Staff members of Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Ltd. are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

 

At a time of loss, every family needs compassionate care, service, and respect. And, a comfortable, secure place they can turn to. That's why area families have placed their trust and confidence in Preston-Schilling Funeral Home since 1904.

 

As a family-owned and operated funeral home, our staff provides families with the most personal and meaningful funeral care assistance in the area. We offer guidance and support in selecting services that meet the needs of every family member. And, it's only after we're able to help families find comfort during life's most difficult moment, that we know we've done our jobs.

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Jesse P. Partington Owner/ Funeral Director

Jesse was born and raised in Amboy, the oldest of three children of Jesse M. and Ronda (Bonnell) Partington. Following graduation from Amboy High in 1992, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1993.  After being honorably discharged, he attended Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Wheeling, IL, graduating with a mortuary science certificate in September 1998.  While attending Worsham College, he lived and worked at N.H. Scott and Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, IL.  Returning home to Lee County, he obtained a job with Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, in Dixon, as an apprentice, and has since spent his mortuary career at Preston-Schilling, working his way to manager of the funeral home.  Jesse and his wife, Sarah (Wolfe), live in Dixon with their three children, Ethan, Lola, and Ayla, along with their beloved lab, Harper.  Jesse and Sarah are active members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon, where Ayla attends St. Mary’s Catholic, and Ethan and Lola attend Newman Central Catholic, in Sterling.  Jesse is a long-time member of the Dixon Kiwanis Club, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

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Beth A. Baker CPC/ Funeral Director

Beth is from Amboy originally born to Marty and Cathy Lauer. Beth attended school in Amboy graduating from the High School in 2005. Since graduation from High School, she has received her Associates Degree in Science from Sauk Valley Community College in 2007 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. After receiving her degree in Mortuary Science she has worked for Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles, MO and is now serving the community of Dixon with Preston- Schilling. Beth is married to Matthew Baker from Quincy, IL. They have four children Riley, Leon and twins Wyatt and Charlotte and a shar-pei named Rosie. They are parishioners at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Riley and Leon attend St. Mary’s Catholic School. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her children, lifting weights and reading. 

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Becky Brenner Office Associate

Becky Brenner was born in Dixon but grew up on a farm just North of Nachusa.   She married Andy “Hoby” Brenner in December of 2002, and they currently reside in Dixon.

Becky has been the office administrator for Preston-Schilling Funeral Home since October 13, 1999.  She is also the main contact person for Preston-Schilling Monuments which was established in 2013.

She is the daughter of Russell and Dorothy Boyd and has one sister, Debbie (Chris) Robertson and two brothers who are deceased.  Becky is an avid reader and enjoys quilting. 

The most treasured aspect of Becky’s life is her faith in Jesus Christ.  

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Ronda Partington Office Associate

Ronda Partington was born and raised in Amboy, IL. She graduated from Amboy High School in 1969 and began working at The First National Bank in Amboy as secretary to the President. She held many positions at the bank during her 30-year career, retiring in 2007 as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Dixon North Side location of The First National Bank in Amboy. She has been married to Jesse “ Mike” Partington since February 27, 1971.  They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Ronda was one of the first co-chairman for the Lee County Relay for Life at its inception and served in that capacity for five years. She also served on the Sauk Valley College Foundation Board. She enjoys golfing and traveling.

Ronda currently works part time at Preston -Schilling Funeral Home and loves spending time with her grandchildren in Dixon and Daphne, AL. 

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Mike Lally

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Mark Swegle Funeral Assistant

Mark Swegle is a lifetime resident of Dixon. While growing up he attended St. Anne’s Grade School and Dixon High School. He went to Illinois Wesleyan for a short time, then returning home to begin working. He worked for L.R.B. Distributors for 9 years before being hired by the Dixon City Fire Department. He retired from the department with a rank of Captain/ Paramedic after 20 years of service. After retirement, he taught EMS for K.S.B Hospital and Sauk Valley Community College. During this time, he was a volunteer for Dixon Rural Fire Department. Mark is married to Terri (Nelson) Swegle. They have been blessed with 3 children: Jill Hayes, Janice Swegle and David Swegle; two grandchildren Henry and Will Hayes. Mark is active in his parish currently serving on the pastoral council, He is a past president of St. Anne’s Home and School, and was on the board at Open Sesame Child Care Center. Mark is a member of the Dixon Knights of Columbus; past president of Blackhawk Firefighters and is currently involved with Duck’s Unlimited serving in a local role as area chairman and state role as district chairman and lead sponsor for northwest Illinois. 

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Dick McGrail

Jesse P. Partington

Owner/ Funeral Director
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Jesse was born and raised in Amboy, the oldest of three children of Jesse M. and Ronda (Bonnell) Partington. Following graduation from Amboy High in 1992, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1993.  After being honorably discharged, he attended Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, in Wheeling, IL, graduating with a mortuary science certificate in September 1998.  While attending Worsham College, he lived and worked at N.H. Scott and Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, IL.  Returning home to Lee County, he obtained a job with Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, in Dixon, as an apprentice, and has since spent his mortuary career at Preston-Schilling, working his way to manager of the funeral home.  Jesse and his wife, Sarah (Wolfe), live in Dixon with their three children, Ethan, Lola, and Ayla, along with their beloved lab, Harper.  Jesse and Sarah are active members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon, where Ayla attends St. Mary’s Catholic, and Ethan and Lola attend Newman Central Catholic, in Sterling.  Jesse is a long-time member of the Dixon Kiwanis Club, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Beth A. Baker

CPC/ Funeral Director
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Beth is from Amboy originally born to Marty and Cathy Lauer. Beth attended school in Amboy graduating from the High School in 2005. Since graduation from High School, she has received her Associates Degree in Science from Sauk Valley Community College in 2007 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. After receiving her degree in Mortuary Science she has worked for Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles, MO and is now serving the community of Dixon with Preston- Schilling. Beth is married to Matthew Baker from Quincy, IL. They have four children Riley, Leon and twins Wyatt and Charlotte and a shar-pei named Rosie. They are parishioners at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Riley and Leon attend St. Mary’s Catholic School. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her children, lifting weights and reading. 

Becky Brenner

Office Associate
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Becky Brenner was born in Dixon but grew up on a farm just North of Nachusa.   She married Andy “Hoby” Brenner in December of 2002, and they currently reside in Dixon.

Becky has been the office administrator for Preston-Schilling Funeral Home since October 13, 1999.  She is also the main contact person for Preston-Schilling Monuments which was established in 2013.

She is the daughter of Russell and Dorothy Boyd and has one sister, Debbie (Chris) Robertson and two brothers who are deceased.  Becky is an avid reader and enjoys quilting. 

The most treasured aspect of Becky’s life is her faith in Jesus Christ.  

Ronda Partington

Office Associate
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Ronda Partington was born and raised in Amboy, IL. She graduated from Amboy High School in 1969 and began working at The First National Bank in Amboy as secretary to the President. She held many positions at the bank during her 30-year career, retiring in 2007 as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Dixon North Side location of The First National Bank in Amboy. She has been married to Jesse “ Mike” Partington since February 27, 1971.  They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Ronda was one of the first co-chairman for the Lee County Relay for Life at its inception and served in that capacity for five years. She also served on the Sauk Valley College Foundation Board. She enjoys golfing and traveling.

Ronda currently works part time at Preston -Schilling Funeral Home and loves spending time with her grandchildren in Dixon and Daphne, AL. 

Mike Lally

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Mark Swegle

Funeral Assistant
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Mark Swegle is a lifetime resident of Dixon. While growing up he attended St. Anne’s Grade School and Dixon High School. He went to Illinois Wesleyan for a short time, then returning home to begin working. He worked for L.R.B. Distributors for 9 years before being hired by the Dixon City Fire Department. He retired from the department with a rank of Captain/ Paramedic after 20 years of service. After retirement, he taught EMS for K.S.B Hospital and Sauk Valley Community College. During this time, he was a volunteer for Dixon Rural Fire Department. Mark is married to Terri (Nelson) Swegle. They have been blessed with 3 children: Jill Hayes, Janice Swegle and David Swegle; two grandchildren Henry and Will Hayes. Mark is active in his parish currently serving on the pastoral council, He is a past president of St. Anne’s Home and School, and was on the board at Open Sesame Child Care Center. Mark is a member of the Dixon Knights of Columbus; past president of Blackhawk Firefighters and is currently involved with Duck’s Unlimited serving in a local role as area chairman and state role as district chairman and lead sponsor for northwest Illinois. 

Dick McGrail

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