Obituaries

Anna F. Hicks

Anna F. Hicks

March 14, 1942 — May 23, 2016
Service: May 27, 2016

Anna Faye Hicks, 74 of Sterling, passed away Monday May 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on March 14, 1942 in Bardstown, KY the daughter of Theodore and Annie (Vest) Aldridge and had attended Rock Falls schools. She married Curry J. Hicks December 30, 1958 in Charleston, S.C. Anna had worked at GE in Morrison and Sterling Steel Ball. Anna enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling and outdoor cookouts. ...

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John  A.  Celletti, Jr.

John A. Celletti, Jr.

February 15, 1948 — May 19, 2016
Service: May 24, 2016

John A. Celletti, Jr., age 68 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at home. John was born on February 15, 1948 in Sterling, the son of John and Ida (Smith) Celletti, Sr. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School. John married Diana Reid on June 5, 1966 in Rock Falls. He was the owner and operator of Celletti's Sportland in Rock Falls. John loved his store and cherished the friendships that were made throughout the...

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Donna Lee Smith

Donna Lee Smith

November 17, 1939 — May 19, 2016
Service: May 23, 2016

Donna Lee Smith, 76, of Sterling, passed away May 19, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, at home with her family by her side. Donna was born November 17, 1939, in Sterling, the daughter of Hugo and Mabel (Dietz) Gerken. She married Dale E. Smith on April 9, 1961. Donna was a registered nurse for 50 years and co-owner of Dale's Charter Service, with her husband, for 20 years. Donna loved her grandchildren and enjoyed going on family...

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Ingeborg "Inga" Teachout

Ingeborg "Inga" Teachout

January 28, 1930 — May 19, 2016
Service: Services Pending

Ingeborg "Inga" Hannlore Haarmeyer Teachout, age 86 of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Inga was born on January 28, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Emilie (Johannesmeyer) Haarmeyer. She married Lester Teachout on November 26, 1954 at Centennial United Methodist Church in Rockford. Inga came to the United States in 1953 and lived most of her life in Rockford. She...

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Thomas Neil VanNatta

September 22, 1941 — May 16, 2016
Service: May 20, 2016

Thomas N. VanNatta, 74 of Prophetstown died Monday May 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 22, 1941 in Rock Falls, IL the son of Ray and Catherine (Spencer) VanNatta and had been a 1960 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Vicki Stevens on June 24, 1961 at St. Andrew Church in Rock Falls and had served in the US Army in Korea. Having come back to Rock Falls after the service, he and his father-in-law operated Tom and...

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Joshua W.  Grunder

Joshua W. Grunder

January 5, 1977 — May 15, 2016
Service: May 22, 2016

Joshua William Grunder, age 39 of Tampico, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Fort Payne, Alabama. Josh was born on January 5, 1977 in Freeport, IL, the son of Randy and Nancy (Smith) Grunder. He graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1995. He married Jill Michele Skwiercz in 2001 in Dekalb, IL. Josh was employed by East Moline Correctional Center for over 15 years. He is a United States Air Force Veteran. Josh volunteered at Tampico Fire...

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Loretta L. Behrens

Loretta L. Behrens

July 22, 1937 — May 6, 2016
Service: May 13, 2016

Loretta L. Behrens, 78 of Dixon, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home She was born July 22, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Bishop) Potts. Loretta was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed painting, quilting, and entertaining for her family. Survivors include her children, Gregory Behrens of Rock Falls and Braden Behrens of Rockford; granddaughters, Kaley Behrens and Maurelle Behrens;...

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Florence L. VanDeWostine

Florence L. VanDeWostine

August 5, 1926 — May 6, 2016
Service: May 11, 2016

Florence L. VanDeWostine Florence L. VanDeWostine, age 89, of Prophetstown, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Florence was born August 5, 1926 in Prophetstown the daughter of Glenn and Sylvia (Beebe) Brooks. She married Fred VanDeWostine on August 13, 1944 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2013. Florence owned and operated The Coffee Shop in Prophetstown for five years. She also cleaned...

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Mark Near

Mark Near

October 24, 1963 — May 5, 2016
Service: May 11, 2016

STERLING – Mark R. Near, 52 of Sterling died Thursday May 5, 2016 unexpectedly. He was born on October 24, 1963 in Morrison, the son of Robert and Vera (Schroeder) Near and was a graduate of Sterling High School. Mark had worked all of his adult life as a mechanic. He enjoyed "wrenching" and found great fulfillment in attending and nurturing his son Kobe in quad racing. Surviving are his children: Christopher Near of Sterling, Amanda...

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Floyd L. Bennett

Floyd L. Bennett

April 11, 1927 — May 4, 2016
Service: May 10, 2016

Floyd L. Bennett, 89 of Elkhart, IN, passed away on Wednesday May 4, 2016. He was born on April 11, 1927 in rural Whiteside County, the son of Leonard and Emily (Gruber) Bennett. He married Janet R.Verbout on March 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Church in Sterling. She died August 11, 2015. He was employed in the office at Frantz Mfg Co in Sterling for over 47 years. He served in the US Navy for 3 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic...

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