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Pearl City

Scott W, Lartz, 59

Scott W. Lartz, age 59, of Pearl City, IL passed away Monday, April 11, 2022 at his home. He was born on October 30, 1962 in Freeport, IL to the late Austin and Betty (Imel) Lartz. Scott married Jeanne Hershey in 1982. Scott married Lisa Brady in 1986 and together they had a son, Ethan. Scott later married Luanne Slick on July 7, 1995 and they had a son, Tristan. Luanne passed away on March 21, 2017.

Scott was a 1981 graduate of Pearl City High School. He drove truck for Fischer Excavating. Scott enjoyed cooking and researching family history.

He is survived by his sons, Ethan (Paige) Lartz of Lanark and Tristan (Jessica) Lartz of Freeport; his grandchildren, Owen, Emily, Isla and Ivy Lartz; his brothers, Tom Lartz of Pearl City and Jim (Barb) Lartz of Lena; and his sisters, Marcia (Greg) Derrer of Lanark and Linda Broshous of Stockton. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Luanne; his brother-in-law, Robert Broshous; and his sister-in-law, Vicki Lartz.

There was a graveside service held on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Clay Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared with Scott’s family at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

Mount Carroll

Donna Mae Wurster, 78

Donna Mae Wurster, age 78, of Mt. Carroll, IL, passed away at Allure Nursing Home of Mt. Carroll on Friday, April 8, 2022. A funeral service was held at 11am on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Massbach. Visitation took place from 9:30 am to 11 am before the service. Family and friends are invited to share in Donna’s life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Donna was born September 3, 1943, in Mt. Carroll, IL, the daughter of Oscar and Vera (Polhill) Rausch. She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School with the class 1961. On October 8, 1966, Donna married Elwood H. Wurster at Good Hope Church. They would go on to raise two sons.

Donna was a loving and hard working farmer’s wife and mother. She was a dedicated homemaker and was always willing to help on the farm in any way she could. She was adept at using horse drawn implements, then transitioned into their first steel-wheeled tractors. In her younger years she worked in an office, before marriage, and spent time working for Stucto Factory, making toys. In her free time she enjoyed quilting and canning, and loved to bake Christmas cookies! She was also a lover of birds and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher.

Donna will be dearly missed by her two sons, Howard and Matthew Wurster, both of Elizabeth, IL, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elwood; parents, Oscar and Vera; sisters, Shirley Yingling and Betty Rausch, and twin sisters who passed as infants.


Sharon J. Lomas, 69

Sharon J. Lomas, 69, of Lena, IL passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 10, 2022. She was born on May 12, 1952 in Reedsburg, WI to Edwin and Betty (Wade) Schroeder. She graduated from Wisconsin Heights High School in 1970. Sharon married Jim Lomas on September 30, 1978 in Monroe, WI. In April of 2021, Sharon retired as a CNA from the Lena Living Center.

Sharon enjoyed going shopping, especially for flowers. She loved her flower gardens. Sharon and Jim enjoyed taking rides to Lake Le-Aqua-Na, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Vermont Lutheran Church in Black Earth, WI.

Sharon is survived by her husband Jim of Lena, their three daughters; Sherri (Mark) Hanna of Richland Center, WI, Ashley (Casey) Schoger of Winslow, IL and Amanda (Chris) Esser of Lena, IL, grandchildren; Chelsea (Kyle) Stauffacher, Briana (Randy) Wahl, Madyson (Ashton) Hanna, Dayton Ceruti, Mika, Lillian, and Johnny Schoger, Livia, Emma, Myles, and Christian Esser, great-grandchildren; Brigitte, Carter, Hunter, Taiylor, and Rhya Stauffacher , McKenna, Tapanga, Daniel, and Travis Wahl, siblings; Harlan Schroeder, Norman Schroeder, Eileen (Greg) Zander, and Allen (Lauri) Schroeder.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Russel Schroeder, and three grandchildren in infancy.

Memorial services were held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Leamon Funeral Home. A visitation was from 10:00 AM until time of services on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the funeral home.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established for her memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.


Charles Allen Osterday, Sr. 92

Charles Allen Osterday, Sr., 92 of Freeport, passed away at the Monroe Clinic Hospital on February 19, 2022.

He was born in Lamont, Wisconsin on May 25, 1929 to Howard and Muriel (Anderson) Osterday. Charlie graduated from Darlington Wisconsin High School in 1947. He married Corolyn “Corky” Curry on August 12, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Darlington. In 2021, Charlie and Corky celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. They had two children together, their son Charles A. Osterday, Jr., of New Paris, IN and daughter Vici Otte of Freeport.

Charlie was in the Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He and Corky moved to Stockton, IL where he built his business, Osterday Electric before going into the Building Business. Later he worked as the Building Coordinator for Branager Organization at Galena Territories until his retirement. During his working career, Charlie not only built homes but also built many lifelong friendships.

While living in Stockton, Charlie was involved in the Stockton Village Board, Stockton Volunteer Fire Department, and was on the original Stockton Fireworks Committee where he helped with the 4th of July Display and Development Group. He told many stories of the adventurous times while setting up displays and setting off the fireworks, recounting both planned and unplanned events. Charlie was a member of the Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion.

Charlie and Corky moved to Freeport, IL in 1995 and lived there until his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Corky of Freeport; son Charles A. (Ellyn) Osterday, Jr. of New Paris, IN; daughter Vici (Kevin) Otte, of Freeport. Six grandchildren; Charles A. (Kristi) Osterday, III of Middlebury, IN, Darrin (Abby) Osterday of Archbold, OH, Eric (Elizabeth) Osterday of Vernon, CT, Mitchell (Lauren) Osterday of Whitestown, IN, Heather (John) Cox of (Metamora, IL and Matthew (special friend, Amy) Otte of Freeport; sister Ardith (Larry) Benson; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Osterday and Cynda Eastlick; sister and brother-in-law Bobby and Jake Werkheiser; ten great-grandchildren; Allyson, Christian, Anna, Graycen, Lydia, Owen, Liam, Charlotte, Harrison and Ellie; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lois and her husband Harlie Miller; brother Lyle; brothers-in-law Ted Curry and Dale Eastlick.

He dearly loved his family and friends, seldom missed a class reunion and enjoyed time on the Mississippi River with his boating friends at the Dubuque Marina, where he was affectionately known as the “Mayor of I-Dock”.

Charlie will always be remembered as a gentle man and a gentleman.

Cremation Rights were accorded, and family graveside services will be held at a later date, at Union Grove Cemetery in Darlington, WI. with the intent of military honors.

Memorial money will be given to the Stockton Fireworks Committee. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com

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