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Lena M. Stienmetz - 89

6/17/1928 - 9/28/2017
Oregon, IL

Lena M. Stienmetz, 89, longtime Oregon resident, died Thursday September 28, 2017 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 17, 1928 in La Valle, WI, the daughter of George & Mabel (Palmer) Nachtigal. She married John W. Stienmetz in Oregon, IL on October 9, 1946; he died in 1992. Lena was a member of the Oregon United Methodist Church and worked as a CNA at Franklin Grove Nursing Home and for 12 years at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. Lena enjoyed crocheting and crafts. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Lundquist of Rochelle, Mabel Jean Mann of Rochelle, and Barbara Ann Frost of Beloit, WI; sons, Jack Stienmetz of San Antonio, TX and Ted Stienmetz of Dixon; 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren; sister, Thelma Hartje of La Valle, WI ; and brother, Art of Reedsburg, WI. She was also preceded in death by 4 sisters and 3 brothers.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM, preceded by visitation beginning at 9:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5th and Jefferson, Oregon with Pastor Richard Tomlinson officiating. Burial will be Silver Creek Cemetery, Leaf River. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Wilma E. Bauer - 73

4/7/1944 - 9/28/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Wilma Elizabeth Gossett was born in Monmouth, Illinois on April 7, 1944. Growing up, she developed a love for roller skating and would go skating every chance she could at the Freedom Roller Rink in Monmouth. After moving from Monmouth, Wilma attended West Jr. High School and Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois, where she graduated in 1961. During these years, she loved hanging out in Rochelle, Illinois and it was there where she met, and fell head-over-heels for, Gene Bauer. She had run away from home one day, and Gene found her. He held her hand that day and every day after for over 55 years. Wilma and Gene were married on October 20, 1962 at the Rock Church in Rockford, Illinois. Wilma attended beauty school and cut and styled hair for many years. She loved making peoples’ hair beautiful – a passion that was passed on to her granddaughter. Wilma also loved singing, playing the piano, and playing the organ. She would sing and play any chance she got – both at home and at church every Sunday and was also a choir director at church for many years. On many Sunday afternoons after church and on holidays, she would come home and play her accordion for her family. Her greatest joys were her three beautiful children. She was always involved with everything for her children – in school, in church, and in life – and was an influence in everything they did. She was always so proud of them and bragged about them to everyone she met. She always said that her greatest accomplishment was her children and trying to be the best mother she could be to them. She even sold her beloved piano, without telling anyone, just so she could have money to give her son to buy his first car. There were many, many other times she gave up things so she could do for her children – all because she would do anything to make sure they were happy. Wilma always looked forward to the many family trips that she, Gene and the kids would take. Traveling to Wisconsin Dells was one of her favorites. She loved collecting Native American memorabilia - and she would always find plenty of it at The Dells. She was very proud of her Pawnee Indian heritage and wanted to display in through her memorabilia collection. As a family, she also started roller skating again. Her and Gene would take the kids to the Ing Skating Rink and spend hours skating with them. She also loved cooking and baking – especially for her family. Some of her children’s favorites were her delicious egg salad sandwiches, cheeseburgers, open-faced sandwiches, and salmon patties. She was also known to make her famous roast, potatoes, and carrots in her pressure cooker. As she got older and her children moved away, she began playing Bingo with all her friends at Legion Hall in Rockford, Illinois. She loved playing Bingo and hanging out with all her friends there every week. When she became a Grandma, she absolutely loved it. She loved spending time with each one of her five grandchildren – but she especially loved spoiling them. Whether it was cooking, buying things or taking them places, her world revolved around those grandkids. She was especially proud when her granddaughter recently graduated from Cosmetology School – following in her footsteps. Wilma always loved her career as a beautician and now her granddaughter was doing the same thing. Some of Wilma’s favorites were the color blue, butterflies, roses, and Disney characters. Many times when you would see her, she would have some shirt on with Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Tinkerbell, or any other funny character. It would always make people smile. She also loved shopping and buying things for everyone else – especially at Christmas. Many years, you could not even see the Christmas tree because of all the presents piled around it.
August of 2016, Wilma attended her last family reunion with her husband, Gene. She attended these family reunions for over 30 years and loved each and every one of her family and extended family so much. She also just loved people in general and was so outgoing and outspoken. She would make friends with strangers wherever she went and act like she had known them for years. Wilma would make people laugh all the time and when she wanted, she could demand attention of a room of people and she would get it. She had a great and crazy sense of humor – and one of her famous pranks was giving her husband three boiled eggs – but only really boiling two of them….Wilma was a beautiful woman both inside and out and has left this earth too early – leaving emptiness in many lives and a longing for her beautiful, contagious laugh and her soft loving touch. She is loved by many and will be dearly missed by them all. Whenever you see a butterfly, please think of her. And if you ever hear the song, My Way, by Elvis Presley, know that it was how Wilma lived her life – she lived it her way. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Penny Graybeal, Brother Paul, and Sister Dixie. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Gene, son Roger Bauer of Stillman Valley, Paula Lofgren of California, Sister Leona Gibb of Smithshire, IL, 5 grandchidlren Donna Smartt, Jeremiah Graybeal, Maranda Graybeal, Ryan Bauer and Danae Bauer, 2 great grandchildren Trinity Smartt and Adriana Finney. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established in her name and can be directed to her husband Gene at 6220 Condon Road, Stillman Valley, IL. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley assisted the family.

Pamela Sue Hammer - 65

11/4/1951 - 9/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Oregon – Pamela Sue Hammer, age 65, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. She was born Nov. 4, 1951 in Sandwich, IL the daughter of Robert W. and I. Bernice (Scheer) Hammer. She attended Valley Haven School for the Exceptional in Oswego, IL. She grew up in Plano, IL. Pam worked for the Village of Progress. She had a smile for everyone she met. Her family and friends where very important to her. Pam had participated in the Special Olympics. She attended both the Lighthouse United Methodist Church and the Oregon Church of God. Her favorite hobbies where watching love story movies, going fishing, and bowling. She was predeceased by her parents and many aunts and uncles. She is survived by her sister Patricia (George) Barth of Glen Allen, Virginia, brother Steve (Dixie) Hammer of Oregon, IL, nephews Chad Hammer and Jason Hammer (Stephanie Haugh) , nieces Elizabeth Barth, Jennifer (Paul) Matthews, Catherine (Mike) Bryant, Amanda Hammer, 15 grandnieces and nephews, and many cousins. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at the Oregon Church of God with the Rev. Michael Hoffman pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Lighthouse Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established in Pam’s name for the Village of Progress.

Charles V. Thornquist - 89

8/3/1928 - 9/22/2017
Byron, Illinois

Byron – Charles V. “Chuck” Thornquist, age 89, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at O.S.F. Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. He was born Aug. 3, 1928 in McPherson, Kansas the son of Elmer and Anna (Holm) Thornquist. He attended Evanston Township High School for 2 years in Evanston, IL and than graduated from LaJolla High School in LaJolla, California. He attended Glendale City College in California studying General Engineering and finished his associate’s degree later in life at Rock Valley Community College in Production Technology. Chuck served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He married Marilyn L. Widergren on Oct. 23, 1954 in Rockford, IL. She preceded him in death in Dec. of 2004. Chuck attended the Cornerstone Family Church in Byron, IL. He was a member of the Stillman Valley Lion’s Club. He was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan, and loved attending musicals, plays, and concerts with his special friend Mabel Boyer. Chuck was dedicated to his family and enjoyed attending his 4 sons and grandchildren’s activities. He also liked making sure his home and yard were in pristine condition. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Marilyn, and brother John. He is survived by his 4 sons; Brian (Barbara) Thornquist of St. Louis, MO, Bruce (Susan) Thornquist of Downers Grove, IL, Brent (Patricia) Thornquist of Scottsdale, AZ, Brad Thornquist of Rockford, 7 grandchildren; Daniel (Carly) Thornquist, Lisa (Paul) Smith, Jordan Thornquist, Dana Thornquist, Lee Thornquist, Patrick (Jiao) Thornquist, and Natalie Thornquist, 2 great grandchildren Brooke and Chloe, and special friend Mabel Boyer of Byron. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at the Cornerstone Family Church in Byron with the Pastor Randy Snyder pastor of the church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:00 at the church. Burial will be in the Arlington Memorial Park in Rockford. A memorial fund is established in Chuck’s name for the Cornerstone Family Church.

Mary A. Ackerson - 96

11/20/1920 - 9/19/2017
Ashton, IL

Mary A. Ackerson, 96, lifelong Ashton area resident, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in The Meadows at Franklin Grove. Born November 20, 1920 in Shaw Station, IL the daughter of Sherman and Eva (Turner) Shaw. Married to Roy Harold Ackerson in 1940; he died in 2003. Mary was a graduate of Lee Center High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in education from Northern Illinois University. She taught fifth grade at Ashton Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 1980. Mary was a member of Ashton United Methodist Church and formerly a member of Lighthouse United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader. Survived by daughters: Sharon (Bill) Wagner of Oregon, Sandy (Jerry) Garkey of Florida, Vicki Dawson of Texas, and Pamela (Gary) Ferguson of Freeport; 7 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and a brother, Sherman (Donna) Shaw of La Moille. Also predeceased by her parents; grandson, Sean Garkey; son-in-law, Lynn Cater; 4 brothers; and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family.

Lee A. Reif - 77

2/7/1940 - 9/16/2017
Byron, IL

Lee A. Reif, Sr., age 77, passed away at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL on Saturday September 16, 2017. He was born on February 7, 1940 in Chicago, IL the son of Milo and Elma (Kline) Reif. Lee married the love of his life; Elsie Anderka, on July 12, 1958, in Chicago, IL. He worked and retired from Gates Rubber Company and was a past employee of the Byron School District. Lee was also a partner with his son Dan, at Danlee Wood Products in Forreston, IL. He was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron. Lee was a loving husband. He showed this through many things including supporting his wife’s quilting by being her master cutter of quilt pieces and being by her side. He cherished their time together, and they wintered for eleven years at Reflections on Silver Lake in Avon Park, FL. While he was there he enjoyed shuffleboard. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. Lee was also a devoted father,grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed travelling with his family and taking many trips with the grandchildren to Disney World. Lee is survived by his wife, Elsie, of Byron; children, Lee “Skip” Jr. (Tami) Reif of McHenry, IL, Judy (Craig) Mathers of Galena, IL, Dan (Dawn) Reif of Apple Valley, MN, and Tammy (Jeff) Carson of DeKalb, IL; brother, Jim (Kit) Reif of Byron; grandchildren, Lauren Reif, Jordan Reif, Nicole Mathers, Jessica (Tyler) Stricker, Kyle (Alicia) Reif, TJ Reif, Noah Greenfield, Emma Greenfield, Lila Greenfield, Ally Lawler, Nathan Lawler, and Rachel Carson; great grandson, Jaxon Stricker; dear friends, Paul (Judy) Morgan and Tim (Peggy) Adams; and special puppy, Zoey. He is preceded in death by his parents and his dog and close companion, Patti. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday Sept. 23, 2017 at All Saints Lutheran Church, Byron, with Pastor Janet Wold officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 – 11:00am prior to the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the funeral service. Memorials are established for St. Judes, Serenity Hospice, or All Saints Lutheran Church.

Jerry L. Witmer - 73

1/10/1944 - 9/13/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Jerry L. Witmer, 73, of Oregon, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born January 10, 1944 in Freeport. Beginning in 1958, Jerry was raised by Oscar and Mildred (Wiles) Matzinger and worked with them on family farms in Dixon and Chana until 1975. He was then employed at Wood Bros. in Oregon for 14 years and Martin & Co. for 22 years. He was a 1962 graduate of Amboy High School. Survived by a brother, John Witmer of Oregon; step brother, Larry Aubrey of Schaumberg; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friend, Roger Watts. Predeceased by his parents and brother, Don Witmer. Services will be held at 2:00pm Monday September 18 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00pm. Pastor Randy Snider of Crossroads Family Church, Byron will officiate. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Ryan A. Sherman - 35

3/19/1982 - 9/13/2017
Milwaukee, WI

"For long you live and high you fly and smiles you give and tears you'll cry and all you touch and all you'll see is all your life will ever be." Pink Floyd

Ryan Allen Sherman was born March 19th, 1982 in Modesto, CA and passed away September 13th 2017. Ryan attended Orangeburg Christian School, Fremont elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and graduated from Modesto High in 2000. Ryan received his Bachelors in Liberal studies and earned his teaching credentials. Ryan taught World History at Ralph H. Metcalfe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ryan is preceded in death by his wife Kimberley Sherman whom passed March 29th 2017. Ryan is survived by his parents Carolyn (Robert) Gunn and Robert Sherman; his siblings; Nicole Mitchell, Joanna Gunn, Lindi (Rocco) Marsiglia; grandparents; Virginia Lamb, Roberta Roberts and Fred Sherman; in-Laws, Richard and Donna VanVelzer, Zach VanVelzer, and Katie Rose; nieces and nephews. Kira, Gage, Madison, Khan, Gloria, Claudia, and Baby Marsiglia; and Ryan and Kim's dog Maddie.

Ryan was a life long learner and traveler. He made it a priority in life to see as much of the world as possible. He traveled to Egypt, all over Europe and a recent trip to Asia. In fact, his love for travel led him to meet his late wife Kim while on a European tour in 2005. They established a friendship and continued it after returning home. After a long distance relationship, Ryan relocated to Milwaukee to be with Kim. They married June 18th, 2010. They lifted each other up through life's challenges and triumphs over the years. They traveled to Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Jamaica and all over the US.

Ryan loved reading, history, playing guitar, music, and attending concerts. Ryan cared for all of his coworkers and students. He loved all of his friends and extended family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ryan and Kim always welcomed friends and family in the home they shared.

Ryan was a kind and gentle man who valued life experiences, teaching, family, and most importantly love. Ryan will be missed more than words can ever express by so many.

Son, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you will be." Love you forever. Mom

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Byron Cemetery, Byron, IL.

Future services and celebrations will be announced.

Bobby G. Holder - 81

12/12/1935 - 9/12/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Stillman Valley – Bobby G. Holder, age 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at his home near Stillman Valley surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 12, 1935 in Hoxie, Arkansas the son of Will Henry and Leona Afton (Spargo) Holder. He attended Hoxie, Arkansas and Rockford, IL schools. He married Margaret Kildow on July 17, 1954 in Rockford, IL. Bobby was a Class “A” Tool and Die maker who worked 18 years for National Lock and than 10 years for Eaton Corporation. He had a strong work ethic so after retirement he would buy, restore and resell houses and cabins in the north woods. In the past 24 years he restored over 50 homes. He loved to spend time with his family and loved spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to fish, boat and spend time at their lake house. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 63 years, 3 children; Alan Ray (Deb) Holder, Randy Will Holder, and Michel Ann (Don) Maroney, grandchildren; Sarah (Shawn), Rayanna(Patric), Brent, Rachel (Jameson), Hannah, Hailey, Chris, Jennifer (Brandon), great grandchildren; Kaylyn, Austin, Makenna, Emmery, Dayton, Dennon, Brooklyn, Mason, Macie Grace, Bailey, and Layla, brother William “Billy” Holder (companion Madeline), Sister Shirley Stults, Sister-in-laws Betty and Beverly Holder, step father-in-law James Drew, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, sisters Imogene (Jack) Spain, Brenda (Gary) Bankes, brothers Lehman (Clarice) Holder, Lonnie Holder, Ray (Geneva) Holder, sister-in-law Jean Holder, and brother-in-law Jim Stults.
Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Monday, Sept. 18th, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 6286 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL with the Pastor Mike Killian officiating. Burial will be in the Kishwaukee Cemetery near Stillman Valley. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd, Stillman Valley, IL. A memorial fund is established for the OSF St. Anthony Cancer Center.

John L. "Huck" Clapper - 57

3/22/1960 - 9/8/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Oregon – John L. “Huck” Clapper, age 57,a loving husband, father, and grandfather, died suddenly, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Mercy Health Hospital in Rockford. He was born March 22, ,1960 in Dixon the son of John S. and Betty (Ennenga) Clapper. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1978. He married Cherie Hargis July 22, 1986 in Oregon. He worked 26 years for Quebecor in Mt. Morris and worked the past year for Raynor in Dixon, IL. Huck loved most of all his family. He was a dedicated husband and father. He enjoyed watching his children’s sporting events. He loved to be outdoors hiking and fishing. He enjoyed his trips to Wisconsin and Canada. He was known to his family and friends by his good sense of humor. Huck is survived by his wife Cherie, 3 children; Matthew Clapper, Erin Clapper(Jacob Lewis), and Evan Clapper, grandson London Lewis all of Oregon, mother Betty Roberts of Mt. Morris, brother Jamie (Roberta) Roberts of Leaf River, sister Debra (George) Cox of Mt. Morris, Father-in-law Lloyd (Karen) Hargis of Janesville, Wisconsin, brother-in-law Barry Hargis, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his father  John S. Clapper who proudly served in WW 2, and his 2 sisters; Gloria Prichard and Barbara Clapper.  Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm with a 4 pm prayer service on Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St. Oregon, IL. Pastor John Guthrie of the East Oregon Chapel of the Church of God will lead the Prayer service. A memorial fund is established in Huck’s name.

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