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  • Margaret Ann Bausman
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 10, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Margaret Ann Bausman, age 89, lifelong resident of Mt. Carroll, Illinois passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Medina Manor Nursing Center in Durand, Illinois. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carroll Fire Department. Friends and family are invited to share in Margaret’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. ​Margaret was born April 3, 1930 in Savanna, the daughter of Clyde and Myrtle (Parker) Morgan. She attended Mt. Carroll Schools graduating with the Class of 1948. Margaret met the future love of her life, Marvin, in the fifth grade. She always knew they would marry which they did on June 11, 1950 at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Carroll. They “survived” successfully raising three rambunctious sons and celebrated sixty-six years of marriage. ​Margaret loved family life. She and Marvin enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. For many years they lived in Riverview, savoring being by the Mississippi River before returning to Mt. Carroll. In the early 60s, Margaret worked as Mt. Carroll’s first Meter-Maid. She continued her community service by serving on the city council in the 70s. Her primary career was working in the insurance industry- first at Crum & Forester Insurance and then with Country Companies progressing to the position of Claims Representative. She enjoyed a wide range of interests and hobbies including tagging monarch butterflies, birdwatching, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, and working with stained glass. ​Margaret will be dearly missed by three sons, Marvin (Beth) Bausman, Jr. of Beloit, Wisconsin, Kirk (Kathy) Bausman of Hawthorn, Nevada and Jodi (Cathy) Bausman of Mt. Carroll; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and one brother,Douglas (Lillian) Morgan of Comanche, Iowa. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband (Marvin Sr.), both parents (Myrtle and Clyde), one brother (Clyde Morgan Jr.), and one sister (Betty Divelbiss). […]

  • Ruth J Chrest
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Ruth Jean (Parker) Chrest, 64, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away suddenly at home on December 7, 2019. Ruth was born February 22, 1955 to Rose Marie Parker of Waukeegan Illinois and Edward “Corky” Parker of Savanna at the Savanna City Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of this area. She was owner of Mama’s restaurant for a few years. She also worked at Casey’s and was a housekeeper at Big Meadows Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ruthie-chrest-funeral-expenses. Ruth was best known for her kindness toward others. She would give you what she had even if it meant going without. She had a good sense of humor, always in the mood to joke around. She was an amazing mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, cook, etc. Ruth loved going on rides and spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching Days of Our Lives, and collecting dolls. She loved sitting at Greens, having coffee and socializing. But the thing she enjoyed most was being with her grandchildren. They were the light of her life. Anyone she came across she left a great impression on. In addition to her children, she was a mother to many. Ruth is survived by three children, Tammy (Jeremy) Holmbo, Donna (David) Olson, and Paul (Michele) Lahre all of Savanna; 10 siblings, LaDeen Getchaway of San Francisco, CA, Sandy Parker of Savanna, Rusty (Beverly) Parker of Bushnell, IL, Sheila (Harold) Beaston of AR, Steve (Janet) Parker of Clinton, IA, Bonnie Harlston of Denison, IA, Rosina Crotts of Savanna, Clay (Judy) Parker of Sabula, IA, Tina Anaya of Rochelle, IL, and Edward Parker of Iowa City, IA; six grandchildren, Ashleigh, Caitlyn, Brandon, Jayden, Ethen, and Krysta; and many nieces, nephews, and adopted grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rose Marie Parker, her father, Edward “Corky” Parker, one son, David Lahre, and a granddaughter, Ashley Olson. “I loved you all my life and now I’ll miss you the rest of mine” Thank you for being an awesome grandmother and over all, our best friend. You meant the world to us. I love you, Grandma. […]

  • John P. O'Boyle | 12/07/2019
    on December 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Ellen Louise Greene | 12/06/2019
    on December 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Alvin Graves
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Alvin F. Graves, age 65, of Green Island, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 9th, at St Johns Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. Burial will follow at Reeseville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8th, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston. Alvin was born September 1st, 1954, the son of Harry and Vera (Meyer) Graves, in Maquoketa, Iowa. He joined the army during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged in 1973. That same year Alvin married Debra (Roe) Graves in Bellevue, Iowa. Alvin was a skilled welder, and ran his own welding business. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 0034, in Preston. In his spare time Alvin loved nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and entire family. Alvin will be dearly missed by his wife, Debra Graves of Green Island; two sons, Jeremy (Joana) Graves of Bellevue, and Adam Graves of Preston; six grandchildren, Kelsi (Trevor) Denman, Rylee Graves, Kadin Graves, Kyson Graves, Carter Graves, and Maeley Graves; two great-grandchildren, Dawson Denman, and Laila Denman; and by his brother, Keith (Elise) Graves of Preston. Alvin is preceded in death by two brothers; Duwayne and Calvin; sister, Diane; and by his parents. […]

  • Sally A. Keene | 12/05/2019
    on December 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Dale Francis Teberg, Sr.
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 5, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Dale Francis Teberg, Jr., age 74, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at home after a sudden illness. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. Visitation will be held 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Funeral Home. A memorial has been established for Hanover VFW Club. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com Dale was born November 6, 1945, the son of Dale Francis, Sr. and Verneta Mae (Turner) Teberg in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, growing up and working on the family farm. He attended Mt. Pleasant High School, graduating with the Class of 1964, where he held the record for the 100-yard dash at 9.7 seconds. He always remembered driving his first car, a ’55 Chevy. Dale attended the University of Iowa on a track scholarship and graduated in 1969. He married Vicki Shivley on August 21, 1965, and later married Kathy Ferrell on December 22, 1973 in Rockton, Illinois. Dale taught and coached for the Hanover and River Ridge School district. He was a member of the Hanover Village Council and the RREA. He enjoyed golfing, coaching, spending time with his family and socializing with friends. Sports were a large part of Dale’s life. He loved cheering on the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes, and always made time for his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events. Dale will be dearly missed by his four children, Ted (Mary) Teberg of Burlington, Wisconsin, Tracy (Eric) Shepard of Littleton, Colorado, Corey (Shean) Albrecht of Elizabeth, Illinois and Carrie (Dave) Geary of Galena, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Tessa and Tommy Teberg, Tyler and Connor Shepard, Caden and Addison Albrecht, and Brecken and Holden Geary; and one brother, Jerry (Sherry) Teberg of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Dale Sr., and Verneta. […]

  • Susan Morgan
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 4, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Susan A. Morgan, age 71, of Mount Carroll, Illinois, passed away Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at Allure of Mount Carroll. A private graveside service will be held at Oakhill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Sue was born June 29th, 1948, the daughter of Clyde Jr. and Martha (Buckwalter) Morgan in San Francisco, California. As a child, Sue and her family moved to Mount Carroll. She attended Mount Carroll High School, graduating with the class of 1966. On October 3rd, 1970, Sue married Ronald Morgan in Mount Carroll. Sue worked in what was the Dura factory for most of her life, and also worked at the City Hall in Mount Carroll. She enjoyed reading and loved to watch Hallmark Christmas movies, but most of all Sue loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Sue will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Reena (Ronald) Handel of Mount Carroll, and Brooke (Scott) Mechling of Lake Summerset, Illinois; four grandchildren, Devon Handel, Brady Handel, Kylie Mechling, and Alanna Mechling; and one brother, Michael (Susie) Morgan of Mount Carroll. Sue is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, both of her parents, and by her sister Pat Ferris. […]

  • Elden E. Shisler | 12/04/2019
    on December 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Nan Buss
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on December 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Nan Buss, age 67, of Mount Carroll, IL, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Church of God in Mount Carroll, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Visitation will take place Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Law Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, and one hour prior to Friday’s service, at the church. Nan was born April 10, 1952 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Cecil and Nancy (Schindler) Handel. She grew up in Mount Carroll, attending Mount Carroll schools. On June 4, 1977, Nan married Robert Buss in Florence Station, IL; between the two of them, they had nine children, but truly raised 10, including their grandson, Tyler. Nan worked as a waitress and cashier at many establishments in Mount Carroll over the years. So many, that she became a fixture of the community, known by almost all. But it wasn’t just her work history that cemented her legacy in Mount Carroll. She guided and cared for numerous people through life’s most difficult challenges such as sickness and death, and she’d help with the more joyous things, such as babysitting for neighbors and friends, or helping watch over pets whose owners were out of town. Nan was a natural helper, and it was this compassion that led to her being held in such high regard by so many. When she found time for herself, Nan enjoyed writing poetry, bowling, and collecting garden gnomes. She was an avid baseball fan, cheering on her Cubbies, every chance she had. She cared deeply for her many dogs, over her lifetime, and loved cruising in her white convertible. But above all, Nan loved her family, and was an active participant in the lives of every one of them. Nan will be dearly missed by her husband, Bob; her five sons, Rob (Dee) Brashaw, of Albany, IL, Dan (Carrie) Buss, of Pearl City, IL, Shawn Brashaw of Mount Carroll, Chad (Chris) Brashaw, of Clinton, IA, and Jeff (Leslie) Brashaw, of Leaf River, IL; three daughters, Amy (Neil) Buss, of Mount Carroll, Dawn (Dan) Buss, of Mount Carroll, and Kimberly McColley, of Savanna, IL; 20 grandchildren, Tyler, RJ, Danielle, Cheyenne, Katie, Caleb, Cody, Carissa, Cassidy, Tommy, Sammy, Cole, Kegan, Courtney, Jenna, Joslyn, Hunter, Dylan, Chase, and Brittany; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Niff (Jeff) Kloepping, of Mount Carroll; two sisters in law, Myrna Handel, of Mount Carroll, and Valerie Fritz, […]

  • Timothy Eugene Pacek | 11/30/2019
    on November 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Katherine L. Kelly | 11/29/2019
    on November 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Clarence "Sam" Eugene Kruse | 11/28/2019
    on November 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Michael Simpson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Michael Simpson, age 69, of Deltona, Florida, formerly of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 25, 2019 at AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital, Orange City, Florida. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Michael was born June 8, 1950, the son of Burton and Mary (Falsneik) Simpson in Savanna, Illinois. While growing up, he attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He graduated from Thomson High School with the Class of 1968. After high school, Michael attended Sauk Valley Community College, and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Northern Illinois University. He would later go on to receive his Master’s Degree from Northern in 1977. After working for a short time in Cincinnati, Michael took a position as Media Director for Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida from 1983 until his retirement in 2013. Michael will be dearly missed by three cousins, Richard Turney of Thomson, Illinois, Susan Simpson-Jones, of St. Charles, Illinois, and Julie Simpson-Sellers of Batavia, Illinois; a special friend and caregiver, Miguel Martinez of Deltona, Florida; and a community of caring friends in Central Florida. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, and a special friend, Anthony Molinario. […]

  • Vernon W. Helle
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Vernon W. Helle, age 79, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna with cremation rites to follow. Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., prior to the Mass at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Vernon was born August 13, 1940, the son of Walter and Alice (Williams) Helle in Dubuque, Iowa and was raised on the family farm between Savanna and Hanover. He attended Savanna High School, graduating with the Class of 1958. On October 25, 1958, Vernon married Delores Hazen. Together they raised three daughters and celebrated 61 years of marriage. Vernon worked as a timber buyer all his life. He also farmed in his younger years, raised cattle, sold wick homes and worked at Helle Wood Products. Vernon loved taking vacations with his family. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and searching for arrowheads, Indian artifacts, geodes, fossils, and old bottles. Most of all, Vernon cherished his family. Vernon will be dearly missed by his wife, Delores; three daughters, Teresa (Rocky) Mickelson, Kathy Root (Kurt Coatney), Brenda (David) Thulen, all of Savanna; four grandchildren, Robert Mickelson, Matthew Root, Jared Root and Allison Thulen; and one brother, Joe Helle of Savanna. Vernon is preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl; his parents, Walter and Alice; a sister, Janice Mills and one brother, Stanley Helle. […]

  • Wayne Livingston
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Wayne was born January 24, 1927 in Bloomington Indiana. He was the son of Harry and Blanche (Roach) Livingston. Wayne’s nickname from a young age was “Bud”. He would tell the story of his first day of school. The teacher addressed him as “Wayne”. Confused, He exclaimed, “My name’s not Wayne. My name is Bud!” As he got older, and embarked on his career, only family members and close friends addressed him by his nickname. Wayne proudly served in the Army during WW2. He was stationed in the middle east. He enjoyed telling stories of travels to see the Pyramids, Casablanca, and the Holy Land. Wayne graduated from Indiana University and was in the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He always embraced math and science and studied to be a chemist. It was at IU that he met his future wife. He and Helen Louise Duell were married in 1951 and spent 66 happy, busy years together. Helen and Wayne had two children, Cynthia (Mike) Martinovic, and Michael (Martha) Livingston. They had two grandchildren, Jessica and Kaitlyn Livingston. Wayne worked hard most of his life. He worked in his father’s grocery as a child and went on to be a chemist for the Bloomington Waterworks during college. After college, He and Helen moved to the Chicago area where he had a job working in the laboratory at Derby Foods, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and later for Kellogg. Wayne holds two patents for processes he invented. Wayne loved Classical music and he loved to read. He was an avid College basketball Hoosier Fan. He was very handy around the house and could fix anything that broke. He built the families televisions and the “Hi Fi” from a kit. He kept the family car in tip top shape, back in the days when cars were built to fix without a computer. Summers were spent travelling. He and Helen (and later with the children) took Road trips all over the country to nearly all of our National Parks. After retiring, he and Helen took many wonderful trips overseas. They moved to High Point, North Carolina. When Helen passed away in 2017, Wayne moved back to the Chicago area to live with his Daughter and her husband. Despite many health issues, he was content. He especially loved the weekend trips to the family cabin in Galena. He enjoyed the peace and having the beauty of nature surrounding him. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Ester Ruth (in childhood), and Alma June Pottorf (Bill) and his loving wife Helen. Wayne is survived by his daughter, Cynthia and […]

  • Gordon "Gordy" Minnis
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 26, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Gordon “Gordy” Minnis, age 70, of Thomson, IL passed away Friday, November 22, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City, IA. A casual memorial gathering will be held from 12pm to 3pm, Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, IL. A memorial service with military honors will take place at 3pm. Gordon was born August 22, 1949, in Albany, GA, the son of John and Geertruida (Rakeman) Minnis. Following his mother’s untimely passing, he was raised by Arthur “Hap” and Eloise Carlson of Sycamore, IL. He attended Sycamore schools, graduating with the Class of 1967. Shortly after high school, Gordon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was deployed to Vietnam. Gordon was immensely proud to serve his country as a US Marine, a trait he likely inherited from his father, who was an officer in the Army Air Corps, and certainly passed to his son, Matthew, who is also a US Marine. Following his honorable discharge, Gordon became a Pipefitter, working for Local 612, DeKalb, IL. Then Local 501, Aurora, IL. He had a passion for teaching and taught welding for many years. Gordon was a man of many interests. He loved the great outdoors, spending much of his free time hunting, fishing, boating, and gardening. He also enjoyed cooking, and developed an interest in photography. He was a tinkerer by nature, and found joy in helping his neighbors with anything that needed fixing or “Gordy engineering”. Those who knew him well will remember Gordon each time they lay eyes on his favorite sight: the Mississippi River sunset. Gordon will be dearly missed by his dog, Rocky; his sons, Matthew Minnis (April French) of Sun Prairie, WI, and Justin Minnis (Nikki Atkinson) of Cortland, IL; grandson, Alex Minnis, of Sun Prairie, WI; brother, Frank Minnis; as well as numerous extended family members and friends, many of whom thought of Gordon as a father figure. Gordon is preceded in death by his birth parents, John and Geertruida; his assumed parents, Hap and Eloise; his sister, Lorraine Gervais; and his daughter, Angela Minnis. […]

  • Ralph Danna
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 23, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Ralph Danna, age 89, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Thursday, November 21, at his home in Savanna. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 1st, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Ralph was born on August 16, 1930, the son of Frank and Margaret Danna, in Chicago, Illinois. Ralph married Wanda Jenson on June 21, 1957. Ralph and Wanda celebrated 30 years of marriage before her passing in June, of 1987. Ralph worked at Imperial Eastman for much of his life. He enjoyed being outdoors, and taking care of his lawn. To the chagrin of his family, he would shovel snow no matter the weather. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph will be dearly missed by his daughter Sharon (Daniel) Chico of Savanna; two grandchildren, Brenda (Courtney) and Danielle Chico; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Bri. Ralph is preceded in death by his wife Wanda; his brother Guido Danna; two sisters, Marie Ross and Rosie Truncale; a nephew, Robert; and by his parents. […]

  • Henry Pemberton
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 23, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Henry Clay Pemberton jr., age 85 of Bellevue, Iowa, Passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date. Henry was born December 4, 1933 In Bellevue. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1951 and went on to the University Of Iowa where he joined the ROTC and went into the Air Force as an officer and became a pilot. After leaving the Air Force he sold insurance for a short time and then bought a semi with his brother which they drove for about ten years. After he tired of driving he worked as a commercial fisherman until he retired in 2008. He was also a proud member of the Masons. Henry will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Jeanne; a daughter Shari (John) Williams; four grandsons, Shannon (Chelsea), Shawn, Shayn, and Shelby; and a great granddaughter, Haisley. Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Clay Sr. and Evelyn (Beck) Pemberton, and brother Richard. […]

  • Johnnie Walker, Jr. | 11/23/2019
    on November 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Rita Gilman
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Rita Gilman, age 92, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Allure in Mount Carroll. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Burial will take place in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Rita was born September 2, 1927, to Michael and Margaret (Skibinski) Nowak in Chicago, IL. She attended Savanna schools and worked at the Savanna Army Depot until she married William L Gilman September 9, 1952 at St John's Catholic Church in Savanna. She later worked Duncan's store until their closing. Rita and Bill spent the winters in AZ after retirement. Rita loved crafting, painting, crocheting and drawings. She and Bill learned ballroom dancing and country western dancing. Rita lit up the room when she was visited by her children and grandchildren. Rita had a warm, caring, loving personality and smile that was welcoming and unforgettable. She loved to cook big meals for holidays, family weekend visits and planning yearly family reunions. Rita will be dearly missed by her one son William L (Cathy) Gilman, Jr of Lanark; three daughters: Linda (Steve) Schneider of Mt Carroll, Janet (David) Bodell of Tucson, AZ, and Judith Crist of Dubuque; a son-in-law Richard Miller of Mount Carroll; a brother, Clarence (Suzzette) of Glendale, Arizona; 17 grandchildren: Melissa (Brad) Stein; Brent (Kim) Schneider; Brian (Pixie) Schneider; Joshua Schneider; Daniel, Jonathon, Jessica and Benjamin Bodell; Brooke, Courtney, Jacob and Colin Gilman; Cassandra (Adam) Kness and Jennesa (Derick) Atherton; Taylar, Kylee and Traer (McKenzie) Crist; many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Rita is preceded in death by her husband Bill; her parents; a daughter, Carol; and eight brothers and sisters. […]

  • Allen Meyer
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 21, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Allen Meyer, age 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston, Iowa. Burial will take place in Preston Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the church. Allen was born May 10, 1937, the son of Alfred and Beulah (Russell) Meyer in Clinton, Iowa. He attended Preston High School, graduating with the Class of 1955. Allen was a lifelong farmer, and a member of the National Guard for many years. On March 14, 1959 Allen married Margery (Carlson) Meyer at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa. Allen was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau. When he had time Allen enjoyed attending auctions, where he would always find something to bring home. He also loved farming, yard work, the outdoors, traveling, and the company of his family, livestock, and pets. Allen will be dearly missed by his wife, Margery; two sons, Larry (Ana-Santos) Meyer of Reseda, California and Tom (Jennifer) Meyer of Bellevue, Iowa; one sister, Maribeth Penningroth of Dewitt, Iowa; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Allen is preceded in death by Gertrude Klobes, his sister, and his parents. […]

  • Gloria Olson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 21, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Gloria Olson, age 89, of Hanover, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Allure Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Cremation rites will be accorded, and a private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Gloria’s family would like to thank Susan Vandervate, for being such a dear friend and making sure there was a letter in the mail to Gloria every week during her stay in the nursing home. Gloria was born April 19, 1930, in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of George and Hazel (Burke) Mason. She graduated from Hanover High School with the Class of 1948. On February 24, 1953, Gloria married Melvin Olson. Together they raised three children and celebrated 47 years of marriage until Melvin’s passing. Gloria worked as a laborer at SAD, Eaton Corp. She also worked at Safeway Cans for many years with her friend Doris Schaible. She owned and operated the Hanover Cafe for four years from 1976-1980 with her husband. She enjoyed playing cards, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and doing cryptograms. Gloria will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Yvonne (Dennis) Long of Clinton, Iowa and Roxanne (Doug) Milder of Hanover; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Gloria is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin and her son, Melvin Jr. […]

  • John Joseph Picoriello | 11/21/2019
    on November 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Jerry "Duke" Hebeler
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Jerry “Duke” Hebeler, age 73, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 18, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the funeral home. Duke was born March 18, 1946, the son of Leonard and Irene (Spencer) Hebeler in Savanna, Illinois. He attended Savanna High School, graduating with the Class of 1964. After high school, he went on to work for the railroad. He later worked for Dupont in Clinton Iowa for over 30 years, until his retirement in 2001. On August 6, 2005, Duke married Carrie Pidde in Thomson. Duke was an active member of the community. He served as the Village President of Thomson for four years, village board member until recently, and also served on the Thomson Volunteer Fire Department. He was also very active in local sports—coaching little league baseball, girls softball, and participating as referee for 43 years and umpire for 41 years. Duke will be dearly missed by his wife, Carrie; two children, Teresa (Darrell) Duggan of Thomson and Jeremy Hebeler of Thomson; three grandchildren, Hunter (Katie) Hebeler, Allison Duggan and Dalton Duggan; a brother Denny (Mary) Hebeler of Thomson; two sisters, Sharon (Charlie) Johnson of Savanna and Deb Johnson of Thomson. Duke is preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Leonard “Toot” Hebeler and Richard Hebeler. […]

  • Donna Loomis
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 18, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Donna Loomis, age 87, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Bickford Cottages in Clinton, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 22, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Savanna. Burial will take place at St. Peter Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., on the day of the service. Donna was born December 21, 1931, in Green Island, Iowa, the youngest daughter of Otto and Anna (Ingwersen) Johannsen. She attended Miles schools, graduating from Miles High School with the Class of 1949. On August 3, 1958, Donna married Walter “Tiny” Loomis. They had two daughters. Donna worked as a secretary for Clinton Corn (now ADM), before having children and becoming a homemaker. She and Tiny later owned and operated the Sandy Lane Resort and bait shop just north of Savanna. Donna spent her leisure time on a number of activities. She was an active member of the Lydians Society at St. Peter and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was quite the bowler; bowling a 799 scratch average to win a tournament in 1962! She and Tiny spent many fun evenings together at the old Savanna bowling alley. Donna and Tiny travelled extensively upon Tiny’s retirement, participated in numerous hobbies together, and even became self-taught wine makers. She also enjoyed assembling puzzles, card games with friends and gardening. Donna will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Doriene Loomis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Diane (Kevin) Ritenour of Savanna; two grandsons, Travis (Katie) Ritenour of Savanna and Aaron (Emma) Ritenour of Beach Park, Illinois; great-granddaughter, Emelia; as well as many extended family members and friends. Donna is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; her brother, Harlan (Wilma) Johannsen and her sister, Rojean (Bernard) Duben. […]

  • Mary Ellen Rose
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 16, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Mary Ellen (Pitts) Rose, age 81, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 14, 2019 at Prairie Crossing Nursing Home in Shabbona, Illinois, where she had been a resident since July 2018. A funeral service will be held 10 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will take place in Lanark Cemetery, Lanark, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Family and friends are invited to share in Mary’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Mary was born December 10, 1937, in Sterling, Illinois, the second-born daughter of Omar and Hazel (Jacobs) Pitts of Chadwick, Illinois. She graduated from Chadwick High School in 1955, she then went on to attend several classes at Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois. On January 15, 1956, Mary wed James Rose. Together they raised four children and celebrated 63 years of marriage. Despite being a victim of multiple sclerosis for many years, Mary held several occupations throughout her life. She did factory work for G.E., Kraft, and Rolling Hills Progress Center. In addition, she worked as a nurse’s aide, and as an intern for the Department of Rehab Services. She also babysat for local families and cleaned houses part-time. She was a longtime member of the Chadwick Evangelical Free Church where she taught Sunday school and Bible school, and sang in the church choir. Mary was also active in many community organizations. She was a member of the Illinois Disability Council, Home Extension, and was a 4-H Leader. She loved reading and attending country music shows. Mary will be dearly missed by her husband James; two sons, David (Mary Ann) Rose of DeKalb, Illinois and Duane (Lowletta) Rose of Roseburg, Oregon; daughter Cynthia (Steven) Rae of DeKalb, Illinois; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Juanita, Gretchen, Eric, David, Allen, Makala, Michael, Kortnie and Jessica;12 great-grandchildren, Kaytelynn, Levi, Nathan, Rose, Landon, Peyton, Benji, Natalie, Abigail, Matthew, Lillian and Hannah; two brothers, Larry (Linda) Pitts of Lena, Illinois and James (Ruth) Pitts of Milledgeville, Illinois; three sisters, Janice Strauch of Chadwick, Illinois, Joan (Clifford) Freeman of Byron, Illinois, and Beverly Dayboll of Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Omar and Hazel; daughter Denise; sister Edith; […]

  • Rose Ardell Reed-Maltry | 11/16/2019
    on November 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Janet Thorsen
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Janet Elaine Struwe Thorsen, age 83, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Elizabeth Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family at the moment she was called Home. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private family memorial gathering will take place at a later date. Family and friends are invited to share in Janet’s memory at lawjonesfuneralhome.com Janet was born September 6, 1936 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Maxwell and Mary (Tansor) Struwe. She attended school in Chicago, graduating from Calvin Park High School. During her high school days, she was a proud member of the Vamps; a girls social club. Janet will be forever remembered for her kind soul and her loving demeanor. She was a deeply religious woman; one who found peace in the promise of going home to her Lord and Savior. These qualities made her a truly wonderful mother and grandmother. She devoted everything she had to the raising and care of her children, and didn’t stop there. Janet played an integral part in the raising of many of her grandchildren, as well. She believed in welcoming her children with open arms and holding them closely. A true homemaker, Janet loved to cook and bake, especially when it was for her family. She was sure to always have something freshly baked, and a pot of coffee ready on hand, just in case she were to have any visitors; and she advised her daughters to do the same. And those lucky enough to attend her Thanksgiving dinners, won’t soon forget the grand feasts she loved to prepare. When she wasn’t caring for others, which wasn’t often, she enjoyed crocheting and above all, singing. Janet will be dearly missed by her three sons, Michael (Jean) Thorsen, of Park Ridge, IL, Ken (Kim) Thorsen, of Elizabeth, IL, and Karl (Mindy) Thorsen, Elizabeth, IL; two daughters, Janet (Ken) Carlson of Hawthorne Woods, IL, and Mary (Bob) Nolan, of Hanover, IL; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren (with two more on the way); sister-in-law, Jean Struwe; and her dear friend Marcia Hanson, of Hanover, IL, as well as many extended family members and friends. Janet is preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Bob Struwe. […]

  • Daniel (Opie) Lynden Snetcher | 11/14/2019
    on November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Robert "Bob" Ertmer
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on November 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Robert (Bob) Ertmer, age 90, of Elizabeth, Illinois passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019. His family will hold private services to honor his life. A memorial has been established in his memory to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Elizabeth Historical Society. Memorials may be sent to 202 W. Main St., Elizabeth, IL 61028. Robert was born October 24, 1929 on the family farm near Elizabeth, the son of George and Anna (Becker) Ertmer. He attended the Terrapin Ridge Country School and the Elizabeth High School, graduating with the Class of 1948. During this time and until enlisting in the service, he worked for various area farmers, as well as running the family farm. On June 14, 1958, Robert married Carlene Dittmar. They raised seven children and celebrated sixty-one years of marriage. Robert enlisted in the US Airforce in 1951 during the Korean War, serving as a Military Police Officer with Top Secret Clearance until 1955 when he was honorably discharged. He was proud of his service and remained active throughout his life in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He started with the US Postal Service in 1957 as a clerk in Elizabeth. He also served as a rural carrier in Elizabeth, Hanover and Freeport. He retired in 1984 as the Hanover Postmaster. Robert repaired, restored and refinished furniture and buildings. He also had a painting business, often with a long waiting list, that continued full time for many years after retirement. He believed in always charging a fair price and that a handshake was the only contract needed. As someone living through the depression, he learned to take advantage of the endless possibilities the land and hard work could provide. With his wife and kids, they managed their 12-acre farm, raising animals and growing anything from vegetables to fruit trees to provide for their family. He was even an avid beekeeper. They not only provided for their family but provided much for neighbors and the community through many dozens of farm fresh eggs or quarts of freshly picked strawberries. Having the children take part in the daily operations of the farm was his way of instilling his values of work ethic and integrity into his future generations to come. Woodworking was one of Robert’s many talents and hobbies, working with his hands to make many cherished family heirlooms, repairing antiques, and building bird houses and miniature log cabins, just to name a few. He enjoyed fishing […]

  • Larry L. Milliken | 11/13/2019
    on November 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Bernard Eugene Hauck | 11/12/2019
    on November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Gaylord M. Schlafer | 11/09/2019
    on November 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • David E. Logemann | 11/09/2019
    on November 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Arlene Ruth Bradford | 11/07/2019
    on November 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Faye M. Wenzel | 11/05/2019
    on November 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • William Earl Lingle | 11/05/2019
    on November 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

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  • Duane Johnathan Briggs | 11/03/2019
    on November 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Dennis Harold Edler | 11/02/2019
    on November 2, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Diane L. Schlamp | 10/30/2019
    on October 30, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Norman Weston Standish | 10/28/2019
    on October 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Ellinoir M. Musser | 10/27/2019
    on October 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Michael William Janssen | 10/27/2019
    on October 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marion J. Stephens | 10/26/2019
    on October 26, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Dwight David Peterson | 10/25/2019
    on October 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Patrick Deery | 10/24/2019
    on October 24, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Jon "Jack" H. Townsend | 10/23/2019
    on October 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • William "Bill" Nelson | 10/23/2019
    on October 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Kristine Evans | 10/20/2019
    on October 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Omar Wilhelms | 10/18/2019
    on October 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Mary Edler | 10/04/2019
    on October 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marian E. Greenfield | 09/27/2019
    on September 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Agnes D. Drane | 09/26/2019
    on September 26, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Heidi Evelyn Smital | 09/17/2019
    on September 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Derick Scott Parker | 08/20/2019
    on August 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Charles T. Parish | 08/11/2019
    on August 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Rosemary M. Thain | 08/04/2019
    on August 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Michael D. Miche | 08/03/2019
    on August 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Gerald S. Dorich | 08/03/2019
    on August 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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