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Louise McDearmon

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Louise McDearmon, 96, of Sterling, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.

Louise was born May 13, 1917, in rural Sterling, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Meyer) Ricklefs. She married Warren McDearmon on Jan. 15, 1938, in Hopkins Township. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sterling.

Survivors include five daughters, Janice Hunter of Morrison, Diane (Lloyd) Stern-Miller of Polo, Nancy Frank of Sterling, Debbie (Michael) O’Brien of Rock Falls and Sharon (Philip) Arduini of Rock Falls; one sister, Velma Kindle of S.C.; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary McDearmon; one brother, Edgar Ricklefs; two sisters, Evelyn Johnson and Edna Johnson; three sons-in-law, Johnnie Stern, Harold Frank and Paul Hunter; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Waite.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave. in Sterling. Funeral services will be at 11 today at the funeral home, with the Rev. Brandon Nelson of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sterling officiating. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

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