Obituaries

Ruth Garza

Ruth Garza

November 21, 1929 — November 16, 2019
Service: November 21, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Ruth "Cuca" Garza, 89 died Saturday November 16, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on November 21, 1929 in Eaglepass, TX the daughter of Gonzalo and Apalonia (Garcia) Rodriguez. She married Rosendo Garza on February 23, 1947 in Edinberg, TX. He died April 14, 1996. She had been member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include three daughter: Lydia (Roberto) Martinez of Rock Falls, Emelda ...

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Steven K. Bushman

Steven K. Bushman

March 20, 1953 — November 15, 2019
Service: November 20, 2019

STERLING – Steven K. Bushman, 66 of Sterling died Friday November 15, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford suddenly. He was born on March 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Arman E. and Lenora J. (Queckboerner) Bushman and was a graduate of MIT in Morrison. He married Linda J. Weed on May 23, 1979 in Rock Falls. Steven had worked as a truck driver for the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and when they closed he drove for...

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Joyce D. Howard

Joyce D. Howard

May 26, 1929 — November 15, 2019
Service: No Services

Joyce D. Howard, age 90, of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, died on Friday, November, 15, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehab. Joyce was born on May 26, 1929 in Fair Haven, IL to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her mother and grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. She married Wayne Howard on May 22, 1949. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Rock Falls. She graduated from Milledgeville High School. ...

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Raymond  J. Espinoza, Sr.

Raymond J. Espinoza, Sr.

June 11, 1938 — November 14, 2019
Service: November 21, 2019

Raymond John Espinoza, Sr. age 81 of Sterling, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home. Ray was born on June 11, 1938 in Sterling, the son of Pedro A. and Estella M. (Hansen) Espinoza. He is a United States Army Veteran. Ray married Juanita "Jenny" Rose Cruz on February 4, 1961 in Sterling. He worked as a mechanic for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 36 years, retiring on April 1, 1999. Ray was a member of Grace...

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Glen Hacker

Glen Hacker

— November 14, 2019
Service: November 19, 2019

STERLING – Glen Hacker, 83 of rural Sterling died Thursday November 14, 2019 He was born the son of Ray and Mary (Weidel) Hanabarger. He married Patsy Rasmussen on March 18, 1956 in Sterling. She died March 9, 2016. Glen had owned and operated HH Farm Services for several years. He always helped working the farm for spring and fall harvest. He enjoyed attending the many family and grandchildren events. He also loved to cut and split wood...

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Francis E. McDonnell

Francis E. McDonnell

February 21, 1927 — November 14, 2019
Service: November 19, 2019

STERLING – Reverend Francis E. McDonnell, 92 died Thursday November 14, 2019 at Presence Cor Marie Nursing Home in Rockford. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Sterling, the son of Thomas Joseph and Margareth (Weber) McDonnell. He graduated from St. Mary Grade School and Community High School. He attended Lora College for one semester before entering St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. Father McDonnell was ordained by the Most Reverend...

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Thomas E. Duncan

Thomas E. Duncan

September 17, 1950 — November 13, 2019
Service: November 16, 2019

Thomas E. Duncan, 69, of Morrison, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home. Thomas was born September 17, 1950 in Thorpe, W.V. the son of Willie and Irene (Poff) Duncan. For many years, he was employed at GE in Morrison where he thought of his co-workers as family. He was a car enthusiast especially race cars and any vehicle from the 1960s. Tom enjoyed spending time at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton. He is survived by two sisters...

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Robert Van De Velde

Robert Van De Velde

August 11, 1925 — November 12, 2019
Service: November 16, 2019

Robert Joseph Van De Velde, 94, passed away on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. He was born in Sheffield, Illinois, on August 11th, 1925, the son of Bruno and Emma Van De Velde, who immigrated to the United States from Belgium in 1887 through Ellis Island. Robert moved with his family to the Tampico area at the age of 5 in 1930. In 1943, while a senior at Tampico High School, Robert...

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Robin G. Flynn

Robin G. Flynn

October 31, 1966 — November 9, 2019
Service: November 13, 2019

Robin G. Flynn, age 53 of Sterling, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robin was born on October 31, 1966 in Rockford, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Harding) Frazier. She married Theodore "Ted" Flynn on July 19, 1985 in Sterling. Robin worked at Burger King as the restaurant manager for many years. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. She enjoyed bowling, doing puzzles, music and attending rock...

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Fernando "Fred" Garza

Fernando "Fred" Garza

November 20, 1953 — November 9, 2019
Service: November 15, 2019

Fernando "Fred" Garza, 65 of Sterling died Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1953 in Sterling, the son of Glafiro and Soledad (Pèna) Garza Sr. He married the former Marie Henning on June 14, 1996. He had worked in the heating and cooling profession and had operated his own business Fred's Heating and Cooling. In the past he liked working with stained glass. Survivors include his wife, Marie; his son,...

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