Robert J. Gugerty - 77
8/2/1939 - 5/20/2017
Tinley Park, Illinois

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Evangeline M. Guither - 94
4/23/1923 - 5/19/2017
Walnut, Illinois

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Josephine L. Kiser - 95

2/22/1921 - 2/14/2017
Champaign, Illinois

 Josephine Kiser, age 95 of Champaign, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at her home.

She was born on February 22, 1921 in Harmon, IL, the daughter of Charles and Julia Elizabeth (Burden) Miller. She married Robert L. Kiser; he preceded her in death in 1971. Josephine graduated from Community Catholic High School in Sterling, Ill. She taught at Walnut schools for many years before volunteering for VISTA. She then moved to San Diego, Cal. and was in real estate for ten years there until moving to Champaign. Josephine was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Champaign and a former member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut. 
Survivors include her son John (Darlene) Kiser of Champaign, Ill.; son-in-law, Joseph Grewenig of Elgin, Ill.; two sisters, Marion Place of Monroe, Wis. and Theresa Klocke of Rock Falls, Ill.; one brother, Hugh (Betty) Miller of Rock Falls, Ill.; five grandchildren, Kristen (Mark) Nall, Adam Grewenig, Cain (Tara) Kiser, Kurt (Lindie) Kiser and Marie (James) Chandler; six great grandchildren, Matthew and Marion Julie Nall, Nolan and Jase Kiser, Luke Kiser and Harper Chandler; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Julie Grewenig; three brothers, John, George and Paul Miller and one sister, Rosanne Gotzmann.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut, Ill. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw, Celebrant. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. 
Memorials can be made for future masses.

Jeremy "Chet" Forward - 40

10/3/1976 - 2/1/2017
Tampico, Illinois

Jeremy G. “Chet” Forward, age 40 of Tampico, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Chet was born on October 3, 1976 in Princeton, the son of Jeffrey Forward and Elaine (Gustafson) Forward. He graduated from Tampico High School, Class of 1995. Chet lived in Tampico all his life. He farmed and enjoyed raising cattle. He ran his own trucking company, Jeremy Forward Trucking, for the past ten years.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Forward of Sterling; his girlfriend, Ryan DeBrock of Tampico; three sisters, Wendy (Chris) Andersen of Aurora, Stephanie (Greg) Wetzell of Prophetstown and Jennifer Forward of Rock Falls; one brother, David (Brandy) Forward of Simsbury, CT; maternal grandmother, Shirley Forward; Ryan’s mother, Billi DeBrock of Wyanet; Ryan’s sister, Nikki Johnson of Manlius; nieces and nephews, Katie and Kody Wetzell, Weston and Natalie Forward, Haley and Claire Andersen, Logan and Leigha Johnson and Rylan Schiedel; many aunts, uncles and cousins and he and Ryan’s dog, Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandfather, George Forward, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Dorothy Gustafson.

Visitation will be Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Rosary will be recited at 3:45 P.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico with Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yorktown and Tampico Fire Department.

Anna R. Olson - 95

3/17/1921 - 1/30/2017
Tampico

 Anna R. Olson, 95 formerly of Tampico, died Monday, January 30, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton.

Anna was born on March 17, 1921 in Port Byron, Ill., the daughter of August and Mary (Hicks) VanHoe. She married Russell E. Olson on November 21, 1942 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown, Ill. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2005. Anna is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico.

Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Karen (John) Klinger of Belvidere, Ill.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Loren and Ronald Olson; one sister and two brothers.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church or Diabetic Foundation. 

Steven "Suds" Sidebottom - 64

6/12/1952 - 1/17/2017
Toluca Steven “Suds” O. Sidebottom, age 64 of Toluca, IL and formerly of Walnut, IL passed away on January 17, 2017 at home. Steve was born on June 12, 1952 in Princeton, the son of Creed and Irene (Wolfe) Sidebottom. He married Judy E. Schulte on November 25, 1972 in Ohio, IL. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2015. Steve worked as a seed corn salesman and owned Sidebottom Trucking. He also owned and operated Sud’s Bar and Grill in Toluca for many years. Steve was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Survivors include, three daughters, Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of Toluca, IL, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk, IL and Karen (Derek) McCully of Morton, IL; 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; one sister, Patricia Madson of Campbellville, KY; mother-in-law, Marie Schulte of Walnut, IL; four sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Don) Wallace, Kathy Schulte, Joyce (Dean) Geldean and Carla (Tim) Gonnigam; three brothers-in-law, Virgil (Judy) Schulte, Marc (Carol) Schulte and Jim (Cindy) Schulte and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Visitation will be Friday, January 20, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Ryan H. Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Eastern Marshall Co. Ambulance Service, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Central Illinois Kidney Fund and Meals on Wheels.

Leslie Renner - 85

9/10/1931 - 12/8/2016
Walnut, IL WALNUT – Leslie Renner, 85, of Walnut, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leslie was born Sept, 10, 1931, in Walnut, the son of Harry Lee and Maude (Stickle) Renner. He married Charlene Hill Dec. 21, 1952, in Walnut. Les was an entrepreneur, a sales executive, and a business leader. In his career, he worked with Gonigam Bass Hill, Trus Joist Corp., Lam Fab, his own business, and his last was acting CEO at Walnut Custom Components. He had a passion for music all his life, and served many roles in his community as choir director, musician, and producer. He loved his family, faith, golf, travel, and had an especially contagious sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Charlene of Walnut; his daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Clear of Indianapolis; four sons, Gregg (Pam) Renner of St. Louis, Brad (Lisa) Renner of Germantown, New York, Russell (Diane) Renner of Morrison, and Rod (Deron Boyles) Renner of Roswell, Georgia; two sisters, Shirley Creager and Phyllis Warner, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dale Renner; three sisters, Verle Tracy, Eleanor Sidebottom, and Gladys Gettle. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Walnut United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Harkness officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit garlandfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

James O. Mathew - 87

4/26/1929 - 11/20/2016
Walnut James Orville Mathew, age 87, of Walnut, IL left his home and his farm that he loved so well and journeyed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jim was born on April 26, 1929 in Sterling, IL the son of Orville and Edith (Grater) Mathew. He attended Round Grove Grade School and was a 1947 graduate of Morrison High School. He leaves his loving wife Ronette (Shawger) Mathew who he married on January 23, 1955 in Sterling. He served from 1951-1953 in the United States Army in the Military Police during the Korean War. He farmed in the Sterling area until moving to the Walnut farm in 1960. He was a landowner and a livestock and grain farmer. He served as director on the Bureau Township School Board, the Bureau County Livestock Feeders Board and the Bureau and Wyanet Mutual Insurance Company Board for many years. He was a charter member of the International Harvester Collectors Club, a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association and a lifelong member at the Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church of Walnut, the American Legion Post #179 and a past member of the Sterling Moose Lodge #726. He enjoyed farming, traveling, was an avid Red Sox fan and had various hobbies. He had a loving family that meant more to him than anything in this world. In all his years he farmed with and owned International Harvester equipment. He is also survived by one daughter Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut, IL; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs of Sterling, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, IL, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, Emily Mathew of Walnut, IL; three grandsons Matthew Junis of Champaign, IL, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; four great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis and Myla Miller; three great grandsons Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; another great grandchild due in April; two step grandsons J. C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons Austin, Brayden, Preston DeBates; one brother Gerald Mathew of Morrison, IL; one sister, Janet (Bill) Wantland of Seminole, Okla.; one brother in law Ronald Johnson of Sterling; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Micah Mathew, one brother Hubert Mathew, two sisters Eleanor Schneider and Marjorie Johnson, one brother in law Charles Schneider and two sister in laws Pat and Mildred Mathew. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday November 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Walnut United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by the Walnut American Legion Post #179. Visitation will be held on Friday November 25, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Lunch will be served at the Walnut United Methodist Church following the services on Saturday. A memorial has been established to: Walnut United Methodist Church, Multiple Sclerosis Research and ALS TDI . Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Eugene K. Lehn - 87

1/8/1929 - 11/20/2016
Ohio, IL Eugene Kenneth Lehn, age 87, of Ohio, IL died peacefully on November 20, 2016 surrounded by his family at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL. Gene was born on January 8 , 1929 in Humphrey, Nebraska, the son of Herman and Maude (Reineccius) Lehn. He graduated from Hall Township High School in 1947, attended LPO Jr. College and graduated from Illinois State University. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Wright on June 4, 1954 in Hollowayville, IL. Gene taught and coached in the Ohio School system for 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman, scoutmaster, and little league coach for many years. He was a member of the Ohio United Methodist Church and the Red Cross. Gene loved to garden and was an avid Cubs fan who had his dream come true by witnessing the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Lehn of Ohio, IL; one son Terry (Marlene) Lehn of Ohio, IL; three daughters Sharon Quest and fiance Dale Hasse of Quakertown, PA; Barb (Paul) Narez of Arnold, MO; Carla (Mark) Shewmon of Poplar Grove, IL; eight grandchildren Aaron (Megan) Lehn, Adam Quest, Danielle Shewmon, Brittany (Andy) Austin, Dan (Ana) DeBrock, Jenna (Ben Pitchford) Quest, Dion (Cynthia) Narez, and Sara DeBrock; seven great grandchildren; one brother Robert (Marge) Lehn of Seatonville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Oakley Lehn, and one grandson Nick Narez. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday November 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Judy Geise pastor of the Red Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established to Red Oak United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Pamela J. Hanich - 71

10/1/1945 - 11/14/2016
Manlius, IL Pamela J. Hanich Pamela J. Hanich, age 71, of Manlius, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at her home. Pam was born October 1, 1945 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Ada (Shaw) Klocke. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. Pam married Clare Foy on November 14, 1964. She later married Roger Hanich on November 27, 1982. Pam was previously employed at Harper Wyman, Manlius Clinic and Manlius U.S. Post Office. She was a member of the New Bedford Christian Church. Pam was a master gardener who enjoyed working in her garden. She also enjoyed quilting with her sewing group. She created many heirlooms for her family and friends. She was beloved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Survivors include three children, Michael (Gary Boyer) Foy of Portland, Ore., Michelle (Terry) Carter of Sterling and Marshall (Rebecca) Foy of Tampico; five step children, Dawn (Chris) Hoban of Fort Myers, Fla., Michelle Hanich of Princeton, Keith (Louann) Hanich of Lake in the Hills, Theresa (Efren) Salazar of Spring, Texas and R.J. Hanich of Chicago; seven siblings, Nancy (Peter) Gartner, Janet (John) Wheat, Patrick (Bobbie) Klocke, Michael (Keri) Klocke, Laurie (David) Penfold, Craig Klocke and Paul (Delia) Klocke; three grandchildren, Wesley (Samantha) Foy, Annika Carter and Mack Foy; eight step grandchildren, Steven Carter, Mindy (Mike) Spencer, Megan (Fabian Mendoza) Carter, Eric Mares, Mitchell Mares, Matthew Schlindwein, Ashley (Cory) Armstrong and Ramiro Salazar; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband and her parents. Visitation will be Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9 – 10:45 AM at the New Bedford Christian Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in rural New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Wanda Peterson - 82

6/19/1934 - 11/11/2016
Walnut, Illinois

 Wanda J. Peterson

 

WALNUT- Wanda J. (Hansen) Peterson, age 82 of Walnut, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Heritage Care of Walnut.

Wanda was born on June 19, 1934 in Mazon, IL, the daughter of George & Mildred (Brooks) Reader, Sr. She married Richard N. Hansen on August 16, 1952 in Princeton. He preceded her in death on January 4, 1987. She then married Forrest “Buck” Peterson on October 27, 1990 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on September 9, 2010. Wanda was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church and a member of the former Hamilton Club. She enjoyed baking pies, tending to her flower garden, playing cards, and most of all, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Barb Rutledge of Walnut and Beth Nelson of Deer Grove; two sons, Barry (Karen) Hansen of Hayden, Idaho and Bill Hansen of Chandler, Arizona; three step-children, Kim (Teri) Peterson, Kurt (Julie) Peterson and Bunni (Bob) Cline; one sister, Shirley (Bill) Weaver of Morris, Illinois; one brother, George Reader, Jr. of Coal City, Illinois; five grandchildren, Scott (Ruby) Rutledge, Tammy (Jason) Vidmar, Tonya (Mike) Besler, Trisha (Rob) Blackwell and Cody Nelson; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three sisters, Vivian Burke, Rita Oakland and Viola Shoemaker; two brothers, Roy and Kenneth “Doc” Reader and one brother in infancy, Donald Reader.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established in her memory. 

Geneva A. Jensen - 75

11/11/1940 - 10/3/2016
Walnut, Illinois

Geneva A. Jensen, 75, of Walnut, died Monday morning, October 3, 2016 at her home.

Born November 11, 1940 in Taylorville, she was a daughter of Orville and Sarah (Clark) Grant.  She attended grade school in Edinburg, Il and graduate from Ohio High School. She married Willard “Bill” Jensen on July 8, 1967 in Walnut.  He preceded her in death on April 12, 2007.  She had worked at Harper-Wyman in Princeton; Walnut Manor Nursing Home; Empire Level Co; Walmart in Sterling and transferring to Princeton where she retired. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Walnut. She had served as a past Cub Scout Den mother in Sheffield and Walnut. She was a member of the Sterling Women of the Moose and Chairwomen of Mooseheart for 2 years and a past member of the Walnut Chamber of Commerece.

Survivors include her sons: Douglas (Brenda) Jensen of Bureau and Willard “Bill “ (Linda) Jensen of New Bewdford; daughters: Dixi Hill of Walnut and Donna (Kevin) Scanlan of Tampico; sisters, Doris (Gene) Maxedon, Gladys Hanson, and Maxine Hughes; brothers, Fred (Julia) Grant and Clarence (Mary) Grant; and 7 grandchildren: Austin (Katie), Natasha, Savanah, Cody, Evan (Katelynn), Riley, Caden.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson Chad Alan Hill; four sisters: Mary Dyer, Laverne Simpson, Barbara Quickle and Alberta Willis; a brother Steve Grant.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Wednesday October 5, 2016 from 10 – 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Thomas Shaw, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut officiating. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery.

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