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Melvin L. Casey - 802/12/1937 - 12/8/2017
Davis Junction, IL
Melvin L. Casey, 80, of Davis Junction, died Friday December 8, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born February 12, 1937 in Fayette County, IL the son of Wauna & Margie (Worker) Casey. He married Marjorie R. Boas in Nashville, TN on February 25, 1969. Melvin was an Air Force Reservist of 33 1/3 years attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He farmed in Ogle County, was a member of the Farm Bureau for over 50 years, and served on the Davis Junction Zoning board for over 10 years. Melvin was also a 50+ year member of the Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge #505 A.F & A.M. He was an uncle to many and enjoyed that role very much. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Monica (David Shoemaker) Casey-Shoemaker of Milwaukee, WI; sister-in-law, Pat Casey of Rochelle; brother-in-law, Dean (Joannie) Herrmann of Rochelle; and many nieces & nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Evelyn Casey, Larry Casey, and Janet Casey Herrmann.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday December 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley with Father Howard Barch officiating. Burial, with Air Force Military Honors, will be in Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle. Visitation will be in the funeral home Monday beginning at 4:00 PM and concluding with a Masonic Service at 7:00 PM. Memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Foundation or the Disabled American Veterans.
Margaret Campbell - 969/8/1921 - 12/6/2017
Mt Morris, IL
Margaret A. Campbell, age 96, of Byron went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 6, 2017. She was born on September 8, 1921 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of James and Anna (Pohl) Horning. She married Milton Campbell in July 1947. He passed away on October 10, 1966. She moved to the Byron area from Villa Park in 1999. Margaret was quite the character and full of personality. She was very candid and enjoyed conversation. This vivacious attitude made her quite the beloved resident of Pinecrest in Mt. Morris. Margaret was a member of the Women’s VFW Auxiliary in Addison, IL and a former volunteer at the Byron Forrest Preserve. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. She is survived by her children, Catherine “Cay” (Mark) Cheatham of Wax Haw, NC , Cecelia (Glenn) Brendel of Rockford, Curtis Campbell, and Casey Campbell; grandchildren, Virginia Rynk, Michael (Dana) Rynk, Daniel Rynk, Ayn (Tim) Coleman, Michael Brendel, and John (Amanda) Brendel; and great grandchildren, Bailey, Katelyn, Lauren, Paul, and Shane. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Colleen, and two sisters. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron, IL with Father Barch officiating. Burial will be held on a later date at Assumption Cemetery in Wheaton, IL.
Myrtle Pirnat - 9911/12/1918 - 12/6/2017
Myrtle Pirnat, age 99, passed away at home on December 6, 2017. She was born in Beloit, Wisonsin on November 12, 1918 he daughter of Herman and Ella (Petersen) Sell. She married John Pirnat in 1941. He passed away on January 17, 1964. Myrtle was a hard worker and devoted and loving mother. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Nyong) Pirnat of Los Angeles, CA, James Pirnat of Las Vegas, NV, William (Patricia) Pirnat of Byron, IL, and Robert Pirnat of Tomah, WI; grandsons, Robert Jr. (Thea) Pirnat, Ryan (Erin) Pirnat, Reid Pirnat, Brandi, and Addie; and 8 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Thomas. No services are scheduled at this time. Burial of the urn will take place in Greenfield Cemetery in Tunnel City, WI at a later date.
Wesley H. Young - 8910/26/1928 - 12/4/2017
Stillman Valley, IL
Stillman Valley – Wesley Herbert Young, age 89, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. He was born Oct. 26, 1928 in Rockford the son of F. Herbert and Alice D. (Lenstrom) Young. Wes attended the Mouth of Stillman Grade School through the 6th grade, then Jr. High at the Kishwaukee Consolidated School for his 7th and 8th grade years, after that he attended Stillman Valley High School. He married Devola Wayman on Oct. 7, 1949. She preceded him in death. He married Jane Nelson on April 22, 1989. She also preceded him in death. He married Marie (Baker) Baxter on Oct. 16, 2010 at the New Milford United Methodist Church. Wes owned and operated Wesley Young Quarry Products during the 1960’s. He retired after 17 years of working in the maintenance department for the Chicago-Rockford International Airport. He was baptized at and was a member of the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He loved to work with his hands and would build birdhouses and feed the birds. He was a naturalist and fisherman who loved to fish every year with his 2 sons in Boulder Junction. Wes also liked camping, building campfires, and playing cards. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 wives, brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Darlene Young, and stepson Michael Magunson. He is survived by his wife Marie of Stillman Valley, sons: Gary (Trudy) Young of Stillman Valley, and Steven (Mary) Young of Madison, Wisconsin, stepson Rod (Laura) Magnuson, sister Dorothy (Earl) Gocken of Stillman Valley, 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, 3 step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8195 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL. 61084 with the Rev. Eric Tonjes of the church and Rev. Casey Fiut pastor of the New Milford United Methodist Church Co-officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Private burial will be at the Kishwaukee Cemetery.
A memorial fund is established for the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.
Lois Steffen - 915/15/1926 - 12/1/2017
Mt. Morris, IL
Lois Kemman Steffen, 91, of Mt. Morris, died Friday December 1, 2017 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon. She was born May 15, 1926 in Hinsdale, IL the daughter of Elmer & Mary (Schwenk) Kemman. She married William A. Steffen in Harvard, IL on July 30, 1950; he died in 1995. Lois moved to this area in 1977 and was very active in her community. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris where was involved in a variety of areas that included taking communion to shut-in parishioners, counting money, helping with bulletins, and ushering. She was a long time member of Sunset Golf Club and participated in instructions for kids. She volunteered for many organizations that included Pegasus, Meals On Wheels, and the community concerts. Lois enjoyed raising horses while on the farm, was a talented knitter, and loved playing any card game especially Pinochle. Survivors include her daughter, Sue (Kenny) Pace of Franklin Grove; son, Thomas (Diane Mouton) Steffen of New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Stephanie (Nick) Sprague of Franklin Grove, Chelsea Steffen of Charlotte, NC, & Codi Steffen of Strongsville, OH; and great grandchildren, Bailey, Jersey, & Brielle all of Franklin Grove. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert & Elmer, Jr.
Memorial services will be held Monday December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 East Brayton, Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Josh Ehrler officiating. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Memorials amy be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church of Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.
Dorothy "Dot" Thompson - 715/16/1946 - 11/24/2017
Dorothy “Dot” E. Thompson, passed away on Friday November 24, 2017 at her home with loved ones by her side. She was born on May 16, 1946 in Rockford the daughter of Harvey and Dorothy (Crone) Trenholm. Dorothy was a hard worker who spent 28 years working for Kysor in Byron and 10 years working at Bergstrom. In her free time, she enjoyed feeding the birds and crocheting. Dorothy was a flower lover and enjoyed having them around her. She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Jerry Thompson, brothers, Don, Larry, George, and Steve, sister, Judy, and granddaughter Angela. Dorothy is survived by her children, James Thompson and Julie (Bill) Sigley; the love of her life, David Schilling; grandchildren, Katie Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Tyler Thompson; and great grand children, Lauren Wellman, Brooke Wellman, Anthony Wellman. Visitation will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron. Memorials are established for Serenity Hospice.
Carl L. Belha - 809/25/1937 - 11/24/2017
Oregon – Carl Lester Belha, age 80 of Oregon passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford after a short illness. He was born Sept. 25, 1937 in Rock Island, IL the son of Lester and Anna (Minssen) Belha. He was educated in the Lyndon, IL Schools. He married Mary Jane Arnold on Jan. 3, 1959 in Sterling, IL. He farmed in the Lyndon, IL and than the Oregon, IL area. He was preceded in death by his father Lester, his mother Anna, a brother Robert, and a sister Bonnie. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane and a brother Douglas. At Carl’s request there will be no services. Burial will take place at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling, IL.
Lois Medlar - 927/19/1925 - 11/20/2017
Lois J. Medlar, 92, lifelong Oregon resident, died Monday November 20, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born July 19, 1925 in Oregon, the daughter of John and Muriel (Stoffregen) Long. Married to Gene Medlar May 21, 1955 in Oregon; he died May 25, 2017.
Lois was a 1943 graduate of Oregon High School and worked for many years for Dr. Swan in his medical practice in Oregon. She was a member of Oregon United Methodist Church for over 60 years where she also taught Sunday School and was a member of Oregon VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Lois was best known for her love of children and ran a day care from her home. Survived by her son, Terry (Vickie) Medlar of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; daughter, Sharon Bocker of Oregon; grandchildren: Troy (Laura) Medlar of Maryville, Ohio, Ashley Wineman of Alliance, Ohio, Shanna Blankenship of Rockford, Cari Gomer of Cummings, GA, and Bradley Bocker of Chana; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her parents; brothers: Sylvan, George, Wendell, Harold and Robert Long; and sisters: Bernice Ostrander, Rogene Dvorak, Florence Wiebenga and Marjorie McGinnis. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Friday, November 24 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 12:00noon. Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Private family burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Memorials in Lois’ name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.
Donald J. Finn - 839/2/1934 - 11/20/2017
Donald J. Finn, 83, of Sycamore, formerly of Oregon, died unexpectedly on Monday November 20, 2017 at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb. He was born September 2, 1934 in St. Louis, MO the son of John & Clara (Bernard) Finn. He married Betty Lou Myers in East Los Angeles, CA on August 21, 1953. Don retired in 1998 as vice-president of Scholle Corp of Northlake, IL. He was a Boy Scout and also served as a Boy Scout Leader and earned the Order of the Arrow. As a member of the Oregon Lions Club, Don received the Melvin Jones Award. He was a member the Oregon United Methodist Church where he served on the Memorial Committee. For 8 years Don served on the Ogle County Housing Authority and at the same time was president of the Lost Lake Property Association. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, & great grandfather. Survivors include his wife Betty Lou; son, Jeffrey (Teresa Smith) Finn of Elgin; grandchildren, Justin Finn of Crystal Lake, Shannon (Christopher Bell) Finn of Elgin, and Nicholas Finn of Elgin; and great grandchildren, Noah & Xander Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bessie, and brothers, Evan & Raymond.
Memorial services will be held Saturday December 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM, preceded by visitation from 1:00-2:00 PM, in the Oregon United Methodist Church, 200 S. 4th St., Oregon. Memorials may be directed to the church.
Goldie D. Reinke - 9612/2/1920 - 11/14/2017
Rochelle, IL – Goldie Doretta (Eppler) Reinke, age 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. She was born Dec. 2, 1920 on the family farm in Ohiowa, Nebraska the daughter of Henry and Louise (Domeier) Eppler. The family moved to a farm in Chana, IL while she stayed in Nebraska until she graduated from High School in 1937. She married John L. Reinke on Sept. 24, 1939 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point, IL. She became a member of the church and was active in the Rebekah Circle, served on the church council, taught Sunday School, and was also a member of the Pine Rock Garden Club. Her hobbies included gardening, collecting salt and pepper shakers, cook books, plates, and reading. She is survived by 2 daughters; Lois Olson of Prosser, Washington, and Ruth (Vic) Wiley of Bloomington, IL, daughter-in-law Lou Reinke of Rochelle, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John, son David, parents, 1 great granddaughter Heather Fjetland, half brother Willie Schroeder, brothers: Lawrence, Elmer, Clarence, Melvin, LeRoy, and Reuben, sisters: Leona and Melvina Eppler, Ruby Rager, and Arlene Barr. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point, IL with the Rev. Andrew Kayes, pastor of the church, officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home or the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. A special thank you from Goldie’s family to Dr. Jason Popp and the staff at Rochelle Community Hospital, Serenity Hospice and Home for their caring and compassion, and the staff and residents of the San Gabriel Assisted Living in Rochelle who made Goldie feel like one of the family.