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Stephenson, William "Bill"
February 25, 1935 - December 9, 2013
William Bill A. Stephenson, 78, formerly of Erie, died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Pleasant View Rehab and Health Care, Morrison, where he had been a resident. Services will be held at 12:00PM Friday, December 13th at Gibson Bode Funeral Home, Erie, with visitation prior from 11:00AM 12:00PM. Burial will be in the Sandy Town Cemetery, rural Prophetstown.
William A. Stephenson was born February 25, 1935 in Prairie Hill, MO, the son of Arthur B. and Ruby L. (Carter) Stephenson. He was married to Betty J. Ballard on September 5, 1970. Bill was a truck driver, working for Hamm Trucking in Erie and Xylem in Cordova. He enjoyed fishing and camping as well as working in his garden growing vegetables and flowers.
Bill is survived by his son-in-law, Terry Sullivan, Erie; daughters, Candy L. Stephenson, OR, Tammy Spray, IL; brother, Walter Eddie Stephenson, MO; sister, Evelyn Thompson, AZ; 14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; daughter, Cindy Sullivan; and sons Lonnie and Douglas VanDamme. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
February 19, 1918 - December 4, 2013
Bilva L. Emmert, 95, formerly of Hillsdale, IL, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Aspen Rehab and Health Care, Silvis, where she had been a resident. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 12th at Bethel Baptist Church, 27308 108th Avenue N., Port Byron. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at Church. Private burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or Passages Hospice. Gibson - Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron, is in charge of arrangements.
Bilva L. Hicks was born February 19, 1918 in Cambridge, NE, the daughter of Daniel and Emma (Peterson) Hicks. She married Perry Swanson on January 10, 1938 in Glendale, CA. He preceded her in death in 1971. Bilva was then married to James Warren, Sr. in May of 1972 in Palos Verdes, CA. He preceded her in death in 1992. Bilva then married Robert Emmert in April of 2000 in Port Byron. He preceded her in death in 2005.
Bilva was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Port Byron. She enjoyed golfing, quilting and needle point and the Bible studies she was a part of. Bilva loved her family and had a special attachment with her great grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Bill) Friedrichsen, Hillsdale; grandchildren, Bill Swanson, CA, Diana (John) Johnson, Erie, Mike (Nichole) Friedrichsen, Erie; great grandchildren, Johanna, Noah, Gabriel, Elijah, Grace; and a special niece, Christine Frye, Oak Park, CA. She was preceded in death by her husbands; a daughter, Merilyn Swanson; infant son, Perry Swanson, Jr.; granddaughter-in-law, Cathy Swanson; and her 9 siblings. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
Young, M. Jeanette
September 7, 1918 - November 29, 2013
M. Jeanette Young, 95, of Erie, IL, died Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 5th at the Erie Christian Church. Visitation will be from 3PM 7PM Wednesday at the Erie Christian Church. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery, rural Erie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Erie Christian Church or a charity of choice. Arrangements are being handled by Gibson Bode Funeral Home, Erie.
Mary Jeanette Carstensen was born September 7, 1918 in DeWitt, Iowa, the daughter of Carl and Ella (Ehlert) Carstensen. She married Lauren A. Young on September 25, 1946 in Camp Point, IL. He died June 13, 2001. She and Lauren farmed outside of Erie. Jeanette was a longtime member of the Erie Christian Church, the Lions Club, Eastern Star and Sharon Aid. She enjoyed gardening especially her gladiolus. She and Lauren also loved to travel, having visited all 50 states.
Jeanette is survived by 8 children; Karen Procknow, Willowbrook, IL, Helene (David) Schulze, Erie, Carl Young, DeWitt, IA, Paul (Brigitte) Young, Erie, Christine Redell (Harlan), Silver Creek, WA, Neil (Cindy) Young, Erie, Joel (Kathy) Young, Erie, Gail Young (Misty), Erie; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Carstensen, and a granddaughter, Julie Schulze. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
February 6, 1927 - November 29, 2013
Marshall G. Ross, 86, of Erie, IL, died Friday, November 29, 2013 at Rosewood Care Center of Moline. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 5th at the Erie United Methodist Church, Erie, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM 7:00 PM Wednesday, at Gibson Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will be in the Fenton Cemetery, Fenton, IL. Memorials may be made to Laura Shepherd for the family, c/o Gibson Bode Funeral Home, PO Box 592, Erie, IL 61250.
Marshall was born February 6, 1927 in Portland Township, rural Erie, IL, the son of Anton P. and Winifred M. (Given) Ross. He married Eunice Pat Rock on August 28, 1950 in Morrison, IL. Marshall was a dairy farmer and began working in the natural gas industry in 1966. The family moved to Lyons, KS, in 1969 with the gas company and Marshall continued to farm as well. He retired in 1983 and he and Pat returned to Erie in 1984. In the early 1990s Marshall and Pat founded the Kings Kloset in Erie, where they were able to touch many lives.
Marshall was a member of the Erie United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 582 in Erie. He was a committed volunteer, going on Red Bird Mission trips for many years and working with Habitat for Humanity. He was proud to be recognized with the Fox 18 2007 Thomas Jefferson Citizenship Award.
Marshall is survived by his 7 children, Karen Young (Deb Brookhart), Des Moines, IA, Sandy (Jerry) LaCoss, Wichita, KS, Donna (Denny) McCauley, Des Moines, IA, Diane (Marlyn) Poncin, Great Bend, KS, Tim Ross (Ethel Smith), Erie, Laura (Jim) Shepherd, Erie, Mark (Dena) Ross, Geneseo, IL; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was recently preceded in death by his wife Pat of 63 years; a son, Arden in infancy; brother, Dana Ross and sister, Helen Brahm.
The family would like to thank all those who have shown many acts of kindness to Pat and Marshall, with special recognition to Cedric Reisenbigler. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
Holton, Vincent "Vince"
May 2, 1979 - November 27, 2013
Vince M. Holton, 34, of East Moline, IL, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from an undiagnosed heart condition. He was born in Lee County, FL on May 2nd, 1979 to Michael and Sherry (Wyss) Holton. Vince was raised in Cape Coral, FL and graduated from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, FL. Vince joined the US Navy after High School and served for nine years where he attended nuclear power school before serving several tours on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. He was honorably discharged in 2007 with the rank of Petty Officer First Class MM1 (SW/AW). After the Navy, Vince was employed by Exelon Corporation in Cordova, IL, where he worked as a Nuclear Equipment Operator for the past six years. Recently, Vince was attending Thomas Edison State College where he was studying to advance his career to become a Nuclear Engineering Technician. Vince enjoyed all sports, weightlifting, travelling, reading, cooking and he loved spending time with his loyal and faithful friends, his dogs, Chickens and Biscuit. Vince was blessed to have many friends who he dearly loved, many that he´d known since high school and his Navy days. Vince is survived by his father Mike, of Boulder Creek, CA and his sister Natasha Jamison, of Fort Myers Beach, FL. His mother, Sherry, predeceased him.
Services have been arranged at the Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron, IL, where a visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 from 1-4 PM and his wonderful spirit will be celebrated at the funeral home facility at 1:00 PM Friday, December 6th, 2013. His sister Natasha will be returning Vince´s ashes to his childhood home of Florida where a service will be arranged at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made in Vince´s name, to River Bend Food Bank, 309 12th St. Moline, IL. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
May 29, 1991 - November 27, 2013
Jamie M. R. Sedam, 22, of Port Byron, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 near Milan, IL, from injuries sustained in a car accident. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Gibson Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Visitation will be from 4-8PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to a fund to be established for Jamies daughter.
Jamie was born May 29, 1991, in Moline, IL, the daughter of Michael and Tracey (Belville) Sedam. She graduated from Rockridge High School in 2009. She attended Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University and was interning to become a nurse. Jamie was an aspiring model. She loved dance and cheerleading and enjoyed the outdoors. She cherished her friends and family.
Survivors include her parents, Tracey and Todd OHara, Port Byron; daughter, Natalie; brother, Kristofer Sedam, Milan; sisters, Nicole and Taylor Sedam, Milan; and paternal grandmother, Joanne Sedam, Rock Island. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Cornelous Sedam and maternal grandparents, Janet Belville and Floyd Teal. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (309) 523-3151 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
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We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
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Grief SupportWelcome to the Griefwords Online Library
Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition - Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
The Journey Through Grief
The Mourner's Bill of Rights
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Man Who is Grieving
Helping a Friend Who is Dying
Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?
Will I Grieve Or Will I Mourn?
The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
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Helping Children Cope With Grief
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Children Understand Cremation
Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Child Who is Dying
Helping Grieving Children at School
Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.
Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
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Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?
For Hospices and Other Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.
Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story"
Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines
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