WILLIAM M. VAESSEN , son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Vaessen, Route 2, Dixon, was born in Sublette township. Lee county, Illinois, on Oct 3, 1921, and was killed in action while acting as the pilot and commanding officer of a B-24 Liberator bomber In the course of duty over Toulon, France, on July 5, 1944. He was buried in the American Cemetery at Borga, Corsica. Lieutenant Vaessen enlisted in the army air corps on July 10, 1940, as a private and he took his basic training at Kelly Field, Texas. Following his basic training he made rapid strides and received his wings and commission and was retained as an instructor of navigation at Hondo, Texas. Lieutenant Vaessen had been very anxious to receive oversea duty and had made many requests for such an assignment but his ability as an instructor had kept him in this country for many months. While at Hondo Field he was an assistant engineering officer of the field and held many other important positions. His request for oversea duty was finally granted and after special training with a selected crew, he left this country May 30, 1944. He was assigned to the Mediterranean air theater and had flown at least ten bombing missions over France and Germany before meeting his death. From information received by his parents his plane was damaged by anti-aircraft fire over Toulon and Bill was unable to reach the flying fields of Corsica before crashing into the Mediterranean Sea. His parents have been informed that his body was recovered and burial was at Cosica. They were further informed that there were four survivors out of the crew of 10 in Bill's plane. From letters received by the surviving members of his crew his parents have been informed that "Dutch" as he was known to his crew members, was very highly regarded both as a pilot and friend by all of them. They had named the bomber "The Flying Dutchman" in honor of Bill and they all stated that they felt that he was one of the best pilots in the Army air corps. They all felt perfectly safe when Bill was at the controls and the survivors said the loss of six of the crew and the plane was in no way attributable to lack of flying ability but rather to the mechanical failures as the result of shell fire. Since receiving official notice from the war department of their sons death, Mr. and Mrs. Vaessen have also been presented with posthumous decorations for Lieutenant Vaessen consisting of the Order of the Purple Heart and the Presidential Citation. Memorial services were held in St. Flannen's Church in Hamon, of which church Bill had been a member before leaving for service, on July 21, 1944 and Dixon Post of the AMeircan Legion and Company "A" of the Illinois Reserve Milita assisted in the observance.
Dixon Telegraph September 2, 1944 William Vaessen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vaessen, of Harmon, was born in Marion township on the 3rd day of October, 1921. He was graduated from the Dixon high school in June, 1939. He enlisted in the army air corps July 10, 1940 and took his primary training at Kelly Field, Texas, where he was stationed for 18 months, receiving his wings on September 6, 1942. He was then transferred to hondo, Texas, where he trained for oversea duty for 14 months. He was assigned to transport and combat duty in the Mediterranean area and was killed while on duty on a flying mission over Corsica on July 5th 1944, as pilot of an American bomber. Lieutenant vaessen is survived by his parents, two brothers, Ellwyn and Eugene; four sisters, Dorothy, Adell, Rosella and Katheryn; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna Vaessen, his maternal grandfahter and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. John Ruhel, Staples Minnesota; several aunts and uncles living in this community. A memorial service for Lt. Vaessen was held at St. Flannen's church in Harmon, at 8:30 on Monday morning, July 24th. The mass was celebrated by Father David Murphy, pastor, assisted by Father Daniel Daley of Walton parish. A large number of the members of Dixon Post No. 12, American Legion, and the Ladies' AUxiliary atended this service. A color guard of the American Legion and a firing squad of Company A, Illinois Reserve Militia conducted the military rites.
From the Dixon Telegraph 1 Aug 1944 Tuesday

MARILYN H. (DUNSWORTH) VAIL , 77, of Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling, formerly of Dixon, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at the nursing home. Mrs. Vail was born March 15, 1926, in Colchester, the daughter of Fred and Gladys Dunsworth. She was a graduate of Macomb High School, attended Western Illinois University and received a bachelor of science and a master's degree, both in education, from Northern Illinois University. She married Charles Vail on Aug. 30, 1947. She was a member of Christian Women's Club and Ruth Circle Kappa Gamma Sorority. Marilyn was a homemaker in Ohio and Walnut. Upon moving to Dixon in 1962 she was a popular third-grade teacher at Grand Detour and Jefferson grade schools for 27 years, retiring in 1989. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1993. Survivors include two sons, Jack Vail of Fort Collins, Colo., and Ned (Sandy) Vail of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Becky Vail of Dixon; two grandchildren; and one sister, Dorthy Griffith of Great Falls, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at First United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Melissa Hood, pastor, officiating. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. Memorials have been established to Rock River Alzheimer's Association and KSB Hospice.
Daily Gazette May 23, 2003

ANN VAILE , 75, widow of Edward J. Vaile, passed away Tuesday afternoon (24 Jul 1956) in her home, 507 N. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday July 27, 1956 in St. Anne's Catholic Church, followed by burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Friends may call at the family home. Mrs. Vaile was born in Palmyra Township and spent most of her life in Dixon where she taught school several years. Mr. Vaile preceded her in death last Dec. 23.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 25, 1956 - Wednesday, pg 2 col 3

BENJAMIN GARY VALENTINE , was born July 18, 1868, near East Paw Paw, DeKalb county, Ill., and passed away at Dixon, I11., February 9, 1915. He was united in marriage to Addle Mae Atherton, September 17, 1890. She preceded him in death June 28, 1893. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Eleanor Goshert, and a sister, Miss Rosa Valentine. A brother, Walter Valentine, preceded him in death a year ago last April. There are four grandchildren, Herbert, Robert and Max Goshert, and Mrs. Jennie Mae Williamson, all of Burket, Ind. Three greatgranchildren also survive him, besides leaving many friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Torman funeral home with Rev. Ernest C. Carder of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was made in the East Paw Paw cemetery.
Dixon Telegraph 15 Feb 1945

ARTHUR VAN CAMPEN , son of Amzi and Jennie Van Campen, was born Sept. 16, 1886 in Viola Township and passed away at Harris Hospital in Mendota, July 6, 1932, death resulting from severe burns. After finishing grade schools, he attended Dixon College, Dixon, Illinois during the year 1907, taking a business course. On Sept. 14, 1914, he was united in marriage to Bertie Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delos Butler. They immediately made their home on the Harper farm two-and-one-half miles north of West Brooklyn, then moving to her father's farm where they lived ever since. On Jan. 8, 1929, a child, Jane Marie, came to bless the home. He is survived to mourn by his loving wife and daughter; two sisters: Mrs. H. F. Cook, of Compton, Illinois; and Mrs. Edith Dennis, of Spencer, Iowa; a host of friends; and other relatives. Being deprived of a father's love and guidance, he heeded his mother's teachings and grew up an honest and upright citizen--industrious and always aiming to do what is right. By his passing, the community feels the loss of a beloved husband, and kind father and loyal neighbor.
Contributed by Martha Fuller

PATRICIA (CULLISON) VANIK , 67, of 16 E. Hawley, died Thursday, may 7, 1998 in KSB Hospital in Dixon. She was an assembly line supervisor for Vaughn Seed Co. for ten years. She was born on Nov. 19, 1930 in Chicago to Charles and Jennie (Hoard) DiMarco. She married George Vanik on July 9, 1949 in Chicago. She was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Amboy. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. Survivors include her husband of Amboy; two sons, George (Roseann) Vanik Jr. of Amboy and Mark (Linda) Vanik of Lombard; one daughter, Patti (Don) Sommers of Amboy; three grandchildren, Johnny Vanik of DeKalb, Donnie Sommers of Amboy and Tommy Vanik of Lombard; also special nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Frank Dalieden, pastor of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Amboy, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy, Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home with a Scripture Service at 5 p.m..

PATRICIA (FANE) VAN OOSTEN , 71, of Dixon died Tuesday July 15, 2003, at KSB Hospital (FANE) Mrs. VanOosten was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Dixon, the daughter of Leo and Florence (Alshouse) Fane. She married Harvey VanOosten on Sept 30, 1950, in Dixon. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church Dixon, and Catholic Women's Association. Survivors include her husband: six daughters, Linda (Bert) Kerstee of Mount Morris and Ten ie (Steve) Sloan, Pam (Tim) Smith, Lori (Tim )Haenitsch, Kathy (Frank) Gridley , and Debbie (Rick) Reeder all of Dixon: two sons, Gary VanOosten of Dixon and Randy VanOosten of Titusville, Fla , three sisters, Marilyn (August) Schulte, Helen Hoyle and Elaine (Larry) Berkenpas, all of Dixon: a brother the Rev Kevin Richard Fane of River Forest, 15 grandchildren: three great grandchildren: and three step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and one great-grandson. Prayer service is at 10 a.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home Dixon followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. at St Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Kevin Fane and the Rev. Ken Wasiliewski concelebrating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m. and the rosary recited at 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to KSB Hospice, the American Heart Association and American Lung Association.
Daily Gazette July 16,2003

MRS. (WILBUR) WILLIAM VAUGHAN - Burial services were held at the Ashton Cemetery Tuesday for Mrs. William Vaughan, a former resident of this city, who passed away Saturday at her home in Dixon following an illness of 10 years. The funeral service was held that afternoon at the Melvin funeral home in Dixon with Rev. Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Born March 13, 1864 in Dixon, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Wilbur. For a number of years she lived in Ashton where she married Mr. Vaughan on July 25, 1883. Mr. Vaughan served as station agent for the Northwestern Railway Company for many years. Surviving besides her husband is a daughter, Miss Emma Vaughan at home. A son died in infancy.

FRANK VAUPEL - Funeral services were held for Frank Vaupel Monday afternoon. Frank Vaupel died at 4 p.m. Friday (4 April 1947) while enroute to the Rochelle Hospital. Rev. H.R. Zager conducted the service at the home and at the Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church. Vocal music was sung by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Shippy accompanied at the organ by Mrs. L.H. Jennings. Interment was at the Ashton Cemetery. A 0native of Lee County he was born in Reynolds Township March 12, 1890 the son of Adam and Mary Vaupel. On Feb. 24, 1916 he was united in marriage to Bertha Kaecker. Surviving are his widow and three brothers, John of Amboy, Henry C. of Elgin and Glenn of Ashton.
Dixon Telegraph 11 April 1947

HARRY VAUPEL was born in Bradford Township Dec. 30, 1889 son of the late Henry and Mary Vaupel and passed away at Miller South Dakota March 31, 1945. His remains were brought to Ashton for burial with short services conducted by the Rev. Mr. Montanus at the grave. He spent most of his life in the vicinity of Ashton. He was a soldier in the first World War and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Wm. F. Burhenn of Franklin Grove and Mrs. S.J. Mall of Dixon and two brothers, William Vaupel of Davis Junction and Henry Vaupel of Ashton.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 5 April 1945

HENRY F. VAUPEL , 65, died early this morning (3 June 1953) in Rochelle hospital following a long illness. He was born May 11, 1888 in Bradford Twp. the son of Henry & Mary Vaupel. He was married in 1909 to Elsie Pentz. He was preceded by his wife and infant daughter. Surviving are four sons, Paul, George and Charles of Ashton and Francis in Rochelle; a sister Mrs. W.F. Burhenn of Franklin Grove. Mr. Vaupel, a painter, had retired previously due to becoming ill over a year ago. He had been a member of the village board for a number of years. Burial will be at Ashton Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 Jun 1953

ROBERT JAY VAUPEL , 51, of Dixon, died Friday July 21, 2006, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, following an extended illness. He was a forklift driver for Plews Edelman for 32 years. Mr. Vaupel was born August 9, 1954, in Rochelle, IL, the son of George and Mary (Smith) Vaupel. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ashton and the Butt Heads. Survivors include one son, Matthew Vaupel, Dixon; one daughter, Megan Vaupel, Rochelle; one brother, Dennis (Carol) Vaupel, Waterman, IL; one grandson, Nathan Vaupel, Rochelle; significant other, Marcie Helander, Woosung; and special friend, Larry. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, with the Rev. Jim Harker, officiating. There will be no visitation.

DOROTHY (RIESENBECK) VENTLER , 97, of Ashton, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at The Neighbors Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Byron. Dorothy was born July 26, 1910, the daughter of Joseph Leddy and Katherine Riesenbeck. She married Harold H. Ventler on March 8, 1940. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two nephews, Tom (Carla) Leddy and Jim Leddy; a niece, Terry (Rick) Eparvier; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen; and two brothers, Tom and John. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Coulon-Lyons Family Funeral Home, Ashton, with Jonathan Black, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Ashton Cemetery . Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia Society.
The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, August 23, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3-4

JOHN VENTLER , 73, passed away at his home here (Ashton) Sunday morning (October 15, 1944) after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran Church at 2:30 Tuesday, the Rev. H.W. Henke officiating and burial will be in Ashton cemetery. Mr. Ventler is survived by his widow, four children, Roy, Harold and Mrs. Chris Klingebiel of Ashton and Ott of Dixon; a brother William of Ashton, and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Herwig and Mrs. C.Schafer of Ashton. Two brothers Conrad and Marcus and a sister Mrs. Henry Reitz preceded him in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 October 1944.

FRANCIS (DePUY) VEST , of Dixon, died, Sunday, November 27, 2005, at Heritage Square, Dixon. She was a legal assistant for the law offices of Robert Warner and Warren Badger for over 30 years prior to her retirement. Frances was born July 12, 1919, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Preston) DePuy. She married Robert L. Vest on September 28, 1940, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on November 23, 2004. Frances was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Dixon, Daughters of the American Revolution, and P.E.O. Survivors include her son, Robert Lee (Jill) Vest Jr., DeKalb, IL; and two grandchildren, Justin and Jenna Vest. She was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Etta Pitcher. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery,

ROBERT L. VEST , 85, of Dixon, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at his home. Born Aug. 16, 1919, in Dixon, he was the son of R. Lee and Edith (Yemm) Vest. He married Frances L. DePuy on Sept. 28, 1940, in Dixon. Mr. Vest was the owner and operator of a Texaco station from 1946-1961 and was an Archway Cookie distributor from 1961 until he retired in 1983 Robert was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dixon, Dixon Noon Lions Club and Dixon Fishing Club. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II on the Aleutian Islands in the office of Gen. Buckner from August 1943 to December 1945. He and his wife traveled extensively around the world. Robert enjoyed working on their farm, square dancing, and collecting old automobiles. Robert was a kind and gentle man who would help anyone. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Frances, of Dixon; a son, Robert Lee (Jill) Vest Jr. of DeKalb; and two grandchildren, Justin and Jenna Vest. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Meredith Vest; and a sister, Jane Prince. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Dixon, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.

CLAIRE VILLIGER , 710 Palmyra Ave., Dixon, widow of Joseph Villiger, well known Dixon druggist, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday in Rockford Memorial Hospital following an illness of three weeks. The body is at the Jones Funeral Home where there will be visitation after noon on Monday. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday. Funeral rites will be Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock in the Jones Funeral Home and 9:30 in St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon. The Rev. Miles Callahan will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Timothy Villiger of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Thomas Villiger of Springfield, Mrs. Karl (Donna) Hunt of Riverton, Wyo., and Mrs. Gerald (Rita Sue) Fyre of Manhattan Beach, Calif. There are five grandchildren and two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Girard (Ethel) Brooks of Dixon, Mrs. Thomas (Dorothy) Cain of Streator, Harry Downs of Dixon and William Downs of Winter Haven, Fla.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 2, 1971 - Saturday, pg 2

JOHN FRANCIS VIRNICH , 71, of Bentonville AR died Friday July 29, 2005 at Veterans Affairs Med. Ctr, Fayetteville AR. Mr. Virnich was born Feb. 22, 1934 in Dixon, the son of John and Frances Marie (Gray) Virnich. He served in the Air Force for 20 years and was an aircraft loadmaster during the Vietnam War. Survivors include a daughter Sharon McCauley; three sons, John, David and Robert; a brother Bradley Ferris; two sisters Mildred Reyes and Shirley Montieth; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers James and Jesse. Graveside service at 8 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery Friday.

VERONICA (DREW) VITELLO , of 308 S. Second St., Walnut, formerly of Akron, Ohio, died March 3, 1999, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. Prayer services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Flannen Catholic Church, Harmon, with the Rev. Thomas Dolan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, March 10 at St. Mary Cemetery, Bristol, R.I. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Vitello was born Dec. 9, 1910, in Nelson Township, Lee County, the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Scanlan) Drew. She married Henry Vitello on Jul 1, 1948 in Akron, Ohio. He died in 1986. She was employed by the Mayflower Hotel and Iacomini's Restaurant, both of Akron, Ohio, as a waitress for 45 years. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Ckhurch and St. Bernard's Catholic Church, both of Akron, Ohio. Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Drew of Walnut, three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and a step-daughter.
Contributed by Barbara Gehlsen Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette 4 Mar 1999

BURNELL VOGEL - The community was saddened today to learn of the death of Burnell Henry Vogel, 22, who was found dead in his room from a shot gun wound, at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edison Vogel, in Lafyaette township, five miles northwest of Ashton. A coroner's inquest was held at the home that afternoon by Dr. J.C. Akins, Forreston, Ogle County Coroner. Funeral services wereheld Sunday at 2 o'clock from the late home and at 2:30 from the St. John's Lutheran church in Ashton. The services were in charge of the pastor Rev. F.W. henke, who spoke word sof comfort to the large company of bereaved relatives. Song were "Some Day We'll Understand," and "Does Jesus Care," sung by Mrs. Andrew Aschenbrenner and mrs. F.W. henke, accompanied at the organ by Miss Anna Marie Schafer. The pall bearers were lewis Champlain, Junior Greenfield, Marcus Albrecht, George Messer, Adam Gleim and Donald Cordes. Interment was made in Ashton Cemetery. Burnell was the second son in a family of three children born to Mr. and MRs. Edison Vogel on May 21, 1910, at their home west of Ashton. He came to his untimely death on Feb. 19, 1942. In 1930 he moved with his family to their present home in Lafayette township. IN early infancy he was dedicated .... On April 2, 1939 he was publicly received into the Lutheran church by the rite of confirmation. He was a faithful and regular member of the church which he served as usher. Recently he was elected treasurer of the Luther League. He attended the Ashton High school and was graduated with the class of 1937. During his high school days he wsa very active and served as president of the student council during his senior year. He was also active in basketball. Burnell was an obedient and respectful son and a much beloved brother and was unselfish in his attitude toward the members of his family. He possessed a cheerful disposition which won him the esteem and respect of all who knew him. He enjoyed good health until a few days before Christmas of last year, at which time he became seriously ill with influenza, from which he not yet fully recovered. He leaves to mourn hisuntimely death his deeply bereaved parents, a brother Ralph in training at Camp Forrest TN, who was granted a leave to attend the funeral; a sister Helen at home; his grandfather Adam Wendel of Franklin Grove.

PAULINE (BLACKBURN) VOLK , 92 of Dixon, died Feb. 18, 2005 at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Freeman Shoe Co. Dixon for many years. Mrs. Volk was born Oct. 11, 1912 in Marion Township, Lee Co. the daughter of wm. and Phoebe (Smith) Blackburn. She married Arthur C. Volk on APril 22, 1950 in Elgin. He died March 9, 1988. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, Catholic Women's Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxilary. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was preceded by a son, William; and four brothers, Harold, Donald, Nathan and Romeo Blackburn. Burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

ETHEL M. (CNRONISTER) VORHIS , 93, of Dixon, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. She and her husband owned and operated the 5th Street Grocery from 1947-1957 and she was a clerk for Kline's Department Store, Dixon, for 17 years prior to her retirement in 1982. Mrs. Vorhis was born November 26, 1911, in Pontiac, IL, the daughter of Clyde Williford and Florence Bell (Sands) Chronister. She married Lavond "Al" Vorhis on October 15, 1935, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1996. Ethel was a member of the First Baptist Church, Dixon. Survivors include two daughters, Judith (Richard) Huyett, Pheonix, AZ, Jean (Leo) McGrain, Franklin Grove; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; several nieces and one nephew. Ethel was preceded in death by one brother, Elbert Chronister; and one sister, Ruth Young. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at the Preston Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Rachael Cocar, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the KSB Home Health Care.

DOROTHY M. VOSS , 80, of Benicia (CA) passed away Monday in a local hospital after a brief illness. She was born 5th of 11 children in Peoria, Illinois; married after high school graduation to Clarence Hawkins of Gerlaw. They farmed at multiple sites in northern Illinois; together had four children - Rebecca Ann, Dona Marie, Benjamin Gene, and Samuel Dean. Dorothy received her vocational nursing training at Dixon State Hospital (Lee Co IL) in the early 60's; graduated as a registered nurse from Sauk Valley College in the 70's. She retired in 1988 from nursing after 15+ years. She married Ed Voss in 1963 and they lived in Dixon Illinois all 25 years of their marriage. After his death, Dorothy moved to Benicia. Dorothy was renown for her kitchen generosity, cooking for sharecroppers, neighbors in need, fire crews, and church functions. She opened her home to rescued greyhounds, Summer and Lady. Her daughter Dona M. Bovey of Benicia, 12 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren survives her. She was preceded in death by her daughter Becky Tornow, sons Ben and Dean Hawkins and husband Ed Voss. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 5th, 4 pm at Community Congregational Church with Pastor Roger Straw officiating. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Illinois. Local arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel.
Benecia News October 2, 2003

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