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Helen L. Gradert

 

 

Helen L. Gradert, 92, of rural Cambridge, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2nd, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.

 

Helen Louise Nelson was born May 16, 1925 in Lynn Township, Henry County, Illinois, the daughter  of Floyd and Ruth Swanson Nelson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1943.  She then worked as a secretary for John Deere Co. in Moline for several years.  Her marriage to Ralph E. Gradert took place on February 22, 1947 in Orion.  He passed away on June 23, 2008.

 

The couple farmed near Geneseo and moved to their present farm in Andover Township in 1953. Her memberships include the Cambridge Lutheran Church and the WELCA group of the church.  She enjoyed playing cards, watching sporting events, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Helen tried not to miss any of their sports and school activities.

 

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Joy Gradert, and Roger and Bobbi Gradert, all of Cambridge, five grandchildren, Keith (Melissa) Gradert, Annette (Justin) Wells, Kindra (Aaron) Callahan, Renee (Brian) Crabtree, and Aubrey Gradert.  Also surviving are four step grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Weber, Brian Eilers, Danielle (Chance) Torrez, Nichole (James) Gorman, three great grandchildren, and 11 step great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, a brother, Sterling Nelson, and a step granddaughter, Shawna Sloma, preceded her in death.  A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Helen's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Dorothy Gustafson

 

Dorothy F. Gustafson, 88, of Cambridge, died Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1st, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be at Andover Cemetery.  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 Cambridge Lutheran Church.

 

Dorothy Frances Cantwell was born January 14, 1929 in Beloit, Wisconsin, the daughter of Alva F. and Dorothy V. (Kassebaum) Cantwell.  She graduated from Davenport Central High School and worked as a bookkeeper at the Davenport Bank and Trust Co. prior to marriage.  She married Robert W. Gustafson  on September 6, 1952 in Davenport.  He passed away September 15, 2012.  The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary shortly before he died.  They had lived on the family farm in Andover Township which has been in the Gustafson family since 1875. 

 

She was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge, and a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and served in many ways.  Dorothy was a leader of the Country Belles 4-H Club for ten years.  She enjoyed golf, reading, and sewing.  Bob and Dorothy wintered in Mesa, Arizona for 17 years. 

 

Those surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Bill Frank, Grimes, Iowa, Julie and Craig VanVooren, Moline, and a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Madeline Gustafson, rural Cambridge.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Nicole (Tyler) Furek, Devin Frank, Kirsten (Frank) Nelson, Dane VanVooren, Christy (Corey) Foltz, Laura (Paul) Erlewine, nine great grandchildren, and a nephew, Rick Gustafson.  Her parents, her husband, and a brother-in-law and his wife, Don and Virginia Gustafson, preceded her in death.

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

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Rose Manning

 Rose Marie Manning, 87, a resident at Bettendorf Health Care Center in Bettendorf, IA, formerly of Galva, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at the center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva, Galva Park District, or to Hook and Bullet Conservation Club.

She was born January 21, 1930 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Irivin and Effie (Hiatt) Scott. She married Irving L. “Dobber” Manning on November 14, 1948 in Galva and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1992. Survivors include two sons, Michael and Tim Manning, both of Bettendorf, IA, a daughter, Paulette (Floyd) Manning-Bruns of Bettendorf, IA, three grandchildren, Cory, Shawn and Tim (Lindsey) and six great grandchildren, Austin, Jordin, Karsin, Trent, Loren and Sabrina Rose. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother in infancy.

Rose Marie graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948. She worked at Lily-Tulip and Dixline and as a waitress at Waunee Farms and Midland Country Club Restaurants. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Hook and Bullet Conservation Club. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of a Women’s Bowling League and enjoyed playing Bridge with a women’s card club. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband and spending time with her grandsons. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Robert Swinderman

Robert "Bobby" Elliot Swinderman, 31, died Sunday, July 30th, in Charleston, Illinois. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017 at Windmont Park, Kewanee, IL.  Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of local arrangements.

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Robert James "Jim" Cross

 

 

Robert James “Jim” Cross, 69, of Colona passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, Reverend Melva England will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, August 25 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be left to the Robert James Cross Memorial Fund.

 

Jim was born on August 20, 1948, the son of Tony J. and Helen (Rafferty) Cross, in Albany, Georgia. He graduated from Moline High School and attended Black Hawk College. Jim married Kathy L. Johnson on June 28, 1969 in Geneseo, IL. He worked in industrial sales throughout his life and was co-founder of JC Cross Co. in Davenport, IA. Jim was a sports fanatic, especially for the Geneseo football and girls’ softball teams; following his grandchildren’s sporting events closely. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. Jim was known for his huge heart and love for all that he met. He would give and do anything for anyone. He will be fondly remembered for his generosity and love for people. Jim and his wife Kathy were both members of the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kathy, and daughters, Heather (Willie) High, Monticello, IL, and Megan Cross, Champaign, IL. His grandchildren are Jameel, Mason, and Maia High, and Gia and Kinley Cross. Three very special people, whom he helped raise and considered his children; Gordon Cox, Thailand, George Cox, Burnsville, NC, and Gwen (Kevin) Kaszynski, Woodstock, IL, along with their families. Jim was proud of and cherished all FIVE of his children. His siblings are sisters, Regina (Dan) Fraser, Apache Junction, AZ, Marge (Chris) Wagner, Roselle, IL; and brother, Gerald Cross, Moline.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Helen, and his mother-in-law Gladys Johnson.

 

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Kevin T. Burnett

 Kevin T. Burnett, 64, of Galva, died at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, August 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 26at the funeral home. Galva Fusiliers will render salute. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kevin Burnett Memorial Fund.


He was born November 18, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Edgar A. and Bernice (Kelly) Burnett. He married Debra C. “Debbie” Heggwood on June 23, 1972. She survives of Galva, as do three daughters, Brandie (Larry) Comer of Orion, IL, Courtney (Rudy) Almanza of Rock Island and Devin (Evan) Weaver of Milan, two brothers, Gary (Jean) Burnett of Galesburg and Kent (Sara) Burnett of Etoile, TX, two sisters, Dottie Cook of Galesburg and Sandy (George) Dyer of Flower Mound, TX, eight grandchildren, Meghan, Sarah, Anne, Victoria, Isaac, Kaylee, Ty and Karine, three great grandchildren, Alex, Logan and Carter and a special daughter, Laura Bay of Byron, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Edgar, Jack and William.


Kevin graduated from Galva High School in 1970. He had worked as a crane operator for Butler Mfg. in Galesburg. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva, Valley View Country Club in Cambridge and an honorary member of the Galva Fusiliers. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed bowling and had been inducted into the Galva Bowling Association. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marilyn Quagliano

Marilyn Quagliano, 90, of Kewanee passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL.

Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will be officiating. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be private in East Moline, IL.

Marilyn was born February 24, 1927 in Joliet, IL, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth McCarthy. She grew up in Sterling and graduated from Newman High School, attended numerous Chicago schools and completed her studies in education at Illinois State University.

As a young teacher, Marilyn met Dr. Michael Quagliano in Kewanee on a blind date set up by Mary Remick at Dr. Quagliano’s request; this resulted in 58 beautiful years of marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Among Marilyn’s many passions, the greatest were her love for her family and teaching.

Her 40 year career as a teacher at Kewanee High School and Visitation touched many students. Kewaneeans remember her best as a director of class plays and creator of theatrical productions like the “High Fever Follies” and “Stand Up and Cheer” all to fund local school projects.

She is survived by her three sons, Patrick, New York, NY; Michael Drew, Louisville, KY; Dr. Timothy (Shannon), Dubuque, IA; and daughter, Julie (Mark) Westemeier, Arlington, VA; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joseph (Sally) Quagliano, Manlius, IL; and sister-in-laws, Teresa Kapka, Niles, IL, and Judy Quagliano, Kewanee, IL. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Michael Quagliano in 2012.

The family is forever grateful to the exceptional staff and loving caregivers at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL, and her brother-in-law, Joseph and wife Sally Quagliano, for daily visits with treats and endless card games.

Memorials shall be directed to Visitation Forever Fund for Visitation Catholic School. Please leave an online condolence for Marilyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jason Brent Swift

 

 

Jason B. Swift, 48, of Atkinson, IL passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Unity Point Health – Trinity Rock Island. Visitation service will be held Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be left to the Jason Swift Memorial Fund.

 

Jason was born on December 16, 1968, the son of Ron Swift and Mary Beth (Seifert) Swaggerty, in Kewanee, IL. He attended and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1987.  Jason married Nicole M. Verdick on September 5, 2009 in Geneseo, IL. Jason started his career with McDonalds in 1986 as a crew worker and became a manager of the Kewanee location in 1993. He then moved to the Geneseo McDonald’s location where he worked as the general manager for 31 years. Jason enjoyed playing his guitar (left handed), shooting guns, camping and spending time outdoors. He was a huge Chicago Bears fan. Jason loved to cook and grill for his family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Nicole and sons Brandon Swift, Geneseo, Tyler Swift, Menifee, CA, and step-son Clint Verdick, Atkinson. His parents are Ron Swift, Kewanee, and Mary Beth (Gary) Swaggerty, Springfield. His brothers are Josh Stairwalt, Reno, NV, and Zach Stairwalt, Roseville, CA. His sisters are Jennifer Symms, Cypress, TX, and Meagan Stairwalt, Springfield, IL.

 

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

 

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Patricia J. Murphy

 Patricia J. Murphy, 86, a resident at Rosewood Care Center of East Peoria, formerly of Kewanee, died at 4:56 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the center.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 25 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.


She was born March 2, 1931 in Kewanee, the daughter of Philip and Gertrude (Morrisey) Miler. She married Timothy J. “Tim” Murphy on February 12, 1972 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Philip “Phil” Miler and a sister in infancy. She is survived by two daughters, Jan (Deke) Ingram of Clearwater, FL and JoAnne (Jason) Hurdis of Washington, IL, and three granddaughters, Jessica, Jana and Jennifer.


Patricia graduated from Kewanee High School in 1949. She had worked at Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee and in the radiology department at Kewanee Public Hospital. She was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a volunteer for the Henry County Humane Society and a past member of the Kewanee Elks Lodge Ladies. She enjoyed giving a helping hand to any in need and with her beliefs, often light candles at church and prayed for people’s concerns. She loved her family, her grandchildren and her dogs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marie "Jeanne" McDonough

 

 

Marie “Jeanne” McDonough, 91, of Geneseo passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, August 25 in Springfield, PA.  Memorials may be directed to St. Bernadetter Catholic Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the local arrangements.

 

Jeanne was born on August 25, 1925, the daughter of John and Anna (McGeehan) Shakey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Bartram High School in West Philadelphia. Jeanne was united in marriage to Joseph D. McDonough on April 26, 1947, Joseph passed away on February 4, 2008. She worked as a medical secretary for Misercordia Hospital in Philadelphia for many years.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Jeanne (Steve) Doubet, Atkinson, and her sister Geraldine (Joe) Maccrory, Media, PA. Her grandchildren are Michael Michio and Joseph Conor Doubet. 

 

 

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Arthur F. Lambert

 

 

Arthur F. Lambert, 69 of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village in Geneseo, IL. Visitation and Memorial services are planned for Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. A private inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Arthur was born on March 9, 1948, the son of Arthur William and Marguerite (Bartke) Lambert in Geneseo, IL, the older of two children. He married Teresa A. Petrusek on April 18, 1970 in Chicago, IL. Arthur was a long time resident of Lake in the Hills and Huntley, IL, and was most recently a resident of Geneseo, IL. He worked as a tool & die engineer with several companies in the Chicago land area for many years. Arthur was a devout Catholic and longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Teresa, whom he was married to for 47 years; his daughter Kathleen (Barry) Jacocks, Geneseo, and his son Michael (Kimberly) Lambert, Pingree Grove, IL. His grandchildren are Haleigh, Natalie, Jacey, and Kylie.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marguerite.

 

The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo and Unity Point Hospice for their compassion in caring for Arthur.

 

 

 

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Marjorie E. Headley

 

 

Marjorie E. Headley 78 of Atkinson, formerly of Milan, passed away on Thursday August 17, 2017 at the Aspen Rehab & Healthcare Center, Silvis. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 22nd 2017 at the North Cemetery in Geneseo, IL. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Easter Seals Foundation. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Marjorie was born August 19, 1938, the daughter of James E. and Doris Dean (Youngquist) Morrell in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Ellicot High School in Ellicot, Colorado and later attended Black Hawk College. Marjorie was united in marriage to James Headley on December 9, 1960 in Security, Colorado. Marjorie’s love and focus of her life were her grandchildren, especially Shelby.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband James Headley, her son James “JD” Dean (Teresa) Headley, Moline, and her daughter Julianne (Scott) Branham, Atkinson. Her grandchildren are Ryan Michael Branham, Shelby Ann Branham, and Anna Louise Headley. Her siblings are, brother Dr. Lawrence Morrell, Albuquerque,  and sisters, Ruth Sinnes, Security, CO, Pat Harper, Calhan, Co, Mary Nevling, New Windsor, IL, and Sally Schwaner, Kirksville, MO.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Dr. Lynn Morrell, Lyle Morrell, and James Morrell, and her sisters: Betty Dahl, Shirley Hoffmeier, and Martha Molloy.

 

 

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Evelyn R. Gibson

Evelyn R. “Evie” Gibson, 87, of Galva, died at 3:45 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2017 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

  
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 22 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion, Grace United Methodist Church or to the Children’s Hospital of Peoria.


She was born February 18, 1930 in Walnut, IL, the daughter of Gordon and Alice (Beaber) Fordham. She married Paul T. Gibson on March 16, 1946 in Ottawa, IL. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by a son, Duane (Vermeda) Freidinger of Goodfield, IL, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, a sister, Marlene Berg of Galva, a sister-in-law, Ketra Fordham of Manlius, four special nieces, Pam (Greg) Rylander of Rockwall, TX, Annette (Randy) Smith of Galva, IL, Connie (Tom) Rollins of Victoria, IL, Arlene (Tim) Morris of Bloomington, IL and several other nieces and nephews.


Evie had owned and operated the Market Street Café in Galva for a number of years. Prior to that, she had worked at GTE in Kewanee and had also owned and operated the A&W Drive-In in Galva. She was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Galva Senior Citizen Center and enjoyed visiting with friends at Courtyard Estates. She enjoyed walking around Wiley Park and was a “kid at heart,” enjoying visiting with children and her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.  

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Agnes Mary DeWalt

 Agnes Mary DeWalt, 79, of Kewanee, died at 5:55 p.m., Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Putnam Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Windmont Park Lighting Fund.


She was born August 11, 1938 in Wyoming, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Althea (VanDusen) Scaggs. She married Thomas D. DeWalt on February 23, 1957 in Henry, IL. He survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Michael (Kathy) DeWalt of Peoria and Tom (Sherry) DeWalt of Sterling, IL, a brother, Jim Scaggs of Kewanee, a sister, Donna (George) Hatchett of Morris, IL, two grandchildren, Emma (Kevin) Kerian and Marc (Emily) DeWalt and a great granddaughter, Margaret Kerian. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Agnes graduated from Kewanee High School in 1956. She was of the Methodist faith and was a homemaker and had volunteered at Kewanee Hospital. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gerald Charlet

 

Gerald “Jerry” Charlet 75, of Kewanee Il, died at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his home. Jerry was born April 29, 1942, the son of Earl Charlet and Anne (Scoville) Hammersmith. He attended Wethersfield Schools. Surviving is his daughter Kelli (Jason) DeSplinter of Annawan, and his grandchildren Wyatt and Shelby DeSplinter, and Jerry’s companion dog “Blue”. Also surviving his children from a previous marriage, Gerri Ann Confair, Robin Grayson, Earl Charlet, Robert Charlet with numerous grandchildren; also surviving is one brother Dennis “Dink” Harbin, formerly of Kewanee and one sister, Cheryl Lowe of LA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerry was a laborer for Local 852, retired from        Public Works Department for the city of Kewanee.  After he retired from the city he was self-employed. He had been a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee, the American Legion, and enjoyed spending time with his daughter, grandchildren, and friends. He considered himself a self-appointed “city manager” of the city of Kewanee. Jerry enjoyed life to its fullest.

A celebration of life visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. There will be a reception following at the Flemish American Club, Kewanee. Private burial will be in the Wyoming Illinois Cemetery Pastor Terry Lancaster will officiate. Online condolences may be shared with Jerry’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Wilbur D. Egert

 

 

Wilbur Darrell Egert, 95, of rural Prophetstown, passed away August 13, 2017 at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21st at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson, Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s of the Field cemetery outside of Hoopole. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20th at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson.    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wilbur Egert Memorial Fund. All donations will be given to local charities.

Wilbur was born on the family farm south of Prophetstown on May 16, 1922 to Perry and Lila (Pritchard) Egert, the oldest of four children.  He married the love of his life, Mary Jean VanDeVelde, on August 27, 1946 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Prophetstown. 

Wilbur farmed north of Atkinson for over 70 years.  He loved the land and his cattle.  He played saxophone for many years in several local bands including the Prophetstown City Band and Geneseo Maple Leaf Band.  He was a voracious reader and enjoyed flying his 1949 Luscombe Silvaire airplane into his 80’s. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean, two children and their spouses: Sandra (Bob) Searls Longmont, CO. and Terry (Rochelle) Egert Littleton, CO. His five grandchildren are Stephanie Cusack, Michael Searls, George Pavlantos, Brittni Levering and Lindsay Phelan. He has eight great-grandchildren. Wilbur is also survived by two sisters, Lavona Oncken and Phyllis Taber. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lois Oetzel and three brother-in-laws: Dwight Oetzel, Ronald Oncken and Nelson Taber.

 

 

 

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Betty E. Jones

Betty E. Jones, 88, of Kewanee, Il died at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee.  There will be no visitation or services.  Burial will be private for the family in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Betty was born July 5, 1929 in rural Kewanee the daughter of Carl and Bessie (Burnett) Huffman.  A homemaker, she had also been employed at the former J. Ray co. in Kewanee and Boss Glove Co.   Betty was a member of the Eagles and American Legion Aux. in Kewanee.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, and being outdoors.

Betty is survived by her son Keith Reiff of Kewanee, a granddaughter Cherokee (Josh) Ince of Tremont, Il., a great grandson Josh Ince, Jr., one sister Melva Hicks of Kewanee and one brother Mason (Julie) Huffman of Santa Rosa, Ca.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters Belinda Ince and Robin Noirot, three sisters Ann Heiser, Leota Huffman and Minnie Claeys and one brother Chuck Huffman.

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William J. "Bill" DeRew

 

 

William J. “Bill” DeRew, 87, of Annawan, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. A Memorial Mass will be Wednesday, August 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan at 10:00 a.m. Father Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. August 15 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson. A rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be left to the William DeRew Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Bill was born on February 8, 1930, the son of John and Eugenia (Galle) DeRew in Prophetstown, IL. Bill graduated from R.O.W.V.A. High School. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and served until 1953. He married Barbara J. Bachman on February 5, 1955 in Kewanee, IL. Bill was a lifelong farmer, farming in the Woodhull area before moving to Geneseo where he continued to farm. He was also a feed salesman for short time. Bill and Barbara were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and spending time tending his garden. Bill was also a member of the 40 & 8.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Barbara of 62 years, son Michael (Doreen) DeRew, Geneseo, IL and daughter Chris (Stephen) Sellon, Vero Beach, FL. Bill has 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His sister is Dolores (Wayne) Kapple, Hot Springs, AR.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eugenia.

 

 

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Leland Earl Hoadley

Leland Earl “Lee” Hoadley, 87, of rural Kewanee, Il. Died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at his home.  He was born April 11, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Warren Everett and Mabel Florence (Brown) Hoadley.  He attended Kewanee Schools.  Lee married Jane Marie Duhlstine on May 8, 1948.  They were divorced in 1967.  She died October 20, 2007.  He married Phyllis Ann Swanson on October 13, 1967.  She died March 19, 1978.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Nancy Ann Hoadley and Mary Ann Hoadley, one son, Steven Bud Hoadley and two brothers, Warren Everett Hoadley, Jr. and Wallace Richard Hoadley.   Lee married Janet Mae O’Brien on January 23, 1988 in Sunset Beach, Ca.  She survives along with Lee’s children; including four daughters, Carol Diane (Gerald) Johnston, Paula Marie Hoadley, Janet Kay Hoadley and April Ann Hoadley, two sons, Daniel Lee (Mary) Hoadley and Christopher Kent Hoadley, five grandchildren, Jody, Peggy, Audrey “AJ”, Ryan and Jacob, five great grandchildren, Joshua, Dylan, Patrick, Chen-Chen, Selina and four great great grandchildren, Paul, Avery, Benjamin and Stella.

Lee worked construction and farmed in Bureau County.  He is remembered for his herd of Charolais Cattle.  He also grew and sold trees and shrubs for many years.  He enjoyed woodworking and was a rock hound.

Cremation was accorded and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date by the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Billie P. Schmidt

Billie P. Schmidt, formerly of Galva, passed away early Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo at the age of 93. Born March 24, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest daughter of Elric and Rose (Schneller) Polly, she graduated from Argo High School and attended Evangelical Hospital of Chicago Nursing School. She married Paul M. Schmidt, M.D., October 14, 1944. She, Dr. Schmidt, and their young son moved to Galva in 1948 when Dr. Schmidt joined the practice of Robert H. Stewart, M.D. As a nurse, Billie assisted her husband with the practice and remained with it for a number of years after it was sold to another physician until her retirement.


Billie was active in the Galva community. She was a long-time member of the Congregational Church, singing in the Sunday choir, and of Chapter BR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was a Boy Scout den mother and volunteered for many years with the Galva Tutoring Center, providing after school tutoring. She had many interests and hobbies.  A particular favorite was creating miniature settings, crafting tiny furniture, wall decor, and rugs.  In addition to making her miniatures, Billie was a talented seamstress, quilt maker, gardener, and painter. Cooking was also one of her specialties. She was an avid reader, loved cats, and was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan.


Billie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Georganne Korkos. She is survived by her four children: Paul (Julie) Schmidt, Phyllis Dobey, Jim (Lisa) Schmidt, and Lorna Schmidt, and two grandchildren, Caleb and Jacob Dobey.  Also surviving are her sisters Patricia Jackson and Roberta Wesolowski.  


A Celebration of a Life well lived will be held for family and friends at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the P.E.O., Abilities Plus, Henry County Humane Society, Freedom House or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Thomas Coates

Thomas John Richard Coates, 92, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.


Thomas was born January 25, 1925, in Neponset, the son of Robert Richard and Ethel (Headley) Coates. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert F. (Shirley) Coates of Princeton; two sisters, Elizabeth Coates of Neponset and Jeanne (Cecil) Gunning of Neponset; and nephew, Gary C. Coates of Princeton.  


Mr. Coates was a graduate of Neponset High School. He was a farmer on his Neponset farm his entire life. He also had a lifelong love of animals. After moving to Kewanee, he was employed for several years at Carson Pirie Scott of Kewanee and Black Hawk College of Kewanee.


Surviving Thomas are nieces, Beatrice (Gary) Coates of Princeton and Sherrilyn Coates Roberts of Petersburg, IL; and nephews Michael (Lois) Coates of Cedar Rapids, IA, Daniel (Elissa) Gunning of Galena, IL, Gregg (Paula) Gunning of Neponset, David (Barb) Coates of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Clifford (Dee) Gunning of Kewanee. Also surviving are several grandnieces and grandnephews.


Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with Rev. Michael Selburg officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens, south of Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Henry County Mobile Meals. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Christopher D. Nelson

 Christopher D. Nelson, 53, of Madison, WI., formerly of Galva, died at 11:58 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017 at UW-Madison Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall.


Cremation has been accorded and a private Memorial Mass will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Inurnment will be at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church, the Galesburg Rescue Mission or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


He was born July 29, 1964 in Kewanee, the son of Keith and Helen (Bernitt) Nelson. He is survived by his parents of Galva, a brother, Randall Nelson of Galva, two sisters, Elizabeth (Roger) Cooper of Woodhull and Wendy (Michael) Kernan of Mt. Zion, IL, four nephews, Anthony Nelson of Denver, Ryan Kernan of Mt. Zion and Luke and Levi Nelson, both of Pekin and four nieces, Amanda Coleman of Mt. Pleasant, Victoria Cooper of Woodhull, Cassidy Nelson of Pekin and Elena Kernan of Mt. Zion. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.


Christopher graduated from Galva High School in 1982 and had received his associates degree from Black Hawk College, East Campus. He had worked as a chemist at PP David in Middleton, WI for nearly 20 years. In high school, he had wrestled. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, cards and games but especially enjoyed playing pitch with his family in which he always overbid and won. He will be remembered especially for cooking chicken wings, and his crawdads, sausage and shrimp boil which all enjoyed over the last holiday. He was an organ donor and his spirit will continue in the lives of others. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gordon K. Wall

Gordon K. Wall, of Galva, died at 9:05 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017 at his home.


Cremation has been accorded and a graveside service with military rites will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10 at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee with Pastor Don Reul officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.


He was born on July 24, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of Curtis and Nina (Brown) Wall. He is survived by a brother, Jack Wall of Kewanee, a sister, Patricia Conner of Lakeland, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Erline Wall.


Gordon attended Kewanee schools. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. In his early years, he had worked on a farm and also worked at Kewanee Boiler for 33 years as a painter and laborer. He was a member of the Kewanee and Galva Pigeon Clubs. Over the years, he raced countless birds and had earned many awards for these races. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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John W. Benton

 John W. Benton, 53, of Galva, formerly of Hannah City, died at 6:15 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.


Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday August 12 at the Hanna City United Methodist Church, 12208 W. Farmington Rd., Hanna City, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is assisting the family with arrangements.


He was born May 19, 1964 in Grinnell, IA, the son of Harold J. and Ernestine (Baldwin) Benton. He married Deborah A. Falls on February 18, 1994 in Paducah, KY. She survives as do two sons, Alex and Zach and two daughters, Tala and Summer, all at home. He was preceded in death by his parents.


John graduated from Streator High School in 1982 and then graduated from Sawyer College with an associate’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1988. He had worked as a cook at the Germantown Bar & Grill. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences can be left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Robert Swinderman

Robert Elliot Swinderman, 31, died Sunday, July 30th, in Charleston, Illinois.  Robert (Bobby) was born on March 17th, 1986 in Peoria, Illinois, to Scott and Brooks Swinderman.  He is survived by his parents, recently married sister and new brother in law Elizabeth and David Cartwright, Rochelle, Illinois, and uncles Todd (Nancy) Swinderman, Palm Coast, Fla. and Bob (Jill) Armstrong, of Kewanee, and Dallas Texas and an aunt, Faye Underwood of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Cousins Catie Underwood, Jessie and Zach Swinderman, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. And Champaign, Il. respectively, also survive. He was preceded by his grandfathers, Bob Armstrong , Bob Swinderman and grandmothers, Lee Anna Armstrong and Pat Swinderman.

 In his early years, he was a student at Wethersfield Grade School.  When he was in fifth grade, he and his family moved to Effingham, Illinois, where he was a 2004 graduate of Effingham High School.  He attended Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and Lake Land College.  In recent years, he resided in Dallas, Texas and worked for Rebcon Inc., a specialty construction company.  Bobby was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Effingham, where he became part of a loving church family, and participated in mission and many activities.   He enjoyed his early years in Kewanee and loved to return, fishing at Windmont Park with his friends and sister, working on dirt bikes and going on float trips.  During his Effingham years, he was active as a Boy Scout, enjoying many camp outs with his troop and later, became an Eagle Scout recipient.  He was interested and skilled in mechanical and construction pursuits and continued his love of the outdoors into adulthood. Services were held in Effingham, Illinois on Thursday, August 3rd.  At a later date, there will be a memorial and committal in Kewanee, Illinois.  Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Youth Group, Effingham, Illinois and the Hour House, Charleston, Illinois. 

Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home of Kewanee, IL is in charge of local arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

   

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William H. “Bill” Bean

 

 

William Howard “Bill” Bean, 98 of Geneseo, passed away on July 28, 2017 at OSF Hospital, Peoria IL surrounded by his family.  Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the First Congregational Church, Geneseo on September 16th at 2:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church, Geneseo, or to the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of the Cardiac Surgery Department, Rochester, MN.  Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with arrangements.

Bill was born on August 28, 1918 in Rock Falls, Illinois to Clare Lavern and Lora Ellen (Downey) Bean.  When he was three, his family moved to Geneseo.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1936 and served in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  He played the tuba and bass drum in the Maple City Band and sang in the First Congregational Church choir for over 75 years.  On June 7, 1946 he married the love of his life, Eunice P. Smallwood at the First Congregational Church in Geneseo.  Bill worked at the Farmer’s National Bank, retiring in 1984 as a Vice-President.  He was the last surviving founding member of the Geneseo Rotary Club, and served in that organization for many years.  He loved music and he and Eunice took the family to the Quad City Symphony concerts regularly.  He was a devoted Christian and faithfully served his church.  Bill and Eunice loved camping and traveled with their family all over the United States and Canada.

Survivors include his sister, Carol Maplethorpe, Antioch, IL; his brother James (Hedi) Bean, Audubon, PA; daughters: Sue Fuelling, Gaylord, MI and Carol (Gregg) Neuleib, Geneseo; sons: John (Vicky) Bean, Geneseo, and David (Ann Li) Bean, Morrison, IL; grandchildren: Andrew DeGroot, Jennifer (Brian) Williams, Peter Neuleib, Mary Bean (Marco Penaloza), William (Brittany) Bean, Arthur (Rachele) Neuleib, and Laura Li Bean; great grandchildren: Jonathan and Logan Williams, Carter Neuleib, Arya and Eden Bean, Tristan and Rylan Neuleib, his sisters-in-law Manie Jeckel, Carol “Penny” Bean and Dorothy Bean; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eunice, his brothers Herbert and Paul Bean; brothers-in-law Charles Maplethorpe, John V. Smallwood and Ed Jeckel; sister-in-law Jean Bean; son-in-law Larry Fuelling; and nephews Lawrence Bean and Richard Bean.

 

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Elsie Lippens

Elsie Lippens, 98, of Kewanee, of Kewanee, Il., died at 7:45 A.M. at her home surrounded by her caregivers and friends.   Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Senior Citizen Center, Salvation Army, Food Pantry or Stepladder Tutoring.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Elsie was born November 22, 1918 in Kewanee the daughter of Arthur and Leona (DeWolf) Lippens. 

Elsie was employed for 25 years at the former Kresge Store in Kewanee retiring in 1983.  She had also worked at the Dollar Store, Jupiter and K-Mart in Kewanee. 

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donovan Lippens and a sister Margaret Myers.  Surviving are cousins from the Lippens and Kolata families.  Also surviving are her special friends Gary Skovronski and Anita Blanks.  Elsie was very grateful to her caregiving team that allowed her to leave the nursing home and return to her own home. Elsie’s family and friends would like to extend a special thanks to OSF Hospice of Galesburg.

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William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock

 

William “Gene” Eugene Hartsock, 90, of rural Geneseo, died July 30, 2017 at Unity Point Hospital, Rock Island, Illinois.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo.  Reverend Ryan Landino from First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, IL will officiate.   Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Illinois. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m at the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to William Eugene Hartsock Memorial Fund.

 

Gene was born April 10, 1927 in Wapello, Iowa.  He was the oldest of six children born to Harold Frederick Hartsock and Carroll Bessie Beckey.  He married Mary Lou Steele on December 20, 1952 at Church of Peace in Rock Island.  She preceded him in death on August 9, 2005.

 

Gene was a man of many interests.  He was a hard worker, having been a Union Carpenter for 55 years.  He worked many side jobs after work and on weekends to support his family.  Gene and Mary Lou spent many years traveling to bluegrass festivals around the Midwest.  They spent 14 years wintering in Brownsville, Texas until Mary Lou’s death.  Gene enjoyed going to auctions, thus his accumulation of tools and musical instruments.  Gene was also an avid bow hunter traveling 45 years to Black River Falls, Wisconsin to hunt deer.  Gene also loved chopping and selling firewood up until the final days of his death.  During the winter months he enjoyed cracking black walnuts to give away to others.  He loved watching golf and nature shows on the television.  He looked forward to his monthly poker nights with some great guys. His small farm brought him enormous pride and allowed him to tinker daily.

 

He is survived by his children and spouses:  Gene, Jr. (Diane) Hartsock, Geneseo, Sandy (Butch) Jones, Port Byron, IL, Sally (Mike) Howard, Geneseo, Jim (Jeanne) Hartsock, Geneseo, Jerry (Jan) Hartsock also of Geneseo.  He leaves 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are his siblings:  Merle (Bud) Hartsock, Wilbur Hartsock, Donna Hayes, Bob Jordan and Carol Balfe.  Also surviving includes his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dewey and Carol Steele.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou, his parents, an infant son, his mother-in-law, Florence Steele and sister-in- law, Wanda Johnson. 

 

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