Mary Frances Misevich – 88

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Mary Frances Misevich, age 88, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016, in her home after a long illness with the comfort of her loving daughter, Allyson, by her side. Mary was born August 14, 1927, in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of Lola and Murrell Caplinger and the baby sister of June Marie Kretsos.
Her family moved to Beloit, WI, and throughout high school Mary sang with the Rhythm Masters dance band performing at Lake Lawn in Delavan and Lake Geneva. She graduated from Brokel Music College in Chicago, IL and toured the country as the soloist with Don Scott and his 14 piece orchestra, singing at such famous places as The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO; the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA; and The Palmer House, Chicago, IL.
After enjoying her successful singing career, she married the love of her life, Joseph Robert Misevich and they settled in Rockford, IL. They had one daughter, Mary Allyson Misevich Stine who was the apple of their eye. As a family they loved travelling everywhere: Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, the Orient, Rio de Janeiro and many cruises like the Virgin Islands, Panama Canal, and the Greek Islands. They especially enjoyed their cabin cruiser, boating the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and finally moored at the Abbey on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
Mary’s love of flowers was everywhere from her gorgeous backyard Garden Walk Japanese Gardens, to her oil paintings and handmade orchids in gold jewelry. She also had a flair for interior design and worked a few years as an interior decorator for Carriere Interiors in Rockford.
Mary was very active as the District Director of the Garden Club of Illinois, President of the Winnebago County Garden Center and Oakvale, Director of the Blackhawk Orchid Society, Klehm Arboretum and Rose Judge.
She was an officer of Rockford Woman’s Club, past chairman of the Pink Ball, President of Ostende Formal Dance Club and member of St. Bridgetís Catholic Church, also attending mass at St. Rita’s Catholic Church with Allyson’s family.
Mary is survived by her only child, Mary Allyson Misevich Stine (David), her only grandchild Michael David Stine (fiancee Anne Marie Schilling), and her precious constant companion “Honey” the Yorkie. She was preceded in death by Joseph, her dear husband of 47 years in 1996, her loving sister June Marie, and her beloved mother and father.
Special thanks to caregiver Vicki Dean and Heartland Hospice who assisted Allyson with her undying devotion and care of her mother.
Visitation is Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. with the recitation of the Rosary with Fr. Keith Romke at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, IL prior to the Catholic Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Msgr. Gerald P. Kobbeman at 11 a.m. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn St., Rockford. Luncheon to follow at Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford, IL.

Ronnie L. Miles – 72

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Oregon, IL, Ronnie L. Miles, age 72, died Friday June 10, 2016 in The Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Ronnie was born July 26, 1943 in Sublette, IL, the son of Harold & Dorothy (Ansteth) Miles. Ronnie served our country for 3 years as a paratrooper in the Army 82nd Airborne Unit, and he was a member of the American Legion. He married Jane Underhile on May 15, 1965 in Dixon, IL. Ronnie graduated from the 3 year apprenticeship program with the Iron Workers Local #498, Rockford, IL. He worked as a Journeyman Iron Worker until his retirement. Ronnie was a lifetime member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers. Ronnie’s hobbies included horseback riding, he was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, cutting wood, socializing in his office with his buddies, and taking his dog for rides in his old dump truck.
Survivors include wife of 51 years: Jane Miles, Oregon, IL; daughters: Melissa (Bob) VanRaden, Franklin Grove and Marcy (Kerry) Hughes, Cherry Valley, IL; grandchildren: Charity, Serenity, Lee, Mercy, Christa, Miles, Matthew, Charis, Liberty, Glory, and Seth VanRaden, Franklin Grove, IL, Karlie and Morgan Hughes, Cherry Valley, IL; brother: Lennard (Marie) Miles, Amboy, IL; sister: Pat (Bill) Spratt, Dixon, IL.
Ronnie is predeceased in death by his parents; son: Tommy in 1978; brothers: Harold, Bob, and John.
Services will be held Saturday June 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the First Baptist Church in Amboy, IL with Pastor Rocky Fritz officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday June 18, 2016 in the First Baptist Church from 10:00 A.M. until service time. Following the services there will be a luncheon. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is handling the services.
Memorials to be determined.
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Jay Douglas Diehl – 43

Oregon, IL, Jay Douglas Diehl, age 43, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL, died unexpectedly Sunday June 5, 2016 in his home in Oregon, IL. Jay was born October 20, 1972 in Rockford, IL the son of Danny & Georgia (Ray) Diehl. Jay graduated from Northwestern military and Naval Academy in 1991 and went on and attended VMI in Lexington, VA. Jay moved to North Carolina in 1993 and worked for CMI Contracting in Monroe, NC. Jay moved back to Illinois in 2001, where he worked for Rockford Blacktop in Rockford, IL.
Jay is survived by his daughters: Alexa Diehl, Monroe, NC and Alyssa Huls, Loves Park, IL; mother: Georgia; brother: Danny; grandfather: Robert; uncle: Dave (Sue); 2 nephews and numerous cousins.
Jay is preceded in death by his father: Danny Sr.; grandparents: Grace Diehl and George & Marjorie Ray.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Marcia L. Sweeney – 81

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Marcia Lou Sweeney (81) formerly of Prophetstown IL passed peacefully in her home in Roscoe IL on May 21, 2016.
She married Wilbur Eugene Sweeney in Mt Morris on April 1,1956. They moved to CA where Gene was stationed onboard ship USS Shoveler in Long Beach for 4 years. In 1961 they returned to IL. She taught in the public school system for 32 years.
Their son, Bart Eugene Sweeney, was born in February of 1974.
They moved to Prophetstown, IL in 1972 where they enjoyed 36 years of country living.
After retiring from teaching, Marcia enjoyed seeing many of her students at Sauk Valley College while working in the lunchroom. She was an avid seamstress and is known for her delicious baked goods including many wedding cakes for local family and friends. Marcia enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling, and skiing. Marcia and her beloved husband enjoyed many years of camping and fishing in the IL area parks as well.
In 2008 they moved to Roscoe to be near their son Bart.
She is survived by husband Wilbur (Gene) Sweeney of Roscoe; son Bart (Robin) Sweeney of South Beloit; brother Robert Diehl of Mt. Morris.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mildred Woodward, and brother Chuck Diehl.
An intimate family graveside service will be held on Friday June 3rd, 2016.
Memorials can be made to any hospice organization of your choice. Memorials received by the family will be donated to the hospice organizations that have cared for Marcia over the past 3 years.
The family will be hosting a celebration of Marcia’s life in October of this year. Announcements with the details will be shared at a later date.

Paul E. Shriber – 65

Polo, IL, Paul E. Shriber, age 65, died Saturday April 30, 2016 in his home in Polo, IL with his family at his side. Paul was born October 2, 1950 in Aurora, IL the son of Paul & Margaret (Leigh) Shriber. Paul graduated from West Aurora High School class of 1968 and then he graduated from University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Marching Illini graduating in December of 1972. He was first chair clarinet of the Mt. Morris Kable Band for 25 years; he participated in the pit band for many community theatre productions. He had a strong love and knowledge of musicals and volunteered at Timber Lake Playhouse. Paul had a great sense of humor, and known for telling jokes.
Paul is survived by his Wife: Debra Shriber, Polo, IL; Daughter: Heather Beaman, Aurora, IL; 2 Grandchildren: Lexi and Grant Beaman, Aurora, IL.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents and 2 Sisters: Pat and Pam.
Per Paul’s wishes there will be no services and cremation rites were accorded through Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home.

Harold “Andy” Martin – 82

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Leaf River, IL, Harold “Andy” Martin, age 82, died Sunday May 1, 2016 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL with his family by his side.
Andy was born May 25, 1933 in Pine Creek Township, IL the son of Clara Anderson. Andy served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. Andy owned and operated Martin’s feed grinding service, owned East Side Service Center in Leaf River, IL, and he worked for Winnebago School District 323 as Director of Transportation when he retired at the age of 65. Andy was the Leaf River Fire Chief for several years. Upon his retirement he enjoyed camping, motorcycling, boating, fishing, and most of all his time with his family. Andy was a member of the Leaf River American Legion, Leaf River Lions Club, and he worked for Ogle County Sheriff’s Department as a part time Deputy along with serving as a police officer for Leaf River; and he served on the Leaf River Town Board.
Andy is survived by his wife Darlene Martin, Leaf River, IL; Daughter: Vickie (Jim) Myers, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Sons: Andy Martin, Sycamore, IL and Randy Martin Forreston, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Kyle Wolfley, Byron, IL, Jenna (Aaron) Dietrich, Grand Detour, IL, Luke Myers, Chadwick, IL, Nick Myers, Mt. Morris, IL; Andy and Brooke Martin, Sycamore, IL. 2 Great-Grandchildren: Bryan and Sierra Wolfley, Byron, IL.
Andy is preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter: Bev Remrey.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 5, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054. Burial will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL. Visitation will be held Wednesday May 4, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home from 4:30 P.M. until 7:00P.M.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home.

Roman Porembski – 95

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Roman Porembski, a resident of Mt. Morris, IL for 65 years, passed away peacefully at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris on Thursday, April 28, 2016. He was 95.

Roman was born in Chicago, IL to John and Mary Porembski. He graduated from Wells High School in Chicago in 1940 after spending several years living and attending school in Poland.

In 1944 he married Elaine who would be his loving wife for 63 years. Roman was a printer by trade in Chicago, and continued to work in the printing industry for 30 years at Kable Printing Company in Mt. Morris.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time at their cabin in northern Wisconsin. He also enjoyed golfing, traveling the United States, and spending time with family and friends. He was especially happy to have lived for more than 65 years in the house that he and Elaine built together.

He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, and Bears. He was a parishioner of St. Mary Church and a third degree member of 1092 Knights of Columbus in Oregon, IL.

Roman was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and one sister “June”. He was survived by his brother Ed (Trudy) Hollywood, FL, one son Tom (Jean) Huntley, IL, daughters Nancy (Chuck) McGee, Sayner, WI, Sue (Al) Alden, Duluth, GA, Teri (Dan) Bauer, Murfreesboro, TN, 9 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

A Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL, with Rev. Joseph Naill officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon, IL, with a luncheon to follow at the church. Visitation will precede the mass at 9:00 am at the church. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL or St Mary Catholic Church. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with services.

Sadie Doreen Doyle – 85

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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

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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.