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Ramona Clardie

STERLING – Ramona Clardie, 83, of Sterling, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at CGH in Sterling.

  Monie was born Sept. 22, 1934 in Villa Ridge, IL, the daughter of Amos and Virginia (Sisk) Clardie. She was Paralyzed in a car accident at age 17, she worked from her home (before it was fashionable), operating Clardie Telephone Answering Service over 45 years. She was a member of Lost Lake Church in Dixon. Unable to attend church Monie prayed faithfully for the requests of the church and listened to recorded sermons weekly.

  Monie loved her entire family. Nothing brought more happiness to her than talking and hearing the things that were happening in their lives. She loved visiting and the more that gathered around the happier she was. This brought joy to her and them as well. She lived with her Mother until she passed away. She then moved in with her brother for 14 years where her sister and sister-in-law cared for her. She lived 2-1/2 years at Good Samaritan, Prophetstown. In each home Monie was blessed with outstanding care and caregivers. She brought Joy and a special spirit with her to those who cared for her.

Survivors include sisters, Joann Everly and Sharon Chappell of Rock Falls. Brothers, David (Sheila) Clardie of Bad Axe, MI, Marvin (Linda) Clardie of Sterling, Bob (Pam) Clardie of Sterling, Mike Clardie of Rock Falls, Jesse Clardie of Sterling and many Nieces, Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Amos Clardie and Gary Clardie, also niece, Kristen (Clardie) Davis and  nephew, Brant Clardie

  Visitation is 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral at 6:00 at McDonald Funeral Home Rock Falls with Pastors Dave & Bob Clardie officiating.

  In lieu of Flowers a Memorial has been established.


Daniel Barryon Woodward

Daniel Barryon Woodward of Dixon, IL passed away in the afternoon of March 3 rd suddenly
and unexpectedly. Born March 1 st , 1949 in Chicago, Illinois to Louis and Virginia (Archer)
Woodward, he was the 4 th of their eight children. He is preceded in death by both his
parents; bothers Louis Woodward, Ray Woodward, and Gary Woodward, and by his sister
Sandra (Woodward) Uslton. He is Survived by his wife Jan (Webster) Woodward; by his
brother Cary Woodward, sisters Charline Woodward and Addie Woodward; by his children
Daniel Woodward Jr., Eric Woodward, Katherine (Woodward) Horton, Brandon Woodward,
and Courtney (Woodward) Bond; by his 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Dan worked in the ball bearing industry for 50 years, his reputation as “Dan the Bearing
Man” was pristine. He went to great lengths to ensure his customers felt more like family,
and their needs were his priority. Dan earned an engineering Associates from Triton
College, and was a proud and active Alumni of West Leyden High School. Dan had a passion
for music and performance, a long-time Member of the Rock River Valley Barbershop
Chorus, he was honored as Barbershopper of the Year twice. He performed in numerous
musicals at the Dixon theater, where he enthusiastically shined on stage. Most recently he
crooned sweethearts with singing valentines this past February 14 th . He enjoyed running
from youth until his final day, participating regularly in local running events each year. He
was active, vibrant, loving, and genuine. He strived with every interaction to make people
happy and entertained.
Dan fiercely loved his children and grandchildren; tenderness and joy were always present
when he could be surrounded by them. He could make fun and games for them anywhere
and with anything, he made their worlds magical. His concern and care for others was
always overflowing, big or small, he took personal responsibility for his friend’s and family’s
wellbeing. Making sure neighbors had clear drives in winter and checking your smoke
detectors when he visited was part of his charm. Jan was the love of his life and best friend,
their obvious, playful, and long romance is something a couple should aspire to. Having a
relationship like this radiates to those closest to them and always made things brighter and
more exciting when they were together. He will be sorrowfully missed and lovingly
Visitation will be from 2 – 6:00 p.m., on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Preston-Schilling Funeral
Home in Dixon, followed by a 6:00 p.m., reflection and prayer service. Cremation rites have
been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Rock River Valley Barbershop
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Lois Gene Nicklaus

DIXON - Lois Gene Nicklaus 87 of Dixon, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Dixon Healthcare.
Gene was born at home in Sterling, IL on April 13, 1930. The daughter of the late Walter and Helen
(Finkle) White. “Gene” is what she was called all of her life.
Gene graduated from Polo High School in 1948. She worked at Freeman Shoes in Dixon, Dixon Publishing
and retired from Borg Warner in Dixon after many years of service. One of Gene’s favorite things to do
was being outdoors. She was passionate about gardening and planting anything plantable. Her yard was
a reflection of this. She also had a caring heart for animals. She supported the Human Society and local
Survivors include one sister, Carmie (Larry) Franklin of Freeport, and brother, Van White of Dixon;
brother-in- law Joseph (Sonny) Burge of Polo; nieces, Carla (Brian) Myers of Freeport and Lauri (Franklin)
Heyob of Maple Park; several great nephews; co-worker and great friend, Mary Cleaver of Dixon; and
her two special cats, Puff and Ole Gray.
Preceding Gene in death are her parents, one sister Bebe Burge, and one nephew.
Cremation rights have been accorded by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 1121 N. Galena Avenue, Dixon,
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Donna Pritchard

SHANNON – Donna Pritchard, age 71, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport.

            Donna was born on May 20, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of Robert E. and Margaret B. (Moore) Schryver. 

She was employed with Burgess Battery Company for several years and most recently with Casey’s General Store in Shannon. Survivors include, her son, Scott Pritchard of Dixon; two sisters, Margaret (Jim) Totenhagen of Loves Park and Cathy (Ron) Watkins of Keil, Wis.; one brother, Wayne (Karen) Schryver of Milledgeville.

            She was preceded in death by her parents.

            Private graveside services will be held at Bethel Cemetery in Milledgeville with Reverend Rick Koch of Dutchtown Church of the Brethren officiating.  Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home, Milledgeville.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

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Pauline Newman

Pauline Newman, age 87, of Sterling, died Thursday, February 22, 2018, at The Citadel of Sterling.

Pauline was born July 25, 1930 in Tampico the daughter of Charles and Viola Newman.  Survivors include one daughter, Michele (Mike) O’hara of Plano; two sons, Pat Balk of Sabula, Iowa and David Bower of Argo Fay; one brother, Harold Newman of Rock Falls; one brother-in-law, Henry Planthaber; two grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marjorie Planthaber and Lois Peipenahgen.

Graveside services will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Brandon Nelson of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling officiating.

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Sally J. Wolf

ROCK FALLS- Sally Jean Wolf, 65 of Rock Falls, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.


Sally was born on April 28, 1952 in Sterling, the daughter of Manuel S. and Connie (Morales) Galvan. She married David Wolf on March 12, 1999 in Sterling. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, swimming, cooking for family gatherings and talking and visiting with special friends.


Survivors include her husband David; her children, Erica Lynn Byington of Sterling, Michael (Janet) Byington of Marian, IL, Len Byington of Randolph, WI, Linda (Ben) Sluiter of Forreston, IL and one step-son, David A. Wolf (Danni) of CA; eight grandchildren, Timothy Byington Miller, Joe and Nick Byington, Paige and Brittney Byington and Marina, Shane and Shaun Sutton; five great grandchildren; five siblings, Esther (Richard) Leal of Rock Falls, Steve Galvan of IN, Diane (Fred) Agular of Sterling, Theresa (John) Moser of Sterling and Tim (Michele) Galvan of IN.


She was preceded in death by her father, paternal and maternal grandparents and one brother, David (Theresa) Galvan.


A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.


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Larry Lee Paxton

Larry Lee Paxton, age 88 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 20, 2017 at his home.


Larry was born on August 21, 1929 in Prophetstown, the son of Charles and Sylvia (Eggert) Paxton. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He farmed in the Prophetstown area from 1975-2000 and also was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire from 1956-200. Larry was a member of the Prophetstown American Legion and St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown.


He is survived by his son Kevin Paxton of Austin, Texas; one sister, Burdetta Siefken of Prophetstown; two brothers, Arlo (Pauline) Paxton of Stockton and Lester Paxton of SC; and one grandson, Joshua Paxton.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steve Paxton; four brothers, Darrell, Warren, Norman and Clifford Paxton; and special friend, Doris Keefer.


A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Arrangements have been completed with the McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Prophetstown.


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