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Bernard Cromien

Bernard J. “Bernie” Cromien passed away Friday, November 28 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.  Bernie was born in Kewanee, IL on March 2, 1930, the son of George and Anna (Grumley) Cromien. Bernie attended Cromien Community School in rural Galva and later graduated from Galva High School in 1948.  Following high school, Bernie served in the United States Army in Panama during the Korean War.

 

He married Catherine “Kate” Golby at Visitation Catholic Church on January 16, 1954.  Following the death of his father, Bernie took over the family farm and continued as the patriarch of his large Irish family for the next 64 years.  In addition to farming, he started selling insurance in 1966 for SVEA Mutual Insurance and founded Cromien Insurance Agency in Galva. 

 

Prior to his death, Bernie was the longest living member of St. John’s Catholic Church where he has served as a trustee and was a member of many committees, including the building committee for the current church.  He was also instrumental in having stained glass windows added to the church. Bernie was a former member of the Galva Co-op Board, the Lake Calhoun Board, SVEA Mutual Insurance Board, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elks Lodge, Galva High School Wall of Fame, and the Galva Boosters’ Club.  He also coached Little League baseball for many years while his sons were growing up.  Bernie was named Galva’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2011, his hometown of which he always took great pride.  In 2016, Bernie was honored at the Annual SVEA Mutual Golf Outing for his many years of service.

 

In addition to his wife of almost 64 years, Bernie is survived by his children Colleen (John) Myers of Dubuque, IA; Sheila Cromien of Kewanee; Dan (Ruth) Cromien of Grand Mound, IA; Patrick (Janet) Cromien of Ballwin, MO; Sarah (Steve) Pivnicka of Woodstock, IL., and daughter-in-law, Jeanette Cromien, Galva.  His grandchildren include Tim, Bryan, and Molly (Smith) Conklin, Maria (Dimmer) Cromien, Bridget, Kevin, and Maggie Cromien, Brennan, Shea, Connor, Brogan, Declan, Finn, and Rory Pivnicka.  Great Grandchildren are Pearl Dimmer and Charlotte Smith. His brothers and sisters are Ruth Youngberg of Glendale, AZ, Rosemary Kempin of Sandy, UT; Leo Cromien of Glendale, AZ; and John Cromien of Panorama Village, TX. Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Ben Cromien, and two sisters—Mary Terry and Margaret Schula.

 

Bernie embraced his Catholic faith and loved Notre Dame Football, the Chicago Cubs, the Galva Wildcats, and his many friends.  However, nothing was more important than his large Irish family.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, December 2 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrants will be Fr. John Burns and Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, December 1 at the church with recitation of the rosary at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to St. John Catholic Church, Duke Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, Galva Booster Club or to Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Ida M. Hadsall

Ida M. Hadsall, 95, of Kewanee, died November 25, 2017 at the Courtyard Village of Kewanee. Ida was born April 24, 1922 in Range, OK, the daughter of Frank and Leona (Shord) DeBord. She married Walter Hadsall on October 26, 1940 in Kahoka, MO, he preceded her in death in 1979.

Ida is survived by three sons, Gary (Peggy) Hadsall, Kewanee, Michael (Jean) Hadsall, Kewanee, Bruce (Robin) Hadsall, Macomb; seven grandchildren; 8 greatgrandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; brother, Harold; two sisters, Irene and Mary (in infancy); one granddaughter, Julie in 2011.

Ida worked at Walworths, Bondi’s, the Piggly Wiggly, the Eagles, and the UFCW Union. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kewanee since 1950. She was proud of the 67 years she spent in her home. She enjoyed camping, gardening, mowing, and canning. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Please leave an online condolence for Ida’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Robert L. Olson

Robert L. Olson, 82, a resident of the Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee, IL, formerly of Bishop Hill and Oswego, died at 12:50 a.m., Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the home.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services and inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m.,Friday, December 1 at Bishop Hill Cemetery. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 11, 1935 in Kewanee, the son of Donald A. and Ruby H. (Hultquist) Olson. Survivors include a nephew, Donald Palaski of Stroudsberg, PA and a brother-in-law, Robert Palaski of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Marjorie Palaski and two nieces, Teresa Ann and Conner Jo.

Robert graduated from Galva High School and Bradley University in Peoria. He had been a high school math teacher in Oswego, IL. He volunteered as an election judge for many years at his local polling station. In his early years he was a member of the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. He always had a newspaper with him to read and he enjoyed doing ancestry research. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences leftwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dale C. Gingrich

Dale C. Gingrich, 87, of Kewanee, died November 10, 2017 at Tidewell Hospice House, Bradenton, Florida. Dale was born in Sheffield on September 28, 1930, the son of Cecil and M. Lucille (Grubb) Gingrich. Dale graduated in 1948 from Mineral High School. Dale married Josephine (Inghels) Gingrich on February 20, 1954 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death in 1990. Dale later married Wanda (Thurman) Gingrich on May 23, 1992 in Springfield, IL.

She survives along with daughter, Brenda (Mike) Anderson, Mt. Morris, IL; son, Bruce (Katie) Gingrich, Lake Geneva, WI; six grandchildren, Brian (Sara) Anderson, Brad (Kendra) Anderson, Mindy (Jeremy) Nesemeier, Hannah Gingrich, Second Lieutenant Jordan (Courtney) Gingrich, and Isabelle Gingrich; five great-grandchildren, Kendall, Amelia, and Austin Anderson, Charlie, and Joey Nesemeier; brother, Stan (Carol) Gingrich, Sheffield, IL; two step-sons, Stan (Julia) Thurman, Bradenton, FL, and Mark Thurman, Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Josephine.

Dale served his country in the Army from January 1952 – 1954, he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was a farmer in Bureau County, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Sheffield American Legion, the Lions Club, the Hidden Lake Country Club and the Flemish American Club. He was a part of the Sheffield Homecoming Association for 30+ yeas, a 4-H Leader, and a Mineral Fireman for 20+ years. Dale was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and enjoyed golfing, traveling, bowling, dancing and spending time with his family and friends.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in the Sheffield Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Sheffield American Legion. Visitation will be December 2, 2017 from 9:30 am until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Please leave an online condolence for Dale’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Mary A. Laub

Mary A. Laub, 79, of Neponset, IL, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Garden, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Mary was born October 1, 1938 in Danville, IL, the daughter of John and Harriet (Krauel) Barnes. She graduated from Catlin High School in Catlin, IL. Mary married Maynard W. Laub on June 13, 1959 in Catlin, IL. He preceded her in death in 2015.

Mary worked in the machine shop at Marten Engineering and retired after 26 years of employment. She farmed with her husband for many years. Mary adamantly attended Wednesday Bible Study and Church on Sundays. She loved reading books, especially her Bible. Most of all, Mary loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s baseball and basketball games.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Don) Verbout, Neponset, Terry Unakis, Kewanee; and one son, Ted Laub, Neponset; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; one brother, Gene Barnes, Tilton, IL; and one sister, Judy Jennings, Catlin, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maynard; one daughter, Cheryl Laub Nelson; eight brothers, Bill, Jack, Bob, Don, Walt, Jim, Buddy and Joe Barnes. Please leave an online condolence for Mary’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Donald W. Burns

This past Thanksgiving 2017, the world lost a great guy. Donald W. “Bud” Burns died, Thursday, November 23, 2017 due to complications after emergency surgery, Bud won many great battles but ultimately lost his war. He fought until the end and would even smile and make us laugh just by being Bud. He passed with his family by his side, knowing he was loved and would be missed.

Bud was born December 28, 1928 in Kewanee, IL and passed in Orlando, FL. Between that time, Bud served in the U.S. Navy, learning his trade, carpentry. After returning home to Kewanee he worked in Illinois and Texas before settling in Boulder, CO for 50 years. Bud made a great living as superintendent for Weaver General Construction. There, he built roads, homes, high rise apartments, water treatment facilities and many buildings we still see today! He was always proud of his work and truly loved what he did. He worked until 83 years young.

Bud was a brother, a husband, a father, grandfather and even great- grandfather! Also, a friend to anyone he met. For 88 years, Bud lived life to the fullest, always pushing the edge. He created amazing memories for himself, his family and friends that we will never forget.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Anita (Marshall) Burns; parents, Donald L. and Ruth (Lansing) Burns; sister, Donna (Burns) Warner. 

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Gerk of Orlando, FL; son, Kyle (Mary Kay) DeJaeger of Ft. Smith, AR; grandson, Donald Gerk of Orlando, FL and two granddaughters, Kimmy (Matt) Genuardi of Orlando, FL and Kellee (Ryan) Gilmour of Frisco, TX. Also, his three great-grandchildren, Caleb and Jillian Gilmour and Teddy Genuardi.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 30 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee, IL with military rites accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m.Thursday at Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443. Memorials may be directed to the Donald W. “Bud” Burns Memorial Fund.

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Deborah Kay Gradert

 

 

Deborah Kay Gradert, 64, of Atkinson, passed away on November 22, 2017 at her home. There are no services planned and cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Deborah was born on October, 27, 1953, the daughter of Donald and Barbara (DeCraene) Wolf, in Kewanee, IL. She spent her life as a homemaker. Deborah loved Florida, especially because she could enjoy her hobby of scuba diving and swimming with the dolphins there.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Doug (Kayanna) Gradert, Annawan, daughter, Mary Gradert, Davenport, and grandchildren, Kaden and Keagan Gradert. Her brother is Douglas Wolf, Moline.

 

Deborah was preceded in death by her parents, son, Chad Gradert, and by her grandson Noah.

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Blanche Hewitt

 

 

Blanche E. Hewitt, 109, of Sheffield died on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at her home.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, or Sheffield Public Library.

 

Blanche Elizabeth Vermeulen was born October 16, 1908 in Atkinson, IL the daughter of Alphonse and Carolina “Lena” (Lomme) Vermeulen.  She graduated Sheffield High School in 1927.  On June 12, 1935 she married Kennison W. Hewitt in Sheffield.  He died on July 16, 1981.  Blanche had worked at the Farmer State Bank in Sheffield for over 50 years.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Blanche loved to travel, and enjoyed walking.  When asked the secret of her long life she often said “just keep going”.

 

Survivors include her son, Conrad W. Hewitt and his wife Linda, Napa, CA; daughter, Helen C. Hewitt, Brea, CA; grandchildren, Michael C. Hewitt, Huntington Beach, CA, William D. Hewitt and his wife, Shelley, Bellevue, WA, Mary Hewitt and her finance Steven Doolittle, Marina Del Ray, CA and Donald L. Hewitt and his wife, Frances, Pleasanton, CA; great grandchildren, Conrad K. Hewitt, Alexandra, Macallan, and Delaney Hewitt; nieces and nephews, Jim and Willie Hewitt, Sterling, Mary Jo Rosenow, Sheffield, Tim and Robin Hewitt, Sheffield, Marcia Hodgson, Mundelein, IL, and Michael Willey, Cape Canaveral, FL.    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Niel, daughter-in-law, Shirley Hewitt, brothers, Joseph Vermeulen and Mike Vermeulen, sister, Helen Willey, and nephews, Bob Willey, Dr. Jerry Vermeulen, and Ron Vermeulen.

 

The family would like to thank OSF-St. Francis Medical Center, OSF Hospice, and her special caregivers Terri Skiles and Justin Skiles, for their excellent care.

 

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Blanche’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Jeffrey DeShane

 

Jeffrey D. DeShane, 57, of Galva, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1st, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private family committal will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jeff DeShane Memorial Fund.

 

Jeffrey David DeShane was born June 27, 1960 in Moline, the son of Louis L. and Rosalie June Carey DeShane.  He was educated in Erie schools.  He worked as a laborer for area building construction firms.  His hobbies were demolition derbies with his Carey family and fishing.

 

Those surviving are a daughter, Heather Davis, Fate, TX, a son, Mathew Davis, Newnan, GA, grandchildren, James Sajdyk, Serenity and Madison Davis, his life partner, Brea Gray, Arizona, three sisters, Debra Baker, Covington, GA, Rosalie J. Williamson, Cambridge, Donna DeShane, Toledo, OH, four brothers, Louis L. DeShane, Prophetstown, Lloyd DeShane, Morrison, Kurt DeShane, Geneseo, and Robert DeShane, Princeton, IL.  Also surviving are aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  His parents and a nephew, Seth DeShane, preceded him in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Jeff's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Audrey E. DePauw

 

Audrey E. DePauw, 90, formerly of Sheffield, a resident of Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo died at the home on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.  Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.

 

Audrey Middleton was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Thomas, IL the daughter of William and Mary (Pottet) Middleton.  She married Ervin DePauw on Sept 16, 1944 in Sheffield.  He died on July 25, 2011.  Audrey had worked as Laundry Supervisor at Prairie View Home, Princeton for 9 years and then for 17 years at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo until retiring in 1993.

 

Audrey was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and had been a member of Hillcrest Home Auxiliary.  She had been a volunteer at Hillcrest for many years and had taught ceramic making at the home.  Audrey and her husband had portrayed Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Hillcrest Home for many years.  Audrey enjoyed gardening and raising flowers.

 

Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Karen) DePauw, Wyanet, Richard (Debra) DePauw, Mineral, and Thomas (Peggy) DePauw, Kewanee.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, and five brothers.

 

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Audrey’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Lois L. Ashley

Lois L. Ashley. 84, of Geneseo, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at her home.  Private funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Public visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo.

 

Lois Lee Robinson was born June 26, 1933 in Andover the daughter of Freeman and Helen Johnson Robinson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1951.  Her marriage to Charles E. Ashley took place on September 27, 1952 in Andover.  He passed away September 25, 1988.  Lois was a receptionist at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, for 15 years and then worked in the craft department at the Geneseo Walmart for ten years.  She was a member of the Geneseo Church of Christ and various quilt clubs.  Lois was an avid quilter and enjoyed various crafts.

 

Those surviving are two daughters, Brenda (Bryce) DeCook, Bryon, MN, Stacy Ashley, Geneseo, five sons, Mark (Emiko) Ashley, Gretna, LA, Robert (Gina) Ashley and Stephen Ashley, Geneseo, Thomas (Gretchen)  Ashley, Bettendorf, and Joseph (Kelly) Ashley, Annawan.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, two sisters, Diane Clary and Ione Bestor, two brothers, Gayne and Howard Robinson, and an infant brother, Jerry,  preceded her in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Lois' obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Frederick W. Baker

 

 

Frederick W. Baker, 75, of Mineral, IL, passed away, Friday, November 17, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. A celebration of life will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on December 2, 2017, at the Mineral Community Center. Memorials may be left to the family of Frederick Baker. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Frederick was born on January 8, 1942, the son of Warren and Maxine (Blair) Baker, in Davenport, IA. He graduated from New Boston High School. Frederick had been married to Kathleen McDonald. He worked as a laborer in Union Local #309 in Rock Island, IL, and retired from the Cordova Nuclear Plant in 1999. He enjoyed old Western movies, was an avid pool shooter, enjoyed throwing picks, and loved animals. He is a former member of the Masonic Lodge.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his longtime companion, Judith (Judy) Crosby, Mineral, and his children Tonya (John) Saner, Batavia, IA, Frederick William Baker Jr., Denver, CO, Karrie Osborn, Emerson, IA, Andrea Baker, Moline, IL, Laura Baker, Davenport and Jennifer Baker, Moline. He has 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His sisters are Sandra (Fred) Stearns, Aledo, IL, and Sharon (Bob) Bloomberg, Colona, IL. Fred has three nieces and two nephews.

 

Frederick was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Baker and his parents.

 

 

 

 

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James F. Burke

 

 

 

James F. Burke, 68, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on November 20, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester, MN. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by Don Chery VFW Post 5380. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the James Burke Memorial Fund, and will be distributed amongst several local charities.

 

James was born on September 19, 1949, the son of James and Mary (Kraker) Burke, in Washington, D.C. James married Carolyn K. Moens-Crowe on September 16, 1995, in Bettendorf, IA. He was a Director of Pharmacy at Genesis Health Systems Illini Campus, Silvis, IL and later at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL retiring in 2015. He graduated from Alleman High School, University of Illinois at Chicago with a Degree in Pharmacy in 1979.  He received an MBA from St. Ambrose, Davenport, IA in 1989.

 

James had a love of fine wine. He enjoyed studying and tasting different varieties. His interest in wine was accompanied by his love to travel, especially to France, where he and his wife enjoyed the countryside from the vantage of hot air balloons. James also loved pizza. He was an avid reader and enjoyed attending family events. James is a veteran of the United States Army. He and Carolyn are members of St. Malachy Catholic Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn, and daughters, Kelly Crowe, St. Charles, IL, Karyn Robertson, Moline, IL, and Christine (Thom) Cunningham, Deerfield, IL. His brother is Douglas (Patti) Burke of East Moline. James is also survived by two nephews, Ian Burke (Dr. Jessica Stumphy) of Edina, MN, Kyle Burke (Lyndie Crimmins), Elyjah and Lylah of East Moline, Il. Grandchildren Desiree, Chelsea, Michaela Mertz, Brittany (Matt) Parker, Tyler (Renee) Robertson, Caleb (Leah) Robertson, Abby, Claire, and Ryan Cunningham. Great grandchildren Max, Molly, Lilly, Ellie Parker, Shae, Harper, Ryder Robertson.

 

James was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary.

 

 

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Maxine V. Marchese

 

 

Maxine V. Marchese, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church prior to the Funeral Mass. Private Inurnment will be at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be left to Abilities Plus in Kewanee, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Maxine was born on March 13, 1921, the daughter of William and Josephine (Mathis) Grant, in Keokuk, IA. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Rock Island, IL. Maxine was united in marriage with Carmelo T. Marchese on February 7, 1942, in Rock Island, IL. Carmelo preceded her in death in 2001. Maxine is the former auditing supervisor for the Sears and Roebuck Company in Moline, IL, working there for 30 years. She was a member of the St. Malachy Altar & Rosary Circle #8, and Cursillo. Maxine also sang in the funeral choir at the church for many years. She volunteered for Hammond Henry Hospital foundation for 25 years. Maxine played a key role in, along with Hazel Pettit, in starting the resale shop at Abilities Plus in Kewanee, IL. She was also part of the Geneseo Kitchen Band and the Kids on the Block Puppet Program. Maxine was a longtime bowler and golfer as well as a very talented artist.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Carm (Linda) Marchese, Rock Island, and Bill (Margo) Marchese, Cambridge, and her daughter, Ginny (Bob) Pettit, Geneseo. Maxine is also survived by her twelve grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josephine, husband, Carmelo Marchese, son, Michael, and two grandchildren, Brad Marchese and Suzie Pettit.

 

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Carolyn Faye Lutes

 Carolyn Faye Lutes, 70, of Kewanee, died at 2:25 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Visitation for Carolyn will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

She was born September 25, 1947 in Huntsville AL, the daughter of Ernie Rutledge and Dorothy (Jackson) Gowen. She married Richard Lutes in 1968 in Chicago. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, a daughter, Christina “Christie” Lutes of Kewanee, four sisters, Barbara Harrison and Julie Rivera, both of Glendale Heights, IL, Connie Gowen of Downers Grove, IL and Laurie Boling of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Carolyn had worked as a beautician, at Jostens in Princeton and for the U.S. Postal Service. She loved to read especially on her Kindle. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Joann H. Vandemore

 

 

Joann H. Vandemore, 85, a lifelong resident of Atkinson, IL, passed away on November 20, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Father S. Stephen Englbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, with the Rosary being recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

Joann was born on March 18, the daughter of Joseph B. and Helen (Causemaker) Vandemore, in Atkinson. She graduated from Atkinson High School, and furthered her education at Stephens College. In her early years, Joann modeled for the Peterson Harned Von Maur Department Store in Davenport. She was a funeral assistant for Vandemore Funeral Home, starting with her father Joe, and continuing with her nephew, Joel Vandemore. She assisted many families through their losses over many years, and she was cherished by them for her gentle and sincere presence. Joann was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she served on the Altar & Rosary Society, and the St. Anthony’s Cookbook committee, of which she was very proud of the monies raised for the parish. She cherished the friendships she created throughout her years serving St. Anthony Catholic Church. Joann had a love and passion for horses. She raised and showed many throughout her life. Joann also loved her dogs, Irish Setters and Italian Greyhound. She was an avid, lifetime Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. She loved Atkinson and was dedicated to it until the end.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her nieces and nephews, Terry (Jill) Vandemore, Geneseo, Tina (Rock) VanOpdorp, Atkinson, Robin (James) VanMeenen, Atkinson, Tom Vandemore, Atkinson, and Joel Vandemore, Geneseo. Joann is also survived by several great & great-great nieces and nephews.

 

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen, and by her brother, Darrell “Ki” Vandemore.

 

 

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Kevin G. DeJaeger

 

Kevin G. DeJaeger, 59, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at Trinity ICU, Bettendorf, IA. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Lynn Bergren will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Kevin was born on June 6, 1958, the son of Gerald R. and Sharon (Johnson) DeJaeger, in Moline, IL. He was a Geneseo High School, class of 1976, graduate, and later graduated from Marycrest College with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He married Mary Ann Levine-McHaney, the couple later divorced. Kevin married Kathryn L. Roth on July 21, 2001, in Geneseo, IL. Kevin was working as a Network Analysist for United Health, and had been employed there for over 30 years. He was a very talented computer and electronics technician. Kevin loved doing yard work and was looking forward to flying the drone he had just bought. Kevin loved his cat, Joe, and his dogs, Skipper and Bella. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and First Lutheran Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Kathy DeJaeger, father, Gerald DeJaeger, son, Darren (Dana) DeJaeger, Winter Park, FL, and daughter, Tara (Ralph) Roman, Dixon. He has three grandchildren, Benjamin, Shae, and Aiden. His siblings are, brother, Kenneth DeJaeger, Norwalk, CT, and sister, Kathleen DeJaeger, Geneseo. 

 

Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon DeJaeger, on September 20, 2017.

 

 

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Dorothy M. Warren

Dorothy M. Warren, 86, of Kewanee, died at 6:14 am on November 18, 2017 at OSF St. Francis, Peoria, IL. Dorothy was born December 22, 1930 in Kewanee, IL the daughter of Richard and Grace (Ouart) Heise. Dorothy graduated from Kewanee High School. Dorothy married Clarence Warren on September 18, 1949 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death in 1995.

Dorothy is survived by one daughter, Jill (William) Miller, Peoria; three grandchildren, Jason, Aaron (Autumn), Samantha; two great-grandchildren, Delanie and Layla; one sister, Hazel Boswell, Kewanee; and one sister-in-law, Melodee Dyer, Davenport, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Jeff Warren; three brother-in-laws, Herbert “Junior” Warren, Ralph Warren, John Boswell; two nieces, Debbie Little and Sue Siefers.

Dorothy was a home health aid for the Henry County Health Department, she previously worked for Antique Trader and Boss Manufacturing. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Peace and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Flemish American Club and the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed square dancing, all animals, and spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren. She was a very loving person and would do anything for anybody.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am November 21, 2017 at the Church of Peace, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Church of Peace Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the Church of Peace. Memorials may be made to the Church of Peace. Please leave an online condolence for Dorothy’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. She is now with her heavenly Father with no more pain and no more suffering.

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George G. Malone

George G. Malone, 60, of Kewanee, died at 1:43 am on November 17, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rockford, IL. George was born January 18, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Glen and Lola (White) Malone.

George is survived by three sisters, Clara Ann Owens, Rome, GA, Lelia (Dwayne) Halcom, Batesville, AR, Vicki Purdy, Kewanee, IL; three nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leota Jo in infancy; two brother-in-laws, Jerry Owens and Bill Purdy; and a nephew, Darrell Halcom.

George was a School Bus Driver for the Kewanee School District. He was previously a casino dealer at Jumer’s Riverboat Casino in Davenport. George loved to eat, especially meat. He would drive to Joliet to eat at his favorite restaurants. He loved spending time with his friends. And enjoyed attending Kewanee sports of all kinds. He especially loved the kids that road his bus.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Russell Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Garden, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established, donations may be made to the family. Please leave an online condolence for George’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Carolyn Ann Scott

Carolyn Ann Scott, 101, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, formerly of Neponset, passed away at 12:52 p.m., Thursday, November 16, at the home. 

As per her wishes graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 20 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Her grandson, Timothy Scott will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Public Library or to the D.A.R. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 6, 1916 at her family home in Toulon, the daughter of Leslie and Cora Bell (Westerfield) Downend. She married Dean S. Scott on February 10, 1937 and he preceded her in death on July 11, 1979. Survivors include her son, Al (Debora) Scott of Neponset, grandson, Timothy (Abbey) Scott, four great grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Caleb and Jonah and a close niece, Barb Daum. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a grandmother whom raised her, sister, Janet Boldman, grandson, Matthew Scott and a son in infancy.

Carolyn graduated from Toulon High School in 1934. She was a homemaker, an avid gardener and a member of the D.A.R. She enjoyed knitting, needlework, quilting, cross stitching and braiding rugs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sharon K. Helg

Sharon Kay Helg, 73, of Cambridge, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Sharon K. Helg Memorial Fund.

 

Sharon was born on July 9, 1944, the daughter of Henry W. and Agnes M. (VerStraete) Marlow, in Geneseo, IL. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. Helg on July 29, 1961, in Geneseo, IL. Thomas preceded her in death on July 2nd, 2015.  Sharon, along with her husband Tom, owned and operated the Cambridge Locker in Cambridge, IL for 43 years. She loved going to the river boats with Tom, shopping, and collecting and wearing jewelry. Sharon was a lifelong fan of Elvis Presley.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Kyle (Elaine) Helg, Cambridge, and Rodney (Cindy) Helg, Andover, her daughter Kendra (Shane) Oleson, Geneseo, and her daughter-in-law, Kelly Helg, Geneseo. Her grandchildren are Nicole (Jared) Rubitsky, Nathaniel (Karyssa) Helg, Ashley Helg, Kristin Helg-Yates, Brittany (Roy) Puffet, Brandon (Johanna) Oleson, and three great-grandchildren, Payten Helg, Jensen Rubitsky, and Haley Rubitsky. Also surviving are her brother and step-brother.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Agnes, husband, Tom Helg, and by her son Christopher Helg (2011).

 

 

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Steven W. King

- Steven W. “Steve” King, 57, of rural Galva, went to be with the Lord at 2:24 a.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m.Monday, November 20 at the Galva Congregational Church. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m.Sunday, November 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Congregational Church or the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home.

He was born April 14, 1960 in Kewanee, the son of Hugh and Shirley (Cole) King. He married Jill McCoy on October 25, 1980 in Galva. They divorced. He then later married Pam Halsall on July 9, 1994 in Galva. She survives as do his children, Jason (Amanda) King of Eliot, ME, Aaron King (Jessica) of Galva, Conner King, a student at the University of Illinois and Olivia King, a student at Iowa State University, four grandchildren, Bre’Ana, Matthew, Cooper and Kyla, two sisters, Sarah (Donald) Martin and Christine (David) Hoxworth, both of Hartford, WI and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, a brother-in-law, Jay and a niece, Kayla.

Steve graduated from Galva High School in 1978 and then from Black Hawk East in 1980. Steve’s passion was farming and he felt blessed to be able to make a good living at what he loved to do. He enjoyed working side-by-side with his father for many years and most recently with his sons. He was an active member of the Galva Congregational Church where he taught Sunday School, sang on the praise team, was a council member and most recently the current president of the church council. Steve loved his church and was involved with the maintenance as well as all building projects. In 2010 Steve attended The Great Banquet in Peoria. It was there where he truly strengthened is faith walk. In earlier years, he had coached flag football and was always an active supporter of his children’s activities. He was a GHS Athletic Booster, a member of the Henry County Pork Producers and president of the Galva Rural Firefighters. He had also provided internships for the BHE Ag Production Program. Steve loved spending time with his wife and family at their cabin near Lake Calhoun, fishing, taking walks and tending to the property. He thoroughly enjoyed excavating and being able to make land improvements with the various properties he owned.

Steve was a kind, humble and godly man who chose to lead by example and was a prayer warrior for so many.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who dearly loved his family. He fought his battle with brain cancer with courage, leaning on his faith for strength and never complained about his circumstances. The words that best sum up his life are Faith, Family, Farming and Friends and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marilyn Heiser

 On November 16, 2017, Marilyn Heiser became her family’s angel. Marilyn, 61, of Kewanee passed away at her home. She was a very special person and was an example of a hard-working, free spirited and loving individual to all who knew her.

Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Monday November 20 at Faith Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Christopher Bushre will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday. November 19at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s. She was an avid supporter of a hospital that has done so much for her family.

She was born January 13, 1956 in Kewane, the daughter of Louis J. and Joyce S. (Stabler) Heiser. She grew up in Neponset with her siblings, Carol, Nancy and Jim.  She was raised by her mother who taught her to be an honest, hard- working and loving person. She was an athlete by trade and was everyone’s biggest cheerleader. She loved fiercely and was loved by all in return. Although she never had her own children, she had many she loved. Her love started for her nieces and nephews. She would drop everything she was doing for any of them and was a best friend to all of them. Her love grew when Cory came into her life. Cory was the son she never had. Cory gave her three beautiful grandchildren that she adored. Jordan was the light of her life. She enjoyed watching him grow up and teaching him the same lessons and morals she grew up with.

Marilyn is survived by a family that loved her deeply which include her siblings, Carol (Raymond) Robinson, Nancy (Ralph) Gillespie and James (Camie) Heiser her honorary children, Ralph, Andy, Jaci, Melissa, Jenna, Jami and Cory; her grandkids, Jordan, Addison and Asher; her babies, Caden, Gabi, Camble, Branton, Ryker, Tinsley, Brynley, Tripp, Coy, Briggs, Scout, Breck, Bauer, Caycen, Maely and Cardyn, her special friends, Margo, Sami and Vicki Berryhill and her step-siblings, June, Rose and Joe. She entered into heaven and was welcomed by her dad, Louis, her mom, Joyce, her step-dad, Frank, her nephew Michael, her girl Tilly and step brother Rick.  

While her family is saddened by her passing, knowing that a very special brown hair, brown eyed boy was there to welcome her into heaven with open arms. Michael James took a piece of her heart to heaven with him and her family is sure she is ecstatic to get it back. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences can be left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen L. Peterson

Helen L. Peterson, 90, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Hillcrest Home.

 

Helen Louise Larson was born February 20, 1927 in Moline, the daughter of Carl L. and Nina T. Franzen Larson.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1945.  Her marriage to Glenn E. Peterson took place on February 27, 1948 in Orion.  He passed away on December 15, 1975.  Helen worked as an office secretary at Black Hawk College in Moline for several years until retiring.  She was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Helen enjoyed cross word puzzles and reading.

 

Those surviving are a son, David Glenn Peterson, Galesburg, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Larson, Coal Valley, two sisters-in-law, Rose Larson, Red Wing, MN, and Eunice Anderson, Geneseo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Robert, Clayton, and Don Larson, preceded her in death.

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Doris J. Conrad

 

 

Doris J. Conrad, 81, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, November 19, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the First Baptist Church, Geneseo, or to Project Linus.

 

Doris was born on June 15, 1936, the daughter of William and Ruth (Hahn) Wyckoff, in Quincy, IL. She graduated from Liberty High School, in Liberty, IL, and later attended Commonwealth Business College. Doris was united in marriage to Dean W. Conrad on October 24, 1954, in Geneseo. Doris worked as a medical assistant and was a bookkeeper at Wayne’s Grocery in Cambridge. She owned and operated the Clothes Closet in Cambridge, as well as the Mode O’ Day in downtown Geneseo. Doris belonged to Women of the Moose, Red Hat Society, Happy Girls, Beta Sigma Phi, and was Coordinator of Project Linus for Henry and Rock Island counties. Doris was an avid reader, and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and playing cards. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include, her husband Dean, son, Steve (Jann) Conrad, Andover, and daughters, Susan (Tim Janey) Conrad, Geneseo, Dea (Neil) Conrad-Curry, Alpha, and Lisa (John) Conrad-Holcomb, Eldridge, IA. Doris has seven grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, ten great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and four step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, William Wyckoff, foster brothers, Tom (Jan) Blank and Louis (Marilyn) Blank, and foster sister, Sarah (Bill) Updegraff.

 

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth, her foster parents, Lee & Jeanne Blank, and her brother, Kenton Wyckoff.

 

 

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Victoria Verdick

Victoria Susan “Sue” (Erickson) Verdick, 62, of Goreville, IL, formally of Kewanee, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Sterling, IL, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sue was born January 21, 1955 in Kewanee the daughter of Russell and Helen (Bialobrski) Erickson. She attended Kewanee Schools graduating in 1973 and also graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She was employed has a lab tech at the federal prison in Marion, IL, she was last employed at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Kewanee.

She loved spending time with family and grandchildren. She had a passion for horses, weaving and leather working, and playing violin.

She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly (Ron) Ohnesorge, Marion, IL; one son, Brian (Beth) Verdick, Dixon, IL; six grandchildren, Haley, Madeline, Katarina, Peyton, Tyler and Caleb; brother, John (Penny) Erickson, Kewanee; nieces and nephews; and her ex-husband, Larry Verdick, Sterling, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lea Ann in infancy; grandparents, and a brother, Russell (Rusty) Erickson.

Graveside Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday,  November 16, 2017 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. There will be no visitation. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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William Grice

William “Bill” M. Grice, 89, of Kewanee, died at 6:54 pm on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Marigold Health Center, Galesburg. Bill was born April 26, 1928 in Bell Center, OH, the son of Henry and Helen (Mackintosh) Grice. Bill graduated from Monmouth College. Bill married Nancy (McDowell) Grice on August 12, 1950 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death in 2015.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Ginny (Randall) Kopper, Conway, AR, Pat (David) Holt, Rio, IL, Barb (Shaner) Magalhaes, Coralville, IA; one son, John Grice, Kewanee; six grandchildren, Adam, Kirk, Neil, Eric, Dominick, Helena, and Andre; two great-grandchildren, Harvey, and Eileen. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Nancy.

Bill was the owner of Schmidt-Heinrich and Grice Insurance Company in Kewanee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee. Bill was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club, he was active in the Kewanee Boy Scouts Troop 180. He enjoyed boating and camping, and had been known for his homemade kites and boomerangs. He enjoyed playing racquetball at the Kewanee YMCA. He was on the diving team at Monmouth College.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 17, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at First United Methodist Church. Please leave an online condolence for Bill’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Charles Bess

 Charles “Chuck” Bess, 49, of Dixon, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in the emergency room at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial graveside service and inurnment will be held at10:00 a.m., Friday, November 17 at Wethersfield Cemetery in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus earmarked for the Special Olympics. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born August 14, 1968 in Bloomington, IL, the son of Dale and Sharron (Swearingen) Bess. Survivors include his mother of Kewanee, his brother, James “Jim” Bess of Kewanee, grandfather, James Swearingen of Kewanee and two aunts, Connie (Charles) Johnston of Texas and Marjorie Yoder of Danvers, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents.

Chuck was a resident of the Jack Mabley Developmental Center and had worked at the recycling center there. He enjoyed riding his bike and especially spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Hampton Alexander Johnson

Hampton Alexander Johnson, infant son of Brittney Mitro and Chris Johnson was born a silent birth at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at Unity Point Health - Methodist in Peoria.

No services are planned other then to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hampton Alexander is survived by his parents, two brothers, Isaac Matthew Johnson and Oliver Quinton Johnson, his maternal grandparents, Debra (Greg) Rashid and Timothy Mitro, his paternal grandmother, Sheila (DeWayne) Willey and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jerry Johnson Sr. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Betty K. Brodd

Betty K. Brodd, 89, formerly of rural Lynn Center, IL died on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Long Term Care Unit at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16th at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  Rev. Reed Pedersen will officiate.  Burial will be in Andover Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Betty Brodd Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Betty Knuth was born August 12, 1928 in Sabula, Iowa the daughter of Gustav and Veva (Jones) Knuth.  She was raised in Sabula until 4th grade when the family moved to Cambridge where she continued her education, graduating from Cambridge High School in 1945.  On Feb. 9, 1947 she married Dellmore E. Brodd in Cambridge.  He died on Sept. 10, 2006.  Betty and Dellmore farmed in the Andover area for 20 years and then owned and operated Brodd Mobil Service in Andover for 22 years until retiring in 1988.

 

Betty was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover where she had served on Church Council, as financial Secretary and chairman of the service committee.  She also served as Share Food Coordinator for Cambridge area from 2002 - 2015, as assessor for Lynn and Andover Townships, on board of Directors of Cambridge Community Lanes, as Ladies League Secretary and Treasurer, as Chaplin for Andover American Legion Auxiliary and on the Thrivent County Board.  Betty loved to do crossword puzzles and watch wheel of fortune.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Jean Dahlberg and her husband, Roger, of Eastman, WI; her son Dr. Dell Brodd, III and his wife Pat, of Ottawa, IL; two grandchildren, Kari Jean Zabel and her husband, Eddie, of Pickett, WI and Matthew Dahlberg and wife Katey, of Gays Mills, WI; and four great grandchildren, Jack and Evelyn Zabel and Millie and Dylan Dahlberg.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, George Knuth and sister, Floris Hedbloom.

 

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Lloyd D. Agee

Lloyd D. Agee, 85, of Geneseo, formerly of Geneva, IL, passed away on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at his home. Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Ryan Landino will officiate. Burial will be Monday, November 13, at the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, November 10, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Art League, First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo Kiwanis, or the Salvation Army.

Lloyd was born on October 31, 1932, the son of Lawrence and Gertrude (King) Agee, in Sikeston, MO. He graduated from Peoria Woodruff High School with the class of 1951 and furthered his education at Bradley University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956. Lloyd was married to Loretta Messmore from 1953 to 1973. He married Coralie Kane in 1973. She preceded him in 2010. Lloyd started at Alexander Lumber Company after graduation as a draftsman and advancing in the company to Vice President/General Manager, retiring in 1998. He carried his talents from his career into his hobby and enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. Lloyd also enjoyed collecting antique lanterns. He was a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis Club, Geneseo Art League, and attended the First Presbyterian Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Sue Snell, Geneseo, Lee Ann (Randy) Hoovey, Geneseo, Terry (Stephen) Wargo, Rochelle, IL, David (Christine) Agee, Naperville, IL, Julie (Matthew) Pausch, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Daniel (Nancy) Agee, Venice, FL, and Douglas Agee, Geneva, IL. His grandchildren are Andrew, Austin, Ryan, Rachel, Sarah, Dana, Laura, Dennis, Kristin, and Melissa. Lloyd is also survived by his four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Elizabeth, Miriam, and Jack. His brother, Lyndel (Delores) Agee, Peoria, IL, and his sister, Wanda Barrett, Peoria, IL, also survive him.

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Kathy A. Gleason

Kathy A. Gleason, 63, of Geneseo, formerly of Kewanee, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will take place Monday, November 13, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic Church. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded.

Kathy was born on June 22, 1954, the daughter of Robert and Loretta Swarts, in Kewanee, IL. She graduated from Kewanee High School, furthering her education at Black Hawk College East, where she received her LPN, and Black Hawk College West, where she received her RN. Kathy married Don Gleason at the Visitation Church in Kewanee on September 23, 1978. She worked as an RN at Hammond Henry Hospital for 25 years and Genesis Medical Center in Silvis for five years. Kathy loved to cook, spend time in her flower garden, and participate in girl’s night out with her friends.  She will be remembered for bringing her longtime, loving friends together. Kathy was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and Geneseo Women of the Moose.

She is survived by her husband Don, Geneseo, her sons, Matt (Molly) Gleason, Long Grove, IA, and Mark Gleason, East Moline; along with five grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Kathy is also survived by her very special aunt, Patricia Fredrickson-Olson, Prior Lake, MN.

Kathy was preceded in death by her mother and father.
 

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Helen Louise Claeys

Helen Louise Claeys, 84, of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, passed away Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Father Duane Jack will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will take place Friday, November 10, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., where the Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Helen Louise Claeys Memorial Fund.

Helen was born on February 22, 1933, the daughter of Charles E. and Sophie C. (Verkruyse) Claeys, in Atkinson, IL. She graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1951 and continued her education by taking night classes to achieve her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary). In conjunction to her CPS, Helen was part of the National Secretary’s Association. She worked for Deere & Company as an export office staff supervisor for 35 years, from which she retired. Helen was a lifetime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she was a Parish Council Member for 25 years and was a member and past President of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the John Deere Ladies Retirees and Friends of Trinity Hospital, where she served as a past President for both of these organizations. Helen was a member of the Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary.  Helen loved to travel and made quite the extensive hobby out of doing it. She enjoyed travelling both domestically and internationally. Most of all, Helen loved her family. She always watched her nieces and nephews play sports, and looked forward to all family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother-in-law, Merrill Taber, sister-in-law, Mary Helen Claeys, and her nieces and nephews: Tina (Bob) Floming, Kim (Marv) VerStraete, Brenda (Gary) Gripp, Mike (Pat) Taber, Matt Claeys, Anita Brieser-Park, Andy (Tracy) Claeys, Ann (Ron) DeSmith, Beth (Kurt) Roesner, Joe (Amy) Claeys, Mark Taber, Dave (Jen) Claeys, Tonya Taber, Luke (Christy) Claeys, and Lin (Justin) Ebbert, along with her 36 great-nieces and nephews, and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marian Taber, brother, Charles H. (Mary Helen) Claeys, nephew-in-law Christopher Brieser, and great-great-niece, Emma VerStraete.
 

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Joan R. Herrick

 Joan R. Herrick, 82, of Kewanee, went to be with the Lord at 2:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Unity Point Health-Trinity in Rock Island while surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Jon Vincent will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Historical Society or to the First Baptist Church.

Joan was born July 30, 1935, in Kewanee, daughter of Robert and Marcella (Routh) Richards. She married T. Robert Herrick on May 1, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 14, 2000. Also preceding her in death were her parents and grandson, Craig Herrick. Surviving are her three sons, Steven, Paul (Roxanne) and David, her daughter, Beth (Mark) McCormick, grandchildren, James and Matthew Herrick, Alan (Brittney) McCormick and Michelle (Kellen) Fryear, great-grandchildren, Hailey and Cameron McCormick and Charlotte Herrick and two brothers, Robert (Delores) Richards and Dan Richards.

Joan graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1953. She had worked at Peoples National Bank, Wethersfield School cafeteria and the June Melodee Record Shop. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Wawtabt Class. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Just Us Girls (J.U.G.). She had been a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.      

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Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Furnald

Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Furnald. 89, of Kewanee, died at 12:29 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 2017, at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 12 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Evangelical UCC or to the Francis Park Foundation.

He was born May 20, 1928, in Kewanee, the son of Clifford Lee and Violet (Bright) Furnald. He married Arlene Krause on June 22, 1965, in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee as does his children, Mark (Teresa) Furnald of Florida, Rhonda Kemerling (Bill Haupt) of Kewanee and Nancy (Mike) Kalvin of Champaign, IL, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy and children, Laurie Beth Gwinn, Sandra Lashbrook and Crellin Longenbach.

Cliff graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946 and had served in the National Guard. He had started working for his father at C. Lee Tires and had also worked for Ratliff Bros. and as the lot policeman at Sandys and Hardees. He was a policeman for the City of Kewanee for 27 years and had been the interterm Police Chief for several of those years prior to his retirement. For the past 22 years, he had been the caretaker and campground host at Francis Park. He was very proud of his classmates and enjoyed the monthly luncheons that they had. In earlier years, he became an Eagle Scout and had served as a Scoutmaster. Cliff enjoyed camping and being around kids often bringing bikes and scooters to Francis Park for them to use. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Sally Ann Abbott

 

 

Galva… Sally Ann Abbott, 73, of Galva, went home to her Lord at 5:23 am Friday November 3, 2017 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday November 7, at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Visitation will be on Monday November 6  from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded. Memorials can be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project.

She was born on August 4, 1944 in Kewanee, Il, the daughter of Daniel and Zereta (Neuleib) Millslagle. She married Albert Homer in 1962 with whom she had three children, Lisa (Mark) Friedrich of Washington, IL, Alan (Carey) Homer of Sturgeon Lake, MN and Shelley (Bruce) Kinzer of Altona, IL. She later married Wayne Abbott in 1974 with whom she had two children, Theresa (Clayton) Dickerson of Victoria, IL and Ryan Abbott of Galva. She is survived by her husband Wayne, of Galva, her children, a step-daughter Dawn Petersen, a step- son Robert Abbott, seventeen grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her mother, Zereta Hamilton, a sister Joni Johnson and a brother, Tom Millslagle. She was preceded in death by her father, a brother Danny Millslagle, a sister Patricia Brown and a step-daughter, Kim Thomson.

Sally’s greatest source of happiness was her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her generous heart, her love of cooking and her hours of volunteering at the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.  She was always ready to send her love to those ill through her homemade meals and her trays of homemade treats during the holidays. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfunerlhome.com

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Dorothy M. Cessna

 

 

Dorothy M. Cessna, 88, of Mineral, IL, passed away on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at OSF St. Luke’s Medical Center in Kewanee, IL. Funeral Mass for Dorothy will be on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, IL. Father Timothy Savage will celebrate. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 7, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

 

Dorothy was born on January 1, 1929, the daughter of Oscar and Elsie (VanVooren) Croegaert, in Mineral, IL. After Dorothy graduated from Mineral High School, she completed three years of nurses training and continued to work as a homemaker. Dorothy married John F. Cessna on March 31, 1951 in Urbana, IL. John preceded her in death in 2006. She was a longtime & active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and a Sunday school teacher. Dorothy was also active in Cursillo.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Mary Jo) Cessna, Sycamore, IL, James (Karen) Cessna, Monroe, WI, Robert (Sue) Cessna, Spring Valley, IL, Thomas (Diane) Cessna, Bloomington, IL, and Philip (Diane) Cessna, O’Fallon, MO, and her daughters, Mary (Steve) Van Poucke, Marengo, IL, Patricia (Tim) Sullivan, Rushville, IL, Margaret (Earl) Simon, Hamilton, IL and daughter-in-law, Diane Cessna, Geneseo. She is also survived by her 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Elsie, her husband, John Cessna, son, John Cessna Jr., sisters, Ruth Jensen and Arlene Davis, and by her brother, Donald Croegaert.

 

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James E. Johnson

 

 

James E. Johnson, 82, of Cambridge, IL passed away Thursday, November 02, 2017 at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis, IL. Private memorial services will be held for the family. Memorial donations may be left to the Cambridge Fire Department & the Cambridge Ambulance. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

James was born on March 3, 1935, the son of Chester and Birdie (Taylor) Johnson, in Woodhull, IL. He graduated from Alwood High School with the class of 1952.  James is a United States Army Veteran who served his country from 1954-1956. James was stationed in Germany for some time. He married Marie A. Hier on March 26, 1955 at Camp Chaffee, AR. James worked for I.H. Farmall Works in Rock Island, IL for over 30 years, where he started in the assembly line, and then later became a supervisor for the remainder of his career. After his retirement, he worked part-time for the former Empire Equipment Co., as well as in Geneseo, where he helped several area farmers, including Clarence Carlson and Bernard Franque. James was an avid collector of I.H precision scale farm toys. James was a very talented small engine repairman. He also loved to travel and go fishing. Among his hobbies, James also enjoyed photography.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marie, and his daughters, Deb Else, Cambridge, Lori Gustafson, Cambridge, and Coni (Kevin) Gehler, River Falls, WI. James is also survived by his six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson.

 

James was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Birdie, two brothers, a sister, and one grandson, Adam Else.

 

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Gary Dean Taets

 

 

 

Gary Dean Taets, 68, of rural Sheffield, IL passed away, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at his home with his wife and daughters by his side. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, November 7th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. Reverends Mark Miller and Paul Meismer will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Parkinson’s Disease Research Society (PDRS) at parkinsonsprogress.org, with the attention of: Dr. Michael Rezak, MD PhD (Central DuPage Hospital, 0N150 Winfield Rd., Suite A-2 Winfield, IL 60190) or to the Annawan FFA program (501 West South Street, Annawan, IL 61234).

 

Gary Dean Taets was born on July 22, 1949, the son of Marvin and Mary (VanPoucke) Taets, in Kewanee, IL. He graduated from Annawan High school in 1968, Illinois State University (Ag Education) and worked at Lincoln Way and Annawan High Schools. Gary married Peggy Williams on May 6, 1972.  He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, IAVAT and the Knights of Columbus.  He would be the first to joke around with you and could naturally put you at ease when you spoke with him. Everyone that knew Gary could probably tell you a story that made them smile about one of the interactions they had with him.  He had a way about him that made your heart happy, whether it was a classroom experience or just a fishing or hunting tale from one of his many adventures. Gary loved his family, FFA, Agriculture, farming, fishing, hunting, and HATED Parkinson’s disease. Gary Dean Taets will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, uncle, teacher, farmer, FFA leader, mentor, friend, fisherman, hunter, connoisseur of ice cream, and all things that involved getting his hands dirty.  He was 68 years young.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include, his main “squeeze” and partner in life and wife, Peggy, his daughters, Carrie (William) Northcott and Kimberly (David) Hexter and his father, Marvin Taets. He had great pride in his grandchildren, Ethan, Jackson, Justin, Bennett and Callen. They would tell you that their Papa hung the moon.  His siblings are, brother, Dennis (Sharyn) Taets, sisters, Nancy (Larry) Dynes, and Jean Ann (Jim) Carter, in-laws, Marilyn and George Williams, sister in law Susan (Bryan) Pape. Gary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, his grandparents, Oscar & Clara VanPoucke, and Phillip & Elizabeth Taets, and by his aunt Arlene Taets and uncles Raymond (Vera) Taets and Raymond (Lynn) VanPoucke.

 

 

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Phyllis A. Sand

 

 

Phyllis A. Sand, 86, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, November 01, 2017, at Hammond Henry Long Term Care. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Public Library or to the Henry County Humane Society.

 

Phyllis Joan Adams was born on November, 9, 1930, the daughter of Dr. John and Phyllis Gillette Adams, in Kirksville, MO. The family moved to Geneseo shortly thereafter. Phyllis Joan graduated from Geneseo High School and the Moline Institute of Commerce. Following her schooling, Phyllis worked as a legal secretary for Robert H. White. Phyllis was united in marriage to Dale Sand on December 13, 1952. She and Dale farmed south of Geneseo briefly before moving to their home north of town where they continued to farm for over 30 years before their retirement. Phyllis and Dale loved to dance, laugh, go for car rides, and eat good food. Phyllis was an avid reader. She was a member of Chapter DN of PEO, Grace United Methodist Church, Polka Club of America, and Women of the Moose.

 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Robert Doescher, her sisters-in-law, Willicene (Cliff) Pobanz, and Elaine (Ken) Hamiliton, along with ten nieces and nephews.

 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dale, two sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, and one nephew.

 

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Lawrence Ebens

Lawrence Lee Ebens, 93, of Kewanee died at 7:12 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, November 3, 2017 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Reverend Paul Copeland of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour prior to the time of service on Friday. Memorials can be made to the Humane Society or the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Lawrence’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence was born December 19, 1923 in Oregon, Il, the son of Madis and Elizabeth (Hitchcock) Ebens. After attending Nashua grade school in Oregon, he graduated in 1940 from Oregon High School. Larry joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew as a gunman in a B24 aircraft from Germany and England until 1946. While in the service he married Carolyn Cornelissen on December 23, 1945, in Tucson. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2012.

After returning to Kewanee in 1946, Larry worked in a body shop, at the Walworth foundry, and in construction until he became a claims adjuster for County Companies in 1952. He worked there until 1986 when he retired. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Masonic Temple. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Cubs, as well as playing golf and bowling. Larry liked to sing and dance as well as play poker, play bingo, and spend a little time at the gambling boat!

Lawrence is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane (Guy) Gibson of Geneseo, Il., Kathy (Jerry) Fidler of Dunlap, Il.; a son, Steve (Gail) Ebens of Atkinson, Il; grandchildren, Philip Moats, Susan Moats, Autumn Janey and Michelle Gibson; great-grandchildren, Austin Moats, Madison Moats, Alyssa Merritt, Dylan Moats, LJ Janey, Jaxon Janey and Jonah Janey; sister, Gloria; brother, Ronnie (Sylvia) Ebens; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carolyn; brother, Robert; and sisters Harriet and Helen. 

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