MARGOT N. HOYLE
STERLING — Margot N. Hoyle, 71, of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at CGH Medical Center.
Mrs. Hoyle was born March 4, 1933 in Dudelange, Luxemburg, the daughter of Jean and Marie (Moschtert) Nepgen. She married Edward Hoyle in April of 1954 in Luxemburg City, Luxemburg. He preceded her in death March 25, 1982.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Kay (Chuck) Gaumer, Margot A. Hoyle, both of Sterling; four sons, John A. (Janet) Hoyle of Lincoln, NE, Edward D. (Laura) Hoyle, Jr. of Rock Falls, Patrick J. (Jill) Hoyle, and Ronald K. Hoyle, both of Sterling; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was a sister, Annie Schmitt and a great grandson, Xavier Campbell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Carlson of Berean Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 AM Saturday, at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
Donald C. Peterson
STERLING - Donald C. Peterson, 65, of sterling, died Friday March 26, 2004 in Ft. Meyers FL. He was CEO of Peterson, Book, Quigg, & Inboden. He was a member of Gyros, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Illinois Insurance Agent Association, PIIA, Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce, and past president of Sterling Chamber,
Mr. Peterson was born April 23, 1938, in Streator, the son of Leonard and Irene Mae (Daugherty) Peterson. He married Karen Allen September 28, 1968, in Sterling.
Survivors include his wife; one son Donald Jr. (Anne) Peterson of Des Moines IA; two daughters Jennifer Peterson of Sterling, and Amie Peterson of Steamboat Springs CO; two grandchildren Zachary Allen Peterson, and Benjamin Thomas Peterson.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 Thursday, at St. Mary’s Church, Sterling, with the Monsignor Thomas Bales officiating. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 Wednesday at Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
JAMES R. CUMMINGS
STERLING — James R. Cummings, 63, of Sterling died Thursday, March 25, 2004 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He retired from Kelly-Springfield, Freeport, after 32 years.
James was born January 20, 1941 in Freeport, the son of Robert and Iola Cummings. He served in the US Navy. He married Marilyn Poffenberger in 1961. He later married Gloria Plumb Ankney in 1990. He was a member of Bethel Reformed Church, Sterling, where he served as a deacon, elder, and taught Sunday School.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; three daughters, Sue (Mark) Williams, Barbara Bell, both of Freeport, Karen (Lucas) Blum of Tacoma, WA; one son, Steven Cummings of Arlington Heights; two step-daughters, Catherine Rogers of Rock Falls, Tina (Karl) Vandermyde of Peoria; his mother, Iola Cummings of Freeport; one sister, Jean (Juan) Rameriz of Freeport; and seven grandchildren.
Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services will be at 4 PM, Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Bethel Reformed Church, Sterling, with Pastor Kenneth Zuithoff officiating. The family will receive friends one half hour before the services. Arrangements were completed by the Schilling Funeral Home.
In his memory a memorial has been established to Bethel Reformed Church Building Fund.
Florence M. Wolber
POLO — Florence M. Wolber, 85, died Thursday, March 11, 2004 at the Continental Manor, Polo. She was a retired factory worker at General Electric Co. in Morrison.
Mrs. Wolber was born July 17, 1918 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of Charles North and Marneva (Coyle) Yellowstone. She married Thomas Wolber on August 7, 1945 in Vandalia, MO. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Henderson of Lebanon, IN; a son, John (Laurel) Wolber of Bloomington; a sister, Juanita Yellowstone of Vandalia, MO; four grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Charles and a sister, Alida.
Funeral services will be at 1 PM, Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at the Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from Noon to 1 PM, Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
JOHN HENRY MINOR
ROCK FALLS — John Henry Minor, 59, died Sunday, February 29, 2004 at Swedish American Hospital. He was employed as a Galvanizer at the former Northwestern Steel & Wire Co.
Mr. Minor was born October 7, 1944 in Sterling, the son of John F. and Grace (Love) Minor. He served in the US Navy in Vietnam and was a life member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Survivors include a daughter Gina Minor of Rock Falls; a son, John F. Minor of West Brooklyn; their mother, Gloria Hopkins; two sisters, Sandy (Roland) Russell of Rock Falls, Mary (Dale) Linton of Blue River, WI; a brother, Robert Minor of Blue River, WI; and two grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Floyd Osborn officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Thursday at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
ETHEL L. BARRY
STERLING — Ethel L. Barry, 101, died Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at the Morrison Community Hospital. She was a secretary for the Barber Green Corp. for 30 years.
Ethel was born October 13, 1902 in Naperville, the daughter of Franklin and Ella (Baish) Zentmeyer. She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church of Aurora, past president of the National Secretarial Assoc., a past member of the Rock Falls Women’s Club, past member of the Aurora Women’s Club and past member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club.
Survivors include a son John C. (Sharon) Barry of Sterling; three grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Barry Driessens, Dawn (Marty) Barry Schmall, Scott R. Williams; four great grandchildren, Caleb Barry, Nathan Driessens, Korissa Driessens and Shayla Schmall
Preceding her in death were a daughter, Joan Arlene Williams, two sisters, Grace and Elvira and one brother Ivan.
Visitation will be from 3-5 on Saturday, March 6, 2004.
A memorial has been established.
HELEN C. SCHETTLER
STERLING — Helen C. Schettler, 89, died Monday, March 01, 2004. She was employed at Carey’s Grocery Store, Lawrence Brothers and then farmed with her husband.
Mrs. Schettler was born January 13, 1915 in Sterling, the daughter of William and Emma (Plautz) Otto. She married Marion C. Schettler on April 7, 1943 at Second Avenue Lutheran Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death November 18, 2003. She was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Sue (Kenneth) Johnson of Sterling; two grandchildren and several cousins.
Funeral services will be at 11 AM, Thursday, March 4, 2004 at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church with Reverend Joseph Cassady and Reverend Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-6 on Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to Christ Lutheran School and Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.
GRACE I. HANDEL
STERLING — Grace I. Handel, 87, died Thursday, February 26, 2004 at her home. She was employed as an aide at the Dixon Developmental Center for 18 years until she retired in 1981.
Mrs. Handel was born December 12, 1916 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Cloyd and Marvel (Kramer) Kendell, Sr. She married Lester E. Handel, Sr. on June 1, 1935 in Waukegan. He preceded her in death January 11, 1987. She was a member of the Como Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce (William) Long of Rock Falls; six sons, Warren (Dee) Handel, Gary (Sharon) Handel, Edward (Janie) Handel all of Rock Falls, Larry (Meredith) Handel of Rancho Santa Margaritas, CA, James (Josie) Handel of Palmdale, CA, Ray Handel of Sterling: three sisters, Jean Gallagher of Bagley, WI, Marian Carpenter of Oregon, Barb Travis of Rock Falls, five brothers, Gordon (Amy) Kendell of Sterling, Bill (Sheri) Kendell of Dixon, Vernon Kendell of Phoenix, AZ, Allen (Columbia) Kendell of Belvidere, Don Kendell of Florida; 24 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were two sons, Lester Handel, Jr., and Kenneth Handel, four grandsons, four brothers, two sisters, and three nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at the Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Brent Cloyd, Pastor of Como Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM, Tuesday at the Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
Robert Joseph Tresenriter
Robert Joseph Tresenriter, 77, Sterling, Illinois passed away peacefully Thursday, February 26th 2004.
Joe was born December 10, 1926 in Tuscola, IL son of Velda and Wayne Hoe Tresenriter. He married Virginia Ellen Foster on November 27th, 1948 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sterling where he served as an usher for many years. Virginia preceded him to their new life with God on May 25th 2002. Joe served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed on Guam and was a member of the Sterling American Legion Post #296. He retired from the Sterling Fire Department as Captain in 1982 after 20 years of service. After his retirement he served a term on the Police-Fire Commission in Sterling. He also served as a member of the Sterling-Rock Falls Elks B.P.O.E. 1218 where he was a Past Exalted Ruler and honored as Elk of the year. Joe was also a member of the Rock Falls Eagle’s Club F.O.E. 2783.
Joe is survived by his children Mary Jo of Vancouver, WA, Curt of Sterling, Carol of Rock Falls, Gary and daughter-in-law Barb of Rock Falls, son-in-law Gary Steder of Rock Falls, two grandchildren, Jonathan Robert and Marilyn Marie Tresenriter Rock Falls, Also surviving were four nieces Tammy (Keiser) Neal, Elizabeth and Jenifer Foster, Patricia (Foster) Hoffman and four nephews, Terry, Tim and Toby Keiser and James Foster.
Joe was also preceded in death by his parents, two children John Robert and Marilyn Marie Tresenriter, mother in-law Margaret Foster, sister Marilyn (Tresenriter) Keiser and brother in-law Dick Keiser, Aunt and Uncle, Mildred and Gene Meadows and brother-in-law James Foster. These and other family and friends were waiting to greet him in his new life with God.
Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, March 1st at 12 noon at St Mary’s Church in Sterling. Visitation will be Sunday 1-4 at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial at Calvary Cemetery.
Doris M. Hammett
Doris M. Hammett, 88, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004 surrounded by family and friends. She was chief switchboard operator for Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. until she retired.
Doris was born December 15, 1915 in Lockridge, IA, the daughter of James and Mary (McElwee) Helfenstein. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. during WW II. She married Harlan Hammett on September 12, 1950 in Clinton, IA. She served for over 30 years on the Self Help Board of Directors in the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary. She was one of the original founders of the Crangle Foundation in 1987. A group home for the developmentally disabled was named after her, Hammett House, at 1845 First Avenue. She was a partner in the Black Sheep and past International President of the Pilot Club.
Doris was a visionary. She had the will to do and the soul to dare. She always had a hand to give that made a difference. She had faith in people and always saw the good. She was a woman of faith and belonged to the First United Methodist Church Women and was Administrator and Board Chairman of the First Untied Methodist Church.
Doris was the potato salad maker for Moonlight Bay Marina and Restaurant and enjoyed knitting and playing cards.
Doris was wife, mother grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend and volunteer.
Survivors include her husband, Harlan; a daughter, Harlene Hammett of Sterling; a brother, Burt (Henrietta) Helfenstein of Peoria, AZ; two grandsons, Mathew Bostelman, B.J. (Grace) Bostelman, both of Sterling; a great-grandson, Brady Bostelman; and a nephew, Randy Keller.
A daughter, Pam Bostelman preceded her in death on January 25, 2004.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Sterling, with the Reverend Christine Gilbert pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A Memorial has been established.
MOTHER ANNIE BELL GARRETT
On Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 9:18 A.M. Heavenly Gate opened and Mother Annie Bell Wheeler Garrett entered.
Mother Garrett was born August 24, 1923 to Jessie and Minnie (Nores) Wheeler at Blackhawk, Mississippi. She married Alonzo Garrett on September 9, 1946 in Webb, Miss. He preceded her in death October 28, 1984. They were the parents of seven children; one son, Forchin (Bernice) Garrett; daughters, Minnie (Clarence) Walker, Ella (James) Phillip, Catherine (Robert) Gibson, Lonnie Chattic, Emma (Hubert) Harden, Mattie Garrett.
Mother Garrett was chosen by God on August 24, 1960 and ordained by Pastor Jesse Wheeler (father) in 1962. She became one of the first women ministers in Mississippi. In 1976, God gave her the vision to build the Temple. She founded and pastored Friendship Temple of Jesus Christ in Webb, Miss. The seed church is Friendship Temple of Jesus Christ in Sterling.
She was recognized for her works in the community. A road was named after her for achievements in the community in Webb, Miss.
Survivors include her seven children; 28 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her father, Jesse Wheeler, mother, Minnie Wheeler, brother Jesse Wheeler, sisters, Willie Lee Fisher and Annie Lee Bradford.
Homegoing celebration will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 2, 2004 at the Friendship Temple of Jesus Christ, 902 Oak Avenue, Sterling. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM, Friday, October 1, 2004 at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association.