Norma Jean Bales

Norma Jean Bales, 91, passed into eternal life with her Lord, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Avonlea Cottage, Dixon Illinois, after living a long and full life. Norma was born September 30, 1927, in Rochelle, Illinois, the daughter of Emery and Irma Mall Erbes. She graduated from Franklin Grove High…read more »


William “Bill” Lee White

William “Bill” Lee White, 89, of Amboy, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, at Rock River Hospice & Home, Sterling, IL, surrounded by his family. He worked for Daubert Chemical Company, Inc., for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 1995. Bill was born, December 8, 1929, in Tazewell, VA, the son of Elijah…read more »


Verna Ellen (Wright) Knigge

Verna Ellen (Wright) Knigge, 88, passed away peacefully August 21, 2019 in Dixon, IL. Verna was born October 24, 1930 in Tecumseh, NE to the late Johnie and Florence (Goldsby) Wright.  She graduated from Tecumseh High School and Wayne School of Nursing in Chicago.  She married Clemens E. Knigge September 2, 1951.  He preceded her…read more »


Melvin Leroy Schappert

Melvin Leroy Schappert, 83, of Dixon, IL passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Franklin Grove Nursing Home in Franklin Grove, IL. He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire for 32 years and was a truck driver for 5 years prior to his retirement. Melvin was born, October 6, 1935, in Muscatine, IA, the son…read more »

Joyce Pauline Ernst

Joyce Pauline Ernst, age 82 of Morrison, formerly of Sterling, died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Joyce was born on May 10, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Alan E. Ernst on July 3, 1954. Joyce worked as an LPN for several…read more »

Kathy A. Thomas

Kathy A. Thomas, age 57 of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her home. Kathy was born on December 6, 1961 in Rock Falls, the daughter of John and Pauline (Becrest) Crowder. She married Charles Thomas on July 12, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kathy worked for Kreider Services for 15 years as a habilitation…read more »

David A. Wolf Sr

David A. Wolf, Sr., age 66, of Lyndon, died Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home. David was born March 12, 1953 in Sterling the son of Walter and Lenore (Steffen) Wolf.  He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later married Sally Galvin on March 12, 1999 in Sterling.  She preceded…read more »

Ray Maakestad

Ray Maakestad, 90, of Dixon, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. He was born on February 5, 1929 in Lee, IL to Melvin and Evelyn (Jacobson) Maakestad.  He graduated from Waterman High School in 1947.  Upon graduation he began working for the Great Lakes Pipeline Co. which later became Williams Pipeline Co.  He married…read more »

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