Obituaries

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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Jesus Gutierrez

Jesus Gutierrez

June 27, 1941 — December 19, 2013
Service: No Services

Jesus Gutierrez, age 72 of Sterling, died Thursday, December 19, 2013. Jesus was born on June 27, 1941 in Sterling to Enrique and Mary Socoro (Patiño) Gutierrez. He is a United States Veteran and worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling. Survivors include five sisters; Ida Crecioni of Orlando, Becky Mooney of Fairfax, VA, Edna Quinones of Orlando, Lidia Pyecha of Orlando and Lisa West of Orlando; one brother, Ed Gutierrez of...

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Eileen M. Moroney

Eileen M. Moroney

February 17, 1947 — December 19, 2013
Service: December 26, 2013

Eileen M. Moroney, age 66 of Fitchburg, WI, formally of Sterling died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Agrace Hospice in Madison. Eileen was born February 17, 1947 in Atlanta, GA the daughter of Jack and Eleanor (Faunce) Wrenn. She taught at the Sterling – Rock Falls Daycare for 15 years. Eileen married Harold "Hal" Moroney on September 19th 1970 in Des Plaines, Il. They later divorced. She was a former member of Abiding Word Church in...

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Delvin Dale Rajnowski

Delvin Dale Rajnowski

September 26, 1941 — December 19, 2013
Service: December 27, 2013

Delvin D. Rajnowski, age 72 of Cadiz, KY formally of Rock Falls, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Nashville, TN. Delvin was born September 26, 1941 in Drayton, ND the son of Joseph and Mabel (Rousseau) Rajnowski. He served in the US Navy as an Air Controller. Delvin worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 33 years as a millwright. He married Patsy Broussard on May 27, 1962 in New Iberia, Louisiana. Delvin was a...

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James Dean Shaw

September 16, 1955 — December 18, 2013
Service: December 27, 2013

James D. Shaw, 58, of Indianapolis, IN, formerly of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, December 18th at his home. James was born on September 16, 1955, in Sterling, IL, the son of James H. and Barbara A. (Woosley) Shaw. He was employed by Tru Vision for 5 years and then by Pyrmont, both on Indianapolis for 8 years as a computer programmer. He was a member of The Bridge Church, Indianapolis and enjoyed traveling. When he was younger he had the...

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Lola Mitchell

Lola Mitchell

February 16, 1921 — December 15, 2013
Service: December 20, 2013

Lola C. Mitchell, 92, of Sterling, died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at CGH Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Born February 16, 1921 in Edgewood, Illinois she was the daughter of Arthur Henry and Bertha Doris (Strackeljohn) Bartels. On August 20, 1947 she was united in marriage to Virgil R. Mitchell. As a youngster, Lola worked on the family dairy farm with her parents, milking the cows and later worked at the Glove Factory in...

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Darlene E. Biller

Darlene E. Biller

July 20, 1932 — December 14, 2013
Service: December 19, 2013

Darlene E. Biller, 81, of Franklin Grove, formerly of Rock Falls, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Franklin Grove Living Center. Born July 20, 1932 in Dixon, she was the daughter of Byron Keith and Edna (Longanecker) Swartz. On January 27, 1978 she was united in marriage to Lyle J. Biller in Dixon. Darlene enjoyed sewing, flowers and her collections of various items. Those left to honor her memory are her sons, Ron (Judy)...

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Marjorie R. Zigler

Marjorie R. Zigler

September 29, 1953 — December 14, 2013
Service: December 18, 2013

Marjorie R. Zigler, 60, of Tampico, died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 29, 1953 in Sterling, she was the daughter of Howard Taft and La Vonne Elizabeth (Zentz) Blanton. On October 2, 1976 she was united in marriage to Rick Lee Zigler in Rock Falls. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years and had worked at Franklin Grove Living Center. She enjoyed sewing, shopping,...

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