Obituaries

Ronald F. Marlier

Ronald F. Marlier

October 9, 1941 — May 11, 2019
Service: May 16, 2019

STERLING – Ronald F. Marlier, 77 of Sterling died Saturday May 11, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 9, 1941 in Moline, IL the son of Walter and Irma (Herman) Marlier. He had earned his AA degree from Black Hawk College; his BA degree from the University of Iowa; his MA degree from Rockford College. Ron had completed post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University and Knox...

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Alice  Wiersema

Alice Wiersema

October 12, 1918 — May 8, 2019
Service: May 13, 2019

Alice M. Wiersema, 100, of Sterling died Wednesday May 8, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on October 12, 1918, the daughter of Louis and Ella (Nelson) Anderson. She married Eugene L. Wiersema on April 2, 1938 in Morrison. He died February 27, 1980. Alice was employed as a switchboard operator and then in customer service with the former Alltell Phone Company for 32 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in...

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Merle "Barney" Zigler

Merle "Barney" Zigler

September 25, 1922 — May 7, 2019
Service: May 13, 2019

Marion, Mich.- Merle W. "Barney" Zigler, 96, of Marion, Michigan formerly of Sterling, died on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019 at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. He was born on September 25, 1922 in Sterling to Russell and Nellie (Coats) Zigler. On September 28, 1946 he was united in marriage to June Louise Richards. Merle was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was a carpenter and worked for Local...

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John Charles Barry

John Charles Barry

May 31, 1938 — May 4, 2019
Service: May 8, 2019

John Charles Barry, 80 of Sterling passed away Saturday May 4, 2019 at his home after a struggle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1938 in Aurora, IL the son of John Henry and Ethel (Zentmyer) Barry and served in the US Army as a MP from 1961 – 1963. He married Sharon Hoorelbek on October 4, 1963 in Aurora. He had worked at Vendo MFG in Aurora and Anixter. In 1973 he and his family moved to Sterling with the transfer of his job with...

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Marianne Sprungman

Marianne Sprungman

November 22, 1937 — May 3, 2019
Service: May 9, 2019

STERLING – Marianne M. Sprungman, 81 of Sterling died peacefully Friday May 3, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family She was born on November 22, 1937 in Geneva, IL the daughter of Prume and Helene (Nee) Spanogle and was raised by her mother and step father, Fred Livengood in the Milledgeville, area. She married H. Robert Sprungman on August 16, 1958. He died December 3, 1991. Marianne was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was a...

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Theoclete "Theo" Wolf

Theoclete "Theo" Wolf

September 14, 1928 — April 30, 2019
Service: May 3, 2019

Theoclete M. "Theo" Wolf, 90 died Tuesday April 30, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on September 14, 1928 in Metamora, IL the daughter of Henry and Lillian (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She married Donald E. Wolf on October 18, 1947 in Sterling. He died April 23, 1978. Theoclete was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society; a life member of TOPS Illinois Chapter 825; a member of Red Hats and she had served...

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Jan M.  McKean

Jan M. McKean

March 31, 1951 — April 28, 2019
Service: No Services

Jan M. McKean, age 68 of Milledgeville, died Sunday, April 28, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jan was born on March 31, 1951 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Robert and Joyce (Lambert) McKean. She attended Lanark schools and graduated Milledgeville High School. She then graduated from Western Illinois University. Jan taught middle school social studies in several schools in Montana. She retired as librarian of Milledgeville Public...

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Lena M. Willman

Lena M. Willman

September 27, 1926 — April 28, 2019
Service: May 2, 2019

Lena Willman was born September 27, 1926. She died at home April 28, 2019. She is survived by her children, Daniel (Kathy) Willman, Denise Church and Denette Kolb (Dan). She has 13 wonderful grandchildren, Dan Jr., Josh, Suzy, Angie, Andrea, Alyse, Shayla, Jeremy, Brandi, Cory, Carly, Pam, and Penny. She was a very loving mother, patient and fun. She loved to cook and taught us all how NOT to measure ingredients. She loved gardening and...

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Mary Rita Corrigan

Mary Rita Corrigan

February 3, 1950 — April 27, 2019
Service: May 4, 2019

Mary "Rita" (Long) Corrigan, 69, of Sterling passed away at Rock River Hospice & Home on April 27, 2019. Rita was born February 3, 1950 in Pittsburgh, PA to Merle Robert & Mary Margaret (Hannigan) Long, Sr. She grew up in Monessen, PA until moving to Lexington, NC where her two children were born, then moving to Sterling, IL in 1993. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family, crafts, cooking and baking, being a Red Hat Society member, but...

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James E. Hardt

James E. Hardt

July 7, 1935 — April 27, 2019
Service: May 3, 2019

James E. Hardt, 83, a resident of Rock Falls, died at his home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday evening, April 27, 2019. James was born on July 7, 1935 in Bellwood to Fred J. and Ethel (Klug) Hardt. On June 8, 1957 he was united in marriage to Marianne Litster in Bellwood. He served in the United States Army and was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls, where he actively volunteered for many church and community...

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