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Oregon, Illinois

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Byron, Illinois

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Byron, IL

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Jerry Lingel - 76

10/16/1939 - 9/24/2016
Byron, IL

Jerry G. Lingel, 76, lifelong Byron resident, died Saturday September 24, 2016 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born October 16, 1939 in Byron, the son of Robert and Gladys (Blevins) Lingel. Married to Peggy A. Bandi September 17, 1999 in Eubanks, KY. Jerry was a 1958 graduate of Byron High School and was employed 40 years at Camcar/Textron in Rockford, retiring January 2000. He was also grounds keeper and supervisor at Oregon Golf Club for many years. Jerry was an avid and accomplished golfer and bowler and an avid Chicago Bears fan. Survived by his wife, Peggy of Byron; brother, Larry (Linda) Lingel of Plattville, Wis.; sisters, Roberta (Randall) Calvert of Stillman Valley and Loretta (Michael) Freedlund of Winnebago; son, James (Tina) Johnson of Rockford; daughter, Angela (Mark) Cowling of Rockford; grandchildren: Cameron, Marlina, Laurie and Joshua; nieces: Amy, Karen and Kimberly; and nephews: Rick, Randy and Mark. Predeceased by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Thursday September 29 at Ebenezer Reformed Church, rural Oregon, with Pastor John Wisdom of the church officiating. Burial in Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron. Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Reformed Church or Ebenezer Cemetery.

Delores "Sally" Tilbury Walker - 86

7/19/1930 - 9/22/2016
Byron, IL

Delores Sally Tilbury Walker, 86, of Byron, IL died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. She was born July 18, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents James and Emma Williams. Sally was married to William Tilbury in 1951, he died in 1990. Sally was also married to Ben H. Walker in 1962, he died in 2006. Sally held various occupations over the years, among them working as a waitress at Indian Village and the Byron House, as well as employment with Amerock, Rockford, and Quebcorp, Mt. Morris. She enjoyed arts and crafts, collecting jewelry and porcelain dolls, and going to garage sales. Her grandchildren were a great joy in her life. She is survived by daughter Charlene Morris of Rockford, IL, sons William C. Tilbury (Connie) of Byron, IL, James L. Tilbury (Patricia) of Frederick, MD, David A. Walker of Rochelle, IL, Dean A. Walker (Debra) of Oregon, IL, step-daughter Karen Wolff of Chaska, MN, special niece Faye Toedte of Byron, IL; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Judy Tilbury Wismach, and son, Steven B. Tilbury, brothers, Joseph Williams, Burle Williams, and Ralph Williams. Special thanks to all the caregivers at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron and Serenity Hospice who provided great care and comfort to her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who wish to make a donation can donate to Serenity Hospice, Oregon, IL. A Memorial service followed by food and fellowship will be held Friday, September, 30, 2016, beginning at 5 pm at Cornerstone Family Church, 205 N Peru Street, Byron, IL (Formerly First Baptist Church).

Sandy Janssen - 62

1/2/1954 - 9/13/2016
Oregon, IL

Sandra Lynn Janssen, 62, longtime Oregon/Mt. Morris resident, was called home to our Lord unexpectedly on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Born January 2, 1954 in Green Bay, WI the daughter of Paul and Nancy (Swita) Kaczmarzyk. Married to Stephen Janssen November 5, 1976 in Oregon. Sandy was a 1972 graduate of Oregon High School and a 1975 graduate of Sauk Valley Community College. She was employed many years as a nurse at the Byron (IL) Clinic, then as the TB Nurse for Ogle County Health Dept and then as school nurse at Rahn Elementary School in Mt. Morris. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon. In her spare time, Sandy enjoyed cooking, fishing, garage saling, playing with her grandchildren and giving to others. She spent many years shopping, wrapping and giving gifts to the needy at Christmas time through Stewardship in Action at her church. Sandy was always making food for everyone, leaving everyone's bellies fed and hearts full. Survived by her husband, Stephen of Mt. Morris; daughters: Stacy (Skooter) Barber of Dixon, Tracy Janssen of Mt. Morris, Chelsy (Thomas) Jones of Oregon and Kelsy Janssen of La Crosse, WI; grandchildren: Kazmyn "Kaz", Zadie and Zoey Barber; brother, Randy (Tonya) Kaczmarzyk of Davis Junction; and sisters: Shelly (Scott) Rhea of Oregon and Kelley (Sean) Snyder of Grand Detour. Predeceased by her parents. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am Saturday September 17 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant preceded by a visitation beginning at 8:30am in the church. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. A memorial fund has been established.

David Buzinski - 68

12/31/1969 - 9/12/2016
Forreston, IL

Forreston – David E. Buzinski, age 68, died Monday September 12, 2016 in Freeport., IL. He was born in July 1948 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Leonard and Frances (Burzynski) Buzinski. He married Roberta Gore on July 25, 1970. David was a United States Marine Corps veteran who served 2 years in Vietnam. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Roberta of Forreston; children, P. Scott (Molly) Buzinski of Gahanna, OH, Lynn (Andrew) Koroulis of Arlington Heights, IL, Brian (Sean) Buzinski of Chicago, IL, and Robin Buzinski of Chicago, IL; siblings, Daniel (Meri) Buzinski, James (Marge) Buzinski, Ronald (Camille) Buzinski, and Sharon (Timothy) Sjoberg; and grandchildren, Jacksen, George, and Quinnlyn. David is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carol. Christian funeral mass will be held Friday September 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM, preceded by visitation from 10:00 AM until mass time, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Private burial will be held at a later time.

Doris L. Shull - 79

7/6/1937 - 9/10/2016
Oregon, IL

Doris Lorraine Shull, 79, of Oregon, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was born July 6, 1937 in Oregon to George and Harriett (Cann) King. Doris married the love of her life, Donald Shull, on November 12, 1955; he preceded her in death on August 12, 2013. Doris was an avid reader and an inspiration to everyone she met. She and Donald had a passion for antiquing and auctions. Doris was a beloved mother to her surviving children: sons, Michael (Robin) Shull of Byron, Mathew (Nancy) Shull of Oregon; daughters, Roxanne (Todd) Bauer of Buffalo, IA, Sherri (Katie) Rowe of Mt. Morris and Stephanie (Mike) Meyers of Byron; and son, Alan (Keith) Shull of Chicago; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Joanne (King) Spangler of Oregon; brother, Ronald King of Byron; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Barney. Also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Shirley (King) Bull. Don and Doris will be reunited at a graveside memorial service for both to be laid to rest at 10:00am Saturday, September 24 in Washington Grove Cemetery , north side of Flagg Road, with Pastor Chan Choi of Chana United Methodist Church officiating. A luncheon will follow at Chana United Methodist Church, 606 Main St., Chana. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established for Nurture Project International.

Bernita E. Kuhn - 82

5/19/1934 - 9/4/2016
Oregon, IL

Bernita E. Kuhn, 82, of Oregon, died Sunday September 4, 2016 in Franklin Grove Living Center. Born May 19, 1934 in Amboy, IL the daughter of Theodore & Ethel (Garrett) Hinrichs. She married Donald S. Kuhn in Oregon on January 1, 1951; he died in 2003. Bernita worked along side her husband at the family farm at "Kuhn's Corner" for over 50 years. She also worked part time at the Flower Patch in Oregon and enjoyed flowers, gardening and decorating for each holiday. Survivors include her granddaughters, Tonya (Brian) Lofgren of Sterling and Tessa (David Sanchez) Kuhn of Parker, Colo.; great grandchildren, Hunter, Emily, Macie, Max, Sebastian, & Adrian; and daughter-in-law, Bette Kuhn of Woosung, IL. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sons, Steven and Michael "Shorty", and brother Gene. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday September 7, 2016 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, with Pastor Jack Briggs officiating. Burial in Lighthouse Cemetery, rural Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Unity Hospice of Western IL, Rochelle, IL.

Ruby M. Wakenight - 100

3/12/1916 - 9/2/2016
Oregon, IL

Ruby M. Wakenight, 100, of Oregon, died Friday Sept. 2, 2016 in Oregon Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Oregon on March 12, 1916 the daughter of Frank & Lena (Ferguson) Messenger. Ruby was a member of Oregon Church of God and was a seamstress for Oregon Manufacturing Sewing Factory. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Survivors include her children, Richard Wakenight of Milan, IL, Roger (Norma) Wakenight of Polo, Randy (Deb) Wakenight of Oregon, & Doris (Clyde) Payne of Las Vegas, NV; 7 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Krueger of MI and Pauline Glendenning of Oregon; brother, Harry (Linda) Messenger of MI; and daughters-in-law, Barb Wakenight of Mt. Home, AR and Judy Wakenight of Polo. She was preceded in death by 1 sister, 4 brothers, and sons, James & Gregory.
Graveside services will be held Thursday Sept. 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Fairmount Cemetery, 1533 IL-26, Polo, IL, with Pastor Doug Cowan officiating. No visitation.

Richard Don Hull - 84

7/13/1932 - 8/29/2016
Stillman Valley, IL

Richard "Don" Hull, age 84, of Stillman Valley passed away on August 29, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. He was born on July 13, 1932 in Tulsa, OK the son of Alva and Almeta (Ward) Hull. He married O. Kay Henderson on September 24, 1956 in Wichita, KS. Richard owned and operated Hull Hardwood Flooring with his son Bob. In his recent years, he enjoyed making horseshoe artwork and welding. Don was a great wood worker who liked to make coffee tables. He was also an avid gardener who liked to plant flowers; especially holly hocks. He was also known for growing his vegetable garden. He is survived by his wife O. Kay Hull of Stillman Valley; children, Robert Hull of Stillman Valley, Bobby (Shelly) Hull of Brodhead, WI, and Donna (Keith) Butz of Genoa, IL; sister, Marian Seivers of Gunnison, CO; grandchildren, Jesse (Jaclyn) Butz, Susan (Jordan Spradlin) Johnson, Travis (Amy Fritsch) Hull, Mandy (Matt) Baenziger, and Bethany (Bob) Botts; great grandchildren, Chance, Brisco, Raelynn, Fallon, Kylie, and Casey; and many neices, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings James Henry and Almeta Henry, aunts Jewel Speciale and Francis Jones, and grandson Daniel Johnson. Visitation will be held Saturday Sept. 3, 2016 from 10:00 - 12:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt in Stillman Valley. Urn interment will be in Mouth of Stillman Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.

Norman H. Collins - 90

8/31/1925 - 8/28/2016
Oregon, Illinois

Norman H. Collins, 90, of Dickson, Tennessee (formerly of Oregon), died August 28, 2016. He was born August 31, 1925 in Ben Davis, Missouri, the son of Zealous H. Collins and Cleda Ann (Gaither) Collins. Norman served in the U.S. Army, 26th Infantry, First Division, Company M, as a Corporal Special Guard in the Nuremburg War Crime Trials in Germany, 1945-1946. Upon his return to the States Norman became involved in his community serving 10 years on the School Board for Oak Grove Rural School District, Missouri. He married Alice Virginia Stepp April 16, 1948 in Missouri. Norman farmed for 20 years prior to moving to Oregon, Illinois in 1966 where he again became active in his community. He served in the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Scout Master, Committee Chair for Troop 81, and as Round Table Commissioner for Blackhawk Council. He was awarded the District Award of Merit. Norman was elected to the Oregon City Council and served for 12 years. He was Chair of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce for 12 years and helped create Autumn on Parade in the early 70's. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Rock River Development Committee and served as Vice President for Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. He was asked to be Oregon's Parade Marshall in 1994 and was honored as Citizen of the Year in 1995. Norman and his wife, Alice, were active members of the Blackhawk Twirlers Club for 20 years. Norman was an Elder in The First Presbyterian Church of Oregon and a Charter Member of the Tri County Gun Club, Polo. He retired from Stronghold Camp and Conference Center, Oregon, where he worked for 23 years as Operations Manager. In 1997 Norman and his wife, Alice, moved to Dickson, Tennessee. Alice died in 1999. Norman married Dorothy E. Baker January 18, 2003 in Dickson. Norman was a member of Pine Hill Nazarene Church, McEwen, Tennessee where he served on the Finance Committee and enjoyed the company of his church family. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and was an avid reader. He will be lovingly remembered by his family as “Pop.” He is survived by his children, Kathy (Dan) Drozd, Oregon, Illinois; Keith (Kathleen) Collins Frederick, Maryland; Kevin (Ann) Collins Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 7 grandchildren, Nathan (Brittany) Drozd, Dana (Lee) Russell-Brown, Paul (Brianne) Drozd, Haleigh, Kevin, Allison, and Gavin Collins, two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Stella Drozd, Step-son Tommy (Elizabeth) Ray, brothers, Carl (Elizabeth) Collins, Robert (Barbara) Collins, Larry (Sara) Collins, sisters, Mary Stottlemyre, Lucille (Ervin) Yarnell, Louise (Max) Walker, Cleta (Junior) Vaughn, sister-in-law, Marjorie Collins, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two wives, his father, mother, one sister, and two brothers. Funeral will be 11:00 am, Wed., Aug 31, 2016 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon with the Rev. Randy Newton pastor of the First Baptist Church of Leaf River officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial service will be at Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. A memorial has been established for Pine Hill Nazarene Church, 5175 White Oak Rd., McEwen, TN 37101.

Mary Fletcher - 84

8/27/1932 - 8/28/2016
Byron, IL

Mary Fletcher, 84, of Oregon, died Sunday August 28, 2016 in St. Anne’s Center, Rockford. She was born August 27, 1932 in Oregon, IL the daughter of John & Beulah (Arends) Miles. She married George W. Fletcher on February 14, 1953; he died in 1990. She was a homemaker and worked in a sewing factory in her early years. She sewed her children’s clothes and also Barbie and Cabbage Patch doll clothes for her children and others’ dolls. Mary worked at Chicklets in Rockford and also the Oregon-Aire restaurant in Oregon. She loved going to sales and to Freeport every Thursday for her weekly outing.
She is survived by daughters, Carol (Chuck) Sutton of Leaf River, IL, Terri (Bob) Krueger of Menasha, WI, and Linda (Romaine) Castor of Machesney Park, IL; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren (and she loved seeing and hearing about them all); sister, Pat Onken, and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones dear to her heart. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Dennis James Fletcher, sisters, Oda, Rita, Rogene, Betty, Gladys, brother, John, and great granddaughter, Samantha Krueger. Special thanks to Jan and Aunt Freda and others for prayer and also to OSF Doctors and nurses and the staff at St. Anne’s (especially Michelle for her support and nurse Lori Perez and the many caregivers).
Funeral services will be held Friday Sept. 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM, preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

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