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October 23, 2019

Pearl City

Vida Marie Neebel, 92

Vida Marie Neebel passed away on Friday October 11, 2019 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

Vida was born on May 5, 1927 as the youngest of six children born to John and Lena (McKinstry) Blair near Stockton. Robert Neebel and Vida were married on November 7, 1945 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton, IL. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena. She farmed alongside her husband for many years and was a loving Wife, Mother, Aunt, Grandma and Great Grandma.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Neebel of Pearl City; one daughter, Jean (Dennis) Hill of Kent, two grandsons- Scott (Jean) Hill of Stockton and Tracey (Angie) Hill of Polo; two great grandsons- Wyatt Robert Hill of Stockton and Sam Edward Hill of Pearl City and one great-granddaughter Sophie Watts of Polo; one brother, Clyde Blair of Warren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 18, 2019 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Lena. Visitation was from 4:00 till 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. Rosary Services began at 3:30 PM on Thursday at the Funeral Home. Officiating was Father Andrew Skrobutt. A luncheon was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church before the burial. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport.

A memorial has been established in her name. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Violette Charline Tessendorf, 99

Violette Charline Tessendorf age 99, passed away on Saturday October 12, 2019 at Lena Living Center.

She was born on November 15, 1919 at home near Argyle, WI. She attended school at the Mud Branch School and Argyle High School. She attended nurses training at St. Francis School of Nursing in Freeport and received her RN on graduation. She worked at St. Claire Hospital at Monroe which was only 2 years old at the time. She later was employed by Dr. Melvin Stuessy of Brodhead as an office nurse for 2 years. Violette then worked with the Boy Scouts for 59 years and Warren Community School for 10 years as a school nurse and the resource room. She was married by Rev. S. C. Benson in Blanchardville, WI to Frank A. Tessendorf on November 15, 1947 and they made their home in Warren.

She is survived by one son Gary Tessendorf of Warren and grandson Jeremy of Normal, IL, many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Frank in 1989 and son Donald (Judy) in 2016, twin sister Viola (Delbert) Martin and sister Mabel (Clarence) Saalsaa, four brothers, Jesse, Clarence, Glenn and Cecil.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 21, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Warren, IL. Visitation was from 9:00 AM until time of services on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Vicar Michelle Knight officiated the services.

A memorial has been established in her name. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Stanley J. Jones, 66

On Friday, October 4, 2019, Stanley J. Jones passed away at the age of 66 from cancer.

Stan was born on September 8, 1953 in Freeport, IL to Wilbur and Nellie (Heefner) Jones. Stan was the father of two daughters, Vanessa Reid of Kenmore, WA and Michelle Elliott of Star, ID, and has most recently spent his time retired in the Philippines.

Stan was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur, his mother, Nellie, as well as his siblings including two brothers in infancy, Vivian Eisen, Dick Jones, twin sister, Sally Mitchell, and nephew Eric Scheider.

He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa and Michelle, his siblings Phyllis Craig, Jerry Jones, and Sue Scheider, as well as several nieces and nephews.

While there will be no funeral services, a “celebration of life” is planned on November 16th from 2-5pm at Mulligans in Lena.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Dorothy “Janice” Heyer, 92

Dorothy “Janice” Heyer age 92, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home.

She was born on November 11, 1926 in Freeport, IL to Allen and Dorothy (Drane) Coomber. She married Gordon Heyer on February 6, 1946 at the Warren Methodist Church. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Women’s group, and the church council. She enjoyed square dancing, taught ceramics classes for many years, playing euchre and watching game shows.

She is survived by children Lori (Tom) Corbari of Stoughton, WI, Todd (Tammy) Heyer of Stockton, IL; grandchildren Dan (Tabitha) Majors, Aaron (Sara) Majors, George (Denise) Corbari, Chris (Debbie) Corbari, Michaela Corbari, Jackie Heyer, Brian Day, Heather Hammer, Crystal Heyer, Alisha (Ryan) Pearson, Samantha Digmann (Reed Gibson) and Madison Fetter; 36 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon on June 25, 2016 and her grandson Dustin Heyer on July 18, 2016.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Stockton, IL. Visitation was from 4:00 till 8:00 PM on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. Officiating was Pastor Chuck Wolbers. Burial was in Ladies Union Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Mt. Carroll

Marvin Woessner, 91

Marvin Woessner, age 91, of Mount Carroll, Illinois, died on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Lena Living Center.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll with Reverend Kim Chapman officiating. Burial took place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. A visitation was held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, Mount Carroll or Unity Hospice in Marvin’s memory.

Marvin was born on a farm near Shannon, Illinois, on December 22, 1927, the son of Clarence and Martha (Moring) Woessner. He graduated from the Shannon High School with the Class of 1945. On June 22, 1947, Marvin married Mary Kearnaghan in Mount Carroll. They raised four children and celebrated 64 years of marriage. They renewed their vows in February of 2012. Mary passed away April 2, 2012.

Marvin farmed north of Mount Carroll and also had a successful real estate and title insurance business until retiring in 1992.

Mary and Marvin loved taking their children on the Mississippi River and camping at Timberlake. They enjoyed traveling and spending winters together in Bonita Springs, Florida. Marvin had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing tricks on friends. Marvin was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mt. Carroll Rotary Club, Cyrus Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite.

Marvin will be dearly missed by one son Brian (Cynthia) Woessner of Mount Carroll; three daughters, Deborah (Herman Wild) Polhill of Hanover, Illinois, Teresa (Randy) Criddle of Byron, Illinois and Kristina (Dick) Mazzie of West Bloomfield, Michigan; eight grandchildren; and sixteen great grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, and a brother, Wendell.


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