Obituaries

Thomas Russell Smith

Thomas Russell Smith

June 22, 1947 — June 29, 2014
Service: July 3, 2014

Thomas Russell Smith, age 67 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Thomas was born on June 22, 1947 in Sterling to Floyd and Dorothy (Payne) Smith. He served in the United States Navy during the War in Vietnam and also was a member of the United States Coast Guard. Thomas worked for Harper Oil as a district manager before retiring in 1997. He was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Rock...

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Robert E. Hubbard

Robert E. Hubbard

November 6, 1929 — June 28, 2014
Service: July 3, 2014

Robert E. Hubbard, 84, of Coleta, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born November 6, 1929 in Milledgeville, he was a son of John Q. and Luella (Garwick) Hubbard. On November 26, 1953 he was united in marriage to Lula Myers in Rock Falls. Bob was a hot saw operator in the 24" mill at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 41 years until his retirement. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He...

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James M. Brown, Sr.

James M. Brown, Sr.

July 15, 1926 — June 27, 2014
Service: July 1, 2014

James M. Brown Sr., 87, of rural Milledgeville, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born July 15, 1926 he was a son of Ora and Susan Brown. On March 23, 1948 he was united in marriage to Allawishious M. Ziegler in Joliet. She preceded him in death on September 8, 1984. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company in Sterling for 35 years until his retirement in 1983. He enjoyed working in his...

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Virginia W. Bass

Virginia W. Bass

December 24, 1921 — June 25, 2014
Service: June 27, 2014

Virginia W. Bass, age 92, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Virginia was born December 24, 1921 in Rock Falls the daughter of Peter and Cecelia (Schietroma) Papoccia. She attended St. Mary Grade School and Community Catholic High School. She married Robert D. Bass on July 3, 1943 in Sterling. After 53 years of marriage, he died on September 9, 1996. Virginia worked at Green River Ordinance...

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Mary Bradshaw

Mary Bradshaw

July 20, 1916 — June 25, 2014
Service: June 27, 2014

Mary Bradshaw, 97, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. Born July 20, 1916 in Heathman, Mississippi, she was a daughter of Vincenzo and Palmina (Giacomini) Bastari. She was united in marriage to Oris A. Bradshaw on August 13, 1940 in Hernando, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on July 17, 1997. Mary was a member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Those left to honor her memory include her...

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Leatice M. Fritz

May 25, 1926 — June 23, 2014
Service: June 25, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Leatice M. Fritz, 88 died Monday June 23, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on May 25, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. She married Stanly B. Fritz on June 3, 1950 in Sterling. He died March 15, 2006. Leatice was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are her two daughters: Aleese (Steve) Miller of Rockford and Colette (Joe)...

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Alejandro Amezola

November 7, 1943 — June 19, 2014
Service: June 23, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Alejandro Amezola, 70 of Rock Falls died Thursday June 19, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center. He was born on November 7, 1943 in Ayotlan, Jalisco, Mexico the son of Jose and Maria (Velasco) Amezola. He married San Juana "Janie" Valdez on November 28, 1974 in Ayotlan, Mexico. Alejandro work as a union carpenter with Local 727 and the former Prescott Construction before retiring. Surviving is his wife, Janie; daughter...

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Helen  M. Breitweiser

Helen M. Breitweiser

September 6, 1918 — June 18, 2014
Service: June 24, 2014

Helen M. Breitweiser, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Helen was born on September 6, 1918 in Harmon, Illinois to August and Caroline (Schaefer) Schulte. She married Lawrence Martenson on December 15, 1940 in Rock Falls; he preceded her in death in 1983. She then married Keith Breitweiser on February 20, 1987 in Rock Falls; he also preceded her in death in 2002. Helen was a member of...

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Winona "Nonie" Slifer

Winona "Nonie" Slifer

October 11, 1919 — June 18, 2014
Service: June 21, 2014

Winona M. "Nonie" Slifer, 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at her home. Born October 11, 1919 in Morrisonville, Illinois, she was a daughter of Francis L. and Viola M. (Pope) Bethard. She was united in marriage to Charles Merrill Slifer on July 17, 1943 at the parsonage of Rock Falls United Methodist Church by the Reverend Wayne Leighty. Charles preceded her in death on January 19, 2006. Nonie was a faithful and active...

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David L. Hall

David L. Hall

January 23, 1956 — June 15, 2014
Service: June 19, 2014

David L. Hall, age 58 of Sterling died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his home. David was born January 23, 1956 in Owensboro, KY the son of James and Emily (Dennison) Hall. He worked various jobs and also served in the US Army. Survivors include his lifelong companion Allison Edwards of Sterling, four sisters Faith (Fred) Fargher of Sterling, Becky (Arthur) Bushnell of Morrison, Edith Williamson of Rock Falls, and Lois Holland of Galt, and two...

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