Obituaries

William J. Wesolowski

William J. Wesolowski

February 28, 1950 — May 28, 2014
Service: May 31, 2014

William J. Wesolowski, 64, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at CGH Medical Center. Born February 28, 1950 in Blue Island, Illinois he was a son of Frank and Elfreida (Hollwedel) Wesolowski. He was united in marriage to Carolann Donnelly on October 12, 1991 in Midlothian, Illinois. Bill and his wife Carolann owned and operated the Edge Restaurant and Lounge in Midlothian for 18 years. He was fondly known as "Catfish Bill" to...

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Lillian M. Doty

Lillian M. Doty

September 29, 1916 — May 27, 2014
Service: June 2, 2014

Lillian E. Doty, 97 of Sterling died Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on September 29, 1916 in Fairhaven Twp, Carroll County, IL the daughter of Arthur M. and Pearl (Queckborner) Lott. She married Arthur P. Doty on March 7, 1936 in Ottawa, IL. He died December 6, 1993. Lillian was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Sterling; member of the Edith Eykamp Circle and had taught Sunday school. Lillian...

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Arleta Harms

Arleta Harms

November 15, 1920 — May 27, 2014
Service: May 30, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Arleta Harms, age 93, passed away at her home Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Arleta was born on November 15, 1920 in Glen Elder, Kan. the daughter of Harvey and Mable (Hendricks) Nusbaum. She graduated from Glen Elder High School. Arleta married Quinten H. Harms at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls on March 6, 1946. He died January 7, 2004. She enjoyed bowling, was a school bus driver and member of the Rock Falls Legion...

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Gary L. Jacobs

Gary L. Jacobs

February 11, 1946 — May 26, 2014
Service: May 31, 2014

Gary L. Jacobs STERLING – Gary L. Jacobs, age 68, died Monday May 26, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Gary was born on February 11, 1946 in Sterling the son of Lawrence and Dorothy J. (Bruns) Jacobs. He recently celebrated 45 years of marriage to Carol Underhill. Married on May 18, 1969 in Freeport. Gary farmed in the rural Coleta area his entire life. Survivors include his wife, Carol of Sterling; one daughter, Jenny (Dale)...

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William "Bill" Smith

William "Bill" Smith

March 10, 1956 — May 26, 2014
Service: May 28, 2014

William "Bill" Smith, age 58 of Sterling, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle of bladder cancer. Bill was born on March 10, 1956 in Sterling, to Virgil and Sandra Susan (Thompson) Smith. He attended Rock Falls High School (Class of 1974), where he was in the marching band and held records for track & field for many years. Bill married Cindy Hanson on December 27, 1974 in Rock Falls. He...

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Gilbert R. Canales

Gilbert R. Canales

October 9, 1972 — May 25, 2014
Service: May 31, 2014

Gilbert R. Canales III, 41 of Rock Falls died Sunday May 25, 2014 at his home following complications of a medical illness. He was born on October 9, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Gilbert and Margarita (Vasquez) Canales and had attended Rock Falls schools. He was a veteran of Desert Storm having served with the 101st Airborne Rangers. Following his tour, he served with the Illinois National Guard 1644 Transportation Unit, Rock Falls. He...

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Janice Mae Crenshaw

Janice Mae Crenshaw

January 2, 1935 — May 25, 2014
Service: May 30, 2014

STERLING - Janice Mae Crenshaw, 79 of Sterling, Illinois passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014. She was born January 2, 1935 in Hahnaman Township, the daughter of John and Temple M. (Shere) Pierceson. She married Jerry Crenshaw March 23, 1952 in Rock Falls. Janice had worked at the former Haskell's Office Supply in Sterling for 10 years. She was a devoted homemaker, avid gardener and quilter. Survived by her husband Jerry; her children: Jerry F. ...

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Elizabeth R. Sier

Elizabeth R. Sier

December 17, 1922 — May 25, 2014
Service: June 28, 2014

Elizabeth R. [Bondi] Sier, 91, of Mt. Morris, Ill., formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, May 25 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. Mrs. Sier was born in Sterling December 17, 1922, the daughter of Tony and Teresa Bondi. She graduated from Community Catholic High School in 1941 where her communications skills were noted. She began working in her parent's soda fountain after graduation where she met her future husband. During a long engagement,...

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Maurice G. Bolhous

Maurice G. Bolhous

November 3, 1925 — May 24, 2014
Service: May 31, 2014

Maurice G. Bolhous(Maurie) was born November 3, 1925 to Susie (Hamstra) and Garrett Bolhous of Thomson, IL. He died on May 24, 2014 in Williams Bay, WI following a lingering illness. Maurie moved to Fulton as a teenager and graduated from Fulton High School. He is a veteran of World War II and served in the US Army and US Navy. He married Mary L. Busz on April 3, 1948 and she preceded him in death on November 10, 2012. Most of his working...

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Patrick K. Brouilette

Patrick K. Brouilette

May 8, 1966 — May 24, 2014
Service: May 31, 2014

Patrick K. Brouilette, age 48 of Sterling died Saturday, May 24, 2014. Patrick was born May 8, 1966 in Chicago the son of Kenneth E. and Anne M. (McCarthy) Brouilette. He attended Western Illinois University and worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a trackman for 20 years. Patrick served in the US Army for four years. He enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra and was a devoted and loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Notre Dame...

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