OSCAR CHAN J. FREY
Sterling – Oscar Chan J. Frey, 56, died Monday, January 8, 2007 at his home. He was a machinist for General Electric for over 30 years.
Mr. Frey was born October 6, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Oscar and Blanche (Messmer) Frey. He served in the US Army. He attended Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling.
Survivors are his mother of Rock Falls; two sisters, Donna (Frank) Seibert of Blue Grass, IA, and Bonnie (Richard) Decker of Rock Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2007, at Bethel Reformed Church, Sterling with Reverend Kenneth Zuithoff, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM, Friday at the Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established to Bethel Reformed Church.
KATHERINE “KATHY” J. DRYNAN
STERLING - Katherine “Kathy” J. Drynan, 60 of Sterling, died Friday, January 5, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kathy was born December 17, 1946 in Sterling, the daughter of Lloyd and Martha (Genster) Klocke. She married Leland A. Drynan on August 23, 1969 in Sterling. She was employed at Peterson Insurance for thirty-five years where she greatly enjoyed her work and all the people she met as a personal lines manager. She was a member of Women’s Insurance and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling and was active in the Why Catholic group.
Survivors include her husband, Leland of Sterling; her mother Martha Klocke of Sterling; two sisters, Barbara (Thomas) Luther of Madison, WI and Martie (Thomas) Kojis of Green Bay, WI; nieces and nephews; an extended family of close friends and her dog Bugsy.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maricarole Jenner and her father, Lloyd “Sonny” Klocke.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sterling with the Reverend Paul Lipinski officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling and Thursday from 9:30 -10:30 AM at the church.
Kathy enjoyed summers on the river, vacation cruises, dancing, cooking for friends and especially making others laugh. Her positive attitude and spirit will forever live on in our memories.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Kathy’s name.
JERRY G. KENNEY
Mt. Morris - Jerry G. Kenney, 66,died Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at his home of natural causes. He was the owner of Kenney Insurance Agency in Dixon and Mt. Morris for 42 years.
Mr. Kenney was born July 15, 1940 in Sterling, the son of Fred and (Lucille Rhodes) Kenney. He served in the Air Force.
Surviving are three sons; Fred (Jen) Kenney of Oregon, Scott (Carrie) Kenney of Sterling and Charles (Julyne) Kenney of Cortland, one daughter, Rosalie (Lonnie) Feary of Polo, one brother; James (Anne) Kenney of Sterling, one sister; Sue (Walter) Smith of Sterling and 9 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, January 8, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Christine Gilbert pastor officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be 1-3 PM, Sunday, January 7 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.
A memorial has been established
Mara C. Dudley
Sterling - Mara C. “Bunny” Dudley, 90, of Sterling, died Monday, January 1, 2007 at Coventry Living Center. She was employed as a clerk for Dodge Manufacturing for 20 years.
Mrs. Dudley was born March 1, 1916 in Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of William and Ruth (Otterbein) Beghtel. She married Harl W. Dudley on September 29, 1934 in South Bend, IN. He died December 28, 1979. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Sterling.
Survivors are a daughter, Eloise (Kenneth) Murray of Brewster, MA; a son, Donald (Betty Lou) Dudley of Morrison, four sisters, Dorothy Billey of South Bend, IN, Meryl Cowan of Denver, CO, June Pridachuck of Seattle, WA, Jeanette Brown of Chicago; and nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Bernard and Roy Beghtel.
Services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, January 4, 2007, at First Baptist Church, Sterling with Reverend John Kermott, Pastor, officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM at the Church. Arrangements were completed by the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling
A memorial has been established.
CHRISTOPHER ALAN HUNTER
STERLING - Christopher Alan Hunter, 36, died Sunday, December 24, 2006. He was an apprentice high lineman.
Christopher was born August 29, 1970 in Sterling, the son of Donald and Mary Jo (Britt) Hunter.
Survivors include two sons, Jeremy and Justin Hunter of Rock Falls; his parents, Donald and Mary Jo Hunter of Sterling; a sister, Jennasue (John) Stinson of Ft. Riley, KS; a brother, J.D. (Jessica) Hunter of Newport News, VA; maternal grandparents, Jim and Sue Britt of Morrison and paternal grandmother, Bethel McBride of Sterling.
He was preceded in death by a paternal grandmother, Jennalee Hunter.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, December 29, 2006 at Schilling Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Schilling Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established.
FREEPORT -- Myrtle "Myrt" Kerkhoff, of Freeport died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
She was born Jan. 18, 1914, in Stephenson County, the daughter of John and Phoebe (Strong) Reeder. On Dec. 7, 1929, Myrtle and Thomas Kerkhoff were married in Freeport.
Thomas and Myrtle farmed in Stephenson County for many years. She also worked at Anderberg Hardware in German Valley and was a dietitian at Stephenson Nursing Center.
Mrs. Kerkhoff was a member of Silver Creek Reformed Church in German Valley and enjoyed bowling, traveling, music, dancing, playing cards, arts and crafts, gardening and flowers. She was a very good cook.
Surviving are one daughter, Donna (Donald) Crone of Freeport; one grandson, Dana (Annette) Crone of Dixon; two great-grandchildren, Calista and Cameron Crone of Dixon; and one sister, Viola Pfund of Shannon.
Her parents, husband and five sisters died previously.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of Peace at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
FREEPORT -- Kenna Marie Bush, 72, of Freeport died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at University Hospital in Madison, Wis.
She was born Sept. 6, 2004, in West, Miss., the daughter of Gus and Rosa (King) Green. She married Jasper Bush on Dec. 30, 1950, in Vaiden, Miss.
Kenna retired from Burgess Battery after 32 years. She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, as well as the Burgess Retired Club and the Policemen's Wives Auxiliary.
Survivors include her two sons, Ronnie (Lucy) Bush and Robert (Vesta) Bush, both of Freeport; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law, Mae Cora Green and Shirley Farrar, both of Freeport, and Mildred Moore of Waterloo, Iowa; one uncle, Ebil Ellis of Freeport; and one special childhood friend, Connie Bell Shipp of Freeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, one sister and one granddaughter.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Peter F. Williams officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill.
The visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.
Arrangements were made by Schwarz Funeral Home in Freeport.
Carol R. Shaffer
CLEBURNE, Texas -- Services for Carol Rose Shaffer, 66, of Cleburne, Texas, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. George Sutton will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Cissna Park to Harry B. and Mildred Lena Harweger Verkler. On June 8, 1958, Carol and Gene Shaffer were married in Cissna Park.
Her memberships included First United Methodist Church in Cleburn, president of the Altar Guild, the church choir, the Wesley Sunday school class, the Cleburne Newcomers and Cleburne Extension Education.
Surviving family members are her sons, Steven Shaffer and his wife, Gayanne of Cleburne, Craig Shaffer and his wife, Priscilla of Richardson, Texas, and Doug Shaffer and his wife, Helga of Brownsboro, Texas; five grandchildren; Carol's brothers, Lowell Verkler of Sparta, Wis., and Ross Verkler and Dale Verkler, both of Watseka; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Gene Shaffer, on April 3, 2001; her sister, Helen Fox; and brothers, Robert and Charles Verkler.
Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.
Joan C. Kempel
LORAN -- Joan C. Kempel, 67, of Loran died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
She was born Nov. 29, 1936, in Winslow, the daughter of Roy and Helen (Campbell) Nelson. On Nov. 29, 1953, Joan and Melvin Kempel were married in Loran.
Joan attended Pearl City schools, and in 1978 was a graduate of the LPN program at Highland Community College in Freeport.
The Kempels farmed in Loran for 50 years. She and her husband recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Kempel was a former member of the Pearl City Lioness Club, and was a member of the Loran Mothers Club and Salem United Church of Christ in Loran.
She loved the outdoors, fishing, dancing, cooking and being with her family. She enjoyed being with family and friends, boating on the Mississippi and Sundays at Block's pond.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin Kempel of Loran; four sons, Jeffrey (Alice) Kempel of Freeport, Joel (Lori) Kempel of Pearl City, Jack (Chris) Kempel of Loran and Jay (Karlyn) Kempel of Lena; 11 grandchildren, Josh (Mara), Jennifer, Jed, Coe, Jace, Jacob, Lucas, Logan, Jared, Justin and Jason; one great-granddaughter, Natalie; one sister, Rachel (Keith) Wise of Cedarville; one brother, Wayne (Donna) Nelson of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, John (Donna) Kempel and Robert Block, both of Pearl City ; four sisters-in-law, Marion Jones of Fairfax, Va., Jean Grever of Normal, Dorothy Kempel of Pearl City and Nancy Kempel of Loran; one aunt, Dolly Campbell of Winslow; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her stepmother, Rachel.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Salem Untied Church of Christ at Loran with the Rev. Jim Brown and the Rev. Dan Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery in Loran.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City.
A memorial fund has been established in her memory.
Jane M. Geisz
OCHELATA, Okla. -- Jane M. Geisz, 50, of Ochelata, Okla, formerly of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at South Elkhorn Cemetery in Milledgeville.
Arrangements were made by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, Sycamore.
ROCKFORD -- Margaret "Margie Vita" Bachman, 78, lifelong Rockford resident, died Monday, July 28, 2003, in her home.
She was born April 23, 1925, daughter of Sylvester V. and Margaret C. (Dizenzo) Maffei in Rockford. Margaret married Kenneth E. Bachman Sr. on Aug. 14, 1964, in Melbourne, Fla.
Mrs. Bachman was a member of First Assembly of God Church.
In the stateline area, Margie Vita was a well-known vocalist, with a career spanning from 1940 to 2001. She sang in numerous Freeport-area locations as the former Germania Club, 4 Seasons, Esquire Club, Red Door and the former Holiday Inn. She was accompanied by Howard Brechtel of Freeport, and sang duos with Pete Quinto.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Brad L. Paske of Rockford and Kenneth E. Bachman Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; daughter, Dawn M. Bachman of Rockford; and three sisters, Jane C. Finch of Loves Park, Carmella J. Maffei of Rockford and Sylvia R. Torrisi of Rockford.
In lieu of flowers, CDs of her music will be available for donations to Alzheimer's Association and/or Northern Illinois Hospice Association.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the main sanctuary of First Assembly of God Church, 5950 Spring Creek Road, with Pastor Clint Bryan officiating. Burial will be at Scandinavian Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time at the church. Arrangements were made by Honquest Family Funeral Home Inc., North Mulford Chapel, 4205 N. Mulford Road.