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Janice Rae Wilhelms, 87

Janice Rae Wilhelms, age 87 of Shannon, IL passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, IL. She was born on January 18, 1933 to the late Rae and Clara (Peters) Cradock. Janice married Omar Wilhelms on June 27, 1954 in Clinton, IA.

She was a 1950 graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton, IA and a 1954 graduate of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. Janice was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. Janice taught 4th grade at Shannon Elementary School from 1954 to 1957. She served as Marketing Officer for First State Bank Shannon, Polo, Lake Carroll for 40 years. She also was a member of the Shannon Chamber where she was active in Hometown Christmas, Shannon Homecoming, and many other chamber activities. Jan and her husband, Omar have been strong supporters of our local communities and are proud of the growth in those communities. She was also an accomplished poet who wrote, sometimes daily, about her family, friends, and community.

Janice is survived by her two daughters, Robin (Jeffery) Saar of Lake Carroll and Candy (Dennis) Schubert of Shannon; her grandchildren, Cassie (Jason) Mlakar of Lake Carroll, Justin Schubert of Shannon and Nathan (Tina) Schubert of Polo; her great grandchildren, Caylie, Britney, Alysia, Emerson, Miles and Summer; She was preceded in death by her husband, Omar and her parents.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be shared at


Kerry John Schlueter, 49

Kerry John Schlueter, 49, passed away with his family by his side, loving and holding him while he quietly slipped away so peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 31, 1971 to Perry and Katherine Schlueter. He was a loving child to his parents and family, and later an influential father to his three children.

Kerry was confirmed and a member at St. Paul Church of Epleyanna. He was a 1989 Graduate of Orangeville High School. On October 10, 1992, he married Tina Rockey Schlueter. He enjoyed his time working at FS Stephenson Service Co before farming full time on the family farm.

Kerry loved riding his Harley with his family and friends. Growing up he was an athlete: a talented bowler, football player and baseball player. He also raced snowmobiles with his dad and later helped him continue running the racing organization for many years. He also loved hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Kerry also served 10 years on Davis/Dakota Baseball Association (D&D) board, he loved coaching not only his children but he loved all the players, even the opposing teams. It was always a friendly competition as Kerry was a good friend to all the coaches and players on both sides of the diamond. We had many laughs and stories after every game, especially if he threw in one of his trick plays.

In Kerry’s words, he would say, “Surround yourself with good people” he did just that and he was always there to help a friend in need.

He will always be remembered as a strong, hard working, fun loving man, but we surely can’t leave out, smart aleck! If he wasn’t giving you a hard time or teasing you, he was helping you.

Kerry is survived by: his wife Tina of 27 years, children Brady (Taylor Curry), Kendahlyn, and Garrett. His parents, Perry and Katherine. His brother, Brent and his nieces and nephews: Blake, Olivia, Abi Schlueter. His in-laws: Dale and Nancy Rockey, brother in law, Scott Rockey, sister-in-law Tami Kendzor and niece Kaylee Stuckey and nephew Riley Kendzor. Along with numerous aunts and uncles.

Kerry is proceeded in death and joined in Heaven by his grandparents: Vernon and Josie Schlueter, Harry and Bernice Nelson and Philip Grandstrand.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church of Epleyanna in Davis, IL. Cremation rites to be accorded. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Church of Epleyanna in Davis, IL at a later date.

A celebration of life will also be held at a later date. Pastor Scott Naevestad officiated the services.

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


Vera Ruth Haas, 93

Vera Ruth Haas, age 93 of Freeport, IL passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Walnut Acres in Freeport, IL. She was born April 18, 1927 in Pleasant Valley; the daughter of the late Benjamin and Margaret (Randecker) Albrecht. Vera married John H. Haas on August 24, 1952 in Massbach. John passed away on August 26, 2000.

Vera attended Keller School in Massbach. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach and First Lutheran Church in Freeport. John and Vera farmed south of Stockton until retiring in 1993 and moved to Freeport. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and gardening.

Vera will be dearly missed by her children, Marlene Haas of Freeport; Kathy (Martin) Murray of Freeport; Randy Haas of Park City, UT; her grandsons, Jeffrey Murray of Smyrna, GA, and Ryan Murray of Chicago, IL; her sister, Dorothy Endress of Asbury, IA; her brother, Benjamin (Donna) Albrecht of Lena; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; her brother and sister-in-law, Henry (Dorothy) Albrecht; her sister and brother-in-law, Lillian (Ralph) Groezinger; and her brother-in-law, Wesley Endress.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at


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