Bud Ward - 95
3/18/1923 - 1/12/2019
Walnut, IL

Paul C. Williams - 61
4/1/1957 - 1/9/2019
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9/18/1949 - 1/9/2019

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Ruth Ann Forristall - 93
5/24/1925 - 12/30/2018
Ohio, IL

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Albert Jacobs - 85

6/5/1932 - 2/9/2018
Walnut WALNUT – Albert A. Jacobs, 85, of Walnut, died Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 5, 1932 in Sibley, IL the son of Hans and Tina (Peters) Jacobs and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Albert was a proud veteran having served his country during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He married Marjorie Peterson on June 17, 1956 in Kasbeer, IL. Mr. Jacobs had worked as a woodworker for many years before retiring. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut, the Walnut American legion Post 179 and the Wyanet VFW. Survivors include his wife Marjorie; two daughters: Ann (Tom) Dean of Loveland, OH and Carol (Bob) Howes of Walnut; two sons: Don (Kristina) Jacobs of Walnut and Rod (Jennifer) Jacobs of Walnut; 8 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter and 2 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Allan; one daughter Mary Ellen; and his brother Edward. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 1 PM in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut, with the Reverend Brian Heller officiating. Private family burial will be at the Walnut Cemetery. There will be no visitation, with arrangements completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. In lieu of flowers, memorial in his memory to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Helen W. Swanson - 94

9/5/1923 - 2/6/2018
Ohio, IL Helen W. Swanson Helen W. Swanson, age 94, of Ohio, passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Helen was born September 5, 1923 in Princeton the daughter of Ferris and Gladys (Davis) Paden. She married Guy B. Sisler, Jr. He died during WWII. She later married Richard W. Swanson on November 26, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 26, 2005. Helen was a mother and homemaker who loved spending time with her family, especially attending her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s sporting events. She enjoyed raising and showing Appaloosa horses with her husband and granddaughters, Dawn and Stacy. Living are her beloved family members: one daughter, Barbara DeBruhl of Sun Prairie, Wis.; one step daughter, Kathy Head of Monticello; one sister, Betty Bass of Walnut; four grandchildren, Dawn (Phil) Hasz, Brooks (Carol) DeBruhl, Stacy (Mike) Weiner and Josh (Rebekah Burwell) DeBruhl; two step granddaughters, Darla (Gary) Lynn and Chris (Tim) Harman; seven great grandchildren, Derek DeBruhl, Keely Brown, Brady DeBruhl, Cody Hasz, Sylvia Hasz, Cooper Hasz and Zoey Weiner; six step great grandchildren, Mallory Lynn, Brittany Lynn, Dan Harman, Nathan Harman, Zachary Harman, and Jenna Harman; and several nieces and nephews, who meant the world to her. She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; two sisters, Phyllis Pomeroy and Roberta Thompson; her son-in-law, Buddy DeBruhl; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Bass and Joe Pomeroy. A gathering of family and friends will be Monday, February 12, 2018 from 10 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Lloyd Johnson of the Utica Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Ohio. Memorials have been established to the Ohio Fire Department, American Heart Association, Diabetes Association or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Ronald L. Kelly - 73

8/4/1944 - 2/4/2018
Tampico, Illinois Mr. Ronald Leroy Kelly, age 73 a resident of Tampico, Illinois and winter resident of Auburndale, Florida passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Florida. Mr. Kelly was born August 4, 1944 in Princeton, Illinois to Leroy and Margaret (Warner) Kelly. He married Kathryn Brandau, his high school sweetheart, on June 13, 1965, in Yorktown, Illinois. He and his wife were snowbirds in Auburndale, Florida for 5 years and before in Ft. Myers, Florida for 5 years. Ron was a retired farmer in the agricultural industry. In his early years he worked at Northwestern Steel & Wire, Bureau County Highway and had his own dump truck business. Ron also started two businesses called “Fly High Divider” & “Quick Winch Products” plus being involved in Conklin Chemical Company. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown, Illinois. In Florida he attended the Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, Florida and Lena Vista United Methodist Church in Auburndale, Florida. Ron enjoyed traveling with his wife to Europe where they spent 6 weeks visiting 9 countries and also many trips in the US. He also loved to take family trips with his children while they were growing up, dancing, plays, playing card games, fishing, the beach, milkshakes and ice cream. When his grandchildren turned 9-10 he and his wife would take them on a special trip just for them. He loved to spend time with his family & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ron is survived by his loving & devoted family; Wife of 52 yrs.: Kathy Kelly of FL. & IL. 2 Sons: Steven Kelly of Tampico, IL. Mark (Joan) Kelly of Beavercreek, OH. Daughter: Karla Smith of Leroy, IL. Brother: Donald (Jolene) Kelly of Tampico, IL. 7 Grandchildren: Patrick, Emily, Margaret, Kelly, Katelyn, Ronald John “RJ” and Tyler. 2 Nephews: Michael (Jennifer) Kelly of Tampico, IL. Matthew (Cory) Kelly of Prophetstown, IL. In lieu of flowers the family request’s donation’s in Mr. Kelly’s name to; Tampico Ambulance, Yorktown Fire and First Responders or First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church, 300 West 3rd St., Prophetstown with Pastor Susan Davenport officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM at the church. Luncheon will follow the services at the church. Local arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Delores "Carol" Hassler - 73

12/23/1944 - 1/23/2018
New Bedford, Illinois Carol Hassler, 73 of New Bedford, died Tuesday January 23, 2018 at Manor Court in Princeton. She was born on December 23, 1944 in Tampico, the daughter of Clifford and Lulu (Rasmussen) Thompson. She married Robert Hassler on March 31, 1973 at the New Bedford Christian Church. She was a CNA for 33 years; worked at the former Peerless Level in Walnut form 1973 -1979 and also was employed at the New Bedford Post Office for about 7 years. Survivors include her husband Robert; daughter Kathy Hassler of New Bedford; three sisters: Peggy (David) Hassler of Walnut, Joyce Lauritzen of Tampico and Susan Newman of Tampico; two brothers: Ned (Renie) Thompson of Tampico and Daniel (Bonnie) Thompson of Princeton; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and one sister in infancy. Visitation will be held on Friday January 26, 2018 from 9 - 11 AM and the funeral at 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Reverend Brian Moore, pastor of the New Bedford Christian Church officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

Gary Massino - 73

3/23/1945 - 1/15/2018
Ohio, IL OHIO- Gary Massino, age 73, died at his home Monday, January 15, 2018. Gary was born on March 23, 1945 in Streator, the son of Frank and Sandrina (Carrera) Massino. He married Sally Kuehl on August 13, 1966 in Toluca. Gary played basketball and baseball in high school, striking out 19 batters in 7 innings against Peoria Manual High School. He played baseball for a minor league team in Champagne. Gary was an avid golfer in later years, having had 2 holes in one. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp Air Wing from 1966-1968 where he received a Meritorious Mast for flexibility and desire to excel under mounting responsibilities and difficulty. Survivors include: his wife Sally Massino of Ohio; one son, Scott Massino of Ohio; four brothers, Chester (Yvonne) Massino of Toluca, Joseph (JoAnn) Massino of Hennepin, Lawrence (Sally) Massino of Villa Park and Frank J. (Sarah) Massino of Morro Bay, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters; 1 brother. Gathering of family and friends will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM with Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later date. 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 wwwgarlandfuneralhome.com

William F. Anderson Jr - 87

8/14/1930 - 1/11/2018
Ohio, Illinois OHIO, IL – William F. Anderson, Jr, 87 of Ohio, IL died Thursday January 11, 2018 at Heritage Health in Walnut. He was born on August 14, 1030 in Ohio, IL the son of William Fenwick and Ellen Pearl (Hannan) Anderson I. Mr. Anderson was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. He married Lois Mary Robbin on December 7, 1963 in Bensenville, IL. Mr. Anderson was a dedicated life-long farmer. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and had served for over 30 years on the East Grove Township Board. Survivors include his wife, Lois; their children: William F. (Gina) Anderson III of Ottawa, IL, Eric R. (Linda) Anderson of Churubusco, IN and Kate (Doug) Christensen of Newberg, OR; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. Visitation will be held on Sunday January 14, 2018 from 4-6 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rosary being recited at 3:45 PM. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday at 10:30 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio, with the Reverend Thomas Shaw, Celebrant officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at St. Mary Cemetery, Ohio.

Rita M. Bontz - 93

8/1/1924 - 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 - 83

9/13/1934 - 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 - 86

8/11/1931 - 12/23/2017
Harmon, IL

 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 - 60

9/12/1957 - 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.

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