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Susan Emmole



Susan Elizabeth Emmole, 48, of Dixon, died Monday, June 26, 2017, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.


Susan was born December 17, 1968, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Donald and Janice (Rutherford) Kessel. She married Matt Emmole on September 16, 1988, in Dixon. Susan was a loving mother to her four children. They were her pride and joy. She loved children and they were drawn to her loving nurturing nature. Susan truly had a heart of gold and was a joy to everyone she knew. Her two granddaughters were so dear to her. She cherished spending time with them when they had sleepovers at grandma Susan’s house. She was the youngest of five kids and was Donnie Kessel’s baby girl. Susan took great pride in being a mother and her home was a welcome happy place to all of the kids’ friends and all of her nieces and nephews. Susan was a wonderful friend and wife to Matt for 27 years, and God blessed them with a wonderful family. She was truly a beautiful woman inside and out. Her family has peace knowing how much she loved Jesus.


She is survived by the father of her children, Matt Emmole; one daughter, Vanessa Emmole; three sons, Ben Emmole, Nicholas Emmole, and Josh Emmole; her father, Donald Kessel, all of Dixon; two brothers, John (Sue) Kessel and Patrick (Barb) Kessel both of Traverse City, MI; two sisters, Kelly (John) Nitkey of St. Charles and Sara (Randy) Ortgiesen of Dixon; and two granddaughters, Maddison Emmole and Bostin Rodriguez.


Susan was preceded in death by her mother, Janice Kessel.


Memorial visitation will be from 4 – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jon Marx, pastor of Faith Assembly Church in Grand Detour, officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to

Franklin L. Schnoor

STERLING – Franklin L. Schnoor, age 93, died Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Regency Health Care, Sterling.


Franklin was born on July 29, 1923 in Bouton, Iowa the son of Louie A. and Elfrieda A. (Lange) Schnoor. He married Phyllis Geer. He later married Barbara Foehrkolb. He was employed as Condo Manager for 15 years. Franklin served his country in the United States Army during WWII.


Survivors include two daughters, Lori Schnoor and Nancy (Steve) Stefani both of Sterling; one son, Robert Schnoor of Dubuque, Iowa; eight grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 wives.


Cremation rites have been accorded. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Online condolences may be sent to

Robert D. Miller


Robert D. Miller, 85, of Dixon, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Dixon.


He devoted his entire career to Commonwealth Edison. During his 40-year career he worked as a lineman, underground service crew leader, and prior to retirement, associate engineer.


Robert was born June 3, 1932, in Dixon, IL, the son of Lyndol A. and Helen E. (Sitter) Miller. He married Shirley A. Vernier on November 12, 1952, in Dixon. Robert served in the United States Navy from 1952 – 1956 and was a life time member of First Baptist Church in Dixon. He was active in Habitat for Humanity, founded the local chapter of the Say No to Drugs Program, and was known for helping people, particularly for doing repair work for them. Robert was an avid fisherman and was dearly loved by family, church friends, and many in the community. He will be missed by all who knew him.


He is survived by his wife, Shirley Miller of Dixon; four children, Dennis (Leslie) Miller of Dixon, David (Donna) Miller of Sterling, Dianna (Gene) Johnston of Rock Falls, Darin (Lucy) Miller of Byron; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.


Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John William Miller.


Private interment of cremated remains will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.


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


Condolences may be sent to

Hildred A. Wechsler

Hildred A. Wechsler, 93, of Rock Falls, formerly of Sterling and Dixon, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Sauk Valley Senior Living & Rehabilitation in Rock Falls, IL.She was a house mother at the Dixon State School prior to her retirement.


Hildred was born May 25, 1924, in Carmi, IL, the daughter of Henry L. and Laura (Martin) Pyle. She married Lowell Wechsler on August 7, 1991, in Dixon. Hildred was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon and Sterling Moose Lodge #726.


She is survived by her husband, Lowell Wechsler of Sterling; six children, Mike (Rosie) Jones, Donna (Larry) Smithhart, both of Carmi, Linda (Jeff) DeOrnellas of Byron, Georgiann Clevenger of Dixon; Roger (Cindy) Clevenger of Dixon; one step-daughter, Sheryl Hall of Rock Falls; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Clevenger; one brother, Glen Pyle; one sister, Hazel Anderson; one step-daughter, Sharon Simpson; one step-son, Brian Wechsler; and one grandchild.


Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, until time of funeral services and Moose Lodge ceremony at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home, with Pastor Brandon Nelson, of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.


A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to

Ronald I. Rendleman

CHADWICK – Ronald I. Rendleman, age 84, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.


Ronald was born on January 16, 1933 in Chicago the son of Roy and Angeline (Grabowski) Rendleman. He married Gloria Gabriele in Chicago on December 22, 1951. Ronald was an Evangelist.


Survivors include his wife Gloria of Chadwick; three daughters, Vicki (Scott) Taylor of Seattle, Wash., Rita (Paul) Schoenthal of Batavia and Rhonda (Bruno Guetta) Dixon of Stowe, Vt.; two sons, Nick (Patty) Rendleman of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Roy Rendleman of Chadwick; one sister, Jeannine (Dale) Stavlo of Madison, Ala; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 10-11:00 A.M. Monday, June 26, 2017 at the McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Kruse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.


In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Marianne Wright

ROCK FALLS — Marianne Wright, 79 of Rock Falls, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s and passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Avonlea Cottage Memory Care in Dixon, IL. Marianne was born on November 3, 1937 in Nowawes, Germany, the daughter of Herman Wilhelm and Anna Stolle.


She came over from Germany in October of 1974 with Maureen Wall Frankfother and Virginia Wall Pinkston after having met Arthur Wright at the Chicago Train Station. They were married on December 23, 1974 and Marianne became a 2nd mom to Timothy. Together they had a son, Marc-Oliver Wright. Marianne was a homemaker but was also very busy with their large property, planting trees and bushes, growing flowers and tending an always large garden. After Arthur retired from Northwester Steel and Wire, she helped him with his retirement project, growing and selling asparagus. She had many regular customers. Marianne always looked forward to her weekly Wednesday luncheon with her German friends. She enjoyed taking many photos of her beautiful flowers, birds and the wildlife animals that would show up looking for a handout or morsels of food.


Marianne is survived by her husband, two daughters, Maureen (Kevin) Frankfother, Virginia (Tim) Pinkston; two sons, Timothy (Heather) Wright and Marc-Oliver (Linda) Wright; nine grandchildren, to whom she loved being Oma to: Nicholas, Tegan and Jacob Frankfother of Rock Falls, Brianne Pinkston of Sullivan, IN, Kolton, Jaxen and Phinley Wright of Sterling and William and John Wright of Monona, WI.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her twin sister, Annemarie and her brother, Gunther. Visitation will be Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.


Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. For online condolences, please visit:

Beverly E. Bellini



STERLING- Beverly Elberta Bellini, age 88 of Sterling, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling.


Beverly was born on April 20, 1929 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald and Ethel (Pettenger) Harting. She married Milo Bellini on June 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2004. Beverly was employed by General Electric in Morrison for 23 years before retiring in 1981. She was a past bowler and enjoyed sewing and reading. She loved traveling to Las Vegas and playing slot machines. Beverly was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls.


Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Joseph) Dyer of Sterling; her sons, Larry (Sue) Bellini of Rock Falls, Richard “Skitch” (Carla) Bellini of Houston, TX, John (Sandy Bright) Bellini of Rock Falls and Ronald (Kay) Lancaster of Tampico; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one brother, Bruce.


Visitation will be on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Richard Russo officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.


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