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Marlene L. Gaul

Marlene L. Gaul — May 24, 1958 – December 17, 2017 Marlene L. Gaul, 78, of Polo, died Sunday, December 17, 2017 in her home. Marlene was born June 3, 1939 in Forreston, the daughter of Simon and Gladys (Ebright) Weegens. She married Robert Gaul on May 24, 1958 in Forreston. She was a member of Faith Discovery Church in Polo. Marlene enjoyed spending her free time cooking, raising horses, and baby sitting her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Robert Gaul of Polo; son, Randy Gaul of Polo; daughter, Vickie (Doug) Wiersema of Chadwick; three sisters, Barbara Gilbert, Ethel (Robert) Hudson and Carol Fishman all of Tucson, Arizona. Also surviving are four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Marlene was preceded in death by her son, Robert; brother, Richard Weegens; and sister, Phyllis Weegens. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday December 22, 2017 at Faith Discovery Church (801 W. Oregon St. Polo, Illinois). Rev. Daniel Wiersema will officiate. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery in Forreston. A memorial has been established for Serenity Hospice in Marlene’s memory. Please sign her guestbook and share a remembrance at www.burketubbs.com Previous Events SERVICE Friday, December 22, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Faith Discovery Church 801 West Oregon St. Polo , Illinois 815-946-3588 Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of service...

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Florence E. Rohr

Florence E. Rohr — November 6, 1919 – December 26, 2017 Florence E. Rohr age 98, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A visitation will be held from 11:00 – 12:00 noon p.m., on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson. Florence was born November 6, 1919, in Grand Mound, Iowa, the daughter of James and Nellie (Shawver) Henzen. Florence married Wayne E. Rohr on February 22, 1941 in Clinton. Wayne passed away April 3, 2004. Florence worked for a Photographic Studio, as a Photo Finisher in Clinton. Florence enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and working cross-word puzzles. Florence is survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and a brother. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Florence E Rohr please visit our Sympathy Store. Upcoming Events Visitation Get Driving Directions December 30, 2017 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Law Jones Funeral Home – Thomson 1854 Illinois 84 Thomson, IL, US, 61285 http://lawjonesfuneralhome.com/ Order Flowers for the VisitationGuaranteed delivery before Florence’s Visitation begins. Service December 30, 2017 – 12:00 PM Law Jones Funeral Home – Thomson 1854 Illinois...

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Harriet “Cricket” M. Roberts

Harriet “Cricket” M. Roberts age 74, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services are planned at this time. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Harriet “Cricket” Roberts please visit ourSympathy...

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Michael E. Scott

Michael E. Scott — January 26, 1946 – December 20, 2017 Michael E. Scott, age 71, of Savanna, Illinois, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at home. Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private family service will be held. Michael was born January 26, 1946, in Crittenden County, Kentucky, the son of Marion and Mary (Coker) Scott. He attended St. Charles School. Michael worked as a carpenter/framer until retirement. He enjoyed fishing and playing Wii games. Michael will be dearly missed by four children, Darrel Scott of Florida, Debbie Scott of Florida, Andy (Kathy) Holcomb of Glasgow, Kentucky, Jimmy (Holly) Holcomb of Georgia; seven grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Beatrice) Scott of Keokuk, Iowa; and one sister, Frances “Sissy” (Don Woolcott) Ensey of Savanna. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Mary Scott; and three brothers, Ollie, John and Charles Scott. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Michael E. Scott please visit our Sympathy...

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John F. Krughel

John F. Krughel —November 21, 1939 – December 19, 2017 John F. Krughel, age 78, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 22, 2017 at Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. John was born November 21, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Fred and Charlotte (Eads) Krughel. He attended Clinton High School, graduating with the Class of 1958. On June 5, 1960, John married Carol Hagen at the Church of Christ in Clinton. John worked for Clinton Corn for 20 years, and afterward, worked as a truck driver until retirement. He was a past member of the Moose Lodge, and enjoyed reading western books, playing video games, and fishing. John will be dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Carol; four children, Debra Krughel of Fulton, Illinois, Brenda Fosdick of Fort Walten Beach, Florida, John (Trish) Krughel, Jr. of Clinton, and Thomas (Val) Krughel of Freeport, Illinois and eight grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Charlotte; and two sisters, Shirley Hartman and Janet Paz. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of John F. Krughel please visit our Sympathy Store. Previous Events Visitation December 21. 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM Law Jones Funeral...

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Donna (Fisher) Semrow

Donna (Fisher) Semrow — July 15, 1939 – December 18, 2017 Donna (Fisher) Semrow, age 78, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 in the care of her family at her daughter’s home in Savanna. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in Donna’s memory. Donna was born, July 15, 1939, the daughter of Walter and Lola (Thayer) Stoddard in Sabula, Iowa. She attended Sabula High School, graduating with the Class of 1956. She married Robert Fisher on June 9, 1956. He passed away August 28, 1996. She later married Clyde Semrow on September 9, 1999. Donna worked at the Riverboat Lounge, and bartended at Canavan’s Pub in Savanna— purchasing Canavan’s in 1995 until retirement. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, traveling with family, and talking with friends. Donna will be dearly missed by her husband of 18 years, Clyde; five children, Brian (Misty) Fisher of Fallbrook, California, Darrell Fisher of Savanna, Illinois, Carla (Mike) Marshall of Savanna, Ben (Debbie) Fisher of Savanna, and Dan (Peggy) Fisher of Clinton, Iowa; four stepchildren, Robert, Sam, Sue and Sandy; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandsons; and one brother, Wayne (Mary Lou) Stoddard of Savanna. Donna is preceded in death by...

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William “Bill” Bernard McCormick

William “Bill” Bernard McCormick William “Bill” Bernard McCormick, age 72 (February 18, 1945-December 18, 2017), of Savanna, Illinois, passed away peacefully at FHN Memorial Hospital while embraced by his three children. His loss creates a huge void in the lives of his family and friends, but they are thankful that he is at peace. Truly one of a kind, Bill grew up on the south side of Chicago where he probably acquired many of the entertaining “one-liners” that he continued to use to great dramatic effect throughout his lifetime. He was the youngest of six children. A self-deprecating character who was so much fun to be around, he provided family and friends with countless stories, creative nicknames, sage advice, and side splitting laughs. His family grew to love the fact he was so comfortable in his own skin that he was unencumbered by many social norms. He graduated from Chicago’s Leo High School in 1963. After high school, he was sent to the Vietnam War where he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division. Following his service to our nation, he earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, he especially enjoyed his time as a member of the Vets club. Bill married Juliene (Meineka) in 1971. In 1973 they moved west to Savanna (IL) where Bill accepted a high school...

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Floyd “Jesse” James

Floyd “Jesse” James Floyd “Jesse” James, age 80 and a long-time resident of Savanna, Illinois passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Facility, Mt. Carroll. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Community Church of Christ in Savanna, with a visitation held from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Jesse was born March 3, 1937 in Washington Township near Savanna, the son of Floyd Trelor and Florence Mae (Noble) James, Sr. He grew up in a modest home blessed with four brothers that shaped his love for family. He started his working career at the Wooden Shoe Ice Cream Stand in Savanna when he was 15. A year later, Jesse was learning the dry-cleaning business that he would eventually own. After high school, Jesse served in the US Army Reserves for five years. Jesse met his future wife in 1961 and married Linda Oberheim on August 4, 1962 in Freeport, Illinois. They raised two children and celebrated 55 years of marriage. At the age of 34, Jesse owned and operated the Savanna Dry Cleaners from 1971 to 1985. He was a member of the International Fabricare Institute and had a real passion for the business. He also worked at the Savanna Super Wash, where he practiced his love to maintain his automobile and...

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Frank Melvin Ludwick

Frank Melvin Ludwick — August 13, 1946 – December 6, 2017 Frank Melvin Ludwick, 71, of Lanark, IL, passed away on December 6, 2017. He was born on August 13, 1946 in Oregon, IL to Jack and Ruth (Horton) Ludwick. Frank was a retired truck driver. Survivors include his 6 Children: Bill (Cindy) Jacobs, Chip (Kim) Munroe, Dan (Annie) Munroe, Sarah (Jeramie) Benson, Thaddeus Ludwick, and Charity (Brian) Miller; 8 Grandchildren: Matthew Hoffman, Ashley Burrington, Kelly Jacobs, Jessika Beasley, Layla Benson, Tristan Benson, Brice Miller, and Leyna Miller; 7 Great-Grandchildren: Hayson, Weston, Gabby, Korbin, Elizabeth, Brooklyn, Mikey, and one on the way, 8 sisters and 4 brothers. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and second wife Janice Jacobs Ludwick. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday December 16, 2017 from 1-3 PM, at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home, 111 S. High St, Lanark, IL. Inurnment will be at the Fairmount Cemetery in Polo, IL. Online condolences may be shared at...

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LaVerne Karl Janicke

LaVerne Karl Janicke — October 9, 1932 – December 7, 2017 LaVerne Karl Janicke, 85, of Forreston, died Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Polo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. LaVerne was born October 9, 1932 in Freeport, the son of John A. and Mabel M. (Rosenstiel) Janicke. He married Patricia Ann Moyer February 20, 1954 in Martintown, Wisconsin. Mrs. Janicke died February 13, 1984. LaVerne was a semi-truck driver for 50 years. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and going to Casinos. He was a former member of the Freeport Eagles Club and MooseLodge. Surviving are five sons, Karl (Belinda) Janicke of Freeport, Kenny (Leslie) Janicke of Helotes, Texas, Kevin Janicke of Naperville, Keith Janicke of Chicago, and Kirk (Angie) Janicke of Forreston; two daughters, Kathy Janicke of Forreston, and Kim (Clifford Gilbert Jr.) Janicke of Mt. Morris; two sisters, Leona Grebner of Lena, and Ethel Miller of Rockford. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. LaVerne was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Janicke; son, Brian; brother, Arthur; four sisters, Esther, Delores, Dorothy, and Shirley;and great-grandson, Kristian. Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M. Friday December 15, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Rev. William Blomberg will officiate. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday December 14, 2017 at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport. Burial will be in Cadiz Cemetery (Green County, Wisconsin). A memorial...

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Robert C. Brinkmeier

Robert C. Brinkmeier — May 27, 1942 – December 6, 2017 Robert C. Brinkmeier, age 75 of Savanna, IL, formerly of Freeport, IL, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. He was born May 27, 1942; the son of the late Melvin and Edna (Heidenreich) Brinkmeier. He married Sharon Schulthess in 1967 He had worked for Modern Plating in Freeport his whole life. He enjoyed bowling, racing, and playing bingo, which was his favorite. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially watching his grandchildren’s sports and his dog, Ottie. He is survived by his sons, Todd (Michelle) Brinkmeier of Freeport and John Brinkmeier of Freeport; daughters, Heidi (Dan Champion) Barry of Freeport and Kelly (Ronald) Smith of Freeport; grandchildren, Michael Brinkmeier, Joseph Brinkmeier, Sabrina Barry, Haley Brinkmeier, Joshua Smith, Amber Smith, Marshall Smith, and Joseph Smith; Significant other, Janice Boyer of Freeport; former wife, Sharon Barthel of Freeport; brother, Ronnie (Marlene) Brinkmeier of Beloit, WI; and sister, Donna Moyer of Pearl City. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Brittney Brinkmeier; and brother, Roger Brinkmeier. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 12th at 11:00 am at Walker Mortuary in Freeport with a visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in his...

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Marilyn J. Ludwig

Marilyn J. Ludwig — July 29, 1934 – December 5, 2017 Marilyn J. Ludwig, 83, of Forreston, died Tuesday December 5, 2017 at Parkview Home in Freeport. She was born July 29, 1934 in Freeport, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Susan (Ratmeyer) Folkerts. She married Herman J. Ludwig August 16, 1953 in Forreston, IL; he died July 22, 1989. Marilyn was a 1952 Forreston High School graduate, and attended Central College. She and Herman farmed in the Haldane area. She was a very active member of Forreston Reformed Church and also a member of the Reformed Church Women’s Ministries. She enjoyed gardening and sewing. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Joan (Steve) Culver of Polo, IL; her son, Gerald (Amy Kaiser) Ludwig of Polo, IL; brother, Davis (Eunice) Folkerts; two sisters-in-law, Judy Folkerts of Forreston, IL and Priscilla Ludwig of Lanark, IL; six grandchildren, Josh, Jessica, Jennifer, Sara, Amanda, and Amber; eight great-grandchildren (with one expecting); and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother Lloyd; and an infant daughter Carol Ann.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. Saturday December 9, 2017 at Forreston Reformed Church with Rev. Lyle Zumdahl officiating. Visitation will be 5:00-7:30 P.M. Friday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston. Burial will be in Haldane Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Reformed Church Missions in her memory. Please visit...

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Carolyn Armour, 83, of Forreston, died Tuesday November 28, 2017 in her home. Carolyn was born October 17, 1934 in Freeport, the daughter of George A. and Iva R. (Moring) Manus. She married Richard L. Armour, to this union they were blessed with five children. She then married Darrow W. Moats. Mr. Moats passed away in 2008. She was a member of Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church. Carolyn was very artistic and skilled at designing. She alongside her husband, Richard, farmed in the Stillman Valley area for many years. Surviving are sons, Gary L. Armour of Rockford; four daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Chudoba of Chana, Sherry (Curt) Werckle of Stillman Valley, Christy (Paul) Klikno of Rockford, and Lana (Scott) Mattson of Huntley; sister, Lanita (Gene) Gesie of Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren, Brandi (Jeremy) Chudoba-Shiroda, Mindy (Matt) Chudoba-Kopald, T.J. Myelle, and Bethany Myelle; and five great-grandchildren, Aidan, Asher, Archie, Addie, and Ella. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Memorial services will be 12:00 P.M. Tuesday December 5, 2017 at Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Prairie Dell. A memorial has been established for Prairie Dell Presbyterian Church in Carolyn’s memory. Please sign her guestbook and share a memory at www.burketubbs.com   To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Carolyn Armour , please visit our Tribute Store. Previous...

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Fern L. Halstead

Fern L. Halstead — September 20, 1918 – December 4, 2017 Fern L. Halstead died  December 4, 2017 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll, IL. She was born September 20, 1918, in Forada, Minnesota.  The daughter of the late Hans and Ida (Roby) Paulson.  She attended Oscar Lake Schools. Fern enjoyed her crafts and flowers, spending many hours on the things she enjoyed. She spent many of her adult years living in Rockford, IL. before returning home to Minnesota. Fern is survived by son, Robert Roiland, (Marge), Lake Carroll, IL., two daughters Susan Harrington (Lynn), Wichita, KS., Diana Senters (Fred), Santa Maria, CA.,  three grand children Brad Roiland, New Lenox, IL., Steve Roiland, (Cindy), Libertyville, IL., Careena Robb (John Wesley) Santa Maria, CA., Seven great grandchildren Tyler, Mara, Caleigh, Maya Roiland and great great grandchildren, Grace Senters, Lilah, John Gage Robb. Sister Ada Anderson, Rockford, IL. Stepchildren, Gary Halstead (Norma) Sioux Falls, SD., Richard Halstead, Forada, MN and many step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Halstead, parents, son Phillip Roiland, brothers, Paul and Irvin Paulson, sisters, Muriel Omlalnd, Arlene Roiland, grandson, Paul Senters, stepson Thomas Halstead, and first husband Clifford Roiland. Service will be on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll, IL., there will be no visitation.  Interment will be at Farwell Cemetery in Farwell, Minnesota,  with...

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Linda L. Burden

Linda L. Burden — March 22, 1942 – December 3, 2017 Linda L. Burden, age 75, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna, Illinois. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Linda’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com Linda was born March 22, 1942, the daughter of Maxwell and Goldie Slemmons in St. Marys, Ohio. She married James A. Burden on November 7, 1960. They celebrated 54 of marriage until James’ death on September 14, 2015. Linda was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family. After living in Ohio and Florida, Linda and her husband moved to Northern Illinois in 1970. Once her children were in school, Linda worked at Elkay Manufacturing in Savanna for 18 years. She was a supportive and loving mother, and was always there to support her three daughters. She enjoyed line dancing, and was a member of the “Boot, Scootin Boogies”. She also enjoyed camping and spending time with her close family, friends, and her faithful canine companion,...

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Wallace Wilbur Bullis

Wallace Wilbur Bullis — July 3, 1922 – November 29, 2017 Wallace Wilbur Bullis, age 95, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded and private family services will be held. Family and friends are invited to share in Wallace’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com Wallace was born on July 3, 1922 in Kimball, South Dakota, to Lincoln and Flossie Bullis. As a young boy he moved with his family to Mitchell, South Dakota. He attended Mitchell schools and enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard in 1940. Wallace proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II until 1945, when he was honorably discharged. He married Ruth Jones on April 4, 1946, in Mitchell, South Dakota. Ruth passed away in April of 2002. Wallace worked for the Milwaukee Railroad as a Carman and airbrake specialist until his retirement in 1981. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, bird watching, hunting, fishing and helping at the Palisades State Park. Wallace will be dearly missed by one son, Michael (Tina) Bullis of Clinton, IA; three grandchildren, Christopher, Rachel and Michael (Sydney) Bullis. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth, five sisters, one brother, his parents, and one son, Stanley, who died while serving in the Army in the Vietnam...

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Barbara Marie Springer

Barbara Marie Springer — October 13, 1929 – November 29, 2017 Barbara Marie Springer, age 88, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at The Alverno Healthcare Facility, Clinton, Iowa. A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, followed by a luncheon at the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Hampshire Center Cemetery, Hampshire, Illinois. Visitation will be held 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Family and friends are invited to share in Barbara’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Barbara was born October 13, 1929, in Plato Center, Illinois, the daughter of Everett and Reva (Berwick) Hinkle. She attended high school in Plato Center, graduating with the Class of 1947. Barbara married Paul Springer on March 9, 1949 at the Plato Center Methodist Church. They celebrated 65 years of marriage until Paul’s death on November 15, 2014. Barbara worked as a Letter Carrier and Clerk for the United States Postal Service in Mt. Carroll for 17 years until her retirement. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Naomi Circle and helped with funeral luncheons.  She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, NARFE, Carroll County Home Extension, a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a...

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Lemoine Mohlenkamp

Lemoine Mohlenkamp, 88, of Shannon, IL, passed away on November 28, 2017. He was born on October 17, 1929 in Shannon, IL, where he spent his entire life as a farmer and a member of Shannon United Methodist Church. Survivors include 1 daughter: Stacy (Philip) Stott; 1 son: Steve Mohlenkamp; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters: Dorothy (Elmer) Groen, and Lois (Reynold) Swalve. He is preceded in death by his sister, Helen (Mohlenkamp) Swalve, and his parents, Pete and Caroline Mohlenkamp. Funeral service will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM, at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon, IL, with Rev. Mike Jones officiating. A visitation will be held on Friday December 1, 2017 from 6-8 PM, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd, in Freeport, IL. A memorial has been established in his memory at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be shared at...

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Virgil J. Swalve

Virgil J. Swalve — 1934 – November 22, 2017 Virgil J. Swalve, life-long farmer, auctioneer, real estate broker, and community leader, died Wednesday, November 22 at Liberty Village Manor under Hospice Care after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Damaris (Windle) Swalve of Forreston; daughter Amy Rasing, her husband Dan, and sons, Joshua (Madison, WI) and Tyler (Springfield, IL); daughter Peggy Swalve (Lignon, VA) and six grand-dogs who will miss sitting on his lap in the recliner when he visited; a sister Carol Fluegel (Lena, IL); sisters-in-law Lorraine Swalve (Forreston, IL) and Phyllis Windle (College Park, MD); brother-in-law Darrell Windle (Chicago, IL); and numerous nieces and nephews. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents John J. and BerDena (Daniels) Swalve; in-laws George and Florence Windle; brother Lowell Swalve; and brother-in-law Gene Fluegel. Born in 1934, Virgil graduated from Forreston High School in 1952 and Reisch Auction School in 1973. Virgil donated his time and talent at the auction block to many fundraising events including the Bid for Youth Action for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois who honored him for more than five years of service. He became a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and went onto earn his Real Estate Brokers license in 1988. He was inducted into the Million Dollar Sales Club for a number of years. He was so proud of the fact he helped several...

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Roberta A. Cummings

Roberta A. Cummings — October 24, 1954 – November 20, 2017 Roberta A. Cummings, 63, of Chadwick, died on Monday, November 20, 2017 at University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago. Roberta was born on October 24, 1954 in Dixon to Robert Carson and Anna Rose (Huffstutler) Davis. She married David Cummingson June 9, 1973 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. She worked at Morrison Community Hospital as a human resource assistant for 16 years. Roberta enjoyed the outdoors especially boating on the river, camping and fishing. She loved her family and enjoyed living in the country. Her family and friends were especially fond of her good cooking. Surviving is her husband, David, of Chadwick; her daughters, Carrie (Michael) Stahl of Milledgeville and Christi (Brett) Ryan of Chadwick; her parents Robert and Anna Davis of Rock Falls; a sister Kim (Jim) Hatten of Rock Falls; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4-6 PM on Friday, November 24 at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling. Private graveside services will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Dixon at a later date. A memorial has been established in her memory. To send condolences...

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Ruth A. Wolf

Ruth A. Wolf — July 4, 1954 – November 21, 2017 Ruth A. Wolf, 63, of Milledgeville, died on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Mt. Carroll. She was born on July 4, 1954 in Madison, Wisc. to Chester and Joyce (Fey) Strehlow. She married William Wolf on December 9, 1972 at Milledgeville Brethren Church in Milledgeville. Ruth was a custodian with Milledgeville-Chadwick School System for 23 years. She had previously been employed with Franz Manufacturing for 10 years. Ruth enjoyed the outdoors, flowers and working in her yard. She loved to decorate for any holiday, attending horse shows, her grandchildren’s sporting events and camping with her husband Bill. In her leisure time she liked to sit by the pool. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her and she supported them every chance she had. She and Troy had a very special bond. The smiles and laughs when one would enter a room will always be remembered. Surviving is her husband, William of Milledgeville; 2 daughters, Jennifer Kendall of Milledgeville and Billy Jo (Steven) Rahn of Chadwick; her grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan and Troy Kendall, Lane and Nathan Rahn; 2 sisters, Linda Folkers of Milledgeville and Debra Meyers of Rock Falls; 3 brothers, John (Connie) Strehlow of Champaign, Mike (Kaye) Strehlow of Milledgeville and Chester (Kristy) Strehlow of Forreston. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Joy Lynn and a brother Jerry....

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Patricia “Patsy” J. Lehnhardt

Patricia “Patsy” J. Lehnhardt — March 5, 1946 – November 23, 2017 Patricia “Patsy” J. Lehnhardt, age 71, of Savanna, Illinois passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 23, 2017. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. John Cemetery in Adair, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, with a Rosary Service being held at 4:00 p.m., prior to the visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Savanna Historical Society and the Service Club in Patsy’s memory. Patsy was born on March 5, 1946 in Adair, the daughter of James R. and Eleanor M. (Griffin) Lydon. She attended Adair High School and later graduated from Iowa State University with the Class of 1964. Patsy married the love of her life, Lewis Lehnhardt on June 13, 1970. They have celebrated 47 years of marriage. Patsy worked for the Savanna School District C.U.D. 300 and taught Spanish for 34 years, retiring in 2001. Patsy was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Women’s Teacher Honorary Society, Savanna Service Club, Savanna Historical Society, the Ladies of St. John’s and the...

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Lois Luella Daehler

Lois Luella Daehler — October 17, 1928 – November 23, 2017 Lois Luella Daehler, age 89, of Chadwick, and long-time resident of the Stephenson County Nursing Center, Freeport, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Stephenson County Nursing Center, Freeport, Illinois. A graveside funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the Chadwick Cemetery, Chadwick, Illinois. A Celebration of Life service held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Shannon Baptist Church, Shannon, Illinois, with Pastor Tim Lehman of the Shannon Baptist Church officiating. A luncheon will follow. Memorials may be made to the Shannon Baptist Church or FHN Hospice. Family and friends are invited to share in Lois life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Lois was born October 17, 1928, in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of Earl and Luella (Humprey) McDearmon. She is a 1949 graduate of the Morrison High School, Morrison, Illinois. On September 1, 1949, Lois married James Vandermyde in Malvern, Illinois. They celebrated thirty-six years of marriage until James’ passing in 1985. Lois later married Ellwood Daehler on May 4, 1990. They celebrated nine years of marriage until Ellwood’s passing in 2000. Lois was a homemaker and helped farm with her first husband James. At that time she also worked for General Electric and the National Tea Grocery Store in Morrison. After James’ passing, Lois received her CNA Degree and worked at the...

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Bruce Dunshee Groharing

Bruce Dunshee Groharing — October 5, 1913 – November 23, 2017 Bruce Dunshee Groharing age 104, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family, Visitation will be 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Thomson United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Masonic rites will be afforded at 3 pm. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Thomson United Methodist Church in Thomson. Burial will be at the Dunshee Cemetery (Lower York Cemetery) Thomson. Bruce was born October 5, 1913 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Robert and Adeline L. (Dunshee) Groharing He attended York Community High School in Thomson and graduated with the Class of 1931. He also attended one year at Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago, Illinois. In his youth, he worked with various area farmers. He worked in Thomson supplying blocks of ice to the community before electric refrigeration was available. At age 19 he began working in Morrison IL. at Midwest Stamping & Enameling, an ice box manufacturing company. He transferred with the company to Galesburg Illinois. He met the love of his life Alice Marie Mayhall in Galesburg, they were married June 2, 1938. They moved to Thomson in 1939, following the death of his father. Bruce managed the three family farms until he retired in...

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Lloyd K. Miller

Lloyd K. Miller — May 17, 1938 – November 24th, 2017 Lloyd K. Miller, 79, of Polo, formally of Lanark, passed away on Friday November 24th, 2017 in Polo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Lloyd was born May 17, 1938 to Theodore & Oma (Hawbecker) Miller, and he graduated in 1956 from Lanark High School. Lloyd married Carolyn Erbsen on May 5th 1957. She passed away on May 30, 2000. On December 1, 2001, he married Dianne Stern of Polo. He farmed near Lanark for many years and then later worked for WW Builders. He was a member of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling, IL. He enjoyed woodworking, spending time with his family, and attending his grandchildren’s special events. Survivors include his wife Dianne of Polo, and brother Ivon Miller of Chadwick. Children are Lynn (Kris) Miller of Prophetstown, Sharon (Brian) Witt, Karen Miller (Justin Merchant), and Lyle (Codee) Miller all of Lanark, Carolyn Ohlsen of Rock Island, Dawn (Jeff) Waite of Sterling, and Gene (Kristen) Stern of Elburn. Grandchildren are Kim (Josh) Bird, Kari (Reid) Spivey, Karl Miller, Stephanie (Brenden) Schultz, Justin (Augusta) Witt, Austin & Alyssa Miller, Hannah Ohlsen, Jonathon, Joshua, & Rebecca Waite, Parker & Drew Malone, and Liam Stern. Great Gandchildren Emma,Kyle, Isabel, Olivia and Jasmine Bird, Jocelyn Ruppert, and Hadley Witt. Lloyd was preceded in death...

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Wayne “Rick” Edward Rogers

Wayne “Rick” Edward Rogers, 82, of Lanark, IL, passed away on November 21, 2017 at Big Meadows Nursing Home. He was born on September 6, 1935 at the Edler homestead in Stephenson County, to Russell and Opal (Edler) Rogers. He was a 1954 graduate of Lanark High School. He married Sandra J. Gravenstein in Elizabethtown, KY on February 5, 1972. He was a truck driver for Rogers Ready Mix in Lanark, and was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Sandra; brother Kenneth of Napa, CA; sister Dolores Sirca of San Leandro, CA; nephew Jeff Rogers; and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his step-son Timothy Foltz; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, 1 nephew Bradley Rogers; brother-in-law Donald Sirca; and sister-in-law Mary Rogers. Funeral service will be held on Monday November 27, 2017 at 11 AM, at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home, 111 N. High St, Lanark, IL, with Pastor Jerry Martz officiating. Friends may call after 10 AM at the Funeral Home on Monday November 27. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. A memorial has been established in his memory for the Lanark Fire Dept, and the Brookville United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be shared at...

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William M. Holloman

William M. Holloman, age 67 of Lanark, Illinois, died on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home.  Cremation Rites will be accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon, Illinois.  Burial of his cremated remains will take place in the Shannon Brethren Cemetery, Shannon, Illinois.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Bill was born on February 25, 1950, the son of Russell and Jessie (McBee) Holloman in Elizabethtown, Illinois.  He was raised in Dixon, Illinois and attended Dixon High School.  Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.  Bill was an open, warm, and generous man.  He was a caring person and was always willing to help others.   He loved to tinker with small gas engines and enjoyed working on cars and trucks.  Bill was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed baking.  Most of all, Bill cherished spending time with his close family and friends. Bill will be dearly missed by his two sisters, Leah (Albert) Ferrell-Shelton of Mt. Morris, Illinois and Darlene (Dennis) Howard of Dixon, Illinois; one brother, Roger Ferrell of Dayton, Ohio; ten children; three close friends, Karleen Klausen of Malden, Illinois, Erica Murillo of Shannon, Illinois, and Robbie Nelson of Lanark, Illinois; and all his other friends in the community.  Bill was preceded...

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Betty Guenzler

Betty Guenzler age 83, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Mt. Carroll Church of God, with visitation one hour prior from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be made for the Pleasant Valley Church of God and the Carroll County 4-H Club. Friends and family are invited to share in Betty’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Betty was born June 15, 1934 in Crystal, Michigan, the daughter of Mark and Marie (Bogart) Ruetger.  She graduated high school with the Class of 1942. She later graduated from Lansing Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 1957 and received religious training at Huntington College. Betty worked as a missionary in Sierra Leon, Africa for nine years. After her missionary calling, she worked as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital. Betty’s future husband, Charles Guenzler, was caring for his first wife, Juanita at their home. A group of missionary nurses, of which Betty was one, came to Mt. Carroll to help Charles care for Juanita. After Juanita’s death, Charles stayed in contact with Betty, and eventually they were married on June 8, 1985. They celebrated 32 years together and remained devoted to each other for the...

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Daniel J. Kwater

Daniel J. Kwater, age 67, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Daniel’s memory to Genesis Hospice or the Cancer Center of Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Daniel was born October 27, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Emil and Marilyn (Lake) Kwater. He attended Arthur Hill High School and graduated with the Class of 1968. He earned his Associate Degree through the Marine Corps. Daniel proudly served his country in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of E-5 Sergeant. While serving, he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Services Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with four stars, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was honorably discharged in 1972. He married Doreen Eppenstein on December 22, 1999 in Gladwin, Michigan. Daniel worked as a Process Technician for Dupont Danisco in Thomson for 33 years until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the VFW...

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Elaine E. Gallentine

Elaine E. Gallentine, 51 yrs. old, of Lanark peacefully joined our Lord on Sun. Nov. 12, 2017. She was born Aug. 22, 1966 in Freeport, IL daughter of Dick and Janet (Diffenderfer) Gruhn. She was a 1984 graduate of Lanark High School. On April 26, 1997, Elaine married the love of her life Jeffrey Gallentine in Lanark. She was an EMT for Mt. Carroll ambulance and the Lanark fire department for about 18 years. She graduated from Nursing school in 2006 and was employed at FHN for 20 years. Elaine enjoyed caring for her patients and they appreciated the love and care she showed. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, playing cards, making crafts, and going to her children’s activities. She was a member of the Lanark First Brethren Church and a volunteer for Workcation. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband Jeff and daughters: Paige and Madie of Lanark and stepson Jarred of Virginia, mother: Janet Gruhn of Lanark, brothers and sisters: Kristine (Bryan) Hardacre, Kirt (Cathy) Gruhn of Lanark, Francine (Robert) Smith of Morrison, Roderic (Beverly) Gruhn of Milledgeville, brother-in-law’s: Scott (Deb) Gallentine of Mt. Carroll, David (Tammy) Gallentine of Belle Plaine, MN, mother-in-law: Arlene (Don) Crockett of Thomson, and many nieces and nephews. Elaine is preceded in death by twin daughters: Caitlyn and Courtney Gallentine in infancy, father: Dick Gruhn, brother:...

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