Patricia L. Leopold – 78

Mt. Morris, IL, Patricia L Leopold, age 78, died in her home on Friday April 17, 2015, Mt. Morris, IL. Pat was born February 10, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Arlington Joseph & Mildred (Coss) DeSonia Sr. Pat graduated from Belvidere High School class of 1955. She married Marvin W. Leopold Sr. on December 23, 1955 in Belvidere, IL. Pat worked as traffic secretary for Kable Printing Company retiring in 2003. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL and the Mt. Morris Women of The Moose. She enjoyed camping, mushrooming, relaxing and reading books. Pat was a devoted dog lover and she will be missed by Cody, Midget, and Tennessee.
Pat is survived by her children: Marvin (Alice) Leopold Jr., Roscoe, IL; Jeffrey (Dana) Leopold, Marion, NC; Brenda Perrone, Loves Park, IL; and Cynthia (Rob) Bergin, Suwanee, GA. Grandchildren: Jacob (Kirsten), Seth (Megan), and Abby Leopold, Marion, NC; Ryan Jacobs, Belvidere, IL and Corey Jacobs, Phoenix, AZ; Brent, Breanna, and Alana Bergin, Suwanee, GA. Great Grandchild: Ashton Jacobs, Pecatonica, IL. Brother: Dan DeSonia, Rochester, IN.
Pat is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Marvin Sr. 2 Brothers: Joe Jr. and James DeSonia; and 2 Sisters: Arlene Redner and Betty Olson.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday April 23, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church

Evelyn Forsyth – 92

Scan 2015-4-14 0002Mt. Morris, IL, Evelyn Marie Ranson Forsyth, daughter of Earl and Anna (Thulin) Shepherd, was born on July 16, 1922 in Henderson Illinois. Evelyn and her family lived on a farm and Evelyn often told stories of gathering the eggs from under the hens, carrying water from the well and laughing with her brothers. She graduated from Alpha High School in Alpha, Illinois in 1939. On July 8, 1943, she married Raymond L Ranson in Alpha, IL. Evelyn and Ray moved to Mt. Morris, IL in 1948. Evelyn and Ray were members of the Mt. Morris Moose and they enjoyed bowling, evenings of dancing and playing cards with their friends. Evelyn worked as an Administrative Assistant at MacGregor Magazine Agency for 26 years, retiring in 1975. Raymond Ranson passed away on November 14, 1974. Evelyn married Charles A. Forsyth on December 10, 1975 in Mt. Morris, IL. Both Evelyn and Charlie were members of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren and volunteered at PineCrest Nursing Home for 24 years. Charlie and Evelyn were married for 40 beautiful years. They loved to travel, host parties and spend time with family. Evelyn is survived by her husband, daughter, Deb (Mark) Elliott of Oregon, IL, two grandchildren, Shawn (Kate) Elliott of Belton, MO and Amanda (Larry Marks) Elliott of Chicago, IL, her two great-grandchildren, Emilee Ann Elliott and Kara Rae Elliott of Belton, MO, one niece and two nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her father, mother, two brothers and a host of friends. Evelyn was an infinitely kind, warmhearted woman with strong faith who offered many a hug. She laughed often. She loved to cook and bake and always stirred in just the right amount of Love. Memorial service will be Thursday April 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in the church. There will be also a time of fellowship following the service.

William D. “Bill” Messer – 86

Mt. Morris, IL, William D. “Bill” Messer, age 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor; passed away in his home on Sunday April 12, 2015 with his family at his side. Bill was born September 16, 1928 in Mt. Morris, IL the son of Kenneth & Mildred (Pittenger) Messer. Bill graduated from Mt. Morris High school class of 1946; he attended Marquette, Rockford, and Highland Colleges. Bill married Thelma M. Ray on June 10, 1948 in Adeline, IL. He was a traffic manager for Kable Printing and Quebecor Printing in Mt. Morris IL retiring in 2003. Bill was a founding member of Blackhawk Officials. He umpired and officiated for many years. He also coached youth softball and baseball in Mt. Morris, IL. Bill was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, farm bureau, and St. Brides Episcopal church, Oregon, IL, Samuel H. Davis Lodge #96 which he served as a Past Master. Bill loved his family dearly playing ball, fishing, and enjoying the “65” Chevy at car shows.
Survivors include his wife: Thelma Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Terry (Janice) Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; Sharon Lynn Maree, Charlotte, NC. Grandchildren: Rob (Shelly) Messer, Todd (Kayla) Messer, Eric (Shawn) Messer, Chris Huffman, Dusty (Kim) Huffman, and Jay Huffman. 7 Great Grandchildren and 11 Foster Children. Brothers: Arnold (Betty) Messer, Byron, IL, Doug (Sandy) Messer, Rockford, IL, Tom Messer, Mt. Morris, IL. Sister: Linda (Clarence) Bechtold, Mt. Morris, IL.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Glen, Gene, Darrell, James, and Charles; Son in law: Clifford Maree.
In Keeping with Bills’ Wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arraignments are handled through Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home, Mt. Morris Fire Department, Good Samaritan Fund, and/or Pinecrest Manor.
Special thanks to Dr. Coates & Staff, also to Serenity Hospice & Home for their care of our Husband and Father.

Larry E. Schier – 71

Mt. Morris, IL, Larry E. Schier, age 71, passed away peacefully in his home in Mt. Morris, IL on Saturday March 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. Larry was born August 16, 1943 in Oregon, IL the son of Harold & Esther (Friday) Schier. Larry attended Pine Creek Elementary and Mt. Morris High School. Larry married his soul mate of over 30 years, Darcie Schelling on January 26, 2014 on the Farm in Mt. Morris, IL. His passion in life was his trucking business as the owner/operator of Schier Trucking since 1956. He took over his family farm in 1972, and he had a special love for his bear “Sissy” and the many animals that he raised on his farm. Larry was involved in and contributed in hauling cattle for the 4-H Circle M in Mt. Morris and the many other 4-H kids throughout Ogle County. He was a seed corn dealer for Pioneer, member of the farm bureau for many years, and he loved his Minneapolis-Moline tractors. Larry was well known and respected as a mentor and role model for many in the community over the years.
Larry is survived by his wife: Darcie Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Mother: Esther Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Dwayne Schier, Milledgeville, IL; Eric (Emily) Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughters: Lori (Norman) Steele, Mt. Morris, IL; Cindy Rowland, Byron, IL; and Amber (Ray) Kosick, Mt. Morris, IL. 3 Grandsons: Dustin (Kimberly) Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Tyler Rowland, Byron, IL; and Evan “Hector” Kosick, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 Granddaughters: Danielle Schier, Freeport, IL; Jozi (Christopher) Wheat, Norfolk, VA; Alana Rowland, Byron, IL; and Ellie Schier, Mt. Morris, IL and Several Great-Grandchildren. Sister: Joyce (Dennis) Berg, Dixon, IL. Many nieces and nephews.
Larry is preceded in death by his Father.
Funeral service will be Thursday April 2, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Visitation will be Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.
Larry requested a special recognition for his trucking Buddy “Hector.” Hector would tell you his “Papa” taught him how to drive a semi and a tractor and everything he knows about the trucking business. Larry’s message to “Hector” is to “Keep on Truckin!”
“Larry was a true Pinecreeker

Curtis W. Miller – 80

Mt. Morris, IL, Curtis “Crazy Curt” W. Miller, age 80, died Saturday March 28, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Curt was born July 23, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota the son of Chester A. & Esther C. (Fetting) Miller. Curt married Muriel P. Greene on June 26, 1954 in Mt. Morris, IL. Curt worked as a Pressman for Kable Printing Company – Quebecor for 39 years; he was self-employed construction worker, and he also worked for Baker’s Turkey Farm. He was a member of The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Sunset Golf Club, the Pressman Union Local 124, and he enjoyed making jewelry.
Curt is survived by his wife: Muriel Miller, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Sons: Jeffrey Miller, Mystic, CT and Mark (Laura) Miller, Mt. Morris, IL; 4 Daughters: Cindy (Michael) Hulsebus, Fontana, WI; Janet (Lonnie) Foster, Cabot, AR; Debbie Eckles, Mt. Morris, IL; and Laurie (Mark) Weems, Bemidji, MN; 17 Grandchildren, 34 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Dennis (Leona) Miller, Fulton, IL and Clifford (Lois) Miller, Sterling, IL; Sister: Judy (Glen) Virgin, Las Vegas, NV.
Curtis is preceded in death by his Parents; Grandson: James Nanninga; 8 Sisters; and 7 Brothers.
Funeral service will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until Service time in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Please in lieu of flowers Memorials to Pinecrest Terrace.

Doris Michael – 89

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Mt. Morris, IL, Doris Michael, age 89, died Monday March 23, 2015 in The Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Doris was born October 22, 1925 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Lloyd & Gerda (Johannesson) Hoffman. Doris graduated from Mt. Morris High School the class of 1943. Doris married Francis Michael April 26, 1947 in Oregon, IL. Doris was a secretary for Kable Printing Company retiring in 1987. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she loved playing bridge, life member of the VFW Auxiliary, birthday and retired secretary clubs.
Doris is survived by her Husband: Francis Michael, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Daughters: Linda L. (John) Larson, Rock Falls, IL and Janet K. (Dennis) Black, Sterling, IL. Grandchildren: Valerie Larson, Rock Falls, IL; Matthew (Christina) Larson, Rock Falls, IL; Michael (Melissa) Black, Bloomington, IL; Douglas (Amanda) Black, Normal, IL; Jaime (Joshua) Peters, Bloomington, IL; Heather (Seann) Berrocales, Normal, IL. 15 Great- Grandchildren. Brother: Dr. Lloyd (Rebecca) Hoffman, Pleasant Grove, UT; 2 Sisters: Betty Coffman, Las Vegas, NV and Donna Lohse, Issaquah, WA.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be held Friday March 27, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Friday March 27, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until Service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Elisabeth S. “Lisbet” Mann – 55

Elisabeth Sue Mann, age 55 of Rockford formerly of Mt. Morris, IL died Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was born October 19, 1959 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Eric and Nancy Mann of Mt. Morris, IL. Lisbet, as she was known to family and friends, graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1978, Highland Community College in 1981 and received bachelors and masters degrees from Northern Illinois University. Legally blind since childhood, Lisbet thrived despite her disability and helped others facing vision loss. She was employed as a special ed teacher in Ottumwa, IA for a short time before taking a job with the Bureau of Blind Services in Rockford where she worked for 29 years. Lisbet taught living skills to others who had lost their vision so they could remain independent. She had many special friends: Candy, Donna, Terry, Craig and Janelle. She especially loved her nieces and nephews: Erica, Cameron, Ellen and Jeffrey. Lisbet enjoyed listening to music, playing the piano and had a special place in her heart for Yorkshire Terriers. Survived by brothers, Christopher (Cecilia) of Rockford and Michael (Cindy) of Byron. Predeceased by parents.
The family will receive friends from 11 A.M to 1:00 P.M. Friday April 3, 2015 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris. Private service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donations to Noah’s Ark, or a charity of your choice.

Donald George Leary – 90

Donald Leary1Oregon, IL, Donald George Leary, age 90, died March 21, 2015 in the Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Don was born October 23, 1924 in Oregon, IL the son of George C. & Rose (Schmidt) Leary. Don married Angela Seyster in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL on February 7, 1948. Don was a life long Dairy Farmer with a great interest in soil conservation. Don was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon Lions Club, Oregon VFW, and the Ogle County Farm Bureau.
Don served in the US Marines Corps in the South Pacific from 1944-1946.
Don is survived by his Wife: Angela Leary, Oregon, IL; Sons: Patrick (Kay) Leary, Vero Beach, FL and Donald (Pamela) Leary, New Baden, IL. 4 Grandsons: Brent (Sarah) Leary, Ryan (Jennifer) Leary, Rhett (Cassie Barr) Leary, and Shane (Ashley Jordan) Leary. 1Granddaughter: Paula (Eric) Wilson. 2 Great Grandsons: Aidan and Kellen Leary. 2 Great Granddaughters: Anabelle and Eve Wilson. 3 Brothers in Law: Thomas (Janie) Miller, James (Carol) Miller, and Stephen (Susan) Miller. Sister in Law: Mary Leary; and several Nieces and Nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his Parents; 2 sisters: Vera Mattison and Evelyn Fruin; Brother: John Leary; and Brother in Laws: David Miller, Donald Mattison and William Fruin.
“Goodnight, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
A funeral mass will be held April 18, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Joseph Naill officiating.
Memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.
Finch Funeral Home is assisting the Family with services.

Henry H. Brechters – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Henry H. Brechters, age 93, died Thursday March 12, 2015, in Neighbors Rehabilitation Center, Byron, IL.
Henry was born April 4, 1921 in Paynes Point, IL, the son of Harry Brechters & Grace (Wiltfang) Brechters. Henry married Betty Wolfe in 1942 and she preceded him in death in 1978; he then married Anna E. Miller on November 4, 1978 in Mt. Morris, IL. Henry retired from Kable Printing as a bookbinder in 1989 after 42 years. He was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Henry is survived by wife: Anna Brechters, Janesville, WI. Daughter: Lila L. (Richard) Grap, Rockford, IL, and Step-Daughter: Linda (Wendell) Boyer, Janesville, WI. Grandchildren: Rhonda (Pat) Marshall, Byron, IL; Lisa (Steve) Pierce, Stillman Valley, IL; Melinda (John) Conforti, Winnebago, IL; and Daniel Grap, Rockford, IL; 2 Step-Grandchildren: Bryan Boyer, Madison, WI, and Jessica (Joshua) Brand, Nashville, TN. Great Grandchildren: Allison and Adam Marshall, Byron, IL; Nicholas, Chloe, and Daniel Grap, Delores Conforti, Dakota and Morgan Pinkston Rockford, IL; Katrina Grap, Winnebago, IL; Grant and Brett Pierce, Stillman Valley, IL. Sister: Grace Henley, Rockford, IL.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife, 4 sisters, and 1 brother.
Funeral services will be Monday March 16, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, IL. Visitation will be Monday March 16, 2014 from 9:30 A.M. until service time in the Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.

Oren E. Stengel – 90

Oren Stengel_B-W_jpeg-2Oren Eugene Stengel, 90, of Mt. Morris, died February 25 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. He was born June 6, 1924, at FHN (then, Freeport Memorial Hospital) in Freeport, Illinois, the third child and only son of Edward and Edna (Paul) Stengel. He was a lifelong resident of Mt. Morris Township, attended Coon Creek (country) school northwest of town and graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1942. Farming was his life for many years. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Mt. Morris, worked and lived there with his family until 1970, when they moved into town. He joined Future Farmers of America in high school, earned a state farmer award, and served as president his senior year. After high school, Oren was active in Rural Youth, and upon his death was a 50+ year member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau. September 13, 1952, he married Mary Louise (Bradford) in Monmouth, Illinois. They were married almost 55 years, until her death in 2007.
Oren worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Mt. Morris from 1968 until retirement in 1995, with jobs ranging from clerk to letter carrier to custodian. For many years he was the “part-time flexi” letter carrier, which required him to memorize all of the town routes and where everyone in town lived, in order to substitute on any of the routes. Although challenging, he enjoyed being outdoors, greeting people throughout Mt. Morris, and is still remembered fondly by many as “my mailman.”
He was a lifetime member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, and served on the congregational council and in the men’s club. He was shy, a better “giver” than “receiver,” and had a streak of German stubbornness softened by a quick wit. He will be remembered for his kindness and humor.
He is survived by two daughters, Sally (Jeff) Carlson of Spencer, Indiana, and Sandra Stengel of Mt. Morris. A sister-in-law, Virginia Bradford, of Urbana, Illinois. He took delight in his only grandson, Elijah Carlson, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews, as well as cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers- and sister-in-law; and three sisters, Grace Young, Alma Derby and Lola Freimuth.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, March 1, at Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. There will be a private burial at West Grove Cemetery outside Forreston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, or the Good Samaritan Fund of Pinecrest Community.