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George L. Schaney, Jr, 68

George L. Schaney Jr, 68, of Lena. Passed away Friday, May 26, 2023, peacefully surrounded by his loving family, in his home. Born September 13th, 1954 the son of George L. (Marietta) Schaney Sr. and Elizabeth (Kenneth) Baker. He attended Hononegah high school in Rockton. George married Rose Marie Flickinger August 23rd, 1974.

George joined the United States Marine Corps August 25th, 1974. After his years of service, he later worked at Kent Cheese, and Menards for many years until he became ill in 2017. George enjoyed many outdoor activities. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. George enjoyed spending time with his wife at craft, garden, boat shows. Most of all George cherished his grandchildren.

George is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; Son, Jay (Alice) Schaney Sr. of Stockton; Daughter, Amanda (Jim) Klinefelter of Lake Carroll; Grandchildren, Eric (Shania) Schaney, Maranda Schaney Jay Jr Schaney &, Olivia Klinefelter; Great-Granddaughter, Piper Schaney; and a great grandchild on the way. Brothers; Clifford (Wilma) Merrill of Las Vegas, Corke (Debra) Schaney of Cedarville, Sisters; Lou (Jim) Forholt Webster, FL, Penny Hauck, Laurie Rodriguez of Lincoln Nebraska. His faithful companion Livy.

He is predeceased by his parents, Father-in-law Jay B. Flickinger, Mother-in-law Ethel Flickinger.

George’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Northern Illinois Hospice for providing excellent care over the past few months. They would like to extend and extra “thumbs up” to his nurse Laurie and caregivers Chemere & Paige.

Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Van Brocklin- Florence UMC 3582 S Bolton Rd Freeport, with Pastor Chuck Wolbers officiating. There will be a visitation on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary in Freeport, IL. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. Condolences may be shared at http://www.walkermortuary.com.

Steven W. Hughes, 76

Steven W. Hughes, age 76 of Lena, IL, died Saturday, May 27, 2023 at SSM Health Monroe Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 26, 1947 in Belmont, WI; the son of William and Blodwyn (Roberts) Hughes. He was a graduate of Lena-Winslow High School. Steven married Susan “Sam” Duth at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kent, IL on September 2, 1966.

He was proud to have served his country in the Illinois National Guard. He was a carpenter for Lena Builders for several years, then pursued a career as an insurance agent. Steve was a member of the Lena United Methodist Church. He had a passion for music and loved to sing and play guitar. He was possibly one of the biggest Gordon Lightfoot fans ever. Reading was also one of his passions. He loved visiting with his clients, many friends and, “The Neighbors.” Of course, spending time with both his grandsons took priority over everything else.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; one brother, Terry Hughes of Rock Falls; and one sister, Pamela Blomquist of Morrison, IL. Survivors include his wife, Susan “Sam” Hughes of Lena; two children, Scott (Sonya) Hughes of Shalimar, FL and Sarah (Michael) Eveland of Stockton, IL; two grandsons, Mitchell Eveland of Lena, IL and Nicholas Eveland of Stockton, IL; one brother, Bob (Suzette) Hughes of Janesville, WI; two sisters, Diana Williams of Plano, TX and Kris (Lyle) Mokros of Platteville, WI; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Special thank you to SSM Health Monroe Hospital, Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center and FHN Supportive Care Staffs.

Per Steve’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation rites will be accorded. Condolences may be shared with his family at http://www.walkermortuary.com.

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