Lois J. Horst - 98
12/15/1919 - 1/11/2018
Mt. Morris, Illinois

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Richard A. Zilly - 87
3/14/1930 - 12/31/2017
Oregon, Illinois

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Dean Johnson - 89
9/23/1928 - 12/29/2017
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Debbie L. Taft - 61

3/11/1956 - 12/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Debbie L. Taft, 61, lifelong Oregon resident, died Friday December 22, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born March 11, 1956 in Freeport, the daughter of Henry E., Sr. and Shirley (MacKenzie) Taft. Debbie was a graduate of Oregon High School Class of 1974 and had been employed for several years as a claim examiner for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandsons and crocheting. While not a regular church attendee, Debbie was a person of faith. Survived by her daughter, Stephanie Workman (fiancé, Kyle VanderMeersch) of Sterling; grandsons, Kaleb and Grant Workman; brother, Hank (Kim) Taft, Jr. of Lake in the Hills; and sister, Beckie Conway. Predeceased by her parents. A visitation will be held 6:00 -8:00pm Wednesday, December 27 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In keeping with Debbie’s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be used for her grandsons’ education.

Wilma "Willie" D. Poggioli - 84

1/21/1933 - 12/20/2017
Byron, Illinois

Mount Pleasant, SC - Willie (Dillow) Poggioli died Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina surrounded by her loving family. Willie was born January 21, 1933 in Chunkey County Tennessee. She was one of seven children born to RosaLee and Walter K. Dillow. She graduated in 1950 from Byron High School. Willie was the beloved wife of Al Poggioli (deceased) living most of their life in Rockford, Illinois until Al retired from Bowl-Mor Lanes and they moved to Byron, Illinois. Willie was a former member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Rockford and St. Mary Catholic Church, Byron. For all of her life, Willie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan being a charter member of the Die Hard Cubs Fan Club, and in the 1940’s played for the Bitner Bakery Softball team. Willie loved creating beautiful stained glass windows, wood carvings, and stitching her beautiful hand-made quilts. Her lovely backyard gardens of flowers were appreciated by all. Willie was devoted mother to daughter, Lynne (Pierluigi Servadei) Poggioli of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and son Marc (Nancy Ehmann) Poggioli of Winnetka, IL. She is survived by her grandchildren, Marcus and Lyall Plumb, Peter, Annie and Mary Poggioli and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Cecil, Ray, Ted Dillow and twin sister Wando Mullen. She is survived by brother Ben and Bobby Dillow. Christian Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron, IL. with the Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street, Byron, IL. Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at the Calvary Cemetery near Rockford, IL. A memorial fund is established in Willie’s name for the Alzheimer's Association.

Richard L. Otten - 84

2/1/1933 - 12/19/2017
Byron, IL

Richard L. Otten, 84, of Byron, died Tuesday December 19, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. He was born February 1, 1933 in DeKalb, IL the son of Henry & Ethel (Long) Otten. He married Margaret Mennenga Long on July 2, 1955; she died in 2013. He served his country with the Army during the Korean War. He worked at the Conover Piano Factory for many years and then for Dean Dye furniture company. He was a Packer and St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed woodworking and selling at flea markets and Autumn On Parade. Richard was a family man and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be dearly missed. Survived by children, Rusty (Linda) Long of Oregon and Jeanie (Chuck) Heng of Byron; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and siblings, Frank, Betty, & Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday Dec. 22, 2017 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00 PM. Pastor Michael Hoffman of Oregon Church of God will officiate. Burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Oregon. At Richard's request, casual dress is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Robert E. Sanders - 76

1/10/1941 - 12/18/2017
Chana, IL

Robert Eugene Sanders, 76, of Chana, died Monday December 18, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. He was born January 10, 1941 in Jefferson County, IL the son of Newell & Martha Marie (Mattox) Sanders. He married Wilma Dean Wendt in Morrison, IL on May 30, 2003. Robert worked at Anaconda Wire & Cable in Sycamore for 35 years and has been self-employed since 1990. He bought and sold cement lawn ornaments and also crafted and sold wooden windmills and wishing wells. Bob was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Wilma; children, Denise Grimm and Darren (Ann) Sanders, both of Genoa, IL; step-children, Eric (Crystal) Vondergathen of Rochelle, Stacy (John) Fredrick of Morrison, IL & Lynn (Casey) Wessels of Sterling, IL; 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Esther Edwards, Mary Capps & Mildred (Robert) Rapp; brothers, Melvin (Dessie), Dwight (Rena), Charles (Sue), & Glen (Margie); and sisters-in-law, Barbara and Vicki. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Floyd Earl, Marvin, & Roy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 27, 2017 at 12 Noon, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon. Memorials may be directed to the family.

JoAnn Spratt - 85

8/11/1932 - 12/17/2017
Oregon, IL

JoAnn Spratt, 85, of Oregon, passed peacefully on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Pinecrest Terrace Nursing Home in Mt. Morris with her family at her side. Born August 11, 1932 in Dixon, the daughter of Lawrence and Adeline (Blackburn) Cramer. She was well known in the Oregon area for her talents in home day care. JoAnn enjoyed reading, puzzles, playing cards, cooking, keeping a clean house, and raising her seven daughters. JoAnn married her soul mate Robert Spratt on March 20, 1976, who has been by her side throughout her illness. Survivors include her husband, Robert; seven daughters: Lora (Richard) Stone, Debbie (Denny) Kelly, Lynn (Dave) Shank, Dory (Joe) Palmer, Carol Wig, Jo (Mike) Merrill and Jane (Ron) Griswold; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and a brother, Larry (Karen) Cramer. Predeceased by her parents and 2 sisters, Mary Jane (Harry) Mueller and Esther (George) Remour. The family would like to thank the Pinecrest Terrace staff for the wonderful care given during Joann’s stay. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday December 23 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor Rodney Caldwell, Pinecrest Community Chaplain, will officiate. Burial in Daysville Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established

Frank Guentert - 92

1/6/1925 - 12/15/2017
Oregon, IL

Frank H. Guentert, 92, formerly of Oregon, died Friday December 15, 2017 in the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle, IL. He was born January 6, 1925 in South Bend, IN the son of Joseph & Genevieve (Schuler) Guentert. Frank worked as a typesetter for Ave Maria Press in South Bend and Kable Printing in Mt. Morris. Later he was employed at Etnyre Co. in Oregon. In Oregon, Frank was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he was certified to teach CCD, was a Eucharistic minister, involved in St. Vincent DePaul Society, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was veteran and member of the VFW and the American Legion. Survivors include his daughters, Donna (Ron) Miller of Dixon, Kathy (Roger) McLaughlin of Yorkville, & Gloria (Virgil) Humphrey of Beloit, WI; sons, Kenneth (Carole) of Colorado Springs, CO and Timothy (Pam) of Byron; sister, Cecelia Loman of South Bend; 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene and later by his wife Melinda, son Thomas, and grandchildren Eric, Jackie, & Nicole.
Christian funeral mass will be held Friday Dec. 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM, preceded by a rosary at 9:30 AM and visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 612 Highland Ave., Dixon, IL. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to BoysTown.

Beverly J. Butterfield - 79

1/25/1938 - 12/15/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Oregon – Beverly J. Butterfield, age 79, went to be with the Lord her Savior on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at her home in Oregon. She was born Jan. 25, 1938 in Terre Haute, IN, the daughter of William and Pauline (Gomolisky) Bahr. She worked for 48 years as a waitress at various restaurants. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oregon.
Beverly was predeceased by her parents and 2 grandsons: Jason McCaslin and Thomas Jackson. Beverly will be lovingly remembered by her children Rhonda (Linda) King, Kimberly Jackson, Ernie (Kathy) Kirby, Paula (Scott) Sanders, and Jill (Brian) Schultz. Beverly will also be fondly remembered by her eleven grandchildren: Eric Jackson (Carissa James), Kaitlyn (Michael) Benters, Boyan and Rusko Kirby, Shayn (Kelsey) Sanders, Averi, Madeline and McCahl Sanders, Auggie, Braxton and Bella Schultz and two great grandchildren Penelope Benters and Carter Sanders, a loving brother Larry Bahr, and loving sister Vicki Tripp. She was also be missed by her fur baby Nekko. A funeral service in memory of Beverly will be 11:00 am, Monday, Dec. 18th, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, 505 Hill Street in Oregon, IL with the Pastor Jared Cochran officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial will take place at the Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery on South Pecatonica Road in Seward, IL. Beverly’s family would especially like to thank Traci and all the staff of Northern Illinois Hospice and all the caregivers that provided Beverly with comfort and care. A memorial fund is established for the Northern Illinois Hospice of Rockford and the First Baptist Church of Oregon, IL.

Esther L. Schier - 100

12/1/1917 - 12/13/2017
Mt. Morris, IL

Esther Louise Schier passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt Morris. She was born on December 1,1917, the oldest daughter of Helen and Henry Friday, and had celebrated her 100th birthday just 12 days before her death.
As a young girl, she walked over a mile each way to the one-room schoolhouse in Chana. She felt fortunate to be able to attend Rochelle High School for one year before having to quit to help her ailing mother. Later, as a farmer's wife herself, she worked hard to cook three hearty meals a day for family and any visiting friends and farm hands. Esther was a woman who loved conversations over coffee with friends and with Pine Creek Women's Club. She worked hard her whole life. She held jobs at Pinecrest, the Bowling Alley and as a printer at Woods. Even after retiring from this last full-time job in 1985, she worked several more years part-time at the Donut Shoppe in Dixon. In her later years, she enjoyed baking, tending her flower garden, and embroidering dish towels. She even tried her hand at painting and ceramics. As a long-time member of Ebenezer Reformed Church, she participated in a weekly bible study for several years and donated her time and many a jello salad, angel food cake, peanut brittle, or plate of divinity for various church functions. She and her daughter shared a love of flowers and baking. Extended family still mention her apple squares and sugar cookies. Esther's grandchildren were the delight of her life and always requested her Christmas sugar cane cookies, even for summer birthdays.
She was predeceased, to her great sorrow, by almost all of her friends, her son Larry Schier and her brothers Carl and Gertis and her sisters Erma, Irene and Harriet.
Survivors include her sister Nancy Gould of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, daughter Joyce (Dennis) Berg of Dixon, and daughter-in-law Darcie Schier of Mt. Morris; her grandchildren: Marcia Hansen, Michael Hansen, Steven Berg, Dwayne (Michelle) Schier, Eric (Emily) Schier, Lori (Norman) Steele, Cindy Rowland and Amber (Ray) Kosick and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Ebenezer Reformed Church in Oregon, Illinois on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with visitation preceding the service at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Trinity Memory Gardens, Rochelle. Memorials may be directed to Pinecrest Manor or Serenity Hospice.

William "Bill" Bybee - 60

2/27/1957 - 12/12/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

William M. “Bill” Bybee, 60, longtime Stillman Valley area resident, died suddenly Tuesday December 12, 2017 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. Born February 27, 1957 in Rochelle the son of Robert C. and Dolores (Glover) Bybee. Married to Kathy Henry June 17, 1978 in Rochelle. Bill was a 1975 graduate of Rochelle High School and obtained a degree in Agricultural Mechanics from Kishwaukee College. He was employed at Schafer Gear Works in Roscoe since 2010. Bill enjoyed his Harley-Davidson, cooking and grilling, and being with his grandchildren. Survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Jason Bybee of Rochelle; daughters: Kelly Bybee of Loves Park and Mandy Bybee of Odessa, TX; grandchildren: Mackenzie, Gabe, Wylie and Coyie; brothers: Tom (Pat) Bybee of Valdosta, GA and Joe (Pam) Bybee of Lee; and sister, Barb (John) McMullan of West Lafayette, IN. Predeceased by his parents. A visitation will be held 4:00 -7:00pm Friday December 15 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Stillman Valley concluding with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

Sharon M. Schulte - 69

8/21/1948 - 12/10/2017
Dixon, IL

Sharon M. Schulte, 69, of Dixon, passed away unexpectedly Sunday December 10, 2017 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. She was born August 21, 1948 in Dixon the daughter of Donald A. & Della (Lumsden) Young. She married Ed Schulte in Iowa on August 29, 1986. Sharon was employed at Quebecor Printing in Mt. Morris and also worked at M & M Supermarket in Mt. Morris. She liked creating crafts, knitting, and cake decorating. Sharon turned that into a business in Oregon known as Special Occasions. She was a Cub Scout leader and also enjoyed thrift shopping and playing Bingo. Survivors include her husband, Ed; daughters, Sandy (Stan) Reynolds of Oregon & Nicole (Magnus) Myklatun of East Stroudsburg, PA; sons, Steve (Marjie) Lundquist of Mt. Morris, Chris Schulte of Dixon, Eric (Amy) Schulte of Rockford, and Austin (Natalie) Schulte of Rochelle; grandchildren, Sawyer, Jarrett, Kyle, Ezekiel, & Rebecca; sister, Karen Young of Oregon, and brother, Larry (Joan) Young of Roscoe. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 6, 2018 from Noon--4:00 PM in the Oregon VFW, 1310 W Washington St, Oregon, IL 61061. Memorials may be directed to the Village of Progress, Oregon.

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