Justin P. Weems – 32

Polo, IL, Justin Weems, age 32, died in his home in Polo, IL on February 18, 2014.
Justin was born August 17, 1981 in sterling, IL the son of James W & Becki Weems & Kim Hazlip. Justin attended Oregon and Polo School Districts. While in school he played football. Justin worked as a pressman in Quebecor printing, Mt. Morris, IL for 9 years. His favorite sports teams were the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Raiders. Justin loved all types of music. Justin loved fishing in his grandpa’s pond and the Rock River.
Justin is survived by Father: James & Becki Weems, Polo, IL, Mother: Kim Hazlip Rowe, Lanark, IL. 3 Brothers: Jamie (Tiffany) Weems, Mt. Morris, IL, Michael (Judy) Weems, Polo, IL, Roy Rowe, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Sisters: April Miller, Cookeville, TN and Dianna (Nathan) Geiger, Wellman, IA. Children: Bryce, Jeven, and Ethan Weems his loving boys that he would do anything. Grandparents: Leland & (Lucille) Hazlip, Oregon, IL and Jerry & (Tina) Quimby, Mt. Morris, IL. Several nieces and nephews.
Justin is preceded in death by his Stepfather: Mark Rowe and Grandfather: Charles Weems.
Memorial service will be Saturday February 22, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Angelo Bonacquisti officiating. There will be a private family burial ceremony at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday February 22, 2014 from 11:00 A.M. till service time in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund for his boys have been set up.

Bebe Marcella Ross – 87

Bebe Marcella Ross, age 87 passed away peacefully at home, after a long illness on Friday February 14, 2014. Bebe courageously battled multiple health issues for several years with dignity and a sense of humor. She was born December 22, 1926 in Dayton Ohio the daughter of James & Ida Brown. A 1944 graduate of Byron High School she then married Robert Ross on October 15, 1966 in Rockford, Illinois. Bebe was at her best providing care, meals and gifts to her family and friends. Bebe had an extensive Angel collection and enjoyed celebrating the holidays. Bebe enjoyed all of nature’s gifts including spending significant time out in her yard. Bebe is survived by her Husband Robert, Children Steven (Carol) Walters, Joanie (Dean) Carlson, grandchildren Jaime Walters, Brenda (Nate) Tanker, Andrew Walters, James Curtiss, Elizabeth Curtiss, great grandchildren Evelyn and Miles Tanker; sister Beatrice (Maury) Repinski; sister-in-law Helen Floyt; nephews Brad and Bob Hufford and many dear friends. The family wishes to express gratitude to Dede Klein and Heartland Hospice in Rockford, Illinois with special recognition to Amy and Lacey who all provided special and delicate care prior to her passing. A private memorial service is to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions for Bebe can be made to Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Court, Unit 300, Rockford, Illinois 61107. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, is Assisting the Family with services.

Virginia P. Heberg – 100

Mt. Morris, IL, Virginia Pearl Heberg, age 100, died Sunday February 2, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Virginia was born May 5, 1913 in Pinecreek Township, Ogle County, IL, the daughter of James G. & Elsie M. (Flook) Personette. When she was 8 years old her family moved to Mt. Morris. There, Virginia grew up and attended the Mt. Morris schools. While living in Mt. Morris, she worked at the Ben Franklin store, the Royal Blue grocery store and Kable Printing. She married John Beaver from Freeport. They divorced on August 13th, 1954, after which Virginia moved to downtown Chicago where she worked at the Chicago Tribune for 5 years. It was during this time that Virginia met Irvin B. Heberg. They were married on September 27, 1958 in Mt. Morris, IL. They lived in Villa Park, IL for 11 years before retiring to the west coast of Florida. They traveled extensively throughout North America after retirement. They returned to Mt. Morris in 1983 where Irvin preceded her in death later that year. Virginia was a homemaker and enjoyed several hobbies, including hooking rugs, jig saw puzzles and painting-by-number. She was a life time member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Mt. Morris Ladies of the Moose, the Disciples United Methodist Church in Mt. Morris, and the Mt. Morris Senior Citizens Center.

Virginia is survived by her brother: Robert (Kathy) Personette, Mt. Morris, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Irvin; Son: James; Brothers: Roy, Clyde, Frank, James Carl, and Donald Personette; and Sister: Lois Hachmeister.

Memorial services will be in the spring. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeal Home 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family with services.

Memorials to Mt. Morris Moose and Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris.

Raymond H. “Slats” Doyle – 89

Mt. Morris, IL, Raymond H. “Slats” Doyle, age 89, died February 9, 2013 in Oregon Healthcare Center, Oregon, IL. Raymond was born January 9, 1925 the son of George C. & Dora (Stukenberg) Doyle. Raymond graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1942. He entered the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations participating in the battle for Iwo Jima. Raymond married Sadie Doreen Fleer on October 15, 1949 in Mt. Morris, IL. He worked most of his life in printing, retiring in 1986 as Superintendent of Rotogravure pressroom at the former Kable Printing Company in Mt. Morris, IL. Raymond was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving as a trustee, Mt. Morris, IL, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, National Rifle Association, and the Ogle County Farm Bureau. Raymond served as a supervisor for Mt. Morris Township; he also served on the Ogle County Housing Authority for 11 years.
Raymond is survived by his Wife of 64 years: Sadie Doreen Doyle, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 Sons: Brent Doyle, Melbourne, FL; Clifford (Debbie) Doyle, Henderson, NV; Bradley Doyle, Mt. Morris, IL; and Tom Doyle, Mt. Morris, IL. Three granddaughters, three grandsons, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Doris Gilbert and Grace Carlson.
Memorial service will be held in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be a private family burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be on March 28, 2014 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or the Oregon VFW.

Margaret E. Gearhart – 95

Margaret E. Gearhart, age 95 passed away February 5, 2014 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. Born October 19, 1918 in Oregon, IL, the daughter of Milton and Ethel (Hinkle) Wilde. She graduated from Oregon High School and cosmetology school. She married Kenneth M. Gearhart on November 28, 1939 in Iowa. She and her husband owned and trained harness horses. They retired in 1980.

Survived by her sister Eleanor (Gerald) Finkle of Arizona, several nieces and nephews, her special friends and her friends at Family First. Predeceased by her husband, parents, sisters; Marian Wilde and Edith Jenkins; brothers, Harold and William Wilde.

Arrangements will be at a later date. Finch Funeral Home in Mt. Morris is assisting the family.

Richard H. Bourdage – 85

Mt. Morris, IL, Richard H. Bourdage, age 85 of Mt. Morris, IL died on January 20, 2014 in his home. Richard was born on January 24, 1928 in Berlin, NH the son of M. Placid & Wilhomina (LaChapelle) Bourdage. Rich was a father, a mentor, and a teacher to many.
Rich was a carpenter at heart, loved tinkering with machinery and his garden.
Rich will be sadly missed but never forgotten especially by Rusty & Patti and Lori & Randy, and too many others to mention.
A memorial gathering will be held on May 24, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. on Moose Road.
In lieu of flowers memorial to be established.
“ Special thanks Rich! You were the dad you didn’t have to be.” Rusty.

Lois M. Scheffler – 85

Mt. Morris, IL, Lois M. Scheffler, age 85, died Wednesday January 8, 2014 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL. Lois was born January 19, 1928 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Irvin & Gladys (Shrader) Zumdahl. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Lois married Loren E. Scheffler on April 3, 1948 in Mt. Morris, IL. Lois loved her family time baking cookies, coffee time, and ice cream parties. She loved the 4th of July family functions. Lois loved all children that visited her. She put everyone before herself. Even though Lois left the farm and moved to town, she never left the farm in her heart. Lois worked for various retails business in the area, along with working on the family farm.
Lois is survived by her Son: Donald Scheffler, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Martha (Charles) Speakes, Byron, IL. Grandchildren: Sarah (Andrew) Zadlo, DeKalb, IL; Eric Speakes, Princeton, IL; Stacey (Paul) Hayenga, Mt. Morris, IL; Rebecca (Nick) Taylor, Dakota, IL; and Bryan (Stacey) Scheffler, Mt. Morris, IL. 2 Great-Grandchildren: Ashlynn and Avery Taylor, Dakota, IL. 1 Sister: Joyce (Lorin) Gatz, Polo, IL.
Lois is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband: Loren Scheffler; Sisters: Dorothy Scheffler and Carol Carr; 1 Grandchild: Megan Speakes; and1 Great Grandchild, Drake Taylor.
Funeral Services will be in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL on January 13, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Josh Ehrler. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday January 12, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Dorothy M. “Dee Dee” Hartje – 82

Leaf River, IL, Dorothy M. “Dee Dee” Hartje, age 82, died December 24, 2013 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Dorothy was born December 6, 1931 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Cletus & Norvella (Eakle) Kuntzelman. Dorothy graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1949. Dorothy married William “Squirley” Hartje Jr. on October 1, 1949 in Adeline, IL. Dorothy was owner of Dee Dee’s Café in Leaf River, IL and she also worked for Kable News Company. She loved to camp, fish, her time with her family, and occasional trips to the casinos. She was a member of the Leaf River United Methodist Church, Leaf River, IL.
Dorothy is survived by her Daughter: Connie Hartje, Leaf River, IL; Sons: William “Bill” (Anne) Hartje, Rockford, IL, and Steven (Debra) Hartje, Leaf River, IL. Grandchildren: Heather (Bill) Wooten, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Will (Janell) Hartje, Winnebago, IL; Brenda Rosenbalm, Forreston, IL; Danny Rosenbalm, Mt. Morris, IL; and Brian Rosenbalm, Leaf River, IL. Great Grandchildren: Gabriella, Juliana, Stephanie, Jessica, Desiree, Bristol, Chayse, and Hudson. Brothers: Ronald Kuntzelman, Leaf River, IL; Harold “Butch” (Judy) Kuntzelman, Stillman Valley, IL; Thomas “Ted” Kuntzelman, Rockford, IL; and James (Carol) Kuntzelman, Roscoe, IL. Sister: Sandra Lindstrom, Rockford, IL. Her faithful dog “Buddy”.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband: William; Brothers: Cletus Jr., Jerry, Robert, Alton “Sonny”, and Donald; Sisters: Betty Fogle, and Barbara Klapp.
Funeral services will be in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, on January 4, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Private burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be January 4, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to the Terrace in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and Ogle County Hospice & Home.

Brian J. Strite – 41

Mt. Morris, IL, Brian J. Strite, age 41, passed away December 20, 2013 on the Family Farm. Brian was born October 2, 1972 in Sterling, IL the son of James E. & Rogene M. (Gann) Strite. Brian graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1991, and graduated from Blackhawk East College, Kewanee, IL with an Associates degree in Agriculture. Brian worked for Hog Slat, as the store manager, Rochelle, IL. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, playing cards, collecting miniature farm toys. He loved working with the children during the Ogle County Fair. His real love was his time with his daughter, his nephews and his time working with his father on the family farm.
Brian is survived by his Daughter: Whitney Strite, Springfield, IL, Parents: Jim & Rogene Strite, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother: Brad & Kim Strite, Oregon, IL, Grandpa Darrell Strite, Mt. Morris, IL; Nephews: Austin and Kyle Strite, Oregon, IL. Several Aunts & Uncles and Nieces and Nephews.
Brian is preceded in death by Grandma: Dorothy Strite, Grandparents: Clarence & Katie Gann; Uncles: Wayne and Frank.
Funeral Services will be Monday December 23, 2013 at 12:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. A private family burial in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday December 23, 2013 in Finch Funeral Home from 10:00 A.M. till service time.
Memorials to be established.

Erling H. Johnson – 85

Oregon, IL, Erling Hans Johnson, age 85, died December 6, 2013 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Erling was born April 14, 1928 in Melrude, MN the son of Fred & Irene (Lundgren) Johnson. Erling graduated from Cotton High School, Cotton, MN. Erling married LaVonne “Bonnie” Swift on December 27, 1950 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Welcome, MN while Erling was serving in the US Army. They lived near Hibbing, MN following his discharge from the service in 1952, where Erling was employed with Terex Division of General Motors. Erling was transferred to Minneapolis where he was a service manager for Terex. He was later transferred to the Chicago area where he was a regional service manager traveling to about 25 states. Erling and Bonnie lived in the suburb of Roselle for 24 years before retiring to live in Apple Canyon Lake. It was a bit to far for the children to travel from the Chicago area to see them, so they moved in a little closer to Oregon where they lived since 1997. Erling enjoyed working with wood, making many items for their home, their children’s homes and for others. He enjoyed watching football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.
Erling is survived by his wife: LaVonne “Bonnie” Johnson of 63 years, Oregon, IL; 6 Children: RonLee (Lisa Berge) Johnson, Chana, IL, Dann (Melissa Angel) Johnson, Tampa, FL, Jennifer (Jerome) Massari, Milford, CT, Todd Johnson, Chicago, IL, Timm Johnson, Oregon, IL, Aimee (Buzz) Kilman, Chicago, IL. 7 Grandchildren: Kayden, Evryn, Jessica, Jacklyn, Kelly, Lyndsey, and Piper; and 1 great grandchild: Sophia.
Services will be Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehler officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorial to be established.