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Linda K. Brooks - 62

4/8/1953 - 8/14/2015
Walnut, IL

Linda K. Brooks, age 62, of Walnut, IL died Friday August 14, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Linda was born on April 8, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Delmar and Margaret (Ziegler) Monson. She was united in marriage to Gary Brooks on October 19, 1975 in New Bedford, Illinois. Linda and Gary owned and operated the Walnut Leader Newspaper and Print Shop for 40 years. She was a member of the Walnut Methodist Church, the Walnut American Legion Auxiliary, and the Walnut Chamber. Linda was a past president of the Walnut Woman’s Club, Rotary Club and Walnut Chamber of Commerce. She was very active in the Walnut community.

She is survived by her husband Gary Brooks of Walnut, IL; her stepchildren Darla (Steve) Rangel of Prophetstown, IL, Brian Brooks of Ozarks, Missouri, Sandra (Rick) Whiles of Hurdland, Missouri, eight step-grandchildren; 15 step- great grandchildren three sisters, Lola Olds of Raytown, MO, Karla Garland of Paw Paw, Illinois; Nyla (Steve) Arnold of Buda, IL; three brothers Randy Monson and Neil Monson both of Walnut, Illinois Russ (Linda) Monson of Manlius, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Martha Jane in infancy and one niece.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Malden United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery in Prophetstown, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Francis Ronald Benevento - 71

10/5/1943 - 8/12/2015
Walnut, IL

Francis (Ronald) Benevento, age 71, of Walnut, Illinois died Wednesday August 12, 2015 at his home. Ron was born October 5, 1943 in Marlboro, New York the only child of Rocco and Lena (D’Aretta) Benevento. Ron graduated from college with a degree in electronics engineering. He worked in this field for several years and then started in the construction field and then a woodworking shop. He and his wife Roberta opened R&R Woodworking in 1986 and retired in 2010. Ron and Roberta were active members of the Green River Country club for many years, enjoying all golfing activities, parties and cocktails. Come fall, Ron became a full time Deer Hunter. He loved to hunt with deer being his favorite.

He is survived by; his wife Roberta Benevento; one stepdaughter Angie Carl; One daughter Lisa (Steve) Hardy;one son Ronald (Diana) R. Benevento all of Walnut, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and one sister & brother-in-law; Pam & Brian Allen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites were accorded. There will be no services. There will be a Remembering Ron event at the Green River Country Club in Walnut on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. A memorial has been established. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Harold Wetzell - 91

12/23/1923 - 8/4/2015
Tampico Harold O. Wetzell, age 91, of Tampico, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Harold was born December 23, 1923 in Tampico, the son of Oscar and Orient (Olds) Wetzell. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Lewis on September 5, 1948 in Rock Falls, Illinois. Harold farmed in the Tampico area in his lifetime and was a Tampico School bus driver. He was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church, the Scottish Rite Cathedral of Moline, Illinois, the Prophetstown Masonic Lodge #293AF&AM and the Order of the Eastern Star Minerva Chapter 6. Harold was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Tampico Historical Society and the Tampico School Board for many years. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Tampico; two daughters, Dorothy (Dennis) Bruder of Tampico and Patricia (Larry Gerlach) Etheridge of Tampico; two sons, Mark (Mary) Wetzell of Tampico and David Wetzell of Tampico; eleven grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. Visitation will be held Friday, August 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon prior to the service at the Tampico United Methodist Church. Masonic services will take place at 12:00 noon with the funeral services to follow. Burial will take place in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory.

Elizabeth A. Van Landuit - 69

10/20/1945 - 8/4/2015
Tampico, IL Elizabeth A. Van Landuit, age 69, of Tampico, Illinois died Tuesday August 4, 2015 at her home. Elizabeth was born October 20, 1945 in Morrison, Illinois, the daughter of Oscar and Mary (Heeren) Pletsch. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Van Landuit on April 11, 1964 in Tampico. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2001. She worked at The Dutch Diner, managed Casey’s General Store and drove school bus for Tampico Schools. She was the Tampico township clerk and a high school music booster for many years. Elizabeth taught Catechism classes, was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by four sons, Lawrence J. (Annette) Van Landuit of Sterling, IL, Kevin (Jennifer) Van Landuit of Carl Junction, MO, Thomas (Marilynn) Van Landuit of Fayetteville, NC and Ryan Van Landuit of Tampico, IL; one daughter, Carrie Van Landuit of Tampico, IL; 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Jim Pletsch of Sterling, IL, Gary Pletsch of Pittsburgh, PA, David (Lola) Pletsch of Sterling, IL, and Dan (Vicky) Pletsch of Normal, IL; 3 sisters, Connie DeMaranville of Geneseo, IL, Debbie (Bob) Define of Lake St. Louis, MO, and Diane (Barry) DeJarnatt of Sterling, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lawrence. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tampico, with Father Richard Kramer, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A Rosary Service will be held Sunday at 3:45 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Esther A. Waldron - 96

7/10/1919 - 7/20/2015
Tampico, Illinois

 Esther A. Waldron, age 96 of Tampico, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Esther was born on July 10, 1919 in Huron, South Dakota, the daughter of  Clarence and Anna (Ritter) Holforty .  She was united in marriage to Manford “Wally” Waldron on August 9, 1942 in Nebraska. He preceded her in death on October 5, 1996. She enjoyed crocheting, gambling, and her dog Amy.

She is survived by 7 daughters, Karen (Barney)Hemminger of Sterling, IL, Vickie (Rick) McKay of Rock Falls, IL, Cheryl (David) Adams of Sterling, IL, Jackie Adams of Tampico, IL, DeAnn  (Mick) Bryan of Tampico, IL, Bobbie Jo (Danny) Conduff of Morrison, IL, Cindy (Paul) Haney of Tampico, IL, 3 sons Jerry Waldron of Davenport, IA, Dennis (Betty) Waldron of Sterling, IL; Wally (Sharon) Waldron of Sterling, IL; 30 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; one sister Maxine Baker of Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Carol, and two daughters in infancy, four sisters and one brother.

Private Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church. Burial will be Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established. 

Gary F. Guenther - 73

12/10/1941 - 7/18/2015
Walnut, Illinois

 Gary Francis Guenther, age 73, of Walnut, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015, at his home.

Gary was born on December 10, 1941 in Waverly, MO the son of Francis and Ruth (Longenecker) Guenther. He served in the United States Marines.  He was a lifelong farmer in Texas and Colorado and former member of the American Legion in Colorado.  Gary loved playing bass guitar.

He is survived by one son Gary “Ed” (Stephanie) Guenther of Walnut; three grandchildren Allison, Ashley, and Allen ; one brother Garland “ Corky”  (Judy) of Houston, TX; four sisters Elaine (Jim) Newsome  of Palestine, TX, Carole (Ken) Hotcaveg of  Valdosta, GA, Susie (Joe) Mathews Weslaco, TX, Barbara Moore of  Bryan, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites were accorded.  There will be no local services.  Arrangements were completed by Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. 

Mary E. Conner - 78

2/17/1937 - 7/13/2015
Walnut, IL

Mary E. Conner, age 78, of Ohio, Illinois passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois, surrounded by her family.
Mary was born February 17, 1937 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Dale and Kathleen (Walter) Doran. She was united in marriage to Jerome “Rip” Conner on January 18, 1958 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. She worked for Scott Brothers Insurance for over 20 years as a customer service representative. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the OCCW.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome; two daughters: Colleen (Paul) Lehmann of Columbia, MO and Laura (Scott) Reuter of Walnut, IL, two sons: Jerry (Terri) Conner of Ohio, IL and Jim (Becky) Conner of Ohio, IL; ten grandchildren: Courtney (Matt) Forristall, Megan Lehmann, Mitchell (Amanda) Conner, Molly (Tyler) Surma, Katie (Mike) Melsheimer, Christian Lehmann, Shannon Reuter, Valerie Reuter, Paige Conner and Jay Conner; 5 great-grandchildren; five sisters: Joan Sisler of Dekalb, IL, Kay (Dave) Willey of Sterling, IL, Colleen (Bob) Bockel of Princeton, IL, Susan (Al) Stickelmaier and Ann Turpen of Chillicothe, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Doran; one brother- in law, Lewis Sisler; and one sister- in law, Judy Doran.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio, with Father Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., with a rosary service at 3:30p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Dennis P. Driessens - 71

12/9/1943 - 7/10/2015
Tampico, IL

Dennis P. Driessens, age 71 of Tampico, Illinois died Friday, July 10, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Dennis was born on December 9, 1943 in Deer Grove, Illinois the son of Kamil and Bertha (VanPayrs) Driessens. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Konneck in Morrison, Illinois on February 24, 1978. Dennis was a Tampico Volunteer Fireman for 30 years and was a Whiteside County Sheriff Dispatcher for many years. He worked at RB & W for many years, owned and operated 5th Quarter in Tampico for 9 years and retired from the United States Postal Service after over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Driessens of Tampico, Illinois; one daughter Re Ann Holbrock of Colona, Illinois two sons Kevin (Trinda) Driessens, Scott (Dana) Konneck of Sheffield, Illinois; his mother Bertha Driessens of Tampico, Illinois; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two brothers Donald (Pat) Driessens of Rock Falls, Illinois, Darrell (Lynette) Driessens of Nevada and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 4 p.m. July 14, 2015 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Father Richard Kramer officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Garland Funeral Home with rosary at 12:30 p.m.. Cremations rites will be accorded after the service. A memorial has been established to Juvenile Diabetes. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Ruth E. Kelly - 97

1/10/1918 - 7/8/2015
Tampico, IL

Ruth E. Kelly, age 97, of Tampico, Illinois died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown, Illinois.
Ruth was born January 20, 1918 in Sterling, Illinois the daughter of Roy Earl and Margaret (Sturm) McKenzie. She was united in marriage to Richard Dale Kelly on July 10, 1941 in Tampico. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1990. Ruth was a professional pianist in Chicago and Rockford area during her lifetime. She was a member of the Tampico Methodist Church and was active in the American Lung Association. Ruth attended Illinois Wesleyan College and the University of Illinois, majoring in music.
She is survived by one son, Day Kelly of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one daughter, Margot (Tim) Downey of Vernon Hills, Illinois; seven grandchildren (Day – Michael, Faith, Isaiah, Luke; Margot – Stephen, David, Daniel); two great grandchildren (Caleb, McKenzie) and two nieces (Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, Connie Essig).
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Dana in infancy and one sister, Mary Lou Schmitt.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. following the visitation on Thursday, with Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist Church. Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Judy E. Sidebottom - 62

4/25/1953 - 6/29/2015
Walnut, IL

Judy E. Sidebottom, age 62, of Toluca, Illinois and formerly of Walnut, Illinois passed away June 29, 2015 at Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria, Illinois.
Judy was born April 25, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Von Holten) Schulte. She was united in marriage to Steven Sidebottom on November 25, 1972 in Ohio, Illinois. She babysat for many years in Walnut. Judy worked as a cook with Heritage Health in Minonk, worked at the Toluca Garment Factory and Miller Hardware. Judy also helped Steve run their bar, Suds, in Toluca for 15 years. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Judy enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; three daughters: Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of Toluca, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk and Karen (Derek) McCully of Morton, Illinois; one son: Steven (Keli) Sidebottom of Minonk; eleven grandchildren: Merceades Fandel, Peyton Fandel, Sierra Fandel, Brayden Cunningham, Kyra Cunningham, Lucas Sidebottom, Parker Sidebottom, Mila Sidebottom, Isabelle McCully, Maya McCully and Dylan McCully; her mother, Marie Schulte of Walnut; three sisters: Carolyn (Don) Wallace of Tampico, Illinois, Joyce (Dean) Geldean of Harmon, Illinois, Carla (Tim) Gonnigam of Walnut; three brothers: Virgil (Judy) Schulte of Walnut, Marc (Carol) Schulte of Walnut and Jim (Cindy) Schulte of Ohio, Illinois and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert and one brother, Jerry Schulte.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walnut Bible Church with Rev. Ryan Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca and Rev. Eldon Cook, Pastor of the Walnut Bible Church, co-officiating. Burial will take place in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca or the Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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