Virginia R. Masters – 94

Mt. Morris, IL, Virginia R. Masters, age 94, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. Virginia was born July 18, 1919, in Evanston, IL, the daughter of Albert J. and Eva Irene (Knox) Boelke. Virginia married Donald E. Gardiner on July 15, 1939, in Evanston, IL. They enjoyed forty years of marriage and raising a family before his death on October 26, 1979. She then married Earl H. Masters on November 28, 1980, in Mt. Morris, IL. They enjoyed travelling and spending winters in Benson, AZ, before his death on April 23, 1995. Virginia worked as a secretary for the Evanston Board of Education, Banana River Naval Air Station, FL; Kable Printing Co., Mt. Morris; and her husband’s accounting business. She was a member of the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris (participating in choir, UMW, as a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer); Ogle County Home Extension; Rock River Valley Girl Scouts; and on the Plainview Cemetery Board and Mt. Morris Senior Center Board. She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends.

Virginia is survived by four daughters; Judith (Kevin) Johnson, Mt. Morris, IL; Donna (Scott) Huber, Dublin, OH; Carol (Mike) Evans, Monmouth, IL; Barbara (Mike) Phillips, Pittsburgh, PA; and two sons of her second marriage Earl (Linda) Masters, Bull Shoals, AR; and Ken Masters, Dixon; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother Gerald (Sue) Boelke, Monroe, WI; and nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sisters Irene and Marian, brothers Albert and Chester, daughter Anette Masters and three great-granddaughters Katie, Alissa, and Maddie.

A Celebration of Virginia’s life will be Saturday, April 19, 2014, with visitation at 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 102 Maple Ave, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorials to the church or the Mt. Morris Senior Citizens Council.

Iris Cashman Anderson – 88

Geneseo, IL, Iris Cashman Anderson, age 88, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL died Tuesday April 8, 2014 in Illini Hospital, Silvis, IL. Iris was born February 8, 1926 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Nelson & Francis (Wiltshire) James. She graduated from Freeport High School class of 1944. Iris married Harry Cashman of Polo, IL on April 15, 1945, and he preceded her in death on February 22, 1978. Iris then married Clarence Anderson of Rockford, IL, and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2008. Iris helped on the family farm for many years and was a secretary for Watts Publishing in Mt. Morris and the Oregon School District. Iris was well known throughout Northern Illinois for her beautiful singing talent. She performed for over 60 years at numerous events including the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, church events and crusades, and was a featured soloist in many cantatas. Iris participated in several women’s clubs and singing groups. Iris was a former member of the Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church and the Rockford First Evangelical Free Church. She was devoted to serving the Lord and her loving family.
Iris is survived by son: David (Faith) Cashman, Geneseo, IL; daughter: Diane (Dan) Overmyer, Valparaiso, IN. Grandchildren: Chris (Lisa) Cashman, Chicago, IL; Amber (Steve) Remsen, Hillsboro, OR; Jeremy (Chelsea) Overmyer, Elkhart, IN; Josh Overmyer, Valparaiso, IN. Great-grandchildren: Carissa Cashman, Lily Remsen, and Alix Mercer.
Iris is Preceded in death by her Parents; Husbands: Harry Cashman and Clarence Anderson; Son: James Cashman; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Funeral services will be Sunday April 13, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Bruce McKanna officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday April 13, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. till service time.

Carlos Hernandez – 70

Byron, IL Carlos Hernandez, age 70, died Tuesday April 8, 2014 in his home. Carlos was born in Pueblo Pue, Mexico on March 26, 1944 the son of Carlos & Anna Maria (Cuevas) Hernandez. Carlos married Mary Beth Penn on June 12, 1974 in Leaf River, IL. Carlos work as a set-up and operator for Austin Westran in Byron, IL for 34 years retiring in 2008. He was devoted family man, loved boxing and soccer.
Carlos is survived by his wife: Mary Beth Hernandez, Byron, IL; Daughter: Penny Rose Mathes, Altus, OK. 3 Grandchildren: Brianna Marie White, Roscoe, IL; Adam Mosley and Andrea Mathes of Missouri.
Brother: Jose Luis (Clara) Hernandez De Cuevas, Puebla, Pue, Mexico. 3 Sisters: Gloria Hernandez, Puebla, Pue, Mexico; Anna Maria (Arturo) Hernandez De Melendez, Puebla, Pue, Mexico; Susanna Hernandez, Rockford, IL.
Carlos is preceded in death by his Parents; and Daughter: Cassandra Marie Hernandez-White; Brother: Enrique Hernandez.
Funeral services will be Saturday April 12, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 with Father Howard Barch Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be determined.

Neil D. Johnson – 77

Mt. Morris, IL, Neil D. Johnson, age 77, died April 3, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL.
Neil was born August 16, 1936 in Milledgeville, IL the son of Lester R. & Vera L. (Fulfs) Johnson. Neil graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Neil married Jacqueline L. Keilsmeier in June 1954 in Mt. Morris, IL; they had 3 children: Duane, Pamela, and Kimberly. Neil then married Sandra A. Warfield in December 1962 in Ogle County; and they had 2 children: Crystal and Dennis. Neil was a farmer and a laborer, farming his family farm in Ogle County, IL.
Neil is survived by his Children: Pamela (Butch) Turek; Kimberly (Mike) Bowman; Crystal (Darin) Rodgers; and Dennis Johnson. 7 Grandchildren: Zachary Neil Johnson; Hillary Jean Johnson; Jaclyn Kimberlee Turek; Michelle Kristine Bowman; Jacob Tyler Mongan; and Dylan James Mongan. 8 Great Grand Children.
Neil is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Son: Duane L. Johnson; 1 Grandson: Timothy Noble Bowman; 2 Brothers: Arlyn and Kenneth Johnson.
Memorial services will be Friday April 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Erhler officiating. Visitation will be Friday April 11, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in the funeral home.
Memorials to Rescue Warrior’s pet rescue.

Darrell O. Wagner – 72

Darrell O Wagner, Leaf River, died suddenly at home April 3. Darrell was born in Leaf River on November 17, 1941 to Glenn and Alverna (Jimmy) Wagner. He graduated from Leaf River High School in 1959. Married Neita Webster. Survived by his wife, son, Jeff Wagner; Machesney Park daughter, Shelly (Rick) Williams, Leaf River; brother, Shelby (Lorna) Wagner, Diamond Bar, CA; and sister-in-law, Florene Wagner, Leaf River. Also surviving are four grandsons, Alex Wagner, Ryan (Jenn) Williams, Reid Williams and Ross Williams and great-granddaughter, Luxdani Williams, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents and brother, Leonard Wagner.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt Morris. Visitation will be Tuesday April 8, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.

Carl E. Gustafson – 75

Mt. Morris, IL, Carl E. Gustafson, age 75, died April 2, 2014 in his home.
Carl was born January 3, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Gordon & Elsie (Drossard) Gustafson. Carl graduated from high school in 1957, and then entered in to the US Navy for 2 years. He married Laura Forte on December 31, 1960 in Evanston, IL. Carl worked as a truck driver for Personalized Pick Up Service in Elk Grove Village, IL for 25+ years. Carl worked for Oregon Healthcare Pharmacy Inc, Oregon, IL for 7 years as a driver. Carl was in a motorcycle club, Rock River Riders, Oregon, IL, collected rare collectables, spending time with his beloved grandchildren and family. He belonged to the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, American Legion in Oregon, IL. And loved his time in Wisconsin.
Carl is survived by his wife: Laura Gustafson, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 daughters: Marlene (James) Anderson, Sandyville, OH; Sylvia (Eduardo) Correa, Burr Ridge, IL; Jorie (Kerry) Langlois, Streamwood, IL; and Koren (Jeremy) Bell, Wood Dale, IL. 11 Grandchildren, (Danielle, Amanda, Lauren, Chelsea, Cody, Tyler, Alexandra, Dylan, Chloe, Isabela and Lily) 13 great-grandchildren. 2 Brothers: Raymond Gustafson, Chicago, IL and Arnold Gustafson, Hazel Park, Michigan. 1 Sister: Rita (Timothy) Almond, North Wilkesboro, NC. Several Nieces and Nephews.
Carl is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Brother: Walter, and Sister: Elaine Malenfant, Brother in Law and Best Friend: Grant Forte and other brother in law, Thomas Forte.
Funeral services will be Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3 PM in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Erhler officiating. Visitation will be Sunday April 6, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the funeral home.
Memorials to be determined.

Brian C. Swartz – 39

Mt. Morris, IL, Brian C. Swartz, age 39, died March 26, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Brian was born October 28, 1974 in Rockford, IL the son of Donald & Gardia (Himes) Swartz. Brian was a beloved Son, Father, Brother, and Uncle.
Brian is survived by his Parents: Donald Swartz and Mother: Gardia (Himes) Cox. Children: Children: Cameron, Briana, Colton, Seven, and Genesis Swartz. Brothers: John and Fred Swartz, Craig and Timothy Kettner (Cox), Jeffery Cox, Thomas Paul, and Michael Dobyns. Sister: Kris Swartz.
… Just might miss your babies growing like mine did, turning into moms and dads, next thing you know your better half of fifty years is there in bed and you praying God takes you instead, trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think, so DON’T BLINK!!

Merle B. Stutsman – 87

Mt. Morris, IL, Merle B. Stutsman, age 87, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 in OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, IL. Merle was born January 12, 1927 in Aurora, IL, the son of Bennett T. & Orpha G. (Frantz) Stutsman. During WWII, he served in the United States Army. Merle received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Manchester College in 1950. He married Lily Block on June 25, 1950 in Canton, IL. Merle was employed in Human Resources as a manager for Komatsu-Dresser in Peoria for 33 years, retiring in November 1987. Formerly a long-time member of the Peoria First Church of the Brethren, he was currently a member of the Dixon Church of the Brethren, American Legion, and Optimist International. Lovingly referred to as “Pops” by family and friends, he was an avid sports’ enthusiast, including being a previous St. Louis Cardinal fan, recently converted Chicago Cub fan, & devoted follower of college basketball.

Merle is survived by his Wife: Lily Stutsman, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Rhonda (Kevin) Mikolajewski, Hoffman Estates, IL; and 2 Grandchildren: Alex and Morgan Mikolajewski. He is preceded in death by his parents, and Son: Kent.

Merle has donated his body to science through Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family with his wishes. A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled at a later date.

Sherry L. Rowland Schultz – 65

Savanna, IL, Sheryl L. “Sherry” Rowland Schultz, age 65, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died March 4, 2014 in University of Madison Hospital, Madison, WI due to complications from surgery. Sherry was born on April 24, 1948 in Savanna, IL the daughter of Leo J. & Evelyn V. (Erdmier) Reusch. She graduated from Stockton High School class of 1968. Sherry married Harold Schultz on April 4, 1998 in Kerrville, TX. She worked as an office assistant, Country Companies in Lena, IL. Sherry loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, caring for her animals and spending time in her flower garden.
Sherry is survived by her husband: Harold Schultz, Savanna, IL; Daughter: Christy (Andy) Egyed, Oregon, IL; Son: Dale Rowland, Mt. Morris, IL. Stepdaughter: Carrie Kluck, McConnell, IL; Stepson: Shane (Jackie) Schultz, German Valley, IL. 3 Grandchildren: Erica Egyed; Josh Egyed; Johnna Rowland; 6 Step-Grandchildren: Carah Higges, Viola and Daeley Kluck, Tannis, Hailey, and Elisha Schultz. Brother: Rick (Cheryl) Reusch, Argyle, WI and Russ (Sherril) Reusch, Sabula, IA. 1 Sister: Sandy (Don) Raehorn, McConnell, IL.
Sherry is preceded in death by her Parents, Step-Granddaughter: Emma Schultz.
A celebration of Sherry’s life will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the Family with services.
Memorials to American Humane Society.

Ronald Rothermal – 71

RONALD ROTHERMAL, 71 STILLMAN VALLEY – Ronald Rothermal, 71, of Stillman Valley, IL passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at Serenity Home in Oregon, IL from complications of a stroke. He was born March 10, 1942, in Rockford, IL to Robert and Norma (Wolfe) Rothermal. He married Katherina (Rina) Rattley on April 23, 1977, in Rockford. Ron spent most of his formative years in California. He worked for many years as an x-ray technician and then an ultrasound technician. He loved chatting with people and telling stories of his youth. He is survived by his son, Steven Rothermal of Stillman Valley; twin daughters, Sonya Frederick and Tonya (Daren) Poppen, both of Byron, IL. Grandchildren include Mollie (Ben) Openshaw of Lehi, Utah, Tyler (Amber) Holder of Mt. Morris, IL, Hailey Holder, Kristen Poppen and Jenna Poppen, all of Byron. Great-grandchildren Flynn & Everlie Openshaw and Paisley Holder. Also survived by brother, David (Kathy) Neal of Colorado & Gordon Neal of California. Predeceased by parents, his wife and two brothers. Special thanks to Stillman Valley Fire Department and the staffs at the Swedish American Heart Hospital and Serenity Hospice & Home. A private memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation rites. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity Hospice & Home (1658 Illinois 2, Oregon, IL 61061) in Ron’s memory.