in Berkley, Michigan at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Cambridge American Legion or the Augustana Lutheran Church.

Richard Charles Wiquist was born June 15, 1930 in Moline, the son of Richard William and Hazel Marie (Johnson) Wiquist.  The oldest of four siblings, he grew up in Andover, attending school in Andover and Cambridge.  Richard then went on to attend the University of Illinois, earning a BS degree in Engineering Physics in 1952 and a Masters degree in Physics in 1954.  He served in the U. S. Army from March of 1954 until his honorable discharge in February, 1956, as a Specialist First Class serving at the Radio-Chemistry Laboratory at the Rock Island Arsenal.

After his discharge, Richard was employed by the Chrysler Corporation from 1956 until his retirement in 2001 as a Product Development Specialist,  just three day shy of 45 years.  Before getting married, he loved to travel and would lead trips around the world with the Ferndale Coop.

In July of 1968, after both Richard and Margaret visited their respective families over the 4th of July holiday, Richard ended up chasing Margaret down on I-80 and eating dinner together at a Holiday Inn in Joliet.  After two more weekend visits, they were engaged.  Richard married Margaret Clifford at the  at 5th Army Headquarters in Waukegan, Illinois on September 8, 1968.  She passed away on March 27, 2013 

Richard was a "quiet giver" to his family, to his community, and to God.  He was known for bringing brownies for after service treats at Augustana Lutheran Church in Detroit and then at Cana Lutheran Church in Berkley.  Richard loved to ride his bicycle in the early 1990s, and he and his daughter were able to ride the entire length of I-696 before it opened up to car traffic.  Richard was so proud of his children and grandchildren's accomplishments and would always share photographs and stories.  He would walk six or more miles a day, and Richard would  oftentimes turn the tables on his doctors by giving them a pedometer so they could track their steps.   

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Kurt  Mantonya, Lincoln, NE, a son, Richard Wiquist, Jr., Royal Oak, MI, three grandchildren, Maggy, Cody, and Brady, a brother, Jim Johnson, Arizona, and a sister, Norlaine Verschoore, Geneseo.  His parents, his wife, Margaret, and two sisters, Marilyn Johnson and Maridell Besch, preceded him in death.

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Stephen A. Mooney

Stephen A. Mooney, 78, Kewanee, Illinois, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died at Hammond Henry Hospital in the early afternoon of Sunday, November 24, 2019. The son of Ralph H. and Mearlie L. (Verge) Mooney, Steve was born on October 11, 1941 in Kewanee, IL. 

He graduated as valedictorian of the Wethersfield class of 1959. He was involved in various social organizations, was first chair trumpet player and played football all four years of high school. In 1963, he graduated from the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1966 he earned his MBA from Bradley University. After college, he moved to Ohio, started his career in chemical sales, and enlisted in the Army National Guard. He later transferred to the Air National Guard at Chicago O’Hare.

On July 6, 1974, he married Paula M. Sprowls in Farmington, IL. To this union five children were born. After many years of living in the Chicago suburbs, he returned to Kewanee in 1997. Mr. Mooney was very active in his faith to carry out the scripture of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Geneseo, where he was an elder. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society.

He loved his dachshunds, antique cars and going to car shows. He enjoyed family genealogy and never gave up looking for the next big find. He always had a joke no matter if it was the right time or not, and he couldn’t help but make everyone around him feel welcome and loved. He also took great pride in being the son of three generations of boilermakers. He will be deeply missed by all his peers and many friends he has made on his journey through life.
            
He is survived by four sons: Stephen P. (Marianne) of Oswego; Mike of Aurora; Matt (Amanda) Sun Prairie, WI; Mark (Leslie) Marion, IA; and one daughter, Terri McDonald of Mason, IA. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Cope Dobbels and John Mooney. Preceding him in death are his parents, Ralph and Mearlie, both in December of 1988.
           
Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 29, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Reverend Timothy Nerud will officiate. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Please leave an online condolence for Stephen’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

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Cleone A. Loenser

Cleone A. Loenser, 98, of Geneseo died on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Geneseo.  Rev. Timothy Nerud will officiate.  Private Burial will be on Monday, Dec. 2nd in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was a member, or to Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting.

Cleone Annette Gustafson was born September 10, 1921 in Moline, IL the daughter of Sigfred A. and Violet S. (Peterson) Gustafson.  She graduated from Galva High School.  She married Otto LaVerne Lundquist on April 5, 1942 in Kahoka, MO.  He died on October 5, 1944.  She later married Donald Loenser on February 9, 1947 in Rock Island.  He died on December 24, 1991.

Cleone had worked as a Cook at Good Samaritan for 15 years.  She also sold Avon for many years.    She was very active in her grandchildren lives going to many activities.  She loved to travel and always had her suitcase ready.  She also enjoyed reading, doing jig-saw puzzles, babysitting the grandkids and dogs and had delivered Meals on Wheels after retiring.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Cheryl) Loenser, Geneseo; two daughters, Gayla Kroll, and Joline Parrish, both of Geneseo; daughter-in-law, Linda Lundquist, Peoria; son-in-law, Richard Kroll, Geneseo; granddaughter’s, Dawn (Gary) Griggs, Jamie (Alan) Eastburn, Paula (Kris) Johnson, Callie Parrish, and Emily (T.J.) Marckese; grandsons, Jason (Angie) Parrish and Gabe(Shandel) Loenser; 12 great grandchildren; several step grandchildren; and a great great granddaughter.  Her parents, two husbands and her son, James Lundquist preceded her in death.

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Connie Louise DeMay

Connie Louise DeMay, 58, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Emergency Room, Geneseo.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Atkinson.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Humane Society and Geneseo Ambulance Service.

Connie was born December 14, 1960, the daughter of Lawrence “Bus” and Marjorie (Dupre) DeMay, in Geneseo.  She graduated from Atkinson High School and then received a two-year nursing degree from Black Hawk College.  She worked as an LPN at Hillcrest Home for over 20 years. She recently joined Hammond Henry Long Term Care.  Connie enjoyed shopping, traveling, doing crafts, flower gardening, and especially spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters, Cheryl Webb, Canton, IL, Norma Disterhoft, Geneseo, and Janice Sullivan, Olathe KS; nieces and nephews, Angela, Bruce, Bev, Stacy, Jonathan, Amanda, and Dennis; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Marjorie, and her sister, Kathy Downard.

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Marie T. White

Marie T. White, 84, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019, at Vistas Healthcare Hospice, Lecanto, FL.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019, at First Congregational Church, Geneseo.  Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the church.  Memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marie was born on February 18, 1935, the daughter of John Tysma and Gerti (Epema) Tysma, in Beltrami, MN.  On October 4, 1952, Marie married Marvin P. White in Unionville, MO.  He preceded her in death in 2003.  She worked as a study hall supervisor for twelve years at Geneseo Junior High, later she became a daycare provider in her home.  Marie was a fifty-year member of First Congregational Church, and active in several church committees.  She also participated in the Women of Moose, Geneseo Country Club, and various bridge clubs.  She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, dancing with Marvin, and eating out with family and friends.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Greg (Wendy) White, Crystal River, FL, Jeanine White, Geneseo; grandchildren, Jessica (Tammy) Kleine, Ashley (Ryan) Johnston, Christian White; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Allen (Helen) Tysma, East Moline, Ray (Phyllis) Tysma, Colona; step-sister-in-law,  Carolyn Bohl, Milan; step-brother-in-law, Ron (Norma) Bohl, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, stepbrother Ted Bohl, one stepsister and spouse, Linda and Allen Lovestead, and stepmother Sophie Tysma.

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Mary Ann Fisher

Mary Ann Fisher, 75, of Galva, died at 1:00 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2019 at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at a later date in the spring at Galva Cemetery. 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 June 15, 1944 in Avon, IL, the daughter of Marvin and Eva (Pierce) Yocum. She had been married to John Fisher. Survivors include her two daughters, Valorie Hall of Galva and Nancy (Rick) Turner of Cambridge, step-sister, Myra Yocum, two grandchildren, Ross Hall and Jenny (James) Brunke and four great grandchildren; Rory, Macie and Natalie Hall and Benjamin Brunke. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Yocum, mother, Eva Akers, step-father, Arthur Akers, her son-in-law, Ron Hall and two brothers.

Mary Ann had worked as a seamstress at Fahnstrom’s and as a secretary at Galva Savings & Loan and for Bell Trucking. She enjoyed reading and making cards and jewelry and she especially loved spending time with her family and friends. 

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Marietta Mae "Rita" Hall-Clausen

Marietta Mae "Rita" Hall-Clausen, 81, of Galva, died at 5:20 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2019 at her home. Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was born April 12, 1938 in Burns Township, Henry County, IL, the daughter of William and Margaret (Huffman) Sherbeyn. She married Ernest Hall and later married Bruce Clausen. Survivors include five children; Michael (Kristin) Hall of Normal, Lynn Hall-Hobbs of Galva, Mark (Lucy) Hall of Lansing, KS, Christine (Gary) Hancock of Cambridge and Kimberly (Paul) Keenan of Peoria, two step-daughters, Cindy and Julie Clausen, a sister, Janet Elgin of Kewanee, nine grandchildren and three great grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and her sister, Donna Tucker.

Rita graduated from Galva High School in 1956. She worked as a seamstress for Cooks Fur and other various places. She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge. She enjoyed camping at Blue Lake, gardening, making rugs, her cousins, playing card games and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

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Charles W. "Charlie" Webb

Charles W. “Charlie” Webb 74 of Geneseo passed away on Sunday November 24, 2019 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday November 27, 2019 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory-Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo where Military Honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 P.M. at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Charles Webb Memorial Fund.

Charlie was born on February 24, 1945 in Annawan, Illinois the son of Wilbur & Gertrude (Gehn) Webb. He was a graduate of the Orion High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Joyce Jodts on July 14, 1973 in Geneseo. He had been employed at the 
Mc Laughlin Body Co. in Moline as a welder, retiring after 35 years. Charlie enjoyed fishing, going on vacations & cruises, gardening, trap shooting and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife Joyce, sisters, Reeda (Dennis) Basala, Moline, Barb Dickerson, Moline; sister-in-law Jackie Webb, Colona, brothers-in-law Roger (Maggie) Jodts, Jim Jodts, Bod (Deanna) Jodts, sister-in-law Julie Delp and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law Richard (Judy) Webb, a brother John Webb,  sister Mary Stropes, sister and brother -in-law Dorothy (Richard) Cunningham., sister-in-law Sharon Swiger.

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John "Jack" A. Winefordner

John “Jack” A. Winefordner, 85, of Bettendorf, Iowa, formerly of Geneseo and Cambridge, died Thursday, November 21, 2019, at his home.  Private memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 26 at the Geneseo Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services at 225 E. Park Street.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Kings Harvest Pet Rescue.

John was born December 28, 1933, in Geneseo, IL, the son of Carl D. and Marjorie (Brown) Winefordner.  He graduated from Geneseo High School and attended the University of Illinois and Augustana College.  He was united in marriage to Judith Whitney on July 15, 1956, in Galva, IL.  She preceded him in death on June 19, 1981.  He then married Tonia “Tina” M. Fullerton on June 11, 1983 in Las Vegas, NV.  John served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War from 1956 to 1958.  He was the owner of Cambridge Grain Elevator, the Illinois Contractors, and M&W Contactors.  John was a member of Valley View Club, Cambrdige, and he enjoyed golf, woodworking, and travel.

Those surviving are his wife, Tonia “Tina”; sons, Mark (Vicki) Winefordner, Peoria, and Jay Winefordner, Cambridge; step-sons, Michael (Michele) Stablein, Rock Island, and Joseph (Diane) Stablein, Chicago; grandchildren, Nicholas Stablein, Channahan, Mary Stablein, Channahan, Colleen Stablein, Davenport, IA, and Conner Stablein, Rock Island; Brother, James (Laura) Winefordner, Gainesville, FL; mother-in-law, Pauline Ryner, Galesburg; sisters-in-law, Diane (Mark Reynolds, Peoria, and Robin (Russell) Koerner, Galesburg; brothers-in-law, Richard Wales (Lorrel), Vannuys, CA, and David Ryner, Peoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; his daughter-in-law, Vicki; and his father-in-law, Dean C. Ryner.

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Myrtle R. Gustafson

Myrtle R. Gustafson, 101, of rural Cambridge, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 25th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or the Cambridge Ambulance Service.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family.

Myrtle Ruth Sellman was born December 17, 1917 in Osco, the daughter of Oscar and Ruth Johnson Sellman.  She was educated in rural schools in the Orion and Warner area.  Her marriage to Arthur A. Gustafson took place on December 17, 1939 in Davenport.  He passed away October 30, 2001.  Myrtle was a homemaker and lived on the family farm since their marriage.

She was a longtime member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and was an active participant in church activities.  Myrtle had a number of other interests and hobbies.  She bowled at Cambridge bowling alleys beginning in the mid 1940's and continued bowling until she was 90 years old.  She and her husband enjoyed traveling and took three trips to Sweden to find and meet a number of relatives.  Myrtle continued to research her Swedish genealogy and corresponded with relatives there on a regular basis.  Over the years she was an avid card player and loved to bake for her family and friends.  For many years, Myrtle volunteered her time to patients of Hillcrest Home.  

Those surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Patricia Gustafson, Carlock, Illinois, Steve and Karen      Gustafson, Cambridge, two grandson, Jason (Marie) Gustafson and Chris Gustafson, all of Cambridge, a step granddaughter, Michelle (Zachary) Sullivan, East Moline, and three great grandchildren, Andrew and Lucas Gustafson, and Jenna Sullivan.  Other survivors include a sister, Norma Hepner, Kewanee, a sister-in-law, Katherine Sellman, Geneseo, and a number of nieces and nephews.  Her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Ralph and LaVerne Sellman, preceded her in death

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David Dean Gorey

David Dean Gorey, 83, of Alamo, Tx, died, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Renaissance Hospital, Edinburg, Tx. David was born October 11, 1936, the son of Dean Lamine and Anna Lucille Gorey. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954. David married Mary Petty in Kewanee in 1959, she preceded him in death. He married Alice Rich Klendworth in March of 2012.
David is survived by his wife, Alice; five children, Curtis Gorey, La Mesa, AZ, Colleen (Rick) Stevens, Tulsa, OK, David William (Trudy) Gorey, Claremore, OK, Pam (James) Fairchild, Chelsea, OK, Kevin  (Theresa) Gorey, Viola, IL; one stepdaughter, Mary Jane Klendworth, Kewanee; five sisters, Shirley Kuster, Sheffield, Nancy Payne, San Diego, CA, Patti (Pat) Mirocha, Davenport, IA, Sharon (Bob) Dewitt, Bettendorf, IA, Janice (Wesley) Bengtson, Davenport, IA; two brothers, John Gorey, Weslaco, TX, Joe (Linda) Gorey, Christopher, IL. Also surviving include 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his adoring Schnauzer dog, Ellie Mae.
David was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; three sisters, Judy Turner, Beverly Hensley, Bonnie Gorey; one brother, Don Gorey, and one grandson, Sgt. Schuylar Patch; four brother- in-laws, Richard Kuster, Thomas Payne, and Lonnie Turner, Ray Hensley; one sister-in-law, Sharon Gorey.
David joined the Navy in 1956 and served his Country 22 years to 1977, including three tours to Vietnam. David served as Aviation Ordinance on the ships, Kitty Hawk, Independence, Enterprise, Constellation and Lexington. After his service in the Navy, David worked many years at the Rock Island Arsenal. David loved riding his Harley, he rode on many missions for the Patriot Guard. He enjoyed fishing, especially in the Gulf of Mexico for Red Snapper. In former years he had a passion to bring old trucks and cars back to like new. He was an avid Bears football fan, as well as the Chicago Cubs.  David’s joy was spending time with his family and friends, as well as seeing they were happy.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane to officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial at sea will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please leave an online condolence for David’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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