Craig M. Bicker
CEDARVILLE - Craig M. Bicker, 47, of Cedarville died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, in Loves Park.
He was born July 12, 1957, the son of Marlin and DeLores Kampen Bicker. Craig and Becky S. Griffin were united in marriage Oct. 14, 1989, in Freeport.
Mr. Bicker farmed the family farm in Ogle County, worked 15 years in maintenance at FHN Memorial Hospital, and was employed by Stateline Concrete and Drilling for three years.
Christianity and a strong faith in Jesus Christ were very important in Craig's life. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Freeport.
Craig graduated from Shannon High School in 1975. He was an avid collector of John Deere and other toy tractors. He was a handyman who often offered his help to anyone who needed it.
He was a loving husband, son, father, brother and grandfather.
Surviving are his wife, Becky S. Bicker of Cedarville; his parents, Marlin and DeLores Bicker of Baileyville; his son, Jared Bicker of Fayetteville, N.C.; a stepson, Chad Eiseman of Wisconsin; his daughter, Jennifer (fiance, Mike Nolte) Bicker of Tampa, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Cody Sue Eiseman of Freeport; five grandkids, Amber, Cory, Darius, Rocky and Rozlyn; one sister, Deb (Dave) Foust of Pearl City; one grandmother, Phyllis Bicker of Freeport; and nieces and nephews.
His grandfathers and a grandmother preceded him in death.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Crossroads Community Church with Pastor Keith Boyer officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Visitation hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
A memorial fund has been established.
Deane B. Koertner
FREEPORT - Deane B. Koertner, 84, of Freeport died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at home.
He was born July 23, 1920, in Pearl City, the son of Lewis S. and Bessie Leckington Koertner. Deane and Gladys E. Smith were married in 1945 in Freeport.
Mr. Koertner worked 40 years for Commonwealth Edison.
He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife; one son, David (Candice) Koertner of Freeport; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
One son, Dale, was killed during the Korean Conflict.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
There will be no services. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
FREEPORT - Mayme L. Schoonhoven, 88, of Freeport died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Freeport Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
She was born Jan. 14, 1917, in Freeport, the daughter of L.D. and Edith Fowler. On Jan. 1, 1940, Mayme and LaVerne R. Schoonhoven were married. LaVerne died Jan. 7, 1973.
She was a graduate of Freeport High School and Brown's Business College.
Mrs. Schoonhoven was a member of First Baptist Church and the Ambassador Sunday School Class.
She enjoyed being with her family and going to church, and she also enjoyed reading.
Surviving are two sons, Jack (Kathy) Schoonhoven of Freeport and Dick (Robyn) Schoonhoven of Eleroy; one daughter, Elaine (Don) Wise of Dakota; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Florence) Fowler of Prairie du Sac, Wis., and Earl (Mary) Fowler of Port Orange, Fla.
Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were one daughter, Edythe Cochran; one son-in-law, Justin Cochran; one infant son; and one infant grandson, Brian Scott Wise.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Andrew Taylor of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery & Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. Tuesday to time of service at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established by the family for First Baptist Church and American Diabetes Association.
Audrey J. Welty
LENA - Audrey J. Welty, 77, of Lena, formerly of Freeport, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
She was born July 22, 1927, in Freeport, the daughter of John and Ethel (Hutmacher) Mulnix. On Jan. 18, 1944, Audrey and Jack N. Welty were married in Sycamore.
For 27 years, Mrs. Welty was self-employed in the dog grooming business.
She was a member of Lena Baptist Church, and enjoyed cooking and growing flowers.
Audrey was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all.
Surviving are her son, Jack (Sharon) Welty of Cherry Valley; two daughters, Judy (David) Pattat of Freeport and Lynn Fiene, also of Freeport; six grandchildren, Daniel (Liz) Pattat, Dean Pattat, Jason Fiene, Jennifer (Bob) Willing, Christine Welty and Laura Welty; and two great-grandchildren, Britny and Seth Pattat.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Anna May Lyon.
Services for Mrs. Welty will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lena Baptist Church with the Rev. James Dewar officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery in Freeport.
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport.
Nancy I. Cernich
POLO - Nancy I. Cernich, 66, of Polo died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Benson Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.
A memorial fund has been established.
SAVANNA - Irene Studzinski, 80, of Savanna died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, Iowa.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Monday at Law-Jones Funeral Home.
A memorial fund has been established.
MADISON, WIS. - Frederick H. Buttel, 56, died at his home Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on a dairy farm in Freeport on Oct. 15, 1948, to Heye R. and Marian (Highbarger) Buttel.
He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the UW-Madison, followed by a master's in forestry and environmental studies at Yale and a doctorate in sociology at UW-Madison. His career in teaching and research took him to Michigan State University, Ohio State University and eventually to Cornell University, where he spent 14 years.
He joined the UW-Madison faculty nearly 13 years ago. He was a leading scholar in rural sociology who was devoted to four major areas of study, including the sociology of agriculture, environmental sociology, technological change in agriculture, and national and global activism relating to environmental and agricultural policies. He was a co-director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies, a senior fellow at the Center on World Affairs and the Global Economy, and a member of the executive committee of the Science and Technology Studies Program. He was the William H. Sewell Professor of Rural Sociology.
Fred was the author of more than 215 articles and book chapters and of an additional 150 reviews and technical publications. He was a recognized and respected researcher on issues related to the interconnection of environment, agriculture, economics and technology and also became a popular and effective teacher in his field. In 2002, he received the Hilldale Award for his contributions to teaching, research and outreach. He also received the Spitz
Land-Grant Faculty Award, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison, 2004, and the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award, Rural Sociological Society, 2004.
Fred was a past president of the Rural Sociological Society and active in many other professional associations related to sociology and the environment. He also was an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was co-editor-in-chief of the journal, "Society and Natural Resources" and editor of "Research in Rural Sociology and Development."
He is survived by his wife, Prof. Pamela Clinkenbeard of Madison; daughter, Allison Buttel of Toronto; sister, Barbara MacQueen of Seward; nephew, Rod MacQueen of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and niece, Heather MacQueen of Seward.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be held at noon Monday at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd. in Madison, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service, with Dr. David Hoffelt officiating.
A private family burial will be held Tuesday at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
LAKE CARROLL - May Hoffberg, 81, of Lake Carroll died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at the home of her daughter in Arlington Heights.
She was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Glenboro, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Henry and Harriet Thornborough. She and Gerald Hoffberg were married on Feb. 1, 1947, in Chicago. He died in May 1998.
May and her husband operated their own drapery business in Morton Grove for many years. They were well-known in the square and round dance community, being teachers and callers in the Chicago area. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening and the wildlife at Lake Carroll. She also was an avid Cubs fan.
Surviving are two sons, Wayne Hoffberg and Terry (Barbara) Hoffberg of Lake Carroll; one daughter, Wendy (Richard Koterbski) Munnell of Arlington Heights; grandchildren, Kevin and Matthew Erickson, Kendra and Joshua Munnell, and Nathan and Emily Hoffberg; one sister, Gert (the late Lewis) Cullen of Manitoba, Canada; one brother, Ernie (Sarah) Thornborough of California; sister-in-law, Shirley (Robert) Masters of Lincolnwood; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and two sisters.
A private memorial service will be held Saturday in Arlington Heights.
Memorials may be made to Rainbow Hospice, 444 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 145, Park Ridge, IL 60068.
May will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and hospitality, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
WINNEBAGO - Stacy Lynn Langholf, 33, of Winnebago departed her earthly life Thursday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2005, resulting from injuries of an automobile accident.
Born June 2, 1971, in Beloit, Wis., beloved daughter of Bill and Sherre (Gummow) Faulkner. Stacy married the love of her life, Erik Langholf, on March 13, 1993, in Prince Of Peace Church, Rockton.
She graduated from Hononegah High School in 1989 and from Rockford College. She was employed as a mental health assessor at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
Stacy's greatest pleasure was being a mom to her three sons. She was involved in each and every one of their activities, especially sports. Stacy had a wonderful laugh and could instantly light up a room. Stacy was proud to be an organ donor.
Surviving family members include her husband, Erik Langholf of Winnebago; much-loved sons, Corbin, Dalton and Logan Langholf of Winnebago; parents, Bill and Sherre Faulkner of Rockton; sister, Holly (David) Froning of St. Anne; grandparents, Albert and Elaine Gummow of Rockton, Leona Faulkner of Machesney Park, and Ray Faulkner of Rockton; and many other relatives and dear friends.
The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday in Prince Of Peace Church, 2336 Freeport Rd. in Rockton, with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. The Rev. Douglas L. Johnson will officiate. Burial will be at Shirland Cemetery in Shirland.
Visitation also will take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St. in Winnebago.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established to Stacy's family. Her family asks friends to send a written memory of Stacy to be shared with her boys as they grow.
SAVANNA - Irene Studzinski, 80, of Savanna died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center, North, in Clinton, Iowa.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established.
ARGYLE, Wis. - Evelyn R. Bidlingmaier, age 88, of rural Argyle, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, Wis., where she resided for seven years.
She was born on Oct. 29, 1916, in Washington Township, Green County, Wis., the daughter of Stillmon and Nellie (Pierce) Huntley. Evelyn and Lawrence Bidlingmaier were married on Nov. 25, 1937, at St. John United Church of Christ.
She attended Prairie View Grade School, and graduated in 1934 from Monticello (Wis.) High School.
Lawrence and Evelyn farmed in rural Argyle.
She was a member of Washington Reformation United Church of Christ and Stephenson County Antique and Engine Club.
Mrs. Bidlingmaier was active in nursing home events and served as secretary for the residents council. Throughout her life, she enjoyed crocheting, reading, dancing and collecting a wonderful salt and pepper collection.
Evelyn most of all loved her family, spending time with her grand-, great-grand- and great-great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Norman Bidlingmaier of Jesup, Ga.; daughters, Ruth (Ed) Enzinger of Dakota and Frieda (Carl) Liddicoat of Monroe and Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Leland (Margaret) Huntley of Brodhead, Wis.; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Lawrence, in 1977; brother, Lawrence, in 1993; daughter-in-law, Doris Bidlingmaier, in 2003; and sister, Irma Wettach, in 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Washington Reformation United Church of Christ with Pastor Mary Gafner officiating. Burial will be at Washington Church Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home.
A memorial fund has been established in Evelyn's name.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Pleasant View nursing staff and to Donna Mackesey.
FREEPORT - Daniel LaVerne Christiano, 45, of Freeport, metallurgical technician, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at FHN Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 1, 1959, in New York, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Eva (Goldmeier) Christiano. At 4 years of age, Dan came to Lena and was raised by LaVerne and Carol Miller.
He was active in sports, music, band and Boy Scouts. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
In 1977, Dan Christiano graduated from Lena-Winslow High School. He continued his education at Highland Community College, where he received his associates degree in engineering technology in 1980. He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from Illinois State University in 1987.
Surviving are his parents, Carol (Jack) Elliott of Lena and LaVerne (Pat) Miller of Imboden, Ark.; his sisters, Sandra Meyers of Rockford, Debra (Wally) Gitz of Freeport, Kelly (Verle) Mau of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Ann (Fred) Linker of Shannon; his brothers, Tim Miller of Pocahontas, Ark., and Christopher Miller of Freeport; Dan's special friends, Nancy Gill of Freeport and Sister Ruth Ann Iwanski of Kentucky; four nephews; seven nieces; and one grandnephew.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Schwarz Funeral Home in Freeport. The Rev. Donnley Dutcher of St. John United Church of Christ will officiate.