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Wilma Haenitsch

Posted: Thursday, May 21st, 2015
ASHTON -- Wilma M. Haenitsch, 76, of Ashton, passed away May 19, 2015 at Aperion Nursing Home in Amboy. She was born Jan. 11, 1939 in Pleasant Hill, to the late William and Ruth (Turner) Prater. She married Melvin Haenitsch in Franklin Grove.
She worked for Crest foods in Ashton for 25 years. She enjoyed camping, dancing, riding
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Leroy Ewald

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Leroy E. Ewald, 84, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 in Freeport. Leroy was born Aug. 11, 1930 to Earl Henry and Rosa Leola (Hays) Ewald in Alto Township, Lee County. He married Marjorie Irene Hare on March 29, 1951 in Steward.
Leroy proudly served our country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War in
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Janet Roinas

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
CRESTON -- Janet Darlene Roinas, 78, of Creston, passed away peacefully Friday, May 15, 2015, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb.
Born Aug. 22, 1936, in Madison, Minn., the daughter of Ordine and Mildred (Enger) Oleson, Janet married Eugene D. "Gene" Roinas on June 18, 1955, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee.
Janet worked as a proofreader at Rochelle
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Dorothy Thigpen

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Dorothy Carolyn Thigpen, 66, of Rochelle, passed away on May 15, 2015 at Serenity House in Oregon, from the effects of Alzheimer's. The disease may have taken her memories and abilities but it never was able to take the essence of her life, love and kindness.
Dorothy enjoyed flower gardening, hummingbirds, and paintings by Thomas Kinkade. She
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Leroy Ewald

Posted: Monday, May 18th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Leroy E. Ewald, 84, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015 in Freeport. Leroy was born Aug. 11, 1930 to Earl Henry and Rosa Leola (Hays) Ewald in Alto Township, Lee County. He married Marjorie Irene Hare on March 29, 1951 in Steward.
Leroy proudly served our country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War in
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Robert Young

Modified: Monday, May 11th, 2015
HAYWARD -- Robert L. Young, 81, of Hayward, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at his home.
Robert Lee Young was born April 18, 1934 in Morrison, the son of Clifford and Mary (Shoffner) Young. He went to school and graduated from Oregon High School. Bob was a gas man and sold and serviced propane. He retired to the north woods
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Vernan (Patricia) Koechig

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ASHTON -- Vernan Maxine (Patricia) Koechig, 92, of Ashton, passed away at her home May 4, 2015. She was born on May 5, 1922 in Weston (now Wheaton).
She served her country with the U.S. Army as a WAC with the rank of PFC, she was assigned as an Entertainment Specialist. She was sent overseas, she received two medals,
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Lilia Schlenbecker

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Lilia F. Schlenbecker, 43, of Rochelle, passed away May 1, 2015 at Rochelle Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Jesus is the Answer Church, Rochelle, with Rev. Transito Nambo officiating. A private burial will be held at Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle.
The family was assisted by the Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota.
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Sarah Smith

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
SHERMAN -- Sarah E. Smith, 90, of Sherman, died at 3:13 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at St. John's Hospice. She was born June 3, 1924 in Chilhowee, Mo., to George L. and Bessie Martin Russell. She married Floyd R. Smith in 1945 and he preceded her in death in 2000.
Survivors include her children, James R. (Geri)
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Charles Beck

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
Winnebago, Charles E. Beck, 86, of Winnebago, formerly of Bartlett, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 9, 1928, in Edmond, Kan., the son of Henry and Lena (Adams) Beck, he served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 18, 1951 to Jan. 18, 1953.
Charles married June Soden on Sept. 16, 1950, in Robinson, Kan. He was
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Wanda Ballard

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Wanda F. Corson Tipton Ballard, 78, of Rochelle, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 17, 1936 in Kirkland, the daughter of Fred H. and Muriel (Anthony) Baker. Wanda was a home health Certified Nurses Assistant for over 30 years. She enjoyed knitting, was an avid card player and very proud to
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