Obituaries
 

Marlene L. Pease

Marlene L. Pease, 85, of DeKalb, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. Marlene was employed in retail for many years. She was a huge sports booster of her four sons.... more

Wladyslaw “Wally” Malyszek

Wladyslaw “Wally” Malyszek, 74, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Wally was born on Jan. 5, 1947 to Wincent and Wladyslawa (Bzowy) Malyszek in Walbrzych, Poland. On April 30, 1993, he married Grace Josefina in Wheaton. He drove truck for a company in Chicago that delivered the glass for the construction of the Sears Tower aka Willis Tower. Later he became a roofer for many years and then after 9/11 he went back to driving truck until his retirement in 2011. ... more

Joann E. Bachman

OREGON – Joann E. Bachman, 87, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in her home. Born April 6, 1934 in DeSoto, Wis., the daughter of Basil and Caroline (Kolf) Worman.... more

 

Wilma Nicole Dillon Nance

Wilma Nicole Dillon Nance, 71, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at the Rochelle Community Hospital. Wilma was born on June 4, 1950, to William and Mary (Lawson) Dillon in Rochelle.... more

Patricia R. Wells

Patricia R. Wells, 94 of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Byron, died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born July 1, 1927 in Rockford to Kenneth and Lois Hamer.... more

Richard Eugene Meyer

CHANA – Richard Eugene Meyer, 89, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Richard was born Jan. 16, 1932 to Wallace and Helen Stern in Paw Paw. Because of hard times, Richard, age 5, and brother Harold, age 7, moved in with their Uncle Bill and Aunt Ruth Meyer on the farm in Chana. ... more

Eleanor Anne Kane

DAVIS JUNCTION – Eleanor Anne Kane, age 92, of Davis Junction, passed peacefully on Oct. 9, 2021 at her home with loved ones at her side. She was born April 1, 1929 to Ricardo and Antonia (Medina) Navarro in Davis Junction. She was deeply loved by her whole family and will be greatly missed by all.... more

Marilyn Elaine Eickman

MOUNT MORRIS – Marilyn Elaine Eickman, age 92, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. Marilyn was born on Oct. 24, 1928 in Leaf River, the daughter of Hibbard H. and Helen E. (Cramer) Reber, Sr. ... more

Larry J. “Pete” VanBriesen

OREGON – Larry J. “Pete” VanBriesen, 77, of Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Born Dec. 15, 1943, in Rockford, the son of Carl and Marie (Rhodes) VanBriesen. ... more

Carol Jo Martin

Carol Jo Martin, formerly from Mt. Morris, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2020 at Aperion Nursing Home in Elgin. Jo was born on Nov. 3, 1947 in Oregon to Sylvia Heather.... more

Ronald Edward Horn

OREGON – Ronald Edward Horn, age 59, of Oregon, passed away at home on Oct. 1, 2021. He was born in Rochelle on Sept. 12, 1962, and lived in Ashton until moving to Oregon at the age of 8. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1980.... more

Gary Lee Fruin

DIXON – Gary Lee Fruin, age 70, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was born July 22, 1951 in Dixon the son of Thomas and Claudia (Malach) Fruin.... more

Alice W. Maas

BOLINGBROOK – Alice W. Maas, age 93, from Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook died Thursday, Sept.23, 2021. She was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Danville, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Kite) Smith. ... more

Mary Catherine (Boehm) Hermann

Mary Catherine (Boehm) Hermann of Killeen, Texas passed away at her home on Sept. 8, 2021. Mary was born on Oct. 15, 1955 in Rockford Illinois to Robert and Norma Boehm. She was raised in Byron and graduated from Byron High School in May of 1973. She attended Rock Valley College from 1973-1975 where she met her husband and the love of her life, Dan Hermann. They were married on June 6, 1976. ... more

Angela Rose Marie (Salerno) Ghibellini

Angela Rose Marie (Salerno) Ghibellini passed away on Sept. 22, 2021 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. She was born on Dec. 31st, 1937 in Rochester, N.Y., to Paul and Angela (Amoroso) Salerno. Angela graduated from North High School, Sheboygan, Wis., in 1955. After high school she graduated from Saint Anthony’s School of Nursing, Rockford, in May of 1958. Angela started working for Kable News Company on March 14, 1973 and was employed there for 23 years.... more

Mary Ilene Cullor

Mary Ilene Cullor, 82, of Forreston, passed away, Friday Sept. 10, 2021, at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford. Mary was born June 18, 1939, in Unionville, Mo., the daughter of Francis and Mary (Norton) Medlin. On Dec. 31, 1955, Mary married Luther Cullor in Unionville, Mo. Mary took on many roles in her life, farmer, homemaker, she worked at Micro, but most importantly of all loving mother.... more

Dean Davis Butterbaugh

MOUNT MORRIS – Dean Davis Butterbaugh, 97, of Mount Morris, formerly of Dixon, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Pinecrest Village in Mount Morris. He was a farmer in the Lee County area for 20 years. Then he worked for the Production Credit Association for 20 years, eight as Loan Officer and the last twelve years as the President of the Association. ... more

Joyce Elaine Bennett

BYRON – Joyce Elaine Bennett, age 74, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at the Generations at Neighbor’s Rehabilitation Center in Byron. She was born Sept. 9, 1947 the daughter of Delbert L. and Lola B. (Burd) Saam. She graduated from Byron High School in 1965. ... more