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Joann Kay Lansbarkis


BLOOMINGTON - Joann Kay Lansbarkis, 59, of Bloomington, IL, died at 9:16 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center in Normal, IL following a 3 year battle with cancer.

She was born November 6, 1956 in Kewanee. She graduated from Visitation Grade School and Kewanee High School in Kewanee; Bradley University in Peoria with a degree in mathematics and computer science and from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN with an Executive MBA. Joann taught mathematics in Galesburg, IL school district from 1978-1983. She later worked at State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington, IL and Woodbury, MN for 31 years in a variety of analyst and management positions in the IT, call center and banking departments. She retired in 2014 as a State Farm Bank director. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Merna, the Illinois Heartland Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Women to Women Giving Circle. She was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and served as board member and chapter president for the local council for several years. While at State Farm, she was a member of the WNET women’s networking group and served in several leadership roles, including chair.

Joann was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Lansbarkis and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Surviving are her mother, Janice “Jane” (Wick) Lansbarkis of Kewanee, her brother, James (Nona) Lansbarkis of Bountiful, UT, two nephews, Walker (Michelle) Lansbarkis of Clearfield, UT and Randall Lansbarkis of Bountiful, UT and a great nephew, Oliver Lansbarkis of Clearfield, UT . She is also survived by several cousins. Joann was also blessed to have the support of many caring friends and former co-workers during her illness. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Bhanu Vakkalanka, Dr. Patrick Fernandes and the staff at the Communty Cancer Center for their care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 4 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna in Bloomington where recitation of the rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, March 14at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Community Cancer Center Foundation, 407 Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761, the Visitation School Foundation, 107 S. Lexington St., Kewanee, IL 61443 or to charity of the donor’s choice. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Maria Sokolski

Maria Sokolski, 67, of Kewanee, Il. passed away peacefully in her sleep at 11:40 P.M. Friday, February 26, 2016 at her home.

Maria was born May 9, 1949 in Krakow Poland the daughter of Piotre and Karolina (Przestrzelska) Zielinski.  She came to the United States in the early 1970’s.  Maria married Rev. Zdzislaw Sokolski, a reverend in the Polish National Catholic Church in 1972.  The couple moved to Kewanee, Il. in 1978. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1983.  She will always be remembered as a very devoted wife and mother.   She was also preceded in death by her parents,

Surviving is a son Peter Sokolski of Kewanee with whom she shared her home.

Maria enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, animals, especially her St. Bernard Rex in her youth and enjoyed reading.  Maria had received a computer science degree from Black Hawk East Junior College.   She had been employed as a server at the former Waunee Farm Restaurant and also helped with great pleasure the family at Hodges 66.

Private services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee.  Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery Kewanee.  There will be no visitation.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Genevieve Delp

 

 

Genevieve Delp, 97, of Geneseo passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo.  Rev. Ryan Landino officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo where she was a member for more than 50 years.

 

Frances Genevieve West was born May 8, 1918 in Cornwall Township, Henry County the daughter of Frank and Alta (Grier) West.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1936. On September 27, 1944 she married Arlon E. Delp in Erie, IL.  He died on August 28, 2005.  Genevieve had worked at the Doering residence, Henry Waterman Law office, and at the former Farmers National Bank in Geneseo retiring in 1984.  The couple had farmed in the Geneseo area and moved into the city of Geneseo in February 1977.

 

Memberships include the Church and the Lamplighter Circle of the church, as well as the Neighborhood Club in Geneseo.  Genevieve enjoyed playing cards and crocheting.

 

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Francie Delp and Robert and Sue Delp, all of Geneseo; five grandchildren, Tonya and Kelan Wells, Eric and Shrhonda Delp, Aaron and Kerri Delp, Jessica and Clay Kuethe and Brittney Delp; 1 great granddaughter and three great grandsons; four step great grandsons; a step great great granddaughter; sister, Elizabeth Gradert, Geneseo; brother, LaVerne West, Geneseo and sister-in-law, Bertha (Richard) Wake. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

 

Video Tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Genevieve’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com

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David L. Riley

David L. Riley, 63, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his home.  A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 28th at Vandemore Funeral Homes and Crematory, Geneseo.  As per his wishes Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.  Memorials may be made to the David Riley Memorial Fund.

 

David was born on April 9, 1952 in Canton, IL the son of Merle and Betty (DeGroot) Riley.  He graduated from Geneseo High school and was united in marriage to Pamela Nutt on November 10, 1973 in Atkinson, IL.  David was a truck driver for Roadway/ YRC for over 20 years before he retired January 1, 2016. 

 

David was a member of the Isaac Walton League and Giant Goose in Atkinson.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting.  Since retirement David was looking forward to spending more time with his father and his son.  He loved playing with his grandchildren and was a people person and loved to visit.

 

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter: Tasha (Rosendo) Meza of Geneseo, IL; son: Trevis (Kerry) Riley of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Kaden, and Kaleb Riley; parents: Merle and Betty Riley of Geneseo, IL; and sisters: Patty Drescher of Geneseo, IL, Thelma Wulf, of Davenport, IA.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

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Harry C. Stearns

 

Harry C. Stearns. 97, formerly of Davenport, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at the Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin, Wisconsin.  Graveside committal services with military honors will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27th, at Glennwood Cemetery, rural Coal Valley.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Harry Craig Stearns was born February 26, 1918 in Osco Township, Henry County, Illinois, the son of Harry and Ellen Brodine Stearns.  He attended school in the Osco area and graduated from Orion High School in 1936.  His marriage to Oney Ida Jones took place on December 27, 1939.  He had 62 years with his beloved wife until her passing on October 23, 2002.  Harry served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the bronze star for his participation in the Battle of the Buldge.  He worked as a machinist at the Rock Island Arsenal until his retirement.  He enjoyed woodworking.

 

Those surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Thomas Sheridan, Baldwin, two grandchildren, Susan Sheridan and Craig Sheridan and his wife, Amber, a sister, Rosemary Giercis, rural Geneseo, and several nieces and nephews.  His parents, his wife, four brothers, Warren, Glenn, John, and Robert Stearns, and a sister, Louise Carriere, preceded him in death.

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Eric J. Collins

NEPONSET - Eric J. Collins, 44, of Neponset,  died Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Fort Myers, FL. 

Cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28 at the First Baptist Church in Galva. Inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Go Fund me page set up for Eric to assist the family with funeral costs or be made directly to Debi Collins-Tucker (Eric’s Aunt) who is in charge of the Go Fund me page. Debi may be contacted through her facebook page, Debi Collins-Tucker.

Eric J. Collins was born April 13, 1971 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Donald L. and Ellen (Witt) Collins. He was educated in the Galva schools. His marriage to Jennifer Wilson took place in September of 2000. Eric worked in the construction trade as a mill wright for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at his cabin, but most of all spending time with his family and friends. 

Those surviving are his parents Ron and Ellen (Witt/Collins) Helton of Neponset, Jennifer Wilson of Galva, two sons Skyler Wilson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Michael Collins of Galva, a brother, Justin Collins of Terre Haute, IN, his granddaughter, Paityn of Cedar Rapids, IA, grandmother Joyce Witt of East Moline, nieces Samantha and Mya Collins of Kewanee, and a nephew, Brayden Collins of Galva. Other survivors include many aunts, uncles, and cousins. His father, Donald L. Collins, brother, Ben Collins, grandfather, Stanley Witt and grandparents Edward and Laura (Cleo) Collins preceded him in death. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Timothy L. Swanson

 

Timothy L. Swanson, 54, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus in Silvis.  A Memorial Gathering celebrating his life will be held from 5-7 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Geneseo VFW Post.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.  Memorials may be made to the Timothy Swanson Memorial Fund.  Vandemore Funeral Homes and Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Tim was born on December 31, 1961 in Geneseo, IL the son of Larry and Judy (Allen) Swanson.  He was a 1980 graduate of Geneseo High School.  He was united in marriage to Cindy L. Johnson on November 27, 1996 in Geneseo, IL.  Tim had been a lifelong truck driver and spent the last 15 years driving for Edwards Ready Mix.  He enjoyed following History and watching Jeopardy.  He loved all animals, but especially his dog Molly.

 

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons: Clay Swanson, at home, Nate Swanson (friend Hope Lentz) of Geneseo, IL; mother: Judy Swanson of Geneseo, IL; step-son: Matthew Swanson of Portland, OR; step-daughters: Lindsay (Chris) Robinson of Geneseo, IL, Leslie (Clint) Hill of Macomb, IL; step-grandchildren: Tristan, Arlo, Milo; brothers: Greg (Traci) Swanson of  Davenport, IA, Kent (Kristi) Swanson of Geneseo, IL; several Aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry and his nephew Kayden.

 

 

 

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Joyce Y.Kurima

Joyce Y. Kurima, 72, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo.  Visitation will be 2-3 pm with the Memorial Service following at 3 pm on Saturday, February 27th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory. 

 

Joyce was born on December 16, 1943 in Hiroshima, Japan, the daughter of Shigehiro and Kazuko (Yoshioka) Niimi.  She graduated high school and went on to study at a 2 year business college.  She was united in marriage to Walter H. Kurima on June 22, 1968 in Chicago, IL.  She was the owner/ operator of Homemade Treasures in Geneseo.  Joyce was an avid quilter and enjoyed making crafts, especially decorating her gourds.

 

She is survived by her husband, Walter; sons: Will (Cheryl) Kurima of Aurora, IL, Dave (Denise) Kurima of Monett, MO, and Kent (Collay) Kurima of Washington, IL; grandchildren: Sophie, Rachel, Jason, Katie, Ashley, Dylan, and Sydney; sisters: Charlotte Kirihara of Gardena, CA, and Grace Sumihiro of McLean, VA.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

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Pastor Joseph C. Kobernat

Pastor Joseph C. Kobernat, 59, of Geneseo and longtime Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo was called home suddenly on Friday, February 19, 2016 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room.  A Funeral Service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 24th at the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.  Pastors Joel Kobernat, Jeremy Kobernat, Mark Swanson, and Dr. Jack Trieber will officiate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Pastor Joe Kobernat Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several organizations.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Joe was born on February 22, 1956 in England, the son of James and Janet (Johnson) Kobernat.  He graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford, IL and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI.  Joe was united in marriage to Cindy Vigil on June 11, 1977 in Denver, CO.  He taught at Berean Christian High School in Rockford, IL as well as coached for 16 years.  In 1995, he became the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Geneseo where he had served his church and his Lord for the past 20 years.  His life and ministry has impacted hundreds, influencing full-time Christian workers who are now scattered across the world.  He was a devoted Pastor to his church and loved his God.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Cindy; daughters: Julie Kobernat (fiancé Kevin Walsh), Clarksville, TN, Jill (Don) Ghrist, Lancaster, CA, Jessica (Curt) Anderson, Orion, IL, and Jennifer (Caleb) Schnurr, Cambridge, IL; sons: Pastor Joel (Taryn) Kobernat, Davenport, IA, Pastor Jeremy (Joanna) Kobernat, Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Jared Kobernat, Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Angelina, Eden, Lacey, Savannah, Gabriella, Chloe, and Reagan who will be born soon; sister: Linda Erickson, Rockford, IL; brothers: Jim (Vickie) Kobernat, Rockford, IL, Terry (Melanie) Kobernat, Winnebago, IL, Curtis (Susan) Kobernat, Gurnee, IL, and Jeff Kobernat, Rockford, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Michael Lynn Banks

Michael Lynn Banks, 58, of rural Kewanee, Il. died at 9:46 A.M. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at his home.

Mike was born May 25, 1957 in St. Charles, Mo. the son of Lynn T. and Mary L. (Boardman) Banks.  The family moved to Kewanee in August of 1957.  Mike graduated from Wethersfield High School with the Class of 1975.  He married Colleen DeReu.  They were later divorced.

Surviving is a daughter Harmony (Kevin) Green of Bowling Green, Ky., a granddaughter Madiliene Kate Green, his parents Lynn and Mary Banks of Kewanee and one brother Patrick Banks of Dixon, Il.  He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Mike farmed with his father.  He was a member of the Stark County Farm Bureau and had attended the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kewanee.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting and fishing.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome

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Maxine Louise Clark

Heaven rejoiced as Maxine Louise Clark, 91, of Kewanee, Il. was welcomed home at 8:20 A.M. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the home of her son in Garland, Texas.  She returned to the arms of her Lord and Savior whom she faithfully served and trusted during her time on earth.

Maxine was born July 21, 1924 in Muscatine, Iowa the daughter of Harry A. and Dorothy L. (Clark) Long.  She graduated from Viola High School. 

Maxine married Homer Lynn “Bud” Clark, Jr. on July 14, 1949 in Memphis, Tn.   He preceded her in death on November 2, 1988.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son Michael Clark, a sister Margaret Nyberg, an infant brother and a niece Shirley.

Surviving is a daughter Joy (Rick) Swanson of Kewanee, two sons Gary (Lynn) Rausch of PrairieduSac, Wi., Jerry (Barbara) Clark of Garland, Tx, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Maxine had been employed at a sales clerk at the former J.C. Penney store in Kewanee.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Kewanee.  She enjoyed horseback riding in her younger years and reading.  She also faithfully supported many Christian charities.  Her greatest joy however was her family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor Joe Schmidt of the First Christian Church will officiate.  Burial will be private for the family in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, February 23rd at the funeral home.   Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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SHirley Starnes Madigan

Shirley Starnes Madigan, 70, of Geneseo, IL, formerly of Evergreen Park and Manteno, IL passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be at 3 pm on Saturday, February 20th at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo.  A visitation will be held from 1-3 pm prior to the Funeral Service at the funeral home.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites will be accorded following the funeral service by Vandemore Crematory.  Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, Kewanee or GiGi’s Playhouse, Moline.

 

Shirley was born on October 29, 1945 in Paris, TN, the daughter of Thomas and Ruby (Evans) Starnes.  She graduated from Bolton High School.  She was united in marriage to Thomas E. Madigan on November 19, 1982.  She was previously married to the late Alfred “Butch” Hale and then Raymond Lee Oliver.  Shirley worked as a bookkeeper/ hostess for several years, from which she retired from in 2004.  She also was a Police Matron/ Auxiliary member in Indian Head Park, IL.

 

Shirley served 6 years on the Committee for Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL.  She was an avid reader.

Family was everything to her and she cherished every moment with her daughters and grandchildren.   She also enjoyed spending time with her brothers.  Most of all Shirley enjoyed spending time and having adventures with the love of her life and husband, Thomas Madigan. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Thomas; daughters: Regina Marie Hale-Oliver (Todd Langlois) of Kewanee, IL, Karen Paige (James) Jennings of Port Byron, IL; grandchildren: Ashlee, James, Joseph, Jacob, Grace, Cole, Caleb; step-grandchildren: Dylan, Christian; neighborhood grandchildren: Hailey, Brandi, Kiersten, Quinn; brothers: John T. ( Barbara) Starnes, Larry Joe (Rebecca) Starnes, Wayne (Charlene) Starnes; nieces and nephews: Shane, Belinda, Elaine, Renee, Erin, Ashley, Penny, Dana, Misty, Brian, Annie, Bradley, Sherry, and Scooter.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 

 

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Michael D. Teerlinck

 

 

Michael D. Teerlinck, 65, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital.  A Memorial Visitation celebrating his life will be held from 4-7 pm on Thursday, February 18th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 pm.  A private graveside service will be held on Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael Teerlinck Memorial Fund.

 

Michael was born on May 4, 1950 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Dean and Marion (DePorter) Teerlinck.  He attended Geneseo Schools and was united in marriage to Gail Phillips on September 14, 1991 in Geneseo, IL.  Michael was an owner/operator of a trucking business for several years.  He then worked for the City of Geneseo in the street department, which he retired from after 20 years in 2012.  Michael was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed driving his corvette and going to corvette shows.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Gail; daughter: Brittany Teerlinck of Geneseo; sons: Brandon (Mandy) Teerlinck of Bettendorf, IA, Brent (Jennifer) Teerlinck of CA; grandchildren: Brooklyn and Bailey; mother: Marion Teerlinck of Geneseo; sister: Bonnie Swanson (friend Charlie Provenzano) of  Pompano Beach, FL; sister-in-law: Jill Teerlinck of Geneseo; nieces: Brenna Teerlinck and Curstine Melan.

 

He was preceded in death by his father; his brother, Scott Teerlinck; and nephews, Luke Teerlinck and Brock Swanson.

 

 

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Rick J. Cathelyn

 

Rick J. Cathelyn, 58, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency room.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 19th at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation for Rick will be from 4-7 pm on Wednesday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7pm.  Memorials may be made to the Rick Cathelyn Memorial Fund.

 

Rick was born on April 15, 1957 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Francis and Joan (Heirbrandt) Cathelyn.  He was a 1975 graduate of Geneseo High School and was united in marriage to Cindi M. Floto on January 23, 1982 in Geneseo.  Rick worked with his dad and brother in the family business, Cathelyn Construction for 30 years.  He then became a security officer with the TSA at the Quad City Airport.  He also opened his own quilting business as well.

 

Rick was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially trips to Canada.  He was an avid Cubs and Alaskan snow dog racing fan.  Most of all Rick loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Cindi; Daughter: Nicole (Eric) Rowold of Geneseo; son: Ryan (Irene) Cathelyn of Surprise, AZ; grandchildren: Ryley, Ida and Lillian; his father: Francis Cathelyn of Geneseo; brother: Gary (Kathy) Cathelyn of Geneseo; niece: Kelli Cathelyn.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Joan.

 

 

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Wesley A. Smith

ELMORE - Wesley A. “Wes” Smith, 80, a resident of the Knox County Nursing Home, formerly of Elmore, died at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the home in Knoxville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 17 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Pastor Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Activities Department at the Knox County Nursing Home. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

He was born February 18, 1935 in Victoria Twp., IL, the son of William F. and Evelyn S. (Mosher) Smith. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Dale, Virgil and Ray LaVerne and three sisters, Doris LaFollette, Harriet Schmidt and Ruth Tucker.

Wes had worked at Weaver Hatchery & Hardware in Williamsfield. He was a member of the former Elmore Methodist Church and now the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and the Williamfield Coffee Club. He enjoyed mowing lawns. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Richard C. Wells

Richard C. Wells, Sr. of East Moline, IL passed on Feb. 11, 2016 at the age of 94. Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 15th from 4 – 7 p.m. at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral and Cremation Services, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bettendorf, IA, officiated by Pastor Richard Pokora, with a 1 hour visitation beginning at 10 a.m.  There will be a luncheon immediately following the funeral service at Redeemer church hall.  Burial will be at Annawan Cemetery, Annawan, IL scheduled for 3 p.m. with military rites by Kewanee Veterans Council.  Memorials may be made to Redeemer Church, Bettendorf or Annawan Township Cemetery.

 

Richard was born on Jan. 26, 1922 in Annawan, IL, son of Matthew and Lillian Pont Wells.  He married Evelyn Marie Birrer on July 9, 1943 in Eastman, VA.  She preceded him in death on May 29, 1992.  Richard married Barbara Beebe on June 18, 1994 in Davenport, IA.

 

Richard farmed in rural Annawan for many years and retired from the Kewanee Boiler Shop.  His herd of purebred Jersey cattle was recognized as one of the best in the state, winning numerous production and state fair awards.  His farm attained Century Farm status in 1999.  Later, he enjoyed dancing, traveling, volunteer work, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  He was active in his church family, volunteering for BeFrienders and Moline Blood Center.

 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; four sons and a daughter, Dick Wells, Sheffield, Jim (Deb) Wells, LaPorte, IN, Kathleen (Al) Ahrens, Colona, Tom (Sue Ann) Wells, Annawan, and Tim (Cynthia) Wells, Geneseo; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four step-sons, Larry, Gene, Allen and Gail Beebe; nine step-grandchildren; and eleven step-great grandchildren.  His parents, two brothers, and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

 

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Richard’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com

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David G. "Davey" Crockett

David G. “Davey” Crockett, 84, of Kewanee, Il. died at 11:45 P.M. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Davey was born January 12, 1932 in Annawan, Il. the son of Harvey and Ruth (McLaughlin) Crockett.  The family moved to the Osceola area and he graduated from Wethersfield High School.

Davey served for four years on a destroyer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  He married Pat Bybokas on May 26, 1956 in Kewanee, Il.  She survives along with two daughters Laurie Crockett and Lynne Tucker both of Kewanee, one son John Crockett of Toulon, six grandchildren Zachary, Josh, Daisha, Dalton, Jessica and Justin and six great grandchildren Ciara, Olivia, Aryana, Clara, Aidan and Thomas.

He was preceded in death by four sisters Alberta Lyon, June Hand, Vivian Downey and Laverne Clarke and three brothers Robert, Bruce and Kenny Crockett.

Davey was employed as a welder at Case IH for thirty years retiring in 1991.  He was a member of the Kewanee American Legion, VFW and Isaak Walton League.  He enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, hunting, and woodworking.  He especially enjoyed time spent with his grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Fr. John Burns will officiate.  Burial will be private.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home.  Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Isaak Walton League trap grounds.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Elena T. Padilla


KEWANEE - Elena T. Padilla, 58, of Kewanee, died at 2:47 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 12 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held a half hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 20, 1957 in Kewanee, the daughter of Alfonso “Al” M. and Martha T. (Martinez) Padilla. Survivors include her father of Kewanee, two brothers, Henry “Hank” (Naomi “MeMe”) Puente and Stephen Padilla, both of Houston, TX, her sister, Rebecca (Michael) Prince of Wasilla, AK and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Elena graduated from Kewanee High School in 1977. She was a homemaker and helped care for her father. She was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and enjoyed reading and drawing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Elena T. Padilla


KEWANEE - Elena T. Padilla, 58, of Kewanee, died at 2:47 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 12 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held a half hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 20, 1957 in Kewanee, the daughter of Alfonso “Al” M. and Martha T. (Martinez) Padilla. Survivors include her father of Kewanee, two brothers, Henry “Hank” (Naomi “MeMe”) Puente and Stephen Padilla, both of Houston, TX, her sister, Rebecca (Michael) Prince of Wasilla, AK and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Elena graduated from Kewanee High School in 1977. She was a homemaker and helped care for her father. She was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and enjoyed reading and drawing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Kathi "Crash" Shields Baker Kathi “Crash” Shields Baker, 72, of Galesburg, Il. and formerly of Kewanee, Il. died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Il. Kathi was born November 17, 1944 in Kewanee, Il. the daughter

Kathi “Crash” Shields Baker, 72, of Galesburg, Il. and formerly of Kewanee, Il. died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Il.

Kathi was born November 17, 1944 in Kewanee, Il. the daughter of Robert and Dora (Norbo) Shields.  She graduated from Galva High School with the class of 1962.   Kathi married Jim Baker. 

Surviving are two daughters Wendi (James) Hardesty of Flora, In., Tyfani Byrne of Johnson City, Tn., five grandchildren Skylar, Cassie, Jake, Brandon and Caleb and one great grandson Spencer.  Also surviving are two sisters Peggy (Don) England of Galva, Il and Sandy (Robert) Miles of Browns Mills, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers John and Tom.

Crash was a member of the Kewanee Pool League.  She will be remembered for her hand made greeting cards and extreme holiday enthusiasm which included a Christmas tree decorated for every holiday of the year.  She thoroughly enjoyed knitting quietly by a fireplace drinking an ice cold Coca-Cola.  Crash was a warm hearted woman who loved with all she had.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.   Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.   Memorial contributions may be left at the funeral home.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Milton Duane "Kelly" Clapper

 

 

Milton Duane “Kelly” Clapper, 90, of Kewanee, went home to be with the Lord at 11:24 A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2016 surrounded by family at Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans council.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Kewanee.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

Kelly was born February 7, 1925 in Kewanee, Il. the son of Harvey and Theresa (Neuendorf) Clapper.  He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1944. He married Ruth E. Binkley on March 1, 1953 in Kewanee.  She preceded him in death on July 18, 2014.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Don and Dean Clapper and a sister Dorothy Foulk.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Jodi (Bill) Verscha and Jill (Joe) Seyller; two grandchildren, Maribeth (Brandon) Butler and Jacob (Kelly) Verscha; and five great-grandchildren, Lee and Isabella Butler, and Madalyn, Max and Marshall Verscha, a sister-in-law Helen Lovejoy of Kewanee and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Kelly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII.  He worked for Carlson roofing and owned and operated Carlson-Clapper Roofing Co. in Kewanee from 1968-1988.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Young Men’s Sunday school class.  He further served the Church as a trustee and deacon.

 

Kelly enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening and feeding the neighborhood birds.

He enjoyed woodworking and built the home on Garfield Street that he and his wife Ruth lived in for 55 years.

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Freddie Martin Sr.

 
 
 
 
 
KEWANEE-  Freddie E. Martin Sr., 70, of Kewanee, died at 11:02 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded after the services with private inurnment at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery.  Memorials can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church.

He was born on March 13, 1945 in Kewanee, the son of Glenn and Berniece (Richter)  Martin. He married Diane M. Reamer on July 1, 1968 in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on February 8, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by four sons, Freddie (Laurie) Martin Jr., Matthew (Cindy) Martin, Thommas (Amber) Martin and William Martin, all of Kewanee, five daughters, Carolyn (Matt) Meurs of Fulton, IL, Lynette (Wayne) Hulslander of Kewanee, Kayleen Martin (Josh Hoyle) of Washington, IA, Rebecca Martin (Phil Cone’) of Kewanee and Karyssa (Matthew) Heberer of  Fargo, ND, twenty grandchildren and one sister, Barb (Don) Manthe of Aledo.

Freddie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1964.  He was an independent truck driver. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed collecting antique tractors and riding them in parades and displaying them at the Fourth of July Festival at Francis Park. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.  

 

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Betty L. Wahlheim

 

Betty L. Wahlheim, 85, of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, February 04, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.   Private graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday, February 8th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Betty Wahlheim Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several charities.

 

Betty was born on July 9, 1930 in Cambridge, IL the daughter of Louis and Martha (Kunter) Klavohn.  She graduated from Galva High School and then went on to graduate with a degree in cosmetology from the Sterling Beauty School in Moline.  Betty was united in marriage to Willard L. Wahlheim on August 15, 1948 in Cambridge, IL.  He preceded her in death in 2011. She had been a real estate agent for 13 years, working for Stan Swanson Realty and Betty Powell Realty.  Betty enjoyed golfing and playing cards as well as entertaining family and friends.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Doris (Darrell) Hutchinson of Atkinson, IL, Linda (Jim) Lundquist of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Darren Hutchinson, Amy (Brian) Bogner; great grandchildren: Zach & Matthew Bogner; brother: Irvin Klavohn of Kewanee, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 sisters.

 

 

 

 

Share a message of sympathy with Betty’s family at:  vandemorefuneralhome.com

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Robert W. Arndt

 

 

Robert W. Arndt, 95, of rural Cambridge, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 8th, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Pastor Rick McDaniel will officiate.  Burial will at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge FFA or the Cambridge Academic Foundation.

 

Robert William Arndt was born February 3, 1921 in Erie, Illinois, the son of William L. and Pearl Jacobs Arndt.  He was educated in Erie schools and graduated from Erie High School in 1939.  His marriage to Betty J. Wagle took place on April 22, 1951 in Colona.  Bob was a lifelong farmer.  He has lived and farmed in Andover Township all of his adult life.

 

He was a member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Bob served on the Cambridge School Board for 24 years and was a member of the Henry County Fair Association where he had been a member of the Board of Directors for many years.  He was also a member and had served on the Board of Directors of the Henry County Farm Bureau and on the board of Henry Service Company.  Bob loved nature, his livestock, and Minneapolis-Moline Tractors.  He also enjoyed dancing to big band music.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Betty, three daughters and sons-in-law, Glenna and David Brewer, Cambridge, Marta and Tom Wohrley, Parker, CO, and Jennifer and Brett Underwood, Cambridge.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren,  Nathan (Heather) Brewer, Ankeny, IA, Erin (Justin) Boberg, Plainfield, IL, Jared (Aimee) Brewer, Cambridge, Heather Underwood, Davenport, Meagan Underwood, Cambridge,  Emily (Josh) Stokes, Robert Wohrley, and Neil Wohrley, all of Parker, CO, and twelve great grandchildren.  His parents, a sister, Phoebe Millerschone, and a brother, Emery Arndt, preceded him in death.

Video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Bob's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

 

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Shirley Atwell Floming



GALVA - Shirley (Atwell) Floming, 87, of rural Galva, died at 8:40 a.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.Monday, February 8 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m.Sunday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge or to the kitchen restoration project at St. John Catholic Church in Galva.

She was born October 22, 1928 in Loraine Twp., IL, the daughter of J. Gilbert and Ruby E. (Newlon) Atwell. She married Fred “Bud” Floming on January 17, 1948 in Moline and he preceded her in death on October 16, 1985. Survivors include her children, Connie (Dan) Collier of Cambridge, Keven (Cheryl) Floming of Cordova and Kerry Floming of Kewanee, seven grandchildren, Michelle (Larry) Cheline of Galva, Ryan (Jill) Smith of Plainfield, IL, Heather (Mart) Frakes of Galesburg, Jennifer Floming of Kewanee, Jason (Amanda) Floming of Cordova, Kristy (Randy) Kirkpatrick of LeClaire, IA and Jessica Floming and her fiancé, Jamey Kitterman of Kewanee, eleven great grandchildren, Cameron, Cooper, Samantha, Lindsay, Noah, Giana, Isaac, Avery, Savannah, Jackson and Colten and several cousins. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Shirley graduated from Atkinson High School. She had worked for John Deere Plow Co. in Moline and for Super Valu and Standard Oil in Galva. She also worked at Dixline Corporation from 1985 until her retirement in 2004. She enjoyed her farm life, doing yard work and fishing while spending time at their lake house. She also enjoyed Big Band music and attending the concerts in the park and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Joseph L. Glattly

Joseph L. Glattly, 92, of Atkinson, IL passed away Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo, surrounded by family. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10 am on Saturday February 6th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Geneseo. Military Honors for Joe will be accorded following the Mass by the Don Cherry VFW Post #5083. A burial will be at Durant Cemetery in Durant, IA on Saturday afternoon. A visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Atkinson Rescue Squad, Geneseo Maple City Band, or Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Geneseo.

 

Joe was born July 26, 1923 in Creston, IA to Charles and Irma (Putt) Glattly. He grew up in Oskaloosa, IA, and became a professional musician at age 18 before entering WWII from 1943-1946. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated with an MA in Music. At Iowa, he continued to play music professionally and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He married Sandra Frick of Durant, IA in 1953. His career as a music teacher included positions in Durant, IA; Coralville, IA; and Atkinson, IL for 23 years.

 

Joe's passions were his family, music, and community. Joe was a proficient clarinet and saxophone player. He also composed many pieces for big band and concert band. He was an active member of the Geneseo Maple City Band for over 50 years. Joe also wrote, performed, and coordinated the musical arrangements for the Atkinson Rolle Bolle Band. Being active in his community was an important part of Joe's life. He served as President of the Atkinson Kiwanis Club and President of the Atkinson Library Board. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Geneseo for 55 years and also volunteered at Hammond Henry Hospital.

 

Survivors include his wife Sandra; son Mark (Jonna) Glattly, Malibu, CA; daughter-in-law Lori Glattly, Lake Forest, IL; grandchildren, Brittany, Heather, Grant (Courtney), Paige; great-grandchildren, Craig and Taylor.

 

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his son Craig in 2006, and his brother Bob.

 

The family welcomes you to share a memory or condolences online atvandemorefuneralhome.com

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Rosie Lee Bell

Rosie Lee Bell, 89, of Kewanee, IL, passed away quietly on Saturday, January 31, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Peoria, IL.

Rosie was born October 11, 1926 in Columbus, MS to Robert and Julia Vaughn. She was the eldest of three children. Rosie completed high school in Columbus and moved to Chicago, IL where she lived until 2012 before relocating to Kewanee, IL. While in Chicago Rosie worked in the health care field for Ambassador Nursing and Rehab and Waterford Nursing and Rehab where she worked until well in her seventies and retired.

When in better health, Rosie enjoyed frequent out of state travels to visit family and loved ones. She enjoyed a large circle of friends and a busy Chicago social life. While Rosie did not have children of her own, she loved and cherished her nieces and nephews very much.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Elisha Vaughn and her life mate of fifty years, Moses Isaacs (2014) of Chicago. Those left to cherish her beautiful memory are her sister, Ozella Hollins of the home, her nieces and nephews and a large host of close cousins and many friends. A special mention of gratitude goes to her nieces, Nusturia (Trish) Vaughn and Tammy Vaughn of Kewanee, who have provided Rosie with much loving and diligent care. Thank you for always being there.

Rosie was beautiful inside and out. She was extremely loving, loyal and generous to a fault. She will always be remembered that way. She will be truly missed by all those who loved her.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial is planned for a later date. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

 

The family of Rosie Vaughn Bell would like to thank everyone for every expression of kindness extended to them during the passing of their loved one.

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