Obituaries

Sergio Vivarelli

Sergio Vivarelli

June 6, 1935 — October 15, 2018
Service: October 18, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Sergio Vivarelli, 83 of Rock Falls died Monday October 15, 2018 at his home. He was born on June 6, 1935 in Balbano, Lucca, Italy the son of Gino and Elena (Grazianni) Vivarelli. He immigrated to the United States in 1954. He began his working career at Wahl Clipper in Sterling and later worked for 30 years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring from the scrap yard as an engineer. He married the former Elisa...

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Gary L. Downs

Gary L. Downs

May 6, 1943 — October 14, 2018
Service: October 17, 2018

Gary Lee Downs, age 75 of Lanark, died Sunday, October 14, 2018 at his home. Gary was born on May 6, 1943 at his paternal grandparents' home in Lanark, the son of Harlan L. and Mary L. (Endress) Downs. He was very active all his life as a Boy Scout. He served his country in the National Guard. He previously was an active member of the First Brethren Church in Lanark. Gary married Jerry (Gillette) Kaiser of Freeport on August 21, 1996. He...

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Berniece  Anschutz

Berniece Anschutz

March 10, 1922 — October 12, 2018
Service: October 18, 2018

Berniece Anschutz, age 96 of Sterling, died Friday, October 12, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Berniece was born on March 10, 1922 in Milledgeville, the daughter of John and Mary (Glenn) Magill. She married Howard Anschutz on October 15, 1955 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1992. Berniece worked as a legal secretary for Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson for 40 years and retired in 2004. She enjoyed reading and had a love...

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Helen Spencer

Helen Spencer

April 18, 1959 — October 12, 2018
Service: October 22, 2018

STERLING– Helen Spencer, age 59, died Friday October 12, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home, Sterling. Helen was born on April 18, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Robert L. and Sandra (Rhoades) Thompson. She married Mark Spencer on March 16, 1984 in Sterling. Helen was a homemaker and member of Living Bread Fellowship Church in Sterling. Survivors include her father, Robert Thompson of Sterling; her husband, Mark Spencer of Sterling;...

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Paula  L. Bryant

Paula L. Bryant

April 3, 1947 — October 11, 2018
Service: October 15, 2018

Paula L. Bryant, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Paula was born on April 3, 1947 in New Albany, IN, the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Stroud) Skaggs. She married Kenneth Walker Bryant in August, 1996 in Rock Falls. She was a nurse's aide at Heritage Square in Dixon until her retirement. Paula enjoyed being outdoors and doing activities such as: fishing, gardening and...

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Mary Helms

Mary Helms

February 7, 1944 — October 11, 2018
Service: No Services

MILLEDGEVILLE – Mary Helms, age 74, died at home Thursday, October 11, 2018. Mary was born on February 7, 1944 in Sterling the daughter of Ralph and Vivian (Sullivan) Miller. She married John Helms on August 18, 1973 in Sterling. Mary was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, John Helms of Milledgeville; one daughter, Crystal Helms-Woodward of Dixon; one son, James D. (Sherry) Smith of Milledgeville; one sister, Alberta Weber of La...

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Josephine M. Wade

Josephine M. Wade

April 23, 1938 — October 10, 2018
Service: October 15, 2018

Josephine M. Wade Josephine M. Wade, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Josephine was born April 23, 1938 in Rock Falls the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Clapper) McCallister. She married Melvin Wade on June 5, 1955 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2005. Josephine was a homemaker, attended the Firehouse of God Ministries in Sterling, loved game shows and soap operas...

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Joshua L. Springer

Joshua L. Springer

April 7, 1982 — October 9, 2018
Service: October 13, 2018

Joshua Springer, 36 of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Josh was born on April 7, 1982, the son of David and Donna (Allen) Springer. He enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle. He was the 2nd Vice President of the Who Else Club in Nelson. Josh loved to lend a helping hand and was a friend to everyone. Survivors include his parents David and Donna Springer of Dixon; his sister, Vanessa (Timothy) O'Connell of Rock Falls; his...

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Charlie R. White

Charlie R. White

August 3, 1961 — October 8, 2018
Service: October 13, 2018

Charlie R. White, 57 of Princeton, died Monday, October 8, 2018 at his home. Charlie was born on August 3, 1961 in Sterling, the son of Charlie and Elaine (Fernandez) White. Survivors include his son, Ryan (Lauren) White of Oak Harbor, WA; his parents, Charlie and Elaine White of Rock Falls; one granddaughter, Emma Rose; one brother, Ken White of Evansville, IN; two sisters, Jennifer White of Rock Falls and Brenda (Flint) Council of...

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Harold Ross Packer

Harold Ross Packer

January 22, 1937 — October 5, 2018
Service: October 8, 2018

Harold Ross Packer, age 81, of Sterling, died Friday, October 05, 2018 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Harold was born January 22, 1937 in Erie the son of Ross H. and Lucille M. (Stage) Packer. He married Madeline Doubler on July 10th 1954 in Erie. Harold was a farmer in the Sterling area for many years. He had served in the US Airforce. Survivors include three daughters: Yvonne (Jed) Walker of Rock Falls, Sonia Bury of Sterling,...

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