Carolyn K. White- 75

Carolyn K. White, 75, Mt. Morris, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, after a brief illness.
Carolyn was born September 10, 1939 in Sumner, Iowa to Lois E. and Hilbert M. Haack.
She moved to Forreston, Illinois as a young girl and graduated from the Forreston schools in 1957. Carolyn loved to regale the fun times with her classmates, often being very involved in planning the 1957 Class Reunions, and she organized a “Senior’s Then – Senior’s Now” tour to Gatlinburg, TN for their 50th graduation anniversary, reliving their senior class trip.
She married Kenneth Dale White on December 5, 1959 and moved to Mt. Morris where she became an avid “Mounder” fan, enjoying their basketball games with fervor.
Carolyn was very active in her community. She was involved with Home Extension for many years. Carolyn once won “Homemaker of the Year”. She spearheaded the Home and Business Decorating Contest held in years past for Let Freedom Ring which she was involved with in many capacities for several years. She and her daughter, Doreen, owned and operated The Flower Box in Mt. Morris for many years. Carolyn had attended the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris where she was involved in bible school, singing and the Women’s Missionary Society.
When her children were young, Carolyn would sew much of their clothing and costumes and created many other sewing projects. More recently she crocheted ‘names’ for her friends and family. Crafting of all sorts was something she enjoyed often including her entire family in the process.
Preserving huge amounts of vegetables and fruits from Dale’s large garden to feed her family was an annual occurrence at the White house.
Carolyn was a friend to all who knew her and was very thoughtful and giving, often remembering family and friends with cards or gifts on numerous occasions.
She is survived by her three daughters: Doreen White, Sara Martin (Dan Strohecker), of Mt. Morris and April White of Minneapolis, MN, two sons: Jason (Julie) White, and Larry (Edie) White, both of Mt. Morris, six Grandchildren of which she was most proud: Jacob and Jennifer White, Clayton and Hanna White and Grace and Audra Martin, one brother: Greg (Cheri) Haack of Freeport, IL,
brothers-in-law: Donald (Verna) White of Forreston, IL and Gordon White of Jonesborough, TN, and sisters-in-law: Judy White of Chuckey, TN and Wanda (Curtis) Dedmond, Farmville, VA and many special cousins, and nieces and nephews, and her very special pet cat, Lily White.
She was predeceased by her Husband, and her Parents. She was also predeceased by brother-in-laws, Carl Ray and Mac White and sisters-in-law, Bessie and Carolyn White, all of Tennessee.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt St. in Mt. Morris, IL with Pastor Larry Jameson presiding. Visitation on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 at Finch Funeral Home.

Alene D. Auman – 95

Mt. Morris, IL, Alene D. Auman, age 95, died Saturday November 15, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Alene was born in Springfield, WI the daughter of Nathan & Nellie (Eickman) Studebaker. Alene married Leland Potter on October 15, 1949, he preceded her in death on September 16, 1967. Alene then married Orlo Auman on March 6, 1971, and he preceded her in death on April 30, 2002. Alene loved to sew, history, traveling, and geography. She worked as a bookbinder for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL for 35 years.
Alene is survived by her Step-Daughter: Gerraldine K. West, Arvado, CO; Niece: Linda Ivins, O’Fallon, IL; Nephew: Willard Ivins, Canon Country, CA; and Special Friends: Robert & Joanne Zahn, Rockford, IL.
Alene is preceded in death by her 2 Husbands, 1 Sister: Lois Ivins.
Funeral services will be Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until service time.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Donna Sue Erkan – 55

Mt. Morris, IL, Donna Sue Erkan, age 55, died Wednesday November 5, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Donna was born February 10, 1959 in Clinton, Iowa the daughter of Donald C. & Sylvia J. (Baird) Remrey. Donna married John Erkan on November 7, 1996 in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, IL. Donna loved her cats, nature, walking by the river, collecting many natural items. Donna was a homemaker for her family especially her nieces and nephews.
Donna is survived by her Husband: John Erkan, Mt. Morris, IL, Daughter: Stephanie (Juan) Garapiy, Spring Valley, IL. Grandchildren: Angel and Cassandra Garapiy, Spring Valley, IL. Sisters: Patsy (Jack) Wright, Dixon, IL and Beth (Dan) VanKampen, Fulton, IL. Brother: Steven (Mary Howes) Baird, Coralville, IA. 2 Stepbrothers: James Hammond, Clinton, IA and Richard Hammond, Maquoketa, IA. Stepsister: Tammy Wallace, Clinton, IA. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Her Parents precede Donna in death.
Funeral services will be Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Ryan Jasper officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday November 11, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be determined.

Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Bordner – 84

Mt. Morris, IL, Barbara Jean “Jeannie” Bordner, age 84, died Thursday October 16, 2014 in Ogle County Serenity Hospice & House, Oregon, IL. Jeannie was born on August 18, 1930 in Canton, IL the daughter of Duane E. & Margaret L. (Walraven) Witt. Jeannie married Marion D. Bordner on November 20, 1948 in Canton, IL. Jeannie and Marion owned and operated retail-clothing stores in Mt. Morris, IL from 1959 to 1988. She was a board member of Citizens State Bank, Mt. Morris, IL; later a board member of Sterling National Bank, Sterling, IL; and retired as a board member of Amcore Bank, Dixon, IL in October of 2000. She was also member of Mt. Morris Chamber of Commerce for 29 years, Mt. Morris Jr. Women’s Club, Mt. Morris Senior Citizen’s Council, Amcore Bank Ambassador’s Club, Mt. Morris Library Advisory Board.
Jeannie is survived by numerous family members and friends.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Melvin “Frizz” Pontnack – 75

Mt. Morris, IL, Melvin “Frizz” E. Pontnack, age 75, died Thursday October 2, 2014 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Melvin Was Born November 10, 1938 in Freeport, IL the son of Earl & Irene (Trester) Pontnack. Frizz married Carol Nystrom August 17, 1995 in Dollar City, MO. Avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Nascar, word finds, camping, loved by many and sharing stories. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL and member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551.
Frizz is survived by his wife: Carol Pontnack, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Steve Pontnack, Dixon, IL. 3 Brothers and 4 Sisters. 11 Step- Children numerous Grand Children and Great Grandchildren.
Frizz is preceded in death by his parents, 1 Brother and 1 Sister.
Frizz’s celebration of Life will be on Thursday October 9, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Visitation will be in St. James Lutheran Church October 9, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service Time. A Luncheon will be following the celebration.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to St. James Lutheran Church and/or St. Jude’s.

Jean M. Messer – 90

Mt. Morris, IL, Jean M. Messer, age 90, died Thursday October 2, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Jean was born December 19, 1923 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Michael & Magdalina (Trapp) Pontius. Jean graduated from Aquin High School class of 1941. She married Alvin Messer on March 9, 1946 in Freeport, IL. Jean was a wonderful mother and always had time for others. She was proud to be a grandmother & great grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, always giving advice and caring words.
Jean is survived by Son: Edward (Kimberlee) Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Daughters: Doris Doeden, Polo, IL and Suzanne (Tim) Kinmon, Sterling, IL. 8 Grandchildren: Jessica Doeden, Polo, IL; Laura (Phil) Gaulrapp, Polo, IL; Nathan (Shannon) Messer, Surprise, AZ; Matt (Kate) Messer, Polo, IL; Zack (Christina Engberg) Johnson, Polo, IL; Hilary (Cory Love) Johnson, Dixon, IL; Kristy Kinmon, Sterling, IL; Kenny (Autumn) Kinmon, Overland Park, KS; 15 Great Grandchildren: Patrick (Lindsey) Doeden, Spencer Doeden, Harper Gaulrapp, Lacy, Aaliyah, and Reece Johnson, Aiden and Liam Messer, Jacob and Joe Reusch, Haleigh Geerts, Jeremiah and Jadyn Settles. Daughter-In-Law: Debbie Messer, Surprise, AZ; Special Friends: Curt (Gloria) Ennenga and Doreen, Leah, Brittany. Jean is preceded in death by Parents, Husband: Alvin; Son: John; Brother: Robert Pontius; Grandson: Shaun Messer; and Great-Grandson Joey Geerts; Son-In-Law Jim Doeden.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday October 7th in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL at 11:00 A.M. with Father Joseph Nail. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday October 7th from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials St. Jude’s and/or Mt. Morris Public Library.

Mary Ellen Bearman – 82

Oregon, IL, Mary Ellen Bearman, age 82, died Monday September 8, 2014 in the Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Mary Ellen was born May 4, 1932 in Bradford Township, Lee County, IL the daughter of Harold H. & Genevieve I. (Danekas) Gerbers. She graduated from Franklin Grove High School. Mary Ellen Married Wayne Bearman on Feb 21, 1954 in Ashton, IL. Mary Ellen worked for Kable Printing Company in Customer service for 34 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 60 years, She quilted, Red Hat Society, Square danced, Prayer and Praise group with the church, she was interested in the farming industry.
Mary Ellen is Survived by her Husband: Wayne Bearman, Oregon, IL; Son: Kris (Sheila) Bearman, Byron, IL. Grandchildren: Nicole (Chris) Panzer, Naperville, IL; Bryan (Meghan) Bearman, Denver, CO. Great Grandchildren: Bryson Panzer, Naperville, IL and Blaire Bearman, Denver, CO.
Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her Parents, Granddaughter: Jenny Bearman.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday September 12, 2014 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery, Ashton, IL. Visitation will be Friday September 12, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until Service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL.

Edward B. F. Bryant – 86

Leaf River, IL, Edward B. F. Bryant, age 86, of Leaf River, IL died in his home on August 28, 2014. Ed was born on March 17, 1928 in Blue Jacket, OK the son of Russell & Gladys (Harper) Bryant. After graduating from High School and some college he entered the US Army serving from 1952 to 1953 in Germany. He married Beatrice Jones in Illinois. Beatrice preceded him in death on April 15, 1967. He then married Mary Clay in Belvidere, IL on October 22, 1970. Ed worked as a supervisor with Rockwell Collins; which built printing presses. Ed loved fishing, gardening, his apple orchard, and most of all his Family.
Ed is survived by his Son: Edward R. “Sonny” (Jody) Bryant, Roscoe, IL; Dennis (Edie) Ballard, Byron, IL; Brian (Nina) Ballard, Leaf River, IL; David (Penny) Bryant, Leaf River, IL; Daughter: Vickie (Randy) Roop, Leaf River, IL. 16 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.
Ed is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Beatrice; Sister: Mae; Son: Kerry Ballard.
A Memorial visitation will be held September 6, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial of his cremains will be in Red Top Cemetery in MO. Prayers for Ed will be at 3:30 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home following the visitation on September 6, 2014.
Memorials to be determined.

Yvonne T. Meier – 76

Oregon, IL, Yvonne T. Meier, age 76, died Wednesday August 20, 2014 in Oregon Rehab & Living Center, Oregon, IL. Yvonne was born February 21, 1938 in Honey Creek, IL, the daughter of Glenn G. & Goldie G. (Gilroy) Suter. Yvonne graduated from Oregon High School class of 1955. She married Ted Meier on June 8, 1957 in Oregon, IL. Yvonne worked at Caron Yarn in Rochelle, IL. Yvonne loved crocheting, cooking, gardening, and spending as much time with her family and friends.
Yvonne is survived by Daughters: Jana (Ernest) Bricker, Mt. Morris, IL, Nikki Williams, Round Up, MT; Son: David (Chris Thomas) Williams, Rio Rancho, NM. 7 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. Sister: Janis Pumfrey, LaSalle, IL. Cousin: Marcella (Russ) Ruter, Leaf River, IL.
Yvonne is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Ted; Son: Dan Meier; and Grandson: Nathan Meier.
Funeral services will be held Saturday August 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Dr. Nathan Wlodarchak officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Saturday August 23, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Memorials to be determined.

Russell A. Bicksler – 91

Freeport, IL, Russell A. Bicksler, age 91, died Sunday August 17, 2014 in Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport, IL. Russell Was Born February 23, 1923 in Shannon, IL the son of Archie & Orelda (Brandt) Bicksler. Russell attended Leaf River Schools. Russell married Betty J. Blair on April 6, 1947. Russell worked as a Farmer before driving truck for Northern Propane Gas Company, and he also drove cars for Barkau Automotive. Russell knew everyone and they all knew him. He had a vegetable garden, Russell and Betty loved day trips driving into Wisconsin and Iowa. Russell was a White Sox fan.
Russell is survived by his Children: Barbara Moore, Albuquerque, NM; Gene (Diana) Bicksler, Danville, CA; Maryjane (Khalid) Sardar, Rockford, IL; Jim (Jane) Bicksler, Dakota, IL; Jack (Deborah) Bicksler, Stoughton, WI. 13 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Brother: Wayne Bicksler, Freeport, IL. 2 Sisters: Ethel Svanda and Dorothy (Tom) Mahon, Both of Byron, IL. 2 Sister in Laws: Leatrice Bicksler: Leaf River, IL and Betty Bicksler, Mt. Morris, IL.
Russell is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Betty; Brothers: Kenneth and Donald; Sister: Lois Russell, Granddaughter: Autumn Bell, Great Grandson: Noah Bottner, and Son in Law: Todd Moore
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday August 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Lisa Fike officiating. Burial will be in North Grove Christian Cemetery, Egan, IL. Visitation will be Thursday August 21, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
There will be a fellowship reception following the funeral service in Freeport Church of The Brethren, 777 West Pleasant Street, Freeport, IL.
Memorials to be determined