Irma Ossmann – 94

Oregon, IL, Irma Ossmann, age 94, died Friday August 12, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Irma was born December 5, 1921 the daughter of Walter & Mayme Lee. Irma worked at Windcharger Electrical Company in Sioux City. IA, and when she moved to Mt. Morris and Oregon area she worked for Kable Printing Company and Kable News. Irma was a member of the Mt. Morris Ladies of the Moose since 1965 where she spent countless hours volunteering, she was also a member of the VFW ladies auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, fishing, bowling, and was an amazing seamstress.
Irma is survived by step-children: Lee (Sue) Ossmann; Donald (Amy) Feary; Diana Buchanan; and Marla (Jeff) Spratt; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; nieces; nephews; and longtime friend: Girtie Paul.
Irma is preceded in death by her parents: Walter & Mayme Lee; Husbands: Donald Feary and Ralph Ossmann; sisters: Wanda Pence, Norma Gulbronson; brothers: Clarence Lee, Joe Lee, and Peter Lee; step children: Dennis Feary, David Feary, Donna Zuniga, Kay Bothum; and grandson: David Martin.
Graveside service will be held Friday August 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL followed by a service and luncheon at the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge.
Irma was a very independent lady with a heart of gold. She was never considered a stepmother, she was just mom; and she will be greatly missed.

Elva J. Buser – 94

Mt. Morris, IL, Elva J. Buser, age 94, died Sunday August 14, 2016 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Elva was born June 16, 1922 in Forreston, IL the daughter of William & Ceres (McLain) Hiteman. She graduated from Forreston High School class of 1940. Elva married Maurice Buser on November 20, 1946 in Forreston, IL and he preceded her in death. Elva was a beautician in the Mt. Morris Area. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL; Mt. Morris Senior Center; Women of The Moose; and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Elva is survived by her sons: James (Maritess) Buser, Garland TX and Michael L. Buser, Galena, IL; 2 step-grandsons: John Paul and Kevin Diaz, Garland, TX.
Elva is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Maurice; brothers: Merle, Donald, Wilbur, and William “Ole” Hiteman; sisters: Meitha McLaury, Erma Swank, and Josephine Fuhremann.
Memorial service will be held on Thursday August 18, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. Visitation will be Thursday August 18, 2016 in Trinity Lutheran Church from 9:30 A.M. until service time.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Manor and/or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Max W. Betz – 94

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Leaf River, IL, Max W. Betz, age 94, died August 12, 2016 in his home. Max was born April 20, 1922 in rural Leaf River the son of William & Cora (Kendal) Betz, and lived most of his life in or near Leaf River, IL.
Max joined the US Army and he served in the 108 Evacuation Medical Hospital Unit during WWII. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8739 and American Legion 145. Max was an honorary life member of the Graphic Communications International Union.
Max is survived by his wife of 65 years: Dora (Comstock) Betz; Daughter: Shirley (Shoaib) Zaman; grandchildren: Stefan Zaman and Julie (Larry) Brazeau; great grandchildren: Dalia and Jordan Brazeau.
Max is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Lyle Betz; and sisters: Edna Green and Erda Betz.
Graveside services will be held on August 19, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL with Chaplin John Tuttle of the Oregon VFW officiating. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Richard A. Personette – 64

Mt. Morris, IL, Richard A. Personette, age 64, passed away August 11, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. He was born December 12, 1951 in Rockford, IL the son of Frank & Lois (Frey) Personette. Richard graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1970. Richard married Pamela VanBuskirk on June 1, 1971 in the Mt. Morris Brethren Church, and they were married 45 years.
Richard enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, Nascar (18 Kyle Busch), and besides his family his other love in his life was the Mt. Morris Fire Department.
Richard is survived by his wife: Pamela Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 sons: Jeffrey (Audra) Personette, Dixon, IL and Daniel Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 grandchildren: Beth Personette, DeKalb, IL and Tyler Personette, Dixon, IL; 2 great-grandchildren; Uncle: Bob (Kathi) Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; sister-in-law: Carol Strount, Auburn, PA.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents; brother: James, and all grandparents.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday August 17, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday August 16, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Fire Department and/or Mt. Morris Loaves & Fish.

Robert E. Diehl – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Robert E. Diehl, age 93, passed away Sunday August 7, 2016, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Robert was born on February 8, 1923 in Leaf River Township, IL, the son of Earl & Anna (Pieper) Diehl. He married Grace Peeso in 1942 and together they ran the family farm on Mud Creek Road that was his life’s passion. He also worked at Elco Industries in Rockford for several years.
Robert is survived by 1 Son: David (Sue) Diehl, Eagle River, WI; 3 Grandchildren: Dan Diehl, Mt. Morris, IL, David Diehl, Cedarburg, WI, and Tara (Jeff) McNamara, Pewaukee, WI; 8 Great-Grandchildren; and several Nieces and Nephews.
Robert is preceded in death by his Wife: Grace; Son: Dan; Grandson: Jay; Brother: Chuck; and Sisters: Mildred Woodard and Marcia Sweeney.
Per Robert’s wishes, there will be a family grave side service on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Pinecrest Community of Mt. Morris, IL.

Alan “Yogi” Jones – 79

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Mt. Morris, IL, Alan “Yogi” D. Jones, age 79, died Friday August 5, 2016 in his home with his family by his side. Alan was born October 10, 1936 in Lake City, MN the son of George & Alice (Dunbar) Jones. Alan was a Navy Veteran entering the Navy in 1953. Alan married Beverly Lantz on July 1, 2011. Alan retired from Sundstrand in 1999 after 32 years. He was a avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Alan loved to fish, golf and bowl, and he was on a Sundstrand bowling league for 30 years. Alan was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551 since 1977, where he spent many hours volunteering and socializing with his moose family.
Alan is survived by his wife: Beverly Lantz Jones, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughters: Marla (Steve) Herringer, Rockton, IL and Ranae (Sterling Taylor) Leamanczyk, Mt. Morris, IL; 3 Step-Daughters: Sheri Tempel, Salisbury, MD, Michelle Lantz, Salisbury, MD, and Jeanette (Mark) Wolfe, Mt. Morris, IL; 3 Step-Sons: John (Teresa) Lantz, Polo, IL; Jeff (Sue) Lantz, Forreston, IL; and Ken (Melissa) Lantz, Mt. Morris, IL; Grandchildren: Taylor (Brett) Millard, Polo, IL; Sid Barber, Dubuque, IA; Alana Leamanczyk, Mt. Morris, IL; Nathan Anderson, Gypsum, CO; Morgan Anderson, Byron, IL; 12 Step-Grandchildren; 16 Step-Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Kathy Jones, Lake Forest, CA; Darlene (Les) Fry, Rockton, IL; and Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
Alan is preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Brother: George Jones.
Memorial service will be held Sunday August 14, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. in the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge. Visitation will be Sunday August 14, 2016 in the Moose Lodge from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home and/or Mt. Morris Moose Lodge.

Pearl A. Myers – 100

Mt. Morris, IL, Pearl A. Myers, age 100, died Saturday August 6, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Pearl was born April 21, 1916 in Adeline, IL, the daughter of Joseph & Louella (Hagemann) Hayenga. Pearl married Lyman C. Myers on February 7, 1935 in Adeline, IL; and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1989. Pearl lived her whole life in Adeline and Mt. Morris, IL. Pearl’s love was her time with her family.
Pearl is survived by her Daughters: Marilyn Wolber, Mt. Morris, IL and Patricia (Stuart) Kessler, Mt. Morris, IL; Grandchildren: Dennis (Kerry) Kessler, South Lyons, MI; Bradley (Dolores) Wolber, Mt. Morris, IL; Mark Wolber, Oregon, IL; Penny (Lyle) Wilken, Forreston, IL; Brian (Karen) Wolber, Oregon, IL; Scott (Sherri Egan) Kessler, Mt. Morris, IL; 16 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; and a Great Great Grandson.
Pearl is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband: Lyman; 2 Brothers: Edward and Carl Hayenga; and Sister: Goldie Long.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Adeline Zion Evangelical Church with Rev. Larry Jameson officiating.
Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, IL. Visitation will be held Monday August 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials Adeline Zion Evangelical Church and/or Pinecrest Terrace

Maxine E. Highbarger – 90

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Mt. Morris, IL, Maxine E. Highbarger, age 90, died Wednesday July 13, 2016 in her home with her family at her side. Maxine was born May 2, 1926 in Compton, IL the daughter of John & Mildred (Parker) Koch. Maxine worked at Kable Printing Company from 1945-1989 as a bookbinder. Maxine was a life member at the Mt. Morris Ladies of The Moose; where she volunteered on Chicken Nights and any other time they needed her. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Maxine loved to be in the flower garden, and her granddaughter and great grandchildren were her world.
Maxine is survived by her son: Steven P. Embick, Mt. Morris, IL; granddaughter: Christina (TJ) Smice, Polo, IL; great grandchildren: Logyn Embick and Tanner Smice, Polo, IL; and several siblings.
Maxine is preceded in death by parents and several siblings, daughter in law, Barbara Embick.
Funeral service will be held Monday July 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating. Burial will be Oak Knoll Memorial Gardens, Sterling, IL. Visitation will be held Monday July 18, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.

Ewell D. Gardner – 67

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Mt. Morris, IL, Ewell D. Gardner, age 67, died peacefully Friday July 8, 2016, in his home with his wife by his side. Ewell was born on April 20, 1949 in Bristol, Washington County, VA, the son of Harrie W. & Mary Lee (Gilley) Gardner. He graduated from Gate City High School. Gate City, VA. Ewell married Mary Etta Heshelman on May 26, 1973 in Belvidere, IL.
Ewell moved to Belvidere in 1967 to work at Green Giant and then work for Chrysler. 1976 he moved to Mt. Morris and worked for lumber yards in Oregon and Polo. Ewell most recently enjoyed his time helping Sunset Golf Club with anything they needed.
Ewell was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Mt. Morris Township Clerk, Board member at Rockford Bell Credit Union, active in Boy Scouts, bowled and golfed his whole life, wood working, volunteered setting up coffee hour at the church, Leap of Faith Music Ministry, and Lot 12.
Ewell is survived by his wife: Mary Gardner, Mt. Morris, IL; sons: Benjamin A. (Amy O’Saughnessy) Gardner, Des Moines, IA and Bradley A. Gardner, Forrest Park, IL; granddaughter: Hazel Gardner O’Shaughnessy, Des Moines, IA; brothers: Gale Gardner and Tony (Jenny) Gardner, Gate City, VA, Jack (Lena Jo) Gardner, Erwin, TN, Jim (Nancy) Gardner, Charlotte, NC, Phil (Teresa) Gardner, Hiltons, VA; sisters: Peggy (Don) Bays, Hiltons, VA and Lois Hurley, Sevierville, TN; brother in law: Jim (Marge) Heshelman, Woodland Park, CO; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Ewell is preceded in death by his parents, brother: Don; and his mother and father in law.
Memorial services will be held Thursday July 14, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday July 13, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church and/or Sunset Golf Course.
Ewell loved his family, his community, his golf friends, and he had a great sense of humor.

Wilma P. Pierce – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Wilma P. Pierce, age 93, died on July 7, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Wilma was born on December 7, 1922 in rural Polo, IL the daughter of Roy & Frances (Hoak) Reynolds.
She graduated from Polo Community High School class of 1940 and married Wayne Pierce on September 1, 1942, he preceded her in death on April 25, 2010. From September 1942 until April 1943 she was with Wayne who was at Army bases in Georgia and North Carolina, then returned to Polo. In August 1945 when Wayne returned from overseas they moved to Mt. Morris being there until her death except for winters spent in Tucson, AZ from 1985 to 2004.
Wilma was an active worker and member of the Disciples United Methodist Church belonging to the United Methodist Women and Dorcas Circle. She was a Brownie, Girl Scout, and Senior Girl Scout Leader, serving as Mt. Morris Neighborhood Chairman of the Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts and a Cub Scout Den mother of pack 333. She was also active in the Mt. Morris PTA and a Sunday school teacher in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Wilma was employed for 20 years at Kable Printing and Western Publishing Company in the Customer Service Department and as a switchboard operator-receptionist retiring in 1979.
Wilma is survived by her daughter: Rosalyn Southard, Crestone, CO; son: Terry (Jana) Pierce, Polo, IL; 3 grandchildren: Zachariah (Courtney) and Zara Southard, Brooks Pierce all of New Mexico; 1 great granddaughter: Malia Southard-Kante; and 4 great grandsons: Sawyer Dickerson, Zayden, Zarthan, and Zia Southard; 1 Sister: Donna (Virgil) Kannall of California and many nieces and nephews.
Wilma is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Wayne of 67 years; and sister: Norma Doherty.
Memorial services will be held Thursday July 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday July 21, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Disciples United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, IL on Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 10:30 A.M.
Memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church and/or Mt. Morris Senior Center.