Obituaries

Daniel Leo "Dan" Hendron, 64, of Clifton

Daniel Leo “Dan” Hendron, 64, of Clifton, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Dan was born on April 24, 1954 in Kankakee; the son of William “Dee” and Patricia (Frake) Hendron. Dan married Barbara Pheifer on October 14, 1978 at Assumption BVM in Ashkum. Dan worked as a general contractor throughout the area for many years. During his leisure time Dan was a member of the Clifton Lions Club, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching all sports, he especially enjoyed watching his sons grow up playing various sports.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Barb Hendron, his sons Nathan Hendron of Clifton and Aaron Hendron Crest Hill, IL, 4 grandchildren, a sister Stacey (Steve ) Anderson of Downers Grove, his brothers: Tim (Andrea) Hendron of Naperville, Julie Nakaerts of Watseka, Lindy (Debbie) Nakaerts of Florida, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
To honor Dan’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

The family will host a memorial gathering at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Monday, January 21, from 4-7 pm. A memorial service will be on Tuesday, January 22, at 11 am at the funeral home.

Those who wish may leave memorials in Dan’s name to the Family of Dan Hendron to be donated to a charity of their choice.

Please visit Dan’s online obituary at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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LaVerne H. Hanson, 78, of Chebanse

LaVerne H. Hanson, 78, of Chebanse passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee due to complications from open heart surgery. He was born February 14, 1940 in Ashkum, the son of Edward and Maxine (Tatro) Hanson Sr. and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Lawrence Hanson and one great-grandson, Aiden.

He married Betty Kuntz on January 3, 1959 in Chebanse and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Danny (Tamara) Hanson of Harrisburg, Tom (Barb) Hanson of Ashkum and David (Heather) Hanson of Chebanse; sixteen grandchildren, DJ (Neash), Michael (Nicole), Brandi (Blane), Aaron, Cassie, Breck, Briana, Brantlea, Charlotte (Chris), TJ (Jessica), Kayla, Amber (Corey), Ryne (Alexis), Austin, Chris and Abel; seventeen great-grandchildren, Chase, Caitlin, Chaela, Phoenix, Boyd, Royce, Mackenzie, Brendan, Brady, Devon, Ophelia, Olivia, Axel, Cameron, Elizabeth, Rylan and Rowan; two brothers, Eddie (Linda) Hanson of Clifton and Larry (Judy) Hanson of Clifton; and one sister, Linda (Jim) Schultz of Herscher. He loved his special puppy “Sissy”.

Mr. Hanson proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman First Class aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex from 1960-1964. He was an avid golfer and bowler and a huge fan of the White Sox and Bulls. Mr. Hanson retired from Shapiro Developmental Center as a tradesman.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to the Clifton Food Pantry.

Please share a memory of LaVerne at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Marvin D. Hamilton, 86, of Gilman

Marvin D. Hamilton, 86, of Gilman passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born August 24, 1932 in Strasburg, IL (Prairie Twp.), the son of Louis and Ella Bronson Hamilton. They preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, Everett, Kenneth and Donald; and one sister, Thelma McArthur.

He married Mary Pinnell on August 10, 1958 in Kansas, IL and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Tim (Tami) Hamilton of Onarga; one daughter, Amy (Kent) Luebchow of Buckley; two brothers, Earl (June) Hamilton of Champaign and Dean (Artie) Hamilton of Moweaqua; ten grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.

Marvin attended and graduated from EIU where he played football for two years. He taught first in Hindsboro, then in Heyworth, and finally in Gilman and Iroquois West High Schools. He coached basketball, football, cross country and track in high school. Marvin was a member of Life Church in Gilman and Gilman Lions Club. He served in the Coast Guard and was active in the Civil Defense in Gilman.

He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He loved woodworking, camping, and enjoyed spending time with his family. Marvin never knew a stranger. He was a godly man and loved his Lord and his family with all his heart.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Life Church in Gilman. Rev. James Harkins will officiate. Burial will be in the Gilman Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Gilman American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Life Church in Gilman and also 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Gilman Food Pantry, Luther Place in Danforth or family’s wishes.

Arrangements by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Teresa Lynn Anderson 55 of Watseka

Teresa Lynn Anderson (Kleckner) went to be with Our Lord on January 10, 2019 after a short yet intense battle with cancer.

Teresa was born May 20, 1963 to the late Judith Savoree and Lynn Kleckner in Hammond, Indiana. Lynn survives along with her stepfather Michael Savoree.

She is survived by and the best mother of Christopher Herchuée (Watseka), Sarah Herchuée and Mario (Chicago) and David Herchuée (Watseka). She is the grandmother of Christopher Herchuée Jr, Nayeli Sanchez, and Ashley, Osvaldo, and Marianita Sanchez. She is the sister of Dale and Jane Moore (Hobart, IN), David and Renae Kleckner (Bloomington, IL), Rick and Crystal Kleckner (Clinton, IL), Mary and Dan Disosway (Sheldon, IL), Tim and Elaine Kleckner (Tallassee, TN), Tina and Tim Rosen (Lafayette, IN), Brenda and Mike Babaj (Sweetwater, TN) and Michele and Scott Webster (Martinton, IL), and her loving dog, Sadie.

She was preceded in death by her mother Judith Savoree, one sister Deborah Lynn Kleckner, and one nephew Brent Kleckner, one niece Sabrina Kleckner and her Uncle Butch Hansen.

Teresa had a talent in craft work such as crocheting and cross-stitching. She enjoyed making people happy through small gestures and acts of kindness. Her favorite saying was ‘Be Kind to One Another.’ She really enjoyed her time with her grandkids and spoiling them. They were her pride and joy.

Teresa was a blessing in so many lives. She would have done anything for anyone. Throughout her life she was a care giver to many. Though this is a time of sadness, it is also a time of relief as we all know Teresa is not suffering anymore.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
Please share a memory of Teresa at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Russell M. Williams, 86, of Woodland

Russell M. Williams, 86, of Woodland passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at his home. He was born June 6, 1932 in Martinton, the son of Elmer M. and Opal V. (Younker) Williams. He married Cora A. Enlow on June 20, 1951 in Watseka and she preceded him in death on August 5, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer (Anna) Williams; one sister, Oleda (Ben) Daro; and two grandchildren, Shelley Renee Hendricks and Steven Zachery Smith.

He is survived by two daughters, Robin (Scott) Bohlmann of Woodland and Mary Lou Presley of Alexander City, AL; two sons, George Williams of Woodland and Michael Williams of Sheldon; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Williams was a member of the United Methodist Church in Woodland, a pressman at Uarco for 27 years, and the mayor of Woodland for 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpentry work.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Body Cemetery in Woodland. Rev. Milt Leppert will officiate.

Arrangements by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Russell at knappfuneralhomes.com

 

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Arik Dean Eldert, 41, of Danforth and formerly of Redondo Beach, CA

Arik Dean Eldert, 41, of Danforth and formerly of Redondo Beach, CA passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the 7:00 pm funeral service on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the United Methodist Church of Gilman. Rev. Malcom Jones will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Galesburg.

Memorials may be made to Zane's education fund or to the donor's choice.

Arik was born on July 31, 1977 in Kankakee, the son of William K. "Bill" and Jennefer (Wetherford) Eldert. His childhood was spent in the Gilman, Danforth and Onarga area. He graduated from Iroquois West High School in 1995. Arik worked in the sales/food service in Illinois and California.

He is survived by his mother, Jennefer Eldert of Danforth; sister, Andrea K. Eldert of Gilman; brother, Aaron W. (Maralee) Eldert of Remington, Indiana; two nephews, Zane G. Eldert and Kevin Adkins; three nieces, Anna Adkins, Joelle Dieckmann and Megan Click; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arik was preceded in death by his father, William K. “Bill” Eldert; grandparents and uncles, Maurice Haptonstall, Maurice Eldert and Ward "Butch" Cruise.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gilman.

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Regina "Jean" M. Lareau, 58, of Watseka

Regina “Jean” M. Lareau, 58, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home. She was born December 19, 1960 in Chicago, the daughter of Thomas and Judith Ann (Dagnillo) Manos Jr. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Thomas Manos III. She married Michael Lareau in Homewood on August 6, 1983 and he survives in Watseka.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Kim (Scott) Wujek of San Jose, CA; one son, Tom (Laura) Lareau of Burbank, CA; one grandson, Wesley Wujek; her mother, Judith Ann Manos of Cape Coral, FL; two brothers, Jerome (Barb) Manos of Watseka and Anthony “Tony” (Jennifer) Manos of Flossmoor; one sister Christina “Chris” (George) Miller of San Diego, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lareau was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka where she taught Catechism for many years, Shewami Country Club, and Shewami Mixed League. Following a battle with breast cancer, Jean became an advocate for the American Cancer Society. She served on the Relay for Life committee as Event Chair from 2010-2017, East Central Illinois Relay Events Lead Mentor for Kankakee, Iroquois, and Ford County, participated on the Relay for Life team “Family Ties” from 2008-2018, as well as Cancer Prevention Study 3 Lead Volunteer. Jean loved traveling.

Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

A Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka Illinois. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Relay for Life, Watseka Community High School Band, or Kankakee Valley Hospice.

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Gary Allen Griswold, 73, of Claytonville

Gary Allen Griswold, 73, of Claytonville passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born September 10, 1945 in Paxton, the son of Harold and Juanita Forrest Griswold and they preceded him in death.

He married Margaret “Maggie” Barnett on January 20, 1973 in Griffith, IN and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Sarah (Adam) Schleef of Onarga; two grandchildren, Gracie Elizabeth and Benjamin Adam Schleef; and two sisters, Judy (Bill) Putnam of Hoopeston and Peg (Larry) Hofbauer of Cissna Park.

Gary served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Along with his wife, he owned and operated Griswold Feed, Inc. since 1992.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Rev. Charlie Graul will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

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Bobbi J. Basham, 42, of Union Hill

Bobbi J. Basham, 42, of Union Hill, Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018.

She was born on February 28, 1976 in Kankakee, Illinois, the daughter of Dennis Goldsberry and Shirley (Ulitzsch) Goldsberry.

Bobbi married Brian Basham on June 12, 2010 at the Donovan Methodist Church.

Bobbi was a manager for Casey’s General Store in Herscher. She enjoyed reading books, gardening, her pets, and her children.

Surviving Mrs. Basham is her husband, Brian Basham of Union Hill, Illinois; sons, Kabel Hamende, Caseon Basham, and Kellen Basham; parents, Dennis Goldsberry of Woodland, and Shirley Goldsberry (Dale) of Donovan; mother-in-law, Pam Basham of Herscher; sister, Jennifer (Eric) Stevens of Hoopeston; step-sister, Kathy (Bruce) Hartman of Momence; sister-in-law, Brenda (Jason) Prince of Watseka; brother-in-law, Brent (Amanda) Basham of Herscher; many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her step mother, Lizzie Goldsberry; and step-sister, Irene.

Visitation will take place on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 9am until 11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Jacob Garrett will officiate.

Burial will be held at a later date at Prairie Dell Cemetery.

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Marilyn A. Butzow, 76, of Crescent City

Marilyn A. Butzow, 76, of Crescent City passed away Monday, December 24, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born November 21, 1942, the daughter of Ellot and Elsie (Stinebring) Black and they preceded her in death. Marilyn married Rudolph Lee Butzow in Danforth on July 11, 1964 and he preceded her in death on October 24, 1981. Along with her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Sidney Black; father-in-law, Fred Butzow, and mother-in-law, Agnes Butzow.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Barb (Josh) King of Milford and Becky (Bob) Love of Bloomington; two sisters, Ruth (Dennis) Boyer of Crescent City and Nancy (Bob) Goris of West Lafayette, IN; three grandkids, Olivia, Rudolph “Rudy”, and Ryan King; eight nieces and nephews, Cheri (Mark) Rogers, Amy (Chris) Warke, David Light, Brian (Sara) Black, Melanie Black, Lonnie (Cheryl) Black, Brent (Terrie) Witte, Julie (Brian) Hasbargen, and Jason (Michele) Witte; one sister-in-law, Barb (Joe) Witte of Watseka; and two great-nieces, Abbey and Becca Rogers.

Marilyn loved gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family, especially on family vacations. She worked as a hairdresser for fifty-seven years, as well as the ARC of Iroquois County for over twenty-five years.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday, December 31. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City with Rev. Joel Brown officiating. Burial will follow the service at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City.

Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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

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Betty Ann Rabe, 90 of Versailles, MO and formerly of Crescent City and Watseka

Betty Ann Rabe, 90 of Versailles, MO and formerly of Crescent City and Watseka passed away on December 14, 2018 at Good Shepard Care Center in Versailles, MO. She was born on February 18, 1928 in Waterloo, IA the daughter of Fred and Dora Schellhorn Koehn. Betty married Wallace R. Rabe in Woodworth on December 2, 1945 and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1974. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her two daughters- Rita Harrison and Beth Ann Parrish and three brothers.
Survivors include six grandchildren- Miles Rabe, Camilla Searcy, H.D. Smith, Wesley Smith, Tracy Easterly and Tina Milligan; 11 great grandchildren; and 9 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday December 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev G. Robert Heimgartner officiating. Visitation will one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Brotherhood.

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James "Jimmy" Gellinger, 61, of Crescent City

James “Jimmy” Gellinger, 61, of Crescent City, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

He was born on September 27, 1957 in Watseka, Illinois, the son of Richard Gellinger and Marietta (Scott) Gellinger.

Jimmy worked custodial for John Deere for 25 years. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball always cheering on the CUBS. He also liked fishing and helping people in town getting their mail.

Surviving Mr. Gellinger is his mother, Marietta Gellinger of Crescent City, IL; sister, Lynda (Tim) Stone of Watseka, IL; nieces and nephews, Emily and Matt Tuttle, Nick and Julie Stone, Joe and Sarah Stone, and Zack and Heidi Stone; and twenty-two great nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his father, Richard; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Marie Scott; and paternal grandparents, Grover and Lottie Gellinger.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate.

Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.

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Laverne Farney, 93, of Cissna Park

Laverne Farney, 93, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston.

Laverne was born August 16, 1925 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Solamon and Kathryn Fehr Farney and they preceded her in death along with one brother, Dale; two sisters, Twylla Beer and Loretta Baumgartner; and three nieces and nephews.

She is survived by two sisters, Myra Farney of Cissna Park and Nancy Hauptli of Cissna Park; one brother, Gerry (Geraldine) Farney of Cissna Park; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Ms. Farney was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, December 7, 2018 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.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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

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Edmund J. "Ed" Menard, 91, of Clifton

Edmund J. “Ed” Menard, 91, of Clifton, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Manteno Veterans’ Home. Ed was born on February 21, 1927 in Bourbonnais; the son of the late Hubert and Mathilda (O’Dette) Menard. Ed married Bernice Dutour in L’Erable, IL on April 24, 1948; they celebrated 56 years together until she preceded him death on May 28, 2004. Ed proudly served our country during the Korean Conflict in the Marines. After his service to our country Ed worked for General Foods for 38 years retiring in 1982. Ed was an active member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton volunteering his time as an usher and doing maintenance around the church. Never one to sit still Ed enjoyed coaching the Clifton Little League, tinkering in his garage, and tending to his yard, garden, and home. He was especially proud to own and maintain the oldest home in Clifton being built in 1857. Ed had a sweet tooth always enjoying candy, his wife’s baked goods, and assorted nuts with cashews being his favorite. Ed was an avid fan of the Cubs and Notre Dame.

Ed is survived by his children; Brenda (Greg) Yohnka of Clifton, Carl (Sandi) Menard of Flint, MI, his grandchildren: Jami (Steve Purvin) Menard of Chicago, Chad (Britney Weber) Menard of Temecula, CA, Jace (Taylor Drez) Menard of Oceanside, CA, Austin (Erin Huddleston) Yohnka of Nashville, TN, Elizabeth (David) Ferguson of Clifton, Amanda Menard of Flint, MI, Lance Menard of Rochester Hills, MI, a great-grandson Sebastian, the last of his generation of family sister-in-law Margaret Hemp of Milford, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who all affectionately knew him as “Uncle Mickey.”

Ed was also preceded in death by his son Alan Menard, by a brother Rev. Wilfred Menard CSC, his twin brother Louie Menard, a sister Dorothy Miller, and his daughter-in-law Shelly Menard.

The family will receive guests at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Wednesday, December 5, from 4-7 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Rev. Doug Hauber on Thursday, December 6, at 11 am at St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton. To honor Ed’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded and a private inurnment will take place at a later date.

Those who wish are encouraged to leave memorials in Ed’s name to the Manteno Veterans’ Home or to St. Peters Catholic Church.

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Brenda A. Lynn St. Peter, 59, of Crescent City

Brenda A. Lynn St. Peter, 59, of Crescent City passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her home. She was born on May 25, 1959 in Watseka, a daughter of William R. and Shirley Ann Bennett Barney.

Survivors include two daughters, Emily (Brandon) Magers of Paxton and Rachel Billings of Paxton; one grandchild, Bexley Magers; one sister, Barb (Russ) Denoyer of Watseka; one brother, Bill Barney of Watseka; and one niece, Cheyenne Denoyer of Quincy, IL. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dennis Lynn; and one nephew, Dalton Denoyer.

Brenda was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, where she taught CCD for several years. She also enjoyed riding her motorcycle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be at Beaver Cemetery near Donovan.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for Rachel and Bexley.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Michelle "Shelly" J. Menard, 61, of Clifton

Michelle “Shelly” J. Menard, 61, of Clifton passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Shelly was born on May 28, 1957 in Chicago; the daughter of the late Harold J. and Mary Virginia (Draghi) Whynott. Shelly married Alan J. Menard in Ashkum on July 22, 1978; he preceded her in death on December 11, 1999. Shelly was the owner and operator of the WhyNot Stop in Clifton; outside of her work Shelly was very civic minded and was a long time supporter of the Clifton Fun Days. Shelly always loved spending time with and entertaining family and friends; always loving a reason to dress up she loved the holidays especially Halloween. Shelly always loved a good party and enjoyed dancing very much. Shelly was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Clifton.

Shelly is survived by her children: Jami (Steve Purvin) Menard of Chicago, Chad (Brittany Weber) Menard of Temecula, CA, Jace (Taylor Drez) Menard of Oceanside, CA, her brother Rick (Sandy Donnelly) Whynott of Chebanse, father-in-law Edmund Menard of Manteno, sister-in-law Brenda (Greg) Yohnka of Clifton, brother-in-law Carl (Sandi) Menard of Flint, MI, four nieces: Casey (David Thomsen) Whynott of Aroma Park, Nicole Whynott of Littleton, CO, Elizabeth (David) Ferguson of Clifton, Amanda Menard of Flint, MI, two nephews Austin (Erin Huddleston) Yohnka of Nashville, TN, and Lance Menard of Rochester Hills, MI.

Shelly was also preceded in death by her mother-in-law Bernice Menard, her maternal and paternal grandparents, and one niece.

The family will receive guests at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Monday, December 3, from 5-8 pm. A funeral mass celebrated by Rev. Doug Hauber will be on Tuesday, December 4, at 10 am at St. Peter Catholic Church in Clifton. Burial will follow at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Clifton.

Shelly’s family would like to give a special thank you to her wonderful friends and caretakers: Cathy Dundas, Julie Phelps, Deidre Deany, Brenda Cordes, Dorcilla Schoolman, Lori Riebe, Mike Hull, Kay Movern, Renee Mathy, Karie Frake, Lee Anne Gilbert, and Eileen Boudreau.

Those who wish are encouraged to leave memorials in Shelly’s name to the Kankakee Valley Hospice.

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Russel James Sadler, 91, of Chebanse

Russel James Sadler, 91, of Chebanse passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Merkle Knipprath Nursing Home. Russel was born on June 3, 1927 in Chebanse; the son of the late William and Hilda (Koerner) Sadler. Russel married Elinor Jane Bellee in Chebanse on July 1, 1950; she preceded him in death on January 3, 2008. Russel proudly served our country in the Navy during WWII; after his service to our country he worked for Roper for many years. During his leisure time Russel enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, was a member of the Otto Township Fire Department for 25 years, a member of VFW Post 2131, a longtime volunteer at Evergreen Cemetery, was a member of St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, enjoyed woodworking and carpentry building several houses in Chebanse, and mostly spending time with his family and friends.

Russel is survived by his daughters; Jody (Robert Duis) Lafond of Grant Park, Cris (Daniel “Bo”) Perkinson of Piper City, Terri (Thomas) Koronkowski of Limestone, his grandchildren Mandy; (Patrick) McNeely, Jerod (Jessica) Lafond, Nicholas (Kelly Hogan) Sadler, Ryan Koronkowski, and Sara Koronkowski, his great grandchildren; Ethan and Carson McNeely, a brother Laverne Sadler of Morocco, IN, a longtime friend Melba Meier, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Russel was also preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

The family will receive guests at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Friday, November 30, from 4-7 pm. A funeral mass celebrated by Rev. Doug Hauber will be held on Saturday, December 1, at 11 am at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse.

In honor of Russel’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded followed by an inurnment at a later date.

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Richard "Rick" L. Jessie, 61, of Milford

Richard “Rick” L. Jessie, 61, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born November 2, 1957 in Iroquois, the son of George and Betty (Brady) Jessie and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Jeff and one sister, Sheryl Jessie.

He married Janice Savoree on December 15, 1979 in Gulfport, MS and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Tracy (Susan) Jessie of Milford and Joseph Jessie of Milford; two daughters, Nechole (Dean) Fisk of Milford and Tasha Bowling of Florida; three sisters, Sharon (William) Clay of Kentland, IN, Marie Lewis of Watseka and Brenda Jessie of Watseka; five brothers, Robert (Sally) Jessie of Vineland, NJ, Donald (Vicki) Jessie of Martinton, James (Lisa) Jessie of Watseka, Michael (Tammy) Jessie of Shipshewana, IN and Timmy (Denise) Jessie of Lafayette, IN; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Rick worked in construction for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, playing cards with his sisters, and also enjoyed when family and friends stopped to visit.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Rick at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Jennie Marie Torbet age 89 of Milford

ennie Marie Torbet age 89 of Milford passed on to the loving arms of her Savior on November 23 , 2018 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston, IL. Jennie was born August 11, 1929 in Milford the daughter of Eric and Ruth (Newman) Johnson. She married Bernard R Torbet in Watseka on January 31, 1948 and they were married 65 years. She is survived by their 4 children: Stephen (Diana) of Rossville, IL, Larry (Vicki) of Clarklake, MI, Charles (Debbie) of Milford, IL and Ruthanna (John) Dougherty of Cortez, CO.

Also surviving are her grandchildren Angela Cruppenink of Danville, IL, Heather (Tim) Lehman of Shannon, IL, Jerry Torbet of St. Louis, MO, Kory (Carmen) Torbet of Homer, MI, James (Jennie) Torbet of Dowagiac, MI, Robert Torbet of Elkhart, IN, Alan Torbet of Milford, IL, Monica (Ed) Davenport of Puyallup, WA, Christina (Matt) Saunders of Auburn, MI, Amy Dougherty and fiancé Hunter Cridelich of Reedsburg, WI and a step granddaughter Emmy (Gabe) Combs of Greenville, NC.

Also surviving Jennie are her brother, Robert Johnson of Watseka, IL and sister Sue Constant of Morrow, OH, several nieces and nephews and a special niece, Vicki Tempel of Pesotum, IL. She had 14 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson Kirby Torbet and sister Shelby Jean (Jackie) Mercer of Ohio.

Jennie was a member of Milford Christian Church for 56 years. She was a bookkeeper at Howard Industries, Crows, and the Ford Garage.

Jennie loved to work with her hands. She would always have a project going. She made many quilts and cross stitch items over the years which are cherished by all. She loved to read and listen to gospel music. She also loved flowers and always had lots of them inside and outside to enjoy.

Services will be on Friday November 30, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford with visitation from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00. Pastor Tim Lehman and Pastor Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials can be made to the Milford Christian Church of which she was a longtime member.

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Lorraine M. Tobeck, 88, of Watseka

Lorraine M. Tobeck, 88, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at her home in Watseka. She was born on April 30, 1930 in Woodland, the daughter of Timothy and Vergil (Bookless) Sullivan. She married Raymond H. Tobeck in Woodworth on May 20, 1950 and he preceded her in death on August 14, 2008. In addition to her husband and parents, Lorraine was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Sullivan.

Surviving are four children, Sheila Tobeck-Mastin of Watseka, Timothy (Barbara) Tobeck of Magnolia, TX, Marijo (Michael) Stevenson of Kankakee, and Gloria (Rick) Sims of Seneca, IL; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; one step great-great grandchild; one brother in law; and three sisters in law.

Mrs. Tobeck loved spending time with her family. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka and before that was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston where she taught Sunday School and served as the church secretary. In her early years after high school she worked as a telephone operator. Lorraine was employed at Hoopeston Hospital for thirty-five years. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. G. Robert Heimgartner will officiate. Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, Calvary Lutheran Pre-School, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Lorraine at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Wayne W. Hickman Jr., 78, of Watseka

Wayne W. Hickman Jr., 78, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Sheldon Healthcare Center. He was born June 22, 1940 in Rensselaer, IN, the son of Wayne W. and Elizabeth K. (Polen) Hickman Sr. and they preceded him in death. Wayne married Elaine M. Easter in Iroquois on June 24, 1962 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Wayne (Tammy) Hickman III of Watseka, and Rob (Michelle) Hickman of Watseka; two grandchildren, Zachary and Vanysah; one step-granddaughter, Ashley Hall; one step-great-granddaughter, Eden Felts; and one sister Patricia (Bill) Tucker of Watseka.

Wayne worked at Iroquois Insurance for many years as a stockbroker and financial advisor. He loved bowling, fishing, and woodworking. Wayne was also the 1958 Iroquois County Pole Vault Champion.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m., also at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. 

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Charles F. Knapp, 97, formerly of Rankin, Hoopeston, and Bloomington

Charles F. Knapp, 97, formerly of Rankin, Hoopeston, and Bloomington passed away on November 25, 2018 at Meadows Mennonite Nursing Home in Chenoa, IL. He was born on July 4, 1921 in East Lynn a son of Adam J. and Elizabeth A. Frank Knapp. Charles married Jeanne H. Maxwell on December 12, 1943 in Little Rock, AR and she preceded him in death on November 23, 2009.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon (Kathie) Knapp of Cottonwood, AZ and Donald (Pamela) Knapp of La Cañada Flintridge, CA; three grandchildren, Meghan, Christopher, and Justin; one brother and four sister in laws, Wayne (Delores) Knapp of Watseka, Doris Knapp of Cissna Park, Mary Knapp and Verena Knapp of Bloomington; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Fred; three brothers, Melvin, Earl, and Ralph Knapp; and one sister, Alma Dreyer.

Charles was a very busy auctioneer with 2,045 sales in forty four years. He was also a real estate broker and appraiser for thirty eight years as well as farmed for forty one years. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, attended the Burden Country School, took courses at Danville Area Community College, attended seminars in Chicago and Indiana University and the school of auctioneering at Mason City, IA. Charles was a life member of the Masonic Star Lodge #709 in Hoopeston, a twelve year member of Rankin High School Board, Past President and Director of Iroquois-Ford Board of Realtors, Past President of the Illinois State Auctioneers Association and member for forty five years, realtor and farm appraiser for twenty five years, and sold three weekly livestock sales for thirty five years. He also auctioneered at a monthly horse and pony sale for twenty years. After his retirement at the age of 75, Charles and Jeanne spent winters in Arizona and California near their three sons.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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Nancy K. Dickenson, 76, of Crescent City

Nancy K. Dickenson, 76, of Crescent City passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She was born October 15, 1942, the daughter of Fred C. and Marjorie L. (Lester) Morrison and they preceded her in death. Nancy married Gene Dickenson in Onarga, on August 24, 1963 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Tyler (Catherine) Dickenson of Waxhaw, NC; one sister, Jo Ann Morrison of Crescent City; and two grandchildren, Delaney and Kellen Dickenson.

Nancy was a 1960 graduate of Crescent-Iroquois High School. She attended Silver Cross Nursing School in Joliet and later was employed at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for over 4o years, retiring in 2004. Mrs. Dickenson was a member of the Crescent City Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, her pets, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., also at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow the service at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City.

Memorials may be made out to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Terry Allen, 63, of Sheldon

Terry Allen, 63, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at his home.

He was born on January 16, 1955 in Watseka, Illinois, the son of Melvin Allen and Helen (Marsh) Allen.

Terry was a mechanic for Wagner’s. He enjoyed working on older machines in his spare time.

Surviving Mr. Allen is his daughters, Melinda (Chris) LePretre of Orland Park, IL, and Danielle (Ryan) Bowman of Lebanon, IN; brother, Larry (Rosie) Allen of Woodland, IL; sister, Peggy (Fred) Hill of Danville, IL; significant other, Lynn Kirland of Sheldon, IL; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by both his parents.

A Gathering of Friends will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 4-6pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL, with a Memorial Service to follow at 6:00 pm. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.

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Sharon Gerber, 82, Martinton

Sharon Gerber, 82, Martinton, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

She was born July 21, 1936 in Belmont Township in a farm house, the daughter of Mearl Eckstein and Florence (Leveque) Eckstein.

Sharon married Robert Gerber on October 13, 1956 at the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, IL. He preceded her in passing April 11, 2014.

Mrs. Gerber ran a license Day Care from home from 1983 until 2016. Sang in the Watseka Cantata from 1988 until 2016, worked at Radio Condensor/TRW for ten years, Watseka McDonald’s for nine years, sang in Prairie Singers for five years, and Hardee’s for four years. She was a member of the Donovan Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for twenty-nine years, youth group assistant for six years, first woman to serve communion in the church, on the church board as a treasurer for twenty-six years, song leader for the last five years until the church closed and then sold in October of 2011. She later became a member of the Methodist Church of Christ in Donovan, IL. Sharon was also a member of the Tender Loving Karegiver of Our Young Day Care, Watseka Day Care Association, and Watseka “Share” Program. Her hobbies included doing word books, reading, being outside, working with children, being with family and friends, baking, canning, gardening, and playing the organ.

Surviving Mrs. Gerber is sons, Daniel (Diane) Gerber of Manteno, IL, Joseph (Penny) Gerber of Watseka, and Retired Captain Steven (Jenny) Gerber of Waverly, TN; daughter, Susan Gerber of Watseka; sister-in-law, Jean Yates of Watseka; sister, Nancy Leach of Fresno, CA; grandchildren, Scott Neff of Watseka, Shawn (Alyssa Hanford) Neff of Lafayette, IN, Stephanie and Sydney Gerber of Louisville, KY; step-grandchildren, Wesley and Cobie Turpin of Waverly, TN, Keisha Winding of Mansfield, Texas, Jeremy (Kim) Aldridge of Bradley, and Aaron Farley of Manteno; great-grandchildren, Scott Neff of Watseka and Brooke Neff of Lafayette, IN’ step-great-grandchildren, Clayton, Ayden, Skyler, Ryder, Lilly Aldridge of Bradley, IL and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Eckstein; brother-in-law, Jerry Leach; and twin nephews, Ricky and Richard Ritter

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate.

Burial will take place at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL

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