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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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Robert E. Minnick - 88

3/10/1931 - 4/18/2019
Ohio, IL

Ohio- Robert E. Minnick, 88, a resident of Ohio, Ill. died on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut.

He was born on March 10, 1931 in Ohio, Ill. to John and Ruth (Scallon) Minnick. He was united in marriage to Lois Plasschaert on October 1, 1955 in Sheffield. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2018.

Robert farmed for many years in the area and was a truck driver for several local trucking companies until his retirement. He was a retired Teamster and drove a school bus. He was a member of the Walnut-Ohio Knights of Columbus and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Robert was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Linda Minnick of Denton, Texas, Charles (Tracey) Minnick of Clinton, Iowa, Deb (Kevin) Guinn of Graham, Texas and Kevin (Christine) Minnick of Princeton; 8 grandchildren, Drew Minnick, Tyler Minnick, Beau Minnick, Kalin Westerman, Jordan Minnick, Jarod Guinn, Grace Minnick, Lila Minnick and a step-grandchild, Tanner Guinn.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a granddaughter Lillian Minnick, 2 sisters and 6 brothers.

A prayer services will be conducted on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christion Burial will be at 10:30 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Monday, April 22 at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the rosary recited at 4:45 PM.

A memorial has been established in his memory to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Patrick Henry - 90

3/18/1929 - 3/25/2019
Harmon, IL

Patrick Henry, 90, of rural Harmon died Monday, March 25, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

He was born on March 18, 1929 in Nelson Township, Lee County, Illinois the son of Leroy Sylvester and Margaret (Tyne) Henry. He married Marilyn Quinn on August 8, 1951 in Williamsburg, VA. She died December 23, 2017. Patrick served in the US Army during the Korean War. He farmed his entire lifetime, retiring at the age of 85. He was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon and was instrumental in starting the annual corn beef and cabbage dinners. Pat served on the Drainage Ditch commission, was an ASCS representative, and was active in the Harmon community, organizing the community’s first fireworks. He was also a supporter of Sauk Valley Community College’s agriculture department. He enjoyed golfing, accomplishing 2 hole in ones and an albatross—all with his famous unorthodox stance.

Survivors include three daughters: Judi (Mark) Fenoglio of Chatham, Tricia (Brad) Scott of Redlands, and Kathleen (Dan) Quinn of Pompano Falls, FL; two sons: Michael (Rebecca) Henry of Harmon and Douglas (Sherry) Henry of Rock Falls; one sister Frances “Babe” (Dave) Brandon of VanPetten ; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife and his sister Peggy.

Visitation will be held on Friday March 29, 2019 from 5-7 PM with the Rosary being recited at 6:45 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 10 AM in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon. Burial will conclude with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials to St Flannen Catholic Church or Sauk Valley Community College Agriculture Department.

Raymond E. “Earl” Marit - 89

10/11/1929 - 3/22/2019
Walnut, IL

WALNUT - Raymond E. “Earl” Marit, 89, of Walnut, died on Friday morning, March 22, 2019 at Heritage Health Center in Walnut.
He was born on October 11, 1929 in Litchfield to Wesley and Ruby (Logsdon) Marit. He married Evelyn Paepke on July 3, 1954 at 1st Christian Church in Walnut.

Earl farmed in rural Walnut for 40 years and had also worked at Motor Wheel in Mendota for over 25 years. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church.
Earl and Evelyn loved to travel and see new places. He was a fan of the Chicago Bulls and enjoyed watching basketball on TV. Earl enjoyed collecting arrowheads, going to auctions, and gardening. In his down time he also enjoyed playing cards and playing bingo.
Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Evelyn, of Walnut; a daughter, Diane (John) Heitz of Normal; a son, Gary (Gail) Marit of Lewisburg, Ohio; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers, a sister and a grandchild.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10-11 AM at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM with Reverend David Poust, officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Walnut Fire Department in his memory.

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