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March 11, 2020


William “Bill” A. Esser, 90

William “Bill” A. Esser, 90, of Freeport, formerly of Lena, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Pearl Pavilion in Freeport.

He was born on April 13, 1929 in Plymouth, PA to Rev. William and Elsie (Hillard) Esser. Bill married Opal Pratt on October 8, 1948 in Benton, WI. He served his country in the United States Army where he was stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. He was a regular blood donor, helped the Stockton Fire Department by directing traffic during accidents, and would sing in various groups, most recently the Fever River Boys, at nursing homes and occasionally small festivals. Bill also owned and operated Esser’s Radio & TV Service.

Bill is survived by his children; Cheryl Scott of Harkers Island, NC, Janie (Randy) Manus of Freeport, Carolyn Esser of Freeport, Ron (Luann) Esser of Loves Park, IL, grandchildren; Joshua (Melinda) Scott of Sharon, PA, Joel Scott of Niles, OH, Breann Meier of California, Jeffrey Manus of Chicago, Abigail Manus of Freeport, Patience and Olivia Esser of Loves Park; six great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; brother Albert (Carole) Esser of Lena, and sister Rachel (Wendell) Boertje of Knoxville, TN. and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Opal in 2015, a son-in-law Robert Scott, and a granddaughter, Lilly Manus.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Park Hills Evangelical Free Church in Freeport, IL. A visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of services at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Pastor Mark Balmer will officiate the services.

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


Sue Ann Schreiner, 89

Sue Ann Schreiner, age 89, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at her home.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church, Savanna. Burial took place in Daggert Cemetery, Chadwick, Illinois. Visitation was held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna as well as one hour prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 Saturday at the church.

Sue was born May 10, 1930, in Elwood, Indiana, the daughter of Stuart and Doris (Gregg) Walker. She graduated high school in Osage, Iowa, and attended Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. On June 8, 1949, Sue married Loyal Schreiner at the First Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll. Together they raised six children and celebrated 63 years of marriage until Loyal’s passing in 2012.

Sue was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family. She also worked as a mail carrier for the post office for 20 years, and as a real estate agent with her husband for Old Northwest Land Co. Sue enjoyed golfing, bowling, crocheting, traveling, and was an avid reader. She was a Rainbow Girls Leader, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mt. Carroll School Board, the Palisades Ladies League and the Fulton Bowling League. She was also a longtime member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Savanna.

Sue will be dearly missed by six children, Deborah (Stephen) Roush of Hebron, Kentucky, Brian (Alma) Schreiner of Hanover, Illinois, Celeste (Michael) Webb of Edwardsville, Illinois, Kevin (Judy) Schreiner of Savanna, Nathan (Doris) Schreiner of Bethalto, Illinois, and Sonja Rodebaugh of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren on the way; and a half-brother, John (Ann) Walker of Santiago, Chile.

Sue is preceded in death by her husband, Loyal “Buck” Schreiner; parents, Stuart and Doris Walker; a sister, Venita Cowell; and a granddaughter, Catherine Schreiner.


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