John F. Brown, 96,...
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Leaf River, IL
Gary G. Knaub, Sr.,...
Maureen K. "Mimi" Skurski - 6610/29/1950 - 3/27/2017
Maureen Karen “Mimi” Skurski., age 66, was carried to her eternal home in the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, March 27, 2017, after a brief illness. Maureen was born on October 29, 1950, the daughter of Stanley and Nora (Burns) Skurski. She graduated from Byron High School in 1968, where under the tutelage of Mrs. Hobart, she excelled in typing and stenography. These skills enabled Maureen to readily find employment wherever she applied. Maureen worked as a secretary in many fields; from the Kysor plant in Byron to an investment firm, to international real estate law office, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Clark County Court Clerk, Nevada Board of Realtors, MGM Grand purchasing dept., a bank corporate office in Chicago, and the Winnebago County Sanitation District; as well as with several area real estate offices. Maureen loved music and dancing,. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, parties, reading, and watching old movies. Maureen’s vocabulary was second to none and she enjoyed using those skills playing scrabble with her cousins. She was full of life and always helpful to others. She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; sister, Norma (Harry) Adams of Byron; brothers, Stan (Tammy) Skurski of Las Vegas, NV and Howard Skurski of San Diego, CA; nieces and nephews, cousins, an aunt and uncles, and lifelong honorary sister, Claire Babbitt. Funeral mass will be held on Friday March 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials are established for St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Gary Knaub, Sr. - 703/26/2017 - 3/26/2017
Leaf River, IL
Gary G. Knaub, Sr., 70, lifelong Byron/Leaf River area resident, died Saturday March 25, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born February 10, 1947 in Monroe, Wis., the son of Kenneth C. and Florence Marie (Bussie) Knaub. Married to Alice Novak October 8, 1966 in Rockford. Gary worked at Chrysler for 42 years , retiring in 2008 and those who worked with him knew him as a jokester. At his place in Missouri he had a horse that he had trained by the Amish and his horse Dollar would follow him around like a dog. Gary was an avid fisherman, hunter and an excellent trap shooter. He would find any excuse or reason to be outside. To his kids he was "That 70's Show"'s Red Forman - he didn't sugarcoat anything. We will always remember the many outings on the Rock River skiing. He would always have room to take many of the kids in Leaf River for a day out with us. Gary will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Survived by his wife, Alice of Leaf River; sons Gary (Connie) Knaub, Jr and Tim (Rosa) Knaub, both of Leaf River and Scott (Julie) Josephitis of Stoughton, Wis.; daughter, Brenda Knaub of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Alice & Gaby Knaub and Dan Knaub; brother, Kenneth Knaub, Jr of Byron; and sister, Ramona (Douglas) Freimuth of Chana. Predeceased by his parents and an infant brother. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, April 1 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor Randy Snider of Cornerstone Family Church, Byron will officiate. Burial in Byron Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family
Gary R. Murphy - 644/6/1952 - 3/25/2017
Gary R. “Murph” Murphy, age 64, died Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Mercy Health Center in Rockford. He was born April 6, 1952 in Rockford, Illinois the son of William Richard and Opal (Herzfeldt) Murphy. He graduated from Byron High School class of 1970. Gary also attended the University of Iowa and received a degree in Engineering. He also was a substitute teacher. He was a longtime member of Operator’s Union Local # 150. He always enjoyed hiking, back packing and loved to get together with friends to play cards. Gary was always there to help others in their time of need. You could not ask for a better friend. Last, but not least, Gary was a die hard Packer’s fan. He especially enjoyed it when they beat the Bears. Even though he had many health problems in the later stages of his life, he was a fighter and kept a positive outlook on life. He was a longtime member of the Byron Masonic Lodge # 274. He was predeceased by his parents. Survied by his many friends including special friends Terry Palmer, Dawn Fisher, Dawn and Julie Wetzel, and the Gene Miller family.
Funeral service will be 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron with the Rev. Randy Snider pastor of Cornerstone Church of Byron officiating. A Masonic Service will follow. Visitation will be prior to the service from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. A graveside service will be held 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Byron with the Rev. Howard Barch of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron officiating. A memorial fund is established in Gary’s name for the Kidney Foundation.
Elizabeth Jean Brown - 585/7/1958 - 3/22/2017
LaMoille, Illinois – Elizabeth Jean “BJ” Brown, age 58, formerly of Oregon died suddenly, Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at her home in LaMoille. She was born May 7, 1958 in Rockford the daughter of James L. and Kathleen M. (Keel) Brown. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1976. BJ worked most of her life as a caregiver to others in the Home Health Care industry. She previously was a member of the Mt. Morris Ambulance and Fire departments. She was an avid animal lover and rescuer. She was predeceased by her patents, brother James L. Brown, nephew James A. Brown, Jr., and sister-in-law Colleen Brown. She is survived by her sister Pam (Bruce) True of Mt. Morris, 2 nephews; Jason (Renee) True, and Brandon (Brittani) True, 2 nieces; Dawn (Jeff) Todd and Tracey Brown (Mitch Munns), 2 great nephews; Devin and Keegin , 2 great nieces; Veronica and Gwendolyn. At Elizabeth’s request cremation rites have been accorded. No services are planned.
Michael James Gorman - 488/7/1968 - 3/16/2017
Michael James Gorman, age 48, died March 16, 2017. He was born on August 7, 1968 in Dixon, the son of James Dean and Mary Elaine (Fane) Gorman. He married Jodi Bruce on September 12, 1998. Mike began working with the Illinois Dept. of Corrections in 1987. He was currently the Superintendent and Tact team member at Dixon Correctional Center. Mike was a huge dog lover and avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He liked to work out and was a huge movie buff. His children remember him being a good cook and artist. Above all he loved his family and participating in the kids' activities. He is survived by his wife, Jodi; children Brandon and Ashlee; mother, Elaine (Larry) Berkenpas of Dixon; sister, Cindy Gorman of Dixon; father-in-law, Charles Lee Bruce; and dogs Coco and Elliott. He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents and his mother-in-law, Judy Bruce. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron with Pastor Randy Snider of Cornerstone Family Church officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-7 PM on Friday March 24 at the funeral home. He will be buried with the ashes of his beloved dog Butkus in Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorials are established for his children’s college fund.
Dean Lundgren - 703/7/1947 - 3/14/2017
Dean Lundgren, 70, longtime Byron resident, died Tuesday March 14, 2017 in Independence Village, Rockford. Born March 7, 1947 in DeKalb the son of Leo "Timppy" and Bertha Irene (Gleason) Lundgren. Married to Darlene Burns August 20, 1966 in DeKalb; she died October 20, 2006. Dean worked as a custodian and drove school bus for Byron Schools for over 20 years and was a member of Cornerstone Family Church of Byron. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, travel and raising his family. Survived by his daughters: Deanna (Scott) Forst of Frisco, Texas and Denise (Jason) Beard of Machesney Park; grandchildren: Jeffrey, Bryan and Bailey Forst and Cory Beard; brothers: Danny (Betty) Lundgren of Oklahoma and David Lundgren of Stillman Valley; and mother-in-law, Agnes Burns of Iowa. Also predeceased by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am Saturday March 18 in Cornerstone Family Church, Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am in the church. Pastor Randy Snider will officiate. Burial at a later date in Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Francis E. Sanders - 8512/28/1931 - 3/8/2017
Davis Junction, Illinois
Davis Junction, IL – Francis E. Sanders, age 85, passed away Wed., March 8, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was born Dec. 28, 1931 in Sublette, Illinois the son of Eugene and Marguerite (Foss) Sanders. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1949. He married Dorothy Lyon on Feb. 14, 1953 in Davis Junction. He had 4 children, 3 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Francis worked for Patten’s in Rockford for 40 years, as a mechanic, retiring in 1997. After retiring he worked for the Byron Township. He served in the U.S. Navy reserves Seabee for 20 years retiring as an E7 equipment operator chief. He was very active throughout his life serving as a volunteer firefighter, Scott Township Board, Davis Junction Historical Society, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Paul Johnson Post # 1072. His favorite thing to do was being outside where he was an avid gardener. He is survived by his wife 64 years Dorothy, children; Paul (Linda) Sanders, Peggy Coad, Brother Maurice (Doris) Sanders, Keith (Julie) Vaupel, Grandchildren; Jason (Sarah) Sanders, Scott (Katie) Reynolds, nine Great grandchildren, special friend Stu, and his family dog Annie. He is predeceased by his parents Eugene Sanders and Marguerite Sanders-Vaupel, brothers; Elwyn, Melvin, and Eddie Sanders;, sister Kathleen Sanders, daughter Debbie Sanders, son Scott Sanders, and granddaughter Haylie Goodin. Funeral Mass will be held 11:30 am, Tue, March 14, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with the Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Byron. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Monday, Mar. 13, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Road in Stillman Valley, IL. A Memorial fund is established in Francis’s name.
Kimberly Sue Hedegaard - 5310/14/1963 - 3/7/2017
Kimberly Sue Hedegaard, age 53, of Byron passed away on March 7, 2017 in her home. She was born on October 14, 1963 in Glendale, AZ the daughter of Lawrence and Rebecca (Tabb) Flanagan. She married Jens Hedegaard on May 25, 1985 in Peoria, IL. Kimberly was a graduate of St. Frances Nursing School and then got her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois Chicago. She worked as a nurse practioner at Rockford Pain Center. She was a member of Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. She is survived by her loving husband, Jens of Byron; daughters, Katrine of Chicago, Kristine of Macomb, IL, Karoline of Byron and Klaire of Byron; sister, Lisa Flanagan of Phoenix, AZ; her canine daughter, Mila and canine sons, Hercules and Ace; granddogs, Bobbin, Pepper, Money and grandcat Boo; aunts and uncle, Sue & Richard Tabb of Quincy, IL and Sue Rebstock of Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Rebecca Flanagan, grandparents Ellen and Norm Hartley and Bill and Irene Flanagan. Funeral mass will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 North Church St. Rockford, IL 61103 with Father Steve St. Jules officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday March 9, 2017 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 West Merchant St. Byron, IL, 61010 and again Friday from 9-9:45 at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the University of Chicago Ovarian Cancer Research.
Merle P. Wiltfang - 852/14/1932 - 2/21/2017
Merle P. Wiltfang, 85, lifelong Oregon resident, died Tuesday February 21, 2017 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born February 14, 1932 in rural Ogle County near Byron, the son of Paul and Anna Marie “Mary” (Foss) Wiltfang. He was a 1949 graduate of Oregon High School and served in the US Army 1953-1954. Merle was a lifelong farmer on his family farm near Oregon. Married to Marilyn Williams March 3. 1956 in Polo; she died November 10, 1995. Then married Lorraine Heckman January 4, 1997 in Dixon. Merle was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon and loved spending time with his great grandchildren and his dogs. Survived by his wife Lorraine of Oregon; daughters: Tamara (Paul) Halvorson of Dixon and Valencia (Ivan) Maas of Oregon; step-daughters: Rhonda Byers of Freeport, Sarah Heckman of Lake Carroll, Donna (L.B.) Lassiter of Golconda and Linda (Jerry) Hose of Polo; grandchildren: Cassandra Halvorson of Dixon, Ryan (Stephanie) Halvorson of Cedar Rapids, IA and Lindsay Maas of Oregon; great grandchildren, Norah and Sawyer Halvorson; and several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also predeceased by his parents and brother, Harold Wiltfang. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Friday February 24 in Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Dixon with Pastor David Anderman, of the church, officiating. Burial in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Paynes Point at 2:00pm Friday with Pastor Myron Bartell officiating. Visitation 4:00 - 7:00pm Thursday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A memorial fund has been established.
Thomas J. Leddy, III - 6711/27/1949 - 2/12/2017
Thomas J. Leddy, III died Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 in his home. He was born Nov. 27, 1949 in Oregon, IL the son of Thomas J. & Lucette (Guidi) Leddy, Jr. He married Carla Berogan in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 9, 2002. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Oregon High School and an Army Veteran. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion in Dixon and Byron, the PrairieView Golf Course, and Sterling Moose Lodge. Tom was retired from the Laborer's Union Local #727 in Dixon. Survivors include his wife, Carla; son Thomas, IV of Dixon; step-children, Carla (Don) Conkle of Amboy, IL and Angie (Jim) VanHook of Norfolk, VA; grandchildren, Brittni, Dakota, & Samantha; brother, James of Oregon; and sister, Theresa (Rick) Eparvier of Brillion, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Susie, and step-son, Shane Shaffer.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Feb. 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice or the American Cancer Society.