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.

Karen B. Johnson – 71

Polo, IL, Karen Blanche Hendrickson Johnson, age 71, went home, healed and whole, to be with Jesus Christ on Friday, March 4, 2106. She passed away at Serenity Hospice and home, Oregon, IL after a long bout with COPD. Karen was born March 10, 1944 in DeKalb, IL the daughter of Lester & Dorothy (Cline) Hendrickson. Karen is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Roger Johnson of Polo, IL; sons: Kevin (Jane) Stivers, Winnebago, IL, Doug Stivers, Polo, IL, Tony (Renee) Stivers, Buffalo, IA; daughter: Teri (Vernon) McGuire, Tucson, AZ; step-sons: Roger (Nena) Dorre, Tinley Park, IL and Noble (Lucy) Dorre, Mesa, AZ. She was a proud Grandma to 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Leo and Robert Hendrickson and sister: Lois Johnson. Karen was loyal member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge for many years, holding several offices including, most recently, Senior Regeant. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and Sudoku’s in the daily newspapers.
As a devoted mother, she was loved by many and touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She never missed one of her kids sporting events, even stepping in to coach baseball for her sons when no one else would. Even though she only had four biological children, dozens more called her “mom” throughout the years. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting, church, and school events.
Memorial visitation will be held in The Mt. Morris Moose Lodge on March 9, 2016 starting at 2:00 P.M with a Women of the Moose ceremony and a memorial service following with Rev. Rick McGough officiating . Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Lee, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with service. Memorials to Mt. Morris Women of the Moose and/or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Kathryn A. Giblin – 89

IMG_5282Mt. Morris, IL, Kathryn Ann Giblin, age 89, died on Thursday February 11, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Kathryn was born on January 8, 1927 Harmon, IL the daughter of Emmett & Gladys (Green) Giblin. She graduated from Newman Catholic High School class of 1944. Kathryn married Robert Slater on July 24, 1944; he preceded her in death on September 29, 1971 and then she married Smokey Drumheller and he preceded her in death. She worked for Kable Printing Company in Accounting Department until the strike, then she worked for the State of Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. She loved to read, crossword puzzles, and most of all loved her family times.
Kathryn is survived by her children: Dianne (Dale) Slater, Mayville, WI, Rita (Jim) Hermes, Oregon, IL, Kay (Terry) Mageland, Janesville, WI, Nancy (Perry) Sommer, Rochelle, IL, Bob (Pam) Slater, McHenry, IL, Marilyn Robinson, Summerfield, FL, Jim (Char) Slater, Fairbanks, AK, Ron (Roxanne) Slater, Fairbanks, AK, Jerry Slater, Racine, WI, Theresa (Dave) Smith, Toronto, ON; 38 Grandchildren; 61 Great-Grandchildren; 8 Great Great- Grandchildren; 1 Brother: Paul Giblin, Amboy, IL.
Kathryn is preceded in death by Parents; Children: Ginger Britz, Paula McCarns; Granddaughter: Roxanne Fossett Johnson; 3 Brothers: Jack, Jim, and Bill Giblin; 2 Sisters: Rita Giblin and Mary Jean Hartman.
Memorial Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL will be held Saturday February 20, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Joseph Naill officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday February 20, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to American Cancer Society.
Funeral Luncheon will be held following the service in the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge, Mt. Morris, IL.

Gilbert Lowe – 93

Mt. Morris, IL, Gilbert Lowe, age 93, formerly of Rochelle, IL, died Monday February 1, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Gilbert was born April 4, 1922 in Wayne County, IL the son of Charlie & Inez (Porter) Lowe. Gilbert served in The United States Army during WWII in Normandy and Northern France. Gilbert married Dorothy E. Hood on April 15, 1944 in Brownwood, TX and she preceded him in death on December 18, 1992. Gilbert was a Life Member of Floyd J. Tilton VFW Post, Rochelle serving as Past Commander from 1967-1968.
Gilbert is survived by his Sisters: Leila Ann (Elmer) White, Diamond, MO; Mary Lowe, Mt. Morris, IL; Brother in Law: Herman Hood, Naples, FL; Sisters in Law: Helen Gaston, Bogard, MO, Judy Ehrhart and Lea Neff both of Wayne City, IL; several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friends: Steve Armbruster, Mt. Morris, IL; Jerry (Ann) Tannahill, Cisne, IL, and Larry (Ellen) Miller and Family, Oregon, IL.
Gilbert is preceded in death by his Parents; Wife: Dorothy; Brothers: Earl, Theodore, Robert, and Stanley; Sisters: Rose Whitson, Louise Bullard, and Wilma Sager.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday February 5, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Rodney Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Flagg Center Cemetery, Flagg Center, IL. Visitation will be held Friday February 5, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flower memorials to Floyd J. Tilton VFW Post 3878, 318 4th Ave, Rochelle, IL 61068-1617

Betty McNett – 91

Mt. Morris, IL, Betty McNett, age 91, died on Saturday January 30, 2016 in The Brookdale Senior Living, Rockford, IL. Betty was born on December 2 3, 1924, the daughter of Dudley & Florence (Stull) Allen. Betty is a Graduate of Mt. Morris High School Class of 1942. She married Richard McNett 2/19/46. Betty retired from Kable News 1986.
Betty is survived by her children and their spouses, Steven & Chris McNett, Dave & Deb McNett; Kristan & Mike Lauer, all of Rockford, IL. Grandchildren and their families; Brian and Molly McNett, Madeline, George and Will of Cleveland. Bryn and Tim Martinek, Maryn, Carly and Ben of Yorkville. Extended Lauer families, David Lauer family, John Lauer family, Jason Lauer family, Zac Lauer family, Jeremy Voss, Chicago, IL. Numerous nieces and nephews, Sister Jean Gecan of Mt. Morris, Special family Ron and Jody Dahmen, Beth and Katie. Beloved pup Tanner.
Betty is Predeceased by husband 7/29/11.
Memorial service will be held Thursday February 4, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday February 4, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. until service time in the church.
Memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church and/or charity of choice.

Thelma E. Newcomer – 104

Leaf River, IL, Thelma Elizabeth Newcomer, age 104, died on Monday January 25, 2016 in the Maple Crest Care Center, Belvidere, IL. Thelma was born April 25, 1911 in Egan, IL the daughter of John E. & Verna L. (Plum) Haire. Thelma graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1928 and Northern Illinois University. She married Joseph C. Newcomer on May 16, 1931 in Wyanet, IL and he preceded her in death on September 20, 1992. Thelma was an Elementary School Teacher for Leaf River School District for 33 years retiring in 1972. She was a member of Leaf River United Methodist Church, National & Illinois Education Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Daughter’s of The Nile, Rockford, IL, Byron Senior Center, Byron, IL, Ogle County Republican Women, and Women of The Moose, Mt. Morris, IL.
Thelma is survived by her Son: Stephen (Carole) Newcomer, Rockford, IL; Daughter: Kathleen (Larry) Krause, Renton, WA; Grandchildren: Susan (Mike) Connell, DeWitt, IA, Greta (Gunter) Ertel, Mukilteo, WA, and Zachary (Lisa) Newcomer, Wauwatosa, WI ; Great-Grandchildren: Erin, Bryan, and Dillon Connell, DeWitt, IA, Lydia Ertel, Mukilteo, WA, Alex and Max Newcomer, Wauwatosa, WI.
Thelma is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Joseph Newcomer; Son: Denny Newcomer; Sisters: Phyllis Hawkins and Bernice Faught.
Memorial services will be held Friday January 29, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. in Leaf River United Methodist Church, Leaf River, IL with Rev. David Poust officiating. Private burial will be held in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be held Friday January 29, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in the Church.
Memorials to Leaf River United Methodist Church and/or Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital.

Myrna M. Williams – 80

Mt. Morris, IL, Myrna M. Williams, age 80, died Thursday January 21, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. She was born October 1, 1935 in Havana, IL the daughter of John & Telva (Dobson) Lippert. Myrna graduated from Oregon High School, and she received an Associates Degree from Sauk Valley Community College. Myrna was a Purchasing Manager for Kable/ Quebecor Printing Company Mt. Morris, IL. She married Walter Wissing on August of 1955 in Oregon, IL and then she married Sheldon Williams July 12, 1986 in Mt. Morris, IL. Myrna enjoyed her family, traveling, music, church activities, dancing, entertaining family and friends in her home. She is a member of The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Mt. Morris Senior Center, PEO, and Performing Arts Guild.
Myrna is survived by her Husband: Sheldon Williams, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Stuart (Lela) Wissing, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Marcia (Chris) Wissing-Ruhl, Tucson, AZ, Step-Son: Chris (Karen) Williams, Chicago, IL; Step-Daughter: Jenny Williams, Richmond, IN; Grandchildren: Logan Susini, Tucson, AZ, Matthew Wissing, Oregon, IL, Emily (Jason) Severson, Elgin, IL; Great-Grandchild: Becca Severson, Elgin, IL; Step-Grandchildren: Sammy, Addison Williams, Chicago, IL. Sister: Leuella Lippert, Fort Collins, CO; 1st Husband: Walter Wissing.
Myrna is preceded in death by her Parents, 5 Brothers, and 1 Sisters.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday January 26, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in the Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Community Terrace and/or Good Samaritan Fund.

Robert L. Campshure – 80

Robert L. Campshure, 80, Cedarville, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 at his home.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1935 in Appleton, Wis., the son of Leo and Catherine (Keller) Campshure.

He attended St. Therese Elementary School and graduated from Appleton High School in 1954.

He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Bob was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 in the 2nd Armored Division, 1st Armored Rifle Battalion, 41st Infantry.

He married Sharon Brooks on June 9, 1962.

He was employed at Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, Freeport, for 30 years.

Bob was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks.

He also enjoyed gardening and feeding and watching birds.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Bradley (Terry) Campshure, Polo; daughter, Dianne (Mike) Pehl, Freeport; two grandchildren, Courtney Pehl, Chicago, and Hayden (Jen) Pehl, Louisville, Kentucky; and brother, Charles (Ann) Campshure, Menasha, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Richard Campshure.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Forreston Grove Church, 7246 N. Freeport Rd., Forreston, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.

A lunch will be held after the services at the church.

Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, assisted the family, and cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial will be established.

Suzanne Renee (Diehl) Chavez – 51

IMG_0126 Suzanne Renee (Diehl) Chavez, age 51, died Monday, January 11, 2016 in
Goodyear, AZ. Sue was born March 1, 1964 in Dixon, IL to Robert and
Janell (Myers) Diehl. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1982
and later obtained her Bachelors degree in Nursing and Masters degree
in Business Administration. Sue married Ronald Chavez on March 17,
1990. She made her career in nursing and health care administration, a
perfect fit for her compassionate and caring heart. Sue loved to
travel; her life was always about adventures and the next big trip.
Sue is survived by her husband Ron; son Matthew Chavez; stepdaughter
Tena (Abel) Stanford; granddaughters Bianca, Celeste and Christaina;
mother Janell Diehl; brother Robert (Jennifer) Diehl; Sisters Marty
(Larry) Fay, Kathy (Gary) Blume, Donna (Jerry) Martin and Diane (Dale)
Beesing; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is preceded in death by father Robert Diehl and niece Audrey
Funeral services will be held Monday January 18, 2016 in the Oregon United Methodist Church, Oregon, IL at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Barbara Good. Visitation will be held in the Church on Monday January 18, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time.
Memorials to National Kidney association.
Finch Funeral home is assisting the family with services.

Karshan A. Luttig Peterson – 35

Mt. Morris, IL, Karshan Ami Luttig Peterson, age 35, died Sunday January 10, 2016 in the Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Karshan was born July 15, 1980 in Rockford, IL. At an early age, she enjoyed car rides, this love carried over to her enjoying snowmobiling, fishing, and trips north with family and friends. She enjoyed art projects, decorating, cross words, McDonald’s Fries, and Coca-Cola. She graduated from Oregon High School class of 1998 and she attended Rasmussen College for Massage Therapy. Karshan will be missed by all who ever knew her.
Karshan is survived by her Parents: Rod & Linda Peterson, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Chase (Who put a smile on all our faces); Brother: Lucas Peterson, Leaf River, IL; Grandmother: Lois Christians, Mt. Morris, IL, and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.
Karshan is preceded in death by Charles & June Peterson, and Leslie Christians.
Funeral Services will be Friday January 15, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be a private family service on Saturday January 16, 2016. Visitation will be Friday January 15, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Special thanks to the nursing staff at OSF and all the employees at the Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials to Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center.