Ruth Ilene Withhart, 86, of Freeport formerly of Savanna, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Born May 6, 1927, in Savanna she was the daughter of Philip and Alicia (Libberton) Plattenberger. She married John Wm. Withhart December 18, 1944.
Ruth was a 1945 graduate of Savanna High School. She enjoyed playing clarinet in the High School and American Legion Bands. She was active in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Savanna and active in the women’s group.
Ruth and her husband owned the Withhart’s Meat Market in Savanna. She was retired from Micro Switch. She and John did traveling in their motor home before moving to Pharr, Tx.
Surviving is her husband, John of Freeport, her two sons, John P. (Carol) Withhart of Denison, Ia., Benjamin F. (Laures Young) Withhart of Shoreview, Mn. daughter, Connie L. Withhart of Mt. Carroll, IL., 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and nephews, Dennis Plattenberger, David Fleischer and niece Ruth Fleischer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert and Philip Plattenberger.
Family requests memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church of Savanna, Il.
Memorial Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Sat. June 22, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Savanna.
Please visit www.walkermortuary.com to leave a condolence.
Judith B. Bastian
FLORENCE STATION – Judith B. Bastian, 67, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, surrounded by her family. Judy was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1945, to Oscar J. and Anna Marie (Steiner) Wyss. She lived in New Glarus, Wisconsin, until moving with her family to a farm west of Lena at age 2.
Judy graduated from Lena-Winslow High School, Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.
She married Merek Bastian at the United Church of Christ in Elroy on April 5, 1969. They lived on and farmed the home farm near Florence Station throughout their marriage.
Judy worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital, at South Coast Community Hospital in South Laguna, California, and for 41 years at FHN Memorial Hospital where she worked as a Radiologic Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and as the Imaging Department Director for 24 years. During those years she led the implementation of medical imaging technologies new to FHN including echocardiography, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear cardiology, CT, MRI and PET scanning. She was dedicated to her work and devoted to her family.
Judy especially enjoyed shopping with her daughter, the performing arts, flowers and traveling. And she felt fortunate to have traveled throughout the United States and abroad.
After retirement, she spent summers planting and tending her flower gardens. She enjoyed decorating and entertaining, especially during the holidays.
Judy is survived by her husband Merek of Florence Station and daughter Debra (fiancé John Booth) of Chicago; her sister Ruth (Albert) Thede of Shannon, nephew Jason (Dawn) Thede of Shannon and niece Joy (Brad) Lott of Oakland Township, Michigan. She is also survived by great nephews and nieces Jake Thede, Bailey Thede, Olivia Lott, Collin Lott and Brooklin Lott; her father-in-law Leonard Bastian of Freeport; brother-in-law Linden (Deb) Bastian, sisters-in-law Jalinda Bastian, Melissa (Arnie) Nebelsick and Janelle (Rick) McLean. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, mother-in-law and a nephew.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m., also at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Aram will officiate. Burial will take place in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial fund has been established in her name. Please visit www.burketubbs.com to sign her online guestbook and to share memories.
Lois Marie Charleton
Lois Marie Charleton, 85 yrs. old, of Lanark and Lake Carroll, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport.
She was born on Aug. 6, 1927 in Chicago, a daughter of Bryan and Emily (Johnson) Dragoo. Emily grew up on the west side of Chicago, attending Flower High School, and launching a long standing career in radio drama, television reporting and commercials, and corporate and print modeling that spanned from her sophomore year in high school well into her 40’s.
She married Samuel John Charleton on April 24, 1948 in Chicago. Her dedication and service to non-profit workshop centers for the mentally and physically handicapped began in 1965 with her foundation fund-raising volunteer work for the Ray Graham workshop and foundation in Elmhurst, where she, Sam, and their family lived throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. She went on to secure her teaching certificate and served school district # 88 as its vocational counselor for the learning-disabled and physically handicapped students for over fifteen years.
She and her husband bought property in Lake Carroll in 1972 and eventually made Lake Carroll their permanent home. In 1999, they built a home in Lanark to retire in a location closer to Rolling Hills Progress Center, where her son Jack worked (and still works) and where Lois could provide volunteer service to the Foundation of the Center.
She was always active in the Methodist Church. A devoted Mother, dear and generous friend, tireless advocate for the rights and needs of the physically and mentally challenged, effervescent personality, Lois touched and benefited many lives. She will be missed.
Surviving are two sons, John “Jack” Bryan Charleton of Lanark and Daniel Henry Charleton of Davie, FL and four grandchildren, Blake Charleton, Sarah Charleton, Alexa Charleton, and Ty Charleton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel John Charleton, her parents, Emily and Bryan Dragoo of Mt. Carroll, and her sister, Betty Fecke, also of Mt. Carroll.
Services will be on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Lanark United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Lanark Cemetery.
Memorials have been established in her memory for the Lanark United Methodist Church and Rolling Hills Progress Center.
Arrangements are being handled by the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark.