Erma Martin Tebo, 92, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at her residence. Erm was born on February 5, 1926 in Buckley, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Lillian Feller Kaufmann. She married Maurice “Dutch” Martin in Cissna Park on June 13, 1948 and he preceded her in death on August 13, 1992. She later married Roger Tebo on September 28, 1996 and he passed away on July 31, 2008.
Survivors include three daughters, Mic (Ralph) Henrichs of Cissna Park, Audrey (Carl) Block of Mesa, AZ, and Denise Horner of Rantoul; one son, Rex Martin of Champaign; two sisters, Arlene Gutwein of Surprise, AZ, and Dorothy (Joel) Koonce of Watseka; two sisters-in-law, Irene Lowe of Watseka and Engel Kaufmann of Watseka; one step-daughter, Pauline Scharf of Oswego; one step-daughter-in-law, Kate Tebo of Chillicothe; eleven grandchildren Nick Willoughby, Jeremy Willoughby, Adam Martin, Ben Henrichs, Lizzie Blunier, Joey Henrichs, Andy Henrichs, Joshua Block, Amanda Thompson, Martin Horner and Mason Horner; and twenty-three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leslie Kaufmann, Marvin Kaufmann, and Harry Kaufmann; three sisters, Evelyn Hartman, Wilma Light, and Viola Redman; one son, Randall Martin, and one step-son, Mark Tebo.
Erm was a painter and wall paper hanger for over 35 years and still enjoyed painting for her friends and family. Just last week she helped paint her great-granddaughters bedroom.
One of her greatest joys was spending time with her children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. She loved babysitting them, taking them on golf cart rides, hosting them for sleepovers, and watching their activities. She was a member of Grace Bible Church and enjoyed hosting in her weekly ladies bible study. She served at her church as an AWANA leader for many years and was known as the jello lady at the Sunday Diner.
Visitation will be from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday at church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Grace Bible Church in Cissna Park with Rev. Trey Scheffer officiating. Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Education Foundation.
David H. Cluver, 83, of Watseka passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.
Dave was born December 20, 1934 in Woodworth, the son of Henry J. and Amanda E. Hopmann Cluver. He married the love of his life, Judy Grice on November 11, 1956 at Ash Grove and she survives.
Besides his wife, Judy Cluver of Watseka, he is survived by one daughter, Jillene (Steve) Bjorklund of Elgin; two sons, Michael (Mary) Cluver of Aurora and Mark (Norma) Cluver of Watseka; five grandchildren, Aaron Cluver, Amy Bruens, Kelly Teal, Katie Cluver, and Kyle Cluver; five great grandchildren, Connor, Sophie, Keller, Trey, and Baby Boy Teal; one sister, Carol Kane of Watseka; two brothers, Bob (Shirley) Cluver of Kankakee and James Cluver of Watseka.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Fletcher.
Mr. Cluver was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Dave enjoyed watching the Cubs, flying radio control airplanes, playing fast pitch softball, and was an avid euchre player. He owned and operated McCord Tire Service for forty-nine years.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Frances R. Strean, 80, of Iroquois passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on April 24, 1938 in Sheldon, the daughter of Wilbur and Katherine (Mohler) Hall. She married James E. Strean Sr. in Sheldon on June 30, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 20, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving are one son, James “Jim” Strean (Marie Ross) of Enos, IN; one grandson, Dustin Strean (Christine Bond) of Lake Village, IN; and one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Strean.
Mrs. Strean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Iroquois. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading and spending time with her friends and family. She loved her dog, Tiny.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois. Rev. Vicki Killus will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Iroquois or Concord Twp. Fire Department.
Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
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Carol Ann Crusie, 69, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Watseka Rehab & Health Care Center. She was born October 7, 1948 in Watseka, the daughter of Harold and Celora Keith Reed and they preceded her in death.
She married John E. Crusie on June 26, 1993 in Milford and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Gina (Tim) Worthey of Milford; one son, Harold Biggs of Etna, Ohio; four granddaughters, Miranda (Jake) Sanford, Megan Krueger, Katana (Noah) Fetherstone and Kaley Biggs; two grandsons, Kyle (Mandi) Krueger and Nicholas (Cassandra) Krueger; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Carol was a waitress and cook at Town & Country Steakhouse in Milford. After receiving her dietician license, she worked at Sheldon Health Care Center and Magnolia Wood Health Care Center in Watseka. She later was the Donut Lady at Casey’s in Milford. Carol was a Cubs fan and enjoyed bowling, Yahtzee, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the 1:00 pm funeral service on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove at Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Family to help with expenses, Watseka Rehab & Health Care Center Activity Fund or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
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Willie B. “Curley” Collins, 90, of Milford passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on November 18, 1927 in Clinton County, KY, the son of Eddie and Ida Mae Poulson Collins. He married Emeline Allen in Milford on July 1, 1950 and she survives.
In addition to his wife, Emeline Collins of Milford, he is also survived by two grandchildren, Amy (Marc) Johnson of DeKalb, IL and Mark (Crystal) Collins of Tampa, FL; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Evan, Lucas and Maverick; and two brothers, Eugene and Overland.
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Jonathon, Robert and William; and one brother, Raymond.
Willie was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Milford for over 70 years where he played in the band, New Life Singers, for five years. He had a love for music and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Church of the Nazarene in Milford. Rev. Robert Killion will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.
Memorials may be made to Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland or Church of the Nazarene in Milford.
Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Anna J. Savoree Disosway, 94, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her home. She was born September 6, 1923 in Donovan, the daughter of William and Daisy Fry Donovan and they preceded her in death. She married Marion Savoree on September 30, 1940 in LeClair, Iowa and he preceded her in death on February 12, 1977. She later married Charles W. Disosway on July 18, 1981 in Donovan and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2015. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Strahl and Lula Wood; one daughter, Susan Savoree; and many great-grandchildren.
She is survived by one daughter, Annabel Iliff of Kentland, IN; one son, Michael Savoree of Watseka; grandchildren, Troy Iliff of Kentland, IN, Lisa Iliff of Kentland, IN, Michele (Scott) Webster of Martinton, Brenda (Mike) Babaj of Sweetwater, TN, Tim (Elaine) Kleckner of TN, Teresa Anderson of Watseka, Rick (Crystal) Kleckner of Clinton, Dave (Renae) Kleckner of Towanda, and Dale (Jane) Moore of Hobart, IN; several great-grandchildren including, Tiffany and Jackie; and many great-great-grandchildren.
Anna was a member of the Darrow Church of Christ and American Legion Auxiliary #633. She had worked at Hi-Grade Egg Farm outside of Donovan. She enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, bowling, dancing, playing rummikub, and being with family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Anna also enjoyed collecting seashells, butterfly memorabilia and elephant memorabilia.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery at Iroquois.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Joseph Sinodinos 47 of Watseka.
Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Penelope Pearl Keith, 77, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 3:49 P.M. Tuesday April 17, 2018, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL. She was born June 1, 1940, in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Clifford and Hazel (Bell) Smith. She married Thomas C. Keith on September 28, 1957, in Sheldon, Indiana. He survives in Wellington.
She is also survived by two daughters, Debra Keith of Danville, IL and Lisa Rath of West Frankfort, IL; two sons, Timothy (Penny) Keith of Monroe, GA and Tony Keith of Loganville, GA; 2 granddaughters; 2 grandsons; 2 great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Jean (Bud) Feller; and one brother, Eddie (Mickey) Smith.
Penelope worked at Howard Industries. She later worked at Grant Ross Credit Union in Hoopeston and then at CCMSI in Danville, IL. She enjoyed volunteering for the Jerry Lewis MDA and playing the piano and organ. Penelope also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and loved to play on pogo.com.
Per her wishes, she will be cremated. A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Monday April 23, 2018 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. No burial will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60606.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Penelope’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Lois Anne Schmidt, 93, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at her residence.
Lois was born December 28, 1924 in rural Cissna Park, the daughter of Ernest and Mary Yergler Bauer. She married Henry E. Schmidt on July 22, 1945 in Woodworth and he preceded her in death on June 10, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Sandra Schmidt and Sherry Schmidt; five brothers and sisters, Ernest, Earl “Bud” Bauer, Alvin Bauer, Marjorie Rinkenberger, and Ella Wittmer.
She is survived by four sons and daughters, Sue (Curt) Spaur of Hoopeston, Chuck (Sheila) Schmidt of Milford, Joan (David) Stuart of Port Moody, British Columbia, and Mark (Lisa) Schmidt of Elburn; six brothers and sisters, Wilma Blunier of Eureka, Marie Hohulin of Roanoke, Dorothy Walder of Cissna Park, Carol (John) Waldbeser of Cissna Park, Robert (Sonnie) Bauer of Cissna Park, and Pete Bauer of Cissna Park. Lois dearly loved her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lois was grateful for her long, blessed life. She believed in and practiced taking one day at a time, truly being present in the moment. Her care and love for Sherry led to her work at the R.P. Roberts Friendship Home in Watseka where she utilized her special gifts of attending to the needs of others and sharing her positive attitude. Lois and Henry were founding members of IARC, now called the ARC of Iroquois County. Lois had a never ending patience, listened without comment and worked to reserve judgment. Her strong faith, sense of humor, and clarity stayed with her until the end.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. Pastor Silas Montgomery will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.
Visitation will be from 4:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
James "Jim" Yohnka 62 of Chebanse
Visitation will be Tuesday 4/17 from 4-8pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Also one hour prior to the 11 am Wednesday service at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse.
Cremation rites will follow, burial at a later date.
Russell David Carley, 73, of Milford, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home.
He was born June 28, 1944 in Watseka, the son of Allen and Velma (Scheiwe) Carley.
Russell married Verla Edwards on December 31, 1966 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.
He was a farmer. In his spare time his hobbies included fishing, playing with his grandchildren, golfing, watching the CUBS, remote control airplanes, flying, and attending men's church group.
Surviving Mr. Carley is his wife, Verla Carley of Milford, IL; parents, Allen and Velma Carley of Watseka; daughters, Marci and Roy Gray of Milford, IL, and Beth and Darren Batdorf of Kankakee, IL; brothers, Leon and Janet Carley of South Beloit, WI, and Kenton and Lisa Carley of Milford, IL; sisters, Virginia and Bob Buhr of Milford, IL, and Bonita Rajala of Watseka; grandchildren, Carley and Jake Mitchell, Cade and Abby Batdorf, Colson Carley, and Gage Gray; nieces and nephews, Kirsten and Amy Rajala, Erin and Carey Buhr, Derek and Damon Carley, and Trenton and Clayton Carley.
He is also preceded in passing by son, Scott Carley; and nephew, Jeff Buhr.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.
Bennett Engle Willis, 66, of Watseka passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home. He was born May 11, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Bennett Engle and Irene Gum Willis Jr. and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill McGary and Bob McGary; and three sisters, Sheila Corke, Carroll Wessels and Shirley Savoree.
He married Teresa Denise Gossett on May 18, 1985 in Watseka and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Tim Willis of Manhattan, Keith (Jamie) Willis of Clifton and David (Karen) Willis of St. Anne; one daughter, Denise (Jim) Janssen of Pekin; and nine grandchildren, Corey Willis, Jacob Willis, Tyler Willis, Blake Willis, Kodie Willis, Hannah Marcier, Abbi Marcier, Alex Willis and Drew Willis.
Mr. Willis was a graduate of Watseka Community High School. He worked at BASF for 43 years as a chemical worker. Bennett loved his family, shooting guns, bowling, dancing, playing cards, and Mustangs.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Jerry Parker will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Dennis Bright 59 of Rankin
Private Services will be a a later date.
James Caspers 67 of Cissna Park
Graveside Services will be 11am Monday April 10th at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.
Dwayne B. Bayston, 97, of Pickerington, OH and formerly of Gilman passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Amber Park Assisted Living Facility in Pickerington, OH.
Dwayne was born December 11, 1920 in Payton, IA, the son of Howard and Elnora (Haase) Bayston. He married Fern H. Froehling on December 14, 1941 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman and she preceded him in death on October 16, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one granddaughter, Cynthia McMillan; and one son-in-law, Gary Grohler.
He is survived by two daughters, Christine (John) McMillan of Venice, FL and Mary Grohler of Pickerington, OH; one son, Tom (Debra) Bayston of Onarga; and eight grandchildren.
Mr. Bayston served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Dwayne was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman where he served on the church council and played dartball. Mr. Bayston was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga area. He was a member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and served on the Board of Directors at Delrey Farmers Grain.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Lynn Podoll will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at Onarga Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman.
LeRoy H. Krumwiede, 87, of Clifton passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his home. He was born January 31, 1931 in Buckley, the son of Emil and Theda Hankey Krumwiede. He married Alberta H. Papineau on June 26, 1954 in Clifton and she preceded him in death on February 18, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lial Krumwiede; one sister, Verna Heimlich; and one great-grandchild, Lonnie Sweeney.
He is survived by one daughter, Crystal Krumwiede of Clifton; two sons, Michael (Nancy) Krumwiede of Paxton and David Krumwiede of Chicago; four grandchildren, Amy Jo (Ben) Schunke of Gilman, Michael (Tamara) Sweeney Sr. of Lake Village, IN, Brian Krumwiede of Paxton and Drew (Shelley) Krumwiede of Paxton; nine great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Gerald (Monica) Papineau of Providence, KY; seven nieces; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mr. Krumwiede served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. LeRoy worked at Baron-Huot Oil Company for 35 years. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton, Clifton American Legion, Chebanse Twp. Fire Department, having served as assistant chief and chief, Clifton Sportsman’s Club and was a former member of the Clifton Lion’s Club. LeRoy was Scout Master for the Clifton Boy Scouts, coached for the Clifton Little League Association, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. Rev. Ray Bowers will officiate. Burial will be in the Clifton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice, 482 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 or Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton.
Robert L. Rudin 74, of Clifton.
Visitation will be Friday April 6th, 2018 4-8pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Also one hour prior to the 11am Saturday Service at Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton.
Burial will follow in Clifton Cemetery.
James E. Clinton, age 52, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
He was born on August 23, 1965 in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Ronnie and Ruth (Leveque) Clinton. Jim married Nicole Ellis on February 28, 2014 in Watseka, Illinois.
Jim worked as supervisor at Gilster-Mary Lee in Watseka for 31 years. He enjoyed trains, old vehicles and camping.
Survivors of Jim are his wife Nicole of Watseka, daughter Amanda (Miguel) Gonzalez of Onarga; son Dalton Clinton of Watseka; his mother Ruth Clinton of Watseka; step-children Vanessa Ellis of Bourbonnais, IL and TJ Epps of St Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren Abby and Jayla Gonzales of Onarga; sister Brenda (Lewis) Bebout of Pickneyville, IL; brother John (Naomi) Clinton of Greenup, IL; mother-in-law Climether Ellis of Pembroke Twp. He was proceeded in death by his father, Ronnie and grandparents Clarence and Belva Leveque.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Burial will follow at the Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka, Illinois.
Deborah Ann Johnson, age 53 of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 7, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Netzband and Judith Johnson.
Surviving Mrs. Johnson are her Fiance Larry "Butch" Harer of Watseka; her children, Julie Juarez of Joliet, Rebecca Juarez and Fiance Edwin Santiago of Joliet; step-daughter Jamie Harer of Watseka; brothers, Dominic Prate of Maryland and Thomas Netzband of California; sisters, Shirley Poplawski of Watseka and Barbara Netzband of Willowbrook; grandchildren, Brianna, Lilyanah, Amara, Elijah, Delilah, Maylinah, Isaiah, and Noah; God children, Raychell Ward, Wilde Vermillion, and Bobby Netzband; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Johnson is preceded in death by her parents, son, Steven Juarez Jr, granddaughter Alajandra and Celia Juarez, brother, Robert Netzband.
Mrs. Johnson enjoyed watching TV and gambling.
Visitation for Mrs. Johnson will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Interment is private.
Rose Ann Buck, 93, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
She was born on November 27, 1924 in Ojibwa, WI, the daughter of Adam Kraft and Rose (Brown) Kraft.
Rose Ann married Warren Buck on November 27, 1943 in Schwer, IL.
Mrs. Buck helped farm with her husband. She also worked for Condenser and TRW for 10 years before starting up and owning a school bus company for Unit 9 Schools for 24 years. Rose Ann enjoyed gardening and traveling. She enjoyed traveling so much so that she had visited all 50 states.
Surviving Mrs. Buck are her daughters, Susan (Jack) Zimmerman of Baltimore, MD, and Gloria (Jeanie) Kalhust of West Lafayette, IN; sister, Gladys Beers of Webster, WI; grandchildren, Timothy Mathis, Pamela Piper, Eric Kalhust, Amy White, and Shannon Lange; great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Ashley, Jacob, Kaleb, Gavin, Julia, and Aiden; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Warren; daughter, Patricia Buck; two brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Jordan Cooper will officiate.
Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.
Lorraine M. Smith, 75, of Watseka passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.
Lorraine was born August 21, 1942 in New York City, NY, the daughter of Raymond and Anna Crowley Bourguignon. She married Glenn R. Smith on July 1, 1962 in Elmhurst, NY and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Francis Bourguignon; one brother-in-law, Paul Smith; and one grandson, Mark Stephen Smith.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Don) Hamende of Watseka and Donna J. Smith of Bourbonnais; one son, Stephen (Anna) Smith of Minooka, IL; two sisters, Suzanne Smith of Huntington, AL and Diane (Charles) Heagle of Clifton; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka and its Council of Catholic Women where she had been honored as a Woman of the Year. She was a founding member of the Toastmasters International Watseka club, Iroquois Early Risers, where she often served as an officer. Lorraine was honored as Toastmaster of the Year in 2007-2008, served as Toastmaster International Regional Governor to central Illinois and earned the title of "Distinguished Toastmaster" for achievement in speaking, service and leadership. Lorraine was a paralegal for many years.
A funeral mass will be on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton.
Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with rosary at 3:45 pm.
Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka or Mark Smith
Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Grundy County.
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