Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Phyllis Moreno

Visitation for Phyllis A. VanVleck Morena, 23, of Kankakee, was from 10-11 a.m. today at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel. Graveside services followed at 11:30 a.m. at Mound Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Joseph Tremonti officiated.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Moreno died Sunday (Nov. 15, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, from cancer, after a year's illness.
She was born Sept. 19, 1975, 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 uncles.
Her grandparents, Lillian Bleyle and William and Harriet VanVleck, are deceased.
Mrs. Moreno was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) for Home Health Care.
She helped the Spanish community as an interpreter.

Esther Steiner

EAST LYNN - Visitation for Esther I. Steiner, 74, of East Lynn, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park, where she was a member. The ministers of the church will officiate.
Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Steiner died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital.
She was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Rankin, the daughter of William and Lizzie Neukomm Farney.
Her husband, Amos E. Steiner, whom she married Sept. 14, 1947, in Cissna Park, died June 9, 1995.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Karen Steiner of Hoopeston; two daughters and sons- in-law, Elaine and Russell Burger of East Lynn and Carol and Richard Jones of Buena Park, Calif.; seven sisters, Helen Lackey of Paxton, Martha Farney of East Lynn, Louise Manz of Cissna Park, Marjorie Knapp of Congerville, Sophie Peyer of Whitewater, Wis., and Lucille Baker and Clara Bodager, both of Jeromesville, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three step- grandchildren; and one step great- grandson.
Two brothers and three sisters are deceased.

Pauline Federico

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Pauline Federico, 90, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Thursday (Nov. 12, 1998).
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Bridget's Church in Las Vegas.
Burial was in Palm Memorial Park.
She was born Feb. 10, 1908, in St. Anne, the daughter of Victor and Corrine Bertrand Beaupre.
Surviving are her husband, Paul; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Mae Beaudreau of Van Nuys, Calif., Lea Sheehan and Charlene and John Cooper, all of Pensacola, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a special nephew, Robert Baron of Apple Valley, Calif., who was raised by her parents; and other nieces and nephews of this area.
Three children, four brothers and six sisters are deceased, including Ruby Skube and Edna Beaupre, who died recently.

Ellen Benson

WILMINGTON - Ellen Mary Benson, 93, of Wilmington, died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at her residence.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington.
Services will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. to be celebrated by the Rev. Frank Vitus at St. Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Cottage and St. Rose Church, where she was a member and a member of the church's CCW.
She was born in Ashkum and resided in Wilmington for 52 years.
She and her husband, James, owned and operated the Brookside Clover Farm Store. Mr. Benson died in 1982.
A registerd nurse, she graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Kankakee and was employed by the State of Illinois in various supervisory positions. She was a member of the Illinois Retired Nurses Association.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Sue of Naples, Fla. and Joe and Melanie of Joliet; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Dean Plese of Millbrook, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A son John, who died in infancy, and four brothers are deceased.

Augusta Compton

CHAMPAIGN - Augusta W. Compton, 90, of Champaign, formerly of Arthur and Cissna Park, died Nov. 4 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Services were held Nov. 7 at Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. The Rev. Ken Fraley officiated.
Burial was in Danville National Cemetery.
She was born March 19, 1908, at Arthur, the daughter of George and Lizzie England Heerdt.
Her husband, Roscoe Bradshaw Compton, whom she married May 3, 1943, at Arthur, died Aug. 30, 1986.
Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis Ann Gray of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., and Nancy Miller of Tolono; a sister, Lanora Turner of Decatur; and three grandchildren.
Two sisters, a brother, two great- grandchildren and a great-great- grandchild are deceased.
Mrs. Compton worked at Progress Industries in Arthur and owned an automotive repair and paint shop with her husband in Arthur. She later worked as a waitress at Cissna Park and cooked for the American Legion.
She enjoyed embroidering.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Albert Golowski

Albert V. Golowski, 76, of Kankakee, died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.
Among survivors is his wife Polly. Mr. Glowski was a retired employee of Northern Illinois Gas.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Kankakee.

Alice Unger

Alice M. Unger, 80, of Kankakee, died today (Nov. 17, 1998) at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Leon Hoevet

GRANT PARK - Leon E. Hoevet, 82, of rural Grant Park, died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at his home.
Arrangments are pending at the Hub Funeral Chapel in Grant Park.

Opal Bradbury

PIPER CITY - Opal Marie Bradbury, 82, of Piper City, died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hosptial in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Ora Baker will officiate.
Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper city.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
She was born July 18, 1916 in Onarga, the daughter of Charles ''Pete'' and Emma Peters Weber. Raised and educated in Onarga and Roberts, she was a beautician. She also had worked in the office of Bradbury Plumbing in Piper City.
Surviving are her husband, Herbert ''Herb'' Bradbury, whom she married Feb. 15, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Carol Bradbury of Piper City and Ronald and Jackie Bradbury of Bonfield; one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Charlie Kerchenfaut of Piper City; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester Weber of Roberts; and one sister, Mildred Eppelheimer of Paxton.
Deceased are one sister, Vera Smethurst; four brothers, Clifford, Clarence, Ervin and Charles; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Piper City.
She was a member of the Junior Woman's Club, Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary and Illinois Bowling Association.
She enjoyed bowling, cooking and baking.

Albert Golowski

Visitation for Albert V. Golowski, 77, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a wake service at 4 p.m., at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday by the Fathers Dennis Settles and Ed O'Malley at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno or to St. Martin's Building fund.
Mr. Golowski died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.
A Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, he was a member of the American Legion Post 85 and the VFW, Kankakee.
Mr. Golowski also served on the Jury Commission and was a former 9-year Commissioner on the Kankakee Valley Park Board.
He was born Nov. 20, 1921 in Kankakee, the son of Zigmund V. and Mary Osenglewski Golowski, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Polly Clayton, whom he married Sept. 19, 1948 at St. Stanislaus Rectory in Kankakee; three sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Laura Golowski of Kankakee, Mark and Jane Golowski of Peoria and Mike and Beth Golowski of Bloomington; one sister, Dorothy Golowski of Chicago; six grandchildren Todd and Eric Golowski, Reid and Ellen Golowski and Matthew and Marc Artosqui.
His brother, Zig, is also deceased.
Mr. Golowski retired after 38 years employment with Northern Illinois Gas Company.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.
He was an avid golfer. (Pd.)

Alice Unger

CHICAGO HEIGHTS - Services for Alice M. Unger, 80, of Chicago Heights, formerly of Kankakee, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hertz- Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds will officiate. At the request of Mrs. Unger, her casket will be closed.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Unger died Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.
She was born July 31, 1918 in Kankakee, the daughter of Roy and Miriam Harris Dahling.
Her husband, Ira Unger, whom she married in 1946 in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Darrell Unger of Kankakee; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Roy and Clarice Dahling of Kankakee, Lillian Dahling of Mission Viejo, Calif. and Melba Enyart of Tempe, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
Three brothers, Johnny, Shirley and Howard Dahling and a daughter- in-law, Deanna, are also deceased.
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.
Mrs. Unger had been employed by Bear Brand Hosiery and L&S Bait Company.
She was a Cubs fan.

Leon Hoevet

GRANT PARK - Visitation for Leon E. Hoevet, 82, a retired farmer of Grant Park, will be from 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, with visitation from 10 a.m., at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Grant Park, where he was a member. The Rev. Clyde Lange will officiate.
Burial will be in Heusing Cemetery, Grant Park.
Memorials may be made to his church, the Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to the Grant Park Paramedics.
Mr. Hoevet died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998) at his residence.
Mr. Hoevet was a member of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau, a member of the grade school board in Grant Park.
He was born May 2, 1916 in rural Grant Park, the son of Otto and Minnie Martens Hoevet.
Surviving are his wife, the former Carol D. Kiedaisch, whom he married Oct. 12, 1940 in Grant Park; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Suzanne Hoevet of Bourbonnais; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and John Blanke of Barrington and Joyce and Dale Guy of Carson City, Nev.; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Clarence Heldt of rural Grant Park; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one step- grandchild.
One brother Martin G. Hoevet and two sisters, Evelyn Dupuis and Eloise Songero are deceased.
Mr. Hoevet played basketball and baseball and enjoyed sports at all levels. In 1927, he witnessed the first ballgame in Chicago between the New York Yankees and the White Sox, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He also was a lifelong Cubs Fan.
He was a member of the church Council, the Brotherhood of the church, adult fellowship and the Dart Ball League at the church.
He enjoyed golfing for over 30 years.

Myrtle Brooner

WILMINGTON - Myrtle L. Adkins Brooner, 88, of Wilmington, died Monday (Nov. 16, 1998).
Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Lloyd Kemble will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Helen and Raymond Munson of Wilmington and Josephine Lewis of Wisconsin; one daughter-in-law, Lois (Kenneth) Hutchison of Iowa; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Cotton of Arizona; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her first husband Orean Adkins; second husband James Brooner; one son, Russell; three sisters; four brothers; one great-grandson; and one great-granddaughter are deceased.

Gardner Allison

DWIGHT - Gardner Allison, 83, of Dwight, died today (Nov. 18, 1998) at the Morris Hospital in Morris.
Tentative arrangements are for visitaiton on Thusday and services on Friday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel.

Algis Kupcikevicius

Algis J. Kupcikevicius, 57, of Corona, Calif., formerly a resident of the Kankakee area, died Oct. 20, 1998 at his home, after a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee. Inurnment and graveside services will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 16, 1941 in Lithuania, the son of Antanas and Ona Cergerlyte Kupcikevicius and immigrated with his family to the United States via Ellis Island after World War II.
He graduated from Eastern Illinois University and had previously taught high school in Mattoon. Later he enjoyed a career in business sales.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Janet Sullivan, whom he married in November of 1968 in Mattoon, who resides in Corona; his father, brother Kazys Kupcikevicius and sister and brother-in-law, Grazina and Charles Sommer, all of Bradley; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Chapman of Phoenix, Ariz; many nieces and nephews; a brother-in- law, Brad Sullivan of Mattoon; and relatives in Lithuana.
He was a member of various civic and fraternal organizations, including the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed camping, travel, gardening, cooking and was an ardent supporter of Lithuania's recent Independence Movement and took great pride in his ethnic heritage and history.

Curtis Gentry

BRACEVILLE - Curtis L. Gentry, 40, of Braceville, died Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at the Morris Hospital, from ill health.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel, where services will be at 10 a.m. The Rev. Steven Kettelkamp will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
Memorials may be made to the family for a trust fund for the children.
He was born May 30, 1958, the son of Joe and Ila Hudgins Gentry. His father is deceased and his mother resides in South Wilmington.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Malinda Scovel, whom he married Nov. 16, 1990 in Braceville; four daughters and three sons, all at home, Corey Gentry, Danita Peddicord, Joye Gentry and Anna Gentry, Joshua Peddicord, Nicholas Peddicord and James Peddicord; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty Joe Gentry of Morris and Brenda and Dale Waldschmidt of South Wilmington; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Curtis was previously employed at Dow Chemical in Channahon, Panel Authority in Plainfield and at the WCSJ radio station in Morris. He was a former member of the Braceville Village Board and the Braceville Grade School board.
A veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy.
In his leisure, he enjoyed constructing WWII models and computers.

Ethel Mae Asay

THAWVILLE - Ethel Mae Asay, 100, of Thawville, died Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. Friday until the 3 p.m. services, at the Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts. The Rev. Melvin Bell will officiate.
Burial will be in Thawville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Gilman Nursing Home or Thawville United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
Mrs. Asay lived in the Thawville area all her life and worked at Western Condensor in Watseka for 20 years.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.
She was born Jan. 30, 1898 at Onarga, the daughter of Daniel and Eliza Wells Hastings. Her husband, George W. Asay, whom she married Jan. 25, 1921 at Watseka, died Aug. 15, 1988.
Surviving are one daughter, Frieda Theesfield of Odessa; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one nephew John Karas of Stevensville, Mich.
Two brothers, two sisters, one son and one granddaughter are deceased.
Mrs. Asay had been a resident at Gilman Nursing Home for at least four or five years says assistant activities director Denise Clark.
Ms. Clark says Mrs. Asay was an avid Bingo player and also crocheted and read her Bible daily almost up to the end. She also had a daily meditation time with a little booklet which provided Bible lessons and verses for each day.
Not only did she read the Bible but she practiced what she read. That's what she based her longevity on: no smoking or drinking.
''She really was a remarkable little lady,'' Ms. Clark said today. Mrs. Asay had no serious health problems, she ''just wore out.''
Mrs. Asay was one of three residents over 100 portrayed in a March article in The Journal. The others are Lily Brantley who will be 101 in January and Elsie Malone who died a few months ago at the age of 104.

Alfred Balzuweit

WILMINGTON - Alfred A. Balzuweit Sr., 98, died Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at Embassy Care Center in Wilmington.
At his request, private cremation rites were accorded with inurnment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Arrangements were by Grant- Tapella-Freitag, Westwood Memorial Chapel, Joliet.
He currently resided in Channahon, but formerly resided in Chicago and later in Sarasota, Fla.
He was born Aug. 12, 1900 in Danzig, Germany, coming to the U.S. in 1928. He became a citizen of the U.S. in 1933.
Mr. Balzuweit was a wood carver and pattern maker, working in the furniture industry for many years before retiring.
Surviving are a son and daughter- in-law, Alfred A. and Louise Balzuweit Jr. of Channahon; one grandson, Karl (Lisa) Balzuweit of Coal City; one great-grandson; and many nieces, and nephews of Germany.
His wife, the former Marta Kroll; four brothers; two sisters and a brother and sister in infancy, are deceased.

Harvey Tapp

Harvey G. Tapp, 58, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Nov. 17, 1998) at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Center.
Visitation and services are tentatively scheduled for Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.

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