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Randal L. Bishop - 52

12/19/1964 - 5/14/2017
Byron, IL

Randal L. Bishop, 52, of Byron, died unexpectedly Sunday May 14, 2017 in Mercy Hospital, Rockford. He was born Dec. 19, 1964 in Chicago the son of Lawrence & Linda (Zehnder) Bishop. He was a graduate of Gordon Tech High School and served in the US Navy Reserves. He married Helen “Toni” Noah in Chicago on Sept. 10, 1989. Randal was a mechanic for J.X. Peterbilt in Rockford and was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron. He was very active with the Boy Scouts of America in the White Eagle District of the Blackhawk Area Council. He also enjoyed Scuba diving, but the love of his life was his granddaughter, Katie. She, along with his children, was who he wanted to spend time with. Survivors include, his wife “Toni”; daughter, Rebecca of Byron; sons, David (Brooke), currently serving with the Marines in Hawaii, Richard & Dylan, both of Byron; granddaughter, Catherine “Katie”; parents, Lawrence & Linda Bishop of Chicago; sister, Crystal (Lorenzo) Silvestre of Joliet, IL; and brothers, Daniel (Pauline) Bishop of Lake Geneva, WI and Kendal (Elizabeth) Bishop of Melrose Park, IL. Also survived by his parents-in-law, Sophie & Earl Watkins of Byron and brother-in-law, John (Kerrie) Noah of St. Charles, IL. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM in All Saints Lutheran Church, 624 Luther Dr, Byron, IL 61010 with Pastor Janet Wold officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10:00 AM until time of service. Memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America.

Janis I. Bechel - 89

4/16/1928 - 5/13/2017
Oregon, IL

Oregon – Janis I. (Scharr) Bechel, age 89, passed away May 13, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born April 16, 1928 in Nelson, WI the daughter of Harold and Iva (Hallock) Scharr. She married Robert Bechel of July 9, 1949 I Nelson, WI. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage prior to his passing in March of 2016. They moved to Oregon in 1954. Janis was a homemaker and loved to garden and make quilts. Survivor’s include her 3 daughters; Karen Paap of Rockford, Lynette (Leroy) Smice of Oregon, Talene (David) Remour of Oregon, grandchildren; Jason (Jen) Paap, Jeremy (Dana Smoter) Paap, Rob (Wendy) Smice, Nathan Smice, Joshua (Stephanie Gray) Remour, and Sara (Frank) Rowe, and 11 great grandchildren, sisters Cleo (Darrell) Bauer of Oregon, Zeldean Paskiewicz of Milwaukee, WI, and brother Ricky ( Marie) Scharr of Franklin, WI, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Robert, son-in-law John Paap, sisters Evelyn Thompson and Darlene Paskiewicz, brothers Jack Scharr and William Scharr. Funeral service will be 11:00 am Wed., May 17, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL with the Father Thomas Lamb officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00am to 11:00 am on Wed. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery near Oregon. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established for the Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Frances Jean Toth - 81

8/19/1935 - 5/9/2017
Byron, Illinois

Byron – Frances Jean Toth, age 81, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving children. She was born Aug. 19, 1935 in Byron the daughter of Carl and Senzi (Gross) Boehm. She attended Whitaker Grade School and graduated from Byron High School in 1953. She married Joseph P. Toth on April 24, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. He passed away in 2000. They met while both working for GTE. Fran also worked as the head baker for Byron School district for 25 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she sang in the choir, served on the funeral committee and was part of the Golden Agers. She enjoyed being with her family and cooking for them. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Joseph, sister Dorothy Staniszewski, and brother Robert Boehm. She is survived by her 5 children; Joan Toth (Brad Woletz) of Ellsworth, WI, Cathy (John) Olson of Rockford, Michael (Rachel) Toth of Stillman Valley, Joseph (Tonya) Toth, Jr. of Delaware, Ohio, and Carla (John) Byerley of Mt. Morris, IL. Grandchildren; Nicole Wood, Samantha Schmitz, James Andy Fortune, Stace Toth, Jade Toth, Paul Toth, Sophia Toth, Katelyn Byerley, Madisyn Byerley, Ava Toth, TJ Toth, Kelly Olson, Randy Olson, Steve Olson, Brady Olson, 8 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with the Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Byron. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 pm with a 7:00 pm Rosary service at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home or the Swedish American Cancer Center.

Cleo Ann (Piper) Boger - 96

11/11/1920 - 5/5/2017
Byron, IL

Cleo Ann (Piper) Boger died peacefully early Christmas 2016 morning. She was 96 and preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert Boger ('02), and 2 brothers, Robert Piper ('12) and Jerry Piper ('15). She is survived by 3 children, Dr. Stephen P. Boger (Joan) of Hayward, WI/Naples, FL, Paul Boger (Barb) of Cokato, MN and Lizabeth Boger (Eric Nilsson) of Falcon Heights, MN; also by 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Daughter of Helen and Leo Piper, Cleo was born and raised in Byron, IL, where her ancestors had settled in the 1830s. An alumna (B.A., English) of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and remained active for life among UW and KD alumni. When Bob Boger (a fellow "Badger") was discharged from the army, the couple moved first to Madison, WI and later to Byron, where Bob joined his father-in-law's hardware store business. In 1961, Cleo began teaching PE in Byron area schools. She later obtained a degree in library science and long-served as the librarian at Byron High School. In the course of her tenure in that role, Cleo, deeply influenced the lives of countless students, many of whom to this day give testament to her love and critical guidance. Highly active in the social and civic life of Byron, Cleo and Bob were much loved and exemplary members of the community. Among her many other contributions, Cleo devoted much time and energy to Girl Scouting. In retirement, Cleo and Bob loved spending summers with family at Cha-ro-ke and Windsong, the Boger Family cabins in northwest WI; during winters in Bradenton, FL, Bob and Cleo reveled in hosting family visitors from the cold north and socializing with friends, old and new. They loved to travel and took many family road trips and in retirement, trips abroad. For the last 4 years, Cleo resided at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, MN, where she maintained her good cheer, curiosity about the world, and love for books. She was interested in the lives of her many fine caregivers. The family expresses special thanks to those caregivers, who did so much to make Cleo's last years comfortable and gratifying.
A memorial service will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the United Church of Byron ,701 W. 2nd St., Byron. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Interment will be in Byron cemetery. Memorials to the loving life of this grand woman will be directed to Girl Scouts of America and Alzheimer's Association.

Billie S. Story - 75

4/26/1942 - 4/29/2017
Mt. Morris, IL

Billie Sue Story, 75, of Mt. Morris, passed away Saturday April 29, 2017 , surrounded by her family, at Univ. of Wisc. Hospital in Madison following a brief illness. She was born April 26, 1942 in Marked Tree, Arkansas the daughter of John H. & Bonnie (Damouth) Jarrett. Bonnie passed away in 1944 and Billie was raised by Lora Jarrett who married John. She married Robert L. "Bob" Story on Feb. 2, 1957 in Okeechobee, FL; he died in 2005. Bob and Billie ran the Shell Gas Station in Oregon for many years. Survivors include her children, Edna "Punkin" (Don Loso) Smythe of Mt. Morris, IL, Teresa (Steve) Rettenmeier of Edgerton, WI, and Robert (Brooke) Story, Jr. of Stockton, IL; grandchildren, Brad (Trisha) Carter, Brittany (Bryan) Iwaszkiw, Rachel Story, & Heather Loso; four great grandchildren; sister, JoAnn (Gene) Lyles of Bay, Ark.; and brothers, Johnny (Rose) Jarrett & David (Pam) Jarrett of London, KY. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM, preceded by visitation from 10:30 - 11:30 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Domenick J. Castaldo - 60

2/3/1957 - 4/29/2017
Mt. Morris, IL

Domenick James Castaldo, age 60, of Mt. Morris, passed away at his home on Saturday April 29, 2017 as the result of complications from a stroke. “Dom,” as he was affectionately known to many people, lived a happy and productive life until the last few years, when several strokes took away many of his physical and mental abilities. His passions were to hunt, fish, and garden, read, and write articles. He took such pride in his house and yard. Dom was born on February 3, 1957, to Frank and Louise Castaldo in Trenton, New Jersey. At age three, Dom’s family moved to Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Dom attended a local public high school in Hamilton Township, NJ, and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from Steinert High School in 1975. The same year, he enrolled in Pfeiffer College in North Carolina, where he met the love of his life and future wife Kitty Bray. Dom transferred to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, in 1977, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude. He immediately enrolled in graduate school in 1978 at Clemson University, in South Carolina, where he studied poultry nutrition. In his PhD research, Dom discovered a new method of feeding egg laying chickens a fraction of soybean oil to reduce egg shell breakage during transport and storage. Dom received an award for his research from the National Poultry Association in 1986. His research and course work earned Dom a Master of Science and later a Doctorate of Philosophy, both from Clemson University in 1988. Dom left academia and worked as the editor of Feed Management magazine at Watt Publishing Co, in Mount Morris, IL. In addition, Dom created and led three tours of groups of 30-40 feed industry professionals on visits to feed manufacturing facilities in various regions of the U.S. He helped launch the Truck Fleet of the Year contest. He was the chair of the American Feed Industry Association’s Scholarship Committee for several years in the 1990s. Dom left Watt Publishing Co. for a Director of Communications position at Alltech Biotechnology Co., headquartered in Nicholasville, KY. Later, Dom left industry and took several academic positions, as a biology professor at Kishwaukee Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, and Highland Community College. Dom was passionate about teaching, and many of his students completed veterinary, medical, and nursing programs. On August 18, 1979, he and Kitty were married, and together they had 2 children Louise and Frank. Dom’s children brought much joy and pride to him. Together, Dom and Kitty overcame many of life’s challenges and obstacles including Dom’s strokes and Kitty’s breast cancer diagnosis. Kitty became a very successful nurse. Her skills touched the lives of many people. She was a terrific wife and helpmate to Dom, and he loved her very deeply and completely. Dom was a member of the Poultry Science Association, the American Chemical Society, the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, Twin Towers Gun Club, National Rifle Association, and Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, for many years. Dom was a former member of the Rack and Wing Pheasant Hunting Club. He was a Boy Scout (Troop 78), attaining the rank of First Class Scout. He was elected Assistant Patrol Leader by his fellow Boy Scouts. He rose through the ranks to First Class scout. In middle age, Dom began studying Tae Kwan Do, and reached the rank of brown belt. He won several trophies and metals in tournaments in Tae Kwan Do. In 1974, Dom’s high school biology teacher taught him the basics of taxidermy. Dom later improved his skills through short courses, videos, and practice. He developed some taxidermy techniques of his own, and Dom displayed many of his preserved specimens in his dining room – which he jokingly referred to as “The Man-Cave.” Biology students and Boy Scout troops were frequent visitors to Dom and Kitty’s dining room. Dom was very proud of that room, and it contained not only his collection of preserved animals and birds but also some of his treasured hunting- and fishing-related possessions, such as his hoop nets and knives. Dom collected and preserved the skins of all four North American venomous snakes – diamondback rattlesnake, coral snake, water moccasin, and copperhead snake. He made many walking canes from deer hooves. Dom was also passionate about writing. His articles were published in many magazines, newspapers, and journals across the country. He set a personal goal of writing and publishing 1,000 articles, and he exceeded that goal. Often, he published several articles during one week. Dom was an avid gardener. Every year, his garden yielded surpluses of tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, potatoes and other vegetables, which he shared with his friends and neighbors. He would grow several varieties of tomatoes, including plum, cherry, yellow, and black-skinned varieties. Dom experimented with growing okra, herbs, pumpkins, cantaloupe, onions, and peppers in his garden. He gave away, froze, or canned most of his garden bounty. No one who knew Dom ever went hungry when Dom grew his garden. One year while living on his in-laws’ farm in North Carolina, Dom planted 110 tomato plants.
Dom was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper. Fishing – both fresh and salt water – is an activity, which Dom did during his entire life and was one of his most treasured pleasures. One of his favorite ways to relax was to toss a few traps and hand-lines into a salt-water estuary or bay in the hope of catching a few dozen tasty Blue-Claw Crabs. A few years ago, Dom became a member of the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club. Dom enjoyed fishing at the club’s stocked fishing pond. He helped with the club’s annual youth fishing derby. One of his joys was to introduce young boys and girls to the sport of hunting. He bought many fishing rods and reels at garage sales and gave them to children, who didn’t own one. In addition to fishing and hunting, Dom also enjoyed fur trapping. Dom was a member of the Rack &Wing Hunting Club for many years, in Lanark, IL. He enjoyed hunting Ring-Necked Pheasants there with his son Frank and his dogs. Dom owned several dogs during his life. One of his favorites was “Tyson”, a black Labrador retriever, which he rescued from a clinic where his daughter worked . Tyson had Heartworm when he adopted him, but Dom had him treated for it, and nursed him back to health. This dog accompanied Dom on many hunting trips and never failed to recover a wounded pheasant. He is survived by his loving wife Kitty Castaldo; daughter Louise (Matt) Delaplane; son Frank (Kathleen Combs) Castaldo; and grandson Weston “Little Domenick” Castaldo; brothers Michael (Kathy) Castaldo, and Frank (Janice) Castaldo; nieces Jacki (Greg) Ferry, and Gillian Castaldo; nephews Michael (Kristina) Castaldo, Chris (Melissa) Castaldo, and Zachary Castaldo; three great nieces, a nephew, several aunts, uncles, many cousins, and a lot of students, coworkers, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Louise Castaldo, grandparents Michael and Pasqualina Novembre, Domenick and Angelina Castaldo, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his hunting dogs Alvin, Codie, Tyson, Rudy, and Nicki. Dom’s remains were cremated, according to his wishes, and now Dom is at peace.

Visitation will be at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home , 110 S. 7th St., Oregon, IL on Friday May 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a rosary recited at 6:30 PM. A funeral mass will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron, IL on Saturday May 20th at 10:00 AM.
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Richard L. Myers - 83

5/23/1933 - 4/26/2017
Leaf River, Illinois

Leaf River – Richard L. Myers, age 83, a lifelong resident of Leaf River, died Wed., April 26, 2017 at Park Place of Belvidere. He was born May 23, 1933 in Freeport, IL the son of Clarence & Belle (Fager) Myers. He graduated from Leaf River High School in 1951 and attended NIU. He served in the U.S. Army. Richard worked as a salesman and loved fishing anytime he could. He planted a big garden every year and enjoyed mushroom hunting and playing cards and Dominoes with his grandchildren. Survivors include his son, Rich (Tami) Myers of Machesney Park, IL; daughter, Monica McFalls; and grandchildren, Richard “Alex” Myers, Tasia Myers, Skyler Grossen, & Torin Myers.
Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 2:30 PM in Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River with Pastor Gary Cortese officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street, Byron, Illinois. Memorials will be in his name.

Avis J. Donahue - 92

11/7/1924 - 4/25/2017
Oregon, IL

Avis J. Donahue, 92, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday April 25, 2017 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon. Born November 7, 1924 in Rapatee, IL the daughter of Gilbert V. and Mayme I. (Bell) Dikeman. Married to John R. Donahue January 19, 1946 in Peoria; he died May 4, 1981. Avis was a graduate of Peoria High School and worked at Caterpillar while in her 20’s. She was also employed as a bookkeeper at Warmolts’ Clinic in Oregon. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon and involved in its religious education program. Avis was an avid crossword puzzle solver and reader and enjoyed gardening but was mostly involved in helping her family wherever and whenever needed. Survived by her sons: Terry (Jeanne) Donahue of German Town Hills, Jim (Mary) Donahue of Peoria and Pat (Chris) Donahue of Oregon; daughters, Elizabeth (Steven) Shaffer of Sparland and Mary (Michael) Johnson of Brevard, NC; daughter-in-law, Debbie Donahue of Anchorage, AK; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. Also predeceased by her parents; son, Dennis Donahue; 1 brother; and 2 sisters. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am Saturday April 29 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill and Rev. Richard Kramer con-celebrating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation 9:00-10:00am Saturday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials in Avis’s name may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Arlene A. Paul - 90

3/7/1927 - 4/24/2017
Oregon, IL

Arlene A. Paul, 90, longtime Oregon resident, died Monday, April 24, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born March 7, 1927 in Ashton, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Kuemmel) Sanders. Married to Edward E. Paul June 12, 1948 in Rockford; he died February 17, 2011. She was a graduate of Ashton High School. Arlene was a wife, mom and homemaker, always putting others before herself. She loved gardening and playing the piano and kept a journal her whole life, beginning at the age of 12. Survived by her daughter, Kathy Carter of Chana; sons, Terry Paul of East Moline and Larry Paul of Oregon; brother, Verlis Sanders of Oregon; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dennis & Linda Rutledge and Todd & Mary Henderson. Also predeceased by her parents; brothers, Donald and Charles Vernon Sanders; and son-in-law, LaVerne Carter. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Friday April 28 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00 pm; Pastor Karen Gerhard-Connor of Orego First Presbyterian Church will officiate.  Burial in Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle.

Romanie J. Marshall - 71

8/13/1945 - 4/22/2017
Byron, IL

Romanie J. Marshall, 71, longtime resident of Byron, died Saturday April 22, 2017 at Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. She was born August 13, 1945 in Jackson, KY the daughter of Lee & Berti (Fugate) Campbell. She married Garey L. Marshall in Kentucky on July 3, 1963; he died in 2001. Family was most important to Romanie. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She especially enjoyed her 5-way phone conversations with her sisters every night. Her other interests included movies and Facebook; and she loved to talk about her recent trip to Florida to see Disney World and the ocean. Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia (Terry) Weil of Mt. Morris; sons, Dwayne (Nancy) of Amboy & Kenneth (Rebecca) of Rockford; grandchildren, Joey Miller, Nicholas Marshall, Kristine Marshall, Alexandra Kelly, Danielle Grimley, and Andrew Marshall; great grandchildren, Sara, Skyler, and Simona Miller, & David James McCoy, Jr.; sisters, Luvernia (John) Neace, Snowy Mae Gayhart, Geneva (Don) Baker, & Becky (Charlie) Miller; and brothers, Hobert (Sharon) Campbell, Roy Ray (Susie) Campbell, Lee (Darlene) Campbell, Jr., Ola (Alberta) Campbell, & Cornelius (Janice) Neace. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Lewis, Jessie, Omer, & Herman. Funeral services will be held Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

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