Obituaries

Harvey Allan Anderson

Harvey Allan Anderson

February 24, 1940 — January 3, 2014
Service: January 7, 2014

Harvey A. Anderson, 73 of Morrison died Friday January 3, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on February 24, 1940 in Morrison, the son of Earl and Dorothy (Pruis) Anderson. He married Ada A. DeGroff on August 9, 1963 in Morrison. Harvey had worked at the former National Manufacturing in Sterling for 33 year retiring in 2000 from the plating department. He was a past member of the Early Riser CB club using the handle "wall...

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Anastacio Hernandez, Jr.

Anastacio Hernandez, Jr.

January 22, 1956 — January 1, 2014
Service: January 8, 2014

Anastacio Hernandez, Jr., age 57 of Fulton died Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Anastacio was born January 22, 1956 in Willacy County, TX the son of Anastacio and Guadalupe (Carrisclesz) Hernandez, Sr. He worked at the Pallet Recovery Company in Fulton. Survivors include his mother Guadalupe of Erie, three daughters Katrina of CA, Anastacia Gallardo of CA, and Montana Hernandez of Fulton, three sons Anastacio (Julia) Hernandez III of...

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Donald "Smoky" Stachowiak

Donald "Smoky" Stachowiak

July 3, 1936 — January 1, 2014
Service: January 4, 2014

Donald "Smoky" Stachowiak, 77, of Rock Falls, went to Heaven, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, with his family by his side. Born July 3, 1936, in Peru, IL, he was the son of Charles and Valaria Stachowiak. Beginning their amazing 46 year love affair, he married Patricia Cassel on June 17, 1967, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, IL. Smoky was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru High...

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Betty L Betts

Betty L Betts

May 15, 1926 — December 31, 2013
Service: January 3, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Betty L. Betts, 87 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 31, 2013 at her home. Mrs. Betts was born on May 15, 1926 in Vandalia, IL the daughter of Francis and Maude (Pope) Bethard. She was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married Mel R. Betts on September 8, 1946. Mrs. Betts retired from Wilkins-Lowe Insurance Co in Sterling after 23 years of service. Later she worked part-time at Wheelock Furniture Store in Rock Falls,...

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Margaret Perez

Margaret Perez

June 16, 1945 — December 26, 2013
Service: January 7, 2014

Margaret J. Perez, 68, of Anaheim, California died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born June 16, 1945 in Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Adolf and Josephine (Magana) Perez. She worked as a loan officer until retiring. Margaret was a member of Assembly of God in Santa Ana, CA. Margaret enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Those left to honor her memory...

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Charles Stoll

Charles Stoll

January 21, 1939 — December 26, 2013
Service: December 31, 2013

Charles T. Stoll, 74, of Dekalb, died Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. Born January 21, 1939 in Browntown, Wisc. He was a son of Charles and Mary (Miller) Stoll, Sr. On November 15, 1969 he was united in marriage to Belva (Sorn) Moore in Freeport. Mr. Stoll was employed at Self Help Enterprises as a bus driver for many years until his retirement. Surviving are a son Steve Friedly of Mexico,...

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Alicia C.  Miniel

Alicia C. Miniel

July 18, 1931 — December 23, 2013
Service: December 30, 2013

Alicia C. Miniel, 82, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 23, 2013 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born July 18, 1931 in Houston, Texas, she was a daughter of Elpidio and Julia (Quijano) Cortes. She worked at General Electric in Morrison for over 20 years until retiring in 1993. Alicia was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling and in her younger years enjoyed dancing. Those left to honor her memory include her daughters,...

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Robert I. Coats

Robert I. Coats

March 25, 1930 — December 22, 2013
Service: December 28, 2013

Robert I. Coats, age 83 of Sterling, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Bob was born on March 25, 1930 in Jordan Township to Robert R. and Veva N. (Finkle) Coats. He married Bernadine A. Waldschmidt on August 25, 1951. Bob served in the United States Air Force as a communications expert. He was stationed in several U.S. locations, as well as Japan, France, Korea, and Turkey. He retired as a Senior Master...

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Karen Sue Gilpatrick

Karen Sue Gilpatrick

July 4, 1956 — December 22, 2013
Service: December 28, 2013

Karen Sue Gilpatrick, age 57 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Karen was born on July 4, 1956 in Dixon to Robert and Ruth (Pritchard) White. She attended Dixon schools and then Sauk Valley Community College where she became an LPN in 1987. She married Kevin Gilpatrick on April 24, 1976 in Dixon. Survivors include her husband Kevin of Rock Falls; two daughters, Kimberly Sue...

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Thelma Eilers

Thelma Eilers

March 11, 1924 — December 20, 2013
Service: December 23, 2013

Thelma Eilers, 89 of Sterling, died Friday December 20, 2013 at Coventry Living Center. She was born on March 11, 1924 in Tampico, IL the daughter of Harry Herman and Frances Marie (Karn) Rosene. She married Lester F. Eilers on October 31, 1945 in Little Rock, AR. He died September 15, 1999. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen (Dennis) Devers of Rock Falls; her son Douglas Eilers of...

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