Evelyn Beilke


Evelyn May Beilke (nee Faber) 87, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013 at the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Graveside services will be held 11 AM, on June 1, 2013 at Pilot Knob Cemetery, followed by a remembrance luncheon for family and friends at her home in Galena, IL immediately after the service. All of Evelyn's friends are invited to join the family to honor her memory. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born August 18, 1925 in Galena IL, beloved daughter of John and Margaret Faber. Evelyn was the youngest of six daughters. After graduating from the Galena High School she worked for the Northern States Power Company where she met a fun loving lineman named Otto Beilke and married in 1951. They made their home on a dairy farm near Merrill, Wisconsin. Evelyn and Otto were blessed with two children, Robert Leo and Christine Margaret. Evelyn was a true farmer's wife helping with the chores, gardening, cooking fabulous meals and raising children. She also worked as a Policy Rater for the Wausau Insurance Company from where she retired. After Otto died in September, 1992 Evelyn moved back to her hometown of Galena, IL to be with her family and friends.  Evelyn had two additional loves, oil painting and cats. She re-painted numerous statues and murals at churches in north central Wisconsin and her home, inside and out, was a canvas used to express her artistic talent. She was very proud of the many portraits she painted of people important to her. Believing animals were a gift from God, Evelyn adopted numerous abandoned animals and when she moved to Galena she cared for the last two remaining cats from the family farm for nearly 15 years. She then opened her heart further and adopted cats from the Safe Haven Humane Society who kept her company in the later years of her life. After a fall in her home, in November 2012, Evelyn moved permanently to the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Evelyn is survived by her son Robert (Vicki) of Stella, NE; her daughter Christine of Madison, WI; one sister, Leona Schweitzer of Galena, IL, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded her death by her parents, her husband Otto, four sisters, Lucille Faber, Carrie Spongberg, Viola Reynolds, and Grace Havens. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Safe Haven Humane Society in Elizabeth, IL or the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Galena, IL.

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Guy Crow


Guy Hartford Crow, 79 of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. He was born on February 17, 1934 in Lowell, KS the son of Cecil and Coral (Williams) Crow. Guy graduated from Galena High School the class of 1953. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict from August of 1953 until his honorable discharge in August of 1955. He was united in marriage to Nancy Cox on December 29, 1958 in Miami, OK and she survives. Guy was an independent truck driver starting in 1957 for Rowley Interstate. During his trucking career, he drove for over fifty years retiring from Hirschbach Trucking in 2007. He traveled to the forty-eight contiguous states throughout his career. Guy was an avid Cubs and Bears fan, enjoyed crossword puzzles, going for drives and just watching the birds. He loved Willie Nelson and one of his fondest memories came at a Willie Nelson Concert when Willie personally gave him one of his bandanas. Guy was a very kind and lovable man who met many people in his travels and will be sadly missed. He was a member of the Galena VFW and American Legion Cub and the Galena Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jill Crow of Moline, IL, two brothers, Bill (Doris) Crow, Dubuque, and Jim Crow, Rockford, one sister, Dixie Davis, McKinney, TX, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Rayma Jean Mutascio and Ann Sullivan.

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Jack Johnson


Jack B. Johnson, 66 of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. He was born November 20, 1946 in Dubuque the son of Percy and Jean (Selle) Johnson. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam serving from April of 1967 until his honorable discharge in January of 1969. He was united in marriage to Diane Houy on February 12, 1970 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galena and she survives. Jack was a member of local #150 Heavy Equipment Operators for many years until his retirement in 2006. He was TRULY A "Jack of all Trades" doing many different things throughout his life.  In 1986, he built "The Shop" which became a gathering place for many of his family and friends. He loved to Bow hunt, fish and restore old cars. Jacks family was very important to him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Diane, two daughters, Shelly (Jeremy) Smith of Jewell, IA and Jerri Walker of Galena, four grandchildren, Ryan and Maddie Hocking, Lexie Smith and Jalyn Walker, his mother, Jean Johnson of Dubuque, three brothers, Larry (Donna) Johnson and Bob (Cheryl  Katka) Johnson both of East Dubuque, IL, and Gene Johnson of Dubuque, six sisters, Nancy (Doug) Brady of Galesville, WI, Karen Johnson of Springfield, WV, Barb (Don) Painter of Dubuque, Barb (Mark) McKinney of Prescott, WI, Jeannette (Mark) Sage of Onalaska, WI and Janet (Brian) Fisher of Alliance, NE and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother and father in-law and a sister in-law, Linda Phillips. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to their extended family and friends your love and support during this difficult time will be forever cherished.

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Arliss Coulthard


Arliss H. Coulthard, 95, of Shullsburg, WI passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Shullsburg Home, 204 East Water Street. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg and where friends may call after 10 AM at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shullsburg. He was born October 27, 1917 in White Oak Springs Township the middle of five children to John Wesley and Annie Ellen (Tippett) Coulthard . He attended White Oak School completing 8 grades. He farmed on the family farm. He took a correspondence course in calligraphy and had a flare for drawing and painting. His most notable piece of artwork was a mural of Badger Park. Arliss liked to read and was very interested in the activities of his nieces and nephews as well as his great and great great nieces and nephews. He also kept in touch with cousins down through the generations. Arliss became the resource center of history for his family and neighbors. Quiet and unassuming he never failed to evoke laughter from his devoted family. He celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by most of his extended family and was especially pleased to share it with his name-sake Arlyss Hays from San Francisco. Again at 95 he was surprised with a party in his honor. Arliss was an original just like his paintings and the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by, Carol Spencer of San Francisco, CA; Joe (Helen) Spencer of Cold Water, MI; Gary (Kate) O'Connell of Fox Island, WA; Mark (Kathy) O'Connell of Irvine, CA; Jeff (Candace) O'Connell of Harrison, ID; Vicki Redfern of Watertown, WI; Joanie (Willy) Von Glahn of Shullsburg, WI. He was preceded in death by parents, one brother, Harlan, 3 sisters; Arlene Burns, Shirley O'Connell, Marion Spencer, and a niece Maria Bogan. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital, Medical Associates, Dr. George Kraemer and Dr. Jennifer Mohr your care and compassion these last ten years will never be forgotten. Thank you to Upland Hills Hospice and the girl's at the Shullsburg Home for your wonderful care of Arliss in his final days.

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Brian Breed


Brian Eliot Breed, age 66, of Stockton, Illinois, passed away suddenly Friday, March 29, 2013 at home. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life gathering from 1 to 4pm Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Woodbine Bend Golf Clubhouse, 3500 East Center Road, Stockton. A short formal program to celebrate Brian's life will be held at 2pm. Cremation rites have been accorded; a private family burial will be held at a later date in Clay Cemetery near Willow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to the Stockton Fire Department/EMTs, the Hundred Club of Jo Daviess County, or a charity of your choice. Brian was born February 5, 1947, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Charles and Virginia (Leverton) Breed. He was raised on the family dairy farm near Stockton. He graduated from Stockton High School in 1965 and attended Highland Community College. Brian married Nancy Clay, his high school sweetheart, on September 23, 1967, at their home church, Calvary United Methodist in Stockton. Self-employed most of his life, Brian owned and operated Breed Surge Dairy equipment, Prairie Junction Antiques and several other entrepreneurial ventures. His quick wit and sharp humor made him a natural salesman. He was most recently employed as a demonstrator/driver for Sewer Equipment Company of America in Chadwick, Illinois. Brian was an avid golfer and had the pleasure of playing his final round at the most scenic military golf course in the world, Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, near Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii, where he recently spent a week vacationing with his wife, brothers- and sisters-in-law. He loved telling stories and jokes, playing euchre, having coffee with friends, going to auctions, collecting antiques, and helping around his daughter's farm. He also enjoyed Standardbred horse racing and owned a small stable of race horses as a hobby in the 1980s. Brian served on the Stockton Volunteer Fire Department from 1974 to 1980, the Stockton School Board from 1984 to 1989, and as a Little League baseball coach for a number of years. In addition to his wife of 46 years, Nancy, he is survived by one daughter, Abigail, and one son, Benjamin, both of Stockton. Also his mother, Virginia Breed, of Stockton, one brother, Larry, of Stockton; three sisters, Barb (Dennis) Kuhl of Stockton, Nancy Buckridge of Sparks, Nevada, and Marsha (John) Hagen of Franksville, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews enjoyed hearing Uncle Brian's stories. He will be missed by family members in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming along with countless friends and business associates who will miss his hearty, infectious laugh.

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Donna Molitor


Donna Jeanne Molitor, 85, of McHenry, Illinois, formerly of Galena, passed away, Wednesday, March 28, 2013 at Centegra Hospital in McHenry.

A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, March 30, 2013, at Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena. Pastor James McCrea, of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Visitation for Donna will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon prior to the service.

Donna was born on December 3, 1927 in Olin, Iowa, daughter of Otto and Ruth (Kurth) Davis. She married George Molitor.

Donna was a homemaker most of her life, she also worked as a CNA at Galena Stauss Hospital for several years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Donna's family meant the world to her, the entire family knew her as "Granny". In her earlier years she helped establish the Eagle's Club Auxiliary and enjoyed bowling and playing euchre. She will be deeply missed.

Those left to honor her memory include her five sons, Gerald (Sandra), of Winnebago, Illinois, Kenneth, of Verona Wisconsin, Michael (Sheila), of Bolivar, Missouri, Tim (Vicky), of Galena, and Tony (Peggy Dreier), of Dubuque; daughter, Donna Jeanne "D.J." (Jonathon) Gabric, of Crystal Lake; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother, Donald "Shorty" (Jeanette) Davis, of Dubuque; and sister Mildred "Babe" Ward, of Farley, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Donald; daughter in-law, Peggy Molitor; and five siblings, Earl June, Louis, Vernie and Kenny

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Marcellus Keleher


Marcellus J. Keleher, 92, of Galena, IL passed away March 21, 2013 at  Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and burial will be in the cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where a parish rosary will be held at 4 PM. He was born March 15, 1921 in Galena the son of Francis and Cecelia (Schulte) Keleher.  He was united in marriage to Irene Heim on July 23, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and she survives. Marcellus worked on a farm early his in life and went onto be a truck driver for Flynn Ready Mix for many years until his retirement in 1983. He enjoyed playing euchre and going to car shows. Marcellus was a member of the Galena Eagles Club and a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, his children, Joann Ihm of Murfreesboro, TN. Karen (Wayne) Greene of Freeport, IL and Ronald (Marilyn) Keleher of Port Charlotte, FL, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter,  two brothers, Harold  Keleher of Galena and Edgar (Roseanne) Keleher of Benton, WI, six sister in-laws, Rose Keleher of Galena, Anna Mae Keleher of Cuba City, WI, Cecelia Keleher of Shullsburg, WI, Sally (Al) Haleweg of Mercer, WI, Vera Harris of Platteville, WI and Viola Roling of Benton, WI and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Delbert, Melvin and Donald, a sister, Mary Evelyn Keleher and a sister in-law, Betty Keleher. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gregory Vandigo, the staff at Midwest Medical Center and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their care and compassion shown to Marcellus.

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Grace Keefe


Grace Alice Keefe, 97 of Galena, IL passed away March 10, 2013 at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Dubuque. Graveside service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Grace will be buried with her husband Joe who passed away on January 8, 2007. Military honors for Joe will be presented graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. She was born in Manitoba, Canada on August 25, 1915 and at the age of three lost her mother and moved to Evanston, IL to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Grace later moved at the age of sixteen to Chicago and then later to Florida, and finally back to Chicago where she met her husband Joe and they were married on November 28, 1959. After, suffering a fall at her home, Grace was hospitalized for a time and then entered Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab in August of 2005. She was often quoted as saying "Thanks Norma for finding me such a great place to live." Grace is the last of her family and has no immediate survivors. Many thanks to the great staff at Ennoble for treating her as family and making the last years of Grace's life enjoyable.

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John W. Cox Sr.


John Wayne Cox Sr., 88, of Galena, IL, a decorated World War II veteran, at rest March 8, 2013. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 14, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. John was born on April 24, 1924, in Hazel Green, WI, the only son of six children born to Dale and Anne Cox. John was married for 63 years to his loving wife, Anna, who preceded him in death.  John loved to take the dance floor with his wife, Anna, showing onlookers just how the "jig" was done. He loved going for quiet rides over country roads with Anna, listening to the Chicago Cubs, and going fishing (summer AND winter). But he always said the best times were just being at home with his wife and children, who will sorely miss his caring manner, quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor. He was the proud and loving father of eight children, John, Jr. (Bonnie), Jim (Pauline), Pat, Paula (Jordan), Doris, Dave (Sherri), Lori (John), and Lynda (Brian); the caring grandfather of Jennifer, Emily (John), Michael (Ana), Jessica (Tim), Jennison, Todd (Erika), Corey, Carissa, Matthew, Justin, Jared, Jennifer (Mark), Eric (Becky), Adam, Katie (Nate), Kelsey, Kendall, Joshua, Rachel, Megan, and Jake; and great grandfather to Julia, Daniel, Johno, Audrey, Kaleb, Samantha, Nicole, Jordyn, Nicholas, Max, Annabelle, and Benjamin. Three sisters, Doris, Carol Anne, and Kathy survive him. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in John's honor to St. Jude Hospital, The Alzheimer Foundation, or to a charity of your choice. The family would also like to thank the staff at Bell Tower in East Dubuque, IL, who embraced John during his stay there, the doctors and staff at Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at the Galena-Stauss Nursing Home.

The Fisherman's Prayer by L. Voskuit-Dutter

I pray that I may live to fish, Until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord's great landing net, And peacefully asleep, That in His mercy, I be judged, Big enough to keep.

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Mary Ellen Welp


Mary Ellen Welp, 76 of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013
at her home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary's
Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday,  March 8, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where a scripture wake service will be at 4 PM. She was born May 12, 1936 on a farm on Longhollow Road rural Elizabeth, IL the daughter of Melburn Francis and Gertrude (Saam) Webster. Mary Ellen graduated from the Elizabeth High School and was united in marriage to Elmo Welp on May 5,1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Elizabeth and he survives.
She worked as Insurance secretary and was a waitress at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Galena for many years until her retirement. Mary Ellen
enjoyed cooking, baking (especially cookies), flowers, playing euchre
and decorating for the Holidays. She loved going to the river and
spending time with her family and friends. Mary Ellen was a member of
St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Galena Elks Lodge. She is
survived by her husband, two sons, Tim (Nanette Miller) Welp of
Vicksburg, MS and Dan (Deb) Welp of Galena, two grandchildren, Ellie
and Ben Welp, one sister, Shirley Ann Ray, two brothers, Irvin Webster and Marvin (Nancy) Webster, a brother in-law, Delos (Mildred) Welp, a sister in-law, Evelyn Goley and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Donna Mae Webster, a
brother, Howard Webster, brother in-law, Charles Ray, two sisters
in-law, Carolyn and Jan.

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