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Wife in fair condition after weekend wreck

Funeral Friday for her husband, a Dixon businessman

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCKFORD – A Dixon woman remained in fair condition Tuesday at Rockford Memorial Hospital after being involved in a crash near Freeport over the weekend that took the life of her husband.

According to Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders:

Mary Wohrley, 58, and Brad Wohrley, 56, were southbound on state Route 26, just north of Rudy Road, when their 1957 Chevrolet, which had no seat belts, was struck by an SUV. Mary Wohrley was thrown from the car, which rolled, its front end landing on top of her.

Brad Wohrley died at the scene.

James R. Battisti, 69, of Freeport, who was driving the northbound Chevrolet Equinox, apparently had a medical issue and blacked out just before his SUV crossed the center line, hit the Wohrleys’ car, veered into a field, and caught fire, Snyders said.

Battisti was pulled from the car by emergency responders and taken to FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. His condition was not available Tuesday,

Wohrley, owner of Wohrley Heating & Air Conditioning in Dixon and an Army veteran, also is survived by his son, Zachary Wohrley, 28, of Dixon.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, with a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon.

His complete obituary appears on Page A4.

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