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.

Mary Ellen Bearman – 82

Oregon, IL, Mary Ellen Bearman, age 82, died Monday September 8, 2014 in the Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Mary Ellen was born May 4, 1932 in Bradford Township, Lee County, IL the daughter of Harold H. & Genevieve I. (Danekas) Gerbers. She graduated from Franklin Grove High School. Mary Ellen Married Wayne Bearman on Feb 21, 1954 in Ashton, IL. Mary Ellen worked for Kable Printing Company in Customer service for 34 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 60 years, She quilted, Red Hat Society, Square danced, Prayer and Praise group with the church, she was interested in the farming industry.
Mary Ellen is Survived by her Husband: Wayne Bearman, Oregon, IL; Son: Kris (Sheila) Bearman, Byron, IL. Grandchildren: Nicole (Chris) Panzer, Naperville, IL; Bryan (Meghan) Bearman, Denver, CO. Great Grandchildren: Bryson Panzer, Naperville, IL and Blaire Bearman, Denver, CO.
Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her Parents, Granddaughter: Jenny Bearman.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday September 12, 2014 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery, Ashton, IL. Visitation will be Friday September 12, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until Service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL.

Edward B. F. Bryant – 86

Leaf River, IL, Edward B. F. Bryant, age 86, of Leaf River, IL died in his home on August 28, 2014. Ed was born on March 17, 1928 in Blue Jacket, OK the son of Russell & Gladys (Harper) Bryant. After graduating from High School and some college he entered the US Army serving from 1952 to 1953 in Germany. He married Beatrice Jones in Illinois. Beatrice preceded him in death on April 15, 1967. He then married Mary Clay in Belvidere, IL on October 22, 1970. Ed worked as a supervisor with Rockwell Collins; which built printing presses. Ed loved fishing, gardening, his apple orchard, and most of all his Family.
Ed is survived by his Son: Edward R. “Sonny” (Jody) Bryant, Roscoe, IL; Dennis (Edie) Ballard, Byron, IL; Brian (Nina) Ballard, Leaf River, IL; David (Penny) Bryant, Leaf River, IL; Daughter: Vickie (Randy) Roop, Leaf River, IL. 16 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.
Ed is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Beatrice; Sister: Mae; Son: Kerry Ballard.
A Memorial visitation will be held September 6, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial of his cremains will be in Red Top Cemetery in MO. Prayers for Ed will be at 3:30 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home following the visitation on September 6, 2014.
Memorials to be determined.

Yvonne T. Meier – 76

Oregon, IL, Yvonne T. Meier, age 76, died Wednesday August 20, 2014 in Oregon Rehab & Living Center, Oregon, IL. Yvonne was born February 21, 1938 in Honey Creek, IL, the daughter of Glenn G. & Goldie G. (Gilroy) Suter. Yvonne graduated from Oregon High School class of 1955. She married Ted Meier on June 8, 1957 in Oregon, IL. Yvonne worked at Caron Yarn in Rochelle, IL. Yvonne loved crocheting, cooking, gardening, and spending as much time with her family and friends.
Yvonne is survived by Daughters: Jana (Ernest) Bricker, Mt. Morris, IL, Nikki Williams, Round Up, MT; Son: David (Chris Thomas) Williams, Rio Rancho, NM. 7 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. Sister: Janis Pumfrey, LaSalle, IL. Cousin: Marcella (Russ) Ruter, Leaf River, IL.
Yvonne is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Ted; Son: Dan Meier; and Grandson: Nathan Meier.
Funeral services will be held Saturday August 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Dr. Nathan Wlodarchak officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday August 23, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Memorials to be determined.

Russell A. Bicksler – 91

Freeport, IL, Russell A. Bicksler, age 91, died Sunday August 17, 2014 in Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, IL. Russell Was Born February 23, 1923 in Shannon, IL the son of Archie & Orelda (Brandt) Bicksler. Russell attended Leaf River Schools. Russell married Betty J. Blair on April 6, 1947. Russell worked as a Farmer before driving truck for Northern Propane Gas Company, and he also drove cars for Barkau Automotive. Russell knew everyone and they all knew him. He had a vegetable garden, Russell and Betty loved day trips driving into Wisconsin and Iowa. Russell was a White Sox fan.
Russell is survived by his Children: Barbara Moore, Albuquerque, NM; Gene (Diana) Bicksler, Danville, CA; Maryjane (Khalid) Sardar, Rockford, IL; Jim (Jane) Bicksler, Dakota, IL; Jack (Deborah) Bicksler, Stoughton, WI. 13 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Brother: Wayne Bicksler, Freeport, IL. 2 Sisters: Ethel Svanda and Dorothy (Tom) Mahon, Both of Byron, IL. 2 Sister in Laws: Leatrice Bicksler: Leaf River, IL and Betty Bicksler, Mt. Morris, IL.
Russell is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Betty; Brothers: Kenneth and Donald; Sister: Lois Russell, Granddaughter: Autumn Bell, Great Grandson: Noah Bottner, and Son in Law: Todd Moore
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday August 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Lisa Fike officiating. Burial will be in North Grove Christian Cemetery, Egan, IL. Visitation will be Thursday August 21, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
There will be a fellowship reception following the funeral service in Freeport Church of The Brethren, 777 West Pleasant Street, Freeport, IL.
Memorials to be determined

James M. “Gibby” Maxwell – 87

Forreston, IL, James M. “Gibby” Maxwell, age 87, died August 15, 2014, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Jim was born August 1, 1927 in Solgohachia, AR, the son of James V. & Eva (Chism) Maxwell. Jim married Bernice Bull on April 9, 1949 in Arkansas and later married Mary Jean Wearmothe on April17, 1997 in Mountain View, Arkansas. Jim worked for Rockford Black Top for 32 years retiring in 2001. He was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551 and Local 325.
Jim is survived by his wife: Mary Jean Maxwell, Forreston, IL; Children: Kenny Maxwell, German Valley, IL, Randy (Suzie) Maxwell, Houston, TX, Barry Maxwell, Rockford, IL, Janet (Brian) Cunningham, Leaf River, IL, Dan (Barb) Cederholm Sr., Forreston, IL, David Cederholm, Freeport, IL, Kris (Dean) Hemmersbach, Valparaiso, IN. Grandchildren: Mark (Heather) Maxwell, Adam (Sherrie) Maxwell, Amanda Maxwell, Seth Maxwell, Lee, Travis and Jacob Cunningham, Leah (John) Pagone, Brandon (Natalie) Cederholm, Dan Cederholm Jr., Chris (Chelsey) Cederholm, Amanda (Justin) Johnson, Marty Hemmersbach, and Sarah Hemmersbach. 16 Great Grandchildren. Sister: Ida Mae Foshee, Solgohachia, AR.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers and 6 Sisters.
Memorial service will be Friday August 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Scott Ralston officiating. A private burial will be in North Grove Evangelical Cemetery, Leaf River, IL. Visitation will be Friday August 22, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be determined.

Samuel E. Thomas – 96

Mt. Morris, IL, Samuel E. Thomas, age 96, died Friday August 15, 2014 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Sam was born June 5, 1918 in Rural Ogle County, IL the son of Frank & LuLu (Hedrick) Thomas. Sam graduated from Mt. Morris Schools. Sam married K. Annette Towns on January 3, 1942 in El Paso De Robles, CA. Sam worked for Kable Printing Company for 45 years retiring in 1982. Sam served in the US Army during WWII as an MP. He was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, VFW, and American Legion.
Sam is survived by 2 Sons: Michael E. (Alexis Jo) Thomas, Plymouth, IL and Steven E. (Mary Georgeanne) Thomas, Villages, FL, and 1 Daughter: Samantha (Vern) Tillet, Worthington, MO. 8 Grandchildren and 9 Step-Grandchildren; 18 Great Grandchildren, 18 Step Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren, and Special Friend: Geri LeVar.
Sam is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Annette; 3 Brothers: Kramer, Theodore, and John, 2 Sisters: Mary and Ruth.
Memorial service will be Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be August 20, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. until service time in the Brethren Church.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Wayne L. Lantz – 81

Oregon, IL, Wayne L. Lantz, age 81, died Friday August 15, 2014 in Heritage Square Nursing Home, Dixon, IL. Wayne was born July 7, 1933 in Lighthouse, rural Ogle County, IL the son of Russell & Gwendolyn (Bennett) Lantz. Wayne graduated from Mt. Morris High School and went on to own his own trucking business, White Lighting Express. He enjoyed being with his family, collecting coins and most recently collecting marbles. You could often find Wayne in his garage tinkering, building or fixing things.
Wayne is survived by one son: Stephen (Lori) Lantz, Oregon, IL; 3 Daughters: Janice (Terry) Day, Kathy (Bruce) Miller, and Beverly (Bruce Portner) Lantz all of Dixon, IL. 10 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren, and Sister: Patricia (Neil) Unger, Mt. Morris, IL.
Wayne is preceded in death by his Parents, 2 Brothers: James and Jack Lantz, and 1 Sister: Barbara Hultquist.
Memorial service will be on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in River View Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday August 19, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Heritage Square Nursing Home.