Shirley M. Parks - 87
10/2/1930 - 10/15/2017
Byron, IL

Shirley M. Parks,...

Freda J. Engelkes - 84
2/28/1933 - 10/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Freda J. Engelkes,...

Lena M. Stienmetz - 89
6/17/1928 - 9/28/2017
Oregon, IL

Lena M. Stienmetz,...

Wilma E. Bauer - 73
4/7/1944 - 9/28/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Wilma Elizabeth...

Pamela Sue Hammer - 65
11/4/1951 - 9/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Oregon – Pamela...

Charles V. Thornquist - 89
8/3/1928 - 9/22/2017
Byron, Illinois

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John Gronberg - 91

5/30/1926 - 7/12/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

John Gronberg, age 91, passed away on July 12, 2017 at Generations at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. He was born on May 30, 1926. He married the love of his life, Hilda Ipema on April 3, 1947. John was a proud Marine Corps veteran. He worked as a factory machinist at Elco Tool in Rockford and also worked as a farmer. John was a passionate fisherman and a was a dog lover. He enjoyed wood working and feeding the birds in his spare time. He also liked to go antiquing. He is survived and missed by his wife, Hilda of Stillman Valley; his children, Linda (Tom) Hough of Machesney Park, Albert (Nancy) Gronberg of Collinsville, OK, Wayne (Sharon) Gronberg of Lena, IL, Janet (Victor) Sadewater of Machesney Park, and John Allen Gronberg of Stillman Valley; sister, Corrine Nelson of Rockford; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Allen, Ruth, and Ruby. No public services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Kenneth J. Voss - 62

12/14/1954 - 7/9/2017
Byron, IL

Kenneth “Kenny” J. Voss, 62, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 after a short and fierce battle with cancer. Kenny was born December 14, 1954, in Milwaukee, WI to Mary (Zembrowski) and Vernon Voss. He married the love of his life, Linda Engbring, on July 17, 1976; just shy of 41 years. He was a valuable employee of Sherwin Industries out of Milwaukee, WI for more than 20 years. Kenny was a friendly, familiar face to many. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan of NASCAR, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Survivors include his beloved wife Linda; children Danny (April) and Stephanie; two grandchildren, Clara Elizabeth and Nolan Thomas; two brothers, John of Florida, Tom (Ellen) of Milwaukee; sister, Mary Virginia of Milwaukee and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Vernon; two brothers, Vernon II and Michael.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, July 15, concluding with funeral services at 4:00 PM, in the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL. Kenny will be missed by many.

Phyllis A. VanDien - 84

4/25/1933 - 7/5/2017
Oregon, IL

Phyllis A. VanDien, age 84, formerly of Stevens point, WI, died Wed., July 5, 2017 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. She was born April 25, 1933 in Madison, WI the daughter of Irvin and Harriett (Wright) Robinson. She graduated from Madison Central High School. Phyllis married Lynn A. VanDien on Aug. 13, 1951 in Madison. They moved to Stevens Point in 1952 where they raised their family. Phyllis enjoyed arts and crafts including Rosemaling, sewing, needlepoint, building doll houses, baking and cooking. She was predeceased by her husband Lynn, daughter Jill VanDien, 1 brother, and 3 sisters. She is survived by her children; Robin (Neil) Minnis of Oregon, IL and Jeff (Karen) VanDien of Valrico, FL, 5 grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday July 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation starting at 9:00 AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, WI. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home.

Michael E. Lingel - 60

2/11/1957 - 7/5/2017
Byron, IL

Michael E. Lingel, age 60, passed away on July 5, 2017 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born on February 11, 1957 in Rockford, IL the son of Theodore and Helen Lingel. Michael married Mary Meador Ruble in Brookville Church on September 15, 2001. He was a member of Heartland Community Church in Rockford. Michael liked guns and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed camping in his spare time and was a member of the Good Sam Club. Michael was a proud member of the Loyal Order of the Moose 1551 and was part of Moose Legion 57. He adored his family and his fur babies Amanda and Dewey. Michael is survived by his wife, Mary Lingel of Byron; mother, Helen Lingel of Kansas City, MO; children, Christina (Mathew) Reese of Kansas City, MO, Leonda (Aaron) Sipe of Savanna, IL, and William Lingel of Olatha, KS; step children, Jason (Ashley Lott) Ruble of Lanark, IL, and Chad Ruble of Lanark, IL; siblings, Lorna Lingel and Toni Lingel both of Parkville, MO; and grandchildren, Briana, Trinity, Taylor, Kody, Matthew, and Thomas. He is preceded in death by his father. An open house celebration of life will be held at the Mount Morris Moose Lodge on Friday July 21, 2017 starting at 4 PM with Cousin Linda Johnson speaking at 6 PM and Loyal Order of the Moose Ritual immediately following. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name.

Lois Y. Lapp - 77

6/6/1940 - 7/3/2017
Byron, IL

Lois Yvonne Lapp, 77, of Byron, died Monday July 3, 2017 near Winnebago. Born in Hartington, Nebraska on June 6, 1940 to Axel and Villena (Wormke) Berglund, she was the 10th of their 11 children. She graduated from Hartington High School in 1958 and attended Wayne State College (Wayne, NE) before moving to Rockford, IL. She worked for Rockford Newspapers and Liberty Mutual Insurance before her marriage to Kenneth Lapp on February 27, 1965. After moving to Byron in 1977, she became the Byron Township assessor and later worked for the Rockford Township Assessor.
Lois was a charter member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron where she served in many capacities, including church council, women’s group, altar guild, crafters, and many committees. She loved her family, especially the Berglund Reunions and lunches with the YA YA’s (Joann Farris, Linda Stein, and Kathy Hamas). She also enjoyed her outings with the ‘4 L’s’- her longtime friends (Laverne Larson, Jeanne Lindquist, and Joyce Lantz). Her monthly card club was a must since 1965, and her love for the ladies of the Red Hat’s and their gatherings always brought her great joy. She spent much of her free time enjoying crafts, ceramics, sewing and reading.
Lois is survived by her husband Ken; two sons; Ken (Angie) and Tim (Laurie); beloved granddaughters, Kasey Lapp, Chelsea (Brett) Lyons, Allison Bailey and Jordan Bailey; three brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday July 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the All Saints Lutheran Church, Byron with Pastor Janet Wold officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron and Monday at the church from 10:00-11:00 AM. Memorials may be directed to All Saints Lutheran Church.

Vera J. Noffsinger - 86

12/20/1930 - 6/28/2017
Oregon, IL


Oregon – Vera Jean (Nutt) Noffsinger, age 86, died Wed., June 28, 2017 at her home in Oregon. She was born Dec. 20, 1930 near Leaf River, IL the daughter of Henry E. and Marian N. (Beard) Nutt. She graduated from Forreston High School in 1948. Vera married Charles E. Noffsinger on Mar. 18, 1956 in Forreston. He preceded her in death in 1997. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oregon where she taught Sunday School for 29 years to the 2 & 3 year old children. She loved to crochet and do scrap booking. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles, and infant sister Doris Belle Nutt. She is survived by her Sister Nancy Nutt of Oregon, Sister-in-law Dorothy Grover of Ashton, brother’s-in-law; Frank (Geraldine) Noffsinger of Byron, John (Wava) Nickerson of Morningview, KY, and Earl Noffsinger of Riverside, CA, and several cousins. Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, July 3, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Oregon with the Rev. Jered Cochran pastor of the church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Burial will be at the West Branch Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the First Baptist Church in Oregon.

Harold Dean Logston - 80

1/22/1937 - 6/27/2017
Byron, IL

Harold Dean Logston, 80, of Byron died Tuesday June 27, 2017 in his home. He was born January 22, 1937 in St. Joseph, MO the son of Herbert & Mary (Kauzlarich) Logston. He married Mary Anderson in Des Moines, IA on August 13, 1961. Dean was an Army Veteran and retired as a service engineer for US Filter of Rockford. He was an antique car buff and was a member of the Early V-8 Club, the Rock Ford A’s Model A Club, the Studebaker Drivers’ Club, and the National AACA. He was also a member of the Eagle’s Club in Rockford. Survivors include his wife, Mary; sons, Anthony “Tony” Logston of Winnetka, CA and Chris “Potsy” Logston of Byron; granddaughter, Kya Renee Logston; and sisters, Edna Lindgren of Chicago, Dixie (Larry) Short of Rogers, AR, and Beverly Thomson of Burlington, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents. Christian funeral mass will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron with Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Byron. Visitation will be held Friday from 6:00-8:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00-10:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Ronald D. Henry - 55

7/2/1961 - 6/27/2017
Byron, IL

Ronald Dean Henry, 55, of rural Oregon, died suddenly Tuesday June 27, 2017 at Mercy Health in Rockford. He was born July 2, 1961 in Rockford the son of Robert & Margaret (Mitchell) Henry. He married Candye Drummer, his longtime love of 18 years, in Las Vegas on March 20, 2008. Ronald was an Army veteran and worked as a lineman for IBEW Local #196. He loved outdoor life and enjoyed animals and traveling. He was a family man and truly enjoyed his grandchildren. Ron made everyone around him happy and loved to make people laugh. Survivors include his wife, Candye; daughters, Rebeka (Brent) Bauer and Lauren (Jordan) Auker both of Byron; sons, Josh (Alex) Henry of Portland, OR and Austin Henry of Oregon; grandchildren, Gabe, Alyssa, Alannah, Weston, Brooks, Grayson & Finnegan; sisters, Teresa (Ron) Heinen of Bay St. Louis, MS, Jackie Jacobson of Stillman Valley, IL, LaDonna Stoner of Rockford, & Debra Messer of Surprise, AZ; and brothers, Jim Henry and Dave (Aimee) Henry both of Byron. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Brenda Coggins.
Funeral services will be Saturday July 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 PM until service at 5:00 PM.

Joyce M. Ryan - 92

3/3/1925 - 6/24/2017
Oregon, IL

Joyce Moreen Ryan, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her residence near Oregon, IL. She was born March 3, 1925 in London, England the daughter of Robert James and Sarah (Tetchner) Alexander. She graduated from Wanstead High School in London, England. Joyce served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during WWII from 1944-1946. She married Vernon Ryan on April 5, 1947 in London, England. He preceded her in death on Mar. 5, 1993. Together along with their daughter Susan immigrated to the United States in October of 1957. Joyce was currently a member of the Chana United Methodist Church and formerly a charter member of the Faith Community Reformed Church in West Chicago prior to moving to Oregon, IL. Joyce served others by undergoing hospice training and reading for the blind at Delnor Hospital Auxiliary though NIU. She loved music and played the piano for most of her life. She also liked to garden. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Vernon, and sister Hilda Burland. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Robbie) Robbins of Oregon, IL, 2 grandchildren Jenny Robbins-Keating, and Dane (Lynn) Robbins, 4 great grandchildren; Dillon Keating, Gavin Keating, Nathan Robbins, and Jake Robbins, niece Sandra Haines (Clive Davies), nephew Phillip (Cathy) Ryan, and cousin Audrey (Norman) Kilbury. Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Chana United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chan Choi pastor of the church officiating. Burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date at the River Hills memorial Park in Batavia, IL. A visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thur. evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home or the Chana United Methodist Church.

William D. "Dan" Kunce - 74

1/9/1943 - 6/23/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Stillman Valley – William D. “Dan” Kunce, age 74, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born Jan. 9, 1943 in Dekalb, IL the son of William E. and Lela Mae (Hale) Kunce. He married Connie Glendenning on Feb. 28, 1964 at Paynes Point, IL. Dan and his wife Connie together owned and operated Dan’s Body Shop and Dan’s Wrecker Service for 39 years. He as a former member of the Stillman Valley Fire Dept, Friends of Weld Memorial Park, and currently was a Marion Township Trustee. He was predeceased by his parents. Survivor’s include his wife Connie, 3 sons; Greg, Brian, and Tim (Chris) Kunce all of Stillman Valley, grandchildren; Jacob (Danielle), Matthew, Brody, and Braeden all of Stillman Valley, and Lindsay (Cody Blankenship) of Davis Junction, Landon of Greenfield, IN, and Jessica, Jennifer, Jacob and Jeremy, his first Great Grandbaby Mason and another on the way, Brother Doug (Sandy) Kunce of Stillman Valley, Brother-in-law, Tom (Sandy) Glendenning of Stillman Valley, many nieces, nephews, and some awesome friends. Private family services will be held at a later date. A memorial fund is established for the Stillman Fireman’s Assoc., the Local Boy Scout Troop # 315, and the Girl Scouts of America.

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