FREEPORT -- Delores Frances Stansbery, 66, of Freeport died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at home.
She was born Sept. 8, 1938, at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, Wis., the daughter of Frank Ellis Anderson and Evelyn Kimbrough Anderson. On Nov. 10, 1976, Delores and Swiney Stansbery were married in Memphis, Tenn.
Mrs. Stansbery was a homemaker and a Pentecostal, a member of Evangelistic Church of God in Christ.
Surviving her are one brother, Micheal (Daphene) Anderson; one sister, Lillian M. (Adolphus) Williams; sisters-in-law, Brenda Anderson and Maggie Stansbery; a host of nieces nephews and friends, including her special friends, Cuber and Dianne Thames and Alice Collier.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Swiney Stansbery; her mother, Evelyn Anderson; three brothers, Raymond, Donald and Russell Anderson; and her sister, Mildred Wilson.
Special thanks are offered by the family to Deb of the Senior Citizen Center.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Evangelistic Church of God in Christ with Pastor Elder Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be at City Cemetery of Freeport.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Marie M. Brinker
WARREN -- Marie Myra Brinker, 99, of Warren died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
She was born Sept. 16, 1905, in Warren, the daughter of Henry and Myra Mae (Craig) Thruman. Marie and Clifford Brinker were married Oct. 28, 1926, in Freeport.
Prior to her retirement, she proudly worked as a final inspector at Micro Switch for more than 30 years.
Her memberships included the Order of Eastern Star, Warren Untied Methodist Church, Warren Women's Club and Card Club.
She enjoyed traveling, cooking, sewing and spending time with her family.
Surviving are two sisters, Maxine Borsdorf of Warren and Iva Mae Lovell of Santa Cruz, Calif.; three sons, T. Gene (Joyce) of Warren, Dale (Dorothy) of Baraboo, Wis., and Gary of Allentown, Pa.; one daughter, Audrey (E. Asa) Wilcox of Freeport; seven granddaughters, Julie (Neal) Scheider of Cedarville, Sharon (Bill) Ready of spring City, Pa., Jill (Paul) Dybdahl of Black Earth, Wis., Sheila Brinker, Joyce Lehman of Dakota, Amy (Tom) Laxton of Baraboo and Jean (Jon) Lutz of Cedarville; seven grandsons, Ken (Kay) Brinker of Warren, Kirk (Denise) Brinker of Baraboo, Jim (Katherine) Shaw of Freeport, Doug (Lisa) Brinker of Baraboo, John (Glenda Huenefeld) Shaw of Orangeville, Jay (Lisa) Shaw of Pecatonica and Jack (Lynn) Wilcox of Ridott; 31 great-grandchildren; and two treat-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband in 1958; four brothers, Burnell, Maurice, Donald and Henry; one sister, Beatrice Mahoney; and one grandson, Joseph (Cindy) Brinker of Warren.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Bartell-Leamon Funeral Home in Warren with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Warren
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mildred E. Guehring, 89, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Davis, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at Tempe.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Dakota. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established.
Robert E. Heisler
FREEPORT -- Robert E. Heisler, 80, of Freeport died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1924, in Chicago, the son of Eugene A. and Gladys A. Stave Heisler. On June 15, 2947, Robert and Luverta "Larry" Nipe were married in Mount Carroll.
Prior to his retirement in December 1986, Mr. Heisler worked 36 years at Micro Switch.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a 1951 graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Mr. Heisler was a member and former deacon of First Presbyterian Church and was very active in and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his work in Boy Scouts. He was a former board member of Norman Sleezer Home.
Survivors include two sons, William Heisler of Triumph and Charles (Dottie) Heisler of Taylor Mill, Ky.; and three grandchildren, Michael, Taylor and Sydnie of Taylor Mill.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
James Q. Jensen
FREEPORT -- James Q. Jensen, 63, of Freeport died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at home.
Arrangements are pending at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
DIXON -- Joanne Yount Jensen, 68, of Dixon died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at her home.
She was a teacher for the Dixon Public Schools for 25 years prior to her retirement in 1999.
Joanne was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Dixon, the daughter of Clyde C. and Esther (Hall) Yount Sr. On Aug. 23, 1958, Joanne and Virgil R. Jensen were married in Dixon. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon.
Surviving are three daughters, Diane (Mark) Magdaleno of Portland, Ore., Janet (Paul) Maxey of Pottstown, Pa., and Karen (Richard) Schoenebeck of Kansas City, Mo.; her mother of Dixon; one brother, Clyde (Mary) Yount Jr. of Dixon; one sister, Judith (James) Shankland of Freeport; three grandchildren, Bret Schoenebeck and Alec and Dara Magdaleno.
Joanne was preceded in death by her father.
Private family services will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Freeport with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating.
An open house gathering for family and friends will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Jensen's residence.
Memorials have been established for KSB Hospice and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon.
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Robert L. McNeive
FREEPORT -- Robert L. McNeive, 78, of Freeport died after a battle with cancer on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Emmett, Kan., the son of John A. and Kathryn J. Murry McNeive. On Sept. 5, 1964, Robert and Nancy E. Vorlander were married in Freeport.
Mr. McNeive worked 40 years for Goodyear-Kelly Tire Co., a member of the production staff in France, Turkey, India and Freeport, retiring in 1991. He then was a supervisor at Malcolm Eaton Enterprises.
He attended Washburn University and the University of Kansas.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
His memberships included St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and he was a life member of Winneshiek Playhouse.
Robert was an avid sports fan of the Freeport Pretzels, Notre Dame, Boston Red Sox, Cubs and University of Kansas.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy McNeive of Freeport; one son, Michael (Maggie) McNeive of Oak Creek, Wis.; two daughters, Eileen Bierk of New Ulm, Minn., and Erin (Eric) Johnson of Hinsdale; seven grandchildren, Caitlin Bierk, Shannon, Meghan and Hayley Johnson, and Ryan, Alison and Daniel McNeive; one brother, William McNeive of Topeka, Kan.; and one sister, Rosemary Mahoney of Burlington, Vt.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters and one brother.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Monsignor P. William McDonnell officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Scripture services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his memory.
ROCKFORD -- Nadine Neuberger, 90, of Rockford died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were made by Cremation Society of Illinois.
James H. Secker Sr.
FREEPORT -- James H. Secker Sr., 77, of Freeport died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Provena St. Joseph Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 12, 1927, in Freeport, he was the son of Joseph J. and Helen F. (Snook) Secker. James married Marilyn Konefes in 1951. She preceded him in death in 1996.
James attended the Freeport public schools, graduating from high school in 1946.
He joined the U.S. Army in August to serve in the occupation of Japan. He was there from 1946 to 1947.
Shortly after being discharged from the Army, he attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Education. He taught general shop metals from 1952 to 1975. He also worked his summer vacations as a blacksmith helper for the city of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Equipment Services.
In later years, he taught welding in the continuing education department at Highland Community College, and he also worked summers for the Board of Education, painting classrooms.
In his second career, he was an operator for the Freeport Water and Sewer Commission.
He enjoyed doing leather working, wood carving and wood burning. He crafted a number of things for his children, friends and relatives.
He had a heart of gold.
He is survived by one son, Peter (Mary Bushelle) Secker of McHenry; five daughters, Jo Ellen (Zachary) Chattler of Reisterstown, Md., Marna (David) Sletten of Rockford, Elizabeth "Betty" (Mike) Sopcic of Freeport, Paula (Jim) DeMatteis of Cumming, Iowa, and Phyllis (Russ) Slifer of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Holly (Scott) Secker of Freeport; seven grandsons, Erik (Jenny) Secker, Ben (Melissa) Secker, Jonathan, Daniel and Jordan Chattler, and Dean Sopcic; two granddaughters, Martha Secker and Paula Larson; two stepgranddaughters, Eron and Whitney DeMatteis; and one sister, Suellen Steele of Freeport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, James H. Secker Jr. in 1999; sister, Doris; and two brothers, Jack and Robert.
Cremations rites were accorded. A gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Walker Mortuary where at 7 p.m. a prayer service will be conducted.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the
Rev. Burt Absalon officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in Webster, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Donald G. Allbritton
FREEPORT -- Donald "Doc" Gene Allbritton, 75, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Freeport Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1929, in Rock Island, to Charles and Lolita (Golden) Allbritton. He has been a Freeport resident for more than 25 years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1953. As a member of Amvets of Freeport, Donald performed many humanitarian services and carried the flag in numerous parades over the years. He was involved in track and field at Rock Island High School, and continued it through his time in the service. He ran track as part of a senior citizens program during the last few years.
Donald Allbritton is survived by three sons, Ralph Allbritton of California, Norman Allbritton of Rock Island, Brian Allbritton of East Moline; and one daughter, Pat Allbritton of Davenport, Iowa. He is also survived by two sisters, Pearl Williams and Dixie Lee Tinsley; several grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Donald had a twin brother, Ronald Dean, who passed away shortly before they were two years old. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Jr.; one sister; and three brothers.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Burial will be in City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
William L. Erdmier
SHEBOYGAN, Wis.-- William L. Erdmier, 79, of Sheboygan, formerly of Freeport, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, in Meadow View Manor Nursing Home in Sheboygan.
He was born July 17, 1925, in Casselton, N.D., the son of Joseph H. and Mabel O. (Shirley) Erdmier. He married Athelia L. Wise on Oct. 11, 1947, in Kewanee. She died on Feb. 28, 1985.
Erdmier was employed as an electrician by Structo Manufacturing, and later Micro Switch. He then was self-employed until retiring in 1985. He retired to his cottage in Merrimac, Wis., where he enjoyed fishing.
Surviving are his two sons, Gary (Jean) Erdmier of Lincoln, Neb., and Ron (Jackie) Erdmier of Plymouth, Wis.; four sisters, Edith (Robert) Riley, Marie (Norbert) Harnish, and Florence Erdmier, all of Freeport, and Edna Alvey of Shannon; six grandchildren, Tammy (Charles) Abbott, Kristen (Kevin) Eckert, Linda (Jabbar) Al-Sari, Renee Erdmier, Ryan and Emily Erdmier; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, and three sisters.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, with the Rev. Douglas Q. Bowden, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport.
Visitation will be from noon to time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
MOUNT MORRIS -- Faith Knodle, 97, of Mount Morris died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mount Morris.
She was born Nov. 27, 1906, in Polo, the daughter of Allan Rowand and Alice Miller Rowand. On June 5, 1928, Faith and Ernest "Ted" Knodle were married in Rockford. Ernest died March 9, 1967.
In 1924, Faith graduated from Polo High School.
In addition to her responsibilities as a homemaker, Mrs. Knodle was a clerk at Mount Morris Dry Goods store. She lived in Mount Morris more than 50 years after moving from Oregon.
She was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church in Mount Morris.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ellen (Norm) Ludwig of Forreston; seven grandchildren, Marilyn (Mike) Burright, Mark Miller, Matt Miller and Mary Kay (Kevin) Marshall, all of Mount Morris, Jeff (Patti) Ludwig of Byron, Dave (Sue) Ludwig of German Valley and Ted (Suzette) Ludwig of Webster, Minn.; 15 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Marv Miller of Mount Morris.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and one daughter, Janette Miller.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris, with the Rev. Richard G. Bright, chaplain of Pinecrest Manor, officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery in Mount Morris.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday to time of service at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established for Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.