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Charles Geddes

WATSEKA - Visitation for Charles ''Chick'' Geddes, 86, of Watseka, will be from 3-6 p.m. today at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The Revs. Neil Larimore and Bob McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or Watseka United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Mr. Geddes died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Geddes owned and operated a grocery store in Milford in 1930, and had a hardware store in Milford in 1950 and 1960.
He farmed near Milford on land homesteaded by his grandfather.
He was a member of the Milford Village Board, Milford Chamber of Commerce, American Legion of Milford, Milford Lions Club, Farm Bureau, and the ASCS. He was very interested in soil and water conservation. 
He was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Milford, the son of George and Minnie Mae Judy Geddes.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy Brunskill, of Watseka, whom he married Oct. 28, 1951, in Reddick; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Becky Geddes or Hoopeston, Richard and Melinda Geddes of Cortez, Colo.; one daughter and son-in- law, Barbara and David McCann of Aloha, Ore.; one sister, Cathren Montieth of Watseka; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers and three sisters.
He had been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for 65 years and was secretary for 35 of those years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the South Pacific and Japan.

Raymond Kelly

MANTENO - Visitation for Raymond Joseph Kelly, 56, of Manteno, will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, with a 7 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, where he was a member. The Rev. Edward Grotovsky will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Cemetery, Monee.
Mr. Kelly died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at his home from cancer.
He was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Chicago.
His wife, the former Marnita Kline, whom he married in June 1963, in Monee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Joseph Kelly of Monee; one daughter and son- in-law, Dawn and Joe Murphy of Manteno; one step-sister, Georgette Jarzabek of Beaverville; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are his mother, Eunice Kelly Jarzabek; and step-father, Andy Jarzabek.
Mr. Kelly had been a welder at Thrall Car for 35 years.

Ruth Connell

WILMINGTON - Ruth M. Connell, 69, of Wilmington, formerly of Chicago, died Wednesday (Nov. 25, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Hospital.
Visitation and burial will be private.
Surviving is a dear friend, Carl Westman.
Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, is in charge of arrangements.

Mae Kile

Visitation for Mae A. Kile, 75, of Kankakee, will be from 1-4 p.m. today at the Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home, Kankakee, and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Martin Haeger will officiate.
Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery, Limestone Township.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Kile died Wednesday (Nov. 25, 1998) at Miller HealthCare Center, Kankakee.
She was born May 14, 1923, in Kankakee, the daughter of Charles and Frances Prillwitz Wischnowski.
Her husband, Warren Kile Sr., whom she married in 1940 in Kankakee, died in 1971.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jerry and Elizabeth Kile of Bourbonnais, Warren Kile of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in- law, Linda and Daniel Kokora of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Edna M. Styck of St. Anne, Elsie E. Denault of Bonfield; six grandchildren; and a special family friend, Edward St. Aubin of Kankakee.
Deceased are four brothers, Elmer, Carl, Clarence and Harold Wischnowski; and one sister, Nelda B. Asher.
Mrs. Kile had been an employee of Saga Foods at Olivet Nazarene University.
She raised her family in Altorf moving to Kankakee later.
She attended the Mapes Country School in District 65 in Limestone Township.

Marvin Fetzer

O'DELL - Marvin L. ''Marv'' Fetzer, 62, of O'Dell, died Monday (Nov. 23, 1998) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Fred C. Dames West Chapel, Joliet, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Nathan Emmons will officiate.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Fetzer retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company as a machine repairman after over 30 years of service.
He had been employed at Jensens Amoco Service Station in O'Dell.
He was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Streator.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Mary Fetzer of O'Dell; one son, Marvin W. Fetzer and his fiancee Susan Metes of Wilmington; three daughters and one son-in-law, Jennee and Patrick McClard of Plainfield, Nancy Fetzer of Phoenix, Ariz., Marylou Attebery of Pontiac; his father, Marvin Louis ''Duke'' Fetzer of Ottawa; one sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Charlie Vogel of Perrysburg, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Deceased is his mother, Romilda Stuart.
He was a longtime Shorewood and Channahon area resident before retiring to O'Dell.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 300, the National Rifle Associaton and the Machinist Retirees Club Lodge 851.
A sportsman, he enjoyed shooting.

Josie Watson

Josie Bell Watson, 62, of Kankakee, died Friday (Nov. 27, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Watson.
Arrangements are pending at the Lax Mortuary.

Arthur Putnam

Arthur F. ''Put'' Putnam, 81, of Bradley, died Sunday (Nov. 22, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bradley. The Rev. Mary Louise Haxton will officiate.
Cremation rites were accorded by the Hertz-Thoma Crematory, Kankakee.
Inurnment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Putnam was a painter for 50 years for Local 467.
He was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Gibson City, the son of Louis and Minnie Hoskins Putnam.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Weling, whom he married Sept. 13, 1951, at St. Rose Church; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Earl Raymond of Cabery, Theresa and Ken Brueggert of Bourbonnais, Laurie and Scott Salzman of Kankakee; one sister, Maxine Ward of Bradley; one brother, Archie Putnam of Kankakee; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one brother, LeRoy ''Roy.''
He was a past member of the Elks.

Johanna Gierke

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Johanna S. Gierke, 99, of Chebanse, will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the services at 10 a.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton. The Rev. William H. Callister will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, Clifton.
Mrs. Gierke died Friday (Nov. 27, 1998) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton.
She was born May 29, 1899, in Chebanse, the daughter of John and Sophie Schwark Winterroth.
Her husband, John H. Gierke, whom she married Sept. 9, 1920, in Kankakee, died Sept. 8, 1979.
Surviving are one daughter, Betty Wilking of Chebanse; three grandchildren, Priscilla and Ron Williams of Bourbonnais, Fred and Carol Wilking, and Peggy Wilking, all of Chebanse, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Gierke was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Clifton and the Ladies Group. (Pd.)

Leland Ader

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Leland R. Ader, 78, of Chebanse, will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Hertz- Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Mr. Ader died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Memorials may be made to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Carle Foundation Hospital, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, Ill. 61801.

Gertrude McGinnis

REDDICK - Gertrude Marie McGinnis, 71, of Reddick, who owned and operated Oliver Sales and Service in Reddick for nearly 50 years, died Wednesday (Nov. 25, 1998) at RML Specialty Hospital, Hinsdale.
A wake service will be from 3:30-4 p.m. today, followed by visitation from 4-8 p.m. at the Von Qualen Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, and from 9-9:30 a.m. Monday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church, Reddick, where she was a member, by the Rev. Richard Kostelz.
Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Campus.
Memorials may be made to the Reddick Ambulance and Fire Department or to the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Reddick for Masses.
She worked for the Shafer-Pearson Insurance Agency in Chatsworth until shortly before her death.
She was a dispatcher for the Reddick Fire Department, a board member for the Reddick Ambulance Service, and coordinator of Senior Citizen's Meals in Reddick.
She was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Kankakee, the daughter of Edward James and Ada O'Brien McGinnis.
Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, James and Ruth McGinnis of Reddick; two nephews, Richard (Robin) McGinnis of Normal, Terry McGinnis of Reddick; two nieces, Amy (Dan) O'Connell of Springfield, Jill (Steven) Kern of Morton; three great-nephews and one great-niece.
Deceased are her parents.
Miss McGinnis was educated in Reddick schools.
She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women, had been a member of the BPW in Kankakee, and was a charter member of the FireBelles Auxiliary in Reddick.
She enjoyed traveling, sports events, her family, and community activities.

Kathryn Stumpf

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Kathryn J. Stumpf, nee McMican, of Panama City, Fla., former area resident, died Friday (Nov. 27, 1998) one day shy of age 64, at Bay Medical Center, Panama City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Smith-Southerland Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Floyd Wright will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jean Stumpf.
She was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Rosiclare, Ill., the daughter of the late Clifton and Ruth May McMican.
Surviving are a son and two daughters, Donald M. Stumpf of Panama City, Dawn Marie Bellows and husband Charles ''Chuck'' of Panama City and Jennie Gosche' and husband Wesley Wright of Rockville, Md.; brother, Charles O. ''Chuck'' McMican of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.; four grandchildren, Amy, Michael, Amber, and Melinda Bellows and great-grandson, Anthony, all of Panama City; a niece, Darla Stumpf of Waterloo, Ill.; and former husband, Jim Stumpf of Panama City.
Mrs. Stumpf was preceded in death by her parents of Bradley, Ill. and a sister Mary Lou.
She was a nanny and caretaker until retirement. (Pd.)

Mabel Shaul

UNIVERSITY PARK - Mabel N. Shaul, 79, of University Park, formerly of Wolcott and Indianapolis, Ind., died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at Anchorage of Beecher, Beecher.
Visitation will be from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Steger Memorial Chapel.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Deer Creek Christian Church, University Park, where she was a member. The Rev. Earl Ferguson will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Steger.
Memorials may be made to Help Ministry of Deer Creek Christian Church.
She was born Jan. 26, 1919, in Wolcott, Ind., the daughter of Ray and Ada Ellen Foster Plummer.
Her husband, Eldon Shaul, whom she married July 18, 1938, in Wolcott, Ind., died Aug. 30, 1991.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Frances Shaul of Indianapolis, Ind., Bradley and Beth Shaul of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and James Tiller of Steger; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Roy Leader of Romney, Ind.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother, Ray Plummer in 1985.
Mrs. Shaul retired as a sales clerk after working for Marshall Fields in Park Forest for 16 years.
She served as a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
She was a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the church choir and Help Ministry at Deer Creek Christian Church.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Never Too Old Club at Deer Creek Christian Church.

Sandra Cooper

INGRAM, Texas - Sandra Ellen Dvorak Cooper, 49, of Ingram, Texas, formerly of Essex, died Sunday (Nov. 22, 1998) at her residence.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Hilltop Village Nursing Home Chapel.
Arrangements are by the Sizemore Funeral Home, Kerrville, Texas.
She was born Sept. 1, 1949, in Kankakee, the daughter of Al and Marge Dvorak.
Surviving are her husband, Dan Cooper, whom she married April 12, 1983, in Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Kankakee; one son, Justin Cooper; one daughter, Megan Cooper; her father of Essex; one brother, Ron Dvorak of Essex; and one sister, Natalie Lee of Bloomington.
Mrs. Cooper had been a resident of Ingram for 15 years after relocating from the Kankakee area in 1983.
She worked for the past eight years as a receiving clerk and demo co-ordinator for WalMart in Kerrville.

Kenneth Hertz

AROMA PARK - Kenneth O. Hertz, 62, of Aroma Park, died Saturday (Nov. 28, 1998) at Kankakee Rehabilitation Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel in Kankakee.

John Williamson

YORKVILLE - John Williamson, 93, of Yorkville, died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at Sunrise-Hillside Nursing Home in Yorkville.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, 210 Madison St., Oswego, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Charles E. ''Ted'' Glidden will officiate.
Burial will be in the Oswego Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Braidwood, 106 Lincoln St., Braidwood, Ill. 60408.
He was born May 28, 1905, in Braidwood, the son of Alfred and Hattie Althea Melbourne Williamson.
His wife, Lillian L. Williamson, died in 1985.
Surviving are four sisters-in-law, Gloria Moore, Elena Hibler, Joanne Senko, and Elizabeth Irish; one brother-in-law, LeRoy Bergman; nine nieces and four nephews.
Deceased are four sisters, Jenny Murray, Harriet Neill Webster, Ida Breemes Bross, and Anna Loena Brown; half-sister, Laura Ellen Irish Young Thompson; two brothers, Ben And William Williamson; half-brother, Walter G. Irish; and three nephews.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Braidwood.
He was a member of the Kendall County Farm Bureau, Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation Board where he served on the board.
He farmed from 1925-1939 in Goose Lake Township, Grundy County and 1939-1998 on the Williamson Farm in Oswego Township, Kendall County.
He was a historian, a Lincoln scholar and enjoyed reading and fishing.

Kenneth Heusing

SPRINGFIELD - Kenneth E. Heusing, 78, of Springfield, died Monday (Nov. 23, 1998) at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Services were held at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Park Meadows Baptist Church, Lincoln. The Rev. S.M. Davis officiated.
Burial was Nov. 25 in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
He was born July 3, 1920, in Kankakee, the son of Clarence and Irene Molthan Heusing.
Surviving are his wife, the former Myrtle Dillehay, whom he married in 1945 in Grant Park; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Vivian and Robert Bonser of Manteno, Beverly and Alfred Marcotte of Bourbonnais; Elizabeth Long of Sanford, Fla.; and Joann Revis of Palo Alto, Calif.
Mr. Heusing was a retired sales clerk for Gee Lumber Co. in Chicago.
He was a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church in Lincoln.

Mary Lee Peterson

MOMENCE - Mary Lee Peterson, 68, of Momence, died Saturday (Nov. 28, 1998) at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7- 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cotter Funeral Home in Momence. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Momence, where she was a member. The Revs. James Ruberg and Dan Taylor will officiate.
Burial was in Momence Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Momence.
A 1953 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, she taught Home Economics and was a substitute teacher at Momence.
She was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Paris, the daughter of Fred and Sada Lee Henn, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, C. William Peterson, whom she married Dec. 20, 1954 in Paris; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Richard Smith of Peoria, Barbara and Randy McWhorter of Fishers, Ind. and Nancy and Scott Alexander of Belleville; and five grandchildren.
She was a member of the Minervas Sorority in Kankakee.

Arthur Good

WATSEKA - Arthur C. Good, 73, of Watseka, died Saturday (Nov. 28, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. The Rev. Dean Botjen will officiate.
He was born Feb. 24, 1925 in Oak Park, the son of Arthur C. and Lillian C. Voss Good Sr., who are deceased.
Mr. Good served in the Army during World War II.
He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka.
A life-long musician, trombonist and organist, formerly of Villa Park, he was a member of the Army Post Band in Flora, Miss. He toured with many big name bands of the era: Clyde McCoy, Elmo Tanner, Benny Strong, Bob Strong, Teddy Phillips and worked shows with Bob Hope, Jerry Colona, Hildegarde, Buddy and Jerry Jester, among many. His trombone was frequently heard on national radio broadcasts of the ''Coca-Cola Spotlight Parade of Big Name Bands.'' He worked at the Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms in Chicago and the Rainbow Ballroom and the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
He worked the last 20 years with his brother, James Good, as a musical duo. His brother survives.
Mr. Good studied for years with Jardslav Cimera.
He was member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local and The American Federation of Musicians.

Nearlean Mobley

Nearlean Mobley, 85, of Kankakee, died Nov. 23, 1998 at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation and services were today at Homewood Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Homewood.
Burial followed at Homewood Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors.
She was born July 7, 1913 in Arkansas, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Brown Palmer.
She had worked in hospitals as a certified nurses aid.
Surviving are nieces and nephews, Ruth Cotter, Clyde, Albert and Lewis Patterson, Michael Phillips, Samela Ramirez and Bertha Davidson.
Deceased are a son, two sisters and one brother.

Alvera LaMontagne

Alvera J. LaMontagne, 77, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (Nov. 29, 1998).
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee.

Raymond Kelly

MANTENO - Visitation for Raymond Joseph Kelly, 56, of Manteno, will be from 3-8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Edward Grotovsky at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Cemetery, Monee.
Mr. Kelly died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) at his home from cancer.
Mr. Kelly had been a welder at Thrall Car for 35 years.
He was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Chicago. His mother Eunice Kelly Jarzabek survives.
His wife, the former Marnita Kline, whom he married in June 1963, in Monee, is deceased.
Also surviving are one son, Joseph Kelly of Monee; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Joe Murphy of Manteno; one step-sister, Georgette Jarzabek of Beaverville; and three grandchildren.
His step-father, Andy Jarzabek is deceased.

Marise Swan

ONARGA - Marise A. Swan, 60, of Onarga, formerly of Forest Park, died Sunday (Nov. 29, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Joe Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
She was born March 15, 1938 in Chicago, the daughter of Edgar H. and Ethel M. Hart Anderson.
Surviving are her husband, Howard Swan, whom she married April 7, 1955 in Lexington, Ky.; one son, James E. Swan of Plainfield; three daughters, Terry L. Swan of Brookfield, Catherine ''Cate'' M. Swan and Laura L. Swan, both of Onarga; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and two brothers.

Tyler Doran

GRANT PARK - Tyler T. Doran, 79, of Grant Park died Saturday (Nov. 28, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Arrangements were by Cotter funeral Home in Momence.
He was born Feb. 28, 1919 in Oak Park, the son of Harry and Alice Little Doran.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Navy submarine.
Surviving are his wife, the former Jeanette Potochny, whom he married June 17, 1945 in Harvey; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nancy Ann Doran of Berwyn and Debra and Larry Myers of Herscher; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Terry T. Doran of Branson, Mo., and Thomas and Dawn Doran of Sollitt; 12 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Deceased are one brother, one sister and one daughter.
Mr. Doran retired from Oak Park Hospital where he maintained the refrigerator systems. He also was a pipefitter and had worked at Kerr Funeral Home as a funeral director.
He was a member of the Tinley Park VFW and Disabled Veterans in Wisconsin.


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