Obituaries

James G Wells

James G Wells

December 19, 1921 — December 17, 2012
Service: December 21, 2012

James Garfield Wells, 90, born on December 19th 1921, went home to be with his Lord on December 17th 2012. James was one of five children born to Hilda (Carlson) and John Everett Wells in the family home in Rockford IL. His 4 older siblings welcomed him: Myrtle, Irene, Maynard, and Robert. Jim married Dorothea (Dottie Ivers) on May 29th 1942. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Dottie passed away in 2006. Jim served in the...

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Robert D. Bitler

Robert D. Bitler

April 27, 1938 — December 16, 2012
Service: December 20, 2012

Robert D. Bitler, 74, of Albany, died Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island. Mr. Bitler was born April 27, 1938, in Garden Plain, IL, the son of Albert and Bessie (Burns) Bitler. He married Karen Howe in 1958, he later married Denise Klossowsky-Hardison on January 3, 1997, in Albany. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Operator's Union, Rock Island. He previously worked for Lon Papke...

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Shirley M. Auman

Shirley M. Auman

December 15, 1922 — December 13, 2012
Service: December 19, 2012

Shirley Mason Auman, 89, of Rock Falls, went to be with the Lord on December13, 2012 at Emeritus of Green Mountain, Lakewood, CO. Shirley graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Tennessee - Memphis in 1945 and during the commencement exercises she was awarded the Trustee Medal by the Faculty of Nursing and the Board of Trustees of John Gaston Hospital, Memphis, the highest award given a nurse graduating the University of Tennessee...

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Vera Eades

Vera Eades

May 16, 1918 — December 13, 2012
Service: December 18, 2012

Vera Louise Eades, age 94, of Rock Falls died December 13, 2012 at her home. Vera was born May 16, 1918 in Decatur the daughter of Lester and Caddie (Roderick) Deardorff. She married Don L. Eades on March 13, 1937 in Newport, IN her beloved husband died March 26, 2010. Vera was a member of the First Congregational Church – UCC in Rock Falls and was very active with her grandchildren. She was an avid bowler for 50 years and enjoyed playing...

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Frank "Smokey" Echebarria

Frank "Smokey" Echebarria

November 4, 1937 — December 10, 2012
Service: December 14, 2012

Pastor Frank F. "Smokey" Echebarria, 75, of Sterling, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at CGH Medical Center. Born November 4, 1937 in Sterling he was a son of Exiquio and Maria (Rodriguez) Echebarria. He was united in marriage to Clementine Watson on January 2, 1965 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on March 26, 1998. He was the pastor of Tabernacle Christian Church in Sterling for 14 years and also worked at Northwestern Steel and...

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Leo J Nardini

Leo J Nardini

August 1, 1936 — December 9, 2012
Service: December 13, 2012

Leo J. Nardini, 76 of Rock Falls died Sunday December 9, 2012, at the University Hospital, Madison, WI. He was born on August 1, 1936 in Rock Falls, the son of Nicodemo and Annunzita (Nardi) Nardini, and served in the US Army. He married Margaret Heward on October 27, 1962. Leo was the owner and operator of "Gig's" Pizza in Rock Falls from 1966 – 1989. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls; and a 41 year member of the...

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Bernard "Sonny" Warkins

Bernard "Sonny" Warkins

January 2, 1925 — December 9, 2012
Service: December 13, 2012

Bernard "Sonny" Warkins, age 87, of Rock Falls died Sunday, December 09, 2012 at CGH Medical Center. Sonny was born January 2, 1925 in Ohio, IL. He married Lois Ousec on December 28, 1947 in Peru, his beloved wife died February 7, 2008, and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Sonny served with US Navy during WWII, and was a member of the Rock Falls VFW. Survivors include two daughters; Yvonne Cater of Gainesville, FL...

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Frances L. Johnson

Frances L. Johnson

July 13, 1920 — December 8, 2012
Service: No Services

Frances L. Johnson, age 92, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Frances was born July 13, 1920 in Pierce, South Dakota the daughter of Frank and Ethel Fritz. She married Robert Johnson and was employed at Wahl Clipper. Frances was a loving mom and grandma. Survivors include two sons, Marvin (Mary) Stevens of Milledgeville and Larry Stevens of Rock Falls; four sisters, Ada Haag...

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Mark L. Wilkinson

Mark L. Wilkinson

August 15, 1947 — December 7, 2012
Service: December 12, 2012

Mark L. Wilkinson, age 65, of Lyndon, died Friday, December 7, 2012 at his home. Mark was born August 15, 1947 in Prophetstown the son of Everett and Erma (Erdman) Wilkinson. He served in the US Marines and later in the Army Reserves. He married Wilma June Loucks on January 26, 1982. He was the Owner/Operator of a gun smith shop. Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Robert) Clapper and Julie Walker both of Rock Falls; one son, Jeff...

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Charles W. Ager

Charles W. Ager

October 14, 1930 — December 4, 2012
Service: December 7, 2012

ROCK FALLS- Charles W. Ager, 82, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at his home. Born October 14, 1930 he was the son of Charles and Ella (Howard) Ager. He was united in marriage to Patricia V. Coney on September 13, 1966 in Lancaster, Missouri. He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company as a crane mechanic for 36 years until his retirement in 1991. Surviving is his wife, Patricia of Rock Falls; 3 sons, Scott Ager of...

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