Visitation for Yvonnie L. Schmidt, 52, of Bradley, will be from 3-8
p.m. today at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the College church of the Nazarene,
Bourbonnais, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley and the MAC program
at her church.
Mrs. Schmidt died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998) at her home.
Mrs. Schmidt was an accountant with the M&W Accounting firm in
Kankakee for 20 years.
For over 20 years she directed the tape ministry at College Church
as well as being involved in the Caravan program and the MAC program. She
received the Distinguished Service Award twice from her church.
She was born Dec. 25, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond
and Willie Nell Berry Sprouse, who survive.
Also surviving are her husband, Harlyn Schmidt, whom she married Aug.
22, 1970 in Chillicothe, Ohio; one daughter and son-in-law, Lanetta and
Ben Greenlee of Bradley; one sister and brother-in-law, Myra and Steve
Poling of Zanesville, Ohio; a sister- in-law and -brother-in-law, Vernetta
and James Corbett of Billings, Mont.; one brother and sister-in-law, Dave
and Susan Sprouse of Channahon; a brother-in-law and -sister-in-law, Dennis
and Ruth Schmidt of Sawyer, N.D.; mentor and friend Gladys Corbett; mother
and father-in-law, Fred and Katherine Schmidt of Minot, N.D.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents and C.T. Corbett.
She enjoyed reading and needlework.
Visitation for Bernice E. Hanks, 77, of Kankakee, will be from 2-6 p.m.
Sunday, with a wake service at 2:30 p.m. at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church
in Bradley, where she was a member.
Burial will be in all Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Medical Center.
Mrs. Hanks died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born June 25, 1921, the daughter of Carl and Florence Duchene
Her husband, George L. Hanks, whom she married July 1, 1949 in Kankakee,
died Jan. 17, 1989.
A resident of Kankakee Kommons, she was a retired bus driver for St.
George and had been employed by St. Mary's Hospital and L&S Bait Company.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenenth Meyer and Ronald
and Deena Meyer, all of Bourbonnais; three daughters and one son-in-law,
Janice Myer of Portland Oregon, Kathy Hanks of Bourbonnais and Carol and
Jim Lustig of Bradley; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Gerald and Irma
Dummer of Kankakee and Norman and Rose Dewmer of Anaheim, Calif.; eight
grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother Francis and a sister Marie Poitras.
James E. McBarnes, 79, of Kankakee, died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998) at R.M.L.
Specialty Hospital, Hinsdale.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. today, with a wake service at 2 p.m.
at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ronald Hart at St. James
Church in Irwin, where he was a member.
Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Irwin.
Memorials may be made to the Catholic Charities for Honduran Relief
or to the Diabetes Association.
He was born Nov. 7, 1919 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of James J.
and Anna Schlick McBarnes.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He
was a member of the Kankakee Post 85 American Legion and the Loyal Order
of the Moose.
Mr. McBarnes was a retired 27- year employee of Toby Construction.
He was a member of Teamsters Local 705.
Surviving are his wife, the former Eleanor Feller, whom he married
Oct. 2, 1943 in Lincoln, Neb.; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and
Cynthia McBarnes of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and
Lawrence O'Connor of Herscher; two sisters, Lucille Thompson of Battle
Creek, Mich., and Alberta Hoffman of Biloxi, Miss.; one sister-in- law,
Winifred McBarnes of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers and two sisters.
He enjoyed fishing and was a cubs fan.
DWIGHT - Frank L. Weber, 72, of Dwight, died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998)
at Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. today until the 2:30 p.m. services
at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight. The Rev. Craig Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or to the donor's choice.
He was born March 21, 1926 in Dwight, the son of Frank L. and Edna
He was a graduate of Dwight High School.
Mr. Weber worked for the Federal Government at the Joliet Arsenal,
retiring in 1973.
He was a member of Dwight United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one sister, Helen Savage of Gardner; four nieces, Dede
(Bruce) Trotter of Coal City, Brenda (Tom) Boyd of Moline and Debbie (Phillip)
Becker and Bonnie Lundberg of Dwight; and four great- nephews.
A sister Louise Zebell is deceased.
Theodore Gorski, 51, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne Catholic
Delores Schultz Cleary, 84, Bourbonnais, died today (Nov. 14, 1998)
at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Clancy Gernon Funeral home in Bourbonnais.
Robert H. Tousignant, 68, of Bradley, died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998)
at his home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at
the Church of God Worship Center. The Rev. Michael LeBuhn will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
The Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes is in charge of
He was born March 9, 1930 in Kankakee, the son of Albert C. and Martha
Wattesheard Tousignant, who are deceased.
Mr. Tousignant was employed from 1968-1987 by General Foods, Gaines
and then Quaker Oats, in production.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Nancy Tousignant
of Kankakee, Robert J. and Inna Tousignant of Troutdale, Texas, and Daniel
J. and Jil Tousignant of Kaufman, Ark.; three daughters and sons-in-law,
Linda and James Lundmark of Martinton, Angela and Steve Tschaneen of Titusville,
Fla., and Sharon and Lee Handcock of Benton, Ark.; three brothers, Charles
Tousignant of Bradley and Jerry and Donald Tousignant of Kankakee; one
sister, Josephine Shackelford of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; three
great- grandchildren; and several step- brothers and -sisters.
He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and retirement.
BEDFORD, Ind. - Richard Louis ''Rick'' Lidberg, 69, former Manteno resident,
died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Bedford, Ind..
He was born in Aitkin, Minn., the son of Boro Emmanuel and Helmie Elkie
Lidberg. The Lidberg family lived in the Manteno area for more than 20
years. His former wife, Marilyn Pement Wood, whom he married on March 5,
1950, resides in Kankakee.
Mr. Lidberg was employed by Bennett Industries Steel Fabrication Division
from 1953 to 1973, where he held several positions ranging from welder
to assistant plant manager.
He was also part-owner of Apollo Fabricators in Apollo, Pa., for several
years. He was employed as plant manager of Indiana Steel of Bedford at
the time of his death.
Mr. Lidberg was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon Elaine Rowlands of Bedford, whom he
married July 25, 1973 in Charleston, W.Va.; two daughters and one son-in-law,
Tami and David Agnew of Rowlett, Texas, and Denise Slaught of Holmen, Wis.;
six sons and five daughters-in-law, Rick and Cindy Lidberg of Cushing,
Okla., Ron and Sheila Lidberg of Lone Jack, Mo., Don and Cindy Lidberg
of Guangzhous, China, David and Annie Lidberg of Independence, Mo., Bryan
and Karin Lidberg of Oak Grove, Mo., and Jason Lidberg of Bedford; four
sisters and one brother, Dorothy Miles, Ruth Rengo, Carol Louma, Donna
Rice and Ken Lidberg, all of Minnesota. Mr. Lidberg is also survived by
17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Services were Nov. 9 at Ferguson- Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.
Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.
Visitation for Elizabeth Baird Lind, 83, of Kankakee, will be from noon
Monday until the 2 p.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler
Funeral Homes. The Rev. Alan Good will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Garden of Memory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Lind died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
She donated stocks valued at more than $4 million to Northwestern University
School of Dentistry, where both her husband and his father were alumni.
According to a notice in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which reports
donations to schools and other organizations, the stocks, worth approximately
$4,750,000, were used initially to establish the Richart T. and Adam Lind
Professor of Dentistry. With the recent closing of the dental school the
stocks will be used in other areas of the school and one of Northwestern's
medical facilities renamed in the Linds' honor.
She was born May 2, 1915 in Douglas Water, Scotland, the daughter of
Andrew and Jean Faulkner Payton.
Her husband, Dr. Richard Lind, whom she married Jan. 8, 1945 in Hillsboro,
died Feb. 27, 1987. Mrs. Lind met her husband as a nurse in California.
She trained as a nurse in St. Louis.
Her husband practiced dentistry for years in downtown Kankakee.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee, a past member
of the American Red Cross, the Homemaker Extension Agency ane a member
of the Kankakee Country Club.
Surviving are two cousins, James McCarter of Colorado Springs and Margaret
Wilson of Hungerford, England.
She enjoyed golf and bridge.
WATSEKA - Leland F. Kempen, 71, of Watseka, died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998)
at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka,
where services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lee Ryan will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Papineau.
Memorials may be made to his family.
Mr. Kempen owned and operated the Kempen Bar in Watseka.
He was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Martinton, the son of Harvey and Alice
Surviving are his wife, the former Beverly Jane Pence, whom he married
June 11, 1949 in Martinton; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Rick and
Debi Kempen of Naples, Fla., and Tim and Rory Kempen, both of Watseka;
one daughter, Lezliegh Kempen and her fiance' Larry Cook of Elkhart, Ind.;
one sister, Eileen McGill of Merrillville, Ind.; one brother and sister-in-law,
Larry and Rosalie Kempen of St. Anne; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His parents and one brother are deceased.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Watseka American
Legion and VFW.
He was a member of St. Edmund's Catholic Church, Watseka.
Music was a big part of his life and he played in many bands.
MILFORD - Lewis G. Bohner, 85, of Milford, died Friday (Nov. 13, 1998)
at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home in
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in
Milford, where he was a member. The Rev. Wally Waite officiated.
Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Radio Broadcast or to
the donor's choice.
He was born July 22, 1913 in Seymour, Ind., the son of Harry and Carrie
Surviving are his wife, the former Mildred Luecke, whom he married
Oct. 26, 1936 in Woodworth; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gerald and
Pat Bohner of Watseka and Delmer Bohner of Milford; one brother, Howard
Bohner of Milford; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A brother is deceased.
Mr. Bohner farmed for over 30 years and was employed at Milford Canning
for 27 years.
He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
MILFORD - Visitation for Virden L. Miller, 98, of Milford, former owner
and operator of the Ben Franklin Store in Milford, will be at 10 a.m. Monday
prior ot the 11 a.m. services at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. The Rev.
Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, where he was a member,
or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Miller died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998) at Pleasant Meadows Christian
Village in Chrisman.
He was born April 6, 1900 in Milford, the son of William and Fannie
His wife, the former Myra O Neal, whom he married in Champaign, died
Aug. 2, 1982.
Surviving are one daughter, Sarah J. Kearns of Champaign; and three
grandchildren, Patrick Kearns of Chicago, Kathleen Kearns of Phoenix, Ariz.,
and David E. Kearns of Champaign.
Deceased are one brother and two sisters.
Theodore E. Gorski
Theorode E. Gorski, 50, an administrator and psychologist in the Bourbonnais
Elmentary School District for more than 20 years, died Friday at Provena
St. Mary's Hospital.
Mr. Gorski, who began working for Bourbonnais schools in 1977, played
a key role in bringing special education students back into the Bourbonnais
district, after they had been sent to other schools.
''he was knowledgeable, caring, sensitive and conscientious,'' said
Judy Kilbride, the district's director of special education.
A gentle man who communicated well with both parents and children,
Mr. Gorski was also well-known as the district's expert on enrollment and
test scores in recent years.
Visitation for Theodore E. Gorski, will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with
a wake service at 7 p.m., at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Fanale at 10 a.m.
Tuesday at St. Anne Catholic Church.
Burial will be in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born Nov. 26, 1947 in Alton, the son of Theodore E. and Lydia
Jouett Gorski, who are deceased. His wife, the former Melinda Sparenberg,
whom he married July 20, 1972 in Kankakee, died July 20, 1991.
He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.
He was a board member of the American Cancer Society and very active
in the Bourbonnais School District and Teachers Association.
Surviving are one son, Matthew Gorski of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter,
Lori Gorski of Chicago; one sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Thomas
Anton of Raleigh, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Ruth Sparenberg of St. Anne;
two sisters-in-law, Amy Sparenberg of St. Anne and Carolyn Collings of
Rantoul; two brothers-in- law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Pat Sparenberg
and Tom and Paula Sparenburg, all of St. Anne; and several nieces and nephews.
Phyllis A. VanVleck Moreno, 23, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Nov. 15, 1998)
at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, from cancer after a year's illness.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Hertz- Thoma Funeral
Chapel. Graveside services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Mound Grove Cemetery.
The Rev. Joseph Tremonti will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Sept. 19, 1925 in Kankakee, the daughter of Jerry R. and
Phyllis Bleyle VanVleck Sr., who reside in Kankakee.
Also surviving are her husband, Alfredo Moreno, whom she married Oct.
1, 1997 in Kankakee; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gina and Les Wells
and Hope and Jesus Lopez, all of Kankakee, and a brother, Jerry R. VanVleck
Jr. of Kankakee; a great- aunt, Jeanette Lergner of Bradley; a great-uncle
and aunt, Jess and Irene Wilder of Bradley; and many cousins, aunts and
Her grandparents, Lillian Bleyle and William and Harriet VanVleck are
Mrs. Morena was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for Home Health
She helped the Spanish community as an interpreter.
Dolores C. Schultz Cleary, 84, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (Nov. 14,
1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 5:30 p.m. wake service
at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose
of Lima Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
She was born Sept. 29, 1914, the daughter of Wayne O. and Nellie Delongdach
Her first husband, Wayne O. Schultz, whom she married Nov. 26, 1936
in Kankakee, died in 1988. She then married Ed Cleary Dec. 31, 1995 in
Kankakee and he died in 1997.
Mrs. Cleary was a former employee of Dairy Queen. She was also a beautician
and had worked for the Bear Brand Hosiery Company and Walgreens.
She was a member of the Riverside Willow Twig.
Surviving are one son, Robert W. Schultz of North Hampton, Mass.; one
daughter and son-in-law, Donna Jean and Allan VanKuren of Kankakee; one
stepson, Thomas Cleary; one step-daughter, Ruth Ashcraft; one sister, Irene
Hosier of Wisconsin; two brothers, Floyd and Melvin Chartier, both of Florida;
two grandchildren, DeeDee and Leonard Dunstan of Clifton and Dale and Deanna
VanKuren of Bradley; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, Brandon,
Jessica, Crystal, Melissa and Matthew Dunstan and Emily VanKuren.
Also preceding her in death were a sister Mildred and a brother William.
She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, knitting and needlepoint.
JOLIET - Milolia Geraldine Agnich, 89, of Joliet and Plainfield, and
a former resident of Coal City, died Nov. 9, 1998 at Dogwood Nursing Home
Services were Nov. 14 at the Tezak Funeral Home in Joleit.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Joliet.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Intergrated Health Services,
in care of Hospice of the Great Lakes, 152 W. Center Ct., Schaumburg, Ill.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Edward and Judy
Agnich of Hinckley and Leonard Agnich of Minooka; two daughters and a son-in-law,
Geraldine Fredricks of Braidwood and Carol and Pete Wiley of Brookport;
a daughter-in-law, Dana Agnich of Morris; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren;
one sister-in- law, Mary Agnich of Joliet; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband, Edward G. Agnich, who died in 1982; one son
in infancy; one granddaughter, Cheryl Fredricks; a daughter-in- law, Peggy
Agnich; one brother; and five sisters.
BRAIDWOOD - Alva E. Gustafson, 82, of Braidwood, died Sunday (Nov. 15,
1998) at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Wednesday until the 8 p.m. services
at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Jason Zobel
She was born Oct. 6, 1916 in Indiana Harbor, Ind., the son of Algot
and Alma Wester Lofgren.
Surviving are a daughter and son- in-law, Sandra and Harvey Taylor
of Braidwood; two grandchildren, Lynn and Aaron Bailey of Braidwood; one
brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Beverly Lofgren of Michigan City,
Her husband, Axel J. Gustafson died in 1965.
She attended the Braidwood Senior Citizens and enjoyed wrapping glasses
for the Lions Club.
Alva retired from St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island in 1981. In her
leisure, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
THAWVILLE - Gale W. Parsons, 68, a resident of Thawville for 15 years,
formerly of Gibson City and father of Watseka resident, died Sunday (Nov.
15, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home,
Gibson City, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Melvin
Bell will officiate.
Burial will be at a later date in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts.
He was past mayor for two terms in Thawville and served on the Village
Board for several years.
He was born Aug. 31, 1930 at Shelby County, Mo., the son of Roy Sorrell
and Bertie M. Parsons, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lila L. VanBlaracum, whom he married
Feb. 24, 1950 in Gibson City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and
Julie Parsons of Watseka and Douglas and Tammy Parsons of Gibson City;
two daughters and sons-in- law, Paula and Dale Warmbir of Gilman and Laura
and Gary Fuoss of Roberts; 15 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren;
two brothers, Terry Sorrell of Ironton, Mo., and Alfred Sorrell of Sedalia,
Mr. Parsons worked at Central Soya in Gibson City for 15 years. He
was then employed with M&W Gear Company in Gibson City for 28 years;
and then for Panorama in Gibson City for three years.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Gibson City.
He enjoyed camping and was a professional piddler.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
MORRIS - Gertrude C. Beier, 93, of Morris, died Sunday (Nov. 15, 1998)
at the Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fruland Funeral in
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Peace Lutheran Church
in Morris where she was a charter member and a member of the Rebecca Circle.
The Revs. James Reents and Charles Olson will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born July 17, 1905 in Nettle Creek Township, Grundy County,
the daughter of Hans and Anna Torkelson Reimer.
Her husband, Viggo C. Beier, whom she married Jan. 25, 1930 in Bloomington,
died in 1985. She and her husband resided most of their married life in
Dwight and Morris. For many years they were in the restaurant business
in Dwight and Newark area. She was also a cook for several years at the
Weitz Cafe in Morris.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Gary Phillips
of Morris; one son and daughter- in-law, Donald and Anabelle Beier of Dwight;
six grandsons; four great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Arnold Reimer; one sister Pearl Frank.
MORRIS - Florian D. ''Chuck'' Synoracki, 64, of Morris, father of Coal
City resident, died Nov. 9, 1998 at Lake Mead Hospital in North Las Vegas,
Services were Nov. 12 at U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home in Morris.
Military services were by the John Martin Steele Post 6049 and Morris
American Legion Post 294.
Memorials may be made to his VFW Post or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Synoracki managed Munch's Electrical Supply in Morris and owned
and operated Mar Electric Supply in Yorkville. Currently he was employed
with A&R Transport and Daniel Trucking.
He was born March 10, 1934 in Chicago, the son of Florian and Regina
Piwinski Synoracki, who are deceased.
His wife, the former Kathryn M. Ellis, whom he married in 1955 in Chicago,
died Dec. 5, 1965. His brother, Stanley Kutz died Oct. 21, 1998.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a lifetime
member of the VFW Post 6049 and American Legion Post 294.
Surviving are six daughters and three sons-in-law, Kathryn Killion,
Deborah Gallup, Diana and Barry Narvick and Mary Pilch, all of Morris,
Stephanie and David Sarton of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michele and
John Rednor of Denver, Colo.; four sons, Robert Synoracki of Kansas City,
Kan., William Petric of Florida, Raymond Petric of Joliet and Michael Snoracki
of Coal City; seven grandchildren; and one great- granddaughter.
COAL CITY - Mary Anna Shear, 91, of Shorewood, died Saturday (Nov. 14,
1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home in
Coal City, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Mark Jendrysik
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington. Pallbearers will
be James Eugene Tenn., Theodore and Christopher Wren, James Shear Jr.,
David Corcoran and Thomas Bragg.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born July 13, 1907 in Coal City, the daughter of Joseph and
Antoinette Planeta Vasek.
Her husband, William Shear, whom she married in Wilmington on Oct.
26, 1927, is deceased. She moved from Wilmington to Joliet in 1956.
Surviving are five daughters and four sons-in-law, Louise and Hilmer
Johnson of Coal City, Barbara and Ervin Wren of Shorewood, Mary and James
Corcoran of Joliet, Patricia and Worth Bragg of Plainfield and Shirley
Eatmon of Memphis, Tenn.; two sons, James Shear of Braidwood and Joseph
Shear of Spanaway, Wash.; 36 grandchildren; 85 great- grandchildren; 23
great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosella White of Joliet; and
many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, Elmer; two brothers, James and Anton Vasek; and
three sisters, Annie Rossio, Barbara Spernago and Marie Crammer.
Esther Steiner, 74, of East Lynn, died today (Nov. 16, 1998) at the
Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
CEDAR FALLS - Geraldine Katherine Lang, 71, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, mother
of a Coal City resident, died Nov. 9, 1998 at Sartori Memorial Hospital
in Cedar Falls.
Services were Nov. 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls,
where she was a member.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice.
Richardson Funeral Home in Cedar Falls was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Sept. 1, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of James V. and
Antonette Marie Sykora Kunz, who are deceased.
Surviving are two daughters, Dianne Wothe of Darien and Roberta Short
of Wickenburg; one son, James Lang of Coal City; eight grandchildren; one
brother, George P. Kunz of Cedar Falls.
Her husband, Robert Lang, whom she married Dec. 31, 1994 in Toledo,
Ohio, died Oct. 1, 1992.
Mrs. Lang was an assistant administrator at Tiller's Nursing Home in
Oswego for 25 years, retiring in 1994.
PEOTONE - Timothy J. Gersch, 20, of Peotone, died Sunday (Nov. 15, 1998)
from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was pronounced dead at the
emergency room of Olympia Fields Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Ginter at 11
a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, where he was a
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Christensen,
Jason Swanson, Ron Pooley Jr., Jeremy Rutnicki, Mark Swanson and Mike Wilkey.
He was born Aug. 29, 1978 in Hazel Crest, the son of Gerald F. and
Nellie Jo Schroeder Gersch. His mother died in 1997. His father resides
Also surviving are two brothers, Gerald J. and Daniel J. Gersch, both
of Peotone; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Cindy and John Regas and
Carolyn Gearhart of Peotone.
A nephew, Jonathan Timothy Regas, a drowning victim, died June 23,
His grandparents are deceased.
Mr. Gersch was employed as a mechanic for Christensen Power Equipment