Obituaries

Marilyn Appenzeller

Marilyn Appenzeller

May 17, 1938 — February 22, 2013
Service: February 26, 2013

ROCK FALLS – Marilyn J. Appenzeller, age 74, died Friday February 22, 2013 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Marilyn was born on May 17, 1938 in Rock Falls the daughter of Lloyd and Leona (Alberts) Palmer. She married Jack Appenzeller on August 19, 1962. Marilyn was a Florist for many years, employed for 30 years at Scott's Store in Rock Falls and 20 years at the Red Apple in Rock Falls. She was a 40 year member of the Rock Falls Eagle's...

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Donna JoAnn Bowman

Donna JoAnn Bowman

September 11, 1941 — February 21, 2013
Service: February 23, 2013

STERLING – Donna Jo Ann (Keeling) Bowman died at home Thursday February 21, 2013 at the age of 71 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Wanda Keeling (Vandalia, IL); her brother, Douglas "Skip" Keeling (Rockford, IL) and daughter, Dana (Kraus) Walker (Greenwwood, MS). Donna is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Bowman (Sterling, IL); her daughter Kimberly (Bowman) Bird ...

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Eric J. Peterson

Eric J. Peterson

February 22, 1967 — February 21, 2013
Service: No Services

Eric J. Peterson, age 45, of Sterling died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home. Eric was born February 22, 1967 in Sterling, the son of Eldon Peterson and Donna Barber. He was formally of Loves Park and Camdenton, MO. Eric worked at Bullet Stop Gun Shop in Rockford for three years and enjoyed target practice with his guns. He also enjoyed spending time on Ebay, cooking and baking. Eric really loved the time he spent with his dogs, Lucky,...

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Leta Thome Cummings

Leta Thome Cummings

January 27, 1920 — February 19, 2013
Service: February 21, 2013

STERLING- Leta R. Thome Cummings, 93, of Sterling, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born January 27, 1920 in Ohiowa, Neb., the daughter of Harry and Effie (Andrew) Johnson. She was married to Ralph Thome in 1942 until his death in 1986. She married Edmund Cummings in 1997 and he died in 2001. During World War II she served as a Wave in the U.S. Navy stationed at Pensacola, Fla. In 2010 she was...

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Jessica Lynn Strader

Jessica Lynn Strader

March 29, 1983 — February 17, 2013
Service: February 22, 2013

STERLING- Jessica Lynn Strader, age 29, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at home. Jessica was born on March 29, 1983, the daughter of James and Sherry (Bright) Coleman, in Sterling, IL. She married Jared R. Strader on June 13, 2009 in Sterling. She graduated from Prophetstown High School in 2001. She then went on to complete her undergrad through Ashford University in Clinton, IA, and finished up with her master's degree at National Louis...

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Clifford Barry

Clifford Barry

September 20, 1935 — February 15, 2013
Service: No Services

MORRISON – Clifford L. Barry, age 77, of Morrison died Friday, February 15, 2013 at his home. Clifford was born September 20, 1935 in Ethel, Mo. the son of Kenneth D. and Opha M. (Peavler) Barry. He was united in marriage to Leona Wallace on July 9, 1955 in Kirksville, Mo.. Clifford was employed with Common Wealth Edison Nuclear Plant in Cordova retiring in 1992 and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #919 in Elmwood. Surviving is his...

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George VanLoo

George VanLoo

June 1, 1931 — February 14, 2013
Service: February 16, 2013

George L. VanLoo George L. VanLoo, age 81, of Fulton, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. George was born June 1, 1931 in Sheffield the son of August and Elma (Bohart) VanLoo. He married Julia Giltner on April 14, 1951 in Sheffield. He was employed by Standard Oil for 25 years, most recently as District Manager, and retired in 1980. George was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church...

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Doris "Helen" Minor

Doris "Helen" Minor

March 6, 1926 — February 13, 2013
Service: February 18, 2013

NELSON – Doris Helen Minor, 86 of Nelson, died Wednesday February 13, 2013 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. She was born on March 6, 1926 in Woosung Twp, near Polo, the daughter of George D. and Myrtle (Combs) Brown. She worked as a secretary at various businesses many years. Surviving are her son, Dan (Susan) Minor of Rock Falls; three daughters: Melissa (Russell) Thompson of Nelson, Lori Castro of Littleton, CO and Cyndie (Robert)...

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Vernon R. Collins

Vernon R. Collins

February 2, 1944 — February 11, 2013
Service: February 14, 2013

Vernon R. Collins, 69, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA. Vern was born on February 2, 1944, in Savanna, IL, the son of Radke V. and Gladys L. (Petersen) Collins. He graduated from Sabula High School, Sabula, IA in 1962, and earned his BA Degree from Western Illinois University in 1984. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict era; he was stationed in Pensacola, FL,...

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Marilyn E Dillow

Marilyn E Dillow

January 13, 1931 — February 11, 2013
Service: February 15, 2013

Marilyn E. Dillow, age 82, of Dixon died Monday, February 11, 2013 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born to Elmer and Mary (Hartter) Mette on January 13, 1931 in Eureka, IL, Marilyn received her diploma from Sheffield High School in 1948. She worked as a nurse for Dr. Gierhart of Prophetstown, IL where she met James L. Dillow. They were married on November 5, 1961. Marilyn ran a daycare center from home until her boys were in high school...

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