Sadie Doreen Doyle – 85


Mt. Morris, IL, Sadie Doreen (Fleer) Doyle, age 85 died Friday April 22, 2016 in her home. Sadie was born May 6, 1930 in Mt. Morris, IL the daughter of George and Mae (Barbee) Fleer. She and Ray Doyle were married on October 15, 1949 in Mt. Morris, IL.
Sadie is survived by her 4 sons: Brent Doyle, Palm Bay, FL; Clifford (Debbie) Doyle, Henderson, NV; Thomas Doyle, Mt. Morris, IL; and Brad Doyle, Mt. Morris, IL; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
At Sadie’s request, cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL. A private family memorial graveside service will be held in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and/or Mt. Morris Senior Center.

Richard G. Wood – 80

Leaf River, IL, Richard G. Wood, age 80, died Tuesday April 26, 2016 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Richard was born March 28, 1936 in Ogle County, IL the son of Guy & Nellie (Fairlamb) Wood. Richard graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1954 where he was Valedictorian of his class; he then attended Northern Illinois University receiving a teaching degree. Richard taught school at Richmond-Burton High School for 37 years, retiring in 1997. Richard belonged to the McHenry County RTA, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Ogle-Lee Retired teachers where he served as membership chairman. Richard was a trustee and finance secretary for the Bertolet Memorial Library, member of Leaf River Historical Society, he was a Star Scout in Blackhawk Area Council, he became a private pilot in the 1980’s, and he also loved his Ham Radios. Richard loved to Teach, garden, and his Thursday night suppers with the guys.
Richard is survived by his adopted family: Bob & Cindy Wilcox, Leaf River, IL; Karshon (Adam) Schelling and Daughters; and Heather (Jeff) Wagner; and special friends: Art Studabaker, Joey Lovgren, and Jim Campbell.
Richard is preceded in death by his Parents.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday April 30, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL. Visitation will be held Saturday April 30, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials Bertolet Memorial Library and/or Leaf River Historical Society.

Charles C. Beard – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Charles C. Beard, 93, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris following a brief illness.
He was born on July 7, 1922 in Fairbank, Iowa the son of Ira E. and Cassie (Cloyd) Beard. He attended Maple Grove Country School and graduated from Mt. Morris High School, class of 1940. He married Marjorie F. Horst in Mt. Morris, IL on August 23, 1947; and she preceded him in death on June 4, 2007. He was a life-long farmer in Mt. Morris.
Charles was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors for Palmyra, Lincoln, Nashua (PLN) Insurance Company. He was a 59 year member of Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge No. 167 A.M. & F.M. (Polo) and a 59 year member of the Mt. Morris Lions Club. He served as the 1985 Lions District 1-D Governor on the Board of Trustees of the Lions of Illinois Foundation. He was a fifty year member of Tebala Shrine Temple; in 2015 he was given the distinction of becoming a Tebala Shrine Ambassador. He was a member of the Rockford York Rite Bodies, Crusader, Commandery No. 17 Knights Templar (Rockford), and a life member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite N.M.J. of the Valley Freeport. He was a 56 year (life) member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, a 50+ year member of the Mt. Morris Goodfellows, and a former Reserve Deputy of the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department.
Survivors include his daughter, Connie (Richard) Mongan, and son, Charles E. (Debra) Beard, all of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister, Margaret L. (Beard) Wilkinson.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 27 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Road, Mt. Morris with Pastor Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Mt. Morris Moose Family Center. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 4 – 8 P.M. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt St., Mt. Morris with Masonic Rites accorded. Memorials to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Dolores Patterson – 70

Dolores Patterson, age 70 died after losing her battle with cancer Monday April 18,2016. Dolores was born January 22, 1946 in Joliet, Illinois. The daughter of Lawrence and Louise (Santoski) Van Allan. She was one of seven children: Marty, Larry, Louise, Carol, Mary Agnes, Joan, and Charlotte.
Dolores is survived by five children: Teddy Petronikonomopoulos; Galena, IL, Larry Petronikonomopoulos; East Dubuque, IL, Ray Patterson; Ashton, IL, Jeff (Patsy) Patterson; Oregon, IL, Julia Patterson; Oregon, IL. Grandchildren: Jayden Duncan, Talen, Allie, Libby, Brody, Wyatt, and Erin Patterson.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016; 2pm – 4pm at the East Oregon Chapel 107 N. Daysville road, Oregon, IL 61061.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to family.

Dale Harriett – 60

Oregon, IL, Dale Harriett, age 60, a life long Oregon resident died after losing his battle with cancer Wednesday April 13, 2016 in his home with his family by his side. Dale was born March 11, 1956 in Oregon, IL the son of Darrell & Lillian (Hutcherson) Harriett. Dale was a devoted employee for E.D. Etnyre Company, Oregon, IL.
Dale is survived by his wife: Vickie (Onken) Harriett; sons: Tyrel Harriett and Shaun (Adrianne) Harriett; grandchildren: Joseph, Andon, Lilly, Trinity, Tristan, Thalia, and Tessalynn; grandchildren of heart: George and Momo; brothers: Guy Harriett, Forreston, IL and Doug (Donna) Harriett, Oregon, IL; brothers of heart: Dan Stahl, Haldane, IL and Ronnie King, Byron, IL; daughters of heart: Amanda Taylor, Oregon, IL and Emily Rinaldo, Leaf River; sons of heart: Joshua Huseman, California, Craig Deets, Oregon, IL, and Mike Biley, Leaf River, IL; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dale will be reunited with his parents, brother, and grandparents.
In honor of Dale’s life, the family will be holding a celebration of life on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. in Castle Rock State Park in the Old Orchard Area.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.

Mary A. Greenawalt – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Mary Ann Greenawalt, age 93, died Saturday April 2, 2016 in Mt. Morris, IL. Mary was born May 13, 1922 in Elgin, IL, the daughter of Fred P. & Cora (Bates) Greenawalt. Mary received her BA from Manchester University and then received her Master’s Degree from University of Denver. She was a Teacher and a Librarian in Public Schools and she also was head of children services at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL retiring in 1987. Mary was a member of the Highland Avenue Church of The Brethren, Elgin, IL, Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, American Library Association, Mt. Morris Library Foundation, World Wildlife Federation, National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institute, and the Sierra Club.
Mary is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her Parents; Brother: Cedric Greenawalt; Sisters: Dorothy Helen Rossiter and Ruth A Hickey.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial of cremains will be Saturday April 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL.
Memorials to Good Sam Fund, Pinecrest Manor.

Julia Aiken – 90

Julia Aiken, 90, of Mt. Morris, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor. Julia was born November 12, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of John and Mary Bula. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Michael, Tony, and John and her sister Annie. She married Evart Aiken April 7, 1945; he preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2002. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Ron) McNett of Mt. Morris, Karen (Rob) Urish of Mt. Morris, and Kathleen (John) Schupner of Flemington, New Jersey; her 10 grandchildren Chad (Staci) McNett, Erin (Ben) Gura, Janelle (Gregg) Meyers, Jon (Amanda) Urish, Jody (Aric) Frantz, Jennifer (Matt) Klosterman, Jillian (Taylor) Mills, Jill Cline, Sarah Schupner, and Kimberly Schupner; and 21 great grandchildren.
Julia was raised in Brooklyn but spent most of her married life in Michigan. She worked alongside her husband Evart, as his bookkeeper for their business, Aiken & Ross Climate Control. After retiring, they traveled extensively throughout the United States and summered at their lake home in Northern Michigan. They moved to North Carolina in 1996 to be closer to family and remained there until 2006 when Julia moved to Mt. Morris.
Julia loved to socialize, whether playing cards, enjoying going to the performing arts with her family, or playing Nintendo Wii with her great grandchildren. She enjoyed quilting with the women of her church, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran of Mt. Morris. She also had a flair for decorating, she loved to read, and she was a fan of classic movies.
A memorial service will be held April 2, 2016 at 11:00 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Brayton Road in Mt. Morris. A visitation will begin at 10:00 am with a luncheon to follow the service.
Memorials may be made to Pinecrest Manor.

Ginger L. Kahler – 45

Iowa City, IA, Ginger L. Kahler, age 45, died peacefully surrounded by her family in Oregon, IL on March 14, 2016. Ginger was born September 25, 1970 in Phoenix, AZ the daughter of Joseph Stacey & Evelyne (Gehant) McConnaughay. She married Scott Kahler on October 18, 2002. Ginger attended Grace Community Church. She was a loving wife and supportive sister, she had a passion for baking cookies and fundraising to raise awareness for PH.
Ginger is survived by her Husband: Scott Kahler, Iowa; Brother and Sisters: Clark (Robin) Stacey, Texas, La Troy Townsend, Arizona, Jeff Boyenga, Illinois, Joe (Kathy) Stacey Jr., Arizona, Lisa (Tom) Schrader, Illinois, Amy Boyenga, Arizona, Barbara (Tom) Altenburg, Illinois, Barbara Boyenga-Charon, Arizona, Misty Halti, New Mexico, and Demel (Tommy) Rivera, Arizona; Parents: Joseph Stacey, Texas and Evelyne McConnaughay, Arizona. Mother & Father In-law: Wayne and Dorothy Kahler, Iowa; Sibling In-laws: Doug (LaVonne) Kahler, Terri (Mark) Taylor, Greg (Laura) Kahler, Brenda Enlow, Randy Kahler, and Rhonda Kahler. Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A gathering of friends and family for a celebration of life will be held from 2 P.M. until 6 P.M. on Saturday March 19, 2016 in the Gay & Ciha Funeral Home, Iowa City, IA.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association in memory of Ginger.

Martha A. Ingram – 89

Dixon, IL, Martha A. Ingram, age 89, died Sunday March 6, 2016 in Dixon, IL in her home with family surrounding at her bedside. Martha was born February 6, 1927 in Cumberland Gap, TN the daughter of Thomas & Lola (Jarvis) Sutton. Martha married Clifford Ingram in 1944 in Middlesboro, KY; and he preceded her in death in 1996. Martha loved embroidery and making quilts, playing bingo, and she planted beautiful flower gardens. She retired from Kysor Westrand, Byron, IL.
Martha is survived by 7 children: L. Faye Blanchard, Dixon, IL, Ogie Watson, Dixon, IL, John Ingram, Speedwell, TN, Irene (Paul) Branscomb, Mt. Morris, IL, Vicky Martins, Ashton, IL, Betty Harmon, Dixon, IL, James Ingram, Milwaukee, WI; 17 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren. 2 brothers: James Sutton, Mt. Morris, IL and Willis Sutton, Speedwell, TN. 1 Sister: Alice Robertson, New Tazwell, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Martha is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Clifford, Daughter: Barbara Embeck; 2 sisters: Florence and Jane; 3 brothers: David, Haston, and Estel, and her dog: Prince.
A visitation will be held Wednesday March 9, 2016 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Harrogate Cemetery, Harrogate, TN on Saturday March 12, 2016.

Joanne G. Hill Tarbox Styles – 98


January 3, 1918 – March 5, 2016

Joanne Grace Hill Tarbox Styles, distinguished educator, writer, artisan, and philanthropist, died at age 98, Saturday, March 5 in Mount Morris, IL where she and her first husband, Hascy Tarbox, bought a farm in 1962. In 2012, she donated 50 acres of her farm to the Northern Illinois Audubon Society, which is now known as the Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve.
Born on January 3, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the first of Roger and Hortense Hill’s three children. The Hills owned and operated for over three decades the internationally celebrated boarding school, the Todd School for Boys, in Woodstock, IL, until it closed in 1954. In addition to her siblings, Bette and Roger II, she shared her formative years with a Todd classmate, Orson Welles, who her parents came to regard as their foster son. After graduating from Todd and achieving stratospheric success on stage, radio, and screen, during a visit to his alma mater, Welles brought with him the film actress, Dolores Del Rio, who upon meeting Joanne, observed, “You are one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.”
Joanne’s beauty wasn’t merely skin deep. Her commitment to social justice and contributing to the welfare of others was lifelong—a dedication she inherited from her parents and extended family, including her cousin, Edwin Embree, an international champion of civil rights and the president of the Rosenwald Foundation.
In 1939, she married Hascy Tarbox. She first met Hascy the day he enrolled at the Todd School when both were twelve years old. They were married for 52 years. Their artistic natures, she a writer, he an artist, coupled with myriad shared tastes provided them decades of happiness until his death in 1991. They are the parents of Melinda Reitman (Alfred) and Todd (Shirley), who brought them 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She married Lee Styles in 1994. He died in 2004.
Another of her passions was education. She began her career as an elementary teacher at Todd, later she taught at Milwaukee County Day School, and her last 20 years in the classroom were in Leaf River (IL). A testament to her effectiveness as a teacher is the lifetime relationships she developed with many of her students.
Progressive politics was another of her passions. Over the decades, she unstintingly contributed her time and resources to politicians who shared her opinions on how best to bring about a more just and livable world.
To many she remained ageless over the decades. In a speech to college students on aging, 65-year-old Hascy observed, “To me the answer to keeping pace with the clock is simple: keep moving. Like Peter Pan, keep flitting. It’s not your doing that you showed up when you did between two eternities of time, before you were you and after you were not. Rejoice in that reality… Better to nourish and keep green that remarkable inner you, which doesn’t have to contend with time.”
Joanne spent an expansive lifetime keeping green her remarkable “inner you” that never contended with time.
In a letter to her parents on her 50th birthday, she wrote:
“Fifty is surely a time for taking stock, for deciding if your direction is straight and true, what things are most important to get done in the allotted time. It was a lovely time of love and laughter last week when we were all together. The thing that can be carved on my tombstone is ‘She had it so good and she knew it.’ Last week, forty-eight years later, she shared with family members the same sentiment. She forgot to add that those who were touched by her “had it so good” and “knew it.”
Her life was celebrated often while she was alive. The last being her 98 birthday. At her request, there will be no formal service for Joanne, “Instead,” she suggested, “plant a tree.”
Contributions in Joanne’s memory would be welcomed by the Northern Illinois Audubon Society.