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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Karen S. Burger - 72
7/18/1946 - 4/29/2019
Tampico, IL

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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

Rose M. Batten - 81

12/17/1937 - 1/16/2019
Tampico, Illinois TAMPICO – Rose M. Batten, 81 of Tampico died Wednesday January 16, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on December 17, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Leroy and Olive Isenhart. She married Lawrence Batten on June 9, 1956 in Rock Falls. He died May 9, 2012. Rose began her working career at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling then had worked as a secretary at Tampico Grade School; Cady Implement in Yorktown; and also had partnered her husband as owners and operators of Lawrence Batten Trucking. Rose had served on the Tampico School Board as well as the CGH Medical Center Board. Survivors include her sons: Todd (Cindy) Batten of Tampico and Scott (Shari) Batten of Deer Grove; six grandchildren: Brandy (Justin) Cucci, Brandon (Ashley) Batten, Hunter Batten, Kacey Batten, Devan Batten and Ayden Batten; five great grandchildren; her brother in law: Howard (Pat) Batten; her sister in laws: Mary Kuepker, Rosalie Mini, Joyce (Ron) Sandrock, Rita (Jerry) Beranek and Mary Anne Batten. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Robert and three brothers. Visitation will be held on Sunday January 20, 2019 from 11 – 1 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. The funeral will follow at 1 PM with the Reverend Carlos McNinch officiating. Memorials to American Cancer Society and to Hospice.

Bud Ward - 95

3/18/1923 - 1/12/2019
Walnut, IL

WALNUT – Donal J. “Bud” Ward, 95 of Walnut, died Saturday January 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born March 18, 1923 in Van Orin, IL the son of Bert and Ethel (King) Ward. He married Rosemary E. Hammond on June 29, 1946 in Walnut. She died June 14, 2000. Donal had farmed in the Van Orin area early in life and then for 60 years was a grain and livestock farmer in the Deer Grove area before retiring. He had milked cows and was a member of the Short Horn Association. In the past he had served on the board and past president of the First State Bank of Van Orin; he had served as the drainage ditch commissioner for Greenville Township; and had supported Illinois 4-H and was a supporter of Blackhawk East College. Donal was always a good neighbor.

He is survived by his 14 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Dale Ward and Richard “Dick” Ward; his sister Verna Lee Broers; and a niece.

Visitation will be held on Friday January 18, 2019 from 10 -11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will conclude at 1:30 PM at Van Orin Repose Cemetery.

Memorials to the Walnut Fire Department in his memory.

Paul C. Williams - 61

4/1/1957 - 1/9/2019
Van Orin, Illinois Paul C. Williams, age 61, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL, after battling cancer. He was born to Donald and Mary Williams on April 1, 1957. He was a Lamoille High School graduate in the class on 1975, and for many years, Paul worked construction for Union Local 76. Paul enjoyed much of his life drinking beer, fishing and spoiling his cat Socks. Paul was the father to Jamie Law of Morrisonville, IL. Grandfather to Bry Williams of Bourbonnais, IL, Michael Law of Walnut, IL, and Kaden Lawson of Morrisonville, IL. He was the brother to Walter Fogle of El Segundo CA, Dave (Judy) Fogle of Van Orin, IL, Jim (Bonnie) Williams of Belvidere IL, and Mark Williams, Peru IL. Paul was also the caretaker of his beloved and spoiled cat, Socks. Paul was proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary, as well as his step-father Earnest Halley. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 11 am at the Van Orin Gospel Church Main St., Van Orin, IL 61374. Josh Simpkins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bach Memorial Chapel. The family will greet friends and family from 9 am to 11 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Van Orin Gospel Church. The family would like to extend their gratitude to those who have helped care for Paul during his fight with cancer. Specifically, Paula Fischer and Judy Fogle, for their constant and loving care. Contributions to Paul’s name can be made to the family.

Myron J. Hard - 69

9/18/1949 - 1/9/2019
Princeton

 Myron J. Hard, 69, of Princeton, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Perry        Memorial Hospital.

He was born on September 18, 1949, in Princeton, to son of Carl Edward and Ruby (Carlson) Hard. He married Barbara A. Phillips on February 21, 1971, in Ohio, IL. Myron was employed for over 30 years by the City of Princeton Electric Department retiring as    Superintendent of Generation. He enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara;      his daughter, Heather Hard (Paul Hill) of Princeton; his son, Scott Hard of Princeton; his granddaughter, Kaelynn Geheber (Derrick Eckberg); and his brother, Ron (Linda) Hard of Wyanet.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Elaine.

Visitation will be held on Sunday January 13, 2019 from 3-6P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow on Monday at 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will conclude at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton.

A memorial will be established in his memory.

 

Ruth Ann Forristall - 93

5/24/1925 - 12/30/2018
Ohio, IL

 OHIO, IL - Ruth A. Forristall 93 of Ohio, IL, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Ruth was born May 24, 1925 to Edward & Gertrude (Marschang) Vock of Polo, IL.  She married Lyle Forristall of Ohio, IL, November 26, 1947.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, 3 sisters & a brother Catherine Hodge, Bernadine Bloom, Francis  Vock, & Eileen Wright.

She is survived by 3 sons Edward (partner Frank Demma) Forristall, Harry (Mary Jane) Forristall, Steve “Sam” Forristall, 6 grandchildren Joel (Melissa) Forristall, Amy (Gary) Smith, Adam (Amy) Forristall, Matt (Courtney) Forristall, Brandon (Christi) Forristall & Carissa (fiancee Mitchell Welsh) Forristall and 6 great-grandchildren. As well as 2 sisters Dorothy Clothier & Loretta Carroll.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the OCCW.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Friday January 4, 2019 from 9-11 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in the church with the Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Burial will conclude at St. Mary Cemetery, Ohio. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

Memorials to Heritage Health in Walnut.

Erica J. Adams - 26

7/16/1992 - 12/30/2018
Walnut, IL JACKSONVILLE, IL – Erica Jean Adams, age 26, of Jacksonville, IL, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL after fighting a brave battle of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of brain cancer. Erica was born on July 16, 1992, in Sterling, IL, the daughter of Jeffrey and Kathryn (Wallace) Adams. She was a 2010 graduate of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL and was currently employed there at the time of her death. Erica loved to travel with family and friends, doing tie dye and advocating for the deaf. She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Kathy of Tampico; her paternal grandmother; Ida Mary Adams of Walnut; her maternal grandparents, Neale and Rita Wallace of Walnut; a brother, Joe (Amber) Adams of Tampico; her sister, Jenny (Josh Ackerman) Adams of Ohio; her boyfriend, Josh Marcure (his children, Lezlee & Karma) of Springfield; a niece, Kathryn Ackerman, two nephews, Jace and Cale Adams; uncles Terry (Diana) Wallace; Tim (Teri) Wallace; Greg (Joyce) Wallace; Charles Adams; Paul (Nona) Adams; aunts Joyce Spencer and Patti (Keith) Buercklin; and numerous cousins. She also left behind her beloved dogs, Deuce and Honey. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Adams; her great-grandparents including special great-grandmother, Marjorie Hardersen; and Erica’s unborn child. Private family services were held. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 13th, at the Green River Golf Course in Walnut, IL from 1-4 p.m., for all friends and family. Please feel free to wear tie-dye to honor Erica’s memory. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Sally L. Wallace - 63

11/16/1955 - 12/29/2018
Walnut, IL Sally Louise Wallace, age 63, of Walnut, IL, passed away December 29, 2018 at Rock River Hospice after a battle with ovarian cancer. Sally was born on November 16, 1955, the daughter of Kenneth and Alice (Emmerson) Rodgers. She grew up west of Manlius playing on her grandpa Joe’s Osage Park located on the canal. She graduated from Manlius High School in 1974. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Wallace on January 28, 1978 in Sheffield. Their wedding was delayed by one day due to the blizzard of 1978. She was the proud mother of four children. She enjoyed the country life, country music, country line dancing, drinking coffee, loved snowmen, her Dodge Intrepid & Charger, the annual Rodgers family Reunion, her Chihuahua Kenny & watching her grandchildren. She created Walnut’s slogan, “Where Community Pride Leads to Growth” that was used for many years. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jeffrey Wallace of Walnut, her father Kenneth Rodgers of Sheffield, her brother David (Deb) Rodgers of Sheffield, three children: Danielle Wallace of Walnut, Suzy (Ben) Santella of Naperville, Darrell (Leslea) Wallace of Sterling, two grandchildren: Andrew and Emma Wallace of Sterling, and one son-in-law: James Sergeant Jr. of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jessica Sergeant, her mother Alice Rodgers, her grandparents and her infant brother Joseph. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with a Celebration of Life beginning at 4pm with Pastor Gary Brooks officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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