Obituaries

John F. Stowell

John F. Stowell

July 25, 1921 — September 21, 2015
Service: October 3, 2015

John Stowell, age 94, of Morrison, passed from this life on Monday, September 21, 2015 in Resthave Home, Morrison. He was born on July 25, 1921, to Charles and Bertha (Foster) Stowell in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was the second of three children. Both his older brother, Carroll (Smokey) Stowell and younger sister, Elizabeth Hills, are deceased. John attended primary and secondary schools in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and graduated from McGaw...

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John Paul Villegas

John Paul Villegas

January 24, 1989 — September 21, 2015
Service: September 26, 2015

John Paul Villegas, age 26 of Sterling, died Monday, September 21, 2015 at his home. John Paul was born on January 24, 1989 in Sterling; the son of Manuel Villegas, Jr. and Lonna (Slusser) Lira. He was a 2007 graduate from Sterling High School. John Paul was a member of the 2005 football Hall of Fame team. He was employed by Lutheran Social Services as a direct support assistant for nearly 3 years. John Paul was an avid Chicago Bears and Ohio...

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James Parker

January 25, 1940 — September 20, 2015
Service: September 24, 2015

ROCK FALLS – James O. Parker, 75 died Sunday September 20, 2015 at Regency Care of Sterling. He was born on January 25, 1940 in Fairfield, IL the son of Offie and Wanda (Masterson) Parker and served in the US Army from 1957 – 1959. He was an owner/operator trucker for many years and also had worked at the former Propheter Construction as a heavy equipment operator. He loved spending time with his family, watching football especially the...

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Emma H. Zapf

Emma H. Zapf

June 4, 1917 — September 18, 2015
Service: September 23, 2015

Emma H. Zapf Emma H. Zapf, age 98 of Sterling, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Emma was born on June 4, 1917 in Rock Falls; the daughter of George and Dora (Jacobs) Zapf. She was employed by Illinois Bell as a switchboard operator for 37 years. Emma enjoyed puzzles and loved to travel. Survivors include one brother, Adolph Zapf of Rock Falls; one nephew, Alan Zapf of Rock Falls. She was preceded in...

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Gary M. Swords

Gary M. Swords

October 29, 1948 — September 15, 2015
Service: September 21, 2015

Gary M. Swords, age 66 of Sterling died Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Gary was born October 29, 1948 in Sterling the son of Willard and Beverly (Wolf) Swords. He was the over-the-road truck driver for many years. Survivors include his father Willard Swords of Sterling, one sister Cheryl Harrison of Tustin, CA, his girlfriend Eileen Crownhart of Sterling, and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his...

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Donna Jean Worcester

Donna Jean Worcester

August 15, 1938 — September 15, 2015
Service: September 21, 2015

Donna J. Worcester, 77, of Sterling, passed away Thursday morning, September 17, 2015 at her home. Born August 15, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was a daughter of Donald and Julia (Miller) Flint. She was united in marriage to Donald Worcester on June 10, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Donna was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, bird watching and bowling. She previously taught primary school in Grand Rapids for 10 years. She was a...

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Maria Luisa Montañez

Maria Luisa Montañez

August 25, 1928 — September 11, 2015
Service: September 16, 2015

Maria Luisa Montañez, age 87 of Sterling, died Friday, September 11, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Maria Luisa was born on August 25, 1928 in Michoacán, Mexico; the daughter of Filomeno and Felicitas (Vega) Mendoza. She married Refugio Montañez in El Paso, Texas; he preceded her in death on October 11, 1996. Maria Luisa was a fearless advocate for the less fortunate. She was a faithful wife and loving mother. Maria Luisa was a...

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Penny K. Anderson

Penny K. Anderson

September 6, 1942 — September 10, 2015
Service: September 12, 2015

Penny K. Anderson, age 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, September 10, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Penny was born on September 6, 1942 in Clinton, IA; the daughter of Eugene Vernon and Mildred Marie (Herington) Paulsen. She married Richard W. Anderson on September 11, 1961 in Clinton, IA. Penny was a homemaker and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading. Survivors include, her husband, Richard of Rock Falls, IL; two...

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Edmund "Ed" Downey

Edmund "Ed" Downey

January 24, 1939 — September 10, 2015
Service: September 14, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Edmund F. Downey, 76 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 10, 2015 at his home. He was born on January 24, 1939 at the former Amboy Public Hospital, the son of John L. and Marian (Hardersen) Downey. He attended various public schools and Rock Falls High School. He married his high school sweetheart Shirley Ann Rohde on February 15, 1958 in Rock Falls. Ed worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire for 38 ½ years retiring...

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Edward P. Caudillo

Edward P. Caudillo

June 14, 1954 — September 9, 2015
Service: No Services

Edward P. Caudillo Edward P. Caudillo, age 61, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Edward was born June 14, 1954 in Sterling the son of Peter and Mary Caudillo. He married Laura Gribbons on August 11, 1973. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 29 years. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; his mother of Sterling; two daughters, Lupe (Mike Leonard) Caudillo of Rock...

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