Patricia Nelson – 64

Mt. Morris, IL, Patricia Nelson, age 64, died Thursday December 11, 2014 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Patricia was born April 13, 1950 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Kenneth & Patricia (Dawson) Fletcher. Patricia married Terry Nelson on November 9, 1968 in Park Forrest, IL. Patricia was involved with the development of handicapped children for Stillwater Area Schools. She loved musicals and the Theater, and teaching children.
Patricia is survived by her Husband: Terry Nelson, Mt. Morris, IL. Sons: Todd Nelson, St. John, USVI; and Troy Nelson, Scottsdale, AZ. 2 Sisters: Karen and Jeannie and 2 Brothers: Mike and Tom.
Patricia is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Saturday December 13, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.

Charles “Chuck” E. Diehl – 87

Mt. Morris, IL Charles “Chuck” E. Diehl, age 87, died Tuesday December 9, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing home, Mt. Morris, IL. Chuck was born December 16, 1926 in Mt. Morris Township, Ogle County, IL the son of Earl & Anna (Pieper) Diehl. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School and received a degree from Iowa State University. Chuck married Marjorie Golden on March 31, 1951 in Rockford, IL; she preceded him in death on March 10, 2004. Chuck was Member of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Chuck worked the family farm after returning from the service retiring in 2009. He was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Member of the Church council, Mt. Morris School Board Member, Mt. Morris Savings & Loan Board, Ogle Service Board, Farm Bureau Board, Ogle County Soil and Water Conservation Board, 4H Leader, Prairie Farmer Master Farmer, and he was a Conservation Farmer of the Year.
Chuck is survived by his Children: Georgia (William) Novak, Hayward, WI; Scott (Barbara) Diehl, Mt. Morris, IL; Curt Diehl, Madison, WI. Grandchildren: Robert Novak, Hayward, WI; Jessica (Daniel) Rusert, San Diego, CA; Benjamin (Emily) Diehl, Leaf River, IL; Luke (Lacrisha) Diehl, Leaf River, IL; Kristen Diehl, Mt. Morris, IL. Great Grandchildren: Elise Rusert, Weston and Addison Diehl. Brother: Robert Diehl, Eagle River, WI. Sister: Marcia (Gene) Sweeney, Rockton, IL. Special Friend: Lois Steffen, Mt. Morris, IL.
Chuck is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Marjorie, Sister: Mildred Woodard, and Great Grandson: Griffin Rusert.
Memorial services will be Monday December 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday December 14, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Ogle County 4H Foundation.

John A. Erkan – 57

Mt. Morris, IL, John A. Erkan, age 57, died Wednesday December 3, 2014 in his home in Mt. Morris, IL. John was born May 20, 1957 in Istanbul, Turkey the son of Turhon & Betuli Erkan. John married Donna Sue Remrey on November 7, 1996 in Pinecreek Township, Ogle County, IL; she preceded him in death on November 5, 2014. John loved his family and spending time with them travelling around the area.
John is survived by Daughter: Stephanie (Juan) Garibay, Spring Valley, IL. 2 Grandchildren: Angel and Kasandra Garibay, Spring Valley, IL. Many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews.
John is preceded in death by his Father, Wife: Donna.
Memorial services will be Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Ryan Jasper officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In Lieu of flowers memorial to be established.

Barbara A. Kump – 77

Leaf River, IL, Barbara A. Kump, age 77, died Wednesday November 19, 2014 in UW Hospital, Madison, WI. Barb was born July 21, 1937 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Harry & Anna (Arens) Nichols. Barbara married Royal Grove, who preceded her in death and then Barbara then married William Kump who also preceded her in death. Barb owned and operated Barb’s Café in Mt. Morris, IL for 26 years and later worked at The Country Inn in Leaf River, IL for 11 years. She loved the many different seasons to decorate and her cat Tinker Bell. Barbara fought cancer twice and won, but she succumbed to the effects of her Radiation treatments. Barb was a member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Mt. Morris Women of The Moose.
Barbara is survived by Several Step-Children and many Nieces & Nephews. Cousin: Phyllis Asche, Leaf River, IL.
Barbara is preceded in death by her Parents, both Husbands, 2 Sisters, and 1 Brother.
Visitation will be Sunday November 23, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Graveside service will be Monday November 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.

Carolyn K. White- 75

Carolyn K. White, 75, Mt. Morris, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, after a brief illness.
Carolyn was born September 10, 1939 in Sumner, Iowa to Lois E. and Hilbert M. Haack.
She moved to Forreston, Illinois as a young girl and graduated from the Forreston schools in 1957. Carolyn loved to regale the fun times with her classmates, often being very involved in planning the 1957 Class Reunions, and she organized a “Senior’s Then – Senior’s Now” tour to Gatlinburg, TN for their 50th graduation anniversary, reliving their senior class trip.
She married Kenneth Dale White on December 5, 1959 and moved to Mt. Morris where she became an avid “Mounder” fan, enjoying their basketball games with fervor.
Carolyn was very active in her community. She was involved with Home Extension for many years. Carolyn once won “Homemaker of the Year”. She spearheaded the Home and Business Decorating Contest held in years past for Let Freedom Ring which she was involved with in many capacities for several years. She and her daughter, Doreen, owned and operated The Flower Box in Mt. Morris for many years. Carolyn had attended the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris where she was involved in bible school, singing and the Women’s Missionary Society.
When her children were young, Carolyn would sew much of their clothing and costumes and created many other sewing projects. More recently she crocheted ‘names’ for her friends and family. Crafting of all sorts was something she enjoyed often including her entire family in the process.
Preserving huge amounts of vegetables and fruits from Dale’s large garden to feed her family was an annual occurrence at the White house.
Carolyn was a friend to all who knew her and was very thoughtful and giving, often remembering family and friends with cards or gifts on numerous occasions.
She is survived by her three daughters: Doreen White, Sara Martin (Dan Strohecker), of Mt. Morris and April White of Minneapolis, MN, two sons: Jason (Julie) White, and Larry (Edie) White, both of Mt. Morris, six Grandchildren of which she was most proud: Jacob and Jennifer White, Clayton and Hanna White and Grace and Audra Martin, one brother: Greg (Cheri) Haack of Freeport, IL,
brothers-in-law: Donald (Verna) White of Forreston, IL and Gordon White of Jonesborough, TN, and sisters-in-law: Judy White of Chuckey, TN and Wanda (Curtis) Dedmond, Farmville, VA and many special cousins, and nieces and nephews, and her very special pet cat, Lily White.
She was predeceased by her Husband, and her Parents. She was also predeceased by brother-in-laws, Carl Ray and Mac White and sisters-in-law, Bessie and Carolyn White, all of Tennessee.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt St. in Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Larry Jameson presiding. Visitation on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Finch Funeral Home.

Alene D. Auman – 95

Mt. Morris, IL, Alene D. Auman, age 95, died Saturday November 15, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Alene was born in Springfield, WI the daughter of Nathan & Nellie (Eickman) Studebaker. Alene married Leland Potter on October 15, 1949, he preceded her in death on September 16, 1967. Alene then married Orlo Auman on March 6, 1971, and he preceded her in death on April 30, 2002. Alene loved to sew, history, traveling, and geography. She worked as a bookbinder for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL for 35 years.
Alene is survived by her Step-Daughter: Gerraldine K. West, Arvado, CO; Niece: Linda Ivins, O’Fallon, IL; Nephew: Willard Ivins, Canon Country, CA; and Special Friends: Robert & Joanne Zahn, Rockford, IL.
Alene is preceded in death by her 2 Husbands, 1 Sister: Lois Ivins.
Funeral services will be Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until service time.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Donna Sue Erkan – 55

Mt. Morris, IL, Donna Sue Erkan, age 55, died Wednesday November 5, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Donna was born February 10, 1959 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of Donald C. & Sylvia J. (Baird) Remrey. Donna married John Erkan on November 7, 1996 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL. Donna loved her cats, nature, walking by the river, collecting many natural items. Donna was a homemaker for her family especially her nieces and nephews.
Donna is survived by her Husband: John Erkan, Mt. Morris, IL, Daughter: Stephanie (Juan) Garapiy, Spring Valley, IL. Grandchildren: Angel and Cassandra Garapiy, Spring Valley, IL. Sisters: Patsy (Jack) Wright, Dixon, IL and Beth (Dan) VanKampen, Fulton, IL. Brother: Steven (Mary Howes) Baird, Coralville, IA. 2 Stepbrothers: James Hammond, Clinton, IA and Richard Hammond, Maquoketa, IA. Stepsister: Tammy Wallace, Clinton, IA. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Her Parents precede Donna in death.
Funeral services will be Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Ryan Jasper officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday November 11, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be determined.

Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Bordner – 84

Mt. Morris, IL, Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Bordner, age 84, died Thursday October 16, 2014 in Ogle County Serenity Hospice & House, Oregon, IL. Jeannie was born on August 18, 1930 in Canton, IL the daughter of Duane E. & Margaret L. (Walraven) Witt. Jeannie married Marion D. Bordner on November 20, 1948 in Canton, IL. Jeannie and Marion owned and operated retail-clothing stores in Mt. Morris, IL from 1959 to 1988. She was a board member of Citizens State Bank, Mt. Morris, IL; later a board member of Sterling National Bank, Sterling, IL; and retired as a board member of Amcore Bank, Dixon, IL in October of 2000. She was also member of Mt. Morris Chamber of Commerce for 29 years, Mt. Morris Jr. Women’s Club, Mt. Morris Senior Citizen’s Council, Amcore Bank Ambassador’s Club, Mt. Morris Library Advisory Board.
Jeannie is survived by numerous family members and friends.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Melvin “Frizz” Pontnack – 75

Mt. Morris, IL, Melvin “Frizz” E. Pontnack, age 75, died Thursday October 2, 2014 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Melvin Was Born November 10, 1938 in Freeport, IL the son of Earl & Irene (Trester) Pontnack. Frizz married Carol Nystrom August 17, 1995 in Dollar City, MO. Avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Nascar, word finds, camping, loved by many and sharing stories. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL and member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551.
Frizz is survived by his wife: Carol Pontnack, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Steve Pontnack, Dixon, IL. 3 Brothers and 4 Sisters. 11 Step- Children numerous Grand Children and Great Grandchildren.
Frizz is preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
Frizz’s celebration of Life will be on Thursday October 9, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Visitation will be in St. James Lutheran Church October 9, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service Time. A Luncheon will be following the celebration.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to St. James Lutheran Church and/or St. Jude’s.

Jean M. Messer – 90

Mt. Morris, IL, Jean M. Messer, age 90, died Thursday October 2, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Jean was born December 19, 1923 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Michael & Magdalina (Trapp) Pontius. Jean graduated from Aquin High School class of 1941. She married Alvin Messer on March 9, 1946 in Freeport, IL. Jean was a wonderful mother and always had time for others. She was proud to be a grandmother & great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, always giving advice and caring words.
Jean is survived by Son: Edward (Kimberlee) Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Daughters: Doris Doeden, Polo, IL and Suzanne (Tim) Kinmon, Sterling, IL. 8 Grandchildren: Jessica Doeden, Polo, IL; Laura (Phil) Gaulrapp, Polo, IL; Nathan (Shannon) Messer, Surprise, AZ; Matt (Kate) Messer, Polo, IL; Zack (Christina Engberg) Johnson, Polo, IL; Hilary (Cory Love) Johnson, Dixon, IL; Kristy Kinmon, Sterling, IL; Kenny (Autumn) Kinmon, Overland Park, KS; 15 Great Grandchildren: Patrick (Lindsey) Doeden, Spencer Doeden, Harper Gaulrapp, Lacy, Aaliyah, and Reece Johnson, Aiden and Liam Messer, Jacob and Joe Reusch, Haleigh Geerts, Jeremiah and Jadyn Settles. Daughter-In-Law: Debbie Messer, Surprise, AZ; Special Friends: Curt (Gloria) Ennenga and Doreen, Leah, Brittany. Jean is preceded in death by Parents, Husband: Alvin; Son: John; Brother: Robert Pontius; Grandson: Shaun Messer; and Great-Grandson Joey Geerts; Son-In-Law Jim Doeden.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday October 7th in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL at 11:00 A.M. with Father Joseph Nail. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday October 7th from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials St. Jude’s and/or Mt. Morris Public Library.