Freda Smith

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.... more

Mary Ellen Whitney Sassaman

OREGON – Mary Ellen Whitney Sassaman, 100, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018, after a long and full life. She was born Oct. 29, 1917 on a farm between Davis Junction and Stillman Valley. She was delivered during a blizzard with snow so deep that her father had to take a horse and cutter over the fences to fetch her grandmother. Mary Ellen was the daughter of Timothy and Mattie Bear Whitney. She had one sister, Bette Lace, who preceded her in death in 2007. On March 19, 1938, Mary Ellen married Howard Sassaman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon. They raised 4 children, Timothy, Twins Patrick and Michael, and Bridget.... more

Grant Richard Runyard

WINNEBAGO – Grant Richard Runyard, 81, lifelong resident of Winnebago, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born May 31, 1936 in Rockford the son of Ivan Moore and Olive “Ollie” Maxine (Kinnamon) Runyard. ... more


Angeline L. Messenger

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.... more

Patricia A. Johnson

STILLMAN VALLEY – Patricia A. Johnson, age 88, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away, Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born in Feb. 1930 in Melrose Park, the daughter of David and Inez (Mieure) Robb. ... more


George A. Joesten

DAVIS JUNCTION – George A. Joesten, age 95, died Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born July 16, 1922 in Oregon, the son of Ailt and Mary (Gigous) Joesten. ... more

Naomi Tilbury Hendrickson

BYRON – Naomi Tilbury Hendrickson, age 90, died Monday, March 26, 2018, in Lawson, Mo., where she had resided for the past 15 years. Naomi was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Marietta, Minn. ... more

Eunice Elizabeth Eckhardt

ROCHELLE – Eunice Elizabeth Eckhardt, 84, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Franklin Grove. Eunice was born on Feb. 25, 1934 to Ulrich and Esther Wald in Nelson, Wis.... more

William “Bill” Busser,

BYRON – William “Bill” Busser, age 86, of Byron passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 14, 1931 in Chester, S.D., the son of Henry and Martina (Boone) Busser.... more

Mary B. Reciak

OREGON – Mary B. Reciak, 92, of Oregon, died Sunday March 25, 2018 in her home. Born May 1, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Rose (Sumera) Studnicki. ... more

Helen McAffee Debnam

BYRON – Helen McAffee Debnam died on March 23, 2018 in New York, NY. She was 88 years old. She was born on Jan. 13, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois the daughter of Lucille Lewis and Chester Alden McAffee. ... more


Lois M. Tremble

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.... more


Bruce Edward Scherger

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.... more

Margaret R. 'Peggy' Myers

OREGON – Margaret R. "Peggy" Myers, 88, of Oregon, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. Born Sept. 24, 1929 in Harvey, the daughter of Charles and Helen (Grange) Rose.... more

Wayne L. Kretsinger

LEAF RIVER – Wayne L. Kretsinger, age 76, of Leaf River passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Oregon Living and Rehab Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Leaf River on Jan. 6, 1942 the son of Kenneth and Jessie (Nichols) Kretsinger.... more

Rogene E. 'Jean' Johnston

OREGON – Rogene E. "Jean" Johnston, 83, of Oregon died Monday, March 19, 2018 in Generations at Neighbors, Byron. Born April 6, 1934 in Marion Township, Ogle County, the daughter of Daniel and Anna (Bulthaus) Rieken.... more


Margaret 'Margie' Johnson

OREGON – Margaret “Margie” Johnson, of Oregon, passed away on March 18, 2018. She was born in Freeport on June 1, 1932 the daughter of George and Eva (Foley) Egan.... more

Nellene M. Jeter

BYRON – Nellene M. Jeter, age 83, died Monday, March 19, 2018 at her home in Byron surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 20, 1934 the daughter of Philip and Marie (Groff) Morrison. ... more

Barbara Drew Mick Herbon

DIXON – Barbara Drew Mick Herbon, 82 of Dixon passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.... more

Allan H. Genandt

FORRESTON – Allan H. Genandt, 85, of Forreston died March 16, 2018 at FHN Memorial Hospital. He was born August 18, 1932.... more


Sherwood J. Drumheller

MOUNT MORRIS – Sherwood J. Drumheller, age 67, passed away on March 17, 2018 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Sherwood was born June 26, 1950 in Rockford, the son of Kenneth and Mae (Hass) Drumheller. ... more

Robert E. Cummins, Jr.

LEAF RIVER – Robert E. Cummins, Jr., age 72, died Friday, March 16, 2018. He was born July 24, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas the son of Robert E. and Ruby (Peavey) Cummins, Sr.... more