Harry V. Morphey - 85
5/18/1931 - 2/3/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

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Lois Miller - 83
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Oregon, IL

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Oregon, IL

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Gordon Landry - 88
3/10/1928 - 1/25/2017
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Allen L. Gale - 78
10/5/1938 - 1/24/2017
Oregon, IL

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L.K. "Skip" Laswell - 77

10/10/1939 - 12/20/2016
Byron, IL

Lucien Kroll “Skip” Laswell, 77, of Byron died Tuesday, December 20, 2016, after a short illness, in Edgewater Florida. Born October 10,1939 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Lucien C. and Catherine (Kroll) Laswell. Skip graduated from Byron High School class of 1957 and attended University of Wisconsin. He served his country in the US Army Reserve and worked at Barber Coleman, Rockford, Il, Micro Industries, Rock Falls, Il, Imperial Zinc, Chicago. IL and St Clair Die Casting, St Clair, MO. Skip enjoyed living on the Rock River, boating, water skiing, challenges of traveling on the Mississippi River, and refurbishing Amphicars. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughter Kayla (Brian Schmidt) Laswell of Twin Lakes, WI; granddaughter Bridget (Jesse) Johnson of Cambridge WI; grandson Lucien "Luke" Lindman of Twin Lakes, WI; great grandchildren Teagan Welscher and Kinsley Johnson; sister Kay (Fred) Turk of Rock Falls, IL; siblings-in-law Sharon (Jerry Brandon) Beste, David (Annette) Beste, Neal (Linda) Beste, and Roger (Dawn) Beste, all of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives

Visitation will be in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street, Byron, IL on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, with Rosary at 6:45 pm. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Byron. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Byron.

Dagny Bicknese - 85

6/25/1931 - 12/17/2016
Leaf River, IL

Dagny Bicknese, 85, longtime Leaf River resident, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Cherryvale Place, Cherry Valley. Born June 25, 1931 in Carpentersville the daughter of Nels and Anna (Christensen) Danielsen. Married to Fred Birknese August 26, 1950 in Elgin; he died April 20, 2001. She was a graduate of Huntley High School and a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Forreston. Dagny worked with her husband for many years on their dairy and grain farm near Leaf River and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and cooking. Survived by her son, David (Nicole) Bicknese of Leaf River; daughters: Mary Ann (Wally) Wolter of Stillman Valley, Diane Bicknese of Oregon, Susan (Raymond) Ackman of Viroqua, WI, and Linda Rapp and Tami (Douglas) Hilton, both of German Valley; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and sister, Esther Gustafson of Genoa. Also predeceased by her parents, sister Anna and brother, Sven. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Thursday December 22 in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Forreston, with Pastor Steven Ericson officiating. Burial in West Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday 4:00- 7:00pm in the church. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church or Village of Progress

Ruth Neoma Taylor - 0

12/16/2016 - 12/16/2016
Monroe Center, IL

Monroe Center, IL – Ruth Neoma Taylor, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. She was born the daughter of Elmer S. and Mary L. (Valleroy) Hagan in Chester, Illinois.
She married William M. Taylor on Mar. 26, 1965 in Belleville, IL. Ruth’s primary focus has always been her family. She was predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers Glenn and Herbert, and 2 sisters Luvern and Eileen. She is survived by her husband William Taylor of Monroe Center, IL, son David (Patricia) Taylor of South Beloit, IL, grandson Sebastian Taylor of South Beloit, IL. many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 2016 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley, IL, followed by a 7:00 pm prayer service by the Pastor Les McClellend of the Lindenwood Union Church. A funeral service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Chester, IL with the Dr. Mike Fogerson pastor of the Church officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, IL. A memorial fund is established in Ruth’s name.

Lyle M. Lee - 74

6/16/1942 - 12/16/2016
Byron, IL

Lyle M. Lee, age 74, passed away Friday December 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. He was born on June 16, 1942 in LaSalle Peru, IL the son of Lester and Edna (King) Lee. He married Kathleen Olsen on September 30, 1967. He worked as a truck driver for most of his life. Lyle was a proud Vietnam Veteran who served for 2 years in Vietnam and was a member of the Oregon VFW. In his spare time, he enjoyed flying airplanes and even had his own plane. He also was a train lover. He took delight in riding his horse Bella and was a member of the Morgan Horse Association and the Horseshoe Rider Club of Leaf River. He cherished spending time with his family and being outdoors. When Lyle was not outside he was spending his time reading about history. Lyle was a prior member of the United Church of Byron. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Byron; daughters, Diane (Keith) Harrod of Byron and Joann Lee of Oregon; and grandchildren Shawn, Alexis, Parker, Tyler, Ashley, and Jacob. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Harriet. Visitation will be held at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. No funeral service is scheduled and burial will be done at a later date.

Homer D. Crawford - 77

11/23/1939 - 12/14/2016
Byron, IL

Homer D. Crawford, 77, of Byron, died Wed. December 14, 2016 in his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1939 in Swifton, Ark., the son of James & Callie (Purdue) Crawford. He married Jewel Anderson on May 25, 1963 and later married Millie Race on January 28, 2005. Homer retired, over 15 years ago, from Kysor/Westran where he was a foreman. He was a Navy veteran and liked western movies, being with friends, and his PBR. Survivors include his sons, Wade Joseph (Beth) Crawford of Rockford & Michael Dean (Stephanie) Crawford of Stillman Valley; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Glen Dale Crawford of Texas and Nolan Palmer Crawford of Missouri. Homer was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Millie, sisters, Eva, Lois, Marcella, & Mona; and brother, Mayford.
Funeral services will be held Sunday December 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM, preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating.

James Black - 76

6/10/1940 - 12/12/2016
Oregon, Illinois

James L. Black, 76, longtime Oregon resident, died Monday December 12, 2016 in FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport. Born June 10, 1940 in Sublette, the son of Harold and Lucille (Haenitsch) Black. Jim was a graduate of Oregon High School and worked many years at Quebcor in Mt. Morris, also serving as union steward, prior to retiring in 2002. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Oregon and the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge. Jim enjoyed shooting his guns, golf, bowling, reading and taking motorcycle trips. Survived by his mother, Lucille Black of Oregon; sister, Marjorie Cox Hammes; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father, Harold Black; brother, Eugene Black; and brother-in-law, Robert Hammes. Funeral services will be held Friday December 16 at 10:00am in the First Presbyterian Church of Oregon with Pastor Karen Gerhard Conner, officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon. Visitation 4:00 – 7:00pm Thursday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A memorial fund has been established.

Margaret "Peggy" Cerasani - 66

5/23/1950 - 12/10/2016
Oregon, IL

Margaret "Peggy" Cerasani, of Oregon, IL, died Saturday December 10, 2016 in her home after a long illness. Peggy was born in Elmhurst, IL the daughter of Russell & Alexia (Brown) Gray. She graduated, in the class of 1968, from Glenbard East High School. She married David Cerasani in 1970 in Lombard, IL. Peggy raised two children, Joseph and Jennifer and then worked at the Byron Station for Exelon Nuclear Corp. She enjoyed gardening, plants, and flowers. Peggy was a great mom, wife, grandmother, aunt, and sister. Survivors include her husband, Dave; son Joe and his wife Lisa; grandkids, Kaylee, Krista, Kamille, & Zachary; sister, Bonnie and her husband Bruce and their family; and many dear friends. Peg was preceded in death by her parents and her wonderful daughter Jennifer.
Visitation will be held Saturday December 17, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 PM, concluding with a service at 4:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon, IL. The family would like to extend special thanks to Serenity Hospice and Home of Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice.

Diane J. Knaub - 73

10/18/1943 - 12/8/2016
Byron, IL

Diane J. Knaub, 73, of Byron, died Thursday December 8, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born October 18, 1943 in Rockford, the daughter of Lawrence & Jane (Johnson) Gorst. Diane worked at Kable News in Mt. Morris for many years and also at Stuhr Manufacturing in Rockford. She enjoyed traveling, cruises, and was a NASCAR fan, especially her favorites Ricky Rudd and Matt Kennseth. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Knaub, Jr.; daughters, Dianna (Chris Lange) Miller of Rockford, Deb Gilroy of Machesney Park, & Jenny (Kevin) Lochhead of Phoenix, AZ; sons, Fred (Paula) Kastning of Byron and Steve Knaub of Tulsa, OK; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Nan Branham of Rockford; and numerous nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Janet Friday, and son-in-law, Tom Miller.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Dec. 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM, preceded by visitation from 10:00 AM until service time, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Burial will follow in Byron Cemetery.

Virginia Lee Schnorr - 87

8/12/1929 - 11/26/2016
Oregon, Illinois

Virginia Lee Schnorr, age 87, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 12, 1929 in Ashley, IL the daughter of Lawrence and Linda (Barrell) Kelly. “Ginnie” as she was known to most, graduated from Shawneetown, IL High School. Ginnie married Chester L. Schnorr on Sept. 20, 1947 in Rochelle, IL., he preceded her in death in 1980. She formerly owned and operated Ivy’s Closet Dress Shop for 5 years in Conover Square in Oregon, IL. In 1987 Ginnie decided to work at the Cook’s Collection Store in the Conover Square. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon. Ginnie loved to play cards with her many card clubs and Dominos at the Senior Center. She also loved to Cross Stitch. Ginnie was predeceased by her parents, husband Chester, 2 brothers; Donald and Lawrence and daughter-in-law Mary Schnorr. She is survived by her 3 children; Joe (Linda) Schnorr of Knoxville, TN, Gary (Kim) Schnorr of Oregon, IL, and Mindy (Andy) Querio of Aurora, IL, 2 grandsons; Jason Schnorr of Marquette, MI, and Matt (Cassie) Schnorr of Mount Morris, IL, 2 brothers; James Kelly of Collinsville, IL and Clyde (Pam) Kelly of Belleville, IL, 1 sister Nancy (Bryon) Rahn of Decatur, TX, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Tue., Nov. 29, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon with the Rev. Joseph Naill officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. followed by a 7:00 pm prayer service. A memorial fund is established for the American Cancer Society at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/andyquerio

Linda S. Harvey - 63

2/21/1953 - 11/25/2016
Rockford, IL

Linda S. Harvey, age 63, of Rockford passed away at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford on Friday November 25, 2016. She was born on February 21, 1953 in Unionville, MO the daughter of Evert and Mary (Branscomb) VanVelzer. She is survived by her mother, Mary VanVelzer of Oregon, IL; children, Steven (Diana) Beach of Richland Center, WI, Keven Beach of Rockford, Brad (Tammy) Beach of Richland Center, WI, Sandra Beach of Crawfordsville, IN, Travis Rhodes of Rockford, Carrie Rhodes of Rockford; and Nikki Rhodes of Rockford; sisters, Sharon (Dave) Wallace and Patty Mears; 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and another great grandchild on the way. She is predeceased by her husband Dale Harvey and father Everett VanVelzer. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM, preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Pastor Gary Cortese will officiate. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

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