Obituaries

Joan Oltmans

— April 8, 2017
Service: April 12, 2017

Joan Oltmans, 70 of Sterling died Saturday April 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on August 26, 1946 in Portia, AR the daughter of Cecil and Rose (Duncan) Casper. She married John Oltmans on April 30, 1966 in Sterling. He died February 5, 2005. Joan had worked as a cake decorator at the Sterling County Market for a number of years. Survivors include one daughter, Tami (David) Blackert of Sterling; her sons: Craig (Sarah) Oltmans of...

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Francisco L. Torres

Francisco L. Torres

February 19, 1934 — April 8, 2017
Service: April 12, 2017

Francisco L. Torres, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Francisco was born February 19, 1934 in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico, the son of Victoriano and Carmen (Luna) Torres. He married Josefina Barretos on February 26, 1960 and was employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad for 34 years retiring on September 30, 1998. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors...

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Mary E. Howard

Mary E. Howard

December 18, 1927 — April 7, 2017
Service: April 29, 2017

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Mary Elizabeth Howard, age 89, formerly of Rock Falls died Friday, April 7, 2017 at her daughters home in Ora Valley, Ariz. Mary was born on December 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth (Collins) Cain. She married Jasper Locey on March 19, 1947. He preceded her in death August 29, 1954. Mary married Alfred Payne on September 6, 1958 and later married Earl Howard on May 2, 1975. He preceded her on...

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Mary Jane Russell

— April 7, 2017
Service: April 12, 2017

Mary Jane Russell, 77 died Friday April 7, 2017 at Regency care in Sterling surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on April 15, 1939 in Argyle, MN the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Verbout) Rajnowski. She married Alvin G. Russell on September 1, 1956 in Sterling. Mary Jane was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and was deeply devoted to her prayer life and committed to her faith. She enjoyed family time and...

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Larry "Zeke" Clark

Larry "Zeke" Clark

January 8, 1939 — April 6, 2017
Service: No Services

Larry J. "Zeke" Clark, 78, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 8, 1939 in Toledo, Washington the son of Gladys Lucille Clark. He married Barbara Hubbard on February 13, 1965 in Coleta. Zeke owned and operated Zeke's Car Care Center for 18 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Bulls fan, enjoyed NASCAR and Football. Those surviving include his wife Barbara of Rock Falls; a daughter, Kari ...

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Sharon L. Gerdes

— April 6, 2017
Service: April 10, 2017

Sharon L. Gerdes, age 64, of rural Princeton and formerly of Walnut passed away peacefully on Thursday April 6, 2017 at her home after a two year courageous battle with cancer. Sharon was born on July 13, 1952 in Princeton, Illinois the daughter of Maynard and Margaret (VonHolten) Parker. She was educated in Walnut Schools and graduated from Walnut High School. She was united in marriage to Ed Gerdes on Aug. 2, 1980 at the First Lutheran...

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Bev Kitsmiller

Bev Kitsmiller

October 5, 1943 — April 6, 2017
Service: April 11, 2017

Beverly "Bev" Kitsmiller, 73, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at home. He was born on October 5, 1943 in White Hall, Illinois the son of Franklin and Dora (Kessinger) Kitsmiller. He married Wendy Leach on October 5, 1986 in Sterling. Bev was a supervisor at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 30 years until retiring in 2001. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Chicago Bears fan. He coached little league and enjoyed...

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Thomas McGinn

Thomas McGinn

June 17, 1929 — April 6, 2017
Service: May 6, 2017

Thomas A. McGinn died peacefully at his home in Fountain Hills, AZ on April 6, 2017. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial on May 6, 2017 at Newman Central Catholic High School Chapel between 9:30-10:30 with a funeral mass immediately following. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, IL. Tom was born on June 17, 1929 in Oak Park (Chicago), IL, the son of Ozwald and Ann (Murphy) McGinn. He is survived by...

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Wayne L. Van Zuiden

Wayne L. Van Zuiden

January 19, 1933 — April 6, 2017
Service: April 10, 2017

Wayne L. Van Zuiden, 84, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center East, Davenport, IA. Wayne was born January 19, 1933, in Newton Township, Rural Albany, IL, the son of William J. and Fannie (VenHuizen) Van Zuiden. He married Leslie Peterson on July 13, 1952, in Hillsdale, IL. She preceded him in death on April 22, 1988. He later married Sara L. Fisher on July 3, 1988, in Clinton, IA. He is a veteran of the U...

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Edward E. Cushing

Edward E. Cushing

January 8, 1933 — April 5, 2017
Service: April 9, 2017

Edward E. Cushing, 83, of Rock Falls died Wednesday evening, April 5, 2017 at home. He was born January 8, 1933 in Dixon the son of Maurice E. and Margaret M. (Byers) Cushing. He married Jean L. Rippy on December 21, 1951 in Dixon. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Ed worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for many years until his retirement in 1993. He is survived by his wife Jean; two daughters Nelda (Scott)...

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