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Robert Popstein

EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. - Robert F. Popstein, 60, of East Cape Girardeau, and Peotone native, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Peotone, the son of Frank and Eileen Popstein.
Mr. Popstein was a forklift operator at Roper Corporation in Bradley for 17 years. He moved to East Cape Girardeau three years ago.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include a son, Steven Dahlstrom of Springfdield; two daughters, Linda Thompson of Kankakee and Connie Schroeder of Joliet; a sister, Elaine Glaze of Bradley; four half-brothers, Toby, Steve, Ralph and Carl Popstein; two half- sisters, Betty Scott and Marie Brozek; a friend, Margaret Dimford of East Cape Girardeau; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A son preceded him in death.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home of Cape Girardeau, Mo., was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Kester

DWIGHT - Margaret ''Maggie'' Joyce Kester died shortly after birth on Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.
Survivors include her parents, Nick and Lisa Grafelman Kester, and two brothers, Derek and Douglas Kester, all of Dwight; grandparents, Howard and Joyce Grafelman of Benson and Helen Koster of Jackson, Mich.; greatgrandparents, Margaret Bechtel of Amityville, Pa., Dale Kester of Bay City, Mich., and Elizabeth Weber of Benson.
His grandfather, Gary Kester is deceased.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight is in charge of arrangements.

Mardell Peters

Mardell E. Peters, 76, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, and from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at the Zion Lutheran Church, Ashkum, where she was a member. The Rev. Paul Uhl will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashkum Township Cemetery.
She was born April 5, 1922 in Clifton, the daughter of Alfred and Gladys Williams Anderson.
Her husband, Clarence Peters, whom she married March 15, 1944 in Logansport, Ind., died in March of 1965.
She was a graduate of Herscher High School.
She had also attended Social Brethren Church in Bourbonnais.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Morton Goddard of Kankakee; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Arthur and Darlene Peters of Lexington, S.C., Edward C. Peters of St. Anne and Michael A. Peters of Kankakee; one sister, Esther Ortman of Bradley; one brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Mardella Anderson of Dellwood, Mo.; three grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; two step-grandchild and two step-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Robert and Harold and one sister, Marie.

Harold Vadeboncoeur

Visitation for Harold E. Vadeboncoeur Sr., 70, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Alan Good will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes or Heart Association.
Mr. Vadeboncoeur died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born July 28, 1928 in St. Anne, the son of Herman and Edna Dumontelle Vadeboncoeur.
Mr. Vadeboncoeur retired from Valspar after 42 years of service and was a member of United Steel Workers of America.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Duffield, whom he married May 1, 1945 in Joliet; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Jr. and Julie Vadeboncoeur of Bradley and Michael and Darra Lynn Vadeboncoeur of Iroquois; two daughters and one son-in-law, Marsha and Greg Faford of Bourbonnais and Mary Pender of Kankakee; and grandchildren, Tim and Kelly Faford, Jason Faford, Michele and Amber Vadeboncoeur, Christopher Pender, Danae, Devin and Matthew Vadeboncoeur.
Deceased are two brothers, Elsworth and Ronald and one son Harold.
He enjoyed the outdoors and reading.
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Danny ''Dan'' Maki

Visitation for Danny ''Dan'' Maki, 33, of Bradley, will be from 11 a.m. Friday until the 1 p.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Interment will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Maki passed away Saturday (Oct. 17, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
He was born Nov. 10, 1964 in Chicago Heights, the son of David and Donna Bugg Maki Sr. His mother resides in Bradley. His father and both grandfathers are deceased.
Also surviving are a daughter, Pamela; a sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Brad Young of Mackinaw; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Rosie Maki Jr. of Davenport, Iowa and Don and Maria Maki of Kempton; maternal grandmother, Amelia Bugg and paternal grandmother, Amelia Raisanen; three nieces; four nephews; and many aunts and uncles.
Mr. Maki enjoyed woodworking, drawing and was an animal lover.
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John Koch

Graveside services for John E. Koch, 79, of Kankakee, were at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at Grand Prairie Cemetery, Bonfield. The Rev. Craig Sweet officiated.
Mr. Koch died Oct. 18, 1998 at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
His father, John N. Koch is deceased. His mother, Esther Schultz Koch, resides in Tallahassee, Fla., with her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Hugh Ingram, sister and brother-in-law of Mr. Koch.

Richard Nietupski

LOCKPORT - Will County board member, Richard Nietupski, 59, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at University of Chicago Hospital after several months battling cancer.
He served on the county board, District 7, representing Homer Township since 1992. He chaired the county land use department.
As a board member, he fought against giant billboards and for a landscape ordinance requiring developers to plant trees in new subdivisions.
Surviving are his wife, Donna; two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan and Brian Niven and Stacy Nietupski; and two brothers, Ronald and Kenneth.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Robert J. Sheey & Sons Funeral Home, Orland Park, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Bernard Church in Lockport.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Britt Fiterman

PEOTONE - Britt Fiterman, 51, of Peotone, died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at Columbia-Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.
She was born Nov. 20, 1946, in Manchester, Conn., the daughter of Cliff and Wilma Bright Bradley.
Surviving are her husband, John Fiterman, of Peotone, whom she married May 23, 1970, in Naples, Fla.; and three brothers, Cliff, Everet, and Dan.
Deceased are her parents.
Mrs. Fiterman was owner of J and B Acres stables of Peotone.

Shirley Pierce

WOODLAND - Visitation for Shirley Pierce, 79, of Woodland, will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the services at 11 a.m. at the Segur- Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Ron Bartlow will officiate.
Burial will be in Body Cemetery, Woodland.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Ms. Pierce died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Magnolia Wood Health Care, Watseka.
She was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Watseka, the daughter of Guy and Effie Lavina Anderson Pierce.
Her husband, Jack J. Hembrey, whom she married Nov. 30, 1968, in Watseka, died April 21, 1976.
Surviving are one niece, Marianne Inselmann of Armington; two nephews, Karl Oelke of Belle Mead, N.J., William Smith of Minier; and many great nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one sister.
She was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church.
Ms. Pierce had been a nurse.

Orville Prather

CLIFTON - Visitation for Orville Prather, 77, of Clifton, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton, where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Dan Doty will officiate.
Burial, with military graveside rites by Post 2131, will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Mr. Prather died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, from a short illness.
He was born May 26, 1921 in Momence, the son of Charlie and Elizabeth Prather.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theater and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Mr. Prather was an assembly line worker for 36 years at A.O. Smith Corporation.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna E. Roberts, whom he married Aug. 16, 1948 in Marion, Ind.; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Jimmie and Jeanette Fate of Clifton, four grandchildren, Juanette (Gary) Hemp of Ashkum, Judy (Richard) Howell of Bourbonnais, Jimmie F. (Mary) Fate of Clifton and Joanne (Dale) Meents of Chebanse; seven great-grandchildren and four great- great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers and three sisters.
He had been a member of the Ashkum and Clifton United Methodist churches.
He was a member of the Clifton and Chebanse Masonic Lodges and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Marie Lewis

ESSEX - Marie L. Lewis, 76, of Essex, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at the Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
A funeral Mass will then be celebrated by the Rev. Steve Bondi at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church, Essex.
Burial will be in North Cemetery, Essex.
She was born July 5, 1922 in Joliet, the daughter of James E. and Mabel Brinley O'Reilly.
She was a former member of the St. Lawrence O'Toole Catholic Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Pat Harris of Shorewood; and one son, Terry Lewis of Essex; two grandchildren; two brothers, James E. O'Reilly of Essex and Donald O'Reilly of Joliet; and many nieces and nephews.
Her son-in-law, John F. Harris and an infant brother are deceased.

Maybelle Landry

Maybelle Landry, 85, of Kankakee, died Monday (Oct. 19,1998) at Manor Care Health Services.
A memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until the 4 p.m. memorial services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Larry Schreffler will officiate.
She was born Sept. 7, 1913 in Monon, Ind., the daughter of Grant and Minnie Johnson Lutes.
Her husband, Gerald L. Landry, whom she married Oct. 1, 1932 in Kankakee, died Oct. 2, 1982. A daughter, Sylvia Coy, died Dec. 15, 1997.
Mrs. Landry was owner and operator of May-Lan Candles for 13 years, retiring in 1983.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary H. Cooper of Thompsonville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Landry was involved in senior citizen programs while residing in Columbus, Ohio in the late 1980s.
She enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques and reading.

Dennis Hannan

MANTENO - Dennis J. Hannan, 52, of Manteno, died suddenly Friday (Oct. 16, 1998) at Hagerstown, Md.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Hannan was plant manager of Meat Packing Co., San Antonia, Texas.
He was born April 27, 1946 in Chicago, the son of Edward J. and Lenore A. O'Brien Hannan.
Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara L. Leutloff, whom he married May 31, 1969 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church; one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Aimee' Hannan of Hagerstown; one daughter, Kimberly Hannan of Manteno; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents, a brother John Hannan, a sister Barbara Hannan and an uncle John Hannan.
He was a 1965 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School and 1969 graduate of Lewis University.
In Texas he was a member of Sertoma Club and Biscuit Bakers Association.
He enjoyed bowling and fishing.

Elvira Haseman

BEECHER - Elvira R. Haseman, 88, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Anchorage Nursing Home in Beecher.
Visitation will be from noon Thursday until the 2 p.m. services at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher. The Rev. David Plant of St. Luke United Church of Christ will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, Beecher.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Church of Christ, Beecher, where she was a member.
She was born Oct. 12, 1910 in Beecher, the daughter of Edward and Emma Bernhard Batterman.
Her husband, Alfred Haseman died on Aug. 11, 1992.
She was a longtime custodian for her church and a member of the St. Luke Women's Guild.
Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Mildred Batterman of Beecher; and nieces and nephews.

Lisa Hoy Kronz

Lisa Kronz, 36, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998), from injuries sustained in an auto accident Oct. 15.
She was born Feb. 21, 1962 in Watseka. Her parents, Norm and Barbara Conrad Dillsworth of Phoenix and George and Barbara Hoy of Grayslake, survive.
Also surviving are her children; three brothers, Gary of Watseka and Jeffery and Ronald, both of Phoenix; one sister, Nancy Raupp of Phoenix; grandmother, Vera Hoy of Onarga; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Conrad and John Hoy, who had resided in Danforth and Onarga, respectively.
Services were today, with burial in Phoenix.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Onarga Christian Church, Onarga.

Michael Bargmann

GILMAN - Michael Bargmann, 41, of Gilman, died suddenly Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Casimir Paleczny

WATSEKA - Casimir J. Paleczny, 71, of Watseka, died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at his home.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Crystal Boone

PEORIA - Crystal Ann Boone, 29, of Peoria, former Bourbonnais softball coach and graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at her home. 
She had previously resided in Kankakee and worked for Osco Drugs for three years.
She was born Oct. 14, 1969 in Galesburg, the daughter of Gary and Iona Wells Boone, who reside in Galesburg.
Also surviving are two brothers, Michael Boone of Texas and Jon Boone of Galesburg; one sister, Ellen Basham of Vacaville, Calif.; and a grandmother, Alda Boone of Galesburg.
She worked as the innovative learning center coordinator at the South Side Mission, Peoria, for one year. At the mission she was also a youth leader, Girl's Club leader, girl's volleyball leader, kitchen volunteer, volunteer tutor and New Promise Center caseworker.
She was a 1986 graduate of Galesburg High School. She attended Carl Sanburg College and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, earning a degree in social work.
She had earned scholarships in softball to both colleges. She was MVP softball player at Carl Sandburg College.
She had coached softball in Galesburg and Bourbonnais and was an umpire for the Galesburg Recreation Division. She holds the Little League girl's record for six home runs in a season.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Galesburg Chapel.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene in Galesburg, where she was a member. She also was a member of that church in Peoria. The Revs. Wayland Stewart and Steven Lester will officiate.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, Galesburg or to South Side Mission in Peoria.

Ernest Humek

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ernest R. Humek Sr., 73, of Fruitland Park, Fla., former Bradley resident, died Wednesday (Oct. 21, 1998).
Mr. Humek was a retired foreman for a packing house.
He was born in Chicago.
Surviving are his wife, Theresa of Fruitland Park; three sons, Ernest Jr. of Midlothian, Joseph Humek of Cicero and Jeffrey of Leesburg, Fla.; two brothers, Tom of Irving, Texas and Mark of Elva, Wis.; one sister, Sylvia Richards of Tucker, Ga.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy.
He was a life member of VFW Post 6502 in Bradley.
Mr. Humek enjoyed clubs, inventions, books, writing and volunteer work notable achievements.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Beyers Funeral Home of Lady Lake, Fla. Services will be celebrated by the Rev. Nicholas O'Brien, at 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Leesburg, Fla.
Burial with full military honors conducted by the Lake County War Veterans Honor Guard, will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Rebecca Wilson

PEOTONE - Rebecca Sue ''Becky'' Wilson, 29, of Peotone, formerly of Yorkville, died Wednesday (Oct. 21, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ivan Truman will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Bristol.
Memorials may be made to the Rebecca Wilson Fund, c/o Harris Bank, 152 N. Lake, Aurora.
Mrs. Wilson was employed as a customer service representative with ''First Alert.'' She was born Aug. 25, 1969 in Ft. Belvoir, Va., the daughter of William and Loretta ''Rita'' Phillips Seward.
Surviving are her husband, Michael Lee Wilson Sr., whom she married Oct. 3, 1986 in Geneva, and four children, Amanda, Stephanie, Michael Jr. and Jessica, all of Peotone; her mother, Rita Rich Davis of Yorkville; one brother and sister-in- law, William and Angela Seward of Canton; five sisters and brothers-in- law, Karen and Mike Tovrea of Vermont, Ill., Laura Jordan of Plano, Andrea and Tim Mitchell of Onalaska, Wis., Sandra and John Chapman of Yorkville and Amy Seward of Phoenix, Ariz.; her paternal grandmother, Maude Seward of Canton, Ga.; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father, paternal grandfather and material grandparents.

Leona Ahern

CAMPUS - Leona F. Ahern, 88, of Campus, died today (Oct. 22, 1998) in Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.

Michael Bargmann

GILMAN - Visitation for Michael Burnell Bargmann, 41, of Gilman, will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman and from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Danforth. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for his children's education or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Bargmann died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, following a sudden illness.
He was born Nov. 6, 1956 in Urbana, the son of C. Burnell and Carol Rademacher Bargmann. He was a 1974 graduate of Gilman High School and was active in all sports.
Since the age of 16 he has worked for PEMCO Service Company of Gilman as an electronic technician, servicing service stations in the Illiana area.
Surviving are his wife, the former Brenda Brault, whom he married April 23, 1977 in Danforth; one daughter, Brandi Kay Bargmann of Normal; two sons, Sean Michael and Nicholas Burnell Bargmann at home in Gilman; His parents, C. Burnell and Carol Bargmann of Gilman; maternal grandmother, Anna Belle Swanfelt of Watseka; two sisters, Candyce Schmid of Gilman and Cynthia Miller of Danforth; two brothers, David Bargmann of Gulf, N.C. and James ''Bo'' Bargmann of Champaign.
Deceased are his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
He attended St. John's Lutehran Church, Danforth.
He enjoyed music and movies and following local and professional sports teams.

Lawrence Eipper

DANFORTH - Lawrence Eipper, 82, of Danforth, died Wednesday (Oct. 21, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Pending arrangements include visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in Danforth Cemetery.

Casimir Paleczny

WATSEKA - Visitation for Casimir J. Paleczny, 71, of Watseka, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Lee Ryan at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Edmund's Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Burial with military graveside rites will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.
Mr. Paleczny died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at his home.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was a member of the Fourth Degree of Knights of Columbus and the American Legion of Watseka.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Air Force as an electrician who wired airfields on the Aleutian Islands.
He was born May 13, 1927 in Chicago, the son of Albert and Anna Pawlak Paleczny.
Mr. Paleczny was an electrician.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores F. Michalak, whom he married Jan. 22, 1949 in Chicago; a daughter, Cynthia Paleczny and her fiance, Gale Breymeyer of Watseka; one brother, William J. Paleczny of Orland Park; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Matt Paul Paleczny.
He enjoyed collecting teddy bears and gardening.

Joseph Gleba

MANTENO - Joseph C. Gleba, 79, of Manteno, died Tuesday (Oct. 20, 1998) at Danville V.A. Hospital, following an extended illness.
There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Private graveside services will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Manteno.
He was born April 12, 1919 in Chicago, the son of Felix and Mary Gretowski Gleba.
Surviving are his wife, the former Myrtle Farris, whom he married May 24, 1941 in Chicago; one son, Joseph L. Gleba of Franksville, Wis.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia Firestone Canning (Patrick) of Stilacoom, Wash., Mary Anne McIntosh of Chicago and Tamara Gleba fo Manteno; sisters, Annie Szyska of Chicago, Nancy Iverson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Margie Ritter of Mercer, Wis.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, James Gleba, three sisters and one brother.
Mr. Gleber retired from St. John's Hospital in Washington, Mo.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Manteno.


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