Obituaries

Richard E. Weigle

Richard E. Weigle

August 31, 1933 — August 13, 2020
Service: August 17, 2020

Richard E. Weigle, age 86 of Sterling, died Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Richard was born on August 31, 1933 in Sterling, IL, the son of Ralph and Beulah (Neikirk) Weigle. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. Richard married Neva Carol Smith on September 3, 1954 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2005. Richard worked for Stearn's...

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Thomas Lee Oltmanns

Thomas Lee Oltmanns

December 13, 1998 — August 9, 2020
Service: August 13, 2020

STERLING – Thomas Lee Oltmanns, 21, died August 9, 2020. He was born on December 13, 1998 in Rockford and was a graduate of Sterling High School. Tom was very dedicated to his work on the farm working many long hours. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and outdoor activities. Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Christine (Valore) Otlmanns of Sterling; his sister Michele (Moe) Mandrell of Rock Falls; his brothers: Eldon...

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Charlene M. Stuart

July 23, 1945 — August 7, 2020
Service: August 11, 2020

ROCK FALLS, IL– Charlene M. Stuart, 75 died Friday August 7, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling with her sons by her side. She was born on July 23, 1945 in Washington, MO the daughter of Edward and Elma (Walker) Cox. She was a 1963 graduate of Erie High School, Erie, IL. Charlene married the late Donald E. Stuart on September 5, 1987 in Erie. He died May 16, 2019. Charlene had worked for several years at Pleasant View Nursing Home in...

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Ronald James Gipson

Ronald James Gipson

January 25, 1948 — August 6, 2020
Service: August 12, 2020

Ronald James Gipson, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 6, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 25, 1948 in Sterling, the son of Floyd J. and Jean L. (Welker) Gipson. He attended St. Andrew Grade School in Rock falls, Newman Central Catholic High School (Class of 1967) and graduated in 1969 from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1971 from...

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Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson

April 4, 1953 — August 6, 2020
Service: No Services

Linda Peterson, age 67, of Walnut, died Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Linda was born April 4, 1953 in Princeton the daughter of Dario and Betty (Sandberg) Wolford. She married Charles Peterson on June 16, 1984 in Manlius. Linda was employed as a X-ray Technician at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley for 22 years retiring in 2016. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. ...

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Elizabeth L. Miller

Elizabeth L. Miller

December 13, 1934 — August 2, 2020
Service: August 5, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Elizabeth "Betty" Lois (Waldschmidt) Miller, 85, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2020, in her home in the presence of her loving family. She was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Tiskilwa, the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She was the eighth of 11 children and graduated from Community Catholic High School, Sterling, in 1952. She was class salutatorian and her senior year she had the lead in the...

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Carlos "Charlie" Ortiz

Carlos "Charlie" Ortiz

April 24, 1939 — July 28, 2020
Service: July 31, 2020

Carlos "Charlie" Ortiz, age 81 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home. Charlie was born on April 24, 1939 in Malakoff, TX, the son of Florentino and Elisa (Gonzalez) Ortiz. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and served from 1958-1962. Charlie married Teresa Rausch on May 11, 1968 in Sterling. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 30 ½ years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling....

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Virginia "Ginny" Brainerd

Virginia "Ginny" Brainerd

October 19, 1952 — July 24, 2020
Service: July 30, 2020

STERLING – Virginia Mary Brainerd, 67 of Sterling died Friday July 24, 2020 at residence at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Ginny was born October 19, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Joseph D. and Ramona (Ostrander) Bittorf. She attended St. Mary School and Newman Central High School in Sterling and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Ginny had been a school teacher having taught first at Grand Detour and later, other schools in...

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Ronnie L. Pillars

Ronnie L. Pillars

May 6, 1947 — July 23, 2020
Service: No Services

Ronnie L. Pillars, age 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home. Ron was born on May 6, 1947, the son of Clevie Harrison and Juanita V. (Thomas) Pillars. He was a United States Army Veteran. Ron married Connie Gregg on December 5, 1969 in Sterling. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Chicago Northwestern) from 1969 until he retired in 2007. Ronnie enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, listening...

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Juanita Rosas

Juanita Rosas

May 6, 1953 — July 23, 2020
Service: July 28, 2020

STERLING – Juanita Rosas, 67, of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Juanita was born in Donna, TX, the daughter of Hesequio and Santiaga (Chavez) Moreno. She was employed at Servicemaster for the last 15 years. Juanita was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include her father, Hesequio Moreno of TX; her husband; one daughter, Cristal Rosas; one son, Reginaldo Rosas Jr,...

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