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Robert Jennings

CUSTER PARK - Robert Lee Jennings, 89, of Custer Park, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born Aug. 31, 1909, in Hettick, the son of Benjamin and Gabriella Crook Jennings.
His wife, the former Dorothy Tipps, whom he married Sept. 23, 1934, in Scottville, is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, James B. and Janet Jennings of Germantown, Ohio, Ross T. and Marlene Jennings of Sterling, Lawrence L. and Kris Jennings of Sterling; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol K. and Willie Love Jr. of Custer Park, Sharon S. and Donald Stetz of Plymouth, Minn.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
An infant son, Robert Jennings; four brothers; and four sisters are deceased.
Mr. Jennings retired from Texaco Pipeline in Wilmington, in 1974, after 30 years of service.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Wilmington and the Braidwood and Wilmington Senior Citizens.
He was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge #704 A.F.& A.M. in Braidwood.
He enjoyed singing and gardening.

Clarence Sangmeister

JOLIET - Clarence W. Sangmeister, 84, of Joliet since 1993, formerly of rural Peotone, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Frankfort, where he was a charter member.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Pallbearers will be Robert Borms, Walter Reimers, Bruce and Robert Wille, Ronald Heisner, and Richard Reils.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Friends of Sunny Hill.
He was born Aug. 25, 1914, in rural Peotone Township, the son of Christian and Katherine Sangmeister.
His wife, the former Marie Wille, whom he married Nov. 22, 1942, in Tinley Park, died in 1996.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Roy and Tammy Sangmeister of Manhattan, Ralph Sangmeister of Peotone; three daughters and one son-in-law, Jeanette and Arthur Brandan of Peotone, Arlene Sangmeister of Oregon, Marilyn Sangmeister of Portland, Ore.; three sisters-in-law, Pearl and Wilbur Heisner of Manhattan, Dorothy and Alvin Reils, Marie Wille, all of Monee; and four grandsons.
One grandson, Todd Brandau; four brothers, Emil, Arthur, Edwin, and Milton; and three sisters, Emma, Celia, and Rose, are deceased.
Mr. Sangmeister was a retired farmer.
He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau.

Randy Clemans

Visitation for Randy W. Clemans, 45, of Bourbonnais, has been rescheduled for 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Eleanor Ditrick will officiate.
Mr. Clemans died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at Miller HealthCare Center, Kankakee.
Marcella McFarland,
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Marcella D. McFarland, 88, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Miller HealthCare Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Jay DeMent will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born April 3, 1910, in St. Anne, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy Sirois Paris.
Her husband, Edward J. McFarland, whom she married June 28, 1932, in Kankakee, died in 1973.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Gerald O'Flaherty of Bourbonnais, Janice and Gerald Frechette of Bradley; two sisters-in-law, Olive Paris of Bourbonnais, Ruby McFarland of Florida; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
One brother, Vernon Paris; and one sister, Esther Gladys Askew are deceased.
Mrs. McFarland was a babysitter for 17 years at the YMCA.
She was a member of the Ace High Club for 62 years; the Riverside TWIG, Bradley, Bourbonnais and Kankakee; the Seniors Club; the Order of the Eastern Star; the White Shrine; the Pythian Sisters; a charter member and first President of the Band Mothers (Boosters) at BBCHS; a Charter volunteer at Exploration Station; and a member of the Castanets Card Club.
She enjoyed traveling, cards, and bingo.

Elizabeth Anderson

DWIGHT - Elizabeth Anderson, 91, of Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Dwight, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Heritage Manor, Dwight.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Oliver Zivney will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Aug. 26, 1907, in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of William Daniel and Edna Gaither Mudd.
Her husband, John Anderson, whom she married Jan. 21, 1927, died in 1974.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gerald Anderson, Jack and Imajean Anderson, Kenneth and Barbara Anderson, all of Dwight; one daughter, Helen Jones of Pekin, Ind.; one brother, Albert Mudd of Chatham; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.
She was a member of the Dwight United Methodist Church.
She was educated in Chatham.
Mrs. Anderson was a cook for many years at the L and M Restaurant, formerly in Dwight.
She was a member of the church Women's Club.

Paul Panozzo

Paul Panozzo, 60, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Marie Panozzo of Kankakee.
Mr. Panozzo owned Darling Nell's Tavern until the summer of 1998.
Arrangements are pending at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors.

Gary Litherland,

Visitation for Gary C. Litherland, 58, of Bourbonnais, will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor Steven Friese will officiate.
Burial will be in Maternity B.V.M. Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Litherland died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at his residence, after a year long illness.
He was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Bridgeport, the son of William and Ruth Gresham Litherland.
Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Kopacek, of Bourbonnais, whom he married Aug. 20, 1960, in La Crosse, Wis.; one son, Troy Litherland of Bradley; one daughter, Denice Middlendorf of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Diane and George Lewis of Alta Loma, Calif., Carole and Sam Petty of Pomona, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Jeannette of Grand Prairie, Texas; his father of Ontario, Calif.; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
His mother is deceased.
Mr. Litherland was a brake conductor for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, retiring after 25 years.
He was a member of the Illinois Archaeological Society.
He was an appraiser and consultant of Indian Artifact collections.
He was an avid Indian Artifacts collector.
Mr. Litherland was a member of the Bonfield Evangelical Methodist Church.
He was the sponsor of the Kankakee Indian Artifact Show.

Opal Dillon

Cremation rites for Opal M. Dillon, 78, of Bradley, have been accorded.
There will be no vistation.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday at the Mortin Johnson Funeral Home, Benton. Sister Ruth Hayes will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Dillon died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
She was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Benton, the daughter of Ray and Eliza Thompson Williams.
Her husband, Loren Dillon, whom she married in Franklin County, died May 10, 1972.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Shirley Dillon of Creal Springs, Kenny and Rose Dillon of Arizona; two daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta and James Isaacs of Bourbonnais, Barbara and James Goldsberry of Bradley; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Eva Schloss of W. Frankfort, Evelyn and Joe Schloss of Sidney, Ohio, Lorene and Troy Homen of Benton; one brother, Denby Williams of Evansville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, 18 great- grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and many nieces and newphews.
Two brothers and one son are deceased.
Mrs. Dillon was retired from Riverside Hospital after 20 years as head cook.
She was a member of the Church of God Worship Center.
She enjoyed crafts.

Mary Winn

Mary Winn, 67, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 2, 1999) at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Richard Nystrom Sr.,

SUN CITY, Fla. - Richard ''Dick'' Nystrom Sr., 77, of Sun City, Fla., formerly of St. Anne, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May, 16, 1921, in Racine, Wis., the son of Clarence and Lida Montgomery Nystrom.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marjorie Meier, of Sun City, Fla., whom he married March 29, 1947, in St. Anne; one daughter and son-in- law, Donna and Harold Petersen of Sun City, Fla.; one son-in-law, Thomas Mueller of Cedarburg, Wis.; and six grandchildren.
One son, Richard Jr.; one daughter, Diane Mueller; and one sister, Doris Bents, are deceased
Mr. Nystrom was a manufacturer of clay products. He was employed and part owner of Eastern Illinois Clay, having served on the board of directors.
He was a captain in the Air Force 4 1/2 years serving from 1942-1947. He was a fighter pilot.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, St. Anne.

Robert Laster

Visitation for Robert Franklin Laster, 65, of Bourbonnais, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Monday until the time of services at 3 p.m. at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Mr. Laster died Monday (Dec. 28, 1998) at his home.

Kenneth Bitzel,

SHELDON - Kenneth L. Bitzel, 61, of Sheldon, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, and one hour prior to services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, Watseka, where he was a member. The Revs. David Bondurant and Harold Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Gaffield Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to his grandchildren's educational fund.
He was born Dec. 31, 1937, in Wabash, Ind., the son of Allie and Florence Scott Bitzel.
Surviving are his wife, the former Doris Jean Howell, whom he married May 31, 1958, in Sheldon; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ken Wynn of Watseka; one son, Kenny Allen Bitzel of Plano; three brothers, Perry A. Bitzel of Crescent City, William Bitzel of Cleveland, Tenn., John Bitzel of Wabash, Ind.; and two grandchildren.
His parents and two sisters are deceased.
Mr. Bitzel worked as a janitor for Service Master in Kankakee and for Wells school in Watseka.
He was owner/operator of Cinnamon Garden's in Watseka.
He was a member of the Sheldon American Legion.
He was a Cubs fan and a lifelong bowler.

Deborah Shirley

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA - Deborah Baker Shirley, 51, of Vancouver, B.C., died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody, B.C.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
There will be no wake service.
Burial will be held at a later date at Semenoca Cemetery.
Her eyes were donated to the eye bank.
She was born Dec. 2, 1947, in Kankakee, the son of Irvin J. and Catherine Burkmonus Baker.
Surviving are her husband, Tom Shirley, whom she married Aug. 18, 1991; step-children, Tom Jr. and Wendell Shirley, Laurie and Gary Bergen; her mother of Kankakee; brother and sister-in-law, Steven A. and Marla of San Diego; sisters and brothers-in-law, Catherine M. and Paul Willi of Macomb, Valerie and Fred Benoit of Merrionetta Park; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Her father, who died Dec. 25, 1998; two brothers, Terry J. who died in 1995, and Michael M. who died in 1977 are deceased.
She enjoyed current events and was an avid reader.

Margaret Cima

SOUTH WILMINGTON - Visitation for Margaret Cima, 84, of South Wilmington, has been changed.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, South Wilmington, where she was a member. The Rev. Oren Banks will officiate.
Visitation will also be Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel.
Buriel 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.

Marie Schrof

FORREST - Marie M. Schrof, 89, of Wing, died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at OSF ST. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation was held Friday at the Hager Memorial Home, Forrest.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Jan. 2 at Apostolic Christian Church, Forrest, where she was a member. Ministers of the church officiated.
Burial was in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Forrest.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury, Apostolic Christian World Relief, or Forrest Lake Association.
She was born Sept. 29, 1909, in Forrest, the daughter of Peter and Lena Scharlach Bach.
Her husband, whom she married Feb. 18, 1934, in Forrest, died Jan. 28, 1991.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Harriet and Dale Farney, Carol and Louie Knapp, all of Forrest; three sons and daughters- in-law, Edward and Sharon Schrof, Glen and Janet Schrof, Vernon and Angela Schrof, all of Forrest; one brother, Reuben Bach of Fairbury; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Schrof was a retired school cook for Wing School.

John Lively

John C. ''Jack'' Lively, 83, of Bradley, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center emergency room after an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Deacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Bradley Fire Department.
He was born Nov. 21, 1915, in El Paso, Texas, the son of John C. and Agnes McLaughlin Lively.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Butz, of Bradley, whom he married June 22, 1941, at St. Rose Rectory, Kankakee; three sisters-in- law, Lois E. Mann and Hazel F. Sibley, both of Kankakee, and Rose Butz of Las Gatos, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Hhis parents; step-father, George Ravens; and one sister, Mary Lively, are deceased.
Mr. Lively was retired from General American Transportation, East Chicago, Ind.
He was a member of the Moose.

Alice Luhrs

Alice Luhrs, 86, of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Paul LaMontagne

SPRINGFIELD - Paul M. LaMontagne, 87, of Springfield, formerly of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Kankakee.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
He was born March 1, 1911, in Kankakee, the son of Arthur and Pearl Betourne LaMontagne.
His first wife, the former Auber C. Boner, whom he married Oct. 23, 1934, at St. Patrick's Church, died Dec. 29, 1983.
His second wife, the former Vernice H. Collette, whom he married April 20, 1985, died Jan. 28, 1991.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Doris LaMontagne of Springfield; one sister, Rita Regnier of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, Claude LaMontagne of Palm Springs, Fla., Earl LaMontagne of Hot Springs, Ark.; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
One son, John LaMontagne; and three brothers, Roy, Harry, and Jim LaMontagne, are deceased.
Mr. LaMontagne was a retired paint chemist from Mobil Chemical.
He had been a member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church.
He was active in the CYO.
He attended St. Viators College.

Victoria Scott

CHENOA - Victoria C. Scott, 96, of Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa, died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) at Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight. Pastor Steven Estes will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Christ, Dwight, or to Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.
She was born May 7, 1902, in rural Dwight, the daughter of James and Essie Jane Irvin Currie.
Her husband, Shirley C. Scott, whom she married July 24, 1926, died Oct. 19, 1992.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James and Anna Mae Scott of Dwight; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane Ann and Robert Bradbury of Seattle, Wash; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and four sisters are deceased.
Mrs. Scott was educated in Dwight schools. She received her teaching certificate from Illinois State University.
She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and was an honorary member of Dwight Women's Club, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Dwight.

Nancy Brown

WILMINGTON - Nancy Adeline Brown, 63, longtime resident of Wilmington, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at her home.
Funeral arrangements and visitation will be announced in a couple days due to the weather conditions.
Arrangements are by the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington. For information call 476-2181.
She was the daughter of William and Gertrude Eaton Mansfield.
Surviving are her husband, Asberry Slim Brown, Jr.; six children, Nancy Charand Bill DeBoard, Marvin Brown, all of Wilmington, Colleen Miller of Brookfield, Mo., Mark and Jenny Brown of Wilmington, Wade and Mary Brown of Unionville, Mo., and Caroll and Steve Sarnowsky of Braidwood; three sisters, Audrey Neeley of Tennessee, Jessie Bailey of Braidwood, Natalee Anderson of Joliet; two brothers, William Mansfield of Dwight, Eugene Mansfield of Coal City; 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her parents and one sister, Rogene Countryman are deceased.
Mrs. Brown was a former bartender for Flo's Tap in Wilmington.

Michael Calvin

Michael T. Calvin, 24, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Dec. 29) at Rush Copley's Hospital in Aurora.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until services begin at 10 a.m. at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee. Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery.
He was born November 24, 1974, in Kankakee, the son of Caroline Beatrice Speed and Joe Louis Calvin.
Surviving are six brothers, Joseph Calvin of Indiana, Thaddeus, Ricardo, Daniel and Quantavius Calvin, all of Kankakee, and Anthony Speed of Jacksonville, Il; three sisters, Darleen and Jacquelyn Calvin, both of Michigan and Queitina Calvin of Kankakee; one grandmother, Mary Speed of Mississippi; and several aunts and uncles and other relatives.
His father and mother and two brothers, both named Joseph Calvin, are deceased.
He attended Kankakee High School.

Paul Panozzo

Visitation for Paul J. Panozzo, 60, of Kankakee, will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Richard Pighini will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Panozzo died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Mr. Panozzo was the owner/operator of ''Darling Nell's'' tavern in Kankakee until the summer of 1998. He also was manager of the Days Inn tavern.
He was a master carpenter.
He was born June 12, 1938, in Kankakee, the son of Louis and Veronica Alonowski Panozzo.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Marie Panozzo of Kankakee, Todd and Michelle Panozzo of Austin, Texas, Scott Panozzo of San Antonio, Texas; four sisters and three brothers-in- law, Anna May Randalls, Rose and Vernon Love, Ann and Francis Fritz, all of Kankakee, Theresa and Jack Morris of St. Anne; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Victor and Bobby Panozzo of Manitowish Waters, Wis., Richard and Sue Panozzo of Bradley, John and Linda Panozzo of West Palm Beach, Fla., Tom Panozzo of Kankakee; special friend, Betsy Lustig of Kankakee; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and one brother, Louis.

Russell Williams

Russell D. Williams, 71, of Manteno, died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Marsha Collins will officiate.
Burial, with military services by the Aroma Park F-Troop, will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made for the family wishes.
He was born May 7, 1927, in Rockville Township, Kankakee County, the son of Jacob and Hattie D. Warner Williams.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard L. and Diana Williams of Manteno; one daughter and son-in-law, Cora Rae and Greg Weisenberger of University Park; one sister, Rita Ghere of Kankakee; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Rita Williams of Manteno, Frank and Carol Williams of Coal City; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are his parents and three brothers.
Mr. Williams was a farmer.
He was a member of the Manteno American Legion Post 775.
He was of the Protestant faith.
Mr. Williams was a veteran of the First Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed reading books and discussing farming.

Raymond Strappazon

JOLIET - Raymond Strappazon, 87, of Joliet, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 1998).
His wife, Emily Strappazon, died in 1996.
Surviving are one daughter, Nanci Snyder; two sons, Rev. Donald Strappazon of Vancouver, Wash., and Raymond J. Strappazon of Braidwood; two brothers, Lee Strappazon of Lockport, Leo Strappazon of Gaylord, Mich.; one sister, Rena Brown of Joliet; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Strappazon was a veteran of World War II.
He had lived in Joliet since 1928.
He worked for Coca-Cola Co. for 15 years and had retired from the Herald News, Joliet, as a photographer.

Osia Waltz

Osia L. Waltz, 85, of Kankakee, died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. Rev. Bill Carter will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Palo Verde, Texas, the daughter of Robert and Armaide Barton.
Deceased are her three husbands, Clarence Harris, William Kilpatrick, and Leslie Waltz.
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, JB and Sharon Harris of Oklahoma, D.L. and Rosie Harris of California, William and Marla Kilpatrick of Bourbonnais, Willis and Myrna Kilpatrick of Oak Forest; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deanna and Maurice Jeries of California, Jean and Ronald Ponton of Kankakee; one sister, Faye Ryan; one brother, Dean Barton of Texas; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, W.R. Harris; one sister, Johnnie Howard; and one brother.
Mrs. Waltz had retired from the Kankakee YMCA several years ago.

Kesley Stapleton

CARBON HILL - Kesley B. ''Slim'' Stapleton, 70, of Carbon Hill, died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City, and from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Olive Church in McCormick, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Ozark. Pallbearers will be Adam and Joshua Stapleton, Brent, Jeremy, Donald, and Robert Taylor Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Coal City Emergency Squad or to the United Methodist Church Building Fund.
He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1982 after 31 years of service.
After his retirement, he was a special ed bus driver for Ryder Bus Service.
He was born April 14, 1928, in Pope County, the son of Joe Tom and Ruth Hazel Hamilton Stapleton.
Surviving are his wife, the former Wanda Lee Taylor, whom he married May 8, 1948; two sons, David and Carolyn Stapleton of Morris, Dan and Chris Stapleton of Verona; two daughters, Debbie and Tommy Uerkwitz of Joliet, Donna Stapleton and her fiance, Roger Martin of Morris; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents and three brothers.
He was educated in Pope County schools.
After his retirement, he was a special ed bus driver for Ryder Bus Service.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coal City.
For most of their married life the couple lived in Coal City.

Shirley Wilcox

CHICAGO - Shirley Ann Wilcox, 54, of Chicago, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) in Chicago.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Liborius Church, Steger, by the Rev. Joseph Burns.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
She was born July 31, 1944, in Chicago, the daughter of Leonard and Helen Plonka Miller.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary Wilcox of Oak Lawn; one daughter and son-in- law, Sheryl and James Ahern of Chicago Ridge; her mother of Beecher; and three grandchildren.
Deceased is her father in 1992.
Mrs. Wilcox had been a secretary in a hospital.

Alice Luhrs

Visitation for Alice M. Luhrs, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Don Linnell will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Mrs. Luhrs died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 25, 1912, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Alexander and Rhoda Brake Marsden.
Surviving are her husband, Gilbert Luhrs, of Kankakee, whom she married Dec. 25, 1936, in Fremont, Neb.; and one daughter and son-in-law, Rhoda and Gene Ogden of Bean Blossom, Ind.
Deceased are one brother, William Marsden; and one sister, Emily Lamme.
Mrs. Luhrs was a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
She was active in the PTA and the Sewing Club.
At her church she was involved in the Women's Missionary Fellowship, played the organ, and sang in the choir.

Ruby Stokes

WILMINGTON - Ruby Pearl ''Pearl'' Lucile Stokes, 76, of Embassy Care Center, Wilmington, died Saturday (Jan. 2, 1999).
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Joe Lawson will officiate.
Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Vandalia, where she was a member.
Local arrangements are by the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
She was born June 11, 1922, in Vandalia, the daughter of Charles and Jennie Mae Hatfield Oray.
Her husband, Carroll Alburtus Stokes, whom she married Nov. 12, 1938, died Sept. 4, 1984.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Shirley Stokes of Coal City, Dale and Karen Stokes of Molden, Mo., Gene and Martina Stokes of Minooka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Brad Sarver, Joyce and Charles Friddle, all of Wilmington; one sister and brother-in-law, Goldie and Dale Koehler of Divernon; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Vandalia American Legion Auxiliary and past president of the Vandalia VFW Auxiliary.
Mrs. Stokes was a retired employee of the Princess Peggy Garment Factory, Vandalia.

Elizabeth McWherter

WILMINGTON - Elizabeth M. McWherter, 84, of Wilmington, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Embassy Care Center.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be held at 5 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Tipton will officiate.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Gardner Cemetery, Martin, Tenn.
Her husband Lee McWherter is deceased.
Surviving are one son, William McWherter of Wilmington; one nephew, James (Marsha) Black of Niles; one niece, Betty Ann (Kenneth) Booz of Wisconsin; and one granddaughter, Deborah McWherter.
Deceased are two sisters and four brothers.
She was a member of Cyprus Creek Baptist Church of Martin, Tenn.

Randall Parlich

MANTENO - Visitation for Randall Parlich, 19, of Manteno, will be from 3-8 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno. The Rev. Ed Grotovsky will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Mr. Parlich died Saturday (Jan. 2, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
He was born May 29, 1979, in Portsmouth, Va., the son of John V. and Janine M. Koronkowski Parlich.
Surviving are one brother, Paul Parlich; maternal grandmother, Anna Korankowski; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Fitzparlich; and special friends, Michael Shubert and Donald Seitz, both of Manteno.
Deceased are his maternal and paternal grandfathers.
Mr. Parlich was a member of the Catholic faith.
He was a setup man at the Brennen company in University Park.
He enjoyed music, playing his guitar and trombone, and woodworking.

Susan Mahoney

UNION HILL - Visitation for Susan J. Mahoney, 90, of Union Hill, formerly of Clifton, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Keifer will officiate.
Burial will be in Clifton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Mahoney died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Miller Health Care Center, Kankakee.
She was born March 7, 1908, in Clifton, the daughter of Louis J. and Gertrude Brayton Gravelot.
Her husband, Homer C. Mahoney, whom she married Feb. 21, 1927, in Kankakee, died Oct. 24, 1985.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Lois and LaVerne Sutter of Union Hill; one sister, Adelaide Spies of Kankakee; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sons and one daughter-in-law.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Bonfield, and the Royal Neighbors.
She enjoyed baking and gardening.

Edwin Roach

ASHKUM - Visitation for Edwin L. Roach, 74, of Ashkum, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Paul Uhl will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashkum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Roach died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
He was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Thawville, the son of Edward and Elsie Wheeling Roach.
Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Saathoff, of Ashkum, whom he married Nov. 10, 1964, in Evergreen Park; three daughters, Joyce Delinsky of DeMotte, Ind., Gloria Donovan of Streamwood, Tracy Barkholz of Gilbert, Pa.; two sisters, Florence Breeden of Ahkum, Elsie Christianson of Kankakee; one brother, Gerald Roach of Danforth; and five grandchildren.
Deceased is one son.
Mr. Roach was a technician at Continental Can Co., Chicago.

Marie Fortino

CHEBANSE - Marie E. Fortino, 83, of Chebanse, died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.

Owen Tagtmeier

MOMENCE - Owen V. Tagtmeier, 78, of Momence, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Embassy Care Nursing Home, Wilmington.
There will be no visitation or services.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Arrangements are by the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
He was born July 23, 1920, in Homewood, the son of Fred and Mary Carlos Tagtmeier.
His wife, the former Betty Flannery, whom he married in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Virgil Williams of Momence, Virginia and Jerry Woods of Monarch Beach, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Virginia Tagtmeier of Wisconsin; one sister, Mary Alice Hermanski of Chicago; and one granddaughter.
Mr. Tagtmeier was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army.
He was a retired construction worker.


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