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Ann L. Lincicum, 79

Ann L. Lincicum, age 79, of Hanover, IL, passed away in her home during the early morning hours of Friday, February 21, 2020. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private graveside will take place at Lost Mound Cemetery in Hanover, IL, on a later date. A memorial fund has been established in Ann’s name. Family and friends are invited to share in Ann’s life at

Ann was born January 22, 1941 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Forrest and Frieda (Dauphin) Adams. A lifelong resident of Hanover, she attended Hanover schools from grade school through high school. It was there, she met Cleland Altfillisch. The two were married and had four children together. Following Cleland’s untimely passing, Ann married Harold Lincicum, and had two more children with him. The two were married until Harold’s death. Ann always contributed to her and Harold’s family farm, but as his health suffered, she took on an even more prominent role. She wasn’t one to shy away from hard work and responsibility.

A true “helper,” Ann devoted more than 30 years of her life to the Elizabeth Nursing Home. Spending long days caring for others is work that not everyone is cut out for, but Ann did it with grace, love, and compassion rivaled by few. And she didn’t let this service end simply by clocking out. For the better part of three years, Ann would wake up at 3am to visit her elderly mother and father. She would cook them breakfast and help them start their day, before arriving to her shift at the nursing home at 4:30 am. Throughout the day she’d forego her breaks so that she could take a long lunch hour, in order to stop by and prepare lunch for her parents. Then immediately following her shift, she’d return to parents home once more, to prepare dinner. It is easy to see that Ann valued family above all else. When she found time for herself, she enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden, and caring for her pigs on the old family farm. Ann was a caring and loving grandma who took pride in her grandbabies. Ann enjoyed spending time with her family and she enjoyed the laughter of her family.

Ann is survived by five children, Frieda (Joe) Paul, of Edgewood, IA, Edward Altfillisch, of Hanover, IL, Susan (Randy) Nobis, of Warren, IL, Diane (Jeff) Walker, of Rockford, IL, and Forrest Lincicum, of Hanover, IL; eight grandchildren, Frieda (Melanie Funk) Paul, Heather Paul, Matt (Cami) Altfillisch, Charles Nobis, MarySue Nobis, Tiffany (Sean) Phelps, Jeffrey Walker, and Forrest Lincicum; six great-grandchildren, Carlee, Brentlee, Alayna, Noah, Luca, and Ezra; and a brother-in-law, Carl Brock. Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Frieda, husbands, Cleland Altfillisch and Harold Lincicum, sister, Mary Brock, and son, Harold Lincicum Jr.

Pauline Marie Zigler, 96

Pauline Marie Zigler will be fondly remembered by her four sons as supportive, kind, respectful, independent, and a true fighter getting things done. The Hanover community will also remember her as tireless and gracious in her mission to help others. At the age of 96, Pauline passed away peacefully Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Galena, Illinois.

Pauline was born July 12, 1923 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Riek) Dutchoff. At the age of 11, Pauline lost her father after he succumbed to a lung illness, thought to be caused by his work as a lead-miner. She had to help “be in charge” at an early age and kept that trait throughout her life. She is a 1941 graduate of the Hazel Green High School. On October 5, 1946, Pauline married Howard J. “Shag” Zigler. He passed away January 15, 1998. They celebrated 51 years of marriage.

Pauline worked at the Savanna Army Depot since 1942. After marriage she took time to raise their four boys, then in 1965 went back to the work at the Depot. She worked in the Personnel Office, then became a Service Officer retiring in 1983. After retiring, Pauline continued working as a representative of NARFE, helping retired Depot employees receive their benefits.

Throughout life, Pauline cared for people, often helping care for her mother in Hazel Green and her brother, Rev. Fr. Charles “Bob” Dutchoff . She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Hanover, St. Anne Society, Hanover VFW Auxiliary, and Bridge clubs. The Ziglers worked hard, and when they weren’t working they had fun. Pauline and Shag loved to dance to Big Band music, and at times could be caught teaching the grandchildren how to dance around the kitchen.

Pauline was known as a fantastic cook and kept most of her recipes in her head. She was always preparing a dish for someone in the community, or making sack lunches and dinner for family members, especially when her son, Larry worked teaching at Highland Community College and lived at home in Hanover. If ever questioned about the trials of raising all boys, Pauline would say, “I wouldn’t trade my boys for anything!”

Pauline will be dearly missed by her four sons, Larry Zigler of Macomb, Illinois, Lyle (Deb) Zigler of Hanover, Terry (Barb) Zigler of Geneseo, Illinois and Tim Zigler of Madison, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, and two brothers, John and Rev. Bob Dutchoff.

A Funeral Mass was held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hanover. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover, with a Scripture Wake Service at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and the Hanover VFW.


John C. Engelking, 87

John C. Engleking, 87, of Lena formally of Elizabeth, passed away with his wife by his side on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Lena Living Center in Lena, IL.

He was born on January 17, 1933 to Francis and Rita (McNutt) Engleking in Carroll County, IL. He married Norma Eberle on June 23, 1956 in Savanna, IL. John worked for the Savanna Army Depot as a carpenter for 40 years. He farmed as well, raising beef cattle and cash crops alongside his wife. Some of his favorite things to do were going fishing and camping at the Savanna Army Depot Sportsman Club.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Norma, children; Douglas (Lynn Smith) Engleking of Menomonee Falls, WI, Deanna (Rick) Kruse of Freeport, IL, Dawna (Kerry) Stamm and Debbie Bennett of Monroe, WI, grandchildren; Jay II and Joey Jackson, Jennifer (Adam) Stattler, Ryan Engleking, and Alisha Bennet, great-grandson Isaac and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Shaw, brothers; Herbert and Allen Patrick Engleking.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. Pastor Keri Rainsberger will be officiating the service. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences can be sent to the family at


Gregory “Mike” Ertmer, 69

Gregory “Mike” Ertmer, age 69 of Stockton, IL passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 2, 1950 in Freeport to the late Eldon and Delores (Korte) Ertmer. Mike married Sandi Hacker on May 24, 1985 at Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton.

Mike was a 1968 graduate of Stockton High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the Stockton VFW. Mike retired after working 27 years at Kelly Springfield. He was an avid Packers and Notre Dame fan and enjoyed traveling, fishing and spending time with his family.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sandi Ertmer; his daughters, Erin (Aaron) Rang and Jennifer (Jim) Lyons; his son, Anthony Ertmer; his grandsons, Jeremy Ertmer and Troy Rees; and his brothers, Steve Ertmer, Dan (Lori) Ertmer, Joe Ertmer and Paul Ertmer. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Ertmer.

A visitation was held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared with Mike’s family at


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