Obituaries

Donald Eugene Behrens

July 14, 1930 — April 2, 2013
Service: April 5, 2013

Donald E. Behrens, 82, of Rock Falls, IL, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Donald was born July 14, 1930, in Sterling, IL, the son of Elmer A. and Marie (Mench) Behrens. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was farmed most of his life in the Montmorency Township area. Survivors include 2 sons, Greg (Elizabeth) Behrens of Rock Falls and Brad Behrens of Rockford, IL; 1 sister, Dorothy ...

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Marian B. Dace

Marian B. Dace

November 20, 1924 — April 2, 2013
Service: April 5, 2013

Marian Dace, 88, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at her home. Born November 20, 1924 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Karl and Emma (Simanthel) Schueler. On July 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Gilbert "Jim" Dace in Bettendorf, Iowa. He died June 27, 1996. Marian was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She formerly served on the board of...

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Genevieve M. Devine

Genevieve M. Devine

September 17, 1924 — March 30, 2013
Service: April 3, 2013

Genevieve M. Devine Genevieve M. Devine, 88, of Harmon, died at Good Samaritan Society Prophets Riverview on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Genevieve was born Sept. 17, 1924 in Hanaman Township, the daughter of Edward and Blanche (Scully) Egan. She was a graduate of Community Catholic High School. She was united in marriage to Eugene Devine on Nov. 23, 1944. He preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1994. She was a homemaker who took an active...

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Gene E Hammelman

Gene E Hammelman

February 27, 1934 — March 30, 2013
Service: April 4, 2013

Gene E. Hammelman, age 79, of Sterling, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Gene was born February 27, 1934 in Coleta the son of Chris and Clara (Lauts) Hammelman. He married Peggy Horner in 1954 and later married Norma F. Tucker-Dissinger on November 15, 1987 in Sterling. He was employed as a machine operator at Sterling Steel Ball for over 30 years. Gene was a member of the First United...

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William H. Poerstel

William H. Poerstel

February 22, 1929 — March 29, 2013
Service: April 2, 2013

William H. Poerstel, age 84, of Prophetstown died Friday, March 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. William was born February 22, 1929 in Latrobe, PA, the son of William T. and Mary Kathryn (McKay) Poerstel. He married Joan Peters on October 19, 1957 in Cicero, IL. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown and served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1949. William worked in the aircraft maintenance department at...

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William J. Matthews, Sr.

William J. Matthews, Sr.

March 21, 1938 — March 26, 2013
Service: No Services

William J. Matthews, Sr., age 75 of Sterling died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at CGH Medical Center. William was born March 21, 1938 in Chicago, the son of William L. and Beatrice (Sadler) Matthews. He worked in the Environmental Sciences Department at CGH Medical Center. William joined the US Marines on February 8, 1956. Survivors include one daughter, Donna Minet of Plainfield, one son, William J. Matthews, Jr. of Rock Falls, one brother,...

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Betty D. DeFrang

Betty D. DeFrang

December 18, 1933 — March 25, 2013
Service: No Services

Betty DeFrang, age 79, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born December 18, 1933, the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Sylvester) Arnold, in Kellogg, Minnesota. She worked at several places in town since 1973. Survivors include one son, Dennis (Pam) DeFrang of Rock Falls; two daughters, Vicki Hanson and Sandra DeFrang, both of Morrison; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She is preceded in...

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Wayne B. Otten

Wayne B. Otten

June 16, 1917 — March 23, 2013
Service: March 26, 2013

Wayne Becker Otten, 95, formerly of Rock Falls, died Saturday March 23, 2013 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. He was born on June 16, 1917 in Como, the son of John and Louise (Lauts) Otten. He married Dorothy Rubright on October 7, 1944 in Sterling. She died August 24, 2010. Wayne was employed for over 40 years at Lawrence Brothers Hardware in Sterling before retiring. He was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Sterling. He is...

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Beverly J. Summers

Beverly J. Summers

June 7, 1927 — March 23, 2013
Service: March 29, 2013

Beverly J. Summers, 85, of Morrison died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at her home. Born June 7, 1927 in Morrison she was a daughter of Roy and Almeda (Bodkin) Bielema. On October 31, 1953 she was united in marriage to Eugene M. Summers, Sr. at Morrison United Methodist Church. Beverly was a nurse's aide and worked for both Pleasant View and Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison for several years. She also worked for Morrison Community Hospital...

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Robert William Troxell

February 17, 1936 — March 20, 2013
Service: March 23, 2013

Robert William Troxell, age 77, of Harmon, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. Robert was born February 17, 1936 in Princeton the son of Robert and Ella (Owens) Troxell. He married Carol Ann Miller on September 8, 1956 in Harmon. He was employed at Dekalb Feeds in Rock Falls for 44 years. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid bowler. Robert was a fan of the Vikings and Yankees and in his younger years, he...

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