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Irene Lee, centenarian dies

MATTESON - Irene Lee, 103, formerly of Beecher, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at Applewood Nursing Home, Matteson.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, with services immediately following at the Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside.
Burial will be in Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside.
She was born Sept. 6, 1895, in Chicago, the daughter of Mathew and Mary Hlavin Kohl.
Her husband, William, worked at the Chicago Tribune as an electrician. He died in 1957.
Surviving are one sister, Ruth Fornero of Palatine; grandsons and grand-daughter-in-law, Robert (Sue) Johnson of Peotone, Walt Johnson Jr. of Free Union, Va.; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Marsha (Richard) Karstensen of Clarkston, Mich., Barbara (Laverne) Leuelling of Cotton, Minn.; and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter, Virginia Johnson; and her son Robert, who was washed overboard on a Navy vessel in 1943.

Alice Thompson

Visitation for Alice L. Thompson, 82, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home, where services will be t 10 a.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Thompson died Oct. 5, 1998, at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
She was born Aug. 12, 1916, in Dwight, the daughter of Elmer and Saloma Sondergaard Mickelson.
Her husband, Arthur R. Thompson, whom she married Sept. 19, 1935, in Pontiac, died Nov. 13, 1980.
Mrs. Thompson was a long time employee of Lil & Stans Cafe in Bradley. In the 1950s she owned Alice's Restaurant on W. Jeffery Street for many years.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church.
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Bonnie Thompson of Mahomet, Charles and Terri Thompson of Herscher, Larry and Kathie Thompson of Kankakee and Terry and Margaret Thompson of Bradley; one daughter and son-in- law, Sally and George Hood of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Barbara Mickelson of Eagle River, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
One brother, Earl Mickelson, and one grandson, are deceased.

Frances Cox

ST. CHARLES, Ky. - Frances Marie Cox, 73, of St. Charles, Ky., formerly of Kentland, Ind., died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) in Madisonville, Ky.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, Ind., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kevin Gardner will officiate.
Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn, Ind.
Surviving are her husband, Marion Cox, of St. Charles; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ronald and Clara Mae Cox of St. Charles, Larry and Dawn Cox of Beecher, James Cox of Fowler, Ind.; one daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Ed McKinstry of Bradley; one brother, Frank Stirn of California; one sister, Mary Jane Moore of Hobart, Ind.; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers.
Mrs. Cox was a secretary for the Star Disposal Service in Park Forest.
She enjoyed flower gardening and yardwork.

Rachel McRedmond

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Rachel Prairie McRedmond, 81, of Palo Alto, Calif., formerly of Momence, died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at her home.
She was the daughter of George and Rose Jarvis Prairie.
Surviving is one sister, Theresa Alberts, of Kankakee.
Deceased are her parents; three brothers, Virgil, Lyeth, Vincent; two sisters, Marcella Dubuque and Irwilda Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Clarence Alexander

PIPER CITY - Visitation for Clarence E. Alexander, 79, of Piper City, will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ed Mumper will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Gibb Post of the American Legion, Piper City, will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Mr. Alexander died Saturday (Oct. 3, 1998) in Piper City.
He was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Gibson City, the son of Earl M. and Edna Catherine Williams Alexander.
His wife, Marjorie, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Jerry Alexander of Bourbonnais; two brothers, John Alexander of Kankakee, Spencer L. Alexander of Tokyo, Japan; two grandchildren, Matt and Anna Alexander, and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Matthew; and special friends, Harold and Marlene Bokker of Ashkum.
He was a graduate of Piper City High School.
Mr. Alexander attended the University of Illinois where he worked as a student radio announcer.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Alexander was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant in an anti-tank unit.
He was a member of the Gibb Post of the American Legion, Piper City.

Mabel Emerson

JOLIET - Mabel E. Emerson, 89, of Joliet, mother of a Coal City resident, died Friday (Oct. 2, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Joliet, where she was a member. The Rev. William Ward officiated.
Inurnment was in Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1161 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, Ill. 60435.
Fred C. Dames West Chapel in Joliet was in charge of arrangements.
She was born in Plainfield and was a long time Joliet area resident.
Her husband, Orville Emerson, is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, William and Marilynn Emerson of Coal City; one sister-in- law, Irene Emerson of Joliet; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Patricia Poetes; and one brother, James Upton.
Mrs. Emerson was retired from the Credit Office of Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.

Roger Cahill

Roger P. Cahill, 82, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, of a heart attack. He had been diagnosed four years ago with ALS.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service at 5 p.m. at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, where he was a founding father and Eucharistic minister.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
He was born Oct. 14, 1915, the son of John and Josephine Pallisard Cahill.
Surviving are his wife, the former Alta M. Ponton, whom he married in 1940 at St. Patrick's Church; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert P. Cahill of O'Fallon, Ill., John W. and Cindy Cahill of Bonfield and Wayne R. Cahill of Ashland, Ore.; four grandchildren and spouses, Patrick and Teppi Cahill of Kankakee, Lori and David Mollema of St. Anne, Chris Cahill and Cary Cahill of Ashland, Ore.; one great-grandchild, Kimberly Cahill; and one sister, Frances Hillgert of Pasadena, Fla.
Deceased are his parents, one brother Richard J. Cahill and an infant daughter, Pauline Betty Cahill.
Mr. Cahill retired in 1977 after 39 years with Bradley Roper. He worked on the mortar line of David Bradley through World War II.
He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a past Knight of the Year.
Active in Boy Scouts, he was an assistant Scoutmaster.
(Pd.)

Ann McGrath

Ann Margaret Faber McGrath, 83, lifelong Kankakee resident, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) of cardiac complications at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago.
Ann, born Feb. 25, 1915, in Kankakee, was the last surviving child of John and Anna Schubert Faber. Her father founded Faber Floral of Kankakee in 1870.
A Registered Nurse, she obtained her nursing degree from St. Anne's in Chicago in 1936. Ann held a range of nursing positions in the Kankakee area including the delivery room at St. Mary's Hospital, Shapiro Developmental Center and the former Manteno State Hospital.
Ann is survived by her four children, one grandchild and a number of loving nieces and nephews in the Kankakee area. Her children are Mary Ann and John Gilmour of Whittier, Calif., Patricia Fullar of South Haven, Mich., Helen McGrath of Summit, N.J. and Kenneth and Mary McGrath of Palatine.
Preceding her in death were her nine Faber siblings, Lillian, Mary, Dorothy, Lawrence, Francis, John, Frances, Rose and Fred.
A founding member of the former St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church in Kankakee, she was currently an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and belonged to its CCW.
She most recently resided at Westwood Oaks but was born and lived through most of her life on Jeffery Street, next to Faber Floral.
She was an active member of a range of area organizations, including Catholic Nurses, Illinois State Retired Employees, the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Mary's and Riverside's Senior Advantage.
Ann was an avid antique collector, who frequently participated in area shows and flea markets.
She is preceded in death by her husbands. She first married, Richard DuRay. Her second husband, Kenneth McGrath, whom she married Nov. 29, 1953, died Sept. 12, 1981.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, with a Rosary at 7 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles Wheeler, at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Cremation rites will be accorded, with private burial at a later date.
(Pd.)

Lucy Brown

ST. ANNE - Visitation for Lucy Brown, 90, a resident of the St. Anne area for 21 years, will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park. The Rev. Richard Jordan will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Ganeer Township.
Mrs. Brown died Friday (Oct. 3, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
She was born April 7, 1908, in Columbia, Miss., the daughter of Will and Dochia Sam Chambers.
Mrs. Brown was a retired cook for the Chicago public schools.
She attended Greater St. Paul Baptist Church.
Surviving are stepdaughters, Mary (J.W.) Fonville, Delores Brown, Lola Johnson, Cora Brown, Cathrine Jackson, all of Chicago and Ethel Mumphry of New Jersey; a stepson, Charles Brown of Chicago; a special friend, Phyllis Tatum of St. Anne; 27 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and 30 great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, James Brown, died in 1985. Also deceased are two sons.
She enjoyed cooking.

Virginia Carpenter

COAL CITY - Virginia Carpenter, 80, of Coal City for the past 18 years, died Monday (Oct. 5, 1998) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik, at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City.
Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Ottawa. Pallbearers will be Danny and Bill Carpenter, Ryan, Brock, John Pat and John Bunton. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Bunton and Joseph Bertoglio.
She was born Dec. 23, 1917 in Coal City, the daughter of William and Catherine McDonald Ryan. She was a 1935 graduate of Coal City High School.
On Feb. 13, 1942 she married John Carpenter in Louisiana, where he was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. They later lived in Pontiac and then Ottawa. Mr. Carpenter died in 1976.
Mrs. Carpenter had been employed as a grade school teacher.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Bill Weygand of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Amanda and Natalie; one brother, John Ryan of Coal City; one sister, Sister Mary Donatilla of River Forest; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Patrick Ryan and two sisters, Ellen Ryan and Catherine Bunton.

Minnie Bohlman

CRESCENT CITY - Services for Minnie H. Bohlman, 97, of Crescent City, were held this morning at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Crescent City, where she was a member. The Rev. Harold Grafe officiated.
Visitation was held Tuesday and earlier today at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Burial was in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Crescent City. Pallbearers were Mike, Steve and Rodney Norder, Brian and Scott Bohlmann and Fred Hurliman.
Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Bohlman died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth.
Mrs. Bohlman had been employed for 20 years at Electronics Comp. Corp in Watseka.
She was born Jan. 19, 1901, in Flanagan, the daughter of Henry and Louise Schulte Benner.
Her husband, Henry Bohlman, whom she married Jan. 25, 1920 in Schwer, died in September 1955.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Valera Bohlmann of Crescent City; one daughter and son-in-law, Alice and LeRoy Norder of Crescent City; one son-in-law, Walter Hurliman of Cissna Park; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two step great- grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.
Three brothers, three sisters, and one daughter, Marian Hurliman, are deceased.
She was a member of the Ladies Aid of her church.

Catherine Hase

CISNE - Catherine Ann Hase, 86, of Cisne, formerly of the Beecher area, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at South Suburban Hospital.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Tommie Hudson

Services for Tommie Hudson Jr., 76, of Kankakee, were at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee. The Rev. Nathan Richmond officiated.
Mr. Hudson died Sept. 27, 1998 at Provena St. Mary's Hospital from cancer.
Burial was in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee. Pallbearers were Kerry Buckhanon, Ernest Frasier, Bert Dear, Billy Smith, Robert Staples and Robert Morrow.
He was born Sept. 20, 1922 in Chloe, La., the son of Tommy and Celeman Chachew Hudson.
Among his many survivors is his wife, the former Vanilla Franks, whom he married Nov. 29, 1943 in St. Louis, Mo.

Frederick Shea

Frederick J. Shea, 73, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at his home.
Cremation rites were accorded by the Illinois Cremation Society.
Memorials are requested to be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 1015 N. 5th Ave., Suite 5, Kankakee, Ill., 60901.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee.
He was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Kankakee, the son of Joseph and Gladys Shea.
Mr. Shea was retired and had been employed for over 20 years by St. Mary's Hospital.
His former wife, Margarete Dupuis, whom he married in 1948, died April 10, 1970, in Western Springs, Ill.
Surviving are four sons, Michael, Dean, Timothy and Brian and three daughters, Christine, Lynn Dempsey and Karen Hertzberger; six grandchildren; four brothers, Bernard, John Harold, Robert; and two sisters, Loretta and Margie; and many nieces and nephews.
Two daughters, Gail and Mary Patricia; one brother, Paul; and one sister, Rosemary; are deceased.

Dell Fox

LEMONT - Mrs. Dell Z. Fox, 55, of Lemont, formerly of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet.
Survivors include her husband, Ollie.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.

Troy Stampley

Visitation for Troy L. Stampley, 26, of Kankakee, will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Gate Baptist Church in Kankakee. The Rev. Hezekiah Brady will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ganeer Township.
Arrangements were by Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Mr. Stampley died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Stampley
Mr. Stampley was owner of Midwest Communications of Kankakee.
He was born Sept. 22, 1972, in Kankakee, the son of James and Darlene Martin Stampley Jr. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Kankakee.
Also surviving are two sons, Troy Demar and Trey Stampley and one daughter, Tatyana Stampley, all of Kankakee; one brother James ''J.D.'' Stampley of Kankakee; grandparents, Rev. Jessie Martin of St. Anne and James and Edwina Stampley of Hopkins Park; and a special friend, Diamond Sangster of Kankakee.
Also deceased are a grandmother, Voline Martin, and an uncle, Walter Lewis Jr.
He was a 1990 graduate of Kankakee High School and enjoyed football, motorcycles and dogs.

Dornie Davis

Visitation for Dornie ''Don'' Davis, 81, of Kankakee, will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at Second Baptist Church. Rev. Tyler J. Prude will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Davis died Sunday (Oct. 4, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Rockport, Miss., the son of A.J. and Rosie Barton Davis.
Surviving are his wife, Fannie McGee, whom he married Sept. 2, 1939, in Jackson, Miss.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Delores Taylor of Bourbonnais and Melon and Joyce Taylor of Kankakee; one daughter, Mary Wells of Kankakee; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Bertha Lee Willis of Kankakee, Beatrice Ford of Rockport, Miss., Frances Lee and Rosette and Jewel Lee of New Orleans, La.; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Jessie and Helen Wren of Markham and Cal and Anthony Wren, both of Jackson, Miss.; 19 grandchildren, including a special grandchild that he raised, Wendy Jackson, who resides in Madison; and 12 great-grandchildren.
One brother, Arthur Wren; one sister, Christine Perkins; and a grandson, Vincent Thomas; are deceased.
Mr. Davis retired from Mobil Chemical where he worked in the resin department from June of 1943 until September of 1982.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church, serving on the deacon board and as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher.
He was a member of United Steel Workers of America 14728.

Charles Mitchell

HERSCHER - Charles Robert ''Bob'' Mitchell, 68, of Herscher, died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) in Flint, Mich.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, with a 7 p.m. wake service, at Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Driscoll, at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Herscher, where he was a member.
Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.
He was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Lansing, the son of Charles E. and Jennie Hoeksema Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell owned Mitchell Steel Fabrications.
He was a member of the Herscher Chamber of Commerce and on the Village Board for eight years.
Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1953-57, he was a member and past president of the Herscher American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joann Papineau, whom he married May 11, 1957, in Chebanse; one son, David Mitchell of Limestone; one daughter and son-in-law, Eva and Ralph Magruder of Limestone; one sister and brother-in-law, Kitty and Arnold Jensen of Clifton; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Adam Mitchell and Samuel Magruder; one great- grandchild, Lydia Mitchell; an aunt, Grace VanDrunen of Clover, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a 20-year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society of his church.
Mr. Mitchell enjoyed fishing and was a private pilot.
(Pd.)

Catherine Hase

CISNE - Visitation for Catherine Ann Hase, 86, of Cisne and formerly of the Beecher area, will be from 3-9 p.m. today at the Hack Funeral Home, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Dennis Stutrud will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.
Mrs. Hase died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at South Suburban Hospital.
She was born Oct. 12, 1914, in West Pulman (Chicago), the daughter of Mathew and Ona Kasper (Konstant) Konstantinavicius.
Her husband, Herbert W. Hase, died in 1982.
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Hilbert and Donna Hase of Palos Heights, Gilbert Hase of Manhattan, Gary and Janet Hase of Becher and Richard and Mary Hase of Fairfield; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Hedgecock of Decatur, Ga., Ruth and Adra Greenwalt of Indianapolis, Carolyn Hase of Cisne, Diane and Mark Paglione of Millersport, Ohio and Cindy and David Holloway of Canal Winchester, Ohio; 39 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Three sons, Herbert G., Stanley W., Harvey K. and William H.; one great- grandson, Mather Leimer; two brothers; and four sisters; are deceased.

Leah Fitzpatrick

MOMENCE - Leah Fitzpatrick, 71, of Momence, died Wednesday (Oct. 7, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Dell Fox

LEMONT - Visitation for Dell Z. Fox, 55, of Lemont, formerly of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. James E. Phillips will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Cabery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Fox died Tuesday (Oct. 6, 1998) at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet.
She was born Aug. 15, 1943, the daughter of Merlie and Caroline Medows Kinney.
Her first husband, Raymond Anderson Sr., died March 18, 1985.
Surviving are her husband, Ollie Fox, whom she married Nov. 28, 1991, in Cabery; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Melissa Anderson of Clifton and Danny and Lacey Anderson of Chatsworth; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Billy Roof of Cabery; three sisters, Trula Phillips of Poland, Ga., Jattie Tackett of Buckingham and Brenda Holden of Kelin, Ala.; three brothers, Bruce Kinney of Buckingham, Rans Kinney of Columbus, Ohio and Bobby Kinney of Chicago Heights; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Two daughters, Sharon and Callie Anderson; one sister, Margie Phillips; and one brother, Forest J. Kinney; are deceased.
She was affiliated with God's Amazing Grace church in Cabery.


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