Obituaries

Robert H. Wadsworth

Robert H. Wadsworth

December 19, 1935 — April 25, 2015
Service: April 29, 2015

Robert H. Wadsworth Robert H. Wadsworth, age 79, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at his home. Robert was born December 19, 1935 in Sterling the son of Harold and Fern Wadsworth. He married Jeanette Cook on January 5, 1980 in Belleville and was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling as a draftsman retiring in 1998. Robert enjoyed his time as a Ham Radio Operator. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; one...

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Mary E. Baker

Mary E. Baker

July 19, 1913 — April 24, 2015
Service: No Services

Mary E. Baker, age 101 of Sterling, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at Regency Care in Sterling. Mary was born on July 19, 1913 in Rock Falls; the daughter of John and Gertrude (McCarty) Kadel. She was educated in local schools and earned her degree in education from Northern Illinois Teachers College in Dekalb. Mary taught in the Rock Falls area, in Michigan, New Jersey and also in Germany. She married, Reverend Kenneth Morford; he preceded her...

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Audrey D. Burkholder

Audrey D. Burkholder

September 5, 1926 — April 24, 2015
Service: April 30, 2015

Audrey D. Burkholder Audrey D. Burkholder, age 88, of Polo, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Audrey was born September 5, 1926 on the family farm on Maryland Road in Polo. She was the daughter of LaVerne and Mabel (Huntzberry) Binkley. Audrey married Kenneth Burkholder on November 5, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nev. He preceded her in death on September 8, 1992. She was a school bus driver in the...

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Kenneth Williams

June 29, 1944 — April 22, 2015
Service: May 1, 2015

Kenneth Williams Kenneth Williams, age 70, of Chadwick, died April 22, 2015 at Liberty Village in Freeport. Kenneth was born June 29, 1944 in Sterling the son of Vernon and Irene (Murphy) Williams. He married Connie Rapp on July 4, 1965 in Milledgeville. He was employed at Ambassador Steel in Rochelle as a steel fabricator retiring in 2011. Kenneth was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 44 years, Aerie 2783, in Rock Falls. He...

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Norman E. Barnum

Norman E. Barnum

March 11, 1933 — April 20, 2015
Service: April 25, 2015

Norman Barnum, age 82 of Rock Falls, died Monday, April 20, 2015 at his home after a long illness. Norman was born on March 11, 1933 in Indiana; the son of Lester and Bertha (Baither) Barnum. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956. Norman married Karen Moore on May 5, 1962 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire for 30 years as a...

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Bernice H. Plautz

Bernice H. Plautz

April 21, 1922 — April 20, 2015
Service: April 25, 2015

Bernice H. Plautz Bernice H. Plautz, age 92, of Rock Falls, died Monday, April 20, 2015 at Regency Care of Sterling. Bernice was born April 21, 1922 in Montmorency Township, Whiteside County, the daughter of Emil and Bertha (Felgenhauer) Plautz. She was employed as a cook at the Whiteside County Nursing Home for 17 years. Bernice was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling where she was involved in Ruth's Circle. ...

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Marjorie Anna Planthaber

Marjorie Anna Planthaber

June 27, 1936 — April 19, 2015
Service: No Services

Marjorie Planthaber, 78, of Rock Falls, IL, died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Agrace Hospice, Madison, WI. Marjorie was born June 27, 1936, in Tampico, IL to Charles and Viola (Reid) Newman. She was united in marriage to Henry Planthaber on Feb. 19, 1960. She worked at Lawrence Brothers before marrying. She enjoyed spending time with her family, visiting her grand children and taking walks with Henry. Marjorie is survived by her husband, Henry...

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Marjorie M. Piepho

Marjorie M. Piepho

April 1, 1924 — April 18, 2015
Service: April 22, 2015

Marjorie M. Piepho, age 91 of Sterling formerly of Prophetstown died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Regency Center of Sterling. Marjorie was born April 1, 1924 near Prophetstown the daughter of Harm G. and Sena (Oltmanns) Klockenga. She married Roy Piepho on November 1, 1953 in Prophetstown. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1986. She and her husband farmed in the area from 1955 to 1986. She was a member of the Prophetstown United...

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Leona L. Bluhm

Leona L. Bluhm

October 7, 1925 — April 17, 2015
Service: No Services

Leona L. Bluhm, age 89 of Rock Falls died Friday, April 17, 2015 at her home. Leona was born October 7, 1925 in Long Prairie, MN the daughter of August and Ruth (Stephens) Bruder. She married Howard Bluhm on April 10, 1948 in Long Prairie, MN. He preceded her in death on January 31, 1990. Leona was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include three daughters Joan Jones of Martinsville, IL, Kathy (Rick)...

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Pamela J. De Frang

Pamela J. De Frang

September 26, 1956 — April 17, 2015
Service: April 21, 2015

Pamela J. De Frang, age 58 of Morrison died Friday, April 17, 2015 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehab in Rock Falls. Pamela was born September 26, 1956 in Morrison, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Jane (Curtis) Osborn. She married Dennis De Frang on January 8, 1983 in Morrison. Pamela worked at General Electric in Morrison and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morrison. Survivors include her husband Dennis De Frang of Rock...

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