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Deborah L. Quick, 73, of Watseka

Deborah L. Quick, 73, of Watseka passed away on February 2, 2023 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL. She was born on August 6, 1949 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Eugene and Elizabeth Clark. She married Stephen Quick on April 18, 1970 in Marshall, IL.

Deborah is survived by her husband Steve of Watseka, and her children Joshua and Roselene Quick of Robinson, IL, Jacob and Shawna Quick of Watseka, and Megan and Ryan Baxter of Bloomington, IL; her grandchildren Jessica and Jacob Blankenbeker of Robinson, Ian Quick and Emma Goodman of Webster, TX, Samuel Quick of Terre Haute, IN, Joseph Quick of Robinson, Aden and Abby Quick of Watseka, Caleb and Joshua Baxter of Bloomington, and her great-grandson Leo Blankenbeker of Robinson. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law Penny and Ken Cannady, Mindy and Bryan Harper, and Tammy and Bill Fraker all of Marshall as well as her sister-in-law Diane Clark, sisters-in-law Marilyn and Bob Smitley of Marshall and Phyllis Higginbotham of Bristow, VA and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Mark Clark, brother-in-law Fenton Quick and his wife Judy, and brother-in-law Ron Higginbotham.

Debbe and Steve grew up just blocks from each other in their hometown of Marshall, IL. Following her graduation from Marshall High School in 1967, Debbe attended college at Southern Illinois University where she trained as a laboratory technician and worked at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. In 1971 they moved to Watseka where Debbe worked at Iroquois Memorial Hospital until the birth of her oldest son. She held many different jobs during her life, including selling wicker, sewing vinyl pouches for Stam Manufacturing, and working at Dr. Curry’s office. Her longest career, which took her into her retirement, was painting and wallpapering for numerous area clients. She was also active in the community. She was a Unit 9 school board member for 8 years and really enjoyed the relationships built through that experience. She was also a member of St. Edmund’s Catholic Church since 1971 and decorated the church for many years at Christmas.

Deborah, also known as Debbie, Debbe, Deb, Cobweb, Mom, Grammie, Gram, and even Graham Cracker, was a wonderful and talented creator of beauty. She created a stunning flower garden that bloomed nearly year-round and was featured twice in the community garden walk. She made many woodworking projects completely from scratch with her husband, was famous for her ice cream dessert, and always had an immaculately decorated house no matter what the season. Easter egg hunts were for all ages and usually involved tree-climbing and hiking through the woods at Jake’s house. Her summers were often spent with her constantly-visiting grandkids riding bikes, and taking walks with her neighborhood friends. A clown costume she made for her son Josh’s Halloween costume was worn by all her grandchildren, most of her nieces and nephews, and this year by her great-grandson, Leo. Christmas was mandatory at her house, and always included good food, holiday music, Yahtzee!, and Santas in every nook and cranny.

A time of visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00PM on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Monday, February 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall. Donations may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association. The family gives special thanks to Tracy and Lisa from hospice, Tina, Helen, Jody, Mary, Judy, and Jeff for all their care.

Christopher L. Brown, 46, of Piper City

Christopher L. Brown, 46, of Piper City passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was born on December 17, 1976 in Fairbury, a son of Michael and Debra (Hurt) Brown Sr. and they survive in Piper City.

Also surviving are one brother, Mike (Jeanette) Brown of Colfax; his niece and nephew, Jaycey and Riley Brown of Colfax; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Chris was a Prairie Central graduate. He loved everyone and had lots of friends. Chris loved cars and his cat, Pixie. His favorite place to visit was the Gulf of Mexico. Chris had worked in the parts department at several auto dealerships.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Iroquois County Animal Rescue or Piper City United Methodist Church.

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

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

Frederic L. Bell, 78, of Kankakee

Frederic L. Bell, 78, of Kankakee passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Aperion Care in Bradley. He was born on April 7, 1944 in Villa Ridge, IL, the son of Carter and Britha (Williams) Bell.

Surviving are a host of nieces and nephews; one brother in law, Robert Sowell of Kankakee; and one sister in law, Sylvia Bell of Kankakee.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; four sisters, Bridie Ann Smith, Patricia Wicks, Charlotte Winfield, and Sandra Sowell; and five brothers, Carter Bell Jr, Charles Bell, Lloyd Bell, William Bell, and Ronald Bell.

Frederic was a graduate of Gilman High School as well as Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. He was a tennis instructor and coach for many years at Bishop Mcnamara and was a football coach at Momence High School. He taught math at Momence, Manteno, and Bishop Mcnamara High Schools. Mr. Bell enjoyed playing the lotto and his scratch off cards.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Burial will follow at Gilman Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Long, 90, Watseka

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Long, 90, Watseka, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Betty was born on August 23, 1932 in Cissna Park, the daughter of Albert and Mollie (Hopman) Martin and they preceded her in death. She married Robert Long on August 22, 1953 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on March 12, 2000. She was also preceded in death by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert “Bud” Long and Bill “Big Bill” and Kathy Long; one brother, Jerry Martin; and one niece, Sheila Gensler.

She is survived by two sons, James “Jim” (Kathleen) Long of Watseka and Timothy “Tim” (Laura) Long of Avon, IN; seven grandchildren, Jenny Long of Watseka, Matthew (Natalie) Long of Arlington, VA, Andrew (April) Long of Watseka, Kevin (Debra) Long of Monon, IN, Kristyn (Levi Sowers) Long of Watseka, Chris Long of Indianapolis, IN and Rachel Long of Fishers, IN; one brother Bill (Joyce) Martin of Danville; one daughter-in-law, Lori Long; and one great-granddaughter, Willow Long.

Betty was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, Ladies’ Aid, Watseka Band Boosters, as well as Cub Scout Leader. She was a homemaker, worked at ASAC, and was a playground supervisor at Glenn Raymond for many years. Betty enjoyed crossword puzzles, NASCAR, and the Chicago Bears.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Jim Harkins will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Baier Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Preschool or Watseka Food Pantry.

Jerrie Mae Craighead, 70, of Milford

Jerrie Mae Craighead, 70, of Milford passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee surrounded by her family. She was born on December 28, 1952 in Auburn, IN, the daughter of John and Margot Holse. She married Joseph B. Craighead in Watseka on July 12, 1990.

Surviving are her husband of thirty-three years, Joe Craighead of Milford; one daughter, Melissa Fancher Osborn of Buckley; four grandchildren, Sheanice (Alex) Fancher of Danville, Michael R. Mann of Milford, Jordan Mann of Milford, and Ina Manning of Danville; two sisters, Karen Silfies of Ashkum and Jody Osmun of Montpelier, OH; one brother, Don (Anita) Holse of Livingston, TX; nieces and nephews, Lyle Silfies Jr, Brent (Carrie) Silfies, Keri Silfies, Tom Craighead, Jimmy Craighead, Carrie (Kyle) Brazel, and Patricia Millard; great nieces and nephews, Jaden Silfies, Jessica Silfies, Destiny Kincade, Aubree Whitley, and Miya Silfies; daughter in law, Melanie Austin; and sister in law, Carol Craighead.

Jerrie was preceded in passing by her son, Jason Paul Fancher; her parents; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Parker; one sister, Sherry Keister; two brothers in laws, Lyle Silfies Sr and Ray Craighead; and one sister in law, Brenda Schroeder.

Mrs. Craighead was a nurse and caregiver for many years. She enjoyed dancing, shopping, and spending time with her family. She loved to collect angel figurines.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

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

Please share a memory of Jerrie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Angela L. Schafer, 47, of Long Grove, Illinois

Angela L. Schafer, 47, of Long Grove, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. She was born on September 5, 1975 in Fairbury, the daughter of John R. and Kathy Jo (Hansen) Ark. Angela married Steve Schafer in South Barrington on May 13, 2000 and he survives in Long Grove.

Also surviving are two daughters, Arianna and Katherine Schafer of Long Grove; her father, John R. Ark of Piper City; one brother, John Joseph (Lindsay) Ark and their children, Malachi, Suzie, and Hadley Ark all of LaHogue; and paternal grandparents, J. Richard (Carol L.) Ark of Piper City.

She was preceded in death by her mother and her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Hansen.

Angela was a district manager for Bath and Body Works.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the Life Church in Gilman with Pastor Jim Harkins and Pastor Wally Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in the Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

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

Ethel E. Simoneau, 92, of Watseka

Ethel E. Simoneau, 92, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Citadel Care Center of Kankakee. She was born on October 2, 1930 in Milks Grove Twp., the daughter of George and Josephine (Ebert) Hartman. She married Junior J. Simoneau in Watseka in 1980 and he preceded her in passing in 2014.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick (Cheri) Lawless of Jensen Beach, FL and Michael Seibring of New Port Richey, FL; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two step daughters, Sandra and Kathy; and four step sons, Phillip, Marvin, Donnie, and David.

In addition to her husband, Junior, she was preceded in passing by her parents; four brothers; seven sisters; one son, Mark Seibring; and one daughter, Donna Northern.

Mrs. Simoneau attended the Catholic Church. She loved flowers, visiting with people, and watching sports and game shows on tv.

Cremation rites are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospital, American Heart Association, or Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of Ethel at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Wanda R. Lee, 98, of Gilman

Wanda R. Lee, 98, of Gilman passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born January 30, 1924 in Melvin, the daughter of August and Emma (Muhlenpfort) Tornowski. They preceded her in death along with two brothers, Henry Tornowski and Sonny Tornowski; and four sisters, Geraldine Shambrook, Pauline Boma, Aldene Sans, and Kathleen Heimer.

Wanda married James Paul Lee and from that union four children were born and they survive, Marlin (Linda) Lee of Gilman, Sheila (Gary) Johnson of Gilman, Rita (Warren) Hayden of Flemingburg, Kentucky, and Cynthia (Greg) Salmon of Onarga; one brother, Wayne (Wanda) Tornowski of Roberts; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are special friends, Anita Honn, Wendy Schoolman, Joyce Lyons, and Jimmy Schrieber.

Wanda was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Roberts. She attended Roberts High School.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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

James D. Bonham, 94, of Watseka

James D. Bonham, 94, of Watseka passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

James was born on November 1, 1928 in Franklin, TN, the son of Monroe and Maggie (Holemau) Bonham and they preceded him in death. He married Betty J. Hines on October 31, 1982 in Milford and she preceded him in death on October 25, 2007. He was also preceded in death by one step-son, Bill.

He is survived by one son, Jerry Bonham; one step-daughter, Connie (Phil) Van Hoveln; two step-sons, Charles Irwin and Roy Irwin; and one step-daughter-in-law, Denise Hanes; eight grandchildren, Joe, Jessica, Patrick, Calvin, Nick, Michele, Abbie, and Shannon; and numerous great-grandchildren.

James served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening and listening to bluegrass music.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Terron "Terry" Demond Burger, 76, of Watseka

Terron “Terry” Demond Burger, 76, of Watseka passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Terry was born on June 8, 1946 in Watseka, the son of Cromer Burger and Vie Decker Broquard and they preceded him in death.

He is survived by his fiancé, Donna Orcutt of Watseka; one daughter, Angie (Tim) Weir of Mackinaw, IL; one son, Travis (Kristin) Burger of Watseka; two step-daughters, Karli Orcutt Manahan (Nick) of Buckley and Erika Orcutt of Watseka; one sister, Suzie (Ken) Baragree of Watseka; one brother Tom (Robin) Burger of Lafayette, IN; four grandchildren, Seth (Bayleigh) Leverenze of Washington, IL, Drew (Erin) Leverenze of Murphysboro, TN, Izzy Weir of Mackinaw, and Ellie Weir of Mackinaw; four step-grandchildren, Madi Ussery, Kale Ussery, Lilly Orcutt, and Gavin Shadowen all of Watseka; one great-granddaughter, Alayna Leverenze of Murphysboro, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Terry served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Watseka Elks Lodge #1791 as well as First Presbyterian Church in Watseka. He enjoyed driving a truck, tinkering on the farm, and a good cold beer. Terry loved his grandkids and enjoyed watching them play sports.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 3:00 until the 6:00 p.m. memorial service on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Shriners.

Charles R. "Bob" Crawford, 88, of Milford

Charles R. “Bob” Crawford, 88, of Milford passed away on Friday, January 20, 2023 peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

Bob was born on July 28, 1934 in Watseka, the son of Ira Maxwell and Helen (Slife) Crawford. He married Linda Shoufler on November 7, 1987 in Milford and she survives.

Besides his wife, Linda Crawford of Milford, he is survived by one daughter, Diana (Dave) Wright of Milford; two sons, Jeff (Nancy) Crawford of Milford and Todd (Susan) Crawford of Milford; one step-son, Bopper (Stacey) Gillette of Stockland; one step-daughter, Donna (Randy) Hiltz of Milford; eight grandchildren, T.J Crawford (Jennifer) and Jade Crawford (Travis), Charlton Maxwell Crawford, Clover Dawn Crawford, Clarity Elaine Crawford and their mother, Angel Crawford, Jamie (Darren) Bakken and Jennifer Mowrey, and Jesse (Ryan) Covarrubias; five great-grandchildren, Ryli and Chloe Hoaks, Madelyn and Abigail Crawford, and Cecelia Bakken; and his dog, Minder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marilyn Verkler and Barbara Schmidt; one son, Charles Crawford; and his dog, Mindie.

Bob was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of Milford Lions Club, Slow Boys Tractor Club, FFA Alumni, and served on the Milford School Board.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford with Pastor Darla Holden officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to Milford Fire and Ambulance Department

Suzie McConnell, 60, of Piper City

Suzie McConnell, 60, of Piper City passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023 at OSF Transitional Care Hospital in Peoria. She was born on August 28, 1962 in Watseka, a daughter of William and Nancy (Giroux) McConnell and they preceded her death, along with one brother and one sister.

She is survived by the love of her life, Clay Gerhart of Piper City; one son, Jordan Wilson-Holliman (Jonathon) of Champaign; one daughter, Megan Biskie (Tyler Gilmore) of Piper City; one sister, Amy Watkins of Sheldon; and one granddaughter, Braylee Biskie of Piper City.

Suzie was passionate about spending time with her granddaughter and dog, Gizmo. She enjoyed camping and dirt track racing with friends. Suzie had a big heart and enjoyed giving to others in any way she could. She was employed by Incobrasa in Gilman.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate and burial will follow in the Wenger Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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

Randal D. Wade, 64, of Westville

Randal D. Wade, 64, of Westville passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville. He was born on August 31, 1958 in Watseka, the son of Harold D. and Gertrude E. (Hubner) Wade.

Surviving are two sisters, Linda (David) Jorgenson of Milford and Lisa (Walter) Lotz of Champaign; one brother, Robert (Leah) Wade of Milford; four nieces and nephews, Briana (Jason) Jorgenson Forman, Morgan (Cole) Lotz Richter, Devin Jorgenson, and Evan Lotz; two great nieces, Ines Forman and Ivy Richter; and he is also survived by Dawn Campbell, his ex-wife and devoted friend, as well as his feline companion, Toni.

He was preceded in passing by his parents and one nephew, Tyler Wade Jorgenson.

Randy attended Milford Public Schools and graduated in 1977. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Randy followed in his father’s footsteps and spent the majority of his career as a tool and die maker, working his way up to engineer, and eventually retiring from Danville Metal Stamping. Mr. Wade loved watching old movies, collected model airplanes and trains, and was an avid fisherman when his health allowed. He was a lifelong LA Rams fan and greatly enjoyed their latest Super Bowl title. Mr. Wade was able to enhance the lives of others through his tissue and organ donation.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service from 10:00-11:00 am. Rev. Doug Minton will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Cremation rites are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Spastic Paraplegia Foundation - 1605 Goularte Place in Fremont, CA. 94539-7241 (sp-foundation.org) or Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford.

Please share a memory of Randy at knappfuneralhomes.com.

James "Ronnie" McMillan, 85, of Onarga

James “Ronnie” McMillan, 85, of Onarga passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He was born January 24, 1937 in Watseka, the son of Howard and Gladys (Baker) McMillan and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Howard McMillan Jr. and one daughter, Cynthia Smith.

He is survived by one son, Jeff (Lisa) McMillan of Gilman; four grandsons, Jack & Sam McMillan of Gilman, Tyler (Kara) Smith of Gibson City and Trevor (Erin Bittner) Smith of Sibley; four great-grandsons, Kade & Colton Smith of Gibson City and Emmett & Tate Smith of Sibley; special nephew, Greg (Renee) McMillan of Gilman, niece, Donna (Randy) Wendel of Piper City; also surviving are a nephew, several nieces, cousins, and many special friends.

Ronnie farmed in the LaHogue area and was a previous owner of a fertilizer company and a trucking company. He served in the U.S. Army. Ronnie enjoyed going to auctions, having coffee with his friends, and watching his grandkids play sports, especially basketball. He always found joy in helping others.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with the funeral service starting at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at the Gilman Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Gilman American Legion Post #499.

Memorials may be made to the Roberts Gym, Thawville Fire Dept. or Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of Ronnie at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Glenda J. Henrichs, 75, of Wellington

Glenda J. Henrichs, 75, of Wellington passed away on Monday, January 9, 2022 at her home in Wellington. She was born on February 27, 1947 in Watseka, the daughter of Merrel and Betty (Pentecost) Bayer. She married Kenneth Henrichs in Woodland on September 14, 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Ken Henrichs of Wellington; three children, Teresa (Jeff) Henry of Lafayette, IN, one son, Jimmie (Sarah) Boiles of Puyallup, WA, and Holly (Adam) Richardson of Kansas; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one sister, Marilyn (Phil) Lahr of Bloomington, IL.

She was preceded in passing by her parents; one brother, Richard Brown; and one sister, Deb Martell.
Mrs. Henrichs was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing computer games, and playing cards. Most of all she loved being Nana to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to the funeral services at church, from 10:00-11:00 on Friday.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, January 13, 2023 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Rev. Michael Ruhlig will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

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

Arrangements are being handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Glenda at baierfuneralhome.com.

Ernest H. Kemnetz, 90, of Chebanse

Ernest H. Kemnetz, 90, of Chebanse passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Arcadia Care in Clifton. He was born June 25, 1932 in Fairbury, the son of Ernest and Nellie (Hornical) Kemnetz and they preceded him in death in addition to one brother, Howard Kemnetz; one daughter, Heidi Kemnetz; and one great-granddaughter, Elle Henrichs.

He married Jeanne C. Rice on November 26, 1955 in Normal and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Mike (Donna) Kemnetz; one daughter, Sue (Rod) Wolfe; eight grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kemnetz served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Sharon R. Gash, 56, of Aurora


Sharon R. Gash, 56, of Ashkum passed away on January 4, 2023 in Aurora. She was born March 5, 1966 in Ft. Sumter, the daughter of Donald and Suzanne (Rice) Childs.

She is survived by her parents, Don and Sue Childs of St. Anne; one daughter, Stacey Blank (Kenny Hertz) of Reddick; one son, Lukes (Karlie) Gash of Chebanse; four grandchildren, Reegan, Raelynn and Rexton Blank and Chase Hertz; one sister, Donna (Tim) Rattin of Beaverville; one brother, Paul (Jennifer) Childs of Flanagan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Sharon was a server at various establishments throughout the years. She enjoyed her grandchildren, going to the Kankakee Speedway, and sports.

A memorial visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until the 5:00 p.m. memorial service on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be held at a later date at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Uplifted Care Hospice.

Please share a memory of Sharon at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Larry E. Knilands, 81, of Piper City and formerly of Roberts and Thawville

Larry E. Knilands, 81, of Piper City and formerly of Roberts and Thawville, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at Gibson City Hospital.

Larry was born on February 23, 1941 in Fairbury, the son of John Charles and Ina (Johnson) Knilands. He married Shirley Yana on March 30, 1963 in Thawville and she survives.

Besides his wife, Shirley Knilands of Piper City, he is survived by three children, Helen (Chris) Ciani, Robert E. Knilands, and Jennifer (Scott) Meiss; and two grandchildren, Lydia and Jonathan Ciani.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one sister.

Larry graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Illinois. His degrees in English and Journalism led him to a career journey that included teaching and newspaper reporting, photography, and editing. A favorite highlight included his annual coverage of the Indianapolis 500.

His interests and hobbies kept him always curious and talkative. He enthusiastically shared knowledge of history and trivia, particularly classic movies and music.

Larry served on the Ford County Republican Central Committee from 1978–1988 as well as Ford Central School Board from 1984-1992. He was a member of Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville.

To honor his memory, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Carle Cancer Institute of Normal or the Paxton Masonic Lodge #416.

Condolences or a memory of Larry may be shared at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

Ardena M. Breymeyer, 95, of Cissna Park

Ardena M. Breymeyer, 95, of Cissna Park, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on August 10, 1927 in Ash Grove Twp., a daughter of John F. and Erna (Schroeder) Salmon. Ardena married Homer A. Breymeyer on June 30, 1946 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth and he preceded her in death on October 2, 2017.

Homer and Ardena had a special and loving relationship for over 71 years. Their relationship began on a summer’s day at the Annual St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Picnic. They were sweethearts while Homer fought in Europe during WWII and upon his return to the states, they planned their marriage. They loved each other deeply during their time together. Homer and Ardena worked hard, laughed freely, and taught their children to love and trust in God, be responsible and created many beautiful memories for the family. Ardena missed the love of her life for the past five years and now they get to continue holding hands in heaven.

Surviving are three daughters, Susan (James “Pete”) Wells of Thawville, Peggy (William) Lah of Goodland, IN, and Jayne (Dean) Henrichs of Cissna Park; three sons, Barry (Diana) Breymeyer of Hampstead, NC, Bryan (Suzanne) Breymeyer of Paxton, Daryl (Jennifer) Breymeyer of Grand Rapids, MI; one sister, Shelby Jean (Michael) Townsend of Farmington, MO; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lois Redeker and Eunice Windhorn; one son-in-law, Rick Houser; and one great-grandson, Derek Houser.

Ardena was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. She hand stitched many quilts over the years and lovingly made quilts and blankets for all 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She worked at JCPenney in Watseka in sales and as a bookkeeper for 27 years.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. CST on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth with Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

L. Dean Anderson, 85, of Martinton

L. Dean Anderson, 85, of Martinton, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Dean was born September 17, 1937 in Watseka, the fifth child of Delbert and Agnes Anderson, Donovan. Surviving is his wife of 65 years, the former Emilie Regnier, whom he married November 23, 1957.

Also surviving are three sons: Ronald (Carma) Anderson, Martinton, Donald (Julie) Anderson, Bourbonnais and Vincent (Cindy) Anderson, Martinton; two daughters: Julia (Alan) Nelson, Colorado, and Jennifer (John-Lee) Hall, Donovan; ten grandchildren: Kyle Anderson, Martinton, Tara (Danny) Bellino, Arizona, Jason Anderson, Springfield, IL, Amy (Michael) Kralik, Carpentersville, Stephen (Mara) Nelson, Colorado, Robbie Nelson, Colorado, Foster Hall, Donovan, Griffin Hall, Donovan, Michele (Alan) Eskelsen, Herscher, and Amy (Bryan) Roberts, Herscher; thirteen great-grandchildren: Dalton and Lily Anderson, Martinton, Mikaylee and Maxsim Bellino, Arizona, Trevor Nelson, Colorado, Kade, Kamden and Kayna Nelson, Abby Eskelsen, Kloe Longtin, Kenny, Jaxson and Mason Roberts, all of Herscher; siblings: Larry (Janice) Anderson, Donovan and Judy Judy, Bourbonnais; in-laws: Suzanne Anderson, California, Joseph (Helen) Swigart, Watseka, Mervyn Pilotte, Indiana, Everal (Doris) Regnier, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Marian Waity, Carolyn Swigart and Darlene Pilotte; brother: Roger Anderson; in-laws: Nelson and Gloria Waity, William and Elsie Regnier and Joyce and Robert Boudreau.

Dean proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1958 as an aviation mechanic with the VA 15 Squadron aboard the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier. He sold John Deere equipment for many years and could repair almost anything mechanical. He farmed the same land for nearly 50 years and enjoyed antique tractors and going to farm auctions and tractor pulls. Dean had a wealth of knowledge about machinery and was consulted by many.

The visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. The Rev. Michael Powell will officiate a funeral service on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Beaverville, with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be provided by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

Please share a memory of Mr. Anderson at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Dana R. Clement, 71, of Watseka

Dana R. Clement, 71, of Watseka passed away on January 1, 2023 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

Dana was born on July 2, 1951 in Watseka, the son of Wesley and Theresa (Martin) Clement and they preceded him in death along with one brother, Bill; and two brothers-in-law, Joe Elliott and John Gibson.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Larry (Sue) Hattabaugh of Milford, Marcia Elliott of Marion, Helen (Barry) Roberts of Frankfort, sister-in-law, Debbie Clement of Indiana, Lee (Pat) Clement of Darien, Lisa (Mark) Harris of Sevierville, TN, Jodi Gibson of Pacific, MO, Don Jensen of Watseka, Donnie (Sandy) Hamende of Watseka, Dale (Liz) Hamende of East Peoria, Janet (James) Bunting of Stockton, William John (Tira) Clement of Indiana, Linda (Amie) Clement of Oxford, IN, J.R. (Terri) Wynn of Danville, and Bruce (ChrissAnn) Chaput of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

Dana devoted his life to his parents, Wes and Theresa.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Watseka.

Charles E. Robert, 83, Watseka and formerly of Flint, MI

Charles E. Robert, 83, Watseka and formerly of Flint, MI passed away on December 27, 2022 at his residence.

Charles was born on April 7, 1939 in Flint, MI, the son of Charlie Alexander and Ettamae (Lingo) Robert and they preceded him in death along with one sister, Linda Kay Brown. He married Mary Ann Fly on November 11, 1961 in Flint, MI and she survives.

Besides his wife, Mary Ann Robert of Watseka, he is survived by two daughters, Terri (Skyler) Hasselbring of Watseka and Cindy Kay (Don) Tucker-Kaminski of Costa Rica; one son, Kevin Donald Robert of Wheeling; and seven grandchildren, Jacob, Jed, and Josie Hasselbring, Jeffrey Tucker, and Trinity, Adelynn, and Charlie Robert.

Charles worked at General Motors for thirty-two years. He was in a model airplane club called Balsa Termites as well as very active at Central Church of Nazarene in Flint, MI where he served on the board as well as head usher for over twenty years. More recently, they were members of Church of Nazarene in Ft. Myers, Fl.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Cornerstone Church in Woodland, IL with a luncheon to follow.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

William Harry Nottke, 93 of Clifton

William Harry Nottke, 93 of Clifton passed away on Thursday December 29, 2022 peacefully at his home. He was born on February 22, 1929 in Otto Twp., Kankakee County the son of Harry and Pearl (Munyon) Nottke. William married Adeline M. Brinkman in Kankakee of February 11, 1950 and she preceded him in death on January 28, 2011. Also preceding him in death were two sisters- Ruth Harms and Helen Cox; and one daughter-in-law, Laura Nottke.

Survivors include three children, William Nottke Jr. of St. Louis, MO, Cynthia Cailteux of Clifton, and Alan (Pamela) Nottke of Bourbonnais; eight grandchildren, Crystal (Greg) Mueller, Ashley (Luke) Wilson, Leslie Simmons, Chad (Susan) Cailteux, Troy (Jamie) Cailteux, Brandt (Christina) Nottke, Daniel (Channing) Nottke, and Alicia (Darren) Ziskovsky; eleven great-grandchildren, Drew Simmons, Kate Cailteux, Kira Cailteux, Pierce Cailteux, Addison Cailteux, Bennett Mueller, Hudson Mueller, Paisley Mueller, William Wilson, Parker Wilson, and Cooper Wilson.

William was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee where he served as a former trustee and on the memorial committee. He was a lifelong farmer and member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and served on the ASCS board for 15 years. He was also a member of the Kankakee Elks, Bradley Moose, and president of former Quadrille Dance Club. William enjoyed traveling with his wife and family to many places, flying, fishing, and reading. As a child, William wore his aviator goggles and watched every airplane he could find. With his own young children many Sundays after church, he would stop at Koerner Airport. After many years and the children were grown, he purchased his own airplane and flew with anyone who wanted to ride with him.

Visitation will be on Monday, January 2, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee with Rev. Scott Henley officiating and with a one hour visitation prior starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound Grove Gardens in Kankakee.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or Uplifted Care.

James "Jim" Louis Goldenstein, 36, of Springfield

James “Jim” Louis Goldenstein, 36, of Springfield passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at his residence. He was born on August 7, 1986 in Kankakee, a son of Jay and Doris “Charlie” (Meier) Goldenstein and they survive in Onarga.

Also surviving are his brother, Joel (Jill) Goldenstein of Gilman; three nieces, Hadlee, Olivia, and Annalise Goldenstein of Gilman; paternal grandparents, John and Judy Goldenstein of Danforth; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Delores Meier; uncle, Jake Peters; and godfather, Steve Hemp.

Jim was the Director of District Operations for the Illinois Senate Republican Party. He was a member of the University of Illinois Farmhouse Fraternity. He loved Fighting Illini sports and his dog, Oscar. Jim especially loved spending time with his family and his nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley with Rev. Kevin Wyckoff officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Buckley. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022 at the church and also one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials may be given to the St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley or to Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley.

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

Charles E. Janssen, 88, of Clifton

Charles E. Janssen, 88, of Clifton passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022 at his residence. He was born on February 25, 1934 in Covington, Indiana, a son of John and Mary (Thorne) Janssen. Charles married Dorothy J. Siedentop on March 7, 1953 in Herscher and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Alan (Wanda) Janssen of Herscher and Kendall Janssen of Crescent City; two sisters, Phyllis Booi of Momence and Rosalie Simoneau of Clifton; nine grandchildren, Michael, Kelly, Dawn, Jeff, Brian, Eric, Heather, Brittany, and Jason; and six great-grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by both of his parents; four brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Donald, and Lee Janssen; two sisters, Margaret Schurr and one infant sister; and two sons, David and Phillip Janssen.

Charles was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher. He was a former member of the Clifton Lion’s Club. Charles loved to travel. He farmed in the Clifton and Herscher areas.

Funeral services will be on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher with Rev. Eric Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Herscher. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral beginning at noon at the church.

Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher or Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton is handling arrangements.

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