Shirley Rod

April 24th, 2017

Shirley Mae (Faber) Rod, age 77 of rural Amboy passed away on April 20, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton.
Shirley was born on July 1, 1939 and baptized in her family home near Maytown, IL to Henry and Rosalia (Meisel) Faber. She grew up in East Grove Twp where she helped on the farm and attended the one room Downey School and graduated from Amboy High School in 1957.
She married Donald Rod in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clarion on September 22, 1957. She lived and farmed on her families farm in Maytown for a majority of her life and always had a large garden. She also lived on her husbands family farm from 1957 – 1968. In addition to being a farmers wife, she drove a school bus for Amboy School District, later working in house keeping at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. She was a member of the 1st Lutheran Church of Ohio and served on the Altar Guild, past officer for the Ladies Circle and made the infamous potatoe salad for the annual sandwich supper. She was a past Maytown Comets 4H Leader and was an active member of the Bureau County Home Extension. She was an avid sewer, embroider, knitter, crochete and quilter. She was known for her home made angel food cake. Her favorite trip was her and her husbands 25th anniversary trip to Switzerland.
Survivors include two daughters: Marilyn (Andy) Geiger of Sterling and Marcia (Robert) Hartwig of Princeton; two sons: Martin (Jeanette) Rod of Amboy and Mark Rod of LaMoille; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; one brother in law Ralph Rod of Princeton; one sister in law Patricia Rod of Mendota and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2016; one grandson Eric Rod; two brothers in law and two sisters in law.
Visitation will be held on Sunday April 23, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow on Monday at 10 AM at the 1st Lutheran Church in Ohio with the Reverend Eugene Vincent officiating. Burial will conclude at the Van Orin Repose Cemetery.

Memorials to the 1st Lutheran Church or the doner’s choice.

Loretta Staehler

April 19th, 2017

Loretta B. Staehler, 96, formerly of Chicago, passed away on February 3, 2017 at Contegra Hospital in Woodstock.

Loretta was born on June 24, 1920 in Chicago to Anton and Eleanor (Graczyk) Pienkowski. She married Claude Staehler Sr. in 1942, he preceded her in death in 1986. Loretta was happy being a school cafeteria chef and manager. She enjoyed interacting with the kids at school each day, but enjoyed her retirement years, as well. Loretta also loved to crochet and be with her family.

She is survived by her children, Corky (Debbie) Staehler, Jr. and Candace Staehler; her sister, Virginia (Henry) Gronski; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings, Eleanor Dudeck and Clem Pienkowski.

The Family will receive friends on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10am-Noon at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Funeral services will take place following the visitation at 12 pm with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, IL.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials in Loretta’s name can be made to The American Diabetes Association at, or Habitat for Humanity. McHenry County Restore, 2205 South Eastwood Dr. Woodstock, IL 60098
Online condolences may be left at

Gene Gustafson

April 14th, 2017

Gene Gustafson, 82, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his family.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tiskilwa Community Church with Rev. John Gray officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date in Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. His family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left at

Gene was born on November 5, 1934 in Princeton to Malcolm and Alma (Magnuson) Gustafson. He married Betty Jo Lauritzen on March 21, 1957 in the Tiskilwa Baptist Church. He had worked for the Co-op Feed Service in Princeton, the Village of Tiskilwa, and had been a custodian for the Tiskilwa School Systems until his retirement. He had served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Tiskilwa Community Church and he had served on the Tiskilwa Village board for many years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan all his life.

He is survived by: his wife, Betty Jo Gustafson of Tiskilwa; his children, Jill (Joseph) Kunkel of Wyanet, Jack (Laurie) Gustafson of Wyanet, Rick (Beth Ann) Gustafson of Houston, Texas, Buzz (Tammy) Gustafson of Wyanet and Lisa Gustafson of Ottawa; 18 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; his sister, Doris (Wilbur) Giltner of Princeton; his 2 brothers, Robert Gustafson of LaSalle, and Gerald Gustafson of Carlyle, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by: 1 brother; 1 sister; a daughter, Nancy Jo (Gustafson) Funderberg; and a granddaughter in infancy.

Memorials may be directed to: the Tiskilwa Community Church or the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Nicholas Asselborn

April 14th, 2017

Nicholas James Asselborn, age 71 of Ohio, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Nicholas was born on December 25, 1945 in Cicero Chicago, Ill., the son of Nicholas G. and Helen (Sauko) Asselborn. He attended Catholic schools. Nicholas was a United States Army Veteran and served in the War in Vietnam. He was married to Linda “LuLu” Carter from 1974-1994. Nicholas was a truck driver. He rode Harley Davidson Motorcycles. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid Green Bay Packer’s fan.

He is survived by one son and his cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded with the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Per his wishes, there will be no services. For online condolences, please visit:

Mary Ellen Dugosh

April 11th, 2017

Mary Ellen Dugosh passed away in her sleep on Sunday, April 9, 2017, surrounded by her very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of.

Mary Ellen was renowned for her nearly decade-long cancer battle, her larger-than-life personality and unwavering faith. She was a great woman, mother and Nanni born on Nov. 18, 1946, the daughter of the late Russell and Nellie Bansch of DePue.

She will be remembered for her volunteer work, helping to raise many a child providing daycare in her home in Tiskilwa, and educational programs run promoting education about ovarian cancer and the corresponding battle for both patient and caregivers.

She will be sorely missed and survived by her husband, Barry Dugosh; her children, Greg (Lori) McCauley, Kelly (Joe) Eiken and Ellen (Felipe) Dugosh; and her grandchildren, Trent, Taylor, Reilly, Brycen, Ian, Olivia, Nora, Gabby, Morgan and Jack. She also leaves behind many friends, including her two Amigas, Lynne Webber and Vicky DeMay, who will have to carry on drinking the margaritas for themselves, as well as her dear friend and cancer warrior, Dr. Charles Levenback of MD Anderson.

All whom loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace, and undying love and caring for them.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Joann Reynolds, as well as other various family members.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the St. Louis Church in Princeton. A rosary service will be at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tiskilwa, featuring a bag piper for the wee Irish lass. A luncheon will be provided in the St. Louis Church Hall after the burial and a Celebration of Life will be held in lieu of a wake at her home in Tiskilwa at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Louis School in Princeton or to The BELIEVE Foundation, 1001 N. Main St. in Princeton.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at