Obituaries

Virginia Finkle

Virginia Finkle

February 4, 1922 — March 27, 2015
Service: April 4, 2015

CHADWICK – Virginia Finkle, age 93, died Friday March 27, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Virginia was born on February 4, 1922 in Gilmore City, Iowa the daughter of James and Clara (Beach) Wombwell. She married Elwood Finkle on January 13, 1946 in Dixon. He died December 31, 2003. Virginia was a homemaker and lifelong member of Coleta United Methodist Church, Coleta. Virginia was an avid pie baker and she and Elwood farmed outside...

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Beverly Ruth Prentice

Beverly Ruth Prentice

December 9, 1922 — March 27, 2015
Service: No Services

Beverly Ruth Prentice, age 92 of Sterling, died March 28, 2015 at Regency Care Center in Sterling. Beverly was born on December 9, 1922 in Sterling; the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Tarvin) Oswald. She married Anthony Prentice on August 8, 1942 in Dekalb, IL; he preceded her in death in December 1978. She worked as an LPN for many years and was employed by the Dixon State School. Beverly was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in...

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Rachel L. Wheat

June 20, 1955 — March 27, 2015
Service: April 1, 2015

Rachel L. Wheat, age 59 of Sterling died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. Rachel was born June 20, 1955 in Sterling the daughter of Alberto and Juanita (Rodriguez) Guerrero. She married Allen "Hal" Wheat on December 6, 1974 in Sterling. Rachel was a member of Amazing Grace Church in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Allen; one daughter, Hannah Wheat of Sterling; one son Allen (Charity) Wheat of...

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Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz

Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz

December 20, 1919 — March 25, 2015
Service: March 28, 2015

Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz, age 95 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Alice was born on December 20, 1919 in Husum West Germany; the daughter of Amandus and Emma (Kuhntopf) Martens. She married Walter Protokowitz on March 21, 1942 in Husum, West Germany; he preceded her in death on April 16, 1990. Alice was employed for 18 years with Central Quality. She was a long time...

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Richard Dominic O'Malley III

Richard Dominic O'Malley III

September 6, 1968 — March 24, 2015
Service: March 28, 2015

Richard D. O'Malley III, 46 of Sterling died March 24, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on September 6, 1968 in Sterling, the son of Richard D. and Judith A. (Plautz) O'Malley. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1987 and later graduated from Southern Illinois University. Rick was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War having served 4 years in the US Navy and was a Sea Air Rescue Swimmer. He was employed at the time of his...

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LeRoy Joseph Blatz

LeRoy Joseph Blatz

January 5, 1926 — March 23, 2015
Service: March 28, 2015

LeRoy J. Blatz, 89 of Rock Falls died Monday March 23, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born on January 5, 1926 in New Trier, MN the son of Edward and Suzanna (Bungert) Blatz and was a veteran of WW II having served in the Army Air Force. He met the love of his life Mary Anna White in May 1950 and they were married on October 28, 1950 in Dubuque, IA. They have had 64 ½ wonderful years together and were blessed with...

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Anne Bittorf Cox

Anne Bittorf Cox

November 12, 1935 — March 23, 2015
Service: March 26, 2015

Anne Bittorf Cox passed away March 23, 2015, peacefully with her family by her side at the Kahl Home in Davenport, Iowa. She was born in Sterling, Illinois November 12, 1935 to Joseph H. Bittorf and Mary Delaney Bittorf. Anne married William R. McCabe and had six children. Later in life she married Robert William Cox. Anne was a proud alum of St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, and an avid fan of the Fighting Irish. A loving mother, she...

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Samuel Lyle Metzler

Samuel Lyle Metzler

October 29, 1937 — March 23, 2015
Service: March 27, 2015

Samuel L. Metzler Samuel L. Metzler, age 77 of Sterling died Monday, March 23, 2015 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation in Rock Falls. Samuel was born October 29, 1937 in Tekamah, Nebraska the son of Everett Metzler, Sr. and Bernettie Hefner-Perry. He married Bonnie Chambers on April 25, 1978 in Amboy. He was a successful businessman who enjoyed owning and watching his racehorses, football, golfing, bowling, playing blackjack and craps and...

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Celia S. Ybarra

Celia S. Ybarra

October 21, 1938 — March 23, 2015
Service: March 27, 2015

Celia S. Ybarra, 76 of Sterling died Monday March 23, 2015 at her home. She was born on October 21, 1938 in San Francisco, Del Rincon, GTO, Mexico the daughter of Jose and Juanita (Garcia) Sanchez. She married Raymond D. Ybarra Sr. on January 4, 1957. Celia's first job was working for Lupita's Tortilla in Sterling and later she worked for 12 years in housekeeping at CGH Medical Center in Sterling before retiring. She loved to cook for family...

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Paul F. Seidel

Paul F. Seidel

August 21, 1930 — March 21, 2015
Service: March 26, 2015

Paul F. Seidel, 84, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 21, 1930 in Sterling he was a son of Harry and Mabel (Moede) Seidel. On August 15, 1959 he was united in marriage to Carol Johnson. Paul was a US Navy Veteran who proudly served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for over 30 years and also in the service department at the...

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