Obituaries

Benjamin Amesquita

Benjamin Amesquita

March 10, 1957 — July 31, 2015
Service: August 5, 2015

STERLING – Benjamin A. Amesquita, 58 of Sterling died Friday July 31, 2015 at his home. He was born on March 10, 1957 in Sterling the son of Richard I. and Jennie R. (Serrano) Amesquita. He was employed for the past 27 years at Self Help in Sterling. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Surviving are his sisters: Veronica (Manuel) Sigales of Rochelle and Caroline (Steve) Bernhardt of Manito; his brothers: Richard (Bonnie)...

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Virginia Gallardo

Virginia Gallardo

February 23, 1925 — July 31, 2015
Service: August 5, 2015

Virginia Gallardo, age 90 of Sterling, died Friday, July 31, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Virginia was born on February 23, 1925 in Savanna, IL; the daughter of Felicinano and Victoria (Pedrosa) Amesquita. She married Joseph Z. Gallardo in 1942 in Savanna; he preceded her in death on March 20, 1985. Virginia enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Alter and Rosary society. Survivors...

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George Ernest Verhulst

George Ernest Verhulst

March 1, 1925 — July 31, 2015
Service: August 5, 2015

George Ernest Verhulst age 90 of Sterling, Illinois passed away peacefully Friday July 31, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown, Illinois. He was born March 1, 1925 on the family farm near Ottumwa, Iowa to Alfons and Marie (Maddens) Verhulst. In 1942 the Navy built an Air Training base which encompassed the farm so the family moved to a rented farm south of Prophetstown, Illinois. After the death of their father, George and his...

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Dean  L. Winchell

Dean L. Winchell

October 1, 1932 — July 30, 2015
Service: August 4, 2015

Dean Lewis Winchell, age 82 of Sterling, died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dean was born on October 1, 1932 in Tampico; the son of Clarence Harold and Berna Mae (Dronenberg) Winchell. He is a United States Army Veteran, serving our country in the Korean War. Dean married Kathryn McCormick on January 31, 1953 in Tampico. He was employed by RBW for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Dean was a member of St. Mary Catholic...

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Mabel Butts

Mabel Butts

October 7, 1929 — July 27, 2015
Service: August 1, 2015

Mabel Joyce Butts Mabel Joyce Butts, age 85, of Rock Falls, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mabel was born October 7, 1929 in Waterman the daughter of Ralph and Lillian (Spooner) Shephardson. She lived in Genoa for many years later moving to Rock Falls where she enjoyed her home with a view of the Rock River. She married David Butts on May 19, 1947. She worked at AG Electric in Genoa for 27 years...

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Eugene "Gene" George

Eugene "Gene" George

January 30, 1923 — July 27, 2015
Service: August 19, 2015

Eugene "Gene" Edwin George, age 92 of Sterling, IL passed away in peace at the Minneapolis Veterans Home on Monday, the 27th of July, 2015. Gene was born January 30, 1923 in Aurora, IL the son of Albert E. and Lena K. (Otten) George. Gene graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois University prior to serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II. He was an upholsterer by trade and owned George's...

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Sigifredo Moncivais

Sigifredo Moncivais

May 26, 1942 — July 25, 2015
Service: July 30, 2015

Sigifredo Moncivais, age 73 of Sterling passed away peacefully Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Sigifredo was born May 25, 1942 in Monterrey, Mexico the son of Pedro and Carmen (Alvarez) Moncivais. He married Maria Echebarria on January 21, 1966 in Sterling. Sigifredo worked for the City of Sterling for more than 10 years. He enjoyed listening to music, working on cars, collecting watches and fixing and working...

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Vicki Lynn Oviatt

Vicki Lynn Oviatt

April 3, 1954 — July 24, 2015
Service: July 28, 2015

Vicki Lynn Oviatt, age 61 of Sterling, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at her home. Vicki was born on April 3, 1954 in Mt. Carroll; the daughter of Ray and Imogene (Handel) Oviatt. She married Gustavo Lorenzo Rodriguez; he preceded her in death on September 28, 1974. Survivors include, her significant other, Jeff Knutson of Sterling; two daughters, Vanessa "Bussy" (James Dean) West of Pittsburg, TX and Maria Rodriguez of Las Vegas, NV; two...

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Richard R. Percycoe

Richard R. Percycoe

December 29, 1968 — July 24, 2015
Service: July 31, 2015

Richard "Rick" Robert Percycoe, age 46 of Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 24, 2015. Rick was born December 29, 1968 in Sterling, he was the beloved son of Richard and Diana Percycoe. Rick was a graduate of Rock Falls High School, Class of 1987. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. Until recently, he had been employed with the City of Anna Maria, Florida Public Works Department. He...

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Kenneth A. Babel

Kenneth A. Babel

July 24, 1930 — July 19, 2015
Service: No Services

Kenneth A. "Ken" Babel, 84, of Land O' Lakes, formerly of Sterling, passed away July 19, 2015 at his home in the company of his wife of 59 years, D. Joan (Garland) Babel and son, Chuck, of Tampa, Fla. He is also survived by a son, Jay (Kari) Babel of Johnston, Iowa; three grandchildren, Noah, Olivia and Riley of Johnston, Iowa; a brother, Don (Leora) Babel of Sterling. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Harley and Mildred, a son Kevin,...

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