FREEPORT - Stephen M. Campbell, 60, of Freeport died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 30, 1944, in Wabash, Ind., the son of Hugh and Rosea Reed Campbell. On Aug. 10, 1963, Stephen and Carol S. Cleaver were married in Wabash.
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell owned and operated the Third Street Station in Pecatonica and the Lena Drive Inn in Lena.
Family was a very important part of his life. He enjoyed time with his grandkids, fishing, hunting, bowling, hot rod cars, and he was a former Little League coach.
Survivors include is wife, Carol Campbell of Freeport; his mother, Rosea Campbell of Wabash; his mother-in-law, Mary Van Meter of Pecatonica; two sons, Michael (Debra) Campbell of Freeport and Jamie (Kelly) Campbell of Pearl City; one daughter, Jody Cox of Freeport; four grandchildren, Justin, Devlyn, Katlyn and Skylar; three stepgrandchildren, Daniel and Andrew; one brother, Larry (Nancy) Campbell of Amboy; and two sisters, Joanna (Phil) Marsh and Judy Rhoades, both of Wabash.
His father died previously.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport with the Rev. Stephen Precht officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation hours will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Carlisle H. Ganz
FREEPORT - Carlisle H. Ganz, 86, of Freeport, formerly of Ridott, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Fargo, N.D., the son of Herman J. and Johanna C. (McKibbin) Ganz. Carlisle and Anne D. Gremba were married May 16, 1942, in Rockford.
Mr. Ganz joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served from 1938-40. From 1940-45, Mr. Ganz served in the U.S. Army in the European-African theater.
He was the first president of the Dale Carnegie Alumni in 1947. He was president of the Northern Illinois Chinchilla Breeders for two terms.
Mr. Ganz was involved in sales his entire life, mostly in insurance.
God saw that you were getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered come with me. With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. Golden heart stop beating hard; working hands laid to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
He is survived by his wife; five sons, Carlisle J. Ganz of Sterling, Dennis L. (Barbara) Ganz of Seneca, James P. (Jannell) Ganz of German Valley, Paul L. Ganz of Freeport and Charles D. Ganz of Maple Grove, Minn.; two daughters, Carlotta A. (Patrick J.) Davis of Freeport and Dawn P. (Michael) Clark of Freeport; foster daughter, Jean Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla; one brother, Ralph J. (Donna) Ganz of Rice, Minn.; one sister, Alice (Eugene) Noren of Brooklyn Center, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five foster grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Monday to time of service at the funeral home.
Private burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established for the American Lung Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Walter W. Geiseman
DAKOTA - Walter W. Geiseman, 89, of Dakota ascended to heaven, Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
He was born April 3, 1915, in Shannon, the son of William J. and Edna (Crabtree) Geiseman, who farmed in the Shannon area. Walter was married to Roberta M. Walters of Rockford from March 1938 until 1966.
Mr. Geiseman farmed most of his life in northwestern Illinois. For 25 years, he worked his dairy farm east of Dakota on Knoup Road.
He loved farming and growing crops. Even after his retirement, he continued to grow vegetables, peaches and flowers. He enjoyed canning his produce and giving it to family members. He also harvested black walnuts from the trees on his farm and presented them to family members.
He always enjoyed playing cards and became an avid Cubs fan during his retirement. He always looked forward to his annual trip to Wrigley Field.
Walter attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Afolkey for many years. He did voluntary maintenance work and served on many different committees over the years and enjoyed the Father-Son Banquets at the church. He would manage to have a group of 13-21 "sons, grandsons and great-grandsons" present.
Survivors include five sons, Robert C. (Ardis) Geiseman of Freeport, Dennis E. Geiseman of Freeport, Walter W. (Colleen) Geiseman Jr. of Dakota, Kevin E. (Lois) Geiseman of Dakota and Randall P. Geiseman of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Martha (Herman) Abels of Forreston; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ida Geiseman, Helen Geiseman, Edna McMahon and Addie Sandifur; and three brothers, Allen, John and William Geiseman.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Afolkey. The Rev. James Ketzel and the Rev. Joe Warner, former pastor, will co-officiate. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 115 S. West St., Dakota, and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name by the family.
Rachel E. Phillips
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rachel Elizabeth Phillips suddenly passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., after suffering a massive stroke. She died peacefully with her husband, children and grandchildren at her side. Rachel and Hugh were in California visiting their daughter to celebrate Christmas.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Hugh Martin Phillips, and their three children, Carol Ann Walicki (Stan) of Mequon, Wis., Jim Phillips (Marie) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mary Kay Groth (Kenn) of Los Gatos, Calif.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her brother, Elmer Fortner (Jo) of Freeport.
Rachel Elizabeth Fortner was born March 20, 1918, in Freeport to Frank and Maude Lapp Fortner. Rachel married Hugh Martin Phillips on Sept. 2, 1937, at First English Lutheran Church in Freeport. Rachel graduated from Freeport High School in 1934 and attended Normal Teachers College in Normal. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Sterling, where she served as treasurer, Diaconate Board member and choir member. She was a member of CGH Medical Center Auxiliary as an active volunteer and also served on the Board of Directors for The Salvation Army Auxiliary.
Rachel retired from Central National Bank in 1982 after 25 years of service in Consumer Credit. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband Hugh, visiting her grandchildren, doing community service, and was always corresponding with those she loved. Rachel will be remembered for her love of homemaking and gift of hospitality.
A memorial fund has been established at First Baptist Church of Sterling and The Salvation Army Auxiliary.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Schilling Funeral Home, 702 First Ave., Sterling. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 1705 Sixth Ave., Sterling.
She will be laid to rest at Grandview Cemetery in Cedarville.
Betty L. Rose
FREEPORT - Betty Lou Rose, 67, of Freeport died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at her home.
Born Dec. 19, 1937, in Freeport, she was the daughter of Lester and Mildred (Brubaker) Roach. Betty Lou married Anton "Tony" Rose on Oct. 20, 1956. Tony died Sept. 6, 2003.
Mrs. Rose worked in environmental services for FHN Memorial Hospital for 22 years, retiring in 2000.
Betty loved her family and friends. Her heart and home was always open and you never left without feeling her love and support.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonita (T.J.) Lipps of Ridott and Sharon Rose of Freeport; three sons, Ronald (Lisa) Rose and Derek Rose, both of Orangeville, and David (Sherry Fransen) Rose of Freeport; four sisters, Shirley Havens of Buena Vista, Beverly "Jeanie" (Dan) Raymond of Ridott, Linda Luke of Stockton and Diane (Roger) Folgate of El Derado, Mo.; three brothers, Lester (Jeanette) Roach) of Baileyville, Robert "Bob" Roach of Ridott and Kenneth (Diane) Roach of Freeport; one uncle, Stanley Brubaker of Buena Vista; and one aunt, Ruth Allman of Freeport; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, Larry Roach.
Funeral service and entombment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Peace at Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum with the Rev. John Hollis officiating.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.
Gregory P. Vore
TORRANCE, Calif. - Gregory Parde Vore of Torrance, Calif., formerly of Freeport, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, after a long illness, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.
He was born May 18, 1920, in rural Davis to Claud and Mable (Boyles) Vore. Gregory and Jane Marian Arbogast, also from Freeport, were married in June 1940. They had two children, Kern and Marcia, and were married 53 years, until Jane's death in January 1994.
After graduating from Freeport High School in 1938, Greg worked at Micro Switch until he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, he went to college at the University of Denver, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in 1948 and a master's degree in 1949 in economics.
Mr. Vore worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tenn., then the Bureau of the Budget and the Rand Corporation in Washington, D.C. In 1963, he moved his family to southern California where he worked for the Aerospace Corporation, the Lockheed Corporation, Planning Research Corporation and Economics Research Associates until retirement. Greg was listed in the "Who's Who of the West" in 1976-77.
Greg was an exceptional softball pitcher, playing with Harnish's Root Beer team during high school and the memorable Amvet team after the war, and later with various softball groups from work.
He was an avid bridge player, but his greatest joy was writing humor. He was a longtime member of the Omnilor Society, a writing group in Redondo Beach, Calif. The limerick was one of his favorite formats. Here are two using little towns around Freeport as subjects:
"Bump, bump, dittum dottum Waddam's Grove
Three little fishies swam out of a cove
They swam back to their mat
In Lake Le-Aqua-Na
The mess was caught and fried on a stove."
"Have you traveled west on Gold Mine Road?
Pick up an ingot and you've quite a load
But when returning east
Your load has not increased
For the gold is in the sunsets, I'm told."
Survivors include his son, Kern (Linda) and grandson, Adam Vore, of Torrance, Calif.; daughter, Marcia (Eldon) Edwards of Monument, Colo.; brother, Gordon (Idaly) Vore of Redwood City, Calif., and their four children; sister, Valeria (Ken) Wiegand of Freeport and their children, Evan of Freeport and Shelly of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother-in-law, R.C. (best fried, Pat Vincent) Miller of Freeport; niece, Melanie (Guy) Mitchard of Freeport; and nephew, Craig (Linda) Miller of Lansing and their three children.
He was preceded in death by wife; sister, Joyce Eugenie Miller; and parents.
The family would like to thank all the nurses at FHN Memorial Hospital at Kindred Hospital for all the excellent work and personal care they gave Greg during his illness. And a very special thanks is given to all the relatives who watched over him when his children were unable to be there.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Arrangements were made by Neptune Society.
S. Olive Abbott
STOCKTON - S. Olive Abbott, 84, of Stockton passed away at home on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005.
She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Round Grove, the daughter of Peter and Daisy (Wires) Jensen. She married Verne Abbott on June 16, 1945, in Savanna. He died May 5, 1988. They had farmed together for many years before retiring.
Olive was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton. She loved making family dinners and enjoyed her grandchildren and tending to her flower gardens.
She is survived by her son, Jeff (Cathie) Abbott of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Sara Abbott of Stockton and Inez (Roger) Rowe of Stockton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded by her parents, three brothers and one son, Scott.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Lutheran Church, Stockton, preceded by a one-hour visitation. Burial will be in Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton.
A memorial fund has been established.
Shirley M. Brubaker
FREEPORT - Shirley M. Brubaker, 76, of Freeport died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 21, 1928, in Freeport, the daughter of Lee and Grace (Wilson) Tobin. On Dec. 27, 1953, Shirley and Delmar L. Brubaker were married in Freeport.
Mrs. Brubaker was a bookkeeper for businesses in Freeport and Rockford until retiring in 1979 and attended Trinity United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed cooking.
Surviving are her husband, Delmar Brubaker of Freeport; two daughters, Carrie Lynn (Bradley) Hyra of Austin, Texas, and Jennifer K. (Ronald) Schaber of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Ronald (Judy) Tobin of Freeport; and three grandchildren, Alexandria Hyra and Robert and Joey Schaber.
Her parents and one sister, Charlotte, preceded her in death.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Justin Mapes officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation hours are after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Bernice M. Foley
LENA - Bernice M. Foley, age 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born July 20, 1913, in Elgin, the only daughter of William and Mary (Beckman) Connery. Bernice was united in marriage on Feb. 22, 1936, to her husband, James E. Foley, who passed away Dec. 13, 1990.
Bernice lived in rural St. Charles until moving to Lena in 1977.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena, Stephenson County Homemakers Extension, and served on the board of directors of St. Vincent and St. Joseph homes in Freeport.
Her hobbies were her grandchildren and reading.
She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother to her family and a wonderful homemaker. She had a remarkable reputation for her bread baking and her "sweet tooth."
Bernice is survived by her children, three sons, Dan (Charlene) and Jim (Jeanne), both of Lena, and Pat (Barbara) of Pearl City; one daughter, Micki of Berkeley Hills, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond (Lenore) Connery and Monty Connery; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one grandson, Kevin; and two brothers, Everett and E.J. Connery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Leamon Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Lena, where a Scripture service will be held at 7 p.m.
Friends also may call after 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 410 W. Lena St., Lena, where the funeral services will begin at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name.
Harlan R. Herzfeldt
FREEPORT - Harlan Richard Herzfeldt, 84, of Freeport died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug. 13, 1920, in Mount Morris, the son of Otto R. and Ruby Mae (Blake) Herzfeldt. On Oct. 19, 1946, Harlan and Iva M. Gilbertson were married in Luverne, Minn.
During World War II, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the European theater. Harlan served with the 45th Infantry Division and was part of the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Mr. Herzfeldt was a printer at Kable Printing Co., Litho Productions in Madison, Wis., and Edward Hine Printing in Peoria until retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Lithographers and Photoengravers Union.
He was a 1938 graduate of Mount Morris High School and lived in Freeport since 1995. He was a Lutheran.
Surviving are his wife, Iva; three sons, Phillip (Patricia) Herzfeldt of Freeport, Greg (Donna) Herzfeldt of Janesville, Wis., and Brian Herzfeldt of Chicago.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Opal Murphy.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris., with the Rev. Darrell Kyle, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established.