Obituaries

Betty J. Henson

Betty J. Henson

September 16, 1937 — May 26, 2017
Service: May 30, 2017

Betty J. Henson, 79, of Sterling, died on Friday morning, May 26, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on September 16, 1937 in Sterling to Ernest and Eva (Reeser) Finders. She married Charles Henson on October 15, 1955 in Rock Falls. She was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and loved Conway Twitty and Elvis. Betty enjoyed cooking and also loved flowers. She adored her family especially her best Canine companion...

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Reba N.  Ries

Reba N. Ries

July 27, 1938 — May 25, 2017
Service: May 30, 2017

Reba N. Ries, age 78 of Sterling, died Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Dixon Rehab and Health Care. Reba was born on July 27, 1938 in Stuttgart, AR., the daughter of Porter and Flora Marie (Escue) Gill. She married Jerome Ries on March 3, 1967 in Dixon. Reba worked in health care for many years. She lived for caring and helping others all her life. She is survived by her husband, Jerome; three sons, Darrell (Chris) Weathers of Arkansas City,...

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Timothy  Pessman

Timothy Pessman

September 6, 1984 — May 24, 2017
Service: May 31, 2017

Timothy "Tim" Lee Pessman, age 32 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on September 6, 1984 in Sterling, the son of Roger Pessman and Pamela (Scott) Pessman. Survivors include his parents, both of Rock Falls; his son, Tyler Pessman; his daughter, Nicholle Pessman and one sister, Tonya Buchholz of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Mary Robertson; paternal...

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Harry A. Treadwell

Harry A. Treadwell

July 14, 1923 — May 24, 2017
Service: No Services

Harry A. Treadwell, 93, of Benton, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling in Sterling, Ill. Harry was born on July 14, 1923 in Elgin, Ill. to Charles A. and Verna (Willand) Treadwell. He was united in marriage to Carol Roblee on January 8, 1945 in Glen Ellyn, Ill. They celebrated over 72 years of marriage together. Harry was a veteran of the US Army serving proudly during World War II in the Philippines...

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Francis I. Gracey

Francis I. Gracey

February 8, 1930 — May 22, 2017
Service: May 24, 2017

STERLING – Francis Irene Gracey, age 87, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Alpine Fireside Nursing Home, Rockford. Francis was born on February 8, 1930 in Lisbon, Iowa the daughter of Karl and Ethel Ann (Powdell) Miller. She married James Gracey on September 7, 1977 in Huntsville, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1993. Francis was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Linda (David) Bond of Poplar Grove, Joyce Van Horn of Morrison...

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Robert "Bob" Newman

Robert "Bob" Newman

June 10, 1950 — May 22, 2017
Service: May 26, 2017

STERLING –Robert (Bob) Lee Newman, age 66, died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Stephenson County Nursing Home. Robert (Bob) was born on June 10, 1950 in Sterling the son of Bernice (Clark) Carew. He was employed as a Millwright with Northwestern Steel & Wire, Sterling for 15 years. He was a Mechanic, Carpenter, and did Construction Work throughout his life. Robert was enlisted in U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. His...

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Marjorie Helen Kontos

Marjorie Helen Kontos

March 1, 1931 — May 21, 2017
Service: June 3, 2017

Marjorie Helen Kontos, 86, of Sterling, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Morningside of Sterling. Margie was born March 1, 1931 in California, the daughter of Carlyle and Helen (Frye) Cameron. Her family moved to Sterling when she was a young child. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northwestern University. She graduated college on a Sunday and three days later was united in marriage on Wednesday, June 18, 1952 to Theodore ...

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Mary Elizabeth Burke

Mary Elizabeth Burke

May 14, 1940 — May 20, 2017
Service: June 5, 2017

PROPHETSTOWN, IL – Mary Elizabeth Burke, 77 of Prophetstown, died Saturday May 20, 2017 at her home. She was born on May 14, 1940 in Hopkinton, Iowa the daughter of J. Russell and Mabel M. (Wilgenbusch) Guthrie. She married Robert Richard Burke on November 14, 1959 in Sand Springs, Iowa. He died August 13, 1979. Mary had worked for 22 years at Thermolyne in Dubuque, IA. She moved to the Prophetstown area in 2009 from Dubuque. Mary was a...

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Jean L. Bogott

Jean L. Bogott

November 13, 1928 — May 18, 2017
Service: May 22, 2017

Jean L. Bogott, 88, of Dixon, died on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Jean was born on November 13, 1928 in Sterling the daughter of William A. and Hazel (Geiger) Maynard. She was united in marriage to Lyle C. Bogott on August 3, 1947 in Rock Falls. Jean worked at J.C. Penney in Sterling for 12 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon and the United Methodist Women. Jean enjoyed making cookies...

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Evangeline M.  Guither

Evangeline M. Guither

April 23, 1923 — May 17, 2017
Service: May 23, 2017

Evangeline M. Guither, age 94 of Walnut, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Evangeline was born in Ohio, IL on April 23, 1923 to Henry and Harriet (Martin) Albrecht. She was a 1940 graduate of Ohio High School, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and remained a lifelong participant in U of I Extension programs. She joined the US Army Signal Corps during WWII, serving as a Teletype inspector at Western Electric...

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