Wayne L. Lantz – 81

Oregon, IL, Wayne L. Lantz, age 81, died Friday August 15, 2014 in Heritage Square Nursing Home, Dixon, IL. Wayne was born July 7, 1933 in Lighthouse, rural Ogle County, IL the son of Russell & Gwendolyn (Bennett) Lantz. Wayne graduated from Mt. Morris High School and went on to own his own trucking business, White Lighting Express. He enjoyed being with his family, collecting coins and most recently collecting marbles. You could often find Wayne in his garage tinkering, building or fixing things.
Wayne is survived by one son: Stephen (Lori) Lantz, Oregon, IL; 3 Daughters: Janice (Terry) Day, Kathy (Bruce) Miller, and Beverly (Bruce Portner) Lantz all of Dixon, IL. 10 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great Great Grandchildren, and Sister: Patricia (Neil) Unger, Mt. Morris, IL.
Wayne is preceded in death by his Parents, 2 Brothers: James and Jack Lantz, and 1 Sister: Barbara Hultquist.
Memorial service will be on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in River View Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday August 19, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Heritage Square Nursing Home.

Susan M. Jorgensen – 59

Mt. Morris, IL, Susan M. Jorgensen, age 59, died Friday August 1, 2014 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Susan was born March 13, 1955 in Beloit, WI the daughter of Kenneth & La Nore M. (Kopitzke) Duxstad. Susan graduated from West High School, Rockford, IL and received an Associates Degree from Rock Valley College. She married James A. Jorgensen in Rockford, IL. Susan was a flight line repairer for Boeing for 15 years. She has lived in Mt. Morris for 14 years moving from Seattle, WA.
Susan is survived by her husband: James Jorgensen, Mt. Morris, IL; daughter: Danielle M. Jorgensen; grandson: Christain; Brothers: Thomas Alderman, Robert (Sue) Alderman, Mike Alderman; Sisters: Geraldine Bonilla, Kim S. Grieves, and Patricia (Brian) Galor.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial service is Sunday August 10th at 11:00 in the 7th Day Advent Church, Rochelle, IL.
Memorials to the family.

Darrel L. Strite – 90

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Mt. Morris, IL, Darrel L. Strite, age 90, died Saturday August 2, 2014 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Darrel was born February 12, 1924 in Polo, IL the son of Joseph & Caroline (Schnulle) Strite. Graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Darrel Married Dorothy Nunn on December 24, 1942 in Mt. Morris, IL. Dorothy preceded him in death on January 30, 2006. Darrell farmed all his life in the Mt. Morris Area. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but his love was his grandchildren.
Darrel is survived by his children: Judith Young, Dixon, IL; Sons: James (Rogene) Strite, Mt. Morris, IL and Jeffrey (Diane) Strite, Oregon, IL. 4 Grandchildren: Christine (Matt) Scheffler, Dixon, IL; Kelly (Al) Hildebrand, Dixon, IL; Brad (Kim) Strite, Oregon, IL, and Amy (Todd) Henson, Gas City, IN. 10 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.
Darrel is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Dorothy; Grandson: Brian Strite; and Son in Law: Frank Young.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday August 5, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL.

Aileen A. Personette – 90

Mt. Morris, IL, Aileen Personette, age 90, died Tuesday July 29, 2014 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Aileen was born May 17, 1924 in Polo, IL the daughter of Ross & Ina May (Hurdle) Hostetter. Aileen graduated from Polo High School, Polo, IL. She also graduated from North Central College, Naperville, IL. Aileen married Donald G. Personette on June 22, 1946 in Polo, IL. Her Husband Donald preceded her in death on January 14, 2006. She worked for Citizens State Bank starting as a Teller working her way up to Loan Officer retiring in 1987. She was a member of Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren. Aileen was a 50-year member of PEO, member of the Senior Citizen Center, and Sunset Golf Club, Mt. Morris, IL.
Her Son survives Aileen: Michael (Lori) Personette, Byron, IL. 3 Grandsons: Stephen (Ann) Personette, Normal, IL, Matthew and Marc Personette, Byron, IL. 2 Great Granddaughters: Kylie and Kearsten Personette, Normal, IL.
Aileen is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband, Donald; Son: Stephen.
Memorial services will be held on August 16, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, IL with Rev. Ginny Haney officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, IL. Visitation will be held August 16, 2014 from 10:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. in Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren and/or Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Jean L. Miller – 79

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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

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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.