Romey Gresiak, 85, of Saucier, Miss., formerly of Bourbonnais, died
Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998).
Arrangements are pending at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
TOPEKA, Kan. - George J. ''Jake'' Paulissen, 66, of Topeka, Kan., died
Sept. 13, 1998 in Kansas.
He was born Nov. 16, 1931 in Kankakee, the son of Gerhard ''Mike''
and Kathryn Margaret Luehrs Paulissen.
He attended St. Patrick's grade and high school, the University of
Illinois, University of Houston and University of Arizona.
He went back to school at the age of 51 and received an associate of
arts degree in drug and alcohol counseling from Washburn University in
He worked for the Menninger Foundation, NCA of Topeka and Addiction
Treatment Center of Topeka as a counselor.
He was a member of Phi Kappa, Skull & Crescent honorary fraternity;
the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge; the American Legion; life member of
DAV and AA.
He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Topeka.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and was
a disabled veteran.
He did much volunteer work with children, paraplegics and drug and
Surviving are one son, Sean Michael; one daughter, Heather Erin; one
stepson, John David Van Buren; and several cousins in the Kankakee area.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. memorial
Mass to be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee.
Burial of cremains will be at Kankakee Memorial Gradens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the donors' local mental health center for
MILFORD - Visitation for Ruth E. Keen, 95, of Milford, will be from
5-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at
Milford United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert
Einhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Resident Home or to Iroquois
Mrs. Keen died Tuesday (Sept. 29, 1998) at the Iroquois Resident Home,
She was born Nov. 14, 1902 in Stockland, the daughter of William T.
and Hulda Peterson Nolin.
Her husband, Jesse L. Keen, whom she married Dec. 21, 1922 in Stockland,
died Jan. 30, 1993.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale R. and Shirley Keen
of Forest, Va. and Richard L. and Betty Keen of Champaign; seven grandchildren;
Deceased are four brothers, three sisters and a son, William.
She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Milford Women's
Club, the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a past president of a number
of local organizations.
She attended Stockland Grade and high school and was a member of the
Stockland Alumni Association.
She enjoyed cooking and working with people.
PIPER CITY - Visitation for Martha B. Weakman, 95, of Piper City, will
be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at United Methodist
Church in Piper City. The Rev. Dori Dana Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Piper City, where
she was a member. She was a past Woman of the Year at her church.
Mrs. Weakman died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at Palmwood Healthcare
Center, following a short illness.
She was born Jan. 9, 1093 in Piper City, the daughter of Charles and
Mary Hanson Carr.
Her husband, Alex H. Weakman, whom she married Feb. 16, 1924 in Paxton,
died May 30, 1982.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Henry Luebeck of
Plainfield; two grandchildren, Mary Luebeck and Susan Swierzynski; and
Deceased are two brothers, Clay and Jesse.
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Verna Kilpatrick Rix, 85, formerly of Braidwood, died
Sept. 25, 1998, at Hermitage Manor, Owensboro, Ky.
Born in Wilmington, she retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was
a member of First Presbyterian Church in Braidwood.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Craig Kilpatrick, September
1969, and her second husband, Clarence Rix in 1989.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Roberta Kilpatrick
of Braidwood and Don and Anna Kilpatrick of Webb City, Mo.; and a daughter,
Jeanne Kessell of Owensboro; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
one sister, Vivian Riess of Norridge, Ill.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 8 at First Presbyterian Church
Memorials are requested to the First Presbyterian Church, 171 S. Lincoln
St., Braidwood, Ill. 60408
James H. Davis Funeral Home, Owensboro, was in charge of arrangements.
WATSEKA - Cornelia H. Gerber, 94, of Bloomington, formerly of Watseka,
died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at the BroMenn Regional Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Segur-Knapp
Funeral Home, Watseka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Presbyterian
Church in Watseka. The Rev. Patricia Cockrell Wood will officiate.
Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Watseka.
Velma L. Hausner, 79, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at
Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 9 am. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at
Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Kathy Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church in Kankakee,
where she was a member.
She was born Aug. 28, 1919 in Kankakee, the daughter of George and
Emma Johnson Kraft.
Her husband, William B. Hausner, whom she married July 29, 1940 in
Ohio, died Aug. 26, 1988.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dennis and Susan Hausner
of Oak Forest and James Hausner of Normal; one brother and sister-in-law,
Donald and Corinne Kraft of Kankakee; one grandchild.
Deceased are two brothers, Marvin and Harley Kraft.
Mrs. Hausner had been a bookkeeper for 25 years, working for Arthur
Motor Works and for The Kankakee Dailly Journal.
She enjoyed playing in area bridge clubs.
Visitation for Clinton Arnold ''Clint'' Bisping, 62, of Bradley, will
be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home, where
services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Charles Wheeler will
Burial with military rites by the Kankakee American Legion Post 85,
will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bisping died Tuesday (Sept. 29, 1998) from injuries sustained in
a truck/train accident.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born May 19, 1936 in Deselm, the son of Arnold and Nellie Ruark
He served with the Marines during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Bisping was formerly an over- the-road truck driver, currently
He was the commander of the Kankakee American Legion Post 85 and currently
the 18th District Commander for the State American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marjorie F. ''Marge'' LaVasseur,
whom he married Feb. 22, 1970 in LasVegas, Nev.; one daughter and son-in-law,
April and Edward Anderson Jr. of Bourbonnais; three sons and daughters-in-law,
Bradley and Kathy Bisping of Channahan, TyLane and Sharon Bisping of Henderson,
Ky. and Kirk and Susan Bisping of Kankakee; a stepson and daughter- in-law,
Robert and Evelyn Bond of Bourbonnais; stepdaughter-in-law, Sylvia Bond
of Cordeva, Tenn.; one sister, Paulette Vaughn of Benton; one brother and
sister-in-law, Russell and Terry Bisping of Macon, Ga.; 27 grandchildren;
and eight great- grandchildren.
His parents and a brother Alan Bisping are deceased.
He was a Roman Catholic.
Mr. Bisping was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and helping his friends in farming during
the spring and fall.
MOMENCE - Visitation for Jack D. Willis, 81, of Momence, will be from
3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today, with a wake service at 4 p.m., at the Cotter Funeral
Home in Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Denis White, at 10 a.m.
Monday at the Good Shepherd Manor in Momence, due to church renovation
at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation and the American Heart
Mr. Willis died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
He was born April 5, 1917 in Kane, Pa., the son of William and Susan
Shotts Willis, who are deceased.
He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marie McMahon, whom he married April
25, 1942 in Newark, N.J.; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert D. and Margaret
Willis of Kaukauna, Wis.; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Scott
Elliott of Momence; grandchildren, Roxanne and Matthew Willis, Tiffany
Holohan, Michelle Elliott and Maureen Glade; and a great-grandson, Anthony.
Mr. Willis was former president of the five divisions of Baker and
Taylor Company in Somerville, N.J.; Momence; Reno, Nev.; Commerce, Ga.;
and Clarksville, Texas. He was also president of Canadian Book Wholesale
Company Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario; Baker & Taylor Company GMBH, Frankfort,
Germany; Interstate Library Service, Oklahoma City; Baker and Taylor Co.
of Texas; Inspection Center for Books and Media in Los Angeles, and Houston,
Texas; and vice-president of Parents Magazine in New York City. He was
transferred to Momence by Baker and Taylor Co. in 1962.
He was director of personnel for the Peterson & Puritan Plant in
Momence for five years. He was a charter vice-president and director of
Municipal Trust and Savings Bank in Momence.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence; director of
the Momence Gladiolus Festival for 28 years; served on the Kankakee Community
College Scholarship committee; Momence Lions Club; former officer on the
Momence Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Momence Booster Club;
and served on the State of Illinois Library Board.
CLIFTON - Vivian A. Gabrys, 61, of Clifton, formerly of Chicago, died
Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, where
services will be at 10 a.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Conway, N.D., the daughter of James and
Geneva Novak Pecka. Her parents and one sister are deceased.
Mrs. Gabrys was a retired 30-year postal worker in Chicago.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kankakee.
Surviving are a daughter and son- in-law, Bernadette and Larry Bosley
of Chebanse; two grandchildren, Krystle and Daniel at home.
Robert N. Glassford, 73, of Bradley, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at
RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home in Bourbonnais, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the
Rev. Raymond Barclay officiating.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church, where he was
He was born Sept 18, 1925 in Christopher, the son of Samuel and Nola
Mr. Glassford was a retired 35- year employee of Kankakee Water Company.
Surviving are his wife, the former Julia Palinski, whom he married
Nov. 11, 1968 in Kankakee; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Mark and
Diane Glassford of Bourbonnais, John and Paula Lezotte and Larry and Kim
Lezotte, all of Kankakee and Robert Lezotte of Momence; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Karen and James Bereolos of Kankakee and Peggy and Ronald
Stanfield of Aurora, Mo.; two sisters, Helen Howell of Christopher and
Virginia Miles of Marble Hill, Mo.; one brother and two sisters-in-law,
Virgil and Eileen Glassford of Kankakee and Leola Glassford of Bradley;
10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and three brothers, Oliver, Joseph and Reuben.
He was a veteran of World War II, a former POW, serving in the U.S.
Army. He was a member of the Bradley American Legion.
He enjoyed traveling.
George W. Long, 74, of Kankakee, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at
Asbury United Methodist Church, Kankakee, where he was a member. The Rev.
Don Long will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 24, 1924 in Jonesville, W. Va., the son of Creed S.
and Elizabeth Lockhart Long. His parents and a brother, Raymond, are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary J. Clawson, whom he married
May 2, 1979 in Kankakee; two sons, Wesley Long of Manteno and Gerald Long
of Bradley; two daughters, Murial Schultz of Kankakee and Debbie Camarg
of Bourbonnais; a stepson, Allen Gehm of Bourbonnais; a stepdaughter, Susan
Landock of Kankakee; six sisters, Donna Mae Stutz, Lucille Hillie and Alice
Thomas, all of Bradley, Edith Scaberth of Dwight, Virginia Gabriel of Sault
Ste. Marie, Mich., and Mary Puckett of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Creed
Long Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Long retired from Mortell Co. in 1987.
He served in the military during World War II, and was in many battles
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 802; Legion of
the Moose and Elks Lodge 627.
Mitchell Todd ''Mitch'' Bonds, 37, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Oct.
1, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 1 a.m. Monday until the 1 p.m. services at
the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Jay DeMent
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Sept. 6, 1961 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Mr. Bonds was a carpenter.
Surviving are his mother, Janice Stevens of Kankakee and father, Cecil
Bonds of Johnson City; two sisters and brother-in-law, Terri Bonds of Bradley
and Sherri and Tracy Bonds of South Carolina; two brothers and one sister-in-law,
Mark Bonds and Eric and Karen Bonds, all of Bradley; his grandmother, Cora
Stevens; seven nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Deceased are grandparents John Henry and Rosie Bonds, Eldon Allen Stevens;
an aunt and uncle, Clarence and Willa Harris; a cousin, Robert Allen Harris
and a nephew, Jason Brault.
Mr. Bonds was a carpenter. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
WATSEKA - Rex Taylor Garfield, 83, of Watseka, died Saturday (Oct. 3,
1998) at the Magnolia Wood Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Baier Funeral Home,
Watseka, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Pastor David Bondurant will
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church,
Watseka, with one hour visitation at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be at the Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon.
Mr. Garfield was born Oct. 4, 1914, in Milford, the son of Leroy and
Jennie Taylor Garfield.
He is survived by his wife Jannette Hamilton Garfield, who he married
on April 26, 1941 in Woodland.
He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law Julie and Mark Bezdon
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister,
and one son, Roger.
Garfield owned and operated S & D Plumbing and worked for Roper
in Kankakee and Stam Manufacturing, in Watseka.
He served as a Watseka fireman for 37 years.
Garfield supported the Homeland Outreach Ministry and served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II.
He belonged to the Historical/Genealogy Society of Iroquois County,
the Watseka American Legion for 50 years, and was a member and past master
of the Watseka Lodge 446 and the A.F. & A.M. Ancient Accepted Scottish
and York Rite, Valley of Danville and Mohammed Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Peoria.
He enjoyed reading, camping, and was a member of the Iroquois County
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Historical Society.
Clarence Alexander, 79, of Piper City, died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998)
in Piper City.
Arrangements are pending Reilly- Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City.
SAUCIER, Miss. - Visitation for Romey E. Gresiak, 75, of Saucier, Miss.,
formerly of Bourbonnais, will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services
at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes, Bourbonnais. The Rev. Samuel O. Cleare
Burial with military rites by the Aroma Park American Legion F-Troop
will be in Kankakee Mem-orial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to his family.
Mr. Gresiak died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at his home in Saucier,
He was born Aug. 24, 1923 in Harrisburg, the son of Roman and Mary
Daledovich Gresiak. His parents and a brother, Charles are deceased.
His wife, the former Evangeline Hess, whom he married Aug. 28, 1961
in Manteno, died Jan. 31, 1994.
Mr. Gresiak retired from Manteno Mental Health Center, Manteno, and
the coal mines of southern Illinois.
A World War II veteran, he was a life member of DAV and member of the
American Legion Post 106.
Surviving are one son, Everett of Saucier; two sisters and one brother-
in-law, Maryann Vaughn of Kankakee and Helen and Donald Richey of Bourbonnais;
a sister-in-law, Betty Weldy of Goshen, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Louise H. Rogers, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 1-4 p.m.
today at Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, with one hour visitation prior,
at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Karl Koeppen
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran School.
Mrs. Rogers died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at Faith Place, Prairieview
Lutheran Home, Danforth.
She was born March 15, 1912 in Chicago, the daughter of Louis and Freida
Her husband, Norman J. Rogers, whom she married July 27, 1935 in Chicago,
died Nov. 1, 1985. They lived in Chicago for 23 years before coming to
Kankakee. Her late husband was the principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School
for many years.
Mrs. Rogers was active in her church, the Lutheran Women's Missionary
League, St. Paul's Ladies Aid and Bible Study.
She had been a retail sales clerk in Chicago and at Alden's Department
Store in Kankakee.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Rev. Erwin Brese
of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Joy Elowsky of Absecon, N.J.
and Nathaniel Brese of Lansdale, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Christian
and Luke Elowsky.
Deceased are one infant son, James Luther Rogers and one sister, Viola
HOOPESTON - Randall E. Thomas, 84, a 59-year resident of Hoopeston,
died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center,
Logan Campus, Danville.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home,
Hoopeston, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. E. Brooks
Barrick will officiate.
Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 1, 1914 in Albany, Ky., the son of Albert and Ada
Surviving are his wife, the former Leveta L. Choate, whom he married
Oct. 17, 1937 in Kentucky; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry E. and
Sallie Thomas of Westminister, Calif. and Calvin R. and Marilyn Thomas
of Woodland; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers
and sisters-in-law, Corban and Christine Thomas and Conley and Elizabeth
Thomas, all of Virginia, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Nine sisters and two brothers are deceased.
He retired from FMC Corp. in Hoopeston, where he was employed as a
machinist. He had also farmed in his earlier years.
He enjoyed gardening, square dancing and square dance calling; and
was a sports fan.
Mildred ''Mickey'' Dennis, 66, of Kankakee, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998)
at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Cremation rites have been accorded by the Hertz- Thoma Crematory. There
will be no visitation or services.
She was born July 10, 1932 in Middletown, Ohio, the daughter of Orville
and May Elton Sorell, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Elmo Dennis, whom she married in Ohio, now
of Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Bonnie Dennis of Indianapolis;
two daughters and sons-in-law, Marla and Rod Christensen of Fort Worth,
Texas, and Cathy and David Minor of Seattle, Wash.; three sisters; two
brothers; two grandchildren; one great- grandchildren.
Visitation for Robert Hayes Sr., 56, of Kankakee, will be from 10 a.m.
Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Chicago.
The Rev. Byron Whitehead will officiate.
Burial will be in Glenwood South Cemetery.
Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hayes died Sept. 28, 1998 at his home.
He was born Aug. 27, 1942, the son of Eugene and Mattie Hopper Hayes,
who are deceased.
Mr. Hayes retired from Republic Steel in Indiana.
Surviving are his wife, Molly of Chicago; sons and daughters-in-law,
Robert Jr. and Rosa, Bernell and Angie, Lorenzo and Peggie, David, John
and Cece, Leonard and Twana and Sylvester; daughters and sons-in- law,
Mattie and Richard, Catherin and Diana; sisters and a brother-in- law,
Minnie Riley and Mattie Hayes and Steve, all of Chicago; brothers and a
sister-in-law, Eugene and Gloria of Alabama and James Heyes of Chicago;
21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Sylvester and Johnny and a sister, Betty.
WILMINGTON - Bernice A. Boehne, 80, of Wilmington, formerly of Plainfield,
died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at
the Freitag Funeral Home in Wilmington. The Rev. Janet Hunt will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
She was born April 11, 1918 in New Minden, the daughter of William
and Mary Horstman Woker. Her parents, one sister and four brothers are
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia Dockery of
Braidwood and Becky and Robert Cessna of Mount Carmel; six grandchildren;