Obituaries

Bernadine  A.  Coats

Bernadine A. Coats

December 13, 1930 — September 4, 2019
Service: September 12, 2019

Bernadine A. Coats, age 88 of Sterling, Illinois, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Rock River Hospice. Bernadine was born on December 13, 1930 in Metamora, Illinois to Henry A. and Lillian A. (Elbert) Waldschmidt. She married Robert I. Coats on August 25, 1951. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2013. She was a devoted Air Force wife, as Bob served in the U.S.A.F. for 27 years. His career stationed the family...

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Marvin "Speed" Gulbranson

Marvin "Speed" Gulbranson

July 19, 1923 — September 4, 2019
Service: September 10, 2019

Marvin "Speed" I. Gulbranson, age 96 of Sterling, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Marvin was born on July 19, 1923 in Benson, MN, the son of Ingelbret and Marie (Håvelsrud) Gulbranson. He is a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1943-1946. Marvin married Myrtle Hatten on August 6, 1960 at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Sterling. She preceded him in...

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Donald J.  Egan

Donald J. Egan

June 4, 1939 — September 2, 2019
Service: No Services

Donald J. Egan, 80 of Rock Falls died Monday September 2, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 4, 1939 in Sterling the son of Paul Francis and Helen Lorraine (Buxton) Egan. He married Sharon L. Richardson October 29, 1960 in Sterling. Don worked for over 30 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co retiring from the carpenter shop. Also, throughout his life, Don did masonry/brickwork. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children...

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John E. Kenney

John E. Kenney

April 19, 1939 — August 30, 2019
Service: September 7, 2019

John E. Kenney John E. Kenney, age 80, of Polo, Illinois, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Illinois. John was born April 19, 1939 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Rita (Robertson) Kenney. He was a 1957 graduate of Dixon High School and later married Lydia Jimenez on February 15, 1958 in Sterling. John was retired from Commonwealth Edison after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of...

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Joyce Pauline Ernst

Joyce Pauline Ernst

May 10, 1937 — August 23, 2019
Service: August 27, 2019

Joyce Pauline Ernst, age 82 of Morrison, formerly of Sterling, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Joyce was born on May 10, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Alan E. Ernst on July 3, 1954. Joyce worked as an LPN for several years. Survivors include her husband, Alan; her son, Lee (Lauren) Ernst of Davenport, IA; four sisters, Joan (Janna) Pyse, Jeanie ...

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Verna Jacobs

April 18, 1927 — August 19, 2019
Service: August 22, 2019

STERLING – Verna A. Jacobs, 92 of Sterling died Monday August 19, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on April 18, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of John Mathias and Edna Caroline (Woessner) Hammelman. She married Lloyd F. Jacobs on January 15, 1956 in Sterling. He died February 3, 2011. Verna had worked as a book keeper for several years at the Daily Gazette and later at WSDR Radio in Sterling. She was a member of St. John...

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Tom E. Denham

Tom E. Denham

April 6, 1940 — August 16, 2019
Service: August 20, 2019

Tom E Denham, age 79 died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Tom was born on April 6, 1940 in Sterling, IL the son of Tom and June (Reiger) Denham. He married Frances Harman on February 2, 1973 in Rock Falls, IL. He first joined the Naval Reserves in 1957 during his senior year of high school and subsequently joined the Navy in 1958 and served 4 years in Key West, FL. Tom graduated from Sauk Valley Community College with his...

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Barbara A. Lopez

Barbara A. Lopez

May 6, 1936 — August 16, 2019
Service: August 21, 2019

Barbara A. Lopez, 83 formerly of Sterling died Friday August 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on May 6, 1936 in Dixon the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Baker) Nicklaus. She married James L. Lopez Sr. on July 17, 1964 in Sterling. Barbara was a member of St. Mary Church in Sterling where she had been active in cooking for many fund raisers and also active in the Pro-Lifer Movement for many years. She was a founder and had...

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Mary Alice Arnold

Mary Alice Arnold

October 30, 1935 — August 13, 2019
Service: August 16, 2019

Mary Alice Arnold, age 83 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Alice was born on October 30, 1935 in Centralia, WA, the daughter of Joseph Gordon and Lucille (Brady) Theriault. She married William "Bill" Arnold on February 2, 1957 in Centralia, WA. Alice was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. She was a nurse, loving wife, mother, and friend. She had endless...

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Loretta Cullison

Loretta Cullison

December 4, 1919 — August 13, 2019
Service: August 19, 2019

Loretta Cullison, 99, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, from Avonlea Cottage in Sterling. Loretta May Cullison was born to Harold and Harriet (Lloyd) Pritchard on December 4,1919, in Belvidere, Illinois. She was a graduate of Belvidere High School In 1937 and Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb. She married Roy F. Cullison on January 1, 1942, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He preceded her on June 2, 2005. ...

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