Obituaries

Gail N. Westfall

OREGON – Gail N. Westfall, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021in her home after a long illness. Gail was born on Aug. 16, 1935 in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Ella (Minnow) Nettleton.... more

Shirley A. Orr

MOUNT MORRIS – Shirley A. Orr, age 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021 in her home with her family by her side. Shirley was born on April 3, 1941 in Cambridge, Ill., the daughter of Gail and Marjorie (Peterson) Moore. ... more

Richard “Rich” Wayne Herring

OREGON – Richard “Rich” Wayne Herring, 74, of Oregon, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born Sep. 4, 1946 in Lena, the son of Harry and Theresa (Veer) Herring. Rich served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He married Gloria Ann Denk on July 7, 2001 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle.... more

Betty Mary Ellen Croft

Betty Mary Ellen Croft, 94, of Oregon died April 9, 2021 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. Born Nov. 23, 1926, in Leaf River, daughter of Milford Lewis (M.L.) and Eva (Welty) Croft. ... more

Melvin T. Clubb

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Melvin T. Clubb, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 72.... more

Eloise Cecka

With loved ones by her side, Eloise Cecka went home to be with Jesus on April 5th, 2021. She was born on Jan. 18, 1937, in the rural community of Uriah, Ala., to parents James and Marie (née Davis) McDonald and was raised by her loving grandparents Leaner and Rob Davis. ... more

Janet Arlene Buffington

FORRESTON – Janet Arlene Buffington, 86, of Forreston, passed away, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Janet was born Sept. 20, 1934 in Freeport, the daughter of Harry and Mabel (Whitacre) Krull.... more

Debbie Lynn Branch

Debbie Lynn Branch, age 61, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Her loving husband and daughter were at her side as she passed into God’s warm embrace. Debbie was a very compassionate person and always treated people like she would like to be treated.... more

Edward A. Schnulle Jr.

POLO – Edward A. Schnulle Jr., age 94, passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. Ed was born on June 15, 1926 in Lincoln Township, Ill., the son of Edward A. and Mae E. (Watts) Schnulle. He graduated from Polo High School. Ed married Marian Wessels on December 31, 1950 in Sterling.... more

Marilyn K. Pazera

MOUNT MORRIS – Marilyn K. Pazera, age 79, of Mt. Morris, passed away on April 6, 2021 in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, after a battle with COVID-19. She was born on March 28, 1942 in Sandwich, the daughter of Howard and Ruth (Brown) Baker.... more

William E. “Bill” Hogan

BYRON – Longtime Byron resident William E. “Bill” Hogan, age 91, died peacefully Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill died due to complications from a fall on the ice this past winter. He was born Oct. 28, 1929 in Byron Township, the son of William L. and Anna Mae (Stine) Hogan, where he attended Byron Schools.... more

Judith A. “Judy” Hitchcock

OREGON – Judith A. “Judy” Hitchcock, age 75, died Friday, April 2, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 2, 1946 in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the daughter of William and Noma (Sarver) Bushland. ... more

Ida Belle Gray

CHANA – Ida Belle Gray, 86, lifelong area resident, died Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. Born Dec. 11, 1934 in White Rock Township, Ogle County, the daughter of Merritt M. and Alice (Canfield) Gray. Ida Belle graduated 8th grade from Kings School, from Stillman Valley High School in 1953 and Illinois Wesleyan University in 1958. She taught school for some years in Wheaton. She was a lifelong member of Chana United Methodist Church.... more

Louan "Lou" J. Dallman

BYRON – Louan "Lou" J. Dallman, age 73, passed away on April 6, 2021 at UW Madison Hospital. She was born on Dec. 3, 1947 in Rockford the daughter of Clifford and Cathryn (Hildebrand) Harms.... more