Obituaries

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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Galena, IL 61036                              Shullsburg, WI 53586

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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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