Nancy Carol Wagner – 66

Nancy Carol Wagner – 66
8/20/1942 – 5/29/2009

Mount Morris, IL – Nancy Carol Wagner, 66, of Mount Morris died Friday, May 29, 2009, in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Born Aug. 20, 1942, in Dixon, the daughter of Edward and Hazle (Trump) Boddiger. She graduated from Polo High School, Class of 1960. She had lived in Mount Morris since 1965, coming from Polo. Nancy married Jerry W. Wagner on April 3, 1965, in Mount Morris; he died Aug. 8, 2000. Employed as an accountant at Watt Publishing Co. and as a cook in Mount Morris School District 216. Member of Women of the Moose. Survivors include Sherri (Dennis) Drew of Dixon and Kristi (Travis) Russell of Crestview, Fla.; grandchildren, Kristin VandeSand and Kaitlyn Drew, both of Dixon, and Griffin Partner of Crestview, Fla.; brother, Ted (Joann) Boddiger of Polo; and sister, Linda (Dave) Weaver of Freeport. Predeceased by parents. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in Finch Funeral Home, with visitation from noon to service time. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials to Granny Rose Animal Shelter, Dixon, or St. Jude’s.

 

Visitation:
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
12:00 – 2 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
2 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home

Harold Norman Wright – 77

Harold Norman Wright – 77
4/9/1932 – 5/8/2009

Mount Morris, IL – Harold Norman Wright, 77, of Mount Morris died Friday, May 8, 2009, at home. Born April 9, 1932, in Walnut, the son of Albert and Marie (Purvis) Wright. Harold lived in Mount Morris for the last 33 years, coming from Galt. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the 1950s. He married Susan J. Haan on Aug. 8, 1953, in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. Employed for 29 years as a supervisor of communications for the Illinois State Police, District 16, Pecatonica, retiring in 1991. Attended Disciples United Methodist Church. Harold had many various interests in serving his community, including Cub master of Pack 333, Mount Morris American Legion, snowmobiling, amateur ham radio, sergeant on the Mount Morris police reserve and chairman to the Mount Morris planning commission. Survivors include wife, Sue; daughters, Suzanne (Jack) Thompson of Oregon, Mary (Robert) Burke Jr. of Janesville, Wis., and Michelle Bolhous of Dixon; sons, Mark Wright of Duluth, Minn., Steven (Gina) Wright of Breese and David Wright of Mount Morris; 11 grandchildren; and brother, Gene (Carol) Wright of Savanna. Predeceased by his father. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Disciples United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lora Zink, pastor, officiating. Burial in Plainview Cemetery. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 11, in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt. Memorials to village of Mount Morris, Avenue of Flags Project.

 

Visitation:
Monday, May 11, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
11:00 A.M.
Disciples United Methodist Church

Lola Mae Freimuth – 81

Lola Mae Freimuth – 81
5/3/1927 – 4/23/2009

Mount Morris, IL – Lola Mae Freimuth, 81, of Mount Morris died Thursday, April 23, 2009, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. Born May 3, 1927, in Mount Morris Township, the daughter of Edward R. and Edna M. (Paul) Stengel. Married George W. James on Nov. 20, 1948, in Mount Morris. Married Walter H. Freimuth on Nov. 17, 1978, in Chana. A lifelong community member, Lola worked as a bookbinder in the bindery department at Kable Printing Co., as a clerk for Royal Blue Store and Hough Hardware Co., and as a laborer for Atwood Corp. in Oregon. Attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Graduate of Mount Morris High School, Class of 1944. Survivors include son, David James of North Hollywood, Calif.; daughters, Janet Lawson and Louise James, both of Oregon; grandsons, John Lawson of Oregon, Daniel James of Canoga Park, Calif.; granddaughters, Mykil Hardesty and Rebecca Lawson, both of Oregon, and Janell James of Santa Clarita, Calif.; great-grandson, Caid Chenoweth of Oregon, and great-granddaughters, Samatha Lawson of Oregon and Rylee Bryn Keilin of Oregon; brother, Oren Stengel of Mount Morris; nephews, Floyd (Sandy) Derby of German Valley and Ralph (Liz) Derby of Forreston; nieces, Jean Young of Colorado, Sally (Jeff) Carlson of Spencer, Ind., and Sandra Stengel of Mount Morris. Predeceased by parents; husbands; and sisters, Grace Young and Alma Derby. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Trinity Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour beforehand; the Rev. Steven Erickson will officiate. Burial in West Grove Cemetery, Forreston. Memorials to Good Sam Fund, Pinecrest Manor, Mount Morris. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt.

 

Visitation:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Memorial Service:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
11:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church

Reynale I. Angelbeck – 101

Reynale I. Angelbeck – 101
10/6/1907 – 4/20/2009

Mount Morris, IL – Reynale I. Angelbeck, 101, of Mount Morris died Monday, April 20, 2009, in Ogle County Hospice Serenity House in Oregon. Born Oct. 6, 1907, in Sheboygan, Wis., daughter of George Eisold and Louise (Horn) Eisold. Graduate of Sheboygan High School, Class of 1924, and attended University of Wisconsin for two years. Married Frank H. Angelbeck on Sept. 9, 1933, in Sheboygan; he died Feb. 15, 1994. Came to the community in 1956, from St. Louis Park, Minn. She was a columnist and book reviewer for the Mount Morris Times newspaper for 27 years. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church. During World War II, Reynale was a secretary for the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon. Worked for Hubert H. Humphrey’s campaign from the time he was mayor of Minneapolis to the campaign for vice-president of U.S. in 1968. She was chairwoman of the Ogle County Democratic party, founder of the Democratic women of Ogle County and former director of Trinity Lutheran Church children choir. Survived by son, Robert P. (Joy) Angelbeck of Mount Morris; step granddaughters, Holly (Dan) Thatcher of Apple Valley, Minn., Pepper (Michael) Lancaster of Rohnbert Park, Calif.; step great-grandson, Caleb Thatcher of Apple Valley; and step great-granddaughter, Emma Thatcher of Apple Valley. Predeceased by parents and husband. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Morris, the Rev. Steven Erickson, pastor will officiate. Burial in Plainview Cemetery in Mount Morris. No visitation. Memorials to Mount Morris Public Library or Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Home.

 

Service:
Saturday, April 25, 2009
11:00 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church

Andrew John “Andy” Vaughn – 25

Andrew John “Andy” Vaughn – 25
2/1/1984 – 4/11/2009

Mount Morris, IL – Andrew John “Andy” Vaughn, 25, of Mount Morris died Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Rock Island Nursing and Rehab Center, Rock Island. Born Feb. 1, 1984, in Rockford, the son of Gordon and Marcia (Griffin) Vaughn. A lifelong member of the community, Andy worked as a roll tender in the offset press room at Quebecor Printing for five years. Member of the Graphic Arts International Union. He graduated from Oregon High School, Class of 2002. Andy was a very caring and outgoing person with a big heart. He loved listening to the Beatles, was an avid skateboarder, snowboarder and NASCAR fan. Survivors include grandmothers, Francis Vaughn of Oregon and Merlene Griffin of Mount Morris; sister, Reanna (Chuck) Brant of Crandall, Ga.; a very special niece, Megan Brant of Crandall; and many special aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by grandfathers, Venus Vaughn and Donald Griffin. Service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., with visitation from 5 p.m. to service time; the Rev. David Rogula will officiate. Cremation afterwards. Memorials to be established.

 

Visitation:
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
7 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home

Larry D. “Corn” Wesley – 61

Larry D. “Corn” Wesley – 61
3/22/1947 – 3/12/2009

Leaf River, IL – Larry D. “Corn” Wesley, 61, of Leaf River died Thursday, March 12, 2009, in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Born March 22, 1947, son of John H. Wesley and Ethel (Miner) Wesley. Married Rosalie Burke on Aug. 5, 1977, in Hartland. Graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and later received his Master of Science degree in agronomy for the University of Illinois. Larry was a vocational agriculture teacher at Leaf River High School for 10 years, then at Stillman Valley High School for 24 years. After his retirement, he worked intermittently as the federal meat inspector at Spectrum Meats in Mount Morris. Survivors include wife, Rosalie; daughter, Danielle Molly (fiance, Tom Lawlor) Wesley of Yarmouth, Maine; brothers, Jerry (Ruth Ann) Wesley of Witt, David (Jan) Wesley of Cave City, Ark.; sister, Janet (Richard) Quisenberry of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Nahon Angio; seven nieces; and two nephews. Predeceased by parents; and brothers, James, Glendal and Fred Wesley. No service. Visitation from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 16, in Finch Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial is being established in Larry’s name as follows to Stillman Valley High School, Larry D. Wesley Future Farmers of America Scholarship Fund.

 

Visitation:
Monday, March 16, 2009
3 to 9 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home

Barbara Anne Price – 53

Barbara Anne Price – 53
2/18/1956 – 3/10/2009

Oregon, IL – Barbara Anne Price, 53, of Oregon died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in KSB Hospital in Dixon. Born Feb. 18, 1956, in Chicago, the daughter of Paul Richard Broughton and Grace (Ede) Broughton. Graduate of Fenton High School in Bensenville, Class of 1974. Married Robert Price on Oct. 6, 1979, in Wood Dale. She was employed by the Target Distribution Center in DeKalb as a packer. Veteran of the the U.S. Army. Survived by husband, Robert: daughter, Jennifer E. Price of Dixon; granddaughter, McKenzy Grace Price of Dixon; mother, Grace E. Berner of Rochelle; sister, Debra Anne (Michael) Winters of Sycamore; brothers, Paul Richard (Sheila) Broughton of Oregon and Peter Joseph (Danni) Broughton of Rochelle. Predeceased by father, Paul R. Broughton; stepfather, Norbert Berner; and sister, Janice Anne Crum. Service at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, in Faith Center, 4701 S. Main St., Rockford, with the Rev. Jonathan Byrd officiating. Burial in Daysville Cemetery in Oregon. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March, 15, in Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris. Memorials to be established.

 

Visitation:
Sunday, March, 15, 2009
5 to 7 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris
Service:
Monday, March 16, 2009
11 a.m.
Faith Center, 4701 S. Main St., Rockford

H. CLARENCE ‘MITCH’ MITCHELL – 101

H. CLARENCE ‘MITCH’ MITCHELL – 101
1/11/1907 – 1/12/2009

MOUNT MORRIS, IL – H. CLARENCE ‘MITCH’ MITCHELL, 101 MOUNT MORRIS – H. Clarence “Mitch” Mitchell, 101, of Mount Morris died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2009, in Pinecrest Manor. Mitch was born Jan. 11, 1907, in Elizabeth to Wilbur and Marie (Tetard) Mitchell DVM. He married Margaret Long on Aug. 12, 1931, in Mount Morris; she died Nov. 22, 2000. Clarence was editorial director of printing publications at Kable Printing Co. He retired Feb. 26, 1967, after 45 years of employment. Mitch belonged to the Mount Morris Church of the Brethren and the International Typographical Union. He was an original trustee for the foundation board of Highland Community College, Freeport. The Highland Community College Mitchell Library is named in his honor. In Clarence’s lifetime, he authored and published three books: “River Hill Soliloquy” in 1986, “Diary of a Journeyman” in 2004 and “Montana Montage” in 2006. Survived by several cousins. Also predeceased by his parents; and brother, Walter. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Church of the Brethren, 409 W. Brayton Road, with Pastor Virginia Haney officiating. Cremation rites were accorded by Finch Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mitch’s memory are directed to The Good Samaritan Fund of Pinecrest Manor, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mount Morris, IL 61054

 

Memorial Service:
Saturday, February 7, 2009
10:30 a.m.
Church of the Brethren

Robert E. Buser – 70

Robert E. Buser – 70
7/26/1938 – 12/22/2008

Mt. Morris – Robert E. Buser 70 of Mt. Morris died Monday December 22, 2008.
He was a life long resident of Mt. Morris,
The Eldest son of Gail and Harriet (Conrad) Buser, born July 26, 1938.
He was a graduate of MMHS class 1956, went on to The University of Illinois getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later he returned to achieve his Masters.
He loved the Illnini and stayed connected by his work on the Engineering
Alumni board. Bob was also involved with the Kable Concert Band. He announced the band for the past 25 years. He was on the Board of the Mt. Morris Senior Center, and he would never miss the 4th of July parade in his blue1950 Dodge Truck with the Dixie band.
Many may remember Bob in his famous black and white 1953 Ford that took him to Rockford everyday, over 600,000 miles, and earned him a Philipps 66 Trop Arctic radio commercial and a spot on WGN TV.
Bob worked for Sundstrand Aviation and then Hamilton Sundstrand for 43 years. He worked an additional 2 year contract to finish a pet project, the F22 Raptor. He loved his job and the places it took him, and the people he met and worked with.
Family was very important to Bob. He is survived by his fiancée Doreen White of Mt.Morris, brother Frederic (Rita) Buser of Byron, brother Charles (Deborah) Buser of Leaf River, niece MaryAnn (Rich Akers) Fredericks of Milledgeville, Anne (Mike) Felton of Norcross, GA, Kaila (Jim) Slade of Hanover, Amy Buser of Missoula, nephew Nathaniel (Amy) Buser of Byron, 1 great niece, 4 great nephews, cousin Gretchen Diab of Mt.Morris, and aunt Elva Buser of Mt.Morris.
Memorials have been established for Kable Concert Band and the Mt. Morris Senior Center Elevator Fund.
The visitation will be at Finch Funeral home in Mt. Morris on Sunday December 28th from 4 to 6 pm. The Funeral will be at Finch Funeral Home on Monday December 29th at 11am, with the Rev. Larry Jameson officiating. Burial will be at Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, IL. Memorials to: Mt. Morris Senior Center Elevator Fund and Kable Concert Band.

 

Visitation:
Sunday December 28, 2008
4 to 6 pm
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Monday December 29, 2008
11am
Finch Funeral Home

LaRee Dianne Rasmussen – 62

LaRee Dianne Rasmussen – 62
6/28/1946 – 12/12/2008

Chana – LaRee Dianne Rasmussen, 62, of Chana went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born June 28, 1946, in Ortonville, Minn., daughter of Wallace Dale Burdick and LaJean Marie (Zahrbock) Burdick. Married Vernon L. Rasmussen on Sept. 28, 1963, in Polo. She was a homemaker. LaRee was a very talented lady who loved her hobbies of sewing, quilting, tatting, variety of crafting, dollhouse miniatures, gardening, angel collecting, bird watching and spending time with her family and friends. Member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paynes Point. Member of the church bell choir, quiet quilters, National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) and Greater Rockford Area Miniature Society. Survived by husband, Vernon; daughters, LaCinda (Dave) Hansen of Steward and LaZette Rasmussen of Leaf River; grandchildren, LaCole and Trevor Coffey of Steward; sister, LaChele (Royce) Cunningham of Lee Center; brothers, Terry (Irene) Burdick of Rock Falls and Llyn Burdick of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and mother-in-law, Lavonne Rasmussen of Oregon. Predeceased by parents; brother, Neale Burdick; infant sister; father-in-law, Wesley Rasmussen; and son-in-law, Timothy Coffey. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Paynes Point, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. Joanne D. Adrian will officiate. Cremation rites accorded. Burial at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Memorials to be established. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris.

 

Visitation:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Memorial Service:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
10 a.m.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church