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Jerry L. Orr, 81, of Chebanse, IL

Jerry L. Orr, 81 passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Amita Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago. She was born on February 23, 1939 in Rosiclare, the daughter of Charles Otis and Viola (Farrell) Milligan.

 

She married Louie D. Orr on June 26, 1964 in Harrisburg, and he preceded her in death on June 11, 1974. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Lisa D. Warhurst of Savannah, GA; one son, David W. Orr (Cathy Schroeder) of Bourbonnais; four grandchildren, Lucas Crews, Landon Crews, Tiara (Dakota) Becker, and Cayley Orr; five great-grandchildren, Lucas Jr., Aaron, Natalie, Camden, and Shelby; special mention, Patti Spence; and was blessed with many devoted friends.

 

Jerry devoted most of her life to taking care of other people and enjoyed doing so.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Rev. Kene Whybrew will officiate. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Manteno.

 

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, as well as one hour prior to the service.

 

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Leona A. Vitous, 85, or Martinton

Leona A. Vitous, 85, of Martinton passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Amita St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. She was born on September 1, 1934 in Crescent City, the daughter of August and Wanda (Schulz) Reder.

 

Leona is survived by one son, Greg (Cathy) Vitous of Kentland, IN; two grandchildren, Alex and Rachel Vitous of Kentland; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ella Case and Elsie Reder; two brothers, Ferdinand Reder and August Reder; and two sons, Mark Vitous and Mike Vitous.

 

Mrs. Vitous was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. She was an alumnus of Lakeview Nursing School in Danville. Leona was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed traveling, especially with her family.

 

Funeral services will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Alex McNally will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park at 1:00 pm.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service, from 9:00-10:00 am on Friday.

 

The Baier Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.

 

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Melvin Henry Seggebruch, 90 of Onarga

Melvin Henry Seggebruch, 90 of Onarga passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. He was born on December 19, 1929 in Onarga (Ash Grove Twp.), the son of Henry and Emilie (Hoppe) Seggebruch.

 

He married Marlene Marie Lubben on July 8, 1951 in Grand Prairie, TX and she survives. He is also survived by four sons, Duane “Dewey” Seggebruch of Milford, Les D. (Joann) Seggebruch of Cissna Park, Rod Seggebruch of Cissna Park, and B.R. (Beth) Seggebruch of Cissna Park; nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, ten siblings, and one daughter-in-law, Donna.

Mr. Seggebruch was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove all his life, where he held the positions as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and many other capacities throughout the years. He Served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Melvin was also a member of the Cissna Park American Legion Post #527, the Holstein Dairy Association, Lakeview Country Club in Loda, and was on the Cissna Park school board for several years. He coached Little League, was a 4-H leader, enjoyed golfing, and farmed in the Cissna Park area for many years.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove. Rev. Tim Hahn will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Ash Grove with graveside military rites by Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at Ash Grove or Cissna Park American Legion Post #527.

 

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Beatrice "Bea" LaVoie, 81, of LaHogue

Beatrice “Bea” LaVoie, 81, of LaHogue passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at her home. She was born December 8, 1938 in Watseka, the daughter of Dorance M. and Ogreda (Gagnon) Tammen and they preceded her in death. She married Clarence “Ted” LaVoie on July 9, 1960 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on May 16, 2016.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Laurie LaVoie of LaHogue and Debbie (Gary) Kaper of Watseka; one granddaughter, Ashley M. (Sean) McQuinn of Watseka; two great-grandchildren, Shannon and Danielle McQuinn of Watseka; and three brothers, D.M. “Junior” Tammen Jr. of Gilman, Roy (Judy) Tammen of Rockford and Riley (Jody) Tammen of Atlanta, GA.

 

Mrs. LaVoie was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. Bea was a beautician and owned and operated Bea’s Beauty Shop in Piper City and later out of her own home. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, square dancing, floating in her swimming pool, wintering in Florida, and spending time with her family.

 

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Life Church in Gilman. A private memorial service will be held at a later time at the Life Church in Gilman with Rev. James Harkins officiating.

 

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

 

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

 

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Myrna J. Steiner, 82, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga

Myrna J. Steiner, 82, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at St. Mary Healthcare in Lafayette, IN.

Myrna was born March 7, 1938 in Onarga, the daughter of Elmer H. and Dora (Seggebruch) Schumacher. She was a 1956 graduate of Onarga High School. She married Marlyn E. Steiner on April 7, 1957 at Ash Grove and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2020. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Schumacher, and one son, Dean Steiner.

She is survived by three daughters, Lori (David) Hullinger of West Lafayette, IN, Becky Leydens of Indianapolis, IN, and Cindy (Lonnie) Welch of Pontiac; one sister, Mary Monk of New Braunfels, TX; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Myrna obtained her LPN license at Kankakee Community College in 1973 and later her RN license at Parkland College in 1981. During her 35 year nursing career, she worked at Clifton Hospital, Hawthorne Lodge Nursing Home in Watseka, Sheldon Nursing Home, Gilman Nursing Home, and Kirkwood Manor in Texas.

Myrna was the church organist and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for several years and currently a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette. Myrna enjoyed playing piano, organ and accordion. She and Marlyn enjoyed playing cards, dancing and an occasional trip to a casino.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Onarga Cemetery. Pastor Dan Eggold will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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Pauline I. Melson, 98, of Watseka

Pauline I. Melson, 98, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

 

Pauline was born April 21, 1922 in Dunnington, IN, the daughter of John and Catherine (Gick) Schmidt. She married Earl Langellier in Indiana on September 30, 1942 where they farmed together for many years until he preceded her in death on May 10, 1963. Pauline later met Francis L. Melson at a company Christmas party and were married on June 27, 1970 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2017. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle Bush; one son, Michael Langellier; one grandchild, Jim Koester; six brothers, Herman, Ervin, Charles, Cecil, James, and Joseph Schmidt; and three sisters, Rita LaBeau, Anita Mae Smith, and Rose Mary Puetz.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Donna (Roy) Koester of Watseka, Pam (David) Harvey of Watseka, and Rita Ballou of Leesburg, VA; one son-in-law, Ed Bush of Cissna Park; one step-daughter, Sherrie (Bill) Ferguson of Eldon, MO; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pauline was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She enjoyed dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

Private visitation and funeral services will be held at St. Edmund Catholic Church due to coronavirus restrictions with burial to follow at G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Robert E. Gray, 88 of Gilman

Robert E. Gray, 88 of Gilman passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his home. He was born April 5, 1932 in Cullom, the son of Francis and Rose (Weber) Gray.

He married Stella Kruder in 1986 in Cook County and she preceded him in death on January 5, 2016. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul “Bud” and Vincent; one brother-in-law, Donald Wulff; one son-in-law, Bruce Frenzke, and one great-granddaughter, Emily.


He is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Kim) Gray of Gilman and Rick (Sue) Gray of Gilman; three daughters, Barb (Ron) Wagner of Onarga, Sandra Frenzke of Bourbonnais, and Tonia (David) Fisher of Georgia; two step-sons, Bill Kruder of Arizona and Larry (Melinda) Kruder of Chicago; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Wulff of Manteno and Rita (Leo) Weller of Cullom; one brother, John T. (Bobbie) Gray of Ashkum; and one sister-in-law, Barb Gray.

Mr. Gray was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. He was the current partner along with his brother John in Gray’s Material Service, beginning in 1958 until his death. He devoted his entire life in the business to make it prosper.


Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth. Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Rev. Duane Marburger will officiate. Burial will follow at Danforth Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth.

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Weldon "Dewey" L. Dotson, 84, of Chebanse

Weldon "Dewey" L. Dotson, 84, of Chebanse, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his home.

He was born June 18, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Boyd (Vera) Dotson and Louise (Louis) Bosley.


Dewey married the love of his life, Cuc Thi (Honey) Nguyen on September 1, 1970 in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Dewey served 11 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps resigning as a 1st Lt. in 1970. From 1970 - 1975, he resided in Vietnam and worked as a Power Plant General Foreman/Advisor for Pacific Architects/Engineers for the US Dept. of Defense and the South Vietnamese Govt. He earned his Associates in Electronics at KCC in 1977 and later taught Commercial Electricity at KCC. Dewey also held several Electrical Maintenance Management positions, including Bennett Industries and AO Smith. He retired from Com Ed as an Associate Engineer in the Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant in 1997. After his retirement, he worked alongside his wife helping her with her catering/concessions business.

He was most happy when spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, photography, computers and vacationing to Vietnam.

He was a lifetime member of the Mason Saigon Lodge #188.

Surviving are his wife, Honey Dotson of Chebanse and their 5 children; three daughters, Vi "Ba" Thi (Ronnie) Lapka of Palos Hills, Louise (Rodrigo) Medina of Manteno, Mary (Chad) Nugent of Manteno; and two sons, Quoc "Buck" Luong of Manteno, and Adam (Tricia) Dotson of Manteno; twenty grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his eldest son, Boyd "Allen" (Pat) Dotson of Greenville, NC; and younger brother, Kenneth Vaughn of Aroma Park.

Dewey is preceded in his death by his parents and one younger brother, Michael Vaughn.

Visitation will be held at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 5:45 p.m. by the Chebanse Masonic Lodge #429.
Private graveside services will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Per the CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are recommended.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Dorothy Marie (Maul) Martin, 87, of Woodland

Dorothy Marie (Maul) Martin , 87, Woodland, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the Watseka Rehab & Health Care facility in Watseka, IL.

 

She was born to John and Nettie (Lober) Maul on August 14, 1932, in Hoopeston, IL. Dorothy grew up on a small farm outside of East Lynn, IL where she later attended high school. She was raised in the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park. She married Marvin Lee Martin on June 30, 1949, in Hoopeston. Soon after marrying, the family lived on a friend’s farm north of Watseka before moving to Woodland in the early 1950s where they lived for many years. Early in her life Dorothy worked at Corn Pack of Milford, as well as the Electronics and Condenser of Watseka. Later she became an Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant and Illinois Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) working at both the Iroquois Memorial Resident Home and on the ambulance service from Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka for several years.

 

She was a life-long gardener. Many summer vacations she spent camping, boating, and water skiing with her family. Later in life, she and husband Marvin enjoyed the warm winters of central Florida with many friends.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, parents and step Mother Kathrine ‘Katie’ (Lober) Maul as well as her sister Wilma and brother Glenn. She is survived by her siblings-in-law William Martin of Ft. Collins, Colo., as well as Randy and Bonnie Martin, and Irene Maul of Hoopeston; daughter Patricia Rosenboom of Watseka; and sons Bruce Martin (Shelley) of Prescott, AZ and Dennis Martin (Karen) of Stillwater, Okla.; grandchildren Amy Picarella (Danny), Todd Harrison, Matthew Rosenboom (Heather), Elizabeth Sink (Doug), Morgan Martin-Kovari (Matthew); eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the cemetery of the Apostolic Christian Church outside of Cissna Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the graveside service at the cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park, IL


Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.


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Alicia L. Behrends, 93, of Danforth, IL

Alicia L. Behrends, 93 of Danforth and formerly of Kankakee passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born on September 7, 1926 in Cabery, the daughter of Edwin C. and Florence (Miller) Jensen.

 

She married Maurice A. Behrends on May 16, 1955 in Corinth, MS and he preceded her in death on January 14, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Donald Wauthier of Clifton.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be held at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

 

Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice or Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

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Rose R. Hageman, 82, of Oak Lawn

Rose R. Hageman, 82 of Oak Lawn passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She was born on August 4, 1937 in Park Grove, MT the daughter of Willie and Louise (Huber) Hueth. They preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by two sons, Walter Hageman of Onarga and Jeff (Leah) Hageman of Tacoma, WA; two daughters, Karen Cale of Madison, AL and Sue (Mark) Natzke of Santa Clarita, CA; eleven grandchildren; and one sister, Rosella Deland of Redondo Beach, CA.

 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

 

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Theresa F. Clement, 93 of Watseka

Theresa F. Clement, 93 of Watseka passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born on June 2, 1927 in Woodland, the daughter of Mannis and Nellie (Strawser) Martin.

She married Wesley R. Clement on January 10, 1948 in Woodland and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2018. She was also preceded in death by one son, William Martin Clement; two son-in-laws, Joe Elliott and John Gibson; four sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Sue) Hattabaugh of Milford, Marcia Elliott of Marion, Dana Clement of Watseka, Helen (Barry) Roberts of Frankfort, daughter-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 Watseka, William John (Tira) Clement of Watseka, Linda (Amie) Clement of Oxford, IN, J.R. (Terri) Wynn of Danville, and Bruce (ChrissAnn) Chaput of Tennessee; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Clement was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She had fostered almost 300 children throughout her life.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, First United Methodist Church in Watseka, or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Terry W. Clark, 82, of Milford

 

Terry W. Clark, 82, of Milford passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his home in Milford. He was born on November 17, 1937 in Watseka, the son of Calvin and Goldie (Wilken) Clark. He married Margaret Huckleby in Milford on November 27, 1964.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Clark, of Milford; one daughter, Kena Clark of Milford; one son, Bill (Laura) Clark of Gilman; four grandchildren, Kyle (Bailey) Clark, Kari (Kyle) Fisher, Will Clark, and London Clark; two great grandchildren, Peyton Clark and Wyatt Clark; two sister in laws, Dorothy Allison of Hoopeston and Sheila (George) Fix of Florida; and several cousins.

Mr. Clark served in the United States Army. He was a pressman at UARCO for thirty-eight years and worked many years at Glover Farms. He enjoyed racoon hunting and was a member of the Milford Christian Church. Terry was a member of the Masonic Lodge for fifty years as well as a member of the Scottish Rite.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 13, 2020 from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Milford Christian Church in Milford. Services will follow on Monday at 6:00 pm also at the church. Rev. Gary Milton, Rev. Brent Zastrow, and Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Military rites to be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.

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

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M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin

M. Jeanette Deck, 64, of Hoopeston, formerly of Rankin, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at her home. She was born on October 26, 1955, the daughter of Marvin and Joan (Cleary) Hofer. Jeanette married Gary Deck on January 24, 1975 in Rankin.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Deck of Hoopeston; her father, Marvin Hofer of Rankin; three children, Leon Deck of Hoopeston, Jeremy (Megan) Deck of Hoopeston and Ashley Deck (James Whitaker) of Hoopeston; two brothers, Mike Hofer of Hoopeston and Vern Hofer of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Brenna (Jacob) Schmid, Colin Deck and Mason Whitaker; and two great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Addison.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan; maternal grandmother Margaret Cleary; and paternal grandparents Eli and Fern Hofer.

Jeannette was a 1973 graduate of Rankin High School and was a resident in Rankin for 38 years before moving to Hoopeston. She tended bar at PJ’s in Rankin for many years. Jeanette enjoyed camping, bowling, and traveling – especially to Indiana Beach and Raccoon Lake – and had a love for hummingbirds. Most importantly, she loved being with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Per Jeanette’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

If you would like to extend your sympathies to the family, please mail cards to: Jeanette Deck Family, c/o Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, 142 W. Patton St., Paxton, IL 60957.

 

 

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Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka

Mary JoAnne Hull, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her home. She was born September 16, 1948 in Morocco, IN, the daughter of Wilber H. and Dorothea Anne (Potts) Lade and they preceded her in death in addition to two daughters, Alicia Weber and Jeanette Hull; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Dale W. (Glenda) Hull and Lee Roy Lade.

 

She is survived by five children, Tony (Kristina) Hull of Jacksonville, FL, Robin Hull of Watseka, Shelly Hebert of Sheldon, Barry Hull of Watseka and Robert Hull of Berrien Springs, MI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Carole Jackson of Marion, IL; and three brothers and four sisters-in-law, Danny (Linda) Lade of Missouri, Terry (Wanda) Lade of Texas, Dennis (Karen) Lade of Illinois and Elaine Lade of Beaverville.

 

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Debora White will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, IN.

 

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Beverly Jean "Jeanie" Johnson, 62 of Milford

Beverly Jean “Jeanie” Johnson, 62 of Milford passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at her home. She was born on September 3, 1957 in Watseka, the daughter of Arthur A. and Virginia A. (Downing) Johnson.

 

Jeanie is survived by one brother, Terry Johnson of Milford; one niece, Anne Johnson; one nephew, Erik Johnson; one sister-in-law, Kim Glass; one great-nephew, Asher; one great-niece, Lucy; and many special friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tim Johnson; and one sister, Mary Jane Johnson.

 

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

 

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Ed Copher, 74, of Milford

Ed Copher, 74, of Milford passed away on June 23rd, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign. 

 

A funeral service is set for 2pm of Friday, June 26th at the Milford Christian Church with a visitaion one hour prior to the 2pm service.

 

Burial is at the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Knapp Funeral Home is handling arrangements

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Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton

Vicki L. McCullough, 70, of Martinton passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on January 28, 1950 in Kankakee, a daughter of Merle and Carol Maxine (Frankum) Stephenson. Vicki married James W. McCullough in Papineau on December 30, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 2, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Netta Long.

Survivors include one son, Timothy McCullough of Martinton; one sister, Roberta (Tim) Melton of Crosby, TX; a special niece, Danielle Cote of Martinton; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Vicki was a member of the United Church of Christ in Papineau. She farmed with her husband for many years and loved her flower garden and her dog, Cujo.

Private visitation will be held at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and private graveside services to follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery near Iroquois.

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

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Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL

Anita J. Ennen, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at her home in Watseka. She was born on January 9, 1932 near Wellington, IL, the eldest daughter of Roy Nichols and Sally (Moore) Nichols. She married Roger Ennen on October 21, 1950 in Marion, IA and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2015. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving Mrs. Ennen are her sons, Scott Ennen of Maryville, TN and Bradley (Elsa) Ennen of Gardnerville, NV; daughter, Coleen Schoolman of Watseka, IL; two sisters, Marylin Jorgenson of Bloomington IL and Karen Lauder of Florida; grandchildren, Damon (Theresa) King of Danville, IN, Eric Schoolman of Sheldon, IL, Matthew (Holly) Ennen of St. Petersburg, FL, Joshua (Brittany) Ennen of Signal Mountain, TN, and Susan (Michael) Potter of Maryville, TN. Additionally, there are eight great grandchildren.

Anita was a resident of the Milford area for most of her life and enjoyed searching for antiques and collectables. She was an active member of the Red Hat Society.

Cremation rites have been made accordingly by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be held privately at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials in Mrs. Ennen’s name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor’s Choice.

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Michael Anthony "Rooster" Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL

Michael Anthony “Rooster” Abbott, 51, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 11:49 A.M. Monday June 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 3, 1969, in Hayti, MO, the son of Hollis and Billie (Schwartz) Abbott. 

He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany Burns of Watseka, IL and Cassidy Kroll of Chicago, IL; two sons, Ira Burns of Lafayette, IN and Cameron Kroll of Watseka, IL; three sisters, Tina Lile of Hoopeston, IL, Robin Irvin of Urbana, IL, and Samantha Lacey of Missouri; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Joseph Lacey.

 Michael was a self-employed mechanic.  He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, fishing, hunting, and building derby cars.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to Michael’s family.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Michael’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka

Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara Cynthia L. Corke, 62 of Watseka passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at her home. She was born on July 20, 1957 in Urbana, the daughter of Barbara (Sly) Rudisill and raised by Harold and Barbara Rudisill.

Cindy married Richard Corke on September 28, 1988 in Barron, WI and he preceded her in death on October 22, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and John Skawinski, and grandparents, Boob and Eileen Goller.

She is survived by her parents, Harold and Barbara Rudisill of Gilman, four brothers, Harold (Jeannie) Grimm of Watseka, Mike Rudisill of Sheldon, Ronnie Rudisill of Sheldon, and Billy Rudisill (Tonya) of Cissna Park, very special Aunt Neets (Jim) Honn of Gilman, sister-in-law Rita (Dave) Brutlag, several nieces and nephews, and her cats Buttercup, Snickers, Wayne, & Garth. Cindy also had several amazing friends whom she considered family who helped care for her in her time of need.

Cindy enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, NASCAR and loved her cats. She had worked for JB Communication (AT&T) in Gilman.

Anyone is welcome to pay their respects by coming to Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and greeting the family from their cars. A private graveside service will follow. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Victory Junction.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL

Sheryl Ahrens, 69, of Eagle Grove, formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away peacefully, with his family by her side, on Monday, June 1, 2020, at Rotary Senior Living in Eagle Grove, following a battle with cancer. A graveside service will be held at on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.

Sheryl Ann (Dukes) Ahrens, the daughter of Sherril and Bertha (Wilt) Dukes, was born on October 10, 1950, in Watseka, Illinois. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth and received her cosmetology degree after attending Kankakee Community College. Sheryl worked in the school cafeteria and for many local restaurants.

On June 27, 1971, Sheryl was united in marriage with Harold Ahrens in Watseka. After Harold’s sudden death in 1997, she moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa in 1999.

Sheryl continued to care for people’s food needs and served many breakfasts at Ampride in Eagle Grove and cared for others while she worked for Krysilis in Belmond.

Sheryl was a member of the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. She loved gardening, flowers, feeding birds (and other wild animals) and her dogs!!

Sheryl is survived by her sons, Robert Ahrens and Shawn Ahrens and his wife Jenna and two granddaughters, Emily and Sarah all of Eagle Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold, son, Ryan Ahrens and sister, Freida Schaumburg.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

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Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland

Judy Lynn Wright, 56, of Woodland passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

She was born June 4, 1963 in Fairbury, the daughter of James M. and Mary Anita (Fackler) Mills and they preceded her in death. She married Stanley Wright on August 22, 1981 in Milford and he survives in Woodland.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cassi Smith of Brandenburg, KY; one son, Cody Wright of Woodland; three grandchildren, Cameron Smith, Conner Smith, and Charlie Smith; one brother, Billy (Donna) Mills of Rossville; two sisters, Patricia Brotherton of Thomasboro and Carolyn (George) Smith of Champaign; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Wilda Wright of Woodland.

Judy enjoyed the racetrack, camping, baking, quilting, and traveling with her kids.

A private visitation will be on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A private visitation and funeral will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park

Harold Arthur Froehling, 93 of Cissna Park passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 26, 1927 in Harvey, the son of Arthur Harold and Julia (Wilkening) Froehling.

He married Rosalie Cluver on June 25, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Ash Grove and she preceded him in death on December 15, 1999. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Jo Froehling; one grandson, A.J. Froehling; one great-grandson, Oliver Honeycutt; and one sister, Alice Nolte.

He is survived by four daughters, Cindy (Dennis) Vance of Buckley, Denise (John) Mason of Gilman, Wendy (Wells) Wylie of Peoria, and Amy (Jim) Zenner of Loda; one son, Art (Patty) Froehling of Loda; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Ralph (Jean) Froehling and two sisters-in-law, Lillian Cluver and Ruth Ann Cluver.

Mr. Froehling was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley, and was a lifelong farmer and milk hauler. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Cissna Park American Legion for 73 years. Harold was the first chapter president of the Cissna Park FFA and was inducted into the Cissna Park FFA Hall of Fame.

Private funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

A private visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga

Marlyn Eugene Steiner, 83, of Lafayette, IN and formerly of Onarga passed away on May 31, 2020 at his residence.

Marlyn was born January 22, 1937 in Buckley, the son of John and Beulah (Kelly) Steiner. He was a 1955 graduate of Onarga High School. While working as a farm hand on the Schumacher farm Marlyn began dating his future wife, Myrna J. Schumacher. They married on April 7, 1957 at Ash Grove and she survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lori (David) Hullinger of West Lafayette, IN, Becky Leydens of Indianapolis, IN, and Cindy (Lonnie) Welch of Pontiac; one sister, Twyla Steiner of La Place, IL; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Steiner and Ronald Steiner; one sister, Marilyn Black; and one son, Dean Steiner.

Mr. Steiner was a member and treasurer at Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. He later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN. Marlyn was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga, Illinois area. Over the years, he was also employed at Decker’s Livestock, Krumwiede Farm Supply, and Kaeb Sales. Marlyn retired from farming in 2004 and moved with his wife to New Braunfels, TX. Later, in 2011 they moved to the Lafayette area. Marlyn enjoyed playing cards, puzzling, gardening, and dancing.

Private graveside services will be held at Onarga Cemetery with Pastor Dan Eggold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.

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