SARAH (JEFFRIES) GAINES
, 91, of Paw Paw, Ill., passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at her home.
Born April 2, 1917, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of Walter and Mattie (Carnder) Jeffries. She married Chester Gaines in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 12, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 30, 1992. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary and the JFF Club.
She is survived by a son, Chet Jr. of Rockford; two daughters, Connie (Gary) Shannon of Paw Paw and Cheryl (Bill Hicks) Gaines of Normal; two brothers, Roy Jeffries of Sugar Grove and Willard Jeffries of Tennessee; a sister, Maud Humphreys of Leesburg, Fla.; caregivers Debbie Morgan and Sandra Kirk; five grandchildren, Cynthia Shannon, Cassandra Shannon, Jenny Hendren, Chad Gaines and Jenny Schubert; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, at the First Baptist Church of Paw Paw, with the Dr. Rev. Anne Hoflen and the Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Torman Funeral Home in Paw Paw.
Memorials may be directed to the Paw Paw Fire Department or Collaborative Solutions in Bloomington. For information, call 815-627-3811.
ANITA (KENDELL) GALLAGHER
, 91, of Bagley, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, and Dixon, Ill., passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at McDonald Funeral Home, Sterling, Ill. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery, Franklin Grove, Ill.
She was born on March 17, 1920, daughter of Cloyd E. and Marvel E. (Kramer) Kendell. She was the third eldest of 18 siblings. She was united in marriage to Richard J. (Dick) Gallagher on Oct. 19, 1940; he preceded her in death on March 24, 1984. Two daughters and a son were born to them.
Jean was a shy young woman who loved playing basketball, Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour books, country music and singing harmony.
She and Dick owned and operated Swissville Cafe and Pat & Mikes Bait Shop, in Dixon, for several years. They moved to Bellevue in 1959 and opened Pat & Mikes Trading Post where Jean again worked with the public, handled boats, motors and bait like a pro, advising where the "best fishing" was to be found and also ran the cafe, cooking breakfast for the 4 a.m. fishermen. She and Dick returned to Dixon in 1973 and retired in Frog Hollow. Jean moved to Rochelle, Ill., in 1988, and later moved to Bagley in 2000 to be closer to family.
Surviving are her son, Michael John (Patricia) Gallagher, of Salem, Conn., and a daughter, Terry Rae (Kenny) Van Loo, of Bagley; brothers Allen Neal (Columbia) Kendell, Donald Ross Kendell, Gordon Lee (Aimee) Kendell, Irvin William (Sharon) Kendell; sisters, Marion Lavonne Carpenter and Barbara Jane Kendell; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Jean Spangler; and a granddaughter, Dawn Marie Gallagher.
LENA M. (WOESSNER) GILBERT
, 102, of Franklin Grove, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2007at Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove. She farmed with her husband in the Dixon and Amboy area for many years.
Lena was born, June 5, 1904, the daughter of John and Caroline (Bort) Woessner. She married Waldron Gilbert on February 8, 1928, in Sterling, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1984. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon.
Survivors include, one son, Kenneth Gilbert, Dixon; two daughters, Doris (Martin) Ebert, Ashton, and Joyce Bothe, Amboy; seven grandchildren, Larry (Aneda) Ebert, Randy (Sandy) Ebert, Susan (Mark) Buchanan, Joe (Robin) Bothe, John (Michelle) Bothe, Pat Morris, and Gary (Sheree) Moris; fourteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and several step-great and step great-great grandchildren.
Lena was preceded in death by two daughters, Jean Morris and Shirley, in infancy; four brothers, Clarence, John, Carl, and Walter Woessner; two sisters, Edna Hammelman and Edith Fassler; two sons-in-law, Howard Bothe and Robert Morris; and one daughter-in-law, Virginia Gilbert.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2007, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Palmyra Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 until time of service at the church.
Memorials have been established to the Franklin Grove Nursing Center and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dixon.
SAMUEL C. GILBERT
- Funeral services for Samuel C. Gilbert, 64, who died Wednesday will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Carl Zigler, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Friends may call at the Brown-Seidel Funeral Home after 7 p.m. this evening until noon on Saturday. The body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of services. Masonic services will be held in the funeral home at 8 p.m. Friday.
Mr. Gilbert was born in Polo, June 25, 1896, the son of Albert and Mary Beam Gilbert. He was married to Naomi Schell of Polo in December 1917. He was a farmer in the Polo area. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren, Mystic Tie, 187 AF and AM, Tyrian Chapter RAM 61, Dixon Commandery and the Freeport Consistory.
Survivors are his widow, five sons, Elwin, Carl, Lloyd, all of Polo; Ronald, Fontanelle, Iowa; Grant, Waterloo, Iowa; one daughter, Mrs. Wayne Zimmerman, Dixon; ten grandchildren; one brother, Dan Gilbert, Ogden, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Allison, Polo; and Mrs. Vernie Detweiler, Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
ELIZA JANE (WARDER) GILROY
- Mrs. George Gilroy passed away at 5 o'clock last evening at her home, 1013 - 7th Street, her death terminating a lingering illness. Funeral services will be conducted from Sugar Grove Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock by P. H. Psicholtz of Nachusa with interment in Palmyra cemetery. The obituary will be published later.
(Dixon Telegraph Wed. June 21, 1933)
MEVELENE (JACKSON) GOOD
, 73, of Oregon died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in Polo Health Care Center. She was born April 25, 1935, in Spruce Pine, Ala., the daughter of Delmus and Geneva Cofield Jackson. She married Harold Good Jr. on Jan. 26, 1951, in Oregon; he died in 1996. Mev was a waitress at Charlie's in Byron for many years. She enjoyed Bingo, gardening, flowers and crocheting. She is survived by daughters, Sherry Hartzell of Franklin, Joyce (Randy) Pederson of Byron and Vickie (Fred) Kelchner of Mount Morris; grandchildren, Janelle Strite, Brent Hartzell, Tony Pederson, Alyssa Pederson, Jean Ann Bennett and Michael Ludwick; seven great-grand-children; sister, Syble Copeland of Oregon; brother, Curtis Jackson of Rockford; and special sister-in-law, Sharon Good. Predeceased also by parents; son, Harold Eugene "Punk" Good; and grandson, Stephen Hartzell. Service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon, with Pastor John Guthrie, East Oregon Church of God, officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Gardens, Dixon. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the funeral home. Memorials to Heartland Home Nursing or Ogle County Hospice would be appreciated. For more information, visit farrellhollandgale.com. Published in the rrstar.com from 5/22/2008 - 5/28/2008.
JAMES HENRY GORS
, 76, of Dixon Health Center, (Formerly of 1120 Long Ave., Dixon) died in KSB Hospital, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with Rev. Jeffrey Clements, associate pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday, 11 a.m. until time of services.
Mrs. Gors was born June 2, 1911 in Fontana, Wis., the son of John Henry and Mae Lewis Gors. He married Luella Mae Boward Smith, Oct. 19, 1941 in McHenry County. She died Feb. 4, 1987. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was employed at Raynor Manufacturing Co. for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1973. He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo, and the Dixon American Legion Post 12.
He is survived by a son, George E. Smith, Dixon; a daughter, Peggy Hackbarth, Dixon; a sister, Edna Monday of Beloit; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
JOHN D. GOVIG
, 66, of Steward, Ill., passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Pine Acres Rehab & Living Center in DeKalb.
Born Aug. 3, 1941, in Rochelle, he was the son of John and Helen (Colton) Govig. John married Nancy G. Heitmanek on Sept. 22, 1962, in Cicero. He was a Steward-area farmer for many years. He also was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle and was fire chief of the Ogle-Lee (Steward) Fire Department for 20 years. Over the years, John also was on the Steward School Board, Lee County Special Education Board and DeKalb County Fire Fighters Association, and was a Steward village trustee, Alto Township road commissioner and trustee, a crop insurance specialist and a member of the International Fire Chief Association. In 1992, John received a heart transplant at Loyola Hospital. John enjoyed spending time with his family, camping with friends, farming and caring for his yard and garden.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Karen Savage of Boston, Mass., Julie (Dave Carrion) Govig of Sterling and Jill (Richard) Kane of Steward; a brother, Ralph (Ruth Ann) Govig of Lanark; two sisters, Beverley (Arnold) Eykamp of Dixon and Lucile (Kenny) Abney of Tenmile, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren, Amanda, Alexis, Andrew and Aiesha Savage, Nicole and Warren Green and Kevin and Hannah Kane.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle, IL 61068, with the Rev. Dr. John Hamilton officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Steward. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Steward Fire Department, DeKalb County Hospice and any organ donor program.
, 67, Amboy, father of Normal residents, passed away Monday (May 18, 2009) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, following a sudden illness.
He was born in Mendota on April 26, 1942, son of Leo and Darlene Pfeifer Greskiwcz. He married Marlene Boehle on Aug. 7, 1971, in Amboy.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene, Amboy; his mother, Darlene, Mendota; his daughters, Lisa (Dustin) Smith, Lori (Ryan) Short and Cindy (Jason Hartzler) Greskiwcz, all of Normal; his son, Chad Greskiwcz, St. Louis, Mo.; his four grandsons, Benjamin and Alex Smith and Brendan and Andrew Short, all of Normal and his sisters, Barb (Wayne) Pinter, Cherry, and Bonnie (Bill) Bauer, Compton.
ROBERT WALTER GRUBEN
, 73, of Paw Paw, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at home.
Born July 21, 1934, in Waterman, he was the son of Walter Gerhardt Gruben and Eunice L. (nee Benjamin) Gruben. Walter put two bushels in Dr. Greeley's corn crib as payment for assisting the birth. Robert and his sisters attended Hipple Country School, and he was a 1952 graduate of Waterman High School. Sometime later, as a teenager he lost his right leg above the knee while farming for Louie Hardy.
In 1955, Bob married Elaine Marie Rhoades. During their 22-year marriage, they raised four children, farmed in the Waterman, Hinckley and Leland communities, and operated the Leland Legion's dining room and a catering business. Over the years, Bob worked in manufacturing and as a mechanic, owned and operated Gruben Construction and sold toy farm equipment as Miller House Collectables. He worked for several years as a bartender at the Sandwich Moose. Prior to his retirement, Bob remodeled and sold several low-income homes in Paw Paw.
Second only to his family was Robert's love of tractors. It didn't matter where his travels took him - he always would find an implement dealer to visit. Bob had been very active in both the Leland Lions and Sandwich Moose. He collected tractors big and small. Bob's other pastimes included playing cards, spending time with loved ones, traveling and visiting cemeteries.
Robert was briefly married to Pat Pine. April 22, 1989, was Bob's sobriety date. He was active in the Sandwich-Somonauk A.A. and most proud of being an 18-plus-year recovering alcoholic. Bob married his "Last Wife" Sandra L. Bullis on Dec. 28, 1991. They lived in her ancestral home in Paw Paw. In recent years they had wintered in Mesa, Ariz.
Bob was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer in September 2006. His yearlong survival had been miraculous. The family highly praises the skill of Dr. Richard Nora, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford and the care of DeKalb County Hospice. The family's advice: "If you are smoking, quit. If you are not, don't start."
Robert is survived by his wife, Sandy Bullis; two daughters, Tammy (Mike) Otto and Terry (Michael) Hulon, both of Sandwich; two sons, Timothy (Mary) Gruben and Tony (Madeline) Gruben, both of Leland; four grandchildren, Kendra and Colton Otto and Derick and Logan Skaggs; two step-granddaughters, Angela Skaggs and Tasha Salemi; a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Robert Alms, and their daughters, Linda (Larry) Hawbaker, Lou Ann (Chris) Denny and Lori (Larry) Elliott, all of the Phoenix, Ariz., area; five other nieces, Cheryl (Jim) Merchant, Janice (John) Powers, Patti (Dave) Pearson, Debby (Joe) Suddeth and Diana McDonough; a nephew, Dave (Sherrie Perkins) Marshall; a sister-in-law, Jackie Marshall; a stepsister, Patricia (Earl) Krantz of Florida; and his first wife, Elaine (Fred) Stahl.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Ellen (Williams) Benjamin and John and Janna C. (Harms) Gruben; his parents, Walter Gerhardt Gruben and Eunice Louise Gruben Kitner; his stepfather and stepbrother, LeRoy and James (Pat) Kitner; two infant siblings, Phyllis and Richard; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Dick Marshall; a nephew, Randall Marshall; and a niece, Kathy Marshall Benad.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Paw Paw Presbyterian Church on Chicago Road, with the Rev. Dr. Anne Hoflen and Pastor Dave Bateman officiating. Interment will be at Wyoming Cemetery south of Paw Paw. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Paw Paw Community Center on Chicago Road, with a Moose ceremony at 8 p.m.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to DeKalb County Hospice or Leland Lions.
Arrangements are by Nelson Funeral Homes, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley. For information, call (815) 286-3247.