Andrew Anderson

April 26th, 2017

Andrew J. “Andy” Anderson, 65, of Princeton passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at Colonial HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre in Princeton.

Andy was born June 24, 1951, in Princeton to LaVerne and Maxine (Carroll) Anderson.

He graduated from Princeton High School in 1969 and took business management classes at Illinois Valley Community College.

In 1978, Andy owned and operated A.J.’s Amoco on North Main and Elm Place. Over the years he worked for Dean’s Transfer, Princeton Landfill, and most recently as a crossing guard at Main and Peru streets and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Walmart. He also volunteered as a Gold Coat at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Andy’s passion was stock car racing. In the early 80’s he owned a stock car, No. 41, and his driver was longtime friend Glen Neff. They raced the stock car at the Bureau County Speedway and area tracks. He loved watching races on a big screen TV.

He is survived by one sister, Linda (Jerry) Harris; three brothers, Wayne (Connie) Anderson, Terry (Maria) Anderson and Bob Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per his wishes, there will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Association or Cops for Cancer.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Lonnie Nora

April 25th, 2017

Lonnie Lee Nora, 78, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in his home.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tiskilwa. His family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

Lonnie was born on February 26, 1939 in Princeton to Dr. Joseph J. and Helen (Hills) Nora. He was a class of 1957 graduate of St. Bede Academy. He married Beverly Kitterman on June 14, 1958 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa. He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa.

He is survived by: his wife, Beverly Nora, of Tiskilwa; his children, Cynthia (Alen) Foster of Buda, LeighAnn Hendrickson of Tiskilwa, Jeffrey (Mary Anne) Nora of Wyanet, Russel (Melissa) Nora of Wyanet, and Dr. George(Stephanie) Nora of Aberdeen, South Dakota; 7 grandchildren, Shane, Alexia, Lura, Nicole, Brittany, Tiffeny and Lydia; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Louise (Marshall) Brown of Chicago, and Ruth (John) Rader of Milwaukee; and 1 brother, Dr. James (Dr. Audrey) Nora of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by: his parents.

Robert Dale

April 25th, 2017

Robert H. Dale, 91 of Ohio, died Monday April 24, 2017 at Heritage Health Care in Walnut.
He was born on August 30, 1925 near NewBedfod, IL the son of John and Daphne (Draper) Dale and had served in the US Army during WW II from 1943 – 1946. He had been a life long farmer. He married Suzanne Andersen on September 11, 1949 in Walnut. She died July 21, 2016. Bob was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut. He enjoyed fishing, working crossword puzzeles, playing bridge and was a lifelong CUBS fan. He was an avid High School football fan.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara (Ronald) Von Holten of Walnut; four sons, James (Joyce) Dale of Amboy, William (Janelle) Dale of Geneseo, Joe (Chema) Dale of Arlington, VA and Thomas (Nancy) Dale of Geneseo; 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Joelle, Michael, Timothy, Kimberly, Thomas, Ilyas, Dileyli, Dylan, Megan, Cindy and Connie; and 20 great grandchildren, Joshua, Keiyana, Lia, Natasha, Samantha, Johnathon, Talon, Kaleah, Kaden, Huck, Sophia, Kayden , Jaron, Gabriel, Grant, Caleb, Evan, Cameron, Louis and Ayden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son Ronald Dale; his two brothers: Lawrence and Merle Dale.
Visitation will be held on Friday April 28, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow on Saturday at 10 AM in the funeral home, with the Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial with military honors will conclude at Union Cemetery in Ohio.

Douglas Whitfield

April 25th, 2017

Douglas Whitfield passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at home, with loved ones by his side. As per his wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial will be held at Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

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.