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Nancy E. Cox

Nancy ECox, age 62, of Sterling, died Friday, October 6, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. 
Nancy was born November 21, 1954 in Rock Island the daughter of John and Iva (Johnson) Lundeen. She married Andy Cox on October 16, 1982 in Rock Falls. She was employed at National Manufacturing for 34 years and was most recently employed at Larson's. Nancywas a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending lots of time with her grandchildren. 
Survivors include her husband, Andy of Sterling; two daughters, Carrie (Brad Stroup) Coxof Sterling and Shelly (Joe) Kapp of Byron; two sisters, Patty (Jeff) McKenna of Rock Falls and Sue (Eun Jung) Lundeen of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Kaidence Stroup and Karson Stroup. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Donna Lundeen. 
A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5 – 7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling at a later date. 
A memorial has been established. 
Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.


Kaden Anthony Beer

Kaden Anthony Beer, 10 of Sterling died Friday October 6, 2017 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Kaden was born on January 13, 2007 in Oak Lawn, IL the son of Jeffrey K. and Stacey A. (Drane) Beer. He was currently attending Lincoln School in Sterling as a 5th grader. He was a typical boy, yet throughout his life, Kaden overcame many challenges. He enjoyed playing outdoors, especially sports with his friends and cousins. He cherished the times in which he got to spend with his big brother Kyle. Kaden was given the opportunity and had gone to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Surviving are his parents, Jeff and Stacey; his brother Kyle Beer (Emily McDonald) of Sterling; his maternal grandparents, Tony and Connie Drane of Rock Falls; his paternal grandparents, Cynthia and Jerry Miller of Defuniak Springs, FL; his uncle, Kris (Tanya) Drane; his aunts: Kara (Blake) Metzger and Becki (Mark) Hermes; and many special cousins.

Kaden was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Derald Beer.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The funeral will follow on Wednesday at 10 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, with the Reverend Christina Berry, pastor officiating. Burial will conclude at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, that a memorial will be established.


Nola Mae Cunningham

          Nola Mae Cunningham, age 60, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at her home in Mesa, Ariz. after a long illness surrounded by her family.

          Nola was born October 4, 1956 the daughter of Owen and Jacqueline Nye.  She married Doug Cunningham on April 2, 1977 at the Milledgeville Brethren Church.  She worked for the Maricopa County Library in Gilbert, Ariz.

          Survivors include her father, Owen (Melva) Nye of Milledgeville; her husband, Doug Cunningham of Mesa, Ariz.; a son, Jim (Ethel) Cunningham of Gilbert, Ariz.; two daughters, Jennifer (Brandon) Hill of Avalon, Ariz. and Julie (Nick) Reyes of Austin, Texas; two grandsons, Owen Cunningham and Hudson Hill; and one sister, Nyla Nye of Milledgeville. 

          She was preceded in death by her mother.

          Cremation rites were accorded.  A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Milledgeville Brethren Church with Reverend James Black officiating.  Burial will be at a later date at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

          In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.


Paul Griffin Shores

Paul Griffin Shores, age 65, of Savanna, Illinois, died on October 4, 2017, 2015 at

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be held at11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna with Father

Moises Apostol as Celebrant.  Visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Monday,

October 4, 2017 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial fund has been

established in Paul's memory. Online condolences can be left for the family at 

www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.Paul was born May 6, 1952 in Savanna, Illinois,

the son of Harold “Buck” and Mildred “Jimmie” (Collins) Shores.  He is a 1971 graduate

of the Savanna High School, where he enjoyed being part of the school band. 

After high school, Paul worked at Eaton Corporation in Savanna, then went to school in

Des Moines, Iowa.  He lived in Colorado for a short time, and then after traveling to Idaho,

decided to make McCall, Idaho his home.  Paul enjoyed his work repairing and tuning

skis in the winter, and outdoor work at a golf course and ranch in the summer months. 

He spent time fishing and learning to play the mandolin.  He loved visiting friends and

family back home in Savanna, and loved when his parents would make their yearly trip

to Idaho.Paul will be dearly missed by his mother, Mildred “Jimmie” Shores of Savanna.  

Paul was preceded in death by his brother, David Kent Shores in 1972; and his father,

Harold “Buck” Shores in 2015.


Nola Mae Cunningham

Nola Mae Cunningham, age 60, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at her home in Mesa,

Ariz. after a long illness surrounded by her family.

          Nola was born October 4, 1956 the daughter of Owen and Jacqueline Nye. 

She married Doug Cunningham on April 2, 1977 at the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 

She worked for the Maricopa County Library in Gilbert, Ariz.

          Survivors include her father, Owen (Melva) Nye of Milledgeville; her husband,

Doug Cunningham of Mesa, Ariz.; a son, Jim (Ethel) Cunningham of Gilbert, Ariz.;

two daughters, Jennifer (Brandon) Hill of Avalon, Ariz. and Julie (Nick) Reyes of Austin,

Texas; two grandsons, Owen Cunningham and Hudson Hill; and one sister,

Nyla Nye of Milledgeville. She was preceded in death by her mother.

          Cremation rites were accorded.  A memorial service is planned for Saturday,

October 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Milledgeville Brethren Church with Reverend

James Black officiating.  Burial will be at a later date at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

          In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.


Scott D. Eddy

Scott D. Eddy, 69, of Fairview Heights, IL, formerly of Dixon, IL, passed away
September 26, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.
 
Scott was born January 5, 1948 in Dixon, the son of Harold L. and Geraldine L.
(Janssen) Eddy. Scott was an insurance agent for over 20 years. He was a
member of the Elks Lodge, #779 in Dixon where he served as their Exalted
Ruler. In his free time, he loved to play golf. A musician since the age of 14,
Scott played the drums and sang for several different bands.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Schneider) Eddy whom he married
in 2004; three daughters, Sharilyn M. Eddy and Stacia M. (Kirk) Staples,
of Dixon, Susan D. Eddy of Fairview Heights; three stepsons,
Richard A. Wallace, John D. Bosick, and Michael J. Bosick; a stepdaughter,
Cheryl L. (Eric Guenther) Voges; four sisters, Toby (David) Barnes, Alanna Forari
of Moline, Alethea Eddy-Sumner, of St. Louis, Debra (Rick) Good of Naples, FL;
two brothers, Steven Wilson of Naples, FL, Kenn Wilson of Dixon; three grandchildren,
Daniel J. Eddy, Quinn A. Staples, Adam C. Staples; great-grandchild,
Aubrey M. Eddy and close friend and brother-in- law, Gordon D. (Sandy) Kelly.
 
A special Thank You to all the staff at Barnes Jewish Neurology Department,
and Neuro ICU, for their special kindness and comfort shown to Scott and his family.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Harold L. (Pauline) Eddy and Geraldine
(Warren) Knelson.
 
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 1:00 p.m.,
on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the
Pastor David Schweppe, officiating. Burial will follow after the luncheon
at Nelson Cemetery in Nelson. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been
established to Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University, CB 1204,
7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105-2161.
 
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschilling.com.

Jean E. Wildemuth

Jean E. Wildemuth, 90 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday October 3, 2017 at Prophets River View Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

She was born on May 2, 1927, in Anna, IL, the daughter of William and Sarah L. (Machleith) Anderson. She married Dale E. Wildemuth on August 20, 1947 at St Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Jean was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Prophetstown and a member of the Card Club. Jean was known for her baking talent for pies and her fried chicken.

Survivors include her husband, Dale; daughter Christine (Frederick) Palmer of Downers Grove, IL; son, Derek (Cyndee) Wildemuth of Prophetstown; two grandchildren, Matthew (Alyson) Palmer and Jill (Kevin) Henthorn; two great grandchildren: James and Sarah Henthorn. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Janet Wangeline and Joyce Serckie; and her brother Charles Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 7, 2017 from 9:30 – 11 AM at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Prophetstown. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in the church. Burial will conclude at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Arrangements completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Memorials in her memory to St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church and Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Nursing Home.