Theresa L. Kulevich – 56

Oregon, IL, Theresa L. Kulevich, age 56, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. A loving mother, sister, daughter and aunt, she was born March 5, 1957 the daughter of Julius and Rita May (Grigals) Kulevich. Raised in Lombard, IL, she was a graduate of Glenbard East High School, Class of 1975.
Theresa relocated to Oregon, IL sixteen years ago where she lived out her passion, filling her property with beautiful and interesting plants, trees and flowers, as well as a variety of animals. Theresa was a proud member of IBEW Local 196 and volunteered for both Habitat for Humanity and Tails Humane Society in Dekalb, IL.
Theresa is survived by her daughter: Elizabeth Rose Kulevich (Fiancée Brad Hiemstra), Oregon, IL; Mother: Rita May Kulevich, Downers Grove, IL; Sisters: Karen (Edward) Lueck-Westerdahl Jr., Oswego, IL and Mary Schroeder, Stover, MO. Brothers: Bill (Sharrey) Kulevich, Lisle, IL; Dave (Cyndee) Kulevich, Warrenville, IL; Dan (Joanna) Kulevich, West Chicago, IL. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Theresa is preceded in death by her father, brother Robert, and both paternal and maternal grandparents.
A private memorial service for immediate family will be held at a future date. Memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. Cremation rites accorded with Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.

Harold M. “Nels” Nelson – 91

Mt. Morris, IL, Harold M. “Nels” Nelson, age 91, died Saturday August 17, 2013 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Nels was born April 22, 1922 in Asbury Park, NJ the son of Harold L. & Susan (McCoy) Nelson. Nels entered the US Army in 1947. He served in the Army Green Berets. Nels married Nancie Carr McDermott on June 19, 1970 in Rock Island, IL.
Nels is survived by his Wife: Nancie Nelson, Mt. Morris, IL, Son: Andrew (Ruth) Nelson, Portsmouth, VA, Stepson: Barry (Carol) McDermott, Buhl, ID. 5 Grandchildren. 10 Great Grandchildren.
Nels is preceded in death by his Parents, Stepson: Robert L. McDermott Jr., 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.
Memorial services will be in Oakwood Cemetery, August 20, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeral Home 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Public Library.

Rachel M. Duncan – 94

Mt. Morris, IL, Rachel M. Duncan, age 94, went to be with her lord, Thursday August 15, 2013. Rachel was born October 20, 1918, in Collier, KS the daughter of Samuel J. & Lena (Simon) Stover. Rachel married Samuel Curtis Duncan on June 10, 1939 in Garber, Iowa. Rachel and Curtis spent 70 loving years together before he passed away on October 28, 2009.
Rachel was a loving wife and devoted mother. She enjoyed cooking wonderful meals and sharing those meals and bake goods with neighbors and friends, and caring for her gardens and flowers. Rachel was a life long member of the Church of The Brethren, volunteering in the Women’s Fellowship and she enjoyed teaching the Children during Sunday school and Bible school.
Rachel is survived by four children; Sons: Kenneth (Joyce) Duncan, Mt. Morris, IL, Danny (Linda) Duncan, Lake Summerset, IL; Daughters: Norlene (Edward) Weinberg, Mt. Morris, IL, Debra (Bruce) Kenny, Rockton, IL. 10 Grandchildren: Lynette (Kenneth) Van Lerberghe, Carol Stream, IL; Timothy (Nieves) Duncan, Zionsville, IN, Douglas (Julie) Duncan, Davis, IL, Darren (Michelle) Duncan, Fort Collins, CO, Jennifer (Gerald) Miller, Goshen, IN, Rick (Kelly) Weinberg, Redmond, WA, David Weinberg, DeKalb, IL, Chris Kenny, Rockton, IL, Laurie (Brandon) Miller, O’Fallon, IL, Andrea (Adam) Muhs, Naperville, IL. 21 Great-Grandchildren and one on the way. Sister-in-Law: Lola Duncan, Mt. Morris, IL.
Rachel is preceded in death by her Parents and Step-Mother: Louise Stover, Husband: Curtis; Sister: Ruth Messer, 2 infant brothers, 4 Step-Brothers: Arthur Burke, Charles Burke, LeRoy Burke, Vernon Burke, and Niece: Betty Mumma.
Funeral Service will be Monday August 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Ginny Haney officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday August 19, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in the Brethren Church.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.

Christina L. Meusel – 50

Dixon, IL, Christina L. Meusel, age 50, passed away Tuesday August 6, 2013 in her home due to an extended illness. She was born March 11, 1963 the daughter of Hershel & Vickie (O’Neal) Richard. Tina was employed by Edelmann Company and Donaldson Company; and most recently she was involved with home sales. Tina served 10 years in the National Guard, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Tina enjoyed her pool, gardening, her toy poodles, and helping anyone in need.
Tina is survived by her husband: Curt Meusel, Dixon, IL, Son: Chaz Richard, Dixon, IL, Daughter: Kailey Cheyenne Meusel, Dixon, IL; Stepdaughter: Amber (Todd) Wells, Loves Park, IL. 2 Grandsons: Sage Adcock and Brody Wells, Loves Park, IL. Mother: Vickie Richard, Dixon, IL; Sister: Dawn (John) Willis, Davis Junction, IL; Brothers: Kevin Richard, Lee Center, IL and Les (Cheryl) Richard, Johnson City, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
Tina is preceded in death by her Father Hershel Richard, and both Maternal and Paternal Grandparents.
Per Tina’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL. There will be a gathering for a celebration of life in honor of Tina in the Northside Baptist Church on August 31, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.
All of those fortunate enough to have known Tina are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Ronald P. Embick – 87

Mt. Morris, IL, Ronald Paul Embick, age 87, died Wednesday August 7, 2013 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Ronald was born December 15, 1925 in Oregon, IL the son of Paul H. & Grace O. (Glotfelty) Embick. Ronald graduated from Joliet Township High School Class of 1944. He worked as a bookbinder in the bindery department, Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL retiring on February 1, 1990 after 43 ½ years. Ronald was in the Army Air Corps serving as a Tail gunner in a B-24 in England during WWII. He received a Purple Heart and 4 Battle Stars. Ronald was a member of the GAIU Local 65B, VFW Mt. Morris 3639 serving as past Adjutant, American Legion Mt. Morris 143, Mt. Morris Moose Lodge 1551 serving as Past Treasurer, Board member of Silver Creek Cemetery.
Ronald is survived by Son: Steven P. Embick, Oregon, IL; Granddaughter: Christina (TJ) Smice, Mt. Morris, IL. Grandchildren: Logyn Embick and Tanner Smice both of Mt. Morris, IL. Brother: Richard L. (Judy) Embick, Alexandria, VA.
Ronald is preceded in death by his Parents and his Sister: Janice Stafford.
Funeral services will be Saturday August 10, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Saturday August 10, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. till service time in the funeral home.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Public Library.

Gene Allen Rycraft – 51

Oregon, IL, Gene Allen Rycraft, age 51, died Friday August 2, 2013 in Oregon, IL. Gene was born August 7, 1961 in Chicago, IL the son of George E. & Norberta (Wagner) Rycraft. Gene worked at Quebecor World in the finishing department. He also worked at Oasis Landscaping LTD in Mt. Morris, IL. He also did construction work. Gene was very involved with numerous churches and very involved with helping the homeless and anyone that needed something done.
Gene is survived by his mother and Step-Father: Norberta & Luke Calvert; Sons: Daniel and Rusty Rycraft; Grandson: Miguel Rodriguez. Sister: Sandy (Robert) Parks; Sister-in-Law: Shelah Rycraft. Nephews: William Kirby, Rudy Castillo, Marcelo Castillo, David and Kyle Harper. An Uncle and several Aunts.
Gene is preceded in death by his Father: George Rycraft and Brother: Patrick Rycraft.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 A.M. August 10, 2013 in New Life Assembly of God, 401 South 8th Street, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be August 10th, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in the Church. A funeral luncheon will follow the service in the Church.
Gene is gone from us now, and we will meet him again someday. He will never be forgotten and loved eternally.

Kevin Robert Petrie – 52

Mt. Morris, IL, Kevin Robert Petrie, age 52, died Sunday July 14, 2013 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Kevin was born August 16, 1960 in Rockford, IL, the son of Harold J. & Lucy B. (LittleJohn) Petrie. Kevin graduated from Harlem High School, Rockford, IL. He served in the US Marines for 4 years. Kevin married MaryJo Ritter on April 11, 1988 in Rockford, IL. He worked for Mobil Gas in Mt. Morris, IL for 19 years. Kevin loved his dogs, riding motorcycles, vintage cars, and he was always joking around with his friends.
Kevin is survived by his wife: MaryJo Petrie, Mt. Morris, IL, his son: Brian Robert Petrie, Iowa, and by numerous family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday July 20, 2013 in the Pavilion just before the Ford in White Pines State Park, Polo, IL, with Pastor Steve Doyle officiating. There will be a Potluck Luncheon following the Celebration of Life.
The family would like family and friends to bring the love and stories of Kevin.

Patrick Louis Rycraft – 46

Mt. Morris, IL, Patrick Louis Rycraft, age 46, died Thursday July 4, 2013 in Mt. Morris, IL. Patrick was born August 16, 1966 in Chicago, IL the son of George E. & Norberta (Wagner) Rycraft. Patrick worked for Kable News Company in Customer service. Patrick loved his family.
Patrick is survived by his Wife: Shelah Rycraft, Mt. Morris, IL; Children: Jason, Mathew, and Sabrina Rycraft. Step-Children: David and Kyle Harper. Grandchildren: Cloe, Jerrik, Kylor, Toby, Cloui, and Jeddah. Mother: Norberta Calvert and Step-Father: Luke Calvert. Brother: Gene Rycraft and Sister: Sandy Parks. Several Nephews.
Patrick is preceded in death by his Father: George Rycraft.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M., July 13, 2013 in New Life Assembly of God, 401 South 8th Street, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be July 13, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. till service time. Funeral Luncheon will follow the service in the church.
Patrick is gone but will never be forgotten and loved eternally.

Frances P. Dobbs Black-Wright – 86

Frances Pauline Dobbs Black-Wright of Ashton, IL, formerly of Grinnell Iowa, and Iowa City, IA went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday June 22, 2013 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehab Center.
She was born on September 2, 1926 in Grinnell, IA to Edmund A. and Dora Lee (Alexander) Dobbs. She was the last of five children. She married Dr. Robert D. Bahr in 1949 and had one daughter Cheryl Ann. Frances later divorced and remarried Henry M. Black of Iowa City, IA on October 14, 1955 in Iowa City. Mr. Black a widower had four children from a previous marriage. Together Frances and Henry had five more children. The family resided in Iowa City. After Henry passed away in March 29, 1978, she married Vernon Wright on July 22, 1995 and lived in Ashton for 16 years.
During her childhood, Frances learned and loved to tap dance. In 1933, she and her friend performed on the radio station WHO on the Saturday Night Show. In 1934 she met Lawrence Welk and tap danced with his band on the radio while on tour in Marshalltown Iowa. This was a big thrill for Frances; she said he gave her pointers before performing. In 1935, she performed at the Iowa State Fair Home Talent Show in Des Moines, IA. As a teenager her first job was working at a grocery store where she learned to butcher meat. She made 19 cents per hour. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1944.
Frances then moved to Wisconsin to live with her sister. She saw a young woman in a cadet nurse uniform and decided she wanted to be a nurse too. So she joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corp in 1945-1948. She worked at Madison General Hospital and cared for servicemen during WWII. Her training included working at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. After graduating from the Nursing Cadet Corp, Frances had to repay the government with 4,000 service hours of hospital nursing. After completing her obligation to the government she returned to Grinnell to work at Grinnell General Hospital for $1.00 per hour. She also joined the VFW there.
In 1956, she moved to Iowa City to continue her education at the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Then Frances pursued post graduate work in Psychiatric Nursing while teaching OB nursing at the University of Iowa. She also held a position as charge nurse of the Cystoscopy Department at the University, and then night supervisor. In the late 1960’s, she took a position as Director at the School of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City; where she also taught pharmacology. Nursing was always her passion. Frances and her husband Henry established and managed four rental complexes, called Black’s Gaslight Village from 1956 to 1987. All the while she raised a family, worked as a nurse and managed the village. Frances and Henry spent many laborious days building the family business. Frances sold the village, retired in 1987 and moved to Ashton, IL.
Frances remained active. traveling the US and Europe, and loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed reading scripture, writing poetry, song writing, crocheting, sewing, quilting, flower arranging, shopping and camping with her family when the children were small. Frances published a poem “Night Nurse’s Plight” in the Poetic Voices of America Spring 1993. She enjoyed fellowship with her family and friends. She was funny and quick witted. She was a generous philanthropist. She was willing to help others in need and sometimes anonymously. In 1973, Frances became a member of Pine Creek Independent Church. She and her children would drive a 240 mile round trip every week from Iowa City to Polo, IL just to go to church. That showed her love and dedication to her faith.
Frances was survived by her husband Vernon Wright; two daughters: Cheryl Ann (Joseph) Dyer of Thompson, PA; Doralee(Jack) Erickson of Ashton, IL; and two sons: Henry(Bonita) Black of Rockford, IL ; George Black of Galesburg, IL. ; three daughter-in-laws: Rosalie and Debbie Black, and Lam Blacknguyen; one step daughter of Henry Black: Judy(John) Bogle, and 9 stepchildren of Vernon and Evelyn Wright: Beeda, Jack, William, Janet (deceased), Orville, Kevin, Miriam, Debbie and Matthew. one sister, Grace Marty, of Sun Prairie, WI;
Frances was also survived by her 16 loving grandchildren: Christopher, Jon, Carrisa, Tanisha, Anthony, James, MailamEmily, ImxuanVivian, Audra, Ashley, Abby, Sean, Kristina, Jordan, Sarah, Laurel, and three step grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first two husbands: Robert Bahr and Henry Black; two sons: Curtis and Edmund Black; four stepsons: James Ferguson-Black, Quentin, Kenneth and Gary Black, her parents and all her brothers: Curtis, Arnold and George Dobbs and two grandsons: Joseph Dyer and Derek Jasper.
Visitation will be held at the Finch Funeral Home in Mt Morris, IL. Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10 am to 12 pm. The funeral service will be begin at noon at the funeral home with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt Morris IL. Officiating the service is Pastor Ryan Jasper of Pine Creek Independent Church, Polo, IL. A memorial has been established for the Pine Creek Independent Church. Frances has a Facebook Page. Condolences can be expressed there also.
We are extremely grateful to all the amazing nurses and staff at Franklin Grove Living and Rehab Center for all their compassionate care and loving support during Frances’ 2 year residency. A heartfelt thank you is extended to all the doctors, nurses and staff at KSB hospital for their excellent management of Frances’ health care needs during her recent illness. We sincerely thank the Serenity Hospice team for their help with Frances’ transition from this life to glory.

Caleb J. Holder – 21

Lindenwood, IL, Caleb James Holder, age 21, lost his life unexpectedly on June 19, 2013 in Rochelle, IL. Caleb was born June 5, 1992 in Rockford, IL, the son of Donald C. & Ronda (Boyd) Holder. Caleb graduated from Rochelle High School class of 2010. He was an avid bowler that took RTHS to state in bowling 2 years in a row. Caleb was attending Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL. Caleb loved mechanics and Chevy trucks. He worked for Rochelle Foods as a Maintenance Mechanic.
Caleb is survived by his Parents: Donald (Ronda) Holder, Lindenwood, IL; Brother: Jerrod Martin-Holder, Rockford, IL; Grandmother: Odetta Holder, Rochelle, IL; Surrogate Brothers: Andrew Chidley, Jon Rhoads, and Branden Shaw all of Rochelle, IL; His beloved Fiancée: Heather Newlun, Rochelle, IL; Best Buddy: his dog Taylor; and many close friends. Caleb will be greatly missed by all!
Funeral service will be Wednesday June 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Al Roose. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday June 25, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
In Lieu of Flowers please make Memorials in care of the funeral home.