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Pauline Swanson - 1006/15/1916 - 2/6/2017
Pauline Swanson, 100, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017, at Heritage Homes, in Watertown, WI. where she had made her home since 2013. She was born in Pennsylvania on June 15, 1916, Pauline was one of ten children born to Russell and Cora (Drury) Dietrich. The family moved to Illinois when Pauline was in her teens and she resided in the Byron area for most of her life. The Dietrichs were a close family and many holidays and special occasions were spent together. Pauline and her identical twin Irene (Borneman) spent every Thursday together, beginning their weekly outing with a trip to the beauty shop and continued on with shopping or a visit to a brother or sister who lived in the area. Their many friends and acquaintances often confused one for the other and Pauline and Irene went along with the misidentification, joking about it with one another later. Pauline married Martin Swanson in 1935 and they lived for many years on the Swanson Farm at Tower and Montague Roads. Pauline had a green thumb and always had vegetable and flower gardens which she tended with great care. In her younger years, she raised chickens and relied on her egg money for groceries and other necessities. Later, she was the receptionist and girl Friday at the Rockford Boys Club where she was well-loved and appreciated by the boys and staff. Pauline and Martin retired to Byron in 1985 and lived on North Fourth St. Martin passed away in 1999 and Pauline remained in the Byron area until when she moved to her current home in Wisconsin. Pauline is survived by her children, Jim (Linda)) Swanson of Stillman Valley and Carol (Don) Battenberg of Johnson Creek, Wi., grandchildren, Eric (Jill) Swanson, Adam Swanson, Katie (Brent) Schmadeke, Jody (Steve) Knoebel, David (Shelly) Battenberg, and Steven (Debbie) Battenberg and fifteen great grandchildren. She is further survived by her brothers, Robert (Donna) Dietrich, Harold (Lois) Dietrich and Jason (Betty) Dietrich, sister-in-law, Jane Dietrich and many nephews, nieces and friends. She was predeceased by her brothers Lloyd, John, and Russell Dietrich and sisters Elizabeth Guyer, Irene Borneman, and Dorothy Garner. The family wants to acknowledge the caring staff at Heritage Homes for their kindness and expressions of love during her years there. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 Merchant St., Byron, Illinois with visitation at 10:00 A.M. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Anita Stuart-Steva from the Middle Creek Presbyterian Church will lead the service. Memorials in Pauline’s name may be given to Heritage Homes, 700 Welsh Rd., Watertown, WI, 53098 or Middle Creek Presbyterian Church, 12373 Montague Rd., Winnebago, Il. 61088.
Martin R. Whetsel - 7312/30/1943 - 2/4/2017
Oregon – Martin R. Whetsel, age 73, died Saturday, February 4, 2017 at The Villa at PA Peterson in Rockford. He was born Dec. 30, 1943 in Oregon, IL the son of Roy and Sarah (Moss) Whetsel. Martin graduated from Oregon High School and Southern Illinois University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He served his country in the U.S. Navy at the Officer’s Training where he became a commander. Martin loved to Fish, Hunt, and play golf. He enjoyed going to Alaska and Canada fishing with the guys. He was a member of the Elks Club. He was predeceased by his father. Survived by his mother Sarah of Oregon, son Martin R. (Carrie) Whetsel of Minnesota, brother Jack (Alma) Whetsel of Oregon, sister Lazetta (Charles) Bruce of Dixon, and Grandson Christian Whetsel. No services are scheduled. A memorial fund is established in Martin’s name.
Harry V. Morphey - 855/18/1931 - 2/3/2017
Stillman Valley, IL
Harry V. Morphey, Jr., of Stillman Valley, IL, died February 3, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon, IL. Born on May 18, 1931 in Monroe Center, IL to Harry and Margaret (Rust) Morphey, Sr. and graduated from Monroe Center High School. On November 10, 1951 he married the love of his life, Esther C. Grottke at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, IL. Together they raised two daughters in Stillman Valley. He worked for Fran Kral Lincoln Mercury in Rockford, IL and spent 30 years working for Rockford Products. He loved old gas engines and antique tractors, especially the red ones. Known as Murph, to many, he always had time to help a friend, or fix an engine. He was honored as one of the founding fathers of the Hit and Miss Engine and Antique Tractor Show in Stillman Valley and loved participating in other shows around northern Illinois. He was well loved by many friends and family and enjoyed spending time will all.
Harry is survived by his daughters Kimberly (Art) Hopmann, of Tupelo, MS, and Heide (Curtis) Johnson of Monroe Center, IL; grandchildren Sara Johnson of Rockford and Nicholas Johnson of Monroe Center; brother Verlen (Joan) Morphey of Davis Junction, IL, plus all his cherished nephews and nieces.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30am, on Tuesday, February 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood, IL, with fellowship to follow. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon, or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lindenwood.
Lois Miller - 838/30/1933 - 1/30/2017
Lois H. Miller, 83, longtime Oregon resident, died Monday, January 30, 2017 in her home. Born August 30, 1933 in Galena, the daughter of Oscar and Viola (Bussan) Korte. Lois was a graduate of Galena High School and had been employed in food service at The Coffee Cup, Maxson’s Manor, Pinecrest Manor and Mt Morris Schools. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards and dominoes, puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Oregon. Survived by her children: Thomas and Shirley Mc Phillips of Mt. Morris, Tracy and Tim Harvey of Mt. Morris, Jodi and Kurt McPhillips-Pearson of McHenry and Jan and Adam Walters of Geneva; grandchildren: Chad and Bethany Harvey, Jared and Kelsey Harvey, Ashley and Brad Staner, Bridget McPhillips and Brian Rasner, and Maggie and Mark Dietrich; great-grandchildren: Hannah, Hayden and Remmington Harvey, Peyton, Beau and Cora Harvey, Brynn Staner, Logan and Landon Rasner, and Nolan Dietrich; sisters: Carolyn Conness, Rosalie Rader, Ruth Hasken, Marian Levins, Elizabeth “Pete” Korte and Judy Winter; and brothers: Jim Korte and Chuck Korte. Predeceased by her parents, daughter Shelly McPhillips and husbands James T. McPhillips and Leland D. Miller. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am Thursday February 2 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation Wednesday 4:30 – 7:30pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home. Oregon with a 7:30pm Rosary service. Memorials may be made in Lois’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Serenity Hospice or Village of Progress
Sharon V. Huttunen - 729/29/1944 - 1/27/2017
Sharon V. Huttunen, 72, of Oregon died Friday January 27, 2017 in her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1944 in Vandalia, IL the daughter of Paul & Leone (Murray) Jackson. She married William Huttunen in Oregon, IL on Sept. 29, 2001. Sharon was a barber since 1988 and had a chair in the Courtyard North Shop and then opened Backdoor Barber Styling, both in Oregon. Sharon wanted to thank all of her former clients for their support and prayers. She also worked at Dawson Quality Books in Oregon. She enjoyed, fishing, gardening and loved to cook, be a homemaker, and entertain, but her family was the most important to Sharon.
Survivors include her husband, William; daughters, Billie (Randall) Kloepping of Pearl City, IL and Amy (Scott) Sturtz of Morrison, IL; son, Samuel Woodyatt of Oregon; step-daughters, Sarah Huttunen (Robin Kellogg) of Woodstock, IL and Denise (Dan) Ball of Bozeman, MT;
12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; and brothers, Jimmy (Marjorie) Jackson of Harmon, IL and Raymond Jackson of York, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Jimmy Woodyatt, grandson, Dakota Woodyatt, and siblings, Gary Jackson, Paul Jackson, Jr. & Jenny Alldinger.
Memorial service will be held Saturday Feb. 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Rev. Thomas Kim officiating. Memorials will be directed, through the family, to the Blackhawk Statue Restoration Fund.
Gordon Landry - 883/10/1928 - 1/25/2017
G. Gordon Landry, 88, died Wednesday January 25, 2017 as the result of a car accident. He was born March 10, 1928 in Hammond, Louisiana the son of Gustav & Addie (Alexander) Landry. He attended college at Oregon Bible College in Oregon, IL where he met the love of his life. He married Barbara Kump on January 28, 1949. They enjoyed raising 7 children. Gordon truly lived a life of service trying to help or comfort people in their time of need. He pastored many places but spent the last 42 years at the Flagg Center Church of God near Rochelle, IL. He grew up in the strawberry capital of the world and enjoyed strawberries at every opportunity. He is survived by his wife of 67 years; children, Ric (Ruby), Dan (Carola), David (Tammy), Joel, Gigi (Terry) Wight, Jennifer (Dan) Foster, & Barry; 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; brother, Preston Landry; sisters-in-law, Jean Best, Frances Landry, & Dorothy Landry. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Scott; infant grandson Justin; sister, Mary Helen Mattison; brothers, Robert Landry, CG Landry, & Jerry Landry; sisters-in-law, Agnes Landry & Joyce Landry; brothers-in-law, Les Best & James Mattison; daughter-in-law, Tabitha Landry; and niece, Lynn.
Services will be held Saturday January 28, 2017 in the Oregon Church of God with Pastor Michael Hoffman officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with services to follow at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Gordon Landry Memorial Fund, c/o Flagg Center Church of God, P.O. Box 123, Rochelle, IL 61068. There will also be a Memorial Service held on February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am, at the New Biginnings Christian Chruch on Range Road in Hammond, Louisiana.
Gordon is now resting peacefully, awaiting the return of Jesus Christ, to reside in the earthly Kingdom of God
(I Corinthians 15:51-52; Matthew 5:5).
Allen L. Gale - 7810/5/1938 - 1/24/2017
Oregon, IL – Allen L. Gale, age 78, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. He was born Oct. 5, 1938 in Swan, Iowa the son of John H. and Lula Z. (Allen) Gale. He married Nancy R. Maas on July 2, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Allen worked 38 years for Sundstrand in Rockford. He was a devoted Christian and served as an Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, and Youth Advisor. He served approximately 20 years on the Ebenezer Cemetery Board. He loved attending all the sporting events and activities that his grandchildren and great grandsons were involved with.
He was always willing to help anyone in need. After retirement in 1999, Al joined Gideon’s International where he became very active speaking at local churches, and serving on the Ogle County and Illinois State Boards of the Gideon’s. He was particularly called to the Jail ministry where he rarely missed a Sunday afternoon spreading the Word to those at the Ogle County Jail. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy of 56 years, 3 sons; Michael (Rhonda) Gale, Thomas (Lisa) Gale, and Mark (Debbie) Gale all of Oregon, IL, 7 grandchildren: Angie (Cody) Considine, Jeffrey Gale (Fiancé Corrinne Sepesy), Morgan Gale (Jimmy Hallene), Daniel Gale (Cori Felts) , Ethan (Jordan) Gale, Allison (Chris) McKeown, and Chloe Gale, 2 Great-grandsons Rowan and Declan Considine, sister Betty Wubbena of Forreston, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers; Clyde, Cleo, and John, 5 sisters; Vernice, Elnora, Lillie, Marie, and Esther. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church, 2997 N. German Church Road, Oregon, IL with the Rev. John Wisdom pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be at the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-5 pm, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for Gideon’s International.
Larry J. Overbey - 738/24/1943 - 1/19/2017
Larry Joe Overbey, 73, of Oregon, died Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born August 24, 1943 in Oregon to adoptive parents, Leslie M. and Dorothy May (Willis) Overby. Married to Vernie Bowers September 5, 1964 in the First Baptist Church, Oregon. He was a Viet Nam War era veteran of the US Army and was a member of Oregon American Legion Post 97. Over the years, Larry had been employed at Dixon State School. E.D. Etnyre & Co., Burn Security and Per Mar. Survived by his wife, Vernie of Oregon; son, Raymond (Jacqueline) Overby of Rockford; grandson, Jonathon; brothers: Delos Wagens, Laverne Ohlwine, Robert "Butch" Wines, Lloyd Erdmier and Brad Popejoy; sisters: Patsy Alter, Liz Foose and Amanda Foulk; sisters-in-law, Sue Ferguson and Dorothy A. Bowers; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his adoptive parents, birthparents Donald and Amanda Erdmier, son Martin Lee Overbey, and brothers, Raymond Richard Overbey, Donald Erdmier, Kenneth Erdmier Rogers and Robert Lee Murphy. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday January 24 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with John Tuttle, chaplain of Oregon American Legion, officiating. Burial in Chapel Memorial Park, Freeport. A visitation will preceded the funeral beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Oregon American Legion Post 97 or Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon
Sandra (Oltmanns) Spinks - 7711/12/1939 - 1/19/2017
Sandra J. (Oltmanns) Spinks, 77, longtime Oregon area resident, died Thursday January 19, 2017 in Hope Health & Rehabilitation Center, Lomira, Wis. Born November 12, 1939 in Dixon, the daughter of Raymond and Helen (Keckler) Buker. Married to Elmer Oltmanns June 24, 1961 in Oregon; he died October 31, 1994. She then married Doyle Spinks. Sandra was a graduate of Oregon High School and had been employed as a substitute teacher in Winnebago and Ogle County schools and as an aide at Oregon Health Care and Neighbors Nursing Home. She enjoyed travel, reading, especially history, and television, especially “Jeopardy” and “Law and Order”. Survived by her husband, Doyle Spinks of Minnesota; sons: John (Bonnie) Oltmanns of Polo, James Oltmanns of Brownsville, WI and David (Lois) Oltmanns of Reedsville, WI; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Pepper of Oregon. Also predeceased by her parents. Memorial services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January28 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, rural Mt. Morris. Memorials may be directed to the family
Genevieve Bylinowski - 951/17/1922 - 1/18/2017
Rockford- Genevieve Bylinowski, age 95 passed away at Alpine Fireside Health Center on Wed., Jan. 18, 2017. She was born in Oregon, IL on Jan. 17, 1922. She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Sophia (Sychta) Bylinowski and her siblings Walter (Killed in 1942 during World War II), Bernice (Charles) Zanocco, Frank, Tony (Betty) and John (Frances). Genevieve is survived by her sister Helen, of Gold Beach, OR, brother Andrew (Helen) of St. Louis, MO, and Sister-in-law Eunice of Big Bear, CA, She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Genevieve earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Miss B taught for over forty years, beginning her career in a two room school house in Pleasant Hills, IL. She also taught in Rochelle, IL., Oregon, IL., and Carpentersville, IL. She retired after teaching several years at Oregon Day Care. Genevieve was a devoted and enthusiastic primary teacher focusing on the enjoyment of reading and creative writing. She published a workbook, Creative activities for Language Arts. She wrote several articles on creative teaching methods which appeared in many educational periodicals including Highlights for Children and McCall’s Working Mother. She enjoyed visiting with her former students and was active in the Retired Teacher’s Assoc. Genevieve was proud of her Polish heritage and the highlight of her retirement was a trip to Poland to visit relatives to whom she wrote on a regular basis. Genevieve was interested in nature and was especially fond of flowers and birds. She was devoted to her large extended family. At family gatherings, she was often seen reading to the youngest members. Genevieve had a cheerful and positive outlook on life and will be missed by her family and all those lives she touched. Her family would like to thank the staff at Alpine Fireside for the compassionate care for Genevieve received in her final days. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Genevieve’s memory can be made to the Byron Library.