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Rita M. Bontz - 938/1/1924 - 1/8/2018
Sterling, IL Rita M. Bontz Obituary Rita Bontz, 93, of Sterling, Illinois, passed away on January 8th at CGH Hospital in Sterling with her loving family by her side. Rita was born in Dixon, the daughter of Mary Gleason Rock and Thomas Rock. She graduated from Newman High School in Sterling and worked at the Defense Plant in Dixon in the early years of WWII. She married Maynard Bontz on September 3, 1942 in Harmon, Il. She is survived by five children; Barb Ekstrum (Jim) of Dunlap, Ron (Doreen) of Rock Falls, Louie (Barb) of LaSalle, Deb George of Montgomery, and Greg Bontz of Sterling, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, sister Anne Vock of Polo, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Rock, sisters, Eileen Oester and Irene Shaw, granddaughter, Jennifer Bontz, son-in-law Ron George, and daughter-in-law, Mary Bontz. Rita and Maynard lived in the rural Harmon area where they farmed. Later, they operated the Victory Cafe on Rt.26/30, and the Bontz’s Beehive Restaurant in Ohio, Il. Maynard died on 12/21/88. Rita operated the restaurant for six more years. She later married Bob Anderson of Ohio, Il in 2002. Rita and Bob did extensive travelling; spending many winters in Arizona and visiting Jim, his son, in Mexico. Bob died in 2014. Rita was an avid gardener who loved flowers; and she enjoyed decorating and travelling. She liked playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and listening to 40’s music. The family would like to thank retirement homes, Greenfield in Princeton and Parkway Center in Sterling, as well as the CGH Hospital staff for their kindness and expertise in caring for Rita. Visitation will be Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9:30 – 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 St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Memorials have been established to the Ohio Fire Dept and St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
Mary Elizabeth (Lutes) Rabe - 839/13/1934 - 12/27/2017
Mary Elizabeth (Lutes) Rabe, was born September 13, 1934, at the farm home in Zearing, IL.
She attended the one room Wolfersberger Grade School, in Berlin Township, all 8 years. She attended Princeton High School, and graduated from Malden High School in 1952. Mary was united in marriage to Dean Vertus Rabe on January 25, 1953, at the First Christian Church, Princeton, IL. They lived in the Princeton area until moving to Walnut in 1955. In 1963, they moved to the farm they had purchased in Walnut Township, where they farmed until retiring there in 1978. To this union was born three sons, Keith Vertus, Kevin Dean and Kent Terrill Rabe. Mary was born again on October 31, 1975, trusting 100% in Jesus Christ as her own personal Lord and Savior. Because of this, according to God’s word, she is now in Heaven. She followed her Lord in baptism December 5, 1975 at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN. Mary loved her husband and family, was an active member of First Baptist Church of LaSalle, IL, where she served her Lord faithfully, using the music abilities the Lord had given her.
Mary is survived by one son, Kent T. Rabe of Walnut; one daughter-in-law, Ann (Kevin) Rabe of Fairfax, IA; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, George Lutes of LaSalle, IL and Kenneth Lutes of Elk Ridge, UT; one sister, Carol Eidson of Nixa, MO; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons, Keith V. Rabe and Kevin D. Rabe; and one granddaughter, Michelle J. Rabe.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 9:30 – 10:45 AM at the First Baptist Church of LaSalle. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the church with Pastors Wesley Waddle and Dr. Glenn W. Foster co-officiating. Burial will be Wednesday at 2:00 PM at Walnut Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the First Baptist Church of LaSalle.
Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
Marilyn A. Henry - 868/11/1931 - 12/23/2017
Marilyn A. Henry, age 86 of Harmon, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Marilyn was born on August 11, 1931 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Henry and Viola (Keating) Quinn. She married Patrick Henry on August 9, 1951 in Williamsburg, VA. Marilyn worked for the American Red Cross as a Registered Nurse during her lifetime. She was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon. She was also an active member of St. Anne's Society at the church and enjoyed her time with her monthly bridge club friends. Marilyn will be fondly remembered for her love of gardening, her intense commitment to family, and her great devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick; her three daughters, Judi (Mark) Fenoglio of Chatham, IL, Tricia (Brad) Scott of Redlands, CA and Kathleen (Dan) Quinn of Oak Ridge, TN; her two sons, Michael (Rebecca) Henry of Harmon and Douglas (Sherry) Henry of Rock Falls; sixteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the Rosary recited at 6:45 P.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon with Reverend Timothy Draper, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the American Red Cross and St. Flannen Catholic Church in her memory.
Scott M. Johnson - 609/12/1957 - 12/9/2017
Princeton, IL Scott Michael Johnson, age 60, of 500 S. Main St., Princeton, Illinois died suddenly on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Scott had moved from Walnut on December 1, 2017. Scott was born on September 12, 1957 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to Gene R. and Lois A (Dimmig) Johnson. He graduated from Lakeland School in Elkhorn, WI in 1975. He worked many jobs over the years, most recently at Prairie View Nursing Home and Perry Memorial Hospital. Scott lived his entire life surrounded by family who loved him very much. He had a heart of gold and loved life. He loved sports and was an avid St. Louis cardinals and chicago Bears fan. In his younger years he helped umpire youth baseball in Walnut. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother. Surviving are his father, Gene R. Johnson of Heritage Health in Walnut, IL; his sister, Susan L. (Gary) Brooks of Walnut; and his brother, Steven (Patty) Johnson of Ripon, WI. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Christopher H. (Sarah) Prokes, and Lilley and Elliott of Marsielles, IL; Gina R. (Dennis) Boyles, Elizabeth and Braden of Princeton; Drew Foes and taylor of of Buda, IL; Emaleigh Morrissey and Jason Floyd, Hunter, Kylie and Presleigh of Sheffield, IL; Annette L. (Ben) Clausen, Ava, Caleb, Greyson and Oliver of Walnut, IL; Devin Cavel of Princeton; Marissa Bacorn of Ripon, WI; Lilley Cavel of Ripon, WI; and Tate McShane Johnson of Ripon, WI. Scott had a special relationship with his family. He loved Christmas and decorating for the season. He saved his change all year to fill Easter Eggs for the children’s Easter egg hunt on Easter. Scott will be missed by his family and many friends around Bureau County in Illinois, and Walworth County in Wisconsin. Cremation rites were acccorded and a visitation and memorial services will be held for Scott in the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with the memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. A luncheon will be held at the Walnut United Methodist Church immediatelly following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial directed to the Walnut Park District, in honor of Scott’s love of sports and his association with the park district over the years.
Kathleen Haurberg - 7010/7/1947 - 12/4/2017
Clinton, Illinois Kathy Haurberg, formerly of Walnut, Illinois, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at her home in Clinton, Illinois, at the age of 70. Kathy was born October 7, 1947 in Hornell, NY, daughter of the late Rodney E. Penny and Marion Dickinson Penny Anderson. She graduated from Babylon High School and went on to college at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, where she met her husband, Brooke Haurberg. They were married 45 years, until Brooke’s passing in 2013. Kathy taught in the Walnut and Bureau Valley schools for over 25 years, retiring in 2004. She has remained in contact with scores of former students, as well as fellow colleagues, who loved her dearly. Besides her parents and husband, Brooke, Kathy was predeceased by her brother, David Penny. She is survived by her daughter, Tara Cook (Dave) and son, Clay (Megan); grandchildren Tayler, Shae, DJ, Lydia, Austin, and Abby, and a sister, Susan Penny. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 4-8 at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, December 8, at the funeral home, followed by burial at the Walnut Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Walnut United Methodist Church, in Walnut, Illinois. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
Robert Wilson, Jr. - 7612/10/1940 - 11/13/2017
Walnut Robert M. Wilson, Jr. Robert M. Wilson, Jr., age 76, of Walnut, died Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home. Bob was born December 10, 1940 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. the son of Robert, Sr. and Juanita (Vincent) Wilson. He married Joan Devine on August 16, 1969 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2013. Bob was a speech teacher and librarian at Walnut High School for 30 years and was also employed at Avanti Foods for several years. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the Walnut Masonic Lodge #722 since 1965. Bob was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan. Survivors include two sisters, Sheila (Alan) Otten of Altenburg, Mo. and Lori (Dale) Foster of Anna, Mo.; five nieces, Tina Otten, Paula Dorsey, Angie (Roger) Levan, Heather Wright and Kyli Foster; and three nephews, Casey (Beth) Otten, Chad (Tracy) Otten and Sean Foster. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one brother. Visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10 – 11:00 AM at St. John Catholic Church in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established to St. John Catholic Church. Guests may also donate to their charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
Michael Cunniff - 687/19/1949 - 11/6/2017
Rock Falls, Illinois
Michael Cunniff, age 68 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 6, 2017 at Good Samaritan in Prophetstown.
Michael was born on July 19, 1949 in Sterling, the son of Thomas W. and Barbara (Stewart) Cunniff. He was a 1967 Graduate of Newman High School. He then graduated from Sauk Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree and from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Science in 1972. Michael was a sports editor/writer for the Ottawa Daily Times, Sterling Daily Gazette/ Dixon Telegraph and Morris Daily Herald. He was awarded the “Illinois Sports Writer of the Year”. He had cofounded the Ottawa Fast Pitch Softball League, was a coach for the Flex Gym Crushers for many years, and was an umpire for girls’ softball. Michael was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. He was a Master Gardner of Whiteside County and loved flowers, especially gladiolus. Michael was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico.
Survivors include, his daughter, Sarah (Josh) Cunniff Freeman of Chicago; his son, Ryne Cunniff of Ottawa; one sister, Mary Jagers of Annawan; one brother, Paul Cunniff of Rock Falls; two nieces, Amy Strohman and Stephanie VanHerzeele and three nephews, Matthew Cunniff, Jonathan Cunniff and Tom Jagers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Philip Cunniff.
Visitation will be Friday, November 10, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with the Rosary recited at 4:15 P.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico with Reverend Richard Russo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan in Prophetstown, Vitas Hospice and Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
Louis E. Gonigam - 924/22/1925 - 11/1/2017
Louis E. Gonigam, 92 of rural Walnut died Wednesday November 1, 2017 at Heritage Health Care in Walnut.
He was the born the son of Louis E and Irene (Stockley) Gonigam, April 22, 1925, on the farm in rural Walnut that he grew up on and farmed his entire life. He was a 1943 graduate of Walnut High School and was a veteran serving in WW II on a carrier in the US Navy on a torpedo bomber in the Pacific. He married Geraldine Bourquin on December 20, 1947 in Walnut, and they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary next month. Louis was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut and of the Knights of Columbus Council. He had been active in the Lee County Farm Bureau; a past member of the Walnut School Board; long time member of the Hamilton Twp Board; and a member of the Walnut American Legion Post.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; two sons: Gary (Lisa) Gonigam of Lake Camalot, IL and Greg (Stacy) Gonigam of Walnut; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; one brother Gail (Hazel) Gonigam of Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Carolyn Balagna; his brother-in-law, Aldo Balagna; and granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Gonigam.
Visitation will be held on Saturday November 4, 2017 from 9:30 - 11 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with the Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. Arrangements completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.
Memorials to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or the Walnut Fire / Rescue Squad.
Joyce C. Sobottka - 907/10/1927 - 10/18/2017
Joyce C. Sobottka, age 90 of Walnut, formerly of Deer Grove, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Joyce was born on July 10, 1927 in Maiden Rock, Wis., the daughter of Charles and Laura (Carpenter) Baggie. She married Dale H. Sobottka on May 6, 1950 in Ellsworth, Wis. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2015. Joyce was a long-time member of the Tampico United Methodist Church. She served as an election board Judge for over 40 years. Joyce enjoyed tending to her flower and tomato gardens and she loved her cats.
Survivors include two sons, Henry “Hank” (Violet) Sobottka of Rock Falls, Ill. and Michael (Ronna) Sobottka of Walnut, Ill.; two daughters, Nancy McNee of Portage, Mich. and Vera (John) Noe of Moline, Ill.; six grandchildren, Steven Martindale, Sara Sobottka, Adam (Stacy Dykstra) Sobottka, Samantha (Christopher) Bulens, Nickolaus Sobottka and Amanda Sobottka; two great grandchildren, Haleigh and Aaron and special niece: Beverly Rootes of Flagstaff, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Harvey Baggie and son-in-law, Dick McNee.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the Tampico United Methodist Church. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Pastor Leanne Keate officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tampico United Methodist Church or Heritage Health in Walnut.
Robert F. Linden - 945/26/1923 - 10/17/2017
Horseshoe Bend, AR Robert F. Linden Robert F. Linden, age 94, of Arkansas, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Liberty Village in Princeton. Robert was born May 26, 1923 in Tiskilwa the son of Elmer and Walborg (Rosenquist) Linden. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS Maury. Robert married Helen Eyer in 1946 in Ohio, IL. She preceded him in death on May 7, 1992. He later married Dorothy Jensen in 1993 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death in 2007. Robert was a farmer in the Walnut area and was a member of the American Legion Post 0344 and the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include two sons, Tom Linden of Walnut and Gary Linden of Seattle, WA; four step children, Kendall Jensen of Sheffield, Sandy (Roman) Romanowski of Olathe, KS, Robin (Keith) Stithem of Dixon and Kerry (Cindy) Jensen of Hoffman Estates; one sister, Trudy Elmblad of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Tracy (Mark) Ferrell of Princeton and Nicole Forward of Wyanet; and five great grandchildren, Samantha, Ericka, Whitney, Linden and Brook. He was preceded in death by both wives; his parents; and two brothers, Art Linden and Richard Linden. Visitation will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Saturday at noon at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Harkness of the Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Walnut United Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
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