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.

David Petro – 59

Mt. Morris, IL, David Petro, age 59, passed away Friday February 20, 2015 in his home in Mt. Morris, IL. David was born May 19, 1955 in Geneva, Ohio, the son of William V. & Helen V. (Dodge) Petro Sr. David enjoyed fishing, hunting, volunteering at the church, helping others, and spending time with his family and friends. David was a member of Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church. David served in the US Marines stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
David is survived by his son: Jacob (Samantha) Petro, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Granddaughter: Guinivere Petro, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Brothers: William (Nikki) Petro Jr., Chattahoochee, FL and James (Dawn) Petro, Mt. Morris, IL. Sisters: Carolyn (Lyle) Pepin Jr., Madison, OH and Diane (Edward) Mikkelsen, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Many Nieces and Nephews.
David is preceded in death by his Parents, and Infant Sister: Janice Petro.
Memorial services will be held Friday February 27, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church, 102 S. Seminary, Mt. Morris, IL with Lance Mennen officiating. There will be a fellowship following the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Evangelical Free Church in David Petro’s name

Paul M. Mastny – 58

Paul M. Mastny, 58, of Mt. Morris IL, formerly of Berwyn IL, died February 13, 2015 in his home, lovingly tended by his family, following a twenty-month battle with cancer. He was born June 15, 1956 in Hinsdale IL to George and Aloysia (Sirovatka) Mastny. Paul attended St. Leonard Elementary School and Morton West High School in Berwyn IL. After high school Paul spent three years in the army, stationed at Fort Campbell KY. Upon returning home after his discharge 1977, he met Julie Bonaguidi; they married on March 10, 1979. In 1989 they moved with their two children to Oregon IL, where Paul worked as a fuel handler at the Exelon Byron Generating Station until his retirement.

Paul was the quintessential tough guy — strong, often guarded and self-contained, but always a loving, fierce protector. He was, and will be, fondly remembered by family and friends for his horseplay. He was mechanically inclined and good at home repair and remodeling. He enjoyed music from blues to bluegrass, books, good wine (or vodka), cars, motorcycles, hiking, kayaking, a hot campfire. An articulate man, he also reveled in time spent at home with lots of laughter and debate. He especially cherished his wife Julie, with whom he travelled around the country, exploring new places and revisiting old ones; he loved his children beyond measure and that great love carried over to his grandchildren. Paul was blessed with a large, close-knit family, and although he would have considered it sappy to verbalize, they were his favorite people and he loved spending time with them. He was a grouch with a secret smile and a soft spot for little ones who crawled into his lap; “Grandpa was a pretty cool guy who knew how to play, and he made good Kool-Aid.” We are all sorry as hell to lose him so soon, and happy that we had him as long as we did.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Julie (Bonaguidi), their two children, Briana (Robin) Perlot of Westchester and Adam (Sarah) Mastny of Aurora, and four grandchildren, Harrison and Zane Perlot and Abigail and Henry Mastny. The third oldest of eight siblings, he leaves behind Ellen (Jerry) Patterson of Darien, Frank (Diane) Mastny of Berwyn, Jim Mastny of Westchester, Jeanie (Dan) Brown of Addison, Chris (Kathy) Mastny of Sycamore, and Miles (Yadi) Mastny of Darien, as well as close friends and cousins Cathy (John) Pokropinski, Barbara (Phil) Curle, Lois Lepsi, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bob (Mary) Mastny, all formerly of Berwyn.

There was a private gathering in the home prior to cremation; a memorial service will be held in late spring.

Leo Barney Jr. – 84

Leaf River, IL, Leo Barney Jr., age 84, passed away from heart complications Thursday January 29, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Leo was born July 1, 1930 in Tomahawk, WI the son of Leo & Alma (Kluckman) Barney Sr. Leo married Katherine Robinson on July 5, 1958 in Rockford, IL. Leo was a proud member of The United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Leo was avid hunter and fisherman, snowmobiling, boating, shooting sports, travelling, spending time with his family, time at the lake, and gambling. Leo retired from Southern Imperial after 35+ years, and he also worked for Leaf River Valley Telephone Company, and he started the first laundry mat in Leaf River, IL.
Leo is survived by his wife: Katherine Barney, Leaf River, IL; Son: Eugene Barney, Rockford, IL; Daughter: Diane Barney, Dodgeville, WI. 2 Grandchildren: Ashli Barney, Sycamore, IL and Colton Barney, Schaumburg, IL. Several Nieces and Nephews.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents, and Brother: David.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in Willwood Cemetery, Rockford, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday February 3, 2015 from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of Flowers memorials to Boy Scouts of America Blackhawk Area Council and/or Wounded Warriors.

Dean L. Fletcher – 54

Mt. Morris, IL, Dean Fletcher, age 54, died suddenly Thursday January 22, 2015 in his home. Dean was born November 2, 1960 in Rockford, IL the son of Frank & Harriet (Kielsmeier) Fletcher. Dean spent his entire life in Mt. Morris attending Mt. Morris schools and helping many with jobs around Mt. Morris.
Dean is survived by his Sisters: Donna Jacobs Dietrich, Mt. Morris, IL; Diane Jacobs Burd, Pewaukee, WI; and Brother: Dale (Kathy) Baker, Dixon, IL. Several Nieces and Nephews and many other family members.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents and infant brother: Donnie.
Memorial luncheon will be Saturday January 31, 2015 from 12:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. in the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, Mt. Morris, IL. There will be no public funeral or burial service.
Memorials to be determined.

Carol Sue Pontnack – 68

Mt. Morris, IL, Carol Sue Pontnack, age 68, died January 4, 2015 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL; Carol was a loving mother and wife. Carol was born April 12, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas the daughter of John &Annabel (Hohstadt) Nystrom. Carol Married Melvin “Frizz” Pontnack on August 17, 1995 in Dollar City, MO. Carol was an excellent cook, Nascar Fan, and loved playing Euchre. Carol was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL.
Carol is survived by 3 Children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 Great Grand Daughter.
Carol is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Melvin; and Sister, Nancy.
Memorial service will be Saturday January 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial to be established

Wilda E. Lundin – 81

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Wilda E. Lundin, age 81, died Thursday January 8, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Wilda was born on August 2, 1933 near Shambaugh, Iowa.
She is the daughter of Martin Anderson and E. Esther McKee Anderson. Wilda was baptized at Shambaugh Methodist Church in Shambaugh, Iowa.
She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1951. She attended Clarinda Junior College in Clarinda, Iowa and taught for a short time in Stanton, Iowa. She was married to Leland Roger Nelson on September 1, 1954 in Shambaugh, Iowa. They lived and farmed near Bethesda, Iowa. They had three boys, before Leland passed away in March,1964. She then went to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo and taught at a parochial school in Yorktown, Iowa before marrying Everett Edward Lundin on May 25, 1968 in Bethesda Lutheran Church, Iowa. She moved to Mt. Morris, Illinois where they had a girl. She was very actively involved in many various church and community activities including Ladies Aide, Naomi Group, Church Board, TLCW where she was currently serving as the President, the quilting group, LSSI Nachusa Campus, Home extension, the summer reading program at the Mt. Morris Public Library, WRE, and currently enjoying her time reading to students in the Byron School District and working with children in the summer at LOMC. Wilda enjoyed many activities during her lifetime including gardening, traveling through many of the National Parks across the USA, sewing and baking
Wilda is survived and will be greatly missed by her four children: Larry (Nancy) Nelson, Mt. Morris, Kevin Nelson, Mt. Morris; Clair Nelson, Clarinda, Iowa; Laura (Jonathan) Gabriel, Gordon, Wisconsin. Six grandchildren: Emily (Nathan) Clements, Lakeside, Montana; Erica (Randy) Bocker, Mt. Morris; Amy Nelson, Dennison, Iowa; Andrea Nelson, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Aaron and Jacob Gabriel, Gordon, Wisconsin. Three great grandchildren: Levi, Adalyn, and Kasen Bocker, Mt. Morris. She is also survived by many nieces, nephew, cousins and sister-in-laws .
Wilda was preceded in death by first husband Leland Nelson, her second husband Everett Lundin, her parents and a sister, Phyllis Anderson Hartstack.
Funeral services will be held Monday January 12, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev, Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial Will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday January 11, 2015 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Moris, IL from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.
Memorial to Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford Rescue Mission, and American Cancer Society Ogle County Chapter.

Ethel Marie McKay – 85

Mt. Morris, IL, Ethel Marie McKay, age 85, died Friday December 26, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Marie was born May 28, 1929 in Mt. Erie, IL the daughter of Herman & Pearl (Anniss) Greifzu. She was a graduate of Mt. Erie High School Class of 1945 (3 Year Accredited School) and she was a graduate of Albion High School class of 1946. Marie married William H. McKay Jr. on December 15, 1946 in Mt. Erie, IL. Marie was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church, and her first priority was WIFE, MOTHER, and HOMEMAKER. She worked as a dental assistant, library assistant, and was an Avon representative for 50 years.
Marie is survived by Son: William Henry (Sandy) McKay III, Mt. Morris, IL, Daughter: Linda Sue (Albert) Wankel, Lake Port, CA. 8 Grandchildren: Anna Marie, Brien John, Jeffrey Albert, Garrett William, Alastair McKay, and Malcolm Kieran Wankel; Billie Jo and Dustin William McKay. 2 Great Grandchildren: Bowie McKay and Ferris Wankel. 3 Sisters: Eva Mae (Bill) Hicks, Olney, IL; Ruby Eileen Whitten, Raleigh, NC; and Ruth Elaine (Byron) Elliott, Cisne, IL. 1 Brother: Glen Eldon Greifzu, Pensacola, FL. Several Nieces and Nephews.
Marie is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband (William); Sister: Mary Elizabeth Greifzu; and 2 Brothers: Earnest William and Guy Vernon Greifzu.
Memorial service will be Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday December 30, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Public Library and/or Disciples United Methodist Church.

Sherwood N. Stouffer – 86

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Mt. Morris, IL, Sherwood N. Stouffer “Woody,” age 86, died Tuesday December 23, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL surrounded by his family after putting up a strong fight of numerous medical battles for 5 years. Sherwood was born November 8, 1928 in the Mt. Morris family home on Hitt Street the son of William Boyd & Olive Pearl (Butterbaugh) Stouffer. Sherwood resided in Mt. Morris all his life, making a lot of friends and was known to all as “Woody.” He graduated from Mt. morris High School class of 1946, after high school he attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Woody married Margie Kirkham on June 4th1950 in Ashton, IL, and they just recently celebrated 64 wonderful years together. In 1944 Woody received 2nd place in Chicago’s Junior Market Lamb Show Pen of Five Lamb Division, and in 1945 he received 1stplace in Chicago’s Junior Market Lamb Show Pen of Three lamb division. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping, and softball. Woody was a member of the Jaycees and Kiwanis for many years. He worked at the Stouffer Poultry Hatchery and eventually retired from Kelly Springfield Tire Company.
Sherwood is survived by his wife: Margie Stouffer, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Brian (Wanda) Stouffer, Rock Springs, WY; Daughter: Gayle (Larry) Madsen, Wellsville, MO; 6 Grandchildren, and 14 Great Grandchildren; Sister: Virginia Nelson, Mt. Morris, IL, and many Nieces and Nephews.
A celebration of Life will be held on Monday December 29, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell officiating followed by a luncheon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL, on Monday December 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Visitation will be held on Sunday December 28, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

T.J. “John” Condit – 83

Mt. Morris, IL, T.J. “John” Condit changed addresses at 10:15 AM this past Thursday, December 25, “Christmas morn.” He moved from East Lincoln Street in Mt. Morris, IL where he lived and raised his family for the past forty-six years, to heaven’s celestial shores to join his parents, his in-laws, his four oldest sisters and three of their husbands, his beloved wife, Mary Lee of fifty-nine years, and their youngest child, Scott. Most importantly, though, he heard the words every Christian longs to hear, “Well done, my child, welcome home!”
John was born October 11, 1931 in Mayville, ND to B.W. “Jeff” and Nettie (Nelson) Condit. He was the sixth and youngest child, joining his five older sisters. In high school, John moved with his family to Clark, SD. He graduated from high school in Clark, then served in the Army during the Korean War. After serving, he attended and graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He was proud to be a “Jack Rabbit.” During the war, John’s mother died, necessitating a trip home, where soon after he met a “looker” from western MN, who had cared for his mother during her final weeks of life. John and Mary Lee were married in September 6, 1953. The couple lived in Brookings for nearly eight years, while John finished college and they started their family.
After college, with a degree in printing, and a short stint of teaching at SDSU, John accepted the offer to go into the printing industry in Mt. Morris, IL. John joined the team of Kable Printing in 1961, with four young kids in tow, where he worked till 1995, retiring from the Customer Service Department.
John was always active in the community, from coaching youth sports with his kids, to the golf course where he was an average (at best) golfer, due mainly to being left-handed, to the Cemetery Board, to his local church, Trinity Lutheran in Mt. Morris, to LOMC, to Loaves and Fishes food pantry, to the Senior Citizen Center, to various and sundry card games in town, and to many activities and projects in between. John was also a long-time member of the Moose Club. His children remember wearing shirts saying, “My Dad is a Moose!” Most knew John as a “good guy,” always greeting everyone with a pleasant, cheerful, often playful greeting. Indeed, he was blessed with an encouraging spirit. He will be greatly missed and treasured forever.
John is survived by his sister, Beverly (and Ed) Clausen of Clark, SD, one brother-in-law, Gerry Spies, of St. Petersburg, FL, his daughters, Julie (and Rick) Robinson of Mt. Morris, Connie (and Ken) Blatner of North Aurora, his son, Jeff (and Natalie) Condit of Moline, along with 8 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, a growing host of great grandchildren, many loved nieces & nephews, and countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember John are encouraged to make a gift of love to their favorite charity. Trinity Lutheran, Pinecrest Manor, Serenity Hospice and many other fine local nonprofits would appreciate the help in John’s memory.
A visitation is scheduled for December 31 at 9:30 AM in the chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, with a worship service of celebration at 11 AM with Rev. Frank Lay. Graveside service will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL, concluding with a luncheon at Trinity Lutheran. Those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry where John faithfully served each week to the very end of his earthly life.
The family of John Condit would like to thank the Mt. Morris and surrounding community, and their extended family throughout the country, for loving and enjoying John and Mary Lee during their lifetimes and specifically the 53 years lived in Mt. Morris. The red brick house next to Trinity Lutheran will soon have a new story to tell, but for the last forty six years, the Condit family has loved being a part of your lives. To God be the glory! Indeed, it is well with John’s soul!