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Judy Taylor, 78, of Brook, IN

Judy Diane Taylor, 78, of Brook, IN passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at George Ade Memorial Health Care in Brook.

Judy was born on April 26, 1943 in Brook, the daughter of Norman and Edna (Montgomery) Smith and they preceded her in death. She married John R. Taylor on June 11, 1960 in Sheldon and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2020. She was also preceded in death by one son, Matthew; and five brothers and sisters, Betty, Don, Atwood, Barbara, and Janet.

She is survived by one son, Roger (Terry) Taylor of Donovan; one daughter, Kendra Taylor of Donovan; five grandchildren; Trevor Page (Stephanie), Ben (Rachel) Taylor, Skyler Page (Deseray), Kelsey (Shane) Heath, and Jessi Page (Levi); two great-grandchildren, Remington and Zyven; two sisters, Connie (Steve) Pluimer of Brook, IN and Jackie (Leland) Shrimplin of Sheldon; and many nieces and nephews.

Judy was Township Trustee in Washington Twp. for many years as well as an Election Judge for many years. She enjoyed reading, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, and helping out on the family farm. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kentland and UMW.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kentland. Pastor Sue Spurlin will officiate. Burial will follow at Morris Chapel Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to Morris Chapel Cemetery in Iroquois or George Ade Memorial Health Care in Brook.

Hubert D. Neal, 102, of Milford

Hubert D. Neal, 102 of Milford passed away on Monday March 28, 2022 in Danville. He was born on December 31, 1919 in Sunnybrook, KY a son of James and Chlous (Bertram) Denton. Hubert married Margie I. Alberson in Sandclift, KY on January 2, 1941 and she preceded him in death on January 4, 2001.

Survivors include two sons- Jerry Neal of Grand Rapids, MI and Joe (Lisa) Neal of Kalamazoo, MI; two daughters- Shirley Neal of Watseka and Virginia Hallock of Milford; two half brothers- David Neal of Monticello, KY and James Neal of Louisville, KY; one half sister- Justine Bertram of Monticello, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Don Hallock; and ten brothers and sisters.
Hubert served in the US Army during WW II in the African Theatre. He was a member of the American Disabled Veterans and worked for Transit Company in Louisville, KY. He was a Walmart greeter for many years in Watseka.

Funeral services will be held on Friday April 1, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert Killion officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral Home. Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Watseka American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Nazarene Church.

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Wylie Roy Flippin, 87, of Hoopeston, IL

Wylie Roy Flippin, 87, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:20 A.M. Friday March 25, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born May 30, 1934, in Electra, TX, the son of Roy H. Flippin and Thelma (Manor) Hallmark.  He married Barbara Padgett on May 17, 1959.  She preceded him in death. 

He is survived by one daughter, Virginia Flippin of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Wylie Flippin Jr. of Clemmons, NC; two granddaughters, Amanda (Markus) Taenzl and Dana (Jason) Broussard; one great-granddaughter, Ryan Renee Broussard; one great-grandson, Colton Jude Broussard; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Jane Flippin; two sisters; and two brothers. 

Wylie worked as a welder at Frank’s Case and Crew in Lafayette, LA.  He enjoyed playing golf, watching golf on television, and was an avid LSU and New Orleans Saints’ Fan.  

Per his wishes, he will be cremated, and no services will be held. 

Memorials may be made in Wylie’s memory to the donor’s choice. 

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Glenn O. Britt Jr. 38, of Kankakee

Glenn O. Britt Jr, 38, of Kankakee passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was born on April 18, 1983 in Watseka, the son of Glenn O. Britt and Denise Camp. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn.

Surviving are his mother, Denise Camp of Kankakee; one daughter, Mackinze (fiancé Zach Silvers) of Terre Haute, IN; one granddaughter, Grace Silvers of Terre Haute, IN; one brother, Daniel (Destini) Britt of Clifton; seven nieces and nephews; and several aunts and uncles.

Glenn enjoyed golfing and spending time with his granddaughter and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will follow at Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Kankakee. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am at the funeral home on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to The Ronald McDonald House.

Please share a memory of Glenn at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Delores I. Marcott, 88, of Sheldon

Delores I. Marcott, 88, of Sheldon, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on November 24, 1933 in Watseka, the daughter of Ernest and Velma (Crouch) Peters and they preceded her in death. She married Robert E. Marcott in Palmyra, Missouri on February 17, 1951 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 1996.

Delores is survived by her six children, Laura Kerr of Sumner, Vicky (Warren) Fisk of Oelwein, Iowa, Nancy (Gary) Luecke of Sheldon, Janice (David) Miller of Sheldon, Daniel (Kristen) Marcott of Sheldon, and Robbie (Lauren) Marcott of Macomb, Michigan; one brother, Larry (Teresa) Peters of Tampa, Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Scott Marcott; and one son-in-law, Jim Kerr.

Delores was a member of the Sheldon Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She loved knitting and playing board games. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Delores was a former chairman of ABRA Human Rights Committee. Delores and her husband were the owners and operators of Sheldon Printing for over 30 years.

Funeral services for Delores will be on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheldon Church of Christ with Dustin Wells officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Body Cemetery near Woodland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sheldon Church of Christ or ABRA.

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

Tim Fortino, 64, of Ashkum

Timothy P. Fortino, 64 of Ashkum passed away on Sunday March 20, 2022 at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. He was born May 3, 1957 in Kankakee a son of Carl and Patricia (O’Connor) Fortino. Tim married Carolyn Kime in L’Erable on November 20, 2021.

Surviving is his loving wife, Carolyn Fortino of Ashkum; one daughter- Anna (Kevin) Johnson of St. Joseph; two grandsons- Kace and Beckett Johnson; mother- Patricia Hertz of Chebanse; two brothers- Terry (Peter) Fortino of Chicago and Tom (Paula) Fortino of Kankakee; one sister- Carla (Dan) Peters of Herscher; two step sisters- Sandra Jarvis of Denver, CO and Connie Bassin of Chicago; one step brother- Richard (Marilyn) Hertz of Carterville; sister in law- Cheryl Lampley of Kankakee; and brother in law- Dale (Pat) Kime of Kankakee. He was preceded in death by his father- Carl Fortino, step father- Glenn Hertz, and one step brother- Ron Hertz.

Tim retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 32 years. He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and boating and was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Tim loved riding his red golf cart and socializing with his neighbors.

Funeral services will be on Saturday March 26, 2022 at 10:00 am at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. Burial will be in Sts. Mary and Josephs Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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Marjorie Emily Kraay 97, of Watseka

Marjorie Emily Kraay 97, of Watseka IL, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday March 19, 2022 at Southgate Nursing home in Metropolis IL where she had been a patient for the past year.

Mrs. Kraay was born August 2nd 1924. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Kuipers who adopted her at birth and provided her with a loving home. She attended grade school in a one room school in Danforth, IL and later graduated from Gilman High School.

She married John O. Kraay in 1942 who preceded her in death May 8th, 2000. They were married for 57 years. Marjorie was a homemaker and farm wife on their family farm north of Danforth until their retirement when they moved to Watseka in 1976 and built their new retirement home.

She had 3 sons, Wesley (deceased), James (Pat) of Hardin Ky, and Paul (Stacy) of Cisne IL; 6 grandchildren, Candace (David) Suprenant, Mike (Shannon) Kraay, Terry (Wendy) Kraay, Rick (Luann) Kraay, Sheila Kraay Minard, Leanne (Bill) Robinson, Chris (DeAnna) Kraay, John Kraay, and Vickie Kraay; 19 great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, her son Wesley, a daughter in-law Shirley, her grandson John, and her granddaughter Vickie Kraay.

Mrs. Kraay enjoyed working in her flower beds, playing euchre and playing her piano and keyboard. Her absolute favorite pastime was visiting, family, friends, neighbors, or complete strangers; it made no difference. She never met a stranger. She was a former member of the Danforth Dutch Reformed Church and a current member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.

Pastor Aaron Uphoff will be conducting graveside services on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL at 11:00 AM. A luncheon at Calvary Lutheran Church will follow the service.

The family requests no donations or memorials.

Grace C. LeRoy, 97, of Clifton

Grace C. LeRoy, 97, of Clifton passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Faith Place in Danforth. She was born on August 1, 1924 in Kankakee, a daughter of Henry and Meta (Siefert) Hadders and they preceded her in death. She married Jack LeRoy Sr. in Kankakee on August 1, 1942 and he preceded her in death in September of 1979.

She is survived by her children, Jack (Janis) LeRoy of Clifton, James LeRoy of Danforth, Janet (Darrell) Denault of Herscher, John (Susan) LeRoy of Chebanse, Patricia (Gene) Glenn of Danforth, Brian (Linda) LeRoy of Kankakee; one sister, Esther Coffman of Dallas, Texas; one brother, David (Carol) Hadders of Tennessee; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Grace was also preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; one son, Jerome LeRoy; and one daughter-in-law, Bridget LeRoy.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton and was active in the church choir. She loved to play Dominos, enjoyed quilting, camping, hiking and listening to Christian music. Most of all, Grace loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton with Rev. Pete Hinrich officiating. Burial will follow in the Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton or Faith Place in Danforth.

Wilfred "Willie" Cook, 85, of Onarga

Wilfred “Willie” Cook, 85, of Onarga passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

He was born on December 4, 1936 in Watseka, the son of Glenn and Bernice (Myers) Cook and they preceded him in death.

He married Beverly J. McMillan on November 4, 1956 in Gilman and she survives in Onarga. Other survivors include two sons, Clifford (Jennifer) Cook and Todd (Katana) Cook, both of Onarga, and one grandson, Cyrus Cook of Onarga.

Willie was a lifelong farmer in the Onarga area, as well as owning his own trucking business. He enjoyed vacationing in Ft. Myers Beach, FL, attending draft horse shows, and watching his grandson show goats.

A public graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Onarga Cemetery. Rev. Robert Blumberg will officiate.

Per Willie’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.

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

Arlene Erma Kollmann, 87, of Bloomington

Arlene Erma Kollmann, 87, of Bloomington, IL died on Monday March 21, 2022 at Luther Oaks. She was born February 21, 1935 in Hammond, Indiana to Melville and Ann (Miller) Storz. She grew up in Blue Island, IL and was a strong- willed child who excelled in school and piano.

After graduating from Blue Island Community High School, Arlene worked as an administrative assistant for the Rock Island Railroad. She enjoyed her daily train ride to the city, working with girlfriends, and shopping on Michigan Avenue.

Arlene met her husband, Marvin Kollmann on June 1955 at a wedding at which Marvin performed. He played accordian in the polka band. They married 2 1/2 years later on November 30, 1957 and went on to have a son, Mark, and identical twin daughters, Linda and Lori. They lived on the family farm in Tinley Park, IL.

In 1964 Marvin and Arlene moved their family to a farm in Watseka, IL, where they lived for 54 years. They were married for 62 years until Marvin passed away on January 28, 2019. They were members of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Arlene moved to Bloomington in March of 2019 and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Normal.

Arlene was a devoted wife and mother, taking care of her children, fixing many meals and chauffeuring her children to their many activities. She was also a devoted grandmother, helping to babysit her grandchildren whenever needed. We will all miss her unwavering love and her sage advice.

Survivors include one son Mark (Jill) of Martinton, IL, two daughters, Linda (Bradley) Baer of El Paso, IL, and Lori (Steve) Woodard of Washington, IL; eight grandchildren, Kristin (Jacob) Jones, Evan (Jessica) Kollmann, Seth (Katlyn) Woodard, Ashley (Bradley) Moritz, Emily (Nick) Zabel, William Woodard, Lucas (Ashley) Wall, and Elyssa Kollmann; one sister Carol Rauch of Vandalia, MI; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am-11:00 am Thursday March 24, 2022 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka with funeral services at 11:00 am. Rev. Jonathan Huehn and Rev. Aaron Uphoff will officiate. Burial will follow at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka or Christ Lutheran Church in Normal.

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

Ronald E. Sheppard, 79, of Chatsworth, Illinois

Ronald E. Sheppard, 79, of Chatsworth, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Ft. Myers, Florida.

A service will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth on Monday march 21, 2022 at 11:00am with Fr. David Sabel officiating. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00pm at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth and an hour before the service on Monday at the church. Burial will follow the service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in rural Chatsworth, Illinois.

Ronald was born June 3, 1942, in Lafayette, Indiana, the son of Eugene and Marcella (Jennett) Sheppard. He married Karen Poling on December 29, 1962, in Hoopeston, Illinois. She survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving are: his children, Christopher Sheppard of Chatsworth, Brian (Joyce) Sheppard of Chatsworth, and Teresa Sheppard of Coral Springs, Florida; his five grandchildren, Sara (Paul) Musial, Rachael (Rick) Sheppard, Jaclyn (Justin) Thomas, Darby Rodgers, and Ken Rodgers; his six great-grandchildren; his three brothers, Steve Sheppard of Hoopeston, Neil (Connie) Sheppard of St. Anne, and Duane (Linda) Sheppard of Hoopeston; his three sisters, Gayle (Pete) Davito of Georgia, Joellyn (Mark) Hamm of Tilton, and Jeannine (Donnie) Arvik of Colfax.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Judy Becker, brother-in-law, Steve Becker, and sister-in-law, Virginia Sheppard.

Ronald graduated from Hoopeston High School. He worked for Ameren CIPS for 41 years. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Chatsworth Fire Dept.. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chatsworth Fire Department or to the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Chatsworth.

This obituary may be read and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com

Dorothy "Dot" Trumble, 60, of Watseka

Dorothy “Dot” Trumble, 60, of Watseka passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on August 2, 1961 in Watseka, the daughter of Raymond and Sarah Ellen (Morgan) Phelps. She married Donald Trumble in Madisonville, KY on June 11, 2001.

Surviving are her husband, Donald Trumble of Watseka; two sons, Brian (Shannon) Gibson of Woodland and Kankakee and Steven (Margaret) Gibson of Watseka; her mother, Sarah Ellen Phelps of Watseka; eleven grandchildren; one sister, Audrey (Jeff) Anderson of Peotone; two half-brothers, Douglas (Kim) Phelps of Hanson, KY and Jimy Phelps of Steger, IL.

She was preceded in death by her father, two sisters, and four brothers.

Dot loved taking pictures, especially of eagles and hummingbirds. She enjoyed her time with all her family and was a devoted and loving wife to her husband, Don. Dot loved the outdoors, riding motorcycles, fishing with Don, and Ford vehicles. She was always there for anyone and never asked for anything back. She will truly be missed.

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

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Private family graveside services will take place at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

Please share a memory of Dot at baierfuneralhome.com.

Patricia A. Geisler Kemarly, 77, of Onarga

Patricia A. Geisler Kemarly, 77, of Onarga was called home by her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 13, 2022. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 25, 1944 in Pontiac, the daughter of George and Elsie (Tilstra) Geisler. She married Donald J. Kemarly on February 4, 1963 in Peterson, VA and he preceded her in death on April 27, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents, George Geisler and Elsie Geisler Kunce.

She is survived by her children, Shirley (Dale) Melton of Derby, KS, Steve (Angel) Kemarly of Gilman and Kevin (Tyler) Kemarly of Valdosta, GA and as Pat would say her “fourth child”, Marva Stauffer of Onarga; one sister, Sharon (Ron) Henrichs of Danforth; one brother, Russell (Marilyn) Geisler of Onarga; two grandchildren, Ashley Motes of Missouri and Megan Kemarly of Gilman; and several nieces and nephews.

Pat served in the United States Army. She worked at Louis Melinds for 12 years. Pat was a member of the Onarga United Methodist Church. She served as the Trustee Chairman, accomplishing the installation of the elevator. She “got” things done. Pat always helped someone in need with nothing in return. She loved Christmas, especially seeing people’s faces when opening their gifts. Pat enjoyed her yard, mowing, weeding, landscaping, and keeping things neat. She enjoyed her porch, watching and talking with people. Pat was a “people” person and was loved by all and everyone has a “Pat story”.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Onarga Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Onarga American Legion Post #551.

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

Please share a memory of Pat at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Anita E. Giertz, 60 of Bourbonnais

Anita E. Giertz, 60 of Bourbonnais passed away on Monday March 14, 2022 at Citadel of Bourbonnais.
She was born on November 5, 1961 in Kankakee a daughter of Herman and Norma (Dau) Giertz.

Survivors include one son, Justin (Ashley) Giertz of Bradley; two grandchildren, Ethan Giertz and Connor Hamilton; one brother, Paul Giertz of Chicago; one sister, Louise Giertz of Glen Carbon along with several cousins. Anita was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Daniel Giertz.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse and was an x-ray technician for many years. Anita enjoyed sewing and cross stitching.

Visitation will be on Thursday March 17, 2022 from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse with funeral services at 11:00 am. Rev. Harvey Nicholson will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Chebanse.

Karen Kay Sutfin, 72, of Watseka, IL

Karen Kay Sutfin, 72, of Watseka, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.


She was born on October 4, 1949 in Robinson, IL, the daughter of Murray and Rowena (Angel) Newlin; they preceded her in death.


She married Joseph Sutfin on June 27, 1970 in Robinson; he survives in Watseka. Other survivors include two daughters, Samantha (Jeff) Petersen of Watseka and Mollie (Mike) Dudgeon of Fairfax, CA; and five grandchildren, Natalie (17) & Cara (14) Petersen and Isla (8), Oliver (6), & Milo (3) Dudgeon.


Karen was a Watseka Unit 9 school teacher for over 20 years, having taught at both Woodland and Glenn Raymond schools. There she touched the lives of countless students, parents and coworkers with her love for learning, warm smile, and embracing spirit. After retirement, she remained involved as a board member of the Academic Foundation, focusing on raising money to further enhance the educational needs of the school district. She was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Watseka where she volunteered an extraordinary amount of hours supporting the food pantry, rummage sale, and other needs of the church and community. Karen was always the first person to help a neighbor or community member in need, offering rides to doctor’s appointments, making food, or mentoring a student. In recent times, she enjoyed her early morning walks with friends and Thursday morning coffee club. Karen was a huge supporter and actively involved in Watseka sporting events, often known to many as the “sports grandma”. You rarely saw Karen without the love of her life, Joe, a couple that was always visible together in the community. One of her greatest joys and accomplishments was being a grandma to her five grandchildren. She was not only a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family, but loved by everyone she ever met. She always spoke positively of others and is remembered by all as one of the kindest, sweetest, and most genuine people they’ve had the joy of meeting.


Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 at The First United Methodist Church in Watseka.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at The First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watseka High School Athletic Boosters or Unit 9 Academic Foundation (https://unit9academicfoundation.org/).

Angela "Angie" Garrelts, 48, of Milford

Angela “Angie” Garrelts, 48, of Milford passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at her home.
She was born on February 11, 1974 in Watseka, the daughter of Thomas R. and Linda J. (Custer) Adwell. She married Chad E. Garrelts on September 25, 1993 in Milford and he survives.

Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Justin Garrelts of Milford; one daughter, Mindy (Dustin) Heavilin of Sibley; one granddaughter, Amara Garrelts of Milford; her parents, Tom and Linda Adwell of Milford; two brothers, Mark Adwell of Milford and Mike Adwell of Milford; and her mother-in-law and father-in law, Leroy and Sherry Garrelts of Milford.

Angie was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford. She enjoyed her dogs, Rambo, Cheech, and Bella and her cat, Black Cat. Angie worked for 27 years in Medical Billing at Iroquois Memorial Home Health, Hospice, and Resident Home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. John Franklin will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to Amara’s College Fund or donor’s choice.

Robert C. Rudisill, 89, of Kentland,

Robert C. Rudisill, 89, of Kentland, IN passed away on March 11, 2022 at George Ade Memorial Care Center in Brook, IN with many thanks to all who cared for him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Essie; his wife, Pat; three brothers and four sisters, Evelyn, Mary, David, Donald, Madge, Carolyn, and Kenneth; and three children, Judy, Rodney, and Brenda.

He is survived by two sons, Craig and Russell (Linda) and two brothers, Homer (Irene) and Harold (Barb).

Bob had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews that he loved very much. He worked as a crane operator for many years. Bob loved hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, and metal detecting. He was an amazing dad, brother, and friend. Bob loved his family and was loved so very much.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.


 

Edward V. Schuldt, 66, of Cissna Park

Edward V. Schuldt, 66, of Cissna Park passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Ed was born on May 31, 1955 at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, the son of Vernon and Verna (Rauch) Schuldt and they preceded him in death. He married Robin Schuler on November 15, 1980 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colfax and she survives.

Besides his wife, Robin Schuldt of Cissna Park, he is survived by one daughter, Stacy Schuldt of Cissna Park; one son, Mark (Kaitlyn) Schuldt of Cissna Park; three grandsons, Gibson, Hudson, and Vaughn; and one sister, Martha (Don Camps) Schuldt of St. Germain, WI.

As a young man, Ed loved spending time of both grandparents’ farms and in his younger years he enjoyed tractor and truck pulling. After graduating high school from Lincoln Way in New Lenox, he attended Joliet Jr. College and then moved to his grandparent’s farm in 1978 to start farming. Robin farmed along side of her husband for forty-one years. Ed loved to farm, spend time at the barn raising cattle, watching his grandsons watch his every move, and his faithful companion, Bella who was with him most of the time. He enjoyed his antique tractors, plow days and tractor drives with his neighbors, and helping his wife at the hardware store in Cissna Park. He served on the Iroquois County Board, was an Elder at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park, as well as was a Claytonville 4-H Leader. He never knew a stranger and would drop what he was doing to help a neighbor.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park. Rev. Michael Ruhlig will officiate. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cissna Park.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at church.

Memorials may be made to Cissna Park Fire Department or Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park.

Kenneth L. Ecker, 86, of Woodworth

Kenneth L. Ecker, 86, of Woodworth passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. He was born on August 5, 1935, in Milford, the son of Leonard and Marie (Duis) Ecker and they preceded him in death. Ken married Patricia Poff in Chebanse on October 12, 1958.

Surviving are his wife, Pat Ecker of Woodworth; five children, Cindy Ecker of Watseka, Virginia Ecker of Cissna Park, Lisa (Mike) Schuldt of Onarga, Doug (Janet) Ecker of Charleston, and Angie Gooding of Bowen; eight grandchildren, Lexie (Dan) Brutlag, Tyler Schuldt, Gracie Ecker, Jack Bennett, Jenna Bennett, Aerielle Ecker, Rian Gooding, and Janessa Gooding; two great grandchildren, Ella Brutlag and Jacob Brutlag.

Ken was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth. As the owner and operator of Woodworth Electric for almost fifty years, Ken was also the onsite electrician for the Iroquois County Fair. In his younger years, Ken was a pitcher for the Woodworth softball team and later played dart ball for the church. He looked forward to going to Wisconsin for their family fishing trips. He enjoyed puzzles and playing cards with his family.

Visitation will be on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and also one hour prior to the service at church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth with Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth, the ARC of Iroquois County, or Family’s Wishes.

Please share a memory of Kenneth at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Brittney Bennett, 33, of Rantoul, formerly of Paxton

Brittney Bennett, 33, of Rantoul, formerly of Paxton, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 12pm until 2pm, at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Paxton.

Dorothy A. Taylor, 64, of Gilman

Dorothy A. Taylor, 64, of Gilman passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at her son’s residence in Gilman. She was born on January 31, 1958 in Neckarsulm, Germany, a daughter of Ilse Peschke and she preceded her in death. She married Kent Taylor in Danforth on July 17, 1976.

Surviving are her husband, Kent Taylor of Gilman; son, Matthew Taylor of Gilman; daughter, Tiffanie (Erik) Eddington of Metamora; son, Joseph Taylor of Gilman; two sisters, Susie (Kole) Hartman of Manteno and Sandra (John) Zalaker of Ludlow; two grandchildren, Tayla and Logan Eddington of Metamora; special niece, Adrienne Macz of Gilman; step mother-in-law, Gaynell Taylor of Bourbonnais; step sister-in-law, Alice Alvey of Bourbonnais; and will be sadly missed by dear friends, Jack and Judi Galloway of Gilman.

Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by her step father, Paul Haskins.

Dorothy was a Teacher’s Assistant for several years at the Iroquois West School District. She also interpreted for deaf children in the Cissna Park School District. She loved to bake cakes and do photography. She was very handy and able to do a wide array of construction projects. Dorothy was very helpful to all who knew her. She enjoyed fishing and taking rides with her husband to spot deer. She especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral services will be on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman with Rev. Mike Fisk officiating. Burial will follow in the Aroma Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Family’s Wishes.

Karen L. Tucker, 77, of Watseka

Karen L. Tucker, 77, of Watseka passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Miller Rehab Center in Kankakee.

Karen was born on April 25, 1944 in Hammond, IN, the daughter of Richard and Dolora (Dionne) Kennedy and they preceded her in death along with one brother, Dale Kennedy, and one sister, Theresa Kathleen Gonzales.

She married Orin F. Tucker on May 15, 1976 in Beaverville and he survives in Watseka. Other survivors include three daughters, Nicole (Brad) Alexander of Decatur, GA, Danielle (Anthony) Lucht of Milford, and Toni (Brandon) Ponton of Martinton; seven grandchildren, Hailey Lucht, Jordin Lucht, Kirstyn Lucht, Carter Ponton, Chloe Ponton, Jackson Alexander, and Bennett Alexander.

Karen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. She enjoyed music, spending time with her friends, family, and her dog, Keekee. She loved to travel, especially going to the beach.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March, 11, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. The funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Iroquois Memorial Park in Watseka.

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

Joyce M. Suska, 85, of Onarga

Joyce Michaline Suska, 85, of Onarga, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

Joyce was born on September 15, 1936 in Chicago, the daughter of Allen John Robison and Irene Sofie Lange, and they preceded her in death along with three older brothers, Richard (Arlene) Robison, Allen (Vivian) Robison, and Ronald (Marie) Robison; one son Mark Patrick Suska; one granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn (Felipe) De La Mora.

Surviving is one son, Michael (Raeline Eiffert) Suska of Onarga; one daughter, Lynn (Kevin) Kodrick of Casey Key FL; four grandchildren, Weston Spoon of Sarasota, FL, Quinton Suska of Sheridan, WY, Matthew Kodrick of Plainfield, IL, Nicholas (Christine) Kodrick of Marco Island, FL; two great grandchildren, Natalia Lynn De La Mora and Felipe Edward De La Mora of Naples, FL; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Joyce married Edward August Suska, Jr. on June 10, 1956 at St. Richard Catholic Church in Chicago and he preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2022.

She wanted to have a family always. Joyce and Ed moved to Tucson, Arizona where sons Mark and Mike were born. Joyce wanted a baby girl and soon after moving back to Illinois near family, daughter Lynn was born in 1960.

Joyce worked tirelessly to create a beautiful home for her family and she had a special knack for interior decorating. She and Ed shared a passion for horses and animals, so they moved to the country and started to build barns and arenas in the Lockport area. The entire family participated in rodeos; Joyce and daughter Lynn were barrel racers while Ed and sons Mark and Mike competed in team roping events. Joyce was invited to visit patients at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago as part of a promotion as a competitor in the World Championship Rodeo held at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. Joyce was a member of the Illinois Girls Rodeo Association where she and the other members met and took photos with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans!

Joyce and Ed traveled much of Europe with Paris being her favorite destination.

Joyce became a master gardener with beautiful landscapes surrounding her homes. She loved roses!

Joyce Suska was a loving mother, a beautiful woman inside and out, with just the right amount of sass to the end and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

A private service for the immediate family will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga with Fr. Michael Powell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to any animal anti-cruelty organization.

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

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Kathleen McKinney, 64, of Milford

Kathleen S. McKinney, 64, of Milford passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at her home. She was born on January 11, 1958 in Watseka, a daughter of John G.W. and Mildred (Schiewe) Brutlag and they preceded her in death. Kathleen married Micheal L. McKinney on August 6, 1983 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Woodworth and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2017.

Surviving are three daughters, Heather Crissey of LaVergne, Tennessee, Cortney McKinney of Milford, and Sabrina McKinney of Milford; two sons, Micheal McKinney Jr. of Watseka and Kaleb McKinney of Milford; one sister, June Harvey of Chicago; three brothers, Dave Brutlag of Bloomington, Dale Brutlag of Chicago, and Joel Brutlag of Minnesota; eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She enjoyed doing crosswords, puzzles, and playing cards.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 11, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Joel Brutlag officiating.

Please share a memory of Kathleen at www.baierfuneralhomes.com.

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Robin Lynn Hankey, 57, of Watseka

Robin Lynn Hankey, 57 of Watseka.

 

A memorial service will be held 10AM Saturday March 5th, 2022 at the Watseka American Legion building in Watseka's Legion Park. 

Marlene "Mama Zac" Sophia Zachgo, 81, of Ashkum

Marlene “Mama Zac” Sophia Zachgo, 81, of Ashkum passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born on February 24, 1940 in Watseka, the daughter of John A. and Helen (Schriefer) Monk and they preceded her in death. Marlene married Ronald C. Zachgo on February 8, 1959 in Gilman.

Surviving is her husband, Ron Zachgo of Ashkum; two daughters, Marcia (Jeff) Glenn of Ashkum and Melissa (Paul) Knight of Clifton; two brothers, Jack (Mary Lou) Monk of New Braunfels, TX and Vic (Debbie) Monk of Gilman; sister-in-law, Sandi Miller of Danforth; special nieces and nephews, Keith (Lindsay) Monk of New Braunfels, TX, Amy (Thurman) Hendrix of Carol Stream, Carey Andrews of Onarga, Chris (Ginny) Monk of Peoria, Mike (Margo) Williams of Danforth and Cathy (Greg) Wahls of Piper City; and several adopted daughters think of her as “Mom”.

Marlene was a very strong in her faith and an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum. She was a member of the Sunshine Club. Marlene was a great neighbor in her community and was truly loved by all young and old. She loved socializing with people at community activities. She enjoyed collecting angels and especially loved her family.

She will be remembered for her smile and her upbeat, optimistic personality and her positivity and enthusiasm. She will also be remembered for her Christmas Eve cookies and cocoa and her ice cream and popsicles for drive by visits. Everyone will miss her singing the birthday song on the phone. She always had a kind word and never knew a stranger. Marlene loved being a farmer’s wife, mom, and a trusting friend. She loved with her whole heart and was loved by all who knew her—the kindest, sweetest friend who always showed love to all. She loved talking on the phone, especially the last couple of years. Marlene is the wife, mom, friend, and Christian that others strive to be. She will be greatly missed by all. She is now our new guardian angel—love, always, and forever—till we meet again.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum at 4:00 p.m. with Don Gillespie officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. The family requests casual attire for her services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family’s wishes.

Larry D. Hixson, 83, of Clifton

Larry D. Hixson, 83, of Clifton passed away on Friday, February 25, 2022 at his home. He was born September 12, 1938 in Watseka, the son of Al L. and Maxine (Gingerich) Hixson and they preceded him in death in addition to his twin brother, Gary Hixson and two sisters, Kay Allen and Ann Foster. He married Donna A. Bunn on December 1, 1962 in Ashkum and she also preceded him in death on February 5, 2015.

He is survived by one son, Kent (Kerry) Hixson of Clifton; two daughters, Kendra (Barry) Mayer of Cedarburg, WI and Karla Hixson of Clifton; five grandchildren, Kristina Hulbert (Tim Schmanske) of Morris, Jarrett Hixson (Chelsea Davis) of Danforth, Nick (Katarina) Czarnecki of Chicago, Kyle (Johanna) Czarnecki of Cedarburg, WI and Daniel Hixson of Clifton; six great-grandchildren, Gabe, Carson, Mason, Rowan, Gannon and Charlotte; one sister-in-law, Lyn Hixson of Kentland, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry graduated from Milford High School in 1956 and went on to earn his pilot’s license from the U of I at the age of 19. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at Clifton Central School District #4 and at CSL Bearing in Bourbonnais.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Uplifted Care in Bourbonnais.

Please share a memory of Larry at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Myra Jane Davis, 87, of Watseka

Myra Jane Davis, 87, of Watseka, passed away Monday, February 28th, 2022. She was born on March 21st, 1934, at her grandparents’ home in Westville, a daughter to Oran S. and Elizabeth J. Hale. Myra married Franklin W. Davis on August 16th, 1953, the ceremony was performed by Rev. Lloyd Davis, at the Potomac Methodist Church and they were blessed with 68 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband Franklin W. Davis of Watseka, IL; two children: Timothy (Karen) Davis of Watseka, IL; and Kathleen (James) Both of Watseka, IL; one daughter in law: Bonnie Davis of Butler, IL; three grandchildren: Christopher (Kailei) Both of Watseka, IL; Tyler Davis serving in the Marine Corps based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA; Katelyn Davis of Watseka, IL; her “doll baby” great grandson Courtland Both of Watseka, IL; sister in laws: Sheryl Hale, Bonnie Spain, and Sarah Davis, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Verlin (Bud) Hale of Billings, MT; sister Martha Myhre, and son Franklin W. Davis Jr. of Butler, IL.

Myra spent her childhood in the Potomac area, graduating as the valedictorian from Potomac High School in 1952. Continuing her education later in life, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Education, with honors, in 1975. She obtained her Masters in Education from Olivet Nazarene University, in 1981. Myra enjoyed teaching elementary school for over 20 years in the Watseka School District. She was always passionate about education and her students, even substitute teaching for several years after her retirement. In her spare time and eventual retirement, she spent many hours reading and conducting research on family history. Myra joined the Mayflower Society after having traced her family roots back to a passenger on the Mayflower. She also traveled to England to explore the origins of her family, an experience she was also able to use in the classroom. Many family history stories have been shared over the years with friends and family. Frank and Myra enjoyed 20 years of fun, warmth, and friends as they spent winters in Ft. Myers, FL. From painting classes to Sunday brunch at the Sunflower Café and the visits from family, they enjoyed every moment of their time in Florida. Myra was an individual of faith and service and was a long-time member of the Watseka First United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 9am until 11am on Friday, March 4th, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. The funeral service will begin at 11am with Rev. Dr. John Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park, Watseka, IL. Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

Robert J. Henrichs, 63, of Onarga

Robert J. Henrichs, 63, of Onarga passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at his home. He was born December 20, 1958 in Kankakee.

He married Pam Lemenager on December 20, 1980 in Buckley and she survives. Also surviving are his mother, Berneda Robb of LaGrange; two daughters, Ashley (Alex) O’Brien of Watseka and Nicole (Ory) Olson of St. Joseph; two sons, Justin (Rebecca) Henrichs of Gilman and Michael R. Henrichs of Onarga; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Clem Robb and grandparents, Lehnard and Edna Henrichs.

Robert was a member of Trinity Church in Watseka. He was the owner and operator of Ag Water Management and was a farmer in the Onarga area.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Trinity Church in Watseka. Pastor Ryan Mustered will officiate.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and 1 hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

Please share a memory of Robert at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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