Dustin L. Merriman – 20

Leaf River, IL, Dustin L. Merriman, age 20, died peacefully on June 5, 2014 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Dustin was born June 8, 1993 in Rockford, IL the son of Dale & Theresa (Cagle) Merriman. Dustin was a graduate of the OCEC through Byron and Oregon, IL. Dustin loved music and dancing; Basketball, Balloons, and he truly loved Elvis and Barney. Dustin will be great missed by his whole family near and far.
Dustin is survived by his father: Dale (Sarah Slater) Merriman, Leaf River, IL; Mother: Theresa Cagle, Rochelle, IL; Sister: Samantha “Sam” Merriman, Dixon, IL; 2 Brothers: Caleb Merriman, Oregon, IL; and Drake Merriman, Forreston, IL. Great-Grandparents: Lloyd & Darlene Merriman, Compton, IL; Grandparents: Dennis Merriman, Winchester, KS and Christine Merriman, Sycamore, IL. Several Aunts and Uncles, and several cousins.
Dustin is preceded in death by his Great-Grandparents.
Join us for a celebration of Dustin’s life on Sunday June 8, 2014, his 21st birthday, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054. In Lieu of Flowers, Please bring a balloon to share, and to be released following prayers at 8:00 P.M.
A memorial has been set up in Stillman Bank, Byron, IL in Dustin’s name.

Samuel B. Fielder – 82

Byron, IL, Samuel B. Fielder, age 82, he went to heaven after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s on May 28, 2014 in Neighbor’s Nursing Home, Byron, IL, his passing was so beautiful there was no doubt for all of us that was there that God had ushered his spirit from his body. The Pastor came and prayed for Sam and he said God we released Sam’s spirit to you and please take him home, and during this Sam opened his eyes in a peaceful way and took his last breath. Sam was born September 16, 1931 in Fontain, Arkansas, the son of Albert L. & Maude M. (Freeman) Fielder. Sam and his loving wife Bonnie has known each other since early childhood, and through thick and thin till death do they part they kept their promise to one another. Sam and Bonnie were married on September 18, 1954 in Bono, Arkansas.
Sam is survived by his loving wife: Bonnie Fielder of Byron, IL; Son: Richard Fielder of Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Robin Clark of Byron, IL. 7 Grandchildren: Christina, Samuel, Venessa, Nancy, Evelyn, Myda, and Robert. 17 Great-Granchildren. 2 Sisters: Mary Thompson of Pontiac, Michigan and Angelena Caradine of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Sam is preceded in death by his Parents, 2 Daughters: Nancy and Rita; 4 Grandchildren: Ricky, Christopher, Jonathan, and Tabitha, Sister: Lovida Ball.
Cremation rights have been accorded through Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Harriet M. Fletcher – 84

Mt. Morris, IL, Harriet Mae (Kielsmeier) Fletcher, age 84, passed away May 15, 2014 in Pinecrest Community following a battle with cancer. Harriet was born May 19, 1929 in Mt. Morris Township the daughter of Clarence & Hazel (Bearman) Kielsmeier.
Harriet is survived by her children: Donna Jacobs Dietrich, Mt. Morris, IL; Diane Jacobs Burd, Pewaukee, WI; Dale (Kathy) Baker, Dixon, IL; and Dean Fletcher, Mt. Morris, IL. 7 Grandchildren: Tracy (Dietrich) Sabathne; Michael Dietrich; Mark Dietrich; Jim Burd; Jackie Burd; Cindy (Baker) Arduini; and Joe Baker. 11 Great-Grandchildren. 3 Sisters: Jane Dietrich; Carolyn Johnson; and Dorothy Stahl, and 2 Brothers: Ralph Kielsmeier and Melvin Kielsmeier. Other Relatives, Friends, acquaintances, and her dear friend George Remour.
Harriet is preceded in death by her parents; Stepmother: Ruth Kielsmeier; Brother: Bruce Kielsmeier; and infant son: Donnie Jacobs.
Visitation with family & friends and time to remember Harriet, will be held at the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge in Mt. Morris, IL on Friday May 23, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. A light lunch and refreshments will be served. There will be no public funeral or burial service.
Memorials can be made to the family and/or to Pinecrest Community.

Marilyn Foss – 80

Byron, IL, Marilyn Foss, age 80, passed away in her home after a long illness with her family by her side. Marilyn was born July 31, 1933 in Rockton, IL the daughter of Louis & Eleanor (Lovelace) Charboneau. Marilyn married Udell Foss on July 26, 1952 in Morrison, IL.
Marilyn managed the Jenny’s Gift shop at Swedish American Hospital for 13 years, the White Pines Gift shop, and owned and managed the Burlap Bag in Delavan, WI, to satisfy her desire for antiques and collectibles. When Marilyn wasn’t working you could find her volunteering for many organizations. She edited and designed the Associated Milk Producers cookbook that was sold throughout the state of Wisconsin while living on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She also worked on the Ronald Reagan campaign and was a delegate for the state of Wisconsin at the National Conventions in 1980 and 1984. She was also an Ogle County 4-H leader of East Ogle Beaconettes, member of Eastern Star for 43 years and member of Sinnissippi Lung Association for 25 years. Marilyn was also a member of the Paynes Point Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Marilyn enjoyed her many trips snowmobiling, dancing, and playing cards with her friends, and most of all the time spent with her family. Her latest challenge was organizing and purchasing items for the Byron Farm Museum.
Marilyn is survived by her loving Husband: Udell Foss, Byron, IL. 3 Children: Brenda (James) Sahlstrom, Rockton, IL; Brian (Martina) Foss, Loves Park, IL; and Brent (Tammy Chatham) Foss, Englewood, FL. Grandchildren: Brooke (Joel) Sahlstrom Seeger; Brigette Sahlstrom; Nichole (Paul) Wesling; Jordan Foss; Nicole (Todd) Matthews. Great Grandchildren: Gavin and Jaxin Wesling; Carter Foss; Gracie, Landon, and Trenton Mathews.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her Parents; Sister: Jan Hall; and Brother: Art Charboneau.
Memorial service will be Saturday May 17, 2014 at 11:00 in Paynes Point Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Andrew Kayes officiating. Visitation will be Saturday May 17, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home and/or any other organization of choice in her name.

Rosalie K. Anderson – 76

Leaf River, IL, Rosalie K. Anderson, age 76, passed away May 11, 2014 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL; in the loving arms of her family following abdominal complications and surgery. Rose was born March 2, 1938 in Hanover, IL the daughter of Charles & Florence (Curley) Bearsley. She graduated from Hanover High School class of 1956. Rose married Sid Anderson on April 13, 1957 in Derinda Center, IL; and spent 57 years as his beloved wife. She was a loving compassionate mother to her four children.
Rosalie was a wonderful homemaker and was very involved in her church at St. James Lutheran as a Sunday school teacher and mentor. She also touched the lives of countless band students at Leaf River and Stillman Valley throughout Sid’s 40 years of teaching while accompanying and counseling them on numerous band trips.
Of the many joys for Rose were her family and doing many things with and for them, spending time taking many wonderful trips together with her husband Sid, including special trips to Alaska, Scotland, England, and Ireland; and her time in Florida each winter for a few weeks sharing joyous time in the sun anticipating reunions with the great many friendships that developed the past 20 years since retirement and enjoying many wonderful Kings Brass concerts.
Rose is survived by her loving husband: Sid Anderson, Leaf River, IL. 4 Children: Patti Ridenour, Loveland, CO; Tom Anderson, Winnebago, IL; David (Noel) Anderson, Elgin, IL; and Anne (Tom) Messer, Appleton, WI. Rose was also a proud Grandmother of Kristen, Stacy, Jessica, Andrew, Jacob Anderson, Jeffrey Messer and Great Grandson Jase Anderson Wehrman. Brother: Kenneth Bearsley, Hanover, IL.
Rose is preceded in death by her parents and numerous Aunts and Uncles.
Funeral service will be Thursday May 15, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in St. James Lutheran Church at West Grove and Colombine Roads, Forreston, IL with Rev. Steven Erickson officiating. Burial will be in West Grove Cemetery, Forreston, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday May 14, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.
Memorials will be accepted for St. James Memory Garden and for the benefit of Autistic children through the Foundation Autism Speaks or the charity of your choice.

Donald E. Dusing – 91

Mt. Morris, IL, Donald E. Dusing, age 91, died May 2, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Don was born May 1, 1923 in Grand Detour, IL the son of Winfred & Lora (Wells) Dusing. Don graduated from Polo High School class of 1941. Don married Jean L. Dusing on September 26, 1944 in Mt. Morris, IL, and she preceded him in death on March 18, 2011. He worked as an estimator in Kable Printing Company for 33 years retiring in 1986. Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church which he served on the board, member of Mt. Morris Lions Club, and he was a Mason.
Don is survived by his Son, Michael (Mary Jo) Dusing, Byron, IL; Daughter, Julie (David C.) Sweeney, Lena, IL. 8 Grandchildren: Kraig Sweeney, Lewistown, Montana; Michelle (Ken) Bechtold, Freeport, Illinois; Marci Loven, Stillman Valley, Illinois; Chad (Melissa) Sweeney, Friendship, Wisconsin; Dianna (Seth) Newton, Byron, Illinois; Danielle (Tchevy) Olson, Stacy, Minnesota; David (Cortnee) Dusing, Byron, Illinois; Matthew (Noel) Dusing, Mt. Morris, Illinois. 18 Great Grand Children.
Don is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Jean, Brother: Albert, and Sisters: Edna Grossnickle and Marjorie Bomberger.
Memorial services will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Ellen L. Sutton – 76

Mt. Morris, Il. Ellen Sutton Age 76, died Tuesday April 29, 2014 at Serenity Hospice &Home Oregon , Il. Ellen was born April 15, 1938 in Aston, Il. the daughter of Vernon Yocum & Coral May Jones. She was married to James Sutton on October 6, 1979 in Mt.Morris Il. Ellen worked at Rahn Elementary School, Ogle county police department reserves, White Pines Inn gift shop, Lake LaDonna, and Town and Country Lanes over the years.
Ellen is survived by Husband James Sutton, Mt. Morris,Il. 2 Sons, Gerald ( Judith) Seats,Purdy Mo. Terry (Brenda) Seats, 1 Daughter Colleen (Bob) Leddy, Mt.Morris, Il. 5 Grandchildren Katrina Longtin Dixon Il. William Eckles, Amber Keener Mt. Morris, Il. Ashley (Adam) Eriks Chana Il. Samantha Seats LovesPark , Il 6 Great Grandchildren Trinity &Addy Keener Dixon , Il Layton & Lia Eriks Chana,Il. Malachi Voight & Donavon Hardin LovesPark, Il.
Memorial will be Saturday May 3 2014 from 2pm to 4pm at Mt. Morris Moose Lodge by Pastor Billy Fronabarger.
In Lieu of flowers memorial to Ellen Sutton..

Joan Irene Brinker – 80

Mt. Morris, IL, Joan Irene Brinker, age 80, of Mt. Morris, IL died Friday April 18, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Joanie was born October 22, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of Karl Matthew & Mary Irene (Benwill) Jacobs. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula, Gulliver, Michigan. Joanie graduated from Manistique High School class of 1951. Joanie married Fred “ Fritz” Brinker on November 6, 1953 in Oregon, IL, and they were married for 47 years. Joanie has lived for the last 62 years in Mt. Morris where she was a hairdresser and co-owner of the Hair World. Joanie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon, IL. She was a quilter, seamstress, caretaker, MT. Morris Moose Member, and a Lawn mowing enthusiast.
Joanie is survived by her 3 children: Jeff (Suzette) Brinker, Gulf Breeze, FL; Peggy (Chris) Regan, Glendale, CA; and Joe Brinker, Mt. Morris, IL. 3 Granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren. 3 Brothers: Francis (Janice) Jacobs, Sun City, AZ; Ronald (Joan) Jacobs, Gladstone, MI; Kris (Shirlee) Jacobs, Ellison Bay, WI; Sister: Dee (Joe) Smeester, Iron Mountain, MI.
Joanie is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Fred Brinker; and 2 brothers: Barry and David Jacobs.
Services will be Thursday April 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon, IL with Father Nail officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Thursday April 24, 2014 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon, IL from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

Curtis C. Krueger – 87

Mt. Morris, IL, Curtis C. Krueger, age 87, died Friday April 18, 2014 in the Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Curtis was born April 1, 1927 in Rockford, IL the Son of Lewis & Alvina (Miller) Krueger. Curtis married Lorraine E. Allen on May 20, 1948 in Mt. Morris, IL, and they were married for 66 years. Curtis served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1946 earning the Victory Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon. He was a pressman’s helper working at Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL for 46 ½ years retiring in 1992. Curtis is a member of the VFW.

Curtis is survived by his wife: Lorraine Krueger, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Jeffrey (Malinda) Krueger, Royalton, IL; Dennis (Tena) Krueger, Leaf River, IL; David Krueger, Mt. Morris, IL; James (Risa) Krueger, Byron, IL; and Daughter: Mary Lou (Gary) Meier, Milledgeville, IL. Grandchildren: Rachel Vallance, Winnebago, IL; Justin (Elizabeth) Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL; Melissa (Tim) Peebels, Royalton, IL; Andy (Rie) Raum, Norfolk, VA; Jaime Raum, Polo, IL; Megan Krueger, Fairbault, MN; Curtis Krueger, Leaf River, IL. Great grandchildren: Trevor, Chase, Morgan, Brooke, and Aubrey, Winnebago, IL; Makayla Meier, Milledgeville, IL; Jase Meier, Milledgeville, IL; Jared Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL; Emma Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL. Sisters: JoAnne Krueger, Dallas, TX and Darlene Knodle, Sun City, AZ.

Curtis is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Elywn and Maurice; sisters: Betty and Lois.

Funeral services will be Tuesday April 22, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL at a later date. Visitation will be on Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 5:30 P.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers memorials to Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Virginia R. Masters – 94

Mt. Morris, IL, Virginia R. Masters, age 94, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. Virginia was born July 18, 1919, in Evanston, IL, the daughter of Albert J. and Eva Irene (Knox) Boelke. Virginia married Donald E. Gardiner on July 15, 1939, in Evanston, IL. They enjoyed forty years of marriage and raising a family before his death on October 26, 1979. She then married Earl H. Masters on November 28, 1980, in Mt. Morris, IL. They enjoyed travelling and spending winters in Benson, AZ, before his death on April 23, 1995. Virginia worked as a secretary for the Evanston Board of Education, Banana River Naval Air Station, FL; Kable Printing Co., Mt. Morris; and her husband’s accounting business. She was a member of the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris (participating in choir, UMW, as a Sunday school teacher and church treasurer); Ogle County Home Extension; Rock River Valley Girl Scouts; and on the Plainview Cemetery Board and Mt. Morris Senior Center Board. She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends.

Virginia is survived by four daughters; Judith (Kevin) Johnson, Mt. Morris, IL; Donna (Scott) Huber, Dublin, OH; Carol (Mike) Evans, Monmouth, IL; Barbara (Mike) Phillips, Pittsburgh, PA; and two sons of her second marriage Earl (Linda) Masters, Bull Shoals, AR; and Ken Masters, Dixon; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother Gerald (Sue) Boelke, Monroe, WI; and nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sisters Irene and Marian, brothers Albert and Chester, daughter Anette Masters and three great-granddaughters Katie, Alissa, and Maddie.

A Celebration of Virginia’s life will be Saturday, April 19, 2014, with visitation at 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 102 Maple Ave, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorials to the church or the Mt. Morris Senior Citizens Council.