Donald H. Steele - 84
12/27/1934 - 6/14/2019
Walnut, IL

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

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

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

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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

Stanley W. White - 84

3/25/1934 - 12/14/2018
Walnut, Illinois Stan W. White, 84 of Walnut, died Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. Stan was born on March 25, 1934 in Vermillion, SD, the son of Wayne W. and Alice B. (Maxwell) White. He married Laura L. Ewing on November 25, 1978 in Sioux City, IA. He is a United States Navy Veteran and retired from the Navy after 20 years as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Survivors include his wife, Laura of Walnut; two daughters, Tracy (Mike) Chamberlain of Vermillion, SD and Jill Koertner of Prairie Village, KS; three sons, Chris (Ines) White of Vermillion, SD, Jon (Shawna) Rothwell of Sioux Falls, SD and Pat Rothwell of Sioux Falls, SD; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Burial will take place in the Black Hills National Cemetery in the Spring. Cremation rites have been accorded with the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, IL.

Barbara Ann Fahs - 84

2/15/1934 - 11/8/2018
Van Orin, Illinois Barbara Ann Fahs, age 84 of Van Orin, died Thursday, November 08, 2018 at Heritage Health of Peru. Barbara was born on February 15, 1934 in Ohio, the daughter of Howard and Lucille (Hoffman) Townsend. She graduated from Ohio High School and completed nursing training in Davenport. Barbara married James A. Fahs on October 11, 1952 in Ohio. She worked at Perry Memorial Hospital, Harper Wyman, part-time book keeper at Van Orin elevator, book keeper at Van Orin Co-op Oil Company for 25 years and Fast Stop in La Moille. She enjoyed being with family, grandchildren and friends, playing cards, camping and going to the casino. She also enjoyed making crafts and taking her things to shows, playing the piano, going to country/western shows, rodeos and sporting events. Barb was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Survivors include her husband, James; four children, Debra Lorenzi of Ladd, Janet (Pete) Walker of La Moille, Dan (Kim) Fahs of La Moille and Joe (Jessie) Fahs of La Moille; eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Carol Townsend. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Don Townsend; one son-in-law, Mark Lorenzi and two children in infancy. Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:30-11:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Memorial Mass will follow at the church at 11:00 A.M. with the Reverend Gregory Jarzombek, Celebrant officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial is established in her memory.

Max R. Hubbard - 89

8/10/1929 - 10/30/2018
Walnut, Illinois Max R. Hubbard Max R. Hubbard, age 89, of Rockford, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Atrium Extended Care in Rockford. Max was born August 10, 1929 in Wyanet the son of Harvey and Anna (Dalton) Hubbard. He was a 1947 graduate of Manlius High School and married Marie Gapinski on September 4, 1948 in Princeton. She preceded him in death in November of 1968. He later married Esther Heinzeroth on September 10, 1969 in Mendota. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2012. Max operated Hubbard Brothers Construction with his brother, Roger, for many years and also operated Gambles Store in Mendota and Walnut retiring in 1985. He spent his winters in Florida for over 30 years where he worked at a hardware store and did many remodeling projects. Max enjoyed woodworking, gardening and volunteering with the Walnut Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include three sons, Larry (Vicki) Hubbard of Rockford, Michael Hubbard of Rock Falls and John (Cathy) Hubbard of Naples, Fla.; one step son, Jim Heinzeroth of Mendota; eleven grandchildren, Marie Hubbard, Andrew Hubbard, Gabe Hubbard, Sean Hubbard, Allan Hubbard, Matt Heinzeroth, Don Heinzeroth, Jared Heinzeroth, Kim Simpson, Julie Lee and Tim Funfsinn; and many great grandchildren including Damien Hubbard. He was preceded in death by both wives; his parents; one step son, Bill Heinzeroth; one step daughter, Donna Funfsinn; two brothers, Roger Hubbard and Donald Hubbard; one sister, Doris Kissick; and one grandson, Bill Heinzeroth, Jr. Visitation will be Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10-11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Eldon Cook of the Walnut Community Bible Church officiating. Burial will be at Malden Cemetery. A memorial has been established to “Working On Walnut”, P.O. Box 56, Walnut, IL, 61376. Online condolences may be sent to

Lois M. Anderson - 86

7/8/1932 - 10/23/2018
Ohio, IL Ohio- Lois M. Anderson, 86, of Ohio, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Heritage Health Care Center in Walnut. She was born on July 8, 1932 the daughter of Chauncey and Vida (Boehle) Robbins. Lois was a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree having taught Home Economics in Rock Falls and Walnut. She was also employed as the Food Service Director at Walnut Manor and Heritage Square in Dixon. Lois married William F. Anderson, Jr. on December 7, 1963 in Bensenville. He died on January 11, 2018. Surviving are her children, William F. (Gina) Anderson III, of Ottawa, Eric R. (Linda) Anderson, of Churubusco, Ind. and Kate (Doug) Christensen of Newberg, Oregon; one sister, Yvonne Reynolds of Gladstone, Mo.; three brothers, Kenneth Robbins of Sterling, Dean (Alice) Robbins of Galt and Roger (Michelle) Robbins of Dixon; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 AM at the church, where Lois was an active member of Sodality and OCCW. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Irene Marie Chenneour - 96

2/22/1922 - 10/20/2018
Walnut, Illinois Irene M. Chenneour, 96, of Walnut, IL, died Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Heritage Health Care, Walnut, IL. Irene was born on February, 22, 1922, in Sterling, IL; the daughter of Roland and Emma (Sibigtroth) Whaley. She married Harry S. Chenneour on August 26, 1945, in Ohio, IL. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2004. In her younger years she worked at Sislers Ice Cream, U.S. Post Office and the Drug Store all in Ohio, IL. She retired in 1994, after working for 27 years as a school bus driver for the Walnut School system. She was a former member of the Ohio United Methodist Church and a current member of the Walnut United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Ohio Easter Star. When her children were young she was also involved with 4H. Survivors are her son, Bruce (Denise) Chenneour of Lodi, CA; her daughter, Vicki (Dave) Olszak of Lindenhurst, IL; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, IL on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M., with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend David Paust officiating. Memorial contributions may be made for the Walnut United Methodist Church and the Walnut Fire and Rescue Squad.

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