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Ireta Merkley

July 28th, 2015

Ireta L. “Rita” Merkley
Age: 85
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 8:00 p.m.
Date of Death: July 26, 2015
Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton

Services: Friday, July 31, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Laura Tanner
Burial: Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, IL
Visitation: 4-7 Thursday, July 30, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Services:

Date of Birth: Janaury 14, 1930 / Spring Valley, IL / George E. & Clara Katheryn (Van Der Voorte) Rowley

Married: Frank P. Merkley / Princeton, Illinois / March 15, 1947
he survives: Frank P. Merkley – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Son – Lon (Jane) Merkley – Princeton, IL
3 Grandchildren – Dr. Michelle (Chris) Oliver – Athens, IL / Lance (Tabatha) Merkley – Lake Bruin, LA / Jarrod (Elisha) Merkley – Princeton, IL
4 Great-Grandchildren – Elana Martinez – Princeton, Il / Mason Merkley – Princeton, IL / Carter Merkley – Lake Bruin, LA / Alexander Oliver – Athens, IL
2 Brothers – Walter (Gladys) Rowley – Princeton, IL / William (Silvia) Nelson – Princeton, IL

Preceded in death: parents – George Rowley & Clara Katheryn Nelson / Daughter – Pamela Merkley

Employment: Self Employed as a busisness Women & Owner & Operator Old Times – Quilters Heaven and Lacery

Memorials: Illinois Valley Hospice, Illinois Community Hospital, Peru, IL / Princeton Fire Dept

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Vernon Miller

July 27th, 2015

Vernon Kaye Miller
Age: 70
City: Manlius, Illinois
Time of Death: 2:18 p.m.
Date of Death: July 25, 2015
Place of Death: Unity Point Health, Peoria, Illinois

Services: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 / Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Brian Moore
Burial: Mineral Cemetery, Mineral, Illinois
Visitation: 4-7 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 / Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius

Date of Birth: August 13, 1944 / Kewanee, Illinois / Virgil & Billie (Bennett) Miller

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Christine Bohms – Oregon, IL / Janelle (Mike) Smith – Sheffield, IL
2 Sons – Timothy K. Miller – Sheffield, IL / Matthew (Belinda) Miller – Sheffield, IL
12 Grandchildren
4 Great-Grandchildren
Brother – Jon Miller – Sheffield, IL
Significant other – Cheryl Bishop – Sheffield, IL
Niece – Joleen (Dan) Zulkowsky-Cook – Paducah, KY

Preceded in death: parents / grandson – Ryan Niedziela / Sister – Paula Zulkowsky

Education: Grad Manlius High School in 1962

Employment: Lifetime farmer

Memberships: Manlius Sportsman’s club / Bureau County Farm Bureau

Military Service: no

Memorials: Family of Vernon Kaye Miller / Manlius Rescue Squad

Pallbearers: Jim Thompson / Kenneth Brummel / Richard Brummel / Scott Milby / Greg Whitmer / Ed Wilhelm / Spencer Davis
Honorary Pallbearers: Thomas Jones / Lowell Kepner / Bob Hensel / Bill Wessel

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius

Nicholas Decker

July 22nd, 2015

Nicholas Scott Decker
Age: 19
City: Spring Valley, IL formely Sheffield
Time of Death: 1:05 p.m.
Date of Death: July 19, 2015
Place of Death: at home in Spring Valley, IL

Services: Private Services / Cremation Rites will be accorded
Officiating: Rev. Laura Tanner
Burial: Inurnment Oakland Cemetery, Princeton
Visitation: None

Date of Birth: March 13, 1996 / Wurzburg, Germany / Michael & Julie (Post) Decker

Survivors: Father – Michael Decker – Marysville, OH

Mother – Julie (Doug) Platz – New Bedford, IL
Brother – Kyle Decker – New Bedford, IL
2 Step – Brothers – Andrew (Kelly) Platz – Geneseo, IL / Alex Platz – New Bedford, IL
step-sister – Tiffany Platz – Kewanee, IL
Grand-Parents – Roger Post – Princeton, IL / Betty Ann Black – Marysville, OH

Preceded in death: Grandmother – Jaqueline Post / Grandfather – Scotty Black

Memorials: Friends of Strays, Princeton

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Marion Albrecht

July 21st, 2015

Marion Niles Albrecht, age 96, of Tiskilwa died July 19, 2015. He was born to Levi

and Lydia (Roth) Albrecht on May 10, 1919, in Morton, Illinois, the second of three sons.

As a youth, he was baptized and became a member of Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church,

now First Mennonite Church of Morton. Most recently he was a member of Willow

Springs Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa, IL.

He graduated from Morton High School and attended Goshen College for two years. He

participated in Civilian Public Service (CPS) during WW II from 1942-1946, with most

of that time serving at a mental hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. On June 11, 1944 he

married Oleeda June Sutter from Hopedale, Illinois.

Marion farmed in both the Morton and Tiskilwa areas for 45 years. Throughout his life

he participated in both community and church activities. He had been a member of the

Tazewell County and Bureau County Farm Bureaus, Brown Swiss Cattlemen’s

Association, Hampshire Swine Association, and the American Kennel Club. At church

he served on various church committees, volunteered for Menno Haven Camp and

Retreat Center, Mennonite Disaster Service, and the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center.

He had fun playing sports in addition to attending sporting events of his children and

grandchildren. Marion liked guiding his children in 4-H projects when they were young.

He enjoyed woodworking and refinishing furniture. Playing board and card games with

friends and family were also a favorite pastime.

Surviving are his children: Arlee (Richard) Blackburn, Wayne (Annette), Connie (Elvin)

Krabill, and Sylvia Aschliman. He has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He has one brother, Milo, and two nieces. He was preceded in death by: his parents; a

brother, Howard; and his wife, Oleeda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willow Springs Mennonite Church or

Menno Haven Camp and Retreat Center.

Visitation: Friday, July 24, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Norberg Memorial Home, 701

East Thompson Street, Princeton, IL. An additional opportunity will be one hour before

the funeral service at Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, IL.

Funeral Service: Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Springs Mennonite

Church, 16621 Kentville Rd., Tiskilwa, IL with Rev. Earl Sears officiating.

Interment: Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Tiskilwa, IL.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com

Esther Waldron

July 21st, 2015

Esther A. Waldron, age 96 of Tampico, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at CGH

Medical Center in Sterling.

Esther was born on July 10, 1919 in Huron, South Dakota, the daughter of

Clarence and Anna (Ritter) Holforty . She was united in marriage to Manford

“Wally” Waldron on August 9, 1942 in Nebraska. He preceded her in death on

October 5, 1995. She enjoyed crocheting, gambling, and her dog Amy.

She is survived by 7 daughters, Karen (Barney)Hemminger of Sterling, IL, Vickie

(Rick) McKay of Rock Falls, IL, Cheryl (David) Adams of Sterling, IL, Jackie Adams of

Tampico, IL, DeAnn (Mick) Bryan of Tampico, IL, Bobbie Jo (Danny) Conduff of

Morrison, IL, Cindy (Paul) Haney of Tampico, IL, 3 sons Jerry Waldron of

Davenport, IA, Dennis (Betty) Waldron of Sterling, IL; Wally (Sharon) Waldron of

Sterling, IL; 30 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; several great-great

grandchildren; one sister Maxine Baker of Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous nieces

and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Carol, and two

daughters in infancy, four sisters and one brother.

Private Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at the Garland

Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico

United Methodist Church. Burial will be Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial

has been established. Online condolences may be sent to:

www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Gary Guenther

July 21st, 2015

Gary Francis Guenther, age 73, of Walnut, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015, at

his home.

Gary was born on December 10, 1941 in Waverly, MO the son of Francis and Ruth

(Longenecker) Guenther. He served in the United States Marines. He was a

lifelong farmer in Texas and Colorado and former member of the American Legion

in Colorado. Gary loved playing bass guitar.

He is survived by one son Gary “Ed” (Stephanie) Guenther of Walnut; three

grandchildren Allison, Ashley, and Allen ; one brother Garland “ Corky” (Judy) of

Houston, TX; four sisters Elaine (Jim) Newsome of Palestine, TX, Carole (Ken)

Hotcaveg of Valdosta, GA, Susie (Joe) Mathews Weslaco, TX, Barbara Moore of

Bryan, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites were accorded. There will be no local services. Arrangements

were completed by Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Condolences may be sent

to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Ross Clayton

July 16th, 2015

87 year old Ross Clayton of Princeton died on Tuesday. He was born September 15th 1927 and was a farmer in Dover Township for over 50 years. He married Minnie Norene on February 21, 1948. Survivors are his wife, one son Tom (Marilyn) Clayton of Princeton, 3 grand children and seven great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Lonnie Clayton and one sister Dorothy Gronwald.

Services will be held Saturday July 18th at 10:30 AM at the Norberg Memorial Home In Princeton and the visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 7 also at Norberg Memorial Home.

Mary Conner

July 14th, 2015

Mary E. Conner, age 78, of Ohio, Illinois passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois, surrounded by her family.

Mary was born February 17, 1937 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Dale and

Kathleen (Walter) Doran. She was united in marriage to Jerome “Rip” Conner on

January 18, 1958 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. She

worked for Scott Brothers Insurance for over 20 years as a customer service

representative. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic

Church and the OCCW.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome; two daughters: Colleen (Paul) Lehmann

of Columbia, MO and Laura (Scott) Reuter of Walnut, IL, two sons: Jerry (Terri)

Conner of Ohio, IL and Jim (Becky) Conner of Ohio, IL; ten grandchildren:

Courtney (Matt) Forristall, Megan Lehmann, Mitchell (Amanda) Conner, Molly

(Tyler) Surma, Katie (Mike) Melsheimer, Christian Lehmann, Shannon Reuter,

Valerie Reuter, Paige Conner and Jay Conner; 5 great-grandchildren; five sisters:

Joan Sisler of Dekalb, IL, Kay (Dave) Willey of Sterling, IL, Colleen (Bob) Bockel

of Princeton, IL, Susan (Al) Stickelmaier and Ann Turpen of Chillicothe, IL; and

numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Doran; one brother- in

law, Lewis Sisler; and one sister- in law, Judy Doran.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio, with Father Thomas Shaw,

pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., with a

rosary service at 3:30p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has

been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left at

www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Kelly

July 14th, 2015

Ruth E. Kelly, age 97, of Tampico, Illinois died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Good

Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown, Illinois.

Ruth was born January 20, 1918 in Sterling, Illinois the daughter of Roy Earl and

Margaret (Sturm) McKenzie. She was united in marriage to Richard Dale Kelly on

July 10, 1941 in Tampico. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1990. Ruth was

a professional pianist in Chicago and Rockford area during her lifetime. She was a

member of the Tampico Methodist Church and was active in the American Lung

Association. Ruth attended Illinois Wesleyan College and the University of

Illinois, majoring in music.

She is survived by one son, Day Kelly of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one

daughter, Margot (Tim) Downey of Vernon Hills, Illinois; seven grandchildren

(Day – Michael, Faith, Isaiah, Luke; Margot – Stephen, David, Daniel); two great

grandchildren (Caleb, McKenzie) and two nieces (Sandra McKenzie Schmitt,

Connie Essig).

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Dana in infancy and

one sister, Mary Lou Schmitt.

A visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the

Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. following

the visitation on Thursday, with Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico United

Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Tampico Memorial

Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist

Church. Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is handling the arrangements. Online

condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Dennis Driessens

July 13th, 2015

Dennis P. Driessens, age 71 of Tampico, Illinois died Friday, July 10, 2015 at

CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Dennis was born on December 9, 1943 in Deer Grove, Illinois the son of Kamil

and Bertha (VanPayrs) Driessens. He served in the United States Navy during the

Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Konneck in Morrison, Illinois

on February 24, 1978. Dennis was a Tampico Volunteer Fireman for 30 years and

was a Whiteside County Sheriff Dispatcher for many years. He worked at RB & W

for many years, owned and operated 5th Quarter in Tampico for 9 years and retired

from the United States Postal Service after over 20 years.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn Driessens of Tampico, Illinois; one daughter Re

Ann Holbrock of Colona, Illinois two sons Kevin (Trinda) Driessens, Scott (Dana)

Konneck of Sheffield, Illinois; his mother Bertha Driessens of Tampico, Illinois;

six grandchildren; one great granddaughter Ellie Mae; two brothers Donald (Pat)

Driessens of Rock Falls, Illinois, Darrell (Lynette) Driessens of Nevada and

numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 4 p.m. April 14, 2015 at the

Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Father Richard Kramer officiating.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Garland Funeral Home with

rosary at 12:30 p.m.. Cremations rites will be accorded after the service. A

memorial has been established to Juvenile Diabetes. Condolences may be sent to:

www.garlandfuneralhome.com.