Carl E. Gustafson – 75

Mt. Morris, IL, Carl E. Gustafson, age 75, died April 2, 2014 in his home.
Carl was born January 3, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Gordon & Elsie (Drossard) Gustafson. Carl graduated from high school in 1957, and then entered in to the US Navy for 2 years. He married Laura Forte on December 31, 1960 in Evanston, IL. Carl worked as a truck driver for Personalized Pick Up Service in Elk Grove Village, IL for 25+ years. Carl worked for Oregon Healthcare Pharmacy Inc, Oregon, IL for 7 years as a driver. Carl was in a motorcycle club, Rock River Riders, Oregon, IL, collected rare collectables, spending time with his beloved grandchildren and family. He belonged to the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, American Legion in Oregon, IL. And loved his time in Wisconsin.
Carl is survived by his wife: Laura Gustafson, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 daughters: Marlene (James) Anderson, Sandyville, OH; Sylvia (Eduardo) Correa, Burr Ridge, IL; Jorie (Kerry) Langlois, Streamwood, IL; and Koren (Jeremy) Bell, Wood Dale, IL. 11 Grandchildren, (Danielle, Amanda, Lauren, Chelsea, Cody, Tyler, Alexandra, Dylan, Chloe, Isabela and Lily) 13 great-grandchildren. 2 Brothers: Raymond Gustafson, Chicago, IL and Arnold Gustafson, Hazel Park, Michigan. 1 Sister: Rita (Timothy) Almond, North Wilkesboro, NC. Several Nieces and Nephews.
Carl is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Brother: Walter, and Sister: Elaine Malenfant, Brother in Law and Best Friend: Grant Forte and other brother in law, Thomas Forte.
Funeral services will be Sunday April 6, 2014 at 3 PM in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Erhler officiating. Visitation will be Sunday April 6, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the funeral home.
Memorials to be determined.

Brian C. Swartz – 39

Mt. Morris, IL, Brian C. Swartz, age 39, died March 26, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Brian was born October 28, 1974 in Rockford, IL the son of Donald & Gardia (Himes) Swartz. Brian was a beloved Son, Father, Brother, and Uncle.
Brian is survived by his Parents: Donald Swartz and Mother: Gardia (Himes) Cox. Children: Children: Cameron, Briana, Colton, Seven, and Genesis Swartz. Brothers: John and Fred Swartz, Craig and Timothy Kettner (Cox), Jeffery Cox, Thomas Paul, and Michael Dobyns. Sister: Kris Swartz.
… Just might miss your babies growing like mine did, turning into moms and dads, next thing you know your better half of fifty years is there in bed and you praying God takes you instead, trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think, so DON’T BLINK!!

Merle B. Stutsman – 87

Mt. Morris, IL, Merle B. Stutsman, age 87, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 in OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, IL. Merle was born January 12, 1927 in Aurora, IL, the son of Bennett T. & Orpha G. (Frantz) Stutsman. During WWII, he served in the United States Army. Merle received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Manchester College in 1950. He married Lily Block on June 25, 1950 in Canton, IL. Merle was employed in Human Resources as a manager for Komatsu-Dresser in Peoria for 33 years, retiring in November 1987. Formerly a long-time member of the Peoria First Church of the Brethren, he was currently a member of the Dixon Church of the Brethren, American Legion, and Optimist International. Lovingly referred to as “Pops” by family and friends, he was an avid sports’ enthusiast, including being a previous St. Louis Cardinal fan, recently converted Chicago Cub fan, & devoted follower of college basketball.

Merle is survived by his Wife: Lily Stutsman, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Rhonda (Kevin) Mikolajewski, Hoffman Estates, IL; and 2 Grandchildren: Alex and Morgan Mikolajewski. He is preceded in death by his parents, and Son: Kent.

Merle has donated his body to science through Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family with his wishes. A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled at a later date.

Sherry L. Rowland Schultz – 65

Savanna, IL, Sheryl L. “Sherry” Rowland Schultz, age 65, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died March 4, 2014 in University of Madison Hospital, Madison, WI due to complications from surgery. Sherry was born on April 24, 1948 in Savanna, IL the daughter of Leo J. & Evelyn V. (Erdmier) Reusch. She graduated from Stockton High School class of 1968. Sherry married Harold Schultz on April 4, 1998 in Kerrville, TX. She worked as an office assistant, Country Companies in Lena, IL. Sherry loved spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, caring for her animals and spending time in her flower garden.
Sherry is survived by her husband: Harold Schultz, Savanna, IL; Daughter: Christy (Andy) Egyed, Oregon, IL; Son: Dale Rowland, Mt. Morris, IL. Stepdaughter: Carrie Kluck, McConnell, IL; Stepson: Shane (Jackie) Schultz, German Valley, IL. 3 Grandchildren: Erica Egyed; Josh Egyed; Johnna Rowland; 6 Step-Grandchildren: Carah Higges, Viola and Daeley Kluck, Tannis, Hailey, and Elisha Schultz. Brother: Rick (Cheryl) Reusch, Argyle, WI and Russ (Sherril) Reusch, Sabula, IA. 1 Sister: Sandy (Don) Raehorn, McConnell, IL.
Sherry is preceded in death by her Parents, Step-Granddaughter: Emma Schultz.
A celebration of Sherry’s life will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. in Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the Family with services.
Memorials to American Humane Society.

Ronald Rothermal – 71

RONALD ROTHERMAL, 71 STILLMAN VALLEY – Ronald Rothermal, 71, of Stillman Valley, IL passed away Monday, February 24, 2014, at Serenity Home in Oregon, IL from complications of a stroke. He was born March 10, 1942, in Rockford, IL to Robert and Norma (Wolfe) Rothermal. He married Katherina (Rina) Rattley on April 23, 1977, in Rockford. Ron spent most of his formative years in California. He worked for many years as an x-ray technician and then an ultrasound technician. He loved chatting with people and telling stories of his youth. He is survived by his son, Steven Rothermal of Stillman Valley; twin daughters, Sonya Frederick and Tonya (Daren) Poppen, both of Byron, IL. Grandchildren include Mollie (Ben) Openshaw of Lehi, Utah, Tyler (Amber) Holder of Mt. Morris, IL, Hailey Holder, Kristen Poppen and Jenna Poppen, all of Byron. Great-grandchildren Flynn & Everlie Openshaw and Paisley Holder. Also survived by brother, David (Kathy) Neal of Colorado & Gordon Neal of California. Predeceased by parents, his wife and two brothers. Special thanks to Stillman Valley Fire Department and the staffs at the Swedish American Heart Hospital and Serenity Hospice & Home. A private memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation rites. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity Hospice & Home (1658 Illinois 2, Oregon, IL 61061) in Ron’s memory.

Bonita L. Voss – 86

Mt. Morris, IL, Bonita Voss, age 86, died February 24, 2014 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL. Bonnie was born on July 21, 1927 in Harvey, IL the daughter of Walter & Ruth (Erickson) Finck. Bonnie married Wendell Voss on August 13, 1948 in Aurora, IL and they were blessed with 65 years of wedded bliss. Bonnie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, member of DORCUS, assistant church secretary, she enjoyed her flower garden.
Bonnie is survived by her Husband: Wendell Voss, Mt. Morris, IL; 4 Children: Randy (Ruth) Voss, Captain Cook, Hawaii, Sandra (Nathan) Schug, Yuma, AZ; Cindy McRobie, Cohutta, GA; and Scott Voss, Oregon, IL. 10 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, and many other family members.
Bonnie was very special to everyone who knew her, and she will be missed very much.
There will be a memorial service to remember her at a later time. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Susan M. Hokanson – 45

Mt. Morris, IL, Susan M. Hokanson, age 45, died Friday February 21, 2014 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL after a long illness. Susan was born April 9, 1968 in Dixon, IL the Daughter of Arthur & B. Patricia (Seay) Hokanson. Susan worked in the White Pines Lodge as a waitress. She loved riding motorcycles, shooting pool, time with family.
Susan is survived by her Daughter: Nakiah Hokanson, Mt. Morris, IL; Mother: B. Patricia Hokanson, Mt. Morris, IL; Brothers: Rick (Susan) Pearce, Rockford, IL and Mike (Robin) Pearce, Oregon, IL; Sisters: Sandy Goodwin, Mt. Morris, IL and Shari Ball, Mt. Morris, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Susan is preceded in death by Father: Arthur Hokanson, Grandparents: Ed & Mary Seay and Arthur & Francis Hokanson

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.