Gilbert Lowe – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Gilbert Lowe, age 93, formerly of Rochelle, IL, died Monday February 1, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Gilbert was born April 4, 1922 in Wayne County, IL the son of Charlie & Inez (Porter) Lowe. Gilbert served in The United States Army during WWII in Normandy and Northern France. Gilbert married Dorothy E. Hood on April 15, 1944 in Brownwood, TX and she preceded him in death on December 18, 1992. Gilbert was a Life Member of Floyd J. Tilton VFW Post, Rochelle serving as Past Commander from 1967-1968.
Gilbert is survived by his Sisters: Leila Ann (Elmer) White, Diamond, MO; Mary Lowe, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother in Law: Herman Hood, Naples, FL; Sisters in Law: Helen Gaston, Bogard, MO, Judy Ehrhart and Lea Neff both of Wayne City, IL; several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friends: Steve Armbruster, Mt. Morris, IL; Jerry (Ann) Tannahill, Cisne, IL, and Larry (Ellen) Miller and Family, Oregon, IL.
Gilbert is preceded in death by his Parents; Wife: Dorothy; Brothers: Earl, Theodore, Robert, and Stanley; Sisters: Rose Whitson, Louise Bullard, and Wilma Sager.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday February 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Flagg Center Cemetery, Flagg Center, IL. Visitation will be held Friday February 5, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flower memorials to Floyd J. Tilton VFW Post 3878, 318 4th Ave, Rochelle, IL 61068-1617

Betty McNett – 91

Mt. Morris, IL, Betty McNett, age 91, died on Saturday January 30, 2016 in The Brookdale Senior Living, Rockford, IL. Betty was born on December 2 3, 1924, the daughter of Dudley & Florence (Stull) Allen. Betty is a Graduate of Mt. Morris High School Class of 1942. She married Richard McNett 2/19/46. Betty retired from Kable News 1986.
Betty is survived by her children and their spouses, Steven & Chris McNett, Dave & Deb McNett; Kristan & Mike Lauer, all of Rockford, IL. Grandchildren and their families; Brian and Molly McNett, Madeline, George and Will of Cleveland. Bryn and Tim Martinek, Maryn, Carly and Ben of Yorkville. Extended Lauer families, David Lauer family, John Lauer family, Jason Lauer family, Zac Lauer family, Jeremy Voss, Chicago, IL. Numerous nieces and nephews, Sister Jean Gecan of Mt. Morris, Special family Ron and Jody Dahmen, Beth and Katie. Beloved pup Tanner.
Betty is Predeceased by husband 7/29/11.
Memorial service will be held Thursday February 4, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday February 4, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. until service time in the church.
Memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church and/or charity of choice.

Thelma E. Newcomer – 104

Leaf River, IL, Thelma Elizabeth Newcomer, age 104, died on Monday January 25, 2016 in the Maple Crest Care Center, Belvidere, IL. Thelma was born April 25, 1911 in Egan, IL the daughter of John E. & Verna L. (Plum) Haire. Thelma graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1928 and Northern Illinois University. She married Joseph C. Newcomer on May 16, 1931 in Wyanet, IL and he preceded her in death on September 20, 1992. Thelma was an Elementary School Teacher for Leaf River School District for 33 years retiring in 1972. She was a member of Leaf River United Methodist Church, National & Illinois Education Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Daughter’s of The Nile, Rockford, IL, Byron Senior Center, Byron, IL, Ogle County Republican Women, and Women of The Moose, Mt. Morris, IL.
Thelma is survived by her Son: Stephen (Carole) Newcomer, Rockford, IL; Daughter: Kathleen (Larry) Krause, Renton, WA; Grandchildren: Susan (Mike) Connell, DeWitt, IA, Greta (Gunter) Ertel, Mukilteo, WA, and Zachary (Lisa) Newcomer, Wauwatosa, WI ; Great-Grandchildren: Erin, Bryan, and Dillon Connell, DeWitt, IA, Lydia Ertel, Mukilteo, WA, Alex and Max Newcomer, Wauwatosa, WI.
Thelma is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Joseph Newcomer; Son: Denny Newcomer; Sisters: Phyllis Hawkins and Bernice Faught.
Memorial services will be held Friday January 29, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. in Leaf River United Methodist Church, Leaf River, IL with Rev. David Poust officiating. Private burial will be held in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be held Friday January 29, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in the Church.
Memorials to Leaf River United Methodist Church and/or Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Myrna M. Williams – 80

Mt. Morris, IL, Myrna M. Williams, age 80, died Thursday January 21, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. She was born October 1, 1935 in Havana, IL the daughter of John & Telva (Dobson) Lippert. Myrna graduated from Oregon High School, and she received an Associates Degree from Sauk Valley Community College. Myrna was a Purchasing Manager for Kable/ Quebecor Printing Company Mt. Morris, IL. She married Walter Wissing on August of 1955 in Oregon, IL and then she married Sheldon Williams July 12, 1986 in Mt. Morris, IL. Myrna enjoyed her family, traveling, music, church activities, dancing, entertaining family and friends in her home. She is a member of The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Mt. Morris Senior Center, PEO, and Performing Arts Guild.
Myrna is survived by her Husband: Sheldon Williams, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Stuart (Lela) Wissing, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Marcia (Chris) Wissing-Ruhl, Tucson, AZ, Step-Son: Chris (Karen) Williams, Chicago, IL; Step-Daughter: Jenny Williams, Richmond, IN; Grandchildren: Logan Susini, Tucson, AZ, Matthew Wissing, Oregon, IL, Emily (Jason) Severson, Elgin, IL; Great-Grandchild: Becca Severson, Elgin, IL; Step-Grandchildren: Sammy, Addison Williams, Chicago, IL. Sister: Leuella Lippert, Fort Collins, CO; 1st Husband: Walter Wissing.
Myrna is preceded in death by her Parents, 5 Brothers, and 1 Sisters.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday January 26, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Community Terrace and/or Good Samaritan Fund.

Robert L. Campshure – 80

Robert L. Campshure, 80, Cedarville, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1935 in Appleton, Wis., the son of Leo and Catherine (Keller) Campshure.

He attended St. Therese Elementary School and graduated from Appleton High School in 1954.

He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Bob was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 in the 2nd Armored Division, 1st Armored Rifle Battalion, 41st Infantry.

He married Sharon Brooks on June 9, 1962.

He was employed at Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, Freeport, for 30 years.

Bob was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks.

He also enjoyed gardening and feeding and watching birds.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Bradley (Terry) Campshure, Polo; daughter, Dianne (Mike) Pehl, Freeport; two grandchildren, Courtney Pehl, Chicago, and Hayden (Jen) Pehl, Louisville, Kentucky; and brother, Charles (Ann) Campshure, Menasha, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Richard Campshure.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Forreston Grove Church, 7246 N. Freeport Rd., Forreston, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.

A lunch will be held after the services at the church.

Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, assisted the family, and cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial will be established.

Suzanne Renee (Diehl) Chavez – 51

IMG_0126 Suzanne Renee (Diehl) Chavez, age 51, died Monday, January 11, 2016 in
Goodyear, AZ. Sue was born March 1, 1964 in Dixon, IL to Robert and
Janell (Myers) Diehl. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1982
and later obtained her Bachelors degree in Nursing and Masters degree
in Business Administration. Sue married Ronald Chavez on March 17,
1990. She made her career in nursing and health care administration, a
perfect fit for her compassionate and caring heart. Sue loved to
travel; her life was always about adventures and the next big trip.
Sue is survived by her husband Ron; son Matthew Chavez; stepdaughter
Tena (Abel) Stanford; granddaughters Bianca, Celeste and Christaina;
mother Janell Diehl; brother Robert (Jennifer) Diehl; Sisters Marty
(Larry) Fay, Kathy (Gary) Blume, Donna (Jerry) Martin and Diane (Dale)
Beesing; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is preceded in death by father Robert Diehl and niece Audrey
Diehl.
Funeral services will be held Monday January 18, 2016 in the Oregon United Methodist Church, Oregon, IL at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Barbara Good. Visitation will be held in the Church on Monday January 18, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time.
Memorials to National Kidney association.
Finch Funeral home is assisting the family with services.

Karshan A. Luttig Peterson – 35

Mt. Morris, IL, Karshan Ami Luttig Peterson, age 35, died Sunday January 10, 2016 in the Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Karshan was born July 15, 1980 in Rockford, IL. At an early age, she enjoyed car rides, this love carried over to her enjoying snowmobiling, fishing, and trips north with family and friends. She enjoyed art projects, decorating, cross words, McDonald’s Fries, and Coca-Cola. She graduated from Oregon High School class of 1998 and she attended Rasmussen College for Massage Therapy. Karshan will be missed by all who ever knew her.
Karshan is survived by her Parents: Rod & Linda Peterson, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Chase (Who put a smile on all our faces); Brother: Lucas Peterson, Leaf River, IL; Grandmother: Lois Christians, Mt. Morris, IL, and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.
Karshan is preceded in death by Charles & June Peterson, and Leslie Christians.
Funeral Services will be Friday January 15, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be a private family service on Saturday January 16, 2016. Visitation will be Friday January 15, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Special thanks to the nursing staff at OSF and all the employees at the Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials to Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center.

Harlan E. Blake – 97

Leaf River, IL, Harlan E. Blake, age 97, died Sunday January 10, 2016 in The Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Harlan was born December 31, 1918 in Leaf River, IL the son of Hugh & Kathryn (Long) Blake. Harlan graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1936. Harlan married Margaret Conway on December 27, 1950 in Mt. Morris, IL. Harlan served in the US Army during WWII where he received many service decorations; serving in the New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and when the war ended he was on Mindanao. Harlan was a 32 degree Mason, VFW Member, 50 year member of Farm Bureau, Silver Creek Cemetery Association, Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, he played and loved sports, he enjoyed gardening, his fruit trees, and being around all his animals, he visited all fifty states along with several countries.
Harlan is survived by his Wife: Margaret Blake, Leaf River, IL; Daughter: Sharleen (Rick) Rand, DeKalb, IL; 2 Grandsons: Bryan (Renata) Rand, DeKalb, IL and Kevin Rand, DeKalb, IL; 2 Great Granddaughters: Aliyah and Kayden Rand, DeKalb, IL.
Harlan is preceded in death by his Parents.
Per Harlan’s request there will be a private family service held at the graveside, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, VFW, American Legion, and /or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Alexis Marie Walker – 19

FB_IMG_1452446089374Mt. Morris, IL, Alexis Marie Walker, age 19, died January 5, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL with her family surrounding her. Alexis was born September 5, 1996 the daughter of Michael & Barbara (Bicksler) Walker. Alexis graduated from Oregon High School Class of 2015. She was attending Educators of Beauty, Sterling, IL. Lexie loved her job at McDonalds in Oregon, IL. She loved to mushroom hunt with her father, she loved her bantering back and forth with mom, Lexie’s brother was her best friend and she was his protector. Everyone that Lexie met she instantly became friends. Lexie was an incredible artist and she had a love for animals and nature.
Lexie is survived by her parents: Mike Walker, Montross, VA and Barb Walker, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother: Michael Ethan Walker, Montross, VA; Sister: Lillian Walker: Montross, VA; Grandparents: Wayne Bicksler, Freeport, IL, Conrad (Jean) Walker, Polo, IL, Several Aunts and Uncles, Nieces and Nephews, Special Friend, Taylor Michalak.
Lexie is preceded in death by Grandmother: Donna Bicksler and Great Grandmother: Lenora Walker.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday January 14, 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 Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, IL. Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 13, 2016 from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be established.

Gerald R. Quimby – 78

image1Gerald R Quimby,78 of MT.Morris Passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Saint Anthony hospital Rockford il on December 30,2015 he is survived by his wife Tina J Quimby of Mt.Morris along with his two loving fur babies that he loved dearly seven children Geraldine (Artemio)Rodriquez of Killen Tx,Lynn Quimby of Fairfeild Ia,Theresa Quimby of Aurora Il,Rose Ann(Samuel)Plata of Aurora Il,Ramona(Martin)Guzman of Las Vegas Nv,Melissa Quimby of Aurora Il,Kris(Josh)Richards of Phenix City Al and seven step children Pete(Julie)Weems of Clearbrook Mn,Scott(Joyce)Weems of Clearbrook Mn,Jim(Becki)Weems of Chattanooga Tn,Mark(Laurie)Weems of Bemidji Mn,John(Tina)Weems of Dixon Il,Ed McKee of Mt.Morris Il,Rhenda(Joel)Stover of Milledgville Il along with many grand children great grand children and great great grand children three sisters Glayds Foss of Indiana Dovie Lathy of Los Angeles Ca,LuLu Portner of Sterling Il he was proceeded in death by his parents his son Gerald Quimby Jr and a step daughter Laura Bopes two sisters two brothers a son in law and a great grandson