Obituaries Archives for 2018-11

Sharon Gerber, 82, Martinton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Barbara H. Hillary, 92, of Watseka

Barbara H. Hillary, 92, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born February 11, 1926 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of Earl and Helen Talbert Hurt. She married Howard Hillary on November 9, 1957 in Kentland, IN and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marge Jones; and one son, Bobby Thornburg.

She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Thornburg (Victoria Goller) of Watseka, Donna (Greg) Crouch of Milford and Bonnie Thornburg (Sonja Strahl) of Iroquois; three grandchildren, Dustin McCullough of Alabama, Darci (Erik) Thordarson of Indiana and Danielle (Ross) Huntley of Indiana; five great-grandchildren, Paityn, Ainsleygrace & Emery Thordarson and Asher & Keaton Huntley; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hillary was a member of the Watseka Rebecca Lodge and Watseka V.F.W. She worked in the nursery at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka for 18 years. Barbara enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, playing cards and Bingo, watching Wheel of Fortune, and spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 12:00 pm funeral service on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Ryan Mustered will officiate. Burial will follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Iroquois Resident Home or the Donor’s Choice.


Daryl "Popcorn" Thada, 59, of Cissna Park

Daryl “Popcorn” Thada, 59, of Cissna Park passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on November 18, 1958 in Belmond, Iowa, the son of Dean and Alvira (Meinders) Thada and they preceded him in death, along with his mother-in-law, Doloris Luhrsen. Daryl married Bobbi Luhrsen at Ash Grove on September 3, 1988 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Mike (Joey) Fisher of Peru; one daughter, Erica (Jason) Rayfield of Cissna Park; one brother, Byron (Karen) Thada of Crawfordsville, Indiana; one sister, Diane (Dan) Schultz of Clear Lake, Iowa; four grandchildren, Kayla Fisher, Jack Wessels, and Justin and Jamie Rayfield; and his father-in-law, Bob Luhrsen of Cissna Park.

Daryl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, and loved spending time with his grandkids. He was employed in the agriculture industry for many years and most recently was employed by Greene Galvanized Stairs in East Lynn.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Fire Department or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Homes in Cissna Park. 


David A. Meyer, 55, a lifelong resident of Gilman

David A. Meyer, 55, a lifelong resident of Gilman, Illinois passed away at 10:29 A.M., Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the Iroquois Memorial Emergency Room in Watseka, Illinois following a sudden illness. His funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth, Illinois with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to the Donor's Choice.

David was born on June 22, 1963 in Fairbury, Illinois to Arnold Meyer and Doris Finckbone. His mother Patricia Louise (Zirkle) Meyer raised him from an early childhood. His childhood was spent in Gilman and he graduated from the last class of Gilman High School in 1981.

He married Rhonda R. Hall on September 10, 1994 in Watseka. She survives.
David is also survived by his children Aimee Meyer of South Bend, Indiana; Zak (Brittany) Trumann of Sanford, Florida; Morgan Essington of Kankakee, Illinois; Dani Meyer of Gilman, two grandsons Logan Trainor and Wyatt Trumann, his father Arnold Meyer of Gilman, mother Doris Lavender of Watseka and his siblings Jim (Melissa) Meyer of Danforth, Robert (Kimberly) Meyer of Phoenix, Arizona; Paul Meyer of Pontiac, Illinois and Sandi (Marty) Weaver of Gilman. David was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Meyer, a sister Lori Ann Meyer and a brother Earl Thomas Meyer.

He attended the Danforth Reformed Church.
David owned and operated Dave's Carpentry and was the General Contractor.
He had been a member of the Iroquois Highlife Pool League. He was an avid card player and enjoyed shooting pool, cooking, gardening, canning, watching the Cubs and loved his German Shepherds.


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