BETTY J. DOERING
Mrs. Betty J. Doering, 82, of Rock Falls died Saturday, February 24, 2007 at CGH Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and was employed for many years by the First National Bank of Sterling. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls.
Betty Doering was born December 22, 1924 in Whiteside County, the third child of Nathan and Jessie Dingel Hand. She married Robert Doering in Key West, FL on December 3, 1969. Betty was a wonderful housekeeper and loved her home.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Rock Falls; one daughter, Rita Harsh of Bloomington, IL; one sister, Jean (Vern) Purdue of Rock Falls; one brother, Don (Lorraine) Hand of Prophetstown; and one grandson, Barry (Brenda) Litchfield of Deerwood, MN whom she was extremely proud of. She also enjoyed her great-grandsons, Alex and Grant Litchfield.
She is also survived by one step-daughter, Paula Hart of Sterling; and two step-sons, Mark Doering of Rock Falls and Kevin Doering of Oakland, CA; five step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert Hand and Harvey Hand; and one step-daughter, Kimberly Doering.
Funeral services will be held 10AM Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls with Pastor Daniel Behmlander officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
STERLING - Lorraine Helms, 83, died February 11, 2007 at Carolina’s Medical Center, Charlotte, NC after becoming ill while visiting her daughter.
Lorraine was born August 7, 1923 in Battle Creek, IA, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Holtz) Janssen. She married Walter Helms on December 3, 1941 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1987. She was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sterling and an active member of the Ladies of the Elks, Moose, and Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia (Ron) Engvoldsen of Augusta, GA, Kathy (Bob) Marsh of Sterling, and Lori (Paul) Chapman of Ft. Mill, SC; one sister, Dorothy Van Drew of Clinton, IA; eight grandchildren, Guy Terry, Tara Gosneigh, Trent Marsh, Erik Marsh, Grant Chapman, Davis Chapman, Michael Chapman, and Christopher Thomas; seven great-grandchildren, Conner, Caroline, Samuel, Kortny, Evan, Anna, and Madeline who always put a special twinkle in her eye, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jeanine Thomas; two sisters, Mildred Scherner and Gladys Ericksen; and one brother, Louis Janssen.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, February 19, 2007 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Reverend Judi Huseth officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1-3 PM at Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
HOPE JUAREZ, 62, died Monday morning, February 12, 2007 at her home. Hope Juarez was born March 27, 1944 in Sterling, the daughter of Manuel and E. Amelia Gonzalez Caudillo. She married John J. Juarez in Sterling on July 10, 1965.
She is survived by her husband John; one daughter, Johanna (Mark) Mattingly of Walnut; four sons, Brian (Christine) Caudillo, John (Maria) Juarez, and Joseph Juarez all of Rock Falls and James (Louise) Juarez of Sterling; three sisters, Esther Ramirez and Carmen Rosenberg both of Sterling and Margie (Alex) Falcon of Texas; three brothers, David Caudillo of Rock Falls and John (Donna) Caudillo and Nick (Judy) Caudillo both of Sterling; eighteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Peter, Manuel and David; and one grand-daughter, Madonna.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday at Schilling Funeral Home with Craig Hoyle officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home and also 10-11 AM on Friday.
A Memorial has been established.
LILA J. TRADER
FORT ORANGE, FL (formerly of Sterling)
Lila J. Trader, 65 of Fort Orange, FL died Monday, February 12, 2007 at Volusia/Flagler Hospice Inpatient Care in Fort Orange.
Lila J. Trader was born on September 27, 1941 in Sterling, the daughter of Lester and Evelyn Musser Otten. In 1984 she married George C. Trader in Durham, NC. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2003. Mrs. Trader had been employed at Northern Telecommunications in Durham, NC as an administrative assistant before retiring in 1996.Mrs. Trader was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, FL
Mrs. Trader is survived by her father, Lester Otten; one daughter, Lisa (Ron) Cantu of Amity, AR; one son, Don (Kim) Montgomery of Benton, AR; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her dearly beloved husband George Trader and her mother Evelyn Otten in 2005.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home, with Reverend Roger Carlson pastor of Berean Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. There will be no visitation.
A memorial has been established to Volusia/Flagler Hospice or the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
STERLING - Betty L. Kropf , 75, died February 10, 2007, at Sterling Pavilion. Betty died of cancer, which was discovered a few weeks ago. She was born on August 24, 1931, the daughter of Earl and Lorene (Brunk) Henderson. Betty married Milo E. Kropf on September 6, 1951. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Milo, and granddaughter Faith Boettner. Survivors include her children; Jeanette (Steve)Boettner of German Valley, Merlin of Sterling, Sally of Dixon, Sandra of Rock Falls, Ann (Bob) Kurtz of Freeport, Rita (Derrick) Miller of Freeport, Dale of Des Plaines, and Noland of Davenport. 24 Grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She has one brother, Ansel Henderson of Ohio.
Betty always had a smile on her face. She loved to talk and visit with family and friends. She was a very giving person that would always want to help others. When it came to hobbies, she would always be knitting up some project for someone or creating something with her plastic canvas and yarn. Baking cookies for family and friends was also a way for Betty to put a smile on their faces. During her younger years, Betty would always have a flower garden that would make the air pleasing to smell and beautiful to see. When you went in the house, you were always greeted with Betty’s friend, Tigger, who always wanted to be petted.
Mom will be missed very much by her children, grandchildren, brother, relatives, and friends. Visitation will be Monday February 12, 2007 from 5-8 P.M. at the Schilling Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday February 13, 2007 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church at. Burial will be at Science Ridge Mennonite Church Cemetery for the family members and close friends.
A memorial has been established.
Domitilla E. Herrig Cerjan
Born on May 18, 1920 the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Tuberty) Molloy of Albert Lea, Minnesota at Navee Hospital.
Graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1937. Domie received her B.S. degree from Winona State Teachers College. She was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed bowling, bridge and crossword puzzles.
She married Dr. Joseph Herrig September 1, 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1956. Together they had three children, Jane (Dan) Melton, of Bellevue, Iowa; Charles (Janet) Herrig, Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and Katherine (Richard) Schroeder, who preceded her in death on February 14, 1999.
She married Anthony M. Cerjan in 1957. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1997. Together they had two daughters; Susan (Bill) De Souza of Wentzville, Missouri, and Margaret (Gary) Weidler of St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Domitilla taught English literature at Morrison Community High School from 1970 until her retirement in 1982. Prior to teaching in Morrison, she taught at Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa, and Andrew High School in Andrew, Iowa.
Six grandchildren: Molly (Brent) Grover of Dubuque, Iowa, Christopher (Rhonda) Melton of Missoula, Montana, Jessica (Andy) Espinoza of Chicago, Illinois, Anthony Herrig of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Benjamin (Carly) Herrig of Chicago, Illinois, and Andrew Schroeder of Chicago, Illinois.
Three great-grand children: Cory Grover, Payton Grover, and Cameron Matz.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the The Domitilla Cerjan Scholarship Fund to be set up at Morrison High School.
A visitation will be held at St Anne’s Episcopal Church on Friday February 9th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday at 10:30 at St Anne’s.
INA L. SHIPMAN
Ina L. Shipman, 93, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. She had been employed as a packer and instructor for 36 years at Lawrence Brothers until retiring in 1979.
Mrs. Shipman was born September 2, 1913 in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of John H. and Flora E. (Hileman) Apple. She married Vernon C. Shipman on December 26, 1978 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2002. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls.
Surviving are five step-daughters, Linda Lou Shipman of Decatur, Linda Sue (Kenneth) Ebright of Dayton, OH, Rosemary (Chris) Stark of Des Moines, IA, Sally (Marc) Perkowitz of Arlington Heights, Kitty Keime of Rock Falls; five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM, Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling with Reverend Brian Moore, Pastor of the First Christian Church, Walnut, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 PM, Thursday.
A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church, Rock Falls.
MELBA L. BLUMER
Melba L. Blumer, 89 of Morrison, died Monday, February 5, 2007 at Resthave Retirement and Nursing Home. She and her husband farmed in the area.
Mrs. Blumer was born August 24, 1917 in Humansville, MO, the daughter of Robert and Velma (Woods) Webb. She married George W. Blumer on May 3, 1947 in Muscatine, IA. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded by three sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2007 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Wesley S. Dickson, Pastor of Coleta United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville. Visitation will be from 9-10 AM, Saturday at the Funeral Home
A memorial has been established.
KRISTINE ANN WIRE
ROCK FALLS - Kristine Ann Wire, 53, died unexpectedly, Monday, February 05, 2007 at her home. She was employed by Illinois Department of Transportation in Dixon since 1971 and for the past several years held the position of executive secretary for the Bureau of Local Roads and Streets.
Kristine was born April 20, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of Richard H. and June A. (Coats) Gibbs. She married Jeffery A. Wire on May 3, 1975 at East Jordan Methodist Church. He preceded her in death in June of 1980.
Survivors include her mother of Polo; a brother, Marty Gibbs of Polo and her dog, Jake.
She was also preceded in death by her father in 1981.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling with Reverend Roger Carlson, Pastor of Berean Baptist Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
A memorial has been established.
Keith E. Lester
Rock Falls - Keith E. Lester, 89, died Sunday, January 28, 2007 at his home. He was in the local carpenters union for over 50 years specializing in floor covering.
Mr. Lester was born April 1, 1917 in Rock Falls, the son of S. Lloyd and Edna (Eshleman) Lester. He married Edith M. Noon March 1, 1941 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death April 29, 2001. As a corporal in the US Marine Corp he served during WWII in the Asian Theater. He was a 50 year member of Rock Falls Christian Church.
Survivors are two sons, Roger (Joan) Lester of Forsyth, Paul (Daretta) Lester of Blytheville, AR; five grandchildren Mark (Katie) Lester, Jeffrey Lester, Kimberly (Eric) Benting, Hollie (Mark) Bosarge, Heidi Lester; and three great-grandchildren Hailey and Whitney Benting, and Andrew Lester.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth White and a brother, John.
Services will be held at 10 A.M Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend April McClure Stewart of First Christian Church of Rock Falls officiating. Burial will be 1 P.M. Thursday with Military Rights at the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7, Tuesday, January 30th at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
A memorial has been established to the Rock Falls Christian Church and Sauk Valley Marine Corps detachment.
NINA ORIENNE MANGAN
ROSWELL, GA - Nina Orienne Mangan, formerly of Sterling, died Monday, January 15, 2007 on her 81st birthday at Sunrise Assisted Living after an illness.
Mrs. Mangan was born January 15, 1926 in Huntsville, MO, the daughter of Clarence and Ora Catherine (Henry) Walters. She married John Mangan May 30, 1948 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2005. She was a devoted wife and mother all her life. She and John enjoyed golfing, bridge, and travel before retiring to Orlando, Florida.
Survivors are two daughters, Kay (Benjamin) Sharpton of Roswell, GA, and Jeri (Daniel) Klepp of Hubertus, WI; 4 grandchildren Matthew Klepp, Amanda Rasmuson, Nicole Sharpton, and Jonathon Sharpton, and 3 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother Hugh Walters, two sisters Eula Sears and Anna Cramer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2007 at with Reverend Christine Gilbert of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling on Thursday, January 18, 2007.
A memorial has been established.