Larry V. Lindstrom
RIDOTT -- Larry V. Lindstrom, 63, of Ridott died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 12, 1941, in Clinton, Iowa, he was the son of Vernon and Thelma (Kingery) Lindstrom. Larry married Sandra Kuntzelman on April 7, 1968.
He was a tire builder for Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. for 21 years.
Mr. Lindstrom was a member of Church of the Brethren and formerly served as a board member, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the U.A.W., was a Chicago Bears fan, was an avid race car fan and loved to watch westerns.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra of Ridott; mother, Thelma Kaufman of Rockford; stepmother, Betty Lindstrom of Lanark; daughter, Christy A. (Michael) Meador of Mount Carroll; son, Larry Robert A. (Jennifer) Lindstrom of St. Joseph; sister, Linda (Robert) Quincy of Rockford; brother, Paul (Theresa) Lindstrom of Leaf River; and three grandchildren, Tanner Meador, Liesl Meador and Brock Lindstrom, whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father, brother and stepfather.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Walker Mortuary. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial fund has been established for German Valley Fire Department.
Nancy C. Pieper
FLORENCE STATION -- Nancy C. Pieper, 66, of Florence Station died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at home.
She was born Nov. 26, 1937, in Orangeville, the daughter of Jay and Vida Augenstein Miller. On Dec. 3, 1955, Nancy and Ronald G. Pieper were married in Freeport.
Nancy and Ronald operated the family farm 44 years. She had been a secretary for Burgess Battery and Stephenson County Conservation District.
Mrs. Pieper was a former member of Florence Station United Methodist Church and member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was the organist at the Florence church since 1957.
She was also a charter member and past queen of Stephenson County Antique Engine Club. Nancy enjoyed music and sang with the Sweet Adelines.
Surviving Nancy C. Pieper are her husband, Ronald of Florence Station; two daughters, Karen (Gary) Woker of Lanark and Jane (Rob) Hendrickson of Freeport; five grandchildren, Jackie and Jered Nieman, and Julie, Robbie and Ashley Hendrickson; one great-grandchild, Chloe Higgs; and two sisters, Ruth (Ted) Greier of Freeport and Phyllis (Everett "Buzz") Hoefle of Springfield.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Mark; and one sister, Violet Heidel.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Florence Station United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport.
Visitation hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Leland P. Baley
LENA -- Leland P. Baley, 76, of Lena died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at his home in Lena.
He was born March 10, 1928, in Hazel Green, Wis., the son of Leon and Naomi (Julian) Baley. On June 25, 1952, Leland and Lois Humerickhouse were married in Benton. Mrs. Baley preceded him in death on July 5, 2003.
For many years, Mr. Baley worked for Commonwealth Edison Co. in the Freeport and Lena area as a lineman.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Lena.
During the Korean War, Mr. Baley served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Freeport.
Survivors include one daughter, Cynthia (Mark Schubel) Stewart of Caro, Mich.; one son-in-law, Jim (Heather) Schneider of Durand; five grandchildren, Jeremy Schneider of Durand, Joshua Schneider of Buffalo Grove, Joseph Schneider of Durand, Jacob (Stacy) Stewart of Midland, Mich., and Emily Stewart of Saginaw, Mich.; and two sisters, Thelma (Robert) Trost of Warren and Beth (Delbert) Butts of Browntown, Wis.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Lois; one daughter, Jane Schneider; and two brothers, Harold and James.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Rick Bader officiating. Burial will be at Lena Burial Park in Lena.
Visitation time is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Leamon Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Lena.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for St. John Lutheran Church, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
His many hobbies included golf, fishing and woodworking projects.
Kasey C. Brown
WARREN -- Kasey Christian Brown was stillborn Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at The Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, Wis.
Kasey was the infant son of Michael and Brandie Brown of Warren.
Kasey's parents survive, as do his sister, Kaitlyn, also of Warren; his grandparents, Dennis and Lori Cooper of Nora and Patrick and Margaret Steifel of Apple River; great-grandparents, Dale and Alice Ludington of Nora, Paul and Mary White of Silver Lake, Wis., Ted Peterson of Cadott, Wis., and JoAnn Stiefel; and Kasey's loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his great-grandmother, Joan DeMonte, and several other loved ones.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bartell-Leamon Funeral Home in Warren with Pastor Deborah Wise officiating. Burial will be at Nora Community Cemetery in Nora.
Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
James R. DeTellem
ROCKFORD -- James R. DeTellem, 59, of Rockford, formerly of Freeport, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Fairview Nursing Home in Rockford.
He was born Feb. 23, 1945, in Jacksonville, the son of Joseph and Margaret "Margie" (Bennis) DeTellem. Jim was a 1963 graduate of Aquin Central Catholic High School. He and Elizabeth Akers were married Feb. 20, 1971, in San Diego.
For 28 years, he served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, living in Santee, Calif.; two daughters, Lora DeTellem and Lisa Bradley, both living in California; two brothers, Joseph (Katie) DeTellem of Rockford and John (Judy) DeTellem of DeWitt, Iowa; two sisters, Anna (Herman) Dew of Washington and Millie (Dean) Meier of Freeport; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to Millie Meier, 237 N. Greenfield Drive, Freeport, IL 61032.
Arrangements were made by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
Wilbur H. Hansen
ROCKFORD -- Wilbur H. Hansen, 90, of Rockford, formerly of Freeport, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, in Rockford.
Born July 22, 1914, in Racine, Wis., he was the son of Andrew and Otillia (Wingreen) Hansen. Wilbur married Marjorie H. Wheeland on Oct. 4, 1951, in Freeport.
After high school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and assisted in building Starved Rock State Park as well as other projects. His love for the outdoors developed when he worked in the Minnesota Boundary Waters as a guide. In 1938 he spent two years working in Idaho and Oregon as a lumberjack.
In 1940, Wilbur enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained as an instructor in engine maintenance for B17 bombers. During the war he reached the rank of staff sergeant and served in England. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after five years of service.
He then began a search for a suitable site for a resort of his own. In 1949 he purchased an old sawmill and farm with 1,000 feet of shoreline on Bowstring Lake in Minnesota. He built it into a successful business called Hansen's Camp, which he owned and operated until 1972, when he sold and moved to Freeport. The resort is still in operation under the name Geiger's Trails End.
Mr. Hansen was building manager of Freeport Masonic Temple for many years until his retirement. He was stage manager of the Freeport Scottish Rite Bodies.
His memberships included First Lutheran Church, Evergreen Masonic Lodge 170, of which he was a past Master, past Secretary, 33rd degree Mason, and was stage manager of the Freeport Scottish Rite Bodies, Rockford Tebala Drum and Bugle Corps, Freeport Consistory, Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Eastern Star, High Twelve International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Red Cross of Constantine, a charter member of Golden K Kiwanis, and did stage work for Winneshiek Theatre.
Surviving Wilbur Hansen is his wife, Marjorie; his daughter, Debra (Duane) Phillips; and two grandchildren, Devin Phillips and Rachel Phillips, all of Rockford.
His parents; three brothers; seven sisters; and five infant siblings preceded him in death.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Friends may call 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Walker Mortuary where at 7 p.m. a Masonic service will be conducted.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
A memorial fund was established in his name.
Frieda R. Julius
FREEPORT -- Frieda R. Julius, 94, of Freeport died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital after living at the Lena Nursing Home for the past year.
Born July 21, 1910, in Ridott Township, she was the daughter of Henry A. and Anna (Bornemeier) Meier. Frieda and William F. Julius were united in marriage Feb. 8, 1933. Mr. Julius died Oct. 3, 1990.
William and Frieda farmed until 1960, when they moved to Freeport. She then worked for W. T. Grant for 12 years and was later employed at the Freeport Junior and Senior High schools.
Frieda was a lifelong member of St. John United Church of Christ, having been baptized and confirmed there. When living at Lincoln Towers she was a member of the Lincolnnaires chorus. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, crocheting, crafts and her family.
Surviving family members include her son, Donald (Gloria) Julius of Lena; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Julius of San Benito, Texas; one brother, Harry (Lois) Meier of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Eugene and Richard; one daughter-in-law, Jean Julius; and two brothers, Karl and Robert Meier.
The funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Church of Christ with the Rev. Donnley Dutcher officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. Saturday until time of service at the church.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Anita M. Frej
CHICAGO -- We are saddened by the passing of Anita M. Frej, a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor. She died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, in Chicago, where she moved earlier this year to be closer to her family.
Born on Jan. 30, 1920, Anita was a lifelong resident of Freeport. She was the daughter of Anthony and Blanche Guccione, and graduated from Aquin Central Catholic High School and attended Brown Business College. She married William Frej in 1946, and helped run their music store in Maquoketa, Iowa, until his death in 1961.
As a young woman, Anita's life was centered on her devotion to her children, Bill, Larry and David. While raising three young sons was a daunting task as a single mother, Anita used her great intelligence, strength and capacity for caring to rise to the occasion. As a result, she was able to see all of the boys attend first-class universities and graduate schools, and undertake interesting, successful careers.
Today, Bill, 57, is the mission head for the Agency for International Development in Jakarta, Indonesia; Larry, 50, is a senior vice president for PRM Realty in Honolulu, Hawaii; and David, 45, is principal of Otherwise Incorporated, a visual communications firm in Chicago.
As the children grew older, Anita broadened her love of family to include three daughters-in-law, Anne, Connie and Nancy, as well as to four wonderful grandchildren, Anna, 17; Samuel, 9; Willa, 13; and Austin, 10. Throughout her life, Anita was a model friend and neighbor. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and a volunteer at Provena St. Joseph Center. She was an accomplished baker, a gracious host, and satisfied her curiosity about the world by traveling. Anita was loved and respected by all who knew her, and will be dearly missed.
A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, followed by services and luncheon. Monsignor P. William McDonnell will officiate. Anita will be buried alongside her husband in Maquoketa.
A memorial fund has been established in her name at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
Nathan E. Johnson
FREEPORT -- Nathan E. Johnson, "Nate," 84, of Freeport, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport.
He was born June 18, 1920, to Hattie and Robert E. Johnson of Benton. Nate married Mary Leona Heinzman, formerly of Christopher, in 1946. She preceded him in death, as did three brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his sister, Elsie Johnson, of Benton. Also surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (and Jim) Holt of Littleton, Colo., and Carolyn (and Keith) Classen of Peoria; three grandchildren, Lisa (and Rich) Borbon of Denver, Colo., Kristopher N. Classen of Arlington Heights, and Hillary L. Classen of Normal; and two great-grandchildren, Ray (6 years) and Emily (18 months) Borbon.
Nate's storied football career began as a Benton Ranger where he received All-Conference and All-State honors during both his junior and senior years. Attending the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on a football scholarship, he was a starter each year and earned Most Valuable Player awards, as well as a bachelor of science degree in physical education and his teaching certificate.
After college, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. During his four-year Navy career, he played football for Great Lakes in 1942 and for Fleet City in 1943.
After his military career, he became a professional football player with the All-American Football League for five years, making All-Pro two of those years. He played with the New York Yankees (1946-1947), the Chicago Rockets (1948), the Chicago Hornets (1949), and again with the New York Yankees before retiring in 1950 to become a scout.
Nate's football coaching career began with an assistant coaching position at Northwestern University. After one year, he moved to Freeport to coach football at Freeport High until the late 1970s. After coaching, he continued to teach physical education and driver training until he retired in 1986. Also during that time, he earned a master of science degree from the University of Illinois.
Nate was a member of the International Association of Lions Clubs, Pretzel Fan Club, University of Illinois Alumni Association, World War II Veterans Association, The American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Loyal Order of Moose. He attended St. John United Church of Christ.
Coach Nate was recognized with awards such as the Pat Holmes Award and induction into the Illinois High School Coaches Hall of Fame. But those who were acquainted with him knew that what he was most proud of was helping his high school students grow through football. He told them to "walk on the field and make each step a good step. If you stumble and fall, then pick yourself up and try again."
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St John United Church of Christ at 1010 S. Park Blvd. in Freeport with the Rev. Dr. Donnley Dutcher officiating.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Masonic Cemetery in Benton, next to Mary, with his nephew, Chuck Hamilton, conducting the graveside service.
Memorials have been established for Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport and the National Alzheimer's Association.
Faye E. Martin
FREEPORT -- Faye E. Martin, 72, of Freeport died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Private services will be held.
Arrangements were made by Walker Mortuary.
Marcella J. Abels
POLO -- Marcella J. Abels, 89, of Polo died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Polo Continental Manor.
She was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Adeline, the daughter of Lyle B. and Orletta U. Blair Marks. Marcella was united in marriage to Charles J. Abels.
Mrs. Abels was a receptionist and a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Polo and the Eastern Star.
Surviving her are one daughter, Sandy (Butch) Hummel of Polo; a daughter- in-law, Nancy Abels (Ed) Wittekind of Winfield; six grandchildren, Wendy (Glenn) Hall of Glendale, Ariz., Marci (Brian) Kenney of Lynn Center, Debra (Joel) Cramer of Avon, Ind., Cheryl (Brian) Thompson of South Elgin, Steve Abels of Carmel, Ind., and Sue (John) Bieker of Plainfield; and 16 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Brock and Brant Hall, Emily and Megan Kenney, Alyssa, Lauren and Jonathon Cramer, Codie, Kevin, Dana and Benjamin Thompson, and Rachel, Adam, Jerod and Jessica Bieker.
Preceding her in death were her husband and one son, Larry Lincoln Abels.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert N. Sathuri officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Benson Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon, Polo.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
GALENA -- Charles L. Bussan, 63, of Galena died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Furlong Funeral Chapel.
A memorial fund has been established.