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Barbara M. Pinnow, 80

Barbara M. Pinnow age 80, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was born on November 25, 1941, in Lena, IL to Milford and Helen (Koehn) Becke. Barb graduated with the class 1959, which was the first class to graduate from the new Lena High School.

She worked for the Orangeville CUSD #203 as a teacher’s aide with special education in Rockford. She worked at General Casualty Insurance Company for 18 years until retirement. Barb also made many friends over the years bartending at Asa’s, J&S Tavern, Huckleberry’s, all in Orangeville and the Lena Golf Course and the Iron Horse in Lena. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena.

She is survived by her children; Lenn (Amy) Fogel of Lena, IL, Leann Fogel of Lanark, IL, Leslie Becker of Galena, IL and Jaime (Maia) Pinnow of Freeport, IL. Grandchildren; Holly Englert, Blayne Lillge, Karlie Lillge, Lonn Lillge, Jenny Lingle, Kalie Becker, William Pinnow, Macyn Pinnow, Andrew Pinnow and Bowen Pinnow. 7 great grandchildren. Brother Daylon (Beth) Becke of Cedarville, IL. Sister Kathy (Rich) Heinkel of Lena, IL. Numerous nephews, nieces, and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Henry and Emma (Welt) Becke, maternal grandparents Otto and Margaret (Winter) Koehn, son Lonn Fogel and numerous aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM on Saturday July 9, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with a visitation from 9:00 until time of service. Officiating was Rev. Rick Bader. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be in Lena Burial Park.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.


Curt F. Scheider, 67

Curt F. Scheider age 67, of Freeport, Illinois passed away Monday, June 27, 2022 at FHN Hospital in Freeport. Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of Curt's life will be held at a later date. Friends and family are invited to share in Curt's life at http://www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Curt was born May 30, 1955 in Freeport, the son of Kenneth F. and Etta Lucille (Peck) Scheider. He attended Orangeville High School in Orangeville, Illinois and graduated with the Class of 1973. Curt married the love of his life Kathy L. Miller on June 22, 1974 in Orangeville. They celebrated 48 years of marriage. He worked for Honywell in Freeport as a CNC Machinist for 46 years retiring in 2019.

Curt had a green thumb and always challenged himself on being able to grow whatever he wanted. He used his skills to help create his own business Whitetail Gardens. Curt enjoyed taking produce to the Farmer's Markets and donating produce to the local community. As his health began to keep him out of his fields he researched and developed his own hydroponics setup to still be able to enjoy tomatoes and other produce. Curt was an avid fisherman and was known to brag about how when the kids were younger they could out fish the adults near them without getting all their lines tangled up. Curt was a mentor and teacher to his family and never missed the opportunity to help when needed. Curt truly cherished the time he spent with his family and whenever it was time to go there was Curt with a big hug and "Bye, I love ya drive safe."

Curt will be dearly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Kathy; son, Jeremy Scheider of Freeport; 2 daughters, Kelli (Chris) Martin of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Tracy Scheider of Freeport; bonus daughter, Melanie (Matt) Hathaway of Evansville, Wisconsin; 2 grandchildren, Ava and Tristen Bird; his beloved dog, Raven and 3 grandpups; sister, Bonnie (Jerry) Obert of Freeport and many sisters and brothers in-law. Curt was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Donna and brother, Lee.

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Clara Elena Louise Klein, 92

Clara Elena Louise Klein passed away June 25, 2022, at Allure Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll, IL, after a short illness. Funeral service was held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Savanna, IL. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Pastor Luke Thomford will officiate. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Friends and family my livestream the service at http://www.facebook.com/lawjonesfuneralhome

Clara was born on August 6, 1929, to Louis and Ida (Weede) Gruenwald in Nashville, IA, west of Maquoketa. Clara grew up on a farm, the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Savanna High School with the class of 1948. As there was a teacher shortage, she attended a summer course at Mount Saint Claire College in Clinton, IA, which qualified her to teach for three years in a one room country school where she had 13 students.

Clara married Albert Klein on June3, 1951, in Savanna. They settled in Savanna after Albert was discharged from the Army where Albert began working for the Milwaukee Railroad and later became the Manager/ Treasurer of the Blackhawk Area Credit Union. Both of their parents also lived in Savanna at the time. Clara was a stay at home mother of seven children, and then later retired from Eaton Corp in Savanna and Hanover after 19 years. Albert passed away on October 17, 2002.

Clara and Albert were faithful members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Savanna where she belonged to the Lydian Society and Altar Guild. She also belonged to the Savanna Women’s Service Club. She enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, digital photography and traveling. She loved following her family on Facebook, especially her grandchildren. She and her friends attended many activities at the Savanna Museum and the Timberlake Playhouse. She always watched the news and would often remind us when figure skating and parades were going to be on. She was happy to be able to live independently on the family farm until the end of her life; a gentle, loving woman with a strong Christian faith.

Clara is survived by her seven children, Susan (Richard) Keppler of Savanna, Jane Klein of Savanna, Stephen (Mary) Klein of Maquoketa, IA, Elaine (Ronnie) Ashley of Springfield, MO, Pamela Delp of Savanna, Cheryl (David) Body of Mattoon, IL, and Mark (Hilary) Klein of Freeport, IL; 20 grandchildren, Curt (Amanda Moseley) Keppler, Jason (Amy Jacobs) Keppler, Megan (Steven) Sifert, Jan Klein, Stephen Klein II, Aaron Sue (Brian) Grahlman, Adam Klein, Amanda (Brian) Hartley, Michael (Laura) Ashley, Sarah (Jeremy) Thornton, Andrew (Jennifer) Ashley, Brian (Sara) Delp, Kristy (Travis) Turner, Clint (Gretchen) Body, Samuel Crosnoe, Chandra Cravens, Kayla Klein, Marcus Klein, Jacob (Hope Brummitt) Klein, and Cheryl Ann (Nathan Carr) Klein; 35 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Marcia (Charlie) Dauphin; and special friends, Tom and Lydia Root.

Clara is preceded in death by her husband Albert, her parents, Louis and Ida; her in-laws, Julius and Eleanore (Westaby) Klein; her siblings and their spouses, Harvey (Dorothy) Gruenwald, Alvin (Cyrilla, Greta) Gruenwald, Leo (Velma) Gruenwald, Robert Gruenwald, Eileen (Ora Good, Bill) Schumacher, and Eugene (Pat) Gruenwald; one son-in-law, Michael Delp; two brother-in-laws, Robert and Wilbur Klein; two sister-in-laws, Clara (Miller) Scaletta, and Ruth (Smith) Wilson.

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