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Jack Edward Dollmeyer

Jack Edward Dollmeyer, 56, of Polo passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014 at UW Madison after a long, courageous battle with melanoma.

Son of Richard and Joyce (Schultz) Dollmeyer, Jack graduated from Forreston High in 1976 and Western Iowa Tech in 1978. A lifelong farmer, Jack married Kristine Wiederholtz on June 21, 1991.

Jack was an avid Polo Marcos fan. The highlight of his life was watching his sons play basketball and other sports. He spent many happy hours out in the pasture tending his cattle and watching them graze. He was a co-founder of the Polo farmers’ book club and enjoyed safety meetings at the Polo Co-op.

Survivors include wife Kris, sons Jake and AJ, and brothers John (Karen) and Tom (Celia). Mother-in-law Sandra Wiederholtz, brothers-in-law Rory (Traci) and Erik (Jenni), nieces McKayla and Tove, nephews Kuper and Wyatt, other relatives and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by parents Richard and Joyce and father-in-law Fred Wiederholtz.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 8th at Polo High School from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 9th at Faith United Methodist Church in Polo, with burial following at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Arrangements are being made by Polo Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 



May she walk in the
sunshine forever
 

Forrest M. Rinard-Harris

Forrest M. Rinard-Harris, 79, of Mt. Morris (formerly of Polo), passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon with family by her side. 

She was born, July 5, 1934, in Guthrie Center, IA, the daughter of Forest and Georgia (Euers) Compton.  Forrest was married to her first husband Robert Rinard for 35 years then to her second husband John H. Harris for 20 years (both have preceded her in death).  She graduated from Dixon High School class of 1952.  Forrest worked for the Department of Mental Health in Dixon for many years. In her retirement she spent most of her time volunteering for many organizations such as Ogle County Hospice, Second Hand Rose, St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo Senior Center and Polo United Methodist Church.  

Survivors include son Donald Rinard of Polo; brother David Compton of Tacoma, WA;  1 Grandson Nathan Allan Rinard;  Several nieces and nephews and Aunt Darlene Rinard Jacobs.


She was preceded in death by a brother William “Billy” Compton.

Visitation will be Monday, July 7th, at the Polo Family Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m.  Funeral services to be held Tuesday, July 8th, at the St. Marks Lutheran Church, 201 N. Division Ave, Polo at 10 a.m. with burial following at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to St. Marks Lutheran Church and Serenity Hospice and Home.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

Jeannette Hughes Joiner

Jeannette Hughes Joiner, 101, of Polo, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL. She was born September 2, 1912 in Colon, Panama, the daughter of Charles R. and Nellie (Keator) Hughes.

On July 19, 1936, she was united in marriage to Alvin (Bob) Joiner in Polo. Jeannette taught 8th grade English in Polo for 26 years. She received a masters degree in Literature while teaching full time and raising 4 children. Until approximately 3 weeks prior to her death, she lived alone in the home she shared with her husband and in which she raised her children. She was a world traveler, an avid reader, and a very special lady. Her greatest accomplishment was, in her words, her children.

Jeannette is survived by her daughters, Karen (Douglas) Hunter of Colorado and Jeannette (Douglas) Ebelhar of Tennessee, a son Hughes (Cheryl) Joiner of Polo. Grandchildren Sean and Chad Joiner, Christopher Bonde, Douglas and Trevor Kensil, Jennifer Ebelhar McDaniel, and Erin Ebelhar. And 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2000, her oldest daughter Randi (Roger) Kensil, and her 2 sisters, Ruth and Ann.

At her request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, and Polo Public Library.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

Annabel L. Cunningham

Annabel Cunningham, 99, died Friday, May 16, 2014. She was born January 18, 1915, in Polo, Illinois, to Bertha (Gilbert) and Henry M. Stauffer. On October 6, 1933, she married John Cunningham, Jr. and to this union were born three children: Carolyn (Kenneth) Hillsten, Dean (Nancy) Cunningham, and Sylvia (Thomas) Howell. John and Annabel farmed for over 40 years in the Polo area, moving into Polo in 1981 for retirement.

Annabel was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren and was very active in the life of the church, teaching Sunday School, serving on many committees, and helping to cook many dinners.

She was the longest active member of the Polo Garden Club. She loved flowers and gardening, growing many varieties and happily sharing them with others.
For over 20 years Annabel was a 4-H leader mentoring many students, and providing leadership to adults through the Ogle County Extension Service.
She was predeceased by her husband John, her parents, four brothers and spouses Wilbur (Elvina), Robert (Hazel), Harold (Pearl), and James (Helen) Stauffer; as well as a granddaughter Monica Howell. She is survived by her children, her grandchildren Kevin Hillsten (Catherine), Denise Taylor (Jim), Jennifer, Alyssa, and Michael Cunningham (Kathleen), Alexander Howell (Priscilla Goble), Anthony Howell (Allison), Kim Mielonen (Veikko), Christopher Derner (Cathy); great grandchildren Brian Hillsten (Ashley), Troy Hillsten, Nichole Dean, Veikko, Megan, and Jenna Meilonen, Mick and Zach Derner, and Alissa McCaffrey (Ryan); and two great-great grandchildren Braden Hillsten and Madison Dean.

Visitation was Monday, May 19, 2014, at Polo Church of the Brethren at 1:30 p.m., prior to the funeral service at 2:30 p.m.. Burial followed at Fairmount Cemetery.

Memorial donations for Annabel Cunningham may be made to any of the following: Polo Church of the Brethren, 401 S. Congress Ave., Polo, IL 61064; Polo Ambulance Fund, c/o Polo Fire Department, 200 So. Franklin Ave., Polo, IL 61064; Ogle County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061; or Polo Community School Foundation, Polo Community Unit School District #222, 100 Union Avenue, Polo, IL 61064.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

Shirley L. Powell

POLO – Shirley L. Powell, 82, of Polo, passed away Friday, May, 9, 2014, at her home.

She was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Forreston, the daughter of Gordon and Dorothy (Mumma) Swift. On June 16, 1950, in Oregon, Shirley was united in marriage to Robert “Pat” Powell. She enjoyed needlepoint, ceramics, bird-watching and reading. Shirley was a bookkeeper at LaSage Clinic in Dixon, Dr. Robert Piha and Sterling Rock Falls Clinic, both in Polo, until her retirement.

Survivors include her husband, Pat; daughter, Deborah (Randy) Bothe of Polo; son Robert “Gene” (Jackie) Powell of Polo; sister, Susan Swift of Forreston, sister-in-law, Mary Swift of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; brother, Jim (Bonnie) Swift of Forreston; grandchildren, Ryan (Melanie) Bothe, Levi (Gayle) Bothe, Luke Bothe, Melissa (Jeff) Frey, Julie (Ryan) Albrecht; and great-grandchildren, Seth Bothe, Karlea and Jared Frey, Brecken, Andrew and Logan Albrecht, and Avery and Gracyn Haselden.

She was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Jon Swift; and grandchildren Gena, Natalie and Joel Powell.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 201 N. Division in Polo. Burial will take place at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.

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Robert W. Wolfley

Robert W. Wolfley, 83, of Polo, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.  

Robert was born October 12, 1930, in Chadwick, the son of Floyd and Ada (Isenhart) Wolfley.  On July 30, 1949, in Mt. Carroll, he was united in marriage to Wilma Smith.  Robert was a self employed carpenter in Polo and a Pressman at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris for 25 years until retirement.  

Survivors include his wife Wilma; daughters Joyce (James) Mumford of Windsor, IL and Rita J. (Fred) Buser of Byron; sons Robert (Ingrid) Wolfley of Sterling and David Wolfley of Polo; 10 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Mary Mayberry, sister Lillian Scott, brother-in-law Edward Scott, granddaughter Kelly Wolfley Timm, great granddaughter Maverick Mumford.

A memorial visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, at Faith Discovery Church, 801 W. Oregon St., Polo with a memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Faith Discovery Church, Polo and Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

David P. Short Jr.

David P. Short Jr., 40, of Dixon (formerly of Polo), passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

David was born March 14,1974, in Dixon, the son of David P. and Irene E. (Thibeault) Short.  On Aug. 20, 1994, in Polo, he was united in marriage to Claudia Mecum.

David attended the Abiding Word Church, Sterling and volunteered for the Harmon Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife Claudia; parents David and Irene; sister Renee Short of Polo; brother Jeffrey Short of Polo; many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews; along with Davids faithful companions, his dogs, Chole, Bake and Skip.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Neil and Blanch Short, maternal grandparents Joe and Ethel Thibeault.

A gathering of friends and family will take place from 10 to 11a.m. Friday at Polo Family Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at 11a.m. at Fairmount Cemetery, 1533 Illinois Rt 26, Polo.   

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

Dorothy L. Weaver Lubbs

Polo - Dorothy L. Weaver Lubbs, 81, of Polo, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  She graduated from Mendota High School in 1950.  Dorothy worked for KSB Hospital retiring in 1998 after 15 years.  In retirement she volunteered at St. Marks Lutheran Church, KSB Hospital and treasurer for Polo Senior Center.  

She was born June 1, 1932, in Compton, the daughter of Arlo and Rose (Bauer) Zimmerman.  On April 28, 1962 , she was united in marriage to James Weaver (he preceded her in Feb. 1996).  Dorothy then married Charles Lubbs on Aug. 18, 2001 (he preceded her in Feb. 2012)

Survivors include son Larry (Theresa) Weaver of Polo; sisters June Prentice of Mendota and Ruth Fredricks of Lincoln, IL; brother Robert Zimmerman of Ripon, WI; grandchildren Lori and Clayton Weaver; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister Joyce .

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 201 N. Division Ave, Polo, services to begin at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon

Memorial may be directed to St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo and Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. 

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.

 


 

Ruth E. Straw

Ruth E. Straw, 90, of Dixon, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at LifeHouse Liberty Court in Dixon. Ruth taught Spanish at Sterling High School for 36 years.

She was born May 22, 1923, in Dixon, the daughter of Vern and Nellie (Ambrose) Straw. She lived her entire life on her family farm, and loved the farm community and life. She graduated from Eureka College, where she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta sorority. Ruth traveled her entire life. She took language students to other countries. Ruth was a member of the Pinecreek Christian Church, Christian Women Fellowship, the Disciples of Christ denomination, and the Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include cousins, John (Virginia) Elsen, Josephine Elsen, and Shirley Adams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a cousin, Bob Straw.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St. Burial will be at Prairieville Cemetery.

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Helen M. Ports

Helen M. Ports, 92, of Polo, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at CGH Medical Center.  She worked at Polo National Bank for 31 years starting as a bank teller and working her way up to vice president.  

Helen was a devoted lifetime member of the Faith United Methodist Church, Polo (formerly Emmanuel United Methodist Church) and a member of the United Methodist Women.  She loved her family, friends and community.

Helen was born May 21,1921, in Polo, the daughter of Roy C. and Clara (Roesch) Ports.
Survivors include brother R. Eldon Ports of Polo; nephew James Ports; great niece Rachel Ports, great nephews Sean (Ainslely) and Derek Ports.
She was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law William (Marlene) Ports, niece Pam Ports and special friend Raymond Rhodes.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Faith United Methodist Church, Polo.

In lieu of flowers a memorial(s) have been established in her name.  At Helens request, her body was donated to science.  

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Alice C. Hamilton

Polo - Alice C. Hamilton, 98, of Polo (formerly of Paterson, New Jersey), passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Polo Rehab and Healthcare Center. She was a Homemaker.

Alice was born, June 23, 1915, in Paterson, NJ, the daughter of Harry Gray and Elizabeth (VanBlarcom) Cheyne.  On August 24, 1940, in Paterson, NJ, she was united in marriage to William Hamilton Jr (he preceded her in 1994).

Survivors include sons W. Robert (Mimi) Hamilton of Woolwich, ME and Thomas G. (Jane) Hamilton of Polo; 5 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by a sister Janet Snyder.

Burial will take place at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, NJ at a later date.  Cremation rites will be accorded.

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Paula K. Mason

Polo - Paula K. Mason, 58, of Polo, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at CGH Medical Center. She was a Homemaker.

Paula was born January 14, 1956, in McLeansboro, IL, the daughter of Samuel E. and Katherine G. (Bennett) Johnston.

Survivors include mother Katherine;  daughters Jessy Mason of Polo and Jasmine Johnston of KY; sons Josh Johnston and Justin Mason both of North Dakota; brother Dennis Johnston of OR; grandchildren Sarah and Zak Johnston; special friend Gary Mason.
She was preceded in death by her father.

At the request of the family there will be no service. Cremation rites will be accorded.

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Lesley Mitchell  

Edward Jacinto Sr.

Mt. Morris - Edward  Jacinto Sr., 62, of Mt. Morris, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Swedish American Hospital.  

Ed was born July 6, 1951, in Dallas, TX, the son of Carmen (Rangel) Hernandez.  On February 17th, 1979 in Chicago, he was united in marriage to Karen Trost . Ed enjoyed helping others.  He will be remembered for his unconditional love and kindness.  Spending time with his family was of the greatest importance to Ed.

Survivors include wife Karen;  daughters Salina (Brandon) Gurley of Mt. Morris, Karen (Nixon Key) Jacinto of Mt. Morris; sons Edward (Dana) Jacinto Jr. of Davis Junction, Matthew (Amanda) Jacinto of Oregon; sister Gloria Novak; grandchildren Michael Jacinto and Whitley Key.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Oregon Church of God, 860 W Oregon Trail Rd., Oregon, followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor John Guthrie of East Oregon Chapel Church of God officiating.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris immediately following the service.

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Lesley Mitchell  

Charles J. Knie

Charles J. Knie, 88, Polo, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at the CGH Medical Center, Sterling,IL, with his family by his side. He was born September 20, 1925 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Ernest and Lottie Knie. They moved to Polo, IL in 1941 and graduated from Polo Community High School in 1943.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant in Company C 396th Police Battalion of the United States Army. He was married to Eileen Strite October 9th, 1949 at the Church of the Brethren in Polo, of which they were both devoted members. He is survived by his wife, four children, Steven Knie; Mark (Laura) Knie; Christine (Vernon) Shenefelt; David (Teresa) Knie; sister, Lorraine (Vernon) Meyer; sister-in-law, Lila (Larry) Knie; five grandchildren, Renee Shenefelt; Valerie (Ben) Bingle; Ryan Shenefelt; Keeley Knie; and Josh Knie; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin Zell; Taryn Zell; and Evy Bingle. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Larry Knie.

In 1946, he established his own business in Polo. Knie Appliance & TV Inc, now a third generation business, has flourished in the Sauk Valley Area for the past 68 years. In 1994, he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Lion's Club International Foundation. A devoted businessman, Charles continued to work until the age of 85. He also loved traveling around the world, spending time at the family cabin on the Rock River, hunting, fishing, painting, birdwatching, and working in his flower garden.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 12, at the Polo Family Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services to be held Thursday, March 13, at the Polo Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. with luncheon and fellowship immediately to follow until 2 p.m. Family graveside services to follow at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.  Military Honors to be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Polo Lion's Club, Granny Rose Animal Shelter, or the Polo Church of the Brethren.

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Lesley Mitchell  

Francis E. Vock

Polo - Francis E. Vock, 89, of Polo, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his home.  He was a Truck Driver for Teamsters Local 722 retiring in 1983.  Francis was a 60 year member of the Polo American Legion Post 83, lifetime member of Sebring Florida VFW and the Polo VFW. Following his retirement he enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques.

Francis was born July 3, 1924, in Eagle Point (Polo), the son of Edward and Gertrude (Marschang) Vock.  On December 18, 1952, in Polo, he was united in marriage to Anna Lucile Livingston (she preceded him in Nov. 12, 1997).

He was a veteran of United States Navy.  He entered the service July 6, 1944, trained at Great Lakes, Illinois, Fort Pierce, Florida and Norfolk, Virginia.  Francis served on the USS Ki Win, USS Liddle and the USS Loy receiving the European Theatre Ribbon, American Area Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
 
Survivors include: daughter Vicki Patterson of German Valley;  sons Donald (Darlene) Vock  and Timmy (Mary) Vock both of Polo; sisters Loretta Carroll of Polo, Ruth Forristall of Ohio, IL, Dorothy Clothier of Polo; many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews.

He was preceded in death by son-in-law James Patterson, 3 sisters Catherine Hodge, Bernadine Blum, Eileen Wright, 6 brother-in-laws .

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E Dixon St. Polo, IL 61064. Celebration of the Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Polo. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Polo.

In lieu of flowers memorial has been established.

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Lesley Mitchell  

Elinor "Kay" Merdian

Elinor "Kay" Merdian, 72, of Polo, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. She worked at Kable News, Mt. Morris, for over 20 years and most recently for Walmart, Dixon.

Kay was born Nov. 5, 1941, in Walnut, IL, the daughter of Robert and Grace (Tornow) Merdian.

Survivors include her mother Grace; one son, Mark (Tamela) Merdian of Polo; brother, Neil (Christa) Merdian of Polo; two sisters, Carol ("Buck") Walter of Naperville and Sharon (Robin) Colglazier of Dixon; a grandson Nate Merdian.

She was preceded in death by her father; three brothers, Robert, Larry and Rick Merdian.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon Street, Polo with Rev. Monte Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Visit www.polofamilyfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home.

 


Lesley Mitchell  

William Steven Giles

William Steven Giles, age 76, died unexpectedly at his home on January 7, 2014.

Bill was born on April 23, 1937 in Dixon, IL, the son of Herman and Ruth (Pope) Giles. He graduated from Polo Community High School and was a proud veteran of the armed forces. Bill was married to Annette Marie Dunphy on February 17, 1977.

Bill had a successful career including over 30 years with IBM in Chicago, IL and Poughkeepsie, NY before moving to Oklahoma and working with EMC and Decision One.

Bill loved his family, especially his grandchildren, his friends, technology, history, and reading.

Bill is survived by his children, Mike Kuhlow, Kathy (Tom) Collier, John (Kristin) Kuhlow, and Colleen (Tony) Wilson; his eight grandchildren, Elisabeth, Ben, Daniel, Lucas, Jack, Nicholas, Camilla, and Sydney; his sister Ann Lois (Bruce) James; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sisters Sandra Hendershot and Betty Herbig.

Visitation is at the Polo Church of the Brethren in Polo, IL from 9:30-10:30 on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A service will be held at 10:30. Burial will take place following the service at the Fairmount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

"That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us."
    - Helen Keller

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