Babe Brandon - 87
5/21/1932 - 6/8/2019
Walnut, IL

Babe Brandon, 87 years of Van Petten, IL,...

Karen S. Burger - 72
7/18/1946 - 4/29/2019
Tampico, IL

Karen S. Burger, age 72, of Tampico, died...

Robert E. Minnick - 88
3/10/1931 - 4/18/2019
Ohio, IL

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Patrick Henry - 90
3/18/1929 - 3/25/2019
Harmon, IL

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Chelbie Altepeter - 65

7/22/1953 - 1/21/2019
Sterling, Illinois STERLING – Chelbie Lynn Altepeter, age 65, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Chelbie was born on July 22, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of Clifford and Vera (Bruns) Rosene. She attended Tampico Schools and worked for many years at Dixon State School. Chelbie loved to play games and enjoyed her large extended family. She was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include one son, Steven Altepeter of Sterling; three sisters, Gloria (Phil) York of Avon, Ind., Jill (Craig) Froeter of Sterling and Tamara (Marty) Wolf of Rock Falls; three brothers, Richard (Karen) Rosene of Brownsburg, Ind., Craig Rosene of Mt. Olivet, Ky. and Jeffrey (Paula) Rosene of Tampico; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Danny Ray and Rory Steven Rosene. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM with Reverend Carlos McNinch officiating. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery, Tampico. Online condolences may be sent to

Rose M. Batten - 81

12/17/1937 - 1/16/2019
Tampico, Illinois TAMPICO – Rose M. Batten, 81 of Tampico died Wednesday January 16, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on December 17, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Leroy and Olive Isenhart. She married Lawrence Batten on June 9, 1956 in Rock Falls. He died May 9, 2012. Rose began her working career at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling then had worked as a secretary at Tampico Grade School; Cady Implement in Yorktown; and also had partnered her husband as owners and operators of Lawrence Batten Trucking. Rose had served on the Tampico School Board as well as the CGH Medical Center Board. Survivors include her sons: Todd (Cindy) Batten of Tampico and Scott (Shari) Batten of Deer Grove; six grandchildren: Brandy (Justin) Cucci, Brandon (Ashley) Batten, Hunter Batten, Kacey Batten, Devan Batten and Ayden Batten; five great grandchildren; her brother in law: Howard (Pat) Batten; her sister in laws: Mary Kuepker, Rosalie Mini, Joyce (Ron) Sandrock, Rita (Jerry) Beranek and Mary Anne Batten. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Robert and three brothers. Visitation will be held on Sunday January 20, 2019 from 11 – 1 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. The funeral will follow at 1 PM with the Reverend Carlos McNinch officiating. Memorials to American Cancer Society and to Hospice.

Bud Ward - 95

3/18/1923 - 1/12/2019
Walnut, IL

WALNUT – Donal J. “Bud” Ward, 95 of Walnut, died Saturday January 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born March 18, 1923 in Van Orin, IL the son of Bert and Ethel (King) Ward. He married Rosemary E. Hammond on June 29, 1946 in Walnut. She died June 14, 2000. Donal had farmed in the Van Orin area early in life and then for 60 years was a grain and livestock farmer in the Deer Grove area before retiring. He had milked cows and was a member of the Short Horn Association. In the past he had served on the board and past president of the First State Bank of Van Orin; he had served as the drainage ditch commissioner for Greenville Township; and had supported Illinois 4-H and was a supporter of Blackhawk East College. Donal was always a good neighbor.

He is survived by his 14 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Dale Ward and Richard “Dick” Ward; his sister Verna Lee Broers; and a niece.

Visitation will be held on Friday January 18, 2019 from 10 -11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will conclude at 1:30 PM at Van Orin Repose Cemetery.

Memorials to the Walnut Fire Department in his memory.

Paul C. Williams - 61

4/1/1957 - 1/9/2019
Van Orin, Illinois Paul C. Williams, age 61, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL, after battling cancer. He was born to Donald and Mary Williams on April 1, 1957. He was a Lamoille High School graduate in the class on 1975, and for many years, Paul worked construction for Union Local 76. Paul enjoyed much of his life drinking beer, fishing and spoiling his cat Socks. Paul was the father to Jamie Law of Morrisonville, IL. Grandfather to Bry Williams of Bourbonnais, IL, Michael Law of Walnut, IL, and Kaden Lawson of Morrisonville, IL. He was the brother to Walter Fogle of El Segundo CA, Dave (Judy) Fogle of Van Orin, IL, Jim (Bonnie) Williams of Belvidere IL, and Mark Williams, Peru IL. Paul was also the caretaker of his beloved and spoiled cat, Socks. Paul was proceeded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary, as well as his step-father Earnest Halley. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 11 am at the Van Orin Gospel Church Main St., Van Orin, IL 61374. Josh Simpkins will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bach Memorial Chapel. The family will greet friends and family from 9 am to 11 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Van Orin Gospel Church. The family would like to extend their gratitude to those who have helped care for Paul during his fight with cancer. Specifically, Paula Fischer and Judy Fogle, for their constant and loving care. Contributions to Paul’s name can be made to the family.

Myron J. Hard - 69

9/18/1949 - 1/9/2019

 Myron J. Hard, 69, of Princeton, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Perry        Memorial Hospital.

He was born on September 18, 1949, in Princeton, to son of Carl Edward and Ruby (Carlson) Hard. He married Barbara A. Phillips on February 21, 1971, in Ohio, IL. Myron was employed for over 30 years by the City of Princeton Electric Department retiring as    Superintendent of Generation. He enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara;      his daughter, Heather Hard (Paul Hill) of Princeton; his son, Scott Hard of Princeton; his granddaughter, Kaelynn Geheber (Derrick Eckberg); and his brother, Ron (Linda) Hard of Wyanet.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Elaine.

Visitation will be held on Sunday January 13, 2019 from 3-6P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow on Monday at 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will conclude at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton.

A memorial will be established in his memory.


Ruth Ann Forristall - 93

5/24/1925 - 12/30/2018
Ohio, IL

 OHIO, IL - Ruth A. Forristall 93 of Ohio, IL, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Ruth was born May 24, 1925 to Edward & Gertrude (Marschang) Vock of Polo, IL.  She married Lyle Forristall of Ohio, IL, November 26, 1947.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, 3 sisters & a brother Catherine Hodge, Bernadine Bloom, Francis  Vock, & Eileen Wright.

She is survived by 3 sons Edward (partner Frank Demma) Forristall, Harry (Mary Jane) Forristall, Steve “Sam” Forristall, 6 grandchildren Joel (Melissa) Forristall, Amy (Gary) Smith, Adam (Amy) Forristall, Matt (Courtney) Forristall, Brandon (Christi) Forristall & Carissa (fiancee Mitchell Welsh) Forristall and 6 great-grandchildren. As well as 2 sisters Dorothy Clothier & Loretta Carroll.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the OCCW.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Friday January 4, 2019 from 9-11 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in the church with the Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Burial will conclude at St. Mary Cemetery, Ohio. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

Memorials to Heritage Health in Walnut.

Erica J. Adams - 26

7/16/1992 - 12/30/2018
Walnut, IL JACKSONVILLE, IL – Erica Jean Adams, age 26, of Jacksonville, IL, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL after fighting a brave battle of Glioblastoma Multiforme, a form of brain cancer. Erica was born on July 16, 1992, in Sterling, IL, the daughter of Jeffrey and Kathryn (Wallace) Adams. She was a 2010 graduate of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL and was currently employed there at the time of her death. Erica loved to travel with family and friends, doing tie dye and advocating for the deaf. She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Kathy of Tampico; her paternal grandmother; Ida Mary Adams of Walnut; her maternal grandparents, Neale and Rita Wallace of Walnut; a brother, Joe (Amber) Adams of Tampico; her sister, Jenny (Josh Ackerman) Adams of Ohio; her boyfriend, Josh Marcure (his children, Lezlee & Karma) of Springfield; a niece, Kathryn Ackerman, two nephews, Jace and Cale Adams; uncles Terry (Diana) Wallace; Tim (Teri) Wallace; Greg (Joyce) Wallace; Charles Adams; Paul (Nona) Adams; aunts Joyce Spencer and Patti (Keith) Buercklin; and numerous cousins. She also left behind her beloved dogs, Deuce and Honey. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Adams; her great-grandparents including special great-grandmother, Marjorie Hardersen; and Erica’s unborn child. Private family services were held. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 13th, at the Green River Golf Course in Walnut, IL from 1-4 p.m., for all friends and family. Please feel free to wear tie-dye to honor Erica’s memory. 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

Sally L. Wallace - 63

11/16/1955 - 12/29/2018
Walnut, IL Sally Louise Wallace, age 63, of Walnut, IL, passed away December 29, 2018 at Rock River Hospice after a battle with ovarian cancer. Sally was born on November 16, 1955, the daughter of Kenneth and Alice (Emmerson) Rodgers. She grew up west of Manlius playing on her grandpa Joe’s Osage Park located on the canal. She graduated from Manlius High School in 1974. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Wallace on January 28, 1978 in Sheffield. Their wedding was delayed by one day due to the blizzard of 1978. She was the proud mother of four children. She enjoyed the country life, country music, country line dancing, drinking coffee, loved snowmen, her Dodge Intrepid & Charger, the annual Rodgers family Reunion, her Chihuahua Kenny & watching her grandchildren. She created Walnut’s slogan, “Where Community Pride Leads to Growth” that was used for many years. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jeffrey Wallace of Walnut, her father Kenneth Rodgers of Sheffield, her brother David (Deb) Rodgers of Sheffield, three children: Danielle Wallace of Walnut, Suzy (Ben) Santella of Naperville, Darrell (Leslea) Wallace of Sterling, two grandchildren: Andrew and Emma Wallace of Sterling, and one son-in-law: James Sergeant Jr. of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jessica Sergeant, her mother Alice Rodgers, her grandparents and her infant brother Joseph. A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with a Celebration of Life beginning at 4pm with Pastor Gary Brooks officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Marilyn Ruth Gustafson - 80

5/17/1938 - 12/17/2018
Reno, Nevada

 Marilyn R. Gustafson

May 17, 1938 – December 17, 2018


Marilyn R. Gustafson, age 80, passed away on December 17, 2018, in Reno, Nevada, at Renown South Meadows Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Marilyn was born in Princeton, Illinois, on May 17, 1938, to Rawley and Fern Gallentine. She was raised on a farm in rural Illinois until age 18 and attended Bowen and Manlius elementary schools and Walnut High School.  At Walnut High School, Marilyn was in the chorus and band and was an accompanist for the chorus.  She was a four year cheerleader and was awarded the Arion Award for Music.  She also was a majorette with the band and was awarded a four year scholarship to Western Illinois University where she graduated with a degree in Music Education in 1960.  Marilyn was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority while attending Western.


While in high school, Marilyn met the love of her life, Donald Gustafson.  After dating through high school and college, they were married on June 26, 1960, in Walnut.  Don and Marilyn made their first home in Denver, Colorado, where their daughter, Dawn Marie, was born. They moved to Boulder, Colorado, where Don attended the University of Colorado. Their adventures then took them to Reno, Nevada in 1965 and their second daughter, Kimberley Kay, was born. They moved to Yerington, Nevada in 1966 and then to Butte, Montana, in 1971. They eventually moved back to Reno, Nevada, in 1975, and called Reno home ever since. 


Marilyn taught music in elementary schools for over 35 years and taught private piano lessons for 20 years.  Teaching music in the schools was very special to her and she always loved her work. Marilyn taught at Grace Warner and Caughlin Ranch Elementary Schools in Reno and retired in 1995. She was a chairman and member of WAAIME (Women’s Mining Association), a board member of Young Audiences of Northern Nevada, a member of the Montreux Women’s Golf Association and Lakeridge Tennis Club, where she played competitive tennis with many special friends.


Marilyn and Don loved traveling and went on many trips to foreign countries, including Europe, Morocco, Indonesia, Thailand, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Honduras and Canada.  She was a competitive bridge player and loved to play tennis, golf and sail with her family on Lake Tahoe and in the San Francisco Bay. Marilyn’s husband, children and grandchildren were always her first priority and she was always there for them. She attended all of her grandchildren’s sports activities and school programs and they were her pride and joy.


Marilyn is preceded in death by her husband, Donald, parents, Rawley and Fern Gallentine, brother, Arlyn Rawley and grandparents. She is survived by daughters, Dawn Welsh (Cary Welsh) from Reno and Kimberley Gustafson (Nic Capule) from Larkspur, CA, grandchildren, Connor and Amber Welsh from Reno, sister, Charlene Warr from Covina, CA, sister-in-law, Nancy Hopkins and brother-in-law, Dr. Jim Hopkins from Des Moines, IA, and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut, officiating. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in Reno, Nevada, at a later date.

In memory of Marilyn, gifts can be made to the Marilyn Gallentine Gustafson Music Scholarship fund at Western Illinois University.  Contributions can be mailed to:  WIU Foundation, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 with a memo note of Marilyn Gustafson Scholarship.  Or, a donation may be made to the First Christian Church, 109 Red Oak Road, Walnut, IL, 61376.

Eugene C. Hardy - 96

11/12/1922 - 12/16/2018
Deer Grove Eugene "Gene" Chelca Hardy, 96 of Deer Grove, Il died peacefully at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, IL on December 16, 2018. Gene was born on November 12, 1922 in rural Deer Grove, IL to Edmund and Amy (Crystal) Hardy. Gene was the 8th of 9 sibblings. In his early years he worked on the Hardy family farm until going to worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Elizabeth Sanner on Jnauary 11, 1941 in Clinton, IA. Together they raised 5 daughters. After the Wire Mill, Gene worked as an auto mechanic in Oregon and Sterling, IL. He then served in the US Army in WW II as a rifle marksman in Italy from 1944 -1945 in Company K338th Infantry Division. He earned the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Medal, Automatic Rifle Bar, Sharp Shooters Madal and Machine Gun Bar. After returning from military service, Gene and his wife Evelyn moved the family back to Deer Grove to the Hardy family farm and began farming. In 1954 Gene and Evelyn bought the farm that he has continued to live on until present. Gene and Evelyn lived and worked on their farm raising livestock and crops until his retirement in 1996. In addition to farming several farms, Gene did custom combining of crops in his local area. He served as Drainage Commisioner for Hamilton Township for many years and enjoyed restoring an antique 1939 Bradley Tractor. He loved watching wrestling and was an avid NASCAR follower. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Evelyn after 62 years of marriage; five brother: Harry, Clint, Lester, Russell and Raymond; three sisters: Pearl Seible, Emma Howes, Bessie Mungor; one grandson Louis Brechon; one great grandson Tyler Clark and one son in law Harold Andersen. He is survived by his five daughters: Betty Andersen of Ohio, IL, Bonnie (Robert) Mattingly of Deer Grove, Virgina (Joseph) Brechon of Dixon, Peggy Brechon (Joel Peterson) of Mokena, IL and Gale (David) Clark of Evans, CO; 10 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren with 1 additional great great grandson expected early next year. Visitation will be held on Friday December 21, 2018 from 9 - 10:30 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 10:30 AM with the Reverend Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been estabslihed to Rock River Hospice and Home and to the First Christian Church of Walnut

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