Jean L. Miller – 79

Ashton, IL, Jean L. Miller, age 79, died Sunday July 27, 2014, in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Jean was born November 12, 1934 in Omaha, NE the daughter of Loy & Margaret (Wilcox) Fisk. She married Daniel Miller on September 16, 1954 in Sparta, WI. Jean and Dan farmed in the Ashton area for over 40 years and retired in 1997. Jean was a member of the Ashton United Methodist Church and was very active in Church functions; including teaching Sunday school. She loved working on geneology for both the Fisk & Miller families.
Jean is survived by her Husband: Daniel Miller, Ashton, IL; Sons: Neil (Susie) Miller and Gary (Kathy) Miller; Daughter: Nancy (Charles) Demrow. Grandchildren: Jason (April), Daniel, Barry, Justin Miller, Michael and Michelle Demrow. Brother: Warren (Janice) Fisk.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents and Brother.
Memorial service will be Thursday July 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Ashton United Methodist Church, Ashton, IL with Rev. Sang Hun Han officiating. A private burial in Steward Cemetery, Steward, IL will be held.
Memorials to Ashton & Franklin Fire Departments, Ashton United Methodist Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Lore Bogdanovich – 97


Byron, IL, Lore Bogdanovich, age 97, died Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL surrounded by her family. Lore was born August 12, 1916 in Guetersloh, Germany the daughter of Heinrich & Gertrude (Wolkovitz) Tiedeman. Lore came to America in 1952 and settled in Lyons, IL until 1997 when she moved to Byron, IL to be close to her family. She was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church, Byron, IL. Lore loved her flower and vegetable gardens, Knitting and sewing, her birds, and she swam at Nash Recreation Center in Oregon, IL until she was 86.
Lore is survived by her Daughter: Gisa Vinnedge, Byron, IL; Grandchildren: David (Special Friend Kim Brinkmeyer) Vinnedge, Forreston, IL; Charles (Farah) Vinnedge, Woodbridge, VA; Vickie (Bill) Vinnedge-Gerdes, Amboy, IL. Great Grandchildren: Justin Whipple, Rebecca Coleman Vinnedge, Jared Vinnedge, Dalton Vinnedge, Elijah Whipple, Mayson Whipple, Alyssa Vinnedge, Nathan Vinnedge, Garrett Gerdes, and Lauren Gerdes. Great Great Grandchild: Dashad Howard.
Lori is preceded in death by her parents, 2 Brothers, 1 Granddaughter, and 1 Great Grandson.
Graveside services will be held Saturday July 26, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. in Byron City Cemetery, Byron, IL with Rev. Marilyn Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Byron City Cemetery, Byron, IL.
Memorials can be sent to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.
There will be a luncheon following the service at Grandson Dave Vinnedge’s home, 11539 West East Road, Forreston, IL for a celebration of Lori’s life.

Everett E. Lundin – 85

Mr. Lundin Mt. Morris, IL, Everett Lundin, age 85, died Saturday July 19, 2014 in the Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Everett was born on July 23, 1928 in Mt. Morris, IL the son of Dale Everett Miller & Julia Slaughter Miller Lundin. Everett was baptized December 25, 1928 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL. He was later adopted by Ernest Lundin and was the eldest of four children. Everett graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1947. Everett served in the Army from December 1950 to November 1952; and he was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. When Everett returned home his love for the land led him to farming and milking cows. Everett married Wilda Anderson Nelson on May 25, 1968 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Iowa. Everett had a strong faith in God, attending Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL where he participated in many activities. He retired from farming in 1996. He enjoyed traveling across the country especially by train.
Everett is survived and will be greatly missed by his Wife: Wilda Lundin, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 Children: Larry (Nancy) Nelson, Mt. Morris, IL; Kevin Nelson, Mt. Morris, IL; Clair Nelson, Clarinda, IA; Laura (Jonathan) Gabriel, Gordon, WI. 3 Sisters: Joyce (Hank) Olthof, Australia; Myrna Hagemann, Rockford, IL; and Ebba Fewell, Rockford, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Emily (Nathan) Clements, Lakeside, MT; Erica (Randy) Bocker, Mt. Morris, IL; Amy Nelson, Dennison, IA; Andrea Nelson, Cedar Falls, IA; Aaron and Jacob Gabriel, Gordon, WI. 3 Great Grandchildren: Levi, Adalyn, and Kasen Bocker, Mt. Morris, IL. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Everett was preceded in death by his Parents, Infant Brother, as well as two Brothers in Law.
Funeral services will be on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 A. M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Donald L. Conklin – 57

Mt. Morris, IL, Donald L. Conklin, age 57, died Wednesday July 2, 2014, after a short illness, while surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born on July 7, 1956 in Montrose, PA the son of Roland & Linda (Walters) Conklin. Don moved to Mt. Morris from Phoenix, AZ to work at Quebcor Printing. He was presently employed at Pinney Printing of Sterling, IL. Don spent many years coaching soccer and enjoying the country life. His family was his pride and joy.
Don is survived by his wife: Jill Conklin, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Niklas Conklin, Mt. Morris, IL and Dakota Kubler, Woodstock, IL; Daughters: Crystal Evans, Orangeville, IL; Hannah Wagster, Prescott Valley, AZ, and Ivy West, Tumwater, WA; Nephew: Jacob Welch, US Navy; Parents: Roland and Linda Conklin, Franklin Forks, PA; and 7 Grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held on July 5, 2014 on his family farm in Mt. Morris, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with their wishes.

Micheal E. Zell – 63

Oregon, IL, Micheal E. Zell, age 63, died Friday July 4, 2014 in his home, with the love of his life beside him. Micheal was born February 19, 1951 in Oregon, IL the son of Donald & Lucille Zell. Micheal married Crystal Sue Hose on June 21, 1997 in Oregon, IL after 7 years of friendship. He worked in construction and truck driving. Micheal enjoyed riding Harleys with friends. Micheal showed his kindness by rescuing and loving abused Rottweilers.
Micheal is survived by his love: Crystal Zell, Oregon, IL; Special friends: Chris Pitton, Dee Vasquez and family, Linda Schmelzer, Pam and Gary Black, Sharon Schroder, Donna McKenzie, Dean Schroder, Richard Williams, Rachel Piper, Brother in Law: Steven Hose & Dodie, Pat Hammond, Mona and Roger Best, Kelly Truckenbrod, Mindy Morgan, and a special thanks to Pastor Carlton Easley, Oregon and Mt. Morris Fire Departments and Sue Norton.
Micheal is preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family with cremation rites.

Lois Ann Iva Bishop – 78

Bishop PictureOregon, IL, Lois Ann Iva Bishop, age 78, died July 2, 2014 in Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, IL. Lois was born November 26, 1935 in Mendota, IL the daughter of Hilbert & Pearl (Mathesius) Larsen. She graduated from Shabbona High School, Shabbona, IL. Lois married Edwin Bishop on January 9, 1988 in Rochelle, IL, and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2012. Lois was a Travel Agent working in Rochelle for Royal Travel retiring in 1989. She was a member of New Life Assembly of God. Lois was also a member of the Women of The Moose, Chapter 438, Rochelle, IL; Red Hat Club, Oregon, IL; and the Rock River Senior Center, Oregon, IL.
Lois is survived by her Children: Loris (Mike Cudden) Anderson, DeKalb, IL; Leonard (Rose) Dewey, Rochelle, IL; Lindon (Yvonne) Dewey, Stillman Valley, IL; Christine (Daryl) Myrick, Grays Lake, IL; and Pamela Juarez, Mount Prospect, IL. Step Children: Cathy (Milton) Fager, Forreston, IL; Karen (Robert) Palmer, Chana, IL; Angie White, Oregon, IL; Dan (Rhonda) Bishop, Leaf River, IL; Edwin (Janice) Bishop Jr., Oregon, IL; and Chris (Angel) Bishop, Chana, IL. 24 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandchild. Sisters: Hope Willrett, Malta, IL and Joyce Wrieden, Scottsdale, AZ; Sister in Law: Elaine Winters, DeKalb, IL. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Lois is preceded in by her Husband: Edwin; Brother: William Michael Larsen; Daughter: Jennifer Richardson, and Stepdaughter: Cindy Jellies.
A Memorial Service will be held on July 13, 2014 in New Life Assembly of God, 401 South 8th Street, Oregon, IL, at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor David Demmer officiating. Visitation will be July 13, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in New Life Assembly of God, Oregon, IL.
Memorials to the New Life Assembly of God.

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.