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Ronald D. Bearrows - 87

6/24/1929 - 1/11/2017
Rockford, IL

Ronald D. Bearrows, age 87, died Wednesday January 11, 2017 at Morning Star Village in Rockford. He was born on June 24, 1929 in DeKalb the son of Kenneth and Grace (Boomgarden) Bearrows. He graduated from Monroe Center High School in 1947. Ronald married Janet Batty on October 1, 1950. He was a member of the Monroe Center Community Church and a past member of the Monroe Center Lions Club. Ronald loved his horses and mule. In his spare time, he would enjoy horseback riding and was a member of the Valley Trail Riders and the Ogle County Trail Riders Association. He was an avid traveler who made it to all 50 states and through out Europe and Korea. He liked to collect tractors and was the founder of Bearrows Boys Inc. He also loved being a winter Texan. He is survived by his loving wife Janet of Rockford; children Susan Bearrows of Kenosha, WI and Scott Bearrows of Rockford; grandchildren, Laura (Brad) Gray of Rockford, Steven (Shelly) Bearrows of Rockford, and Matthew (Katie) Bearrows of Monroe Center; great grandchildren, Mason, Alexis, Wyatt, Andrea, Danyel, Tim, and Matthew; great great grandson, Schyler; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and daughter in law Ronna. Visitation will be in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Monroe Center Community Church with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.

Harry Stanton Lewis, Jr. - 86

5/31/1930 - 1/10/2017
Chana, Illinois

Chana – Harry Stanton Lewis, Jr, age 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 31, 1930 in Rockford the son of Harry S. and Doris Marie (Knight) Lewis, Sr. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1948. He married June Doris Swart on June 2, 1956 at the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley. Harry was a lifelong farmer in the Stillman Valley area. He served many years on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board for Ogle County. He loved to go antiquing. Harry was the oldest member of the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley. He is survived by his wife of 60 years June Lewis of Chana, 4 children; Linda (Dan) Janes of Stillman Valley, Stanton (Cheryl) Lewis of Byron, Harry Wayne (Susan) Lewis of Winnebago, and Mary (Burdette) Bonne of Monroe Center, 1 sister Jean Swale of Durand, IL, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley with the Rev. Chris Brauns pastor of the church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the church. Burial will be at the Stillman Valley Cemetery. A memorial fund is established in Harry’s name.

Marion R. Moede - 92

2/1/1924 - 1/6/2017
Byron, IL

 Marion Rose Moede, currently of Byron and previously of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin passed away on January 6, 2017 at Serenity Hospice House in Oregon, Illinois. She was born on February 1, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter William and Lauretta (Kircher) Miller. She was raised in Chicago where she attended Calumet High School. She married her high school sweetheart John Moede on March 7, 1942. Marion worked as a beautician and in her spare time was a very talented artist, guitar player and interior designer. She enjoyed gardening; especially roses. Marion loved spending time with her family and was an avid dog lover. She is survived by her daughters, Diane (Russell) Maxwell of Sleepy Hollow, IL, Linda Maxwell of Byron, and Kimberly (Ronald) Tvedt of Pearland, TX, grandchildren, Keith (Katie) Maxwell, Jason (Pernelle) Maxwell, Leslie (Mark) Hubbard, Brandon Tvedt, Amy Penrod, and Amanda Huibregtse ; great grandchildren, Allyssa (Tyler), Kevin (Meredith), Adam, Brynn, Nathan, Conor, and Jessica; great great grandson, Darren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son-in-law Raymond and siblings Joseph, Lauretta, William, Dorothy, and James. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 22, 2017 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, IL 61010. Memorials are established for Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 IL-2, Oregon, IL 61061. The family would like to wish a special thank you to Val of Serenity Hospice  for the wonderful treatment of Marion.

Joan D. Pretzsch - 76

3/9/1940 - 12/30/2016
Oregon, IL

Joan D. Pretzsch, 76, of Ashton, died Thursday December 29, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. She was born March 9, 1940 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Paul & Pearl (Clapper) Zittle. Joan served her country in the Women's Army Corps. Survivors include her children, Sarah (Terry) Frields of Arkansas, Corina (Larry) Noirfalise of Arizona, David Pretzsch of Franklin Grove, LeAnna Smith of Rockford, Susie Hintz of Ashton, and Timothy (Trisha) Pretzsch of Iowa; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Iona Barber, Beatrice (Walter) Jackson, and Pauline (Michael) Bollinger; brother, Frank (Cathy) Zittle; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Teresa, sister, Patricia Bushland, and brothers, Robert, Donald, & William.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday Jan. 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.

Nancy R. Skarda - 87

10/7/1929 - 12/23/2016
Oregon, Illinois

 Nancy R. Skarda, 87, of Oregon, died Friday December 23, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born October 7, 1929 in Chicago the daughter of John W. and Marion (Hales) Marshall. Married to Jim Skarda November 9, 1946 in Oak Park. Moving to Oregon from St. Charles in 1991, Nancy was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, its Catholic Daughters of the Americas chapter and volunteered at Rock River Center. Survived by her devoted husband of 70 years, Jim of Oregon; sons: Jim (Shirley) Skarda, Jr. of Canadian Lakes, MI, Jeffrey (Helene) Skarda of Indialantic, FL and Jack (Deidre) Skarda of West Melbourne, FL; daughters: Jacquelyn McKay of Wheaton, Julie (Ellen) Skarda-Byrne of Maple Park, JoEllen (Dave) Vanderpoolof Lake Helen, FL and Janette (Chris) Skarda-Burzio of Hood River, OR; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents and a brother. Private Family Services will be held. Memorials in Nancy’s name may be made to Rock River Center, Oregon.

A. Maxine McDanel - 97

12/1/1919 - 12/21/2016
Byron, Illinois

Byron – A. Maxine McDanel, age 97, died Wed., Dec. 21, 2016 at Generations at Neighbor’s in Byron. She was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Moravia, Iowa the daughter of Elsie Tucker. Maxine married Herbert V. McDanel on Jan. 12, 1936 in Centerville, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1999. Maxine worked as a sales clerk in several down town stores in Rockford. She was a member of the United Church of Byron.
She and her husband Herbert loved to travel the United States. She was predeceased by her husband Herbert, son Bill McDanel, daughter Sue and her husband Russ DeShazo, daughter–in-law Judi McDanel, Granddaughter Dawn Martin, grandson Mike McDanel, and great granddaughter Brianna McDanel. She is survived by her 3 sons: Bob McDanel of Rockton, Don (Kay) McDanel of Byron, and Gary (Ginger) McDanel of Byron, 10 Grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at the United Church of Byron with the Pastor Dave Bateman officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30am to 11:00 am at the church. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon.

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.

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