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Lorna Jean Kuhlemeier

Lorna Jean Kuhlemeier (December 5, 1945 – August 9, 2017)  Lorna J. Kuhlemeier, 71, of Pearl City went to spend eternity with the Lord on August 9, 2017. Lorna was born on December 5, 1945, in Freeport, IL to Elmer and Helen (Altenburn) Prasse. Lorna attended Millerburg Country Grade School until eighth grade and then graduated from Freeport High School in 1963. Lorna graduated in 1966 from Freeport Memorial School of Nursing. On October 16, 1966, Lorna was united in marriage to Randall Kuhlemeier at Salem Church in Elroy where her family attended. Lorna and Randall farmed along side each other until present and quit milking in 2016. They attended church up the road a mile at Zion and then attended Evangelical Free at Lena and then Park Hills Evangelical Free in Freeport. Lorna loved spending time in prayer, singing and writing notes to others, spending time with her grandchildren and going to their sporting events with her cowbell, getting together with her ladies’ groups, Bible studies, and baking cookies. Lorna also enjoyed her cow collection, silk flowers, cinnamon rolls, butter, salt, and most of all she loved drinking milk. Lorna is survived by her husband; her daughter, Anita (Dave) Evans of Lena, and their children, Ben (Rose) and their daughters, Summer and Violet (Lorna’s great-grandaughters), Luke, and Sarah Evans; her daughter, Amy (Don) Visel of Lena and their children,...

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Linda Lou Gronewold

Linda Lou Gronewold  (April 11, 1946 – August 10, 2017)  Linda Lou Gronewold, 71 years old, of Lanark passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Freeport, IL on April 11, 1946, the daughter of Ernest and Alma (Bennehoff) Miller. Linda graduated from Lanark High School in 1964. On February 27, 1981 she married Ronnie Gronewold. Linda was an Accountant and Insurance Agent for Flickinger Insurance and later Gronewold Insurance Agency for over 50 years. Linda worked for Rock-Creek Lima Township for over 15 years. Linda enjoyed flower gardening and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Linda is survived by her 2 children, Angie (Judd) Miller and Andrew (Ashley) Gronewold; 8 grandchildren, Annika, Konner, Trey, and Austin Wilson, Kodi Miller, and Weston, Colton, and Diem Gronewold; 2 step-daughters, Patty (Jim) Rabideau and Cathy (Dale) Mansfield; 7 step-granddaughters; brothers, Wayne (Jo) Miller and Darrold Miller; sister Judith (Fred) Thompson; special friend, Dan Sweitzer; and her best friend, puppy dog- Teeka. Linda is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Gronewold; parents, Ernest and Alma Miller; and sisters, Nola Lomax, Janice Stees, Merdie Rugland, and Barbie Miller. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, IL. At Linda’s request, cremation rights have been observed and...

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Herbert “Hub” Brantner

Herbert “Hub” Brantner – August 14, 1928 – July 27, 2017 Herbert “Hub” Brantner was born August 14, 1928 at Dixon, Illinois and passed away peacefully at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa on July 27, 2017. He was the 6th of 10 children of Benjamin Michael and Hassie Mae (White) Brantner, named after President Herbert Hoover.  He graduated from Lanark Community Schools in 1946. He enlisted in the Army Reserve several months after high school and after discharge, enrolled at Northern Illinois University. While there, he was recalled to active duty with the 25th Infantry Division and served in Korea for over 2 years. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He returned home and began farming with his father on the home farm east of Lanark. He married  Harriett Geneva Eadie on June 28, 1952 at the United Presbyterian Church in Hanover, Illinois. The couple had two children: Peter LaClare and Elizabeth Anne. Hub and Hattie farmed in partnership with his brother Sam (Samuel Alfred) and his wife, Thelma for 32 years. They had stock cows, fed cattle, and raised hay and grain. In 1985, Hattie died of cancer, ending their 33-year marriage. On July 29th, 1990, Hub married Velma M. McCombie of Savanna, Illinois and the two settled in Savanna, later moving to a residence near Thomson, Illinois. Velma passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2013  After Velma’s passing,...

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Thomas J. Hand

Thomas J. Hand – August 25, 1925 – August 6, 2017 Thomas J. Hand, age 91, of Clinton, IA died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton. Thomas was born August 25, 1925 in Thomson, IL the son of Thomas and Helen (Sheridan) Hand. He served in the US Army and later married Margaret Enwright on December 31, 1949 in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death in January of 1984. He married Barbara Vogel on March 15, 1989 in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death on January 28, 2013. Thomas was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 33 years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, Knights of Columbus, the Fulton American Legion Post 402 and the Clinton Eagles Club. He was also a 70 year member of the Clinton Moose Lodge and a charter member of the Fulton VFW. Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Hand of Prescott Valley, AZ; two sons, Mike (Karen) Hand of Albany, IL and James Hand of Fulton, IL; one sister, Rosalie Bellich of Clinton, IA; four grandchildren, Nick Hand, Katie Hand, Thomas Hand and Roane Hand; one great granddaughter, Madalynn Hansen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his wives; his parents; one daughter, Jean Hand; and one daughter-in-law, Maila Tollstam. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 4 – 7:00 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1601 16th Avenue in Fulton with...

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Harry Russell Shuman

Harry Russell Shuman – August 26th, 1942 – July 28th, 2017 Harry Russell Shuman, 74, a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away on July the 28th, 2017. Harry Shuman was a private man in regards to discussing the personal details of his illness.  If you wanted to know the cause of his death, he would have told you that he would prefer to sit down and watch a Cardinals or Packers game and have a cup of coffee (more like 3 cups), sneak a piece of pie (more like 2) with you and talk about life.  Harry Shuman was also a brave man who lived each day with strength and dignity.  He never let his illness define him or prevent him from being there for his family.  Whether it was an anniversary dinner with his beloved wife Arletta, a holiday gathering, a grandchild’s graduation, wedding or sporting event, Harry was there to celebrate.  Therefore, I think Harry would not have wanted his obituary to focus on his illness or the cause of his death, but would much rather focus on the celebration of his life and those he shared his memories with. He was born to Russell Carl Shuman and Dorothy Mae (Lenhart) Shuman on August 26th, 1942 in Tullahoma, Tennessee.  As a young man he resided in Milledgeville, IL where he attended school and worked...

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Jean Rita (Scherman) Bonjour

Jean Rita (Scherman) Bonjour – 1927 – August 2, 2017 Jean Rita (Scherman) Bonjour, age 90, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna. Burial will take place in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jean was born in St. Louis in 1927.  Her family moved to Savanna the day the Savanna Sabula Bridge opening was celebrated with a parade.  She attended the Savanna Schools and graduated from high school.  While working at the Savanna Army Depot she met Glenn Bonjour.  They were married in 1946 and made their first home in Blackhawk Village, then moving on to the present-day family home on Eaton Street in 1950.  Glenn and Jean were members of the First United Methodist Church since 1963.  They traveled to Alaska seven times to visit son Randy. Son, Gary, lived on Three Mile Road and died in 2008.  Glenn passed in 2010.  Jean’s parents were Carl and Violet Scherman who proceeded her in death.  Sister Thelma Fecke is deceased.  Thelma’s children are Linda of Rock Island and Paul of Milwaukee.  Brother Ronald Scherman makes his home in Western Springs.  His...

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Doris J. Strong

Doris J. Strong – August 13, 1959 – July 27, 2017 Doris J. Strong, 57, of Forreston, died Thursday July 27, 2017 in her home. Doris was born August 13, 1959 in Freeport, the daughter of Don and Marcella (Frederick) Gaul. Doris married Gordon C. Strong August 25, 1979 in Forreston. She was a 38 year employee of Micro-Switch/Honeywell. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling and collecting roosters. Surviving are her husband, Gordon Strong of Forreston; son, Douglas Strong of Forreston; daughter, Jennifer Strong of Forreston; sister, Marjorie (Steve) Lundquist of Mt. Morris and Donna (Randy) Rinehart of Polo; and two grandchildren, Andrew Allen and Louis Poster. Doris was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Rev. Julie Bunt will officiate. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday July 31, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established in Mrs. Strong’s memory. Please sign her guestbook at www.burketubbs.com. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Doris J. Strong , please visit our Tribute Store. SERVICE Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home – Freeport Location 504 N. Walnut Freeport, IL 61032 Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at...

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Roberta Carole Schoenfeld

Roberta Carole Schoenfeld – February 17, 1941 – July 24, 2017 Roberta C. Schoenfeld, age 76, of Lake Carroll, IL passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at home. She was born February 17, 1941 in Chicago to the late Alexander and Clara (Bawiec) Wolf. Roberta was a 1958 graduate of Immaculata High School in Chicago. She married Kenneth Schoenfeld on February 17, 1962 in Chicago. Roberta was a member of St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon, IL. She retired from Harris Bank and had previously worked at Montgomery Wards. She was very active at Lake Carroll and was past president of the Lake Carroll Women’s Club. Roberta was also a member of the Quilting Club, Golf League, Bowling League, and Fishing Club. She is survived by her husband, Ken of Lake Carroll; three sons, Christopher (Lori) of Village of Lakewood, IL, Matthew (Tara) of Libertyville, IL and Keith (Ann) of Libertyville, IL; seven grandchildren, Justin, Erika, Jake, Jordan, Trevor, Ethan and Teagan; two sisters, Barbara Maksym of Phoenix, AZ and Susan (John) Joyce of Urbana, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Clara. There will be a memorial service Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon. There will be a visitation Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. A...

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Deborah F. Juist

Deborah F. Juist – July 04, 1949 – July 26, 2017 DEBORAH F. JUIST, 68, of Polo, IL, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Deb was born July 4, 1949 in Morrison, IL to Jay J. and Virginia A. (Decker) Wilkens. She married Gary R. Juist on January 15, 1971 in Morrison. Deb had worked in various businesses in the Polo, IL area. She was a member of the Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. She was also a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Deb enjoyed mountain biking, baking, gardening, hunting, cross country skiing and spending time with family. Survivors include her husband, Gary; two daughters, Sarah (Kristopher) Schmidt of Morrison, IL and Rachel (Scott) Phillips of Polo, IL; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Ellie, Wade, Gracyn, Madelyn, Jaicee, Jake, Seth and Ethan; three sisters, Sandra Wilkens of Morrison, IL; Ellyn Sue (Charles) Osterday of New Paris, IN, and Cheryl (Brian) Onken of Morrison, IL; one brother, Steven (Lou Ann) Wilkens of Lanark, IL; special friends, Dorothy Milburn of Mt. Morris, IL and DeeDee Bock of Dixon, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Information FUNERAL: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling, IL OFFICIATING: Rev. Gary DeKoekkoek, Pastor of Bethel Reformed...

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Governor Rauner Announces School District Fair Funding Plan

Find out how much more money your school district will get under the Governor’s school funding plan. This is the right plan for the state of Illinois and puts our children and their education first. Districts across the state are struggling and SB 1 as written does not ensure fair funding and outcomes for all our children – it instead sends money to support a CPS bailout. Schools can’t afford that. Enter your town, city or school district below to see how our plan will help your children....

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Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens

Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens – August 3, 1954 – July 17, 2017 Clifford “Cliff” F. Leavens, age 62, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, on the Mississippi River.  A private family visitation has been held. Cliff was born on August 3, 1954, the son of Augustus and Pauline (Dunstan) Leavens in Savanna. He attended Savanna Schools. On October 28, 1989, Clifford married Tina Tilley in Savanna. Cliff enjoyed fishing, doing yard work, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, playing cards, listening to music, and he loved to grill. Cliff will be dearly missed by two children, Clifford E. Leavens of Savanna, and Jennifer Brashear of California; two grandchildren, Hannah Steffey of Gooselake, Iowa and Race Andersen of California; one brother, Gus (Paula) Leavens of Savanna; three sisters, Donna (Terry) Bottrell of Savanna, Margorie Stricker  of Rockford, Illinois and Linda Mallow of Clinton, Iowa. Cliff is preceded in death by his parents, Augustus and Pauline, and one...

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Linda Capion

Linda Capion – February 18, 1944 – July 23, 2017 Linda (Herold) Capion 1944 – 2017 On July 23, 2017 I was given a pair of wings and I plan to make good use of them. I have become a special Angel of Happiness and when you need one, just think of me. I was born on February 18, 1944. I will be joining my dad and mom, Christian and Lucinda Herold, as well as my other siblings, Doris Mae Cali, Chris Herold Jr., Margret (Brubaker) Gill, Shirley Fosler, Sara Cox, and Jim Herold. My surviving siblings are Katherine Taylor, William Herold, Barbara Moyer, Carolyn Lapp and Joe Herold. I married Robert Leo Capion on January 6, 1962 and with the help of God, we created four children, Christine (Patrick) Loughran of San Francisco, Connie Wilson and Robert (Wendy Milbauer) Capion of Freeport and Craig (Wendy) Capion of Palm Bay, Florida. They have given us five grandchildren, one grandchild, and two more arriving later this year. I attended Pearl City schools and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, the Freeport Eagles Club Auxiliary and the Moose Club of Freeport. I loved to cook, bake, read and play games with everyone. But most of all I enjoyed traveling, listening to country music and socializing with my friends, family and other acquaintances that shared my life. Visitation services will be...

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Lavine S. Schumacher

Lavine S. Schumacher – October 17, 1923 – July 10, 2017 Lavine S. Schumacher, age 93, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away, July 10, 2017, at Morrison Community Hospital. Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017 at Savanna Township Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Lavine was born October 17, 1923, the son of Otto and Romelda (Juenger) Christen in Texas. She attended and graduated from Texas schools. Lavine married John “Jack” Schumacher and were married for 22 years until Jack’s death. Lavine worked on the family farm in Texas, where she cooked for the United States Army.  Lavine later worked at the Eaton Corporation for 23 years. She enjoyed vegetable gardening, being outdoors, and going on motorcycle rides.  Lavine also loved trains and enjoyed talking to the railroad employees. She would give them fresh vegetables out of her garden, and they would give her rides on the trains.  Lavine always looked forward to the Christmas Trains annual visit to Savanna.  She always loved listening to the music and watching as the families would gather with their children. Lavine will be missed by her two sons, James Collins and Dennis Collins; grandchildren; two brothers, Melton and Melroy Christen; seven nieces and nephews, Beverly Tack of...

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Jacob “Jake” Hofman

Jacob “Jake” Hofman, August 19, 1918 – July 18, 2017 Jacob “Jake” Hofman, age 98, of Savanna, Illinois, formerly of Herrick, Illinois and The Netherlands, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greenville, Illinois, with Bill Stringer officiating. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jacob was born August 19, 1918 in Warfhuizen, Netherlands, the son of Teeuwes and Klazina (Holtrop) Hofman. He married Patricia (Pieterke) Buikema on February 25, 1941 in the Netherlands. Jake served as a private in the Dutch Army during World War II fighting for the Allied Forces. In December of 1956, Jake and Patricia came to the U.S., where they settled in West Chicago, Illinois. Jake was a member of the Suburban Teamsters of Northern Illinois and worked as a driver for a disposal company for thirty-three years, retiring in 1985.  Jake and Patricia then moved to Herrick, Illinois in 1991 to be close to family. Jake was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Congregation. He has always kept his Dutch citizenship, and his family was most important to him.  Jake enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, and walking his dog, “Patches.”  Jake believed that if you worked hard, you would always do well. Jake will be dearly missed...

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Dorothy A. Libberton

Dorothy A. Libberton December 26, 1932 – July 16, 2017 DOROTHY A. LIBBERTON, 84, of Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, Rock Falls, IL died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Center. Dorothy was born December 26, 1932, in Lima Township, IL, to John W. and Inez E. (Cheeseman) Hose. She was educated in the Polo grade schools and was a graduate of Polo High School in Polo, IL. Dorothy was most recently employed by Sta-Rite Industries and Walgreens in Delavan, WI. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and crocheting. Survivors include one daughter, Debra (Ed) Pruis of Morrison, IL; one son, Michael (Sharyn) Whitmer of Mesa, AZ; three grandchildren, Matthew (Mary) Barta, Amy (Jared) DiLalla, and Jason Whitmer; two step grandchildren, Jill (Mitch) Tegeler and Brad (Kate) Pruis; eight great grandchildren, Madalyn and Molly Barta, Isabella and Jackson Tegeler, Ethan and Ava Pruis, Hailey and Makenzie Whitmer and one sister, Mary Lang of Savanna, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Information There will be no visitation or funeral service. Cremation Rites have been accorded. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of...

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Mary A. Buss

Mary A. Buss – April 24, 1954-July 14, 2017 Mary A. Buss, 63, of Freeport, died Friday July 14, 2017 in her home. Mary was born April 24, 1954 in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Lloyd and Jean (Lawrence) Feldman. She married Ronnie Buss on September 15, 1973. Mary was a hair stylist for many years and also worked as a realtor. Mary loved to read and a book was never to far from her reach. She loved being together with her family, spending time with her grandchildren was what made her most happy. Surviving are her son, Bryan (Misty) Buss of Freeport; two daughters, Tiffany Buss of Freeport and Kacey (Rance Stewart) Buss of Freeport; sister, Carol (Gordon) Cnare of Pecatonica; three grandchildren, Breahna Buss, Areahna Buss, and Korbyn Stewart; special sister-in-law, Vicki (Gary) Carr of Freeport; two special friends, Debbie Horney and Luann Stewart. Also surviving are her best friend and dog, Nora. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jack. Funeral services will be 12:00 Wednesday July 19, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Willis Schwichtenberg will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Burke Tubbs. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Mary’s memory. Please sign her guestbook at www.burketubbs.com. SERVICE Wednesday, July 19th 12:00 PM...

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Helen E. Manning

Helen E. Manning – April 8, 1925-July 11, 2017 Helen E. Manning, age 92, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 17, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson. Burial will follow in Upper York Cemetery in Argo Fay, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the service. Friends and family are invited to share in Helen’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Helen was born April 8, 1925 in Ideal rural Carroll County, the daughter of William J. and Neva B. (Atherton) Hans. She attended York Community High School and graduated with the Class of 1943. On August 31, 1946, Helen married the love of her life Frank Felix Manning in Ideal. They Celebrated 59 years of marriage, before Franks’ passing in 2006. Helen was a homemaker, she took pride in raising her sons. Helen was a past member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Chadwick, Illinois, she was also a member of the Grange. She enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, embroidering, reading, square dancing. Most of all she treasured the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen is survived by a son, Bill (Lola) Manning of Thomson; four grandchildren, Christa (Dave) Curley of...

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Peggy S. Schroeder

Peggy S. Schroeder – June 3, 1964-July 08, 2017 PEGGY SUE SCHROEDER, 53, of Morrison, IL, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her home. Peggy was born June 3, 1964, in Savanna, IL, to Joseph T. and Leota M. (Noel) Cravatta. She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School in 1983. She attended NIU in DeKalb, IL and received her associate degree from Clinton Community College in Clinton, IA. Peggy married Daryl Schroeder on December 31, 1998, in Morrison, IL. She was employed by Wahl Clipper in Sterling, IL. Peggy was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison. She and her deaf friends got together every Friday for lunch. Peggy was an avid gardener and landscaper. Survivors include two daughters, Kaylene Schroeder of Walnut, IL and Anna Schroeder of Morrison, IL; four sisters, Patty Cravatta of Prophetstown, IL; Brenda Cravatta of Seekonk, MA; Nancy Cravatta of Brenda, AZ; and Charlene Leuer of Galena, IL; three brothers, Jonathan (Kim) Cravatta of Franklinton, NC; Joe (Carol) Cravatta, Jr. of Rock Falls, IL; and Tom Cravatta of Mt. Carroll, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Information MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church – Morrison, IL OFFICIATING: Rev. Mark Winkelman – pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church – Morrison, IL MEMORIAL VISITATION: 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday,...

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Germaine F. “Gerry” Robinson

Germaine F. “Gerry” Robinson – April 5, 1921 – July 6, 2017 Germaine F. “Gerry” Robinson, age 96, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna.  A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna.  A Rosary Service will be held at 5:30 p.m., prior to the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Gerry’s memory. Gerry was born April 5, 1921, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (Fleege) Heitkamp in Menominee, Illinois.  On September 10, 1946, Gerry married Hubert “Wimpy” Robinson in Menominee, Illinois. They celebrated 61 years of marriage until Hubert’s death in 2007. Gerry worked for the Savanna Army Depot for four years, and as a Lineworker for the Eaton Corporation for 19 ½ years. Gerry and her husband, Hubert, owned and operated Robinson’s DX and Wimpy’s Mobile in Savanna.  She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Club, the Women of the Moose, and St. John’s Choir. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and Bingo. Gerry will be dearly missed by three children, William (Diane) Robinson of Savanna, Thomas (Joy) Robinson...

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Albert Tittsworth

Albert Tittsworth – February 12, 1927 – July 6, 2017 Albert Lee Tittsworth, age 90, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll. Cremation rites have been accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Mt. Carroll Church of God. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll.  Military Rites will be conducted by the Mt. Carroll American Legion, Post #67.  A memorial fund has been established. Albert was born February 12, 1927, the son of Grant and Orinda (Hinch) Tittsworth in Barry, Illinois. Albert proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.  Albert married Irene Longenecker on September 22, 1947 and later married Irene “Rena” Oldfield on December 1, 1979. Albert worked for National Lock in Rockford, and Savanna, Illinois, and Mauldin South Carolina for 42 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the United Methodist church in Roscoe, Illinois, where he volunteered many hours, and enjoyed being a part of the men’s group. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, bird watching and spending time with loved ones. Albert will be dearly missed by his companion, Darlene McGrew of Rockford, Illinois; two daughters, Neysa Bonnell of Mt. Carroll and Karen (Dave) Barraza of Chadwick, Illinois; one son, Lee (Judy Johnson) Tittsworth of Mt....

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Mildred Arlene Eslinger

Mildred Arlene Eslinger – March 20, 1924 – July 2, 2017 Mildred Arlene Eslinger, age 93, of Thomson, Illinois, died on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South, Clinton, Iowa.  A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson.  A private graveside service will be held at Lower York Cemetery, Thomson.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mercy Hospice of Clinton, Iowa or the York Baptist Church, Thomson. Arlene was born on March 20, 1924, the daughter of Lloyd and Marian (Holland) Smith in Savanna, Illinois.  She attended Thomson High School and graduated with the Class of 1942.  Arlene married Calvin Eslinger on January 1, 1943 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.  Calvin died on April 4, 1997 in Thomson. Arlene worked for Agri-King Incorporated in Fulton, Illinois, until retiring in 1990.  After retirement, Arlene served as the York Township Clerk for twenty years.  She is currently serving as a trustee on the York Township Board.  Arlene was a longtime member of the York Baptist Church.  She enjoyed cooking, traveling, playing cards and golf.  Most of all, Arlene enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Arlene will be dearly missed by one son, Dale (Diane) Eslinger of Minooka, Illinois; two daughters, Marla Hickey of Thomson and Kathy Griffy of Thomson; one daughter in-law, Joan Eslinger of Morris, Illinois;...

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Tobias “Toby” Lowell Johnson

Tobias “Toby” Lowell Johnson – February 3, 1993 – July 1, 2017 Tobias “Toby” Lowell Johnson, age 24, of Thomson, Illinois, died as the result of a motorcycle accident on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in rural Thomson. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in Toby’s memory. Toby was born February 3, 1993, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Mark and Lisa (Starr) Johnson. He attended Thomson Schools. He was employed by Ryan Eissens Construction, Thomson for several years. Toby enjoyed chasing Pokémon on Pokémon Go and playing XBOX One, especially first person shooters.  Toby loved the outdoors and riding his motorcycle with his best friends, Mark Much, Steve Willis, Richard Houzenga, and Corey Robbins. He also enjoyed bonfires and spending time with his family and close friends. Toby will be dearly missed by his mother, Lisa Johnson of Thomson; father, Mark Johnson of Maricopa, Arizona; one sister, Bailey Johnson of Clinton, Iowa; a half-brother, Corey Wagens; a half-sister, Heaven Grace Johnson; maternal grandfather, Lowell Starr of Thomson; paternal grandfather, Raymond (Norma) Johnson Sr. of Thomson; two uncles, Daniel Starr of Thomson and Danny Rathje of...

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Philip S. Konrad

Philip S. Konrad – January 27, 1933 – June 29, 2017 Philip S. Konrad, age 84 of Lake Carroll, IL, formerly of Prospect Heights, IL, died peacefully at home Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was born January 27, 1933 in St. Louis, MO; the son of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Schaefer) Konrad. He was a 1951 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School and earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from IIT. Philip married Kathryn Welch on September 10, 1955. In 1979 he started his own successful business, PMA Friction Products, formerly PM Automotive, Inc. He was a member of St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon, Il. Known as” Farmer Phil” by many, he raised chickens, turkeys, as well as his many adored Labrador Retrievers.  He was a master gardener and brought to life everything he planted and nurtured. Phil loved the lake and was also an avid fisherman.   He is survived by his wife, Kay of Lake Carroll;  9 children, John (Debbie); Joe (Paulette); Deb(Dennis) Neumann; Tom(Maria); Joan (Larry) Sweetman; Bob; Jim; Sue(Dennis) Heuer; and Paul (Jill); 23 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Ruth and June; and brother, Bill. The Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, July 5th at 11:00 am at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church in Shannon. There will be a visitation before...

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Nina L. Wagner

Nina L. Wagner – August 16, 1940 – June 30, 2017 Nina L. Wagner, age 76, of Milledgeville, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Nina was born August 16, 1940 in Lanark, the daughter of Marvin and Margaret (Shank) Andrews. She married Monty Wagner on July 4, 1959 in Polo. She was employed by Kendall County for 33 years and was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon. Survivors include her husband of Milledgeville; two daughters, Kathleen (Richard) Travis of Marseilles and Lisa (Jason) Verachtert of Yorkville; three sisters, June Slick of Milledgeville, Linda (Allen) Davis of Machesney Park and Alice (Bill) Revell of Ireton, Iowa; two brothers, Joel Andrews of Polo and Robert (Ann-Katrin) Andrews of Sweden; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Karen Sue Manning; and one son-in-law, Dale Manning. Visitation will be Friday, July 7, 2017 from 5 – 7:00 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 520 Holcomb Avenue, Milledgeville. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon with Reverend David Andermann officiating. Burial will be Saturday at 2:00 PM at Chadwick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be sent to...

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Debbie (Deborah Ann) Raymond

Debbie (Deborah Ann) Raymond December 22, 1951 – June 30, 2017 Debbie (Deborah Ann) Raymond, age 65, of Alamogordo, NM, formerly of Savanna, passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter during a short yet tenacious battle with pancreatic cancer, Friday June 30, 2017, at Hospice of El Paso, El Paso, TX. She was born December 22, 1951, in Savanna, IL, to David and Ruby (Flynn) Raymond. She was a 1970 graduate of Savanna High School where she was active in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, the First United Methodist Church, and The Bell Choir. She married Jack David Morris on July 25, 1970 in Savanna. Debbie was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1974. She worked as an Executive Assistant for various corporations until her battle with M.S. forced her to retire early. Debbie was adventurous and truly lived life on her terms; living across the United States in Florida, Oregon, including Pennsylvania where she was near her sister, Kathy and family, North Carolina, then settling in New Mexico. She enjoyed traveling and experiencing new and different adventures including taking various classes and even enrolling in flight school. Debbie had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She had a big heart and made friends wherever she lived. She was very involved in her community, advocating for the ADA...

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Dennis Lee Strauch

Dennis Lee Strauch February 14, 1941 – June 28, 2017 Dennis Lee Strauch, age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at FHN Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. A Memorial Gathering with refreshments, will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Mt. Carroll Ambulance Association, 206 E Seminary St. Mt. Carroll, Il 61053. Dennis was born February 14, 1941, the son of Richard F. and Hazel D. (Schneider) Strauch in Freeport. He attended the Chadwick High School and graduated with the Class of 1959. Dennis served in the United States Army in Vietnam. He attended the Rockford Business College. On June 26, 1964, Dennis married Betty Olivia (Motley) in Salisbury, North Carolina. They raised two children and celebrated 52 years of marriage.  Betty passed away on March 24, 2017. He worked for the Chadwick Lumber Company, and later worked for National Manufacturing Company in Sterling-Rockfalls, retiring in 2002.  Dennis was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, and spending time with family and close friends. Dennis is survived by two children, Michele (Matt) Holcomb of Firestone, Colorado, Eric (Donna) Strauch of Lanark; five grandchildren, Shelby Moore of Denver, Colorado, Keegan and Avery Strauch of Lanark, Michael Holcomb of Montrose,...

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Gerald “Jerry” James

Gerald “Jerry” James September 29, 1933 – June 22, 2017 Gerald Richard “Jerry” James, age 83, of Lanark, Illinois passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Freeport, Illinois.  A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church, Shannon, Illinois.  Memorial visitation will be held 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 prior to the Mass at the Church.  Burial of ashes will take place at a later date at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Savanna. Friends may leave a condolence at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Jerry was born near Mt. Carroll, on September 29, 1933 to Floyd and Florence (Noble) James. Jerry grew up in a modest farm home with four brothers, attending a small country school. Some of his favorite stories were of that crazy time and all the trouble 5 brothers can get into on a farm. His upbringing taught him compassion and generosity that would serve him and others the rest of his life.  In Savanna High School he learned a skill that would become his lifelong vocation of auto body repair. It was also during this time that Dad met the love of his life, Patricia Ann (Pat) Lineback. The two married on July 26, 1954. In 1955, Jerry joined the Navy and the couple moved to San Diego, California where they met more lifelong friends and had many adventures. It also gave Dad...

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Mt. Carroll Sesquicentennial and Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks

Mount Carroll, Illinois – The Mount Carroll Fire Department would like to announce that this year’s Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017. To help honor Mount Carroll’s Sesquicentennial Year, the fire department is planning to ramp up its fireworks display, including electronic ignition equipment, which will improve crew and crowd safety. The day will also feature a food stand at the fire station from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with pork chops, entertainment, and more. The parade will follow at 6 p.m. The fire department would like to formally invite everyone to be a part of its special parade, this year, honoring Mount Carroll’s 150 years. They are asking for your participation in the parade, lining up between 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Perhaps enter a decorative float, or provide music, or another form of entertainment. Come one, come all! Please join Mount Carroll as it celebrates our nation’s independence, and 150 years since Mount Carroll became incorporated. Mark your calendar, and make plans to attend this fun celebration, on July 1, 2017. Please contact Michelle Fossett, 815-275-0159, at mfossett98@yahoo.com, or visit Mount Carroll Fire Department’s Facebook page. Thank you in advance! Enjoy the...

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Rev. David William Davies, Jr.

  Rev. David William Davies, Jr. February 20, 1944 – June 12, 2017 Reverend David William Davies, Jr., age 73, of Savanna, Illinois passed away peacefully at home in the care of his loving family, Monday, June 12, 2017.  A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna.  Visitation will be held 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Church.  Memorials may be given in Dave’s memory for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) or Imagine No Malaria. Dave was born February 20, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of David William, and Margaret (Williams) Davies, Sr..  He is a 1961 graduate of Austin High School in Chicago.  Dave is a 1965 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in Education, he later received his Master Degree in Physical Education.  On December 17, 1966, Dave married Bonnie Forbes in Cicero, Illinois.  They have raised three children and celebrated fifty years of marriage. Dave taught school and coached in the Chicago area for twenty-three years, including Tinley Park and Cicero.  He also coached football and girls track.   Dave later entered the ministry for the United Methodist Church and served several Churches for twenty-six years.  He would say, “I’ve always been a teacher, just switched subjects.”  Dave served as Pastor for United Methodist Churches in Fenton,...

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Jerrie Letcher

Jerrie Letcher January 3, 1938 – June 11, 2017 Jerrie Ann Letcher, age 79, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the visitation. A memorial fund has been established in Jerrie’s memory. Jerrie was born January 3, 1938, the daughter of Charles and Betty (Beddingfield) Long in Arnzville, Illinois. She attended Savanna High School. Jerrie married David Letcher on July 1, 1958. Jerrie worked for various local factories, but most recently for the Eaton Corporation in Savanna until her retirement. She was an animal lover and enjoyed grooming dogs in her home. Jerrie loved kids, and was a “Class Grandma” for the West Carroll Preschool. She loved spending time with her children, and her cat, Buffy. She enjoyed watching tv, and listening to the police scanner and CB Radio—where her handle was “Jerbear”. Jerrie will be dearly missed by one son, Charles Letcher of Savanna; two daughters, Merlinda Froutzis of Clinton, Iowa, and Ashley Letcher of Davenport, Iowa; three grandchildren, Amber, Amanda and Tiffany; and a great-granddaughter, Allison. Jerrie is preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Letcher; two sisters, Carole and Lela; and a brother,...

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Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

January 28 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 28

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

January 28 @ 7:00 pm
Mon 28

Savanna Alcoholics Anonymous meets

January 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Freeport Monday

February 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 04

Al-Anon Meets in Mount Carroll

February 4 @ 7:00 pm

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