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March 31, 2021


Amy Lynne Wilhelm, 53

Amy Lynne Wilhelm, age 53 of Aledo, IL passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Genesis Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. She was born July 26, 1967 in Moline, IL to Linford and Virginia (Huyvaert) Adams. She married Jeffrey Wilhelm on March 1, 1997.

Amy graduated from Illinois State University in 1989 with a degree in business and was employed by Compeer Financial. She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Shannon, and loved showing Quarter Horses with her daughter Anna.

Amy is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Wilhelm of Shannon, IL and daughter, Anna Wilhelm; her brother, Clifford Adams of Alexis, IL and girlfriend Melinda Mazzocco of Aledo, IL; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Phyllis and Wayne Wilhelm of Naples, FL; her sister-in-law, Kris (Gregg) DeVries of Byron, IL; her brother-in-law, Mike (Lee) Wilhelm of Gruver, TX; and her niece and nephew, Lexi and Grant DeVries. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private family service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at


Ann McKinney, 93

Ann McKinney, age 93, passed away peacefully with family at her side, Friday, March 19, 2021 in Freeport, IL from natural causes. Ann was born December 3, 1927 in Litchfield, IL to Brice and Viola (Sundstrom) Kennedy. She moved to Shelbyville, IL in 1939 where she learned “what it was like to live during the Great Depression and World War II”. She was a proud member of the Class of ’45 and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She attended Eastern Illinois College majoring in History and United States Government.

She was married to Willis “Mac” McKinney for 35 years, and widowed in January 2013. Ann was a member of the Methodist Church for over 75 years. She served as a Sunday school teacher in Charleston, Mt. Auburn, Galena and Stockton, and also served as a board member and Sunday school superintendent, leading Bible school in several of these communities. She enjoyed teaching 5th grade in Galena and working as a librarian in Stockton. For 36 years, Ann was associated with the bus tour industry. As a tour director, she visited the 50 states, six continents and more than 25 countries. Ann enjoyed music. She studied piano for 12 years, played trumpet in the school band, and sang in the church choir. She belonged to Daughters of the American Revolution, Veterans Women’s Auxiliary, and the Girl Scouts.

Ann liked driving and would travel cross-country to visit her family at a moment’s notice. She lived for her family get-togethers, filled with love and laughter: the 3-day Easter weekends, the family Christmas celebrations, and being with her children on their birthdays. Ann enjoyed reading, hiking, rockhounding, scrapbooking, and collecting Native American artifacts and jewelry. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls and had a large collection of Michael Jordan memorabilia. Ann loved to meet new people and travel, stopping along the way at any and all garage sales. It has been said that when an older person dies, it’s as if a library has burned down. Ann had so many stories to tell.

Ann loved the Lord, family, friends, and her church. As a lifelong Christian, she will be buried in the Ramsey, IL cemetery among many dear family members. She was preceded in death by her beloved and wonderful parents; brother, John Brice Kennedy; sister, Dorothy Parkison Willson; daughter-in-law, Brenda Joyce McKinney; grandson, Matthew Lewis McKinney, and nephew Joseph Kennedy Parkison.

Surviving are Ann’s “5 Bs”: Brice, Bruce, Brenda Ann, Brad and Bridget (Martino); in-laws: Cheryl, Marguerite, Connie and Vito; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nephews and nieces; and many dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, where Ann first became a member in 1940. Cremation care has been provided by the Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle, IL. Visit to sign the online guest book.

Robert “Bobbie” Colehour Gaumond, 89

Roberta “Bobbie” Colehour Gaumond, age 89, of Freeport, IL, passed away February 3, 2021, at Parkview Home in Freeport. Inurnment will take place at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Mt. Carroll, IL. Family and friends are invited to share in Bobbie’s life at

Bobbie was born June 26, 1931, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Charles Warren and Lorraine (Wilske) Garvey. She attended Chicago schools, before attending Schimer College. While attending, she met her first husband Fred T. Colehour. Bobbie worked as a secretary for Interstate Power and Xerox, then became a real estate agent, before moving to Tucson, AZ, in 1973. In Tucson, she owned and operated Bobbie’s Indian Village for a number of years.

Bobbie was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Elk Lodge. She loved to entertain, dance, attend social events, and travel. She was fortunate enough to make many memories doing so, throughout her life. She was also especially proud of her Irish heritage, which inspired her interest in ancestry research. She was able to successfully trace her roots back many generations.

Bobbie will be remembered to her spirited political and current event debates. She valued good conversation, but you had better know what you’re talking about, because she was an intelligent lady who knew her stuff! But her most famous attribute was surely her talent on the piano. She was a self-taught, superbly talented pianist. In her later years as she resided in the nursing home, she found peace an enjoyment, playing the piano in the common area, much to the delight of her fellow residents.

Bobbie will be dearly missed by her son, Jim Colehour, of Mt. Carroll, IL; daughter, Candice (Greg) Nieman, of Freeport, IL; four grandchildren, Patrick (Jamie Janssen) Simpson, Mt. Carroll, IL, Michael Simpson, of DeKalb, IL, Alexis Colehour, of Lanark, IL, and Warren Colehour, of Covington, KY; six great grandchildren, Justin, Mackenzie, Colin, Cadin, Caitlyn, and Natalie. Bobbie is preceded in death by her husband, George Gaumond, her parents, Charles Warren and Lorraine, and daughters, Linda Hitchins and Georgia Colehour.


Nola Marie Hopkins, 91

Nola Marie Hopkins, age 91, of Stockton, IL passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at home.

She was born March 26, 1929 in Freeport, IL to the late Fred and Beulah (Endress) Mitchell. Nola married Owen Boyle on February 10, 1949, he passed away May 24, 1969. She later married Howard Hopkins on October 18, 1974, he passed away in 1990.

Nola was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Societies and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Eagles Women’s Auxiliary Corp and played the drums in the parades. She had worked for Kraft Foods for four years, Burgess Battery, Atwoods, Village Inn Supper Club for 15 years, and owned and operated the Gambles Store from 1977-1979. Nola loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Steve) Hollister of Morrison, IL, Connie Larson of Stockton, IL, Colleen Hoefer of Stockton, IL, Chris (Russ) Tippett of Stockton, IL and Corky (Mike) Luke of Stockton, IL; her son, Patrick (Kim) Boyle of Pearl City, IL; her son-in-law, Doug Broshous; her 22 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren; and her sister, Sandra Plowman of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her daughter, Cathy Jo Broshous; her four grandchildren, Eric Hollister, Jason Larson, Troy Boyle and Dusty Luke; her sister, Lois Tucker; her brother, Earl Goodman; her brother-in-law, Harold Tucker; her son-in-law, Richard Larson; and her daughter-in-law, Tina Boyle.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established for the Stockton Fire Department. Condolences may be shared at


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