Dennis M. Styrsky – 71

DennisOregon, IL, Dennis Martan Styrsky, 71, of Oregon, IL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 28, 2015. Dennis was born on February 28, 1944, in Oak Park, IL, the son of Jerry and Slavka (Martan) Styrsky. Dennis graduated for University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM with a BS degree. Dennis served in the United States Army 5th Unit Army Band at Fort Sheridan, IL. He worked as Director of Contracting Medical Material, Department of Veterans Affairs, Hines, IL. Dennis enjoyed traveling and visiting friends in other parts of the country. He also enjoyed gardening, music and photography. Dennis remained active in helping organize 5th Army Band reunions.
Dennis is survived by his wife Carol (Clementz) Styrsky, Oregon, IL, daughter Jennifer Styrsky, LaGrange, IL, son Christopher, Hyland Park, IL, and brother Jerry Styrsky, Oak Forest, IL.

Michelle J. Huskins – 56

IMG_0278Michelle Jean Huskins born September 2, 1959 of Mt. Morris passed away November 23, 2015. She is survived by her father Thomas Whittaker, brothers Howard and Mike Whittaker, and ex-husband Robert Burke Sr. Her children Thomas Burke (Ashley Williams), James Burke (Kayla Norup), and Miranda Burke (Shane Imel). Michelle was preceded by her mother Dorothy Whittaker and ex-husband William Huskins.
Michelle has been a loyal WOTM member since 1998. She loved supporting her local Moose lodges, visiting Mooseheart, and attending Moose conventions. She truly loved being around her friends and family. She loved making new friends and playing games on Facebook. She loved everything fun and whimsical. She was a truly amazing mother, daughter, wife, and friend. She was an amazing person who will be truly be missed by everyone she knew.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the family to help cover costs. Donations will be accepted at 204 W Center St Mt. Morris IL 61054.

Merle G. Snodgrass – 94

IMG_0274Merle G. Snodgrass, age 94, of 1996 W. Snodgrass Road, Oregon, IL passed away on Tuesday November 17, 2015 in Franklin Grove Living & Rehabilitation Center. Merle spent his life as a farmer and was an active community member. Merle was born April 17, 1921 in Rockvale Township, Ogle County, IL, the son of Thomas A. & Florence (Griswold) Snodgrass. He married Anna May Bolthouse on November 7, 1942 in Oregon, IL. He was a member of The Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL. Merle was a member of the Rockvale Township Board, Ogle County Board, Mt. Morris Fire Board, and the Mt. Morris School Board. He was a Blackhawk Grange member, on the Extension Council, Circle M 4-H Leader, member of the ASCS Committee, member of the Ogle County Livestock Association, Chairman of the Ogle County Farm Visit Day, and a life long Ogle County Farm Bureau member. He was a faithful supporter of the Ogle County Fair and which he attended for 94 years. Merle was an avid baseball fan playing the sport until the age of 72. He was a life long Cubs fan.
Merle is survived by 2 sons: Thomas (Myrna) Snodgrass, Mt. Morris, IL and Marvin (Friend Bill Machuga), Ludlow, KY; Grandson: Ronald (Girlfriend Kristi Swanson of Shannon, IL) Snodgrass, Oregon, IL; Nephew: Duane (Valdene) Snodgrass, Byron, IL; and a Special Sister in Law: Jean Bolthouse.
Merle is preceded in death by his parents; Wife: Anna May; Brother: Ralph Snodgrass; 2 Sisters: Myrtice McKee and Ruth Straley.
Funeral service will be Monday November 23, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Sunday November 22, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to The Ogle County Fair.

Elizabeth “Betty” G. Lowry – 97

IMG_0270 Mt. Morris, IL, Elizabeth “Betty” G. Lowry, age 97, died on November 17, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Betty was born October 9, 1918 in Richland, NY the daughter of Scott J. & Grace P. (Franks) Lowry. Betty graduated from Dixon High School class of 1935, West Suburban Hospital as a registered nurse in 1940, and she had many management-training programs with United Airlines. She was a member of Mt. Morris Evangelical Free Church. Betty worked as a register nurse for West Suburban Hospital from the time she graduated from nursing school until 1941, and then she worked for United Airlines for 37 years as Flight Attendant and In-Flight Management. She was president of Silver Wings Plus and was Senior Travel Club President 1986 & 1987 with United.
Betty is survived by her nieces and nephews: Mina (Spencer) Price; Vivian Shinn; Betty Stone; Donald (Nancy) Lowry; Norma (Neil) Peterson; Robert (Pat) Lowry; Kenneth (Debbie) Lowry, Pauline (Orlie) Harrington; and many Great nieces and nephews.
Betty is preceded in death by her Parents; Brothers: Scott D. Lowry and Henry O. Lowry; Sister: Vivian Conley; Nieces and Nephews: Judy Brandt, Alice Rottke, Marjorie Blaga, Marian Spardella, Shirley Haas, and Gary Lowry
Memorial service will be held at later date in The Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home Chapel. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, IL.
Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Patricia Wright – 59

IMG_0407Dixon, IL: Patricia Wright, 59

Patsy was born May 19, 1956 in Clinton, IA to the late Donald C. “Bud” and Sylvia (Baird) Remrey. She married Jack Wright on September 7, 1974. She was employed at Kable News Company INC., Walgreens, and KSB Hospital.

Patsy wouldn’t want us to be sad instead hold tight to the memories take care of your health, and to love the people god placed in your life.

Patsy is survived by her husband Jack, son Daniel (Beth) Wright of Mt. Morris, IL. Daughter Stacy Rust of German Valley, IL and Sara (Jason Minder) Wright of Virden, IL. Grandchildren Katelin, Dillon, Adrianna Jeter, Hayden Rust, Logan and Allyiah Wright. Sister Beth (Danny) VanKampen of Fulton, IL, Brother Steven (Mary Howes) Baird of Coralville, IA. Step- brothers James Hammond, Richard Hammond of Maquoketa, IA. Step- sister Tammy Wallace of Fulton, IL. Vernon Wright of Dixon, IL, Butch Hammond of Fulton, IL. Many sister and brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

She is proceeded in death by parents, Sister Donna Erkan, and many others she cared so much about.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Finch Funeral Home 405 E. Hitt St. Mt. Morris, IL. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the funeral home. Officiating the services will be Rev. Fredie Hatfield Jr. Burial services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery Dixon, IL.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in Patsy’s name to the Granny Rose Animal Shelter, Dixon, IL 61021.

Charles A. Forsyth – 101

Charles A. Forsyth, age 101, of Mt. Morris, IL passed away November 4, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor. Charles was born on July 24, 1914 in Cameron, WI the son of Iver E. and Jennie (Meyer) Forsyth. He graduated from Central High School in Superior, WI in 1932. Charlie served in the Army Medical Department during World War II, 1941-1945. He married Margaret Dickson on June 30, 1942 in Rockford, IL. She preceded him in death on January 25, 1975. He married Evelyn Ranson on December 10, 1975. She preceded him in death on April 11, 2015. Charlie’s love of gardening led him to work at Beach Flower Shop in Chicago, IL after his discharge from the Army. He worked at Kable Printing Company from 1946 to retirement in 1975 as Foreman of the Mailing List Department. Charlie and Evelyn were volunteers at Pinecrest Nursing Home for over 29 years. He was a member of Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, American Legion, Mt. Morris/Oregon Senior Centers, and the former Men’s Garden Clubs of Mt. Morris and Oregon. He lived in the Mt. Morris/Oregon area since 1946.
Charlie was a proud man, strongly devoted to family. His sense of humor was clever, his attitude positive, as he lived by his words “Never give up”. Charlie loved to paint, create wood carvings, play cards, and laugh with friends and family.
Charlie is survived by his Step-Daughter: Debra (Mark) Elliott of Oregon, IL, two Step-Grandchildren: Shawn (Kate) Elliott of Belton, MO and Amanda (Larry Marks) Elliott of Chicago, IL, two Step-Great Grandchildren: Emilee and Kara Elliott of Belton, MO, and several nieces and nephews.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will begin at 10 am on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren with Service to follow at 11 am with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at Chapel Hill Cemetery at 11 am on Friday, November 13.

Marion L. Baker – 90

Mt. Morris, IL, Marion Louise Baker, age 90, died Thursday November 5, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Marion was born March 4, 1925 in Mt. Morris, IL, the daughter of Hubert E. & Pearl S. (Rudy) Knodle. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1943. Marion married H. Harlan Baker on March 22, 1947 in Mt. Morris, IL. Marion lived in Mt. Morris and Barrington, IL; and she was a member of the Mt. Morris United Methodist Church, Methodist Women’s Society, Mt. Morris Home Extension, and Mt. Morris Senior Center.
Marion is survived by her Husband, H. Harlan Baker, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Robert (Maria) Baker, Cary, IL; Daughter: Susan (Allen) Skaggs, Tampa, FL; 2 Grandchildren: Lina Marie and Patrick Robert Baker, Cary, IL.
Marion is preceded in death by her parents and 1 Brother: Robert Knodle.
Funeral services will be Monday November 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Pinecrest Manor Nursing home Chapel with Pastor Rodney R. Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday November 9, 2015 from 10:00 A. M. until service time in Pinecrest Manor Chapel.
Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Disciples United Methodist Church.

Glen M. Borneman – 94

IMG_0246 Leaf River, IL, Glen M. Borneman, age 94, died Monday October 26, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Glen was born on October 5, 1921 in Leaf River, IL the son of Fred & Gladys (Mayer) Borneman. He graduated from Leaf River High School, Leaf River, IL. Glen was a paratrooper in the Army Air Corp. during World War II. Glen married Irene Dietrich on October 23, 1948 in Cahokia, MO, and Irene preceded him in death on September 24, 2012. Glen was a director on the board of German American State Bank, held a full seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, was a 50 year member of the Leaf River American Legion #1148, a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, and a member of the NRA. He owned and operated Leaf River Land & Cattle and Rock Cut Quarry. One of his greatest joys was taking care of his cattle on the Leaf River Ranch. He was an avid reader, an historian of the local area, and a great storyteller. His legacy and spirit will live on in the Leaf River Valley and forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his Sons: Robert (Karen) Borneman, Leaf River, IL; Bill (Patti) Borneman, Helena, MT ; Ronald (Eleanor) Heidenreich, Rockford, IL; Larry (Dana) Heidenreich, Leaf River, IL; Grandchildren: Andrea (Nick) Weber, Winnebago, IL; Emily (Spencer) White, Austin, TX; Megan Borneman, Milwaukee, WI; Dustin Borneman, Madison, WI; Karl Borneman, Helena, MT; Jill (Jude) Torre, Cherry Valley, IL; Kevin Heidenreich, Mt. Morris, IL; Nick Heidenreich, Leaf River, IL. Great-Grandchildren: Adam and Emmitt Weber, Winnebago, IL; Annika Borneman, Helena, MT; Jillian Torre, Pecatonica, IL; Carly Torre, Cherry Valley, IL; Andrew Heidenreich, Pecatonica, IL.
Glen is preceded in death by his parents; Wife: Irene; Sister: Elverna Faulkner.
Memorial services will be held Friday October 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston, IL with Rev. Steven Erikson officiating. Burial will be in West Grove Cemetery, Forreston, IL. Visitation will be held Thursday October 29, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to St. James Lutheran Church.

Debra Lee Hartje – 60

Leaf River, IL, Debra L. Hartje, age 60 passed away Saturday October 10, 2015 in her home with her family by her side. Per Debra’s wishes there will be a family memorial at a later date.

Flossie E. Horst – 91

Mt. Morris, IL, Flossie E. Horst, 91, died Monday September 28 ,2015 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL with her family by her side. Flossie was born October 25, 1923 in Morrison, IL the daughter of Samuel M. & Edith C. (Hensler) Witmer. Flossie graduated from Sterling High School, and she received a Nursing degree from Sterling Public Hospital, which she was the last graduating class. Flossie married Leland Horst on August 29, 1948 in Forreston, IL; and he preceded her in death on May 24, 2003. Flossie was a nurse for the Sterling Hospital, and spent most of her nursing career with Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, sewing, and spending her time with her family.
Flossie is survived by her 4 children: Dorothy (Rodney) Fuchs, Monroe, WI; Eugene (Barbara) Horst, Fieldbrook, CA; Leann Horst, Mt. Morris, IL; Janice (Bob) Parker, Jacksonville, F; 12 Grandchildren; and 12 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Sisters: Lorna Witmer, Sterling, IL and Alice (Merle) Ebersole, Dixon, IL; and several Nieces and Nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Leland; 3 Brothers: Harry, Cliff, and Hank; Sisters: Ethel, Gladys, Mable, and Mary Emily.
Funeral Services will be Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in Oregon 1st Baptist Church, Oregon, IL with Pastor Jared Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be held Friday October 2, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorial to be established.