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Doris M. Knapp, 96, of Cissna Park

Doris M. Knapp, 96 of Cissna Park passed away on Monday September 20, 2021 at Heritage Health in Hoopeston. She was born on September 25, 1924 in Rantoul a daughter of Everett and Nelle Rusk Williams. Doris married Melvin A. Knapp in Peoria on September 27, 1941 and he preceded her in death on November 15, 1995. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters. Survivors include three daughters- Joyce (Skip) Gharst of Loda, Gloria (Randy) Feder of Florence, KY, and Connie (Hector) Medina of Houston, TX; one son-Robert Knapp of Cissna Park; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday September 24, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, also at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church or Knapp Burn Foundation.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

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

Robert E. Grimes, 86, of Watseka

Robert E. Grimes, 86, of Watseka passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born on October 19, 1934 in Watseka, the son of Aaron and Evangeline (Mowrey) Grimes and they preceded him in death along with one brother, four sisters; one granddaughter; one grandson and one great-grandson.

He married Beverly J. Paro on September 11, 1954 in Watseka and she survives in Watseka. Other survivors include one daughter, Becky (Chad) Munsterman of Momence; two sons, Robert “Bubba” (Roxanne) Grimes of Watseka and Brian (Debi) Grimes of Watseka; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Robert was a member of Cornerstone Ministries in Woodland. He was a gentle giant who loved his church family, children, and grandchildren.
Private family services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Ministries in Woodland.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Annetta J. Allen, 90, of Watseka

Annetta J. Allen, 90, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Gilman Nursing Home in Gilman. She was born on June 1, 1931 in Stockland Twp., the daughter of Alvin and Rebecca (McCormick) Wright. She married Harold Allen in Milford on September 16, 1950 and he preceded her in passing on March 23, 1976. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother; three sisters; one son, Ricky; one daughter, Deborah; and one granddaughter, Rebecca.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheri Noerenberg of Watseka and Christina Carlson of Thawville; one brothers, Frank Wright; two grandchildren, Mandy Noerenberg and Rick Nolte; eight great grandchildren, Samantha, Lance, Haley, Jordan, Dalton, Kloe, Dominick, and Trenton; and one great great grandson, Tristen.

Annetta enjoyed reading, puzzle books, and crafts. She loved to bird watch and liked gameshows.

Services will take place at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Arrangements by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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James Earl Wright, 83, of Woodland

James Earl Wright, 83, of Woodland passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at his home in Woodland. He was born on April 28, 1938 in Clinton County, KY, the son of Roy and Dorothy (Cross) Wright. He married Helen McCann in Hoopeston on November 8, 1958 and she preceded him in passing on March 16, 2006. He later married Wilda Fuoss in Tipton, IN on March 26, 2007.

Surviving are his wife, Wilda Fuoss Wright of Woodland; one son, Stanley L. Wright of Woodland; three daughters, Sandra (James) Shreves of Nashville, TN, Dawn “Renee” (David) Anderson of Hatton, ND, and Sherri (Donald) Gerdes of Thawville; daughter in law, Chris Fuoss of Roberts; three brothers, Fred (Thelma) Wright of Milford, Carl (Jeannie) Wright of Maryland, and Marvin (Debbie) Wright of Watseka; two sisters, Grace Brown of Hoopeston and Wanda (Larry) Wallace of Hoopeston; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-nine great grandchildren.

Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen; two sons, James Dale Wright and David Fuoss; one infant son, Steven; daughter in law, Judy Wright; grandson, Dillon Anderson; and brother, George Wright.

He worked until his retirement at Union Pacific Railroad for thirty-nine years. James loved fishing, camping, and playing guitar and singing. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford and one hour prior to the services on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Michael David Rutledge, 43, of Paxton formerly of Milford

Michael David Rutledge of Paxton, IL and formerly of Milford, IL passed away on September 13, 2021. He succumbed to complications of COVID 19. He was 43 years old.

Michael was born April 25, 1978 in El Paso, TX. He was raised in Milford by Don Rutledge and Rhonda (Steve) Wilken-Rutledge-Arseneau.
Michael is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Rybarczyk) Rutledge; one son, Cody Winter; one daughter, Anne Rutledge; his mother, Rhonda (Steve) Arseneau; his father, Don Rutledge; his brothers, Gordon Green, George Green, Jermy (Lori) Green, Jesse Rutledge, Justin Rutledge, Matthew Arseneau; one sister, Darlene (Roberto) Green-Valletta; and his best friend, Alberto (Kenia) Martinez of Milford.

Michael grew up Christian and was surrounded by a large family. He started out on the farm and then moved into town. Growing up like any Midwesterner would, he played baseball, joined cub scouts, and later onto the bigger sports. He couldn’t hide his love for football and lived for those Friday Night Lights. That passion was soon filled by the need to service his country and see the world.

Michael joined the United States Army in June of 1997, a few months after graduating High School. He became an All Wheeled/Tracked Diesel Mechanic and Recovery Specialist as well as a Unit Armor.

Michael served three enlistments with over eight deployments. He received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal (3), Army Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Oversees Service Ribbon (3), Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, NATO Medal (2), Combat Action Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Michael was also a Drill Sergeant and a Combat First Responder with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He even earned his Gold and Silver Spurs with his Calvary Unit.

As a civilian, Michael earned his Mechanic Double ASE, Certified Master Automobile Certification. He closed up his tool box professionally and packed his gear away to focus on raising his two kids – Cody Winter and Anne Rutledge along side his wife, Rebecca (Rybarczyk) Rutledge. He tried his best to lead by example and through it all, his love for his family, his friends, and life in general never faltered.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 p.m. funeral service on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Milford Christian Church with Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Military rites will follow at 3:30 p.m. by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Verlin Lucht, 87, of Watseka

Verlin J. Lucht, 87, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on December 18, 1933 in Watseka, the son of Peter and Helen (Garrelts) Lucht and they preceded him in death.

Verlin is survived by one sister, Joan (Dewaine) VanHoveln of Milford; two nieces, Theresa (Arlyn) Anderson and Denise (Larry) Burton; five nephews, Thomas (Girtie) VanHoveln, Brian (Katie) VanHoveln, Anthony (Anna) VanHoveln, Nathan VanHoveln, and Matthew (Sharon) VanHoveln.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer with Pastor Steven Jensen officiating. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer and The Arc of Iroquois County.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Verlin at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Loretta Jean "Lori" Stock, 63, of Towanda

Loretta Jean “Lori” Stock, 63, of Towanda gained her wings as the angels picked her up and took her to Heaven to be with Jesus on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Lori was born on March 3, 1958 in Tuscola, the daughter of James and Maxine (Thompson) Kingery and they preceded her in death. She married Steven Stock on July 28, 1979 in Toledo, IL and he survives.

Besides her husband, Steve Stock of Towanda, she is survived by one daughter, Marissa (Christopher) Koeller of Flanagan; one son, Nathan Stock of Towanda; two grandsons and one granddaughter on the way, Henry and Matthew Koeller; one brother; three sisters; and her father-in-law, Les (Joyce) Stock of Cissna Park.

Lori was baptized at Toledo Christian Church and later in life attended the Apostolic Christian Church in Bloomington. She enjoyed traveling, reading books – especially The Bible, watching hummingbirds, dragonflies, stargazing at night, and collecting angels, often making them herself. Lori loved living life, especially her love for her kids and grandkids.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Bloomington and 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Bloomington with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Church in Bloomington.

Beverly "Bev" Seibring, 88, of Chebanse

Beverly (Bev) Seibring, 88, of Chebanse passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born November 27, 1932 in Chebanse, the daughter of Lloyd and Lucille (Irps) Burling.

Beverly married Lawrence R. Seibring on February 13, 1954 at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse. Bev was the proud mother of four sons, Ron (Jan) Seibring of St. Cloud, MN, Doug (Cindy) Seibring of Chebanse, Steve (Sue) Seibring of Normal and Scott (Stacy) Seibring of Towanda. Other family includes one sister Marilyn “Pat” (Gerald) Hubert of Martinton, one brother Lloyd “Butch” D. (Bobbie) Burling of St. Anne, thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Bev was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Lucille and sister in law Bobbie.

Bev was a member of the United Church of Christ in Chebanse where she was choir director for nearly 70 years and pianist for over 20 years serving in both roles until her passing. Bev and her mother combined for over 80 years as organist/pianist at the church. Bev also served many years as the UCC Youth Group director. She was an active member of the Chebanse community serving on numerous civic organizations. Most recently she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #408, volunteered at Miller Health Care Center, the Clifton Food Pantry and many others. Bev will be fondly remembered by hundreds of students and staff as she served as secretary at Chebanse Grade School for 20 years. Twenty to thirty years after she retired she would be approached by former students who would share kind feelings toward her.

Bev thoroughly enjoyed following her children’s, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren’s activities. She will be remembered for her love of music and friendship but she had no greater passion than her love of family. The only love that was greater than her love of her family was their love of her.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse. Pastor Marsha Collins will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Chebanse or the charity of your choice.

Please share a memory of Bev at knappfuneralhomes.com

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James "Bingo" Vogel 74 of Cissna Park

James "Bingo" Vogel 74 of Cissna Park.

 

Visitation will be held 4-7 Wednesday 9/15/21 @ Knapp Funeral Home is Cissna Park.

A graveside service will be held Thursday 9/16/21 in the Cissna Park Cemetery. 

Larry Edward Eheart, 74, of Gilman

Larry Edward Eheart, 74, of Gilman passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was born January 28, 1947 in Streator, the son of Franklin “Jack” and LaVerne (Currie) Eheart and they preceded him in death in addition to one sister, Julene Eheart. He married Debra L. Godwin on June 15, 1968 in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada and she preceded him in death on June 21, 2006.

He is survived by one daughter, Angelique (Steven) Kemarly of Gilman; two sons, Franklin (Tammy) Eheart of Conway, SC and Andrew (Jennifer) Eheart of Watseka; one sister, Janice (David) Schoon of Danforth; nine grandchildren, Jacob Eheart, Alley Eheart, Megan Kemarly, Anna Eheart, Hannah Eheart, Damon Eheart, Lilian Eheart, Emily Eheart and Stephanie Whipple; one great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Whipple; and two nieces, Milisa (Chris) Benjamin of Essex and Michelle (Todd) Hull of Danforth.

Larry served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He was an EMT for the Gilman Ambulance for many years, worked at Uarco for 30 years, was a part time mechanic at Kuipers Dealership in Gilman, and in his retirement, worked part time for Gilman Fertilizer. He graduated from Gilman High School. Larry enjoyed farming, working on vehicles and having coffee at K&H.

A graveside service will be at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Gilman Cemetery. Rev. Bob Blumberg will officiate. Military graveside rites will be by the Gilman American Legion Post #499.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Family’s Wishes.

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

Margaret Nell Bluhm, 85, of Sibley, formerly of Watseka

Margaret Nell Bluhm, 85, of Sibley, formerly of Watseka, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Margaret was born on December 6, 1935 in Sharon, Tennessee, the daughter of Cecil and Sylvia (Yarber) Robertson and they preceded her in death. She married Edward Bluhm in Chicago on November 4, 1961 and he preceded her in death on March 11, 2005. Margaret was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Robertson and Richard Robertson; two sons, Michael Anderson and James Anderson.

Margaret is survived by one son, Thomas Yarber of Darien; two daughters, Karen (Jerry) Bennett of Watseka and Debbie Bluhm of Crestwood; two brothers, James (Marlene) Robertson and Danny Robertson; one sister, Pat (Tom) Wills; six grandchildren, Carie (Andrew) Hertter, Danielle Bergeron, Cristen (Jacob) Kinnaird, Andrew (Stephanie) Anderson, Kyle Anderson, and Lauren Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Payton and Joanna Kinnaird and Hazel Anderson.

Margaret attended Trinity Church and the First Baptist Church both in Watseka. She enjoyed doing crafts and crocheting and especially loved being a parent and a grandparent.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Joe Hughes officiating. The visitation will be two hours prior from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Debora Siebring, 67, of Watseka

Debora Siebring, 67, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born February 15, 1954 in Kankakee, the daughter of Lester Ray and Betty June (Miller) Walker. She married Todd Siebring on July 13, 1985 at Haun Park and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her father and one brother, Bill Walker.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Todd) Harris of Watseka and Jodi Siebring of Indiana; six grandchildren, Natalie Harris, Magan Harris, Dylan Harris, Kaitlyn Mattocks, Kimberly Mattocks and Dale Mattocks; one great-granddaughter that is expected soon, Addison Harris; her mother, Betty June Walker of Spencer, WV; two sisters, Melinda Walker of Spencer, WV and Lisa (Greg) Hamrick of Parkersburg, WV; and many nieces and nephews.

Debora enjoyed reading, traveling, singing, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. She loved taking care of people as a nurse. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and purple hair.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Debora at baierfuneralhome.com.

Dolores E. Wingren, 95, of Crescent City

Dolores E. Wingren, 95, of Crescent City and formerly of Streamwood passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Dolores was born July 27, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of James and Elma (Pauly) Sharp and they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother, James Sharp; three sons, Thomas J. Wingren, Richard J. Wingren, and Jerome G. Wingren.

Dolores is survived by one son, Daniel (Debra) Wingren of Hampshire; one daughter, Lynn (George) Soucek of Streamwood; daughter-in-law, Susan Wingren of Crescent City; ten grandchildren; twelve great- grandchildren; and twelve great-great-grandchildren.

Dolores was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Iroquois County and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Streamwood where she was very active. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as the staff at Prairieview Lutheran Home.

Cremation rites have been accorded per her wishes by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and services for Dolores will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Please share a memory of Dolores at www.knappfuneralhome.com.

Frances M. Cotter, 80, of Piper City

Frances M. Cotter, 80, of Piper City passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center.

Frances was born on August 3, 1941 in rural Piper City, the daughter of John and Elsie (Gagnon) Peters and they preceded her in death. She married Kenneth I. Cotter on December 19, 1959 in Danforth and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2009. She was also preceded in death by one son, James Cotter; one brother, Glen; and one nephew.

She is survived by one son, Robert (Rhonda) Cotter of Piper City; one daughter-in-law, Susan Cotter of St. Joseph; five grandchildren, Elena Kae, Austin James, Caleb Addison, Kenny Mack, and John Robert; one sister-in-law, Barbara Peters of Streator; one niece; and three nephews.

Frances was a homemaker and retired from Greenbriar Healthcare. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Piper City as well as past member of American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed having coffee with her friends.

Memorials may be made to Piper City Fire Department.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Brenton Cemetery in Piper City with Pastor Wade Ditty officiating.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Dionne Moline, 75, of Cissna Park

Dionne Moline, 75, of Cissna Park, passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Gilman Nursing Home after a short battle with Cancer.  She was born on September 14, 1945 in Paxton, the daughter of Robert and Ioan (Wirth) Moline; and they preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by one brother, Vernon Moline.

 

Dionne graduated from Paxton High School in 1963.  She was a member of the Mustang Pep Club and was nominated for Homecoming Queen of 1962.  In her younger years, she enjoyed playing softball. Dionne retired from Kraft Foods in Champaign, after 30 years in the Purchasing Department. 

 

She enjoyed watching sports and talking to her family and friends on the phone.  Most importantly, Dionne expressed her faith in God.

 

No services will be held at this time.

Cox-Knapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Lou German, 98, of Milford

Betty Lou German, 98, of Milford passed away on August 28, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 24, 1922 in Lewistown, the daughter of Harold E. and Lucille (Barnes) Wilson and they preceded her in death.

Betty married Neal E. German in Milford on December 9, 1951 and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2021.

Betty is survived by one daughter, Diane Stehman of Collinsville; one grandson, Matthew Stehman of Collinsville; one sister Ellen Louise “Billie” Brady of Omaha, Nebraska.

She was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Milford United Methodist Church or the Milford Swimming Pool.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Mary Ruth Moore, 73, of rural Rossville

Mary Ruth Moore, 73, of rural Rossville, IL, passed away late Wednesday August 25, 2021, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.  She was born November 11, 1947, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (White) Brain.  She married Lester C. Moore on March 30, 1969, at the Alvin Christian Church.  He survives in rural Rossville, IL. 

She is also survived by one daughter, Kristie Moore of Rossville, IL; one son, Scott (Carol) Moore of Oakwood, IL; two grandchildren, Bryce Moore and Madyson Moore of Oakwood, IL; two sisters, Linda Day of Danville, IL and Sara (Rick) Andrews of Alvin, IL; one sister-in-law, Nancy Brain of Danville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Brain; brother-in-law, Melvin Day; nephew, Andrew Juvinall; and father-in-law and mother-in-law; Calvin and Zeda Moore. 

Mary was a homemaker and farmwife who loved caring for her family.  She also worked at the Alvin Post Office and other area post offices for 25 years as a postmaster relief.  She was a member of the Alvin Christian Church where she was very active serving as a Sunday school teacher, craft director at Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Alvin Christian Church Ladies Circle.  Mary also served as a Gundy Cemetery Association Trustee and was a former South Ross Township Deputy Assessor for 13 years.  She was a wonderful caregiver who spent time visiting people in nursing homes and preparing many home-cooked meals not only for her family but for those who were sick and shut-in.  She also enjoyed doing a card ministry sending birthday, get well, and sympathy cards to others.  Her hobbies included making crafts, sewing, gardening, tending to her many flower beds, and caring for her cats and dogs.  Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

A visitation will be held 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday August 31, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday September 1, 2021, at the funeral home with Jason Schimke officiating.  Burial will follow in Gundy Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Alvin Christian Church 109 Center St. Alvin, IL 61811 or to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Leslie A. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse

Leslie A. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on January 27, 1947 in Kankakee, the son of Frederick and Leola (Green) Weedon. He married Carol Schwark in Herscher on August 24, 1968 and she preceded him in passing on August 18, 2021.

Surviving are one son, Brad (Jennifer) Weedon of Baden, PA; one daughter, Jill Weedon of Chebanse; three grandchildren, Ruthann Weedon and Noah Weedon of Baden, PA and Leah Johnson of Chebanse; two brothers, Jerry (Joyce) Weedon of Bonfield and David (Neva) Weedon of Chebanse.

In addition to his wife and parents, Leslie was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Weedon and Brian Weedon and one sister, Carol Swanson.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Leslie received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Master’s in Education from ISU. He was a member of Slow Boys, loved to do tractor pulls with Slow Boys, and enjoyed tinkering with computers and electronics. Mr. Weedon enjoyed traveling with his wife, Carol in their camper over the years.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton with an 8:00 pm prayer service following.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Annabell Wienrank, 93, of Crescent City

Annabell Wienrank, 93, of Crescent City passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born on January 13, 1928 in Momence, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Breeding. She married Don Wienrank on June 27, 1944.

Surviving are her husband, Don Wienrank of Crescent City; one son, Russell Wienrank of Crescent City; son in law, Kenneth Wrede of Liberty, MO; daughter in law, Lucy Wienrank of Crescent City; three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Annabell was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Larry Wienrank; and one daughter, Donnabell Wrede.

Mrs. Wienrank was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 30, 2021 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Rev. Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City.

Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the Monday services at church.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or Faith Place.

Please share a memory of Annabell at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Frank John Hughes, 83, of Watseka

Frank John Hughes, 83, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at his home.

Frank was born on September 8, 1937 in Chicago, the son of John and Jane “Jean” (McKillop) Hughes and they preceded him in death. He married Clara Schafer on November 15, 1958 in Chicago and she preceded him in death on August 7, 2008. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Hughes; one grandchild, Faith Hughes; and brother in law, John Johnson.

He is survived by four children, Bridget Hughes-Wallace, Clara Hughes, Frank (Kera) Hughes, and Thomas (Aimee) Hughes; thirteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; 1 brother, Dan (Sharon) Hughes; and one sister, Sue Johnson.

Mr. Hughes served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and later served in the Illinois National Guard. Frank worked 35 years at the Chicago Police Department and was a member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Visitation will also be from 2:00 – 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Curley Funeral Home in Chicago Ridge (6116 W 111th St).

Funeral services will be on Monday, August 30 at 10:00 am, also at Curley Funeral Home. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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Virgil D. Burdick, 65, of Watseka

Virgil D. Burdick, 65, of Watseka passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born on September 11, 1955 in Watseka, the son of Virgil C. and Alice (Phillips) Bridges. He married Kathleen Brutlag in Woodworth on December 27, 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Burdick of Watseka; mother, Alice Bridges of Bristol, FL; three brothers, Mark Burdick of Watseka, Dennis Bruner of Watseka, and Duane (Jana) Richert of Watseka; two sisters, Alice Fay (William) Yonke of Wisconsin and Susan Felty of Florida; one sister in law, Linda Burdick of Watseka; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burdick was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Virgil and Barbara Burdick; one brother, Lucky Burdick; and one niece, Alice Bray.
Virgil enjoyed fishing, hunting, socializing, and was an avid junk collector. He loved spending time with his family and messing with his flowers.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Michael Ruhlig will officiate. Burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka on Thursday as well.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Virgil at baierfuneralhome.com.

Carol L. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse

Carol L. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse passed away on August 18, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born December 16, 1946 in Kankakee, the daughter of Merle and Grace (Kruse) Schwark and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother, James Schwark.

She married Leslie Weedon on August 24, 1968 in Herscher and he survives. Also surviving are one son, Brad (Jennifer) Weedon of Baden, PA; one daughter, Jill Weedon of Chebanse; and three grandchildren, Ruthann and Noah Weedon of Baden, PA and Leah Johnson of Chebanse.

Mrs. Weedon was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, where she played the piano for services. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1988 and worked part time at Kankakee Community College and was also a substitute teacher for the Clifton Central and Herscher school districts. Carol enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing and reading.

A memorial visitation will be held 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton with a prayer service starting at 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date with Rev. Harvey Nicholson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Carol at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Christine Mae Brandenburg-Villalba, 63, of Goodland, IN

Christine Mae Brandenburg-Villalba, 63, of Goodland, IN passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at her residence.

She was born October 19, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Robert and Ardis (Wilson) Brandenburg and they preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children, Aaron (Karen) Brandenburg of Watseka, Alicia Meyers of Danville, Nicole Black of Kentland, and Gregory Cavanaugh of Brook, IN; six grandchildren, Joshua Black, Hailee Black, Kevin Black II, Chrissy Dieter, and Blake and Olivia Cavanaugh; one brother, Scott Borror of Watseka; and two sisters, Kathy (Victor) Alvarez of Watseka and Colleen (Cliff) Henderson of Brook.

Christine enjoyed car rides, listening to music, and was a good friend to everyone. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.


 

Marilyn Walwer Schultz, 79, of Watseka

Marilyn Rose Walwer Schultz, 79, of Watseka passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at her home. Marilyn was born on June 3, 1942 in Kankakee, the daughter of LaVerne and Lucille (Arnold) Miller. She married Charles Walwer in Kankakee on June 25, 1960 and he preceded her in death. Later she married, James Schultz in St. Petersburg, Florida, on August 24, 1989 and he preceded her in death.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters- Catherine Schwartz of Watseka and Pamela (John) Burch of Watseka; two sons- Terry (Valorie) Walwer of Watseka and Donald (Keiko) Walwer of San Diego, California; two sisters- Phyllis Redman of Kankakee and Marsha Gersky of St. Petersburg, Florida; two brothers- Richard Miller of Geneseo and Dennis Miller of Bradley; several grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother- Vernon Miller, two sons- Brian Walwer and Scott Walwer, one son-in-law, Wayne Schwartz, and six grandsons.

Marilyn was a dietician at Watseka Manor. She enjoyed sewing, family get-togethers, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Cremation rites will be accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Arc of Iroquois County, Disabled Veteran’s, or Donor’s Choice.

Daniel L. Arseneau, 73, of Beaverville, IL

Daniel L. Arseneau, 73, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on August 18, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska after a short battle with cancer with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons by his side. He was a lifelong resident of Beaverville, born on July 10, 1948, the son of Percell and Mildred Arseneau.

Surviving Daniel are his son, daughter-in-law, and his two grandsons, Cameron, Andrea (Kerouac), Daniel, and Jack Arseneau of Council Bluffs, IA. Five siblings and their spouses; Robert (Judy) Arseneau of Beaverville, IL; Wayne (JoAnne) Arseneau of Beaverville, IL; Karen (Bill) Dowling of St Anne, IL; Kenneth (Linda) Arseneau of Martinton, IL; Loretta (Steve) Moehler of Watseka, IL; one sister in law, Diane (Jim) Wiltjer of Pinehurst, NC; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Danny was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Barbara and his parents.

Danny was a lifelong farmer with his brothers. Throughout his life he loved tractor pulling in the NTPA, snowmobiling, traveling, joyriding in his vette, watching his favorite westerns, having coffee with his friends, volunteering at St Mary’s Church Founder’s Day Celebration by grilling the coveted boudin, and most of all spending time with his two beautiful grandsons.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to share photos and memories during this time. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville, IL on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. where Deacon Patrick Skelly will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Danny’s memory may do so to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund, 308 St Charles St. Beaverville, IL 60912.

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