Eugene Robert Gann – 74

Mt. Morris, IL, Eugene Robert Gann, age 74, passed away Wednesday March 28, 2018 in Winning Wheels, Prophetstown, IL. Gene was born on June 5, 1943 the son of Clarence W. & Kathryn (Friemuth) Gann. He graduated from Oregon High School class of 1961. Gene served in the US Army during Vietnam. He was a life long resident of the Mt. Morris and Oregon Area. Gene worked as an Ink Man at Quebecor Printing Company in Mt. Morris for 18 years. He was a member of the Ink Handlers Union.
There will be a private family burial at a later date. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joseph R. Humphrey – 51

Mt. Morris, IL, Joseph R. Humphrey, age 51, passed away suddenly in his Mt. Morris home after returning from Alaska. Joe was born January 25, 1967 in Dixon, IL the son of Ray “Doc” Humphrey & Kay Slater. Joe graduated from Mt. Morris High School, class of 1985 and loved being a Mounder. Joe filled this world with love, laughter and enthusiasm for every moment. He had an unbelievable and unconditional love for his family and friends. He loved living in Alaska, and was passionate about building his cabin home in Healy, Alaska with his family. A piece of paradise that they will be able to enjoy forever. Joe loved coming home to Mt. Morris, IL where it was always a treat for those of us still living here to get to see him. He was so proud that he got to play, camp, take hikes, teach, nap and cook with and for, his family and friends. Joe was always willing to help family and friends with projects. He always wanted to experience life as an adventure, living in the moment in every day. He wanted his children to experience that same adventure but was most proud of being a Dad and Grandpa Joe.
Joe is survived by his children: Cody Humphrey, Juneau, AK; Paige Humphrey (Stephen Baxter) , Machesney Park, IL; grandchildren: Carson and Parker Baxter, Machesney Park, IL; parents: Ray Doc (Brenda) Humphrey, Dixon, IL and Kay (Terry) Mageland, Janesville, IL; brothers and sisters: Gina (Eric) Siefert, Kenosha, WI, Susan (Mark) Meyer, Milton, WI, Bob (Carla) Humphrey, Bedias, TX, Fred (Stephanie) Butler, Janesville, WI, Bucky (Ashley) Humphrey, Dixon, IL, Tanya (Pat) Bushman, Polo, IL, Kim Toliver-Crawford, Dixon, IL. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and his band of brothers that was his family outside his family.
Joe is preceded in death by his: Grandmothers: Caroline Humphrey and Kathryn Giblin; Aunts: Ginger Britz and Paula McCarns; Cousin: Roxanne Johnson.
Celebration of life will be held Saturday March 31, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until the last to leave at the White Pines Dude Ranch, Oregon, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.

Sherwood J. Drumheller – 67

Mt. Morris, IL, Sherwood J. Drumheller, age 67, passed away on March 17, 2018 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Sherwood was born June 26, 1950 in Rockford, IL the son of Kenneth & Mae (Hass) Drumheller. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1968. He joined the US Navy on August 7, 1968 serving 7 years; he served in Vietnam from 1969 – 1970. Sherwood married Trudy Osborne July 5, 1969 in Mt. Morris, IL. He worked for Kable Printing Company as a Technical Supervisor retiring in 2011. Sherwood was an avid Steelers fan, hunter, fisherman, woodworking, and spending many hours with his family.
Sherwood is survived by his wife: Trudy Drumheller, Mt. Morris, Il; children: Jay (Penny) Drumheller, Forreston, IL, Troy (Machele) Drumheller, Louisville, IL, Megan (Sean Robinson) Hultquist, Mt. Morris, IL; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother: James (Michelle) Parks.
Sherwood is preceded in death by his Parents and a Brother.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating.
Memorials to be determined.

Christa M. Schmadeke Heitter – 38


Mt. Morris, IL, Christa M. Schmadeke Heitter, age 38, was a cancer fighter for over 5 years, passed away peacefully from metastatic breast cancer to be with the Lord on March 18, 2018 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Christa was born on March 12, 1980 in Cherokee, Iowa the daughter of Bruce & Anna (Rupp) Schmadeke. She graduated from Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School in Marcus, Iowa class of 1998. She graduated from University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Special Education in 2002. Christa met her soul mate, Seth Heitter, on the internet and they were married on June 1, 2002 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They moved to North Carolina where they both taught school. While they were in North Carolina she had two children, Jarren and Brenna. She moved to the Mt. Morris area in 2007, where she taught in the Oregon School District for 3 years before opening her own licensed “Little Gems” daycare. The children brought joy to her life. Christa was known to be a loud soccer mom, best birthday planner ever, true Green Bay Packer fan, kitchen dancing mom, addicted to amazon, who loved God and “enjoyed the little things in life” while spending time with her friends, family, and dogs. Christa was a member of the RiverStone Christian Church, Oregon, IL.
Christa is survived by her husband: Seth Heitter, Mt. Morris, IL; children: Jarren and Brenna Heitter, Mt. Morris, IL; parents: Bruce & Anna Schmadeke, Marcus, IA.
Christa is preceded in death by her grandparents: Edwin & Dorothy Schmadeke, grandmother: Herta Rupp; aunt: Sharon Rupp; and many cancer sisters.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday March 22, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Craig Arnold and Rev. Josh Ehrler. Following services in Mt. Morris there will be a luncheon in the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551.
Burial will be in Marcus Amherst Cemetery in Marcus, Iowa at 10:30 A.M on Saturday March 24, 2018 with Pastor Larry Ostercamp officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 22, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Following the graveside service there will be a light luncheon gathering from 11:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. held at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church, Meriden, Iowa
Please in lieu of flowers, please donate to Metavivor.org, memorial fund for the children, or RiverStone Christian Church.

Betty M. Mayberry – 60


Leaf River – Betty Maxine Mayberry (60) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on March 10, 2018, at Serenity House in Oregon. She was born to Francis and Carol Bral (Druien), on October 25, 1957, in Princeton, IL. She is survived by her husband Richard Mayberry, son Daniel (Pearl) Mayberry, daughters Christina Mayberry, Mary (Chad) Reuter, Tiffany (Grant) Lawson, step-daughter Rebecca (Brad) Cottle, family friend Phillip (Lindsay) Reuter, father Francis Bral, brother Paul (JoAnn) Bral, sisters Tina Bral, Barb (Mel) Peterson, grandchildren Jasmine and Skyler Engle, Kaitlyn Barnhardt, Arianna Kissick, step-grandchildren RobbieLee, Kalib, Addison, and Braxton. She is preceded in death by her mother Carol Bral, sister Sharon Engle, and brother Phillip Bral. Betty was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She loved spending time with her family and had an avid love for gardening, birds, and anything outdoors. A Celebration of Life will be held March 31, 2018 from 3pm – 5pm at the Bertolet Building in Leaf River. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity House in Oregon. A special thanks to the amazing staff at Serenity House Hospice.

Berniece Sepesy – 90

Oregon, IL – Berniece Sepesy, 90, formerly of Virden, IL passed away on March 3, 2018. Her sons, Gerald (Linnea Vogl) Sepesy, Lawrence (Teresa Thorne) Sepesy; granddaughter, Corrinne (Jeffrey) Gale; Susan (Nick) Glenn, their children Anthony Buntjer, Trevor Glenn, and 3 siblings survive her. Preceded in death by her husband George and 8 siblings.

Mike W. Johnson – 69

Oregon, IL, Mike W. Johnson, age 69, died Wednesday March 7, 2018 in his home. Mike was born on May 15, 1948 in Wausau, WI the son of Richard & Elizabeth (Lake) Johnson. He graduated from Wauzeka High School. Mike was an engineer during Vietnam in the US Army. Mike married Linda Buntyn on January 5, 2009 in Oregon, IL. Mike worked on the railroad bridge crew for Burlington Northern Railroad retiring in 2008. Mike is a member of the Rochelle VFW Post #3878 serving as Quarter Master and he was a past Commander.
Mike is survived by his wife: Linda Johnson, Oregon, IL; children: Loran Johnson and Michelle Johnson; several grandchildren; sisters: Diane (Mason) Evans, Sandra Johnson, and Susan (Steve) Ariss.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents and previous wife: Nancy.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Richard R. Voss – 68

Mt. Morris, IL, Richard R. Voss, age 68, passed away Thursday March 1, 2018 in Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, IL with his family by his side. Richard was born July 15, 1949 in Hope Arkansas the son of Basil & Lilly Voss. Richard married Patricia Shook on May 8, 1989 in Oregon, IL. Richard worked many jobs helping many businesses and people. Richard enjoyed fixing and repairing lawn mowers, tractors, doing puzzles, western movies, fishing, throwing horseshoes, his pets, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. Richard was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren.
Richard is survived by his wife: Patricia Voss, Mt. Morris, IL; children: Richard E. Voss, Dora May Henarie, Jeremy Voss, and Megan Voss; sister: Elgie Carter; several nieces and nephews.
Richard is preceded in death by his Parents and sister: Shelby.
Memorial service will be held on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held on March 9, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in The Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren.
Memorial to be determined.

Nancy J. Hagemann – 85


Mt. Morris, IL, Nancy J. Hagemann, age 85, died Monday February 19, 2018 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Nancy was born on February 23, 1932 in Mt. Morris, IL the daughter of Ralph & Irene (Arnold) Lizer. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1950. Nancy married Duane D. Hagemann on February 3, 1951 in Mt. Morris, IL, Duane preceded her in death on March 2, 2013. Nancy worked for Kable Printing Company and the Mt. Morris Savings and Loan. Nancy loved to play bridge, shop, and in her earlier years golf, crochet, bowling. Nancy spent many hours with her family and friends attending many functions.
Nancy is survived by several nieces, nephews.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Duane; brother: Robert A. Lizer.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Visitation will be held on February 24, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Mt. Morris Senior Center.

Patricia Ann “Pat” Jones-Carr-Rosenbalm – 81


Patricia Ann “Pat” Jones-Carr-Rosenbalm, age 81, Oregon, IL

Patricia passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on February 2, 2018 at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron, IL under Serenity Hospice care. She was born at home, in Oregon, IL, on May 28, 1936 to Walter and Ruth Jones. She married Richard “Dick” Carr on June 26, 1954. She later married George Rosenbalm on May 15, 1981. Patricia was a kind, hardworking, most giving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend to many. She loved gardening, cooking, spending time with her family and her friend Bob; she was best-known for her sugar cookies and blueberry coffee cake. She was a lifelong Oregon resident working at Snyder Manufacturing and retiring from E.D. Etnyre. She will be forever missed and never forgotten by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren:

Linda (Cliff) Greenhow, Steve (Joanne) Carr, Lori (Tim) Benesh, Stan (Mary) Carr and Doug Carr. Grandchildren; Jessica (Tom) Fraser, Jennifer Jensen (Brandon Watts), Lindsay Dempewolf, Trisha Dempewolf, Allison Bennett, Kristen (Doug) Reber, Austin (Megan) Carr, Lucas Carr, Jeremy (Destini) Benesh, Jason (Monica) Benesh, Joey Benesh (Kaitlin Moore), Carmen Carr, Shawn Lee, Lexi Carr, Parker Carr, and her 22 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her friend Bob Hand, sister Emmy Spickler, brother, Leonard Jones, sister-in-law Darlene Jones, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands’ Dick and George, daughter Vicki Young, great-grandson Kaleb Reeverts, brothers; Pete, Dick, Mick; sisters; Elsie Lego, Mildred Dyer, Pauline Jones, and Loretta Jones, nephew; Brad Spickler. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Moose Club, 101 Moose Dr, Mt. Morris, IL from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. In keeping with the wishes of Patricia, cremation with a private family burial will take place at Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia’s name to Serenity Hospice Home, 1658 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, IL 61061. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 is assisting the family with the services.