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Catherine S. "Cathy" Clark

Catherine S. “Cathy” Clark, 60, of Geneseo, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, surrounded by her loving family. A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Steve Clark will officiate. Private burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery on Monday, December 31. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, prior to the celebration of life service, at the funeral home in Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Cathy Clark Memorial Fund, and will be distributed among several charitable organizations.

Cathy was born on May 28, 1958, the daughter of Eldon and Lucille (Hartman) Ellis, in Geneseo, IL. She is a graduate of Geneseo High School. Cathy was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kurt J. Clark, on March 20, 1976, in Geneseo. She was a bus driver for PINKS Bus Service in Geneseo for 28 years. Cathy enjoyed playing cards with her sisters and shopping with her grandchildren, and was known to visit the casino from time to time. She loved the sun, and could be found laying out by the pool or boating in the Ozarks during the summer. She is remembered as an avid giver, and someone who was always eager to lend a hand. Cathy’s greatest joy will always be her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Kurt; son, Eric (Keri) Clark, of Geneseo; daughter, Kady (Chad) Maupin, of Wentzville, MO, and her four grandchildren, Taylor Clark, Ayla Zampogna, and Alisyn & and Trevor Maupin. Cathy is also survived by her siblings, Dan (Kelly) Ellis, Richard (Belinda) Ellis, of Cedar Hills, TX, Gary (Carol) Ellis, of Geneseo, Peggy (Don) West, of Geneseo, Patty (Gary) Shaw, of Geneseo, Debbie Montriel, of Silvis, Nancy Chekonik, of Marion, SC, Bonnie (Ron) Jones, of Geneseo, and Linda (Steve) Foley, of Prophetstown.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Lucille, and two brothers, Steve and Mike Ellis.

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Mary L. Nordstrom

Mary L. Nordstrom, 93, a resident at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, formerly of Bishop Hill, died at 3:15 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman and Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill United Methodist Church, Abilities Plus or to the Hillcrest Home Activities Fund.
She was born October 22, 1925 in Ulah, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Cleo (Wiley) Slover. She married Bryce Milton Nordstrom on August 22, 1948 in Bishop Hill and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2009. They farmed in the Bishop Hill area for over 60 years. Survivors include two sons and three daughters; Michael (Delores) Nordstrom of Annawan, Lynn Dunn of Andover, IL, Carol (Dennis) Paschedag of Atlanta, GA, Mark (Lisa) Nordstrom of Bishop Hill and Joanne (Chris) Milojevich of Plainfield, IL, fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren with three on the way and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Benjamin Slover and two sisters, Dorothy Karl and Arlene Cromien.
Mary was a member of the Bishop Hill United Methodist Church and in her early years the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed square dancing, tending to her flowers, gardening and playing cards. 

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John R. Rowley

John R. Rowley, 55, of Geneseo, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 from Amber Ridge Memory Care, Moline.  Funeral mass will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4th at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo where he was a member.  Father Michael Pakula will officiate.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Amber Ridge Memory Care, Alzheimer’s Association or St. Malachy’s Catholic Church.

John was born on November 19, 1963 in Monmouth, IL the son of Richard “Dick” and Kathleen “Kathy” (Cavanaugh) Rowley.  He graduated from Yorkwood High School and from Loras College.  On September 7, 1991 John married Deborah Honzel in Geneseo, IL.  John worked as a claims representative for Country Financial for 26 years.

John had been active in Geneseo Jaycees and Cursillo, and coached with Geneseo Youth Football and Baseball.  For many years John was the voice of Geneseo High School Football on Channel 50.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie; sons, Daniel, Chicago, Matthew, Nashville, TN and Benjamin, Iowa City; brother, Jim (Melanie) Rowley, Dunlap, IL; four sisters; Jackie (Joe) Gales, Granger, IN, Jennifer (Bryan) Arnold, Sciota, IL, Jill (Barry) Flynn, Monmouth, and Jan (Joe) Carlberg, Plainfield, IL;  his in-laws, Larry and Audrey Honzel, Geneseo; sister-in-laws, Laurie (Dan) Thwaites, and Sue (Dave) Ferguson, brothers-in-law, Jim (Kelly) Honzel and Mike (Sheri) Honzel; 23 nieces and a nephews; and several great nieces and a great nephew.  John was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his parents.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Amber Ridge Memory Care and Genesis Hospice for their excellent care and for all the fiends and community support during John’s illness. 

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Laudene Henson

Laudene Henson, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 28, at the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Pastor David Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society or the Geneseo Food Pantry.

Laudene was born on January 30, 1931, the daughter of Ambrose and Sophia (Brooks) Davis, in Waldron, AR. She received her associate’s degree from Lassen College in Susanville, CA. Laudene married Jacob Dahl in November of 1959, they later separated and Jacob preceded her in death in 1985. Laudene was united in marriage to Thomas Henson on May 6, 1971. Thomas preceded her in death in 1999. She was a government employee for 15 years and had been employed at the Rock Island Arsenal as well as the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, CA. Laudene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Geneseo and was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Randy (Tracie) Dahl, of Geneseo, daughter, Kathy (Steven) Huybers, of Reno, NV; five grandchildren, Johanna (Matt Traub) Huybers, David Huybers, Christian Huybers, Jonathan Dahl, and Jacob Dahl.

Laudene was preceded in death by her parents, Ambrose and Sophia, son, Gregory Dahl, her husband, Thomas, and a brother, A.A. Davis.

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Joanne C. "Jody" Jaquet

Joanne C. “Jody” Jaquet, 56, of Blue Grass, IA, formerly of Atkinson, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Pastor Dave Inman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Jody was born on February 16, 1962, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Fletcher) Troutwine, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1980. Jody was united in marriage to Rick Jaquet on November 15, 1980, in the Lorraine Church. She worked for Walmart for 30 years, and had been employed at the Geneseo, Princeton, and Davenport locations. Jody was a member of the Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in Davenport, IA. She enjoyed spending her time crafting and flower gardening.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Rick; sons, Jeremy Jaquet, of Eligin, IL, and Joe (Chrstine) Jaquet, of Joliet, IL; sisters, Kathy (Paul) Ratkiewicz, of Blue Grass, IA, and Vickie (Jake) Watson, of Cedar Rapids, IA; and her brothers, Scott Troutwine, of Kewanee, IL, Bernie Troutwine, of Monmouth, IL, Bill Troutwine, of Colona, IL, John Troutwine, of Colona, IL, and Donnie (Carla) Troutwine, of Kewanee, IL.

Jody was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy, and by a sister, Diane.

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John Norman Wentz

John Norman Wentz, 72, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at his home in Geneseo. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on January 2, 2019, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the John Wentz Memorial Fund. 

John was born on December 29, 1945, the son of Norman Andrew and Flora (Wrigley) Wentz, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1964. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a crew chief from 1963-1966. John married Debbie Wilson on March 4, 1977, in Moline, Illinois. He worked as a welder at International Harvester for many years before starting his own business, Wentz Welding, in Geneseo. John was raised as a member of the Episcopalian faith, and was a member of the Geneseo Car Club and the Geneseo VFW Post. He enjoyed flying airplanes, fishing, and using his welding talents to fix and craft things from metal. Most of all, John loved his family very much.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Debbie, sons, Matthew (Christina) Wentz, of Geneseo, and Luke (Devon) Wentz, of Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA; six grandchildren, Rosella, Ryne, Zarah, Caleb, Heath, and Anava; two brothers, Charles (Teresa) Wentz, of East Moline, and Paul (Jackie) Wentz, of Milan, and a brother-in-law, Ron Root, of AZ.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Flora, and by his sister, Elizabeth Root. 

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Beverly A. Freddy

Beverly A. Freddy, 90, of Atkinson, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 24, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht and Deacon Nick Simon will celebrate. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 23, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where the Rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m., prior to the visitation. Cremation rites will be accorded to follow the Funeral Mass, and a private inurnment at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Beverly Freddy Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several local organizations.

Beverly was born on February 23, 1928, the daughter of John and Irene (Vandersnick) Goethals, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Atkinson High School and Marycrest College. Beverly was united in marriage to William J. Freddy on October 14, 1950, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Beverly started her career in education in a one room school house in Lorraine Township, followed by a teaching positon at Bass School, which was located north of Atkinson. She ended her teaching career as a middle school English and speech teacher at the Atkinson Junior High School. Beverly touched the lives of many students during her 35 years as a teacher. After her retirement, she worked as a receptionist at Central Bank in Geneseo. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. She enjoyed going antiquing, doll collecting, and loved to decorate her home for all of the seasons throughout the year.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, William, son, Kurt (Sandy) Freddy, of Atkinson, daughter, Colleen (Jim) Lohr, of Coal Valley, four grandchildren: John Lohr, Sarah (Fiance – Royce Woodley) Lohr, Audra (Rob) Bates, and Justin Freddy, and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Ryan Bates.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, John and Irene.

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Marvin "Henry" Jagers

Marvin “Henry” Jagers, 76, of Annawan, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at Annawan Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Additional visitation will also be held from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday. The family encourages that Chicago Cub attire be worn to the visitation! Memorials may be directed to the Annawan Township Cemetery, Concordia Lutheran Church, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Henry was born on March 23, 1942, the son of Gordon and Alma (Dumolyn) Jagers, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Annawan High School. Henry married Linda L. Croegaert on October 26, 1968, in Kewanee, IL. He worked for Case I.H. as a repairman for 30 years. Henry was a member of Moose Lodge #1487, Kewanee Elks Club, and is a current member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo and Peace Valley Lutheran Church in Watchula, FL. Henry enjoyed watching old western movies, camping, bird watching, and coin collecting. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan for 50 years! Henry loved his dog, Snoopy, and his yellow Mustang convertible.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Linda; sons, Kurt (Lisa) Jagers, of Geneseo, and Kyle (Jeana) Jagers, of Atkinson; daughter, Kim (Scott) White, of Davenport; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Henry is also survived by his brothers, Leon Jagers, of “Little Tin House on Wheels”, and Robert Jagers, of Annawan, and his sister, Mary Ann Ullrick, of Princeton, IL.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alma, a nephew, Stark County Deputy, Adam Streicher, and a brother-in-law, James Ullrick.

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Mary S. "Little Flower" Wetterow

Mary S. “Little Flower” Wetterow, 75, of Galesburg, passed away at 4:03 a.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Russell Theobald and Joe Rogers will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Victoria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to an education fund for Myra.
She was born July 1, 1943 in Victoria, the daughter of Glenn S. and M. Bernadine (Howard) Wetterow. Survivors include her niece, Samantha, whom she raised, five brothers; George (Diane) Wetterow of Peoria, Robert (Shelly) Wetterow of Galesburg, Calvin (Sally) Wetterow of London Mills, Ed (Sid) Wetterow of Monmouth and H. Bruce Wetterow of Knoxville and six sisters; Glenda Hollis of Monmouth, Patricia Clewell and Lorene Simpson, both of Galesburg, Diana McCoy of Victoria, and Doris Wetterow and Andrea Jean Wetterow, both of Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Wendy Horn and two brothers, Terry and Gerald “Yogi”.
Mary worked at Addus Home Health Care and had also worked as a cook, a bartender and cared for the elderly. She enjoyed reading cookbooks and had over 200 of them. She especially enjoyed tending to Samantha’s daughter, Myra.

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Linda Lou Flint

Linda Lou Flint, 82, of Mineral, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society Prophets-Riverview, in Prophetstown, IL. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, at the Mineral United Methodist Church. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mineral Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Mineral United Methodist Church or the Mineral/Gold Fire Department.

Linda was born on October 27, 1936, the daughter of Harley and Wilma (Humphreys) Lorenson, in Mineral, IL. She graduated from Mineral High School with the class of 1955. Linda was united in marriage to Irvin E. Flint on June 26, 1955, at the Mineral United Methodist Church. Irvin preceded her in death in 1987. She worked on the family farm in rural Mineral, alongside her husband, Irv, for many years before the couple founded their own disposal business, “Irv’s Disposal” in Mineral. She also worked at Brave Industries in Annawan, Hyster Corporation in Kewanee, and the Prairie View Nursing Home in Princeton. Linda loved having coffee and wine with her best friend, Shirley, and also enjoyed gardening.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Cathy (John) Rosenberry, of Prophetstown, Sally (Edward) Melendez, Susan Flint, Kimberly Flint, Regina (Keith) Petersen, all of Mineral; seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Michael, Jill, Jeffrey, Tyler, and Trever; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Ethan, Jonathan, Beckett, and Elliott; two brothers, Roger (Betty) Lorenson, of Mineral, and Rodney (Sally Dix) Lorenson, of Colfax, WI; and longtime companion, Ron Childs, of Mineral.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Wilma, and her husband, Irvin. 

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Lois A. Wexell

Lois A. Wexell, 84, of Geneseo, died Monday, December 17, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22nd, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Brian Giese will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Kewanee or the Hammond-Henry Foundation.

Lois A. Ashdown was born May 18, 1934 in Erie, the daughter of Judson and Stella Hubbart Ashdown.  She was educated in Erie schools and graduated from Erie High School in 1952.  Lois attended the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing from 1952 to 1955 and received her Registered Nurse designation.  She then worked as a surgical nurse at Moline Public until her marriage.  She married Carl Wexell on October 13, 1957 at the Erie Christian Church.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Kewanee.  Lois never met a stranger.  

Those surviving are her husband, Carl, a daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Bob Fuller, Champaign, IL, a son, Jeff Wexell, Cambridge, nine grandchildren, Cody, Kyle, and Brett Wexell, Josh Fuller, Crystal Lake, Bobby Fuller, Cassandra Ipox, Joseph Fuller, nine grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter.  Other survivors include a sister, Carol (Keith) Bailey, East Moline, and a brother, Lee (Kathy) Ashdown, Erie.  Her parents and an infant brother preceded her in death.

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Marilyn S. Crater

Marilyn S. Crater, 76, of Kewanee, died at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2108 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Jordan Knight will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born September 4, 1942 in Chicago, the daughter of Forrest and Juanita (Buckett) Radenbaugh. She married Joseph L. Johnston Sr. in 1969 and he preceded her in death in 1994 and then later married Paul Crater in 2001 and he preceded her in death in 2006. Survivors include her children; Verna Hoffman of Kewanee, Bernice Theresa Schwartz of Florissant, MO, Pearl Crow of Burlington, IA, Vickie Grigsby, Joseph Johnston Jr. and William Johnston, all of Kewanee and Patty (Charles) Armour of Vandalia, MO, a brother, Arthur Prusener of Wisconsin, two sisters, Phyllis Becker of Largo, FL and Beverly (Richard) Prusener Roehr of Wisconsin, fourteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren with one on the way and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Donald, a sister, Eunice Smith and her daughter, Sherri.
Marilyn was a homemaker and enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. She also enjoyed traveling, puzzle books, playing cards and Yahtzee and listening to country music. 

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Judy Elizabeth DeBoever

Judy Elizabeth DeBoever, 73, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at her home, in rural Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Matt Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Aisle of Flags, the First Lutheran Church, or the Geneseo Historical Museum.

Judy was born on May 24, 1945, the daughter of Carl O. and Margaret E. (Boberg) Olson, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1963, and is a graduate of the Marquette University Dental Assisting Program. Judy married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. DeBoever, on December 11, 1965, in Geneseo. She worked as a dental assistant for 23 ½ years and also worked at the food counter at Stenzel’s Auction in Cambridge for several years. Judy farmed side by side with her husband Bob. She was an avid Mickey Mouse fan and collector, and visited Disneyland and Disney World many times.

Judy is a life member of the Don Cherry VFW Auxiliary, where she had served as past president. She was the Aisle of Flags president, Memorial Day Association president (along with her husband, Bob), a charter member of the Sundowners (former Home Extension), a Geneseo Township election judge since 1975, charter member of the F.F.A. alumni, life member of First Lutheran Church of Geneseo, member of Altar Guild, and former Sunday School teacher, lector, and funeral ministry volunteer. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bob; children, Jodi (Steve) Martin, of Cambridge, and Jamie (Mike) Paape, of Eau Claire, WI; grandsons, Brody Kolb and Samuel Paape; step-grandson, Jacob Martin; and brothers, Robert (Mary) Olson, of Cambridge, and Dean (Diane) Olson, of Geneseo. Judy is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

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Jean J. Carlat

Jean J. Carlat, 74, of Kewanee, died Friday, December 14, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Jean was born February 23, 1944 in Blue Island, IL, the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Lawall) Jacobsma. Jean graduated from Hammond Technical Vocational High School in Hammond, IN, from Blackhawk College in 1970, and Illinois State University in 1972.  Jean married Donald P. Carat in 1972, he preceded her in death in 2013.
Jean is survived by her sister, Ruth Anne Hein of Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Russell Jacobsma; and brother-in-law, Gary Hein.
Jean was a member and past president of the Lions Club.  She was a past president of the Altar and Rosary Society, past president of the Ladies of Columbus, a minister of communion and a lector at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (St. John Paul II Catholic Church) for many years. She was also a substitute teacher for the area schools. She enjoyed needlepoint and knitting. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 10:50 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Visitation School Foundation or St. John Paul II Catholic Church. Please leave an online condolence for Jean’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wendy Lynn Thompson

Wendy Lynn Thompson, 48, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Methodist Hospital – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Private funeral services for the family will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Wendy L. Thompson Memorial Fund.

Wendy was born on July 20, 1970, the daughter of Larry J. and Linda C. (Monkus) Gull, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1988, and attended Western Illinois University, where she received a degree in sociology. Wendy was united in marriage to Trevor M. Thompson on June 27, 2005. She was employed as the branch manager of Alside Inc. in Rock Island, IL, for 25 years. Wendy enjoyed shopping, going boating, and visiting the ocean and beaches. Most of all, Wendy loved being a mother, and she centered her life around her two sons. She loved going to watch them play sports, and was so proud of their talents.

Those left to cherish her memory include husband, Trevor, two sons; Daniel and Dennis Thompson, her father, Larry (Andrea) Gull, of East Moline, and mother, Linda (Randy) Mullin, of Geneseo. Wendy is also survived by her sisters, Heather (Rick) Farrell, of Geneseo, and Ashley Gull, of Chicago, step-siblings, Melissa Mayers, of Moline, and Tim (Tracey) Pettit, of East Moline, Gregory (Lisa) Mullin, of Ogden, UT, and Ginger (Douglas Hovel) Mullin, of Lincoln, IL, mother -in- law and father -in- law, Mark (Lenna) Thompson, of Delhi, IA; along with several nieces and nephews. 

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Nancy Pierce

Nancy Pierce, 69, of Galva, died at 6:44 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2018 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 19th               at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born September 8, 1949 in Kewanee, the daughter of C. Edward and M. Ione (Wickey) Pierce. She married Charles Brock in 1968 and they later divorced in 1980.  Survivors include her children, Tammy (Kurt) Mazur of Cottage Grove, MN, Peggy (Ernie) Lang, Dawn (Randy) Stone and Heather (Curtis) Craig, all of Galva and Annette Concannon of Leavenworth, KS, nine grandchildren, Clayton Mazur, Colby Mazur, Samantha Lang, Andrew Lang, Jason Stone, Jessie Stone, Kenneth Concannon, Makayla Craig and Baylie Craig and five great grandchildren, Nash, Olivia, Talan, Jax and Colt.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Lyle, a son-in-law, David Concannon and a granddaughter, Kylie Concannon.
Nancy had attended Black Hawk East and had worked as a cook and a waitress. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Galva Senior Citizens Center where she had been assistant chairman. She enjoyed crafting and sewing.

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Gerald D. Nelson

Gerald D. Nelson, 88, of Galva, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 17th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery with military services by the Galva Fusiliers.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Veterans Honor Flight or the American Legion Post No. 45.

Gerald Dennis Nelson was born April 19, 1930 in Cambridge Township, the son of Lawrence L. and Vernice L. Lindstrum Nelson.  He was educated in rural Henry County schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1948.     His marriage to Dorothy I. Boostrom took place on January 14, 1951 in Galva.  Gerald served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a carpenter and a farmer in the Galva-Bishop Hill area for many years.  His memberships include the Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva, and the Hagberg-Hamlin American Legion Post No. 45 of Galva.  Gerald enjoyed watching Galva sports, especially when his grandchildren were playing, and he was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls.

Those surviving are his wife, Dorothy, a daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Rich Volkert, Galva, a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Kathy Nelson, Trempealeau, WI, a daughter-in-law, Dawn Nelson, Sparta, WI, five grandchildren, Bilan (Chad) Hockers, Skylar Nelson, Mitchell Nelson, Kyle (Melissa) Volkert, and Kelly (Matt) Fargher, three step grandchildren, Jeff (Jessica) McCabe, Tom (Melissa) McCabe, and Marc (Jamie) McCabe.  Other survivors include five great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, and a brother, Lewis (Marian) Nelson, Bishop Hill.  His parents, a son, Tom, two great grandsons, Noah and Liam Hockers, a sister, Lois Anderson, and a brother, Jim Nelson preceded him in death.

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Michael H. "Mike" Tautkus

Michael H. “Mike” Tautkus, 68, of Neponset, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at OSF St Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. Mike was born August 27, 1950, in Kewanee, the son of Jack and Becky (Hayden) Tautkus. Mike graduated from Western High School, Buda with the class of 1968. Mike married Peggy Craine on July 23, 1977 in Kewanee, she survives.
Mike is survived by his wife; son, Erik (Melissa) Tautkus, Dunlap; daughter, Stephanie (Chris) Grussing, Tolono, IL; five grandchildren, Jackson, Caroline, Hayden, Liam, and Ellie; and one sister, Sue, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Mike graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Education. He owned the Fireside Inn in Neponset. He later worked and retired from the Illinois State Board of Education. Mike attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, as a little boy. Mike cheered on the Fighting Illini, and enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, and racquetball. He especially loved working on the farm, vacationing with family and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Marcus Throneburg will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, December 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Please leave an online condolence for Michael’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Dolores D. Larson

Dolores D. Larson, 88, of Andover, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14th, at the Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  Rev. Reed Pedersen will officiate.  Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Augustana Lutheran Church.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dolores Darlene Anderson was born July 29, 1930 in Richland Grove, Mercer County, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Erma McGraw Anderson.  When she was two years old, she was adopted by C. Jesse and Hannah Anderson Holliday.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948.  Her marriage to Donald R. Larson of Lynn Center took place on November 14, 1948 in Cambridge, and they just celebrated their 70th anniversary.         .

The couple farmed near Lynn Center for ten years before moving to Andover in 1959.  Dolores worked at the Henry County Cold Storage and then was a Deputy County Clerk at the Henry County Courthouse for 25 years.  She loved flowers, cooking, gardening, bowling, and bingo.

Those surviving are her husband, Donald, her son, Dennis Larson, Andover, a sister, Ruth Myers, Fullerton, Nebraska, and several nieces and nephews.  Her parents, a daughter, Annette, a sister, and a brother preceded her in death.

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Linda S. Schmidt

Linda S. Schmidt, 52, of Geneseo, Director of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church, passed away on December 10, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Pastors Matt & Laura Kamprath, and Bishop Jeff Clements will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at the church. Cremation will follow funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo - Worship & Music Ministry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Linda was born on March 31, 1966, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Winkler) Joy, in Cedar Rapids, IA. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Music Education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Linda was united in marriage to Clifford J. Schmidt on January 2, 1993, in Cedar Rapids. She was currently a Deacon and Minister of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Linda served congregations in Madison, WI, Clinton, IA and Kenosha, WI, for a total of 30 years, prior to her time here in Geneseo with First Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Linda’s passion was music, and sharing her talents with children and others was her joy! She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling with her husband Cliff and their children. They especially loved to travel to the ocean and visit sandy beaches together. Linda adored her family, and was so very dedicated to them. The sound of her music and joyous spirit will be missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Cliff, son, Andrew Schmidt, daughter, Natalya Schmidt, all of Geneseo, brother, Brian (Kris) Joy, and two nephews, Nathan and Matthew Joy, of Altoona, IA.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

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Fern L. Stabler

Fern L. Stabler, 92, a resident of the Kewanee Care Home, formerly of Neponset, died at 7:47 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Jordan Knight will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be held in West Neponset Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Buda Rescue Squad.
She was born September 2, 1926 in Sheffield, the daughter of Frank D. and Louisa J. (Phillips) Hand. She married Charles W. Stabler on February 10, 1947 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 2, 2003. Survivors include her son, Jerry Stabler of Neponset, a daughter, Sherry (Roger) Cannon of Marango, IL, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sons, Gary and Jack.
Fern was a homemaker and a member of the Neponset United Methodist Church. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and especially enjoyed being with her family.

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Keith E. DeBlieck

Keith E. DeBlieck, 85, of Geneseo died on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 on Thursday at Spring Creek Cemetery (Blue Light Cemetery) rural Atkinson.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate with military honors by Geneseo VFW.  Memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation or Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.

Keith was born June 29, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Edward B. and Moneta N. (Keegan) DeBlieck.  Keith graduated from J.D. Darnell High School, Geneseo in 1951.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.  On Sept. 17. 1956 he married Janet Paxson in Kansas City, MO.  She died on July 18, 2013.

Keith had worked for Gilbert Pritchard Implement, Blackhawk Foundation and Clyde Johnson Trucking before owning and operating DeBlieck Trucking in Geneseo for many years.  Keith enjoyed wood working, fishing, and restoring trucks and cars.

Survivors include his sons, Todd (Rhonda) DeBlieck, Tim (Leah Gustafson) DeBlieck, all of Geneseo; daughter, Tracey (Robert) Blair, Edgewood, IL; Tracey’s family and Keith’s granddaughter,  Nichole (Ryan) Davis, Indianapolis, IN with great grandsons, Keegan, Jace and Gunnar; Todd’s family Bryon Talbot, Longview, WA and his children Riley and Kaitlynn, Derick (Melissa) Talbot, Cambridge and their children, Christopher, Dakota,  and Andrew, and  Trista (Matt) McMan, Colona and their daughter, Summer; Tim’s family Edythe (Anthony) Johnson, Geneseo and their children, Foster and Korionna, and Raymond Gustafson, Geneseo; and sister, Barb (Harry) Olsen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Janet.

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Thomas B. "Tom" Raley

Thomas B. “Tom” Raley, 79, of Galva, died at 5:45 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 7 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with recitation of the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.
He was born April 20, 1939 in Lebanon, KY, the son of Joseph Thomas and Martha Alice (Luckett) Raley. He married Yvonne L. Baker in 1959 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2018. Survivors include his two children, Peter Raley of Galva and Laurie Beaman of Pocatella, ID, three brothers; Jim (Pat) Raley, Terry (Linda) Raley and Bob (Tracy) Raley, all of Galva, three sisters; Mary Porter of Galva and Sue (Dave) Bolt and Fran Griffin, both of Arizona, four grandchildren; Ronnie Beaman, Tristine David, Jared Cramer and Ross Cramer and seven great grandchildren; Dillon, Caleb, Damien, Trinity, Ginger, Lilija and Ashton. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Martha Kirk and a nephew, Joe Kirk.
Tom graduated from Galva High School in 1957. He had worked at the Galva Foundry, Pearson Brothers, the Galva Coop and River Valley Coop. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. 

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Elmer M. Reedy

Elmer M. Reedy, 91, longtime teacher, athletic director, and coach, at Geneseo High School, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 7, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where a Moose service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A scripture service will follow. Memorials may be directed to the Elmer Reedy Memorial Fund, and will be distributed to several local organizations.

 

Elmer was born on July, 7, 1927, the son of Joseph and Anna (Minniear) Reedy, in Rantoul, IL. He is a graduate of Rantoul High School and attended Illinois State University, where he received his degree in Educational Administration. Elmer proudly served in the United States Navy.  Elmer married Catherine J. “Kitty” Rapier on June 14, 1952, in Bloomington, IL. Kitty preceded him in death on July 13, 2006. Elmer was a teacher, athletic director, and coach, for Geneseo High School, where he touched the lives of many students and athletes during his 65 year career. He was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Geneseo Moose Lodge. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed taking his wife Kitty out to play the game. Elmer’s true passion was coaching football, the GREEN MACHINE, and he was inducted into the IHSA Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Cindy Redding (Gary Mariman), of Geneseo, Jim Reedy, of Dublin, CA, Bob (Beth) Reedy, of Monmouth, IL, Cathy (Ron) Powers, of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Lynn) Reedy, of Geneseo, and Bill (Sheri) Reedy, of Bettendorf, IA. Elmer is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 20 step-great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.

 

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Reedy, his wife, Kitty, his in-laws, Catherine and Leland Rapire, brothers: Jerome, Albert, and James Reedy, a granddaughter, Grace Marie, and step-great-granddaughter, Justice.

 

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Jakob Dean Woodworth

Jakob Dean Woodworth, infant son of Jonathan and Erica (Cuyler) Woodworth, was born into the arms of the angels on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Jakob is deeply loved by his mommy and daddy, big sister Zoey, his grandparents, Tammy (Rick) McBride, and Rick Cuyler, his aunts, Jennifer (Mason) Aldred, Kayla McBride, and uncles, Michael (Nicole) Davis, Jesse Cuyler, his cousins, Amanda and Dade Aldred, and many others. He was preceded by paternal grandmother, Sharon Woodworth. Jakob will always remain his parents’ precious baby and Zoey’s little brother, and they will hold him again in heaven one day.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Friday, December 7, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Please leave an online condolence for Jakob’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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