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Donna Rollins

MOMENCE - Donna Jean Rollins, 63, of Momence, died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1998) at the Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Monday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, followed by services at 4 p.m. Cremation rites will follow with private burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Rollins was born May 1, 1935, at Griffith, Ind., the daughter of Bill and Pauline Simington.
Among survivors are: four sons and one daughter, David Rollins of Manteno, Dale and Evelyn Rollins of Hammond, Ind., Donny and Jean Rollins of Midlothian, and Dwayne Elmer Rollins of Joliet; and Beverly Jewel of Danville; sister, Margaret Hrivnak of Valparaiso, Ind.; brother, Bill Simington of Hammond, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers, and two sisters.
A retired private duty nurse, She belonged to the VFW auxiliary in Chicago Ridge. She liked bingo and arts and crafts.

Charlotte Behrens

MOMENCE - Charlotte Ralston Behrens, 68, of Momence, died Friday (Oct. 30, 1998) at her home in Momence.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cotter Funeral Home in Momence, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. James Ruberg will officiate.
Burial will be in the Lake Village Cemetery, in Lake Village, Ind.
She was born April 16, 1930, in Lake Village, Ind., the daughter of Martin and Wynette Cool Behrens.
Surviving are her husband, Donald Ralston, of Momence; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Sandy Little of Lake Village, Ind. and James and Melissa Little of Hammond, Ind.; a daughter, Lorilei Little of Hammond, Ind.; stepchildren Curt and Patty Ralston of Momence, Lynn Kinney of Momence and Donna Rodrigures of California; brother Adrian Behrens of Allons, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; five step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
She attended the First United Methodist Church in Momence and was a member of the Momence American Legion Auxiliary.

Harry Cribbet

PIPER CITY - Harry Rex Cribbet, 72, of Piper City, died Friday (Oct. 30, 1998) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, and from 10 a.m. Monday until the services at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Piper City, where he was a member. The Rev. Dori Dana Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Findlay, the son of Harry Chester and Eva Velma Starr Cribbet.
His wife, the former Janet Ann Partridge, whom he married March 29, 1947, in Sullivan, died Sept. 12, 1982.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Lynn and Allan Johnson of Charleston, Tana Ann and Jack Johnson of Monticello, Nannette Jo and Robert Reep of Springfield; one brother, Myron E. Cribbet of Garland, Texas; two sisters, Wilba Sisson of Fort Myers, Fla., Mary Newlin of Lake Winnebago, Mo.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Steven; two brothers, Richard and Max; one sister in infancy; and one step-grandson, Matthew Johnson.
Mr. Cribbet was a farmer in the Bethany and Piper City area.
He was a member for over 30 years of the Piper City Lions Club and was a past president of the club.

Ida Paulus

Ida Paulus, 94, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (Oct. 23, 1998) at Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 until the memorial service at 5:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Cremation rites have been accorded with private burial to take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born March 31, 1904 in Clifton.
Surviving are granddaughters, Jeannie Mortell of Chicago, Linda Rivard of Oregon, and Carolyn Anderson of Mississippi; grandsons, John and Larry Paulus, both of Kankakee, Louis and Morris Anderson, both of Elgin; and several great- grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, three brothers, and three sisters.
Ms. Paulus was retired from nursing elderly in their homes.

Gilbert McGill

MCLEANSBORO - Gilbert ''Corky'' McGill, 68, of McLeansboro, father of a Bourbonnais resident, died Thursday (Oct. 29, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Gholson Funeral Home, 500 S. Washington, McLeansboro, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Robert Sefried will officiate.
Burial will be in Hickory Hill Cemetery, Broughton.
He was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Harco, Saline Co., the son of Earl and Iva R. Essary McGill.
His wife, the former Phyllis Page, died in 1992.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Christine McGill of Bourbonnais; one brother, Louis McGill of Harrisburg; step-father-in-law, Paul Hale of McLeansboro; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Randall McGill of Bourbonnais.
Mr. McGill was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army.
He was Protestant by faith.

Clayton Tomany Sr.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Clayton A. Tomany Sr., 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., father of Diamond, Ill., resident, died Sunday (Oct. 25, 1998).
Military services and burial will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
His wife, Grace Tully Tomany, died in 1994.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Catherine and William Wolff of Diamond, Ill., Marguerite Bock of New Lenox, Ill.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Clayton Tomany Jr. of Port Charlotte, William and Linda Tomany of Princeton, Minn.; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Alice Glienke, Blanche Simmons, Arlene and James Farlow; three brothers and sisters- in-law, John and Elaine Tomany, Leonard and Joan Tomany, Willard and Janet Tomany; special friend and nephew, Lloyd Jr. and Joan Tomany; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Deceased are his parents, John S. and Mabel Keithley Tomany; one sister, Grace Tomany; and two brothers, Malvern and Lloyd Tomany Sr.
Mr. Tomany resided in New Lenox for 46 years before moving to Florida.
He was a veteran of World War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, three bronze campaign stars, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Bronze Star Medal.
He was a member of the Harry Anderson VFW Post 9545 in New Lenox.
Mr. Tomany retired from Uniroyal, Inc. and previously was employed at Railway Express Agency, Joliet.

Kenneth Patterson

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. - Kenneth Patterson, 65, of Waynesboro, Tenn., father of a Coal City resident, died Thursday (Oct. 22, 1998) unexpectedly at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn.
He was born Nov. 30, 1933, the son of Henry and Bessie Small Patterson.
His first wife, Marilyn Patterson, is deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Regina Gufford, of Waynesboro, Tenn., whom he married in 1995; two daughters, Adelle Patterson of Florida and LuAnne Patterson of Arizona; two sons, Richard Patterson of Arizona, and Alan Patterson of Coal City; two step-sons, David and Jeffrey Gufford, both of Florida; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Kloock of Huntsville, Ala., Blanche and Robert Cinotto of Coal City; one brother, Robert Patterson of Morris; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents; one sister, Mildred Patterson; and one brother, LaVerne Patterson.
Mr. Patterson was educated in Gardner schools.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Corps.

George Walle

PEORIA - George F. Walle, 89, of Peoria, a native of Piper City, died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1998) at Rosewood Care Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday with a Scripture Service at 7:15 p.m. at the Wright and Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North St., Peoria, and from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the 10 a.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at St. Philomena Catholic Church, by the Rev. Chris Haake.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery in Piper City.
Memorials may be made to St. Philomena School Endowment Fund or to the donor's choice.
He was born Jan. 23, 1909, in Piper City, the son of Jesse J. and Anna H. Bouhl Walle.
Surviving are his wife, the former Leta V. Allen, whom he married June 28, 1943, in Kankakee; and several cousins.
Mr. Walle had worked in the Plant Engineering Department at Caterpillar, Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 1972.
He was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church, the Men's Club of the church, and the Caterpillar Retirees Club.
He was an avid bowler.

Mary Matthias

BEECHER - Mary Matthias, 85, of Beecher, died Friday (Oct. 30, 1998) at Glenshire Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Harvey Nicholson will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Park.
She was born Aug. 1, 1913, in New Buffalo, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Lelah McClain Anderson.
Her first husband, Eric Hillstrom, is deceased.
Her second husband, Harvey Matthias, died in 1996.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Brenda Hillstrom of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Marge and Norm Schmitt of Beecher, Robin Matthias of Peotone; three sisters, Lelah Mangano of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mabel Dionne of S. Chicago Heights, Margaret Thunherst of Crete; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers, Charles, Harry, Bob and Don Anderson; and one sister, Alice Olaf.
Mrs. Matthias had been a Food Service cook.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park.

Richard Hinderer

Richard G. Hinderer, 75, of Kankakee, died Friday (Oct. 30, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
There will be no visitation.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Dan Boone will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
He was born March 27, 1923, in Kankakee, the son of Walter and Ella Rapp Hinderer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Doris Klaiss, whom he married Oct. 10, 1948, in Kankakee; two daughters, Susan Hinderer of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Deborah Zari of Roseville, Calif.; aunt, Florence Hinderer of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and cousins, Paul and Bea Hinderer of Bourbonnais, Rita and Eldon Hertz of Kankakee, Barbara and Gene Wood of Santa Rosa, Calif., Roberta and Bob Austin of Grants Pass, Ore., and Tom and Charlene Hinderer of Austin, Texas.
Mr. Hinderer had worked at Roper, Kankakee, in product engineering, retiring in 1985.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps.
He was a member of the College Church of the Nazarene and the American Legion Post 85.

Robert Hirt

MANTENO - Robert W. Hirt, 79, died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1998) at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.

Harvey Becker

EMINGTON - Visitation for Harvey N. Becker, 86, of rural Emington, will be 4-8 p.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church Hall, Cullom.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Cullom, where he was a member. The Rev. Ed Stone will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the Harris- Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom.
Mr. Becker died Thursday (Oct. 29, 1998) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac.
He was born Oct. 23, 1912, in rural Emington, the son of Nicholas and A. Elizabeth Heppe Becker.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bernice Lucille Landis, whom he married Oct. 5, 1938, in Pontiac; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and JoAnn Becker of rural Emington, Roger and Diana Becker of Kempton; two daughters and sons- in-law, Shirley and Donald Trainor of Cornell, Carol and Dave Tharp of Cullom; two brothers and sisters-in- law, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Mary Becker of Dwight, Harold and Mary Becker of rural Pontiac; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers, John, Raymond and two in infancy; and two sisters, Mae Owens and Marguerite Becker.
Mr. Becker was educated in rural Emington schools.
He was a farmer his entire life.
He was a member of the Livingston County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Moose Lodge at Pontiac.

Linda Gigl

Services for Linda A. Gigl, 60, of Kankakee, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Zion Lutheran Church, Clifton, where she was a member. The Rev. William Callister will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will be in Clifton Cemetery at a later date.
The family requests no flowers.
Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.
Ms. Gigl died Thursday (Oct. 29, 1998) at her residence in Kankakee.
She was born April 2, 1938, in Kankakee, the daughter of Carl and Minnie Thuesen Gigl.
Surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Donna Gigl of Kankakee, Sandra and Larry Nims of Bourbonnais; one brother and sister-in- law, James and Sandra Gigl of Chebanse; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents and grandparents.
Ms. Gigl had been a longtime Human Resource Specialist for Riverside Medical Center and had previously worked at the Kankakee T.B. Association.

James Hollywood

James Lawrence Hollywood, 82, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Nov. 1, 1998) at Provena Our Lady of Victory.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles Wheeler at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for Masses.
Mr. Hollywood was a press operator at Roper for over 30 years, retiring in 1979.
He was born June 1, 1916 in Chatsworth, the son of Lawrence and Lena Mauritzen Hollywood. His wife, the former Mildred Hess, whom he married Feb. 7, 1937 in Kankakee, died Oct. 2, 1977.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, James Thomas and Lee Ann Hollywood of Bourbonnais and Lawrence F. Hollywood of Bradley; 11 grandchildren, Candice and Greg Brenneisen of Bradley, Brett and Mary Hollywood of Champaign, Larry and Dawn Hollywood of Bourbonnais, Scott and Susie Hollywood of Bradley, Mark Hollywood of California and Jamie and Mark Robinson of Bourbonnais; 11 great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Joshua Brenneisen, Keenan, Baileigh and Dylan Hollywood, Andrew, Matthew, Kayleigh and Jordan Hollywood, Zachary Hollywood and Jared Robinson; and nieces and nephews.
A son is also deceased.
Mr. Hollywood enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sports and race cars.
(Pd.)

Robert Hirt

Visitation for Robert W. Hirt, 78, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 4 p.m. at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Pighini, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Unit at the Illinois Veterans Home or for Masses.
Mr. Hirt died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1998) at Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.
Mr. Hirt retired after 35 years as an employee of A.O. Smith Corp. He was a member of the Machinist Local 2509.
He was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Kankakee, the son of William and Agnes Compton Hirt.
His wife, the former Doris Johnson, whom he married Sept. 5, 1947 in St. Louis, Mo., died Feb. 26, 1987.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in China. He was a member of the Bradley American Legion and Kankakee VFW.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolynn and Verne Dumas of Bradley and Nancy and Ed Rodgers of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Lorraine Hirt of Kankakee; five grandchildren, Robert and Ed Dumas of Orlando, Fla., Bill Rodgers of Granite City, and Brian and Shelly Rodgers and Tim Rodgers, all of Bourbonnais; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Lloyd Hirt is also deceased.
He was a member of the Marycrest Cubs Club.
(Pd.)

Catherine Dudek

Catherine T. Dudek, 86, of Kankakee, formerly of Chicago and Clinton Township, Mich., died Saturday (Oct. 31, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Dudek has donated her body to science.
Memorials may be made for Provena Fortin Villa.
She was born April 7, 1912 in Morris, the daughter of Joseph and Anastasia Lisek Smola.
Her first husband, Walter Karnitsky, whom she married Nov. 23, 1939, died July 18, 1974.
Her second husband, Henry Dudek, whom she married Jan. 6, 1979, died April 5, 1984.
Surviving are one daughter, Sister Carol Karnitsky of Bourbonnais; one stepson and step-daughter-in-law, Alan and Daren Dudek of Harrison Township, Mich.; two stepdaughters and step-son-in-law, Bernadine Wandzel of Roseland, Mich., and Beverly and Don Wright of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one brother, Walter Smola of Chicago; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are six sisters and one brother.

Charles Jiskra

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Charles W. Jiskra, 89, of Mountain Home, Ark., Coal City native, died Oct. 21 at the Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home.
Services were at the Kirby-Connor-Boaz Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Home. Private burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner Crippled Children's Hospital.
He was born June 3, 1909 in Coal City, the son of William and Mary Smith Jiskra.
Surviving are his wife, Eva Allen Pomatto Jiskra of Mountain Home; a daughter, June Jiskra of Morris; a niece and nephew; a step-son, Thomas Pomatto of Kenosha, Wis.; a step- daughter, Shirley Burns of Coal City; and four step-grandchildren.
Deceased is his first wife, Bernice Stewart Jiskra; three brothers, Bill, Tony and Emil Jiskra; a sister, Mamie Mulhall; and a nephew.
Mr. Jiskra was a route delivery man for Weber Dairy Company.
He was a member of Eagle Lodge in Morris; the Masonic Lodge and Mohammed Shrine Temple in Peoria; and Eagles 3183 FOE of Mountain Home.

Marilyn Kuhlman

WATSEKA - Marilyn R. Kuhlman, 59, of Watseka, died Sunday (Nov. 1, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Mary Riley

MANHATTAN - Mary K. Riley, 88, of Manhattan, died Saturday (Oct. 21, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Forsythe Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Edward O'Malley at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church in Manhattan, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan.
She was born May 6, 1910 in Manhattan, the daughter of Robert and Anne Gallagher Manning.
Her husband, Thomas Riley Sr. is deceased.
Mrs. Riley was a retired teacher.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas J. and Brenda Riley Jr. of Joliet and Robert J. Riley of Crest Hill; seven daughters and five sons-in-law, Mary Lou Wickham, Madeline and Herschel Bird, Marjorie and Roger Smith, Mildred Flanagan, Maureen and Todd Bennett, all of Manhattan, Marilyn and Gregg Gustafson of Joliet, Myrtle and John Briggs of Gurnee; one sister and brother-in- law, Margaret and Clarence Jorgensen of Manhattan; 35 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two grandsons, Stephen T. Wickham and Timothy J. Riley; two brothers, Daniel J. and Robert E. Manning; and one sister, Eleanor Nemanich.
She was a member of Manhattan American Legion Auxiliary 935, Cantigny VFW Auxiliary 367 of Joliet; the St. Joseph CCW; and Manhattan Senior Citizens Club.

John Pate

WELLINGTON - John Edwin Pate, 73, of Wellington, died Sunday (Nov. 1, 1998) at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home in Hoopeston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Prairie Green Church of Christ, Hoopeston, where he was a member and elder. The Rev. Charles W. Alt will officiate.
Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to his church.
He was born Nov. 15, 1924 in Mitchell, Ind., the son of John and Audrey Flinn Pate.
Surviving are sisters, Rose M. Kent of Watseka and Carol L. (Dale) Livingston and a brother, Alfred E. (Gertrude) Pate, all of Hoopeston; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother and a nephew.
Mr. Pate was employed by Read Pontiac, Buick, Olds, Chevrolet Inc. in Hoopeston and retired in 1985.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He enjoyed church activities and reading.


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