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  • Eleanor Kay Tomman
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Eleanor Kay Tomman, age 80, of Polo, Illinois, died Friday, April 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. A visitation will be held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Thomson, Illinois. Memorials may be made in her honor for Serenity Hospice, Oregon, Illinois. Friends may share in her life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Eleanor was born June 15, 1938, in Wacker, Illinois, the daughter of Scott and Hattie (Schwarz) Roberts. She attended Thomson High School. On March 31, 1956, Eleanor married Robert Tomman in the Thomson United Methodist Church in Thomson, Illinois. Together they raised five children, and celebrated 63 years of marriage. Eleanor was a machine operator at Edelmann in Dixon, Illinois for 15 years, and also a farmer’s wife. To pass the time Eleanor loved mental puzzles, such as crosswords and word searches, as well as playing bingo. Eleanor liked to watch golf, NASCAR, Nintendo games, and her beloved Cubs. Most of all Eleanor loved to spend time with her family. Eleanor will be dearly missed by her husband, Robert Tomman; her five children, Robin (Robert) Miller of Polo, Kevin (Catherine) Tomman of Dixon, Lori (Randy) Smith of Dixon, Robert Jr. (Tammy) Tomman of Milledgeville, and Amy (Jeremy) Fosdick of Forrest, Illinois; six grandchildren, Bobbi Jo, Tracy, Kevin Jr., Nicholas, Travis, Shannon; 12 great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, Blake, Kaylee, Kaeden, Olivia, Abigail, Payton, Faith, Cole, Mildred, Eleanor, and Winifred; and her two brothers, Charles Roberts of Holly, Michigan, and Lester Roberts of Shannon, Illinois. Eleanor is preceded in death by her brother, Scott Roberts, both parents, Scott and Hattie, and all of her grandparents, Charles and Katherine Schwarz, James and Eleanor Roberts, and her two dogs, Polly the Pug and Rebel. […]

  • Frances "Fran" D. Barsema
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 19, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Frances “Fran” D. Barsema, age 79, of Thomson, Illinois, died Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Genesis Health Systems in Davenport, Iowa. A private family burial of ashes will take place in Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay. Fran was born February 29, 1940 in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Cleon and Mary Jane (Burton) Dodge. She attended Clinton High School. On April 20, 1973, Frances married Kenneth “Woodchuck” Barsema in the Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, Illinois. Together they raised three children and celebrated 29 years of marriage until Kenneth’s death in 2003. Fran was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family. She also drove truck for a short time, under the handle, “Lead Bottom.” She and her husband enjoyed camping every weekend with their fifth wheel camper out West and at Potter’s Marsh Campground in Thomson. Frances was a people person and was never afraid to say exactly what was on her mind. She loved gathering with folks at the campground, and spending nights talking around the campfire. Fran will be dearly missed by her three children, David Larsen of Chicago, Illinois, Valeree Kelchner of Fulton, Illinois, and Scott (Melissa) Jackson, Clinton, Iowa; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Cleo (John) Dusanek, Dixie Small, and Linda Rathje. Fran is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth. […]

  • Lori Lea Wilson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Lori Lea Wilson, age 45, of Thomson, Illinois, formerly of Sabula, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at her home. Cremation Rites will be accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 – 4:20 p.m., on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established in Lori’s memory. Lori, also affectionately known as “Squints” by her friends was born on November 14, 1973 in Clinton, Iowa. She was raised in Sabula and attended East Central High School, graduating with the Class of 1992. After graduation, Lori attended Capri College in Clinton, Iowa. Lori was always happy-go-lucky and lived in the moment. She will be lovingly remembered for her smile and her contagious laugh. Lori loved Florida and recently lived in Cape Coral, until returning home two years ago. Some of her favorite activities in Florida were boating on the ocean and chasing dolphins. She also enjoyed going on road trips with friends. Lori was also an excellent cook and was an amazing baker. Most of all, Lori treasured spending time with her family and friends. Lori will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Brandon Meyer of Miles, Iowa, and Brady Driscoll of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her mother, Donnette (Toby) Themas of Thomson; one sister, Trisha (Scott) Olson of Cedar Rapids; five step brothers and sisters, Jim (Tracy) Lemke of Brillion, Wisconsin, Shane (Talyr) Themas of LeClaire, Iowa, Tiffany Themas of Bettendorf, Iowa, Travis (Anna) Themas of Cordova, Illinois, and Jessie (Derek Patterson) Themas of Roscoe, Illinois; one niece, Brianna Olson of Cedar Rapids; eight step nieces and nephews; two aunts, Darla Jorgensen and Diane Davids, both of Clinton, Iowa; one cousin, Jodie (Jim) Vance and family of LeClaire; and her two loving Yorkie’s, Gizmo and Bella. Lori is preceded in death by her grandparents; one cousin, Mark Bower; and one uncle, Ray Jorgensen. […]

  • Mary Ellen Kaiser | 04/17/2019
    on April 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Miss Mary Lucille Thackaberry
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 15, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Mary Lucille Thackaberry, age 98, of Elizabeth, Illinois, formerly of Joliet, Illinois, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Zion Presbyterian Church, Schapville, Illinois. Burial of her cremated remains will take place at a later date in New Bedford, Illinois. Memorials may be given to Grace United Methodist Church, 1718 Avalon Ave, Joliet, Illinois, 60435. Mary was born on February 6, 1921, the daughter of M. Shugart and Clara (Buck) Thackaberry in Sterling, Illinois. She attended Lakeview High School and graduated with the Class of 1937. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Mary moved to Joliet, Illinois in 1953. She worked as an English teacher for Joliet Township High School, until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Hospitality Club, Joliet Area Retired Teachers, and the Woman’s Club of Joliet. Mary will be dearly missed by her sister-in-law, LaVerne Thackaberry of Pittsboro, North Carolina; one nephew, Scott Thackaberry of Hoffman Estates; two nieces, Gail (Tyson) Cocagne of Apple River, Illinois and Linda (Andre) Moquin of Pittsboro, North Carolina; and several great and great grand nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her brothers: Joe J. Thackaberry and Mark D. Thackaberry Sr.; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Nelson Thackaberry and Shirley Seaholm Thackaberry; a nephew, Mark D Thackaberry Jr.; and a great nephew, Joshua T. Cocagne. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Elizabeth Nursing Home for the kind and loving care they provided Mary over the past three years. […]

  • Jane Ellen Jones | 04/15/2019
    on April 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Florence J. Thede | 04/14/2019
    on April 14, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Natalie "Kate" Craig
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 12, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Natalie “Kate” Craig, born April 17, 1937 in Savanna, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa. Private family services will be held. Memorials may be given in her honor. Kate was born to Waldo “Brick” and Evelyn (Brown) Frasure, She is a graduate of the Savanna High School with the Class of 1955. Kate worked at Big Meadows for many years. She enjoyed caring for others. Kate loved reading, crossword puzzles and trivia. She is survived by two sons, Marty and Steven; a daughter, Kristine (John) Disher; grandchildren Clarissa, Michael Lee, Brooke, David, Cynthia, Erica, Kimberly, Chris, Scott and Michael; numerous great grandchildren, and a sister, Penny (Jack) Grindle of Rockford. She is preceded in death by both parents and sons, Jeffrey and Eric. […]

  • Mary Frances Robertson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Mary Frances Robertson, age 83, of Savanna, Illinois passed away April 10, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home with her daughter Melissa “Missy” by her side. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial fund has been established in Mary’s name. Mary was born April 21, 1935, in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Frances and Ruth (Coats) McCombie. Mary married Graham Colehour, with whom she had four children; Mary Jane, Michael, Patricia, and Jon. After Graham’s tragic passing, Mary met Leland Schmaling and the two were wed. With Leland, Mary birthed two children; Melissa and Steven. In her later years, Mary was wed to Donnie Robertson. The two were married until Donnie’s death in 2014. In her younger years, Mary worked as a dental hygienist. Before settling in as a homemaker, raising her children and tending to her family. She loved wild flowers and spent time in nature whenever she could. She always loved her walks in the woods. Her artistic side shone through brightly, with her drawings, and ceramics creations. Mary will be dearly missed by her two sons, Michael Colehour and Jon Colehour, both of Phoenix, Arizona; three daughters, Melissa Schmaling Coverdill of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Mary Jane Jacobs of Savanna, Illinois, and Patricia (Jeff) Janssen of Phoenix, Arizona; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Frances and Ruth, husbands Graham Colehour, Leland Schmaling, and Donald Robertson, son Steven Schmaling (2012), and three brothers, John, Pat, and Michael McCombie. […]

  • Delores Jean Gilliland
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Delores Jean Gilliland, age 85, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home. Memorials may be given in Delores’ honor to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll. Delores was born October 27, 1933, in Oregon, Illinois, the daughter of Diedrich and Alice (Wiltfang) Mennenga. She graduated from Oregon High School with the Class of 1951. On November 10, 1956, Delores married Earl Gilliland shortly after his return from his service in the Army during the Korean War. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage and raised two children. Delores worked as a secretary for Mt. Carroll School District #304 for 24 years. She also worked for the Ogle County Farm Bureau for five years, and one year for the University of Illinois. Delores was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll. She enjoyed reading and attending basketball games. She loved going to Timberlake Playhouse musicals and being together with family—especially for holiday meals. Delores enjoyed the company of her grand dogs, Macy and Pepper, and helping raise the family beagles and her Siamese cat. She also loved traveling around the countryside with Earl, and even longer trips, including the Louis and Clark Trail and Ellis Island at New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Delores will be dearly missed by her husband Earl; son David (Gail) Gilliland of Stockton, Illinois; daughter Dori Gilliland of Mt. Morris, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Dale Mennega of Oregon, and Phyllis (Willard) Haberer of Sterling, Illinois; one brother-in-law, Dave Rittenhouse of Rockford, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. Delores is preceded in death by her parents Diedrich and Alice, brother Gary Mennenga; two sisters, June Rittenhouse and Marialyce (Don) Block. […]

  • Elaine Mae Ferry
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 11, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Elaine Mae Ferry, age 71, of Lanark, Illinois, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2019, reunited with her husband, Brian, who passed away February 17, 2019. The Memorial visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:30 with a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon will follow Service, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lanark, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established in her memory. Elaine was born on April 16, 1947 to Paul and Evelyn (Bellows) Singley in Freeport, Illinois. She attended Polo High School, graduating with the Class of 1965. On November 27, 1965, Elaine married Brian Ferry at the United Methodist Church in Brookville, Illinois. Together they celebrated 53 years of marriage and raised two children. Elaine worked for Elkay Manufacturing in Lanark for over 20 years until her retirement. Elaine was a past member of Faith Reformed Church in Lanark. She enjoyed playing solitaire, caring for her dogs, cats and plants. She loved taking pictures of family and friends, attending county fairs with her husband and going for breakfast or coffee with her girlfriends. Elaine was an attentive mother and always made time to call her friends and family. Elaine will be dearly missed by her two children, Donald Ferry of Lanark and Holly Fink of Mt. Morris, Illinois; three grandchildren, Travis Anderson, Gage Fink, and Madison Fink; two sisters, Christine Printz of Polo, Illinois, and Helen (Kevin) Mackey of Freeport; three brothers, Victor (Vicki) Singley of Freeport, Timothy (Edith) Singley of Brookville and Michael (Carla) Singley of Polo; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Peugh of Lanark and Jean Singley of Brookville, Illinois and several cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces. Elaine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Brian; a son, Ronald, at birth; and one brother, James Singley. […]

  • Kathy Sue Hartman
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 9, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held: 1:00p.m.- 4p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Antl Hall of St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna, IL. Please join our family in Celebration of Kathy’s life. She was a sunny spring day, the spark plug of family gatherings, the fun sister that family vied to host during her visits from Colorado. Kathy Sue Hartman of Aurora, Colorado died on March 21, 2019. Kathy was born January 7, 1962, the daughter of Ivan and Vernette (Beck) Hartman in Savanna, Illinois. She graduated from Savanna Community High School, Class of 1980. Kathy attended Northern Illinois University before moving to the Quad Cities where she graduated from A.I.C. Business School in Davenport, Iowa. Upon relocating to Denver, Colorado Kathy worked for the Charles Schwab Investment Firm as a Financial Services Representative for eight years. Her assiduous attention to detail coupled with her highly personable nature made her a shining example in her profession. Kathy embraced the unofficial title of Office Mom, as she was never without kind encouraging words for her fellow co-workers. When her family visited Colorado, she always scheduled a full itinerary. Whether it was white water rafting, shopping mall skydiving, horseback riding, skiing at Eldora, soaking in the hot springs at Glenwood Springs, or riding the Cog up Pikes Peak, we were always assured first class adventures. Kathy’s wit and timing was the stuff of legend. She was an excellent Scrabble player and a walking compendium of quotations from the Seinfeld television series. There have been times when her friends and family have forgotten a card or a call on her birthday, but she never forgot our birthdays and special occasions. Her thoughtful cards with a Starbucks gift card will be missed. To her friends and family Kathy wanted them to know that she was not afraid of dying. In some last texts to her family Kathy writes: “Lastly, I love my family, friends, co-workers, Halo (her little rescue dog) and Shelly, for their support and understanding during this journey…I wish it had a different outcome, but this was His plan for me. If you see a penny pick it up…or if you see a streetlamp go out, know that it is just me saying Hello, and I am alright. -Love to Lots, Kath, Kat, Aunt Ka Ka, KK, Lb, HaloMom, Kathy XO” Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Vernette Hartman. She is survived by her partner of 25 years, Shelly Davis. three sisters […]

  • Philip Weston Brach
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Philip Weston Brach, born March 27, 1935, passed away on April 8. Philip was born and raised in Thomson and graduated from York Community High School in 1953. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1956 and received an honorable discharge in January 1960. During his term of service, Philip spent a year in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Thomson, Philip coached Little League baseball for several years, and was a generous sponsor. Philip worked at the Elkay factory in Savanna for 10 years. He was a Thomson Lions Club member and was a 50-year member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge. A gifted vocalist, Philip enjoyed singing at the York Baptist Church, where he was a devoted lifelong member. He also joined other choirs on special occasions and was honored to sing the National Anthem at every "at home" Thomson High School basketball game. In addition to his church, Philip was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. He was thrilled when Michael Foltz took him to Wrigley Field in 1989 with field passes. Standing in the infield at Wrigley and meeting Harry Carey was a highlight of Philip's life. Survivors include: one aunt, Beth (Gilbert) Holland, three first cousins Walter (Diana) Holland, Marcia Holland McWilliams, and Geraldine Bealer. Philip was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Mildred Brach, one aunt Marian Holland Smith and two uncles Gilbert and Robert Holland. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson, with full military rites to follow the service at the Thomson Veterans Memorial. Burial of his cremated remains will take place in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00–3:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Philip’s memory to the York Baptist Church, or the Thomson Youth Baseball Association. […]

  • George J. Olmsted
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    George J. Olmsted, age 91, of Elizabeth, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will take place in Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Orland Park, Illinois at a later date. George was born September 21, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois to George and Emily (Kuch) Olmsted. Growing up in Chicago, he attended Hale Elementary School and Lindblom High School. At the age of 17, with World War II still raging, George obtained his mother’s permission and enlisted in the United States Navy. Serving aboard a warship, George saw action in the Pacific Theater of the conflict. Soon after returning home from the war, George met Joan “Jo Ann” Corrado. The two were married on September 4, 1948 in Chicago. After working a few factory jobs, George found his true calling as a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Dept. George served his home city in this fashion for 32 years, retiring in 1985. Shortly thereafter, he and Joan moved to Elizabeth to enjoy their retirement. George and Joan were nearly inseparable in retirement. They loved to garden together, and competed in local bowling leagues. George also had an adventurous side, as he loved to travel. He and Joan set sail on cruises, relaxed on bus trips, and even enjoyed touring Europe. George will be dearly missed by his son, Gerry (Sandy) Olmsted of Orland Park, Illinois; daughter, Deborah (Nick) Hernandez of Elizabeth, Illinois; four grandchildren, Kate (Chris) Morris of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Greg Olmsted and Holly Harris of Phoenix, Arizona, Gina Hernandez of Galena, Illinois, and Tony Hernandez of Westmont, Illinois; and three great-grandchildren, William, Brady, and Corey Morris. George is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan, and his granddaughter, Erin. […]

  • Dennis Gene Deppe
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 8, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Dennis Gene Deppe, age 61, of Preston, Iowa passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 at home in the care of his loving family. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Preston, with Father Austin Wilker as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Preston. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, with a Scripture Wake Service held at 3:30 p.m. Dennis was born September 12, 1957 in Maquoketa, the son of Kenneth and Leanna (Schaefer) Deppe. He grew up on the family farm near Preston, where he began his love of the outdoors. Dennis is a 1976 graduate of the Preston High School. He worked in scrap-metal recycling for H.M. Enterprise for many years. Recently, Dennis also worked building grain bins for Tom & Kevin Grain Bins in Spragueville. Dennis had a heart for children, he enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He loved spending time with his friends, pitching on the fast-pitch softball team, playing cards, participating in tractor rides, watching the Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals, and attending auctions and tractor pulls. His mother would add, “He had a heart of gold, would help anybody, and was a hard worker.” Dennis was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Preston. Dennis will be dearly missed by his mother, Leanna Deppe of Preston; his three sisters, Susan (Larry) Ties of Bellevue, Linda (Bart) Lund of Wilton, and Laurie Krause and fiancé Paul Kraklio of Durant; seven nieces and nephews, Joanna (Jason) Johnson, Allison (Tim) Donovan, Cheralyn (Dan) Willey, Koby Lund, Kyle Lund, James Krause and Jenna Krause; five great nieces and nephews, Justin, Janyssa, Zoie, Cambrie and Weston; and two special girls, Kendyl and Kenzley Driscoll. Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth, in 2000, his grandparents, and several aunts and uncles. […]

  • David Mark Kness
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    David Mark Kness, age 59, of Clinton, Iowa, previously of Chadwick, Illinois died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chadwick, Illinois. Burial will take place at Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established in David’s name. David was born April 3, 1959, in Clinton, Iowa to Gerald “Jerry” and Judith (Reed) Kness. Growing up, and attending school, in Hanover, Illinois, David developed a passion for football. As a tough nosed lineman, and loved every minute of it. After graduating from Hanover High School with the class of 1977, David went to work in the family business, driving trucks for Kness Trucking in Chadwick. There, David grew up quickly, with a strong work ethic that he would one day pass on to his two sons. On August 26, 1984, David married Roxanne Johnson at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two celebrated over 34 years of marriage. In 2002, after his father’s passing, David began driving trucks for ADM, doing so until his health no longer allowed. He loved the open road, and the sights and sense of exploration that his career brought him. His work hauling cattle and hogs took him across the country, to places such as Detroit, Montana, Alabama, and his favorite spot; Virginia Beach. When he wasn’t hard at work providing for his family, David enjoyed tinkering in his garage, with anything he could get his hands on, and later in life, spending time with his beloved grandchildren. David was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chadwick, and a former member of the Midwest Trucking Association. David will be dearly missed by his wife Roxanne, of Clinton; his two sons, Ryan Lambert, of Freeport, Illinois and Adam (Cassie) Kness, of Miles, Iowa; three grandchildren, Mason Lambert, Brayden Kness, and Blakleigh Kness; two brothers, Steve Kness and Scott Kness; and several nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by both parents and his three year-old son, Jacob (1994). […]

  • John Albert Thraen
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 2, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    John Albert Thraen, age 81, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, formerly of Elizabeth, Illinois, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. A Memorial gathering will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth, IL. Following the Memorial gathering, a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. also at Law-Jones Funeral Home. Urn placement at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Elizabeth, IL following the Memorial Service. Lunch will be served at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Family and Friends are encouraged to share a story at Small Town Saloon following the formal services. Memorials may be given to the Milwaukee Public Library or Sierra Club in John’s memory. John was born on November 7, 1937, the son of Clarence and Cora (Wand) Thraen in Elizabeth, IL. He attended Elizabeth High School and graduated with the Class of 1955. After graduation, John settled in Milwaukee, WI., although he frequently traveled back to Elizabeth and beyond. An avid explorer, he loved visiting National/State Parks, attending music festivals, and stationing himself along railroad tracks to watch trains come and go. John worked for American Motors and then Chrysler until his retirement. John also drove a school bus for the Milwaukee Public School System for many years and formed close bonds with the kids on his route. While his livelihood was rooted in the automotive industry, for years John never owned a vehicle, choosing to bicycle everywhere instead. This included from Milwaukee back to Elizabeth, as well as all around the United States, camping as he went. John spent his life taking pictures and sharing the beautiful moments he captured with those he loved. He had a knack for making origami cranes and often decorated spaces with them, including a trail he maintained along a train line in Milwaukee. John was a lover of the environment, making ornate custom shirts, a good cheese sandwich, and a tall tale. Everyone that met him quickly became his friend. John lived life on his own terms, never shy to be the only person on the dance floor. He was a seeker of knowledge, meeting new people, and spreading kindness. John will be dearly missed by many friends, five siblings, Elizabeth (Ron) Bocker of Leaf River, IL, Joe (Jan) Thraen of Elizabeth, IL, Rosemary (Don) Blackbourn of Freeport, IL, Paul Thraen of Freeport, IL, and Ray (Judy) Thraen of […]

  • Norma Jean Holy
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on April 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Norma Jean Holy, age 94, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, two days after her 94th birthday. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in Center Hill Cemetery. Norma was born March 29, 1925 in Savanna to Jens and Marie (Boerner) Hansen. On August 14, 1955 she married Merle Holy in Savanna, celebrating 63 years of marriage as of last year. She graduated from Savanna High School in 1943, and has been a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Savanna. In her earlier years Norma worked at the Savanna Army Depot. She was a 84 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to travel by car or to take bus trips. Her two favorite destinations were Branson Missouri, and Phoenix Arizona. Holidays were special to Norma, she would decorate her home for each one. At Good Sam, Norma took part in many activities, bingo being her favorite pastime. Norma will be dearly missed by her husband, Merle Holy, her son, Richard Holy, and numerous cousins and friends. Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Jen and Marie (Boerner) Hansen. […]

  • Marjorie Stocker | 04/01/2019
    on April 1, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • John L. Marschang | 04/01/2019
    on April 1, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Joshua Lealand Graf | 03/30/2019
    on March 30, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Ray L. Broshous | 03/29/2019
    on March 29, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Betty Roberts
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on March 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Betty Roberts, age 86, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Sauk Valley Senior Living Center, Rock Falls, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will take place in Center Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Betty was born July 20, 1932, one of 16 children, on the family farm in Mt. Carroll Township, the daughter of Harmon and Eliza (Brunner) Roberts. She attended Pleasant Hill Country School. Betty was a homemaker until 1971. She worked for the Eaton Corporation and then later Rolling Hills Progress Center in Lanark, Illinois for several years. When Betty was healthy, she enjoyed cooking, taking pictures, and family get-togethers. Betty will be dearly missed by two sisters-in-law, Ruth Roberts of Tennessee and Donna Roberts of Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Betty is preceded in death by her parents Harmon and Eliza, 10 brothers, Earl, Julius, Glen, Herman, Lloyd, Walter, Vic, John, Paul and Philip; and five sisters, Lucille Johnston, Louise Bandixon, Florence Roberts, Nettie Roberts and Mary Ann Garien. […]

  • Jari Lynn Franklin | 03/27/2019
    on March 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Mary Ann Heise | 03/27/2019
    on March 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Kenneth "Ken" Smith
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on March 25, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Kenneth “Ken” Smith, age 88, of Thomson, Illinois, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with his wife, Lois by his side. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 9-11:00 prior to the service at the church. Burial with military rites will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Ken's name. Ken was born June 8, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Helen (Monahan) Smith. He attended college, then went on to serve in the Army National Guard from 1948-52, serving 18 months in Germany. Ken married Lois Haring on January 31, 1970. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage. Ken worked as a food service manager for United Airlines for 38 years until his retirement in 1989. During his time with United, he worked in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Honolulu. Ken and Lois relocated to Thomson after his retirement. Ken was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Savanna VFW and American Legion. He was an avid golfer, sports fan, and loved taking rides with Lois. Ken will be dearly missed by his wife, Lois; one daughter, Karen (Jerry) Strianese of Atco, New Jersey; a son, Kenny Smith of Lindenwold, New Jersey; a grandson, Frank (Lauren) Scales; a great-grandson, Frank Jacob; one brother, R. Alan (Joan) Smith of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; a sister, Dorothy (John) Donahue of New Town Square, Pennsylvania; 36 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Helen; two brothers, Joe (Kay) Smith and Donald (Marj) Smith; and two sisters, Rosemary (Charles) Craig and Eleanor (John) Clark. […]

  • Andrew Leon Leake
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on March 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Andrew Leon Leake, age 89 of Elizabeth, Illinois, died at his home surrounded by his loving family. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A graveside service with military rites will take place at 2:00 p.m., March 31, 2019 at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Illinois followed by a gathering for family and friends at the Lexington Community Building from 3:00 – 5:00. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00-4:00 on April 13, 2019 at the Elizabeth Community Building in Elizabeth, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth Community Ambulance Service. […]

  • Michael P. Liebenstein | 03/25/2019
    on March 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Lyle G. Gahm | 03/23/2019
    on March 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Raymond T. Williams | 03/23/2019
    on March 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Robert John Cornish
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on March 21, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Robert John Cornish, age 71, of Savanna, IL passed away on March 12, 2019, in his home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will take place at the Ridge Road Cemetery Association, Falls Cemetery in Rochester, New York, at a future date. Robert was born September 4, 1947 in Rochester, NY to Oliver and Charlotte (Howell) Cornish. He graduated from Greece Olympia High School in Rochester, New York in 1965. He then continued his education at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with the Class of 1969, with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Robert spent many of his working years as a Chemical Engineer for United Oil Products out of Chicago, IL and traveled extensively to the Middle East, Japan and Nova Scotia during the early years of his career. Robert will be dearly missed by his sisters Sara (John) Ives and Nancy (Dawn) Case, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-niece and nephew Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers; Edward, Donald, and William Cornish. […]

  • Charlotte Maudene McKinley Mills
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on March 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Charlotte Maudene McKinley Mills passed peacefully, Monday, March 18, 2019 and went to be with the Lord. Funeral services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church in Hanover at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019 with Pastor Jeanne Ohms officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover. Charlotte was born August 26, 1921 in Derinda Township. She walked to Derinda School completing eight grades in seven years. She rode a horse drawn wagon to Hanover High School, graduating in 1938 as Class Valedictorian. She won a scholarship from Jo Daviess County and attended the University of Illinois for two years. She returned to Hanover and married Robert Isaac Mills on her 19th Birthday. They farmed in rural Hanover and raised seven sons and three daughters. Charlotte was a lifelong mother, having her children in the home from 1942 until 1982 when her youngest left high school, then starting on her grandmother duties. Charlotte was a member of the Hanover United Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School from 1934 to 2000. She also was the church treasurer from 1978 to 2003. She worked for Hanover School from 1969 to 1994. She was elected Hanover Township Supervisor in 1977 and served until 1997 when she moved to Savanna. Charlotte enjoyed cooking and gardening, but her true joy came from her family which now numbers 91. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Isaac Mills, a son, J. Richard Mills, her parents, J. Wesley and Maudene (Campbell) McKinley, and her only sibling, Kathryn Anne (McKinley) Cornwall. Charlotte is survived by her nine children: Carlton (Joan) of Urbana; Peter of Wheeling; Jim (Sharon) of Savanna; Doug (Cathy) of Alachua, FL; Andrew of Savanna; Susan (Jackson) Greathouse of Spencer, WV; Jane (Chuck) Ciorba of Fairfax, VA; Debra Kennedy of Gifford, IL; and Phillip (Lisa) of Savanna; 27 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Charlotte felt her purpose and legacy was raising children and being a faithful wife. She will be remembered by all as a kind, humble, simple, generous Christian woman with a kind word for all and a special love for children. […]

  • Donald Neal Walz | 03/19/2019
    on March 19, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Leslie "Bud" E. Kruse, Sr. | 03/17/2019
    on March 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Mary Ruth Hall | 03/17/2019
    on March 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Larry Carl Niemann | 03/15/2019
    on March 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Joseph J. Krohmer | 03/10/2019
    on March 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Linda Kay Oppold | 03/06/2019
    on March 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Corene Joy DeFrane | 03/01/2019
    on March 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Randy G. Bower | 02/27/2019
    on February 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Donna M. Kloepping | 02/23/2019
    on February 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Annemarie Harbison | 02/21/2019
    on February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Sandy Marlee Hollins | 02/20/2019
    on February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Marilyn Rakowska | 02/20/2019
    on February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Randy Reed Richart | 02/20/2019
    on February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Tara L. Heffelfinger | 02/19/2019
    on February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Debra Ann Bolen | 02/19/2019
    on February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Jameson Swanson | 01/28/2019
    on January 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Debra Lynn Andersen | 01/25/2019
    on January 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Lois M. Tucker | 01/20/2019
    on January 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Charlene E. Huso | 01/10/2019
    on January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Kay Dick | 01/01/2019
    on January 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Eloise Ann Rees | 12/27/2018
    on December 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

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  • Linda L. Kromm | 12/20/2018
    on December 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

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  • Wendy Sue Dawson | 12/15/2018
    on December 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

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  • Donald Krug | 11/15/2018
    on November 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

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  • Joyce M. Wickler | 11/10/2018
    on November 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

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  • Halie Marie Adams | 11/02/2018
    on November 2, 2018 at 4:00 am

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  • Glenn L. Rowe | 10/23/2018
    on October 23, 2018 at 4:00 am

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  • Twila Rose Long | 10/20/2018
    on October 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

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