Obituaries

Joyce D. Howard

Joyce D. Howard

May 26, 1929 — November 15, 2019
Service: No Services

Joyce D. Howard, age 90, of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, died on Friday, November, 15, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehab. Joyce was born on May 26, 1929 in Fair Haven, IL to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. She married Wayne Howard on May 22, 1949. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Falls. She graduated from Milledgeville High School. ...

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Raymond  J. Espinoza, Sr.

Raymond J. Espinoza, Sr.

June 11, 1938 — November 14, 2019
Service: November 21, 2019

Raymond John Espinoza, Sr. age 81 of Sterling, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home. Ray was born on June 11, 1938 in Sterling, the son of Pedro A. and Estella M. (Hansen) Espinoza. He is a United States Army Veteran. Ray married Juanita "Jenny" Rose Cruz on February 4, 1961 in Sterling. He worked as a mechanic for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 36 years, retiring on April 1, 1999. Ray was a member of Grace...

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Glen Hacker

Glen Hacker

— November 14, 2019
Service: November 19, 2019

STERLING – Glen Hacker, 83 of rural Sterling died Thursday November 14, 2019 He was born the son of Ray and Mary (Weidel) Hanabarger. He married Patsy Rasmussen on March 18, 1956 in Sterling. She died March 9, 2016. Glen had owned and operated HH Farm Services for several years. He always helped working the farm for spring and fall harvest. He enjoyed attending the many family and grandchildren events. He also loved to cut and split wood...

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Francis E. McDonnell

Francis E. McDonnell

February 21, 1927 — November 14, 2019
Service: November 19, 2019

STERLING – Reverend Francis E. McDonnell, 92 died Thursday November 14, 2019 at Presence Cor Marie Nursing Home in Rockford. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Sterling, the son of Thomas Joseph and Margareth (Weber) McDonnell. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Community High School. He attended Lora College for one semester before entering St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Father McDonnell was ordained by the Most Reverend...

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Thomas E. Duncan

Thomas E. Duncan

September 17, 1950 — November 13, 2019
Service: November 16, 2019

Thomas E. Duncan, 69, of Morrison, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home. Thomas was born September 17, 1950 in Thorpe, W.V. the son of Willie and Irene (Poff) Duncan. For many years, he was employed at GE in Morrison where he thought of his co-workers as family. He was a car enthusiast especially race cars and any vehicle from the 1960s. Tom enjoyed spending time at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton. He is survived by two sisters...

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Robert Van De Velde

Robert Van De Velde

August 11, 1925 — November 12, 2019
Service: November 16, 2019

Robert Joseph Van De Velde, 94, passed away on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. He was born in Sheffield, Illinois, on August 11th, 1925, the son of Bruno and Emma Van De Velde, who immigrated to the United States from Belgium in 1887 through Ellis Island. Robert moved with his family to the Tampico area at the age of 5 in 1930. In 1943, while a senior at Tampico High School, Robert...

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Robin G. Flynn

Robin G. Flynn

October 31, 1966 — November 9, 2019
Service: November 13, 2019

Robin G. Flynn, age 53 of Sterling, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robin was born on October 31, 1966 in Rockford, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Harding) Frazier. She married Theodore "Ted" Flynn on July 19, 1985 in Sterling. Robin worked at Burger King as the restaurant manager for many years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. She enjoyed bowling, doing puzzles, music and attending rock...

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Fernando "Fred" Garza

Fernando "Fred" Garza

November 20, 1953 — November 9, 2019
Service: November 15, 2019

Fernando "Fred" Garza, 65 of Sterling died Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Glafiro and Soledad (Pèna) Garza Sr. He married the former Marie Henning on June 14, 1996. He had worked in the heating and cooling profession and had operated his own business Fred's Heating and Cooling. In the past he liked working with stained glass. Survivors include his wife, Marie; his son,...

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Leo E. Blair

Leo E. Blair

August 14, 1931 — November 6, 2019
Service: November 9, 2019

Leo E. Blair Jr. 88 and a long time area Funeral Director/Embalmer, died Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Northwest Medicine – Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. He was born on August 14, 1931 in Galt, the son of Leo E. and Edna (Hahn) Blair Sr., and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Airforce. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He married Joan Knabe on September 10, 1958 in Glen Ellyn, IL....

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James "Jim"  Sheley

James "Jim" Sheley

May 4, 1931 — November 6, 2019
Service: November 11, 2019

James "Jim" Joseph Sheley, 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jim was born on May 4, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Orin J. and Bess D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Rose Elgin on June 16, 1956 in Sterling. Jim worked at RB & W for 31 years. He was an avid reader. He loved to sit outside, feed the birds and drink his...

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