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Betty Jane Leslie

Betty Jane Leslie, 53, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, surrounded by her family.


She cherished working for Dixon Public Schools for the past 19 years and even received employee of the year for her dedication of service.


 She is survived by her beloved husband Michael Leslie of 19 years; three children, Kylie Clark, Austin Clark, and Andrew Leslie all of Dixon; father, Wayne Hussey of Franklin Grove; three brothers, Jeff (Julie) Hussey of Stillman Valley, Paul (Anne) Hussey of Franklin Grove, and Jamey (Cindy) Hussey of Winnebago; father and mother-in-law, Bob and Carol Sue Leslie of Dixon; two sisters-in-law, Betsy (Tim) Bartlett of Champaign, Sue (Scott) Bowden of Sugar Grove, many nieces and nephews; and best friend Nancy (Jim) Vogl of Oregon. Betty was preceded in death by her mother Karlyn Hussey; and one brother Roger Hussey.


A memorial visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Dixon. Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the church with Rev. Timothy Mitchell and Rev. Heewon Kim, coofficiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Betty may be made to First United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.  

Martha Irene Quick

Martha Irene Quick, 87, of Dixon, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, holding the hand of her beloved husband of 67 years.


Born September 2, 1931, in Atwood, IL, Martha was the daughter of Vern and Gertrude (Long) Jividen. She married Dale Quick, her long time friend and high school sweetheart, on March 25, 1951 in Atwood, IL at Lake Fork Church.


She is survived by her husband, of 67 years Dale Quick, of Dixon; three daughters, Denise Acton of Holland, MI, Dianne Kent of Rockford, IL, and Dawn (Ross) Radandt of Cherry Valley, IL; six grandchildren, Denrick Acton, Joshua Kent, Jacob Kent, Rebekah (Matthew) Gauger, Jonathan (Kaitlyn) Radandt and Michael (Lynnzee) Radandt; three great grandchildren Jackson, Levi, and Simon Gauger. Martha was preceded in death by her parents. The family would like to express their appreciation for the Serenity Hospice team, Dr. Reckamp, as well as the many caregivers who took such wonderful care of her over the last two plus years.


A gathering of family and friends will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Dixon Elks Lodge in Dixon, followed by a eulogy service and dinner at 4:00 p.m. Cremations Rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Naples Botanical Gardens as well as United Methodist Church of Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

Lotilla Lucille Paap

Lotilla Lucille Paap, 94, of Dixon, IL, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL.


Lotilla was born March 7, 1924, at home in Polo, IL, the daughter of Henry Roy and Dorothy Bess (Palmer) Rhodes. She married John L. Paap on April 12, 1947 in Polo. He preceded her in death on January 12, 1979.

Lotilla is survived by two sons, James (Linda) Paap of Austin, TX and Jerry (Brenda) Paap of Dixon; seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis White of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Paap, five brothers and 2 sisters.


Private graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, in Dixon, IL. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

William "Bill" Paul Beauvais

William “Bill” Paul Beauvais, age 47 of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home.


Bill was born on May 13, 1971 in Freeport, the son of Lawrence Paul and Catherine Marie (Bright) Beauvais. He married Loratta “Lori” Boyd on February 17, 2009 in Dixon. He was a motor route driver for the Sauk Valley Media for over a year and a half.


Survivors include his wife, Lori of Rock Falls; one sister, Patricia Brown of Lanark and one nephew, Codie Brown of Lanark.


He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal and paternal grandparents.


A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, November 16, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 P.M at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory. For online condolences, please visit:


Raymond E. Wegner

Raymond E. Wegner, 85, of Dixon, IL, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

He was born on September 4, 1933 in MelRose Park, IL the son of Raymond and Violet Wegner.


Ray lived a complete and wonderful life. He always woke early and headed out with his coffee and newspaper. As the founder of Arch Vending Inc. (1972, along with friend Billy Burrs) Ray was always on the go. He was a hard worker and never retired. Ray loved to read. He was curious about everything. He could talk with anybody about news, sports, politics, or whatever was on your mind. He was kind and generous to all.

He was a loving and caring family man who was always a giver. “Dad, can I borrow your truck?” was always followed by, “Sure and here is $20.00 for gas.” Ray was a golfer and runner until he was well into his 80’s. Often he was the oldest runner in Dixon’s Reagan Run. Every year he would do a long birthday run out the path and through Lowell Park.

He loved remodeling, farming and was always there to help on any tough job you had. Ray and Carol (wife for 63 years) shared many adventures antiquing as they traveled around the country. It was always more about collecting cool stuff for their children and grandchildren than it was about making money. Ray and Carol had a loving life together and were a good example for others.

Ray did not like long goodbyes. He would always say, “See ya on down the road” as he was leaving. So for one last time, Ray wants to tell his family and friends…”See ya on down the road”.


He is survived by his devoted children and their spouses: son; Greg (Linda) Wegner of Grand Detour, IL, daughter; Debbie (Toby) Hodges of Dixon, IL, daughter; Connie (James) Fasanella of Albuquerque, NM and son; Bob (JoAnn) Wegner of Dixon, IL; his eleven loving grandchildren: Tom (Ammie) Hodges, Kathryn Wegner (Will) Cavert, Janis (Bill) White, Joe Wegner (Marty Madden), Elia Fasanella, Stephanie (Matt) Moring, Jaime (Chad) Foss, Ari Fasanella, Kimi (Ralph) Gosch, Ben Wegner (Kylie Castle and Carter Full) and Jon Fasanella; his thirteen great-grandchildren: Kyle, Justin and Lucy Hodges, Diana and Sam Cavert, Grant and Griffin White, Adler and Ari Moring, Cameron and Carson Foss, and Nolan and Max Wegner; his sister: Violet Wilson of Dixon, IL; and several loving, nieces and nephews.

Ray is preceded in death by his wife Carol; parents Raymond and Violet Wegner; two sisters Marilyn Heintzelman and Loretta Lenox-Simmons and one brother Dick Wegner.


A gathering of family and friends will be on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at PrestonSchilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Followed by brief words of remembrance at 2:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Oakwood Cemetery next to the love of his life Carol at a later date.

The family would like to invite everyone to the VFW for a celebration of life immediately following the remembrance service.


Memorial donations in memory of Ray may be made Rock River Hospice & Home or a Charity of your choice. Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. 

Lana Louise Coomes

Lana Louise Coomes, 55, of Dixon, IL, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at her home in Dixon.


She was a lifelong advocate of literacy education, a natural teacher at heart. She loved socializing and gatherings with friends and families, was a devoted wife and a proud beloved mother. Lana was a dedicated employee at Sterling Rail Services. She was active in many sports and outdoor activities. Lana’s life will be observed and celebrated by many. Lana was born February 11, 1963 in Maywood, IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Darlene (Gwin) Turner. She married Paul Coomes on September 6, 1986 in Dixon.


She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Paul Coomes; two sons, Corey Coomes of Jemez Springs, NM, Quincy Coomes of Champaign, IL; step-sister, Marge (Dave) Dixon of Grand Detour, brother-in-law, Dennis (Teresa) Coomes of Grand Detour; six sisters-in-law, Barbara (Louis) Meek of Fort Wayne, IN, Margaret (Pete) Heinzelman of Fayetteville, AR, Colleen (Bill) Visker of Roseville, CA, Julie Coomes of Fayetteville, AR; Mary Ellen (Marty) Schryver of Dixon; and many nieces and nephews. Lana was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Larry Turner; one sister-in-law, Jane Coomes; step-father, Leo Spotts.


Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November, 16, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Holloway Center in Dixon followed by a 7:00 p.m. Rosary Service. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with Father Keith Romke, officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.


Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

Steven "Steve" Jon Cecchetti

Steven “Steve” Jon Cecchetti, 63, of Dixon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.


He worked for HWI – Do It Best for 24 years, the Dixon Park District for 14 years and retired with Raynor Garage Doors in January of this year. Steve was born November 13, 1954, in Dixon IL, the son of Milo and Nadine (Bain) Cecchetti. He married LaDonna Nelson at Lowell Park in Dixon on June 10, 1978.

Steve was a longtime member of Dixon Elks Lodge #779 and Northside Baptist Church. He was very involved with Al Morrison Baseball for many years and not only did he train the umpires for Al Morrison, but you would also see him umpiring on many occasions. Steve was an avid Chicago White Sox’s fan; however, everything took a backseat when it came to spending time with his cherished grandchildren.


Steve is survived by his wife of 40 years, LaDonna Cecchetti; two sons, Jon Cecchetti and Jeremy Cecchetti all of Dixon; five grandchildren, Kylie Cecchetti, Isabella Cecchetti, Autumn Cecchetti, Emelia Cecchetti, and Keagen Altherr; one brother, Michael Cecchetti of Dixon; one brother-in-law Craig (Charlene) Nelson of AZ; one sister-in-law, Colleen (Paul) Hardenbrook of Byron; nieces and nephews, Eric Hardenbrook, Kimberly Danielson, Megan Cytrych, Christopher Nelson, Kyle Nelson, and Troy Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Gary Nelson.


Please come dressed as you are, no sense in getting dressed up for “Steve”; as he would prefer casual dress or your favorite sports jersey. Memorial Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m., until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Northside Baptist Church in Dixon, with Rev. Dan Bentz, officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date.


Memorials may be directed to Al Morrison Baseball, Serenity Hospice and Home, and Northside Baptist Church. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.