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.

Iris Cashman Anderson – 88

Geneseo, IL, Iris Cashman Anderson, age 88, formerly of Mt. Morris, IL died Tuesday April 8, 2014 in Illini Hospital, Silvis, IL. Iris was born February 8, 1926 in Freeport, IL the daughter of Nelson & Francis (Wiltshire) James. She graduated from Freeport High School class of 1944. Iris married Harry Cashman of Polo, IL on April 15, 1945, and he preceded her in death on February 22, 1978. Iris then married Clarence Anderson of Rockford, IL, and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2008. Iris helped on the family farm for many years and was a secretary for Watts Publishing in Mt. Morris and the Oregon School District. Iris was well known throughout Northern Illinois for her beautiful singing talent. She performed for over 60 years at numerous events including the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, church events and crusades, and was a featured soloist in many cantatas. Iris participated in several women’s clubs and singing groups. Iris was a former member of the Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church and the Rockford First Evangelical Free Church. She was devoted to serving the Lord and her loving family.
Iris is survived by son: David (Faith) Cashman, Geneseo, IL; daughter: Diane (Dan) Overmyer, Valparaiso, IN. Grandchildren: Chris (Lisa) Cashman, Chicago, IL; Amber (Steve) Remsen, Hillsboro, OR; Jeremy (Chelsea) Overmyer, Elkhart, IN; Josh Overmyer, Valparaiso, IN. Great-grandchildren: Carissa Cashman, Lily Remsen, and Alix Mercer.
Iris is Preceded in death by her Parents; Husbands: Harry Cashman and Clarence Anderson; Son: James Cashman; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Funeral services will be Sunday April 13, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Bruce McKanna officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday April 13, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. till service time.

Carlos Hernandez – 70

Byron, IL Carlos Hernandez, age 70, died Tuesday April 8, 2014 in his home. Carlos was born in Pueblo Pue, Mexico on March 26, 1944 the son of Carlos & Anna Maria (Cuevas) Hernandez. Carlos married Mary Beth Penn on June 12, 1974 in Leaf River, IL. Carlos work as a set-up and operator for Austin Westran in Byron, IL for 34 years retiring in 2008. He was devoted family man, loved boxing and soccer.
Carlos is survived by his wife: Mary Beth Hernandez, Byron, IL; Daughter: Penny Rose Mathes, Altus, OK. 3 Grandchildren: Brianna Marie White, Roscoe, IL; Adam Mosley and Andrea Mathes of Missouri.
Brother: Jose Luis (Clara) Hernandez De Cuevas, Puebla, Pue, Mexico. 3 Sisters: Gloria Hernandez, Puebla, Pue, Mexico; Anna Maria (Arturo) Hernandez De Melendez, Puebla, Pue, Mexico; Susanna Hernandez, Rockford, IL.
Carlos is preceded in death by his Parents; and Daughter: Cassandra Marie Hernandez-White; Brother: Enrique Hernandez.
Funeral services will be Saturday April 12, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL 61054 with Father Howard Barch Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to be determined.

Neil D. Johnson – 77

Mt. Morris, IL, Neil D. Johnson, age 77, died April 3, 2014 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL.
Neil was born August 16, 1936 in Milledgeville, IL the son of Lester R. & Vera L. (Fulfs) Johnson. Neil graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Neil married Jacqueline L. Keilsmeier in June 1954 in Mt. Morris, IL; they had 3 children: Duane, Pamela, and Kimberly. Neil then married Sandra A. Warfield in December 1962 in Ogle County; and they had 2 children: Crystal and Dennis. Neil was a farmer and a laborer, farming his family farm in Ogle County, IL.
Neil is survived by his Children: Pamela (Butch) Turek; Kimberly (Mike) Bowman; Crystal (Darin) Rodgers; and Dennis Johnson. 7 Grandchildren: Zachary Neil Johnson; Hillary Jean Johnson; Jaclyn Kimberlee Turek; Michelle Kristine Bowman; Jacob Tyler Mongan; and Dylan James Mongan. 8 Great Grand Children.
Neil is preceded in death by his Parents, 1 Son: Duane L. Johnson; 1 Grandson: Timothy Noble Bowman; 2 Brothers: Arlyn and Kenneth Johnson.
Memorial services will be Friday April 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Erhler officiating. Visitation will be Friday April 11, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in the funeral home.
Memorials to Rescue Warrior’s pet rescue.

Darrell O. Wagner – 72

Darrell O Wagner, Leaf River, died suddenly at home April 3. Darrell was born in Leaf River on November 17, 1941 to Glenn and Alverna (Jimmy) Wagner. He graduated from Leaf River High School in 1959. Married Neita Webster. Survived by his wife, son, Jeff Wagner; Machesney Park daughter, Shelly (Rick) Williams, Leaf River; brother, Shelby (Lorna) Wagner, Diamond Bar, CA; and sister-in-law, Florene Wagner, Leaf River. Also surviving are four grandsons, Alex Wagner, Ryan (Jenn) Williams, Reid Williams and Ross Williams and great-granddaughter, Luxdani Williams, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents and brother, Leonard Wagner.
Memorial Service will be Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt Morris. Visitation will be Tuesday April 8, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.