Obituaries

Joanna Ripley

2/27/14

 

Joanna J. Ripley, 73, of Galena, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on February 27, 2014. A celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, March 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Galena where friends may gather after 9:30 at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Joanna was born on May 26, 1940 in Greeneville, TN the daughter of Berthold and Georgia Burger.   She married Danny Ripley on February 20, 1959 and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.  She was an active member of the Galena United Methodist Church.   Joanna and Danny started their journey together in Berlin Germany serving their country in the US Army.  Over the next 35 years they moved numerous times around the United States while working for Kraft Foods.  During this time Joanna worked as a beautician, seamstress, teacher's aid and in retail sales for Eagle Ridge but her priority and her passion was always her family.  During her retirement she enjoyed traveling, playing golf, cooking for her family and volunteering at a variety of organizations within the Galena Community.  She is survived by her husband Danny; two sons, Kevin (Jill) of Elmhurst, IL and Ben (Lena) of South Lyon, MI; grandchildren, Devon Ripley, Morgan Ripley, Sophia Ripley and Joey Ripley; a brother, David (Belle) Burger; two nieces, Kim (Donald) Friederichsen and Jennifer (Jason) Morris.

Donations may be made to the Galena United Methodist Church, Hospice of Dubuque or the charity of your choice.

 

 

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Peter Saxton-Williams

2/26/14

 

Peter R. Saxton-Williams, 64, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2014 at Forest Hill in Galena, Illinois. Services will be held March 15, 2014 at 11:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Freeport, Illinois. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Salvation Army or Planned Parenthood of Des Moines, IA would be appreciated.

Peter is loved and remembered by his children, Elizabeth and Evan; mother, Audrey (Andrew) Cowan; sister, Wendy Stewart; and his beloved cat, Scooter. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Saxton-Williams.

Peter was an Eagle Scout, a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves, and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Iowa State University. He raised his children in Freeport, where he belonged to Evergreen Lodge #170 (AF & AM).  Peter later retired to Galena to pursue his love of the outdoors.

Friends remember Peter's fondness for soccer, the Chicago Bears, military history, and traveling. As a proud Englishman, he especially enjoyed a glass of Teacher's scotch and The Rolling Stones. Peter was a loving father with a charitable heart, a constant smile, and a fun sense of humor.

Thank you friends and family for helping to celebrate Pete's life.

 

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Thomas Bastian

2/22/14

Thomas "Tom" C. Bastian, 74 of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Bethany Home, Dubuque. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 4 to 7 PM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel where a scripture wake service will be held at 4 PM. He was born September 6, 1939 in Dubuque the son of Charles and Lucille (Gaulrupp) Bastian. He was united in marriage to Marlene Dix on August 3, 1963 in Dubuque and she survives. Tom was employed for Lemfco Foundry, Galena for many years as a truck driver. He enjoyed watching westerns and playing cards. Tom was a member of the Galena Eagles Club and Galena Elks Lodge #882. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Judy Bastian of Chicago, IL, one son, Tim (Lisa) Bastian of Chanhassen, MN, two granddaughters, Christina and Alyssa Bastian, two sisters, Mary (Stan) Ahlstrom of Geneseo, IL, Carolyn (Ed) Dausner of Dubuque and one brother, Harvey (Kathy) Bastian of Muscoda, WI and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ron Bastian. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Tom's many neighbors, friends and family that have assisted him thru the years, your kindness will always be remembered.

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Teresa Folks

2/20/14

Teresa A. Folks, 48 passed peacefully at home on Thursday, February 20, 2014 after a long battle with kidney failure. Friends may call from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Cremation rites will follow and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena at a later date. Teresa was born November 4, 1965 in Springfield, MO the daughter of Donald Sr. and Hazel (Williams) Triplett. She graduated from high school in Everton, MO. Teresa married Kirk Folks on August 2, 1992 in Miami, OK and he survives. She was employed by the United States Postal Service and worked in the Galena and Stockton offices until her retirement in 2012.Teresa was a dedicated loving wife and mother. Her greatest joys were her husband, children and her dogs, Sammy and Max. She was loved and admired by all who knew her. She will leave an enormous hole in the lives she leaves behind. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Tracy (Kyle) Herring of West Plains, MO, Tabitha Ferwalt of Republic, MO, one granddaughter, Breanna Ferwalt, two grandsons, Levi Buckley and Rhyder Herring, one sister, Mellisa Diggs of Republic, MO, her father and mother in-law, Keith (Evelyn) Folks of Galena, four brothers in-law, Richard (Penny) Folks, David Folks both of Galena, Dale Folks, Hanover, IL and Rob (Jennifer) Janes of Clayton, MO, two sisters in-law, Debra (Mickey) Folks of Carthage, MO and Peggy Janes of Clayton, MO, six nieces and four nephews, her aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Danny Lipscomb and Donald Triplett, her mother in-law, Geraldine Janes and her two favorite dogs, Clyde and Chester.  

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Lori Schmid

2/16/14

 

Lori J. Schmid, 56, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of Galena, IL passed away Sunday February 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. A celebration of her life will be 11 AM, Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 9 AM. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Lori was born March 18, 1957 in Dubuque the daughter of Clarence and Ann (Ross) Schmid. She was currently employed as a CNA for Sunnycrest in Dubuque. Lori enjoyed her trips to the casino. She is survived by her companion, Steve Schumacher four siblings; Patricia Jean (Duane) Ballhagen, David Duane (Neva) Schmid, Donald Allen Schmid and Robert Lee (Bonnie) Schmid of Galena, several nieces and nephews and Kierce Jordan Schumacher who affectionately knew Lori as "Bumbees Girl". She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dennis.

 

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Melvin Bennett

2/12/14

Melvin Dean Bennett 64, of Shullsburg, WI passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital. A private family committal will be held at a later date in Council Hill Cemetery, rural Galena, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg is assisting the family. He was born October 13, 1949 in Cuba City, WI the son of LaVerne and Mildred (Fields) Bennett. Melvin worked at Dura Automotive the former Atwoods, Stockton, IL for 39 years. He enjoyed camping with friends, riding his gator and watching westerns on television. He is survived by his wife, Terri Jo (Bruun) of Shullsburg, his children, Thomas (Jaci) of Darlington, Todd (Grace) of Freeport, Tracy (companion Duane Heim) of Shullsburg and Travis (Debi) of Shullsburg, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, his siblings, Mary Knobbe of South Beloit, James Bennett of Shullsburg, Karen (Charles) Ballard of Shullsburg, Dale (Diane) Bennett of Leadmine, Gloria Spore of Shullsburg and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles "Gomer" Bennett, two brothers in-law, Elmer Knobbe and Orville H. Spore, one sister in-law, Evelyn Bennett. The family wishes to extend a special thank to the staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

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Evelyn Gehrts

2/12/14

 

 

Evelyn Mary Josephine Gehrts, 83 of Galena, IL passed away peacefully February 12, 2014 at home with her daughters at her side. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2 to 5 PM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel where a scripture wake service will be held at 1:45 PM. She was born March 19, 1930 in Bellevue, IA the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Gretchen) Phillips. Evelyn graduated from Bellevue High School. She was united in marriage to William "Bill" E. Gehrts on January 2, 1954 in Dubuque, IA and he preceded her in death on October 9, 1993.  She was a stay at home mom, babysat for others and began working at Nelson's Bakery, Galena for many years, always greeting everyone with a smile. Evelyn loved life had many friends with whom she enjoyed traveling. She enjoyed shopping and beading parties with her friends. Evelyn and Bill very much loved and enjoyed family time with their children and grandchildren. Holidays were always made special by her homemade apple pie.  Evelyn loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, a love that will be sadly missed. She is survived by one son, William M. (Diane) of Galena, three daughters, Tracy, Gretchen (Tim) Wienen, and Anne (John) Huber all of Galena, her grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Wiegard, Kari Gehrts, Justin (Tracy) Gehrts, Jessica (Nathan) Studtmann, Emily Diaz, Nicholas (fiancée Tatum) Wienen, Kayla, Sam and Jack Huber, her great grandchildren, Parker, Eli, Alexa and Bella, a sister, Vivian Achen, a brother, Gerald Phillips and her many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Cecelia Sandry, Rachel Keegan and Delores Vice, one brother, Donald Phillips. "They say there is no other, who can take the place of mother, and we will miss you." The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Galena Adult Day Care, Galena 24 Hour Care and Amanda your many acts of kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. 

 

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Annemarie Bluhm

2/6/14

 

Annemarie E. Bluhm (Zimmermann), 93 years old of Galena passed away February 6, 2014. Funeral service will be held at 1 PM Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 11 AM at the funeral chapel. A committal service will be held at 10 AM, Monday, February 10, 2014 in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Galena.  

People who knew and loved her, remember the 5 foot 4 inch, no nonsense lady with slightly-wavy short hair, who with her husband Henry, bought a farm outside Galena.

 They'd find Mrs. Bluhm, walking stick in hand, garbed in denim slacks, long sleeves and knee-high rubber boots from Bishop's Busy Big Store.  She was prepared to climb steep grades while checking fences, cut thistles, herd cattle and could wade through the creek, mud and wet grass.  Her boots would protect her if she startled an unexpected rattler on the way.  At calving time in early spring, she'd be up before dawn checking the cows to help with the delivery, call the vet if needed or be ready to feed an orphan or a twin.  Later in the season, she arranged for the haying boys to help Andy Jo Miller, her helper and others over many seasons.  Wet or dry weather, for over twenty-five years, she managed the pasture rotation of the 50 cow/calf operation with heifers and steers besides.  In fall, the sales-barn had willing buyers for her almost purebred Charolais cattle.

Born in a small town in Bavaria, her family moved to Munich when she was ten.  Here is where she graduated business school, met and married for over 62 years the love of her life, Henry.  She had her own ladies' goods store and the couple lived through the War and its hardships.  In 1952, Annemarie and Henry made the decision to sell what they had.  With 5 dollars in their pocket (that was all the cash Germany allowed anyone to take out of the country) they came by ship. Three crates held their possessions.  Pioneers, Annemarie, her husband and their two young daughters started a new life in the U.S.  Henry, although a practicing physician in Germany, had to re-take his internship, residency and pass the U. S. Licensing Boards.  Mrs. Bluhm, as an accountant, worked together with him to build and manage his medical practice. 

Annemarie and Henry discovered quiet, hilly Galena years ago and loved it because it reminded Annemarie of the mountains of Bavaria.  Finally in 1968 with their daughters through college, they bought the farm in Jo Daviess County and undertook the challenge of farming. 

Throughout her life, Annemarie had a positive, optimistic outlook.  She set her goals and worked to achieve them.  Her family came above all else.  She loved nature, animals, fine music, fashion and was an avid gardener.  Mrs. Bluhm remained involved with the farm although she retired from actively working it when she was in her seventies.  That allowed her time to fulfill her passion to travel.  She was generous in all she did and held her friendships dear. 

 

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Karen Keller

1/31/14

Karen Catherine Keller, 74, beloved aunt, sister, cousin and friend passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at her home in Rockford, IL. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Friday, February 7, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford, where friends may call after 9 AM at the church. A visitation will also be held from 10:30 to 11:30 AM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. A committal service will be held following the visitation at 11:30 in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Galena where Karen will be laid to rest in the family plot. Karen was born June 17, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of LeRoy and Mary (Schulte) Keller.  She attended Galena High School, Northern Illinois University, and University of Kansas at Emporia.  Her career in education spanned from 1959 until her retirement in 1993. She worked as a teacher in Rockford, and Carson City, Nevada.  Karen was a principal of five Rockford area schools from 1974 to 1993.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, ASCD, NEA, Winnebago County Retired Teachers Association, and United Way. She volunteered at Provena St. Anne Center. Karen was very proud of her affiliate sisterhood with the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary. Karen had a wonderful and fulfilling life as a teacher, principal, friend, and family member.  We all remember her as a wise and faithful yet independent and determined woman who cared deeply for her family and friends.  She enjoyed every moment of her retirement.  She had the opportunity to travel the world with her friends.  Karen valued her relationships with Sisters Mary Kay, Marie-Ange, and June and also Deacon Bronzi and wife Lois as they kept her resolutely connected to her faith. She is survived by a brother, Crenden Keller of Crystal Lake, niece Carissa (Greg) Yellets of Lake in the Hills, their children great niece Kallie and great nephew Nicholas, niece Kathleen Huntley of Rock Island, her sons great nephews Dominic and John-Michael, special cousins Teckla (Peter) Gabrielson, their children Chad, and Nathan (Lisa) and son Sam Gabrielson of Rockford, special cousins Bill (Kathy) Cheeseman, Julie Cheeseman, Jack (Kim) Cheeseman all of Colorado Springs, special cousin Ray (Doreen) Coates of Alaska, her loving friends Lana and Maurice Smith and Nancy Sandberg of Rockford. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Cynthia Moeglich.  The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her tender and devoted caregivers Pamela Pace and Ronda Mathis of Home Instead, the staff from UW Health Madison, OSF St. Anthony Rockford, and OSF Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made in memory of Karen to the following; The Galena Foundation, P.O. Box #1, Galena ,  IL 61036 , The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY. 10163 or online at   www.michaeljfox.org, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South # 510, Salt Lake City, UT. 84096 or online at www.cholangiocarcinoma.org, Carpenter's Place, 1149 Railroad Avenue, Rockford, IL  61104 or online at  www.carpentersplace.org, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford, IL  61107 or online at  www.holyfamilyrockford.org, St. Mary's of Galena, 406 Franklin Street, Galena, IL 61036.

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Joseph Rizzo

1/25/14

 

Joseph S. Rizzo 71, of Elizabeth, IL passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, January 25, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Please join the family for a celebration of Joe's life on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from Noon to 4 PM at Woodbine Bend, Woodbine, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Burial will be at a later date. Joe moved to Elizabeth, from Chicago after falling in love with the area during his many hunting expeditions. He then became a business owner in Elizabeth (Joe's Grocery from 1977-1980 and Elizabeth Food Center from 1985-1991) where he was a meat cutter by trade, since age 15. He also provided services for Jewel, Eagles, Stairs and Sullivan's grocery stores. Joe was also co-owner of Stockton Locker Plant and helped at River Ridge School. Joe was a passionate sportsman and spent many days hunting, fishing and enjoying nature across the country. He enjoyed teaching hunter safety courses within the community. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and also enjoyed coaching several baseball leagues. His extreme love and care for his family will be missed by many. He is survived by his five daughters, Janine Rizzo, Carol Lewis, Margaret (Sean) Caflisch, Michele (Kelly) Thoren and Julie (Jeremy) Knauer, ten grandchildren, two brothers, Vince and Sam Rizzo, his many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Chase. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, his aunt and his first wife Sharon. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Freeport, Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Cihak, several nurses, Pastor Park, Father Noel, his special neighbors and friends for your support through this past year.

 

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