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Lois B. Fryman

Lois B. Fryman, age 99, of Dixon, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Dixon Healthcare Center.


Lois was born February 11, 1918 in Storm Lake, Iowa the daughter of Lola and George Howe. She married Albert Fryman in November of 1964 in Dixon. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include two daughters, Carmen Dixon of Somonauk and Virginia Taylor of Dixon; one step daughter, Mary (Jerry) Eddington; one sister, Ida (Joe) Hall; one brother, George (Julie) Howe; thirteen grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons, Barry Royster and Kenneth Michael Royster; and one grandson.


Visitation will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 4 – 7 PM at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services will be Friday at 7:00 PM at the funeral home with Reverend Rick Wheeler officiating. Burial will be Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

Paul M. Grant


Paul M. Grant, age 36, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.


Paul was born September 5, 1980 in Freeport the son of Micheal and Laura (Smith) Grant. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for 16 years. Paul was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed riding snow mobiles with his friends.


Survivors include his mother, Laura (John) Folkers of Sterling; one sister, Jill (Wendell Ebersole) Queckborner of Chadwick; one brother, Marty (Lucy) Grant of Byron; one step brother, Chad Folkers of Sterling; his maternal grandma, Carol Smith of Milledgeville; three nephews, Jake (Kristy Richard) Queckborner, Tyler Grant and Brett Grant; four nieces, Courtney Queckborner, Jocelyn Folkers, Jacqui Folkers and Juliana Folkers; and three great nieces, BryLee Queckborner, Emilee Queckborner and Paisllie Richard.


He was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandpa and paternal grandparents. Visitation will be Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5 – 8 PM at the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren in Milledgeville.


Funeral services will be Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the church with Reverend Rick Koch officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Lillian G. Ricks

ROCK FALLS- Lillian G. Ricks, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison.


Lillian was born on March 15, 1937 in Etowah Co., Alabama, the daughter of Ellis and Zannie (Chastain) Gwin. She married Billy Ricks on May 17, 1963 in Rock Falls. Lillian worked as a secretary for the Whiteside Co. Housing Authority.


Survivors include her husband, Billy; one son, Lamar Ricks of Columbus, OH; two sisters, Sula Pope of Cincinnati, OH and Ladora Phillips of TN and two grandchildren, Darby and Hudson.


She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Marty Ricks; one brother, James Gwin and three sisters, Ruby Gwin, Reba Smith and Emma Roebuck.


Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.


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Pamela M. Schroeder

ROCK FALLS- Pamela Marie Schroeder, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her home.


Pamela was born on July 25, 1955 in Sterling, the daughter of Alan and Joyce (Pyse) Ernst.


Survivors include her three children, Amy (Mitch) Mendoza of Fulton, Anne Welch of Sterling and Jeffery Gaither (Sarah Blair) of Dixon; her parents, Alan and Joyce Ernst of Stoutsville, MO; one brother, Lee Ernst of Moline, IL; ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter.


She was preceded in death by one brother, Tim Ernst and two siblings in infancy.


Visitation will be Monday, August 21, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, 1002 12th Avenue. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory. For online condolences, please visit:

Beverly Unger

Beverly Unger, age 77, of Dixon, died Wednesday August 16, 2017 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. She had many occupations over the years from Interior Design, waitressing and owning Splash of Color Tanning Salon in Dixon prior to her passing.


Beverly was born June 7, 1940 in Oregon, the daughter of Arthur J. and Eva (King) Long. She enjoyed gardening, but most of all spending time with her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.


Beverly is survived by her daughter Debra P. (Kirk Hudson) Garber; one sister, Jeanette (Glen, Sr.) Hart; one sister in law, Joyce Long; two grandchildren Alyssa (Chris McKnight) Gonzalez, Cody (Alyssah) Gonzalez; one great grandchild, Easton and one on the way, Arthur, all of Dixon.


Beverly was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ken and Lawrence Long.


A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Private burial of cremated remains will take place at Pine Creek Cemetery.


Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.


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Elizabeth Ann "Liz" Planthaber


Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Planthaber, 64, of Dixon, passed away peacefully, Monday, August 14, 2017, at her home with family surrounding her in Dixon. She worked for Heritage Square as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 14 years before her retirement on Friday August 11, 2017.


Elizabeth was born June 15, 1953, in Rochelle IL, the daughter of Charles R. and Taimi E. (Pennala) Withrow. She attended Lincoln Avenue Church of God in Dixon and enjoyed collecting salt & pepper shakers. Liz loved her family, children and grandchildren as well as the residents at Heritage Square.


Elizabeth is survived by two sons, Kenny (Shanna) Withrow, Matthew Planthaber both of Dixon; one daughter, Tammy Withrow of Rock Falls; four brothers, Donald (Nancey) Withrow, of Mass City, MI, John (Shirley) Withrow of Rockford, Gerald Withrow of Rockford, Paul Withrow of Rochelle; one sister, Linda (Michael) Hemmen of Dixon; one sister in law, Sharon (William) Withrow of Rockford; five grandchildren, Raimend Underhile, Christian Withrow, Destine Withrow, Kathleen Withrow, William Withrow and two great grandchildren, Theseus Collins and Robby Collins, Jr.


Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Kenneth, William and Roger Dale Withrow; two sisters Lillian Herdman and La Donna Maldonado.


Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 18, 2017, at the funeral, home with Pastor Mike Worrell officiating. Burial will follow at Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Rochelle, immediately following the service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Dixon DaVita Dialysis and Heritage Square. Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.


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Beverly J. Berogan

WALNUT - Beverly J. Berogan, 85 of Walnut died Saturday August 12, 2017 at Heritage Health of Walnut.


She was born on January 10, 1932 in Walnut, the daughter of S. Russell and Pearl (Strouss) Weller. She was united in marriage on June 25, 1950 to William Levi Berogan. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1994. Beverly had worked as the head cook at Walnut Grade School retiring after 27 years. She had run the Walnut Senior Citizens organization several years for the Bingo and card playing. She loved to cook, her gardening, flowers, play bingo, play cards and fishing. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church.


Survivors include her son, Russell (Vickie) Berogan of Walnut; her son-in-law Donald Rice of Dixon; brother-in-laws: Donald (Chris) Berogan and Melvin Berogan and sister-in-law Harriet Moore; 9 grandchildren: Paige Berogan, Billie Jo Ristau, Brad Free, Brandon Rice, Jacob Rice, Brittany Rice, Regan Rice, Ryver Rice and Rayne Rice; 1 step grandchild Donnie Rice; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi; daughter Nyla Rice; son Terry in infancy; her sisters: Evelyn Leech and Louise Weller; her parents and grand parents.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 16, 2017 from 9 - 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Mark Harkness, officiating. Burial will conclude at the Walnut Cemetery.


A memorial will be established in her memory.