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Michael Cunniff - 68

7/19/1949 - 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 - 92

4/22/1925 - 11/1/2017
Walnut, Illinois

 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 - 90

7/10/1927 - 10/18/2017
Walnut, Illinois


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 - 94

5/26/1923 - 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

Nancy L. Peach - 85

6/24/1932 - 10/16/2017
Tampico, IL

 Nancy L. Peach, 85 formerly of Tampico, died Monday October 16, 2017 at Sunnybrook Living Center in Fairfield, IA.

She was born on June 24, 1932 in Moline, IL the daughter of Robert and Florence (Lungren) Whiteside. She married Willard D. Peach on June 18, 1954 in Walnut, IL. He died October 25, 2005. Nancy had worked for a number of years as a custodian at the Tampico Grade School. She was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and had enjoyed gardening and baking.

Survivors include three sons: Larry (Karen) Peach of Fairfield, IA, Ken Peach of Peoria, IL and Bill (Diane) Peach of Story City, IA; her daughter, Barb Peach of Bella Vista, AR; her brother Robert (Beverly) Whiteside of Corpus Christi, TX; her sister, Irene (Don) DeWitte of Hillsdale, IL; four grandchildren: Corey (Jessica) Peach, Ryan Peach, Evan Peach and Anna Peach; three great grandchildren: Adleigh Peach, Aleighna Peach and August Peach.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, David Peach and her grand daughter Kate Peach.

Visitation will be held on Friday October 20, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will follow on Saturday at 9:30 AM at the funeral home. Burial will conclude at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial will be established.

Larry A. DeWaele - 70

1/6/1947 - 10/11/2017
Walnut, Illinois Larry August DeWaele, 70 of Walnut, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home. Larry was born on January 6, 1947 in Princeton, the son of Loren and Vivian “Marjorie” (Johnson) DeWaele. He worked for Walnut Custom Homes for many years. Survivors include his sister, Linda Jeandrevin of Ontario, CA; his brother, Darrell (Brenda) DeWaele of Walnut; several aunts, uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

Neil J. Moore - 79

7/25/1938 - 10/3/2017
Gleason, Wisc. Gleason, Wisc.--- Neil Jay Moore, 79, of Gleason, Wisc. formerly of Tampico died on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Neil was born on July 25, 1938 in Tampico to George and Clover (Nielson) Moore. Neil met his current wife, Barbara Young Krause at a town meeting related to horse rustlers in Ashton and they were married in 1981. A year later they relocated to Gleason, Wisc. where they farmed and got involved with horses. Neil was a carpenter, farmer, horse trader and humane officer for several counties and served proudly in the United States Marine Corps for ten years. He was president of the Northwood Mounted Search and Rescue organization, enjoyed deer hunting, farm auctions, and draft horses. Watching wild turkeys and deer and talking with the guys at Krist Oil brought Neil daily enjoyment. Surviving are his wife, Barbara, of Gleason, Wisc.; three children, Tammy Moore of Sun Prairie, Wisc., Kevin Moore of Illinois and Gene Moore of Arizona; the Krause family, Tom, Rose, Jake, Andy and Sarah Krause; a sister, Ellen Chapman; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 1-2 PM at Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Graveside service will follow at Yorktown Cemetery with Pastor Scott Porter officiating.

Richard "Dick" Brokaw - 81

7/2/1936 - 10/2/2017
Walnut, IL

 Richard “Dick” Brokaw, 81, of rural Walnut, IL died on October 2, 2017. He was born July 2, 1936 to Orville and Bessie (Reichardt) Brokaw at home in Tiskilwa, IL.   He was the oldest of 7 brothers and 2 sisters. He graduated from Tiskilwa High School with the class of 1954. While in school, Dick was a good student academically. He also participated in basketball, track, cross country, and football, as well as band.

On September 10, 1954 Dick married Helen Fandel. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They lived in Tiskilwa for a short time before moving to rural Walnut where they raised their family.

Dick is survived by his wife, Helen of Walnut and their 7 children: Ronald (Kim) Brokaw of Walnut, IL., Gail (Walter) Siemens of Quincy, IL., Edward (Kathy) Brokaw of Sterling, IL., Ann Cobane (Dave Molln) of Ohio, IL, Andrew (Pam) Brokaw of Hudson, WI., Brenda (Charles) Hansen of Walnut, IL, and Daniel (Erica) Brokaw of Albuquerque, NM.

Dick leaves behind 19 grandchildren, Julia Brokaw, Heather Luttinen, Marie Curry, Ali Brokaw, Mathew Siemens, Jason Brokaw, Nicole Vierthaler, Jessie Busbee, Rachel Gehlbach, Carrie Cobane, P J Cobane, Tiffany Spatz, Katie Brokaw, Brooke Brokaw, Brandon Hansen, Brett Hansen, Bradley Hansen, Bryce Hansen, Rylee Brokaw, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Dick is also survived by all of his siblings: John (Betty) Brokaw of Tiskilwa, IL., Jim (Gwen) Brokaw of Tiskilwa, IL., Robert (Kay) Brokaw of Kewanee, IL., Chuck (Judy) Brokaw of Ran Tan, AZ., David (Shirley) Brokaw of Kewanee, IL., Gary (Brenda) Brokaw of Princeton, IL., Marie Susan Morris of Bowling Green, KY., and Mary (Danial) Thompson of Princeton, IL.

During his lifetime, he worked a number of years for Ed and Ronnie Wolf of Walnut. He then worked for Bureau Service, initially at their Sheffield Elevator and finished his career as a petroleum salesman with FS.   Dick was an elder and a founding member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut. Dick was a life-long Cubs fan. He loved to hunt, especially for morel mushrooms. He enjoyed playing cards, fishing, trapping, bowling, golfing, and softball. For several years he played softball with all of his brothers (and his oldest son, Ron) in the Walnut Men’s Fastpitch Softball League. One year they won the league championship.   Dick and his brother, Chuck, finished 2nd in the Peoria Journal Star’s Brother’s Bowling Tournament.   Dick was a referee with the Rock River Officials Association for many years. Dick was President and CEO of Brokaw Strawberries.

Dick was known to be generous with his time, and he enjoyed playing pranks on his kids and grandkids. He is remembered for saying: “Work hard and you’ll be ok!”

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at the Walnut Community Bible Church on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Please bring your favorite “Dick Brokaw” memories. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to go to Hospice of Rock River Valley.

Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home.

Neuman "Bud" Donald Kirkpatrick - 86

9/22/1930 - 9/21/2017
Walnut, IL

Neuman “Bud” Donald Kirkpatrick, age 86, of Manlius, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Bud was born September 22, 1930 in Princeton, IL the son of James and Emma (Hoffman) Kirkpatrick. He graduated from Manlius High School and was a proud farmer for many years. Bud was a 4H Leader and enjoyed showing Purebred Duroc Hogs at many fairs. He loved playing his alto and tenor saxophones, fishing in lakes, rivers and oceans, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, bowling and traveling to Florida for the winters. Bud was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and was a member of the Farm Bureau, Manlius Sportsman Club and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manlius. Survivors include one son, Jerry (Sharon) Kirkpatrick of Skokie, IL; two daughters, Juleen (Thom) Wright of Las Vegas, NV and Jan (John) Berlin of Vienna, VA; two sisters, Mary Hartz of Manlius, IL and Sharon (Myron) Anderson of Farmersville, TX; three grandchildren, Shawn (Jodi) Rieker of Genesse Depot, WI, Aaron (Poushali) Kirkpatrick of Chicago and Alyson (David Zwickl) Kirkpatrick of Chicago; and six great grandchildren, Joshua and Megan Rieker of WI, Nathan Burke of CA, Joshua and Abbi Burke of WI and Navya Kirkpatrick of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Neuman Kirkpatrick; one sister, Maxine Hochstatter; one nephew, James Hochstatter; and his best friend and companion, Juanita Burba. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Eldon Cook of the Walnut Bible Church officiating. Burial will be at Manlius Cemetery. Please join Bud’s family for a luncheon at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manlius immediately following the committal service at the cemetery. A memorial has been established for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Online condolences may be sent to

Marjorie Murphy - 67

8/24/1950 - 9/20/2017
LaSalle, Illinois Marjorie Murphy, 67, of La Salle lost her battle with cancer on September 20, 2017 at home. A gathering of Family and friends will be Friday from 6-8 pm September 29, 2017 at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, IL. Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday September 30, 2017 at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut with Father Gregory Jarzombek, OSB officiating. Burial will follow at Van Orin Repose Cemetery, Van Orin, IL. She was born in Princeton, IL to Harold Eugene Snodgrass and Mary Catherine Quest August 24, 1950. After graduation from Ohio High School she entered Evanston Hospital School of Radiology. While studying at Evanston she met Elton H. Murphy, Jr. and they were married October 3, 1970. She worked as an X-Ray technician for Perry Memorial Hospital after graduation, and in 1972 went to work for St Mary’s Hospital in La Salle. After St Mary’s and Peoples in Peru combined to become IVCH she continued to work there for 35 years retiring in 2007. She was an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was a Life Member of the La Salle Post 4668. She served as Post President and District 9 President from 2007-2009. She is survived by her husband of almost 47 years, daughters Barbara (Dennis) Sweger of Oglesby, Dawn (Karl) Grotti of La Salle and son Daniel Murphy of La Salle, grandchildren Dustin Murphy, Kelsey Sweger, Eien Murphy and Tiernan Murphy all of Oglesby. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Ann Hansen. Memorials may be directed to the family. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established, donations should be directed to the family. Online condolences may be sent to

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