Obituaries

Sandra K. Mager

Sandra K. Mager

March 19, 1948 — January 14, 2019
Service: January 20, 2019

Sandra K. Mager Sandra K. Mager, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Sandra was born March 19, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of James and Beverly (Sathoff) Baker. She married Darryl Mager in 1980 in Folkston, Ga. and retired from Donaldson's in Dixon. Sandra was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion, Rock Falls VFW and the Sterling Family Moose. Survivors include her...

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Velma Clementine Helm

June 27, 1931 — January 12, 2019
Service: January 16, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Velma C. Helm 87 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 27, 1931 in Wiseman, Arkansas the daughter of Sam and Eliza (Bookout) Goodson. She married Edward Odell Helm on November 24, 1950. He died October 1, 2001. Velma loved to cook, garden and canning. She loved her grandchildren. Survivors are three daughters: Marilyn (Wes) Hughes of Sterling, Cathy (Fred) Helm...

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Helene K. Niederer

Helene K. Niederer

May 7, 1929 — January 12, 2019
Service: January 18, 2019

STERLING – Helene K. Niederer, age 89, of Sterling, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Regency Care of Sterling. Helene was born May 7, 1929 in Germany. She married Heinz Niederer on January 31, 1954 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on September 28, 1985. She was the head cook at Candlelight Inn in Sterling for over 30 years. Helene enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, knitting, cooking and baking. She loved all animals and...

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Theresa Emelia Smith

December 14, 1929 — January 12, 2019
Service: January 21, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Theresa E. Smith, 89 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on December 14, 1929 in Arlington, IL the daughter of Joseph R. and Ferrier M. (Urban) Smith. She had taught at St Andrew, Grade School and Newman and had served as their Development Director. She was a member of St Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include two sisters: Bernice (Marion) Passini of Sterling...

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Catherine R. Akker

Catherine R. Akker

February 24, 1950 — January 8, 2019
Service: January 13, 2019

Dr. Catherine R. Akker, age 68, of Thomson, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Catherine Rebecca Still was born February 24, 1950 to Paul and Frances (McHan) Still in Clinton, Iowa. She married Steven Akker on August 2, 1992. Cathy graduated from Mt. St. Clare Academy. Later, she earned her nursing diploma from Clinton Community College, then a B.S.N. and D.N.P. from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. She worked...

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Micarla J. DeShane

Micarla J. DeShane

March 26, 1959 — January 8, 2019
Service: January 20, 2019

Micarla J. DeShane, age 59 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her home. Carla was born on March 26, 1959 in Sterling, the daughter of Lloyd and Beverly (Reynolds) Whitlock. She married Louis DeShane on November 13, 1984 in Morrison. Carla worked at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown as a dietary aide. Survivors include her husband, Louis; two daughters, Janice (Tony) Ramos of Holman, WI and Amanda (Joseph) Boyer...

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Ed Wolber

Ed Wolber

February 20, 1945 — January 8, 2019
Service: January 19, 2019

Ed Wolber, age 73 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Ed was born on February 20, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the ¬son of Kenneth and Jean (McCurdy) Wolber. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served during the War in Vietnam from 1963-1967. Ed married Constance "Connie" O'Brien on May 29, 1971 in Sterling. He worked for Henry Pratt leaving as a Chief Nuclear Inspector in...

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Ida May Mount

Ida May Mount

July 12, 1932 — January 7, 2019
Service: January 14, 2019

Ida May Mount, age 86, of Rock Falls died Monday January 7, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Ida was born on July 12, 1932 in Ridgeland, Wis. the daughter of Edwin and Clara E. (Austin) Gravermoen. She married Denver Owen Sr.. He died August 7, 1971. Ida later married Paul Mount. He died October 19, 2009. She was employed with National Manufacturing for 23 years retiring in 1995. Ida loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener...

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Esther  B. Zamarrippa

Esther B. Zamarrippa

July 1, 1937 — January 6, 2019
Service: January 11, 2019

Esther B. Zamarripa, 81 of Sterling died Sunday January 6, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 1, 1937 in Moline, IL the daughter of Emanuel and Ladrina (Calderon) Gomez. She married Genero Zamarripa on April 30, 1960 in East Moline. Esther had worked in retail for a few years and later as a secretary at the former Products Unlimited. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Sterling. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing...

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Penny A. Williamson

Penny A. Williamson

December 11, 1962 — January 4, 2019
Service: January 9, 2019

Penny A. (Collier) Williamson, 56, of Rock Falls died on Friday morning, January 4, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on December 11, 1962 in Sterling to Harry "Chub" and Garland "Sis" (Christiansen) Collier. She married John Williamson on April 21, 1984 in Sterling. Surviving are her husband John, of Rock Falls; daughters, Stephanie (Brad) George of Sterling and Vashta (Adam) Fitzpatrick of Oregon State; sons,...

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