Judy Jorgensen

May 6th, 2016

Judy A. Jorgensen, 68, of Princeton, IL., passed away on May 4, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital.
Judy was born on February 3, 1948 to Murray J. and Virginia M. (Sterling) Hassler in Princeton, IL. She attended Walnut High school. She married Francis E. Jorgensen on October 6, 1967 in Walnut, IL. Judy enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Charles) Hansen of Riverton; one sister, Sue (Richard) Frank of Ohio, IL; two brothers, Robert (Carol) Hassler of New Bedford, and David (Peggy) Hassler of Walnut. Five grandchildren; Jayce (Sarah), Luke (Cheyenne), Amanda, Samantha (Nate) and Carrie. Also, survived by seven great grandchildren, and special nieces Ginny Wyatt and Connie Owens who entertained her throughout the years as well as several other nieces and nephews.
Waiting to greet her were her parents; one son, James Jorgensen; nephew, David Kuelper; niece, Dawn Hassler; and brother, Joe Hassler.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Pastor Brian Gilbert will be officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Judy Jorgensen
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John Taylor

May 6th, 2016

John L. Taylor, 89, passed away on May 3, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL.
Born October 30, 1926 in Sterling, IL to James H. and Della (Stocking) Taylor; he married Joanne H. Taylor on July 30, 1950, in Princeton.
He was an exceptional high school friend. Friendships extended across class lines and endured for more than seventy years. His athletic prowess is still remembered. “Johnnie” was a ball-player! His passion and love of sports was passed down to his children and grandchildren. He smiled while watching them play.
He served in the US Navy from 1944-1946. He proudly served with his three brothers. He did not talk about it, but he was a proud American.
He was a river boat pilot, pushing barges for 42 years on the Chicago, Illinois, Ohio and the upper Mississippi rivers south to New Orleans. John even helped the Army Corp of Engineers by breaking ice during winter months. His service was recognized multiple times, but not that he would report. Pushing barges along twisted rivers was a topic he loved to talk about. The river was his life. The river’s curves could not contain him; he mastered them all.
He volunteered for the Kiwanis Club-Gold Coats of Princeton, serving as President and selling peanuts to raise laughter and money. Volunteerism was fun for him.
Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Drake (Doug) of Princeton, a son Brad (Patty) of Grand Junction, CO; two grandchildren, Zach (Gretchen) Taylor of Littleton, CO, Emily Woolf (Kevin) of Fort Worth, TX, and five great grandchildren, Bronsen Woolf, Quentin Taylor, Stella Woolf, Peyton Taylor and Grant Woolf.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Joanne Taylor; one grandchild, Patrick Taylor and one great-grand child Kaia Taylor, three sisters and three brothers.
Visitation will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 9 at The First Lutheran church in Princeton IL followed by Funeral Services also at the church. Burial will take place at Elm Lawn Memorial Cemetery after the services.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
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Heidi Jeffery

May 4th, 2016

Heidi Ann Jeffery, 43, of Wyanet died at 11:39 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

She was born March 26, 1973, at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., to Bob and Sandy (Kiersnowski) Jeffery.

Surviving are her parents; one daughter, Brianna Merkley of Long Beach, Calif.; and her paternal grandmother, Lillian Jeffery of Wyanet, IL.

A graduate of Wyanet High School, she had been employed at McDonald’s, J&L Steel and Hobbs.

She was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and also an avid cat lover.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert; her paternal grandfather; and her maternal grandparents.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

Visitation will be will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Irene Clayton

May 4th, 2016

Irene Clayton passed away Sunday May 1 in Princeton.
Jennie Irene Clayton was born March 11, 1924 at Wataga, Illinois to Fred and Hilda (Peterson) Wenstrom.
She was a 1941 graduate of Galesburg High School. After her graduation, Irene worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health in Moline and Galesburg. She married May 3, 1947 in Galesburg.
After moving to Princeton in 1968, Irene worked in the office of Dr. A.D. Poppens and at Perry Memorial Hospital. She retired from PMH in 1999.
Irene is survived by a daughter Karen (Chuck) Hanson of Bloomington, IL and a son Barry (Jackie) Clayton of Raleigh, NC, four grandsons, Christopher & Jonathan Hanson and Brandon & Jordan Clayton, and two great grandchildren, Frank and Sophia Hanson. Irene is also survived by one brother, NevinWenstrom of Venice, FL, and 2 sisters, Ruth Rouland and Dorothy (Harvey) Brinton, both of Galesburg and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a granddaughter, Lindsay Clayton.
Irene was a member of First Lutheran Church of Princeton, Friends of the Library and the Bureau County Senior Center. Representing the Senior Center at the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee at the Illinois State Fair, Irene tied for first place in 2008 and she took second place in 2013.
At Irene’s request, no funeral services will be held. Cremation will be accorded at Grant-Johnson Funeral Homes, Inc. Crematory, Princeton. A private graveside service will be held at Elm Lawn Memorial Park at a later date.

Edith Umphress

May 4th, 2016

Edith M. Umphress, 88, of Princeton, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Heritage HealthCare in Walnut.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Rev. Brian Gilbert of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton officiating. Interment will follow in the Henry Cemetery, Henry. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Edith was born on April 2, 1928 in Henry to William and Margaret (Dorff) Clift. She married Raymond Umphress in Varna.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Princeton, 4-H and several quilting clubs; she had been a foster parent for the Covenant Children’s Home; and had volunteered for the Freedom House.

She is survived by: her son, Raymond Umphress of Princeton; her daughter, Sarah Umphress; 7 grandchildren, Tammie, Tina and Teddy (Dianna) Umphress, Michael Shoffner; Jeremiah and Jonathan Musselwhite, and Tabitha Nagashi; 7 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren; her sister, Mildred Parkinson of Harden; and her brother Bob (Marcia) Clift of Henry.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Raymond, on December 31, 1993; 1 brother; and 1 grandchild.

Memorials may be directed to the Freedom House.

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Georgann Barnes

May 3rd, 2016

Georgann S. Barnes of Princeton passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Liberty Village in Princeton.

She was born Sept. 29, 1941, to George and Ann (Talbot) Barnes. She attended DePue High School.

Georgann enjoyed knitting and also volunteering her time at the Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic in Princeton. She was an active member of Christ Community Church.

Georgann is survived by her four children, Rick (Rose) McCauley of Tiskilwa, George McCauley of Princeton, Rhonda (Brian) Rossler of Malden and Michelle Jensen of Princeton; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Bill Barnes of DePue and Bob (Dorothy) Barnes of Hollowayville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother in infancy.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Christ Community Church with Pastor Brian Strom officiating. Cremation was accorded.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

Carol Grundman

April 29th, 2016

Carol Grundman

Funeral service for Carol Ann Grundman, age 60 of Princeton, will be Monday, May 02, 2016 at 11:30 AM at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. Father Jeffrey Stirniman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery on May 02, 2016. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 02, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Carol Grundman passed away on Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Aug 24, 1955 in Princeton, IL to Frank and Melvina (Underwood) Lewis. She married Thomas Grundman on January 19, 1974. Carol graduated from Princeton High School in 1973. She was the school librarian and a teacher’s aide at St. Louis Catholic School for the past 25 years. She was a member of St Louis Catholic Church and the CCW. Her most important role in life was being a devoted wife, mother and especially grandma to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Thomas; two daughters, Jennifer (Eric) Pansegrau and Rachel (Eric) Waca; one son, John (Veronica) Grundman; her mother, Melvina Lewis; one sister, Barb (Howard) Wolcott; two brothers, David (Diane) Lewis and Donnie (Carin) Lewis; one brother in law, Steve (Denise) Grundman; her father in law, James Grundman; six grandchildren, Matthew Pansegrau; Avery, Alexandra and Brecken Waca; Norah and Frank Grundman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Lewis; one daughter, Eileen in infancy; one brother, Jimmy Lewis and her mother in law, Elaine Grundman.

Memorials may be directed to St. Louis School Library or The family of Carol Grundman.

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Lowell Jontz

April 26th, 2016

Lowell Milton Jontz, 93 of Canton, GA formerly of Buda, IL. Passed away April 23, 2016 at Canton Nursing Home, Canton, GA . Born May 22, 1922 in Buda, Illinois to
Roy & Ethyl Nina (Anderson) Jontz. He married Maxine Alice Bitting May 29, 1943 in Buda, IL. She preceded him in death March 24, 2004. Survivors are daughter,
Sheryle (Mark) Van De Water of Canton, GA; son, Dennis (Maryann) Jontz – Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren, Ashlee Jontz of Chandler, AZ; Charlee Jontz of
Chandler, AZ; Kim (John) Rogers of Canton, GA; Mark (Amy) Van De Water, IV of Alpharetta, GA; four great-grandchildren, Jake Rodgers, Jared Rodgers, Mark Van De Water, V
and Kathryn Van De Water. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Member of Buda United Methodist Church, he was president and former board member of Western School District, Bureau County Farm Bureau Member. He was a farmer in the Buda area for 50 years. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Grant-Johnson
Funeral Home, Princeton at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in the Hopeland Cemetery, Buda, IL. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday,
April 27, 2016 at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton. Memorials may be directed to Buda Rescue Squad, Hopeland Cemetery or Crossroads Hospice

Arlene Morris

April 22nd, 2016

Arlene Helen (McCall) Morris, 94, of Princeton, formerly of Tiskilwa passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Heritage HealthCare in Normal.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton with Rev. Cal Zehr of the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Arlene was born in LaMoille Township on September 16, 1921, to Claude and Ada (Stocking) McCall. She married Clarence F. Morris on March 14, 1940, and she lived in Bureau County all of her life. She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Charles) Bruder, of Normal; two grandsons, Timothy (Madaya Orlove), of Peoria, Arizona, and Joseph (Heather), of Normal; one great grandson, Jordan Bruder; and her sister, Mary Lou Standaert of Kewanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and five sisters.

Throughout her lifetime Arlene was a homemaker and mother, was engaged in farming with her husband for many years, and when they moved to Tiskilwa she assisted in his business, cooked at the grade school cafeteria, and cleaned homes. Arlene was a member of the Van Orin Gospel Church.

Following the passing of her husband of 65 years, Arlene moved to Greenfield Retirement Home where she enjoyed being with both old and new friends and participating in all activities. She has been a resident of Colonial Healthcare in Princeton for the past two years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, or the Tiskilwa Historical Society.

Roger Kerkmann Frank

April 22nd, 2016

Roger Kerkmann Frank, age 80, of Rock Falls, IL and formerly of Walnut, IL died

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling.

Roger was born on August 12, 1935 in Alantic, IA, the son of George and Pearle

(Kerkmann) Frank. He attended Atlantic public schools and graduated from Iowa

State University in 1958. He served in the United States Army Reserves. He was

united in marriage to Emily Miller on November 7, 1959 in Elgin, Illinois. Roger

was a charter member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut for 50 years

where he served on the church council and various boards. He served on the

Walnut Grade School Board for 12 years and was a lifelong farmer in the Harmon

area for 50 years before retiring and moving to Rock Falls in 2000. In retirement,

he volunteered for the VITAL program at Sauk Valley Community College and

Roger also enjoyed reading and golfing.

He is survived by his wife Emily Frank of Rock Falls, IL; two sons Timothy Frank

of Clinton, IA, Thomas (Laurie) Frank of Rock Falls, IL. Roger was also a loving

and devoted grandfather to Lindsey, Brady, Nolan, Aaron, and Hailey Frank.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Holy

Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Menet officiating. Visitation will be

held on Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Walnut

Cemetery. A memorial has been established to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and

Regency Care in Sterling, IL. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of

arrangements. Condolences may be sent to: