Obituaries

Virginia Hicks Cole

Virginia Hicks Cole

March 29, 1931 — February 14, 2016
Service: February 19, 2016

TAMPICO – Virginia Hicks Cole, 84 of rural Tampico died Sunday February 14, 2016 at her home. She was born on March 29, 1931 in Crystal, West VA the daughter of Stephen and Tidie (Shilling) Becorest. She married Cecil Hicks on Aug 30, 1947 in Tazwell, West VA. He died in 1976. She later married Donald Cole on December 3, 1977 in Rock Falls, IL. He died in 2003. Virginia enjoyed collecting and antiquing; attending yard sales and mowing her...

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Jerry D. Holder

Jerry D. Holder

May 8, 1941 — February 14, 2016
Service: February 18, 2016

Jerry D. Holder Jerry D. Holder, age 74, of Sterling, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Jerry was born May 8, 1941 in Coello the son of William and Dora (Wheeler) Holder. He married Elaine Hubbard on November 26, 1969 in Dixon. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 30 years and was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. Survivors include his wife of Sterling; one...

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James E.  Henry

James E. Henry

February 8, 1942 — February 10, 2016
Service: February 12, 2016

James Edward Henry, age 74 of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at his home under the care of Gaffey Hospice. He was born on February 8, 1942, in Sterling, the son of Ervin and Marie (Schauff) Henry. He graduated from Newman High School in 1960 and was inducted into the Newman High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964. James was a proud member of the Dillon Oilers basketball...

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Lois I. Mitchell

Lois I. Mitchell

April 11, 1929 — February 10, 2016
Service: No Services

Lois I. Mitchell Lois I. Mitchell, age 86, of Mt. Morris, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor. Lois was born April 11, 1929 in Winfred, S.D. the daughter of Frank and Ethel (Schisler) Fritz. She married Robert Mitchell on August 1, 1978 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on December 11, 1998. Lois was a homemaker and was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Gardening was one of...

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Linda  A.  Musche

Linda A. Musche

March 6, 1953 — February 10, 2016
Service: February 15, 2016

Linda Ann Musche, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Linda was born on March 6, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of James and Thelma (Ague) Kilday. She married Gary Musche on July 12, 1975 in Sterling. Linda worked as a LPN at CGH Clinic for 41 years retiring in April 2015. She enjoyed motorcycle travels and in the past, riding snowmobiles. She collected Longerberger baskets and Isabelle...

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Vingene "Bud" Martens

Vingene "Bud" Martens

December 3, 1936 — February 9, 2016
Service: February 15, 2016

ROCK FALLS, IL – Vingene "Bud" Martens, 79 of Rock Falls died Tuesday February 9, 2016 at his home. He was born on December 3, 1936 in Davenport, IA the son of Billie and Ethel (Peterson) Martens and was a Graduate of St. Ambrose University with a BA in Accounting. He served in the USAF from 1955 – 1958 having been in Japan and Korea. Bud married Wanda Cromer on November 19, 1966 in Davenport, IA. He was the owner/operator of "The Bookstore...

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Amy Marie Hardesty

March 10, 1974 — February 7, 2016
Service: February 11, 2016

Amy M. Hardesty, 41, of Morrison, IL, died Sunday, February 7, 2016, at her home. Amy was born March 10, 1974, in Sterling, IL; the daughter of Ronald and Barbara (Wolfe) Paschal. She married James Hardesty on August 26, 1995, in Morrison, IL. She was employed by the McDonald's restaurant in Sterling for the past 20 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family and children. She also loved animals, enjoyed...

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Phyllis Jean Wagenknecht

Phyllis Jean Wagenknecht

July 2, 1925 — February 7, 2016
Service: March 5, 2016

STERLING – Phyllis Jean Wagenknecht, age 90, formerly of Milledgeville, died Sunday February 7, 2016 at Parkway Center in Sterling. Phyllis was born on July 2, 1925, to Glenn and Alice Boyd, on their family farm, north of Milledgeville. She graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1943. On March 17, 1945, Phyllis married Russell Wagenknecht in the Milledgeville Methodist Church. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March 1995....

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Kay F. Fellows

Kay F. Fellows

August 10, 1941 — February 3, 2016
Service: February 6, 2016

Kay Frances Fellows Kay Frances Fellows, age 74, of Erie, formerly of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Kay was born August 10, 1941 in Prophetstown at home the daughter of Earle and Ella (Reilly) Fellows. She attended and graduated from Prophetstown schools. Kay was employed at Micro Gear in Prophetstown and Hill and Dell Erie 66. She also did photography and...

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Salvador W. Garcia

Salvador W. Garcia

December 6, 1925 — February 3, 2016
Service: February 8, 2016

Mr. Salvador W. Garcia, 90, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his home. Born December 6, 1925 in Dixon, he was a son of Joseph and Barbara (Steanz) Garcia. He was united in marriage to Delores M. Seidel on March 25, 1948 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on January 12, 2005. Mr. Garcia was a US Army Veteran Private 1st Class and served proudly in Europe as a tank gunner during WW II with the 22nd Tank Batallion, 4th...

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