Obituaries Archives for 2019-06

Daniel J. Gutierrez, 38, of Watseka

Daniel J. Gutierrez, 38, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at his home in Watseka. He was born September 16, 1980 in Chicago, the son of Javier and Michele (Coffey) Gutierrez.

Daniel is survived by his fiancé, Rosalinda Medina of Sheldon; two sons, Daniel Joss Gutierrez and Ivory Jesus Gutierrez, both of Sheldon; mother, Michele Mayo of Watseka; father, Javier Gutierrez of Chicago; five sisters, Julia (Harry) Gutierrez-Griffin of Bluffton, SC, Samantha Copeland of Champaign, Camillea Gutierrez-Petersen of Fowler, IN, Veronica Gutierrez of Beaufort, SC, and Sandra (Malcom) Gutierrez-Fogle of Eva, AL; one brother, Jacob Mayo of Bluffton, SC; two nieces; and seven nephews.

Mr. Gutierrez was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; step-father, Clyde R. Mayo Jr; and God Mother, Rhonda Ruano.

Daniel attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. He enjoyed photography and cooking. Daniel was a loving son, caring brother, and devoted father to his children.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral mass will be held following the visitation at 12:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman, also on Wednesday. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.

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


 

 

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Arlis Siebert Kentland, IN

Arlis Siebert passed away at 5:33 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Kentland, IN. Her five children, David C. Siebert of Saybrook, Terry (Sue) Siebert of Cissna Park, Kevin (Barb) Siebert of Ft. Worth, TX, Becky Siebert of Crown Point, IN and Kristal Young of Kentland, IN were with her. Arlis succumbed to the effects of dementia.

She was born September 25, 1931 in Chebanse, the daughter of Ernest and Gladys (Newcomb) Legan and they preceded her in death in addition to two brothers, Kenny Legan and Everett Legan.

She was the wife of a career military serviceman, David A. Siebert, for over 30 years. She traveled with her children starting in Pensacola, FL where she gave birth to her first child, David C. She then went to Japan, many places in the United States and Europe. David A. was stationed at Ramstien Air Base in West Germany. She moved back to her home in Onarga when David A. retired. There she raised 5 children who all eventually graduated from Onarga High School. She loved baking cakes as both a hobby and small business. She worked for Dr. Langstaff, a Fairbury physician, for many years. She was a founding member of the Onarga Booster Club that raised funds to keep sports alive in Onarga until consolidation.

She spent the last years of her life to the loving care of her daughter, Kristal. It was a long and difficult final trek in life for her but the care she received from Kristal was so appreciated, not only by family members but by mother. For those who are dealing with the ravages of dementia know you have many that can offer their experiences, that you don’t travel the path alone. A special thanks to Cheri Proctor who helped mother and Kristal at the end of her life’s journey.

Arlis leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins, as well as Aunt Jeanie of Springfield and a special niece, Patti Ehrhardt, of Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

Memorials may be made to the Onarga Christian Church, where she was a member.

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Dorothy Kay Glathart, 71, of Watseka

Dorothy Kay Glathart, 71, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Watseka Rehab and Health Care Center in Watseka.

Kay was born September 27, 1947 in Findlay, OH, the daughter of Clifford Ellsworth and Mary Elizabeth (Furr) Glathart and they preceded her in death along with one sister, Betsy Knight.

She is survived by one brother-in-law, Larry Knight and his children, Gavin, Meredith, Jessica and family (husband – Kevin Ford and daughters – Ariana and Kira).
Ms. Glathart was a librarian at Sheldon School District, member of Watseka Library Book Club, and an avid quilter and cat lover.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 2:00 p.m. memorial service on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Darrow Church of Christ in Sheldon. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, IL.

Memorials may be made to Darrow Church of Christ or donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Anna Stevens, 92, of Watseka

Anna Stevens, 92, of Watseka passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Anna was born August 31, 1926 in Urbana, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Weishaar. She married Robert William Stevens and he preceded her in death on May 4, 1983. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by three sons, Doug Stevens of Flagstaff, AZ, Tyrone Stevens of Frankfort, IL and Robert Stevens of Flagstaff, AZ as well as two sisters, Patsy Norman of Champaign-Urbana and Mary McCullough of Champaign-Urbana.
Mrs. Stevens enjoyed yardwork, riding her bicycle, singing, music, and politics.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation.

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Rosalyn Anne Wilkening, 87, of Cissna Park

Rosalyn Anne Wilkening, 87, of Cissna Park passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on June 7, 2019 at 12:20 a.m. She was surrounded by her family and friends at her home. She was born November 26, 1931 in Woodworth, the daughter of Elmer and Tillie (Krumseig) Brutlag. Rosalyn married the love of her life, Ivan Wilkening, on April 13, 1958. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1997.

She is survived by one daughter, Ellen (Gary) Luhman of Cissna Park; one son, Timothy (Dana) Wilkening of Hoopeston; one granddaughter, Ashley Luhman (Sam Moore) of Mishawaka, IN; two sisters, Dolores (Elroy “Buddy”) Pfingsten of Watseka and Janice (Les) Garrelts of Crescent City; and two sisters-in-law, Wilma Wilkening of Watseka and Vinita Brutlag of Herscher.

She was preceded in death by death by her parents; two brothers, Marvin Brutlag and Vernon Brutlag; as well as one grandson.

She worked at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest before enjoying many years with her husband on the Wilkening farm. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines Choir of Champaign and Kankakee Counties and the Cissna Park American Legion Auxillary. Every year she entered in the Iroquois County Fair winning many awards for her canning and baking including the “Culinary Betty Whaley Memorial Award”. She also enjoyed spending many hours cross-stitching and spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Woodworth. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Woodworth.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or School, American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Please share a memory of Rosalyn at knappfuneralhomes.com.


 

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Francis Thompson 75, of Cissna Park

Francis H. Thompsen, 75 of Buckley, IL passed away on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 18, 1943 in Watseka the son of Reinhart and Lydia Lehmann Thompsen. Francis married Nancy L. Robbins in Olanta, PA on April 2, 1966 and she preceded him in death on April 4, 2015. Survivors include two daughters- Carla (Gerald) Watson of Hoopeston and Malinda (James) Callaway of Oakley, IL; three grandchildren- Madisen, Kendall and Joshua Callaway; two step grandchildren- Dylan Pate and Desiree Watson; two brothers- Ronald (Betty) Thompsen of Donovan and Gordon (Linda) Thompsen of Martinton. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother- Donald, and one sister- Deloris Ann Judy.

Francis was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Ash Grove, Cissna Park American Legion, Fraternal Order of Police, and Retired State Police Association of Illinois. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Francis was an Illinois State Trooper for over 31 years and worked as a Bailiff at the Iroquois County Courthouse for several years. He also enjoyed golf and gardening.

Funeral services will be on Monday June 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church in Ash Grove with Rev. Tim Hahn officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-6:00 pm on Sunday June 9, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Schwer. Military graveside rites by the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church in Ash Grove or Illinois State Police Benevolent Fund. 

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Kyle A. Halley, 41, of Cissna Park

Kyle A. Halley, 41, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Kyle was born July 19, 1977 in Danville, the son of Wally and Rhonda (Halley) Kaufmann. He married Katrina Hays on October 26, 2018 in Watseka.

He is survived by his wife, Katrina Hays of Cissna Park; two daughters, Alexis Marie Halley of Hoopeston and Aubrey Lynn Halley of Navarre, FL; his parents, Wally and Rhonda Kaufmann of Cissna Park; three grandchildren, Asher Lynn Irvin, Akenna Marie Zamora, and Aspen Lynn Irvin; two brothers, Nicholas D. (Michelle) Kaufmann of Kingston, IL and Jesse L. Kaufmann of Lake Iroquois; one sister, Alayna Jolene Kaufmann of Lake Iroquois; his maternal grandfather, John C. Halley of Rankin; one brother-in-law, Jeremy Hays of Danville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Patsy Halley and his paternal grandparents, Walter and Aldean Kaufmann.
Kyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycles, and sitting by a bonfire listening to music. He loved getting to see his girls and adored his grandkids.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Pastor Greg Breeden will officiate. Burial will follow at Rankin Union Cemetery in Rankin.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research.

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Myrtle E. William Sparenberg Prussner of Clifton and formerly of Reddick

Myrtle E. William Sparenberg Prussner of Clifton and formerly of Reddick passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019. She was born October 12, 1926 in Hoxie, KS, daughter of Ada R. Selbe and Lorenzo L. William. She attended a country school for 2 ½ years, then Hoxie Grade School and Sheridan High School. She then attended Kansas City Secretarial School and worked in Kansas City. On October 5, 1947 she married Wayne L. Sparenberg at the Methodist Church in Hoxie, KS. Following his discharge from the Naval Air Corp in 1948, they moved to a farm in Danforth, IL where they farmed for 45 years, retiring to Ashkum, in 1991.

They had four sons: Jerald, Dennis, Carl and Bill. Wayne passed away May 10, 1993. Myrtle served in many positions in the Ashkum United Methodist Church and was part of many mission trips to Mexico. She was happiest when serving others wherever the Lord called her. Myrtle enjoyed sewing and photography.

On June 28, 1997, she married C. Ray Prussner of Reddick, IL where they lived until 2018. They continued the mission work they loved in Mexico, Red Bird Mission in Kentucky, Alaska and Chile as well as several places in the United States. Her biggest joy was her church and her family.

Survivors include three sons and four daughters-in-laws: Jerald (Doris) Sparenberg of Schertz, TX, June Sparenberg of Bryan, TX, Carl (Marcy) Sparenberg of Danforth, and Bill (Jean) Sparenberg of Clifton. Ten grandchildren, Christine (Jerry) Cappezutti of Cedar Park, TX, Andrew (Stacy) Sparenberg of Canyon Lake, TX, Keith (Monica) Sparenberg of Houston, TX, Karen (Ed) Ray of Round Rock, TX, Kari Sparenberg of Bryan, TX, and Kristin Sparenberg of College Station, TX Paul (Liz) Sparenberg of Brighton, MI, Jill (Jeff) Burdick of Richmond, VA, Amy Sparenberg of Decatur, Aaron Sparenberg of Schaumburg. Twelve Great- Grandchildren, Savannah Smith & Zabrina & Nathan Sparenberg, Jessina & Kate Sparenberg & Kyle Jaskula & Ava & Jayda Sparenberg, and Madeline & Charlotte & Jack & Henry Sparenberg. One step-son David (Debi) Prussner of Bourbonnais, two step-granddaughters, Lora Haven (Steve Keys) of Momence, Missi Olson of Lisle. Two sisters-in-law, Frances William and Helen William and one brother-in-law, Harold (Arvilla) Taylor all of Hoxie, KS. Also surviving is sister-in-law Joyce Sparenberg of Gilman along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Wayne, one son Dennis, and one grandson Kyle, her parents, two sisters Norma Ackerman and Ina Taylor and two brothers Ronald and Donald William and one step-son Randy Prussner.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Ashkum United Methodist Church or Kankakee Valley Hospice.

 

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Jalyn M. Lynch, 64, of Cissna Park

Jalyn M. Lynch, 64, of Cissna Park passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on November 5, 1954 in Aurora, IL, the daughter of Jay and Diane (Reppy) Beane. She was preceded in death by her mother and mother-in-law.

Jalyn married Ron Lynch in Las Vegas, NV on July 14, 1982 and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Thomas Lynch (Amy Stenglein) of Cissna Park and Calvin Lynch (Molly Ailey) of Cissna Park; two brothers, Jack (Jina) Beane of Hinckley, IL and David Beane of Big Rock, IL; one sister, Nan (John) Long of Big Rock, IL; her father, Jay Beane of Hinckley, IL; and her father-in-law, Harold Lynch of Cuba, IL.

Jalyn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. She enjoyed spending time with her sons and crocheting baby blankets.

Visitation will be on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Funeral services will be on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park with Rev. Tim Hahn officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park Fire Dept. or American Cancer Society.

Please share a memory of Jalyn at knappfuneralhomes.com


 

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