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December 11, 2019


Sara Mae Schulz, 96

Sara Mae Schulz, 96, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at Swedish American Heart Hospital, Rockford, IL.

She was born on September 15, 1923 in Lena, IL to Ralph and Iris (Sisson) Stabenow. Sara Married Robert Schulz on December 27, 1942 and he passed away in 1990. She was a member of Lena United Methodist Church. Sara loved spending time with her family and going out to breakfast, this was something she looked forward to everyday.

Sara is survived by her two sons; Roger (Kathie) Schulz and David Schulz all of Lena. Eight grandchildren; Laurie Powell of Georgia, Stacey Schulz of Lena, Jeremy Schulz of Beaverton, OR., Robyn (Vicki) Schulz of Stockton, Ryan (Amy) Schulz of Winnebago, Regan (Amy) Schulz of McConnell, Riley (Amy) of Lena, Rory (Bethany) of Lena. Nineteen great grandchildren; Keeley (Evan) Schrader of Freeport, Kiley, Ramsey, and Rawley of Stockton, Taylor and Lauren of Winnebago, Ren, Reyne, Acacia, and Audrey of McConnell, KierraLynn, Rowen, Ryder, Keighlyn, and Kinzley of Lena, R.J., Roran, and Kairi of Lena, and Brittany Robinson of Elpaso, TX., One great great grandchild; Emmett Schrader of Freeport. One sister; Norma (Ervin) Klaas of Lena and one special cousin; Dolores Solace of Lena.

Preceded by her two brothers; Clair and Robert Stabenow and one great grandchild; Aracelli Schulz.

Funeral Service was at 10:00 am Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, IL. Visitation was held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Leamon Funeral Home, Lena. Internment is at the Lena Burial Park, Lena. Officiating the service were Pastor Keri Rainsberger and Ernie Stabenow.

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


Dale Francis Teberg Jr., 74

Dale Francis Teberg, Jr., age 74, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at home after a sudden illness. A funeral service was 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 was 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

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.

Mt. Carroll

Nan Buss, 67

Nan Buss, age 67, of Mount Carroll, IL, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service was held Friday, December 6, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Church of God in Mount Carroll, burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Visitation took 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. Family and friends are invited to share in Nan’s life at

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, Carisse, 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, of Scottsdale, AZ; as well as many other family members and friends.

Nan was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Rodney Buss, her three brothers, Richard “Skip” Handel, Ted Handel, and Tom “Charlie” Handel, and Jim Shurman, who was like an adopted son.


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