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Eileen M. Hughes, 76

Eileen (Zink) Hughes, 76, passed away peacefully at home on December 1, 2022 following a courageous two-year battle against cancer.

Eileen was born November 21, 1946 at their family home in Massbach, IL to Alvena (Albrecht) and William (Cy) Zink. She married Ronald Hughes on May 20, 1967 at St. John Lutheran Church in Massbach.

Known by many as “the cake lady,” Eileen has made countless, beautifully decorated and tasty cakes over the past 50+ years. She enjoyed using her many talents to make others happy and provide: cooking, baking, knitting, quilting, and sewing. In the process, she has also inspired and taught many her skills so they, too, could enjoy them. She was an active member at St. John Lutheran Church, volunteering as treasurer in past years and busy helping with the quilting group who made more than 1,200 fabric masks during the pandemic and collectively makes about 100 quilts annually for Hospice and veterans’ organizations.

Eileen worked at what is now known as Citizens State Bank in Stockton as a customer service representative for 38 years before retiring in 2011.

Eileen leaves behind her husband of 55 years—Ron, their daughter Janelle (Steve) Keeffer of Galena, granddaughters Erin and Elyse Keeffer, her brothers Gerald (Carol) Zink, Norman (Karen Switzer) Zink, and Eugene Zink, and beloved nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Alvena Zink. Eileen was also blessed that her neighbors—both in Yankee Hollow and Woodbine—have always been an extended part of her family.

Memorial services were held at St. John Lutheran Church in Massbach (Elizabeth), IL on Friday, December 9. Visitation began at 11:30 AM; Funeral service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. A memorial has been established in Eileen’s memory.

Anelene F. Heidenreich, 88

Anelene F. Heidenreich, age 88, of Stockton, IL passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at FHN Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Apple River, IL on November 6, 1934 to the late Vernon and Catherine (Watson) Grindey. Anelene married Laurence Heidenreich on August 23, 1953 at EUB Church in Stockton. Laurence passed away July 19, 2002.

Anelene was a 1953 graduate of Apple River High School. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Stockton, the Greenvale Neighborhood Club and Stella’s Coffee Group. She was a hardworking, dedicated farm wife who was always willing to drive machinery, milk cows and take care of the family. She enjoyed needlepoint, Blackhawk sporting events, plays and concerts, and baking rolls, mints and especially cakes for special occasions. Most of all, Anelene loved her family and spending time with the grandkids and great grandkids.

She is survived by her sons, Craig (Kris – Mrs. Heidenreich) of Stockton and Mark (Deb) of Stockton; her grandsons, Timothy (Dannielle) of Chadwick, David (Anna) of Bettendorf, IA, Jon (Jenna Lafferty) of Stockton, Garrett (Andrea) of Dubuque, IA, William (Jaycee) of Warren and special grandson, Kyle Hubb of Stockton; her great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Malia, Matthew, Gavin, Paxton, and Oliver. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Clifford (Pauline) Grindey; her nephew, Mike Grindey; and her niece Michelle Grindey.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Calvary United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

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Nore W. “Bill” Swanson III, 82

Nore W. Swanson (III) “Bill”, 82, of Apple River, IL passed away on December 1,2022 at his home. Bill was born on March 17, 1940 in Chicago, IL to Nore and Gertrude (Roth) Swanson. He married Helen (Higgins) Anson on December 27, 1976 in Galena, IL.

Bill farmed for many years and he also ran a resort in Canada. He loved his family and his dog, Honey Bee. He loved to hunt and fish. Bill was always there if his children ever needed anything.

Bill leaves behind his wife Helen, of 45 years, their children; Christine (Tod) Chapman, Nore “Bill” Swanson IV, Steven (Denise) Swanson, Teri (Don) Abbott, and Laura “Myke”Bennett, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Swanson; sisters, Diane Driscoll, Suzanne Swanson, and Nancy (Tom) Swanson, special friends Duane and Judy Maupin, Tim and Connie Maupin, and Tammy and Brian Albrecht and his beloved dog, Honey Bee.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara, brother Michael, children Jeffrey Anson and Pamela Smith, a grandson Ryan Bennett, two great-grandchildren Jameson Swanson and Navaeh Runberg, and a son-in-law Glenn Bennett.

A memorial service was held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. A visitation was from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. Pastor Kevin Cernek officiated the services. Cremation rites have been accorded. A luncheon was held at the Lena American Legion following the services.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com


Donald Dale Wand, 84

Donald Dale Wand, age 84, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away on December 5, 2022, at his daughter's house in Galena, IL. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Elizabeth, on Friday, December 9th at 11 a.m. Visitation took place from 9 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., at the church, prior to the mass. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Dale’s life, at lawjonesfuneralhome.com

Dale was born January 16, 1938, in Derinda Township, IL, the son of William and Elizabeth (Goldhagen) Wand. He graduated from Elizabeth High School with the class of 1956. Following high school, Dale served his county in the Army Reserves. He then went to work in factory jobs, spending most of his career at Atwoods in Stockton, IL, from which he would ultimately retire. On June 25, 1960, Dale married Mary “Judith” Hoster, in Elizabeth.

Dale loved to fish and hunt, and he collected a few coins and old habitat stamps. In his earlier years, he enjoyed working on his train sets. He would attend as many of the great grandkids’ games, band concerts, grandparents days at school, and show choir performances. As well as Kathy's grandkids activities too.

Dale is survived by his children, Cheryl (Tim) White, Don Wand, and Debbie Hoppman; grandkids, Chad (Tammy) White, Katie White, and Jordan Hoppman; great-grandkids, Molly and Mason White; brothers, Wayne (Ester) Wand and Robert (Kathy) Wand; sisters, Judy (Harvey) McGivney and Mary Lou (Jim) Schaible; sister-in-law, Sharon (Bill) Wand; many nieces and nephews; and his very special friend, Kathy Young and her family. Dale is preceded in death by his wife, Judith (Judy) Hoster Wand; parents, William and Elizabeth Wand and Harold Rayhorn; brother, William Wand; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Wand; brother, Alvin (Pat) Wand; and son-in-law, Tim White.


Marland K. Jordan, 87

Marland K. Jordan entered his heavenly reward surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Marland was born August 1,1935 to Kenneth and Elva (Straub) Jordan on the family farm in Tipton Iowa.

Marland attended school in Bennett Iowa graduating from Bennett High School in 1954. During Marland’s high school years, he was involved in many sports activities and soon had a reputation for being a great athlete blessed with being a speedy runner. He even competed in the Jr. Olympics running in the Los Angeles Coliseum. Also developed a love for baseball and softball.

While attending High School he met the love of his life Deanna Marks. They were united in marriage on September 1, 1957. To this union they were blessed with 5 children. Tracie Jordan-Deaver Wyoming; Marty (Jeanie) Jordan-Two Harbors Minnesota; Roland Jordan-deceased in infancy; Robinn (John) Leuenberger-Winslow Illinois; and Laurie (Randy) Thiele Roscoe Illinois. Also survived by 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter. One brother Richard (Dick) Jordan of Nashua, IA; sister-in-law Janice Meier of Marengo, IA; and brother-in-law Kirby (Linda)Marks of Colorado.

During his life Marland was a man of many talents. After he and Deanna were married, he began his career as a herdsman at a dairy farm in Bismarck North Dakota. From there he came back to the Family Farm in Iowa. Then the family moved to California, and he continued working on dairies. While in California Marland attended evening classes to become a radio broadcaster.

In 1971 he started his radio broadcasting career in Thermopolis, WY then to Iowa again and continued to Lena where he was a broadcaster for Freeport Station WACI. He called sporting events for local High School teams. From there he moved on to a sales career working for various seed and fertilizer companies. When he decided to “retire” he and Deanna opened a small restaurant in Bennett IA called Jordans Midway. The grandchildren had many fond memories of spending time with them there.

Then after that adventure they moved to Winslow Illinois and helped John and Robinn on their dairy farm. Finally, officially retiring to their current home in Lena. Marland remained an avid sports fan especially College Football as an Iowa Hawkeye Fan. He also enjoyed Women’s Softball where he enjoyed coaching girls in the art of fast pitch. He was very well known for his superman push-ups. We never have found another person that could do it.

Marland also had a very strong faith life as a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lena where he served as an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, and helped at the Thrift store where he enjoyed many conversations, Marland always had a joke or story to share.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2022 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lena, IL. Rev. Rick Bader officiated the service. Burial took place at Inland Cemetery in Bennett, Iowa at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com

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