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Toni Maria Quick

Toni Maria Quick, 64, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, October 28, 2018 at her home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, November 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Tyrone Baker will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born August 14, 1954 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold and Darlene (Jordan) Moss. Survivors include her significant other, William H. Gordon of Kewanee, her children; Patricia Quick of Tacoma, WA, Detra Quick of Kewanee, Fannie Quick of Rock Island, Brandy Gordon of Kewanee and Pamela Quick of East Moline, three brothers; Randall (Vera) Quick of Lawton, OK, Bryan (Lori) Cook of Naples, FL and James Cook of San Francisco, CA, two sisters, Bonnie Baker of Kewanee and Christine Carter of Tacoma, WA, fifteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Louise Jordan, whom raised her and a granddaughter, Keiasha Moore.
Toni attended Kewanee schools and had worked as a cook for United Foods and Waunee Farms Restaurant. She grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible. She loved being with her family. 

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James Henry Throgmorton

James Henry Throgmorton was born on November 17, 1933 son to Leona and James Walter Throgmorton and brother to Evaliena Heir in the town of Kewanee, IL.  Jim was married to Grace Millman.  Jim graduated from Kewanee High School, worked as a welder for the Hyster Company, later serving for his country in the Navy.  Jim worked for Union Carbide and then went back into the service with the Air Force. Jim also was an elevator mechanic in the International Union of Elevator Constructors until retirement. 
Jim passed away at the age of 83 in Springfield, MO on November 16, 2016. His family has brought him back to Illinois to be placed next to where his parents rest. He is preceded by his parents and survived by his only son, Dirk Throgmorton of Shingle Springs, CA and his sister, Evaliena Heir of Galva, IL.
“He was an amazing Dad, father-in-law, Grandfather, exceptionally creative and talented writer, served in the Navy and Air Force, worked at AeroJet, was a hard worker, very creative welder, one tough cookie....but a heart of gold deep down inside. Such a strong man, a builder and a fixer......We miss him so much! We are treasuring your memories close in heart and you are in our thoughts filled with great Love for you and all we have to be thankful for because of you."
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 5 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Brenda L. VanMeenen

Brenda L. VanMeenen, 61, of rural Atkinson, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 26, 2018, at her home, with her husband, Alvin, by her side. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Malachy Catholic Church, or to the Atkinson Rescue Squad.

Brenda was born on April 30, 1957, the daughter of Mark and Sue Ann (DeBlieck) Vandemore, in Geneseo, Illinois. She is a 1975 graduate of Geneseo High School, and attended Patricia Steven Finishing School in Milwaukee, WI. Brenda was united in marriage to Alvin B. VanMeenen Jr. on August 5, 1978, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. She assisted her husband with farming in rural Atkinson. Brenda was also co-owner & operator of Geneseo Memorial & Bronze, in Geneseo, where she took pride in helping people with their loved one’s memorials. She was a life-time member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Brenda was also a member of D.A.R (Daughters of American Revolution). She enjoyed spending time outside taking care of her yard and flower beds. Most of all, Brenda loved spending time with her family. She had an uplifting spirit and was always able to put smiles on the faces of everyone she met. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Alvin VanMeenen, of Atkinson, son, Nicholas (Elisha) VanMeenen, of Morton, IL, daughters; Danielle VanMeenen, of Washington, IL, and Amanda (Brian) Murtha, of Bettendorf, IA, five granddaughters; Amelia, Abigail, Alyssa, Brooke, and Kinsley, and her parents, Mark & Sue Ann Vandemore, of Geneseo. Brenda is also survived by her brothers, Steve (Rori) Vandemore, of Bettendorf, IA, and Marti (Adela) Vandemore, of Dubuque, IA, and her mother-in-law, Carol VanMeenen, of Atkinson, IL. 

Brenda was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer & Lila DeBlieck, and Ollie & Margaret Vandemore, and by her father-in-law, Alvin VanMeenen Sr.

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Van R. Mahany

Van R. Mahany, 83, or rural LaFayette, died at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28 at Williamsfield Cemetery. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield. Memorials may be directed to the LaFayette Fire and Rescue Squad.
He was born June 25, 1935 at the family home in Toulon, the son of Ralph and Catherine (Cromien) Mahany. He married Eileen M. VanDeVoorde on August 23, 1958 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on May 20, 2006. Survivors include his sister, Mary Ann Klein of Williamsfield, three nephews; Joey Klein III, Jamie Klein and Donovan Klein and five great nieces and nephews; Jacob, Isabelle, Gabe, Ryan and Maggie. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Ralph and Van and a brother-in-law, Joe Klein.
Van graduated from Toulon High School in 1952 and from DeVry Institute. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He was of the Catholic faith and had worked as a farmer and truckdriver and thoroughly enjoyed those jobs. 

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Lawrence E. DeSplinter

Lawrence E. DeSplinter, 100, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo, Illinois. Private funeral services will be held for family, on Tuesday, October, 30, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Memorials may be left to Hillcrest Nursing Home.

Lawrence was born on September 9, 1918, the son of Fred and Mary (Brate) DeSplinter, in rural Annawan, Illinois. Lawrence was united in marriage to Margaret DeClercq on June 15, 1943, in Atkinson, Illinois. Margaret preceded him in death on July 9, 2005. He spent his life working as a farmer, and spent five years farming in rural Kewanee before moving to Cambridge, where he farmed for 46 years. After his career in farming, Lawrence and Margaret retired to Geneseo, where they were members of St. Malachy Catholic Church, and Lawrence was active in Geneseo Moose Lodge #990, and the Geneseo Bolders Club. Lawrence was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Fred & Theresa DeSplinter, of Cambridge, daughters; Carol & James Dobbles, of Cambridge, Pat & Cary Wright, of Geneseo, Diane & Dan Mallum, of Geneseo, and Barbara & Duane “Swede” Johnson, of Ankeny, IA, 15 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Lawrence is also survived by his sister, Jorettea Painter, of Mandeville, LA. 

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary and three brothers, Chester, Lester, and Marvin DeSplinter, and a sister, Loretta.

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Roy F. Fritch

Roy F. Fritch, 70, of Toulon, died at 3:24 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the home of his sister in Kewanee.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be held at Toulon Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born February 2, 1948 in Kewanee, the son of Harry R. and Majel C. (Frail) Fritch. Survivors include his daughter, Candi (Joe) Bousum of Walnut, his sister, Leta Petty of Kewanee, three grandchildren; Autumn, Nathan and Ashley Bousum, all of Walnut, two nephews and a niece, Eric (Becky) Petty and Kevin (Jessica) Petty, both of Kewanee and Deann (Jeff) Hinton of Tampico and a great niece, Petra Petty of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Clarence Petty.
Roy graduated from Toulon High School. He was a simple man who worked in farming until his retirement and had enjoyed taking care of his pets. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marjorie Hawkins

Marjorie Hawkins, 82, a resident at Royal Oaks Nursing Home, died at 11 pm Monday, October 22, 2018 at the home. Graveside services will be at 11 am Friday, October 26th at Wethersfield Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be directed to the Marjorie Hawkins Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Gary A. Talbot

Gary A. Talbot, 59, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Gary Talbot Memorial Fund. 

Gary was born on February 7, 1959, the son of Kenneth A. and Helen (Batich) Talbot, in Geneseo. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1977 and Sauk Valley Community College, in 1980. He married Jodell Singleton on May 27, 2007 in Moline, IL. Gary was in retail management at Farm and Fleet, Term City and Trendy Rentals. He enjoyed stock car racing, horse racing, and watching college football – especially the University of Utah. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks fan. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, JoDell; son, Zach (Rachel), of Rock Falls, IL; step-sons, Dustin, Josh, Blake and Carson; three grandsons and one grandaughter; brothers, Kenneth (Annette) of Rock Island, IL, Joseph (Pamela), of Concord, NC, Mark, of Geneseo and Preston (Michelle), of Guerney, IL. His sisters are, Mary Fisher, of Colona, IL, Karen (John) Lefman, of Kewanee, IL, Phyllis (William) Eggerichs, of Charlotte, NC and Gail (Ron) Andrews, of Kewanee. 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Helen; grandson, Brayden; and sisters, Elaine and Nancy. 

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Jack Cathelyn

Jack Cathelyn, 80, of Galva, died at 4:36 a.m., Sunday October 21, 2018 at Courtyard Estates in Kewanee. 
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 25 at Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Peace Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Church of Peace or to the donor’s choice.
He was born on November 29, 1937 in Bradford, Il, the son of Edward and Florence (Stewart) Cathelyn. He was first married to Donna DeSplinter and then later to Virgie Hazel Urish on April 29, 1988. She preceded him in death on July 10, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Kamey Cathelyn, a brother, Charles in infancy, a brother, Eugene and two sisters, Mary Ann Moreno and Shirley Cathelyn. He is survived by a son Kevin Cathelyn of Braidwood, IL, a step daughter, Christine Urish of Des Moines, IA, three sisters, Patricia Sword (Chuck Langele) of Dixon, IL, Karen (Ken) Biddle of Boilingbrook, IL, and JoAnn Cathelyn (Don Stout) of Annawan, four grandchildren, Ashlie (William) Hamilton of Toulon, Jamie (Brittany) Schaab of Polo, IL, William Cathelyn of Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia and Edward Cathelyn of Braidwood, IL, and three great grandchildren Mackenzie and Weston Hamilton and Beau Schaab and several nieces and nephews.
Jack graduated from Annawan High School in 1955. He worked at Kewanee Boiler, was a car salesman, operated Jack’s Lawn Service and managed Cathelyn Apartments. He was a member of the Church of Peace, the Galva Lion’s Club and the Tri-County Garden Tractors Pulling Club. In earlier years, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and had enjoyed riding horses and trail riding. He also enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and loved watching his great grandchildren play.

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Linda Kay Ward

Linda Kay Ward, 73, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services (1-2 p.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee.

Linda was born on March 7, 1945, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Johnson) Ward, in Geneseo, IL. She attended school in Geneseo. She loved to play Bingo and cards with her friends. Linda attended Abilities plus in Kewanee, for several years where she made many great friends.    She was an avid collector of Beanie Babies!

Those left to cherish Linda’s memory include her brother, Jack (Cheryl) Ward, of Cordova, IL; nephew, Matt (Jaime) Ward, Chandler, AZ, and niece, Molly (Mark) Biedenfeld, Edina, MN; her great-nephew, Colton Ward and great-niece, Claire Biedenfeld.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie. 

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Lester Charles Larson

Lester Charles Larson, 86, of Cleveland, IL, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona, where military honors will be accorded by the Colona American Legion. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lester Larson Memorial Fund.

Lester was born on October 12, 1932, the son of Kenneth and Hazel (VanKlaveren) Larson, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy. Lester married the love his life, Lillian Bekerian, on July 3, 1955, in Boston, MA, recently celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary. Nicknamed Kong, due to his size, he worked as a welder for many years, and was later employed as a foreman at John Deere Harvester Works while installing HVAC in his spare time. After retiring from John Deere, he worked with his son’s, Mark and Chuck, and their successful arm’s manufacturing business, Rock River Arms, in Colona. Lester was a member of the Colona American Legion Post 1233, where he was a commander, helped add on to the building after a fire, and volunteered his time as a cook. He enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting, as well as wild black raspberry picking and farming sweet corn. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and back to his “Bostonian” roots, the New England Patriots. Lester enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with large meals including Henny Penny Chicken, Kibby, homemade Vegetable and Clam Chowder Soups, taking things easy by gathering at Frank’s Pizzeria. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lillian, children; Linda (Jim) White, of Colona, Lisa (Gary) Sides, of Cleveland, IL, Mike (Debbie Tyner) Larson, of Carbon Cliff, IL, and Chuck (Melissa) Larson, of Geneseo, grandchildren; Chad, Jennie, Matt, Jeremy, Sara, Katie, Kenneth, Kassandra, Kyle, Jake, Trenton, and Logan, and great-grandchildren; Kaya, Gage, Paige, Bradlee, Elyn, Kinsley, Brinley, and Maddison. Lester is also survived by his siblings; Vivian Martins, of Geneseo, Keith (Carol) Larson, of Colona, Charles Larson, of Geneseo, and Garold Larson, of Kewanee.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hazel, his son, Mark Larson, and one brother, Herman Larson.

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Lyle R. Miller

Lyle R. Miller, 94, of rural Geneseo, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Edford Township. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

 

Lyle was born on October 5, 1924, the son of Raymond and Florence (Wiese) Miller, in Edford Township, in rural Geneseo, Illinois. He is a 1944 graduate of Geneseo High School. Lyle married Joyce E. Peterson on February 2, 1947, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Lyle was a lifetime grain & livestock farmer in Edford Township. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and his true passion was farming the land he loved. Most of all, Lyle enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce, sons; Gary (Shirley) Miller, of Geneseo, Rick (Debbie) Miller, of Moline, daughter, Deb Ward, of Atkinson, six grandchildren, and his brother, Kendall Miller, of Paradise, CA.

 

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Florence, granddaughter Donna, and a sister, Gail.

 

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Diana L. Cotes

Diana L. Cotes, 56, of Kewanee, formerly of Cambridge, died Monday, October 15, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Diana Cotes Memorial Fund. 

Diana Lynn Cotes was born July 19, 1962 in Rockford, the daughter of Benard Cotes and Anita Manary.  She was educated in Rockford and Orion schools.  She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and had worked at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, Kewanee Care Nursing Home, and the Henry County Health Department, Kewanee.  She enjoyed playing slot machines.

Those surviving are her four children, Felicia (Jon) Warner, Bradford, and LeeAlan Cotes, Gabrielle Cotes, and Melody Collins-Cotes, all of Kewanee, three grandchildren, Rylee Johnson, Jesse Johnson, and Jayanna Warner.  Other survivors include her mother, Anita Manary, Kewanee, siblings, Steven Cotes, Kewanee, Lisa Cotes, Peoria, David Cotes, Claremore, OK, Pamela Moody, Peoria, and longtime companion, Frank Collins, Cambridge.  Her father preceded her in death.

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Evelyn Cleo Frazer

Evelyn Cleo Frazer, 89, of Princeton, died at 6:38 a.m., Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Evelyn Frazer Memorial Fund.

She was born January 12, 1929 in Goshen Township, Stark County, IL, the daughter of Glenn Forrest and Lora Ellen (Dalrymple) Dixon. She married William Edmond Frazer on November 20, 1991. He survives of  Princeton, as do two sons; Todd Cade (Karen Dunn) of Hanna City, IL and Ed Hufnagel (Stacey Lantz) of Toulon, four daughters; Brenda Jannie of Wyanet, Cathy (Dan) Moreland of Buda, Lori (Kevin) Connell of Dover, IL and Tara Cade (Scott Smith) of Wyanet, three step-sons; Jim (Bonnie) Hufnagel of Muskegon, MI, Jerry (Margaret) Hufnagel of Clinton, IL and John (Tina) Hufnagel of Jackson, MI, a step-daughter, Janet (Leo) Raymond of Montrose, MI, a sister, Juanita (Don) Turner of Loveland, CO and a sister-in-law, Betty Jean VanWassenhove of Kewanee, twenty-six grandchildren, fifty-three great grandchildren, fifteen great-great grandchildren and eleven step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two sons and two daughters.

Evelyn retired from Martin Engineering in Neponset. She was of the Baptist faith and had attended several different churches. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved reading, crocheting and doing crossword puzzles and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

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Mary L. (Sawickis) Kazmierski

The angels came to Kewanee Care on October 12, 2018 to take 94-year-old Mary L. (Sawickis) Kazmierski to her home in heaven. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Saint John Paul II Parish. Celebrant will be Father John Burns. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, with a Rosary Service at 6:00 pm. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish or a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Mary was born on February 27, 1924 to Victor and Lucy (Marchulitis) Sawickis. Mary married Walter J. Kazmierski on April 12, 1946 in Galva. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Julie (John) Boling, Kewanee; granddaughter, Jeannie (Mike) Carlson, Mineral; great-granddaughter, Jessie Sequra, Mineral; great grandson, Bret Carlson, Mineral; sister, Emily Entas; brother, Veto (Jean) Sawickis, both of Kewanee; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and seven siblings, Alfonse, Joseph, Edward, Donald, Bernard, Betty, Johnny, and her very special grandson, Johnny L. Boling. 
Mary worked in Kewanee at the Boss Glove factory until its closing. She enjoyed many fishing trips with her husband and family members to their cabin on the Rock River. She especially enjoyed time spent with her great granddaughter, Jessie and grandson, Johnny until his passing. Family and friends really made her life special. Mary was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish. 
The family wishes to give a special thank you to all the staff at Kewanee Care Nursing Home for all the care and compassion that was shown during her stay with them, and to Compassus Hospice and to Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Mark, Chris, James and Brandee, for all their help and care. And to Father Johndamaseni Zilimu for his visits and prayers. Please leave an online condolence for Mary’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Larry J. Noder

Larry J. Noder, 70, of rural Bradford, died at 2:18 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 22 at Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford where military rites will be accorded by the Bradford American Legion. Pastor Janice Ringenberg will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria or to Kellsies Hope Foundation, a childhood cancer research foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 31, 1948 in Spring Valley, IL, the son of Edwin and Marjorie (Swift) Noder. He married Cheryl Garren on July 6, 1968 at the Leet United Methodist Church in Bradford. She survives, as do four children; Angelyn Craddock and her special friend, Tom Breed, Kristen Noder and her special friend, Tim Pyszka, Jeremy (Jenny) Noder and Corey (Courtenay) Noder and ten grandchildren; Roger and Benjamin Craddock, Conor, Keegan and Caleb Mooney, Michaela and Miranda Noder and Dylan, Aaron and Collin Noder. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edwina Kay (Jim) Harmon and Janet Ann Horack, two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Marburger and Wayne Garren and Wayne’s children; Craig, Cassandra and Jeffrey Garren and his son-in-law, Dave Craddock.
Larry and his family moved to the family farm in 1963. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1966 and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Midstate Business College and Illinois Central College in Peoria. He was employed by Caterpillar and then left his job to return to farming in 1970 following the passing of his father. He also worked for Bradford Ag and then Ag View Services, retiring in 2015. Larry also served his country in the Army National Guard. He had served on the board at Leet United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Bradford Jaycees, Bradford School Board, Bradford Fire Department, 40&8 and the Bradford American Legion where he was Past Commander. He enjoyed working on special projects in his new shop, gardening, cooking, traveling and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

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Joan D. Schmidt

Joan D. Schmidt, 87, a resident of the Senior Star Care at Elmore Place in Davenport, IA, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday October 10, 2018 at Senior Star Care. A private graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. 

Joan was born on March 23, 1931, the daughter of Arthur and Daisy (Searle) Durling, in New Rochelle, NY. After high school, Joan received her Medical Secretary certification. Joan was united in marriage to Harry J. Schmidt in 1952. Harry preceded her in death in 2014. She worked as a medical secretary for a surgeon in New Jersey for many years. After moving to Geneseo, she worked for Four Seasons, the Geneseo Telephone Company, and Guzzardo’s Hallmark store, all in Geneseo. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Christian Women’s Club, where she had served as past president. Joan was the leader of bible studies and the bible study fellowship group at her church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, and doing arts and crafts. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son; Kurt Schmidt, of Davenport, IA, three adopted grandchildren; Amanda Sprott, Jenna Rauh, and Alyssa Jasper, and her twin sister; Jean DiMaria, of New Jersey.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Daisy, her husband, Harry, and two sisters.

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Ramona R. Baker

Ramona R. Baker, 73, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at her home. Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family of Ramona R. Baker.

Ramona was born on May 25, 1945, the daughter of Charles and Flossie (Conner) Stahlheber, in Pinckneyville, IL. She was an avid shopper who loved watching HER Chicago Cubbies on TV, and sitting on the sidelines cheering at Geneseo soccer games. Ramona will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and soon-to-be great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her two sons; Roy Baker Jr., of Geneseo, and Russell (Donna) Baker, of Pensacola, FL, and one daughter, Raschel (Jeremy) Stout, of Geneseo. Ramona is also survived by her three grandchildren, Justin Baker, Maeghan Baker, and Jacob Stout. Ramona was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Flossie, and four sisters; Dodie, Bonnie, Marybeth, and Darlene.

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Mary Jane Reed

Mary Jane Reed, 88, of Galva, died Friday, October 12, 2018, at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.            Tuesday, October 16th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jeffery Goard will officiate.   Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Galva Christian Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Mary Jane Connour was born June 23, 1930 in Murrayville, Illinois, the daughter of Vessie L. and Cora E. Luallen Connour.  She was educated in Gilson area schools.  Her marriage to Dewey R. Reed took place on September 4, 1948 in Knoxville, IL.  He passed away January 18, 2013.  Mary Jane was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Galva Christian Church.
 
Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Janice Reed, Oneida, two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen and Richard Hurlbutt, Galva, Gail Drawyer, Kewanee, nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one on the way.  Other survivors include a brother, Carl Connour, Galva, and a sister, Carol Wheeler, Ava, MO.  Her parents, her husband, a daughter, Linda Carol, five brothers, a son-in-law, Rodney Drawyer, and a step granddaughter, Gwyn Drawyer, preceded her in death.

 

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Hazel I. Pahlow,

Hazel I. Pahlow, 91, a resident of Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, formerly of Galva, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at the center.
Cremation will be accorded and per Hazel’s request, there will be no services. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 26, 1926 in LaFayette, IL, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Winter) Clague. She married Raymond Meaker and later married George H. Pahlow on October 29, 1982 and he preceded her in death on February 23, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a son Charles Meaker.  Survivors include her son, James (Jeanne) Meaker of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter-in-law, Donna Meaker of Mattoon, IL, two step-sons, Larry and Jon Pahlow, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Hazel had worked as an office clerk for LaFayette Home Nursery and for Jordahl Enterprises. She enjoyed reading, going to the riverboat and playing bridge and golf. 

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Bernard W. Glynn

Bernard W. Glynn, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday October 13, 2018, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Long-term Care Unit. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post, following the Funeral Mass at the Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, with a scripture service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Deacon Larry Honzel will lead the scripture service. Burial and graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Malachy Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Bernard was born on September 23, 1925, the son of Bernard W. Glynn Sr. and Cora I. (Graves) Glynn, in Duluth, MN. He is a graduate of Morgan Park High School and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1949. Bernard married Margaret J. Olson on June 19, 1948, in Duluth, MN. Margaret preceded him in death in 2000. He was then united in marriage to Charlene K. Munson on February 14, 2002, in Geneseo, Illinois. Bernard worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 34 years as an Engineer. He retired in 1985. Bernard is a proud veteran of the United States Navy, and served his country during World War II as a radio technician. Bernard was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. He is a former member of Lombard Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. Bernard enjoyed traveling and camping. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Charlene, daughters; Pamela Jordan, of Austin, TX, Diana Engstrom, of Austin, TX, Patricia (Joe) Bond, of Phoenix, AZ, Joan (Don) DeAvilla, of Cary, IL, and Paula (David) Yost, of Osage Beach, MO, step-children; Lori (Richard) Erickson, of Geneseo, Teri (Mike) Long, of Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Eric) Gustafson, Geneseo, and Marty (Krista) Munson, of Geneseo. Bernard is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 16 step-great-grandchildren.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Sr. and Cora, his first wife, Margaret, one step-son, Kevin Munson, and one sister.

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Joyce E. Rednour

Joyce E. Rednour, 80, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Deacon Nick Simon will officiate. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Rednour Memorial Fund.

Joyce was born on June 11, 1938, the daughter of Glen and Geneva (Ashley) Lundeen, in Galesburg, Illinois. She is a 1956 graduate of Galesburg High School. Joyce was united in marriage to Bill G. Rednour on April 20, 1957, in Galesburg, Illinois. Joyce spent her life as a mother and homemaker and was a member of Atkinson Congregational Church. She was an avid sports fan, especially cheering for the Fighting Illini, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Bears!

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bill, sons; Steve (Debra) Rednour, of Rock Island, and Scott (Sherie) Rednour, of Atkinson, daughter, Jill (Mike) Guth, of White Heath, IL, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her brother, Fred (Pauline) Lundeen, of Jupiter, FL, and sisters; Judy Rylander, of Oneida, and Anna Steck, of Galesburg.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Geneva, brother, George Lundeen, and two sisters; Dorothy Pitman and Eva Weber.

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Roxanne L. Mullenix

Roxanne L. Mullenix, 68, of Davenport, IA, formerly of Kewanee, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA. Roxanne was born July 29, 1950, in Kewanee, the daughter of Earl and Phyllis (Hapner) McNaught. Roxanne graduated from Kewanee High School with year of 1968. Roxanne married Jerry O. Mullenix, Sr. on August 25, 1978 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on July 15, 2006.
Roxanne is survived by two sons, Joseph Mullenix of Davenport, Jerry Mullenix, Jr., Idaho; one daughter, Tracy Mullenix, Washington; two granddaughters; and one brother, Philip (Margit) McNaught, Kewanee; She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. 
Roxanne attended Vocational Tech in San Diego, CA and Eureka College, Eureka, IL. She worked as an ultrasound technician for Genesis Hospital, Davenport, until her time of retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, theatre, travel and music. She especially enjoyed her time with her family and friends. 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, October 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 -6:00 pm, Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Friends of the Animals, Kewanee. Leave an online condolence for Roxanne’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Evelyn A. Hansen

Evelyn A. Hansen, 99, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Courtyard Estates, Galva died there on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, October 15th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield.  Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to

Sheffield Rescue Unit or Western Bureau County Food Pantry.

 

Evelyn Newman was born on October 3, 1919 in Annawan, IL the daughter of Tom and Edith (Wells) Newman.  She attended school in Annawan and Manlius. On August 27, 1961 she married Delmar “Doc” Hansen in Sheffield.  He died on September 27, 1987. Evelyn had begun working at Village Café, Sheffield in 1945. From 1952 to 1966 she worked at National Dry Cleaner, Sheffield.  She then worked at Stacy’s Cleaners, Kewanee until 1970. Evelyn had worked at Prairie View Nursing Home in the laundry until her retirement in 1984. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.

 

Evelyn is survived by nieces and nephews, Roger (Judy) Newman, Leslie (Betty) Newman, Carol (Woody) Partain, Mary Daniel-Morgan, Michael (Lynn) VanHyfte, Tina (Ed Kutz) Behnke, and Ken Behnke and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Arthur, sisters Ruth VanHyfte and Edith Behnke and a niece, Judith Ellis.

 

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William C. "Bill" Myers

William C. “Bill” Myers, 91, of Geneseo, longtime Funeral Director and owner of Myers Funeral Home, Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Visitation for Bill will be Friday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo. A private family funeral service will be held prior to the visitation. Private graveside funeral services will be held Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Bill was born on March 10, 1927, the son of Jerry W. and Frieda B. (Hollatz) Myers, in Geneseo, Illinois. He obtained his private pilot’s license while attending Geneseo High School, graduating in 1946. Bill was a former Sea Scouts leader, which is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. Sea Scouts was a specialized program, organized to address youth members’ boating skills and to promote knowledge of maritime heritage. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and graduated in January 1948. Upon graduation, he joined his father, Jerry, in the family business -Myers Funeral Home - in Geneseo. The business was established by Bill’s grandfather, William L. Myers, in 1908. When William died, his son, Jerry, took over and operated the business. Bill was the third generation of Myers Funeral Directors to serve the Geneseo area.

Bill was united in marriage to Irene L. Dodge on May 7, 1950 in Geneseo. After Bill’s father, Jerry passed away, in 1957, Bill and Irene co-owned - and in 1964, owned and operated - Myers Funeral Home. In 1976, Bill and Joe Wright formed a partnership, creating Myers-Wright Funeral Service. Both families operated the business until they retired in 1985.

When Bill was not working, he was flying his plane, which he co-owned with two other pilots. He also enjoyed operating his John Deere tractor on the farm. He could be found fixing fences, cutting trees, and working with his stock cattle. Later in his life, he re-visited a hobby of building HO train layouts. During the last three years, as a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home, he enjoyed word games and Bingo. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff and especially to Julie, for the excellent care that he received. 

Bill leaves behind his wife, Irene, after 68 years of marriage. He also leaves two daughters, Jean (Wayne) Hulting, Chisago City, MN and Lynn Myers, Geneseo. His two grandchildren are Sarah (Mark) Ksiazek and Mark Hulting. His three great-grandchildren are Lucas and Anna Ksiazek and Finn Hulting-Abram, all of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Geraldine Kewley.

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Jerome Eugene "Jerry" Gibson

Jerome Eugene “Jerry” Gibson, 70, of rural Galva, died Monday, October 8, 2018 at his home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Mike Miller will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at the Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to CURE Childhood Cancer, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Post 45 in Galva.

He was born March 29, 1948 in Buena Vista, Georgia, the son of J. Henry Gibson and Margaret (Ford) Gibson DeMott. He is survived by his wife Diane, his children, Angela Lewis, Carmin Widner, Faye (David) Dunn, Megan (Tim) Davis and Keitra (Robby) Sparks, his step-children, Trent (Julie) Kaufman, Susan (Paul) Schuytema and Ian (Marla) Klein, his grandchildren, Lyle Sellers, Ashley Sellers, Ivy (T.C.) Clifton, Jamie (Craig) Harper, Rodney (Alyssa) Brasington, Wade (Mikayla) Brasington, Aubrey Davis, Cameron Davis, Elsie Davis, Bradley Kemper, Max Lansing, Emery Schuytema, Eli Schuytema, Katherine Kaufman, Donald Elston, Kane Elston, Grace Klein and Kaydence Klein, his great-grandchildren, Mason Mayes, Sadie Elston, Loreley Harper and Emily Brasington, his mother, Margaret and a brother, Wayne (Mary) Gibson. He is preceded in death by his father, three siblings in infancy and a grandson, Nicholas Widner.

Jerry served his country with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a purchasing agent for Caterpillar in Peoria and had been a Henry County Deputy Coroner. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Galva and the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Post 45 and was part of the Galva Fusiliers. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wayne L. Abernathy

Wayne L. Abernathy, 87, of Galva, went to be with the Lord Jesus and his wife on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Ivan Brake will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Galva Assembly of God Church.

Wayne LeRoy Abernathy was born March 28, 1931 in Prairie City, IL, the son of Theodore and Ona Miller Abernathy.  He was educated in Bushnell, IL schools.  His marriage to Doris M. Jennings took place on April 15, 1950 in Quincy, IL.  She passed away on October 30, 2016.

He worked at the Galva Foundry for 40 years and at Galva Iron & Metal for 28 years.  Wayne was a 58 year member of the Galva Assembly of God Church.  He loved adult coloring, word search, and watching television.

Those surviving are his two daughters, Katrina "Tina" Abernathy and Tonya L. Abernathy, both of Galva, a daughter-in-law, Sharon Abernathy, LaFayette, two grandson, Bradley (Marlo) Abernathy, Galesburg, Kipp (Michelle Offill) Abernathy, Rock Falls, IL, four great grandchildren, Zach, Bryce, Krayten, and Kieryn Abernathy, four sisters-in-law, Ginger Abernathy, Macomb, IL, Pauline Abernathy, Rushville, IL, Cathy Abernathy, Galesburg, and Jenny Jennings, Galva, three nieces, Tammi (Troy) Roberts, White Water, MO, Sharon (Frank) Bainbridge, Galva, and Pam (Nick) Nicolay, Kewanee, and a nephew, Jeff (Debbie)Cale, Colchester, IL.  Also surviving are special friends, Ron Hepner, Ruth Hepner, Brandon Macklin, Mike and Karen Rohrig, Drew and Krystal Dirks, all of Galva, and Lenny, Jenny, and Aribella Fryer of Galesburg.  His parents, his wife, Doris, a son, Timothy, two sisters, and six brothers preceded him in death.

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Sylvia I. (Pemberton) (Klavon) Simms

Sylvia I. (Pemberton) (Klavon) Simms, 92, of Geneseo died on Saturday, October 06, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 10th at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Stephen Mueller will officiate.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church or St John’s Lutheran Church, Geneseo. 

Sylvia Pemberton was born July 12, 1926 in Geneseo the daughter of Henry and Nellie (Sanders) Pemberton.  She attended Geneseo schools and graduated with a GED in 1974.  On July 3, 1943 she married Harry A. Klavon in Geneseo.  He died on April 1, 1997.  She later married Vernon M. Simms on October 5, 2002 in Geneseo.  He died on March 27, 2009.  Sylvia had owned and operated Sylvia’s Beauty Shop in Geneseo for 42 years until retiring in 2005.

Sylvia was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo; Geneseo VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Geneseo American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed collecting dolls.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn (Joe Gargano) Anderson, East Moline, Carolyn (Dan) Werner, Geneseo and Jane (Jack) Copeland, Moline; three sons, Russell (Lynn) Klavon, Geneseo, Dennis (Ann) Klavon, Monett, MO, and  Raymond (Jennie) Klavon, Geneseo; twelve grandchildren, Richard Anderson, John Anderson, Jennifer Schroeder, Kevin Klavon, Kelly Cortez, Erika Watkins, Nathan Klavon, Denise Kurima, Brenda Hallendorff, Josh Stidham, Becca Stidham, Jordan Copeland;  four step-grandchildren, numerous  great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a daughter, Darla Stidham, son-in-law, Rich Anderson, two daughters-in-law, Carol Klavon and Annette Klavon, three brothers, two sisters and two grandsons, Marcus Klavon and Kyle Klavon.

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Raymond W. Martzluf

Raymond W. Martzluf, 101, a resident of Courtyard Estates in Knoxville, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away at 12:40 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the estates.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 6 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, 430 N. Chicago St., Williamsfield, IL 61489. Pastor Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or to Hospice Compassus, 755 N. Henderson St., Galesburg, IL 61401. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
He was born February 13, 1917 in Stark County, IL, the son of Fred A. and Amanda (Barrett) Martzluf. He married Dorothy Marie Nelson on September 1, 1938 in Peoria and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2017. Survivors include three children; Shirley M. (Dwight) Burrill of Bonita Springs, FL, Joyce E. (Jim) Graves of Dahinda, IL and Douglas R. (Laura) Martzluf of Chambersburg, PA, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Harriet Hayden.
Raymond farmed in Knox County for many years, retiring in 1981. He also operated Texaco Service Station and Auto Repair in Peoria and had been a partner in the former MFG Ford Dealership in Williamsfield. He was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church where he had been Chairman of the Administrative Board, Treasurer of the Board, Trustee and on the Memorial Committee. He was also a charter member of the former Williamsfield Lions Club and had served as a director of the former Williamsfield Farmers Elevator and director of the Happy Hollow Lake Association. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bradley Braves fan and had been active in softball and baseball in the Peoria and Williamsfield area. 

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Cornelia A. Arnold

Cornelia A. Arnold, 64, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village, surrounded by her family after her courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Cornelia was born on October 14, 1953, the daughter of Frank and Madeline (Lloyd) Brand, in Moline, Illinois. She graduated from United Township High School with the class of 1971. She was united in marriage to Vincent C. Arnold on November 6, 1971, in East Moline. Vincent preceded her in death in 2012. Cornelia retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier after 32 years of service, in October of 2017. She enjoyed driving through the country side and enjoying the views while she worked. Cornelia loved going to garage sales and watching the QVC shows. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Jennifer (Mike) Rahmus, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Brian (Sawyer) Rahmus, and Chelsea Rahmus, and great-grandchildren, Remington, Hayden, and Adalynn. Cornelia is also survived by her brothers, Robert (Karen) Bowling, of Moline, and James (Joyce) Bowling, of Moline, sisters, Debbie Brooks, of Geneseo, and Linda (Steve) Montecino, of Colona, and sister-in-law’s, Becky (Rob) Hurless, of Prophetstown, and Debbie (Harold) Long, of Estherville, IA.

Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Madeline, husband, Vincent, three sisters; Jackie Moore, Donna Crull, and Billie Brown.

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Lois M. (Orr) Fisher

Lois M. (Orr) Fisher, 87, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:02 am on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Geneseo. Lois was born February 17, 1931 in Kewanee, the youngest daughter of Joe and Alice (Heeter) Orr. Lois married Robert “Bob” Dale Fisher on June 1, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee, he preceded her in death on January 17, 2015.
Lois was active in many different volunteer activities, including being a Sunday school teacher, board member at the Mineral-Gold District Library, and the Sheffield Library. Lois held several positions in the various offices of the Henry County Genealogical Society and volunteered in their genealogical library.
Lois is survived by one son, Michael (Linda) Fisher, Sheffield; one daughter, Karen (Dave) Tomsic, Kewanee; two grandsons, Chad (Angie) Fisher, Sheffield, Cory (Laura) Fisher, Bradenton, FL; four great grandchildren, Lea, Lani, Kenzi and Carson Fisher, one brother, Warren Orr; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Jean Orr. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Lynn in 1976; three sisters, Marion (in infancy), Gladys Bates, Jean Jennings; two brothers, Donald and Max; one nephew, Bobby Orr (Vietnam); and a niece, Donna Handley.
Lois was active in their farming operation at Sheffield and Kewanee, was an avid reader, enjoyed researching genealogy, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Lois was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Pastor Martin Gutzmer will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, Quad Cities. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Anna M. (Stuhlsatz) Blake

Anna M. (Stuhlsatz) Blake, 92, of Neponset, died at 3:30 pm on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, October 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Fire Department, Neponset’s Floral Hill Cemetery, Visitation School Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ann was born November 19, 1925 in Kewanee to Charles and Selma (Sally) Stuhlsatz. She married Wilbur Blake of Neponset at Visitation Church in Kewanee on January 25, 1947, he preceded her in death on October 19, 2014.

Ann is survived by two sons, Chuck (Sue) Blake and Tom (Crystal) Blake all of Neponset; five grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Hatchell, Bradley (Courtney) Blake, Dustin (Mikee) Blake, John (Chelsea) Blake and Cassidy Blake; eight great grandchildren, Easton, Brayden, Jase, Kaelyn, Blake, Carsen, Bradley, and Colt; a sister, Madeline Rodak of Kewanee; and a sister-in-law, Carol (Wayne) Gerrond of Neponset. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law, Chester (Madeline) Rodak, and a sister-in-law, Florence (Bus) Stetson.

She was a lifelong member of Visitation Church. “Annabobbie” graduated from Visitation Grade School in 1939 and Kewanee High School in 1943.

She was a lifelong farm wife who had been employed at Martin Engineering, Dean Scott Fertilizer Co., and served many years as a manager of the Ag View Fertilizer Plant in Neponset.

Ann and Wilbur enjoyed their friendships with numerous friends at several of the area’s local establishments and particularly those they met at the VFWs and Legions they visited throughout the Midwest.

Ann’s greatest joy came from her visits from friends, family, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Please leave an online condolence for Ann’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Mary June Kuster

Mary June Kuster, 80, of Kewanee, died at 6:37 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, October 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 6 at the Church of Peace in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Church of Peace.
She was born June 11, 1938 in Ocala, FL, the daughter of Leon and Elizabeth Cheek. She married Kenneth L. Kuster of Kewanee on June 26, 1955 in Dade City, FL. He survives alongside two sons, John “Blake” Kuster of Muscatine, IA and Michael Kuster and wife Kim of Lombard, IL, two daughters, Robin Sumrall and husband Lonnie of Tampa, FL and Leann Pregont and husband Dan of Watersmeet, MI, her brother, Landon Cheek of Homosassa, FL, ten grandchildren; Nicholas Eilers and wife Adena, Rachel Barkules, Jaclyn Hill, Bill Clark and wife Brittany, Jessica Clark, Christine Borrillo and husband Shane, Karin Kuster, Whitney Kuster, Brooke Kuster and fiancé Alex Diaz, and Mikey Kuster, and five great grandchildren; Taliya, Jada, Sofia, Caleb and Kayleen. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joyce Luffman.
Prior to retirement, Mary June worked as a real estate broker and managed the Midland South Apartments. She was an active member of the Church of Peace and served as president of the church board during their recent remodeling project. She belonged to two bridge clubs, enjoyed cooking, and believed “if you can read, you can cook.” An active family woman, she was lovingly referred to as “Grandma June.” She delighted in preparing holiday dinners for her family and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

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Lorece L. Arnett

Lorece L. Arnett, 87, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Pastor Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Lorece was born on July 29, 1931, the daughter of Howard and Emma (Melton) Hall, in Monmouth, Illinois. She graduated from Galesburg High School with the class of 1949. Lorece was united in marriage to Robert Arnett on April 8, 1950, in Wataga, Illinois. Robert preceded her in death in February 2, 2015. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Lorece was a mother and homemaker and enjoyed baking cookies and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Denny Arnett, of Moline, Gary Arnett, of Lake Wales, FL, and Tim (Rebecca) Arnett, of Geneseo, grandchildren; Jeff Arnett, Jennifer (Scott) Daniel, Ben Arnett, Bryan Arnett, and Flynn Arnett, great-grandchildren, Skylla, Brady, Rose, and Mystique, and one great-great-grandson, Ryland. Lorece is also survived by her sisters, Mary Stanley and Virginia Rinehart, both of Galesburg.

Lorece was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Emma, husband, Robert, one grandson, Ray Malone, and daughter-in-law, Linda Arnett.

The family would like to extend a special Thank – You to Hospice Compassus and their staff, for the exceptional love and care they provided during Lorece’s final days.

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