Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Virgil Mayfield

Visitation for Virgil A. Mayfield, 68, of Bourbonnais, will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10:30 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee. Deacon Joe Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Mayfield died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998) at the home of his son.
He was born May 3, 1930 in Lawrence County, Tenn., the son of Travis and Lillian Thompson Mayfield.
He married the former Mary Bonomo Nov. 28, 1953 at St. Rose of Lima Church, Kankakee.
Mr. Mayfield was a former employee of Illinois Fabricators and had also worked at Kroehler Manufacturing.
A veteran, he served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bradley VFW.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Joseph and James Mayfield, both of Kankakee, and Gerald and Terry Mayfield of Chebanse; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane and Scott Farley of Florida, Mary and Jeff Bressner of Kankakee and Michelle Whittington of Bourbonnais; three sisters, Pearl McKnight, Docie Dickson and Jewel Dollar of Tennessee; and 14 grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, one son, Rodney, two grandchildren; one daughter, Brenda Ouellette; and two sisters, Sue Hudson and Mary Norwood.

Evelyn Coveny

MORRIS - Evelyn L. Coveny, 82, of Morris, mother of Dwight resident, died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998) in her home.
She was born Dec. 16, 1916 in Chilicothe, the daughter of Phillip and Bertha Massey Woll.
She was a 1932 graduate of Streator High School.
Mrs. Coveny was employed by Paris Cloak, Owns Glass and Dr. Purecell in Streator.
She married F.J. ''Frank'' Coveny June 1, 1943 in Streator. For many years they farmed in Highland Township, moving into Morris in June of 1974. Her husband died March 26, 1992.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Hime in Morris.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Morris, where she was a member. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart Church in Kinsman.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Ransom.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Coveny of Dwight and Margo and Andrew Rodriguez of LaGrange; five granddaughters; two grandsons; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kathleen Halm of San Benito, Texas, and Patricia and Leo Mueller of Streator; and many nieces and nephews.
A brother, Phillip Woll, is deceased.
She was a member of the Kinsman Card Club.

Charles Mikalauski

MANTENO - Charles ''Chick'' Mikalauski, 69, of Manteno for four years, formerly a 38-year resident of Calumet Park, died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998) at South Suburban Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday at Krueger Funeral Home, Blue Island, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A funeral Mass to be celebrated by the Rev. Ed Grotovsky, will be at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Manteno.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Mr. Mikalauski was a foreman at Gary Steel for more than 20 years. He was a former starter at George Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest. He also was a founding board member of Calumet Park Rams Football Team.
He was born Nov. 26, 1929 in Chicago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Salmon, whom he married in June of 1966; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Theresa and Conrad Brouwer of Mokena, Colleen and Paul Kamer of Channahon, Judie and Sam Abadulah and Patty Nichols, all of Chicago, and Rosemary and Donald Baloun of Hoffman Estates; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Charles ''Skip'' of Chicago, Jerry O'Sullivan of Manteno, Kevin and Laura O'Sullivan of Tinley Park and Craig and Tracy of New Lenox; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister and brother-in- law, Delores and Donald Goode of Wisconsin.
Deceased are his parents and a son-in-law, Bob Nichols.

Dennis LaVarier

COWLING - Dennis Eugene LaVarier, 51, of Cowling, formerly of the Kankakee area, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel.
He was born Dec. 24, 1946 in Morris, the son of Harry and Hazel Phillips LaVarier. 
Mr. LaVarier, an auto mechanic, managed several services stations until he retired. He was a member of the Nazarene Church in Morris and attended Lick Prairie Christian Church.
He married Daisy M. Rushing on Aug. 21, 1965.
Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Allen and Deana of Mt. Carmel; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Kay and John Hansman of Crossville and Mitchelie Ann and David Crooks of Grayville; four grandsons; five step- grandchildren; his mother and stepfather, Hazel and Donald Payne, who reside in the Kankakee area; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jean LaVarier of Keensburg; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Linda and Orville Harvey of Coulterville and his twin, Dianne Lohman of Holiday, Tenn.; Sharon and Frank Howell of Jackson, Tenn., Noreen and Gary Hunt of Keensburg and Barbara and Ron Sims of Mt. Carmel; and many nieces and nephews.
His father and a brother-in-law, Eldon Lohman, are deceased.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Short Funeral Home, Mt. Carmel, where services will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.

Arthur Bushey

LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP - Arthur Lee Bushey, 61, of Limestone Township, died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday with services on Saturday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Frederick Cook

GILMAN - Visitation for Frederick M. ''Fred'' Cook, 84, Gilman, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Connie Williams-Moodie will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery, Gilman.
Mr. Cook died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Mr. Cook was the oldest businessman in Gilman. He owned and operated Cook's Shoe Shop from 1935- 1997, and was known as Iroquois County's ''happy sole-saver.''
A former police magistrate, he was a former member of the Gilman Moose Lodge and Chamber of Commerce.
He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Gilman.
A guitarist and vocalist, he had been a member of the Nite Owl Band and the Four Seasons Band. He also taught guitar.
He was born July 17, 1914 in Kankakee, the son of Fred R. and Clara Moline Cook.
Surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Arvid and Geraldine Cook and Edward and Virginia Cook, all of Gilman; one sister and brother- in-law, Inez and Elmer Leydens of Lake Iroquois, Loda; and many nieces and nephews.
His twin sibling died in infancy.
He was a Cubs and Bear fan.

Arthur Seemann

There will be no visitation or services for Arthur R. Seemann Sr., 73, of Watseka, who died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. 
Mr. Seemann donated his body to Medical Science.
Arrangements were by Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Mr. Seemann was former chief of Police in Grant Park.
He worked in tool and dye work in a Bradley factory and retired as a security guard from Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
After retirement, he operated a wood crafting business.
He was born Aug. 22, 1925 in Monee, the son of Raymond and Sophie Buchmier Seemann.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dorothy Deavers, whom he married March 9, 1969 in Momence; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Arthur Seeman Jr. of Snowflake, Ariz., and Fred and Denise Seemann of Elk Ridge, Md.; two daughters, Cindy Seemann of Watseka and Jackie McCarty of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Elenore Seemann of Watseka and Florence Futcher of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Sally (Harry) Hermister of Beecher and Mary Paquette of Kankakee; one brother- in-law, Elwin Blekfeld of Bourbonnais; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Edward Strobel

WILMINGTON - Edward S. ''Barney'' Strobel, 88, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
A resident of Miller HealthCare Center, Kankakee, he was born in Ransom, Ill.
Mr. Strobel was a real estate broker for many years in Wilmington and Arizona. He was a heavy equipment operator and member of Local 150.
He was owner/operator of Barney's Rusco Products.
He was a past Scout leader for the Cub Scouts of America and was instrumental in the development of the South Park Ball Diamond for Little League.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine; two children, Douglas (Fran) and Sherri Friddle of Wilmington; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Baughn of Ottawa; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, Edward W. and Amy Strobel are deceased, as well as one sister, Florence; and a brother, Ivan.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. His grandson, the Rev. Scott Strobel, will officiate.
Burial will be in Allen Township Cemetery, Ransom.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Care Cottage.

Herbert Roberts

MANTENO - Herbert V. Roberts Jr., 63, of Manteno, died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998) at Riverside Hospital, Kankakee.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ed Grotovsky at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, where he was a member.
Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Nov. 3, 1935 in Cairo, the son of Herbert and Amelia Thompson Roberts.
Surviving are his wife, the former Jean Nichols; four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Roberts, Mark and Susan Roberts, Lt. Daniel and Susan Roberts and Robert and Janet Roberts; two daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Greg Michalski and Cynthia and Eliot Cook; two sisters; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are his parents, two brothers, one sister, and a daughter Joanie Roberts.
Mr. Roberts was a self-employed painter.
He was a member of the Manteno Sportsman Club.

Arthur Bushey

LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP - Visitation for Arthur ''Lee'' Bushey, 61, of Limestone Township, will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Revs. Frank Hoss and Eleanor Ditrick will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Bushey died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 1998).
He was born Aug. 12, 1937 in Kankakee, the son of Lawrence and Kathryn Gilbert Bushey, who are deceased.
His wife, the former Carol Pfeffinger, whom he married June 9, 1956 in Kankakee, is deceased.
Mr. Bushey worked for over 20 years at Roper Corporation until they closed and also for 17 years for Bushey Landscape and Truck.
He was a member of Central Christian Church in Bourbonnais.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Carl Bushey of Columbus, Miss., Ronald and Connie Bushey of Houston, Texas, and Dean and Valerie Bushey of Union Hill; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Theresa and Tom Prairie of Bonfield, Kathy Wilson of Bourbonnais and Donna and Mark Newland of Escondido, Calif.; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Tony Surprenant of Momence and Gerald Quick of Vero Beach, Fla.; two brothers and three sisters-in- law, Robert and Janet Bushey of Limestone Township, Rodney and Brenda Bushey of Bradley and Joyce Bushey of Columbus, Miss.; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and special friends, Judy Arnold and Elizabeth Thompson, both of Kankakee.
One brother Mike Bushey and one sister, Evalgyn Kadow Quick are deceased.
He was a coin collector and enjoyed NASCAR, antique cars and playing cards.

Fred Cox, farmer

LAKE VILLAGE, Ind. - Fred W. Cox, 85, a farmer, of Lake Village, Ind., died Thursday (Dec. 17, 1998) at the Veterans Home in Lafayette, Ind.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at Sheets Funeral Home in Lowell, Ind. The Rev. Ken Locke will officiate.
Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn, Ind.
A member of the Roselawn American Legion Post 238, he was a veteran of World War II. He served in the Army, in battles and campaigns in Italy, where he was wounded March 20, 1944. He received the Purple Heart.
Surviving are three sisters, Viola Comer of Valparaiso, Edith Jurs of Lowell and Clara Mae Newell of Lake Village; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents, Edward and Florentine Cox; three sisters, Rose Rainford, Hazel Cox and Gladys Flatt; and one brother, Ray Cox.

John Hathaway

SHELDON - John W., Hathaway, 73, of Destin, Fla., former Sheldon native, died Oct. 4, 1998 at Elgin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Florida.
Mr. Hathaway was born Oct. 6, 1924 in Sheldon, the son of Dallas Clinton and Leila Stitt Hathaway.
Among survivors is his wife, the former Christa Sabel; and a sister, Betty Hathaway Swan of Huntindon, Pa., also a native of Sheldon.
Cremation rites were accorded with disposition at Okaloosa Crematory.

William Glynn

DARIEN - William J. Glynn, 70, of Darien, formerly of Manteno for 15 years, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at his home in Darien.
Visitation will be from 2-9 today at Modell Funeral Home, Darien.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Gavin Quinn at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in Darien.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.
He was born March 26, 1928 in Chicago, the son of Michael and Margaret Conway Glynn.
Mr. Glynn retired from construction, working as a heat and frost insulator with Local 17.
He served in the Army.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Mary Ann Glynn of Bourbonnais; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Eileen and Gary Moscinski, Kathleen and Michael Heatherly, Maureen Glynn and Mary Ellen Hickey; nine grandchildren, including Daniel and Thomas Glynn of Bourbonnais; four sisters, Mary Frasier, Loretta Carroll, Patricia Botta and Barbara Garner; and one brother, Michael Glynn.
His wife, the former Helen Rooney, died in 1990. Also deceased is a brother, Thomas.
Mr. Glynn enjoyed participating in his grandchildren's sports activities and spending time with them.

Clara Minard

WATSEKA - Clara A. Minard, 90, of Watseka, died Thursday (Dec. 17, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. Her brother-in-law, the Rev. Ray Minard will officiate.
Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
She was born Aug. 14, 1908 in Crescent City, the daughter of John and Laura Albright Hogle.
Her husband, Cecil Minard, whom she married June 3, 1933 in Crescent City, died April 26, 1979.
She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are four sons and four daughters-in-law, Jerry Minard of Texas, Maurice and Mary Minard, Rhoda Minard and Curtis and Betty Minard, all of Watseka, and Roger and Diane Minard of Tower Hill, Ill.; one brother, Lawrence Hogle of Watseka; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Cecil; one sister, Juanita Theesfeld and one grandson, Tracy.
She enjoyed reading and watching TV.

Virginia Sullivan

HOUSTON, Texas - Virginia M. Sullivan, 75, formerly of Clifton and Bourbonnais and a recent resident of Houston, Texas, died Wednesday (Dec. 16u, 1998).
A memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Isaac Francis, at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Cyril Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer, Houston.
Surviving are daughters, Cynthia Ailor, Kathleen Sullivan and Mary and Bill Mitchell; a son, Mark Sullivan; sisters, Dorothy Keen and Barbara Kingma; a brother, Thomas Worley; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, Houston, were in charge of arrangements.

Steven Jeffries

ODELL - Steven L. Jeffries, 24, of Odell, formerly of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Dec. 15, 1998) at St. James Hospital in Pontiac, of natural causes.
He was born Dec. 7, 1974 in Joliet, the son of Dennis and Evelyn Sanders Jeffries of Odell, also formerly of Wilmington.
Also surviving are one sister, Jessica Jeffries of Odell; grandparents, Clarence and Evelyn Sanders of Frankfort, Shirley Gordon of Huntsville, Ala., and Bill Jeffries of Lemont; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was an employee of Coils Inc. of Dwight.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Saturday until the 5 p.m. services at the Freitag Funeral Home in Wilmington.

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