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Bertha Driessens - 102

3/3/1916 - 8/16/2018
Tampico, Illinois

Bertha Driessens, age 102 of Tampico, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Heritage Woods of Sterling.

Bertha was born on March 3, 1916 in Sheffield, IL, the daughter of Camiel and Madeline (Roels) Van Parys. She married Kamiel Driessens on September 26, 1936 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield. He preceded her in death on November 12, 1988. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico, the Altar and Rosary Society, Tampico Wa Tan Ye Club and the Tampico American Legion Auxillary.

Survivors include her sons, Don (Pat) Driessens of Rock Falls and Darrell (Lynnette) Driessens of Las Vegas; six grandchildren, Steve Driessens, Mark Driessens, Kevin Driessens, Reann Holbrook, Michelle Driessens and Michael Driessens; two step grandchildren, Chip Murdock and Scott Konneck; nine great grandchildren, Trevor, Samantha, Nathan, Caleb, Korissa, Jeffery, Kristen, Kelsey and Christian; seven great, great grandchildren; one sister, Janice Miller of The Villages, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Dennis Driessens; step-mother, Maria Van Parys; and one brother, Walter Van Parys.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00-10:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico, Rosary will be recited at 10:00 A.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow Rosary at 10:30 A.M. at the church with the Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant officiating. Burial will conclude at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Heritage Woods of Sterling and Vitas Hospice. 

Jeffrey Lenihan - 62

1/4/1956 - 8/14/2018
Princeton, Illinois Jeffrey V. Lenihan Jeffrey Vernon Lenihan, age 62, of Princeton, died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home. Jeffrey was born January 4, 1956 in Princeton the son of Roger and Grace (Butts) Lenihan. He was employed in computer software sales. Survivors include daughter, Erin Lenihan of Chicago and son, Troy Lenihan of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Michael and sister Pam Jiricka. A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Ye Olde Underground Inn in Princeton. Private graveside services will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. A memorial has been established at Friends of Strays in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to

Hazel A. Gonigam - 84

3/14/1934 - 8/3/2018
Dixon, Illinois Hazel Arlene Gonigam, 84 of Dixon, formerly of Walnut, died Friday, August 03, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Hazel was born on March 14, 1934 in Mendota, the daughter of Vesta and Laura (Moody) Pasley. She married Gail Gonigam on September 6, 1985 at the Harmon Christian Assembly Church. She worked as an administrative assistant before retirement. Hazel was a member of the Lost Lake Community Church in Dixon. Survivors include her husband, Gail; three step-sons, Randall (Tamra) Gonigam of Somonauk, IL, Robert (Tracy) Gonigam of IN and Ronald Gonigam of Roselle, IL; her daughter-in-law, Christie Maas; sister-in-law, Margie Pasley; brother-in-law, Howard Glenn; five step-grandchildren; five step-great, grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Darold Pasley; one sister, Marian Glenn and one step-son, Richard Gonigam. Visitation will be Monday, August 6, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, 14733 IL HWY 92. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Glenn and Pastor John Trotter co-officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to Lost Lake Community Church in Dixon or Serenity Hospice in Oregon.

Lois M. Minnick - 84

8/1/1933 - 7/31/2018
Ohio, IL Lois M. Minnick, 84 of rural Ohio died Tuesday July 31, 2018 at Heritage Health in Walnut. She was born on August 1, 1933 in Atkinson, IL the daughter of Charles and Mayme (Wirth) Plasschaert. She married Robert Minnick on October 1, 1955 in Sheffield, IL. Lois was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio and of the O.C.C.W. She had enjoyed gardening and canning. Her greatest love however, was that for her family and taking care of them. Survivors include her husband, Bob; their children: Linda Minnick of Denton, TX, Charles (Tracey) Minnick of Clinton, IA, Deb (Kevin) Guinn of Graham, TX and Kevin (Christine) Minnick of Princeton, IL; her sister, Sharon Calsyn of Sheffield, IL; her brother Harvey Plasschaert of Decatur, IL; 8 grandchildren: Drew Minnick, Tyler Minnick, Beau Minnick, Kalin Westerman, Jordan Minnick, Jarod Guinn, Grace Minnick and Lila Minnick and 1 step grandchild, Tanner Guinn She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and one granddaughter Lillian Minnick. Visitation will be held on Thursday August 2, 2018 from 5-7 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the Rosary being recited at 4:45 PM. A prayer service will be held on Friday morning at 9:30 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Reverend Thomas Shaw, Celebrant officiating. Burial will conclude at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. Memorials in her memory to the O.C.C.W. of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church would be appreciated.

Roberta Benevento - 69

11/26/1948 - 7/15/2018
Walnut WALNUT – Roberta Benevento, age 69, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roberta was born on November 26, 1948 in Princeton the daughter of Robert and Nona (Glaze) Parker. She married Ronald Benevento on April 15, 1989 in Walnut. He died in August of 2015. Roberta and Ron owned and operated R&R Woodworks for 25 years retiring in 2010. Survivors include one daughter, Angela (Tom Farraher) Carl; one step-daughter, Lisa (Steve) Hardy of Walnut; one step-son, Ronnie Benevento of Sterling; one sister, Pam (Brian) Allen of Springfield; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Green River Country Club in Walnut. Cremation rites have been accorded. 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

Melvin E. Vest - 84

6/14/2018 - 6/27/2018
Maquoketa, IA Melvin E. Vest, age 84, of Maquoketa, IA, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa. Melvin was born June 14, 1934 in Richland Center, WI the son of James and Merna (Brown) Vest. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and later married his middle school sweetheart, Naomi Allaback, on March 10, 1961 in Madison, WI. Melvin was employed as an electrician. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Survivors include two daughters, Dawn (William) Bailey of Fulton and Sara (Michael) Stoltenberg of Clinton, IA; one son, Mark (Mary) Vest of Ohio, IL; one sister, Bessie McMahon of Fitchberg, WI; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Jamie, Janelle, Jason, Andrew, Zachary, Richard and Nicole; thirteen great grandchildren, Ijah, Bentlee, Azriella, Braiden, Addison, Olivia, Kaleb, Chloe, Sophia, Jaxon, Allie, Alexis and Sierra; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one brother, Harold Vest; one sister, Doris Stittleburg; one grandson, Justin; and one great grandson, Crews. Visitation will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 10 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Ohio, IL. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Jack L. Kuelper - 78

6/10/1940 - 6/20/2018
Wyanet Jack L. Kuelper, age 78, of Wyanet, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Jack was born June 10, 1940 in Deer Grove the son of Leonard and Helen (Reffett) Kuelper. He married Judith Morse on December 22, 1961 in Rock Falls and was employed as a mill wright at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years. Survivors include his wife, Judy Kuelper of Wyanet; one daughter, Korina (Dennis) Nichols of Princeton; two sons, Cory Kuelper of Wyanet and Eugene Kuelper of Annawan; one sister, Betty Hotchkiss of Thomas; one brother, James (Esther) Kuelper of Prophetstown; six grandchildren; one step grandchild; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leonard Kuelper, Ronald Kuelper, Lyle Kuelper and Robert Kuelper; and one sister, Cheryl Kuelper. Graveside services will be Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Yorktown Cemetery with Pastor Roger Carlson officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Tampico Fire Department. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico.

Gary D. Johnson - 77

10/27/2018 - 5/31/2018
Tampico, IL TAMPICO – Gary D. Johnson, 77 of Tampico died Thursday May 31, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on October 27, 1940 in Sterling the son of Donald and Doris (Gibson) Johnson. He attended Prophetstown elementary schools and was a 1958 graduate of Prophetstown High School. He also attended a short course in agriculture at the University of Illinois. Gary married Joan Olson on July 28, 1962 at the Tampico United Methodist Church. Gary has been engaged in farming all his life. He was also active in many community activities: Ball Program in Tampico from 1967 – 2000; member of the Board of Directors of the Whiteside Co Farm Bureau; member of the Board of Directors of the Whiteside Co Farm Services Agency; Member of the Tampico Lions Club; President of the Tampico Cemetery Association; Member Antique Engine & Tractor Association; Tampico Community Club; Tampico Area Historical Society; Tampico Area Long Range Planning Committee; Christmas in the Country; Tampico United Methodist Church youth programs and many mission projects; former Facilities Committee member of Wesley Woods Methodist Camp in Wisconsin; and he was named Whiteside Co Republican Volunteer of the Year for 2016. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and nieces and nephews and attending all their activities as was possible. His pride and joy was driving his antique 1950 Oliver 66 in parades. For over 50 years he has been pleased to share Christmas Joy with the surrounding communities by decorating the farm yard with over 100 lighted figures and other displays. He was a great sports enthusiast and did his best to make it to as many local school ball games as possible. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two sons Terry (Gabriela) Johnson of Rockford and Kelly (Carrie) Johnson of Pleasant Prairie, WI; four grandchildren: Michaela, Miranda, Addison and Andrew; his sister Shirley (Douglas) Jensen of Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dwight. Visitation will be held on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 3-7 PM at the Tampico United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow on Monday June 4, 2018 at 11 AM in the church with the Reverend Leann Keate, pastor officiating. Burial will conclude at the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A memorial will be established in his memory.

Mabel L. Wolfe - 85

11/9/1932 - 5/27/2018
Walnut, IL Mabel L. Wolfe Mabel L. Wolfe, age 85, of Walnut, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Mabel was born November 9, 1932 in Tampico, IL the daughter of Leon and Hazel (Kepner) Palmer. She married Claude Wolfe on July 20, 1952 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2005. Mabel was employed as a housekeeper at Walnut Manor for several years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut and enjoyed flower gardening, making baby quilts, baking and sewing. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca (George F.) Cantrell of Dixon and Emily (Kevin) Ross of Iowa; two brothers, Stanley (Jenny) Wolfe of Spanaway, WA and Kenneth Wolfe of Walnut; one daughter-in-law, Rita Wolfe of Princeton; three brothers, Donny Palmer of IL, Leland Palmer of Mt. Morris and Edgar Palmer of Wyanet; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and also many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Treva Wolfe at birth; one son, William Wolfe; and one sister. Cremation rites will be accorded. There are no services. Online condolences may be sent to

Robert - 62

11/28/1955 - 5/10/2018
Walnut, Illinois Robert “Rob” Michael Wallace, died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Rob was born on November 28, 1955 in Princeton, the son of Loyal and Frances (Downey) Wallace. He married Darlene Wiggim on September 23, 1978 in Princeton. Rob was employed at Heritage Health in Walnut for the past 32 years where he worked as the maintenance manager. He also worked at Manlius Grain and Walnut Farm Equiptment prior to working at Heritage Health. Rob enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a charter member of the Happy Hookers Fishing Club. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his family. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; one daughter, Amber (Matthew) Morman of Kenosha, WI; two grandsons, Dylan and Andrew; two sisters, Ann Sprowls of Sheffield and Jean (Clifford) Smith of Princeton; and one brother, Thomas (Judy) Wallace of Port Byron. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial is established in his memory.

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