ESTES PARK, Colo. - Wilbur Benjamin, 78, of Estes Park, Colo., former
area resident, died Dec. 3, 1998 at Poudre Valley Hospital.
Mr. Benjamin worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring
in 1975 as a supervisor at the Manteno, Ill. post office. He joined the
Civilian Conservation Corps, serving for two years in Madison, Wis.
He was born Dec. 22, 1920 in Bradley, the son of Sidney and Marie Bellemore
He married Claudia Bignani on Jan. 26, 1946 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic
Church, Kankakee. Mr. Benjamin had been a visitor to Estes Park since 1953
and moved there in June 1, 1979. He had been a resident of Manteno since
In Manteno, he was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, a Boy
Scout leader for many years, president of the Parents Club and the Sportsmen
Club, a member of the town planning committee and a board member of Hillman
A memorial Mass was celebrated by the Rev. James Simko at 9 a.m. Dec.
7, at Our Lady of The Mountains Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Memorials may be made to the Estes Park Library Foundation of his church,
in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, P.O. Box 4380, Estes Park, Colo. 80517.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jerry
Lauer of Tucson, Ariz., and Marilyn and Jack Champion of Katy, Texas; three
granddaughters, two grandsons, one half-sister, Mildred Owen of Bloomington;
and several nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed hiking and snowshoing, founding Men of Mountaineers. He
was the president of the Gun and ARchery Club for seven years and a volunteer
at the Long's Peak Ranger Station in Rocky MOuntain National Park for two
PAXTON - Visitation for Cecil S. Potts, 83, of Paxton, will be from
5-8 p.m. today at the Knapp-Miller Funeral Home in Paxton, where services
will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. the Rev. Larry Cavender will officiate.
Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Memorials may be to the donor's choice.
Mr. Potts died Monday (Dec. 7, 1998) at Ford County Nursing Home.
He was born Jan. 12, 1915 in Hyannis, Neb., the son of Samuel and Addie
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Luttrell, whom he married Feb.
5, 1935 in Casey County, Ky.; four sons, Eldridge Potts of Ashkum, Elvis
Potts of Gilman, Jim Potts of Somerset, Ky., and Doug Potts of Paxton;
one daughter, Dollie Riblet of Paxton; two sisters, Faye Sumpter of Nancy,
Ky., and Ida Horvath of Batavia, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother.
Mr. Potts drove a truck, delivered mail, worked at a broom factory
and ran a sawmill for several years before moving to Illinois.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Rantoul.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
WHEATON - Joseph L. Cote, 76, Kankakee native and long time resident
of Wheaton, died Monday (Dec. 7, 1998) at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at William Kampp Funeral
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael
Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Cote retired in 1988, after 35 years with Reynolds Metals Co.,
Surviving are one sister, Sister Suzanne Cote of Kankakee; three children,
Kathy, Scott (Denise) and Keith (Angela) Cote; five grandchildren; sister-in-law
and brother-in-law, Dorothea and George Ingold.
His wife, the former Ginny Jasper is deceased.
HERSCHER - Blanche M. Feller, 74, of Herscher, died Wednesday (Dec.
9, 1998) at her residence.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday with a wake service at 7:30
p.m. at the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ronald Hart at 10 a.m.
Saturday at St. Margaret-Mary Church, Herscher, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Herscher.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice
of Kankakee Valley.
She was born July 26, 1924 in Limestone Township, the daughter of Frank
and Edith Yeates Hertz.
Surviving are her husband, Leo Feller, whom she married April 21, 1945
in Bradley; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Frederick Feller of Kankakee
and Francis and Wanda Feller of Herscher; three daughters and sons-in-law,
Patricia A. and William Ehrheart of Kankakee, Dorothy M. and Dale Snyder
of Buckingham and Joanne M. and Brett Watson of Chandler, Ariz.; two sisters,
Ruth Dato and Alice Moody, both of Limestone; four brothers and three sisters-in-law,
Vernon Hertz and Warren Hertz, both of Limestone, Frank Hartwell and Helen
Hertz of Bonfield, Floyd Hertz of Marcellus, Mich., Mary K. Hertz of Watseka
and Mary J. Hertz of Kankakee; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Ronald Feller; two brothers, Elwin and Clyde
Hertz; one sister, Edna Ward and a grandson, Andrew Feller.
Mrs. Feller worked for three years at Florence Stove; 17 years at the
Herscher School District, retiring in 1994.
She was a member of the Herscher American Legion Auxiliary.
She enjoyed crocheting.
Visitation for Stella Rose King, 89, of Bradley, will be from 9 a.m.-10:30
a.m. Friday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Antczak at 11 a.m.
Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley, where she was a member.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Rene Dionne Missionary,
Harbor House, or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. King died Sunday (Dec. 6, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born April 19, 1909 in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph and
Anna Lechouit Steczynski.
Mrs. King was employed by General Foods Corp. in quality control for
19 years and also for Miner Laundromat for eight years.
Surviving are two sons, Ray J. King of Bourbonnais and Ronald W. King
of Minot, N.D.; one daughter and son-in-law, Howard and Rose Marie (Herzog)
Farthing of Kankakee; one sister, Mary Anderson Childers of Kankakee; eight
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are five brothers, Joseph and Walter Steczynski, and Stanley,
Frank and Henry Stanek; and two sisters, Kathrine Steczynski and Helen
She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella.
ROBERTS - Lester Weber, 86, of Roberts, died Wednesday (Dec. 9, 1998)
at the Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Arrangements are pending at the
Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts.
Joseph Hruz, 82, of Essex, died Wednesday (Dec. 9, 1998) at Manor Care
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home,
BEAVERVILLE - Virgil M. Martell, 92, of Beaverville, died Wednesday
(Dec. 9, 1998) at Gilman Nursing Center.
Visitation, with a wake service, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the
Clancy-Gernon- Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Coleman at 10
a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Beaverville, where he was a member.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Beaverville.
Memorials may be made to the restoration of St. Mary's Church.
He was born Aug. 30, 1906 in Beaverville, the son of Modest and Emma
His wife, the former Cecile Regnier, whom he married July 27, 1926
in Beaverville, died Sept. 25, 1995.
Mr. Martell was a retired grain farmer and retired employee of Kroehler
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Mathan and Margene Martell
of Dorcas, W.Va., Richard and Joyce Martell of Kankakee and Gerald and
Gertrude Martell of Spokane, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Six brothers and six sisters are deceased.
MANTENO - Emily Catherine ''Cathy'' Tamblyn, 56, of Manteno, died Wednesday
(Dec. 9, 1998) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Funeral Home,
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Manteno,
where she was a member, elder and on the Christian Education Committee.
The Rev. Larry Moslener will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to her church or to St. Mary's Oncology Department.
A teacher at U Are U Nursery School, she had taught school in the Manteno
area for 30 years.
She was born Jan. 20, 1942 in Chicago, the daughter of Richard C. and
Floy M. McCachren Bubolz, who are deceased.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, John R. and Megan L.
Tamblyn and Jay W. Tamblyn, all of Manteno; three sisters and brothers-in-law,
Marianne and Gerald Konz and Noel and Richard Pearson, all of Wisconsin,
and Betty Jean and Arnold Ludwig of Indiana; one brother and sister-in-law,
Jim and Anita Bubolz McCachren of Michigan.
She was a member of the Manteno Women's Book Club.
MANTENO - Wesley A. ''Wes'' Barrie, 74, of Manteno, died Thursday (Dec.
10, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital of lung cancer.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at Brown Funeral Home in Manteno.
The Rev. Ed Grotovsky will officiate.
Private burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to Provena St. Mary's Oncology department or
He was born Nov. 4, 1924 in Manteno, the son of Arthur and Bernadette
Surviving are his wife, the former Josephine Baker, whom he married
June 26, 1948 in Manteno; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and John
Downey of St. Louis, Mo., Patty and Dennis Vogeler of Houston, Texas and
Bonnie and Steve Earling of Bourbonnais; seven grandchildren; and four
Deceased are his parents; a daughter, Linda Barrie; and a grandson,
Mr. Barrie was retired, having worked at Ford Motor Co. and as a plumber/pipefitter
for Chicago Stamping.
He was a veteran of the Navy and a member of the American Legion and
He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Manteno.
Lula Mae Rose
NEW BURNSIDE, Ill. - Lula Mae Rose, 90, of New Burnside, Ill., died
Wednesday (Dec. 9, 1998) at home.
Among survivors are four daughters, Wanda Rose of New Burnside, Shirley
Martin of Mt. Vernon, Lee Irving of Las Vegas, Nev., and Barbara Volkmann
of Kankakee; two sisters, Reba Schriner of Kankakee and Evalyn-Bobbie Smith
of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and 10
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home,
106 E. Walnut St., Carrier Mills, Ill., where visitation will be from 6-8
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Ozark, Ill.
Memorials may be made to TIP Hospice in Anna or to Zion Cemetery, Ozark.
Marjorie Eileen Lackey, 74, of Bradley, died Thursday (Dec. 10, 1998)
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Kankakee Chapel of the
Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The
Rev. Fred Goldschmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Peoples Church, where she was a member.
She was born Nov. 11, 1924 in Carterville, the daughter of James and
May Jones Henson.
Her husband, Harley N. Lackey, whom she married March 20, 1940 is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Sandy Lackey
of Bradley, Harley Leon and Judy Lackey of St. Anne and Kenneth and Debbie
Lackie, formerly of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and
Steven Regnier of Bonfield; one sister, Grace Johnson of Arizona; 12 grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three sons, Gary Ray, Jackie Wayne and Terry Lee Lackey;
one brother, Kenneth Henson; and a granddaughter, Hillary Jean Lackey.
She enjoyed crafts and her CB.
ROBERTS - Visitation for Lester Weber, 86, a lifetime farmer of Roberts,
will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, and from
9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 11:30 a.m. services at St. Peter's Lutheran
Church in Thawville, where he was a member. The Rev. Paul Scheunemann will
Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery in Roberts.
Mr. Weber died Wednesday (Dec. 9, 1998) at Provena Covenant Medical
Center in Urbana.
He was born Jan. 14, 1912 near LaHogue, the son of Charles and Emma
Surviving are his wife, the former Ida Demien, whom he married Feb.
23, 1936 in Thawville; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Marietta
Weber of Roberts; two grandchildren, Mark (Gina) Weber and Melissa (Ty)
Eshleman; three great-grandchildren; and one sister and brother- in-law,
Mildred and Wayne Eppelheimer of Paxton.
Four brothers and two sisters are deceased.
Lillian A. Roark, 83, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 10, 1998) in
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, with a prayer service at
7 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. Pastor Don
Linnell of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kankakee, where she was a member,
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Springfield National
Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born Oct. 8, 1915 in Fulton, Tenn., the daughter of Luther
and Nancy Robertson Bell.
Her husband, Baxter Roark, whom she married Dec. 27, 1943 in Sikeston,
Mo., died in April 1992.
Mrs. Roark retired in 1974 from W.T. Grant where she was a clerk.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Richard Ogdon of
Kankakee; one granddaughter, Allison Ogdon of Kankakee; one sister, Gladys
Pann of McHenry; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Bell
of Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Bell of Crystal Lake.
Her son, Darryl Roark, and a sister, Rose Green, are deceased.
She loved to bowl and play cards and loved the Cubs baseball team.
She volunteered at Skaggs Hospital in Branson, Mo., for many years.
Wilbur E. Vickroy, 86, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 10, 1998) in
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10:30 a.m. services
at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Jan. 17, 1912 in Kankakee, the son of Everett and Sophie
His wife, the former Ida Blanchette, whom he married Oct. 16, 1937
at St. Patrick's Church, is deceased.
Surviving is a niece and her husband, Karlene and Tom Streit of Rockford.
His brother, Karl Vickroy, and a niece, Sharon Craig, are deceased.
Mr. Vickroy owned Ben Franklin Store in Richmond, Ind., retiring in
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army. He was a past member
of the Kankakee American Legion.
He had been a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Kankakee.
COAL CITY - Lenora Bowden, 74, a resident of Coal City since 1957, died
Thursday (Dec. 10, 1998) at her home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Reeves Funeral Home
in Coal City, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Richard
Reader Sr. will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Joliet Area Hospice.
She was born Jan. 28, 1924 in Hornersville, Mo., the daughter of Ellis
and Nora Hobbs Coleman, who are deceased.
Mrs. Bowden had been employed as a nurses aide for 20 years at the
Grundy County Home.
Surviving are one son, Billie Don Bowden of Carbondale; one daughter
and son-in-law, Janice and rudy Anderson of Minooka; nine grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Arlis Robinson of Indiana and Ethna
Linderman of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
A son, Bob is deceased.
ESSEX - Services for Joseph Hruz, 82, of Essex, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday
at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Deacon Joseph Cotugno
Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Est., Lemont.
Mr. Hruz died Wednesday (Dec. 9, 1998) at Manor Care Health Services,
He was born Sept. 1, 1916 in Czechoslovakia.
Surviving are his wife, Sylvia; two sons, Terry and Michael; two daughters,
Bonnie and Marsha.
Mr. Hruz retired from Bag Craft of Chicago.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mardelle Marie ''Marty'' Todd, 70, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Dec.
9, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hertz-Thoma
Funeral Chapel, Kankakee. Graveside services and burial will follow services
in the Limestone Cemetery.
She was born Aug. 8, 1928 in Onarga, the daughter of Ernest and Bernice
Nighsonger Wilson, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, David E. Todd, whom she married May 30,
1971 in Milford; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Steven Wilson and
John Wilson, both of Kankakee, and Jody and Allison Wilson of Joliet; one
daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim O'Connor of Limestone Township;
one stepson and spouse, George and Hazel Todd of Americus, Ga.; 16 grandchildren;
three great- grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.
Also deceased are one sister, Donna and an infant brother.
She was a past member of the Presbyterian Church in Onarga.
She was a Bull's fan and enjoyed Bingo.
WILMINGTON - Ronald J. VanDuyne, 59, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Dec.
Private visitation and services will be held Saturday at the Reeves
Funeral Home, Wilmington, according to his wishes. The Rev. Frank Vitus
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials are requested for the Kuzma Cottage, Wilmington.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nick VanDuyne; two sisters
and one brother-in-law, JoAnn and Richard Hooper of Wilmington and Nicky
Williams of Peoria; four nieces, Gina McDannold, Jamie Hooper and Shelley
and Tonya Williams; three great- nieces and two great-nephews; and many
aunts and uncles.
His grandparents are deceased, Mr. and Mrs. Mose VanDuyne and Mr. and
Mrs. Oscar Ginter.
COAL CITY - Charlotte Camp, 71, of Coal City, died Friday (Dec. 4, 1998)
in the Embassy Care Nursing Home, Wilmington.
Cremation rites were accorded.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City was in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 3, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of William and
Charlotte Gretzka Gartke, who are deceased.
Her husband, Earl A. Camp, whom she married Nov. 10, 1944 in Chicago,
died Jan. 26, 1995.
Surviving are a daughter, Charlene Wynter of Coal City and a granddaughter,
Rachel Wynter of Kentucky.
CAMPUS - Alecia Brophy Thayer, 95, of Chicago, and formerly of Campus,
died Thursday (Dec. 10, 1998) at Deauville Nursing Center, Chicago.
Arrangements are pending at Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Cullom.