Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Cornelia Gerber

NORMAL - Visitation for Cornelia H. Gerber, 94, of Normal, formerly of Watseka, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Presbyterian Church in Watseka, where she was a member. The Rev. Patricia Cockrell Wood will officiate.
Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Gerber died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
She was born March 4, 1904 in Columbus, Ind., the daughter of Henry C. and Retta Bradley Kruse.
Her husband, Carl L. Gerber, whom she married June 7, 1924 in Watseka, died May 9, 1973.
Surviving are one daughter, Gloria Thompson of Bloomington; one son, Harlan C. Gerber of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, two sisters, one daughter, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
She was a member of the Gleaners and Royal Neighbors of America.

Daniel MacGilvray,

Daniel F. MacGilvray, 54, of College Station, Texas, former area resident, died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) in Bryan, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. The Revs. Bob Waters and Buddy Walker will officiate.
Services in Kankakee are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in the Asbury United Methodist Church, with burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Daniel F. MacGilvray Scholarship Fund, Texas A&M University, Attn: College of Architecture Business Office, College Station, Texas 77843- 3137, or the American Cancer Society.
He was a professor in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, where he also served as associate dean and assistant dean.
He was the recipient of the TAMU Former Student Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, the Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and was one of three recipients of the American Institute of Architects Education Honor Awards for 1990. 
He formed and led the TAMU College of Architecture's first study abroad program in 1979, and remained instrumental in the foreign studies program throughout his career at the University, returning to teach in 1982, 1990 and 1995. 
He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects and was named President of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
From 1975-77, he was Courts Project Administrator at the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture at the University of Illinois. He specialized in the planning of court systems and facilities.
He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission of College Station from 1983-87; on the board of trustees for the College Station ISD from 1987-1996 where he served as vice-president and president.
He had served as a Lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. MacGilvray received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
He was a member of the A&M United Methodist Church.
He was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Kankakee, the son of George and Gretchen MacGilvray, who reside in St. Anne.
Along with his parents, survivors include two sons and a daughter-in- law: Eric and Karen MacGilvray and Brian MacGilvray, all of Chicago; a daughter, Katherine MacGilvray of Champaign; four brothers, G. Michael MacGilvray and David MacGilvray, both of Atlanta, Ga., Joseph MacGilvray of Orlando, Fla. and Thomas MacGilvray of Bourbonnais; and five nephews and a niece.

Romey Gresiak

Romey Gresiak, 75, of Saucier, Miss., formerly of Bourbonnais, died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998).
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Survivors include a son, Everett and two sisters.

Lillian Peterson

WILMINGTON - Lillian Peterson, 78, of Wilmington, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Wilmington, with the Rev. Frank Berman officiating.
Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the church.
She was born Aug. 14, 1920 in Joliet, the daughter of James and Gerene Blogg Ward.
Her husband, Robert Peterson, died in 1978.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law and one son and daughter- in-law, Marlene and Arlen Scott and Mark and Brenda Peterson and four grandchildren, Laura (Steven) Bailey, Eric Scott, Robert and Michelle Peterson, all of Wilmington.

Louise Rogers

Louise H. Rogers, 85, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at Faith Place, Prairieview Nursing Home in Danforth.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Erwin Brese of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Her husband, Norman J. Rogers, who died Nov. 1, 1985, was the principal at St. Paul's Lutheran School for many years.

Kayleigh Rogers

CHAMPAIGN - Kayleigh Leann Rogers, 1 year, of Swann's Special Home, 109 Kenwood Road, Champaign, died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at Covenant Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 5, 1996 in Bloomington. She is the daughter of Jeffrey Rogers, who resides in Bloomington and Jackie Emmons of Dwight.
Also surviving are a sister, Felicia C. Emmons of Dwight; grandparents, John and Linda Fieldman Emmons Dolan of Dwight and Robert and Laurie Rogers of Bloomington.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Alex T. Shepherd and grandfather Jim Emmons.
Visitation will be from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home in Dwight.
Burial and graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Round Grove Cemetery, Dwight. The Rev. David DeGermo will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Durward Kloos, WWII vet

MOMENCE - Durward C. Kloos, 90, of LaGrange Park, formerly of Momence, died Wednesday (Sept. 30, 1998) at Hazel Crest Hospital.
He was born March 17, 1908 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Henry C. and Alice Riely Kloos. His mother died when he was 3 years old; he was raised by his grandparents.
His wife, the former Violet Jarvis, whom he married April 14, 1932, died in November 1997.
Surviving are a son and daughter- in-law, Ronald D. and Joan Kloos of Chicago; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his 99-year- old aunt, Dorthy Reising who resides in Kankakee.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy.
Mr. Kloos was a retired truck driver for Jewel Foods.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Van Henkelum Funeral Home, 12534 S. Harlem Avenue in Palos Heights.
Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He enjoyed horse racing.

Jack Willis, former president of Baker & Taylor

MOMENCE - Jack Willis, the former president of Baker & Taylor in Momence, died today (Oct. 2, 1998) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, with a wake service at 4 p.m., at Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Manor, Momence, due to the renovation of St. Patrick's Church.
Willis, 81, joined Baker & Taylor in 1962 moving to Momence from his New Jersey home eventually to take the reins of the company's new midwest and southern division.
By 1993, Willis was named general manager and vice president of the company. He became president of Baker & Taylor in 1965 and was responsible for divisions at Momence, Somerville, N.J., Oklahoma City and Reno, Nev.
Willis oversaw the growth of Baker & Taylor into Momence's largest employer.
The firm began its Momence operations in 1962 with 29 employees. Willis saw the Momence plant grow to 550 by 1972. During that time, Willis was credited with increasing sales by 500 percent between 1962-66. He also saw the plant increase in size from 108,000 to 155,000 square feet.
In 1970 Willis was named ''boss of the year'' by the Kankakee Valley Chapter of the National Secretaries Association.
He left the company in March 1, 1975. That same year he opened Iroquois Liquor and Wine Shoppe in Watseka.
Willis also was one of the organizers and a board member of Eastern Illinois Savings and Trust Bank, now Municipal Trust and Savings Bank in Momence.
A native of Kane, Pa., Willis was the only child of oil man William Willis.
The family later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Willis attended Leeper High School and lettered in football, basketball and baseball.
After high school, he was a first baseman with the Washington Senators, now the Minnesota Twins, in 1938-39. He later played several years in the New Jersey Industrial League until his move to Momence. 
Prior to coming to Baker & Taylor, Willis worked for the propeller division of Curtis-Wright Corp. in Caldwell, N.J., where he was head of the accounting department.
He also worked as controller for Heyer Products, manufacturers of automobile tuneup products.
Willis married the former Marie McMahon in Bringhamton N.Y. in 1941. The couple have two children, Barbara and Robert.
Willis was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Momence and a former member of the Momence Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Gladiolus Festival committee. He also was a past president of the Momence High School Booster Club.
In 1981, Willis launched an unsuccessful write-in candidacy for mayor of Momence.

Doris Madison

ST. ANNE - Doris M. Madison, 77, of St. Anne, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon- Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne. The Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anne Township Cemetery.
She was born May 11, 1921 in Chicago, the son of Fred and Nellie Gruetzman.
Her two husband are deceased, Frank Statler in 1973 and John Madison Sr. in 1982.
A volunteer, she worked with the ''Share/Food Program'' and with the Red Cross Blood Drive.
Surviving are a stepson, Frank Statler Jr. of Beaverville; one stepdaughter and step-son-in-law, Doris and Virgil Foster of St. Anne; one brother, Fred Gruetzman of Chicago; three grandchildren; three great- grandsons; 18 step grandchildren; 38 step-great-grandchildren; a few great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, John and Richard; a granddaughter Mary Ann; and a great-granddaughter.

Virginia Carpenter

Virginia Carpenter, 81, of Coal City, died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Arrangements are pending at Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City.

Ann McGrath

Ann McGrath, of Kankakee, died today (Oct. 6, 1998) at the University of Chicago Hospital.
Tentative arrangements are visitation on Thursday at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors and a funeral Mass on Friday.

Darlene Goodknecht

Visitation for Darlene L. Goodknecht, 84, Bourbonnais, will be from 1-4 p.m. today at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, Kankakee, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society.
Mrs. Goodknecht died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home in Bourbonnais.
She was born Dec. 3, 1913 in Kankakee, the daughter of Millard and Delina Betourne Curtis.
Her husband, James E. Goodknecht, whom she married Sept. 24, 1931 at St. Rose Parsonage, by the Rev. Peter Dufault, died Dec. 15, 1972. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima church.
Mrs. Goodknecht had worked for Sears and Carsons.
She was a volunteer at Riverside Medical Center and Heritage Village.
Surviving are one daughter, Jean O'Donnell of Kankakee; grandsons, Jeffrey Yonke of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Gregory and Donna Yonke of Chebanse; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Rachel of Chebanse; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Donald Curtis of Bradenton, Fla. and Mrs. Elda Sirois of San Diego, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Jolene Curtis of Bourbonnais; Godchildren, Dixie Dee Schweizer and Brian Curtis, both of Bourbonnais; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Edmund Guertin of Kankakee.
Her brother, Donald, is deceased.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, embroidery and crocheting.

James Groff

HOUSTON, Texas - James Delmor Groff, 61, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998 at his home in Houston and in the company of his family.
Throughout his too-brief life, Jim found ways to take hold of raw materials and instill them with passion, elegance and beauty. This extraordinary vision and loving skill was reflected in his artwork, where dramatic texture and vivid color danced off of the canvas and into our eyes; in his personality, where he was always able to bring out the best in those around him; and in his most cherished legacy, his family, of which he remained fiercely protective, and for whom he was always willing to make any sacrifice. Even when faced with life's largst challenges, his first thought was with those who had made his life complete.
Born in 1937 in Kankakee, Jim always showed uncanny talent as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. As an art student at Southern Illinois University and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he gained the perspective and experience crucial to all artists.
After traveling to Paris and serving abroad in the Armed Forces, Jim married Maria Kellner and settled in New York.
As the internal art director for Shell Oil, Jim and his family eventually relocated to Houston, where he also continued to paint, giving numerous exhibitions in galleries throughout the country, aided by his dealer, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art.
Upon his retirement from Shell in 1992, Jim founded a graphic design firm, Shadow Design, where his steady guidance continues to be reflected in its work.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Maria, and is survived by his three daughters and their families: Michele C. Kelly, husband Darin and son Eamon of Philadelphia; Suzanne C. Parker, husband Greg and daughters Sarah and Rachel of Garland, Texas; and Jennifer Gabriele Groff of Philadelphia. Jim also leaves two brothers and sisters- in-law, Ronald and Peggy of Bourbonnais and Richard and Mary of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) ACS- 2345.

Elnora Wiley

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Elnora ''Toot'' Wiley, 76, of Chebanse, will be from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee. The Rev. Robert Harwell will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Mrs. Wiley died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at St. Frances Hospital in Blue Island.
She was born Sept. 13, 1922 in Columbus, Miss., the daughter of John and Mary Currie Perkins.
Surviving are three sisters and brothers-in- law, Bessie and Jake Jordan of Chebanse, Catherine and Eddie Webb of Chicago, Sallie and George Springer; two brothers and one sister-in- law, Tommie and Magnolia Perkins of Columbus, Miss., and Mitchell Perkins of New Jersey; and nieces and nephews.
Her parents, four brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Dolores Girard

Visitation for Dolores Ann Girard, 69, of Bradley, will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Pat Rittenhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Bonfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to the family.
Mrs. Girard died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
She was born June 30, 1929 in Kankakee, the daughter of Ira and Stella Gilbert Burkard.
Her husband, Louis Girard, whom she married Oct. 17, 1970 at Kankakee Court House, died Nov. 10, 1995.
She retired from Esselte Pendaflex Corp., where she was a bookkeeper.
Mrs. Girard was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Georgiana Rehberg Jr. of Kankakee; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Susan and Howard Dybedock of Kankakee, Karen Barnes of Bourbonnais and Diane and Gordon Campbell of Bradley; one stepson and spouse, Rodney and Robbin Girard of Visalia, Calif.; two stepdaughters and spouses, Dianna and Dave French of Bradley and Karla and Scott Byrne of Bourbonnais; one brother and two sisters- in-law, Wesley and Myrtle Burkard of Bonfield and Mildred Burkard; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband; three sisters, Hazel Harpin, Leora Winn and Vera June Collette; and one brother, Harold Burkard.
She enjoyed reading and gardening.

Alice Thompson

Alice L. Thompson, 82, of Kankakee, died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Survivors include one daughter, Sally Hood; four sons, Don, Chuck, Larry and Terry Thompson.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home, where services will be Friday morning.

Troy Stampley

Troy L. Stampley, 26, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Gate Baptist Church in Kankakee. The Rev. Hezekiah Brady will officiate.
Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ganeer Township.
Arrangements were by Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Mr. Stampley was owner of Midwest Communications of Kankakee.
He was born Sept. 22, 1972 in Kankakee, the son of James and Darlene Martin Stampley Jr. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Kankakee.
Also surviving are two sons, Troy Demar and Trey Stampley and one daughter, Tatyana Stampley, all of Kankakee; one brother James ''J.D.'' Stampley of Kankakee; grandparents, Rev. Jessie Martin of St. Anne and James and Edwina Stampley of Hopkins Park; and a special friend, Diamond Sangster of Kankakee.
Also deceased are a grandmother, Voline Martin, and an uncle, Walter Lewis Jr.
He was a 1990 graduate of Kankakee High School and enjoyed football, motorcycles and dogs.

Ethel Stankewicz

Visitation for Ethel M. ''Babe'' Stankewicz, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a wake service at 4 p.m. at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Church or to the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Stankewicz died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Northwestern University emergency room, where she was taken after a sudden illness while attending the Bears' game.
She was born April 25, 1917 in Bourbonnais, the daughter of Archille and Maria LaRoche Boucher.
Her husband, Bruno Stankewicz, whom she married Feb. 16, 1946 at Maternity BVM Church, died Oct. 31, 1973.
She was a retired 27-year employee of Rudolf Express Trucking Co.
She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women and a past member of St. Rose of Lima and Maternity BVM churches.
Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, Stephen and Mary of Kankakee, Melvin and Joyce of Janesville, Wis., Randall of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kevin of Chicago; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marita and Scott Smith of Lombard and Lisa and Michael Polk of Park Ridge; one sister, Annette Belluso of Kankakee; one brother, Joseph Boucher of Bradley; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three sisters, Angela Nelson, Isabelle Betourne, Rita Hanson and a brother, John Boucher.

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