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2018

John Larsen
John Larsen

John Larsen — Sioux Falls, SD,  passed away on July 24, 2019 at the age of 22. Mr. Larsen was born May 9, 1997 in Sioux Falls to Karen Heiling and David Larsen. He attended Anne Sullivan, Whittier and Washington High School. He then attended Carthage, graduating in December 2018 with degrees in Environment Science and Geography and Earth Science. He moved back to SD after graduating and worked for the city of Sioux Falls as an Operator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. If we had been given the chance to ask John what he would want said about himself, he would have given his classic shoulder shrug, “I dunno” answer. That was John for you, always an understated kind of guy, never one to brag or show off. He exuded a quiet leadership – showing up before he needed to be there, staying late, helping out behind the scenes and being a role model for those around him. John was profoundly loyal to those he cared about, the quiet depth with which he loved was remarkable. He was one of the most hard-working people this world has seen, never settling for anything less than his best. He frequently would get 100% on exams (we’ve always known he was the smartest of the bunch) yet would still do the extra credit if offered. This reflected his desire to learn and soak up knowledge in every aspect of his life. John had a love of animals of all kinds. From the wolves of Minnesota to the Galapagos tortoises, John had a fascination with learning about animals, and strived to make the world a better place for them all. At home, John had recently adopted 2 kittens from the humane society. Freya and Kumo had a uniquely special place in his heart, and the love, attention and play time that he showered on them characterized his kindness to all living things. In honor of this love he had for animals, we ask that any memorials be given to the Sioux Falls Humane Society, to further John’s desire to give all animals the love they deserve. John’s creative side found a home in music. He was an incredibly talented percussionist, with marimba being his instrument of choice. He made his own mallets and was in the process of building his own marimba as well. He enjoyed the challenge of breaking down a new piece, learning it inside and out, frequently having the entire thing memorized by the time came around for him to perform. John’s spirit lived outdoors, preferring to be out in nature whenever possible. He loved the woods behind our house, always hiking back there, discovering fox dens and bee nests and getting into who knows what. He even set up a trail camera to capture a glimpse of what goes on back there when the humans aren’t around. He incorporated his love of nature and the environment into his scholarship, doing his senior thesis on aquatic life in the Sioux River. John is survived by his parents, David Larsen and Karen Heiling, Sioux Falls, SD; two siblings, Eric Larsen and Eric’s wife, Amanda, Kansas City, KS, Sara Larsen, Sioux Falls, SD; his paternal grandparents, John and Charlotte Larsen, Sun Prairie, WI; a niece, Catherine Larsen; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his brother, Mark Larsen; and his maternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Heiling. 
Submitted: August 7, 2019

2016

William Diehl , IV — North Barrington, IL,  passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017. Billy was born on December 21, 1993 and was a Lake Zurich High School graduate. He attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where he obtained a Liberal Arts Degree with a Major in History. Billy was the most dedicated and fun-spirited Carthage College Red Men Volleyball fan. His loving family and many friends were his pride and joy. Billy's bright smile along with his kind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.  
Submitted: August 4, 2017

Dawn Dukas — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 53 after a brave battle with glioblastoma multiforme. Dawn was the daughter of Donald A. and Judy (Clark) Stanek. A proud milestone in Dawn's life was when she received her Bachelor's Degree in Business in May, 2016, from Carthage. On June 16, 1984 at St. Mary's Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Wayne Dukas. They were blessed with three exceptional children. Their union was later dissolved. Dawn was employed for 25 years as a Clinical Document Specialist with Abbott/Abbvie Labs. She was a devoted and proud mother and grandmother. Her family was her world and being with them is when she was the happiest. Many lifelong memories were made during family vacations to Hayward. Dawn will be remembered as a humble, kind hearted and compassionate sole. Dawn is survived by her three children, Danielle (Vincent) Leo, Jennifer (Kevin) Jordan and Derek (Trisha Rowland) Dukas; her mother, Judy Stanek; her grandchildren, Elise, David, Kevin "KJ" and Kaleb; her brother, Scott (Lori) Stanek; and her sister, Laurie (Scott) Smet. She is further survived by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends; her former father and mother in law, George and Margaret Dukas; and her canine kid, Daisy. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Stanek; an infant brother; her paternal grandparents, Albin and Ella Stanek; and her maternal grandparents, Emo and Selina Clark. 
Submitted: October 11, 2018

2015

Sharlene Bauer — Roscoe, Ill. ,  died Friday, August 29, 2014, in her home at age 64. Born Dec. 20, 1949, in Rockford, she was the daughter of Wesley and Shirley E. (Ostrom) Johnson. She married Lawrence M. Bauer Dec. 18, 1982, in Rockford. Sharlene was a teacher in the Harlem School District for many years and at Auburn High School, retiring in 2007. She was a choir director for several local churches and a member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Laurel (Chris) Wright of South Beloit, Jessica (Nathan) Olson of Roscoe, and Tyler Bauer of Roscoe; grandchildren, Jacob and Ethan Wright; and siblings, Brian (Pam) Johnson of Pecatonica and Julie (Steve) Schellschmidt of Roscoe. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Vera Clara Emilie Kuhn — Kenosha,  was called by the Lord to her home in heaven on Oct. 2, 2014. She reached the age of 100 years, one month, and 23 days. She was the daughter of the late Louis C. and Minnie (Niemuth) Hannemann and was born August 9, in the year of our Lord, 1914, in Saxeville, Wisconsin. She was baptized into the Christian faith September 16 of that year at the Lutheran Christus Kirche, in West Bloomfield, Wisconsin. The family lived in the town of Saxeville for about 6 years; then in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 6 years; then in northern Minnesota for a year. Vera's mother died there in 1926. The family then moved to Waupaca, Wisconsin, and a year later to Antigo, Wisconsin. After instruction in the teachings of the Bible, Vera was confirmed in the Christian faith at Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, on Palm Sunday, 1929. She graduated from Antigo High School and on April 17, 1933, married Henry Kuhn, a native of Switzerland. They settled in Appleton and became members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church. The Lord blessed their home with four children. In 1945 Vera and Henry became charter members of Riverview Lutheran Church. The first services were held in their home on River Drive, and Vera was the organist. She lived at her home on River Drive for 55 years. Vera was active in her membership at Riverview. She was a charter member of the Ladies Guild and served on the Altar Guild. She joined the Valparaiso University Guild of Appleton and was elected to a state office in that organization. Vera enjoyed working with the women of Riverview making quilts for the Apache mission in Arizona. She also enjoyed traveling with Henry and being at the cottage on Lake Arbutus. Most of all, she liked to take care of her and her family. She and Henry saw to it that their children attended Lutheran schools. For that the children are very grateful. Vera moved to Luther Haven, a retirement community in Milwaukee, in 1997. In September 2008, Vera moved to Brookside Care Center in Kenosha. There she and her family celebrated her 95th, 98th, 99th, and 100th birthdays. She enjoyed those family gatherings very much. Vera is survived by her children: Betty and her husband Bruce Marggraf of Muskego, Wisconsin; Rev. Henry and his wife Sandra, of Alta, Iowa; Ruth Ann and her Rev. Roger Sprain, of Sun Lakes, Arizona; and Barbara and her husband Greg Campbell of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving her are 12 grandchildren: Rev. Bruce, Rev. Paul, and David Marggraf and their wives Kathy, Meg, and fiancé Jeanine; Henry and Richard Kuhn and Laura Mullins and their spouses Francine, Debbie, and Scott; Rev. John Sprain, Becky Schoeneck, Debbie Spaude, and their spouses Vicki, Tim, and Rev. Martin; Fenton, Matthew, and Charles Campbell, and Matt's wife Allison and Charles's wife Amanda. In addition, surviving Vera are 29 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Vera was preceded in death by her husband Henry, in 1985, by two brothers, Gerald and Gary Hannemann, and by one sister, Verna Antes. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Richard A. Snyder — Kenosha,  died at 85 on Dec. 8, 2014, at St. Catherine's Hospital. He was born on May 28, 1929, in Enid, Okla., the youngest child of the late Charles and Frances Snyder. After graduating from high school in Enid, he joined the Marine Corps in 1946. He was honorably discharged in 1948. Dick attended Oklahoma State University, thanks to the G.I. Bill, graduating in May 1952 with a degree in accounting. On Jan. 31, 1958, he married Jean Appel in Chicago. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and worked for the public accounting firms of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and Arthur Young & Co., starting his career in Dallas before transferring to Chicago. After living on the north side of Chicago and then Morton Grove, Ill., the couple moved to Kenosha in October of 1961 when Dick joined the MacWhyte Company as an accounting manager. On June 1, 1969, he was promoted to secretary-treasurer of MacWhyte. After teaching evening accounting courses for several years, Dick joined the business department faculty of Carthage College full time in 1978, preaching the gospel of balancing the books and keeping your ledgers organized to thousands of students. Even after officially retiring from Carthage, he continued to teach courses there for several years. While living in Chicago, Dick was a Chicago Bears season ticket holder and was a proud member of the "APB" (anti-Packer backer) Club for decades. In recent years, however, he also cheered for the Green Bay Packers, though he never completely gave up on his first love. He owned cabin-cruiser boats for several years, spending summer weekends on Lake Michigan and being an active member (and the 1978 Yachtsman of the Year) at the Kenosha Yacht Club. He and his wife enjoyed several cruises, to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and the Panama Canal, and in 1999 they took a family trip to Scotland, London and Paris. They also had season tickets for several years to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Broadway in Chicago theater series. Dick was an avid reader, a devotee of Time magazine and a daily watcher of CNBC and stock market news. He strongly believed in the power of compound interest and investing your money for the long term. In addition to his wife of 56 years, Jean Snyder; he is survived by four daughters, Karen (Ralph Giannola) Snyder of Richmond, Va., Kathryn (Rev. Craig) Wolfgram of Wisconsin Dells, Elizabeth (Rex Davenport) Snyder of Kenosha, and Patricia (Steve Stockton) Snyder of Atlanta, Ga.; along with his grandchildren, Caitlin Wolfgram and Nicholas Stockton. He is further survived by his brother, Don Snyder of Tulsa, Okla. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Dr. Richard E. Werstler — North Canton, Ohio,  passed away on Jan. 2, 2015. He was born near Canton, Ohio in 1927, the son of H. Howard and Dessie Werstler. He graduated from Hartville High School, received his bachelor's at Wittenberg University, was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and finished his post-graduate work at University of Northern Dakota and Case Western Reserve. During his 44 year career educating our youth and teachers, Dr. Werstler served the Northwestern School District of Clark County, Lakewood Ohio Schools, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools, the School of Education at Central Michigan University and on the board of directors at Carthage College. For over 20 years of his career Dr. Werstler served as Chairman of the Professional Division of Teacher Education at Adrian College. In 1985 Dr. Werstler returned to Stark County to serve as the Executive Director of The McKinley Museum of History, Science and Industry and the McKinley National Memorial where he oversaw the restoration of the monument, construction of the Discover World exhibit and completion of the Street of Shops. In service to community Dr. Werstler participated in various capacities on the Wolverine Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis International, the Michigan State Board of Education, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan, the Graduate Deans of Michigan Colleges and Universities and the State Department of Education in Ohio. He was also a founder of Lenco Credit Union in Adrian, Michigan. Dr. Werstler was honored to work on the development of Lake Township Historical Society as president and charter member working on the restoration of the one-room schoolhouse adjacent to Lake Local. He was a member of St. Jacob's Lutheran Church and his long time involvement and faith was a big part of his life. During his lifetime Dr. Werstler built, restored, or enhanced over 20 houses, and two large farms. Dr. Werstler is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wilma; sister, Rachel (Smith); daughter, Beth (Santell); and sons, Jeffrey and Mark. He has six grandchildren: Megan (Brandan), Stephen (Kelly), Erik, Alex, Rebecca and Jacob; and two great-grandchildren Landon and Tori. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lorene (Wymer); brother, Loren; son-in-law, Sam (Santell); and granddaughter, Rachael. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Natalie "Nellie" Williams — Kenosha ,  Natalie "Nellie" Williams, 90, of Kenosha died peacefully on Oct. 15, 2014, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, after a brief illness. Born on Dec. 24, 1923, in Kenosha, the daughter of the late Antonio and Carmela Aceto. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha and was a graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School Class of 1944. Nellie married Robert E. Williams on Aug. 10, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church until its closing and then joined St. Mary Catholic Church. Nellie worked for many years as a service representative for Republic Savings and Loan (TCF Bank). After leaving the bank she worked for another 10 years at Carthage College in the Office of the Registrar, until her retirement. Nellie volunteered for over 20 years at United Hospital System-Kenosha and Hospice Alliance in Pleasant Prairie. Nellie is survived by her three children, Elaine Williams, Robert J. (Joni Loveless) Williams, Brian (Carol) Williams, all of Kenosha; grandson, Robert (Katy) Williams; and two great grandchildren, Suzy and Leopold Williams, all of Fort Collins, Colo. She is also survived by a sister, Virginia Radtke, and a brother, Albert Aceto of Kenosha; also sisters and brothers-in-law as well as nieces and nephews. Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

2014

Robert "Bob" R. Carbone — Kenosha,  friend of the College, passed away peacefully April 28, 2014. Born Nov. 3, 1932, in Kenosha, he was the son the late Frank A. and Rose Marie (Gallo) Carbone. Bob was a lifelong resident of Kenosha, attending local schools and was a graduate of Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. On Nov. 6, 1953, he entered the United States Army serving in the Far East and Japan until his honorable discharge in 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korea Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. On May 2, 1953, at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, he married his junior high sweetheart, June H. Modory. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2012. From 1957 until 1983 Bob was a coach, teacher, vice-principal and principal of St. Joseph High School. He then worked at Great Lakes Naval Base from 1983 until his retirement in 1997 as an Education Administrator and in 1990 he was declared US MEPCOM Employee of the year. Bob was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Anthony's Parish Council, a lifetime member of WIAA Coaches Association and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Lake Forest College. Bob served 19 years as a Kenosha County Supervisor for the 9th district. Bob was active and associated with many Civic, Education and Athletic Organizations and for which he received many accolades for his dedicated service over the years (too many to list). But his main focus in life was God, Family, Country and the relationships he formed through coaching and local politics. Bob lived by the creed "A man should not be judged by the money he amasses, or the job he attains, but rather by what he has done to make life better for his fellow man." Bob is survived by his three children, Kristina (John) Rudolph of Duluth, Minn., Laurence Larry (Stacie) Carbone of Dublin, Ohio, Karin (Peter) McCarville of Kenosha; his seven grandchildren, Joshua (Laura), Kaitlyn and Veronica Rudolph, Alexa and Paxson Carbone, Maximilian McCarville and a great-grandchild due in June. Bob is also survived by his brother, Frank M. (JoAnn) Carbone and sister, Jean C. Carbone both of Kenosha and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, June. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Helma M. (Brckel) Cerminara — Kenosha,  passed away at 74 on March 30, 2014, at St. Catherines Medical Center. Born in Ulm, Germany, on September 15, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Maximilian and Walberga (Zinnacker) Brckel. She was united in marriage to Gregory Frank Cerminara and immigrated to the United States as a young bride in 1962. Helma was a loyal employee at Carthage for many years. She proudly received the A. W. Clausen Center room dedication in 2004. Her most important job was being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an accomplished cook, enjoyed flower gardening and created beautiful works of art with her crocheting and knitting. Helma is survived by her husband, Gregory; daughters, Gina, Deborah, Judy and Michelle; sons, Greg Butch, David, Joe and Danny; 10 grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Lucia Kuntz, Gertrude Ritchie and Walberga Kliebel; two brothers, Max Brckel and Gunter Brckel; and loving in-laws, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin Brckel and Peter Brckel; two sisters, Rosa Brckel and Cecilia Brckel; and two great-grandchildren, Angel and DeNajeyah Cerminara. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Paul Geiseman , Sr. — Peoria, Illinois,  passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. He was born March 4, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., to the Rev. Otto and Marie Lohnes Geiseman. He married Lorrie Birrer on Aug. 11, 1951, in River Forest, Ill. She survives, along with his children, Patricia (Edward Hunter) Geiseman, Polly (Richard) Eisenbarth and Paul (Mary) Geiseman Jr.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother; and one sister.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Carol A. Kelley — North Charleston, S.C.,  died at 83 in the Summerville Medical Hospital, Summerville, S.C., on April 4, 2014. Her surgery a month earlier at the Trident Medical Hospital was successful, but complications afterwards led to her death. Carol was born on January 25, 1931 in Melrose Park, Illinois. The oldest of three children, her parents were Frederick C. and Grace (Roderick) Fenton. Her sister Sylvia Hills, of South Haven, Michigan, passed away in 2008. Her brother Frederick Fenton and his wife Chantal reside in Pensacola, Florida. Carol graduated from South Haven High School, in South Haven, Michigan, in 1948. She attended Carthage for two years in Kenosha. Carol was married and divorced twice (Jabez Baysinger, Leland Kelley). Carol is survived by children Grace Baysinger, Edith (Baysinger) Pierce, Frederick Baysinger, Steven Baysinger, and Lisa (Kelley) Ramlow. Her son Leland Kelley Jr. predeceased her. Carol had 11 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and four nieces. During her career, Carol worked in healthcare, managed an antique store, and was organist for a number of churches. She also was an active volunteer at the local courthouse and played hymns on Sunday mornings for a local nursing home. Carol lived in Michigan, New Mexico, and Nevada before moving to South Carolina in 1998. Carol loved to do a wide variety of crafts, enjoyed cooking, and was an avid reader. She also loved to swim. When her children were small, she took them to the beach daily so it was like going on vacation every day of the week. In addition to her children, her menagerie always included cats and dogs but also included a donkey and peacocks when she was in Nevada and goats when she lived in South Carolina. Per Carol's wishes, her body was donated to the Medical University of South Carolina. The family is very grateful for all of Pastor Ellen Younker's support, especially for being at the hospital with Carol when she passed away. The family is also thankful for the dedicated support provided by Steve Baysinger and Lisa Ramlow during the last months of Carol's life. Carol was a talented and amazing person who will be missed by many people. Instead of resting in peace we hope that she is playing the piano and jazzing up some hymns that are being sung by a dancing angelic choir. In addition to her lifelong love of music, she was also passionate about animals and their welfare.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

William B. Brent Kennedy — Kenosha,  passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sept. 9, 2014. Born in Zion, Ill., on Christmas Eve in 1963, he was the son of the late Charles T. and Irene G. (Keeling) Kennedy, Sr. Brent was employed with Carthage in the maintenance department. His love of music took Brent to earning numerous trophies for disco dancing competitions, he also enjoyed watching his favorite TV shows, "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." Brent will be deeply missed by his two brothers, Charles Kennedy Jr. and Shane Kennedy, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Brent was preceded in death by a brother, Shannon J., and a sister, Trena L. Kennedy Robins. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Matthias Kern — Langenhagen, Germany,  friend of the College, passed away in September 2014. The composer and church musician from Hannover, Germany, served the Music Department twice as composer-in-residence, received a honorary doctorate from the College, and composed a couple of commission pieces. The most recent commission was for Richard Sjoerdsma's retirement celebration in 2007. He has been a friend of Carthage since 1974. 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

John Fredrick Kumbier — Naples, Fla.,  died peacefully at 75 on Feb. 2, 2013, after a short illness in Naples, Fla. He was born in Marshfield on Aug. 11, 1937, and graduated from Kimberly High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. He married Barbara Ann on Sept. 7, 1957, in Appleton, Wis., and had been a resident of Burlington, Wis., for 39 years. He enjoyed serving his community, was an active member of Cross Lutheran Church, having served on the church council and singing in the choir. He was an associate member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, member of Kiwanis, past member of the Lions, Burlington Masonic Lodge and Tri-County Shrine, a 25-year member of Barbershop SPEBQSA and the founder of the Tuesday Hackers. He loved South Florida and golfing and retired to Grey Oaks in Naples to pursue both. Fishing with family and friends on the Gulf, the Great Lakes, and in Canada gave him great joy. For years he and his wife enjoyed sailing on Lake Winnebago and boating on Browns Lake. Music held a major role in his life, from playing the piano and singing in barbershop to singing in the choir. Survivors include his wife; son, Timothy (Margaret) Kumbier; daughters, Beth (Robert) Barkhau, Amy (Nicholas) Findlay; grandchildren, Zachary and Michael Kumbier, Philip and Evan Barkhau, Mia and Ryley Findlay; sister, Janet Nicolai; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Selma (Bohman) Kumbier, and brothers, Leroy and Robert. He embodied the American dream. He started his business, Circle Incorporated, in 1977, based on honesty, integrity, and the principle to treat others as you want to be treated. One of John's mottos which lives on in his family today is "Always shake a hand, have a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes. May your days be filled with music. May your path be paved with song. May the sounds of forever lift you up and keep you strong."  
Submitted: January 6, 2014

Eugene Lehrmann — Parker, Colo.,  passed away at home in Parker, Colo., on Nov. 1, 2013. His wife of 69 years, Jane; daughter, Judy; and son-in-law, Jon, were at his side. Gene was born at home in Two Creeks, Wis., on April 8, 1917, to the late William and Lilly (Mattek) Lehrmann. He married Jane Doris Feldmann on Nov. 23, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas. He will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, devoted mentor and veteran of United States Army Air Forces. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from UW-Madison and taught agriculture courses in Stratford and Wausau, Wis., before moving to Kenosha in the 1958 to serve as the director of the then-Kenosha Vocational School. He was instrumental in creating and building the Gateway Technical College campus at its current location. Two months after it opened, in 1967, Gene was selected to be the Wisconsin State Director of Vocational and Adult Education, now known as the Wisconsin Technical College System. Gene was also instrumental in efforts to bring Carthage to the area while being director. Upon his retirement, he became active in many philanthropic organizations, serving as president of the Wisconsin Retired Teachers Association; chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging as well as chairman of the Wisconsin Board on Aging & Long Term Care. In the mid-1990s, he served as the national president of AARP. He was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church while living in Kenosha. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, chopping wood and roasting marshmallows with his grandchildren when camping without parents. He will always be remembered for his genuine smile and always being true to his word. In addition to his wife, Jane, and daughter, Judy Griswold (Jon Mikesell), Gene is survived by sons Bill (Heather) Lehrmann of Midland, Mich.; Jim (Linda) Lehrmann and Kurt (Jan) Lehrmann of Racine, Wis.; grandchildren, Tammy (Fidel Rodriguez) Lehrmann; Shelley (Lee Anderson) Jepson; Josh Lehrmann; Chris (Christine) Lehrmann, Kyle Lehrmann, and Aubrey Lehrmann; great-grandchildren, Camille, Alyssa, Sydney, Carlie, Annabella and Addilyn; step great grandchildren, Layla and Emalee; sister- and brother-in-law, Mickey and Leo Newhouse, as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his brother, Hank, and his wife, Grace; sister, Wilma Swagel, and her husband, David. Family lovingly called him Papa and will be remembered as a caring father and grandfather. His grandchildren at times used the name "Grosspapa" to remind him of his German descent, of which he was very proud. Many remember "Butch" as a special nickname from years ago. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Steven A. Muenchow — Roscoe, Illinois,  devoted husband and father, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at UW Hospital in Madison. Steve was born on July 6, 1958, the son of Ernest and Florence Muenchow. Steve graduated from Beloit Memorial High School and attended UW Platteville. On April 29, 1989, he married the love of his life, Amy, and together they had two wonderful daughters, Holly and Lindsay. He was employed for twenty-two years at Hagemeyer N.A. Steve had a passion for golf and tennis and lived his life with no regrets. As a two-time kidney transplant recipient, he was an advocate for organ and tissue donation. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Amy; daughters, Holly and Lindsay; father, Ernest; siblings, Linda (Gary) Secoy, Nancy (Dave) Pugsley, Michelle Muenchow, Mike Muenchow, and Dawne Muenchow; sisters-in-law, Elisa (Marshall) Onellion, Darlene Gilbertson; brother-in-law, Paul (Karen) Gilbertson; loving nieces and nephews; special family friend, Jill Schmitz. He is predeceased by his mother, Florence. At day's end, what remains of a man is his good name. Steve was honest, caring, and loving to all he met. His name and his humanity will be long remembered. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Herman A. Ogren — Lake City, Fla.,  died in Christ at 88, at Jenkins Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida in Lake City, Fla. He is survived by brother, Dennis (Anita) Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; daughters, Karen (Robert) Garren of Gainesville, Fla., Lorrie Ogren of Northborough, Mass., Sherrie Ogren of Union Grove, Wis.; grandchildren, Leif, Joshua, and Ashley Ogren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; ex-wives, Lorretta Ogren of Sturtevant, Wis., and Claudia Frank-Ogren of Racine Wis.; and step children, Michelle Frank-Englehart and Daniel Frank. He was preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Jean Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; sons, Kim Helgar Ogren of Tempe, Ariz., Christopher Herman Ogren of Kenosha, Wis.; parents, Walter and Helga Ogren; brother, Kenneth Ogren; and sister, Rosemary (Robert) Vogel, all of Kenosha, Wis. At age 17 years during WWII, Doc volunteered to serve with the Army Air Corps aboard the 317th Troop Carrier as a pilot navigator in the Pacific Theater earning a Bronze Star and from which experience he proudly recounts many adventures. During a plane crash he sustained injury to his right leg which was later amputated below the knee. He was granted rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserves. Using the GI Bill, he obtained a Baccalaureate degree from University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree from University of Montana, and a PhD from University of Southern California in biology/mammology while researching big-horned sheep. In New Mexico he served as Deputy Marshal and as a field biologist for the US Fish and Game Department. He taught Biology at University of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C., Elmhurst College, Ill., and at Carthage, where he also taught comparative anatomy, anthropology, astronomy, and ocean scuba diving, traveling with students to the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. He was known for his passionate teaching style and was popular with students, influencing many to become involved with the earth sciences and conservation. With son Kim, he worked on and raced motorcycles and a Triumph 3 sports car. An avid hunter, he bragged about killing deer with every known weapon including a home-made black-powder muzzle-loader. He enjoyed water skiing and down-hill and cross-country snow skiing. He enjoyed boating and sailing. In 1970 he rebuilt a burned out steel-hulled tugboat into a cabin cruiser and he and his children toured the Lake Michigan coastline. During 1983-1984 Doc and Claudia traveled around Africa photographing mammals for a publishable field guide. They visited South Africa during the Apartheid Era and Doc climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya. They visited China and Peru. During 1994-2003 Doc and Dennis built a Lanceaire kit high-performance plane and, at age 74, Doc became the oldest person to obtain a pilots license. In 2001 Doc participated in an Antarctic Polar research expedition, diving a crater lake. He retired to Lake City, Florida where he continued an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, dating women, attending church, and participating in Veterans Day Parades. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Norma L. Peters — Baltimore,  a prominent educator, died Dec. 24, 2013 at the Village at Rockville, National Lutheran facility after a long illness. She was born Nov. 27, 1942, in Macomb County, Mich., to Arthur and Elsie Ploetz. She is survived by her husband, Louis O. Peters, Jr. '56, a stepson, Mark A. Peters, several nieces and nephews, and hundreds of children of her heart that she loved and taught over the years. Norma graduated from Concordia University, River Forest, Ill., and went on to teach at elementary schools in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Baltimore. While in Milwaukee she established LEAP, a pioneering preschool program. In Baltimore, she was principal and administrator of St.Peter's Christian Day School for 15 years. Mrs. Peters was a founding member and first president of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association and was recognized in "Who's Who in American Education". While at the National Lutheran Home she wrote a children's book, "The Rabbit in Room 144," continuing in her mission to teach tolerance for those with disabilities. She was a longtime communicant of Christ Lutheran Church at the inner harbor. There, she continued to exhibit her deep care for children by teaching Sunday school and directing the children's choir.  
Submitted: January 6, 2014

Muriel Stielow — Phoenix, Ariz.,  peacefully departed this life on Oct. 2, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Kenosha on Feb. 19, 1923, and worked as a homemaker and administrative assistant at Carthage prior to her retirement in Surprise, Ariz. Mrs. Stielow was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Marland J. Stielow (US Navy, MR2 WWII, Korea). Mrs. Stielow is survived by daughter Deborah A. "Daisy" Anderson (David) of Wittmann, Ariz., and Nathalie, Virginia, sister Virginia J. Hunter of Colorado Springs, Colo., and brother Ralph Ruffalo (Shirley) of Kenosha, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She will be profoundly missed. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Marianne (Driscoll) Van Maren — Harvard, Ill.,  passed away Aug. 18, 2013, at her home in Harvard. She was born July 3, 1939, in Park Rapids, Minn., to Joseph Driscoll and Cecilia Ward Driscoll. Marianne grew up in Park Rapids and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1958. After high school, she attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. Marianne had an enviable career in sales and sales management. She was one of the first female sales representatives for IBM in the early 1970s. Marianne went on to become a marketing executive at the Novell Corporation. She ended her career in the 1990s in an administrative position with Sears Corporate in Hoffman Estates. Marianne married Al Van Maren '65 in 1999 on the Carthage campus. They were married for 14 years. Marianne and Al enjoyed traveling. In addition to seeing much of the United States, they traveled to Egypt, Africa, China, Costa Rica, Europe, New Zealand, Peru and Ecuador. She was a member of Sales and Marketing Executives International and worked as an executive director of the Chicago affiliate. She earned a management award presented by Art Linkletter. Marianne grew up with and enjoyed all kinds of animals. She rode horses in Minnesota as a child, which was a big reason for her move to Harvard. She had three horses, three big dogs, five cats and fish. Marianne also enjoyed a pasture full of alpacas, rescue donkeys and chickens in the barn. She was known in the neighborhood as the "Animal Whisperer" because she could talk to and understand the animals. Another enduring nickname was "Mrs. Doolittle." Marianne was an avid reader, an expert swimmer and lifeguard, was active in her church, enjoyed snow skiing and was a volunteer with Junior Achievement and SMILES (Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills), where she served on the board of directors. Marianne was raised in the Catholic Church and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvard. Marianne is survived by her spouse, Al, of Harvard; her children, Dr. Maureen Kidd of Beloit, Wis., Kathy (Phil) Wuest of Madison, Wis., Michael (Joy) Kidd of McKinney, Texas, and Daniel (Terri) Kidd of Crystal Lake, Ill.; her sisters, Alice (Frank) Brown of St. Cloud, Minn., and Margie (Larry) Axelson of Baxter, Minn.; and her brother, Tom (Birdie) Driscoll of Winter Park, Fla. She loved her grandchildren, Julia and Myles Kidd and Jennifer and Justin Wuest, as well as a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. Marianne was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Cecilia Driscoll; and her brothers, Charles and Don Driscoll. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Mary June Ward — Kenosha,  friend of the College, passed away March 27, 2014, at the Harmony of Kenosha. June was born on Nov. 25, 1917, in Richland Center to Fred and Grace (Schlouch) Daly. Her family moved to Beloit when she was an infant. She graduated from Beloit High School and received her Bachelors degree in education from U.W. Whitewater. June married James Ward on Nov. 10, 1944, and the couple was married for almost 60 years until his passing on Dec. 20, 2000. She taught school for over 50 years, starting her career teaching for six years in Beloit and Columbia, S.C. She moved to Kenosha in 1946 where she taught the first grade for 20 years at Berryville and 20 years at Bose Elementary. June also taught at the Orthopedic School in Kenosha for one year, the Old Vocational School, which is now Gateway Technical, for five years, and English for the new Americans & Citizenship. She retired at 83 years old and received the Keno sha Unified Distinguished Service Award. June also received the perfect attendance award four years in a row from 1988 to 1991, and since her retirement she has taken 15 cruises to various places. She enjoyed tap dancing, traveling and especially reading childrens literature. She was also preceded in death by, her parents. June is survived by, her daughter, Carthage professor Marilyn Ward. In accordance with Junes wishes, private services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Carthage College Center for Children's Literature would be greatly appreciated.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Susanne I. Wilczek — Salem, Wisconsin,  entered peacefully into the presence of her Lord and her God at her home on June 17, 2014. Susanne was born in Kassel, Germany, into a U.S. military family on April 13, 1958, and moved to the United States in 1962. She then lived, traveled extensively and attended schools around the U.S. and in Europe. She settled for a time in El Paso, Texas, and raised her three daughters Nichole, Missy and Angela. Susanne married Charles (Chuck) P. Wolbers, 1SG, US Army (Ret) on Nov. 11, 2000, at Trinity First United Methodist Church, El Paso, Texas. Susanne received her B.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas El Paso. She worked in the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department in gerontology social work as a senior citizens center director and transitioned to serve as RSVP director for the City of El Paso. While working with senior citizens, she served as a member of the National Senior Games Board and conducted the El Paso Senior Olympics as part of her duties. The couple moved to Salem, Wisconsin in 2004 to be closer to her family members and she served as development director at the Shalom Center for five years. While there, her presence will always be characterized by her tireless drive to create a pleasant, nurturing workplace and healthy organization. She wrote incalculable, successful grant awards and organized innumerable fund raising activities, all to benefit the homeless and displaced in Kenosha her interpersonal and organizational skills are unmatched. She was thrilled to pursue postgraduate study and received her M.S. in Social Work from Loyola University (at Carthage College). After completing her master's Degree, Susanne was led and answered the call into ministry, where she served as a pastor with the United Methodist Church in the Northern Illinois Conference. She deeply cherished her ministry professional development experience as she participated in her Course of Study cohort at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She was assigned as pastor to the churches in Capron and Chemung, Ill., on Sept. 1, 2012. Her honesty and loving heart enabled them to build strong spiritual foundations and connections in the local and neighboring communities, which are located between Harvard and Rockford, Ill. Susanne's greatest passion was serving the Lord through caring for people, and had a gift for making them feel loved and good about themselves. She preached the Word with honesty and joy - her faith message came from the heart. She loved to travel, visit the ocean-side at Cape Cod, read mysteries (especially Agatha Christie) and she enjoyed watching classic movies and her beloved companion Dachshunds. As if serving the community professionally wasnt enough, she continued to give back through her enthusiastic involvement in local performing arts, as a member of Radio Girl Audio Productions, in many old time radio theater performances, all staged and broadcast live in a number of local venues, complete with period accurate costumes, sound effects and props. She will be most often remembered as a widely respected, compassionate community leader and for the joyful spirit she brought to everyone with whom she came in contact. Pastor Susanne enters His halls as a good and faithful servant after a joyous life of obedient, spirit-filled service, despite a courageous 26 year struggle with metastatic breast cancer she had cancer, it did not have her. Susanne will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Chuck; her sister Kima (Scott) Picchietti, of Paddock Lake; and her brother, John (Jen) Schilling, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; as well as her daughters, Nichole (Carlos) Villalobos, of El Paso, Texas, Missy Parsons of Las Vegas, Nev., and Angela (Wes) Hallgren, also of El Paso, Texas; and her dear grandchildren, Enrique, Cielo, Gael and MacKenzie. Additionally, she will be deeply missed by her nephews, Alex, Sam and Nick and her niece, Grace, and many aunts, uncles and friends across the United States and around the world. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

2013

Armour T. Beckstrand — Rockford, Ill.,  died May 13, 2013, in his home at 85. He was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Rockford, the son of Dr. O. Garfield and Agnes (Anderson) Beckstrand. He graduated from East High School in 1947. He then graduated from Carthage College and received his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he was president of the Law Review and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. During World War II, he served as a pharmacist's mate in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego. He married Elizabeth ""Betsy"" Broders on Oct. 28, 1950, in Rochester, Minn., and she predeceased him in 1995. He and Jan Sandahl were married on April 25, 1998. Upon graduation from law school, Armour served as a lawyer and vice president of Tennessee Gas Transmission Company (Tenneco) in Houston and Washington. While in Washington, he became the youngest attorney to appeal and win a case before the United States Supreme Court. He returned to private practice in Rockford in 1963 with Reno, Zahm, Folgate, and Skolrood. He was later a partner with Beckstrand, Ritz, and Wahm in 1968, and went on to form his own private practice in the former Amcore Bank building. He later served of counsel for the Law Firm of Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, and Van Evera from 2003 to 2010, when he retired at the age of 82. Armour served on the boards of Swedish American Hospital, Scandinavian Cemetery Association, and the Pierce Packaging Company. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Illinois and Winnebago County bar associations, and the University Club. Above all else, his greatest joy in life was his family. Some of his happiest times were spent with his children, grandchildren, and friends at his cabin along the Rock River and at Stony Lake in Shelby, Mich. Armour's love of family and friends led to countless hours of philanthropic law counseling. Armour was most admired for his unforgettable sense of humor and his extraordinary love of life and the people he shared it with. He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Debra (William) Brearley of Rockford, Thomas (Dr. Katherine) Beckstrand of Eugene, Ore., Sally (Mark) Myers of Carmel, Ind., and John Beckstrand of Klamath Falls, Ore.; stepchildren, Juli (Jeff) Margolin of Urbandale, Iowa, and Michael (Jeannie) Sandahl of Landrum, S.C.; granddchildren, John (Betty), Andrew (Sheila), Lucy, and Liz Brearley, Emily and Annie Beckstrand, Dr. Bailey (Dr. Kaveh) Tayebi, Marisa, Charlie, Maggie, and Lexi Myers, Nate, Meagan, and Abby Beckstrand; stepgrandchildren, Adam and Sarah Margolin, Sophie and Lucy Sandahl great-grandchild, Eleazar Brearley siblings, Margaret Roth of Minneapolis, Minn., Rev. Robert (Dorothy) Beckstrand of Stoughton, Wis., and Anne Dudycha of Racine, Wis. He was predeceased by his brother, O. Garfield Beckstrand II.  
Submitted: July 22, 2013

Amos Coffman , Jr. — Chicago,  friend of the College, died recently after a long illness. Mr. Coffman was born Aug. 16, 1940, to Amos James Coffman and Jean Stringfellow Coffman in New York. He graduated from Harvard College with his BA in 1962 and from the University of Michigan with his JD in 1965. While at Michigan, he was an editor of the Law Review. Earlier, he was a student at Hyde Park High School in Chicago. Mr. Coffman was an attorney in Chicago for more than 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Julie Weber Coffman, and by his sisters Kathleen Coffman Slater and Carolyn Coffman DeLuca. Mr. Coffman had two sons, A. James Coffman III and Nathaniel Ward Coffman, and five grandchildren: Matthew, Claire, Noah, Alana and Jenna Coffman. He is also survived by his first wife, Gretchen S. Coffman. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Theodora B. Felkey — Mesa, Ariz.,  passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, Theo lived in Kenosha from 1944 to May 2012. Theo was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 2, 1911, to Edwin and Esther (Pehrson) Hovey. She graduated from high school in Swea City, Iowa, in 1929 and Waldorf College in 1931. She taught speech in Halfa, Iowa, and sixth-grade and speech in Swea City. On June 21, 1936, she married Merle F. Felkey (of Red Wing, Minn.) in Algona, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1992. Theo moved to Kenosha, where her parents and two sisters lived, when Merle was drafted into the Army on Jan. 1, 1944. She worked at Nash Kalvinator. Theo was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school. She was a member and president of Lutheran Church Women, Esther Group, served on the church council and served on the social ministry committee. She also sewed quilts for Dorcus. Theo was also a member of Gideons International. Theo was an excellent homemaker while her children were growing up. When they went to college, Theo taught Head Start in the Kenosha School District while taking classes at Carthage College to renew her teaching license. Theo is survived by her daughter, Susan Felkey of Boulder, Colo,; her son, James Felkey of Tempe, Ariz.; her brother-in-law, Marvin Fischer of Kenosha, and many nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Marlin Long — Carthage, Ill.,  died May 20, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage. Born June 27, 1929, in Beardstown, Ill., he was the son of Kenneth and Lydia Culves Long. On June 26, 1949, he married Joan Leontine Ellison in Carthage. Mr. Long and his wife owned and operated many restaurants in Carthage, including the Carmanlough Supper Club, Joan’s Pizza Parlor and Appian Way Pizza, and owned the Tastee Freeze in Carthage for more than 20 years. They most recently owned and operated the Long Branch Restaurant/Double Deuce. He started by running the Carthage College cafeteria from 1949 to 1964. He also worked at Cargill Pellet plant, owned Long Insurance Co., and was still a real estate agent with Sharpe Real Estate. In 1947, he graduated from Carthage High School. He was a 50-year member of Oddfellows and Masonic Lodge and served many years on the Hancock County, Ill., Board and Carthage Planning Commission. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Marla Grossaint of Carthage and Marcia Jo Patterson of Quincy, Ill.; three sons, Randall Long, Ricky Long and Terry Long, all of Carthage; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Arthur K. Piepenburg — Kenosha,  friend of the College, died June 7, 2013, at 92 at his residence. A retired major in the U.S. Army, he was born on Dec. 15, 1920, in Kenosha. He was the son of Arthur and Marie Henrietta (Buechner) Piepenburg. He was united in marriage to Lucy E. Kitchen on Nov. 23, 1946, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 1999, and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by two sons: Sheldon and wife Diane of Ebensburg, Penn., and Kurt and wife Kate Jerome of Kenosha; four granddaughters: Sheri and her husband, Jason Schwab, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Michelle of Ebensburg, Penn., and Lauren Margaret and Carly Eliza, both of Kenosha; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Nina Kranz of Kenosha and Mary Jo Kitchen of Bevier, Mo. He enlisted in the United Marine Corps in January 1942, and saw action in the attack at Dutch Harbor Alaska, June 1942. He was a member of the Fifth Motor Transportation Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Fifth Marine Division, during the battle of Iwo Jima. He was discharged in January 1946. He enlisted in the United States Army in June 1947. He retired from military service in July 1963 after 20 years of service. His awards include The United States Army Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Citation, United States Marine Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Occupational Medal, and the National Defense Medal. After retiring from the military service he worked for the Boy Scouts of America. After retiring from the Boy Scouts of America, he and his wife moved to Bevier, Mo. He was elected mayor of the City of Bevier and served for two terms. He moved back to the Kenosha Area in May 2002. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with full military honors. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

2012

Mary T. DiCello — Kenosha, Wis.,  Dec. 6, 2012. She was a lifelong resident of Kenosha who was a cook at Carthage from 1970 until her retirement in 1990. She is survived by a son, Anthony T., of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Cassandra Turco, of Lindenhurst, Ill.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel, on Jan. 9, 1970. 
Submitted: December 21, 2012

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Henry L. Johnson — Delavan, WI,  passed away on October 8th, 2018. He was born on May 24th, 1954 in Elkhorn, WI. He was a proud graduate of Carthage College in 2012. He also helped with the football program for many years at Carthage. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. Henry's three sons are all graduates of Carthage, Hank, Jacob, and Kurt. 
Submitted: November 18, 2018

2010

Cynthia "Cyndi" Lola Holcomb — Burlington, Wis. ,  passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 10 2015, after a three year battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 10, 1956, to the late John and Shirley Holcomb. She graduated from Alden Hebron High School. Cyndi went on to earn a paralegal certificate from Carthage College. As a young girl growing up on a farm, Cyndi dreamed of becoming a nurse. She fulfilled her dream when she became an at home visiting nurse. A true "Florence Nightingale," Cyndi had such a desire to help people, that she worked as nurse as long as her health allowed, and later helped anyone else who needed something- especially those in need of clothes, food or consoling. Cynthia was a multi-faceted woman with many talents, passions, and careers throughout her life. Cynthia loved the outdoors and cultivated a beautiful garden with her friend, Joy. They grew all varieties of flowers, vegetables, and fruits, and canned some of their harvest. She also enjoyed bird watching. Not just a "green thumb," Cyndi was a member of HOG - Harley Owner Group-and even took her Westie, Jake, camping with her riding friends even when she could no longer ride. Cynthia was a strong-willed fighter who never complained, even as her health failed. Her family will remember her undefeatable spirit and all of the love that she gave them. Cynthia is survived by her beloved daughter, Kristin Rose Holcomb (Joseph Monticelli); her loving sister, Rebecca J. Holcomb; two aunts, Merilyn and Kathy; her beloved Westie Jake, who she adored, and Hades, Abigail, and Sparky, her "grandpuppies." She leaves behind many beloved friends too numerous to mention.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

2006

Mary A. (Schmeltzer) Billstrand — Harvard, IL,  passed away on December 17, 2006. She was born July 8, 1948 , to the late Donald and Therese Ginestra Schmeltzer. Growing up in Rockford and graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1965. After two years of attendance at Carthage College, she married David K. Billstrand on July 27, 1968, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rockford. A person of many interests, Mary was known for her talent as an interior decorator, an excellent cook, and avid reader and above all her devotion to her family. An awesome friend of many she believed in helping people in any way she could. A great humanitarian she believed in the healing power of the natural arts. Survivors include her husband, Dr. David K. Billstrand ; daughter, Alicia Billstrand, brothers, Donald Schmeltzer, Leonard (Kathy) Schmeltzer, Lawrence (Carol) Schmeltzer, Texas, John (Carolynne) Schmeltzer, and Michael (Dawn) Schmeltzer; grandchildren, Javan Rodgers and Asha Billstrand. She was preceded in death by son, Adrian, on July 1, 1999. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

2005

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Kim Renee (Carlson) DeLaO — Racine, WI,  passed away on September 7, 2018 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Kim was born in Racine on February 27, 1958 to Evert and Shirley (nee: Green) Carlson. Kim graduated from Racine Lutheran High School in 1976 and went on to receive her B.A. in English from UW Parkside. Kim earned her Master's in Education from Carthage in 2005 with High Honors. Kim loved kids. When she was young, she worked as a park leader at several parks in Racine. Her love of children led to her life’s profession: education. She had been the principal of S.C. Johnson Elementary School from 2006 until last fall, and it was clear to everyone who knew her that this work was her calling. She had a passion for her students, their families and her staff. She positively impacted countless lives and was loved and admired in ways words could not express. It was no surprise that Kim, the ultimate “people person”, loved waitressing and bartending over the years, as she completed her education. She truly treasured the countless friendships she made during that time. Kim loved spending time with her grandsons, family and friends. She loved gardening, writing, going to Potawatomi, listening to live music and dancing with Dan. Kim had a love for dogs; most recently, her heart belonged to her bearded collie, Buddy. Kim was kind, smart, funny, generous and beautiful inside and out. Her smile would light up a room. She took chances on people and saw the best in everyone. Kim never let anyone’s past define them. She was looking forward to meeting Harry Chapin and Prince in Heaven. Kim wanted to be remembered for believing in each of you. She will be missed tremendously. Surviving are her mother, Shirley Carlson; sons, Eric (Beverly) Bohm, Alex (Clare) Bohm, Brian (Amy) Bohm and Jackson Bohm; foster daughter, Sirena Simpson; grandsons, Tyler, Travis, Carter and Elijah; loving companion, Dan Clark; sister, Judy (James) Martin; brother, Ronald (Toni) Carlson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Kim was preceded in death by her father, Evert Carlson; grandparents, Al & Elsie Greely and Herman & Margaret Carlson. 
Submitted: October 8, 2018

Gayle Schultz — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus. Born in Kenosha on March 13, 1968, she was the daughter of Thomas C. and Edna M. (Korb) Frye. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, she was educated in local schools graduating from Reuther High School and then from Carthage. Gayle was a case manager with Wisconsin Correctional Services and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her two daughters, Amber (Brian) Beasley of Orange, Calif., Nicole Schultz of Kenosha; mother, Edna Frye of Racine; three brothers, Steven (Cristie) Frye of Amberg, Wis., Dave (Barb) Frye of Kenosha, Wayne (Cathy) Frye of Cocoa, Fla.; a sister, Deborah Frye of Kenosha; and a grandson, Brody. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Frye. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be greatly appreciated. 
Submitted: November 23, 2016

Geoffrey R. Sutich — Hayden, Idaho ,  died May 14, 2015 at Kootenai Health. Born January 4th, 1975, in Virginia, Minnesota to Jill (Marshall) Monroe, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Steve Sutich, Cotton, Minnesota Geoff lived in Mt. Iron, Minnesota from birth to 8th grade. He then moved with his family to Richland, Washington where he attended ninth grade. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1990 where Geoff attended Coeur d'Alene School. Geoff went back to Minnesota to complete his Senior year with his life long friends at Mountain Iron-Buhl High School in Minnesota in 1993. Geoff attended college at Mesabi College and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and graduated with a BS degree from Carthage College. Geoff married Lauren Jane Ramsden on September 4, 1999 in Lake County, Illinois. Geoff lived with his wife Lauren in Gurnee, Illinois as a Systems Analyst until moving his family to Hayden, Idaho in 2011. Geoff loved God, loved his family, and was loved by everyone around him. His big smile lit up the room when he came in. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He coached his son Dylan's little league baseball and basketball teams in Hayden. He and his children shared a love of sports and gave his all to be there every minute and cheer them on. Geoff loved the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and Gonzaga basketball. He loved music (Pearl Jam) but most of all he loved his wife Lauren and 4 little ones. Geoff is survived by his wife Lauren, and his precious children: Josselyn (10), Dylan (8), Marly (5) and Cody (3). Mother Jill (Rick) Monroe of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; father Steve (Sue) Sutich of Cotton, grandparents Keith (Dolly) Marshall of Winona, Minnesota; sister-in-law Stefany Sutich and children; sister-in-law AnnMarie and Frank Burke and children, brother-in-law Lenny and Kara Ramsden and children, brother-in-law Derek and Angie Ramsden and children, step brother Eric (Melissa) Dormanen; step sister Jennifer (Jason) Janisch all of Minnesota; aunts, uncles, cousins, and families. Geoff was preceded in death by his brother Greg (9-28-13) grandparents Nick and Marge Sutich of Mt. Iron, Minnesota. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

2003

David R. Gross — Burr Ridge, Illinois,  passed away at age 34. He was the son of Carolyn (nee Lakeberg) and Rick Gross; brother of Cara and the late Michael Gross; grandson of Barbara (late Frank) Lakeberg and Mary (late Karl R. Sr.) Gross; nephew, cousin, and friend of many. 
Submitted: October 14, 2014

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Michelle Lynn Harris — Naperville, IL,  passed away suddenly Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born on June 22, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Michelle is survived by her loving parents, Albert and Judy (nee Lea) Harris; sister, Melanie Harris; niece Cora Harris-Lavigne; grandmother, Freda Lea; uncle Kenneth Harris; aunt Sandra (Lea) Hughes, several cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arthur Lea, Albert P. and Ida Harris, Sr. Michelle was a graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School and Carthage College. She was a member of the Waubonsie Valley High School soccer and basketball teams and a member of Carthage College’s women’s soccer teams. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Justin Jennings — Martinsville, IN,  died on June 16, 2017 after battling with an aggressive form of cancer in the previous months. Justin was an assistant swimming and diving coach at Colgate University. Among his duties at Colgate, Jennings helped with recruiting efforts and athletes in long distance events. Jennings joined Colgate as an assistant coach 2014. Before joining Colgate's staff, he spent eight seasons as Coe College 's head men's and women's coach in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jennings, an Indiana native who was a four-year member of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh swimming and diving team, started his coaching career at Carthage College . Jennings coached in NCAA Division III for 14 seasons before arriving at Colgate. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

2002

Leslie Sobota — Racine, WI,  passed away on February 6, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS. Leslie was lovingly cared for at home by her husband of 50 years, Drew Sobota. Leslie was born in Bronxville, NY, and lived in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Iowa before settling in Racine. A teacher for many years, Leslie will be remembered for her love of her students, and her sense of joy both in and out of the classroom. Apart from her family and her students, Leslie 's great love was for the Racine Theatre Guild, where she was an active volunteer for almost 40 years, acting in over a dozen plays. Since being diagnosed with ALS in 2015 Leslie was committed to living life as fully as possible, checking off experiences on her bucket list such as flying a plane, skydiving, target shooting, and travel. She and Drew fulfilled a lifetime dream of visiting Europe and took the extended family on a Disney cruise that the grandchildren in particular will never forget. Leslie is survived by her husband (Drew Sobota), her children (Amy Sobota and Scott (Sobota) Galabota, 4 grandchildren, numerous cousins and friends. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

2000

Ryan Hoskinson — Rockford, IL,  passed away on May 11, 2019. Mr. Hoskinson graduated from Boylan High School in 1995 and was a personal trainer at FitMe Wellness, 2595 N. Mulford Road. Mr. Hoskinson is survived by two young daughters. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

1999

Vicki J. Kuzia — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away unexpectedly at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints hospital on Monday, November 24, 2014. She was born in Kenosha on January 4, 1957 the daughter of Darryl B. and the late Jane E. (nee: Krahn) Cremer. Vicki was especially proud of the fact that she graduated with honors from Carthage College. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed everything and everybody. Surviving are her children, David Kuzia, Christy (Raven Lopez) Kuzia, and Laura (Warren) Anderson; father, Darryl Cremer; sisters, and brother, Chris (Pat) Rogan, all of Racine, Barbie (Steve) Krenzke, of Crown Point, IN, and Bill Cremer, of Racine; her loving companion, Kelly Doyle, of Racine, and her faithful dog, Lizzy. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive her.  
Submitted: February 3, 2015

1998

Donna Jean (Krenzke ) Andersen — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Donna was born in Racine on June 6, 1948 to John and LaVerne (nee, Olson) Krenzke. She married Marvin E. Andersen on June 1, 1968 and celebrated 44 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2012. Donna was a 1966 graduate of Racine Lutheran High School. She attended Carthage College and earned a Paralegal Degree in 1988 and her Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998. Donna’s career was in banking, working for Southeastern Savings, North Shore Bank, Deutsche Credit, Transamerica, Elmwood Bank and Tri-City Financial. She was also a Longaberger consultant for many years. Donna was a long standing member of Grace Lutheran Church where she enjoyed singing in the Choir, attending Bible study and was a member of the Alter Guild. Donna loved her dog, Beau, but most of all she loved her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her children, Kristen (Steve) Schlicht and Erik (Andrea) Andersen; grandchildren, Joshua and Katelyn Schlicht, and Annabelle Andersen; mother, LaVerne Krenzke; brothers, John (Vicky) Krenzke and Tom Krenzke; sister-in-law, Marleen (James) Johnson; Donna is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

NaDean (Schwartz) Conrad — Kenosha, WI,  passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. She was born on May 17, 1967, in Kenosha, the daughter of Marcia (Richard) Shaffer and Donald (Jill) Schwartz. She married Robert Conrad II on September 2, 1995 in Kenosha. Robert considered NaDean his Trophy Wife. NaDean was educated in the schools of Kenosha and earned a double bachelor's degree from Carthage College. She was a member of Journey Church and The Gideons. Her hobbies included swimming, scrapbooking, making cards, watching and ordering from QVC, spending time with her family especially her two daughters and her dog, "Snowflake Paige." Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Kenosha; children, Addyson Marie Conrad & Emma Claire Conrad; her parents; brother, Donald L. Schwartz; and her two sisters, Brook R. Davidson & Cara L. (Darren) Gorr. NaDean was preceded in death by her grandparents. 
Submitted: August 31, 2017

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Gary Lee Smith — Racine, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2018 at the age of 63. Born in Hillsboro, Ill., on Oct. 6, 1954, he was the son of Ralph and Phyllis (Van Ostran) Smith. He moved to Somers, Wis., as a child where he graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School and also from Carthage College with a degree in Business Administration. On Oct. 14, 1972, he married his high school sweetheart Terry M. Antes in Somers. Gary was formerly employed with J.I. Case for 20 years before becoming a probation and parole officer for the State of Wisconsin. He retired from that in 2016. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Racine and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and collecting guns. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandchildren. Gary had a wonderful sense of humor and his family and friends will cherish his memory. Survivors include his wife, Terry Smith of Racine; four daughters, Jo Ann (Harvey) Sernovitz of China, Karalyn (Thomas) Ciardo of Kenosha, Amanda (Jason) Hill of Stevens Point, and Catherine (Brian) Markovic of Menomonie, Wis.; his mother, Phyllis Smith of Milladore, Wis.; three brothers, David (Cherrie) Smith, Randy Smith, and Mark (Connie) Smith, all of Milladore, Wis.; a sister, Elizabeth (Jon) Murphy of Milladore, Wis.; and ten grandchildren, Jack, Zoe, Gabe, Xavier, Maria, Tony, Joey, Eve, Bella, and Milo. Gary is further survived by the many foster children he and his wife took care of over the years. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Smith; and a nephew, Joshua Lang. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

1997

Roland D. Denman — Kenosha ,  passed away at 65 on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Franklin. He was a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, born on November 11, 1948, the son of Henry and Irene (nee: D’Aoust) Denman. Roland graduated from Washington Park High School and continued his education at Carthage College, where he received his Business Degree. He played football in high school and college. Roland also was active with the Boy Scouts throughout Wisconsin. He had been a member of the Racine Country Club for many years. Roland enjoyed golf, model trains and riding his Harley. Surviving is his brother, Ronald (Eileen) Denman, sister-in-law, Joan Denman; nieces and nephews, Cindy Bettine, Mark Denman, Michelle Denman, Laura Hart and Jennifer Denman. Roland was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Heather (Lincoln) Gorres — East Troy, WI,  passed away on January 15, 2018 at 42 years old. She was born April 21, 1975 to Les and Diane (nee Hansen) Lincoln in Minnesota. Heather is a graduate of Forest Lake High School and earned her Bachelor Degree at Carthage College. She married her husband Ben, August 14, 1999 in Minnesota. Heather and Ben made East Troy their home in 2001. Heather is a member of the All Conference Carthage Golf Team. She loved read, travel and also loved her pets. She loved watching the Minnestoa Twins baseball, but most rewarding was watching her daughter Chloe play softball and basketball. She is survived by her loving husband Ben. Cherished daughter: Chloe. Parents: Les and Diane. Sister and Brother: Shelley Lincoln and Matt (Jen) Lincoln Father and Mother in law: Larry and Jane Gorres Sister and Brother in laws: Michelle (Joe) Weiland Greg (Sarah) Gorres.. Nieces and Nephews: Allie, Ryan, Ethan, Graeme, Teddy and Sydney. Aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends also survive her. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

Lisa M. Johnson — Pleasant Prairie, Wis. ,  40, of Pleasant Prairie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, with her loving family by her side. Born on April 25, 1975, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Michael Lesniak and Isbelia Lugo. She graduated from Warren High School and Carthage College with a degree in Biology. She moved to Kenosha in 1995. On July 17, 1999, she married Thomas Johnson in Mosinee, Wis. Lisa was employed by Abbott Laboratories in the Human Resources Department for over 10 years. She was starting setter for the Carthage College volleyball team, enjoyed playing sand volleyball, kayaking, running and reading, but most importantly spending time with her sons. She loved attending their events. Lisa is survived by her husband, Thomas of Pleasant Prairie; her twin sons, Marcus and Alexander Johnson; her father, Michael; her mother, Isbelia; a brother, Michael Lesniak; her father-in-law, Verne Johnson; two brothers-in-law, Marc (Darcy) Johnson and Benjamin (Nicky) Johnson; and three sisters-in-law, Celeste (Jeff) Lutgen, Camille (Jay) Picconatto and Kyra (Ryan) Clark. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Karen Johnson. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Colleen M. McCormick — Racine, Wi,  lost her battle with ALS on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at her residence. Colleen was born in Viroqua, Wis., June 16, 1963, daughter of William and Janet (Nee Eichman) McCormick. Colleen was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1981”. Continuing her education she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Carthage College in 1997 and became a Registered Nurse at Gateway Technical College in 2001. Colleen was previously employed at Wheaton Franciscan Emergency Room and at the VA Hospitals in North Chicago and Milwaukee. She had excellent culinary skills and a passion for reading, traveling, the outdoors and taking long walks. She will be sadly missed by her fiancé and caregiver, James Kroes II; her children, Meghan Shelby, Erin Shelby (fiancé, Juan Ramirez), Brendan Shelby; her grandchildren, Trinity and Francisco Ramirez; her parents, William and Janet McCormick; sister, Patricia Powell; brother, Kevin (Dena) McCormick; nieces and nephews, Bridget (Miguel), Colin, Sean, Cheyenne, Johna, Caden, Joseph, Lianet, Angel, Melanie; the father of her children, David Shelby; aunts, uncles, other relatives and dear friends.  
Submitted: October 6, 2015

W. Jean McCoy-Garner — Milwaukee, WI,  departed this life on Jan. 20, 2017, at the Burlington Rehabilitation Center. Jean was born on Sept. 16, 1949, to the union of Mildred D. Brown and James W. Harris Sr. in Gary, Ind. Jean attended UW-Parkside as a Paralegal major. She also attended Carthage as a Criminal Justice major where she received her degree in Paralegal Studies. Jean was the first African-American female prison guard at the Waupun Correctional Facility. She served as an Inmate Complaint Investigator at the Sturtevant Correctional Facility as well. She was also the 1st runner up for Alderman and Constable in Kenosha, Wis. Jean dedicated her life to helping others, she also worked as an advocate for abused women at the Women's Horizon Center in Kenosha, Wis. Jean is survived by her brothers, James W. Harris Jr (Sheila), Lucian C. Brown Jr, David E. Brown Sr. (Satyre), Audrian S. Brown (Cynthia). Her children, Rachael O. Sims (Scott), and Michelle O. McCoy. Her grandchildren, Taryn, Taliyah, Tamya, Teah, Tasia, Tatyanna, Mya, and Rj. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members She is preceded in death by her son Martin O. Harris and brother Winston D. Brown. Her parents Mildred D. Brown and James W. Harris Sr. Her stepfather Lucian C. Brown Sr. and her ex-husbands John Johnson and Elwood Garner. 
Submitted: January 25, 2017

Erik Schmidt & Heidi Schmidt (Collins) 1997 — Woodhaven, Mich.,  are very sad to announce the death of their son, Daniel Grady Schmidt. Daniel was 6 1/2 years old and the heart of their home. Daniel had cerebral palsy, and, in spite of this significant disability, lived an amazingly full life. He is survived by his parents and his brother and sister, Ethan and Katy.  
Submitted: May 13, 2014

1996

Kelly Sue Butzen — Elkhorn, Wis.,  died Oct. 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by family. She was born June 4, 1974, in Elkhorn, Wis., the daughter of Leslie and Janice (Lurndahl) Amidon. Kelly graduated from Elkhorn High School with the Class of 1992. She then graduated from Carthage in 1996, and obtained her master's degree in education in 2001. She taught fifth grade for the Elkhorn Area School District, at West Side Elementary School, for the last 15 years. Kelly also worked with her friends at the Apple Barn Orchard of Elkhorn. Kelly was united in marriage to Robert D. Butzen on July 22, 2000, at Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, where she was a member. She also was a member of Walworth County 4-H Reach Out Group. She enjoyed playing volleyball and scrapbooking with friends, but her greatest joy was having Disney experiences; she truly loved her trips to Disney World with her husband and friends. Kelly is survived by her loving husband of 13 years, Bob; her mother, Janice Thorpe of Elkhorn; her sister, Kim Amidon of Lodi, Wis.; her niece, Stacey Nielsen of Horicon, Wis.; nephew, Steve (Michelle Lynn) Moore of West Bend, Wis.; her great-niece and nephews: Makayla, Landon and Tyler. She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie; and her sister, Kristi. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Karen Ruhle-Peterson
Karen Ruhle-Peterson

Karen Ruhle-Peterson — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away on June 7, 2019. Mrs. Ruhle-Peterson was born in Kenosha and was the first child born to George and Catherine (DeAngelis) Ruhle. She received her early education in the schools in Pleasant Prairie and was a graduate of Tremper High School. She received an Associate's Degree in Accounting from Gateway Technical Institute and her Bachelors of Art Degree from Carthage; achieving cum laude. Karen received her Master's Degree in Education from Silver Lake College. On July 26, 1980, at the Historical Kemper Center Chapel, she married Robert Peterson. Their union was blessed with a beautiful daughter. She was employed and retired as a teacher from the Kenosha Unified School District. Previously, for 11 years, she was a Postal Clerk with the U.S. Postal Service and an Administrative Assistant with AMC. Mrs. Ruhle-Peterson was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. In her younger years, she was a member of the Shoreliners and Queensmen Drum and Bugle Corps and extensively traveled with them throughout the United States. She loved to fly with her husband, Bob in their Taylorcraft and later their Flight Design Aircrafts. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing the piano and traveling. She was very close to her family and looked forward to spending time with them. She loved to attend her daughter and her granddaughters many events. Her biggest joy in life was making many lasting memories with her family. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her daughter, Sarah (Ryan) Nichols; her beloved granddaughters, Julia and Mya; her brother, David (Deborah) Ruhle, Sr.; her sister, Julie (Danny Galvin) Ruhle; her aunts and uncles; her nieces and nephews; and many close family friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; and her many aunts and uncles. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

1995

Christopher W. Hayes — Wheeling,IL,  passed away Thursday July 7, 2016 after a long illness. Chris was a 1991 graduate of Benet Academy in Lisle IL and a DON fraternity member and graduate from Carthage. He was employed with CDW as a website integration specialist and enjoyed watching, participating and organizing pools for sporting events. Beloved husband of Anne C. Hayes, nee Attardo and loving father of Zofia Samantha Hayes. Dear son of Halina and Gordon Engelbach. Cherished grandson of Zofia Iwaniuk. Caring brother of Edward Hugh (Renee) Hayes Jr., Sarah (Ben) Cooley, and Christopher (Amy) Engelbach. Loving uncle to Liam, Teaghan, and Ethan, who is also his Godson. Dear nephew of Teri & Randy Blocker, Christina & Ray Hays and Cousin of Steve (Monica) Blocker and Kevin (Jaclyn) Blocker, and Val (Otto) Stack. Son-in-law of Annette (late Sam) Attardo and preceded in death by his father, Edward H. Hayes Sr.  
Submitted: July 11, 2016

Jim Mannebach — Fort Myers, Florida,  passed away on June 15, 2015 
Submitted: October 6, 2015

1994

Patrick Heitman — Menomonee Falls, WI,  taken away too soon on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the age of 44 years. Loving husband of Nicole, proud father of Alex, Ben and Grace. Loving son of Donna (Gary) Grzesk and the late Ken (Dawn) Heitman. Dear brother of Kim (Gus) Powell. Dear Son-in-Law of Al and Yvonne Jagdfeld. Brother-in-Law of Shannon Brennecke- Jagdfeld and Sara Jagdfeld. Uncle of Isabella, Jake, Lauren, Owen, Daniel, Olivia, Ryan and Eli. Further survived by other relatives and many friends. Patrick was the proud owner of Heitman Inc. and longtime resident and active volunteer in the Menomonee Falls community.  
Submitted: August 29, 2017

Dean Knudtson — Racine, Wis.,  passed away July 23, 2013. He was born in Racine on Nov. 23, 1970, the son of George and Betty (Linse) Knudtson. Dean graduated from Case High School and received his bachelor's degree from Carthage. He is survived by his children, Rachael, Matthew, and Andrew Knudtson of Kenosha; his mother, Betty Schmidt of Racine, and father, George (Roberta) Knudtson of Union Grove; brothers and sisters, Susan Singh, and Keith Knutson, both of Racine, Linda Knudtson, and Cheryl Knudtson both of Upland, California, Connie Knudtson of Joplin, Mo., Beth (Mohamed Noman) Knudtson of Silver Spring, Md., Mark (Chris) Knudtson of Hustisford, Wis., and Brian (Michele) Knudtson of Elroy, Wis.; sister-in-law, Malissa Knudtson of Athens, Ala.; and former wife, Diane Knudtson of Kenosha; as well as many other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

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Paula Neuroth — Ingleside, IL,  passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 11, 2016 at the age of 57 with family to comfort her after a courageous 6 month journey with cancer. Born Aug. 22, 1959, she was a long term resident of Ingleside. Paula was an active member of St. Bede Church, a graduate of St. Bede School, Carmel High School and received a Degree in Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her work experiences included working for her father's printing business, Lee Litho Co., a stereo lithography technician at Baxter Labs and a dedicated customer service representative for Obenauf Auction Service Online. She was one of eight children and considered "the hub" of the Neuroth family - keeping everyone informed and connected. Family and friendship were integral to her personality; fun, bright and full of energy, she touched the lives of many throughout the community, volunteering for service with the Visiting Angels program, Cub Scouts, and church activities. Paula had a knack for gardening, and considered pulling weeds good therapy for the soul. Other interests included badminton, the arts, reading and capturing memories in her journals. A love for motorcycling to the local area back roads with her dear friend Dave, she captured photos of majestic oak trees and dairy barns of early settlers. On Independence Day, you would find her wearing the special striped America slacks. Paula was the anchor in the relationship with her son, one who made her extremely proud and provided a direction for each their lives. She advocated for peace in the world so that they may not know the injustices of conflict. She is survived by her son Craig (Brooke) and her grandchildren, Chase and Stella. Also her father and mother, Lee and Elaine Neuroth, her brothers and sisters, Linda (Dan) Smith, Lenette Peterson, Lee, Kirk (Rose), James and John Neuroth, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas. 
Submitted: May 29, 2018

Bradley C. White — Beverly Hills, Calif.,  died at 41 on April 6 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was a cancer victim who valiantly battled for life following surgery in June 2013. His adventures included travels to over 100 countries in a life filled with pursuits, and which he lived to the fullest. Many of his travels were conducted as part of his career as a pilot, most recently serving in a non-military capacity in Afghanistan. He also flew in a similar capacity in Colombia; Darfur, Sudan; and the Philippines. Bradley's flying career began in Alaska, where he flew single-engine prop planes, later as a medic in small jets and finally in C-130 planes, designed for carrying cargo. Bradley graduated from Barrington High School in 1990, and attended Carthage in Kenosha. He then worked as a bartender in Chicago's DePaul neighborhood, then as a silk screener of clothing near Denver before enrolling in flight school in Oklahoma and beginning his career as a pilot in Alaska. He appeared on Smithsonian Channel's "Dangerous Flights" series, the second of which will be seen soon in this country. He is survived by his brother, Donald J. White, sister-in-law Amy C. White and nephew Quinn White, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., his mother Barbara J. White of Palatine, his father Pierce F. White, stepmother Margaret E. White of St. Charles, step-brother Nathan Green of Chicago, nine cousins in Rockford, Elgin and Wisconsin, four aunts and four uncles. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

1993

Ann McDonough — Cudahy, WI,  passed with peace and grace on Sept. 14, 2016, her family at her side. Predeceased by her loving husband Jim in 2007 she is survived by her children, Colleen (Paul) DiBonaventura of Denton, Tex., Tracey (Ron) Lewis of Cudahy, Wis., Pat (Karen) McDonough of Anderson, SC, and Brian (Judy) McDonough of Cudahy, Wis. Her family grew by births and adoptions to more than 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Ann was born in Somers, Wis., youngest of 15 children, her parents George and Louise (Robers) Thomas. The Thomas family farm was located where UW-Parkside sits today. At the Somers Fireman's Ball she met the love of her life, Jim McDonough, was married July 30, 1960, and moved into a small flat in Kenosha. They purchased the house on 68th and Sheridan and lived there for 43 years. Family, friends and the people of Kenosha were Ann's passion. Homemaker, Alderwoman, Den mother, Literacy leader, Band Booster, Neighborhood Housing, Uptown and Lakeshore BID manager were some of the positions held. There were always enough hours in the day to take care of the people she loved. Ann graduated from Carthage College with two degrees, cum laude in 2004. Before her husband's stroke in 1984, Ann had never driven on the highway. She cared for him for the next 28 years – traveling together down the highways and byways of the United States. In 2006, Ann and Jim moved to Cudahy, Wis., to be closer to family. YMCA member, Literacy and Citizenship teacher, volunteer at the Sisters of St. Francis Card Shop and also Unity Food Pantry she will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother whose greatest passion was helping others. 
Submitted: September 27, 2016

Sandra M. Schaefer — Racine, WI ,  passed away in Aurora-St. Luke Medical Center, on Friday, May 31, 2013. Sandra was born in Racine on June 7, 1963, the daughter of David and Beverly (nee: Fiskum) Schaefer. Sandra had been employed by Western Publishing Co. for over 15 years in the purchasing department, until her health would no longer permit her to work. She was the fun loving aunt everyone wanted to have. She especially enjoyed the family gatherings. Surviving are her father, David Schaefer, sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Tom Hall, all of Racine, nieces, Sara (Steve Paulausky), of Cedar Lake, IN, and Jena Hall, of Racine, great nephew, Mason, and great niece, Autumn. Her aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive her. Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly, brother, Donald Schaefer, and grandparents, Walter and Grace Schaefer, and Elmer and Mae Fiskum. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all at the Willowcrest Care Facility for all their services and support they have given Sandy over the past years.  
Submitted: September 27, 2016

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Benito Vasquez — Zion, IL,  passed away on April 19, 2001. Ben was a veteran serving his country proudly in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Survivors include: Beloved parents, Gumecindo and Lydia F. Vasquez of Thrall, TX.,; Brother, Rudy Vasquez of Austin; Sisters, Gloria Vasquez of Austin, Mary Guerrero of Florida, Rita Vasquez of Thrall, TX. and Sylvia Buitron of Austin. He is also survived by a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. 
Submitted: July 31, 2018

1992

Nancy McKillen — Waukegan, Illinois,  80, passed away peacefully at her home in Waukegan on Friday, November 27. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois on September 17, 1935, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Woolsey) Bruce. She graduated from Hampshire High School and attended Northern Illinois University, and eventually completed her degree in education at Carthage College some 30 years later after raising her family. Nancy taught at Mother of God grade school in Waukegan and its successor, Lake Shore Catholic Academy, for over 35 years. She loved children of all ages and was proud to have taught many different grades during her career, as well as music and physical education. During the 1970's and 80's she also owned and managed Barro's Pizza on Grand Avenue in Waukegan. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, babysitting grandkids, crossword puzzles, and watching the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Bulls. She will especially be remembered for her humor, love of life, and kindness toward others. Nancy is survived by her brothers, Bob Bruce and wife Virginia of Phoenix, Arizona, James Bruce and wife Judy of Cave Creek, Arizona; her three children, Patrick McKillen and his wife Diane of Tower Lakes, Illinois, Beth McKillen and her husband Nathan Godfried of Orono, Maine, and Mike McKillen of Waukegan, Illinois; her five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Dorothy Bruce. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Gary A. Zambo — Cudahy, WI,  passed away peacefully after battling cancer, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at the age of 61. Thoughtful husband of Karen (Nee Allen) Allen-Zambo. Loving dad of Melissa (Ron) Buckler, Andrea (John) Knibbs, Phaedra Allen, Jared Zambo and Mallory (Chris) Rout. Proud grandpa of Alexis, Christopher, Kailyn, Sebastian and Kaden. Beloved son of Betty and Late Bob Zambo. Sweet brother of Julie (Dan) Korczyk and Janet (Todd) Petry. Also loved by other family members and friends. 
Submitted: September 29, 2016

1991

Kathleen (Blasi) Doll — Racine, WI,  passed away on November 26, 2017 at the age of 79. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Miss Ruth Grayson
Miss Ruth Grayson

Ruth Grayson — Racine, WI,  passed away on June 19, 2019 at the age of 75. She was born in Racine, May 25, 1944, daughter of Joseph Luxem and Borghild (Hostad) Ruilmann. She married Michael J. Grayson on September 22, 1962. Ruth Ann graduated from Park High School in 1962 and attended classes at Carthage College and UW Parkside later in life. She enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends and spoiling her grandchildren. For many years Ruth Ann volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Racine County as a leader and trainer. She led the first Daisy Troop in Racine and was awarded the Thanks Badge, the highest honor for volunteers. She also volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a leader & trainer. Ruth Ann worked at Lange's Pharmacy, Culligan and Racine Unified Schools. She found her true passion at Big Sisters of Greater Racine where she was Big Sister from 1979-2018 and also Director of Volunteers from 1989 until her retirement in 2010. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Michael; her children, Kathryn (David) Bartel, Steven (Laura) Grayson, Donald Grayson; her grandchildren Marc & Sydney Bartel, Valerie & Trevor Grayson, Jacki Grayson; siblings Judy (Earl) Born, Sandra (Allen) Jensen, Peter (Karen) Luxem, Linda (Randy) Feest, Heidi Kappa; in-laws, Patrick (Bonnie) Grayson; special cousin, Susan (Gary) Goodsell and many nieces, nephews and special friends. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Judith M. Howe — Fort Myers, FL,  formerly of Kenosha, passed away Oct. 3, 2016. Judi was born in Dayton, OH., and grew up in Dayton and Cincinnati, OH., and in Skokie, Ill. After attending the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH., Judi was employed for many years as a commercial artist in Columbus and in New Orleans, La. In 1979, Judi moved to Kenosha, Wis., where she married Don Carpenter, owner of Wizzard Works, an automotive restoration company. In the 1980s, Judi studied Aviation at Gateway Technical College and obtained her pilot's license; she also studied Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics at Gateway. After her husband Don died in 1988, Judi became an accountant for Kenosha Liquor Company and Boat House Pub & Eatery in Kenosha. She also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carthage. In 2006, Judi moved to Fort Myers, Fla. Judi was preceded in death by her husband, Don Carpenter; her parents, John Frederick Howe and Roselia Irene Howe; her step mother, Mary H. Howe; and her sister, Rosane I. Hogan. Judi is survived by her sisters Mary Joanne (Marc) Howe-Vachon, Diane L. Howe, and Patricia E Howe; her step-daughters: Deborah Carpenter and Bridget Desiree (Jeff) Zanzucchi; her grandchildren: Amanda Hall and Derek Hall; and her nieces and nephews: Donna Hancock, Mary Miller, Judy Miller, John Hogan, Robert Hogan, Thomas Hogan, James Hogan, Daniel Hogan, Jason Howe-Vachon, and Kyle Howe-Vachon. 
Submitted: October 18, 2016

Nancy Kaye — Kenosha,  passed away at 71 on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee. She was born on Jan. 1, 1943, in Kenosha to Charles and Marcella (Maloney) Schmidt. She grew up in Kenosha and graduated from St. Joseph High School and the University of Wisconsin Parkside, and obtained her master's degree from Carthage College. Nancy married Edward Kaye in Las Vegas in 1981, and they were blessed with 33 years together. She was an English school teacher who spent most of her career teaching at Reuther High School in Kenosha, but also taught at Tremper, Bradford and Burlington High Schools. Nancy retired from teaching in 2003. Nancy enjoyed going to her cabin up north, swimming, reading books (faster than anyone) and spending time with her family, friends and "club ladies." She was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Nancy is survived by her husband, Edward of Kenosha; her children, Thomas (Michela) Anderson, Jr. of Kenosha, Barbara (Scott) Anderson of Racine and stepdaughter, Kimmy (Dennis) Hass of Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren, Benjamin and Alaina Anderson of Kenosha and Megan and Ryan Anderson of Racine and step-grandchildren, Christina, Steffanie and Steven Hass of Wisconsin Rapids. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Schmidt. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Thomas A. Martin — Columbia, Missouri ,  passed from this world on May 7, 2015 in Columbia, MO, and will be missed by his family, friends, and all the people he touched during his generous life. He was born on May 13, 1965 in Racine, WI, to Thomas and Sandra Martin. He is survived by his children, Lauren and Dalton Martin, his mother, Sandra Martin, all of Racine, WI, his dear companion Miranda Short of Mount Vernon, MO, as well as their entire families. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley Martin, and his father, Tom Martin. Dr. Martin was known for his exceptional love for and devotion to his children. He successfully encouraged them to follow him from Wisconsin to the University of Missouri from where they both graduated. His life centered around his children Lauren and Dalton who provided him with much joy and love throughout his life. They meant the world to him. He was a dear friend to many and was recognized and appreciated as an outgoing, generous individual with a wonderful sense of humor. Professionally, as a neuropsychologist Dr. Martin was known and highly respected for his commitment to advocating for persons with all types of disabilities. He served as President of the Missouri Brain Injury Association and initiated policies to ensure all persons with brain injuries and their families could attend conferences at no cost. During the latter part of his career he worked with the University of Missouri and high school coaches, staff, and athletes to develop guidelines to reduce the potential adverse impact of sports-related concussions. Clinically, he helped numerous individuals with brain injuries and diseases and their families across the state to return to full and productive lives. Dr. Martin earned his undergraduate degree at Carthage College, his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and completed his postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at the University of Missouri. He served as Chief Psychologist at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center before assuming the positions of Director of Adult Neuropsychology and Interim Co-Chair of the University of Missouri Department of Health Psychology. He was the first Missouri psychologist to earn board certification in both Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. He earned numerous national awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Brain Injury Association and the Early Career Service Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He served on numerous committees of the American Psychological Association and National Academy of Neuropsychology, served on the editorial and reviewer boards of numerous academic journals, and published numerous scientific research articles. His family, friends, and professional colleagues have all benefitted from knowing him and will sorely miss him. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Michael Simon — Des Plaines, IL,  passed away suddenly on Dec. 29, 2016, at age 48. He was a loving and devoted husband to Kelly (nee Whalen), adoring and proud father to Ashley and Danny, beloved son of the late Tom and Katherine (née Conley) Simon, and son-in-law of Tom and Sheila Whalen and the late Karen and Bill Town. He will be forever missed by his siblings Tom (Sue) Simon, Sue (Mike) Walters, and Jean (John) Lawlor. Brother-in-law to Tom (Shannon), Kevin, Patrick, and Timothy Whalen, and Paul (Carrie) and Scott (Ashley) Town. Jokester uncle to Jarron, Logan, Ellie, Tommy, Mick, Rylee, Kaylee, and Grace. Mike loved his Cubs and Bears. Larger than life, he brought laughter, love and cheer to all of our lives. In lieu of flowers donations to benefit Michael’s children’s education fund are appreciated. Checks may be made to the Simon Family Education Fund 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

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Jerry Terrell Baskin — Milwaukee,  passed away May 4, 2016. He was born on March 12, 1971 to the proud parents of Georgia Baskin and McKinley Smart. Jerry was raised and educated in Milwaukee. He gave his life to Christ at a young age at the Cornerstone Church of God in Christ. He received his high school diploma from John Marshall High School. He furthered his education at Carthage College and Sun Prairie Driving School. He later went on to meet the love of his life; he and Lovette were married on August 29, 2008. Jerry was a truck driver for over 23 years; he was dedicated and a very hard worker. He always knew he would be a truck driver, because driving trucks brought him tremendous joy. During his life, Jerry touched so many people, in so many ways. He was loving, caring, giving, and alway s willing to do whatever he could to help others. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing. He also loved to watch and listen to the rain. He also had an infectious smile that would light up the room. Jerry was also a dedicated family man; spending time with his children was his life. Jerry was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Claudia Baskin, James W. Baskin, Tommie Smart, and Idella Smart. Holding on to every precious memory of a heart of love for his family and children are his wife Lovette Baskin; two daughters, Ashley and Zyia; six sons, DeJuan, Romance, Brandon, Cameron, Jerry Jr., and Brizell; mother, Georgia King and special friend (John Boothe Sr.); father, McKinley (Flora) Smart; one sister, Tiajuana (Emmitt) Smith; three brothers, Royce (Toi-Lisa) Lockett, Markeith Smart, John Boothe Jr.; two nieces, Ashlei and Taylor; five nephews, Deonte, Desmond, Tristan, John III, and Jari; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 
Submitted: May 18, 2016

Susan Renee Cullen — Kenosha,  was born on August 27, 1964 and passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Susan was a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin at the time of her passing. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Ronald Jilk — Kenosha,  died June 17, 2013. Born on July 19, 1958, in Niles, Mich., he was the son of Albert and Lillian (Lewandowski) Jilk. His family moved to Kenosha in 1964. Ron attended St. Peter Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph High School. He received an associate degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College and attended Carthage College. Ron worked at Kenosha Hospital before becoming a consultant for McKesson for 19 years. Flower gardening and keeping his yard beautiful was his passion. He will be remembered for holding annual garden parties. Ron enjoyed traveling, especially to tropical places, taking cruises, and he cherished his trip to Ireland in 2011. He loved animals, especially dogs and cats. Ron was a die-hard Packer fan. Ron is survived by his mother, Lillian; his brother, Robert Jilk of California; his nephews, Peter (Roxanne) Jilk of Milwaukee, Kyle Kahl of Madison, Wis., and Ryan Kahl of Madison; his nieces, Sarah (Adam) Nell of Milwaukee and Katie Kahl of Madison; his sister-in-law, Cathy Probst of Mankato, Minn.; his great-nephew, Joseph Jilk; and his canine companion, Goldie. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

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Frank Matrise , Jr. — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on July 11, 2019. Mr. Matrise was born on January 1, 1966, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Matrise graduated from St. Mary's Grade School, St. Joseph High School, Carthage and from Olivett Nazarene with his master's degree. Frank taught fourth grade at Frank Elementary for 8 years, and later was the Dean of Students at Tremper High School for 21 years. He coached football for 34 years, he was the head coach at Tremper for 19 years and then later coached at St. Joseph Catholic Academy. He was a member of the Roma Lodge, Italian Businessmen Association, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, WFCA District Representative, President WFCA, WIAA Football Advisory Board, American Football Coaches Association, and St. Mary Excellence Education Committee. Frank won many awards over the years, but the most notable being the 2011 Dick and Marjory Rundle Positive Influence of Coach Award; SE Conference and WFCA Coach of the Year, which he was awarded on a few occasions. In 2016, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining his dad who was inducted in 2010. He loved all athletics, especially football. He was a Notre Dame, Wisconsin Badger, Cubs, and Packer's fan. He enjoyed attending family gatherings, reunions, and parish festivals, as well as, traveling to Walt Disney World and taking cruises. Christmas was his favorite holiday. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his children, Katelyn and Kyle. Frank is survived by his wife, Wendy Matrise; his twins, Katelyn and Kyle Matrise; his parents, Frank and Sandra Matrise, Sr; three sisters, Julie (David) Rivera of Kenosha, Gina (Adam) Wnuck, Kathy (Tim) Figlewski; mother-in-law, Dolores Hunkeler; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Minnie Matrise; maternal grandparents, Mike and Mae Silk; father-in-law, Lee Hunkeler; and sister, Marie Matrise. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

Leslie (Culver) Sigmund — Somonauk, Illinois,  Passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home. She was born on July 9, 1968 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Robert Gene and Dana (German) Culver. Leslie was a member of the 1986 Graduating Class of Yorkville High School. She was united in marriage on January 20, 1990 to her former husband, Kenneth Sigmund, the father of her children. Leslie was employed for over twenty two years by Sweetener Supply Corporation in Brookfield, IL. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her significant other, Kenneth Sigmund and their children, Kendall Sigmund of Sandwich, IL and Dallas Sigmund of Somonauk, IL; her parents, Gene and Dana Culver of Sandwich, IL; her siblings, Russell (Sue) Nelson Jr. of Galesburg, IL, Candace (Leo) Simmons of Knoxville, IL, and Camille (Doug) Heggemenier of Greenville, SC; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Shirley Gename Spence — Pardeeville, Wisconsin,  passed away on March 4, 2015, with her loving family by her side. Born Feb 11, 1939 in Kenosha, Wis., to Kenneth and Lucille Gename. She married Donald Spence in Kenosha on Feb. 21, 1959, and they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Don and Shirley moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1959 and then back to Kenosha in 1961. Shirley is survived by her husband Donald; her children, Kathy (Mike) Duffy, David (Karen) Spence, Michael (Linda) Spence, Jeffrey (Karen) Spence; her grandchildren, Joshua Duffy (Niki Bryant), Julie Duffy, Jeffrey Duffy, Jamie Spence, Christopher (Elizabeth) Spence, Sarah Spence, Samantha (Christopher) Larson, Jacob (Cassie Thomas) Spence, Lucas Spence, Dustin Spence, Nicole Spence, Danielle Spence, Jennifer Spence; and great grandchildren, Jordan and Serena. She is further survived by her siblings: Patsy (Vince) Shuler, James (Joan) Gename, Joann (Cliff) Johnson, and Carol (James) Schweitzer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Kenneth Gename. While raising her four children she earned her bachelor's degree in history at UW Parkside and her master's degree in reading at Carthage College. She taught for ten years at St. Marks Catholic School and fourteen years at Frank Elementary in Kenosha Unified School District as the Title 1 Teacher. She presented at the International Reading Conference in Florida, where she met many authors including Sally Ride, the astronaut. She was listed in Who's Who in American Education. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and a member of the Wisconsin Education Association. In 1955 she began playing the organ at First Christian Church for the evening services. In 1970 she became the regular Sunday morning organist until her retirement in 1997. She made three separate 300 mile, week long bicycle trips across Wisconsin with SAAGBRAW. Don and Shirley retired to Pardeeville, Wis., and they attended Grace Bible Church in Portage, Wis. She volunteered at Pardeeville Grade School for ten years in their reading program and for twelve years at the community food pantry. Don and Shirley were also members of the Badger Antique Auto Club. Since retiring to Pardeeville they have spent part of the winter in Davenport, Fla.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

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Alfredo Espinosa — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at his residence May 17, 2016. Born in San Marcos, Texas, on April 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Jesus and Helaria (Martinez) Espinosa. He proudly served in the United States Army security agency for four years. In 1968 he moved to Kenosha and met the love of his life Elnora Arndt at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; they were married in 1973. Al earned his master's degree in education from Carthage. He retired from Racine Unified Schools in 2001, with 30 years of service as a Social Worker. In retirement he enjoyed travel, biking, spending time with family and friends, and founded the Kenosha Area Classic Volkswagen Club. Surviving are his wife, Ellie of Kenosha; his children, Stephanie (Vince) Orlando, Cindy Espinosa, Tony Espinosa and Jennifer (Pratip) Espinosa-Goswami; two sisters, Aurora Garcia and Theresa (Mario) Vargas; and also his grandchildren, Jade and Asha Goswami and Caleb and Chase Orlando. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank and Jesus; and a sister, Maria (Lupe) Schmidt. 
Submitted: May 20, 2016

Daniel Jordan — Antioch, IL,  passed away on February 27, 2019 at the age of 52. He was born October 14, 1966 in Dolton, IL the son of Donald Edward and Mary Lou (Holzman) Jordan. In 1990, he married Gwendolyn Fuja in Naperville and they settled in Antioch in 1999. Dan valued time spent with family and friends. He was especially proud of serving as both president and a member of the Emmons School Board of Education. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Gwen; daughters, Payton Jordan of Fox Lake, IL and Reagan Jordan of Antioch; his mother, Mary Lou Heinberg of Crete, IL; siblings, David (Beth) Jordan, Patti Valley, Mary Beth Woods, and Robert (Cathy) Heinberg Jr.; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Patricia Fuja and sisters-in-law, Jennifer Fuja and Karen Labiak. Dan was preceded in death by his father, Donald Jordan; step-father, Robert Heinberg; and father-in-law, Ronald Fuja. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Patricia M. (Collver) Malikowski — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Shiloh, Mich., on Sept. 24, 1927. Pat graduated Butterworth Nursing School (Michigan) in 1950 and Carthage College (Kenosha) in 1989. She maintained her dedication to nursing until the age of 73. Pat is survived by her children and their families; Lisa Malikowski-Predny of Kenosha, Dennis Malikowski of Arkansas, Carolyn Malikowski- Shoup of Vermont; Barb Hollister of Georgia; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Pat is preceded in death by her sons, Mark Malikowski, Michael Malikowski; and brother, Allan “Bud” Collver.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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William Edward Mitchell — Winthrop Harbor, IL,  passed away on July 26, 2018 at the age of 72. Bill had an enormously generous heart. On September 11, 1946, Bill was born in Racine, WI. He was a graduate of Horlick High School and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carthage. Bill was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was lucky to have served in Germany. After 45 years of loyal service, Bill retired as a Corporate Project Manager from S.C Johnson, Racine. He loved traveling with his favorite spot being St. Lucia, West Indies, where he swam with the giant turtles. Bill was an incredible husband, loving son and brother, fantastic in-law, caring nephew, cousin and uncle. He was adored by his dogs; Angus, Alexis, Effie, Fergus and Fiona. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Janet (Broderick) Mitchell ; his caring brother, Frank (Susan) Mitchell ; loving in-laws, Michael (Karen) Broderick, Mary (Thomas) McKillip, Kathleen ( William ) Spalo, Nancy (Gregory) Jones, Donald Broderick and Grace Vahst. Bill is further survived by 21 adoring nieces and nephews, and 30 great nieces and nephews. Other survivors include: Christine Mitchell Schertz, Mark Edward Mitchell , and their three children. Beloved son of the late Elizabeth (Reuille) and Frank Mitchell , devoted son-in-law of the late Madelene (Black) and Donald Broderick. Also, predeceased by his fishing buddy and brother-in-law, John Broderick. 
Submitted: July 31, 2018

Roxann Joy (Johnson) Pulice — Milwaukee,  died April 20, 2013, at 62 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born on July 2, 1950, and was the daughter of Henry and Myrtle (Bradford) Johnson of Racine, Wis., and Mary L. Crompton of Janesville, Wis. She graduated from Horlick High School in Racine in 1968 and continued her education from both Gateway Technical College in Racine and Carthage with degrees in social work. She worked as a social worker in the Milwaukee area until her death, including many years at Lincoln Lutheran Nursing Home prior to moving to the Milwaukee area. Roxann's joys were her family, traveling, reading, her pets, and her wonderful friends. She is survived by her 3 children: Michelle Jorgensen of Oshkosh, Wis., Michael (Sheila) Pulice of Green Lake, Wis., and Linda Pulice of Racine; four grandchildren: (Trevor (Katie) Jorgensen, Vincent Ishman, Lauren Pulice and Erin Pulice); three siblings: Robert W. Crompton of Janesville, Carole McCune of Johnson City, Tenn., and Mary L. Crompton of Roselle, Ill.; numerous nephews and nieces; and special friends Sally Cadirci (Weber), Eva Gartner and Joyce Tabaca. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Crompton. 
Submitted: July 18, 2013

Michael F. Rein — Milwaukee, WI,  died unexpectedly on December 20, 2017 at the age of 53. Michael is survived by his brothers, Louis, George (Chris), Tim (Katherine), Joseph (Bernadette): Nieces/Nephews Frances Herka, Anthony (Rachael) Rein, Barbara (Peter) Honhke, Caroline (Steven) Lentz, Traci Bernal. Further survived by other family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Freda Rein, sister Catherine (Todd) Herka, fiancee Tresa Campbell, nephew Joseph, sister-in-law Linda. Michael was a graduate of Washington H.S. where he worked as a para-professional for 34 years. He was integral to the success of the city-wide Special Ed Prom which was held yearly at Washington High School, also acting as DJ at this and other dances. Students enjoyed Mike's presence at camp Side by Side yearly, as he gave of his time to supervise the week-long event. A kind heart and a creative force, Mike was involved in every Walk/Run and fundraising drive promoted at Washington. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. 
Submitted: January 23, 2018

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Jennifer (Lee) Bayler — Big Rock, IL,  passed away on December 26, 2017 at the age of 51. Jennifer was a beacon of light throughout her 51 years. Loving and nurturing, always determined and strong, she spent years teaching and advocating for special needs students at Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School where she assisted fellow staff members at every turn and often performed interpretive dance in front of security cameras to entertain office staff. Along the way she took a 10 year break from teaching to raise two wonderful children and ran the Sunday School program at English Congregation Church where she was a life-long member. She remained upbeat to the end, teaching herself to knit and creating farewell gifts of scarves and hats for her nieces and children prior to her passing. She loved glitter in all things, and all those she touched in her brief life will forever carry forth her sparkle. Jennifer is survived by her mother and best friend, Susannah Lee; her husband David Bayler; her beloved children Sarah and Michael Bayler; her brother Mark (Marcia) Lee; nieces Megan (Drew) Augusten and Morgan Lee (Colin Goodson); great niece Delaney Ryan Augusten; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Wayne Lee. 
Submitted: November 30, 2018

Catherine (Wrought) Bergstrom — Aurora, IL,  passed away on November 24, 2005 at the age of 39. Catherine was the cherished mother of Madeline, Samantha and Caroline; precious daughter of William and Barbara ''Bambe'' Wrought; dear sister of Susan Gustafson, Christine (Rashed) Taher and Stephen Wrought; wonderful daughter-in-law of Bo and Ulla Bergstrom; loving sister-in-law of Mie Bergstrom, and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Christine Velez; treasured aunt of Shawn, Kyle and Brandon Gustafson, Noah, Isaac and Aaron Taher, and Emil Bergstrom; granddaughter of the late William and the late Edna Wrought; and the late Rev. R. Marshall and the late Elsie Bezanson; and a friend of many. 
Submitted: May 29, 2018

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Sandra (Kufahl) Boehlke — Madison, WI,  passed away on September 2, 2018 at the age of 52. Sandra was born on January 10, 1966 in Huntsville, Alabama to James Anton Kufahl and Joaine Darlene (Streble) Kufahl. She was baptized into the Christian faith at Grace Lutheran Church. In April of 1967 the family moved to Loves Park, Illinois. Sandra attended Concordia Lutheran School where she achieved high marks in her academic studies and won multiple awards for her artwork. She also participated in cheerleading and was instructed with private piano lessons. In 1980 she was confirmed in the Christian faith at Concordia and in the fall began her high school education at Rockford Lutheran High. During high school she was a competitor in the Miss Illinois Teen contest. In the summer of 1982 Sandra was in a severe automobile accident which left her in a coma for nearly 10 days. Doctors did not think she would survive. God had other plans. She fully recovered and finished high school with her original graduating class of 1984. In 1984 she began her college education at Carthage. In early 1985, Sandra contracted spinal meningitis and was hospitalized. Due to a high fever she lost her ability to hear. She continued her education at Waubonsee College in Aurora, Illinois and learned sign language. In 1988 she married Lyndon Boehlke and they moved to Long Beach, California. Sandra attended California State University Long Beach and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelors' degree in Psychology. In 2007 she once again contracted spinal meningitis and while hospitalized had a small stroke which left her partially paralyzed on her left side. Unable to return to her apartment she stayed in a board and care facility until 2010 when she moved to Fitchburg, WI to live with her brother, Mark. In June of 2018 she was diagnosed with stage 4, inoperable pancreatic cancer. She opted to live her remaining days with her brother, Mark, under the care of hospice and in-home companions. Sandra is survived by her brother, Mark Kufahl, her niece, Rose X. Richter, her aunt Carol Reich, her uncle Louis Streble and many cousins. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents James and Joaine (Streble) Kufahl. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

David W. Padlock — Coatesville, Pa.,  passed away peacefully at his residence Dec. 9, 2013, surrounded by family and friends, at 57 after a courageous multi-year battle with kidney and liver disease. Born on July 9, 1956, in Milwaukee, he was the son of Jim and Dianne Padlock, formerly of Kenosha, currently residing in Hot Springs Village, Ark. Educated in Kenosha schools, he graduated from Tremper High School in 1974. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 until 1978, spending his entire enlistment in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Upon receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Kenosha where he worked as a 911 dispatcher and then for Kenosha Memorial Hospital. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Carthage, David obtained a job as a buyer at Snap-On Tools. It was his work as a buyer that introduced him to his future wife, Laura Cassidy Vinci of Pennsylvania. David soon relocated to Pennsylvania, where he married Laura and obtained a job as a production manager with Endless Pools. He is survived by three stepchildren, Dean (Maryam), Sara (Brian), and Ian (Shauna); three grandchildren; his parents, Jim and Dianne; three brothers, Alan (Jane), Dennis and James (Colleen); and a sister, Susan Vigansky (Bob). David was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, in 2005. David was quite the lumberjack; he had seven chainsaws! He also loved to do yard work and grew fruit trees and flowers. He had quite the green thumb. He was known as the best brownie maker. David helped out a lot at the fellowship farm; from mowing and burning debris piles to clearing wooded areas and helping at the annual camp. He had a sweet smile and a kind heart. David will be truly missed. Not a day goes by the we dont think of him. He was so gracious during his last bit of time, inviting everyone to his house 24/7 to pray, visit, share a favorite meal or just to sit and talk with him. He gave us all a gift by sharing in his last days. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Christine (Mianecki) Rogers — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 1, 2018. Chris was born in Racine on September 30, 1950 to Edward and Rose (nee, Mintler) Mianecki. She graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Chris served in the U.S. Army Reserve. She retired from Modine Manufacturing after 31 years. In retirement, Chris moved to Clark, WY and worked part time for the Clark County Schools. She was active in Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross. Chris enjoyed being with her family and friends at a Living Memorial on January 25th. Chris is survived by her husband of 37 years, Randal Rodgers; her son, Fritz (Jessica) Larsen; her brothers and sisters, Phyllis Olsen, Ronald Mianecki, Richard (Ginny) Mianecki, Gary (Sue) Mianecki, Robert (Lin) Mianecki, Cyndi Phillips, Judy (Brian) Hanson and Girard (Cathy) Mianecki; and her former husband and dear friend, Allen Larsen. Chris is also survived by her cats, Baxter, Fingers, Pookie; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister. 
Submitted: March 12, 2018

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Christine Wright — Sturtevant, WI,  passed away on July 12, 2018 at the age of 71 after a hard-fought battle with endometrial cancer. She was born in Racine on December 8, 1946 to the late Carl V. and Lucille M. (nee: Yerdon) Nielsen. Chris graduated from William Horlick High School. She attended UW-Madison and Carthage earning a degree in primary education. She worked several years in the Unified School District. Christine was a faithful member of Faithbridge Church. Spending time with her family and with her Lord is what made life most meaningful for her. She enjoyed life by cooking, helping, listening, reading and visiting. Chris will be remembered as a wonderful partner, loving daughter, devoted mother and grandmother, caring sister, affectionate aunt and outstanding cook. Her love, her friendship and her commentary will be dearly missed. Chris is survived by her life partner of 25 years, Scott Olsen of Sturtevant; her beloved dog: Angel; her children: Lisa Wright of East Peoria, IL; Jennifer (Tom) Cramsie (nee: Wright) of Wake Forest, NC; Michelle Wright of Kenosha; Lindsey (Adam) Tippery (nee: Olsen) of Fayetteville, NC; Bryan Olsen of Racine; her grandchildren: Athene Meekma, Maddie Duchac, Bjorn, Augustin and Kai Tippery; her sisters: Carla (Jim) Wilks, Cathy McDowell and Connie (Mike) Suwalski all of Racine; her father-in-law: Vern (Marie) Olsen; her sisters-in-law: Diane (Dave) Beck of Union Grove, Nancy (Bob) Gustin of Sebring, FL; her uncle: Arnie Froode of Racine; as well as many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tom McDowell and her mother-in-law, Elaine Olsen. 
Submitted: July 16, 2018

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Renee Jean (Johnson) Adamson — Medfield, Massachusetts,  passed away peacefully in Norwood Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at age 51. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on December 2, 1964, Renee moved with her family in 1968 to Cadillac, Michigan, where she spent most her childhood. She graduated from Cadillac High School with the Class of 1983 and went on to attend Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Renee graduated from Carthage in 1987, with her Bachelor's Degree in both Political Science and Spanish. After college, Renee moved back east to Waltham, Massachusetts and took a position with the New England Insurance Company in the policy writing department, later moving up to the position of supervisor. While living in Waltham, she met her soon to be husband, John Adamson, and they were married on September 13, 1992. They initially made their home in Brookline before settling in Medfield in 1993. After welcoming her son, Sean, in 1996, Renee left the working world to fully become a stay-at-home mom, raising and caring for her young family. Her family grew again in 1999 after welcoming her daughter, Sara. Renee's family meant the world to her, she enjoyed several family cruises and cherished her trip to Guatemala with her children. She had a strong devotion to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and as a member of the Call Committee, helping to find the new pastor. After being re-diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Renee found alternative remedies that helped her during her treatments. In an effort to help others in similar situations, she became a health coach, focusing on holistic healing. Beloved wife of the late John Adamson. Loving mother of Sean Michael Adamson and Sara Elizabeth Adamson. Devoted daughter of P.T. Calvin and Audrey E. (Wilbur) Johnson of Marstons Mills. Cherished sister of Craig A. Johnson and his wife Marjorie of Cadillac, MI, Jeffrey S. Johnson and his wife Penny of McBain, MI, and Janice K. Bennett and her husband Bill of Falmouth, ME. Also adored by several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: December 14, 2017

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Carmen (Tower) Anzalone — Racine, WI,  passed away on January 12, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born in Lyons, WI on December 13, 1936 to the late Horace and Olive (nee: Wyman) Tower. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1954. Mrs. Anzalone went on to graduate from Dominican College (the last graduating class) and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Carthage. On February 9, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church – Racine, she was united in marriage with Dominic C. Anzalone. With a passion for teaching the children in our community, she served as an educator with Racine Unified Schools, retiring from Gilmore after 30 years of teaching. She was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where she volunteered as a catechism teacher and bus-trip coordinator. Mrs. Anzalone was also a member of Vittoria Colonna. Among her interests, she enjoyed staying active with water aerobics at the YMCA & Razor Sharp; and was a computer game fanatic. Above all, she loved spending time with her entire family. Surviving are her loving husband of 61 years, Dominic; son, Rick (Leslie) Anzalone; daughter, Lisa Miller; grandchildren, Jessica, Nikolas & Dominic Anzalone; Erica (Dan) Jensen & Jacob (Melissa) Miller; great-grandchildren, Bryce & Jayce Jensen; and Raegan Miller; sister, Patricia Remus; brother, Richard (Sally) Tower; sister-in-law, Lynn Tower; brother-in-law, John (Joyce) Anzalone; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty (Patrick) Bever and Virginia (Bob) Jensen; brother, Horace Tower Jr.; and brother-in-law, Richard Anzalone. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Donald Hildebrandt — Sturtevant, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2018 at the age of 60. Donald was born in Kenosha on January 17, 1958, son of Melvin and Doris (Lockard) Hildebrandt. Don graduated from Carthage with a degree in Biology. On August 8, 1981, he was united in marriage to Debra Roycroft at Santa Maria Del PoPolo Church in Mundelein, IL. Don had been employed with SC Johnson since 1980. He began his career in the Entomology Research Center and advanced to his current position as Project Manager in Global Pest Control Research and Development. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, now North Pointe United Methodist, and was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge #18. A Boy Scout and Eagle Scout himself, Don dedicated his time and energy as a Boy Scout Leader and 4-H leader. He guided each of his children and their friends to become Eagle Scouts or Gold Award recipients. In his spare time, Don enjoyed working in his orchard and the family evergreen nursery. He found great joy working on and teaching his children about fixing engines. A very selfless man, Don will be best remembered for his love and dedication to his family. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Debra; his children, Matthew Hildebrandt of Maiden Rock, WI, David (Hillary) Hildebrandt of Luck, WI, Kristin Hildebrandt of La Crosse, WI, Benjamin Hildebrandt of Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX; his mother, Doris Hildebrandt of Zion, IL; sisters and brother, Donna (Bruce) Hart, Doris (Jim) Waters, Dale Hildebrandt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Roycroft, Kelly Roycroft, Kerry (Mike) Quist; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends all around the world. He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin W. Hildebrandt. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

Trista C. Holland — Burlington, Wisconsin,  passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 31, 2016, at the age of 51. Preceded in death by her parents T. Shandy and Maryclaire Holland. Survived by her sister Shan (John) Jensen and beloved nephew John T. Jensen.  
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Lori J. Mueller — Loves Park, Illinois,  50, Loves Park, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016, in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 11, 1965, in Rockford, the daughter of Arley and Joann Hendrickson. Lori married Dr. John H. Mueller in Rockford on June 18, 1994. She was a social worker for Children's Home and Aid Society, involved mostly in adoptions. Lori was an active member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she was involved in many areas. She volunteered with Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries from 2001 thru 2010, and served as vice president from 2005 thru 2006, and as president from 2007 thru 2010. During that time Becca's Closet was added to their ministries. Lori was a 1983 graduate of Guilford High School and finished her undergraduate degree from Carthage College in 1987, continuing on for her MSW from the University of Minnesota. Special thanks to the physicians, nurses, and staff at OSF Cancer Center, 4 West, OSF Hospice Care, and the many loving friends, especially Rita Huwe for their kind and compassionate care. Survived by her loving husband, John; her daughters, Jana and Leah Mueller; her parents, Arley and Joann Hendrickson; her brother, Ron Hendrickson, her mother-in-law, Miriam Mueller; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martha Mueller, Rev. Dr. Steven (Nina) Mueller, and Sarah (Dr. Dan) Manzanares. Predeceased by her infant brother, Larry and her father-in-law, Roland Mueller.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Greg Chastain — Springfield, IL,  passed away on February 3, 2018 at the age of 54. he was born on January 13, 1964 in Springfield, Illinois to Bennie Chastain and Sharon Chastain Thady. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Mr. Chastain later worked for Brinks for 10 years as an Armored Car Driver. He was a member of the Westside Christian Church in Springfield. He was also a drummer for several bands in the area. Mr. Chastain is survived by his wife Kathy, his children; Blake and Morgan Chastain, mother; Sharon (husband Danny) Chastain Thady, sister; Dawn (husband Jerry) Oltmanns; two nieces, Ashton Oltmanns and Erika Oltmanns Sherertz; and brother-in-law, David (wife Laura) Hausaman. He is preceded in death by his father, Bennie Chastain in 2004. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Wayne Johnson — Rockford, IL,  passed away on February 11, 2011 at the age of 84. He was born on February 3, 1927 to Gunnar B. and Irene (Peterson) Johnson. Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Marines and married Ruth N. Lindstrom in 1952 in Beloit, WI. He owned a dental practice in Rockford for many years. Member of First Evangelical Free Church. He had his pilot's license and enjoyed flying. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Dick (Linda) Johnson of Cherry Valley, Dan ( Lynn ) Johnson of Dana Point, Calif., and Julie Ann (Randy) Leek of Byron; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Gayle (Cliff) Linhart; and sister-in-law, Janet Johnson. Predeceased by brother, Gerald, and niece, Cindy Johnson. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Anne R. Jummrich — Richmond, IL,  passed away on March 20, 2016 at the age of 53. Anne was born Dec. 10, 1962 in Evergreen Park, IL the daughter of Edward & Ruth Pfeiffer Jummrich. United in marriage to Alexander W. Geron May 30th, 1998 in Kenosha, WI. Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Richmond, IL. Surviving is her husband Alexander, Daughters Ava & Ana Geron. Sister Barbara Jummrich, brothers, Albert Jummrich, and Mark ( Lisa ) Jummrich. Sisters-in-law Pamela Ruff. Nieces, Marisa & Mariah Jummrich. Preceded in death by her parents, Sister Marilyn Alexander and a Brother, John Jummrich. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Ethel Mae Lofton — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at All Saints Hospital on Saturday, August 1, 2015. She was born in Minter City, Mississippi on August 11, 1950, daughter of the late Louis and Mary (nee: Collins) Lofton. Ethel relocated to Racine in 1967. She completed her GED at Gateway Technical Institute and then graduated from Carthage College with a degree in accounting along with several other degrees. She taught in the Racine Unified school District for 13 years; and also enjoyed working at Case Company and McDonalds. Ethel was an active and faithful member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Richard "Dick" Polzin — Racine, WI,  passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Dick was born in Racine on January 24, 1942 to the late Vernon C. and Ruby V. (nee: Allert) Polzin. He was a graduate of Washington Park High School (where he was honored to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1998), Racine Technical College, Carthage College and the FBI National Academy. On May 25, 1962 in St. Edward Catholic Church, Dick was united in marriage with Mary “Sheila” Carolan. He served our community with the Racine Police Department for over 36 years from 1964 until retiring as Police Chief in 2000. Dick was a member of the Racine County Law Enforcement Executives Association, Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, National Chiefs of Police Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, International Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Naval Academy Review Board, Treasurer of the Racine Community Outpost and was awarded the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Executive of the Year (1997). During his tenure as Chief of Police, Dick instituted the Community Policing model in the City of Racine. His efforts were responsible for improving the quality of life for countless residents in the Racine Community. He maintained that vision through his retirement as a member of the Racine Community Outpost Organization, a non-profit group dedicated to purchasing and maintaining COP houses in the greater Racine area. Those accomplishments often resulted in the opportunity to share Racine’s success with communities across the country. Among his other interests, he enjoyed riding his horse “Max” and golfing at Ives Grove and Johnson Park with retirees, as well as the annual FBI-NA Golf Outing with family members – where, in 2006 he shot a hole in one. Dick was an avid runner who participated in a number of marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and charitable running events. Dick also enjoyed coaching and attending the numerous activities in which his children and grandchildren participated. He especially enjoyed planning and taking family vacations, most notably time spent together at Walt Disney World. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Sheila; their children, Michael Polzin, Ann (Tim) Pettit, Mark (Elizabeth) Polzin and John Polzin; grandchildren, Michaela, Delaney and Callahan Polzin; Andy and Libby Pettit; Abby and Jack Polzin; Matthew, Meghan and Michael Polzin; sisters, Jeanette (Tom) Seefeldt and Sandy (Dave) Hansen; Sheila’s parents, Laurence and Betty Carolan; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry (Cynthia) Carolan, Mary Cronin and John Carolan; nieces, nephews, other relatives, as well as protective service family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, and brothers-in-law Tom Cronin, Robert Budney, and Richard Saynay, nephew David Saynay, and niece Jodi Doepke. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Racine Community Outpost, which helps fund the Community Policing Programs in the greater Racine area, or St. Lucy Congregation have been suggested. Special thanks to the members of the Racine Fire & Police Departments and ER staff at Ascension All Saints Hospital for their life saving efforts. 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

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Kevin Rehfeldt — Loves Park, IL,  passed away on August 14, 2018 at the age of 54. He was born on March 29, 1964 in Rockford, the son of Robert and Frances (Crone) Rehfeldt. Kevin received his bachelor's degree, was a youth director at Trinity Lutheran Church for over 20 years and most recently, employed at General Mills. He is survived by his children, Cortney and Makenzie Rehfeldt; parents, Robert and Frances Rehfeldt; sister, Kimberly Rehfeldt; and the mother of his children, Rebecca Rehfeldt. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Geoffrey A. Sparks — Marinette, Wis. ,  died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 20, 2014, while in Chicago, Illinois. He was born June 28, 1964 in Marinette to Lee and Elizabeth (nee Pestrui) Sparks. Geoff was a 1986 graduate of Carthage College with a bachelor's Degree in criminal justice and a 1991 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He had practiced law in Marinette for over 20 years and was part of the law office of Schwaba & Sparks. He was a coach in Peshtigo for Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball. Geoff also coached girls and boys basketball in Peshtigo, youth soccer and played slow pitch softball in Peshtigo. Having strong roots in Illinois, he loved to go to Wrigley Field for Cubs baseball with his son, Nick. He was also an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed walks at Red Arrow with his dog, Piccalo. Geoff is survived by a son, Nick; a daughter, Danielle; the mother of his children, Donna Hildebrandt; a sister Stephanie Miller, her husband, Scott, and their sons, Mark, Matthew and Sam; a brother, Stephen Sparks, his wife, Sophie, and their children, Victoria and Gabriel; a cousin, Chris Stuart, his wife, Laura, and their children, Keisha and Tyler; and an aunt, Mary (Pestrui) Murphy and her son, Tim. He was preceded in death by his parents and an aunt, Nancy (Pestrui) Stuart. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Wayne Baker
Wayne Baker

Wayne Joseph Baker — Oak Lawn, IL,  , 53, of Downers Grove, IL, passed away on May 12, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Oak Lawn, IL on May 24, 1963. He was a graduate of Downers Grove South in 1981, and Carthage College in 1985 with a degree in Chemistry. Wayne graduated from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and specialized in Emergency Medicine. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Rebecca Sue Crawley. Dr. Baker was affiliated with Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL. He also volunteered at the Kaneville Fire department and served as their physician. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Louis Baker Jr. and Ruth B. Baker and oldest brother Louis III. He is survived by two brothers, Lawrence (Mary) and Scott, and three nieces, Jennifer, Lauren (Nick) and Amanda. Additionally, his extended family: Michael Crawley (Aimee), Nanette Crawley (John Emser), Brenda Crawley (Andrew Schermer), Mark Crawley, Mona Crawley, Matt Crawley (Christine) and was the loving uncle of: Eric Schermer, Audrey Schermer, Nicolas Emser, Charlene Emser, Matthew Arnold, Scott Arnold, Nicole Arnold, Luke Crawley, Olivia Crawley, and Caitlin Crawley. 
Submitted: May 31, 2017

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Marlaine Cruz — Waunakee, WI,  passed away on February 5, 2019. Ms. Cruz was born on May 8, 1939, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Evelyn Straub. She received her nursing degree from South Chicago Hospital and her Master's in Education from Carthage. Her career in nursing brought her great joy and fulfillment and included surgical and ER nursing, hospital management, nursing education, and auditing for the State of Wisconsin. While working at South Chicago Hospital, she met a physician, Nazario Cruz, to whom she was married for 54 wonderful years. They moved from Chicago to Kenosha, Wis., where they raised four children and enjoyed many happy years in their house by Lake Michigan. She formed many close friendships while volunteering at her children's schools, church, and medical auxiliary. She also traveled extensively with her family, enjoying many special trips to the Philippines and Disney World. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, going to their sporting and music events, and taking them on adventures. One of her favorite mottos was: "Grandma's: a place where cousins become friends." Surviving her are her four children and their families: daughter Mercedes Ranum, her husband Bill, and their children Tylor, Carly, Elly, and Jordan; daughter Marcelline Peterson, her husband Dave, and their children Aria, Ella, and Willa; son Joseph, his wife Laura, and their children Joey and his wife Bri, Julianna, and Cooper; and son Ricardo. Marlaine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nazario, with her sister, Dorothy Rupp, surviving her. 
Submitted: February 8, 2019

Thomas Demith
Thomas Demith

Thomas Demith — Chicago Heights, IL,  passed away on June 6, 2014 at the age of 76. Tom retired from Columbia Tool, the Chicago Heights Park District, a member of the Polish American Club and avid golf player. Survived by his loving wife Barbara (nee Tarquino); beloved sons Tom and Jeffrey; cherished grandfather to Spencer and Kailyn. Dear brother to Dorothy, Loretta, Jean, MaryAnn, Mickey and the deceased Jerry, Eugene and Sparky. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Steven Griffus — Thompsons Station, Tenn.,  peacefully passed from this life on August 24, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tn. He was surrounded by family, friends and clergy. He was currently employed at CHS, Brentwood, Tn. and held a B.S. from Carthage College and an MBA from Lake Forest College. He attended Thompsons Station Church and was active in church Bible Studies and served as a teacher, which he loved. Services were Friday, August 28, at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vina, Al. with Bro. Chuck Bailey and Bro. Duane Murray officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Vina, Al. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al. was in charge of arrangements. He is survived by his wife of 24 years – Carla Griffus, Thompsons Station, Tn.; one son – Andrew Griffus, 17 years of age, Thompsons Station, Tn.; his father and mother – J.W. Griffus and Cleo Griffus, Decatur, Al.; one sister – Barbara Baccus; brother-in-law – Bob Baccus, Braselton, Ga.; one uncle – Bill Griffus, Vina, Al.; one aunt – Birda Mae Gann, Golden, Ms. and numerous in-laws, relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Arlie Griffus, Hank Johnson, David Maxwell, Murvin Elrod, Danny Elrod and Nelson Elrod. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

John P. Melis
John P. Melis

John Melis — Mount Pleasant, WI,  passed away on October 21, 2019, at the age of 56. He had been extraordinarily courageous in battling several serious medical issues over the last few years. His quiet dignity and unflagging optimism were remarkable given the challenges he faced, and stand as a lesson in grace to us. It is our fervent hope that he is now in a better place. John was born in Barrington Il, and at an early age, the family moved to Racine. He attended school in Racine, graduating from Case HS, and later from Carthage in Kenosha. He resided in Racine for the rest of his life. He worked in the foodservice industry until his untimely passing. John's passions were the Green Bay Packers, listening to music, and doing word puzzles. He was a kind and gentle soul to everyone who knew him well. He is survived by his 3 brothers, Stuart, David, and Stephen, and niece Evelyn Melis. He was the son of Lloyd and Miriam Melis, who preceded him in death. 
Submitted: November 1, 2019

Paul E. Peterson — Grayslake, Illinois,  passed away at 53 Friday May 1, 2015 in Lake Forest, IL. He was born March 3, 1962 in Waukegan, IL to Howard and Shirley Peterson. Paul had worked for Abbott Labs/Abbvie for over 27 years. He was a graduate of Warren Township High School in 1981 and Carthage College in 1985. Paul was an avid Bears fan. He was a very loving and caring family oriented man, who will be forever loved and missed by family and friends. Paul is survived by his wife of 19 years, Susan, his parents Howard and Shirley Peterson, his children Jesse, Stephanie, Erik, and Rachel, his brother Craig Peterson '88, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his in-laws Barbara and Glen Sizelove. 
Submitted: May 8, 2015

Charles
Charles "Chuck" Portilia

Charles Portilia — Kenosha,  died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Wheaton Franciscan-Franklin. Born in Kenosha on Oct. 21, 1961, he was the son of the late Romano and Loretta Mae (Klacynski) Portilia. Chuck was a product of local schools, first attending St. Mary Elementary School and was a 1979 graduate of St. Joseph's High School. Following high school Chuck went on to Carthage, where he was a 1985 graduate and had proudly played football under Coach Art Keller.  On Sept. 8, 1990, at St. Mary Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Beth Venn. For many years, Chuck owned and operated The Distillery Bar and Restaurant on North Sheridan Rd., after which he began his insurance career as an Independent Insurance Agent with Schlax, Christensen & Lee Insurance Agency in downtown Kenosha.  Chuck was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was passionate about football and had coached youth football in Kenosha for many years. Chuck enjoyed cooking, fishing and was an enthusiastic Chicago Bear fan. He will always be remembered as a passionate family man. He is survived by his former wife, Beth Portilia; his daughter, Alexandra Mae Portilia of Green Bay; his brother, Brian Portilia of Kenosha; his two nephews, Brian (Jennifer) and Brock (Nadia) Portilia, both of Kenosha; his great nephews, Brian and Oliver; his great nieces, Zoe and Phoebe; and a grandson on the way. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Nancy Portilia 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

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James M. Booth — Pleasant Prairie, Wis.,  died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his residence. Born on Aug. 10, 1948, in Reedsburg Wis., he was the son of the late Melvin C. and Isla L. (Miller) Booth. James came to Kenosha as a young boy and was educated in the schools of Kenosha. He graduated from Bradford High School and earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater in Education. James went on to earn two master's degrees; the first in Guidance and Counseling from Carthage College, and the second in Adult Education from National Louis University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1972. In 1977, he married Louise Valentine in Kenosha. They would later divorce. On June 10, 2005, he married Maria Theresa "Tess" Tecson in Kenosha. James dedicated 29 years to teaching, most recently employed by the Waukegan Public School District 60 as a vocational special education teacher until he retired in 2005. A former member of First Assembly of God, he most recently attended St. James Catholic Church with his wife. James lived a life of service and was a former member of the Little Fort Lions Club in Waukegan. He was an avid reader and lifetime member of Friends of the Kenosha Public Library. James enjoyed fishing, especially at the family cottage on Irogami Lake in Wautoma, Wis. He was a loyal Packer fan and also enjoyed watching boxing matches and spending time in Door County. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a loyal and caring friend. He is survived by his wife Tess of Pleasant Prairie; one son, Joseph Booth of Mt. Pleasant; one daughter, Lauren Booth of Kenosha; and two brothers Donald (Lynnette) Booth of Benton Township, Ill., and Steven Booth of West Allis, Wis.  
Submitted: May 29, 2015

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Susanne (Sperduto) Doe — Racine, WI,  passed away at age 72 from lung cancer on January 21, 2017. Sue was born on January 28, 1944 in Canandaigua, New York to Rev Frank and Ruth Roth Sperduto. She grew up in Syracuse and Ithaca, New York and Wichita, Kansas. She was a graduate of SE High in Wichita in 1962. She attended the College of Emporia and finished her undergrad at MIT in Milwaukee. She met Keith at MIT and they were married June 11, 1966. Sue earned her Master’s of Education in Nursing at Milton College. Her early nursing roles included visiting nursing and mental health. Later she taught nursing at St Luke’s School of Nursing in Racine, Gateway and UW- Parkside, and was also a parish nurse. Sue loved people, she cared for and helped anyone she met. Sue drew personalized greeting cards and enjoyed providing humor to everyday life. Sue is survived by her husband Keith, and daughters Jen (Tim) Figlmiller, Robyn (Jason) Gardner, Heidi (Ernesto) Lopez, brother Ted (Mary) Sperduto, nephews Aaron and Tim, grandchildren Ian and Evan Figlmiller, Jordyn and Madilynn Gardner, Xavier and Isandro Lopez, sister-in-law Sigrid Doe and niece Christina. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, beloved aunts and uncles, and her brother- in-law James Doe. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

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Cynthia (Aul) Keister — Beach Park, IL,  passed away on August 7, 2018. Cindy was born on December 25, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, attended Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois and received her Master's Degree from Carthage. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, James Keister, and was the proud mother of sons James and Kevin. Cindy taught in the Waukegan school district for over 30 years specializing in children with learning disabilities. She spent most of her career at Oakdale Elementary School and will be remembered for her dedication to her students and her quick wit. She was an avid golfer for many years, and enjoyed traveling abroad with family and friends, visiting over 30 countries during her travels, noting Switzerland, Germany and Italy as her favorites. Cindy proudly served on the church council of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. She is survived by her sons, James W. Keister and Kevin M. Keister, her aunt Beatrice Faux, cousins Sally Chontos and Ray Black, Jr. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Aul and father, Addison Aul. Cindy's husband, Jim, died shortly after her own death on August 24, 2018. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Joanne Riess — North Canton, OH,  passed away on December 23, 2017. 
Submitted: September 13, 2019

Heidi (Wells) Schmidt — Wheaton, IL,  was 53 yrs. of age, at rest November 22, 2015. Beloved wife of David. Loving mother of Annah and Leah. Daughter of Helene (the late Arthur F.) Wells of Wheaton, Illinois. Sister of Scott M. Wells and Mark M. (Sondra) Wells. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

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Daniel Wilson — Sheboygan, WI,  passed away tragically in a car accident due to a medical condition on September 18, 2018 at the age of 56. Daniel was born on September 6, 1962 in Lake Worth, Florida to Raymond and Louise E. Wilson. In 1964, the family moved to Chicago, IL and then settled in Sheboygan in 1970. He attended local area schools and graduated in 1980 from South High where he played varsity football. He continued his education interests at Carthage and Southwest State University. Upon leaving college, he went into sales for several companies including Sears Corporation. It was there that he met his future wife, they were wed May of 1987 at Fountain Park United Methodist Church. They remained together until 2007 but continued to be good friends and support mates for each other up until his passing. Dan enjoyed sports, building things, playing the guitar and composing folk/gospel songs. He also had a strong interest in the health and nutrition field and blessing others through tithing and faith-based causes. His Christian beliefs were an important part of his life's work. He is survived by his brothers Steve (Sue) Wilson, Mike (Shirley) Wilson, sisters Cheryl (Mike) Eggen, all of Sheboygan, and Audrey (Avraham) Bercovice of Chicago. Additionally, he is survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends, and his baby dog Sheba-Lee. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother. 
Submitted: December 11, 2018

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Mary Geraghty — Kenosha,  passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016, following a brief illness. Mary was born on November 9, 1959 in Yonkers, NY the fifth child of the late William J. and Carmen A. (Zofrea) Troy. She received her BA Degree from Carthage College and her Master’s Degree from U.W.-Parkside. On April 25, 1992 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Racine she was united in marriage to Timothy J. Geraghty. Mary enjoyed serving her community working with various not for profit agencies including the Development Office at U.W. Parkside, as a physician recruiter at St. Catherine’s Hospital, as a Transition Specialist with ADRC, and with the IRIS Program. There is no question for anyone who knew Mary that her passion in life was caring for her three sons, Conor, Patrick, and Joey. Survivors include her husband, Timothy, her three sons, Conor, Patrick and Joey Geraghty; her siblings, Kathleen (Jim) Amidei, William (Paula) Troy, Joseph (Kris) Troy, Michael (Cynthia) Troy, Timothy (Jacque) Troy, and Maureen (Jason Latus) Troy. 
Submitted: September 29, 2016

Steven M. Griffiths
Steven M. Griffiths

Steven 'Beaver' M. Griffiths — Kenosha,  passed away unexpectedly at 54 on March 22, 2016, at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in Bolingbrook, Ill. Born in Fort Dix, N.J., on Nov. 25, 1961, he was the son of the late Joseph S. and Dolores E. (DeRose) Griffiths. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was educated in local schools. He attended Mt. Carmel Grade School, where he was an altar boy, and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1979. Steve also attended Carthage, where he played baseball. On April 12, 1986, he married Jennifer "Cookie" Allemand at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Steve was formerly employed with Jones Intercable/Time Warner Cable, Triangle Appliance and was currently the manager at Ashley Furniture. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a coach, umpire and a past board member with Little Leaguers of Kenosha. Steve was a past board member of CYC/Boys & Girls Club, was a mentor at Whittier Elementary School, an avid bowler, a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan, a sports enthusiast and a lifelong coach. Steve will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer of Kenosha; two children, Eric Griffiths (Tricia Reichenbach) of Rockford, Ill., and Sara Griffiths of Kenosha; a brother, Bill Griffiths (Jolynn) of Gurnee, Ill.; three sisters, Julie Lux of Kenosha, Lori Lux (Victor) of Sturtevant, Lisa Griffiths of Georgia; and his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Allemand (Bill Hafke) of Kenosha. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Fred J. Allemand, Jr. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Diane C. Lasko — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away peacefully after an illness with COPD and other health problems on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Diane was born on August 23, 1946 to Irvin and Dorothy (nee: Nelson) Woiteshek. On September 22, 1962 Diane was united in marriage to Dennis Lasko. They were married for 51 years until his passing on January 28, 2014. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Carthage College and graduated Cum Laude. Diane also obtained an accounting degree from Gateway. Before becoming ill Diane loved travelling. She enjoyed going on cruises and travelling in her RV. She liked sewing and she enjoyed shopping on QVC.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Doris (Jones) Lichty — Van Buren Township, MI,  passed away on November 24, 2017. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Fay (Taylor) Miller — McHenry, Ill.,  died in her home Nov. 9, 2013. She and her husband, Pastor Charles E. Miller, celebrated 56 years of marriage in May. Born on April 29, 1936 in Greensburg, Pa., she is the daughter of the late Harry W. and E. Louise (Dietz) Taylor. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy David Miller. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Laurie (Phillip) Almeraz, Lisa (Gary) Johnson, and Leigh (David) Adler; six grandchildren, Steven and Courtney Adler, Taylor Almeraz, Bradley (Torie) Johnson, Robert (Jennifer) Johnson, and Joshua (Kelly) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Zane and Zoe Johnson, and Luke, Logan and Abigail Johnson; two brothers, Thomas (Margaret) Taylor, and Harry (Marsha) Taylor. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Violet Pore and Dorothy Heltebran, as well as her brother-in-law, Alfred (Ada) Miller, and many nieces and nephews. Fay graduated magna cum laude from Carthage with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She was a purchaser for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for many years and then a real estate agent for 15 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Antioch and an associate member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry. A member of the Centegra Hospital Auxiliary, Fay volunteered at the Pink Door Shop in McHenry. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Roger W. Risberg — Palm Harbor, FL,  passed away on April 5, 2019. Mr. Risberg's wife, Janice, survives him. 
Submitted: May 10, 2019

Catherine F. Rochau — Kenosha,  died on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Aurora Select Specialty Hospital, West Allis, Wis. Born in Kenosha on Aug. 23, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Estelle (Gabron) Rochau. Cathy attended St. Anthony Elementary School and graduated in 1967 from St. Joseph High School. She graduated from Carthage College with degrees in education and sociology. Cathy spent her career teaching elementary education at St. Therese, St. Casimir and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Schools primarily 1st and 5th grades. She also taught in the KUSD in summer school and as a substitute teacher.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Timothy Roddam — Ben Wheeler, TX,  passed away on November 7, 2015. Tim was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Ferris High School. He met his wife while attending Dallas Bible College and they were married in 1972. Together, they traveled across the county, ministering in churches in Houston, Texas, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Waukegan, Illinois, Wray, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Waterbury, Connecticut, and at several congregations in and around East Texas. Tim survived by his sons Tim, Chris, Steve and Rick, grandchildren Stephen, Willie, Brianna, Britnie and great-granddaughter Alexis. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, R.J. and Margaret Louise Roddam. 
Submitted: October 18, 2019

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George Sechler — The Woodlands, TX,  passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his home in The Woodlands, Texas. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 4, 1961 and graduated from Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois. George attended Carthage College and later received a Masters' degree in Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He had a long career in management at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas before working for GE Capital Modular Space in Houston. In recent years, he enjoyed retirement while working towards his doctorate. George was an avid reader, loved traveling, enjoyed outdoors, doing activities like golf, fishing, long distance bike rides, and hiking/camping with his son's scout troop. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Darlene Sechler; and his wife, Karen Sechler. He is survived by his son, James Sechler (19); daughter, Nikki Sechler (18) of the Woodlands, Texas; sister, Andrea Matthews; brother-in-law, Troy Matthews and daughter, Victoria of Conroe, Texas. 
Submitted: February 14, 2018

James Straulin
James Straulin

James Straulin — Johnsburg, Illinois,  passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at age 79, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 27, 1938 in Chicago to Paul and Ragahild (Bland) Straulin. On October 5, 1963 he married Joan Pauly at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ingleside. Jim was raised in Lake-In-The-Hills and graduated from Dundee High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in accounting at Carthage. Jim moved to Pistakee Highlands in Johnsburg in 1963. He worked in accounts payable for International Harvester for 25 years. Jim served on the board and coached for the Johnsburg Boys Baseball League for over 20 years. He also umpired softball and baseball in the Johnsburg area for 20 years. Jim was an avid sports fan, his favorite teams were the Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years Joan; two sons, Jeffrey (Lisa) Straulin and Jay (Amy) Straulin; six grandchildren, Jefferson, Kaitlyn, Garrett, MacKenzie, Jackson and Jamison. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Tom Straulin; step-mother, Anzelma; and a brother, Tom Straulin. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

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Kathryn (Snyder) Wolfgram — Wisconsin Dells, WI,  passed away on December 1, 2018 at the age of 57, after a three year battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Morton Grove, Ill., the second of four daughters born to Richard and Jean Snyder. The family moved to Kenosha when Kathy was a young child. She grew up in Kenosha, attending local schools and graduating from Bradford High School in 1979. She then attended Carthage, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in art education in 1983. On Sept. 8, 1984, she married Craig Wolfgram in Siebert Chapel at Carthage College. After a honeymoon in Somerset and London, the Wolfgrams moved to different towns in the first years of their marriage as the Rev. Craig Wolfgram served at Lutheran churches in Utica, Mich., Rock/Perkins, Mich., Shawano, Wis., and Rosendale, Wis. In 2000, they moved to Wisconsin Dells, where Craig is the pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church. Kathy worked as an art teacher in the Mid-Peninsula School District and Shawano School District. She also worked at Land's End. She was a talented seamstress and made beautiful dresses and Halloween costumes for her daughter, Caitlin, when she was young. Kathy was also known for being a wonderful baker. Her family and friends will forever miss her Christmas cookies and cheesecakes. Kathy, Craig and Caitlin enjoyed traveling and took cruises to Alaska and Hawaii. They also made trips to Europe, visiting France, Greece, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, among other destinations. Kathy was an avid reader and enjoyed British TV shows, including "Masterpiece," "Inspector Lewis" and British comedies. In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by her mother, Jean Snyder, of Kenosha, and three sisters: Karen Snyder (Ralph Giannola) of Kenosha; Elizabeth Snyder (Rex Davenport) of Kenosha; and Patricia Snyder (Steve Stockton) of Atlanta, Ga., along with a nephew, Nicholas Stockton. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Diane Toonen (Tom) of Greenville, Wis., and her mother-in-law, Betty Wolfgram of Appleton, along with niece Jessica Toonen and nephew Josh Toonen. 
Submitted: January 9, 2019

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Astrid Flowers — Menomonee Falls, WI,  passed away on April 21, 2017 at the age of 57. Astrid was employed by State Farm Insurance Company for the past 30 years. She was a Property Claim Team Manager. Astrid is survived by her husband Victor Flowers; their son Jason Flowers, daughters Alexandria Flowers and Danielle Carter (Bruce) Riley. Also survived by a host of other loving relatives and friends. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

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Martha (Sackett) Fowler — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on February 4, 2019 at the age of 81. Martha was born to Howard and Margaret (Wood) Sackett in 1937. After graduating from Port Leyden Central School in New York, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Education from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and her master’s degree from Carthage. She continued with advanced course work that would enrich her teaching, thus her students. Learning and questioning were lifelong projects for her. A common expression from her was, “I got’sta know”. Martha and Leonard Benton Fowler were married in 1960. He preceded her in death in 2011. Martha’s greatest loves were foremost her family, followed by learning about the development of religion and how it relates to today’s living, gardening, camping, the theatre, and her great thirst for knowledge. During her lifetime, she was very active in church and school activities. A much admired and outstanding teacher she was awarded the Jr. High Teacher of the Year for Kenosha, WI in 1994. She was active in the Orchestra and Choral Booster Organizations, serving in several leadership roles. She was active in 4-H and for several years taught the 9th grade confirmation class at First Presbyterian Church, in Racine. In addition, she was an adjunct teacher at Carthage, while her children were little, an innovative day care provider, and an active member of KEA, NEA, and WEA. She was a firm believer in the rights and responsibilities of all people and the need for a learned and informed electorate. She believed that life is to be enjoyed, but there is also a great responsibility to those less fortunate than one’s self. She leaves her much loved and admired children; William E (Pamela) of Kenosha, Katherine A of Vernon and Suzanne R Morrison (Eric) of Cape Coral, Florida. She also leaves her grandson, Alexander, of Vernon. He greatly enriched her life with his exuberance, inquisitiveness, humor, many varied conversations, unconditional love, and his great love for music. In addition, she leaves her sisters, Ellen S Post, Willis, TX and Margaret Ann Leonard (Edward), of Delmar, NY. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews, who enriched her life. She was preceded in death by her much loved daughter, Elizabeth L, her parents, her brother John E Sackett, and an infant daughter. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Mildred (Burnett) Futch — Waukegan, IL,  passed away peacefully at her home in Waukegan, IL on May 27, 2017. She was born in Laurel, Mississippi on April 9, 1946. She was a retired teacher/counselor of Waukegan Public Schools for 34 years.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Katheryn Heide — Kenosha, WI,  was born into eternal life on November 1, 2019. She was born on July 12, 1931, in Steele, North Dakota to Rev. Eugene G. Hinderer and Melva C. (Woodwick) Hinderer. She began her education in Tappen, North Dakota and moved with her family to Bristol, Wisconsin in 1938 and continued her schooling in Bristol and Kenosha. In 1947 her family moved to Hartland, Wisconsin where she graduated from Hartland High school in 1949 as class valedictorian. After completing teacher training at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1952 she received a call to establish a parochial school at Grace Lutheran Church in Yakima, Washington where she taught for two years. Following the death of her father, Kathryn moved to Kenosha in 1954 and taught at Southport Elementary School for one year. On December 20, 1955, she was united in marriage to Charles H. Heide at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Wisconsin. They were blessed with over sixty-three years of marriage and four children. From 1955 through 1965, Kathryn taught music in the schools of Kenosha County, enthusiastically sharing with her students music of all genres from classical to rock and helping to establish the annual Kenosha County Musical Festival. She received her education degree from Dominican College of Racine, Wisconsin in 1961 and returned to the elementary classroom, teaching at Berryville School from 1965 to1980, followed by Bose School until her retirement in 1993. Kathryn was a master teacher, serving on many curriculum committees and mentoring student teachers. Her students were motivated to pursue excellence in the classroom with her favorite motto, "Good, better, best! Never let it rest 'til your good is better and your better, best!" She was a member of the teaching sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, the Racine/Kenosha Reading Teacher Council, and the Schubert Music Club. Kathryn received her Masters of Arts in Education degree from Carthage College in 1982. After her retirement in 1993, she continued inspiring students as a Battle of the Books coach at Bethany Lutheran School. During her "retirement" she was able to enjoy many years of travel with her husband Charles and "snow-birding" in Apache Junction, Arizona. Kathryn is survived by her children Kathryn (Timothy) Thompson, Krista (Lloyd) Reck, Charles, Jr. (Ann) Heide, Paula (Louis) Heide-Poggenburg; grandchildren Emma Jung, Marra (Gregory) Dietsche, Petra Jung (Tony Travanty), Kristen (Joel) Diestler, Loren (Maggie) Thompson, Adam Reck (Anna Johnston), Steven Thompson (Exie Lambert), Madeleine Heide and William Heide; great-grandchildren Jackson, Owen and Clayton. Kathryn is further survived by her nephew Danna (Donna) Hinderer and niece Jeana (Darryl) Sturino; great-nephew Daryle Sturino (Amy Vanderheyden) and all other members of her extended family. She is also survived by her dear friend Janet Hermann and her many other beloved colleagues in the Kenosha schools. She was preceded in death by her father Eugene and mother Melva, brother Daryle, niece Christine, and her dear friend Iris Helman. 
Submitted: November 4, 2019

Christine (Krodel) Moritz — Anaheim, CA,  passed away on October 30, 2018 at the age of 57. 
Submitted: November 7, 2018

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Randall S. Bednar — Seneca, SC,  passed away on February 1, 2019. Mr. Bednar was born in Racine, WI to Norman and Helen (Barry) Bednar. At 19 he joined the United States Army and served as an Infantryman in the 3rd Infantry Regiment “Old Guard”, Fort Meyer Virginia, performing military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. On April 1, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart Georgia Ann Paton. After his military service, he earned degrees from Carthage College and Marquette University while working for Wisconsin Electric, Twin Disc, Allen-Bradley, Gates Rubber Company, and AO Smith. His entire career was in information technology and he advanced to become SVP, CIO at AO Smith for 17 years until his retirement in 2016. He then moved to South Carolina and during his retirement years he managed a charitable trust along with Georgia and traveled the world. He enjoyed golf, running, playing guitar, riding his Harley, cooking, was a wine connoisseur, but especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Georgia Ann (Paton) Bednar, daughter Erica (Nathan) Grunst, daughter Rebecca Bednar, son Anthony Bednar, daughter Lenora (Adam) Herrera, grandchildren Henley, Daxton, Layke, Layla, sisters Barbara Bednar and Julie Rasmussen and ten nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Norman Frank Bednar, Helen Evelyn (Barry) Bednar. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Kathryn "Kay" (Rotkis) Cottone — Racine, Wisconsin,  age 77, beloved mother of Vicki Cottone-Schultz and devoted Nana of Sidni Schultz, passed away on Dec. 2, 2015 at her home with Vicki and Sidni by her side. Kay was born August 31, 1938 in Racine, WI, the daughter of the late Mike and Agnes Rotkis. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School - class of 1956. Her first job was in the financial industry as a bank teller at American Bank and Trust Co. However, she sought greater opportunity and became a secretary working for a number of companies in Racine, including Johnson Wax, Belle City Malleable, Massey Fergusen and Walker where she worked in the research development department. Kay decided to change careers again and get back in the financial field, this time as an accountant. Although it was difficult being a single parent, Kay went back to school full time and in two years received her associate degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College. She joined Modine Mfg. upon graduation as a Sr. Accounting Clerk. Her first day was December 19, 1977. She felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity for several promotions; to Jr. Accountant, General Accountant, Financial Analyst, Financial Accounting Supervisor then Financial Accounting Manager. While working full time and raising a daughter Kay went back to school to earn a four year BA in accounting and business management from Carthage College. Kay’s career with Modine spanned 23 years retiring August 31, 2000. Kay had several hobbies that she enjoyed. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and watching tennis on TV. She also enjoyed watching the Packer games with Vicki. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and it gave her great joy to make the holidays very special for Vicki and Sidni. What gave Kay her greatest joy in life was spending time with Vicki and Sidni. Kay, Vicki and Sidni did everything together and had the strongest bond ever! She was not only a devoted mom and best friend to Vicki she was an amazing role model. Kay was a strong determined loving woman. Kay was an amazing Nana to Sidni. Sidni was the light of her life. Sidni and Nana spent part of everyday together. Kay spent countless hours volunteering at Sidni’s school in the lunch room, the book fairs and as a Girl Scout Leader. One of her favorite activities to do with Sidni was to bake. She taught Sidni how to bake and passed on some of her favorite recipes to Sidni. Sidni enters these recipes in the Racine County Fair every year. Sidni and Nana also shared a love of reading. She was Sidni’s biggest cheerleader and attended all Sidni’s activities since she was born. She especially loved to watch Sidni skate; whether it was in the ice show, her lesson or competing at her synchronized skating competitions. Kay was so very proud of the beautiful young woman that Sidni has become. She believed that Sidni would go on to do great things. Kay LOVED Disney (Mickey Mouse in particular)! Kay, Vicki and Sidni took several trips to Disneyworld together usually for several weeks at a time. It was their favorite place in the world. Her favorite ride was It’s a Small World. Kay made sure that Vicki and Sidni had the chance to experience everything on these family vacations. These memories of the Disney trips are priceless. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and oldest sister Rose. She is survived by her daughter Vicki, granddaughter Sidni and sister Monica Ply and several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Harriet (Peterson) Goetluck — Venice, FL,  passed away on May 9, 2019. Mrs. Goetluck's husband, William J. Goetluck '77, survives. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Bradley W. Hahn — Jackson, Wis. ,  passed on to eternal life on December 7, 2014, at the young age of 55. Husband and best friend of Kimberlyn Lea (nee Freyer). Fun-loving dad of Meghan (fianc Ryan Doty), Kaely (Chris) Forston, Kristan (fianc Dan Schmidt). Beloved son of Robert Dale and Patricia Rae Hahn. Admired brother of Dean Hahn and Stacia Hahn. Cherished son-in-law of Rev. Ellsworth and Korene Kay Freyer. Respected brother-in-law of Joellyn (Tom) Hammond, Kristin (Dave) Mages, Jay Freyer and MAJ. Jonathan (Jacqueline) Freyer. Treasured uncle of Kelsy and Linzie Hahn; Jeff, Doug and Jake Hammond; Josh and Amanda Mages; Robert, Kennedy and Tillman Freyer. Brad will be further remembered by many other relatives and friends. Brad was born and raised in Woodstock, IL and a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha. He earned respect and trust across Aurora Health Care, which was reflected by his increasingly broad responsibilities over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Finance of the North Region. When Brad wasn't working, he filled his life by sharing his many passions with friends and family, among them snowmobiling, boating, golfing, music, creating projects and entertaining. Whether it was in Manitowoc, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Slinger, Jackson, Waupaca or Milwaukee, Brad's desire to share his passions knew no bounds. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Linda (Pizza) Inendino — Park Ridge, Ill.,  passed away July 25, 2016. She graduated Carthage with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is survived by husband James '82; daughters Rosalee, Angela and Francesca Inendino; parents Gregory and Judy Pizza; and brother Gregory Pizza '86.  
Submitted: July 29, 2016

Mr. Roger Jeffery
Mr. Roger Jeffery

Roger Jeffery — Hilton Head Island, SC,  passed away on August 5, 2019, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger was born March 11, 1959, in Kenosha, Wis., son of Muriel Jeffery and the late Chester R. Jeffery. On Sept. 25, 1982, he married Rachelle Johnson. Roger and Rachelle have two children, Kristin Payne (Travis) and Kyle Jeffery. Roger was a three sport athlete at Bradford High School class of 1977 and a collegiate athlete (basketball) at Carthage. After graduating from Carthage in 1981, Roger had a business career in logistics and distribution management with Frito-Lay, Sara Lee, Snap-on Tools, Saddle Creek Logistics and Electrolux Home Products. His hobbies included recreation basketball, tennis, hiking and biking. He loved to travel with his wife and family. Many great trips included hiking to the summit of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, the Canadian Rockies, Sedona and a trip to Israel and Egypt for a tour of the Holy Land. He is survived by his wife Rachelle Jeffery, daughter Kristin and her husband Travis, son Kyle, mother Muriel Jeffery, brother Chester D. Jeffery, sisters Debbie Vieth (Tom), Shari Perrine (Nick), Susan Leissner and 8 nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

ROGER JAMES JEFFERY — Kenosha, WI,  Sadly I am reporting that my husband, Roger James Jeffery passed away on 8/5/19 of pancreatic cancer. Please let the newsletter and other mailing groups know that he can be removed from the mailing list. Thank you. Rachelle Jeffery 
Submitted: September 2, 2019

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Janice R. Hand
Janice R. Hand

Janice R. (Braun) Hand , PhD — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away at 63 on March 22, 2016. Jan was born in Antigo, WI on November 17, 1952 to Martin and Eleanor (nee, Parham) Braun. She married Leonard F. Hand at St. Edward Catholic Church on March 25, 1972. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2010. Jan earned her bachelor’s degree from Carthage, master’s degree from Carroll College and her PhD in Hospital Administration from Marquette University. She was a grant writer and Director of the HIV Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Survivors include one brother Romuald (Betty) Braun, and two sisters Elizabeth (Les) Richards and Theresa (Rhea) Braun. Jan is also survived by other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lenny, and brothers Bernard (Laverne) Braun, Joseph (Bonnie) Braun, Jack (Fran) Braun and Greg (Bobbie) Braun. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Cynthia J. (Steffen) Kuszewski — Franklin, WI,  passed away on November 9, 2009 at the age of 51. Cindy was a special education teacher for 20 years. She taught in the Wautoma School System and then St. Francis. Cindy was on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance and was a strong advocate for continued research. Beloved wife of Matthew. Cherished mother of Jacob, Caytlin, Rachel, Nathan and Seth. Precious daughter of Harvey and Maralyn Steffen. Loving sister of Randall (Ann), Lisa and David Steffen. Dear niece of Marilynn Steffen, Bernita Hougum, Lee (Marge) Bramer and Gary (Mariann) Bramer. Further survived by nieces, nephews, numerous cousins, other family and special friends. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Daniel Mackey — Summerville, SC,  passed away on December 28, 2018 at the age of 63. Originally from Beloit, WI, Mr. Mackey graduated from Carthage with a degree in Music Ed and Performance. He is survived by his wife Jill(Jones) (1976-78) of 8.5 years and her 5 children (Kimberly, Matthew, Nathaniel, Niki and Tyler Sadlier) whom he embraced and loved as much as any man could love his children. 
Submitted: April 3, 2019

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Arlan Coulter — Fox Island, WA,  passed away in Gig Harbor, WA on May 19, 2018. He was a resident of Fox Island, WA for 15 years. Arlan was born in 1944 in Chicago to Monroe and Fannie Coulter. Arlan spent his early years in various locations – San Bernadino, CA; Colorado Springs CO; and Rome, NY. He attended the University of Maryland and returned to the Midwest to earn a BA in Psychology from Carthage College. He worked his entire career in Information Technology as a Systems Analyst in the Chicago area. Retirement brought him to the Pacific NW in 2002 with his wife and daughter. He and Donna decided this area of the country was where they wanted to spend their golden years. Arlan had several interests and pastimes. Being near water always gave him pleasure. He enjoyed baseball, having played in high school in Rome, NY. Music relaxed him. He was an avid pinochle player and was hard to beat. He delighted in watching irreverent comedic TV like “The Honeymooners,” “Married with Children,” and Marx Brother’s movies. In his younger years, he really liked to cook, and he followed programs such as “Iron Chef” and “Chopped.” Model Railroading was his favorite hobby. He attended many auctions and national conventions and belonged to the N Scale National Organization. He had two very impressive N Scale layouts which were featured in 2011 in the magazine “N Scale Enthusiast.” Arlan was a person of integrity. He had very high standards and expected the best from everyone. He was a perfectionist who pursued every project with a tenacity that was unwavering. He was a fighter who could not tolerate injustice. He was a very sensitive soul who relished beautiful things. He had an eye for decorating and surrounded himself with artwork and collectibles. His home was his castle. Each house he lived in was custom built according to his specifications. His latest dream project was to design and build a one story open concept house on a beautiful view property overlooking Vashon Island. His spirit will be there. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Donna M. Coulter, and his daughter, Ashley Coulter. 
Submitted: May 31, 2018

Susan Marie Fillo Stuber — Raleigh, N.C.,  died June 15, 2014 at the Oaks at Mayview in Raleigh. She was 70. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Paul Alexander Kruger — Philadelphia,  died suddenly of a heart attack on August 9, 2017. Born in Mason City, Iowa on October 24, 1956, Paul was an artist and highly skilled craftsman. He loved both fine art and architecture, antiques of all kinds, classical and chorale music, silly jokes, travel, lobster rolls, dark beer and democratic ideals. But most of all, Paul loved his wife of 34 years Barbara Lea-Kruger whom he first met at the age of 16. In addition to his wife, he will forever be remembered by his mother Jacqueline Meekins Kruger, brothers and Carthage alumni Mark (Sarah) and Jon (Melanie), brother-in-law Mike Lea, his nieces, nephews, and his beloved godson. Paul was preceded in death by his father Harold Kruger, a professor of theology at Carthage, and will be missed and loved by family and friends around the globe. 
Submitted: September 28, 2017

Sue and Deb at their Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Raiser 2013
Sue and Deb at their Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Raiser 2013

Susan C. Lynn — Springfield, Ill.,  was called into the Church Triumphant on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the age of 55, following a courageous four-year battle with ovarian cancer. Born November 21, 1957 in Oak Park, Ill., she was the daughter of Richard A. and Mary Jane E. (Luschen) Lynn, and the sister of Debra (Lynn '78) Futris. Susan graduated from Forest View High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Carthage College and a Master of Science Degree from Indiana State University. Susan was employed by Glenwood High School in Chatham, Ill., as a physical education teacher, and later as a mathematics teacher until the time of her passing. She was also a certified athletic trainer and a coach. Susan participated in two biathlons, two triathlons, and raised significant funds for ovarian cancer research. She was an inspirational and dedicated teacher who was highly respected by her students and colleagues. Susan was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council. In addition, she was a Carthage College Torchbearer and a member of the Illinois Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. She enjoyed many activities, such as cycling, photography, cooking, gardening, traveling, exploring nature, sculpting, woodworking, and spending time with her treasured family and friends. Survivors include her mother, Mary Jane Lynn of Des Plaines, Ill.; one sister, Debra Lynn (Thomas) Futris of Crystal Lake, Ill.; two aunts and one uncle; one niece; one nephew; four great-nephews; several cousins; and many friends. 
Submitted: December 7, 2013

Carol Peltier — Sheboygan, WI,  died November 15, 2016. She was 74. She was born in Sheboygan to the late Waldemar and Ruth (Baumann) Stroshane. Carol graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1960; she received degrees in Nursing from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, and Sociology and Business from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin. She married David Peltier in 1965. In 2003, she was re-married to Ted Leiterman. She is survived by her husband; three children, Michael Peltier (Iris) of Belton Missouri, Jennifer Mayes of Olathe, Kansas and Daniel Peltier (Jeanne) of Kenosha, Wisconsin; stepchildren, Gretchen Leiterman of St. Louis, Missouri and Hans Leiterman of Chicago, Illinois; ten Grandchildren. Also surviving are Carol's siblings Betty Hardy (Tom), Susan Lau (Dewayne), Joan Awe (Ronald), Ann Fale (Robert) and Eugene Stroshane (Elaine). Carol touched many lives throughout her beloved work in nursing. In 1983 she started Kenosha Hospice Alliance. She was Executive Director of Kansas City Hospice from 1986 until 1993 when she started Hospice of Baltimore and helped develop the Gilchrist Inpatient Hospice Center. In 1998 she moved to Barrington, Illinois to manage Hospice of Northeastern Illinois. She retired in 2003 returning to her home town of Sheboygan and enjoyed wintering in Gold Canyon Arizona. She had a lifelong, profound love of books and rarely was seen without one or her iPad which facilitated her role as a fierce "Words" competitor. She loved to golf and (in rare moments of self-congratulations) spoke proudly of her hole-in-one. Carol was a long-term studier of spirituality and philosophy. She also put her heart and creativity into beautiful stained-glass and hand-made quilts which will be forever treasured. Carol was a maverick - an intelligent, imaginative, gentle-spirited go-getter who marched to the beat of her own drum. Her legacy of love and spirit will forever live on in the hearts, voices and memories of those who call her Wife, Mom, Nana, Sister and Friend. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Baltimore. 
Submitted: November 23, 2016

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Patricia Pfarr — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on August 4, 2018. Patricia was born in Fond du Lac, WI on Dec. 4, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kalous) Moses. She graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy, Marquette University and received her Master's degree from Carthage. Pat enjoyed teaching in Kenosha beginning with St. Mary's High School, then St. Mark Elementary School, McKinley Junior High, Lance and Jane Vernon. She loved art, antiquing, archeology, writing, reading and the theatre. She served on the board of the Kenosha Art Association, the Archeology Society, and Friends of the Library, Kemper Center, Kenosha Museum, and the Junior Women's Club. She was a volunteer at Kenosha Hospital and Kenosha Art Center. The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and her neighborhood book club were favorite activities that she enjoyed with friends. She is survived by her daughters Mary (Michael) Burnett of Racine, Wis. and Ann (Michael) Wade and granddaughter, Ashley Wade of Roscoe, Ill. and her brother, James Moses. Along with her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her brothers John and Herbert. 
Submitted: August 9, 2018

Catherine L. Popham — Louisville, Ky.,  passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6, 2014. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Nunnelley, Sr. Survivors include her soul mate and loving husband of 30 years, Gregory J. Popham, their beloved sons, Charles Gregory and Michael Gerard, and the newest joy in her life, grandson Sacha Ethan. She is also survived by her brothers and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Nunnelley, Jr. (Carrie), and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Nunnelley (Margaret); and her husband's family, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard I. Popham (Elizabeth), Mr. and Mrs. Daniel T. Goyette (Kathleen), Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Gross (Suzanne), Dr. and Mrs. Timothy B. Popham (Elizabeth), Burch V. Popham (Linda), Daniel P. Popham, and Dr. Julia A. Popham. In addition, Catherine had many nieces and nephews, all of whom were very special to her. Catherine was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy; Carthage College in Kenosha, WI; and the University of Louisville, where she received her Masters in Education. She taught special education in Jefferson County Public Schools for several years. Most recently, Catherine served as the Human Resources Director for Broadway Management Group. Catherine's accomplishments in life were many, but what truly made her special was her sweet and caring nature. Catherine filled all of our lives with gentle love and kindness. She was a blessing and a special gift to all who had the good fortune of knowing her.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Ms. Jo Ann Saculla
Ms. Jo Ann Saculla

Jo Ann Saculla — Lake Havasu City, AZ,  passed away on June 6, 2018. Jo Ann was born in Racine, Wisconsin to Joseph and Mary Saculla on June 7, 1940. She grew up in Racine, attended Sacred Heart School, St. Catherine's High School and Carthage receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude. She also attended Marquette Univerity, becoming a registered medical technician. Jo Ann also sold real estate in Racine before moving to Lake Havasu City. Jo Ann worked at Havasu Regional Hospital specializing in Blood Bank, from where she retired. Wherever Jo Ann lived or worked, she was the highlight of so many people's lives. For she was always the one to be a friend, a shoulder, an advisor, was always a good laugh, and just fun to be around. She had a knack of telling you how things are in such a nice way. She loved to dance, enjoyed a variety of music and always a good joke. Loved to play keno and was after her pursued jackpot to be won on June 7. She is survived by two sisters, Frances Speca (Angelo) and Angeline Stafford (Eugene) and many loving family and friends, especially best friend forever, Debbie Froeschke. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her mom, dad and her brother Frank. 
Submitted: August 16, 2019

Scott H. Schmidtke — Naples, FL,  passed away on March 4, 2019. He is survived by his husband of 26 years, George Pauley, his sister Judy Latman, her husband Steve Latman and his nephew and godson, Brett Latman. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

Meredith Villup — Racine, Wis. ,  passed away at 57 on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, following a valiant fight with breast cancer. She was born in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 30, 1957, to Harry and Patricia (nee: Jennings) Brown. Meredith was a Kenosha resident for many years and had lived in Racine since 2011. Meredith is survived by her loving husband, Scott Villup of Racine; her children: Andrew (Ashley) Villup of Kenosha, and Allie Villup of Racine; her mother, Patricia Brown in New Hampshire; her sister Stacie Forbes in Minnesota; and brothers Thomas (Carol) Brown in Maryland, and Robert Brown in New Hampshire. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Scott Villup — Racine, Wisconsin ,  passed away unexpectedly at 58 at his home on May 4. 2016. He was born in Wahoo, Neb., on Sept. 9, 1957. Scott graduated from Carthage and went on to a successful career as a bank manager. Mr. Villup is survived by his children, Andrew (and Ashley) Villup of Kenosha, and Allison Villup of Racine; his brothers Glenn (and Tami) Villup of Kenosha, and Kent (Kym Lund) Villup of Colorado; his niece Fallon Villup; nephews, Colvin and Virgil Villup; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Artur and Violet (nee: Berg) Villup; and his wife, Meredith Villup. 
Submitted: May 11, 2016

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William Logue , Jr. — North Barrington, IL,  passed away on December 13, 2017 at the age of 61. Mr. Logue was born in Chicago to William and Norma Logue. Loving husband and father survived by his wife Nancy (Malburg), daughter Morgan, son Matthew, and goldendoodle Noah. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

Karla J Nygren — Marinette, Wisconsin,  59, of Marinette, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3 at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay. Born July 29, 1956, to the late R. Robert and Susan (DePatie) Nygren in Marinette, she graduated from Marinette High School in 1974 and attended Carthage College. She served in the United States Army. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. An active member of the Marinette Jaycees, she was recognized for involvement on both state and national levels. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching her granddaughters in the Crivitz Ski Cats. She is survived by a daughter, Nicole (Nicholas) Smith of Marinette; two brothers, Mark (Julie) and John (Maggie); a sister, Susan (Mitzi); grandchildren, Bryttnee (Nathan), Brietta, Brennan, Bryeli, Kaden and many more and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Robert and a grandson, Brayden. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Douglas B. Simpson — Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.,  was a resident of Franklin Grove, Illinois when he passed away on Oct. 23, 2015. He graduated from Franklin Center High School in 1974 and from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. in 1978.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Carol J. Stoehr — Shawano, Wis. ,  passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at her home. Carol Jean was born on April 16, 1936, to the late Gertrude (Bartelt) and Edward Paiser in Gresham. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. She graduated from Gresham High School and went on to graduate from U.W. Oshkosh, and Magna Cum Laude from Carthage. On Aug. 4, 1956, she married Keith W. Stoehr at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1994. Carol taught elementary school in Kenosha for many years and she went on to own and operate a business in Eagle River with her husband. In 1999, she moved to Shawano and became a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Carol enjoyed shopping and spoiling her granddaughter. She loved taking cruises and traveling with her daughter around the world, she especially enjoyed her trips to Germany. Survivors are her son, Patrick (Shannon) Stoehr of Louisville, Ky.; her daughter, Jeanne (Mike) Novak of Lake Villa, Ill.; her granddaughter, Brooke Stoehr of Louisville, Ky., and a niece. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Robert Bruch — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on December 6, 2018 at the age of 81. Robert was born on June 29, 1937, in Kenosha to Felix and Hazel (Sorensen) Bruch. He attended local area schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. He also attended and graduated from Carthage. Robert served in the U.S. Army then the National Guard and was discharged in 1962. He worked for AMC/Chrysler for over 40 years until his retirement in 1998. Robert was a member of the U.A.W. Local 72, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #286 and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed ham radio, computer games and golfing. Robert is survived by, his niece, Kathy Haraway. He was preceded in death by, his parents and two brothers, Richard and Raymond Bruch. 
Submitted: December 11, 2018

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Mitchell Engen — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on February 4, 2019. Born on Jan. 23, 1954, in Sparta Wis., he was the son of the late Howard and June (Storandt) Engen. He was educated in the schools of Black River Falls and was a graduate of Carthage with a degree in history. On June 28th, 1980 he married Nancy Burns in Black River Falls. He was employed as the Supervisor of Inspections for the City of Kenosha. He was also employed for a time at State Construction. As an employee of the city he was dedicated to preserving the older neighborhoods and had a great relationship with the aldermen who represented the older neighborhoods. He was a confidant to selected aldermen whom he always gave the "real story" to regarding city hall. He was an avid golfer and was very proud of the "hole in one" he made on the 17th hole of the Spring Valley Golf Course. He was in various golf leagues throughout the city. He enjoyed cooking and gardening and liked to travel with his wife. He authored a book about Lee Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Inc. titled a history of Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric 1976-2011. He enjoyed his Friday lunches with his former co-workers at various "socializing venues". He was known to support his wife's love of rickshaws. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Kenosha; one son, Bradley (Sandi) Kodl of Paris,Wis.; three grandchildren, Preston, Parker and Delaney; one brother, Michael Engen of Texas and two twin sisters, Marla (Frank Harp) Koranda of Oregon, Wis., and Maya (Lee Farrell) Lee. He is further survived by many friends who will all miss him. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

John R. Glesne — Minneapolis, Minnesota,  passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on March 12, 2015. Survived by loving wife of 30 years, Sue; children, Drew (Natalie), Sara; grandson, Roman. Born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents Mary Ann (who precedes him in death) and Edmond Lee. John graduated St. Charles High School in 1973, Carthage College with a BA in business in 1977. John worked as a computer programmer for years, among other jobs. He is best remembered steering the family boat on Woman Lake or grilling up dinner. His knack for puns and his unforgettable pot roast dinners are already missed. Also survived by brothers, Mark (Arlene) and Reed (Sue); sister, Linda (Denny) Fitz; and nieces, nephews and many friends.  
Submitted: June 1, 2015

Jacquelyn Hopkins — Lake Frederick, Virginia,  died unexpectedly on May 26, 2016, at her home in Lake Frederick, Virginia. Jacquie was born March 24, 1955, in Denver, Colorado, to the late Robert and Genevieve (Hermstad) Hopkins. She graduated from Brownell-Talbot High School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1973 and received her bachelor's degree in cartography from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jacquie began her career in cartography for the NGA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency) in St. Louis, Missouri, and retired from the agency in Reston, Virginia, having achieved a GS15/Band 5 as Chief of Staff for the Office of Military Support. In addition to her parents, Jacquie was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Hopkins. She is survived by her brother James A. Hopkins and his wife Jann; nieces Schyler Hopkins and Joslyn Hopkins, and nephew Robert Hopkins, all of Omaha, Nebraska; as well as many loving cousins, co-workers, and friends-especially Dorothea DeHart, Janet Greenwald, and Ceacy Cook. Jacquie lived life to the fullest with special interests in reading, fly fishing, wine tasting, traveling, and making new friends. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial donations may be made to Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, 2650 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Frederick "Fred" A. Johnson — Rockford, Ill. ,  passed away Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born January 1, 1955, in Rockford, Ill., son of Milton O. and Rosemary J. (Anderson) Johnson. Fred graduated from Guilford High School in 1973; received his BA from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis; later in life he earned his MBA. Fred was married to Frances Reynolds in 1988; she predeceased him in 1999. Fred worked many years in consumer credit. Most recently he was employed with Rockford Public Schools. Fred had a lifelong love of music and had enjoyed golfing, bowling, and fishing. He was a faithful, dedicated, member of his church, Greater New Unity, where he played guitar or sang in the choir every week.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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James "Jim" Vincent Parlante

James Parlante — Hazelwood, Mo,  passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 11:44 p.m. in Hazelwood, MO. Mr. Parlante was born on April 26, 1955, in Prescott, AZ to the late Dr. Vincent J. and Kathryn M. "Kay" (Morgan) Parlante. He graduated high school from Missouri Military Academy, received his BA from Carthage; MBA from University of West Florida; and MHA from Ohio State University. Mr. Parlante worked as a Health Care Consultant. He married Diana Jones, at Martha's Vineyard, MA in 1990, and they later divorced. During his lifetime Mr. Parlante lived in Altoona, PA; Hillsboro, IL; Pensacola, FL; New Orleans, LA; Cleveland, OH; Honolulu, HI and San Francisco, CA. Mr. Parlante is survived by two brothers, John Parlante and Dr. Joseph Parlante, sister, Patricia Hise and nephew, Josh Hise. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

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Donald Puschak — Phoenix, AZ,  passed away on February 18, 2019 at the age of 65. He was born to Edward and Leona Puschak. Growing up in Palos Park, IL he attended Carl Sandburg High School. He slung hamburgers at Pooch's, his brother Tom's restaurant. He graduated from Carthage with a BA Degree in Business Administration. He attended World Campus Afloat and toured the world while going to school. He opened and operated Charlies restaurant in New Lenox IL. He had a passion for cooking, gardening, Opera and the stock market. He is survived by his brother Garry (Kay). Nephews, Jason (Christine) and Christopher (Hilary). Nieces, Shawna (Ben), Danielle (Oliver), Jaclyn, Kim and Traci (Frankie). He was preceded in death by his brother Tom (Patti) and sister Sandy (Don). 
Submitted: April 8, 2019

Dawn Raabe — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  passed away on August 14, 2018 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. Dawn was born on September 25, 1955 in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of the late George F. and Jean J. (Ritger) Raabe, Jr. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha, graduating from Mary D. Bradford in 1973. Dawn graduated from Carthage with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science/ Sociology. She started her career on Aug. 22, 1977, as a social worker with the Kenosha County Department of Social Services. The next year the child protection team was founded in which she worked for eight years. Dawn then established the Woman's Touch Painting Company and proudly sponsored local softball, volleyball and bowling teams that had many winning seasons. She played on local softball teams for thirty years and officiated volleyball and softball for twenty five years. Dawn was a member of the Ellis Island Foundation who refurbished the Statue of Liberty. She was a "seven gallon" donor at the Wisconsin Blood Center, donating from 1978 to 1998. Her patriotism was demonstrated by accompanying her uncles Bill and Chuck Raabe on their honor flights and through her participation in Warrior Watch Riders. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she held a trustee position until her illness. She is survived by her niece, Jennifer (Dale) Milkus; nephews Daniel and Michael Perkins; cousins in Denver and the extended Raabe family in Milwaukee. Along with her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by her sister, Debby Downing and twin sisters in infancy. 
Submitted: August 29, 2018

David A. Steenrod — Freeport, Illinois,  passed away while fulfilling a long-time dream of biking from Everett, Washington, to Freeport. Dave passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Townsend, MT. Dave was born November 27, 1954, in Freeport. Following graduation from Freeport High School, Dave attended Carthage, where he competed on the Redmen football and swim teams. Upon graduating from college in 1977, he began his teaching career as a special education teacher in West Bend, WI until moving back to Freeport in 1980, where he taught until his retirement in 2013. Before returning to Freeport, Dave married his college sweetheart, Ellen Jean Galvin in Sheboygan, WI on June 17, 1978. During his time with the Freeport School District Dave served as a high school classroom teacher and later as the Special Education Department Head. He earned his Master's degree from Northern Illinois University. A one-time swim coach and long-time football coach with Freeport High School, Dave was also in large part responsible for "Operation Home Turf Advantage." For the past seven years, Dave managed the Read Park Family Aquatic Center. As an active member of Freeport's community, Dave was involved in numerous local organizations. Dave was a member of Freeport's First Lutheran Church, where he served as Church Council President and later its property committee. He was also a long-time member of the Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois of which he was a past board member. Recently, board involvement allowed him to be instrumental in the continuous development of Park View. Sports competition and fitness were a large part of Dave's life. He was an avid bicyclist, swimmer and runner and competed in all but one of the Freeport YMCA triathlons. He also participated in several other races in the community and was the number one supporter of his son's athletic endeavors. He was affectionately known as "The Coach." Preceded in death by his parents, Alex H. and Betty N. Steenrod, Dave is survived by his wife, Ellen Steenrod; sons, Andrew David (Kelli), Christopher Dean, both of Racine, WI and Daniel Alexander, brothers, Steven, Terence (Linda); sister, Laurie; grandsons, Zack and Evan of Racine, WI; in addition to his "little girl," Briley the dog.  
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Janet Lee Hamm Teeters — Laurel, Mayland,  passed away on August 15, 2014. She was the loving wife of Joseph L. Teeters, daughter of the late Kenneth L. and Janice Hamm, sister of Diane Katt and husband Bill, and aunt of Kendra Katt and Ryan Katt. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

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Ralph Wilcox — Vacaville, California,  passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017, after a 3 year illness. He was born to the late Charles & Eleanor Wilcox in Kenosha, WI on Jan. 2, 1929. He entered the US Army in 1946, serving two years in Gen. MacArthur's headquarters in the Occupation of Japan. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1949 and served through the Korean War. In 1953, he joined the US Air Force Reserve in the 440th Troop Carrier Wing, Milwaukee, and was called to active duty for the Cuban Missile Crises retiring in 1968. In September of 1957 he married Carol Joyce Schneider in Kenosha. In 1998, they settled in Vacaville where Ralph was active in the community. He belonged to AMVETS, volunteered with the Vacaville Police Dept. and had a passion for genealogy. Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol and one son, Brian (Maritz) of San Jose, CA and daughter, Beth Ellen Dovi (Robert) of Davis, and one grandchild, Liam Cory Wilcox of San Jose. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hubert and 2nd Lt. Charles F. Wilcox, and four sisters, Lois Wilcox, Eleanor Doherty, Helen Smith and Grace Vicek. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

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Douglas Grant — Eden Prairie, MN,  passed away on February 2, 2019. He is survived by his mother Elaine Grant ; wife of 43 years Vicki Grant ; his two sons, Daniel (Tamzyn) and Stephen; three grandchildren, Sienna, Kade and Kean; brother Steve (Pam) Grant ; brothers-in-law Fred (Helen), Gary (Robin), Kim (Amy); and many special nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Grant ; mother-in-law Lucille Shockey; and father-in-law Kenneth Shockey. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Barbara Kleeman — Mystic, Conn.,  passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Ormond Beach, Fla., after a courageous three year battle against breast cancer. She was born on Feb. 9, 1954, in Sheboygan, Wis., the daughter of Herbert and Elsye (Condon) Kleeman. Wisconsin held a special place in her heart, especially for the beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Barbara graduated from JFK Prep and attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Carthage College and the National University of Health Services. She received her degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill. and opened her chiropractic practice in New London in 1978. She practiced in the New London, Groton and Mystic area until 2013. She was a member of the American and Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the Chi Rho Sigma Professional Fraternity. Barbara felt especially alive on the water, fishing and was an avid fly fisherwoman. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland to honor her ancesters heritage. After 9-11 she felt profoundly honored to volunteer at ground zero treating first responders at St. Paul's Chapel. Barbara was a woman of great faith who served with tremendous generosity, kindness and selflessness. She had been a member and deacon at Pleasant Valley Community of Prayer and Praise in Groton. She then was a member and lector at St. Patrick Church in Mystic. She also had volunteered at the church during the Mystic Art Festival and the silent auction as well as serving in a leadership position of the ACTS retreats, locally and for the Connecticut Chapter. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Colleen Alana Griffin of Groton; her brother, Eric Kleeman of Pawcatuck; her sister, Nancy Kleeman of Cedarsburg, Wis.; her beloved grandchildren, Elsie Maeve Zimmerman and Owen Kane Griffin; and her longtime partner, Robert Benware. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to the go fund me page set up for her grandchildren's education at GoFundMe.com/barbarakleemaninlieu. 
Submitted: March 6, 2017

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Margaret "Peggy" Miller

Margaret Miller — LaGrange, Illinois,  passed away on April 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Beloved mother of Sara (Ross) Page, Adam (Nicole) Jansta and John (Whitney) Jansta. Loving grandmother of Alexa and Campbell Page, Izabella and Rowan Jansta.  Devoted sister of Joan (Ken) Becker, Sue Miller, Julie (Ken) Jarabek and the late John Miller. Dear aunt and great-aunt of many.  Peggy was not only a passionate quilter, in addition to knitting, smocking, costumes and crafts of all kind. Founding member of the American Stitcher’s, Smocker’s and Embroiderer’s Society.  She was highly involved in the National Safety Council and 25 years of devoted service to College of Lake County’s Judicial Services. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Timothy Morse — Wheeling, Illinois,  went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 9, 2014. He was born September 17, 1952 in Waukegan, the son of J. Lowell Morse and Betty Lou Davis Morse. Timothy graduated from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He spent about 20 years at Great Lakes Naval Base as a musician and contracted vendor. He was music director for Forrestal Village Chapel in Naval Housing. In addition he had played organ and piano at Zion Faith Home and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Chicago. He ran the soup kitchen at Our Lady of Lourdes for over 15 years. Besides music, his hobbies included genealogy. He was the 12th generation from pilgrim Edward and editor for Edward O’Doty Society. Timothy is survived by two brothers, Andrew Scott Morse and Todd Neal (Christine) Morse; sister-in-law Hazel Morse; 4 nieces, Dana, Dawn, Celeste and Angel Morse; numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and his beloved dog, Lady McDuff. He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, David Bruce Morse. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Kim L. Strand — Green Lake, Wisconsin ,  passed away at 60 on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home. He was born on June 5, 1954, in Burlington, WI, a son of Alfred Martin and Rita Helen (Szydlowski) Strand. He married Kim Louise Brueggen on May 26, 1984 at St. Patrick ‘s Catholic Church in Ripon. They celebrated their 30 year anniversary privately at home. Kim worked for Michels Corporation of Brownsville for over 30 years, retiring as a supervisor. He enjoyed recreational boating and spending time with his family was very important to him. Kim enjoyed the many family trips to Destin, FL. Kim and Kim were inseparable to the end. Kim is survived by his dedicated wife of 30 years, Kim Louise Strand of Green Lake; devoted children, Sarah Strand of Green Lake, Justine (Scott) Naparalla of Berlin, Garrett (special friend Heather) Strand of Neenah; grandchild, Easton Matthew Strand; mother, Rita Strand of Destin, FL.; 3 brothers, Marty (Sandi) Strand of Oshkosh, Kevin (Barb) Strand of Poynette, Keith (Brenda) Strand of Forest City, NC; mother-in-law, Lorraine Brueggen of Berlin; 3 brothers-in-law, Doug (Linda) Brueggen of Ripon, Ted Brueggen of Edmond, OK, Paul (special friend Amy) Brueggen of Berlin; 4 sisters-in-law, Dawn (special friend Kevin) Brueggen of Surprise, AZ, Cheryl (Kurt) Vergin of Berlin, Sandy (Mark) Hess of Berlin, Pam (Bob) Alf of Berlin; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Strand; sister, Karen Strand; father-in-law, LuVerne Brueggen.  
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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Chuck Tomkovick — Eau Claire, WI,  died on July 25, 2013 after battling cancer. Chuck was born on November 10, 1953 in Waukegan, IL. He grew up in North Chicago, IL, lived in Madison, WI and Houston, TX, before settling in Eau Claire, WI. He married Maria Bergevin on April 3, 2004. Chuck received a PhD in marketing from Texas A&M University (1993), MBA and MS degrees in marketing and industrial engineering from UW-Madison (1982), and a BA from Carthage College (1976). Chuck had a passion for travel, all sports, and loved to play golf and poker with his friends. Chuck taught undergraduate and graduate marketing courses for UW-Eau Claire where he engaged students in collaborative research, instilling in them a love for scholarly inquiry. Chuck was generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in every person and situation. He garnered many awards including receiving the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching award twice. Chuck also received national media recognition for the Super Bowl advertising research he conducted. Chuck used his talents to help others become better teachers. He was a charter member of UWEC Network for Excellence in Teaching Council and was a mentor to new faculty members. Chuck left behind his wife, Maria Bergevin; children, Ria Sharon, Peter Ault, Graham Tomkovick; brother, Jack (Nancy) Tomkovick; sister, Julie Tomkovick; sister, Joanne (Jack) Zimmerman; sister-in-law, Christine (David) Longville; brother-in-law, Anthony Bergevin, and many other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Wanda (Ryskiewicz) Tomkovick; and his brother, Norman Swanson. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Elda M. (Harms ) Bennett — Grayslake, Illinois ,  passed away on January 13, 2015. She attended Bethel Lutheran Church in Gurnee, St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Wadsworth and Village Church of Gurnee. She was active in church and directed the church choir for many years. Elda was in private practice for family counseling in Wauconda. She is survived by 3 children, Tim (Sue) Bennett, Jody Bennett, Tom (Patty) Bennett; and daughter-in-law, Karen Bennett; 6 grandchildren, Ryan, Chris and Amy Bennett, Jessalyn (Foster) Lake, Miles (Elizabeth) Bennett and Madison Bennett; 1 great-grandchild, Noah Bennett. Preceded in death by her son, Jim Bennett; 3 sisters, Beata, Vera and Lota; and 1 brother, Erhart.  
Submitted: June 5, 2015

Mark Bishop — Virginia Beach, VA,  passed away on October 16, 2017 at the age of 64. Mark's wife, Marina, preceded him in death. 
Submitted: June 13, 2018

Sharon S. Blacik — Waukegan, Ill. ,  passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Highland Park Hospital. She was born Dec. 17, 1945 in Pine Bluff, Ark., was raised in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and had been a Waukegan resident for the past 42 years. Sharon was a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., and received her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She was a devoted member and church secretary of St. John Lutheran Church in Libertyville. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence Blacik; 2 daughters, Aurore Blacik and Victoria (Clinton Adam) Blacik; a granddaughter, Paige Adam and also by her sister, Dorothy (Robert) Ryan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harland and Edith Von Haden and by her sister, Laurie Frigo.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Jean Burkee — Milwaukee, Wisconsin,  died on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at St. Anne's Home, Milwaukee. Born on June 20, 1926, in Kenosha, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Ella (Merrill) Mattson. Jean attended Kenosha schools and following her youngest child's enrollment in Kindergarten, she earned her teaching certificate from Union Grove Teachers College and went on to receive her BA Degree from Carthage College. Her Commencement followed her daughter Christine's by one year. In 1950 she was united in marriage to Wallace E. Burkee. Wallace became Mayor of Kenosha in 1967 and served until 1976. She taught at Forest Park Elementary School in Kenosha and Audubon Middle School in Milwaukee. Jean was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha and of J.U.S. Jean was a generous, creative and much loved person. She enjoyed painting, quilting, and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Christine (Richard) Hobbs of Milwaukee and Allison (Scott) Plous of Higganum, Conn; her son, James (Mary) Burkee of Milwaukee; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Alexander, Matthew, Christopher and Fijare; and two great grandchildren, Lillian and Nikola. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Roehr, and two brothers, Edwin and Wayne Mattson. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

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Fay (Timm) Christensen — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 30, 2018. Fay "Dolly" was born on October 7, 1932 in Mondovi, WI to Fred and Ella (Thomson) Timm. She was married to Richard Charles Christensen on May 24, 1952 in Racine. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1992. Fay was a graduate of Park High School, Racine Teachers College and Carthage College. Last working for Racine Unified as a Reading Specialist before retiring. She was a member of The League of Women Voters, WREA and REA. Survived by her daughter, Bonnie Christensen-Lee (John Lee) Grandson, Richard Hagopian (Cynthia Schutz-Fiancé) of Racine, WI, Granddaughter, Raechel Rowland of Los Angeles, CA and a Sister, Marge Wendt (John Wendt) of San Antonio, TX. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, brothers Ed, Tom and Harry as well as her parents and grandparents. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Dorothy DeVolt — Racine, WI,  passed away on July 15, 2019. Ms. DeVolt was born on October 20, 1929. She graduated from Carthage College. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

Robert A. Hertel , Sr. — Whitewater, Wis. ,  passed away Dec. 23, 2014. He was born in Kenosha to William and Martha Hertel. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1961 to January 1965. With the aid of the G.I. Bill, he earned a B.A. degree with majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Carthage. While at Carthage, he was the Vice-President of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a national fraternity devoted to the professionalism for active police officers in the area of criminal justice activities. Bob was a Lieutenant with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. He was later selected to be the Chief of Police for the City of Reedsburg, Wis. Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Wisconsin Chief of Police Association and the American Legion, Post # 0173. His wife Donna preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2008. He is survived by daughters, Kimberly (Earl) Richtmyre of Lake Tomahawk, Wis., and Susan Hertel of Kenosha, Wis.; and sons, David Hertel and Robert (Jennifer) Hertel, both of Kenosha, Wis. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

Jean Hockett — Sonora, CA,  passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Adventist Health Sonora. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

David J. Marshall — Edelstein, Ill. ,  63, of Edelstein, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist. David was born April 30, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the adopted son of John Woodrow and Nellie Holmes Marshall. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by many relatives and friends. David was a United States Navy Veteran, serving July 1, 1983 to June 12, 1987. He graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May of 1975. David worked at Kroger’s for over 10 years. He previously attended the Edelstein Congregational Church. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Allen Prier — Clearwater, Fla.,  passed away March 26, 2013. Allen was a retired Navy chief and professor of Hillsborough College, a world traveler and a master bridge player. He was born in Springfield, Mo., on March 22, 1938. He graduated from Pine Island High School in 1955. Allen is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Clearwater; children, Steven Prier, of Panama City, Fla., Deborah Alba, of New York, and Karen Bachtel, of Tampa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, EuniceAnn Opfer (John), of Byron, Minn.; as well as many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Nicholas Stokovich — Libertyville, Illinois,  62, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1953 in St. Louis, MO and a Libertyville resident for most of his life. Nick was a 1971 graduate of Libertyville High School and a graduate of Carthage College. He was a Steward at St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest and was employed and a part owner of the Libertyville Manor Extended Care Facility. Nick enjoyed traveling, boating but especially his family. He is survived by his wife Debra Stokovich and children Nicholas and Alyssa; 2 brothers, Milan and John Stokovich; nephews, Matthew and John; his aunt Marian Zelenovich and many cousins, both here and abroad. He was preceded in death by his parents, Slavko and Dragica "Dorothy" Stokovich.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Cynthia (Traeder) Vitale — Racine, WI,  passed away on March 29, 2018 at the age of 64. She was the wife of Vincent for 41 years. Her children included Jennifer (Matthew) Stoffel and Heather Vitale (David Bohn). She was a proud grandmother of Cooper Stoffel. Survived by her mother Jane Traeder, sister Karen (Bruce) Guenther and brother Kurt (Sandra) Traeder. Further survived by other family members and friends, especially her teacher family. Cindy was a respected and loved teacher. She retired after 32 years from teaching at Irving Elementary in West Allis. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

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Jean Alice (Gruettner) Baukus — Brookfield, WI,  went home to Jesus on April 26, 2017 at age 64. Loving and devoted wife of 34 years to Tom Baukus. Loving sister of Jim Gruettner and Ann (Kyle) Krueger. Also, loved by cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a graduate of Brookfield East High School (1970) and Carthage College (1974). In 1979, she was transplanted with her Mother’s kidney, a kidney that never failed her. Jeanne was “her father’s daughter”, what she cherished the most was the many relationships she developed over her life. Some of these lasted her whole life, others were over long distances, and still others were just developed recently. Many activities in life were not easy for her, activities that we take for granted, but she went through life with a determination to accomplish them, and she did them in a very cheerful manner. She loved keeping her home well organized and spotless. Also, she enjoyed traveling, it could be a “road trip” that lasted a half an hour to traveling all the way to Europe, and everything in between.  
Submitted: May 11, 2017

Mary "Maria" Benavides — San Diego,  passed away May 15, 2013. Mary, who later was called "Maria", Benavides, grew up in and around Zion, Ill. She graduated high school in 1970 in the top 10 of her class. Colleges sought out to recruit her, and she landed at Carthage College. In 1974, on an academic scholarship, she graduated college in 3 1/2 years before AP classes with a double major, one course short of a minor and a 3.87 GPA. She was the concert committee chairman for two years and the president for one for the campus Student Activities Board. She was the student representative to the Board of Trustees her senior year. She began the Spanish club, Los Cartagineses. She belonged to numerous other clubs and organizations. She volunteered in the community serving breakfast at 7 a.m. in the barrio to Spanish-speaking kids before they went to school. She fought for worthy causes — picketed against non-union lettuce for the United Migrant Opportunity Services and supported Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other causes to end the war in Vietnam. She worked 30-40 hours a week work study for minimum wage on campus. From 1975–1987, except for time off to have children, Maria began as a service representative and left her career as a branch manager, at Social Security. Her unit and offices of up to 40 employees were known for exceeding goals and expectations and exceptional service to the public - she had many awards and appraisals to show this. In 1993, Maria graduated No. 1 in her class at age 40 with a master's degree in psychology. At the same time, she ran a day care for 12 and volunteered in her children's' schools and at church. From 1993 - 2000, Maria worked part-time teaching middle school Spanish and grade school Solomon's Ministry while working 20+ hours a week at Children's Hospital. She completed 3000 MFT internship hours, studied for and passed her licensing exam in 1997. At Children's Hospital, she received outstanding appraisals and full merit pay increases for productivity. She worked on several grants that involved community contacts with schools, social agencies and group homes to coordinate. She also trained other professionals at national conferences, for the State of California childcare licensing agency, and for High School Teachers and staff on issues related to child trauma and abuse. From 1997-2012, she managed a private practice, caring for 20-25 patients per week. She made her own appointment schedule and did her own accounting. She kept medical files for each patient in accordance with the standards set by her profession. She completed continuing education courses, billed insurance companies, and submitted treatments plans to them for authorization for treatment. She consulted with doctors, psychiatrists, school counselors and teachers, social workers, court-appointed attorneys and case managers, not to mention parents. From 2000-2008, she worked at PLNU for 15-32 hours per week. She supervised MFT Interns and trained faculty, staff, and students on innumerable topics. She taught 1-2 sections of PSY-101 for 4 years. She completed student development reports and compiled statistical summaries of services provided. She consistently exceeded expectations and had outstanding appraisals to show it. Throughout her life, Maria strove to live with integrity, initiative, resourcefulness, analytical ability, and, most of all, love. Career aside, Maria considered her family to be her crowning achievement. She loved her "handsome, hand-picked, highly intelligent, humble, responsible, humorous husband" and three exceptional children deeply. She raised children she sought "to make of strong moral character, to have good work ethics, and to be outstanding citizens, who were all are of high integrity, trustworthy, responsible and reliable....and compassionate and loving towards others." Maria was a strong Christian her entire life. 
Submitted: July 18, 2013

Bill Brockmann — Shawnee, Kan. ,  passed away at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Kansas, on July 8, 2015. Bill graduated from Hinsdale Central High School, Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., and Loyola University School of Dentistry. Upon graduating, he served as Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. He then practiced dentistry in Houston for 17 years. Always a life-long learner, Bill returned to school at the UMKC School of Dentistry and pursued a PhD in Pharmacology/Oral Biology. He joined the faculty at UMKC in 2004 where he taught Pharmacology and Dental Therapeutics to pre-doctoral dental students, dental hygiene students, and Advanced Education Residents. Bill was a loving husband to his wife, Lorraine, and amazing father to Katie and Charles, a faithful son to his mother, Lillian, and a caring uncle to nieces Lindsey Bell and Karolyn Huber, and nephew Kristofer Huber. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, his sisters, Barbara Anne Brockmann, Susan Lynn Brockmann-Bell, and brother, Dr. Robert Brockmann. Bill was a family man, and had a wide variety of interests including astronomy, science, history, NASCAR, flying, sailing, and movies. He loved fireworks, his dog and cat (Baxter and Maizy), his country, and had a strong faith in God. His favorite past time was watching Katie play soccer and Charles wrestle and play baseball. Bill will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and the School of Dentistry community.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Albert Clasen — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away peacefully on November 4, 2017 at the age of 85. Loving husband of Jean Clasen (Nee Hughes). Loving brother of Mary Ruth (Late David) Liegler, Robert (Donnarae) Clasen, Don (Susan) Clasen, Rae (Late Leslie) Lunsford, and Lee (Nancy) Clasen. Further survived by lots and lots of nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents Albert and Ruth Clasen, and sister Joy (Chuck) Williams. Albert retired in 1996 as a Captain from the Oak Creek Police Department. He also served in the U.S Army. 
Submitted: November 7, 2017

Jim Gillen — Lake Bluff, IL ,  loving husband of Sherry and proud father of Jack, Caroline and Cassie, passed away peacefully at the age of 64 after a courageous eighteen-year battle with cancer. He is also survived by his sister, Maralee Murphy, nee Gillenberg, and countless loving relatives and friends. 
Submitted: January 31, 2017

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Emily (Dill) Johnson — Lake Forest, IL,  passed away on November 21, 2018. She moved from Alabama to northern suburbs of Chicago in 1953, grew up in Winthrop Harbor and Zion, and graduated from Zion-Benton Township Highschool in 1969. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Zion. She went to Florida College for two years, transferred to Western Illinois University, then landed at Carthage and graduated with her degree in Elementary Education. She and Chuck were married in August of 1972. She taught 4th grade in Zion for a few years, then had Tiffany, Brent and Adam. She went on to be elected to the Zion Benton High School board in the 90's and held that same passion, championing the best interest of the students and not backing down if she thought her voice needed to be heard. Each summer she went to her happy place, Sea Island, GA with her family. She played with her kids at the beach, hunted for seashells, made them get very dressed up to have dinner. After she retired from teaching, she spent as much time there as possible with family and friends making cherished memories. Emily is survived by her husband, Charles (Chuck), children and their spouses, Tiffany and Guy Meikle, Adam and Deborah Johnson, her two grandchildren, Luca and Giovanni, her mother, Evelyn Dill, her siblings Eddie Dill, Mary Elaine Dill, Kay (Steve) Kreutzer, her in-laws Dennis and Ann Johnson, Eddie and Dianne Moore, a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and friends who she considered her chosen family. She was preceded in death by her son, Brent, father, William, father and mother in-law, Jack and Charlotte, and many others. 
Submitted: December 5, 2018

William "Bill" J. Kucera — Johnston, Iowa,  celebrated his own independence day from fighting renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) when he passed away July 4, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He fought long and hard since the diagnosis in July 2011 but also found victories along the way, as he was able to walk his daughter down the aisle and give her a proper send-off with one of his famous speeches during her wedding on June 22, 2013. Bill also hopes to have another victory by donating himself to Des Moines University so researchers may learn from his illness and keep someone else from suffering. Bill was born Sept. 24, 1952, in Chicago to Bernice and Edward Kucera. He graduated from Luther North High School in 1970, attended Carthage College in Kenosha, and graduated in 1974. His first job in sales was in the Chicago area working for Westinghouse Electrical Supply Company, which later transferred him to the Quad Cities, where he met his wife, Pamela (Paper) Kucera. As the story goes he was the traveling salesman and she was the farmer's daughter, so when they married in 1979 it was on her family's farm. Bill is survived by his wife, Pam; son, Gavin; daughter-in-law, Adriane Gilbert; grandsons, Vaughn and Lucian; daughter, Alexis; son-in-law, Matthew Van Zante; and step-grandson, Dawson. Bill has an older brother, Terry. He has four brothers-in-law: Randal (Lisa) Paper, Russell (Heather) Paper, Loren Paper, and Nyle (Teresa) Paper and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Bea, and Pam's parents, Elmer and Loretta Paper. Bill and Pam transferred to Des Moines in 1990 with W.W. Grainger and settled into the Johnston area. After being a manufacturer representative for Progress Lighting for many years, Bill formed his own lighting agency, Oak Leaf Lighting LLC, and was proud when Alexis joined him to carry on the business. Bill was a member of the DMVR SCCA and raced a spec Miata. Bill belonged to the Elks Lodge 98. He is a past member of the Johnston and Walcott Jaycees. He was a guy with many friends who he loved to share a story or joke with. No one was ever a stranger for long when Bill was around.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Stephen Lawrence — Lockport, IL,  passed away Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at his home in Lockport. Stephen was a member of Calvary Church in Lemont. He was a brilliant student of military history; hired by a museum in Chicago to paint and set up a diorama of Desert Storm. Stephen was an avid War Gamer who had developed and published War Gaming battle scenarios. He was renowned in the United States and England for his painting skills regarding War Gaming figurines. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Bruce A. Ponx — Geneva, Ill. ,  age 62, of St. Charles, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, with his family by his side. He was born February 14, 1953, in Chicago, the son of Eugene and Juanita (Holstrom) Ponx. Bruce was a graduate of Carthage College. He worked as a project manager for JWP, Communication Contractors Inc., Blackbox Network Services, Miller Electric and Communication Zone Inc. in Schaumburg. Bruce was an avid sports fan who also enjoyed traveling, fishing, practical jokes, and playing cards, but most importantly he enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his two dogs Figgy and Newton. Bruce put a high level of devotion, love, and passion into everything he was involved in and he was a great source of support, inspiration and encouragement for everyone who knew him. He left a legacy of memories, inspiration, smiles of joy, and hugs of support. Bruce had a heart of overflowing love and generosity and lived a life full of passion and dedication. He is survived by his wife Diana (Everett); sons Reid (Antonia) Ponx of Ohio, Eric (Bryanna) Ponx of Aurora, Erik (Anna) Everett of Minnesota, and Ryan Hammerberg of Wisconsin; mother Juanita Ponx of Florida; grandchildren Anna, Alexis, Zachariah, Kyler and Madison; and siblings Richard (Myra), Craig Sayner, and Bonnie (Quinton) Reiner. Bruce was preceded in death by his father Eugene Ponx and his first wife Linda (Meyers). In lieu of flowers Bruce would love you to “Pay it Forward” with an act of kindness, however small, that will make a difference to someone in Jesus’ name. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Richard "Dick" Schneider — Chicago,  passed away Oct. 21, 2012. He recently had retired from Kraft Foods, having worked there 22 years as a senior financial analyst. Dick was enjoying retirement with his photography. He loved taking pictures of nature and candid photos of people. He was a board member of the Bicycle Club of Lake County and worked with several agencies as an advocate for the bicycling community. Dick is survived by his wife, Lynne (Lathrope ’73), his two sons, Russell and Steve, and his siblings, Ken Schneider, Dr. Linda Schneider Vieth and Kathy Schneider Molve…all Carthage graduates. 
Submitted: July 17, 2013

Mahesh "Max" Shah — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, with his family at his side. Born on April 4, 1947, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he was the son of Parshotam and Narbada Shah. He was educated in the schools of Ethiopia before coming to Kenosha in 1970 to attend Carthage College. On Aug. 6, 2015, he married Susan Jensen at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. For over 28 years he had been a Systems Analyst for Abbott Laboratory in North Chicago, Ill. He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan; he had a very good social life. Max enjoyed vacationing up North. He was a member of the Kenosha Country Club and traveled to Mexico every year. Surviving are his wife, Susan of Kenosha; his mother, Narbada Shah of Kenosha; two children, Jasmin Shah of Chicago, Ill., and Stephen Shah of Madison, Wis.; and a step son, Kyle Rauen of Kenosha. He was preceded in death by his father, Parshotam Shah; a brother, Vinod Shah; and two sisters, Chanden Hansen and Nayna Shah.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Arthur W. Walker & Elena — Lake Bluff, IL ,  died July 30, 2016. Arthur was born September 1, 1937 at St. Therese Hospital, Waukegan, IL. He attended Holy Family Church and School in North Chicago, as well as Waukegan and North Chicago High Schools. Arthur served in the US Army from 1957-1960 and proceeded to marry, raise a family that included five children, and earn a BA in Criminal Justice from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He earned his degree while working full time as a police officer for the City of Lake Forest, where he served for nearly ten and one half years, leaving in March of 1975 to accept the then newly created position of Chief Investigator for the Lake County States Attorneys' Office. His first duty, working for then States Attorney, Jack Hoogaisian and funded by a federal grant, was to establish a complete criminal investigative unit. Within thirty short days, the unit was in place and it remains in operation today. Walker often said that "The year and a half I worked for Jack Hoogaisian were the best years I ever worked. Jack was a great boss and a wonderful person to have as a friend." Mr. Walker is preceded in death by his second wife, Nicki M. Walker (nee Romcevich) in 2001, his father, Paul Walker in 1944, his mother, Wanda Hanzel Walker in 1970, his sister Bernadette Walker Maloney (1994) and his two, locally famous dogs, "Bing" in 1976 and "Butler" in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Elena Walker, his three daughters, Maria Walker Robinson (Raymond), Kathryn Walker-Eich, Betsey Walker, as well as his two sons, Paul Walker (Pamela) and John Walker. Additionally, eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins survive his passing. 
Submitted: August 8, 2016

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James Blake — Libertyville, Ill.,  died August 3, 2013 in Libertyville. He was born in New York and had retired from the U.S. Navy after 26 years of service. He was an avid reader, a proficient pool player, a skilled bridge player and an expert dancer. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years of marriage, Marlene; his children, James K. Blake, Brian F. Blake and Robert A. Blake; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Submitted: May 13, 2014

Gary Paul Bucholz — Darien, Ill.,  passed away at 64 on April 14, 2016. Born on July 27, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Attended Lane Tech HS in Chicago and Carthage in Kenosha. Beloved husband of Bonnie nee Lowe. Beloved son of the late John and Vivian Bucholz. Loving father of Bradly (Erin), Brett (Koryna) and Brandon. Cherished grandfather of Johnathan and Matthew. Fond brother of Robert (Leona), and the late Jeannine Kunz, Suzanne (Fred) Gioe and Aimee (Michael) Poppenga. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: April 20, 2016

John A. Duncanson — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away at Elizabeth Residence on Thursday, September 1, 2011. John was born in New Jersey on August 15, 1936, to John A. and Eveleen (nee: Riddagh) Duncanson. John married Jean Johansen on January 30, 1960. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1994. He served in the United States Navy. He was an accountant for Felle and Beck. He is survived by his sons, Mark, Scott, and John (Gretchen) Duncanson; grandchildren, Sarah, Nick, Missy, Nina (Jeff), Drew, Thomas, Jed, Chris, Carter, Ashton, Jeremy, Jordan, Lily, Cayden, and Hailey; brothers, Norman (Shirley), William (Elaine), and Robert (Dale); brother-in-law, Jerry Johansen; and sister-in- law, Betty Johansen. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

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John Eilers — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away unexpectedly, in the Ascension-All Saints Emergency Room on Sunday, December 3, 2017. John was born in Milwaukee on November 1, 1942, the son of the late Bernard and Vivienne (nee: Andersen) Eilers. On August 4, 1967, in Christ the King Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to the former Marion Jane Miller. John had been employed by S.C. Johnson and Son for over 38 years, until retiring. He was a graduate of Carthage. John was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, in Racine, Peace Lutheran Church, in Arbor Vitae, WI, the Johnson 20 Year Club, the J.M.B.A., and the Kiwanis Club of West Racine. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Marion, their son, James (Sandi) Eilers, of St. Germaine, grandson, Nolan; sister, Anne Marie (Melvin) Walker, of Cable, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by their son, John, in 1986. 
Submitted: December 11, 2017

Anthony Fick — McHenry, Ill.,  died June 30, 2013, at Crossroads Care Center in Woodstock, Ill., of complications from a stroke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Geneva Fick; and a sister, Patricia Catalano. Tony was born in Chicago on June 25, 1949, to Oscar and Geneva (Sobieski) Fick. He graduated from Grant High School in Fox Lake, Ill., in 1967. During his years in high school, he was all-conference in football and wrestling and a member of the varsity band (saxophone), thespians, a cappella and student council. After high school, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy. He worked summer construction to pay for his education and graduated from Carthage College in 1973 with a degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He married Mary O'Laughlin on June 27, 1987, at Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, Ill. He obtained his insurance license in 1974, serving the McHenry County area for 39 years. He was a former member of the Jaycees and the Moose Lodge. He coached peewee football in McHenry and defense at Marian Central High School. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Church in McHenry. He was an excellent card player, enjoyed a game of chess and playing golf with his many friends. He was a diehard Bears and Cubs fan. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Matthew (Julie) Fick, Shannon (James) Darling, Sara (Daniel) Bowman, Kristie (Joseph) Demayo and Sandra (Jaime) Gladish; three brothers, Oscar (Jeanie) Fick, Curtiss (Sherri) Fick and Michael (Mary Ellen) Fick; a sister, Bonnie (Craig) Stratton; 13 grandchildren, Raegan, Kaitlyn, Austin, Logan, Ryann, Miles, Daniel, Arabella, Nathanial, Edward, William, Arthur and Shea-Leigh; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

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John "Jack" Fordham — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on December 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on July 23, 1939 to Harry and Betty Fordham (née Host), Jack grew up in Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago, was educated by the Christian Brothers and a 1957 graduate of St. George High School in Evanston, IL, attended Loyola-Chicago and graduated from Carthage. A proud American and Marine, Jack joined the Corps in 1961, served during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, for which he relayed that his bags were packed and he was ready to deploy with wife Jane (née Guarascio) and infant Traci at home before tensions abated. He served six years with the 3rd Reconnaissance Company at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. An expert Sharpshooter Rifleman, he was awarded the Organized Reserve Medal with bronze star and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Jack lived most of his life in Racine WI, enjoying the love (and food!) of the Guarascio family and raising two daughters, Traci and Beth Fordham, there. Jack moved to Clemmons, North Carolina in 2006 to be near Beth and son-in-law Mark Meier and enjoyed many years of retirement playing golf and Schafskopf and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers (usually) win with family and many good friends. Jack loved time with his family and friends, including camping at Camp Anokijig, fishing in Canada and on Lake Michigan, vacations to FL, golf trips to KY, holiday feasts, jigsaw puzzles and Scrabble, and much laughter. A gifted athlete and fierce competitor, Jack won golf awards in the Racine and NC Triad area and many racquetball tournaments, often against younger competitors, at the Racine Racquetball Club. Notably in 2007 he hit a hole-in-one at Hole #2 (160 yd) with a 7-wood at the Tanglewood Championship Course, buying a celebratory round for friends afterward. He also played competitive tennis and, at St. George HS Jack was the point guard on the basketball team. Raised Catholic, upon moving to NC Jack joined and was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, where he enjoyed the love and care of its pastor and many friends and where his smile, gregarious nature and humor will be sorely missed. Jack’s faith in Jesus Christ remained steadfast and we celebrate his entering into a new life, perfectly whole, no longer suffering from the anxiety and confusion of Alzheimer’s and the ravages of cancer. Left to mourn are his family: daughter Traci Fordham and grandchildren Miguel and Xander Hernandez of Portland OR and daughter Beth Fordham-Meier and son-in law Mark Meier of Advance NC, special cousins (the Hosts) and nieces and nephews, and many devoted friends including Ron and Jane (Guarascio) Semple and the Tom Loke family. Jack was predeceased by his parents Harry and Betty Fordham, sisters Jill Tessmer (Alexandria, MN) and Ann Small (Las Vegas), and cousins Jerry and Eddie Host (Kenosha). 
Submitted: December 13, 2018

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Noel Johnson — Mount Pleasant, WI,  passed away at the age of 78 after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's. Noel was born in Racine April 13, 1939, son of the late Herbert and Mary (nee: Immal) Johnson. Noel graduated from St. Edward’s grade school, Park High School “Class of 1957” and Carthage College. On March 16, 1963 in Lawton, OK, Noel was united in marriage to the love of his life, Doris Fiori. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Aschaffenburg, Germany. While stationed there, he enjoyed traveling with Doris throughout Europe. Noel was employed with SC Johnson for forty years last employed as credit manager before retiring in 2004. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, Racine Yacht Club, SC Johnson “20 Year Club” Roma Lodge and Moose Lodge. An avid golfer, Noel was also a member of the Johnson Men’s golf league and was proud of his hole in one. In his spare time, Noel enjoyed time spent with his family, tending to his roses and flower garden, playing the guitar and photography. He will be best remembered for his dry sense of humor, his green eyes that are now looking down on all of his loved ones, and his great love for his family, especially his loving wife, daughter and grandchildren, whom he was especially proud. Noel will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Doris; his wonderful daughter, Chris Kamakian; grandsons, Tyler and Niko Kamakian, his brother Terry Johnson, cousins William and Judy Penn; and other relatives and dear friends. 
Submitted: February 19, 2018

Robert "Bob" Kasper — Zion, Ill.,  died July 11, 2015, at United Hospital System in Kenosha, Wis. Bob was born April 12, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Kelly High School in Chicago and graduated from Carthage College in 1973 with a bachelor of science. He married his wife Lillian on Nov. 1, 1952, and was married for 62 years until her death in 2014. Bob was a member of Our Lady of Humility Church in Beach Park, IL. After working for Fansteel, he spent 28 years at American Motors/Chrysler. He enjoyed rummage sales, fishing, spending time with family, loving life, laughing and reading books.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

James E. McCullough — Ingleside, Illinois,  77, a resident of Ingleside, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015, in Libertyville, Ill. He was born January 5, 1938 in Toledo, OH, to Theodore and Magdelyn McCullough. James worked for Abbot Labs for 24 years in the diagnostic division as a principal computer analyst. He was a member of the Lake County Astronomical Society, the Abbotts Canoe Paddlers club, and the Happy Travelers Campers club and loved to fly fish. James is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol, his sister Gladys (Norman) Zaenger, his nephews Randy( the late Eileen) Douglas, Robert (Vickie) Raw, and Kenneth Zaenger, his niece Kay Norman, and his great-nephew Matthew Raw. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Robert McCullough and Terry Lee McCullough.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Lynette M. McNeill — Lake Villa, Ill. ,  passed away peacefully after a long illness on May 15, 2014, at the family home her husband, Roy, built in Lake Villa in the 1960s. Born in Gages Lake, Ill., as the first daughter of six children to Jennie and Jeremiah Porter Duell of Grayslake, Ill., she graduated Libertyville Township High School in 1937 and attended one year at North Park College in Chicago. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Frank G. Hough Company in Libertyville and for the Grayslake Gelatin Factory. She married Roy Joseph McNeill on June 22, 1946, at the Grayslake Congregational Church on Center Street and was a life member of the United Protestant Church in Grayslake. Lynette was an avid genealogist, taking many trips to find her long-lost relatives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Grayslake, and also a member of the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She worked many years as a substitute teacher in the immediate area of her home in Lake County and received her bachelor's degree from Carthage in 1973. Lynette retired teaching from the Avon Grade School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jennie (nee: Halvorson) and J. Porter Duell, Sr. of Grayslake, her brother J. Porter Duell Jr. of Libertyville and sisters Audrey Duell Hall, Jean Duell Stickles both of Grayslake, Henrietta Duell (Floyd) Thibodeau of Appleton, WI, and Charlotte Duell Osborn Nelson of Rice Lake, WI. Lynette is survived by her children Marie L. (John) Bidney of Fairhope, AL, James R. (Cathy) McNeill of Lindenhurst, John D. (Mary Kay) McNeill of Antioch, William J. (fiancee Darcy Hertel) McNeill, her 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews a loving caregiver, Cveta. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Ross Meader — Washington Island, WI,  passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 69. Mr. Meader was born August 6, 1950 in Racine, Wisconsin, son of the late Daniel and Clarice (Hagen) Meader. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School, Class of 1969, and received his BA in Physical Education from Carthage. Ross began his teaching career with Racine Unified School District. While there he completed his master’s work in Education Administration and Guidance Counseling, where he remained a Guidance Counselor in the same district. He retired after 34 years in education, the profession he loved. He was very passionate about helping the youth he taught making several school trips to Washington Island offering experiences they would not otherwise have, to the place he loved his entire life. Ross married his soulmate, Catherine Bohm in 1973, and they spent their summers on Washington Island retiring there in 2007. Ross served ten years as a volunteer firefighter with the Washington Island Fire Department. He was a member of the Lions Club, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of the Washington Island Sportsman and Conservation Club. He spent his free time with his family and friends, going on boat cruises along with bass and walleye fishing. He was an avid pheasant, turkey, and deer hunter. Ross is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Cathy. They had two children, Garrett (Katie Brown) Meader, Kiersten (Eric) Spinn: three grandchildren, Kennedy and Gage Meader and Bryce Spinn; siblings, Chris Meader, Kim (Katie Kidder) Meader, Pam (Rick) Bonanno; along with several nieces, nephews and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Daniel and Clarice; in-laws, Robert and Martha Bohm; and nephew, Anders Meader. 
Submitted: August 27, 2019

Mark Timothy Meyer — Canyon Lake, Texas ,  passed away on February 22, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas of an enlarged heart. He is survived by his daughter Amanda, his brother Philip, and his nieces Pamela and Megan. Timothy led a colorful and intense life. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm and warm demeanor. He was kindhearted, gentle, and organized in what he sought to accomplish. Mark was a mentor, a natural "teacher" capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in those around him. He sought harmony and peace. Mark was born on January 16, 1950 at the St. Theresa Hospital in Waukegan, Illinois. His parents were Jeanne & Henry Meyer. Mark was raised on Burgess Farm. When he was young, Mark's friends and family found that "straightforward" and "honest" were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Mark demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability, and was a natural entertainer and storyteller. Mark grew up with two siblings. He had an older brother Philip, a younger brother Brian (deceased), and a sister Dawn (deceased at 2 days old). Mark was involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get in the middle of too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, and made him the peacekeeper of the family. Mark carried these traits into his adult life, which served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him fun and delightful to be around. Mark was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making and maintaining powerful connections with those he knew. As a young boy, Mark was imaginative, ingenious, clever, and a "novel" thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Mark could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in wrestling, track, and football. He was a hard worker on the farm. In his spare time he liked comic books and fishing. Mark's memorable achievements included much of the work he had done on the farm. However, to Mark, the most fun to be had was simply spending time with his many friends. During his high school years, Mark had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. He was constantly offering his support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which he participated. He graduated from Salem Central High in 1968. He did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to him. In this way, Mark had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Mark was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being "the life of the party." Teachers and classmates knew Mark as an excellent listener. He placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for him just around the corner. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Mrs. Vassler and Dorm Grams. He was the MVP in Football and Track. He also participated in Pep Club, Drama Club, the School Paper, C-Club, Letterman Club, Homecoming Court, and Forensics-Debating. Mark did well in college, as a result of his being intuitive and finely organized. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. His favorite course was English, and his favorite professor was Dr. Bill Miller. He attended Lakeland Jr. College, but graduated from Carthage College. The skill of being a good communicator helped Mark immensely during his college days. He was comfortable with abstract ideas and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced him to think. No matter what class it was, Mark was always highly perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that his college experience provided. Always considered a good friend, Mark sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason, Mark always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Mark's friends found him easy to know and get along with because of his talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and amiable in his dealings with others. Mark would always seek to learn what his friends enjoyed, and he would go out of his way to make sure that their needs were met. Mark was seen as the type of person who was a gracious giver. In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Mike Wagner, Jim Eppers, Mike Tremonte, Todd Sanchez, and Don Ellingson. Later in life, he became friends with Gary Epping, Kathy Kofoed, Lisa Madden, and Julie Eridesen. Mark's quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was accepting of others translated to being a good father to his child, especially later in life. Mark shared these values with his one child, Amanda Meyer. Mark related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him, and he was devoted to them. Mark experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupation was in high tech software sales. Mark always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Mark took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Mark was one to take the initiative, and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Mark continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential. Because he was organized and methodical, Mark took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were riding his custom hog, working out, and writing. Mark enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time. Mark derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Mark delighted in the strategy and inner workings of competition. In high school, Mark was involved in wrestling, track, and football. In his college years, Mark continued to stay active by playing football. His recreational sports included working out. Mark was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity. The top on his list was football (Go Packers!). Throughout his life, Mark was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Mark was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called upon, Mark was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Mark's involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Mark's ability to bring valued principles along with him. Throughout his later years, Mark was an active member of The Knuckleheads. Mark was well known to others for his ability to naturally and conscientiously move to action to help others, a quality that placed him as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, he was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected people, and upheld his personal values. He served on numerous committees at Silverlake Community Baptist Church. Though he did not often do things solely for individual recognition, Mark was given accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. If the truth were known, Mark was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. One of his most prestigious accomplishments was his inclusion in The President's Club. Mark enjoyed traveling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Mark were always enjoyable. His favorite getaway was taking motorcycle trips. Mark was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Mark's favorites was Jackson, a Jack Russell. When Mark's retirement finally came in December 1, 2013, he was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that he was, Mark had taken care to plan for this part of his life. When that time eventually arrived, Mark knew exactly what he wanted to do. His new life involved relocating to a cabin on Canyon Lake in Texas to be closer to his daughter. In retirement, he found new pleasure in riding his motorcycle and spending time with loved ones. Even in retirement, Mark continued to stay in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new ones too. His most recent trip to visit loved ones past and present was a fond memory for him. Throughout his life, Mark was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender-hearted, and fun to be around. Mark leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Mark Timothy Meyer. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Christine (Francis) Patterson — Arvada, Colorado,  passed away on February 23, 2016.  
Submitted: February 1, 2017

Jon Reiss — Sussex, WI,  died on February 6, 2016. 
Submitted: August 2, 2017

Christine Swannell — Milwaukee, WI,  was born to Eternal Life December 14, 2016. Preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Shirley (nee Lueck) Swannell. Dear sister of Robert (Carol) Swannell. Devoted aunt of Melanie, Paul and Brett. Also survived by other relatives and friends. Christine was a graduate of Carthage College, and active member of Ascension Lutheran Church and she taught at Manitoba Elementary School for 33 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ascension Lutheran Church would be appreciated. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Landis K. Thompson — Stone City, IA,  passed on to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 8, 2016, which ended his battle with cancer. He was adamant that he wanted this time to be a celebration of his life, instead of a sad mourning of his death. So in that spirit we hope that you be present and love those close to you. Landis is survived by his wife Lois of Stone City; children, Landis Thompson and Kirsten (Chris) Economy; and sisters, Claudia Burk, Judith Hoevet, and Charlene Thormodsgard. Also surviving are many loving family members and friends. Landis was born January 1, 1951, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Dr. Wallace and Mildred (Taylor) Thompson. He graduated from Ralston High School in Nebraska and Carthage College in Wisconsin. He then spent two years at Wartburg Seminary. On September 13, 1975, in Grand Island, Nebraska, he married Lois Griffin. Landis was employed at J.C. Penney and American Family Insurance. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Marion Masonic Lodge #6, and Stone City Foundation.  
Submitted: November 16, 2016

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Carol (Lehman) Bender — Tucson, AZ,  passed away on April 25, 2018. Carol was born on Feb. 12, 1937, in Berlin, Wis. She was the daughter of Arthur C. and Grace Lehman and has been a long time resident of Racine, Wis. She has been living in Tucson since 1999. She was united in marriage to LaVern L. Bender on Aug. 24, 1957, and they had celebrated 36 years of marriage before LaVern's death in 1993. Carol attended Berlin High School graduating with honors in 1955. Also that year she was crowned Wisconsin State Honey Queen and made national appearances for the National Bee Keepers Association. Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College. She taught first grade and Special Education for KUSD for many years retiring in 1993. Mrs. Bender was teacher of the year in 1979. She was very well known for her dedication to her students. In addition, Carol serviced ten years in the Kenosha Association Board of Directors. She served as treasurer of the KEA Legislative Committee. She served five years on the WEAC Legislative Committee. She was an active member of political action in Kenosha. She chaired the WEAC Special Education and Ad Hoc Gifted and Talented Committee, also serving on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. She was elected by Kenosha Educators and attended the WEAC Representative Assembly for 15 years. She was elected by Wisconsin Teachers and represented them at the National Education Assembly for 12 years. She was a long time member of Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Delta Kappa as well as the American Association of University women. She was a member of Association for early Childhood, Racine Kenosha reading council, Wisconsin Reading Association, Internation Reading Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Wisconsin Association for Children with Learning Disabilities, Wisconsin Council for Gifted and Talented. Carol was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church from 1959 to 2000, serving on the church council, service as the Women of Church secretary, and teaching Sunday School. She was a member of the Board Parish Education and Alta Guild. Carol has been a member of Tanque Verde Lutheran church in Tucson since 2001 where, again, she was involved in many church activities. Also, while in Tucson she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit John P. Burns Post #36 in Tucson. Survivors include her two adult children, Cynthia Ann Nielsen (Don) and Lonnie Lee Bender of Racine; three grandchildren, Paul Nielsen of Milwaukee, Emily Nielsen and Jessica Bender of Racine; sister, five nieces and nephews; special friend, Allan Johnson of Racine. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Robert Lehman in March of 2011; and sister-in-law Shari Lehman of Wenetchee, Wash. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Timothy Cagle — Tempe, Arizona,  died November 18, 2016. Tim was born on December 1st, 1949 in Racine WI. He attended the Racine Unified School District schools and graduated in 1968 from J.I. Case High School with its' first graduating class. Tim attended Carthage College where he met the love of his life, Faye. The two were married May 6th 1972. Tim always had a love of airplanes which led him to his Associates Degree in Airline Management. In 1975 Tim and Faye welcomed their son Josh. Being a husband and father truly allowed Tim to understand the depth of the human heart. Throughout Tim's life, Family was always at the center. Living in Racine there was always family around or a function to attend. Whether it was holiday gatherings, bowling leagues, trivial pursuit, or Friday night movies, Tim lived his life to the fullest. Professionally, Tim explored many different occupations. He worked for Walker Forge, a steel foundry, until he was laid off in 1982. He then entered the wonderful world of wastewater treatment at the Racine Wastewater Treatment Plant. Tim worked at the plant until he left Wisconsin in 1988. Upon moving to Arizona Tim was finally able to enter the airline industry with a security position at America West Airlines. Throughout the years Tim moved around and rose through the ranks of America West, and into the transition to US Airways. In 2013 Tim retired from the Executive Liaison position in the Customer Relations Department after 25 years of service. Tim didn't just have co-workers, they were truly his second family. Even throughout his retirement and his medical struggles, he still stayed close with that core group of people that made him smile every day at the office. The same is true of his friends. Once he laughed with you, and he always laughed, you were always on his heart and a part of his prayers. Travel was extremely important to Tim and who he was. He made many trips back to Wisconsin to reconnect with friends and family. He also took every opportunity to travel with Faye. From weekend hiking trips, week long driving excursions, cruising through some amazing ports, and even a European adventure, Tim made a point to keep moving. Throughout all of his travels and amazing destinations, it was with his family that he truly was content. As he experienced a place or event on his travels, his first thought was how he could share that with everyone he loved…and share he did! Tim was proud of many things in his life. He was proud of his wife for all of her accomplishments and for putting up with him for over 40 years. He was proud of his son for becoming the man that he knew he could be. And he was supremely proud of his grandsons and all of their many adventures. Tim was also proud of himself. He was proud of the fact that he was the greatest grandpa EVER! The last two woodworking projects that Tim was able to complete were a rocking horse for Grayson and the Jeep bed for Jameson. His blood, sweat, tears, and love, went into every cut with the saw, every nail, and every coat of paint. The look of pride upon the delivery of these heirlooms will never be forgotten by all of those present. Tim's heart was full, and he shared that with everyone he met. Unfortunately Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2008. As the years progressed and the disease took its toll, Tim kept his positive attitude and high spirits. In the past few years Tim slowly regressed to the point that he was placed in a skilled nursing facility to best provide him with care. He was surrounded by his family and all of your love and went peacefully into his eternal rest. 
Submitted: November 30, 2016

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Kendall M. Gentz — Pleasant Prairie, WI,  died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Brookside Care Center. Born in Kenosha on July 1, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Leoma (Voster) Davis. She attended St. Joseph High School and was a graduate of Kenosha Teachers College. She did her undergraduate studies at Carthage College and received her Master's Degree from U.W. – Whitewater. On Sept. 10, 1965, in Waukegan, Ill., she was united in marriage to Keith Gentz. Sadly, after 30 years of marriage, Keith preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1995. Kendall was employed as an elementary school teacher with the Paris Consolidated School District. She was a faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she involved herself in many of the church's activities. Kendall loved all things Irish; especially Celtic music. In her younger years, Kendall played league volleyball. She liked playing cards, reading and for over 40 years, she owned and loved the "Gentle Giant" canine breed, Great Dane. She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Joy) Gentz and her aunt, Betty Edquist. 
Submitted: February 20, 2017

Gregory A. Huster , Sr. — Ingleside, IL,  passed away on March 25, 2019 at the age of 70. Mr. Huster was a graduate of Grant High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Carthage College. Retired from working in printing sales after 30 years. He was active in his church and community for many years. Survivors include, his wife Rosann (nee Fragassi). His children, Robert, Gregory (Sarah), Matthew (Elizabeth), Kathleen (Evan) Zillich, Lindsey (Peterson) Huster and Heather (Michael) May. His grandchildren, Kameron, Amber, Gavin, Nolan, Harrison, Caroline Huster, Morgan and Peyton May and Jamie Zillich. Preceded in death by his son, James Huster and his parents, Cecelia Abruzzo and Joseph Huster. 
Submitted: April 11, 2019

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Bruce Mahone — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on November 8, 2018. He was born on December 26, 1951 and was the eldest son of Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone. After attending local public schools, Weiskopf Elementary and McKinley Jr. High School, he was the first African American male student to attend St. Joseph's High School (now St. Joseph's Catholic Academy), where he earned his diploma. He excelled in academics and athletics. He starred on the basketball team, played on the football team and competed in the broad jump and shot put on the Track and Field team. A great lover of music, he played the trumpet and coronet, and later became the drum major of the CYO Band. Years later, he played the harmonica. He served in the US Air Force from December 8, 1970 – September 16, 1971 with an honorable discharge. He went on to study criminal justice and political science at Carthage. His work in the nonprofit sector began as the Activities Director at the Christian Youth Council (CYC) and later he worked as an intake specialist at the Community Action Program. Over the years, he coached several local youth basketball and softball teams. His work at the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) program was devoted to training low-income and unskilled workers, and providing them with jobs in the public service. He also worked at the Division of Motor Vehicles. He moved to California and later to Florida, In his final years, he found great joy in his gemstones; he became a certified gemologist and took up jewelry design as a hobby. He returned to Kenosha to be with the family. He is survived by four daughters, Kisha (Paul) Lazaris, Bree Craig Mahone, LaToya Watson, and Patrice Mary Mahone; five grandchildren: Ashe, Aurelius, Lola, Drake and Baron. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone. 
Submitted: November 16, 2018

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Gregory Price — Chicago, IL,  passed away on April 6, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born Nov. 1, 1948, to Alfred J. and Marion Louise "Mary Lou" Price in Bloomington, Illinois. Greg graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn in 1966 and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Greg was a kind man with a gentle soul. He enjoyed painting, reading, learning about history, writing poetry, listening to his extensive collection of music and spending time with his family and friends. Greg is survived by his mother, Mary Lou, of Lake Forest; a sister Patricia (Ken) West, of Woodstock; brothers, Bradford (Pam), of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Geoff (Stephanie), of Crystal Lake. He is also survived by nephews, Justin (Brittany) West, Alex West, Jeremy Price, Trevor Price, Colin Price and Benjamin Price; nieces, Amy Ann (AJ) Burton and Heather (Andrew) Erickson; and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Alfred J. Price. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Geraldine "Gerri" Ann (McMinn) Simon — Sandy, UT,  passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 80 from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Gerri was born on July 5, 1935 to Kenneth F and Anna Irene McMinn in Waukegan, IL. She married Charles Keith Simon, Jr., January 21, 1955. They had three children, Diana, Charles and Kenneth. They lived in Kenosha, WI until they retired to Largo, FL. After the death of her husband in 1996, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Salt Lake City, UT. She was a wonderful mother, loving wife and generous caring friend. Gerri loved to teach and was a gifted kindergarten teacher for 30 years. She was an accomplished pianist. Gerri was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a faithful member who loved serving in the Primary (children’s Sunday School). Gerri remained true to her love for the Savior and was unwavering in her journey to return to Him. Her determination, childlike innocence, generosity and playful sense of humor will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Keith and brothers, Kenneth and Douglas McMinn. She is survived by her children, Diana (Ted) Parsons, Chuck and Kenny Simon, grandchildren Jessica, Melissa and Vanessa, great grandchildren Andre and Damon, her brother Roland McMinn, brother-in-law John Simon and her nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Marjorie A. Smith — Kenosha ,  78, passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at her home. Marjorie was born on Oct. 23, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of the late Gerald and Olive (Powers) Linn. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha, graduating from Bradford H.S. and Carthage College. She married James Smith on Aug. 16, 1958, in Kenosha. Marjorie was employed as a Grant Writer for the State of Wisconsin for many years. Her hobbies included traveling the world, gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her husband, James Smith of Kenosha; children, Claudia Sockness of Kenosha, Philip (Chris) Smith of Beach Park, Ill.; a brother, H. Keith Linn of Brooklyn, NY; and a grandson, Brian Sockness. Marjorie was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Linn. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Larry Anthony Theis — Venice, FL,  passed away at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Larry was born October 14, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Anthony (Tony) and Helen Theis. He grew up in Chicago and attended Falconer Grade School until he was 13 years old. At Falconer he was a Crossing Guard who helped the younger children cross the street. His family moved to Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1959 where Larry attended Maine Township High School East, graduating in 1964. He then attended Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin but left to serve in the Air Force for four years. After his service, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, then returned to Carthage to earn his Bachelors degree in Marketing and Art. He worked for United Fruit Company in Chicago and New Orleans. He then went to work for the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in New Orleans. In the late 1970's, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado and started a furniture-making company. In the late 1980's, he moved to Venice, Florida and started CT Woodcrafting with David Clarkson. They made and installed custom furniture in the Venice area for commercial, as well as residential, customers for almost 30 years. Larry was always civic-minded and participated in student council in his schools. As an adult he was on the South Venice Civic Association as a board member for ten years. He is survived by one sister and two nephews and his partner David Clarkson. He was preceded in death by his parents Helen and Anthony Theis who will be interred with him at Sarasota National Cemetery. 
Submitted: November 22, 2016

Marion (Werbie) Widmar — Kenosha, WI ,  passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the age of 86. She was a beloved mom, mother-in-law, and nana. She is survived by her daughter, Mary; son-in-law, Franklin; and granddaughter, Amanda. Per Marion's wishes, there were no funeral services or visitation. In keeping with Marion's philosophy of life and caring and gentle nature (manifest both in her being vegetarian and always giving of herself), instead of flowers or contributions, the family suggests you do a random act of kindness for a stranger: hold the door open for someone, do something nice for the environment, eat a veggie burger, give a compliment, or speak kindly. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." (Leo Buscaglia) 
Submitted: September 20, 2016

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Brad Anderson — Roscoe, IL,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 69 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Brad was born on April 10, 1949 in Rockford, the son of Edward W. and Hazel J. (Heacock) Anderson. Brad graduated from Harlem High School in 1967, and Carthage College. He was employed in the banking industry for almost 40 years. Brad began his career with the First National Bank & Trust Co. in 1971, worked at the First Bank of Loves Park from 1974-1993, and retired from the Alpine Bank & Trust Co. in 2010. He worked in a variety of positions during his career including President of the First Bank of Loves Park, the First Bank of Roscoe, and The Belvidere National Bank and Trust Co. He was fortunate to work with many wonderful people along the way. He served on numerous board of directors with local nonprofit organizations. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ellen; children, Marc (Dr. Sara) Anderson and Julie Anderson; grandchildren, Ellie, Lucy, Garrett and Sophie, all of whom he was very, very proud and caused him to smile a great deal; sisters, Leigh Ann (David) Heidemann and Wendy (Al) Hollenberger; and several nephews. 
Submitted: October 17, 2018

Catherine Butterfield Urban
Catherine Butterfield Urban

Catherine Butterfield Urban — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 26, 2019 at the age of 76. Born, May 10, 1943, in Ashland, Wis., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Urban. Cathie graduated from Ashland High School, class of 1961. She attended Ashland County Normal Teachers College and later graduated from Carthage College. She was a very special person and loving mother. She was married to George Butterfield of Ashland, Wis., for many years. Together they raised five children; Brian Butterfield, Tammie Coln, Leanne Butterfield, Jamie Butterfield, and Corey Butterfield. Surviving are her five children, sixteen grandchildren; Dustin, Eric, Kyle, Riley, Kaden, Lexi, Corinne, Desmond, Francesca, Geneva, Drake, Brailyn, Constance, James, Ryelund, and Catalina, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Catherine is also survived by her two siblings, Carolyn (Bill) Peltonen and Jim (Kay) Urban. Catherine has donated her body to science. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

J. M. Cline — Waukegan, IL,  passed away on November 23, 2017 at the age of 68. Beloved brother of Sharon (Michael) White. Son of the late John N. and Lillian H. Cline. Fond Uncle of Geoffrey (Sarah), Nicholas (Brenda), and Patrick White. Loving great uncle of Brian, Jack, Hope, Isaiah, Jason, Josiah, and Kelly. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

Alice Dabkey — Grayslake, IL,  died Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Libertyville Manor. Alice enjoyed sewing, beading, reading, bowling and baking. She was a retired school teacher from Mundelein School District #75. She taught at Lincoln, Jefferson and Carl Sandburg Grade schools in Mundelein for 24 years. Alice was also a member of the Libertyville Eastern Star.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

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Ronald Derge — Jasper, AR,  passed away on June 30, 2018 at the age of 69. Ronald was born on March 25, 1949 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Melvin and Rosella (Engeleiter) Derge. Ron spent his early life in the Hartford, Wisconsin area farmlands before his family moved to Hartford proper in 1961. He graduated from Hartford Union High School in 1967, an outstanding debater and president of his senior class. In 1971, he graduated with honors from Carthage with a BA in English. In college, spent a semester at sea with the World Campus Afloat and a semester in Germany. Following graduation, Ron was an English professor at Edgewood College. When the wunderlust bug bit Ron, he moved to Eugene, Oregon. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Ron joined Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor living history museum. Here he developed his carpentry and cabinetry skills, building historic replications for the vintage buildings. Ron moved to Blue Mounds, Wisconsin and established a cabinetry shop. He designed and built custom kitchens and home furnishings. Ron was also passionate about buying old homes and restoring them to their original glory. Ron prided himself on doing quality, historically accurate restorations and Mt. Horeb enjoys two of his major renovations; the conversion of the old Ace Hardware store into the Mustard Museum, and the facade of the Mt. Horeb Area Historical Museum, both projects set the bar for quality restoration in the downtown. In 2005, the wanderlust bug returned, shortly after his youngest’s high school graduation, Ron dropped daughter Sara off at college and the next day drove to Eureka Springs, AR. There Ron continued woodworking, rescuing and renovating old homes and became involved with Eureka arts, partnering in an art supply store and gallery with his wife. He was known as Southwindcome, The Pepper Man, and Ron the Woodworker. He hated cold weather, okra, forsythia bushes, hashtags, and unnecessary noise. He loved his mom, his wife, his kids, family, pets, good books, peaceful solitude, public radio, and cooking. He was a straight shooter, a realist, and he always gave honest reviews about the important things in life. He saw the value and potential in well-worn items, and he found beauty in the mundane. He surprised himself by enjoying morning glories almost as much as his vegetable gardens. Ron found joy each season in the feathered visitors that he made sure were well-fed. He was always willing to lend an ear or a favorite recipe. On October 5, 2009 Ron was united in marriage with Raven (nee Natalie Hill) who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his mother Rosella of Whitewater, Wisconsin, three children, son Nathan (Theresa Kuehl) of Madison, Wisconsin, son Benjamin of West Allis, Wisconsin, daughter Sara (Al Wilson), granddaughter Evelynne Wilson of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, two siblings, Judith Pesetski (William) of Lubbock, Texas and John (Dr. Shirley Butler) of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain and many beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his father Melvin Derge. 
Submitted: July 12, 2018

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John B. Franklin — Byron, IL,  passed away on April 10, 2019 at the age of 69. Born October 24, 1949 in Oregon, the son of John W. and Patricia (Hilger) Franklin. Jay was a graduate of Oregon High School and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He was associated with Bemis Motor Co. in Oregon and Byron for nearly 50 years, lastly as owner/operator and continued dealing with cars after retiring. Jay enjoyed hiking, nature and learning history and had a passion for travel, especially to Arizona. Survived by his mother, Pat Franklin; son, Andrew Franklin; daughters, Whitney Franklin and Maddie Franklin; brother, Todd (Lori) Franklin; and sister, Leslie (David) Sadowski. Predeceased by his father. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Stanley A. Ginkowski — Mt. Pleasant, Wis. ,  age 66, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 30, 2015 at his vacation residence in Ft. Myers, Fla. Stan was born in Kenosha on December 1, 1948, a son of the late Stanley B. and Frances (Cerqua) Ginkowski. An incurable storyteller, he joked that he graduated from “Wales” but eventually got his GED. Actually, he attended Carthage College and received his degree in accounting from Gateway Technical College and was enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. On December 12, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev., he was united in marriage to Louise A. Hackbarth, who was not only his partner in life but in his business, Ginkowski and Ginkowski, an accounting and income tax preparation firm started by his father. Also like his father Stan was an accomplished guitarist, playing in younger years with the Imperials and later with Bjorn, Ginkowski and White and before his passing with Rusty Nail. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking, bargain hunting on eBay and golf. An active member of the Kenosha Country Club, Stan had served as a board member and on the house and finance committees. Survivors include his wife Louise; sons, Scott Ginkowski, and Brian (Alissa) Ginkowski, and his brother Richard (Judy) Ginkowski. Along with his parents, Stan was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Ginkowski 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Carlene (Johnson) Grigg — Denver, CO,  passed away on April 29th, 2017.  
Submitted: May 19, 2017

Rebecca A. (Nehr ) Kenney — Kenosha,  passed away peacefully at home Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Born Oct. 8, 1948, in Kenosha, Becky was the first child of P. Donald and Audrey (Keckler) Nehr. Becky attended Southport Elementary, Lincoln Junior High, Tremper High School, UW-Extension, and UW-Oshkosh. Becky's lifelong dream was to be a teacher. She graduated from Carthage in 1971 and began her teaching career in Kenosha. Becky taught at Jane Vernon and Roosevelt elementary schools and Washington Middle School before retiring from teaching. Her love of children, reading, writing and music and her boundless creativity lasted throughout her life. In 1972, Becky married Theodore Leinenweber of Kenosha. Their marriage was blessed with three children, who have followed their mom's career path into teaching. Becky's love of the piano led her to be choir director and organist at Wesley Methodist Church, playing piano at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, directing Kindercor German Childrens Choir, and teaching piano lessons. Becky was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary through which she met her husband of 23 years, Ned. She was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine. Becky will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her beautiful spirit and kindness, especially her husband, Edward Ned Kenney of Racine; son, Matthew Leinenweber of Kenosha; daughters, Mary (Kevin) Skillings and Maggie Leinenweber of Corvallis, Ore.; mother, Audrey (Nehr) Cassiani of Kenosha; sister, Valerie (Robert) Conner of Franksville; brother, William (Jane Wochos) Nehr of Whitefish Bay; aunt and uncle, Kay and Dick Daum of Hemet, Calif.;, and her loving nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephews and dear friends. Becky was preceded in death by her father, Don Nehr; brother, Jeffrey Nehr; nephew, Daniel Conner; grandparents, Dorothea and Lawrence Keckler, Harriet Heller and Peter Nehr. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Rosalie (Pechulis Morris) Kipp — Allen, Texas,  passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Pleasant Prairie, WI, surrounded by her family. She was 79 years old. Rose is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ludwig, Kelly Pechulis McClellan and Shelly Maestranzi; Rose’s brother, Max Morris and sister-in-law Carol Morris, brother, Jan Morris (deceased) as well as eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many cousins, all of whom deeply respect and treasure her. Rosalie was born in Farmer City, IL, on April 12, 1938, to Geneva Morris (nee Kirkland) and Edward Morris. Rosalie grew up under the influences of her beloved Grandmother and namesake, Rosa Kirkland. Grandma Kirkland was Rosalie’s teacher of values, a strict work ethic and instilled in her a reverence of family. Rose (as she later became known as) began teaching at the age of 19 and dedicated more than 30 years to the classroom. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carthage. After teaching 2nd grade for several years in Antioch, IL, she married Joseph Pechulis in 1957 and had three girls. She stayed home to raise her family until they were grown then taught 4th grade at BJ Hooper in Lindenhurst and Pleviak School in Lake Villa, IL. Her values of discipline and integrity in the classroom became guiding principles of her home; balancing her daughters’ activities and lessons, teaching and family functions. Her zest for life and ever present red lipstick caught the attention of Edward Kipp, who would become the love of her second phase in life. Her bubbly flair was a perfect match to his witty, curated cynicism. They wed in 1989 in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family. Equally plucky and prudent, she retired young in 1994, and Rose and Ed moved from Gurnee, IL, to Plano, TX, to focus on her second calling — leisure. Rose truly loved life and enjoyed gardening, dancing, traveling, music, piano playing and singing. Daughter Kelly and her son, Kevin followed them to Texas in 1996, where they lived nearby for the next 20 years. Daughter Shelly and her 3 children joined the move to Texas in 2010. One of the most discerning dessert enthusiasts around, Rose’s table was a gathering spot for both unflinching honesty and authentic, snorting laughs, shared over sweet treats and coffee. After Edward passed in 2009, Rose’s circle of friends helped her with shopping, dinners, neighborhood parties and handyman fixes. In 2016, Rose moved back to the Midwest to live with her daughter Sherry and her husband, Dale who were steadfast in their care for her. It was Rose’s continually peppy personality and sunny disposition which made a lasting impression on all of the lives she touched throughout the years. 
Submitted: November 27, 2017

Odelle M. Leonard — Milwaukee, Wis.,  who was born Oct. 21, 1932, in Woodford Wis., went home at 83 on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Mrs. Leonard taught in Rockford, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis., school districts for 37 years. Odelle received her Bachelor's degree from Carthage College, and Master's from Rockford College. She was a very active member at Fox Point Lutheran Church, participating in the choir, bell choir, ladies group, and quilting group. Odelle enjoyed her travels to over 60 countries for pleasure and missions work. Cherished wife of the late Rev. Dr. Ralph S. Leonard for 56 years. Dear mother of Mark (Dawn) Leonard, Jodelle Thomas, and Matthew (Susan) Leonard. Grammie of Kristine (Ryan) Deane, Amanda (John) Deetz, Emily Murray, Zachary (Stephanie), Brittany, Nicholas, Olivia, Levi, Victoria, Christopher Anderson, Brandon (Edivania), and the late Joshua. Great-grammie of Madeline, Abigail, Paris, Nadia, and Christian. Aunt of Gary Monte and Debra Monte Dolan. Survived by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents William and Marie Monte; and brothers, Glenn and Pastor Lenwood (Donna) Monte. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Carthage College, for a scholarship fund in her name appreciated.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

George Mergili — Arlington Heights, IL,  died on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. He was born March 2, 1945 in Yugoslavia to Georg and Apolonia (nee Spiesl) Mergili. He was the beloved husband and soulmate of the late Holly C. Mergili; loving father of Robin (James) Layton; cherished grandfather of Cheyenne Drew; adored uncle of John Beckmann, Mary Uyetake, John Mergili, Joe Mergili and Patty Hagar plus many more nieces and nephews; and treasured by countless family and friends. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

James M Oakley — Ashland, WI ,  died peacefully at home in Ashland, Wisconsin on May 24, 2016, after a dogged and frustrating struggle with ALS. Jim Oakley was born Nov. 20, 1949, in West Bend, the son of Barbara (Matteson) and John Oakley. He was raised in Beaver Dam, where he was a boy scout, drum major and an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaver Dam. He acquired a love of the Spanish language from his grandmother, Mary, during frequent trips to California. He graduated valedictorian from Beaver Dam High School in 1967 and from Carthage College in Kenosha in 1971 with a BA in Spanish. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively through Mexico, Central and South America, and other countries. He served in the Peace Corps from 1972 to 1974, on the island of Grenada, teaching Spanish. He returned to Grenada in 1976 after earning an MA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He married Doreen John of St. Georges, Grenada in 1977. They had one son, Bill Oakley, born in 1978. They were divorced in 1988. Jim returned to Wisconsin in 1980 where he taught Spanish in the West Bend Middle Schools for 23 years. He was active in WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council), serving as president of his local. He was State President of WAFLT (Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers) and a member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He was involved with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, the Musical Masquers of West Bend and the River City Irregulars. Jim married Anne Chartier in 2002 at the family cabin that he loved and cared for in Vilas County, and was his favorite place to be and jump in the lake. He retired from West Bend schools and moved to Ashland, where he was a substitute teacher, a Spanish instructor through WITC, and an elected member of the Ashland County Board of Supervisors. He volunteered for Faith in Action doing many hours of yard work and snow shoveling. He was on stage at StageNorth and CTA, played percussion with the Chequamegon Symphony and demonstrated his deep love of the arts by supporting many local performers and artists. Jim was an enthusiastic and dedicated educator. He organized several exchange visits between students in Wisconsin and Badajoz, Spain. He maintained contact with over 500 family members, former students and friends through semi-regular email updates. He was always supportive of family and friends. He enjoyed reading news, listening to public radio and watching the PBS NewsHour. He loved Scrabble, crossword puzzles and puns. Jim’s concerns included social justice and the environment, and he was a member of the League of Women Voters. He was a life-long progressive Episcopalian, talented gardener and was noted for his patience, generosity, understanding, discretion and keen sense of humor. Jim is survived by his wife Anne; son, Bill Oakley of Chicago; brother, Charles Oakley of San Diego; aunt Ilene Matteson of Nevada; Anne’s siblings; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Submitted: June 16, 2016

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Shirley Ricker — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 12, 2018 at the age of 71. Shirley was born on April 10, 1947, to Lester and Lucille Ricker in Kenosha. From a young age Shirley knew that she would one day become a teacher. She graduated from St. Joseph High School and in fact did go to Union Grove Teachers' College. She graduated at the age of 20 and began her teaching career. In 1972 she earned her bachelors' degree from Carthage College. She followed with a masters' degree from Cardinal Stritch College in 1993. After 42 years and over 1,200 students, St. Mary's school was the one and only place that was blessed with Shirley's teaching abilities. Shirley taught many different grade levels, focusing on math, reading and religious education.She also opened St. Mary's first computer lab. She was a teacher who taught with her mind but even more so, taught with her heart. She held the belief that any child (and adult for that matter) could learn. "Use it or lose it" was a familiar phrase one would hear. Shirley followed in her father's footsteps and became a life-long Sears employee, working part time in the business office for over 40 years until the store's closing this past year. As an avid reader, Shirley attended a woman's book club for several years. She was also an avid bowler, bowling in a league for many years. Shirley enjoyed traveling to Door County with family every year. Outside of teaching, Shirley was a very involved aunt, sister, niece and friend. Her family was very important to her, as was her lifelong walk with God. She walked the walk of Jesus in her life. Shirley was a proud breast cancer survivor, having beat the disease in 2006. She could often be seen with breast cancer survivor apparel, blankets and other items. Shirley was also an animal lover, having several special dogs over the years including Annie, a small Schnauzer, and Alaskan Huskies Nikita and Alaska. She will be overjoyed to see them in heaven. Since retiring Shirley didn't stay away from teaching as she tutored several special kids. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Ricker, Lucille Ricker and a special friend Scot Miller. She is survived by a sister Roxanne (Dave) Cieszynski of Milton, Wis., a brother Fred (Kathy) Ricker of Kenosha, an uncle, Marvin Ricker and an aunt, Betty MacLaurin. She is also survived by nieces, Joy (Craig) Torpy and Amy Vincent, nephews, Nick Albertson, Brent (Louisa) Ricker and Jay Ricker, great nieces Jordan Richardson and Faith Vincent and great nephews Austin Richardson and Blake Vincent along with many cherished friends. 
Submitted: May 17, 2018

Nels Ritola — Leesburg, VA,  passed away on November 8, 2018 at the age of 71. Mr. Ritola's wife, Gretchen (Schlichter) Ritola '71, survives. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Pamela Sherer , Ph.D — East Providence, RI,  passed away on April 7, 2019. Dr. Sherer was an educator, author and specialist in pedagogy and faculty development, while mentoring the next generation of caring, responsible leaders. She was a well-known scholar and consultant, presenting her pathbreaking findings at national and international forums. Born July 7, 1949 to Esther and Earl Sherer, Pam grew up in Zion, Illinois. Her small-town roots contributed to her lifelong commitment to building a sense of community in all her professional and personal pursuits. Pam earned her B.A. in Sociology from Carthage College, where she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2011. She also earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University; the M.B.A. from Clark University; and a Ph.D. from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sherer's professional career in student affairs began at Quincy University in Illinois. She then moved to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts as their first female administrator, serving as Assistant Dean of Students. Her second career in academia, as a professor, began at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she taught organizational behavior and directed the Doctoral Program in Management Engineering. In 1991, she joined the Providence College faculty as a member of the Department of Management. During her time there, she won several teaching awards, expanded her research to focus on the incorporation of technology into instructional design, and founded and directed PC's Center for Teaching Excellence. She retired in 2018 as Professor Emerita. Throughout her life, Pam loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and over 40 countries. In 1980-81 following her marriage to Leon Graubard, she joined him in a 6-month trip to Dalian, China where they helped establish a modern industrial management academy through a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Commerce and China. As Sherer neared retirement, she expanded her horizons by completing a certificate in Digital Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Over the next few years her worked appeared in over 60 juried local, regional and international photography shows resulting in numerous awards. Dr. Sherer leaves her husband of 38 years, Leon Graubard; her sister and brother-in-law, Gael and David Butcher; a niece and nephew, Vanessa and Michael; her step-son and daughter-in-law, Lincoln and Sandra Graubard; two-step-granddaughters, Chanelle and Gabriella; and many dear friends and colleagues. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Lyla (Nelson) White — Port Charlotte, Florida,  died July 28, 2016. She was born and raised in Montevideo, Minnesota. Formerly of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, and Port Charlotte, Florida, Lyla was the wife of the late Ralph White, her beloved husband of 70 years. She moved to the Twin Cities from Florida following her husband's death to be near family. Lyla worked in the family retail business before completing her BA degree and becoming a social worker for the Lake County, Illinios, Department of Human Services. In retirement, she volunteered at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Port Charlotte. Lyla was known for her indomitable spirit and affinity for writing humorous poetry.She is survived by her three children, daughters Janis Dees and Jacquelyn White-Reimer, and son Steven White; five grandchildren, Auburn, Jonathan, Joel, Laura and Emilie; four great-grandchildren, Mandy, Laurel, Calvin and Teagan; son-in-law Al Dees and daughter-in-law Suzanne. She was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Gail Winter — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the age of 80. After dealing with failing health for several years, Gail was diagnosed with heart failure in January. She was hospitalized briefly in early May, and died peacefully in her home, surrounded by people she loved. Gail graduated with honors from Carthage College while raising her four children. She taught in the Racine Unified School District for 30 years, and was a strong believer in the importance of organized labor to provide teachers with the ability to provide a quality education to students. Many underprivileged and learning disabled children in Racine owe their ability to read and function in society to Mrs. Winter. She delighted many a former student by remembering their name when she saw them on the street. After her retirement, she volunteered for many years at Gifford Elementary School in Racine. Gail traveled extensively throughout North America, frequently in the company of her friends, aka "the usual suspects." She was a strong supporter of progressive politics, social justice, and animal rights. Gail was an avid reader, and a well-informed and highly opinionated commentator on current events. She was also a devoted sports fan, cheering for the Packers and her beloved Cubs. Gail is survived by her four children, whom she considered her best friends, and their families: Anthony Winter of Racine, WI (Tessa, J.D. and Ivy Leilani); Dianne Winter Brookins of Kaneohe, HI (Jessica); Susan and Brian Page of Kenosha, WI (Alexander and Miranda); and Julie Winter of Brisbane, Australia. Gail's 'Ohana included Kay Andersen, who was her "fifth child" and a tremendous support during her later years.  
Submitted: June 9, 2015

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Carol (Barina) Baer — Racine, WI,  passed away on August 15, 2018 at the age of 71. Carol was born on January 27, 1947. She graduated from St. Catherine's High School in 1965 and later earned her Master's Degree in Education from Carthage. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Jane Barsch — Vadnais Heights, MN ,  passed away at 67 on June 4, 2016. Survived by husband Pastor James, daughters Pastor Amie (Scott Odahl) Barsch Odahl and Gretchen (Brian Holbrook) Barsch; grandchildren Nathan, Thomas & Magdalena and Jorgen & Katrina; nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: June 7, 2016

Marguerite Wilson Best — Kenosha ,  was born on July 18, 1919 and passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015. Marguerite was a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin at the time of her passing. She graduated from Carthage College in 1968. She was married to O.M. II.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Sheryl Edmunds — Clinton, Iowa,  passed away at 75 on August 5, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa City, Iowa. Sheryl Ann Edmunds was born on February 2, 1941 in Clinton, the daughter of Frederick and Helen (Bjornas) Edmunds. She was a 1959 graduate of Clinton High School. She received her AA from Mt. Saint Clare College in 1961 and graduated from Carthage in Kenosha in 1970. Sheryl taught 1st grade at Prophetstown Elementary School for 37 years retiring in 1999. Sheryl was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association. She also volunteered many hours with Mercy Auxiliary and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Sheryl is survived by two brothers: Larry (Rose Mary) Edmunds of Clinton, and Gary (Marianne) Edmunds of Glasgow, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother: Fred, Jr. 
Submitted: December 21, 2017

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Richard Finley — Lindenhurst, IL,  passed away on July 4, 2017. He was born in Waukegan, IL on December 26, 1937 to the late Howard and Tina Finley. Richard was a lifetime resident of Lake County, a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church since 1959, and worked for Abbott Laboratories for 35 years. He was a “Mr. Fix-it”, a self-taught machinist, and a private pilot. He crafted brass scroll clocks for family and friends and even built a 1941 Porter Field airplane from the ground up while being a member of the Porter Field Airplane Club. He often brought his entire family, including his grandchildren, to Canada where he taught them the patience of fishing. He is survived by his high school sweetheart of 58 years Margaret ‘Peggy’; children Dave (Sue) Finley, Dawn (Pat) Schwartz, Gary (Kathy) Finley, and Steve Finley; grandchildren Matt (Megan) Finley, James (Katrina) Finley, Sarah Finley, Tina Finley, Sig Finley, Alex Schwartz, and Nathan Schwartz; his brother Thomas Finley and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother George Finley. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Martha Genung — Columbus, OH,  passed away on January 29, 2019. Mrs. Genung's husband, Lewellyn Genung, survives. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

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Anne Katherine Grasee — Denver, CO,  passed away on November 23, 2017. Anne was born on August 24, 1948 in Wisconsin. Anne was a loving devoted daughter, caring sister, loyal friend and exemplary social worker to all fortunate enough to encounter her in life. She strove and succeeded in exemplifying the best that humanity has to offer, always sympathetic and friendly to all. Working to help others right up to the end, her passing leaves a void in the lives of all of us privileged to know her. 
Submitted: May 14, 2018

Charles J. Martens — Erie, Ill.,  died April 30, 2013, at his home. Charlie was born Jan. 4, 1948, in Moline, Ill., the son of Albert and Dorcas Prins Martens. He graduated from Erie High School in the Class of 1966. He attended Carthage College in Carthage, Ill. Charlie married Beverly R. Allen on May 1, 1971, in Prophetstown, Ill. He worked for the East Moline Correctional Center, retiring as a sergeant. Before and after his time as a correctional officer, he drove truck, which he loved. He and Bev also owned the bowling alley in Erie from 1975 to 1982. Charlie had a wonderful sense of humor, frequently playing jokes on his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing football and baseball in his younger years. He was a regular around the card table at Russ' Cafe in Erie, where he enjoyed the camaraderie. Survivors include his mother, Dorcas Cole, Erie; children Mark (Kimberly) Martens, Morrison, Ill., and Melissa (Jim) Farley, Morrison; siblings Jerry (Carla) Martens, Erie, Helen (Ron) Null, Morrison, and Richard (Janice) Martens, Erie; and grandchildren Justin Erik Wiersema and Mariska Leigh Martens. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his wife, Beverly, in 2011. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Lee Meyerpeter — West Allis, WIsconsin,  passed away on December 9, 2016 at the age of 68. Beloved brother of Judith Miller and Donald (Erma). Uncle of Robert A. (Patricia) Hutson, Donald Jr. (Paulette), and Sherrie Meyerpeter. Further survived by other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church appreciated. 
Submitted: January 18, 2017

Elizabeth (Lyons ) Nelson — Waukegan, Ill. ,  passed away at home on Sept. 26, 2014. She was born August 25, 1923, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Charles and Emily Lyons. She was raised by her maternal aunts, Kitty, Marie, and Rachel Gleason. Betty was a graduate of both Denfield High School and St. Scolastica College, Duluth, Minnesota. In 1951, she married James Nelson. Betty worked as a dietician at the VA Hospital in North Chicago and later at St. Therese in Waukegan. She attended Carthage to obtain her teaching certification. She taught at both Spaulding and West grade schools. Betty enjoyed flower gardening, golf, and her bridge group. She played cards and did line dancing at the Senior Center and attended the retired teacher luncheons. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, and liked to watch the Chicago Bears games. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 2004. Betty walked her dog, Lucy, and played cards with friends and family members up until her last few months. She will be fondly remembered by her daughter, Susan (Tom) Murphy of Russell, Illinois; and her son, David (Dawn) Nelson of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. In addition, she was lovingly referred to as "Granny" by three stepgrandchildren; and was "Granny Granny" to seven. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Alene C. Peterson — La Crosse, Wis.,  passed away Feb. 9, 2013, at Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after a three-year challenge with lung cancer. She was born on June 26, 1942, at home on a farm in Vernon County to Lawrence and Virginia (Gardner) Shepard. In 1944, the family moved to a farm near Rising Sun, Wis., where she grew up and attended grade school. She was baptized and confirmed at the Freeman Lutheran Church, rural Ferryville. In 1960, she graduated from Seneca High School and in 1962 graduated from Vernon County Teacher's College with a teaching certificate. She moved to Kenosha, where she taught elementary school in the Kenosha Unified School District for 12 years. In 1970, she obtained her BA degree in education from Carthage. In 1965, Alene married Lee Peterson, and they were divorced in 1990. In 1974, she moved to Cuba City, Wis., and spent 13 years working with the business offices of Southwest Health Center. In 1987, she accepted a position with McDonnell Douglas (later owned by American Express & McKesson) as a hospital computer system implementation trainer and consultant. In this position, she traveled weekly to various states throughout the country, training and consulting with hospital business and financial staff. Over the years, she lived in the Wisconsin communities of Waukesha, Madison, Mt. Horeb, and La Crosse. She retired in 2007 from McKesson after 20 years. Alene's hobbies and special interests included reading, sewing, crafting, flower gardening, antiquing, quilting for Lutheran World Relief, visiting historical sites, and entertaining family and friends. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Alene is survived by two brothers; Leon (Karen) Shepard of Onalaska, Wis., and Jerome (Kristine) Shepard of Stoddard, Wis.; eight nieces and nephews; Angela (Steven) Mutch, Gregory (Erin) Shepard, Kristine Miller, Robert (Sarah) Shepard, Matthew (Alissa) Shepard, Mandy (Kyle) Rupprecht, Holly (Levi) Bechtum, and Rebekah (Joshua) Gramenz; 14 great-nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Daniel Plautz — Columbia, MO,  passed away early morning, November 25th, 2016 at his home with his wife of 48 years, Gayle, at his side. Daniel was born on October 17th, 1946 to Ralph Albert and Mary Louise Fairchild Plautz. He is survived by his 95 year old mother, Mary Lou, two sisters, Becky and Gloria, his wife, Gayle Elizabeth Pestell Plautz, six children, two sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions are suggested to be sent to: Welcome Home, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

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Deborah (Molentin) Plutko — Elmhurst, IL,  died on December 26, 2017 at the age of 69. Deborah was the beloved wife of the late Glenn A. Plutko; loving mother of Gregory (Alice) Plutko; cherished Nana of Andy and Beth; dear daughter of the late George and Margaret Molentin. Deborah was a graduate of Carl Schurz High School, Chicago and most recently helped organize her 50th high school reunion. Deborah was one of the 1st women to graduate from the Carthage College in the business program. She was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Chi sorority. Deborah enjoyed traveling through China, hiking through Europe and seeing most of the US. She had many hobbies including gardening, ceramics, cross stitching, cooking, art and took pleasure in visiting the Morton Arboretum; a lover of pets of all kinds, but really delighted spending time with her grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 3, 2018

Jacqueline J. (Baumgart) Reich — Waterford, WI ,  passed away in Neillsville, Wisconsin on July 18, 2016 on her way to her favorite vacationing spot with her family at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. Jackie was born in Burlington, Wisconsin on November 17, 1948, the daughter of the late Raymond and Doris (nee. Noll) Baumgart. She spent her early life in Waterford where she was a Waterford High School graduate and also attended Carthage College. On May 3, 1969 she married Charles P. Reich whom preceded her in death January 20, 1994. Jackie was a homemaker and food service supervisor at Waterford Graded School for over 30 years. She was a member of Norway Lutheran Church where she helped with the food pantry: Helping Hands. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for a few years. Jackie loved to camp and spend time in the outdoors, especially trips to the north woods. Her greatest joys were her children and grand- children. Jackie is survived by three children: Todd (Sandra) Reich, Megan (Tom) Polzin and Erin (David) Olson; seven grandchildren: Cade and Marena Reich, Marissa Adelle and Austin Polzin, D.J. and Tyler Olson; also survived by her canine friend Murphy; and by other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Charles and golden retriever Tandee. 
Submitted: August 2, 2016

Mary Tilton — Sanford, Florida,  joined our Lord on October 29, 2016, four weeks before her 100th birthday. She was raised in Kansa City, Mo. In 1934, she received an Associated Degree from Northeast High School and Northeast Junior College in Kansas City under the New Plan. In 1937 she married Fletcher Sandford Tilton, Jr in Annapolis, Md. They enjoyed a marriage of over 71 years. While raising two daughters, Patricia Hammond Bell and Judith Sandford DeVito, she continued her education, graduating with her BA in 1970 from Carthage in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Throughout this time, teachers were in great demand and she was able to teach in elementary schools in both Baltimore, Maryland and Lake County, Illinois. She and her husband retired in 1970 and moved to Maitland, Florida. She and her husband loved playing bridge with friends and watching Jeopardy. She excelled at sewing, making many clothes for her daughters. She was especially talented with crafts and gardening where her creativity shined. Jeanette and Fletcher were two of the first residents at the Heritage at Lake Forest, now Atria Park where the activity department was busy making plans for Jeanette's 100th Birthday Party. She is predeceased by her husband, Fletcher, daughter, Patricia and grandson, Gregory Bell. She leaves her daughter, Judith and son-in-law Arthur, grandsons, Douglas Bell, Andrew Bell (Yuka), great grandsons, Fong Bell, Tyler Bell, Douglas Bell, Jr, and Christopher Bell along with several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: November 30, 2016

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Larry Aden — Prescott, Ariz.,  passed peacefully, but unexpectedly on Nov. 13, 2013. He was born to Victor and Dorothy Waddill Aden in Quincy, Ill., on Jan. 25, 1942, and grew up in the Bowen, Ill., area. He graduated from Central High School in Camp Point, Ill., in 1960. He then studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Carthage. He went on to attend Northeast Missouri State College (Truman State University), where he obtained his master's degree in education. On Sept. 17, 1967, he married Mary Junk, and from this union, sons Timothy and Justin came. Throughout his life, he enjoyed his multiple Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Corvettes. He had recently been an active member of several classic car collector associations and enjoyed participating in their activities. He is survived by his sons, Timothy of Denver and Justin of Springfield, Mo.; his brothers, Ronald of Franktown, Colo., and David and his wife, Marilyn, of Prescott; and his sisters, Elaine Raines and her husband, Gary, of Salt Lake City, and Annette Yates and her husband, Glenn, of Sandy, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Anna Marie Anne Bierdz — Silver Lake, Wis.,  died Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. The former Anna Marie Carey was born on Dec. 22, 1922, in Wilmot, Wis., the daughter of the late James E. and Ruby Ludwig Carey. On Sept. 25, 1942, she married Henry Bierdz at St. Pauls Chapel in Madison, Wis. Anne attended Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha. Anne taught at Holy Name School in Wilmot for two years and then at Riverview School in Silver Lake for 17 years. Anne continued demonstrating her commitment to education as a member of the Kenosha County School Committee for 15 years. One of Anne's interests was playing bridge whenever the opportunity arose, both contract bridge and duplicate bridge with her friends and with her husband, Henry. She also enjoyed golf and played in leagues at Twin Lakes Country Club and at Rockledge Country Club in Rockledge, Fla. Anne enjoyed reading and the challenges of crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting and sewing and spending time with friends and her family of four generations. Anne is survived by Henry Bierdz; her devoted husband of 70 years; their daughters, Ellen (John) Osterhart of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Elizabeth (the late Glenn) Camp of Melbourne, Fla.; grandsons, Daniel (Tracie) and Stephen (Nardos) Osterhart; great-granddaughters, Abigail, Natalie and Rachel; and sisters, Peggy (David) Wiseman of Twin Lakes, Wis., and Kay (the late Ed) Stucka of Lincolnshire, Ill.  
Submitted: August 30, 2013

John Carlson — Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,  passed away on December 24, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He is survived by his brother, William Carlson. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Helen M. Darre
Helen M. Darre

Helen M. (Kiefer) Darre — Spring Grove, IL,  passed away on January 7, 2018. She was born in Chicago on August 17, 1932, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (nèe Ellis) Kiefer. She met the love of her life, Roy Darre, while they were both working at Sears and married in Chicago on January 30, 1954. They moved to Wisconsin, eventually settling in Salem where they raised a family of 4 children together until Roy’s death in 1975. Helen was an inspiring teacher for 34 years, most recently at St. Peter’s School in Antioch, retiring in 1997. She had a gift for seeing and developing the hidden talents in each student. This was true in all her life. She loved to hear people’s stories. She was a good listener and a wise counselor. Always optimistic and with a good sense of humor, she was most often laughing at herself. She also had a strong faith in God that helped her survive tragedies like the premature losses of Roy and her son Tom with strength and grace. Most of all she was the most loving and supportive mother and grandmother that anyone could ask for. She is sadly missed by children Annie (Gary), Pete (April) and Susie; grandchildren Mike, Stephanie (Greg), Zachary, Kristen, Tony (Emma), Megan, Mallory, Katie (Josh) and Erik; great-grandchildren Keller, Azveraynia, Zellarreya , Zachary and Jackson. In addition to her parents, husband, Roy, and son, Tom, she was preceded in death by her six siblings. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Jay Arthur "Papa" Eggert — Temecula, California,  passed away at age 67 in Temecula, California, at home surrounded by family on the evening of May 17, 2015. “Papa Jay," as lovingly known to family and friends old and new, fought an intense 6 month battle with characteristic positivity against an undetermined diagnosis, which turned out to be a Neurodegenerative Disease as well as Parkinson’s, preceded by a 6 month battle with Lymphoma. From the beginning, he comforted us with his belief that “I am fortunate for all that I have, and I will beat this”. Jay was born September 6, 1947, and was brought home to Mason City, Iowa when he was adopted by his parents Emmanuel “Manny” John Henry Eggert and Gladys Wilhelmina Pusch Eggert, for whom throughout life he expressed the greatest amount of love, respect, and admiration. Their first child and only son, he was joined by sister Kathryn Christine Eggert for a very happy childhood and loving family. A beautiful example of Jay’s young life is from his Cousin Delmer Eggert, who remembers their families always together in church and for dinner on Sundays and holidays, and that Jay's loving qualities were genuine, and that there was no one sweeter than his mother, no one more generous than his father. Those who know Papa Jay can attest to the fact that he emulated his parents through all life experiences. Jay’s sister Kathy laughingly recalls learning to overcome being ticklish from being pinned down in sibling tickle challenges, and endless evenings at the dinner table on stewed tomato night while they both heartily resisted. Kathy entered school known as “Jay’s sister”, and was proud of it. Her big brother protected his little sister, and through thick and thin, she remembers her brother as loving unconditionally, and expresses thankfulness for being blessed with him, as he truly was grateful for everything he had. Few funny stories from Jay’s life do not include the names and antics of his longest and dearest friends, Kenny Steil and Bob Zea. Friends for life, these three have always supported each other through childhood shenanigans and major life events, even while separated by great distances. It was obvious this bond has never lessened when Bob traveled to spend time with Papa Jay recently, and Kenny will be representing this dear friendship in giving his eulogy. In 1969 Jay joined the Army, and through the years and tours became a medic and paratrooper with the elite Green Berets, serving his country and making his family proud, and continued to serve with the Reserves for years. In 1972, after he graduated from Carthage College in Wisconsin, Jay came to San Diego. On December 29th, 1973 he married Marisol “Mari” Dolores Morales, and had a daughter, Marisa, and a son Jason. Over the years he was employed by Carnation, then Knudsen Dairy, where he was loved by his coworkers and spoiled by the customers on his route. Though Jay and Mari eventually divorced, the family first enjoyed several years living in San Diego and took regular camping trips, with favorites being Yosemite and Yellowstone. He was a hardworking family man who was very involved with Penasquitos Lutheran Church and the Rancho Penasquitos Golf Club, who had a great love of golf, watching all sports, and the outdoors. Fortunate to find love a second time, on May 23rd, 1998 Jay married Antonia “Toni” Eggert. He gained a large family including a stepson and stepdaughter, and soon the first grandchildren on whom he absolutely doted. Toni worked at Pechanga Resort and Casino and Jay soon joined her, gaining another very close and caring “work” family. Both families quickly adopted him as their own “Papa Jay”. Jay and Toni very much enjoyed traveling, with visits to see family in Iowa and Mexico, and trips they planned together to Europe. Jay continued to enjoy the outdoors, doing some local fishing with his son Jason and dreaming of taking his canoe out on the water, and for his 60th birthday, his wish was to skydive… and so he did. Jay and Toni shared as much time together as possible, and loved spending time with their children and grandchildren. Until his last day, Toni and her family took the greatest loving care to make Jay comfortable and remind him how loved he was. Jay was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Emmanuel and Gladys Eggert. Jay is survived by his loving wife Toni Eggert, and her children and grandchildren, whom he adored; her daughter Danielle and husband Jason Guttirez and their girls Ariana, Sabrina, and Olivia, and her son Arthur Ayala and his fiancee Krystal. He is also survived by his sister Kathryn Eggert, his son Jason, and his daughter Marisa and her husband Paul Rudge, along with their sons Rylan Brian and Hudson Jay, who shared special bonds with Papa Jay; the former by being his first grandson, and the latter by taking his name. A man could not have been more adored by his friends and family than Papa Jay; he truly was a rare gentle soul, calm and kind and generous, who never raised his voice, and had the ability to make you feel like you were already a far better person than you ever thought you could be. Papa Jay will be immeasurably missed. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

David Engstrom — Kenosha,  lost his long and very hard fought, yet courageous battle with cancer Nov. 29, 2012. The Honorable David J. Engstrom, Silver Lake municipal judge, was 65. He passed away peacefully at his residence with his wife and family by his side. Born in Kenosha on Jan. 3, 1947, he was the son of the late Roy and Alice (Walesstad) Engstrom. He was a graduate of Bradford High School and Carthage, where he served on the debate team. On Aug. 23, 1969, he married Marlene Morgan, his loving wife of 43 years. For 34 years, he was employed with Snap-On Tools Corporation. After retirement, he was employed with LeMay and Palmen Motors as a courtesy vehicle driver. From 1984 until 1986, David served as the village treasurer of Silver Lake. He was the longest-reigning judge in the history of the Village of Silver Lake. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. David and his wife also owned and operated Mars Trading Post Inn in Wilmot, Wis., from 1997 until 2011. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Scout Leaders Rescue Squad. David's hobbies included watching the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers. He also enjoyed fishing and assembling his model railroads. David will be missed by his adoring wife, Marlene; his brother, Gary Engstrom; his brothers-in-law, George and Joseph Neu; his nephews, Steven and Joseph Neu, Jr.; his sisters-in-law, Patti (Tony Lemke) Neu, Schar Neu, and Lynn (George) Slivon; three great-nieces, one great-nephew, and many loving and caring friends.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

John A. Erickson — Shorewood, Wisconsin,  passed away May 13, 2016, at age 68. John was the dear brother of Jeffrey (Esther – his amazing sister-in-law and friend) Erickson, Winfield, IL and Julie Erickson of Berlin, Germany. He was the proud uncle of Steven, Hamilton, MA and Mark of Seattle, WA., and a very special cousin of Patti (Les) Philaja, Muskego, WI. John was also blessed with an abundance of friends and cared deeply about each one. John was a devoted member of North Shore Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Carthage and a retiree of UW-Milwaukee. 
Submitted: May 18, 2016

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James Hermann — Racine, Wisconsin,  passed away on November 7, 2017 at the age of 71. Jim was born June 28, 1946 in Sheboygan, WI to Frederick and Leona Hermann. Having married Jamie Rae Fennell on January 17, 1970, they were blessed with 47 love-filled years together. He was a confirmed member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, attended Racine Lutheran High School, and graduated from Carthage. Jim served as a Fire Direction Controller in the Racine Army National Guard. Jim was a chemist and expert witness for S.C. Johnson for many years and retired as a Senior Research Fellow from Diversey. After forty-five years of faithful service, he became a consultant for Diversey and then S.C. Johnson. Courageously battling cancer, he endured radiation and chemotherapy without complaint. He was a hero to his family and friends. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009 didn’t detour him from golfing, boating, target shooting or family gatherings. He always enjoyed visits from family, friends and workmates. In addition to his wife, Jim will be missed by his loving sons and daughters-in-law Jeffery & Michelle and Joel & Sarah and very precious grandchildren Liam, Isabelle, Elijah, Cecilia, Levi and Ezra. 
Submitted: November 17, 2017

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Dale Hittman — Oconomowoc, WI,  passed away on December 17, 2017 after a two year battle with cancer. Dale was born in Milwaukee on July 16, 1946. Dale and his wife Jackie were married for 43 years. Dale was an entrepreneur, real estate broker, teacher and coach. He enjoyed being on the lake, playing golf and tennis, watching and coaching his children and grandchildren in life and in sports. He was a man of faith and brought a smile and love to all who knew him. Dale is survived by his loving wife Jackie; children Kristi (Terry) Kloos, Shawn Hittman, and Kaelyn (Scott) Benham; grandchildren Cassidy Kloos, Jackson, Noah, and Violet Benham; and Baby Benham (due June 2018); brother Lance (Shelia) Hittman; brother in law Pat Manders; nephew Ryan (Monica) Luxon and their children Raleigh and Grace Luxon; best friend Bob Richter, and other family and friends. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Ruth Hittman, as well as twin sister Dawn (Richard) Luxon. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Hope Lynn Hoenig — Schaumburg, IL,  passed away Jan. 6, 2016. Hope was a resident of Friendship Village of Schaumburg. Loving sister of Gail (Ronald) Peterson. Dear aunt of Samuel (Tiana) Peterson and Ellen (Jason) Swanson. Dear daughter of the late Rosalind and Milton Hoenig. Hope retired from Sears after 35 years. Memorials will be appreciated to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation or the church. (Prince of Peace Church, Schaumburg). 
Submitted: October 3, 2016

A. Ronald Kazlo — Arlington Heights, Illinois,  was brought to rest May 28, 2015. A resident of Arlington Heights for 29 years. Beloved husband for 44 years of Susan A. Kazlo nee Spannenberg. Loving father of Jonathan (Christy) Kazlo, Jeffrey (Kathryn) Kazlo and the late Christine Kazlo. Cherished grandfather of Luciana Kazlo. Devoted son of the late Lillian nee Milne and Algird Kazlo. Dear stepson of the late Marjorie Kazlo. Fond brother of Karen (Ken) Volpert and Steve (Lisa) Kazlo. Born December 7, 1947 in Chicago. Attended Park Ridge Military Academy, Luther High School North, Carthage College and Northwestern University where he received his MBA. He was also a CPA. He had a successful career in corporate finance. He served our country in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He was a long time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
Submitted: June 9, 2015

Henning J. Larsen — Seattle, WA,  passed away on July 19, 2017. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Donald Mathson — Racine, WI,  passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019. He grew up in Kenosha and graduated from Bradford High School in 1963, then went on to graduate from Carthage College. 
Submitted: September 30, 2019

Eugene Sieb — Algonquin, IL,  passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Gene was a wonderful husband to Judith (Piszczek), loving father to Tim (Kari) Sieb, Cynthia (George) Schaupp and doting grandfather to Kyle Sieb, Kevin Sieb, Allison Schaupp and Kenny Schaupp. Brother of Robert (Debra) Sieb, also survived by his nephews, Robert Jr. (Missy) Sieb, David (Beth) Sieb, Richard Sieb and Kenneth Sieb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayor Joseph Sieb and Estelle (Gnievek) Sieb. He was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Chicago, and grew up in Norridge. He lived in Schaumburg for 30 years, then Algonquin for 14 and retired in Del Webb, Huntley in 2014. Gene was a graduate from Maine West High School. He attended Carthage College in Kenosha but decided to join his father as an electrician with Henry Newgard & Company. Eventually he became a project manager until the company closed. He worked for other companies and retired after 10 years of service with G& M Electric in 2010. He was involved in his children's lives, coaching both in baseball and bowling. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, golfing, good restaurants, Vegas and his many friends. Some of his best memories were vacations with his whole family, giving parties, barbequing and taking pride in his grandchildren's sports and academic accomplishments. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Lynn (Barker) Stutsman — Cherry Valley, IL,  died on Monday, April 17, 2017. She was born in Detroit, MI on April 23, 1947, to parents Pierce Jr. and Mary (Ferguson) Barker. Lynn married her husband Steven Stutsman on November 5, 1968, in Belvidere, IL. Lynn 's warmhearted nature drew her to the care and education of young children. She was instrumental in the formation of the Bell School Elementary and New Milford Elementary Kindergarten programs. After retiring from teaching, Lynn continued to care for young children in the Cherry Valley area. Lynn loved traveling, collecting different children's toys for her "kids", spending time at their family lake home, and her time with her family. Lynn will always be remembered for her love and care for her family, as well as the many children's lives she impacted over the years. She is survived by her husband, Steven Stutsman ; children, Steven "Chris" Stutsman , Matthew Stutsman , Kari (Brandon) Gladson, and Cassie (Steven) Reed; grandchildren, Breanna and Madilynn Stutsman , Lillie and Maxton Reed, and Kaitlyn Gladson; sister-in-law, Dail Stutsman ; siblings, Mary (John) Kohlmeier, Pierce (Rise) Barker III, Susan Barker, Anne (William Everett) Adams Everett, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Lynn is predeceased by her parents. 
Submitted: November 1, 2019

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Carol (Shaw) Bachler — Zion, IL ,  passed away in July 2016. She was born February 17, 1926 in the family home in Zion, IL. Carol joined and was baptized in the Christian Catholic Church in 1936. She graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School and attended Lake Forest College, Carthage College, National College of Education, and the University of Wisconsin. She earned a BA and an MA in Elementary Education and did advanced study, CAS, in Education Administration. Carol taught at both West and East Schools in her hometown and later was principal of each. At the request of the Board of Education, she developed the school district’s Gifted Program and an innovative “hands-on” kindergarten curriculum. She married Marvin in 1980, and after retirement they traveled much of North America in their R.V. They moved to Springfield, MO in 1998, and made many new friends there. A highlight of these later years was a mission trip to Bolivia, South America, where Carol taught Vacation Bible School in Spanish and Marvin oversaw the building of a church. Carol loved children, teaching and enjoyed Bible study, making greeting cards, scrapbooking, and counted cross-stitch. She collected cookbooks and was an avid reader. Preceded in death by her loving husband and best friend, Marvin Bachler; her parents, George and Lutie Leech Shaw; her brother E. Walter Shaw; and beloved children Cynthia, Walter, and Nelson Revis; and twin grand daughters Carol and Elsie Revis. Survived by her children, Susan Revis, George (Xing Ming) Revis; grand daughter, Kathleen Cowsert; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Revis; and family, Stephen, Geoffrey, and Lisa Revis. Also survived by her “bonus” children, Andrew (Sharon) Bachler and family, Kevin (Deborah) Bachler and family, Martin Bachler, Kerrilyn (Michael) Connor and family. Also by her loving sister, Rosemary (Leo) Benson and son, and her brother’s family, Matthew (Diane) Shaw and family, and Wilma (Michael) Tidwell and family. 
Submitted: August 10, 2016

Mark W. Behrens — Moline, Ill. ,  69, of Moline, died unexpectedly Friday, November 13, 2015, at his residence, after a brief illness. Mark was born on February 23, 1946, in Sterling, IL, the son of Dr. Lee and Clara Louise (Wallace) Behrens. He married Mary Ann L. Jensen on May 26, 1979 at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Van Meter, IA. Mark was retired. He graduated in 1968 from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Mark served in the USAF from 1969-1973. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Moline. Mark enjoyed fishing and camping. Survivors include: Wife Mary Ann, Sons Brent Behrens, Molin, and Bryan Behrens, Las Vegas, NV; Daughter-in-law Alysa Grimes, Las Vegas, NV; Sister Louise (Skala) Burkholder; Brother-in-law Howard Burkholder; Nephew Matthew Skala; Niece Rachael (Skala) Aprill; and his buddy Jimmy Duncan. He was preceded in death by his father (1968); mother (2007); son, Tim (Behrens) Henderson (2014); brother-in-law, Larry Skala (2001). 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Jack T. Brooking — Geneva, Illinois,  died Aug. 24, 2014, in St. Louis. He was born April 27, 1946, in Geneva. "Brooks" was the son of Morris and Edith Brooking. He is survived by a sister, Jill T. Gronberg, of Geneva. He graduated from Batavia High School (1964), and Carthage (1968). 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Robert Felber
Robert Felber

Robert Felber — Wendell, NC,  passed away on July 30, 2019 at the age of 83. Bob was born July 29, 1936, in Two Rivers, Wis. He was the son of the late Robert Abraham Felber and Marie C. Ruchoeft Felber. Bob was a graduate of the Manitowoc Teacher's College and earned his master's degree from Carthage. Bob was a veteran of the USMC and was well-respected educator for 33 years in Kenosha as the Dean of Students at Bullen Jr. High School and as the Dean and social studies teacher at Washington Jr. High School. Survivors include three sons, Bradley J. Felber (Sharon), Michael J. Felber (Trisha), and Jonathan L. Felber (Ronnie); two step-sons, Robert E. Osmon Jr. (Carol), and Christopher D. Osmon (Stacey); a brother William Felber; two sisters, Bette Pankratz, and Pat Peper; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Jane Felber, and a son Paul S. Felber. 
Submitted: August 7, 2019

Janice Hamm — Racine, Wis.,  passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Meadowmere, in Kenosha. Janice was born in Flushing, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Jesse and Sara (Nee: McCollam) VanZile. On June 18, 1949, in Oak Park, Ill., she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Hamm '47, who preceded her in death, Nov. 13, 2008. Janice was a graduate of Carthage and taught fourth grade at Dr. Jones Elementary School for 25 years. She was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, former member of the Woman's Club, and had a great passion for traveling the world. Janice cherished time with her family and will be fondly remembered for her quick smile and gentle ways. Survivors include her two daughters, Diane (William) Katt of Kenosha and Janet (Joe) Teeters of Laurel, Md.; her grandchildren, Ryan Katt of Waukesha and Kendra Katt of Kenosha; sisters, Linda (Charlie) Walker of Florida, Lois Jean Shalda of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Joan Mercer of Illinois, Barbara (Jim) Rife of Indiana, Ernestine Hamm of Georgia; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou (Raymond) Elliiott. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

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Kathryn (Goodwin) Philo — Medford, OR,  passed away on December 31, 2018. Mrs. Philo was born on September 23, 1946 in Kenosha to John and Reeva Goodwin. She was known for her vivacious and exuberant personality reflected in her love for people, passion for music, and stage musical productions throughout her high school years and education at Carthage. She was married to US Marine pilot David Leet Aug. 2, 1968, until his declaration of PFOD after three years of MIA status - lost while on mission over Viet Nam. Kathy married Steve Philo on Dec. 27, 1975 and they served in pastoral ministry together over 43 years of marriage. Kathy served alongside her husband at Penngrove Community Church, Eagle Life Valley Church, and in the Healing Rooms Ministries of Medford, Oregon. She founded the Love Company Ministry in 2006 and dedicated her years to passionately "setting the captives free" by encouraging and inspiring the broken and hurting in nursing homes, cancer wards, and to the homeless in streets. She touched lives wherever she went with her genuine love and her "holy Squeezie-Beezie" hugs and her uplifting "love songs." While fighting carcinoid tumors she began a heartstone ministry, touching lives with a gift of a red heart for each one to carry as a reminder of God's love for them. Mrs. Philo is survived by her husband, Steve, her sons, Jason, Nathan, and Ian, daughters-in law, Kathy Reed Philo and Theresa Philo, sister, Sandy Jefferies, brother, Craig Goodwin, and grandsons, Seven, Jarran, Deacon, and Tinnlee. 
Submitted: January 24, 2019

Elaine (Sprunk) Pittenger — Tennessee, IL,  passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at Wesley Village Health Care, in Macomb, Illinois.  She was born May  12, 1929 in Chaffee, North Dakota, to Walter H. and Luella Miller Sprunk.  Elaine was united in marriage to John Louis Pittenger on August 23, 1959 in Chaffee, North Dakota, he preceded her in death on February 27, 2014. Elaine was born and raised in North Dakota, where she attended rural schools.  She is a graduate of Leonard High School in North Dakota, Valley City State Teachers College in North Dakota and Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Elaine had taught school in the Nauvoo Colusa School District, and the Colchester School District of which she taught 22 years.  She had also been employed with the McDonough County Health Department, where she was given the Woman of the Year award.  She was a past president of the Church Women United, United Methodist Women, Homemakers Extension, Colchester Teachers Club, McDonough County Retired Teachers, and Hills Grove United Methodist Church of which she had played the piano for over 50 years. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Wayne Rosentrater — DeMotte, IN,  passed away on April 19, 2019. Mr. Rosentrater was born on May 30, 1944. He was a resident of DeMotte, Indiana at the time of passing. After graduating high school, he attended Carthage where he earned his Bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry. 
Submitted: May 1, 2019

Gail (Karlovsky) Warren — Kenosha, WI,  passed away peacefully on April 1, 2018, in Kenosha. She was born on April 22, 1946, in Cicero, Ill., and was the daughter of the late George and Elsie (Pospisal) Karlovsky. After receiving a degree in special education from Carthage, Gail went on to teach in the Kenosha Unified Public School District for a decade. An advocate for the mentally disabled, Gail was involved with the Kenosha Achievement Center for many years. Most recently, Gail taught ESL for several years at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. She was a lover of dogs, the waters of Lake Geneva, and the shores of Door County. Gail is survived by her husband, the Honorable Wilbur Wesley Warren III; son, W. Wesley (Mindy) Warren IV of Libertyville, Ill.; daughter, Stacy (Bob III) Flannery of Glenview, Ill.; and cherished grandmother of Wilbur "Wils" Wesley Warren V, Hadley Warren, Brooke Flannery and Kelly Flannery. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Edmund Stanley Weisbrod
Edmund Stanley Weisbrod

Edmund Stanley Weisbrod — Racine, WI,  born June 21, 1943 in Racine, Wisconsin, passed away reluctantly on May 17, 2017, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints. Ed was a man of many words (usually spoken at higher decibels) and many tears (usually brought on by some toast he was making). His wife, Dawn, was the love of his life and the center of his world, along with his grandkids, of whom he was fiercely proud: Erik, Allie, Ethan, Elliot, Phoebe, and Callum. Also in his huge heart were his kids: Christy, Pete (and Sheila), Jen, and Stef (and Josh). He was loved by his brothers, Larry (and Judy), Bernie (and Jackie), and his sister, Rosemary (and Tom Rice), and the rest of his family and friends. If Ed wasn’t reading detective novels or watching Jeopardy, you might have found him fishing, boating, golfing, traveling, while all the time looking around and asking, “Where’s Mom?”. In his youth he was a bugle player and drum major with the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a two-time National Jamboree attendee, earning both Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow honors. Ed graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1961, and received his B.A. at Carthage College. After graduating, Ed taught school for a few years. He then went on to a successful career in sales. Before retiring in 2005, Ed spent his last 15 years with EcoLab as the director of North American Sales, textile division. Aside from Wisconsin, Ed also lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida, and St. Thomas USVI. He and Dawn most recently spent three cozy months together in a cottage in Dingle, Ireland, and they loved it. He lived fully, loved well, and will be missed more than he will ever know. 
Submitted: May 22, 2017

Richard A. Welton — Gurnee, Illinois,  passed away July 31, 2015, surrounded by his wife Debby and loving family. Dick was born on Sept. 6, 1942 to Arthur and Mary Welton of Gurnee. Dick passionately loved his family and his community of Gurnee. He was a lifelong member of the Gurnee Community Church. Dick graduated from Warren Township High School in 1961. He was elected to the WTHS Hall of Fame in early 1990s. He graduated from Carthage College in 1965, later serving on their board. Dick went on to take over management responsibilities of the Welton’s Food Mart, on top of the hill of Old Grand Avenue, and drive the growth to become a five store chain employing over 1,000 dedicated team members. He was appointed as a Village of Gurnee Trustee in 1971. Two years later, he was elected Mayor of Gurnee at the age of 30, the youngest mayor in Illinois at the time. He retained this position for the next 28 years and led the expansion of Gurnee from a small village to a thriving community bringing in Great America, Gurnee Mills and virtually every major residential and commercial development. He was the first Lake County mayor to serve as President of the Illinois Municipal League. He took great pride in his work with the Lake County Joint Action Water Agency and served as the first president. He was also responsible for the formation of the Lake County Storm Water Management Commission following the 1986 record flood in Gurnee. He was a member of PACE board for past 20 years and was on the Gurnee Economic Development Committee. He was an active member of the Gurnee Exchange club for over 35 years, being honored with the “Book of Golden Deeds” award. He was instrumental in the development of Gurnee Days Corporation, Gurnee Park District and Warren Newport Library. Along with his best friend, Bob Depke, Dick worked on the “Save Great Lakes Naval Station” campaign. Dick’s greatest source of pride and joy was his family. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Peter Andersen — Marquette, Mich.,  died unexpectedly, but peacefully Oct. 20, 2013. Peter was born to Howard and Dorothy Andersen on Jan. 17, 1945, in Wheaton, Ill. Pastor Andersen was baptized at the College Church of Christ in Wheaton. He was raised and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1963. Pastor Andersen graduated with a B.A. from Carthage in 1967 and with a M. Div. from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1971. Pastor Andersen was ordained in Rock Island, Ill., on June 6, 1971. Pastor Andersen married the former Marilyn Reuschel '67, whom he met at Carthage, on July 21, 1968, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden, Ill. The Andersens have one son, Philip, who graduated from NMU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and continues to live and work in Marquette. Pastor Pete spent 40 years in the ministry as a servant of the Lord; serving in St. Charles Ill. (1971-1976), Murphysboro, Ill. (1976-1984), Quincy, Ill. (1984-1994) ; and Escanaba, Mich. (1994-2009). Peter served his Lord in many capacities: served on the Transition Team and first Synod Council of the Central Southern Illinois Synod, and on the Board of Directors at Augustana College, Rock Island (8 years). While in Escanaba, he served a term on the Synod Council of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and served as chairman on the Board of Directors at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. He was a member of the Synod Candidacy Committee and frequently served as pulpit supply. Peter was an active member at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette where he served part time as the Interim Associate Pastor for one year and also one year in Gwinn, Mich. One highlight this past year was the privilege and honor of being in the processional for the inauguration of Carthage's new president, Gregory S. Woodward. Pastor Andersen's favorite avocations included gardening, fishing and bird watching. He sang with the Marquette Choral Society and was a member of the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marilyn, and their son, Philip. He has many cousins from the Wheaton area: Fran Todd, Jon Walters, Pauline Driscoll, Cindy VanDeviere and Beverly Balzhiser Gallagher. He has three sisters-in-law: Betty Kleen (Vernon), Elaine Foss (Larry) and Lois Mansell (Jack) and four nephews: Andrew, Aaron, and Michael Foss, and Alexander Mansell. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

William Brooks — Polo, IL,  died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at his home. William was born on Sept. 25, 1943 in Dixon, the son of Harold and Goldie (Pope) Brooks.    He married Merla Willstead on June 27, 1965 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Polo, where he was currently a member.  He served as pastor of several churches over the years in Illinois and Missouri.  William and Merla spent many years as campground hosts. Survivors include his wife, Merla Brooks, Polo; his brother, Wayne (Joannie) Brooks, Mt. Carroll; and several nieces and nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elizabeth, in infancy. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Lawrence Coots — Sycamore, IL,  passed away on September 30, 2017. He was born June 23, 1945 in Beloit, WI. to Clarence and Mildred (Marks) Coots . He married Trudi L. Ambler on June 22, 1972. Larry started his teaching career in South Beloit and enjoyed coaching basketball and football. In 1978, he began working at the Sycamore High School, District 427 as a social studies teacher and basketball coach, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Sycamore Education Association- where he held various leadership roles, along with the Teacher's Union. Larry enjoyed coaching all sports. He ran many camps over the years at the University of Illinois and was inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame. Survivors include his 3 children, Corey Coots , Casey (Kendra) Coots and Kelly (Anne) Coots ; 7 grandchildren, Anna, Audrey, Sam, Bennett, Griffin, Owen and Mack; one brother, John (Laurray) Coots ; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Trudi in 2002; and one sister, Fran. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

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Colleen (Seffrood) Deininger — Kenosha, WI,  passed away suddenly on June 10, 2018, in a plane crash in Green County, WI. Colleen would have been disappointed to see her age displayed in the newspaper, as she had maintained she was 39. Born Dec. 16, 1936, in Warrenville, Ill. to Vernus and Kathryn Seffrood, Colleen was born to win and lived her life fiercely and with great joy. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1954, where she met the love of her life, Franklyn "Frank" Deininger. They moved to Kenosha in 1961. She went on to graduate from Carthage where she was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, and taught grades [K-8] at the Gammon School in Madison, Wis. Colleen eventually began a career in real estate, founding Century 21 Colleen Realty in Kenosha, Wis. She ran the successful company for over 40 years and loved to teach and help others in the real estate business. During that time, she served as president of the Kenosha Board of Real Estate, became a real estate developer and verified investment member, and earned the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Award for her work toward equality for women. She will be remembered for all that she gave back to the community, especially Easter Seals, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, St. Joseph Catholic Academy and as a founder of the Women's Network of Kenosha. Colleen was above all devoted to her family. She married Frank on July 27, 1957 and stayed home to raise her children for 8 years. She loved to travel with her large family, and took many trips to Central and South America, Europe, and Australia. She was an avid golfer and member of the Kenosha Country Club for 49 years. A skilled pilot, Colleen flew for over 25 years and logged over 4,800 hours in the air. Colleen was always in control. She is survived by her husband Frank; four children: Cheryl Deininger, Calla (Joe) Ricciardi, Michael Deininger (Amanda Guerrero), and Curt (Becky) Deininger; 8 grandchildren: Lindsey (Eric) Huberty, CJ (Emily), Amy, and Tony Ricciardi, and Michelle, John, Jake, and Samantha Deininger; and 2 great-grandchildren: Daniel and Jonathan Huberty. She is also survived by sisters Sharon Clark, Rita (Bill) Reid, and Vicki (Howard) Moore; Cody and Katie Moore, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roger Seffrood and sister-in-law Joanne Seffrood, and brother-in-law Kenneth Clark. Colleen tragically perished alongside her daughter, Lisa Dickman, and grandchildren Emma and Alex Dickman. 
Submitted: June 14, 2018

Diane Esther Everson — Schaumburg, Illinois,  passed away July 9, 2014. Survivors include a number of Carthage alumni: her brother, Roy Everson '59, and his wife, Leah (James) Everson '58; nieces Gretchen (Everson) Crist '82 and her husband, Thomas Crist '85, Kristin (Everson) Cyko '85, and their families; and sister -in-law Willa (Trapp) Everson '65. Diane was preceded in death by brother, Bob '65. Diane is also survived by nephews Gregg and Michael Everson, their wives and families; niece Krislyn (Everson) Sutherland,her husband, and sons. Diane was a proud member of the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame. 
Submitted: August 24, 2014

Gary Fink — Poplar Grove, IL,  71, died on Feb. 24, 2017. Born in Elgin to Richard and Mary Lou (nee Harper) Fink on May 25, 1945, he graduated from Barrington High School in 1963 and Carthage College in 1967. He played football as an offensive guard and long snapper, setting records and winning numerous awards. He won the coveted Players' Player Award presented by the late sports announcer Jack Brickhouse, and he also played baseball and basketball. At Carthage, he belonged to Tau Sigma Chi fraternity.  Mr. Fink taught physical education in Forest Park School District 91 and was elected a park commissioner in Forest Park and later became president of the park board. He also belonged to the local Kiwanis Club. After teaching, he was a manufacturer's representative and a real estate broker. He had many interests in his life — volunteered at "Hoo" Haven, a wildlife rescue sanctuary; Assisi Animal Foundation, a dog and cat shelter; Audubon as a state director; and many other animal groups. He loved photography, spending time with his grandkids, and ballroom dancing with his wife Janet (Bill) Fink '67.  Gary Fink is survived by his wife Janet (nee Bill) of 48 years; their children, Jill May Smentek and her son Kolton, Cory Robert and his wife Angela (nee Del Monte) and their children Hannah and Tyler; and his siblings, Richard Fink, David (Suzanne) Fink, and Rosie (Richard) Dreger. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Deanne Fink.  After the profound impact Alzheimer's had on his family, they decided to donate his body to science in hopes of medical research finding a cure. 
Submitted: August 4, 2017

Margaret (Nyman) Hausler — Saint Paul, MN,  passed away on August 31, 2017. Peggy was born and raised in Minnesota, & retired in Las Vegas. Survived by older brother, Rev. Tom Nyman, and daughters Kathryn Aaker-Salant and Anna Hu. 
Submitted: September 30, 2019

Steen Heimke — Las Vegas, Nevada ,  passed away April 14, 2015 in Las Vegas NV. Beloved husband of Janet, nee Belke, married in 1967 in Oak Park, IL; loving father of Kenneth (Kimberly Finley) & Jennifer Heimke; proud grandfather of Charles, Stanley & Grace Elise Heimke; fond brother of Kathleen (Daniel) Close; brother-in-law of William (Maria) Belke, Linda (Michael) Maratea, Penny DDS. (John DDS.) Borello & Ralph (Marlene) Belke; uncle of many. Steen graduated from Carthage College in 1966. Retired President of Belke Mfg. Co. in Chicago, IL.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Carol R. Kempner — Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin,  passed away on July 3, 2014, in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Carol was born in Alden, Ill., and graduated from Hebron High. She received her masters from Carthage College in WI. Carol was a teacher for many years in Illinois and then in California. Carol retired in Tucson, Ariz., where she was a volunteer for Northwest Medical Center. Carol was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tom Kempner. She is survived by her former husband, Tom Kuecker.Also survived by her son, Gary Kuecker; and her daughter, Laurel (Raymond) Hernandez; her stepchildren, Elisabeth (Phil Thompson), Scott (Caralyn) Kempner, Steven Kempner, Laura (Kurt Giese). Carol will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Nicole and Raymond II, Casey Gina and Jamie; great-grandma will also be missed by Ariana, Joshua and Anastasia.Carol is survived by her loving sister and brother-in-law, Dick and Dorothy Nopar. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

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Daniel John Koby — Woodstock, Illinois,  passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born June 8, 1944 in Chicago to the late Stephen and Stella (Iwaniec) Kobylinski. Dan was the loving husband of Pam; cherished father of Danielle (Daniel) Rucci and Stephanie Koby; proud grandfather of Maximilian; beloved uncle of Dana (John) Doran, Laura (Buddy) Koby-Zuckerman, Linda Kolby, Michael (Kathy), David, Justin (Holly), and Spencer (Kat); and adoring great-uncle to many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Roberta and Stephen. Dan graduated from Carthage in 1967 where he was not only the president of his class, but also of the Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity. He proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam, and earned two Purple Hearts plus the silver Medal of Honor. Dan then became a sales executive for the CBS television network for 27 years. During retirement he enjoyed fly fishing with the Anglers Club and his daughters, hunting with his German Short-haired Pointers, and cooking delicious dinners for his family and the neighborhood. He was a tremendous storyteller, enjoyed entertaining and always knew how to lift others’ spirits and make people laugh. 
Submitted: December 20, 2017

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Catherine Margaret Koester — Laurel, MD,  passed away on April 25, 2018 at the age of 72. Catherine was born on May 14, 1945, to Wilbur and Althea Koester, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Juneau High School and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carthage. She worked in counseling prior to attending law school in 1973. She received her law degree from Catholic University of America in 1975. She went on to start her own law office, Law Office of Catherine Koester, in 1975. She was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1975, in the US District court, District of Maryland in 1978, as an attorney of the Supreme Court in 1980 and in Colorado in 1989. She was active in Pro Bono work and received Recognition of Outstanding Service as an ADR Volunteer from the District Court of Maryland in 2009. Cathy was an accomplished jewelry maker and enjoyed sewing. She was witty, smart, reliable, loyal and never afraid to speak her mind. She was always there to help anyone who needed it and was beloved by her family and friends. Catherine is survived by her brothers Fred Koester and Bill Koester, nieces Penny Stapleton, Jill Koester, Pam Greer and nephews John Koester, Joe Koester and Dan Koester. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Althea. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Dennis K. Leaf — Rockford, Ill. ,  died June 20, 2015, after a struggle with cancer. Born March 29, 1945, in Rockford along with his twin brother, David, to Lloyd M. and Susana V. (Vernberg) Leaf. Moved to Wisconsin when 10 years old and graduated from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., in 1967, where he was on the conference championship and 8th place NCAA cross country team in 1966. Served proudly in the US Marine Corps 1968-1971, including one year in Vietnam. While stationed at Cherry Point, NC, he met Anna Garish, Navy nurse. They were married in Philadelphia in 1971, and over the next 44 years raised 3 sons. Dennis worked as a field engineer for Factory Mutual Engineering Assoc. from 1972 until retired in 2005. He was an avid distance runner, competing in over 200 races, including 24 marathons, several with Carthage teammate, Tim Yanacheck. He also donated 121/2 gallons of blood at the Rock River Valley Blood Center, volunteered at the Rock River Valley Food Pantry, and at Severson Dells Nature Center with the fantastic Tuesday Strike Force. Survivors include his wife, Anna; sons, Christian (Angela), Andrew (Danyel), and Jonathan; and granddaughter, Lilah. Predeceased by his parents and brother, David. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

David Lister — Coon Rapids, Minnesota,  died unexpectedly at 69 on November 6, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Audrey E. Ohrwall — Evergreen, Colo.,  passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center on Feb. 6, 2014. Audrey was born on Feb. 26, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., to Ingeborg (Larsen) and Frank Mack. She grew up in the Chicago area, attended Carthage and was admitted to law school in Chicago but decided to marry Clayton Ohrwall of Crystal Lake, Ill., on May 24, 1947, instead. Audrey and Clayton later moved to the Twin Lakes, Wis., area, where they raised their four children, Jeff, Kirby, Carol and Scott. Audrey taught fifth grade at Riverview Elementary in Silver Lake, Wis., and then moved to Lakewood Elementary in Twin Lakes, Wis., where she taught junior high English for more than 10 years. Audrey was respected by her peers and well-liked by her students, and was known for setting students on a college-bound path. Audrey and Clayton retired to Ellenton, Fla., until Clayton's death in 1987. She then moved and spent time with family in Racine, Wis., and San Antonio, Texas, until finally moving to Evergreen with her daughter's family in 2009. She enjoyed quilting, ceramics, art, reading, crossword puzzles, Shanghai and measuring people for clothes that were never made. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Ohrwall; brother Frank Mack; and grandsons Michael Pyszka and Paul Ohrwall. She is survived by children Carol (Robert) Henry of Evergreen, Jeffrey Ohrwall of Racine, Wis., Kirby (Ellen) Ohrwall of Palmetto, Fla., and Scott Ohrwall of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Jeffrey (Cindy) Ohrwall II, Jon (Chris) Ohrwall, Jaime (Randy) Nelson, Laura (William) Chambers, Shannon Henry, Brianne (Liston) Hills and Joshua (Megan) Henry; great-grandchildren Brett, Brady, Brandy and Steven Ohrwall, Joey and Leah May, Isabella and Neko Nelson, Holly Chambers, Molly and Jillian Hills, and Logan Henry; and sisters-in-law Kathryn Wolfarth and Loretta Mack.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

William C. Shumway — Hendersonville, North Carolina,  passed away February 14, 2015. Born in St. Paul, MN to the late John and Helen (Dokmo) Shumway. Bill practiced law in the Chicago area before moving to Hendersonville in 1986, where he continued to practice law. He also volunteered his time as a member of the Kiwanis Club, the United Way and other civic organizations. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and served as a youth baseball coach and Scout leader. In his retirement, he enjoyed walking his dog along the Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest, woodworking, touring the Blue Ridge Mountains and spending time with his family. Ron is survived by his wife Patti (Bauer) Shumway of Hendersonville, his mother-in-law Lolita (Johnson) Bauer of Hendersonville, his daughter Cindy Jerome and her husband Mike of Lakeville, MN, his son Christopher Shumway and his wife Christina of Hendersonville, his son Stephen and his wife Lauri of Tomah, WI, seven grandchildren and many cousins. He is also survived by his brother Jack and his wife Jean of Columbus, NC. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

David Tanner — Arlington Heights, Ill.,  passed away on June 4, 2015. David started college on the Carthage, Ill. campus and graduated from the Kenosha campus in 1967. He was a member of Tau Sigma Chi (Turtles) fraternity. He played on the college football team under Art Keller's coaching.  
Submitted: October 6, 2015

Ellen Tossey — Antioch, Ill.,  passed away Friday, June 8, 2012 at her home. She was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Richwood, Ohio, the daughter of the late Emory and Ada (Davis) Taylor. Ellen settled in Antioch more than 50 years ago, and since then has been a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and was involved with various bridge clubs. She married Dr. Carrol Tossey, DVM, and he preceded her in death July 27, 1968. Survivors include four sons, Thomas (Kathy) of Huntington Beach, Calif., Jeffrey of Bloomington, Ill., Gregory of Montgomery, Ala., and Bruce (Cindy) of Lake Villa, Ill.; three grandchildren, Sherry (David) Mann, and Jennifer and Tamara Tossey; one great-grandchild, Evan Mann; and a sister, Marilyn Shanks. 
Submitted: May 13, 2013

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Robert Unglaube — Woodstock, IL,  passed away on December 31, 2018 at the age of 74 after a short battle with cancer. He was born February 4, 1944 to Carl and Magdelene (Bruder) Unglaube. Mr. Unglaube grew up in Milwaukee and started at Carthage in 1962. It was at Carthage in 1963 that he first met the love of his life, Beverly. They married and recently celebrated 51 years together. They moved to Woodstock, Illinois to start their careers in teaching and begin their family. Mr. Unglaube was a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Northwood Middle School for 34 years and during achieved his master's degree at Northern Illinois University. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 30 years. After his retirement he worked for G. Schmitz delivering new cars to journalists, publicists and many special events around the United States. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and skiing. Throughout his life he continued his love of history, collecting model airplanes and cars, reading, watching the history channel and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was a fun, loving, happy man and always the life of the party. He loved and cherished his family and friends. He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father and his memory will be held dear by all those that knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; his children, Chris (Dara) Unglaube and Becky (Dan) Solley; brothers, Carl "Bill" Unglaube and James "Jim" (La Rue) Unglaube; many nieces and nephews and many very close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Carol Unglaube. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

Joyce Vande Bunt — Whitewater, WI,  formerly of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27, 1922, the daughter of J.B. and Rose (Trayer) Maloney. On December 31, 1941, Joyce married John M. Vande Bunt in Racine, Wisconsin. She raised her two children before going back to college to receive her degree in social work. Joyce received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Carthage College and her Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joyce was involved in many of the beginning stages of social programs in the Racine area. Joyce was a member of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, WI and enjoyed hobbies that involved animals. Surviving are: Two Children: Michael Vande Bunt, Milwaukee, WI and Joan (Chuck) Leitermann, Milwaukee, WI. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. 
Submitted: September 26, 2016

Joyce Vande Bunt — Racine, Wisconsin ,  passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at Fairhaven in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Kansas on February 27, 1922, the daughter of J.B. and Rose (Trayer) Maloney. On December 31, 1941, Joyce married John M. Vande Bunt in Racine, Wisconsin. She raised her two children before going back to college to receive her degree in social work. Joyce received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Carthage College and her Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joyce was involved in many of the beginning stages of social programs in the Racine area. Joyce was a member of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, WI and enjoyed hobbies that involved animals. Surviving are: Two Children: Michael Vande Bunt, Milwaukee, WI and Joan (Chuck) Leitermann, Milwaukee, WI. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Fairhaven Staff and to the Rainbow Hospice Staff for the care they gave to Joyce. 
Submitted: December 2, 2016

Mr. William Weisendanger
Mr. William Weisendanger

William Weisendanger — Freeport, IL,  passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 76. He was born February 26, 1943 in Freeport to William Louis Weisendanger and Pauline Lucy Werkheiser. On June 28, 1964 he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 55 years Florence Joy "Bunny" Tedman. Willie was a 1961 graduate of Freeport High School, 1967 graduate of Carthage with a bachelors degree in education, and a 1971 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in education. In 1963 Willie was a member of the University of Wisconsin Badger football team that played in the Rose Bowl. He was a teacher at the Freeport Junior High School, coach, and master gardener. He enjoyed trips to the family cabin in northern Wisconsin, fishing, traveling, gardening, exercising, upholstering furniture and built ten houses. Most of all he was a great and lovable father to his girls and family. Surviving are his wife Florence of Freeport; children Wendy Sue (James) Gehlhoff; Ginger Ann (Gregory Brant) Poole; grandchildren Gina May, Alicia Joy Gehlhoff, Liam Tyler and Colin Brandt Poole; sister-in-law Kathleen Wise; and niece and nephew Ty David Weisendanger and Nikole Weisendanger. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother David. 
Submitted: August 27, 2019

John W. Wetterling — Stronghurst, Illinois,  age 70, died at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. He was born February 23, 1945 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Wendell E. and Alberta L. Pearson Wetterling. On October 2, 1966, he married Rose A. Peterson in Stronghurst. John was a 1963 graduate of Stronghurst High School and a 1967 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a member of the Carthage football team and Art Keller was a role model in his career as a teacher and coach in some of the area schools in Illinois. After college, he taught school and coached football, basketball and track, first at Clifton Central High School in Clifton, Illinois, and later for Roseville, Illinois Junior High and High Schools. He then farmed for many years near Raritan, Illinois, then was employed by the former Southern School District in Stronghurst, and the current West Central School District. He served on the boards of several county and community organizations and local school boards. He attended River Of Life Fellowship in Dallas City, Illinois. He rejoiced in being in the outdoors, and participated in and enjoyed sports all of his life. Faith, family and friends were paramount in his life. Survivors include his wife, two sons, Scott (Nicole) Wetterling of Macomb, IL, Todd (Vanessa) Wetterling of Monmouth, IL, five grandchildren, J.W., Stephanie, Donald, Daniel, and Dylan Wetterling, three great grandchildren, Brixton Wetterling, Adalyn and Aliyah Tate, one sister, Jerilyn Powers of Libertyville, IL, and one brother, J.D. (Karen) Wetterling of Mason, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Mares. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Judith Ann (Musselman) Anderson — Westerville, OH,  passed away on April 5, 2018 at the age of 74. Judy was born on January 14, 1944 in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Wheaton Academy and then went on to graduate from Carthage College with a degree in education. Judy was a hardworking, fair, honest, bright, witty and giving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. Judy was a fighter until the end of her life and would always stand up for what was right; she would fiercely defend her loved ones or a helpless stranger if she believed in the cause. Judy enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and getting together with friends. She had a quick wit and people continue to exchange funny stories about her. Judy was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church. Judy had several careers throughout her lifetime, but her favorite “job” was caring for her grandchildren. Judy is preceded in death by her parents George and Ethel Musselman, brother Ken Musselman and late husband Stephen Miller. She is survived by her devoted husband David Anderson, children Christopher (Amy) Miller and Jennifer (Ron Jacobs) Maynard, brother Terry (Pat) Musselman, sister Nancy (John) Faust, cousin Carolyn (Wally) Miller, beloved grandchildren Nate, Ben, Maggie, Chloe, Bryn and Makenna and stepchildren Julie, Jill, Jennifer, Eric, Noel and Sheila. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Mary (Gross) Clark — Quincy, IL,  passed away at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Sunset Home in Quincy. Mary was born July 20, 1943, to Harold W. and Vera L. Youell Gross. She married James Clark on Dec. 20, 1980, at Luther Memorial Church in Quincy. Mary graduated from Quincy High School in 1961 and later went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Carthage. Mary became a schoolteacher for Quincy Public Schools and later joined the Adams County Retired Teachers Association after retirement. A proud alumna of Quincy High, Mary also became a member of the Quincy High School Alumni Association and enjoyed attending QHS Blue Devil basketball games. Mary was talented at scrapbooking and card making. Reading, traveling, and keeping up with St. Louis Cardinals baseball were a few of her other favorite things. Mary attended Luther Memorial Church in Quincy. Mary is survived by her husband and only son, David H.B. Clark (Tara) of Texas. Mary is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry K. Gross. 
Submitted: November 8, 2019

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Horace Case Cook , Jr — Mount Pleasant, SC,  passed away on March 10, 2018 at the age of 73. Horace was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 10th, 1944. He was the only son of Horace Case Cook Sr. and Margaret Cook of Philadelphia. Horace met his wife, Holly Sue Cook '67, at Carthage. Horace was a member of the first full graduating class in 1966 (Kenosha). Horace was the first member of his family to have graduated from college. Upon completion of college Horace served in the US Marines (reserves) and Horace and Holly were wed in 1967. Horace spent a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry, spending most of his career with Glako Smith Kline. With GSK, Horace moved throughout the United States and spent time in Philadelphia, Yardley PA, Malvern PA., St. Charles, Ill., Scottsdale AZ, and his beloved Ocean City New Jersey. Upon retirement, Horace and Holly moved to Ocean City NJ full time. After several year they decided it was time for warmer climates and moved to Venice FL, where they spent about 10 years. In their time in Venice, Horace’s passion was boating. He and Holly were active members of the Venice Yacht Club, where Horace served as Commodore of the Fleet from in 2008. Horace will be forever remembered by his wife of 50 years Holly Sue Cook, two sons Jonathan (Richmond, VA.), Wife Barbara and Jeffery (Mt. Pleasant, SC.), wife Jennifer and four adoring grandchildren; Cameron (19), Gabrielle (16), Case (14), Emma (11). Horace was a loving husband, devoted father, adoring grandfather and a friend to all he came in contact with. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Esther Lee (Schafer) Finton — Warsaw, IL,  passed away on March 29, 2018 at the age of 82. Esther was born on September 26, 1935, in Warsaw, Illinois, the daughter of John and Mabel Egley Schafer. On December 31, 1953, she was united in marriage to Daniel Finton in Warsaw. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2017. A lifelong resident of Warsaw, Esther was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warsaw. She graduated from Carthage College with her bachelor’s degree and went on to teach elementary school until her retirement. Esther is survived by her daughter Deborah (Mike) McLaughlin of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her daughter-in-law Margaret (Craig) Finton of Warsaw; two sisters: Dorothy (Robert) Kunz of Quincy, Illinois; and Doris (Charles) Stoneking of Warsaw; four grandchildren: Erin (Jason) Anderson, Zach McLaughlin, Christina (Billie) Bavery and Robert (Jessie) Frank; three great-grandchildren: Cooper Anderson, Katherine Bavery and Madeline Bavery; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Esther is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Daniel, her son Craig and her sister Evelyn Drain. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Robert B. Graham — Tampa, FL,  passed away March 28, 2010, after valiantly fighting prostate cancer for several years. A realtor, he owned Graham Realty for more than 30 years, and owned Extra Extra Newsstand for 25 years, retiring in 2000. In addition to his wife, Karen, he leaves his son, Adam and wife, Andrea, grandchildren, Riley and Piper; son, Scott and wife, Heather, and grandchildren, Jackson, Lena and Garrett; his uncle, Lloyd Nybo; and cousins, Sherry Lynch, Linda Russo and husband, Mike, Bill Nybo, and Larry Nybo and wife, Barbara. An avid scouter, he became a Cub Scout at the age of eight and stayed active in scouting for the rest of his life. He served in Pack 246, Troop 246, the Ucita District and the Gulf Ridge Council. He also attended a national jamboree and led a contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was very proud of being appointed course director for a Council Wood Badge course. He earned the Ucita District Award of Merit and the Gulf Ridge Council Silver Beaver Award, the highest volunteer awards at the district and council level. 
Submitted: July 11, 2016

Richard Knecht — Warrenville, Ill.,  passed away June 1, 2013. Born in Pontiac, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1944, he was loved father of Steven (Jennifer), and Michael (Amber); adored grandpa of Drew, Quinn, Claire, and Eloise; cherished brother of Ronald (Eileen) and Randall (Sally); and also uncle, cousin, and in-law. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara '64 and his parents, Delmar and Dorothy. "Mr. Knecht" was best known for the 37 years (1968-2005) that he was mainly a fourth-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary for District 200. During this time, he served on numerous committees, coached "Battle of the Books," organized the students who were bussed, and, most importantly, positively impacted the lives of many students and families. A graduate of Carthage College, Richard was an enthusiastic alumnus and proud of his alma mater. His hobbies included yard work, and he was a car connoisseur of antique automobiles through future concept vehicles. Richard was a very involved member in the communities of Wheaton and Warrenville, Ill., and when time permitted, enjoyed being around friends, going out to eat, taking in a movie, and, above all, spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Richard Ervin LaFave — Eau Claire, WI,  was taken to his Heavenly Home at Azura Memory Care, Eau Claire, August 19, 2016. Richard was born on August 28, 1926, in Manitowoc, WI, the son of late Joseph and Hilda (Mathies). Richard was raised in Two Rivers, WI and later the family moved to Racine, WI. On August 16, 1946, in Racine, WI, he was unit4ed in marriage to Antonia J. Zore. Richard proudly served with the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Loyal American Legion Post 175. After the Navy, Richard was a general laborer working for several companies in Racine driving truck. He later decided to go school at Carthage College in Kenosha where he earned his B.S in education. In 1967 he graduated and was employed with the Racine Unified School District for 22 years until his retirement in 1988. Richard was an active member of Pentecost Luther Church in Racine. He was in the Men’s Club, choir, Bible Study, co-founder of the 55 Plus Senior Club, and served on the church council in a number of positions. Richard also served on the Racine County Board as a Supervisor and as County Board Chairman. He spent many years as a volunteer for Gideons International. In his retirement years, Richard and his wide did Hymn Sings at various nursing homes in Racine and later on, in Eau Claire. Richard and Antonia made their home in Racine until 2004 when they moved to Eau Claire, WI, to be near family. Richard and Antonia became members of St. Mathew Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Survivors include sons: Ervin (Linda), David (Anne) and Stephen (Darlene). Grandchildren: Richard (Allyson) LaFave, Kristin (Chad) Thompson, Aimee (Michael) Fournier, Chad LaFave, Cassandra (Josh) Buckberg, Julie LaFave, Jessica (Daniel) Pickett, and Michael LaFave. Great-Grand- children: Abigail and Clare LaFave, Anya and Anniston Fournier, Ryker Thompson, Claire Buckberg, and Ollie Mae Pickett. Step Great-Grand- children: Gabrielle and Isabelle Thompson. Sister: Carol Redding. Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Antonia, and his parents, Joseph and Hilda LaFave.  
Submitted: August 24, 2016

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Bonnie (Smith) Lair — Lomax, IL,  passed away on September 20, 2018 at the age of 89. Bonnie was born April 6, 1929, in Lomax the daughter of Charles Ernest and Edith Shanks Smith. On February 14, 1950, she married Keith Gibb. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1985. On September 16, 1988 she married Clarence “John” Lair. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2012. Bonnie was a graduate of the Dallas City High School. She attended Western Illinois University and graduated from Carthage. She first taught in the Melville country school, near Lomax. Later, she taught in the Lomax Grade School and Gladstone and Oquawka grade schools. Bonnie taught for a total of 32 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the Lomax Christian Church where she served as a Diaconate, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and played piano and organ. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Fort Madison, volunteered at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab, Stronghurst, IL and at the Dallas City Grade School. Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Sly of Lomax; two sons, Charles “Dick” (Erin) Gibb of Dallas City, IL, and Randy Keith (Becky) Gibb of Lomax; three step-children, Karen (Jim) Clough of Alpha, IL, Greg (Laura) Lair of New Boston, IL and Fred (Julie) Lair of Clinton, IA; ten grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Erma Jean Gilbert of Petersburg, IL. Mrs. Lair was preceded in death by her husbands; two sisters, Bernice Guy and Marie Eileen Smith; one brother, Paul Smith; and one son-in-law, Larry “Barney” Sly. 
Submitted: October 17, 2018

Ms. Elaine Lucht
Ms. Elaine Lucht

Elaine (Petersen) Lucht — Racine, WI,  passed away on July 23, 2019. Ms. Lucht was born in Racine on April 10, 1944, daughter of the late Elmer and Esther Petersen. Elaine was united in marriage to the love of her life, Eric T. Lucht, on October 17, 1970, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine. Elaine graduated from Washington Park High School in 1962. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage in 1966. Elaine then received her Master of Education degree from Aurora University in 1992. She was a teacher in the School District of Menominee Falls and then for the Racine Unified School District retiring in 2004. Elaine loved to sing in choirs. She toured Europe with the Carthage College Choir and sang with her church choir for many years. Elaine was a longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church, now Living Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed tending to her vegetables and flowers in her garden. Elaine truly had a green thumb. She was an amazing seamstress and even made her daughter Pam's wedding dress as well as all the dresses for the rest of the wedding party. Elaine loved to play golf and travel. She and Eric visited places all over the world including Alaska, South America, Ireland, Africa, the Mediterranean, all over Asia, and many others. She loved her family tremendously and will be dearly missed. She survived by her husband, Eric Lucht; daughter, Pam (Brad) Kauth; son, David (Christen) Lucht; grandchildren, Lainnie Kauth, Katlynn Kauth, Eric Lucht, Hayden Lucht, Ethan Lucht; great-granddaughter, Parker Callahan; sister, Ellie Petersen; other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. In addition to her parents, Elaine is preceded in death by her aunt, Irene Anders. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

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Fay Niedermeyer — Union Grove, Wisconsin,  died on November 8, 2017. Fay Leona Christiansen Niedermeyer, was born to Alfred and Leona Christiansen on December 26, 1939 in the city of Racine. She was educated in the Racine School system including Washington Park High School in the class of 1957, graduated Racine Kenosha County Teacher College in 1959, and finished Carthage in 1966. Fay married Robert Niedermeyer, her high school sweet heart, on August 12, 1961 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. Her first school was a one room school before teaching in Franksville, WI. She and Robert then started their family in Union Grove, WI. Family, friends, church, and community were very important to her. Fay was the first female elected to the village board in Union Grove for two consecutive terms, and taught for many years in the Union Grove school system. She loved her students and enjoyed being a part of their lives. Fay and Robert traveled all 50 states as well to 14 countries.      Fay leaves behind husband, Robert and two wonderful sons and wife, Todd and Maureen of Franklin and Nedd of DePere, WI.  They have three very special grandchildren, Nolan and Molly of DePere, WI and Anna of Franklin which were the joys of her life. She leaves one brother Glenn, and his wife, Karen Christiansen of Racine.   Fay wrote, “I leave behind many friends which I greatly enjoyed.  If I have not made you smile today or given you a grin today, I have not done my job.  I have been truly blessed. Please send flowers to a friend or loved one instead of to me.” 
Submitted: November 17, 2017

Ralph Ohde — Nashville, TN,  died on January 8, 2018. Ralph taught at Vanderbilt University. Survived by his wife, Kathleen; siblings Patricia Beyers, Judith Ohde, Gretchen Stine, and James Ohde; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Verna Ohde. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

Frank Roth — Carmel, IN,  passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017.   Bud was born July 6, 1942 in Chicago to the late Harold J. and Josephine M. Roth.  He was a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and a veteran of the US Army, discharged in 1969.  Bud was a certified executive coach and consultant with Roth Consulting Group LLC, which he started in 2001.  Bud was a member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club of Carmel and many other professional organizations. Bud is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cathy; children, David Roth (Brittany), Cindy Leake (Bart), Amy Roth, 7 grandchildren and brother, John Roth (Patty). 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

John Schroeder — Dallas, TX,  passed away on January 10, 2019. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH and graduated from Carthage in 1966. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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James Ufkes — Carthage, Illinois,  passed away on September 23, 2017. Jim was born on November 6, 1943, the son of John G. and Mildred (Aden) Ufkes in Carthage. After graduating from Carthage College, Jim served in the U.S. Army where he saw heavy combat as a Vietnam veteran. He later guarded the Czechoslovakian border, where he had the opportunity to spend time with actress Shirley Temple Black. On April 24, 1982, he was united in marriage to Lori Lencioni Soderstrom.  Jim farmed and was the bus mechanic and driver for the Carthage School District until his retirement in 2002. Previously, he had been a union operator for the Operating Engineers. Jim enjoyed attending auctions, talking and telling stories and taking care of his animals. Jim never knew a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in any way.  Jim is survived by his wife, Lori Ufkes; three children, Jeremy (Teresa) Ufkes, Molly (Zaza) Tugushi, Mo., and J. Chase (Rachel) Ufkes, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jenna Ufkes and Lucca and Emma Tugushi; and a sister, Carol Bersani. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

Kathryn (Breting) Zeeck — McMinnville, OR,  passed away on September 10, 2015 at the age of 71 after a difficult battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Dayton, Ohio, to Melba and Richard Breting and raised by Melba and Walter Stouse. Mrs. Zeeck was known for her strong faith, and she was an active member of her church, St. John Lutheran Church in McMinnville, Ore. Throughout her life she gave back to her church in any way she could, including singing in the church choir, playing the organ for services, or volunteering at the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas. She and Robert had spent their retirement years traveling around the country, visiting family and friends, while residing in McMinnville, Ore. She loved quilting, reading and music. More than anything, though, she loved her family and friends with such enthusiasm, loyalty and empathy that she couldn't help but endear herself to everyone she came to know and who came to know her. She touched the lives of many people in many places, and she will be incredibly missed. She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Zeeck; brother, Timothy Stouse; four children, Deanne (Tony) Rankins, Steven Zeeck, Sharon (Jason) Jackson and Brian (Jessica) Zeeck; and six grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Colleen (Smith) Barker — Park Forest, Illinois,  Colleen (Smith) Barker passed away on December 31, 2016. She graduated in the class of 1965. 
Submitted: May 9, 2017

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Berdella (Sather) Grass — San Francisco, CA,  passed away on January 15, 2018. A veteran of WWII, she served in the WAVES. She married Lorn Grass in 1946 & had 4 children. She got her Master's Degree in 1977 & taught for over 30 years in WI. She moved to Mpls in 1989. Here she maintained a strong community of friends & family at the Augustana church & the Southside Singers until her passing. Her loves were singing, dancing & typing. She is survived in death by 3 of her children; John, Carma & Kristin & daughter-in-law Deena. She will be missed by her grandchildren; Dan, Andy, Tena, Randi & Heidi; & her great-grandchildren Griffin, Easton, Alex, Aaron, Olivia, Haley, Sydney, Jolee, Noelle & Gratia. She is preceded in death by her husband Lorn, son Steve & son-in-law Gene. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Ronald Cleon Grotegut — San Jose, CA,  died peacefully in his home in San Jose on Sunday, January 14, 2018. He was president of his junior class and a 1948 graduate of Sparks High School in Nevada. He began his career in the US Army after graduation, met Henriette Mouton in Paris and married her shortly afterward in Orleans, France, served in Korea, Vietnam, and retired, with numerous commendations including the Bronze Star, after almost 24 years. During his time in the Army, Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Carthage College and, after his military career ended in 1972, earned a Master's in Education at the University of Southern California. In 1976, Ron began his second long, prosperous, and rewarding corporate career at FMC in San Jose. As patriarch of a large, loving, extended family, he is survived by his wife, Henriette, their daughters, Viviane Thompson, Ninon Littleton, Noelle Grotegut, Nicole Grotegut, their son, Richard Grotegut, their spouses, and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Niki Derby, and nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: January 25, 2018

Thomas J. Hardt — Fort Lauderdale, FL,  passed away in May of 2016. An online obituary is unavailable at this time. 
Submitted: October 3, 2016

David Kallio — Midlothian, VA,  passed away June 15, 2016 at the age of 73. David received a Masters of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was a pastor for 20 years and served his country honorably as an active duty and reserve Army Chaplain, attaining the rank of Lt. Col. David loved his family and his pastoral and chaplaincy duties. He was kind, warm, humorous and talkative, and loved helping friends and family. Survived by three children, Laurel Jacobson, Brian Kallio, and Katherine Krasne, and their spouses; five grandchildren; sister, Sharyn Gemelos, and best friend of 16 years, Erica Oliver. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

David K. Kehl — Williamsburg, VA,  Mr. David K. Kehl died on February 11, 2017. He was a Carthage graduate in the class of 1965. 
Submitted: May 9, 2017

William "Bill" Klenke — San Diego,  passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his children June 19, 2015 in San Diego, CA from advanced ALS. He was 74 years old. Bill Klenke was born November 9th, 1940 the eldest of three children to Henry and Delores Klenke in Manitowoc, Wis. Upon completing high school he served four years in the U.S. Navy and then began to pursue his career as an educator, receiving his undergraduate degree from Carthage College. During his time as an undergraduate he married his first wife, Carol Deffke, and began a family with two daughters Lisa and Lora. Bill earned a masters degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and completed his education in 1975 at the University of Wisconsin Madison with a P.H.D. in Educational Administration. While doing post graduate research at UW Madison, Bill met his second wife, Alison Kinsey, marrying in 1979. Bill then filled the position of principal at Ruch Elementary and moved to the Rogue Valley in 1980. Bill and Alison had two children together, Jonathan and Brian. In 1985 he became the principal of Roosevelt Elementary and served as the Medford School District Director of Elementary Education from 1992 until his retirement in 2002. Dr. Klenke loved working with children and was known to many throughout the school system for his professionalism, aptitude, kindness, intelligence and humor. After his retirement Bill enjoyed life to the fullest, riding horses and driving cattle in the mountains, lounging on the beaches of St. Martin, drinking Rouge Valley wine, traveling extensively and researching family history. Bill continued his public service in retirement by regularly volunteering with the Red Cross and playing an active role with the Ashland Elks Club. In 2012 Bill was diagnosed with ALS and moved to San Diego, Calif. to be closer to his children Lisa and Jonathan. Throughout his debilitating illness he kept a remarkably positive and inspiring attitude. He will be remembered for his warmth, intellect, uniqueness, good nature, love of life, and amazing polka dancing. He is survived by his children; Lisa Redwine, Lora Klenke, Jonathan Klenke, and Brian Klenke; as well as his siblings, Judy Klenke and Mike Klenke.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Jacqueline Kruger — Geneseo, NY,  died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Brookdale of Pittsford Assisted Living in Pittsford, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold G. Kruger and son, Paul A. Kruger. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Mark (Sarah Daniels) Kruger of Kasota, MN, Dr. Jonathan (Melanie Blood) Kruger of Geneseo, daughter in law Barbara Kruger of Philadelphia, PA, 4 grandchildren, Katelyn and Kelly Kruger, Miranda Blood and Alexander Kruger, sister, Joan Pennini of Greensboro, NC, several nieces and nephews. Jacqueline was born October 27, 1930 in High Point, NC the daughter of James H. and Mary S. Melvin Meekins. She earned her Bachelor Degree from Carthage College and her Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She married Harold Kruger on December 20, 1952 in Davenport, Iowa. Jackie was a retired elementary school teacher at the Grant Elementary School in Kenosha, WI. She was a member of the Geneseo Garden Club, Geneseo Monday Evening Class and the Geneseo Reading Group. 
Submitted: March 1, 2018

Eleanor "Anne" Meyer — Dallas,  71, passed away peacefully at her home on November 6, 2015. She was born November 23, 1943 in Olney, Illinois to Harry and Marion (Evans) Kribbs. Anne graduated from Carthage College in June of 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in sociology. Anne then moved to Rhinelander, the day after graduation, to pursue her career in social work. She was employed by the department of public welfare working as a social worker in adoptions and foster care for about a year. She was then hired by the Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole agent where she worked for 32 years retiring from the Department of Corrections as Wausau Corrections Supervisor of Probation and Parole in 1999. During her social work career she was part of creating The Lakeland Council, a program for AODA treatment, and then Northwoods Council, an AODA program for juveniles. She also initiated and gave workshops for The Second Chance Program for shoplifters who were first time offenders. Anne was preceded in death by the love of her life Michael A. Meyer. They met October 1965 and were married on January 29,1966. They shared 47 years of love. Anne is survived by her son Dan (Kelly) Meyer and daughter Beth (Shannon Hauser) Meyer, six grandchildren Samantha Olson, DeMara Meyer, BreAnna Leitl, Andrew Kurth, Madison Meyer, and Joyce Hauser, two sisters Cindy (Ron) Combs and Amy (Gary) Packer, three sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and many great friends. Anne was involved in several volunteer groups in the community including Meals on Wheels, The Food Pantry, NATH, Philanthropic Educational Organization, Jaycees, Luther League, Warm for the Winter, Nicolet College Learning in Retirement and many more. Anne was a caring and generous person who dedicated most of her time to helping others. In her spare time Anne had several hobbies including crafting, Nicolet Choraliers, sewing, beading, reading and book clubs, playing cards and card groups, traveling the world, and Life After Work Group. She will be missed by many.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Susanne (Koos ) Rasch — Naples, Fla. ,  died from a side effect of an arthritis medication in Naples, Fla. on Friday, October 15, 2015 at the age of 74. Suzanne was born on November 1, 1940 in Beloit, WI to Mary Ann Klimas Koos and Edward Joseph Koos. She graduated from St. Catherines High School in Racine, WI in 1959 and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. In 1961 she met her life partner, Everett Earl Rasch and they married that fall on November 4th. Shortly thereafter, they had two children, David and Kathleen. Suzanne was a devoted mother and raised her children within the church while the family moved seven times in the first decade of her marriage. After her family settled in Kenosha, WI she spent almost 20 years owning and operating the most successful Dairy Queen in the State of Wisconsin in Kenosha. In doing so, Suzanne touched many lives of the young people that worked for her over the years. A number of her young employees became life-long friends. Countless dilly bars, ice cream cones or other confections went through the service window and into the mouth of an impatient child, neighborhood dog and their owners. She had long been fond of her own dogs, Mitsy, Buttons, Pretzel, Scooter, Sammie, and her final dog, Teddie. Shortly after the passing of her husband, Everett, in 1991, Suzanne left Wisconsin for sunny Naples, FL. She immediately grew to love the community. Suzanne was generous with her time and dedicated many volunteer hours ushering at St. Peter the Apostle church, Avow Hospice Care and The American Red Cross. She spent much of her free time taking cruises with her friends and doting on her three grandchildren, Joseph, Jonathan, and Aaron. Suzanne was a devoted, kind and generous individual who loved Teddy, her rescue dog, who was her very best friend in her final years. Suzanne is survived by her children, David Scott Rasch of Gays Mills, WI and Kathleen Ann Schwan of Colorado Springs, CO; siblings, Patricia Gonnering of Naples, FL, Carolyn Manion of Lillian, AL, and Bette Land of Washington, DC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Earl Rasch of Kenosha, WI. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Frances von der Ehe — Chicago, IL,  went to be with Jesus on March 16, 2017. Born February 24, 1929 in Chicago Ill to Martha Annette Stein- Cleveland and Orin Byron Cleveland. Frances had a younger sister, Audrey Lorraine Cleveland who died of pneumonia at 18 months of age. Known for loving God and her family. Frances attended National College of Education, Chicago Teacher’s Collage in Chicago Ill., Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and UW Steven’s Point. She married Carl Max von der Ehe on January 15, 1949 in Chicago, Ill. They had 4 children together, Erwin James von der Ehe, Walter Carl von der Ehe, Ralph Paul von der Ehe and Martha Ann von der Ehe-Mann. After all of her children were in school she began her teaching career. She taught elementary school in Kenosha, WI, Neillsville, WI, and Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Frances thought of herself as a “preacher’s wife” as she and Carl traveled to many churches to share the Good news of Jesus Christ. Frances and Carl moved to Tampa, Florida in 1977 and worked at a Western Clothing store and then as a computer electrical harness builder until her retirement in 1991. After her retirement, Frances and Carl bought a home and moved to Tomah, WI. After Carl died in December 1997, Frances moved to Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Frances had several hobbies; she enjoyed gardening, reading and especially horses. She was a key person in developing the Rapids Riders 4H Club to help children with the “Horse and Pony Project” (both those with their own horses and the horseless rider) in Wisconsin Rapids. She was knowledgeable in training and care of horses and enjoyed helping others to do so. In her later years she enjoyed crocheting afghans, doing crossword puzzles. Frances liked being with friends and playing cards and bingo. Her last years were spent at Arborwood Lodge where she was known as “the puzzle lady” for all the jigsaw puzzles she completed while enjoying life there. Thanks, Mom for your life of love. We will miss you until we meet again. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

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Don Welke — San Diego, CA,  passed away on September 19, 2018 at the age of 76. During his long career in baseball, Welke worked for the Dodgers, the Reds, the Phillies, the Orioles, the Blue Jays and the Royals in addition to the Rangers and Padres. Among his many awards was the Legends of Scouting Award he received in 2011 from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. He also won the inaugural Rangers Scout of the Year Award. 
Submitted: October 12, 2018

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Carolyn Benanti — Springfield, IL,  passed away on April 24, 2018. Carolyn "Cokie" was born on April 24, 1942 in Springfield, the daughter of the late John and Clara Ilene (Nation) Benanti. She graduated from Pleasant Plains High School and Springfield College in Illinois with an A.A. Degree. She then received her B.A. Degree from Carthage College and she was in the first graduating class in 1972 at Sangamon State University (now UIS). She went to Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield since 1947 and at one time she sang in the choir and was a member of Grace Circle. She was an Eastern Star and National Honor Society. She taught in Riverton and Pleasant Plains school districts and she retired from Logan Correctional Center as a teacher. She also worked at the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Cokie loved playing the piano, working with her flowers, and doing word search. She survived by her brother J. Curt (wife Valerie) Benanti; nephews Matthew Benanti and Nathaniel (wife Paula) Benanti; and niece Vanessa (husband David) Ervin; great-nephews Michael Benanti and Drake Ervin; great nieces Alaina Ervin and Denmark Foor; her special first cousins, Susan (husband Ray) Cane, Wayne (wife Sandy) Benanti, and Russell (wife Wendy) Nation and many cousins; and special couple Pat and Richard Long. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Lavena (Cosgrove) Clark — Billings, MT,  passed away on August 15, 2004 at the age of 88. Ms. Clark was born on October 10, 1915 to George A. and Anna E. Mays Cosgrove. On May 30, 1937, she married Loren E. Clark. She was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Beana". She was a teacher at St. Vincent's School in Keokuk, Iowa, and retired in 1983 as a second grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary. She spent many years as organist for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton. Following retirement, she and her husband moved to Billings in 1984, where they managed Laurel Gardens Apartments. She volunteered as a Pink Lady at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings and was active with the Billings Symphony Associates. After her husband's death in June 1994, she divided her time between the homes of her children. She is survived by four children, Nancy (Jerry) Simmons of Bainbridge Island, Wash., formerly of Billings, Mont., Lynn (Tom) McNew of Fort Clark Springs, Texas, Douglas Clark of Bainbridge Island, formerly of Hamilton, and Dennis (Sandy) Clark of Hamilton; 12 grandchildren, Clay Simmons, Brad Simmons, Andrea Simmons Cyphers, Jami Simmons Qu, Cpt. Tom McNew, Tami McNew, Tim McNew, Angela Clark Kinney, Jessica Clark Steinkuhler, Lou Clark, Terri Clark Helm and Jason Clark; 20 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers, Hubbard and Russell Cosgrove. 
Submitted: January 17, 2019

Mardene Derry — Colusa, Illinois ,  passed away at 1:35 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. Mardene was born on April 7, 1925 in Colusa, Illinois the daughter of Walter and Alta Shaw Dorsett. On June 15, 1947 she married Forrest Derry in Colusa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2011. Mrs. Derry graduated from Colusa High School. She attended Western Illinois University for one year before being urged to take the teacher exam. Because of WWII, teachers were in short supply, so she became a teacher at age 19. She taught in a one-room school, where some of the students were fairly close in age to her. She went on to teach at Nauvoo Grade School and Nauvoo-Colusa JH for almost 30 years of teaching. During this time, she continued her studies and graduated from Carthage College and gained a master’s degree from WIU. She had also worked as a Postmaster, telephone operator, and with her husband operated a small grocery, Derry’s Store. Mardene was a loyal helpmate to her husband during their years of farming and raising their family. She also was his devoted caregiver in later years. She served as church treasurer for many years and assisted with the Harris Cemetery. “Grandma Dene” was loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was known for her encouragement of education, wise counsel, and incredible pies, cookies, and homemade noodles. She left an endearing imprint with those who knew and loved her. Survivors include one son, Wayne (Peggy) Derry of Keokuk; one daughter, Linda (Jeff) Wilson of Colusa, Ill.; four grandchildren, Ryan (Beate) Wilson, Adele (Brian) Langworthy, Isaac Wilson and Paul Wilson; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Sophie Wilson and Rachel and Drake Langworthy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest; one granddaughter, Suprayasi Wilson; and great-granddaughter, Angelica Wilson. 
Submitted: June 8, 2015

Gerald W, Dulaney — Maynard ,  died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was 72 years old. He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Colley) Dulaney. Mr. Dulaney was born in Rock Island, Illinois to Hawley Clayton and Margaret Ella (McIlmoyl) Dulaney in 1941. He grew up in Carthage, Illinois and was a graduate of Carthage College, Purdue and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Dulaney worked over 30 years for the Digital Equipment Corporation and most recently worked for Microfinancial in Burlington. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading and fishing. His favorite hobby was researching genealogy with his wife and dear friend Paul Collins of Virginia. Mr. Dulaney is survived by his wife Sandra (Colley) Dulaney, his former wife Beverly (Grant) Dulaney and his seven children: Dawn Kelley and her husband Jeff, Darci Gonzalez and her husband Javier, Michael Dulaney and his girlfriend Nancy, Andrea Eppel and her husband Michael, Theresa Sadauskas, Troy Dulaney and his wife Karyn, and Sarah Dulaney MacNeil and her husband Nicholas. He was the grandfather of Mark, Pam, Don, Josh, Helene, Eryn, Jonathan, David, Timothy and two special grandchildren Julia and Olivia. He was the proud great-grandfather of Rayden, Matthew and Kailey. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Kay (Zarn) Ivarson — Palatine, IL,  passed away on June 16, 2019. Kay is survived by her husband of 55 years Dave Ivarson '63; children Kristina (Jeffrey) Ahlgrim and Jeffrey (Kjersten) Ivarson; grandchildren Danielle, Anna, Matthew, Andrew, Joseph, Emma; her brother Richard (Molly) Zarn. She is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Lila Zarn and her brother Gerald Zarn. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Roger Jones — Park Ridge, IL,  passed away on August 21, 2016. Beloved husband of 55 years to Linka M. Jones née Kirst; loving father of Kimberly Jones, Mark Jones (Sharon) and Mary Jo Marchetta née Jones ; cherished grandfather to Christina Smith née Jones, Daniel Jones, Jonathan Jones and Michaelene Marchetta; dear brother of late Warren Jones; friend to many. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Bill Julian — Rhinelander, Wisconsin ,  passed away at 87 on Monday, October 13, 2014, at Milestone Senior Living. He was born March 12, 1927, in Spurgeon, Indiana, to Jake and Ruth (Faries) Julian. Bill attended Carthage College and married his wife, Loretta Miller on May 14, 1948, in Princeton, Indiana. He entered the U.S. Army where he served for twenty years; retiring as a First Sergeant. During his service, Bill earned many medals and commendations including a Bronze Star during a tour in Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, Bill began a career with Boy Scouts of America which led he and Loretta to Rhinelander where Bill served as Camp Director at Camp Tesomas for thirteen years until retiring in 1988. Bill was very involved in service to the community and was a leader in the start of the United Way program in Oneida County, serving from 1976 until 1996. He was chairman of the Oneida County Emergency Food and Shelter Board from 1989 until 1992. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, he served in the Usher Corps and as a member of the Finance, Audit, and Communion committees. He was an avid stamp and coin collector and served three years as president of the Northwoods Stamp and Coin Club as well as co-chairman of the annual Stamp and Coin Show. Bill was also very involved in the Masonic Lodge beginning in 1959. While a member of the F&AM Rhinelander Lodge #242, he was twice Worshipful Master and Secretary for over twenty years. He was a fifty year plus member of Eastern Star; serving five terms as Worthy Patron. He was also a longtime member of the York and Scottish Rites. Bill and Loretta owned and operated Der Hinterland Tree Farm located in the Town of Newbold which was recognized as a Certified Tree Farm by the American Forest Foundation in 1992 and again in 1997 and was named Oneida County Tree Farm of the Year in 1995. Bill will be fondly remembered as a man who was quick with a smile, loved his community, and held close the virtues and principles of Masonry. Bill is survived by his wife, Loretta Julian of Rhinelander; a grandson, Todd Julian of Madison, WI; great grandson, Soljin Julian; sister, Peg (Joe) Jenkins of Princeton, IN; three brothers, Jack Julian of Evansville, IN, Bob Julian of Spurgeon, IN, and James (Eddi) Julian of Modesto, CA; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his Brother Masons and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Eva and Maxine; and two brothers, Byron and Kenneth. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Richard E. Linson , Sr. — West Lafayette, Ind. ,  died February 18. He was born January 23, 1942 in Keokuk, Iowa, to the late Opel and Bertha (Ingledue) Linson.He graduated from Carthage Community High School, Carthage, IL in 1960 and attended Carthage College in Carthage Illinois. On November 15, 1975 he married Susan Lynne Hunnicutt and she survives. He served in the United States Navy from April 1962 until July 1966. He became a licensed nursing home administrator and worked seven years for Americana Healthcare, Inc. In 1974 he purchased Comfort Retirement and Nursing Home in Lafayette and owned and operated it for 19 years. From 1993 to 1996 he worked for Tippecanoe County and operated the Tippecanoe Villa. In 1996 he joined his wife, Susan, at Road Works Manufacturing, Inc. and was the purchasing agent until he retired in 2005.He was a member of University Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He participated in mission trips to Morocco, Turkey and to the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, TX. Mr. Linson was active in the West Lafayette Kiwanis Club serving one term as president. After retirement he volunteered in the pharmacy and in the gift shop at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Also surviving are his children, Richard E. Linson, Jr. of Louisville, Ky., Bertan P. Linson (Sabina) of Ramstein, Germany, Christine Linson Ernst (Warren) of Mountain House, Ca., Paul F. Smith (Robyn) of Lafayette, IN., Aaron M. Smith (Tracey) of Tucson, AZ., grandchildren, Aaron Linson (Ashley) of Louisville, KY. David Linson of Danville, IN., Tirzah C. Linson of Louisville, KY., Christine Linson Ford (Kyle) of Lafayette, Jacob R. Linson (Hannah) of Lafayette, Brody Ernst of Mountain House, CA. Matthew R. Smith (Brittaney) of West Lafayette, Daniel E. Smith of San Francisco, CA., Angela Smith Mishler (Luke) of West Lafayette, Elizabeth P. M. Smith, Lila J. A. Smith, Joshua A. Smith of Lafayette & Heather M. Smith of Tucson, AZ. and great grandchildren, Laell, Claire, Quinn & Everett. He was preceded in death by a sister, Georgene Linson & granddaughter, Natalie Josephine Smith.  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Joel Mitchen — Deerfield Beach, Fla.,  died March 30, 2014. He earned his bachelor's degree from Carthage and his master's and doctorate from Purdue University. He dedicated his life to scientific research, developing over 30 patents and publishing numerous articles in scientific journals. In the later years of his life, he worked as a consultant for other researchers. He will be missed by family and friends. He was born March 25, 1942, to Joseph and Dorothy Mitchen. Survivors include his two brothers, Laurence (Marcia) Mitchen of Gurnee, Ill., and Jacque (Joan) Mitchen of Monona, Wis. In addition he is survived by eight nieces and nephews as well as 9 great-nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Ruth Irene (Kolberg ) Newton — Powellton, Illinois,  age 73, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the end of life program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. She was born on October 19, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois a daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Koehn Kolberg. She married William Richard Newton at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Illinois on June 10, 1961. Ruth grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, graduating from Glenbard High School in 1959. She graduated in 1964 from Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois where she met Bill. She was a supportive farm wife and loving mother and grandmother who was very involved in her family's lives. She was active in various groups including: Hancock County Republican Women, PEO and Monday Study Club, and Southeast Iowa Parkinson's Support Group. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, Illinois, and had worked outside the home at Dana Bushong Jewelers. Ruth served others in many ways including Sonora Township Election Board, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Christ Lutheran Church secretary and Sunday school teacher, and various other church, school, and community activities. Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill; their four children: Bill (Pam) Newton, Jr. of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Cynthia (Kirk) Barlow of Apache Junction, Arizona; Laura (JW) Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; John (Monica) Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; their thirteen grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Crowner of Carrboro, North Carolina; Matthew (fiancé Brandy Buchanan; Blake, Gage, and Braxton Scott) Crowner of Nauvoo, Illinois; Bradley (Jessica) Moffitt of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Brennan Moffitt of St. Louis, Missouri; Jackalyn, Jack, Samuel, John, and James Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; Benjamin, Zachary, Paige, and Megan Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Grace (Dovemuehle) Parkhurst — Lisle, IL,  passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. Grace Ann and Edwin were married on July 6, 1963. Grace Ann was a long-time resident of Lisle. She served on the HSO board for Lisle schools, Active in Booster club at Lisle High school, taught Sunday school at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville for many years, where she was an active member since 1971, active in the Lisle/Naperville chapter of Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and served as their president. She loved to play her piano, travel, reading, crossword puzzles and enjoyed going to watch her grandchildren play sports & perform theatre as well as her ladies' lunches. She enjoyed their 2nd home in Longville, MN where she served as Zone One director of the Long Lake Property Owners Association, was a member of the Red Hat Society and a long term member of Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, MN. Grace Ann graduated from Carthage in 1964, taught high school PE, then stayed home to raise 4 children and host 6 exchange students from abroad. Survived by her husband of 56 years Edwin W. Parkhurst Jr. receded in death by her parents, the late Reverend Darwin Paul & Ruth Dovemuehle (nee Anderson). 
Submitted: October 25, 2019

Ronald Shook — Frankfort, WI,  passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 77. Ronald was a graduate of Carthage College and a grade school teacher for 34 years. Survived by his loving family, wife, Margaret Shook whom he married on October 19, 1963 in Macomb, IL; son, Jason (Patty) Shook; granddaughters, Ashley, Katie and Jenny Shook. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Thelma (Graham) Shook. 
Submitted: July 24, 2018

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James W. Spence , Sr. — New London, WI,  passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the age of 75. He was born on June 12, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Samuel and Ruth (Treichel) Spence, attending Austin High School. After high school, Jim Sr. attended Carthage College where he earned a degree in Political Science, met his wife and went on to work in careers in sales and construction. While at Carthage, Jim was president of Circle K and was a member of Tau Sigma Ci fraternity. He married Adrienne Ruth Lutz who shared a passion for the outdoors, camping with friends across the midwest, the south and the western national parks. They served as leaders in both the Girl and later, Boy Scouts as well. Jim Sr. and Adrienne gave significant time to the Boy Scouts in Illinois, serving some of the closest family friends’ sons in Bensenville, Illinois. Jim Sr. went on to attend the College of DuPage, earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work and Substance Abuse Counseling. He served 15 years in the counseling profession and was a 34-year sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. In that role, he sponsored younger colleagues, and served in board and chair positions in northern Illinois and later Wisconsin, including most recent service as the statewide Corrections Chair, taking sobriety “inside the walls” to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ inmate population. Grandpa Jim will be dearly remembered by family and friends for his great attitude; his quiet, strong faith in the Lord; his quick-witted sense of humor; his passion for serving others, changing broken lives through AA; and most importantly his gratitude and deep love for his family. He is survived by his son, James Spence Jr. and grandchildren Allison and Nathan Spence of Calumet, Michigan; his sister Jeannie (Spence) Godbold and husband Stanly of Starkville, Mississippi; his niece and family, Heidi and Scott Rives and sons, of Newark, Ohio; his two grandchildren, Aliison and Nathan Spence, Michigan; his special friend Lynn Rieckmann of New London, Wisconsin and other cousins across the Midwest and Florida. 
Submitted: January 16, 2018

William Stewart — Amery, WI,  passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. Rev. Stewart was a resident of Amery, Wisconsin at the time of passing. After graduating from Carthage in 1964, he attended Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. 
Submitted: November 8, 2019

Mona Alberta (Bryan) Strand — Anamosa, Iowa,  died Oct. 29, 2013, at the Anamosa Care Center. Surviving are her daughter, Mona Burns of Anamosa; five grandchildren, Allen (Lauri) Burns of Mora, Minn., Michael (Anna) Burns of Hills, Mona (Sam) Reimers of Fort Wayne, Ind., Penny (Michael) Wagner of Ankeny and Kathryn Williams of Anamosa; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; two step-great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands; her daughter, Esther McGriff; her parents, three sisters and two brothers. Mona Alberta Bryan was born March 25, 1916, in Mahaska County, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Effie Evans Bryan. She grew up near Barnes City and graduated from Carnes City High School and later from Carthage's Illinois campus. She married Henry Allen Ahlsclager on June 6, 1936. They lived and raised their two daughters in Olds, Iowa. Allen died Oct. 11, 1954. On March 22, 1962, Alberta and Charles Strand were married. They made their home in LaHarpe, Ill., and later in West Burlington, Iowa. Charlie died May 3, 1981. Alberta loved teaching kindergarten and first grade in Olds, Iowa, and LaHarpe, Ill. She also loved to travel, visiting every state except Alaska, and also Germany, Austria, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. She was a member of First Congregational United Church. She took the greatest delight of all in her family. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Genevieve (Vass) Whitson — Champaign, IL,  passed away on October 6, 2018 at the age of 96. Born Dec. 11, 1921, at the Myers family farm in Pontoosuc Township, near Colusa, Ill., she was the daughter of Jacob Clay and Corinne Parmalee Smith Vass. She married James Robert Whitson on Aug. 28, 1943, in New York City while he was on shore leave from the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mrs. Whitson was an elementary teacher for 25 years, with the last several years at Carthage. During WWII, she was employed for two summers at Indian Point Park, N.Y., along the Hudson River near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home. After her marriage, she worked as a Social Security clerk for New York Central Realty Company in Manhattan, returning to Illinois when the war ended in Europe. She was a graduate of Colusa High School, Class of 1939. She attended Indiana Central College in Indianapolis for her teacher’s certification and received her bachelor’s degree from Carthage in 1964. A lifelong member of the Colusa United Methodist Church, where she served as pianist, financial secretary, and a lay delegate to the church’s annual conference, she transferred her membership to Faith United Methodist in Champaign after moving from one side of Illinois to the other to be closer to family. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, past president of the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, and the Hancock County Historical Society. Survivors include her sister, Patricia Lynch of Lakewood, Colo.; and three children, Roxanne Frey in Oakland, Valerie Johnson in Rockford and Michael (Bonnie) Whitson in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is also mourned by five grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren as well as several brother and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons-in-law (David Johnson, John Frey); five brothers-in-law (Owen Marshall, Robert Peter, Tom Dipping, David Lynch, Walter Whitson) and three sisters-in-law (Lorraine Whitson, Sarah Dipping, Bonnie Whitson). 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

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Charles Carlson — Mount Pleasant, Wis. ,  died Jan. 6, 2013. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Paul E. Flesner — Wheeling, Ill. ,  74, died on January 1, 2016 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Paul was born on September 21, 1941 to Dorris and Ruth (Flack) Flesner in Clayton Center, Iowa. His growing up years were spent in Valparaiso, Indiana and St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul graduated from Carthage College, received his divinity degree from Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained on June 6, 1967. Paul married Myrtis Niederbaumer on April 16, 1966. Paul's first call was a mission church at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. After 10 years, he took a second call to Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois. His last call was to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Prospect Heights, Illinois. After 38 years in the ministry, Paul retired in 2005.Paul had a zest for life that was contagious and his laughter and presence filled a room. He pursued many passions at various times in his life including, photography, woodworking, gardening, camping, racquetball, piano and guitar playing, and computers. Above all, his abiding faith in God and his love for his family sustained him.Paul is survived by his daughters, Julie (Dean) Bacon, Rock Island, Illinois and Joy Sourou, Cary, Illinois; granddaughters Jessica, Claire, and Anna Bacon, Giselle and Alexie Sourou; father of Giselle and Alexie, Franck Sourou. He is also survived by his brother David Flesner, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and his sister, Lois (Art) Goetz, Sun City West, Arizona; nieces Carolyn and Diana Flesner.Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Dorris and Ruth, and his wife Myrtis in 2003 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Fredrick Friedlieb — Henderson, Nevada,  passed away on Sept. 7 in Henderson, Nev. Fredrick was a retired Captain of the Chicago Police Department after 30 years of service. 
Submitted: October 6, 2015

Richard Gronning — Northfield, MN,  passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 78. Dick was the son of Ole Gronning and Violet Maresh of Racine, WI. He attended Washington Park High School class of 1958 and graduated from Carthage College class of 1963. He married Sigrid Stephan in 1963. He attained rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving 1964-1969 (Aircraft Commander of the C-130 Hercules). He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He moved to Minnesota to be a pilot for Northwest Airlines. Dick had many passions including building Renaissance musical instruments (acclaimed and played by some professionals), discussions of faith, philosophy, and social justice, and researching and advocating for alternative health and environmental solutions. He is survived by his wife, Sigrid, son, Dan and wife, Maria; son, Ari, daughter, Bettina and husband, Sawad, and their daughter, Siri. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Sun Wells-Gronning. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

Gerald Henriksen — Peoria, IL,  passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was born in Lena, Illinois to William and Margaret Henriksen. Jerry grew up in Lena, Illinois, and graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1959. He graduated from Carthage College in 1963 and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1966. Jerry owned and operated Mt. Hawley Animal Clinic in Peoria, Illinois, until he retired in 2004. In addition to running his own business, he served on the board of PAWS and the Tri-County Veterinary Medical Association. Upon retirement, he relocated to Depoe Bay, Oregon. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Yvonne (Pfabe) Juhl — St. Louis, Mo,  went to sleep with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. She was born April 15, 1942, in St. Louis, the daughter of Kort and Henriette Pfabe. Yvonne was baptized at Messiah Lutheran Church in St. Louis and confirmed and married at Ascension Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She attended Lutheran High School Central in St. Louis and Carthage College in Carthage, Il. She worked at the Food and Drug Administration in St. Louis as an analytical drug chemist, where she met her husband, William (Bill) Juhl, who also was a chemist there. They were married on Aug. 21, 1977, in St. Louis. Bill preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 2016. Yvonne enjoyed travel and visited 51 countries. She was a dedicated and skillful family genealogist and loved to read. She was active in her church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Mo., and a long-time member of the choir. She dedicated many volunteer hours at the Alzheimer's Association Office. During retirement, Yvonne and Bill continued their farming activity in southeastern Iowa with their partner Bob Galle. She is survived by her brother Jerrald and his wife Esther Pfabe of Seward, Neb.; her nieces, Rebecca Pfabe (husband Maury Higgins); Susan Pfabe Wiggans (husband Scott Wiggans), and Kristin Pfabe; uncle and aunt, Eldon and Betty Anne Pfabe; her uncle Ollie Eckert; and her close and dear friends Bob and Lori Galle. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: September 20, 2019

John Kenneth Knutson — Dallas,  accepted his Lord's invitation to come home on Thursday, November 19, 2015. He was born on February 22, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Kenneth and Margaret Knutson. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Foreman High School. In 1963 he graduated with a BA from Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois and in 1970 a Masters in Inorganic Chemistry from Idaho State University. On August 17, 1963 he married Sandra Joy Genszler. For several years, John taught high school chemistry in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1970 he went to work for American Micros Systems in Pocatello where he managed the chemical department. For the next thirty plus years he worked for Sematech, INTEL and Texas Instruments. In 2002, he retired from Air Liqude America where he had been responsible for electronic specialty gases, on-site bulk gases, on-site services of gas management and world-wide benchmarking. John was known for his involvement in Dallas Area Interfaith as well as his activities within the North Dallas Democrats where he served as a precinct chair. He was an avid handball player, hunter and fisherman. He will be remembered by many for his ability to engage in lively political discussions and still maintain close personal friendships with those whose political leanings were opposite of his. He also developed a unique bridge bidding system which he delighted in using. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Margaret Knutson. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Knutson of Dallas, his sons, Erik Jon Knutson and Leif Kjell Knutson, both of Dallas, two sisters, Barbara Wooddroffe of Victoria, British Columbia and Kristine Meyer of Paris, Tennessee and four granddaughters, all of Dallas, Texas. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Margaret Leona Martyn Swain — Milan, Illinois ,  passed away Monday April 6, 2015 at her home. Margaret was born June 21, 1930 in Roseville, IL, a daughter of Mable Gilbert Martyn and Augustus Cooper Martyn. During her early life, she was raised by her mother in the home of her grandparents, Frank and Eva Holeman Gilbert. Following her mother's marriage to Jim Fillman, she moved to Monmouth, IL. Margaret graduated from Monmouth High School. She attended Western Illinois Teachers College, Macomb, IL, and later graduated from Carthage College, Carthage, IL. Margaret pursued her graduate studies in Special Education at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. She married William E. Swain on September 6, 1952 in Carthage, IL. They moved to Milan, IL in 1966. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2005. Margaret taught Elementary and Special Education at Carthage Illinois schools for 10 years. She later taught at Sherrard School District in Coyne Center for 24 years. She enjoyed genealogy, art, traveling, and most importantly time with her family, grandchildren, and special friends. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, all of whom will miss her greatly. Surviving are her sons (and spouses), Tony (Hollie) Swain, Davenport, IA, Terry (Debbie) Swain, and Troy Swain, all of Milan; grandchildren, Theodore Swain, Melissa (Steven) Knepp, Matthew (Marisol) Dean, Jason (Beth) Dean, Chuck Dean, Krista (Mike) Scaia, Amy (Greg) Hagman, Ty (Michelle) Arp; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Don (Kathy) Fillman, Monmouth, Cheri Fillman Stanton, Monmouth; sister-in-law, Anita Fillman; and many nieces, nephews, and other family. Margaret was preceded in death by her father, mother, stepfather, brother, Joe Fillman, and great-grandson, Hunter Dean. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Robert J. Mouritsen — Chagrin Falls, Ohio,  passed on Monday, July 27, 2015 at home. He graduated from Carthage College where he met his wife, Lynn (Henson), of 49 years. Robert spent his entire working career with General Electric. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and sister. He leaves behind his wife, Lynn, and his three children; John Mouritsen (Kristen), Carrie Pye (James), and Christine Fogel.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

John Naylor — Crawfordsville, Ind. ,  was born on December 12, 1940 and passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. John was a resident of Crawfordsville, Indiana at the time of his passing. He is survived by his companion Lanni Senn.  
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Thomas Porter — Herrin, IL,  passed away on May 24, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 16, 1941, nine days after Pearl Harbor, to the late Eugene H. and Ellen (Albers) Porter in Murphysboro. Thomas grew up in Murphysboro, attending Murphysboro High School and graduated from there in 1959. He attended Carthage College and graduated in 1963. He then completed his education by getting his doctorate from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in Chicago. Following his doctorate he did his internship in Cook County Hospital in Illinois. From 1972 to 1976 he worked at Herrin Hospital. While in practice there, he delivered 200 babies in three years. He later had his own private practice in Goreville, from 1976 until he retired in 2007. Thomas was an avid hunter and trapper, who enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada. He was also an avid runner and biker. He enjoyed and excelled in many road races as well as triathlons, including the River to River races. Later in life, Thomas was inducted in the 1958 Murphysboro High School Hall of Fame as part of the undefeated football team. Survivors include wife, Beverly Bible; daughters, Laura Kobrick, Melissa Morley (Mark), Angela Janczak (David), Diana Porter; grandchildren, Kaci Wooldridge, Abby Wooldridge, Alec Morley, Ty Morley, Asher Morley, Taggart Morley; great-grandchild, Theodore Sheets; brothers, William Porter and Richard Porter. He is preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: June 6, 2018

Louis "Luke" J. Smith , Ph.D & Sharon Smith — Chicago, IL,  Louis J. "Luke" Smith, a Department of State historian for 34 years until his retirement in 2005, died unexpectedly of respiratory failure on Monday, May 1, 2017. He was 77. In 1971 the Department of State recruited Luke Smith from university teaching to serve in its Historical Office. He wrote historical studies and memoranda for policy makers, but his most significant contribution was as an editor of the State's official documentary series, Foreign Relations of the United States. Over his 34 year career he produced 17 FRUS volumes beginning with President Eisenhower and ending with Nixon presidency. His most notable volume documented the formerly unreleased details of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Operation Mongoose, the covert plan to overthrow the Castro Government. His choice of transcripts of the Cuban exiles pleading in vain from the beach for CIA air support for their invasion gave the volume a poignancy rare in such collections. The volume marked the beginning of the U.S. Government's effort to present the full extent of its stormy relations with Cuba in the early 1960s and highlighted President Kennedy's obsession with Castro. A native of Chicago, he remained loyal to all its sports teams throughout is life. He excelled at basketball leading his high school and Carthage College teams to winning seasons. A talented student with a formidable memory and an ear for the cadences and rhythms of good writing, he earned a M.A. from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State. He played competitive softball into his fifties. His long sweeping swing launched towering home runs. Luke Smith had an open smile and a quick laugh. He loved opera. A man of diverse interests, he was universally liked by professional colleagues and teammates. He is survived by his wife, Sharon and two children, Deborah and David. Services will be private.  
Submitted: May 9, 2017

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Bruce Becker — Port Washington, Wis. ,  passed away in the afternoon hours of Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 73. Bruce was born in Chicago, son of Charles Becker and Katherine Meberger Becker. He grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Forman High School in 1958. He then attended Carthage in Carthage, Ill. Bruce graduated from Carthage with a triple major in 1962. On Jan. 14, 1967, he married Mary Bellon in Horicon, Wis. In 1971, the couple moved to Port Washington to raise their family. Bruce was the owner and Executive Vice President of X-Cel Tooling, Inc. in Iron Ridge, Wis., one of the premier metal stamping tool and die shops in the state of Wisconsin. He was very proud of his company, having rescued it from bankruptcy in 1987 and growing it to over 50 employees today, all of whom Bruce considered family. Bruce was a member of St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church in Port Washington and also a member of the Port Washington Police and Fire Commission. He had a passion for the game of golf, enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, traveling to Eagle River, dining out and was also a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and a staunch conservative. Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary, of Port Washington, his two children Dan (Karen) Becker of Port Washington and Trish (Adam) Poull of Belgium, six grandchildren: Alex, Abby & Nick Becker and Emily, Matthew and Olivia Poull. He is further survived by his brother Robert (Sydna) Becker of Vero Beach, Fla., his sister Carol (Ron) Howard of Chicago, three sisters-in-law: Phyllis Becker of Edmonds, Wash., Peggy (Scott) Schroeder of Fond du Lac, Kathleen (Stan) Plageman of Fond du Lac, three brothers-in-law: Daniel Bellon of Beaver Dam, John Bellon of Fond du Lac, and Edward Bellon of Sarasota, Fla., nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Charles Becker, one nephew Conrad Becker and his in-laws Patricia and Francis "Bud" Bellon. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Larry R. Bohn — Woodstock, Illinois,  75, of Woodstock, passed away November 21, 2015 at the Kindred Care Hospital in Sycamore Illinois. He was born October 29, 1940 in Woodstock to Ernest A. and Betty G. (Grobe) Bohn. He married his wife of 47 years, Deanna K. Rahn on February 20, 1968. Larry was a 1958 graduate of Woodstock High School. He graduated from Carthage College in 1962 with a degree in business. He was a Veteran, serving in the Army as an Administrator stationed in Anchorage Alaska from 1963 to 1964. A life member of Grace Lutheran Church, Larry served as an usher, a Deacon, and as President of the Sunday School, and taught Sunday School as well. He also served on many Woodstock City boards including the Library Board,and the Site Plan Review Board. He was co-owner of Bohn’s on the Square, and Bohn’s Ace Hardware from 1964 to the present. He was a dedicated Rotary member since 1978 and had a 36 year perfect attendance record. He served as President in 2002 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Larry thoroughly enjoyed working at the store, and also spending family time at their cottage on the lake. He is survived by his wife, Deanna Bohn of Woodstock; two sons, Leon (Jennifer) Bohn, Seth (Caitlin) Bohn; grandchildren, Tristan Bohn, Melia Bohn, and Jonnie–Rose Bohn; a brother, Harold (Jill) Bohn; two sisters in law, Ruth Bohn Hodges, and Maggie Bohn; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; and two brothers, Kenneth Bohn, and Ernest E. Bohn. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Jim Carlson — Moab, Utah,  fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and died Feb. 21, 2013, at 73. Less than a week before his death, he was still saying his wife's name, Ginny, drinking his Cokes, and eating his beloved M&Ms; however, by then, Alzheimer's had stolen almost everything else from him. Jim grew up in Illinois and lived in Chicago, Berlin, New Jersey, Seattle, Olympia (Wash.), Romania, Wisconsin, and Albuquerque, before moving to Moab in 2000. Jim graduated from Carthage and was a German linguist for the U.S. Army. Professionally, he was employed in the computer field, managed a golf course, and performed years of volunteer work. He loved to golf, hike, and joke around. He was a sports fan with a deep loyalty to his Chicago Cubs and Bears teams. Jim and his beloved wife, Ginny, had many life adventures in their 45-year marriage. He leaves behind his wife, Ginny; son, John and wife Jenn; his daughter, Sharon and her husband John and their children, Zack and Rachel. His 13 nieces and nephews, along with their spouses and children and their parents (Jim's "in-laws") will miss their "Uncle Jim." Ginny and Jim had been living in Olympia, Wash., since October 2012, to obtain health care for Jim not available in southeast Utah.  
Submitted: May 13, 2013

Howard "Howie" Fintzen — Sheboygan, Wis.,  passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2013 at home. He was born in Milwaukee on April 11, 1940, to Elsa Ruth and Howard K Fintzen. In the early '50s, his family moved to Black River, Wis., south of Sheboygan. He graduated from Central High School in Sheboygan in 1958, Carthage College in 1962, and Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, and was ordained into the Lutheran Ministry at First United Lutheran Church in 1966. Rev. Fintzen earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, in 1977. On Dec. 22, 1962, he married Frances Budlong in Minneapolis. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012. During his parish ministry, he served at Atonement, Racine, Wis.; Ascension, Allouez, Wis.; Geneva Lutheran, Geneva, Ill.; Redeemer, Trenton, N.J.; Lincoln Park, Milwaukee; and interim ministry at Wellington Park, Milwaukee. In 2003, he retired from active parish ministry and returned to Sheboygan to restore the cottage in Black River. The couple resided in a home on Sheboygan's south side. He also returned to First United Lutheran to help with ministry and sing in the choir. During his retirement, he served as on-call chaplain at St. Nicholas Hospital and as a shut-in visitation pastor for St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Howie's favorite past times were days at the cottage with family and friends, striking up conversations and going camping. He could also be found cheering for the Green Bay Packers and anticipating more decorations for the house and cottage during the holidays. While a preacher, he never preached, instead witnessing his faith through his actions. He loved all people and lived his life in service to others, especially those ignored by society. He is survived by his wife, Fran; three sons, Scott (Susan) of Geneva, Ill., Tim of Sheboygan and David (Ginzee) of South Orange, N.J.; four grandchildren, Ethan and Anna of Geneva, Ill., and Zoey and Emme of South Orange, N.J.; one sister Carol (Carl) Jensen of Kingwood, Texas. He is further survived by nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Submitted: July 18, 2013

James Friend — DeMotte, IN,  passed away on October 30, 2016 at the Riverside Medical Center. Born on November 23, 1931 in East Chicago to the late Ivan(Margaret) Freind. James was a graduate of East Chicago Roosevelt High School, James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War on the U.S.S Essex, as well as an employee for the United States Postal Service for 30 years. He was a member of the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge, and VFW Post 7781. James is survived by his loving wife; Anne of DeMotte, stepdaughters; Karen Sklanka, and Marlene Slicko, and many loving nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Richard Hentschel — Fennimore, WI,  passed away on November 16, 2018 at the age of 77. 
Submitted: January 9, 2019

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Dorothy Maaske — Lena, Illinois,  passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at her home in Lena. She was born on August 4, 1940 to Russell and Alberta (Fritz) Whitaker in Sterling, IL. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1958 and graduated from Carthage in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She married Larry Maaske '63 on July 14, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling. Dorothy taught physical education in the Pearl City School District, Franklin Grove School District, and Lena-Winslow School District. On August 1, 1976, she began working for Citizens State Bank in Lena, first as a teller, and later as a bookkeeper. After 30 years with the bank, she retired in February 2006. She was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena. She was on the altar guild for many years, taught Sunday school, and helped with the annual bazaar for many years. She also volunteered at My Friend’s Closet and was a bus aide for the Adult Day Center. Dorothy loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and spend time with her family. She is survived by her husband Larry; one son, Jeffrey (Beth) Maaske of Brentwood, TN; two grandchildren Kylie Phillips and Zackery Maaske; one sister Joanne (Herb) Reed of Tavaras, FL; two brothers, Russell (Jim) Whitaker of Fort Collins, CO, and John (Cheryl) Whitaker of Sterling, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

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James J. Martin & Renee Martin — Blaine, MN,  formerly of Richfield, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2017. Life long devoted Pastor serving over a 45 year career. Jim was called to many churches including Bethlehem, Christ and Wooddale Lutheran. Survived by loving wife Renee C.; first wife Amy (Richard) Larson; children Timothy (Tony) Johnson, Andrew (Mollie) Wulff, Eve (Bryan) Skajewski, and Philip Martin; grandchildren Nicholas and Madelynn Skajewski, Grace and Elizabeth Martin, Aidan and Brady Wulff and Josh Fish; sister LeAnn Sullivan; and her children Ruthie, Mike and Julie; many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.  
Submitted: January 23, 2017

David Charles Mewis — Troy, MO,  died in a motorcycle accident on June 13th, 2018 at the age of 78. David was born on June 28, 1939 in Johnson Creek, WI to Gertrude (Wilson) and Alfred Mewis. He was one of four children: Mary (Mewis) Hansen, William Mewis, and Tom Mewis, all deceased. David grew up in Jefferson, WI and went on to study Fine Arts at Carthage College where he met Kathy Christensen, whom he married in 1962 in St. Paul, MN. David and Kathy raised two children, Peder Christensen Mewis and Mary Jane Mewis Poynter in St. Paul MN. David had three grandchildren: Abigale Mewis, Michael Mewis, and Fernie Poynter. Dave went on to get a degree from Metro U in St. Paul with a focus on computer programming. He held many jobs including working in bakery when he was very young, truck driving, working in the family greenhouse, teaching, and computer programming. Dave’s passions were gardening, baking, computers, continuously learning, biking and motor cycling, horses, dogs, and painting. He was always busy and you would rarely see him sitting and watching TV. He gave much of his time to others who were struggling with recovery and spent time volunteering with his Church, Probation and Parole, the Salvation Army and the AA Program. He extended a hand to those who needed help during the lowest times of their lives. He lived life to the fullest and always said that he was ready to go when it was time. He leaves behind many friends, his family, and his special friend Val Stuckel. 
Submitted: July 16, 2018

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Jon Novak — Loves Park, IL,  passed away December 28, 2017. Born July 27, 1940, in Lancaster, WI, the son of John Philip and Zoa (Witzig) Novak. He graduated from Freeport High School, Class of 1958. Jon attended Carthage (Illinois) in 1958-1959 and transferred to Platteville, WI. Jon graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received his Masters Degree at Nothern Illinois. Jon married Janet B. Truttmann in 1961. He was formerly employed as a carpenter. Jon retired from teaching industrial education at Harlem School District in 1994. Jon spent many years coaching football, basketball, and baseball. Jon and his wife, Janet, loved to travel, visiting 48 states, the Panama Canal and Europe. Jon loved the fact that he shared his birthday month, day and year, with the creation of Bugs Bunny. He loved fishing with his buddies at Balsam Lake, playing poker with his friends and never went anywhere without a book. Survivors include his wife, Janet; daughter, Heather Novak; son, Allan (Shawn) Novak; grandchildren, Caroline (James) Lamb, Adam Kohout, Mackenzie Novak and Gannon Novak; sister, Kathryn (Robert) Nielsen; brother-in-law, Dwight (Dianna) Truttmann; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. 
Submitted: April 12, 2018

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Joseph "Don" Donald Roland

Joseph Roland — Crivitz, WI,  passed away on October 16th in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. Don was born May 5, 1940, in Marinette, WI to the late Joseph and Eunice Roland. Don graduated from high school in 1958 and Carthage in 1962 where he excelled at basketball. Upon graduation, earning a business degree, he worked at AC Electronics in Milwaukee until 1966 when he then joined the Ansul Company in Marinette. He served as Supervisor and Manager of Cost Accounting, Manager of Corporate Accounting, Treasurer and Controller, and Vice President before being named President in 1987. Don was active in city affairs serving as Chairman of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and also served on the Marinette Catholic Central Foundation. When Don retired in 1990, he spent time with his family enjoying the outdoors, fishing, camping, golfing, hunting and traveling. He and his wife Mary enjoyed going to Packer games tailgating with family and friends and will be truly missed by those who knew him. He is survived by his wife , Mary of 62 years, sons: Mark (Denise), Mike, David (Michelle) and Daniel (Carrie). Don is also survived by brothers, Jan (Linda), Russel (Debbie ) sisters: Beverly (Bill) Kelly, Carol (John) Meyers, and Linda (Jerry) Truitt; and brother in law, Gary (Terri) Bearson and was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Bearson. 
Submitted: October 25, 2019

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Thomas Spannraft — Huntley, IL,  passed away on March 26, 2019 at the age of 80. Tom will be forever remembered by his wife of 58 years and best friend Dawn (nee O'Meara), and their children, Scott (Gail), Randee (Mike) Theile, and Curt (Michele), and by his sister Mitzi Behnke. Tom will also be fondly remembered by his 7 grandchildren Abigail (Pat) Leigh, Sarah, Kelsey, Haley, Benjamin, Kelly, and Bridget, and numerous extended family and dear friends. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Bertha Spannraft (nee Kaehler). 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Robert Swanson
Robert Swanson

Robert G. Swanson , Jr., PhD & Caryl Swanson — Johnstown, PA,  died at home on January 21, 2017. Born on November 3, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Robert G. Swanson Sr. and June Swanson-Wegner. Survived by wife of 55 years, Caryl; brother, William Swanson, and wife, Carolyn; children, Bradley Swanson, and wife, Christine; Kristin Davenport, and husband, Alex; Amy Uveges, and boyfriend, Shawn Helsel; and Erin Stauffer, and husband, Robert. He will be missed by granddaughters, Ellen Swanson, and fiance, Andy McCardell, Sarah Swanson, Kayla and Taylor Uveges, Anna and Olivia Davenport, and Peyton and Kendall Stauffer. Pastor Swanson (PS) was an ordained minister and served at First Lutheran Church for 41 years. He also was an adjunct professor in the education department of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for almost 30 years. He was a graduate of Carthage, received a Master of Divinity from Northwestern Seminary, and a Doctorate of Education from The University of Pittsburgh. Bob was devoted to the Johnstown community and enjoyed serving with many organizations throughout his life including, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, the American Red Cross, Walnut Medical, Johnstown Symphony, Lee Initiatives, the United Way, Lions Club and Westmont Hilltop School Board. As an expression of sympathy, please consider memorial donations to First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St, Johnstown, PA 15901 or the Swanson Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 115 Market St. #4, Johnstown, PA 15901. 
Submitted: January 25, 2017

Bruce W. Viernow — Chicago,  died Feb. 25, 2014. He was born in Chicago on April 23, 1939 to William and Martha (Helmken) and grew up on the Northwest side in the Belmont/Cicero neighborhood. He graduated from Foreman High School in 1957 where he was captain of the basketball team. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Carthage and a Master of Science in management from Northern Illinois University in 1967. A professional educator, Bruce had a passion for the underdog and focused his energies on helping students that needed extra encouragement and support to succeed. He began his career in 1962 in the Elmhurst School District teaching and coaching at Field, Yorkfield and Bryan schools. Bruce moved to Glenbard West High School in 1967. He once described the "rungs" on his 27 year "career ladder" at West as lunchroom supervisor, teacher, coach, coordinator, department chair, administrative assistant, dean of students, assistant principal for student services and again lunchroom supervisor. It was always a beautiful day on the hill! After retiring from Glenbard West in 1994, Bruce closed has career as Principal of the Mooseheart Middle and High Schools until 1997. In addition to being an educator, Bruce was the Elmhurst Park District Softball Program Commissioner from 1963-1976. In the first seven years, he transformed a struggling league of 10 teams to an energized league with three divisions and more than 30 teams. Bruce was a member Moose Lodge 1368 in St Charles for over 30 years. He enjoyed regular poker games, the annual football pool, Friday afternoon dice in the back room and traveling to college football games with his "Moose Group" of friends. With, Julie, his wife of 22 years, Bruce enjoyed travel, theater, movies and entertaining family and many cherished friends. Of late they have taken great pride in the academic and athletic achievements of their grandchildren. A resident of Glen Ellyn, Bruce passed away on February 25 at Central DuPage Hospital after a long and courageous struggle with Neuropathy and Parkinson's Diseases. He is survived by his wife Julie (Brusca) Dagnon; children Tyler, of Evergreen, Colorado; Lisa Acord (Bruce) of Carol Stream; Julie Siebel (Charles) of Aurora; John Dagnon (Amy) of Oak Park and Michael Dagnon (Laura) of Kenosha and grandchildren Brad Acord, Kathleen Acord, Trey Siebel, Cassidy Siebel and Drew Dagnon. He is also survived by a sister Sandra (late Ronald) Piper of Morton Grove and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Kathleen (Bock). 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Marilyn Sue (Driskell) Behrendt — Bath, MI,  formerly of Litchfield, Illinois, passed away on November 7, 2016, at the Willows of East Lansing, at 10:05pm. Sue was born on September 13, 1939 in Litchfield, IL, a daughter of the late James E. Driskell and Virginia Adala Arnold. She married John N. Behrendt on November 4, 1961 in Litchfield, IL and he survives. Sue graduated from Litchfield High School and went on to further her education at Carthage College in Wisconsin and then earned her Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. She was a school teacher for the Litchfield Community School District where she retired as a Special Education Teacher in 1999. One of her proudest moments was receiving the Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Behrendt was an active Rotarian serving with the Litchfield Club and belonged to the Eastern Star and P.E.O. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, IL where she served as an elder and clerk. Along with her husband, John Behrendt of Lansing, MI, formerly of Litchfield, Sue is survived by her daughters, Amy Catherine Moore of Texas and Beth (Jon) Lundy of Lansing, MI and 5 grandchildren: Jennifer Moore, Sarah Lundy, David Moore, Claire Lundy and Christian Lundy. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.  
Submitted: February 15, 2017

Kenneth J. Bohn — Greenville, Michigan,  passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at his son's home near Greenville. He was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Woodstock, Illinois, the third son of Ernest and Betty (Grobe) Bohn. He attended Woodstock Public Schools, graduating in 1956. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Order of DeMolay, and worked as a teenager with his parents and brothers in the family business, Bohn's Ace Hardware. On Sept. 7, 1959, he married Mary Margaret (Maggie) Smith in Princeton, Illinois. He graduated from Carthage in 1961. As an adult he worked for several manufacturing companies in the area of material control. He and his family lived in several states where Ken joined and served in a variety of civic organizations and at local churches. He enjoyed working with people who were helping children. Upon retirement he served as Child Care Chairman of the Saladin Shrine Temple in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he coordinated appointments and trips for the children of western Michigan who needed care at Chicago Shrine Hospital. He sometimes drove the van carrying children and parents back and forth. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; children and grandchildren, Jim and Eve Bohn of Greenville, Michigan, Chris, Katie, AJ and Elyse: Beth and Terry Lewis of Hudsonville, MI, Terrence and Teresa; Becca and Thommie Retter of Rego Park, NY, Liza and Bella; brothers, Harold and Jill Bohn of Corvallis, OR: Larry and Dee Bohn of Woodstock, IL; sister-in-law, Ruth and Jim Hodges of Woodstock, IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his eldest brother, Ernest E. Bohn; and an infant nephew. His Celebration of Life service was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids on Sept. 27, 2014. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Otto Gaus — Albuquerque, NM,  passed away on November 18, 2016 at the age of 77. Mr. Gaus worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a CPA. He had a passion for jazz music, old books and decadent desserts. While living in Albuquerque, he developed a profound appreciation for Native American culture. 
Submitted: January 15, 2019

David C. Hoffman
David C. Hoffman

David C. Hoffman & Susan — Rockford, IL,  passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, in OSF St Anthony Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1938, in Rockford, IL the son of David G. and Myrtle S. (Carlson) Hoffman. He was a graduate of East High School class of 1957 and Carthage class of 1961. He married Susan C. Larson on October 9, 1965. David served in the United States Army where he was a Corporal. He was employed with the United States General Accounting Office where he worked as an auditor from 1961 to 1993. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. David was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, and was blessed to be able to see them win the World Series. He loved going to his grandchildren's sporting events. He is survived by his wife, Susan of Rockford; daughter, Christine L. (Dennis) Riemer of Loves Park; grandchildren, Cameron and Nicole Riemer; sister, Mary MacDonald of Rockford; and brother-in-law's, Roy E. (Barbara) Larson of Cherry Valley and Donald McDonald of Rockford. Predeceased by parents; sisters, Dorothy Peterson and Louella McDonald. 
Submitted: December 9, 2016

Nancy J. Huseth — Gurnee, IL ,  passed away of a heart attack in Gurnee, IL on June 6, 2016 at the age of 77. Nancy is predeceased by her parents, Vern and Irene, stepmother Genevive and sister Cynthia Haas Reed. Nancy is lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. She graduated from Central High School in St Paul and Carthage College, IL. She spent 3 years teaching English in Japan and then went to Stanford University, CA and Northwestern University in Il. She was a passionate Speech Pathologist until she retired.  
Submitted: June 28, 2016

Brady Jackson — Fowler, IN,  passed away on February 27, 2018. Jackson attended Butler Grade School and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He went to Carthage College, where he met his wife, Mary. Continuing his education at Augustana College, he went on to University of Chicago for his master's degree in social service administration and later to the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Child Therapy program. He spent many years in private practice treating adults and children. Later in life, the family bought a horse farm in Harvard, where he enjoyed the outdoors and farm life. In 2013, he retired from his practice and sold the farm and moved to Fowler, IN. He is survived by two sons, Mark (RaeLynn) and Paul (Nancy); granddaughters, Rachel (Royce) and Nicole; two grandsons, Conor and Cole; and his sister, Jean (Robert) Woodworth and Marshall (Jill) Marsh. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

Caryl (Koepke) May — Gurnee, IL ,  passed away on August 16, 2016 at the age of 76. She was born on October 3, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Herbert and Grace Koepke. She was a graduate of Woodland Grade School, Warren Township High School and then went on to attend Carthage College where she graduated in 1961 with a BA in Education. Caryl taught Home Economics at Warren Township High School from 1963 to 1967. While teaching at the school she met Dr. Edward May with whom she married on June 25, 1966. After raising her four children she worked at Matigian pre-school and The Camera Bag. Caryl was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an award winning photographer, a honorary member of the Waukegan Rotary Club and a huge supporter of Warren Township High School. She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and most of all cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years Dr. Edward May; children: Mary, David (Dawn), Marjorie (Bill) and Jennifer. Her grandchildren: Kayleigh (Josh), Brandon (Kelly), Aaron, Cameron, Joshua, Lucas, Ross, Riley, Zachary and Casey; great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Oliver and 1 great-grandbaby due in November; brother David (Patti) Koepke; cousins: Jim Tansor and Tom (Jean) Tansor and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Grace Koepke, brother and sister-in-law Donald & Karen Koepke, and aunt Marjorie Tansor. The family would like to especially thank every nurse and PCT at Condell Hospital, her CNA's over the years: Pam, Hershey, Puri, Carol, Danielle, Andrea, Jennifer P, Holly, Jennifer L, Amanda and Aishia.  
Submitted: August 22, 2016

Ramon Dale McCleary — Chicago, IL,  passed away August 22, 2017. R. Dale was a veteran of the US Navy and a longtime employee of Underwriters Laboratory. Loving father of Eric John McCleary; cherished brother of Mark (late Beverly) and the late David (Winnie) McCleary; dear uncle of Scott (Kelly), Shawn, and Steven (Elizabeth) McCleary; fond great uncle of Ian and Kara.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Jon Peterson — Ellison Bay, WI,  died on Friday December 16, 2016 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. 
Submitted: January 18, 2017

Roberta (Dake) Price — Marlton, NJ,  passed away on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Donald Price. Loving mother of Julie, Dave and Tim Price. Dear grandmother of Angela, Nicole, Tyler, Zachary, Emily. Roberta had her Masters in music and was a music teacher for many years and a member of the organist guild. She was an active member at her church where she was in the choir. She loved crossword puzzles and was very artistic and enjoyed making many types of crafts, especially crocheting. She received great joy in giving her crafts as gifts to family and friends.  
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Gary Quamen — San Francisco,  died July 8, 2013, after a long illness. He was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois. In 1968, he moved with his family to the San Francisco Bay Area. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Long Quamen; two sons, Eric Quamen and Ed Quamen; two daughters, Ann Engbrock Quamen and Hilary Clark; and Allan Quamen, Debra Blechle Quamen and Eleanor Kraft Quamen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rohl Quamen and Charlene Amborn Quamen. He is loved and will be greatly missed.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Earl Stanley — Sterling, IL,  passed away on May 15, 2017. Earl was born September 4, 1939 in Coleta, the son of Clark and Macie (Hogge) Stanley. He worked as an engineer with GE until his retirement in 1995. Earl had many hobbies and interests including gardening, nurturing his flowers and sports cars, but his greatest joy came from his family, and many friendships. Survivors include two daughters, Tracy (Doug) Gamm of Sterling and Linda (Rachel Remmel) Stanley of Rochester, NY; one son, Michael Stanley of Chicago; two sisters, Jean Stillman and Patricia (Charles) Fischbach, both of Sterling; two brothers, Kenneth Stanley of Coleta and Willard (Ruth) Stanley of Sterling; five grandchildren, Macie Sinn, Callie Sinn, Kyle Sinn, William Remmel and Benjamin Remmel; and several nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

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Nancy Ruth Althafer — Tucker, GA,  passed away peacefully on June 16, 2016. Nancy was born in Chicago, IL, on February 21, 1936 to Martha and Reinhold “Holly” Krinker. She attended the Luther Institute and then Carthage College, where she met her beloved husband of 52 years, Charlie Althafer, who proceeded her in death in 2009. Nancy spent her life helping others. She had a giving and loving heart, tutoring inner city children, fostering refugee families through her church, and volunteering with AAL Lamplighters. The great joy in her life was raising her children and then having the supreme blessing of helping to raise her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and were a great source of pride. Nancy is survived by sister Dorothy Buccholz; son Charles Althafer and wife Karen; grandson Tyler Althafer and fiancé Chelsea Wallace; granddaughter Emily Althafer and Ian Draper; daughter, Holly Quinn and husband John; and daughter Martha Althafer and her beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever granddog Brodie. 
Submitted: July 6, 2016

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Leta (Merle) Behling — Urbandale, IA,  passed away peacefully on January 26, 2018. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 14, 1938, to Elmer Merle and Nettie (Thiesse) Merle. She married John Behling, Sr. in 1960. She raised her family in Rockford, Illinois. Leta and her husband retired to Pahrump, Nevada. She moved to Urbandale in 2015 and was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Bruce) Bjurstrom, son John (Robin) Behling, Jr, and grandchildren Serick (Jen) Bjurstrom and Ashley (Nate) Kloxin. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

John Cummings — Huntley, IL,  passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his home in Huntley.  He was born June 28, 1938 in Chicago to Chester and Mary (nee Taylor) Cummings. John attended Forman High School and attended Carthage College. He worked at L&V Distributors in Crystal Lake for many years, a job that suited his warm and outgoing personality well. After retirement, John owned and operated K&J Limousine, also a great opportunity to socialize and try out one of his many jokes he loved to tell. A true Chicago-born man, John was a diehard Bears fan, Sox fan, a fan of any team that played the Packers, and truly despised the Cubs. His love of sports extended to the community, and he was a longtime supporter of Crystal Lake South Athletics, even after his children graduated. John also made time to be involved singing in chorus and performing in plays, with his last role as Mayor Shinn in "Music Man" at Woodstock Opera House. Among all of the things John loved, nothing could surpass his pride and love for his family. He will always be remembered as a proud husband, father, and PaPa who will be dearly missed. He survived by his wife, Karolyn "Kay" (nee Klemeyer) Cummings; his children, Becky (Kyle) McCaughn and Joe (Heather) Cummings; his grandchildren, Caleb and Morgan McCaughn; his sister, Deborah Morgan; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Donald Lemke — Munroe Falls, Ohio,  passed away May 6, 2016. He was born in Milwaukee and has resided in Munroe Falls for the past 16 years. Donald graduated from Carthage with a BA in business administration. He began his telephony career with Illinois Bell in Chicago, and then moved on to become a vice-president with Mid-Continent Telephone (Alltel) in Hudson, Ohio. After his telephony career Donald went on to work at J.C. Penney's, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Lions' Club and the Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. Donald loved music, and was an avid baseball fan, loved to play golf, and dabbled in art work. Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence "Speed" and Evelyn; grandparents, Frank and Mary Ulrich. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen "Ginger"; sons, Douglas (Karen) and their sons, Cody and Brett of Stow, Michael (Lori) and their sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Christopher (Stephanie) their children, Madeline, Nina and Justin of Indianapolis, Ind.; step-sons, Mark Engelsman of Tempe, Ariz. and Michael Engelsman of Reno, Nev. 
Submitted: May 10, 2016

Thomas Glendon Lindblad — Menominee, Michigan ,  passed away on March 30, 2015, at Bay Area Medical Center. Tom was born on February 25, 1935 in Stillwater, Minn. to the late Glendon and Lorriana (Benson) Lindblad. Tom graduated from Lindstrom-Center City High School in Lindstrom, Minn. in 1953, than in 1955 he joined the United States Army for two years, serving his country honorably during the Korean War. When he returned home he attended Lutheran Seminary. Tom was ordained as a Lutheran Minister on May 17, 1963. He served as pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Norway, Mich., then was transferred to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Wallace until his retirement. On June 3, 1995, Tom married Oradell Pomrenke at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee. Tom was an avid reader, loved to travel and enjoyed being in many organizations including being on the board of directors at the Luther Home. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Oradell; one daughter, Joanna Lindblad; one son, Peter Lindblad, both of Madison, Wis.; two step-daughters: Lori Forton of Peshtigo, Wis. and Sharon Pomrenke; and one step-son, Gary and Tracie Pomrenke of White Plains, Md.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Susan (Lyle) Nelson of Lagrad, Ore.; two nieces and his fellow Pastors. Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Patricia Schinderle. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

The Rev. Frederick G. Overdier
The Rev. Frederick G. Overdier

Frederick G. Overdier — Traverse City, MI,  passed away on April 13, 2019 following an extended battle with cancer. Formative years growing up in Rocky Boy, MT, and Phillips, WI provided a foundation for Fred’s life of service to others. Whether participating in the Boy Scouts of northern WI; migrant ministry for the National Council of Churches in Toledo, OH; serving on the Interfaith Round Table of greater Detroit, and the Executive Council of the Michigan Synod; or acting as a liaison for community issues in Kalamazoo township and Traverse City, MI - he was always interested in finding creative ways to serve the community and the ministry of the whole church. Pastor Fred, as he was known to his friends, attended Carthage College where he met his wife Ruth. Fred continued at Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was ordained in 1963. He served as a full-time pastor at Lutheran churches in Milwaukee, WI; Southampton, PA; Kalamazoo, MI; Traverse City, MI; and Birmingham, MI; and as an interim or part-time pastor to numerous Michigan congregations following retirement in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the Rev. Ruth Kilgus Overdier; by his four children and their families: Frederick C. Overdier (Magic),; Joel Overdier (Bernadette Caldwell), Barbara Overdier (James Muratzki), and Michael Overdier (Roxana), by his siblings: Faith Pfeiffer (Rod), Grace Deibert and Carol Overdier, Timothy Overdier, and Beth Overdier, by his grandchildren: Sarah Hudson (Brad), Anna Caldwell-Overdier,; Jacalyn, Michael I., and Eric Overdier. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. George M. Overdier and Adeline Groenke Overdier, and by his sister, Cynthia Overdier Boyd (David). 
Submitted: April 23, 2019

Wayne Gordon Stegman — Colorado Springs, CO,  passed away at 78 in his home after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Barbara L. Stegman; his three children, Gretchen, Peter, and Heidi; a sister, Karen (John) Chapman; as well as twelve grandchildren and a great-grandson. Wayne was born in Racine, Wisconsin and attended Carthage College, graduating in 1960. He received his Master's in Education from the University of Wisconsin, and continued his education at the University of Colorado. Wayne and Barbara moved to Colorado in 1968, where Wayne worked for thirty years for school District 11. After retirement, Wayne and Barbara joined the Peace Corps and spent nearly three years in service to Latvia. Wayne had a love of travel, was a talented tennis player, and a serious wine and cooking enthusiast. He was also a passionate collector of southwestern Indian art and artifacts. He was also docent for many years at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. To Wayne, family was everything. He was a loving and devoted husband, an affectionate and caring father, and was particularly fond of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be genuinely missed by his family, friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made in Wayne's memory to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or the charity of your choice . 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Thomas Alan Stoner — Austin, Texas,  passed away July 23, 2011. He began his career teaching public school vocal music in Hagerstown, Md., studied composition and theory with Louis Cheslock at Peabody Conservatory with satisfaction and encouragement, then received a National Education Act Fellowship to complete his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Maryland. He received the degree in 1972 and began a 31-year career in the Music Department of Connecticut College that fall, teaching music history and theory. When the College’s American Studies program needed a music component, he, ever interested in American music and the work and life of composers, undertook research on American composer Arthur Farwell, pivotal figure in developing regard for American Music and the American composer. This work culminated in the publication of the book "Wanderjahre of a Revolutionist," which sets forth Farwell’s role as a visionary and crusader for American music and echoes issues central to the history of American music. With a member of the Theater Department, he led one of Connecticut College’s first SATA (Study Away-Teach Away) semesters to India, taking a group of 12 students to the University of Mysore. For 40 years he was a church organist-choir director in Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, and Rhode Island, assignments with a ready field for his composing, arranging, improvising, and conducting. In retirement, as possible, he developed his experiments with electronic music, creating a body of more than 250 compositions. In 2007 he and his wife moved from Quaker Hill, Conn., to Austin, Texas, where they undertook duties as caretakers of SPURS Ranch Retreat Center, a facility affiliated with their spiritual practice. Tom expected the highest of himself and characteristically met life with uncommon grace and a ready wit. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Meinders’60), their daughter, Mary Claire, and son-in-law Stephen Greineder of East Greenwich, R.I.; their son, Nathan, and daughter-in-law Susan Christensen of West Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren, and his sister, Rosemary Martin, Portage, Wis. 
Submitted: October 31, 2013

Ruth Ufkes — Des Plaines, IL,  passed away on January 6, 2019. She graduated from Carthage High School, Carthage College, and received her master's degree in organ performance from Northwestern University. 
Submitted: January 25, 2019

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Fredrick Waldbusser — Rock Island, IL,  died August 30, 2017 at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island, IL while surrounded by his family. Fred was born November 23, 1938 in Springhill, IL, the son of William “Bill” and Leo (Combs) Waldbusser. Fred first went to work for the Rock Island Railroad where he became a journeyman electrician. Later, he worked at John Deere Harvester for over 32 years. He married LaVerne Tolle on May 30, 1980 in Port Byron. He and LaVerne owned and operated the “Ole Brick House” Bed & Breakfast in Port Byron. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, antiquing, and tinkering with his tractors. Fred had the gift of gab, he knew no strangers. Fred is survived by his wife, LaVerne; children; Jeffery (Sharon) Waldbusser, MI, Shari (Mark) Loy, Port Byron, Randy Waldbusser, (Michele), CA, Timothy (Lori) Waldbusser, Moline, Mark (Denae) Waldbusser, Bluegrass, IA; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; very dear friends, Joe & Sue Knapp; and special cousins, Terry & Gloria Waldbusser. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: March 2, 2018

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Donald Waugus — Germantown, WI,  passed away on March 7, 2018. Donald "Don" was born to late Gustav and Lillian (nee Gunderson) Waugus on March 27, 1935 in Marinette, Wisconsin. Don married Marlene Behrens on May 16, 1959 in Marinette. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; children, Susan (Cheri Noll) Kerr and Lynn (James) Anderson; grandchildren, Evan (Jessica Dallmann) Kerr, Ethan Kerr, Eric (fiancee Raelyn Shambeau) Kerr, Calvin Anderson, and Cameron (fiancee Elsa Barnaby) Anderson; great-grandchild, Sydney Kerr; his brother, Everett (Pat) Waugus; sister-in-law, Helen Kleemann; and brother-in-law, Al Behrens. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son, Gregg Waugus; sisters, Doris (Leonard) Schomer and Dorothy (Jerry) Kitzinger; brother, Clyde (Glenne) Waugus; sisters-in-law, Mary Behrens and Jean (Loren) Bannow; and brother-in-law, Thomas Kleemann. 
Submitted: March 28, 2018

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Gilbert Boese — Pewaukee, WI,  passed away from cancer on March 22, 2018 at the age of 80. Boese was born in Chicago on June 24, 1937. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Carthage College, a master's degree in biology from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in pathology, behavior and ecology from Johns Hopkins University. Gilbert was an internationally known wildlife conservationist who studied bonobos and baboons as well as migrating birds, was a former director of the Milwaukee County Zoo who spearheaded major expansions there. Boese was a biology professor before he started working for Chicago's Brookfield Zoo in 1971. His career path included experiences as a Maya cave explorer, educator, photographer, film consultant, author and leader of more than 75 natural history safaris to Africa, Belize and other nations. His legacy in Milwaukee rests on the $60 million worth of zoo remodeling and expansion projects he helped the county pull together after he became president of the Zoological Society, said Zoo Director Charles Wikenhauser. The list includes the Apes of Africa exhibit, an animal health center, Big Cat Country, Aquatic Reptile Center, aviary and Giraffe Experience. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son, Peter, of New Orleans; daughters Ann, of Savannah, Ga., and Sara Ramaker of Los Angeles; stepson Jay Ramaker of Springfield, Mo.; grandchildren; and a sister Judy, of Estero, Fla. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Leonard Glenn Cloninger Jr.
Leonard Glenn Cloninger Jr.

Leonard Glenn Cloninger , Jr. — Elk Grove, CA,  passed away May 29, 2017 at his home in Elk Grove attended by his wife and four daughters. Leo was born on February 18, 1938 in Billings, Montana and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate degree in History at Carthage College in Illinois. While teaching, he earned his Master's Degree and later earned a Doctorate in Special Education. He was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. After relocating to Sacramento, he secured a job teaching 7th and 8th grade at Archoe Elementary School. He retired from Archoe after teaching there for 20 years. Leo was loved by everyone who knew him. He was friendly, kind and full of good humor. Leo is survived by his wife Christie of 52 years, his four daughters and their spouses, his 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  
Submitted: July 5, 2017

Oltman "Sonny" Goldenstein — Crete, IL,  died Oct. 23, 2016. He was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Quincy, the third child of Wilbur and Eva Goldenstein. He married Pat Smith on April 20, 1956, and they had three sons, Mark, Phil and Tim. Sonny graduated from Quincy High School and went to Carthage, where he received his bachelor's degree in English and history. Following college, he entered the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and was ordained three years later in 1962. He was called to First United Lutheran in East St. Louis and served there for six years. While in East St. Louis, he met with and worked with a group of young black men called the Warlords. He was instrumental in involving the police to work with the young men. He organized Saturday night dances in the church basement that became a neighborhood staple. He also established the first preschool center in East St. Louis that involved mothers as well as siblings. In 1968, Sonny moved to Southern Illinois University to pursue a master's degree in crime and delinquency. He was asked to establish a drug crisis center on campus called Synergy. He recruited 25 students and street people to staff the center. Synergy was a 24/7/365 crisis center for people struggling with drug abuse. During that time, Synergy received a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to perform drug education counseling. Sonny's focus at Synergy was to educate young people about drugs, not just to blindly say "no," but to understand what effect drugs had on them. This policy raised many eyebrows, but enjoyed a great deal of success. Also during that time, he raced a modified (open wheel) race car that he raced most Friday and Saturday nights. In 1972, he accepted a position at Governors State University in University Park to create bachelor's and master's programs in criminal justice. He received his Ph.D. in education in 1976. He taught for several years, became program chairperson and later department chair. Sonny retired from GSU in 1998. In 1989, he helped to establish the Upward Mobility Program that was a coordinated program between the state of Illinois and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He and Pat worked as field counselors for 25 years and talked with thousands of state employees about education and job training. After retiring, he and a grandson built a house in southern Colorado outside of Westcliffe that was enjoyed by many friends and family. Sonny had a lifelong fascination with cars and trucks, going to races and watching them on TV. His greatest interest outside family and cars was people, everyone from babies to the elderly. Sonny had the remarkable ability to make everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world and to always make them smile. It didn't matter what color, race or creed, Sonny wanted to understand what mattered to you. Sonny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat; sons, Phil and Tim (Joan); and grandchildren, Chris, Kiley, Josh, Hannah, Caleb (fiancee Kiera), Nathan and Robin. He is also survived by his sisters, Eloise Gallaher and Phyllis Sanders, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Sonny was preceded in death by his son Mark in December 2012. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Gordon L. Johnson — Gaithersburg, MD,  passed away on May 5, 2018. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Sally (Sprightly) Marshall — Rockton, IL,  died on June 11, 2018 at the age of 81. Sally was born on January 19, 1937, in Beloit, WI. She attended Hononegah High School. Sally worked as a Medical Technologist for Swedish American Hospital for many years prior to joining OSF St. Anthony and retiring in 2007. Sally loved her family, her music and Jesus. Her service to others and her dedication to her faith defined her throughout her entire life. An accomplished musician she played the flute, piccolo, piano, banjo, ukulele, recorder, and was always ready to try a new instrument to create music for the enjoyment of all. Sally played in several local/community bands including; Rock Valley College Old Towne Band and Rockford Christian Band amongst others. She frequently could be seen at a number of local churches creating music on Sunday morning worship services. A lifelong resident of Winnebago County between Rockton and Rockford, IL, she touched many lives through her service to her career and her music. She will be missed my many of the people who helped her through her journey of life from birth to death. Predeceased by her parents, James and Dorothy Sprightly. Survivors include husband, Bruce Marshall; sons, Ian and Matthew (Susan) Marshall; grandchildren, Sara and Alex Marshall; sisters, Cynthia Gregorich and Jo (Don) Durbin; and her beloved cat, Tillie. 
Submitted: June 21, 2018

Thomas McGuine — Woodstock, IL,  passed away on May 2, 2019 in Woodstock, IL. Mr. McGuine was born on February 14, 1932 in Harvard, MA. He graduated from Harvard High School in 1950. He then went into the Navy and served our country for four years during the Korean Conflict. He started college in 1955 at Carthage, where he met Carol J. Nelson. They were married on Aug. 3, 1957, in Racine, WI. He finished his B.S. degree in business and graduated in 1959. Upon graduation, he began his career in accounting and went to work for Bear Brandt Hosiery in Chicago. Then in 1961, Tom and Carol moved to Woodstock, Il., and he went to work for AutoLite and then in 1964 for TC Industries in Crystal Lake. Then in 1977 he helped establish McClain Corp. and worked there until retiring in 2007. Tom was very active in Lions Club. He was also an usher and greeter, and served on the financial committee at Grace Lutheran Church, of which he was a member for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Woodstock Country Club for over 50 years and served as a bookkeeper for a period of time. He was also a life member of the Harvard American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son James (Kathy) McGuine and daughters Amy (Roger) Armstrong and Betsy McGuine; grandchildren Mark (Katie) Wilkerson, Brandon and Sierra Armstrong, Sydney and Shane McGuine; and great-grandchildren Brady and Peyton Wilkerson. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Marcella and brother Raymond Jr. 
Submitted: July 29, 2019

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Audree (Asmus) Nielsen — Libertyville, IL,  passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Lake Zurich, IL. She was born March 23, 1936 in Woodstock, IL and has been a Libertyville resident since 1961. She was a graduate of Carthage College and was an elementary school teacher in Bensenville and at Adler School in Libertyville. She was a member and former Sunday School Superintendent at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mundelein, a member of the Lutheran Church Women, enjoyed gardening and was an active participant at Vacation Bible School for many years. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Donald Nielsen; 2 sons, Thomas Nielsen and David Nielsen; brother-in-law, Robert (Beverly) Nielsen; sisters-in-law, Rita (Gary) Gunther, Carolyn Doughty and Lorraine Nielsen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alice Asmus and brother-in-law, Arthur Nielsen. 
Submitted: March 16, 2018

Richard Walter — Blakesburg, Iowa,  died Feb. 18, 2014, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1937, in Keokuk, to Herman J. and Lucille V. Walter. He married Patricia Louise Mullen June 14, 1958. Dick was a graduate of Keokuk High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from Carthage in 1959. He began working at John Deere Ottumwa Works in 1959, holding various positions including purchasing manager, general supervisor of assembly, traffic manager and industrial engineering division engineer. He retired in 1987 and continued farming for the next 20 years.He enjoyed gardening, cooking and woodworking. He had been a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 347, and participated in the Elks bowling team in his younger years. Dick also bowled with the John Deere bowling team and had played tennis while in high school and college. He was a member of John Deere Retirees and a social member of Knights of Columbus.He enjoyed spending time with family and especially enjoyed traveling to China twice with his daughter and son-in-law when they brought home their two daughters.Survivors include his wife, Pat; two daughters, Kathy Gates of Ottumwa and Deb (David) Shawley of North Aurora, Ill.; four grandchildren, Susan Gates, Michael Gates, Hope Shawley and Joy Shawley; brother-in-law, Ed (Jean) Mullen of Burlington, Mass.; two nephews; several cousins and many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Van Gates; and grandparents 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Norman F. Weiskopf — Springfield, Ill. ,  passed on July 28, 2015. He was born Feb. 14, 1937, in Springfield, the son of Arthur F. Weiskopf and Virginia M. (Etherton) Weiskopf. He was married to Louise Britton Weiskopf, who preceded him in death in 1996. He was also preceded in death by both parents; his granddaughter, Kelsey L. Stumpf; his daughter-in-law, Mona Stumpf; his sister, Janet R. Flexsenhar; and his nephew, Scott D. Weiskopf. Mr. Weiskopf was a 1955 graduate of Springfield High School and attended Carthage College. He was formerly the owner and operator of J.F. Weiskopf and Son Plumbing and Heating in Springfield. He later worked for the State of Illinois, Central Management Services, retiring in 1998. He then moved to Naples, FL. Mr. Weiskopf was a past member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137. He was President of the Illinois State Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association from 1971-1973. He was a past member of the Jacksonville Country Club; Tyrian Lodge 333; Springfield Consistory; ANSAR Shrine and the Elks Club 158. He was also a member of the Imperial Golf Club in Naples, Fla. He is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield and an affiliate member of First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Fla.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

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Mary Ann (Baer) Wiberg — Marshalltown, Iowa,  passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She had received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and succumbed to a sudden illness. She is survived by her beloved husband Richard, her five lovely daughters: Kim (Don) George, Lisa (Alex) Fosses, Holly (Tom) Scharringhausen, Joy (Damon) Stuart and Dana (Aaron) Anthony, her dear sister Delores (Jerry) Vojtko, her adored grandchildren: Ami, Eric, Bryan, Carrie, David, Katlyn, Samuel, Alaina, Katherine, Gillian, Devon and Nils, and six great grandchildren: Caleb, Cameron, Trasen, Lilia, Ethan and Nolan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rev. Garland (Betty) Baer and Rev. Paul Baer, her sister, LaVerne (Karl) Bottke and her granddaughter Kelsey Scharringhausen. Mary Ann was born and raised in Haysville, Indiana, the youngest of five children. She was the Valedictorian of Dubois High School, graduating class of 1955. Mary Ann then graduated from Carthage with a degree in teaching in 1959, the same year she married Richard, who she met while working together in Chicago, Illinois. She and Richard raised five daughters in Northbrook, Illinois area before moving to Marshalltown, Iowa in 1980. In addition to being a wife and homemaker, Mary Ann had a heart for hospitality. She and Richard opened their home to foster children and traveling ministers. In the church, she volunteered in many capacities such as greeter, bible study leader, librarian and choir member. She was also a member of the La Leche League and Women’s Aglow which was the foundation of many of her lifelong friendships. In her later years, she was the Co-Director of the Caring Center for 30 years (charitable organization) along with being a political and social activist for conservative Christian causes. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

Arthur Winking
Arthur Winking

Arthur William Winking — Springfield, IL ,  died at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. Bill was born February 16, 1933 in Quincy, the son of Arthur Frank and Florence Damhorst Winking. Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Quincy Notre Dame High School for football, baseball, and basketball and graduated in 1951. He attended George Washington University on an athletic scholarship and went on to earn his B.S. in Business Administration from Carthage College. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was employed by Illinois Bell until his retirement after 35 years of service. Bill was a member of the Springfield Elks Lodge 158. An avid golfer, he played in the local Grasshacker and Elks golf leagues. He was a member of the Church of the Little Flower. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his significant other, Jean Dowell of Springfield; children, Todd Winking of Springfield, Tracey Beagle of Portland, OR, and Teri (husband, Paul) Flynn of New Canaan, CT; six grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua (wife, Megan), and Lydia Beagle, and Chase, Hayden, and Preston Winking; sister, Kay Adair of Belleville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to: Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, IL 62703 or Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. 
Submitted: January 17, 2017

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James W. Barr — Ft. Madison, Iowa ,  passed away Thursday morning, April 30, 2015 surrounded by his family, at his home in Ft. Madison, Iowa. Jim was born the day after Christmas, 1936 to Jack Alvin and Lila Leola (Horan) Barr in Grand Island, Nebraska. After moving to Ft. Madison he met the love of his life, Charlotte Zuber, their senior year at Ft. Madison Senior High. They graduated in the spring of 1954, and were married on September 25, 1955. In 1955, they both attended Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois, and both graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Chicago, Illinois in 1956. They served their internship from 1956-1958, at Wilton Mortuary, Peoria, Illinois. They returned to Ft. Madison and established their family funeral business, Barr Memorial Chapel. He operated it with his wife, Charlotte, his parents, Jack and Lila, brother, Walt, children, Tom and Margo. As a youth Jim loved racing his Soap Box Derby. He won the 1952 Soap Box Derby City Championship. He shared his interest of the soap box derby with his son, Tom. He enjoyed boxing and won the 1954 & 55 Quincy Regional Golden Glove Welterweight Championship. Jim, like his youngest brother, Mike, loved horses. He bred his Registered Quarter Horse mares to his stallion, Boston Mac; and to others like, Sonny Dee Bar, Poco Blue Rip, and Impressive. Jim and Charlotte traveled with their daughters: Carolyn, Kathy, and Margo, across the United States competing in American Quarter Horse and Junior Quarter Horse shows and ending their year at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Jim and his wife were licensed funeral directors for over 50 years in Iowa and Illinois. He was a licensed pilot and established an air/land ambulance service in southeast Iowa. He was a 50 year member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association serving as officer/director 1985-1990, President 1989-1990 and was Recovery Coordinator for United Airlines flight 232 crash at Sioux City, Iowa. In 1991, he was selected for the DMORT Team to go to Desert Storm and embalm. Jim was also involved with the National Disaster Medical System - DMORT Team for Hardin, Missouri during the Mid-west Flood of 1993. He served on the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science 1992-2001, and as Board Chairman 1995-2001. He was President of the Fort Madison Jaycees; State Vice-President of Iowa Jaycees; National Director United States Jaycees; Chairman Fort Madison Chapter American Red Cross and Community Chest (United Way); member, treasurer and chairman of the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church; 1992 - 2002 member of the Rules Review Committee of Iowa Board of Mortuary Science. He was a charter board member of the North Lee County, Iowa Foster Care Review Board. He was a 50 year member of the Fort Madison Rotary Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Fort Madison Masonic Lodge #13, A.F. & A.M., and Kaaba Shrine of Davenport, Iowa, and also a member of the Chetek Masonic Lodge #0277, A.F. & A.M. Jim and Charlotte made their home at Fish Lake in Chetek, WI for the last 20 years. From 2007 - 2010 he was the Deputy Coroner for Rusk County, Wisconsin. In 2011, he was elected Town Clerk, of Rusk County, Wisconsin. He was appointed to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board in 2012 - retiring on April 25, 2015. He loved fishing and tinkering around with his friends Bob and Woodchuck. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family, trolling for Northern Pike, and bonfires with his grandchildren. Jim is survived by his wife Charlotte, of 59 years; son, Tom (Deanna) Barr; daughters: Carolyn Krone, Kathy (Andy) Meardon, Margo (Pete) Eicher; 13 grandchildren: Jason Van Houten, Cara (Leo) Gilliland, Jack (Heather) Van Houten, Cassie Holtkamp, Elyse Meardon, Andrea (Cory Findlay) Meardon, Daphne (Wes) Bowen, Levi Meardon, Amanda Eicher, Clayton Eicher, Nick Krone, Elizabeth Barr and Joshua Barr; 7 great-grandchildren, Jeret, Asher, Lydia, Judah, Lila Caroline, Elena, Ephraim; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lance Cpl. Michael McKee Barr and Walter Clements Barr; granddaughter, Emily Van Houten and son-in-law, Joseph Van Houten. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Carlene Fitz-Hugh — Mundelein, Illinois,  passed away May 8, 2016. She was 81. Carlene was born in Chicago on February 21, 1935. She grew up in Skokie, IL. She attended Carthage, University of Illinois, and College of Lake County. In 1956 she married Charles (Chuck) Fitz-Hugh. They raised three daughters, Kathe, Kim, and Keri. Carlene later received her B.A. and M.S. from National-Lewis University, Illinois. She practiced marriage and family counseling in her home office. Carlene also was an active volunteer in the Mundelein community. Carlene and Chuck were leaders in St. Andrew's " youth high league" where she also served on the Social Ministry Committee. She was a troop leader with the Girl Scouts of America. Other volunteer activities included: PADS, Connection Telephone Crisis Hotline, Mundelein Little League, Loch Lomond Women's Club, and PTA. Carlene enjoyed cooking (she and Chuck were members of their neighborhood "Gourmet Club" for 25 yrs.), gardening, interior design, crafting, playing cards, attending plays and musicals, traveling, bowling, playing golf and spending winters at “the condo” in Scottsdale Arizona. Her favorite most recent activities included: babysitting one of her great-grandchildren, "Maddie", welcoming her two newest great-grandchildren into the brood, enjoying time with friends, and spending quality time together at family reunions. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, Charles (Chuck) Fitz-Hugh Jr., her sister-in-law, Jean Fitz-Hugh, her three daughters, Kathe Swanson, Kim McManus, Keri Fitzhugh-Jobe, her son-in-laws, Donald Swanson, Jeff McManus, Charles Jobe, her grandchildren, Jeremi McManus (Kathleen) Naomi Dycus (Jonathan), Megan Maloney (Danny), Josiah McManus, Hannah Amburgy (Scott), Laurel Jobe, Heather Jobe (deceased), Matthew Jobe, great-grandchildren, Emilyn Dycus, Noah Dycus, Melody Dycus, Malaya Amburgy, Avery Amburgy, Madelyn Maloney, Everley Amburgy, and Grace Maloney. She was preceeded in death by parents Wayne and Yvonne Sistrom and infant brother. 
Submitted: May 10, 2016

Ellsworth E. Freyer — Cedarburg, Wisconsin,  left this earth to join his Heavenly Father on May 25, 2016, at age 81. He leaves his faithful and devoted wife, Kay; loving children Kimberlyn Hahn, Joellyn Hammond (Tom), Kristin Mages (Dave), Jay Freyer, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Freyer (Jacqueline); proud grandchildren Meghan Doty (Ryan), Kaelyn Forston (Chris), Kristan Schmidt (Dan), Jeffrey, Douglas and Jacob Hammond, Joshua and Amanda Mages, Robert, Kennedy and Tillman Freyer; great grandchild Jack Forston. Dear brother of Charlotte Maile, Bernice King, Virginia Borck and Darlene Kleinow. Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Olga (Splett) and sister Alvera Box. Also survived by many other relatives and numerous friends. Pastor Freyer was born on March 25, 1935 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He graduated from Carthage in Carthage, IL, and from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. Ellsworth was very proud to have received an honorary Doctorate degree from Carthage College. He was the Pastor of Christ Church in Mequon, WI for 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was also proud to have volunteered over a 30-year span as a team motivator for football teams at Carthage in Kenosha, Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, and Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin. 
Submitted: May 31, 2016

Donald F. Gibson — Palatine, Illinois,  passed away on March 5, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Gibson.  
Submitted: April 13, 2016

The Rev. Daniel L. Hamlin
The Rev. Daniel L. Hamlin

Daniel L. Hamlin — Fort Wayne, IN,  passed away on March 9, 2019 at the age of 83. Born Jan. 18, 1936 in St. Paul, Minn., he was the sixth son of the late Francis and Violet Hamlin. A graduate of Concordia College and Carthage, he received his Master of Divinity Degree at Northwestern Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1962. He served as a parish pastor in the Indiana/Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 50-plus years, including St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Frankfort, Ind. and Zion Lutheran Church, North Manchester, Ind. In 1976, Pastor Hamlin joined the staff of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. During his years at Trinity English Lutheran Church he served as Pastor of Outreach which included teaching the Bethel Bible Series, moderating the Enneagram Personality Theory workshops, and facilitating the Stephen's Ministry program, plus other ministerial responsibilities. Upon his retirement from Trinity English Lutheran Church, the honorary title Pastor Emeritus was bestowed. In the following years he remained a faithful and active parishioner in the parish and also served as supply pastor to parishes in the area. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; son, Eric (Truly) Hamlin of Fort Wayne; daughter, Krista Hamlin of Fort Wayne; and grandson, Carter Hamlin of Fort Wayne; brothers, Rev. Dick (Jayne) Hamlin of Phoenix, Ariz., DeWayne (Betty Enright) Hamlin of North St. Paul, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Irene Hamlin of Roberts, Wis. and Betty Hamlin of North Manchester, Ind.; and cherished nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Douglas, Donald and Dale. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

Troy Hedrick — Rockford, IL,  passed away September 28, 2019, in his home. Born Dec. 6, 1936, in Springfield, the son of Troy C. and Helen E. (Riddell) Hedrick. Troy married Janis Stevens on August 18, 1962. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Carthage and his Masters of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He served several congregations throughout Illinois, ending his service as a corporate Vice President of Trinity Health Care System in the quad-cities, retiring in 1999. Survived by his wife, Janis; children, Stacy (John) Mose and Dylan Hedrick; three grandsons; Andrew, Walter, Steven; and sister, Thelma “Rickie” McClure. 
Submitted: October 4, 2019

Joanne G. (McHugh) Hildebrandt — Beloit, WI,  passed away on March 26, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born July 4, 1936 in Berwyn, the daughter of Leonard and Edith (Gray) McHugh. Joanne was a 1958 graduate of Carthage. She married Harold Hildebrandt on Feb. 3, 1962 in Carthage. He predeceased her on September 10, 2007. Joanne was employed as a teacher for the Beloit Public School Systems. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Carthage and the Beloit Marine Corp League Auxiliary and the Beloit Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include her three children, John (Bonnie), Dennis (Mary Geng), and Ann (Randy) Gauvin, six grandchildren, Kelsey, Daniel, Micole, Megan, Scott and Kris; four great-grandchildren, Aryn, Amber, Breckyn and Colton. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Robert. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

Tatsuo Kobayashi — Lihue, Hawaii,  passed away at home on September 25, 2015 at the age of 78. Born on December 19, 1936, in Koloa, he was a meteorologist technician with NOAA. He was survived by his wife, Julia Kobayashi; sons Duke Kobayashi of Lihue and Lance (Lisa) Kobayashi of Honolulu; daughters, Darlene (Christopher) of Maryland and Tammy Kobayashi of Lihue; three grandchildren; four brothers, Toshio (Setsuko) Kobayashi of Koloa; Shizuo Kobayashi of Kaneohe, James (Lillian) Kobayashi of Wailua, and Stanley (Bette) Kobayashi of Koloa; sister Kikuyo Inouye of Honolulu; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Tatsuo is preceded in death by his parents, Ryuichi and Okiyo Kobayashi. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

James K. McClurg — Madison, WI ,  passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016. Rev. McClurg was a resident of Madison, Wisconsin at the time of his passing. He was born on February 20, 1937 and graduated from Wauwatosa High School and went on to attend and graduate from Carthage College in Carthage IL. He was married to Nancy. 
Submitted: October 12, 2016

George L. Pedersen — Arlington Heights, Illinois,  was born on March 3, 1930 in Chicago, to George and Irene (nee Clausen) Pedersen. He died Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Arlington Heights. George served in the United States Air Force in Alaska during the Korean War, and then graduated from Carthage in 1958. He worked as a teacher in Elmhurst and then for School District 62 in Des Plaines, where he also coached basketball for 16 years. He was a long-time employee of the Des Plaines Park District, and also worked for several years at Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein. He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, where he served as the head usher. He enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Twins, and Northwestern University. George loved to spend time with his family and was loved by all. George is survived by his children Scott Pedersen, Barbara (Peter) Vasquez, and Nancy (Peter) Rzonca; grandchildren, Carolyn (Scott) Meves, Alex Vasquez, Derek Vasquez, Ben Rzonca, Olivia Rzonca, Sam Rzonca, Jake Rzonca, and Greta Rzonca; sister-in-law, Karen Pedersen; niece, Kirsten (Paul) Bray and nephew, Erik (Megan) Pedersen. He was preceded in death by wife, Carol; his parents; and brother, Roger Pedersen. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

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Eugene Stukenberg — Forreston, IL,  passed away on March 1, 2016. He was born on June 24, 1936 in Ogle County, IL, the son of Raymond and Ruth (Hartje) Stuckenberg. He married Marilyn J. Engel June 2, 1956 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Forreston, IL; she died July 19, 2012. Eugene worked at Kelly Springfield Tire for 34 years before retiring in 1998. He was a member of Faith Evangelical Church and a charter member of the Forreston Lions Club for many years. He enjoyed cheering for Chicago sports teams, fishing, golfing, horseracing, and solving the worlds problems with his coffee buddies at the "Table of Knowledge". Gene and Marilyn were great Statler Brothers fans and enjoyed ballroom dancing. Eugene is survived by his three sons Brian Stukenberg of Forreston, IL, Barry (Shana) Stukenberg of Boaz, AL, and Brent (LuAnn) Stukenberg of Sterling, IL; his daughter Jori (Dan) Holland of Freeport, IL; two brothers Richard (Audrey) Stukenberg and Gerald (Sandra) Stukenberg both of Forreston, IL; his sister Carol (Michael) Gagliardi of Forreston; twelve grandchildren: Rob, Christopher, Daniel, Matthew, Amy, Tiffany, Stephanie, Dylan, Nicole, Samantha, Wayne, and Jessica; fourteen great-grandchildren; also brother and sister-in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

Wayne Arthur Torgeson — Hancock, Michigan,  passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016. He was a graduate of the Woodstock High School. He received his Bachelor's degree from Carthage College and then received his Master's degree from Michigan State University. He was married to Sharon Rehberg. 
Submitted: November 28, 2016

Barbara A. Wegner
Barbara A. Wegner

Barbara A. Wegner — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on February 17, 2019 at the age of 82. She was born on March 23, 1936 to the late Lawrence and Norma (Scheunemann) Wegner in Kenosha. She was educated in the schools of Kenosha and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. Barb attended Carthage graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Sorority at Carthage. Barb was also a member of the Sororities Alumni Chapter in Milwaukee and was very active. Barb was a music teacher in Cudahy for over 30 years. Barb loved reading mysteries and was an avid Packer and Brewer fan. Barb is survived by her loving sister Ruth Marks, nephew Earl Marks and niece Ginny Burgess. 
Submitted: March 28, 2019

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Donald E. Anguish — Dallas City, Illinois,  passed away August 21, 2014, at his home. Don was born on March 8, 1930, in Dallas City, the son of W. F. and Grace Loesch Anguish. On October 3, 1951 he married Ila Kathryn Rhea in Dallas City. Don served with the Illinois National Guard and was a Korean War Veteran. He attended Carthage College and GEM City Business College. Don farmed, was an insurance broker, operated a Ford dealership in Dallas City and was Hancock County Deputy Sheriff from 1966 until 1970. He served as president and chairman of the board of the Bank of Dallas City. Mr. Anguish also served as Mayor of Dallas City. He enjoyed flying and held a private pilots license for many years. He was a member of the Dallas City American Legion, First Christian Church, Dallas City, LaHarpe Masonic Lodge and the Quincy Consistory. He is survived by his wife, Ila, four nieces and one nephew. Don was preceded in death by twin sons in infancy, stepson, David Lair, brother, Raymond Anguish and two sisters, Alice Kincaid and Esther Steffey. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Katherine A. (Dahmer ) Barbaro — Rockford, Ill. ,  died June 29, 2015 in Amberwood Nursing Home. She was born March 13, 1936 in DeSoto the daughter of George W. and Elsie E. (Dahmer) Dietz. She married Frank Barbara in 1967; he predeceased her in 1989. Katherine graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a BS in education and then received her Masters of Education from Northern Illinois University. She worked as a teacher in Rockford School District 205 from 1968 until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was involved in the Trinity WELCA, Guntar Circle, former member of the Senior Choir, the Archives Committee, and a board member with Northern Illinois Synod WELCA. She was also a member of the Illinois Education Association, National Education Association, Rockford Education Association Retired, and the Winnebago County Retired Teacher Association. She enjoyed bowling and was for several years a member of Women’s Bowling Congress. She is survived by her sister, Sylvia L. Jacobs of Marion; a brother, Lawrence Dietz; two step-sons; four step-grandchildren; nieces, Sharon Katt and Karen (Steve) Palmer both of Woodlands, TX; nephews, George (Elaine) Jacobs of Marion and William (Carol) Jacobs of Auburn, WA; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother-in-law; Elmer Jacobs and a sister-in-law, Janet Dietz.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Ernest Brink — Clovis, CA,  passed away on May 12, 2016 at the age of 85. 
Submitted: April 30, 2019

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Arylynn (McCree) del Greco — Fairhope, AL,  passed away on December 24, 2018 at the age of 85. She was born June 19, 1933, in Anna, Illinois to Edmund and Alice McCree. Mrs. del Greco graduated from Anna High School in 1951 and received her BA in Education from Carthage. She married Charlie Rife while in college, later joining him for a military posting in Hawaii. After their military years, she lived with her husband, now a doctor, in Rochester, Minnesota. She was the mother of two children, Sarah and Christopher. She worked as an elementary school teacher, displaying a wonderful tenderness for helping children. In the 1980s, she received a nursing degree and Master of Arts degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and worked as a PRN Nurse and Kelly girl, the predecessor to Hospice. She remarried in January of 1986 to Dr. Francesco del Greco in Leesburg, Virginia and moved to Chicago, Illinois. They both retired to Fairhope in 1997. Mrs. del Greco truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; creating her own fashions, caring for her gardens, painting, and spending time with her friends and family. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She is survived by her sisters Linda Hallberg and Martha Lynch; her daughter, Sarah Rife Kaye; grandchildren, Banks and Willa Kaye; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Submitted: February 6, 2019

Maurine Donnelly
Maurine Donnelly

Maurine (Anderson) Donnelly — Center Moriches, NY,  passed away in Quiogue on July 6. An artist, poet, and Publicist at the CM Public Library, she is survived by daughter, Patrice Donnelly and husband Paul Boben; son, Eric Donnelly, stepson Robert Donnelly and wife Wendy, stepgranddaughter Kathryn Tague (nee Donnelly), husband Hugh Tague, Jr., two sons Jeremy Easton and Ian Carroll, and adoptive grandchildren Yana and Michael. She was preceded in death by her son Stephen, brother Oliver Clifford Anderson, Jr., and husband Carroll Gerard. 
Submitted: October 18, 2019

Leland Gleasman
Leland Gleasman

Leland Clarence Gleasman — Mercer, Wisconsin,  left us to live with his Eternal Father Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Milestone Senior Living in Woodruff. He is survived by his former wife, Joleen (Buss) Gleasman; his daughters and their spouses, Kathryn and Michael Pisaro, Cynthia and Brian Sutherland, and Deborah and Salvador Pusateri. He is also survived by his grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Cassy Sutherland, Tom Pusateri, Julia (Pusateri) and Hayden Smith, Crystal Sutherland and John Pisaro, as well as his close niece, Dolly (Jim) Przybyla and their daughters, Morgan and Rachel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Thelma Gleasman; his brother, Richard; and his sisters, Joanne, Mary Lou and Linda. Lee was born in Rockford, Ill. on April 24, 1934, and grew up on the family farm in Rockton, Ill. He attended Carthage College when the college was in Carthage, Ill., and graduated with a degree in Mathematics. He taught at various schools until he was hired at West Aurora High School, Aurora, Ill., in 1961, where he taught until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure at West, he coached cross-country and track. His cross-country teams went to the state meet, both as a team and as individual runners. Many of his runners remember running a specified distance throughout the summer to earn a week stay at the Gleasman cabin in Mercer, which culminated in running the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Hurley. The Gleasman cabin was a gathering spot throughout the summer for friends and family to enjoy the various activities of waterskiing, sauna bathing, swimming and occasional wiener roasts. After his retirement, Lee moved to Mercer as a permanent resident. He was a beloved member of the community and was very active in the Mercer Area Sno-Goers, Mercer Senior Center and Town Board. He was a member of the Mercer United Methodist Church where he thoroughly enjoyed the people, music and coffee hour treats. He helped beautify the church with a stained glass window that honors his three daughters and his grandchildren as stars around his daughters. He helped local business owners and enjoyed socializing with the early morning coffee group. He loved to play Euchre, Bridge and Cribbage with friends and family. In August 2013, Lee moved to Milestone Senior Living, an assisted living facility, where he especially enjoyed the music concerts and making friends among the residents and staff. He recently enjoyed the New Year’s Eve party and fireworks, with noisemakers, hats, cookies, popcorn, punch and camaraderie with the residents, staff and family. He will be missed by many. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Lee Gleasman can donate by mailing to Mercer Sno-Goers, P.O. Box 484, Mercer, WI 54547, or visit their website, mercersnogoers.com, or by mailing to Mercer Senior Center, P.O. Box 436, Mercer, WI 54547. 
Submitted: January 18, 2017

John Hickey — Lakeland, Florida ,  passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014, as a result of natural causes. Mr. Hickey was born February 28, 1928 in Keokuk, Iowa. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He earned an Advanced Education Degree, and he also was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Hickey was most recently employed by the Warrensburg - Latham school district in Illinois, where he served as both an educator and administrator. He also coached basketball, track, and cross country. Mr. Hickey retired after a 37 year career in education. He was an enthusiastic and avid runner and ran many races with his wife Erma. He and his wife moved to Lakeland in 2004 from Port Charlotte. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Hickey is survived by his wife of 66 years, Erma Hickey; sons, Mike (Georgeanne) Hickey and Todd Hickey; daughters, Rhonda (Terry) Fosser, Debbie (Tom) Seitz, and Jolynn (Paul) Harmon; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.  
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Ronald J. Kassel — Bel Air, Maryland,  passed away at 79 on May 22, 2014 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of the late Josef and Marie Schweikert Kassel. He worked as an Organic Chemist for the U.S. government. Mr. Kassel is survived by his wife, Carole M. Kassel; daughter, Lisa Chaney Mion of Bel Air; and grandchildren, Nichole Marie Chaney, Alexandra Lynn Chaney and Jessica Ann Chaney.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Carl J. Kraus
Carl J. Kraus

Carl J. Kraus — Fort Madison, IA,  passed away on March 4, 2019 at the age of 90. He was born on February 25, 1929 in Keokuk, IA to Carl Edward Joseph & Klara Franziska Wurz Kraus. He married Darlene Y. Cowles on January 10, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Fort Madison, IA. He was a purchasing agent for various area industries and was a past member of the Kiwanis Club & Knights of Columbus. He was recruited right out of high school to be a fingerprint classifier for the FBI in Washington, D.C. and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an M.P. on the front lines. Following active duty, he enlisted in the Army Reserves. He was a devoted bugler for area drum & bugle corps. He enjoyed all dogs, golf, fishing, chatting & joking, but especially spending time with his family. Carl is survived by: his wife: Darlene Kraus, 2-daughters: Carla (Russ), & Mindy (Bob Pratt) Kraus, 4-granddaughters: Meredith Eagen, Madeline (Andy Kincaid) Eagen, Michaela (Seth McDuffee), & Marina (Sam Anderson) Eagen. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: March 29, 2019

Ronald Lavin — Bloomington, IN,  passed away on August 7, 2018 at the age of 82. Pastor Lavin was a graduate of Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and received his Doctor of Divinity Degree from Carthage. He served congregations in Lebanon, IN, Muncie, IN, Davenport, IA, Tucson, AZ, and Fountain Valley, CA. He was a strong advocate for church growth through small group fellowship. Pastor Lavin authored 28 books on living and growing in the Christian faith. He was committed to sharing the message of "Jesus is Lord" to all that he knew or met. He remained active in his ministry, leading Bible class and sharing the Gospel message until the time of his death. He especially treasured the Bible verse of Isaiah 40:31. Pastor Lavin was the son of Harry and Alma (Shoemaker) Lavin. He is survived by Joyce (Mehrtens) Lavin, his beloved wife and partner in nearly 62 years of marriage and ministry. He is also survived by their three daughters, Dell (Charlie) Hammond, Diane (Steve) Wilkinson and Mary Sue (Greg) Cousler; and eight grandchildren, David, Peter, Lydia, Sarah, Heidi, James, Steven and Thomas. 
Submitted: August 29, 2018

Jens Miller — Hartford, Connecticut,  passed away peacefully April 5, 2016. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark son of the late Willy and Ingrid (Barfod) Miller, he emigrated to the United States in 1946 and has been a resident of the Hartford/West Hartford area for over 60 years. After attending Carthage, Jens transferred to UCONN where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1957; but he always remained generously devoted to Carthage, which bestowed a belated degree upon him in 2010. After trying out a few different career paths, Jens settled on the State of Connecticut Dept. of Labor, from which he retired in 1995 after 24 years of service. He loved cars, always buying the latest models; and was an enthusiastic provocateur, who was especially delighted in debating and discussing politics. He is survived by his sons Craig Miller of East Hartford and Paul Miller and his wife Sarah of Windsor; one daughter Saralyn Miller and her husband Kevin Knoer of Brooklyn, NY; and two grandchildren Cole and Sean Miller. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son Christopher Miller. 
Submitted: April 20, 2016

Rev. Roy C. Moore — Creve Coeur, Mo.,  passed away Feb. 19, 2016. Rev. Dr. Moore was born in the Chicago area in 1935. He was the son of Roy and Susan Moore. He served Lutheran Churches in Romeoville and Peoria, Illinois before coming to Creve Coeur to serve Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In retirement he served as clergy associate at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Throughout his ministry he was involved in the ecumenical community serving various boards and committees. He served on the cabinet of Interfaith Partners for a number of years. He served as chairman of the board of Lutheran Youth Encounter and as president of the Hub Region of Lutheran Student Association of America. He taught a number of bible study classes throughout the community as well as in Illinois and Wisconsin. He wrote much of his teaching material. In Peoria, he worked with the medical community in the area of drug and alcoholic treatment. He was involved in the Cursillo program. He was a hospice chaplain as well as in St. Louis. He was an avid reader, golfer, gardener, and fisherman. He enjoyed the outdoors as well as interacting with people. He fished in Canada a number of times with friends. Roy was married to Priscilla Mikkelson for 59 years. They have two daughters, Susan Moore Schneider (Dirk Fox) and Patricia Ann Nikolich (Greg). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Roy Michels, Tyler Nikolich, and Emily Nikolich. Another granddaughter, Clair Schneider died in infancy. Family was always a high priority for him. He and Priscilla spent as much time with their children and grandchildren as possible. ‘Family was a gift of God to be treasured,’ he often said. Overshadowing his love for family, nature, and the church, was his love for the Lord God whose promise was always before him. 
Submitted: March 7, 2016

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Frank Rutter , Jr — Freeport, IL,  passed away on March 6, 2019 at the age of 84. Frank was born on February 8, 1935 and was the first of four children born to Frank L. and Virginia (Lamb) Rutter, Sr. Frank graduated from Freeport High School in 1953 and attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL for a year, leaving to join the military. Frank served in the US Army from 1954 until 1956 and met his wife, Irene Muller, while stationed in Germany. The couple was married on March 29, 1956 and shared two daughters, Melinda (John) Bond and Angela (Donald) Longamore, Jr. Frank loved spending time with his family, playing cards (especially cribbage), golfing, and playing scratch off lottery tickets. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan and enjoyed ribbing his Packer fan family members whenever the Bears won a contest between the teams. Frank's greatest joy was to see a child's face light up when he would reach into his pocket and give them a quarter. Frank enjoyed being a referee, actively officiating football, basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field events across the area for 50 years. He was a member of the Blackhawk Officials Association, the White Pines Officials Association, and made the state finals for football three times. Frank was employed with Crum and Forster for 26 years as an underwriter and retired from Western States Insurance. Post-retirement, Frank served as a building manager for the Freeport Masonic Temple. Frank was a member of several associations including serving as a Past President of the Orangeville School Board, being active member of the Red Oak United Methodist Church, and being a Mason. Frank was a Mason in Freeport with the Scottish Rite, White Shrine, and Eastern Star, as well as the Orangeville Temple and the Lena Blue Lodge. He served as a Shriner, was a Past Commander of the McConnell American Legion, a member of the High Twelve Club where he was recognized as a Person of the Year, and Toastmasters, where he was a Past President. Frank is survived by his wife; two daughters and sons-in law; his three siblings: Arline (Wayne) Herrmann, Richard (Carol) Rutter, and Todd (Corlyn) Rutter; five grandchildren: Michael (Kelly) Bond, Jennifer (Philip) Batten, Jeremy Longamore, Joshua Longamore, and Katrina (Edward) Graves; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Justin Silvius
Justin Silvius

Justin Silvius — Kenosha, WI,  passed away on May 18, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born in Mitchellville, IA on June 1, 1932, the son of the late Theodore and Helen (nee: Hainline) Silvius. Mr. Silvius from Carthage and from Northwestern Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis. However, before his ordination in 1959, Mr. Silvius fulfilled his civic duty and served his nation with the U.S. Army from 1957-59. He served in military intelligence in Berlin. On June 23, 1961, he married Maxine Siverson in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served his first call at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Postville, IA. He also served at St. James Lutheran in Johnston, IA, Hope Lutheran in Cedar Rapids, Bethany Lutheran in Ishpeming, MI, and Gethsemane Lutheran in Brookfield, WI. He retired from St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha. During the last half of his ministry he created “piano ministry” playing various styles of pop music with a religious text. Mr. Silvius used this medium in sermons and also at church celebrations. After his retirement Mr. and Mrs. Silvius became active members of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church. They traveled overseas to Europe and China and enjoyed many Road Scholar programs in the US. For many years Mr. Silvius was a friendly visitor with KAFASI. He enjoyed swimming at the Y and biking on trails. His good friend Tom Van Dahm and Mr. Silvius spent many Fridays at the veterans’ coffee at Festival Foods. In addition to his loving wife, Maxine of Kenosha, he is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Paula Silvius, Roger Silvius, and Daniel Silvius; his four grandchildren; his three great grandchildren; his sister, Marilyn Ullestad; his brother-in-law, Gerald (Marlys) Siverson; as well as nieces and nephews. Mr. Silvius was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Norman Ullestad. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Donald Sondrol — Muscatine, Iowa,  passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Lutheran Living. Don was born on February 22, 1936, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Slema Singelstad Sondrol. He attended one-room schools in Worth County, Iowa, and graduated from Albert Lea, Minnesota, High School, class of 1953. He received his B.A. in 1957, from Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois, now located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his B.D. in 1960, from the Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is now part of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1967, he received his M.S. from Montana State University in Bozeman. Don was a lifelong learner taking summer continuing education at Oxford, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, and France. He was a Pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and served many church congregations including: Assistant Pastor from 1960-62 at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin; from 1962-67 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Livingston, Montana; 1967-70 at Hope Lutheran Church in Dixon, Iowa; from 1970-74 as Campus Pastor and Assistant in Religion at Grand View University in Des Moines; from 1974-82 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Laurens; from 1982-1987 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Swede Valley Lutheran Church in Ogden; from 1987-94 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Tipton; and from 1994-2001 at the Elvira Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. Since his retirement, he has worked as a Sunday Supply Pastor for 34 different congregations for both Lutheran and Episcopal Church’s. Don traveled a great deal visiting 37 countries in 42 international trips. He visited every continent except Antarctica. He enjoyed reading English literature, especially Shakespeare, and listening to classical music, especially opera. Those left to honor his memory include two sisters, Ann Paczkowski of Kasson, Minnesota, and Norma Schaumburg of Owatonna, Minnesota; and a brother, Charles Sondrol of Story City, Iowa. He was provided with tender, loving care throughout his illness by his niece, Tammy Stein. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three nephews. 
Submitted: June 1, 2015

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John "Jim" Swinburne

James Swinburne — Springfield, Illinois,  died October 10, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Jim was born on October 5, 1928 in Christopher, Illinois, to John and Edna (East) Swinburne. He married Patricia Corsiatto on June 8, 1952 in Kincaid, and she survives. He always loved sports, and played everything he could during high school. Jim earned his bachelor’s at Carthage, and went on to earn his master’s degree in Education from the U of I. He taught Social Studies for 3 years at Tovey, and then went on to teach at Edinburg Junior High School until his retirement 20 years later. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Jim was recently given a life membership for the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, and he was also a member of the Kincaid American Legion. He was a life member of the Illinois Education Association as well as the National Education Association. Jim and his wife Pat attended the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. For his entire life, Jim was a devoted fisherman. He passed on his love for fishing to his grandchildren. He spent many years traveling to Northern Wisconsin with his brother and son for fishing trips. He loved bringing his family together for a good fish fry. He adored his family, and they adored him. Jim is survived by his wife, Pat, and their two children: Kathy Zwick of Taylorville, Mark Swinburne of Taylorville; four grandchildren: Suzanne (Greg) Mizera, Kevin Swinburne, Andrea (Vince) Schwab, Lauren Zwick; five great grandchildren: Cameron Allen, Xavier Younker, Zerith Swinburne, Leah Doty, Carson Mizera; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Robert Swinburne and John R. “Dick” Swinburne, sister: Patricia Williams, and one nephew: Randy Swinburne. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

Lloyd Torbeck — Morris, IL,  passed away on August 11, 2016 at the age of 85. Mr. Torbeck was born on March 18, 1931 in St. Peter, IL. He was the son of Otto and Leona (Kruenegel) Hendrickson. He graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School with the class of 1949. Lloyd received his B. S. Degree in Special Education from Illinois State Normal University in 1958. He married Shirley Hendrickson on August 9, 1958 at the West Lisbon Lutheran Church. For almost 30 years he was employed at the Grundy County Special Education Co-Op. He is survived by one daughter, Corinne(Russell)Farmer of Morris; one son, Joel Torbeck of rural Morris; one granddaughter, Caitlin Farmer of Morris; one sister-in-law, Charlotte Gjerde of Lisbon; several nieces and nephews. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Shirley, three brothers; two sisters; one brother-in-law, Harold Gjerde. 
Submitted: January 24, 2019

Wendell James Turner — Hackensack, MN,  died on February 6, 2018 in Farmington, Minnesota. He was born May 3, 1933 to Leland and Florence Turner in Rockford , Illinois. Jim was a social worker in Minnesota for 35 years. He enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, and nature at his home on Baby Lake. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Myrna Corrine Turner ; along with three children; Kevin (and Renee) Turner of San Diego, California, Cinda Current of Farmington, Minnesota, and Wendy Eberle of Grand Junction, Colorado; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 1 brother, Roger (and Anne) Turner of California; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Florence Turner ; his brother, Eugene Turner ; and his grandson, Gabriel Turner. 
Submitted: June 6, 2018

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Carol R. (Torkelson) Cogell — Statesboro, GA,  passed away on March 27, 2019 at the age of 84. She was born on July 12, 1934, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Otto John Torkelson and Maude Torkelson. Mrs. Cogell was a retired school teacher and counselor of 36 years. She married Harry Glen Cogell on September 1, 1955. She received her B.S. from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1956 and master’s degrees from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas. She lived 42 years in Texarkana, Texas. She was active in the First Lutheran Church and taught world history and English at Pine Street Junior High School in Texarkana and retired as a guidance counselor at Texas High School in Texarkana. She was then a guidance counselor in Hope, Arkansas, and Saratoga, Arkansas. She moved to Statesboro in July 2002 and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Statesboro and was a substitute teacher for five years in Bulloch County, Georgia. She was very active in the ADK teaching sorority for more than 50 years. She is survived by one brother, Richard Torkelson, M.D.; and sisters-in-law Martha Torkelson and Leah Torkelson. Also surviving are her four children, Susan Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana; Harry Otto Cogell of Texarkana; Debra Akins (Mrs. Richie Akins) of Statesboro; and Steven Cogell of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years; her parents; brothers Otto J. Torkelson and David R. Torkelson; and sister-in-law Susan Torkelson. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

Patricia (Lewandowski) Davel — Menasha, WI,  died on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Manor Care of Appleton. Patricia was born on August 21, 1933 in Menasha, WI, to the late Joseph and Gertrude (Koepsel) Lewandowski. She was a graduate of Menasha High School in 1951 and Carthage College in 1956. Patricia fell in love with Ronald Davel while working together at W.G. Grant in the Valley Fair Mall and the two were married on August 27, 1955. Patricia worked as a teacher in the Menasha School District before staying home to care for her family. She returned to work for the Menasha School District when her children were grown. Patricia loved ragdoll cats and turtles, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, reading and was known for her great banana bread. When Ronald was confined to a wheelchair, Patricia dedicated herself to caring for him for over 19 years until his passing in 2008.  Survivors include her children: Anne (Mark) Schneider, CO; her daughter, Carrie Davel, NM; and her son, John (Cathy) Davel, Menasha; five grandchildren: Kimberly and Katie Schneider, and Jennifer (Kevin) Schaefer, Jacob (Jen) and Andrew Davel; great-grandchildren: Olivia, Noelle, Landon, Ezra, Greyson, Chance, Murphey and Emerson; siblings: Joseph (Pat) Lewandowski, Judy (Cal) Deater. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Ronald Davel and her son, Andrew, in 1986; brother: James Lewandowski. 
Submitted: August 28, 2017

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Warren Henry Diskerud — Rochester, MN,  passed away on August 5, 2018 at Madonna Towers. Warren Henry Diskerud was born May 9th, 1934 to David and Helma (Nelson) Diskerud in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from high school in St. Louis, MO, and from Carthage in Illinois. He earned his divinity degree at Northwestern Lutheran: Seminary (Mpls.), and served his first church in Superior, WI, then another in Edina MN. He served as Navy and Marine Corps chaplain from 1967-69 with tours of duty in Vietnam. On October 19, 1968 Warren married Rebecca Kempton in Long Beach, CA. He served many churches, including Grand Meadow Lutheran Church and Bear Creek Lutheran from 1983-1997. He earned a doctorate in theology at Notre Dame. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Rochester. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Reverend Diskerud was a true angel of God. He is survived by wife Rebecca of Rochester, children Erik (Shaina) Diskerud of Pine Island, MN, Ingrid (Robert) Burkholder of Rochester, Rondi Stebbins of Atlanta, GA and Amy (Scott) Roark of Atlanta, GA, plus eight grandchildren, brother Clayton (Shirley) Diskerud of Waverly, MN and many friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: August 8, 2018

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Henry Eyrich — Rochester, MN,  passed away on December 11, 2016. Henry George Eyrich was born on Nov. 12, 1934, in Rochester to George and Clara (Buchholtz). He died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at St. Marys Hospital. Henry was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with graduate work in business at Winona State University. He was an accounting major and was licensed as an Enrolled Agent by the U.S. Treasury Department. He had more than 40 years of broad business experience with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He has published numerous articles and has given seminars on business and tax related subjects. He is a member of NSEA, MSEA, IMA, Rochester Chamber of Commerce and BNI. Henry married Dolores Fleming on April 9, 1956, and was later divorced. He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Survivors include his children, Dr. Thomas Eyrich of Zionsville, Ind., Elizabeth Eyrich of Rochester, Julie (Alan) Wall of Rochester, Barbara Rutgers of Rochester, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

Dorothy G. Goos — Saskatoon, Canada,  formerly of Chicago, passed away in Saskatoon, SK on December 28, 2015. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Ernst and Elisabeth (nee Ruccius) Goos; four brothers, Johannes, Fred, Carl, and John. She is survived by her sisters Louise Goos, Flora (Bernie) Pregler, and Margareth (Ken) Peterson; and her brothers Walter (Marion) Goos and Victor (Faye) Goos; her sisters-in-law, Vivian Goos, Betty Goos, Kathy Senn; and numerous nephews and nieces. Dorothy was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but moved to North Dakota with her family when she was just an infant. She completed high school in Bathgate, ND. With a Master's degree in Social Work, she joined Lutheran Social Services in Illinois as a caseworker at Edison Park Home in 1960, working with LSSI in various positions until her retirement in 1995. Dorothy broke the proverbial "glass ceiling" when appointed LSSI's first female Vice-President and also in her volunteer capacity when she was elected Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and when she was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Carol E. Holm — Omaha, Nebraska ,  beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully at home on February 17. Having lost her hearing as a young mother, she enjoyed a long career in counseling the deaf at various agencies. She began her career as a teacher of Spanish in Texas and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Sachs. She is survived by her children: Karen Osborne (Phil), David Holm, Lynn Blagg (David), and D'Anne Devlin; grandchildren: Austin, Kimberly, Danielle, Andrea, Shelley, Kirsten, Matthew and Eryn; brother, Robert Sachs; nieces, nephews and many other loving family members and friends  
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Richard A. Howell — Glenview, IL,  passed away on October 21, 2018. Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Sullivan) '56. 
Submitted: April 18, 2019

Joan (Gedde) Lechner — McHenry, IL,  passed away on June 2, 2019 at the age of 84. She was born in Chicago to Erik and Solveig (Petersen) Gedde on March 25, 1935. Joan was united in marriage to Donald Lechner on May 19, 1956 in Park Ridge. After attending Carthage, she worked as a secretary for the Base Commander of the United States Air Force at O'Hare International Airport. After raising her three sons, the family moved from Des Plaines to McHenry where Joan enjoyed every one of her 42 years here. Her and her husband operated a Wick Home dealership for 16 years. She was also an adult education tutor at McHenry County College for 12 years. Joan was an animal lover with a soft spot for dogs and horses. Her hobbies included a passion for gardening and a talent for baking, but Joan's true love was her family. She was a loving wife, doting mother and grandmother, and a true friend to all. Joan will be deeply missed. Left to cherish Joan's memory is her husband of 63 years, Donald; her sons, Jeff, Andy (Michele), and Gary (Laura) Lechner; her grandchildren, Sammi, Phil (Kayla), Jake, Maddy, and Grace; a sister, Deanna (James) Schmid; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Gedde. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother, Lance. 
Submitted: June 13, 2019

Evelyn (Hurst) Menzel — Las Vegan, NV,  passed away on April 8, 2019. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Marlene (Petersen) Miene — Wichita, Kansas,  passed away Jan. 7, 2015. 
Submitted: January 8, 2015

Grace "Eileen" Parker — West Point, Illinois,  died at 93 at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2014) in Memorial Hospital, Carthage. Eileen was born Sept. 30, 1921, a daughter of Loren and Grace Boyles Mecum, in Houston Township, Adams County. After graduation from Bowen High School, she attended Gem City College of Business for two years. Later in life, she attended Carthage College part time for three years. In 1943, Eileen enlisted in the U.S. Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as Woman's Army Corps, in Peoria, served during World War II at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., and she later volunteered for overseas duty, serving in the Philippines and New Guinea. She received her honorable discharge in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 1945. Decorations and citations received were the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. On March 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald E. Parker in Bowen. He survives. They moved and lived on the family farm in the Chili area the rest of her life. She was a member of DAR, a life member of the Bowen American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, and she held the longest official membership (since 1929) of the United Methodist Church in Bowen. Eileen loved to travel and had visited all 50 states, as well as Panama, Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America. She and Donald were the first couple and she the first woman to go on the Great River Honor Flight. At age 67, she became an EMT and worked as a volunteer until she was 75. In addition to her husband, Eileen is survived by four children, Janet (Ken) Ayers of Woodland, Wash., Joyce Klingler of Victor, Mont., David Parker of Carthage, and Philip (Lisa) Parker of Bowen; three grandchildren, Jessica (Joe) Klingler Herr, Megan Klingler and Eric Parker; and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Herr. She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Justin Parker; and one brother, James Mecum. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Louis Peters , Jr. — Keene, NH,  passed away December 28, 2016. 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

Arla Jean Powell — Carmel, Indiana,  passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, in her Carmel, Ind., residence at Brookdale Senior Living. Arla was born June 24, 1934, on a farm near Cuba, Ill., to Howard and Hilda Rock. She attended Brick Fiatt Country Grade School for eight years, followed by Cuba High School, where she graduated in 1952. She received her B.S. in home economics in 1956 from Carthage College. She took her first teaching position at Chenoa High School in Chenoa, Ill., in 1956-1957. From there, she moved to the Bushnell-Prairie City school district, where she taught home economics, family living and consumer education at the junior high and high schools for the next 34 years. On June 23, 1957, she married Robert J. Powell in Ellisville, Ill. He preceded her in death in October of 1997. Arla is survived by her son, Jan Powell (Pam) of Indianapolis; and daughter, Jenny Powell-Barrick (Sam) of Carmel, Ind.; along with seven grandchildren.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Gloria H. Rayburn — Dewey, Ill.,  passed away July 28, 2013. Gloria was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Keokuk, Iowa, to William C. and Elizabeth McBrayer Hayes, who both preceded her in death. She married Richard C. Rayburn on Aug. 5, 1956, in Carthage, Ill.; he survives. Richard and Gloria have three children, Mark (Cynthia) Rayburn of rural Dewey, Ann (Thomas) Rohde of Decatur and Ellen (Mark) Wylie of Bloomington, Ill. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Andrea Newkirk, Zachary Rohde, Sarah, Andrew, Christopher, David and Rachel Wylie. One grandson, Luke Wylie, preceded her in death. Gloria has one sister, Joyce Pomrenke of Hudson, Ill., who survives, as well as three nieces and four nephews. Gloria was educated in Carthage schools and then enrolled in Carthage College, majoring in home economics education and minoring in art education. She belonged to several honorary societies and graduated with honors in 1956. She worked for the University of Illinois as Home Extension adviser in Hancock County. She met Richard, who also worked for the UI Extension Service. They first met when their county members were attending a 4-H summer camp near Jacksonville, Ill. It was love at first sight. Gloria and Richard lived on the same farm in rural Dewey for 55 years. She devoted her life to her children and the operation of their farm. She belonged to the Mahomet unit of the Champaign County Home Extension for 55 years, where she enjoyed her longtime friends, giving lessons and working in international activities. She organized and led the Dewey Busy Misses 4-H club for the neighborhood girls and she helped lead the Condit Ag 4-H club. She taught Sunday school for more than 10 years. She and Richard belong to the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, and she was in the morning circle with many fine friends. She was a scholar of the Bible and read it daily. Gloria loved her Lord, her husband of 57 years, her family, and her friends. She especially loved entertaining her grandchildren. Gloria dedicated her life to her husband and children. She loved the peace and solitude of living on the farm, enjoying her free time with her dogs, her flowerbeds, planting trees, wild birds, Bible study and reading. When time permitted she returned to her love of painting, adding additional paint classes in oil and watercolor. Her paintings were recognized in many shows. She also shared an appreciation of antique Ford cars with Richard. For the last 10 years she struggled with rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial lung disease leading to pulmonary fibrosis. She kept a full slate of activities up to the day she was admitted to the Carle Critical Care Unit, where she died three days later. Gloria's house often overflowed with family and friends, and her cooking skills were legendary. She and Richard enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad, visiting every state except North Dakota. Gloria lived her life to the fullest. She was known for her smile and appreciative words. The family extends their appreciation to the medical personnel who treated Gloria, especially Dr. David Webb of Mahomet Carle Clinic, her primary care physician for 26 years, and the nursing staff of Carle Foundation Hospital during her final stay.  
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Verna I Scarbrough — Quincy, Illinois,  died at 1:54 p.m. May 17, 2016, in Blessing Hospital. Born September 29, 1933 in McKee Township, Adams County, Illinois, Verna was the daughter of Virgil Fred and Louisa Helmreich Scarbrough. Verna was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Lost Prairie and had also attended Luther Memorial Church. She loved being active in her community and was a member of the Presidents Neighborhood Watch Committee where she had served as chairperson. A 1951 graduate of Quincy High School, Verna also attended Carthage and Gem City Business College. She was employed as a receptionist and clerical worker at the Quincy Senior Citizens Center for many years where she was involved with publishing "The News and Views" newsletter. Survivors include several cousins and her godchildren. Verna was preceded in death by her parents. 
Submitted: May 26, 2016

Hans Thomsen — Pottstown, Pennsylvania,  died February 24, 2017, in Lakeland, FL. He and his wife, Peggy Anne Gallagher Thomsen had been married 34 years. Born in Menominee, MI he was the son of the late Hans Jesper Thomsen, Sr. and Doris Neverman Thomsen. He was a 1956 graduate of Carthage College, IL with a BA in Business and a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle with a Master Degree. Hans retired from the Boeing Company after 46 years of service; his final assignment was as a Business Manager with the Computer Services Division supporting NASA in Huntsville, AL. He was a member of St James Lutheran Church Pottstown, PA and Tri County Active Adult Center, Pottstown PA. Hans was active in his church and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the bible. He loved to travel, was a huge John Wayne fan, liked watching the History Channel, and in his last years was learning Spanish. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters Kristin Lynn Thomsen, Elizabethtown, KY and Ardra Thomsen Farally, Glenside PA ; a son Eric Lee Thomsen, Mill Creek, WA; sisters Ardra Kretzmer Lakeland, FL, Nancy Durn Cascade, WI, Shari Cotton Helena, MT; grandchildren Jason Michael Baird, USMC, Annabell Doreen Farally, Glenside, PA, Great grandchildren Sean, Megan, Natalie, and Alyssa Baird Clinchfield, GA. He was preceded in death by a daughter Doreen Kay Thomsen, a step son John Eric Kampsen and a brother Paul Henry Thomsen 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Kenneth "Russell" Tucker — Brainerd, Minn. ,  died on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at his home. Funeral Services for Russell will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:00AM at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brainerd, MN with Pastor Jeff Scoggins officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00AM-11:00AM at the church. Russell was born on October 4, 1933 in Carthage, Illinois to Kenneth E. and Edna E. (Swenson) Tucker. After graduating from Carthage High School in 1951, Russell attended The University of Illinois and Quincy Business College. He then attended Carthage College before entering the United States Navy, as a medical corpsman. After his duty with the Navy, Russell was the head of Central Supply at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Russell enrolled as a student at the University of Minnesota where he received his degree in education. Before retiring, Russell taught with the Onamia school district for 26 years. After his retirement, he then worked for nine years at Almost Home in Brainerd, MN. He enjoyed fishing, stamp collecting, gardening, photography, and liked playing music on his auto harp. Russell had a deep relationship with God which was a very important part of his life. He went on numerous mission trips around the world. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brainerd, MN. Russell is survived by his wife, Ivy; sons, Chris (LaRena) Tucker and Jeffrey Scott (Lynda) Tucker; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Edna. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Cindy (Akins) Walker — Hardwick, Vermont,  died Oct. 28, 2015, at 81. She was born Cindy Ann Akins in Freeport in 1934 to the late Henry and Mildred (Meyers) Akins. Cindy lived a wonderfully varied life, having spent her early years in the rich green heartland of northern Illinois which was Forreston until she left to attend Carthage in Illinois. She majored in education and was a lifelong teacher. It was in college that she met her husband, Roger. They were married from 1955 until Roger's death in 1992. They spent a year in Germany while he was stationed there in the U.S. Army. Cindy taught the children of base personnel with Roger, and they spent many days touring German cities and the countryside on bicycles. After returning to the States, she and Roger decided to spend a year living in New York and ended up staying for 30 years. Cindy, along with Roger, had a long and memorable association with Camp Wapanacki in Hardwick, as well as the New York Institute for the Blind, where they both taught while living in New York. The home they owned on West Hill in Hardwick became their year round residence in 1981. Cindy was a teacher at Hazen Union High School for many years before retiring in 2005. She was an active member of the United Church of Hardwick and developed many long lasting enjoyable friendships in the Hardwick community. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Cindy is survived by her sons, Tim (Julie), Columbus, Ohio, and Ned, Hardwick, Vermont; grandchildren, Kate, Alex, Jared, and Zoie; two brothers, John and Jeff Akins, both of Forreston; five sisters-in-law, Alice and Wilma Akins, both of Forreston; Delores Akins, Napa, California; Marge Schluening, Morrison, Peg Walker, Toledo, Ohio; brother-in-law, Dave Walker, Toledo, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roger; and two brothers, James and Jared Akins. 
Submitted: April 11, 2016

Donald Wiek — Huntley, Illinois,  died peacefully at the age of 80 in Geneva on Monday, May 4, 2015. He was born September 12, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Thorvald B. and Irene (Nelson) Wiek. Don worked as a sales manager in the foundry business for many years, retiring in 2000. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dorgan on June 5, 1994, in St. Charles. The couple made their home between Huntley and Punta Gorda, Florida. They both loved and appreciated music and enjoyed listening to music together. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his step-children, Kurt (Tracy) Hauseman, Eric (Leanne) Hauseman, Karen (Mark) Winter, Jeannine Cavaliere, and Stephanie (Boyd) Love-Baker. 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and he is preceded in death by his sister, Carol Fauntleroy. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Neysa (Vass) Wilt — New Castle, IN,  passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Stonebrook Rehabilitation Center in New Castle surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 26, 1935, in LaHarpe, IL to the late Leon Dale and Ruth Verrl (Jacobs) Vass. She was a graduate of Carthage College in Carthage, IL where she received her Bachelors of Science degree. She met her husband, William H. Wilt, at Indiana Central now know as University of Indianapolis. She was a teacher for 6 years at Rush and Shelby County schools and a Radiology Medical Transcriptionist at Henry County Hospital for 25 years. Neysa was a member of First Baptist Church in New Castle. She was a former member of Trinity Methodist Church in New Castle where she served as church secretary and played the organ for many years. She is survived by her son, Malcolm S. Wilt; granddaughter; Rachel E. Gibson; son-in-law, Larry Gibson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Wilt; daughter, Sarah B. Gibson; brother, Ward D. Vass and an infant brother John Neal Vass. 
Submitted: September 13, 2019

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Janet Alvin — Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,  passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Door County Medical Center. She was born August 1, 1933 in Park Ridge, IL, the daughter of the late Fred and Lorraine (Shelton) Kennedy. Janet graduated from Maine Township High School in 1951 before attending Carthage. On May 25, 1957, she married Arvid A. Alvin in Park Ridge, IL. They enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States and a most memorable time spent in Hawaii. Janet worked for H.M. Gousha, a book publishing company in the Chicago area. Janet was happiest being a mom and raising her family. This was her greatest accomplishment. She loved taking cruises with Arvid, being a voracious reader, and was pleased to have served 15 years as a volunteer at Door County Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Arvid; two sons, Bruce (Sharon) Alvin of Orlando, FL, Kenneth (Carol) Alvin of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Julie Alvin, Andrew (Chelsie) Alvin, Jared and Connor Alvin; one sister, Miriam Schuler of Mary Esther, FL. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

Ralph Daehn — Montana City, Montana,  passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. He was born on August 21, 1933. He received B.S. Degrees in Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.S. Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. He served in the U.S. Army in Pine Bluff Arkansas. Ralph was married to Beverly. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Agnes M. "Amy" Gregory — Riverside, Iowa,  died Aug. 29, 2014. Agnes "Amy" Marie Peterson was born on September 6, 1929, in Riverside, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Katherine (Newell) Peterson. On November 27, 1952, she married Patrick Lawrence Gregory at the Sacred Heart Church in Warsaw, Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree from Carthage College and then went on to the University of Iowa to receive her masters. Amy started her teaching career in Warsaw, Illinois, as a teenager. She owned and operated a preschool in Garrison, Iowa. Amy taught for over 20 years at Riverside Elementary. She was a member of the St. Mary's Church in Riverside. Amy enjoyed playing cards, loved going to the casino, and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's activities. The family would like to thank the staff at Windmill Manor and the staff and volunteers at Hospice Compassus for their excellent care of Amy. Amy will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Kathy Gregory of Riverside, Susie Thomann and husband, Dave, of Grimes, Kim Pfiffner and husband, Dave, of Adel; four grandchildren, Allison and Kyle Thomann and Jacob and Nathan Pfiffner; and one sister, Kathleen Bradley and husband, Harry, of LaHarpe, Illinois. Amy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two daughters Mary Ann and Christine. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

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Bonnie Lou (Aden) Houston — Holliday, MO,  passed away on August 15, 2018 at the age of 85. She was born on February 21, 1933, in Quincy, IL, to Louis and Lucille Ehmen Aden. Her father died when she was 3 years old. Lucille later married Monroe Cassens of Golden, IL. Her mother died in 1965 and Monroe died in 1979. Bonnie was a graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis and attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL. She was united in marriage to Marvin Houston on June 15, 1952, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden, IL. They lived in Golden for 5 years, and then moved north of Holliday, MO in 1958, where she spent the rest of her life on the farm. During that time, Bonnie served as the local and county 4-H Extension Council leader, various 4-H projects leader, she worked at the Mark Twain Cafe’ for several years, she, also, papered and painted in many, many homes in Paris and the surrounding areas. She was a faithful member of the LWML ladies organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly, and a lifetime member of that church. She was appointed Monroe County Public Administrator by then Governor Kit Bond. She, also, was a great seamstress for her family and many others, a pianist, a wonderful cook, and hosted many holiday dinners. She so enjoyed entertaining, and her laugh was infectious. She dearly loved her family and will be sadly missed by all of them. Surviving are her husband, Marvin; two sons, Mike (Lisa) Houston of Holliday, Brad (Donna) Houston of Centralia; three daughters, Lynn (Denny) Allen of Paris, Lori (Jim) Gesling of Madison, Joye Houston of Moberly and one sister Geneen (Perry) Morgan of Columbia. Also, surviving are ten grandchildren, Dustin Allen of Kansas City, Josh Allen of St. Charles, MO, Technical Sgt. Jacob Allen in German, Jenny (Bryan) Truesdell of Moberly, Jimmy (Jayci) Gesling of Centralia, Clint Gesling of Brunswick, Caleb Gesling of Bowling Green, Zack Houston of Springfield, MO, Derek (Julienne) Graupman of Chillicothe, and Shane (Tara) Graupman of Jefferson City, MO, along with nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Cassens of CA, a daughter, Gina and a grandson, Cody Houston of Centralia. 
Submitted: April 12, 2019

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Paul Edward Johnson — Roswell, NM,  passed away on February 11, 2018. Paul Johnson was born on February 17, 1933, the son of Grant and Helene Johnson in Morris, IL. Paul graduated from both Carthage College, Carthage, IL, in 1955, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, in 1959. He was ordained as a Lutheran pastor on June 7, 1959. He subsequently served as a pastor at Lutheran churches in Southern and Central California, Las Vegas, NV, and as an interim pastor at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Roswell, NM. Paul was married to Judith Lee Meyer Johnson on June 23, 1956. Those left to eternally treasure and cherish his memory are Judy, his loving wife of sixty-one years; brother, Richard; three children: Dorothy Reinhard of Glendale, AZ, Timothy of Las Vegas, NV, Russell of Monument, CO; as well as nine grandchildren: Amanda Johnson of Lake Havasu, AZ, Rebecca Johnson of Barstow, CA, Lindsay Stewart of Los Alamitos, CA, Justin Reinhard of Kansas City, MO, Matthew Reinhard of Aurora, CO, Kathryn, Megan, Brendan, Lauren Johnson of Monument, CO; and ten great-grandchildren. Preceding Paul in death were his brother, Jerry; sister, Mary Louise; brother, Grant; and his oldest son, Steven. 
Submitted: February 19, 2018

Bert Korte — Columbus, Ohio,  passed away Dec. 1, 2013. He was born on June 4, 1933. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Carthage, where he met his first wife, Cheryl. He served in the U.S. Army. He moved to Columbus to take a job with the YMCA, eventually retiring from Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. He was an active member of the NAUS organization and also the American Legion. He loved his family, church, playing golf, fishing, and bowling. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was preceded in death by his parents, Berthold and Maria Korte; his sister, Inga Knappe; his brother, Gerhard Korte; and his wife, Lois. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; brother, Rudy; brother-in-law, Wolf; children, Lori, Curt (Jody), Brad, and Tami; step-daughter, Dee (Bill); and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Mr. Thomas Langan
Mr. Thomas Langan

Tom Langan — Carthage, IL,  passed away on August 23, 2019 at the age of 85. Tom was born on Jan. 16, 1934, in Quincy. He was the son of Myrtle and Elmer "Bud" Langan and one of five children. He married his beloved wife, Jeane, on Valentine's Day in 1954. She was buried earlier this year on what would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. Tom played baseball and basketball at Quincy High School earning recognition in their athletic Hall of Fame. He then went to Carthage College where he played basketball, baseball and football earning multiple varsity letters. Tom was honored years later, when he was inducted into the Carthage College Hall of Fame. Carthage is also where he met his bride, local girl, Jeane Carl, whom he married a year later. Tom was active in the First Christian Church as an elder, a deacon and as a member of the Homebuilders Club. Tom and Jeane also volunteered at the Food Pantry and delivered Meals on Wheels. Over the years he participated in golf, league bowling and bridge clubs. He also coached in the Carthage Little League program for many years. Tom was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Green Bay Packers football fan. He enjoyed traveling which included Alaskan and Caribbean cruises, trips to several U.S. National Parks, and the Rose Bowl. One of Tom's favorite trips was a visit to England and Ireland with his brother Bob and wife, Barb. He especially enjoyed when his whole family gathered for a beach house vacation on Lake Michigan. Tom loved his God and his church, his hometown community of Carthage, and above all else, his family. Tom loved deeply and wore his heart on his sleeve. A grateful man who always knew just how incredibly blessed he was. He will be remembered as the strong pillar of his family. He is survived by his two sisters, Maryl and Sweets. He is preceded in death by his first grandchild, Evan Thomas Neally; brothers, Bob and Jim; parents, Myrtle and Bud; and stepfather, Roy Hussong. 
Submitted: August 27, 2019

Thomas John
Thomas John "Tom" Langan

Thomas Langan — Carthage, IL,  passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at 7:50 p.m., in Carthage. Tom was born on Jan. 16, 1934, in Quincy, IL. He was the son of Myrtle and Elmer "Bud" Langan and one of five children. He married his beloved wife, Jeane, on Valentine's Day in 1954. She was buried earlier this year on what would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. Tom and Jeane had four children -- Peggy Hayner (John Arpan); Dan Langan (Valerie); Suzy Neally (Stan); and Cathy Burling (Ron); ten grandchildren, Laura and Audrey Hayner; Tommy (Lily) and Claire Langan; Mitchell (Kate), Justin (Mackenzie) and Ethan (fiancé Holland) Neally; Ryan (Stephanie), Kevin (Caitlin) and Emily Burling; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Burling and Baker Neally. Tom played baseball and basketball at Quincy High School earning recognition in their athletic Hall of Fame. He then went to Carthage where he played basketball, baseball and football earning multiple varsity letters. Tom was honored years later when he was inducted into the Carthage College Hall of Fame. Carthage also is where he met his bride, local girl, Jeane Carl, whom he married a year later. Upon graduation with a B.S. in business administration, Tom was signed to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns minor league teams. After his baseball career, he would later join his father-in-law, Forrest Carl, running Carl Motors. He also had part-time jobs as a pin-setter at the T&C Bowl and refereed basketball games at the grade school and high school level. Upon the death of his father-in-law, he and his brother-in-law, Bob Carl, took over management of the car dealership. Tom and Bob co-owned and managed the dealership for over 50 years, until retirement. Tom was active in the First Christian Church as an elder, a deacon and as a member of the Homebuilders Club. Tom and Jeane also volunteered at the Food Pantry and delivered Meals on Wheels. Over the years he participated in golf, league bowling and bridge clubs. He also coached in the Carthage Little League program for many years. Tom was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and Green Bay Packers football fan. He enjoyed traveling which included Alaskan and Caribbean cruises, trips to several U.S. National Parks, and the Rose Bowl. One of Tom's favorite trips was a visit to England and Ireland with his brother Bob and wife, Barb. He especially enjoyed when his whole family gathered for a beach house vacation on Lake Michigan. Tom loved his God and his church, his hometown community of Carthage, and above all else, his family. Tom loved deeply and wore his heart on his sleeve. A grateful man who always knew just how incredibly blessed he was. He will be remembered as the strong pillar of his family. He is survived by his two sisters, Maryl, and Sweets. He is preceded in death by his first grandchild, Evan Thomas Neally; brothers, Bob and Jim; parents, Myrtle and Bud; and stepfather, Roy Hussong. 
Submitted: September 13, 2019

Barbara Loveless
Barbara Loveless

Barbara Loveless — Chicago, IL,  passed away on November 26, 2018. A long-time resident of Albuquerque, Ms. Loveless worked for the Children Youth and Families Department and served as State Coordinator for New Mexico Head Start. She was involved in preschool education and worked with families as the founding director for the Santo Domingo Pueblo Head Start Program, currently the Kewa Pueblo. 
Submitted: May 29, 2019

Joan Peterson — Delafield, Wis. ,  passed away Nov. 24, 2013, at the age of 79. She was the beloved mother to Pamela and Jeffrey and cherished "mom" of Gus. She is further survived by relatives and many dear friends. Ms. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband, Robert '57.  
Submitted: January 13, 2014

Mr. Harry Robertson
Mr. Harry Robertson

Harry Robertson — Collinsville, IL,  passed away on June 21, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born on June 12, 1933 in Springfield, IL. Harry graduated from New Berlin High School in Illinois, attended Carthage College, attended West Point, graduated from the University of Illinois and earned his masters degree from Webster University. He was a retired data processor for the Federal Government Civil Service, and an Army veteran. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Collinsville. He enjoyed sports, having played tennis, softball, and basketball. He also enjoyed watching sports on TV and listening to games on the radio. He loved to go to Collinsville High School basketball games, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and two grandsons. He is survived by his loving wife Frances "Fran" (Irick) Robertson whom he married August 7, 1965, a daughter Sara (Mike) Brunken, two grandsons; Theo and Tyler, two sisters; Judy (Tom), Martha (Kenneth) Stephens, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; William and Elizabeth (Fisher) Robertson, five brothers; David, Bill, Dick, Donald and Tom, and three sisters; Marylou, Patricia, and Marjorie. 
Submitted: July 11, 2019

Jacob Schneider — Galesburg, Ill. ,  passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, IL at the age of 87 years. Jake was born April 10, 1927 in West Bend, the oldest son of Jacob and Frieda (nee Walde) Schneider. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1950-53. Jake spent his spare time as a Scoutmaster for a scout troop for military dependents at Mannheim, Germany. In 1955, Jake began his service to the Boy Scouts of America. He served in various capacities and locations in Illinois, retiring in May of 1990 after 35 years of service. He is survived by his sister, Wilma Jean of Park Falls, WI; 2 nieces and 1 nephew, Gail Patricia Cassafer of San Francisco, CA, Karl Frederick of New Berlin, WI and Stephanie Ann (Jonathan) Richter of Hales Corners, WI; 1 sister-in-law, Marilyn Schneider of Franklin, WI; 1 great-niece, Rebecca Marie Richter of Hales Corners, WI; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Jake was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Stephen Ray and Warren Robert, and 1 aunt, Helen Konoske. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Lois Elaine (Hassler ) Swanson — Sandstone, Minn.,  passed away March 18, 2012. Born May 26, 1934, in Princeton, Minn., to Raymond and Eva Hassler, she married Arnold Swanson July 31, 1955. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Daniel (Robin) Swanson of Franklin, Ky.; one daughter-in-law, Weidan Swanson of Lorton, Va.; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Randall; and one sister, Marilyn Buss. 
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Mary Constance "Connie" Tucker , Ed.D. — Rockford, Illinois,  passed away at 81 on November 12, 2014. Connie was born June 28, 1933 in Quincy, the daughter of Clara Rupple Bingaman and Ira Wellington Bingaman, D.Div. and Phd. (Philosophy.) Connie received a Bachelor of Arts at Carthage College, a master's degree in Counseling at Northern Illinois University and a Doctorate (Ed.D) in counseling at East Coast University in Florida. She had a long and influential career in the Rockford community, which spanned from teaching positions at Lincoln Park, Roosevelt and Wilson Jr. High schools, serving as a counselor at Wilson Jr. High School to principalships at Dennis, Lathrop and Washington schools. Connie was chosen to be the coordinator of magnet and alternative programs at the request of Superintendent Art Johnson. She retired as an administrator from District 205 in 1993, but worked diligently for the Gifted Department with the implementation of testing. This dedicated educator was also instrumental in the coordination of the Young Authors Program throughout District 205 elementary schools. Connie remained active in the world of education by supervising student teachers for Illinois State University and teaching Curriculum and Instruction at the graduate level with her friend, Esther Dolan. Connie was considered a mover and shaker in the Rockford community. She served on many committees to improve and transform Rockford. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Past President of the Booker Washington Board, N.W. Community Center, Heritage Kiwanis and Past President of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Board. She served each board with conviction, a fearless quality of proclaiming what was just and a sensitive understanding of the populations she represented. Connie enjoyed traveling, book clubs, cruising, attending theaters and the Rockford Symphony and spending time with her friends. She loved children and marveled at their processes of discovery and wonder. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Aaron Bingamann (Genevieve), William Bingamann (Charolette), Abraham Lincoln Bingamann (Jessie) John Bingamann (Mary), Clara Bingaman Schneider (Henry) Dorcas Bingamann Wilson (Robert), Paul Bingamann (Penny) and James Bingamann (Velma.) She also leaves behind a host of friends who thought of her as a mother, friend, sister and soulmate. She is survived by her niece, Ruth Adams of Riverside, CA. Connie is also survived by those who played a significant role in her life. She loved them all, and they know who they are. As a living legacy, she created the Dr. Connie Tucker Scholarship Fund. 
Submitted: February 3, 2015

Janis P. (Lowe) Versen — Sugar Land, Texas,  formerly of Salisbury, N.C., and Jacksonville, Ill., died after a long illness at 80 on April 11, 2014, at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospice Unit. She was born on April 9, 1933, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the youngest daughter of George F. and Pauline Lowe. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in home economics and teaching in 1955 from Carthage in Carthage, Ill. While at Carthage she also was a cheerleader and a member of Kappa Omicron Phi. It was at Carthage that Janis met and married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Versen, on August 6, 1955, in St. Paul, Minn. He died November 7, 2010. Jan first taught in Madison, Wis. After moving to Belleville, Ill., Jan enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. After the family moved to Jacksonville, she began her new teaching career after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in special education from MacMurray College. She first taught high school in the Franklin, Ill., school district. She ended her teaching career at Jacksonville High School in June 1984. Jan never knew a stranger. Even though she moved several times in her life, she always made wonderful, lasting friendships. In Jacksonville, she was passionately involved in Scouting and earned the Silver Fawn Award for her leadership roles in B.S.A. In addition to teaching, she was always busy sewing, doing needlework and knitting, and attending every possible event in which her children were involved. While in Salisbury, she was president of Salisbury Women's Club and an avid member of "The Out-to Lunch-Bunch". Jan was a member of Salem Lutheran Church while in Jacksonville and currently a member of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Sugar Land. She held so many friends close to her heart. In the past few years, The "Young at Heart" group at Fishers of Men kept her motivated to keep up her cooking skills and taught her how to play her new favorite Domino game, Mexican Train. The friends at Fishers of Men supported her diligently and faithfully through the past few years. Especially in this last year, they remained with her lovingly, spiritually and prayerfully. Janis was so loved by her children and their families. In return, Janis was so proud of and loved each and every one of them. Surviving are Bill (Paula) Versen of Dayton, Ohio, Rick (Margie) Versen of Castle Rock, Colo., and Cathy (Doug) King of Sugar Land. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who were so special to her. They are: Erik Versen of Charleston, S.C., Brett (Marisa) Versen of Louisville, Ky., Ryan (fiance, Corie) Versen, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, Katelyn Versen of Dayton, Ohio, Katie (Jason) Ostlund and son Carter of Casper, Wyo., Kyle Versen of Denver, Colo., Mark (Jessie) Versen and children, Braelyn and Zegyn of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tyler (fiance, Ara) Doyle of Campbell, Calif., and Spencer Doyle of Campell, Calif., and Allison (fiance, Andrew) of Sugar Land. She also is survived by her sisters, Muriel Freeman of Alexandria, Va., and Andrean Elvert of Chanhassen, Minn., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Janis was preceded in death by her husband; brother, George; and her parents.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

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Marilyn Delaplane — Modesto, CA,  passed away on June 2, 2016 at the age of 88. She was a native of Walworth, WI. She lived in Modesto for 54 years. Marilyn was an elementary teacher and taught for the United State Military schools in Germany and Okinawa as well as at Fremont Elementary in Modesto. After her children were born she dedicated her life to being a stay at home mother, homemaker and volunteer. She is survived by her children, Bill Delaplane of Modesto and Lisa Delaplane of Mill Valley California and her 5 grandchildren. 
Submitted: January 9, 2019

Mary (Brooks) Dennis — West Burlington, IA,  passed away on March 5, 2016 at the age of 95. She was born June 25, 1920, in Keokuk, Iowa, the daughter of Jesse R. and Ruby Dean Brooks. Survivors include her husband, John, and a daughter. 
Submitted: January 24, 2019

Edward Edstrom — Centennial, CO,  passed away January 21, 2016. A graveside service was held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. 
Submitted: August 31, 2017

Charles A. Hildreth — Grapevine, Texas,  passed away on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2015 at Meadwoods Assisted Living in Grapevine, TX. Charles was 88 years old and died from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born November 13, 1926 in Lincoln IL to Dr. Charles E. Hildreth and Margaret Stumpf Hildreth of Mt. Pulaski IL. He married Janet Louann Coffman on August 8, 1954, he received his BA in education from Carthage College, and his MA in education from Illinois State Normal University. Charles taught educable mentally handicapped students for 27 years at Bloomington High School in Bloomington IL. He was very active in the BEA, investing in the stock market, reading books on tape and extensive traveling. He and Janet took many trips to Disney World in Florida, had been to all the states except Alaska, traveled to Europe and Cuba. Surviving him are his three children, Todd Alan Hildreth of Valmeyer IL, Pamela Ann Hildreth Claeys of Grapevine TX, and Marsha Lynn Hildreth Schellenberg of Normal IL, ten grandchildren, his girlfrend Laytella Smith and his sister Shirley Hildreth Van Hook. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

John A. James — Ocean Springs, Mississippi,  passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 in Gulfport, MS. Born August 6, 1929, in Johnstown, PA, he was the son of the late Eben and Nell Regittko James. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Johnstown. John was a 1948 graduate of Johnstown High School. Following graduation, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy and Carthage College of Illinois where he majored in Physical Education. During the Korean War, in 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in which he served for 20 years plus 1 day. 18 of those 20 years, he was stationed at Keesler AFB. Upon his military retirement, he was employed by Ingalls Shipbuilding for 25 years where he retired a second time. John lived a very active life and had an inquiring mind. Among many things, he swam the butterfly and played handball competitively Air Force-wide and locally. For several years, he held the John James Annual Handball Tournament in Ocean Springs and Mobile. He didn't pass a fire tower that he didn't climb (when it was permissible) with his four children climbing behind him just to see what there was to see. He and his wife travelled the United States and saw many sights. He read extensively and mastered the computer. He enjoyed conversations and debates of any subject and liked to provide life lessons to anyone willing to learn. He was predeceased by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joseph and Beatrice Mobley; his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Jack Reeves; and nephew, Ricky Mobley. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Mobley James; his children: Barbara, Susan (Ronnie), Ruth E., and David; his granddaughters: Crystal Gale and Jessi Alexandria; his great-granddaughter, Anna Claire; his brother-in-law and his wife, Dick and Sylvia Mobley; his nephews and their families: Arthur, Bruce, and John Reeves; cousins: David and Eddie Lou Regittko and family, Lynn and Dorothy Carter, and Paul and Vicky Carter and family; and special friends: Renee and Jeb Burnsed, Charlie and Sally Mazzone, and Steve and Shelia Rusk. A private service with military honors washeld at Biloxi National Cemetery. 
Submitted: May 28, 2015

Marvin Kempel — Lena, IL,  passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at his home. He was born October 10, 1932, the son of Alvin and Florence (Heiler) Kempel. He graduated from Lena High School in 1950. Marvin married Vera Lucille Diestelmeier on July 29, 1951, in Lena, IL. He was a farmer and retired from MicroSwitch. Marvin served his country from January 1952 to December 1953, during The Korean Conflict, with the Army as a cook. He was a member of Lena United Methodist Church, Korean War Veterans, American Legion, 40 & 8, Lena Masonic Lodge, and United Methodist Men. He enjoyed the monthly breakfast with the United Methodist Men. Marvin was an avid golfer, enjoyed cribbage, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. Survivors include his wife, Vera; 4 children, Cindy Kerchner, Nancy (Lloyd) Unger, Randy (Linda) Kempel, Dan (Jane) Kempel; 8 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Judy (Don) Brudi; 1 brother, Jerry (Joan) Kempel; half brother, Tom (Gretchen) Kempel; and his special buddy, Charky. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Ronald. A memorial has been established in his name for the 40 & 8 Nurses Scholarship and Lena American Legion. 
Submitted: December 20, 2016

Alonzo Kenniebrew
Alonzo Kenniebrew

Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew — Moline, IL ,  passed peacefully on Jan. 9, 2017, at Rosewood Healthcare Center in Northbrook, Ill. Alonzo H. Kenniebrew was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Evanston, Ill., to Jessie Mae Schultz Kenniebrew and Dr. Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew. He was a star athlete at Springfield High School and Carthage College. An Army veteran, Alonzo was involved in medical research and later, nursing home administration and finally insurance with the Aflac Company. He spent most of his career in the Chicago area. He was preceded in death by his parents and a half-sister. He is survived by his spouse, Bonnie Rose Wainwright Kenniebrew, three daughters, one stepson, eight grandchildren, four great-grandsons, his sister, and a former spouse. 
Submitted: January 17, 2017

Paul Lindblom — Fayetteville, AR,  passed away on September 29, 2017 at the age of 85. Paul was born on July 9, 1932 in Chicago, IL. He was a veteran of the United States Army and helped with the Greyhound Rescue program. Paul is survived by three daughters, Nancy Ho and her husband Henry of Fayetteville, Karyn Borders and her husband Steve, and Kathi Myers and her husband Ken both of South Carolina; his son, Brian Lindblom of Florida; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy C. and Myrtle E. Hammelman Lindblom, and his wife, Karol Ester Wadewitz Lindblom. 
Submitted: August 23, 2018

Richard J. Louck — Pittsford, New York,  passed away peacefully October 29, 2015, at age 83. A graduate of Carthage College with majors in education and music, and a Master's degree from the University of Rochester, Richard had a long and productive career. He worked for the Rochester City School District, first as an elementary school teacher, then as school principal. His primary love of life was music. He was an accomplished pianist, and performed recitals at Carthage, and played as accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. He composed many pieces for solo piano. Richard is survived by his lifelong companion, Doug Bradley.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Edward L. Manchester & Jackie — Merton, Wisconsin,  passed away July 2, 2015. 
Submitted: July 8, 2015

Janet (Kiemle) Martin — Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,  passed away Dec. 7, 2014, in San Antonio. 
Submitted: June 24, 2015

Robert Maynard — Ballwin, MO,  passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016.  
Submitted: August 28, 2017

Charlotte H. Muzeroll
Charlotte H. Muzeroll

Charlotte H. (Hanmer) Muzeroll — Marlborough, CT,  age 84, wife of Peter Muzeroll since 2002, of Marlborough, CT, passed away on May 9, 2017 at Hartford Hospital after a brief illness. Her family was by her side. Charlotte was born December 5, 1932 in East Hartford, CT to the late Alfred K. Hanmer, Sr. and Sarah C. (Moore) Hanmer. She spent most of her childhood on Fishers Island, NY before the family moved to Huntington, NY, where Charlotte attended and graduated from Huntington High School. She attended Canterbury College in Danville, IN. After Canterbury closed, she transferred to and graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, IL. For 27 years, until she retired in 1995, she was a First Grade Teacher at Buttonball School in Glastonbury. She was a parishioner of All Saints' Episcopal Church in East Hartford, as well their organist and choir director. She was an accomplished pianist. Besides making music she enjoyed swimming, the outdoors, puzzles of all kinds, summer vacations in Maine, and her family, immediate and extended. Her family and friends will remember her kindness, generosity and unselfish nature. In addition to her husband Peter, Charlotte is survived, and will be dearly missed by her sons: Craig Miller of East Hartford, Paul Miller and his wife Sarah of Windsor; her daughter Saralyn Miller and her husband Kevin Knoer of Brooklyn, NY; her daughter-in-law Robin Miller of Ellington; her step-daughters: Andrea Hosier and her husband Anthony of Millbury, MA and Kim Muzeroll of Washington, DC; her step-son Mark Muzeroll of Swampscott, MA; her grandchildren: Cole Miller, Sean Miller and Jamie Hosier; and her dear friends at All Saints'. Charlotte is predeceased by her brother, Alfred Hanmer, Jr.; her sister, Mary Lou Moore; her son, Christopher Miller and too many beloved friends.  
Submitted: May 22, 2017

John Paulson — Minneapolis, MN,  passed away on December 14, 2015. John moved to Beloit, Wisconsin in 1937 and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1950. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served his country for four years, the majority of which was as crew member on the USS Hornet, an Essex class aircraft carrier. After his discharge from the Navy, John returned to Beloit to marry the love of his life Joan (Perkins) Paulson on December 18, 1954 at the Second Congregational Church of Beloit. John spent nearly 42 years at Beloit Corporation before retiring in 1995. In 2012, John and Joan moved to SummerWood of Plymouth, a senior living community of Presbyterian Homes and Services in Plymouth, Minnesota. John is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joan, son and daughter-in-law Bob and Barb Paulson (Medina, Minnesota), son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Nancy Paulson (Des Moines, Iowa), and seven grandchildren: Matthew (Kaia), Melissa, Lindsay (James), Tim (Missy), Nathan (Paige), Christopher and Bethany. John was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Emil and Elfriede Paulson, his biological parents, Charles and Maude Condon, and his biological siblings, Art, Veatrice, Chuck and Clint. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

Dawn Marlene Rodgers
Dawn Marlene Rodgers

Dawn (DeBraal) Rodgers — Tuscaloosa, AL,  passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at Hospice of West Alabama. Dawn was born in Cicero, Il. on May 11, 1932. She attended Carthage College, receiving a teaching degree. During her career, she taught third grade, Home Economics, Science, and Reading, but her love was sewing and being a part of her church community. Survivors include her daughter, Holly Shepherd (Mark); son, Carl Rodgers (Andrea); grandson, J. Adam Shepherd; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Kate Ingram; siblings, Dorothy Urquhart, Donald DeBraal (Donna) and Jackie McGraw. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Rev. Dr. John A. Rodgers. 
Submitted: September 30, 2019

Helen D. (Habermann) Simpkins — Springfield, IL,  passed away April 1, 2017 at Concordia Village. She was born February 24, 1930. Helen loved the outdoors. Her hobbies included vegetable and flower gardening, enjoying the spring blooms on the trees and flowers, bird watching, and feeding the hummingbirds. She also enjoyed fishing and preparing her catch for family with her secret recipe and baking pies and sweets with fruits from her orchard for neighbors, friends, and church activities. She loved to travel and took pride in planning mission trips around the world, taking her children and grandchildren on family vacations to learn of new cultures and world history. She also loved playing cards with her long-time girlfriends and would say that good friends can play a mean game of cards and always laugh together afterwards. Helen attended elementary school in Steeleville, Illinois and graduated from Campbell High School, Campbell Hill, Illinois. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois. She continued her studies at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she met her husband, Rev. Harold Simpkins, Jr. She and Harold were married June 19, 1960. Helen and Harold lived throughout central Illinois, including the towns of Vermilion/Clay's Prairie, San Jose, Manito, Glenarm/New City, Williamsville, Jacksonville, Pekin, Nokomis, Virden, and Moweaqua, while Harold served as minister at the local Methodist church parishes. Helen owned and operated a travel agency, Helen's Travel Center, Inc., of Taylorville, IL for nearly 25 years. She dedicated her purposes to organizing, traveling, and volunteering on church mission trips. Among her missions, she traveled to Zambia where she taught Bible school to street children, built and painted churches in Alaska and Haiti, built playgrounds at orphanages in Russia and China, and helped at free vision centers for the locals in the Dominican Republic, as well as other mission trips throughout the Caribbean. She was co-chairperson of the Methodist's Sangamon River District Mission Committee, Chairperson of the Mission Committee at First United Methodist Church of Taylorville, and served as vice-chairperson for Taylorville First United Methodist Women, where she organized UMW Assemblies throughout the country. She served as District Representative for Cunningham Children's Home in Champaign, IL, volunteered at Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham, IL, and recruited people to volunteer on the "Operation Schoolhouse" project for the purpose of supplying all school children with the appropriate supplies and clothing necessary to begin public education. She was also active on the Alain Recourt Foundation Committee in Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Lillie (Liefer) Habermann; husband, Rev. Harold Simpkins, Jr.; and a younger brother, Clarence Habermann. She is survived by a son, Mark (Jael) Simpkins, of Eureka, IL; a daughter, Joy (Jeff) Ferry of Springfield, IL; four grandchildren, Matthew (Tracy), Michael, and Katie Simpkins of Eureka, IL, and Sarah Nicole Ferry of Phoenix, AZ; three great-grandchildren, Brantley, Cole, and Josie Simpkins; and three nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's name to the Preacher's Aid Society Benevolent Fund. 
Submitted: April 4, 2017

Robert S. Steinbrinck — Riverside, California,  passed away on June 17, 2015. He was born in Oak Park, Ill., to his parents Lester and Gladys Steinbrinck. From childhood he aspired to be a voice on the radio. His first opportunity arose at WCAZ in Carthage, Ill., where he was a college student. He played records and read the news for 90 cents an hour. After graduating from Carthage College in 1954, he did a two-year stint in the Army and one year of graduate school at the University of Illinois. He held his first radio news job in Janesville, Wisconsin. His next position was as a newsman at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois. From there he moved up to become News Director at WAAP in Peoria. He then relocated to Riverside, California, to be News Director of KPRO. While living in Riverside, he broadcast RCC basketball, every race at Riverside International Raceway, the early years of racing at the Ontario Motor Speedway and the Long Beach Grand Prix. He spent the majority of his career as a newsman at KMPC in Hollywood working for Gene Autry. Bob garnered ten Golden Mike awards, broadcast UCLA football and basketball games and, as KMPC's Washington correspondent, he traveled with President Ford on his trip behind the Iron Curtain to the Helsinki Accord. For over 20 years he wrote a weekly column for the Riverside County Record. He also voiced his column on InlandNewsToday.com for the past three years. An avid golfer, Bob was an Honorary Life Member of the PGA and member of Victoria Club. Further, for his achievements in sports broadcasting, he had been inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Marjorie; his children Scott Steinbrinck (Susan), Susan Lord (John), Julie Springston, and five grandchildren. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Kenneth F. Streit — Mount Prospect, Illinois,  passed away February, 6, 2014. Family was Ken's first love followed by many hobbies, golf being his favorite. He was an active member of the Medinah Shriners and Old Glory Mason Lodge. He was a holder of several patents, a private pilot and a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol. Beloved husband of Marilynn Streit nee Huebner. Dear father of Gregory, Cheryl (Robert) Kerr, Karen (Fred) Korf, Glen (Cindy) and Kathryn (Darrin) Lee. Cherished grandfather of 12. Fond brother of Raymond (Cleo) and Joan (Edward) Feddern.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Duane Floyd Tuttle — Beloit, Wis.,  passed away July 14, 2013, at his home in Medford, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Barron, two children, four stepchildren, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. While at Carthage, Duane "lettered" in tennis and boxing, and was known at "Tut". After college, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Duane was successful in all aspects of business. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and all-around sports enthusiast. He traveled extensively and lived a full life. He will be dearly missed. 
Submitted: July 29, 2013

Clyde Wirth — Cedarburg, WI,  passed away on October 29, 2018 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Muehleisen). Loving father of Mary Jo Wirth, Elizabeth Wirth, John (Holly) Wirth, and Kristin (Warren) Eickhorst. Dear brother of Gus "Sandy" (Doreen) Wirth. Further survived by 7 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: June 24, 2019

George Zima — Eagle River, Wisconsin,  passed away Jan. 26, 2016. George Robert Zima was welcomed into a loving Slovak family on September 19, 1932 by his immigrant parents Alzbetta and John Zima and brothers William, John and Richard in Chicago. His earthly journey took him from Chicago to Eagle River, Wisconsin, with stops along the way to his youth in Cicero, Illinois; Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois; the United States Army; Indiana University Graduate School of Business; a Personnel Management Career; 30 years as a family man in La Grange Park, Illinois; followed by retirement as the owner of Zima Cottages on beautiful Sunset Lake. His life was a living testimony to a walk with the Lord that profoundly touched the lives of everyone he met. George was a loving husband to Barbara (nee: Sladek) for 55 years and a hero to his four sons, Mark (Connie), Rich (Kathy), Tom (Christy) and Jim (Karen) and daughter, Deb (Mike). He adored his grandchildren Hope, Lauren, Rachel, Julia, Ryan, Ashley, Michael, Benjamin, Kate Rui, Kiah, Hannah, Marie, Frankie and Matt. Everyone was family to George, especially his nieces and nephews, cousins, godchildren, friends, neighbors and co-workers too numerous to list. George faced insurmountable health issues for over 30 years and conquered them with a spirit, courage, deep faith and grace that believed the "sun would come up tomorrow." He would want no accolades and wished to be remembered as a servant who loved the Lord his God with all his heart and mind and soul and his neighbor as himself.  
Submitted: February 10, 2016

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Eugene Baker — Arlington Heights, IL,  passed away in May 2016 at the age of 84. Eugene was the husband of Donna (nee Hastings) Baker; loving father of Larry (Ruth Jahnke) Baker, Linda (Gary) Zarko and Lisa Baker; cherished grandfather of Ian Baker; his siblings Marianne (Daniel) Wachholz and Paul (Lucy) Baker. 
Submitted: December 21, 2017

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Richard Baller — Beloit, WI,  passed away on September 20, 2016. Richard "Dick" was born on September 22, 1932 in Lincoln, NB, the son of Stuart and Mabel (Lake) Baller. Dick was a graduate of Wayne High School, Wayne NB. He received his Bachelors in Music from Carthage College in Carthage, IL and was a 1953 graduate of Northwestern University receiving his Masters of Music. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving for two years as an assistant conductor of the 5th RCT Army Band in Korea, and in the same capacity with the 25th Infantry Division Band in the Hawaiian Islands. He married Elizabeth Huebschen on April 21, 1990 in Beloit, WI. Dick was the instrumental band instructor and director at Roosevelt and Aldrich Middle School, retiring in 1995. He played in the 1st Brigade Civil War Band arranging Civil War band music. Dick was a member of the Music Educators National Conference and received his Certification for Music Education from them. He was also a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association (NBA), and Percussive Arts Society (PAS). His groups also played at the NBA and PAS conventions. Dick was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, Civil War history and reading. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Baller of Beloit, WI; children, Karen (Warren) Straszheim of Story City, IA, Robert Baller of Black Earth, WI, Mark Baller of Denver, CO, and Mary Baller of Waco, TX; step daughter, Sarah Nelson of Janesville, WI; grandson, Matthew Reierson; and brother, Robert Baller M.D. of Secor, IL. He was predeceased by his parents. 
Submitted: June 7, 2018

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Ken Hurst — Waupaca, WI,  passed away on January 15, 2018 at the age of 86. Ken was the second born child and oldest son of Reverend Kenneth and Gladys Hurst. He graduated from Park High School Racine, WI; Carthage College, Carthage, IL; and the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI. He married Marlys Dokmo at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL. Following his medical internship, he served in the US Navy for two years and then went on to live and work in Naperville, IL for 33 years. Ken and Marlys then retired to the Waupaca area. Ken especially enjoyed eating out with family and friends and working with his model railroads. He was a lifelong avid Green Bay Packers and Badgers fan and coached youth football for seven years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister JoAnne and nephew David. Ken is survived and will be deeply missed by Marlys, his wife of 63 years; his four children, Kenneth, Carl, Eric, and Susan; seven grandchildren, Hayley, Michelle, Daniel, Leah, Shannon, Katherine, and Brooke; great grandson, Owen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rich and Judy Dokmo; and nieces, Lee Ann, Maren, Julie and Laura. 
Submitted: April 12, 2018

Lois (Berg) Johnson — Rockford, IL,  passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Lois was a resident of Rockford, Indiana at the time of passing. She was a graduate of Steinmetz High School in Chicago and attended Carthage College. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Philip S. Olson — Tenafly, NJ ,  passed away peacefully on January 7, 2015 in Tenafly, NJ, at age 83. Born September 18, 1931 to Noble and Alice (nee Mattson) Olson of Racine, WI where he grew up, he then moved to New Jersey, where he lived and raised his family in Demarest, N.J. After retirement, he split his time between Tenafly and Quechee, VT. Phil is predeceased by his first wife of 38 years and mother of his children, Doris (nee Vietmeier). He is survived by his second wife of 19 years, Rosita (nee Morgan) and his children: John and Peg, Tafton, PA, Julie Benning and her husband Frank of Brewster, MA, Jim and Toni of Byram, NJ, Jennifer Smith and her husband Peter of Slingerlands, NY and Jeff and Lesley of Sparta, NJ. In addition, he is survived by his stepchildren: Jeff and Molly Morgan of Darien, CT, Jill Morgan Fader and her husband Paul of Haworth, NJ, Sue Morgan Wajda and her husband Steve of Middletown, NJ and Jon and Cathleen Morgan of Darien, CT, along with 25 grandchildren. Phil earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI in Music Education. He then served in the US Army in the Korean Conflict. When he returned from the war, he achieved his master's in Music Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He launched his career in music, singing with the Robert Shaw Chorale, as well as with many popular televised shows, such as Sing Along with Mitch and Judy Garland and Perry Como specials. In the early '60s, he joined the faculty of Jersey City State College as a professor of music, where he taught for 30 years. Phil was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Tenafly, where, for many years, he was its Music and Choir Director. He was also an avid and competitive athlete, playing tennis and platform tennis as well as golf. Phil was a long time member of the Englewood Field Club and Knickerbocker Country Club, both in NJ and the Quechee Lakes Country Club in Quechee. was held on January 24, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to: Carthage College, Advancement Office, 2001 Alford Park Dr. Kenosha, WI 53140. 
Submitted: January 19, 2015

Donald Reap
Donald Reap

Donald Reap — Indianapolis,  passed away on August 28, 2017. Donald Hugh Reap entered this fantastic world on October 28, 1927 around or about 1:00 a.m. and his proud parents were Arthur and Elizabeth (Spellman) Reap.  Born at home in a little hamlet called Malvern, Illinois in Whiteside County, Illinois he joined three brothers and three sisters; half-brother Clarence and a half-sister Francis, Charles and Edward “Ted”, Arlene and Mary.  After his birth he was joined by three other sisters, Agnes, Kathryn, and Beverly, who died after living for about 45 days.  All of his siblings are deceased. Don is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy Ann (Libberton); a daughter, who resides in Tipton, Susan Forkner and husband Michael; two sons, Michael, who resides in Miami, Florida and Patrick, who resides in Orlando, Florida; five grandchildren, Brian Reap, Jessica Forkner, Leanna Forkner, Robert Forkner, and David Forkner and wife Tiffany; three great-granddaughters, Ashlynn and Braylan Reap, and Rosemary Forkner. Don’s family moved to Mt. Carroll, Illinois when he was in fourth grade and resided there until he enlisted (5/1946) in the Army Air Force which later became the U.S. Air Force.  After three years of duty he was discharged (5/1949) with the rank of Sergeant and enrolled at Carthage in Illinois.  During his time at Carthage, he married the love of his life, Dorothy on December 30, 1950 and at the time of his passing they had been married for 66 years.  Upon graduation from Carthage (6/1953) he started his YMCA Career at Keokuk, Iowa YMCA as their Program and Physical Director.  His YMCA career journey led him to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Metropolitan YMCA, Kosciusko Community YMCA in Warsaw, Indiana and then to join the staff of the State YMCA of Indiana and later to the Indianapolis Metropolitan YMCA.  In April of 1971 he resigned his position at the Indianapolis Association and became a sales representative for Picker International X-Ray Company and enjoyed an exceptional 22 year career and retired at age 65 as their Sr. Account Executive. Retirement was not long for him as he soon became a security employee “yellow shirt’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an Executive for Mustard Seed in Tipton, an usher supervisor for the Indianapolis Football Team (Colts) and after submitting his college transcript, became a substitute teacher. He enjoyed substituting at Tipton, Indiana and Hamilton Heights, Arcadia, Indiana.  He substituted so often for Hamilton Heights that he ended up subbing only at Heights and truly enjoyed twenty years as their substitute teacher. His love and patience for the students and their love and patience for him was a mutual understanding. Working with young people and enjoying their enthusiasm was a tremendous experience and helped him to stay young while growing older. Don excelled in athletics as he played basketball, football, and track in high school, in the U.S. Air Force at Scott Field and at Carthage College.  Also he played a lot of racquetball, hand ball, and had a great passion for golf. He was very active in the United Methodist Church in communities in which he resided and became a Certified Lay Speaker which enabled him to serve the pulpit in many churches. He especially enjoyed preaching at his home Methodist Church in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and at the Episcopal Methodist Church in Kempton, Indiana and Kemp United Methodist Church in Tipton, Indiana.  When they resided in Indianapolis, Indiana he was very active in the Lawrence Methodist Church serving in the various capacities as Administrative Board Chairperson, Lay Leader, Lay Speaker, and Church School Superintendent plus serving their pulpit on several occasions. "So to all my loved ones and friends, don’t be sad for I’ve had a tremendous journey with a wonderful lovely wife and family and now it’s time for me to meet my creator." 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

Norma (Walker) Rutzen — Palm Bay, FL,  departed this life for her eternal rest Wednesday June 30, 2015 at Life Care Center Palm Bay, FL. Norma was born in Chicago, Illinois to the loving parents of Edmond and Ebba Walker. Norma moved to Palm Bay, Florida in 1997 from Plymouth, Wisconsin. She enjoyed swimming, sewing, painting, drawing, cooking and spending precious time with her family and friends. Norma leaves to mourn her one son Neil Rutzen and his wife Patty of Vero Beach, FL; One sister Nancy (Wayne) Moehling; one brother Richard(Cynthia) Walker; One sister-in-law Sharon Makowski and her partner for life Gary Prisbe; one son-in-law John Makowski; four grandchildren Paul Makowski, Leah(Jason) Hastings, Alex Rutzen and his partner for life Amy Smith, Amy Rutzen and her partner for life Paul Bennett; four great-grandchildren Daisy Makowski, Anna Hastings, Madison Dillion, Braxton Rutzen and several nieces and nephews. Norma was preceded in death by her husband Roland Rutzen, Daughter Laurie Makowski and grandson Peter Makowski.  
Submitted: August 31, 2017

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Donald Schneider — Ahwatukee, AZ,  passed away on May 23, 2018, under hospice care in Ahwatukee, Arizona after a brief illness. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 16, 1931, Don attended Wauwatosa High School (class of '49), graduated from Carthage College, received his Master of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis (1956), and was ordained on May 16, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don married Shirley Sullivan in May of 1955 and together they raised three beautiful sons. An amazing partner in their 63 years of marriage, Shirley served faithfully by Don's side as a vital part of each of his ministries. A natural leader with a great servant heart, Pastor Schneider led and grew many strong churches throughout his career. His first opportunity to serve came as Pastor to St. Marks Lutheran Church in Circle Pines, Minnesota during seminary. Then, called by the United Lutheran Church in April of 1956 to develop a Mission in Sepulveda, California, Don brought his very young family across the country to establish a new worshipping community that was to become Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Northridge, California. For lack of better space and due to Don's great resourcefulness, the congregation met for the first two years in the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Future calls for Reverend Schneider included 11 years as Pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Mateo, California (1966-1977), and two years leading a two-church merger at Lutheran Church of the Master in Sacramento, California. In 1980 Pastor Schneider accepted a call to a young mission congregation, Mountain View Lutheran Church, in Ahwatukee, Arizona, where he served for 16 years until he retired. There, he established most of the current campus and helped start the Ahwatukee Preschool, the Ahwatukee Senior Center, the Widowed Person Ministry, the Parish Nurse Program, and many other ministries of the church. During Don's time at Mountain View, the church generously shared their facilities to help start the local Catholic, Baptist, and Episcopal Churches in the area. Don was a charter member of the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club, served on the Governor's Board for the aging, and was stewardship director for the Grand Canyon Synod. Donald Schneider is survived by a loving and devoted family: his wife Shirley, son Phillip (Shauna) Schneider of Poway, CA, son David (Kelley) Schneider of Phoenix, AZ, son Stephen (Nellie) Schneider of Tempe, AZ, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and brother Jerry Schneider of Mission Viejo, CA. 
Submitted: June 4, 2018

Dale K. Schreurs — Des Moines, Iowa,  passed away June 9, 2013, of heart failure after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Dale was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on Nov. 10, 1931. He was a graduate of Muscatine High School and Carthage College. Dale served in the U.S. Army after college. Dale held various positions in accounting with insurance companies in the Des Moines area. He also was a lifelong athlete and very active in officiating sports at all levels. He was a Big Eight football official for 18 years, which included officiating nine bowl games. Dale was also a member of the Des Moines Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. Dale enjoyed all of his friends and associates related to his many years of officiating and playing softball. He was active in Sertoma Club, FCA, IGHSAU, and IHSAA. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Lulu. He is survived by his four children, Douglas (Michelle) of Laguna Vista, Texas, Judi (Jim) McConachie of West Des Moines, Iowa, Kathy (Robert) Snow of Aurora, Colo., and Thomas (Marie) of Des Moines. He has eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry, of Hot Springs, Ark.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Luella (Espy) Trecker — Park Ridge, IL,  passed away on December 22, 2018 at the age of 87. Mrs. Trecker was born in Galva, Illinois on November 9, 1931. Beloved wife of the late James D. Trecker. Loving mother of Nancy (Craig) Randolph, Sandy (Tom) Hillenbrand, Jeffrey (Christina), Greg (Maria) and the late Robert James Trecker. Devoted grandmother of Jason, Emily, and Joe Hillenbrand, Dylan, Zachary, Ana, and the late Matthew Trecker. 
Submitted: February 8, 2019

DNarda (Nelson) Wells — Genoa City, WI,  passed away on August 9, 2017 at the age of 86. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 2, 1931. The daughter of the late Harold and Dorothy (Zuhde) Nelson. She was united in marriage to Ralph Earl Wells on April 27, 1957 at Park Row Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, Wis. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2014. Dee was the owner of Wells Spiral Stairs in Genoa City, Wis., and the Richmond Flea Market in Richmond, Ill. She spent many years gathering information and writing two books about the history of the Powers Lake area. She received her Bachelor's Degree in History at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She was a long-time member of the Powers Lake Yacht Club and an avid gardener, bridge player and golfer. She loved her family, friends, Powers Lake, and winters in Florida. She is survived by her two children, Lory (Paul) Wells Taylor and Steve (Wendy) Wells . Grandmother of Matthew (Hannah) Wells and Kevin Wells . Sister of Haroldean (Robert) Ross. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Philip J. Ayotte, Sr. — Waltham, Mass,  died on May 12, 2014 in Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham on his 86th birthday. Phil was born in Lowell on May 12, 1928, a son of the late Donat and Regina (Cloutier) Ayotte. He attended both Lowell High School and St. Marys High School. Shortly after his graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Carthage in Illinois and later earned his master's degree in business management from Northeastern University in Boston. Phil worked hard to provide for his family and spent the majority of his career working as a facilities engineer at M/A-Com Corporation in Burlington. He loved to spend time outdoors, and fishing and hunting were two of his passions. Time spent with his family was most important and trips north to either Maine or New Brunswick were treasured. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth M. 'Betty' (Moffitt) Ayotte and is survived by his children, William J. Ayotte and his wife, Heidi, of Waltham, Philip J. P.J. Ayotte, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Framingham and Kevin Ayotte of Newbury; his grandchildren, Dolan, Natalie, Shane, Kimberly and Kenneth Ayotte; his sister, Jeanne Stack of Burlington and his daughter in law Denise Ayotte of Hopkinton, and his nephew and niece James and Carol Stack. He was also the father of the late Stephen M. Ayotte and father-in-law of the late Theresa Ayotte. Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Glenn Birkholz & Louise Birkholz — Jacksonville, Florida,  passed away peacefully on March 16, 2017. Born in Chicago, IL on July 29, 1930, Glenn graduated from Lane Tech High School and attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL. He was blessed to marry the love of his life Louise on October 12, 1957, and raise a family that will carry on his legacy for generations. He served his community and our country with a 33-year career at S & C Electric Company in Chicago and his devoted participation in the Des Plaines Elks Lodge. He had an extraordinary passion for his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren. He is survived by Louise, his loving wife of 59 years, and children Keith (Melanie), Brian (Carrie), Linda (David) and Nancy (Matt). His heart and soul will live on through his grandchildren Jared, Stephanie, Brooke, David, Ashley, Rebecca, Sean, Kaelen, Erin, Lauren, J.T., and Luke and great grandchildren Robbie and McKenzie. Glenn is survived by sister-in-law Evie, brother-in-law Bernie, sister-in-law Dorothy, and brother-in-law Ron. His death is deeply felt by his extended family of Joe and Maura Suggs and Amy and Steve Jones. He was preceded in death by his sister Carol and his brother David. Grandpa B had an unwavering love and enthusiasm for his grandchildren, great grandchildren, the World Champion Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and da Bears. He was a master gardener, had a quiet compassion for any bird that decided to find a home in his backyard, and could appreciate a good cigar. He was a kind soul with a hearty hand shake who never met a stranger. He was a gentleman, a patriot, and a selfless servant to Our Lord. Though the sunrise is not quite as bright with Glenn's passing, the world is a much better place because he walked among us. We will miss you, Grandpa B. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice or the Mayo Clinic. 
Submitted: March 29, 2017

Kathleen M. Bradley — La Harpe, IL,  passed away at 3:50 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.Born on September 1, 1932 in West Point, IL, Kathleen was the daughter of Leonard and Katherine Newell Peterson. On December 27, 1952 she married Harry Bradley in Warsaw, IL. He survives.Kathleen attended Carthage College and graduated with an associates degree. She then taught in Warsaw. She was a member of the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Dallas City, IL and the Altar and Rosary Society.Besides her husband Kathleen is survived by three daughters: Mary (Doug) Norvell of Nauvoo, IL, Patricia (Joe) Plackett of Springfield, IL, Judy (Jeff) Stevenson of Nauvoo; one son: Mike (Brenda) Bradley of LaHarpe; seven grandchildren: Molly (Eric Poehlein) Sartorius, Nathan (Michell) Sartorius, Brandon (Joy) Plackett, Brianne (Bob) Stuchel, Trent (Leisha) Stevenson, Taylor Stevenson, Cicely Stevenson; and 10 great-grandchildren.Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and one sister: Agnes Gregory.A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 PM Sunday, February 19 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe followed by a visitation with the family from 6:00 until 8:00. A memorial fund has been established for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center, or Harbor Light Hospice. 
Submitted: February 24, 2017

Kenneth Busse — Crystal Lake, IL,  passed away on September 23, 2018 at the age of 88. Kenneth was born on December 12, 1929 in Arlington Heights. He graduated from Carthage and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a long term resident of the Crystal Lake area where he raised his family. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith (nee Kransberger); three children Kimberly (Joseph) Busse-Renauer, Michael and partner Ana, and Julie (Jeffrey) Palminteri; two grandchildren, Ally and Ava Palminteri; dear brother of Arlene (the late Jack) Shoemaker. 
Submitted: October 22, 2018

Patricia (Henderson) Grady — Stanwood, WA,  passed away on July 19, 2018. Born February 20, 1930, to Marie and William Henderson in Ridgefarm, Illinois, she was the middle child of five sisters. Patricia was raised on the family farm with Quaker roots. She was no stranger to hard work, an ethic she carried throughout her life. Patricia converted to Catholicism when she married William Grady on June 5, 1954, moving to Kankakee, Illinois, to start their family. She was blessed with an immense capacity to care for others, a quality that shone through in her work as a mother of her eleven children, as a wife, and in her career as a pediatric nurse. Patricia never had a mean word to say about anybody, but she was a true beacon of humorous sass. For example, one of her favorite phrases was, "Shake it don't break it!" Exclamations like this inspired the adoption of a new, loving nickname, "Sassy Patty," in the final years of her life. This thoughtfulness led to her involvement in a multitude of community and church projects. Not only was she good at getting things done, Patty Ruth was always up for a good time. She loved music of all kinds, travel, any chocolate she could get, and was always dressed to the nines. Everyone admired her humor, sense of adventure, and zest for life. Patricia was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce; and will be deeply missed by her sisters, Ann, Marilyn and Helen; her children, Michael, Teresa, Mary, Tim, Cate, Dan, Nancy, Caroline, Maureen, Patrick and Eileen; her in-laws and outlaws; her 34 grandchildren; and her one great-grandchild. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Andrew P. Gresko — Los Angeles,  84, passed away early morning of November 17, 2015. He was born in Lorain, Ohio on June 23, 1931 and had been a resident of Los Angeles since 1967. In 1949, he graduated from Lorain High School. He graduated from St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, KS ('51) and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI ('52) and he received his Bachelor of Divinity from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA ('55). In May of 1955 he was ordained in Christ Church, Lorain, Ohio, by the Ohio Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America. He became the assistant pastor of First Lutheran Church of Glendale in June 1955. He continued in the ministry until he received another calling, Special Education teacher/Resource Specialist with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He taught from 1972 and retired in 1996 at Dana Jr. High School in San Pedro. He continued substituting at Dana until 2003. Our beloved father was our best teacher. He taught us to love, respect and show kindness towards others. He said if you have a gift you should teach and pass it on to others. His passion was in his students who needed special help. He will be greatly missed. Rev. Gresko is survived by his wife, Carol (Logan) Gresko, by his daughter Lucinda (Edmund) Lai of San Gabriel, and his sons Daniel Gresko of Apple Valley, CA and David Gresko of Florida. In addition he leaves his sister Sue Orosz of Elyria, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Suzanna (nee Stigala) Gresko, by his brother John Gresko in 2012 and by his sister, Martha Gresko. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Otis Leonard Hammel — Bridgeport, Illinois,  85, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Aperion Heath Care of Bridgeport, Illinois. He was born on January 14, 1930 to Samual A. Hammel and Matilda (Dietrich) Hammel in Ellis Grove, Illinois. He married his first wife Janice (Bundy) Hammel on November 15,1957 and she preceded him in death on December 14, 1992. He married Betty Jane (Reid) Hammel on May 1, 1999 and she survives. Otis served his Country in the United States Army. Otis was a very dedicated School Teacher in the Red Hill School District for 32 years from 1960 thru 1992. He also severed on the Bridgeport City Council for 10 years. He was a Mason and belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Carthage, Illinois; He was a member of the Illinois Teachers Association, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Elks Lodge of Lawrenceville, and the American Legion. Otis was a member of the St. Johns Lutheran Church in Chester Illinois. He is survived by his wife Betty , 2 sisters Maylene Cole of Ohio, Garlene Morrison of Chester, Illinois, 2 brothers Roland Hammel and wife Phylis of Chester, Illinois, Neal Hammel and wife Judy of Chester Illinois, 2 sons David Hammel and wife Jean of Bridgeport, Illinois, Douglas Hammel and wife Jeanette of Brownsburg, Indiana, 2 daughters Denise DesJardin of Newburgh, Indiana, Anglea Gilbert and husband Randy of Chester, Illinois, 2 grandsons Wayne Hammel and wife Amber of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Trey DesJardin of Newburgh, Indiana, 4 granddaughters Audrey McGee and husband Nick of Mt. Carmel, Jordyn Hammel of Marion, Illinois, Madalyn Hammel of Bridgeport, Illinois and Melanie Kirincich and husband James. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Roger K. Hansen — Rockford, Illinois,  died May 28, 2015, at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. He was born May 3, 1929, in Rockford to Henry and Nona (Oliver) Hansen. Roger graduated from East High School, class of '46, and enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. He graduated from Carthage College in 1952, and Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1955. Roger was ordained into Lutheran Ministry in May 1955. He served First Lutheran Church in Decatur, Luther Memorial in Springfield, and Alpine Lutheran in Rockford before he was called into active duty as a Lutheran Chaplain in 1966, with the Marines in Vietnam until 1967. Roger served as a chaplain at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and then served First Lutheran Church in Moline and Edgebrook Lutheran Church in Chicago. He returned to active duty with the US Navy aboard the USS Juneau. He was called to serve Ridge Lutheran Church in Chicago, Immanuel Lutheran in Los Altos, CA, and House of Prayer Lutheran in Escondido, CA. He retired from House of Prayer and the US Navy in 1989. Roger reached the rank of Captain, USN after serving 321/2 years in the US Marine Corps and US Navy. Among all this, Roger earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago in 1958, and his Doctorate of Ministry Degree from LSTC in 1977. He was a member of Kiwanis Club, the Board of Directors for Augustana College, and the Camp Committee of Illinois Synod, ULCA. He also loved working as a caseworker for Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma, CA from 1990 to 2003, working with boys who had a difficult time in school and society. Roger moved back to Rockford in July 2003, where he volunteered at Swedish American Hospital. Roger loved golfing, fishing, biking, reading, watching old movies and the Cubs. He was a kind and gentle man as well as a beloved father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. Roger is survived by his wife, Melicent Mae, whom he married in 1973; his children, William (Holly) Hansen, Cheryl (Michael) Erickson, Sara (Ron) Piethe, and Rev. John (Veronica) Beckman; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; cousins, Roberta Jacobson and Robert Oliver; and special friend, Irving Johnson. He is predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Hart and son, Jim Beckman.  
Submitted: June 9, 2015

Marianne Hansen — Boulder, Colorado,  passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2015 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Boulder, Colorado. Mim was born in Noblesville, Indiana on May 20, 1930, the daughter of Reverend H.G. and Janet (nee Grimes) Schwegler. The Schwegler family relocated often as Mim and her younger sisters grew up because of Reverend Schwegler's service as an Army chaplain before and during World War II. She attended Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois, where she met her future husband Leon (Lee) Hansen of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Her father married them on April 19, 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mim and Lee began their family in the Chicago area, where Lee was employed with Western Electric Company as an electrical engineer. More relocations ensued as Lee's career advanced, landing the young family in Ohio, New Jersey, back to Ohio, and finally to Boulder in 1969. Their children are pretty happy about that last one. As her youngest children moved through the Boulder Valley School District, Mim began her service to the school district, first as a class room volunteer, then as head secretary at Mesa Elementary School, and finally as a school district administrator. She retired from the school district in 1990 where she forged dozens if not hundreds of lasting friendships. After retirement, Mim and Lee spent many happy years traveling to visit their children and grandchildren scattered across the country. She especially enjoyed her many trips abroad with her special and beloved friends, the "Golden Girls." Mim Hansen was a force of nature. Her toughness and resilience started as a child of the Depression with loving but strict parents and a father who was away serving our country for years at a time. Later, as a young mother with five active children, Mim relied on that strength while weathering the occasional lean stretches when she supplemented the family income through free-lance typing and stints as an Avon salesperson. Always mindful of the burden such a large family places on the community, Mim was elected president of various Parent-Teachers Associations and found time to serve on several homeowner's associations before beginning her career with the school district. Of course, there was always time for monthly Bridge Club, which delighted Mim for decades until only recently. The Hansen family enjoyed many summer vacations together and are especially fond of the times spent at lake-side cottages in New Hampshire and Maine while the children were young, where she deftly cooked up batches of perch and bass brought in by eager young fishermen. Mim is survived by her sons Steve (Catherine) of Phoenix, Arizona, Ward (Barbara Ann) of Lafayette, Colorado, and Brian (Rebecca) of Boulder, Colorado; daughter Lisa Wade (Mike) also of Boulder; sister Joyce Konigsmark of Mason City, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and her best "Golden Girl" friends Jan Harkins, Teri Churchley, and Sandra Schmitzer. Mim's daughter and youngest child, Kerry Jae Hansen Hamlin, sadly passed away in 1983. Also preceding her in death were her husband Lee and sister Judy Day.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

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Richard Henderson — Arlington Heights, IL,  passed away on February 26, 2015. Dick Henderson was owner of Educational Marketing Service a company he started in 1985 and retired in 1996. He was a member and past president of the Lauderdale Lakes Association . Dick enjoyed his lake home and entertaining friends and family. Richard is survived by his children, John (Mary) Henderson, Mark Henderson, Steve Henderson, David (Shannon) Henderson and Kate (Roman) Dziubyk; his 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; his sisters, Karen (Joseph) Shafer and Nancy Mulcahy; and his daughter in law Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ruth C. (nee Dickman) Henderson; his son, William Henderson; his grandson Michael Dziubyk; and by his parents. 
Submitted: April 12, 2019

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Allan H. Henrichsen — Osceola, WI,  passed away on December 12, 2018 at the age of 91. Allan was born on October 2, 1927 in Park Ridge, IL to Albert and Emma (Schlunt) Henrichsen. After graduation, Allan entered the military, enlisting in the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1945. He served in WWII on the USS Leyte, and was honorably discharged on August 31, 1948. Allan worked for Honeywell for 26 years, retiring in 1983. He also started Applewood Farm Nursery in Forest Lake, MN. On January 2, 1955 he married Joyce Holteen. They were married for 63 years and their marriage was blessed with 5 children. Allan enjoyed gardening, sports, coaching and coffee; he especially enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Allan is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Julie (Philip) Schneider, Laura Henrichsen, James (Robin) Henrichsen, John (Stacy) Henrichsen and Amy (Brian) Fuller; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ragendra) Deoraj, Andrew (Denise) Schneider, Aaron (Colleen) Schneider, Danielle Henrichsen, and Ryan Henrichsen; great-grandchildren, Tanner Brittain, Brayden Brittain, Alice Schneider, Isaac Schneider and Nathan Schneider. Nieces Peggy, Marcy and nephew Mike. Allan is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Henrichsen; brother, Russell Henrichsen and sisters, Margaret Henrichsen and Pearl (Wayne) Hamilton. 
Submitted: April 8, 2019

Robert R. Karow — York, Pennsylvania,  entered into rest Monday July 28, 2014, at his home. "He served his country with honor, loved his family with all his heart, and brought laughter and happiness to his friends." Mr. Karow was born December 7, 1927, in Chicago, the only son of the late Norman R. and Margretta Elizabeth (Skinner) Karow. He was also the stepson of the late Martha Wildhagen Karow. An avid collector of antiques and collectibles, Mr. Karow was a long time member of the Antique Wireless Association (Radios), the Antique Fan Collectors Association, and the Toaster Collectors Association. He was also a regular participant in the Toaster Collectors annual gathering, Octoasterfest, despite dreadful puns and frequent teasing from his relentless children. He was a fixture at many local auctions and looked forward to reserving his seat at Toomey's Sunday night preview for Monday's auctions. He could be seen at virtually every Toomey's auction sporting his trademark hair hat. He was also a passionate car aficionado, having owned his first car a model A when he was 14. Tackling challenging automotive repair projects was a form of relaxation that often kept him busy into the wee hours. He owned over 360 cars during his long life and greatly enjoyed the process of negotiating with car salespeople as a painless way (for him!) to stay sharp for his day job. In his career, Mr. Karow was a contracts and procurement manager retired from Precision Components Corporation in 1990, specializing in government contracting for projects ranging as broadly as fuel cells for the Apollo aerospace program, nuclear components for the U.S. Navy, and satellite and missile guidance and tracking systems. His role required an understanding of the full technical requirements of the project, a thorough understanding of complex governmental purchasing regulations, and superb negotiating skills. He was considered by his colleagues to be an expert in his field. Mr. Karow served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1952 to 1954 and ended active duty having earned the rank of Corporal. He served as a civilian contractor stationed on Eniwetok in the South Pacific immediately following his military service and assisted testing efforts on the hydrogen bomb with the US military. Robert Karow was a member of the American Nuclear Society. He was a 1945 graduate of Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and a graduate of Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois. Mr. Karow is survived by his stepsister Barbara Wildhagen Mozely and her husband Frank Mozely (Leawood, Kansas); children Gretta Karow Goodis (York PA), and William R. Karow and his wife Alyson Snyder Karow (Tampa FL); grandchildren Sarah J. Goodis-Orenstein and her husband Max Orenstein (Brooklyn NY), Robert D. Goodis (Silver Spring MD), Chase R. Karow, and Graham R. Karow.  
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Lawrence A. Krahn Jr.
Lawrence A. Krahn Jr.

Lawrence A. Krahn , Jr. — Kewanee, IL,  died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the George C. Forsythe Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, FL, who cared for Lawrence's wife, DeeAnn. He was born June 24, 1930, in Kewanee, the son of Lawrence A. and Hattie (Kaiser) Krahn Sr. He married DeeAnn Ouart on November 24, 1956, at St. Peter's Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee, and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Gary (Donna) Krahn of Kewanee and David (Mary) Krahn of Summerville, SC; a daughter, Kathryn (Mike) Lewis of Kewanee; eight grandchildren, Steven (Stacie) Krahn of Kuna, ID, Suzanne Krahn of Boise, ID, Renee Krahn of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Nicole (Peyton) Sherwood of Summerville, SC, David Scott (Michelle) Krahn of Pasadena, MD, Angela (Patrick) Babcock of Stillman Valley, IL, Ryan VanWynsberg of Galesburg and Tyler VanWynsberg and his fiancé, Taylor Garcia, of Bloomington; nine great-grandchildren, Madison, Kinzley and Charleigh Sherwood, all of Summerville, SC, Cyrus, Lincoln and Emerson Babcock, all of Stillman Valley, IL, Penelope and Forrest Krahn of Pasadena, MD, and Sullivan Krahn of Kuna, ID; three sisters, Harriet (Marv) Manning, Joan Hagy and Carol (Earl) Wisener; a brother, George Krahn; a sister-in-law, Carol Ouart; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Jerry and John Hagy; niece, Nancy Ouart; and great nephews, Jaxson Hagy and Marcus Siemers. Larry was in the last class that graduated from Kuster School (one room school house) in 1944. He graduated from Neponset High School in 1948 as Salutatorian of his class. He graduated from Carthage College (then located Carthage, IL) in 1952. He went to work on his uncle's farm in Iowa and then farmed in Illinois on the family's farm. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, watching sports, especially the Cubs winning the World Series, working on the farm and enjoyed keeping up his property. He and his wife had wintered in Lake Wales, FL, for 15 years. 
Submitted: December 9, 2016

Gloria (Sorensen) Layman — Madison, WI,  died on October 26, 2013. 
Submitted: August 2, 2017

Gloria (Sorensen) Layman — Madison, Wis.,  passed away Oct. 26, 2013, at Hebron Nursing Home, a part of the Oakwood retirement facility. She was the only child of Harold and Emma Sorensen, and grew up in the Chicago area. Gloria married Ralph (Dick) Layman shortly after graduating from Carthage. Gloria worked in retailing at Spiegles catalogue and Marshall Fields. Dick was drafted and sent to France, where their son, Ralph, was born. Three years later, their daughter, Laurel, was born in Sparta, Wis. Gloria and Dick co-published college directories in newspaper format from 1962 until 1998. Dick and Gloria started dating 67 years ago and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last November. She served one year as president of Madison's Home Economics Association, and she also served as president of the University West End Club, which is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Gloria enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking, sewing, and watching her favorite teams: the Badgers, Packers, and the New York Yankees. Gloria is survived by her husband, Ralph (Dick) Layman Sr.; her son, Ralph Jr. (Jasbeena); her daughter, Laurel Butler; and her seven grandchildren, Katherine, Michelle, Elizabeth, Joe, Robert, Emily and Karina. She is also survived by Lori (Wheeler) Williams, who has been like a daughter to Gloria. Gloria was especially fond of and close to her cousins, aunts, uncles, and their spouses. She truly appreciated the love and friendship of family and friends. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Ralph H. Lyerla — Anna, Ill. ,  died March 12, 2014, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born Jan. 18, 1928, in Anna, the son of Harry "Jack" Afton Watson Lyerla. He married Nancy Lee Nelson on July 7, 1951, in Park Ridge. Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Lyerla of Anna; children, Bradford P. Lyerla of Chicago, Amorie "Amy" Moyer of Jefferson, Wis., and Nora A. (Dale) Brown of McHenry.; grandchildren, Cassie (Luke) Tessman of Fort Atkinson, Rachel Brown of Elk Grove, Claire and Joseph Lyerla, both of Chicago, Caleb (Dana) Brown of Milwaukee, Wis., Abbey (Michael) Redfield of Watertown, Wis., Jareb (Simone) Brown of Fox Lake, Micah (Lauren) Brown of Crystal Lake, Nina Lyerla of Paris, France; great-grandsons, Ashton Tessman of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Camden Redfield of Water Town, Wis.; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated Carthage College with his bachelor's degree of science and later graduated from Miami University with his master's degree. He taught biology at Niles Township High School in Skokie for 25 years. He lived in Hoffman Estates and served as township tax collector, supervisor, clerk and served two terms as a Hoffman Estates trustee. He was active in the church, little league, coached high school football, cross country, and both boys' and girls' track. In 1983 he moved home to the family farm. He worked as a substitute teacher throughout Union County. Ralph also served as president of the Union County Saddle Club. Ralph was a member of the Mount Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna for many years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Della Mae Moen — Freeport, Illinois,  died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Della was born March 28, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois to Donald N. and Marie A. (Quelle) Utesch. She married Charles W. Moen on June 15, 1951, in Chicago. Della graduated from Senn High School in Chicago in 1948, and Carthage College in 1952. She earned a Master of Education in 1989, from National Louis University. Della had a true servant's heart. She loved her Lord and lived out her faith through teaching, through stewardship of the land, and through her faithful service to everyone around her. Her faith and love were most evident in her devotion to her family. Della was an elementary and middle school teacher for 35 years in the Freeport School District. After retiring, she was elected to two terms on the Regional Board of Education. In 1984, she was named Conservation Teacher of the Year by the Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation Board, which led to her involvement with the Stephenson SWCD. She started as a volunteer in 1985, and later served 8 years as a local Board Member and three years on the Board of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For 19 years she wrote feature articles about soil and water conservation for the Freeport Journal Standard. She was also involved in many other land and water quality initiatives, including being a founding member of the Driftless Area Initiative. She received numerous recognitions and awards, most recently the 2014 Conservation Friends of the District Award. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Retired Teachers Association, Noon Kiwanis Club, to name a few. She was a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and served in many capacities there through the years. Della is survived by her husband, Chuck; daughters, Mae (Delvin) Trost and Peggy Wohlford, both of Lena, and Carol (John) Nielsen of Mt. Horeb, WI; six grandchildren, Trisha (Dale) Forrester of Freeport, Colin (Karla) Trost of Bolingbrook, AF Captain Joshua (Dorothy) Wohlford of Navarre, Florida, AF Captain Justin Wohlford of Perry, Georgia, Matthew Nielsen of Tuscan, Arizona, and Kristina Nielsen of New Delhi, India; and 4 great- grandchildren, Sydnee, Max, and Zoee Forrester of Freeport, and Sonnet Wohlford of Navarre, Florida. She is also survived by one sister, Donna (Chris) Bredlow of Moorehead, Minnesota, and six nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Cheryl Utesch; one daughter, Mae Jean; and son-in-law, Randy Wohlford.  
Submitted: June 5, 2015

Lenwood Monte — Ames, Iowa,  86, passed away on October 31, 2015, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, at Gilbert Lutheran Church in Gilbert. Burial of the cremated remains will be in White Oak Cemetery in Forreston, Ill. Lenwood Lee Monte was born June 9, 1929, to William Frederick and Helen Marie (Lunda) Monte in Woodford, Wisc. Lenwood graduated from Monroe High School in Monroe, Wisc. He joined the United States Army at 17 years of age and is a Korean War veteran. Lenwood graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., and then attended Maywood Theological Seminary in Chicago. He pastored churches throughout Illinois and Iowa and considered himself a ‘tent minister’ because of the many churches to which he was called and served. Lenwood and Donna Hiteman were married on Aug. 2, 1953, in Forreston, Ill. His hobbies included quilting and cutting strips of cloth to make bandages that were sent to third world countries. Lenwood is survived by his son, Gary Monte, of Des Moines; his daughter, Debbie Dolan, of Ames; his sister, Odelle Leonard, of Greenville, Wisc.; two nephews, Mark Leonard and Matthew Leonard; and his niece, Jodelle Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna; and his brother, Glenn Monte. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Frank S. Moyer III — Rockford, Illinois,  passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the age of 84. He was born July 28, 1930, in Oak Park, Illinois. He graduated from Oak Park High School, 1948; bachelor's degree from Carthage, 1952; master of divinity degree, 1956, and master's degree in psychology and religion, 1962, both from the Lutheran School of Theology. After ordination in 1957, he founded the Pastoral Care Department and began a Clinical Pastoral Education program for the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and Hospital in Omaha. In 1966, he was asked to come to Rockford to develop similar programs at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He retired as the Director of Pastoral Services at RMH in 1990. He then founded the Common Boundary Wellness Center with his wife, Renee McArdle. He served as a Corporate Consultant on Ethics for Rockford Health System, taught Ethics at the U of I College of Medicine in Rockford, and served as an interim pastor for parishes as far south as Monmouth. He is survived by his wife, Renee McArdle; sister, Louise Culotta of St. Petersburg, FL; seven children, Michael (Jill) Moyer of Austin, TX, Mark (Laura) Moyer of Chicago, IL, Patricia (Mark) Huebschman of Stuttgart, Germany, Brian Barrett Sr. of Loves Park, Jennifer (Larry) Pickar of Hamburg, PA, Bridgette (Marty) Berek of Brookfield, IL, Allison Miller (Michael James) of Los Angeles, CA; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; other extended family; and many dear friends. 
Submitted: October 10, 2014

Robert Mueller — Northbrook, Illinois,  passed away Sept. 2, 2017, at 88 years old, leaving a lifetime of service; Boy Scouts of America (60+ years), Chicago Botanic Garden (25+ yr), Northbrook United Methodist Church (member, 53 yr), support groups/friendships at North Shore Rehab (12 yr), US Army (Korean War). Robert was a graduate of Maine Township High School, class of 1947. He attended Carthage and The University of Chicago, and worked for DuPont for 36 years. Robert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sue, son, Carl (Cathy), daughter, Marjorie Coleman (Chris), three grandchildren, Molly, Joshua, and Thomas, and sister, Carol Thomas (Dick). Bob lived his life by the Boy Scout Oath which he learned as a child... On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. 
Submitted: November 1, 2017

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Richard Opie — Des Moines, IA,  passed away on March 23, 2019. Dick was born August 5, 1930 in Keokuk, Iowa to Sifferd and Marion Opie. The son of a banker and elementary school teacher, Dick and his sister Irene grew up with an appreciation for education, public service and always having a good book on the nightstand. Dick earned his undergraduate degree from Carthage in Carthage, Illinois and his masters from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Following graduation, Dick began work as director of the YMCA following his service in the Army. In 1951 he married his high school sweetheart, Ellen Radel. The couple had three children; Beverly, David and Douglas all born in three different states. After relocating to Fairfield, Iowa where he was Dean of Admissions at Parsons College, Dick and his family then moved to Knoxville where he owned several small businesses before becoming Vice President and Dean at AIB College in Des Moines. Dick commuted from Knoxville to Des Moines for many years before he and Ellen moved to Des Moines. He served at AIB for 21 years and retired in 1994. AIB honored him by naming a dorm Opie Hall on its urban campus. Following his retirement, Dick was asked to serve as Chairman of the Iowa Communications Network by Governor Terry E. Branstad. Dick's legacy lives on in those left to cherish his memory - wife Ellen Opie; sister Irene Hubbard (Duane); children Beverly Opie Ortland (Henry), David Opie (LeeAnne), and Douglas Opie (Sara); grandchildren Alexis Opie Johnson; Nick, Elizabeth and Jimmie Opie; Amanda Campbell Ortland (Bertram Beissel von Gymnich) and Christian Ortland; and Ross Opie; great grandchildren Lucas and Eliot Beissel von Gymnich and Wrenley Johnson. Preceding him in death were his parents Sifferd and Marion Opie and infant son Richard Opie. 
Submitted: April 8, 2019

Walter
Walter "Hunk" Rufus

Walter Rufus , Jr. — Springfield, IL,  passed away on December 21, 2017 at the age of 87. Walter was the son of Walter Sr. and Emma Zanni Rufus. He married Marilyn J. Brown on September 30, 1950 in Hillsboro; she preceded him in death. Walt was a 1948 graduate of Hillsboro High School. He then attended Carthage College where he lettered in football and baseball. Walter retired from John Hancock Insurance Agency after 25 years and worked for the State of IL, Department of Banks and Trust, also retiring from this position. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and the Fighting Illini. Walt was also a family man, who had a great love for his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was also preceded in death by his son, Steven Rufus. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (husband, Dale) LaRocca of Springfield; grandchildren, Jennifer (husband, Zak) Gurnsey, Jason LaRocca, and Amanda (husband, Bola) Odubiro, all of Springfield; and great-grandchildren, Lydia and Emma Gurnsey and Bryce Odubiro. 
Submitted: January 3, 2018

William E. Salvadori — Waukesha, WI,  passed away on August 13, 2018 at the age of 89. Bill is survived as the beloved father of Amy (David) Dow, Mark (Nancy) Salvadori, Mary (Al) Zipp and Heidi (Scott) Beasley and cherished grandfather to 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was also the brother of Anthony Salvadori and Larry (Jeanne) Salvadori. Bill will be missed by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his best friend, loving wife Carol M. (nee Staubitz) Salvadori, and his grandchild Will Zipp. 
Submitted: April 11, 2019

Esther Sikkema — Sanford, FL,  passed away on March 26, 2016. Esther was born in Chicago, IL on April 18, 1928. She was employed by Standard Oil, and after relocating to Florida in 1974, worked for Highlands County. Esther was a member of the Retired Officers' Wives Club and Daughters of the Nile. She is predeceased by parents Erick and Emily Erickson, and brothers Edward, Wilbert, and Harold. Mrs. Sikkema is survived by her husband Richard, niece Joyce (Russ) Slone, nephew Jerry (Barbara) Erickson, many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and dear friends Julie and Mike Pellegrini. 
Submitted: September 27, 2016

Elizabeth (Jones) Walker — Port Republic, VA,  passed away on January 25, 2019 at the age of 88. She was born March 12, 1930, to the late John C. and Anna Bonham Jones. Born and raised in Chilhowie, Va., she graduated from Chilhowie High School, Marion College, Carthage College and Michigan State University. She taught at Konnarock Lutheran High School, Konnarock, Va., and was a Home Demonstration and 4-H Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension Service in Bedford and Botetourt counties. She was an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Shenandoah, Va., for over 50 years, a volunteer 4-H Leader in Rockingham County for over 20 years, past member and president of Virginia Cattlewomen and currently a member of Wayland Woman's Club. Hobbies included knitting, genealogy and yard work. Surviving are children David E. Walker, II, Port Republic, Suzann W. Hughes (John), Salem, Va., and Jane L. Walker, Blacksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Willie D. Hughes, San Antonio, Texas, and Katherine E. Hughes, Newport News, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. On May 13, 1962, she was united in marriage with David Edward Walker, who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded by a brother, Hugh M. Jones, and a sister, Cordelia J. Richards. 
Submitted: March 29, 2019

Mollie Maureen (Randall) Wyatt — Winamac, IN,  passed away January 4, 2017. Mollie was born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Augusta, to the late Chellis and Jewell Meyer Randall. She was a graduate of Augusta High School and Blessing Nursing School. On May 13, 1954, in Quincy, Mollie married Robert Wyatt. He survives. Mollie was a registered nurse and proud homemaker. She enjoyed garage sales and traveling. Mollie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. Survivors include her husband, Robert Wyatt of Winamac; a son, Kevin (Kathy) Wyatt of Winamac; a daughter, Alana (Nayel) Badareen of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; a brother, Ronald (Julia) Randall of Augusta; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chellis and Jewell Meyer Randall. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

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Lois Anderson
Lois Anderson

Lois (Strobel) Anderson — Ballwin, MO,  passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Roy Donald Anderson, who were married on September 10, 1949; dearest mother of Judy (Gary) Stiles, Kurt (Fannie) Anderson and Wendy (Bruce) York; dear grandmother of eight; our dear aunt, cousin, and friend. Lois was born and grew up in Chicago. She met Roy while attending Carthage College, in Carthage, Illinois. They married in 1949. After he graduated from Bradley University, they lived in Peoria and Chicago. They moved to St. Louis in 1957 and built a house in Ballwin. They moved into the home in 1958. Lois built the house into a home, as a lifetime homemaker. She raised three children, Judy, Kurt, and Wendy. She was involved in her children’s lives, supporting them in a wide variety of activities. She and Roy enjoyed taking the family on vacations across the country. Lois enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was proud of all of their achievements and shared their stories with all she met. Lois enjoyed visiting with her neighbors and remained in touch with some of the original friends from the neighborhood throughout her life. Lois and Roy were charter members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, which became Good Shepherd Lutheran. They raised their children in the church and she remained a faithful member. Lois is remembered for her love of cooking and passed along favorite family recipes. She also left memories through her craftwork and hobbies. She treasured her family the focus of her life. 
Submitted: September 13, 2019

Roy D. Anderson
Roy D. Anderson

Roy Anderson — Ballwin, Missouri,  asleep in Jesus March 8, 2016. Beloved husband of Lois J. Anderson (nee Strobel), who were married on September 10, 1949; dearest father of Judy (Gary) Stiles, Kurt (Fannie) Anderson and Wendy (Bruce) York; dear grandfather of eight; our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Roy served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, attended Carthage in Illinois and graduated from Bradley University with an engineering degree. He worked for Ramsey Corporation and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He served on the Planning and Zoning board and served as an Alderman for the City of Ballwin. Roy was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, VFW Post 6274, and the LST Association. He was active with Khoury League and Boy Scouts. Roy enjoyed fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family. 
Submitted: April 28, 2016

Jean Ann (Burr) Boehm — Newnan, GA,  passed away on March 22, 2019. Jean was born on February 17, 1929 and was the first member of her family to go to high school, graduating from Neenah High in 1947. 
Submitted: April 8, 2019

Janet Marilyn Burlingame
Janet Marilyn Burlingame

Janet M. (Goodsman) Burlingame & James Burlingame — Clinton, Iowa,  passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at home. Janet Marilyn Goodsman was born on November 4, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Emma (Anderson) Goodsman. She was a 1947 graduate of Clinton High School and she attended Carthage College. She married James Burlingame on September 16, 1950 in Clinton, Iowa; he died April 21, 2003. Janet was a legal secretary for Carroll Johnson and Jasper Morgan for three years. She was the proprietor and manager of Goodsman’s Orchards for 12 years and ran a horse boarding stable on the family farm for many years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, past member of the Fulton Country Club, and past member of Valley Oaks Country Club, where she was a member of the Women's Golf Association. Janet was actively involved in numerous Clinton youth activities and programs; she was a room mother, PTA secretary and treasurer, involved in 4-H, Cub Scouts, the Horseman’s Association, the Republican Party, and she and Jim delivered Mobile Meals for several years. Janet and Jim enjoyed traveling around the country, but specially to the North Woods of Wisconsin. They spent much time in northern Wisconsin boating, fishing, exploring, and visiting good friends. Janet is survived by her children: Scott (Pat) Burlingame of Camanche, Jeffry (Master Chief Petty Officer Retired) (Perlita) Burlingame of Corpus Christi, Texas, Leslie (Thomas (Colonel Retired)) Hyde of Woodbridge, Virginia, Steven Burlingame of Ankeny, and Kathleen (Jay) Cherry of Batavia, Illinois; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, and her husband. Memorials can be made to the Essential Tremor Foundation, Mercy Hospice, or Clinton Mobile Meals. 
Submitted: February 7, 2017

Donald C. Clavey — Des Plaines, Ill. ,  of Des Plaines passed away at 88 on December 12, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie ( nee Partridge); loving father of Michael J., Richard B.( Maggie Mac Donald) and Thomas C. Clavey; and cherished grandfather of Hannah and Ethan. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Walter Daniels — Milwaukee, WI,  passed away on May 9, 2018 at the age of 89. Walter was born on Aug. 6, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Walter and Agnes (Burmeister) Daniels. On Aug. 26, 1950 he married Maureen K. Hill, who survives. In 1951, Walter graduated from Carthage College in Illinois and began his career as an insurance agent. Walt found the closest place to heaven in 1965 when he discovered Leelanau County. He acquired some property and rental cabins on Little Traverse Lake. He spent the next 20 years commuting from his job in Ann Arbor as a commercial liability insurance agent and coming home for long weekends to his family and the log cabin home that he built. When he retired, he became involved in the Cleveland Township zoning administration, board of appeals and planning commission, 1990-1992. From 1992-2004, Walt served as Cleveland Township supervisor. From 2008-2012, he had the position of trustee before retiring. He loved fishing, hunting and searching for morels. Walt enjoyed woodworking and made beautiful furniture which he happily distributed to many family members. He was an avid reader of history and biographies and he loved watching a good Western. His quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his loving wife, Maureen, of 68 years, Walter is survived by his children, Lori (Mark) Wegener and Mark Daniels; nine grandchildren, Matt, Emily, Grace, Wyatt, Luke, Wade, Olivia, Jacob, and Jessica; one great-grandson, Benjamin; and sisters, Gloria Benedict and Carol Gripentrog. He was preceded in death by his sons, Jack and Jim. 
Submitted: June 6, 2018

Paul Otto Doering — Overland Park, Kansas,  died at Tallgrass Creek in Blue Sage Point in Overland Park, KS on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Born July 1, 1926, to the Reverend Otto and Christine Doering, in Vandalia, Illinois, Paul served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor for over 40 years serving congregations in Waco and Grand Prairie, Texas, Sedalia, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Hillsboro, IL; and New Douglas, IL. His mission in serving congregations was two-fold: helping parishioners delve into scripture to understand the Bible and ensuring young people experienced summer camps. Paul attended both Carthage College and Muhlenberg College earning his bachelors. He is a divinity school graduate of Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Paul also served in the armed forces in the Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1949. Paul had a passion for gardening and was well known for his spring, summer and fall produce which he shared with all. Survivors include his spouse of 60 years, Dorcas; his two sons, Eric and wife Jerri Modrall of Colorado and Thomas (Tad) and wife Mary of Texas, as well as two grandchildren, Sarah Doering of Austin, TX and Andrew Doering, studying in Sweden. He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Ralph, Edgar and John and his sister, Margaret Trower. His faith and value of extended family is reflected in his love for his many in-laws, nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Bon Foote, Sr. — Quincy, IL,  passed away on October 30, 2018 at the age of 89. Bon was born on September 12, 1929 in Macomb, Illinois, the son of Lester E. Sr. and Ambel Laura Gittings Foote. He married Marilyn L. Hoover on August 8, 1964 in Quincy. She survives. Bon was a 1947 graduate of LaHarpe Community High School and attended Carthage. Bon was employed by Diamond Construction Company, retiring as superintendent. He was a 50 year member of Operating Engineers Local 965. Bon was a long time member of Luther Memorial Church where he had served on the church council. He was a 50 year member and Past Master of Quincy Lodge #296 A.F. and A.M., the York Rite bodies of Quincy, a 50 year member of Quincy Consistory where he was recipient of the Everett L. Lawrence Award, a member of Ansar Shrine and member and past president of the Quincy Shrine Club. Bon was also past president of the Ansar Mini-Mules and a member of Quincy High Twelve Club, He was a 50 year member and Past Patron of Grace Whipple Chapter, Order of Eastern Star and was actively involved in the International Order of Job’s Daughters as well as being a member of American Legion Post #37. urvivors in addition to his wife, Marilyn, include seven children, Mike (Gail) Foote of Clayton, IL, Lisa Foote (Andy) Morrison of Quincy, Bon T. Foote, Jr. of Mt. Sterling, IL, Ted (Sandy) Woodyard of Billings, MT, Danny (Barb) Woodyard of Fowler, IL, Mike (Charlotte) Woodyard of Franklin, IL, and Cathy Woodyard Barlow of Golden, IL, 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Bon was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Bonnie Sue Foote; his brother, Lester Foote, Jr.; and his mother-in-law, Alta Gille. 
Submitted: November 7, 2018

Ramon L. Gonzalez — Manistee, Ill. ,  92, of Manistee died peacefully Tuesday morning, November 3, 2015 at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility. He was born August 6, 1923 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the son of Jose’ and Guana (Machuca) Gonzalez. He was a graduate of Carthage College in Carthage, IL and he served in the US Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Patricia Sue Walton on December 23, 1951 at the bride’s family home outside of Denver, IL. The Gonzalez’s moved to Manistee in 1954. He was a teacher in the Manistee Area Public Schools for 34 years before retirement. For nine years he was the golf coach at MHS. He was a member of Beacon Ministries and Country Highland Golf Course. Surviving are his wife Patricia, by a son, David (Karen) Gonzelez of Flushing, MI, by his daughters, Gail (Bob) Lagerquist of Manistee, Adele (Scott) Schilder of Woodstock, IL, Eve (Jefferson) Hannah of Virginia Beach, VA and Becky (Jerry) Kruwell of Manistee. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Gonzelez Jr., Tracy Gehrke, Nathan (Taylor) Seibert, Josh Seibert, Rachel Schilder, Zach (Michelle) Powell, Dustin, Sydney & Ciarra Kruwell, by 9 Great Grandchildren, 6 brothers and 9 sisters.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Arlene Groen
Arlene Groen

Arlene Joan (Lundberg) Groen & Christopher Groen — Milwaukee, WI,  passed away peacefully at home, January 8, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born December 29, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI to Axel & Margaretha Lundberg, she moved to Chicago before settling in Elmhurst, IL where she attended junior and senior high school. She attended Carthage before transferring to Elmhurst College to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also obtained credentialing as a Laboratory Technologist from Northwestern University. During her studies, she met her future husband, Chris. After their marriage, she supported them while he completed his medical degree. Their adventures took them to Greeley, CO and San Francisco. Any free time was used to explore the great outdoors; they enjoyed traveling to many National Parks and tent camped with their Siamese cat, Spike. They settled in Danville in 1964 to raise their children. An avid volunteer, she gave generously of her time to Girl Scouts, AACMA Auxiliary, Oakland Museum, Local Schools, and her HOA, among others. She enjoyed several artistic outlets, especially pottery and weaving, and took classes in everything from cake decorating to real estate investment. Preceded in death by her husband, Christopher Groen, son Phillip, and brother David Lundberg. Survived by her daughters Alison Taylor & Christine Gray, and grandchildren Kate & Laura Taylor, and Lauren & Christian Gray. She will be remembered as the driving force behind her children and grandchildren's educational aspirations, always encouraging them to strive for excellence and helping them to achieve their dreams. It was her great passion to collect and pass on news and information that she thought might be useful to the recipient. Her intelligence, sass, and humor will be missed – our beloved G-Dog – forever in our hearts. Gifts in her memory made to Girl Scouts of Northern California would be greatly appreciated. Private services will be held. 
Submitted: January 23, 2017

Oliver Dean Hodney — Oswego, Illinois,  86, passed away on January 29, 2016 at Bickford of Oswego after a long illness. He was born on March 20, 1929 in Millbrook, IL the son of Oliver and Idah (Rassmuson) Hodney. Dean was the loving and devoted husband of Audrey (Clauson) Hodney, who he met as a freshmen at Newark High School. They were married on May 14, 1955 at Helmar Lutheran Church, where they are still members. He was baptized and confirmed at the Millbrook Lutheran Church. Dean graduated from Newark High School and attended Carthage College and Aurora University. He served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean conflict from 1950-1953. Dean formerly worked at Farmers Insurance Company and retired from All Steel. He was a member of the Oswego School Board, District 308, from 1975-1980, during which time he was able to present each of his four children with their high school diploma. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and anything sports related… and, he had a prankster sense of humor. In addition to his wife, Audrey, he is survived by four children, Peggy (Robert) Ripley of Massachusetts, Lori Farrell of Arizona, Beth (Gregory) Kapka of Mt. Prospect, IL, and Kevin (Carol) Hodney of Massachusetts, and eight grandchildren, Quinn and Paige Farrell, Grant and Brianna Kapka and Christopher, Cody, Casey and Conner Hodney. He is also survived by his sister, Sarah (Hodney) Miller, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dean was predeceased by his parents, Oliver and Idah Hodney, two sisters, Virginia Kacskos and Marguerite Ronsberg, and three brothers-in-law, Dean Miller, John Kacskos and Lester Ronsberg.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Phyllis K. Meissner — Overland Park, Kansas,  passed away Aug. 6, 2015. Phyllis was born March 9, 1930, in Capron, Ill., to Chester and Esther Kubly. She graduated from Carthage and taught school for 14 years. She enjoyed wood carving, painting and needle point.  
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Charles Wayne Moen — Freeport, IL,  died at FHN Memorial Hospital, Saturday, September 17, 2016. He was born on March 24, 1929, in rural Lake Mills, Iowa, to Stephen W. and Cora H. (Troe) Moen. He came to Freeport with his family in 1931. On June 15, 1951, he married Della Mae Utesch in Chicago, IL. After graduating from Freeport High School in 1947, Chuck attended Carthage College in Carthage, IL where he met the love of his life and graduated in 1951, with a BS in History and Education. He also received a Masters of Education from Northern IL University in 1959. He enlisted in the Illinois National Guard 44th Infantry Division during college and served on active duty from Feb 1952 to Feb 1953. He was blessed to be able to participate in an Honor Flight in the fall of 2015. He began teaching in Freeport in the fall of 1953 at Center School. He taught 4th to 6th grade for 32 years before retiring in 1985. Chuck's passions were his faith, his family, learning, and his Norwegian heritage. He was constantly seeking to learn new things and pass that knowledge on to others around him. He loved reading, woodworking, and supporting his wife and family. He was a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Freeport and served there in numerous capacities over the years. He served on the Evangelical Lutheran Church Global Missions committee, was an active participant at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL, and supported Lutheran World Relief Projects. He was very active in the Stephenson County Soil and Water Conservation District as an associate board member and volunteer, served with the Blackhawk Hills Regional Council RC&D, and was a volunteer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA. In 2015 Chuck and Della were presented with the Conservation Friends of the District Award by the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. He was also active in the Illinois Retired Teachers Association at the county and state level and the Golden K Kiwanis Club, serving as President twice and Lt. Governor of I-I District Division 12. In the past, he spent over 25 years working with the Boy Scouts at troop, District, and Council levels. He has belonged to several Norwegian heritage organizations over the years and was currently a member of the Sons of Norway Ostestaden Lodge in Monroe, WI. Chuck is survived by daughters, Mae (Delvin) Trost and Peggy Wohlford, both of Lena, and Carol (John) Nielsen of Mt. Horeb, WI; six grandchildren, Trisha (Dale) Forrester of Freeport, Colin (Karla) Trost of Bolingbrook, AF Capt Joshua (Dorothy) Wohlford of Navarre, Florida, AF Capt Justin Wohlford of Perry, Georgia, Matthew Nielsen, PhD, of Tucson, Arizona, and Kristina Nielsen of Philadelphia, PA; and 4 great-grandchildren, Sydnee, Max, and Zoee Forrester of Freeport, and Sonnet Wohlford of Navarre, Florida. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Donna (Chris) Bredlow of Madison, WI, six nieces and nephews, and his beloved 4-legged companion, Rikka. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, in-laws, infant daughter, Mae Jean, sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Deane Mitchell, brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Judy Moen, sister-in-law, Cheryl Utesch, and son-in-law, Randy Wohlford. A memorial has been established in his name. 
Submitted: September 26, 2016

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Tessie (Twietmeyer) Pringle — Tribune, KS,  passed away on September 23, 2018 at the age of 89. Tessie was born May 3, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Rev Herman George & Tessie Mae (Muller) Twietmeyer. Tessie had been a resident of Greeley County since 1954 and was a medical records specialist for Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kansas. Tessie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tribune, Kansas. She also held memberships in Planned Parenthood, 4-Teens, TYQW Extension, Greeley County Historical Society and the Red Hat Society.On December 4, 1954 she married Calvin C. Pringle on December 4, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. Calvin passed away on July 29, 2018 at Tribune, Kansas. Surviving family includes Dixi Coates, Roxi Pringle, James Pringle, Judi Bergner, three grandchildren-Casey Coates, Kelli Coates and Grant Bergner, three great -grandchildren Micah, Elsie & Eden Coates, and three sisters- Conni Swanson, Jean Dirksen, and Faith Kopplin. 
Submitted: March 27, 2019

Judson Saas — Winfield, IL,  passed away. He was also known as "Judson the Locksmith" to many. 
Submitted: August 13, 2017

Philip P. Schroer — Rockford, Ill. ,  passed away at 87 on Feb. 20, 2014, in Wesley Willows. Born July 31, 1926, in Pearl City, Ill.; the son of Rev. Frank and Myrtle (Hansel) Schroer. Philip married E. Rebecca (Whisler) on Aug. 25, 1955, in Savanna, Ill. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Philip graduated from Carthage and received his master's in education from Illinois State University. He was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian and belonged to National Education Association and Illinois Education Association. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; children, Elizabeth Harvey, Polly (John Bouchey) Sappington, and Martha (Jeff) Whitford; grandchildren, Nikki Whitford, Andrew and Matthew Sappington; sister, Mary Bowman; brothers, Franklin and David (Beth) Schroer; brother-in-law, Wilbert Boynton; sister-in-law, Marie Schroer ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister, Carol Boynton; brother, Paul Schroer; sister-in-law, Elsie Schroer; and brother-in-law, Gordon Bowman. To share a memory or online condolence, please visit olsonfh.com  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

John Schumell — Milwaukee, WI,  passed away on September 1, 2018. John was born on December 1, 1929 and was raised in West Allis, WI. John received his BS from Carthage College and his Master of Divinity from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He began his ministry by starting mission congregations in both White Bear Lake, MN and Fargo ND. He then relocated with his young family in 1959 to Milwaukee WI and started another mission congregation, King of Kings Lutheran Church, where he served for 46 years. He was an incredible example of Christian faith, service, and generosity. He will be especially remembered for his devotion to God and his love of Lutheran liturgy and Ecumenism. In 1990, he was honored by then-Roman Catholic Archbishop Rembert Weakland as Ecumenical Person of the Year. His heart and joy were in worship. Survived by children Bill (Donna) Schumell, Cathy (Ray) Lamovec, and Jean (Bob) Wihsmann; grandchildren Josh Schumell, Vinny and Molly Lamovec. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Astrid (nee Knutson), parents Clarence and Anne (nee Huber) Schumell, and brother William Schumell. 
Submitted: September 14, 2018

Ernest E. Spahn — Nauvoo, Ill.,  died Tuesday, Oct. 8,2013, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Born March 13, 1924, in Schleswig, Iowa, he was the son of George and Bessie (Prose) Spahn. On May 30, 1948, he married Edna Regine Omer. She died Dec. 31, 1991. Mr. Spahn taught elementary school in the Chicago Public School System, retiring in 1992. He previously taught in Virginia, Ill., and taught English and chemistry at Nauvoo-Colusa High School for two years. He also worked as a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance in Iowa. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater, primarily on Ulithi Atoll. He lived in Canton, Ill., and near West Point, Ill., as a child, graduated from Carthage's Illinois campus and attended Southern Illinois University from 1966 to 1968, graduating with a master’s degree in education. He retired to Nauvoo and spent the last three months with his daughter in Burke, Va. He was known as a loving, kind and generous husband, a father who made sacrifices to support his family and for his sense of humor and infectious laugh. He enjoyed time with family, reading nonfiction, writing poetry, playing card games and doing yardwork. Survivors include one son, Mark Spahn of Nauvoo, Ill.; three daughters, Jennifer Morath of Tyrone, Ga., Stephanie Spahn of Burke, Va., and Michelle Hughes of Spring!eld, Ill.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by one grandchild,his parents, two brothers and six sisters. 
Submitted: January 7, 2014

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Sylvia Stevenson — Lena, IL,  passed away January 12, 2017, at Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon. She died quietly from complications of Parkinson's Disease, with which she struggled the last 5 years of her life. Sylvia was born to Charles and Lavina (Lobdell) Schoeny in Lena IL on July 23, 1928. She grew up on the family farm, attended Lena High School, then went to college at Carthage College (then in Carthage IL), where she met Sherman Stevenson (the good-looking football jock from Murphysboro behind the food counter, there on the GI bill), marrying him in 1950. They taught in Blandinsville IL, where their only son, Frazier was born in 1958, and then moved to southern California in 1960, where she taught English at Burbank High School until they jointly retired in 1983. She and Sherman were a great and loving couple—supportive, but able to give each other space to grow independently. They traveled together widely, and the summer road trips to see their families in Illinois were an annual highlight. Sylvia was quietly confident and proud of her accomplishments as a teacher, instilling in her son and students not just confidence, but also a commitment to learning and to constant self-improvement, as she had done herself. She was passionately devoted to her teaching, but also to cooking, decorating the home in Sunland California, and visiting with her big family. After Sylvia and Sherman retired to Rogue Valley Manor in southern Oregon in 2000, she enjoyed making new friends, flower arrangement, and leading the play-reading and book clubs. While her last 4-5 years were increasingly limited by her disease and by the death of Sherman in 2014, she was up to the end able to recognize relatives and friends and enjoy company. She had a wonderful final visit with her son this past Christmas. Sylvia is survived by her son, Frazier (a physician in New Rochelle, NY); brother, Gerald Schoeny (a farmer in Shannon IL); and many nieces and nephews. Donations in her name may be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation. 
Submitted: January 17, 2017

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James Trecker — Park Ridge, Illinois,  passed away Sept. 13, 2017, at the age of 90. Lifelong resident of Park Ridge. A WWII  Army Veteran serving as an MP. Beloved husband of Luella, nee Espy. Loving father of Nancy (Craig) Randolph, Sandy (Tom) Hillenbrand, Jeffrey (Christina), Greg (Maria), and the late Robert James Trecker. Devoted grandfather of Jason, Emily and Joe Hillenbrand, Dylan, Zachary, Ana and the late Matthew Trecker. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

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Keith Elliott Wickert — Sister Bay, WI,  passed away on March 28, 2018. He was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on August 13, 1929 to his parents Melba and Harlow Wickert. He was a graduate of Appleton High School and Carthage College. He met his first wife, Doris Kitz, while at college. They were married on July 23, 1952, and remained married for 49 wonderful years and had 4 children and 7 grandchildren. They lived most of their married life in Appleton, but did retire to a summer home in Sister Bay. Doris died in 2001, leaving Keith alone until he met Bjorg Steinhorst whom he married in 2003. Their marriage was brief, due to Bjorg's battle with cancer. Keith was employed as treasurer of Automotive Supply Company for all of his working life until he chose to sell the business and enter retirement at the young age of 53. He may have been retired, but he never stopped giving back to the community through church activities, Kiwanis, the United Way, Meals on Wheels, Sister Bay, and many more agencies. In addition to service work, he was an avid sailor who captained the "Sailfish" through the waters of Lake Michigan and loved his home port of Ellison Bay. In the winter months he loved to ski. He also enjoyed hiking, and travelling all over the world. His photographs capture just a taste of his extensive travel log. Keith is survived by his children Bruce Wickert of Baton Rouge, LA; Mark Wickert (Becki) of Colorado Springs, CO; Peter Wickert (Sue) of St. Paul, MN , and Elizabeth Allard (Gregory) of East Lyme, CT. He is survived by his grandchildren, Andy Wickert of Minneapolis, MN; Karen Wickert of Somerville, MA; Joshua Wickert of St. Paul, MN; David Wickert of Colorado Springs, CO; Paul Wickert of Wichita, KN; and Elliot and Daniel Allard of East Lyme, CT. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

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Homer Albers — Gig Harbor, Wash. ,  died Dec. 7, 2013. He was born March 28, 1929 in Keokuk Iowa, to William Edward Albers and Adelaide Albers of Warsaw, IL. Homer is survived by his wife of 62 years Marcene Albers, four of his sons and their wives: Randy (Julie), Bill (Sande), Joe (Linda), Jeff (Kim); nine grandchildren; Chris (Tiffani), Ashley, Jordon (Mallorie), Brady, Alexandria, Jesse (Sarah), Joel, JT, Tori, and four great grandchildren: Brayden, Levi, Jackson, and Cambrie. Homer was preceded in death by his oldest son Steve who is survived by Steve's wife Donna. Homer served in the Army during the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart for combat injuries. Following the war, Homer graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and then worked for a number of years at the local newspaper as sports writer and in advertising sales. Immediately following the birth of his fifth son, Homer made the bold move west with his large, young family, relocating to Longview, Washington, and taking on a new career as district manager for the Equitable Life Assurance Society. In 1969 he moved the family to Tacoma, and later relocated to Gig Harbor. He retired from Equitable after 30 years. Over the years and into retirement he enjoyed traveling, gardening, boating, The Gig Harbor Navy League and above all, spending time with his growing family. He meant the world to us. He will be dearly missed, but needless to say, he left his mark on this world and his family legacy will endure. 
Submitted: October 13, 2014

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Raymond Paul Baxter — Waukegan, IL,  died on March 13, 2018 in Hinsdale, IL at the age of 90. Raymond was born in Hamilton, Illinois, the son of Ernest Ray and Goldie Mildred Nolan Baxter. He married Mary Ann Holford on December 27, 1953 in Quincy, IL. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2016. Raymond was a graduate of Hamilton High School, where he participated in football, basketball, and band. He also graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. Raymond also attended Northern Illinois University, where he earned his Master's degree and completed other post-graduate course work. Raymond taught Math at Hull Junior High, where he was also a basketball and track coach. He also taught Math at Hamilton High School. Raymond served as the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs in East Aurora High School, in Aurora, IL. He then took the position of Assistant Principal for Business Affairs at Waukegan High School, where he would eventually become Principal. Raymond was a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a member of the Hamilton Alumni Association. He was active in that group until 2014, but he continued to enjoy the friendships that he made there. He was also a member of the Carthage College Alumni Association Football Booster, Augustana College Football Booster, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Baseball Booster, and Waukegan Retired Teachers Association. He and Mary Ann were both super fans and enjoyed all of these sports activities together. Raymond loved playing the trumpet, and in his younger years, he enjoyed playing in Big Band combos. He was also an avid hobbyist carpenter. He built the first house that he and Mary Ann lived in, from the crawlspace to the plumbing and electric to the framing and finishing carpentry. He also built many beds, cabinets, and shelves, as well as an insulated dog house and three car seats for the kids. Survivors include: three children, Sarah (George) Mara of Woodridge, IL; Craig Baxter of Waukegan, IL; and Lisa (Shane) Solberg of Waukesha, WI; seven grandchildren: Melissa, Meridith, Melanie, and Robert Mara; and Ryan (Angela), Eric, and Ashley Solberg; a sister-in-law, Lois Holford (Arthur) Lepper of Quincy; and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and their husbands: Virginia (David) Nixon; and Gladys (Gilford) Hanson; great-nephew, Darrin Miller; his parents-in-law, Roy and Irma Holford; and three brothers-in-law and their wives: Marvin (Frances) Holford, Loren (Florence) Holford; and Eugene (Irma) Holford. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

Robert O. Beitzel — Ellisville, Missouri ,  passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Rubye (nee Ennis); dear father of Kenneth Beitzel and Marjorie Beitzel Johnson; brother of Don Beitzel of New Berlin, WI; and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.  
Submitted: January 30, 2015

John Bickers — Hilton Head Island, S.C.,  died January 18, 2018 at Hilton Head Hospital on Hilton Head Island. Mr. Bickers was born in Sidney, IL, the son of the late Luther and Mary Bickers. He is predeceased by his wife, Mona M. Bickers; son, Kevin, brothers Kenneth and Teddy and sister, Lois Byers. He is survived by daughters Karlee McKenzie of Austin, TX, Krista Stephenson of Kirkwood, MO, a granddaughter, Katie McKenzie, Son-in-Law, James McKenzie and several nieces and nephews. Bickers attended Armstrong Illinois High School, graduated from Carthage College, and did graduate study at the University of IIowa. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, entered aviation cadets and become an all-weather interceptor pilot, serving in Presque Isle, ME and Thule, Greenland. He met and married his wife, Mona in Presque Isle. His career included Director of Publications at Iowa State Teachers College, Advertising Manager, Collins Radio, and for thirty years was Manager/Director of Advertising at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, St. Louis MO. As an author, Bickers wrote under pen name, John Rickey, finding satisfaction in writing as both a hobby and a vocation. He retired in 1990 and moved to Hilton Head Island in 1992. Mona and John moved to The Seabrook retirement community in 2009. 
Submitted: February 7, 2018

Ellen L. (Yenny) Black — Polo, Illinois ,  died January 17, 2015. Mrs. Black was born on April 14, 1927, in Vandalia, the daughter of George S. and Ellen R. Hoffman Yenny. She married Edward E. Black on Dec. 27, 1958, in Vandalia; he died on Oct. 12, 1992. Survivors include a son, Edward C. Black of Brownstown.  
Submitted: May 29, 2015

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Lavern Blair — Freeport, IL,  passed away on November 15, 2018. Lavern was born on a farm in Stockton, IL on November 30, 1925 to Glenn and Gladys (Keast) Blair. He grew up in Lena where he attended school and graduated high school in 1943. During his high school years he delivered the Freeport Journal Standard and worked as a sales clerk at EFW Clothing store. Upon graduating from high school Lavern served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944-1946 where he served during the Iwo Jima Invasion under the Fox Co., 2nd Battalion, 27th Regiment, and 5th Marine Division. He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1951-1955. He was a graduate of Carthage and the University of Denver with a MBA in 1951. On December 17, 1950 he married Charlotte Tobin at Second Presbyterian Church in Freeport. Lavern and Charlotte enjoyed their time together traveling to places such as Cuba, Canada, and Hawaii and throughout the continental U.S. Lavern was employed for 35 years at Micro Switch as part of the management engineering staff. He was a longtime member of United Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church in Freeport. Lavern is survived by his two sons Gary and Jim both of Freeport. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife. 
Submitted: November 20, 2018

Berwyn Bartow Braden — Madison, WI ,  died at home on July 23, 2016 with his family by his side. With equal parts gratitude and grief, we honor Buzz and the invaluable life lessons he taught us. He created an incredibly full life pursuing a myriad of passions: from scuba diving, skiing, and racquetball to cycling, camping, and breeding Boxer show dogs. Badger football, men’s basketball and Waunakee girls’ basketball teams were fortunate to have his proud (and loud) support. Buzz fed his wanderlust with travels across the country and around the world. His wide-ranging curiosity about people and places, along with his fascination with the English language, made him an avid reader and engaging conversationalist. Buzz was born to Florence Lucille Bartow and George Clark Braden in Pana, Illinois on Jan. 10, 1928. After graduating from Pana High School in 1945, he proudly served as a member of the United States Marine Corps (“Semper Fi”). He enrolled in Carthage College in 1947 and transferred to UW-Madison in fall 1948. He married Barbara Brellenthin in 1949 and settled in Lake Geneva, WI to raise children and begin his long, successful, and colorful careers in the hospitality industry and legal field. At the age of 23, Buzz took over management of the Lake Geneva public beach and Riviera. Later, he owned and managed several establishments including the Top Deck and Hayloft restaurant. During the time he ran these venues, he booked and promoted big name entertainment such as Louis Armstrong, Chubby Checker, and the band Chicago. Buzz earned his J.D. from UW Law School in 1959 and worked in private practice in Lake Geneva for 56 years. During this time he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, served two separate terms as city attorney for Lake Geneva, and was distinguished for professional excellence as an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he was active in the Lions Club and became president of the Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce in 1953. In 1983, Buzz married Betty (Huettner) Sell and made his home in Madison for the next 33 years. During this time, he enjoyed connecting with family and friends at his Door County and Aruban “homes away from home.” He retired from practicing law in 2015. Buzz played an important role in the lives of many people: his wife Betty and 9 children and step-children—Scott (Arlene), Mark (Karen), Matt, Sue, Ralph (Ginny), Ladd (Caroline), Brad (Rick), Jenny (Jamyang), and Becky (Shawn); siblings Jack (Carol) and Kelli (Neil); 14 loving grandchildren; and 19 adorable great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Marjorie and Gary. We will miss Buzz’s unfailing intellect, charm, generosity, and grace. He was tough, but full of warmth. He was opinionated, but open to change. He was resilient. He maintained his quick wit throughout his journey. Buzz was one of a kind and he will continue to live in our hearts and minds. Always. The family is grateful for the competent and compassionate care provided by his Meriter/UW Health medical and Agrace Hospice support teams. 
Submitted: August 17, 2016

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Glenn Colwell — Chatham,  passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born February 1, 1925 to William Edward and Glenna Morrow Colwell in Beardstown, IL. He married Betty L Kleinschmidt on June 23, 1951 in Arenzville, IL. After 62 years of marriage, she preceded him in death February 22, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William. After graduating from High School in Centerville, Iowa, Glenn enlisted in the US Navy serving from 1943-1945, flying C54 transports throughout the Pacific Theatre. Following the end of WWII, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers, working on various projects in Peoria, IL including airport runways and levies along the Illinois River. He was then appointed District Engineer at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, IL, and managed the airbase construction. Glenn became Area Engineer and managed the Badger Army Ammunitions Plant in Baraboo, WI. His final career move brought him to the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. During his tenure at CERL, he worked with a number of Department Of Defense projects including construction of airbases in Israel, spending a year in Tel Aviv, and the MX Peacekeeper ICBM missile program prior to retirement in 1985. He will be greatly missed by his sons, Curt E. Colwell and Cary W. Colwell, both of Chatham; brothers-in-law, Ron (Betty) Kleinschmidt and James Drake; sisters-in-law, Amy Colwell, Virginia (Don) Nickle and Barbara Beard; and grandchildren, Kelton, Sean and Shelby. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

James Craig — El Cajon, CA,  passed away peacefully on April 2, 2018, in El Cajon, CA after a long illness. Jim was born on February 4, 1927, in Appleton, WI. Jim's family moved to Rockford, IL when he was eight years old, and he later attended East High School before transferring to the Military Academy in Gulfport, MS. He was inducted into the US Army, received basic training and served in the horse cavalry. He was sent to Casablanca, North Africa. He later attended Carthage College and University of Michigan. Jim married Doris Clifford on October 15, 1950, and they began their married life together in Rockford, IL where Jim worked at the Craig Motor Company. Jim later was employed by Illinois National Bank & Trust in Rockford, IL for many years. While in Rockford, the Craig family were active members of Second Congregational Church. Jim and Doris had three children, Barry, Cheryl and Laurie. The Craig family were avid travelers, and they and their children enjoyed many memorable vacations together. The Craig family moved to San Diego, CA in 1976. After moving to California, Jim and Doris became members with the San Diego Bowl Game Association and the Holiday Bowl Committee. They hosted the hospitality suite for coaches and dignitaries at their Official Team Hotels. Jim was an avid Green Bay Packers fan for decades, and was a Packers season ticket holder for most of his adult years. He is survived by Doris, his wife of 68 years, daughter, Cheryl (Kimball) Parker of Belvidere, IL, daughter, Laurie (Ron) Quinlan of El Cajon, CA, five wonderful grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by their son, Barry. 
Submitted: May 3, 2018

Bruce A. Curless — Quincy, Illinois,  passed away February, 21, 2014, at Blessing Hospital. He was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Quincy, a son of Chester A. and Beauna (Sigafoose) Curless. He married Dorothy Stenson on April 4, 1956. She survives in Quincy. Bruce was a member of United Methodist Church of Loraine. He was a meat cutter for Johannes Meat Market in Hannibal, Mo., then for County Market in Quincy, retiring after 20 years with the company. He enjoyed woodworking. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Craig Curless of Quincy; a daughter, Vallie (Larry) Wellman of Barry; four grandchildren, Aaron, Brandon, Benjamin and Andrew Wellman; and two sisters, Barbara Hagstrum of Indianapolis and Marilyn Williams of Plainfield.  
Submitted: October 13, 2014

Arthur Eymann — Macon, MO,  passed away on November 6, 2015 at the age of 94. Mr. Eymann was born on November 5, 1921, in Warsaw IL, to Elmer P. Eymann and Louise Haines Eymann. On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Geneva Henerhoff Eymann, at Bethany United Church of Christ, Tioga, Ill. She survives. After serving four years in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950. He then lived for more than 30 years in Keokuk, where he was a chemist for Chevron Chemical Company in Fort Madison, and owned farms outside Keokuk. In 1983, he and his wife moved to Macon. Survivors include two daughters, Ardith Eymann (Eric Thompson) of Chevy Chase, Md., and Dr. Debra (Duane) Phillips of Golden, Ill.; a son, Arthur William (Connie) Eymann of Macon; five grandchildren, Carrie (Matthew) Bergfield and Cory (Angie) Eymann of Macon, Matthew (Charlotte) Thompson of Woodbridge, Va., Katherine Phillips of St. Louis and Jacob Phillips of Springfield, Ill.; four great-grandsons, Caleb and Isaac Bergfield and Tanner and Cooper Eymann; brother, Bernard (Betty) Eymann of Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; and sister, Charlotte (Alfred) Hillemeier of Bettendorf. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eloise Robbins; brother, Elmer Eymann; and infant grandson, Zachariah Phillips. 
Submitted: January 15, 2019

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Charlotte Elizabeth (Schaeffer) Frederick — Upper Sandusky, OH,  passed away on March 16, 2018. Charlotte was born on September 8, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Henry Schaeffer and Charlotte Elizabeth (Libby) Schaeffer, both of whom preceded her in death. She married Robert Frederick on February 14, 1952 in Knoxville, Iowa and he passed away on October 4, 1993. Charlotte taught school for 33 years, 23 of those in Upper Sandusky; she taught as well in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and Iowa. She loved to travel; her favorite place was Hawaii. She enjoyed cross stitch and painting. What she valued most was spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by four sons: John Paul (Becky) Frederick of Upper Sandusky, George Edward (Joan) Frederick of Bluffton, Ohio, Kenneth Roy (Tammy Cook) Frederick of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Dave Henry Frederick of Upper Sandusky, five grandchildren: Monica Renee (Bryan) Hale, Jeffrey Scott (Mindy) Frederick, Courtney Marie Baker, Chelsea Elizabeth Frederick and Kaydee Marie Hill, as well as four great grandchildren: Chloe Mae Hale, Delaney Kaye and Dominic Alfred Frederick, Elliott George Baker, Kohyn Hill. One brother survives: Charles Luther (Vicki) Schaeffer. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers: George Kessler Schaeffer and Henry Paul Schaeffer. 
Submitted: April 9, 2018

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William Goessel — Lenox, MA,  passed away on May 29, 2018 at the age of 90. Bill was born in Beloit, WI. After graduating from Carthage he joined the military during the Korean War. He married Nancy Christie in September 1953. He worked at Iron Works in Beloit and less than 10 years later was the youngest Vice President in the company's history. After climbing the corporate ladder for decades, Bill ended at Harnischfeger Industries. Bill retired in 1992 and spent the winters in Naples, FL and summers in the Berkshires, where he had been stationed twice, in 1967 and 1972. Bill was a former trustee of the College. 
Submitted: November 28, 2018

Roger (Doc) Joseph Goetz — Carthage, IL,  passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Montebello Health Care Center, Hamilton. He was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Keokuk, Iowa, a twin son of Sebastian Paul and Mary Alice Metternich Goetz. He married Patricia Sheridan, his best friend and high school girlfriend, June 6, 1949, in Carthage. She preceded him in death Dec. 10, 2013. Doc graduated in 1944 from Carthage High School, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He was a veteran of World War II, U.S. Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. He attended Carthage College after discharge. He was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Carthage, the Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of Carthage VFW Post 5117 and the American Legion, of which he was recently recognized as a 73-year member. He was employed by Western Illinois Electrical Co-op as line superintendent, retiring in 1989. During his childhood, he enjoyed playing baseball with his father, swimming in the creek, playing football with his twin brother and milking cows. He was especially close with his sister, Mary Louise. Doc enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time at the family cabin in Lake of the Oaks, St. Patrick, Mo. He enjoyed listening to music, going to church, dining out with friends and his weekly visits to the VFW. He was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and Notre Dame football. He especially loved every minute spent with his family. Survivors include his children, Larinda (Jack) Simmons of Jasper, Tenn., Stephen (Nancy) Goetz of Carthage and Christopher (Sharon) Goetz of Carthage; 10 grandchildren, Lori (Jeff) Rawlins, Shelly (Steve) Kirk, Jeff Simmons, Becky (Jason) Murr, Joseph Simmons, Mitchell (Jacqueline) Goetz, Meghan (Michael) Maag, Jillian Goetz, Sebastian Sheridan Goetz, and Halie Goetz; 10 great-grandchildren, Corey Kirk, Alexis Kirk, Jade Simmons, Austin Rawlins, Aidan Rawlins, Jackson Simmons, Emily Murr, Brady Goetz, Alden Maag, and Jack Goetz; a sister, Mary Louise Ruberts of Naperville; and sister-in-law, Wanda Goetz of Omaha, Neb. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Madelyn Dadds, Robert "Bob" Goetz, twin brother Richard "Dick" Goetz, Carl "Scoot" Goetz, and Donald as an infant; and a daughter, Catherine Goetz Duffie. 
Submitted: July 14, 2016

Wendell Lee Golden — Charlottesville, Va.,  died on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at the age of 89. Wendell was born to Lee Golden and Esther Moore in Winnebago County, Ill. on July 13, 1925. After graduating from West Rockford High School, Wendell joined the Navy, eventually earning three medals for his service in the Pacific during World War II. Wendell attended Carthage College and Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a B.A. in 1951. Following his graduation, he married Clara Louise Siapno of Norfork, Va., on June 11, 1951. Wendell received a M.A. degree from Iliff School of Theology in 1954 and moved to Hartford, Connecticut to study African culture at the Kennedy School of Missions at Hartford Theological Seminary. On January 12, 1955, Wendell and Clara were commissioned by the Methodist Board of Missions as missionaries to Africa.Wendell was first stationed in Luanda, Angola, then a Portuguese colony, where he served a pastor of Igreja Metodista Unida central and also as District Superintendent. While serving there, he was unjustly imprisoned by the Portuguese dictatorship for his work advocating for the rights of the Angolan people. He imprisonment gained international attention that led to his release in 1961. He then served briefly in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and then was stationed in Liberia as the District superintendent at the Gbarnga Methodist mission station where he gained the friendship of President Tubman himself. Following his term in Liberia, Wendell moved to Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1967 where he served for 22 years as assistant to the Bishop with special responsibilities for the refugees from Angola's civil war.Wendell retired from the mission field after 32 years and was appointed Associate Minister at the United Methodist Church in Annandale, Virginia and later as Associate Minister at the First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia until his retirement in 2008.Fluent in Portuguese, French, and Kimbundu, Wendell never met a man who wasn't his friend. His love for people and his passion for Jesus Christ have won hearts all over the world. He also was an avid runner and a member of the Charlottesville Track Club, still running up to the last year of his life. On July 8, 2015, Wendell finished his race well and has returned to his heavenly Father to receive his eternal prize.Wendell was preceded in death by his brother, Darl Golden; his sister, Marjorie Diehl; and his son, Dale Golden. He is survived by his wife, Clara; his three children, Reid Golden, Wendy Griffith, and Nancy Beliles, eight grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Ivan Gray — Morgan Hill, CA,  passed away on January 24, 2016. Ivan was born in Pleasant Hill, Illinois, on November 19, 1925. He served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart . After Ivan's service in the U.S. Army, he received a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rolla School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri. He was the first one in his family to receive a college education. Ivan was married to Mary Elizabeth Hutson on September 28, 1946, and they were married 52 years. In 1950 their daughter Joyce was born. In 1986 Ivan and Mary moved from Sunnyvale to Morgan Hill, California. Ivan worked as a Chemical Engineer for General Electric, Martin Marietta, and Douglas Aircraft in Richland, Washington, and he returned to General Electric in San Jose for the last few years of his career. He and Mary enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean as well as traveling to Europe and every state in the U.S. Ivan is survived by his daughter, Joyce, and other family members in the Midwest and in the Eastern U.S. Even though Ivan was a dedicated professional engineer, his greatest joys in life were his wife and daughter. Ivan is preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who passed away in 2008. 
Submitted: April 18, 2018

Kathleen Greenland — Rockford, IL,  passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016. She was born July 12, 1928, in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Roy and Ethelyn (Edquist) Buswell. She was a 1946 East High School graduate. She graduated from Carthage College (Carthage, Illinois) in 1950. She married James W. Greenland on June 21, 1952 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. They enjoyed 64 years of life together and had 2 daughters. Kathleen began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Loves Park School District. She returned to the work force after their children were in school. She was employed by the Rockford School District as an elementary school librarian for over 20 years, retiring in 1986. Kathleen enjoyed sewing, cooking and family gatherings. She liked playing bridge with friends. Her favorite place to relax was at their lake cottage in Wisconsin. She loved to swim and take rides on the pontoon boat. She also enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the United States. She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Bonnie (Scott) Sasse of Evansville, WI and Susan (Mike) Luna of Winnebago, IL; grandchildren, Eric and Laura Sasse and Joshua, Kristi and Jason Luna; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Ethelyn Buswell, and brother, James Buswell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. 
Submitted: January 10, 2017

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Kathleen (Bushwell) Greenland — Rockford, Illinois,  passed away on December 31, 2016. She was born July 12, 1928, in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Roy and Ethelyn (Edquist) Buswell. She was a 1946 East High School graduate. She graduated from Carthage College (Carthage, Illinois) in 1950. She married James W. Greenland on June 21, 1952 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. They enjoyed 64 years of life together and had 2 daughters. Kathleen began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Loves Park School District. She returned to the work force after their children were in school. She was employed by the Rockford School District as an elementary school librarian for over 20 years, retiring in 1986. Kathleen enjoyed sewing, cooking and family gatherings. She liked playing bridge with friends. Her favorite place to relax was at their lake cottage in Wisconsin. She loved to swim and take rides on the pontoon boat. She also enjoyed camping and traveling throughout the United States. She is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Bonnie (Scott) Sasse of Evansville, WI and Susan (Mike) Luna of Winnebago, IL; grandchildren, Eric and Laura Sasse and Joshua, Kristi and Jason Luna; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Roy and Ethelyn Buswell, and brother, James Buswell. 
Submitted: January 18, 2018

Joseph R. Harding — Flanagan, Ill.,  passed away July 27, 2013, in hospice at Good Samaritan in Flanagan. A graveside service was held at Southside Cemetery, Pontiac, where his ashes were laid to rest alongside those of his wife, Marion Litzer Harding '49, who passed away in November 2012. He is survived by two sons, Joseph M. Harding and James B. Harding. Joe was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Owego Township, son of Joseph W. Harding and Helen Wilson Harding. He has two surviving siblings, Marjorie Jacobson and Barbara Jenkins. Joe was a 1945 graduate of Pontiac Township High School and served in the Navy during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in biology from Carthage College in Illinois, where he met his future wife, Marion. Joe and Marion returned to Pontiac, where Joe farmed land within Owego Township and became a teacher at PTHS for 21 years. In the early 1960s, he furthered his education by obtaining his master's degree in psychology from Illinois State University. After retiring from teaching, for the next 17 years, he became a psychologist for the State of Illinois, practicing in the Central Illinois region. Joe was known around the country as an early promoter for mainstreaming of special-needs children and became responsible for implementing many programs to help special-needs children and adults. Many of these programs or their descendants are still with us today, such as the Livingston County Special Services Unit in Pontiac. Those wishing to honor the life of Joe Harding can give financial donations to Trinity Lutheran Church of Fairbury or give non-financial donations by giving time and energy to help a special-needs child. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

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Robert Jeanmaire — Racine, WI,  passed away at Casa Del Mare in Kenosha on September 29, 2017.  He was born in Rockford, IL on February 28, 1920, the son of the late Paul and Laura Jeanmaire. Robert proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. On August 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Kreppert at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL by Mary Lou's father.  Robert was a graduate of Carthage. He was then a professor of physics at Carthage for over 25 years.  Robert was a longtime member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, oil painting, and caring for the home that he built.   Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou; his three sons, David (Patricia) Jeanmaire of Williamsburg, VA, John (Mary Kaye) Jeanmaire of Akron, OH, and Paul (Maria) Jeanmaire of Kenosha; grandchildren, Eric, Mark, Kathleen, Sarah, Michael, Ryan, and Brittany. He is further survived by nieces, a nephew, other relatives, and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Jeanmaire. 
Submitted: November 8, 2017

Dorothy Anne (Gruhn) Kasel & Joseph John Kasel II — Milwaukee, WI,  was called home to the Lord on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Joseph John Kasel II. Loving mother of the late Karl Eric Lubke, Heidi C. Hendrickson and Joseph John Kasel III. Grandmother of Gretchen (Ian) Hartsook and Hannah Hendrickson. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dorothy was born and raised in Milwaukee graduating from Pulaski High School then attending Carthage College. She worked for many years as a church secretary. If so desired, memorials to NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness appreciated. 
Submitted: January 19, 2017

Kenneth Kutlik — Sister Bay, Wis.,  passed away following a three-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Ken is survived by his wife of 50 years, Roberta; his son, Kevin (Barbara) of Homewood, Ill.; and daughter, Julie Maty (Steven) of Palos Heights, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Samantha and Adam Kutlik, and Brian and Eric Maty. A niece, Joan Matuska Lonstine (Dennis), formerly of Homewood and now of Sister Bay, Wis., and a nephew Ross Sowl (Judy), formerly of Palos Heights and now of Akron, Ohio, also survive him. Following his undergraduate studies at Carthage, Ken served in the U.S. Army in Korea for 14 months. Upon his return, he continued his education at DePaul University, Governors State University, and finally received a doctorate in special education at the University of Sarasota. Kenneth began and ended his career in School District 148 in Dolton, Ill., retiring in 1984. While with the district, he served as science teacher, elementary principal, junior high principal, director of special education, assistant superintendent and, for a brief time, superintendent. He also had a private practice in school psychology, working in public and private Chicago south suburban area schools. While living in Palos Heights, Ken served as a Trustee of the Palos Heights Fire Protection District, and was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church and St. Philip Lutheran Church in Blue Island, Ill. In 1993, he and Roberta moved to Sister Bay, where he became a master gardener, fulfilling a life-time desire to spend most of his time developing and working in the garden of his historic home. Ken was a member of the choir at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, Wis., for 20 years, and enjoyed wood carving and watercolor painting. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

John "Jack" Leamon — Lena, Ill.,  passed away Nov. 18, 2013, at his home in Lena, Ill. Jack was born in Freeport, Ill., on Jan. 16, 1925, to R. Paul and Agnes (Carmody) Leamon. He graduated from Lena High School in 1943. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served his country as a pharmacist mate from 1943-1946. During WWII he was at Omaha Beach on D-Day during the invasion of France. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. After his service in the Navy, Jack attended Carthage and completed his studies at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated with honors in 1949. Jack married his beloved wife, Mary Murphy '49, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Carthage, Ill. Jack then began his lifelong career as a funeral director. He worked with his father, operating the funeral, furniture, and ambulance business until his father's death in 1951. He and his mother, Agnes, continued the family business until her passing in 1970. Since then Jack and his wife, Mary, have managed the family business. They sold the furniture store in 1995, but continued to operate the funeral homes and ambulance service. Jack was the fourth-generation owner and operator of Leamon Furniture and Funeral Homes. During his career he received an award from the Illinois Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service, and achieved the Longest Family Business Award given by the State of Illinois. The Leamon Funeral Home has been family-owned and operated since 1869. In addition to his service to the community as a funeral director, he served as the Stephenson County Coroner and was a member of the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission, Lena Lions Club, Lena Professional Business Association, and was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post #577. Also, he was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and served as a board member for both the Citizens State Bank and Lena Continental Manor Nursing Home. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena and served on numerous church boards. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends. His most memorable trip was a cruise from Hong Kong through the rim of the Pacific to Alaska and through the inside passage to Vancouver B.C. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Thomas (Dawn), Janet (Douglas) England, and Paul, all of Lena; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Kempel of Winslow, Aaron (Tiffany) England of Lena, Kimberly Leamon of Lena, Abigail (Matt) Bland of Lena, Montana (Ryan) Bartell of Stockton, Sierra (Kyle) Maurer of Silverdale, Wash.; two step-grandchildren, Timothy (Janice) Leamon of Winslow, Jeremy Rapp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Stella Wade of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Martha Metternich, and two brothers-in-law, Edwin Wade and Marcus Metternich. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Robert Little — Ottawa, IL,  passed away on August 7, 2019, at the age of 91. Robert was born May 4, 1928, in Canton, the son of Ray and Marceline (Shields) Little. Robert was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Marseilles, and the First Christian Church, Morris. He proudly served his country in the US Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He worked as a Research Engineer at the IL DOT Bureau of Materials and Physical Research for over 36 years with a primary focus on pavement development for the AASHO Test Road project. For 15 years he was also a consulting engineer for Renwick and Associates. Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers. In his spare time, he enjoyed furniture restoration, hunting, baking, and gardening. More than anything else, he loved his family and cherished the time they had together. Robert is survived by his wife, Marcia, of 65 years; daughters, Jody L. Riebe , and Lisa (Frank) Gray; son, Mark (Rona) Little; sister-in-law, Harriet S. Little; and grandchildren Claire A. Riebe, Ian R. Riebe, Collin R. Gray, Michael D. Gray and Angela (Gray) Martin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald R. and Paul K. Little; and a sister-in-law, Gladys (Burnett) Little. 
Submitted: September 13, 2019

Marie E. (Knipple ) Maharg — Cleveland,  passed away on October 5, 2015 at the age of 89. Beloved wife of 58 years of J. Melvin Maharg; loving mother of Cheryl Moser (Fred), Kirk Maharg (Christine) and Gail Ross (Kenneth); dear grandmother of Emily Moser, Chelsea Withers, Lily Maharg, Nick Bradach, Andrew, Katherine and Christian Ross. Marie was born in Freeport, Illinois and raised on the family farm in nearby Polo. She attended a one-room schoolhouse and later graduated from Polo Community High School. After completing studies at Carthage College and Evanston Hospital School of Nursing, she accepted a position as Assistant Clinical Instructor at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church, where she met her future husband in the church choir. She and Mel had three children and seven grandchildren. They became active members of Messiah Lutheran Church, where three generations of the family still attend. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Gudrun Viola (Magnusson) Main — Atlanta, GA,  passed away on September 9, 2016 following a massive stroke. Viola and her twin sister Leola were born on November 7, 1923 in a log cabin in Duxby, MN, the daughters of the late Alli Magnusson and Thorlaug Magnusson (Finnson). She is survived by her children: Linda Gail Cox (Mike) of Box Springs, Ga.; Earl Carlisle Main III (Paige) of Jefferson, Ga.; Steven Charles Main (Ginny) of Ft. Collins, Co.; Eric Victor Main (Lisa) of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; sisters Cecilia Dunnigan of Lincoln, NE; Lola Mollner (Frank) of Aurora, CO; Thorey Green of Grand Forks, ND; Shirley Wild of E. Grand Forks, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John and Marvin and her sister Leola. Vi shared many great stories about growing up on the family farm near Milton, ND. No indoor plumbing led to many jokes about the outhouse they nicknamed the 'Primrose Inn'. They walked the dirt roads or crossed fields to school unless there was a blizzard, when Alli would hook up the 'cutter' and they rode in a sleigh to school. They were self reliant, depending on what they could raise, sell or barter. Both of her parents were first generation Americans whose parents immigrated from Iceland. Icelandic was spoken in their home and church so Vi learned English upon attending Tongue River #1, the one room school that served grades 1-8. She graduated as salutatorian of her senior class at Milton High School in Milton ND in 1942. She attended Aakers Business College and took a position with Grand Fork Supply Company upon graduation. The world was at war, and Viola wanted to go to the west coast to work in one of the many defense factories, however, her parents thought there was too much smoking and drinking on the coast. Later, when she sent a Marine Corps application (needing a parents signature if not 21) she didn't expect it to be signed. To her amazement, it came back signed 2 weeks later. She attended boot camp at Camp Lejeune, NC in spring of 1944, and was then assigned to Cherry Point Air Base doing office work, but also delivering top secret mail on a scooter. She told her commanding officer that she didn't join the Marine Corps to work in an office with civilians, and was surprised when her request for re-assignment to the Navy Fuel Depot was granted. There she received and tested tankers of fuel, off-loading them into underground tanks, then filling tank trucks for the flight line. She fondly remembered dancing the night away to big bands on VE and VJ day. Discharged as a Sergeant in 1946, she entered Carthage College as a 23 year old freshman with her sister Cecelia that fall. At Carthage, Vic Main introduced her to his brother Earl, a wounded Army Air Corps veteran P47 pilot who, for their double date, left his crutches at home for the first time since being shot down over France on June 26, 1944. They were married in 1948. 1950 was a big year for Viola as she graduated from Carthage College Cum Laude, and had her first child, Linda. In 1951 they moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Earl and Steven were born in the next three years. In 1959 they moved to Atlanta where Eric the youngest child was born in 1962. She was a devoted mother and homemaker from 1951 until 1973 when she began working in the Claims Department at Transamerica Insurance Company. She spent 17 years at Transamerica, finally retiring in 1990. After retirement she stayed busy with volunteer work, her church activities, cooking and traveling to see her siblings and children. One of Viola's passions was politics and she worked hard for progressive causes and candidates throughout her adult life. She was compassionate, empathetic and all races and creeds were welcome in her home. She enjoyed interacting with people wherever she went. She recognized and brought out the good in every person she met. She had an unwavering moral compass. Her generosity was measured not in dollars, but in giving of herself. These traits allowed her to blend compassion with a unique physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength. Viola supported Lutheran World Relief efforts for many years, both monetarily and by sewing quilts for distribution to refugees. Donations can be made Lutheran World Relief in her name athttps://lwr.org/giving-category/donate or to her church at Living Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084. 
Submitted: September 20, 2016

George Victor Main — Kenosha,  died November 23, 2015, after a long illness at the Milwaukee VA hospital. Vic was born in Carthage, Ill., on May 28, 1927, to Earl C. and Kjrstina Main. He attended the University of Illinois and Carthage College at the Carthage​, Ill., ​campus, and was a U.S. Navy ​veteran of WWII. He worked for the American Broadcasting Company for many years and Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance. Vic is survived by his loving children, Juli (Rob) Wicinski and ​Dr. ​Jonathan (Jeanne) Main; sister Joan (Paul) Swope; sister-in-law Viola Main; former wife and friend Helen Main; grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia, and Henry Main, Hayden and Colton Wicinski; step grandchildren, Luke and Hannah Hemming; many nieces, nephews, and friends. Victor was pr​e​ceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marion, Helen, and Grace ​Ann; brothers, Earl, and Charles and wife Evelyn. He resided at St. Catherine Commons Senior Living in Kenosha, Wis., for the past nine years. He was an active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Kenosha, the Danish Society of Kenosha, and the Elks Club. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Donald O. Meyer — Huntley, Ill.,  passed away July 21, 2013, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill., after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Peoria, Ill., to Orville Edward and Nora Mae Meyer. Don was the middle of three brothers (Robert W. and Richard A.) and one younger sister (Patricia A.) The family moved to Washington, Ill., where they lived for many years. Don attended Washington Community High School and went on to Carthage College in Carthage, Ill. In 1948, he wed Ruth M. Archer in Washington, Ill. Don served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and was a Mason in the Mohammed Shrine Temple in Peoria, Ill.. A lifelong drummer, he was the lead drummer in the Kiltie Bagpipe Band of the Mohammed Temple. He was employed by the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He transferred to the Chicago area in 1966 as an executive with Poulson Insurance Company. Residing in Elk Grove Village, he and his family became members of the Prince of Peace United Methodist Church, in which he was an active member throughout the years, serving in many roles, and developed many close and lasting friendships. In 1973, he established Don Meyer Insurance Services, affiliating with a number of well-known insurance companies to provide a wide line of insurance products. His son, Kent, joined him in this venture in 1976. His daughter, Kathi, joined him in the agency in 1988. He was associated with the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village for more than 30 years, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Councilors. Don was devoted to his immediate and extended family, and loved to travel with his family and close friends. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth M. Meyer of Huntley, Ill.; cherished children Karen (Ted) Huiatt of Ames, Iowa; Kathi (Larry) Clinton of Wayne, Ill.; Kent (Linda) Meyer of Orlando, Fla.; and Kris (Torrey) Fiorovante of Crystal Lake, Ill.; grandchildren Courtney (Jeremy) Cswercko, Travis (Erin) Huiatt, John Meyer, Chris Meyer, Brianne Delisi, Phillip Fiorovante, Evan Delisi, Lauren Delisi, Sophie Fiorovante, and Faith Fiorovante; great-grandchildren Seth Cswercko, and Monte Huiatt; his brother Richard (Josephine) Meyer; sister-in-law Kay (Bob) Meyer; and many treasured nieces and nephews. 
Submitted: August 30, 2013

Albert Nyland III — Fishers, Ind. ,  87, formerly of Jackson, Missouri, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at his home in Fishers, Indiana. He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Chicago, to Albert F. and Elly J. Lunde Nyland II. He was a 1946 graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago, and a 1950 graduate of Carthage College in Carthage. He attended Chicago Lutheran Seminary in Maywood, graduating in 1953. While attending seminary, he served as a supply pastor at St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Island. He was subsequently ordained May 20, 1953, at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield during the annual Illinois Synod Convention. He and Betty Lou Eller were married Feb. 14, 1954, in Centralia. They had been married 34 years when Betty passed away May 10, 1988. Congregations he served include the following, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Centralia (1953-1958); St. Paul Lutheran Church in Metropolis (1958-1962); St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Fern Creek, Kentucky (1962-1964); Faith Lutheran Church in Logansport, Indiana (1964-1970); Mount Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna (1970-1984); and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri (1984-1994), retiring in 1994. From 1996 to 2006, he served as the Mission Support Pastor for the congregations of Sargent’s Chapel Church and Sedgewickville Lutheran Church; and from 2009-2011, he served as permanent supply pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cairo. He served a total of 60 active years in the ministry, and in each place he served, he and Betty became active members of the community. One of his favorite involvements was being concessions manager and a member of the Union County Fair Board in Anna, for close to 20 years. Loving survivors include two children, Tim (Connie) Nyland of Collinsville, and Pastor Nancy Nyland of Fishers, Indiana; six grandchildren, Christopher (Meagan) Nyland of Baltimore, Maryland, Gretchen Nyland and Rachael Nyland of Collinsville, Andrew Nyland of Champaign, Tadd Nyland of Fishers, Indiana, and Anh Thu Huynh of Vietnam; a great-grandson, Ragnar Nyland of Baltimore; two sisters, Lora-Lee (the late Henry) Snyder of Walkerton, Indiana, Norma Jean (Charlie) Kesling of Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev. Nyland also considered these dear friends to be his family, Marisa and Fernando Zancaner and children, Gustavo, Vivian and Nelson of Araras Brazil; The Rev. Rebecca Sogge and children, Mikaela and Annika of Wimberley, Texas; and Douglas and Upendo Mmari of Fishers, Indiana. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

William D. Obern — Minneapolis,  died Jan. 23, 2014. He was preceded in death by wife, Rosemarie; parents, Luke & Audrey; sister, Gloria (Edwin) Groth. Survived by son, Greg; daughter, Nancy (Matthew Deschner); grandson, Benjamin Deschner; brother, John (Shirley); nephew, Brendan (Elizabeth) Obern; sister- in-law, Jane Obern. Service in U.S Army Air Force, education Carthage College (BS), his career in sales included Boy Scouts of America, Northrup King, Roerig/Pfizer, Wm. H. Rorer, Harvey Hanson Realtors. His other interests included tennis, Klobuchar cross country bike treks, sailing, golf, canoeing, and camping.  
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Delores Prellberg — Bella Vista, Arkansas,  passed peacefully with family by her side on Oct. 4, 2017, after a short illness. Born Nov. 3, 1928, in Chicago, IL, Dee graduated from Carthage (Carthage, IL) with a degree in music and it was there she met and married Fred, who was her husband until his death in 2007. Married in 1950, they moved to Rockford, IL and then to Overland Park, KS, where she worked as a psychiatric social worker, salesperson and realtor until semi-retirement took them to Bella Vista, AR. Her lifelong passions included playing bridge with 'the girls,' listening to classical music (not popular music - "it all sounds the same" was an endearing saying of hers; she especially enjoyed hearing her grandson, Nate Carterette, a classical pianist, perform), beating her offspring in the word board games Scrabble & Anagrams (which she continued to do up until the end) and watching/playing tennis. So ardent was her love of tennis that when she suffered a serious shoulder injury late in life, she simply switched from right-handed to left-handed, teaching herself how to stroke, despite never doing anything 'lefty' her entire life. She was a proud life member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Dee is survived by four children: Mark, Kansas City, MO, Thom (Kay) Lee's Summit, MO, Fred III (Mahvash), Mt. Prospect, IL and Joanne, Scottsdale, AZ, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Fred, daughter Patricia and brothers Delmar & Bruce Ronk. 
Submitted: October 27, 2017

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Patricia Rapp — Tallahasse, FL,  passed away on Dec. 24, 2017. She was born in Asheville, NC on June 25, 1933. In her teens, her family moved to Coral Gables, FL., where she attended Coral Gables HS. Patricia married Don Rapp and were married for 62 years. Patsy taught Home Ec., at Manatee Florida High School. The following 20 months they traveled extensively in Europe and worked as Dormitory Counselors for the US Army school systems in Paris France, then back to FSU where Patsy received her MA in Elementary School Guidance. She decided to support the boys (including Don) in their education and sports careers. As one of the founding families in 1968 of the return of competitive swimming to Tallahassee, Patsy served in many leadership and volunteer roles in the swim team organization including President. She was a certified Stroke & Turn judge and supported competitive swimming in Florida and the southeast. For 19 summers, Patsy and Don spent their summers at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. She enjoyed per part time work with the Education Department. Also Patsy relished the Chautauqua Symphony, Ballet and Opera performances and the many intriguing lectures. But especially she loved all her Chautauqua friends. Her children and grandchildren visited Chautauqua every summer and in addition to time spent with family, her favorite thing to do was attend the Sunday evening Sacred Song service. She was a member of the Chautauqua Literary Society and went beyond to graduate from the Guild of the Seven Seals. Patsy is survived by Don and their two boys, Murray, and his wife Diane of Alexandria, VA and Darrell, and his wife Toby of Pittsburgh, PA; five grandchildren, Cooper, Kylie, Payton, Rebekah, and Joanna; two brothers, Lowell Jr. and his wife Linda of Hendersonville, NC, and Tom Cooper and his wife Polly of Jensen Beach, Florida. 
Submitted: January 25, 2018

Delbert "Bud" H. Rossier — Rockford, Illinois,  died peacefully at home at 85 on Sept. 9, 2014, after battling cancer. Everyone knew him as "Bud." Easy going, loved and adored by everyone who met him. He was born to Louis and Hilda (Lemmer) Rossier on Nov. 20, 1928, in Rockford, Illinois. He went to West High School, and later attended Carthage. He was a U.S. Army veteran, after which he returned to Rockford to serve the community as a firefighter on the Rockford Fire Department for 35 years. In 1954, he married Barbara Smith, who predeceased him in 2009. He took great pride in his family: son, Mick Rossier; daughter, Valli Williams; grandchildren, Adam, Amy (Mike) Childs, Todd, Krystin and Jennifer. Amy added great-grandchildren, Dominic, Keira, Luka, Cora, Elaina and granddog, Jett. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying everything from the Bears, a Sunday race, grandchildren's sporting events, to cheering on local soccer player, Kirstin Semenchuk, as she took Harlem to new heights. A very special thanks to Kirstin's mom, Char, sister, Kylee and grandparents, Tom and Sheri Cannell of Sheri's Restaurant, for their special care and love for Bud. Bless them all, and Tom Jr., Mel and Roxanne, too. Bud would want his favorite niece, Bev Bengston, to know how much he enjoyed her, along with nephews, John (Joanie) and their son, Evan Bengston; and Jim, Tim and Keith Keulper, as well as their father, Don. Thank you to caregivers, Misha and Mya, for their wonderful care. 
Submitted: October 8, 2014

Charmaine (Planert) Ruud — San Diego, CA,  died on April 19, 2016. After 26 years in the San Diego District Attorney's office, she retired in 1995. 
Submitted: August 14, 2017

Donald Lee Schilson
Donald Lee Schilson

Donald Lee Schilson , Ph.D — Carthage, Illinois,  89, of Tallahassee, Florida, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Carthage, Illinois, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Donald was born in the family farmhouse August 11, 1928, in Carthage, Illinois, the son of Erwin Donald and Hattie Elaine (Boyer) Schilson. He attended school through 8th grade at the McCall Elementary School single-room schoolhouse. He attended Carthage High School graduating in 1946. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Carthage College in 1950, and Master's Degree of Biology and School Administration from Western Illinois University in 1953. Donald then served as principal of the London Mills Junior High School in London Mills, Illinois, and, later, as principal at the Avon Junior High School in Avon, Illinois. He then continued his studies at the University of Iowa, receiving his Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Curriculum Development in 1962. Donald began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University from 1962 to 1964. He joined the faculty of the University of Ohio as an Assistant Professor from 1964 to 1967. In 1966, while with the University of Ohio, he traveled to Vietnam, serving as a Special Advisor in Education in Saigon. From 1967 to 1968 he served as an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas. On July 20, 1968, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Elizabeth L. Warnebold, in Springfield, Illinois. Later that year, he ran for the 20th Congressional District in the U.S. Congress and was defeated by Paul Findley. After that, he taught one year at the University of South Florida as a Visiting Professor. From 1969 to 1971, he was a Full Professor at the University of North Dakota. Donald was a pilot and had a love of aviation. During his time at the University of North Dakota, he developed an aircraft leasing company instrumental to the growth of the University of North Dakota aviation training program. Besides his leasing company, he owned his own plane. After the death of his father, he took over the family farming operation full-time in Carthage. In the late 1970s, Donald developed the Schilson Field Air Strip at McCall, Illinois, and started the Schilson Aerial Application Company. He also served as Board Director at Farmers State Bank of Ferris, Illinois. He retired from farming in 1981 due to a heart attack. On June 19, 1986, he received a heart transplant and was one of the longest living heart transplant recipients. Besides aviation, Donald had a long passion for motorcycling up until his passing, riding his motorcycles to Alaska four times, among many other adventures across the United States. Donald is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of Tallahassee, Florida; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann (Robert) Hawn of Sand Point, Idaho, and Kathryn (Jim) Olmstead of Tallahassee, Florida; one son, Donald (Jodi) Schilson, Jr. of Zionsville, Indiana; four grandchildren, James and Olivia Olmstead and Jack and Michael Schilson; one brother, Robert (Millie) Schilson of Greenville, South Carolina; one sister, Shirley Ehrendreich of Helen, Georgia, and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy.  
Submitted: June 19, 2017

Keith Scott — Casa Grande, AZ,  died peacefully on Sept. 28, 2016. Dr. Scott was born in 1926 in Macomb, Illinois, to Lyle and Clarice Scott. He spent his childhood and adolescent years in Carthage, Illinois, and joined the Navy after high school, during World War II. He served on the USS Okanogan (APA-220), a transport ship that took troops to fight in the war. After he was discharged from the Navy, he went to college and received a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education with a double minor in history and biology from Carthage College. He later completed a doctorate in education from the University of Colorado. He spent more than 44 years in various areas of education from driving buses, teaching a kindergarten class, lecturing at a university, coaching a team and superintendent of schools to positions as vice president at multiple institutions of higher education, specializing in fundraising. He participated in many activities over his 90 years and excelled in most. If he wasn’t out fundraising for education, he was on the golf course, refereeing a basketball or baseball game or at home watching golf, baseball or basketball on TV. He was a member of Masons. He lived in multiple states: Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, West Virginia, New Mexico and Arizona. In all of the years and all of the locations, his humble, kindhearted nature touched many lives, and with his positivity and wisdom he left the world a better place. He enjoyed his dachshund, Kinsey. Survivors include a daughter, Nicole Costales of Casa Grande; a brother, Jim Scott of Bloomington, Illinois; a sister, Laura A. Carle of Carthage; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandy Ellefritz. 
Submitted: October 12, 2016

Dolores Stykel — Freeport, IL,  died Monday, January 5, 2015, in FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport, following a sudden illness. She was born in Woosung, Twp., on August 8, 1928, the daughter of John G. and Ethel (Gilbert) Dohlen, of Mount Morris. Dolores graduated from Carthage College, attended Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and Lutheran School of Theology, Maywood. Dolores was commissioned as a missionary by the Lutheran Church in America and served in India for 10 years. She taught second grade in German Valley for 20 years. Dolores married Melvin A. Stykel on June 7, 1975. Dolores was a member of Silver Creek Reformed Church, German Valley, having served as a Sunday school teacher, elder and Reformed Church Women. She served as Volunteer Supervisor for the German Valley area of Northwest Ill. Hospice, volunteered at Freeport Memorial Hospital, was a German Valley School mentor, and an Immanuel Lutheran School volunteer. Dolores is lovingly survived by her son, Bruce (Sandra) Stykel of Middleton, Wis.; grandson, Stephen of Rochelle; granddaughter, Renee of Middleton; daughter-in-law, Robin Stykel of German Valley; brother, Gilbert (Doris) Dohlen of Rockford; sister, Elaine Blume of Freeport; and sister-in-law, Arlene Dohlen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Melvin; sons, Loren and Andy; and brother, Norman. 
Submitted: January 30, 2015

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Doris R. (Widner) Thurmon — Palm Desert, CA,  passed away on March 25, 2019. Ms. Thurmon grew up in Jacksonville, the daughter of Martin and Irma. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College. She married Weef (Francis/"Nero") Thurmon and they moved to California in 1951. D.R. is survived by her three children, Connie, Marty and Becky; and her granddaughter, Linsey. 
Submitted: April 15, 2019

John Turlo — Palm Springs, CA,  attended Carthage in 1946-1947 with his twin brother, Lou. The brothers attended Carthage on a basketball scholarship after they served in World War II. Although they transferred after their freshmen year, they always loved their Carthage experience and continued to support Carthage to repay the kindness they had received in their time here.  
Submitted: February 17, 2017

Warren Wandrey — Grand Rapids, Michigan,  passed away Feb. 29, 2016. Warren proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth; his daughters Pamela Baweja, and Sharon Wandrey; grandchildren, Melissa (Michael) Waddell, Kimberly (Aaron) Vandenberg, Stephanie (Corey) Shafer; great-grandchildren, Kai Waddell, Libelle Shafer, Katerina Vandenberg; his sister, Grace Drabandt; his nieces, nephews, and their families. 
Submitted: June 3, 2016

John C. Warnock — Wenatchee, WA,  April 29, 1926 - April 14, 2017 John C. Warnock, 90, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2017. John was born April 29, 1926, in Keokuk, IA, to John C. and Mary B. Warnock. He graduated from Keokuk High School, in 1944, and Carthage College, in 1950. John served in the Army during World War II and later, was Commander of the American Legion in Keokuk. On March 31, 1949, he married Barbara Krichel. In January 1951, the family was transferred to Wenatchee, WA, with Keokuk Electro-Metals. For the next 30 years, he would be transferred to Cambridge, OH, back to Wenatchee, and return to Keokuk, IA. Retiring in Wenatchee, John worked for Pybus Steel, before becoming a property manager. John enjoyed a good duck hunt with his friends or a strong pull on the end of his fishing pole! He enjoyed writing poems for his family and the songs in the Sound of Music. Most important of all, John unconditionally loved his family. During his later years, his daughters felt blessed to spend time with him, reflecting on their amazing childhoods and endless memories. John is survived by his three daughters: Kae Tellesbo (John), Carolyn Mackell (T.J.) and Carla Truscott (Keith). Other survivors include grandson, Cory Warnock; granddaughter, Melissa Wickman; and four great-grandchildren. Abundant thanks to Natty Corpuz, Elsa Macugay and the always loving caregivers at Bellevue Haven. There is no doubt, each one had a special place in his heart. A private service will be held at a later date. 
Submitted: May 11, 2017

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Ruth (Eshbaugh) Washam — Hamilton, OH,  passed away on June 21, 2018 at the age of 89. Ruth was born on December 23, 1928 in Hillsdale, MI, the daughter of the late Rev. John F. and Valla (Mathison) Eshbaugh. She graduated from Carthage College in Carthage, IL, and was also trained as an x-ray technician at Swedish American Hospital. It was while working as an x-ray technician at Deaconess Hospital in Freeport, IL that Ruth met James R. Washam. They married on September 2, 1955 in Sterling, IL, and James preceded her in death on May 22, 2015. She was active in the Presbyterian Church, singing alto in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and attending Ladies Circle. Ruth was also active in her children's lives as scout leader, band parent, chauffer, and hostess to sleepovers and birthday parties. She enjoyed travelling the country with James in their motor home, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. Ruth is survived by her children, Barbara (Todd) Keith, Nancy (Kevin) Steuart, John (Lisa) Washam and Becki (James) Eichhold; as well as 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 
Submitted: June 28, 2018

Janet Washburn — Tolleson, Arizona,  passed away October 29th in Tolleson, Arizona after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She ws born to Frank L. Shrewsbury and Modia Jewel Cunningham in Leitchfield, Kentucky on October 12th 1929 and moved to the St. Louis area with her adopted family after her young parents passed away. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis and then went on to higher education at Carthage College in Illinois. Before completeing her studies she married a neurosurgeon, and after following her army husband to Syracuse NY and El Paso TX, settled down in Kirkwood Missouri to raise her family. She returned to school to earn her Bachelor Degree in nursing from Missouri Baptist Hospital in 1972. During that time she met her future husband whom she married in April of 1978 in Springfield MO. They moved to Arizona in 1996. She is survived by her husband Robert Washburn; daughters Carol Anne Batterjee of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Maggie Milton of NYC, NY; Beth Schuman of Wichita Falls, TX; Amy Hance of Fredericktown, MO and son Paul Schaerer of St. Louis, MO. 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Jan lived a long and remarkable life and had a huge impact on many lives. Professionally she held positions as a medical and psych nurse and later in her career as a director of nursing for a small hospital in Ballwin MO and for a nursing home in Springfield, MO. Personally she was a loving and steadfast wife with a talent for making homes warm and inviting wherever she traveled. Along the way Jan nurtured and raised 5 talented children and acted as a beacon to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her extended family. 
Submitted: November 23, 2016

Walter E. White — Beloit, Wisconsin,  passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. He was a resident of Beloit, Wisconsin at the time of his passing. Walter was born on April 24, 1927, attended schools in Dixon and graduated from high school and Carthage. Walter joined the Marines and was stationed in Hawaii. He was married to Beth. 
Submitted: September 26, 2016

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Mary Louise (Schroer ) Bowman — Grand Rapids, Mich. ,  age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 22 with her 3 daughters by her side. Mary was born in Freeport, IL on June 19, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Hansel) Schroer. She grew up in Pearl City, IL where her father was a Lutheran minister. Mary graduated from Carthage College and received her nursing degree from Augustana School of Nursing in Chicago in 1948. Mary married Gordon Porter Bowman in 1951. After his service in the US Navy in the Korean War, they relocated to Cincinnati and then to Grand Rapids. Mary devoted her life to her family and to a myriad of volunteer activities, including Planned Parenthood, Hospice, Red Cross, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, God's Kitchen, and Global Volunteers. She was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was always willing to volunteer there wherever she was needed. Mary loved to travel and had many international adventures. She made a point of taking a special trip with each of her grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Bowman; her sister, Carol Boynton; brothers, Philip Schroer and Paul Schroer. She is survived by her three daughters, Anne (Thomas) Venner, Nancy (Mark) Potter, and Judy (William) Steyer; her grandchildren, Eric (Heidi) and Colin Venner, Brian and Matthew Potter, Benjamin and Saanti Steyer, and her brothers, Franklin and David (Beth) Schroer. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Calvin Claus — Arlington Heights, IL,  passed away on Oct. 15, 2019. He was born in West Bend, WI on July 4, 1925, to Herman and Pearl Claus. He was his High School valedictorian. He was a WWII vet stationed in the Philippines, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Cal was a Professor of Educational Psychology with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He retired from National Louis University and was a pioneer in educational testing on the Northshore. He was also an accomplished musician singing and playing tuba and piano in various bands. Nona and Cal founded their own band The Dixiedownbeats in 1985. He also sang in 2 barbershop groups. Cal was also active in The Avenue of the Righteous, St. Paul's Church in Evanston, Our Saviors, and St. John the Beloved both in Arlington Heights. Cal was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Nona Claus, and grandson Michael Burns. He is survived by children Karen (Wolf) Claus, Linda (Dan) Burns, and David (Eli) Claus; his grandchildren Jessica, Lizzy, Charlie, and Georgia; and his great-grandchildren Isa, Luca, and Carter. 
Submitted: November 8, 2019

Edward N. Crismore — Uniondale, Ind.,  passed away at 92 on May 11, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born July 14, 1921, in Fort Wayne. He worked as a quality lab tech for Phelps Dodge and also as a radio announcer. He graduated from Rockcreek High School in 1939 and attended Wittenberg College and Carthage. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the U.S.O. He was an avid stamp collector and also a Lionel O-gauge train collector. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church-Uniondale, Anthony Wayne Stamp Club, and Maumee Valley Railroad Club. Surviving family include his wife of 63 years, Avon Wellendorf Crismore; children, Sheryl (Ray) Mitchell, Jill (Al) Mozena, Debra (John) Enyeart, Ryan (Ann) Crismore, Randy (Mary) Crismore, and Noel (Laurie) Crismore; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Dallas and Flossie Crismore, and a grandson, Bradley Paul Crismore. 
Submitted: May 30, 2014

Robert Crofton — Ava, Mo.,  passed away in the early hours of Oct. 14, 2013 at Cox Medical in Springfield, Mo., after a massive heart attack the day before. Bob was born Nov. 16, 1927, near Lanark, Ill., to George and Elsie (Klenz) Crofton. Bob had been a resident of Ava since the 1990s. He was a retired Lutheran minister, having served most recently as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ava. He was a graduate of Carthage and Luther Seminary. On June 7, 1952, Bob and Anna Thomack were united in marriage in La Crosse, Wis., and to this union four sons were born. Bob was very active in the local Lions Club, singing groups, gardening and church activities. He traveled frequently, maintaining close relationships with friends and relatives around the country. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Ava. Bob was a pioneer in organic gardening, having practiced it for more than 50 years. He enjoyed history and a good laugh, and was known as a humble, gentle soul with a great deal of love and compassion who truly practiced what he preached. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjorie when she was 13 months old, and his wife, Anna, who passed away in 2009. Bob is survived by four sons: James, of Detroit; Luther, of Princeton, N.J., Stephen, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; and Mark, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marian Rasmussen and Virginia Helms, both of Illinois; one brother, Randy Crofton, also of Illinois; and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Thomas L. Farnsworth — keokuk, Iowa,  died of kidney failure August 5, 2015, at River Hills Village in Keokuk. Thomas was born on October 3, 1927, in Keokuk, the son of A.L. and Fern L Merideth Farnsworth. On July 13, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dolores J. Gibson in Keokuk. She preceded him in death. Tom was a life-long resident of Keokuk and a member of All Saints Catholic Church. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre from 1945 to 1946. Tom graduated from Carthage College in 1949 and taught grade school in Donnellson from 1949 to 1951, before going to work at the Union Electric power house for four and a half years. He them became an agent for Prudential Life Insurance from 1955 to 1985, finishing his working career as a substitute teacher at Keokuk High School. Among other things, Tom belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post #41, and has been active in the Retarded Children Association. The Insurance Workers Union, and the Lee County Democratic Party. He had great affection for the Winkler family and his circle of friends, commonly known as the Potlickers. Tom is survived by his son Bruce A. Farnsworth of Fort Madison; three grandsons: Mark, Tommy and Andrew (Sarah) Farnsworth; two great-grandchildren: George and Claire Farnsworth; and his beloved daughter-in-law Cathy Roberts of Montrose. Tom is also survived by his close friends and neighbors. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dolores, two sons: Ronald on June 15, 2013, and Tom on October 10, 2006, his brother Joseph, and two sisters: June Miller and Elaine Thompson. 
Submitted: October 7, 2015

Connie Franke
Connie Franke

Connie (Haase) Franke — Cedar Rapids, IA,  died on December 25, 2017 at the age of 90. Connie was the daughter of Conrad Samuel and Leah Bernadine Davis Haase. She married LeRoy James "Jim" Franke on June 4, 1951, at the Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church in Niota. He preceded her in death. Connie was a life member of Kappa Omicron Phi sorority and a former member of the PEO, Adams County Home Extension and Luther Memorial Church, where she was active in serving funeral luncheons for many years. Connie loved to sew and quilt and was active with various quilting clubs and was instrumental in starting the Quilting Group at Good Samaritan Home. Connie was a 1945 graduate of Nauvoo High School and earned her bachelor's degree in 1949 from Carthage College. She taught home economics for two years before moving. Connie later was employed by the House of Fabrics and Moorman Manufacturing Co. in the credit union until her retirement in 1992. Survivors include four children, Mark (Debra) Franke of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Alan (Clareen) Franke of Pullman, Wash., Philip (Susan) Franke of Springfield, Va., and Marilyn (Andrew) Betsch of Conifer, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Bethany (David) Banks of Elizabethton, Tenn., B.J. (Laura) Franke of Osceola, Iowa, Gary Franke of Bellevue, Wash., Joyce (Jared) Sparks of Pasco, Wash., Scott (Bonnie) Franke of Uniontown, Wash., Christopher (Natalie) Franke of Springfield, Va., Sara (Matthew) Dyson of Springfield, Va., Kurt Franke of California, Md., and Sarah Betsch, John Betsch, Elizabeth Betsch and Daniel Betsch, all of Conifer; 12 great-grandchildren, Colleen Banks, Georgia Banks, Caroline Banks, Samuel Banks, Caleb Sparks, Courtney Dyson, Zachary Dyson, Cameron Dyson, Rachel Dyson, Jenna Franke, Megan Franke and Hannah Franke; and many loving nieces and nephews. Connie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; and two brothers, Robert Henry Haase and Richard Davis Haase. 
Submitted: January 3, 2018

Milford Franks , Jr — Springfield, IL,  passed away on April 23, 2017 at the age of 88. 
Submitted: January 15, 2019

Laverne I. Gillette — Santa Fe, N.M. ,  passed away June 11, 2013. She was 86. She was born to James and Orpha Thomas on Aug. 22, 1926, in Cereal (Irwin), Pa. Laverne graduated from Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Ill., in 1944. She attended North Park Junior College, University of Denver, and ultimately received her bachelor of arts with majors in history and education and a minor in English from Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., in 1949. She married Harry C. Gillette in 1955 and they lived in both Wyoming and Alaska before settling in Santa Fe in 1969. Laverne is survived by her children, Steven Gillette of Santa Fe, Denise Parker and Michael of Las Cruces, N.M., and Mary DeAguero and Joe of Wheat Ridge, Colo. Her passion was the care and education of all children. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Justin and Ryan Gillette, Karen DeAguero, and Alan Parker. She is also survived by her brother, James Thomas of Darlington, Wis., and her two beloved cats, Daisy and Boots. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Gillette; son, Alan Gillette; parents, James and Orpha Thomas; and sisters, Margaret Spangler and Lois Elgh. Laverne was an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Wyoming and also taught with the Santa Fe Public Schools for several years. Laverne was a 4-H leader, mentor, and judge for many years. Laverne also enjoyed painting nature scenes, bird watching, rock hounding, needlework, playing the piano, and waiting to see what critter would be next to come to the food and water she left outside her back door.  
Submitted: August 27, 2013

Jean (Wahl) Goetzke — Lake Bluff, IL,  passed away on February 7, 2014 at the age of 87. Mrs. Goetzke was a librarian in Glenview for 45 years, an avid reader and bridge player. She presided over 3 book clubs, and played bridge several times a week, which provided a wide and diverse group of friends. Jean was a Reader at Christian Science Society in Northbrook. Beloved wife of the late Donald; loving mother of Mark (Danièle), Donna (Greg) Bliss, and Nan (Alex) Patterson; proud grandmother of Mathieu (Elaine), Thomas (Sonia), Luc (Julie), Scott (Gloria Olivier), Megan (Jay Pandya) and Erin; dear great-grandmother of Arthur, Marianne, William, Téo, Abel, and Isaac; fond sister of Nancy Barnes and the late Orlin I. Wahl; dear aunt of many. 
Submitted: January 10, 2019

Louise (Cohen ) Goldstein — Silver Spring, Md.,  passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Harold Goldstein and the late Morris Cohen; devoted mother of Susan (Martin) Urban and the late Sonia Goldstein; loving sister of Joan Rubin (PJ Ryan). Also survived by grandsons Jon and Ben Urban.  
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Shirley Hileman
Shirley Hileman

Shirley Rau Hileman — Knoxville, TN,  passed away at the age of 88 in Knoxville, TN on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born on April 27, 1928, in Rockford, IL to Dean and Helen Rau, who preceded her in death. She was educated in the Rockford school system and Carthage College where she met her husband, Dr. Donald G. Hileman, former dean of the College of Communications at the University of Tennessee from 1969-1984. He also preceded her in death. She was active in several organizations including Presbyterian Women, Chapter J., P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the University Women's Club where she served on the board several times. She cherished the time spent with grandchildren, family and friends and especially time with her two year old great-grandson, Mason. She loved hiking in the mountains, travel and gourmet cooking. She was a member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and Chapel Bible Class. She is survived by sons, David Hileman of Knoxville, Mark Hileman and wife Tina Smusz of Catawba, VA, Michael Hileman and wife Cathy of Lenoir City, TN; daughter, Kathy Morris of Brentwood, TN; and grandchildren, Jenny, Megan and James Morris, Nashville, TN, Jacob Hileman, Davis, California and Emma Hileman, Asheville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918 or College of Communications & Information Development Office, 302 Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0332 and indicate for the Don Hileman Scholarship Fund, or Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, Inc. 6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 530, Bethesda, MD 20817. 
Submitted: February 20, 2017

Betty J. Ippensen — Augusta, Ill. ,  90, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in the North Adams Home in Mendon. She was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Ferris to Floyd and Marie Ahrens Griffiths. She was united in marriage to Alfred I. Ippensen June 22, 1952, in Ferris. He preceded her in death Sept. 24, 2004. Betty was a graduate of Carthage High School and Carthage College, where she received degrees in education and music. She started her teaching career in a one-room country schoolhouse, and retired as the music teacher at Augusta, Huntsville and West Point grade schools and junior high schools. She was a member of Living Faith United Methodist Church in Bowen and served as Sunday school and Bible school teacher at United Church of Augusta for many years. She played and sang for church and many weddings and funerals over the years. She was an active member of the Augusta Women's Club, Augusta Lions Club and the Shorthorn Lassie Association, and was a Shorthorn "mom" to many families over the years. Betty also served as superintendent of the Horticulture Department at the Hancock County Fair for many years. She is survived by two children, Darrell (Luan) Ippensen of Bowen and Donna Abrego of Augusta; three grandchildren, Christina Miller, Kyle (Kate) Ippensen and Jessie Abrego; a great-grandson, Troy Carter Miller; a brother, Bill Griffiths of Ferris; a sister, Mary Ann Griffiths and her friend Alice Pullins of Indianapolis, Ind.; four nephews, Robert (Nancy) Ideus, M.D. Ideus, Greg (Leah) Griffiths and David (Esop) Griffiths; and two nieces, Sarah (Ed) Lewis and Dawn Griffiths. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Lee Ippensen; a brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Dorothy Ideus; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Griffiths. 
Submitted: February 3, 2016

Kenneth Willard Johnson — York, Pa.,  died in York, Pennsylvania, on March 12, 2014. He was born on July 29, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was the son of Floyd Elton Johnson and his Edna Lorine Young (Waller) Johnson, and was one of eight children. He attended public schools in Iowa, Illinois, and California and graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles on June 26, 1942. He was trained as a rigger by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Los Angeles and worked as a rigger there from August 1, 1942 to January 3, 1943. On March 10, 1943, during World War II, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and sent to Keesler Field, Mississippi for training. In July, he suffered three sun strokes which caused him to lose his sight. On August 10, 1943, he was given an honorable discharge with a service connected disability. As his vision improved, he was authorized to receive 48 months of higher education at government expense under Public Law 16. In June 1945, he enrolled at Carthage's Illinois campus, where he was their first World War II returning veteran. He graduated on June 6, 1949, second in his class, with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. In September 1947, he enrolled at the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in Maywood, Illinois, from which he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity cum laude - the first honors bestowed by the seminary in its 60-year history. For these honors, he was required to write a thesis of publishable quality, so he wrote "The Eklesia in the New Testament - a Greek word study." On July 2, 1950, he was ordained by the Illinois Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America. He served three Lutheran churches during his ministry: Nativity, Detroit; First English, South Haven, Michigan; and First United, San Francisco. In 1972, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago awarded him the degree of "Master of Divinity cum laude- Its Distinguished Alumnus." In October, 1957, he received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from George Washington University, Washington. In January, 1966, he was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Johnson served as Dean of Students from 1959 through 1960 at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York. While at Wagner, he developed a course, "How to Succeed in College" specifically directed at failing students. This "How to Study- How to Learn" class proved to be extremely successful. The success of this program was featured in the news media and resulted in the invitation of numerous speaking engagements throughout the New York City area. He held the position of director of institutional research at City College, New York, from 1965 through 1966. City College had never been formally accredited. Dr. Johnson gathered the data, prepared the formal application, and the college received its accreditation. From 1966 to 1968, he served as clinician, manager of counseling services and associate professor at the Laboratory of Psychological Studies, Stevens Institution of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1968, he became a professor of psychology at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Dr. Johnson taught clinical, personality, adolescent development and industrial psychology and other classes in his area. In addition to teaching, he produced the document Augustana Academic Laureates, Class of 1973, as extensive Monograph on Motivation: An In-Depth Study where he followed the highest ranking students in the class of 1973 for four years. This study resulted in an invitation from Professor Hans Eysenck, University of London Psychiatric Institute, to come to London as a visiting research Professor in 1976. Dr. Johnson was certified in administering and interpreting the Rorschach psychological test and was trained in Scientific Hypnosis. In 1986, Dr. Johnson retired as professor emeritus of psychology. After retirement, he wrote a follow-up study of the class of 1973 laureates. His work at Augustana covered many areas and won him many awards. He was very interested in the genealogy of his family. He began his study in 1954, wrote five genealogies, completing the last one in 2002, about his grandmothers whose families first came to America in the 1600's. He continued his genealogical research in the years that followed. Dr. Johnson was a Life Member of: Beta, Beta, Beta, National Honor Society in Biology; Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology; Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Fraternity; Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity; The Jamestowne Society and the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum. He was a member of: The American Psychological Association; The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution Emeritus (a member since 1958); Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center; Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters; Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. Society; The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, and the York County Heritage Trust. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Weng Johnson, whom he married on November 25, 1950, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Also surviving him are two daughters, Paula Deborah Johnson Tibbetts and Jennifer Joy Johnson Bahnemann, three living grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  
Submitted: May 12, 2014

Wayne Linton — Fort Collins, Colo.,  passed away Sept. 12, 2013. Wayne was born Sept. 10, 1925 to Fred and Isabelle Linton in Racine, Wis. He graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine, in 1944. He was the drum major for the Racine Kilties. Wayne joined the Army and trained at Camp Lee, Virginia. He served in the ALSOS Mission. The purpose of the ALSOS Mission was to determine and prevent Nazi progress on the atomic bomb and learn when it could become operational. Wayne completed his Bachelor of Arts at Carthage and his Master of Arts from Colorado State College of Education. He began his teaching career at Lincoln Junior High as a math, social studies, English, literature, and science teacher. Wayne also was a counselor, assistant principal and principal at Lincoln before opening Blevins Junior High as principal in 1968. He retired in 1985. He worked for the Forest Service in the Poudre Canyon and taught classes at Woodward Governor in the summer. He was the Colorado Education Association president in 1965, president and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins and a member of the Elks Lodge. Wayne coached JAA Football and Pony League baseball and was a junior leader for the Longs Peak Boy Scouts. He was a card-carrying, die-hard Cubs fan, and also a Rockies, Broncos and Rams fan. He loved to fish, hunt, bowl, play golf, and play cards. In 1951, he met and married Shirley Arbogast. They had been active members of Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 60 years. Together they raised a family and enjoyed family events with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were honored in 1989 by having Linton Elementary named for them. They enjoyed volunteering at Linton. Wayne and Shirley enjoyed traveling, theater, and their cabin in Gould. They enjoyed supporting their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all their activities. They shared their love and knowledge of Colorado through volunteering at the Colorado Welcome Center. They enjoyed numerous friends, among them the "Potluck Group" and the "New Year's Eve Group." Wayne is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Fred (Kim) Linton, Robert (Sally) Linton, Ann (Bruce) Scott; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Linton of Fort Collins. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Isabelle Linton. 
Submitted: January 9, 2014

Alfred Franklin Marlett — Keokuk, IA,  "Freddie", 92 of Bettendorf, Iowa, formerly of Keokuk died Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Trinity Hospital in Bettendorf, IA. Fred was born November 10, 1923 in Carthage, IL the son of Thomas E. and Mabel L. Dobbs Marlett. On June 10, 1951 he married Constance "Ardeen" Burris. She preceded him in death on May 19, 2015. Fred had lived in Keokuk for seventy years before moving to Bettendorf last November to be near a daughter. He graduated from Montrose High School and attended Iowa Wesleyan College and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity before entering the Navy during WWII. Fred worked for forty years starting at Iowa Fiber Box, then Hoerner Box, and retired from Champion Box. He was of the Methodist faith and attended the First Baptist Church in Keokuk. He was also a fifty year member of Keokuk Lodge #29 A.F. & A.M., and had just received his fifty year pin for membership in Elmira Chapter #40 O.E.S. of Keokuk. Fred was a member of Keokuk American Legion and Last Man's Club. On September 16, 2010 he was honored of going on the HONOR FLIGHT to Washington, DC. He was always on the move, and tinkering with anything and being outside. His greatest pride was his family and being able to be with his great grandchildren. Fred is survived by two daughters Connie (Tim) Gray of Blue Grass, Iowa, Bonnie (Kent) Fuller of Louisville, KY. Four grandchildren Monica Capper (Cory) of Altoona IA, Melanie Stuhr (Nathan) 0f Blue Grass, IA, Mark Gray of Sterling, IL, Mackenzie Gray (Fiance Matthew Leal). Three great grandchildren; Eleanor and Frederick Capper and Amelia Stuhr. A brother Eugene (Edna) Marlett and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Charlotte, and a daughter Colleen Wade. 
Submitted: May 22, 2017

Barbara (Van Deventer) Nelson — Rockford, Ill.,  died at 12:04 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was born May 26, 1928, in Rockford, the daughter of Ray Van and Ethel (Anderson) DeVenter. She was a graduate of East High School, Class of 1945, and earned her bachelor's degree at Carthage. She married Nat S. Nelson on Dec. 26, 1949, in Rockford. Barb was a Rockford public school teacher for more than 26 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where she participated in the choir and the worship committee. She is survived by her husband, Nat; children, Van, Gregg, and Nancy; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her son, Nat B. Nelson, in 2000. 
Submitted: January 10, 2014

Betty E. Petersen — Morrisonville, Illinois,  passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. Betty was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Beardstown, Ill., to Henry and Norma Mallicoat Phelps. She married Warren J. Petersen in Beardstown on June 9, 1950. Warren passed away Nov. 27, 2001. Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Edna Mallicoat; sister, Mary Jane (Phelps) Schmitt; and niece, Edna Janet Lou (Schmitt) Whitehurst. Betty is survived by a nephew, Henry (Martha) Schmitt of Peoria; two grandnieces, Hope (Whitehurst) Yount and Alex Whitehurst; two grandnephews