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April 22, 2020


Dorothy Grace Myers, 86

Dorothy Grace Myers, age 86 of Shannon, IL passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 10, 1933 in Chadwick, IL to the late Clifford and Lena (Craig) Shibley. Dorothy married Edgar Myers on August 17, 1952 in the Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. Edgar passed away on January 18, 1966.

She was a 1952 graduate of Chadwick High School. Dorothy and her husband farmed all but two years while he was in the military. She was employed at Elkay Manufacturing in Lanark and Shannon for 21 years before retiring in February of 1999. Dorothy was a member of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed being able to attend the grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events.

Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Patty (Lyle) Robinson of Shannon and Melinda (Mark) Fellner of Eureka; her three grandchildren, Lucas (Kara) Robinson, Stephanie Fellner and Kyle (Emily) Fellner; her great granddaughter, Oakleigh Marie Robinson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter, Dawn; grandparents; three sisters, Ruth Smith, Effie Shibley, and Betty Norpel; and one brother, Clifford “Shorty” Shibley.

A graveside service was held at Lanark Cemetery on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Condolences may be shared with Dorothy’s family at

Dianne M. Stone, 79

Dianne M. Stone, 79, passed away the morning of April 11, 2020, at her home in Shannon.

Dianne was born on May 5, 1940, in Freeport, the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Heuerman) Snavely. She married Robert F. Stone on July 1, 1960, in Shannon. He preceded her in death on November 30, 1992.

Surviving are her children, Brenda (Tony) Ferrara, Normal; Todd (Susan) Stone, Warren; Terri (Randy) Knapp, Bloomington; and Debbie (Scott) Olberding, Lena. Her eight grandchildren were her pride and joy. They are Alexandra Ferrara, Portland, OR and Peyton Ferrara, Chicago; Doug Stone, Lena, and Nate Stone, Sun Prairie, WI; Dallas Knapp, Chicago, and Dalton Knapp, Bloomington; Jake Olberding and Brooke Olberding, Lena. She is also survived by her brother, Nelson (Linda) Snavely, Shannon. Also surviving is her longtime companion, Lester Roberts, Shannon, as well as her sisters-in-law: Jean (Roger) Finifrock, Ruby Warfield, and Linda Lawson. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Dianne graduated from Shannon High School in 1958. While raising her family, she worked at Tee Lee Popcorn in Shannon, where she was known as the Popcorn Lady. Dianne also took great pride in earning her CDL and driving many years as a team cross country for Asche Transfer. She later worked for Bocker Grain in Polo, hauling grain from area farms until her retirement. She loved visiting with the farmers.

In retirement, Dianne enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and attending their various school activities and sporting events while they were growing up. Recently, her “job” was collecting newspapers to recycle from Sullivan’s in Lena, Casey’s in Shannon, and from many people around Shannon. She spent numerous hours collecting and bundling the papers, which were then picked up by volunteers from the Carroll County Senior Center. The newspapers are then sold, with the proceeds going to support the everyday needs of the Center. This recycling mission was very important to her.

Dianne had an infectious laugh, and was happiest when all her family was together and she could spend time with them. She also enjoyed spending time with her beloved pets.

A private graveside service was held at Shannon Brethren Cemetery on Monday, April 20, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carroll County Senior Center, 306 N Main St., Mt. Carroll, IL 61053, or the Friends Forever Humane Society, 966 W. Rudy Rd., Freeport, IL 61032. Condolences may be shared with Diane’s family at


Glorya Kayser, 79

Glorya Kayser, 79, of Lena, IL passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at Pearl Pavilion in Freeport, IL.

She was born on December 9, 1940 in Freeport, IL to John and Edna (Parsons) McCoy. She married Karl Kayser on June 26, 1958 in Freeport, IL. Alongside her husband Karl, they owned and operated Double K Nursery and floral shop in Lena. She was an active member of the Freeport First Free Methodist Church in Freeport where she regularly played piano for services. She was a member of the Lena American Legion Auxiliary. Karl and Glorya used to go dancing in their younger years, and enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona. She was an excellent cookie and pie baker, and loved cooking for family gatherings like Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Glorya is survived by her husband of 61 years, Karl of Lena, her brother-in-law Wieland Kayser of Lena, and his family, and several nieces and nephews, especially Crystal Crist, Dave Robinson, and Lon Ortkinson of whom were like children to Karl and Glorya.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Howard and Roger McCoy, and her sisters Irene McCoy, Vera Baker, and Joy Robinson.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

A committal service will be held at Lena Burial Park in Lena, IL with Pastor Don Jamerson officiating, at a later date.

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


Shirley Ann Boyer, 84

Shirley Ann Boyer, age 84, of Stockton, IL passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport, IL. She was born June 27, 1935 in Lena, IL to the late Donald and Mildred (Simmer) Borsdorf.

Shirley was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton where she was often found in the kitchen helping with luncheons. She was a 1953 graduate of Stockton High School. Shirley had farmed most of her life before moving to town. She took pride in taking care of her yard, especially her flowers and keeping the bird feeders full. It was not uncommon to drive by and see her on a 6ft ladder trimming her trees. Shirley enjoyed making pies which she had won several ribbons for. She also enjoyed Saturday mornings at Stella’s Café with her friend Punky, high school sports, especially basketball and attending the NCAA Women’s Final Four. She also took pride in her Christmas light display inside and outside the house. She loved her two cats, Whitney and Kelly and she enjoyed frequent visits from her grandkitty, Max and visiting her grandkitty Carmel Cat. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine Boyer of River Forest, IL and Crystal Boyer of Mt. Carroll, IL; her sons, Dennis (Kris) Boyer of Stockton, IL and Andrew (Mary) Boyer of Freeport, IL; her four grandchildren, Tracy, Steven, Jared (Kirsten) and Travis (Alison); her three great grandchildren, Sloane, Blakely and Drake; her sisters, Kathleen (Gary) Magee of La Habra Heights, CA and Rita Lynn Keller of The Colony, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Ronald and Bobby.

Private family services will be held. A memorial mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at a later date. Interment will take place at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at


Jerold “Jerry” Burmeister, 81

Jerold “Jerry” Burmeister, 81 of Monroe, WI passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Aster Senior Living in Monroe, WI.

Jerry was born on October 19, 1938 in Monroe, WI to Cecil and B. Lillian (Johnson) Burmeister. Jerry graduated from Warren High School. On March 30, 1957, he married H. Carol Hutchinson in Darlington, WI. Jerry took over the family business Burmesiter Implement in 1962 after the unexpected death of his father.

He was a John Deere salesman for many years. Jerry sold the business in 1972 and farmed outside of Apple River until 1976. At that time, Jerry continued selling John Deere equipment for Foster Implement. Jerry purchased Foster Four Season’s, which later became Burmesiter Farm Equipment. Jerry also sold John Deere equipment for Stateline Equipment in Janesville and Evergreen Equipment in Monroe.

Jerry and Carol enjoyed snowmobiling, playing euchre with friends. They moved to Monroe in 1997 where they made many new friends and enjoyed coffee time at the Red Apple. In 2017, Jerry moved to Aster Assisted Living. Jerry was an avid Green Bay Packer fan as well as a Nascar fan. After moving to Aster, Jerry became a Milwaukee Brewer fan as well as enjoyed the music and outings that Aster provided.

Jerry is survived by daughter Jackie (Carl) Andrews and son Dick (Cathy) Burmeister, both of Warren, IL, one granddaughter; Elizabeth of Lansing, MI, sisters; Luan (John) Beach, Marge (Joe) Goldhagen, Mary (Gene) Gille, brother; Lewis (Connie) Burmeister, sisters-in-law; Lindy (Bob) Johnson, Cathy (Larry) Straight, step-grandchildren; Keri Wolf, Shelly Andrews, Rhonda Andrews, Kari (Nick) Coffey, Jason (Chelsea) Hartzell, Brandon (Ashley) Hartzell, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Carol, on March 22, 2010, his parents, a sister Susan Parkinson, and brother Bill Burmeister.

The family would like to thank the staff at Aster Assisted Living for the great care he received during his stay. A private family service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, IL. Pastor Roger Bronkema will officiate the services. A memorial has been established in his memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Lake Carroll

Arleen Diana Sievers, 75

When someone as special and beloved as Arleen Sievers passes on to Heaven, we all realize that she lives forever in our hearts and minds. We remember and celebrate her warmth, humor, and genuine affection for those lucky enough to have known her. The lives she touched, created and influenced is hard to measure, as a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, daughter, and friend. But you can easily feel the love that surrounds her family… eternal, strong, and real. Selfless, generous, caring, and thoughtful, Arleen was always quick to accept and forgive, and rare to judge. She is woven into the fabric of our lives as we all add our own patches to the family quilt. A quilt that is comforting to those who are sad at her passing. But that sadness disappears when you remember that sweet smile of hers. You can see it still down here on her children’s and grandchildren’s faces. Her passing the day before her birthday holds a wonderful truth. Because what better way to celebrate a person’s life than by being reborn in Heaven. Sweet Dreams Arleen. Thank you for the love, laughter, and joy you gave us. We all love you very much.

Arleen Diana Sievers, age 75 of Lake Carroll, IL passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital. She was born in Chicago, IL on April 15, 1944 the daughter of the late John and Martha (Spinka) Michalak. Arleen married Richard Sievers on June 25, 1966 in Chicago.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove. Arleen was a 1962 graduate of Kelly High School in Chicago.

Arleen is survived by her husband, Richard Sievers of Lake Carroll; her daughters, Kelly (Brant) Curtiss of Raleigh, NC and Kimberly (Peter) Smith of Marseilles, IL; her sons, Kurt (Libby) Sievers of Wheaton, IL and Mark Sievers of Colorado Springs, CO; her two grandchildren, Paige Curtiss and Ryan Sievers; her brother, John Michalak of Oak Lawn, IL; and her sisters, Jeanette (Jerry Freeman) Michalak of Henderson, NV and Mary Michalak of Henderson, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George; and sister, Frances.

A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared with Arleen’s family at


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