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Robert Werner

CRETE - Robert T. Werner, 74, Sauk Village trustee from 1971-1987, died Saturday (Jan. 2, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today and from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the Crete Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Thomas Conde at the St. James Catholic Church, Sauk Village, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.
He was born Feb. 28, 1924 in Chicago.
Mr. Werner was a structural steel iron worker, employed by the Chicago Park District.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 1259 and the former Kiwanis Club in Sauk Village, served on the village's United Way board of directors and was past president, vice president and commissioner of the Sauk Village Athletic Association.
He also served on the Sauk Village Board of Fire & Police Commissioners.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in the Pacific.
Surviving are his wife, the former Adele Cynova; two daughters and one son-in-law, Judy Werner Neu of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Roberta and Ludwik Szymczak of Hinkley, Ill.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter, Kathleen Werner, who died Oct. 31, 1997, and a sister Patricia Crawford.

Alice Graf

GRANT PARK - Alice Graf, 83, of Grant Park, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park, where she was a member. The Rev. Fred Beck will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Park.
She was born June 21, 1915, in rural Beecher, the daughter of Fred and Amelia Piepenbrink Becker.
Her husband, Arthur Graf, died Dec. 27, 1981.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Frances Graf, Wayne and Sandra Graf, all of Grant Park; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nelda and Dean Martin of Kankakee, Barbara Graf of Manteno; one sister and brother-in- law, Joan and Joseph DeFrank of Beecher; one brother and sister-in- law, Edwin and Fern Becker of Milford; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one sister and one brother.
Mrs. Graf was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and the Agent Angels.
She was a Quilting Club member.

Nedra Wiltfang

MOROCCO, Ind. - Nedra Jane Wiltfang, 90, of Morocco, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Lang Funeral Home, Morocco, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Tim Powers will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.
She was born Sept. 29, 1908, in Newton County, the daughter of Charles and Ella Hoon Rich.
Her husband, William Wiltfang, whom she married April 4, 1929, in Morocco, died in 1987.
Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, June and Donald Simonin of Rensselaer, Mary Tolleson and Janet Storey, both of Morocco; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Clifford and William Wiltfang, both of Morocco, Phillip and Marita Wiltfang of Bradley; two sisters, Helen Gordon and Norma Kapp, both of Anderson, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Wiltfang was a cook at Merchant's Restaurant in Morocco until her retirement in 1991.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morocco, the Royal Neighbors, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Smile Club.
She enjoyed playing cards.

Orval Most

CRETE - Orval Most, 82, of Crete, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at St. James Manor in Crete.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Crete Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Crete, where he was a member for many years. The Rev. Robert W. Pasbrig will officiate.
Burial will be in the church Cemetery, Crete.
Memorials may be made to the church's Parking Lot Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born Aug. 16, 1916 in Crete.
Mr. Most was a dairy farmer on the family farm in Crete.
He was a member of the Crete Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, the former Alice Becker; a son and daughter-in- law, Richard and Susan Most of Crete; one stepson, Delbert Pigors of Crete; one stepdaughter and spouse, Gilberta and Edward Biedzycki of East Hazel Crest; four brothers and one sister-in-law, Clarence Most, Melvin Most, Norman and Ruth Most and Walter Most, all of Crete; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Earl Mayes

Earl C. Mayes, 80, of Kankakee, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999).
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, with an Elks memorial service at 5 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, with one hour visitation prior to services, at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Leah Pogemiller will officiate. Burial will follow at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or to the Elks Lodge 627.
Earl was born May 7, 1918 in Loyston, Tenn., the son of Luther and Theodocia Weaver Mayes. He graduated from Herscher High School and attended the University of Illinois.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Frieda Vogt, whom he married June 12, 1943 at the Clifton Methodist Church; two daughters, Marilyn Roy and Joyce Mayes and her fiance, Robert Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Don and Sherry Mayes; three grandchildren, Scott Roy, Michelle and Jennifer Mayes, all of Kankakee.
Also surviving are three brothers and five sisters-in-law, Hubert Mayes of Manteno; Herb and Mary Mayes of Ashkum, Bob and Shirley Mayes of Yorkville; Bea Mayes of Egg Harbor, N.J. and Betty Mayes of Kokomo, Ind.; six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Geneva and Kenneth Reid of Waterman, Madonna Lee of Riverside, Calif., Lorena and Ivan Petersen of Ashkum, Lillis Donnelly of Rensselaer, Ind., Lois and Gerald Feldhaus of Rensselaer and Dorothy and Richard Hansen of Kokomo, Ind.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Oleson and Enver and one sister, Argel Meyer.
Mr. Mayes worked with E.J. Johnson Builders and Oakwood Trucking and Excavating since 1947 until his retirement in 1983.
He was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
Also, he was a member of the Kankakee Elks Lodge 627, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge of Bradley, International Operating Engineers Local 150, Home Builders Assn. and the Quadrille Dance Club.
He was an avid golfer, enjoyed dancing, playing cards, traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends. (Pd.)

Doreene Kolodziej

TINLEY PARK - Doreene Kolodziej, 84, of Tinley Park, formerly of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 1998) at Ridgeland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Services were held at the Krueger Funeral Home, Blue Island. The Rev. John Kilcrann officiated.
She was born May 10, 1914, in Kankakee, the daughter of Louis and Lillie DeBuque Suprenant.
Her husband, Leon, died July 3, 1968.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and James Ingrum of Tinley Park, Sandra and Ronald Rickerson of Lemont; one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Connie Kolodziej of New Lenox; one sister and brother-in-law, Iona and Matt Kendziorek of Bradley; one brother, Glennon Suprenant of Kankakee; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Homer and Eldon Suprenant; and two sisters, Velma Beckner and Elodie Suprenant.
Mrs. Kolodziej attended Cosmetology School in Chicago.
She was a member of Seven Holy Founders Church and its senior citizen group.

Victoria Cooper

Visitation for Victoria LaFern Clark-Cooper, 62, of Kankakee, will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Morning Star MB Church, Kankakee.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Mrs. Cooper died Saturday (Jan. 2, 1998) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Mrs. Cooper retired Dec. 31. 1996 after 35 years with Shapiro Developmental Center. She was a member of AFSCME Local 29.
She was born Feb. 3, 1936 in Pantherburn, Miss., the daughter of Rev. Ashby Clark and Annie Mae Tucker Sanders.
She first married Willie Benard in 1958 in Kankakee. She then married Percy Cooper in 1964 in Kankakee. Both husbands are deceased.
She was a promoter of Gospel concerts in the Kankakee Community and helped organize Buds of Harmony.
She was a member of Greater New Hope Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son, Duane Cooper of Atlanta, Ga.; three daughters, Carolyn R. Clark of Kankakee, Anita Kay Benard of Sacramento, Calif., and Cheryl D. Benard of Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter-in-law, Michelle Benard of Newport News, Va.; four sisters, Virginia L. Porter of Memphis, Tenn., Bernice Clark and Barbara J. Sykes, both of Kankakee, and Patricia Allen of Bourbonnais; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Harvey Clark and Jeffery Clark, both of Kankakee, and Jimmy and Gracie Staples of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; a special cousin, Lenore McGee of Chicago; and special sons, Lionel Whalum and Kenny Myatt of Kankakee.
Deceased are her father; a brother, Albert Clark; and sons, Kenny Benard, Jeffery Cooper and Matthew McCallum. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and writing songs.

Ronald Denoyer

Visitation for Ronald F. Denoyer, 63, of Kankakee, will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10 a.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Larry Schreffler will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Mr. Denoyer died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Blosson Hill Nursing Home, Kankakee.
He was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Kankakee, the son of Francis and Kathryn Foster Denoyer.
His wife, Jackie Denoyer, whom he married in Memphis, Tenn., died in 1990.
Surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Roberta Emling, and Charlotte and Frank Davidson, all of Bourbonnais; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, James and Debbie Denoyer, Richard and Virginia Denoyer, all of Bourbonnais, Keith Denoyer of Rantoul; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one daughter, Carla Denoyer.
Mr. Denoyer had been a truck driver for Prescott Trucking for several years.

Patrick LaMontagne

Patrick H. LaMontagne, 69, of Kankakee, died Dec. 28, 1998.
He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joan L. Benoit and Ruth L. and Roman Schwartz, all of Kankakee.

Katherine Sorenson

BONFIELD - Katherine F. Sorenson, 77, of Bonfield, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Gary Ruckman will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Missouri, the daughter of Logan and Tempie Lee Johnson.
Surviving are her husband, Orville Sorenson of Bonfield, whom she married in 1970 in Crown Point, Ind.; two sons, Duane and Michelle Deatherage and Wayne and Vicki Deatherage, all of Kankakee; three stepsons, Orville and Alta Sorenson of Kankakee, John Griggs of Florida and Robert Sorenson of Missouri; five stepdaughters, Vicki and Larry Gullquist of Chebanse, Kay and Duane Baker of Michigan, Sherry and Mitch Fanning of Moline, Janet and Dennis Odan and Debra and Mark Thornburg, all of Iowa; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Goldie and Harold Smothers of Bradley and Donna and Thomas Simmons of Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Annette Stephenson of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Huie and Ruby Stephenson of Bradley; 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and five sisters.
Mrs. Sorenson enjoyed cats and cooking.

LaVerne Freeman

Graveside services for LaVerne Freeman, 96, of Manor Care Health Services, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Dr. Donald Linnell will officiate.
Mrs. Freeman died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Manor Care.
She was born Nov. 30, 1902 in Glasford, the daughter of John and Kathryn Homan Galloway.
Her husband, Lyman H. Freeman Sr., whom she married Nov. 1, 1920 in Decatur, is deceased.
She worked in sales at Chicago Store, Lecours and Samuels, all in Kankakee.
She was affiliated with Immanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Emily K. Murphy of Kankakee; two sisters, Elva Galloway and Freide Ganson, both of Peoria; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are brothers, George, Laurel and Keith Galloway; a sister, Mable Chamberlain and a son, Lyman H. Freeman Jr. in 1986.

Curtis Zaremba

GRANT PARK - Curtis R. Zaremba, 43, four-year resident of Grant Park, formerly of Villa Park, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Brust Villa Park Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton, Villa Park, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Burial will be private.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dana Berg; his parents, Richard and Joecyle Zaremba of Villa Park; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and David Butt, Tammy and Simon Rogers, all of Villa Park; three nephews and three nieces.
Mr. Zaremba constructed fireplaces for Curtis Zaremba Construction for 15 years.
He was a graduate of Willowbrook High School.

E. Marie Fortino

CHEBANSE - Visitation for E. Marie Fortino, 83, of Chebanse, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Chebanse, where she was a member, by the Rev. Lee Bacchi.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Clifton.
Mrs. Fortino died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton.
She was born March 7, 1915, in Clifton, the daughter of Edward T. and Mary E. Riordan Mathy.
Her husband, George Fortino, whom she married Aug. 31, 1935, in Clifton, died March 31, 1995.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Gary Lamie of Chebanse, Lana and Ronald Bajt of Muskegon, Mich., Rita and Dennis Beaupre of Orland Park; four sisters, Maxine Brandt of Bourbonnais, Dorothy Riebe of Clifton, Marilyn Bertrand of Quincy, Mary Ann Green of Chino, Calif.; one brother, Edward Mathy Jr. of Ashkum; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Fortino was a clerk at the Kraft Coupon Center for many years.
She was a 4-H leader for 20 years and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Mrs. Fortino also was active in civic affairs in Chebanse.

Ruth Waters

COAL CITY - Visitation for Ruth Waters, 88, of Coal City, will be from noon Saturday until the 1 p.m. services at the First United Methodist Church, Coal City. The Rev. Carol Alice Edman will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Coal City Emergency Squad.
Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Waters died Wednesday (Dec. 30, 1998) in Morris Hospital.
She was born Nov. 30, 1910, in Gooselake, the daughter of John and Maybelle Emling Carnegie.
Her husband, Vernon Waters, whom she married Sept. 20, 1930, in Joliet, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Judy Novy of Diamond; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Andrew Carnegie; four grandchildren, Myra, Steve, Kip, and Carey (Peggy), nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Susie Wills; and two brothers, Bill and Andrew Carnegie.

June Menigoz

PITTWOOD - June A. Menigoz, 57, of Pittwood, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 1999) at her home.
She was born June 10, 1941, the daughter of Edmund and Delia Mear Menigoz.
She worked in retail.
Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Ralph Whaley of Ashkum; one brother and sister-in- law, Ross and Ethel Menigoz of St. Anne; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents, one brother and one sister.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until the 3 p.m. services at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery, Watseka.

Imogene Buford

MOMENCE - Imogene Buford, 82, of Momence, a 27-year resident of the area, died Monday (Jan. 4, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Christian Hope MB Church, Hopkins Park. The Rev. Harold Harris Sr. will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Ganeer Township.
Arrangements are by Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
He was born Dec. 10, 1917 in Corinth, Miss. His father is deceased and his mother, Illa Shumport, resides in Bourbonnais.
Also surviving are his companion, Johnnie Winston of Momence; three sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel and Cathy Winston, James and Donna Winston and Richard and Patricia Winston, all of Momence; three daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Ann and Earl Williams of Detroit, Mich., Mary Jean Buford of Corinth, Miss., and Linda Winston of Sun River Terrace; one sister, Lucillie Johnson of Chicago; 22 grandchildren; two stepdaughters and spouses, Denise and Renny Smith and Catherine and Charles Taylor, all of Miller, Ind.; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are three brothers.
Mr. Buford was a caretaker at the University of Chicago Osteopathic Hospital.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

William Meyer

PEOTONE - William H. Meyer, 86, of rural Peotone, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. David McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tara, Greg, Brett, Carey, and Kim Meyer, Jennifer and Mateo Frontado. Honorary pallbearers will be Milbert Johnson, Tom Nolan and Louis Phillips.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone, where he was a member.
Mr. Meyer was a farmer.
He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and the Associate Milk Producers.
He was the former national director of the Brown Swiss Association and former secretary of the Will County Fair Association.
Mr. Meyer was a member and past president of the Illinois Brown Swiss Association.
He was born Sept. 17, 1912, in Peotone, the son of William and Mary Schroeder Meyer.
His wife, the former Gladys Braun, whom he married March 28, 1937, in Chicago Heights, died in 1990.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, William C. and Kendra Meyer of Manteno, Melvin and Wendy Meyer of Peotone; one brother, Wesley Meyer of Peotone; one sister, Lillian Scrivens of Peotone; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Deceased are one sister, Lotus Werner; and an infant brother Leslie.

Clarence Peeken

ASHKUM - Clarence H. Peeken, 88, of Ashkum, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at the University of Chicago Hospital, following a residential accident.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.

Robert DeLude

Robert P. ''Bob'' DeLude, 71, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service at 4 p.m. at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Richard Pighini at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
He was born Dec. 15, 1927 in Kankakee, the son of Harvey and Irene Lecuyer DeLude.
Mr. DeLude was retired, after 35- years employment at Kroehler Manufacturing.
Surviving are his wife, the former Doreen A. Dube, whom he married May 14, 1949 at St. Rose Church, Kankakee; one son and daughter-in- law, David and Kimberly DeLude of Lockport; one sister, Noeline DeLude of Kankakee; and two grandchildren Michael and Megan Delude, both of Lockport.
A sister, Esther Licht is deceased.
Mr. DeLude served in the Army in Korea. He was a member of the Bradley VFW and American Legion.
He belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Bradley.

Louis Bolognani Sr.

JOLIET - Louis F. Bolognani Sr., 80, of Joliet, and father of a Coal City resident, died Saturday (Dec. 26, 1998) at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 9 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Church of St. Anthony in Joliet, where he was a member.
Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, Joliet, was in charge of arrangements.
He was the son of Adrian and Lisa Rigoni Bolognani.
His wife, Margaret Bolognani, died in 1985.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Louis F. Jr. and Margaret Bolognani of Joliet, Domenic Bolognani of Panaca, Nev.; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Tim Kirchner of Coal City; two sisters and one brother-in- law, Emma Sankey of Palos, and Cecila and Robert Casanova of Joliet; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one son, Adrian Bolognani, who died in 1978.
Mr. Bolognani was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army, and also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He was retired from Texaco Oil Refinery.

Ronald Szymborski

Ronald P. Szymborski, 64, of Bourbonnais, died Wednesday (Jan. 6, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home in Momence.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Eastside United Methodist Church in Chicago, where he was a member.
There will be no visitation. Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Arrangements are by Cotter Funeral home in Momence.
He was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Chicago, the son of Peter and Bertha Nowaczyk Szymborski.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post in Riverdale.
Mr. Szymborski was a retired driver for Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Store in Kankakee.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Kazen Oppenhuis, whom he married Oct. 21, 1989 in Chicago, now of Bourbonnais; one daughter, Deborah Szymborski of Whitting, Ind.; one son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Allison Szymborski of Chicago; three stepdaughters and two stepsons-in- law, Terri and Howard Meyerberg of Momence, Melanie Oppenhuis of Bourbonnais and Laura and Jim Motush of California; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jason and Sheila Oppenhuis of Beecher; six grandchildren, Sean Szymborski of Chicago, Nichole and Christopher Oppenhuis of Momence and Raya, Matthew and Steven Motush of California.
Deceased are his parents, one brother and one sister.
(Pd.)

Clarence Peeken

ASHKUM - Visitation for Clarence H. ''Cork'' Peeken, 88, a long- time farmer of Ashkum, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashkum, where he was a member. The Rev. Paul Uhl will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashkum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Peeken died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at the University of Chicago Hospital from burns sustained in an accident at his home.
He served two terms as a village board trustee in Ashkum.
He was born Dec. 17, 1910 in Ashkum Township, the son of Herman and Mattie Sparenberg Peeken.
Surviving are his wife, the former Alma Marie Hilgert, whom he married Nov. 13, 1937 in the Zion Lutheran Parsonage; three sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Sheri Peeken of Monon, Ind., Steve and Pam Peeken of Ashkum and John and Josie Peeken of Kentland, Ind.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and John Bargmann of Piper City, Phyllis and Donald Breeden of Ashkum and Carol and Jack Mason of Maumee, Ohio; four sisters, Juliet Alberts of Gilman, Edna Wolfe of Danforth, Veda Alberts of Ashkum and Marge Gillespie of Clifton; one brother and sister-in-law, Murl and Thelma Peeken of Kankakee; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Melvin and a sister Mildred Gresen.
Mr. Peeken retired from Occidental Chemical.
He was a member of the Ashkum Lions.
He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Louis Gilbert

Louis Gilbert, 80, of Bradley, died Wednesday (Jan. 6, 1999) at his residence.
Memorial services are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
Cremation rites have been accorded.

Katherine Sorenson

BONFIELD - Visitation for Katherine E. Sorenson, 77, of Bonfield, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Gary Ruckman will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Sorenson died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) in Kankakee.
She was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Missouri, the daughter of Logan and Tempie Lee Johnson Stephenson.
Surviving are her husband, Orville Sorenson of Bonfield, whom she married in 1970 in Crown Point, Ind.; two sons, Duane and Michelle Deatherage and Wayne and Vicki Deatherage, all of Kankakee; three stepsons, Orville and Alta Sorenson of Kankakee, John Griggs of Florida and Robert Sorenson of Missouri; five stepdaughters, Vicki and Larry Gullquist of Chebanse, Kay and Duane Baker of Michigan, Sherry and Mitch Fanning of Moline, Janet and Dennis Odan and Debra and Mark Thornburg, all of Iowa; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Goldie and Harold Smothers of Bradley and Donna and Thomas Simmons of Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Annette Stephenson of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Huie and Ruby Stephenson of Bradley; 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and five sisters.
Mrs. Sorenson enjoyed cats and cooking.

Leonard Ebert

CHICAGO - Leonard M. Ebert, 66, of Chicago, father of area residents, died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at the University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago.
Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Friday at Dalcamo Funeral home in Chicago, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at All Saints- St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Place.
Burial will be in the Lithuanian National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Ebert was occupied as a trade show decorator.
He was born June 16, 1932 in Chicago, the son of Charles and Elfrieda Widule Ebert.
Surviving are his wife, the former Eleanor Rodwell, whom he married Sept. 17, 1953; four daughters and sons-in-law, Lenore and Robert Bocinsky of Kankakee, Roberta and Robert Bakken of Peotone, Antoinette and Alan Krygowski of Chicago and Gay Kelleher and Charles Flibort of Oak Lawn; one son, Len Ebert Jr. of Chicago; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Elaine and Lloyd Barber of Michigan, Carol DePatie of Lockport; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, Charles and Barbara Ebert of Las Vegas, Nev., Douglas and Gail Ebert and Diane and Nancy Ebert, all of Lockport; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Donald and Gerald.

James Pryor Jr.

ST. ANNE - James Pryor Jr., 78, of St. Anne, died Friday (Jan. 1, 1999) at Blossom Hill Nursing Home in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park. The Rev. Harold Harris Sr. will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Ga-neer Township.
He was born Dec. 11, 1920 in Evanston, the son of James and Laura Higgins Pryor Sr.
Surviving is his wife, the former Alice Hoage, whom he married June 18, 1950 in Chicago, now of St. Anne.
Two sisters are deceased.
Mr. Pryor was a retired technician of Manteno Mental Health Center.
A resident of the area for 42 years, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Alice Graf

GRANT PARK - Visitation for Alice Graf, 83, of Grant Park, will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park, where she was a member. The Rev. Fred Beck will officiate.
Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Park.
Mrs. Graf died Tuesday (Jan. 5, 1999) at her home.
She was born June 21, 1915, in rural Beecher, the daughter of Fred and Amelia Piepenbrink Becker.
Her husband, Arthur Graf, died Dec. 27, 1981.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Frances Graf, Wayne and Sandra Graf, all of Grant Park; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nelda and Dean Martin of Kankakee, Barbara Graf of Manteno; one sister and brother-in- law, Joan and Joseph DeFrank of Beecher; one brother and sister-in- law, Edwin and Fern Becker of Milford; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Ione Becker of Beecher and Verna and Harry Graf of Grant Park; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister Alfrieda and one brother Walter Becker.
Mrs. Graf was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and the Aging Angels.
She was a member of the Quilting Club.
(Pd.)

Doris Saxon

Doris Saxon, 61, of Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais, formerly of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Jan. 6, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.


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