Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries

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Randy Clemans

Visitation for Randy W. Clemans, 45, of Bourbonnais, will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Eleanor Ditrick will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or Provena St. Mary's Oncology.
Mr. Clemans died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at Miller HealthCare Center, Kankakee.
He was born March 31, 1953, in Kankakee, the son of Byron and Phyllis Whitmore Clemans.
Surviving are his wife, the former Cynthia Morse, whom he married July 7, 1979, in Kankakee; his father of Kankakee; one son, Brian Clemans at home; two sisters and brothers-in- law, Vickie and Bill Reckel of Bourbonnais, Debbie and Ted Heinrich of Manteno; and his maternal grandmother, Irene Whitmore of Manteno.
Deceased are his mother; one brother, William; maternal grandfather, Ernest Whitmore; paternal grandparents, Byron and Fay Clemans.
Mr. Clemans was a mechanic at Butternut Bread and worked in office and sales at Kankakee Auto Recyclers in Kankakee.
He was assistant superintendent for dairy goats at the Kankakee County Fair for 10 years.

Margaret Cima

SOUTH WILMINGTON - Visitation for Margaret Cima, 84, of South Wilmington, will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, with a 7 p.m. Eastern Star service, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, South Wilmington, where she was a member. The Rev. Oren Banks will officiate.
Burial will be in Round Grove Cemetery, Campus. Pallbearers will be Scott Pierard, Daniel Fennell, Brett Morrical, Richard Allen, Frank Huber, and Larry Guest. Honorary pallbearer will be Dominick Ferrari.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in South Wilmington or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Cima died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at the Morris Hospital.
She was born Aug. 16, 1914, in Essex, the daughter of Frank and Dee Atkinson Huber.
Surviving are her husband, John T. Cima, whom she married June 12, 1937, in Buckingham; two daughters and one son-in-law, Natalene and Ralph Ferrari of Clifton, Alice Sartore of Joliet; one son-in-law, Ronald Rickey of Bloomington; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Frances Allen of South Wilmington, Emadee and Ronald Guest of Reddick; one sister-in-law, Rita Huber of Essex; five granddaughters and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Carol Rickey; and one brother, William Huber.
Mrs. Cima was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Kellogg Chapter 219 in Gardner.
She was a member of the Star Club of the church and the South Wilmington and Essex Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed crocheting and baking cakes.

Gary Litherland

Gary C. Litherland, 58, of Bourbonnais, died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at his home after a year-long illness.
Visitation will be Sunday afternoon at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Services will be held Monday morning.

Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin, 24, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at Rush Copley Hospital, Aurora.
Arrangements are pending at Lax Mortuary.

Earl Benn

Visitation for Earl W. Benn, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 4 p.m. services at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Martin R. Gutzmer will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the service at the Hertz- Thoma Crematory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Mr. Benn died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at his home.
He was born Feb. 22, 1912, in Cabery, the son of Wilbur and Matilda Peterson Benn.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ada Wasser, whom he married March 19, 1938, in Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Benn of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Bessie Styck of St. Anne; one brother, Lawrence Benn of Bourbonnais; one sister-in-law, Bertha Benn of Momence; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one brother, Joseph Benn.
Mr. Benn farmed 25 years in Cabery.
He worked 15 years in maintenance at Bear Brand Hosiery and retired from General Mills after 20 years in maintenance.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and reading.

Fern Unger

COAL CITY - Fern Unger, 76, of Coal City, died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at Embassy Care Nursing Home, Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, where she was a member. The Rev. Mark Jendrysik will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Grundy Community Hospice or to the donor's choice.
She was born Sept. 6, 1922, in South Wilmington, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Bottino Valiente.
Her first husband, Clayton Arens, is deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Tony Unger, whom she married Nov. 23, 1949, in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, South Wilmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Chris and Terry Gaughan of Brookfield, Wis., Nancy and Jim Micetich of Coal City; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Yolanda Valiente of Coal City; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one brother, Michael Valiente.
She was raised and educated in South Wilmington, graduating from Gardner-South Wilmington High School in 1940.

Evelyn Seymour

ONARGA - Visitation for Evelyn F. Seymour, 80, of Onarga, will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Onarga, where she was a member. The Rev. Paul Scheunemann will officiate.
Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Seymour died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at Heartland Health Care, Paxton.
Mrs. Seymour was owner and operator of Kurl Shop Beauty Salon for 40 years.
She was 1995 Onarga Citizen of the Year, 1997 Outstanding Volunteer for Iroquois County, and the president of the Gilman Nursing Home Auxiliary.
She was born May 29, 1918, in Cissna Park, the daughter of Fred and Kathryn Heinold Enz.
Her first husband, Edmund H. Salmon, whom she married June 16, 1936, died Nov. 14, 1973.
Her second husband, Arlington F. Seymour, whom she married July 7, 1978, in Kankakee, died Feb. 27, 1987.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gregory and Cindy Salmon of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Larry Salmon of Oak Park; one step- son, Arlington (Bud) Seymour of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jon Salmon, Carrie Alexander, Katie Jo and Molly Anne Salmon; and one great-grandchild.
Deceased is one sister, Phyllis Enz.
the Gilman Nursing Home Auxiliary.

Toshiko Rooney

DWIGHT - Visitation for Toshiko Rooney, 54, of Dwight, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11:30 a.m. services at the VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight. The Rev. John S. Brocksmit will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Rooney died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) in Dwight.
She was born Dec. 31, 1944, in Sasebo, Japan, the daughter of Ryushaku and Jikin Cho Sugimoto.
Surviving are her husband, Alan Rooney, of Dwight, whom she married Nov. 30, 1979; one daughter, Lisa Rooney of Dwight; one son, Sean Rooney of Dwight; two brothers, Cho Taro Sugimoto of Osaka, and Fukuo Sugimoto of Yokohama, Japan.
Deceased are her parents.
Mrs. Rooney was educated in Nagasaki, Japan.
She was employed by Starks' Restaurant in Dwight for several years as a cook.

Opal Dillon

Opal Dillon, 78, of Bradley, died today (Dec. 31, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are pending at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Father Charles Robards
THOMASBORO - Father Charles P. Robards, 70, of Thomasboro, died Friday (Dec. 31, 1999) at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. vesper service, and from 9 a.m. Monday until the celebration of the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Thomasboro, by the Most Reverend Bishop John J. Myers.
Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cemetery, West Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Diocese of Peoria Seminarian Fund.
Wright and Salmon Mortuary, Peoria, are in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 3, 1929, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Charles P. and Ethel J. Robards. His parents are deceased.
He had no survivors.
He was ordained Sept. 18, 1976.
Father Robards had been assistant pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria, 1976; St. Mary's and Sts. Peter and Paul in Westville and St. Patrick in Ottawa, all in 1977.
He had been chaplain at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley in 1978.
Father Robards had been pastor at St. Lawrence in Penfield and Holy Trinity in Rankin in 1982; St. Mary's in Delavan, St. Joseph's in Hopedale in 1990; Sts. Peter and Paul in Chatsworth and St. John's in Cullom in 1992; and St. Elizabeth's in Thomasboro and Sacred Heart in Ludlow in 1996.

Kathleen Gatlin
WILMINGTON - Kathleen Gatlin, 56, of Wilmington, formerly of Clifton, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000) at her home after a long illness.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose Catholic Church, Wilmington.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.
She was born June 5, 1943, in Kankakee, the daughter of Daniel E. and Mary A. McGrath Cavanaugh. Her parents are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Noel A. Gatlin, whom she married Sept. 14, 1991, in Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Trey McClure; four step-sons, Bruce and Lori Gatlin, Randy and Marilyn Gatlin, Gary and Lu Gatlin, and Ronnie and Bev Gatlin; four brothers and sisters- in-law, John and Shirley Cavanaugh, Francis and Joanne Cavanaugh, Bill and Kathleen Cavanaugh, Ray and Kay Cavanaugh; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jack Schott; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a former student of St. Rose School, Wilmington, St. Joseph's Seminary High School, Marycrest Business College and Parkland Community College.
Mrs. Gatlin was a retired employee of Mobil Oil and United Coatings.
She was a former member and volunteer of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Clifton.

Alice Bailey
KEMPTON - Alice Louise Bailey, 81, of Asta Care Center, Pontiac, formerly of Kempton, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000) at Asta Care Center.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Brother Andy Diestelkamp of the Church of Christ, Pontiac, will officiate.
Burial will be in Broughton Twp. Cemetery, rural Kempton.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
She was born Aug. 15, 1918, in New Rochelle, N.Y., the daughter of Arthur and Mary Egan Goatcher.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence Bailey, whom she married Nov. 14, 1947, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, of Asta Care Center, Pontiac; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Fred Shelton of Emington, Coralee and Carl Utegg of Pontiac; seven grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Two sisters, Nora Sirrine and Mary Hagadorn; and one brother, Arthur Goatcher, are deceased.
She was educated in Isial Young Junior High and New Rochelle High School.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, Pontiac, and the Resident Council at Asta Care.

Emma Marti
Emma D. Marti, 90, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at St. Peter United Church of Christ, Frankfort, where she was a member. The Rev. Richard D. Lewis will officiate.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter United Church of Christ, Frankfort, or to Alzheimer's Disease Kankakee Chapter, 817 River Rd., Kankakee.
Gerardi Funeral Home, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 24, 1909, in Manhattan Twp., the daughter of Herman and Emma Gilk Weichbrodt.
Her husband, Ezra Marti, died in 1975.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne Arthur and Evelyn Marti of Cabery, Paul Daniel and Marie Marti of Scottsburg, Ind.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol Jean and William Jensen of Chebanse, and Mary Jane Boyd of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters and brothers- in-law, Bernice and Albert Krusemark, and Verna and Ronald Senesac, all of Frankfort; one brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Marie Weichbrodt; 11 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Two brothers, Wallace and Arthur Weichbrodt; and one sister, Florence Tewes, are deceased.
Mrs. Marti had been a seamstress.
She was a member of the quilting circle and woman's guild of St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

Kathrine Hodgett
BEECHER - Kathrine F. Hodgett, 92, of Beecher, died Friday (Dec. 31, 1999) at Ingalls Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Sheffield. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.
Burial will be in Sheffield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Beecher Scholarship Fund.
She was born May 3, 1907, in Dana, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Frieda Weber.
Her husband, Everett Hodgett, whom she married in 1932, in Hollywood, Calif., died in 1953.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Eldon and Barbara Hodgett of Beecher; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
One grandson is deceased.
Mrs. Hodgett was a school teacher for 5 years in Hudson and 19 years in Mineral.
She was a member of Mineral Methodist Church.

Carl Thoreson
NAPERVILLE - Carl V. Thoreson, 81, a resident of Naperville since 1966, and a former area resident, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 26 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Ministry Center, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, Ill. 60540.
He was born April 25, 1918, in Washburn, Wis.
Surviving are his wife, Elaine, of Naperville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Judy and John Layne of Charlotte, N.C., Jane Thoreson of Reston, Va., Joan and William Harrison of Elburn; three grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.
Mr. Thoreson had been employed by Kroehler Manufacturing in Kankakee, Louisville, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C., retiring in 1980 after 34 years of service. He had worked part-time at Moser Lumber for 10 years.
He enjoyed playing the clarinet.

Mary Hasselbring
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Mary Ruth Hasselbring, 87, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Kankakee, died Friday (Dec. 31, 1999).
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, Grand Rapids, Mich. The Revs. Kip Hasselbring and Kenneth Anderson will officiate.
Burial will be in Amity Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Charles Hasselbring Memorial Fund, c/o First Church of the Nazarene, 3765 Kalamazoo Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49508.
Her husband, Bud Hasselbring, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter-in-law; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
One son, Charles, is deceased.

Gloria Conrad
MANTENO - Gloria W. Conrad, 70, of Manteno, formerly of Durango, Colo., died Thursday (Dec. 30, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, after a sudden illness.
There will be no visitation or services.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Burial will be in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery, LaGrange.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.
She was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Santa Monica, Calif., the daughter of Albert E. and Edna Martinson Wedemeyer.
Her husband, Charles Conrad, whom she married in LaGrange, in 1948, died in 1995.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Audrey Conrad of Aurora; one sister and brother-in- law, Gwen and Thomas H. Nowak of Manteno; and one grandchild, Tatiana Conrad.
Mrs. Conrad was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, Manteno.

David Hanlin
COAL CITY - David Hanlin, 63, of Coal City, formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the 1 p.m. services at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Brian Kenney will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born Aug. 21, 1936, in Galesburg, the son of Carl and Violet Thorneycroft Hanlin. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are one sister, Imogene Starke of Coal City; three nieces, Shari (Jerry) Fritz of Bourbonnais, Charlotte (Darwin) Conner of Campus, Kimberly (Dan) Tipsword of Coal City; and two great-nieces, Lexine (Matthew) Kirshner of Essex, Wenona (Larry) Persic of Campus.
One brother, Carl Hanlin, is deceased.
Mr. Hanlin was formerly a carrier for the Kankakee Daily Journal, the Joliet Herald News and the Chicago Tribune newspapers.
He enjoyed reading and old movies.

Shirley Long
Shirley Long, 59, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000) at the University of Chicago Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Cread.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Ann Snapp
MOMENCE - Ann Snapp, 77, of Momence, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000).
Visitation will be held 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday, with a 4 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Momence.

Gilbert Morrison
PEOTONE - Gilbert Harvey Morrison, 98, formerly of Peotone, died Friday (Dec. 31, 1999) in Charleston.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Peotone United Methodist Church.


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