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!

Sally A. Holtapp – 67

Mt. Morris, IL, Sally A. Holtapp, age 67, died Friday December 26, 2014 in her home in Mt. Morris, IL. Sally was born September 18, 1947 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Paul & Betty (Stonebraker) Guyer. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1965 as a Mounder. Sally married Glendon Holtapp Jr. on May 19, 1967 in Oregon, IL. Sally worked as a radio dispatcher for Mt. Morris for 26 years and was Co-Owner of Ultimate Designs for 18 years. She was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church, member of the Ladies of the Moose, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, head of Salvation Army. Sally loved garage sales and second hand stores, playing bingo, and spending time with her family. She also loved her family trips to Disney World, and helping many people, giving second chances, and she enjoyed her luncheons with classmates.
Sally is survived by her husband: Glen Holtapp, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughters: Haley Holtapp, Mt. Morris, IL and Hiedi (Tim) VandeSand, Mt. Morris, IL. Grandsons: Steve Holtapp, Zander, Zayden, and Zyah VandeSand all of Mt. Morris. Brother: Hale (Elaine) Guyer, Byron, IL. Nephew: Scot Dewall. Special friends: Connie Mongan, who has helped at the shop since Sally’s illness and Kathy Clark who did not miss a day of visiting.
Memorial services will be held Saturday January 3, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held Saturday January 3, 2014 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.

Shelby J. Walker – 72

Mt. Morris, IL, Shelby J. Walker, age 72, died Saturday December 20, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Shelby was born May 3, 1942 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Cletus & Lenora (Conrad) Walker. Shelby was a former resident of Stouffer Terrace in Oregon, IL. Shelby precipitated in activities with Special Olympics, and Village of Progress. She was a member of Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church, Mt. Morris, IL. Shelby was known by many throughout Northern Illinois.
Shelby is survived by Brother: Conrad (Jean) Walker, Polo, IL and Sister: Barbara Rosenbalm, Caledonia, IL. Sister-in-Law: Jackie Walker, Rockford, IL. Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Her Family at Stouffer Terrace.
Shelby is preceded in death by her Parents, 1 Brother: Tom; Niece: Melanie Rosenbalm.
Services will be Wednesday December 24, 2014, 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Larry Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday December 23, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial to Village of Progress and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Diane J. Schmidt – 53

Diane Schmidt Mt. Morris, IL, Diane J. Schmidt, age 53, died Friday December 19, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Diane was born October 24, 1961 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Donald & Shirley (Haug) Calhoun. Diane grew up in Brookfield, WI and graduated from Brookfield East High School in 1980. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Carthage College in 1984 and then she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985. Diane moved to Mt. Morris, IL in 1986 to take the Position as Director of Social Services for Pinecrest Community, a job she thoroughly loved. On April 16, 1988 Diane married the love of her life Richard Schmidt. Diane is survived by her husband.
One of her greatest joys in life was raising her two children. Megan (Ethan) Grant, Madison, WI and Mark Schmidt, Mt. Morris, IL. Diane is also survived he her parents Donald & Shirley Calhoun, Menomonee Falls, WI. Brothers Glenn (Judy) Calhoun, Waukesha, WI, Bruce (Susan) Calhoun, St. Paul, MN. Step-Sons Colin (Dena) Schmidt, Yorkville, IL and Chad (Vicky) Schmidt, Copley, OH. 6 grandchildren Ryan, Ashley, Elaine, and Erin Schmidt, Ashley and Courtney Phillips. Diane is also survived by many family and friends.
Diane was preceded in death by her grandparents Donald & Katherine Calhoun Sr. and Charles & Florence Haug; and her Father and Mother in Law Albert & LaVonne Schimdt.
Services will be held Tuesday December 23, 2014 12:00 P.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery Polo, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday December 23, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Disciples United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Serenity Hospice & Home and/or DUMC Youth Mission Group.

Glenn G. Schnulle – 76

Mt. Morris, IL, Glenn G. Schnulle, age 76, died Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL surrounded by loved ones. Glenn was born February 18, 1938 in Egan, IL, the son of Gustav & Amy (Rothermel) Schnulle. Glenn married Sandra Walters on February 11, 1961 in Leaf River, IL. Glenn owned and operated his own sewer repair business until he retired to Florida in 1999. Glenn was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, Amvets, and the IL Association of Water Pollution Control Operators. Glenn achieved a personal goal and became a pilot. Glenn loved his family, enjoyed watching all sports, telling jokes, and stories.
Glenn is survived by his wife: Sandra Schnulle, Leesburg, FL. Children: Colleen (Michael) Wells, Winnebago, IL; Laura (Jay) Werner, Leaf River, IL; Julie (Jim) Craig, Genoa, IL; and Brian (Terri) Schnulle, Nelson, IL. 12 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. Brother: Dale (Jody) Schnulle, Leaf River, IL.
Glenn is preceded in death by his Parents; Daughter: Wendy Galor; Brother: Wayne Schnulle; and Sister: Wilma Wellington.
Thank you to all of the staff at Pinecrest Nursing Home for taking such good care of Glenn, and putting up with his shenanigans.
Memorials may be sent to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

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