Visitation for James Keener, 55, of Kankakee, will be from 3-8 p.m.
today at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 10
a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kathy Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Keener died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Covenant Medical Center
He was born June 12, 1943 in Birch River, W.V., the son of William
Thomas and Ora Katherine Neff Keener. His parents and one sister, Violet
Keener are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Turner, whom he married Oct.
24, 1964 at Asbury United Methodist Church; one son and daughter-in-law,
James and Kathleen Keener of Bourbonnais; two daughters, Deborah Clayton
and Susan Keener, both of Kankakee and Susan's fiance' Eric Berg of Justice;
three sisters and one brother-in-law, Madeline and Harold Rock of Fayetteville,
N.C., Maxine Friend of Glenville, W.V. and Ruth Jean Rodgers of Huntington,
W.V.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Bette Keener of Gulfport,
Miss. and William and Gloria Keener of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two grandchildren,
Ryan James Keener and Aimee Marie Clayton; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Keener was employed for 23 years at Valspar Chemical Corp. He also
worked as a truck driver for Rudolf Express.
He served in the Army from 1961- 64 and was a member of the Kankakee
He was a past volunteer fireman for Otto Township.
He enjoyed reading, gardening and working on classic automobiles.
JOLIET - Theresa F. Slaboszewski, 99, of Joliet, relative of a Coal
City resident, died Friday (Nov. 6, 1998) at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at St. Paul the Apostle
Catholic Church, Joliet, where she was a member.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville.
Memorials may be made to her church or to Sunny Hill Nursing Home.
Fred C. Dames West Chapel, Joliet, was in charge of arrangements.
The former Theresa Nicklewski, she was born in Lemont and a longtime
Joliet area resident.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Leona ''Lee'' and Ray
Davidson of Crest Hill and Joan ''Sunny'' and Bob Hobbs of Shorewood; two
sons and three daughters- in-law, Val ''Bud'' Slaboszewski of Shorewood
and Len and Carol Slaboszewski of Joliet, Thelma Slaboszewski of Rockdale
and Laura Burke of Coal City; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren;
9 great- great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her husband, Frank, who died in 1965; three sons, Laverne
at birth, Frank Burke and Chester Joseph Slaboszewski; two daughters, Rose
Loiselle and Theresa Novak; a granddaughter, Peggy Lee Davidson.
Mrs. Slaboszewski was a self-employed wedding caterer.
She was a member of the World War II Mothers Club, past president of
the Polish Civic Club, St. Thaddeus Mothers Club and the Rosary Club.
She enjoyed singing, cooking and crochet.
Elizabeth ''Betty'' Lind, 83, of Kankakee, died today (Nov. 12, 1998)
at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral
Visitation for Ronald Edward Seedorf, 73, longtime Kankakee resident,
will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral
Homes and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Immanuel
Baptist Church. The Rev Donald Linnell will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald Seedorf Children's Camping Fund
at Immanuel Baptist Church, where he was a member.
Mr. Seedorf died Nov. 4, 1998 in Morgan Hill, Calif.
He was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Kankakee, the son of Otto and Ruth Berquist
Mr. Seedorf retired in 1989 after 32 years with Armstrong Tile.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving
as a tail gunner.
He was a member of the Experimental Aviation Association.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kitten Seedorf
of Morgan Hill, Calif. and one grandson, Christopher Seedorf of Fresno,
A brother, Kenneth Seedorf is deceased.
William Nicholas Thanos, 62, of Springfield, a Kankakee native, died
Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, after suffering
with non-hodgkins lymphoma.
Mr. Thanos was a design illustrator at Shell Oil Company, Houston,
Texas for 23 years, retiring in February of 1995. He also worked for NASA
Space Center in Houston from 1964-1974, helping with the first moon walk.
He was born June 26, 1936 in Kankakee, the son of Nicholas and Bertha
Tourlentes Thanos. His parents and one sister are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Annette Georger, whom he married
Dec. 10, 1977 in Houston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anastasia and
Brent Bowman and Tricia and Dan Dutherage and one son, Nicholas Basil Thanos,
all of Houston; one brother and sister-in-law, Fr. George and Bess Thanos
of Houston; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Helen and Gilbert Barnes
of Bradley, Sylvia and Cecil Trout of Sugar Land, Texas and Rita and Chris
Bruskas of Tempe, Ariz.; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and
JoNell Georger of Richmond, Texas; and many nieces and nephews, some of
Kankakee, Bourbonnais and St. Anne; many great-nieces and -nephews; and
two cousins of Kankakee, Evangeline Anton and Collette Poulos.
He was a 1955 graduate of Kankakee High School and attended the American
Academy of Arts.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1964.
A Trisagion service will be at 6:30 p.m. today, with visitation from
5-8 p.m. at Bisch & Sons Funeral Home, 505 East Allen, Springfield.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Church in Kankakee with visitation from 10:30 a.m. prior to services. It
will be co-officiated by his brother, Fr. George Thanos, and Fr. Dimitri
Burial with graveside services at 11 a.m. Saturday will be at the Oaklawn
Cemetery in Petersburg. Fr. Anthony Tzortzis of Springfield will officiate.
Memorials may be made to The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in
MANTENO - Shirley M. Rohwedder, 72, of Manteno, formerly of Batavia
and West Chicago, died Wednesday (Nov. 11, 1998) at Illinois Veterans Home
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Gardens
Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace.
Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vaughn Chapter
or to Hines Veterans Hospital.
Arrangements are by Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, 291 N. Main St., Manteno.
A veteran of the Army Corps of Nurses during World War II, she was
past president of Paralyzed Vets of America, active in St. Charles American
Legion and named Person of the Year by Combined Veterans of Illinois in
Mrs. Rohwedder was a registerd nurse for private institutions and Catholic
hospitals in DuPage County.
She was born July 13, 1926 in Amesbury, Conn., the daughter of Dr.
Charles and Mae Meyers Benson. Her parents, two daughters, Linda Clark
and Kathryn Rodgers and a grandson David Clark are deceased.
Her first husband, Albert Lammers, whom she married in 1958, died in
Surviving are her husband, Victor Rohwedder, whom she married in 1958
in Ely, Minn.; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Dawn Lammers of Wheaton;
one son-in- law, Chuck Clark of Wheaton; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
JOLIET - Tyler L. Smith, 87, of Joliet, died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998)
at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral
Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The
Rev. David Nygard will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville.
He was born March 2, 1911 in Braceville, the son of William and Ida
Tyler Smith. Mr. Smith farmed in the Marengo area for 23 years.
He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Joliet.
Surviving are one daughter, Ida Mae Heeg of Marathon Key, Fla.; one
daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Smith of New Lenox; two stepsons and spouses,
Raymond and Dawn Brick of Channahon and Gary and Patti Brick of Joliet;
two stepdaughters and spouses, Marjorie and Bob Onderisin of Coal City
and Barbara and Mark Pellegrini of Shorewood; one sister, Iona Steve of
Wilmington; one brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Dorothy Smith of
Crest Hill; several grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Deceased are his wives, the former Barbara Powell and Bernice Brick;
one son, Tyler Smith Jr.; and five brothers, Vernon, William, Raymond,
Leonard and James Smith.
Grace Pender Garcia, 67, formerly of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Nov.
11, 1998) at the home of her granddaughter, Maria and Don Maki, with whom
she resided in Kempton.
Arrangements are pending at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
MANTENO - Howard L. Hodge, 82, of Aurora, formerly of Manteno, died
Wednesday (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, Manteno. The Rev. Lance Hurley will officiate.
Burial with military rites by the Aroma Park American Legion F- Troop,
will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
He was born Nov. 15, 1915 in Albany, Ind., the son of Howard and Gladys
His wife, the former Anna Wember, whom he married Sept. 11, 1948 in
Chicago, died Jan. 13, 1998.
Mr. Hodge was a retired mechanic, employed by the Rock Island Railroad.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and a life member and past commander
of Peotone VFW 2234.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Eleanor Goodman
of Streamwood; two daughters and one son-in-law, Phyllis and Larry Krajewski
of Elmwood Park and Beverly Stallman of Montgomery; seven grandchildren;
12 great- grandchildren; and seven great- great-grandchildren.
A twin sister is deceased.
KEMPTON - Margaret E. ''Peggy'' Sutton, 79, of Joliet and formerly Kempton
and Pontiac, died Wednesday (Nov. 11, 1998) at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Harris-Martin-Burke
Funeral Home, Cullom, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev.
Deborah Talbott will officiate.
Burial will be in Kempton-Hill Cemetery, Kempton.
She was born June 7, 1919, the daughter of Enock and Helen Nickelson
Warren. She was a 1937 graduate of Kempton High School.
A farmwife, she had worked at Coils in Dwight and Motorola in Pontiac.
Her husband, Joseph R. Sutton, whom she married in June of 1940 in
Kempton, died in 1978.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Carol Sutton
of Joliet; three grandchildren, Jennifer Bender and Julie and Joe Sutton;
and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her son, Gordon Sutton; one grandson, Jimmy and three
sisters, Florence Farber, Esther Guervelle and Lorraine Moore.
She was a member of the Kempton United Methodist Church.
CHEBANSE - Visitation for Frances J. ''Fran'' Spiewak, 75, of Chebanse,
will be from 3 p.m. today until the 7 p.m. services at Knapp Funeral Home,
Clifton. The Rev. David Applegate will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church, Kankakee.
Mrs. Spiewak died Tuesday (Nov. 10, 1998) at the home of her daughter
in Monee, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 27, 1923 at Posen, the daughter of Ignatius and Julia
Marek Zimny. Her mother resides in Flossmoor and her father is deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Ted J. Spiewak, whom she married June 27,
1943 in Posen; one son and daughter- in-law, Thomas and Eva Spiewak of
Mokena; one daughter and son-in- law, Phyllis and John Ruppel of Monee;
one sister, Eleanor Benekas of Centralia; two brothers and one sister-in-law,
Jerome and Carolyn Zimny of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Robert Zimny of Hazelcrest;
and four grandchildren.
She enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Herbert M. ''Herb'' Allie, 67, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Nov. 12,
1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee. The Rev. Phyllis White will officiate.
He was born Jan. 24, 1931 in Kankakee, the son of John M. and Eva Spangler
Surviving are his wife, the former Bennette Brookins, whom he married
Jan. 5, 1957 in Brunswick, Ga.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Samuel
M. and Patricia Allie of Manhattan and John Allie and his fiancee Sabrina
Rabideau of Momence; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon K. and Dale
Breitbarth of Kankakee and Elizabeth and Patrick Barham of Aroma Park;
two sisters, Martha Turner of Kankakee and Eva Wischnowski of Bourbonnais;
two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Raymond Allie of Albuquerque, N.M.,
Gerald and Geraldine Allie of Florida and Mary Brookins Rice of Brunswick,
Ga.; six grandchildren, Kristopher Parks, Steven and April Allie, Jacob
and Sarah Barham and Colin Allie Van Horn.
Deceased are his parents, five brothers, Clarence, Jack, Gene, Bob
Mr. Allie retired after 37 years as an employee of Quaker Oats, formerly
Gaines and General Foods Corporation.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served from 1948-57 in the Navy on
the USS Boxer and USS Midway.
He enjoyed fishing and golfing, and was a member of Oak Springs Golf
Course and Shamrock. (Pd.)
DWIGHT - Beatrice Gay Weaver, 81, died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998) at Heritage
Manor in Dwight, where she resided.
Visitation will be from 1:30 Saturday until the 2:30 p.m. services
at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home in Dwight. The Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight. Pallbearers will be John
Weaver II, Jon Perkins, Daniel Weaver, Michael Weaver, Ryan Montgomery
and Bill Branz. Honorary pallbearers will be William Weaver III, Jeff Weaver
and Dan Montgomery.
Memorials may be made to Eastern Star, Portia Chapter 448 at North
Lewisburg, Ohio, of which she was a member.
She was born in January, 1917 in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Frank
and Nellie Snyder Wilson. Her husband, William Warren Weaver Sr., whom
she married Sept. 8, 1934, is deceased.
Three brothers are also deceased.
She was a longtime member of teh First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg,
Mrs. Weaver was employed for 24 years by Owen's Glass Company in Streator.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, William and Shirley
Weaver of Morris, James and Charlotte Weaver and John and Margaret Weaver,
all of Dwight; three sisters, Mary Ellen George of Delaware, Ohio, Connie
Stratton of Zanesville, Ohio and Katie Tilly of Madisonville, Tenn.; eight
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
MILFORD - Virden Miller, 98, of Milford, died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998)
at the Pleasant Meadows Nursing Home in Chrisman.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
MOMENCE - Orville G. Sharkey, 79, of Momence, died Thursday (Nov. 12,
1998) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7- 9 p.m. Sunday at the Cotter Funeral
Home in Momence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church
in Momence. The Rev. James Ruberg will officiate.
Burial was in Momence Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Sharkey was a retired real estate broker and rural mail carrier.
He was born Sept. 15, 1919 in Momence, the son of Rexford and Bernice
Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Gilmore, whom he married
Sept. 28, 1940 in Momence; one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Jill
Sharkey of Port Angeles, Washington; one daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne
and Ray Simpson of St. Anne; one sister, Ruth Parish of Momence; six grandchildren.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Momence.
Mr. Sharkey was past secretary of Momence Chamber of Commerce, one
of the founders and original trustee of Illiana Heights Methodist Church,
a member of the Downtown Improvement Association and a former member of
the Loyal Order of the Moose.
SHELDON - Graveside services for Lucille Fetherling, 89, a former Sheldon
resident, will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Sheldon Cemetery with Harold
Mrs. Fetherling died Oct. 28, 1998 at Valley Regional Medical Center
in Brownsville, Texas.
Memorial services were held Oct. 31 in Brownsville. Darling-Mouser
Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
Cremation rites were accorded.
She was born Nov. 3, 1908 in Sheldon, the daughter of Frank and Goldie
Her husband, Alvin ''Hank'' Fetherling, whom she married June 24, 1935
in Chicago, died June 21, 1994 in Brownsville. They had lived in South
Bend, Ind. until 1981, retiring to Brownsville.
Among survivors are a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Marylynn
Hoagland of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Genevieve Fetherling
Keller of Sheldon; a nephew and wife, Ramon and Rita Hoagland of Longmont,
Colo.; nieces, Sheri Brinkman of Kankakee and Merilee Eighner of Bolingbrook;
and several great-nieces and -nephews.
She enjoyed flowers, cooking and craft work.
She had served as a volunteer worker at the Medical Center.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Charlyn Robey Preston, 47, manager of the Hacienda
Home for the Hanidcapped, died Nov. 2, 1998 in Phoenix, Ariz.
She was born and raised in Kankakee.
Deceased are her parents, Silas and Pearl Robey, who were long time
residents of Kankakee.
Survivors include her daughters, Tracy and Michelle Preston; three
grandchildren; and sisters Shirley Bowen, her twin, and Mary Ford.
Memorial services were Nov. 5 in Phoenix.
George L. ''Mac'' McKibben, 86, of Bourbonnais, died Thursday (Nov.
12, 1998 at Miller Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 10:30 a.m. memorial
services at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Martin Haeger will officiate.
Cremation rites were accorded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the donor's
An engineer, he owned and operated his own manufacturing business,
McKibben Engineering Corp. in St. Anne for 40 years.
Some of his products, pumps, aircraft, steel-making, construction and
sheet metal fabrication were distributed world-wide.
He was born Nov. 5, 1912 in Phillips, Wis., the son of George W. and
Ethel Lodge McKibben.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ellen Cooper, whom he married June
30, 1946 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kankakee; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Brian and Joanne McKibben of Naperville and Claude and Lynda McKibben of
Rochelle; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol Turner of Alsip and Gail
and Duane Ferrebee of Kankakee; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Jose Guadalupe Alcala, 67, of Onarga, died Nov. 3, 1998 in Onarga.
Services were at 1 p.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Onarga.
The Rev. Lee Ryan will officiate.
Burial was in Onarga Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
He was born Sept. 7, 1931, the son of Pablo and Maria Guevara Alcala.
Surviving are his wife Juana Gallegos and family in Mexico.
Mr. Alcala was a nursery laborer.
Bernice E. Hanks, 77, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998) at
Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Yvonnie Lee Schmidt, 51, of Bradley, died today (Nov. 13, 1998) at her
Among survivors is her husband, Harlyn.
Visitation will be on Sunday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler
Funeral Homes with Monday morning services at the College Church of the
KEMPTON - Services for Grace Garcia, 67, formerly of Kankakee, will
be at 1 p.m. Monday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee. The Rev.
Gretchen Stinebaugh of Hospice in Pontiac will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Garcia died Wednesday (Nov. 11, 1998) at her home in Kempton.
She was born Aug. 19, 1931 in Johnston County, Ill., the daughter of
Audra and Delo Ross Pender.
She was former owner of Odds-N- Ends Tavern in Kankakee.
Surviving are five grandchildren, Maria (Don) Maki of Kempton, Allen
Richards and Darius Moore of Peoria, Scott Garcia of Kankakee and Adrian
Davis of Bradley; a sister, Audrey Bybee of Morton; half-sisters, Audrey
Olsen of Elgin and Donna Harner of Vienna; a half-brother, Jimmy Pender
of Vienna; and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two infant sons; a daughter, Janice; and grandson, Jamie.