HARRIET R. KURTZ
ROCK FALLS - Harriet R. Kurtz, 80, of Rock Falls died Sunday, November 10, 2002 at CGH Medical Center. She was a Registered Nurse and had been employed as a scrub nurse for orthopedic surgeons in the Chicago area.
Mrs. Kurtz was born July 13, 1922 in Highland Park, the daughter of Lyle and Emma (Schaulis) Ream. She married Thomas D. Kurtz on April 9, 1946 in Chicago. He preceded her in death after 53 years of marriage. She was a Brownie and Cub Scout Leader, taught Bible school, and was a member of the CGH Medical Center Auxiliary.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Dr. Bill) Mallon of Durham, NC, Kathy (David) Ferrari of Milton, MA; one son, John (Lori) Kurtz of Sterling; one sister, Doris Lawrence of Lake Bluff, and five grandchildren, Heidi and Anna Kurtz, Tyler, Luke and Hana Ferrari.
Also preceding her in death was one sister, Evelyn Rauschert.
A private family service will be held at the Schilling Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the CGH Auxiliary in care of Joan Hermes, 100 E. Lefevre Road, Sterling.
FRANK W. "PETE" CASEY
STERLING - Frank W. "Pete" Casey, 71, of Sterling, died Monday, November 11, 2002 at the CGH Medical Center. He was a Production and Plant Manager at Frantz Manufacturing until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Casey was born November 6, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Frank R. and Eleanor (Hartshorn) Casey. He married Leola Clark on September 20, 1957 in Sterling. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Sterling Athletic Hall of Fame. He had a lifelong love of all sports especially track and field and was active in various church, school and community organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Leola; three sons, Tim (Peggy Sue) Casey of Westmont, Jim Casey of Sterling, Doug (Jamie) Casey of Palatine; one sister, Sally Stewart of Sterling; and six grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was his daughter, Susan.
Funeral services will be at 11 AM, Thursday, November 14, 2002 at St. John's Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Beckstrom, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM, Wednesday, at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
WARD H. WOESSNER
STERLING - Ward H. Woessner, 86, formerly of 1312 East 28th Street, died, Saturday, November 16, 2002, at Sterling Pavilion. He farmed in the Sterling area for over 50 years. Mr. Woessner was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church. He served for over 30 years on the Farmers Elevator Board of Milledgeville. Mr. Woessner was born March 21, 1916, the son of Fredrick and Mary Johnson Woessner. He married Arlene M. Deets at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Sterling on January 15, 1936. Survivors include his wife, Arlene; two sons, James (Hiroko) Woessner of Lubbock, TX. and Rick (Kathy) Woessner of Sterling; one daughter, Linda (David) Stralow of Sterling; one sister, Arlene Broers of Sterling; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Brad and Scott Stralow; five sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be 10 AM Tuesday at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Sterling with Reverend Philip Gronbach officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Monday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
WENDELL Z. FERGUSON
Wendell Z. Ferguson, 84, of Rock Falls, died Thursday. November 14, 2002 at CGH Medical Center. He was employed as a welder at NWSW until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Ferguson was born February 25, 1918 in Brownstown, the son of Eber S. and Nancy (Mills) Ferguson. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Air Force during WW II., and was a pilot of a B17 and flew with the Hellís Angels. He received the distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European Theater Ribbon with Battlestar and Victory Medal. He retired with the rank of Captain. He married Lillian A. Fee Devers on September 24, 1949. He was a former flight instructor at the Sterling Airport and a former assistant Cub-master. He was a member of the American Legion Post 902 Rock Falls and the VFW #5418 Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife, Lillian of Rock Falls; two daughters, Wendy Bley of Rock Falls, Paula Ferguson of Chicago; two sons, David (Marlene) Devers of Sterling, Mark Ferguson of Rock Falls; two sisters, Gladys Ellison of Morton, Kay (Ralph) Halterman of Ottawa; seven grandchildren, Leonard Devers, Jeffrey Devers, Heath Devers, Tina Ferguson, Kristen Ferguson, Shawna Ferguson, Amber Aldridge; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Preceding him in death were two sisters, two brothers and three grandchildren
Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM at the First Christian Church of Rock Falls with the Reverend April McClure, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-5, Sunday at the Schilling Funeral Home. A memorial has been established.
VERNON C. SHIPMAN, 83, of 308 East 7th Street died Saturday evening, November 16, 2002 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Mr. Shipman was owner of V. Shipman Heating in Rock Falls from 1945 until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls. Mr. Shipman was born July 14, 1919 in Fremont, the son of Lloyd and Gertrude Beck Shipman. He married Helen McConnell in 1948 and she preceded him in death in 1977. In 1979, he married Ina L. Apple in Rock Falls. Vernon was a Half-Track Driver in the U.S.Army during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star. After World War II, he was enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Ina; five daughters, Linda Lou Shipman of Decatur, Linda Sue (Kenneth) Ebright of Dayton, OH, Rosemary (Chris) Stark of Des Moines, IA, Sally (Marc) Perkowitz and Kitty Shipman both of Arlington Heights; one sister, Lucille McNinch of Rock Falls; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by five brothers.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at the First Christian Church in Rock Falls with Reverend April McClure officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Tuesday evening, November 19, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
CHARLES TERRY ROBINSON
STERLING - Charles Terry Robinson, 66, died Sunday, November 24, 2002 in a tragic automobile accident claiming the lives also of his wife, Barbara J. Robinson and mother Helen A. Thorup.
Charles T. Robinson was born July 24, 1936 in Harvard, the son of Charles F.W. and Helen (Andrew) Robinson. He married Barbara Conley on March 2, 1956 in Harvard.
As a very determined young man, Mr. Robinson started his career as a Draftsman at Woodstock Die Casting, later moving to Rockford and employed at National Lock as a Die Designer. In 1969 he moved his family to Sterling
where he was a partner and became President of Micro Industries in 1993. He was a member of numerous industry associations including the National Association of Die Casters, several civic organizations, as well as member and past-President of the Rock River Country Club.
He was a nature buff and enjoyed golf, tennis, boating, and was an avid car enthusiast which included racing and building cars.
Chuck was a wonderful father, a fantastic brother, a loving and generous grandfather survived by one son, Lance (Gina) Robinson of Sterling; one daughter, Gail (Kyle) Lawrence of Sweetwater, TX; one sister, Gloria Anderson of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Ryan Robinson, Nickolas Robinson, Kaitlin Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Elise Lawrence, Mark Lawrence and Michael Lawrence. He was also preceded in death by one son Mark and one daughter Susan in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 3 PM, Saturday at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Harvard. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, November 29, 2002 at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
BARBARA J. ROBINSON
STERLING - Barbara J. Robinson, 64, died Sunday, November 24, 2002 in a tragic automobile accident also claiming the lives of her husband Charles Terry Robinson and mother-in-law, Helen A. Thorup.
Barbara J. Robinson was born May 6, 1938 in Chicago, the daughter of Robert and Florence Strain Conley. She married Charles T. Robinson on March 2, 1956 in Harvard, IL.
Mrs. Robinson was owner and manager of Courtyard Apartments in Sterling for 30 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling. She also was a member of Rock River Country Club. Barbara enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, and travel. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them all her loves and hobbies. Barb was a volunteer, officer, and a member of many service organizations including the American Cancer Society and Whiteside County Republican Women's Club, as well as bowling, golf, tennis, and swimming associations. She also served as a Pink Lady at CGH Medical Center.
A mother who was loved, a sister who was cherished, and a playful Nana who will be missed by her survivors which include one son, Lance (Gina) Robinson of Sterling; one daughter, Gail (Kyle) Lawrence of Sweetwater, TX; one sister, Marilyn (Joseph) Stepon of LeClaire, IA; seven grandchildren, Ryan Robinson, Nickolas Robinson, Kaitlin Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Elise Lawrence, Mark Lawrence and Michael Lawrence.
She was preceded in death by one son, Mark and one daughter Susan in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Joe Snider officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 PM, Saturday at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Harvard, IL.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, November 29, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A Memorial has been established.
HELEN A. (ROBINSON) THORUP
STERLING - Helen A. Thorup, 87, of 710 West LeFevre, formerly of Cherokee Village, AR died Sunday, November 24, 2002, in a tragic automobile accident which also claimed the lives of her son, Charles Terry Robinson and daughter-in-law, Barbara J. Robinson.
Mrs. Thorup was born October 15, 1915 in Harvard, IL the daughter of George and May (Dixon) Andrew. She married Charles F.W. Robinson in 1934. He died in 1977. She later married Victor Thorup. He died in 1990. She was employed as a grocery store clerk at the A&P Store in Harvard.
She was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church and the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). She was an avid Square Dancer and golfer.
Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Anderson of Sterling; one stepdaughter, Marge Rogers of Cherokee Village, AR; five grandchildren, Lance Robinson, Gail Lawrence, Michelle Benish, Paulette Heney, Tamara Boyd; fourteen great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great
grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph Snider, Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Harvard, IL. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday at the funeral home.
GERTRUDE L. KOSIER
STERLING ó Gertrude L. Kosier, 86, died Monday, December 2, 2002 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
Mrs. Kosier was born December 29, 1915 in Genoa, NE, the daughter of Jabez E. and Rebecca (Swanson) Paulson. She married Kenneth L. Kosier on June 21, 1936 in Omaha, NE. He died January 13, 2001. She was a devoted mother and wife and served her community in many capacities. She did extensive volunteer work for the American Red Cross, the Christian Thrift Shop, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Sterling where she was a past president of the Christian Womenís Fellowship.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth P. Kosier, Verona, WI; two daughters, Jeanette M. Kosier of Peoria, Jo Ann Simpson, Ames, IA; two grandsons, one grandaughter, and one great grandson.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 6, 2002 at the First Christian Church of Sterling with the Reverend Jack Koehler, Pastor, and Reverend Sigurd Bjorklund officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church of Sterling, 3400 6th Avenue, Sterling, IL 61081
MARIE A. LANDIS
Marie A. Landis, 88, of 3112 Freeport Road, Sterling, died Saturday, December 7, 2002 at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison.
Mrs. Landis was born September 1, 1914 in Sterling, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Schumacher) Braitsch. She married Lloyd A. Landis on June 19, 1935 in St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Sterling. He preceded her in death on August 17, 2002. She was employed in the hosiery department of Chesterís Department Store in downtown Sterling and later as a dental assistant for Dr. Lee Behrens. Before her retirement, she was a pharmacy technician for 15 years at the Sterling-Rock Falls Clinic Pharmacy. She was a lifelong member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. She was a member of Edith Eykamp Circle, Sweet Adelines, and the Whiteside County Home Extension. She was an avid collector of violets. She and her husband belonged to the Corn Items Collectorsí Association.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Willard) Stanley of Sterling, Ann (Bill Adams) Reed of Morrison; four grandchildren, Brian (Diane) Reed of Sterling, Mark (Ann) Reed of Sycamore, Greg (Michelle) Stanley of Greer, SC, Gary Stanley of Sterling; five great grandchildren, Brandon and Nathan Reed of Sterling, Michael and Joshua Reed of Sycamore, and Candice Stanley of Greer, SC; two nieces and one nephew.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister Betty Boehm.
Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling with the Reverend Herbert Reed, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 PM, Monday at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
MARJORIE B. WALTERS
Marjorie B. Walters, 95, died Sunday, December 8, 2002 at the Sterling Pavilion. She was employed by National Mfg. Company until she retired in 1972.
Mrs. Walters was born May 23, 1907 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Van Fleet and Mable (Blean) Boze. She married Lester Dillow in 1934. He died in 1937. She later married Arthur W. Walters in 1947 in Morrison. He preceded her in death in 1992. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls and the Rock Falls Womenís Club. She enjoyed playing cards and knitting.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn (James) Robinson of Rock Falls; one son, James (Marilyn) Dillow of Dixon; one brother, Lynn (Fran) Boze of Hot Springs, AR; one sister-in-law, Sarah Boze of Rock Falls; six grandchildren: ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandson.
Also preceding her were three sisters, one brother, and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 11 AM, Thursday, December 12, 2002 at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Madeline Edwards, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to the Needy Childrenís Christmas Fund.