Obituaries

Christina M. Kincade, 39, of Watseka

Christina M. Kincade, 39, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born January 28, 1979 in Watseka, the daughter of Peggy Miller.

She married Forest Kincade in Watseka and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Shelby Ann Kincade and Sofie Grace Kincade both of Watseka; her mother, Peggy Hopkins of Watseka; two brothers, Tony (Tricia) Downs of Watseka and Scott (Chris) Flota of Watseka; one sister, Amy (Greg) Hiser of Lucas, KY; her mother-in-law, Janet Kincade of Watseka; and her father-in-law, William Kincade of Milford.

Christina loved to decorate her home, gardening and crafting. Her daughters were her passion.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 12:00 pm funeral service on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be given towards a trust fund for her daughters.

Please share a memory of Christina at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Von Cile Schuit, 63, of Sheldon and formerly of Bayles Lake

Von Cile Schuit, 63, of Sheldon and formerly of Bayles Lake passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at her home in rural Sheldon. She was born on July 12, 1955 in Chicago, the daughter of Hugh C. and Jacqueline (Covert) Tripp. She married Nicholas Schuit in Alsip, IL on June 27, 1992 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, Nicholas Schuit, she is survived by one son, Carey D. (Jessica) Gorski of Wilmington, IL; one daughter, Olivia (Jake) Harms of Milford; one brother, Hugh (Joann) Tripp of Dyer, IN; and six grandchildren.

Von Cile was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Kit Grace Evans.

Mrs. Schuit was a member of Christian Life Church in Rantoul and the Piece Makers Quilt Club. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private graveside services at Body Cemetery in Woodland will be held at a later date.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Christian Life Church in Rantoul, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice or to Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center.

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Mary Etta Kingdon, 90, of Watseka

Mary Etta Kingdon, 90, of Watseka passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at her residence.

Mary Etta was born November 14, 1927 in Watseka, the daughter of Elmer and Vena Faupel Fry and they both preceded her in death. She married Lloyd Kingdon on April 3, 1948 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on March 11, 2012.

She is survived by four sons, Robert (Dorothy) Kingdon of Watseka, Ken Kingdon of Watseka, Brian Kingdon (special friend Kathy Lawrence) of Watseka, and Scott (Sarah) Kingdon of Watseka; one brother, Delmer (Bernie) Fry of Watseka; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Mrs. Kingdon was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka and enjoyed traveling.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice in Watseka.

 

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Esther L. Boyce, 91, of Cissna Park

Esther L. Boyce, 91, of Cissna Park passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born July 13, 1927 in Lac Qui Parle Co., MN, the daughter of Jonas and Melinda Klinkkamer Onken. She married Vernon “Vic” Boyce on December 5, 1948 in Nassau, MN and he preceded her in death on September 26, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; four sisters; and one daughter, Amanda.

She is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (Rick) Holcomb of Northlake, TX, Carol (Thomas) Delaney of Las Vegas, NV and Lori Boice of Champaign; one son, Kevin (Diann) Boyce of Cissna Park; ten grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boyce was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. She was a registered nurse at Hoopeston Hospital for over 30 years and enjoyed playing bridge, making doll clothes and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow in Amity Cemetery at Goodwine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Creekside Prairie in Cissna Park, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park or the Cissna Park Fire Department.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Please share a memory of Esther at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Larry Lee Pray, 60, of Watseka

Larry Lee Pray, 60, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at his home. He was born October 23, 1957 in Watseka, the son of LaVerne and Anna F. Laney Pray and they preceded him in death in addition to three sisters, Thelma Gore, Doris Pray and Delores Pray.

He married Debbie Roth on September 14, 1985 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Clint Pray of Watseka; three sisters, Kathy (Lloyd) Hoover of Beaverville, Helen Ingram of Donovan and Pat Knapp of Tucson, AZ; brothers-in-law, Randy Roth of Woodland and Keith (Verna) Roth of Milford; sisters-in-law, Sandra (Shane) Harris of Watseka and Donna (Don) Bedeker of St. Anne; mother-in-law, JoAnn White of Watseka; and several step-brothers-in-law and step-sisters-in-law.

Mr. Pray served in the Air Force. He was a truck driver for A.B.F. for 19 years and was a member of Teamsters #710. Larry loved collecting train sets, fishing and hunting with his son, being outdoors, and his dogs, Tobie Two Toes and Louie Little Legs.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Bart Koester will officiate. Burial will be in Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Please share a memory of Larry at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Homer M. "Buddy" Withrow, 83, of Galatia, IL and formerly of Chebanse

Homer M. “Buddy” Withrow, 83, of Galatia, IL and formerly of Chebanse passed away on August 29, 2018 at Linda White Hospice in Evansville, IN. He was born on September 27, 1934 in Charleston, WV, the son of Homer W. and Thelma M. (Rayhill) Withrow. He married Mary Ann Schafer in Chebanse on August 22, 1959 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Homer is survived by two daughters, Jane Withrow of Long Beach, CA and Tena (Michael) Peterson of Eldorado, IL; three sons, Paul (Diane) Withrow of Chebanse, Roger (Rita) Withrow of Galatia, IL and Eric Withrow (fiancé – Tracy) of Harrisburg, IL; one brother, George Withrow of West Virginia; two sisters, Kathryn Lanza of Boston, MA and Garnet Campbell of Florida; nine grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Homer was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Ernest and Harold; and one sister, Gloria J. Fraser.

Mr. Withrow was a member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. He drove a truck for Chebanse Ag.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Homer at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Elaine Wilken 75 of Watseka

Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Mason Dale Knorr, 24, of rural Clifton

Mason Dale Knorr, 24, of rural Clifton passed away as a result of an early morning accident which occurred near his home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Funeral services for Mr. Knorr will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Vern Arseneau will officiate. Burial will follow the services in the Clifton Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 until 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home in Clifton. Memorials may be made for the Family’s Wishes.

Mr. Knorr was born on March 8, 1994 in Kankakee, the son of Gregory D. and Sheila A. Meyer Knorr and they survive in Clifton. He is also survived by three brothers, Lane (Danielle Buff) Knorr, Austin (Ashley Collins) Knorr and Kenton Knorr all of Clifton; his maternal grandparents, Judy and Vernon Meyer of Chebanse and his paternal grandmother, Judy Laurent of Kankakee; and four nieces and nephews, Tinley Knorr, Bria Knorr, Masin Buff and Lilly Plumley. He was preceded in death by two paternal grandfathers, Dale Knorr and Tom Laurent.

Mr. Knorr graduated from Central High School at Clifton. He was currently employed as a metal fabricator for Feld Entertainment in the Monster Truck Industry. He loved monster trucks, demolition derbies and fishing. He enjoyed spending weekends with his many friends. He loved life and had a heart of gold, his motto was the adage “Live Wild and Free”. 

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Eleanor K. Marshall, 93, of Sheldon

Eleanor K. Marshall, 93, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center. She was born January 29, 1925 in Saginaw, MI, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Wilson Haynes. She married Francis G. Marshall on May 3, 1947 in Henderson, KY and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2013. She is also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five sisters; and one grandson-in-law, Joe McCabe.

She is survived by two daughters, Terry (Bill) Mabbitt of Sheldon and Stella Cyr of Woodland; three sons, Michael Marshall of Watseka, Maynard Marshall of Sheldon and Milo Marshall of Sheldon; one brother, Tommy Haynes of Florida; four grandchildren, Amy McCabe of Sheldon, Cathy Mabbitt of Watseka, Abraham Cyr of Woodland and Lance Minard of Wisconsin; twelve great-grandchildren, Thomas, Max, Jack & Luke McCabe; Erin, Shayne & Kyle McNally; Abby & Moses Cyr; and Ali, Ember & Gage Minard; two great-great-granddaughters, Riley and Peyton McCabe; two sisters-in-law, Elinor Marshall of California and Joan Marshall of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Marshall was a member of the United Church of Sheldon and Sheldon American Legion Auxiliary #393. She was a really good cook and operated a diner in Sheldon with Ada Glasgow. Eleanor enjoyed reading and the company of close friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at the Sheldon Cemetery.

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Ruth Edmunds 84 of Watseka

Ruth Edmunds 84 of Watseka. 

 

Arrangments are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Judith Cluver 78 of Watseka

Judith Cluver 78 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be 10-11 with services at 11 Saturday 8/25 at Calvery Lutheran Church in Watseka.

 

Burial to follow in Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois. 

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Anita Ward 91 of Galesburg

Anita Ward 91 of Galesburg

 

Visitation Tuesday 8/21 from 10-11, with Mass at 11 all at St. Edmunds Catholic Church in Watseka. 

 

Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cememtery in Iroquois. 

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Lloyd E. Ulitzsch, 73, of Watseka

Lloyd E. Ulitzsch, 73, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Gilman Healthcare Center. He was born March 17, 1945 in Watseka, the son of Arthur and Lydia Pfingsten Ulitzsch and they preceded him in death in addition to two brothers, Dale and Steve.

He married Donna Hoffman on January 3, 1965 at Schwer and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa Ulitzsch of Crescent City and Crystal Ulitzsch-Hansen of Springfield; one son, Matthew Ulitzsch of Danville; one grandson, Chase; and one sister, Carol Cryier of Crescent City.

Mr. Ulitzsch was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. He was a lifelong farmer in the Crescent City and Watseka areas and enjoyed farming and fishing. Lloyd loved helping and visiting with friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Pastor Steve Jensen will officiate. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Lloyd at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Rosalie Carter, 87, of Manteno and formerly of Paxton

Rosalie Carter, 87, of Manteno and formerly of Paxton passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Illinois Veterans Home of Manteno. She was born on April 24, 1931 in Sidell, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Brown) Maring. She married Eligah Carter in Harrisburg, IL. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2004.

In addition to her husband and parents, Rosalie was preceded in death by eleven siblings – William Maring, Raymond Maring, Dwayne Maring, Ellen Bowlin, Helen Wilson, Frank Maring, Mable Herbert, Millie Maring, Jack Maring, Mary Spires, and Ralph Maring.

Mrs. Carter is survived by one step daughter, Jane Wilkerson; eleven siblings – Chester Maring, Shirley Whaley, Connie Anderson, Paul Maring, Judy Reed, Alice Lamb, Chuck Maring, Peggy Miller, Bobby Maring, Kenny Maring, and Art Maring as well as many nieces and nephews.

Rosalie served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. She enjoyed BINGO, cooking, and her cook books. She was a member of the American Legion in Sidell and was very proud of the honor shed had of going on the Freedom Flight with other veterans to Washington DC. She loved her many dogs. Rosalie enjoyed attending flea markets over the years with her husband.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton. Burial and graveside services with military rites will be at 2:00 pm at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, IL.

Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Rosalie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Kathryne LaVina Nourie, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Donovan

Kathryne LaVina Nourie, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Donovan passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Edward "Eddie" Lee Brammer, 63, of Springbook, WI

Edward “Eddie” Lee Brammer, 63, of Springbook, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home in Springbrook. He was born on November 19, 1954 in Watseka, the son of John Albert and Patricia Pauline (Denton) Brammer. He married Cheryle Laurent in 1977 and later married Pamela Obenland in 1983 and they both survive.

Also surviving are one daughter, Abbey (Ryan) Garfield of Watseka; two grandchildren, Connor and Addisen Garfield of Watseka; his mother, Patricia Brammer of Milford; one brother, Mike Brammer of Bloomington; his girlfriend, Carrie Welch of Springbrook, WI and her son, Chuck (Tammy) Welch also of Springbrook, WI; one sister in law, Pam Brammer of Sheldon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Donald Brammer and Branden Brammer; and one sister, Cindy Brammer.

Mr. Brammer was a lifelong farmer in the Iroquois County area as well as drove a semi-truck. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and tractor pulling. He loved spending time with his grandchildren as well as his two special dogs, Sammy and Savage. Edward had a passion for Oliver Tractors as well as Hank Williams Jr. music.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Mary Hoover 86 of Watseka Formerly of Kentland

Mary Louise Hoover, 86, of Watseka and formerly of Kentland, IN passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center surrounded by her family. She was born September 27, 1931 in Fowler, IN, the daughter of Chris G. and Bessie Robertson Sorenson. She married Herb Hoover on May 20, 1951 in Brook, IN and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jim and Dale Sorenson; four sisters, Betty McDaniel, Ruth Peck, Edna Walkup and Martha Masterson; one daughter, Ann Wince; and one grandson, Bryce Hoover.

She is survived by three daughters, Lynn (Mike) Pugh of Goodland, IN, Trula (Gary) Raymond of Watseka and Mary (Ron) Salla of Earl Park, IN; three sons, Steve (Carmen) Hoover of Dunnellon, FL, Dan (Chell) Hoover of Brownsburg, IN and Mark (Beth) Hoover of Watseka; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hoover was a member of the Watseka Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. She had worked at the Watseka Subway where she was the very first employee hired. Mary enjoyed music, cooking and gardening. She was a loving and kind mother who was very proud of her family.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm. David Field will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland, IN.

Please share a memory of Mary at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Ronna Nasers 71 of Watseka

Ronna M. Nasers, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. She was born March 20, 1947 in Watseka, the daughter of Ronald and Fern Heffelfinger German and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother-in-law, David Bickers.

She married Joel F. Nasers on December 22, 1967 in Stockland and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joel L. Nasers of Orange Co., CA and Mike (Jennifer) Nasers of Watseka; three grandchildren, Nathan Nasers of Watseka, Reece Nasers of Watseka and Madelyn Nasers of Orange Co., CA; and three sisters, Penny (Rich) Wilken, Debbie Bickers and Tammy German all of Milford.

Mrs. Nasers was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She worked in the office at T&D Metal for 15 years and at Iroquois Federal for 13 years. Ronna was a supporter of Relay for Life and enjoyed scrapbooking with friends, traveling, working with plants, birdwatching, attending fall festivals, working in her yard, attending festivities with 3 Goddesses, and spending time with her grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the 6:00 pm memorial service on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Minard will officiate. Private burial will be held at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Local Chapter Relay for Life.

Please share a memory of Ronna at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka

Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018.

He was born on September 19, 1936 in Crescent Township,IL, the son of Earl Quakenbush and Lena (Hurling) Quakenbush.

Gene married Nancy Ailey on January 27, 1956 in Milford. Gene was a member of the Watseka United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows of Watseka, a Lay Speaker for Woodland Church, and a recipient of an award for Norman Rockwell School of Art.

He worked at TRW, UARCO, Louis Melind in Onarga, and Chicago Steel Tape. He enjoyed oil painting, woodworking, fishing, and hunting.

Surviving Mr. Quakenbush is his wife, Nancy Quakenbush of Watseka; daughters, Vicky (Janice) Quakenbush of Kankakee, and Cindy (Dennis) Young of Cissna Park; sister-in-laws, Mary Quakenbush of Appleton, WI, and Diane Quakenbush of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Karen Bolen of Cissna Park; grandchildren, Mike (Kandace Arseneau) Rogers, Jacob (Michaela McKenna) Young, Jessica (James) Doudera; Joshua (Amaria) Young, Jeremy (Sherri) Young, and Rachel Wright; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LaMar and Jim; and one sister, Barbara.

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

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Bob Sabo will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Quakenbush's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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Ronald Eugene "Gene" Hess, 80, of Clifton

Ronald Eugene “Gene” Hess, 80, of Clifton, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018; at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Gene was born on March 24, 1938 in Milks Grove Township; the son of the late Marshall and Dorothy (Peters) Hess. Gene married Anna Wade in Wautoma, WI on May 28, 1966. Gene worked at Mortell for 37 years until he retired. During his leisure time Gene loved to fish, was an avid White Sox fan, enjoyed completing puzzles, and loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Anna, his children: Sharon Welge of Clifton, Linda (Mona Aprile) Hess of Chebanse, Rhonda (Louis) Gasperini of Clifton, Donna (Mark Lafond) Hess of Clifton, Mark (Danielle) Hess of Chebanse, a sister Mary (Dave Tucker) Scott of Chebanse, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way, 6 step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gene was also preceded in death by his daughter Dawn Ellen Hess, a brother Arnold Hess, a granddaughter Tonya Hess, and a son-in-law Kevin Welge.

In accordance with his wishes, Gene gave himself as a gift to scientific research. A memorial service for Gene will be held at 11 am on Monday, August 13, 2018; at Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. Rev Ray Bowers will officiate.

Those who wish may leave memorials in Gene’s name to Kankakee Valley Hospice or to Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. 

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Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth

Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth, Illinois passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 due to an automobile accident in rural Danforth.

He was born on May 30, 1980 in Watseka, Illinois the son of Pamela M. (Walwer) Burch.

Matthew was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth.  He served in the United States Air Force.  Matthew worked for Watertight Construction as a carpenter.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Matthew was an avid Cubs and Bears Fan.  He also enjoyed playing softball, camping and fishing.

Matthew married Julie Miller on October 24, 2009 in Danforth.  She survives.  He is also survived by three daughters Mariah Gonzalez, Liliana Walwer and Khloie Walwer all of Danforth; his parents Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; maternal grandmother Marilyn Schultz of Watseka; three brothers Brian (Rachael) Walwer of Woodland, Illinois, John Burch of Chicago; Matthew (Tiffany) Burch of Hampton, Virginia and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Charles L. Walwer and paternal grandparents Helen Smith and Alvin Burch.

Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating.

Burial will be in the Danforth Cemetery, Danforth.

Memorials may be made to his family.

Arrangements by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

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Josephine Sansone 90 of Watseka

Josephine Sansone 90 of Watseka 

 
Visitation Thursday 8/9/18 4-8 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 
 
Services Friday 8/10/18 at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park.  

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Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka

Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka, peacefully entered heaven on July 31, 2018.

She was born January 27, 1925 in Vermont, Illinois to parents Ada (Harmon) Miner and Henry Earl “Buck” Miner.

She was united in marriage to Lester W. Foreman on September 29, 1945 in Sheldon, Illinois.  They remained happily married for 57 years until his passing on January 20, 2003.

Lucille helped farm with her husband.  She enjoyed gardening with her Mother-in-Law, Alma Foreman, reading, making afghans for family members, traveling, and all her Scottish Terriers.  She also enjoyed many games of Uno with her caregiver, Patty, and going out to lunch.  She was a member of the Fun Club and enjoyed the meetings and birthday breakfasts.  She was also a member of the First Christian Church of Watseka and attended the Pittwood Christian Church for many years.

Surviving are her two sons, Denny (Debby) Foreman of Watseka, Terry Foreman of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Caplis of Glenview, IL; grandchildren, Drew (Jodi) Foreman of Peoria, Sara Foreman of Watseka; and great-granddaughter, Blakely Foreman of Peoria. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be private with internment at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka or Prairie State Christian Service Camp in Watseka.  Flowers will be donated to the Iroquois Resident Home. 

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Gloria Gullquist 76 of Clifton

Gloria Anne Gullquist, 76, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her home in Clifton. She was born on August 24, 1941 in Kankakee, the daughter of William and Eva (Kaufman) Dutour. She married Robert E. Gullquist in L’Erable on September 8, 1962 and he preceded her in death on November 24, 1996.

Surviving are one son, Bill (Connie) Gullquist of Clifton; one daughter Nancy Cadle of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren, Paden (Katie) Gullquist of Crown Point, IN, Charlotte (Logan) Myers of Hannibal, MO, Gunnar Gullquist of Clifton, Heath Cadle of Bourbonnais, and Amelia Cadle (Cody Netherton) of Kankakee; two great grandchildren, Elliana Gullquist and Carah Myers; one sister in law, Marcella Coyne of Bourbonnais; and one special friend, Amy Kibbons, who was like a daughter to Gloria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; son in law, Tom Cadle; four brother in laws, Walter, Harold, Mickey, and Harvey Gullquist; and three sisters-in-law, Della Ruth Gullquist, Lorraine DePasquale, and Jean Emme.

Mrs. Gullquist enjoyed quilting, sewing, and playing cards with her friends. She loved spending time with her family.

Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clifton. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to Masses.

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Elaine Noel-Hubbard, 65, of Beaverville

Elaine Noel-Hubbard, 65, of Beaverville passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born November 30, 1952 in Kankakee, the daughter of Robert and Elva Lade Schaumburg.

She married Joseph Hubbard on February 14, 2004 in Watseka and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Ruby Noel of Cissna Park and Jeanette Noel (Porter Waskosky) of Bourbonnais; two sons, John (Roxann) Noel of Watseka and Terry Noel of Watseka; one sister, Sylvia Clark of Kentland, IN; one brother, Gene (Debbie) Schaumburg of Sheldon; ten grandchildren, Hailey, Ciara, Lannie, Charlie, Joelle, Sabastian, Ian, Noah, Brayson and Ashlyn; two step-sons, Tyson (Jessica) Hubbard of Wichert and Joshua (Crystal) Hubbard of Wichert; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bobby Schaumburg; one son, Jacob Noel; one brother-in-law, George Clark; one step-son, Travis Hubbard.

Elaine was known as the Cake Lady and loved art. She placed in the State Pool Tournament and earned the right to travel to Las Vegas for the National Pool Tournament. She was a seamstress and altered many wedding and prom dresses.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Elaine Noel-Hubbard Memorial Fund.

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Diana L. Langellier, 68, of Milford

Diana L. Langellier, 68, of Milford passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Charlestown, IN.

She was born February 15, 1950 in Watseka, the daughter of George and Lucille Matson and they both preceded her in death. She married Morris R. Langellier on November 7, 1970 in Prairie Green and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2002.

She is survived by one son, Troy Langellier of Milford; one daughter, Rachael Langellier (Joe Thomas) of Charlestown, IN; three sisters, Barbara Schunke of Milford, Sandy (Bobby) Glenn of Monticello, IN and Joann (Bill) Kincade of Milford; one brother, Ken (Lu) Matson of Cape Coral, FL; two grandchildren, Ashley Langellier and Randi Thomas; one great grandson, Jacob Thomas Dent; three nieces; four nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Mrs. Langellier loved people, especially her family. She was a strong willed person who focused on the positives in life and never met a stranger.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to PANCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Foundation). 

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Ronald M. Meyer, 71, of Cissna Park

Ronald M. Meyer, 71, of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at home after a brief stay at the hospital because of heart complications. He was born March 5, 1947, the son of Milton and Marie Meyer and they both preceded him in death.

Ron will be sadly missed by his sisters and brothers, Carolyn (Harvey) Mink, Roger (Rita) Meyer, Robert Meyer, Sherry (John) Wagner, and Pamela (Dean) Rood, nieces, nephews, and dear friends and cousins.

Ron grew up in Rankin, IL and graduated from Rankin High School in 1965. Ron was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree in Mathematics. Ron taught Math, Physics, and Chemistry at the high school in Dwight, IL before returning to farming in Iroquois County. There he served on the Heritage FS Board. He farmed for many years before retiring three years ago.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Burial will follow at Cissna Park Cemetery.

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Nathan Michael Walwer, 34, of Watseka

Nathan Michael Walwer, 34, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Watseka. He was born September 20, 1983 in Janesville, WI, the son of Terry Lee Walwer and Pamela Jean Leppard.

He married Brittiney Geisler on February 13, 2015 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Kasen Michael Walwer of Watseka and Khristopher Gamino of Watseka; father and step-mother, Terry (Valorie) Walwer of Watseka; mother, Pamela Jean Williams of Watseka; three brothers, Chad Walwer of Watseka, Joseph (Lexi) Walwer of Thomasboro and Michael McGary of Eaton Rapids, MI; two sisters, Alicia (Matt) Wilkins of North Dakota and Melissa (Josh) DeLahr of Crescent City; one step-daughter, Angelina Resendez of Hoopeston; and one step-son, Rafael Resendez of Hoopeston.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Don & Ruth Leppard and Alice Riston; paternal grandfather, Charles Walwer; grandfather, James Alder; and two brothers, Christopher Walwer and Terry Lee Walwer Jr.

Nathan loved fishing, sports, and spending time with his son.

A memorial visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 11:00 am memorial service on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Danny Tincher and Randy Godby will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
 

     

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Carol Rule 67 of Watseka

Services will be at a later date.

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Ronald Krumwiede 75 of Cissna Park

Ronald A. Krumwiede, 75, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. He was born August 16, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Adolph F. and Frieda Seggebruch Krumwiede and they preceded him in death.

He married Shirley Hauptli on November 5, 1961 at Ash Grove and she survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Dana (Bob) McKeown of Englewood, FL, Deanne (Joe) Rothermel of Broadlands and Dawn (Jay) Martin of Mahomet; one son, Derek (Elissa) Krumwiede of Cissna Park; six grandchildren, Taylor (Marcus) Powers, Chelsea (Zach) Wilkins, Landon Martin, Rianna & Torie Rothermel, and Tara Krumwiede; one great-grandson, Ezekiel Wilkins; two sisters, Ruth Ann Cluver of Buckley and Janie Fritchley of Cissna Park; and one brother, Rich (Glenda) Krumwiede of Cissna Park.

Mr. Krumwiede attended the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. He was a lifelong farmer, owned & operated Krumwiede Farm Supply in Cissna Park, and was the manager & a salesman at Fast Distributing in Gilman until he retired. He loved fishing and camping with and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park, Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.

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Doctor George E. Cuonzo, of Jupiter, Florida, and formerly of Watseka

Doctor George E. Cuonzo, of Jupiter, Florida, and formerly of Watseka, Illinois, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2018. He was born in Chicago on June 1, 1936.

George was a mischievous kid and an adventurous teenager who, when not terrorizing the neighborhood, attended Locke School, Steinmetz High School, Wright Junior College and Loyola University School of Dentistry prior to enlisting with the US Navy. On July 27, 1961, he married the love of his life, in San Diego, California. Following his stint in the Navy, he and his family moved to Watseka, Illinois where he practiced dentistry and oral surgery.

George’s loves in life were his family, hunting, guns, cars, airplanes and anything motorized, mechanical or slightly dangerous, and he had the good fortune to be able to enjoy all of those things. He is survived by his wife, Joan, his son, George P., his brother, Frank (Joanne), his brother-in law, Len Pappone and his sisters-in-law, Harriett Phillips and Kathleen Scheufler, as well as his great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his son, Gregory, his grandson, Ryan, his parents and his sister, Camille Pappone.

Although George will be sorely missed by his family and friends, he had a truly wonderful life and his was a good end to a life well lived.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Tequesta, FL.

Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be at 3:00 p.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

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Loralice Blakley 87 of Thawville

Loralice Blakley 87 of Thawville 

 

Memorial Visitation 6-7, Services at 7pm Monday July 23rd at Knapp Funeral Home in Onraga. 

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Jean M. Bower, 73, of Crescent City

Jean M. Bower, 73, of Crescent City passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home. She was born August 31, 1944 in Watseka, the daughter of Herman and Martha Tobeck Bruens and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother, Les Bruens and one sister, Aldine Young.

She married Edmund Bower on October 10, 1964 in Kentland, IN and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Kim (Bob) Kirby of McHenry and Sara Bower of Crescent City; three grandchildren, Abby, Nolan and Katie Kirby of McHenry; one brother, Jerry (Shirley) Bruens of Cissna Park; and one sister, Joy (Melvin) Metzger of Lewisburg, PA.

Mrs. Bower was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She worked in the office and cashiered at the Watseka Eagle Grocery Store and also worked at 1st National Bank in Crescent City. Jean took great pride in her work. Jean loved yardwork and maintaining her flower garden, but also enjoyed taking trips across the Western United States to take in the scenery and nature. When not outside, Jean enjoyed doing large puzzles or reading a good book. Jean loved her family and treasured spending time with her three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 10:00 am funeral Mass on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Rev. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland, IN.

Memorials may be made to Masses or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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David Romine 61 of Watseka

David Alan Romine, 61, of Watseka passed away on July 14, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on August 20, 1956, the son of Walter E. and Eleanor Elaine (Eastburn) Romine. He married the love of his life and his soulmate, Leatha Ann Rogers on November 20, 1982 in Watseka and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Leatha Romine of Watseka, David is survived by one daughter, Tifanie Ann Romine and one son, Ryne Alan Romine; his mother, Elaine Romine of Watseka; one sister, Jeanine (JR) Clifton of Watseka; two brothers, Robert (Cheri) Romine of Ft. Collins, CO and Duane Romine of Watseka; nieces and nephews, Travis, Cody, Brittany, Jeff (Ashley), and Mark (Lacy); great nieces and nephews, Savanna, Ben, Grace, and Logan; sister in law, Marietta Varboncouer; close friend, Bob Buckley; nephews, Todd Fish and Kevin Trumble; sister in law, Kathy Rogers; nephews and nieces, Kirt and Tonya, Doug and Isabel; great niece and nephew, Brandy and David; great great nephew, Eli; niece, Wanda Turnbull; great nephew, Gordon; great nephews, Alijah and Alonzo; great niece, Khloe; nephew, Mike and Kandace; great great niece, Ella Mae; great great nephews, Westin, Cohen, and Brayden; aunt, Eliner Meierle; aunt, Clarice Farrand; uncle, Everett Wood; and many loving cousins and second cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Belinda Eastburn; paternal grandparents, William & Flossie Romine; his father, Walter Romine; uncle and aunt, Orie and Marlene Redman; uncle, Larry Meierle; aunt, Evelyn Eilts; cousin Bill Eilts; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James H. and Eleanor (Wood) Rogers; brother-in-laws, Kenneth, William, James and Colin Kelly Rogers; cousin, Dustin Trudeau; nephew, Bobby Rogers; niece, Kandy Peterson; and great niece, Teresa Rogers.

David attended Watseka schools and graduated from Watseka High School in 1975. He worked hard all of his life. As a kid he helped clean the theater, bailed hay, and did general farm work. David later worked for Lasser’s Furniture Store in Watseka, Kendall Garbage Disposal in Donovan, McCord’s Tire Service in Watseka, and most recently, he worked for over twenty years for the Watseka Public Works Department. He served on the Watseka Fire Department from 1980-2000 as a firefighter, and later became a lieutenant before retiring. Mr. Romine attended church at the United Methodist Church in Watseka. He was very devoted to his church and his church family.

Mr. Romine was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother. He was a great provider for his family and always thought of their welfare first. David was very friendly, kind, and respectful to everyone he met. He always had a smile on his face and would often wave to those he didn’t even know. David was a genuine person that cared for everyone. Children were drawn to him, as he had many special great nieces and great nephews. He was a war and history buff and was very knowledgeable on those topics. He loved the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Vikings. Mr. Romine had many friends. He will be greatly missed not only by his family, but by the Watseka community and the surrounding areas.

Funeral services will at 12:30 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 9:30-12:30 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 also at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

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John W. Farris, 58, of Sheldon

ohn W. Farris, 58, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born November 26, 1959 in Watseka and was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Rose Marie (Walker) and Wayne Farris.

He married Teri Vaughn on January 22, 1983 in Watseka and she survives in Sheldon. Also surviving are two daughters, Ashley Farris of Fowler, IN and Judi Farris of Sheldon; one son, Jonathan Farris of Logansport, IN; one brother, Dave Farris of Watseka; two sisters, Sherry Farris and Donna Farris both of Watseka; and one granddaughter, Maria Provo of Sheldon.

Mr. Farris was a supervisor at Huber Inc. in Kankakee. He loved golfing, fishing, camping and baseball, especially the White Sox.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

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Darren Thomas Rust, 34 of Rural Cissna Park

Darren Thomas Rust, 34 of Rural Cissna Park died at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018, in rural Rankin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin with Rev. Jennifer Hartweg-Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery, Rankin.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton and one hour before the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin.

Darren was born June 16, 1984 in Urbana the son of Thomas Wayne and Barbara L. Kuchenbrod Rust. He married Nicole Reno.

He is survived by his parents of Rural Cissna Park; a son, Levi Thomas Rust; one brother, Travis (Abigail) Rust of Rural Rankin; paternal grandfather, Wayne Rust of Rural Rankin; maternal grandmother, Barbara Kuchenbrod of Armstrong; maternal grandfather, Harry Kuchenbrod of Pensacola, Florida; a niece, Adilynn, a nephew Nolan and numerous aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jean Rust.

Darren graduated from Cissna Park High School in 2002 and from Parkland College with an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Mechanics. He was a diesel mechanic for Birkey’s Farm Store, Hoopeston for more than ten years.

He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and turning wrenches. Darren loved to “rawk”. His greatest love was his son, Levi.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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Gerald A. Butturff, 81, of Onarga

Gerald A. Butturff, 81, of Onarga passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. He was born July 11, 1936 in Lima, OH, the son of Harold and Sarah May Strawbridge Butturff and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Roger Butturff.

He married Mary Wilkey Doyle on August 3, 1993 in Clifton and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Karen Hess of Mokena; one son, Michael (Debbie) Butturff of Maryville, WA; one step-daughter, Angela Whitlock of Chenoa; one step-son, Darrel Doyle of Chattanooga, TN; one brother, Ralph (Maxine) Butturff of Waynesfield, OH; one sister, Janet Mayotte of Pandora, OH; sister-in-law, Cheryl Butturff of Lima, OH; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Butturff served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. Gerald retired from Chanute Air Force Base after 23 years of service.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the 2:00 pm funeral service on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Gerald at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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James Emmett DuVall, 71, of rural Chebanse

James Emmett DuVall, 71, of rural Chebanse passed away at his home on Saturday, June 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse at 10:00 am, the Rev. Fr. Charles Wheeler will officiate. Friends may call on Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton from 4-8 pm. Burial will be in the Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery in Chebanse. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Sts. Mary and Joseph Cemetery. Please share a memory of James at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. DuVall was born on June 14, 1947 in Lepanto, Arkansas, the son of Emmett Earl and Mallie Dean Jones DuVall and his parents are deceased. He married the former Betty J. Elliot in Chebanse on February 7, 1970 and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Dana DuVall (fiancé Tim Hill) of Valparaiso, IN; a son, Chad (Kristin) DuVall of Tampa, FL; a grandson, Jacob; mother-in-law, Mary Elliot of Chebanse; three brothers, Dick (Willow) DuVall of Watseka, Sam (Sandy) DuVall of California and Cleo (Sally) DuVall of Bourbonnais; six sisters, Bennie Ehrich of Kankakee, Lois (Larry) Smith of Florida, Shirley Downing of Florida, Lenora Raboin of Bloomington, Ruth (Dale) Anderson of Paris, IL and Hazel Russell of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Debi DuVall of Bradley; brother-in-law, Louis Bake of Virginia; brothers-in-law, Randy (Linda) Elliot, Larry (Donna) Elliot and Chuck (Becky) Elliot all of Chebanse; and sisters-in-law, Bev (Dick) Benge of Chebanse and Dee Elliot of Mt. Vernon. Also surviving are special pets “Bubba” and “Igor”.

In addition to his parents, Mr. DuVall was also preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy DuVall; sisters, Earldean Moore, Fran Bake and Lu Howard; his father-in-law, William Elliot; brothers-in-law, Doug Moore, John Howard and Dennis Elliot.

Mr. DuVall was the owner and operator for 28 years of DuVall Auto Sales and Auto Body in Chebanse. He was a longtime member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church and ushered at the church for many years. He is a member of Central Council of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. DuVall was very active in the village of Chebanse. A man of many talents, he enjoyed helping friends, family and local businesses with their projects. He greatly enjoyed being with family and friends.  

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Dorothy (Hammond) Johnson, 96, of Watseka

Dorothy (Hammond) Johnson, 96, has passed to be with her heavenly Father. She was blessed with good health until six weeks ago when she became seriously ill. She was born in June of 1922 at home near Pittwood. She attended Schoon, Belmont and County Farm Schools. She walked to school with her younger brother, Bernard (BR). Dorothy enjoyed helping her father, Ray, on the farm and her mother, Orpha (Tipton), with household chores. While working at the county farm, she met Albert Johnson and they were happily united in marriage in 1938 at the Kentland Methodist Parsonage. In 1940 their daughter, Dorothy Lou “Dottie”, was born. Dorothy’s father, Ray, passed in 1942. In 1946 their daughter, Diane, was born and in 1961 their granddaughter, Faye “Faith”.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident and retired farmer. She truly enjoyed their Guernsey dairy cattle and running the combine. Dorothy’s mother, Orpha, passed in 1967 and her brother, BR, in 1972. Dorothy enjoyed helping with dinners at the Woodland Church and collecting for the American Cancer Society.

She was blessed with her great-grandchildren, Alcy in 1984 and Charles in 1990. Albert and Dorothy retired from farming in 1985 and moved to Watseka. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Dorothy lost her daughter, Dottie, in 1998 and her beloved husband, Albert, in 2005. In 2016 Dorothy became a great-great-grandmother celebrating the birth of Lucian.

Left to mourn her passing are her daughter, Diane; granddaughter, Faith; great-grandchildren, Alcy and Charles; and great-great-grandson, Lucian.

We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during her illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Private family services will be held at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

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Donald M. Stowe, 91, of Milford

Donald M. Stowe, 91, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born September 15, 1926 in Blue Island, the son of George and Mary Krueger Stowe. He married Shirley J. Krause on June 2, 1945 in Steger and she preceded him in death on March 25, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; and one daughter, Donna J. Stowe.

He is survived by two granddaughters, Dianna (Jason) Reed of Milford and Bobbie Jo (Chad) Sanford of Sheldon; and four great-grandchildren, Blake Reed, Jacob Reed, Hannah Sanford and Caiden Sanford.

Mr. Stowe served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Donald was a member of NRA, and enjoyed woodworking, traveling and using his metal detector.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois County Relay for Life.

Please share a memory of Donald at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Timothy Portwood, 56, of Sheldon

Timothy Portwood, 56, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

He was born on November 4, 1961 in Watseka, the son of Bill and Cleta (Johnson) Portwood.

Tim served in the ARMY. He was recently a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was a member of the State Line Riders ABATE of Illinois, Watseka Amerian Legion Honor Guard, and the Sheldon Masonic Lodge 609. Tim enjoyed spending time with his father, daughter, friends, watching football especially the BEARS, and Harley Davidson.

Surviving Mr. Portwood is his father, Bill Portwood of Sheldon; daugther, Page Portwood of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Mark (Amy) Portwood of Sheldon; grandchild, Airabella Davenport; nieces and nephews, Ashlen Risley, Alaina Portwood, Alex Portwood, and Adin Portwood.

He is also preceded in death by his mother, Cleta.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Sundaya, July 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

Burial will follow at a later date at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Portwood's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.

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Cynthia L. Snyder, 60, of Chebanse

Cynthia L. Snyder, 60, of Chebanse passed away at her residence on Monday, June 25, 2018 following a lengthy illness. Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at the funeral home and Mr. Christopher Peet will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Please share a memory of Cynthia at knappfuneralhomes .com.

Mrs. Snyder was born on October 23, 1957 in Chicago, the daughter of Neils and Katherine Hansen Heilskov and her parents are deceased. She married Philip J. Snyder in Orland Park on June 27, 1992 and he survives. Also surviving are her sister, Linda (Jeff) Binnett of E. Hazel Crest; and two nieces, Katherine Ann Christiano of Hickory Hills and Karen (Carlos) Morales of Homewood. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by one sister, Wendy Derwinski.

Mrs. Snyder was a retired dental assistant. She was of the Lutheran Faith and enjoyed gardening.

     

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Ronald Leroy Phillips, 72, of Fowler

Ronald Leroy Phillips, 72, of Fowler, died, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He was born, May 31, 1946, in Danville, IL, to the late Leroy "Firp" & Ethel Marie (Moore) Phillips. He was a 1964 graduate of Ambia High School. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, serving as a Medic in the United States Army from 1965-1968. Ron worked as a mail handler for the US Postal Service, for 33 years, retiring in 2013. He married Nancy (Kult Daws) Phillips, December 15, 1993, in Watseka, IL; she survives. Ron was a Lifetime member of the VFW, in Hoopeston, IL; he was also a member of the AMVETS, in Fowler & the American Legion in Hoopeston, IL, Boswell & Fowler. He enjoyed spending time with his Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren, bowling & golfing. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving with his Wife, Nancy, Fowler, are his Son,  Jeffrey (Wife, Nikki) Phillips, Indian Rocks Beach, FL, 2 Grandsons, Cole (Fiancé , Sara) Phillips & Cellen Phillips, 3 Step-Sons, Matt Daws, Adam Daws & Phillip (Wife, Sharyl) Daws, 5 Step-Grandchildren, Ashley Boundy, Kaylee (Fiancé, Jason Whitaker) Daws, Kerri Daws & Chelsy & Cheyenne Stepp, 2 Step-Great-Grandchildren, Karter & Leroy, Sister, Jane Painter, Ambia & Brother, Jim Phillips, Hoopeston. He is preceded in death by a Brother-in-Law, Jay Painter.

A Celebration of Ron's Life will be Sunday, July 1, 2018, from 1-4 PM, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein. Graveside Military Honors will be, at 11 AM, Monday, July 2, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Dunnington), 2960 S. State Road 71, Fowler. In following Ron's wishes PLEASE dress casual; preferably shorts. Also, NO flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to Fowler AMVETS Post #102, 116 E. 5th St., Fowler, IN 47944 or St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (C/O, Mark Flook) 1616 S. 600 W., Fowler, IN 47944. Visit www.shoemakerfh.com or Shoemaker Funeral Home- Otterbein, Indiana Facebook page to leave any condolences or to share a memories & pictures of Ron.

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James Anderson 58 of Watseka

James Anderson 58 of Watseka. 

 

Visitation will be Thursday 6/28 from Noon until 2pm, services at 2pm all at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

 

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James Leroy "Jim" Schultz, 91, of Iroquois

James Leroy “Jim” Schultz, 91, of Iroquois, IL, went to be with his lord and savior on June 21, 2018.

James was born August 29, 1926 to Roy and Donna Schultz in the farm house where he would spend he next 71 years. He married Phyllis Eckstein on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. They were married 50 years at the time of her passing in June of 1999.

Surviving Mr. Schultz include his children Brad (Kathy) Schultz of Florida, James Schultz Jr. of Iroquois, and Carol Massey of Kentland, IN; grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) Eilers, Scott Eilers, Ali Eilers, Eric (Monica) Schoonveld, Lacey (Bill) Buss, Kevin (Elayne) Obenland, Paul McEnterfer, Josie Goyette, Bradley Goyette, and Jaclyn Cruz; sixteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Philip and Paul; sister, Hazel; and daughters, Chris Schoonveld and Connie Goyette.

Jim never met a stranger and brightened the day of every person he met with his great sense of humor and kindness. Jim greatly enjoyed his season tickets to the Country Theatre, playing cards with anybody he could, and eating ice cream every day. His faith in the lord, loyalty and love of family and friends will be unmatched and greatly missed by us all.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Father Belanger will officiate.

Burial to follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Schultz name can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park.

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Rodney B. Schroeder Sr., 76, of Hoopeston

Rodney B. Schroeder Sr., 76, of Hoopeston passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born February 18, 1942 in Chicago, the son of Charles and Ruth Carter Schroeder and they preceded him in death in addition to three brothers, Charles, Melvin and Arthur “Arkie”; and two sisters, Evelyn Schroeder and Waneta Lane.

He married Betty Mae Jones on January 23, 1960 in Milford and they had five sons who all survive, Rodney “Butch” (Carol) Schroeder of Milford, Tim (Michelle) Schroeder of Tilton, Danny (Linda) Schroeder of Watseka, Bill (Charlotte) Schroeder of Thomasboro and Randy (Margo) Schroeder of Rantoul. Betty preceded Rodney in death on June 28, 2000. He later married Addie Bell Calvert in May of 2003 in Milford and she survives in Hoopeston. He is also survived by one sister, Charlene Schroeder of Milford; two brothers, Terry Schroeder of Milford and Ron (Theresa) Schroeder of Milford; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Milford Nazarene Church, where Rodney was a member. Rev. Robert Killion will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Nazarene Church or Carle Hospice.

Please share a memory of Rodney at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Steven J. Swigart, 66, of Watseka

Steven J. Swigart, 66, of Watseka passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 20, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Joseph E. and Carolyn Anderson Swigart. He married Debra Kissack at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka on January 20, 1973.

Surviving are his wife Debra “Cookie” Swigart of Watseka; two daughters, Shannon (Rob) Belcher of Bloomingdale, IN and Sadi (Erich) O’Donnell of Mahomet; one son, Steven J. Swigart Jr. (Miranda McNeely) of Champaign; six grandchildren, Kaleigh (Ben) Ford, Kelcie Basan, Madelyn Belcher, Charles Belcher, Talynn O’Donnell, and Raegan O’Donnell; one great grandson, Joseph Ford; his father, Joseph E. (Helen) Swigart of Watseka; one sister, Sarah (Gary) Lambert of Watseka; sister in law, Marybeth Noel; brother in law, Ben Walters; and several nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn; one sister, Susan; and one brother, Scott.

Mr. Swigart was a gifted musician and was well known for playing music and shows in the area since the early 1970’s. The Blue Ribbon Band and Shatterkane were two of his most popular bands. Steve wrote and recorded music throughout the years. He built his very first guitar in shop class in high school and continued to build guitars throughout his life. Steve was well known for his unique talent of being a slide guitar player. He was very proud of playing with The Marshall Tucker Band on stage at the Watseka Theater last June. Steve always wanted to share his gift of music with others.

Steve enjoyed traveling to Brown County, Indiana with his wife. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who meant so much to him.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Private Family burial will take place at a later date at Body Cemetery in Woodland.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Centennial Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to ICARE Animal Rescue in Iroquois.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Mary Beverly Stiegman, age 94 of Thawville

Mary Beverly Stiegman, age 94 of Thawville passed away on Saturday June 23, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born in Ogden, IA on February 13, 1924 to Amicas and Clara Mertens Van Steenberghe whose business was importing Belgian work-horses and farming. Following high school, she joined other women aiding the war effort by learning telegraphy and becoming a depot agent for the Central Illinois Railroad. She worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for 7 years and eventually resided in Thawville, IL. There, she met and married Marvin L. Stiegman on June 12, 1948 in Thawville. They farmed successfully near Thawville for many years. Beverly and Marvin celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary 11 days prior to her passing.

Mrs. Stiegman is survived by her husband, Marvin, two children, Dr. Gregory Stiegmann of Denver, CO and Eric Stiegman of Thawville, daughter-in-law, Dr. Sarah J. Chilton and two grandchildren, Captain (Dr.) Regan Stiegmann-Stafford of Colorado Springs, CO and Andrew A.V. Stiegmann of Honolulu, HI. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Naoma Chipman.

Beverly was very active her entire life. She understood and appreciated her obligation to be a good steward of the land and all the creatures that lived from it. She enjoyed gardening as well as nurturing, propagating and understanding trees and had a keen interest in preserving the beauty and natural flora and fauna of Central Illinois.

Private funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Pastor Brian King will officiate. Burial will be in Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Thawville.
Please share a memory Beverly at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Linda Blair, 71, of Watseka

 Linda Blair, 71, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

She was born February 17, 1947 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of William and Jewel (Merrick) Jones.

Linda married Jerry Blair on May 1, 1965 in Watseka, IL.

She was a receptionist and biller for Teverbaugh, Croland & Mueller OBGYN. She enoyed cooking, baking, spending time with the grandkids, and taking care of her husband.

Surviving Mrs. Blair is her husband, Jerry Blair of Watseka; son, Jerrod Blair of Chatham, IL; daughters, Dr. Lori (Chad) Teverbaugh-Kunkle of Peoria, IL and Debra (Dan) Hankey of Watseka; brothers, Virgus Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Richard (Laura) Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Donald (Norma) Jones of Somerset, KY, and Gerald Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX; sisters, Betty Jones of Colorado, Delorus (Mason) Campbell of Lexington, KY, Kathleen (Rick) Cadwallader of St. Pete, FL; grandchildren, Ian Teverbaugh, Skyler Hankey, Blair Hankey, Dylan Hankey, Gavin Ray Blair, and Collin Robert Blair; great grandchild, Jude Hankey; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Ray Blair Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Sue Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Ray Jackson will officiate.

Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

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John & Reta Dowling 84 of Watseka

John R. Dowling, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Watseka. He was born on August 20, 1933 in Murrayville, IL, the son of John W. and Hattie Mae (Cooper) Dowling.

Reta A. Dowling, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on January 6, 1934 in Danville, IL, the daughter of Myron R. and Blanche H. (McGahan) Miller.

John and Reta were high school sweethearts at Danville High School. They married in Danville on January 28, 1955. Surviving are three sons: Michael (Kathy) Dowling of Chester, VA, David (Kathy) Dowling of Paxton, and Robert (Kary) Dowling of Bourbonnais; seven grandchildren: William Dowling of DeKalb; Laura Dowling of San Francisco, CA; Chris Dowling of St. Louis, MO; Elizabeth Dowling of Hagerstown, MD; Kelsey Dowling of Boston, MA; Jori Dowling of Bourbonnais; and Mason Dowling of Bourbonnais; and two nieces: Susan (Miller) Bruner and Sonja Miller.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hattie. Reta was preceded in death by her parents, Myron and Blanche, and one brother, Fred Miller.

John served in the United States Army Reserves during the Korean Conflict. He received his Bachelors of Science in History from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters of Science in Educational Administration degree from Illinois State University. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, IHSA Board of Directors where he was a past-president, member of the Iroquois County Board, and served as the Middleport Township Supervisor. In 1955, he started teaching and coaching in Armstrong then continued at Crescent-Iroquois High School from 1959-1963. In 1963, he joined the Watseka High School teaching staff, where he also served as principal for twelve years, ending in 1984. He then became the grade school principal at both Wanda Kendall and Nettie Davis schools. He also served as acting superintendent for a short time. He was awarded Iroquois County Teacher of the Year in 1968. In 1989, he was awarded Watseka Area Citizen of the Year. John was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Iroquois County Republican Precinct Committeeman, Ford-Iroquois Board of Health, Watseka Library Board, I-KAN Joint Education Committee, Iroquois Memorial Hospital volunteer, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Watseka community. He was a frequent volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and helped organize the annual Hospice brunch for many years. John enjoyed history and he was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He had a love for baseball all of his life, starting with being a batboy for the Dodgers minor league team in Danville. He authored a book on the history of the Three-I League, which is in the library of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Talking baseball and being an advocate for Iroquois County and Watseka were some of his greatest passions.

Reta was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Watseka, singing in the choir and was also part of the Iroquois County Cantata Choir. She started teaching in Bismarck Grade School and later taught at Crescent City Grade School and the Glenn Raymond Junior High School. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1969 with her Bachelors of Science in Education and that year started the Art Department at Watseka Community High School. Reta also co-owned and taught at the Pied Piper and Building Blocks Preschool. After she left the preschool she went on to teach 4-H students for many years. Reta served as President of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was also a member of the board for the Iroquois Mental Health Association, the Watseka Bridge Club and the Iroquois County Republican Women. She enjoyed ceramics and was a watercolorist. Reta was a former Iroquois County 4-H judge and was a blue ribbon winner for her angel food cakes. She was always taking on a new project, whether it be framing pictures for friends, making pies for the Gooseberry Festival, or immersing herself in her grandchildren’s latest school project. Reta was the official costume maker for all of her children and grandchildren, and inspired them all to bring creativity into their lives. She was a life-long learner, adopting her grandchildren’s hobbies as her own, so she could keep up with them. Reta was known for her can-do attitude, approaching every situation with grace and selflessness, and always having a kind word for everyone.

Together, John and Reta traveled the world, usually with friends and family and always making new friends along the way. The St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training was one of their favorite places. They were both avid readers and loved spending time with their grandchildren, playing games with them and attending their activities.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Rev. Tom McCann will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Unit 9 Academic Foundation.

Please share a memory of John and Reta at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Kenneth Booi Decker, 90 Danforth

Kenneth Booi Decker was born February 3, 1928 in Danforth Illinois, the son of George Eddward Decker and Angie W. Booi Decker. He passed away Sunday June 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee Illinois. He married Eleanor Louise Moore on September 15, 1950. She passed away February 5, 1997. He was also proceeded in death by his parents, several aunts and uncles as well as his brother Eugene Decker, his sisters Alice Mardell Mickens, Marie C. Decker Martin, an infant sister Edna Decker and an infant daughter Karlyn Michelle Decker.

He is survived by his sons Kenneth M. Decker (Patricia), Keith A. Decker (Barb), daughters Kris A. Glicken (Kerry), Karla M. Felesena (Mark) and his wife Lois B. Decker. His grandchildren are Lauren C. O’Leary (Robert), Michael M. Glicken (Claudia), Ashley E. Glicken, Tony D. Felesena(Stephanie), Jenna E. Koch (Nick), Kristen M. Warman (Nate), Kyle R. Decker, Korey R. Decker, Kenneth M. Decker, Kathryn M. Decker, Kirk M. Decker(Whittni).

He is also survived by his great grandchildren Ella O’Leary, Willow O’Leary, Autumn O’Leary, Ceneca Glicken, Jaelyn Koch, Kaleb Koch, Landry Koch, Anthony (AJ) Felesena Jr. and Caton Decker.

Mr. Decker attended Danforth and Gilman Illinois schools then pursued his college degree at Hope College in Holland, Michigan graduating in 1950. Following graduation, he taught school in McBain Michigan, then moved to Chebanse, Illinois where he taught English and other subjects in the Chebanse Middle School. From there he began his next job, teaching Driver Education and coaching Football and Track at Central High School in Clifton Illinois. He was most proud of the hundreds of students he taught to drive and the athletes he taught, especially those who were able to overcome their personal obstacles to become outstanding young citizens. He was recently recognized as a Charter Founding member of the Chebanse Lions Club where he was a member for many years.

He earned a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University and left education to become the Supervisor of Driver Education in Springfield for the State of Illinois. It was there that he had his experiences, working with the State Legislature and Local, County and State agencies.

Those interactions were important, as he used those contacts, in his new role working for Eastern Illinois Electrical Cooperative. There, he lobbied the General Assembly and at times the Congress of the United States regarding Rural Electrical Legislation and the needs of the rural Illinois farmer.

After that tenure, he realized the importance of Sludge Application to farm land and began selling sludge application machinery with Big Wheels and Big A. That experience gave him the opportunity to begin his own business applying municipal sludge to farm land. Very quickly, he became the preeminent expert on the technique of application and the regulation of land application of municipal and farm sludge. That expertise honored him with speaking engagements in Springfield and Washington DC. and in cities across the country.

He sold that business to retire to the farm in rural Chebanse, Illinois where he has spent many summers with his children and grandchildren teaching them the skills of a farmer. During the winter, he has lived in Willcox, Arizona with his wife Lois and his two sisters, Marie and Mardell. There he became the honorary Mayor of Willcox, during the winter months, with a proclamation he wrote himself and was ratified by the retired men at the local coffee shop.

He will be remembered for his love of family, his empathy and willingness to help those less fortunate, as well as his many stories and jokes about life and his love of the Lord. Memorials can be made, in his name, to the Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation, P.O. Box 619 Zion IL 60099. Visitation will be at the Knapp Funeral Home 415 N. Main Clifton Il from 3-7 PM Friday, June 22 2018. Saturday visitation will be at 10 AM June 23 with services beginning at 11AM at the Life Church 1411 Crescent St. in Gilman IL. Burial will follow at the Danforth Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at 10 AM at the Nazarene Church in Willcox Arizona on July 14, 2018.

     

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Richard W. Zaremba, 77, of Milford

Richard W. Zaremba, 77, of Milford passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home. He was born May 22, 1941 in Chicago, the son of William and Mary Zdeb Zaremba and they preceded him in death.

He married Katherine Setinsky on August 7, 1993 in Chicago and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Ronald (Marla) Zaremba of Mt. Prospect; one daughter, Robin Zaremba of Mt. Prospect; one sister, Jacqueline (Wilson) Curtis of Rossville; three step-daughters, Paula Haylie of Kansas City, MO, Haylie Justice of Waupan, WI and Mary Wright of LaCrosse, Wi; two grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Mr. Zaremba was a retired police officer after 39 years of service, having served in Chicago for 33 years and in Milford for 6 years. He was a member of a Barber Shop Quartet and Chorus and Church Chorus. Richard was a Boy Scout Leader and just loved being a mentor to many. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Riverside Clinic in Watseka or Watseka Police Dept.

Please share a memory of Richard at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Nancy Hari, 75, of Rankin,

Nancy Hari, 75, of Rankin, IL passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born December 30, 1942 to Lorin and Louise (Smith) Nease of Rankin. She graduated from Rankin High School as valedictorian in 1961. On June 4, 1961 she married Dennis Hari in Rankin.

In the fall of 1961 she started college at Illinois State University in elementary education. In 1964 she started teaching in East Lynn and then Hoopeston. She retired after 30 years of teaching elementary students.

She loved to read, garden, sewing, and playing with grandkids. After retirement Nancy and her husband spent 19 summers fishing at their place in Northern Wisconsin and traveling the world, visiting all 7 continents.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Lorin and Louise Nease; her sister, Phyllis Hulmes; one brother, Robert “Bob” Nease; and two sisters, Shirley and Patti, who died shortly after birth.

She is survived by her husband Dennis; two daughters, Kathy (Lewis) Brown of Rankin and Terri (Casey) Skelton of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Nathan, Grace, and Allison Skelton and Anna and Eva Brown; three sisters, Beverly Overbey of Rankin, Carolyn Unzicker of Champaign, and Jean Swanson of Laurens, Iowa; and two brothers, Tom (Dolly) Nease and Larry (Pam) Nease both of Effingham.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, daughters, grandchildren, and the rest of her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Rankin United Methodist Church. Rev. Charlie Graul will officiate. Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral services on Friday at church.

Memorials may be made to the Rankin Library or the Rankin United Methodist Church where she was a long time member.

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

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Dorothy M. Geddes, 93, formerly of Watseka

Dorothy M.  Geddes, 93, formerly of Watseka passed away at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Hoopeston, IL.  She was born on June 26, 1924 in Wapakoneta, OH, the daughter of Eylar and Ethel (Stoltey) Brunskill.

 

Dorothy married Charles Geddes of Milford on October 28, 1951 in Reddick, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1998.

 

Dorothy touch many children’s lives having taught for 28 years.  She started her teaching career in Manlius, Illinois, then as the Home Economics teacher at Milford Township High School.  She then taught 3rd grade at Milford Grade School and finally 2nd grade at Nettie Davis in Watseka, Illinois.  Dorothy was a firm believer in education and had a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Illinois and was a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.  She had an interest in genealogy.  She always enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and had a passion for teaching.

 

Dorothy was a longtime member of the Watseka Methodist Church and Fortnightly Group, various Bible studies groups, along with the Retired Teachers Association.  She was interested in Agriculture, a member of the 4-H House at the U of I, and was a member of the University of Illinois Home Extension Group.

 

She is survived by her children Robert (Becky) Geddes of Hoopeston, IL., Richard (Melinda) Geddes of Colorado Springs, Co., and Barbara (David) McCann of Clifton Park, NY., and several grandchildren.

 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any local public library or to the donor’s choice.

 

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

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Nancy J. Hari 75 of Cissna Park

Nancy J. Hari 75 of Cissna Park

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. 

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Dr. George Cuonzo 82 of Florida, Formally of Watseka

Dr. George Cuonzo 82 of Florida, Formally of Watseka.

 
Mass is pending at a later date. 

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Patricia Balanoff 85 of Milford

Patricia Ann Balanoff, 85, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Carle Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. She was born March 18, 1933 in Harvey, the daughter of George and Mary Krueger Stowe. She married Victor Balanoff on November 20, 1970 in Stockland and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1992. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by three daughters, Christy Cartwright of Danville, Debra Dawson of Milford and Lisa (Gerald) Allen of Milford; one son, Bruce (Hang Ye) Cartwright of Milford; seven grandchildren, Cody Cluver, Adam Cluver, Stephanie Dawson, Andrea Luthy, Nick Dawson, Kori Cartwright and Kyle Allen; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Stowe of Milford; and her very special friend, Maynard Marquis of Donovan.

Mrs. Balanoff was a member of the Milford Christian Church. She had worked at Uarco in Watseka for many years. She loved her grandchildren and attended all of their events. She also loved her animals.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Milford Christian Church or ICARE.

Please share a memory of Patricia at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Huldah Buhrmester Callahan, 99, of Watseka

Huldah Buhrmester Callahan, 99, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Born on May 18, 1919 to John and Clarissa (Clara) Houmes on the family farm near Stockland, IL. She graduated from Stockland High School. She was a housewife and loving mother. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and her flowers; she said flowers made a house more of a home. Huldah worked for 32 years as a nurse’s aide and in central supply at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Surviving Mrs. Callahan are her sons, Michael (Renee) and Robert (Nalena) Buhrmester of Watseka; daughters, Phyllis (Robert) Feller of Washington, Susan (Werner) Carron and Imogene (David) Brandenburg of Missouri; sister, Jane Smith of Tennessee; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Glenn Buhrmester and Lee Callahan; and siblings, Lucille, William, Paul, John, and Dale.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

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

Memorials in Mrs. Callahan’s name can be made to the IMH Hospice.

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Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka

Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

She was born on September 15, 1942 in Corydon, IN, the daughter of William Richert and Lucy (Harrison) Richert.

Barbara married Virgil Burdick on April 3, 1965 in Watseka. 

Mrs. Burdick was a secretary for Hamilton for eight years. She enjoyed bowling, computers, and doing taxes for others.

Surviving Mrs. Burdick are her sons and daughter-in-law's, Virgil and Kathy Burdick of Woodland, Duane and Jana Richert of Watseka, Dennis and Charlene Bruner of Watseka, Mark and Kathy Burdick of Watseka, Elmer Scott of Jeffersonville, IN, and Linda Burdick of Watseka; daughters and son-in-law, Alice and William Yonke of Mauston, WI, Susan Felty of Florida, and Juanita Philpot of Sellersburg, IN; brother, Floyd and Sherry Richert of Fowler, IN; sister, Karen Richert of Watseka; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; one son, Lucky; and two granddaughters, Paige and Alice.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.

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

Memorials in Mrs. Burdick's name can be made to the First Christian Church, American Cancer Society, or Donor's Choice.

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Ronald "Jim" Roach, 92, of Martinton

Ronald "Jim" Roach, 92, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

He was born on February 6, 1926 in Martinton, IL, the son of John Roach and Aldea (Benoit) Roach.

Jim married Esther (Duclos) Wehling on June 18, 1966 in St. Martins Catholic Church in Martinton, IL.

Mr. Roach was an Insurance and Real Estate Broker. He served in the ARMY as a Corpral, serving in the Korean Conflict and was a Medical Corpsman. He was a clerk for the Martinton Township and Village Board for 20 years. Jim was a member of the St. Anne Church in St. Anne, and the Watseka American Legion Post #23. He enjoyed doing yard care, especially landscaping for his wife. He also liked watching his crop grow. Jim took pride in helping take care of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery starting when he was only 9, until eventually taking over and running/managing it up until recently.

Surviving Mr. Roach is his son, David (Nancy) Wehling of Racine, WI; son-in-law, Dave Webster of Martinton, IL; grandchildren, Adam Wehling, Sara Merten, and Scott (Michele) Webster; great-grandchildren, James Wehling, Chase Merten, and Tiffany Webster; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; wife, Esther; daughter, Sandra; three sisters, Romella LeReau, Rethel Tatro, Rueletta "Betty" Tilton; two brothers, Romeo Roach and Ruel Roach.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 fom 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Father Jim Fanale will officiate.

Buriall will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Roach's name can be made to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka

 Barbara Burdick, 75, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

She was born on September 15, 1942 in Corydon, IN, the daughter of William Richert and Lucy (Harrison) Richert.

Barbara married Virgil Burdick on April 3, 1965 in Watseka. 

Mrs. Burdick was a secretary for Hamilton for eight years. She enjoyed bowling, computers, and doing taxes for others.

Surviving Mrs. Burdick are her sons and daughter-in-law's, Virgil and Kathy Burdick of Woodland, Duane and Jana Richert of Watseka, Dennis and Charlene Bruner of Watseka, Mark and Kathy Burdick of Watseka, Elmer Scott of Jeffersonville, IN, and Linda Burdick of Watseka; daughters and son-in-law, Alice and William Yonke of Mauston, WI, Susan Felty of Florida, and Juanita Philpot of Sellersburg, IN; brother, Floyd and Sherry Richert of Fowler, IN; sister, Karen Richert of Watseka; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; one son, Lucky; and two granddaughters, Paige and Alice.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor John Franklin will officiate.

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

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Dennith "Rosie" Rosenberger 58 of Watseka

Dennith "Rosie" Rosenberger 58 of Watseka.

 

Visitation will be held Saturday Jume 9th from 4-7pm, With Memorial Services at 7pm.

 

All at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

Burial at a later date in Iroquois Gaffield Cemetery. 

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Ronald J. Sanders, 83, of Onarga

Ronald J. Sanders, 83, of Onarga passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his residence.

Ron was born October 14, 1934 in Peoria, the son of John and Roberta Scharp Sanders and they both preceded him in death. He married Gail Yarger on July 10, 1965 in Richmond Heights, MO and she survives.

Besides his wife, Gail Sanders of Onarga, he is survived by one son, Kent Miles of Seymour, IL; three daughters, Kim Sanders of Olathe, KS, Kris (Tom) Tapocik of Springfield, IL and Karel (Kenneth) Troxell of Washington, IL; one brother, Alan Sanders of Tremont, IL; one sister, Sara (Paddy) Liles of Springfield, IL; five grandchildren including Arianna Melsome, Mary Beth Tapocik, and Jimmy Tapocik; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sanders was employed at Morton Buildings for over 50 years where he was Sales Manager at the Watseka location. He was a 40-year member of Watseka Kiwanis, 40-year member of Watseka Lions Club, Past President of Iroquois County Mental Health Board, and member of Onarga United Methodist Church. Ron was a former boy scout leader and was an avid fisherman and golfer.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Onarga United Methodist Church. Rev. Vicki Killus and Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to Onarga United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Aldine Hines, 88, of Watseka

Aldine Hines, 88, of Watseka, IL passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018.

She was born on February 20, 1930 in Goodwine, IL, the daughter of Smith Gillins and Hazel (Leaver) Gillins.

Aldine married John Hines on May 18, 1951 in Kentucky.

Mrs. Hines was the Vice President at MainSource Bank where she worked at for thirty years. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.

Surviving Mrs. Hines is her daughter, Julie (Wes) Handy of Mundelein, IL; grandchildren, Adam (Janet) Handy and Jessica (Joe) Cozza; great grandchildren, Christopher and Jacob Handy; and great nephew, Travis Martin.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Al "Razor" Gillins.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 12pm-1pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will follow on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Burial will take place at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL.

Memorials in Mrs. Hines's name can be made to the Milford Park and Pool Foundation or Carle Auxiliary Guest House.

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Helen Mary Enders 90, Sheldon

Helen Mary Enders (Rathburn), NEE Piotrowicz – Age 90 passed to our Lord on 25 May 2018 in Watseka, Ill. She was born 28 January, 1928 in LaPorte, Indiana the daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara Piotrowicz of Fish Lake, Indiana.

She married Meredith “Pete” Rathburn on 8 June, 1946 in LaPorte, Indiana. He preceded her in passing in 1966. She is also preceded in death by step-daughter, Nancy Kujawski (Jim).

One of 10 children she is survived by brother Joseph “Babe” Piotrowicz (Peggy). Her children Barbara Rowland (Chuck), Diana Gooding (Richard), Michael Rathburn, and Jeffery Rathburn (Angela); step-son Larry Enders (DeLina) Grandchildren Charles Rowland (Amy), Christina Rowland, Joseph Gooding, Erin Debolt (Josh), Megan Gooding (Lynn), Jason Gooding (Jill), and Colena and Shayan Rathburn. Step-grandchildren, Bret Enders, Blake Enders, Melanie Kujawski, and Lisa Badell (Jeff). Great Grandchildren Charlie, Benjamin, Oaklyn, Victoria, and Clayton; step-great grandchildren, Katie Kujawski and Olivia Badell.

Helen moved to Sheldon, Illinois in 1971. She met and married Gene Enders in 1973, who survives her today.

Helen lived a full and active life. She was a beautiful seamstress, became a licensed hair dresser, and loved to cook. Her Pierogis were so good the whole family would gather at home to help make them and get their share! Helen was also a devout member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, IN.

Visitation will be held at Baier Funeral Home at 102 W. Oak St.; Watseka, IL 60970 on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5-8pm, with Rosary at 4:45pm. Funeral Mass will take place at St Joseph Catholic Church at 409 E Allen St; Kentland, IN 47951 on Saturday, June, 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Fr Robert Bernotas will officiate. A small gathering will be held following services. Interment will be held at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Walkerton, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice (200 North Laird Lane; Watseka, IL 60970) and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland, IN.

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Donna Hull 75, of Ashkum

Pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. 

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Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville

Alan Jackson, 49, of Beaverville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

He was born on December 29, 1968 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Edward Jackson and Beatrice (Hutson) Myers.

Alan was a laborer, welder, and a carpenter. He enjoyed sports, especially the CUBS, rodeoing, playing pool, and spending time with family.

Surviving Mr. Jackson is his significant other, Brenda Lane; son, Brandon Cornell; daughter, Heather Coffey; brothers, Robert (Judith) Jackson, David (Debra) Jackson, and Brian Jackson; sister, Sheila Floriant; grandchildren, Brayden Dewitt, Bryton Cahoe, and Paisley Cornell; twenty nieces and nephes; and twelve great nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pamela Jackson; and brother in law, Kenneth Floriant.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11am until 2pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Jim Frary will officiate.

Memorials in Mr. Jackson's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

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Gerhard A. "Gary" Bohlmann, 91, of Chebanse

Gerhard A. “Gary” Bohlmann, 91, of Chebanse passed away Sunday evening, May 20, 2018, at Butterfield Court in Kankakee following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Rev. Kene Whybrew will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and on Friday for 1 hour prior to the services at church. Burial with full military honors will be on Tuesday morning, May 29, 2018 at 10:30 am at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood. Memorials may be made to the Clifton Food Pantry or Suzi-Q Foundation. Please share a memory of Gary at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. Bohlmann was born on November 15, 1926 in Random Lake, WI, the son of Ernst and Amelia Zuengler Bohlmann. His parents are deceased as are two wives; one daughter, Susan Lord; one grandson, Nicholas; one sister, Irmgard Arndt; and two brothers, Walter and Donald Bohlmann.

Mr. Bohlmann is survived by three daughters, Cheri (Tim) Jones of Bonfield, Jean (Clyde) Meents of Chebanse and Beth Marth of Dublin, OH; three sons, Robert (Linda) Bohlmann of Ashkum, Steve (Ruth) Bohlmann of Tulsa, OK and Brian (Sharon) Bohlmann of Monument City, CO; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bohlmann operated a dairy farm in Wisconsin from 1949 to 1959 and at that time he moved to Illinois and stayed active in agriculture, becoming associated with Americana Seed Co. and ultimately became a District Manager for Americana Seeds in this area. He was a man of God and lived accordingly, he was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse and was very active in church affairs. He belonged to VFW Post 2131 of Chebanse and the Chebanse Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Mr. Bohlmann was a veteran of WW II and served with the US Army in the Pacific–Asiatic Theatre of operations most notably at Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands.  

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Earl "Bates" Brown, 93, Milford

Earl “Bates” Brown, 93, a lifelong Milford resident passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Milford. He was born on September 14, 1924 in Milford, the son of Earl and Mary (Adams) Brown. He married Frances Minard on June 26, 1948 and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2016.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah (Tom) Landry of Tucson, AZ and Linda (Jay) Slife of Union Grove, WI; one son, Daryl Brown of Hoopeston; four grandchildren, Justin and Ben Slife and Jessica and DJ Brown; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew, Leah, Alana, Maggie, Layla, and Jay R.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bates was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty McCray and Lauradean Hinkle; and one brother, Cecil.

Bates was an avid sports fan. In high school, he was the captain of his football team and athlete of the year in 1942. He liked to talk about his team’s achievement as conference champs, which didn’t happen again until his son’s team years later. In his youth, he also played on the Milford Indies softball team. He later served as a Boy Scout leader, financial secretary of Carpenter’s Union Local 1793 and on the Milford High School Board of Education.

Being drafted right out of high school, Mr. Brown served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II as Crew Chief on a B29 bomber on the island of Tinian in the South Pacific. He was assigned to the atomic bomb squadron and helped maintain the famous B29 Superfortress, Lucky Lady.

Upon returning home after the war, Mr. Brown owned and operated Bates Brown & Son General Contracting for 40 plus years. During that time, he built close to 100 homes and businesses in Milford and the surrounding area. After retirement from his own business, he served for 20 years as Iroquois County Construction Inspector retiring from that position a few weeks prior to his passing.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Milford Christian Church and served humbly. He had enthusiastically built the church earlier in his career, an effort he wore as a great badge of honor.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Milford Christian Church in Milford. Revs. Neil Larimore and Brent Zastrow will officiate.

Burial will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Maple Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Milford Christian Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Please share a memory of Bates at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Alma Schroeder 92 of Danforth and Crescent City

Alma Emilie Schroeder, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Crescent City, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Faith Place in Danforth surrounded by her family.

Alma was born February 6, 1926 to John C. and Mary D. (Seggebruch) Luhman in Ash Grove Twp. She attended Parochial School in Woodworth and Milford High School. She married Lavern Schroeder November 21, 1943 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Their marriage was blessed with three children and 57 years together.

Survivors include a son, Clifford (Ruth) Schroeder of Chebanse and daughter, Delores (Bob) Butzow of Onarga. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Luhman of MN; one uncle, Melvin Seggebruch of Cissna Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Alice; and one brother, Clarence.

Alma enjoyed being a housewife and farmed alongside her husband until they retired. She was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved her flower gardens, quilting, and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed being snowbirds for many years in AZ, and later Alma wintered in San Antonio near her granddaughter.

Alma was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth where a celebration of her life will be Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour beforehand. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Visitation will also be on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4:00–8:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth, Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth or the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Alma at knappfuneralhomes.com.

     

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Patricia McKay 53 of Milford

Arrangements were handled  with Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. 

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Audrey Bergstrom 92 of Florida formerly of Watseka.

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Sharon Marlene Hickey, 77, of rural Chebanse

Sharon Marlene Hickey, 77, of rural Chebanse passed away Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee following a lengthy illness. At her request, cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no services or visitation. The Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton is handling the cremation rites. Memorials may be made for the Family’s Wishes. Please share a memory of Sharon at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Hickey was born on October 4, 1940 in St. Anne, the daughter of Henry and Eleanor Spitler Easter and her parents are deceased. She married Joseph Bateman Hickey Jr. in St. Anne on August 29, 1987 and he survives in Chebanse. She is also survived by two daughters, Terry L. (Roger) Taylor of Donovan and Valorie J. (Alan) Watts of Watseka; one son, Brian S. Page of Watseka; two step-daughters, Bettina (James) Penney of Crete and Angelique (Marcus) Garrison of Beecher; one step-son, Joseph M. Hickey of Beecher; seven grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elaine (Wayne) Hickman of Watseka.

Mrs. Hickey had worked in numerous capacities in banking for Crest Savings Bank and had most recently worked in realty for Caldwell Banker. She enjoyed reading, traveling, sewing and crocheting.

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Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

Betty Jean Bedeker 88 of Woodland

 

Arrangments are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon,

Phyllis Hartman, 87, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018. She was born on February 19, 1931 in a Model A in the parking lot of IMH Hospital, Watseka, IL, the daughter of Harry Brubaker and Emma Thalia (Beard-Barrows) Brubaker. Phyllis married Robert Hartman on July 1, 1956 at the Sheldon Methodist Church. Phyllis was a Teacher for English, French, Girls PE, and Drama at Milford. Elementary Vocal Teacher at Bryce Ash Grove Grade School and Stockland Grade School. Librarian and Teachers Aid at Grace Baptist Academy from 1978 until 1983. She was also a Farm Wife. A Member of the 4-H Sheldon Square Shooters Agriculture Club where she held all four offices, Sheldon Sun Beams all girls 4-H Club where she also held all four offices. 4-H Leader from 1967 until 1973, Aberdeen Angus Purebred Association County. She sang at the Chicago Land Music Festival and State Fair while in chorus in 1947 and received a scholarship to Duquoin. Mrs. Hartman was also a Member of the Music Camp Woman’s Club, Egas, Phi Alpha Omega Drama Club, President on The Independent Woman’s Organization, Youth Director at Asberry Church from 1953 to 1955, Twin State Woman, and the Pembroke Township Auxiliary. Additionally, she was a Member of Home Extension for 12 years at U of I, room mother for each of her children, Directed Traveling Youth Choir (All Stars of Light), Pioneer Club and Sunbeams at Trinity, and part of the Agricultural leaders in the Farm Bureau. Phyllis also filled in her time as a Secretary for the Kankakee Methodist Church, but she is most well known for Hartman Packaging which she owned and operated for over 20 years with her husband. She enjoyed designing and sewing clothes, notably making five wedding dresses, making and designing wedding cakes, and poetry. She played the organ for the churches that she served. Phyllis also enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher, which she did for 45 years. She embroidered hundreds of pillow cases for gifts. Surviving Mrs. Hartman is her sons, Todd (Margo) Hartman of Charleston, IL, Marty (Julie) Hartman of Greenville, SC; daughters, Laurie (Roger) Poindexter of Fowler, IN, and Gena Hafstrom of Brook, IN; sister, Marjorie (Robert E.) Hix of Pine Grove, CA; grandchildren, Josh (Megan) Shufflebarger, Ian Shepard, Taylor Shepard, William (Amy) Hornbuckle, Matthew Poindexter, Daniel (Terry) Poindexter, Christa (Christopher) Karge, Jake (Ashley) Hartman, Emma Hartman; great-grandchildren, Tristan Brown, Josie Ray Sylvester, Adriana and Allyson Gonzales, Eli and Josie Hornbuckle, and Jordyn Poindexter Saide Rae Sylvester, Sara and David Gonzalez, Ryan Lane, Sophia, Coltyn, and Kinley Shufflebarger; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; two sisters, Nancy Brubaker and Mary Wells; and one grandson, Stephen Poindexter. A Gathering of Friends will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 3-4pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Memorial Service will follow on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastors Marty Schoenleber, Ryan Mustard, and Bart Koester will all officiate. Burial will take place at Sheldon Cemetery at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Hartman's name can be made to IMH Hospice, Missionaries, or Trinity Caring for Others Fund. 

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