Obituaries

Jo Anne Edwards

Jo Anne Edwards

February 13, 1946 — February 3, 2013
Service: February 6, 2013

Jo Anne Edwards, age 66, of Rock Falls died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at her home. Jo Anne was born February 13, 1946 in Amboy, the daughter of Gerald and Mary (Grennan) North. She married Jacque Edwards on June 18, 1977 in Amboy. Jo Anne worked at the Dixon Development Center and also for North Plumbing and Heating in Amboy. She was a 1964 graduate of Amboy High School, was an avid reader and enjoyed helping others. Survivors include her...

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Linda Sue Riesselman

Linda Sue Riesselman

April 7, 1949 — February 1, 2013
Service: February 8, 2013

ROCK FALLS – Linda S. Riesselman, 63 of Rock Falls died Friday February 1, 2013 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on April 7, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward Lloyd and Ruby Doris (Metz) Dittmar. She married Blaine G. Riesselman on November 1, 1969 in Milledgeville. Linda was an Evangelist for Christ throughout the Sauk Valley area, visiting the sick and the incarcerated. She enjoyed attending her grandsons sport events,...

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Kevin L Lathrop, Sr.

Kevin L Lathrop, Sr.

June 19, 1957 — January 30, 2013
Service: February 1, 2013

Kevin L. Lathrop, Sr., age 55, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his home. Kevin was born June 19, 1957 in Kewanee the son of Edward and Joanne (Robinson) Lathrop. He married Suzanne Petrie on November 25, 1998 in Loveland, Colo. He was employed at CGH Medical Center in Patient Access as an ER Registration Clerk and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; one...

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Edgar R. Picken, M.D.

Edgar R. Picken, M.D.

June 1, 1918 — January 30, 2013
Service: February 1, 2013

Edgar R. Picken, M.D., age 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Edgar was born June 1, 1918 in Rockford, the son of George and Catherine (Breckenridge) Picken. He married Virginia Ericsson on December 27, 1952 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on February 21, 1999. Edgar graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1944 and also served as a clinical professor at the...

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John "Jack" Cassens

John "Jack" Cassens

January 8, 1928 — January 29, 2013
Service: February 2, 2013

STERLING – Well known community leader and businessman, John E. H. "Jack" Cassens, 85 of Sterling died Tuesday January 29, 2013. He was born on January 8, 1928 in Sterling, the son of John A. and Gertrude (Strauch) Cassens and had attended the University of Illinois and a life loyal Sigma Phi. He married Lois I. Kelsey on May 20, 1948 in Sterling. She died on February 10, 2011. Early in his career he farmed and later also owned and was...

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Barbara Bell Hand

Barbara Bell Hand

October 20, 1926 — January 28, 2013
Service: February 4, 2013

Barbara B. Hand, 86 of Fulton, died Monday January 28, 2013 at Amanda's Care Home, Mesa, AZ. She was born on October 20, 1926 in Clinton, IA the daughter of Calvin and Helen (Matthews) Schumaker. She married LaVerne Vogel. He died. She married Thomas J. Hand on March 15, 1989 in Fulton. She worked as a cosmetologist for 42 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton. Surviving is her husband, Tom; two sons: Mark...

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Darlene Alice Condiff

Darlene Alice Condiff

March 31, 1933 — January 27, 2013
Service: January 30, 2013

ROCK FALLS – Darlene Alice Condiff, age 79, died at home Sunday January27, 2013 following an extended illness. Darlene was born March 31, 1933 in Rock Falls the daughter of Harry and Hazel Marie (Card) Helt. She married Richard Condiff on March 2, 1952 in Rock Falls. Darlene was a homemaker and member of the Rock Falls Christian Church, Sterling Family Moose and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her...

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Ado Nardini

Ado Nardini

July 8, 1921 — January 27, 2013
Service: January 30, 2013

Ado Nardini, 91 of Rock Falls died Sunday January 27, 2013 at Transitions Nursing Home, Rock Falls. He was born on July 8, 1921 in Rock falls, the son of Nicodemon and Annunzita (Nardi) Nardini. He married Attilia "Tillie" Caselli on October 12, 1946 in Chicago. She died February 25, 1995. After moving back to Rock Falls he co-owned Gigs Pizza in Rock Falls with his late brother Leo. Ado was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. ...

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Fred W VanDeWostine

Fred W VanDeWostine

July 13, 1924 — January 24, 2013
Service: January 27, 2013

Fred W. VanDeWostine, age 88, of Prophetstown died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Fred was born July 13, 1924 in Geneseo, the son of Fred B. and June (Bentley) VanDeWostine. He married Florence Brooks on August13, 1944 in Davenport, IA. Fred was a member of Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown and Geneseo Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed farming, collecting Jim Beam bottles...

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Howard Eugene Swanson

Howard Eugene Swanson

December 30, 1927 — January 23, 2013
Service: February 2, 2013

DIXON – Howard E. Swanson, age 85, formerly of Fulton died Wednesday January 23, 2013 at his winter home in Estero, Fla. Howard was born in Fulton Township the son of Roy S. and Elizabeth E. (Montgomery) Swanson. He married Betty Jean Balk in 1952. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1953. In 1955 he married Irma DeWeerdt and in 1983 married Lois Near. He was affiliated with fuel oil, gas, and propane businesses since 1955 until his...

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