Sharon Mahala Hook was a loving, generous and fair person, who always managed to embrace life and was not afraid to state the truth. Her wit and un-expected comments were always a joy to the people around her. She died at the age of 71 in Thomson, Illinois on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Henry’s Double K, 834 South Jackson Street, Mt. Carroll, Illinois 61053. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established. Memorials will be divided evenly amongst Sharon’s favorite charities. Family and friends may share in Sharon’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Sharon was born on August 8, 1942 and was raised by William and Rosalee Shallenburger in Galena, Kansas. She attended Riverton High School in Riverton, Kansas, graduating with the Class of 1959. Shortly after graduation, Sharon moved to Dallas, Texas with a friend. In 1961, Sharon enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1961-1963. While enlisted, she served as a receptionist for Major General George Duncan. She met her future husband, Edward Hook while stationed at Fort Monroe, VA. They were married on August 10, 1963 in Fort Monroe.
After they were married, Sharon and Ed moved back to rural Thomson and began farming east of town. Sharon continued to help her husband on the farm until they retired to a new home in Thomson in 2004. Sharon worked part-time for the Carroll County Review helping to build ads and layout the weekly paper. She was a member of the Thomson School Board and the Carroll County Board. Sharon was also on the Republican Women’s Committee and was the first woman to be elected to the Carroll County Farm Bureau Board. She enjoyed bowling with the Fulton Women’s League and spending time with her family and friends.
Sharon will be dearly missed by her husband, Ed Hook; four children, Troy (Mitzi) Hook of Morrison, Illinois, Cindy (Eddie) Snuggs of Faith, North Carolina, Paul (Amanda) Hook of Clinton, Iowa and Ray (Michelle) Hook of Loves Park, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and one sister, Joyce (Larry) Williams of Gold Canyon, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Rosalee Shallenburger.
Carole E. Bonnell, 66 yrs. old, of Mt. Carroll passed away on Mon., Jan 20, 2014 at her home. She was born on Nov. 12, 1947 at Ottumwa, IA, a daughter of Robert E. and Dorothy (Swendsen) Mueller. Carole and Randall Bonnell were married on Sept. 7, 1985 at the Blackhawk Monument at Kent.
She formerly was employed at Walter C. Larson Children’s Home in Rockford and at the Mt Carroll Pharmacy Center.
Carole enjoyed spending time with her best friend, Neysa Bonnell, flower gardening and listening to music.
Surviving are her husband, her daughter, Michelle(Griffin) Masters of Machesney Park, three grandchildren, Zachary, Emma, and Ryan, two brothers, Robert( Donna) Mueller of Rockford, and Billy (Gwenn) Mueller of Shippensburg, PA., one sister, Susan Henry of Lincolnshire, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and an extended family.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm on Sat. Jan. 25, 2014 at the Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City with Rev. Robert Phelps officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at Highland Cemetery in Pearl City in the Spring.
A memorial will be established in her memory. Private condolences and online guestbook may be signed at www.schwarzfh.com.
Barbara Frances Schnitzler, age 80 of Mt. Carroll, IL, died Sunday, January 26 at St. Joseph Provina, Freeport. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Mt. Carroll. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll.
Cheryl Reagan died at the age 61, Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa. A Memorial Gathering will be held 4:00 - 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with a Celebration of Life service at 6:45 p.m., during the gathering at the funeral home.
Faye Etta Shellhause, age 70 of Lanark, Illinois, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Brookville United Methodist Church, rural Polo, Illinois. Burial will take place in Schriner Cemetery, rural Lanark. A visitation will be held from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be given to the Brookville United Methodist Church in Faye’s memory.
Barbara Ann Collins, age 62 of Savanna, IL, died Sunday, January 26, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna with a Memorial Visitation one hour prior to the service from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Owen Miles, Jr.
Owen P. Miles, Jr., age 85 and formerly of Mt. Carroll, died on January 22, 2014. Funeral services and a celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 5th , 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois.
Robert D. Hoffman
The Celebration of Life for Robert D. Hoffman has been postponed until May 3, 2014 at the Legion Hall, Chadwick, IL from 1-4 p.m. due to weather conditions in Colorado and Illinois.