Obituaries

HARMON – Grace Elaine Willstead, 83, of Harmon, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee, WI, surrounded by her family.

FRANKLIN GROVE – Janet "Jan" Sue Logan, 82, of Franklin Grove, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family. She worked as a food service manager at Franklin Grove Nursing Home, NIU, and AFC Middle School, until her retirement.

MENDOTA – Edmund C. Robinson, Jr., 70, of Mendota, passed away in the early hours of Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Lightways Hospice Home in Joliet.

Kaysi Jane Schaeffer, 17, of Eldena, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on May 22, 2024.

AMBOY – Darlene A. Shaw, 90, of Amboy passed away on Monday May 20, 2024 at Allure of Mendota.

Valery C. "Larry" Leffelman, 85, of Sublette, died Tuesday May 14, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family.

Gordon Meyer, 89, of Dixon passed away on April 23, 2024 at his home.

DIXON – Joan A. Christoffersen, age 88, of Dixon died Sunday April 21, 2024. 

SUBLETTE – Edward Wayne Erbes, 85, of Sublette, passed away on April 19, 2024, at Allure of Mendota after a brief illness and declining health.

Bill Kirchhofer passed away on December 24, 2023.  He requested not to have an immediate funeral, but wanted to simply have his ashen remains buried next to his wife, Ann, in the Ashton Cemetery at a time most convenient for his family.

Delbert R. Ullrich, 89, of Amboy, passed away on Monday April 8, 2024 at the Dixon Health Care and Rehab Center.

CLINTON, Iowa — William M. “Bill” Ogan, 88, of Clinton, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at his home. 

SHOREWOOD — Colleen A. Koch, 83, of Shorewood, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the home of her daughter.

EAST GROVE — Hazel Lorraine Reuter, 97, formerly of East Grove, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Heritage Square, in Dixon, where she resided the last 12 years. She worked for the Lee County Soil & Water District, retiring in 1994.

FRANKLIN GROVE — Sharon L. Yocum, 76, of Franklin Grove, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 11, 2024 at her home.

SUGAR HILL, Ga. — Ruth Ann Payne, of Sugar Hill, Ga., and formerly a resident of Schaumburg, IL for many years, passed away Feb. 27, 2024, after a long illness.

AMBOY — Mary Alice Hardy, 79, of Amboy, passed away on Feb. 13, 2024, after facing complications from post-polio syndrome, alongside other health issues. She was born on May 23, 1944, in Dixon, the beloved daughter of Alvin Donald and Margaret (Cooper) Ortgiesen.

DEKALB — Sarah Hinrichs, 92, of DeKalb, formerly of Amboy passed away on Feb. 1, 2024 at the home of her daughter in Dekalb.

GLENDALE, Az. — Larry Glenn Hawes, a steadfast pillar of the community and beloved family man, passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2024, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.

Marie Miles passed away early morning on January 4, 2024, surrounded by her four children and embraced by her loving husband.

DIXON — Richard C. Montavon, 88, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, surrounded by his children.

AMBOY — Everett D. "Joe" Vivian, 77, of Amboy, passed away, in his home, surrounded by his family on Friday Jan 5, 2024.

FRANKLIN GROVE — William (Bill) Kirchhofer passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023 in his home at The Meadows in Franklin Grove, Illinois.

LEE CENTER — Glenda L. Smith, 66, of Lee Center, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, at her home.

AMBOY — George W. Mason, 100, of Amboy, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023 at his home surrounded by family.

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