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Eric Tinley

Class of 1985
Eric Tinley '85 and Amy Johnson were married March 15, 2017, in Pass-a-Grille, Florida. In attendance were Erin (Tinley) Thompson '88, Ed Tinley '91, Emily Tinley '93 and Monica Wire '88. Eric and Amy reside in Princeton, IL. Eric is a teacher at Princeton High School and Amy is employed at Pioneer-DuPont research facility and a part-time certified fitness trainer.
Marilyn Robinson ‘55, Sterling, celebrated her 80th birthday May 19, 2017. She was born May 19, 1937, and married Jim Robinson. She has four children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Alvin Hunsberger

Class of 1953
Al Hunsburger ‘53 and his wife Dee, of Sterling, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary August 26, 2017. A trip to Florida is planned at a later date. Al Hunsburger and Dee Duncan were married August 26, 1967, at St. Andrew Church in Rock Falls.
Joanne (Stevens) Grabeklis ‘52 and her husband Art Grabeklis celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on August 3rd, 2017. They are the parents of 3 children and 3 grandchildren. They reside in Sterling.



Herbert Shannon

Class of 1947
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Herbert Dean Shannon ‘47, born April 24, 1929, died after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease July 18, 2017. A graduate of New York school of Modern Photography he served in the Air Force Air command as a ground photographer stationed in Northern Japan, Misawa. Met and married Shirley Riggs on May 19, 1957. He was a professional photographer, he processed all his work from home developing black and white film to printing the photos all himself. Herb was an innovator, one of the first to develop color photos in Sacramento. In 1958 he started his own studio, Shannon's Studio in Park Center, then in Crossroads Shopping Center, thereafter, surviving damage from the 9/17/1972 jet plan crash! After their two children, Timothy Dean Shannon and the late Sally Mae Bean, he partnered and opened a Photo Lab in 1968 known as Camellia Color Corporation, processing E6 slide film, sports and wedding photos to 30 x 40 canvas prints. Herb became the sole owner in 1975 and continued this family business until 2008 when the business closed. His photo lab with all his family working at his side was his pride and joy. He is survived by his son Timothy Dean Shannon, his daughter in law, Gina Shannon, grandchildren, Sophia Shannon, Angelina, Anthony & Nicholas Caruso and Amber Bean, Sabrina Dennis, and Leslie Bean, and 3 great grandchildren. Herb, Herbie, Gramps, Dad will be missed, his strength and witty humor will not be forgotten.
Arnie and Deloris (Mennenga) Sedols '55, celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on July 20, 2017.
Nikole Rivera ('09) and Dylan DeVries were married on July 15, 2017 in Sterling.
Niko Rivera ('09) and Kara Cannon of Eureka, IL are the parents of a son, Xander Roman Rivera. Xander was born on June 23, 2017.
Missy Moore (Vock) "77" and Randy Moore are so excited to be first time grandparents to Eva Grace Dahlstrom, born 6-30-17. Her parents are Dustin and Sarah Dahlstrom of Dixon,Il.
Richard and Shirlene (Springman) Eating '55, Sterling, will be married for 60 years on August 11, 2017.

Larry Gerlach

Class of 1959
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Larry Lee Gerlach ’59, 76, of Tampico, died Monday, July 17, 2017, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Larry was born July 8, 1941, in Henry County, to Harold and Leona (Whittington) Gerlach. He was a 1959 graduate of Sterling High School. He was a veteran having served in the Army. Larry married Sharon Buck on July 30, 1966, in Prophetstown. Larry was employed at Birkey’s in Prophetstown for 55 years, retiring in 2016. He was an avid snowmobiler and antique tractor puller. Larry enjoyed restoring and collecting IH Farmall antique tractors, and enjoyed playing cards, especially with family members. Survivors include his significant other, Patricia Etheridge of Tampico; two sons, Jamie (Anita) Gerlach and Chad (Patricia) Gerlach, both of Prophetstown; two stepchildren, Wendy (Joe) Schultz and Jamie (Jennifer) Etheridge, both of Prophetstown; six grandsons, Austin Lee, Payton James, Nolan Robert, Zachary Lawrence, Clayton Wyant, and Kenneth Wyant Gerlach; four stepgrandchildren, Brady Melton, Colleen Jacobs, and Paxton and Gus Schultz; one step-great-grandchild, Kye Bryan; two sisters, Kathleen (David) Dittmar and Mrs. Marian Koester, both of Elizabeth; one brother, Gerald (Linda) Gerlach of Lena; and one brother-in-law, Jerry Kloepping of Lena. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Charlotte Kloepping and Lynnette in infancy; one brother, Michael J. Gerlach; one brother-in-law, Jim Koester; and three nephews, Carl Van Horn, Danny Van Horn, and Tim Koester.

Van Hussung

Class of 1963
Van (Theresa) Hussung ‘63, of Sterling, lost their daughter, Anna Leah Ann Hussung, of Sterling, on 7/18/17.

Anna Hussung

Class of 1990
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Anna Leah Ann Hussung ‘90, 45, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was employed by Focus Services in Sterling for the past 6 years. Anna was born Jan. 25, 1972, in Sterling, the daughter of Van and Elaine (Richter) Hussung. Survivors include her father, Van (Theresa) Hussung of Sterling; her two children, Jessica Hussung and Jordan Hussung, both of Sterling; one grandson; one brother, Sam (Debbie) Hussung of Scranton, Pennsylvania; and three stepbrothers, Brent, Nathan and Evan Clark. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine, and one sister, Tracey, in infancy.
Theresa Helm ‘73, of Homewood, lost her brother, David A. Stolzoff, of Sterling, on 7/19/17.

Steven Stolzoff

Class of 1976
Steven Stolzoff ‘76, of Racine, Wisconsin, lost his brother, David A. Stolzoff, of Sterling, on 7/19/17.

Rona Stolzoff

Class of 1977
Rona Stolzoff ‘77, of Sterling, lost her brother, David A. Stolzoff, of Sterling, on 7/19/17.

Donald Stolzoff

Class of 1964
Donald Stolzoff ‘64, of Marietta, Georgia, lost his brother, David A. Stolzoff, of Sterling, on 7/19/17.

David Stolzoff

Class of 1968
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David A. Stolzoff ‘68, 67, of Sterling, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at his home. He was a self-employed electrician. David was born June 29, 1950, in Sterling, the son of Donald E. and Veronica Lois (Eberhardt) Stolzoff. He married Angela Lew on July 31, 1982, in Sterling. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Michelle Stolzoff of Boston; two sisters, Theresa (Steve) Helm of Homewood and Rona Stolzoff of Sterling; two brothers, Donald (Barbara) Stolzoff of Marietta, Georgia, and Steven (Denise) Stolzoff of Racine, Wisconsin; seven nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and two nieces.

Roger Michel

Class of 1964
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Roger L. Michel ‘64, 70, of Dixon, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Dixon Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in Dixon. He was employed at Do It Best in Dixon for 30 years before his retirement. Roger was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Sterling, the son of Leonard and Jane (Hofmann) Michel. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Roger married Georgia L. Bailey on Sept. 16, 1972, in Dixon. He played baseball in his younger years and loved umpiring for many years. Roger was an avid Chicago Cubs, Bulls, and Broncos fan. He enjoyed watching and going to games with his son, Eric. Roger also enjoyed snow skiing, playing golf, and collecting basketball cards. He was a wonderful husband and a great dad. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Georgia Michel of Dixon; one son, Eric Michel of Cherry Valley; and many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Ronald Michel; and one sister, Susan Michel.

William Baird

Class of 1946
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William Clinton “Bill” Baird ‘46, died Sunday, July 9, 2017. He was born May 5, 1929, in Jefferson County, to Adam and Ethel Banta Baird. Bill graduated in 1946 from Sterling High School, and met and married the love his life, Millie. “Bill and Mill” celebrated 65 years of marriage on Sept. 30, 2016. Together, they enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states and 13 countries. The most important things in Bill’s life were his family, church, and motorcycles. Bill was the American Motorcyclist Association’s Grand National Enduro Champion of the United States for 7 consecutive years (1962-1968). He was a member of the Rock River Riders Motorcycle Club for more than 50 years. He was on the Board of Trustees for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for 21 years, and was a founding member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Bill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, where his last winning motorcycle still is on display. Bill was a proud citizen and supporter of the Sterling community. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for the past 60 years. He volunteered at the Sauk Valley Food Bank for more than 15 years. In 2012, Sterling High School recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus. He worked as a machinist at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 40 years. Bill also was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award and participated in several National Boy Scout Jamborees.
Bill is survived by his wife, Millie; his three children, Deborah Garrett (Dave) of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lou Ann Baird-Klaes (Mike) of Atlanta, and William C. Baird (Nancy) of Houston,; five grandchildren, Gabriella Klaes and Alexandria Klaes of Atlanta, Georgia, William C. Baird (Fabiola) of Houston, Collin Baird of Fort Worth, Texas, and Olivia Baird of Houston; great-grandson, Liam Baird of Houston; his brother, Arthur (Pat) Baird; sisters Dorothy Piercy and Margaret Ann (Norris) Heard; and many, many friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
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