Homer M. “Buddy” Withrow, 83, of Galatia, IL and formerly of Chebanse passed away on August 29, 2018 at Linda White Hospice in Evansville, IN. He was born on September 27, 1934 in Charleston, WV, the son of Homer W. and Thelma M. (Rayhill) Withrow. He married Mary Ann Schafer in Chebanse on August 22, 1959 and she survives.
In addition to his wife, Mary, Homer is survived by two daughters, Jane Withrow of Long Beach, CA and Tena (Michael) Peterson of Eldorado, IL; three sons, Paul (Diane) Withrow of Chebanse, Roger (Rita) Withrow of Galatia, IL and Eric Withrow (fiancé – Tracy) of Harrisburg, IL; one brother, George Withrow of West Virginia; two sisters, Kathryn Lanza of Boston, MA and Garnet Campbell of Florida; nine grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Ernest and Harold; and one sister, Gloria J. Fraser.
Mr. Withrow was a member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. He drove a truck for Chebanse Ag.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Please share a memory of Homer at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Mason Dale Knorr, 24, of rural Clifton passed away as a result of an early morning accident which occurred near his home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Funeral services for Mr. Knorr will be at 11:00 am on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Vern Arseneau will officiate. Burial will follow the services in the Clifton Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 3:00 until 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home in Clifton. Memorials may be made for the Family’s Wishes.
Mr. Knorr was born on March 8, 1994 in Kankakee, the son of Gregory D. and Sheila A. Meyer Knorr and they survive in Clifton. He is also survived by three brothers, Lane (Danielle Buff) Knorr, Austin (Ashley Collins) Knorr and Kenton Knorr all of Clifton; his maternal grandparents, Judy and Vernon Meyer of Chebanse and his paternal grandmother, Judy Laurent of Kankakee; and four nieces and nephews, Tinley Knorr, Bria Knorr, Masin Buff and Lilly Plumley. He was preceded in death by two paternal grandfathers, Dale Knorr and Tom Laurent.
Mr. Knorr graduated from Central High School at Clifton. He was currently employed as a metal fabricator for Feld Entertainment in the Monster Truck Industry. He loved monster trucks, demolition derbies and fishing. He enjoyed spending weekends with his many friends. He loved life and had a heart of gold, his motto was the adage “Live Wild and Free”.
Eleanor K. Marshall, 93, of Sheldon passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center. She was born January 29, 1925 in Saginaw, MI, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Wilson Haynes. She married Francis G. Marshall on May 3, 1947 in Henderson, KY and he preceded her in death on May 21, 2013. She is also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five sisters; and one grandson-in-law, Joe McCabe.
She is survived by two daughters, Terry (Bill) Mabbitt of Sheldon and Stella Cyr of Woodland; three sons, Michael Marshall of Watseka, Maynard Marshall of Sheldon and Milo Marshall of Sheldon; one brother, Tommy Haynes of Florida; four grandchildren, Amy McCabe of Sheldon, Cathy Mabbitt of Watseka, Abraham Cyr of Woodland and Lance Minard of Wisconsin; twelve great-grandchildren, Thomas, Max, Jack & Luke McCabe; Erin, Shayne & Kyle McNally; Abby & Moses Cyr; and Ali, Ember & Gage Minard; two great-great-granddaughters, Riley and Peyton McCabe; two sisters-in-law, Elinor Marshall of California and Joan Marshall of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Marshall was a member of the United Church of Sheldon and Sheldon American Legion Auxiliary #393. She was a really good cook and operated a diner in Sheldon with Ada Glasgow. Eleanor enjoyed reading and the company of close friends.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at the Sheldon Cemetery.
Ruth Edmunds 84 of Watseka.
Arrangments are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Judith Cluver 78 of Watseka.
Visitation will be 10-11 with services at 11 Saturday 8/25 at Calvery Lutheran Church in Watseka.
Burial to follow in Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Anita Ward 91 of Galesburg
Visitation Tuesday 8/21 from 10-11, with Mass at 11 all at St. Edmunds Catholic Church in Watseka.
Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cememtery in Iroquois.
Lloyd E. Ulitzsch, 73, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Gilman Healthcare Center. He was born March 17, 1945 in Watseka, the son of Arthur and Lydia Pfingsten Ulitzsch and they preceded him in death in addition to two brothers, Dale and Steve.
He married Donna Hoffman on January 3, 1965 at Schwer and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa Ulitzsch of Crescent City and Crystal Ulitzsch-Hansen of Springfield; one son, Matthew Ulitzsch of Danville; one grandson, Chase; and one sister, Carol Cryier of Crescent City.
Mr. Ulitzsch was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. He was a lifelong farmer in the Crescent City and Watseka areas and enjoyed farming and fishing. Lloyd loved helping and visiting with friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Pastor Steve Jensen will officiate. Private family burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Please share a memory of Lloyd at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Rosalie Carter, 87, of Manteno and formerly of Paxton passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Illinois Veterans Home of Manteno. She was born on April 24, 1931 in Sidell, the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Brown) Maring. She married Eligah Carter in Harrisburg, IL. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2004.
In addition to her husband and parents, Rosalie was preceded in death by eleven siblings – William Maring, Raymond Maring, Dwayne Maring, Ellen Bowlin, Helen Wilson, Frank Maring, Mable Herbert, Millie Maring, Jack Maring, Mary Spires, and Ralph Maring.
Mrs. Carter is survived by one step daughter, Jane Wilkerson; eleven siblings – Chester Maring, Shirley Whaley, Connie Anderson, Paul Maring, Judy Reed, Alice Lamb, Chuck Maring, Peggy Miller, Bobby Maring, Kenny Maring, and Art Maring as well as many nieces and nephews.
Rosalie served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. She enjoyed BINGO, cooking, and her cook books. She was a member of the American Legion in Sidell and was very proud of the honor shed had of going on the Freedom Flight with other veterans to Washington DC. She loved her many dogs. Rosalie enjoyed attending flea markets over the years with her husband.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton. Burial and graveside services with military rites will be at 2:00 pm at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, IL.
Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton.
Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.
Please share a memory of Rosalie at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Kathryne LaVina Nourie, 92, of Danforth and formerly of Donovan passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Edward “Eddie” Lee Brammer, 63, of Springbook, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his home in Springbrook. He was born on November 19, 1954 in Watseka, the son of John Albert and Patricia Pauline (Denton) Brammer. He married Cheryle Laurent in 1977 and later married Pamela Obenland in 1983 and they both survive.
Also surviving are one daughter, Abbey (Ryan) Garfield of Watseka; two grandchildren, Connor and Addisen Garfield of Watseka; his mother, Patricia Brammer of Milford; one brother, Mike Brammer of Bloomington; his girlfriend, Carrie Welch of Springbrook, WI and her son, Chuck (Tammy) Welch also of Springbrook, WI; one sister in law, Pam Brammer of Sheldon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Donald Brammer and Branden Brammer; and one sister, Cindy Brammer.
Mr. Brammer was a lifelong farmer in the Iroquois County area as well as drove a semi-truck. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and tractor pulling. He loved spending time with his grandchildren as well as his two special dogs, Sammy and Savage. Edward had a passion for Oliver Tractors as well as Hank Williams Jr. music.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Mary Louise Hoover, 86, of Watseka and formerly of Kentland, IN passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Sheldon Health Care Center surrounded by her family. She was born September 27, 1931 in Fowler, IN, the daughter of Chris G. and Bessie Robertson Sorenson. She married Herb Hoover on May 20, 1951 in Brook, IN and he preceded her in death on June 18, 1991. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jim and Dale Sorenson; four sisters, Betty McDaniel, Ruth Peck, Edna Walkup and Martha Masterson; one daughter, Ann Wince; and one grandson, Bryce Hoover.
She is survived by three daughters, Lynn (Mike) Pugh of Goodland, IN, Trula (Gary) Raymond of Watseka and Mary (Ron) Salla of Earl Park, IN; three sons, Steve (Carmen) Hoover of Dunnellon, FL, Dan (Chell) Hoover of Brownsburg, IN and Mark (Beth) Hoover of Watseka; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hoover was a member of the Watseka Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. She had worked at the Watseka Subway where she was the very first employee hired. Mary enjoyed music, cooking and gardening. She was a loving and kind mother who was very proud of her family.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm. David Field will officiate. A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland, IN.
Please share a memory of Mary at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Ronna M. Nasers, 71, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. She was born March 20, 1947 in Watseka, the daughter of Ronald and Fern Heffelfinger German and they preceded her in death in addition to one brother-in-law, David Bickers.
She married Joel F. Nasers on December 22, 1967 in Stockland and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Joel L. Nasers of Orange Co., CA and Mike (Jennifer) Nasers of Watseka; three grandchildren, Nathan Nasers of Watseka, Reece Nasers of Watseka and Madelyn Nasers of Orange Co., CA; and three sisters, Penny (Rich) Wilken, Debbie Bickers and Tammy German all of Milford.
Mrs. Nasers was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. She worked in the office at T&D Metal for 15 years and at Iroquois Federal for 13 years. Ronna was a supporter of Relay for Life and enjoyed scrapbooking with friends, traveling, working with plants, birdwatching, attending fall festivals, working in her yard, attending festivities with 3 Goddesses, and spending time with her grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the 6:00 pm memorial service on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Gary Minard will officiate. Private burial will be held at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the Local Chapter Relay for Life.
Please share a memory of Ronna at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018.
He was born on September 19, 1936 in Crescent Township,IL, the son of Earl Quakenbush and Lena (Hurling) Quakenbush.
Gene married Nancy Ailey on January 27, 1956 in Milford. Gene was a member of the Watseka United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows of Watseka, a Lay Speaker for Woodland Church, and a recipient of an award for Norman Rockwell School of Art.
He worked at TRW, UARCO, Louis Melind in Onarga, and Chicago Steel Tape. He enjoyed oil painting, woodworking, fishing, and hunting.
Surviving Mr. Quakenbush is his wife, Nancy Quakenbush of Watseka; daughters, Vicky (Janice) Quakenbush of Kankakee, and Cindy (Dennis) Young of Cissna Park; sister-in-laws, Mary Quakenbush of Appleton, WI, and Diane Quakenbush of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Karen Bolen of Cissna Park; grandchildren, Mike (Kandace Arseneau) Rogers, Jacob (Michaela McKenna) Young, Jessica (James) Doudera; Joshua (Amaria) Young, Jeremy (Sherri) Young, and Rachel Wright; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LaMar and Jim; and one sister, Barbara.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Bob Sabo will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Quakenbush's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Ronald Eugene “Gene” Hess, 80, of Clifton, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018; at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Gene was born on March 24, 1938 in Milks Grove Township; the son of the late Marshall and Dorothy (Peters) Hess. Gene married Anna Wade in Wautoma, WI on May 28, 1966. Gene worked at Mortell for 37 years until he retired. During his leisure time Gene loved to fish, was an avid White Sox fan, enjoyed completing puzzles, and loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Anna, his children: Sharon Welge of Clifton, Linda (Mona Aprile) Hess of Chebanse, Rhonda (Louis) Gasperini of Clifton, Donna (Mark Lafond) Hess of Clifton, Mark (Danielle) Hess of Chebanse, a sister Mary (Dave Tucker) Scott of Chebanse, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way, 6 step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gene was also preceded in death by his daughter Dawn Ellen Hess, a brother Arnold Hess, a granddaughter Tonya Hess, and a son-in-law Kevin Welge.
In accordance with his wishes, Gene gave himself as a gift to scientific research. A memorial service for Gene will be held at 11 am on Monday, August 13, 2018; at Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton. Rev Ray Bowers will officiate.
Those who wish may leave memorials in Gene’s name to Kankakee Valley Hospice or to Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton.
Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth, Illinois passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 due to an automobile accident in rural Danforth.
He was born on May 30, 1980 in Watseka, Illinois the son of Pamela M. (Walwer) Burch.
Matthew was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth. He served in the United States Air Force. Matthew worked for Watertight Construction as a carpenter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Matthew was an avid Cubs and Bears Fan. He also enjoyed playing softball, camping and fishing.
Matthew married Julie Miller on October 24, 2009 in Danforth. She survives. He is also survived by three daughters Mariah Gonzalez, Liliana Walwer and Khloie Walwer all of Danforth; his parents Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; maternal grandmother Marilyn Schultz of Watseka; three brothers Brian (Rachael) Walwer of Woodland, Illinois, John Burch of Chicago; Matthew (Tiffany) Burch of Hampton, Virginia and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Charles L. Walwer and paternal grandparents Helen Smith and Alvin Burch.
Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating.
Burial will be in the Danforth Cemetery, Danforth.
Memorials may be made to his family.
Arrangements by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.
Josephine Sansone 90 of Watseka
Visitation Thursday 8/9/18 4-8 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Services Friday 8/10/18 at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park.
Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka, peacefully entered heaven on July 31, 2018.
She was born January 27, 1925 in Vermont, Illinois to parents Ada (Harmon) Miner and Henry Earl “Buck” Miner.
She was united in marriage to Lester W. Foreman on September 29, 1945 in Sheldon, Illinois. They remained happily married for 57 years until his passing on January 20, 2003.
Lucille helped farm with her husband. She enjoyed gardening with her Mother-in-Law, Alma Foreman, reading, making afghans for family members, traveling, and all her Scottish Terriers. She also enjoyed many games of Uno with her caregiver, Patty, and going out to lunch. She was a member of the Fun Club and enjoyed the meetings and birthday breakfasts. She was also a member of the First Christian Church of Watseka and attended the Pittwood Christian Church for many years.
Surviving are her two sons, Denny (Debby) Foreman of Watseka, Terry Foreman of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Caplis of Glenview, IL; grandchildren, Drew (Jodi) Foreman of Peoria, Sara Foreman of Watseka; and great-granddaughter, Blakely Foreman of Peoria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private with internment at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka or Prairie State Christian Service Camp in Watseka. Flowers will be donated to the Iroquois Resident Home.