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Obituaries Archives for 2021-08

Dionne Moline, 75, of Cissna Park

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

 

She is survived by one brother, Vernon Moline.

 

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

 

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

 

No services will be held at this time.

Cox-Knapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Lou German, 98, of Milford

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

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

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

She was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.

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

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

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Mary Ruth Moore, 73, of rural Rossville

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Leslie A. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

Annabell Wienrank, 93, of Crescent City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Annabell at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Frank John Hughes, 83, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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Virgil D. Burdick, 65, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share a memory of Virgil at baierfuneralhome.com.

Carol L. Weedon, 74, of Chebanse

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Carol at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Marilyn Walwer Schultz, 79, of Watseka

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

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

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

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

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

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Daniel L. Arseneau, 73, of Beaverville, IL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Pettice, 74, of Potomac, IL

Steve Pettice, 74, of Potomac, passed away at 10:29 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at his home.

Steve was born on September 4, 1946, at home in Alvin, Illinois, the son of James Daniel and Frances Mae (Rumble) Pettice.  He married the love of his life and bestest friend, Marilyn Hoskins on December 20, 1966, at the Potomac Church of Christ and they later renewed their vows on April 22, 2017.  She survives.

He is also survived by their three children- Sherry (Ed) Cundiff of Danville, Ron (Cherri) Pettice of Danville and Linda Pettice of Danville; nine grandchildren- Alex (Bailie) Cundiff, Adam (Rachel) Cundiff, Darren (Hailey) Cundiff, Justin Pettice, Joshua Pettice, Chayce Wagner, Kathy (Taylor) Liles, Connor McFarland and Cheyenne Howie; four great-grandchildren- Jade, Caleb, Theodore and Van Cundiff; sister-in-law- Shirley Hampton Pettice of Hoopeston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Dave and Mike Pettice, sister-in-law- Mindy Boen and nephew- Mikey Pettice.

Steve graduated from Rossville High School in 1965.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1965 to 1969.  Steve worked at General Motors, in Tilton for 25 years, until his retirement in 1993.  He was a member of the Hillery Assembly of God.  Steve enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, and family get togethers.  He loved family game nights and was always (in good humor) the official score keeper and some how would always manage to win.  Steve was always known for his joking around and great sense of humor.  Steve was very in love with Jesus, and wanted all to know and accept Him as their Savior.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Hillery Assembly of God, with Pastor Kenny Young officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Gundy Cemetery, in Bismarck.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Steve’s life.  Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Steven Carl Brauman, 58, of Piper City

Steven Carl Brauman, 58, of Piper City passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021 at his home. He was born on December 31, 1962 in Fairbury, the son of Fred Carl Brauman and Retha Louise Edwards.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Retha and Berwyn Stephens of Piper City; Cameron Icenogle of Rantoul, who was like a son to Steve; two sisters, Connie Finnegan of Watseka and Karen Moreland of Gilman; two step-brothers, Travis Stephens of Piper City and Shane Stephens of Wataga; one step-sister, Tracy Godsey of Sioux Falls, SD; four nieces, Shawnee Brauman of Essex, Shayla Brauman of Westerville, OH, Sheri Hull of Piper City, and Cheyenne Stephens of Wheeling; and one nephew, Dustin Brauman of Piper City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred “Fritz” Brauman.

Steve enjoying texting and writing. He loved his family dearly.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at the United Methodist Church in Piper City. Rev. Liz Reis will officiate. Burial will follow at Brenton Twp. Cemetery in Piper City.

Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gliman.

Herbert H. Pearson, 86, of Watseka

Herbert H. Pearson, 86 of Watseka passed away on Monday August 9, 2021 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on March 31, 1935 in Birdtown, AR, a son of William and Charity Gordon Pearson. Herb married Shirley Meyer in Watseka on June 15, 1958 and she survives. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, also surviving are two sons- Steven (Teri) Pearson of Venice, FL and Bruce (Denise) Pearson of St. George, UT; one daughter- Karen (Jim) Flach of Ft. Wright, KY; nine grandchildren- Stephanie (James) Jaskolski, Jon (Becca) Pearson, Ryan, Andrew, Daniel, and Nicole Flach, Evan, Eric (Paige), and Alex Pearson. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers.

Herb was a member of First United Methodist Church in Watseka where he served on many committees. He was employed at Uarco as a printer for 23 years, owned and operated Pearson Transport Livery Service, and served as a real estate agent for several years. Herb was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed playing golf, and was a member of the Watseka Lions Club.

Memorial services will be held at a later date with Pastor Ben Stone officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Watseka American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Albert "Jun" Kaufman, 90, of Cissna Park

Albert “Jun” Kaufman, 90 of Cissna Park went to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 17, 2021. He was born on October 6, 1930 in Cissna Park the son of Albert and Bertha Feller Kaufman. Jun married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Markwalder on February 4, 1951. She survives her beloved husband of 70 years. Also surviving are one daughter- Kailyn (Mark) Alt of Carmel, IN; one son- Wayne (Jaye) Kaufman of Morrison, CO; eight grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren; one brother- Don Kaufman of Bloomington; one sister- Sal Markwalder of Fairbury. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter- Donna Gast; one great grandchild- Grace Alt; seven brothers- Robert, Clyde, William, Ben, Wilmer, Arch, and Calvin; six sisters- Lydia Rocke, Emily Eisenmann, Martha Rinkenberger, Margaret Kaufman, Bertha “Tootie” Sinn, and LaVerne Kaufman.

Jun was a member of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park. He was born again in 1950 and loved serving the Lord Jesus ever since that day. He was active with the church youth group for many years. During his lifetime he enjoyed every aspect of farming, feeding cattle, and selling DeKalb seed. Jun dearly enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday August 19, 2021 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday August 20, 2021 at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park with Pastor Nathan Gast and Pastor Josh Benner officiating. Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Christian Bible Church Mission Fund or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Richard Emerson Doss, 71, of Georgetown, IL

Richard Emerson “Rich” Doss, 71, of Georgetown, IL, passed away at 8:20 P.M. Thursday August 12, 2021, at Clark Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Chicago, IL.  He was born January 8, 1950, in Danville, IL, the son of Elmer “Dick” Doss and Mary (Allen) Turner.  He married Cheryl O’Neil and together they had two children who survive, daughter, Lisa (Alonza) Galyen of Glasford, IL and son, Steven Doss of Los Angeles, CA. 

He is also survived by one sister, Linda (Tony) Lutchka of Westville, IL; two grandchildren, Kristopher and Amber Galyen; one great-granddaughter, Layla Marion; 4 nieces; and 3 nephews. 

He was preceded in death by parents; grandparents; and one brother, Millard “Gene” Watts. 

Richard worked as a welder and mechanic.  He also had a teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University.  He was an avid race fan and was a driver and mechanic of a race car for many years.  Richard also enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, and spending time with his dog, Annie, who was also his best friend until her death a few years ago. 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Friday August 20, 2021, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:15 P.M. Friday at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.   

Memorials may be made to Ruby’s Rescue Retreat 4035 County Road 600 North McClean, IL 61754. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Nancy Ann Coleman, 64, of Buckley

Nancy Ann Coleman, 64, of Buckley passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Nancy was born on October 25, 1956 in Watseka, the daughter of Glenn and Clyda Jeanne (Harding) Nichoalds. She married Michael Coleman on May 5, 1979 in Onarga and he survives.

Besides her husband, Michael Coleman of Buckley, she is survived by two sons, Trace (Macy) Coleman of Gilbert, AZ and Connor Coleman of Virginia Beach, VA; one grandson, Brixton Coleman of Gilbert, AZ; one granddaughter, Cora Gigl of Chebanse; her mother, Jeanne Nichoalds of Onarga; one brother, Donald (Cherie) Nichoalds of Thawville; and two nephews, Lake Nichoalds of Thawville and Zach (Kayla) Nichoalds of Crescent City.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She was the former owner and operator of On Stage Hair Salon for twenty-five years. Nancy was a Postmaster at Crescent City, Onarga, and Cissna Park. She was a member of Onarga United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over forty-five years and choir director for twenty-five years. She was a member of the Princess Onarga Chapter of the Illinois Questers and Onarga Historical Society. She enjoyed being with her family, cooking, baking, gardening, traveling, antiquing, her grandchildren, and living in the country.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Onarga Cemetery with Rev. Mark Crawford officiating. A Celebration of Life from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Shagbark Country Club in Onarga. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Onarga United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Crawford officiating.

Memorials may be made to Onarga United Methodist Church.

Harold V. Papineau, 82, of Ashkum

Harold V. Papineau, 82 of Ashkum passed away on October 6, 2020 at his winter home in Arizona. Harold was born on March 2, 1938 in Aroma Park to Euclid and Eva (Lussier) Papineau. He married Darlene Schoon of Ashkum on July 4, 1959 at St. Mary and Joseph Church in Chebanse.

After high school, Harold went to work for Armour Pharmaceutical in Kankakee and worked there before he enlisted in the Air Force in January 1959. In the Air Force he was a crew chief on a B52G (SAC) bomber stationed at Blytheville AF Base in Arkansas. On his return he went back to work for Armour in Kankakee and remained there until he retired in 1994 from RPR (Rhone-Polenc-Rorer) as Facilities Director.

Harold is survived by his wife Darlene of Ashkum; sons- Rodney (Marcia) Papineau of Clifton and Randy (Elaine) Papineau of Ashkum; daughters- Donna (Miles) Bradley of Buckeye, AZ and Renee (Richard) Fraser of Bartlett, IL; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Eugene (Priscilla) Papineau of Sun City, AZ, Ron Papineau of Chebanse, brother-in-law Russ Schoon, sisters-in-law Mary Lou Papineau and Marlene Papineau along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Oscar, Bruno, Edward and baby Theodore along with sisters Joann, Rita, Theresa and Linda.

He was a member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum and a member and eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City, AZ. Harold enjoyed doing lapidary and sterling silver hobbies and golfing at the recreation centers and golf courses in Sun City and Oak Springs golf course in Aroma Park with his brother Ron in the summer.

Visitation will be on Friday August 20, 2021 from 4-8 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral mass will be on Saturday August 21, 2021 at 10:00 am at Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum with Fr. Doug Hauber officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to Assumption BVM Catholic Church in Ashkum.

Arnold "Dave" Annis, 84, of Paxton

Arnold David “Dave” Annis Jr, 84, of Paxton passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021 at his home in Paxton surrounded by his family. He was born on August 10, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH, the son of Arnold D. and Ethel (Maybrier) Annis. He married Patricia A. Whitaker in Paxton on May 10, 1974 and she preceded him in passing on December 24, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronald Annis; one sister, Helen Newlin; and a great granddaughter, Abigail Annis.

Surviving are six children, Debra Petkus of Rantoul, Virginia Annis of Paxton, James (Kris) Whitaker Jr of Paxton, Patricia (Jim) Hardig of Paxton, Todd (Kelle) Whitaker of Melvin, and David (Traci) Annis of Clifton; twenty grandchildren; many great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, Miss Kitty.

Dave served in the United States Air Force. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Paxton and Knights of Columbus Council 8927. He loved to travel, enjoyed reading, and working with computers. Dave and Pat loved to go camping over the years. Mr. Annis owned and operated Annis Pest Control as well as Fast Forward Video with his wife, Pat.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

A memorial mass will take place at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Paxton. Fr. Dong van Bui will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Clifton.

Memorials may be made to Catsnap of Champaign.

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James Dale Stuckey, 93, of Bloomington and formerly of Piper City

James Dale Stuckey, 93, of Bloomington and formerly of Piper City passed away on May 1, 2020 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. He was born on April 7, 1927.
A Celebration of Life service will be on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Piper City. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am. The service will begin at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Brenton Cemetery in Piper City. Please wear a mask inside the church

Jodie Lynn Hilgeman-Denault, 54, of Bourbonnais and formerly of Chebanse

Jodie Lynn Hilgeman-Denault, 54, of Bourbonnais and formerly of Chebanse passed away on August 11, 2021 at Citadel of Bourbonnais in Bourbonnais, IL. She was born on June 15, 1967 in Kankakee, the daughter of James R. and Jeanie Lynn (Schoate) Hilgeman.

She is survived by two sons, Austin Denault of Champaign and Axl Denault of Paxton; her father and mother, Jim and Jeanie Hilgeman of Chebanse; one brother, Jon Hilgeman of Loda; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James Hilgeman Jr.

Jodie graduated from BBCHS where she enjoyed running track. Jodie loved to bake cookies in her younger years.

Cremation rites are being accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Elmer "Bud" Green, 89, of Chebanse, IL

Elmer “Bud” Green, 89, of Chebanse passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He was born July 12, 1932 in Chebanse, the son of Leo Herman and Myrtle Ora (Templin) Green and they preceded him in death in addition to five sisters.

He married Jean Louise Smith on July 31, 1953 in Fort Knox, KY and she survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Diane (Steve) Stell of Gulf Shores, AL, Susan (John) LeRoy of Chebanse and Teresa (Greg) Stell of Bourbonnais; one son, Danny Green of Bourbonnais; fifteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Mr. Green served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bud was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Chebanse, a member of the YMCA, and a former member of the Kankakee Photography Club. He first worked at General Mills, next at Armours, and retired from NutraSweet. Bud enjoyed woodworking, photography, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren and attending many of their events.

Private services will be held at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse with Rev. Marsha Collins officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Chebanse.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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Charles R. King, 84, of Sheldon

Charles R. King, 84, of Sheldon passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 at South Holland Manor in South Holland. He was born on November 27, 1936 in Iroquois, the son of Charles V. and Vivian (Frye) King. He married Janice “Jane” Fry in Watseka and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Jane King of Sheldon, Charles is survived by three sons, Rick (Karen) King of Watseka, Rodney King of Panama City, Florida, and Rolland King of Lafayette, IN; one step-son, Jerry (Jessica) Cotter of Iroquois; one step-daughter, Janice Cotter of Watseka; one sister, Carol Ann (Steve) Hiett of Virginia; one brother, Howard (Merlene) King of Kentland, IN; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and his favorite dog, Bella.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his half-brother, Paul Frye; and one grandson, Ryan King.

Charles enjoyed horseback riding and participated in a 100-mile trail ride and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sheldon Cemetery. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate.

Ellen Stole Cluver, 69, of Watseka

Ellen Stole Cluver, 69, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at her home. She was born on October 31, 1951 in Hammond, IN, the daughter of Hans and Borghild (Soreide) Stole. She married Daniel Cluver of Watseka at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, IL on June 15, 1974 and he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jan (Justin) Lavicka of Milford; one son, David (Amber) Cluver of St. Joseph; two brothers, John (Anne) Stole of Lansing, IL and Tore (Rosemary) Stole of Webster Grove, MO; and seven grandchildren, Jahni, Jossalin, Jackson, and Jaylin Lavicka and Henry, Elsa, and George Cluver.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and one infant daughter.
Mrs. Cluver was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Ellen played tennis, volleyball, basketball and softball at Concordia University where she received her Master’s Degree. Ellen was a Lutheran school teacher at five different schools for thirty-eight years. Ellen enjoyed history, especially being the first of her generation born in the United States. She played in a women’s softball league, the Hoffman Softball Team. She was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral services on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Rev. Aaron Uphoff will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Calvary Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Matthew Burdick, 42, of Milford

Matthew P. Burdick, 42, of Milford passed away on August 1, 2021 at his home.

Matthew was born July 28, 1979 in Watseka, the son of Charles and Margaret (Sapp) Burdick. He married Jamie L. Pinkstaff on September 22, 2012 in Watseka and she survives.

Besides his wife, Jamie L. Pinkstaff-Burdick of Milford, he is survived by two sons, Carson Burdick of Milford and Jonathon Burdick; one daughter, Stephanie Burdick; three brothers, Jeremy Burdick, Broderick Burdick, and David Miller; one sister, Pamela Kahoun; his father, Charles Burdick; and his mother, Margaret Love.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Candace Pinkstaff.

Matthew enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle. He was a former member of ABATE.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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Joanne L. Sargeant, 85, of rural Cabery

Joanne L. Sargeant, 85, of rural Cabery passed away on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on September 13, 1935 in Kankakee, the daughter of Gilbert and Hattie (Kaylor) Hamann. She grew up in Grant Park where she graduated from Grant Park High School in 1952. Joanne attended Elmhurst College completing the medical technologist program in 1955 and working in that field upon graduation.

Joanne married Dale Sargeant in Grant Park on September 8, 1956. They made their home in rural Cabery where she resided until recent months. Dale preceded her in death on August 9, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Hamann.

In 1962, Joanne began her thirty-two year career as a teacher in the Tri Point School system. Teaching full time while raising a family, she completed course work to graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1974. Joanne and Dale were avid horseback riding and camping enthusiasts who attended cross country trail rides in the Ozarks for almost forty years. Upon Joanne’s retirement from teaching in 1994, they wintered in Arizona with their horses and enjoyed riding in the desert and mountains there.

Joanne is survived by one daughter, Linda (Kenneth) Wyss of Chebanse; two sons, John (Sheree) Sargeant of Buford, GA and Steven (Michelle) Sargeant of Bushnell, IL; eight grandchildren, Jason (Gray) Woerly of Denver, CO, David (Julie) Sargeant of Lawrenceville, GA, Katie (Kevin) Hooten of Aurora, John Wyss of Clifton, Brian (Kayla) Sargeant of Lakewood, CO, Paige Sargeant, Tessa Sargeant, and Leah Sargeant all of Bushnell; four great grandchildren, Roan and Wyatt Woerly, Walter Sargeant, and Zachary Hooten. In addition, Joanne is survived by her sister-in-law, Jalaine Hamann of Villa Park and a treasured friend, Diane Harris of Reddick.

Joanne was an active member of the Cabery United Methodist Church where visitation is scheduled for 9:00-11:00 am on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am at church. Linda Michel will officiate. Burial will take place at Broughton Township Cemetery in rural Cabery.

Memorials may be made to Cabery United Methodist Church or Cabery Fire Department.

Merna Mae Holaway, 97, of Watseka

Merna Mae Holaway, 97, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021, at her home in Watseka.

A family, graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday August 14, 2021 at Waldo Cemetery in rural Gridley, Illinois, officiated by Pastor John Franklin. The family suggest memorials to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Merna was born on August 9, 1923, in rural Minonk to William and Mae (Saltzman) Yordy. She married Harold Holaway on January 1, 1946, at her parents’ home. He preceded her in death on January 16, 2008.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Holaway of Watseka; and four sons; Randall (Saundra) Holaway of Dixon, Illinois; Gary Holaway of Bloomington, Illinois, Stuart Holaway of Middlebury, Indiana; and Richard Holaway of Indianapolis, Indiana. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister Verna Long, her sister Aldine Hartzler, one grandson and one great grandson.

Merna received a degree in education from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and served as the sole teacher at a one-room school in rural Dana, Illinois, before her marriage. She also was a substitute teacher for several years. She devoted the majority of her life to her family, particularly caring for many years for her special needs daughter. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Watseka, where she taught Sunday School and actively served the church in many ways.
Merna was an avid golfer and tennis player and enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. She was loved by her family and friends and respected by all.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Pete Offill, 74, of Gilman

Pete Offill, 74, of Gilman passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at his home in Gilman. He was born on June 22, 1947 in Watseka, the son of Herschell William Sr. and Betty Jane (Harrison) Offill and they preceded him in death along with one brother-in-law, Errol Rottman Sr. He married Barbara Fingerhut in Gilman on January 13, 1973 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, Barbara Offill of Gilman, he is survived by one daughter, Shelly (Timothy) Gray of Frohna, MO; one son, Scott Offill (special friend, Rachel Kitchens) of Danforth; three grandchildren, Christian, Lauren, and Rebecca Gray; one great-granddaughter on the way; and three brothers and sisters, Marlene Rottman of Highland, IL, John (Susie) Offill of Gilman, and Patty (Tim) Mcginnis of Elbert, CO.


Mr. Offill served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Church in Watseka. Pete was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed golfing, antique stores, and garage sales. Pete took great joy in visiting with people and making them laugh and smile. He dearly loved his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastor Ryan Mustered will officiate. Burial will follow at Gilman Cemetery with graveside military rites.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at church.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

Jean L. Kohler, 88 of Chebanse

Jean L. Kohler, 88 of Chebanse passed away on Sunday August 1, 2021 at her home. She was born on April 15, 1933 in Kankakee a daughter of Francis and Dorothy Potts Brough. Jean married Elmer W. Kohler in Onarga on January 13, 1954 and he preceded her in death on October 9, 2020.

Survivors include one daughter- Debbie (Dennis) Hillary of Kankakee; four sons- Larry Kohler of Ashkum, Earl (Peg) Kohler of Crescent City, Chuck Kohler of Ashkum, and Dale Kohler of Ashkum; one sister- Janet Odell of Colorado; three brothers- Chuck (Jan) Brough of Bethune, SC, Bill (Peg) Brough of Arthur; Don (Sandy) Brough of Chebanse; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson- Joshua Kohler, and one great grandson- Kory Kohler.

Jean was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse and was a truck driver with her husband. She was a proud grandmother who enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and six of her grandchildren racing stock cars on dirt tracks.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton with Pastor Joel Brown officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to Family’s Wishes.

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