September 29, 2021


Eugene “Gene” L. Broge, 94

Eugene “Gene” L. Broge age 94, of Freeport, IL passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on September 21, 2021.

He was born on March 10, 1927, in Waddams Grove to Clifford and Bessie (Tieman) Broge. He married Ursie Price on May 9, 1954, in Nora, IL at Nora Community Church. He was a lifetime farmer, starting in Winslow, IL, at his family farm until he purchased land outside of Nora to start his own. He enjoyed carpentry, spending time with family, playing euchre, fishing, reading and was an avid sports fan after retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Ursie of Freeport, IL, 4 children- RoseMarie (David “Nick”) Leiendecker of Warren, Christine (Brad) Ellis of Snohomish, WA, Eugenia (Lee) Steffens of Shoreview, MN, and John (Karoline) Broge of Winslow, IL; grandchildren- Jerad (Michelle) Bennett, Carrie (Mike) Harris, Jeanette (Mike) Dorsey, Nickolas (Alex) Bennett, Ben (Maranda) Ellis, Joe (Annalyn) Ellis, Jim (Meghan) Ellis, Katelyn (Daniel) Washburn, Jonathon (Laura) Steffens, Jessica (Dirk) Brinkmeier, Travis Broge, Amber (Brady) Hanson and Mike Broge; 22 great grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren. Sister- Helen Straight; Brothers- Allen (Phyllis) Broge, LaVerne (Linda) Broge and Norman “Bill” (Mary Ann) Broge; many nieces and nephews and his loving cat “Character”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, child-Gale Broge; grandchildren- Jacob Ellis and Shantell Winslow; Sisters- Virginia Mann and Nelda Straight.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Monday September 27, 2021, at 12:00 noon. A visitation was held from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Officiating was Rev. Rick Bader.

A private family burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport, IL. A memorial has been established in his name. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Mt. Carroll

Cheryl Leone Cass (Woehrle), 75

Cheryl Leone Cass (Woehrle), 75 yrs of age, passed away on Friday, Sept 17, 2021, at home. Cheryl was born November 8, 1945, in Chicago, IL to the late Fred & Leone Woehrle.

Cheryl married Richard C. Cass in 1964 and three children were born shortly thereafter. They decided to move the family from Chicago to Carroll County in 1969.

Cheryl spent many years working for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department in multiple roles as she was also a Paralegal. On top of working full time for the Sheriff’s Department she also spent many years volunteering for the Mount Carroll Ambulance Crew as an EMT, as a Cub Scout Leader, and as a City Council Member for around 8 years.

Cheryl had many dear friends and always enjoyed hosting a fun and festive Christmas Eve party for the past 40 years, complete with “crabby” dip, macho chili, and of course her famous cheeseball. She loved digging deep into genealogy and her family loved the games she would create. “Cheryl’s World” was the all-time family favorite game she created that would make family laugh for hours.

She is survived by her husband, her children; Richard F Cass, Tracy Cass Carey, Fred B Cass; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and many “bonus” grandchildren and family members, all of whom she loved dearly. She will be deeply missed but always “in our pockets”.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Cheryl would love for you to blast Bob Seger's Old Time Rock & Roll and dance in the kitchen with someone you love.


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