Shirley M. Parks

BYRON – Shirley M. Parks, 87, of Byron, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. She was born Oct. 2, 1930 in Rockford the daughter of Kenneth and Jennie (Carey) Nelson.... more

(Nola) Louise Hartle

OREGON – (Nola) Louise Hartle, age 84, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 with her family at her side. Louise was born Feb. 18, 1933 in Jefferson County, Tenn., the daughter of Johnnie and Edith (Talbott) Horner.... more

Freda J. Engelkes

OREGON – Freda J. Engelkes, 84, of Oregon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1933 in Byron, the daughter of Joseph Lee and Isabella (Sutton) Fletcher. ... more

Lena M. Stienmetz

OREGON – Lena M. Stienmetz, 89, longtime Oregon resident, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 17, 1928 in La Valle, Wis., the daughter of George and Mabel (Palmer) Nachtigal.... more

Patrick M. " pree-pop" Soper

LEAF RIVER – Patrick M. " pree-pop" Soper, age 67, passed away on Sept. 28, 2017 at Generations neighbors Nursing Home in Byron after a long Battle of COPD. Patrick was born May 7, 1950 in chicago, the son of Leonard and Natalie (Vanderley) Soper. ... more

Charles V. “Chuck” Thornquist

BYRON – Charles V. “Chuck” Thornquist, age 89, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at O.S.F. Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born Aug. 3, 1928 in McPherson, Kan., the son of Elmer and Anna (Holm) Thornquist. ... more

Clifford E. Knapp

OREGON – Dr. Clifford E. Knapp, 78, of Oregon, husband of Nancy Churchill, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. He was born in New Jersey, son of the late Edward and Louise Knapp of Ridgefield, N.J., where he grew up.... more

Pamela Sue Hammer

OREGON – Pamela Sue Hammer, age 65, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Pinecrest Manor in Mount Morris. She was born Nov. 4, 1951 in Sandwich, the daughter of Robert W. and I. Bernice (Scheer) Hammer. ... more

Charles W. Bloomingdale

HOLCOMB – Charles W. Bloomingdale, 86, passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Oregon, IL. Charles was born June 12, 1931 to Joseph E. and Edna Maria (Johnson) Bloomingdale in Belvidere.... more

Lee A. Reif, Sr.

BYRON – Lee A. Reif, Sr., age 77, passed away at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. He was born on Feb. 7, 1940 in Chicago, the son of Milo and Elma (Kline) Reif.... more

Jean Quentin Bearrows

OREGON – Jean Quentin Bearrows 98, of Lindenwood, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 15, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. He was born on May 20, 1919 in Flagg Twp., Ill., to the late Bert and Maude (Furman ) Bearrows. Jean proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy as Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class.... more


Mary A. Ackerson

ASHTON – Mary A. Ackerson, 96, lifelong Ashton area resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in The Meadows at Franklin Grove. Born Nov. 20, 1920 in Shaw Station, the daughter of Sherman and Eva (Turner) Shaw. ... more