Obituaries

Joyce M. Conboy

Joyce M. Conboy

October 27, 1918 — November 30, 2016
Service: December 5, 2016

Joyce M. Conboy, age 98, of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Morningside of Sterling. Joyce was born October 27, 1918 in Rock Falls. She married John Conboy on November 20, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 13, 1975. Joyce was a farm wife and loved to play cards, cook and dance. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. In her older years, she enjoyed spending Sunday nights with...

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Norma M.  Wise

Norma M. Wise

May 5, 1938 — November 30, 2016
Service: December 10, 2016

Norma M. Wise, 78 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at her home. Norma was born on May 5, 1938 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Harold F. and Parolee (Raynor) Stone. She married Alva R. Wise, Jr on June 10, 1956 in Walnut. Norma worked at Hartz Jeweler in Sterling for 15 years. Survivors include her husband, Alva; two daughters, Katherine Tysdale of Cecilia, LA and Carolyn (Brent) Lebo of Gulfport, MS; two sons, Dennis Wise...

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Raymond R. Bielema

Raymond R. Bielema

September 25, 1919 — November 29, 2016
Service: December 7, 2016

Raymond Ralph Bielema, 97, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the nursing home. He was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Fulton to Jacob R. and Alice (VanderSchaaf) Bielema. He was educated in the Smith Grade School of rural Whiteside County, Illinois. He married Belva Jean Wierenga on Feb. 28, 1947. They raised three sons in the Fulton home built in 1947 by Belva's father, Albert "Bat" Norman, and remained there...

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Harold John Hagenow

Harold John Hagenow

August 18, 1926 — November 26, 2016
Service: December 3, 2016

Harold J. Hagenow, 90, of Quincy died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was born August 18, 1926 in Bremer County, Iowa the son of John and Winnie (Jans) Hagenow. He married Frieda Wolters on March 3, 1950 in Denver, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 6, 2007. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II in the Philippines. He worked in sales for Lucky Foods for many years retiring in 1989 at...

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Gertrude E. Puels

Gertrude E. Puels

September 13, 1913 — November 26, 2016
Service: November 30, 2016

Gertrude E. Puels, 103, of Rock Falls passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born September 13, 1913 in Lyndon Township, she was the daughter of Miles and Elizabeth (Meyers) Hannis. She married Allen H. Puels on June 3, 1936 in Morrison. He died February 6, 2002. Gert attended the rural Whiteside schools and graduated from Morrison High School in 1931. She graduated from Sterling Public Hospital in...

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Betty M.  Hammelman

Betty M. Hammelman

August 3, 1923 — November 25, 2016
Service: November 29, 2016

Betty M. Hammelman, 93 of Sterling, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at Franklin Grove Nursing Home. Betty was born on August 3, 1923 in Champaign, IL, the daughter of Earl and Emma (Mahan) Beightler. She married Ralph Hammelman on April 14, 1944 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1996. Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing. She loved spending time with her family. Surviving her are her daughter, Sandy (Al)...

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Carol  L.  Creekpaum

Carol L. Creekpaum

February 27, 1945 — November 24, 2016
Service: November 28, 2016

Carol L. Creekpaum, born February 27, 1945 in Mt. Carroll to Lawrence and Mary Lego, peacefully passed away November 24, 2016 at St. Anthony's in Rockford surrounded by her children. She married James Cox in 1963; they had two daughters. She later married Walter Creekpaum in Rock Falls in 1967, where they raised six children together. He preceded her in death in December of 2011. During her life, she worked for the City of Rock Falls as a...

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Eugene W. Middleton

Eugene W. Middleton

May 6, 1932 — November 24, 2016
Service: November 26, 2016

Eugene W. Middleton, 84, of Morrison, died Thursday morning, November 24, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Born May 6, 1932 in Morrison he was the son of Wesley Albert and Margaret (Thielen) Middleton. He married Phyllis DeVries on November 9, 1960 in Morrison. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2007. He worked at General Electric in Morrison for 34 years in maintenance and retired in 1988. Mr. Middleton attended 1st Church...

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Jean Tubbs

Jean Tubbs

December 20, 1933 — November 23, 2016
Service: No Services

Jean Tubbs, 82 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Regency Care of Sterling. Jean was born on December 20, 1933 in Hoxie, AR, the daughter of Paul and Bertha (Collins) Songer. She married Marvin C. Tubbs on September 16, 1950 in Hoxie, AR. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2007. Jean worked for CGH as a switchboard operator for around 35 years. Surviving are one daughter, Peggy (Lance) Buser of Rock Falls; one son,...

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Juanita G. Casas

Juanita G. Casas

June 12, 1928 — November 22, 2016
Service: No Services

Juanita G. Casas, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Juanita was born June 12, 1928 in Pettus, Texas the daughter of Juan and Antonia (Garza) Garcia. She married Esteban Casas. She was employed at Mercy Hospital in Aurora for thirteen years retiring in 1991. Survivors include two daughters, Isabel (Robert Sharp) Hoffman of Hemet, Calif. and Mary (Mike) Withchem of Deming, N.M.; one...

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