January 27, 2021


Dorothy Streicher, 88

Dorothy Streicher, age 88, of Elizabeth, passed away Friday, January 15th, at Galena Stauss Nursing Home. A private family funeral service will be held.

Dorothy was born August 20th, 1932, daughter of Oscar and Mae (Guinnip) Kleindienst. She grew up in the countryside of Missouri and Arkansas. As a young woman Dorothy became pen pals with the love of her life, Eugene Streicher. The couple married on March 15th, 1958, and Dorothy moved to Eugene’s home town of Elizabeth. Dorothy and Eugene raised one son, and celebrated 40 years of marriage until Eugene’s passing on October 27th, 1998.

Dorothy and Eugene began their life together on the family farm, then moved to their house on Apple River road in 1973, a house Eugene had built himself for his bride. Even though they weren’t on the farm any longer, Dorothy was still a farmer’s wife. She loved to garden, and kept a rather large garden of both flowers and vegetables. She especially loved her flowers, specifically her Hibiscus. Dorothy also kept small animals from geese to pigeons, from ducks to chickens. She had always kept a pet dog since she was a little girl. In her later years she would exclusively raise dachshunds.

Dorothy was excellent at crafts. She was an expert at crocheting, and shared that love with those close to her. She also liked working with ceramics. She took part in ceramics classes in Elizabeth. Dorothy collected salt and pepper shakers, so many that they could not all be displayed. Instead she showed her favorites in a decorative cabinet.

Dorothy will be dearly missed by her son, Bruce (Maggie) Streicher of Elizabeth; sister-in-law Caroline Streicher; many nieces and nephews, and many friends. Dorothy is preceded in death by her loving husband Eugene, her parents Oscar and Mae, brothers-in-law Orrville Streicher and Laverle Streicher, and her sister-in-law Lavonne Lieb.


John M. Schultz, 83

John M Schultz, 83, passed away January 15, 2021 at his home in rural Gratiot, WI.

John was born October 19, 1937 the son of Chester T. and Beulah Belle (Clayton) Schultz. He was born in rural Warren, IL the 12th of 12 children. John and Nancy Kohl were married July 26, 1957 in Orangeville, IL. He farmed all his life, for the last 55 years in Gratiot, WI. He loved John Deere machinery, Ford Trucks, and farming.

John is survived by his wife Nancy of 63 years, daughter Karen (Bob) McConaghy and her family of Phoenix, AZ, two sisters-in-law; Shirley Drake of Folsom, CA and Kathy (Bill) Greenwood of Okemos, MI, and brother-in-law; Dave Wyss of Monroe, WI, and special friend Davie Kieler and many others, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers; Delbert, Dale, Robert, Frederick, and Sam Schultz, and six sisters; Mae Trost, Ermadel Stietz, Jean Jones, Betty Cannova, Mary Lou Price, Ann Kraft, sister-in-law; Joan Wyss, nieces and nephews; Vicki Fernstead, Lynn Wyss, Staci Markham, Stanley Schultz, Shelly Jones, Roy Stietz and Greg Klentz.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM noon, on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Bartell-Leamon Funeral Home in Warren, IL. A visitation was from 10:00 AM until time of services on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the funeral home.

Burial will be Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, IL. Pastor Roger Bronkema officiated the services.

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


Sandra Lou Niles, 79

Sandra Lou Niles, age 79 of Port Byron, Illinois, previously of Savanna, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 unexpectedly at home. A visitation was held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna., followed by a funeral service will at 7:00 p.m. Burial took place Friday in Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. Memorials may be given in Sandra’s honor for the Kings Harvest No Kill Pet Shelter, Davenport, Iowa. Family and friends are invited to share in Sandra’s life at

Sandra was born July 30, 1941 in Hanover, Illinois, the daughter of Alvin and Betty (Reifsteck) Young. She is a graduate of the Hanover High School with the Class of 1959. Sandra attended Highland College in Freeport, and then received her CPA from Mount St. Clare College in Clinton. On June 18, 1960, Sandra married Jerry David Niles in Hanover. They raised two sons, Jerry and Brad.

Sandra worked as an Accountant for the Rock Island Arsenal for many years, retiring in 2008. She had also worked at H&R Block, been a bookkeeper at Super Wash in Morrison and for Visiting Nurses in Clinton.

Sandra volunteered at the Port Byron Public Library. This helped feed her passion for reading. She could read a book in a day, often choosing mysteries or romances. You could find her reading with old country in the background, and one of her dogs on her lap. Being a Grandma was her biggest joy. She loved doing arts and crafts when her grandkids would visit, making treasures out of time.

Sandra will be dearly missed by her two sons, Jerry D. (Denise) Niles of Morrison and Brad (Lyuda) Niles of Camanche, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Robert (Elizabeth) Abbott, James Abbott, Heather Donoho, John B. Niles, Nathaniel K. Niles, Domenic Niles, and Mark Niles; and two sisters, Sally Doran of Moline, Illinois and Sharon (Wayne) Wilson of Dixon, Illinois. Sandra is preceded in death by both parents; and a brother, Stanley Young.


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