Obituaries

Michael S.  DeSmith, Sr.

Michael S. DeSmith, Sr.

February 14, 1946 — October 27, 2012
Service: No Services

Michael S. DeSmith, Sr., age 66 of Rock Falls died Saturday, October 27, 2012 at CGH Medical Center. Michael was born February 14, 1946 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Rollin George and Phyllis Loraine (Petty) DeSmith. He worked as a janitor at Industrial Overlay for many years. Michael served in the US Navy and married Cynthia Lewis on September 22, 2000 in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; Cynthia of Rock Falls, three daughters; Lisa...

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James L. Mathis

James L. Mathis

October 15, 1948 — October 27, 2012
Service: October 31, 2012

ROCK ISLAND, IL – James L. Mathis, 64 formerly of Prophetstown, died Saturday October 27, 2012 He was born on October 15, 1948 in Morrison, IL the son of James A. and Edna M. (DeMay) Mathis. James was a 1966 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a graduate of MIT in Morrison. He retired as a draftsman for Sear's Manufacturing Co in Davenport, IA. Surviving is his mother, Edna Mathis of Prophetstown, IL; his sister, Jane Mathis of...

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Aggie M. McCullah

Aggie M. McCullah

November 25, 1953 — October 27, 2012
Service: November 3, 2012

Aggie M. McCullah, 58, of rural Chadwick, died Saturday, October 27, 2012 at her home. Born November 25, 1953 in Aurora, she was a daughter of Raymond P. and Anne (Stiklus) Babush. She was united in marriage to Scott T. McCullah on June 25, 1982 in Geneva, Ill. Aggie enjoyed reading and spending time with her horses. Surviving are her husband, Scott T. McCullah, of Chadwick; a daughter, Meghan E. McCullah of Dixon; a son, Brandon S....

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Lillian M. Cook

Lillian M. Cook

September 9, 1918 — October 25, 2012
Service: October 30, 2012

Lillian M. Cook, 94, of Milledgeville, died Thursday, October 25, 2012 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was a homemaker. Born September 9, 1918 in Milledgeville she was a daughter of Harry and Jessie (Meakins) Bowders. She married George Cook in 1939. He preceded her in death on December 6, 1976. Lillian was a member of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. Surviving are her daughter, Carolyn Sue McGinn of Phoenix, AZ; a son Gary ...

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Mauricio Granados

Mauricio Granados

July 19, 1941 — October 25, 2012
Service: October 29, 2012

Mauricio Granados, age 71 of Sterling died Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Mauricio was born July 19, 1941 in El Salvador, the son of Domingo and Maria Granados. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Mauricio worked as a laborer at Gate City Steel for more than 30 years after retiring in 2001. He first married Matilde Carrillo-Melendez in 1964 in Chicago, she died September 4,...

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Antonio "Tony" Leal

Antonio "Tony" Leal

January 24, 1954 — October 24, 2012
Service: October 29, 2012

Antonio "Tony" Leal, 58, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at his home. Born January 24, 1954 in Savanna, Illinois he was a son of Toribio and Nestoria (Rodriguez) Leal. He married Darlene Stombaugh on October 16, 2012 in Rock Falls. Antonio worked at Henry Pratt in Dixon for 25 years. He was a US Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Darlene of Rock Falls; his mother, Nestoria of Rock Falls; two daughters, Tanya (Jeff)...

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William A. Cardwell

William A. Cardwell

December 12, 1948 — October 23, 2012
Service: No Services

ROCK FALLS – William A. "Bill" Cardwell, 63 of Rock Falls died Tuesday October 23, 2012 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on December 12, 1948 in Logan, West Virgina, the son of Ralph and Mary Ellen (Edmondson) Cardwell. He married Linda Pratt. Bill work at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling. After their closure, he opened C & K Under Car Specialists in Sterling. Bill was a loving husband, and the best dad and...

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Elwin J. Brandt

September 22, 1919 — October 21, 2012
Service: October 24, 2012

Elwin J. Brandt, age 93, of Sterling passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012. Elwin was born September 22, 1919 in Lyndon Township, the son of Arthur and Edna (Parnham) Brandt. He married Marjorie Stinemyer on December 2, 1939 in Clinton. Elwin was a member of the 1st Christian Church in Rock Falls, and the Sterling Family Moose Club. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, watching the Chicago Cubs, and playing cards. Survivors include his wife;...

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Patricia L. Stutzke

Patricia L. Stutzke

September 6, 1923 — October 21, 2012
Service: October 27, 2012

Patricia L. Stutzke, 89 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Sterling Pavilion. She was a supervisor at Prince Castle for 20 years, retiring in 1971. Born September 6, 1923 in Rushville, IL, she was the daughter of Earl S. and Marion L. (Dunegan) Prince. She married Lawrence O. Stutzke in 1971. He preceded her in death in 1983. Patricia was a member of the Sterling First church of the Nazarene. Surviving are 3 daughters...

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Casey D. Bell

Casey D. Bell

July 14, 1977 — October 20, 2012
Service: October 25, 2012

Casey D. Bell, age 35, of Genoa died Saturday, October 20, 2012 at home. Casey was born July 14, 1977 in Sterling the son of Dennis and Gail (Deadmond) Bell. He served as his mother's caretaker for many years. Casey enjoyed racing RC cars and was a member of the Subaru Enthusiast of America. Survivors include his mother; Gail Bell of Rockford, his girlfriend; Marcie Guerrero, her daughter; Taylor Aldridge, one son; Austin Johnson of...

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