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Louise A. Anderson

Louise A. Anderson, 93, of Galva, IL passed away suddenly on January 28, 2019 at the Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee.
Louise was born March 20, 1925 in Galesburg, IL to Frank and Anna (England) Sandburg. She graduated from Galesburg High School. Louise married James E. Anderson on February 8, 1948. They farmed west of Bishop Hill until Jim passed away in 1992. Louise then moved to Galva.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James E., three brothers; George (Marie) Sandburg and Frank (Lottie) Sandburg, both of Galesburg and Robert (Barbara) Sandburg of Muscatine, IA and two sisters, Alice (Carroll) Brown of Macomb and Florence (John) Sprinkle of Galesburg. Also preceded by brother-in-law, Lester (Joan) Anderson of Bishop Hill.
Louise is survived by daughter, Carol A. of Kankakee, IL and fourteen nieces & nephews, including special nieces Linda (Larry) Fuhlman of West Liberty, IA and Theresa Edgell of Galva. Also survived by especially good friends Myron & Debbie Lindbom of rural Galva, Dean & Darlene Wexell of Galva and Shirley Bent of Toulon.
Louise lived independently in Galva until a sudden illness in December 2018. She had been at Kewanee Care Home since December. Louise enjoyed outdoor gardening, reading and visiting with family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oneida Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society. 

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Norma "Faye" Coad

Norma "Faye" Coad, 80, of Galva, died at 3:05 p.m., Sunday. January 27, 2019 at her home.
Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 3, 1938 in Galesburg, the daughter of Phillip and Lulu Norma (Olson) Foglesong. Survivors include her two daughters, Sherry L. (John) Kelly and Janita F. Furgerson, both of Galva, four step-daughters, two step-sons, her sister, Linda Cooper of Poplar Bluff, MO, thirty-five grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, David Coad, two grandsons, Bradley O’Brien and Kenneth Coad, a granddaughter, Bobbi Jo Mullenix, two brothers, Butch Foglesong and Bob Foglesong Sr. and her special friend, Robert Trujillo.
Faye had managed a motel in Moline for many years. She was a collector of Conway Twitty and Tweety Bird memorabilia. She was crafty and enjoyed doing household repairs. She also enjoyed watching Arena football, cookouts and especially spending time with her family. Faye loved drag racing and was a part of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters family. 

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Betty L. Robertson

Betty L. Robertson, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, 27, 2019, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Betty was born on July 12, 1933, the daughter of Roy A. and Beaulah J. (Thurman) Wilson, in Greenfield, IL. She was united in marriage to James Robertson on December 16, 1951, in Abingdon, IL. She was employed as a librarian and study hall supervisor at Geneseo Jr. High School and also owned and operated the Prairie Workshop in Bishop Hill for 23 years. Betty was a long time member of First Congregational Church, as well as a member of the Western IL Tourism Council, Junior Women’s Club, JC’s, Boy Scouts of America, and numerous quilting clubs. Betty enjoyed quilting, reading, playing bridge, and going square dancing with her husband Jim.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Jim, sons, Richard Robertson, Atkinson, Greg Robertson, Bishop Hill, and Todd (Janni) Robertson, Colona; five grandchildren, Nicole (Brett) Myers, Columbia, MO, Eric Robertson, Eagle River, WI, Brittany (Matt) Parker, Washington, IL, Tyler (Renee) Robertson, Geneseo, and Caleb (Leah) Robertson, Wilton, IA; and eight great-grandchildren, Maxton, Lilly, Molly, & Ellie Parker, Shea, Harper, Ryder, & Reed Robertson. Betty is also survived by her sisters, Carol Morby, Aledo, and Charlotte Sensebaugh, of Galesburg.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Beaulah, a son, Dennis Robertson, sister, Donna Jones, and a brother, Jerry Wilson.

 

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John C. Fiers Jr

John C. Fiers, Jr., 87, of Geneseo, went home to meet Jesus on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at his home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 4-7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo, IL. There will be a scripture service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Alzheimer’s Research.
John was born on May 20, 1931, the son of John Fiers, Sr. and Alice (Marten) Fiers, in Geneseo, Illinois. He is a graduate of Geneseo High School. In high school, he raised show cattle, won champion Hereford one year and reserve champion for Black Angus the next.  Out of high school, he took a job at John Deere Harvester Works and enlisted in the Army Reserves.  John married Nancy Munson on September 12, 1953, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. John was a lifetime farmer in rural Geneseo and a Pioneer Seed Corn dealer for 25 years. He was an innovative farmer and was one of the first to have an irrigation system and to use nitrogen in the area. He had a very strong work ethic that defined his life. He was passionate about helping with prison ministries, including the Henry County Jail, East Moline Correctional Center and Galesburg Correctional Center. John was instrumental in organizing the first WATCH group at St. Malachy parish. He became president of the WATCH board.  The WATCH ministry grew to churches in Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, and Colorado.  He was president of the Men’s Full Gospel Fellowship in Davenport for many years. John was an avid NASCAR fan and especially liked to watch the driver, Jeff Gordon. He even spent time as a stock car driver at the Moline Speedway. John loved his Hayden’s Hikers buddies, the Cubs, and the Bears.  He enjoyed fishing on summer vacations to Minnesota with his family. He especially loved and looked forward to his annual trip with his wife to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii for 25 years until it became difficult for him to travel. He shared his love for Jesus with whomever he could and wherever he traveled. 
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nancy; son, Steve (Julie) Fiers, Geneseo; daughters, Susan Fiers, Schaumburg, IL, Sherry Leftwich, Hampton, IL and Becky Jo (Troy) Clark, Davenport, IA. His grandchildren are Justin Fiers, Ashley Leftwich, Amanda Fiers, Zachary Leftwich, Hunter Fiers, Broch Leftwich and Jessica Bailey. His great-grandchildren are Aidan, Ava, Chase, Violet, Maggie, Carstin, William and Liam.
John was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Marjorie Fiers, Pat Wahlheim, and Mary Ann Buechler.

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Alissa Tiyiece Murphy

Alissa Tiyiece Murphy, 21, of Galva, died on January 25, 2019 at her home.
A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation and a graveside service will be held in Galva Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born September 12, 1997 in Las Vegas, NV, Survivors include her father, Bradley Murphy, of Galva and her mother, Melanie O’Conner of Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Alissa attended Galva High School and was currently working on her Associates degree in Psychology at Black Hawk East. She worked as a CNA at Courtyard Estates. She attended the First Baptist Church in Galva and the Hill Church in Kewanee. She belonged to some Christian groups and attended a bible study at Black Hawk East. Alissa had gone on mission trips to North Carolina and was currently planning a mission trip to Israel. She enjoyed going out to eat at restaurants, playing video games and listening to music. 

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William David "Davie" VanAlstine

William David “Davie” VanAlstine, 54, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, January, 24, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Emergency Room, in Geneseo. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Geneseo VFW. Cremation has been accorded. Memorials may be directed to the William David VanAlstine Memorial Fund.  Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Davie was born on May 19, 1964, the son of John and Elaine (Ball) VanAlstine, in Annawan, Illinois. He is a graduate of Annawan High School. Davie married Kathy S. Ireland on December 11, 2012, in Cambridge, Illinois. He was currently employed at Janda Motor Services in Davenport, IA as a truck & delivery driver. He had previously been employed at MVP Pumps as well as at the Heinold Hog Market in Atkinson for many years. Davie was an avid bowler and loved to go to auctions. He also enjoyed going to the racetrack to watch the horse races.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Elaine Wyffels, Geneseo; wife, Kathy, Geneseo; brother, Eric (Lynn) VanAlstine, Missouri; and sister, Ardith Mueller, Reynolds, IL. He was preceded in death by his father, John.

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Kelly A. Liedtke

Due to severe weather conditions, services for Kelly A. Liedtke, 55, of East Moline, have been changed to - funeral service - 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation - Sunday, February 3, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. 

 

 

Kelly A. Liedtke, 55, of East Moline, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Unity Point Health – Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 30, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Kelly Liedtke Memorial Fund.

Kelly was born on June 20, 1963, the daughter of Richard and Peggy (Hawkins) King, in Streator, IL. She graduated from Atkinson High School and attended Black Hawk College. Kelly married Kurt Liedtke on September 15, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. She was employed at Trinity-Unity Point as a cashier, and emergency room & clinic registration clerk for 25 years. Kelly was a volunteer at the John Deere Classic for 25 years. She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Kelly was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church. She loved babies, and enjoyed babysitting at the church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Kurt; parents, Richard and Peggy King, Atkinson; son, Blake Opsal & his fiancé Michaela Dorbeck, Coal Valley; daughter, Danita Opsal, E. Moline; brother, Patrick King, Atkinson; and sister, Jodi (Clayton) Casteel, Cambridge. Kelly was preceded in death by her grandparents.

The family would like to thank the staff of MICU at Unity Point-Trinity of Rock Island for their passionate support and care during their difficult time.

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Evelyn A. Basham

Evelyn A. Basham 96, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. She was born July 26, 1922 in Kewanee, the daughter of Charles W. and Alice T. (Henning) Wilsey. 
Evelyn graduated from Kewanee High School in 1940. She was a member of the Kewanee Girls Drum and Bugle Corp, while in High School. She was a past member of the Kewanee Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for 67 years and past member of the First Christian Church for 11 years. She was employed at People National Bank, J.C Penny and Kewanee Hospital for 38 years.
Through the years she enjoyed reading, golfing, swimming and bowling. She also liked going to cook outs, dances and going out to eat with her best friends. She liked watching the Cubs and playing cards. 
She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, and one sister. She was also preceded in death by her son, Russell T. Basham in 1999.
Memorial Services will be at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee at a later date. Private Burial will take place at a later date in the Church of Peace Cemetery where she is part of five generations. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Kewanee Hospital. Please share a memory or online condolence for Evelyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Rosemary A. Keim

Rosemary A. Keim, 83, of Annawan, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Emergency Room, in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Annawan/Alba Rescue Unit.

Rosemary was born on December 27, 1935, the daughter of James M. and Lillian (Buechler) Resser, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1953, and attended Business College in Chicago for one year. Rosemary was married to Marvin Keim on July 18, 1954, in Annawan, IL. She worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 20 years, in several departments. Rosemary loved decorating her home for Christmas, and most loved cooking for and spending time with her family. She enjoyed being outdoors and gardening.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Valerie (Walter) DePoorter, Moline, and her brother, James Resser, Geneseo. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Lynnette Keim (2004), sisters, Judith Russell and Karen Resser, and brother, Dale Resser.

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Melissa M. Egert

Melissa M. Egert, 55, of Grosse Ile, Michigan, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019, at Beaumont Hospital, Trenton, Michigan, after a courageous battle against cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Melissa Egert Memorial Fund.

Melissa was born February 19, 1963, the daughter of Marlin V. and Mary Jane (Sieben) Egert, in Davenport, IA, the youngest of nine children.  She married Dave Johnson in 1987. They had one son, Zachary Johnson. They later divorced. Melissa graduated from Augustana College in 1996. She worked at Pheasant Run Resorts, State Chemicals, and Plastic Bottle Corporation.  She had lived in Hollywood, CA, St. Thomas, V.I., Coralville, IA, St. Charles, IL, and Wauconda, IL. She was a member of the American Legion, Women of the Moose, and the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.

Melissa loved cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  Melissa’s zest for life and boundless energy were apparent to all who knew her.  She had a ready, radiant smile for everyone she met and warm hugs and affection for family and friends.  The grace she displayed, her positive attitude, and the moral support she gave freely to others during her battle with cancer, is truly inspirational.

She is survived by her son Zachary, Davenport, IA; life partner for the last fourteen years, Bill Morgan and their adopted stray George, Grosse Ile, MI; siblings, Tom Egert, Carbondale, IL, Michael (Jan) Egert, Polk City, IA, Roger Egert, Geneseo, IL, Geoffrey Egert, Yukon, OK, Martha (Rick) Borkgren, Woodhull, IL, Barb (Kevin) Carlock, Bloomington, IL, Mark (Corinne) Egert, Geneseo, IL, and Laura (Bob) Abney, Sandy Springs, GA; several nieces and nephews; and very special, long-time friends: Rhoni, Sue, Carmen, Gina, and Kim.

Preceding her in passing were her parents and her beloved and devoted Chocolate Labrador, Murdock.

 

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Vera A. Madlem

Vera A. Madlem, 101, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Long Term Care, in Geneseo, Illinois, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Friday, one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo.

Vera was born on May 24, 1917 in Phoenix Township, rural Geneseo, the daughter of Albert L. and Lula (Evans) Sand. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1935 and married Emil Madlem on March 14, 1940. Emil preceded her in death on November 1, 1991. Vera loved her family, her church, and her friends. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo since 1926, making her the longest time member. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women Society. Vera was a member of Richmond Hills Players and performed in numerous plays. Even when she was no longer able to continue acting, she still enjoyed attending plays there each season. Vera was employed many years at the downtown Ace Hardware and also at DeReu Skelgas.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Larry Madlem and his wife Jean, grandsons, Michael and Mark, and six great-grandchildren, all residing in the Atlanta, GA, area. Vera is also survived by three nieces, Audrey Lundbald, Minneapolis, MN, Mary Allen, Rochester, MN, and Shirley Kinnear, of Houston, TX

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, two brothers, and a special nephew. 

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Rita E. Mallery

Rita E. Mallery, 57, of Galva, died at 8:37 p.m., Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate.Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and inurnment will be held at Galva Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Reading Program at the Galva Elementary School.
She was born September 5, 1961 in Kewanee, the daughter of Richard Paul and Ruth Mae (Lashbrook) Wheelhouse. She married Larry Lee Mallery on December 31, 1988 in Galva and he preceded her in death on April 12, 2010. Survivors include a son, Jason Tatum, three daughters; Rachel (Kyle) Petty of Peoria, Lerin Mallery (Bryce Glisan) of Galva and Megan (Xavior) Johnson-Hardy of Peoria, three brothers; Richard (Rita) Wheelhouse of Kewanee, Rod Wheelhouse of Galva and Roger (Shirley) Wheelhouse of Galesburg, two sisters, Rose Hazelwood of Calais, ME and Becky Wheelhouse of Galva, nine grandchildren with three on the way and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marcia Hepner, a brother, Raymond Wheelhouse and a nephew, Russell.
Rita graduated from Galva High School in 1979 and with her Associates degree from Black Hawk East. She was a certified nursing assistant and had worked as a janitor and in the cafeteria for the Galva Schools. She was known as “Miss Rita” by the school kids. She attended the Assembly of God Church and enjoyed making button dolls.

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Charles "Chuck" C. Boelens

Charles “Chuck” C. Boelens, 83, of Coal Valley, formerly of Atkinson, passed away on January 19, 2019, at Genesis Senior Living in Aledo, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atkinson. Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will be at St. Anthony’S Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 25, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm, prior to the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Charles Boelens Memorial Fund.

Chuck was born on March 13, 1935, the son of Peter and Madeline (DeVos) Boelens, in Annawan, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1953. Chuck married Carol VanDeWoestyne on March 2, 1957 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. He was a lifetime cattle producer and grain farmer in Cornwall Township. Following his retirement from farming, he and Carol moved to Coal Valley. Chuck was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Henry County Farm Bureau. Always kind, humble, and patient, he was a wonderful example of how to live and treat others. Chuck loved spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s athletic events. He looked forward to the annual fishing trip to Anchor Inn in Minnesota. He enjoyed wildlife, gardening, woodworking and traveling.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Carol, daughter Cindy (Ken) Tatge of Rockton, IL and son Gary (Julene) Boelens of Aledo, IL. His seven grandchildren are: Dakota, Sidney, Maris, and Carson Boelens, Anthony Ruggles, Alyssa and Alana Tatge. Chuck is also survived by his brother Peter (Linda) Boelens, sister Judy Wahl and brother-in-law Bruce (Susan) Porch, all of Geneseo.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Margaret Porch and a brother Robert Boelens.

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Roger Joseph Maes

Roger Joseph Maes, 62, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Unity Pointy Health – Trinity Rock Island. A memorial visitation to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, January 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Roger Maes Memorial Fund. Cremation has been accorded.

Roger was born on February 25, 1956, the son of Camiel and Mary (Wancour) Maes, in Mt. Clemens, MI. He graduated from Richmond High School in Richmond, MI, and attended Lake Superior State College, and Michigan State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. Roger married Debbie E. Gimpel on April 12, 1980, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. He was currently employed as the marketing manager for John Deere Harvester, East Moline Works, where he had been employed for 39 years. Roger was a member of Catholic faith. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and hunting. Roger especially enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Debbie; daughter, Michaela (Shawn Sproston) Maes, Geneseo; two grandsons, Kale and Axeton; brothers, Marvin (Jeanette) Maes, TN, and Norm (Sally) Maes, MI; and sister, Charlene VanMeter, MI.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Camiel and Mary, and an infant grandchild.

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David E. Moon

David E. Moon 76 of Annawan passed away on Saturday January 19, 2019 at the Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo with his Wife by his side. Funeral Services to Celebrate his Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday January 25, 2019 at the Mineral United Methodist Church. Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation for David will be Thursday from 4-7 P.M. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel where a Masonic Ritual will be Conducted by the Walnut Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will be accorded following the services and a private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Mineral Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Mineral/Gold Fire Department or the Annawan/Alba Public Library.

David was born May 27, 1942 in Kewanee the son of  Dale & Marjorie Davies Moon. He was a graduate of the Mineral High School, attended Illinois State University for 3 Yrs., and the University of Illinois for a year. He was united in marriage to Sandra L. Potesak on August 5, 1967. David farmed in rural Mineral Twp. for 50 Years before retiring and moving into Annawan. He was a Lifelong member of the Mineral United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Sheffield Masonic Lodges which has now merged with Walnut Lodge. He truly loved Golfing, Woodworking, but most of all adored spending time with his family.

Those left to Cherish his Memory include his Wife Sandra, Children Scott Moon, Mapleton, Illinois; Susan (James) Hartford, Arlington, Virginia; Laura (Eric) Meyer, Chicago, Illinois; Grandchildren Amanda Moon, Michael Moon, Lily Hartford, Sebastian Meyer, & Aleksander Meyer. 

David was preceded in death by his Parents

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Dorothy J. DeMay

Dorothy J. DeMay, 61, of Sheffield, went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda, IL. Pastors Stephen Myong  & John Erickson will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mineral Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 21, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Dorothy DeMay Memorial Fund.

Dorothy was born on August 7, 1957, the daughter of Richard and Josephine (Graham) Hathaway, in Geneseo, IL. She is a graduate of Atkinson High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Dale E. DeMay on August 14, 1976, in Geneseo. Dorothy was a certified forensic interviewer for Henry County Children’s Advocacy Center, which served Henry County and its surrounding areas. She was also a substitute teacher for several Henry, Stark, and Bureau County schools. She was an active and long-time volunteer at the Women’s & Children’s Victims of Domestic & Sexual Abuse in Bureau, Stark, Putnam, and Henry counties. She was also a member of Bunker Hill Church of God.  Dorothy was a lover of music and dancing and adored her grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Boma”. Dorothy could start a coverstation with anyone, and loved to learn about them. She enjoyed spending time baking and gardening, and sharing her bounty with others. Throughout Dorothy’s life, her faith in God was never wavering.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Dale, daughters, Maeckenzie (Brian) Perino, Marseilles, IL, and Kaleena (Craig) Conrad, Galva, IL; grandchildren, Madilynn and Mason Perino, and Jake and Grace Conrad, a brother, Ron (Marsha) Hathaway, Decatur, AL;  her sisters, Rebecca J. Hathaway, Sheffield, IL, and Laura J. Hathaway, Davenport, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Josephine, her brother, Richard Hathaway, and by her sister, Jaqueline Cantero.

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Carol J. Thompson

Carol J. Thompson, 68, of Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, in Bettendorf, IA, with her loving family by her side. A private graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Annawan Township Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Carol Thompson Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Carol was born on January 7, 1951, the daughter of Chris and LaVera (Miller) Emo, in Morrison, IL. She attended Erie High School. Carol was united in marriage to Ronald Thompson on September 14, 1986, in Geneseo, IL. She had been employed as an overnight support manager at Walmart in Geneseo for 17 years. She was a member of the Erie Christian Church, and a past member of the Girls Athletic Association at Erie High School. She enjoyed flower gardening, fishing, playing cards, and going to the casino. Most of all, Carol loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Ron, son, Chad (Megan) Johnson, Cambridge, step-son, Danny Thompson, of California, step-daughters, Chawntel (Scott Curry) Thompson, of California, and Charity (Mike) Herzs, of California; grandchildren, Kristie Saddler, Matthew Maxwell, Kirsten Sloane, Shyla Thompson, Savannah Nordhaus, Savanna Herzs, Braden Johnson, and Addison Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Carolyn, Jackson, and Evelyn; and a brother, Robert Emo, Erie, IL.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Chris and LaVera, a daughter, Tammy Lynette Willman Hawkins, and two sisters.

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Russell D. "Dean" Green

Russell D. “Dean” Green, 85, of Williamsfield, died at 1:11 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 7, 1933 in Laura, IL, the son of Luther and Margaret (Merritt) Green. He married Karen Kaye Lomax on September 1, 1954 in Lewistown, IL. Survivors include his wife of Williamsfield, four daughters; Melody (Jeff) Matthews of Garland, TX, Deana (Rob) Bush of Rio, Robin Eastburg of Galesburg and Sherry (Jim) Hanna of Rio, two sisters, Sheryl Swanson of Peoria and Vada Kavachvich of Canton, five grandchildren; Joshua (Kasey) Kramer, Kyle (Sarah) Elkins, Sarah Hanna, Leah Hanna and Robby Dean Bush, six great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bernard and Gordon.
Dean worked as a coalminer for Pioneer Mine in Laura and for MECO and also drove a truck for FS and Lozier Oil Company. He attended the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed getting together with his coalminer friends and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

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Kerin D. Billingsly

Kerin D. Billingsly, 52, of Galva, died at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 25, 1966 in Galesburg, the daughter of Don and Pat (Garrison) Nelson. She married Rick A. Billingsly on June 5, 2006 in Gainesville, FL. Survivors include her husband of Galva, her son, Ryan Billingsly of Pekin, two brothers, Brian Nelson of Colorado and Brandon Nelson of North Carolina, a sister, Carla Goddard of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kerin graduated from Galva High School in 1984 and had taken nursing classes at BHE. She served her country in the Air Force. She had worked as manager of a gas station in Gainesville, FL. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and was a collector of Willow Tree Angels. 

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Rosemarie Sisson

Rosemarie Sisson, 94, of Geneseo, died Monday, January 14, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate.  Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Rosemarie Sisson Memorial Fund.

Rosemarie Moulton was born September 20, 1924 in Kewanee, the daughter of William A. and Elizabeth F. 
Golden Moulton.  She was educated in Kewanee area schools.  Her marriage to Amos Sisson took place on September 7, 1947 in Kewanee.  The couple lived in Cambridge until 1962 when they moved to East Moline.  He passed away April 3, 1999.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.

Those surviving are her grandchildren, Chris Cordell, Brookfield, MO, Jeffery (Nancy) Smith, Blytheville, SC, Angela (Matt) Eads, Leesville, SC, Matthew (Grace) Sisson, East Moline, Joseph Sisson, Colona, and a daughter-in-law, Judy Howell, Cleveland, GA.  Other survivors include ten great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and a sister, Harriet Saey, Kewanee.
Her parents, her husband, a daughter, Betty Jean Cordell, two sons, Bill Howell and Jerry Sisson, five sisters and    four brothers preceded her in death.  The family would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest Home and the Heartland Hospice for their excellent care.

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Larry "Nick" DeWayne Nichols

Larry “Nick” DeWayne Nichols, 83, of Peoria, formerly of Galva, died peacefully at the home of his daughter with family by his side on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to the Larry Nichols Memorial Fund
He was born December 5, 1935 in Galva, the son of Clyde and Norene (Anderson) Nichols. He married Joyce Aden on June 29, 1958 in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Peoria, two sons, Tebbert A. Nichols (Jeff Metz) of Peoria and Nathaniel D. Nichols (Jessica) of Galva, his daughter, Tahnee Watson (Mick Gerard) of Galva, two brothers, Robert (Laura) Nichols of Galesburg and Jeff Nichols of Mankato, MN, two sisters, JoAnn Delacruz and Jeanette (Mark) Ship, both of Galesburg, grandchildren; Matthew Sopiars (Bilyana Boeva) of Belgrade, Belgium, Jacob (Sara) Sopiars of Stuttgart, Germany, Aleksandr (Katrina) Sopiars of Trenton, IL and Elyssa and Peyton Sopiars, both of Galva and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Jo Hulsey of Galesburg.
Larry graduated from Galva High School in 1953 and attended Brown’s Business College in Galesburg. He served his country in the U.S. Army serving time in Germany. He was the manager of the Galva CO-OP for 27 years and moved to Trenton, IL until his retirement. He later moved back to Galva to work as a grain merchandiser for Knobloch Grain and Rumbold & Kuhn. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams fan. Larry was involved in many athletics including; baseball, golf and bowling and loved wagering. He was very involved with his grandchildren and their athletics and attended as many of their games and meets as he could.

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Allen J. VanMeenen

Allen J. VanMeenen, 60, of Moline, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to the Allen J. VanMeenen Memorial Fund.

Allen was born on July 30, 1958, the son of Alvin E. and Carol L. (Morgan) VanMeenen, in Geneseo, IL. He is a graduate of Geneseo High School and attended Black Hawk College. Allen married Susan Hancock. He later married Joyce Betcher. 

Those surviving him include his sons, Curtis VanMeenen, Kewanee, and Andrew VanMeenen, Moline; mother, Carol VanMeenen, Atkinson; and two brothers, Greg (Merry) VanMeenen, Geneseo, and Alvin VanMeenen Jr, Atkinson.

Allen was preceded by his grandparents, father, Alvin VanMeenen Sr., and his sister-in-law, Brenda VanMeenen.

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Mary Ann VanDeWoestyne

Mary Ann VanDeWoestyne, 90, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, January, 10, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Geneseo Humane Society.

Mary Ann was born on March 18, 1928, the daughter of Walter and Mary (VanOpdorp) Rahn, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1946. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Kenneth VanDeWoestyne on January 10, 1948, in Geneseo. Kenneth preceded her in death on January 22, 2012. She assisted her husband, Kenny, on their dairy farm in rural Geneseo for many years, and was an excellent homemaker and mother. Mary Ann was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, Circle 9. She was also active in the Mending Hearts group at Hammond Henry Hospital, and her neighborhood card club. Mary Ann also looked forward to and enjoyed attending her Tuesday morning coffee club at Lisa’s Place in Atkinson. She enjoyed flower gardening and was known for her baking skills.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Sharon VanDeWoestyne, Geneseo, Keith VanDeWoestyne, Geneseo, Sue (Grant) Hatch, Colona, Kevin (Susan) VanDeWoestyne, Osco, and Sally (Dwayne) Croegaert, Geneseo. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kate (James) Jones, Colona, Kyle VanDeWoestyne, Osco, step-grandson, Lucas (Amanda) Croegaert, and three step-great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary, her husband, Kenny, and by a sister, Phyllis Anthony.

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Marvin L. "Gus" Gustafson

Marvin L. “Gus” Gustafson, 85, of Galva, died at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Pastor Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.
He was born on October 9, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Emil and Selma (Johnson) Gustafson. He married LuAnn Spillman on October 25, 1959 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva.  He is survived by his wife and his children, Jeffrey (Janeen) Gustafson of Streator, IL and Jill (Rodney) DeClerk of Franklin, TN, four grandchildren; Ryan DeClerk, Cameron (Amanda) DeClerk, Courtney DeClerk and Erin DeClerk, two step-grandchildren, Jarret (Ji Jeong) Kurber and Joshua Kurber, two great-grandchildren, Avery and Adelynn DeClerk, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Lennart, Laurence, Oscar and Harold and three sisters; Agnes White, Helen Hultgren and Edith Polson.
Marvin graduated from Galva High School in 1951. He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked as a machinist at Outboard Marine Corporation and later retired from the State of Illinois highway department. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Weds, the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion, the Lake Calhoun Country Club and the Wednesday Night Bowling League. In earlier years, he played softball for the Bishop Hill Swedes. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and a die-hard Cubs fan. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, going for coffee and traveling and wintering in Florida. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

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Harvey Andrew "Andy" Baysingar

Harvey Andrew “Andy” Baysingar, 82, of Kewanee, died at 9:35 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, OSF Hospice or to Illinois Cancer Care.
He was born May 10, 1936 in Brimfield, the son of Ernest and Cloey (Alexander) Baysingar. He married Patricia “Pat” Callahan on June 26, 1965 in Peoria. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, two sons, Jason (Melissa) Baysingar of Hoffman Estates, IL and Jerry (Jeanette) Baysingar of Wellington, CO, two sisters, Pat George and Ernestine Lowry, three grandchildren; Gabby, Addisyn and Reagan and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings; Robert, Christine, Virginia, Elizabeth and Henry.
Andy was owner and operator of Baysingar Antiques in Kewanee since 1969. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ricky J. Zapisek

Ricky J. Zapisek, 60, of Kewanee, died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Ricky was born September 24, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Wager) Zapisek. He attended Kewanee High School and graduated with the Class of 1976. 
Ricky is survived by his mother, Mary Ann, Kewanee; one son, Jacob Brody, Davenport, IA; grandson, Blake Brody, Davenport, IA; brother, Terry Zapisek, Collinsville, IL; a sister, Cindy (Ken) VanWassenhove, Kewanee; a special friend called “Honey” Joanie Marsh, Kewanee, many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Ricky worked for Crane Trucking and retired after 30 years. He loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He was an avid fan of dirt track racing, following Bollinger Racing. Most of all, Ricky enjoyed spending time with his family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Andrew Christman to officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude or to a charity of donor’s choice. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Ricky’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Shirley Elaine Egert

Shirley Elaine Egert, 90, of Moline, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Center in Peoria, Illinois.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Saint John Paul II Catholic Church in Kewanee, Illinois. Reverend Jeremy Freehill will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday, January 11, 2019, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 4:30 pm, prior to visitation at the funeral home. 

Shirley was born on September 21, 1928, in Kewanee, to Leslie and Teresa (Rigg) Stauffer. She married William Egert on June 17, 1950. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1974. After raising her seven children, she worked as an administrative legal secretary and office manager for the Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office for 19 years. Shirley then worked as a bailiff for 14 years at the Rock Island County Courthouse. 

Shirley had a vibrant and fun-loving personality that drew people to her. She loved social gatherings with family and friends and especially enjoyed watching the sporting events of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley had a passion for the Chicago Bulls and enjoyed watching NBA games. She was a former member of the Midland Country Club. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Verlin Stauffer. Shirley is survived by her seven children, Melinda See of Peoria, Illinois, William Egert of Scottsdale, Arizona, Michael (Michaela) Egert of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Mary Melissa Underwood of Pekin, Illinois, Maribeth (James) Dura of Edwards, Illinois, Marcia (Joe) Becker of Peoria, Illinois, and Mary Michele (Thomas) Lofgren of Rock Island, Illinois; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Richard L. Owens Hospice Center in Peoria and St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island. Please leave an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

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Dan T. Anderson

Dan T. Anderson, 68, of Davenport, died Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.  Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life gathering will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at Montana Jack's in Moline.  Private interment of the cremains will take place in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Harvest Bible Chapel in  Davenport or a charity of the donor's choice.

Danny Thomas Anderson was born June 10, 1950 in Geneseo, the son of Robert N. and Lois Phillis Anderson, Sr.  He was educated in Cambridge and Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1968.  Dan attended Black Hawk College in Moline.  His marriage to Pamela Bowers took place on May 21, 1972 in Orion.  They later divorced.

He grew up on the farm, drove semis, and graduated into a successful nationally known car salesman.  He never met a stranger.  Dan was currently the service manager at Mississippi Truck and Trailer in Rock Island.  He was a member of the Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport, enjoyed socializing with friends and family and enjoying a Miller Lite.  When asked, he was always "on top of the world".

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and David Johnson, Viola, a son and daughter-in-law, Gabe and Shari Anderson, Yuma, TN, four grandchildren, Cathryn Albright, Nashville, TN, Seth Johnson, Viola, Chever Harkey, Ft. Steward, GA, and Shaelee Harkey, Viola.  Other survivors include two brothers, Robert Anderson Jr., Andover, and Ronald Anderson, Lynn Center.  His parents, an infant sister, Cindy Lou, and a granddaughter, Emily Johnson, preceded him in death.

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Susan E. McFail

Susan E. McFail, 76, of Kewanee, died Friday, January 4, 2019 at Kewanee Care. Susan was born August 4, 1942 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of George and Margaret (Melbourne) Seidel. Susan graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1960. Susan married Chester Kemerling, Sr., he preceded her in death in 1979. She later married George DeVenney, he also preceded her in death in 1988.

Susan is survived by one son, Chester “Chet” Kemerling Jr., Kewanee; one granddaughter, Caityln Kemerling, Kewanee; two brothers, George “Ed” (Ulla Jean) Seidel, Sr., Romeoville, IL, James M. (Heather) Seidel, League City, IL; one sister, Anita L. Seidel, Orlando, FL; four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two step-daughters, Crellin Longenbach, Rhonda Kemerling; and one sister, Arlene Kemerling.

Susan worked as a waitress for Sugarbowl in Neponset, she currently was a housewife. Susan enjoyed fishing, watching tv, and playing on the computer. She was baptized by Rev. Thompson at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. She especially loved her family and giving her son and granddaughter a hard time.

Private services will be held at a later date. Burial will be Pleasant View Cemetery. Please leave an online condolence for Susan’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bernard M. "Bernie" Steiner

Bernard M. “Bernie” Steiner 95 of Geneseo passed away on Friday January 4, 2019 at the Genesis Medical Center-East, Davenport Iowa after a brief illness. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday January 11 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo where Military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post #1303. Visitation for Bernie will be Thursday from 5-7 PM at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Bernie’s name to either St. Malachy School or the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 
Bernie was born on August 16, 1923 in Granville, Illinois, the son of Antone & Mary Lesar Steiner. He graduated from United Township High School, East Moline, and St. Ambrose University, Davenport, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. In 1943 He joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bernie served our country at D-Day the Invasion of Normandy. He served until 1946 and then was enlisted in the Reserves and served our Country again During the Korean War. Bernie was united in marriage to Patricia Dralle on May 15, 1954 in East Moline. He had been an independent insurance broker in Geneseo as well as a real estate agent for 40 years, retiring in 2010, a career he truly loved and was very accomplished at. He was a 60-year member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he was an usher for 30 Years, and was a trustee on the Church Council. He was a faithful Catholic and never missed Mass, except once while serving in the Military. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge, He was one of the original St. Malachy School Board members when the school was founded. Bernie was a very avid golfer and a 50-year member of Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. He attended every John Deere Classic Tournament since its beginning 48 years ago, and was fortunate enough to have golfed across the country at some of the finest golf courses.

Survivors include his wife Patricia, daughters Melissa Steiner, Denver CO, Polly (Kelly) Sherbeyn, Geneseo, grandchildren Kurt Jensen, Bernard Sherbeyn, & Paxton Sherbeyn, sisters Beverly Hart Hemphill, RioVerde, AZ, and Patricia (James) Weir, Moline.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tony, Joseph, and Victor, sisters Marie Bowling and Margaret Ossian.

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G. James Anderson

G. James Anderson, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the James Anderson Memorial Fund.

James was born on November 29, 1929, the son of Charles H. and Florence (Ensey) Anderson, in Cambridge, IL. He graduated from Dewitt High School in Dewitt, IA, and proudly served our country in the United States Army. James married Waunita Mattingly on December 27, 1951. She preceded him in death in 1966. James later married Doris Racic Bowers on August 10, 1969, in Geneseo. Doris also preceded him in death in 2016. James was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in Munson Township. He also owned and operated Anderson Trucking for many years. James was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Geneseo Moose Lodge, and the KAAB Shrine. James loved taking his wife, Doris, for car rides, and the time he spent wintering in Florida. He also enjoyed golfing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Richard (Beverly) Anderson, of Bettendorf, IA, and Tim Anderson, of Geneseo; daughter, Pam (Mike) Anderson, of Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Charlene Bowers, of East Moline, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

James was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence, two spouses, Waunita and Doris, two sons, Mark Charles Anderson and Fred Bowers, and by his sister, Jean O’Donnell.

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Betty A. Laleman - Vroman

Betty A. Laleman - Vroman, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass and private inurnment services will be held at North Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Betty Vroman Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several charitable organizations. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Betty was born on September 13, 1925, the daughter of Roy and Katherine (Ryan) McKenna, in Sterling, IL. She was united in marriage to Fred Laleman on April 7, 1945 in Prophetstown, IL. Fred preceded her in death in 1973. Betty married Alvin Vroman on February 28, 1976, in Geneseo, IL. Alvin preceded her in death in April, 2018. She worked at the Geneseo Junior High cafeteria for several years. Betty was a life time member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and was active in the Altar & Rosary Society, Circle #6. She was also a member of the Parents’ Club at St. Malachy Catholic School, and Cursillo. Betty was proud to have made one of the very first Cursillo weekends in the Diocese of Peoria.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Ron Laleman, of Collinsville, IL, Rick (Connie) Laleman, of Bloomington, IL, Steve (Marjean) Laleman, of Geneseo, Tim (Deb) Laleman, of Geneseo, and Jeff (Sandy) Laleman, of Rock Falls, IL; daughters, Mary Beth Farber, and Marcia (Gregg) Swanson, both of Geneseo; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Eyrich, of Prophetstown, IL and sister-in-law Bonnie Vroman. Betty is also survived by Al’s family, whom she loved, Dan (Betty Jo) Vroman, Jim Vroman, Tom (Laurie) Vroman, all of Hillsdale, IL and their eight children and 15 grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Katherine, husband, Fred, second husband, Alvin, seven brothers, five sisters and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Laleman.

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Donald Wayne Bullock

Donald Wayne Bullock, 89, of Kewanee, died peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on December 30, 2018.
Born in Kewanee to parents Glenn and Theo Bullock, Don grew up the oldest of three children and graduated from Kewanee High School.  Shortly after graduation, Don enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country in the Korean War.
In 1958, Don married Bernadine Benoodt and they had 5 children.  As they raised their family, Don worked at the boiler shop and later owned Bullock’s Heating and Air Conditioning. 
Don thoroughly enjoyed being in the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit.  He loved animals, gardening, riding and racing motorcycles, and flying planes and hang gliders.
Don is survived by his wife, Bernadine; his sons, Jon, Matt(Amy), and Andy(Jill) Bullock; daughters Beth (Donnie)Zipp and Kit(Brian) Layman; eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Linda Crosby.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ann DeWit.
Per Don’s wishes, no services will be held.  Memorials may be sent to the Henry County Humane Society at 197 S. Fisher in Kewanee, and the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517 
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Donald’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dale German

Dale German 96, of Kewanee, died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Hammond Henry Long Term Care Center, Geneseo. “On October 16, 1922, at 2:00 AM, a son was born to Margaret (Warner) and Floyd German in Burns Township, IL. They named him Floyd Dale. Since his father’s name was Floyd David, he was not a “Junior,” a fact which contributed to many complexities and mis-sent mail throughout Floyd Dale’s life.” Thus begins an informal autobiography that Dale wrote several years ago for his family. Any sentences in quotes are taken directly from that autobiography.

Dale grew up in the Burns Township area and in 1928 began his education at King School. He had one classmate, Pauline Michaels, during his entire eight years there, before entering Cambridge High School from which he graduated in 1940.

“In the fall of 1940, I enrolled at the University of Illinois. Originally, I had planned to major in journalism. However, it was required to have two years of undergraduate work before enrolling in the School of Journalism, so I enrolled in the College of Commerce. After two years I had decided to continue in the major of accountancy.”

After three years at the U of I, in 1943, Dale was drafted out of the ROTC program and into the U.S. Army, Signal Corps Division. He served at various stateside bases and in the fall of 1945 was on board a Liberty ship bound for Okinawa when the entire ship was unloaded due to refrigeration issues on board. In June of 1946, he was discharged from the army and that fall returned to complete his last year at U of I, graduating in 1947.

On September 5, 1948 (“the luckiest day of my life”), Dale wed Hazel Kuster at the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee, IL. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2002 (“the saddest day of my life”). In describing the beginning of their courtship, Dale wrote, “There was a little girl who went to Galva High School…by the name of Hazel Kuster. I sorta had my eye on her and in the summer of 1936 I went to her home, marched up to the door, and asked her mother if I could speak to Hazel. I asked Hazel to go to Atkinson to a ball game with me…I was playing ball with a local softball team and we bet a kiss on the outcome of the game. That was a bet that one couldn’t lose and the loser did pay!” 

After graduating from Illinois, Dale went into business and farming with his brothers. He and his brothers operated German’s Sales and Service on Route 81 (German’s Corners) where they sold Massey Ferguson and New Idea as well as some shorter lines. In the fall of 1986, they retired and the business was closed. Dale loved being in the farming business and, after retirement, enjoyed seeing former customers and their families. Many adults shared memories with him of being kids who looked forward to accompanying their dad to the store for parts because that meant that they got a pop and a candy bar!

Dale was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was the most patient and honest of men. In retirement, he spent many hours on various building projects with his grandsons, some more memorable than others! He also enjoyed golf, bridge, traveling with Hazel, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, computers, and his beloved coffee group. At the time of his passing, he had his computer in his room at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care and was still taking care of his affairs!

Those who will miss him greatly and are left to honor his memory include a daughter, Kris (Cal) Atwell, Geneseo, IL,  two grandsons and their wives – Ryan (Anna Peterson), Medicine Lake, MN, and Jonathan (Mandy Brothers), Grand Junction, CO,  a sister-in-law, Maurine German, Forsyth, IL, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Carrol (Gus) and Sam, and a sister-in-law, Jean German.

Private Graveside Service will be Monday, January, 7, 2019, at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorial Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee, with the Rev. Dr. James Breed officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee or to Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation, Geneseo. Please leave an online condolence for Dale’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Robert A. Anderson

Robert A. Anderson, 80, of Bishop Hill, died at 6:20 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Fire Department or the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association.
He was born March 27, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of C. Wallace “Wally” and Fern E. (Ericson) Anderson. He married Cinda S. Hilliker on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Terri Jo in infancy. He is survived by a son, Jeff Jones of Bloomington, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, three brothers, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva, and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, a brother-in-law, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and a sister-in-law Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was a 1956 graduate of Galva High School. He had served in the National Guard and had worked for Country Companies for 36 years. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and was on the board of trustees for Weller Township, the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association and the Bishop Hill Fire Department. In earlier years, he had belonged to the Bloomington Gold Corvette Club. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing.

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Eldred L. "Ed" Shaw

Eldred L. “Ed” Shaw, 94, of Annawan died on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Rev. Dan Wright and Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will be in Annawan Cemetery with military rites by Kewanee Veterans Council.   Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Eldred Shaw Memorial Fund

Eldred was born July 8, 1924 in Prophetstown, IL the son of Willington J. and Neva (Eldred) Shaw.  He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  On January 15, 1949 he married Beatrice Minnaert in Annawan, IL.  She survives.  Eldred had worked at the John Deere Malleable Harvester, Kewanee Boiler and then at International Harvester in East Moline retiring in 1984 after 23 ½ years.  In his retirement he had mowed lawns and plowed snow for many around Annawan.  He had also been helping and taking care of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services in Annawan for 34 years.

Eldred was a member of Annawan Community Church, Annawan VFW and the Mineral American Legion.  He loved fishing and his trip on Honor Flight.

Survivors include his wife Beatrice; son, Dennis Shaw, Troy, MI; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim Elgar, Elburn, IL; four granddaughters, Dr. Corissa Elgar, Geneva, IL, Dr. Callina Elgar, Winnebago, IL Clarerinda (Shaun) Marx, Troy, MI and Anastasia (Edward) Dzierzawski, St. Clare Shores, MI; two great grandchildren, Owen and Abigail Marx and one on the way; and cherished great niece and great nephew, Abigail DeSchepper and Nathaniel DeSchepper.   He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, twin granddaughters, and twin grandsons.

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Dwight E. "Pete" Reiff

Dwight E. “Pete” Reiff, 82, of Kewanee, died at 8:28 a.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born November 25, 1936 in Galva, the son of Elmer and Ruth (Collinson) Reiff. He married Sandra Heaton on June 16, 1963 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, two daughters, Diane (Todd) Reeser of Kewanee and Krista (Kerry) Loncka of Galva, a brother, Ted (Maurine) Reiff of St. Augustine, FL, a sister, RueEll (David) Richeson of Fishers, IN, four grandchildren; Drake and Paige Reeser and Christian and Courtney Loncka, two sisters-in-law, Kay Heaton and Janet Morris and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Kelly.
Pete graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954.  In his younger years he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and hunting.  He was a member of Roger Reiman’s pit crew at the Daytona 200, when Roger won the race in 1961. 
Pete was a painting contractor his entire life and painted and wallpapered many homes and businesses in the Kewanee area.  He was known for his skill of matching wood stains.  One of his last projects was donating his time to paint the new wood windows in Ryan’s Round Barn at Johnson’s Sauk Trail State Park.
He was a member of the Kewanee First United Methodist church for over 50 years where he recorded the weekly congregation attendance, assisted with the acolytes and formerly served on the Board of Trustees.
In his spare time, he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in his backyard, watching the Chicago Cubs on TV, meeting with his daily coffee group and spending time with his family. 

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