Obituaries

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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Camilla Stovall

8/16/14

Camilla A. Stovall, 101 of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Galena. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday August 21, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Galena. Friends may call Wednesday August 20, 2014 from 4 to 6 PM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM. She was born August 14, 1913 in Galena the daughter of Andrew Z. and Julia A. (Kuhl) Bussan. She was united in marriage to Robert Stovall on November 28, 1946 in Galena and he preceded her in death on May 12, 2011. She worked for many years at Metzger's Grocery and Ben Franklin Store. Camilla was always ready for a good game of cards and also liked to play bingo, only if she won but most of all she loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her son John Stovall of Freeport, her daughter, Marianne (J. Michael) Hillard of Galena, four grandchildren, Steve (Robyn) Stovall and Jamie Stovall both of Freeport, Aimee (Dr. Jeff) Hicks of Spring Grove, IL and Andrew (Amanda) Hillard of Galena. Eleven great-grandchildren, Micah, Caleb and Gwendolyn Stovall, Bentleah and Ainsley Stovall, Harrison, Ashton and Julia Hicks, Grace, Ava and Olivia Hillard, a sister, Florence (Dale) Zeal, two sisters in-law, Nadane Bussan and Carol Bussan, two brothers in-law, Wayne (Colleen) Stovall and William Virtue; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son James A. Stovall, two sisters, Lenora "Lennie" Donahue and Marita Metzger, four brothers Vincent "Pete," Delbert "Ike," Leroy "Roy," Melvin "Tink," Bussan, four sisters in-law, Lynette Bussan, Olive Bussan, Dorothy Stovall and Joyce Virtue, three brothers in-law, Francis "Dick" Donahue, Karl Metzger and Richard Stovall.  The family would like to extend a special thank you Dr. Bernard and the staff of Medical Associates for their excellent care, the staff at the Assisted Living for the kindness and care they gave Camilla, the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for making her last days so comfortable but most of all to her friend and caregiver Terry Lilleberg, who she loved like a daughter and who allowed mom to live so independently for her last years. In lieu of flower donations may be made to Autism Speaks in memory of Camilla.

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Elmo Welp

8/16/14

Elmo W. Welp, 86 of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a scripture wake service will be held at 4 PM. He was born June 24, 1928 in Dubuque, IA the son of Oswin and Agnes (Theill) Welp.  Elmo was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Webster on May 5, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2013. In his younger years he worked for Welp's Ice Station delivering ice, Brookside Dairy delivering dairy products, and operating dump trucks in the Blackjack Mine and hauling dirt to build the Galena levy. Elmo served in the Naval Reserves and he played professional baseball for the Chicago White Socks until an injury forced him to give up the game he loved. He was a member of theTeamsters Union where he worked as a truck driver and road supervisor for over 40 years. Elmo loved the river and was a true river rat spending time in his flat bottom and air boats relaxing and catching huge crappie and walleye. He also loved to hunt, play euchre, watch sports and converse with family and friends. Elmo was a member of the Galena Fire Department for over 30 years, St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Galena Elks Lodge. He is survived by two sons, Tim (Nanette Miller) Welp of Vicksburg, MS and Dan (Deb) Welp of Galena, two grandchildren, Ellie and Ben Welp, a brother, Delos (Mildred) Welp, a sister, Evelyn Goley, a very special friend, Barb Price, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a nephew, Rick "Trapper" Welp.

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Lorraine Foecking

8/7/14

Lorraine M. Foecking, 87 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM, Monday August 11, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM. She was born on March 5, 1927 in Galena the daughter of John and Ida (Marsden) Manz. Lorraine graduated from Galena High School. She was united in marriage to Joseph Foecking in 1947 and he preceded her in death on February 13, 1982. Before her union in marriage she was employed by the Galena Glove & Mitten Factory as an office employee. Later she worked for Leo's Super Valu and prior to retirement she worked for fifteen years as the custodian at Galena State Bank. Lorraine was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking and watching old movies. Lorraine loved her time spent with her family and was such an inspiration to them and everyone who knew her. She had a great faith and was a wonderful role model who will be dearly missed.  She is survived by her son, John (Patricia) Foecking, three daughters, Katherine Kalb, Mary (Melvin) Redfearn and Ellen (Daniel) Keleher, eleven grandchildren, Lora (Dan) Neyens, Rob (Michelle) Kalb, Suzanne (Gabe) Ward, Joe (Hannah) Kalb, Sara (Jeremy) Funston, Beth (Mike) Martinez, Russ (Brittny) Redfearn, Tara (Bob) Glazik,, John Foecking II, Bill (Melissa) Keleher, Ann (Aubry) Butler and twenty-five great grandchildren, a sister, Rose Oldenburg of Galena and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, two brothers, John Joseph and Charles, two sisters, Mary Dhont and Edith Shuey, a son in-law, Loras Kalb. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, St. Mary's Altar & Rosary Society or the American Lung Association in memory of Lorraine. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Schultheis and the oncology staff at Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb.

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Leland "Lee" R. Foecking

8/2/14

Leland “Lee” R. Foecking, 69, of Galena, IL passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 1, 2014 surrounded by his family after his long battle with lung cancer. He fought it to the very end with courage and dignity. Services will be at 10:30am on Tues. August 5th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Galena, IL with Father David Reese officiating. Burial with military honors by the Galena VFW POST #2665 and American Legion Post #193 will be at the Pilot Knob Cemetery in Galena, IL. Friends may call from 4-8pm on Monday, August 4th at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena, where a parish rosary will be recited at 4pm.

Lee was born on Dec. 20, 1944, son of the late Edwin & Jeanne (Moschel) Foecking in Dubuque, IA. He attended Galena High School and served 4 years in the US Navy onboard the USS Okinawa during the Vietnam War. He retired from John Deere in 2001 after 32 yrs. He had a great love for the outdoors and spent many years hunting on the family farm. Like his father, he created beautiful creations out of any piece of wood. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a member of the church choir. He was also a member of the Eagles Club. On Nov. 19, 1966, he was united in marriage to Kay Fuerstenberg in Canoga Park, CA. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Lee is survived by his wife, Kay; a son, Terry Foecking of Clinton, IA; a daughter, Jill (Scott) Schulte of Darlington, WI; 2 grandsons: Kurtis Schulte of Madison, WI and Kyle Schulte of Darlington, WI; a granddaughter, Cassandra Swift of Apple River, IL; a great grandson, Aiden Leifker; a brother, Jim (Deb) Foecking of Darlington, WI. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, a very special niece, Susan (Wayne) Young of Galena, IL and a very special cousin, Donna (Ken) Munch of Duluth, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Birkbeck and a brother-in-law, Gerald Birkbeck. A Leland “Lee” R. Foecking Memorial; Fund has been established. The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, also to Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care they have provided to Lee and his family during his battle with cancer.

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Jerry Mangrum

7/31/14

 

 

Jerry Michael Mangrum, 72 of Galena, IL passed away July 31, 2014 at his home. A celebration of life will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may gather after 11 AM. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193 following the celebration of life. He was born April 3, 1942 in Benton, IL the son of Homer and Naomi (Perry) Mangrum. Mike graduated from Eldorado High School, Eldorado, IL in 1960. He was an avid golfer. He is survived by his mother, Naomi Davis of Anna, IL, two daughters, Kim Langley of Harrisburg, IL and Sasha Armstrong of Hanover, IL one son, Seve Mangrum of Los Angeles, CA, two grandchildren, Jack and Ally Langley. He was preceded in death by his father. The family wishes to thank everyone for the love and prayers during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx

 

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