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January 26, 2022



Freeport

Ethel J. Wichman, 98

Ethel J. Wichman, age 98 went to be with her lord with her family by her side on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

She was born on December 27, 1923, to George and Beada (Lied) Korth in Buckeye township in rural Stephenson County, IL. She married Clarence Wichman on January 15, 1941.

Ethel worked for Newell for 28 years which she retired from in May of 1988. She was a member of the Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church in Cedarville, IL for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, gardening,and tending to her flowers, and sewing her own clothes. Her husband and her loved traveling around the United States together. After retirement she took many bus trips with her sister. Above all she loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Melvin (Susan) Wichman of Orangeville, IL, three grandchildren- Matthew (Beth) Wichman, Jesse (Deborah) Wichman, and Jen (Mike Simler) Maves; 8 great-grandchildren- Amber (Dylan) Lutz, David (Samantha) Wichman, Kelsy Wolosonovich, Kate Wichman, Alex Wichman, Rachel (Igor) Leshchinskiy, Rebecca (Noah Monigold) Maves and Brennan Simler; 4 great-great-grandchildren- Grayson, Eli, Flora and Poppy along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence in 1980, daughter Marcette in 1942, sister Florence Heck and brother Russell Korth.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Park Hill Church in Freeport, IL. With a visitation being held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Pastor Mark Balmer will be officiating the service.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Cedarville Cemetery in Cedarville, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial had been established in her memory for the Freeport Pregnancy Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com

Lanark

John & Shirley Ewing

John Harmon Ewing, Jr. born Sept. 12, 1932 entered the presence of his loving Savior on December 19, 2021.

Shirley Louise (VanderDrink) Ewing born December 22,1936 entered the presence of her loving Savior on December 21, 2021.

John was born to John Sr. and Frances (West) Ewing.

John graduated from Freeport High School in 1950. Enlisting in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, he spent most of that time stationed in Italy.

He was employed at various jobs including State Bank, Midwest Bank and Messing & Becker, Structo, and Stover Tanks in Freeport; Elkay and the Prairie Advocate in Lanark.

But the jobs that he really left his mark were as a pastor at Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren in Lanark and later the St. James E. C. Church in rural Amboy.

Shirley was born to Harry & Gertrude (Dingman) VanderDrink.

Shirley graduated from Monroe, WI high school in 1954. Her various jobs included JCPenney in Monroe, General Casualty, WT Rawleigh, Crum & Forster in Freeport. After moving to Lanark she worked at Carroll Service Co., Elkay Manufacturing, Rolling Hills and the Exchange State Bank. She then took on the role of Pastor’s wife, a task she poured her whole heart into.

On Sept. 24, 1956 they were set up on a blind date by their friends Jim Huber and his girlfriend, Sharon. Exactly 3 months to the very hour they were married on December 24, 1956 by Rev. Lew Mills at the Cedarville E. C. Church.

They are survived by two daughters that dearly loved them: Kari (Rod) Hartman and Tricia Ewing (Dan Shaulis). Another daughter does not want to be recognized. They have 11 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Justin, Arika, Alexis, Austin, Annie, Kevin, Phillip, Josi, Jenna and John IV. They also have 17 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. John also leaves a sister, LaLonii (Dennis) Schindler. Shirley leaves 2 sisters. Carol Hunter and Nan (Bob) Klinger.

They are preceded in death by their parents, their 2 sons: Jack and John III. Shirley’s siblings: Harry, Walt, Dale and Rose.

The celebration of their lives will be on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 11:00 at Cedarville Emmanuel Church in Cedarville IL. Pastor Craig will officiate. A luncheon will follow.

Daniel Todd Shaulis, 58

Daniel Todd Shaulis, age 58, of Lanark, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Law Jones Funeral Home in Lanark with burial in the Lanark Cemetery. Visitation was held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the funeral home. The service will also be shared on Facebook live at this link, https://www.facebook.com/groups/2185555181583570 anytime thereafter. Memorials may be given in Dan’s honor to the Lanark Fire Department.

Dan was born December 10, 1963 in Dixon, Illinois the son of Donald and Dorothy (Krum) Shaulis. He grew up on the family farm located on Stone Bridge Road west of Lanark. This is where he learned the value of a hard day’s work, being honest and treating others as you would want to be treated. He kept those traits all of his life and it has made all the difference. As a young man, he also learned to hunt and trap, as he developed a love of shooting. Dan is a 1982 graduate of Lanark High School where he played football.

In his twenties, Dan became a fireman for the Lanark Fire Department, where he served as Chief and was currently in the position of Assistant Chief. He has been an active Fireman for 33 years. His working career was working as a Union Electrician for 20 years, often taking on the tough jobs with high voltage. He loved to figure out a problem, getting it done right. He was a member of IBEW Local 364.

Dan enjoyed hunting deer, prairie dogs in South Dakota, and even bear up in Wisconsin. His farming background gave him a love of John Deere tractors and he always liked riding four-wheelers and motor bikes. He loved raising vegetables in the garden and canning much of what he raised. Dan had a signature mustache that he wore with pride. This came about after losing all his hair as a young man while beating cancer three times.

While on the Lanark Fire Department he struck up a friendship with one of the EMT’s, Tricia Ewing. They have enjoyed eight years together as loving companions, celebrating their life together. He will also be dearly missed by their daughter and son, Alexis (Jake) Thomas of Lake Carroll and Austin (fiancé Marilyn) Ewing of Milledgeville and; Dan’s brother, Dave (Jill) Shaulis of Lanark; Dan’s sister, Dianne (Bill) Murphy of Harmon, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Kari (Rod) Hartman; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Dorothy; his in-laws, John and Shirley Ewing; and a special niece, Cory Murphy at one day old in 1984.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to St. Anthony Critical Care Unit in Rockford.

Lena

Terry L. Scheider, 63

Terry L. Scheider 63, of Rockford formerly of Lena passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.

He was born February 13, 1958, to Donald and Joyce (Barker) Scheider in Freeport. He was a 1976 Le-Win graduate. He married Janice Miller on March 20, 1976, and together they raised three wonderful children and a grandson. He started his working career as a farmer, worked many years at Kelly Springfield then Gunite in Rockford.

He was a past member of the McConnell United Methodist Church, Crossroads Community Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena. He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved his favorite teams; Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and Raptors. He enjoyed relaxing, driving around in his old green truck, singing for weddings and funerals, spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Terry was a very witty man who was so proud of his children.

He is survived by his wife Janice of Rockford; three children- Chad Scheider of Dekalb IL, Angela (Jorge) Diaz of Darlington WI, Chris (Tiffany) Scheider of South Elgin IL; grandchildren- Micah Scheider, Adeline (Oliver) Asturias, Carson Diaz, Araceli Diaz, Audrey Scheider, Vivian Scheider; one great grandchild on the way; his mother Joyce Scheider of Lena, IL; siblings- Judy Rampenthal, Steve (Sue) Scheider, and Debbie Vrstal; fluffy puppy Shaq; and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father Donald; brother-in-law David Rampenthal; nephew Eric Scheider.

Visitation was held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday January 22, 2022, at Leamon Funeral home in Lena, IL. Funeral Service was at 11:00 am following the visitation on Saturday January 22, 2022, at Leamon Funeral Home. Officiating at the service was Son-in-law Jorge Diaz.

Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport, IL. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.

Shannon

Dorothy Wubbena, 97

Dorothy Wubbena, age 97, of Shannon, IL passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Lena Living Center.

She was born in Shannon on April 3, 1924 to the late Roland and VerDena (Daniels) Artman. Dorothy married Robert Wubbena on September 27, 1946. Bob passed away on October 20, 2007.

Dorothy graduated from Shannon High School in 1942. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served as a 4-H Leader for several years and worked in the office for the Carroll County Fair for numerous years. Dorothy enjoyed ceramics, sewing, gardening, fishing with her husband, attending sporting events and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was so proud of all their accomplishments. She loved hosting Holiday family gatherings and looked forward to watching the grandkids and great grandkids play football in the backyard.

She is survived by her son, Wayne (Sandy) Wubbena of Warren; her daughter, Darlene (Doug) Pauley of Winslow; her six grandchildren, Becky (Ryan) Guentner, Krista (Brett) Fry, Wendy (Shawn) Bean, Scott (James Waite) Wubbena, Jody (Ryan) Indergand, and Mark (Cynthia) Pauley; her 12 great grandchildren, Olivia, Jack, Breyton, Sadie, Brynn, Sawyer, Payton, Kayla, Drew, Kiera, Brady and Miles; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Darold Wubbena; and her sister, Florence Thede.

A private family service will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at Brethren Cemetery in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

Hanover

Gerald Bernard “Jerry” Swett, 92

Gerald Bernard “Jerry” Swett, 92, of Hanover, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at his home. A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover. Visitation was held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover. Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com

Jerry was born August 14, 1929, in Thomson, Illinois, the son of Leaman and Lena (Atherton) Swett. He graduated from Hanover High School with the Class of 1947. Jerry was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Jeannine Morrison on August 29, 1948, at the First Presbyterian Church, Hanover. Jerry was a loving husband to his wife of 73 years. They were blessed with one son, Steven.

Jerry enjoyed and loved his family, his home, and couldn’t spend enough time working in his garden and yard. He was always ready to play a game of euchre and enjoyed their “Couples 500” club. He also loved to play golf, every hour, every day, all day if possible. He had many happy times when he was camping with his family and his cocker spaniels, Lucky and Ginger at Timber Lake Resort in Mt. Carroll and Seven Eagles Campground & Resort in Savanna.

Jerry worked for many years at, and retired from, the Savanna Army Depot as a mechanic, in the fire department, and at the Special Weapons Department. He was a member of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a member of the Galena Elks Club and the Savanna Moose Lodge.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jeannine; a son, Steven and his wife, Debbie; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Steven Jr., and Robert “R.J.” Swett; five great-grandchildren, Adelyn, Tyler, Landen, Caleb, and Hayden Swett; his sister, Norma Lehr; brother-in-law, Gary Lehr and their family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Leaman and Lena Swett; mother-in-law, Hazel Gray; father-in-law, Elias Morrison; three sisters, Hazel Diestelmeier, Betty Traum and Jeanne Harris; one brother, Harold Swett; and his two beloved cocker spaniels, Lucky and Ginger.

Jerry’s family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice for their care and compassion. To Jerry’s caregivers, Vicky and Sherry for their faithfulness, and loving care for Jerry and also to Donna, Allen, Mary and Mary Jo for all of their support.

 

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