Obituaries

Frederick H. Stanton
posted on: 2015-08-24

Fred Howard Stanton, 71 of Monmouth died at his home on August 22, 2015. Fred was born in Monmouth, Illinois on April 4, 1944 to F. Carter Stanton and Winnifred McLinn Stanton. He was born with a heart condition known as Eisenminger Complex and was not expected to live; however, he thrived with excellent care and oversight from Children's Memorial Hospital doctors, Dr. Albert Miller of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and his parents. On August 13, 1993, he received a heart-double lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh's Presbyterian Hospital. He considered this the greatest miracle of his life. He graduated from Monmouth High School in 1962. He began his college academic experience to study architecture at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During his Sophomore year he was forced to withdraw for a semester due to a serious eye infection. He then enrolled at Whittier College in Whittier, California to complete his sophomore year. After one semester at Whittier, he enrolled at Monmouth College to complete his studies in business and graduated in 1967 with a B.A. degree. Upon graduation, he worked for the Employment Security Office of the State of Illinois in Moline, Illinois for four years. He then returned to Monmouth College to work in their Business Office for four years. The National Bank of Monmouth, which became Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, offered him an opportunity to work in its Trust Department from which he retired as Senior Trust Officer on October 1, 2006 after thirty-three and one-half years of service. He was a three year member of the Monmouth Investment Club. He also served his community through membership in Kiwanis Club and sixteen years as a member of the Monmouth Park Board. His passion for flowers and plants was part of his service on the Park Board. He also was a member for thirty years of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and served as its President for two years. He pioneered the plantings of many rhododendron plants in many locations in Monmouth and Peoria when it was commonly believed that it was not possible to grow rhododendrons in this region. He belonged to a local transplant group and worked diligently to promote awareness of organ donation. He was a member of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Bridge was another passion of Fred's and he belonged to numerous bridge clubs for many years. He also participated in dinners to provide assistance to people with AIDS. He was baptized, confirmed in and was a former member of Faith Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his partner, Glen Dille of Peoria, Illinois, his sister Susan (Mick) Trevor, his brother Carter "Chip" (Laurie) Stanton, his former brother-in-law, Jerry Howell, his nieces, Christine Stanton Lehnen, Jennifer Howell Taylor, Marianne Stanton Gross and nephews Jonathan C. Howell and Scott C. Stanton as well as 13 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a great nephew, Dakota "Kody" Taylor.


Services: Cremation has been accorded with a Memorial Service to be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2015 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth with Rev. David Gross, husband of Marianne, officiating. Interment at Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery will immediately follow the service. Friends may call Monday at Turnbull Funeral Home where the family will be present from 9:30-11: 00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Monmouth Park Board or Rainbow Riders.

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Rose C. "Rosie" McCleary
posted on: 2015-08-25

Rose C. "Rosie" McCleary, age 86, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 8:38 am on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Monmouth Nursing Home. She was born in the family home in Henderson County on November 18, 1928, the daughter of Anthony and Teresa (Hagan) McCleary. Rosie attended grade school at Barry Grade School in Media, Illinois and high school at St. Mary Academy in Nauvoo, Illinois. Rosie was a nanny and caretaker for several families in and around Monmouth. She worked several years for Judge Lewis Murphy as housekeeper and caregiver for his mother. She also worked at the Immaculate Conception Rectory for Monsignor Prendergast and Father John Padlashes. She was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Rosie loved to cook. She was known for her excellent meals and loved to host family gatherings and see all of her nieces and nephews. She loved to visit and socialize with everyone. Rosie very much enjoyed the company of her special friend, Mary Francis Smith of Monmouth. Rosie is survived by her sister, Josie (late Robert) Buckley of Monmouth, brother Joseph (Dolores) McCleary of Monmouth, seven nieces and four nephews also are surviving. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Jean McCleary, and sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Bob Lee.


Services: A funeral Mass is planned for 10:00 am on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth, Illinois. A Rosary will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth. Her family will receive friends after the Rosary at the funeral home. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Patrick Cemetery in Raritan, Illinois. Memorials are being established for the Monmouth Nursing Home or Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.

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