Obituaries

Leo E. Blair

Leo E. Blair

August 14, 1931 — November 6, 2019
Service: November 9, 2019

Leo E. Blair Jr. 88 and a long time area Funeral Director/Embalmer, died Wednesday November 6, 2019 at Northwest Medicine – Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL. He was born on August 14, 1931 in Galt, the son of Leo E. and Edna (Hahn) Blair Sr., and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Airforce. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He married Joan Knabe on September 10, 1958 in Glen Ellyn, IL....

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James "Jim"  Sheley

James "Jim" Sheley

May 4, 1931 — November 6, 2019
Service: November 11, 2019

James "Jim" Joseph Sheley, 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jim was born on May 4, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Orin J. and Bess D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Rose Elgin on June 16, 1956 in Sterling. Jim worked at RB & W for 31 years. He was an avid reader. He loved to sit outside, feed the birds and drink his...

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Virginia Bartlett

Virginia Bartlett

May 27, 1930 — November 4, 2019
Service: No Services

Virginia Bartlett, age 89 of Sterling, died Monday, November 4, 2019 at Morningside of Sterling. Virginia was born on May 27, 1930 in West Tisbury, MA, the daughter of Joaquin and Agnes Rabello. She married Richard K. Bartlett on January 5, 1950 in Fairfield, CA. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2010. Survivors include her son, Richard K. Bartlett, Jr. of Sterling; two grandchildren, Zachary K. Bartlett of Rock Falls and Jaclyn R....

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Marvin Deetz

Marvin Deetz

March 25, 1930 — November 3, 2019
Service: November 7, 2019

Marvin L. Deetz, 89 of Rock Falls passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday November 3, 2019. Marvin was born on March 25, 1930 the son of Ernest Amil Henry and Louise Theresa (Bannick) Deetz Sr of Deer Grove, Illinois. After helping his father and brother on the family farm, Marvin was drafted into the US Marines Corps during the Korean War. On October 21, 1951 Marvin married Lois Jane Emmitt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock...

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Brittney L. Long

Brittney L. Long

March 8, 1995 — November 3, 2019
Service: November 8, 2019

STERLING – Brittney Long, age 24, formerly of Polo died at her home Sunday, November 3, 2019. Brittney was born on March 8, 1995 in Dixon the daughter of Brad and Barbara (McBride) Long. She was employed as a CNA at Regency Care of Sterling. Survivors include, one son, Levi McBride of Sterling; her father, Brad Long of Polo; her mother, Barbara (Robert) Helton of Dixon; two sisters, April (Nathan Stone) McBride of Dixon and Amanda (John...

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Doris I. Smith

April 15, 1930 — November 3, 2019
Service: November 7, 2019

Doris I. Smith, 89 of Prophetstown passed away peacefully Sunday November 3, 2019 at Allure of Prophetstown. She was born on April 15, 1930 near Morrison the daughter of Henry Elmer and Florence (Hahn) Monnier. She was a 1948 graduate of Morrison High School and a 1981 graduate of Sauk Valley College earning her Registered Nurse degree. Doris had worked as a nurse for 20 years before retiring. She was united in marriage to Harley Roland Smith...

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Katelynn Zaagman

Katelynn Zaagman

December 2, 1992 — November 3, 2019
Service: No Services

STERLING – Katelynn D. Zaagman, age 26, formerly of Prophetstown died Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Exceptional Care Center in Sterling. Katelynn was born on December 2, 1992 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of James and Candace (Stichter) Zaagman. She was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include her parents, James and Candace Zaagman of Prophetstown; one sister, Keirra (Nick) Crocker of Prophetstown; three...

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Martha R. Bass

Martha R. Bass

March 19, 1938 — October 30, 2019
Service: November 4, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Martha R. Bass, age 81, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Martha was born on March 19, 1938 in Dixon the daughter of Emmert and Florence Mae (Baer) Finch. She married Raymond F. Bass on September 11, 1970. He died January 14, 2017. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include, two daughters, Bernie Giblin of Sterling and Terrie (Jim) Sampson of...

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Marietta L.  Manning

Marietta L. Manning

January 8, 1949 — October 30, 2019
Service: November 1, 2019

Marietta L. Manning, age 70 of Sterling, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at her home. Marietta was born on January 8, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of John Austin and Dorothy (Arnold) Kiefel. She married John Manning on March 2, 1968 in Rock Falls. Marietta was a homemaker and she and John were foster parents for many years. She enjoyed being involved in book clubs and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, John;...

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Leatrice  L. Pashon

Leatrice L. Pashon

April 8, 1929 — October 30, 2019
Service: November 1, 2019

STERLING – Leatrice L. Pashon, age 90, died Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Leatrice was born on April 8, 1929 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Vera (Dougherty) Ramsay. She married Charles Pashon in 1944. He died on December 6, 1994. Leatrice was employed in the Quality Control Department with General Electric in Morrison for over 30 years retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Rock Falls...

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