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Esme Prather
BEAVERVILLE - Esme Prather, 85, of Beaverville, died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Born Again Apostolic Assembly of Christ Church, Kankakee, where she was a member. The Rev. Mack Burnett will officiate.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Kankakee County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2115, Kankakee, or to the Animal Foundation, Box 304, Bradley.
She was born May 23, 1915, in Chester, England, the daughter of Charles and Florence King.
Her husband, Wayne Prather, whom she married in England, died in March 1986.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Yvonne Prather of Titusville, Pa.; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Roselind Diane and Robert Munro of Idaho Springs, Colo., Aleta Chellino and Angela Ames, both of Kankakee, Patricia and David Broadwater of Parkersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Delphine Radcliffe of Boston, Mass., and Pamela Klarenburg of Cheadle Hulme, England; 22 grandchildren and severl great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Prather was the owner of a pedigree animal kennel in Pennsylvania for several years.
She was a veteran of the Woman Air Force in England.

Carl Austin
PONTIAC - Carl O. Austin, 85, of Pontiac, died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, and from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. services Monday at First Christian Church, Pontiac, where he was a member. The Rev. John Kenerley will officiate.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Emington.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pontiac; or United Church of Christ, Emington; or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Austin was born May 23, 1914, in Freeland Park, Ind., the son of Matt S. and Ada Swisher Austin.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lorraine Hole, whom he married Dec. 27, 1939 in Emington; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Dean Romein, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; one son and two daughters-in- law, Roger and Bonnie Austin, Odell, and Margaret Austin, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Maurice and Wilma Austin, Pontiac, and Alvin and Mary Austin, Emington; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Gary Austin; and two step-grandsons.
Mr. Austin attended school in rural Emington and was a graduate of Saunemin High School.
He farmed for more than 50 years in the Emington area until his retirement. He moved to Pontiac in 1991.
He was a member of the Livingston County Farm Bureau, past member of the Emington Grade School and Saunemin Unit 6 School Boards, township clerk for Broughton Township for 22 years and served as a precinct committeeman for the township. He was a director on the Point Mutual Insurance Board for 30 years.

Faye Bell
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Faye Bell, 88, Ocean Springs, Miss., formerly of Watseka, died Friday (Dec. 3), at Sunplex Rehabilitation Center in Ocean Springs.
Arrangements are pending at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.

Kenneth Schultz, Sr.
LODA - Kenneth E. Schultz Sr., 67, of Loda, died Friday (Dec. 3), at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, after a brief illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Ford- Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jerry Haley will officiate.
Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda.
He was born Aug. 3, 1932 in Kankakee, the son of Emile and Lillian B. Gigl Schultz. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lela M. Russell, whom he married Jan. 14, 1952 in Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Jr. and Bev Schultz of Paxton; one sister and brother-in-law, Berniece and Leonard Papineau of Herscher; one sister- in-law, Lorena Schultz, Kankakee; one grandson; and several other relatives.
Mr. Schultz attended Kankakee schools.
He was employed 23 years at General Foods/Gaines Dog Food Plant, and for 20 years at Toll Manufacturing, Paxton, retiring in 1996.
He lived in Buckley several years before moving to Loda.
He enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking.

Franklin Mercer
LIMESTONE Twp. - Franklin L. "Frank" Mercer, 82, of Limestone Twp., died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at his residence.
Cremation rites will be accorded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Dennis Settles will officiate.
Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 9, 1917, in Bradley, the son of Charles and Emma Rose Mercer.
His wife, the former Frances Serve, whom he married in 1936, at St. Rose Church, Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Franklin "Skip" Mercer of Monee; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Roger Norton of Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Eva L. Daniels of Florida; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Vivian Mercer of Bourbonnais; six grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Peter, Lincoln, James, Jerry and Lewis; and two sisters, Viola and Irene.
Mr. Mercer had been a carpenter millwright for Local Union 496.
He was a veteran of the military.

Catherine Sheridan
WILMINGTON - Catherine Sheridan, 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Westmont, died Wednesday (Dec. 1, 1999). 
Private services were held Dec. 3 at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 29, 1909 in Hibbing, Minn., the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Locher. 
She is survived by one grandson, Michael Towner.
Deceased is one son, Michael Towner Sr.

Jesse Gathing Sr.
Jesse (J.C.) Gathing Sr., 76, of Kankakee, died Saturday at Riverside Medical Center. 
Funeral arrangements with Lax Mortuary are pending. Survivors include former Kankakee alderman Jesse Gathing, Jr., his son.

Birdeen Friant
SAUNEMIN - Birdeen M. Friant, 83, of Saunemin, died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Wiliam H. Beswick will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin.
Memorials may be made to the Saunemin Fire Department or to the Saunemin Community Building.
She was born Dec. 30, 1915, in Cabery, the daughter of Melvin B. and Charlotte J. DeMoure Clark.
Her first husband, Rex K. Wright, whom she married Dec. 25, 1942, died Oct. 25, 1952.
Her second husband, W. Howard Magee, whom she married Nov. 1, 1956, died March 1, 1978.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer W. Friant, whom she married March 9, 1979, in Saunemin; one daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Rick Stang of Pontiac; one son and daughter-in- law, Allen and Deborah Wright of Wood Dale; four step-children, Lois and Paul Immke of rural Saunemin, Elmer H. "Sonny" and Sue Friant of Fairbury, Otis and Emogene Friant of Towanda, and Paul and Joan Friant of Stillwater, Minn.; one brother and sister-in-law, Elzie and Louella Clark of Gulfport, Miss.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Wayne and Ralph Clark; and one grandson, Doug Friant.
She was educated in Cullom and Cabery area schools.
Mrs. Friant was a clerk in the U.S. Post Office at Saunemin for many years.
She was a member of the former Saunemin Christian Church and a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Saunemin American Legion Auxiliary.

Joseph Ehlers
THORNTON - Joseph Ehlers, 78, of Thornton, and a brother of area residents, died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital.
Visitation was held Dec. 3 at the Hallinan Funeral Home, Blue Island. A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 4 at St. John Church, Glenwood, where he was a member.
Burial was in St. Benedict Cemetery, Crestwood.
He was born August 15, 1921 in Chicago, the son of William and Elizabeth Blazsek Ehlers.
His wife, the former Lucienne I. Stone, is deceased.
Surviving are four daughters, Linda Ehlers of Palos Hills, Dorina and Robert Maynard of Colorado, Sharon Ehlers of Park Forest, and Lisa Ehlers-Matthias and Mitch Pontow; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathleen of Thornton, Ronald and Mary Lou of Homewood, Randall and Pam of Geneva, Barry and Tammy of Winnetka, and John of Colorado; three sisters, Josephine Alderson of Fla., Lucille Zielinski of Beaverville, and Johanna Blake of Kankakee; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Alfred and Jean of Florida, and Walter of Blue Island; and 18 grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Irene Ehlers and Catherine Luchene; and two brothers, Willard and Miles.
Mr. Ehlers was a longtime Thornton resident.
He was a retired employee of Allis-Chalmbers Corp.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Johns Seniors of Glenwood and Chicago Heights Moose Lodge 828.

Peggy Kociss
GARDNER - Peggy Ann Kociss, 56, of Gardner, died Saturday (Dec. 4, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Julia Baum- Coldwater will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville. Pallbearers will be Larry Phillips, Kevin, Kurt, Kerry and Kyle Kociss, and Julie Crater.
Memorials may be made to the Church of Hope in Gardner, or to the Gardner Fire Department.
She was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Gardner, the daughter of John William and Gladys Irene McGurk Kociss. Her parents are deceased.
Surviving are two sisters, Winonia (Boots) Phillips of Crest Hill, and Linda (Ted) Christensen of Gardner; three brothers, Kenny Joe Kociss, James (Lynne) Kociss, and Gary Kociss, all of Gardner; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, John and Glen Kociss.
Miss Kociss had been employed at the Illinois Valley Workshop in Morris, and at Indicator Lights in Gardner.
She enjoyed homemaking.

Minnie Scheiwe
WATSEKA - Visitation for Minnie H. Scheiwe, 91, of Watseka, will be from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Woodworth, where she was a member. The Rev. Terry Strom will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Mrs. Scheiwe died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at Prairie View Nursing Home, Danforth. 
She was born April 8, 1908 in Flanagan, the daughter of Theodore and Anna Mueller Janssen.
Her husband, Harry A. Scheiwe, whom she married April 8, 1928, in Woodworth, died in October of 1967.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Irma Scheiwe, Crescent City, and Paul and Sue Scheiwe, Lowell, Ind.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bernice and Edgar Peters, Paxton, and Norma and Gene Brott, Seward, Neb.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
She was a volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for 10 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of her church and the LWMJ.
Mrs. Scheiwe enjoyed quilting, baking, gardening and flowers.

Helen Glass
MOMENCE - Helen Doreen Glass, 77, of Momence, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Riverside Hospital.
Cremation rites were accorded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Memorials may be made to any Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Burial of cremains will be Wednesday in Dutch Ridge Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born April 17, 1921 in Applegate the daughter of Jasper and Laura Belle Smith Magner.
Her former husband, Orville Glass, whom she married in 1939, died Jan. 30, 1992 in Wells County, Ind.
Mrs. Glass opened and managed So-Fro Fabrics at Meadowview Shopping Center. She was also employed for seven years by Cameron Publishing, Ft. Wayne.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert D. and Connie Glass of Buncombe, Ill. and Richard D. Glass of Bradley; five daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Chase of Napa, Calif., Judith Lang of York Beach, Maine, Brenda Massengill of Kankakee, Vicky D. and Marty Bartus of Liverpool, N.Y. and Terry and Robert Josch of Michigan City, Ind.; one sister, Vivian Hopkins of Temple, Texas; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, James D. Glass; two grandsons, Eric Massengill and Jeremy Steinau and three brothers, Darwin Magner, ''Bud'' Magner, ''Dutch'' Magner.
She enjoyed making wooden dolls and other crafts.

Rex Garfield
WATSEKA - Visitation for Rex Taylor Garfield, 83, of Watseka, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. and from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at the First Christian Church, Watseka, where he was a member. Pastor David Bondurant will officiate.
Burial will be at the Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon.
Mr. Garfield died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the Historical Society of Iroquois County.
Garfield owned and operated S&D Plumbing and worked for Roper in Kankakee and Stam Manufacturing, in Watseka. 
He served as a Watseka fireman for 37 years.
He was born Oct. 4, 1914, in Milford, the son of Leroy and Jennie Taylor Garfield.
Surviving are his wife, the former Jannette Hamilton, whom he married April 26, 1941 in Woodland; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Mark Bezdon of Fithian; three grandchildren, Dr. Michelle and Eric Overfelt of Indiana, Mike Matthews of Bismark, Ill. and Kathy Mathews of Fithian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and one son, Roger.
Garfield supported the Homeland Outreach Ministry and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 
He belonged to the Iroquois County historical and genealogy societies, the Watseka American Legion for 50 years, and was a member and past master of the Watseka Lodge 446 and the AF & AM Ancient Accepted Scottish and York Rite, Valley of Danville and Mohammed Temple AAONMS of Peoria.
He enjoyed reading, camping, and was a member of the Iroquois County camping club.

Dornie Davis
Dornie Davis, 81, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Dolores Girard
Dolores Ann Girard, 69, of Bradley, died today (Oct. 5, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hertz- Thoma Chapel, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Pat Rittenhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Bonfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to the family.
She was born June 30, 1929 in Kankakee, the daughter of Ira and Stella Gilbert Burkard.
Her husband, Louis Girard, whom she married Oct. 17, 1970 at Kankakee Court House, died Nov. 10, 1995.
She retired from Amberg File and Index, where she was a bookkeeper.
Mrs. Girard was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Gorganna Rehberg Jr. of Kankakee; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan and Howard Dybedack of Kankakee, Karen Barns of Bourbonnais and Diane and Gorden Campbell of Bradley; one stepson and spouse, Rodney and Robbin Girard of Visalia, Calif.; two stepdaughters and spouses, Dianna and Dave French of Bradley and Karla and Scott Byrne of Bourbonnais; one brother and two sisters- in-law, Wesley and Myrtle Burkard of Bonfield and Mildred Burkard; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband; three sisters, Hazil Harpin, Leora Winn and Vera June Collette; and one brother, Harold Burkard.
She enjoyed reading and gardening.

Duane Hertz
PONTIAC - Duane H. Hertz, 66, of Pontiac, formerly of Odell, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a Rosary at 4 p.m., at Duffy Funeral Home in Pontiac, where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Bailey Clemens.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family or to the donor's choice.
He was born July 21, 1932 in Kankakee, the son of William and Lilas Rice Hertz, who are deceased.
Mr. Hertz worked in maintenance at Coils Inc, Dwight and Odell Grade School. He also drove the Odell school bus.
His wife, the former Pearl Ann Patnaude, whom he married Nov. 18, 1954 in Kankakee, died July 12, 1998.
Surviving are three sons, Daniel of Cornell, James of Odell and Dale of Pontiac; six daughters and three sons-in-law, Diana and Felix Salinas, Pam McCormick and Patricia Hertz, all of Pontiac, Linda Hertz of Fairbury, Sheryl and Gary Umphress of Flanagan and Joann and Steve Nelson of Bardstown, Ky.; two brothers, Gerald of Kankakee and Kenenth of Michigan; one sister, Theresa Penley of Kankakee; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Deceased are one brother and three sisters.

Margaret Brouette
WILMINGTON - Margaret E. Brouette, 79, of Wilmington, formerly of Chicago southside, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at the Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
At her request, cremation rites and private services were conducted at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born May 29, 1919 in Chicago, the daughter of Herbert and Cornelia Van Der Linden Geisler. Her husband, Arthur G. Brouette, is deceased, as well as a brother, Herbert Geisler Jr., two sisters, Cora Long and Myrtle Jensen, and one grandson, Rob.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Shawn Melvin Craig of Coal City; one sister, Dorothy ''Dodie'' Bracey of Hazel Crest; and many nieces and nephews.

Mitchell Bonds
Visitation for Mitchell Todd ''Mitch'' Bonds, 38, of Kankakee was from 11 a.m. today until the 1 p.m. services at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Jay DeMent officiated.
Burial was in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Bonds died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at his home.
He was born Sept. 6, 1960 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Mr. Bonds was a carpenter.
Surviving are his mother, Janice Stevens of Kankakee and father, Cecil Bonds of Johnson City; two sisters and brother-in-law, Terri Bonds of Bradley and Sherri and Tracy Alvey of South Carolina; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Mark Bonds and Eric and Karen Bonds, all of Bradley; his grandmother, Cora Stevens; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Deceased are grandparents, Eldon Allen Stevens and John Henry and Rosie Bonds; an aunt and uncle, Clarence and Willa Harris; a cousin, Robert Allen Harris and a nephew, Jason Brault.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Minnie Bohlman
CRESCENT CITY - Minnie H. Bohlman, 97, of Crescent City, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Wednesday services at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Crescent City, where she was a member. The Rev. Harold Grafe will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Crescent City.
Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Bohlman had been employed for 20 years at Electronics Comp. Corp in Watseka. She was born Jan. 19, 1901 in Flanagan, the daughter of Henry and Louise Schulte Benner.
Her husband, Henry Bohlman, whom she married Jan. 25, 1920 in Schwer, died in September 1995.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Valera Bohlmann of Crescent City; one daughter and son-in-law, Alice and LeRoy Norder of Crescent City; one son-in-law, Walter Hurliman of Cissna Park; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two step great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, three sisters, and one daughter, Marian Hurliman.
She was a member of the Ladies Aid of her church.'

Elnora Wiley
CHEBANSE - Elnora Wiley, 76, of Chebanse, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Darlene Goodknecht
Darlene L. Goodknecht, 84, of Bourbonnais, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais.
Arrangements are pending at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Lucy Brown
ST. ANNE - Lucy Brown, 90, of St. Anne, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Bernice Boehne
WILMINGTON - Bernice A. Boehne, 80, of Wilmington, formerly of Plainfield, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at the Freitag Funeral Home in Wilmington. The Rev. Janet Hunt officiated.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
She was born April 11, 1918 in New Minden, the daughter of William and Mary Horstman Woker. Her parents, one sister and four brothers are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Theodore G. Boehne of Wilmington; two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia Dockery of Braidwood and Becky and Robert Cessna of Mount Carmel; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
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Richard Roeder
DWIGHT - Richard W. Roeder, 76, of Dwight, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Heritage Manor in Dwight.
He was born Dec. 17, 1921 in Dwight, the son of Walter and Lucille Wheeler Roeder. His parents and a sister, Joan Lincoln, are deceased.
He was educated in Dwight schools and employed by the Dwight Post office as a rural route mail carrier.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason Shriner.
Burial will be in Gardner- Braceville Cemetery, Braceville.
Arrangements are by Von Qualen- Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.

Ethel Stankewicz
Ethel M. ''Babe'' Stankewicz, 81, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Northwestern University Hospital emergency room, where was taken after becoming ill at the Chicago Bear's game.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Kankakee, with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Troy Stampley
Troy L. Stampley, 26, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) from injuries sustained in an accident.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.


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