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Katel, Rigmore  
RIGMORE H. KATEL FREEPORT - Rigmore H. Katel passed away peacefully in Freeport on May 18, 2015. Born April 8, 1926, she was a graduate of Elmhurst College and Purdue University. Over the years, Re was active in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Freeport, and Esperanza Lutheran Church, Phoenix. She also served in the Amity of Freeport, cherished her time with her PEO sisters and, if you believe her, was dealt decades worth of bad cards in bridge clubs in Freeport and Phoenix. She was predeceased by her husband, William C. Katel, M.D., with whom she stood as a proud and independent partner, and her daughter, Cindy Katel. She is survived by her son, Ken and his wife, Nancy Hindle-Katel of Tarzana, California, as well as her daughter, Janet Katel-Johnston, and her husband, Brad Johnston of Phoenix. She is also survived by the joys of her life, her grandchildren and great-grandchild, Michelle Stelter and her husband, Mike, of Tempe, Arizona, Will Hindle-Katel, M.D., of New Haven, Connecticut, Glenn Johnston of Denver, Kristin Busk of Los Angeles, Maryn Johnston of Denver and the next generation, Lydia Stelter of Tempe. Celebrations of her life will be held in Freeport and Phoenix in early summer. The family asks that Re be remembered with unprompted smiles and laughter. The world is a better place for her days. Please leave a message in her guestbook at walkermortuary.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Kortemeier, Ruth - Rockford  
RUTH A. (HAYES) KORTeMEIER, 92 ROCKFORD - Ruth A. (Hayes) Kortemeier, 92, of Rockford, IL, passed away May 17, 2015. She was preceded in death by parents, Carl and Elsie (Draeger) Hayes; brothers, Marvin (Nieta) Hayes and Stanley (Vallanee) Hayes; and sister, Evelyn (Jake) Sterman. Survived by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth; daughter, Debra (Ron) Bendis of Woodstock, IL; son, Douglas (Susan) Kortemeier of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren, Matthew (Allison) Bendis, Ann Bendis, and Todd Kortemeier. Ruth graduated from the University of Wisconsin, became a registered dietician, and worked in that capacity for many years. She was a full partner in her husband's ministry as United Methodist pastor in churches in Hooppole, Batavia, Mount Carmel, Dixon, Palos Heights, and Rockford. She touched many lives with her kindness, caring, and hospitality. The family thanks staff members at Wesley Willows and the community at Christ United Church for their loving care and support. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Christ United Methodist Church in Rockford, IL, with the funeral at 11 a.m., and lunch following. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Christ United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Reifsteck, Sally  
SALLY REIFSTECK, 71 STOCKTON - Sally Reifsteck, 71, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home. She was born October 29, 1943, at home to Clifford and Bernice (Reddington ) Krippendorf. Sally graduated from Hanover High School in 1962. Sally married Richard Reifsteck on June 25th 1962. She had a love for so many people and she was loved by so many. Her best treasure in life was her children and her grandchildren who she adored so much. She loved watching her grandchildren play sports, doing agility with her chocolate Lab, Coco, and doing agility with her friends, Kay, Patty, Carrol and Lynn. She belonged to the Forest City Dog Club in Loves Park, where she did agility training and agility competition. She was active in yoga and went on yoga retreats with her daughter. She was always there for her husband who was her best friend for the past 53 years of marriage. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Richard of Stockton; son, Ritchie (Marilyn) Reifsteck of Stockton; daughter, Deborah (Stuart) Adams of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, Robbie and Chandler Reifsteck of Stockton; sisters, Shirley Holmes and Dorthy Orth; brother, Leroy (Sally) Krippendorf; and brother-in-law, Don (Becky) Reifsteck. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Bernice Krippendorf; mother and father-in- law, Don and Marge Reifsteck; sister, Judy Wild; brothers-in-law, Donnie Orth and Richard Holm. A special thank you to Father Mike, sister Julia, Jean and Hillery from Hospice Home Care from the Monroe Clinic. Thank you to Dr. Anderson from the Monroe Clinic who went above the call of duty, it made Sally feel very special. Thank you to Leann Sally's home care nurse from the Monroe Clinic, UW Cancer Center for the great doctors and nurses, Monroe Hospice Homecare girls for all their loving care, Stockton WA-TAN-YE club, Mal and Danie at the Lena Bed and Biscuit for taking care of Coco, sister-in-law, Sally Krippendorf who was always there for us, her many friends that were there for her in her time of need, and for all the food, cards and flowers that made her so happy. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, until time of service at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton, IL. Funeral Service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Officiating will be Father Mike Morrissey. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Safe Haven Humane Society in Elizabeth, IL. Condolences may be sent to the family at leamonfh.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Rockey, Ruth  
RUTH J. ROCKEY FREEPORT - Ruth J. Rockey, widow of Dr. Victor Rockey, Freeport, died May 19, 2015, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was a retired Registered Nurse, having received her degree from Freeport Memorial Hospital in 1940. She actively supported her husband, Dr. Rockey, in his medical-surgical practice for a number of years as X-ray and office nurse. She was an active member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Tau Alpha Circle, and Women's Fellowship. She served on the board of the Stephenson County chapter of the American Cancer Society for many years and was a member of Stephenson County Homemakers, Civic Garden Club of Freeport, Freeport Area Church Cooperative, Ladies of the Elks, Blackhawk Embroidery Guild, Stephenson County Medical Auxiliary, Illinois Medical Auxiliary, and a Hospice volunteer. She was born November 21, 1919, in Buckeye Township, daughter of Ray J. Folgate and Grace M. (Frank) Folgate. Married to Dr. Victor V. Rockey on October 27, 1948, in Buckeye Township. Surviving are son, David (Debra) of Freeport; step-son, Dr. Robert L. (Linda) Rockey of Freeport; step-daughter, Mrs. LaMoine (Rose Marie) Moll of Shannon; two grandsons, Robert F. (Sara) Rockey of Dallas, TX, Randall (Stephanie) Rockey of Cody, WY; four step granddaughters, Anne (Brian) Hopkins, Rebekah (Scott) Cawley, Rachel (Andy) Staats, Kristine Steinhagen; four step grandsons, Christopher Rockey, David Moll, Steven Hartman and Brian Steinhagen; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jean Shippy and Carol Metz; and three brothers, Harold Folgate, Donald Folgate, and Lawrence Folgate. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ. There will be a visitation from noon Saturday until time of service at the church. Memorials have been established for St. John's United Church of Christ and the American Cancer Society. Please leave a message in Ruth's guestbook at walkermortuary.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 20 to May 22, 2015
Roebuck, Emma  
EMMA IONA ROEBUCK, 82 STERLING - Emma Iona Roebuck, 82, formerly of Sterling, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Freeport Rehab & Health Care. Emma was born May 22, 1932, in Gadsden, AL; the daughter of Ellis and Zanie (Gwin) Chasteen. She married Lawrence Roebuck on November 11, 1950, in Gadsden, AL; he preceded her in death on March 28, 2004. Emma had been employed by GE in Morrison for 30 years before retiring in 2002. She was a member of Como Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Louise (Frank) Roebuck Cook of Freeport and Jonola (Rick) Klepper of Barnesville, GA; one son, Stephen (Catherine) Roebuck of Spring Hill, TN; three sisters, Lillian (Bill) Ricks of Rock Falls, Sula Pope of Cincinnati, OH and Ladora Phillips of Manchester, TN; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; and five brothers. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the funeral home, with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Como Baptist Church. For online condolences, visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 22 to May 23, 2015
Zink, Marcella  
MARCELLA EMMA ZINK, 97 ROCKFORD - Marcella Emma Zink, 97, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Woodland Township, Carroll County, IL; the daughter of Ray Raymond and Lillie Dorthea Barbara (Rath) Messmer. She married Frank Zink on Oct. 3, 1937, at the First Evangelical Church Parsonage in Mt. Carroll. Frank and Marcella farmed in the Lanark area for 30 years. They had three children, Allen, Wesley, and Ruth. Marcella enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing. Marcella spent 20 years volunteering at the Freeport Area Church Corporation; she received the volunteer of the year in 2001. Her family and friends would describe her as a very generous and selfless person. She is survived by her son, Wesley (Mary) Zink of Cherry Valley; daughter, Ruth (Bob) Perrin of Roscoe; daughter-in-law, Aida Zink of Chicago; grandchildren, April Zink of Gainesville, FL, Wendi Lentz of Roscoe, Kathy and David Zink, both of Chicago; great-granddaughter, Kiley (Joshua) Lewis of Kansas City; brothers, Leroy and Edwin Messmer; sister-in-law, Josephine Messmer of Mt. Carroll; three step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren. Marcella is preceded by her husband, Frank; son, Allan; brothers, Carl and Floyd; sisters, Blanche Frye and Arlie Smith; and great-great-granddaughter, Kyla. A special thank you to Alden Strathmoor Nursing Home & Family Home Health Services, Inc. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Chapel after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Memorial funds to family Home Health Services. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.schwarzfh.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 22 to May 23, 2015

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Holland, Elizabeth  
ELIZABETH "BETTY RAE" BAUS HOLLAND SCALES MOUND - Elizabeth "Betty Rae" Baus Holland of Scales Mound, IL died May 18, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA. Betty was born April 27, 1929, in Shullsburg, WI; daughter of W.R. (Raymond) and Letha (Stadel) Baus. She received her grade school education in rural Scales Mound, Schoehard & Ford, one-room schools and San Antonio, Texas. Both she and her husband graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1946. Betty attended University of Dubuque, Pestalozzi Froebel in Chicago, and graduated with a B.S. degree from Platteville Teachers College in 1951. She taught second grade at Seminary Hill School in Galena and substituted in Scales Mound and Warren Schools after her marriage. Betty married Edward A. Holland on August 4, 1951, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. He preceded her in death on August 19, 2012. Ed and Betty resided on the Holland Family Homestead in rural Scales Mound, until 1996, when they moved to the Stadel-Holland Farm on the northern edge of Scales Mound. Betty's life was devoted to her faith, family, and friends. She was the 2004 recipient of the Scales Mound School Outstanding Alumni Award, a Grandparent Helper in Scales Mound School, and an active member of St. Joseph's Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. She also quilted with the Lutheran Ladies and spent twenty-seven years coordinating and teaching religious education at St. Joseph's Church. Her family was her pride and joy. Survivors include daughter, Sister Kathleen Holland, OSF, Clinton, IA; sons, William (Lisa) of rural Apple River, and their children, Jacqueline, Megan, Patrick, Timothy, and Brian; Kevin (Marianne) of Orlando, FL, and sons, Jordan Anderson, Nathan (Kate) and their daughter, Addison Lynn, and Matthew; Terrence (Virginia) of rural Scales Mound, and their daughters, Rachel, Angela, and Leah; Martin (Anne) of Springfield, VA, and their children, Erin and Christopher; Joel (Joellen) of Galena, IL and their children, Ryan, Julia, and Reid; cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brothers, David and Donald; father and mother-in-law, James and Clara (Artman) Holland; brothers-in-law, Leland and R. Patrick Holland. The Holland Family extends their thanks for the care to their mother in the Mercy Medical Center CVU unit, especially Gina and Ashley. In Mom's words, "God Bless"! Visitation will be held from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL, and from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, Apple River. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Apple River, IL. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Apple River, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of one's choice or the memorial fund that has been established in Betty's memory.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 20 to May 21, 2015
Spielman, Dennis - Naperville  
DENNIS L. SPIELMAN, 75 NAPERVILLE - Dennis L. Spielman, 75, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1970, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was born March 8, 1940, in Freeport, IL, the son of the late Clarence and Ethel (nee Moser) Spielman. Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Weber) Spielman, whom he married June 26, 1965, loving father of Kimberly (John) Spielman Marcet of Naperville and Gina (Eric) Spielman Hostert of Yorkville, IL, cherished grandfather "BUMPA" of Ellie, Joey, and Cora Marcet and Ollie Hostert, dear brother of Jackie (Kirk) Drake of Metairie, LA and Dean G. (Amanda) Spielman of Freeport, brother-in-law of Jean (Dan) Austad, Judy Weber, Gordon (Sue) Weber, Ann (Tim) Zolper, Paul (Cindy) Weber, Joe (Elaine) Weber, Chris Parent and David (Holly) Weber, adored uncle, great-uncle and friend of many. Dennis grew up in Freeport and was a 1958 graduate of Freeport High School where he was a star football player for the Pretzels. He went on to play football for a year at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb before transferring to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater (UWW), where he met his wife, Sharon. While at UWW, Dennis was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity. After graduation, Dennis was employed by Bendix Aviation Corp., Teterboro, NJ and later worked for M & M Representatives, Schiller Park, IL, as a sales rep since 1973. He was a founding member at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville and enjoyed swimming, boating, spending time with his family at their lake home in Delavan WI, tennis and racquetball. Dennis also loved classic cars and was the proud owner of a 1950 Cadillac. Memorial visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville. Additional visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the church. A luncheon will follow at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N. Naper Blvd (Corner of Naper Blvd. & Diehl Rd.), Naperville, IL 60563, 630-505-4900. www.chicagomarriottnaperville.com . Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd., #400, Chicago, IL 60661, 312-651-7350, www.lls.org . For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 20 to May 21, 2015
y., Virginia Shirle  
VIRGINIA FERN (CLICK) SHIRLEY, 90 LEBANON, IN - Virginia Fern (Click) Shirley, 90, of Lebanon, passed away May 15, 2015, at Homewood Health Campus. Virginia was born January 18, 1925, in Lebanon, IN, a daughter of the late Edwin Nicholas and Fern Kathryn (Plew) Click. She married Arthur William (Bill) Shirley on April 20, 1946, in Lebanon, IN. He died April 9, 1995. Virginia graduated from Lebanon High School in 1943. She worked at RCA during the war. Virginia and her husband built and operated Shirley Poultry and Eggs in 1946, and the Shirley Feed and Grain elevator. Virginia later worked for and retired from Jones, Burgess, Gennaro, and Lamar. She enjoyed fishing, reading, and being with her family. Survivors include her children, Rita Shirley, Libby (Chris) Stachowiak, Pennie (Curt) Miller, and Randy (Connie) Shirley; her grandchildren, Michael (Lindsay) Shirley, Dustin (Haley) Shirley, Samantha (Alex) Loeb, William Miller, Mollie (Tyler Clay) Miller; step-grandchildren, Bobby (Jana Foster) Taylor Jr., and Terry (Anna) Taylor; great-grandchildren, Lukas Shirley, Gunner Shirley; step great-grandchildren, Robby Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Caleb Taylor, and Logan Taylor; her brother-in-law, Raymond Swope; and several nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband; her siblings, Wayne Click, Jack Click, Beverly (Click) Swope; her sisters-in-law, Betty Click and Irene Click. Family and friends will gather Tuesday, May 19, 2015, for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and services will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Virginia will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association Indianapolis Office, 6415 Castleway W. Dr., Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250. You are invited to visit the website strawmyerdrury.com where you may sign her online register and leave a personal message.
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 20 to May 21, 2015

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Gilley, TJ  
TJ GILLEY, 73 LENA - TJ Gilley, 73, of Lena, IL passed away on May 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 10, 1941 to Harold and Vivian (Bettiga) Gilley in Rhinelander, WI. He married Trudi Busch on June 12, 1965 and together they raised three children. TJ attended UW Stevens Point, played tennis and football; where he set a 99 yard record for a touchdown run, and got his masters from Northern Illinois University. TJ was an English teacher for Rhinelander High School and Dakota High School. He was a guidance counselor for Lena-Winslow High School, and Stephenson Area Career Center. TJ owned and operated Gilley's Restaurant in Lena for 14 years. He was a football coach at Rhinelander, Dakota, and Lena-Winslow High Schools, a ski coach at Rhinelander High School and he was a devout Green Bay Packers fan. He was an announcer for Le-Win football on the LWTV channel. He enjoyed playing golf, spending time with his family and friends, going boating, camping, snowmobiling, and fishing. He was a great friend for the Lena community. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lena, IL and the Lena Lions Club. TJ is survived by his son Todd (Jackie Bass) Gilley of New Ulm MN; two daughters Tara Gilley of Louisville CO, Tanya (Michael) Williams of Lena, IL; grandchildren Mitchell, Alyssa, and Paige; one brother Richard (Marjorie Jean) Gilley; one sister Donna (Dr. Walter) Gager; special friend Jan Kniss; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 30, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena, IL. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday May 29, 2015 at Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. Fr. Andrew Skrobutt will officiate the service. Cremation rights were accorded. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Lena, IL. A memorial has been established in his name. A celebration of life will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rafters. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.leamonfh.com .
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Published in The Journal-Standard from May 19 to May 20, 2015
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