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Patricia L. Atherton - 68

10/14/1951 - 11/25/2019
Walnut, IL Patricia L. Atherton Patricia L. Atherton, age 68, of Walnut, died Monday, November 25, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Patti was born October 14, 1951 in Princeton the daughter of Ralph and Eunice (Wiggim) Thompson. She married R. Bruce Atherton on February 10, 1973 in Manlius. Patti was employed as a flight attendant for American Airlines and also LCN Door Closures in Princeton. She also enjoyed traveling and taking trips with girlfriends, Bruce and family. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church where she was active on the church board. Survivors include her husband of Walnut; one daughter, Jaime Atherton of Gilbert, Ariz.; two sons, Lucus (Amanda) Atherton of Palmetto, Fla. and Ryan (Kimberly) Atherton of Walnut; four sisters, Sue Ann (Larry) Frank of Princeton, Jane (Pete) Miller of Harmon, Julie Thompson of Walnut and Lisa (Greg) Heaton of Dixon; three brothers, Dave (Jill) Thompson of Clear Lake, Calif., Gene Thompson of Souix Falls, S.D. and Thomas Thompson of Braceville; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Haley, Hannah, Madison, Harrison, Landry and Karlee. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter-in-law, Margaret and one nephew Brett Thompson. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, November 29, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Walnut United Methodist Church with Reverend David Poust officiating. Burial will take place at Walnut Cemetery at a later date. Memorials have been established to the Walnut United Methodist Church, the CJD Foundation and Vitas Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to

Donna Odell - 91

6/22/1928 - 11/23/2019
Walnut, Illinois Donna June Odell, age 91 of Walnut, died Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Heritage Health of Walnut. Donna was born on June 22, 1928 in Ohio, IL, the daughter of James and Martha (Steder) Forristall, Sr. She married Eugene Odell on October 27, 1945 in Princeton. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1992. Aside from being a homemaker, Donna and Gene owned and operated a gas station in Ohio, IL for many years. She also worked at Pizza Hut, Hardees and cleaned homes. She loved cats and adopted from Friends of Strays or the Tri County Humane Society. She enjoyed watching birds, feeding squirrels, doing jigsaw puzzles and watching the Chicago Bulls and Cubs. Survivors include her daughters, Claudia Backes (Dave Piper) of Seatonville and Linda (Bill) Jensen of New Bedford; two sisters, Rogene (Warren) Reuter of Dixon and Clara Clayton of Amboy; eight grandchildren; and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son James Odell, Sr; four brothers, Delbert, Lyle, Claude, and James Forristall, Jr.; and two sisters, Anna Metzen and Mary Elizabeth Forristall in infancy. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Walnut Cemetery with Pastor Brian Moore officiating. Arrangements completed by the Garland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Strays or Tri County Humane Society.

Russell Hall - 68

11/18/1951 - 11/17/2019
Tucson, Arizona Russell W. Hall, 68 died suddenly Sunday November 17, 2019 at Tucson Medical center. He was born on October 18, 1951 in Kewanee, IL the son of James L. and Theresa M. (Perino) Hall. He was a 1969 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling and was a 1973 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. He married Sue Stowell on September 17, 1977. She died July 11, 2016. Russ Hall joined Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR in March 1992. He was a shareholder and beloved heart and soul of this Tucson-based, employee-owned company. Russ was a consistent market leader in his commercial real estate specialization, the sale and lease of industrial real estate. Russ earned Top Producer Awards five times and achieved “Winner’s Circle” status (top three producers) in most of his years at C&W| PICOR, often with Stephen Cohen, his teammate since 2013. He took his profession to heart, earning designations from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) in 1992 and the Cushman & Wakefield Global Supply Chain Solutions (GSCS). Russ had a deep love of cycling locally and abroad and often joined the Bookman’s cycling group for their rides. He was an earnest fundraiser and pancake flipper for the PICOR Charitable Foundation, joined the board of Tucson Wildlife Center, was a lifetime trustee of the Carondelet Foundation, past president of the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club, a former Dale Carnegie instructor, and a Greater Tucson Leadership graduate. Russ embodied “love thy neighbor” and made everyone he encountered feel special. His family and friends will do their best to honor his spirit and legacy by sharing love with those who most need it. Survivors include his son, Tyler Joseph Hall of Tucson; his sister Theresa (Tom) Sizemore of Oskaloosa, IA; his brother Jim (Rhonda) halls of Rockford, IL; his brother in law, Cal (Jennifer) Stowell of Atlanta, GA and several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of Life will be held on December 7, 2019 at 1 PM at St. Pius Catholic Church in Tuscon, AZ, with a light luncheon to follow. Memorials may be made to PICOR Charitable Foundation 5151 E Broadway, Suite 115 Tucson, AZ 85711 and to the Tucson Wildlife Center PO Box 18320 Tucson, AZ 85731 Visitation will be Friday November 29, 2019 from 10 -11 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico, IL., Followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM, with the Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant. Burial will conclude at St. Mary Cemetery.

LaVerne E. Molln - 57

8/5/1962 - 10/28/2019
Ohio, Illinois LaVerne E. Molln, 57 of Walnut died Monday October 28, 2019. He was born on August 5, 1962 in Princeton, the son of Myron R. and Lois (Rempfer) Molln. He was a graduate of Ohio High School and Wyoming Technical Institute. He married the former Linda Kramer on September 1, 1990 in Ohio. LaVerne farmed in the Walnut and Ohio areas. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio and had served as a trustee several terms. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First State Bank of Van Orin. LaVerne took after his dad, Myron, farming and making sure whether planting or harvesting- everything was done the best it could be. He loved all his family and going on vacations to Wisconsin with his children and grandchildren. Riding his Harley with his wife Linda or friends around the area was his new found joy, and oh how he enjoyed special times in their new Arizona winter home with new found neighbors and friends. Survivors include his wife, Linda; his mother Lois Molln; his daughters: Dena Doran (Eric May) of Princeton and Chelsey (Jodie) Whipple of Wyanet; his sons: Derek Molln (Deanna Lyman) of Princeton and Andrew Molln of Sheffield; son in law Dave Doran of Ohio; his sister Janice (Bob) Williams of Van Orin; his brothers David Molln (Ann Cobane) of Ohio and Kevin (Missy) Molln of Toulon; grandchildren: Nolan Doran, Madison Doran, Kyle Molln, Kylei Molln, Myah Whipple, Madelyn Whipple, Sawyer and Summer Lyman. He was preceded in death by his father and infant brother Gary. Visitation will be held on Friday November 1, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut and on Saturday from 9 – 9:45 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Ohio. The funeral will follow at 10 AM in the church with the Reverend Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will conclude at Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Memorials in his memory to the First Lutheran Church in Ohio and to the Ohio Fire Department.

Arlene Johnson - 87

7/9/1932 - 10/26/2019
Rock Falls, Illinois Arlene Lavonne Johnson, age 87 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Allure of Prophetstown (formerly Good Samaritan), surrounded by her family and holding her husband’s hand. Arlene was born on July 9, 1932 in Walnut, the daughter of Albert and Mae (Parlier) Barth. She attended Walnut schools and graduated from Walnut High School. Arlene married Lloyd Johnson on September 9, 1951 at the Red Oak Church in Walnut. She was a homemaker, farm wife and devoted volunteer. Arlene was an active member of Red Oak Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a part of the Ladies Circle. She was very involved in Royal Neighbors, helped with Feed the Children, and served as an election judge. Arlene was a wonderful baker, she enjoyed cooking, mowing the yard, attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities and working with her husband on the farm. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and loved spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Lloyd; five children, Ron (Joni) Johnson of Walnut, Denise (Randy) Cady of Tampico, Doug (Colleen) Johnson of Janesville, WI, Linda Mitchell of Prophetstown and Pamela (Mike) Lawrence of Prophetstown; ten grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson, Brett (Kate) Johnson, Kimberly (Justin) Kelly, Jeffrey (Kristie) Cady, Myles (Madi Bockheim) Johnson, Ian (Allie Erdmann) Johnson, Ella Johnson, Hunter Mitchell, Kiylie Eads and Caley (Kyle Wayne) Lawrence; nine great grandchildren, Brennan, Ashleigh, Coggin, Kaehler, Gillian, Austin, Harrison, Owen and Khloe; and one sister, Alberta Nusbaum of Dixon. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Genevieve O’Malley and Marilyn Louise Barth in infancy; and one brother, Ed Barth. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the Red Oak Church in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Red Oak Church in Walnut.

Martin Von Holten - 91

9/15/1928 - 9/27/2019
Walnut, IL WALNUT — Martin R. Von Holten, 91, died at his home on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Martin was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Tampico, the son of Christ and Molly (Whyte) Von Holten. He married Mary Cheryl Swanson on Dec. 11, 1955, in Rock Falls. Martin farmed in the Tampico and Walnut area his entire life. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Martin enjoyed woodworking, and working in his yard and garden. He served on the Bureau County Farm Bureau Board and the Bureau Service Board. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ohio, and served on the Church Board. Survivors include, his wife Mary Cheryl of Walnut; two sons, Chris (Julie) Von Holten of Walnut and Dale (Nancy) Von Holten of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Molly Von Holten of Austin, Texas, Joseph Von Holten of Red Rock, Ariz., Kyle (Jennifer) Von Holten of Mt. Prospect and Nicholas Von Holten of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Wuebben and Ruth in infancy. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the First Lutheran Church in Ohio, Ill. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gene Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Online condolences may be left at

Deborah VanLanduit - 69

10/15/1949 - 9/14/2019
Tampico STERLING – Deborah VanLanduit, age 69, of Tampico died Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Debi was born on October 15, 1949 in Dixon the daughter of Harry and Helen (Hays) Thompson. She married Bill VanLanduit on December 31, 1968 in Sterling. Debi was employed as a Secretary for 38 years most of those years at Tampico High School and later retiring from Prophetstown High School in 2011. She was an avid reader, enjoyed horseback riding, bowling and played many roles with the high school sports programs. Survivors include, her husband, Bill of Tampico; three daughters, Michelle (Tom) Anderson of Indian Land, S.C., Jennifer Morales of Tampico and Angela (Justin Beighle) Woodley of Atkinson; one brother, Al (Janis) Thompson of Deer Grove; three sisters, Laura Thompson of Tampico, Gigi (Chuck) Heffelfinger of Monroe, Wis. and Pati (Joe) Lynch of Richland, Wash.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen in infancy; one grandson, Jacob Woodley and one son-in-law, Marlon Morales. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Eldon Cook of the Walnut Community Bible Church officiating. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery in Tampico. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp. Online condolences may be sent to

Craig Freeman - 41

10/9/1977 - 9/11/2019
Walnut, Illinois

Craig E. Freeman, age 41 of Walnut, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019.


Craig was born on October 9, 1977 in Morrison, the son of William and Gayle (Helgesen) Freeman, Sr. He was in the United States National Guard serving during the war in Iraq. He married Gina Gothard on September 25, 2004 in Walnut. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation in Rock Falls. Craig was a member of Ducks Unlimited and The Happy Hookers Club. His love of life included fishing with his children, attending many sporting events with his children and friends, outdoor activities and woodworking. Craig was always willing to lend a hand when requested by friends and family.


Survivors include his wife, Gina; two daughters, Morgan and Ellie Freeman, at home; one son, Ethan Freeman, at home; his parents, William Freeman, Sr of Polo, IL and Gayle Helgesen of New Bedford, IL; four sisters, Cheryl (Michael) Strauch of Lena, IL, Shaun (Robert) Palmer of Thomas, OK, Sharleen (Robert) Seas of Stockton, IL and Carrie (Jay) Stokes of North Pole, AK; three brothers, William Freeman, Jr of Lena, IL, Kevin (Karen) Freeman of Walnut and Michael Freeman of MO; and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will conclude at Walnut Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory. 

Frances Talbot - 93

2/4/1926 - 8/20/2019
walnut, Illinois Frances Talbot died August 20, 2019 in Keosauqua, Iowa, at the Van Buren County Hospital. She was 93. A rosary will be said at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Illinois on Friday, August 30 at 4:30 pm followed by visitation from 5 to 7 pm. Her funeral mass will be on August 31 at 10:00 in the St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut, Illinois. Burial will follow at the Walnut Cemetery in Walnut. Frances had moved to Keosauqua in October, 2016. She became an Iowan when she was no longer able to care for her own home in Walnut, Illinois. She had lived her adult life in Walnut as a mother, homemaker, and farmwife. Frances was born in LaSalle, Illinois on February 4, 1926 to Frank and Antonette Conley. Her mother died when Frances was 13, and she soon found herself being raised by 3 older sisters, Mary, Betty and Anita. She left school at 15 and began working as a telephone switchboard operator for Illinois Bell. At 16 Frances met Robert Talbot at a birthday party arranged by her sister, Anita. War came and Frances and Robert corresponded as he served in the Philippines. When he came home they were married on August 31, 1946. His dream had been to become a farmer, hers not quite the same, but she was open to challenge and for the next 57 years they farmed just outside of Walnut, Il. She and Bob were long time 4-H leaders; she was active in her church, St. John’s Catholic Church and in the Altar and Rosary Society. She worked with her friend, Phyllis Johnson, as a caterer. She and Bob were also honored as the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizens. She won several, but never enough, pie contests and their home was home to countless Border collies. Frances loved to travel. She and her sister, Anita, traveled to Ireland as the “Connolly sisters” (name changed when her family moved to America). She also traveled with most of the family to Disney World in her 80’s and was the first awake in the morning ready to go to the Magic Kingdom. Other travels took her on cruises to Alaska and Canada . Robert died in July, 2003 and Frances began another chapter of her life buying and caring for a cozy brick ranch styled house in Walnut. She was able to care for it and enjoy her friends and neighbors there for the next 13 years. She moved to the Keosauqua Health Care Center in 2016, but Walnut always remained her home. Frances was mother to 3 girls: Kathleen (David) Paulek, Helen (Jay) Hodge, and Rose (Lynn) Fisher. She has 7 grand children: Mark (Jeanne) Paulek, Adam (Anne Tyler) Paulek, Megan (Tim) Kunz, Kelly (Jim) Perfield, Gabriel (Sharon) Smith, Matthew (Robin) Fisher and Laura (Ryan) Bruni. She has 8 great grandchildren : Olivia Paulek, Elliott Paulek, Curtis Kunz, Leo Kunz, Wyatt Perfield, Dylan Smith, Ethan Fisher and Colton Fisher. She became an Iowa grandmother to her caregiver, Cecilia Novoa, at the Keosauqua Health Care Center. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church, Walnut, Il. The Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, Iowa, and the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, Il, are in charge of arrangements.

Frank Donnelly - 86

11/14/1932 - 7/15/2019
Princeton Franklin E. (Hank) Donnelly, 86, of Princeton, IL, died peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born on November 14, 1932 to Edward and Catherine (Faley) Donnelly. He graduated from Ohio High School. He was proud to serve in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He married Beverly Ann Baker on November 12, 1955. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio, IL and served as a trustee for many years. More recently he was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton, IL. He farmed in the Dover area his entire life. He also worked as a carpenter building many homes including homes for his children. Survivors include four daughters, Mary (Wayne) Stone, Rebecca (Gary) Peach, Patricia (Jerry) Jackson, and Sheila (Jim) Kelly, all of Princeton, three sons, Ed (Ann) Donnelly of Walnut, Bryan (Robin) Donnelly of Ohio and Joe (Susan) Donnelly of Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters, Shirley Donnelly of Princeton and Joan (Ed) Anderson of Ohio, and one brother Dan (Isabelle) Donnelly of Chillicothe. He has twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a special friend, Peggy Scudder of Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 54 years Beverly Donnelly, two brothers, James and Bernard, three grandchildren, Josh Price, Mary Jackson Knuth, and Bridget Donnelly and one brother-in-law, Ralph Baker. Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am Friday, July 19 at St. Louis Catholic Church. A Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 am with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. A luncheon will follow the Mass in the church hall. Internment will be at 1:00 pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio, IL. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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