Obituaries

Pamela Marie Schroeder

Pamela Marie Schroeder

July 25, 1955 — August 16, 2017
Service: August 21, 2017

Pamela Marie Schroeder, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her home. Pamela was born on July 25, 1955 in Sterling, the daughter of Alan and Joyce (Pyse) Ernst. Survivors include her three children, Amy (Mitch) Mendoza of Fulton, Anne Welch of Sterling and Jeffery Gaither (Sarah Blair) of Dixon; her parents, Alan and Joyce Ernst of Stoutsville, MO; one brother, Lee Ernst of Moline, IL; ten grandchildren and one great...

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Willard D. Van Zuiden

Willard D. Van Zuiden

December 10, 1938 — August 15, 2017
Service: August 19, 2017

Willard D. Van Zuiden, 78, of Albany, died on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 at his home. Willard was born on December 10, 1938 in Morrison to William J. and Fannie (Ven Huizen) Van Zuiden. He married Evelyn Wiersema on October 5, 1956 in Fulton. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2013. Willard worked for his brother at Van Zuiden Trucking in Albany for 11 years later purchasing the business. He continued to operate the business...

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Marjorie M. Brandt

Marjorie M. Brandt

August 22, 1921 — August 12, 2017
Service: August 16, 2017

Marjorie M. Brandt Marjorie M. Brandt, age 95, of Sterling, died Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling. Marjorie was born August 22, 1921 in Genesee Township the daughter of Homer and Eva (Wagner) Stinemyer. She married Elwin Brandt on December 2, 1939 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2012. Marjorie was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls and the Sterling Moose Family Center. She...

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Nancy Lou Matthews

Nancy Lou Matthews

October 13, 1941 — August 10, 2017
Service: August 27, 2017

Nancy was born on October 13, 1941 in Livingston, Wisconsin to Lester and Vera (Davenport) Reger. She married James Matthews on September 25, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, Iowa. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and bird watching especially hummingbirds and orioles. Nancy was the Salutatorian of her class, graduating from Cobb High School, Cobb, Wisconsin in 1959. She was the owner of J & N Dipworm and...

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Stevie Dawn Thomas

Stevie Dawn Thomas

January 15, 1999 — August 8, 2017
Service: August 12, 2017

STERLING – Stevie Dawn Thomas, 18 of Sterling died Tuesday August 8, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile crash in Ogle County. She was born on January 15, 1999 in Dixon, the daughter of Scott E. and Bonnie (Jacob) Thomas. She had been working in food service in local restaurants at the time of her death. Survivors include her father, Scott E. Thomas of Rock Falls; her sisters: Danielle Grennan of Rock Falls and Amie Thomas of...

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Rita Beatty

Rita Beatty

September 15, 1925 — August 7, 2017
Service: August 20, 2017

STERLING – Rita Beatty, age 91, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. Rita was born in Sterling on September 15, 1925 the daughter of William J. and Mildred (Bates) Murphy. She married Albert J. Beatty on February 7, 1948 in Sterling. He died September 2, 2003. Rita was a homemaker and enjoyed attending daily Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah, Ga. where she and her husband lived for many years. She...

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Charlie G. McNinch

Charlie G. McNinch

March 9, 1954 — August 7, 2017
Service: No Services

Charlie G. McNinch Charlie G. McNinch, age 63, of Rock Falls, IL, died Monday, August 7, 2017 at his home. Charlie was born March 9, 1954 in Sterling, IL, the son of Douglas and Irene (Clark) McNinch. He served in the US Marines and later was employed as a line inspector at Rheem in Ft. Smith, AR for 30 years retiring in 2014. Charlie enjoyed restoring old cars, doing martial arts, collecting sports memorabilia and comic books and going...

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Mary Alice Dombroski

Mary Alice Dombroski

March 11, 1922 — August 6, 2017
Service: August 14, 2017

Mary Alice Dombroski, 95 of Sterling died Sunday August 6, 2017 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on March 11, 1922 in Sterling the daughter of Alonzo Webster and Mary Margaret (Hermes) Butterfield. She married Lester Dombroski on December 2, 1950 in Chicago. He died June 11, 2012. Mary Alice had worked as a book keeper at the former Vock Distributing in Sterling for 17 years. She was a life long member of Sacred Heart Catholic...

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Thomas J. Hand

Thomas J. Hand

August 25, 1925 — August 6, 2017
Service: August 10, 2017

Thomas J. Hand Thomas J. Hand, age 91, of Clinton, IA died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton. Thomas was born August 25, 1925 in Thomson, IL the son of Thomas and Helen (Sheridan) Hand. He served in the US Army and later married Margaret Enwright on December 31, 1949 in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death in January of 1984. He married Barbara Vogel on March 15, 1989 in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in...

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Edward  Sheldon Bornemeier

Edward Sheldon Bornemeier

July 27, 1924 — August 5, 2017
Service: August 9, 2017

Edward "Ed" Bornemeier, age 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ed was born on July 27, 1924 in Cherry Grove Twp, the son of Charles and Olive (Brown) Bornemeier. He married Mary Alice Finifrock on March 15, 1947 in Carroll County. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2016. Edward farmed in the Freeport and Carroll County area before working for Amoco Oil Co. He then retired from Amoco after 16...

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