Alexis Marie Walker – 19

FB_IMG_1452446089374Mt. Morris, IL, Alexis Marie Walker, age 19, died January 5, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL with her family surrounding her. Alexis was born September 5, 1996 the daughter of Michael & Barbara (Bicksler) Walker. Alexis graduated from Oregon High School Class of 2015. She was attending Educators of Beauty, Sterling, IL. Lexie loved her job at McDonalds in Oregon, IL. She loved to mushroom hunt with her father, she loved her bantering back and forth with mom, Lexie’s brother was her best friend and she was his protector. Everyone that Lexie met she instantly became friends. Lexie was an incredible artist and she had a love for animals and nature.
Lexie is survived by her parents: Mike Walker, Montross, VA and Barb Walker, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother: Michael Ethan Walker, Montross, VA; Sister: Lillian Walker: Montross, VA; Grandparents: Wayne Bicksler, Freeport, IL, Conrad (Jean) Walker, Polo, IL, Several Aunts and Uncles, Nieces and Nephews, Special Friend, Taylor Michalak.
Lexie is preceded in death by Grandmother: Donna Bicksler and Great Grandmother: Lenora Walker.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday January 14, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery, Adeline, IL. Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 13, 2016 from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be established.

Gerald R. Quimby – 78

image1Gerald R Quimby,78 of MT.Morris Passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Saint Anthony hospital Rockford il on December 30,2015 he is survived by his wife Tina J Quimby of Mt.Morris along with his two loving fur babies that he loved dearly seven children Geraldine (Artemio)Rodriquez of Killen Tx,Lynn Quimby of Fairfeild Ia,Theresa Quimby of Aurora Il,Rose Ann(Samuel)Plata of Aurora Il,Ramona(Martin)Guzman of Las Vegas Nv,Melissa Quimby of Aurora Il,Kris(Josh)Richards of Phenix City Al and seven step children Pete(Julie)Weems of Clearbrook Mn,Scott(Joyce)Weems of Clearbrook Mn,Jim(Becki)Weems of Chattanooga Tn,Mark(Laurie)Weems of Bemidji Mn,John(Tina)Weems of Dixon Il,Ed McKee of Mt.Morris Il,Rhenda(Joel)Stover of Milledgville Il along with many grand children great grand children and great great grand children three sisters Glayds Foss of Indiana Dovie Lathy of Los Angeles Ca,LuLu Portner of Sterling Il he was proceeded in death by his parents his son Gerald Quimby Jr and a step daughter Laura Bopes two sisters two brothers a son in law and a great grandson

Royal L. Wells – 84

Mt. Morris, IL, Royal L. Wells, age 84, died Friday January 1, 2016 in the Oregon Living and rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Royal was born December 14, 1931 in Mt. Morris, IL the son of Edgar & Norma (McLean) Wells. Royal graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class of 1950. He served in the United States Air Force serving in the Korean Conflict. Royal married Betty Miller on March 27, 1976 in Mt. Morris, IL. He was a bindery operator for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL retiring on April 1, 1995. Royal loved to Fish, camp, swim, being outdoors, gardening, watching the Bears & Bulls, and spending time with his family and his dog Bo.
Royal is survived by his wife: Betty Wells, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Rick Wells, St. Charles, IL, Royal Wells Jr., Nokomis, FL, Warren (Mel) Wells, Lake City, SC; Daughter: Cindy (Marty) Cantu, Carpentersville, IL. Step-Children: Beverly Long, Mt. Morris, IL, Roger (Sally) Long, Pierceton, IN, Barbara Long, Byron, IL, Ralph (Kathy) Long, Mt. Morris, IL, Sharon Goley, Adeline, IL, Kelly Wright, Naples, FL. Several Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren.
Royal is preceded in death by his Parents; Sister: Pearl (Wally) Stevens; Daughter: Sue ( Dan) Roumpos; Son in Law: John Goley.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday January 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held on Wednesday January 6, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.
Memorials to be established.

Anna Marie Castle – 96

Mt. Morris, IL, Anna Marie Castle, age 96, died Thursday December 31, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Terrace. Anna was born Dec 29, 1919 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL the daughter John & Gennie (Johnson) Dirksen. She graduated Oregon High School class of 1936, where she was Valedictorian; she then earned her BA Degree NIU and graduated with Honors. Anna married T.M. Castle on June 28, 1948 in Oregon, IL; he preceded her in death on September 2, 2005. She was a teacher serving the communities of Sterling, Polo, and most of her years in Mt. Morris Schools. She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling where she traveled the world, and most of all loved her family.
She is survived by her Son: John (Donna) Castle, Solon, IA; Daughter: Leanne (Casper) Manheim, Oregon, IL; Grandchildren: Jason Castle, Solon, IA, Adam Castle, Denver, CO, Eric Manheim, Byron, IL, Aaron Moore, Mt. Morris, IL, Brian Manheim, Dexter, GA, Kaitlin Moore, Stillman Valley, IL, Victoria Manheim, Emporia, KS; Sister: Leona Hayenga, Dixon, IL.
Anna is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: T.M., Daughter: Jan Ellen Castle, Brother: Ronald Dirksen, Sister: Helen Dirksen.
Private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials to Pinecrest Terrace and/or Color Me a Memory.

Mary Ellen Ridenour – 88

Mary Ellen Ridenour, 88, died December 24, 2015 at Pinecrest Community, Mt. Morris, Ill.

Born August 2, 1927 in Freeport, Ill., she was the only child of Ellen Mary Anna Muller Stengel and Frederick Andrew Otto Stengel. She grew up in rural Forreston, attended Mt. Morris schools and graduated from Carthage College with Honors and degrees in Home Economics and Biology. She completed her student teaching in Galva, Ill. and taught high school Home Economics and Biology in Bureau County, Ill. before becoming a homemaker.

Mary Ellen married Ray R. Ridenour September 22, 1951 at St. James Lutheran church, Forreston. They farmed in rural Forreston from 1952-2004, when Ray passed away. Mary Ellen was a life long member of St. James Lutheran church, where she was active in many aspects of the church life.

She was pre-deceased by her parents and husband. She is survived by her 3 children, Fred (Loveland, Colo.), Eric (Forreston, Ill.) and Rachel (Mark) Herman and granddaughters, Adele and Ellen Herman (Rochester, Minn.).

Private graveside services were held. Memorials are suggested to St. James Lutheran Church, Pinecrest Community and Serenity Hospice. Mary Ellen loved her Lord and her family. She will be missed beyond words.

Kraig H. Avey – 39

Mt. Morris, IL, Kraig H. Avey, age 39, died suddenly in his home on December 22, 2015, after suffering with health issues for several years. Kraig was born October 8, 1976 in Rockford, IL the son of Dennis & Rose (Sheely) Avey. He graduated from Oregon High School which he hated in 1995, and he considered himself a life long Mounder. Kraig was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, he was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Lakers Fan, and he loved his cats.
Kraig is survived by his mother: Rose Avey, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother: Keith (Kim Barnett) Avey, Mt. Morris, IL; Uncle Vince (Ericka) Sheely, Rockford, IL.
Kraig is preceded in death by his Father: Dennis Avey and Grandmother: Marie Sheely Wells.
Celebration of life will be held at The Mt. Morris Moose Lodge on December 26, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with food and fellowship.
Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation rights.
Memorials to any animal shelter.

Frances Louise Murray – 88

imageFrances Louise Broyles Murray, 88, of Mt. Morris, died peacefully surrounded by her family on
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon, IL. She was born on January 19, 1927 near Fayetteville in Lincoln County, Tennessee, the daughter of Hosea and Mamie Broyles. Fran received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Middle Tennessee State College in 1948.
On November 17, 1951 she married John William (Bill) Murray in Quincy, Illinois.

Frances loved nothing more than to be with her family, and she filled their lives with love and good cooking. She was also a talented seamstress and enjoyed spending hours making gifts for family and friends. Frances and Bill enjoyed traveling and visiting relatives. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Morris.

Predeceased by husband, Bill Murray, brother Horace Broyles, sister Evelyn Murray, and brother-in-law, Richard Murray. Survived by her children: Jon (Diane) Murray, of Mt. Morris, Mark (Julie) Murray of Winnebago, and Susan Murray Heeg of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren Hanni (Steve) Guinn, Will Murray, Anna Murray, Ben Murray, Luciann and Emilia Heeg, great granddaughters Eleanor and Miriam Guinn, brother Hal (Charlotte) Broyles; nephews Rick (Pam) Murray, Bruce (Geri) Murray; nieces Anne (Dan) Stenoien, and Jean Murray. In addition, she opened her heart to exchange students: “son” Victor from Bolivia, and “grandchildren” Trang and Ha Anh from Vietnam, Tom from Taiwan and Evgeny from Ukraine.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Disciples United Methodist Church, 102 Maple Ave., Mt. Morris, preceded by a time for visiting the family from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Cremation rites were accorded. Private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials to the United Methodist Church.

Rogene E. Taylor – 81

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Mt. Morris, IL, Rogene E. (Mongan) Taylor, age 81, died Wednesday December 9, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Rogene was born January 6, 1934 in Dixon, IL the daughter of Eugene & Esther (McCullough) Mongan. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1951. Rogene married Amos H. Taylor Jr. on June 2, 1951 in Oregon, IL. Rogene was the 1st female mail carrier in Ogle County, IL; and she was best known for driving bus for the Mt. Morris School District. She was a member of Disciples United Methodist Church, was an avid quilter and she loved her ladies in the quilt group; but most of all she loved her dog and her family.
Rogene is survived by her Husband: Amos Taylor, Mt. Morris, IL; Children: Kathi (Charles) Medlar, Mt. Morris, IL, Richard (Cathy) Taylor, Davis, IL, Timothy (Beverly) Taylor, The Woodlands, Houston, TX, Patricia (William) Nordman, Oregon, IL; Grandchildren: Staci (Steven) Schrader, Shannon, IL, Pamela (David) Watry, Forreston, IL, Michal Medlar, Byron, IL, Shaun, Stephanie, and Joshua Taylor, The Woodland, Houston, TX, Megan (Rodrigo) Flores, Durand, IL, Amanda Taylor, Rockford, IL, Zachary Taylor, Davis, IL, Allison Taylor, Davis, IL, Ashley Nordman, Oregon, IL, Brad Nordman, Oregon, IL, Brandon and Josh Watry, Plano, IL, Taylor Schrader, Shannon, IL, and Ashley Schrader, New Mexico; Great Grandchildren: John Book, Shannon, IL, Adam Watry, Forreston, IL, Ashley (Brock) Deen-Sanders, Forreston, IL, Abbey Taylor & Jacob Taylor, Houston, TX, Ethan Flores, Alex Flores, Evan Flores, and Ariana Flores, Durand, IL, and Brianna Taylor, Rockford, IL; Great Great Grandchild, GiGi Schrader, New Mexico; Brothers: Rich (Connie) Mongan, Mt. Morris, IL, Steve (Cindy) Mongan, Mt. Morris, IL; Sisters: Elvira Powell, Belvidere, IL, Karen Martinez, Oregon, IL, Cindy Wilson, Rockford, IL; Sister in Laws: Lee Mongan, Oregon, IL and Marcia Mongan, Mt. Morris, IL.
Rogene is preceded in death by her Parents, Brothers: William, Darell, and James Mongan; and Sister: Mary Kay Mongan.
Services will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Lighthouse Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday December 12, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be determined.

Norma J. Nalley – 76

Mt. Morris, IL, Norma J. Nalley, age 76, died Saturday December 5, 2015 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Norma was born June 1, 1939 in Fulton, IL the daughter of Richard & Nellie (Engelkens) Port. She graduated from Erie High School class of 1957. Norma married Raymond Nalley May 2, 1958 in Lanark, IL and he preceded her in death on September 16, 2010.
Norma was a member of the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren. She enjoyed working with crafts and decorating their home for all the holidays on the inside and outside.
Norma is survived by 2 sons: Bradley (Marcy) of Orlando, FL and Robert (Jeannine) of White House, TN; 1 grandson: Peyton Nalley of White House, TN; Sister: Joanne (Russel) Muetz Hoffman, Roscoe, IL; Brothers: Duane (Connie) Port, Roger Port, Dale (Rita) Port all of Lanark, IL, Russell (Kathy) Port, Polo, IL, and several Nieces and nephews.
Norma is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Raymond, and infant sister: Jane Ann.
Funeral Services will be held on December 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be on December 9, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Dennis M. Styrsky – 71

DennisOregon, IL, Dennis Martan Styrsky, 71, of Oregon, IL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 28, 2015. Dennis was born on February 28, 1944, in Oak Park, IL, the son of Jerry and Slavka (Martan) Styrsky. Dennis graduated for University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM with a BS degree. Dennis served in the United States Army 5th Unit Army Band at Fort Sheridan, IL. He worked as Director of Contracting Medical Material, Department of Veterans Affairs, Hines, IL. Dennis enjoyed traveling and visiting friends in other parts of the country. He also enjoyed gardening, music and photography. Dennis remained active in helping organize 5th Army Band reunions.
Dennis is survived by his wife Carol (Clementz) Styrsky, Oregon, IL, daughter Jennifer Styrsky, LaGrange, IL, son Christopher, Hyland Park, IL, and brother Jerry Styrsky, Oak Forest, IL.