Obituaries — May 21, 2009

Eric D. VanRee.

VanRee Eric D. VanRee, age 25, of Rockford passed away on Monday, May 18, 2009. He was a 2002 graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School. Eric was an outfielder in baseball and a cornerback in football, lettering in both sports. He and Jennifer met through mutual friends, and it was love from that moment. […]

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Obituaries — May 21, 2009

Lowell Kellermeier.

Kellermeier Lowell Thomas Kellermeier, age 75, of Rockford, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 17, 2009 from Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital.  The son of Herbert Edwin and Vivian C. (Eddy) Kellermeier, he was born on May 12, 1934 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  After high school, Lowell proudly served in the […]

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Cathy’s Hallmark hosts

PRIZES GALORE—(l-r): Kathy Barr with grand prize winner Donna Brinks.

by CARRIE YEOMANS   On Thursday, May 7, Cathy’s Hallmark held a first of its kind-Ladies Night. Women enjoyed 20 percent off everything in the store, were invited to sample Gillham and Grand candy, Wind and Willow dips, a delicious cake supplied by Arnies and cookies donated by D&W. As the ladies shopped and snacked, […]

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Downtown Sparta businesses staying

CONSTRUCTION SEASON—Corner of Union and Division St. in downtown Sparta taken 4/16/09.

Through the orange barrels, closed sidewalks, and large piles of gravel, the downtown Sparta businesses can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are keeping a positive attitude through it all. Dollar N’ More owner Phil Potter uses the construction project to show that a big pile of dirt isn’t holding their […]

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Marjorie Wiltse to retire after 35 years

After more than 35 years of teaching piano lessons to Rockford-area residents, Marjorie Wiltse will enjoy a well-deserved retirement beginning this June.  Over the course of her career, she challenged and inspired her 200+ students and instilled in each of them a lifelong love of music. Many of her current and former students, as well […]

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