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Marie Lucille Purdy

Marie Lucille Purdy, 83, of Kewanee, died at 7:20 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the funeral home.

She was born November 4, 1934 in Kewanee, the daughter of Ellsworth and Faye (Snell) Frank. Survivors include her son, Michael S. (Jennifer) Purdy Sr. of Castleton, her daughter, Michelle Purdy of Kewanee, a sister, Carole Miller of Kewanee and her two grandchildren, Michael S. Purdy Jr. and Jessica J. Purdy, both of Castleton. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, William “Bill” Frank, sister, Patricia Wilson and a nephew, Keith Wilson.

Marie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954 and attended Black Hawk East from 1983-84. She had worked at Harper Wyman in Princeton for 14 years and had delivered newspapers for the Star Courier for many years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church which is now Encounter Church and thoroughly enjoyed their church activities. She was an avid fan of Chicago Bears football and Chicago Cubs baseball and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and truly loved being with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Margaret E. Mahoney

Margaret E. Mahoney 88, of Geneseo passed away on Friday July 27, at the Good Samaritan Society-Geneseo Village. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Peoria, IL, on Thursday, August 9, 2018. A public Rosary service will be held in her memory at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in St. Malachy Catholic Church daily chapel. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Margaret was born on August 7, 1929, the daughter of Thomas C. and Margaret (Schurtz) Mahoney, in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from Manual High School in Peoria with the class of 1947. She worked as a clerical supervisor for Great Central Insurance Company in Peoria, and later retired from the company. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. Margaret was very giving and passionate about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She was also very involved with and passionate about helping the kids at St. Malachy Catholic School. Margaret loved anything Disney and Orlando magic, and the Chicago sports teams; Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks! She was also a fan of older, sentimental movies.

Those left to cherish her memory are several of her close friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Margaret, and a brother, Reverend John A. Mahoney, former Priest of St. Malachy.

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Carolyn J. Thornton

Carolyn J. Thornton, 76, of East Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, IL. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow the Funeral Mass and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Carolyn Thornton Memorial Fund.

 

Carolyn was born on May 7, 1942, the daughter of Robert Pettit Sr. and Hazel (Stablein) Pettit, in Moline, Illinois. She was a graduate of the Alleman High School with the class of 1960 and Mary Crest College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Carolyn was united in marriage to James E. Thornton on August 10, 1963, in Moline. The couple later separated, but remained close friends through their lives. James survives Carolyn, living in Rock Island. Carolyn was self-employed as a bookkeeper for several Quad City businesses including Dan Ash Trucking Company and Franque Farms in Geneseo for over 25 years. Carolyn loved her family and friends dearly. She always made each of the people she loved feel that they were her #1 on an individual basis. She was also passionate on educating herself on her family genealogy and studied it closely, tracking her ancestors back many generations. Carolyn loved being outdoors and spending time in nature, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Hazel Pettit, of Geneseo, sons, Jim (Beverly) Thornton, of Lisle, IL, Tim (Malea) Thornton, of Cary, IL, and Tom (Nicole) Thornton, of Palm Harbor, FL, daughter, Julie Remkus, of Bloomington, IL, grandchildren, Daniel (Heather) Corrie, Lexi Thornton, Savannah Remkus, Patrick Thornton, Noah Thornton, Brooke Thornton, and Cole Thornton. Carolyn is also survived by her sisters, Joyce Maher, of Geneseo, Lynda (Bob) Carroll, Geneseo, Mary (Larry) Gillespie, Geneseo, and Lori (Bob) Ward, Geneseo, brother, Robert (Ginny) Pettit, of Geneseo, and by her special friend and caregiver, Chuck Quilty, of Moline.

 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Robert Pettit Sr., and one grandson, Nicholas Thornton.

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Raymond "Ray" Oscar Carlson

Raymond “Ray” Oscar Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Linnea Gustafson and Pastor Kristine Dohrmann to officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Compassus, or to the donor’s choice. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Raymond’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Todd A. "Jenzo" Jennings

Todd A. “Jenzo” Jennings, 55, of Kewanee, died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11:35 p.m. at OSF Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kewanee.  Todd was born February 23, 1963 in Kewanee, the son of Richard and Crellin (Kemerling) Jennings. Todd graduated from Kewanee High School. He married Stephanie A. Darrow on February 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, she survives.
Todd is also survived by one sister, Teri Ann (Jeff) Crumbley, Hampton, GA; aunt, Rhonda Kemerling (Bill Haupt), Kewanee; step-dad, Terry Longenbach, Chillicothe, IL; niece and nephew, Caitlin and Jared Crumbley, Hampton, GA; great nephew, Everette Crumbley; step-sons, Michael and Jared Dougherty, Toulon, IL; numerous cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents, Cliff and Arlene Furnald, Chester Kemerling and Agnes Nass and Frank Jennings; and step-son, Colby Dougherty.
Todd previously worked as a machinist. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, Kewanee. Todd enjoyed RC racing, fishing, and hunting. He especially loved playing the guitar in the many jam sessions with friends. He also loved his dog Cooper.
Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Service. A Memorial Service will be at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the funeral home. Reverend David Lorenzen will officiate. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. Please leave an online condolence for Todd’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Amanda A. DeLellis

Amanda A. DeLellis, 45, of McCausland, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at Unity Point Health - Trinity Bettendorf.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 1st, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, with cremation to follow.  A Celebration of Life service will follow at 7:00 pm. at the Geneseo Church of Christ.  Memorials may be made to the Amanda DeLellis Memorial Fund.

Those surviving are her partner, Thomas Bibby, Jr., McCausland, her children, Thomas Bibby III, Shelby DeLellis, Cody Stephens, Samatha DeLellis, DeWitt, Lena DeLellis, her mother, Grace Moody, and 2 grandchildren.
 

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Mary B. Stach

Mary B. Stach, 61, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room in Geneseo, Illinois.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 on Tuesday, one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the Mary B. Stach Memorial Fund.

Mary was born on January 2, 1957, the daughter of Stuart and Bessie (Gibson) Stach, in Mena, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Geneseo High School with the class of 1975. Mary was employed at the former Munson’s Restaurant in Geneseo, Good Samaritan, and the Iron Kettle. She was a Lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo, and current member of the Women of the Moose and played in the Geneseo Kitchen Band. Mary enjoyed watching old western movies, coloring, and loved music, especially Elvis Presley, and loved her family and was very dedicated to them.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brothers, Kenrick (Cary) Stach, of Geneseo, and Dean (Sandie) Stach, of Mesa, AZ, and sisters, Becky Stach, of AZ, and Janice (Brad Gradert) Stach, of Geneseo. Mary is also survived by nine nieces & nephews and eight great-nieces & nephews.

 

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Ronald L. Ketner

Ronald L. Ketner, 83, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m., prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ron was born on May 6, 1935, the son of Elmer and Mildred (Rogers) Schoondyke, in Moline, Illinois. He was a graduate of the United Township High School. Ron married Suzanne E. Merchie on May 6, 1979, in Las Vegas NV. He was employed as an expeditor with International Harvester Works/Case IH for over 30 years and later retired from the company. Ron enjoyed traveling, reading, and listening to big band music. He loved watching sports, especially his favorite Chicago teams, the Bears and the Cubs!

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Suzanne, daughters, Robin (David) Masterson, of Bolingbrook, IL, and Rhonda Lovdahl, of Galesburg, IL, step-daughters, Cindy Fullerton, of Muscatine, IA, and Deborah (Don) Elshoff, Malta, IL, five grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and nine step-great-granchildren.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mildred, brother, Gary Schoondyke, sister, Rosemary Shaw, a step-daughter, and three step-grandchildren.
 

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Miriam R. Gustafson

Miriam R. Gustafson was born January 16, 1918 during a snowstorm at the Yates City farm home of her parents, Joy L. and Margaret (Mathews) Ralston. When she was 10 and a half her mother died. Miriam’s mother had encouraged her father to marry again, even suggesting her best friend, Eunice Lawrence as the perfect choice. When Miriam was in high school her father married Eunice, who had been Miriam’s 2nd grade teacher.

She graduated from Yates City High School with the class of 1936. She attended Western Illinois University for two years, earning her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was in a one room country school in rural Kewanee. It was there that she met her husband, Oscar Gustafson, whom she married on July 22, 1941 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1994. Miriam had also taught in a one room school in DeLong and taught 6th grade at Wethersfield for 23 years. During World War II she worked at the Boss office in Kewanee. While attending high school and college she worked as a housekeeper and telephone operator.

Miriam had been a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 77 years. She taught the Adult Bible class for 41 years; sang in the church choir, played in the bell choir, served as an educational ministry workshop presenter for the LCA, volunteered at LOMC and was a 50-year member of the Omega Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of the first group to be inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Hall of Fame. She was still an active member of Wethersfield and Henry-Stark Retired Teachers, Dorcas Circle and the Joy Bible Study Group.

Survivors include her daughter, Linnea Gustafson of Kewanee, her son, Markel Gustafson and his significant other, Laurel Paulsen of Oak Lawn, her grandchildren, Christopher Gustafson of Chicago and Mary (Nick) Caruso of Alsip, her great grandchildren, Ethan and Morgan, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Marvin (LuAnn) Gustafson of Galva and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Eunice Ralston, her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Chuck) Williams, daughter-in-law, Michele Gustafson, three nieces; Pamela Gustafson, Kristine Hemphill and Tammy Lewis and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Agnes (Bill) White, Lennart (Lucille) Gustafson, Laurence Gustafson, Helen (Milt) Hultgren, Harold (Donna) Gustafson and Edith (Roger) Polson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Pastor Kristine Dohrmann will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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James L. Jackson

James L. Jackson, 57, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Harold L. Boyd will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the James Jackson Memorial Fund.

 

He was born March 4, 1961 in Galesburg, the son of James H. and Marietta R. (Taylor) Jackson. Survivors include his mother of Galesburg, two step-children, Ronnie Baker of Seattle, WA and Ryan Baker of Kewanee, his children, Nicole Taylor-McGee of Galesburg and Raven Jackson of Kewanee, two brothers, Gregory (Cindy) Jackson of Monmouth, IL and Darnell (Amy) Jackson of La Vista, NE, his sister, Linda Jackson of Kewanee, seven grandchildren and six nieces and nephews; Christine Donihoo, Tayler Jackson, Gregory Jackson, Anissa Jackson, Brittyn Carreau and Everleigh Rashid. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

James graduated from Kewanee High School in 1979 and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. He worked as cook at the Sirloin Stockade in Galesburg. He attended the Israel of God’s Church in Galesburg. He enjoyed fishing and hanging with his friends and family and he especially enjoyed taking care of his mother. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Anthony Rashid

It is with great sadness that the family of Tony Rashid announces his sudden passing on Friday, July 20, 2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m. in the Black Hills of South Dakota, found doing what he loved most - mountain climbing.

 

He will forever be remembered by his wife of 36 years, Lisa Rashid of Kewanee, son, Nathan Rashid of Kewanee, son and daughter-in-law, Jake & Eftihia Rashid of Chicago, daughter and son-in-law, Tawnie & Tyler Ewing of Sterling, daughter, Tori Rashid of Kewanee, and his best buddy, Brute. Tony was preceded in death by his father, James Rashid. He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Alja Rashid, his 5 siblings: Brian (Kathy) Rashid of Bettendorf, Paul (Kate) Rashid of Neponset, Adeeba Rashid of Kewanee, DeEtte (Scott) Stauffer of Kewanee, and James (Kelli) Rashid of Kewanee, his extended family, and loved ones.


Tony was born in Iowa City, Iowa on November 27, 1959 to James and Alja (Isenhart) Rashid. He grew up and went to school in Toulon, IL, where he shared many fond memories with his brothers and buddies. Tony attended Wethersfield his senior year and that is where he met Lisa Gustafson, the love of his life. They married on September 18, 1982 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Tony and his wife owned and operated businesses in Kewanee, Moline, Princeton, and Springfield, MO.

 

He enjoyed the outdoors - especially the challenges and adventures of mountain climbing with his brothers, sons, and buddies. He also enjoyed hitting the open road on his motorcycle with brothers and buddies. He filmed a few amateur short films - one of them titled “Invasion of the Corn”. Tony had a nickname (or second name) for everyone he knew - and was in the process of publishing a book on the art of giving second names. He was a big fan of Ted Nugent and KISS and attended many concerts with brothers, sons, and buddies. He became interested in the American Indians when he, some guys, and his mother rode in a truck to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota in 1995. It would become a passion - the Great Chiefs, the culture, and the tragedy. Lisa and Tony traveled there many times and went on the Crazy Horse Volksmarch. A highlight of his life was receiving an invitation to attend a sweat lodge ceremony at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He admired the Buffalo and what it represented to the Plains Indians. “There is nothing quite like watching eagles soar at eye level or below when on a mountain.” He and Lisa donate to the Crazy Horse Memorial Fund and Akta Lakota Indian School. But his number one passion in life was animal welfare, mainly man’s best friend - the family dog - and cats. Rescue a dog or cat at your local humane society - and give it a good home. Celebrate the simple moments in life with a can of brew with family and friends.


Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 27 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials in Tony’s honor can be made to the following: Saint John Paul II Parish, the Henry County Humane Society, and/or the Akta Lakota Indian School. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Richard Lee Kerner

Richard Lee Kerner was born September 6, 1933 in Kewanee, Illinois to Matthew and Louise Kerner, and entered into eternal life on July 21, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1952 he married Mary Jayne Hawkes, also of Kewanee, Illinois. In May 2018, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He leaves behind his wife and three sons, James of North Carolina, Walter and his wife Denise of Oklahoma City, and Bradley and his wife Paula of Edmond, Oklahoma, as well as four grandchildren, Kristin Cunningham and husband Barry, Kevin Kerner, Brittany Kerner, and Richard Lee Kerner II. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, Owen and Alec Cunningham. He is survived by one brother Terry Alan Kerner and his wife Linda of Illinois. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Mary Lou, and his brother Louie.

Richard was born at home on the family farm, the second youngest child of four. He graduated from Galva High School in 1951, joined the United States Air Force, and was recruited into the Air Police. Thus began his career in law enforcement. During the 20 years he was in the Air Force, he was involved in different areas of police work, including the OSI and the CIA. Duty assignments included Korea,Germany, and Taiwan. After his retirement from the USAF, he moved to Norman and was employed in a management capacity by Westinghouse, CMI, and Shaklee. He opened his own investigative agency in 1982, and was the founding father of OPIA, and later formed K-Mar Investigations Inc. Richard was featured as the lead investigator in the book Dreams of Ada by Robert Mayer. It is a true murder mystery, and can be found on Amazon.

Richard was dearly loved by family and many faithful friends. He had a remarkable sense of humor, was an excellent bridge player, loved good food, and was great fun to be around. Richard was constantly smiling, and always had something uplifting to say. He will be greatly missed by all.

 

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Alex James Wilson Edward Williams,

Alex James Wilson Edward Williams, 19, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Colona, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Esche will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow the funeral services and a private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Alex J. W. E. Williams Memorial Fund. Alex was able to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Alex was born on May 14, 1999, the son of James W. and Kelli S. (Lambin) Williams, in Rock Island, Illinois. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School with the class of 2017. Growing up, he was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, IL, Geneseo Junior Bowling, and Geneseo Boy Scouts Troop 131. He was actively involved in the youth group and music ministry as a member of the church’s “MAN Band”, and volunteered at Vacation Bible School.  He attended First Lutheran Church’s preschool program, Northside Elementary School, and Geneseo Middle and High Schools, and had many favorite teachers throughout the years.  While in high school, Alex played the alto and baritone saxophone in marching band, honors band, jazz band, and pep band. He also participated in golf, bowling, and tennis, earning academic letters and All Conference awards. Alex was selected as an Illinois State Scholar in his class and was a proud member of the National Honor Society and Link Crew. He was the recipient of the John Phillips Sousa Award, which is the highest band award that can be received. Alex was a student at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, majoring in Criminal Justice. He proudly completed his first year at the college with accumulated credit to classify as a sophomore during his freshman year. He was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity and had just been elected as president for the next term. Alex was working at Indian Creek Mini Golf, his family’s business, and had previously worked at Dairy Queen in Geneseo.

Alex will be remembered for being a true friend to all, always living life to the fullest, and his contagious smile and laugh. He loved golfing with his family and hanging out with his friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially family camping trips. He enjoyed the social time on XBox with his friends. Alex had a passion for music; he enjoyed listening to & playing all genres. Alex was good at teasing his little sister and loved all of the time he got to spend with the rest of his large, loving family. Alex loved and will be missed by his two dogs, Toby & Kasey.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Jim and Kelli, sisters, Kailee Williams, at home, Jami (Justin) Burbridge, Erica (Eric) Walker, all of Geneseo, Samantha (Tim) Howard, of New Glarus, WI, Stephanie (Nick Ussery) Williams, of Yountville, CA, and Michelle (Brian Kovalick) Williams, of Des Moines, IA, and grandparents, Donna Lambin, of Geneseo, and Lewis Williams, of LeClaire, IA. Alex is also survived and loved by many precious aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alex was welcomed into heaven as a child of Christ into the loving arms of his grandpa, Ed Lambin, grandma, Pat Williams, and cousin, Maice Quayle.


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

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Jack C. Legg

Jack C. Legg, 70, of Kewanee, died at 6:49 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Kewanee at the home of his niece surrounded by his loving family.
Cremation will be accorded and A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

He was born April 15, 1948 in Peoria, the son of Dennis E. and Betty Jo (Davis) Legg. He married Ashley Lynn Craine on March 12, 2012 in Galesburg. Survivors include his wife, Ashley Legg of Kewanee, five children; Pamela J. (Gary) Legg-Leeball of St. Cloud, FL, Penny A. Legg of Springfield, IL, Adrianna Mae Craine of Kewanee, Aidin Rue Sterling of Knoxville, IL and Landon Michael Craine of Kewanee, five siblings; Susette Marie Berger of Kewanee, Linda Lou Legg of Toulon, Richard Cleo (Tammy) Legg of Muskegon, MI, Robert Allen (Margaret) Robertson III of Grand Rapids, MI and Trisha Woods of Muskegon, MI, his mother-in-law, Michelle Lee Winegardner, grandmother-in-law, Linda Lou Ward, grandfather-in-law, David Ward, brothers-in-law, Jared and Devin Winegardner, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, twenty nieces and nephews, thirty-six great nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Spike. He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis, mother, Betty Jo Robertson, son, Jack C. Legg-Kline and two brothers, Robert James Legg and Paul Allen Robertson.

Jack had worked for Keystone in Peoria and also as a scrapper. He enjoyed working on cars, scrapping, watching westerns, camping and fishing and he especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Luella C. Sherrard

Luella C. Sherrard, 96, of Newton, Iowa, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Park Centre in Newton.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21st. at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services.  Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the Henry County Historical Museum, or the Wesley Life Hospice at Park Centre, Newton, IA.

Luella Carr was born August 25, 1921 in Kewanee, the daughter of John Lawrence and Katharine Wigren Carr.  Her grandparents were Michael L. and Catherine Moore Carr, and Victor A. and Luella Marshel Wigren.  After the death of her father in 1929 and her mother in February of 1934, Luella and her brothers, John and Jim were adopted by their grandfather, Victor Wigren and their step grandmother, Sue LeClerq Wigren in Galva.  Luella graduated from Galva High School in 1939, attended Western College for Women in Oxford, OH, and graduated from National College of Education in Evanston, IL in 1943.

She taught at the Waukegan War Nursery during World War II (1 year), kindergarten in Peoria (1year), Rock Island school (1 semester), served as high school librarian in Galva (1 year), and then taught first grade in Cambridge for 13 years.  Her marriage to John C. "Jack" Sherrard took place on December 30, 1947 in Galva.  They farmed in rural Cambridge for 61 years until Jack's death on January 6, 2009.

Her memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for ten years, the Chapter BR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Galva, the Henry County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.  She was a charter member of Valley View Country Club, Cambridge, and the Prairie Queen Quilt Club.  Luella was also a member of the Social Hour Club of Cambridge, serving as treasurer, and the Henry County Historical Museum, where she served as receptionist, librarian, and board member.

Those surviving are sons, John Sherrard, St. Petersburg, FL, Martin (Ellen) Sherrard, Ft. Myers, FL, David Sherrard, Kewanee, and a daughter, Jane (Dan) Johnson, Newton, IA, granddaughters, Stacy Sherrard, Suzanne (Jon) Kral, Kelly Sherrard, Rebecca (Justin) Humke, Jennifer Johnson (fiance Michael Bell), and a grandson, Nathan (Tricia) Sherrard.  Other survivors include a great grandson, Daniel Sherrard, and great granddaughters, Sydney Sherrard, and Savannah Humke, and several nieces, nephews, and their extended families.  Her parents and grandparents, her husband, a brother, John, in World War II, a brother, Jim, and a nephew, Scott Carr, preceded her in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Luella's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Eugene G. Carlson

Eugene G. Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, died at 1:51 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. He was born on June 15, 1927 in Kewanee, the son of Raymond and Marguerite (Marlow) Carlson. Eugene attended and graduated from Kewanee High School. He married Ramona J. Barnes on March 18, 1950 in Kewanee, she survives.  Eugene was in the United States Army.  Serving in Korea serving from 1945-1953.
Eugene is also survived by one daughter, Kathlene (Dennis) Chamberlain, Henry, IL; three grandchildren, Brent (Rachel) Livek, Portland, Oregon, Amy Livek, Peoria, Lisa J. (Angela) Chamberlain, Ladd, IL, one great granddaughter, Tatum Livek. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold Carlson.
Eugene was a laborer at the Kewanee Boiler Corporation. He later worked for Martin Engineering, retiring from there. Eugene was a member of the 1st Baptist Church, Kewanee, where he served two terms on the Board of Deacons and trustees. He also served as an usher and was part of the Berean Sunday School Class. Eugene was a member of the Kewanee Masonic Lodge #159 AFAM and he was a member of the Royal Arch Masons. Eugene also volunteered at the church, on the Funeral Committee and at the hospital with the Blue Coats. He was also a life time member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078. He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking and golfing.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Sunday Schools. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Eugene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Wilma T. Zelnio Warren

Wilma T. Zelnio Warren, 91, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, died at 11:07 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 20th at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee.  Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in East Moline, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion in Milan, IL. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to Hillcrest Nursing Home.

She was born April 8, 1927 in Newton, IA, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Henning) Reynolds. She was first married to Edmund Zelnio on February 11, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 10, 1970. She then married Don Warren on March 28, 1981 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents and twelve siblings. She is survived by three sons, Greg (Judy) Zelnio of Davenport, IA, Ed (Sally) Zelnio of Kettering, OH, and Mark (Marcia) Zelnio of Bloomington, IL, a daughter, Sandra (Phil) Theesfeld of Kewanee, eighteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step-daughters, Sherrie (Rick) Matuszyk and Jill (Joe) Matuszyk, both of Kewanee and Debbie (Jeff) Pierson of Red Oak, IA.   

Faith and family were most important to Wilma. She looked forward to family holidays and vacations.

Wilma had attended schools in Rock Island. She and her husband Edmund had operated the Galva Hotel, Galva Pool Hall and JUG during the 60’s and 70’s.  She had also worked at E.W. Houghton Lumber Yard as a bookkeeper and as a cashier at Walmart. She had been a member of St. John Parish Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed dancing, crossword puzzles, camping in Michigan and playing cards with her brothers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Wilma will be dearly missed by her family and friends, until we all meet again. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Judith K. Harris

Judith K. Harris, 75, of Galva, formerly of Bradford, died at 8:59 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Chuck Hilman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service with private inurnment at a later date at Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to the Judith Harris Memorial Fund.

She was born May 28, 1943 in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Clifford and Katherine (Fackler) Esterday. She married Brad Harris in May of 1969 and he preceded her in death on December 31, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George. She is survived by three daughters, Debbie (Cliff) Wright of Galva, Becky (Brian) Cade of Bradford and Denise Dodson of West Virginia, six grandchildren, Heather (Pat), Elizabeth (Tyler), Jacob, Christopher, Brianna and Nicholas, twelve great-grandchildren and six siblings, Clifford of Texas, Louise of Iowa, Billy and Arlene, both of Missouri, Anita of Iowa and Connie of Ohio.

Judith graduated from LaMoille High School. She had worked as a nurse for 40 years at various places including Basswood Nursing Home in Princeton for 22 years. Judy was a very caring and giving person. She loved to garden and was an avid reader. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com. 

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Donna L. VanDyke

Donna L. VanDyke, 87, of Geneseo, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jim Aniol and Deacon Art Ries will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church or the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary.

Donna Lucille Werkheiser was born July 27, 1930 in Burns Township, Henry County, Illinois, the daughter of Lloyd H. and Helen K. Livingston Werkheiser.  She graduated from Galva High School in 1948.  Her marriage to Robert L. VanDyke took place on October 3, 1948 in Galva.  He passed away on September 7, 1999.  She was a homemaker and volunteered for various community organizations.

Her memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the Priscilla UMW group of the church, the Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary, the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary (which she really enjoyed), the Cambridge and Geneseo Order of the Eastern Star, and the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990.  Donna's hobbies were camping and traveling.  She always enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, card clubs, and coffee with friends.

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Lynda VanDyke, Prophetstown, a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Art Ries, Geneseo, five grandchildren, Robert (Michelle) Ries, Geneseo, Darin (Molly) Ries, Montevideo, MN,  Jim (Martha) Ries, Geneseo, Eric (Chelsie) VanDyke, Prophetstown, and Angela (Donald) Appleman, Vicenza, Italy.  Other survivors include 15 great grandchildren, Bailey Ries, Braden Ries, Abby Joy VanderPloeg, Cooper Ries, Abby Lynn Ries, Matthew Ries, Sophia Ries, Joseph Ries, Gianna Ries, Xavier Ries, Anthony Ries, Gavin VanDyke, Brevin VanDyke, Eli Appleman, and Jake Appleman.  Her parents, her husband, a great granddaughter, Ella Rose Ries, a great grandson, Benjamin Ries, and a brother, Robert Werkheiser, preceded her in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting  Donna's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Eugene G. Carlson

Eugene G. Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, died at 1:51 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Sunday Schools. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Eugene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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William L. "Bill" Hockenbury

William L. “Bill” Hockenbury ,75, of Wyoming, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

 

A funeral service for Bill will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Wyoming.  Rev. Joseph Hamilton will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.

 

Bill was born September 26, 1942 in Eureka, the son of Marion and Orva Blumenshine Hockenbury.  He graduated from Toulon Grade School in 1956 and Washington Community High School in 1960.  He married Patsy J. Harlan Porter December 21, 1974 at the Wyoming Baptist Church.  He worked in janitorial service for Caterpillar, retiring in 1994 after 30 years.  Bill was a member of the Wyoming Baptist Church.  He enjoyed socializing, visiting with friends, and spreading the word of God.

 

Bill is survived by his wife Patsy, three sons, Daniel and Steve of Wyoming, Tim (Jane) of Racine, WI; two daughters, Julie (Steve) Hansard of Wyoming, Crystal (Mark) Ouart of Kewanee; one brother, Gene (Emmy) Hockenbury of Salt Lake City, UT; seven grandsons, Shaun, Jesse, Ryan, Brett, Austin, Marcus, Nic; one granddaughter, Emali and 14 great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marilyn and Erma; and two brothers, David and Lydon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wyoming Baptist Church.

Condolences may be left for Bill’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellhott.com.

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Charles "Charlie" G. Urquiza

Charles “Charlie” G. Urquiza, 79, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. He was born in Kewanee on September 16, 1938 and was the son of Simon and Felicia (Perez) Urquiza.  He graduated from Wethersfield High School where he was active in sports; basketball, football, and excelled at pole vaulting. He was student council president and graduated with the Class of 1956. Charles married Karen Weissenrieder, who is the mother of his surviving son, Eric. They later divorced.
Charlie is survived by his son, Eric (Isabelle) Urquiza, Evanston, IL; life partner, Virginia Wise, Chicago; granddaughter, Maria Urquiza, Chicago; sister, Beatrice Coates, Princeton; and brother Richard (Amelia) Urquiza, El Paso, TX. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends who loved his humor and generous spirit. He also was loved and will be missed by Chris and Aura Wise and Jonathan Wise. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank and Jesse; three sisters, Juanita, Linda, and Nellie.
Charlie proudly served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany where he lived for several years and loved speaking German. He worked as a graphic artist and owned his own business in Chicago. He then became the Art Director for Prairie State Signs, a division of Polar Hardware, Chicago. He loved music and played the bluegrass fiddle. He was a fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Bulls. Charlie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Christmas was a wonderful celebration for family. He has been remodeling his family home in Kewanee for many years. It was a labor of love and he designed the new layout. Many wonderful times are enjoyed by family and friends in this home.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu to officiate. Private burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to Wethersfield Music Boosters Club. Please share a memory or an online condolence for his family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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John J. "Ski" Gruszeczka

John J. “Ski” Gruszeczka, 92, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Unity Point Proctor Hospital, Peoria. John was born November 9, 1925 in Kewanee, the son of Stanley and Helen (Rakoczy) Gruszeczka. He attended Kewanee High School. John married Phyllis Middleton in 1954, they divorced and he later married Shirley (Bates) Ewing in 1979.
She survives along with a son, Mark Gruszeczka of Oregon, IL; one step-son, Steven (Verna Holmes) Ewing of LaFayette, IL; a grand-child, Robert Gruszeczka; step-grandchildren, Terra (Mike) Penney, Tyler (Tawnie) Ewing, Tanner Ewing; great granddaughter, Mia Grace Penney; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Frank, Chester, Paul, Joseph, Stanley, Eddie; and two sisters, Valerie Sunlitis and Veronica Lepianka.
John enlisted in the US Navy in 1943, serving two years in the Pacific on the SS Don Marquis and USS LST #708 and was discharged in 1946. He was always proud that six of the Gruszeczka boys served in the military, five in WWII. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. Before retiring he was employed at the Kewanee Machinery & Conveyor for 34 years.
John was a long-time area golfer and was inducted into the Baker Park Golf Hall of Fame. He was one of seven in a field of 125 players to qualify for the National Public Links in Herschey, PA in 1957. He was an avid fan of the Big Ten Conference, Chicago Cubs and the Bears.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Father Tony Labedis and Pastor Jon Vincent will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 10:00 until the time of service on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Veterans Council. Please leave an online condolence for John’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Eleanor J. "Ellie" Sponsel

The incredibly loved Eleanor J. “Ellie” Sponsel, 78, of Cambridge, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, surrounded by family and friends who showered her with enormous amounts of love, memories, and laughter, in her final moments, as she closed the final chapter of her book of life on Earth. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend David Joyce will officiate. Burial will follow at the Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge, IL. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service, 10:00-11:00 a.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Eleanor Sponsel Memorial Fund to be distributed amongst several local charities.

Ellie was born on April 6, 1940, the daughter of Floyd and Gladys (Council) Lowe, in Winona, KS. She graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1958, from Winona High School. Ellie was united in marriage to John P. Sponsel on September 26, 1959, in Goodland, KS. John preceded her in death on October 16, 1999. Ellie was the librarian at the Cambridge Public Library for 36 years. She was an avid Kansas Jayhawk fan. Ellie enjoyed playing navigator during her many years of yardsaling and Goodwill shopping adventures with her dear friend Cat White.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Stephanie (Mark) Thornton, of Rock Island, daughter-in-law, Cheryl Sponsel, of Parker, CO, five grandchildren, Kayla Carlson, Jacob Sponsel, McCall Sponsel, Evan Sponsel, and Carly Thornton, and her brother, Richard Lowe, of Caldwell, KS.

Ellie was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Gladys, husband, John, son, Patrick Sponsel, and her sister, Irmalee Eggelston.
 

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Frances B. Sleaford

Frances B. Sleaford, 83, of Sheffield, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Autumn Accolade Assisted Living center in Green Valley, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. Reverend Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Frances Sleaford Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several local organizations.

Frances was born on June 26, 1935, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Standaert) DeBlock, in Kewanee, Illinois. She is a graduate of Kewanee High School. Frances was united in marriage to Frank R. Sleaford on April 7, 1956, in Kewanee. Frank preceded her in death in 2011. She was employed as a teller at the National Bank of Sterling for over 20 years. Frances later worked at the Walmart in Princeton for 11 years. She was an active life-time member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Frances loved spending time with her family and attending all of their activities.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Dan (Linda) Sleaford, Manito, IL, grandchildren, Andrea (Kevin) McCann and Ryan(Kendra) Calvert, great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Kaydence, and Johnny, brother, Robert (Merrit) DeBlock, Streator, IL, sister, Dee Siemers, Kewanee, IL, and sister-in-law, Carol Pattison, Oak Park, IL.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary, her husband Frank, and sister, Donna Junis.

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Bernita C. (Heinrich) Vancil

Bernita C. (Heinrich) Vancil, 89, passed to her eternal home on Monday, July 9, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday. July 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with visitation one hour prior to the services. Linnea Gustafson will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Bernita was born January 12, 1929 in Kewanee to parents, Daniel and Eloise (Heideman) Heinrich. She was a lifelong resident of Kewanee graduating from Kewanee High School in 1946. She was employed at the Boss Factory, St Francis Hospital, JCPenney, and lastly retiring from Kewanee Federal Savings and Loan in 1994.

She married T. Clifford Furnald on May 23, 1948 and they had three children. She married Kenneth Vancil on August 24, 1968 and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1988. Survivors include her children, Nancy (John M.) Kalvin of Urbana, IL and Mark (Teresa) Furnald of Punta Gorda, FL. Also surviving is a brother, Raymond (Sandy) Heinrich, and a sister-in-law, Jean Heinrich, all of Kewanee, grandchildren, Rebecca (Steve) Judge, John C. (Jolea) Kalvin, Daniel (Amanda) Gwinn, Alese (Nathan) Thompson and Eric Furnald, eight great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Laurie Gwinn, and brother, Frederick Heinrich.

Bernita enjoyed traveling, camping, crocheting, and dancing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Victor F. Interial Sr.

Victor F. Interial Sr., 87, of Galva, died at 1:11 a.m., Sunday, July 8, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Hook and Bullet Conservation Club.

He was born July 28, 1930 in Zaragoza, Coah, Mexico, the son of Victoriano and Blasa (Frausto) Interial. He married Guadalupe Santos on May 17, 1953 in Zaragoza Coahuila, Mexico and she preceded him in death on January 19, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Antonio, Alfonso, Gustavo and Waldo and two sisters, Delores “Lola” Valdez and Isidra Interial Calderon. He is survived by his children, Victor Interial Jr., Frankie Interial, Lucy (Van) Appenheimer, Ceasar (Tracy) Interial and Rose (David) Robinson, all of Galva, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Victor had worked for 39 years as a laborer and truck driver for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and Hook and Bullet Conservation Club. He enjoyed doing yard work, fishing, gardening and feeding the squirrels and birds in his backyard. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Billy Jo Wigant

Billy Jo Wigant, 60, of Geneseo, passed away on May 8, 2018, in Louisville, Tennessee. A celebration of life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on July 20th, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Stephen Mueller will give a service for the family at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Billy Jo Wigant Memorial Fund.

Billy was born on July 30, 1957, the son of Henry “Bud” Wigant and Carlene (Weidman-Wigant) DeBlieck. He graduated from J.D. Darnall High School. Billy worked as a carpenter at Hazelwood Homes for many years. His experience and craftsmanship with wood led him to move to Tennessee in 2002, where he was able to pursue his talents, as well as fishing and outdoor activities.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Patricia (Joseph) Fritsch, of Geneseo, and Linda (Craig) Klavon, of Kewanee, brothers, Jerry (Monica) Wigant, MO, and David (Chona) Wigant, CA, step-sisters, Sue (Mike) Zabilla, MN, and Sally Schmoll, IA, and step-brother, Danny Schmoll, IA. Billy is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Teresa Fritsch, Elizabeth (Tim) Rogers, Robert (Ashlie) Klavon, Jamey (Dominique) Valdez, Alyssa and Kirsten Wigant, Scott, Kara, and Rachel Zabilla, a great-niece, Charlotte Fritsch, and great-nephews, Eli and Sawyer Klavon.

Billy was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Carlene, step-father, Marvin DeBlieck, step-mother, Nelda (Schmoll) Wigant, his grandparents, Katherine & John Wigant, and Alfred & Ella Weidman, and Louis Warkins.

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Clinton G. Thompson

Clinton G. Thompson, 98, of Sheffield, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside inurnment service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset, IL, where military honors will take place. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting with these arrangements.

Clinton was born on December 4, 1919, the son of Hermie and Mae (Johnson) Thompson, in Thomas, Illinois. He graduated from Manlius High School. Clinton was married to Louise Tucker. The couple spent 61 years together before Louise preceded Clinton in death in 2008. Clinton served in the Navy all through the WWII, in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers as a Hennepin Canal Parkway Ranger for 40 years. During his time as a ranger on the canal, Clinton once saved an eight year old girl from possibly drowning after she fell into the lock area. He received an appreciation award from the Illinois Department of Conservation. Clinton will be remembered as a loving father, hard worker, and having had a playful spirit.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Cheryl Smith, of Alamogordo, NM, and Sandra Ballard, of Kewanee, IL, three grandsons, Adam Smith, Matthew Smith, and Shaun Ballard, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, Hermie and Mae, wife, Louise, brother, Gilbert Thompson, and sister, Neva Cochrane.
 

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Sharon K. Shook

Sharon K. Shook passed away on July 5, 2018 at Betty’s Garden in Knoxville, IL.

She was born August 15, 1942 in Hannibal MO, the daughter of Dorothy H. (Smith) Shanks and Harold E. Shanks. At the age of 1 she moved to Galesburg. Sharon attended Galesburg schools where she was a cheerleader and a graduate of the class of 1960. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University in 1964 and was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority there. Sharon went on to obtain her master’s degree in guidance & counseling at Northern Illinois University. She married James L. Shook in 1964 and started teaching at Wethersfield High School that same year. After the birth of her two children, she worked part-time administering the preschool testing program for kindergarten and taught physical education at Visitation School and fitness classes at the YMCA. When Wethersfield reinstated their guidance program Sharon became the K-12 guidance counselor. During her years at Wethersfield she was involved in several extracurricular activities including; advisor to both the junior high and high school cheerleading squads, freshman class advisor, J.V. and varsity volleyball coach, Key Club advisor and Trackettes. Besides her family, Sharon enjoyed camping, traveling and sports, especially tennis and golf.

Sharon is survived by a daughter, Kelly Moon, a son Kevin Shook, five grandchildren; Clay Dilks, Ethan Shook, Rebecca Shook, Emily Shook and Reagan Shook and a sister, Harlene Baker. Her parents, Dorothy and Harold Shanks, a sister, Helen Richardson and her husband, James L. Shook preceded her in death.

Services will be planned for a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Alaine C. Lookingbill

Alaine C. Lookingbill, 86, of Cambridge, died Friday, July 6, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 11th at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department.

Alaine Cecelia Fischer was born October 2, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Raymond F. and Madeline C. Goetchius Fischer.  She graduated from Barringer (NJ) High School in 1950 an attended the St. Barnabas School of Nursing.  She worked as an emergency room nurse after nursing school.  Her marriage to Leon G. Lookingbill took place on April 17, 1954 in Denville NJ.  He passed away on October 30, 2006.

She worked summers as a clerk for Prudential Insurance from 1947 to 1950 and then worked part time for a public service energy group from 1954 to 1956.  Alaine was a Girl Scout and leader for 19 years, and while in high school, she sang in the church choir, was a member of the Roseville Singers for five years, and did ballet at the New York Civic Center.  Alaine was a member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church and enjoyed all kinds of crafts.

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Marietta Lookingbill, a son-in-law, David Matheny, and a daughter-in-law, Dee Lookingbill, all of Cambridge. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, Stephen and Joy Matheny, Elyse Littrel, Kale Lookingbill, Kenny, Kassandra, Kyle, and Kristofer Lookingbill, ten great grandchildren, Dakota and Blaze Matheny, Legion Huffman, Zane and Gunnar Matheny, Hayden, Braylen, and Tayven Littrel, Kennedy and Drehman Lookingbill, and a brother, Raymond (Anita) Fischer, Jr., Lady Lake, FL.  Her parents, her husband, a daughter, Susan Matheny, and a son, Lee Lookingbill, preceded her in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Alaine's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Violet M. Thompson

Violet M. Thompson, 97, of Kewanee, died at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Nursing Home, Kewanee. She was born December 1, 1920 in Kewanee, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Schmidt) Charlett. Violet married Buddy M. Thompson on February 12, 1950 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2001.
Violet is survived by her daughter, Kay (Verne) Hampton, Moline; one brother, Ted Charlett, Peoria; one sister Donna Hite, Fall Branch, TN. Also surviving include one granddaughter, Zellina Hampton; one grandson, Greggory Hampton, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, June Galley, and one brother, Dale Charlett.
After graduating high school, Violet worked for different people, keeping house and watching children. In 1940 she joined the organization, NYA, which served under privileged children. She taught sewing at this same time. After NYA closed, Violet worked at the Ideal Company in Sycamore, IL. She moved back to Kewanee in 1947 to help her mother and worked at the Boss Company for only one week because she was too small to handle the machine.  She then joined the Moose Club in which she has remained a member. Violet taught Sunday School for over 15 years and helped with Vacation Bible School. She was President of the Women’s Guild, of St. Peter’s Church. Violet enjoyed being on a bowling league for several years. She loved her family, and would like to thank her daughter Kay who didn’t give up on her.
Memorial Services will be at 7:00 p.m. on July 10, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.  Reverend David Lorenzen will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until the time of Memorial Service at the funeral home. A private burial will take place at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, Kewanee. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Violet’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Harvey E. Nordeen

Harvey E. Nordeen, 84, of Bishop Hill, died at 6:51 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 13 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church.

He was born January 31, 1934 in Bishop Hill, the son of Paul and Bessie (Vandike) Nordeen. He first married Wanda Wallace in 1962 and then later married Jean M. Brown on September 8, 1990 and she preceded him in death on January 4, 2018. Survivors include three sons, Dan (Tammy) Nordeen of Galva, Terry (Donna) Nordeen of Moline and Lester Nordeen of Kewanee, a daughter, Kim Nordeen of Bradford, two brothers, Harold Nordeen of Bishop Hill and Stewart (Kathy) Nordeen of Moline, two sisters, Donna (Louis) Larson of Galva and Barbara Gipson of Moline, eight grandchildren; Amanda, Misty, Zachary, Traci, Greg, Lacey, Patrick and Matthew and several great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Pauline Lee and two half-brothers, Bob and Clyde.

Harvey attended Bishop Hill schools. He was a self-employed painter. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Carlous L. Greene

Carlous L. Greene, 64, of Kewanee, died at 8:43 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Hospital, Peoria. Carlous was born July 9, 1953 in Kewanee, the son of Carlous H. and Joyce (Williams) Greene. He attended and graduated from Kewanee High School.
Carlous is survived by two siblings, Terry (Carol) Greene, and Lorie (Mark) Eilers. Also surviving are two aunts and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Gloria Greene.
Carlous was employed in his early years at Mail-O-Graph. He later worked and retired from Pines Manufacturing, Kewanee. Carlous belonged to the American Flemish Club, Kewanee. He enjoyed traveling, visiting and talking with people. In his younger years, Carlous enjoyed being a Boy Scout, and going fishing. He especially loved his nieces and nephews. Mostly, Carlous was a friend to everyone.
Celebration of Life visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Flemish American Club, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is  assisting the family. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Carlous’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Virginia A. Peed

Virginia A. Peed, 78, of Kewanee, passed away at 1:43 p.m.  Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 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. Cremation will be accorded following the services and inurnment will be held in Wyoming Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Illinois Cancer Care.

She was born October 19, 1939 in rural LaFayette, IL, the daughter Robert and Jessie (Hegwood) Tuthill. She married Henry Eilts in 1961 and he preceded her in death on February 27, 1979. She later married George Peed in 1981 and he preceded her in death on November 17, 2002. Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Smith and her special friend, Robert Ensley of Kewanee, three grandchildren, Brandi (Grant) Brown of German Valley, IL, Jessica (Roger) Wheelhouse of Kewanee and Autumn Eilts of Kewanee, with whom she raised, five great grandchildren, three brothers, Vernon “Butch” (Pat) Tuthill and Ivan Tuthill, both of Kewanee and Leslie (Sue) Tuthill of Colorado and her sister, Betsy (Terry) Briggs of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, a daughter, Barb Eilts and a grandson, Ryan Eilts, with whom she raised.

Virginia graduated from Kewanee High School in 1957. She had worked in the laundry department at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for 23 years and had also tended bar at the Shamrock Club for 6 years. Virginia loved all kinds of animals, family gatherings and giving advice and she also enjoyed walking, reading, cooking and baking, especially cookies. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Arthur L. Wallgren

Arthur L. Wallgren, 84, of rural Erie, formerly of Hooppole, passed away on Monday, July 02, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL. A family directed memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary E.C. Church in Hooppole, IL. Reverend Eugene Baker will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) at the church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements.

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Yvonne I. Sammons

Yvonne I. Sammons, 82, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Pastor John Bode will officiate. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Yvonne Sammons Memorial Fund.

Yvonne was born on August 18, 1935, the daughter of Charles LeRoy “Timer” and Nina (Bentley) Maranville, in Geneseo. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1953. Her love for dogs and horses inspired her to begin a career working for Dr. Alex B. Stone, DVM in Moline. Yvonne was united in marriage to Willard G. Sammons on June 12, 1955, at the Ebenezer Church in rural Geneseo. After her marriage, Yvonne was a dedicated stay at home mom to her four children. She was a member of Ebenezer Church Friendship Class, Mothers of Twins Club, Phenix Center School Mother’s Club, and Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.  Yvonne enjoyed music, sewing, cooking, baking, and canning produce from her garden. Her love for cooking led to the start of her own business, Country Kitchen Catering (1978-2002). Yvonne is still known in the community for her potato salad and cinnamon rolls. She also loved special times spent with her family, camping get-togethers, visiting and playing cards with friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Willard, daughters, Robyn (Bob) Nelson, of Colona, Yvette (Andy) Raschke, of Geneseo, and Gloria (Scott) Yates, of Rock Island, son, Gordon (Anne) Sammons, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Lance (Christy) Nelson, Nathan (Amanda) Raschke, Nicholas Raschke, Jeremy Raschke, Christian Sammons, Erik Sammons, Evan Sammons, Will Sammons, and Cy Sammons, and great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sadie, and Tate Nelson, and Ava Raschke. Yvonne is also survived by her sister-in-law, Connie DeMaranville, of Geneseo, and brother-in-law, Jim Hodgson, of Geneseo.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nina, sister, Dawn Hodgson, and her brother, Kendall DeMaranville.
 

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Dr. Harley D. Schnowske

Dr. Harley D. Schnowske, 82, of Cambridge died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Memorials services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6th at Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jim Aniol and Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Private family interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cambridge United Methodist Church, University of Illinois Veterinary Scholarship Fund, or Cambridge Ambulance Service.  Per his request, cremation has been accorded and the family is being assisted by Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge.

Harley Dean Schnowske was born August 12, 1935 in Cambridge the son of Raymond and Mabel (Eaton) Schnowske.  He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1953 where he was an outstanding basketball player and was inducted into the Cambridge High School Sports Hall of Fame.  He married Joyce Anderson on August 31, 1957 in Andover, IL.   She survives.  Harley attended the University of Illinois graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  His name was inscribed on the Bronze Tablet for being in the top 1% at the University.  In 1960 he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and was Valedictorian of his class.  He joined the Geneseo Veterinary Practice of Dr. Roy Reppert and Dr. William Munson in 1960.  He retired from practice in February of 2002 after 43 years.

He was a charter member of Valley View Club and served on the first Valley View Board.  He was a member of Cambridge School Board.  Harley served on the Cambridge zoning committee for 30 years.  He also served on the Edwards River Valley Drainage District Committee, was a lifetime member of American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association, and was a member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church.

Harley is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Joy (Dave) Dornfeld, and Joline (Duane) Olson, both of Geneseo; a son, Tod Schnowske, Plainfield, IL; grandchildren, Dr. Jarrod Dornfeld, St. Louis, MO, Erik Dornfeld, Glendale, CA, Janelle Olson, Geneseo, Kelsey Olson, Solon, IA, Gavin Schnowske and Hope Schnowske, both of Plainfield; and brothers, Everett (Janice) Schnowske, Alton, IL and Larry (Norine) Schnowske, Cambridge; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents.
 

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Dolores A. "Uppy" Bridges

Dolores A. “Uppy” Bridges, 86, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Woodridge Assisted Living in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family, where she had currently been residing. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Annawan Community United Methodist Church. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Annawan Community United Methodist Church or the Annawan/Alba Rescue Squad.

Dolores was born on September 2, 1931, the daughter of William and Mary (Ioerger) Ufheil, in Annawan, Illinois. She graduated from Annawan High School with the class of 1949. Dolores was united in marriage to Jay C. Bridges on August 13, 1955, in Kewanee. Jay preceded her in death in 2011. Uppy was a waitress for many years at the former Sauk Trail Inn and Purple Onion in Annawan. She loved to travel with her husband and enjoyed going to the casino. Uppy was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Fighting Illini. She loved her grandchildren and made sure to stay up to date with all of their activities and talents.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Alan (Peggy) Bridges, of Madison, WI, and Dean (Liz) Bridges, of Tampa, FL, grandchildren, Chris Bridges, Jeff (Alejandra) Bridges, Kelly (Micah) Holt, Alissa (Erik) Massie, Dylan (Emily) Bridges, and Madison Bridges, brother, Willis Ufheil, of Annawan, and her sisters, Marilyn “Mick” Nowers, of Bloomington/Normal, and Sharon Humphrey, of Galva.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary, husband, Jay, a sister, Ruth, and her brothers, Ken, Cal, and Herb Ufheil.
 

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Mary Helen Claeys

Mary Helen Claeys, 75, of Atkinson, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Hammond Henry, Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson, IL. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for Mary Helen will take place at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Mary Helen Claeys Memorial Fund.

Mary Helen was born on March 17, 1943, in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Joe and Laura (Debbaut) Bulens. She graduated from Assumption High School. Mary Helen was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Claeys on August 18, 1962 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2015. Mary Helen spent her life as a homemaker. She was a member at St. Anthony Catholic Church where she served on the Altar and Rosary Society and also collected cook books, so it was only fitting that she co-chaired St Anthony’s cookbook committee. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and crocheting. Mary Helen loved to read and also enjoyed her travel adventures with her friends. Mary Helen’s life centered around her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Matt Claeys, Otterbein, IN, Andy (Tracy) Claeys, Chanhassen, MN, Joe (Amy) Claeys, Chaska, MN, Dave (Jen) Claeys, DeWitt, IA, Luke (Christy) Claeys, Shawnee, KS, Ann (Ron) DeSmith, Atkinson, IL, Beth (Kurt) Roesner, Lake in the Hills, IL, 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Barb (Jim) Kuriger.

Mary Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Laura and her husband, Charles.

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