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Joan M. Steffen - 854/2/1932 - 6/21/2017
Stillman Valley, IL
Stillman Valley – Joan M. Steffen, age 85, died Wed., June 21, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born April 2, 1932 in Rockford the daughter of Rose Upstone. She attended Fairdale and Monroe Center Schools. Joan worked several years at Rockford Products. She married Leonard R. Steffen on June 19, 1971 in Stillman Valley. She loved to grow flowers, do gardening, play cards, and do puzzles. She was a Gold Star Mother having lost her son Delbert E. Hall during the Vietnam War. She is survived by her husband Leonard Steffen of Stillman Valley, 3 children; Diana (Al) Klapp of Stillman Valley, Keith (Rosemarie) Hall of Davis Junction, and Teresa (Larry) Anderson of Ashton, 6 grandchildren; Carri (Brent) Davis, Dawn (Aaron) Aaronson, Brent (Jennifer) Hall, Shannon (Kory Lindquist) Hall, Brock (Nicole) Hall, and Ryan Anderson, Great grandchildren; Kayli, Jon, Kaitlin, Trae, Griffin, Hayden, Dane, Tate, Tripp, and Jaylynn, and sister-in-law Betty Swanson. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd in Stillman Valley, IL with the Pastor Kerry Hughes officiaiting. Burial will be at the Roseland Cemetery near Monroe Center. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. A memorial fund is established in Joan’s name.
Lance E. Barnes - 808/17/1936 - 6/19/2017
Oregon, IL – Lance E. Barnes, age 80, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 19, 2017. He was born August 17, 1936 in Chicago the son of Kenneth and Simonne (Jagot) Barnes. Lance obtained his Associates Degree in Firefighting. He married Marjorie “Marge” VanStedum on March 9, 1957 in Cicero, IL. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years from 1955 – 1963. Lance retired in 1996 from the Franklin Park Fire Dept. after 36 years of service. He and his wife moved to Oregon, IL in 1999. He served on the Consistory of the Ebenezer Reformed Church stewardship and property committee. He also was a member of Gideon’s International and the Blackhawk Train Club at Conover Square in Oregon, IL.
He was formerly an Elder at the Westside Reformed Church in Cicero, IL. Lance loved to fish, go trap shooting, and high power rifle shooting. He was predeceased by his parents, 2 brothers Tad and Bruce, and sister Nancy Cecchi. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Marge, 3 daughters; Judith Lynn (Philip) Rizzo of Hoffman Estates, Cynthia Renee (Jeffrey) Knowles of Kona, Hawaii, and Cheryl Jean Wilkinson of McHenry, IL, 5 grandchildren; Kristie and Seth Knowles, Philip, Jr. (Natalia) Rizzo, Steven Rizzo, and Natalie Rizzo, 3 Great Grandchildren; Marissa, Colleen, Dominic, and Anthony.
Funeral service will be 10:30am, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church Oregon, IL with the Rev. John Wisdom pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Friday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Ebenezer Reformed Church or the Serenity Hospice and Home.
Lillian Herbeck - 9112/16/1925 - 6/18/2017
Monroe Center, IL
Lillian Herbeck, age 91, went Home on June 18, 2017. She was born in Springfield, MA on December 16, 1925 the daughter of Ronald and Sarah (Hoag) Waters. Lillian, a ’44 graduate of Technical H.S., and Herbert Herbeck, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, eloped on June 20 1944 and were joyfully married almost 73 years. During her 30 years working for a General Electric Co. in Chicago she became the secretary. Lillian faithfully loved and served Jesus, her husband Herb, family, her church and so many friends. She adored her kitties and “mastered” in crafting, collecting memories, cooking and entertaining – welcoming at any gathering. Lillian is survived by her daughter, Susan (James) Moon of Monroe Center; daughter-in-law Joyce Herbeck of Bozeman, MT; sister-in-law, Doris Waters of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren Molly (Gene) Engelkes, Amanda (David) Poulin, Jason (Mariah) Herbeck, Josh (Staci) Herbeck, Journey Herbeck; great-grandchildren Connor, Dalton, Carson, Sidonie, Zadie, Ren, and step great-grandchildren Kara (Drayton) Saunders, Jacob (Becca) Poulin and Zachary Poulin; and step great-great-grandchild Kinsley Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son Thomas Herbeck, grandchild Jamie Moon, siblings and in-laws Robert (Marion), Robina, Ronald (Mary), Thomas, Alyce, Charles, Edward (Louise), nephew Rob and niece Liz. A Celebration of Life will be held July 1 at 11:00 at Kishwaukee Church with Pastor Eric Tonjes officiating. Visitation to be held one hour prior to service. Memorials may be donated to Pinecrest Terrace, Kishwaukee Church and Serenity Hospice & Home. The family expresses sincere gratefulness for the loving Pinecrest family of staff and friends.
Arlene J. Henson - 768/24/1940 - 6/16/2017
Arlene J. Henson, age 76, died on June 16, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born on August 24, 1940 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Earl and Irene (Marshall) Whitney. She married Wayne Henson in Feb. 1956. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Byron. Arlene received her Associate’s degree from Rock Valley College and then went on to Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She worked as an adult probation officer for DeKalb County prior to her retirement. Arlene was an amazing artist. She was a member of the Eagle’s Nest Art Group and loved showcasing her talents at Ceramics by Cin and the Serenity Shed. She was active in the Byron Library, Byron Senior Citizen’s Group, a knitting club, and a prior member of the Rockford Yacht Club. She was an avid gardener and was a real animal lover. Arlene enjoyed spending her time making friends especially at Conover Square. She is survived by her children, Brian (Mary) Henson of Rockford, Jeffrey Henson of Rockford, Steven Earl Henson of Waupun, WI, and Rebecca Henson of Franklin Grove; the father of her children and life long friend, Wayne Henson of Stillman Valley; siblings, Rochelle (Grenville) Claxton and Richard Whitney; grandchildren, Jenna Henson, Jake Henson, Josiah Henson, Cory Reidl, Tyler Reidl; and great grandchildren, Irelynd, Bella, Aislynn, and Kieran; sister-in-law, Betty and beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and infant great grandson, Cheyenne. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday June 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday June 21, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron concluding with a rosary at 7 pm. Memorials are established in her name and will be applied to Serenity Hospice and Home, St. Jude’s, and towards cancer screening and prevention. The family would like to thank the staff at Serenity Hospice and Swedish American Palliative Care and Oncology for their loving care of Arlene.
Theresa Varilek - 5411/15/1962 - 6/12/2017
Theresa Lynn Varilek, 54, lifetime resident of Byron, died Monday June 12, 2017 in Generations at Neighbors, Byron. She was born November 15, 1962 in Rockford the daughter of James J. & Velma (Philippi) Varilek. Theresa enjoyed children and worked as a daycare teacher until 2015. She loved the river, especially pontoon boating, and enjoyed caring for her grand nieces & nephews. Theresa had a big heart and would have done anything for anybody. Survivors include her siblings Keith (Judy) Varilek of Homosassa, FL, Sharon (Vince) Digiovanni of Byron, Jim Varilek of Prescott Valley, AZ, Pam (Bob) Shook of Granger, IN, and Cheryl (Gene) Hubbard of SD; many nieces & nephews and grand nieces & nephews; and special friend, Jim Crum. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 5:00 -- 7:00 PM. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Byron.
Helen R. Jones - 853/4/1932 - 6/11/2017
Helen R. Jones, 85, longtime area resident, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Avonlea Cottage, Dixon. Born March 4, 1932 in Ripley, IL, the daughter of Loren and Mary (Cooper) Burnett. Married to Melvin “Huck” Jones February 7, 1958 in Ripley. Helen was a 1950 graduate of Tempe (AZ) High School and attended Oregon Bible College 1951-1952. She was employed by the Church of God General Conference 1952-1960 in the printing department and was an active member of Oregon Church of God. Helen was a loving housewife and mother whose family was most important to her, but also enjoyed sewing and gardening. Survived by her husband, Huck Jones of Grand Detour; son, Jim (Krista) Jones of Dixon; daughters, Joyce (Jimbo) Callaway of Oregon and Marianne Jones of Dixon; grandchildren: Timothy (Mandi) Callaway, Eric (Brekk) Callaway, Paige Jones and Lee Jones; and 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, Sarah Callaway; 3 brothers; and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Thursday June 15 in Oregon Church of God with Pastor Michael Hoffman officiating. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 8:00pm Wednesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen’s name may be made to Oregon Church of God, Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice & Home.
Thomas L. "Tom" Lucas - 585/31/1959 - 6/10/2017
Thomas L. “Tom” Lucas, 58, of Oregon, died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born May 31, 1959 in Chicago, the son of James and Mary (Steed) Lucas. Married to Karen Fernandez October 16, 1999 in Chicago Ridge. Tom was a Transportation Supervisor for Iron Mountain in Itasca over 20 years and moved to Oregon from Chicago in 2002. He loved going to the casinos. Survived by his wife, Karen of Oregon; special daughter, Marie Lucas of Chicago; brother, Joe (Kelly) Lucas of Chicago; sister, Mary Rose (Ricky) Furco of Chicago; brothers-in-law: Bob (Ellen) Fernandez of Byron, Mike Fernandez of Oregon and Ray Fernandez of Des Plaines; and Tom was an uncle to many. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Tommy. Cremation rites are to be accorded with a Memorial Service at a later date.
Eva M. Cline - 9911/30/1917 - 6/10/2017
Eva M. Cline, 99, longtime resident of Oregon died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born November 30, 1917 in Sterling, the daughter of Charles and Katie (Thurm) Wiegand. Married to Carl E. Cline October 14, 1949 in Sterling; he died March 21, 2014. Eva was a member of Oregon VFW Auxiliary and a 60 year member of Oregon United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School for many years. Eva’s family was the main focus of her life. Survived by her daughter, Carol (Rich) Magnuson of Oregon; and grandson, Nathaniel Zellers of Oregon. Also predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, April Marie Zellers; and brothers, Walter and Charles. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 12:00 noon; Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Memorials in Eva’s name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.
Kina Zoe Duke - 5412/20/1962 - 6/8/2017
Kina Zoe Duke, age 54, of Byron passed away on Thursday June 8, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Rockford. She was born on December 20, 1962 in Des Plaines, IL. Kina got her bachelor’s of nursing degree from Texas Tech University and worked as a critical care nurse for Rockford Memorial Hospital before her recent retirement. She married James Duke on January 3, 2004 in Barrington, IL. Kina was a member of the NBHA and enjoyed barrel racing. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel. She was a devoted wife and mother; even extending her love by raising her pets and horses. She is survived by her husband, James Duke of Byron; children, William Eicholtz of Dallas, TX and Lukas Puckhaber of Byron; mother, Kay Duro of Mt. Morris; and brothers, Michael (Sally) Amtmann of Flemington, NJ and John Amtmann of Butte, MT. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron, IL. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Tuesday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL. Memorials are established in her name.
Timothy G. Wills - 628/6/1954 - 6/7/2017
Davis Junction, Illinois
Timothy G. Wills, age 62, passed away on Wednesday June 7, 2017. He was born on August 6, 1954 in Rochelle the son of Glenn and Margaret (Detig) Wills. He was a graduate of Stillman Valley High School class of 1972. Tim worked as a cement finisher for Sjostrom in Rockford for 29 years and was a member of the OPCMIA Union Local 11. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. Tim loved gardening and spending time outdoors, especially watching sunsets in the summer. He also enjoyed being with his beloved dog, Breeze. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Stillman Valley Cardinals fan. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel. He is survived by his children, Cameron (Lisa) Wills and Drew (Fiancé Ancil Philip) Wills; Fiancé, Jeane Lawrence; siblings, Greg (Karen) Wills, Mark (Linda) Wills, Janet (Harold) Hackworth, Carolyn (Bruce) Larson, David (Kathy Long) Wills, and Christie (Steve Distefano) Colombi; sister-in-law, Michelle Wills; many nieces and nephews; and he was papa to Caitlin, Sienna, Aspen, and Remy. Funeral mass will be held on Monday June 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Sunday June 11, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 West Roosevelt Road in Stillman Valley concluding with a rosary at 8 pm. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.