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Philip Gockman

Philip Gockman, 52, Woodstock, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1959, in Chicago, to Phillip and Jean (Adamczyk). He worked many years at

Charles Loomis Dubsky

  Charles Loomis Dubsky, 70, Wonder Lake, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1941, in Davenport, Iowa, to Harry and Esther (Loomis) Dubsky.

Robert E. Hurley

  Robert E. Hurley, 81, Burlington, Wis., died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Springfield, Ore.  He was born May 7, 1930, in Woodstock to Dennis and Grace (Scott) Hurley.  He

Carolyn Marie Schmidt

Carolyn Marie Schmidt, 97, Woodstock, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at Hearthstone Manor. She was born May 6, 1914, in McHenry, to John and Barbara (Hein) Regner. She was a

James “Jimmy” B. Sagen

James “Jimmy” B. Sagen, 61, Woodstock, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Centegra Hospital — Woodstock. He was born April 30, 1950, in Monroe Wis., to Paul and Phyllis Sagen.

Gayle Larson

Gayle W. Larson, 71, Platteville, Colo., died March 5, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle with cancer. Gayle was born Oct. 5, 1940,

Catherine L. Reynolds

Catherine ‘Cathy’ Lee Reynolds, 64, Davenport, Fla., died March 2, 2012. She was born Jan. 8, 1948, in Lompoc, Calif., to Thomas L. and Mary C. (Welch) Waters and grew

Leota Olivia Smith

Leota Olivia Smith, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Hearthstone Manor Nursing Home, Woodstock. She was born June 7, 1915, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Charles and Olivia (Bauman)

Judith Ellen Miles

Judith Ellen (Ream) Miles, 72, Woodstock, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at her home. She was a true friend to all who knew her and co-founder of Miles Data Technologies,


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