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Constance Gail "Connie" Dale, 75, of Wellington

Constance Gail “Connie” Dale, 75, of Wellington, IL, passed away 5:23 A.M. Thursday January 27, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born February 6, 1946, in Williamsport, IN, the daughter of LeRoy and Dorna (Crane) Ogborn.  She married Leonard Dale on June 13, 2011, in Wellington, IL.  He preceded her in death. 

She is survived by three sons, Joe (Amy) Rieches of Hoopeston, IL, Steve (Jill) Rieches of Danville, IL, and James (Janelle) Bell of Hoopeston, IL; two brothers, Rick (Mary Ann) Ogborn of West Lebanon, IN and Jim Ogborn of Watseka, IL; 8 grandchildren, Nicholas and Megan Rieches, Nicholas Cardenas, Charlie and Samantha Rieches, and Kylee, A.J., and Bentley Bell; three step-grandchildren, Kyle, Brant, and Kade Ramos; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Rife and one brother, Doug Ogborn. 

Connie worked at Howard’s and later at Jeld-Wen until her retirement.  After retirement, she cared for her brother, Jim.  She attended the Wellington United Methodist Church.  Connie loved spending time with her family and caring for her grandchildren.  She also loved watching old Western movies, crocheting, knitting, and putting puzzles together. 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Wednesday February 2, 2022, 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. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to the Wellington United Methodist Church. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Virginia A. Honeycutt Theesfeld, 95, of Gilman

Virginia A. Honeycutt Theesfeld, 95, of Gilman passed away January 25, 2022 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born May 20, 1926 in Danforth, the daughter of Walter and Anna (Arends) Baker and they preceded her in death. She married Russell Honeycutt on June 30, 1949 in Gilman and he preceded her in death. She later married Donald Theesfeld on September 21, 2002 in Gilman and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one son, Dennis; one brother, Walter “Buddy” Baker; one sister, Marilyn Baker; and one great-grandson, Oliver Honeycutt.

She is survived by one son, Rodney (Joan) Honeycutt of Crescent City; five grandchildren, Chad (Karin) Honeycutt, Aubrey (Colton) Hinderliter, Jason (Tina) Honeycutt, Matt (Raelene) Honeycutt and Kristopher (Amanda) Honeycutt; eleven great-grandchildren, Jameson, Camden, Leah, Chase, Zoey, Addisyn, Pyper, Hanna (Nick), Chelsea (Glenn), Hillary and Brett Michael; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Bradley, Makayla, Branson, Blake, Rowan, Theodore and Lucas.

Virginia was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman, where she was active including with Alter Guild and various Circles. She worked for her father’s hardware store, Baker’s Hardware, and also part time at Ev’s Prim & Trim. She enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

Private family services will be held at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with Rev. Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will be in the Gilman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman.

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Betty L Leonard, 97 of Watseka

Betty L Leonard, 97 of Watseka passed away on January 25, 2022 at her home. She was born August 20, 1924 in Pittwood to Clarence L and Edith (Starkey) Wall. She attended school in Pittwood and Donovan High School and graduated in 1939. Betty married Raymond J. Leonard in Watseka on August 6, 1955 and he preceded her in death on July 26, 2002. She lived and farmed north of Watseka along with her husband until her death. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son- Bruce Leonard who died in infancy; her parents; one brother- Wayne Wall and his wife, Joyce; one nephew-Frances Rabideau; and one niece in law- Carolyn Rabideau.

Betty is survived by five nephews and nieces- Jerry Rabideau of Watseka, Diane (Merle) Theile of Watseka, Paula Wall Duis of Champaign, Sue Wall of Bloomfield IN, and Tom (Charlotte) Wall of Hopedale, IL; niece in law- Janet Rabideau; along with several great nieces and nephews and her special caretaker- Auggie.

Betty worked at Western Condenser on the assembly line for thirteen years and was very active in the Home Bureau for many years. She was also a member of The Fun Club, a group of neighborhood woman who met once a month for lunch and games. For many years she and Ray had a trailer along the Iroquois River near Plato Bridge where they spent much of their time.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with Fr. Michael Powell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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

Geneva Pearl Armold, 71, of Iroquois

Geneva Pearl Armold, 71, of Iroquois passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Geneva was born on January 6, 1951 in Greensburg, IN, the daughter of C. Dennis and Marjorie (Vanderbur) Moore and they preceded her in death along with one brother, Earl Howard Moore. She married Ed Armold on July 9, 1977 in Iroquois and he survives.

Besides her husband, Ed Armold of Iroquois, she is survived by two children, Charles (Gina) Armold of Ashkum and Maxine (Eric) Martell of Beaverville; five grandchildren, Lindsay Kohn, Austin Sommer, Amanda Armold, Rebecca (Rapheal) Ingram, and Tyler Martell; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emersyn Kohn; one sister, Nancy Bell; one sister-in-law, Kathy (Tom) Griswold; and several nieces and nephews.

Geneva worked at the Iroquois Café, Uarco, and retired from Watseka Ford. She was a die-hard Elvis fan as well as fan of the Purdue Boilermakers. She loved her grandchildren and her furry grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka as well as one hour prior to the funeral service.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private burial will be held at a later date at Morris Chapel Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Concord Fire Department or Iroquois Community Center.

Rita Baker, 87, of Chebanse

Rita Baker, 87, of Chebanse passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born September 22, 1934 in Chebanse, the daughter of Albert and Clara (Meyer) Nordmeyer.

Rita married Donald Baker on June 5, 1954 in Chebanse. Don and Rita enjoyed 67 years of marriage and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Cathy (Michael) Schlesinger of Riverwoods and Carol (Edward) Hansen of Palatine; two sons, Mark Baker of Jacksonville, FL and Steven Baker of Chebanse; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Bridget) Schlesinger of Glenview, Lauren Schlesinger of Downers Grove, Rebecca Schlesinger of Champaign, Matthew Hansen of Chicago and Ryan Hansen of Palatine; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Adeline Schlesinger; one sister-in-law, Sandy Nordmeyer of Bourbonnais; one brother-in-law, Gerald Baker of Manteno; and many nieces and nephews. Rita had a special fondness for each of her many nieces and nephews. Most think they were her favorite.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Lester, Louis, Raynold, Wilbert and Durl; four sisters, Irene, Ruth, Irma and Delma; and one daughter-in-law, Charlotte Blackwood-Baker.

Mrs. Baker was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, where she was very active in Ladies Aid, PTL and a member of the choir. She graduated from Central High School and was the office manager at Brandt Construction in Chebanse and Kankakee. Rita enjoyed attending church, singing, genealogy, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, and going on walks with Don.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service at Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

The family requires everyone to wear a mask.

Christine A. Nourie-Heisler, 72, of Bolingbook and formerly of St. Anne and Kankakee

Christine A. Nourie-Heisler, 72, of Bolingbook and formerly of St. Anne and Kankakee passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. She was born on June 12, 1949 in Kankakee, the daughter of Horace J. and Ethelene C. (Lareau) Nourie. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are two daughters, Brandy Lane (Alfonso Gil-Olmos) of Bolingbrook and Brittany Lane (Billy Reiniche) of Cullom; five grandchildren, Rylan Lane, Angel Gil-Lane, Emilio Gil-Lane, Aurelia Gil-Lane, and Brigz Reiniche; three brothers, Alan (Becky) Nourie of Normal, Steven (Sally) Nourie of Danville, and Gregory Nourie of Donovan.

She was a 1967 graduate of Donovan High School and later studied at Illinois State University. Christine enjoyed family get togethers, watching tv, crossword puzzles, going dancing, and bowling. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved spending time and keeping in touch with her friends, grandchildren, and even her grand puppy.

Visitation will be from 11:00-12:00 noon on Friday, January 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Kankakee County Humane Foundation.

Virginia Marie Baker, 74, of Kankakee

 

Virginia Marie Baker, 74, of Kankakee passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare in Watseka. She was born on September 15, 1947 in Dewey, IL. She married Ervin C. Knighten and he preceded her passing in 1993. She later married Michael Baker and he preceded her in passing in 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are her three kids, Jerry Knighten of Taylorville, Karen (Adrian) Serrano of Kankakee, and Charles (Lisa) Knighten of Gilman; five grandchildren, Sarah Arlene, Elviz Munoz, Ismael Munoz, Megan Behrends, and Andrew Knighten; and three great grandchildren, Zachary Lease, Brayden Lease, and Araya Johnson.

Virginia attended First Church of the Nazarene and volunteered at the local food pantry. She worked at the fair and enjoyed attending them. Mrs. Baker loved horses, horseback riding, horse blankets, and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of Virginia at baierfuneralhome.com.

Thomas H. Wessels, 87 of Woodland

Thomas H. Wessels, 87 of Woodland passed away on Thursday January 20, 2022 at Arcadia Care in Clifton. He was born on April 6, 1934 in Watseka the son of Frederick and Theda (Rothfuss) Wessels. Tom married Caroll J. McGary and she preceded him in death on May 23, 2011. Survivors include two daughters- Kimberly Wessels of Clifton and Julie Rushbrook of Watseka and her significant other, Kevin McGill; one grandson- Brandon Wessels of Jacksonville. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers- Frederick and Wesley Wessels, two sisters- Winifred Burrow and Caroline ZumMallen, one son- Bryan Wessels, and one grandson- Quinton Rushbrook.

Tom was a former member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling, watching old western movies, and tinkering in the yard. Tom loved smoking pipes and cigars.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 26, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev. Gary Milton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Cornerstone Church in Woodland or the donor’s choice.

Earl W. Prasse, 91, of Wellington

Earl W. Prasse, 91, of Wellington passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on November 2, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Edward and Ida (Elbrecht) Prasse. He married Marcia Ravens on July 25, 1970 in Wellington.

Surviving are his wife, Marcia Prasse of Wellington; two daughters, Jill (Bradley) Smith of Danville and Jane Roitsch of Norfolk, Virginia; one son, Kyle (Kate) Prasse of Elmhurst; and three grandchildren, Brooke Prasse, Cole Prasse, and Reagan Roitsch.

Earl was proceeded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roy Prasse and Ernst Prasse; and one son, Mark Prasse.

He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville. After he received his degree from Cleveland State University, he held various positions in the human resources field. He served in the United States Army in Korea and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He later moved to Illinois and farmed for thirty years until retirement.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville with Rev. James Yonkers officiating. Visitation will be held one-hour prior at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the noon service. Burial will follow at the Amity Cemetery near Goodwine with graveside military rites by the Hoopeston American Legion Post 384.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Alice M. (Livingston) Huffman, 95, formerly of Potomac, Illinois

Alice M. (Livingston) Huffman, 95, formerly of Potomac, Illinois, passed away peacefully Monday, January 17, 2022, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

She was born December 7, 1926, in the town of Dewey, Illinois to Rev. James H. and Dorvis E. (Loy) Livingston.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale L. Huffman, her daughter, Connie L. Nelson, her parents, six brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her son, Dale L. Huffman, and daughter-in-law, Lynn, of Urbana, Illinois; her daughter, Glenda K. Thompson, and son-in-law, Doug, of Luxemburg, Wisconsin; her son-in-law, David J. Nelson, of Savoy, Illinois; grandson, Zach L. Huffman (Jennifer), of Savoy, Illinois; granddaughter, Jamie L. Ellars (Michael), of Tolono, Illinois; six great-grandchildren, Natalie Ellars, Callie Ellars, Dillon Ellars, Aiden Huffman, Elliot Huffman, Lucas Huffman; two sisters, Mary Myers of El Paso, Texas and Martha Long of Melbourne, Florida; one brother, Phillip (Pat) Livingston of Fithian, Illinois and many beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

On November 4, 1944, Alice married Dale Levi Huffman in Kewanee, Illinois and they spent the next 47 years together in Potomac, Illinois until his death on September 30, 1991.  During those years, Alice was a homemaker, a part-time cook at Potomac Grade School and also worked for 19 years as a Cashier at the grocery store in Potomac.

Alice devoted her entire life to her family and was so very proud of each and every one of them.  She especially loved every minute of time she could spend with her two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She would always say that seeing their beautiful and handsome faces and making memories together was like getting a shot in the arm.  They always made her smile and gave her the will to stay strong and a desire to keep going.

Over the course of her lifetime, one of Alice’s great passions was cooking for family and friends.  She hosted dozens of family dinners and took great pride in setting a beautiful table.  Family members always looked forward to coming to her house and thoroughly enjoyed eating the delicious food she prepared.  Her reputation as an excellent cook and gracious host was known to many far and wide.

Alice loved people and made many friends across the United States.  She touched the lives of so many wherever she went.  She willingly shared everything she had with others and her generosity was well-known to all.  She was a very selfless person, always wanting to do for others rather than herself.

Alice also enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and crocheting.  She took great pride in her work and loved sharing her crochet pieces with family and friends.  She would often reminisce about all those whom she had given them to and the many places across the country where her masterpieces ended up.

Over the years, Alice’s faith kept her strong and carried her through life’s ups and downs.  She always remained happy and positive, lending a helping hand and great support to her family, and graciously shared everything she could.  Her greatest wish in her daily prayer was to spread as much sunshine as she could and to be a blessing to others.  Without a doubt, she truly filled that wish, as anyone would tell you.

A private family service will be held.  Memorials may be made to Hooves of Hope, 7757 US Rt 136, Potomac, Illinois, 61865.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Alice’ life.  Condolence’s may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlutonFuneralHomes.com.

Kameron Wilken, 23, of Danforth

Kameron Reed Wilken, 23, of Danforth, IL, gained his Angel wings on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
Kameron was born on March 27, 1998 to Reed and Shelly Wilken in Kankakee, IL. After Kameron graduated from Iroquois West in 2016, he pursued his lifelong dream of driving a truck over the road. He was born into the life of trucking coming into this world at 10lbs 4oz on the Mid-America Trucking Show weekend. Kameron was an honest, loyal man and a friend known across the country to give the shirt off his back. He was the brightest light that will continue to shine on everyone he knew and loved.

Kameron began his career with Farm Dawg Trucking, Inc. In 2019 he started K. Wilken Trucking, Inc. where he owned and operated his truck. In December 2021, Kameron was granted his own authority.

He enjoyed being on the road, making friends at truck shows, Harleys, shooting pool, golfing, and snowmobiling. He had a natural talent for anything he tried his hand at.

Kameron is preceded in death by his Grandma Carlene Wilken and Great Grandma Mason Buchanan. He is survived by his parents Shelly Wilken and Reed (Kim) Wilken, his sisters Keagon (John) Urban, Karlyn (Gavin) Warmbold, and Kaleigh (Anthony) Valandingham, his grandparents Donald and Jo Wilken, Ron and Ruby Knight, and his girlfriend Allison Cornwell. He was the proud uncle to Ainsley, Chase, and Andrew Urban, Walker Warmbold, and Konnar, Blake, and Rylie Valandingham.

Visitation will be held at Iroquois West High School on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial immediately following in the Danforth Cemetery in Danforth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Kameron Wilken Memorial Fund.

Arrangements made by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

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

M. Susan Dahlquist, 75, of Coloma, Michigan

M. Susan Dahlquist, 75, of Coloma, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on January 15, 2022 at her home.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the noon funeral service. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Memorial donations in Sue's memory may be made to the family.

Sue was born September 11, 1946 in Stockland to Chester and June (Storm) Lyon. She worked at the North Berrien Senior Center for over 20 years in administration, followed by becoming the director in 2014. Sue was a member of the Lioness Club, the Red Hats, and several bridge groups. Over all, a pillar of the community of Coloma. Sue could also be found never missing a sports game for her grandkids, always cheering as loud as she could from the stands.

Sue is survived by her son John (Christina) Dahlquist of Coloma; grandchildren Angelina Reyna, Lillian Dahlquist, Katelyn Dahlquist and John Dahlquist Jr.; one great grandson on the way; sister in law Carol Ball; nieces and nephews Phil (Julie) Jensen, Terry (Jody) Fanning, Dan (Stacy) Piwani and their families, and best friends Sherry Polashak and Susan Tungate.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Alfred Dahlquist, infant daughter Anna Dahlquist, brother John Lyon and grandson Cody Dahlquist.

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

Anna Reutter, 98, of Roanoke formerly of East Lynn

Anna Marie Reutter, 98 of Roanoke and formerly of East Lynn and Gridley passed away on Sunday January 16, 2022 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. She was born on April 7, 1923 in Cissna Park the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Markwalder) Rudin. Anna Marie married William Reutter in Cissna Park on January 23, 1943 and he preceded her in death on January 29, 1990. Survivors include two daughters- Cheryl (Ray) Nardoni of Bismarck and Annette (Kevin) Fischer of Roanoke; one son- Duane (Kay) Reutter of Tolland, CT; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, three sisters, one grandchild, and one great grandchild.

Anna loved her Lord and was a prayer warrior for her family and others continuing to pray for everyone until the night of her death. She loved visiting with others, never met a stranger and was always working at her desk making and sending cards to people. Anna loved working outdoors tending to her garden.
She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Cissna Park, Gridley, and Roanoke throughout her lifetime.

Visitation will be on Thursday January 20, 2022, from 4-7 pm at the Ruestman- Harris Funeral Home in El Paso and from 9 – 9:45 am on Friday prior to the services at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday January 21, 2022 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Gridley with ministers of the church officiating. Graveside services will be held on Friday at 2:00 pm at the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

Please share a memory of Anna Marie at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

Mike Miner, 72, of Watseka

Michael J. Miner, 72 of Watseka passed away on January 9, 2022. He was born on October 22, 1949 in Watseka, an only child of Harold and Jean (Saddler) Miner who both preceded him in death. He was affectionately known as “Mike” by all who loved him. Mike accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age where he attended the Crescent City Methodist Church. He graduated from Watseka Community High School where he was a very popular, articulate, and outgoing student. He attended the University of Illinois and became a successful farmer and businessman. Mike devoted his life to his children, family, farming, and chasing parts. Mike always had a joke or two to tell. Throughout his life Mike made many charitable donations and formerly served as an Iroquois County Deputy Coroner and was a member of the St. Anne Masonic Lodge.

Cherishing his precious memory is his fiancé and life partner, Tamika Pettis (Chloe); three beautiful step children- Da’Shanta Pettis, Khadejah Pettis, and Justin Brock; two handsome step grandsons- Ayden Michael who carries his step grandfather’s name and Royal Brandon along with a host of friends.

Visitation will be on Thursday January 20, 2022 from 11:00 am until the 12 noon funeral service at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Joe Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Body Cemetery near Woodland.

Memorials may be made to St. Anne Masonic Lodge or Crescent City United Methodist Church.

Please share a memory of Mike at www.baierfuneralhome.com.

Kristan S. Pardy, 62 of Watseka

Kristan S. Pardy, 62 of Watseka passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday January 15, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on March 29, 1959 in Watseka the daughter of Ronald and Jean (Grant) Trillet. She married Dale E. Pardy in Watseka on August 11, 1984. Kris is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dale; three daughters- Tina (Cody) Schippert of Woodworth, Tricia (Lincoln) Saak of Watseka, and Tori Pardy of Watseka; grandchildren- Logan, Ezra, and McKenna Saak, and baby Schippert due in August 2022; her mother- Jean Trillet of Watseka; two sisters and one brother- Vicki (Trillet) Norder of Watseka, Steve (Susie) Trillet of Kalamazoo, MI, and Amy (Mike) Thomas of Watseka; as well as three sisters of the heart- Lynn (Joe) Sander of Spokane WA, Pia (Alan) Knight of Folsom, CA, and Shelley (Kevin) Lott of Roseburg, OR. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald and her father and mother in law- Adrian and Vivian Pardy.
Kris created many lifelong friends while working for Uarco, Cigna, Iroquois Federal, and most recently, Edward Jones where she was granted a promotion to Senior Branch Office Administrator. Although Kris was born and lived most of her life in Watseka, she called Roseburg, OR home. Kris lived in Roseburg from 1972-1981 when her father was transferred back to Watseka. Kris would make yearly trips back to her place she called home to reunite with her BFF’s of 50 plus years. Kris was very strong in her faith and always a helping hand to those around in making sure they knew who Jesus Christ was.
Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Friday January 21, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Private funeral services will be held on Saturday.
Please share a memory of Kris at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

 

Thomas Reeder, 73, of Milford

Thomas G. Reeder, 73 of Claytonville passed away on Friday January 14, 2022 at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was born on March 18, 1948 in Watseka the son of James and Esther (Prutsman) Reeder. Tom married Hope Feller in Milford on May 20, 1973 and she survives. In addition to his wife Hope, also surviving are two daughters- Alisha Reeder of Grain Valley, MO and Lacy (Mark) Clifton of Woodland; two grandchildren- Logan and Gavin Clifton; one sister- Marilyn Rutledge of Milford; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tom served in the US Navy from 1967-1971 training at Great Lakes Naval Base and served on the USS Allagash and USS Caloosahatchee. He was a member of the Cissna Park American Legion. Tom enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, and carpentry. He loved watching the Chicago Bears, Lonesome Dove, and taking drives with his family. He worked at Food Machinery in Hoopeston and drove a truck hauling grain for many years.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday January 19, 2022 at Maple Grove Cemetery with Pastor Jim Harkins officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Cissna Park American Legion. A celebration of life will immediately be held after the graveside service at the Milford Christian Fellowship Hall.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Jude Hospital.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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

Lester Arthur Crow, 79, of Milford

Lester Arthur Crow passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was the first born to Arthur and Helen Hawthorne Crow on February 12, 1942.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David. Surviving are two brothers, Richard of Woodland, and Charles (Sharon) of Danville. Nephew, Ricky Crow of Hopkinsville, KY, and nieces Carmine (John) Dwyer of St. Joseph, IL, and Jeanette (John) Conrad of Danville, IN, also survive. Great nephews and nieces include Michael and Josh Crow, Jacob and Caleb Dwyer, and Jenna, LJ, and Jillian Conrad and one great, great nephew, Braxton Crow.

Graduating from Milford schools, he also earned his Eagle Scout award and enjoyed coaching Little League baseball for a few years. After attending Bradley University in Peoria, he served as a medic in the U. S. Army and then farmed for a time with his father north of Milford. He spent most of his career as a mechanic for Crow’s Hybrid Corn Co. Upon his retirement, he operated Lester’s Laundromat in Milford up till the present time.

He was a member of the Forrest Ballard Post #723 of the American Legion and served on the Milford Public Library Board and the Milford Township Board.

Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford with graveside military rites provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of Lester at knappfuneralhomes.com.

James T. Pettigrew, 73, of Martinton

James T. Pettigrew, 73, of Martinton passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at his home. He was born June 2, 1948 in Gideon, MO, whose mother and step father were Jack and Mary Christine (Glozier) Ferdinand. He married Sandra Kujawa and she preceded him in death in 2010 and later his companion, Mary Wood preceded him in passing. He later married Sienna Outsen in Watseka on July 13, 2012 and she survives. Additionally, James was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Jennifer Pettigrew.

Surviving are his wife, Sienna Pettigrew of Martinton; his four children, Jason (Dannielle) Pettigrew of Elgin, Daniel (Jessica) Pettigrew of Wilmington, Amanda (Kyle) Nelson of Herscher, and Jason (Jill) Stirling of Davis, IL; fifteen grandchildren, Mila, Cameron, Kyler, Cole, Aubrey, Paityn, Gavin, Rylan, Ashton, Braedyn, Jaedyn, Zaedyn, Landyn, Gauge, and soon to be – Jayce; one brother, Jerry (Linda) Pettigrew of Romeoville; and one sister, Sharon (Dennis) Bailey of Monee.

James served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a member of the Teamsters Union as well as Middle Fork Forrest Preserve. James enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren. He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anne Cemetery in St. Anne, IL. Graveside military rites will be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW 7450.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the 10:30 funeral service on Saturday at Knapp Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Middle Fork Forest Preserve.

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Evelyn M. Smith, 93, of Watseka

Evelyn M. Smith, 93, of Watseka passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on December 6, 1928 in Watseka, the daughter of Walter L. and Anna (Hankey) Shafer.

Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Wallace of Normal and Carolyn (Tom) Riedel of Rantoul; two sons, Richard L. (Donna) Smith of Watseka and Steven R. (Gena) Smith of St. Augustine, FL; one sister, Catherine (Roy) Feller of Watseka; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and twenty-five great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in passing by her parents and one brother, Warren.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the 1:00 pm funeral service on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

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Frank Wolfe, 88, of Milford

Franklin Edward Wolfe, 88, of Milford passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton in Paxton, IL. He was born on March 10, 1933 in Stockland, the son of James Henry and Mary Lettie (Steadman) Wolfe. He married Mildred L. Martin at the Darrow Church near Sheldon on January 13, 1952.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Wolfe of Milford; two daughters, Nancy (Donald) Walker of Celina, TX and Carole (Wendell) Heeren of Milford; two sons, James (Krista) Wolfe of Watseka and Steve (Elizabeth) Wolfe of Sullivan; seven grandchildren, Courtney Rodges, Briana Miller, Clarissa Walker, Josh Heeren, Jake Heeren, Danielle Walls, Stefanie Wolfe, Justin Wolfe, and Kylee Wolfe; and twelve great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Kenneth Wolfe; and one sister, Elizabeth Datweiler.

Mr. Wolfe was the owner and operator of Wolfe Insurance Agency in Sheldon and farmed in the Milford area. He was a member of Shriners International as well as the American Legion. He was a well-known referee for all sports in the area.

Cremation rites are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A private graveside service will take place at a later date at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

Memorials may be made to the Shiners Children’s Hospital.

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Darlene Louise Beck, 92, of Rockford, IL and formerly of Chebanse

Funeral services for Darlene Louise Beck, 92, of Rockford, IL and formerly of Chebanse, IL will be on Saturday, January 15th at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, IL – Visitation 11-1, Services at 1:30. Reverend Joel Brown will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse. The family requests memorials in Darlene’s name for the Evergreen Cemetery Association. Mrs. Beck went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at her daughter’s home in the care of her loving family.

Darlene was born on July 1, 1929 in Chebanse, IL to Oscar and June Hansen. Upon her death, she was the matriarch, as the oldest living member of her family. Darlene was the second child and oldest daughter, a loving sister to her 10 brothers and sisters – a role she cherished more every year of her life. She married William R Beck on March 18, 1950, and they were married just shy of 63 years at William’s death January 23, 2013. Surviving Darlene are daughter and son-in-law Tami and Dan Rezin of Rockford, IL and two sons and daughter-in laws, Tim and Gayle Beck of Eagle, WI and Bill and Jean Beck of Palmyra, WI. Darlene had grandchildren Phillip (Amanda), William (Emily), Jenae, Callie (Tyler), Rachel (Paul), Betsy, Tim, Garrett (Hannah) and great grandchildren Addison, Hadley, Lily, Brielle, Calvin, Cameron and Sullivan. Also surviving Darlene are siblings Merritt Hansen, Marilyn Yohnka, Carolyn Cox, Bobby Gray (John), Jack Hansen (Martha), Susan Larsen (David), Peggy Mattox (Bill) and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great, great nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Darlene was preceded in death by her brothers Dick and Harry, sister Sandy, sister-in-laws Gwen, Verna, and Sally, brother-in-law John, granddaughter Jessica and several nieces and nephews.

As a high schooler, Darlene worked as a secretary for Dieters hardware store and went on to be a school secretary for several schools in the Chebanse School District. She was the first of her siblings to move out of state when Bill’s job took the family to Wisconsin. After 9 years in Palmyra, WI, Darlene and Bill built a home in Lindenhurst, IL and stayed there until moving to Rockford, IL to be closer to family after Bill became ill. The love of a mother can only be rivaled by that of a grandmother or great-grandmother; Darlene loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her whole heart. Darlene and Bill never missed their grandchildren’s activities or sporting events, and with pride and joy they supported in any way possible. Darlene loved her time with Bill, family and friends spent in Ft Myers, Florida escaping the cold winters. When Bill passed, Darlene continued to live with her daughter’s family and was of immense support, helping take care of the greatgrandchildren that were born into her family. She also enjoyed traveling out of the country for the first time on vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean with Tami and Dan and their family. She so enjoyed and jumped at every opportunity to return to Chebanse and visit her siblings and their families as she loved and was loved by each one of them. Darlene was a lifelong Methodist and enjoyed going to church till Covid prevented it. Darlene’s final residence was a retirement home where she was visited almost daily by her children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and often by siblings, nieces, nephews and friends. She was loved by and a favorite of all her caretakers who helped care for her - often coming after work to visit.
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Steven A. Eastburn, 68, of Urbana and formerly of Watseka

Steven A. Eastburn, 68, of Urbana and formerly of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on December 21, 1953 in Watseka, the son of Lowell and Mary (Miller) Eastburn.

Surviving are two sisters, Laura (Donald) Tipton of Watseka and Diana (Phillip) Walker of Parrish, FL; four nieces, Sarah Babinski, Angela Marcier, Courtney Walker and Whitney Samson; and his girlfriend, Lisa Hensley.

Steve was a self-employed truck driver for many years and was a licensed pilot who enjoyed flying. He was a member of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Historical Society, Monticello Railway Museum, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Spirit of Aviation EAA Chapter 29 in Champaign. Steve was a train enthusiast as well as C & EI collector. He was a very caring person who will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 12:00 noon funeral on Friday January 14, 2022 at Cornerstone Church in Woodland.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Friday at Cornerstone Church with Pastor Jerry Parker officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30pm on Friday at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Watseka Depot or donor’s choice.

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Geraldine Marie Kraft Speares, 87, of Gilman

Geraldine Marie Kraft Speares, 87, of Gilman passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at her son, William’s home. She was born on September 22, 1934 in Gilman, the daughter of Leroy and Margaret (Conrad) Hoover and they preceded her in death. Geraldine married Duane Kraft on June 11, 1955 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2004. In 2008, she married Tom Speares in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Tom Speares of Gulfport, MS; two sons, William (Wendy) Kraft of Gilman and Bob (Julie) Kraft of Gilman; one daughter, Rhonda (Doug) Sager of Charleston; one sister, Shirley Dupuis of Gibson City; twelve grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

Cremation rites have been accorded by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and services will be held at a later date.

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Sheryl L. Cox, 62 of Watseka

Sheryl L. Cox, 62 of Watseka passed away on January 7, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on May 29, 1959 in Aberdeen, SD a daughter of Henry and Evonne (Kiesz) Hopfinger. Sheryl married Steven J. Cox in Aberdeen, SD on March 29, 1985 and he survives. Also surviving are six children- Joshua (Michelle) Cox of Bloomington, IL, Jennifer (Lawson) Plummer of San Antonio, TX, Jill Saenz of San Antonio, TX, Karissa (Jordan) Schoon of Watseka, Kayla (Zachary) Nichoalds of Crescent City, and Kurtis (Kelsey) Cox of Lewistown, MT; mother- Evonne Hopfinger of Aberdeen, SD; two sisters- Vicki (Lloyd) Jerde of Aberdeen, SD, Lori Coy of Oakland, NE; one brother-David Hopfinger of Aberdeen, SD; eleven grandchildren- Lydia Klaus, Charlotte, Maverick and Myla Cox; Kaiden, Klaus, Killian, Keanu, Blake and Bristol Schoon; Osena Nichoalds. She was preceded in death by her father- Henry Hopfinger and brother-in-law- Albert Coy.

Sheryl was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. She worked as a graphic artist and enjoyed fishing, camping, puzzles and bicycling. She was happiest while spending time with her family. The most fulfilling moments were spent with her grandchildren. Sheryl's life would seem too short to many, but those of us who were blessed to be touched by her understand that her existence and the imprint she left on our hearts exceeds the quantity of time that she stayed here.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 12:00 noon at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Rev. Alex McNally officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gene L. Morgan, 94, of Sheldon

Gene L. Morgan, 94, of Sheldon passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on December 24, 1927 in rural Sheldon, the son of Leslie and Esther (Conley) Morgan. He married Deloris Meadows in Brook, IN on April 12, 1953.

Surviving are his wife, Deloris Morgan of Sheldon; one daughter, Gloria (Donald) Jording of Buckley; and one granddaughter, Amalia Jording of Jackson, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Vern Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was a lifelong farmer in the Iroquois County area. He was a member of the Darrow Christian Church. Gene served in the United States Army during The Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Sheldon Masonic Lodge, Illinois Farm Bureau where he served on the executive board, and a seventy-year member of the Watseka American Legion Post 23. Gene enjoyed coffee with The Boys at Iroquois and feeding the birds and squirrels. He was blessed to have been able to take The Honor Flight to Washington DC.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Aaron Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow at Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon. Graveside military rites will be provided by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW 7450.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 1:00 pm funeral on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Sheldon EMS, or Watseka American Legion Post 23 Honor Guard.

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Sheryl Johnson, 71, of St. Anne

Sheryl Johnson, 71, of St. Anne passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on September 18, 1950 in Watseka, the daughter of Leo and Jean (Harling) Boudreau. She married Michael Johnson in Ashkum on August 28, 1971.

Surviving are her husband, Michael Johnson of St. Anne; three children, Chris Johnson of St. Anne, Kelly (Brian) Johnson-Hiatt of Kankakee, and Matthew (Keri) Johnson of Bourbonnais; seven grandchildren, Morgan and Molly Johnson, Landon and Lauren Johnson, Emma, Bella, and Maggie Hiatt; and one great grandchild, Khaliope Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John and Donald Boudreau.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bradley where she was on the Ladies Guild, church book club, and was a past Sunday School Teacher. She belonged to the Bradley Book Club and enjoyed quilting, sewing, and knitting. She was a loving Wife and Mother and a wonderful “Mia” to her grandkids.

Funeral services will at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bradley. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at Clifton Cemetery in Clifton.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton as well as one hour prior to the church service at church from 10:00-11:00.

Memorials may be made to St. Baldricks or Mattea’s Joy.

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Harry J. Welsh, 86 of Watseka

Harry J. Welsh, 86, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on March 24, 1935 in Steubenville, OH, the son of Harry A. and Marion N. (Rawlins) Welsh. He married Joanne Ogilvie in Euclid, OH on December 10, 1955.

Surviving are his wife, Joanne Welsh of Watseka; two sons, James (Noberly) Welsh of Kissimmee, FL and David (Kerstin) Welsh of St. Cloud, FL; two daughters, Lori Allen (Jeff Sheurman) of Quincy, IL and Joanne Welsh Evans (Jeff Raithel) of East Peoria, IL; step mother, Dulce M. Welsh of West Palm Beach, FL; two step sisters, Alina Alonza of West Palm Beach, FL and Barbara (Dave) Floering of West Palm Beach, FL; daughter in law, Lori DeBlauw of Arlington Heights, IL; sister in law, Diane (Jim) Kemp of Bermuda Dunes, CA; seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Mr. Welsh was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Welsh; one grandson, Joey Taylor; step father, George Sikorski; father in law, David Ogilvie; and sister in law, Maryann Ogilvie.

Harry retired from UARCO in 1990 and later worked as a greeter at Wal Mart where he enjoyed his conversations with the customers. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and going to the beach. He was a member of Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Watseka Elks Lodge 1791.

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

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

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Carolyn A. Thornburg, 74, of Watseka

Carolyn A. Thornburg, 74, of Watseka passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at her home. She was born on November 4, 1947 in Watseka, a daughter of William L. and Barbara (Hurt) Thornburg. Carolyn married Victoria Goller in Watseka on October 21, 2014 and she survives. Carolyn is also survived by two sisters, Bonnie Thornburg of Watseka and Donna (Greg) Crouch of Milford; two nieces, Darci Thordarson and Danielle (Ross) Huntley; one nephew, Dustin McCullough; three grand nieces; and two grand nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Howard Hillary; one brother, Robert Thornburg; and one half sister, Sarah Stimpson.

Carolyn was a Third Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy. She was a medical technologist for thirty years at the Danville VA. Carolyn worked as an insurance accounting associate in Dallas, Texas for twenty years. She was a member of the Women’s Bowling Association. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Carolyn enjoyed playing computer games and playing cards with her family and friends.

A Memorial Service for Carolyn will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Roy Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held one-hour prior beginning at 1:00 p.m. also at the Baier Funeral Home. Military rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County V.F.W. Post #7450.

Memorials may be given to the American Kidney Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Daniel R. Adams, 76, of Watseka

 

Daniel R. Adams, 76, of Watseka passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at his home. He was born on August 24, 1945 in Watseka, the son of Robert and Carroll (Webster) Adams. He married Marcia Marcier at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka on February 28, 1965. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Surviving are his wife, Marcia Adams of Watseka; one daughter, Luci (Randy) DeFauw of Wood River, IL; two sons, Daniel R. Adams II of Watseka and Alex (Jessica) Adams of Donovan; five grandchildren, Jacob DeFauw, Dylan (Mercedez) DeFauw, Adrienne Adams (Tristan Thompsen), Hunter Adams, and Sawyer Adams; and two great grandchildren, Jackson and Carter.

Dan was proud in the fact that he worked on the corner of 5th and Walnut for over 40 years at several service stations. He was especially grateful for his time at Pence’s and enjoyed greeting and meeting many people over the years. He served on the Watseka Fire Department from July 1964 until April 2001 and was Fire Chief from 1993-2001. Mr. Adams enjoyed fishing in Canada, hunting at The Timber, and was very proud that he was able to take each of his grandchildren to Canada over the years. He loved spending time with his family and entertaining his friends and customers up town.

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

A memorial service will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. A memorial visitation will be from 1:00 until the 3:00 pm service.
Memorials may be made to the Family’s Wishes.

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Phyllis I. Keller, 86, of Sheldon

Phyllis I. Keller, 86, of Sheldon passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Heritage Woods in Watseka. She was born on February 15, 1935 in Logansport, IN, the daughter of W.A. and Evelyn (Peck) Davidson. She married Clarence A. Keller in Kentland, IN on September 5, 1953 and he preceded her in death on March 19, 2007.

Surviving are two daughters, Jill Keller of California and Penny (Gary) Carter of Sycamore, IL; two sons, Scott (Alison) Keller of California and Guy (Gisele) Keller of California; two brothers, Jack Davidson of Highland, IN and Jerry (Rory) Davidson of Crown Point, IN; and five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence; and one sister in law, Patricia Davidson.

Phyllis was an entrepreneur of sorts and wore many hats. Over the years, she ran a diner, was a Scout Leader, served on the Sheldon Village Board, and was a florist her whole life. She helped her husband in several business ventures and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the entire staff at Heritage Woods in Watseka for their great care of Phyllis.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Brent Zastrow will officiate. Burial will follow in Sheldon Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 pm on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sheldon Fire Dept. and EMS Services.

Rita Baker, 87, of Chebanse

Rita Baker, 87, of Chebanse passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born September 22, 1934 in Chebanse, the daughter of Albert and Clara (Meyer) Nordmeyer.

Rita married Donald Baker on June 5, 1954 in Chebanse. Don and Rita enjoyed 67 years of marriage and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Cathy (Michael) Schlesinger of Riverwoods and Carol (Edward) Hansen of Palatine; two sons, Mark Baker of Jacksonville, FL and Steven Baker of Chebanse; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Bridget) Schlesinger of Glenview, Lauren Schlesinger of Downers Grove, Rebecca Schlesinger of Champaign, Matthew Hansen of Chicago and Ryan Hansen of Palatine; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Adeline Schlesinger; one sister-in-law, Sandy Nordmeyer of Bourbonnais; one brother-in-law, Gerald Baker of Manteno; and many nieces and nephews. Rita had a special fondness for each of her many nieces and nephews. Most think they were her favorite.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Lester, Louis, Raynold, Wilbert and Durl; four sisters, Irene, Ruth, Irma and Delma; and one daughter-in-law, Charlotte Blackwood-Baker.

Mrs. Baker was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse, where she was very active in Ladies Aid, PTL and a member of the choir. She graduated from Central High School and was the office manager at Brandt Construction in Chebanse and Kankakee. Rita enjoyed attending church, singing, genealogy, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, and going on walks with Don.

Services will be held at a later date.

Ida L. Rascher, 95, of Woodworth

Ida L. Rascher, 95, of Woodworth went to be with her Lord Jesus on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at her residence.

Ida was born on March 13, 1926 in Paulding, OH, the daughter of Alfred and Mattie (Rieches) Dettmering and they preceded her in death. She married Arthur H. Rascher on December 10, 1944 in Buckley and he preceded her in death on May 17, 1970. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Marvin; two sisters, Gladys and Elsie; two daughters, Betty Rascher and Sue Scheiwe; one grandson, Gregory Rascher; and one sister-in-law, Arliss Dettmering.

She is survived by one son-in-law, Paul Scheiwe of Lowell, IN; one daughter, Nancy (David) Drook of Mahomet; four sons, Glen (Lisa) Rascher of Palmyra, Dale (Barbara) Rascher of Tolono, Gary (Louise) Rascher of Onarga, and Steve (Angeline) Rascher of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Kenneth Dettmering of Buckley; one sister-in-law, Ruth Dettmering of Buckley; fourteen grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren and fifteen step-great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and three step-great-great grandchildren.

Ida was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth as well as the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and yardwork. Ida helped her husband on the farm for many years, worked as a clerk at Ben Franklin for eleven years, worked at Wal-Mart for two years, and was involved in the Senior Companion Program for sixteen years.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. Rev. Michael Ruhlig will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Kay Ellen Hoyer, 83 of Watseka

Kay Ellen Hoyer, 83 of Watseka passed away on January 2, 2022 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Kay was born on June 24, 1938 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka to Everette Lincoln and Francis (Taylor) Haste. After graduating from Donovan High School in 1956, she went on to nurses training at Illinois Masonic in Chicago where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1959.

After dating only three months, she married Johnnie Glen Hoyer in September 1959. She kickstarted her 41-year career as a registered nurse at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. The military took her and Johnnie to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where she worked as a nurse in Waynesville’s General Hospital for two years. She became the first emergency room supervisor at IMH and continued to work there for an additional 18 years. Kay finished her nursing legacy at Robert’s Clinic in 2000. Kay was still a nurse as she approached her death wanting to know every clinical detail of what was happening to her.

Surviving Kay are her husband, Johnnie Glen Hoyer of Watseka; one daughter, Deb (Donnie) Denson of Kankakee; grandson, David Denson of Kankakee; one sister, Sheryl Haste of Iroquois; and one brother, Ivan (Gloria) Haste of Donovan. Kay had numerous “adopted grandchildren” that she held close to her heart as well.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Joan Ehrhardt; and her son, David Glen Hoyer.

As a teen, Kay was involved in 4-H for several years and showed cattle at the Iroquois County Fair. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Kay was a 43-year member of the Illinois State Stock Horse Association and participated in the annual 100-Mile Trail Ride. She was choir director, played the piano and organ and sang at the Iroquois Methodist Church for many years. She was the secretary for the Iroquois County Fair draft horse department for 15 years. Kay enjoyed camping, word search puzzles but treasured time with her grandson, David, most of all!

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with the Nurse’s Honor Guard Service at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka with the Rev. Tom McCann officiating. Burial will be in the Morris Chapel Cemetery near Donovan.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, Morris Chapel Cemetery, or the Iroquois Community Center.

Roland L. Folkert, 77 of Cissna Park

Roland L. Folkert, 77 of Cissna Park passed away on Wednesday December 8, 2021 at Advent Health Heart of Florida in Haines City, FL. He was born on October 30, 1944 in Holland, MI, a son of Leonard and Ann (Veldhoff) Folkert. Roland married Loretta C. McCarty in Watseka on December 24, 2003 and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters- Lisa (Randy) Brinks of Holland, MI and Tammy (Jeff) Siegers of Holland, MI; one son- Norman (Amillia) Folkert of Catlin; six step children- Ron (Ida) Chance of Kinmundy, Gary (Michelle) Chance of Bellvue, NE, Brenda (Jim) Harris of Colorado Springs, CO, Barb (Doug) Pool on Onarga, Belinda (Myron) Rust of Buckley, and Chrissy (Jay) Ashline of Onarga; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters- Karen (Dave) Vanderhaar of Holland, MI and Barb (Glen) Mayard of Holland, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents and one step son- David Chance.

Roland enjoyed camping, going to tractor shows, and was a lifetime truck driver.

Visitation will be on Friday January 7, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Graveside services will be on Friday January 7 at 1:30 pm at Del Rey Cemetery in Del Rey.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or donor’s choice.

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Nicholas Ryan Koch, 37, of Chebanse

Nicholas Ryan Koch, 37, of Chebanse passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at AMITA Health St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee.

Nick was born on December 27, 1984 in Kankakee. He married Jenna Felesena on September 19, 2009 in Chebanse and she survives.

Besides his wife, Jenna Koch of Chebanse, he is survived by three children, Jaelyn (10), Kaleb (8), and Landry (5); his mother, Kathy Koch of Chebanse; mother and father in-law, Mark and Karla Felesena of Kankakee; brother-in-law, Tony (Stephanie) Felesena of Bourbonnais and nephew, A.J. and sister-in-law, Kristen (Nate) Warman of Mahomet and two nieces, Kenzie and Tessa; three aunts, Mary (Henry) Hines of Kankakee, Jean (Tom) Altmyer of Ashkum and Kris (Kerry) Glicken of Scottsdale, AZ; three uncles, Rob (Beth) Koch of L'Erable, Ken (Pat) Decker of Cresthill, and Keith (Barb) Decker of Bourbonnais; and countless close cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Norma Koch as well as his wife's grandparents, Ken and Eleanor Decker and Norman Felesena and Evelyn Brown.

Nick graduated from Central High School in 2003 where he was a three-sport athlete. He excelled at football where he was a three-year varsity starter, two-time all-conference, two-time Kankakee All Area, 2002 1st Team IHSFCA All State, Chicago Tribune Special Mention All State, and 2003 Shriners All Star game selection. He took his talents to Aurora University where he was a four-year starter on the offensive line from 2003 - 2006. He then attended Northern Illinois University where he received his Master’s in Sports Medicine.

He first worked at ATI as a physical therapist and became the Athletic Trainer at nearby Momence High School. While there, the rivalry trophy called the Comahawk was formed for the annual week 9 game with the Redskins. As of late, he became the Athletic Trainer for Central where he was loved by all.

He was a friend to everyone and loved his family, especially his wife, Jenna. Nick enjoyed spending time with his children and doing all they loved to do. There was nothing he couldn't do or at least would not try to do. In his spare time, he helped with construction work and was a member of Laborers Local #751.

On Sunday, January 2, 2022, players from Momence and Central will be gathering at the football field at 11:00 a.m. for a balloon release in honor of Nick.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Central High School gymnasium. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Central High School gymnasium. Please enter through the north athletic door for both the visitation and funeral and masks are required per the CDC guidelines while in the school.

Memorials may be made to his children's education fund.

Eunice M. Reiners, 90, of Milford

 

Eunice M. Reiners, 90, of Milford passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Eunice was born on May 28, 1931 in Woodworth, the daughter of George and Louise (Teske) Sorensen and they preceded her in death. She married Arnold F. Reiners on April 24, 1954 in Woodworth and he preceded her in death on February 8, 2007. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Irene Wilken.
She is survived by one son, Roland Reiners of Milford; two daughters, Linda (Morris) Hill of Watseka and Carol (Steve) Diedrich of Genoa City, WI; two granddaughters, Jill (Joseph) Johanningsmeier of Scottsburg, IN and Kaylee (Jeffrey) Beer of Rantoul; four great-grandchildren, Cole Beer, Emmalynn Reiners, Levi Johanningsmeier, and Nicholas Beer; one brother, Kenneth (Mary) Sorensen of Watseka; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Eunice was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer, Faith Circle, and was an assistant janitor at the church. She worked at Western Condenser, Corn Pack, and Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Eunice enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading, and listening to music.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at church.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer. Rev. Steven Jensen will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Schwer.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice, St. John’s Lutheran Church at Schwer, or donor’s choice.

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