Loren “Kookie” Wetsel

October 20th, 2016

Loren “Kookie” Wetsel, 71, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Colonial Hall Healthcare and Rehab Center.
Kookie was born on January 7, 1945 to Willis Orin and Daisy Viola (Taylor) Wetsel in Nevada, Missouri. He graduated Bradford High School in 1962. He married Paula Janes at the Ohio Methodist Church on September 7, 1968. Kookie was a Union laborer. He enjoyed stock car racing, and spending time in the garage. He was inducted into Peoria Old Timer’s Racing Club.
He is survived by his wife, Paula; two sons, Steve (Lora) Wetsel and Gary (Nichole) Wetsel; five grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan, Dillon, Austin, and Taylor.
Kookie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank.
A celebration of Life will be held at a later time. Cremation has been accorded.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Norberg Memorial Home is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at

Ellen Mae Rowe

October 19th, 2016

Ellen Mae Rowe, 86, of Tiskilwa passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Liberty Village of Princeton.

Born Jan. 3, 1930, in Paragould, Ark., the daughter the Charles G. and Mary E. (Vaughn) Rowe of Hannibal, Mo., she married Charles A. Rowe on Feb. 22, 1953, in Hannibal, Mo.

She graduated from Hannibal High School in 1948. She was a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family farm.

She was a member of Arch Street Methodist Church in Hannibal, Mo., the Henry United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women of Saratoga United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer for the Tiskilwa Public Library.

She is survived by four children, Cathy (Richard) Ingram of St. Charles, Becky (Richard) Van Deventer of LeRoy, Bob (Pam) Rowe of Mahomet and Ken (Mary) Rowe of Phoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Ricci of Oklahoma and Eunice McCauley of Princeton; and one brother-in-law, Harold L. Bullington of Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Rowe, and by her parents.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Henry City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Tiskilwa Fire and Rescue Department, or Tiskilwa Public Library.

Online Condolences may be left at

Lester Woolley

October 18th, 2016

Lester “LaVerne” Woolley, 82, of Cherry, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016 in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

Private services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry. Interment will be in Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley. Private visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Daniel Nelson

October 13th, 2016

Daniel ‘Danny’ R. Nelson, 29, of Wyanet, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident.
Danny was born on August 18, 1987 in Princeton, IL. to Kenneth T. and Wanda G. (Larson) Nelson. He was a 2006 graduate of Princeton High School, and a 2010 graduate of St. Ambrose University. Danny was the 2006 NewsTribune co-athlete of the year for golf and basketball. He married the love of his life, Rachel Lansky on August 31, 2013. They later welcomed their beautiful daughter, Sadie Elizabeth in 2016. He worked for Crop Production Services, CPS. Danny was a member of The People Church in Princeton and of Princeton Game and Fish Club. He was an IHSA referee, and an assistant varsity basketball coach for Princeton High School. He loved hunting, golf, basketball and spending time with his family.
Danny is survived by his wife, Rachel; and daughter, Sadie Elizabeth of Wyanet; his mother, Wanda Nelson of Princeton; his sister, Laura Nelson of Princeton; his mother and father in law, Michael and Karen Lansky of Oswego; and his sister in law, Aly Lansky of Oswego.
He was preceded in death by his father, and grandparents.
Visitation will take place on Friday, October 14th, 2016 from 2-6pm at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 10am at the People Church in Princeton, with Pastor Ray Lail officiating. Cremation will be accorded, burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for his daughter, Sadie.
Online condolences may be left at

Gerald Johnson Sr.

October 10th, 2016

Gerald Dean Johnson Sr. passed away on Friday, Oct 07, 2016 at his home. He was born on Mar 08, 1961 in Princeton, IL to John Arnold and Joyce Evelyn (Sims) Johnson. He graduated Tiskilwa High School in 1979. He was married to Kelly Fisher and then later in life to Chris Burnett. He worked at Valley Forms and Tribune Printing for many years. He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox fan, he enjoyed playing his bass guitar, listening to the Beatles, playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

Jerry is survived by one daughter, Lindsay Johnson of South Haven, Mississippi; one son, Jerry Johnson Jr. of Tiskilwa; two step children, Dustin Rahn of Princeton and Angela Janssen also of Princeton; one granddaughter, Aleah Morris; one sister Angie (Kevin) Burden of Tiskilwa; and one brother, Dan (Lori) Johnson of Tiskilwa, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog, “Beaner”.

A Celebration of Life service for Gerald Dean Johnson Sr., age 55 of Princeton, will be Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Dave Yepsen will officiate. Cremation has been accorded and burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family of Jerry Johnson Sr.

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