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    Jun 19, 2024

    Elizabeth William (Bill) Egnathaus Holland, 99 William (Bill) Egnathaus Holland 99 years old born June 1, 1925 son of Herman and Anna (Gruber) Holland passed on June 7, 2024. Bill was born on his maternal grandparent’s farm, on Snipe Hollow Road, Elizabeth, Il. All of Bill’s 9 siblings were born in the plantation style house built by his grandparents Egnathaus and Mary Gruber. Bill was named after his grandfather Egnathaus and also had his very strong work ethic. Bill attended Mount and Morley country school, Elizabeth, IL where he graduated an... Full story

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    Jun 12, 2024

    Stockton James A. Krohmer, 92 James A. Krohmer, age 92, of Stockton, IL passed away with his family by his side on May 30, 2024 at home. He was born on April 20, 1932 in Lenox, IA to the late John and Marie (Wurster) Krohmer. Jim married Carol Eden on October 28, 1956 in Massbach, IL. Jim was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach, IL where he served on the counsel for several years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1956 during the Korean Conflict. Jim was employed by Kraft Foods and Atwood/Dura for many years. Jim loved t... Full story

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    May 29, 2024

    Stockton/Elizabeth Viola D. Nickel, 91 Viola D. Nickel passed away May 21, 2024, she was 91 years young. The daughter of the late Alfred and Alice (Boelk) Schuldt she was born in Council Hill Illinois on February 10,1933, during the depression which ultimately gave her strong values, work ethic, and the true meaning of family. She had tremendous respect for God, and our Country. Viola and her late husband Robert (Bob) worked together to build a business that serviced the area with Excavation and Field Drainage Systems. After raising their... Full story

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    May 22, 2024

    Stockton Winnifred C. Luke, 94 Winnifred C. Luke, age 94, of Stockton, IL passed away Monday, May 13, 2024 at home. She was born in Warren, IL on June 21, 1929 to the late James and Maude (French) Sigafus. Winnifred married Ralph H. Luke Jr. on June 12, 1947. Ralph passed away April 25, 1987. Winnifred enjoyed trips to the casino, flower gardening and spending time outside, keeping a tidy house, eating sweets and hosting Christmas Eve for the whole family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She... Full story

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    May 15, 2024

    Stockton Brian “Buzz” Raab, 68 Brian “Buzz” Raab, 68, of Stockton, IL passed away Tuesday, May 07, 2024 at UW Madison Hospital. He was born in Freeport, IL on May 27, 1955 to the late Wayne and Hazel (Bonnell) Raab. Buzz was a 1973 graduate of Stockton High School. He retired from Kelly Springfield after 20 years. He was a member of the Local 745 United Steel Workers Union. Buzz also farmed his whole life. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed playing poker, golfing, telling stories, discussing politics, and driving his “buggy... Full story

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    May 8, 2024

    Stockton Emma Grace Emanuelson, 13 Emma Grace Emanuelson, age 13, of Stockton, IL passed away unexpectedly at her home surrounded by her family, on April 30, 2024. Emma was born on April 14, 2011, in Freeport, IL to Tonya (Townsend) Nolan and Eric Emanuelson. She was currently in 7th grade at Stockton Middle School. Mr. Richardson was her favorite teacher. Emma was involved in band and track at school and enjoyed helping her Grandma Sue at the Sidetrack in Apple River, IL. She was the silliest girl, with the best personality and the best... Full story

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    May 1, 2024

    Freeport David C. Thill, 93 David C. Thill, 93, of Freeport, IL passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024 at FHN Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 20, 1931 to William and Ruth (Bruss) Thill in Clayton, WI. David married Patricia Heyer on October 12, 1954 at the Nazarene Church in Stockton, IL. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956 during the Korean War. After David was discharged from the Army, he started working for F/S Stephenson Service Company as a petroleum salesman. David worked his way up to... Full story

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    Apr 24, 2024

    Stockton Dennis L. Hamilton, 82 Dennis L. Hamilton, 82, of rural Stockton, IL passed away peacefully April 9, 2024, at home with his wife by his side. Dennis was born in Waterloo, IA on September 26, 1941 to Mary E. Reynolds and Edward G. Hamilton. He grew up in Clinton, IA and Cedar Rapids, IA, graduating from Regis High School in 1959 and Loras College in 1964. Dennis married Jane Hogan in 1967. They have one son, Daniel, born in 1983 who now lives in Fort Collins, CO. After serving in the Air Force, Dennis earned a Masters Degree in... Full story

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    Apr 17, 2024

    Pearl City John J. Kempel, 98 John J Kempel Passed away April 3, 2024 at the Lena Living Center, where he was a resident since January, 2022. John was born June 26, 1925 to Fred and Alma (Althoff) Kempel. John married Donna Kehr on January 11, 1947 at the first English Lutheran Church, Freeport, Illinois. He was a lifetime member of Salem United Church of Christ at Loran, Illinois. After working as a cheesemaker for four years he farmed and worked at the carpenter trade being employed with Ray Stamm Inc. for thirty years, retiring in 1990. He... Full story

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    Apr 10, 2024

    Lena Violet Altenbern, 98 Violet Altenbern passed away at the age of 98, on Friday, March 29, 2024. She was born at Willow, on August 15, 1925 to Arthur and Edna (Thompson) Buchenau. She married Marvin Altenbern on September 19, 1942 in Lena, he passed away on December 2, 1994. They farmed in the Lena area. After they retired from farming, they moved into Lena where Violet volunteered at the Lena Nursing Home for 20 years. She was known for baking lots of cookies for the treat after Bingo at the nursing home. She loved helping with the older... Full story

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    Apr 3, 2024

    Loran David Duane Kloepping, 71 David Duane Kloepping, age 71, of Loran, IL passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at his home. He was born on March 26, 1952 to the late John and Leanella (Piper) Kloepping. David married Kathleen Schroeder. Kathleen passed away May 26, 2002. David was a 1970 graduate of Lanark High School. He farmed his whole life and enjoyed hunting in his spare time. He is survived by his son, John Kloepping of Loran, IL; his daughter, Crena (Jason) Hamilton of Freeport, IL; his brother, Michael (Mary) Kloepping of Menasha, WI;... Full story

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    Mar 27, 2024

    Lena Wieland “Willie” J. Kayser, 96 Wieland “Willie” J. Kayser, 96, of Lena, IL passed away peacefully, with his daughter holding his hand on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Willie was born on April 2, 1927 in Hockenheim German to Wilhem and Katherina (Auer) Kayser. At four years old, Willie moved to New York with his parents. While in New York, Willie began his meat cutting career at a local grocery store. At the age of 18, Willie was drafted into the United States Army/ Air Force. In the military, he was able to continue working on his meat cutting... Full story

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    Mar 20, 2024

    Stockton Victor William Hansen, 85 Victor William Hansen, age 85, of Stockton, IL passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024 at FHN Hospital in Freeport. He was born on February 20, 1939 in Whittemore, IA to the late Ben and Rose (Staab) Hansen. Vic married Alice Menke on July 11, 1961. He had retired from American Airlines after many years. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, dancing, playing cards, trips to the casino, traveling and watching black and white westerns. Vic was the youngest of 12 children. He loved spending time with family and friends. He is... Full story

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    Mar 13, 2024

    Elizabeth Karen E. Steffes, 78 Karen E. Steffes,78, Elizabeth, sadly left us on February 29, 2024. She was the daughter of the late Dale and Doris Westaby. Surviving is her son Dennis (Jane), granddaughter Darcy (Austin) Ertmer. Sisters Sandra (Kenneth) Groezinger, Mary (Rod) Reimers, and many nieces and nephews. She was the kindness mother and grandmother. She loved sports and never missed a volleyball, basketball, or softball game. She was proud of her farm and her family and always supported them. Her smile will be missed by her many... Full story

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    Mar 6, 2024

    Freeport/Shannon Ralph Wayne Bass, 82 Ralph Wayne Bass, age 82 of Freeport, IL, formerly of Shannon, IL passed away Monday, February 26, 2024. He was born July 2, 1941 in Stockton, IL to Raymond and Margorie (Plapp) Bass. Ralph grew up in Shannon, IL on the family farm with his three brothers. He was a graduate of Shannon High School in 1959. After graduating, Ralph served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1968. During his time in the Air Force, Ralph really enjoyed being stationed in Fairbanks, AK and Klamath Falls, OR. After his... Full story

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    Feb 28, 2024

    Warren Brandon J. Hartzell, 39 Brandon J. Hartzell, 39 of Warren, IL passed away peacefully at home with his wife and daughters by his side, on Monday February 12, 2024. He was born on February 6th, 1985, in Monroe, WI to the late Harry Hartzell and Cathy Burmeister. Brandon attended Warren Jr. Sr. High School, and went on to work at Monroe Truck Equipment, Stagecoach Trails Limestone, and most recently the Jo Daviess County Highway Department. On September 1st, 2007, Brandon married the love of his life, Ashley Dagle in Apple River. Brandon... Full story

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    Feb 21, 2024

    Pearl City Michael A. Strohecker, 76 Michael A. Strohecker, age 76 of Pearl City, IL, passed away at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford on Monday, February 12, 2024, surrounded by his family. He was born May 15, 1947 in Freeport, IL; the son of Harry and Nadine (Bussian) Strohecker. He was a 1965 graduate of Pearl City High School. Mike married Karen Werkheiser on September 23, 1966. He retired after 33 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation Highway Maintenance. After retiring he was a school bus driver for Pearl City School... Full story

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    Feb 14, 2024

    Lena Sawyer Kruse Kempel, 0 Shortly after coming into the world, Sawyer Kruse Kempel, passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents William and Codi (Sandell) Kempel at Javon Bea in Rockford, IL on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. His time here on earth was short, he was loved more than words can say and will always be in our hearts. Sawyer is survived by his loving parents William and Codi; his brother Oliver; grandparents- Don (Kristen Keith) Kempel and Dennis (Monica) Sandell; great-grandparents- Margaret Kempel and Ron (Sherri) Brown; Aunts... Full story

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    Jan 31, 2024

    Stockton Robert “Bob” Charles Kappes, 92 Robert “Bob” Charles Kappes, age 92, of Stockton, IL passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at FHN Hospital in Freeport surrounded by his family. He was born in Pleasant Valley on September 28, 1931 to the late Lawrence and Opal (Schmidt) Kappes. Bob married Vernetta Ault on March 10, 1956 in Orangeville. Vernetta passed away August 7, 2009. Bob was a 1949 graduate of Stockton High School. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years during the Korean War. He had worked for Hess Construction after the service... Full story

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    Jan 24, 2024

    Mounds View/Freeport LaDelle Elaine (Haug) Mackeben, 86 LaDelle Elaine (Haug) Mackeben, 86, of Mounds View passed away on January 6, 2024. She was born on September 5, 1937 in Hanover Township, Illinois, to parents Leo E. and Winifred (Monnier) Haug. LaDelle is survived by her husband Don, children Randall, Deanna Roy, and Michael (Lisa), grandchildren Natasha (John) Jakway, Sarah (Max) Morris, and Jack, great-grandson Macklin Morris, sisters Merilynn Ross and Phyllis Hermann, and sisters-in-law Darlene Haug and Barbara Haug. She is preceded... Full story

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    Jan 17, 2024

    Lena Toni R. Reed, 58 Toni R. Reed, 58 of Lena, IL passed away on January 3, 2024 at FHN. She was born on March 30, 1965 at Dr. Boeke’s office in Winslow, IL to Bob and Karen (Bauer) Johnson. She married Dave Reed on November 7, 1981 at the Lena Methodist Church and together they raised a family. She kept busy throughout the years. She worked at Gilley’s Supperclub in her younger years where she had a lot of fun and made friends. She also spent many years babysitting nieces and nephews and became like a second mother to them. The past 18 yea... Full story

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    Jan 10, 2024

    Apple River Darlene Elizabeth (VanLent) Busch, 88 Darlene Elizabeth (VanLent) Busch, 88, of Apple River, Illinois passed away at home on Thursday, December 21, 2023. She was born on April 26, 1935 in rural Scales Mound, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Schonhoff) VanLent. Darlene married Elmer “Hommie” Busch on December 7, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Apple River, Illinois. A life long homemaker, she enjoyed working puzzles, playing bingo, and keeping up with the neighborhood news over coffee. Surviving are her chi... Full story

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    Dec 20, 2023

    Stockton Teresa Kay Magee, 61 Teresa Kay Magee, age 61, of Stockton, IL passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. She was born in Freeport, IL on September 13, 1962, the daughter of LaVerne and Janice (Klepack) Beyer. Teresa married Gene Magee on November 30, 1985 at Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton. Teresa was a 1980 graduate of Stockton High School. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. Teresa had worked as a bookkeeper for M&M Concrete for many years. She enjoyed gardening,... Full story

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    Dec 13, 2023

    Freeport/Sleepy Hollow Brett Eugene Wardlow, 69 Brett Wardlow, 69, of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2023. He was born on July 29, 1954, in Freeport, Illinois. Son of Merle and Ladona (Renken) Wardlow. Brett will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary (Reinert) Wardlow, his son Evan (Ashley) Wardlow, He is survived by his parents, brother Dean (Marcia) Wardlow, sister Karen (Hans) Hauser, Nieces and Nephews, Sarah (Luke) Kramer and their son Leo; Kyle (Anna) Wardlow; Lindsey (Lucas) Goncalves and... Full story

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    Dec 6, 2023

    Lake Carroll Richard Laesch, 82 Richard Laesch, age 82, of Lake Carroll, IL passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023. He was born on June 16, 1941 in New Ulm, MN to the late Carl and Loretta (Dawidiak) Laesch. Richard married Judith Hayes, she passed away in 1979. He married Mary Stevens on September 26, 2009. Richard was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Shannon where he was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Lake Carroll Fishing Club and Equestrian Club. Richard had worked as a sheet... Full story

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