Ida Mae (Friemuth) Turner

OREGON – Ida Mae (Friemuth) Turner, 102, died peacefully on Sept. 16, 2022, in Byron. She was surrounded by her loving family. Ida was born March 20, 1920 in Rockford township of Winnebago County, the daughter of John and Pearl (Capes) Friemuth. She grew up on the farm and learned work values at an early age. She graduated from elementary school at Mt. Morris and completed a high school course through the American Correspondence School in Chicago achieving her dream of having a high school education.... more

Martha Travis

OREGON – Martha Travis, 91, of Oregon, went to her heavenly home on Sept. 16, 2022. Martha was born on Feb. 10, 1931 in Rochelle, the daughter of Fredrick and Maxine (Hauser) Schabacker. ... more

Christopher T. Plum

OREGON – Christopher T. Plum, age 63, passed away at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center on Sept. 17, 2022. He was born on Feb. 4, 1959 in Oregon, the son of David and Lois (Holloway) Plum.... more

Donald Bruce McMillan

OREGON – Donald Bruce McMillan, age 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. He was born Jan. 17, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Donald and Joyce (Brown) McMillan. ... more

Mary Anne Becker

OREGON – Mary Anne Becker died peacefully Sept. 21, 2022 in Serenity Hospice Home. She was born April 9, 1932 in Oregon to John and Mary (Hoover) Robertson.... more

John 'Papa John' Bartelt

OREGON – John "Papa John" Bartelt passed peacefully from "The Serenity House" in Oregon, into his new heavenly home on Sept. 13, surrounded by family.... more


Nora Ann Skurski

Nora Ann Skurski, 99, of Byron, died peacefully at home Aug. 22, 2022 with family by her side. Born June 15, 1923 in rural Santiago, Minn., one of five children of Austin and Augusta (Peshke) Burns. ... more

Charles Armour Williams

STILLMAN VALLEY – On Monday, Sept. 5th Charles Armour Williams (A.K.A. Chuck or Bub) was called home after a long and fulfilling life. Chuck was born on July 25th, 1930 to Charles H. and Margaret Williams of Stillman Valley, the eldest of what would become six siblings (3 brothers and 3 sisters). Throughout the trials of the Great Depression he attended a small, one-room school (grades K-9) on the corner of Armour Road and Route 72. As World War II raged, he transferred to the new Stillman Valley High School, where he excelled in several sports and became Class President, member of the Student Council, the “S” Club, and FFA. He was known a great basketball player and an even better baseball player. He graduated SVHS in 1948 and declined a sports scholarship (to what would become Northern Illinois University) to stay around the farm and help his family.... more

Patricia Louise Snyder

OREGON – Patricia Louise Snyder, 81, died on Sept.11, 2022 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, Illinois. Pat was born on Febr. 27, 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to James L. Gessaman and Adah-belle Gessaman.... more

“Dr Joe” T Simeone

“Dr Joe” T Simeone, died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2022, at his beloved old home on Rock River in Oregon. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Gaetano and Frances (Sciannimanico) Simeone and brother to Theresa (Neil) Bernardo.... more

Melvin E. “Moe” Kielsmeier

MOUNT MORRIS – Melvin E. “Moe” Kielsmeier, age 84, passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home on Sunday Sept. 11, 2022. Moe was born on Feb. 3, 1938 in Freeport, the son of Clarence and Ruth (Williams) Kielsmeier. He was a graduate of Mt. Morris High School class of 1957. Moe married Nancy Glotfelty on Oct. 12, 1957 in the Mt. Morris Brethren Church; Nancy was Moe’s high school sweetheart for 65 years.... more