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    Obits 4.25

    Posted by: Editor April 22, 2018

    Stockton

     

    Ileen E. Knapp, 96

    Ileen E. Knapp, age 96 of Stockton, IL passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Liberty Village in Freeport, IL. 

    She was born September 25, 1921 in Woodland Township, Carroll County, IL the daughter of the late Howard and Marie (Willson) Derrer. Ileen married Clifford R. Knapp on May 28, 1944 in Lanark. Clifford passed away on September 25, 1988. 

    Ileen graduated from Lanark High School in 1939, Dekalb Teachers College in 1941, and Rockford College in 1973. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Pi Chapter, IL Retired Teachers Association, 50 year member of Order of Eastern Star Stockton Chapter 330, Wa-Tan-Ye and Stockton Historical Society. Ileen worked for Stockton Schools, Slick School, Fitzsimmons School, Massbach School, and Mt. Carroll Center Hill School. She also farmed with her husband for many years. Ileen enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and community service. 

    She is survived by her daughters, Kay Blair of Freeport, IL and Ann Johnson of Thomson, IL; her grandsons, Jeremy Blair (Patrick VanNordstrand) of Kalamazoo, MI and Christoffer (Haley) Lammer-Heindel of Dubuque, IA; her granddaughter, Emily (Phillip) Behnke of Pecatonica, IL; her great grandchildren, Iris and Sullivan Lammer-Heindel, and Delaney and Quinn Behnke; her two brothers, Wayne and Paul Derrer; her two sisters, Betty Lindstrom and Helen Derrer; and her four sisters-in-law, Betty and Beverly Derrer, Helen Peterson, and Vera Knapp. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Marie; her husband, Clifford; her two brothers, Glenn and Lawrence; and her sister, Dorothy Stoner. 

    There was a memorial service on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Stockton at 11:00 a.m. There was a visitation before the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared with Ileen’s family at www.hermannfuneralhome.com

     

    Steve W. Evans, 67

    Steven W. Evans, age 67 of Stockton, IL passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital. 

    Steve was born November 29, 1950 in Freeport to Norman and Oletha (Pulfrey) Evans. 

    Steve graduated from Stockton High School. He farmed all of his life, worked an Atmospheric Testing Station and bartended for many years. Steve was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed playing darts, walking in the woods and taking the scenic route home. 

    He is survived by his mother, Oletha Evans of Stockton; his fiancé, Patsy Holland of Stockton; his niece, Emily (Cole) Duvall and their children, Layla and Dorian; his family members, Stacy (Dan) Lieb and Kaige Brown, Bobbie Jo (James) Landrith and Ethan and Emily Stotler and Madeleine Landrith. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman and his brother, Bruce. 

    A memorial service was held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton at 11:00 a.m. There was a visitation on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. also at the Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

     

    Pearl City

     

    Dorothy Mae (Ellinor) Eden, 88

    On Monday, April 16th 2018, Dorothy Mae (Ellinor) Eden, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away at the age of 88.  Dorothy was born on February 8, 1930 in Derinda, IL to Edward and Carrie (Heer) Ellinor.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Derinda. Graduated from Hanover High School in 1947.

    Dorothy worked at the Elizabeth Pharmacy and Schmidts Cafe. On October 22, 1950, she was united in marriage to Myron C. Eden.  He died in 1998. They farmed many years on a dairy and hog farm northwest of Pearl City. In 1995 after retirement, they built a house in Pearl City.  Dorothy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City and was an active member in the women’s groups and Fellowship Club, often serving as an officer of these organizations.  Dorothy loved vegetable and flower gardening and taking care of her lawn. She was an excellent seamstress and made fourteen quilts last year for her great grandchildren. She loved her family, friends, neighbors and staying involved in the community.

    Those that will mourn her passing and cherish her memory are her four daughters: Kathy (Ken) Hillmer, Pearl City; Karen (Ron) Bremmer, Pearl City; Karla (Rick) Hendee, Freeport; and Kristine (John) Zajicek, Freeport.  Her eight grandchildren: Kayla (Nick) Block, Bettendorf, IA; Kendra (Friend, Tom Peppard) Hillmer, Canton, OH; Kara (Tom) Hofmaster; Chad (Deb) Bremmer; Ross (Melanie) Bremmer; all from Pearl City; Carmen Bremmer, Decatur, IL; Sara (Ryan) Corcoran, St. Charles, IL; Rachel Hendee, Chicago, IL.  Fourteen great-grandchildren: Nyah, Kamdon and Kennah Block, Benjamin, Ethan and Eli Bremmer, Addison, Ava, Lucas and Jayden Bremmer, Eden and James Corcoran, Deaken and Rylen Hofmaster.  Also surviving, sister-in-law, Ruth Corbin and four nieces and two nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Edward & Carrie Ellinor, husband, Myron Eden, brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Dorothy Ellinor and two very special aunts Sarah Campbell and Mae Heer.  The family would like to thank the staff at Oakley Courts, Parkview and FHN Hospice. A memorial fund has been established for her church and FHN Hospice.

    Visitation was on Thursday, April 19th from 4-7pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 229 S 1st St., Pearl City. Funeral service was Friday, April 20th at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Tom Ekstrand officiating.  There was a visitation an hour before the service. Condolences may be shared at www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

     

    Lena

     

    Lillian Rose (Merty) Schumacher, 88

    Lillian Rose (Marty) Schumacher, age 88, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at her home in Lena. 

    She was born to Jacob and Freida (Abley) Marty on April 30, 1929 in Monroe, WI. The farm where she grew up, was homesteaded by her immigrant great grandparents from Switzerland and deeded directly to them by then President James Polk in 1847. She and her sisters attended Eldorado County School thru 8th grade either walking or riding their ponies the 3 miles to school. After graduation from Orangeville High School she moved to an upstairs apartment in Winslow where she lived the next 67 years. During that time she worked at Parriot’s Grocery, Mitek speaker factory, owned and operated Duane and Lil’s Tap and raised 3 boys. She was always very social in many of the Winslow organizations and deeply enjoyed her friends and family. She enjoyed lying in the sun with Gert Mani and Gloria Gruenberg with their “special tanning potion.” Her real passion, which was well-developed, was going to garage sales. She mapped out intricate routes and time schedules with lists of items that people asked her to purchase for them. She often exceeded their needs with things that she thought they needed. There was only one interest of hers that was greater than rummage sales and friends and that was her family.  She always kept up with her 3 sons and their families and never missed an opportunity to tell everyone how proud she was of her family. The most important material items she had were her cherished family photos on a special wall that she constantly looked at.

    Lil is survived by her three sons; Jim (Jan) Hastings of Lena, Jess (Jody) Schumacher both of Lena, and Jeff (Moira) Hastings of Westby, WI; grandchildren, Tim (Kelsey) Hastings, Myles (Jen) Hastings both of Minneapolis, MN, Hannah (Frank) Webber of Westby, WI, Kaitlyn (John) Vasko of Chicago, IL, Dr. Jaclyn Hastings of Waukesha, WI, and Jake Schumacher of Lena; greatgrandchildren, Mazi and Arlo Webber of Westby, WI; sisters Betty (Merlyn) Barker and Barb (Rod) Horstmeier, and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Barbara Ann, and sister Penny Rosa.

    Funeral services were held at 10:30 on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. A visitation was from 4-7:00 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Leamon Funeral Home. Dave Offerman officiated the services. Burial will be at Rock Lily Cemetery in Winslow.

    A memorial has been established in her name for the Winslow Historical Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.leamonfh.com.

    The family would like to give a special thank you to one of her best friends, Mary James for always being there for her throughout the years.


    4.18.18 Obituaries

    Posted by: Editor April 15, 2018

    Obits

     

    Stockton

     

    Phillip L. Brunner, 84

    Phillip L. Brunner, age 84 of Stockton, IL passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 surrounded by his family at FHN Memorial Hospital. He was born in Rural Stockton/Pleasant Valley Township on April 2, 1934 to the late Lloyd and Bessie (Althof) Brunner. Phillip was a 1951 graduate of Stockton High School. He married Mary Kay Bernhardt on June 1, 1961 in Ottawa, IL. Kay passed away on June 30, 2008. 

    Phillip was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of the Stockton VFW, Shannon American Legion and NRA.  He farmed all his life on the home farm. Phillip served on the Pleasant Valley Township for many years as Supervisor and Road Commissioner. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. 

    He is survived by special friend, Myrna Handel of Mt. Carroll; his son, Mark (Kim) Brunner of Mt. Carroll; his daughter, Jan (Scott) Langfield of Stockton; his grandchildren, Drew (Bre) Trotter who serves in the United States Navy, Jacob Brunner, Kaylynn Brunner, Shawn (Megan) Langfield, Nick (Denise) Langfield who serves in the United States Army, Ashley (Fiance, Ryan Gadow) Langfield and Emily Langfield; his step great grandchildren, Damiano, Amir and Mason; his sister, Mary (long time family friend Dayle) Nagel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his parents, Lloyd and Bessie; his brother, James Sr and his brother-in-law, John Bernhardt.  

    There was a visitation at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. There was a graveside service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. where Military Rites will be performed by Stockton VFW and Shannon American Legion.In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

     

    Lena

     

    Lola Jean Dieterle, 90

    Lola Jean Dieterle, 90, of Lena, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport, surrounded by her family.

    She was born on June 9, 1927 to Alfred and Pearl (Stukenberg) Zumdahl in Mt. Morris, IL.  She married Leo Vincent Dieterle on August 3, 1947, and together they raised five daughters.  Lola enjoyed gardening, playing cards, cooking, doing crafts; especially sewing, dancing, and spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed traveling, especially to Germany, going on Alaskan and Bahamas cruises, and going to the Bahamas for her grandson’s wedding.  Lola was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena.

    Lola is survived by her daughters Karon (Jack) Fischer of Rolling Meadows, IL, Cynthia Marchant of Glendale, AZ, Charlene Dieterle of Madison, WI, Teresa Stamm of Lena, IL, Mary Lynn (James) Crain of Summerville, SC; nine grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo in 1994, and her sister Phyllis Binkley.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena. A visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of services on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the church. Rev. Father Andrew Skorbutt will officiate the services. Cremation rites will be accorded.

    A private family burial will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.leamonfh.com.


    Region Stunned By Tragic Loss

    Posted by: Dan Stevens October 31, 2010

    By now, everyone knows of the tragic loss that hit the area with the passing of Joe Vondra. We are never ones to question the higher powers, but the struggle to find reason in the sudden taking of the man everyone knew and respected has been difficult.

    "Joe was the George Baily of the Warren/Apple River area," said good friend Bob Lyvers. "People didn’t bank at Apple River, they banked with Joe."

    The avid sports fan who loved life, and went out of his way to serve others and the community he called home, was taken from us without warning, and without any way of preventing the occurrence.

    Over the years, Joe Vondra served as a School Board member, was a past president of the Warren Chamber of Commerce. Many people can list clubs and organizations they are members of, but for Joe – membership meant "active". He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Apple River Fire Department, the Apple River Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and was probably best known as the voice of the annual Pumpkinfest Parade.

    To try and portray the impact Joe Vondra had upon the lives he touched would be an impossible task, because Lyvers nailed it – he truly was the George Baily of the area.

    So to get a firm understanding of the magnitude of his impact, it is best to let some of the people he touched say it themselves.

    "The shock upon hearing of Joe's death is still pretty strong. He was such an integral part of this community, and supported so many of the Warren area activities. He was always smiling when he was around folks. He genuinely liked folks and seemed to go out of his way to help in whatever way he could. He will be missed by the Warren Chamber at Pumpkinfest time, as he always was an announcer for our festival's parade. We will pray for his family and ask that God blesses them in the days, weeks and months ahead. We will miss you, Joe."

    Jerry & Barb Hatfield

    "Joe was the President and Treasurer of the Fire Department for the past 15 years. He organized all of our fundraisers and always had a positive attitude. Joe did all of our grant writing and had incredible success with it. We probably would not have all of the state of the art equipment if it was not for him. He will be missed for a long time. He is one guy you just can not replace."

    Richard Huyenga - Apple River Fire Chief

    "He was incredibly smart. We took classes together at Highland College years ago, and I never would have made it through Stats class if it wasn’t for him. And even though we were equally bad on a golf course, he always found a way to win."

    Bob Lyvers - Community Bank

    "He was a great guy and a friend to everyone. He will be missed."

    Tim Story

    "Joe will be greatly missed for all he did. For his involvement in the bank and the community. For his passionate discussions about the Green Bay Packers. For his unique release of a bean bag as well as his use of the 15 wood on the golf course. Joe will be missed by all who knew him."

    Nolan Mullen

    "Joe was a great guy and he will be greatly missed at Pumpkinfest as our parade emcee. He was always there to help. He will be missed by all of the community projects and service organizations he was involved with."

    Harry Hartzell

    "There are good people, and there are great people. Joe was a great one. He will be missed by the entire community."

    Dave Gerber

    "I’ve known Joe since he was a young man – ‘Gordy’ was his nickname. I went to school with his brothers all my life, and he was the youngest and a great Packer fan. He has worked with my wife for over twenty years and we became good friends. He was very active in Village functions and will be dearly missed by everyone."

    Greg Stocks

    On a personal note, I’m not sure I will ever be able to watch the classic Christmas movie "It’s a Wonderful Life" without being reminded of Joe Vondra – the banker - who loved his hometown and community as much as George Baily loved Bedford Falls.

    Thank you ‘Gordy’, for being the living example we can all try to measure up to.


    When Heroes Are Lost

    Posted by: Dan Stevens May 31, 2010

    In what originally seemed to be a routine call, tragedy struck the Scales Mound Fire Protection District with the sudden loss of fireman Kurt Meusel.

    An elderly man with dementia had wandered off, and the call went out for people to join the search. Meusel was one of the first to answer that call.

    "He turned around and said, ‘I’ll be right back. I’ve got to go help.’ And then he drove off," said his mother Susan Meusel.

    Kurt jumped on his ATV and drove off to join the rest of the firemen in the search.

    According to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Meusel’s ATV struck a deer, and the four wheeler veered off into a ditch where it rolled, causing the injuries which lead to his death.

    Although not fighting a fire, Fire Chief Carl Winter said Meusel died in the line of duty. Meusel was the first member of the Scales Mound Fire Protection District to have fallen in the line of duty.

    Black cloth draped across the Fire Station, and the firefighters marched in full uniform in tribute to Kurt at his funeral held last Thursday, May 27th.

    "He was a good kid," Winter said. "It’s going to be really hard these next few days. It’s just going to be really hard."

    The dementia patient was later found, but news about the loss of Meusel stunned the region over such an unavoidable and unexplainable accident.

    At the age of 25, Meusel had been on the fire department since he turned 18, and also worked as a heavy equipment operator. But his life was scheduled to change later this summer when he would have married Kara Homb of Scales Mound.

    The tragedy has understandably rocked the small rural community, but has sent ripples across the state as well. State fire officials asked that flags be flown at half mast until sunset on May 27th in honor of Meusel.

    A Facebook page has been established in his honor where friends can post comments and photos. As of press time, there were over 700 supporters.


    PFC Devin J. Michel

    Posted by: Hermann November 4, 2009

    PFC Devin J. Michel, 19 PFC Devin J. Michel, age 19, of Stockton, Ill., was killed in action Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Zhari District Afghanistan from an IED.

    Born August 3, 1990, he was the son of Terry and Rebecca (Broshous) Michel. A 2008 graduate of Stockton High School where Devin played Football, Basketball, Baseball and was a member of the Band.

    After graduation he enlisted in the Army as an Infantry man at the age 17 and began basic training on June 14, 2008. He was stationed in Fort Benning, GA for Basic Training. After basic he was stationed in Fort Carson, CO in the 4th Infantry.

    On October 3, 2008 he and Anika Entmeier were married and on May 30, 2009 he was deployed on his first tour of duty.

    Devin enjoyed playing sports, his dog Jade and playing drums.

    He is survived by his wife Anika (Entmeier) Michel. Parents, Terry and Rebecca Michel of Stockton, IL. Two Sisters, Holly & Catey Michel of Stockton, IL. Grandparents, Lois & Elmer Miller of Pearl City, IL and Rod & Kathryn Broshous of Stockton, IL. Great Grandparents, Winnifred (Harold Gallagher) Luke of Apple River, IL.

    Arrangements are being handled by Hermann Funeral Home, 247 N. Park, Stockton.

    The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2009 at the Stockton High School Gymnasium. Funeral service will be at Stockton High School Gymnasium at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 7, 2009. At his request, cremation rites will be accorded after the services.

    In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.


    Orin D. Balbach

    Posted by: Hermann November 4, 2009

    Orin D. Balbach, 95, of Lena, peacefully passed from this life on Monday, October 26, 2009 at Monroe Manor in Monroe, Wisconsin.

    Orin Dwight was born to Glenn A. and Josephine F. (Hartsough) Balbach on March 22, 1914 near Winslow. Orin attended country schools in the Warren area and later graduated in 1932 from Warren High School.

    On June 8, 1939 he married Darline Myers at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. They took over operation of Darline’s parents’ family farm, rural Lena, and continued to farm until 1993, when they turned the day-to-day operation over to their son. Orin continued to help on the farm until he moved off the farm in December 2005.

    Orin was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Stockton. He served on the Nora Township Board of Trustees and was Nora Township Republic Precinct Committeeman for many years. He was an Archer Oil dealer for a period of time and was an insurance agent for Stockton Wards Grove Mutual Ins. Co. and hail claims adjuster for Rockford Mutual Ins. Co.

    Farming was Orin’s way of life from the time he was old enough to help his father do chores until moving off the farm in 2005. Even then, he made frequent visits to the farm until he could no longer drive.

    He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed going to church suppers with his wife and attending school functions involving his children and grandchildren.

    He is survived by his two sons, Dwight (Denise) Balbach of Lena, Dean Balbach of Freeport; three grandchildren, Garrett, Danielle and Danica of Lena.

    He was predeceased by his wife Darline, sisters Thelma Hodgson and Dale Haight, brother Clifton Balbach.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 29th, at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton.

    The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 30th, at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Jones officiating. Internment will be at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established.


    Cyril "Cy" Breit

    Posted by: Leamons August 24, 2009

    Cyril "Cy" Breit of Lena IL, beloved husband, cherished father and grandfather, dear brother-in-law, uncle and good friend, passed away after a courageous battle with esophagus cancer. He was a vibrant 69-year-old who passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on August 23, 2009.

    Cy was born in New Holstein, WI on October 23, 1939. He was the son of John and Anita (Schmitz) Breit. He was a graduate of Kaukauna High School in the class of 1958. On September 10, 1960 he married his high school sweetheart Jean Ann Onkels in Kaukauna, WI.

    Cy was employed by Leath Furniture in Wausau and Oshkosh WI, and later at Leath Furniture in Freeport, IL. He also worked for Perdue Marina and Ferrell Gas of Freeport for many years. He returned to furniture sales and was employed by Leamon’s Furniture of Lena and Hartman Furniture in Freeport until its store closing.

    Cy was a founding member of the Blackhawk Trailblazers Snowmobiling Club, the patriarch of the 2008 Illinois Snowmobiling Association’s Family of the Year Award. He enjoyed snowmobiling in the local area including Northern Wisconsin, going to NASCAR races in Michigan with family, traveling, camping with the Vagabonds Camping Club, hunting, fishing, and riding his bicycle.

    Cy’s main passion was spending time with his grandchildren. He was a friend and confidant to many who were lucky to know him and will be dearly missed. He enjoyed life and laughter. All who knew him were touched by his sense of humor and positive spirit.

    Cy was preceded in death by his parents John and Anita Breit, his brother Kenneth Breit and sister Germaine Strong.

    He is survived by his wife of 49 years Jean (Onkels) Breit, daughters Faye (Craig) Heilman, Lynn (Kirk) Polhill all of Lena, son Ken (Christine) Breit of Simpsonville, SC. his grandchildren Kyle, Kory, Kaitlyn Polhill, Ashley, Austin (Michelle Magee), Brock Heilman, Delaney and Kylie Breit. Also, foster children Laurie (Dan) Overesch of Appleton, WI, Michael (Julie) Rabideau of Green Bay, Wi. A brother-in-law Gerald Strong of Pewaukee, WI. as well as many nieces and nephews.

    Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at Leamon’s Funeral Home in Lena. Services will be held on Friday, August 28th 2009, at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena, IL. There will be a visitation from 9:30am to 10:30am before the service at the church. Rev. Max J. Striedl will officiate the service. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lena.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, CaringBridge.org, or Hospice and would be appreciated by the family.

    Friends many send condolences to the family at www.leamonfh.com


    Mary "Sue" Suzanne (Niemeyer) Brunner

    Posted by: Hermann August 17, 2009

    Mary "Sue" Suzanne (Niemeyer) Brunner, 81, of Stockton, died August 13, 2009 at Lena Living Center in Lena, IL.

    Sue was born October 6, 1927 in Stockton, daughter of Frank C. and Josephine (Bisenius) Niemeyer. She married Freeman Brunner on June 16, 1953 at Holy Cross Church, Stockton, Illinois.

    She is survived by children: Michael (Sandi), Rockford; Constance (Don) Hill, Lena; Jerry (Amy), Stockton; Thomas (Darcy), Freeport; William (Darlene), O’Fallon; Barbara (Jon) Kerns, Oelwein, IA; Theresa (Randy) Risser, Davis; Patrick (Donna), Lena; Debbie (Jim) Nobis, Hanover; Sylvia (Norm) Kunz, Stockton; Norman (Joanne), Ingleside; 29 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; 24 step-great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-great-grandchild; brother Norman (Carol) Niemeyer, Stockton; sister-in-law Mariem Niemeyer, Rockford; Kristine Brunner, Stockton; 1 nephew; 2 nieces; numerous nephews- and nieces-in-law.

    She was predeceased by her husband in 1978; her parents; brothers Charles, William, and Donald; granddaughter Cindy Aurand; nephew David Niemeyer.

    Rosary will take place at Holy Cross Church on Sunday, Aug. 16, beginning at 3 p.m. Visitation will continue until 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Center. The funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. Cremation rites have been accorded with interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.

    A memorial fund has been established.


    Warren L. Parker

    Posted by: Hermann August 10, 2009

    Warren L. Parker, age 90, of Stockton, Ill., died Saturday, August 8, 2009, at Morgan Memorial Home in Stockton, Il.

    He was born to a pioneer family, in Wards Grove Township, on November 23, 1918, he was the son of the late Le Roy and Ruby (Coppernoll) Parker. He grew up on the family farm in Yankee Hollow, where he attended Yankee Hollow and Stockton Schools, graduating from Stockton High School in 1935. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in forestry, and attended school in Paris France, and Weimar, Germany, as part of the Army Education Program.

    He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, and was a decorated officer, serving in the European Campaign, mustering out as a Major. Following the war, he returned to operate the family farm in Yankee Hollow, and married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve (Morgan) Wright, and became a father to her son, Dean. Warren and Genevieve farmed, and together built Morgan Memorial Nursing Home in Stockton.

    A special joy was watching their 7 grandchildren grow up next door.Warren was active in community affairs. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where he served on the church board and taught Sunday School. He was a 60 year member of the Plum River Masonic Lodge, where he was a Past Master. He was a member of the Stockton V.F.W. and the Northwestern Illinois Forestry Association. A man with a deep knowledge of history, he was an expert on local history. He had published his own military biography, "Bless Them All", and was in the process of writing a history of Yankee Hollow.

    Warren enjoyed everything about life, and lived everyday to the fullest. He especially enjoyed spending time in the timber, and his farm was often visited by school field trips to show the art of making maple syrup. He and Genevieve enjoyed gardening, and producing the homegrown products of Yankee Hollow.

    He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Genevieve, sister Martha Kuhns and sister-in-law. Marion Parker, both of Stockton, son Dean (Ruth) Wright of Stockton, and granchildren, Kim (Bill) Heid of Thompson, Tom (Lori) Wright of Stockton, Russell (Kristin) Wright of Columbia S.C., Mark (Marcie) Wright of Stockton, Paula (Jason) Haas of Stockton, and Troy (Amber) Wright of Dubuque, IA, 25 great grandchildren, 9 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Rex, sister Jane Cron, a grandson Jim Wright.

    Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Hermann Funeral Home where there will be a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Plum River Cemetery in Stockton with military honors by the Stockton V.F.W. A memorial fund has been established for the Stockton V.F.W. and the Northwestern Illinois Forestry Association.


    Vernetta E. Kappes

    Posted by: Hermann August 10, 2009

    Vernetta E. Kappes, age 74, of Stockton, Ill., died Friday, August 7, 2009, at Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, Wis. .

    She was born February 27, 1935 in Cedarville, Il., the daughter of the late Arthur and Della (Bertalot) Ault. Vernetta was a 1954 Graduate of Orangeville High School. She married Robert Kappes on March 10, 1956 in Orangeville. She was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church where she had enjoyed being active in the Rebecca Circle. Vernetta loved her home, cooking, baking, scrapbooking and reading. When she was younger she enjoyed camping.

    She is survived by her husband Robert, One Daughter, Michele (Wyatt) Chenong of German Valley, Ill; Two Sons, Michael Kappes of Stockton, Ill, Mitchell Kappes of Stockton, Ill; Three Grandchildren; Darren & Brett Chenong and Joshua Kappes. One Sister, Edna Ellefson of Freeport, Ill; Two Brothers, Harold Ault of Orangeville, Ill. James (Bruita) Ault of Sterling, Ill. Vernetta always appreciated her extended family through marriage and many nieces & nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Norma Bahl, 2-brothers - Leo and Leland.

    Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton. Funeral services will be at Christ Lutheran Church at 10:30 AM Monday, August 10, 2009, Rev. Art Stees officiating. Interment will be at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton, Ill. A memorial fund has been established by her request for the Christ Lutheran Church Building fund.


    Chelsea Lea Toot

    Posted by: Editor August 3, 2009

    Elizabeth – Chelsea Lea Toot, age 17, of Elizabeth, Illinois, died Monday, July 27, 2009, as the result of a car accident.

    Chelsea was born on June 17, 1992 in Charleston, South Carolina the daughter of Scott and Brenda Toot.

    Chelsea was a Senior at River Ridge High School and worked at McDonald’s in Galena, where she truly enjoyed her job and those she worked with.

    Chelsea was a Football Cheerleader for the Warren-River Ridge Warcats and a Basketball Cheerleader for River Ridge high School; she was a member of the Boomerang Club. She helped teach Sunday School at the First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth. Chelsea was preparing for her second year participating in the Jo Daviess County Fair Pageant. Last year, she won the People’s Choice Award and Miss Congeniality.

    She loved sports, especially softball and basketball. Chelsea loved family trips to Northern Wisconsin to go fishing. Chelsea enjoyed everything she did and brought laughter and happiness to everyone around her. Most important to Chelsea was her family and friends.

    Chelsea will be dearly missed by her parents, Scott and Brenda Toot of Elizabeth; two sisters, Britnea Toot and Katelyn Toot of Elizabeth; maternal grandparents, Lois and Charles Petsche of Stockton, and Harold Scace of Woodbine; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Angela Toot of Winnebago, paternal great-grandmother, Vera Hawley of Elizabeth; five uncles, Brian (Char) Scace of Galena, Junior (Kim) Scace of Woodbine, Kenneth Toot of Rockford, Keith Toot of Rockford, and Steven (Tanya) Toot of Erie, Colorado; eight beloved cousins; many great-aunts and uncles, and numerous other family and friends.

    Chelsea was preceded in death by her cousin, Marissa Scace, and her great-grandparents.

    A memorial fund has been established in Chelsea’s name. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com


    DONALD W. FRANK

    Posted by: Editor July 27, 2009

    Freeport

    Donald W. Frank, 82, of Freeport, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at his home in Freeport surrounded by his loving family as a result of Mesolithilioma.
    Born May 1, 1927 in Winslow he was the son of Herman and Rosa (Neseman) Frank. He married Mary Ann Rhodes November 12, 1949.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific. Donald worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for 43 years.He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the VFW.
    Surviving is his wife, Mary Ann of Freeport; 1 daughter, Pam Forsling of Rockford; 1 sister, Marlene Nesemeyer of Freeport.He was preceded in death by his parents; and 1 brother, Walter.
    Funeral service will be Wednesday 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Reverend Dr. Willis Schwichtenberg officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
    Visitation will be Wednesday 12:30 p.m. until time of service at the church.
    A memorial has been established for Immanuel Lutheran Church.
    Donald’s family invites friends to extend condolences, share a memory, light a candle, or share a caring heart in his honor at www.walkermortuary.com

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