Melody Martinez – 76

photo-2Mt. Morris, IL, Melody Martinez, age 76, died peacefully in her home with her family by her side on Friday July 17, 2015. Melody was born May 7, 1939 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Harry Allan & Norberta Agnes (Kelley) Hallin. Melody married Antonio Martinez Jr. on February 20, 1977 in Chicago, IL, and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2012.
Melody enjoyed spending time with her family, bingo, playing cards, knitting many different kinds of items, Traveling, Shopping, reading, and spoiling her dog “Chula.”
Melody is survived by her Daughter: Nore (Doug) Hatfield, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Steven and Michael Martinez, Dwight, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Jennifer (Micheal) Alaniz, Oregon, IL; Michael (Joni) Voight, Rochelle, IL; Anthony Voight, Lakeland, FL; Jesse James Hatfield, Mt. Morris, IL; Jesse Martinez, Dwight, IL; and Becca Martinez, Dwight, IL. 7 Great-Grandchildren: Christopher and Jonathon Alaniz, Oregon, IL; Brenden, Reese, and Emilyn Voight, Rochelle, IL; Malachi Voight, Rockford, IL; and Dalltyn Queen, Mt. Morris, IL. 3 Sisters: Joelanne Zielinsai, Florida; Donna (Tom) Jahr, Florida; Claudia (Jack) Ambrasino, Italy. 1 Brother: Gerald (Mary) Grimes, Illinois.
Melody was preceded by her Parents, Husband: Antonio; Brother: William Hallin; and Son: Perry Stevens.
Memorial services will be Saturday August 1, 2015 at 12:00 A.M. in the New Life Assembly of God, 401 S 8th Street, Oregon, IL with Pastor Dave Demmer officiating. Visitation will be August 1, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in the Church. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Rosemary Merrill – 85

Oregon, IL, Rosemary Merrill, age 85, died Monday July 13, 2015 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Rosemary was born March 16, 1930 in Oak Park, IL the daughter of Max & Elizabeth (Chovanic) Wittge.
Rosemary is survived by her 2 Sons: Chris Merrill, Oregon, IL and Cerby (Bonnie) Merrill, Oregon, IL. 5 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. 1 Sister: Emma Scerba and 1 Brother: LeRoy Wittge.
Per Rosemary’s wishes there will not be any services. Rosemary will be buried in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with her wishes.

Lynn A. Manis – 73

Oregon, IL, Lynn A. Manis, age 73, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home after a short battle with cancer. Lynn was born November 11, 1941 (Armistice Day) in Freeport, IL the son of Mack & Roberta (Kaff) Manis. He attended Mt. Morris Schools. After high school he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Lynn worked as a Reviser at Prographics, Rockford, IL where he was employed for over 25 years. Lynn enjoyed reading, watching movies, trivia and was a Chicago Bears fan!
Lynn is survived by 6 daughters: Kymberlee (John) Ubele of Georgia; Andrea (Mike Pontnack) Manis of Oregon, IL; Shannon Manis of Grand Detour, IL; Aimee Manis of Mt. Morris, IL; Rebecca (Mike) Benge of Oregon, IL; Heather Manis of Davis, IL, 1 son: Joe (Kristi Ellis) Manis, Raleigh, NC, 15 Grandchildren: Jeremiah & Jesse Ubele, Damon Manis, Crystin Martin, Chelsea Manis, Julian Manis, Derrick Stone, Shayne & Kenan Kraucunas, Courtney Barcai, Evan Ruthe, Kyle, Calvin & Chloe Clary, and Landon Manis, and 6 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 Nephews: Chris & Mike Reynolds. Lynn is preceded in death by his Parents, Brother: Jerrell, and Sister: Caroline.
Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:15 P.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held prior to service from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorial Fund established at First National Bank in Oregon, IL. All funds will be used to help enrich the lives of our Veterans.

Ruth Irene Balluff – 101

Ruth Balluff PictureRuth Irene Balluff, 101, a long-time resident of Mt. Morris, died July 2, 2015 at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, Illinois.

Ruth was born on April 14, 1914, the daughter of ‘Bert’ Lewis Albert Davis and Effie Mae (Marteney) Davis. She married ‘Bud’ Carl Edward Balluff on October 14, 1933 in the family home in Pinecreek Township, Illinois. Ruth worked for over 30 years at McGregor’s Subscription Agency as the head of the foreign publisher’s service. She was preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, and sister, Marie Davis.

Ruth’s passion for life, learning, and laughter was contagious and enjoyed by all who knew her. She loved summers at Lake Wisconsin, winters in Florida, traveling, clubs and activities with friends, quilting, reading, and giving educational programs. Her generosity helped many students attend college, supported learning and reading, care of the aged and those who are ill, and spiritual growth of youth.

Ruth is survived by her loving family and their extended families, cousin Joyce Davis of Oregon, Il; nieces Pat Burbank of N. Kingstown, RI; Gayl Poley of Providence, RI, and Diane Warran of N. Highlands, CA; and nephews Wayne Schelling of Mt. Morris, IL; Kim Poley of St. Louis, MO; David Ward of Stockton, CA; Brian Schelling of Rochester, MN; and Mike Balluff of Owensville, MO.

Memorial gifts may be made to Mt. Morris Public Library or Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center.

There will be a private burial service. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 8 at 2 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris. Finch Funeral Home assisting family with the services.

Kristi Kay Onken – 53

Mt. Morris, IL, Kristi Kay Onken, age 53, died Sunday June 21, 2015 in OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, IL; after she lost her battle with kidney disease. Kristi was born September 22, 1961 in Dixon, IL the daughter of George Robert & Patsy Kay (Rinard) Onken. She was a long time Mt. Morris resident. Kristi loved spending time with her kids and grandchildren.
Kristi is survived by her children: Debbie Petty and Larry (Marissa) Messenger, Children of heart: Jordan & Joslin Seaworth and Kris Niehoff. Grandchildren: Adam & Hayden Messenger and Grandchildren of Heart Karley Niehoff. Sisters: Barb (Mark) Carter; Vickie (Dale) Harriett; and Kim (Keith) Williams. Many nieces & nephews and her cat: Fred.
Kristi is preceded in death by her Parents and 2 sons: Luke and Harley.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials to be established.

Roger E. Satterfield – 71

IMG_1463-1Mt. Morris, IL, Roger E. Satterfield, age 71, died Monday June 15, 2015 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL with his daughters by his side. Roger was born August 17, 1943 the son of Leonard E. & Margaret R. (Davison) Satterfield. Roger graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1961. He served in the US Army for 1 year, before he came home to help with his family. Roger had a heart of gold which he would do anything for any one. Roger loved attending his grandchildren’s activities, and the local school’s sporting events which he was the biggest fan. Roger loved auctions, and spending time at different spots in town talking with many people.
Roger is survived by his daughters: Dee-Dee Satterfield, Delavan, IL; Shari (Rodney) Teal, Delavan; Kristina (Rick) Schurman, Pekin, IL. Grandchildren: Braylin (Zander) Curry, Normal, IL; Kylie (Nick Marksity) Teal, Delavan, IL; Trevor Teal, Delavan, IL; Teagan Teal, Delavan, IL; Megan Teal, Delavan, IL; Katelyn (Larry Lymangrover) Weaver, Pekin, IL; Lacey Weaver, Pekin, IL; Jonathan Weaver, Pekin, IL; Emma Hutchison, Pekin, IL; and Jersey Hutchison, Pekin, IL. Great Grandchildren: Paisley Lymangrover, Pekin, IL; Berkley and Brynnlee Marksity, Delavan, IL; and two more on the way. Brothers: Jerry (Shirley) Satterfield, Rockford, IL and Marvin (Cheryl) Satterfield, Mt. Morris, IL. Many Nieces and Nephews. Sister in laws: Barb Satterfield and Donna Satterfield.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Donald and Richard Satterfield.
Funeral service will be Saturday June 20, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Chuck Grogan officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL at a later date. Visitation will be Friday June 19, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
Roger was a donor for Gift of Hope, where he will continue to help people.
In lieu of flowers memorial fund has been established as The Roger Satterfield Athletic Scholarship.

Everette R. Henderson – 101

IMG_0141Mt. Morris, IL, Everette Raymond Henderson, age 101, died Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Everette was born February 23, 1914 in Worden, WI the son of Orlando W. and Faith A. (Winkler) Henderson. Everette attended Lincoln School in Stanley, WI (1919-1925), Stanley Jr. High (1925-1927), Stanley High School (1927-1929), Rockford High School (1929), Mt. Morris High School (1929-1931), Mt. Morris College (1931-1932), and LaSalle University in Chicago (1935-1936). He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1931. Everette married Lovita Sisk on June 22, 1934 in Mt. Morris, IL; Lovita preceded him in death. Everette worked as a salesman for Foster Vanilla Products, a Field Rep and Salesman for LaSalle Extension University of Chicago, Realtor, Athletic Official, and Personnel Manager for Kable News Company retiring in 1986 at age 72. He is a member of Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, registered Real Estate Broker (1964-1986), served on the “Search for Doctors” Committee for the University of IL College of Medicine, President of Mt. Morris Alumni Association (1985-1989), President of Community Chest of Mt. Morris, Last remaining Charter member and served as President of Sunset Golf Club, he was a golf guru of which he had many accomplishments, one was the longest hole in one in the United States for a short time, served on Ogle County Welfare Committee for 15 years, Brethren Church Sunday School Superintendent for 30 years, member of Mt. Morris Moose Club, member of Kiwanis for 15 years, member of Dixon Elks, member of Mt. Morris Sportsman Club (1940-1964), President of Blackhawk District Golf Course, President of Parent Teachers Association and President of Lincoln Highway Golf Association, and he was an avid bowler, loved to fish and hunt. Everette has resided in the Mt. Morris area since 1929.
Everette is survived by two sons: Donald (Judy Ciaccio) Henderson of Rockford, IL; Gary (Melody) Henderson of Oregon, IL. Grandchildren: Eric Henderson, Rob (Jana) Henderson, Darcee (Jarrod) Skulavik, Dana Henderson (John Hill), and Todd (Amy) Henderson. Great Grandchildren: Harper and Bryson Skulavik, Angel and Bryan Enck. Numerous Step Grandchildren and Great Gandchildren
Everette is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Lovita; two brothers; three sisters.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park, Rockford, IL at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday July 1, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.

Everett R. Kested – 100

KESKED-EVERETT-77 Mt. Morris, IL, Everett R. Kested, age 100, died Thursday June 11, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Everett was born July 29, 1914 in Dixon, IL the son of Shelby & Etta (Underkoffler) Kested. He graduated from Dixon High School class of 1932. Everett married Ruth L Williams on August 11, 1938 in Dixon, IL; Ruth preceded him in death. Everett then married Margaret Hollinger on December 26, 1983, and Margaret preceded him in death. Everett served in the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Post 8739, Oregon, IL; American Legion Post 143, Mt. Morris, IL; Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551; and Sunset Golf Club, Mt. Morris, IL. Everett was an Account Representative for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris for 36 years retiring in 1978.
Everett is survived by his Daughter: Judy Miller; Step-Son: Gary (Betsy) Hollinger; 2 Step-Daughters: Janet (Gary) Messer and Nancy (Gary) Junker. 3 Grandchildren: Paul (Susan) Miller; Spencer (Frances) Miller; and Courtney (Mark) Multer. 4 Great-Grandchildren: Dawson, Maya, Wilson, and Everhett Miller; and Finley. 6 Step-Grandchildren and 12 Step-Great-Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews.
Everett is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Ruth; Wife: Margaret; Son in Law: David Miller; 3 Brothers: Harold, Charles, and Lavern; 4 Sisters: Eleanor, Evelyne, Donna, and Pauline.
Memorial services will be held July 20, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, IL. Visitation will be July 20, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Ev McGee – 82

IMG_0140Ev McGee, age 82, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, WI since 1993, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, WI. She was born April 30, 1933 in Chana, IL to Merritt and Mabelle Dailey. Ev worked at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris for 30 years. She started visiting the Northwoods with her family in the 60’s. She worked at Bents Camp Bait Shop in Land O’ Lakes for 11 years. She loved to fish off the dock, spend time with family, friends and eventually her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for everyone. Ev was a member of the Land O’ Lakes Ladies Auxiliary, Legion Auxiliary in Polo, IL and GCIU- Graphics Communication International Union. She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Ev is survived by her husband of 64 years: Gene McGee of Land O’ Lakes; daughters: Colleen (Roger) Miller of Mt. Morris, Peggy (Ken) Greenlee of Delavan, WI, Kelly (Greg) Gilmour of Mt. Morris; sons: Chuck (Nancy) McGee of Sayner, WI, Mike (Karyl) McGee of Sturgeon Lake, MN, Scott (Nancy) McGee of Marlborough, NH, Edgar (Crystal) McGee of Geneseo, IL; 19 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on June 20, 2015 at the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge in Mt. Morris, IL. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on June 20, 2015 at Plainview Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Memorials to Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, WI or the Land O’ Lakes Ladies Auxiliary are appreciated by family.

William “Ole” Hiteman – 95

Ole Hiteman-2Mt. Morris, IL, William “Ole” Hiteman, age 95, died Friday June 5th in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Ole was born July 16, 1919 to William Hiteman and Ceres McLain Hiteman in Forreston, Illinois. He married Ethel Jane Deuth Hiteman September 1945; partner, companion and wife of 72 years; Jane died September 2009. Ole attended Forreston School, graduated 1937. Over the years, he was employed as Forreston bus driver, worked at McGrath Sand & Gravel and Buser Lumber Co. Ole retired in 1984 from Quebecor Printing as foreman after 30 years. Ole served in WWII June 1941 to September 1945 with 41st Division 167FA as sergeant; served in Pacific 42 months until war’s end.
He moved to Mt. Morris 1949 and to Pinecrest Village 2003. Ole & Jane spent 14 winters in Tucson, Arizona. Ole was a member Trinity Lutheran Church, life member VFW, life member Senior Center and member Sunset Golf Club for over 50 years. He was a diehard Cubs fan and enjoyed following many sports.
Ole is survived by sister Elva Buser, sisters-in-law Opal Deuth (Colorado) and Norma Deuth (Oregon, IL), nieces and nephews.
Ole is Predeceased by parents, brothers Mitch, Donald, Wilber; sisters Martha MacLaury, Erma Swank, Josephine Fuhremann.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday June 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery, Forreston, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday June 9, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Thank you to the many friends from Pinecrest / Mt. Morris community and to the Baker family.