Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Beauton Noe

Visitation for Beauton Watson Noe, 96, of Kankakee, will be from 4 p.m. Wednesday until the 7 p.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Noe died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) in Kankakee.
She was born Sept. 10, 1902 in Farmington, Ky., the daughter of James and Winnie Watson Hollie.
Her first husband, Rayburn E. Colley, whom she married Dec. 23, 1922 in Paris, Tenn., died Jan. 12, 1929. She married Bernal R. Noe March 17, 1945 in Topeka, Kan. He died Aug. 30, 1988.
Mrs. Noe taught in a one-room school house in rural Farmington, Ky.
She taught and owned a business school in Omaha, Neb.
She was Civilian Personnel director at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Noe was a member of First Baptist Church in Kankakee.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Linda S. and Robert Maxfield of Kankakee; one step-sister, Cornelia Gray of Kirksey, Ky.; one brother and sister-in-law, John B. and Agnes Watson of Murray, Ky.; grandchildren and spouses, Carol Sue and Denzle Painter, Madonna Rae and David Raiche and Jill Ann and David Braun, all of Kankakee; great- grandchildren, Jason and Justin Painter of California, Sarah, Emily, Molly and Jonathon Raiche of Kankakee; step-great-grandchildren, Carrie, Adam and Ryan Braun of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are several brothers and a great-grandson, Todd Alan Baughman.
She was an avid reader and bridge player; enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and crossword puzzles; and was a gourmet cook. (Pd.)

Bernice Bruns

WATSEKA - Visitation for Bernice R. Bruns, 72, of Watseka, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Watseka, where she was a member. The Rev. Dean Bottjen will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Ash Grove.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, Iroquois Memorial Hospital or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Bruns died Sunday (Dec. 13, 1998) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
She was born Sept. 1, 1926 in rural Onarga, the son of Walter and Helen Hoppman Sturm.
She married Eugene Bruns on June 12, 1948 at Ash Grove.
Mrs. Bruns worked many years at Iroquois Memorial Hospital and Roger Schuldt Insurance.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Charles Struble of Lake Zurich, Carol and Doug Clark of Sheldon and Linda and Chris Wise of Champaign; two sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Julie Bruns of Stevensville, Mich.,and James and Connie Bruns of Watseka; two brothers, Wilmer Sturm of Buckley and Kenneth Sturm of Bloomington; one sister, Evelyn Rinnert of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren.

Steven Goodwin

MANHATTAN - Steven M. Goodwin, 16, of Manhattan, died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Forsythe Funeral Chapel, Manhattan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Manhattan United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Doug Robinson Johnson will officiate.
Burial will be in Providence Ridge Cemetery, Jackson Township.
Memorials may be made to his church.
He was born Jan. 9, 1982 in Joliet, the son of Larry and Cheryl Seltzer Goodwin.
Steven was a student at Peotone High School.
Surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Stephanie and Steve Gill of Channahon and Jennifer Goodwin of Manhattan; two nephews, Nicholas and Tony and one niece, Brittany.
Deceased are his grandparents, Willard and Viola Seltzer and Ralph and Mildred Goodwin; and one uncle, Gordon Goodwin.

Stanley Gryz

MANTENO - Visitation for Stanley J. Gryz, 68, of Manteno, formerly of Dolton, will be from 3-9 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church in Manteno, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice.
Mr. Gryz died Monday (Dec. 1,4 1998) at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital, of a short illness.
He was born July 19, 1930 in Chicago, the son of John and Mary Trzeciak Gryz.
Mr. Gryz was a retired truck driver.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Noch, whom he married April 28, 1972 in Chicago; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Gryz of Manteno and Gene and Katie Gryz of Glenview; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Julie and Greg Zebrauskas of Bourbonnais, Lori and Rich Offenbach of Champaign and Patti Gryz of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Anna Andrews of North Aurora; a brother-in-law, Thomas Noch of Dolton; five grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, Frank Gryz.
He was a member of the Manteno American Legion and the senior friends of Olympia Fields.

Linda Workman

BRACEVILLE - Linda Workman, 50, a resident of Braceville for 20 years, died Sunday (Dec. 13, 1998) at the Morris Hospital in Morris.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Richard Reeder will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Cremation rites were accorded.
She was born July 17, 1948 in Blue Island, the daughter of Eldon and Helen Wood Ritchey.
Surviving are her husband, Richard J. Workman; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Stephen and Terry Workman of Diamond; four brothers and one sister-in-law, James and Carole Ritchey of Bourbonnais, Daniel and William Ritchey, both of Florida, and Mike Ritchey of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.
Her brother, Jack Ritchey and one stepson, Richard Workman are deceased.

Hazel Brookover

MONTICELLO, Ind. - Hazel B. Brookover, 90, of Monticello, Ind., former Onarga resident, died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) at Monticello Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, Monticello. The Rev. John Tangman will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverview IOOF Cemetery, Monticello.
Memorials may be made to the Monticello Fire Rescue Association Toy Fund.
She was born Nov. 23, 1908 in Livonia, Ind., the daughter of William and Kathryn Guthrie Barnard.
Her husband, Homer Brookover, whom she married July 2, 1949, died Aug. 20, 1951.
Mrs. Brookover moved from Onarga to South Bend, Ind., in 1949 and lived there until moving to Monticello Healthcare Center in May of 1995. She worked in a Munitions Plant in Chicago during World War II and retired from Singer Company in South Bend in 1973, after several years of employment.
Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Keever of Monticello; two granddaughters and one grandson; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, two sisters and one brother.

Lillian Smith

CLIFTON - Lillian L. Smith, 62, of Clifton, died Sunday (Dec. 13, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, following a lengthy illness.
Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation or services.
Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
She was born May 31, 1936 in Ada, Mich., the daughter of Arliegh and Anna Doezama Callen.
Surviving are her husband, LaRay L. Smith, whom she married June 24, 1954 in Muskegon, Mich.; three sons, Robert Smith of Wyoming, Jim Smith of Watseka and Brian Smith of Chebanse; four daughters, Kathy Archer and Debra Smith, both of Clifton, Bonda Senesac of Chebanse and Patricia Smith of Urbana; one sister, Betty Doezama of Michigan; two brothers, Howard Callen of Texas and Denny Callen of Michigan; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are four brothers, one sister, one son, one daughter, one son-in-law and one grandchild.
Mrs. Smith had been a nurses aid, working at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton.

Ida Kurtenbach

CHATSWORTH - Ida Kurtenbach, 78, of Chatsworth, died Sunday (Dec. 13, 1998) at Heartland Healthcare, Paxton.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Rosary recited at 4 p.m. at Hager Memorial Home, Forrest.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Brunskill at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, where she was a member and belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Women's League.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Chatsworth.
Memorials may be made to the Altar and Rosary Society.
She was born March 19, 1920 at Magnolia, Minn., the daughter of John and Elizabeth Steichen Niesen.
Surviving are her husband, Floyd ''Pete'' Kurtenbach, whom she married June 17, 1944 at Dwight; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Bernard Deany of Bloomington, Ellen and James Koehler of Bolingbrook and Joan and Cliff Brady of Oak Park; four sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Kathy Kurtenbach of Chatsworth, Dennis and Joni Kurtenbach of Chicago, Richard and Deb Kurtenbach of Littleton, Colo., and Jerome and Susan Kurtenbach of Oak Park; one sister, Doris Drach of Saunemin; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are three brothers and three sisters.
A graduate of Dwight High School, she was a member of the Germanville Club, several card clubs and the Livingston County Home Extension.
She performed many hours of volunteer work for the church and community.
She enjoyed gardening.

Arthur Seeman

WATSEKA - Arthur R. Seeman Sr., 73, a retired machinist and noted woodworker of Watseka, died today (Dec. 15, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Mr. Seeman resigned in March of 1975 as Grant Park police chief.
Among survivors is his wife, Dorothy of Watseka.
Arrangments are pending at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors.

Alyce Nordmeyer

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Alyce M. Nordmeyer, 90, of Chebanse, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and from 1 p.m. Thursday until the 2 p.m. services at Zion Lutheran Church, Chebanse, where she was a member. The Rev. Louis C. Knief will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Nordmeyer died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clifton.
She was born June 9, 1908 in Chebanse, the daughter of George and Lillie M. Spies Wakeman.
Her husband, Donald P. Nordmeyer, whom she married July 26, 1947 in Chebanse, died Aug. 16, 1987.
Surviving are nieces, LaFerne Foster of Chebanse, Joyce Harrod of Lady Lake, Fla., and Lynn Peterson of Siren, Wis.; and a nephew, Duane Wakeman of Joliet.
Three brothers are deceased.
She was a member of Riverside Twig.

Cecil Daniels

BRACEVILLE - Cecil Preston Daniels, 78, of Braceville, died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) at the Walnut Grove Health Care Center, Morris.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeal Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Steven Kettelkamp will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Braceville, where he was a member.
He was born May 30, 1920 in Brashear, Mo., the son of Earl and Eva Beck Daniels.
He moved to Morris in 1934 and then to Gardner in 1937.
Mr. Daniels was a partner in Daniels Auto Supply and DABRO Supply Company, retiring in 1984.
He served on the Medical Board of the Gardner Medical Center.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, 1941-1945, serving as a gunner and flight engineer on a bomber, making 57 bombing runs before returning home.
Surviving are his wife, the former Violet Laverne Phillips, whom he married Sept. 12, 1947 in Streator; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Michael Ray and Cathy Daniels of Dwight and Kenneth Paul Danniels of Custer Park; two granddaughters, one sister and brother-in-law, Nielson Daniels and Donald Glasgow of Gardner; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Billie and Joann Daniels of Coal City and Mary Daniels of Braceville; one stepbrother, harold Shelton of Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Leo Daniels and his stepmother, Lucille Daniels.
He enjoyed playing golf and gin rummy and watching his granddaughters playing sports.

Henry Litzelman

SHELDON - Henry Litzelman, 89, of Sheldon, died today (Dec. 15, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Resident Home.
Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Connie Woods

Graveside services for Connie Lou Woods, 60, of Kankakee, were at 11 a.m. today at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. Officiating were ministers of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
Mrs. Woods died Saturday (Dec. 12, 1998) in Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
The Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Kankakee, the daughter of Glen and Elane Trischel Wehling.
Surviving are her husband, James G. Woods, whom she married June 12, 1976; one son, Troy Woods at home; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Thomas Minor of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Sandy Wehling of Battle Creek, Mich.; and four nieces.
Mrs. Woods retired from Amberg File and Index, where she had worked for 17 years.

Henrey Litzelman

SHELDON - Visitation for Henrey J. Litzelman, 89, of Sheldon, will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Harold Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Aroma Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Litzelman died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Iroquois Nursing Home.
He was born Nov. 28, 1909 at St. Marie, Ill., the son of Aloysius and Ola Spitzer Litzelman.
Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Bennett Brandenburg, whom he married April 9, 1976 in Kankakee; one stepson and spouse, Paul and Julie Brandenburg of North Bend, Wash.; two stepdaughters and one stepson-in-law, Sharon and John McKee of Boise, Idaho and Bonnie Brandenburg of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Velda Griffey of Tucson, Ariz.; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers and six sisters.
Mr. Litzelman was in the U.S. marine Corp for 30 years, serving 22 years as a sergeant major. He served in three wars, World War II, The Korean Conflict and Vietnam.
He received the Bronze Star, American Defense Ribbon with a Star, European Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon w/five stars, European African Defense Medal, Presidential Citation with one star, the Victory Medal WWII, American Campaign Medal.
He enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

Ethan Allen

BEECHER - Ethan E. Allen, 66, of Beecher, died Sunday (Dec. 13, 1998) at Beecher, from injuries sustained when struck by a car.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Hack Funeral Home in Beecher. The Rev. Eric Tober will officiate.
He was born Sept. 18, 1932 in Goodman, Wis., the son of Luther V. and Mary Ruth Beougher Allen.
Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Allen of Warrenville and Dale Allen of Puerto Rico; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Naomi Hooper of Carol Stream, Mary Elizabeth and Frank Gryzetic of Elgin, Marie Allen of Chicago and Thelma and John Sisney of Cedar Lake, Ind.; one brother, Ivan Gene Allen of¼ Goodman, Wis.; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, one sister and a grandchild.
Mr. Allen was employed in landscaping.

Albert Rubin

COAL CITY - Albert C. Rubin, 88, of Bellflower, Calif., formerly of Coal City, died Monday (Dec. 14, 1998) in California.
He was born Jan. 1, 1910 in Coal City, the son of Albert F. and Marie Planeta Rubin.
A graduate of Coal City High School and the University of Illinois, he had been employed by the city of Downey in California as a civil engineer for 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Florence; one daughter, Judy Rubin; two sons, James and John; and a sister, Dorothy Hines of Coal City.
His first wife, Doris, died in 1984.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. Friday until the 9:30 a.m. services at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City with the Rev. Mark Jendrysik officiating.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

Fred Cook

GILMAN - Fred Cook, 81, of Gilman, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Arrangements are pending at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

H.G. Edmands

H.G. ''Bud'' Edmands, 82, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Donald E. Long Jr. will officiate.
Arrangements were by the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
He was born June 18, 1916 in Kalamazoo, Mich., the son of Henry G. and Clara Haines Edmands.
He first married Venita Busby July 6, 1941 and later married Mary Lehmann May 7, 1970. They both are deceased.
Mr. Edmands was employed by GAB Business Services for 31 years, retiring in June of 1977.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the Kankakee VFW and the American Legion.
Surviving are one son, Steven Edmands of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Frank Krueger of Bourbonnais; one stepson, Jason S. Bonser of Charlotte, N.C.; one stepdaughter and spouse, Beth and Stuart Galbreath of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, Robert Edmands of California; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a son, David and a sister, Helen Kurtz.

Virgil Mayfield

Virgil Mayfield, 68, of Kankakee, died today (Dec. 16, 1998) at his home.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.

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