Leaf River – Betty Maxine Mayberry (60) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on March 10, 2018, at Serenity House in Oregon. She was born to Francis and Carol Bral (Druien), on October 25, 1957, in Princeton, IL. She is survived by her husband Richard Mayberry, son Daniel (Pearl) Mayberry, daughters Christina Mayberry, Mary (Chad) Reuter, Tiffany (Grant) Lawson, step-daughter Rebecca (Brad) Cottle, family friend Phillip (Lindsay) Reuter, father Francis Bral, brother Paul (JoAnn) Bral, sisters Tina Bral, Barb (Mel) Peterson, grandchildren Jasmine and Skyler Engle, Kaitlyn Barnhardt, Arianna Kissick, step-grandchildren RobbieLee, Kalib, Addison, and Braxton. She is preceded in death by her mother Carol Bral, sister Sharon Engle, and brother Phillip Bral. Betty was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She loved spending time with her family and had an avid love for gardening, birds, and anything outdoors. A Celebration of Life will be held March 31, 2018 from 3pm – 5pm at the Bertolet Building in Leaf River. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity House in Oregon. A special thanks to the amazing staff at Serenity House Hospice.
Oregon, IL – Berniece Sepesy, 90, formerly of Virden, IL passed away on March 3, 2018. Her sons, Gerald (Linnea Vogl) Sepesy, Lawrence (Teresa Thorne) Sepesy; granddaughter, Corrinne (Jeffrey) Gale; Susan (Nick) Glenn, their children Anthony Buntjer, Trevor Glenn, and 3 siblings survive her. Preceded in death by her husband George and 8 siblings.
Oregon, IL, Mike W. Johnson, age 69, died Wednesday March 7, 2018 in his home. Mike was born on May 15, 1948 in Wausau, WI the son of Richard & Elizabeth (Lake) Johnson. He graduated from Wauzeka High School. Mike was an engineer during Vietnam in the US Army. Mike married Linda Buntyn on January 5, 2009 in Oregon, IL. Mike worked on the railroad bridge crew for Burlington Northern Railroad retiring in 2008. Mike is a member of the Rochelle VFW Post #3878 serving as Quarter Master and he was a past Commander.
Mike is survived by his wife: Linda Johnson, Oregon, IL; children: Loran Johnson and Michelle Johnson; several grandchildren; sisters: Diane (Mason) Evans, Sandra Johnson, and Susan (Steve) Ariss.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents and previous wife: Nancy.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Mt. Morris, IL, Richard R. Voss, age 68, passed away Thursday March 1, 2018 in Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, IL with his family by his side. Richard was born July 15, 1949 in Hope Arkansas the son of Basil & Lilly Voss. Richard married Patricia Shook on May 8, 1989 in Oregon, IL. Richard worked many jobs helping many businesses and people. Richard enjoyed fixing and repairing lawn mowers, tractors, doing puzzles, western movies, fishing, throwing horseshoes, his pets, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. Richard was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren.
Richard is survived by his wife: Patricia Voss, Mt. Morris, IL; children: Richard E. Voss, Dora May Henarie, Jeremy Voss, and Megan Voss; sister: Elgie Carter; several nieces and nephews.
Richard is preceded in death by his Parents and sister: Shelby.
Memorial service will be held on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held on March 9, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in The Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren.
Memorial to be determined.
Mt. Morris, IL, Nancy J. Hagemann, age 85, died Monday February 19, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Nancy was born on February 23, 1932 in Mt. Morris, IL the daughter of Ralph & Irene (Arnold) Lizer. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1950. Nancy married Duane D. Hagemann on February 3, 1951 in Mt. Morris, IL, Duane preceded her in death on March 2, 2013. Nancy worked for Kable Printing Company and the Mt. Morris Savings and Loan. Nancy loved to play bridge, shop, and in her earlier years golf, crochet, bowling. Nancy spent many hours with her family and friends attending many functions.
Nancy is survived by several nieces, nephews.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Duane; brother: Robert A. Lizer.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Visitation will be held on February 24, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Mt. Morris Senior Center.
Patricia Ann “Pat” Jones-Carr-Rosenbalm, age 81, Oregon, IL
Patricia passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on February 2, 2018 at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron, IL under Serenity Hospice care. She was born at home, in Oregon, IL, on May 28, 1936 to Walter and Ruth Jones. She married Richard “Dick” Carr on June 26, 1954. She later married George Rosenbalm on May 15, 1981. Patricia was a kind, hardworking, most giving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend to many. She loved gardening, cooking, spending time with her family and her friend Bob; she was best-known for her sugar cookies and blueberry coffee cake. She was a lifelong Oregon resident working at Snyder Manufacturing and retiring from E.D. Etnyre. She will be forever missed and never forgotten by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren:
Linda (Cliff) Greenhow, Steve (Joanne) Carr, Lori (Tim) Benesh, Stan (Mary) Carr and Doug Carr. Grandchildren; Jessica (Tom) Fraser, Jennifer Jensen (Brandon Watts), Lindsay Dempewolf, Trisha Dempewolf, Allison Bennett, Kristen (Doug) Reber, Austin (Megan) Carr, Lucas Carr, Jeremy (Destini) Benesh, Jason (Monica) Benesh, Joey Benesh (Kaitlin Moore), Carmen Carr, Shawn Lee, Lexi Carr, Parker Carr, and her 22 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her friend Bob Hand, sister Emmy Spickler, brother, Leonard Jones, sister-in-law Darlene Jones, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands’ Dick and George, daughter Vicki Young, great-grandson Kaleb Reeverts, brothers; Pete, Dick, Mick; sisters; Elsie Lego, Mildred Dyer, Pauline Jones, and Loretta Jones, nephew; Brad Spickler. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Moose Club, 101 Moose Dr, Mt. Morris, IL from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. In keeping with the wishes of Patricia, cremation with a private family burial will take place at Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia’s name to Serenity Hospice Home, 1658 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, IL 61061. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 is assisting the family with the services.
Howard R. Heid, 77, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday January 7,
2018 at Oregon Living and Rehab in Oregon, IL. Howard was born on April 28, 1940 in Chicago, IL. and was the son of Fred J. Heid and Edna Hansen Heid.
Howard graduated from East High School in Rockford, IL in 1958 where he was an outstanding swimmer. He then swam for the University of Iowa where he was an All American swimmer. In 1963 he graduated with a degree in math and physics from Augustana College.
Howard married the love of his life Kathryn (Dunk) Heid on May 14, 1966 in Mt. Morris. They lived in Beloit, WI for a short time where Howard was employed by Beloit Corp. They then moved to Madison, Wi where Howard was employed by Gisholt Corp. as a design engineer. While in Madison they had 2 children, Kristin and Eric. Howard returned to school at the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Business Administration. He worked for LeBlond Machine Tool as a sales engineer in Milwaukee, WI, and later started his own company, Heidco.
In 1988 the family moved Charlotte, NC and continued the business there.
Howard and Kathy moved back to Mt. Morris, IL in 1999. There he pursed prerequesites for nursing and later did substitute teaching in the Oregon School District for several years.
Howard loved having fun, working hard and living life to its fullest. He was always on the go, whether working in business or doing chores around the house. He loved people and animals and will always be remembered for his smile and his good sense of humor.
Howard is survived by his wife, Kathy; son Eric (Susan Martin) Heid, Grand children Lucas and Freja, of Madison, Wi.
His sisters, Carolyn Meyers of San Antionio, TX and Joan Ward of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Howard is preceded in death by his parents and Daughter, Kristin.
Memorial Services with be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 at Disciples United Methodist Church in Mt. Morris, IL at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev.Julie Bunt Officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00a.m. until the service time. Burial will be at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Finch Funeral Home is providing cremation services.
In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church, The Mt. Morris Senior Center or the Mt. Morris Fire Dept.
Mt. Prospect—David G. Brink, 58, a longtime resident of Mt. Prospect but most recently residing in Mt. Morris, IL, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully in his sleep on January 1. He was born May 1, 1959 in Chicago to Dolores and the late Jack Brink. He was the beloved brother of Jack (Patty), Bill, Linda (Mike), and twin sister Cindy(Rick), and uncle of Nicki, Jennifer, Michael, Matthew and Nathaniel.
David was a very loving, kind, humble, and sincere son and brother, who never missed an opportunity to express his love and gratitude for his family. He touched the hearts of every person that he met. David will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held this spring (TBD) at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchhoff Rd., Arlington Hts. Private internment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Hts. For information, call Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL (815) 734-6156.
Mt. Morris, IL, Delores A. Davis, age 87, passed away on January 2, 2018 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Delores was born February 7, 1930, Des Moines, IA the daughter of Alfred John & Lois Ethel (Linton) Shank. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1948, Highland Community College in Freeport, and she attended Real Estate classes for her License. Delores married James Q. Davis Jr. on November 20, 1948 in Mt. Morris, IL and he preceded her in death in 1994. She was the Secretary to Mr. Watt at Watt Publishing, and she worked for Kable Printing and also for Jerry Griffin Agency selling Real Estate. She was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Mt. Morris Ladies of the Moose, Oregon Country Club where she enjoyed playing bridge with the ladies. She had a love for music and theater, where she enjoyed singing and performing in the local theater group.
Delores is survived by her sons: Greg (Bobbie) Davis, Mt. Morris, IL and Stanley (Ann) Davis, Geneva, IL; 1 grandson: James Gregory (Julie) Davis, Davis Junction, IL; 2 great grandchildren: Jackson and Emma Davis, Davis Junction, IL.
Delores is preceded in death by her parents, husband: James Q. Davis Jr., and her brother: Richard L. Shank.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday January 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday January 13, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the church. Burial will be held at a later date in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with the services.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Mt. Morris, IL, Joyce Ann (Cain) Stauffer, age 54, passed away suddenly on January 1, 2018. Joyce was born on April 25, 1963 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Raymond & Shirley (Buhs) Cain, and her mother preceded her in death. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Mt. Morris. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1981, Highland Community College in 1984, she attended NIU, and graduated from Kishwaukee Community College from the CNA program. Joyce married Ronald Stauffer in December 1990. Joyce was a world traveler, living in Australia where she worked as a nanny after high school. Joyce worked as a dispatcher for the Mt. Morris Police Station, Alpha Omega until it’s closing, and currently she was with Pinecrest Manor as a CNA.
Joyce is survived by her husband: Ron Stauffer, Polo, IL; daughter: Elizabeth Stauffer, Polo, IL; brothers: Gary (June) Cain, Pecatonica, IL, Tom (Maureen) Cain, Pecatonica, Michael (Linda) Cain, Mt. Morris, IL; sisters: Jean (John) Springer, Polo, IL, Julie (Terry) Crum, Broadhead, WI; 15 nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews; father: Raymond Cain, Rockford, IL.
Joyce is preceded in death by her mother: Shirley (Cain) Cahoy, grandparents: Bill & Ida Cain, and Andrew & Mary Buhs whom she cared for in their later years.
Memorial service will be held Friday January 5, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. David Coke officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until service time in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.