Jeffry W. Doye, 58, of Cabery, IL formerly of Kewanee, IL died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:25 am at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL. Jeffry was born August, 28, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of William A. and Virginia A. Doye. He graduated from Neponset High School.
Surviving is his soul mate, Lore Bushey-Stone; a sister, Jayne Dolieslager; two nieces, Jennifer (Kevin Neuleib) Boelens, Jessika Boelens; one great niece, Danielle Neuleib; one great nephew, Carver Neuleib; and one great nephew, Jeffry William Boelens-Darding.
Jeffry was preceded in death by one brother in law, Greg Dolieslager, and his beloved dog, Homer.
Jeffry was employed as an LPN for Fox Developmental Center, in Dwight, IL. Prior to working as an LPN he was a truck owner operator, one of his fondest deliveries was to the former world trade center. He enjoyed working on John Deere tractors and engines. He had a love of motorcycles. He was a member of the Neponset Methodist Church. Jeffry served in the U.S. Army.
Funeral services will be at 12:00 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL. Pastor Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation will be from 10-12 at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Eugene N. Fisher, 80, of Geneseo passed away on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Hammond Henry Long Term Care Unit. Memorial services celebrating his life will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 2nd at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory Geneseo. Private inurnment will be in the North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Gene Fisher Memorial Fund. Per Eugene’s request, cremation rites have been accorded.
Gene was born March 16, 1937 in Sac City IA, the son of Robert and Lois Ellis-Fisher. He was a graduate of Renwick High School. He married Shirley Haugland on June 10, 1956 in Renwick IA, Shirley passed on October 31, 2014. Gene had been employed for several years at Smith Farm Supply; he later farmed in Loraine and Yorktown Townships. After farming, he worked for Ted Blean, Michlig Ag, as well as helping as a farm hand for Bill Smith. Gene enjoyed wood working, fishing, camping, gardening and flowers. He collected caps, did tractor pulls, and drove stock cars in his younger days. Gene loved spending time with his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren.
Eugene is survived by his daughters: Debra Carpenter (Glenn Johnson) of Prophetstown IL and Denise (Mike) Ward of Geneseo IL; his grandchildren Brad (Joleen) Carpenter, Samantha (Curt) Busse, Shauna Fisher, Andy (Mallorie) Ward, and Sarah (Kristian) Anderson, 8 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); his brothers Keith (Marilyn) Fisher of South Carolina, Harlan (Sue) Fisher of Mendota, and Robert (Betty) Fisher of Minnesota; and his very special friend Bev Lewis and her family.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, his son Michael Fisher, and his daughter Julie Fisher.
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Shirley A. Schweninger-Hawk, 86, of Geneseo passed away Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Geneseo Good Samaritan. Funeral mass celebrating her life will be Tuesday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Reverend Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be Monday, May 1, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory Geneseo where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Shirley Hawk Memorial Fund.
Shirley was born June 24, 1930, the daughter of August and Augusta Schroeder-Nitz. She married Elmer Schweninger on November 15, 1947 in Geneseo, Elmer passed on March 12, 1997. Shirley later married Eugene Hawk on May 22, 1999 in Orlando FL, Eugene passed in March of 2014. Shirley spent her life as a homemaker and worked as a lunch time supervisor at Geneseo Junior High, where she was known as “Sarge”. She was one of the original organizers of the Geneseo Girls’ Softball League and enjoyed bowling. Shirley was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Orlando Florida.
She is survived by her sons: Elmer (Sharon) Schweninger of Pittsburgh, PA, John (Carol) Schweninger of Overland Park, KS, Richard (Pam) Schweninger of Wichita, KS, her daughters; Christine (Joe) Briggs of Fisher, Rebecca (Brent) Paulsen of Salix, IA, Kathy (John) Horn of Tilton, IL, Suzanne (Don) Sutton of Mahomet, IL, and Reverend Valerie Schweninger of Geneseo; her 13 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 7 step-great-grandchildren.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, August & Augusta and her husband’s Elmer and Eugene.
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Addie M. Stedman, 85, of Galva, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at Courtyard Estates in Galva. Per Addie’s wishes, cremation rites have been entrusted to Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Private inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memory Gardens at a later date. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Addie was born April 17, 1932, the daughter of William Isaac Smith and Maud Luella Dimmick-Smith in Williamsfield, Illinois. She was one of seven children and attended Williamsfield Schools. She married Roy Stedman, on October 8, 1965 in Galva, Illinois. Addie was a real estate broker with Red Carpet Realty in Houston for many years. Upon retiring with her husband and moving back to Galva, she spent her time gardening, enjoying her flowers, baking, crocheting, and taking care of her husband, mother and son before their deaths. Addie spent winters in Florida enjoying time with her friend, Mildred Nelson and many neighbors. She loved spending time with her 10 grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Linda Tabb Grant of Kewanee, David (Diane) Tabb of Spring, Texas, Peggy (Steve) Jennings of Galva, Richard (Traci) Otterstrom of Galva, Tim Stedman of Galesburg; her 10 grandchildren: Angie, David Jr., Brandon, Aaron, Anna, Tristan, Nathaniel, Jeremy, Daniel, and Rachael; 8 great-grandchildren; her brother, Gene Smith of Williamsfield, many nieces and nephews, and her loving cat, Peaches, who was her constant companion.
Addie was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Stedman; son, James Otterstrom, and by her sisters and brothers.
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Paul E. DeMay, 66, of Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1st, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Cremation will take place after the visitation, and there will be a Celebration of Life in August. Memorials may be made to the Paul DeMay Memorial Fund.
Paul Eugene DeMay was born August 2, 1950 in Kewanee, the son of Peter and Louise Specht DeMay. He was educated in Cambridge schools. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His marriage to Teri Johnson took place on July 8, 1978 in Cambridge. They later divorced.
He worked as the service manager for Drescher Pontiac in Cambridge and also for Crowe Ford in Geneseo. Paul then worked for National By Products (Darling Company) in Lynn Center from 1991 until retiring in 2015. He was a member of the 40 et 8 in Annawan and was a trustee of the Osco Community Church. His hobbies were fishing, camping, guns, and his two dogs, Toby & Cocoa.
Those surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Hilary Sullivan, Lynn Center, Barbara and Jeremiah Fuller, Andover, two son and a daughter-in-law, Nathan DeMay, Macomb, Anthony and Jennifer DeMay, Osco, and four grandchildren, Cole and Riley Sullivan, Brianna DeMay, and Blakely DeMay. Other survivors include a brother, George (Bernice) DeMay, Kewanee, and sisters, Alice Hansen, Prophetstown, Catherine (Ronald) Vincent, Kewanee, and Theresa (Michael) Echelberger, Springfield, OH. His parents, a sister, Dorothy Wolf, and two brothers, Francis and Raymond DeMay, preceded him in death.
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Our dear mother Norma J. Miller, Geneseo, passed into eternal life on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday May 1st, at the St. Peters Community Church in rural Geneseo, Reverends Dean Reed and Eugene Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation for Norma will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. In lieu of flowers the family asked that you make memorial donations to St. Peters Community Church or the Geneseo Education Foundation.
The former Norma Jean Lewis was born on a farm in Cornwall Township on October 7, 1923 to Glenn F. and Alice Hamilton Lewis. She loved driving through Cornwall Township and reminiscing about her childhood. Being the oldest of three daughters, she was her Dad’s helper and acquired an early interest in livestock and farming. At an early age, her mother taught her to play the piano, which she often played at Liberty Church adjacent to her parent’s farm. She was proud to have gone to Brandon School through the 8th grade. She then attended Geneseo High School and graduated in 1941. She was instrumental in organizing the 1941 class reunions for 75 years. After high school she worked for the Geneseo Telephone Co. and did Western Union communications, secretarial work, and some advertising for rural telephone service. She married Darrell Miller in 1944 and moved to Osco Township where she lived and farmed until her death. She loved the outdoors and drove tractors well into her 70’s and mowed the large lawn until she was 85. She also did all of the bookkeeping for the farm and other family business interests for 66 years. Norma was a secretary in the Geneseo School system for 23 years and helped to open both Millikan and Southwest Elementary Schools. She loved her work at the schools and made many good and loyal friends there. She was a member of the steering committee that established the Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education Foundation, now known as The Geneseo Education Foundation.
Norma was very strong in her faith. She was always up early in order to start off the day reading devotions. Her favorite passage was Romans 8.28; “We know that all things work for good for those who love the Lord and who are called according to his purpose”.
Music was a big part of her life. She played the accordion for Rural Youth square dances and talent shows at the old Wharton Field House in the 1940’s. She played the organ and directed the choir at St. Peter’s Evangelical Community Church for 53 years until retiring in 2011. Norma also played in several local Geneseo bands over the years. She accompanied high school band soloists and played piano in The String Group. She was an early member of the Geneseo Community Chest and organized many of the first Tuesday Night Band Concerts in the Park.
Norma enjoyed knitting and counted cross stitching. She knitted many sweaters, caps and baby booties. She also knitted complete outfits for herself and was featured in newspaper articles for her knitting. In later years, she focused on cross stitching which were given as gifts.
Norma was a 25 year survivor of stage 4 breast cancer and was an advocate for cancer screening. It was her custom to always look forward in a positive way. Until recent years, the word “can’t” was mostly unacceptable. She would joke with friends that her determination resulted from being very quietly, IRISH.
She is survived by her two sons Craig and Bryn (Cindi) Miller of Geneseo and two granddaughters, Holly (Kevin) Baumgart of Milwaukee WI, and Laura Miller of Knoxville TN; Great-granddaughter, Londyn Baumgart and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters: Moneta (Bob) Ford and Sarah (Don) Fuller, sister in laws: Hazel Miller and Adeline (Harry) Tiffany.
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David Paul Brown, 58, of Kewanee, Il. died at 10:25 P.M. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Toulon Health Care Center. David was born February 23, 1959 in Peoria, Il. the son of Alfred “Al” and Betty (McNaught) Brown. He graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1977. David worked in sales for the Schwann Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kewanee. David watched sports and in his younger days played football, basketball and baseball. He enjoyed listening to music and his dogs Java and Jarvis.
Surviving is a son Justin Brown of Dubuque, Iowa, a sister Marcia (David) Sunquist of Kewanee, several aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
David was preceded in death by his parents, a sister in infancy and a brother-in-law Rick Kull.
Graveside services will be at 2:15 P.M. Friday, April 28, 2017 in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 1-2 P.M. Friday at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Park district Baseball program or the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Concerts in the Park. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Carol Jane Singleton, 73, of Kewanee, Il. died at 6:03 P.M. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Kewanee Care Home. Carol was born December 24, 1943 in Kewanee, the daughter of Raymond and Mayme (Page) Brady. The family lived in Castleton, Il. and Carol graduated from Bradford High School with the class of 1961. She married James “Jim” Singleton on November 11, 1962 in Snareville, Il. He preceded her in death on December 10, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister Sue, and a brother Gilbert.
Surviving are three daughters Kari (David) Leach of McLean, Il., Tonya (Brien) Vincent of Kewanee, Lisa (Craig) Baum of Morton, Il., one son, Shane Singleton of Kewanee, eight grandchildren, Nathan, Sydney, Blake, Madison, Chad, Liam, Kendall and Jett and two brothers, Dean Brady of Wyoming, Il. and Herb Brady of Mapleton, Il.
Carol was a volunteer at the Kewanee Food Pantry and Humane Society. She enjoyed square dancing, gardening, her pets and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. There will be no visitation and burial will be private for the family. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Food Pantry or Humane Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Lucille M. Buysse, 95, of Atkinson IL, died Wednesday, April 19 at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit Geneseo. Funeral mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 25 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atkinson IL. Father Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm. Burial will be at St. Anthony Cemetery. Memorials may be left to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, or the American Diabetes Association.
Lucille was born June 23, 1921 in Mt. Pleasant, IA to Julius Eeckhout and Ida Marlier- Eeckhout. She married Albert C. Buysse February 18, 1939 in Atkinson Illinois. Lucille spent her life as a farm wife and homemaker, raising four daughters. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, as well as a member of the Women of the Moose #990 and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed embroidery, baking, and gardening.
She is survived by her four daughters; Connie O’Connor of Davenport IA, Eileen Verbeck of Kewanee IL, Lanette (James) Carlson of Cambridge IL, and Marla (Rock) Katschnig of Prophetstown IL; her sister Marietta DeSmet of Rock Island; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert, and her brother Leonard “Buddy” Eeckhout.
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Beverly June Lester, 92, of Kewanee, IL died April 19, 2017 at Kewanee Care. Beverly June was born December 28, 1924 in Colchester, IL the daughter of Archilbald and Florence Booth. She married Gil Lester on December 27, 1942.
Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Litt of Des Moines, IA, Marsha Clark of Ames, IA, and Gretchen Breedlove Gaumer of Des Moines, IA; 9 grandchildren, Charles (Emily) Litt, Robert (Jennifer) Litt, Matt (Julie) Clark, Gil (Kelley) Clark, Amy (Matt) Oakley, Molly Breedlove, Ann (Lance) Peterson, Erika (Dan) Michalski, William (Caitlin) Breedlove; 24 great grandchildren; and a sister, Karol (Rich) Fentem of Danville, IL.
June was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Travis Booth.
This morning heaven gained an incredibly gifted seamstress, a talented artist, a passionate puzzle and Scrabble expert, a cook who knew exactly how potato salad should taste, a woman whose absence here on earth will be felt by many; this morning Nana entered eternal rest. I have no doubt Papa was waiting to greet her…and I’m certain her first words were, “Hot Damn!” I think of her so often, and always with joy…especially when my girls repeat her signature, “Shoot*pa*toot!” We had our choice of bears to play with and always tried our best not to touch the fancy dolls. I remember many a night sleeping on her floor staying up really late with my cousins. The thimble collection in the front room was a highlight too. Walks to the park where she would give us old bread to feed the ducks. The sewing room with all kinds of things especially buttons…tons of buttons. She will be missed, but she will be remembered with joy and gratitude for so many precious memories.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be from 12-2 on Sunday, April 23rd at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Park District.
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Francis J. Tucker, 91, of LaFayette, IL died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Kewanee Courtyard Estates, Kewanee, IL. Francis was born December 24, 1925 in Bradford, IL, the son of Frank and Daisy Tucker. He married LaDonna Sizemore on August 31, 1947 at the former Kewanee Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Surviving is his loving wife of 69 years, LaDonna J. (Sizemore) Tucker of LaFayette; children, Trena A. Jones (Jeff Casanova) of East Moline, IL, Linda J. (Michael) Murray of Kewanee, Richard F. (Laurie) Tucker of Andalusia, AL, Fred A. Tucker of Wyoming, IL, Jeff A. Tucker of Kewanee; 11 grandchildren, Reneé, Shane, Kerry, Katie, Darryl, Dawn, Derrick, Daniel, Corey, Kalvin, and Dalton; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Orlando, Lewis and Robert Tucker, five sisters, Imogene Parker, LaVaugn Blake, Virginia Gibbs, Georgia Jordan, and Zula Woodford.
Francis was an Owner Operator of Tucker Equipment Sales for over 50 years. He farmed in Bradford, Tiskilwa and Kewanee area all of his life. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Masonic Lodge for 63 years. He served his country in the US Army. The family would like to say a special thanks to Courtyard Estates.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL with military honors accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Private family burial will be at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, rural Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Monday, April 24th at the funeral home with a masonic service following at 7 PM. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Lodge #479, Wyoming, IL or the Stark County FFA.
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Jamie Lou Padilla, 59, of Kewanee, IL died at 5:50 am on April 18, 2017 at her home. Jamie was born August 31, 1957 in Kewanee the daughter of Raymond and Patricia Carlson. She graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1975. She attended Blackhawk East College. Jamie married Marty Padilla on September 23, 1978 in Kewanee, IL.
Surviving is her husband, Marty; daughter, Mandy Padilla of Galva; son, Zachary (Autumn) Padilla, of Kewanee; parents, Raymond and Patricia Carlson of Kewanee; sister, Julie Johnson of Kewanee; three grandchildren, Michael Shaw, Skylar Sauer, and Mia Padilla; one niece, Nikki Johnson; and one nephew, Nathan Johnson. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Jamie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee, IL. She was an avid Cubs fan and a Green Bay Packer’s fan. She enjoyed her flower garden and the outdoors. She was a member of AFSCME and enjoyed her coworkers at the Department of Human Services. Jamie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Jamie was employed at the Illinois Department of Human Services for 38 years, retiring in 2016.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL. Reverend Linnea Gustafson will be officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Friday, April 21st at the funeral home, the family encourages you to wear your Cubs attire if you feel comfortable. Memorials may be made to an education fund for the grandchildren or to St. Jude’s.
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William T. Eilts Sr., 65, of Kewanee, passed away at 9:57 a.m., Sunday, April 16, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to Illinois Cancer Care, 8940 N. Wood Sage Rd., Peoria, IL 61615. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born February 7, 1952 in Quincy, IL, the son of George and Sally (Shaffer) Eilts Sr. He married Carolyn Matuszyk on September 14, 1984 in Toulon. Survivors include his wife, Carol, his mother, Sally, two sons, Robert (Tiffany) Eilts and William Eilts Jr., a brother, George Eilts, two sisters, Jacqueline Hester and Georgia Ann, eleven grandchildren, Cassandra, Heather, Destiny, Samantha, Gracey, Terry, Roman, Aaron, Dakota, Cheyenne and Niquél, three great grandchildren with one on the way, Bryson, Hailiee and Raynie and special family friend, Jennifer Weeden. He was preceded in death by his father, a daughter, Trish and a brother, Ronnie.
William worked as a welder at John Deere until his retirement. He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed hunting with a bow and shotgun, fishing, gardening, grilling and traveling to see his children. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Shirley A. Lundeen, of Charleston, WV, formerly of Kewanee, IL, died on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her residence.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 22 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
Donald C. Woodbury, 85, of Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 24th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Donald Woodbury Memorial Fund.
Donald Clarence Woodbury was born January 27, 1932 in Edford Township, Henry County, the son of Clarence A. and Martha M. VanHolderbeck Woodbury. He attended school in Edford Township and graduated from Geneseo High School in 1949. Don served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. His marriage to Janice Wilford took place on September 22, 1955 in Rock Island. She passed away on October 15, 1988.
He farmed with his father and then on his own until moving to Cambridge in 1972. Don worked for Clifford Lumber in Cambridge for 14 years. He then started Woodbury Construction and worked as a carpenter until retiring in 1997. Don was a member of the Cambridge Baptist Church, the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417, and the County Center Grange. His hobbies were woodworking, playing cards, and helping farmer friends.
Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Mike Bates, Sheffield, a son, Drew Woodbury, Cambridge, three grandsons, Colton Johnson, Cameron Woodbury, and Austin Woodbury. His parents, his wife, and a brother, Darrel Woodbury, preceded him in death.
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Helen Sears, 101, of Geneseo, formerly of Rock Island passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 21st at South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island. The family will receive friends for a time of visiting and light refreshments beginning at 1:00 PM prior to the funeral service. Rev. David Esche will officiate. Interment will follow at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Born Helen Frances Greenwood in 1916 to Bess and Harry Greenwood, Helen raced through school, graduated at 16, and worked in law offices in Hill City, Kansas. Married to Harold J. Sears (1910-1991) in 1936, they began a family and settled in the Quad-Cities area. She was loved and cared for by staff members of Geneseo Good Samaritan Village for several years. Her 101st birthday celebration took place on February 1, 2017.
Helen was active in Eastern Star, Central and South Park Presbyterian churches, quilting guilds, and was a life-long reader, learner and crossword puzzler. She loved to travel and made friends wherever she went.
Helen Sears seemed the self-proclaimed ambassador for the State of Kansas. She professed her love of the open landscape and collected an array of Wizard of Oz and Dorothy memorabilia. Helen’s friends and family were indeed fortunate to have had her company for over one hundred years.
Her survivors include her sister, Betty Porter (Clark) and brother Ralph Greenwood (Ellen). Surviving children are H. Dennis Sears (Rene Wood), Mary Sears Koeber and Sheila Sears (Duncan Palmer). In addition, she leaves seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren--with a new baby on the way—and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Harold, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marcus Greenwood (Enid) and a daughter, Harriet Anne Alvis (Ralph).
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Catherine Anne DeFauw-Lehman 76, of Coal Valley, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Memorial services celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, April 19 at 11 AM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo, Reverend John Grebner will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM Wednesday, two hours prior to the memorial service. Private inurnment will take place at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded through Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory.
Catherine was born in the village of Arcola, IL on November 25, 1940, the daughter of Sylvester S. Partlow and Loretta M. Rodell. She graduated from Geneseo High School and then went on to attend Black Hawk College and later graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in business. She married Dale DeFauw in 1959, and together they had 3 children. She later married Charles (Chuck) Lehman in 2004 when they moved to Coal Valley. Catherine worked for Star Forms in Moline, as computer programmer for many years before she started her own business selling insurance and investments at DeFauw Insurance & Invest in Davenport. She later retired in December of 2016. Catherine was also a member of the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union board of directors for many years. She enjoyed her Corvette that she purchased in 1990 when she joined the Midwest Corvette Club. Catherine loved to work in her garden, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Those left to cherish her memory are; her husband Chuck, daughters, Deanne (Troy) Rice, and Michele (Dave) Brooks, and son, Mark (Nancy) DeFauw; her grandchildren, Brittany Rice and Heather Rice, Jessica (Jacob Kuban) DeFauw, Jacque DeFauw and Jamie DeFauw, Danielle Brooks and Adam Brooks, and great-granddaughter Cadance Rice, her sister, Rita (Paul) Claeys, brothers Jack (Phyllis) Ehrsam, and Jerry (Martha) Ehrsam.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents.
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Gabina Ann Garcia, 27, of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 4:32 a.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred north of Kewanee on Rt. 78.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. James Brown will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, April 17 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to an educational fund for her son in c/o Community State Bank in Kewanee.
She was born September 16, 1989 in Kewanee, the daughter of Samuel H. “Sam” Garcia who was originally from El Remolino Cong. Coahuila, MX and Glenda (Bishop) Gardner. Survivors include her parents, both of Kewanee, her five-year-old son, Alonzo Cruz McDonald of Kewanee three sisters, Carolina (Jesus) Martinez of Kewanee, Yolanda (Lorenzo) Quintero of Kewanee and her twin, Reina Ann Garcia of Kewanee, a brother, Urbano (Ana) Garcia of Muscatine, IA, several half-brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Gabina graduated from Kewanee High School and Black Hawk East. She had worked at Courtyard Estates in Kewanee as a caregiver and in the kitchen and with transporting residents. She had been a member of Grace Church of the Nazarene until its closing and was currently attending the First Christian Church in Kewanee. She was an avid bowler and an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Gabina enjoyed writing poetry, singing, Mexican and country dancing, attending church and especially hanging out with friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Brian P. Lindell, 57 of Rock Island, formerly of Geneseo, passed away suddenly at Unity Point Health – Trinity Rock Island, Monday April 10, 2017. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo, visitation will be one hour prior to the service, Reverend Larry Conway will officiate. Private inurnment will take place at North Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Humane Society. Cremation rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.
Brian was born July 17, 1959, in Rock Island, the son of Richard G. and Veronica (Boone) Lindell. He married Lisa Hadler in 1990, and the couple later divorced. Brian worked for the Geneseo radio station for many years, as well as a station in North Dakota. He was a member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and the Genesius Guild, both in Rock Island. Brian loved music, playing the piano; listening to Charles Schultz (Peanuts) music and playing it. Most of all he loved his cats.
Brian is survived by his father, Richard G. Lindell of Moline IL; his brothers, Richard E (Linda) Lindell of Cleveland IL, and David (Wanda) Lindell of Hillsdale IL; his sister Diane (Gary) Pace of Sanford MI; and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Veronica Lindell.
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Dorothy Marie Martzluf, 97, a resident of Courtyard Estates in Knoxville, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the estates.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 14 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, 430 N. Chicago St., Williamsfield, IL 61489. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13 at the church and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or to the Williamsfield Public Library. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 9, 1919 in Fort Madison, IA, the daughter of Walter P. and Betty (Watts) Nelson. She married Raymond W. Martzluf on September 1, 1938 in Peoria. Survivors include her husband of Knoxville, three children, Shirley M. (Dwight) Burrill of Bonita Springs, FL, Joyce E. (Jim) Graves of Dahinda, IL and Douglas R. (Laura) Martzluf of Chambersburg, PA, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Betty and Ruth.
Dorothy had worked at Banta Realty and Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She was a member of Williamsfield United Methodist Church where she had been President of the United Methodist Women, Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher. She had also been a member of the Illinois Federated Women’s Club, Past President and member of the Williamsfield Home Culture Club, chair of the Cancer Drive for Truro Township and a Girl Scout Leader. Dorothy loved to bake and entertain friends and family. She had an amazing ability to make everyone around her feel welcomed and loved. She has been a treasured gift from God to her family, church, friends and community who will cherish and remember her forever. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Michael Patrick Graham, 62, of Kewanee, formerly of Davenport, IA, passed away at 11:50 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at his home.
He was the son of JoAnn Swanson and the late Billy Graham. Father of Cory, Boe, Tarah, Mike Jr., Chester & Amanda. Siblings, Bob (Marty), Dave (Debra), Debi (Bill), Billy (Linette), John (Lori), Margie (Dan) & Shawn. Preceded in Death by twin sons, Timothy & Mathew, brother, Chester & sister, Betz.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13 at Holy Family Cemetery in Davenport with Fr. Brian Miclot officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 14 at Duck Creek Lodge in Davenport. Family & Friends Welcome, Bring Memories & Dish to Share. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is assisting the family with arrangements.
Charles B. Johnson, 79, of Kewanee, died at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical center in Kewanee.
Cremation has been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Marie Collinson, 84, of Victoria, died at 2:15 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Russ Theobald will officiate. Visitation will be held one prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Victoria Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice.
She was born February 3, 1933 in Galesburg, the daughter of Clyde and Stella (Harding) VanWinkle. She married George Kirby Collinson on February 3, 1952 in Lawton, OK. He survives of Victoria, as do four children, Rosalie Paisley of Galesburg, Robert (Charlesa) Collinson of Sachse, TX and Cindy (Robert) Lance and Velma (Tim) Crowley, both of Victoria, a sister, Mary Mesecher of Galesburg and five grandchildren, Charles Paisley of Galesburg and Paul Crowley, Timmy Crowley, Jennifer Crowley and Jamie Crowley, all of Victoria. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson.
Alice graduated from Galesburg High School in 1950. She worked as a security guard at Kress Corporation in Brimfield and had also worked at the Galva Foundry, Mecco Mine, Admirals and the Galesburg Research Center. She was a member of the Victoria Methodist Church and the Victoria American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts, attending flea markets and shopping. She also enjoyed summer travel to their cabin in Minnesota and winters in Tavares, FL. Alice was a very dedicated mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Elizabeth Peterson Appell, 98, of Galva, died peacefully at 5:50 a.m., Friday, April 7, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 15 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church, 317 SW 3rd St., Galva, IL 61434. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born March 18, 1919, the daughter of Christian Peterson and Hulda Amelia Swanson in Warren, PN. She married Quinten Krantz Appell on November 9, 1941 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. She attended Augustana College and received her Registered Nurse’s degree from Moline Lutheran Nursing School. She lived her married life on a farm south of Galva and loved life in the country. In her later years, she described herself as “the luckiest old lady south of Galva.” She was preceded in death by her husband on October 26, 2003, son-in-law, Richard C. Skeen and sisters, Anna Anderson and Frances Decker. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Ann Appell Skeen and two sons, Paul Quinten (Jill) Appell and David Lee (Ann) Appell. She was also survived by her grandchildren, Gwendolyn (Scott) McMillin, Richard A. (Kimberly) Skeen, Michael (Julie) Skeen, Theodore A. (Anne) Skeen, Amber (Radu) Alexandru, Timothy Skeen, Michael (Melissa) Appell, Nicholas (Rochelle) Appell, Christian Appell, Katrina Appell, Margaret Appell, Kathryn (Geoff) Pierce and Suzanne (Dan) Kravitz and great grandchildren, Kaci McMillin, Clayton Skeen, Trevor Skeen, Tyler Skeen, Theodore L. Skeen, Elizabeth Alexandru, Erin Skeen, Jack Skeen, Allison Skeen, Fisher Appell, Cecilla Appell, Isabelle Appell, Abigail Appell, Georgia Pierce, Lila Pierce, Marley Kravitz, Pryor Kravitz and Peyton Kravitz.
Margaret had been an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church since her marriage. She loved to cook and was known for her special cinnamon rolls and Swedish holiday cookies. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially seeing the smiling faces of grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Ruth E. Floto, 79, of Geneseo passed away on Wednesday, April 5th 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital, Long Term Care. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo; Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will be officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery will follow. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday, prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Ruth E. Floto memorial fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting Ruth’s family with arrangements.
Ruth was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 27th, 1937, the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Chubbs) Cahall. She married William E. Floto on October 23, 1954 at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo IL, William passed away in November, 2013. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church, along with Encouraging Words Ministries while she was visiting in Florida. Ruth worked at Eagles Supermarket in the produce section for many years, from which she retired. Ruth and her husband Bill were also members of the Big 6 Studebaker Drivers Club. She loved playing the slots at Jumers casino and bingo, as well as; music, shopping, going out to eat with her family and friends, and doing crafts for the people she loved. Most of all Ruth loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the time she spent with them.
Surviving Ruth are; her sons, Michael (Carrie) Floto of Cambridge, IL, Bobby Floto of Tamps, FL, and James (Dairwin Holland) Floto of Rock Island, IL; her daughters, Sue (Pat) Boone of Geneseo, IL, Cindi Cathelyn of Geneseo, IL, and Victoria (Shawn Daniels) Floto of Spring Hill, FL; her sister Jane Kahn, a brother Charles Cahall, grandchildren: Christy, Jessica, Amanda, Ryan, Nicole, Vince, Donavon, Elaina, Justine; and 18 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Charles Cahall, Ruth and Robert Dersham, her husband William, a daughter, Debra Floto, and a son-in-law Rick Cathelyn.
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Richard D. Larson, 87, of Geneseo passed away at Hammond Henry Hospital on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 after battling a long illness. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, April 10 at 10:30 AM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 9, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church or the Geneseo Food Pantry.
Richard was born June 21, 1929 in Moline IL, the son of John Ludvig Larson and Signe Johanna Svensson. Richard attended Moline schools, graduated from Moline High School in 1947, graduated from Moline College with an A.A. degree in 1950. He then received his Bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Augustana College, and moved on to receive his Master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Richard married Karla J. Koelz in 1950, later the two divorced. To that marriage, four children were born. He later married Mary L. Purchase Springer on July 15, 1967 in Avon, IL. Richard was a long time educator, first teaching at Sherrard School District 1950-1951 and Moline School District from 1952 to retiring in 1985, where he served as a classroom teacher, and later became a principal. Richard joined the Illinois Retired Teachers Association after his retirement, and was a lifetime member of IEA, NEA, IESPA, and NESPA. Richard was a die-hard Cubs fan, enjoyed most sports, traveling, snowmobiling, and camping. Some of his most cherished times were snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park with Mary, in Wisconsin, with his children and friend Doug.
He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Larson; his sons, Henry (Heide) Larson, and Stephen Larson (Partner Jack Zibert), his daughter Jennifer (Terry) Strayhall; grandchildren, Richard (Laura) Pierce, Sarah (Mark) Villanueva, Alodie (Thom) Fuell; and great-grand daughter Sophia Villanueva; Son-in-law Michael Pierce; 3 nieces, 1 nephew, and 3 cousins in Sweden.
Preceding Richard in death are his grandparents in Sweden, his parents, brother, Roy Larson, sister Elsa Masengarb, and his daughter Joan Pierce, along with his brother-in-law Stowell Masengarb.
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Gary D. Rosenberry, 64, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Unity Point Health - Proctor Hospital, Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Gary Rosenberry Memorial Fund.
Gary Dean Rosenberry was born January 26, 1953 in Galesburg, the son of David R. and Wilma F. Williams Rosenberry. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1972. Gary was an assistant reporter with the Rock Island Argus. He also worked as an over-the-road truck driver for 20 years. Gary enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1980 and served on the USS Nimitz as an operations specialist until being discharged in 1985. He was a member of the Galesburg VFW.
Those surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, William and Andrea Cochran, Key Port, NJ, a sister and brother-in-law, Frosie and Robert Ioder, Bradford, several nieces and nephews including a special niece and her husband, Nickie and Ron "Cork" Murphy, Jr., Kewanee. Other survivors included many great nieces, great nephews, and three great great nieces. His parents, two brothers, and a sister preceded him in death.
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Mary M. Nordstrom, 81, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 AM at Geneseo Evangelical Free Church; Reverend Stephen Palm will be officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 7, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Black Hawk Center (East Moline) or the Geneseo Good Samaritan Village.
Mary was born December 15, 1935, the daughter of John A. Coolidge and Mayme (Hinrichs) Coolidge. She joined Ralph H. Nordstrom in marriage on August 18, 1957, sharing 50 years together before Ralph’s passing in 2008. Mary was employed in elementary education, teaching 3rd grade at South School in Geneseo before leaving to raise her children. She later became a reading aide at Millikin Elementary School for 14 years. She and Ralph were active members of the Geneseo Evangelical Free Church, where she was the secretary for 11 years. Mary volunteered three summers as an aide at the Black Hawk Center in East Moline and had a great love for all of the children attending school there.
She is survived by her two sons; Mark Nordstrom of Geneseo, and James (Chris) Nordstrom of Geneseo, her daughters; Sue (Bob) Steele, Carolyn (Mike) Kerschieter, and Lisa Nordstrom all of Geneseo, 10 grandchildren (Shane, Jenica, Brenden, Jamisen, Chance, and Jarron Nordstrom, John and Jacob Steele, Miachel Jr. and Matthew Kerschieter) and 5 great-grandchildren (Alec, Traven, Landon, Kamryn, and Weston Nordstrom), and her brother John (Linda) Coolidge of Milan; her sisters-in-law Greta Nordstrom of Geneseo, and Marie Norlen of Seattle WA.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mayme, her husband Ralph, sister-in-law Elna Johnson, 3 brothers-in-law Carl Norlen, Bob Nordstrom, and Bennie Johnson.
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Ronald L. Wisdom, 80, of rural Geneseo passed away Tuesday, March 28 2017. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 4, at 10:30 AM at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo; Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 3, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the funeral home in Geneseo. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Ronald Wisdom Memorial Fund.
Ronald was born November 12, 1936, the son of Claude and Arvilla (Stellrecht) Wisdom. He joined Wilma Smithson in marriage on December 7, 1957; Wilma passed away November 6, 1986. Ronald later re-married, marrying Doris Christensen on April 6, 1990; Doris passed away September 15, 2016. Ronald was a mechanic at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 30 years before retiring. Ronald was a fan of NASCAR, and enjoyed racing his stock cars. He was recently inducted to the Geneseo High School hall of fame for being a member of the 1952 track and field team. Most of all, Ronald enjoyed going to family reunions and telling his family stories.
He is survived by his daughters; Rhonda Salas of Geneseo, Claudia Suarez of Moline, Sandy (Dave) VanDeVoorde of Geneseo, and Donna (David) Allbrook of Davenport, IA; his son, Michael (Jackie) Wisdom of Colona; his three sisters, Shirley Moffitt of Branson, MO, Ruth Burkett of Mustang OK, and Joyce (John) Evans of Erie, IL; and one brother, William (Joyce) Wisdom of Erie, IL. Ronald is also survived by his 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Arvilla; his first wife Wilma Smithson, and then later by his second wife Doris Christensen; a half-brother Claude Wisdom Jr, and one grandson, Jacob Salas Jr.
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