Jerome David “Rip” Conner - 84
3/21/1935 - 6/14/2019
Ohio, IL

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Donald H. Steele - 84
12/27/1934 - 6/14/2019
Walnut, IL

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Babe Brandon - 87
5/21/1932 - 6/8/2019
Walnut, IL

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Patrick Henry - 90

3/18/1929 - 3/25/2019
Harmon, IL

Patrick Henry, 90, of rural Harmon died Monday, March 25, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

He was born on March 18, 1929 in Nelson Township, Lee County, Illinois the son of Leroy Sylvester and Margaret (Tyne) Henry. He married Marilyn Quinn on August 8, 1951 in Williamsburg, VA. She died December 23, 2017. Patrick served in the US Army during the Korean War. He farmed his entire lifetime, retiring at the age of 85. He was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon and was instrumental in starting the annual corn beef and cabbage dinners. Pat served on the Drainage Ditch commission, was an ASCS representative, and was active in the Harmon community, organizing the community’s first fireworks. He was also a supporter of Sauk Valley Community College’s agriculture department. He enjoyed golfing, accomplishing 2 hole in ones and an albatross—all with his famous unorthodox stance.

Survivors include three daughters: Judi (Mark) Fenoglio of Chatham, Tricia (Brad) Scott of Redlands, and Kathleen (Dan) Quinn of Pompano Falls, FL; two sons: Michael (Rebecca) Henry of Harmon and Douglas (Sherry) Henry of Rock Falls; one sister Frances “Babe” (Dave) Brandon of VanPetten ; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife and his sister Peggy.

Visitation will be held on Friday March 29, 2019 from 5-7 PM with the Rosary being recited at 6:45 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 10 AM in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon. Burial will conclude with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials to St Flannen Catholic Church or Sauk Valley Community College Agriculture Department.

Raymond E. “Earl” Marit - 89

10/11/1929 - 3/22/2019
Walnut, IL

WALNUT - Raymond E. “Earl” Marit, 89, of Walnut, died on Friday morning, March 22, 2019 at Heritage Health Center in Walnut.
He was born on October 11, 1929 in Litchfield to Wesley and Ruby (Logsdon) Marit. He married Evelyn Paepke on July 3, 1954 at 1st Christian Church in Walnut.

Earl farmed in rural Walnut for 40 years and had also worked at Motor Wheel in Mendota for over 25 years. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church.
Earl and Evelyn loved to travel and see new places. He was a fan of the Chicago Bulls and enjoyed watching basketball on TV. Earl enjoyed collecting arrowheads, going to auctions, and gardening. In his down time he also enjoyed playing cards and playing bingo.
Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Evelyn, of Walnut; a daughter, Diane (John) Heitz of Normal; a son, Gary (Gail) Marit of Lewisburg, Ohio; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers, a sister and a grandchild.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10-11 AM at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM with Reverend David Poust, officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Walnut Fire Department in his memory.

Lois Baker - 53

11/30/1965 - 3/11/2019
Tampico TAMPICO - Lois Ellen (Kropf) Baker 53 of Tampico, IL passed away at her home with her family by her side on March 11, 2019. She was born Nov 30, 1965 at Indianapolis IN to Harold and Rosanna Kropf of Tampico, IL. She was married to Nathan L Baker on November 30, 1990. She was a member of the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church of Tampico. She is survived by her husband Nathan; 3 sons: Jaron, Joel, Jason; 3 daughters: Lori, Linda and Lily all of Tampico, IL. Her parents Harold and Rosanna Kropf; 5 brothers Arnold Kropf of Tampico IL, Dennis Kropf of Tampico IL, Dale Kropf of Minerva OH, Douglas Kropf of Tampico IL, Darrell Kropf of Red Bluff CA; 4 sisters: Leila Hostetler (Kent) of Maquoketa IA, Luanne Kropf of Tampico IL, Lynette Kropf (Ralph) of Tampico IL, Loretta Kropf of Tampico IL; and Nathans parents, Donald and Loretta Baker. Visitation hours will be Thursday March 14, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 pm at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite School. Funeral services will follow on Friday March 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Cemetery.

Stanley Calsyn - 73

3/4/1946 - 3/8/2019
Tampico

TAMPICO – Stanley A. Calsyn, 73 of Tampico died Friday March 8, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on March 4, 1946, the son of Frank and Marie (Grimes) Calsyn. He attended Tampico High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army from January 1966 – November 1967 as a Spec 4. Stan had worked for 34 years at the Parish Alford Plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Rock Falls. Later he worked construction and also at Mazel for approximately 6 years. Stan enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, traveling and cruises. He was an avid racing pigeon flyer. Stan was a member and served as an officer in the Rock River Valley Pigeon Club; a member and officer of the Corn Country Combine Club; and a member of Tampico American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Jan Hughes Calsyn; three sons: Steven (Penny) Calsyn of Rock Falls, Michael (Dan) Calsyn of Cedar Rapids, IA and Brian Calsyn of Rock Falls; his daughter Leanne (Ken) Crane of Tampico; two step sons: David Vallez of Iowa City and Michael Vallez of Waukegan; his brother Dennis (Kris) Calsyn of Bettendorf, IA; two sisters: June (Art) Spencer of Tampico and Peggy Deets of Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Nancy in infancy and Janice Eskaria

Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. The funeral will follow at 5:30 PM with Jeremiah Parker officiating. Military rites will conclude the services. Burial will take place at a later date.

Rosemary Duffy - 80

1/23/1939 - 3/6/2019
Princeton

 Rosemary (Kemper) Duffy, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Ohio, Ill, died on Wednesday, March 6 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 Rosemary was born on January 23, 1939 in Rochelle to Jefferson and Caroline (Bresson) Kemper.  She married Edward Duffy on August 3, 1968 in Ohio, Illinois.

 She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and had served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, took communion to shut-ins and taught CCD.  Rosemary was a devout Ohio Bulldogs fan and served as past president of the Ohio Boosters and on the High School Board of Education.

 She enjoyed doing puzzles, reading and playing cards. Rosemary loved to cook and was known for her homemade baked beans which were a family favorite. She was an exceptional baker and enjoyed making Christmas cookies for all and especially enjoyed donating them to various charities and organizations. She loved her family deeply especially her grandchildren. Proper grammar was very important to her and she bestowed that on her children.

 Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Edward, of Princeton; her daughters, Deb Duffy and Phyllis Duffy both of Princeton, Erin Duffy of Rockford, Megan Duffy of Ohio and Duanna Duffy of Princeton; her grandchildren, Miguel, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Matthew, Alec, Mary, and Logan; her great grandchildren, Jakobi and Juliette; a sister Dorothy (David) Snow of Crystal Lake, Washington; her brothers, Daryl (Mary) Kemper of Litchfield Park, Ariz., Jim (Joanna) Kemper of Compton and Jeff Kemper of Dixon; a sister-in-law, Gail Kemper of Idaho Fall, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews, and special life-long friend, Connie Allen of Ohio.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Mary, a brother Charles and a sister Phyllis.

 Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of fmaily and friends will be from 9-10:30 AM Monday March 11 at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Inturnment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ohio Fire and Rescue.

 

Kenneth L. DeWaele - 60

1/29/1959 - 2/10/2019
Walnut WALNUT – Kenneth L. DeWaele, age 60, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Heritage Manor in Walnut. Kenneth was born on January 29, 1959 in Walnut the son of Lyman and Helen (Jacobs) DeWaele. He was employed as a Truck Driver for the past 42 years. Kenneth was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut. Survivors include one son, Chris (Sarah) DeWaele of Naples, Italy; four sisters, Florence (Rick) McWaters of Coperas Cove, Texas, Ida (Rich) Vary of Walnut, Phyllis (Gary) Bill of Sheffield and Lucinda (Bill) Guzman of Morris; five brothers, John DeWaele of Walnut, Marvin (Linda) DeWaele of Mendota, Phillip (Ann) DeWaele of Walnut, Ralph (Cathy) DeWaele of Walnut and Howard DeWaele of Moline; three grandchildren, Laela, Hayven and Lance DeWaele all of Naples, Italy. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kenneth Steven DeWaele. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Moore of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery in Walnut. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhomes.com

Kenneth L. DeWaele - 60

1/29/1959 - 2/10/2019
Walnut WALNUT – Kenneth L. DeWaele, age 60, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Heritage Manor in Walnut. Kenneth was born on January 29, 1959 in Walnut the son of Lyman and Helen (Jacobs) DeWaele. He was employed as a Truck Driver for the past 42 years. Kenneth was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut. Survivors include one son, Chris (Sarah) DeWaele of Naples, Italy; four sisters, Florence (Bill) McWaters of Coperas Cove, Texas, Ida (Rich) Vary of Walnut, Phyllis (Gary) Bill of Sheffield and Lucinda (Bill) Guzman of Morris; five brothers, John DeWaele of Walnut, Marvin (Linda) DeWaele of Mendota, Phillip (Ann) DeWaele of Walnut, Ralph (Cathy) DeWaele of Walnut and Howard DeWaele of Moline; three grandchildren, Laela, Hayven and Lance DeWaele all of Naples, Italy. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kenneth Steven DeWaele. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Moore of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery in Walnut. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhomes.com

Barbara A. Reuter - 70

7/11/1948 - 1/23/2019
Ohio, IL Barbara Ann Reuter Barbara Ann Reuter, age 70, of Ohio, died January 23, 2019 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Barbara was born July 11, 1948 in Detroit, MI the daughter of Robert D. and Elaine (Shoobridge) Kirsch. She married Donald Reuter on April 16, 1966 in Warren, MI and was employed at Perry Memorial Hospital as a Respiratory Care Practitioner for 14 years. Barbara was a long time member of the Ohio Library Board and enjoyed reading, painting, shopping, social media, spending time outdoors and going to Woodhaven. Survivors include her husband, Donald Reuter of Ohio, IL; three sons, Robert (Brenda) Reuter of Ohio, IL, Donald I. (Donna) Reuter of Ohio, IL and Mick Reuter of Wheeling; three sisters, Linda (Ken) Duffy of Citrus Heights, CA, Marion (Jim Hammond) Lams of New Market, TN, and Debbie Kirsch of MI; one brother, Robert E. Kirsch of Blanchard, MI; nine grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Steven Reuter and Gary Reuter. A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial services will be Sunday at 3:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Gene Vincent of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Ohio Library. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Barbara A. Reuter - 70

7/11/1948 - 1/23/2019
Ohio, IL Barbara Ann Reuter Barbara Ann Reuter, age 70, of Ohio, died January 23, 2019 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Barbara was born July 11, 1948 in Detroit, MI the daughter of Robert D. and Elaine (Shoobridge) Kirsch. She married Donald Reuter on April 16, 1966 in Warren, MI and was employed at Perry Memorial Hospital as a Respiratory Care Practitioner for 14 years. Barbara was a long time member of the Ohio Library Board and enjoyed reading, painting, shopping, social media, spending time outdoors and going to Woodhaven. Survivors include her husband, Donald Reuter of Ohio, IL; three sons, Robert (Brenda) Reuter of Ohio, IL, Donald I. (Donna) Reuter of Ohio, IL and Mick Reuter of Wheeling; three sisters, Linda (Ken) Duffy of Citrus Heights, CA, Marion (Jim Hammond) Lams of New Market, TN, and Debbie Kirsch of MI; one brother, Robert E. Kirsch of Blanchard, MI; nine grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Steven Reuter and Gary Reuter. A gathering of family and friends will be Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial services will be Sunday at 3:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Gene Vincent of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Ohio Library. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Chelbie Altepeter - 65

7/22/1953 - 1/21/2019
Sterling, Illinois STERLING – Chelbie Lynn Altepeter, age 65, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Chelbie was born on July 22, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of Clifford and Vera (Bruns) Rosene. She attended Tampico Schools and worked for many years at Dixon State School. Chelbie loved to play games and enjoyed her large extended family. She was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include one son, Steven Altepeter of Sterling; three sisters, Gloria (Phil) York of Avon, Ind., Jill (Craig) Froeter of Sterling and Tamara (Marty) Wolf of Rock Falls; three brothers, Richard (Karen) Rosene of Brownsburg, Ind., Craig Rosene of Mt. Olivet, Ky. and Jeffrey (Paula) Rosene of Tampico; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Danny Ray and Rory Steven Rosene. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM with Reverend Carlos McNinch officiating. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery, Tampico. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhomes.com

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