BYRON – Freda Smith, 84, of Byron, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and children on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born February 20, 1934 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to parents Clarence Chastain and Claudia (Childers) Chastain, Freda moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1953 and married Hubert Smith of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on November 20, 1954 in Belvidere, Illinois. Hubert cherished Freda immensely and provided tender, loving, and attentive care to his bride of 63 years.
OREGON – Angeline L. Messenger, 77, lifelong Oregon resident, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 in her home. Born Oct. 16, 1940 in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the daughter of William and Noma (Cheever) Bushland.
OREGON – Lois M. Tremble, 93, lifelong Oregon area resident, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. Born Oct. 21, 1924 in Mount Morris, the daughter of Morris and Illegia (Miller) Rowe.
DeKALB – Bruce Edward Scherger, 73 of DeKalb, died in his home on Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was surrounded by his family and devoted caregiver after a long courageous battle with a debilitating disease.