Obituaries

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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John N. Brouilette

John N. Brouilette

October 11, 1962 — May 2, 2016
Service: May 6, 2016

John N. Brouilette, 53 of Sterling passed away after a brief illness on Monday May 2nd, 2016 at his home. John was born on October 11, 1962 in Chicago, the son of Kenneth E. Brouilette and Anne M. (McCarthy) Brouilette. John graduated in 1980 from Sterling High School where he was active in sports, and became a gifted running back. His athleticism carried over to his two sons, Joseph and Christopher. John went on to graduate from...

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Robert "Willie" W. Cochran

Robert "Willie" W. Cochran

July 3, 1956 — May 2, 2016
Service: May 14, 2016

Robert W. Cochran "Willie" Robert W. Cochran, age 59, of Harmon, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home. "Willie" Robert was born July 3, 1956 in Sterling the son of Willie and Mary (Wade) Cochran. He married Donna Burgett on November 26, 1973 in Tipton County, Tenn. He was employed at Rockwell International in Palmdale, Calif. for 15 years. "Willie" Robert enjoyed camping with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, going to casinos and...

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Warren C. Long

Warren C. Long

December 22, 1945 — May 1, 2016
Service: May 7, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Warren C. Long, age 70, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Warren was born on December 22, 1945 in Sterling the son of Leslie and Wilma (Shank) Long. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1965 and from Sauk Valley Community College in 1968. He married Beverly Bohm on December 6, 1968 in Sterling. Warren was employed for 33 years as a Data Processing Manager with Penberthy in Prophetstown...

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Victor A. Raines

Victor A. Raines

November 16, 1960 — May 1, 2016
Service: May 4, 2016

Victor Allen Raines, age 55, of Dixon, passed away Sunday morning, May 1, 2016 at home. Born November 16, 1960 in Geneva, he was a son of Charles and Yvonne (Arnold) Raines. He married Carol Dittmar on June 22, 2012 in Dixon. Victor was employed at Crest Foods in Ashton for 32 years until retiring in 2014. His all-time passion was to hunt and fish with his brother Jeff. He was involved in many sports and loved the Chicago Bears. Victor...

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Genevieve Irene Covello

Genevieve Irene Covello

February 6, 1929 — April 30, 2016
Service: May 6, 2016

Genevieve I. Covello, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living Center. Born February 6, 1929 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Vernon Clyde and Vernice (Newman) Perkins. She married Thomas Covello in June 1965 at Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death. Genevieve was a nurse for many years. Those surviving include her children: Dino Jenerro of Rock Falls and David (Judy) Jones of Kingman,...

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