Doris Rote

July 21st, 2017

Doris M. Rote, 92, of Princeton, passed away on July 19, 2017 at Colonial Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Doris was born on June 14, 1925 in Princeton, IL. to Olaf and Marie (Anderson) Olson. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and Brown Business School in Peoria. Doris married Loren I. Rote on December 30, 1950 in Princeton. She worked at Pioneer Hybrid Seed Corn Company until she retired. She was a lifetime member of the First Lutheran Church in Princeton.
She is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Nelson of Deer Creek, IL; Diane (Jeff) Schieber of Carlock, IL; four grandsons, Michael (Tina) Bell of Ocean Springs MS; Chad Bell of Hutchins, TX; Eric (Leslie) Nelson of Germantown Hills, IL; Todd (Shayla) Nelson of Claremont, NC; seven great grandchildren, Sarah, Kayla, and Carleigh Bell; Arden and Abilene Nelson; and Kaylee and Kolson Nelson.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband in 1984, and one sister, Dorothy Coville.
The family will receive friends on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church in Princeton.
Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 am at the First Lutheran Church with Rev. William Shields officiating. Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Princeton or donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at

Illinois News – 7/17/17

July 17th, 2017

Politics Questioned In IDOT Layoffs

There’s an unanswered question about politics at the center of the latest round of layoffs in state government. Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration recently fired eight people, most of them with Democratic or labor union ties, from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The fired workers say they got the boot because of their politics, but the governor says there simply wasn’t enough work to do. A lawyer for the workers says that excuse didn’t fly under former Governor Rod Blagojevich, and he doesn’t expect it to work now.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Lands Terror Training Money

Illinois is getting just over a million dollars to help prepare for the worst. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has announced it’s received a million-dollar grant for terror training. Director James Joseph says the money is to be used to prepare for a complex coordinated terrorist attack.

Elizabeth Philhower

July 14th, 2017

Elizabeth Ann Philhower, 91, of Ohio, IL passed away on July 12, 2017 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois.

Elizabeth was born on January 7, 1926 in Princeton, IL to Robert and Hazel (Corey) Mercer. She attended Princeton High School. Elizabeth married the late Calvin Philower on January 5, 1956 in Kasbeer, Ilinois.

Elizabeth was a homemaker and an active member of the Kasbeer Community Church, including teaching Sunday school. She enjoyed oil painting, writing poetry, bird watching, gardening, baking and Bible school. She was also active with Kid’s Klub, Home Extension, she was a Judge at the 4H Fair and a member of Good Sam’s Camping Club

Elizabeth is survived by one daughter; Diana (Jon) Gauger – Elmhurst, IL. Two sons; David (Cheryl) Philhower – Ohio, IL, John (Jane) Philhower – Ohio, IL. eight grandchildren, one step grandchild, fourteen great-grand children, four step great-grand children and one great great grand child.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (7-28-2006), one son Robert Philhower, one sister Betty Greenwood, one grandson Daniel Philhower.

The family will receive friends and family on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Kasbeer Community Church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and services to follow at 10:30 at Kasbeer Community Church. Burial at Limmerick Cemetery, Kasebeer, Illinois.

Memorials may be directed to the Kasbeer Community Church. Online condolences may be left at

Mildred Valt

July 7th, 2017

Mildred “Millie” M. Valt, age 96, of Pillager, MN and formerly of Walnut died Saturday July 1, 2017 at Riverside Assisted Living.
Mildred was born on January 15, 1921 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Frank and Leona (Bontjes) Kloth. She was united in marriage to Victor V. Valt on November 9, 1939 in Burlington, IA. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1986. Mildred and Victor owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Walnut.
She is survived by two daughters Edna (Jack) Lair of Motley, MN, Charlene Covill of Walnut, IL; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son John.
Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday July 8th at 3 p.m. at the Walnut Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established in her memory. The Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling arrangements.

Nancy Popejoy

July 6th, 2017

Nancy E. Popejoy

Age: 59

City: Manlius, Illinois

Time of Death: 9:45 p.m.

Date of Death: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton, Illinois

Services: Saturday, July 8, 2017 11:00 a.m. at the New Bedford Christian Church, New Bedford, Illinois.

Officiating: Rev. Brian Moore

Burial: Manlius Cemetery, Manlius, Illinois

Visitation: 9- 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the New Bedford Christian Church, New Bedford.

Date/ Place of Birth: She was born July 31, 1957 in Manlius, Illinois the daughter of Lyle and Darlene (Yonk) Hartz.

Married: She married Sam D. Popejoy September 16, 1978 at the New Bedford Christian Church.

he survives: in Manlius

Survivors: two children: Samuel Scott (Nikki Lisko) Popejoy of Manlius, Illinois and Emily Popejoy of Charleston, South Carolina; two brothers: Donald (Marti) Hartz of Tebbetts, Missouri and Dennis (JoLynne) Hartz of Walnut, Illinois; one sister, Linda Hartz of Sterling, Illinois; two sisters-in-law: Renee Hartz of Sheffield, Illinois and Julie Hartz of Manlius, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death: her parents and one brother, Arthur Hartz

Education: She graduated from Manlius High School with the Class of 1975 and from the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1978.

Employment: Perry Memorial Hospital in the OB Unit.

Memberships/Hobbies: Nancy loved her job and spending time volunteering with the March of Dimes. She taught CPR and prenatal classes throughout the area communities.

Memorials: Manlius Cemetery Association or the New Bedford Christian Church

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius