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March 2017

John Szaltis '68
Roy Wittbold '65
Maureen O'Neil '66

John Szaltis - Class '68
John C. Szaltis, 66, of Monmouth, passed away at 12:09 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. He was born on October 27, 1950 in Oak Park, IL, the son of Leonard and Dorothy (Seneke) Szaltis. John was raised and educated in in Des Plaines, IL.   He graduated from Monmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health. He later graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master’s Degree in Science. John served in the United States Army from 1970-1976.  John married Beatrice Zavorski on November 30, 1974 in Des Plaines, IL, she survives.  John worked as a Police Officer for the City of Monmouth from 1980-1986. He then went to work at Henry C. Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, IL, from 1986-2008 as an educator. John was a member and leader of the AFSCME Union and a member of the Monmouth American Legion. John also served as a Boy Scout Leader and coach for many years. Surviving John is his wife Beatrice Szaltis of Monmouth, two sons; Leonard Szaltis and Joseph (Jamie) Szaltis both of Monmouth, and one daughter Sarah (Lucas) Kulp of Monmouth. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Alexis Wooten, Jayden Szaltis, Katelyn Szaltis, and two sisters, Deborah (Pete) O’Bannon of San Antonio, TX and Sharon Szaltis of Roselle, IL. John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Szaltis. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Church. Memorials can be made to the John Szaltis Memorial Fund. McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory, Monmouth is in charge of the arrangements. 

Roy Wittbold - Class '65
Roy Wittbold, age 69, of Round Lake, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at his residence. He was born April 19, 1947 in Chicago, IL, to Warren and Lida “Jane” (Warber) Wittbold. Roy was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce. Roy was a carpenter for over 40 years, and a resident of the Round Lake area for 28 years. He was a family man, a boater avid fisherman and outdoorsman. Roy is survived by his wife of 30 years, Alice; two children, Erik (Samantha) Wittbold, Travis Cotterman; two grandchildren, Kane, Warren; and his sister Joy (Doug) Sjostrom. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Justen Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 N. Rosedale Ct, Round Lake, IL 60073. The funeral service will be 4 p.m. at the funeral home. For information please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.

Maureen O'Neil - Class '66
Maureen E. O'Neil, 68, of Clearwater, FL, died March 4, 2017. Predeceased by son, Billy, she is survived by daughters, Vickie, Sarah and Amanda; grandchildren, Billy, Becca, Jimmy, Zac, Lucy, Trevor; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Matthew, Logan and Dakota.