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Martin Von Holten - 91

9/15/1928 - 9/27/2019
Walnut, IL WALNUT — Martin R. Von Holten, 91, died at his home on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Martin was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Tampico, the son of Christ and Molly (Whyte) Von Holten. He married Mary Cheryl Swanson on Dec. 11, 1955, in Rock Falls. Martin farmed in the Tampico and Walnut area his entire life. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Martin enjoyed woodworking, and working in his yard and garden. He served on the Bureau County Farm Bureau Board and the Bureau Service Board. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio, and served on the Church Board. Survivors include, his wife Mary Cheryl of Walnut; two sons, Chris (Julie) Von Holten of Walnut and Dale (Nancy) Von Holten of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Molly Von Holten of Austin, Texas, Joseph Von Holten of Red Rock, Ariz., Kyle (Jennifer) Von Holten of Mt. Prospect and Nicholas Von Holten of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Wuebben and Ruth in infancy. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the First Lutheran Church in Ohio, Ill. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Online condolences may be left at

Deborah VanLanduit - 69

10/15/1949 - 9/14/2019
Tampico STERLING – Deborah VanLanduit, age 69, of Tampico died Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Debi was born on October 15, 1949 in Dixon the daughter of Harry and Helen (Hays) Thompson. She married Bill VanLanduit on December 31, 1968 in Sterling. Debi was employed as a Secretary for 38 years most of those years at Tampico High School and later retiring from Prophetstown High School in 2011. She was an avid reader, enjoyed horseback riding, bowling and played many roles with the high school sports programs. Survivors include, her husband, Bill of Tampico; three daughters, Michelle (Tom) Anderson of Indian Land, S.C., Jennifer Morales of Tampico and Angela (Justin Beighle) Woodley of Atkinson; one brother, Al (Janis) Thompson of Deer Grove; three sisters, Laura Thompson of Tampico, Gigi (Chuck) Heffelfinger of Monroe, Wis. and Pati (Joe) Lynch of Richland, Wash.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen in infancy; one grandson, Jacob Woodley and one son-in-law, Marlon Morales. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Eldon Cook of the Walnut Community Bible Church officiating. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery in Tampico. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp. Online condolences may be sent to

Craig Freeman - 41

10/9/1977 - 9/11/2019
Walnut, Illinois

Craig E. Freeman, age 41 of Walnut, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019.


Craig was born on October 9, 1977 in Morrison, the son of William and Gayle (Helgesen) Freeman, Sr. He was in the United States National Guard serving during the war in Iraq. He married Gina Gothard on September 25, 2004 in Walnut. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in Rock Falls. Craig was a member of Ducks Unlimited and The Happy Hookers Club. His love of life included fishing with his children, attending many sporting events with his children and friends, outdoor activities and woodworking. Craig was always willing to lend a hand when requested by friends and family.


Survivors include his wife, Gina; two daughters, Morgan and Ellie Freeman, at home; one son, Ethan Freeman, at home; his parents, William Freeman, Sr of Polo, IL and Gayle Helgesen of New Bedford, IL; four sisters, Cheryl (Michael) Strauch of Lena, IL, Shaun (Robert) Palmer of Thomas, OK, Sharleen (Robert) Seas of Stockton, IL and Carrie (Jay) Stokes of North Pole, AK; three brothers, William Freeman, Jr of Lena, IL, Kevin (Karen) Freeman of Walnut and Michael Freeman of MO; and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will conclude at Walnut Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory. 

Frances Talbot - 93

2/4/1926 - 8/20/2019
walnut, Illinois Frances Talbot died August 20, 2019 in Keosauqua, Iowa, at the Van Buren County Hospital. She was 93. A rosary will be said at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Illinois on Friday, August 30 at 4:30 pm followed by visitation from 5 to 7 pm. Her funeral mass will be on August 31 at 10:00 in the St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut, Illinois. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery in Walnut. Frances had moved to Keosauqua in October, 2016. She became an Iowan when she was no longer able to care for her own home in Walnut, Illinois. She had lived her adult life in Walnut as a mother, homemaker, and farmwife. Frances was born in LaSalle, Illinois on February 4, 1926 to Frank and Antonette Conley. Her mother died when Frances was 13, and she soon found herself being raised by 3 older sisters, Mary, Betty and Anita. She left school at 15 and began working as a telephone switchboard operator for Illinois Bell. At 16 Frances met Robert Talbot at a birthday party arranged by her sister, Anita. War came and Frances and Robert corresponded as he served in the Philippines. When he came home they were married on August 31, 1946. His dream had been to become a farmer, hers not quite the same, but she was open to challenge and for the next 57 years they farmed just outside of Walnut, Il. She and Bob were long time 4-H leaders; she was active in her church, St. John’s Catholic Church and in the Altar and Rosary Society. She worked with her friend, Phyllis Johnson, as a caterer. She and Bob were also honored as the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizens. She won several, but never enough, pie contests and their home was home to countless Border collies. Frances loved to travel. She and her sister, Anita, traveled to Ireland as the “Connolly sisters” (name changed when her family moved to America). She also traveled with most of the family to Disney World in her 80’s and was the first awake in the morning ready to go to the Magic Kingdom. Other travels took her on cruises to Alaska and Canada . Robert died in July, 2003 and Frances began another chapter of her life buying and caring for a cozy brick ranch styled house in Walnut. She was able to care for it and enjoy her friends and neighbors there for the next 13 years. She moved to the Keosauqua Health Care Center in 2016, but Walnut always remained her home. Frances was mother to 3 girls: Kathleen (David) Paulek, Helen (Jay) Hodge, and Rose (Lynn) Fisher. She has 7 grand children: Mark (Jeanne) Paulek, Adam (Anne Tyler) Paulek, Megan (Tim) Kunz, Kelly (Jim) Perfield, Gabriel (Sharon) Smith, Matthew (Robin) Fisher and Laura (Ryan) Bruni. She has 8 great grandchildren : Olivia Paulek, Elliott Paulek, Curtis Kunz, Leo Kunz, Wyatt Perfield, Dylan Smith, Ethan Fisher and Colton Fisher. She became an Iowa grandmother to her caregiver, Cecilia Novoa, at the Keosauqua Health Care Center. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, Walnut, Il. The Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, Iowa, and the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, Il, are in charge of arrangements.

Frank Donnelly - 86

11/14/1932 - 7/15/2019
Princeton Franklin E. (Hank) Donnelly, 86, of Princeton, IL, died peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born on November 14, 1932 to Edward and Catherine (Faley) Donnelly. He graduated from Ohio High School. He was proud to serve in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He married Beverly Ann Baker on November 12, 1955. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio, IL and served as a trustee for many years. More recently he was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton, IL. He farmed in the Dover area his entire life. He also worked as a carpenter building many homes including homes for his children. Survivors include four daughters, Mary (Wayne) Stone, Rebecca (Gary) Peach, Patricia (Jerry) Jackson, and Sheila (Jim) Kelly, all of Princeton, three sons, Ed (Ann) Donnelly of Walnut, Bryan (Robin) Donnelly of Ohio and Joe (Susan) Donnelly of Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters, Shirley Donnelly of Princeton and Joan (Ed) Anderson of Ohio, and one brother Dan (Isabelle) Donnelly of Chillicothe. He has twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a special friend, Peggy Scudder of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 54 years Beverly Donnelly, two brothers, James and Bernard, three grandchildren, Josh Price, Mary Jackson Knuth, and Bridget Donnelly and one brother-in-law, Ralph Baker. Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am Friday, July 19 at St. Louis Catholic Church. A Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 am with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the church hall. Internment will be at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio, IL. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Russell D. “Bud” Coers Sr. - 95

4/7/1924 - 6/24/2019
Tampico, IL

 Russell D. “Bud” Coers Sr., 95 of Tampico, died Monday June 24, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on April 7, 1924 in Tampico son of Earl and Mylred (McCaslinCoersHe married Josephine Price on September 2, 1944 in Rock Falls. She died February 19, 2016. Russell had farmed and then was a truck driver for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tampico and enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include two sons: Russell Coers Jr of Tampico and Lester (Sandy) Coers of Savanna;  three daughters: Judy Cox of Rock Falls, Ann (John) Schlosser of Polo and Donna (Richard) Schlosser of Tampico;; one brother John (Pat) Coers of Deer Grove; 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and many great greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son Gary Coers; one sister Arlene Koekue; two brothers: Francis and Harold Coers; and two sister in laws: Jo and Noreen Coers.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5/7PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. The funeral will follow on Thursday at 10 AM in the funeral home. Burial will conclude at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

Jerome David “Rip” Conner - 84

3/21/1935 - 6/14/2019
Ohio, IL

OHIO - Jerome David “Rip” Conner, age 84 of Ohio, died Friday, June 14, 2019 at Heritage Health of Walnut.

Jerome was born on March 21, 1935 in Ohio, the son of Glenn O. and Hazel (Anderson) Conner. He is a United States Army Veteran. Jerome married Mary Doran on January 18, 1958 at Immaculate Conception in Ohio. She preceded him in death on July 13, 2015. Jerome farmed in the Ohio area for many years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio.

Survivors include two daughters, Colleen (Paul) Lehmann of Columbia, MO and Laura (Scott) Reuter of Walnut; two sons, Jerry (Terri) Conner of Ohio, IL and Jim (Becky) Conner of Ohio, IL; one sister, Grace Piper of Chandler, AZ; one brother, Orm Conner of Princeton; ten grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Forristall, Megan Lehmann, Mitchell (Amanda) Conner, Molly (Tyler) Surma, Katie (Mike) Melsheimer, Christian (Katie) Lehmann, Shannon (Trevin) Kennedy, Valerie Reuter, Paige Conner and Jay Conner; and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three sisters, Jeanne Sapp, Joyce Draper and Glenda Brandenburg; and two brothers, Fergus Conner and Edward “Ted” Conner.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday June 19, 2019 from 9:30 – 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 A.M. at the church with the Reverend Thomas Shaw Celebrant officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. Arrangements are completed with the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorials to St. Mary Cemetery, Ohio

Donald H. Steele - 84

12/27/1934 - 6/14/2019
Walnut, IL

Donald H. Steele, age 84 of Walnut, died Friday, June 14, 2019 at his home.

Donald was born on December 27, 1934 in Kasbeer, IL, the son on George and Minnie (Busse) Steele. He is a United States Army National Guard Veteran, serving from 1957-1963. Donald married Beverly Guenther on September 20, 1958 at County Line Ev. Lutheran Church. He worked in construction for 20 years and farmed for 20 years. Donald was a Village Board Trustee for 28 years in Walnut and was elected Mayor for 4 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Walnut for 34 years, a charter member of Holy Trinity Church in Walnut since 1966 and served on the church council for 40+ years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Beverly; two daughters, Lori (William) Maddox of Pekin and Vicki Neahring of Walnut; one son, Randall (Debbie) Steele of Walnut; one sister, Margaret Peterson of IN; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Vance) Peterson, Bradley (Kate) Steele, Tiffany Pistole, Dustin Neahring and Andrew (Katie) Maddox ; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Leland Steele; and one sister, Eva Steele.

Visitation will be Tuesday June 18, 2019 from 9 – 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 10:30 AM with the Reverend Brian Heller officiating. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling arrangements.

Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and to Hospice.

Babe Brandon - 87

5/21/1932 - 6/8/2019
Walnut, IL

Babe Brandon, 87 years of Van Petten, IL, passed away at her home on June 8, after a several years battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Frances “Babe” was born May 21, 1932 to LeRoy and Margaret Henry in a farm house in Nelson Twp., IL on what is now called Bollman Road. After graduating from Community High School (now Newman High) she studied for nurses training at Rock Island, but when her brother was drafted into the army, she returned home to help her father with the farm.

In her senior year, she met and selected David Brandon and they were wed in 1951, going on to have two children, Dave Gene Jr and Stanley Henry and in later years adopted two girls (sisters), Tracy Lynn and Kimberly Anne (Williamson).

Dave and Babe spent 3 years in Freeport while he did tree work for the power company, when a hired man position came open in 1954, they decided to raise their boys on the farm at Van Petten. They farmed in a loose partnership with her father until 1972 when a disagreement in principle caused them to purchase a country store in Stevensville MT. Together they operated the store for 4 years and sold it to retire to a 15 acre orchard nearby. She learned apple culture, sorting and marketing for 12 years, when economics dictated return to a paying job at 57 years of age, they repurchased the same store again for another 4 years. She was a mother, homemaker and work companion her entire life. A nationally rated firefighter 3 firefighter and fought the fires of Yellowstone Park in 1988. She took great pride in her 6000 volume library and 700 piece museum; and her 1930 model “A” Ford that she drove to school in 1949 and kept all her life.

Babe was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Patrick Henry and older sister Margaret “Peggy” Henry.
She is survived by her spouse of 67 years, Dave; her sons David Jr and Stanley; her daughters Tracy and Kimberly; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as hundreds of friends across the nation.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday July 5, 2019 at her home in Van Petten, IL. Please contact Dave for any further information at (815) 380-8043. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

Karen S. Burger - 72

7/18/1946 - 4/29/2019
Tampico, IL

Karen S. Burger, age 72, of Tampico, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at her home.

Karen was born on July 18, 1946 in Rock Falls the daughter of Charles and Fern (Bruns) Tompkins. She married Lawrence Burger on July 19, 1969 in Sterling. Karen was employed at National Manufacturing for 30 years and enjoyed gardening and loved all animals.

Survivors include her husband of Tampico; one son, Brian (Beverlee) Burger of Rock Falls; one daughter, Katy Sue Russell of Rock Falls; one brother, David Tompkins of Rock Falls; seven grandchildren, Ethan, Mercedes, Samantha, Austin, Charitee, Jaylynn and Charles; and one great grandchild, Kamdyn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debra Burger; one brother, Donald “Butch” Tompkins; and two sisters, Kay Walter and Patricia Miller.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Cancer Care Center in Peoria.

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