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Birkner, Joyce E. - Sycamore  
Joyce E. Birkner Joyce E. Birkner, age 89, of Sycamore, died on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Private services will be held. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1245 Somonauk St. Sycamore, IL
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 16, 2014
Einsele, Dorothy E. - Buda, Il  
Dorothy E. Einsele Born: March 2, 1922; in Buda, IL Died: Dec. 14, 2014; in Chenoa, IL Dorothy Evelyn Einsele, age 92, formerly of Buda, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, in Chenoa. Dorothy was born March 2, 1922, in Buda to Ernest and Grace (Hartley) Foster. She married Norman T. Einsele February 24, 1946, in the First Baptist Church in Bradford. Dorothy attended Buda and Bradford schools and Brown's Business College in Peoria. She worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria during World War II. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband of 56 years in DeKalb and Bureau counties. Dorothy was a member of the Spoon River Neighbor's Club, the Macon Club, and the First Baptist Church in Bradford and Shabbona. Surviving are five children, Beth Einsele of Shabbona, Nancy (Tom) Boitnott of Bloomington, Neil (Toni) of Chenoa, Merrill of Kewanee and Scott (Patty) of Grove City, OH; eight grandchildren, Sarah Carlson of Pleasant Hill, IA, Tracy Boitnott of Carlock, Trent Boitnott of Bloomington, Laura Arden of Morristown, MN, Kristina Einsele of Joliet, Jim Nelson of Allentown, IN, Trinity Einsele and Tadhg McIntyre, both of Grove City, OH; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman T. Einsele, in May 2002; her parents; and five brothers, Robert, William, Everett, Dean and Lloyd Foster. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Glenn Foster officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 18, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Bradford, and the Bradford Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Gillis, Clifford D. - Dekalb  
Clifford D. Gillis Clifford D. Gillis, 60, of sycamore passed away December 10, 2014, he was born November 19, 1954, to Roger & Margery (Busse) Gillis. He is survived by siblings, Michael (Terry) Gillis and Amy Overton. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be private
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Groves, Nancy A. - Dekalb  
Nancy A. Groves Born: Sept. 20, 1954; in DeKalb, IL Died: Dec. 15, 2014; in DeKalb, IL Nancy Ann Groves, age 60, of DeKalb, formerly of Cortland, died Monday, December 15, 2014, at home. Born September 20, 1954, in DeKalb, the daughter of Donald R. and Gertrude Pinkston (Crane) Potts. Nancy married Floyd Groves on May 11, 1989, in DeKalb. Nancy was a 1972 graduate of DeKalb High School and was formerly employed by General Electric in DeKalb. She volunteered at Salvation Army in DeKalb, Cortland Community Library and her sons? Schools. She is survived by her sons, Jacob Groves and William Groves; half sisters, Janet (Richard) Crowley and Gloria (Michael) Milyanovich; half brother, James Crane; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, on November 4, 2014; parents; and brother, Harold "Crow" Crane. The memorial service for Nancy and Floyd will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014, at The King's Mansion Church, 200 East Street, Kingston, with the Rev. Mathew Littlejohn officiating, following visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Nancy Ann Groves Memorial Fund, which is being established, sent to the Groves Family, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 20, 2014
Harford, Helen - Piper City  
Helen E. Harford Born: May 15, 1922; in Piper City, IL Died: Dec. 14, 2014; in Sycamore, IL Helen E. Harford, 92, formerly of Piper City, died at 7:20 p.m., Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Lincolnshire Place in Sycamore IL, where she had resided for the last 3 years. The funeral for Helen will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 20, at the First Presbyterian Church of Piper City with Rev. Wade Ditty officiating and Rev. Alan Cheney assisting. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the church and also one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City, immediately following the funeral. Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are her son, Doug (Cindy) Harford of Washington, IL; daughters, Donnola (Irvin) Scott of Rochelle, IL, and Annette (Randy) Reese of Yorkville, IL; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, step-mother, Nila Meisenhelder; one sister, Erleen Froelich; and husband, Don. Helen was born May 15, 1922, in Piper City, the daughter of Earl and Daisy Meisenhelder. She graduated from Piper City High School in 1940 and married Don Harford February 16, 1944 in Piper City. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Piper City, Helen sang in the choir and was active in the Women's Association, organizing and helping with rummage sales, bazaars, and church dinners. She was a member of the Piper City American Legion Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star, and Monday Night Reading Circle. Helen enjoyed family, friends, crafts, books, sports, plants, birds and cooking. She worked as a bookkeeper for Emory Harford and Sons farm implement dealership in Piper City. Memorials to Helen's service to God, family, and community may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Piper City. "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8) Please sign her guestbook at www.redeniusfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Hodge, Shirley Mae - Mission Viejo, Ca  
Shirley Mae Hodge Born: May 19, 1936; in DeKalb IL Died: Dec. 9, 2014; in Mission Viejo, CA Shirley Mae Mundy Hodge, Mission Viejo, California, passed away at home with her family on Dec. 9, 2014. She was born to Maurice and Welma Mundy on May 19, 1936, in DeKalb IL. She graduated from Sycamore High School in 1954. She and Don "Pete" Hodge married in 1958 at St John Lutheran Church in Sycamore and began 56 years of a lifetime partnership, which took them to El Paso, Texas with the US Army, then to Maryland, California, Australia, and back to California due to Pete's career with Collins Radio and Rockwell International. She is survived by son, David (Amber) Hodge and their children, Jordan, Bethany, Gesena, and Annalisa of Perth, Australia; daughter, Gayla (Dan) Babineau and their children, Haley and Danielle of Mission Viejo; and daughter, Carla (Greg) Thomas and their children, Lindsey and Steffan of Temecula CA; sister, Barbara (Harold) Nordin of Charleston IL; and brother, Ken (Juanita) Mundy of Sycamore; cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws from Pete 's family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Gregory Mundy. Shirley was a classy lady who loved and mentored their Kids and Grandkids. She kept their family close in heart even when separated by many miles. She was a lady of strong faith even while enduring a long illness that ended when God called her Home to be with Him and all believers forever. The family thanks Pastor Tom who ministered to Shirley and the family during her illness and also the dedicated nurses and doctors who provided medically for her. Services are planned for January 10, 2015. Private family interment of ashes are planned for a later time. O'Connor Mortuary (949) 581-4300 www.oconnormortuary.com Please visit Shirley's online memorial at www.oconnormortuary.com/obituaries/Shirley-Hodge/ .
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 20, 2014
McMillion, Lane G. - Sycamore  
Lane G. McMillion Lane G. McMillion, 78, of Sycamore died Monday, December 8, 2014 at OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford. Arrangements by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL. 60178. www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Mulligan, Patricia A. - Centennial, Co  
Patricia A. Mulligan Patricia Ann Mulligan, age 68, of Centennial, CO, died on Thursday, December 4, 2014, in her residence in Centennial. Arrangements were entrusted to: Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL, 60115 (815) 758-3841.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
Nelson, George H. - Plymouth  
George H. Nelson Born: Aug. 18, 1920 Died: Dec. 14, 2014 George H. "Jack" Nelson, age 94, of Plymouth, WI, passed away late Sunday evening, Dec. 14, 2014, at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility, where he had been a resident for the past two years and received exceptional care. George was born on August 18, 1920, in Sycamore, IL, a son of the late Herman A. and Anna V. Anderson Nelson. He attended school in Sycamore, IL, where he learned to speak English after speaking only Swedish in his home growing up. On May 26, 1943, he married Marion Johnson in Sycamore, IL. They enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage, both caring for each other until Marion preceded him in death on May 16, 2009. Shortly after their wedding, George was sent to war and served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre during World War II from 1943-1945. Upon his return from the Army, he and Marion farmed in the Northern Illinois area, raising their four children, and left farming in 1966 when they moved to St. Charles, IL. After 10 years there, they moved to Beaver Dam, WI, and his last employment was with Breuer Metal. He retired in 1986 when they moved to Plymouth, WI. George was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was very proud of his Swedish heritage and his service in World War II. Survivors include his four children, James (Pam) Nelson of Piedmont, SC; Jeanne Rollo of Sheboygan Falls, WI; Joseph (Robin) Nelson of Howell, MI; and John (Charlene) Nelson of Plymouth, WI. Eleven grandchildren, Debbie (Jim) Bishop of Hampshire, IL; Mark (Jane) Nelson of Peoria, IL; Glen (Greta) Nelson of Mauldin, SC; Matthew Rollo of Henderson, NV; Heidi Rollo of Sheboygan Falls, WI; Jenny and Brian Nelson of Howell, MI; Brad Nelson of Brighton, MI; Lindsay Nelson (fianc Calen Leider) of Waldo, WI; Kristin (Joel) Schneider of Wauwatosa, WI; and Todd Nelson of Sheboygan, WI. Six great-grandchildren, Justine Buchholz of Hampshire, IL; James A. and Lillian Nelson of Peoria, IL; Ava Olivia Soleil Lamb of Sheboygan Falls, WI; Abigail and Eva Nelson of Mauldin, SC. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by six sisters and one brother. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, IL. Rev. Mark Nelson, grandson of George will officiate. Cremation has taken place, and inurnment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore, IL. Friends may call at the CHURCH on Saturday (Dec. 27) from 10:30 a.m. to the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in George's name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com .
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2014
O'Donnell, Lois - Creston, Il  
Lois O'Donnell Born: Jan. 8, 1933; in Mt. Vernon, IL Died: Dec. 15, 2014; in Creston. IL Lois O'Donnell, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 15, 2014, at her home in Creston. Lois was born January 8, 1933, to Raymond and Hazel (Brewer) McCord in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She married Richard O'Donnell on October 11, 1958, in Lee, Illinois. He preceded her in death on June 15, 1984. Lois is survived by her eleven children, Kryss O'Donnell, Bill (Kris) O'Donnell, JoAnne O'Donnell, Suzie (Roger) Armstrong, Tricia O'Donnell, Nettie (David ) Leifheit, Linda (Kevin) Herrmann, Michael (Nicole) O'Donnell, Ann (Christopher) Norton, Mark O'Donnell and Matthew (Jennifer) O'Donnell; 20 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and her brother, Delbert (Barb) Mc Cord of Paw Paw, IL. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Lois. Visit www.unerhorner.com to sign the on line guest book.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Dec. 18, 2014
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