Iota I. Behrens
Iota I. Behrens, age 81, of Miles, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Eagle Point Nursing Home in Clinton, Iowa.
A Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2006, at the First United Presbyterian Church of Miles, Iowa. Reverend Bill Warhover officiated. Burial was in the Teeds Grove Cemetery, Teeds Grove, Iowa. Friends called from 48 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006, at the Miller-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the First United Presbyterian Church or the Eagle Point Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Iota's name. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com
Iota was born April 19, 1924 the daughter of George and Malinda (Schroeder) Johannsen in rural Teeds Grove, Iowa. Iota graduated from Miles High School and then attended college in Cedar Falls, earning her teaching degree. She taught in country schools and later worked at Climax Manufacturing in Clinton, Iowa. She married Vernon Leroy Behrens on February 14, 1945, in Clinton, IA. Vernon died on January 26, 1986. Iota and her husband operated their family farm near Miles, Iowa for many years. She was a member of the United Presbyterian Women. She also taught Bible and Sunday school at the First Presbyterian Church in Miles, Iowa. Iota enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, baking and loved to read. She was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family most of all.
Iota will be deeply missed by her two sons, Kenneth (Shirley) Behrens of Columbus Junction, Iowa and David (Sammy) Behrens of Clinton, Iowa; two daughters, Leanne (Jerry) Moehr of Gooselake, Iowa and Elaine (Richard) Schultz of Dickeyville, Wisconsin; one brother, Rodney (Lois) Johannsen of Tama, Iowa; one sister, Leola (Wilbert) Behrens of Sabula, Iowa; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Vernon, and one son-in-law, Dwaine Ronnfeldt, precede Iota in death.
Esther M. Nast
Esther M. Nast, age 82, of Savanna died March 19, 2006 in Savanna.
The visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Savanna with the Reverend Michael Wey officiating. The burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll. Pallbearers include Allan DeSpain, Jack Massie, Lucas DeSpain, Mark Merboth, Josef Krajnovich, and Mark DeWitte. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, Savanna, Illinois in Esther's name.
Mrs. Nast was born February 17, 1924 in Savanna to Elmer J. and Eva (Heath) Adams. She married Leo L. Nast on March 24, 1946 in Savanna. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was employed by the Milwaukee Railroad for forty-two years in Savanna and Chicago. Her last position held was road master clerk in 1986. She liked to read, play cards, finish crossword puzzles and vacation in Florida for the winter. She took pride in the Savanna community where she lived for eighty-two years.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, Phil W. DeSpain; sister-in-law Doris Nast Spencer and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was extremely fond of her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents; two sisters, Evelyn Smith of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Julianne DeSpain of Savanna; and brother-in-law, Jerome Schmidt of Lake Geneva; and two nephews, John Reed of Lake Geneva and Randy DeSpain of Savanna.
Larry G. Meiners
Larry G. Meiners, 72, of Sterling died Sunday, March 19, 2006 at his home after a 7-1/2 year courageous battle with cancer. He farmed for many years and also worked as a mechanic. He and his wife owned and operated Meiners Repair, Sterling, for the last ten years.
Larry Meiners was born January 19, 1934 in Hopkins Township, the son of Glen and Bonnie (Snitchler) Meiners. He married Deloris Herr on May 22, 1954 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, Sterling. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris; one daughter, Karen (Tim) Koester of Elizabeth; three sons, Terry (Robin) Meiners, Kevin (Rhonda) Meiners, both of Sterling, Brian (Tracy) Meiners of Milledgeville; his parents, Glen and Bonnie Meiners of Lyndon; two sisters, Charlotte (Charles) Haines of Sterling, Reta (John) Dewey of Hardy, AR; 11 grandchildren, Matthew and Jacob Meiners of Jacksonville, FL, David Meiners of Richland, MO, Nicole and Jennifer Koester of Elizabeth, Kourtnee Meiners of Milledgeveille, Travis and Megan Meiners of Sterling, Hannah and Rachel Meiners also of Sterling; an expectant grandchild and one step-granddaughter, Sarah Giroux of Sterling. A daughter, Vickie Lynn in 1971, precede Larry in death.
Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 23, 2006 at Science Ridge Mennonite with Pastor Robert Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 PM, Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established.
Jerry D. Niles Sr.
Jerry D. Niles Sr., age 69, of Savanna, died Monday, March 20, 2006 in Skyline Medical Center, Madison, TN. Funeral Arrangements are pending at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna.
Marita L. Groezinger
Marita L. Groezinger, Age 88, of Shannon, previously of Elizabeth passed away Monday, February 26, 2007 in FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport.
Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2007 at Derinda Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Elizabeth with Reverend Diane Jochum and Reverend Kurt Hansen officiating. Burial was in Derinda Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Elizabeth. Friends called from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Law- Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Marita was born May 14, 1918 the daughter of Elmer "Buck" and Magdalene "Lena" (Knobbe) Buman in Galena. Marita's life was forever changed when this small town girl married LeVerle W. Groezinger on January 23, 1944 and together they made their home on the Groezinger family farm near Derinda Center. It was there they raised their five children. LeVerle died November 29, 1984.
Marita's life was very busy raising five children on the farm, preparing meals, washing with the old wringer-washer and keeping five busy kids clean. Somehow she managed to do that and still always had time to play jump-rope, hopscotch and all kinds of out-door and indoor games with her children. She loved to have fun.
Her only vacation from her busy family in those days was to grocery shop alone and to return with a bag of penny candy for each of her children. Life was grand on the farm.
When most of her children were gone from home, she began working at Eaton Corp in Hanover, IL where she was a screw-driver operator making wash machine valves, working until she retired. She was well liked by everyone there because she was so much fun.
In 2000 she moved from her life-long home in Derinda to Shannon. The first couple of years the transition was hard for her, but she settled in and it became home for her. For those who knew her, she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Bonita (Brian) Kloepping and Kenneth (Jeanne) Groezinger of Shannon, Kathryn Groezinger of Mt. Carroll, Lew Groezinger of Elizabeth and daughter-in-law, Judy Groezinger of Elizabeth, CO; nine grandchildren, Craig (Kristin) Kloepping, Angie (Jeff) Norton, Rich (Amy) Groezinger, Corey (April) Schumacher, Tonya (Brian) Heldt, Nathan Groezinger, Jake Groezinger, April Groezinger and Brady Groezinger; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Her husband; two brothers, Jack Buman and his wife Mary (Brietbach) and Alfred Buman; a son, Mark Groezinger; two grandsons, Nathan & Steven Kloepping; one great-grandson, Cole Spoerl; nephew, Dick Buman and niece Mary Ann (Buman) Griebe, precede Marita in death.
Marilyn Mae VanDeVelde
Marilyn Mae VanDeVelde, age 77, of Chadwick died Monday, February 26, 2007 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
A Funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at SS John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll with Dennis Atto as Celebrant. Burial was in the Chadwick Cemetery. Visitations were from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 2 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com
Marilyn was born June 11, 1929 the daughter of George and Mary (Kapple) Hadley in Fairfield Twp. Marilyn attended Manlius High School graduating with the Class of 1948. On December 9, 1950, Marilyn married William B. VanDeVelde in Sheffieled. William died in Freeportv on May 2, 2006.
Marilyn took much pride in being a homemaker. She also worked in the bookkeeping profession for many years. She and her husband were the owners operator's of "Bill's Oil" in Chadwick for over twenty years. She was a member of SS John and Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll, Women's Club, and Ladies Society. Marilyn enjoyed crocheting and playing Pinochle. Most important to Marilyn was spending time with her friends and family.
Marilyn will be dearly missed by her daughter, Lisa (Thomas) Grentz, of Loves Park; two grandchildren, Justin and Phillip; and one sister, Marilyn Mae VanDeVelde Gladys (August) Rombout of Wyanet.
Marilyn is preceded in death by both parents, her husband William VanDeVelde; one son Vincent H. VanDeVelde; two brothers Clarence Hadley and Jerry Hadley ; and one sister June Schmidt.
Lanny Munz, age 64, died Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford.
Lanny was born on July 26, 1942 in Sterling, the son of Rex and Margaret (Sullivan) Munz and stepson of Betty (Miller) Munz. He was employed as transportation manager at Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling for 40 years retiring in 2001.
He is survived by one daughter, Heidi (Brian) Buseman of Aplington, IA; two sons, Mike (Stacey) Munz of Milledgeville and Marc (Dave Decker) Munz of Denver, CO; one brother, Ronald (Nancy) Munz of Milledgville; three grandchildren. His parents; one brother; one nephew; and his stepmother, precede Lanny in death.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Dutchtown Church of the Brethren in Milledgeville with Reverend Rick Koch officiating. Burial followed at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visitations were Friday from 4-7 PM at the McDonald-Allen Grennan Funeral Home in Milledgeville.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Milledgeville Fire Department.
Eleanore Ilene Kehl
Eleanore Ilene Kehl, age 74, of Mt. Carroll died Friday, March 2, 2007 at FHN Memorial Hospital, Freeport.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll with Pastor David Vidler of the First Evangelical Church officiating. Burial was in the Lanark Cemetery, Lanark. Visitations were held from 58 p.m., on Monday, March 5, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Memorials may be made in Eleanore's name to Mt. Carroll Ambulance and Fireman's Association. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Eleanore was born August 11, 1932 in Freeport, the daughter of Oscar and Glenola (Hayes) Schreck. Eleanore attended Fairground Country School and Mt. Carroll High School. She later completed her GED. On May 10, 1949, Eleanore married Charles Knauer in Oregon; Charles died on January 24, 1987. Eleanore married Alvin W. Kehl on October 4, 1997 at Oakville Country Club, Mt. Carroll.
Eleanore loved her combined family, liked to travel and dance with her husband Alvin, and playing cards and games with friends and having lunch every Wednesday with the group.
Eleanore was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll. She sang in the choir for many years and was an active participant of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Eleanore was also a member of Carroll County Farm Bureau.
Eleanore will be dearly missed by her husband, Alvin Kehl of Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Janice (Calvin) Cramer of Fulton; one granddaughter, Betsy (Brent) Schrader of Clinton, Iowa; two step sons, Steven (Linda) Kehl of Mt. Carroll, and Kurtis Kehl of Springfield, Virginia; one step daughter, Peggy (Vern) Johnson, of Peoria; two step grandsons, Jeffery Johnson of Peoria and Rick (Amy) Medal of Okinawa, Japan; two step granddaughters, Victoria and Jennifer Medal of Orland Park; and two step great grandsons; two brothers, Larry Schreck of Rockford, and David (Dianna) Schreck of Freeport; three sisters, Dorothy Kast of Rockford, Marjorie (Jan) Nicol of Shannon and June Schreck (Bill Schmelzer) of Freeport.
Her first husband Charles Knauer, precedes Eleanore in death.
John A. Leemon
John A. Leemon, age 79, of Mt. Carroll died Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at Southwest Medical Center in Fort Myers, Florida.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2007 at Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church, with Reverend Mark Harkness officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Friends may call from 48 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. A Memorial fund has been established in John's honor.
John was born on January 12, 1928 the son of Allen and Eva (Merrit) Leemon in Hoopeston. He was a graduate of Hoopeston High School, Class of 1946, going on to pursue a military career at West Point where he became ill and discovered he only had one kidney, he went on to attend the University of Illinois after receiving his Bachelors Degree, he then attended the University of Illinois Law School, and received his Law Degree in 1952. On July 14, 1951, John married Sally P. Pierce in Moline.
Attorney Ralph Eaton encouraged John, to open a Law Office in Savanna, after two years he joined Eaton in his practice in Mt. Carroll, where he has practiced for fifty-five years. John had worked with many attorneys throughout his career, including Judge Jack Rapp and his current partner Jerry Kane. John enjoyed his law practice immensely, especially trial law.
John was a member of the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church where he was a trustee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Mt. Carroll Mutual Insurance Company, and Shannon State Bank, Shannon
A reflection of John's life is as follows, "Seeing Mallards landing with wings locked in place, flying a Cessna 182 in the sky's open space. Playing a game of pitch with family and the best of friends, reeling in a walleye and feeling the pole bend. Swinging a golf club time and time again, and again, practicing law and contributing to the very end. Taking pride in my familythey've given me much cheer, loving a devoted wife for fifty-six years".
John will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Sally of Mt. Carroll; a son, John of Chicago; a daughter, Lisa (Bruce) Johnson of Stoughton, Wisconsin and two grandchildren, Andrea and Erik Johnson. His parents precede John in death.
LaVerle W. Ebert
LaVerle W. Ebert, age 69, of Elizabeth died Friday, March 2, 2007 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home, Elizabeth.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabeth with Reverend Kenneth Arndt officiating. Burial will be in Elizabeth Cemetery. A visitation will be held 58 p.m. Wednesday March 7, 2007 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
LaVerle was born October 29, 1937 on the family farm, the son of John and Lydia (Theviot) Ebert. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Elizabeth. He was a 1956 graduate of the Elizabeth High School. After high school he served six years in the Army Reserves. LaVerle farmed his entire life and also worked for the Highway Department for a few years.
LaVerle enjoyed antique tractors and NASCAR racing. In his younger years he raced stock cars.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. LaVerle is survived by his mother, Lydia Ebert of Elizabeth; one brother, John Jr. (Sandra) Ebert of Elizabeth; three sisters, Lillian (LeRoy) Beyer of Elizabeth, Joanne (Virgil) Martin of Lena and Joyce (Randy) Stadel of Mt. Carroll; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces.
His father, John Ebert Sr., one brother, LeRoy Ebert and one nephew, precede LaVerle in death.
Elisabeth Rickert, age 78, of Lake Carroll died Sunday, March 4, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.
Elisabeth was born in Sekitsch, Yugoslavia on April 13, 1928 the daughter of the late Anton and Elisabeth Bieber. On April 13 1951 she was united in marriage to the late Heinrich Rickert in Salzburg, Austria. In 1955 they immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago and later moved to Park Ridge. She was employed by Phoenix Trimming Co in Chicago until her retirement and then they moved to Lake Carroll. She was an active member of the Lake Carroll Association, Quilt Group, and The Red Hats of Lake Carroll.
Elisabeth will be missed by her many friends at Lake Carroll. She is survived by her cousins, Andrew Henkel, Fl and Elisabeth (Fredrich) Weingartner, HI; a niece, Erica (Lance) Schmidt, Fl; a brother-in-law, Joseph Richert; a sister-in-law, Elisabeth Rickert; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Conrad (Ruth) Ritter, WI. Her husband, Heinrich on March 8, 2004; her parents, and brother, Peter, precede Elisabeth in death.
The family and friends from Wisconsin wish to extend their thanks to special friends and exceptional caregivers, Bob and Arlene Tylutki, who opened their hearts and home to Elisabeth for the last several weeks and FHN Memorial Hospice for their assistance.
Funeral Service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday March 8, 2007 at the Hermann Funeral Home 415 S. Main St, Pearl City. Visitations will begin at 4 PM on Thursday. Interment will be at St. Luke Cemetery 5300 N. Pulaski Rd in Chicago at 11:30 AM on Friday. In lieu of Flowers a memorial fund has been established in Elisabeth's name for the FHN Memorial Hospice and the Leonard Ferguson Cancer Center.