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Mack E. Gardner

 

 

Mack E. Gardner, 82, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 3rd, at St. Malachy Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 2nd, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Mack Gardner Memorial Fund.

 

Mack was born on March 5th, 1935, the son of Samuel and Marjorie (Wade) Gardner, in Scotland, Arkansas. He married Bernadine C. Oberstar on April 21, 1956 in Seattle, Washington. Mack worked as the superintendent of the FAB Division at the former Illini Beef in Joslin, IL, and then as the superintendent for Superior Pack in Dixon, CA. He retired in 1989. Mack was a member of the Knights of Columbus to the 4th Degree, and a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and gardening. Mack is a veteran of the United States Navy.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bernadine, and his sons, Glenn (Dianne) Gardner, Everett, WA, Frank (Cheryl) Gardner, Zionsville, IN, and Jerry (Evie) Gardner, Geneseo, IL. His seven grandchildren are, Heidi, Korey, Jeremy, Ben, Logan, Cole, and Paige. Mack is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Archer and Jude. His brothers are Bill Gardner, AK, and Wade Gardner, MO.

 

Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Marjorie, two sisters, and two brothers.

 

 

 

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Donna Hulsey

 Donna K. Hulsey, 72, of Galva, died at 11:32 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded and a celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, November 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Jim Shannon will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Crittenton Centers in Peoria or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

She was born March 26, 1945 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles and Delores (Shane) Donovan. She married T. Scott Hulsey on May 8, 1965 in Wyoming, IL and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2008. Survivors include her mother of Chillicothe, IL, her children, Dean Hulsey of Wyoming, IL, Denise Stinson (Andrew Rux) of West Bend, WI, Joe (Jill) Hulsey of Toulon and Julie (Matt) Lindbom of Woodhull, four brothers, Roger (Sandy) Donovan of New Mexico, Dennis (Kathy) Donovan of Pontiac, IL and Jeff (Linda) Donovan and Kevin (Crystal) Donovan, both of Wyoming, IL, a sister, Jeannie (Steve) Foffel of Toulon, nine grandchildren, Tara Waller, Tyler Hannam, Macy McManus, Mitchell Hulsey, Cole Lindbom, Devon Hulsey, Hannah Simpson, Cammille Gaspard and Tristean Hulsey and two great grandchildren, Teague and Lawson Waller. She was also preceded in death by her father and a brother, Danny.

Donna graduated from Wyoming High School in 1963 and attended Flamingo Beauty School in Peoria and graduated from Twinkle Beauty School in Kewanee in 1964. She had worked at Breese Industries in Wyoming and later in the accounting department there. She had worked as a hairdresser at Headware in Kewanee, at Betty Maher McGarvey Beauty Shop in Wyoming and also out of her home. Donna also worked at Twilligar’s Restaurant in Wyoming, did sewing for others out of her home, did babysitting and house cleaning and worked for the Toulon Grade School and High School lunch program. She was a dedicated caregiver who enjoyed music, reading, sewing, cooking and baking and especially enjoyed her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Rita M. Wannemacher

 

 

Rita M. Wannemacher, 98, of Geneseo, formerly of Hooppole, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A private family service will be held Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Hooppole Cemetery in Hooppole, IL. No visitation will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL, where she was a member all of her life.

 

Rita was born on September 25, 1919, the daughter of James and Bertha (Schultz) Tonkinson, in Hooppole, IL. Rita attended Hooppole High School and finished her fourth year at Geneseo High School where she graduated. She was united in marriage to Rudy Wannemacher on June 18, 1941. Rudy preceded her in death in 1993. Rita taught in a one room school for three years and then at the Hooppole grade school. Rita retired in 1980. She directed the church choir, and sang for funerals and wedding for many years. Rita was also a singer in an acapella choir in college. She was a member of the Club 20 Circle of Friends group for 60 years, the Maple Bluff Ladies Golf League, Camp Fire Girls, Friendship Class at Zion United Methodist Church, and served as a member of the Hooppole Library Board. Rita also enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, James (Cathy) Wannemacher, Geneseo, and Bruce (Barbara) Wannemacher, Evans, GA, and her daughter, Ann (Peter) Nardulli, Savoy, IL. Rita has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha, brother, James Keith Tonkinson, and sister, Frona Vetter.

 

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Marilyn Rose DePauw

 

 

Marilyn Rose DePauw, 63, of Geneseo, IL passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Unity Point Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo, IL. Father Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, October 30, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., with the Rosary being recited at 3:45 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Marilyn Rose DePauw Memorial Fund.

 

Marilyn Rose was born on December 11, 1953, the daughter of Howard and Florence (Goddard) Putney, in Rock Island, IL. She graduated from Rock Island High School and went on to attend Black Hawk College, where she earned her Associates Degree in Arts, and then later attended Illinois State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Education. Marilyn was united in marriage to Joseph R. DePauw on September 16, 1978 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, IL. She was a proud member of the Geneseo Music Club, where she could display her love and talent for singing. Marilyn was also a member of St. Malachy Altar & Rosary Society, and enjoyed spending time with her loved ones and her cats.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include, her husband, Joe DePauw, her sons, Alex (Kayla) DePauw, El Paso, IL, and Ben (Steffanie Cotton) DePauw, Moline, IL, and her daughter, Abby Rose DePauw, Geneseo, IL. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Maison & Ember Rose, and Penelope Rose, and her mother-in-law, Jeanette DePauw, Geneseo, IL.  Her sisters-in-law Rosemary (Ed) Osborn, Rock Island, IL, and Peggy (Byron) Walker, Rock Island, and brothers-in-law, Bob (Pam) DePauw, Port Byron, IL, and Ed DePauw, Geneseo. Marilyn will also be missed by her special friends, Harvey and Nancy Green, Mary Wassell, and Jeanne Anderson.

 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Florence, and her sister, Pam Putney.

 

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Karen K. Cooprider

 

Karen K. Cooprider, 77, of Geneseo, IL, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 26, 2017 at her home in Geneseo, surrounded by her family. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, October 30th, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 29th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Karen Cooprider Memorial Fund.

 

Karen was born on December 3rd, 1939, the daughter of Oscar and Dorothy (Meek) Malmstrom, in Moline, IL. She was united in marriage to Paul R. Cooprider on October 13, 1955 in Rock Island, IL. Paul preceded her in death in 2011. Karen worked in the housekeeping department for Hammond Henry Hospital for 10 years. She was a member of many organizations including, Women of the Moose, Eagles Club, Geneseo Junior Women’s Club, Henry County Home Ext., Viking Club, Moline, German Heritage Club, Davenport, and a Thursday girl’s group. Karen was also in a card playing group that she enjoyed being a part of. Karen was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, IL.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Nanette (David) Witt, LeClaire, IA, and her sons, David (Debhora Guadian) Cooprider, Manteca, CA, Mark (Doreen) Cooprider, Moline, IL, and Michael (Brenda) Cooprider, Englewood, CO. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her sisters are JoAnne Hantz, Michigan, Gerry (Jim) Graham, Hampton, IL, and Debbie (Andy) Berglund, Silvis, IL.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Dorothy, her husband, Paul, and one grandson, Justin Gengler.

 

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Bryan S. Underwood

 

 

Bryan S. Underwood, 58, of Cambridge, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a year and a half battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 30th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  The police chaplain, Rev. Lynn Bergren, will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Fire Department or the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation.

 

Bryan Scott Underwood was born December 28, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Roy Gene and Joyce Reilly Underwood.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1977.  He attended Black Hawk College, Moline, and received an associate degree in law enforcement.  His marriage to Sue Bayless took place on July 25, 1981 in Cambridge.  He had been employed at the Cambridge Veterinary Service, Triangle Construction, and CSI Homes, all of Cambridge.

 

In June of 1994, he went to the State Police Academy.  After completing his training at the academy, Bryan was employed in District Seven of the Illinois State Police and worked there his entire law enforcement career, retiring December 31, 2015.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 41, and had served on the Cambridge Fire Department for ten years.  His hobbies were hunting, NHRA Racing, and wood working.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Sue, his children, Bennett and Brittani Underwood, both of Cambridge, and Marissa Underwood, Normal, IL, and a granddaughter, Brynley, who was his pride and joy.  Other survivors include his mother, Joyce Becker, brothers, Brett (Jennifer) Underwood, and Grady (LaVon) Underwood, all of Cambridge, and several aunts and cousins.  His father, Roy Gene Underwood, preceded him in death. 

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Merrill H. Gunning

Merrill H. Gunning, 80, of Neponset, Il. died at 3:14 P.M. Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Il.   Merrill was born May 27, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of John Martin “Mart” and Maude Ethel (Berry) Gunning.  He graduated from Neponset High School with the class of 1955.  He married L. Eileen Miller on November 9, 1956 in Neponset.  She preceded him in death on July 27, 2014.   He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother John Martin “Sonny” Gunning, Jr. and an infant daughter Cathleen.

Surviving are two daughters Patricia Miller of Peoria, Il.,  Virginia (Roger) Pratt of Kewanee, Il., two sons Robert M. Gunning of Rio Rancho, N.M., Richard H. Gunning of Ft. Collins, Co., seven grandchildren Stephanie (Nick) Tholin of Rockton, Il., Kimberly (Sean) Whippie of Kewanee, Kristen (Matt) Cannon of Normal, Il., Brett Miller of Peoria, Il., Aaron (Alyssa) Pratt of Kewanee, Il. , Luke Pratt of Kewanee, Scarlett Snider Gunning of Fort Collins, Co., one great grandson Darian Pratt Tholin, a great granddaughter Addilyn Tholin both of Rockton, Il.  and one brother Stephen Bradley (Carol) Gunning of the Villages, Fl.

Merrill was the owner and operator of the former Mercantile Printing in Neponset.  He was a member for 69 years at the First United Methodist Church in Neponset where he served on many boards and committees over the years.  He served as Sexton of the Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset, was a 57-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Young Republicans.  Merrill was proud of the fact that he never missed an annual Neponset Alumni Association banquet.  He enjoyed history (particularly on Neponset) family genealogy and spending time with his family and friends. In 1986, Merrill orchestrated a hay lift among local farmers, sending thousands of hay bales via railway to the drought stricken farmers of the southeastern portion of the United States. As a result of his efforts, Merrill was invited to participate in an event at the Illinois State Fair along with other community leaders from throughout the State, where President Ronald Reagan expressed his appreciation to the men who reached out to help their fellow Americans. Being a devout Republican, Merrill was honored to share a handshake with President Ronald Reagan. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Schueneman Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor David Berry of Jacobs well Community Church in Normal, Il. will officiate.  Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Thursday October 26th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. A memorial fund has been established, contributions may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared with family at ww.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Alice Krumtinger

 

Alice A. Krumtinger, 91, formerly of Cambridge, died Monday, October 23, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 27th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Rev. John Burns will officiate.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

 

Alice Ann Fisher was born July 20, 1926 in Harrisburg, Illinois, the daughter of Carl and Ferris Fearheiley Fisher.  She was educated in Kewanee schools and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944 .  Alice attended Eureka College for two years, then taught at a one room school house in rural Kewanee until her marriage.  She married James H. Krumtinger on June 25, 1949 in Kewanee.  He passed away on November 12, 1964.  

 

After returning to school to get her BA degree in education, Alice then taught kindergarten at the Cambridge Elementary School from 1968 until 1989 when she retired.  Her memberships include St. John Vianney Catholic Church, where she was a charter member, the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, the Women's Bridge Club, and the Red Hat Society.  She was a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge, and a founder of the Cambridge Community Lanes.  Her hobbies were playing cards, table games, bowling, and being a grandmother.

 

Those surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Joyce Krumtinger, Weldon, IL, James and Sandra Krumtinger, Geneva, IL, five grandchildren, Matthew (Jennifer) Krumtinger, Monticello, IL, Anne (Joe) Larocca, Lake Zurich, IL, Michael Krumtinger, Mokena, IL, Jon (Elizabeth) Krumtinger, Santiago, Chile, and J. Adam (Kristin) Krumtinger, Geneva, IL.  Other survivors include six great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, and two sisters, June Bowman and Marilyn Hamilton, preceded her in death.

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B. Elaine Hogue

 

 

B. Elaine Hogue, 93, of rural Geneseo, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at Hammond Henry Long Term Unit in Geneseo. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family requests that casual attire be worn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) on Saturday. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Elaine was born on August 14, 1924, the daughter of Donald and Carrie (Woehr) Bollen, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School in the class of 1942.  Elaine was united in marriage to Dwain C. Hogue in 1944; he preceded her in death in 1996. Elaine spent her life as a homemaker, assisting her husband Dwain on the family farm for many years.  She enjoyed tending to her large garden, loved her animals, and was a wonderful cook who loved making large meals for her family. Her grandchildren & great-grandchildren were the light of her life! Elaine was a Henry County Farm Bureau member and a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Bill (Lisa) Hogue, Geneseo, IL, and James (Peggy) Hogue, Geneseo, IL. Her grandchildren are Paula, Jodi Hogue & Andre Loggins, Alicia & Jamie Williamson, Nathan Hogue & Tia Horton, Christopher & Morgan, Michelle, and Jamie & Ben Temperley. Her nine great-grandchildren are Ryland, Emmery, and Paisley Williamson, Hudson and Isabella Hogue, and Ethan, Sieanna Rose, Ella Grace, and Leonana Faith Temperly.

 

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Carrie, her husband, Dwain Hogue, son, Michael Hogue, and two sisters.

 

 

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Patricia Marie Wattenberg

 Patricia Marie “Tricia” Wattenberg, 47, of Mineral, died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Friday, October 27 at Hope Church in Le Claire, IA. Pastor Matthew Darnell will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Private inurnment will be held at Davenport Memorial Park in Davenport, IA at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Wattenberg Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 2, 1970 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Donald Collier and Linda (Anderson) Nelson. Survivors include her mother of Le Claire, IA, her father of Moline, her two sons, John Henry Wattenberg and Brendan Dale Wattenberg, both of Geneseo, a sister, Misty DePauw of Mineral, three nieces, Sarina Roggy and Alyssa and Samantha DePauw, all of Mineral and several great nieces and nephews.

Tricia had worked in marketing for Sam’s Club for several years. She loved her job and enjoyed doing crafts and reading and was a “history buff” enjoying historical buildings and landmarks. Tricia had a fun sense of humor and her main focus was her two boys and being a mom to them. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Peter Meyer

 - Peter Dana Meyer, 75, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, October 23rd.

Mr. Meyer was born on October 12, 1942, in Nashville, TN to Peter and Danae “Grace” (O’Leary) Meyer, moving to Cass Lake, MN early in life.  He graduated high school from the Cass Lake School system.

“PD”, as he was known to his friends and family, attended Bemidji State University, and then was accepted to the Management Training Program at the Palmer House in Chicago.  He worked in hotel/motel management most of his career, working for Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and Best Western.  He was the general manager of the Holiday Inn in Peru, IL from 1981-1984.  After decades as a Hotel Management Specialist and Consultant, PD pursued his second passion, teaching. PD was an instructor at Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH.  During his tenure at Hocking College, he was instrumental in developing International and Caribbean Hospitality Management programs.

PD enjoyed traveling around the world, from Hong Kong, Cuba and Suriname to the Caribbean recruiting, teaching, and making friends wherever he went.  He was a member of Hidden Lakes Country Club and was an avid golfer and volunteer for the John Deere Classic for many years.  Pete also enjoyed acting and participated in local theatre productions in both Geneseo and Kewanee.

PD was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary “Lynn” Meyer of Kewanee, brothers, Jim (Judy) Meyer of Rosemount, MN, Michael Meyer of Forest Lake, MN, sister, Monica of Wyoming, MN, sister-in-law, Carlene (Bill) Hebel of Kewanee, as well as, four daughters, Danae Meyer of Bemidji, MN, Jill Theodore of LaSalle, IL, Andrea Meyer of Tucson, AZ, and Beth (Jon) Duttlinger of Princeville, IL.  He also leaves behind four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 25 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kewanee Animal Shelter, OSF-Hospice, or the donor’s choice. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wayne Q. Strafford

 

Wayne Q. Strafford, 82, of Geneseo passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Unity Point-Trinity in Rock Island, IL. A graveside funeral service will be held at Rock Island National Cemetery on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Robert Fitts will officiate. Visitation for Wayne will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the American Heart Association.

 

Wayne was born on September 18, 1935, the son of Archie and Lillian (Forbes) Strafford, in Moline, IL. He graduated from Moline High School with the class of 1953. Wayne married Sharon G. Craig on May 19, 1962 at Bethel Church in Moline, IL. Wayne is a US Army veteran, and served his country in Germany. During his earlier years, Wayne worked in construction. Wayne worked as a salesman at Lamco Slings & Rigging in Moline for 20 years before working at Allquip in Geneseo, IL. He retired in 2001.  Wayne was a former board member of the City of Geneseo Street Department and a proud member of NRA. He coached girls’ softball and continued to follow their statistics after coaching. Wayne loved yard work, gardening, fishing, hunting and watching his favorite Chicago sports teams, the Cubs and Bears.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Sharon and his daughter, Amy (Marty) Hanson, Colona, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Lillian, brother, Lauren and one brother in infancy.

 

 

 

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Janelle A. Johnson

Janelle A. Johnson, 80, of Kewanee, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm at OSF in Peoria. Janelle was born May 3, 1937 the daughter of Donald and Marjorie (Bates) Swanson. She married William “Bud” Johnson on August 19, 1956 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on August 28, 1996.

 

Janelle is survived by one son, Dr. Jeff (Pam) Johnson, Kewanee; one daughter, Jackie (Kevin) Callahan, West Branch, IA; five grandchildren, Jessica, Jordan, Jason, Emily, and Elizabeth; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Beth (Iradj) Taheri, Toulon. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

 

Janelle was a wife, mother, and homemaker who invested herself in her family with her whole heart. She had a variety of interests and talents but was most known for her love of gardening. She was a master gardener, a decades-long member of the Garden Club of Kewanee, and a district director and state treasurer of the Garden Clubs of Illinois.  She was an excellent seamstress and quilter, producing many beautiful and award-winning projects throughout the years.  Other artistic endeavors included making teddy bears, Victorian dolls and clothing, painting, and collecting and refinishing antique furniture.

 

She was passionate about education and served on the Wethersfield School District Board for 12 years and the Henry Stark County Special Ed Board for 6 years. She loved to read and shared that love in the Ladies Reading Circle and by tutoring adults. She also volunteered her time in other ways including leading a Girl Scout troop for a number of years.

 

Many know her through her long association with AFS, serving as a regional director for 5 years and hosting four foreign exchange students in her home who called her mom and maintained their relationship with her through the years. She loved to travel at home and abroad, and made many friendships accompanying her husband on his antique car club tours.

 

She had a keen interest in genealogy, particularly her Swedish culture and heritage and was a member of the Henry Co. Genealogical Society. She developed many special friendships over the years and most recently had a special fondness for her personal caregivers who allowed her to remain in her home. 

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Garden Club of Kewanee or Kewanee School Foundation.

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Jeffery Paul Halligan

 

 

Jeffery Paul Halligan, 61, of Geneseo passed away Saturday October 21, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his wife and loving family. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Church, in Rock Island, IL. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Jeffery Halligan Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Jeff was born on February 16, 1956, the son of George and Pearl (Hinckle) Halligan, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1974. Jeff married Pamela K. DeSplinter on July 20, 1974 in Geneseo, IL. He was employed with John Deere Harvester Works, and then was a car salesman for Turpin Motors and Sexton Ford. Jeff joined the United States Army, starting his military career in April of 1982, and served his country during Desert Storm and Korea on the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). In 1992, Jeff suffered a stroke, and was honorably/medically discharged from his service. Jeff enjoyed swimming and wood working, which included building and refinishing furniture. He also enjoyed riding his bike around town in his spare time. Most of all, Jeff loved and was devoted to his family, helping and supporting them in any way he could. Jeff was a member of the VFW and attended Heritage Church in Rock Island, IL.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife Pam, his daughters, Jennifer Radue and Jessica (Corey) Disterhoff, Baxter, IA, and son, Jeffery (Christina) Halligan II, Colorado Springs, CO. Jeff’s grandchildren are: Alexandria, Ethan, Quentin, Anthony, Elijah, Uriah, Fisher, Mackenzie, Hadessah, Samuel, Maria, and Silas. Jeff is also survived by his sisters: Colleen DeSpain, Geneseo, Deanna Burlingame, Silvis, Judy (Wes) Naftzger, Albany, IL, Carol (Bill) Halligan, Iowa City, IA, and Becky (Clyde) Porter, Gurnee, IL, Kathy (Joe) Saylor, Indiana, and his brother, Joe (Diane) Halligan, East Moline

 

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, George and Pearl, brother, Charles Halligan, and two sisters, Marilyn Griffin and Sharon Thompson.

 

 

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Kenneth K. Baze

 

 

Kenneth K. Baze, 93, of Geneseo passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo, Illinois. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Inurnment will take place at North Cemetery in Geneseo, IL, where military honors will be conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Kenneth Baze Memorial Fund.

 

Kenneth was born on December 5, 1923, the son of Robert and Ella (Hamann) Baze, in Osco, IL. Kenneth married Loretta J. Verheye-Mille on July 25, 1953, in Geneseo, IL. He worked for Offerlie Oil Company as a mechanic and tire repairman, and then worked for Skelly Oil Company for many years. After his retirement, he worked part-time for Wirth Inc. Kenneth was an avid baseball fan, especially loving the Chicago Cubs! He enjoyed playing baseball during his younger years. Kenneth also loved fishing and spending time with his family. Kenneth attended First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta Baze, his children, Nancy (Dr. Joseph) Ortenzio, Middletown, OH, Daniel (Trish) Mille, Matthews, NC, Debbie (Jerry) Hart, Cordova, IL, and Kim (Fran) Baze, Rockford, IL. Kenneth’s grandchildren are Rebecca (Dave) Lee, Aaron (Tamu) Ortenzio, Adam (Amanda) Mille, Kate (Matthew) Harrison, Shauna (Robert) Thoene, Joshua Hart, Kelly Hart, and Zachary Hart. Kenneth was blessed with six great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ella, two brothers, and one sister.

 

 

 

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Richard Dana Sr.

Richard A. “Rich” Dana, Sr., 80, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, October 20, 2017 with his loving family by his side. Richard was born November 27, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Marcus and Elizabeth (Underwood) Dana. He graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1954. His marriage to Shirley E. Newman took place on August 18, 1957 in Kewanee, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage, she survives.

Rich is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Jr. and Holly Dana, Kewanee; a daughter, Susan (Burt Preston) Dana, Loveland, CO; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William (Varn) Dana; and an infant sister at birth.

Rich was a farmer and farmed with his dad and brother for most of his life. He served 6 years in the Kewanee National Guard and also worked a few years at Advanced Welding in Kewanee. Rich also helped his father-in-law, Cecil Newman, with corn-shelling and combining. Rich served on the Wethersfield School Board for over ten years.

Rich was loved and respected by his family and all of his friends. He was a people-person and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He had a big, kind, generous heart and would help anyone that needed help or assistance. Rich was very close to his brother, Varn, together they would fix or weld broken equipment for themselves or other farmers and it seemed there was nothing they couldn’t fix. Besides farming, Rich enjoyed flying airplanes (in his younger years), collecting and restoring antique tractors and driving them in parades, going to farm sales, getting out on his John Deere Gator and spending time with family and friends.

Following his retirement from farming, Rich was diagnosed with cancer and shortly thereafter he suffered a stroke. His loving wife, Shirley, took care of him and because of her wonderful care she gave him over the years, it not only extended his life and allowed him to stay in his own home, but made his life much more comfortable and content.

Rich was a very loving, caring, and generous person who touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.  

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko and Reverend Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-6 pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A private inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, First United Methodist Church, OSF Hospice, Galesburg, or Kewanee Rural Fire Department. Please leave an online condolence for Richard’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Roger D. Weber

 

 

Roger D. Weber, 72, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 16, 2017. Private graveside services will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the family of Roger Weber.

 

Roger was born on April 10, 1945, the son of Chester C. and Lauretta (Parpart) Weber, in Geneseo, IL. He attended and graduated from Geneseo High School. Roger married Jackie Morsman on November 10, 1967, the couple later divorced. He worked for International Harvesters Works for 18 years, before starting his own business, Weber’s Tree Service. Roger owned and operated the tree service in Geneseo for many years. He was a member of the Colona Gun Club, and a very proficient and talented trap shooter. Roger was a true outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and trapping.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Corey Weber, Mico, TX, and his daughter, Marcy (Ken) McKillip, Milan, IL. Roger’s grandchildren are Samantha Weber, Nick Parker, Blake McKillip, Kade McKillip, and Kylie McKillip, and great-granddaughter, Violet Grace Weber. His sisters are Mary (Mark) Seaholm, Moline, IL, Renee (Mark) Taylor, Moline, IL, and Trish (Jim) Rusk, Geneseo, IL.

 

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Lauretta, his step-mother Dee, and by his special friend Jeannie Phillips.

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to Vickie Rogers, for her care and concern for Roger these past few years!

 

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Sarah Esther Watson

 

Sarah Esther Watson, 41, of Port Byron, IL passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held by Sarah’s family. Sarah’s wishes were honored by becoming an organ donor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the educational fund for Sarah’s sons, Drew and Alex, in her memory. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Sarah was born on June 23, 1976, the daughter of Chuck and Mary (Ward) Williamsen in Moline, IL. She graduated from J.D Darnall high school in the class of 1994. Sarah attended Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and graduated in 1999. Sarah had been employed at Project Now Head Start of the Quad Cities, as an assistant teacher, teaching in several Quad City locations. She was a past library board member of the River Valley District Library in Port Byron, IL. Sarah taught vacation bible school at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron. Most of all, Sarah loved being a mother. She also loved helping other children at Project Now Head Start. Sarah was also involved in many other organizations, as well as a member of the Heritage Church in Rock Island, IL.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Scott Watson, sons, Drew Williamsen Watson, and Alex Lewis Williamsen Watson, her parents, Chuck and Mary Williamsen, her brother, Matt (Amber) Williamsen, Geneseo, IL, and four nieces and nephews.

 

Sarah was preceded in death by her grandparents, Winford & Frances Ward, and Charles & Mary Williamsen, and her aunt Jane Dericx.

 

 

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Donna Jean Michalik

Donna Jean Michalik, age 84 of Kewanee, died at home the afternoon of October 14, 2017. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:45 am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church.  Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Humane Society or to her church.

Donna was born May 9, 1933, in Kewanee, the only child of Peter and Leota (Zang) Kohler.  She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew (Snooks) Michalik, loving mother of Matthew and Mark Michalik.  Cherished grandmother of Peter, Clare, John, Luke and Brooke Michalik. 

Donna graduated from Visitation Grade School in 1946, and from Kewanee High School in 1950.  She married Andrew F. (Snooks) Michalik on April 7, 1956 in Kewanee. They celebrated 56 years of marriage in 2012. He preceded her in death on January 3, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents and special cousins. Surviving are her two sons, Matthew (Mary Helen) of Homewood, IL, and Mark (Kendra) of Plainfield, IL and her five beloved grandchildren, Peter, Clare, John, Luke and Brooke; her special cousins Rosalie, Mary, Rita and Zoe and several Kohler cousins. Donna was employed for many years in the Operating Department of the Illinois Power Co. in Kewanee and later for the accounting firm of Clifton, Gunderson & Co. retiring in 1993.

Following her retirement, Donna thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching their activities, traveling to Arizona to visit old friends (Helen Sckrabulis in particular), playing bridge, flower gardening and time spent on the golf course. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking.

She was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and now St. John Paul II Parish (formerly Visitation Church), their Altar and Rosary Society, the Kewanee Hospital Auxiliary and the afternoon ladies golf league.

She was inducted into the Kewanee Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Kewanee, and had lived in the same house across from West Park for nearly her entire life.

Donna will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family and she loved her pets: Tiger, Taffy, Mitzi and her beloved Molly along with Nala and Lily.

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Bonnie Glaski

Bonnie E. Glaski, 68, of Milan, formerly of Kewanee, died at 10:57 a.m., Friday, October 13, 2017 at her home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service with private committal rites at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bonnie Glaski Memorial Fund.

She was born on October 1, 1949 in Kewanee, the daughter of Syrus A and Alberta L (Stephens) Perrigo. She married Dennis J Glaski on January 13, 1973 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Frenette. She is survived by two sons, Jerrod (and his fiancée Jill Henderson) of Milan, Il and Sergei (Carolina) Guschin, of Des Moines, IA, two daughters, Lexie Glaski of New Bedford, Il and Bethany DeSmit, ten grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Tiana, Aiden, Ethan, Zander, Isabelle, Jasmine, Alex and Alayna, two brothers, Norman Perrigo of Kewanee and A. Leslie (Jayne) Perrigo of Wyoming, Il, and two sisters, Martha (Michael) Peed of Kewanee and Carole (Terry) Colgan of Wyoming, Il.

Bonnie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1967 and then Augustana College in 1971 having earned a degree in teaching. She had taught 7th grade at Visitation School in 1984 and continued as a substitute teacher off and on for several years. She was a stay at home mom and for a number of years, did seamstress work out of her home. She had attended St. John Paul II, Visitation Church in earlier years. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, doing crafts and watching movies. She was also an avid reader. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Istvan Holper III

Istvan "Steve" "Hoop" Holper, III, 58, of Andover, died Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  There will be a private committal service at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Steve Holper Memorial Fund.

 

Istvan Holper, III was born March 8, 1959 in Chicago, the son of Istvan and Donna Holper, II.  He was educated in Paw Paw, IL and graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1977.  His marriage to Gina Dilenbeck took place on October 12, 1991 in Geneseo.  They later divorced.  Steve worked for the State of Illinois - CMS, in Henry County from 1986 until retiring on August 1, 2017.  He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 and the Illini State Pullers.

 

His hobbies were restoring antique cars and trucks, and he was currently restoring a 1950 Dodge pickup.  He also made engines and transmissions for hot rods and attended many area car shows.  Steve was a great friend, always willing to help anyone.  He was a devoted father to Camden, who was his pride and joy.

 

Those surviving are a son, Camden Holper (Kaela Moran), Andover, his father and step mother, Steve and Pat Holper, Lancaster, MO, sisters, Donna Patton, Virginia Beach, VA, Tammy Wyatt, Leland, IL, Pam Morris, Franklin Grove, IL, and Wanda (Al) Frieberg, Beverly Hills, FL.  Other survivors include brothers, Vance (Linda) Holper, Ohio, IL, David Vaughn, Franklin Grove, IL, Ronnie Vaughn, Ottawa, IL, and an aunt, Diane Minard, Aurora, IL.

His mother and a brother, Charles Vaughn, preceded him in death.

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Ruth A. Junis-Albrecht

Ruth A. Junis-Albrecht, 79, of Colona, formerly of Toulon, died at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the home of her daughter in New Boston, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

She was born May 26, 1938 in Toulon, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Schmidt) Fussner. She married Leonard Junis and he preceded her in death and then she later married William Albrecht and he preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Timothy (Sandra) Junis of Colona and Joseph (Brenda) Junis of New Boston, IL, her daughter, Rita (Ron) Martin of New Boston, IL, three brothers, Edward Fussner of Toulon, George (Linda) Fussner of Allentown, PA and Roger (Ruth) Fussner of Phoenix, AZ, a sister, Mary Forstrom of Wyoming, IL, five grandchildren, Wesley (Vineta) Junis, Wyatt (Brandy) Junis, Tyler (Hillary) Junis, Jamie Current and Samantha (Jason) Dale and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Ruth graduated from Toulon High School in 1956. She was a homemaker and in her early years had worked Boss Glove Manufacturing. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colona. She enjoyed participating in parades and with Race for the Cure. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Nancy C. Morey

 Nancy C. Morey, 86, of Kewanee, died at 9:21 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and private graveside services and inurnment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in rural Annawan. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Historical Society or to the Kewanee Animal Shelter. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born December 5, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of Keith and Barbara Webster. She married Orville Ray Morey on October 5, 1951 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on December 11, 2014. Survivors include her two sons, Mark Morey and Miles (Karen) Morey, both of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Nancy graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was a homemaker and had worked as a draftsman for the City of Kewanee working alongside the city engineer. She also worked at Kewanee Boiler and alongside her husband in the family business. She was affiliated with the Fairview United Methodist Church in rural Annawan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dianna Kay Leadingham

 

 

Dianna Kay Leadingham, 83, of Atkinson IL, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at her home. Private funeral services are planned for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Cemetery in Atkinson, IL. No visitation is planned.  Memorials may be directed to the family of Dianna.

 

Dianna was born on September 17, 1934, the daughter of Jack and Phyllis (Williams) Klink in Galesburg, IL. She was a CNA at the Hillcrest Home, Geneseo, and then the Kewanee Care Center from which she retired. She enjoyed crocheting and doing cross word puzzles.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Deb (Kevin) Stanfield, Atkinson, sister Jackie VanDeVoorde, Geneseo, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Dianna was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Phyllis, daughter Janie, sons Danny and Jimmy and her sister JoAnn “Corky”.

           

 

 

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Marjorie S. Homer

Marjorie S. Homer, 75, a resident of Heritage Health in Walnut, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Heritage Health in Walnut or to Vitas Hospice in LaSalle.

She was born February 13, 1942 in New Bedford, IL, the daughter of George and Emma (Hardy) Howes. She married George R. Homer on October 20, 1963 and he preceded her in death on October 25, 2013. Survivors include a son, Steve Homer of Knoxville, TN, a daughter, Jeri (Tim) Hallinan of Macomb, IL, her two sisters, Betty Schuler of Walnut and Joyce Long of Oregon, IL and three grandchildren, Christopher, Sean and Quinlan Hallinan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a son, Bradley.

Marjorie had worked as a waitress for many years at Midland Country Club in Kewanee until her retirement. She had been a member of the former Assembly of God Church in Kewanee and the Rebekah Lodge. She was an Elvis fan who enjoyed bowling and had bowled in league, flower gardening, doing word search puzzles and going on group bus trips with her husband. Most of all she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bette Buffett

Bette Jane Buffett, 92, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Kewanee Care Home.

Bette was born in Galesburg, Illinois to the late Charles and Cecilia (Maxwell) McElwain on March 18, 1925.

 

Bette is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Buffett; and three sisters, Mary Remick (Bill), Joanne Engels (Marvin), and Sue Gauwitz.  Bette is survived by her brothers, Bill (Katy) and Terry (Karen) McElwain both of Arkansas and special friend Shirley Dana.

 

Graveside services will be held at South Pleasant View Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 13, 2017 with Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Henry County Humane Society, Kewanee Chapter. Please leave an online condolence for Bette’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Donna J. Johnson

 

Donna J. Johnson, 79, formerly of Cambridge, died on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 13th at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  The family requests casual dress for the service.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or the Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.

 

Donna Jean Smith was born March 27, 1938 in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter Gale and Doris (Hawthorne) Smith.  She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1955.  She was united in marriage to Rodney D. Johnson on December 30, 1956 in Cambridge Lutheran Church.  He survives.  Donna had worked at Bank Orion, Cambridge, and retired after 34 years.  She was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church and she loved spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.

 

Survivors include her husband, Rodney, Geneseo; two daughters, Denise (Charlie) Brown, Cambridge, and Deana Fox, Orion; six grandchildren, Sara (Chad) Humphrey, Michael (Jessica) Beam, Brandon (Amanda) Beam, Tyler Fox, Tanner (Amber) Fox, and Jacob Fox; nine great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Avery and Ella Humphrey, Rodney, Rowdy, and Ruby Sue Beam, Caylee and Colton Beam, and Elizabeth Fox; a brother, Carl (Mary) Smith, Geneseo; and a sister, Bette (Gene) Clarke, Colona.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lavonne and Linder Schumaker.

 

The family would like to thank Good Samaritan, Geneseo; Hospice Compassus; and Unity Point Family Medical, Cambridge office.  Condolences may be expressed by visiting Donna’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Willie Mae Hodge

Willie Mae Hodge, 78, of Kewanee, died at 12:51 a.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Paul Schultz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m.Thursday, October 12 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the COPD Foundation.

She was born August 1, 1939 in Grand Chain, IL, the daughter of Adolphus J. and Versie M. (Travis) West Sr. She married James E. Hodge on June 16, 1956 in Peoria and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1998. Survivors include her eight children, Cheryl Lynn Hodge Johnson, Lewis E. Hodge Sr., Donna Marie Hodge, Lisa Rochelle Hodge Reed and James W. (Latisha) Hodge Sr., all of Kewanee, Lori Ann Hodge Wilson of Bowling Green, KY, Linda Gynell Hodge of South Dakota and Amy Genean (Zach) Hodge Bailey of Kewanee, a brother, Adolphus West Jr, two sisters, Hazel West and Marcella Lobdell, thirty grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leon in infancy and Alphonso, a sister, Myrtle, a son, Randal Lee and two daughters, Angela and Delores.

Willie Mae had worked at the Mail-O-Graph in Kewanee, in the dietary department at the Kewanee Care Home and in skilled nursing at Kewanee Hospital. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Willie Mae was an unconditional loving mother who loved her family and the Bible and was known as the “neighborhood mama.” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Arlo W. Morey

 

 

Arlo W. Morey, 87, of rural Kewanee died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. (noon)., on Tuesday, Oct 10th at Fairview United Methodist Church, Annawan Township.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services  at the church.  Memorials may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church.  Stackhouse-

Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Arlo was born December 8, 1929 in Kewanee, IL the son of Marion F. and Hazel R. (Palmer) Morey.  Arlo served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.  He married Carla J Wolfe at Fairview United Methodist Church on December 13, 1953.  She survives.  Arlo was employed by Goldstar FS for 35 years before retiring on December 31, 1991.

 

Arlo was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.  He was also a charter member of Valley View Club, Cambridge where he was instrumental in the ground breaking and process of building the country club.    Arlo loved his many trips with family and friends fishing in Minnesota and Canada.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carla; two daughters and (spouses) Annette (Marty) Verdick, Champaign, IL, Tanya (Mike) Procell, Baton Rouge, LA; three grandchildren, Neal (Elizabeth) Verdick, Chicago, Lisa (Jon) Penner, Bloomington, IL, and Adam (Heather) Procell, Baton Rouge, LA; three great grandchildren, Dana and Claire Penner, and Autumn Procell; and an exchange daughter, Caroline Winneke, from Australia.  Arlo was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lynn.

 

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Mary C. Osborne

Mary C. Osborne, 76, of Morton, formerly of Kewanee, passed peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at her home.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at1:00 p.m.Wednesday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home with recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton or to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Mary was born May 21, 1941 in Kewanee, the daughter of Forrest and Clara (Fortman) Boswell. She married William Duane Osborne on August 7, 1965 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2013. Survivors include a son, Mike (Rachel) Osborne of Morton, a brother, David (Sara) Boswell of Kewanee, a sister, Jane Boswell of Peoria, two grandchildren, Aaron Clyde Osborne and Grace Catherine Osborne, three nephews, Jeffrey (Cara) of Southlake, TX, Thomas (Lannie) of Lombard, IL and Mark (Kathryn) Boswell of Long Grove, IL and a cousin-in-law, Sandy Murphy of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Patrick Murphy and Peggy Lehr.

Mary graduated from Kewanee High School in 1959 and from Bradley University in Peoria.  She taught business, economics, and typing classes at Spalding and Peoria Notre Dame High School, where she was a photographer and yearbook advisor most years.  She enjoyed teaching CCD classes to grade school children for several years at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  She had a passion for gardening and outdoors, science, photography, the holidays, and trips to Northern Wisconsin.  Family and friends were especially important to her.  She loved being nana to her grandchildren.

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Lura Bartley

Lura L. Bartley, 76, of Cambridge, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center, in Galesburg, IL. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Lura was born on December 22, 1940, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Shelby and Ruby (Clark) Williams. She graduated from high school and married Howard W. Bartley on August 22, 1958 in Kinsgton Mines, IL. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2017. Lura was employed by the Pekin Insurance Company, in the claims department and she retired after 25 years. Lura enjoyed quilting, painting and working in her flower garden. She and Howard spent much time together in Florida. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

 

Those left to cherish Lura’s memory include her daughters Lynn (Dan) Cole, Geneseo, Annette Bartley, Pekin, IL and Janice (Scott) Muzzarelli, Normal, IL. Her grandchildren are Ryan Cole and Valerie DeReu, and she has five great grandchildren.

 

Lura was preceded in death by her husband, Howard and her parents, Shelby and Ruby.

 

 

 

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Anthony P. Brazee

 Anthony P. Brazee, 35, of Kewanee, died at 1:14 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born August 3, 1982 in Kewanee, the son of William R. and Molly Jo (Jones) Brazee. Survivors include several aunts and uncles, including Darlene (Walter) Hamrick Jr. of Dixon, IL and numerous cousins, including Lila (David) Lee of Dixon, IL, Mary (Jerry) Simmons and Walter (Dee) Hamrick III, both of Kewanee, Bradley Hamrick Sr. of Dixon, IL and Adam (Carrie) Hamrick of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Anthony graduated from Kewanee High School. He enjoyed watching WWE wrestling and movies especially horror, shooting pool, fishing and spending time with his cousin, Tyler. He was a well-liked person and was known to many as the “lovable giant.” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Chester Elgin Jr.

Chester E. “Chet” Elgin Jr., 80, of Kewanee, died at 11:15 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Toulon Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.,Friday, October 6 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, October 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish or to Visitation School.

He was born May 3, 1937 in Kewanee, the son of Chester E. and Helen (Grudzinski) Elgin Sr. He married Janet A. Sherbeyn on September 10, 1960 in Galva. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Marty (Laura) Elgin of Burlington, WI and Jack Elgin and his special friend, Janelle of San Diego, CA, three grandchildren, Alexis, Amanda and Nathaniel and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Donald and a sister, Joan Graf.

Chet graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955. He worked as clerk for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and the Knights of Columbus. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mauritz Oscar "Maury" Hulting

Mauritz O. “Maury” Hulting, 96, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 1st, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care unit in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, October 5th, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo at 10:30 a.m. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will take place one and a half hours prior to the funeral service, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be left to First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Mauritz. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Maury was born on July 22, 1921, the son of Oscar and Olive (Forsell) Hulting, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School, and graduated with the class of 1939. Maury furthered his studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Maury was united in marriage to Gladys Mae Weber on February 24, 1949 at the Loraine Church Parsonage, and celebrated 68 years together. Maury’s life time passion was farming and raising cattle and hogs on the family farm he was born on, in Osco Township. This love for the outdoors inspired Maury to plant a tree every year, and to care for and love his walnut grove. He was a member of Geneseo Kiwanis Club for over 30 years, along with being a member of Livestock Feeders Association, Deere Valley Collectors Club, Henry County Board for ten years, and the ASCS Board. Maury was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gladys, and his daughters Carol (Jim) Breczinksi, Minnetonka, MN, Gail (Norm) Hutchinson, Geneseo, IL, and Sharon (Jim) Greif, Monticello, IA. His grandchildren are Lora Breczinski, William (Chloe) Breczinki, Gloria (Ryan) Brock, Dan (Becca) Hutchinson, and Peter, Nick, and Kate Greif. His three great-grandchildren are Harper, Herbert, and Max.

 

Mauritz was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Olive, his brothers Alvin and Carl, and his sister Marie.

 

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

                                                       

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Becky Ann Switzer

Becky Ann Switzer, 64, of Kewanee passed away at 10:20 am on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home, Kewanee. Becky was born December 1, 1952 in Kewanee the daughter of Howard and Mary Lou (Hayden) Baldwin. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1970. She married Robert Switzer on May 3, 1980 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, he survives. She was a long-time employee of Boss Manufacturing where she worked as a Consumer Marketing Manager.

Becky is also survived by three children, Nick Switzer, Kewanee, Valerie Switzer, Kewanee, Ryan (Abi Stevenson) Switzer, Kewanee; grandchildren, Max Schneider and Lily Switzer-Bowers; and one brother Hayden (Carla) Baldwin, of AR. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dave Baldwin.

Becky enjoyed playing bingo with her mom, vacationing in Florida, shopping and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made out to the family. Please leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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