Mt. Morris, IL
Richard C. Snapp,...
Oregon – Martin...
Stillman Valley, IL
Harry V. Morphey,...
Lois H. Miller, 83,...
Homer D. Crawford - 7711/23/1939 - 12/14/2016
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 - 766/10/1940 - 12/12/2016
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 - 665/23/1950 - 12/10/2016
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 - 7310/18/1943 - 12/8/2016
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 - 878/12/1929 - 11/26/2016
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 - 632/21/1953 - 11/25/2016
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.
Art Wright - 846/2/1932 - 11/24/2016
Mt. Morris, IL
Arlen C. "Art" Wright, 84, of Mt. Morris, former longtime resident of Oregon, died Thursday November 24, 2016 in his home. He was born June 2, 1932 in Oregon, IL the son of Harry "Pete" & Minnie (Helman) Wright. He married Mary Owings on May 28, 1955 in Fresno, CA. Art was an Air Force Veteran and member of Polo American Legion and lifetime member of Oregon VFW Post 8739. He retired from Mott Brothers and worked their offices in Rockford, DeKalb, and Rock Falls. He was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge and also the American Rabbit Breeders Association. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Robert of Oregon; daughters, Cheri Wright of Oregon and Jackie Paul of Chana; grandchildren, Jake (Jenn) Zimmerman, Dusti Zimmerman, and Billy Paul; great grandchildren, Andrew & Emily Zimmerman; sisters, Mary Lu Kessling and Virginia Hoar both of Roscoe; and brothers, Lyle (Fonda) of Lanark, IL and Darryl (Therese) of Highlands Ranch, CO. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane, a son, Mark, sisters, Flora and Mildred, brother, Clarence, half-siblings, Roland Wright, Alan Dietzman, and Lois Wright Thompson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Rev. Chan Choi officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 PM. Burial, with military honors, will be in Lightsville Cemetery, near Leaf River.
Henry Hoting - 815/26/1935 - 11/22/2016
Henry Hoting, 81, longtime Byron resident, died Tuesday November 22, 2016 in Huntington, Indiana. He was born May 26, 1935 in Colton, SD the son of Hiko & Mary (Terviel) Hoting. He married Patsy Mae Snyder in Mt. Morris, IL on Sept. 27, 1953; she died in 1991. Henry retired as a serviceman from Ingersoll Tool in Rockford. He enjoyed collecting tractors at his place in Huntington. Survivors include his daughters, Debra (Gary) Stanek of Stillman Valley and Dena (Fred) Carter of Byron; sons, Douglas (Earlanne) of Huntington, IN, Duane of Freeport, IL, and Daryl of Leaf River, IL; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Van Hauen of New Milford, IL. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anna Mae Newhausen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Nov. 26, 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. Rev. Randy Snider will officiate. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.
Karen K. Little - 749/14/1942 - 11/16/2016
Byron – Karen Kay Little, age74, of Byron died Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 14, 1942 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Sherman and Edna (Andrews) VanVleet. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1960. She married Willard E. Little on Oct. 7, 1960 in Oregon. Karen worked for many years at the Ben Franklin Store and then the Dollar Store in Oregon. She was a lifelong member of the East Oregon Church of God where she taught Sunday school for over 40 years and was the Church Treasurer for approx. 30 years. Karen loved to bowl, fish, work in her tomato and flower gardens, but most of all her real love in life was her family. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Kenneth VanVleet, sister Carol Korf, and son-in-law Darcy Keys. She is survived by her husband of 56 years Willard “Willie” Little of Byron, 3 children; Kelly (Mike) Bartels of Monroe, Wisconsin, Leslie (Jerry) Long of Mt. Morris, Christopher Little of Byron, sister Shirley Fletcher of Bentonville, Virginia, 3 grandchildren; Tyler (Shelby) Keys-Bartels, Jennifer Long, and Tiffany Weems, 5 Great Grandchildren; Logan, Lauren, Addison, Lacey and Hazel, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the East Oregon Church of God with the Pastor Dale Swartz and Pastor John Guthrie Co-officiating. Burial will be in the Daysville Cemetery near Oregon. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Monday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established in Karen’s name.
Jack L. Grubb - 831/13/1933 - 11/11/2016
Jack L. Grubb, 83, of Byron died Friday November 11, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born January 13, 1933 in Rockford, IL the son of Dale & Erma (Boolman) Grubb. He married Barbara DeMarb in Rockford on August 20, 1955. Jack was a Navy Veteran and was a member of the Byron American Legion. He was an Ironworker with Local #498 and in the 1970’s served as their president. Jack was the Democratic chair in Ogle County for several years and enjoyed fishing, yard work, his rose garden, and playing with his dog.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughter, Laurel (William Kirk) Schrupp of Oregon; sons, Lawrence (Lisa) Grubb of Richmond, IL, Mark (Nancy) Grubb of Rockford, and Jeffrey Grubb of Byron; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, James Grubb of Marengo; and other brothers and sisters.
The family extends special thanks to VNA Hospice for their excellent care and guidance.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be Wed. from 10:00 AM until service time at Noon. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. Memorials may be directed to VNA Hospice.