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November 25, 2020


Doris Marie Horner, 88

Doris Marie Horner, 88, of Shannon died at Liberty Village Manor Court in Freeport on Friday, November 13, 2020.

She was born December 27, 1931 in Forreston on the family farm to Herman and Jennie (Ables) Swalve. She graduated from Forreston High School in 1949, and married Reynold “Pat” Horner on May 18, 1952 at Forreston Grove Church.

She was a wonderful farm wife and mother all her life, dedicating herself to her family. She loved the farm life with Pat and supported him faithfully, especially as his sole caregiver the last 5 years of his life before he did of ALS.

In her younger days, Doris was the softball pitcher for the Swalve family team. She was also quite a competitive bowler and card player. But her greatest talents were in music, as she was a very accomplished pianist and organist. Throughout her life, she brought the music, playing the organ for services at both Forreston Grove Church and Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon. She accompanied kids competing in school music contests, played for soloists and choirs of every sort, playing music for weddings, for funerals and countless special events.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Michele) Horner of Shannon and Ann (Tom Weafer) Horner of Olathe, KS; three grandchildren, Rachel Horner-Brackett (Kelcey) of Muscatine, IA, Ben (Elisa) Horner of Shannon, and Jack Weafer of Olathe, KS; great grandchildren, Isla Horner of Shannon, Arys Brackett of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Dell Brackett of Iowa City, IA; one brother-in-law, Lloyd DeVries of Shannon; one sister-in-law, Betty Swalve of Mount Morris, IL; one nephew, Larry DeVries of Shannon; and one niece, Lois (Paul) Graff of Casper, WY.

As a committed Christian, Doris was ready for this move to her heavenly home. Her family wishes the current pandemic conditions allowed for the beautiful, music-filled home-going service she richly deserved. Her service will be heartfelt, but private. Interment will take place at Brethren Cemetery in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at

Cuba City

Ralph Hastings, 63

Ralph Hastings, age 63, of Cuba City, Wisconsin died Saturday, November 7, 2020 at home in Cuba City.

A Celebration of Life service was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Law-Jones, Savanna with a visitation one hour prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Ralph’s life at

Ralph was born May 6, 1957 in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Clifford and Hazel (Fulrath) Hastings. He attended Scales Mound and Joliet schools. Ralph worked at Dubuque Packing House, Farmland Packing, Addoco Palet Co, Eagle Window & Door and also worked as a security guard at the Dubuque Greyhound Park & Casino. He liked to work!

Ralph enjoyed going to tractor pulls, fourth of July in Schullsburg, and watching the hot-air balloons as they give rides to tourists. He loved the outdoors, especially sitting and watching the birds, squirrels and racoons near his home. Most of them were well-fed.

Ralph is survived by his son, Clifford Hastings of Dubuque; his daughter, Anna Hastings of Dubuque; two grandsons, John Abrams, Jr. and Carter Logan; three step-children, Stacey Stowers of Dubuque, Jeremy Hammill of Florida and Suzanne Hammill of Dubuque; three step-grandchildren, Alex, Scotty and Ezrahlynn; a sister, Shirley (James) Hoyer of Stockton; two brothers, David Hastings of Dubuque and Willard (Christy) Hastings of Warren; and two sisters-in-law, Cathy Hastings and Shirley Hastings, both of Schullsburg, WI. Ralph is preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Duane and Clayton; a sister-in-law, Margaret “Maggie”; a nephew, Dean Hastings; and a great nephew, Daniel.


Benjamin C. Albrecht, 90

Benjamin C. Albrecht Jr., 90, born the son of Benjamin and Margaret (Randecker) Albrecht was born February 19, 1930 on the family farm. He married Donna Endress on July 31, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach. He passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Massbach, serving on the church council for many years. He also served on Pleasant Valley Township Board and the Multi Township Board. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and was a member of Lena American Legion. He farmed on the family farm until 1993 when he retired and moved to Lena where he took up the hobby of restoring and refinishing antique furniture and growing roses and begonias.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Donna of 65 years. His daughters, Lori (Tim) Holden of Freeport, IL and Patti (David) Willis of Albany, WI; his son, Carl (Rene) Albrecht of Elizabeth, IL; his 13 grandchildren, Brandon (Christina) Smith, Josh (Tara Wydra) Holden, Cirrissa (Alex Fosmoen) Sturdevant, Adam (Allison) Albrecht, Tara (Andrew Gockenbach) Montoya, David (Ashley) Albrecht, Lindsey (Erik) Koning, Bethany (Adam) Dickman, Sam (Jacquelynn) Albrecht, Marc (Emily Dodge) Johnson, Laura (Daniel) Spillane, Jessie Albrecht, and Lucas Albrecht; and blessed with 17 great grandchildren; and his sister, Dorothy Endress of Ashbury, IA;

Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Margaret Albrecht; his brother, Henry Albrecht; and his sisters, Lillian Groezinger and Vera Haas.

The funeral service were held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Massbach at 1:00 p.m. with a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment took place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Massbach. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at


Gary L. Broge, 80

Gary L. Broge, 80, of Stockton, IL formerly of Lena, IL passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 14, 1940 to Edward and Bessie (Woodley) Broge in Freeport, IL. Gary married Lorraine Broege on June 29, 1974 in Monroe, WI. Gary farmed most of his life alongside his parents and brother, he then worked for Lena Builders and Kolb-Lena.

Gary was an avid Chicago sports fan, especially the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. He was even more fond of hackling his wife Lorraine about her Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed working in his garden, and spending time with his grandchildren, especially going to their high school activities.

Gary is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lorraine; his children, Greg (Bonnie) Broge of Lena and Angie (Matthew) Goebel of Gratiot, WI; grandchildren Joseph (Neille) Goebel, Brittany (Dylan) Drake, Megan (Tyler) Sellman, Kenny Broge, Brett (Courtney) Broge, Brian (Taylor) Goebel; seven great-grandchildren, and one more on the way and a niece and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gerald Broge, his sister Lois Schultz, a sister and two brothers in infancy, a brother-in-law Dale Schultz, and a sister-in-law Florence Broge.

Per Gary’s request, no services will be held. The family will do a celebration of life at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Gary’s name for the Monmouth College Theater Department.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Tawfik’s office and FHN Hospice.


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