Morris R. Pieper – 96


Mt. Morris, IL, Morris R. Pieper, age 96, died Thursday May 11, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Morris was born at home on the family farm west of Mt. Morris on July 8, 1920 the son of Henry & Cora (Rebman) Pieper. He attended first through eighth grade at Maple Grove Country School, where he was fortunate enough to have a pony (Ned) to ride to school instead of walking. He did graduate from Mt. Morris High School class of 1938. Morris married Elaine Roe of Whitewater, WI on March 17,1956 and she preceded him in death in 1998.
Morris started his farming career at the age of 3, helping his mother bring the cows in from the pasture to be milked; and began helping with the milking by the age of 6. Morris farmed his entire career in the Mt. Morris area raising grain and livestock. In the mid-eighties he “semi retired” and moved to town. After moving to town he devoted his time to his passion of rose gardening, but still remained active and involved in managing the farm.
Morris was a member of Prairie Rose Society, Mt. Morris Men’s Garden Club, Ogle County Farm Bureau, and the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, IL.
Morris is survived by children: Jan (Jim Barbeauld) Bradley, Henderson, NV; Robert Pieper, Mt. Morris, IL; and John (Mary) Pieper, Rock City, IL; grandchildren: Michael Fortner, Houston, TX; Phillip (Megann) Pieper, Davis, IL; Hannah (Jesse) Hansen, Freeport, IL; great grandchildren: John Phillip Pieper and Lucas Lee Jansen.
Funeral services will be Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Bruce McKanna and Pastor Larry Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday May 15, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to the Mt. Morris Senior Center.
A special thank you to Ann & Dwight Page and Denise Welsh for their dedication and loving care of Morris for many years.

Janet D. Kliebe – 75


Janet D. Kliebe, 75, long-time resident of Mount Morris, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of May 1, 2017, at the home of her daughter in California.
Jan was born July, 1941, in Rockford to Samuel and Fannie (Alton) Puckett, the middle of seven children. She married Kenneth L. Kliebe, also of Rockford, on August 27, 1959. They were later sealed for time and eternity in Salt Lake City, UT, on December 15, 1981.
With her quick wit and humble spirit, Jan made fast but lasting friendships wherever she went. Her delights in her later years were mailing cards and letters, pondering over and sending “I’m thinking of you” gifts, and catching up with family and loved ones by phone. Although she had many health struggles, she remained uncomplaining and optimistic.
Jan is preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; three of her siblings: Everett “Sonny” Puckett, Wilma Jean (Lester) Rafferty, and Shirley Abraham; and one grandchild. She is survived by her daughters: Kimmy Stiles, Karin (Richard) Mallard, and Kelly (Adam) Diehl; three siblings: Joan (Bruce) Spencer, Betty (Tom) Miller, and Barbara J. Kirchner; sisters-in-law: Ota Lee Puckett and Jenny Kliebe; seven grandchildren: Michael Scheck, Phillip (Jennifer) Scheck, Pamela (Tom) Mills, Cassidy Rice, Ezriel Mallard, Meridy Mallard, and Kenneth Mallard; and three great-grandchildren: TJ Mills, Briggz Scheck, and Liliauna Scheck, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
An open house will be held Friday, May 12, from 6:30 -8:30 pm at Finch Funeral Home located at 405 E. Hitt St, Mount Morris. Funeral services for Jan will be the following day, Saturday, May 13, at 10:00 am at the LDS church building located at 115 S Fox Run Ln, Byron. Graveside services will follow immediately afterward at Plainview Cemetery in Mount Morris.

Helen M. Boyden – 101

Oregon, IL, Helen M. Boyden, age 101, died Friday May 5, 2017 in Oregon Healthcare & Rehab Center, Oregon, IL with her children at her side. Helen was born September 4, 1915 in Polo, IL. Helen married George Boyden in Oregon, IL and he preceded her in death on December 7, 2000. Helen was a homemaker, was hard worker, she made homemade bread and great cook. She raised her children during WWII while her husband was away serving. Helen loved her time with her family.
Helen is survived by her sons: Steve (Connie) Boyden, DeKalb, IL and Bradley Boyden, Dixon, IL; daughter: Marilyn Geiken, Oregon, IL; 9 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband: George; 3 sons: George Boyden Jr., Ronald Boyden, and Robert Boyden; daughter: Linda Boyden; 2 sisters.
A private family graveside service will be held in Daysville Cemetery, Daysville, IL.
Memorials to Village of Progress and/or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Rick Lee Hagemann – 60


Mt. Morris, IL, Rick Lee Hagemann, age 60, passed away on Thursday May 4th, 2017 in the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, Madison, WI surrounded by his family. Rick was born August 19, 1956 in Freeport, IL the son of Arnold & Alice (Baker) Hagemann. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1975. Rick enlisted into the Army after graduation, serving from 1975 to 1978 with two years in Bamburg, Germany as a tank mechanic. Rick worked as a printing pressman at Quebecor and D.B. Hess Printing; he also worked for Shaw Valley Media. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan and enjoyed many NASCAR races at Daytona, Bristol, and Chicago land.
Rick is survived by his children: Natasha Hagemann, Leaf River, IL and Tyler Hagemann, Ankney, IA; granddaughter: Hailey Call, Leaf River, IL; mother: Alice Hagemann, Mt. Morris, IL; sisters: Vicky (James) Beers, Chester, IL; Sheri (Scott) Taylor, Roscoe, IL; and Bonnie Freidag, Lanark, IL; an uncle, several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Rick is preceded in death by his father: Arnold; maternal and paternal grandparents, aunt, and several uncles.
A visitation will be held on Sunday May 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Private family burial will be later in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to be determined.
The family would like to thank the VA Hospital for the wonderful care Rick received and a special thanks to the hospice unit for the compassionate care they gave Rick and our family along with the final military salute.

Jeffrey A. Cox – 49


Mt. Morris, IL, Jeffrey A. Cox, age 49, passed away on April 18, 2017 from complications from a stroke in St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL with his family by his side. Jeffrey was born May 22, 1967 in Dixon, IL the son of Gerald & Gardia (Himes) Cox. Jeffrey enjoyed life, helping others, cooking, fishing, spending time with his family; he was a wonderful son. Brother, and loving father.
Jeffrey is survived by his children: Travis, Seth, Deven, Merissa, and Mia Pearl; several brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jeffrey is preceded in death by his father: Gerald and brother: Brian Swartz.
Jeffrey will be sadly missed by those who knew him. A memorial fund has been established at Union Savings Bank, Mt. Morris, IL. Please make the checks payable to Jeff Cox Memorial Fund.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Frances M. Bressler – 81


Naperville, IL Frances Marian Bressler, age 81, died Tuesday March 28, 2017 in Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility, Naperville, IL. Fran was born Frances Marian Scheidler on April 12, 1935 in Coldwater, Michigan, the daughter of Rollin & Irma (Hanna) Scheidler. Fran was one of 8 children, brothers and sisters include; Beth Lou, Donald, John, Rollin, David, Irma, and Rebecca. She graduated from Coldwater High School class of 1953. After she graduated from high school she moved to Chicago, IL where she worked for the Burlington Railroad. Fran met Lewis Johnson and they were married June 10, 1961, and they had two children; David born August of 1962 and Anita born April of 1964. Lewis preceded her in death in September 1980. In 1982, Fran married long time friend, Donald (Don) Bressler, and moved to Moravia, Iowa where they spent many years enjoying Lake Rathbun. Donald preceded her death in September 1998. Fran was a member of the United Methodist Church in Moravia, Iowa; and she loved music, traveling, boating, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Fran is survived by her 2 children: David (Maggie) Johnson, Polo, IL and Anita (Ken) Pawlowski, Bolingbrook, IL; grandchildren: Nicole (Pawel Bujnowski) Pawlowski, David Pawlowski, and Matthew Pawlowski; 3 great grandchildren: Mia, Ava, and Lia Bujnowski; brothers and sisters: Beth Lou Zebolsky, Donald Scheidler, Rolly Scheidler, David Scheidler, Irma (Gordon) Hinckley, and Rebecca (Kenneth) Bible.
Fran is preceded in death by her parents; husband: Lewis Johnson; husband: Donald Bressler; and brother: John Scheidler.
Cremations rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorial services will be held in Coldwater, MI and Centerville, Iowa at a later date. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Iowa.

Evelyn G. Hall – 92


Mt. Morris, IL, Evelyn G. Hall, age 92, died Thursday March 23, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center, Freeport, IL. Evelyn was born on April 3, 1924 in Burlington, IL, the daughter of George S. & Evelyn (Tucker) Henderson. Evelyn married Kenneth J. Hall on April 8, 1944 in Sycamore, IL and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2004. Evelyn and Kenneth farmed in the Sycamore area until 1966 moving to rural Polo, IL. While farming along side her husband, Evelyn had chickens and would sell farm fresh eggs in the community. After selling the farm in 1998 they moved to Mt. Morris, IL.
Evelyn is survived by her children: Carol (Tommy) McGee, Sycamore, IL and Randy Hall, Freeport, IL; 1 granddaughter: Jessica (Michael) Krise, Sycamore, IL.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Kenneth J. Hall; 3 sisters: Arlene, Mareva, and Mildred.
Funeral services will be held March 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Private family burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, IL. Visitation will be held March 27, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until service time.
Memorials to be established.

Virginia G. Borneman – 90


Leaf River, IL, Virginia G. Borneman, age 90, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport following a brief illness. Virginia was born on July 26, 1926 near Leaf River, IL, the daughter of John and Helen (Reber) Wagner. She graduated from Leaf River High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Calvin E. Borneman on April 6, 1947 at St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2003.
Virginia worked as an Avon representative for over 52 years. She was a very talented seamstress, and a great cook. She enjoyed attending concerts and plays, and loved listening to music. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL and served there in many capacities over the years. She was currently a member of the church council.
Virginia is survived by three daughters: Angela Roz, Golden, CO, Cynthia (Ed) Faulkner, Freeport, and Valarie (Chuck) Woods, Willow Springs, MO; three grandsons: David (Christy) King, Waukesha, WI, Nathan Faulkner (Heather Daum), Chicago, and Brett (Brandi) Faulkner, Galena, as well as three great-grandchildren, Adam, Alexandria and Ian. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant son.
Funeral services will be held Saturday March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Erickson officiating. Burial at West Grove Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be held Friday March 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to St. James Lutheran Church.

Francis “Mike” Michael – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Francis C. Michael (known as Mike to friends), age 93, died Thursday March 16, 2017 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Mike was born September 18, 1923 in Rochelle, IL, the son of Francis E. & Anna L. (Paul) Michael. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1941. Mike served in the Pacific as an Army Medic from 1942 to 1945. Mike married Doris Hoffman on April 26, 1947 in Oregon, IL and she preceded him in death on March 23, 2015 after 68 years of marriage. Mike worked from Kable Printing Company as an Electrotyper. He was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. Mike enjoyed music and he played in the 129th Infantry Band from 1939-1941, Kable Concert Band, and the local clown band. He enjoyed flying and he flew out of the Polo airport. He also was a member of the civil Air Patrol.
Mike is survived by his daughters: Linda L. (John) Larson, Rock Falls, IL and Janet K. (Dennis) Black, Normal, IL; grandchildren: Valerie Larson, Rock Fall, IL, Matthew (Christina) Larson, Rock Falls, IL, Michael (Melissa) Black, Bloomington, IL, Douglas (Amanda) Black, Normal, IL, Heather (Seann) Berrocales, Normal, IL, Jaime (Joshua) Peters, Bloomington, IL; 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be on Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Jerry R. Leekley – 55

Mt. Morris, IL, Jerry R. Leekley, age 55, died suddenly Tuesday March 14, 2017 in his home. Jerry was born November 6, 1961 in Rockford, IL the son of Robert & Pauline (Leonard) Leekley. Jerry graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1980.
Jerry loved his hometown, he was an usher at the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, and he loved to work at Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.
Jerry is survived by his sister: Linda (Russell) Grover, Rockford, IL; nephew: Isaac Grover, Rockford, IL.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held on March 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be a private family burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held on March 25, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.