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Betty Lou Kemnetz, 92, of Piper City

Betty Lou Kemnetz, 92, of Piper City passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center. She was born on February 8, 1929 in Watseka, the daughter of Walter and Louise (Weber) Price. She married Richard Kemnetz in Piper City on April 21, 1955 and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2019. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by both of her parents and three brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Len (Pat) Jackson of Piper City, Dale (Deanna) Kemnetz of Piper City, and Michael Kemnetz of Piper City; six grandchildren, Kyle Kemnetz, Sheena Kemnetz, Kristy (Dan) Sheridan, Anita (Shawn) Platz, Sharon (Aaron) Schuette, and Melinda (Mike) Breen; and eleven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Kemnetz was a member of Piper City United Methodist Church. She served as the Postmaster in Danforth for many years. Betty was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, and attending her grandkids activities. She had a love for music.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Piper City United Methodist Church. Rev. Liz Reis will officiate. Burial will follow at Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church, from 10:00-11:00 am on Friday.

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to Piper City United Methodist Church or Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

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Sandra K. McCalla, 76, of Milford

Sandra K. McCalla, 76, of Milford passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 at her home. She was born on January 5, 1945 in Atlantic City, NJ, and raised in rural Indiana, the daughter of Carl and Thelma Irene (Wilson) Bressie.

 

She married Orville “Dick” McCalla Jr. on January 28, 1967 in Wolcott, IN and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2002. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Sandra is survived by one son, Sean (Becky) McCalla of Milford, one daughter, Shannon Stocking of Paxton; five grandchildren, Sgt. Alec Stocking of Fort Riley, KS, 2nd Lt. Erin Stocking of Lincoln, NE, Hannah (T.J.) Kummerfeldt of Cortland, IN, Emma Stocking (Tim Tabor) of Paxton, and Kendall McCalla of Milford; and one sister, Lois (Dan) Farrell of Bradenton, FL.

 

Mrs. McCalla was a member of the Milford Christian Church and the Iroquois County Bootkickers. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, reading, knitting, and spending time with family.

 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Milford Christian Church in Milford. Rev. Gary Milton will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

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

 

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Josh Herscher, 39, of Onarga

Josh “Buzz” Herscher, 39, of Onarga passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1981 in Kankakee, the son of Dennis Herscher and Diane Harrison.

 

Josh married Shelly Kuehling in Gilman on October 23, 2004 and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Wyatt Herscher of Onarga; one daughter, Jovie Herscher of Onarga; father, Dennis (Debbie) Herscher of Gilman; mother, Diane Herscher of Florida; mother-in-law, Cheryl Kuehling of Bloomington; father-in-law, Paul Kuehling of LeRoy; one brother, Joel (Melissa) Herscher of Naperville; two sisters, Kara (Dave) Piper of Peotone and Nina (Clay) Lindhorst of Waterloo; materal grandmother, Roberta “Barney” Harrison of Gilman; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Herscher was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman and owner/operator of K&H Truck Plaza. He loved camping at the timber, mudding on the ATV, attending Cubs games, and being with his family. Josh was always there for someone in need or to lend a hand to help a friend. He was compassionate, generous, and patient.

 

Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gliman. Fr. Marek Herbut will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his children’s education fund through Federated Bank in Onarga.

 

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Leah Spenn, 102, of Watseka

Leah Spenn, 102, of Watseka, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 5, 2021. She was born in Glenford, Ohio, on June 16, 1918, to Rev. J. P. and Mary (Bucher) Mosher. She was baptized by her father at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Glenford, Ohio, on July 14, 1918, and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Wooster, Ohio, on March 29, 1931.

On June 8, 1943, she married Rev. Robert Spenn. They were happily married for nearly forty years until his untimely death on February 17, 1983. Leah’s sons and daughters-in-law are Fred and Cheryl Spenn of Winter Haven, Florida, Ted and Carmie Spenn of Watseka and Rich and Teresa Spenn of Williamsville, Illinois. Her grandchildren (and spouses) are Dan (Mary) Spenn, David Spenn, Jacob (Bethany) Spenn, Jonathan (Amy) Spenn, Rachel Spenn and Kathryn (Alex) Boeckman. Her great grandchildren are Kevin Spenn, Madison Spenn, Mason Spenn, Rylin Spenn, Carson Spenn, Noah Spenn, Selah Spenn and Wyatt Spenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Ruth Metz, and by four half-brothers and one half-sister.

Leah graduated in 1939 from Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio. Before her marriage she taught in high schools in Ohio. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s she taught at Watseka Community High School. She enjoyed helping her husband in his pastorates in Ida and Summerfield, Michigan, and in Crescent City, Flanagan and Emden, Illinois. She has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church since moving to Watseka in 1983.

Her funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church beginning at 9:00 A.M. on that day and ending just prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 425 East Lincoln Avenue, Watseka, Illinois 60970.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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George Black 63 of Cissna Park

Cremation Rites will be accorded no services will be held at this time. 

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Eleanor E. Leaver, 82, of Clifton

Eleanor E. Leaver, 82, of Clifton passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at her home. She was born September 30, 1938 in Ashkum Twp., the daughter of Henry and Leah (Noel) White and they preceded her in death in addition to two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Theresa (Andrew) Bailey of Braidwood; one son, Todd Austin of Clifton; one sister, Barbara (Ron) Krumm of Ashkum; four grandchildren, Brandy (Morgan) Wood of Bradley, Andria (Jeremiah) Denoyer of Paxton, Gabrielle Welsh of San Antonio, TX and Garrett Welsh of Elwood; and ten great-grandchildren.

Eleanor was a rural mail carrier in Chebanse and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and crafting.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Fr. Vern Arseneau will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Robert E. Green, 89, of Watseka

Robert E. Green, 89, of Watseka, IL passed away on Saturday, March 20th, 2020 at his home. 

 

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 25th at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka from 4pm-7pm. 

 

A funeral service is set for 11:00am on Friday, March 26th at the Milford Christian Church. 

 

Burial to follow at the Suger Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

 

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Edward Alan Koets, 64, of Ashkum

Edward Alan Koets, 64, of Ashkum passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home. He was born on March 4, 1957 in Watseka, the son of Almon and Rachel (Saxsma) Koets.

He married Dawn Brinkman on August 4, 1979 in Ashkum and she survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Pamela Koets of Ashkum; one son, Robert (Molly) Koets of Ashkum; one granddaughter, Kamille Joy of Ashkum; sisters-in-law, Diane (Dennis) Poskin of Ashkum and Donna (Brent) Clark of Pontiac; brothers-in-law, Duane (Lori) Brinkman of Kentland, IN, Daryl Brinkman of Huntsville, AL, and Donald (Judy) Brinkman of Ashkum; and godson, Mark Chamness of Silver Springs, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Rebecca Ellen.

Ed was baptized at Danforth Reformed Church and his childhood was spent in Gilman. He worked for Reilly Ambulance Service, Shear Construction, Theesfeld Construction, and was a member of Carpenter’s Local #496. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, detailing his cars, and drinking beer. He liked spending time with his family and friends. His favorite time was spent with his pride and joy, Kami.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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Earnest L. Bailey, 93, of Ashkum

Earnest L. Bailey, 93 of Ashkum passed away on Monday March 8, 2021 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

 

He was born on November 5, 1927 in Kempton the son of Avis and Cora Savage Bailey. Earnie married Ila L. Shelton in Emington on June 8, 1946 and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2018. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death three brothers, four sisters, and one son in law-Tom Curl. Survivors include one son- James (Judy) Bailey of Ashkum; six daughters- Kathleen (Michael) Hughey of Wilmette, Cynthia Curl of Chebanse, Elaine (Robert) Tammen of Danforth, Ila Jayne (Russell) Hiatt of Danville, Lois (Todd) Bayston of Kankakee, and Marjorie (Kevin) Clabby of Chebanse; two sisters- Fay Meredith of Clifton and Jeannie Norgaard of Dwight; 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

 

Earnie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka and was an Iroquois County farmer for 40 years. He was active with the Swine Show at the Iroquois County Fair and served on the Soil & Water Conservation Board for many years.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday March 13, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Kara Berg officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 am on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Watseka or the donor’s choice.

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William E. Stopher, 79, of Watseka

 

William E. “Bill” Stopher, 79, of Milford, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

 

He was born September 11, 1941 in Jefferson Township, OH, the son of Eugene and Geraldine (Truax) Stopher.

 

Bill came to The ARC of Iroquois County on February 28, 1973. He enjoyed picnics, going on outings, and lounging around with his friends.

 

Mr. William Stopher is survived by his guardian and special friend, Jill Smith of Crescent City; caregivers, Tina and Melanie; and numerous other staff at the Cila; and one sister, Barbara (Charles) Davidson of Iowa.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Eugene Stopher.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date due to Covid restrictions.

 

Burial will take place at Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point, OH.

 

Memorials in Mr. William Stopher’s name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

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Geniece M. Allen, 92, of Milford

Geniece M. Allen, 92, of Milford passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at her home. She was born on June 19, 1928 in Milford, the daughter of George and Minnie (Brumfield) Mann.

 

She married Denny O. Allen on June 19, 1946 in Milford and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; three sisters; and one son, Dennis W. Allen.

 

Geniece is survived by two daughters, Sharon Torbet of Milford and Karen (Glenn) Thrush of Milford; nine grandchildren, Alan Torbet, Monica (Ed) Davenport, Kasey (Jenny) Thrush, Kelsey (Charles) Cox, Golene Thrush, Kyle Thrush, Kylie Thrush, Gosie Thrush, and Gared Thrush; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Kissack of Milford; and one brother, Scott Mann of Hoopeston.

Mrs. Allen was a member of the Milford Christian Church and a lifetime Bearcat member. She graduated from Milford High School in 1946. Geniece worked for Howard’s, Tuttle’s IGA in the deli, and at the Watseka Subway for twenty years.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Milford Christian Church. Rev. Brent Zastrow and Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., also at the church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or the Bearcats Boosters.

 

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Shirley Louise Keefe, 96, of Piper City, IL

Shirley Louise Keefe, 96, of Piper City passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Piper City Rehab and Living Center. She was born on March 9, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Adolph and Caroline (Livenick) Bruning.

She married John Keefe of Piper City on July 25, 1941 and he preceded her in death February 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Paulette Johnson, and son, William (Bill) Keefe.

Shirley is survived by her daughter in law, Sandra (Chapman) Keefe of Towanda, two grandchildren Chad (Erin) Keefe of Normal, Shelley (Jeff) Fincham of Chenoa and four great-grandchildren, William (Will) Keefe, Delaney (Laney) Keefe, Amber Fincham and Morgan Fincham.

Shirley was a telephone operator in Piper City for many years and also worked as a secretary at American Screen Products in Chatsworth. Shirley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Piper City.

Shirley was a member of the Good Sam camping club where she traveled all over the United States. She was known locally for her beautiful rose garden and her granddaughter will continue this tradition. Shirley was an avid Bingo player and bowler and also enjoyed having people come to her fun basement bar called the “Dog House”. Shirley loved spending time with her family and we know she will be raising a glass and cheering with a Tequila Sunrise.

A private family celebration will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice and Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

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Eleanor Hamrick, age 92, of Watseka

Eleanor J. Hamrick, 92, of Iroquois passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on July 3, 1928 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Emil and Martha (Siegle) Muehling. She married Lloyd F. Hamrick in Kentland, IN on July 28, 1951 and he preceded her in death on August 26, 1977.

 

Surviving are one son, Kevin (Dorothy) Hamrick of Donovan; two grandchildren, Derick (Chelsey) Hamrick of Fowler, IN and Alison (Brandon) Setty of Donovan; two brothers, Larry (Arlene) Muehling of Watseka and Ross (Nancy) Muehling of Fishers, IN; and two sisters, Linda Kottke of Buckley and Phyllis Ehmen of Watseka.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four brothers; four sisters; and one granddaughter, Alexis.

 

Mrs. Hamrick was a member of Iroquois Methodist Church in Iroquois. She taught elementary and special education for over forty years. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma where she was a founding member of the Iroquois County chapter and was recognized for fifty-five years of service. Eleanor volunteered with Iroquois County Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, and American Red Cross blood drives.

 

A memorial service will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Iroquois Methodist Church in Iroquois. Rev. Vicki Killus will officiate. Burial will follow at Amity Cemetery in Goodwine.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Iroquois Methodist Church.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to The Eleanor Hamrick Memorial Scholarship to be used for future educators.

 

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Adeline M. Nielsen, 92, formerly of Milford

Adeline M. Nielsen, 92, formerly of Milford passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Gilman Health Care.

Adeline was born on September 15, 1928 in Ash Grove Twp., the daughter of August and Alwina (Rehborg) Nielsen and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold Nielsen and Elmer Nielsen; two sisters, Mildred Meyer and Leona Pfingsten; and one nephew, Les Pfingsten.

She is survived by two nieces, Mary Ann Sobkoviak of Iroquois and Karen Gocken of Crescent City; and one nephew, Richard Pfingsten of Crescent City.

Ms. Nielsen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev. John Franklin officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday. Private graveside services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

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Shirley A. Walker, 85, of Iroquois

Shirley A. Walker, 85, of Iroquois passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 at her home in Iroquois. She was born on September 29, 1935 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Emil and Martha (Siegle) Muehling. She married Curtis V. Walker in Watseka on July 5, 1958 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2009.

She is survived by one son, Michael (Janet) Walker of Roberts; one step granddaughter, Sara (Jerome) Powell of Las Vegas, NV; one step great grandson, Jace Powell of Las Vegas, NV; two brothers, Larry (Arlene) Muehling of Watseka and Ross (Nancy) Muehling of Fishers, IN; three sisters, Eleanor Hamrick of Iroquois; Linda Kottke of Buckley, and Phyllis Ehmen of Watseka; and several special nieces and nephews including Kevin and Dorothy Hamrick, Derick (Chelsea) Hamrick, and Alison (Brandon) Hamrick-Setty.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, and three sisters.

She was a member of Iroquois Methodist Church and was active with Church Council. She volunteered with the American Red Cross blood drives and enjoyed gardening.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Iroquois Methodist Church in Iroquois. Rev. Vicki Killus will officiate. Burial will follow at Cissna Park Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 12:00 noon service on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the Iroquois Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to American Red Cross or American Diabetes Association.

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Tari A. Scheiwe, 57, of Crescent City

Tari A. Scheiwe, 57, of Crescent City passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born June 23, 1963 in Watseka, the daughter of Glenn and Irma (Thomas) Scheiwe and they preceded her in death.

She is survived by one sister, Tammy (Larry) Buess of Lafayette, IN and one brother, Tim Scheiwe of Crescent City. She was referred to as Aunt T by her two nieces, Anna (Kyle) Liedtky of South Bend, IN and Alexis Scheiwe (fiance, Elijah Price) of Watseka; two nephews, Tyler Lauterbach (Brittany Emery) of Elwood, IN and Andrew Buess of Lafayette, IN; and five great-nieces, Gracelynn Price, Zayla Price, Nevaeh Emery, Paislee Emery and Winter Lauterbach.

Ms. Scheiwe was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. She graduated from Concordia University in River Forest earning her teaching degree. Tari taught in Peru, IL and at several schools in the Michigan area. She enjoyed cross stitching.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Pastor Aaron Uphoff will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, Multiple Sclerosis Society, or to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Ralph W. Bohlmann, 86, of Watseka

Ralph W. Bohlmann, 86, of Watseka passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on October 14, 1934 in Milford, the son of Henry and Alma (Brutlag) Bohlmann. He married Margaret Jo Nally in Watseka on September 2, 1956 and she preceded him in passing on March 28, 2013.

Surviving are two sons, David Bohlmann of Watseka and Kevin (Michelle) Bohlmann of Venice, FL; seven grandchildren, Brandon Bohlmann of Valdez, AK, Helen (Nick) Hawkins of Virginia Beach, VA, McKenzie Bohlmann of Bristal, NH, Malina Bohlmann of Bristal, NH, Jeramey Bohlmann of Watseka, Chanin Daily of Boswell, IN, and Chad (Kathy) Bertrand of Watseka; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter in law, Glenda K. Bohlmann; and one brother, Norbert (Jeannette) Bohlmann.

Ralph was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. In his younger years, he enjoyed gardening and golfing. He was an avid Cubs, Bulls, and Bears fan. Mr. Bohlmann worked at Kankakee Federal Savings and Loan for thirty-eight years.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Aaron Uphoff will officiate. Burial will follow at Onarga Cemetery in Onarga.

Visitation will be from 10:00-12:00 noon on Saturday, February 20, 2021 also at church.

Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

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Robert M. Mossman, 73, of Watseka

Robert M. Mossman, 73, of Kentland, IN, and formerly of Watseka passed away on January 30, 2021 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette, IN.

 

He was born November 6, 1947 in Watseka, the son of Ray M. and Lois (Rhoades) Mossman. His father died July 22, 1960, his mother died October 5, 1991, and his brother, David L. Mossman died March 17, 1989.

 

He attended Watseka High School for three years and then graduated from Bradley-Bourbonnais High School in 1966.

 

Mr. Mossman served in the U.S. Marine Corp until being honorably discharged for medical reasons. He and his brother operated a produce and delivery service as well as a construction business.

 

Private burial services will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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Robert L. Fisher, 95, of Chebanse

Robert L. Fisher, 95, of Chebanse passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

 

Bob was born on December 8, 1925 in Onarga, the son of Archibald and Ethel (Morgan) Fisher and they preceded him in death. He married Delores Kroll on May 18, 1957 in Kankakee and she preceded him in death on July 17, 1982. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Debra (David) Anderson of Chebanse and Amy (Mark) Lewis of Clifton; three sons, David (Gina) Fisher of Bourbonnais, Darrin Fisher of Gardner and Dan (Karen) Loftus of Bourbonnais; fifteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Bob served honorably in the United States Army during World War II, from December 7, 1944 through November 20, 1946. He had a rank of Technician Fifth Grade and was awarded the following medals and awards; Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Japan and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

 

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, where he taught Sunday School. He retired from A.O. Smith after 35 years, where he served as an accountant and then a truck dispatcher. After A.O. Smith, he enjoyed working as a rural route newspaper carrier for the Kankakee Journal, serving over 300 customers for another 17 years. Bob loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service on Monday, February 15, 2021 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse with Rev. Kene Whybrew officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Chebanse American Legion Post #408 at the church. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Onarga Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno or Chebanse American Legion Post #408.

 

Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

 

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Joyce A. Eilers, 85, of Watseka, IL

Joyce A. Eilers, 85, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021. She was born on March 7, 1935 in Watseka, the daughter of Otis and Mary (Donaldson) Peters.

 

She married Gene Eilers in Watseka on October 24, 1952 and he survives. She is also survived by two sons, Jeff (Brenda) Eilers of Kentland, IN, and J.D. (Julie) Eilers of Naples, FL; one daughter, Colleen Bulington of Sheldon; ten grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

 

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; step mother, Kate Peters; one daughter, Brenda Varboncoeur; one son-in-law, Joe Bulington; and one daughter-in-law, Julia Williams.

 

Mrs. Eilers was a former member of the Methodist Church. She was also the school secretary at Wanda Kendall Grade School for many years.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Jeff Elliott will officiate. Burial will follow at Body Cemetery in Woodland.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois memorial Hospice or to the donor’s choice.

 

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Leni J. Hethke, 10 months old, of Buckley, IL

Leni J. Hethke, 10 months, of Buckley passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at her home in the arms of her loving family. She was born on March 12, 2020 in Gibson City, the daughter of Keith and Ashley (Price) Hethke.

 

Leni is survived by her parents; two sisters, Charlotte and Stella Hethke, both at home; maternal grandmother, Donna (Joe) Rorem of Gilman; maternal grandfather, Bill (Debbie) Price of Onarga; paternal grandparents, Roger and Kathy Hethke of Thawville; paternal great-grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Lustfeldt of Buckley; one aunt, Darby Sweeney of Gilman; two uncles, Matt Price of Onarga and Kevin Hethke of Onarga; and seven cousins, Rowan Bork, Merrek Sweeney, Noah Price, Max Price, Nathan Price, Liam Hethke, and Maecie Hethke.

She was preceded in death by an angel sibling.

 

Leni radiated light and joy to all who came to know her during her short stay on Earth. She had the most infectious smile and heartwarming laugh. She absolutely adored her big sisters, and her most favorite place to be was in the arms of her mommy and daddy. She was smart, funny, curious, and always so happy. Leni touched many lives because of her incredible courage, strength, and resiliency throughout her lifelong fight with infant Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Her entire life, she knew nothing but love and kindness.

 

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

Memorials may be made in Leni’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Alberta June Whaley Johnson, 84, of Thawville

Alberta June Whaley Johnson, 84, of Thawville, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Alberta was born on June 9, 1936 in Donovan, the daughter of Albert Earl and Lucy Elizabeth (Paris) Whaley and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald Whaley (Edna (Dolly) Whaley), Howard Whaley (Dorothy Whaley) and John Whaley (Inez Whaley); one son-in-law, Dave Mattheessen; and one grandson, Brent McTaggart.

She married Louis Leroy Johnson on April 14, 1956 in Martinton and he survives.

Besides her husband, Louis Johnson of Thawville, she is also survived by five children, Roland (Cindy) Johnson of Thawville, Peggy (Les) Seefeldt of Watseka, Kevin (Lori) Johnson of Danforth, Allen Johnson (Fiancee, Cary Hagen) of Crescent City and Laurie Mattheessen of Peoria; twelve grandchildren, Angela (Marc) VonDrehle of Thawville, Abbie (Chad) Thompson of Gilman, Michael (Kate) Johnson of Washington, Casie (Jim) Hanson of Watseka, Darren (Marilyn) Seefeldt of Chicago, Calley (Michael) Kaeb of Cissna Park, Ashley Johnson of Watseka, Adam (Lauren) Johnson of Pontiac, MO, Amber (Andy) Rippy of Bloomington, Brock (Heather) Johnson of Crescent City, Ethan Johnson of Buckley and Hayden Mattheessen of Peoria; 19 great-grandchildren; a niece, Sandy (Butch) Lambert of Piper City; a nephew, Terry (Nancy) Whaley of Sierra Vista, AZ; and two step-grandchildren, Bryan Mattheessen of Dover, DE and Brandon Mattheessen of Morton, IL.

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Donovan High School. She was a member of Onarga Christian Church. Alberta enjoyed camping and loved spending the winters in Florida and Texas, but her greatest love was spending time with her family.

Private funeral services will be on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Onarga Christian Church with Rev. Van Haas officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville.

Memorials may be given to Onarga Christian Church, ARC of Iroquois County or Down Syndrome Foundation (425 N. Missouri Ave, Morton, IL 61550).

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Please share a memory of June at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Claudia J. Schultz, 71, of Sheldon

Claudia J. Schultz, 71, of Sheldon, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2021. 

 

A visitation is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2021 from 10am-12pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL with the funeral service to follow. 

 

Cremation rites have been accorded following the service. 

 

Baier Funeral Home in Watseka is handling arrangments. 

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Robert "Bob" Pool, 84, of Danforth and formerly of Onarga

Robert “Bob” Pool, 84, of Danforth and formerly of Onarga passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Faith Place in Danforth. He was born on June 15, 1936 in rural Piper City, the son of Oscar F. and Aldea M. (Rabideau) Pool.

He is survived by three brothers, Dale (Joyce) Pool of Onarga, John (Joyce) Pool of Thawville, and William “Bill” (Joan) Pool of Gibson City; one sister, Linda (Douglas) Porick of Fishers, IN; one brother-in-law, Ronald Crosby of Republic, WA; 16 nieces and nephews; and 24 great nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Alice Movern Pool; two brothers Richard and wife Norma Pool and James and wife Grace Pool; two sisters, Rita Crosby, and infant sister, Helen Pool; and one niece and one nephew.

Mr. Pool was a member of East Central Fur Takers Organization, where he was an officer for twenty years, and was a lifetime member of Fur Takers America. He graduated from Onarga High School in 1954, was a U.S. Army veteran, and farmed in Thawville, Crescent City, Buckley, and Onarga throughout his life. Bob ran hundreds of 5K and 10K road races, three river-to-river relay races in southern Illinois, and several half marathons. He was a member of Second Wind Running Club in Champaign, where he was awarded Runner of the Year in 2000, Starved Rock Running Club, Vermillion Valley Striders, Kennekuk Running Club of Danville, Lake Run Club in Bloomington, and Kankakee River Running Club. After retiring from farming, Bob became an avid golfer with a membership at Shagbark Golf Club, where he participated in Thursday night men’s golf league.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at Del Rey Cemetery.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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William J. "Buddy" Hendry III, 73, of Watseka

William J. “Buddy” Hendry III, 73, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Gilman.

 

He was born on May 12, 1947 in Watseka, the son of William J. and Violet (Wiergna) Hendry II. He married Rebecca Poskin and she preceded him in death as well as one daughter, Paula Hendry.

Surviving are two daughters, Tracy (Frank Burmeister) Hendry of Watseka and Mellissa Shepard of Bradley, IL; three grandchildren, Shantel Duffy of Sheldon, Amanda Teel of Watseka, and Dylan (Jennifer) Hendry of Crescent City; four great grandchildren, Makaylah Weber, Destinee Taden, Kayson Duffy, and Kinsley Duffy; special friend, Roscoe Durflinger; cousin, Beverly Stair of Sheldon; two step children; three step grandchildren; and his former wife, Carla Jensen.

 

Cremation rites accorded by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Burial of cremains will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

 

Please share a memory of William at baierfuneralhome.com

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