Rick Lee Hagemann – 60


Mt. Morris, IL, Rick Lee Hagemann, age 60, passed away on Thursday May 4th, 2017 in the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, Madison, WI surrounded by his family. Rick was born August 19, 1956 in Freeport, IL the son of Arnold & Alice (Baker) Hagemann. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1975. Rick enlisted into the Army after graduation, serving from 1975 to 1978 with two years in Bamburg, Germany as a tank mechanic. Rick worked as a printing pressman at Quebecor and D.B. Hess Printing; he also worked for Shaw Valley Media. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan and enjoyed many NASCAR races at Daytona, Bristol, and Chicago land.
Rick is survived by his children: Natasha Hagemann, Leaf River, IL and Tyler Hagemann, Ankney, IA; granddaughter: Hailey Call, Leaf River, IL; mother: Alice Hagemann, Mt. Morris, IL; sisters: Vicky (James) Beers, Chester, IL; Sheri (Scott) Taylor, Roscoe, IL; and Bonnie Freidag, Lanark, IL; an uncle, several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Rick is preceded in death by his father: Arnold; maternal and paternal grandparents, aunt, and several uncles.
A visitation will be held on Sunday May 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Private family burial will be later in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to be determined.
The family would like to thank the VA Hospital for the wonderful care Rick received and a special thanks to the hospice unit for the compassionate care they gave Rick and our family along with the final military salute.

Jeffrey A. Cox – 49


Mt. Morris, IL, Jeffrey A. Cox, age 49, passed away on April 18, 2017 from complications from a stroke in St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL with his family by his side. Jeffrey was born May 22, 1967 in Dixon, IL the son of Gerald & Gardia (Himes) Cox. Jeffrey enjoyed life, helping others, cooking, fishing, spending time with his family; he was a wonderful son. Brother, and loving father.
Jeffrey is survived by his children: Travis, Seth, Deven, Merissa, and Mia Pearl; several brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jeffrey is preceded in death by his father: Gerald and brother: Brian Swartz.
Jeffrey will be sadly missed by those who knew him. A memorial fund has been established at Union Savings Bank, Mt. Morris, IL. Please make the checks payable to Jeff Cox Memorial Fund.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Frances M. Bressler – 81


Naperville, IL Frances Marian Bressler, age 81, died Tuesday March 28, 2017 in Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility, Naperville, IL. Fran was born Frances Marian Scheidler on April 12, 1935 in Coldwater, Michigan, the daughter of Rollin & Irma (Hanna) Scheidler. Fran was one of 8 children, brothers and sisters include; Beth Lou, Donald, John, Rollin, David, Irma, and Rebecca. She graduated from Coldwater High School class of 1953. After she graduated from high school she moved to Chicago, IL where she worked for the Burlington Railroad. Fran met Lewis Johnson and they were married June 10, 1961, and they had two children; David born August of 1962 and Anita born April of 1964. Lewis preceded her in death in September 1980. In 1982, Fran married long time friend, Donald (Don) Bressler, and moved to Moravia, Iowa where they spent many years enjoying Lake Rathbun. Donald preceded her death in September 1998. Fran was a member of the United Methodist Church in Moravia, Iowa; and she loved music, traveling, boating, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Fran is survived by her 2 children: David (Maggie) Johnson, Polo, IL and Anita (Ken) Pawlowski, Bolingbrook, IL; grandchildren: Nicole (Pawel Bujnowski) Pawlowski, David Pawlowski, and Matthew Pawlowski; 3 great grandchildren: Mia, Ava, and Lia Bujnowski; brothers and sisters: Beth Lou Zebolsky, Donald Scheidler, Rolly Scheidler, David Scheidler, Irma (Gordon) Hinckley, and Rebecca (Kenneth) Bible.
Fran is preceded in death by her parents; husband: Lewis Johnson; husband: Donald Bressler; and brother: John Scheidler.
Cremations rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorial services will be held in Coldwater, MI and Centerville, Iowa at a later date. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Iowa.

Evelyn G. Hall – 92


Mt. Morris, IL, Evelyn G. Hall, age 92, died Thursday March 23, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center, Freeport, IL. Evelyn was born on April 3, 1924 in Burlington, IL, the daughter of George S. & Evelyn (Tucker) Henderson. Evelyn married Kenneth J. Hall on April 8, 1944 in Sycamore, IL and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2004. Evelyn and Kenneth farmed in the Sycamore area until 1966 moving to rural Polo, IL. While farming along side her husband, Evelyn had chickens and would sell farm fresh eggs in the community. After selling the farm in 1998 they moved to Mt. Morris, IL.
Evelyn is survived by her children: Carol (Tommy) McGee, Sycamore, IL and Randy Hall, Freeport, IL; 1 granddaughter: Jessica (Michael) Krise, Sycamore, IL.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Kenneth J. Hall; 3 sisters: Arlene, Mareva, and Mildred.
Funeral services will be held March 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Private family burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, IL. Visitation will be held March 27, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until service time.
Memorials to be established.

Virginia G. Borneman – 90


Leaf River, IL, Virginia G. Borneman, age 90, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport following a brief illness. Virginia was born on July 26, 1926 near Leaf River, IL, the daughter of John and Helen (Reber) Wagner. She graduated from Leaf River High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Calvin E. Borneman on April 6, 1947 at St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2003.
Virginia worked as an Avon representative for over 52 years. She was a very talented seamstress, and a great cook. She enjoyed attending concerts and plays, and loved listening to music. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL and served there in many capacities over the years. She was currently a member of the church council.
Virginia is survived by three daughters: Angela Roz, Golden, CO, Cynthia (Ed) Faulkner, Freeport, and Valarie (Chuck) Woods, Willow Springs, MO; three grandsons: David (Christy) King, Waukesha, WI, Nathan Faulkner (Heather Daum), Chicago, and Brett (Brandi) Faulkner, Galena, as well as three great-grandchildren, Adam, Alexandria and Ian. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant son.
Funeral services will be held Saturday March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven Erickson officiating. Burial at West Grove Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be held Friday March 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to St. James Lutheran Church.

Francis “Mike” Michael – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Francis C. Michael (known as Mike to friends), age 93, died Thursday March 16, 2017 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Mike was born September 18, 1923 in Rochelle, IL, the son of Francis E. & Anna L. (Paul) Michael. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1941. Mike served in the Pacific as an Army Medic from 1942 to 1945. Mike married Doris Hoffman on April 26, 1947 in Oregon, IL and she preceded him in death on March 23, 2015 after 68 years of marriage. Mike worked from Kable Printing Company as an Electrotyper. He was a member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. Mike enjoyed music and he played in the 129th Infantry Band from 1939-1941, Kable Concert Band, and the local clown band. He enjoyed flying and he flew out of the Polo airport. He also was a member of the civil Air Patrol.
Mike is survived by his daughters: Linda L. (John) Larson, Rock Falls, IL and Janet K. (Dennis) Black, Normal, IL; grandchildren: Valerie Larson, Rock Fall, IL, Matthew (Christina) Larson, Rock Falls, IL, Michael (Melissa) Black, Bloomington, IL, Douglas (Amanda) Black, Normal, IL, Heather (Seann) Berrocales, Normal, IL, Jaime (Joshua) Peters, Bloomington, IL; 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be on Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Jerry R. Leekley – 55

Mt. Morris, IL, Jerry R. Leekley, age 55, died suddenly Tuesday March 14, 2017 in his home. Jerry was born November 6, 1961 in Rockford, IL the son of Robert & Pauline (Leonard) Leekley. Jerry graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1980.
Jerry loved his hometown, he was an usher at the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, and he loved to work at Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.
Jerry is survived by his sister: Linda (Russell) Grover, Rockford, IL; nephew: Isaac Grover, Rockford, IL.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held on March 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be a private family burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held on March 25, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Loaves and Fish Food Pantry.

Robert A. Stouffer -92


Mt. Morris, IL, Robert A. Stouffer, age 92, died March 3, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, with his family by his side. Robert was born March 23, 1924 in Rockvale Township, rural Ogle County, the son of Ray & Emma (Agon) Stouffer. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1942. He served in the US Navy. Robert married Eleanor F. Hardesty on October 12, 1946 in Mt. Morris, IL. He worked for Kable News Company, as the manager in the mail operations retiring on May 30, 1987 after 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 143, Mt. Morris Kiwanis, Mt. Morris Senior Citizens, and he served as a board member for 24 years and president for 12 years for the Village of Progress. Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL.
Robert is survived by his wife: Eleanor Stouffer, Mt. Morris, IL; son: David Stouffer, Mt. Morris, IL; daughter: Sharon Dee (Ron) Baker, Polo, IL; 2 grandchildren: Rob Baker, Mt. Morris, IL, and Dan (Lindsay)Baker, Polo, IL; great granddaughter: Joelle Baker, Polo, IL.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents; son: Roger; and daughter: Debra.
Memorial services will be held Saturday March 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. A private family burial will be in West Branch Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday March 10, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Village of Progress and/or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Lucille T. Eichhorst – 86


Chana, IL, Lucille T. Eichhorst, age 86, died Friday February 17, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Lucille was born June 2, 1930 the daughter of Alek & Stanislava “Stella” (Rutkowski) Tyminski in Chisholm, MN. Lucille married Harry Eichhorst on April 19, 1953 in Chicago, IL. She loved to work in her yard, gardening, crochet, cleaning, long walks, and traveling. Lucille loved spending her time with her family.
Lucille is survived by her husband: Harry Eichhorst; sons: David Brian Eichhorst, Bruce Daniel Eichhorst, and Gerald Alan Eichhorst; daughter: Diane Michelle Eichhorst; 12 grandchildren: Christopher Eichhorst, Aaron Eichhorst, Ryan Eichhorst, Matthew Eichhorst, Chris Julian, Tiffany (Tommy) Julian-Hertel, Danielle (K.P.) Whepley, Marcia Eichhorst, Emily Eichhorst, Ethan Eichhorst, Tim Varjan, and Sarah (Bernard) Varjan-Maestas; 8 great grandchildren: Madison, Chloie, Addison, and Brooklyn Hertel, Olivia Julian, Sophia Julian, Gabriella Julian, and Kenneth Whepley; sisters: Stella Niewinski and Josephine Cooke.
Lucille is preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers: Marian, John, and Joe Tyminski.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL, with Pastor Andrew Kayes officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home. Cremation services will take place following the funeral service.

Joan Pattermann -77

Joan Pattermann, 77
Joan passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Joan was born January 15, 1940 in Wheaton, IL the daughter of Wilfred and Matilda (nee Borter) Mittman. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Pattermann. He preceded her in death on June 08, 1998. They had a beautiful marriage and were a blessing to each other.
Joan was a loving wife and mother who gave herself selflessly in caring for and raising her family. She had a beautiful faith in God which she passed on to others by word and example. She loved to watch birds and enjoyed the beauty of nature. She loved gardening and canning food, she was an excellent cook and enjoyed making favorite foods for others. She loved people.
She is survived by her children and spouses; Mike (Kathy) Pattermann, Aurora IL, Ed (Sue) Pattermann, Syracuse NY, Jean (Brad) Hagemann, Mt Morris IL and 7 loving grandchildren: Elizabeth Pattermann, Rachel Pattermann, Christopher Pattermann, Emily Pattermann, Abby Pattermann, Danielle Hagemann, Megan Hagemann; her sister Nancy (Frank) Biese, her brother Leo Mittman, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for Joan M. Pattermann, 77 of Mount Morris Il will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 211 N. Franklin Ave Polo, IL 61054. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 1533 IL-26 Polo, IL 61064. The family will greet friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Finch Funeral Home 405 E. Hitt St, Mt Morris, IL 61054.
The family is most thankful for all that cared for mom and blessed her in visiting her.
In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.