Obituaries

Nancy A. Shipp

Nancy A. Shipp

November 4, 1936 — February 18, 2018
Service: February 23, 2018

STERLING – Nancy Shipp, age 81, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Rock River Valley Hospice and Home, Sterling. Nancy was born on November 4, 1936 the daughter of Arthur and Irma (Atherton) Crofton. She married E. Donald Shipp on November 24, 1955 in Sterling. He died in February of 1990. Nancy was a homemaker. Survivors include, two daughters, Chris (Mike) Kuelper of Rock Falls and Cathy Shipp of Sterling; five sons, Martin (Lynn) Shipp...

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Marjorie Bowman

Marjorie Bowman

July 3, 1931 — February 17, 2018
Service: February 22, 2018

Marjorie Mable Bryant Bowman, age 86 of Sterling, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marjorie was born on July 3, 1931 in Spring Valley, IL, the daughter of George M. and Anna W. (Lawrence) Bryant. She married Kenneth C. Bowman on December 17, 1955 in DePue, IL. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2004. Marge graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois. She was an elementary school...

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Duane A. Nielsen

Duane A. Nielsen

April 1, 1922 — February 17, 2018
Service: February 22, 2018

Duane A. Nielsen, 95, originally of Rock Falls, IL, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Genesis Health Group in DeWitt, IA. He previously was in assisted living in Davenport, IA. Duane was born April 1, 1922 in New Sterling, Jackson County, IA, the son of Nels C. and Grace L. (Bristol) Nielsen. After graduation from Clinton High School in 1941, he was employed by Climax Engineering for 10 years. He married Ruby Ryan in 1943. A son, Terry Lee,...

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Stephen  Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins

January 16, 1947 — February 16, 2018
Service: February 21, 2018

Stephen P. Wilkins, 71, of Morrison, Illinois passed away on February 16th, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. Steve was born January 16th, 1947 in Morrison, Illinois to Paul B. Wilkins and Beverly (Bielema) Summers. He was raised by Beverly and Eugene "Mick" Summers. He was educated in the Morrison school district. He married Margaret Bryan on April 21, 1967. He was a plant manager for Gate City Steel, he owned and operated...

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Patsy J. Bryant

Patsy J. Bryant

March 29, 1940 — February 11, 2018
Service: February 16, 2018

Patsy J. Bryant, 77 of Rock Falls died Sunday February 11, 2018 at Rock River Home and Hospice in Sterling. She was born on March 29, 1940 in Flora, IL the daughter of Rex and Lola Marjorie (Rogers) Staley. She married Ronald Walls on April 29, 1962. She later married Curtis C. Bryant on November 30, 1985 in Rochelle. He died January 14, 2011. Survivors include her daughter Debra (Fred) Buse of Rock Falls; four grandchildren: Jeff ...

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LaVerne A. Welte

LaVerne A. Welte

September 25, 1939 — February 11, 2018
Service: February 19, 2018

LaVerne A. Welte, 78 of Sterling died Sunday February 11, 2018 at Rock River Home and Hospice. He was born on September 25, 1939 in Rockford, IL the son of Anthony and Ruth (Hennessy) Welte. He served in the US Army from 1961 – 1963. He married Charlene E. Danner on April 4, 1964. She died July 14, 1998. LaVerne had been employed as a purchasing agent and had retired from Sauk Valley Equipment Co (IFH). He was a member of Sacred Heart...

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Cheryl Simester

Cheryl Simester

January 6, 1930 — February 8, 2018
Service: February 17, 2018

Cheryl A. Simester, 88, of Sterling, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Cheryl was born on January 6, 1930 in Rock Falls to Ralph Levi and Marguerite Lamoine (Cole) Ryan. She was united in marriage to Raymond Alfred Simester on December 14, 1950 at Rock Falls Congregational Church. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2001. Cheryl worked for many years as a CNA. She was a...

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Frank  C. Vranich

Frank C. Vranich

April 10, 1925 — February 7, 2018
Service: No Services

Frank Charles Vranich, age 92 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Frank was born on April 10, 1925 in Ironwood, MI, the son of Steve and Barbara (Biondich) Vranich. He is a United States Navy Veteran. He married Helen Frey on November 1, 1947 in Chicago. Frank worked for many years at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. He is survived by his wife, Helen; one daughter,...

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Mary-Ann P. Myatt

Mary-Ann P. Myatt

July 15, 1933 — February 5, 2018
Service: February 9, 2018

STERLING – Mary-Ann P. Myatt, age 84, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Mary-Ann was born on July 15, 1933 in Sterling the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Bingenheimer) Brown. She married Howard C. Myatt on December 3, 1955 in Janesville, Wis. He died September 12, 1990. Mary-Ann was employed as a CNA with Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. She loved to crochet, garden and crafting...

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Arlyn R. Sikkema

Arlyn R. Sikkema

July 8, 1947 — February 4, 2018
Service: No Services

Arlyn R. Sikkema Arlyn R. Sikkema, age 70, of Lyndon, died Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Arlyn was born July 8, 1947, in Morrison the son of Dwaine and Emily "Billie" (Howe) Sikkema. He married Deb Wetzell on June 19, 1990, in Mauston, Wis. Arlyn was employed at the Local 2158 in Bettendorf, Iowa as a millwright for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in Wisconsin and with his dog...

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