Margaret I. Van Buskirk – 89

Oregon, IL, Margaret I. Van Buskirk, age 89, died Tuesday November 5, 2013 in the Oregon Healthcare Center, Oregon, IL. Margaret was born July 12, 1924 in Almont, Iowa the daughter of William & Anna (Cone) Miller. Margaret married Henry G. Van Buskirk on June 29, 1940 in Clinton, IA. Margaret was a very loving wife and mother.
Margaret is survived by her 5 Sons: James Van Buskirk, Kenneth (Delores) Van Buskirk, Donald Van Buskirk, David VanBuskirk, Jack (Annette) Van Buskirk; 4 Daughters: Linda (Mike) Conway, Sharon Shockey, Pamela (Rich) Personette, Karen (John) Bartman. Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great- Great Grandchildren.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Husband: Henry Sr.; Brother: Henry Jr.
Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family with service arraignments. Prayer services will be at a later date. Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers, kindness with our mother’s illness.
A special thanks to all the folks at Oregon Rehab and Healthcare center and Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL.

Richard A. Newhausen – 56

Byron, IL, Richard A. Newhausen, age 56 died Tuesday November 5, 2013 in Park Place of Belvidere, Belvidere, IL. Richard was born July 3, 1957 in Rockford, IL the son of Harold & Anna Mae (Hoting) Newhausen. Richard married Alice Shaw on May 6, 1982 in Rockford, IL. Richard loved his copper artwork, fishing & hunting, his dog “Pink.”
Richard is survived by his Wife: Alice Newhausen, Henderson, NV; Sons: AJ (Lexie) Newhausen, Loves Park, IL and Daniel Newhausen, Byron, IL. Brother: Larry (Jody) Newhausen, Oregon, IL, Sister: Barb (Tom) Gobin, Sullivan, MO; Father: Harold Newhausen, Auburndale, FL; 1 Granddaughter: Myla Orsborn, Rockton, IL; and special friend: Patricia Hinkes, Byron, IL.
Richard is preceded in death by his Mother: Anna Mae Newhausen.
Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation rites. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Delores Y. Moore – 85

Forreston, IL, Delores Y. Moore, age 85, died Tuesday October 29, 2013 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Delores was born September 6, 1928 in Amboy, IL the daughter of Chauncey & Margaret (Ollman) Welsh. Delores graduated from Amboy High School class of 1946, and she attended Naperville North College, Naperville, IL. Delores married Robert Moore on May 21, 1966 in Cherry Valley, IL. She was very active with StoneCroft Ministries serving as an Area Representative and National Speaker for 30 years. Delores was also active with the Leaf River Baptist Church, 6941 N. Mt. Morris Road, Leaf River, IL 61047; serving the Church in many capacities. She was a professional seamstress and sewing instructor for all of her life.
Delores is survived by her Husband: Robert Moore, Forreston, IL; Daughter: Kim Carlson, Rockford, IL; Grandson: Jay Johnson, Monroe, WI; Brother: Ron (Bev) Johnson, Monroe, WI; Sister: Maxine (Gus) Voss, Naperville, IL and Faun (Jack) Hill, Punta Gorda, FL, sisters-in-law Bonnie Pearson, Donna Welsh, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by Parents; Twin Brother: Doug Welsh; Sister: Billie Mae Welsh; and Stepmother: Fentie Welsh.
Funeral Services will by Saturday November 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in Leaf River Baptist Church, Leaf River, IL with Rev. Randy Newton officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, IL. Visitation will be Friday November 1, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. in The Leaf River Baptist Church, Leaf River, IL.
Memorials to be determined.

Duane F. Claussen – 90

Duane Francis Claussen, 90, Loves Park, passed away Monday, October 28,
2013 at Alpine Fireside Health Center. He was born April 6, 1923 in Rochelle, the son of Daniel and Marie (Harshman) Claussen. Duane married Darlene Russell in Mt. Morris on February 2, 1946, she passed away July 29, 2003. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps serving in Europe during World War II. He flew many missions as a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber. He graduated from Northrop Aviation Engineering School in Hawthorne, CA, and worked many years at Kable Printing Company in Mt. Morris. Duane was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Duane was a gentleman who loved to tell stories and had a great sense of humor. He was a champion go-kart racer, collected Ford Thunderbirds, and enjoyed riding motorcycles. Duane was also on avid NASCAR fan. He will be dearly missed by his family. Survived by his sons, Earl Claussen of Normal, IL, Jeff (Lee) Claussen of Casa Grande, AZ, Brad (Laurie) Claussen of Rockford, Donn (Joan) Claussen of Rockford, Ronn (Stephanie) Claussen of Winnebago; grandchildren, Benn and Carolynn, Cayla and Hannah, Brendon, Kathleen, Eric, Josalyn, Danielle (Dustin and Isabel Turner). Also survived by sister Pat Todd, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by wife Darlene, daughter Cheryl, brother Manley, and sister Gloria. There will be a private graveside service on Saturday November 2, 2013 officiated by Rev.
Murray Hanson of Third Presbyterian Church of Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials to charity of choice in memory of Duane.

Andrea M. Dubnick – 63

Andrea M. Dubnick , 63, Leaf River died Monday October 21, 2013 at Swedish American Hospital.
Andrea was born May 7, 1950 in Oak Park, IL. The daughter of John and Phyllis (Bauer) Dubnick.
Andrea worked at Northwestern University as a secretary in the Anthropology Department for over fifteen years.
She married C. Allen Reed on May 22., 1982.
She moved to Leaf River from Chicago in 2003.
In her spare time Andrea helped to edit and write stories for the Twilight Tales Reading series and with her co-editor Tina Jens shared a Bram Stoker Award in 2000.
She loved to read and interpret history as a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Andrea was a volunteer at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth, IL. She also volunteered in the community with the mentor program of the Forestville Valley Youth Network, the VITAL program at Sauk Valley Community College, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Bertolet Memorial Library, Andrea also was a beekeeper for the last 5 years.
She is survived by Allen, her husband; Mark and Harry, her brothers; Sister Hildegard, her sister; and her nieces Julia and Barbara.
Services will be in Silver Creek Cemetery on Saturday October 26, 2013 at 1:00 P.M., followed by a celebration of life in the Bertolet Memorial Library, Leaf River, IL.
Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in Rockford, IL or the Apple River Fort Historic Foundation, Elizabeth, IL

Thomas W. Wagner – 71

Oregon, IL, Thomas William Wagner, age 71, died October 17, 2013 in his home. Thomas was born July 14, 1942 in Chicago, IL the son of Nicholas & Edith (Kelley) Wagner. Thomas is survived by his sisters: Norberta Calvert; Susan Njust; Bridgie Napiorkowski; Mary Cardic; and Several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; Brother: Michael John Wagner; and Nephews: Gene and Patrick Rycraft.
A memorial service will be held Saturday October 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in New Life Assembly of God, 401 South 8th Street, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be Saturday October 26, 2013 from 10:00 till service time in the Church. A luncheon will be held following the services. Thomas will be missed but never forgotten. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the Family with the services.

Scott D. Rudolf – 46

Mt. Morris, IL, Scott D. Rudolf “Uncle Rudy”, age 46, died Sunday September 22, 2013 in Boston MA. Scott was born March 8, 1967 in Dixon, IL the son of David & Patricia (McNett) Rudolf. Scott graduated from Mt. Morris High School Class 1985, where he was a member of the 1983 Sweet-Sixteen Basketball team which played on March 8. He attended Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where he was a member of the track team; he then graduated from Eastern Maine Community College. Scott is a US Air Force Veteran serving during the 1st Gulf War. Scott bled Mounder Red and Black. He enjoyed all sports, but the loved the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed joking with his “sister Stef” on where in the City of Boston she is. Scott’s heart was made of gold, taking care of anyone that needed his help. He was a big teddy bear to his family and many friends, with a contagious smile.
Survivors include his children who he loved with his whole heart, Son: Mike Rudolf, Brewer, Maine and Daughter: Kaylee Wasilauskis, Wakefield, MA. Parents: Patricia & Larry Claussen, Mt. Morris, IL. Sisters: Stacy Anderson, Salem, IL; Wendy (Gene) Elzenberger, Castle Rock, CO; Lana (Ed) Vaile, Dixon, IL; Linda Claussen, Dixon, IL; Stefanie (Jason) Page, Mt. Morris, IL. Nieces and Nephews: Emily and Evan Elzenberger; Shaye and Chris Anderson; Drew and Tylar Smith and Mykayla Page. Many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Scott is preceded in death by his Grand Parents: Robert & Alice McNett, Arthur & Victoria Claussen, Frank & Edith Tomei, and his Father: David Rudolf.
Services will be Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Ginny Haney officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Monday September 30, 2013 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL from 5:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Community Gym, Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, and/or The Scott David Rudolf Memorial Scholarship Trust, Union Savings, Mt. Morris, IL.

John (Jack) Vye – 85

Mt. Morris – John (Jack) Burnham Vye, age 85, died on September 11, 2013 in his home. Jack was born February 15, 1928 in Baltimore, MD, the son of Vidian B. and Alysse V. (Wagner) Vye. He graduated from Waukesha High School in 1945 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served from 1946 to 1947 in the USN. Jack married Mary Louise Griffith on August 19, 1947. Jack moved his family to Mt. Morris in 1957. He worked at Watt Publishing for many years and then retired from Gorman Publishing in Chicago until retirement. In retirement, he and Lou continued their antiquing activities as members of NIADA. He loved his family and nature. He always had a joke or story for everyone.
Jack is survived by a son, John (Gail) Vye Jr., of Rockford, IL. Two daughters: Kimberly Vye of Polo, IL; and Heather (Kurt) Reding of Wichita, KS. Two grandchildren: Meghan (Mark) Frischenmeyer of Carthage, MO; and Andrew “Drew” (Celisa) Reding of Clay Center, KS. Step-Grandchild: Mary Sutton of Rockford, IL. Three great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Claire, and Jeremiah Frischenmeyer of Carthage, MO. Also his beloved pets Aytoo and Matilda.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary (Lou) Vye, his parents, and a sister Katherine (Vye) Homewood.
Memorial services will be October 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorials may be made to the Sano Bluff Bird Observatory and/or the Nature Conservancy.

Carol Oakes – 90

Carol Oakes, age 90, died peacefully at her residence, Sunrise Assisted Living, Salt Lake City, UT, on September 16, 2013. Together with her husband, Arthur Oakes, she raised her family in New Jersey, New York, and the North Shore of Chicago. She remained in the Lake Forest, IL area for over 40 years and had recently moved to Salt Lake City to be near her son and his family.
Carol was born December 26, 1922 in Rochelle, IL and moved with her parents Ulysses Blaine and Bessie Olive Pittenger to Mount Morris, IL. After a career with the State of Illinois, she married Arthur Oakes on November 23, 1947 from whom she was prematurely widowed in 1972. She raised three children: Sandra Lynne Oakes, Barbara Anne Oakes, and Arthur Oakes. Carol resumed her career in the mid 60’s becoming a property manager working for Gilbert Raynor Realty and Shell Management. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest and of the North Shore Chapter of the DAR. Carol was a great cook and loved to entertain her extended family.
Carol was the youngest of seven children and is preceded in death by her sister Vernie Mae Mudroch, and her Pittenger brothers Kenneth, Winston, Gordon and Preston. Carol is survived by her sister Genevieve McNames of Rockford, IL. She is also survived by her children: Sandra Oakes of Minnetonka, MN, her husband Charles Porter and their two daughters Elizabeth Porter of Bloomington, MN and Sarah Porter and her partner James Huxtable of San Fransisco, CA, and their daughter Emerson Huxtable; Barbara Oakes of Chatham, NJ, her husband Chris Asakiewicz and their three children CJ, Alexa, and Samuel Asakeiewicz; and son Arthur Oakes, his wife Lele Liu and their children Kai Li and Cameron Oakes.
Graveside services are being held at 10:30 am September 25, 2013 at the Plainview Cemetery in Mount Morris, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society honoring Carol as a forty-one year survivor of breast cancer. Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt Steet, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.
Carol, her quick intelligence and wry sense of humor, will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Nancy L. Davison – 77

Mt. Morris, IL, Nancy L. Davison, age 77, died on September 17, 2013 in The Oregon Healthcare and Living Center, Oregon, IL. Nancy was born August 26, 1936 in Buffalo Township, IL the daughter of Donald N. & Gladys H. (Geldean) Davison. Nancy enjoyed visiting with anyone she came across while on the walks in Mt. Morris. She also loved her time working with her sister Tudi. Nancy also loved to listen to music of all styles.
Nancy is survived by her Brothers: Willis “Bill” (Carolyn) Davison, Polo, IL and Kenneth (Tammy) Davison, Wis. 2 Sisters: Patricia Rosenbaum, Mt. Morris, IL and Evelyn Hewes, Freeport, IL. Many Nieces and Nephews.
Nancy is preceded in death by Parents and Brother: Steven Davison.
Memorial services will be Sunday September 22, 2013 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Visitation will be Sunday in the Finch Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. till 2:00 P.M.