Obituaries

Linda Hotler, 71 of Watseka

Linda Hotler, 71 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be Friday 2/21 4-7pm.

 

Private Family gravesite service in Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery. 

 

 

Baier Funeral Home. 

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Michael A. Cichy, 74, of Milford

Michael A. Cichy, 74, of Milford passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at his home in rural Milford. He was born on December 1, 1945 in Chicago, the son of Walter and Felicia (Smolski) Cichy. He married Dorothy Cor in Chicago on December 17, 1981.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy A. Cichy of Milford; four children, Deanne (Matt) Weir of Oregon, WI, Teri (Paul) Eckberg of Palatine, IL, John R. (Janet) Wallisch of Athens, OH, and Jennifer (Mark) Downs of Chicago; four grandchildren, Daniel Horton of California, Lisa Gonzales of California, John Andrew Wallisch of Ohio, and Sara Wallisch of Ohio; two great grandchildren, Lana and Zander Horton; and two brothers, Bob Cichy of Wisconsin and Steve (Evelina) Cichy of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and one brother, John Cichy.

Mr. Cichy proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the Hoopeston VFW as well as a member of National Dusters, Quads and Searchlights Association. Michael was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved attending any kind of sales. He loved fishing and collecting guns, stamps, and coins.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A visitation will take place an hour prior at the funeral home from 9:00-10:00 am. A graveside service will be at 1:00 pm at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

Please share a memory of Michael at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Sylvia J. Shoufler, 69, of Watseka

Sylvia J. Shoufler, 69, of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on April 16, 1950 in Milford, the daughter of Sidney “Syd” and Frances “Mickey” (Robertson) Shoufler. In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by two brothers, John Shoufler and Thomas Shoufler and one sister, Diantha Hansen.

Surviving are two sisters, Jo Ann Howard of Watseka and Linda Kochell of Fairmont, IL and one brother, Sidney “Danny” Shoufler of Danville.

Sylvia enjoyed music and dancing.

A memorial service will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

A memorial visitation will be two hours prior to the memorial service on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials can be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.

Please share a memory of Sylvia at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Gilbert "Gib" Stock, 85 of Watseka

Gilbert “Gib” Stock, 85 of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on November 2, 1934 at the family farm in rural Rankin, the son of William and Mabel Jane (Clifton) Stock. He married Kathryn “Kathy” Martin in Cissna Park on December 4, 1955.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy Stock, of Watseka; five children, Denise (Scott) Sims of Wellington, Dianne (Reid) Page of Watseka, Dale (Angie) Stock of Hoopeston, Darla Stock of Fishers, IN, and Danell Moberly of Bloomington, IL; eight grandchildren, Luke Sims, Seth (Alexis) Sims, Emily (Logan) Davis, Aaron (Amanda) Goodrum, Michelle (Ryan) Brase, Kelsey (Anthony) Cappellano, Matt (Madie) Stock, and Chet Stock; ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park where he served as a Sunday school teacher and usher. Gib was a lifetime dairy farmer in the East Lynn area, drove a school bus for East Lynn and Hoopeston school districts for many years, and after retiring, he worked at Tractor Supply in Danville from 1988-1999. Mr. Stock served on the Prairie Farms Dairy Board and was an active 4-H Leader both for many years. He was an avid Cornjerker, Illini, and Cardinal fan. Gib was a starter in 1952 for the East Lynn Hornets basketball team who were the Vermillion County Champions that year. Gib loved attending his children and grandchildren’s activities. He loved gardening, baking, and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Church Charity Fund or American Heart Association.

Please share a memory of Gib at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Derrick L. "Diggy" Corbin, 43, of Kankakee

Derrick L. “Diggy” Corbin, 43, of Kankakee passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at his home. He was born August 6, 1976 in Kankakee, the son of Lorne and Betty L. (Mosher) Corbin.

He is survived by his mother, Betty L. Mosher-Corbin of Kankakee; his father, Lorne “Creeper” Corbin of Bourbonnais; one son, Codey (Hannah) Lowe of Irwin; one granddaughter, Alayna Lowe of Irwin; one brother, Brandon (Jocelyn) Corbin of Bourbonnais; two nieces, Kayde Corbin, who was his best friend, and Taylor Brading; one nephew, Nathan Mosher; and his special friend, Beth Taylor of Aroma Park.

Derrick was preceded in death by his brother, Craig Mosher.

He was the owner and operator of Diggz-D-Tailz in Kankakee. Diggy enjoyed playing guitars, was an avid Ted Nugent fan, and loved racing.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be held at a later date in the Clifton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his family.

Please share a memory of Diggy at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City

Virgil L. Schroeder, 87, of Crescent City went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Luther Place in Danforth. He was born December 20, 1932 in Crescent Twp., the son of Arthur E. and Irene A. (Luecke) Schroeder and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, one son-in-law, one grandson, and one step-great-granddaughter.

He married Marilyn Poff on May 15, 1954 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are three children, Denise (Dave) Kosik of Crescent City, Keith (Bev) Schroeder of Edwardsville and Julie Schroeder of Bloomingdale; one sister, Janet Taylor of Chicago; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Schroeder served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a lifelong farmer in Crescent Twp. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, where he served in numerous offices within the church. He was a founding board member of Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home, where he later served as a spiritual caregiver. He also served on the Iroquois County Board, Woodland-Darrow Farmers Co-op, Iroquois County Area Career Center, and was a member of the American Legion for 63 years. Virgil had been the Crescent Twp. Supervisor, Director of the Woodland Fire District, and a part time employee at Knapp Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Woodworth with military graveside rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Virgil at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Elmer J. Saathoff, 68, of Kankakee

Elmer J. Saathoff, 68 of Kankakee, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020, surrounded by family in his home. He was born October 31, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Elmer O. and Esther (Lauterbach) Saathoff.

 

Elmer is survived by his son Brent Saathoff of Ashkum; his sister Shirley Roach of Ashkum; his brother Glenn (Alice) Saathoff of Ashkum; his daughter-in-law Jamie Saathoff of Crescent City; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives, and friends.


Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, his son Nick Saathoff, and his sister June Saathoff.

Elmer was a retired heavy equipment operator with the Local 150 Operators Union. He also worked at the Kankakee County Speedway, helping prepare the race track. Elmer enjoyed fishing, barbeque grilling, and gathering with his friends. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan.

 

Elmer’s memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

Please share a memory of Elmer at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Gayle Miller, 64, of Sheldon Formerly of Danforth

Gayle Miller, 64, of Sheldon Formerly of Danforth, passed away Thursday January 23rd at Carle Hospital Urbana.

                                          

                                       Visitation will be from 4pm until 7pm Saturday January 25th at Knapp Redenius Funeral Home Gilman.

 

                                       There are no services, and burial will be at a later date

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Engel Kaufmann, 84, of Watseka

Engel Anne Kaufmann, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. Engel was born on December 29, 1935 in Clifton the daughter of Wilbur and Caroline (Schuring) Paris and they preceded her in death. Engel married Harry L. Kaufmann on February 4, 1956 in Milford and he also preceded her in death on April 24, 2017.

 

Engel is survived by two daughters, Rhonda (Steven) Hamrick of Cissna Park and Sondra (Steven) Knapp of Watseka; one sister, Linda (Bob) Crawford of Milford; one brother, Doug (Julie) Paris of Knoxville; five grandchildren, Jami (David) Berry, Jason (Kimberly) Hamrick, Adam (Deena) Knapp, Andrew (Jamie) Knapp, and Alex (Natalie) Knapp; and nine great grandchildren, Caera Berry, Devin Berry, Lauryn Hamrick, Adyn Hamrick, Katelyn Hamrick, Hudson Knapp, Luke Knapp, Sophia Knapp, and Oliver Knapp.

 

Engel was a member of Watseka First United Methodist Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She was employed at JC Penny’s in Watseka for 23 years where she always enjoyed visiting with her customers. Engel’s greatest passion was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Watseka First United Methodist Church. Pastor Kara Berg will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Watseka First United Methodist Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Engel at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Pearl L. Roberge, 94, of Watseka

Pearl L. Roberge, 94, of Watseka passed away January 14, 2020 at Watseka Rehab & Health Care Center. Pearl was born April 28, 1925 in Milford, the daughter of George and Eva (Burgett) Matson. Pearl married Richard Roberge on June 28, 1948 in Hoosick Falls, NY and he survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gary (Sue) Roberge of Onarga and Mark Roberge of Alva, FL; one sister, Betty Murphy of Hoopeston; two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Mrs. Roberge was a member of the St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka and she enjoyed to dance.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church.

Please share a memory of Pearl at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

 

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Alverda R. Voigt, 91, of Watseka

Alverda R. Voigt, 91, of Watseka passed away on Friday January 10, 2020 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Alverda was born September 23, 1928 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Clarence Henry and Adelgunde Bruens Windhorn. She married Thomas Voigt on October 10, 1948 in Danforth and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2017.

She is survived by one daughter, Jacquelyn Voigt and friend, Sharon Spencer of Lenexa, KS; one son, Scott (Jeanne) Voigt of Glenview; three grandchildren, Jordan (Jessica) Voigt of Bettendorf, IA, Katie (George) Flores of Northbrook, and Emily Voigt of Chicago; two great grandchildren, Caroline Voigt and Madelyn Voigt; and one sister, Gloria Brown of Watseka.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Arvella Wolf; and three brothers, Ardell Windhorn, Eldor Windhorn, and Harlan Windhorn.

Mrs. Voigt was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, as well as a member of Ladies Guild. She was a beautician and a Mary Kay consultant for many years. Alverda initiated requests for donations to beautify Oak Hill Cemetery and she raised over $10,000. In 2013 Alverda received the Watseka Area Lifetime Achievement Award. She enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, and sewing.

Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be after the visitation at 11:00 at Knapp Funeral Home. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. There will be a light lunch at Calvary Lutheran Church following the burial. 

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Charles C. "Corky" Corke, 98, of Watseka

Charles C. “Corky” Corke, 98, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

He was born July 4, 1921 in Watseka, IL, the son of Jesse Corke and Mary (Gerber) Corke.

Charles married Denise Fransaer on May 28, 1955 in Watseka, IL.

Mr. Corke worked at Western Radio Condenser (TRW) for 29 years as well as UARCO. He was a member of the Ford Model A Club. He also enjoyed antique cars, fishing, and gardening. Charles had a special way with animals, often feeding wilds birds, squirrels and racoons at the back door.

Surviving Mr. Corke is his wife, Denise Corke of Watseka; daughter, JoAnn Mosby of Valparaiso, IN; grandchild, Adrienne (David) Bansemer of Valparaiso, IN; great-grandchild, Luke Bansemer of Valparaiso, IN; and niece, Rita Brutlag of Watseka.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; son, Michel Corke; brother, Stanley Corke; sister, Wanita Wilson; sister-in-law, Ruth Corke; brother-in-law; Clarence Wilson; and nephews, Ronald Corke, Richard Corke, and Dale Wilson

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 12-2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Minister Kara Berg will officiate.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Corke’s name can be made to the Iroquois County Genealogy Society and the Iroquois County Historical Society.

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Vicki Leonna Weiner, 56, of Watseka

Vicki Leonna Weiner, 56, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 9, 1963 in Jackson, TN, the daughter of Artie and Shirley (Fesmire) Olsen. Vicki married Cary P. Weiner on May 24, 1986 in Chicago.

 

She is survived by her husband Cary Weiner of Watseka; two daughters Terika (Lane) Weiner of Watseka and Ashley (Shawn) Lewis of Moline; one son Joseph (Kalli) Weiner of Milford; one sister Marci (James) Trafford of Round Lake; one brother Keith (Eva) Gutierrez of Lake in the Hills; four grandchildren Madyson Weiner, Addilyn Weiner, Layla Weiner and Joey Weiner; and her beloved animals Bijou and Gunther Bob.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter Leonna Marie Lewis.

Vicki managed VCA Animal Hospital for 15 years and was also a Volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. She had a strong love for animals, working alongside them for 30 years. She enjoyed playing games on her phone, but most of all, she loved being with her family. Her infectious laughter will be dearly missed.

 

A Celebration of Vicki’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4pm, with visitation starting at 2pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastor Bart Koester will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Animal Rescue or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Arrangements made by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Barbara A. Pheifer, 59, of Gilman

Barbara A. Pheifer, 59, of Gilman passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on April 27, 1960 in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Sharon (Kohlmetz) Strohschein. She married Dennis W. Pheifer in Crescent City on February 14, 1981.

Surviving is her husband, Dennis Pheifer of Gilman; two sons, Erik (Elaine) Pheifer of Duluth, MN and Evan (Amilyn) Pheifer of Gilman; three grandchildren, Willow Grace, Brinley Nicole, and Jasper Benjamin; three sisters, Carol Strohschein (Mark Savoie) of Gilman, Donna (Jon) Holt of Gibson City, and Laurie (Dave) Matthews of Gilman; one brother, Thomas (Val) Strohschein of Gilman; and one God Daughter, Paige Ritzma.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one niece, Kara Lynn.

Barbara enjoyed cooking, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She worked at the Loft in Ashkum for twenty years and five years at Hometown Foods in Gilman.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to her grandchildren. 

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John Oliver "Jonnie" Bell, 79, of Watseka

John Oliver “Jonnie” Bell, 79, of Watseka, IL, passed away at 10:11 A.M. Friday, December 27, 2019 at Watseka Health Care.  He was born July 6, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the son of John Howard and Helen (Beals) Bell. 

 

He is survived by one sister, Christine A. (Lawerence) Wesch of Charleston, IL; one brother, David A. (Cynthia) Bell of Watseka, IL; one niece, Sarah E. (Joe) Combes; one nephew, John H. (Jackie) Bell, II; one great-niece, Ella E. Combes; and three great-nephews, Jack D. Combes, David A. Bell II, and Aiden R. Bell.  John also leaves many long-time close friends in the San Diego area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. 

 

John was a Major in the United States Air Force and served until his retirement as a navigator for air transport during the Vietnam War.  His hobbies included bicycling and flying remote control airplanes.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated, and no services will be held.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, 200 N. Laird, Watseka, IL 60970.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view John’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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James A. Baumgartner, 83, of Watseka

James A. Baumgartner, 83, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on January 19, 1936 in South Bend, IN, the son of Charles and Mary (Taylor) Baumgartner, Sr. He married Lila L. Fleming in Kokomo, IN on August 13, 1972 and she preceded him in death on March 24, 2008. 

 

Surviving are two daughters, Carol (Bruce) Besco of Ottawa, ON Canada and Jeanne (Jay) Johnston of Punta Gorda, FL; two sons, James (Linda Norris) Baumgartner Jr. of San Jose, CA and Andrew (Kathryn Ambs) Baumgartner of Ft. Wayne, IN; 3 grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Baumgartner of Vandalia, MI and Charles (Elaine) Baumgartner, Jr. of South Bend, IN; sister in law, Janet Baumgartner of Grand Rapids, MI; brother in law, Larry Brafman of Peru, IL; one step daughter, Marsha Hofbauer of Milford and one step son, Bill (Linda) Decker of Milford; 9 step grandchildren, 10 step great grandchildren, and 2 step great great grandchildren. 

 

In addition to his parents and his wife, Lila, Mr. Baumgartner was preceded in death by two brothers, Frederick and John Baumgartner; three sisters, Sister Veronica Baumgartner, Mary Katherine Skibbe, and June Brafman. 

 

Jim was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church and choir, Kiwanis Club, Barbershop Quartet Chorus, and the annual Iroquois County Christmas Cantata. 

 

Visitation will be on Saturday January 4, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 am at church with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Brian D. Musk, 50, of Milford

Brian D. Musk, 50, of Milford passed away December 14, 2019 at his home in Milford. He was born June 24, 1969 in Kankakee, the son of Paul J. and Linda (DePatis) Musk. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Musk.

 

Mr. Musk is survived by his four sons, Michael J. (Gabriela) Musk of Watseka, Tyler D. (Lauren) Musk of Watseka, Joshua N. Musk of Milford, and Jonathan L. Musk of Watseka; one grandson, Liam Michael Musk of Watseka; his mother and step father, Linda (Ron) Morrical of Watseka; one sister, Julie (Rob) Simpson of West Chester, OH; and paternal grandmother, Alice Musk of Hoopeston.

 

Brian was an auto mechanic. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

 

A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

 

Please share a memory of Brian at www.knappfuneralhome.com

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Cynthia E. Brady, 70, of Watseka

Cynthia E. Brady, 70, of Watseka passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Watseka Rehab and Health Care in Watseka. She was born on January 15, 1949 in Momence, the daughter of Ivan and Madeline (Skaggs) Graves. She married Milton “Pete” Brady in New Jersey in 1968 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Mark Graves; two sisters, Pamela Graves and Gloria Fulford; and one son, Michael Joseph Brady.

 

Surviving are two daughters, Terri Lynn Skinner of Georgia and Kathryn McVay of Illinois; one son, Anthony Brady of California; four brothers, Billy Morgan, Billy Graves, Byron Graves, and Michael Graves; one sister, Lyla Goldsmith; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Brady was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. A memorial service will take place at a later date with burial at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Centennial Christian Church in Watseka.

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Bethel C. Murray, 95, of Danforth

Bethel C. Murray, 95, of Danforth passed away December 12, 2019 at Piper City Rehab & Living Center. She was born January 16, 1924 in rural Piper City, the daughter of Elza and Emma (Lytle) Goldsby and they preceded her in death. Bethel married Edward E. Wilson in Gilman on June 28, 1942 and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1972. She later married Delbert Murray in Norfolk, VA on May 23, 1982 and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1990. Bethel was also preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters, and two step-sons.

 

Bethel is survived by her children, Edward (Janet) Wilson Jr. of St. Peters, MO, Lorraine (Wayne) Loque of Champaign, Marjorie (John) Tammen of Danforth, John Wilson of Piper City, Catherine (Darwyn) Wahls of Piper City, and Gerald (Vicki) Wilson of Richland, WA; two brothers, Eugene Goldsby of Gilman and Charles (Mary Ann) Goldsby of Gilman; one sister-in-law, Floriene Goldsby of San Diego, CA; 29 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mrs. Murray was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary in Piper City, and the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, and collecting cook books. She worked at the dress factory in Gilman for twenty-three years.

 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at United Methodist Church in Piper City. Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Piper City, Piper City Rehab & Living Center, or Donor’s Choice.

 

Arrangements provided by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Pamela Jean Williams 54, of Martinton

Pamela Jean Williams passed away on Friday December 13th 2019. She was born on August 7, 1965 in Watseka, the daughter of Alice LaMontagne and Donald Leppard.


Pam was a CNA for many years. She loved to cook, plant flowers, decorate, be out on the water, and ride on the motorcycle with members of the State Line Riders. She had a heart of gold and she cared about many people. She has 5 children and 11 grandchildren and they were her pride and joy.


She is survived by one son, Chad Walwer of Illinois and one daughter, Alicia (Matt) Wilkins of North Dakota; eleven grandchildren, 11 grandchildren, Zachery, Baylie, Chasine, Keirstin, Allison, Haley, Brennah, Jax, Ethan, Kasen, and Peyten; her siblings, Linda (Tom) Wienrank of North Carolina, Raymond (Rhonda) Leppard of Florida, Donnie (Lisa) Leppard of Florida, and Ronnie (Shirley) Leppard of Illinois; her half-sister, Tammy Riston Shepherd of Illinois; step-siblings, Chuck(Teri) Riston of Illinois, Cyndy (Harold) Jefford of Illinois, Craig Riston of Illinois, Curtis (Kathy) Riston of Illinois, Shirley Hinton(Guy Hayes) of Tennessee, Rick (Sharlene) Godby of Tennesse, Randy (Roxy)Godby of Illinois, Mike Godby of Tennessee, Linda Godby of Tennessee, and John (Joy) Godby of Texas and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.


She is preceded in death by her parents Alice LaMontagne Harper and Donald Leppard; step-mother, Ruth Leppard; step-fathers Raymond Riston and Tom Harper; three sons Terry Walwer Jr., Christopher Walwer and Nathan Walwer; two sisters Cathie Riston and Carrie GildeLeon; one niece Tanya Leppard of Florida; great niece Kiley Sue Wienrank of North Carolina; and one nephew Curtis “Bub” Riston of Illinois.


Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Visitation will take place from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.


Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Anita M. Koester, 87, of Watseka

Anita M. Koester, 87, of Watseka passed away December 15, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born August 8, 1932 in Red Bud, the daughter of William and Martha (Nagel) Buch and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Anita married Cletus O. Koester on January 31, 1954 in Red Bud and he survives in Watseka. In addition, she is survived by her children, Brian (Pamela) Koester of Elmhurst, Debra Railsback of Lombard, and Gary (Doreen) Koester of Aurora; three sisters, Leona (Gilbert) Buch of Red Bud, Marie Everding of Red Bud, and Margaret (Don) Blankenship of Durant, OK; one brother, Leverne (Laverne) Buch of New Athens; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Koester was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and spending time with her family.

 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and a half hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., later that day, at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.

 

Please share a memory of Anita at www.knappfuneralhome.com

 

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Elizabeth M. Maul, 95, of Cissna Park

Elizabeth M. Maul, 95, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.

 

Elizabeth was born October 31, 1924 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Louis and Lydia (Moser) Neukomm Sr. She married Norman R. Maul on April 24, 1943 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, John Neukomm Sr., Aaron Neukomm and Louis Neukomm Jr; one sister, Emma Schmid; one son, Bill Maul; and one grandchild.

 

She is survived by one son, Mike (Kathy) Maul of Cissna Park; one daughter, Helen Edelman of Salem, OR; daughter-in-law, Wanda Maul of Cissna Park; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Kaeb of Cissna Park; and one brother, Harold Neukomm of Fairbury.

 

Visitation will be from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park with ministers of the church officiating.

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Doris J. Kogler, 95, of Schaumburg

Doris J. Kogler, 95, of Schaumburg, IL, formerly of Claytonville, passed away on Friday,
December 13, 2019 at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. She was born June 15, 1924 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Wellington and Eunice (Bishop) Drilling who preceded her in death. Doris married Lester W. “Duck” Kogler on June 17, 1951 in Cissna Park who preceded her in death on January 20, 1994. Doris was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

 

Mrs. Kogler is survived by one daughter, Diane (John) Sanfillippo of Hoffman Estates, IL; one son, Keith (Rosemary) Kogler of Sugar Land, TX; one sister, Rosemary Letlow of Claytonville, and two brothers, Roy Drilling of Woodland, CA and Glen Drilling of Buckley, IL. She was the loving grandmother of six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

 

Doris was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as the past president and treasurer of the Ladies Aid. Mrs. Kogler was a member of the bowling team and the Claytonville Civic Club. For many years, Doris was the bookkeeper of the Cissna Park Co-op and in later years she was the Claytonville Assistant Postmaster.

 

Funeral services will be on Wednesday December 18, 2019 at 11:00am at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Cissna Park with Rev. Tim Hahn officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from
9:30am-11:00am at the church. Burial will follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna
Park.

 

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park.

 

Arrangements provided by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Ronald D. Merkle, 81, of Cissna Park

Ronald D. Merkle, 81, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at his home in Cissna Park. He was born on December 13, 1938, the son of Benjamin and Hulda (Hess) Merkle. He married Mary Redman in Crescent City on December 17, 1961 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Mary Merkle of Cissna Park, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Rodney Dean (Jeanne) Merkle of Bloomington and Rickey Lee (Dawn) Merkle of Cissna Park; five granddaughters, Emily (Charles) Davison of Mahomet, Kathryn Merkle, Bethany Merkle, and Monica Merkle all of Cissna Park, and Andria Merkle of Bloomington; and two great grandsons, Emmett and Eli Davison.

Mr. Merkle was preceded in death by his parents and step mother, Anna Merkle.

Ron was a lifelong resident and farmer in Cissna Park where he graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1956. He was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed socializing with his friends and family, and was very passionate about farming. Ron was a member of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, Ford-Iroquois County Farm Bureau, and a lifelong member of Cissna Park FFA Alumni.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. Pastor Josh Benner will officiate. Burial will follow in Cissna Park Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park.

Please share a memory of Ron at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Marjorie Howe, 91, of Watseka,

Marjorie Howe, 91, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
She was born February 28, 1928 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of James Daugherty and Hazel White.
Marjorie married Robert Howe Sr. on March 28, 1947 in Gilman, IL.
Marge worked for Baltimore Air Coil in Paxton before retiring. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, and cats.
Surviving Mrs. Howe are her sons, Robert and Donna Howe of Watseka, Russell Howe of Paxton, and Ronald and Jackie Howe of Hoopeston; daughters, Diana Mason of Beloit, WI, and Kimberly and Steve Pickle of Clinton, MS; sister, Shirley Eells of Hoopeston, IL; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; sister, Betty Clark; and brother-in-law, Jerry Eells.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Funeral Services will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Another one hour visitation will take place prior to services.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Howe’s name can be made to Junior Diabetes or Donor’s Choice.

 

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