Obituaries

Sandra Hamende, 60, of Watseka

Sandra Hamende, 60, of Watseka, IL passed away on Wed. January 20th, 2021 in Terre Haute, IN. 

 

A visitation is set for 10am-2pm on Monday, 1/25/2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with the funeral service to follow at 2pm, also at the funeral home. 

 

Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. 

 

Baier Funeral Home in Watseka will be conducting the service. 

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Tina Marie Dove, 56, of Wellington.

Tina Marie Dove, 56, of Wellington, IL passed away at 1:57 P.M. at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born June 17, 1964 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Oscar and Anita (Johnson) Bond.

Tina married James Dove on September 26, 1986. He survives her.

Tina Dove is also survived by her mother, Anita Bond; son, Robert Dove & his significant other Alison Torres of Avon, IN; daughters, Laura and Dani Lane of Hoopeston, IL, and Jill and Brandon Hudson of Danville, IL ; brother, Wayne and Joyce Bond of Lockport, IL; sister, Donna Bond of Mokena, IL; grandchildren, Emmett, Tucker, Knox, Hayden, Adaline, Grant, Jed, and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her father, Oscar; and her brother, Robert Bond. Tina was a stay-at-home mom. She was a great mom, wife, and grandma. Her grandchildren brought her so much joy. She was a genuine person who always had a smile on her face and was always thinking about others. Tina was a huge White Sox fan. She enjoyed playing softball and loved drinking coffee every morning. She is arguably the best sandwich maker.

Memorials in Tina Dove’s name can be made to the family.

Per her wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

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Sandra Wyss, 79, of Cissna Park

Sandra R. Wyss, 79, of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on October 8, 1941 in Watseka, the daughter of Thomas and Pearl (Baker) Rothery.

 

She married Andrew Burtzos on March 14, 1962 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1969. She later married Gerald R. Wyss on September 12, 1974 in Cissna Park, and he preceded her in death on August 29, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

Sandra is survived by two sons, Foti (Belinda) Burtzos of Valley Center, CA and Tom (Christina) Burtzos of Bloomington; one daughter, Demmie Williams of Champaign; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bruce (Patty) Rothery of Danville.

 

Mrs. Wyss was a member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women’s and Jr Women’s Club. She enjoyed her travels through Greece, where she learned Greek cooking. Her hobbies included her bowling leagues, euchre card club, and her garage sale group. She was an avid shopper and collector. But most of all, her trips to California visiting family and attending her grandkids sporting events was her greatest love of life.

 

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Cissna Park Cemetery.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

 

Memorials may be made to the Cissna Park United Methodist Church.

 

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Kay T. Norder, 74, of Watseka

Kay T. Norder, 74, of Watseka passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at her home. She was born on March 13, 1946 in Watseka and was raised by Walter and Vera Howe.

 

She married Pat Trumble and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

 

Kay later married Norman Norder on July 3, 2004 and he survives. She is also survived by two sons, Rocky Trumble of Birdseye, IN and Charles Trumble of Boise, ID; three stepsons, Charles, Jason, and Andy Norder; one stepdaughter, Collette Norder; fifteen grandchildren; seven grerat-grandchildren; one sister, Marcia Elliott of Marion; one brother and sister-in-law, who was more like a sister to her, David and Ginger Howe of Sheldon; and a special friend, Sienna Pettigrew of Martinton.

 

Mrs. Norder loved working in the flower garden, cooking, and shopping. She attended Centennial Christian Church and Darrow Church of Christ.

 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or American Cancer Society.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

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

 

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David A. Perzee, 80, of Gilman

David A. Perzee, 80, of Gilman passed away on January 9, 2021 at Advent Health Sebring in Sebring, FL. He was born on September 29, 1940 in Gilman, the son of Ralph and Bernice (Saxsma) Perzee. He married Marilyn F. Juergens at Cabery United Methodist Church on April 10, 1965.

 

Surviving are his wife of nearly 56 years, Marilyn (Juergens) Perzee of Gilman; two daughters, Michele (Luis) Torres of Westmont, IL and Marcia (Steven) Davage of Hamilton, MI; four grandchildren, Benjamin and Daniel Davage and Andrea and Matthew Torres; three sisters, Norma (Ronald) Koerner of Chatsworth, Linda (Roger) Zehr of Flanagan, and Effie (Paul) Moore of Bourbonnais.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother in law, Herman and Gussie (Zeedyk) Juergens; three brothers, Leroy, Gerald, and Peter; two brothers in law, George Juergens and Donald Juergens; and four sisters in law, Patti Perzee, Brenda Perzee, Marilyn Juergens, and Nancy Juergens.

 

Mr. Perzee served three years in the United States Army with the Army Security Agency. He was a longtime member of the Danforth American Legion Post #367 and served as commander for 25 years. David was a lifelong member of Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth, where he served as Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, organized and helped with the start of DRC Vacation Bible School and he and his wife prepared senior dinners for many years at the Church.

 

David worked at The Gilman Star in Gilman during high school and before going into the military. He retired from Uarco/Standard Register Watseka after 36 years.

 

Dave enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school events. He was their biggest cheerleader and a wonderful role model who was always encouraging. He looked forward to his coffee times with his many friends in Illinois and Florida. He and Marilyn loved to travel and did many trips including The Netherlands to find out where their families began. He made friends everywhere he went, took care of many, and was always available if needed. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend, and neighbor. He will be missed deeply.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Danforth Reformed Church.

 

Please share a memory of David at knappfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Lulua Drollinger, 89, of Kankakee

Lulua M. Drollinger, 89, of Kankakee passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on May 15, 1931 in Rankin, the daughter of Arthur and Lucille (Norris) Christiansen. She married Carl E. Drollinger on June 3, 1951 in Rankin, and he preceded her in death on February 6, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.

 

She is survived by one son, David Drollinger of Kankakee.

 

Mrs. Drollinger was a member of the First Untied Methodist Church in Milford, and later in Watseka.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Rankin Union Cemetery.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Barry Bell, 70, of Cissna Park

Barry Alan Bell, 70, of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on May 22, 1950 in Watseka, the son of Donald and Laverne (Lober) Bell.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Angi (JD) Jennings of Cissna Park and Jennifer Boyle and fiancé Ben Tipdord of Cissna Park; one son, James (Janelle) Bell of Hoopeston; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Sherry Shields of Cissna Park, Karen (Dan) Rodgers of Navarre, FL, and Jackie (Dan) Bauer of Cissna Park.

 

Cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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Mary A. Pheifer, 90, of Gilman

Mary A. Pheifer, 90, of Gilman passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on June 4, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of John Henry and Edna (Bethel) Phelps.

She married George L. Pheifer Jr. on August 24, 1947 in Oak Lawn, and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1966. She was also preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; four sisters; and one son, George Pheifer III.

Mary is survived by two sons, Terry (Jo) Pheifer of Crescent City and Dennis Pheifer of Gilman; three daughters, Linda (Mark) DiBello of Stelle, Barbara Hendron of Clifton, and Sandra (John) Barnes of Gilman; daughter-in-law, Crestita Pheifer of Gilman; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Pheifer attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. She was a former restaurant business owner in Gilman, an avid fisherman, enjoyed crafting, and loved cooking for her family. Mary was an accomplished bingo player.

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gilman. Mary’s grandchildren will serve as her pallbearers.

The family requests no flowers or memorial gifts.

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Janice A. "Punky" Kissack, 74, of Milford

Janice A. “Punky” Kissack, 74, of Milford passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on August 26, 1946 in Wellington, the daughter of Melbourne A. “Bud” and Florence (Leppard) Kissack. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Francis Kissack, Wes Kissack, Bob Kissack, and Gary Kissack; and one sister, Vivian Guynn.

Surviving are two sisters, Joan Cade of Milford and Sharon Woodby Martin of Milford; and many nieces and nephews.

Janice enjoyed cooking and baking. She loved spending time with all of her family and watching TV, especially the cooking shows.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Milford Christian Church in Milford.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

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Pamela K. Fink, 70, of Onarga

Pamela K. Fink, 70, of Onarga passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana of a sudden illness. She was born on November 3, 1950 in Watseka, the daughter of Melvin and Shirley (Schmitt) Lavoie and they preceded her in death.

 

She married David G. Fink in Crescent City on October 25, 1969 and he survives. She is also survived by two sons, David M. (Lisa) Fink of Philo and Chad (Jennifer) Fink of Melissa, TX; four grandchildren, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Fink of Philo and Mason and Lauren Fink of Melissa, TX; two great-grandchildren, Brantly and McKenna; and five sisters, Barbara (Kenton) Munsterman of Bourbonnais, Jean (Ty) Herron of Crescent City, Mary (Scott) Quinn of Bloomington, Michel Lavoie of Austin, TX, and Angie (Aaron) Taylor of Donovan.

 

Mrs. Fink was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City, where she was a member of the church council and current President of the CCW, and was two-time Woman of the Year, Eucharist Minister, Catechism Minister, and taught first Communion. She was also a member of the Onarga Historical Society, Princess Onarga Questers, and was the Donovan, Buckley, and Onarga Postmaster for many years. Pam loved spending time with her grandchildren and children, never missing any events that they were involved in. She also enjoyed flower gardens, helping people, traveling with family, and was a wine enthusiast.

 

Private visitation and funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Onarga Cemetery in Onarga. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City as per family wishes.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

 

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Sidney "Danny" Shoufler Jr., 86, of Danville and formerly of Milford

Sidney “Danny” Shoufler Jr., 86, of Danville and formerly of Milford passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on October 30, 1934 in Milford, the son of Sidney and Frances “Mickey” (Robertson) Shoufler Sr.

Danny is survived by two sisters, Jo Ann Howard of Watseka and Linda Kochell of Fairmont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Shoufler, Thomas Shoufler, and Jerry Lee Shoufler; and three sisters, Diantha Hansen, Sylvia Shoufler, and Marilyn Shoufler.

Danny enjoyed painting.

Private family graveside services will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Dallas E. Karsgaard, 81, of Ashkum, IL

Dallas E. Karsgaard, 81, of Ashkum passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born October 20, 1939 in Kankakee, the son of Edward N. and Dagmar (Christensen) Karsgaard and they preceded him in death in addition to one son, Michael J. Karsgaard.

He married Carol King on November 17, 1962 in Clifton and she survives in Ashkum. He is also survived by one son, Scott Karsgaard (Susan Riley) of Ashkum; three grandchildren, Noah Karsgaard of Ashkum, Matthew Karsgaard of Kankakee and Lauren Karsgaard of Bourbonnais; one great-grandson, Joshua Burns of Bourbonnais; one brother, Douglas Karsgaard of Clifton; and two sisters, Arlene Hendrickson of Clifton and Lorraine Crabtree of Gilbertsville, KY.

Mr. Karsgaard was a member of the Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and United Chemical Workers. He served in the National Guard and worked 47 years at Armour Pharmaceutical-CSL Behring. Dallas was a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited and NRA, was a founding member of the Ashkum Sportsman Club, and a member of American Trapshooting Assoc. and Illini Indians Trapshooting Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and helping young shooters, and loved to read.

Private services will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum. Rev. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at the Ashkum Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Please share a memory of Dallas at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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James McRoberts 62, of Watseka

James McRoberts passed away peacefully the morning of January 6, 2021 at the age of 62. He was born March 6, 1958 to Ardella and Lloyd McRoberts in Minneapolis, MN. James married Peggy (Walker) McRoberts on April 16, 1988 in Coon Rapids, MN. His parents and his brother, Lloyd McRoberts, each preceded him in death.

He was a loving Father, Husband, and Friend. Jim worked for the marketing department for 17 years at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL. He organized media and coordinated major events including the Toddler Olympics, 100th Anniversary of the Hospital, and celebrated the 1000th baby born at IMH. He organized free snowcones, popcorn, and cotton candy for IMH residents, employees, and their families during the Fourth of July parade and coordinated the Easter Egg Hunt on the hospital front lawn. James was also an active member in the Iroquois Early Risers Toastmasters Organization as well as the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) and won an award for Best Speaker at one of their conferences.

James was a stay at home dad for three years while Anastasia and Quinn were young. He taught them how to read and write and prepared them for preschool and kindergarten. One day Peggy came home to hot wheels cars racing down 75 feet of track from the upstairs hallway, down 17 steps and two curves, through the back entry into an empty popcorn tin. Him and Peggy hosted a Halloween party for the kids one year that included a Halloween parade downtown and through the resident home in Sheldon. When he and Peggy were preparing to redo the kitchen floors, they invited all the kids in the neighborhood to come over and draw on them. They received many phone calls with apologies when the kids came home and reported to their parents what they had done. Those calls were responded to with a reassuring explanation and a laugh. James and Quinn invested a lot of time into making Pinewood Derby cars while his son was in Boyscouts and was notorious for taking a clean sweep.

James aced his way through his college career. He was involved in the annual Civil War Reenactment and had his history professor declared a traitor one year. He was very proud of his family and often talked about them to everyone. He was known for his cheesy jokes, kind words, and loved playing card games. After his retirement, he invested in painting landscapes and cooking, and made his wife dinner every night when she came home from work. James enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games with his family, and taking road trips across the states.

He is survived by his son, Quinn, a Senior Capital Accountant, his daughter, Anastasia, a Bioanalytical Scientist, and his wife, Peggy, an Occupational Therapist. He is also survived by his brother David Evanson and sister Laura Krugerud; his niece Amy Hannan, Leslie Olson, and nephew John Olson; and four great nieces and nephews.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremated remains will be scattered by firework display.

Please consider donating to Jim's gofundme page to help his family with medical expenses.
http://gofundme.com/f/james-mcroberts

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Donald W. "Dugan" Graham, 86 of Bayles Lake, Loda

Donald W. “Dugan” Graham, 86 of Bayles Lake, Loda, passed away at 9:32 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Rd., Paxton with Rev. Tom Anders officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton with military honors by the Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton is handling arrangements.

Dugan was born May 17, 1934 in Rossville the son of J. Fred and Margaret Jacobs Graham. He married Jean Graham July 23, 1965 at the First Church of Christ, Hoopeston. She preceded him in death December 7, 2013.

He is survived by his children Debbie (Curt) Teesdale of Marysville, WA, Bret (Wendy) Graham of Paxton, Jeff (Erin) Graham of Paxton, Mark (Lee) LeClair of Paxton, Scott Graham of Rugby, ND; 11 grandkids, 29 great grandkids; a brother Jim Graham of Paxton and a special friend Lois Tobin of O’Fallon, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers Howard and Jack Graham and a sister Maxine Lundberg.

Dugan graduated from Rossville High School in 1952 and from the Modern Barber College, Chicago. He served in the United States Army 1953-1955. He was a barber for Jim’s Barber Shop, Rantoul before going to work at Kraft Foods, Champaign and retiring after 23 years.

He was a member of the Paxton Church of Christ, Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150, PBL Booster Club and past president of the Paxton Mustangs Booster Club. He was also a member of the Paxton football chain gang for over 20 years and president of the “Big Sissy” club. Dugan was a lifelong Cub fan and was thrilled with the Cubs winning the World Series. He also participated in an Honor Flight in 2019.

Dugan wintered in Pharr, Texas for the past 20 years. He enjoyed golfing, growing tomatoes, fishing in Minnesota and pontoon rides on the lake.

Memorials may be made to the Paxton Church of Christ or PBL Booster Club. Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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Jon M. Simoneau, 62, of Clifton

Jon M. Simoneau, 62, of Clifton passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at his home. He was born April 29, 1958 in Clifton, the son of Jon A. and Rosalie C. (Janssen) Simoneau and he was preceded in death by his father.

He married Kathleen Gillespie on October 1, 1977 in Ashkum and she survives in Clifton. Also surviving are one daughter, Devon (Donnie) Benoit of Kankakee; two sons, Jon (Lisa) Simoneau of Kankakee and Nickolas (Samantha) Simoneau of Ashkum; one brother, Joel B. Simoneau of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother, Rosalie Simoneau of Clifton; eight grandchildren, Coleman, Sloane and Brock Benoit and Jude, Rush, Penn, Cree and Gabe Simoneau; two sisters-in-law, Janet (Tom) Suddarth of Fairfield and Madelyn Washburn of Kankakee; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Harms of Ashkum and Patrick Gillespie of Sunrise Beach, MO.

Mr. Simoneau was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable and the Kankakee Valley Boat Club. He was co-owner of Piggush-Simoneau Inc. for twenty-eight years, founded in 1991. He enjoyed boating and fishing, and loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Private services were held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clifton. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at L’Erable Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Jude Simoneau, Cole Benoit, Patrick Gillespie, Tony Glazik, Ryan Harms, and Jon Stiffler.

A celebration of life will be held from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Kankakee Valley Boat Club.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Jesus G. Carmona, 70 of Onarga

Jesus G. Carmona, 70 of Onarga passed away on January 1, 2021 at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. He was born on November 10, 1950 in Casacuaran Guanajuato Mexico the son of Cayetano and Petra Gaytan Carmona. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Carmona, nee Munoz; one daughter- Beronica (Roberto) Sanchez of Gilman; five sons- Jesus (Marissa) Carmona of Onarga, Sergio (Rubi) Carmona of Onarga, Enrique (Marie) Carmona of Carlisle, PA, Antonio Carmona of Onarga, and Felipe Carmona of Champaign; four brothers; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman with Fr. Marek Herbut officiating. Burial will be in the Onarga Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

Please share a memory of Jesus at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Helen Kimble - Vaughn, 93, of Watseka

Helen Kimble - Vaughn, 93, of Watseka passed away on Wed, December 23rd at the Watseka Rehab & Healthcare Center.

 

A graveside service is set for Thrusday, December 31st 2020 at 2:00pm at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka. 

 

A visitation will be held starting at noon, 12/31/2020 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

Baier Funeral Home is handeling arrangments.

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Patricia "Pat" Ann Mockbee, 76, of Potomac

Patricia “Pat” Ann Mockbee, 76, of Potomac, passed away at 4:02 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020, at home.

 

Pat was born on January 24, 1944, in Danville, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Agnes (Sands) Hunt. She married Gary Mockbee in 1965, in Danville. He survives.

 

She is also survived by three daughters- Melinda (Tommy) Winiger of Rossville, Angela (Jason) Sefrhans of Paxton and Michele (Casey) McQuinn of Paxton; one son- Rick Mockbee of Potomac; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother- Ronnie (Debbie) Hunt; two sisters- Bert Bland and Pauline Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister- Geraldine Delp and brother- Delbert Hansbrough.

Pat graduated from Danville High School. She enjoyed going to the casino boat and spending time with her children and especially her grandchildren.

 

A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Raymie Gordon officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Potomac Cemetery. Due to the current health concerns, masks and social distancing will be required.

 

Memorials may be made in Pat’s name to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family on Pat’s everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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James G. Hack, 80 of Champaign and formerly of Ashkum

James G. Hack, 80 of Champaign and formerly of Ashkum passed away on Monday December 21, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on August 31, 1940 in Pontiac, IL a son of LeRoy and Emily Ommen Hack. Jim married Barbara A. Sterrenberg in Cullom on January 28, 1961 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons- Kevin (Tara) Hack of Ashkum and Gordon (Lisa) Hack of Chatham, IL; one daughter- Pamela (Jeff) Scott of Mahomet, IL; six grandchildren- Bryan (Regan) Hack, Andrew Hack, Jeremy (Frances) Hack, Nathan (Valerie) Hack, Evan Scott, and Ella Scott; two great grandchildren- Auburn and Blakely Hack; and one brother- Alan Hack of Cullom. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother- Ronald Hack.

Jim was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Champaign and former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum. He was a charter member of the Ashkum Lions Club. Jim was in sales and grain elevator construction for many years. He started out with Ford-Widholm and later worked for Tiffany Industries in St. Louis as Vice President of Overseas Operations building grain elevators in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. He also worked for Big Wheels Fertilizer Applicator in Paxton as a salesman and Chief Operating Officer of the company. He most recently became self employed owning Jim Hack and Associates retiring in 2006. For the past 16 years, Jim took pride in making several trips to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent. Jim was recognized with a Habitat for Humanity Award for Solidarity for his work in El Salvador. He was also a recipient of the Champaign News Gazette 70 over 70 award this year.

Private funeral services will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton with Pastors Scott and Melissa Keeble officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Cemetery in Cullom.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Champaign, Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in El Salvador, or Cristo Rey of Hope for children in El Salvador.

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Mary Jane Keigher, 92 of Gilman

Mary Jane Keigher, 92 of Gilman passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 surrounded by her husband and family. She was born on January 9, 1928 in Joliet, the daughter of Leo and Marie (Reiter) O’Connor.

Mary Jane married James Keigher in Symerton on September 15, 1951 and he survives. She is also survived by ten children, Leo (Debbie) Keigher of Minooka, Dick (Lorene) Keigher of Danforth, Don Keigher of Gilman, Bob (Candy) Keigher of Scottsbluff, NE, Ann (Tim) Kulow of Paxton, Cliff (Michele) Keigher of Onarga, Ray Keigher of Champaign, Kay (Ron) Vinson of Manhattan, Margie (Dave) Woolridge of The Villages, FL, and Jay (Maureen) Keigher of Melvin; 29 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ed (Angela) O’Connor of Moline; and one sister-in-law, Theresa O’Connor of Wilmington.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jerry O’Connor.

Mrs. Keigher was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman, where she cleaned and ironed linens on the altar as well as provided flowers for the altar until she was 80 years old. She was the former C.C.W. Woman of the Year, and loved traveling, visiting and spending time with family, crossword puzzles, flowers and arranging flowers, and bird watching.

Private visitation and funeral mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. Fr. John Balluff will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gilman.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral home in Gilman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church C.C.W.

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Robert "Bob" Atkins, 87, of Watseka

Robert "Bob" Atkins, 87, of Watseka passed away on Saturday,12/19/2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

 

A private funeral service will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial to follow the private service at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

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Merry L. Hill, 71, of Watseka

 

Merry L. Hill, 71, of Watseka passed away on Friday December 18, 2020 at her home. She was born on December 26, 1948 in Gary, IN a daughter of Wesley E. and H. Elaine Miles Johnston. Merry married Richard “Boot” Hill in Portage, IN on November 3, 1968 and he survives. Also surviving are two sons- Rod (Brenda) Hill of Louisville, TN and Randy (Natasha) Hill of El Paso, IL; one daughter- Kathy (Tommy) Graves of Watseka; one brother- James Johnston of Valparaiso, IN; one sister-Patti Johnston of Watseka; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; mother in law- Mary Hill of Watseka; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother- Stanley Johnston, and one grandson-Aaron Lavoie.

Merry was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka and enjoyed reading, boating, water sports, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Tuesday December 22, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 pm with Rev. Alex McNally officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka.

Arrangements are by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Cecil H. Carroll Jr., 77, of Clifton

Cecil H. Carroll Jr., 77, of Clifton passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 at his home. He was born on January 28, 1943 in Allerton, IL, the son of Rev. Cecil Hickman Sr. and Audrey (Richey) Carroll and they preceded him in death.

He married Sharon Holtman in Chrisman on December 28, 1968 and she survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Christel Helene (Reuben) Seelund of Auburn; one son, Cecil H. Carroll III of Clifton; four siblings, Norman (Mary) Carroll of Gainesville, GA, Norma (Dick) Krohe of Industry, Mary Gleckler of Iowa, and Barbara Carroll of Charleston, SC; five grandchildren, Ariel, Jeanette, Jordan, Mattson, and Joseph; and one great-grandchild, Kaleb.

Mr. Carroll was a member of Church of the Nazarene and the Ashkum United Methodist Church. He retired from the U.S. Army where he served 28 years, which included service during the Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq wars. Also, during those years, he served as Infantry Quartermaster, Company Commander of a Field Staff Unit, Headquarters Army General Staff Pentagon, and Headquarters Secretary of Defense staff.

Private funeral services will be held on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Graveside services will follow at Clifton Cemetery with Dr. Marvin Jones officiating and graveside military rites by Central VFW Post #2131.

Mr. Carroll was a wonderful husband to his wife of almost 52 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

A scripture that was important from Cecil to you was Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.

Everyone should know that Cecil enjoyed having his butter pecan ice cream with all of you.

Memorials may be made to Olivet Nazarene University Music Dept.

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Erna Jensen, 90, of Rural Chebanse

Erna Jensen, 90, of rural Cehbanse, IL passed away on Monday, 12/14/2020 at her home.

 

A private funeral mass at St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse with burial to follow at St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Chebanse. 

 

A private visitation will also be held at the church.

 

The Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton is handling arrangements. 

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Wilmond "Willy" V. Breymeyer, 98, of Watseka

Wilmond “Willy” V. Breymeyer, 98, of Watseka, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020 at home surrounded by family. He was born on May 23, 1922 near Cissna Park to William and Ella (Munsterman) Breymeyer. Wilmond married Eileen Focken on June 8, 1947. He is survived by his wife Eileen of 73 years; daughters, Barbara (Rex) Cluver of Watseka and Cheryl (Donald) Vogel of Surprise, AZ; grandchildren, Heather Cluver and Kyle (Brittany) Cluver of Watseka; step-grandchildren, Ryan (Patti) Vogel and Abbie (Al) Sonnichsen; and two great-grandchildren, Parker and Helena Cluver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernice Reutter; and brothers, Gilbert, Clarence, Lester, and Homer Breymeyer.

Willy worked for Keilsmeier’s Dairy Farm before he began his service with the United States Army. He served 2 years during WWII in Italy. He retired from FS after 38 years as a petroleum gas truck driver.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City, a lifetime member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23, Iroquois County VFW Post #7450, and was fortunate to attend the WWII Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2012.

Private graveside services will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery with Rev. Joel Brown officiating and graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

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