Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Travis Qualls

Travis De'jon Qualls, 4 months, son of Robin Johnson and Cathiedral Qualls of Kankakee, died Saturday (Nov. 7, 1998) at his home.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee, with the Rev. Leslie Lee officiating.
Burial will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.
Travis was born June 10, 1998 in Kankakee. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Travian Qualls and Travell Lacy, both of Kankakee; maternal grandmother, Kimberly Hines of Kankakee and maternal grandfather, Kelley Thomas of Chicago Heights; paternal grandparents, Carolyn Qualls and Ralph Baker, both of Kankakee; maternal great- grandmother, Sylvia Hines and paternal great-grandmother, Estella Baker, both of Kankakee; great- great-grandmother, Elizabeth Love of Kankakee; maternal grandfather, William Johnson of Crawford, Miss.; two uncles, Richard Williams of Matteson and Carlos Qualls of Kankakee; three aunts, Chiquita Qualls of Irvin, Texas, Renee Johnson of Kankakee and Ruth Davis of Ft. Benning, Ga.; several great-aunts and -uncles and cousins; and two special family friends, Larry Curtis of Kankakee and Lorenzo Bell of Chicago.
Deceased are his great-grandparents, Ruth Maxine Johnson, Suphronia Qualls, and Robert Qualls; a great-great-grandmother, Cleo Conway; and an uncle, Gordon Johnson.

Tommie Brisbon

DETROIT, Mich. - Visitation for Tommie Allice Brisbon, 84, of Detroit, Mich., former resident of Kankakee, will be from 5-8 p.m. today and from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors. The Rev. Nate Richmond will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Feb. 6, 1914 in Round Lake, Miss., the daughter of Will and Alberta Gardner Rose.
Surviving are her husband, Fred Brisbon of Detroit; one sister, Darnellis W. Watson of Kankakee; two stepdaughters; and best friends, Larnell and Douglas Hollis of Michigan.
Mrs. Brisbon had worked at Florence Stove Company in Kankakee for many years and did housekeeping in Detroit.
She was of the Baptist faith.

JoAnn Craven

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - JoAnn Renee Craven, 45, of Peachtree City, Ga., daughter of area resident, died Monday (Nov. 9, 1998) after a long illness.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. today until the 4 p.m. Christian prayer service at the Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Peachtree City. The Rev. Jim Sextone will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee.
She was born Oct. 1, 1953.
Surviving are her husband, Ed Craven of Peachtree City; one daughter, Jessica Craven of Peachtree City; her mother, Bernice Rieck of Bradley; and cousin Elmer Rieck of Kankakee.

Walter Phillips

Walter T. Phillips, 80, of Kankakee, died today (Nov. 10, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, until the 10:30 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee.

Herman Woldhuis

GRANT PARK - Visitation for Herman Woldhuis, 72, a retired farmer of Grant Park, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Hub Chapel, Grant Park, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at the Momence Christian Reformed Church, with Pastor Todd Joling and his son, Pastor Jim Woldhuis, officiating.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
Memorials may be made to Unity Christian School, 920 W. Second St., Momence.
Mr. Woldhuis died suddenly Sunday (Nov. 8, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
He was born Feb. 16, 1926, in South Holland, the son of Cornelius and Catherine Klompien Woldhuis.
Surviving are his wife, the former Grace M. Meuzelaar, whom he married Nov. 9, 1945 in Dolton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dan A. and Janis Woldhuis of Grant Park, Robert and Ilene Woldhuis of Clarksville, Mich., and Rev. Jim and Bev Woldhuis of Duluth, Minn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Jack Hoekstra of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters and one brother-in- law, Joan DeBoer of Lansing and Betty and Jim Van Dyke of Bozeman, Mont.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Faith United Reformed Church in Beecher.

William Fabian

PEOTONE - Visitation for William Anton ''Billy'' Fabian, 25, of Peotone, will be from 3-9 p.m. today at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Fabian died Sunday (Nov. 8, 1998) from injuries sustained in a car accident at the Peotone-Beecher Rd.
Burial will be in the Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Bethman, Mike Breazeale, Brad Jeralds, Tim Manion, John O'Connor, and Todd Wachowski.
He was born June 25, 1973, in Chicago Heights, the son of Robert Alan and Cindy Mitchell Fabian.
Surviving are his parents of Peotone; one sister, Carie Fabian of Peotone; paternal grandfather, Robert Fabian of Mountain Home, Ark.; paternal grandmother, Lois Fabian of Peotone; and maternal grandmother, Imogene Mitchell of Manteno.
Deceased are his maternal grandfather, Howard Mitchell; and paternal great-grandparents, Helen and Anton Fabian.
Mr. Fabian had been a laborer for Calumet Construction of Hammond, Ind.

Francis Dionne

BRADENTON, Fla. - Francis J. Dionne, 74, of Bradenton, Fla., former area resident, died Saturday (Nov. 7, 1998).
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or to the Lung Association.
Covell Cremation and Funeral Center, Bradenton, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dionne had been the Superintendent of the Street and Alley for the city of Watseka.
He was born in Beaverville, the son of Meddie and Amanda Dionne..
Surviving are his wife, Darlene; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Les Mulder of Frankfort, Ky., Penny and Al Denault of Bradenton, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Darlene Dionne of Granville; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ray Hicks of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was affiliated with the Catholic religion.

Roland Hultsch

MANTENO - Visitation for Roland V. Hultsch, 73, of Manteno, will be from 3 p.m. Wednesday until the services at 7 p.m. at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.
Cremains will be buried in Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Hultsch died Monday (Nov. 9, 1998) at his home.
He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Chicago, the son of Moritz and Martha Sodan Hultsch. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth Leubscher, whom he married Sept. 23, 1978, in Wisconsin; one step- son, Walter and Kathy Hultsch of Grant Park; one step-daughter, Carole and Michael Kelly of Chicago; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Five brothers, one sister, and one grandson, William McNicholas are deceased.
He was a member of the Manteno American Legion.
Mr. Hultsch retired from L.W. Meyer in New Berlin, Wis.

Amelia Habing

Amelia T. Habing, 92, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Provena Heritage Village.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service at 4 p.m., at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or to her church.
She was born Sept. 11, 1906 in Effingham, the daughter of William and Mary Goeckner Laux.
Her husband, Fred B. Habing, whom she married May 11, 1932 at St. Francis Church in Teutopolis, died May 11, 1980.
She was named Woman of the Year in 1995 by the CCW of St. Patrick's. She was a member of the CCW Craft Group and a volunteer at the Salvation Army.
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Vera Habing of Wilmington, Patrick and Pam Habing of Milford, Thomas and Sherry Habing of Rockford and Charles and Nancy Habing of Ames, Iowa; one daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Richard Skelly of Kankakee; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Theresa Buettnerkemper of Teutopolis and Rosa and Donald Stone of Kankakee; 19 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
One brother, Clarence Laux; a sister, Kathryn Meyer; and a granddaughter, Sheila Soltysik, are deceased.
She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and crafts.

Robert Riley

JOLIET - Robert T. Riley, 71, of Joliet and relative of Coal City residents, died at his home Friday (Nov. 6, 1998).
Services were at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Fred C. Dames West Chapel in Joliet. The Rev. William Mitschke officiated.
Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Joliet.
Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.
He was born Nov. 4, 1927 in Joliet, the son of John R. and Ruth B. Hunter Riley.
Mr. Riley was president of Cardinal Transport Inc. in Coal City and was previously employed by Roy Cartage Inc.
Surviving are his wife, Norma J. Lubs Riley of Joliet; three sons and four daughters-in-law, Jay H. and Kathy Riley and Rosemary Riley, all of Joliet, Paul D. and Lou Riley of Morton and Tom W. and Joan Riley of Channahon; one daughter and son- in-law, Nancy J. and Tom Juhnke of Joliet; a step-mother, Ardys Riley- Nelson of Coal City; six grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack M. and Kay Riley of Coal City; one sister, Joyce M. Riley of Joliet; one brother-in-law, Dr. Vernon Lubs of Binghamton, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his son, Dale R. Riley, parents and one brother, Alan D. Riley.
He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Ronald Seedorf

Ronald E. Seedorf, 73, longtime resident of the Kankakee area, died Nov. 4, 1998 in San Jose, Calif., where he was currently residing with his son, Robert.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, with services scheduled for Saturday morning.

Walter Phillips

Visitation for Walter T. Phillips, 80, of Kankakee, will be from 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, until the 10:30 a.m. Mass to be celebrated by the Rev. Charles Wheeler at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery in Ashkum.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Phillips died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Mr. Phillips retired after 35 years as a bricklayer with Local 37.
He was born Oct. 27, 1918 in Ashkum, the son of Thomas H. and Mary Ellen Collins Phillips.
His wife, the former Marcella Castonguay, whom he married Nov. 23, 1940 in Watseka, died Dec. 18, 1976.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Ann Phillips of Peoria; and four grandchildren, Kathleen, Mark, Cynthia and Elizabeth.
Deceased are four brothers, Michael, Andrew, George and James; and five sisters, May, Julia, Aletha, Bernadette and Florence.
He had been a member of the Loyal Order of The Moose.

Lynette Simpson

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Lynette ''Lyn'' Simpson, 52, of Pleasanton, Calif., sister of a Kankakee resident, died Monday (Nov. 9, 1998), peacefully in her home with family and friends surrounding her.
She was a 10-year breast cancer survivor and was featured in the Oct. 20, 1998, The Valley Times, as an inspiration to others.
She was born Sept. 6, 1946 in Harvey, the daughter of John O. Jellema and Ada Nellie Price, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Jeff Simpson, whom she married June 8, 1968 in Homewood; a son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Kristina of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Herb Hunn of Kankakee; mom, Aileen Jellema of Tinley Park; a step-brother, Jim Jellema of Chicago; nephew, Jason Hunn; niece, Janelle Hunn; and special friends, Linda and David Mantel and David and Marlene Kinley; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mrs. Simpson graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1971, receiving a degree in communications. Among her many accomplishments, was her work in journalism for many years with The Daily Citizen, in Beaver Dam, Wis., and as corporate development coordinator for Total TV Inc, there. 
In 1981 she and her family moved to Pleasanton where she was co- founder and vice president of Sun Country Cable and later became director of services for the Small Business Cable Association (SCBA). She received numerous awards with the SCBA and the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Lyn's greatest passions in life were her love of family and friends, politics and her unceasing determination to be an inspiration to other breast cancer survivors.
Donations can be made in her name to the University of San Francisco Cancer Research Fund, Box 1297, San Francisco, Calif. 94143, (415) 476-2201.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St., Pleasanton, Calif. 94566, where services will be at 3 p.m. Friday. (Pd.)

Robert Baker

ST. ANNE - Robert B. ''Buck'' Baker, 72, of St. Anne, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clancy-Gernon- Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne, where services will be at 1 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
He was born April 26, 1926 in Roselawn, Ind., the son of Charles and Myrtle Cox Baker. His wife, the former Elsie Cain, whom he married July 15, 1946 in Kankakee, died Feb. 11, 1995.
Mr. Baker retired from Armstrong Corp, where he was a 25-year employee.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1944-46.
Surviving are two sons, Joseph Baker of Bourbonnais and David Baker of Kankakee; six daughters and sons-in-law, Luella and Bryan Ostrow, Lola and Joseph Anderson, Millie and Tony Perkins, Sandra and Kevin Weber and Tammy and Marty Weber, all of St. Anne, and Brenda and Eddie Jones of Bourbonnais; one brother, Donald Baker of Lake Village; 26 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Robert; daughter, Patricia; brother, Wallace; and sister, Ruby.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a Bulls fan.

Charles Bottom

LACEY, Wash. - Charles William Bottom, 84, of Lacey, Wash. for 13 years, with relatives in the area, died Oct. 14, 1998 of heart failure.
He was born Aug. 5, 1914 in Seneca, Ill., the son of Fredrick and Iva Roth Bottom. He was a graduate of Marsailles High School, Marsailles.
Surviving are his wife, the former Esther Anderson, whom he married Feb. 18, 1950 in Cheyenne, Wyo.; nieces and nephews in Bonfield, Peotone and other relatives and friends in the Kankakee area. Many will remember him flying his Beachcraft Bonanza airplane.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Mr. Bottom was a tool and die machinist, employed by the Atomic Energy Commission.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacy, Wash.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Church in Tracy, Minn.
He was a life member of Elks in Los Almos, N.M., Lodge E2083, National Rifle Association, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

Howard Hodge

AURORA - Howard L. Hodge, 82, of Aurora, formerly of Manteno, died todya (Nov. 11, 1998) at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno.

Frances Spiewak

CHEBANSE - Frances ''Fran'' Spiewak, 75, of Chebanse, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at the home of her daughter in Monee, following a lengthy illness.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Andrew Anderson

JOLIET - Andrew ''Jack'' Anderson, 79, of Joliet for the past 20 years, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Mark Jendrysik will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family for a charity of their choice.
He was born Jan. 3, 1919 in Coal City, the son of David and Agnes Lawler Anderson. He was a 1938 graduate of Coal City High School.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.
Mr. Anderson was employed for 32 years in car sales, working at many area car dealerships, retiring from Jim Smith Chevy Olds in 1984.
Surviving are his wife, the former Andree Enger, whom he married Nov. 13, 1973 in Wheaton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jackie Anderson of Morris and Judy and Edward Gilberton of Largo, Fla.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard and Terri Anderson and Robert Anderson, all of Joliet; three step- children, Nancy Hodgen of Dwight, and Greg (Kim) Hodgen and Sherry Hodgen, all of Coal City; 25 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters-in-law, James and Marge Anderson of Carbon Hill and Norma Anderson of Coal City; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Audrey and Basil Anderson and one sister, Arlene Ryan.
Mr. Anderson was a member of Stone City VFW and a charter member of Coal Valley Old Timers Baseball Club, serving as president for 16 years.

Bernadine Bunton

BRAIDWOOD - Bernadine Mary Bunton, 72, of Braidwood, died Monday (Nov. 9, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
At her request, her remains were donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for the purposes of medical education and research.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood, was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 21, 1926 in Streator, the daughter of George and Mary Yedinak Yarusinsky.
Surviving are her mother, Mary Karsnashan of Streator; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Lloyd Runyon of Wing; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Janel Burger of Pleasant Hill, Tenn., and James and Linda Burger of Trenton, N.J.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her father, one daughter, Sharon Burger, and two sisters, Lucille Metzke and Deloris Walsh.
She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed reading.

James Keener

James Keener, 55, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
Arrangements are pending at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.

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