Harold W. Graff - 85
10/14/1931 - 5/11/2017
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8/30/1925 - 4/24/2017
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Shirley Mae Rod - 77
7/1/1939 - 4/20/2017
Rural Amboy, Illinois

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Nicholas J. Asselborn - 71
12/25/1945 - 4/12/2017
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Josephine Barber - 91

3/9/1925 - 5/24/2016
Mendota, IL Josephine Barber, age 91, of Mendota, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Mendota Lutheran Home. Josephine was born March 9, 1925 in Koncanica, Yugoslavia the daughter of Frank and Anna (Hledik) Holubek. She married Frank Barber on December 15, 1946 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1986. She was employed at Sanofi Drug in Des Plaines for many years until her retirement. Josephine enjoyed cooking, baking and quilting. Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Greg) Foster of Wautoma, Wis.; one son, Gary (Kim) Barber of Mendota; two sisters, Emily Bayus of Port Perry, Ontario and Mary Vukman of Emerald, Saskatchewan; four grandchildren, Greg, Jr. (Kim) Foster of Kenosha, Wis., Dan (Michelle) Foster of Wales, Wis., Kate (Johnathan) Hagenbuch of Utica and Kari (Daniel) Lutter of Richfield, Wis.; ten great grandchildren; and her dear friend, Adele Svacina. She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Louis; and two sisters. A private graveside service will take place at a later date. Cremation and arrangements are under the care and direction of Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Cecilia "Cis" Fuertges - 67

8/9/1948 - 5/13/2016
Walnut, IL Cecilia “Cis” Jean Fuertges, age 67 of Walnut, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 13, 2016 surrounded by family at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Cis was born on August 9, 1948 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Joseph and Lucille (Jusan) Podraza. She graduated from Morton West High School in Berwyn, IL and then from Presbyterian –St. Luke’s Hospital, School of Radiologic Technology. She received an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Sauk Valley Community College and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Cecilia married Dr. Daniel B. Fuertges on August 3, 1968 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Berwyn, IL. She last worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for Princeton Family Physicians. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, former CCD teacher and assisted at the annual Bazaar. In 2012 she was honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for her service to the Diocese of Peoria and her parish church. She also had been a Cub Scout den mother and was a developer of Pre-K school in Walnut. One of the highlights of her life was a trip to the Holy Land in 2008. She loved her grandchildren and especially going on trips with them and attending their school and church programs. Survivors include her husband, Daniel of Walnut, IL; three daughters, Erinn (Joseph) Crane of Davenport, IA, Heather Fuertges of Davenport, IA and Julie (Jason) Hoffman of Orion, IL; son, Daniel H. Fuertges of West Peoria, IL; grandchildren, Alex Barman, Melanie Comer, Xavier Crane, Shelby and Noelle Hoffman and step grandson, Dylan Crane and brother, Joseph Podraza of Brooklyn, NY. Funeral prayer services will be conducted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:30 A.M. at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut at 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rosary being recited at 4:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Masses, St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church, Walnut Fire Department and Heritage Senior Living Center in Walnut.

James "Jay" Dunn - 91

3/29/1925 - 5/13/2016
Princeton, IL PRINCETON - James D. “Jay” Dunn, 91, of Princeton, formerly of Ohio and Tonica, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Liberty Village in Princeton. Born March 29, 1925, in Sublette, he was a son of James J. and Genevieve (Fitzpatrick) Dunn. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Tucker on July 29, 1950, in Ohio, Ill. She preceded him in death on July 13, 1968. He then married Betty Rooney Fundell in 1973. She preceded him in death in 1978. He then married Mildred Grubb McCloud in 1980. She preceded him in death in 2013. In 1930 while attending a family reunion at Lowell Park in Dixon, he fell off of a dock into the Rock River and was saved by Ronald Reagan, who was the life guard on duty at the time. He attended the Daven School in East Grove Township, Lee County, and graduated from Amboy High School in 1942. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1950. He owned and operated the Ohio Grain Company from 1954 until about 1970. An early adopter of no-till farming, he was once named Lee County Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was an antique car enthusiast and an amateur radio operator. Jay was among those who successfully advocated for the straightening of the dangerous S curve on Route 26 south of Ohio more than 40 years ago. Jay worked as an industrial electrician at Donaldson Company from 1974-1976 and at Air Products and Chemicals from 1976 until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed singing and was a longtime member of the Bureau County Barber Shop Chorus. He was a catechism teacher at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Leonore. He was a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. He resided in Ohio from 1958-1985 when he and Millie moved to Tonica. His family will most remember his kind and gentle nature as well as his dry sense of humor. Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Shauna M. Dunn (Paul Gyorok) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Carole E. (Mike) Vaughn of Princeton; a son, James H. “Jim” (Jamie) Dunn of Ohio; 8 grandchildren, Rebecca Dunn (Matt Quigley) of Petersburg, Joseph (Angel) Dunn of Princeton, Michael (Elizabeth) Dunn of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jeffrey Dunn of Dongguan City, China, Angela (Nathan) Baldwin of Ballwin, Mo., Missy Dunn of Ohio, Lindsay Vaughn (James Van Fleet) of Princeton and Devin Vaughn (Dr. Christie Hancock) of Chicago; 3 great grandchildren, Ethan, Aubrey and Owen Dunn; 2 brothers, Gerald (Anita) Dunn of Walnut and Robert Dunn of San Francisco, Calif.; several nieces, a nephew, great nieces and nephews; three step granddaughters, Amy (Kirk) Stevens, Sheila McMann (Steve Wall) and Gennene (Christopher) Ching; and six step great grandchildren, Ty, Madlyn, Ryan, Devon, Delaney, and Josey. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sister Elizabeth, OSB, and several step children. Private services have been held. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Sharon A Cady - 71

1/16/1945 - 5/5/2016
Tampico, IL Sharon A. Cady, age 71, of Tampico, Illinois died Thursday May 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Sharon was born on January 16,1945 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Vernon and Elma (Cryer) Bruder. She was united in marriage to Larry Cady on February 21, 1965 in Tampico, IL. Sharon worked at the Tampico Post Office as a clerk for 34 years and was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband Larry Cady of Tampico, IL; three sons David (Mary) Cady of Tampico, IL, Michael (Kimberly) Cady of Tampico, IL , Steve Cady of Sterling, IL; 8 grandchildren, one step granddaughter; two step-great grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters Donna Radake of Tampico, IL, Nancy (George) Tornow of Tampico, IL; one brother Dennis (Dorothy) Bruder of Tampico, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Roger K. Frank - 80

8/12/1935 - 4/21/2016
Rock Falls, IL Roger Kerkmann Frank, age 80, of Rock Falls, IL and formerly of Walnut, IL died Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling. Roger was born on August 12, 1935 in Alantic, IA, the son of George and Pearle (Kerkmann) Frank. He attended Atlantic public schools and graduated from Iowa State University in 1958. He served in the United States Army Reserves. He was united in marriage to Emily Miller on November 7, 1959 in Elgin, Illinois. Roger was a charter member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut for 50 years where he served on the church council and various boards. He served on the Walnut Grade School Board for 12 years and was a lifelong farmer in the Harmon area for 50 years before retiring and moving to Rock Falls in 2000. In retirement, he volunteered for the VITAL program at Sauk Valley Community College and Roger also enjoyed reading and golfing. He is survived by his wife Emily Frank of Rock Falls, IL; two sons Timothy Frank of Clinton, IA, Thomas (Laurie) Frank of Rock Falls, IL. Roger was also a loving and devoted grandfather to Lindsey, Brady, Nolan, Aaron, and Hailey Frank. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut with the Rev. David Menet officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Regency Care in Sterling, IL. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn A. Hoover - 63

6/9/1952 - 4/15/2016
Sterling, IL Marilyn A. Hoover, age 63, of Sterling, IL. died Friday, April 15, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion in Sterling. Marilyn was born on June 9, 1952 the daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth A. (Spohn) Hoover. She is a member of Abiding Word Church of Sterling and was involved in church ministry. She is survived by her mother Betty Hoover of Dixon, IL; one sister Nancy (Jose) Castillo of Dallas, TX; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father. Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Abiding Word Church in Sterling, IL, with Rev. Scott Porter, Pastor, officiating. A time of sharing will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church before the service. A memorial has been established. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Thacker - 72

12/12/1943 - 3/31/2016
Walnut, IL Donna Thacker, age 72, of Walnut, Illinois died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Donna was born on December 31, 1943 in Red Bud, Illinois the daughter of Eugene and Alma (Welten) Heller . She was united in marriage to Michael P. Thacker on June 24, 1967 in Decatur, Illinois. Donna was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed playing golf, loved to cook and Longaberger Baskets. She is survived by her husband Michael Thacker of Walnut, IL; one son Michael A.(Sherri) Thacker of Walnut, IL; one daughter Heather (Patrick Oldfield) Thacker of Ohio, Illinois; one daughter in law Donna Rosenthal of Buda, Illinois; four grandchildren Ella Thacker, Ryan (Jaimie) Rosenthal, Kylee (Adam) Gutshall, Tyler (Erin) Rosenthal; four great grandchildren Reese, Noah, Leena, and Cora; two brothers Jerry (Rhonda) Heller, John (Annette) Heller; one sister Marcy Lewis; special cousin Rose (Irv) Cartwright; and several nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son Todd Buzzard. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with Rev Eldon Cook, pastor of the Walnut Community Bible Church in Walnut, officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Garland Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Richard Bruder - 71

7/11/1944 - 3/29/2016
Sterling, IL Richard E. Bruder, age 71, of Sterling, Illinois died Tuesday March 29, 2016 at his home. Richard was born on July 11, 1944 in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Lawrence and Mary M. (Rosene) Bruder. He was united in marriage to Barbara Singshem on June 7, 1964 in Sterling, Illinois. Richard served in the United States Air Force National Guard during the Vietnam War. He was a diesel mechanic for Jefferson County Road and Bridge in Golden, Colorado. He enjoyed Nascar Racing. He is survived by his wife Barbara Bruder of Sterling, Illinois; one daughter Faith Honeyman of Golden, Colorado; one son Richard W.(Danita) Bruder of Golden, Colorado; 5 grandchildren; 1 one great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Larry. Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tampico Memorial Cemetery in Tampico. Graveside military rites will be accorded. A memorial has been established. The Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Thomas A. Russ - 74

10/1/1941 - 3/15/2016
Tampico Thomas A. Russ, age 74, of Tampico died Tuesday March 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tom was born on October 1, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Tony and Frances (Tijan) Russ. He served in the United States Navy. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Kogut on April 28, 1976 in Lombard, Illinois. Tom was an auditor for over 40 years for various hotels. He enjoyed antique cars. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Russ of Princeton, IL; three daughters Lynn Wienburg of Kewanee, IL, Elizabeth (Ken) Mead of Tampico, IL, Mary Russ of Tampico, IL; two sons Gary (Alicia) Garland of Woodridge, IL, Terry (Kelly) Garland of Walnut, IL; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Tampico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor officiating. A memorial has been established. The Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn J. Lubbs - 92

1/29/1924 - 2/27/2016
Malden, IL Marilyn Jeanette (Peach) Lubbs passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Malden,Il on the evening of February 27, 2016 at the age of 92. Marilyn was born in Pontiac, IL on January 29, 1924 the daughter of Howard and Etta (Mott) Peach. She grew up in the Walnut area walking to the Normandy School House, and then attended Walnut High School where she graduated in 1942. She then moved to Sterling to attend the Sterling (Scoville) Business College. She graduated and started working at the Prince Castle Company in the business office. On June 30, 1945 she married Arnold Lubbs at the Walnut Christian Church. Her career then changed to raising her five daughters: Carolyn (Fred) Meisenheimer and Suzette Lubbs of Walnut, Karleen (Peter) Clausen and Kathy Burton of Malden, Il and Lori Lubbs of rural Princeton, Il. She has 16 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren who were the light of her life as well as her faithful cat, Bo, who stayed at her side night and day. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, her older brother Don Peach, and her younger sister, Elaine Peach Taylor. Marilyn enjoyed being a full time mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoying gardening and canning, cooking huge Sunday dinners for the growing families, and raising beautiful irises. She was a long time member of the Bureau Township Community Church. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday March 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Bureau Township Community Church with Rev. Joe Weyer and Marilyn's grandson Anthony Clausen, co-officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Burial will at Greenfield-Fairfield Cemetery in New Bedford,IL. Memorials may be directed to the Bureau Twp Community Church or to the Walnut Community Fireworks fund

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