Mt. Morris, IL, Karen Marie Dorcey, age 53, Passed peacefully in her home on Sunday June 10, 2018, with her three children at her side [after a battle with breast cancer]. Karen was Born August 12th 1964 in San Francisco, CA the daughter of George and Shirley (Wakeland)Dorcey.
Raised in San Francisco, Karen enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 where she worked on A-4 aircraft. After proudly serving 6 years in the Marine Corps, Karen moved to Illinois and raised two daughters and a son. She loved her children dearly and helped put her daughters through college and raised her son until he joined the Marine Corps.
Karen was a licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic and worked at Midwest Aero Support for 23 years. She prided herself on being a great mechanic in a male dominated industry. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing bingo at the Moose Club. She loved Star Trek, Stephen King novels, and everything sci-fi.
Beloved mother to Amanda (Nate) Troye, Rachel (Corey) Skoumal, and Frank Lung; Loving sister of Julia (Luis) Hernandez and twin sister of Louise (Ben) Santana.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents and brother: Richard Dorcey.
A celebration of life will be on Friday June 15, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. until The last one leaves, in the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorial to be established.
Karen will be remembered as a strong and brilliant person with an incredibly kind and generous heart.
Mt. Morris, IL, Jackie (Jack) R. Riegel, age 82, passed away in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL with his family by his side. Jackie was born on June 18, 1935 in Braymer, MO the son of George & Hazel (Stuckey) Riegel. Jackie graduated from Braymer High school, Louisiana Missionary Baptist Seminary and Oklahoma Missionary Baptist Seminary. Jackie married Phillis Klamm on June 22, 1956 in Bonner Springs, KS. Jackie was a Baptist Minister and pastored for churches in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois and was with the Missionary Baptist (ABA) Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, IL.
Jackie is survived by his 2 children: Gerda (Dave) Clark, Mt. Morris, IL and Andrew Riegel, Mt. Morris, IL; 5 grandchildren: Ryan Riegel, Joshua Riegel, and Melissa (Brian) Morton all of Texas, Jeremy (Kylee) Pennington, and Zachery (Heather) Pennington both of Mt. Morris, IL; and 9 great grandchildren: Bryce, Gavin, Christian, Jenna, Seven, Corbin, Madison, Lincoln, and Landry; special friend: Betty Roberts.
Jackie is preceded in death by his parents, wife: Phillis; son: George (Joe) A. Riegel, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.
Memorial service will be held on Friday June 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Bruce McKanna officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday June 8, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Manor nursing Home, Serenity Hospice and Home, and/or Evangelical Free Church.
Betty M. Davis, 87, Mt. Morris, IL passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor on May 30, 2018. She was born April 22, 1931 in DeSmet, South Dakota. Betty was the daughter of Bloice and W. Blanche (Vaughn) Holverson. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1949. Betty married Darrel E. Davis in Mt. Morris on September 23, 1949. She was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren. She was predeceased by her parents, son John, great granddaughter Amy Marie Griffin and sister Clarice Himert from Oregon. Betty is survived by her husband Darrel “Onzie” (married for 68 years), daughter Sharon of Mt. Morris, daughter Karen Dietrich of Mt. Morris and son Dennis “Denny” (Sheila) of Mt. Morris, 4 grandchildren: Erica (Stephen) Bell, James (Sara) Griffin, Amanda (Darren) Moser and Kristina (Andy) Thompson. Betty had 11 great grandchildren; Erin, EmilyGrace & Sadie Bell, Drew & Abi Moser, Kate & Addison Thompson and Colton, AshLee, Ryan Griffin & Avalyn Henry. Betty worked at Ben Franklin Store in Mt. Morris, Kable Printing (Racine) and helped Darrel on the farm. Betty and Darrel square danced for 40 years with the Blackhawk Twirlers and enjoyed many years of camping with a pop up camper and then their fifth wheel. When the Big Thompson Canyon flooded in 1976 in Colorado, Betty and Darrel went with the Church of the Brethren Disaster Relief to help clean up homes from the mud. Funeral service will be on Saturday, June 2 at 12 pm with visitation from 10 am until time of service at Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL. 61054 with Pastor Terrance Freeman cousin from Lexington, KY. officiating. Private burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery near Mt. Morris at later date. A luncheon will be held at the Mt. Morris Moose Family Center following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been created for Camp Emmaus in Mt. Morris which is the Church of the Brethren camp.
Linda Straith (Earth Angel Grannie) age 64, was called to heaven on Friday May 25th, 2018. She was born April 20th, 1954 in Chicago.
A graduate of Northwestern University in Bilingual Education. Spent her life working in Nursing and Real Estate, as well as other occupational endeavors.
Loving daughter of Florinda Berry, Eliseo and Aurora (Quela) Garcia, her adopted parents. Loving bride to Terry Straith. Devoted mother of Michael Alexander and Linda Christine. Sister to Anthony, Frank, Kathy, David, Reuben, Joseph. Adoring grandmother to Emily, Michael, Kyra, Brayden, Samantha, and Kaeden. As well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Linda is proceeded in death by the Garcia’s.
Founder of Earth Angels a non profit group, was well known in the community with a multitude of friends and families. Active in many civic organizations and many community groups.
Visitation will be held on Thursday May 31st from 4-6pm followed by a 6pm service, at Finch Funeral Home 405 East Hitt St. Mount Morris IL, 61054, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating.
Linda always said “I don’t need anything, just give back to the world.”
Instead of flowers, Linda’s wish would be to make a donation in her honor, to a charitable organization of your choosing.
Lindenwood, IL Donald C. Holder, age 52, died on May 14, 2018 at his home. Don was born on April 6, 1966 in Dekalb, IL., the son of Odetta (Peterson) Holder. He attended Rochelle Township High School. Don was employed at Rochelle Foods as an electrician. He self- taught himself this trade and later became certified. Don has lived in the area for 52 years. Don loved to “fix things” and enjoyed doing anything that he could fix with his hands. Skydiving had become his passion. Don and his son Jerrod jumped together in honor of Caleb James Holder. Don is survived by his son Jerrod Martin; brother: P. Jeff (Susan), Dekalb, IL; Sister: Tammy (Dan) Schmidt, Polo, IL; Partner & best friend of 26 years, Ronda Holder. Don is preceded in death by his parents; son Caleb Holder (2013), and 4 half-sisters. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time at Silver Creek Cemetery. Officiant Wilmer Houck. Memorials to Caleb & Kat Bowling Scholarship Fund, C/O Rock Valley Credit Union, Rochelle, IL.
Mt. Morris, IL Glenn V. Green, age 89, died on May 15, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Glenn was born on August 1, 1928 in Almena, Kansas the son of Thomas G. & Cora L. (Williamson) Green. Glenn married Maxine Henry on July 23, 1948 in Almena, Kansas. He was a printer for a Gary Post Tribune in Gary, Indiana for 50 years retiring in 1994. Glenn served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He loved to hunt, fish, trap shoot, and gunsmith.
Glenn is survived by his wife: Maxine Green, Mt. Morris, IL; son: Michael (Julie) Green, Byron, IL.
Glenn is preceded in death by his parents; sister: Betty; and brother: Galen.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Per Glenn’s wishes a memorial service will be held at a later date.
OREGON IL— Lois Irene Pauls 90, of Oregon, IL died Wednesday May 9, 2018 at her home in Oregon after a short illness.
Lois was born Oct. 21, 1927 in Oregon Township, the daughter of Carrie Shugars and John Kelser. She married John E (Eddie) Pauls on July 6, 1956 in Oregon, IL. He preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 1984. She is also preceded in death by her son: David and grandson: Justin. Lois was a lifelong resident of Oregon.
Survivors include her daughter Nancy (Richard) Behnke, Knoxville, TN. Two loving granddaughters Hannah (Mateusz) Majerczak, Dekalb, IL and Sunshine Behnke, Knoxville, TN. Two nieces Joyce (Phil) Welch, Liberty, IL and Lynda (Scott) Haas, Oregon, IL that she loved like her own and her best friend Mary Hayenga, Oregon, IL.
Cremation rites will be accorded and there will be a private family service. Visit: firstname.lastname@example.org to send condolences.
Mt. Morris, IL, John “Jack” A. Kimes, age 74, passed away at home on Tuesday May 8, 2018 with his wife and family by his side. Jack was born June 28, 1943 in Caseyville Township, IL the son of Ford & Helen (Beres) Kimes. Jack married Peggy Bull on January 31, 2003 in Rockford, IL. He was a machine fabricator and he retired from Cincinnati Lamb in 2007. Jack lived in Rockford from 1969-2013 moving to Mt. Morris. Jack served his country from 1961 to 1965 as a very proud US Marine. He enjoyed antiquing, garage sailing, working in his yard, but he loved the Christmas season most of all.
Jack is survived by his wife: Peggy Kimes, Mt. Morris, IL; son: Josh Kimes, Roscoe, IL; step daughter: Vickie (Dave) St. Clair, Mt. Morris, IL; step son: Ron (Angele) Osborne, La Crosse, WI; 8 grandchildren: David St. Clair, Dillon St. Clair, Devin Osborne, Connor Osborne, Skylar Osborne, Harley Osborne, Josh Kimes Jr., Kayla Kimes; and many nieces and nephews.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers: Leroy Kimes and Kurt Kimes; sister in law: Kay Kimes.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
The family would like to extend a thank you to Serenity Hospice and Home; with a special thank you to Val.
Lightsville, IL, Nancy Mae Plemmons, age 81, passed away on Tuesday May 8, 2018, while she was on her way to work. Nancy was born March 23, 1937 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Harold & Nellie (Wakenight) Sigler. Nancy married Michael Plemmons on September 11, 1953 in Rockford, IL; and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2012. Nancy worked at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in housekeeping. She was a member of North Grove Christian Church, Den mother and a Girl Scout leader, and the Mt. Morris Lodge.
Nancy is survived by her Daughter: Debra Pulver, Janesville, WI; Son: Terry Plemmons Sr. , Mt. Morris, IL. 8 Grandchildren: Troy Plemmons, Dixon, IL; Terry Plemmons Jr., Rochelle, IL; Debra Plemmons, Mt. Morris, IL; Michael Plemmons, Sterling, IL; Adonis, Athena, Alethia, and Apollo Plemmons, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 Great-Grandchildren: Moses Plemmons; Michael Plemmons; Cael Plemmons; Robert Irvin; Charli Irvin; Isaiah Perez; Leo Garza; and Conor Plemmons.
Nancy is Preceded in death by her Parents; husband: Michael; sister: Evelyn Plasters; great granddaughter; nephew; son in law: Roger Pulver.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL. Visitation will be held on Monday May 14, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be established.
Esther Wilson, 99, Leaf River, IL
Esther Eileen (Werkheiser) Wilson, 99, passed peacefully Monday, April 16, three days short of her 100th birthday. She was born April 19, 1918, on the family farm in Jo Daviess County, the Sixth child of William Leslie and Emma Belle (Finkenbinder) Werkheiser. She married Ralph Malone Wilson of Leaf River on June 5, 1943, in Seward. They were married for 66 years at the time of his death in January 2010.
Esther graduated from Lena High School with the class of 1936, continued her education with a scholarship at Northern Illinois University, and received her bachelor’s degree in education. She taught in the rural schools of Blanchard, Poplar Grove, and Cherry Hill prior to and during the first two years of her marriage. She resumed her teaching career at Leaf River Grade School.
She was a faithful member of the Leaf River United Methodist Church, serving as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, and a leader on various boards. As a caretaker of family history, she was proud to be a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a long-time member of the Leaf River Grange. Above all, she was most dedicated to loving and supporting her family.
Esther remains deeply loved by her family: children, Kay Wilson of Grinnell, Iowa, Marcia (Dennis) Morrissey of Bloomington, and Kevin (Patti) Wilson of Leaf River; grandchildren, Sara Croft (Mitra Rahnema) of Grinnell, Iowa, Peter Croft of St. Joseph, Dunavan (Julie) Billups of Streator, Kristin Billups of Bloomington, Benjamin (Chris) Wilson of Leaf River, Carist (Mike) Koehl of Leaf River, Emmalee (Chad) Rupp of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; great-grandchildren, Bethany (Braden), Payton, Owen, Charleston, Wyatt, Hailey, Wade, Michael, Alexis, Daniel, Lily,Sawyer, Miles; sister-in-law: Ruth Werkheiser of Freeport, IL.
In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her parents; brothers, Mervin, Sheldon, Owen, Don, Marlow; sisters, Marian, Ardeth, Verla.
Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Leaf River United Methodist Church. Service at 2:00 p.m. following the visitation. Pastor David W. Poust will officiate. Interment at North Grove Christian Cemetery. Memorials to Leaf River United Methodist Church and North Grove Christian Cemetery. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Home.