Esther Eileen (Werkheiser) Wilson

LEAF RIVER – Esther Eileen (Werkheiser) Wilson, 99, passed peacefully Monday, April 16, three days short of her 100th birthday. She was born April 19, 1918, on the family farm in Jo Daviess County, the fifth child of William Leslie and Emma Belle (Finkenbinder) Werkheiser.... more

Nonie L. Wiles

LEAF RIVER – Nonie L. Wiles, age 83, died peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at her home near Leaf River surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 1, 1934 in Davis Junction the daughter of Francis and Doris (Farrell) Foster. ... more

Weslee Liam Rice

OREGON – Weslee Liam Rice, 17, of Oregon died Saturday April 14, 2018 at Rockford Mercy Health as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. Born Aug. 29, 2000 in Austin, Minn., the son of William H., Jr. and Sandra Lee (Haller) Rice.... more


Freda Smith

BYRON – Freda Smith, 84, of Byron, passed away peacefully surrounded by her husband and children on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born February 20, 1934 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to parents Clarence Chastain and Claudia (Childers) Chastain, Freda moved to Rockford, Illinois in 1953 and married Hubert Smith of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on November 20, 1954 in Belvidere, Illinois. Hubert cherished Freda immensely and provided tender, loving, and attentive care to his bride of 63 years.... more

Mary Ellen Whitney Sassaman

OREGON – Mary Ellen Whitney Sassaman, 100, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018, after a long and full life. She was born Oct. 29, 1917 on a farm between Davis Junction and Stillman Valley. She was delivered during a blizzard with snow so deep that her father had to take a horse and cutter over the fences to fetch her grandmother. Mary Ellen was the daughter of Timothy and Mattie Bear Whitney. She had one sister, Bette Lace, who preceded her in death in 2007. On March 19, 1938, Mary Ellen married Howard Sassaman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon. They raised 4 children, Timothy, Twins Patrick and Michael, and Bridget.... more

Grant Richard Runyard

WINNEBAGO – Grant Richard Runyard, 81, lifelong resident of Winnebago, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born May 31, 1936 in Rockford the son of Ivan Moore and Olive “Ollie” Maxine (Kinnamon) Runyard. ... more


Angeline L. Messenger

OREGON – Angeline L. Messenger, 77, lifelong Oregon resident, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 in her home. Born Oct. 16, 1940 in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the daughter of William and Noma (Cheever) Bushland.... more

Patricia A. Johnson

STILLMAN VALLEY – Patricia A. Johnson, age 88, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away, Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. She was born in Feb. 1930 in Melrose Park, the daughter of David and Inez (Mieure) Robb. ... more


George A. Joesten

DAVIS JUNCTION – George A. Joesten, age 95, died Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born July 16, 1922 in Oregon, the son of Ailt and Mary (Gigous) Joesten. ... more

Naomi Tilbury Hendrickson

BYRON – Naomi Tilbury Hendrickson, age 90, died Monday, March 26, 2018, in Lawson, Mo., where she had resided for the past 15 years. Naomi was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Marietta, Minn. ... more

Eunice Elizabeth Eckhardt

ROCHELLE – Eunice Elizabeth Eckhardt, 84, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Franklin Grove. Eunice was born on Feb. 25, 1934 to Ulrich and Esther Wald in Nelson, Wis.... more

William “Bill” Busser,

BYRON – William “Bill” Busser, age 86, of Byron passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 14, 1931 in Chester, S.D., the son of Henry and Martina (Boone) Busser.... more

Mary B. Reciak

OREGON – Mary B. Reciak, 92, of Oregon, died Sunday March 25, 2018 in her home. Born May 1, 1925 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Rose (Sumera) Studnicki. ... more

Helen McAffee Debnam

BYRON – Helen McAffee Debnam died on March 23, 2018 in New York, NY. She was 88 years old. She was born on Jan. 13, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois the daughter of Lucille Lewis and Chester Alden McAffee. ... more