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Month: March 2018

Gayle I. Yenney

Gayle I. Yenney — May 19, 1926 – March 25, 2018 Gayle I. Yenney, age 91, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago in Gayle’s memory. Gayle was born on May 19, 1926, the daughter of Leroy and Mabel (Brunner) Schubert in Pleasant Valley Township, Jo Daviess County. Gayle married Clarence A. Yenney on April 13, 1946 in Mt. Carroll. Clarence died on February 22, 1998 in Mt. Carroll. Gayle was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family. She was a caring and compassionate person who enjoyed helping others. Gayle worked as a Nurse’s Aid and in the cafeteria at the Lincoln School, Savanna. She also babysat in her home and enjoyed the companionship of her dog, Fanci. Most of all, Gayle cherished spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Gayle will be dearly missed by one son, Steve (Linda) Yenney of Savanna; five grandchildren, Troy Yenney of Savanna, Travis (Cami) Yenney of Mt. Carroll, and Trent (Nicole) Yenney of Savanna,...

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William “Bill” Lee Schall

William “Bill” Lee Schall — September 14, 1953 – March 22, 2018 William “Bill” Lee Schall, age 64, of Mt. Carroll , Illinois, died suddenly on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Morrison Community Hospital. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the service. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A memorial fund has been established in William’s memory. William was born on September 14, 1953, the son of George and Virginia (Walter) Schall in Savanna, Illinois. He attended Mt. Carroll High School and graduated with the Class of 1971. After graduation, William attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. He married the love of his life, Kathleen A. Sweitzer on April 21, 1973 in Lanark, Illinois. William was a hardworking man and enjoyed life’s simple things. He worked at Atwood, later Dura Manufacturing in Mt. Carroll and for the Swiss Colony in Savanna. He also worked nights at Big Meadows Nursing Home, before recently retiring. William was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He loved the outdoors, especially gardening, hunting, fishing, and hiking. He also enjoyed photography, reading, and listening to rock ‘n’ roll. Most of all, William treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. William will...

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Dennis A. Miller

Dennis A. Miller — January 6, 1946 – March 21, 2018 Dennis A. Miller, age 72, of Lanark, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at home. Cremation rites have been accorded and private burial of ashes will be held at the Lanark Cemetery at a later date. Dennis was born January 6, 1946 in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Miles and Margaret (Derrer) Miller. He is a 1964 graduate of the Lanark High School. Dennis then received a teaching degree from McPherson College in Kansas. After graduation, Dennis taught in Milledgeville Schools for two years and worked on the family farm. He then found his passion in life, truck driving across country. Dennis drove truck for many years, hauling just about everything all over the U.S. He loved seeing the country and getting home to see family. In later years, Dennis enjoyed his daily breakfast with friends. Dennis will be dearly missed by a brother, Samuel (Jill) Miller of Lanark; and a sister, Kathleen (Jodi) Bausman of Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Dennis is preceded in death by both...

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Frances Lillian Barrow

Frances Lillian Barrow — September 18, 1927 – March 20, 2018 Frances Lillian Barrow, age 90, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois and Rockford, Illinois passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at her daughter’s home after an extended illness. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, with Pastor Donna Hoffman of the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Family and friends are invited to share in Frances’ life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Frances was born September 18, 1927 in Winona, Minnesota, the daughter of Melvin and Helen (Fifield) Langmo. She is a 1945 graduate of the Dodge Center High School. In 1958, Frances received a degree in Teaching from the University of Minnesota, and later a Masters Degree from Rockford College. On June 12, 1954, Frances married Harold Allen Barrow. They raised two children, Scott and Lynn Marie and two step children, Tami and Richard and celebrated 40 years of marriage. Harold passed away April 14, 1995 in Mt. Carroll. Frances taught English and Drama in the Rockford School District for many years. She also participated in the gifted program the Rockford School district. Near retirement, Frances and Harold found an old...

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Dale E. Schultz

Dale E. Schultz — April 20, 1946 – March 19, 2018 Dale E. Schultz age 71, of Savanna, Illinois passed away at home, Monday, March 19, 2018. A memorial visitation will be held on April 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Memorials may be given to the family in Dale’s memory. Dale was born on April 20, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Benard and Dorothy (Sidesky) Schultz. He attended York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. On June 22, 1978, Dale married Deborah Holst. They celebrated 39 years of marriage. Dale worked as a steel fabricator/pipefitter for most of life, finally retiring from ADM in Clinton, Iowa. During his retirement, Dale was a small business owner, he ran a small machine shop in Savanna, he also was a commercial fisherman. He loved to try everything and keep busy. Dale felt at home in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. He enjoyed his pet rabbits, and working as an amateur blacksmith. Most of all Dale treasured the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Dale is survived by his wife, Deborah; four children, Jacob Schultz, Karyene (Brian) Friedenauer, Jeremy Schultz, Katrina Schultz; five grandchildren, Saige, Nate, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Emily all of Illinois and a sister, Pam (David) Sapp of Florida. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter,...

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Ilene Jean Blunt

Ilene Jean Blunt — August 29, 1931 – March 24, 2018 Ilene Jean Blunt, 86, of Freeport, IL, passed away on March 24, 2018. She was born on August 29, 1931 in Cedarville, IL, to Otto and Bessie (Oldhause) Miller. She married Ralph Walter Blunt on August 29, 1947 in Freeport, IL. Ilene worked in sales for 37 years at Farm & Fleet. She loved gardening, tending to her flowers, and collecting roosters and chickens. Survivors include her sons, Jim (Teresa Mangrum) Blunt of Rock City, IL, and Gary Blunt of Freeport, IL; her grandchildren, John Blunt, Penny (Larry) Forton, Jason (Melissa) Blunt, Jennifer (Mike) Writt, Tara (Wesley) Banks, Megan (Seaver) Sisler, Kimberly Blunt, Cari Blunt (Gabe Smith), Lindsay (Kyle) Stanford, James Blunt and Parker Blunt; 15 great-grandchildren, and Russ Miller of Davis, IL, the youngest of Ilene’s siblings left. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Blunt; and her oldest son, Lawrence “Pete” Otto Blunt (10/25/47 – 08/28/17) A visitation will be held on Friday March 30, 2018 from 5-7 PM, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd, Freeport, IL. Inurnment will be at the Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. A memorial will be established in her memory. Online condolences may be shared at...

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Steve Hebeler

Steve Hebeler — August 15, 1952 – February 20, 2018 Steve Hebeler, age 65, of Thomson, Illinois died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa. A celebration of Steve’s life is scheduled for Saturday, March 31st from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Sandtrap Sports Bar in Thomson, Illinois. Burial will take place at a later date in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Village of Thomson/Library Park Fund, 2100 Market Street, P.O. Box 244, Thomson, IL 61285 in Steve’s memory. Steve was born on August 15, 1952, the son of Kenneth and Ida (Lambert) Hebeler in Savanna, Illinois. He attended Thomson High School and graduated with the Class of 1970. Steve worked at Sullivan’s Grocery Store in Savanna for over twenty years. He loved sports, especially baseball, softball, and basketball. For over twenty years, Steve devoted his free time to coaching local youth sports teams. Among the teams he coached included the Geneseo Hurricane softball team, Legion baseball teams, and other Thomson based softball teams. He also served as assistant coach to the Thomson High School softball team for several years. He was an avid Chicago White Sox and The Fighting Illini Basketball fan. Steve was a simple man and was devoted to his friends and family, especially his mother, Ida. Steve will be dearly missed by his mother, Ida...

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Highland Community College hosts annual Job Fair

FREEPORT — The 2018 Highland Community College Job Fair is on Wednesday, March 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Newell Room, located on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill. Current students, graduates and area residents seeking employment are invited to attend. This free event is an excellent networking opportunity for job seekers, typically featuring 30 employers in northern Illinois. Business casual attire is highly recommended at the Job Fair. The following employers will be at the...

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Debra Ruth Ann Lindstrom

Debra Ruth Ann Lindstrom — December 7, 1952 – March 16, 2018 Debra Ruth Ann Lindstrom, age 65, of rural Chadwick, Illinois, passed away at home Friday, March 16, 2018.  A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois.  Memorials may be made for the Carroll County Humane Society in honor of Debra’s love for animals. Friends and family are invited to share in Debra’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Debra was born December 7, 1952 in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Kyle and Bernadine (Randall) McGinnis.  She is a graduate of the Thomson High School with the Class of 1971.  On September 7, 1974, Debra married Wayne Lindstrom at the United Methodist Church, Thomson, Illinois. Debra was a homemaker and enjoyed time with her grandchildren.  Her favorite holiday was Halloween, she enjoyed decorating and scary movies.  Debra was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.  It meant the world for her to see the Cubs win the championship. Debra will be dearly missed by her husband, Wayne Lindstrom of Chadwick; a son, Wade Lindstrom of Thomson, Illinois; two step-daughters, Charlotte (Daniel) Stoehr of Freeport, Illinois and DeeAnn (Marty) Heinrich of Pearl City, Illinois; 6 grandchildren, Sam, Ty and Adeline Stoehr, Erika and Paige Lindstrom, and Brady Heinrich; and two brothers, Rick (Coleen) McGinnis  and Sam (Betty) McGinnis, both...

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Bald Guyz On The Move

Savanna City Council Approves Inducement Resolution for the Restaurant’s Move to 502 Main Street BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — BaldGuyz Coffee and Bistro of Mount Carroll will soon be relocating its business operations to Savanna, and the Savanna City Council helped pave the way for this move at its March 13 regular meeting Council passed a resolution to induce redevelopment of property at 502 Main St., former site of Brother’s Restaurant, Manny’s Pizza, and Happy Joe’s, which BaldGuyz intends to purchase. The resolution states that the business intends to “substantially renovate the interior and exterior” of the...

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A Good Sign

First Time Is A Charm For Lanark, Winners of the Governor’s Hometown Project Award RiverReader.org Staff Report LANARK — On the first day of Spring, 23 guests witnessed the installation of the sign acknowledging Lanark as one of 14 Project Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Award. The sign was permanently set on the south wall of the Lanark Municipal Building at about a 10 ft. height to be easily visible above the Visitor Information Center. “Workation 2016 was entered in the 40-year-old Governor’s contest, and was selected from the small community category,” said Floyd Roberts, a member of...

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Thomas R. “Tom” Holman

Thomas R. “Tom” Holman, age 60, of Sabula, Iowa passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Sabula. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, Friday, March 23, 2018 at Bombfire Pizza, 516 Pearl Street, Sabula, Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family...

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March Is Severe Weather Awareness Month

Carroll County Storm Spotters Get Training From The National Weather Service BY LYNNETTE FORTH For River Reader.org MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Fire Department hosted a storm spotter class at the fire station recently, hoping to help the community be prepared for the spring and summer weather season. Zach Uttech, General Forecaster at the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in the Quad Cities (in featured photo above), presented step by step information that trained spotters can identify and report. “Trained spotters are the troops. They are right there at ground level. They help us to fill in data gaps,” said...

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Opal M. Croffoot

Opal M. Croffoot — January 26, 1915 – March 17, 2018 Opal M. Croffoot, 103, of Pearl City, IL, passed away on March 17, 2018 at Liberty Village Manor, where she resided for the past 4 years. She was born on January 26, 1915 in rural Pearl City, the only child of Samuel and Myrtle (Miche) Offenheiser. She attended local schools, and on March 1, 1933, she married Lawrence Croffoot. They farmed in the Pearl City and Loran area, and retired from the Croffoot family farm when it was sold to the Lake Carroll Subdivision. She then worked 12 years at Micro Switch, retiring from that job at age 65. She enjoyed working outside on the farm, and continued to garden until age 98. She loved to hand sew quilts, doing this into her 90’s. She was preceded in death by her husband, and leaves behind her only son, Robert (Joan) Croffoot; and two grandchildren, Randy Croffoot of St. Louis, and Susan Broocks of Freeport. Funeral service will be held on Friday March 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd, Freeport, IL. A visitation will be held on Thursday March 22, 2018 from 5-7 PM, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Online condolences may be shared at...

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Richard Martz

Richard Martz — April 24, 1934 – March 15, 2018 Richard Martz, 83, of Monroe, WI, passed away on March 15, 2018. He was born on April 24, 1934 in Brookville, IL, to Samuel and Ada (Thomas) Martz. He was a graduate of Shannon High School. He married Ruth Thruman on April 22, 1955 in Shannon, IL. Richard enjoyed fishing, gardening, and feeding the birds. He worked many years for Schoeny Farms harvesting corn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Freeport, IL. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Martz; his sons, Tim Martz of McConnell, IL, and Daniel (LaDessa) Martz of Saratoga, WY; daughters, Kathy (Kim) Hill of Cape Canaveral, FL, Pamela (Keith) Winfield of Franklin, WI, and Nancy (Dan) Carey of Freeport, IL; 15 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Keith, Marvin, Herb, and Arnold; and his sisters, Arlene and Doris. Funeral service will be held on Monday March 19, 2018 at 2 PM, with a visitation from 1 PM until time of service, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd, Freeport, IL. Online condolences may be shared at...

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Savanna’s Tim Schoenig Honored

Named ‘Wastewater System Operations Specialist of the Year Runner-Up’ By Illinois Rural Water Association BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org SAVANNA — Mayor Chris Lain announced at the Savanna City Council’s Feb. 27 regular meeting that Public Works employee Tim Schoenig has been named Runner Up – Wastewater System Operations Specialist of the Year by the Illinois Rural Water Association at the 36th Annual Technical Conference in Effingham. Schoenig, the Sewer/Water Plant Foreman for the City, has worked for Savanna for 28 years, and  resides there with his wife, Sena.  They have two children. “Tim definitely deserved to be named...

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Memorial Gift For Lanark Cornerstone Project

Donation Will Be Used For Future Renovations Of The Valentine Building In Downtown Lanark In the featured photo above, Tom Kocal, right, presents a check for $2,000 to Bob Zuck, treasurer of Lanark’s Cornerstone Project, at the group’s March 11 meeting. The memorial donation was made in honor of Tom’s wife, Lynn, who passed away Jan. 6. Part of the donation came from memorial gifts received at Lynn’s Celebration of Life. “Lynn was part of the Cornerstone Project since the beginning, when the group approached the City of Lanark to save the Shumway Building,” Kocal said. “She was so...

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Youth Conservation Corps Applications Available

4 Openings This Summer To Work As A Member Of The YCC Crew RiverReader.org Staff Report THOMSON — Looking for a job this summer? Savanna District of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be hiring four High School students from the River Ridge and West Carroll School Districts this summer to work as a member of our Youth Conservation Corps crew. This year, the YCC crew will begin Monday, June 11, and end eight weeks later on Friday, Aug. 3. The weekly work schedule will be 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to...

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Summer 4-H Conference Lets Teens Explore Potential Careers

Imagine digging at an archeological site, opening a honeybee hive, or performing African dance. For some Illinois teens, imagination will turn to reality during Illini Summer Academies, set to begin June 24 on the University of Illinois campus. The event, sponsored by U of I Extension 4-H, brings more than 300 teens to campus to work in 17 different academic fields of study with elite university professors and graduate students. During the day, teens do what college students do, such as conduct experiments in some of the campus’ hundreds of labs. Some academies tour industry job sites to see...

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Arthur “Art” A. Green Jr.

Arthur “Art” A. Green Jr. — January 18, 1945 – March 6, 2018 Arthur “Art” A. Green Jr., age 73, of Orangeville, Illinois, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, Wisconsin. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Burial will take place in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Wacker, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. A memorial fund has been established in Art’s memory. Friends and family are invited to share in Art’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Art was born January 18, 1945 in Savanna, the son of Arthur Alexander Sr. and Viola Mae (Haring) Green. Art attended Savanna High School and graduated with the Class of 1963. Art worked for many businesses in the area. He also drove truck while he farmed. Art married Ann Moody on October 12, 1990. They celebrated 27 years together. Art enjoyed helping people and lived life to the fullest. Art loved going for rides and always took the back roads for an adventure. Art treasured the time he spent with his family and especially his grandchildren. Art will be dearly missed by his wife; two daughters, Shelly Mae (Mark) Fiene of Rock City, Illinois, Tammy Sue (Dave)...

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Good Shots!

All 7 Eastland Free Throw Shooters Advance to Semi-Finals RiverReader.org Staff report SHANNON — Seven Eastland students participated in the second round of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest, and shot the lights out! All Eastland contestants will be advancing to the Semi-Finals in Dixon this Sunday, March 11. Six of the Eastland Hot Shots are, from left, Parker Krogman, Peyton Spears, Olivia Klinefelter, Morgan Wolber-Cavett, Jayden Keim, and Kellen Henze. Photos courtesy of Amanda...

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Cara Lizabeth Prowant

Cara Lizabeth Prowant — 1956 – 2018 Cara Lizabeth Prowant (Aschenbrenner) passed away Sunday February 25th at her home surrounded by family and friends. Cara was born April 15th, 1956, to Conrad and Caralee Aschenbrenner. She said she loved growing up in a small town with a neighborhood of kids who were full of energy and imagination. She and her friends were Pirates, Cowboys and what ever else they could dream up and on hot summer nights meant a front yard game of kickball (and some skinned knees and black eyes). Among Cara’s favorite memories were her years at Lanark High School and being a Cheerleader for the “Fighting Beavers”. It was there that she met her future husband, Lonnie Prowant during her Junior year. Cara said she thought Lonnie was “pretty cute” and then asked him to the Prom, they married in 1977 and “the rest is history”. Cara attended Highland and Sauk Valley junior colleges where she studied Horticulture and floral arts, this knowledge added to her natural skill, turned them into the business of “Cara’s Flower Shed”. While in business she became well known for her arrangement and design skill, crating many memorable weddings. After her first son Karl was born and a second son John was on his way, she decided she needed to give more attention to her children and became a stay at home...

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Fri 21

Lena Community Blood Drive

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 24

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

September 24 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 24

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

September 24 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 29

All Alumni Reunion – Milledgeville High School

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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