Helen J. Toms – 88

Helen J. Toms – 88
9/26/1922 – 3/19/2011

Polo, IL – Helen J. Toms, age 88, died March 19, 2011 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Helen was born September 26, 1922 in Palmyra Township, Lee County, IL, the daughter of John & Mary (Beede) Trouth. Helen married LeRoy Toms March 30, 1946 in Dixon, IL. Helen was a Homemaker, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.

Helen is survived by Husband: LeRoy Toms, Polo, IL; Sons: Irvin (Joyce) Toms, Mt. Morris, IL; Martin (Kathy) Toms, Polo, IL; Daughter: Anita (Bill) Wetzbarger, Rockford, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Jeremy (Danielle) Toms, Dixon, IL; Chris (Paige) Toms, Dixon, IL; Tim Toms, Madison, WI; Eric Wetzbarger, Rockford, IL; Tod Wetzbarger, Rockford, IL; Andrea Hurd, Byron, IL. 3 Great- Granchildren: Connor Hurd, Byron, IL; Makenzie Toms, Dixon, IL; Jayden Toms, Dixon, IL; and one on the way.

Helen is preceded in death by 7 siblings.

Memorial Service will be Sunday March 27, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Polo, IL with Rev. Terri Wilder officiating. Visitation will be Sunday March 27, 2011 in the church from 2:00 P.M. till service time.

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorials to Ogle County Hospice and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Visitation:
Sunday March 27, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 P.M.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Memorial Service:
Sunday March 27, 2011
3:00 P.M.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Jean L. Dusing – 89

Jean L. Dusing – 89
3/8/1921 – 3/18/2011

Mt. Morris, IL – Jean L. Dusing, age 89, died March 18, 2011 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. She was born November 10, 1921 in Rochelle, IL the daughter of Jesse & Olive (Middlekauf) Smith. Jean graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1940. She married Donald Dusing September 26, 1944 in Mt. Morris, IL. Jean worked in the advertising department at Watt Publishing, Mt. Morris, IL, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the Eastern Star and VFW Ladies Auxillary.

Jean is survived by her husband, Donald Dusing, Mt. Morris, IL; Son, Michael (Mary Jo) Dusing, Byron, IL; Daughter, Julie (David C.) Sweeney, Lena, IL. 8 Grandchildren: Kraig Sweeney, Lewistown, Montana; Michelle (Ken) Bechtold, Freeport, Illinois; Marci Loven, Egan, Illinois; Chad (Melissa) Sweeney, Friendship, Wisconsin; Dianna (Seth) Newton, Byron, Illinois; Danielle (Tchevy) Olson, Stacy, Minnesota; David (Maddie) Dusing, Rockford, Illinois; Matthew (Noel) Dusing, Mt. Morris, Illinois. 15 Great-Grandchildren. Brother: Don Smith, State College, PA.

She is preceded in death by Parents.

Memorial Service will be Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday March 23, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.

Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home or Ogle County Hospice.

Visitation:
Wednesday March 23, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Memorial Service:
Wednesday March 23, 2011
11:00 A.M.
Trinity Lutheran Church

Marcia Vaughn – 53

Marcia Vaughn – 53
10/10/1957 – 3/7/2011

Mt. Morris, IL – Marcia Vaughn, age 53, died March 7, 2011 in the Ogle County Hospice Serenity Home, Oregon, IL. Marcia was born October 10, 1957 in Oregon, IL, the daughter of Donald E. & Merlene (Basler) Griffin Sr. Marcia graduated from Oregon High School the class of 1975. She married Gordy Vaughn August 21, 1982 in Oregon, IL. She was a Beloved Wife, Mother, sister, and Friend to all. Marcia loved her Flower Gardens and working outside. Marcia enjoyed watching Nascar and The Chicago Bears. She worked at Gandymede Restaurant, Atwoods in Oregon, IL, and Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL.

She is survived by Husband, Gordy Vaughn, Mt. Morris, IL. Daughter Reanna (Chuck) Brant, Chatsworth, GA. Granddaughter Megan Brant Chatsworth, GA. Brother Don (Mary Jo) Griffin Jr., Oregon, IL. Several Nieces and Nephews.

She is preceded in death by, Parents, Son Andrew Vaughn, Brother Daniel Griffin, and Great Niece Memphis Griffin.

Memorial Service will be Friday March 11, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. David Rogula officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 P.M. till service time in the funeral home. Memorials to Ogle County Hospice.

Visitation:
Friday March 11, 2011
5:30 – 7:00 P.M.
Finch Funeral Home
Memorial Service:
Friday March 11, 2011
7:00 P.M.
Finch Funeral Home

Eric Mann – 85

Eric Mann – 85
12/11/1925 – 3/1/2011

Mount Morris, IL – Eric Mann of Mount Morris died Tuesday, March 1, 2011. He was born December 11, 1925 in Mt. Morris, the son of Heathcote “Hec” and Ellen “Trine” Mann, and graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1943. As a veteran of WWII, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950. He met his wife, Nancy Miller, at the university and they were married on June 16, 1951 in Burlington, WI. He joined his father and brother working for Mann Graphic Arts in Mt. Morris. Throughout his 40-year career in commercial art, Mann Graphic Arts serviced the printing and publication industry as well as retail and manufacturing companies and won numerous awards both locally and regionally. His wife Nancy assisted him in the business for over 30 years. Eric had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. He enjoyed drawing cartoons for friends, listening to Big Band music, and was a good dancer. Hobbies also included fishing and photography. Eric was a loving father and grandfather known to his grandchildren for always passing out lemon drops when they visited. He is survived by sons, Christopher (Cecilia) of Rockford and Michael (Cindy) of Byron; daughter, Elisabeth Mann of Rockford; grandchildren Erica, Cameron, Ellen and Jeffrey. Predeceased by parents; brother, Robert; and wife Nancy.

Memorial service on April 23, 2011 at 11 a.m. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mt. Morris Senior Center, Ogle County Hospice, or Severson Dells Nature Center. www.finchfuneral.com

Memorial Service:
April 23, 2011
11 a.m.
Finch Funeral Home

Ruth H. Stengel – 100

Ruth H. Stengel – 100
3/2/2010 – 2/17/2011

Mt. Morris, IL – Ruth H. Stengel, age 100, died February 17, 2011 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Ruth was born March 2, 1910 in Polo, IL, the daughter of Thomas & Susanna (Longanecker) Summers. Ruth Married Owen M. Diehl August 30, 1928 in Mt. Morris, IL; he preceded her in Death. She then Married Charles H. Stengel, October 10, 1962 in Mt. Morris, IL; he preceded her in death also. Ruth worked for Kable Printing Company in Bindery, she then was the cook for Mt. Morris Schools and then Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home retiring in 1970. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survived by Daughter: Carolyn Hackbarth, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Grand Children: Duane (Heidi) Hackbarth, Roscoe, IL and Diane (William) Palmer, Oregon, IL. 3 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandson.

She is preceded in death by Parents, 2 Husbands, 2 Brothers: Harvey and Donald; 4 Sisters: Ruby, Clara Mae, Esther, and Dorothy.

Funeral service will be Monday February 21, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, IL. Visitation will be Monday February 21, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers memorials to be established.

Visitation:
Monday February 21, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Monday February 21, 2011
11:00 A.M.
Finch Funeral Home

Muriel M. Dickson – 94

Muriel M. Dickson – 94
2/1/1917 – 2/12/2011

Mt. Morris, IL – Muriel M. Dickson, age 94, died February 12, 2011 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Muriel was born February 1, 1917 in Franklin Grove, IL the daughter of Charles & Mary (George) Weybright. She attended Franklin Grove Schools and graduated from Urbana High School. Muriel married John D. Dickson September 8, 1945 in Mt. Morris, IL, he preceded her in death January 22, 1999. Together they enjoyed books, history, current events, friends and family, nature, and worked together in their woods outside Mt. Morris. Muriel was a homemaker and active member of the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren for over 60 years. She served as a Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher, and sang in the Choir. Muriel volunteered at Pinecrest Manor, and supported Camp Emmaus as a camp counselor and led nature walks.

Muriel is survived by 2 Daughters: Gayle (Bill) Noonkesser, Travelers Rest, SC and Dianne (Frank) Swingel of Oregon, IL. 6 Grandchildren, Steve (Ida) Noonkesser, Dillingham, AK; Sarah (Scott) Strauss, Glennallen, AK; Bill (Linda) Noonkesser, Travelers Rest, SC; Jeanette Noonkesser, Glennallen, AK; Matt (Kristen) Hollinger, Rockton, IL; Katie (Blake) Pattermann, Yorkville, IL; and 18 Great-Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by Parents; Husband, John; Brothers, Leslie and Claire Weybright; Sister, Olive Corbett.

Funeral Service will be Thursday February 17, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. in Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Ginny Haney officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday February 16, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

In Lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, or Camp Emmaus.

Visitation:
Wednesday February 16, 2011
4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Thursday February 17, 2011
10:30 A.M.
Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren

Doris S. Brinker – 87

Doris S. Brinker – 87
1/19/1924 – 1/28/2011

Mt. Morris, IL – Doris S. Brinker, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on January 28, 2011 at Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Doris was born on January 19, 1924, the daughter of George S. and Alma (Snodgrass) Satterfield in Jefferson County, TN. She graduated from Maury High School, Dandridge, TN in 1941 and later moved to Mt. Morris, IL with family members. She married Gerald Brinker of Mt. Morris on July 18, 1943 with whom she celebrated 53 anniversaries prior to his death in 1997.

Doris was a member of the Mt. Morris Disciples United Methodist Church and retiree of Kable News Company. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who, besides being devoted to the needs of her family, enjoyed baking, sewing, and tending her garden. Doris was an avid reader and in later life became interested in tracing her Scotch-Irish ancestry through genealogy.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Dale) Riley, Seville, OH; Sally (Alan) Behrens, El Reno, OK; Susan (Richard) Billington, Westfield, IN; Stephanie (Steve) Jones, Canal Fulton, OH; Sheila (Denny) Davis, Mt. Morris, IL; Son, Darrel (Lori) Brinker, Massillon, OH; 12 Grandchildren; 21 Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Doris was preceded in death by her brothers George E. Satterfield (who died in infancy), Cecil Satterfield, Phoenix, AZ; Ralph Satterfield, Leaf River, IL; Donald Satterfield, Mt. Morris, IL; and sisters Bertha Satterfield, Mt. Morris, IL and Ina Shaver, Alcoa, TN. She was also preceded in death by granddaughter Jennifer Jones, Canal Fulton, OH.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday February 5, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Disciples United Methodist Church with Pastor Bradley Foster officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. till Service time February 5, 2011 in the Methodist Church. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport, IL.

Memorials in honor of Doris may be given to the Mt. Morris Disciples United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation:
Saturday February 5, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Mt. Morris Disciples United Methodist Church
Service:
Saturday February 5, 2011
11:00 A.M.
Mt. Morris Disciples United Methodist Church

Steven W. Malston – 59

Steven W. Malston – 59
5/26/1951 – 1/24/2011

Franklin Grove, IL – Steven W. Malston, age 59, died January 24, 2011, in Franklin Grove Nursing Center, Franklin Grove, IL. Steven was born May 26, 1951 in Dixon, IL, the son of Elmer & Clara (Sink) Malston. Steven was an over the road truck driver. He loved and enjoyed traveling the Country.

He is survived by 2 Sons; 6 Grandchildren; 3 Brothers; and 4 Sisters.

Steven was preceded in death by Parents; 3 Brothers; and 3 Sisters

Funeral Service will be Friday January 28, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, IL.

Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, is Handling the Service Arraignments.

Service:
Friday January 28, 2011
11:00 A.M.
Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, IL

James W. Mongan – 72

James W. Mongan – 72
8/6/1938 – 1/10/2011

Oregon, IL – James W. Mongan, age 72, died Monday January 10, 2011, in the Serenity Home, Oregon, IL. Jim was born August 6, 1938 the son of William E. and Esther (McCulloch) Mongan. He is a Mt. Morris High School Graduate class of 1956. Jim served in the US Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict. Jim married Marcia V.(Larson) Holley on December 30, 1982 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL. Jim was an Operating Engineer, Local 150 for over 52 years, retiring in November 1997. Jim is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris and was a member of Sunset Golf Club as an avid golfer. He was a lifetime Mt. Morris resident: “Once a Mounder, always a Mounder.”

Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia Mongan of Mt. Morris,IL; Sons: Bob Mongan, Mt. Morris, IL; Joe (Debbie) Mongan, Rockford, IL; Step-Son Jay (Jennifer) Holley, Mt. Morris, IL; Jon (Tina) Holley, Marengo, IL; Step-Daughter: Pamela (Calvin) Van Auken, Largo, FL. Jim had 2 Grandchildren and 7 Step-Grandchildren; 2 Step-Great Grandchildren. Brothers Rich (Connie) Mongan and Steve (Cindy) Mongan of Mt. Morris, IL; Sisters: Rogene (Amos) Taylor, of Mt. Morris, IL; Elvira Powell of Belvidere, IL; Karen Martinez of Oregon, IL; and Cindy (Bob) Willson of Rockford, IL; and sisters in law Kathy Mongan of Chana, IL and Lea Mongan of Oregon, IL. Many Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by Parents; Brothers: Bill and Darrell and a sister: Mary Kay Mongan.

Memorial Service will be Saturday January 15, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Visitation will be Friday January 14, 2011 from 4:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Jim will remain Jim to all of us forever. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ogle County Hospice with other memorials to be established.

Visitation:
Friday January 14, 2011
4:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M.
Finch Funeral Home
Memorial Service:
Saturday January 15, 2011
2:00 P.M.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL

Clara Long – 105

Clara Long – 105
7/12/1905 – 1/8/2011

Hudsonville, MI – Clara Long, age 105 of Hudsonville, MI went home to be with her Lord on January 8, 2011. Clara was born on July 12, 1905 and raised in Kingsley IA. She graduated from Mt. Morris College in Mt. Morris IL in 1929, with a Bachelors in Home Economics and Physical Education. She taught school in Anniston, AL for one year before marrying Ernest Willoughby Long on August 20th, 1930. They lived on the Long Family Farm in Leaf River, IL. Clara and Willoughby were known for their hospitality and for their hard work on the farm as well as in their local church. They were charter members of the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, IL. At age 95 she moved to Hudsonville, MI to live with her daughter Carolyn. There she attended Jenison Bible Church.

Clara was often caught reading her Bible and spending time in prayer. She will be remembered for her faithfulness in serving the Lord. She was a strong woman with great perseverance and determination. She really enjoyed her great-grandchildren and attended all of their activities. She loved each moment as it was happening.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, E. Willoughby Long, son Eugene W. Long, daughter-in-law Jewel Long, and great grandson Dylan Jon Bengston, sisters Velma, Mae, Anna, Ora, and brother Albert. She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Bengston, of Hudsonville, MI, five grand children – Sharon (David) Hopkins of Katy, TX, Mark (Joyce) Long of Leaf River, IL, Sue (Bob) Manuel of Grand Rapids MI, Becky (Kurt) Kornoelje of Jenison MI, and Dave (Joanne) Bengston of Hudsonville MI, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Evangelical Free Church in Mt. Morris, IL. Friends may meet with the family prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris.

Visitation:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Evangelical Free Church
Service:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Evangelical Free Church