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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... 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... 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... 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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    Nov 29, 2023

    Eleroy Gary Reuben Amendt, 78 Gary Reuben Amendt, 78, of Eleroy IL, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2023, in Freeport, IL. He was born on January 10, 1945, in Freeport, IL, to Reuben and Ruby (Stumbaugh) Amendt. He was a graduate of Lena-Winslow High School in 1963. After high school, Gary proudly served in the United States Navy on the James C. Owens DD776. After his military service, he dedicated himself to a successful career at the Journal Standard and Microswitch in Freeport, IL, where he retired after 30 years. Gary was a member... Full story

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    Nov 22, 2023

    Stockton Patricia Ann Oats Noller, 70 Patricia Ann Oats Noller, age 70, of Stockton, IL passed away Saturday, November 11, 2023 at home. She was born in Lancaster, WI on August 30, 1953 to the late Clifford and Jeanette (Edwards) Oates. She married John “Jack” Cahill and together they had two sons. She later married Tom Noller on November 1, 2004. Pat was a 1972 graduate of Stockton High School. She drove truck for 15 years then went on to attend Nursing School. She had worked as a LPN for many long term care centers. Pat enjoyed riding... Full story

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    Nov 15, 2023

    Orangeville Midge A. Engelkens, 83 Midge A. Engelkens, 83, of Orangeville, IL passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2023, with her family by her side, at Pearl Pavilion in Freeport, IL. She was born on January 25, 1940 in Freeport, IL to Lyle and Mary Evelyn (Klontz) Meyers. Midge attended a one room schoolhouse through 8th grade, she then attended and graduated from Freeport High School. She was also a graduate of Freeport Memorial School of Nursing. Midge married Donald Engelkens on July 2, 1961. Midge started her nursing career at Freeport... Full story

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    Nov 8, 2023

    Orangeville Wendy Lee Broge, 61 Wendy Lee Broge, age 61, of Orangeville, IL passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, October 30, 2023, at SSM St. Mary’s in Madison, WI. She was born on August 19, 1962, in Freeport, IL to Paul and Bonnie (Smythe) Viel. She was a 1980 graduate of Lena-Winslow High School where she participated in various activities and had numerous awards such as French Club, Art, Math Contests, Prom Committee, SAE, SACC, Health Occupations Student Organization President and Outstanding student for Health... Full story

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    Nov 1, 2023

    Apple River Larry C. Nichols, 80 Larry C. Nichols, 80, of Apple River, IL passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at his home. Larry was born on July 19, 1943 in Port Clinton, OH to Veneta (Morgan) Nichols. He married Lillian Lomas on October 6, 1962 in Cedarville, IL and together they raised three sons. For many years, Larry was an over the road truck driver. He also drove truck for Landstar, Ag-Tech, and Wanek Trucking. Most recently, Larry worked for EZ-Auto Finance where he transported vehicles. He enjoyed the extra cash, but... Full story

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    Oct 25, 2023

    Stockton Clyde LaVerne Pohl, 87 Clyde LaVerne Pohl, age 87, of Stockton, IL passed away Friday, October 13, 2023 at home surrounded by family. He was born in Stockton on July 3, 1936 to the late Herman and Ruby (Wilcox) Pohl. Clyde married Janice Lingle on June 17, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Derinda. Clyde was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton and the Plum River Masonic Lodge. He farmed most of his life. He was also a construction worker for the Galena Territories and a Custodian for the Stockton School District. In his... Full story

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    Oct 18, 2023

    Orangeville Brian A. Markel, 61 Brian A. Markel, 61, or Orangeville, IL passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 with his family by his side at SSM St. Mary Hospital in Madison, WI. Brian was born on April 16, 1962 to Kenneth and Beverly (Werkheiser) Markel in Freeport, IL. After Brian graduated from Orangeville High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country until 1982. On October 8, 1983, Brian married the love of his life; Julie Willhite, and together they raised two daughters. He was... Full story

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    Oct 11, 2023

    Lena Larry Nelson, 78 In loving memory of Larry Nelson, who peacefully passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the Lena Living Center in Lena, Illinois. Born on August 19, 1945, in Morrison, Illinois, Larry was the beloved middle child of Francis and Dorothy Nelson. On June 7, 1968, he embarked on a lifelong journey of love and companionship when he married Kimberlee “Kim” Schoonhoven, of Lanark, IL. Larry spent his formative years on a Shannon, Illinois farm. He attended Shannon Schools and pursued his passion for education at... Full story

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    Oct 4, 2023

    Freeport Nancy F. Otte, 90 Nancy F. Otte, 90 of Freeport passed away at the Monroe Hospice in Monroe, WI Sunday, Sept 10, 2023. Her family was by her side. Born July 25, 1933 in Jacksonville, Il to Dallas & Clayetta (Hodgson) Smith. She married Leland Otte on Oct 3, 1953 at the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Freeport, Il and they built their life together. After they were married, and Lee spent 2 years in the service from 1955 to 1957, they moved to the farm on Flansburg Road where they lived there for the rest of their lives. She was the Winslow... Full story

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    Sep 27, 2023

    South Wayne Larry Ray Mau, 74 Larry Ray Mau, age 74, passed away on June 14, 2023, in Cocoa Florida after a short illness. He was born July 14, 1949 to Geneva and William Mau. He graduated from South Wayne High School, after high school he attended UW Madison, after college he joined the Army. On April 15, 1980 he married the love of his life Betty Long. Larry is survived by his wife, Betty, step-son Michael Long, brother Tom (Carol) Mau of Lena, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jerry (Izabelle),... Full story

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    Sep 20, 2023

    Pearl City Gary Lee Townsend, 79 Gary Lee Townsend, aka Hotdog, age 79, of Pearl City, IL passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, IL. He was born in Stockton, IL on August 18, 1944 to the late James and Verneil (Bohnsack) Townsend. Gary married Betty Myers on October 24, 1964 and together they had four children. Gary could often be found in his shop fixing up old cars. He could build and fix anything, including turning the back end up of an old car into a sofa. Gary knew someone everywhere he went and l... Full story

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    Sep 13, 2023

    Stockton Mariam Adel Blair, 96 Mariam Adel Blair, age 96, of Stockton, IL passed away Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Allure of Stockton. She was born in Rural Stockton on April 5, 1927 to the late Leland and Florence (Parker) Pierce. She married Morris Blair on May 15, 1948 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Stockton. Morris passed away on December 16, 2016. Mariam attended the country schools in the area and graduated from Stockton High School with the class of 1945. She then went on to attend Dekalb Teachers College. Mariam was a very... Full story

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    Sep 6, 2023

    Pearl City Beatrice Woodruff, 98 Beatrice Woodruff, age 98, of Pearl City, IL passed away Monday, August 28, 2023 at Lena Living Center. She was born in Kent, IL on April 15, 1925 to the late Lloyd and LeOra (Mammoser) Kempel. Beatrice married Wales Woodruff on January 16, 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kent. Wales passed away in 2004. Beatrice was a graduate of Pearl City High School. She was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church of Pearl City. She was also a member of the Pecatonica VFW Auxiliary. Beatrice was a farmer’s wife.... Full story

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    Aug 30, 2023

    Freeport Lois C. Thrasher, 93 Lois C. Thrasher, 93, of Freeport, IL, formerly of Lena, IL passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023. She was born on April 8, 1930 to Logan and Hazel (Winchell) Kahly in Stephenson County, IL. She attended Dakota High School. On January 16, 1949 she married Mel Thrasher in Lena, IL. During her career, she worked at numerous businesses in Lena. She was a 70 year member of Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her five children—Charles (Molly) Thrasher of Ladd, IL, Daniel Thrasher of Sun Prairie, WI, Pam... Full story

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    Aug 23, 2023

    Stockton LaVerne Willis, 77 LaVerne Willis, age 77, of Stockton, IL passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023 at his home. He was born in Freeport, IL to the late Sherwood and Pearl (Belk) Willis. LaVerne married Juanita Heidenreich on December 27, 1969. He was a graduate of Elizabeth High School and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dubuque and his Master’s Degree from Dubuque Theological Seminary. LaVerne farmed most of his life. He had also worked at the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. He enjoyed reading, puzzles,... Full story

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    Aug 16, 2023

    Lena Virginia L. Turner, 85 Virginia L. Turner, age 85, passed away on August 7, 2023 peacefully at home. She was born September 8, 1937 at St. Francies Hospital in Freeport, IL, the daughter of Elmer “Pete” and Evelyn (Mellentine) Helsinger. Virginia married Allen Turner on April 9, 1955 in Fort Riley, KS. She graduated from Highland Nursing School as an LPN and worked for 24 years at Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena. Virginia is survived by her six children; Deborah (John Blair) Jordan of... Full story

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