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October 28, 2020


Linzy Marie Friedlein, 19

Linzy Marie Friedlein, age 19 of Stockton, IL, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020. She was born May 30, 2001 to Damon and Aimee (Wise) Friedlein.

She graduated from Stockton High School with the class of 2019 where she was captain of the Speech Team, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader. She was currently attending Highland Community College. Linzy worked at the front desk at the Country Inn & Suites in Stockton. She enjoyed photography, going to waterparks and spending time with her best friend, Pearl.

She is survived by her parents, Damon and Aimee; boyfriend, Tanner Reagan; grandmother, Pam (Colin) Summers; great grandmother, Dorothy Dittman; Godfather, Louie Loeffelholz; aunt, Angie Adams; cousin, Tyler Adams; and many aunts & uncles.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lona & Gordon Friedlein; uncle, George William Wise; and cousin, Halie Adams.

A visitation was held on Friday, October 23rd from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton with a service starting at 5:00 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in her name. Condolences may be shared at


Lorraine Shirley Lowe, 83

I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Lorraine Shirley Lowe, 83, of Lena Illinois, was surrounded by family when she was called to her heavenly home on October 18, 2020 following a brief illness.

Lorraine was born on December 31, 1936 in Sterling, Illinois to the late Grant and Erna Hammer. In 1957, she graduated from the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for several years at Dixon Public Hospital. On September 30th, 1961 she married James Lowe in Sterling, Illinois and have been married for 59 years.

She enjoyed ceramics, scrap booking, card making and puzzles. For more than 20 years, Lorraine and James traveled to Port St Joe, Florida to escape the cold winter months inviting family members to stay with them. Every summer, she spent time with her children and grandchildren at Potato Lake fishing. She was the happiest when her family was together, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She willingly sacrificed her needs for the good of the family. Lorraine will be remembered as a selfless individual who not only raised her children but offered her home to other children in need. Lorraine had a quiet strength filled with compassion and kindness. She always moved positively through life without complaints.

She is survived by her husband, James Lowe; two children, Phillip Lowe and Christine Herziger (Steven); four grandchildren, Scott Lowe (Kendra), Juston Lowe (Brittney), Mitchel Herziger and Calla Herziger. She was blessed with 3 great grandsons. Jaxon, Connor and Kason. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Gerald Hammer and Richard Hammer; and one sister, Caroline Coan.

A service celebrating her life was held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2020 with visitation at 12:00 noon followed by a service. Rev. Rick Bader from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena, officiated the service. Burial was held immediately following the services at Lena Burial Park.

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

Mt. Carroll

LaVerl Allen “Kempe” Kempel, 89

LaVerl Allen “Kempe” Kempel, age 89, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Allure Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. A visitation was held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A family service followed at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place in Chapel Hills Cemetery, Freeport, Illinois. Online condolences may be left for the family at

LaVerl was born March 18, 1931, the son of Nelson and Dora (Popp) Kempel in Freeport, Illinois. He attended Pearl City High School. He married Mary Katherine Cox on February 24, 1952. LaVerl farmed and worked for Johnston Feed Service from 1969, until his retirement at the age of 65. He then did seasonal work driving truck.

LaVerl loved spending time with his family—especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed tractor pulls, spending time outdoors, and attending antique tractor shows. He also volunteered his time for the Mt. Carroll Fire Department.

LaVerl will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary Katherine; two sons, Kevin (Patti) Kempel of Wimauma, Florida, and Brian (Marlynn) Kempel of Clear Lake Shores, Texas; two daughters, Debra (Marv Van Horn) Kempel-Surette of Freeport, and Linda (Pat) Ogara of Chicago, Illinois; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, James Kempel of Lena, Illinois, and a sister, Donna Ruch of Monroe, Wisconsin.

LaVerl is preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Dora, and a son, Robert Kempel in 2015.


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