Obituaries

William "Wild Bill" Copp

9/26/14

Lt. Col. (Ret) William H. "Wild Bill" Copp, father of Vicki Copp-Rutenbeck of Galena, passed away on September 26, 2014 in Fitchburg, WI at age 91. He is survived by his loving family, precious friends, and the world-wide community who enjoy a taste of freedom because of Bill and his companions...the patriotic Air Force pilots who served. His Celebration of Life will occur on Friday October 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 in the evening at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. In lieu of flowers please hand a red rose to a veteran or senior.

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Eleanor Funk

9/24/14

Eleanor Mae Funk 93 years old, of Galena, IL passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Friends may call Saturday, September 27, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. She was born October 22, 1920 in Galena the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Nicholls) DuBord.  Eleanor married Harry "Mick" Molitor and he preceded her in death in 1970. She later married Richard Funk and he preceded her in death on August 24, 2005.  Eleanor worked for Rosheks as a salesperson but her true love was being a homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, gambling, working in her yard and whistling when she was upset. Eleanor was a loving wife, mother, grandmother who was very involved in her family's activities and she will be sadly missed. She is survived by her five children; William (Mary) Molitor of Cleveland, OH, John Molitor of Nora, IL, Kathleen (Jim) Pfeffer of Rockford, IL, Dan and Steve Molitor both of Galena and a daughter in-law Mary Molitor of Las Vegas, NV and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons Patrick and Robert Molitor, her brothers and sisters and a daughter in-law Sally Molitor. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Galena Police Department, Galena EMTS, Dr. Koenings and Joyce your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

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Walter Scott

9/21/14

Walter "Sonny" Scott of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014. In accordance with his wishes we will not be holding a funeral service nor visitation.  Cremation rites will be accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He was born July 12, 1936 in Oklahoma. He was one of eight children. Walter was a talented man that held a long 40 year career doing what he loved as a commercial construction superintendent. His loves included his extensive gardening, which seemed to grow more and more each year, photography, particularly of landscapes and family, and working with his hands creating one of a kind wood working projects. Walter was stationed in Germany, where he met the love of his life Heidi. They were married in 1961 in Oklahoma. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Heidi (Clotten) Scott, daughter Renee (Mark) Milczark, and grandchildren Jessica Norman, Riley Norman, and Heidi Milczark. In addition to his other loves Walter was a strong supporter of organ donation and had a great love of animals. If so inclined please donate in memorial to The National Kidney Foundation or Safe Haven Humane Society of Jo Daviess County. 

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Elvera Ihm

8/29/14

 

Elvera Ann Ihm, 79, of St. Charles, IL and formerly Galena, IL passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Brighton Gardens, St. Charles. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Michael Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM.   Burial will be in the church cemetery. She was born July 1, 1935 in Cuba City, WI, the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret (Helbing) Schardt. Elvera graduated in 1953 from Shullsburg High School. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Ihm on June 24, 1961 at Our Lady of Hope Church, Seymour, WI and he preceded her in death on January 23, 1984. Elvera worked as a bookkeeper for Mercy Medical Center, Lawrence Ihm Masonry and Galena State Bank. She lived a life of faith, was an active volunteer in the community, a member of Right to Life and St. Michael Altar and Rosary. Elvera will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be sadly missed by her family. She is survived by her three sons, Stephen (Terry) Ihm, Thomas (Lynnae) Ihm and Daniel (Patricia) Ihm, two daughters, Joan (David) Sachs and Julie (Thomas) O'Hare, eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, four brothers, Lloyd (Jan), Ronald (Shirley), Norman (Mary) and Robert (Darlene) Schardt, a sister, Mary Kay (James) Lee, two sisters in-law, Jeri Lou and Donna Schardt. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, Lyle, Gerald and Eldon Schardt and a sister in-law, Beverly.

 

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Alma Teasdale

8/28/14

 

 

Alma L. Teasdale 89, of Shullsburg, WI died at her home Thursday August 28, 2014 with her family at her side. Funeral service will be 1 PM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg where friends may call after 11 am at the funeral home. Friends may call from 3 to 8 PM, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shullsburg. Alma was born in White Oak Springs, near the farm where she and her husband, Orville, farmed for more than 40 years. She was the daughter of Percy and Della (Haser) Sedgwick. Alma married Orville Teasdale on December 27, 1947 in Scales Mound, IL and moved across the road where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of the Shullsburg American Legion Auxiliary and the Wardsville Homemakers Club. Her favorite activity was taking a car ride, long or short, any direction in her red Chevrolet. Bingo at the Shullsburg Senior Center was a great day. Tending her flowers and reading Westerns occupied her retired time at home. She is survived by her son, Joseph Teasdale of Shullsburg; daughters, Margaret Zalaznik of Benton, Anna Geissbuhler of Darlington, Mary (Mike) Shaffer of Tyler, TX; grandchildren, Jean (Mike) O'Keefe of Cedarburg, WI; Jayne Temperly of Benton, M.Sgt. John Geissbuhler of Minot, ND, Jenny (Jeff) Jenson of Monroe, Julie Geissbuhler of Darlington, Lauri (Joel) Bruder of Plainfield, IL, Paul Zalaznik of Shorewood, IL, three great grandchildren include Alexandra and Cooper O'Keefe of Cedarburg and Brooklyn Jenson of Monroe; sister in-law, Millie Sedgwick of North Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, John James, sister, Mildred Sedgwick, three brothers, Charles, William and Joseph Sedgwick, two sons in-law, Paul Zalaznik and John Geissbuhler. Alma's family is grateful for the care and support from Upland Hills Hospice, Dr. Debbie Cihak and the staff at Midwest Medical Center, Galena, IL.

 

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Margaret Sowle

8/25/14

 

Margaret "Peg" Sowle, 72 of Rockford, IL passed away Monday August 25, 2014 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral mass will be held 11 AM, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Loves Park where friends may call after 9:30 AM at the Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena, IL. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is in charge of arrangements. She was born February 8, 1942 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Raymond and Margaret (Spillane) Leifker. Peg was united in marriage to Dr. William H. Sowle D.D.S. in Rockford and he preceded her in death in 2005. She worked for her husband as a dental assistant for many years. Peg was an accomplished Rockford artist and considered her fellow artists as her second family. She loved her dogs and enjoyed riding horses. Peg was a loving grandmother and cherished her grandchildren. She was a member of the Rockford Women's Art Guild and a devout member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church.  She is survived by her two children, Cindy (Scott) Platt of Stockton, IL and Jeff (Tracy) Sowle of Machesney Park, three grandchildren, Bryce, Katie and Danyelle, one sister, Karole (Marvin) Frank of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Leifker. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to OSF Hospice and to Mary Rodden for their compassion and care. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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James Thomas

8/23/14

 

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James S. Thomas, 69 of Hanover, IL passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 7 PM, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 4 PM. Military rites will be accorded by VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193 following the service. Burial will be held at a later date. He was born April 10, 1945 in Dubuque the son of Quinton and Marianne (Hackett) Thomas. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Ticonderoga during the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis until his honorable discharge on July 16, 1967. Jim had many talents working for Motorola, Insurance Industry in Risk Management, Country Inn & Suites, Wal-Mart and more recently the Jo Daviess County Workshop. He was an avid reader and was a past competitive duplicate bridge player. "Jim loved watching all sports especially college football, basketball, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox." He loved spending time with his beloved pets, Lexi and AJ. He is survived by his fiance', Debra Hayes of Hanover, a daughter, Rebecca (Michael) Mihelic of Antioch, a grandson, Alex Mihelic, one brother, Robert (Jodi) Thomas of Cedar Falls, a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

 

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Charles Furlong

8/18/14

 

Charles J. Furlong, 84, of Galena, IL died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Luther Manor, Dubuque, IA. A graveside service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Military rites will be presented by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193.

 

Charles was born August 8, 1930 in Vinegar Hill Township, the son of Faber and Irene (Hartung) Furlong. He attended Pleasant View Elementary School and Hazel Green High School.  From 1951-53 during the Korean conflict, he served in the United States Army. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works and on the family farm. Survivors include three sisters, Darlene Trevarthen of Hazel Green, WI, Maxine (Elbie) Baughman of Normal IL, and Marilyn (William) Leglar of Peosta, IA, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in-law, Keith Trevarthen.

 

The family extends gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

 

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William Peterson

8/18/14

William "Pete" Peterson, 96 of Galena, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Memorial service will be held 1 PM Monday, August 25, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Galena. Burial will be at a later date.

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Paul Stocks

8/17/14

Paul J. Stocks, 91 of Galena, IL passed away  Sunday, August 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. In keeping with his wishes there will be no public visitation and burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.  He is survived by his three children, Robert (Cindy Sinagra) Stocks of Galena, Kay (Hal) Stocks-Anderson of Homewood, IL and Rick (Cheryl) Stocks of Orland Hills, IL, ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, a sister, Louise Gill of Ocala, FL, two nieces, Marie and Patti, a nephew, Tom. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane on January 18, 2011.

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