Obituaries

James R. Blair, Sr.

James R. Blair, Sr.

December 26, 1941 — July 15, 2018
Service: July 19, 2018

James R. Blair, Sr. James R. Blair, Sr., age 76, of Chadwick, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. James was born December 26, 1941 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of George T. and Theodora M. (Horton) Blair. He served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War. "Once a Marine, Always a Marine". He married Judy Miller on February 10, 1967 in Sterling and was last employed at Teelee Popcorn in Shannon as a...

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Jeffery Allen Burgess

December 5, 1972 — July 15, 2018
Service: July 18, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Jeffery Allen Burgess, 45 died Sunday July 15, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. He was born on December 5, 1972 in Sterling, the son of Jerry and Kathryn (Walker) Burgess Sr. He was employed as a tool builder at J.S. Mold in Milledgeville. Survivors include his daughter, Kelsay (Logan) Rieck of Albany, IL; his brother Jerry (Monica) Burgess of Sterling; his sister Kendra ...

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Betty J. Mazziotta

Betty J. Mazziotta

September 5, 1946 — July 10, 2018
Service: No Services

Betty J. Mazziotta Betty J. Mazziotta, age 71, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born September 5, 1946 in Bellwood, Pa. She married Joe Mazziotta on May 13, 2000 in Rockton and was employed at Bergners in Sterling for 33 years. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; two sons, Josh (Crystal) Whitaker and Russell Whitaker both of Fort Collins, Colo.; three sisters, Ellen Black of...

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Patricia J. Little

Patricia J. Little

June 3, 1975 — July 6, 2018
Service: July 12, 2018

Patricia J. Little, 43, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, July 6, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 3, 1975 in Sterling to Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. She worked at Whiteside County Animal Control for many years. Patty enjoyed reading her Bible, exercising, listening to music and being around animals. Surviving are her mother, Sandra Clapper, of Rock Falls; her sisters, Diana Audette, Sheryl (Mark) McNitt...

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Dorothy M. Brown

Dorothy M. Brown

December 13, 1929 — July 5, 2018
Service: July 10, 2018

Dorothy M. Brown, 88, of Sterling, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 13, 1929 in Tampico to Walter and Betty (Peterson) Anderson. She married Robert Brown on January 22, 1949. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1998. Dorothy worked for the City of Sterling for many years and was also a Pink Lady at CGH Medical Center. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in...

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Garnett R. Stevens

Garnett R. Stevens

April 20, 1933 — July 3, 2018
Service: July 9, 2018

Garnett R. Stevens, Sr. Garnett R. Stevens, Sr., age 85, of Rock Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Mr. Stevens was born April 20, 1933 in Virginia the son of Frank and Mamie (Hicks) Stevens. He married Mary Aldridge on May 15, 1999. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Rock Falls VFW and a member of the American Legion. He was employed at Northwestern...

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Nicholas C. Fiorini

Nicholas C. Fiorini

May 17, 1951 — July 2, 2018
Service: July 7, 2018

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nicholas C. "Nick" Fiorini, 67, of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of Rock Falls, IL, and Fort Myers, FL, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Nick was born on May 17, 1951, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Charles Bruno and JoAnne (Fletchic) Fiorini. He attended St. Andrew's Grade School in Rock Falls and graduated from Newman High School in 1969. Nick was also a graduate of the...

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Dawn D. Cheshier

Dawn D. Cheshier

June 27, 1965 — June 30, 2018
Service: Private Service

Dawn D. Cheshier, 53, of San Marcos, TX, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at her home. She was born on June 27, 1965 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Roger and Ingrid (Helfert) Rogers. She married Martin Cheshier on July 3, 1986 in Austin, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2016. She is survived by her sons, Tech. Sgt. Martin Josef (Naomi) Cheshier of Austin and Scott Jesse Cheshier of Austin; a sister, Anita ...

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Raymond E. Albus

Raymond E. Albus

October 22, 1945 — June 29, 2018
Service: No Services

NELSON – Ray Albus, 72 of Nelson died Friday June 29, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on October 22, 1945 in Rock Falls, the son of Virden Elmer and Viola Mae (Marshall) Albus and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War having served in Vietnam from October 22, 1965 – September 29, 1967. Ray married LuAnn Lawrence on July 14, 1977 in Dixon. He was employed for 32 ½ years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire...

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Judith Pinske

Judith Pinske

October 9, 1946 — June 29, 2018
Service: July 3, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Judith L. Pinske, 71 of Rock Falls died Friday June 29, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on October 9, 1946 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Edward and Leona (Eichelberger) Musson. She married Richard Pinkse on November 12, 1966. Judy had worked at CGH Medical Center in Sterling in housekeeping for 14 years before retiring and was active with the CGH Health Foundation. Judy enjoyed exercising, shopping and...

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