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Guy Eaves

 

Guy Eaves, 89, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Prospect Heights, IL.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 2nd at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Rev. Ryan Landino will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post # 5083.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior (9:30 – 10:30 am) to the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.  

 

Guy was born on November 30, 1926 in Atlanta, GA, the son of Guy and Mary Lou (Foster) Eaves, Sr.  He graduated from Tech High School and went on to the University of Georgia.  He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Sims on August 3, 1947 in Atlanta, GA.  She preceded him in death on May 5, 2012.  Guy proudly served in the US Navy from 1944-1946.  He taught mathematics at Central High School.  He then started with Deere & Co and was with them for 26 years, retiring in1982.

 

Guy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, where he served as a deacon and elder.  He also belonged to the Geneseo Kiwanis Club and the Geneseo Country Club.  Guy was active in building and flying model airplanes and race cars, as well as making and repairing 4 string banjos.  He enjoyed playing golf.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Lucy (Michael) Murphy of Mt. Prospect, IL; son: Dan (Julie) Eaves of Greensboro, NC; and 3 grandchildren: Mary Kate Murphy, Eric Eaves, and Ryan Eaves.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

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James A. DeSmit



KEWANEE - James A. DeSmit, 82, of Kewanee, died at 11:10 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born on August 13, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Joseph and Effie (Roose) DeSmit. He married Donna Mahaffey on October 2, 1954 in Kewanee. She survives as well as seven sons, Kenneth (JoAnn) DeSmit of Kewanee, Douglas (Sue) DeSmit of Greenwood, IN, Peter (Liz) DeSmit, of Bridgewater, VA, Matthew (Shana) DeSmit of Nashville, TN, John (Theresa) DeSmit of  Fulton, MO, Thomas (Daina) DeSmit, of Wichita, KS, David (Teressa) DeSmit of Columbia, MO, two daughters, Cathie (Douglas) Jenkins of  Lacon, IL and Debbie (Rich) Lasky of Cape Girardeau, MO, twenty-five grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Albert, Ed, Joe, Lawrence and Robert, three sisters, Irene Carlson, Leona Ours and Evelyn Henderson. 

He graduated from Wethersfield High School. He was a Korean War Veteran serving with the United States Marine Corps. He worked at Taylor and Son in Kewanee as the parts manager until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, Visitation Church, the Moose Lodge and the VFW. He enjoyed his family, friends and gardening. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left HERE.

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Evelyn Ptasnik

Evelyn Ptasnik, 93, of Kewanee, died at 9:29 A.M Saturday June 25, 2016 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Il. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday June 30, 2016 at Visitation Catholic Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee.   Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home.  Memorials will be directed to Visitation Catholic School.   The Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee is in charge of the arrangements.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family HERE.

 

Evelyn was born in Kewanee on September 7th, 1922, the daughter of Bernard and Louise (Fuerst) VerShaw.  She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1940.  Evelyn married Victor Ptasnik on August 28th 1948, in Kewanee.  Surviving are son Lee Ptasnik of Kewanee; three daughters, Marie Cole of Cynthiana, Ky., Ruth Speakman of York, Pa., and Ann (Rick) Lafler of Lincoln, Ne.; seven grandchildren, Eric Ptasnik, Chris (Tara) Ptasnik, Nick Speakman, Jason and Bryan Vujakovich, and Ryan and Aaron Lafler; and three great-grandchildren; one sister Teresa (Henry) Hill, of Kewanee, and brother Thomas (Mary Ann) VerShaw of Florida.

 

She was proceeded in death by her husband Victor Ptasnik, her parents, a granddaughter, Amanda (Speakman) Craig, two brothers, Joseph VerShaw and Michael VerShaw in infancy; and three sisters, Agnes Thompson, Florence Standaert and Anna E. Menghini.

 

She was a member of Visitation Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society.  She also volunteered her time at Visitation School.

 

She enjoyed dancing with her husband of 61 years, rolle bolle, reading, crocheting, sewing, the Chicago Bears and traveling to see her children and grand-children.  She also enjoyed attending Vic's annual Army Reunion in Springfield with him. 

 

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Georgeanne M.

KEWANEE - Georgeanne M. “Gigi” Toutant, 72, of Kewanee, died at 8:44 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Tammy Shane will officiate. Visitation will be held  from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Gigi Toutant Memorial Fund.
 
She was born September 11, 1943 in Chicago, the daughter of Stanley and Patricia (Nanista) Karpinski. She married Ernest W. Toutant Sr. on July 20, 1963 in Chicago. He survives, as does a son, Ernest (Amy) Toutant Jr. of Kewanee, three daughters, Anne Toutant of Elk Grove Village, IL, Tina Durkin and Gina (Shane) Dykeman, both of Kewanee, twelve grandchildren, Kristin (Andy) Padilla, Patrick Durkin Jr., Gustavao  Perez, Sarah Durkin, Ernest Toutant III, Vinny Perez, Alex Toutant, Kevin, Katie, Eric and Gabby Perez and Jordyn Dykeman, a great granddaughter, Isabella Durkin and two sisters, Susie (Frank) Salerno of Sheridan, IL and Barbie (Rich) Parse of Itasca, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
 
Gigi had worked as a cook at Pizza Hut and in shipping and receiving at Billco Products in Addison, IL. She was of the Christian faith and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had a way to touch everyone she met and had a beautiful heart for life. She enjoyed movies and magazines and spending time with her children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Annette M. DeGeeter

Annette M. DeGeeter, 79, of Osco, passed away on Saturday June 25, 2016 at the Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo and there will be no services held.

 

Annette was born on March 7, 1937 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Harold and Lula (Swanson) Stenzel.   She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She married Robert DeGeeter and they later separated.  Annette was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.  She enjoyed fishing, crafting and sewing.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Richard) Kleinau of Osco, IL.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

 

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Norma Wolfe Nyman


KEWANEE - Norma (Asbell) Wolfe  Nyman, 89, of Kewanee, passed into eternity at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Geneseo. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Tuesday, June 28 at  Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church.

She was born May 10, 1927 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles F. and Ruby (Comstock) Asbell. She was first married to William J. Wolfe II and he preceded her in death. She later married Harold L. Nyman in 1980 in Altona and he preceded her in death on February 19, 2003. Survivors include two daughters, Judith (John) Dolieslager of Kewanee and Christine Siegler of East Moline, IL, two sisters, Sarah (Maurice “Bubba”) Corwin of Venice, FL and Evelyn Larson of Sarasota, FL, a daughter-in-law, Terri Wolfe of Kewanee, a brother-in-law, Lloyd Dyer of Kewanee, a sister-in-law, Naomi Brignadello of Kewanee, seven grandchildren, Lance (Cherri)  Dolieslager  Erik (Jennefer) Dolieslager , Bryan J. “BJ” Stewart, Chae Otis, Katie Kirkendall, Chelsae Wolfe and Karlie (James) Robert and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, William J. “Jimmy” Wolfe and  Edmond Wolfe, a granddaughter, Taylor Rose, four brothers, Harry, LeRoy and Paul Asbell and Harold Brignadello and six sisters, Irene Dyer, Julia Cone`, Marian Tracy, Thelma Asbell, Marjorie Morey and Marie Louise White. 

Norma graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946. She had worked in the cafeteria at Kewanee High School, at Bondi’s Clothing Store and as a baker at Zarvell’s Bakery. She was a member of the First Christian Church where she had enjoyed Bible Study. She had volunteered at the Alcove at Kewanee Hospital for 10 years. She was also a former member of the Kewanee Hospital Auxiliary, having served on its Board and as Program and Membership Chairman. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marjorie M. Fiers

 

 

Marjorie M. Fiers, 88, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday June 22, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care.  A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, June 27th at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 3-5 pm on Sunday, June 26th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture rosary will be recited at 5 pm.  Memorials may be made to Marjorie Fiers Memorial Fund.

 

Marjorie was born on March 5, 1928 in Geneseo, IL the daughter of John and Alice (Marten) Fiers, Sr.  She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She worked as an office clerk for Wirth Plumbing and Heating.  Marjorie was a lifetime member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and Circle.  She enjoyed flower gardening, baking, and traveling with family.  She liked attending craft fairs with her sisters and attending her nieces and nephews sport activities, especially high school football.  She belonged to a bunco club and enjoyed coffee at McDonalds with friends.

 

She is survived by her brother John (Nancy) Fiers, Jr., Geneseo, IL; brothers-in-law: Gary (Maxine) Wahlheim, Geneseo, IL, and Don Buechler, Geneseo, IL; Nieces and Nephews: Steve (Julie) Fiers, Geneseo, IL, Susan Fiers, Schaumberg, IL, Sherry Leftwich, Hampton, IL, Becky (Troy) Clark, Davenport, IA, Todd (Gretchen) Buechler, Geneseo, IL, Robert (Rochelle) Buechler, Geneseo, IL, Debbie (Brian) Hardesty, Marysville, WA, Brian (Vicki) Wahlheim, Geneseo, IL, Roger (Renee) Wahlheim, Edmond, OK, and Rhonda (Kelly) Powell, LeSueur, MN; and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Pat Wahlheim and Mary Ann Buechler

 

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David William Irvine

 

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Galva... David William Irvine, 74, of Galva, died at 1:42 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at  St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield. Funeral services will be at 1 PM  on Monday, June 27 at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Pastor Tim Scott will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM until time of services. Burial will be at Galva Cemetery.

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Donald R.W. Ripka

Kewanee... Donald R.W. Ripka, 72, of Kewanee, died at 12:55 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday, June 25 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Rev. Bob Sherman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born on October 7, 1943 in Kewanee, the son of Donald W and Minola Naomi (Lee) Ripka. He is survived by two daughters, Victoria (Tracey) Rosebeck and Catherine “Catie” (Doug) VanDaele, both of Kewanee, nine grandchildren, Trevor Girkin, Caitlynn Girkin, Thomas Pollard, Joseph Pollard, Breanne Rosebeck, Kiersten Howard, Karlie  Rosebeck, Bree VanDaele and Payton Seibel, one great grandson, Thomas Lee pollard Jr and one on the way and one brother, Ken (Connie) Ripka of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Don attended Kewanee Schools. He had worked at Kewanee Boiler as a welder.  He enjoyed old westerns and records and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, welding, motorcycle riding and collecting guns. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Leona E. Crossan

Galva... Leona E. Crossan, 94, of Galva, died at 5:49 AM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Courtyard Estates, Galva. Private graveside and burial will be at Galva Cemetery. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be directed to Abilities Plus, Grace United Methodist Church or to the family for designated memorials on her behalf. Rux Funeral Home, Galva is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on August 31, 1921 in Galva, the daughter of George and Ann (Byer) Norbom. She married John F. Crossan on November 3, 1945 in Galva and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Harry, a grandson Adam and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl. She is survived by a son Chris of Geneseo, two daughters, Julie Leiter of Rock Island, IL and Mary (Lanny) Johnson of Orion, eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. 

Leona graduated from Galva High School in 1931. She had been a cook for the Galva School District. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she had been an active member and had served on various committees. She enjoyed cooking, baking and knitting. She had been a volunteer at Abilities Plus and at the Galva Tutoring Center. She enjoyed sending handwritten  notes to family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Avis Louise Nordstrom

Avis Louise Nordstrom (nee Soderholm), 89, of Geneseo, formerly of Annawan died on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25th at First United Methodist Church, 302 N State Street Geneseo, IL 61254.  Rev. Dan Wright will officiate.  Memorials in honor of Avis may be made to Annawan Community United Methodist Church, 201 S Main St. Annawan, IL 61234.

 

She was born September 19, 1926 in Geneva Hospital, Geneva IL and grew up on Wilson St in Batavia.  Her parents were Constance (Johnson) and Arwood Soderholm.  She attended St. Joseph School of Nursing and became a registered nurse, and she was proud of the horses that she owned.  She loved to travel and was proud of her career. She married Charles Budd Nordstrom June 8, 1957 and they lived many years in Lombard, IL where she was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church council and volunteered as camp nurse for youth events.  She loved singing and camping and was involved in many volunteer activities.  She moved to Annawan, IL and later to Geneseo, IL and was a member of the Annawan Community United Methodist Church and several other groups.  She lived at the Good Samaritan Society of Geneseo for the last years of her life, and treasured the loving staff there.  Because of her respect for the medical community and her selfless nature, she has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois.

 

She is survived by her daughters Alon Nordstrom and Heidi Houdek (of Gurnee IL), her grandchildren Kurtis, Carly and Libby, sister Helen, brother Ralph Soderholm, Colona, IL

 

 “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  - Phillipians 4:6

 

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Elizabeth "Betty" Maarman

Elizabeth “Betty” Maarman, 94, of Kewanee, Il. died at 5:13 P.M. Monday June 13, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday June 24, 2016 in the Fairview Church Cemetery, rural Annawan.   Pastor Martin Gutzmer will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

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Kevin C. Hudders

 

 

Kevin C. Hudders, 57, of Yorkville, passed away January 10, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  A private family internment will be June 25, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Kevin was born November 2, 1957 in Peoria, the son of Elmer and Doris (Buysse) Hudders.  On July 15, 1995 he was married to Susan Pennington.  Kevin enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening and riding his Harley.  Above all, he prided himself in his creative practical jokes, of which, no one was immune.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and godfather who is deeply missed by family and friends.

 

Kevin is survived by his wife, Susan Hudders, of Yorkville, Il; his daughter, Brandy Hinds of Kaneville, IL, son, Joseph Fowler and daughter, Jessica Fowler-Pehrson of Minnesota; his sister, Annie (Marty) Chapman of Kewanee, IL;  also 3 nephews, Danny, Andy, Tommy (Lindsey) Chapman and 2 “adopted” nieces, Kaleena (Craig) Conrad and MaecKenzie (Brian) Perino, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

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John H. Bennett



NEPONSET - John H. Bennett, 74, of Neponset, died at 4:40 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Neponset American Legion. Marshall Jones will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Memorials may be directed to the National MS Society or to the family for a memorial to be established. 

He was born September 1, 1941 in Kewanee, the son of Howard Samuel and M. Jane Stetson. He married Dianne E. Kramer on September 21, 1969 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on March 26, 2016. Survivors include two sons, Scott Bennett of Neponset and Rodney (Jamie) Bennett of Mackinaw, IL, two grandchildren, Justin Bennett and Heaven Bennett, a brother, Bob (Connie) Bennett of Neponset and a sister, Sue Norton of Neponset. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lee Bennett, a sister, Ann Jacobs and his son, Sam Bennett. 

John served his country in the Army National Guard in Kewanee for 8 years obtaining the rank of Staff Sargent. He farmed in the Neponset area for many years. He also had been a volunteer fireman in Neponset for many years. He was a member of the Neponset American Legion and the 40&8 in Annawan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Avis L. Nordsstrom

 

Avis L. Nordstrom, 89, of Geneseo, formerly of Annawan died on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  As per her wishes her body has been donated to Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Diane C. Clary

 

Diane C. Clary, 78, of Coal Valley, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family.  There will be a visitation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private family committal service will be held on Tuesday at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.  Memorials may be made to the UnityPoint Hospice or the University of Iowa Cancer Research.

 

Diane Carol  Robinson was born May 20, 1938 in Moline, the daughter of Freeman F. and Helen Johnson Robinson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1956.  Her marriage to Edwin A. Rathjen took place in April of 1960 in Cambridge.  She later married George W. Clary on May 26, 1989 in Moline.  Diane was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal for 33 years, retiring in 1996.  She loved traveling to the beach with her family and going on cruises.  Diane was always laughing and smiling and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

 

Those surviving are her husband, George, a son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Carol Rathjen,  and a daughter, Kelli Daley, all of Coal Valley, and two grandchildren, Damon and Dylan Nimrick.  Other survivors include a sister,  Lois Ashley, Geneseo, and several nieces and nephews.  Her parents,  two brother Gayne and Howard Robinson, and a sister, Ione Bestor, preceded her in death.  The family would like to thank the staff at UnityPoint Hospice for all of their kind and loving care during this difficult time.

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Michael D. "Mike" Vandersnick

 

 

Michael D. “Mike” Vandersnick, 51, of Atkinson, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at his home.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 21st at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Monday at the funeral home, where a rosary will be recited at 4:30 pm.  Memorials may be made to the Michael Vandersnick Memorial Fund.

 

Mike was born on January 28, 1965 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Duane and Inez (Lund) Vandersnick.  He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1983 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in 1987.  He worked for Great Dane Trailer Corp. in Kewanee as a parts distributor for 15 years.  Previously he had been the restaurant manager of the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco, CA.  Mike was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.  He was an avid Chicago Bears and Illini fan.

 

He is survived by his mother, Inez Vandersnick; sister: Kim (Randy) VanMeenen of Geneseo; brothers: Larry (Caryn) Vandersnick of Geneseo, IL, Jason Vandersnick of Silvis, IL; nieces and nephews: Terri VanMeenen Misfeldt, Kelly Holevoet, Christopher Vandersnick, Connor Vandersnick, Kylee Vandersnick, Ashtyn Vandersnick.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

 

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Kent G. Blackert

 

 

Kent G. Blackert, 63, of rural Prophetstown, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.  Per his request, no services will be held and Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory.

 

Kent was born on October 13, 1952 in Morrison, IL, the son of Gordon and Darlene (Anderson) Blackert.  He graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1970.  He was united in marriage to Lynn Brants on September 28, 1974 in Hooppole, IL.  Kent was a lifetime farmer on the family farm in rural Prophetstown and in earlier years he worked for Verstraete’s Garage.

 

Kent was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole.  He loved spending time on the farm and being with his grandchildren and his dogs.

 

He is survived by his wife Lynn; daughters: Amy (Dave) Hartman of Davenport, IA, Jamie (Gabe) Dietz of Tampico, IL, and Michele (Chad) Baze of Prophetstown, IL; grandchildren: Aubrey Baze, Justin Hartman, Caleb Baze, and Connor Baze; sisters: Christy Blackert (Jerry Anderson) of Davenport, IA, and Candice (Virgil) Hairgrove of Morton, IL; brother: Kevin (Kim) Blackert of Lynn Center, IL; and father-in-law: Leroy Gollnitz of Hooppole, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Dorothy Brants.

 

 

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Russell V. Ward

 

Russell V. Ward, 91, of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2016 at his home.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 18th at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm.  Memorials may be made to the Russell Ward Memorial Fund.

 

Russ was born on June 6, 1925, on a farm west of Atkinson, IL.  He was the son of Harold and Sue (Pratt) Ward.  He attended Atkinson, Cambridge, and Geneseo grade schools and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1943.  In January 1943, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Werthmann, at a dance in Davenport, IA.  They were married on January 11, 1948 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport.  He was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharistic minister for many years.

 

Russ and Dorothy Ward farmed west of Geneseo, IL for 46 years until his retirement in 1996.  After his retirement, Russ drove semi-trucks for his son Bob of Ward Custom Application until he was 81.  Russ served as a trustee on Geneseo Fire Protection District for 40 years.  He served on the boards of the Henry County Livestock Feeder’s Association, the Henry County Soil and Water District, and was a member of the Henry County Pork Producers.

 

He played fast pitch softball in the late 1940’s.  He enjoyed dancing and riding horses.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  Russ enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s activities and being with his family.

 

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; daughter: Sandi (Mark) Yontz of Bloomington, IL; sons: Larry (Chris) Ward of Geneseo, IL, Bob (Lori) Ward of Geneseo, IL; 13 grandchildren and soon to be 19 great grandchildren: Mandi Yontz of Normal, IL, Megan (Jason) Harden, Breven, and Brayden of Carlock, IL, Chelsea (Jamie) Duke, Grace, Caroline, and Calvin of Henry, IL, Kyle (Stephanie) Yontz, Victoria, and Dylan of Bloomington, IL, Cory (Cassie) Yontz of Normal, IL, Annie (Chad) Hawker, Lillie, Isabel, Emmy and Jack of Mt. Vernon, IA, Kate (Derek) Pohlmann of Lincoln, NE, Mackalah (Brent) Green of Bolivar, MO, Michael (Sarah) Ward of St. Louis, MO, Jillian (Travis) Andrew, Elli, Connor, and Deliah of White Heath, IL, Jessi (Brian) Haars, Everett, and Adelia of Geneseo, IL, Jake (Ashley) Ward, Braxton, and Hattie of Bettendorf, IA, and Josh Ward of Geneseo, IL; special nephew Bill (Angie) Durand of Kansas City, MO; and a sister: Dorothy Reed of Geneseo, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Sue Ward, and an infant son Eddie.

 

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Susan S. El Khachib

 

Susan S. El Khachib, 68, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the home of her daughter, Victoria Girtman, in Geneseo.  No services will be held and Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.

 

Susan was born on May 20, 1948 in Denver, Co, the daughter of Benjamin and Maureen Garcia.  She was a guest coordinator for Walt Disney Resorts.  She was very dedicated to her children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Victoria Girtman and fiancé Jim Fuqua of Geneseo, IL, and Candace Hobdy and partner Patricia Bradley of Raleigh, NC; and her grandson Noah Girtman.

 

 

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Glen Schwarm

Glen Schwarm, 76, of Kewanee, Il. died at 12:52 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Il.  On October 2, 1939 our beloved Glen was born to Ivan Charles and Irene (Jasper) Schwarm in St. Peter, Il.  The third of four children whose siblings include Carroll, Bob and Faye.

Glen’s formative years were spent living in Southern Illinois and working in the family-owned truck stop.  Glen learn many kitchen-related duties that would later serve him well in his future endeavors at Aunt Daisy’s B & B.  His continuing education consisted of being a graduate of Burlington High School in Burlington, Iowa and Burlington Junior College.  Glen joined the Navy where he proudly served from 1958 to 1962.  Glen graduated Navy electronics school in Millington, Tn and was sent to the Patuxent River Training Center (Naval Air Training Station) Patuxent River, Md.

Glen joined a squadron that flew super Constellations, over the North Atlantic, commonly called the DoLine.  The squadron’s mission was to search the North Atlantic looking for Russian submarines.  A typical day consisted of flying 14 hours every day for 2 weeks.  His squadron was based in Newfoundland and routinely completed assignments that involved the Azore Islands.  It was only recently that Glen revealed that his Navy squadron was selected for part of the Alan Shephard recovery team for his flight into space in 1961.  Upon discharge, he found his way into the folding carton business which, being a company man, meant several moves…Minnesota, Indiana, California, Texas and 25 years in Chicago.

Glen married Michele Agnew on January 8, 1961 in Burlington, Ia.   She survives along with three sons Jeffrey and his son Eric of Bolingbrook, Il., Michael and wife Michelle and their children Sam and Anna of St. Charles, Mo., John and wife Laurie and their children Sarah, Alyssa and Andrew of Carey, Il.,  In addition 7 golden retrievers have entered and gone through their lives as well.  The past 18 years glen and Michele have owned and operated Aunt Daisy’s Bed and Breakfast here in Kewanee.  They not only love the business but enjoyed and loved working and being together.  With his involvement in tourism, Glen was a co-founder of “More on 34”, now the Nations’ 4th largest garage sale.  In addition, as President of Rotary, through generous community efforts and a wonderful concert, purchased a grand piano for the Kewanee Arts Council.  He was an avid hunter of the elusive Morel mushroom and each spring would happily trod through the country side with family and friends in his quest.

Glen lived by the motto-“What’s the right thing to do?”  “Then it is the right thing”.  Glen loved his Lord, his family, his dogs and living in Kewanee.  He viewed work as a gift. Glen and Michele were married for 55 years and when diagnosed with 4th stage brain and kidney cancer they thanked God for a full life together with no regrets.  Glen has many friends from all walks of life….he will be missed here on earth by all.  Glen was very proud of his sons through their work, their music, their families and their contribution to their communities and society.  Glen is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and enjoyed looking up his ancestors.  He was hopeful that they are looking down and like what they see in this and future generations bearing the Schwarm connection.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 20, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Monday at the Church.   Following the services military honors will be accorded in Glen’s front yard by the Galva Fusiliers.  Memorials may be directed to OSF Richard Owens Hospice House or the Kewanee Salvation Army.   The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenementumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Orville C. Grant

 

 

Orville C. Grant, 90, formerly of Cambridge and Kewanee, died Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his apartment in Courtyard Estates, Galva.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17th, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Pastor Rick McDaniel will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Orville Grant Memorial Fund.

 

Orville Clifford Grant was born July 7, 1925 in Lynn Township, Henry County, Illinois, the son of Clifford B. and Rachel M. Wildermuth Grant.  He was educated in Cambridge area schools.  His marriage to Irene R. Ensley took place on June 24, 1945 in Kewanee.  She passed away December 21, 1991.  He later married Phyllis Martin Bergling on November 25, 1995 in Cambridge.  She died October 5, 2005.

 

He was a lifelong farmer.  Orville also worked part time in the winter months for the Experimental Division of John Deere Harvester in East Moline.  He was a former member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, the Flemish American Club in Kewanee, and Valley View Country Club in Cambridge.  Orville enjoyed traveling, camping, and square dancing.

 

Those surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Richard Vlahovich, Kewanee, Bonnie and Brian O'Leary, Tacoma, WA, Hollie Ingram, Port Byron, and a son, Daryl Grant, Kewanee, ten grandchildren, Heidi, Christopher, Jamie, Lisa, Rachael, Angie, Aaron, Amber, Stephanie, and Trevor, 14 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.  Other survivors include two brothers, Dwayne Grant, Cambridge, and Cary (Tani) Grant, Cambridge, six sisters, Zeretta (Marvin) Swanson, Estora, FL, Norine (Donald) Hasbrook, Marshfield, WI, Joyce (Jan) Gibson, Calhoun, GA, Veronica (Paul) Moon, Wyanet, Patricia (Wayne) Weyland, Andover, and Linda (Jim) Justice, Milan.  His parents, his two wives, a sister, Carole Hasbrook-Lundgren, a brother, Phillip Grant, and a special friend, Shirley Bloomhuff, preceded him in death.

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

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Carol E. Hartman



GALVA - Carol E. Hartman, 45, of Galva, died at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no services. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Willie L. Stevenson Sr.



ROCK ISLAND - Willie L. Stevenson Sr., 70, of Rock Island, died at 7:20 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Iowa City VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Thursday, June 16 at Bethel Church of God in Christ, 815 Acorn Street,  Kewanee. Pastors Timothy Nolan and Tyrone Baker will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Willie Stevenson Memorial Fund.

He was born March 4, 1946 in Warm Springs, GA, the son of Anniebelle Warden. He first had been married to Margaretta Warden and then later had been married to Debra Adams. Survivors include six children, Willie Stevenson Jr. (Briana Frisby) of Kewanee, Dwayne (Alissa) Levy of Cleveland, OH, Shannon Welcome of Kewanee, Estelle Stevenson and Scott Stevenson, both of Louisville, KY and Chalondra Clark of Rock Island, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, twin brother in infancy, a son, Raymond Troy Stevenson in infancy and step-brother, Richard Warden.

Willie graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1965. He served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and had earned several Purple Hearts. He worked as a corrections officer for the State of Iowa and did independent carpentry work. He enjoyed watching various sports. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Jerald P.Dobbels

 

Jerald P. Dobbels 43 of Geneseo passed away suddenly Friday June 10, 2016 at his home. A Memorial service celebrating his life   will be held at 11:00 A.m. Thursday June 16 at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.m. In Lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to the Jerald P. Dobbels Memorial Fund. Cremation has been accorded by the Vandemore Crematory.

 

Jerald was born on August 27, 1972 in Geneseo the son of Alfred J. & Leona (Lock) Dobbels. Jerald attended Geneseo Schools. He was a member of the St. Malachy’s Catholic Church and he loved working on Car. He especially enjoyed being a Farmhand and helping on the Farm.

 

Survivors include his Mother Leona Dobbels, Geneseo; Sisters Jackie (Mike) Wisdom, Colona; Janet (Jason)Shoemaker, Prophetstown; Jenny Dobbels, Geneseo; Brothers John (Pat) Dobbels, Coal Valley; Joe Dobbels, Geneseo, & Jesse Dobbels, Geneseo. Several Nieces & Nephews.

 

He was preceded in Death by his Grandparents & Father.

 

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Gertrude Simmons

Galva... Gertrude Eileen “Gert” Simmons, 95, of Galva, died at 7:49 AM Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM  on Wednesday, June 15 at Messiah Lutheran Church. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 PM at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Inurnment will be at the Galva Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Arts Council.

She was born on August 20, 1920 in Galesburg, the daughter of John Anton and Hulda (Beckman) Carlson. She married Wilbur A. “Bill” Simmons on April 20, 1940 in Burlington, IA. He preceded her in death on January 19, 1966. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, two brothers and a great granddaughter, Anna Anderson.  She is survived by two sons, John (Linda) Simmons of Galva, Jim (Linda) Simmons of West Plains, MO, two daughters, Judy (Roger) Anderson of Galva, Jackie (John) White of Prairie Village, KS, eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great -great grandson.

Gert had graduated from Galesburg High School and later from Carl Sandburg College with an LPN Degree. She had worked as a LPN at Kewanee Public Hospital and for Dr. Eckberg. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, PEO, and Galva Arts Council. In her early years, she enjoyed swimming at Lake Calhoun, golfing and dancing. She was a well known local artist and doing art work in various mediums.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Beulah L. Bederske



KEWANEE- Beulah L. Bederske, 95, of Kewanee, died at 12:02 a.m., Thursday, June 9, at her home. 
 

Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Private inurnment will be held at Mineral Cemetery.

 

The Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee Is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Joseph "Joe" DeValkenaere



KEWANEE - Joseph “Joe” DeValkenaere, 85, of Kewanee, died at 8:36 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, June 10 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He was born July 26, 1930 at his home in Kewanee, the son of August and Emma (Beyer) DeValkenaere. He had been married to Marilyn Craig. Survivors include the love of his life, Rosalie Foes of Kewanee, two sons, Jay (Annette) DeValkenaere and Rod (DeeDee) DeValkenaere, both of Kewanee, his daughter, Chris (Don) Greiner of Independence, IA, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Laurence, William, James and Jack and three sisters, Rose, Arlene and Darlene “Bob”.

Joe graduated from Kewanee High School and enjoyed going to class reunions with the classes of 1947 and 1948. He was a cement finisher by trade and did independent construction and had been a partner in R&R Construction. He had also worked as a superintendent for Jensen Construction and as a union steward for the Union Hall. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing the Rock River and running bank poles and turtle hunting and following retirement had spent some winters fishing in Florida. He also enjoyed his Canada trips, hunting pheasant and deer and spending time at his cabin. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Beverly Carol Emerick

 

 

Beverly Carol “Bev” Emerick, 78, of Geneseo passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016 surrounded by her family at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:30 pm on Tuesday June 14th at Grace United Methodist Church.  Rev. Melva England and Mark Graham will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Monday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo and also 1 hour prior (1:30 -2:30 pm) to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

 

Bev was born December 15, 1937 to Russell and Evelyn (Butterfield) Peck.  She graduated Valedictorian from Atkinson High School in 1955.  She married Charles “Chuck” Emerick on May 5, 1957 at Atkinson Congregational Church.  Bev attended Augustana College and then worked as a secretary at the Rock Island Arsenal until she was married to Chuck. 

 

Bev has been a member of Grace United Methodist Church for the last 59 year where she co-directed the Junior Choir for 20 years.   Bev taught Sunday school and played the piano in the Beginners Department for many, many years at church.  With her love of the piano, she gave lessons for 64 years.  Chuck and Bev traveled the Midwest working at Lay Witness Missions giving testimony and evangelizing.  Bev was the Christian clown Faholo for the children’s ministries.  She was the area coordinator for Stonecroft Ministries for several years organizing Bible studies in her home and the homes of others and she was actively involved in the Geneseo Christian Women’s Club.  Chuck & Bev played Santa and Mrs. Claus for many years and enjoyed it very much.  Bev loved to go to Northern Wisconsin fishing, spending many happy vacations with family and friends.  Bev also loved cooking for her family and was famous for her coffee cakes, apple slices, fried chicken and lemon meringue pie.

 

Bev is survived by her daughters: Dori Sparks of Hayfield, MN, Diane (Tom) Birmingham of Geneseo; son: Doug (Shelly) Emerick of Geneseo; six grandchildren: Kelly Sparks and Connor Sparks of Minneapolis MN, Erin Sparks of Robbinsvale, MN, Joshua (Yazmin) Birmingham of Colorado Springs, CO, Courtney and Michael Emerick of Geneseo.

 

 She was preceded in death by her brother Forest, her parents and her beloved husband Chuck.

 

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Helen Louise Rash

 

Helen Louise Rash, 75, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at her home.  A Memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:30 am on Sunday, June 12th at First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo.  Rev. Ryan Landino will officiate.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory and private inurnment will be at North Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (10:30 -11:30 am) to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the American Diabetes Assoc.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Helen was born on October 24, 1940 in La Harpe, IL, the daughter of Lowell and Lois (Manifold) Painter.  She graduated from Terre Haute High School and attended the University of Illinois.  She was united in marriage to David Milton Rash, DVM on August 28, 1960 in Terre Haute, IL.  He preceded her in death on March 10, 2011.  Louise assisted her husband in the operation and ownership of the Geneseo Veterinary Clinic, for many years until their retirement.

 

Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women.  She also was a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the American Diabetes Association, and the AVMA, ISVMA, and VVMA auxiliaries.  Louise loved her family and friends and always thought of everyone else first.

 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Julie Rash Ulven and Dr. Matthew Ulven of Hudson, IA, and their daughter Mieke Elizabeth Ulven; son and daughter-in-law: Thomas Kurt Rash and Lisa Hughes Rash of Warrenville, IL, and their son Ethan David Rash; sister: Roberta Blackhurst of Farmington, IL; brother: Robert Painter of Lomax, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, David.

 

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Dorothy A. Jones


GALESBURG - Dorothy A. Jones, 78, of Galesburg, died at 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Wakefield will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. A memorial service will be also be held for Dorothy at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11 at the Galesburg Four Square Church. Memorials may be directed to her church.

She was born July 24, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Floyd and Lillian (Powers) Workheiser. She married Wilbur Jones on June 9, 1969 in Kewanee. He survives of Galesburg, as do their five children, Jody Jones and Cynthia Hilman, both of Galesburg, Julie Jorgeson of Virginia, IL, Wayne Jones of Kewanee and Wanda Jones of Moscow Mills, MO, her siblings, Phyllis Camey and Floyd "Sonny" (Martha) Workheiser Jr., both of Kewanee, Robert "Bob" Workheiser of Galesburg, Kenneth (Jean) Workheiser of Clovis, NM, Lois (Clifford) Calhoun of Elroy, WI, Ronald (Shirley) Workheiser of Decatur, IL, Roger (Garnafay) Workheiser of Galesburg and Gary (Jackie) Workheiser of Kewanee, seventeen grandchildren, forty-three great grandchildren with one on the way and a great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Allen Jones Sr., two daughters, Rachiel and Ramona and three siblings, Lorraine Owens, Sharon Conner and Edward Workheiser.

Dorothy was a homemaker who was none for taking care of everyone. She had a love for children and her friends. She was a member of the Galesburg Foursquare Church where she had taught Sunday School. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marlene J. Lippelt

 

 

Marlene J. Lippelt, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday June 5th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (1-2 pm) to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.  Cremation Rites will be accorded following the services and a private inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church.

 

Marlene was born April 10, 1932 in Springfield, IL, the adopted daughter of Gale and Marvelyn (Andersen) Hutchinson.  She graduated from Geneseo Township High School in 1950 and then went on to Augustana Lutheran College of Nursing.  She was united in marriage to Donald Clyde Lippelt on June 22, 1952.  He preceded her in death in 2010. 

 

Marlene was a member of the First Congregational Church, and served on the Board of Deaconesses, was past president of Women’s Fellowship, taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir.  She was a past president and associate member of the Geneseo Music Club for over 50 years.  She was a member of the PTA, Band Boosters, Junior Women’s Club, Columbian Club, Gorham Doll Collector’s Society, and an associate member of the Fine Arts Book Club in Rock Island.  She sang in the Oratorio Chorus at Augustana for over 15 years.  She enjoyed family, especially the grandchildren, yardwork, flowers, cooking, reading, quilting, and doll collecting.

 

She is survived by her son: Chris Lippelt of Geneseo, IL; daughters: Lorraine (Rick) Pope of San Diego, CA, Carol (James) Berger of Walcott, IA; grandchildren: Natalie (Jesse) Wilson, Adrianne Pope, Jimmy Berger, Amanda (Nick) Berger-Retzl, Sara Berger, Ethan ( Catlin) Berger; great grandchild: Baby Boy Retzl on the way.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her parents, and a brother Gale.

 

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Doris I. Anderson

 

 

Doris I. Anderson, 87, of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home.  A Funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 7th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Doris Anderson Memorial Fund.

 

Doris was born on October 9, 1928 in Keokuk, IA, the daughter of Ed and Irene (Thompson) Racic.  She graduated from Central High School in Davenport, IA.  She was united in Marriage to Jim Anderson on August 10, 1969 in Geneseo. 

 

Doris was a member of the First Congregational Church, Women of the Moose, and Munson Center Neighborhood Club.  She was very crafty and did needlepoint and painting.  She enjoyed cooking and wintering in Florida.  Most of all she enjoyed going for car rides around the area.

 

She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughter: Pam (Mike) Anderson of Hennepin, OK; sons: Rich (Bev) Anderson of Bettendorf, IA, Tim Anderson of Geneseo, IL; daughter-in-law: Charlene Bowers of East Moline, IL; 7 grandchildren: Gabe Anderson, Amy Johnson, Natalie Anderson, Hila Swanson, Grant Anderson, Travis Anderson, Chad Anderson; 3 great grandchildren; and special friends and caretakers: Mary Irvine of Galva, IL, Amber Summer of Geneseo, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 sons, Fred Bowers and Mark Charles Anderson.

 

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Henry S. Dirks


KEWANEE - Henry S. Dirks, 86, of Kewanee, died at 5:15 p.m., Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Friday, June 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home with recitation of the rosary at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Galesburg. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

He was born February 2, 1930 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Henry Joseph and Helen (Amberg) Dirks. He married Kathleen A. Huff on May 10, 1950 in Lincoln, IL and she preceded him in death on July 28, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by a son, Thomas Dirks of Mokena, IL, six daughters, Karen (Tom) Hornback of Kewanee, Vickie (Karl) Broyles of Decatur, IL, Sandra (Mike) Johnson of East Moline, IL, Cindy (Daniel) Roberts of Bushnell, IL, Patricia (Mark) Shewhart of Spring Valley, OH, and Kathryn Dirks of Danville, IL, twenty grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, his sister, Joyce Dirks of Springfield, IL, a brother-in-law, Lloyd Leesman of Hartsburg, IL and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dirks of Sullivan, IL.

Henry graduated from Lincoln High School in 1948. He had been a store manager for the Piggly-Wiggly in Kewanee and then later at Eagle’s in Kewanee and Tilton, IL. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. In earlier years he had been a member of the Knights of Columbus. He had enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards. He also enjoyed watching all sports but was a favorite of watching golf, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals and was a U of I fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at
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