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Dorothy Lubbs




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. 

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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