Rev. Roger E. Cheek – 87

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Rev. Roger E. Cheek, age 87, died Monday June 20, 2016 in Pinecrest Terrace, Mt. Morris, IL. Roger was born March 5, 1929 in Leaf River, IL the son of Edward E. & Violet (Kretsinger) Cheek. Roger graduated from Leaf River High School. Roger married Lorraine Ellen Hartje on October 23, 1948 in Leaf River IL; served in the United States Air Force; and was employed in the tool & die industry. At age 35 he went back to school; received a Bachelor Degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree from Garrett Theological Seminary; and for 26 years, he served as a United Methodist Church minister. His ministry led them to make many communities in southeastern South Dakota and northern Illinois home. Roger and Lorraine lived in rural Galena prior to coming to Mt. Morris 18 years ago.
All who knew him will remember he was a true “Jack of All Trades”. He was passionate about cars and engines all of his life. He rebuilt countless cars, trucks, engines, and many, many pieces of equipment of all shapes and sizes. He loved camping and fishing and loved the outdoors. He built their retirement home with the help of only family and friends on a seclude spot overlooking the Mississippi River. His hands could fix or build anything and he rarely failed and never “gave up”. Mostly he loved his family and made everybody he met a friend.
Roger is survived by his wife Lorraine; 4 children: Denise & Deborah Cheek, Mt. Morris, IL; Edward (Rebecca) Cheek, DeKalb, IL; Belinda Cheek, Naperville, IL; and Marilyn Mason, Naperville, IL; 3 grandchildren: Rhonda Cheek, Heather Cheek, and Ethan (Amanda) Cheek; 1 great-grandchild: Liam Cheek.
​Roger is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Virgie (Thomas) Todhunter and Glenda King.
​Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. till service time.
​In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pinecrest Terrace, Mt. Morris, IL.

B. Patricia Hokanson – 79

B. Patricia Hokanson, age 79, died Saturday June 18, 2016 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation center, Oregon, IL. Pat was born November 27, 1936 in Washington D.C. the daughter of Edgar F. & Mary E. (Bornman) Seay. Pat graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1954 and then she received a BA from Governor’s State University, Chicago, IL. Pat married Ted Pearce which they had 3 children, and then she married Arthur Hokanson and they had 2 children. Pat worked as a Social Worker for Visiting Nurses Association of Rockford, Il for 20 years. She was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL where she was a lay caregiver; Pat also volunteered doing nails at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. She was a member of Mt. Morris Women of The Moose, Oregon VFW Ladies Auxiliary; she loved rubber-stamping, painting, and pogo.
Patricia is survived by her Children: Rick (Sue) Pearce, Rockford, IL; Michael (Robin) Pearce, Oregon, IL; Shari Ball, Mt. Morris, IL; Sandra Goodwin, Mt. Morris, IL. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pat is preceded in death by Parents; Both Husbands: Ted and Arthur; daughter: Sue Hokanson; Sister: Mary Lou Saldecki; Brother: Marvin Seay.
A private family service will be held at a later date per the wishes of Pat. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Doris D. Bergman – 87

Wausau, WI, Doris D. Bergman, age 87, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died peacefully at Hospice House in Wausau, WI on June 15, 2016. She was born on May 26, 1929 in Niles, OH the daughter of Vernon & Effie (Burton) Lux.
At age 1, Doris moved with her parents to Mt. Morris, IL where she spent the next 83 years of her life.
As a young girl, Doris performed on stage with her parents in her father’s magic show. One of Doris’ fondest memories is of Madam Houdini staying one night in the Lux’s Mt. Morris Home.
Doris managed the family’s Dee Lux Shop appliance store for several years; but will be most remembered for teaching scores of children and adults how to play the piano. Doris operated the “Bergman Music Studio” for 51 years. During the 1980 presidential campaign, Doris provided the piano accompaniment for candidate Ronald Reagan’s Northern Illinois rally.
In 2013, Doris Moved to Wisconsin to be closer to her family.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by daughter: Diana Larson; sons: Don (Bonnie) and Vernon (Jan) Bergman; grandsons: Michael & Cameron Larson, Brent & Scott (Amanda) Bergman; granddaughter: Dr. Lindsay Schmidt; and great-grandchildren: Elsa and August Schmidt.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday June 21, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. David Poust officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Monday June 20, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL.

Marie Ann Nanninga – 91

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Prophetstown, IL, Marie Ann Nanninga, age 91, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died Tuesday June 14, 2016 in Good Samaritan Society, Prophetstown, IL. Marie was born August 3, 1924 in Winnebago, IL the daughter of Clarence & Grace (Lameyer) Last. She graduated from Leaf River High School. Marie married Dick Nanninga on February 14, 1942 in Mt. Morris, IL, and he preceded her in death, July 2000. Marie was an avid gardener, loved children, loved to cook and bake, and she was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School.
Marie is survived by her 2 sons: Dick Nanninga, Beloit, WI and Ross Nanninga, Erie, IL; 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother: Marvin Last, Rock City, IL; sister: Emily Good, North Branch, MN.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Dick; daughter: Vicky Hay; 2 grandchildren: John Aebly and James Nanninga; brothers: John, Bob, Clarence, Carl, and Frederick; Sister: Elaine.
Funeral services will be held Monday June 20, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL. Visitation will be Monday June 20, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. until Service Time.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Public Library.

Mary Frances Misevich – 88

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Mary Frances Misevich, age 88, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016, in her home after a long illness with the comfort of her loving daughter, Allyson, by her side. Mary was born August 14, 1927, in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Lola and Murrell Caplinger and the baby sister of June Marie Kretsos.
Her family moved to Beloit, WI, and throughout high school Mary sang with the Rhythm Masters dance band performing at Lake Lawn in Delavan and Lake Geneva. She graduated from Brokel Music College in Chicago, IL and toured the country as the soloist with Don Scott and his 14 piece orchestra, singing at such famous places as The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO; the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA; and The Palmer House, Chicago, IL.
After enjoying her successful singing career, she married the love of her life, Joseph Robert Misevich and they settled in Rockford, IL. They had one daughter, Mary Allyson Misevich Stine who was the apple of their eye. As a family they loved travelling everywhere: Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, the Orient, Rio de Janeiro and many cruises like the Virgin Islands, Panama Canal, and the Greek Islands. They especially enjoyed their cabin cruiser, boating the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and finally moored at the Abbey on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
Mary’s love of flowers was everywhere from her gorgeous backyard Garden Walk Japanese Gardens, to her oil paintings and handmade orchids in gold jewelry. She also had a flair for interior design and worked a few years as an interior decorator for Carriere Interiors in Rockford.
Mary was very active as the District Director of the Garden Club of Illinois, President of the Winnebago County Garden Center and Oakvale, Director of the Blackhawk Orchid Society, Klehm Arboretum and Rose Judge.
She was an officer of Rockford Woman’s Club, past chairman of the Pink Ball, President of Ostende Formal Dance Club and member of St. Bridgetís Catholic Church, also attending mass at St. Rita’s Catholic Church with Allyson’s family.
Mary is survived by her only child, Mary Allyson Misevich Stine (David), her only grandchild Michael David Stine (fiancee Anne Marie Schilling), and her precious constant companion “Honey” the Yorkie. She was preceded in death by Joseph, her dear husband of 47 years in 1996, her loving sister June Marie, and her beloved mother and father.
Special thanks to caregiver Vicki Dean and Heartland Hospice who assisted Allyson with her undying devotion and care of her mother.
Visitation is Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. with the recitation of the Rosary with Fr. Keith Romke at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, IL prior to the Catholic Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Msgr. Gerald P. Kobbeman at 11 a.m. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn St., Rockford. Luncheon to follow at Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford, IL.

Ronnie L. Miles – 72

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Oregon, IL, Ronnie L. Miles, age 72, died Friday June 10, 2016 in The Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Ronnie was born July 26, 1943 in Sublette, IL, the son of Harold & Dorothy (Ansteth) Miles. Ronnie served our country for 3 years as a paratrooper in the Army 82nd Airborne Unit, and he was a member of the American Legion. He married Jane Underhile on May 15, 1965 in Dixon, IL. Ronnie graduated from the 3 year apprenticeship program with the Iron Workers Local #498, Rockford, IL. He worked as a Journeyman Iron Worker until his retirement. Ronnie was a lifetime member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers. Ronnie’s hobbies included horseback riding, he was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, cutting wood, socializing in his office with his buddies, and taking his dog for rides in his old dump truck.
Survivors include wife of 51 years: Jane Miles, Oregon, IL; daughters: Melissa (Bob) VanRaden, Franklin Grove and Marcy (Kerry) Hughes, Cherry Valley, IL; grandchildren: Charity, Serenity, Lee, Mercy, Christa, Miles, Matthew, Charis, Liberty, Glory, and Seth VanRaden, Franklin Grove, IL, Karlie and Morgan Hughes, Cherry Valley, IL; brother: Lennard (Marie) Miles, Amboy, IL; sister: Pat (Bill) Spratt, Dixon, IL.
Ronnie is predeceased in death by his parents; son: Tommy in 1978; brothers: Harold, Bob, and John.
Services will be held Saturday June 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the First Baptist Church in Amboy, IL with Pastor Rocky Fritz officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday June 18, 2016 in the First Baptist Church from 10:00 A.M. until service time. Following the services there will be a luncheon. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is handling the services.
Memorials to be determined.
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Jay Douglas Diehl – 43

Oregon, IL, Jay Douglas Diehl, age 43, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died unexpectedly Sunday June 5, 2016 in his home in Oregon, IL. Jay was born October 20, 1972 in Rockford, IL the son of Danny & Georgia (Ray) Diehl. Jay graduated from Northwestern military and Naval Academy in 1991 and went on and attended VMI in Lexington, VA. Jay moved to North Carolina in 1993 and worked for CMI Contracting in Monroe, NC where he met and married April Mills in 1997 and together they had a beautiful daughter. Jay moved back to Illinois in 2001, where he worked for Rockford Blacktop in Rockford, IL.
Jay is survived by his daughters: Alexa Diehl, Monroe, NC and Alyssa Huls, Loves Park, IL; mother: Georgia; brother: Danny; grandfather: Robert; uncle: Dave (Sue); 2 nephews and numerous cousins.
Jay is preceded in death by his father: Danny Sr.; grandparents: Grace Diehl and George & Marjorie Ray.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Marcia L. Sweeney – 81

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Marcia Lou Sweeney (81) formerly of Prophetstown IL passed peacefully in her home in Roscoe IL on May 21, 2016.
She married Wilbur Eugene Sweeney in Mt Morris on April 1,1956. They moved to CA where Gene was stationed onboard ship USS Shoveler in Long Beach for 4 years. In 1961 they returned to IL. She taught in the public school system for 32 years.
Their son, Bart Eugene Sweeney, was born in February of 1974.
They moved to Prophetstown, IL in 1972 where they enjoyed 36 years of country living.
After retiring from teaching, Marcia enjoyed seeing many of her students at Sauk Valley College while working in the lunchroom. She was an avid seamstress and is known for her delicious baked goods including many wedding cakes for local family and friends. Marcia enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling, and skiing. Marcia and her beloved husband enjoyed many years of camping and fishing in the IL area parks as well.
In 2008 they moved to Roscoe to be near their son Bart.
She is survived by husband Wilbur (Gene) Sweeney of Roscoe; son Bart (Robin) Sweeney of South Beloit; brother Robert Diehl of Mt. Morris.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mildred Woodward, and brother Chuck Diehl.
An intimate family graveside service will be held on Friday June 3rd, 2016.
Memorials can be made to any hospice organization of your choice. Memorials received by the family will be donated to the hospice organizations that have cared for Marcia over the past 3 years.
The family will be hosting a celebration of Marcia’s life in October of this year. Announcements with the details will be shared at a later date.

Paul E. Shriber – 65

Polo, IL, Paul E. Shriber, age 65, died Saturday April 30, 2016 in his home in Polo, IL with his family at his side. Paul was born October 2, 1950 in Aurora, IL the son of Paul & Margaret (Leigh) Shriber. Paul graduated from West Aurora High School class of 1968 and then he graduated from University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Marching Illini graduating in December of 1972. He was first chair clarinet of the Mt. Morris Kable Band for 25 years; he participated in the pit band for many community theatre productions. He had a strong love and knowledge of musicals and volunteered at Timber Lake Playhouse. Paul had a great sense of humor, and known for telling jokes.
Paul is survived by his Wife: Debra Shriber, Polo, IL; Daughter: Heather Beaman, Aurora, IL; 2 Grandchildren: Lexi and Grant Beaman, Aurora, IL.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents and 2 Sisters: Pat and Pam.
Per Paul’s wishes there will be no services and cremation rites were accorded through Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home.

Harold “Andy” Martin – 82

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Leaf River, IL, Harold “Andy” Martin, age 82, died Sunday May 1, 2016 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL with his family by his side.
Andy was born May 25, 1933 in Pine Creek Township, IL the son of Clara Anderson. Andy served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. Andy owned and operated Martin’s feed grinding service, owned East Side Service Center in Leaf River, IL, and he worked for Winnebago School District 323 as Director of Transportation when he retired at the age of 65. Andy was the Leaf River Fire Chief for several years. Upon his retirement he enjoyed camping, motorcycling, boating, fishing, and most of all his time with his family. Andy was a member of the Leaf River American Legion, Leaf River Lions Club, and he worked for Ogle County Sheriff’s Department as a part time Deputy along with serving as a police officer for Leaf River; and he served on the Leaf River Town Board.
Andy is survived by his wife Darlene Martin, Leaf River, IL; Daughter: Vickie (Jim) Myers, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Sons: Andy Martin, Sycamore, IL and Randy Martin Forreston, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Kyle Wolfley, Byron, IL, Jenna (Aaron) Dietrich, Grand Detour, IL, Luke Myers, Chadwick, IL, Nick Myers, Mt. Morris, IL; Andy and Brooke Martin, Sycamore, IL. 2 Great-Grandchildren: Bryan and Sierra Wolfley, Byron, IL.
Andy is preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter: Bev Remrey.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 5, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL. Visitation will be held Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home from 4:30 P.M. until 7:00P.M.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.