GLADYS ALTA (KREGER) HACKBARTH , 89, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Mission, Texas, after a long illness. Gladys was born April 1, 1921, in Lee County, to Charles and May Kreger. She married Chester Hackbarth of Dixon. He preceded her in death. Gladys and Chester were lifelong residents of Dixon until their retirements, when they moved to Mission, Texas. Gladys is survived by one son, Robert Edwards of Marysville, Calif.; one daughter, Linda Brill of Mission, Texas; four grandchildren, Kimberly Austin of Wheaton, Crystal Patterson of Bloomington, Jason Edwards of Plumas Lake, Calif., and Lori DePauw of Biloxi, Miss.; and six great-grandchildren, Lucas, Claire and Leah Austin, and Kaitlyn, Hannah and Samuel Patterson, all of Illinois. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Brown Family Funeral Home, Mission, Texas.
Contributed by Pat Easterday - The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Sat., April 23, 2011 Page A4 - Col. 1-2

EILEEN HAHN , 92, of Dixon, passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at her home, after a long illness. Eileen was born May 29, 1918, in Sheffield, the daughter of Herman and Helena (Jorgensen) Knudsen. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheffield, which was established in 1869. The church is now listed in the National Historic Register as the first of its kind in the U.S. She was a longtime employee of Venier's Jewelers, and worked for three generations of the Venier family. She married Russell J. Hahn of Dixon. He preceded her in death in 1972. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Norbert and Bernard Knudsen. She is survived by her sisters, Norma M. Kellen and Beverly Pitzer, both of Dixon; her brother, Roland (Dorothy) Knudsen of Harmon; and her sister-in-law, Betty Knudsen of Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. Private family graveside service will be Thursday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Memorials have been established to KSB Hospice and Granny Rose Animal Shelter, both in Dixon.
Contributed by Pat Easterday - The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 Page A4 - Col. 3-4

ALMA LUCILLE (SHANK) BOEDECKER HARGRAVE , 100, of Dixon, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was a life long homemaker. Alma was born January 2, 1909 in Freeport, IL the daughter of George and Maggie (Studebaker) Shank. She married Arthur Boedeker who died in 1937. She married William Hargrave June 16, 1938 in Dubuque; IA who died 1979. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She enjoyed working alongside other ladies from the church in making quilts that were sent around the world and assisting in the church office by putting together bulletins for the worship services. She was an avid gardener and took pride in tending to the petunias on North Galena Avenue. Her passion and legacy for crocheting rag rugs and giving them away is cherished among family and friends. Alma also enjoyed canning vegetables and traveling the United States. Survivors include three sons, James (Judith) Boedeker of Louisville, KY, Robert (Marilyn) Hargrave of Dixon, IL, Jeffery (Susan) Hargrave of Coal Valley, IL; one daughter, Barbara (Hargrave) Sitter of Rockford, IL; special family member Cindy Wilson of Dixon; 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 19 great, great-grandchildren. Alma was also preceded in death by, 3 daughters, Jean Boedeker, Joyce Weedman and Priscilla Wilson. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until time of services at the Church. Funeral arrangements by the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to the Leukemia Foundation.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

WILLIAM HEILGEIST , 73, of Dixon, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous fight against cancer. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, as a crane operator for 32 years, retiring in 1994. William was born March 25, 1936, in Harmon, the son of William and Catherine (Garland) Heilgeist. He married Dolores Nehring on Jan. 4, 1958, in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon. William was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his collection of antique tractors. Survivors include his wife of Dixon; two daughters, Sandra (Rick) Werner and Susan (Scott) Hodapp, both of Dixon; one sister, Blanche Heilgeist of Dixon; one brother-in-law, Mel McConnell and one sister-in-law, Charmaine Heilgeist, both of Dixon; five grandchildren, Jason Henley, Chad (Melissa) Henley, Erin Hodapp, and Tyler Hodapp, all of Dixon, and Casey (Joey) Blomberg of Amboy; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rita McConnell; and one brother, Joseph Heilgeist. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. James R. Keenan, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

HOWARD HEIMAN , age 67, of Pearl City, IL, formerly a Paw Paw area resident, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. He was born April 24, 1934 in Compton, IL son of Lester H. Heiman and Ruth Barth Heiman. Mr. Heiman was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Compton, he raised and sold purebred Duroc Hogs for over 40 years. He served as a leader with the 4-H, he farmed in both the Paw Paw and Compton areas. He was currently employed as a State/Federal Meat Inspector for the state of Illinois. He was a graduate of Steward High School and attended the University of Illinois School of Agriculture. He enjoyed attending both livestock auctions and county fairs. Surviving are one daughter, Rhonda (Jerome) McCormick of Steward, IL; three sons, Paul (Sandra) of Compton, John (Heidi) of Plano and David of Paw Paw; nine grandchildren; one brother, Jon "Jack" (Carol) Heiman of Rockford. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester H. Heiman and Ruth Barth Heiman. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Monday, April 1, 2002 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Compton, Rev. Gary Erickson officiating. Visitation will take place from 2-5 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2002 in the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Compton. Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Compton.
COntributed by Karen Holt

DONNA HENDREN was born in Dixon,IL to Ralph and Fern Webb. Married Chuck Hendren on June 4, 1960. Together they produced 3 children..Terri, Angie and Chuck,Jr. Preceded in death by Terri and 6 grandchildren, her mother and father. Survived by Angie (Kevin) Lampson of Paw Paw and Chuck Hendren,Jr. and her husband, Chuck. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jaci(Lampson)Adkins, BryAnne, Ryan Lampson, Alicia, Jordan and Tara Hendren and 3 great grandchildren..Justin, Alyssa and Alexis and one on the way in September 2009. Always loved and missed!
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MARGARET J. HENRY , 91, of 145 Henry Road, Harmon, died Nov. 3, 1993 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Prayer services will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Flannen's Catholic Church, Harmon, with the Rev. Thomas Dolan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a rosary at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established to St. Flannen's Catholic Church, Harmon, and Heritage Swuare.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 4, 1993 - Thursday, pg A2

ALBERT "BERT" LESLIE HERBON , 68, 1066 Long St., Dixon, was found dead in his home on Sunday of an apparent suicide. Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Mark Hatcher of the Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation is scheduled on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Lee County Heart Fund. Born on July 24, 1914 in rural Tampico, the son of Charles and Ina Lane Herbon, and on April 13, 1935 he was united in marriage to Gladys Mae Hanson in Morrison. She preceded him on Aug. 26, 1979. He was a 40 year member of the Pipefitters Local 25, Moose Lodge 726 of Sterling, CCC during WWII and retired from the Dixon Developmental Center. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. William (Patricia) Baugh, Bettendorf, Iowa; two sons, Robert and Richard of Dixon; two sisters Marion Olson and Sue Helfrich, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Stanley, Rock Falls; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, one daughter, one son, two sisters and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1982 - Monday, page A4

ROBERT LEE HERBON , 71, of Dixon, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at his home after an extended illness. He was employed by Local 25, Rock Island, as a pipe fitter/welder, before retiring. Mr. Herbon was born December 7, 1935, in Sterling, the son of Albert L. and Gladys M (Hanson) Herbon. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Barbara Drew on March 31, 1979 in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Teri Lynn (John) Hulteen of Frederic, Wisconsin and Tami Jean (Robert) Kudlauskas of Ottawa; a stepdaughter, Catherine (Bruce) Elder of Dixon, a son, Gamal (Teri) Herbon of Murray, Utah; a stepson Clifford (Sabrina) Mick of Dixon, a sister Patricia (Bill) Baugh of Blue Grass, Iowa; a brother Richard (Sandy) Herbon of Dixon; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Mark & Dale Herbon, one daughter, Lori Anne Miller of Radcliff, Kentucky, and a sister Barbara Lynn Moritz. Burial is private. A gathering of family & Friends is at 11:00 AM Saturday at Dixon Veterans Memorial Park. Arrangements were completed by Chapel hill Funeral Home in Dixon.
Contributed by Tami Jean Herbon Kudlausk - Dixon Telegraph

LAVELLE A. HOLLEY , 85, died on Sept. 1, 2010 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. He was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Duke, Okla., the son of N.G. and Battie Ola (Parrish) Holley. He married Rosemary Kersten on Dec. 26, 1953 in Ashton. LaVelle served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a vocational agriculture teacher at Ashton High School and later became a veterinarian after graduating from Oklahoma State University. He owned Misener-Holley Animal Hospital in Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Holley, of Mount Prospect; daughter, Renee (Mark) Lawson of Saint Louis, Mo.; two sons, Kenneth (Donna) Holley of Prospect Heights and Douglas (Amy) Holley of Cedarburg, Wis.; sister-in-law Kayla ( Ray) Rippy of Rochelle; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Reynolds United Methodist Church, Ashton, with the Rev. Alan Meyer officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday prior to the funeral at the church. Kindly omit flowers. Burial at the Ashton Cemetery. Source: Pat Esterday - The Dixon Telegraph Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 Page A4 - Col. 1-2

ROSEMARY KATHRYN (KERSTEN) HOLLEY , Richmond Heights, MO. - Rosemary Kathryn Holley, (nee Kersten); formerly of Ashton, 77, died on Sept. 22, 2011 at home in Richmond Heights, Mo. She was born on Feb. 22, 1934 in Rochelle, the daughter of Irvin and Mildred Kersten (nee Danekas) She married LaVelle A. Holley on Dec. 26, 1953 at Reynolds Church in Ashton. After she graduated from Ashton High School in 1951, Rosemary worked as a secretary at the high school where she met La Velle, a vocational agriculture teacher. They moved to Stillwater, Okla., where she worked as a foreign exchange student coordinator at Oklahoma State University while LaVelle studied veterinary medicine. Upon his graduation they moved to the Chicago area where they finally settled in Morton Grove. Rosemary worked as a bookkeeper for Misener-Holley Animal Hospital and volunteered at the school, hospital, and church and was a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary. They retired to Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton, Wis. Survivors include daughter Renee (Mark) Lawson of Ladue, Mo.; two sons, Kenneth (Donna) Holley of Prospect Heights, and Douglas (Amy) Holley of Cedarbutg, Wis.; and five grandchildren, Kate Lawson, Melissa, Brooke, Ali and Christopher Holley; a sister, Kayla (Ray) Rippy of Rochelle; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and in-laws. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Reynolds United Methodist Church, Ashton, with Rev. Alan Meyer officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Lunch will be served at noon prior to the visitation. Burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Memorials can be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Research. Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008. Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, is assisting with the arrangements.
From Pat Esterday - Rochelle News-Leader Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

RUBY L. HOURSELT , 66, of Aurora, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at Provena Mercy Center Hospital. She was born June 21, 1938 in London, KY, the daughter of the late Walter E. and Mattie L. Jeffries. Survivors include her two daughters, Deborah Scott (Peter Wilson) of Aurora and Linda (Fred) Murray of Ft. Myers, FL; two step-sons, Peter (Adrienne) Hourselt and Gary (Deborah) Hourselt of North Carolina; her sisters, Sarah Gaines of Paw Paw, IL, Maud (Ed) Humphreys of Leesburg, FL and Mary E. Kruit of Sugar Grove; her brothers, Roy E. (Jo) Jeffries of Sugar Grove and Willard Jeffries if Buchanan, TN; five grandchildren, Michael Nelson, Kayla Francis, Alexandra Scott, Andrew Hourselt and Josh Hourselt; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kirsten Francis; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition too her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Hourselt in 1992; her brothers, Charlie B., W. Eugene, and Edgar Hourselt; and a sister, Alice Jane Olson. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, with Rev. Timothy Baltz officiating. Interment will take place at Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw, IL. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday, May 27, 2005 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Lung Association, 1749 S. Naperville Road, Suite 202, Wheaton, IL 60187 or to the Aurora Foundation, 111 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506.
Contributed by Karen Holt

MICHAEL J. HOWELL , 49, of 2054 Main St. Shaw, Amboy, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999 at KSB Hospital. Prayer services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy, with Rev. Frank Daleiden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be a Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mr. Howell was born April 8, 1950 in Amboy, the son of Charles and Pauline (Williams) Howell Sr. He married Corina Latta on July 2, 1989 in Amboy. She survives. He was employed by Deans Foods, Dixon as a unit operator for the past 20 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy. Survivors include two daughters, Stacia (Tommy) Massey of Amboy and Beth Howell at home; two sisters, Effie (Paul) Lambert of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Isabelle (James) Ptak of Amboy; two brothers, Charles Howell Jr. of Bullhead Ariz., and Lee (Angelina) Howell of Dixon, and a grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 1, 1999 - Wednesday, pg A2

FRANCIS JOHN HURLEY , 77, of Blue River died Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at his home following a battle with cancer. He was born January 9, 1931, in Michigan the son of Francis John and Sarah (Smith) Hurley, Sr. Frank worked for Midwest Silo and the Village of Blue River. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards. Frank is survived by his wife Barbara, 10 children, Janet (Kenny) Krugler of Bangor, MI, Mary (Shawn) Schmitz of Ashton, IL, Tammy Natz of Dixon, IL, Faron (Bert) Hurley of Rochelle, IL, Fabion (Cathy) Hurley of Prairie du Chien, Mary (Gene) Ottaway of Prairie du Chien, Jerry Henn of Oregon, Marty Schrader of Highland, Franklin (Jenny) Hurley of Wauzeka, Barbara Hurley of Ridgeway, 30 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, his brothers and sisters, Gertrude Hernden of Kinde, MI, Winifred Whelzel of West Brooklyn, IL, Alice Statler of Bangor, MI, Truman (Winnie) Hurley of Dayton, FL, Thyria Neal of Searcy, AR, his special friends, Jack Kinney, Neil Roen, Penny Starr, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Frank was preceded in death by parents, two brothers Charles and Arthur, and sister Wanda Ebbest. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Muscoda with Father Rob Butz officiating. Burial was held on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw, IL with Military Graveside Rites provided by the Paw Paw American Legion. Friends called at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral mass at 2:00 PM. The Godager Funeral Home of Muscoda assisted the family with their arrangements.
Contributed by Karen Holt