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Ashton, IL

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12/12/1935 - 9/12/2017
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3/22/1960 - 9/8/2017
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Cletus D. Bauer - 81

2/16/1936 - 6/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Cletus Dennis Bauer, 81, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday June 22, 2017. He was born February 16, 1936 in Lima, WI the son of August & Catherine Bauer. In 1953, he married Darlene Jepsen Jensen who would be his loving wife for almost 64 years. Cletus and Darlene had 5 children; Pamela (Terry) Maas of Dixon, Bradley (Donna) Bauer of Oregon, Daniel (Teresa) Bauer of Murfreesboro, TN, Timothy Bauer (deceased in 1970), and Joseph (Christine) Bauer of Mt. Morris. They were blessed with 12 grandchildren; Allison Maas, Martin (Erica) Maas, Megan Maas, Bradley (Kara) Bauer, Nicholas (Megan) Bauer, Erik Bauer, Emily (Garret) Barnas, Madeline Bauer, Alexander (Merritt) Bauer, Anna Bauer, Steven Bauer, and Anthony Bauer. They were also blessed with 10 great grandchildren and 2 more waiting to be born. Also survived by a sister, Polly and 3 brothers, Darrell, Glenn, and Gary. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy, his parents, and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Cletus was a man of great faith in God, love of his family and friends, and an extremely hard worker. He belonged to St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon for 59 years where he was an active member. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and, over the years, he participated on many committees of the church. Cletus was especially proud of his helping with St. Vincent DePaul Society and being a part of the choir. He retired from Chrysler after working there for over 25 years. Cletus then began a detasseling business for over 20 years and also drove school bus for over 10 years. He has touched the lives of thousands of our youth. He taught them how to work hard, be respectful, and also how to have fun. He was truly a man of great wisdom and great character. He will be missed by many.
Christian funeral mass will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00-8:00 PM, concluding with a rosary service at 8:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary Church or Serenity Hospice, Oregon.

Kevin D. Stienmetz - 58

11/17/1958 - 6/22/2017
Chana, Illinois

Chana – Kevin D. Stienmetz, age 58, passed suddenly,Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  He was born Nov. 17, 1958 in Rockford, IL the son of Gerald and Barbara (Carpenter) Stienmetz. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1977. Kevin formerly worked 27 years for Price Brother’s in Rochelle and the past 9 years he worked for the Ogle County Highway Dept. He was known for always having a big smile and a story to tell. Kevin enjoyed his time on the river, having fish fry’s, going to tractor pulls, and antiquing. His distinctive laugh will truly be missed. He was predeceased by his mother Barbara. He is survived by his 4 children; Nick (Shaina) Stienmetz of Boise, Idaho, Tim Stienmetz of Boise Idaho, Stephanie Stienmetz of Sterling, and Derek Stienmetz of Chattanooga, TN, Fiancé Linda Morris of Chana, father Gerald (Judy) Stienmetz of Oregon, sister Kim (Tom) O’Brien of Paynes Point, 2 grandchildren Samson and Kaidence. A visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. A memorial fund is established in Kevin’s name.

Joan M. Steffen - 85

4/2/1932 - 6/21/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Stillman Valley – Joan M. Steffen, age 85, died Wed., June 21, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born April 2, 1932 in Rockford the daughter of Rose Upstone. She attended Fairdale and Monroe Center Schools. Joan worked several years at Rockford Products. She married Leonard R. Steffen on June 19, 1971 in Stillman Valley. She loved to grow flowers, do gardening, play cards, and do puzzles. She was a Gold Star Mother having lost her son Delbert E. Hall during the Vietnam War. She is survived by her husband Leonard Steffen of Stillman Valley, 3 children; Diana (Al) Klapp of Stillman Valley, Keith (Rosemarie) Hall of Davis Junction, and Teresa (Larry) Anderson of Ashton, 6 grandchildren; Carri (Brent) Davis, Dawn (Aaron) Aaronson, Brent (Jennifer) Hall, Shannon (Kory Lindquist) Hall, Brock (Nicole) Hall, and Ryan Anderson, Great grandchildren; Kayli, Jon, Kaitlin, Trae, Griffin, Hayden, Dane, Tate, Tripp, and Jaylynn, and sister-in-law Betty Swanson. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd in Stillman Valley, IL with the Pastor Kerry Hughes officiaiting. Burial will be at the Roseland Cemetery near Monroe Center. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. A memorial fund is established in Joan’s name.

Lance E. Barnes - 80

8/17/1936 - 6/19/2017
Oregon, IL

Oregon, IL – Lance E. Barnes, age 80, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 19, 2017. He was born August 17, 1936 in Chicago the son of Kenneth and Simonne (Jagot) Barnes. Lance obtained his Associates Degree in Firefighting. He married Marjorie “Marge” VanStedum on March 9, 1957 in Cicero, IL. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years from 1955 – 1963. Lance retired in 1996 from the Franklin Park Fire Dept. after 36 years of service. He and his wife moved to Oregon, IL in 1999. He served on the Consistory of the Ebenezer Reformed Church stewardship and property committee. He also was a member of Gideon’s International and the Blackhawk Train Club at Conover Square in Oregon, IL.
He was formerly an Elder at the Westside Reformed Church in Cicero, IL. Lance loved to fish, go trap shooting, and high power rifle shooting. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers Tad and Bruce, and sister Nancy Cecchi. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Marge, 3 daughters; Judith Lynn (Philip) Rizzo of Hoffman Estates, Cynthia Renee (Jeffrey) Knowles of Kona, Hawaii, and Cheryl Jean Wilkinson of McHenry, IL, 5 grandchildren; Kristie and Seth Knowles, Philip, Jr. (Natalia) Rizzo, Steven Rizzo, and Natalie Rizzo, 3 Great Grandchildren; Marissa, Colleen, Dominic, and Anthony.
Funeral service will be 10:30am, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church Oregon, IL with the Rev. John Wisdom pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Friday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Ebenezer Reformed Church or the Serenity Hospice and Home.

Lillian Herbeck - 91

12/16/1925 - 6/18/2017
Monroe Center, IL

Lillian Herbeck, age 91, went Home on June 18, 2017. She was born in Springfield, MA on December 16, 1925 the daughter of Ronald and Sarah (Hoag) Waters. Lillian, a ’44 graduate of Technical H.S., and Herbert Herbeck, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, eloped on June 20 1944 and were joyfully married almost 73 years. During her 30 years working for a General Electric Co. in Chicago she became the secretary. Lillian faithfully loved and served Jesus, her husband Herb, family, her church and so many friends. She adored her kitties and “mastered” in crafting, collecting memories, cooking and entertaining – welcoming at any gathering. Lillian is survived by her daughter, Susan (James) Moon of Monroe Center; daughter-in-law Joyce Herbeck of Bozeman, MT; sister-in-law, Doris Waters of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren Molly (Gene) Engelkes, Amanda (David) Poulin, Jason (Mariah) Herbeck, Josh (Staci) Herbeck, Journey Herbeck; great-grandchildren Connor, Dalton, Carson, Sidonie, Zadie, Ren, and step great-grandchildren Kara (Drayton) Saunders, Jacob (Becca) Poulin and Zachary Poulin; and step great-great-grandchild Kinsley Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Thomas Herbeck, grandchild Jamie Moon, siblings and in-laws Robert (Marion), Robina, Ronald (Mary), Thomas, Alyce, Charles, Edward (Louise), nephew Rob and niece Liz. A Celebration of Life will be held July 1 at 11:00 at Kishwaukee Church with Pastor Eric Tonjes officiating. Visitation to be held one hour prior to service. Memorials may be donated to Pinecrest Terrace, Kishwaukee Church and Serenity Hospice & Home. The family expresses sincere gratefulness for the loving Pinecrest family of staff and friends.

Arlene J. Henson - 76

8/24/1940 - 6/16/2017
Byron, IL

Arlene J. Henson, age 76, died on June 16, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born on August 24, 1940 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Earl and Irene (Marshall) Whitney. She married Wayne Henson in Feb. 1956. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Byron. Arlene received her Associate’s degree from Rock Valley College and then went on to Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She worked as an adult probation officer for DeKalb County prior to her retirement. Arlene was an amazing artist. She was a member of the Eagle’s Nest Art Group and loved showcasing her talents at Ceramics by Cin and the Serenity Shed. She was active in the Byron Library, Byron Senior Citizen’s Group, a knitting club, and a prior member of the Rockford Yacht Club. She was an avid gardener and was a real animal lover. Arlene enjoyed spending her time making friends especially at Conover Square. She is survived by her children, Brian (Mary) Henson of Rockford, Jeffrey Henson of Rockford, Steven Earl Henson of Waupun, WI, and Rebecca Henson of Franklin Grove; the father of her children and life long friend, Wayne Henson of Stillman Valley; siblings, Rochelle (Grenville) Claxton and Richard Whitney; grandchildren, Jenna Henson, Jake Henson, Josiah Henson, Cory Reidl, Tyler Reidl; and great grandchildren, Irelynd, Bella, Aislynn, and Kieran; sister-in-law, Betty and beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and infant great grandson, Cheyenne. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday June 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron concluding with a rosary at 7 pm. Memorials are established in her name and will be applied to Serenity Hospice and Home, St. Jude’s, and towards cancer screening and prevention. The family would like to thank the staff at Serenity Hospice and Swedish American Palliative Care and Oncology for their loving care of Arlene.

Theresa Varilek - 54

11/15/1962 - 6/12/2017
Byron, IL

Theresa Lynn Varilek, 54, lifetime resident of Byron, died Monday June 12, 2017 in Generations at Neighbors, Byron. She was born November 15, 1962 in Rockford the daughter of James J. & Velma (Philippi) Varilek. Theresa enjoyed children and worked as a daycare teacher until 2015. She loved the river, especially pontoon boating, and enjoyed caring for her grand nieces & nephews. Theresa had a big heart and would have done anything for anybody. Survivors include her siblings Keith (Judy) Varilek of Homosassa, FL, Sharon (Vince) Digiovanni of Byron, Jim Varilek of Prescott Valley, AZ, Pam (Bob) Shook of Granger, IN, and Cheryl (Gene) Hubbard of SD; many nieces & nephews and grand nieces & nephews; and special friend, Jim Crum. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 5:00 -- 7:00 PM. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Byron.

Helen R. Jones - 85

3/4/1932 - 6/11/2017
Grand Detour

Helen R. Jones, 85, longtime area resident, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Avonlea Cottage, Dixon. Born March 4, 1932 in Ripley, IL, the daughter of Loren and Mary (Cooper) Burnett. Married to Melvin “Huck” Jones February 7, 1958 in Ripley. Helen was a 1950 graduate of Tempe (AZ) High School and attended Oregon Bible College 1951-1952. She was employed by the Church of God General Conference 1952-1960 in the printing department and was an active member of Oregon Church of God. Helen was a loving housewife and mother whose family was most important to her, but also enjoyed sewing and gardening. Survived by her husband, Huck Jones of Grand Detour; son, Jim (Krista) Jones of Dixon; daughters, Joyce (Jimbo) Callaway of Oregon and Marianne Jones of Dixon; grandchildren: Timothy (Mandi) Callaway, Eric (Brekk) Callaway, Paige Jones and Lee Jones; and 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, Sarah Callaway; 3 brothers; and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Thursday June 15 in Oregon Church of God with Pastor Michael Hoffman officiating. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 8:00pm Wednesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen’s name may be made to Oregon Church of God, Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Thomas L. "Tom" Lucas - 58

5/31/1959 - 6/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Thomas L. “Tom” Lucas, 58, of Oregon, died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born May 31, 1959 in Chicago, the son of James and Mary (Steed) Lucas. Married to Karen Fernandez October 16, 1999 in Chicago Ridge. Tom was a Transportation Supervisor for Iron Mountain in Itasca over 20 years and moved to Oregon from Chicago in 2002. He loved going to the casinos. Survived by his wife, Karen of Oregon; special daughter, Marie Lucas of Chicago; brother, Joe (Kelly) Lucas of Chicago; sister, Mary Rose (Ricky) Furco of Chicago; brothers-in-law: Bob (Ellen) Fernandez of Byron, Mike Fernandez of Oregon and Ray Fernandez of Des Plaines; and Tom was an uncle to many. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Tommy. Cremation rites are to be accorded with a Memorial Service at a later date.

Eva M. Cline - 99

11/30/1917 - 6/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Eva M. Cline, 99, longtime resident of Oregon died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born November 30, 1917 in Sterling, the daughter of Charles and Katie (Thurm) Wiegand. Married to Carl E. Cline October 14, 1949 in Sterling; he died March 21, 2014. Eva was a member of Oregon VFW Auxiliary and a 60 year member of Oregon United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School for many years. Eva’s family was the main focus of her life. Survived by her daughter, Carol (Rich) Magnuson of Oregon; and grandson, Nathaniel Zellers of Oregon. Also predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, April Marie Zellers; and brothers, Walter and Charles. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 12:00 noon; Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Memorials in Eva’s name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

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