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Tuesday 05/26/2015
Linda Kay Cunningham
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Linda Kay Cunningham, age 70, died at her home near Mauston, Wisconsin May 7, 2015.

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Norman C. Geister
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Norman C. Geister, 89, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Janesville.

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Carl Jerald Gravitt
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Carl Jerald Gravitt, 74, of Rockford, IL, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at Fair Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in South Beloit, IL.

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Jerome S. Knoll
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Jerome “Jerry” S. Knoll, 71, of Beloit, WI, died Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Beloit Memorial Hospital.

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Edith M. Merlet
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Edith M. Merlet, 97, of Beloit, WI, died Friday, May 22, 2015 in Waukesha Seasons Hospice, Brookfield, WI.

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Russell E. Wells
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Russell E. Wells, 80, of Beloit passed away on Wednesday May 20th, 2015 at Beloit Health and Rehab. He was born July 18, 1934 to the late Floyd and Bertha (Scott) Wells in Beloit. He attended Beloit Memorial High School, class of 1952. Russ enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served his Country until his honorable discharge. Russ married Patricia Ann Zierath on October 19, 1953. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2011. Russ enjoyed hunting and ice fishing and was an avid Packer and Badger fan. He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. His children and grandchildren were his whole life. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by everyone that ever had the privilege to have him in their lives.

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June A. Wendtland
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 4:00 pm

June A. Wendtland, 90, of Beloit, WI, died Friday, May 22, 2015 in Beloit Health & Rehabilitation Center.

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Saturday 05/23/2015
Margaret J. Kramer
Posted: May 23, 2015 - 10:00 am

Margaret J. Kramer, nee Erlitz, age 96 of Hudson, WI and formerly of Beloit, WI, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson after a lengthy illness. Margaret was born on August 18, 1918 in Stillwater, MN the daughter of Alex and Marie (Nelson) Erlitz and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1936. She married Darrell Kramer on October 9, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa. Margaret and Darrell had several business ventures before starting Midwest Directory in 1979. Margaret was not active in this business and worked for McCleary Industries for ten years. However, Margaret was happiest being a homemaker and entertaining family and friends. They also owned the Manor Restaurant in Beloit where they enjoyed dining and dancing. Margaret and Darrell also like to travel, go fishing in Canada, and entertain on their houseboat. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Marie Erlitz; husband, Darrell Kramer; brothers, Albert (Florence), Warren (Violet), Frank, and Donald (Eileen) Erlitz; sister, Lillian (Ed O’Hare, Gene White) O’Hare White; brother-in-law, Russell Bonse; and sister-in-law, Stella Comer. She is survived by her brother, Charles Erlitz; sisters, Hazel Bonse and Anne (Russell) Nelson; sister-in-law, Beverly Erlitz Lloyd; brother-in-law, Les (Freida) Kramer; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jim (Betty) Ament. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 502 3rd Street, Hudson, WI. Visitation will also be Tuesday from 10-11 am at the funeral home. Interment will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11 am in Eastlawn Cemetery, Beloit, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

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Russell E. Wells
Posted: May 23, 2015 - 10:00 am

Russell E. Wells, 80, of Beloit passed away on Wednesday May 20th, 2015 at Beloit Health and Rehab. He was born July 18, 1934 to the late Floyd and Bertha (Scott) Wells in Beloit. He attended Beloit Memorial High School, class of 1952. Russ enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served his Country until his honorable discharge. Russ married Patricia Ann Zierath on October 19, 1953. She preceded him in death on January 3, 2011. Russ enjoyed hunting and ice fishing and was an avid Packer and Badger fan. He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. His children and grandchildren were his whole life. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by everyone that ever had the privilege to have him in their lives.

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Friday 05/22/2015
Mae E. Kopp
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Mae E. Kopp, 95, of Beloit, WI, and a longtime resident of Shopiere, WI, passed on to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Pioneer Court. 

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Brent Allen Baker Jr.
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Brent Allen Baker, Jr., 41 years old of Cadiz, Ky died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home following a long illness.

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Thomas J. Harte
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Thomas J. Harte age 56 of Machesney Park, IL died Saturday May 15, 2015 at Beloit Memorial Hospital. He was born December 15, 1958 to the late Thomas J. and Carol (Swiderski) Harte, Sr. in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Margaret D. Brooks
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Margaret D. Brooks, 85, of South Beloit, IL, was carried by angels to Paradise May 18, 2015 in Beloit Memorial Hospital as her family and members of her church were by her side. 

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Ora Bell Harley
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Ora Bell Harley, 76, of Beloit, WI, went peacefully home to be with the Lord May 15, 2015 with her devoted husband of 54 years by her side.

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Marie S. Smith
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Marie S. Smith, 90, of Rockford died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Swedish American Hospital. Born February 3, 1925 in Brodhead, WI the daughter of Clarence H. and Selma H. (Olson) Thorson. Graduated from Orfordville High School in WI in 1942 and Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford in 1947. Married her loving husband, Paul E. Smith on November 14, 1954 in Chicago. Marie worked as a surgical nurse at Oak Forest Hospital for 35 years and retired in 1991. She truly enjoyed life and her many friends. Survivors include her sisters, Doris Schenk of Iola, WI, Leona (Robert) Huppler of Beloit, WI and Sandra Sagen of Orfordville, WI; brothers, Claude Thorson of Beloit, WI; Lloyd Thorson of Brodhead, WI; and John Thorson of Monticello, IL; sister-in-law, Audrey Thorson of Beloit, WI and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1998 and her brother, Art Thorson. 

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Phyllis K. Wintlend
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Phyllis K. Wintlend age 75, died Monday May 18, 2015 at St. Catherine’s Hospital Pleasant Prairie, WI. Phyllis was born November 29, 1939 to the late Alvin and Ethel (Baggs) Grieves in Beloit. She attended Beloit Memorial High School, class of 1958. Phyllis married Eugene “Gene” Wintlend on June 20, 1959 in Beloit and they settled on a farm outside of Clinton. Gene and Phyllis toured many areas of Europe, focusing on and visiting farms during their oversea travels. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2010. She was a superb homemaker and an accomplished baker. She enjoyed tending to her flower garden, caring for her cats and searching for treasures at local flea markets. Phyllis worked as a shop keeper at Birdseye Foods in Darien for many years. 

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
Richard ‘Dick’ Lee Bardeleben
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Richard “Dick” Lee Bardeleben, age 67, passed away peacefully at home on May 9th, 2015 surrounded by family and friends. 

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Rita K. Easton
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Rita Kay Easton, 72 of South Beloit, IL died at 8:45 am Saturday May 16, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born January 23, 1943 in South Beloit, IL the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garfield and Anita (Drummond) Schultz. Rita attended North Boone High School and then Beloit Memorial High School. She married Noel D. Easton in Belvidere, IL on January 24, 1959. She built and tested magnetos for Colt Industries. Rita is a former 4H Leader; former member of Blackhawk Field Archers; she enjoyed golfing and was on a women’s league at Red Barn Golf Course; she enjoyed fishing, bow hunting and deer hunting. Survivors include: husband Noel of South Beloit, IL; daughters Judi Gurney, Nancy (Stacy) Butson all of South Beloit, IL, Cindy (Lynnette) Easton of Rockford, IL; son David Easton of South Beloit, IL; daughter Linnea (Ben) Moist of Rockton, IL; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, granddaughter Rachel Yuhas, sister Jeanette, brother Richard. Funeral ceremonies to be held at 10:00 am Thursday May 21, 2015 in McCorkle Funeral Home – Rockton Chapel 767 N Blackhawk Blvd Rockton, IL with Pastor Dan Herman of Old Stone Church officiating. Her burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday. A memorial is being established. Visit www.mccorklefuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

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James E. Mason
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

James Edward Mason, 78, of Beloit, WI, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Beloit Memorial Hospital.

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Marie S. Smith
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Marie S. Smith, 90, of Rockford died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Swedish American Hospital. Born February 3, 1925 in Brodhead, WI the daughter of Clarence H. and Selma H. (Olson) Thorson. Graduated from Orfordville High School in WI in 1942 and Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford in 1947. Married her loving husband, Paul E. Smith on November 14, 1954 in Chicago. Marie worked as a surgical nurse at Oak Forest Hospital for 35 years and retired in 1991. She truly enjoyed life and her many friends. Survivors include her sisters, Doris Schenk of Iola, WI, Leona (Robert) Huppler of Beloit, WI and Sandra Sagen of Orfordville, WI; brothers, Claude Thorson of Beloit, WI; Lloyd Thorson of Brodhead, WI; and John Thorson of Monticello, IL; sister-in-law, Audrey Thorson of Beloit, WI and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1998 and her brother, Art Thorson.

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