Obituaries

Ado Nardini

Ado Nardini

July 8, 1921 — January 27, 2013
Service: January 30, 2013

Ado Nardini, 91 of Rock Falls died Sunday January 27, 2013 at Transitions Nursing Home, Rock Falls. He was born on July 8, 1921 in Rock falls, the son of Nicodemon and Annunzita (Nardi) Nardini. He married Attilia "Tillie" Caselli on October 12, 1946 in Chicago. She died February 25, 1995. After moving back to Rock Falls he co-owned Gigs Pizza in Rock Falls with his late brother Leo. Ado was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. ...

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Fred W VanDeWostine

Fred W VanDeWostine

July 13, 1924 — January 24, 2013
Service: January 27, 2013

Fred W. VanDeWostine, age 88, of Prophetstown died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Fred was born July 13, 1924 in Geneseo, the son of Fred B. and June (Bentley) VanDeWostine. He married Florence Brooks on August13, 1944 in Davenport, IA. Fred was a member of Leon United Methodist Church in Prophetstown and Geneseo Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed farming, collecting Jim Beam bottles...

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Howard Eugene Swanson

Howard Eugene Swanson

December 30, 1927 — January 23, 2013
Service: February 2, 2013

DIXON – Howard E. Swanson, age 85, formerly of Fulton died Wednesday January 23, 2013 at his winter home in Estero, Fla. Howard was born in Fulton Township the son of Roy S. and Elizabeth E. (Montgomery) Swanson. He married Betty Jean Balk in 1952. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1953. In 1955 he married Irma DeWeerdt and in 1983 married Lois Near. He was affiliated with fuel oil, gas, and propane businesses since 1955 until his...

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Virginia M. Goodenough

Virginia M. Goodenough

February 2, 1918 — January 22, 2013
Service: No Services

Virginia M. Goodenough, age 94, of Morrison died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Pleasant View Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Morrison. She was only 11 days from her 95th birthday. Virginia was born February 2, 1918 in Kansas City, MO the daughter of Bert and Ida (Preston) Goodenough. She graduated from Prairie Center grade school, and was active in her youth at The Morrison United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher....

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Howard D. Jones

Howard D. Jones

July 5, 1922 — January 22, 2013
Service: January 26, 2013

Howard D. Jones, 90, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was a heavy equipment operator for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company, retiring in 1984. Born July 5, 1922 in Johnsonville, Illinois he was a son of Herbert and Vina (Brown) Jones. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Hays on December 3, 1941 in Wayne County, Illinois. Mr. Jones was a US Navy Veteran serving during WW II. Surviving...

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Becky L. Williams

Becky L. Williams

December 15, 1951 — January 22, 2013
Service: January 26, 2013

Becky L. Williams, 61, of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was a secretary for the City of Prophetstown for several years, retiring January 1. Born December 15, 1951 in Morrison, she was the daughter of Paul and Rena (Lott) Mannon. On July 31, 1971 she was united in marriage to Roger Williams in Prophetstown. Becky was a member of the Prophetstown Main Street and First...

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Merle W. McNinch

Merle W. McNinch

January 1, 1942 — January 20, 2013
Service: January 27, 2013

Merle W. McNinch, age 71, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at his home. Merle was born January 1, 1942 in Rock Falls the son of Elmer and Lucille (Shipman) McNinch. He was employed as the District Manager of 7-Eleven. Survivors include one daughter, Kari (David) McNinch of Loveland, Colo.; one son, Mark (Angie) McNinch of N.C.; two sisters, Barb (Jim) Whitlock of Cherry Valley and Karen (Warren) Maseman of Rockford; and two...

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Wil Booker

Wil Booker

January 5, 1947 — January 19, 2013
Service: January 25, 2013

STERLING, IL – Dr. Wil Booker, 66 of Sterling died Saturday January 19, 2013 at his home following an extended illness. He was born on January 5, 1947 in Springfield, IL the son of Alvin and Cora (Stewart) Booker. He married Mary Franklin on March 18, 1967 in Normal, IL. Wil was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend with a wonderful sense of humor, love of nature, and a life long passion for education. He will be greatly...

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Sam Gallentine

Sam Gallentine

March 24, 1944 — January 19, 2013
Service: January 22, 2013

Robert "Sam" Gallentine, age 68, of Sterling died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Sam was born March 24, 1944, in Sterling, the son of Elmer and Margaret (Brecunier) Gallentine. He worked in the Nail and Die Room at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 31 years. Sam married Leta Luttrell on September 22, 1967, in Rock Falls. He was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana Hoosiers, and Arizona Cardinals fan. Sam...

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Donna Jean Johnson

Donna Jean Johnson

August 28, 1925 — January 17, 2013
Service: No Services

Donna J. Johnson, 87, of Forreston formerly of Sheffield, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. She worked for Avanti Foods in Walnut for 25 years. Born August 28, 1925 in Kewanee she was the daughter of Norton and Emma (Vershaw) Kemmerling. She was united in marriage to Arthur J. Johnson on February 14, 1944 in Kewanee. He passed away on October 13, 2011. Surviving are her sons, Russell (Marsha) Johnson...

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