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March 18, 2020



Elizabeth

Harvey James Kloss, 72

Harvey James Kloss, age 72, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in his home surrounded by family.

A funeral mass was held Monday, March 16, 2020, at 11am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elizabeth, IL, with burial to follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation took place from 5pm to 7pm, Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Law Jones Funeral Home in Elizabeth, as well as one hour prior to Monday's mass, at the church. Family and friends are invited to share in Harvey's life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Harvey was born September 3, 1947 in Savanna, IL, the son of Cyril and Leona (Groezinger) Kloss. He attended Elizabeth schools, graduating from Elizabeth High School with the class of 1965. Following school he went into the Electrician trade, owning and operating Northwest Electric for more than 50 years. He was dutifully devoted to his business and his employees. Harvey was at the shop every morning to see his guys off, until a broken ankle and ALS stripped him of much of his independence.

Harvey had a great love of horses and centered much of his life around them. He was a member of the Elizabeth Saddle Club and enjoyed riding, showing, and training and breeding them. He sold his horses all over the country, and even took his horse sales as far as Germany. But it was family that Harvey loved most. He adored his grandchildren, often taking them to the Broken Yolk for his morning routine of breakfast and coffee, and family get togethers were where he was at his happiest.

Harvey will be dearly missed by his four children, Matt (Danielle) Kloss, of Elizabeth, IL, Tony (Sheree) Kloss, of Elizabeth, IL, Mitch (Amanda) Hopkins, of Seward, IL, and Teri (Donald) Shellenberger, of Elizabeth, IL; and his 13 grandchildren. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Leona and brothers, Robert, Russell, Stanley, and Tom Kloss.

Ruth “Audrey” Bohnsack, 93

Ruth “Audrey” Bohnsack, age 93, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home.

A funeral mass was held at Tuesday, March 17th at 11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Elizabeth, IL. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hanover, IL. Visitation took place from 5pm to 7pm, Monday, March 16, 2020, also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, as well as one hour prior to Tuesday’s mass. Family and friends are invited to share in Audrey’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Audrey was born July 16, 1926, in Hanover, IL, the daughter of Paul and Edna (Campbell) Meyer. She spent her entire life in the area, attending Elizabeth schools, and graduating from Elizabeth High School in 1943. On April, 19, 1945, Audrey married Marvin L. Bohnsack, and they were married for over 60 years. The two went on to have four children together, and later, make their home on an Elizabeth farm they bought, in 1962. She and Marvin ran that farm together for many years, and Audrey also spent 20 years at Eaton Corp., in Hanover.

Faith, family, and work ethic were the pillars of Audrey’s life, and she spent nearly every waking hour involved with at least one of them. She was a core member of St. Mary’s Catholic church, participating in altar and rosary groups. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, and later, grandmother and great-grandmother. But that caring devotion didn’t end with her family tree. She maintained many lifelong friends, and was beloved in the nursing home in her later years. She was affectionately referred to as “Grandma” by fellow residents, and staff, alike. Audrey was always very thankful for the care she received at Elizabeth Nursing Home, and her family wanted to make a special mention of how much they appreciate the excellent work by the nursing home staff.

Speaking of her family tree, Audrey held a great interest in her ancestry, and was proud of her Irish heritage. She was fortunate enough to visit Ireland on two occasions, and with the help of her family, was able to trace her roots to, and visit, an old family homestead in Northern Ireland. It is quite fitting that Audrey will be laid to rest on St. Patrick’s day.

Audrey will be dearly missed by her three sons, Terry (Mary Rubel) Bohnsack of Elizabeth, IL, Tim (Cindy) Bohnsack, of Hanover, IL, and Mark (“Cub”) (Anna Pintozzi) Bohnsack, of Elizabeth, IL; daughter, Karen Glasgow, of Ankeny, IA, sister Dorothy Bowman of Edmond, OK; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews.

Audrey is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin Bohnsack; two brothers, Paul Brutus “Bud” Meyer and Ramon Charles “Ray” Meyer; two grandsons, Adam Glasgow and Nathan Glasgow (infant); and a brother-in-law, Don Bowman.

Lena

Francis “Mike” H. Tessendorf, 81

Francis “Mike” H. Tessendorf, 81, of Lena, IL passed away Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2020 at home.

He was born on October 5, 1938 to Henry and Marion (Saxby) Tessendorf. He lived in the Red Oak, Lena, Freeport area all his life except when he served his country in the United States Air Force. He married Marsha (Sargent) Haeft on October 6, 1990.

Mike’s main occupation was carpenter, floor covering installer, and handyman. He learned floor covering installation at The House of Lindberg and worked for Floor Covering Plus and Leamon’s also before and during going out on his own as “M&M” Carpet Service” with his wife, Marsha.

He is survived by his wife Marsha, his children; Mark (Bonnie) Tessendorf, Danny (Nancy) Tessendorf, Jodi Veer, and Rosalie (John) Jacobs all of Rockford, also his step children; Dawn Howarth of Cedarville, Melody Haeft of Freeport, Lloyd (Megan) Haeft of Swansboro, NC, Jeremy (Tammy) Haeft of Davenport, IA, sisters; Patricia Kurth and Victoria (Mark) Rogers both of Lena, and an uncle Fred Tessendorf of Lena, mother-in-law Gloria Sargent of Shullsburg, WI, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Peter Kurth, and many aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established in his memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.

Mt. Carroll

George H. Schall, 88

George H. Schall, age 88, of Freeport, IL, formerly of Mt. Carroll, IL, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Allure Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll. A private family memorial will be had in his honor. Family and friends are invited to share in George’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

George was born May 14, 1931, in Mt. Carroll, IL, the son of William and Bertha (Kraus) Schall. He attended Mt. Carroll schools, and graduated from Mt. Carroll High School with the class of 1949. On November 2, 1952, George married Virginia Walter at Lanark Methodist Church. They went on to have a son and two daughters.

George spent most of his life working his and Virginia’s family farm. However, always known for his work ethic, he usually took on other work as well. He worked with Glen Smith, painting and decorating interiors, spent a couple years as a custodian for the Mt. Carroll school district, and had multiple factory jobs, most recently with Elkay. His factory friends would often joke with him to take it easy, because he was making the rest of them look bad.

A trapper, hunter, and fisherman, George was a true outdoorsman. If it involved the outdoors, he tried it! His family will always treasure memories of their camping trips, and how George involved them in the things he loved. One fond memory involved George pulling the grandkids on a tube behind the tractor, in the snow. Though Virginia had her worries at the time, she can now look back and laugh. Family was life to George, and his devotion as a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, proved this every day.

George will be dearly missed by his wife Virginia, of Freeport, IL; his daughters, Karen (Michael) Reynolds, of Berea, KY, and Teri Schall, of Yuma, AZ; daughter-in-law, Kathy Schall, of Mt. Carroll, IL; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tony) Timm, Amanda (Steve) Honchell, Robert (Bill Lombardi) Schall, Bryan Reynolds, Michelle (Randy) Robinson, George (Annette) Stutzman and Crystal Dawn; nine great-grandchildren, Roman, Jessi, Jenni, and Nathan Timm, Katie and Nikki Honchell, Gage and Rook Robinson, and Alison Stutzman; 3 nephew, and a niece. George is preceded in death by his parents, William Schall and Bertha Schall-Turnbaugh; his brother, and two sisters; son, William Schall; and great-grandson, Zackary Timm.

Freeport

Norma E. Liberton, 90

Norma E. Libberton, age 90 of Freeport, IL passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at Liberty Village.

She was born July 14, 1929 in Mt. Carroll to the late Lee and Hattie (Schubert) Bucher. Norma married Cid Libberton on February 14, 1952 in Pleasant Valley. Cid passed away on August 19, 2016.

She was a member of Community Reform Church of Freeport. Norma farmed with her husband in Pleasant Valley and enjoyed working with their animals. She liked reading, singing, music, church work, and decorating cakes.

Norma is survived by her sons, Thomas (Theresa) Libberton of Baileyville, Gary Libberton of South Wayne, WI, and Dan Libberton of Pueblo West, CO; her daughter, Sue (Rich) Mansfield of Peoria, IL; her 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Harold, Earl, Robert and Merle; and two daughters-in-law, Penny and Diana.

The funeral service was held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton with a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. There was also a visitation on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

Stockton

Kenneth L. Eden, 81

Kenneth L. Eden 81 of Stockton died Thursday March 12, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 4, 1938 in Freeport, Il the son of the late Raymond & Esther (Krug) Eden. Kenny married June Westaby on October 8, 1961 in Stockton. After graduating from Stockton High School in 1956 he served in the US Army and Reserves.

Kenny farmed all of his life and was a life time member of St John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach where he had served on church counsel many times. He also served on the Stockton School Board, The ASCS Board, Farm Credit Board, and Area Vocational Board. He received the Conservation Family of the year award from the JoDaviess SWCD.

He enjoyed being a Pioneer Seed Salesman, his toy tractor collection, the Chicago Bears, dancing, listening to Molly B Polka music and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife June of Stockton, Daughter Lori (Todd) Workinger of Freeport, Son’s David (Deanna) Eden of Bushnell, IL, Jeffrey (JoAnn) Eden of Stockton and Daniel (Julie Ann) Eden of Pollack Pines, CA, Grandchildren Amanda (Jacob) Williams, Jessica (Ryan) Hahne, Rebekah, Sarah & Hannah Eden, Jamie & Justin Eden, Mary Ann, Christina & John Eden. Great Grandchildren Harper, Greyson & Emerie Williams, Mckenzie & Addison Hahne. Brother Marlin (Sharon) Eden of Stockton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton Monday 4pm to 7pm. Funeral service was held at 11:00 Am on Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach with burial in the church’s cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established. Condolences and remembrances can be shared at hermannfuneralhome.com

 

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