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Domenick J. Castaldo - 602/3/1957 - 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.
Richard L. Myers - 835/23/1933 - 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 - 9211/7/1924 - 4/25/2017
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 - 903/7/1927 - 4/24/2017
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 - 718/13/1945 - 4/22/2017
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.
Frank Aliprandini - 937/23/1923 - 4/20/2017
Egidio Frank Aliprandini, 93, of Byron passed away in Rockford, IL on April 20, 2017. He was born July 23, 1923 in Rockford, IL, the son of Peter J. and Louise (Zordan) Aliprandini. He attended St. Anthony School and Rockford High School and then he entered the Army Air Forces in 1944 and 15th Army while proudly serving in the European Theater of Operations during WWII. After returning from the service, Frank married the love of his life, Ellen Pagles, in Rockford, IL on April 17, 1948. He owned & operated Frank’s Wrecker Service & Gulf Station in Byron, IL for many years and also was a semi-truck driver for Rockford Bakery. Frank enjoyed working on classic cars & was always working on various things in his garage. He loved playing his accordion in the Army & various places in Rockford, IL and enjoyed being with family & friends talking about many things. He was a very proud WWII Veteran & American and loved his country! Survivors include sons, Warren (Sue) of Monroe Center, IL, Eric (Bonnie) of Rockford, IL; daughters, Nancy (Ron) Svartoien & Jessica Bonne both of Byron; grandchildren: Peter C. Aliprandini, Shelley Daly, Becky (Sean) Adams, Teri (Todd Faley) Schmidt, Jodi (Corey) Jones, Clark Aliprandini, Anna (Paul) Martin, Geoffrey & Justin (Melissa) Bonne, Jenna (Curt) Schaid; and many great grandchildren, along with his special dog Ellie. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Ellen in 2001 and son, Dennis in 2008. Services and burial are private.
A Celebration of his Life will be held for family & friends on Sunday April 30, 2017 at (daughter) Nancy & Ron Svartoien’s home in Byron from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Arthur W. Marsh - 941/1/1923 - 4/15/2017
Arthur W. Marsh, 94, of Chana, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 in his home. Born January 1, 1923 in Ferndale, MI, the son of Frank and Pearl (Messer) Marsh. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Coast Guard and US Navy. He was a long time area resident, moving from Michigan. Art owned and operated Marsh Oil in Rochelle for many years and was a draftsman at Pre-Stress in Rochelle and its on sight building manager for bridge structural placement. He was also the Ogle County Assessor for 6 years. He enjoyed wood working. Survived by his son, Donald Marsh of Chana; daughters, Jane (Gary) Priemer of Marietta, GA and Joan (Joe) Hilgendorf of Packwaukee, WI; grandchildren: Cole Marsh of Rockford, Cindall Marsh (Alex) Rachner of Sulphur Springs, TX, Ashley Swanberg (Justin) Hansen of McFarland, WI, Michael (Carole) Priemer of Georgia, Andrea Priemer (Aaron) Boyle of Georgia; step grandchildren, Michelle Fager (Anthony) Roger of Chana and Jeremy (Rhonda) Fager of Oregon; great grandchildren: Alyse "Pumpkin" Rogers, Braden Rogers, Ida Fager, Ada Fager, Dayton Marsh, Heaven Marsh, Macey Boyll and Evan Priemer; and caregiver, Karen Marsh of Chana. Predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Edna Wagner Marsh, his parents, 2 brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Tuesday April 18 in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point preceded by a visitation beginning at 9:30am; Pastor Andrew Kayes will officiate. Burial with military honors in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Paynes Point. Memorials may be made in Art's name to Rock River Center, Oregon
Phyllis L. Boyden - 897/10/1927 - 4/15/2017
Phyllis L. Boyden, 89, longtime Oregon resident, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born July 10, 1927 in McIntosh, SD, the daughter of Melvin and Amanda (Helgeson) Moulton. They moved to Pine Island, Minn. in 1936 and then to Illinois in 1942. She married Jack Boyden October 12, 1947 at Rochelle Methodist Church; he died January 31, 1998; to the marriage were born 1 daughter and 3 sons. She was active in her children’s activities, a Cub Scout and 4H Leader and member of Oregon VFW Auxiliary for over 35 years. Survivors include her daughter, Chris (David) Snyder of Leaf River; sons, Jack Boyden, Jr., Rich Boyden and Rick (Dinah) Boyden, all of Oregon; 5 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; great grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; aunts; several nieces and nephews; and special family friend, Mary DePauw. Also predeceased by her parents and brother, Harvey Moulton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am; Chaplain Judy Williams will officiate. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be made in Phyllis’s name to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.
Rose King - 6211/7/1954 - 4/14/2017
Rose King, age 62, of Mt. Morris, passed away from complications of diabetes on Friday April 14, 2017 in Mercy Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born to Robert and Omega (Owen) Howard on November 7, 1954 in West Plains, MO. She is a graduate of West High School in Rockford class of 1973. She married Doyle King on November 8, 1980 then was later divorced. Rose worked many years as a CNA. She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia King of Mt. Morris; mother, Omega Howard of Byron; brothers, Owen (Karen) Howard of Oregon and James Howard of Byron; sisters, Letricia Posey of Mt. Morris and Joanna (Marc) Whitmore of Byron; special friend, Kathy Reader and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, nephew Dale Posey, and brother-in-law Gary Posey. A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Sunday April 23, 2017 at Cornerstone Family Church in Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Memorials may be directed to the family.
John F. Brown - 969/26/1920 - 4/11/2017
John F. Brown, 96, of Lena, formerly of Rockford, passed away Tuesday April 11, 2017 in FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. He was born Sept. 26, 1920 in Stillman Valley, IL the son of Charles A. and Lucy (Woodcock) Brown. He married Vivian M. Boumgarden on Oct. 7, 1941. John was a 1938 graduate of Stillman Valley High School. He was a 1st Lt. fighter pilot in the Air Force during World War II serving 14 months in the European Theater of Operations. John flew patrol, weather missions, and training flights in the P-47 and P-51 aircraft and totaled 540 hours as a pilot in military aircraft. He served as operations officer for the 354th Fighter Group and the 64th Fighter Wing where he supervised schedules and assignments of aircraft to personnel in the flying proficiency program. After discharge, John continued flying as a commercial pilot and stayed actively in touch with the fighter pilot’s group. He retired from Commonwealth Edison as a load dispatcher after 38 years of employment. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, motorcycles, and was an avid Cubs fan. Survivors include sons, Donald (Pat) Brown of Lena, Russell (Sue) Brown of New Lenox, IL, and Warren Brown of Waldorf, MD; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, sisters, Henrietta and Lucy, and brothers, George and Charles Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley with Pastor Rick Bader officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the service. Burial, with military honors, will be at Stillman Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Stillman Valley Cemetery.