Obituaries

David  Franco

David Franco

December 19, 1964 — June 10, 2019
Service: June 14, 2019

David R. Franco, 55 of Rock Falls died Monday June 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on December 19, 1964 in Sterling, the son of Manuel and Socorra "Coco" (Mendez) Franco. He was a graduate of Sterling High School and Welding Technical School in Tulsa, OK. He had been employed as a welder most recently at Allied – Locke in Dixon. He was a Chicago Bears and CUBS fan and had enjoyed fishing and camping. ...

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Patricia Ann Krone

Patricia Ann Krone

October 19, 1941 — June 8, 2019
Service: June 15, 2019

Patricia Ann Krone, age77, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Patricia was born on October 19, 1941 in Mounds the daughter of John and Easter (Buckles) Soots. She married Kenny Linboom. He passed away and she later married Marvin Krone. Patricia worked in the Repair Department at Wahl Clipper as well as Hunter-Douglas in Colo., Sterling Gazette and various factories. Survivors include, one daughter, Easter "Bunny"...

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Maria M. Mendoza

Maria M. Mendoza

July 7, 1953 — June 8, 2019
Service: June 12, 2019

María Magdalena Mendoza, age 65, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Unity Point Hospital in Peoria Maria was born on July 7, 1953 in Princeton. The daughter of Natalio G. and Isidra (Flores) Ortega. As a Custodian with Unit 5 of the Sterling School District for over 33 years, Maria saw three generations of children in school. She was often friends with the parents and grandparents of the children attending school when she retired in 2016....

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Connie J. Todd

Connie J. Todd

July 19, 1950 — June 8, 2019
Service: June 12, 2019

Connie J. Todd, age 68, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Winning Wheels in Prophetstown. Connie was born on July 19, 1950 in Walnut Ridge, Ark. the daughter of James and Florence (Vinson) Todd. She loved to read and was an accomplished writer having published a book. Connie loved spending time with her friends family especially grandkids. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and working in her garden. Survivors include, one daughter, Lori ...

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Evelyn Bay

Evelyn Bay

October 5, 1937 — June 7, 2019
Service: June 14, 2019

Evelyn Bay, 81, of Rockford formerly of Rock Falls, passed away unexpectedly Friday June 7, 2019 Evelyn was born on October 5th, 1937. After graduating from Rock Falls High School and Western Illinois University, she entered a career in teaching. She spent most of that career teaching Math at East Coloma School in Rock Falls. On July 15th, 1961 she married the love of her life Robert Bay. Evelyn was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and...

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JoAnn Lyon

JoAnn Lyon

July 11, 1924 — June 7, 2019
Service: July 12, 2019

JoAnn Reeves Lyon, longtime Sterling resident and community leader, died 06/08/2019 at the age of 94. She was born on July 11, 1924 in Mitchel, South Dakota, daughter of William Stanley Reeves and Frances Corwin Reeves, both of Iowa. Her husband of 65 years, James H. Lyon, passed away in 2012. Survivors include her sister, Mary Frances Reeves Packard; children, Scott Lyon, Linda Lyon-Russell (Don), Frances Lyon-Dugin (Bruce), and Charles Lyon;...

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Foster Dale Sigel

Foster Dale Sigel

December 30, 1946 — June 6, 2019
Service: June 10, 2019

Dale Sigel, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday June 6, 2019 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1946 in Dixon, the son of Harry Claybourne and Emma Louise (Plock) Sigel. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army from 1966-1968. He married Johnnie L. Jones on September 19, 1976 in Rock Falls. Throughout his life Dale had worked at several jobs including as a truck driver, auto sales, worked as an auto mechanic and in...

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Mary O. Ratzlaff

Mary O. Ratzlaff

February 25, 1934 — June 4, 2019
Service: June 15, 2019

Mary O. Ratzlaff, 85, of Morrison, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Franklin, TN surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born February 25, 1934 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of Chirila John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean. She married Harold Ratzlaff on July 6, 1952 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 20, 1985. Mary dearly loved time spent with her family and friends, and loved her caregivers and the staff at The...

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Teresa M. Timmons

Teresa M. Timmons

October 4, 1915 — June 4, 2019
Service: June 7, 2019

Teresa M. (Haan) Timmons (October 4, 1915 - June 4, 2019) Resthave Care & Rehabilitation 408 Maple Avenue Morrison, Illinois 61270 Mrs. Teresa (Haan) Timmons was born October 4, 1915, in Garden Plain, IL, to Margaret (Jaarsma) Haan and Peter H. Haan. She had three brothers, Alan, Louis, and Henry, and a sister, Alta Mae. Teresa's father, Peter Henry Haan, was born in Holland. He came to the US when he was only 1-1/2 years old and...

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Lee F. Hollingsworth

Lee F. Hollingsworth

November 16, 1942 — June 3, 2019
Service: June 8, 2019

Long time Dixon businessman, Lee F. Hollingsworth, 76 died Monday June 3, 2019. He was born on November 16, 1942 in Sterling. Lee grew up in Nelson, where he attended grade school later graduating from Rock Falls High School with the class of 1960. He served in the US Marines and upon discharge, went to work at the Chrysler Plant in Belvedere, IL and also attended Rock Valley College. In 1975, he purchased the auction business from his uncle...

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