Obituaries

W. Jane Ommen

W. Jane Ommen

June 13, 1928 — April 14, 2014
Service: April 16, 2014

W. Jane Ommen W. Jane Ommen, age85, of Sterling, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Jane was born June 13, 1928 in Alabama the daughter of Wesley and Lula (Mott) Higginbotham. She married Lloyd Ommen on October 21, 1942 in Alabama. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Jan (John)Tarner of Barefoot Bay, Fla. and Deena ...

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Helen L. Allen

Helen L. Allen

October 26, 1943 — April 13, 2014
Service: April 16, 2014

Helen L. Allen, age 70 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at her home. Helen was born on October 26, 1943 in Rock Falls to Howard and Madeline (Jaques) Wilkinson. She worked for 30 years at Antech, retiring in 2002. Helen was a devoted caregiver to her family for her entire life. She enjoyed cooking and puzzles. Survivors include her mother, Madeline of Sterling; one son, William (Ris) Allen of Costa Mesa, CA; one son-in-law, Jim...

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Ralph Perino

April 14, 1920 — April 13, 2014
Service: April 16, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Ralph Perino, 93 of Rock Falls died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. He was born on April 14, 1920 in Normandy, IL, the son of Ralph and Catherine (Carchidi) Perino. He married the former Gloria Marshall. Ralph had farmed for many years. He was involved in establishing the Whiteside County Airport and it's development. An avid aviator, he earned his pilot's license in 1935 and had enjoyed...

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Lois J Lawrenz

Lois J Lawrenz

August 12, 1934 — April 12, 2014
Service: April 19, 2014

Lois J. Lawrenz, 79, of Morrison, IL, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, IL. Lois was born August 12, 1934, in Garden Plain, IL, the daughter of Harry B. and A. Nauta (Flikkema) Sterenberg. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1952 and worked for Fulton School District until 1959. She married Gilbert D. Lawrenz on December 29, 1959, in Fulton, IL. She was a member of the Emmanuel Reformed...

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Steven C. Grove

Steven C. Grove

May 17, 1968 — April 11, 2014
Service: April 16, 2014

Steven C. Grove, age 45, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home. Steve was born May 17, 1968 in Sterling the son of Gerald and Lois (Daniels) Grove. He was employed at Dollar General in Rock Falls and Peterson Cleaning in Sterling. He met Irene (Wright) Carter in 1991 and they were married on October 10, 2010. Steve loved fishing, camping and he loved his dogs, Star, Tanner, and Laia. He was an awesome PaPa. ...

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Laurel O. Rasmussen

Laurel O. Rasmussen

June 30, 1918 — April 11, 2014
Service: April 14, 2014

STERLING – Laurel O. Rasmussen, 95, of Sterling died Friday April 11, 2014 at her home at Good Neighbor Care in Sterling. She was born on June 30, 1918 in Prophetstown, IL the daughter of Raymond and Mary Irene (Olmstead) Matthews. She married Howard C. Rasmussen on August 16, 1940 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. He died August 16, 2012. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling. Laurel found great...

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Bradley S. Cox

Bradley S. Cox

May 2, 1951 — April 9, 2014
Service: April 12, 2014

Bradley S. Cox, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bradley was born on May 2, 1951 in Hammond, Indiana to Virgil D. and Bernadene (Near) Cox. He married Cheryl "Diane" Jones on May 31, 1996 in Sterling. Bradley worked for over 30 years as a tool and die maker. He enjoyed doing anything outdoors, especially fishing and gardening. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who deeply...

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Wanda L. Francis

Wanda L. Francis

January 31, 1946 — April 9, 2014
Service: April 12, 2014

Wanda L. Francis, age 68 of Lyndon, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at her home. Wanda was born on January 31, 1946 in Sterling to Lyle S. and Grace (Wuebben) Finley. She graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1964. She married Arman D. Francis on November 21, 1964 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 8, 1991. Wanda worked as an assembler at Sterling Multi Products for 30 years before retirement. She was the village treasurer in...

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Walter C. Klinger

Walter C. Klinger

December 20, 1935 — April 9, 2014
Service: No Services

Walter C. Klinger Walter C. Klinger, age 78, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home. Walter was born December 20, 1935 in Sterling the son of Walter and Tillie (Janssen) Klinger. He was employed by Commonwealth Edison for 21 years retiring in 1990. Survivors include his special friend, Zoe Rudy; two daughters, Mary and Karla; one son, Steven Klinger; three sisters, Gloria (Robert) Lawrence of Bagley, Minn., Judy (Larry...

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Joy E. (Pepper) Pelton

Joy E. (Pepper) Pelton

November 5, 1928 — April 7, 2014
Service: April 10, 2014

Joy E. (Pepper) Pelton, 85, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, IL. She was born November 5, 1928 in Rock Falls, IL to the late Fred Pepper and Elba Rose (Duncan) Pepper (later Rowbottom). Joy graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. She pursued her vocation to be a Registered Nurse and graduated from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. Later she was employed at Moline Public Hospital...

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