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Jannie Williams

Visitation for Jannie ''Mother'' Williams, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Gate Baptist Church, Kankakee. The Rev. Vincent Edward Clark, her grandson, will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams died Monday (Dec. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
She was born Feb. 20, 1912 in Hickory Plains, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Hariett Harshaw.
Mrs. Williams was a foster grandmother for St. Martin Deporres Day Care.
She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Hopkins Park, where she served on the Mother's Board.
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Robert Williams, Arthur and Lula Williams, Henry ''Gene'' Williams and Barbara Williams, all of Kankakee, and Earnest Williams of Houston, Texas; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Bonnie and Frank Clark and Ruthie and Frank Anthony, all of Kankakee, Jane and Willie Graham of Bolingbrook, Lavern Glenn of Lombard, Sylvester Glenn of Joliet and Hariett Dupris of Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Foster and Nettie Harshaw of Beebe, Ark., and Malachi Harshaw of Hickory Plains, Ark.; 48 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; eight great- great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her husband, Owens Williams; a son, Leroy; a daughter, Glorine Williams; one grandson; a great-grandson; three brothers, Kelsie, Archie and L.T. Harshaw; and four sisters, Laura Williams, Lucinda Rodgers, Annie Mae Jones and Fannie Johnson.

Charles Heine

Charles H. ''Chuck'' Heine, 84, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Provena Our Lady of Victory.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, with 10 a.m. services on Thursday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee. The Rev. Deacon Eucharist Marcotte will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
He was born June 7, 1914 in Chicago, the son of Frederick and Leonora Baker Heine.
His first wife, Louise, whom he married Sept. 29, 1935, died Oct. 29, 1973.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Shell, whom he married June 11, 1977; one son, Dana Charles Heine of Kankakee; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Myrna and William Clayton of Kankakee, Carla and Donald Richmond of Bourbonnais and Bonita Hensen of Elk Grove; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Heine retired from Roper Corporation.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, 1944-46.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 85, holding all chairs including that of past 18th District Commander and president of Past Commanders Club. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Legion of the Moose.

Walter Ruffin

Visitation for Walter Lee ''Boone'' Ruffin, 48, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Robert Rucker will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Ruffin died Saturday (Dec. 19, 1998) in Kankakee.
He was born Feb. 9, 1950 in Columbus, Miss., the son of Jimmy James and Louise Ruffin. His parents, three brothers, Jimmy, Leroy and Tommy Ruffin and a sister, Corrine Taylor Price, are deceased.
Surviving are a son, Walter Ruffin Jr., and a special friend, Inell Yates, both of Kankakee; sisters, Belinda Wilson of Minneapolis, Minn., Delores Davis, Pearl Howard, Angela Nickens, all of Kankakee, and Gloria Wilkens of Houston, Texas; brothers, Otis Wilson of Kankakee, Jimmie (Katherine) James, Amandaron Howard of Kankakee and Jesse (Bernice) James of Rock Island; three uncles, Johnie Sykes of Kankakee and Frison and Major Ruffin of Sandusky, Ohio; four aunts, Ruth, Minnie, Elizabeth and Rose Ruffin.
Mr. Ruffin was employed by Rudolf Trucking.
He was a member of the Illinois Cruisers Van Club.
He enjoyed restoring antique vehicles.

Gladys Collins

MANTENO - Visitation for Gladys T. Collins, 88, of Manteno, will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno. The Rev. Larry Moslener will officiate.
Entombment will be in Mound Grove Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Manteno.
Mrs. Collins died Monday (Dec. 21, 1998) at Heritage Village.
She was born May 6, 1910 in Galconda, the daughter of George and Mayme Lindsey Watkins.
Her husband, George Lee Collins, whom she married July 10, 1951 in Kankakee, died Sept. 2, 1998.
Mrs. Collins was a retired employee for Manteno State Hospital, where she worked for over 30 years.
Surviving are three grandchildren, Steve Garrison and Kelly Boyd, both of Manteno, and Lisa Soderquist of San Mateo, Calif.; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rosebud Drew of Placerville, Calif.
Deceased are one son, James Garrison; one granddaughter, Jackie Nykaza; and one sister, Ressie Smith.
She enjoyed crocheting and cooking.

Shirley Sparger

MANTENO - Shirley A. Sparger, 69, of Manteno, died Dec. 22, 1998.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, with a 7:30 p.m. service at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno. Marsha Collins will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
She was born May 24, 1929 in Kankakee, the daughter of Lloyd and Hazel A. Cook Sweeney, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Kenneth A. Sparger, whom she married June 9, 1949; one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin L. and Nina Sparger; three daughters and sons-in- law, Arleen J. and Peter Kiousis, Debbie and Dennis Luehrs and Jacalyn and Leo Gastaldon; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
One brother is deceased.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Manteno.

Chester Bechard

MOMENCE - Chester ''Chet'' Bechard, 80, of Momence, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ed Grotovsky will officiate.
Burial will be in Heusing Cemetery, Grant Park.
He was born July 8, 1918, the son of Stephen and Carrie Ann Meier.
Mr. Bechard had served in the military.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Sheryl Bechard and Joe and Chris Bechard; four daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Jim Gall, Paula and Ray Deddo, Carolyn and Todd Gottschall and Carol Jean and Joseph Sadie; one sister, Bernette Casier; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Earl and Barbara Bechard, Arlington Bechard and Russell and Jo Bechard; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Mr. Bechard was a state worker for the Highway Department.
He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
He enjoyed fishing.

Steven Hondros

BEECHER - Steven James Hondros, 70, of Beecher, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at St. James Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. today at Hack Funeral home, Beecher.
Memorial services will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Beecher Library Foundation.
Mr. Hondros was an executive who worked for several publishing firms.
He was born Oct. 3, 1926 in Oak Park, the son of James Steven and Anna Dounis Hondros.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marge Williams, whom he married Dec. 24, 1995; two sons, James Steven Hondros of Deerfield and Stewart Christian Hondros of DesPlaines; three step-daughters and spouses, Terri and Marty Schmidt of Beecher, Tricia and Daryl Delaney of Norcross, Ga., and Trudi and Thomas Ellison of Munster, Ind.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Richard Munson of Beverly; one grandchild; four step-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and one son, Robert McMichael Hondros.
He served in the Army with military intelligence and was recalled for the Korean Conflict.
He was a graduate of Elmhurst College.
He was a member of the Mensa Society and the Beecher community Part-time Players drama club.

Phyllis Tammen

DANFORTH - Phyllis Tammen, 65, of Danforth, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Danforth. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.

LaVerne Platz

CULLOM - LaVerne I. Platz, 79, of Cullom and a resident of Livingston Manor since July 24, 1996, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Livingston Manor, rural Pontiac.
Arrangements are pending at Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Cullom.

Cecelia Mow

Cecelia B. ''Ceil'' Mow, 84, of Kankakee, formerly of Crestwood, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, following a short illness.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. Deacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Private burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cem-etery, Worth.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
She was born June 28, 1914, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Steffen Heiden.
Her husband, Edward R. Mow, whom she married in Chicago, died Dec. 16, 1989.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Jane Mow of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; one daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Donald Cooper of Kankakee; one sister, Evelyn Schuhl of Schaumburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Three sisters are deceased.

Margaret Schmeichel

WILMINGTON - Margaret M. Schmeichel, 77, of Wilmington, died Monday (Dec. 21, 1998) at Loyola Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington, where services will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Frank Vitus at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, Wilmington, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Care Cottage.
Deceased are her parents, Francis and Mary Zeiger; first husband, Noel Lenihan; five brothers, Francis, Patrick, James, Edward and Donald Zeiger; and one sister, Therese Daniels.
Surviving are her husband, Erwin; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert T. and Kathleen Lenihan of Chicago; two daughters, Mary Carrie of Bridgeview and Eileen Lenihan of Willow Springs; one brother, Robert Zeiger of Wilmington; and one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Thomas Donovan of Oak Lawn; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the Wilmington Historical Society, the Daughters of Isabella, Senior Circle of Friends and Jolly Nicks.

Joseph Calvin

Joseph Calvin, 56, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Darrel Griffith

Darrel W. Griffith, 39, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Bradley, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at his home following an extended illness.
Local arrangements are by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
Services will be held in Flora, Ill.

Aranka Jonas

Aranka Jonas, 86, of Kankakee, died today (Dec. 23, 1998) at Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

James Sykes

James Sykes, 45, of Kankakee, was found dead Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998).
Arrangements are pending at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Bart Sawyer

WILMINGTON - Bart A. Sawyer, 30, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until the 2 p.m. services at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington.
He was born May 30, 1968 in Joliet.
Surviving are his wife, the former Christine Atherton, whom he married May 18, 1991 in Wilmington; two children, Alexandria and Isaac, both at home; his mother, Donna Hawes Sawyer of Minooka; his father and step-mother, Richard and Debbie Sawyer of Morris; one brother and sister-in-law, Bret and Lisa Sawyer of Joliet; one sister and brother-in- law, Brandi and Rick Hopwood of South Wilmington; one step-brother and step-sister, Skip and Jennifer Leone, both of Morris; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sawyer was employed as a welder for Caterpillar Inc., Joliet. He was a member and union steward of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union in Joliet.
He enjoyed playing the guitar.

Wendell Nosker

WATSEKA - Wendell H. Nosker, 83, of Watseka, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Magnolia Wood Health Care.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Robert McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
He was born April 22, 1915 in Iroquois, the son of Hal and Margaret Rosenberger Nosker.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lorraine Coyne, whom he married Aug. 23, 1941 at St. Charles, Mo.; one son, Kevin Nosker of Irving, Texas; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Helen Brown and Dorothy Albrecht, both of Watseka, Nita Redman of Woodstock and Shirley and Jim Kuipers of Gilman; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Barbara Nosker of Steger; two grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter and one brother.
He was employed by the Department of Defense for 30 years.
He served in the Army.
Mr. Nosker was a member of United Methodist Church, Watseka.
He enjoyed genealogy and golf.

Beatice "Bee" Riggs

Beatrice A. "Bee" Riggs, 93, of Kankakee, a world traveler and community volunteer, died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 1998) at Miller HealthCare.
Her grandmother nicknamed her ''Bumble Bee'' because she was always busy and underfoot. The name stuck because she was busy all her life with traveling and volunteering.
A world traveler, she visited all 50 states and every continent, and once said that on the seventh day, God created Rio de Janiero.
In Europe alone, she visited 10 different countries. She had many adventures including being shipwrecked on the Nile, marooned in Patagonia and caught in a typhoon in Hong Kong. At age 70, she visited Gentoo penguins in Antarctica.
''I want to go because I haven't been there yet. That's reason enough,'' she said at the time.
At 87, she went on a ski trip to Devil's Head.
Mrs. Riggs was a teacher in the community for 40 years, teaching history and civics to seventh and eighth graders. She ended her career in 1970 after 25 years of service to the Kankakee School District.
She was a member of and volunteer for the Altar Guild at her church; the Kankakee Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was Worthy Matron; the University of Illinois Alumni Association; the Royal Neighbors of America; the Kankakee Woman's Club; Kankakee County Retired Teacher's Association, where she was president in 1973 and retired teacher of the year in 1989; the Salvation Army; St. Mary's Hospital; Meals on Wheels and Pythian Sisters.
She served as publicity chairman for many clubs and community activities.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was a member. Pastor Sue Holstrom will officiate.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery, McLean.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or to The Salvation Army.
Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Homes are in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 27, 1905, in McLean, the daughter of George W. and Harriett V. Moreland Morrell.
Her husband, Richard Riggs, whom she married Dec. 3, 1932, in Jacksonville, died in 1966.
Surviving are special friends, Mary Mitchell, Noel Meyer, and Sharon Peterson; and her care givers, Mike and Judy Meyer.
She was a graduate of Olivet College with a bachelor's degree and held a master's degree from the University of Illinois.

Hazel Corkins

ST. ANNE - Hazel E. Corkins, 94, of St. Anne, died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at her home.
There will be no visitation.
Private services were held at 11 a.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon- Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne. The Rev. Felipe Martinez officiated.
Burial was in St. Anne Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
A memorial service will be held June 12, 1999.
She was born Sept. 26, 1904, in St. Anne, the daughter of U.A. and Ella Ashline Cote.
Her husband, Laverne Corkins, whom she married Nov. 27, 1924, in St. Anne, died Jan. 8, 1986.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Miriam Corkins of Morocco, Ind.; one son-in-law, Clarence Romein of St. Anne; one sister, Eleanor Parrish of Mesa, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Linda and Phil Damery of Pana, Karen and Al Klepk of St. Anne, Paula and Merril Wynn of Hendersonville, N.C., Dan and Lori Romein of White Pine, Tenn., Sandra and Richard Dawson of Morocco, Ind., Jane and Stuart Burns of Paris, Ky.; 14 great-grandchildren, Gretchen and Michael Kirby, Nathan Damery, Sarah, Jennifer, and James Klepk, Casey, Anna, and Timothy Romein, Travis, Richard, and Claire Burns, John and Carla Dawson, and Ryan Wynn; and two great-great-grandchildren, Andrea and Luke Kirby.
Deceased are one daughter, Marion; one grandson, Robert; and two great-granddaughters.
Mrs. Corkins was a member of First Presbyterian Church, St. Anne.
She enjoyed crewel and cross- stitching.
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Aranka Jonas

Visitation for Aranka Jonas, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Mrs. Jonas died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 1998) at Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Mary Rose Denault

STREAMWOOD - Mary Rose Denault, daughter of Michael S. and Amy Kress Denault, of Streamwood, died Monday (Dec. 21, 1998) at birth.
Services will be held Monday morning at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee. The Rev. Charles Wheeler will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite children's charity or for masses.
Surviving besides her parents are, paternal grandparents, Tom and Patty Denault of Herscher; paternal great-grandparents, Mary Denault of Herscher, and Francis Stevens of Kankakee; maternal grandfather, Josef Kress of Kankakee; maternal great-grandmother, Orpha Altmyer of Bourbonnais; aunts and uncles, Bill and Robin Kress of Herscher, Tom and Carrie Smith of Kankakee, Greg and Mary Jeanne St. Aubin of Herscher, Tom and Mary Kathy Padgett of Toledo, Ohio, Jamie and Sheri Denault of Piper City, Jon and Michele Denault of Bourbonnais, and Joshua and Matthew Denault, both of Herscher.
Deceased are maternal grandparents, Mary and John Altmyer; maternal great-grandparents, Violet and David Kuchenbacker; paternal great- grandparent, Louise Stevens; and paternal great grandparent, Paul Denault.
Her parents were married Dec. 31, 1992 in Irwin.

Charles Heine

Visitation for Charles H. ''Chuck'' Heine, 84, of Bourbonnais, was from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee, where services were held at 10 a.m. today. The Rev. Deacon Euchrist Marcotte officiated.
Burial was in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Heine died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Provena Our Lady of Victory.
He was born June 7, 1914 in Chicago, the son of Frederick and Leonora Baker Heine.
His first wife, Louise, whom he married Sept. 29, 1935, died Oct. 29, 1973.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Shell, whom he married June 11, 1977; one son, Dana Charles Heine of Kankakee; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Myrna and Billy Clayton of Kankakee, Carla and Donald Richmond of Bourbonnais and Bonita Hansen of Elk Grove; eight grandchildren, Gretchen Heine, Paula Senesac, and Deb Wendinger, all of Bourbonnais, Regina Harpin and Craig Clayton, both of Kankakee, John Clayton of Champaign, James Hansen of Las Vegas, and Elizabeth Hansen of Elk Grove; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Heine retired from Roper Corporation.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, 1944-46.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 85, holding all chairs including that of past 18th District Commander and president of Past Commanders Club. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Legion of the Moose.
(Pd.)

Phyllis Tammen

DANFORTH - Visitation for Phyllis Ellen Tammen, 65, of Danforth, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Danforth, where she was a member. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial will be in Danforth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donors choice.
Mrs. Tammen died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, after a sudden illness.
She was born April 10, 1933, in Danforth, the daughter of Albert Frank and Elsie Gertrude Trepton Johnson.
Surviving are her husband, George H. Tammen, whom she married Feb. 4, 1951, in Danforth; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Elaine Tammen of Danforth, Bill and Carol Tammen of Bonfield; three sisters, Edith Depler and June Pankey, both of Gilman, Ruth Henrichs of Danforth; two sisters-in-law, Eloise Haag of Sheldon, and Jean Johnson of Danforth; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents and one brother, Vincent.
She was educated in the Danforth and Gilman schools.
Mrs. Tammen taught Sunday School and confirmation class for many years.
She also taught Bible study classes.
She was a member of the Rebekah Dorcas Circle and the choir.
She was a volunteer at Prairieview and was involved in making crafts for the annual bazaar.
Mrs. Tammen was a Red Cross coordinator.

Darrel Griffith

Visitation for Darrel W. Griffith, 39, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Bradley, will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Frank and Bright Funeral Home, 500 N. Main, Flora, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Cisne Cemetery, Cisne.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Local ar-rangements are by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Mr. Griffith died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 1998) at his home following an extended illness.
He was born Oct. 24, 1959, in Flora, the son of Lena Carrell.
Surviving are his mother of Rinard; one brother and sister-in- law, Greg and Shannon Carrell of Carol Stream; one niece, McKenna Carrell; and maternal grandmother, Estel Pennington of Cisne.
Deceased is his step-father, Donald Carrell.
Mr. Griffith had been a caterer at the Marriott Hotel in Denver.
He had attended Friendswood Christian Church.

Thelma Dearth

COAL CITY - Thelma Dearth, 84, of Coal City, died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 1998) at Morris Hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City. The Rev. Carol Alice Edman officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott, Andrew, and David Veronda, Lynn Mahaffay, and LeAnne Durkin.
Memorials may be made to Grundy Community Hospice.
Mrs. Dearth was the owner/operator of the Vanity Fair Beauty Shop in Coal City for many years.
She was born July 9, 1914, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Lodie and Marian Bell Gardner.
Her first husband, Paul Johnson, is deceased.
Her second husband, Melvin Dearth Sr., is deceased.
Surviving are three nieces, Sandra Paul, Kay Veronda, and Judy Darin, all of Coal City; and several great- nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one son, Gary Johnson.
She was raised and educated in Kewanee, graduating from Kewanee High School in 1932.
She was a member of the Coal City United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed bowling and golfing.

Pauline Merino

ST. ANNE - Pauline O. Merino, 66, of St. Anne, died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Clancy-Gernon- Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church, by the Rev. Jim Fanale.
Burial will be in St. Anne Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church.
She was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Bourbonnais, the daughter of Alfred and Mary Courville LaGesse.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Merino, of St. Anne, whom she married June 29, 1952, in Momence; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Ann Merino of Lino Lakes, Minn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Rick Hoekstra of Momence; one brother, Paul LaGesse of Momence; nine grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Jeff; three sisters, Bernadine, Bernadette, and Eloise; and one brother, Gerald.
She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and Sodality Legion Auxiliary.
She enjoyed cross stitching and reading.

Sarah Ralph

DWIGHT - Sarah Louise Ralph, 84, of Dwight, died Wednesday (Dec. 23, 1998) at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where she was a member. The Rev. James Rickey will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church for masses.
She was born Oct. 15, 1914, in Dwight, the daughter of William and Catherine Burns Doran.
Surviving are her husband, Raymond Ralph of Dwight; two daughters and one son-in-law, Marie Schopp of Dwight, Antoinette and Paul Tolch of Mahomet; one sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Eugene Bochenko of Fairbury; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers and two sisters.
She was educated in Dwight Schools and graduated from Dwight Township High School.
Mrs. Ralph was a member of the St. Patrick's Church Altar and Rosary Society.


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