Obituaries Archives for 2019-08

James "Jim" Lee Brammer, 73, of Gilman, formerly of Milford

James “Jim” Lee Brammer, 73, of Gilman, formerly of Milford, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Gilman Health Care Center. He was born October 12, 1945 in Watseka, the son of James J. and Viola (Newnum) Brammer and they preceded him in death. Jim married Peggy Haxton on April 1, 1994 in Milford and she preceded him in death on May 12, 2018.

Mr. Brammer is survived by one special cousin, Nita Dubble of Watseka.

Jim was the police chief for the town of Buckley, retiring in 2010 and was the police chief in Onarga for several years. He served as a police officer for several southern Iroquois County towns. Jim was the owner and publisher for the Milford Area Bulletin Board for eight years, 2002 – 2010.

A celebration of life will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Life Church in Gilman. Cremation rites were accorded.

Memorials may be made to Life Church of Gilman, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or Donor’s Choice.

Arrangements by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Shirley J. Wright, 77, of Milford

Shirley J. Wright, 77, of Milford passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at her residence.

Shirley was born January 11, 1942 in Cave City, KY, the daughter of Roy Cecil and Golda (Ooten) Flowers. She married Clifton Wright on February 20, 1960 in Gallatin, TN and he survives.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, John (Carla) Wright of Birchwood, TN; two daughters, Jamie (Steven) Fritz of Manteno and Jeannie Wright of Summerville, SC; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Pat Richardson.

Cremation rites were accorded and private family services will be held.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Jeannette M. Winder, 83 of Buckley

eannette M. Winder, 83 of Buckley, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 209 W. Jones St., Milford with Pastor Karl Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Buckley.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 306 E. Lincoln, Buckley and Wednesday one hour before the service from 10-11 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford.

Jeannette was born October 24, 1935 in Watseka the daughter of Elmer W. and Clara Hecht Hartke. She married Warren Winder April 16, 1955 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buckley. He survives.

Along with her husband, Warren, she is survived by two sons, Gene (Stephanie) Winder of West Lafayette, Indiana; James Winder of Buckley; a daughter, Susan DeAtley of Paxton; five grandchildren, Victoria Kaufmann, Morgan Winder, Wesley Ricketts, Grant Sondgeroth, Garrett Sondgeroth and two great grandchildren, Rowan and Scarlett Kaufmann.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Wesley Warren Winder.

Jeannette graduated from Buckley High School in 1953. She worked for General Telephone of Paxton as a secretary, the Times Spirit Newspaper, Milford and Watseka and Dr. Jon Link, Chiropractor, Milford. Before returning to Buckley, she and her husband lived in Paxton, Shannon and Milford.

She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford, the Dorcas Society and the church choir. Jeannette enjoyed visiting with friends, neighbors and relatives. She took great pride in being a penny pincher and coupon clipper. Jeannette had a love for gardening and canning. But nothing meant more to her than reading her devotions and the Bible.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

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Tori Jessilyn Irvin, 21, of Gilman

Tori Jessilyn Irvin, 21, of Gilman, IL, passed away at 8:20 P.M. Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born July 13, 1998, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Milton W. (Amanda) Irvin Jr. and Pamela Basler Irvin (Ray Seegmiller). 

She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Monet Basler of Champaign, IL and Sky Irvin of Springfield, IL; six brothers, Gage Irvin of Gilman, IL, Daniel James, Christopher Irvin, Jayden Irvin, and Milton Irvin III all of Maynardville, TN, and Devon Irvin of Danville, IL;  paternal grandparents, Carol (Butch) Calvert Irvin Schroeder of Milford, IL; maternal grandmother, Judy Basler of Gilman, IL; two nieces, Olivia Basler and Alayna Mason; and aunt and uncles, Frank (Karyn) Basler, Josh (Danyel) Irvin, Tony Irvin, and Amy (Jeremy) Irvin.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Milton Irvin Sr.

Tori worked at the Loft in Ashkum and later at McDonald’s in Gilman.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and listening to music.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Tuesday August 27, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor David Bowen officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the family C/O Carol Schroeder.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Lorraine S. Goldenstein, 96, of Gilman

Lorraine S. Goldenstein, 96, of Gilman passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home. She was born March 15, 1923 in Onarga, the daughter of Harm and Lydia (Bultman) Doeden. She married Edwin L. Goldenstein on January 17, 1943 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on September 2, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents; all of her brothers and sisters; two sons-in-law, Dale St. Peter and Byron Borchers; and one grandson, Vaughn Borchers.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Borchers of Gilman and Brenda St. Peter of Watseka; three grandchildren, Dana (Paul) Borchers Grosse of Skokie, Julie St. Peter of Nashville, TN, and James (Jenifer) St. Peter of Gilman; one granddaughter-in-law, Julie Borchers of Gilman; eight great-grandchildren, Zachary (Kristin) Borchers, Dakota Borchers, Sara Grosse, Joshua Grosse, Amelia Grosse, Logan St. Peter, Nathan St. Peter and Emily St. Peter; two great-great-grandchildren, Bridon Zachary Borchers and London Lorraine Borchers; and special caregivers whom she loved and cared for dearly.

Mrs. Goldenstein was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. She was a farm wife and loved cooking, taking care of people, and her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at Wenger Cemetery in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to God’s Food Pantry.

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

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Evelyn Rose Piggush, 92, of Milford

Evelyn Rose Piggush, 92, of Milford passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Hoopeston.

Evelyn was born January 24, 1927 in Milford, the daughter of Joseph and Ada (Doud) Kennedy. She married Fred E. Piggush on August 26, 1950 in Milford and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Bryan Piggush of Hoopeston, Laurie Deitcher of Milford, and Kevin (Michelle) Piggush of Effingham; eight grandchildren, Michael, Scott, and Christopher Piggush, Michelle Deal, Jamie and Rose Deitcher, and Hannah and Grant Piggush; eleven great grandchildren; and one special daughter, Nancy Jo Langellier.

Evelyn was a devoted Christian. She was a member of the Milford Christian Church for over 80 years.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Milford Christian Church. Revs. Brent Zastrow and Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Memorials may be made to IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service).

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Margaret "Maggie" Griswold, 70, of Claytonville

Margaret “Maggie” Griswold, 70, of Claytonville passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born October 25, 1948 in East Chicago, IN, the daughter of William R. and Donna (Popovich) Barnett. She married Gary A. Griswold on January 20, 1973 in Griffith, IN and he preceded her in death on January 3, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Louise and Floyd Sanders; and one nephew, David Sanders.

She is survived by one daughter, Sarah (Adam) Schleef of Onarga; two grandchildren, Gracie Elizabeth Schleef and Benjamin Adam Schleef; one niece, Melissa (Kendall) McGibney of Montpelier, VT; two great-nieces, Molly Louise McGibney and Maggie Parker McGibney; and many special paternal nieces and nephews.

Maggie was a member of the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. She and her husband owned and operated Griswold Feed, Inc. since 1992.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church. Rev. Molly Spence-Hawk will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral service at church from 9:00-11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carle Hospice or Cissna Park United Methodist Church.

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

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Deborah S. Schafroth, 65, of Ashkum

Deborah S. Schafroth, 65, of Ashkum passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Gilman Health Care Center in Gilman. She was born March 31, 1954 in Fairbury, the daughter of Roscoe and Zelda (Mitchell) Mason. Deborah married Duane K. "Augie" Schafroth in Gilman on September 17, 1994 and he survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Lisa (Carl) Quinlan of SC and Ryan (April Gross) Leggott of Clifton; one grandson, Jackson Leggott of Chebanse; her father and step-mother, Roscoe (Phyllis) Mason of Gilman; her brother, John (Denise) Mason of Gilman; two step-daughters, Lisa (Jim) Cote of Ft. Meyers, FL and Theresa Hines of GA; one step-son, Paul (Jennifer) Schafroth of CO; and ten step-grandchildren.
Deborah is preceded in death by her mother, Zelda Mason.

Mrs. Schafroth was a member of the Gilman United Methodist Church. She was active in Sunshine Circle and G.R.O.W. Deborah loved to tend to flowers and attend flea markets and antique shows. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Jackson.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Gilman United Methodist Church, as well as an hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., also at Gilman United Methodist Church. Rev. Malcolm Jones and Gary Fairchild will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Gilman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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Ivan Joseph "Sonny" Weber, 84, of Piper City

Ivan Joseph “Sonny” Weber, 84, of Piper City passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born March 30, 1935 in Kankakee, the son of Adam and Mildred (Grubbs) Weber and they preceded him in death in addition to one daughter, Carolyn Weber and one son, Michael Weber.

He married Bernice Hansen on June 1, 1963 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Joanne Kelly of Rantoul; one sister, Erma Hewerdine of Loda; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Weber of Union Town, OH; four grandchildren, Carson Weber and Aisha, Rashida and Kenya Kelly; and five great-grandchildren.

Sonny served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958 during the Korean Conflict. He was a welder and retired in 1984 from Caterpillar and also farmed with Read Brothers. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City, Knights of Columbus and Chatsworth Snowmobile Club. He was a volunteer firefighter in Piper City and enjoyed snowmobiling and Nascar. His favorite Nascar driver was Kyle Busch. Sonny loved to talk and be the center of attention.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Piper City. Fr. John Peeters will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Piper City.

Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Memorials may be made to Masses.

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Braeden "Bubba" Vincent Seabert, 19, of Watseka

Braeden “Bubba” Vincent Seabert, 19, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Springfield, MO. He was born November 23, 1999 in Watseka, the son of Jamin H. Seabert and Crystal J. Tiarks.

Braeden is survived by his mother, Crystal Tiarks of Watseka; three sisters, Gracie Seabert of Watseka, Abby Cyr of Reeds Spring, MO; and Kinzie Seabert of Reeds Spring, MO; one brother, Jakin Seabert of Reeds Spring, MO; his paternal grandparents, Jim and Sue Seabert of Martinton; maternal grandparents, Pam and Mick Thurston of Watseka; maternal grandfather, Mike “Opa” Tiarks of Poplar Bluff, MO; maternal great-grandfather, Herb Clatterbuck and friend, Janice of Watseka; maternal great-grandmother, Joan Tiarks of Clifton; three uncles and aunts, Brian and Lezlie Tiarks and their children, Chandler, Joseph, and Amelia; Paul and Stephanie Tiarks and children, Delia and Eli; Stacey and Jason Lareau and children, Caleb, Josh, Kimmy, and Tabby; and numerous great aunts and uncles.

Braeden was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Jamin H. and Kim Seabert; great grandmothers, Norma Clatterbuck and Ruth Whitlow; and great grandfather, Herbert Tiarks.

Braeden was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. He was a 2018 graduate of Watseka Community High School where he was a member of the Watseka Marching Warriors. He loved fishing, food, hunting, and his dog, Apollo.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Dan Belanger officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WCHS Band Boosters or Braeden Seabert Memorial Fund at Iroquois Federal.

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Gloria Boone, 69, of Martinton

Gloria Boone, 69, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019.
She was born August 17, 1949, the daughter of Silven Ray and Helen (Young) Ray.
Gloria married Rodney Boone at St. Martin’s Church on August 8, 1970.
Mrs. Boone was a Secretary for the St. Anne Grade School for over 25 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Mrs. Gloria Boone is her husband, Rodney Boone of Martinton, IL; children, Ryan (Kristy) Boone of Martinton, IL, Renee (Jay) Morris of Watseka, IL, and Robyn (Brandon) Branson of Mahomet, IL; one brother, Gary Ray of Aroma Park, IL; and grandchildren, Cole, Blakley, Kaylee, Lucas, Aidan, Austin, Addison, Preston, and Teagan.
She is also preceded in death by her parents.
A Gathering of Friends will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials in Mrs. Boone’s name can be made to the IMH Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Louanne Bratcher, 64, of Watseka

Louanne Bratcher, 64, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019.
She was born on September 10, 1954 in Chebanse, IL, the daughter of Carl Nordmeyer and Blanche (Ehrich) Clark.
Louanne married Artie Bratcher in Clifton, IL on July 8, 1978. He preceded her in passing.
Ms. Bratcher was an in-home health care provider for the elderly. She was an animal and plant lover. She enjoyed gardening.
Surviving Ms. Bratcher are her sons, Alan Bratcher of Watseka, and Eric (Kim) Bratcher of Rocklin, CA; brothers, Terry (Halina Gumiela) Nordmeyer of Kankakee, and Robert Nordmeyer of Arizona; sister-in-law, Helen Nordmeyer of Clifton; special friend, Greg Nourie of Watseka; and nieces and nephews, Kerri Mummert, Jay and Geoff Nordmeyer.
A Gathering of Friends will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Ms. Bratcher’s name can be made to ICARE.

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Ryland Snow, 77, of St. Joseph, formerly of Gilman and Herscher

Ryland Snow, 77, of St. Joseph, formerly of Gilman and Herscher, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his residence in St. Joseph. He was born on February 5, 1942 in Watseka, the son of Carl and Mary (Cordray) Snow and they preceded him in death. Ryland married Arlene M. Schuler in Gilman on September 19, 1964 and she preceded him in death on September 30, 2016. In addition to his wife and parents, Ryland was preceded in death by his brother, Ted Snow and his sister, Audrey Richardson. 

Mr. Snow is survived by two sons, David C. Snow of Columbus, OH and Steven S. (Peggy Brown) Snow of Gilman; four grandchildren, R.C. (Nicole Johnson) Snow, Jackie Snow, Nicole (Dakota) Snow-Reardon, and Mike Snow; one sister, Ann Foreman of Tuscola; one sister-in-law, Joan Snow of Decatur; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Mr. Snow served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. Ryland was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gilman. He loved fishing, camping, and tinkering with old cars. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and pets. Mr. Snow worked as a barber and later worked for Natural Gas Pipeline in Herscher. 

Visitation will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Rod Snow will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridgeland Twp. Cemetery in Thawville. Military graveside rites by Gilman American Legion Post #499.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice. 

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