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Steven Pieritz

Steven S. Pieritz, 47, of Bourbonnais, died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Mr. Pieritz was principal at the Manteno Grade School. He previously worked in Summitt Hill District in Frankfort as a teacher and principal.
He was involved in Calvary Bible Church as an elder, taught Sunday School and conducted Bible School class.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Calvary Bible Church. The Rev. Joel Giles will officiate.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Calvary Bible Building fund or for family wishes.
He was born June 18, 1951 in Chicago, the son of Kenneth A. and Shirlee Soby Pieritz. His mother resides in Bourbonnais. His father and brother-in-law, Stephen Hanks, are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Susan Kalina, whom he married June 19, 1971 in Lombard; one son, Scott Pieritz of Bourbonnais and his fiancee, Kerry Martin; two daughters and one son-in-law, Tami and Dave Demarah and Jennifer Pieritz of Bourbonnais; one grandson, Drew Scott Demarah; one sister, Donna Hanks of Bourbonnais; one brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Judy Pieritz Jr. of Wheaton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was an avid Mickey Mouse fan and loved the children - his own as well as his students. He loved astronomy and nature.
(Pd.)

Leora Bosman

Visitation for Leora Bosman, 93, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mound Grove Chapel with burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Bosman died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
She was born Jan. 3, 1906 in Lutesville, Mo., the daughter of Albert and Adelia Johnson Bess.
Her husband, August Bosman, died in 1985.
Mrs. Bosman worked at Bear Brand from 1946 until its closing.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Susan Bosman of Kankakee and August ''Pat'' and Joan Bosman of Limestone; two sisters, Mary Surace and Gertrude Bell, both of Chicago; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, John; one brother; and four sisters.

Noal Andrews

WILMINGTON - Noal A. ''Andy'' Andrews, 79, of Wilmington, died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Private services will be at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington, with cremation rites accorded at Mr. Andrews request.
Unurnment of ashes will be at Flatwoods Cemetery, Camden, Tenn., at a later date.
Mr. Andrews retired in 1987 after 30 years at Ford Motor Company Plant, Chicago Heights.
He was born Nov. 3, 1919 in Prescott, Ark., the son of Arthur and Nola (McClain) Andrews.
Surviving are his wife, Johnnie Helen Phifer Andrews; two sons, Danny L. and Randy Andrews, both of Wilmington; three brothers; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister and three brothers.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in Alaska. He was a member of UAS Local No. 88 of Chicago Heights.

Stephanie Perkins

Visitation for Stephanie Perkins, 11, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kankakee. The Rev. Carl Kopen will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Stephanie died Saturday (Jan. 9, 1999) at her home, after a long battle with cancer.
She was in the fifth grade at St. Paul's Lutheran School and attended St. Paul's church.
She was a member of the Awana Youth Group at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Even last week she was working on craft projects.
Stephanie liked stuffed animals and Beanie Babies and the community made sure she had many. She traveled to Disney World, courtesy of the Dream Flight organization.
The community, including students at her school, helped raise funds to meet medical expenses.
She was born Nov. 15, 1987, the daughter of David and Karen Breithbarth Perkins, who reside in Kankakee.
Also surviving are one sister, Melissa Breitbarth of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, David A. Perkins of Phoenix, Ariz., and Steven R. Perkins of Kankakee; maternal grandmother, Arlene Breithbarth of Kankakee and paternal grandmother, Betty Jean Perkins of Clermont, Ky.; two nephews, Taylor and Wade; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Irene LaFrance

Irene Belle LaFrance, 100, of Bradley, died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Fu-neral Homes. The Rev. Joe Maisonneuve will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Oct. 6, 1898 in Kankakee, the daughter of Gilbert and Lucie M. Gagnon Douglas.
Her husband, Alfred LaFrance, whom she married Nov. 30, 1922 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Kankakee, died in February 1981.
She had been employed at Kroehler Manufacturing for a few years.
She was of the Roman Catholic faith.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Arnold and Loretta LaFrance of Kankakee and Ernest LaFrance of Bourbonnais; one sister, Loretta Huckins of Bradley; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Lola Douglas of Indiana; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Robert ''Blackie'' LaFrance; six brothers; three sisters; and one grandson.
She enjoyed playing bingo.

Esther Crouch

Esther Christina Crouch, 73, of Willard, Mo., a former Watseka resident, died Dec. 25, 1998.
She was a retired restaurant owner and also worked at Watseka Variety and News for many years.
She was born Dec. 12, 1915 in Ash Grove Township, the daughter of Phillip and Charlotte Hankey Redeker.
Surviving are three children, Raymond of Girald, Kan., Joyce Jackson of Everton, Mo., and Dale of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Harold Redeker of Watseka and Wallace Redeker of Cissna Park; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Dec. 28 at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Springfield, Mo., with services conducted Dec. 29. Burial was at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery at Crescent City.

Jeannette O'Connor

Visitation for Jeannette N. O'Connor, 77, of Kankakee, formerly of Irwin, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday with a wake service at 7 p.m. at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Visitation will also be from 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. James Church in Irwin. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Irwin.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mrs. O'Connor died following a short illness Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Heritage Village, where she had been a four-year resident. She was a member of the resident council and welcoming committee and a gardening volunteer.
She was born March 16, 1921 in Momence, the daughter of Emile and Dora Bouchard Ponton.
Her husband, Michael Damien O'Connor, whom she married Dec. 27, 1941 in Kankakee, is deceased. Mrs. O'Connor and her husband farmed in the Irwin Area. She had worked at the Bear Brand Hosiery Co.
She had been a member of Maternity BVM Church.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Duane O'Connor of Irwin and Larry and Janice O'Connor of Herscher; five daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine O'Connor and spouse Peter Buckingham of Raymond N.H., Patricia O'Connor of Springfield, Doris Jean O'Connor and spouse Vern Ras of Park Ridge, Lisa O'Connor and spouse Greg Basile of Dallas, Texas, and Julie O'Connor and spouse Lee Brown of Woburn, Mass.; three sisters, Alta Cahill and Lucille Marcotte, both of Kankakee, and Dorothy Cavender of Manteno; nine grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sons, Terrance and Steven; two brothers, Earl and Armand Ponton; and one sister, Edna Barrie.
She enjoyed sewing and traveling and was a volunteer Birthright.

Eloise GrandPre

MANTENO - Eloise Josephine GrandPre, 88, of Manteno, died Sunday (Jan.10, 1999) at Evenglow Lodge Health Care Center, Pontiac, where she resided.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac. The Rev. Thomas E. Mack will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to Evenglow or to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pontiac, of which she was a member.
She was born Jan. 16, 1910 in Pontiac, the daughter of Willis and Winfred Sweeney Lehmann.
Mrs. GrandPre was a graduate of Mennonite School of Nursing in Bloomington. She had been a registered nurse at Manteno State Hospital.
Her husband, Neil GrandPre, whom she married Jan. 18, 1958 in Kankakee, died March 3, 1995.
Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Lehmann of Pontiac and John Lehmann of Portage, Wis.; two sisters, Mary Johnson of Saunemin and Helen Million of Bradley.
One son and four brothers are deceased.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Manteno.

Robert Durgan

Robert Durgan, 63, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Martha Scharlau

Visitation for Martha Scharlau, 101, of Kankakee, was from 10 a.m. today until the 11 a.m. services at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Louis Knief officiated.
Burial was in Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church of Chebanse, where she had been a member.
Miss Scharlau died Saturday (Jan. 9, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services.
She was born May 3, 1897 in Lombard, the daughter of William and Caroline Siemering Scharlau.
Miss Scharlau worked for 50 years as a bookkeeper.
Surviving are three nephews, Herman and Norma Giertz and Carl Giertz, all of Chebanse, and William and Edna Scharlau of Missouri; two nieces, Mrs. Ella Wolfe of Chebanse and Margret Kanosky of Onarga; one cousin, Hattie Giertz of Danforth and several grand-nieces and grand- nephews.

David Gilmore

BLOOMINGTON - David N. Gilmore, 74, of Bloomington, died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Heritage Manor in Bloomington.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services Friday at First Reformed Church of Wichert fellowship hall.
Memorial services will be at a later date in Bloomington-Normal.
Kibler-Smith Memorial Home in Bloomington were in charge of arrangements.
Burial will take place in the Oakwood Cemetery, Wichert.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the First Reformed Church of Wichert.
He was born April 13, 1924 in Franklin, Ky., the son of Nathaniel M. and Lucy Meguiar Gilmore.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in northern France.
Mr. Gilmore retired as mathematics teacher at Tri-Valley School District in Downs. He received his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.
He was employed as manager of Woolworth Stores in Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana prior to teaching.
Surviving are his wife, the former Viola Tallman, formerly of Wichert, whom he married Aug. 20, 1967 in Normal; a brother and sister-in-law, Hal and Anita Gilmore of Normal; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister is deceased.

Francis O'Hara

WABASH, Ind. - Francis James O'Hara, 68, of Wabash, Ind., a native of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 9, 1999) at Wabash Healthcare Center.
He was born July 7, 1930 in Kankakee, the son of Frank and Hilda McGral O'Hara, who are deceased.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Surviving are two sons, Brian and Frank O'Hara, both of Elkhart, Ind.; one daughter, Donna O'Hara of Terre Haute, Ind.; two brothers, Barrett O'Hara of Sunnyside, Calif., and Pat O'Hara of St. Anne; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Grandstaff- Hentgen Funeral Service in Wabash.

Robert DeVore

MANTENO - Robert DeVore, 70, of Manteno, died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Anna Bierman

Services for Anna L. Bierman, 89, of Kankakee, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial gardens.
There will be no visitation.
Mrs. Bierman died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1909 in Kankakee, the daughter of William F. and Mary L. Arbour Hoffman.
Her husband, Arthur C. Bierman, whom she married Nov. 10, 1928 in Kankakee, died in 1967.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Arthur W. and Winifred Bierman of Kankakee; two grandchildren, Arthur W. Bierman Jr. of Santa Barbara, Calif and Scheryl Mabis of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Lester Hoffman and one sister, Bernice Chamberlain.
She enjoyed playing bingo and was a member of the Grandmothers Club.

Karen Shei

Karen Marie Shei, 37, of Kankakee, died today (Jan. 12, 1999).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Dennis Settles at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Martin of Tours Church, Kankakee. She attended both St. Martin's and St. Patrick's churches.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Shei was employed as an office manager for Measure Marketing in Kankakee.
She was born June 16, 1961 at St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Earl J. and Norma E. Darwin Mueller, who reside in Greenwood, Ind.
Also surviving are her husband, Kurt Werner Shei, whom she married June 15, 1985 in Indianapolis; one son and one daughter, Kristofer Charles Shei and Alexandra Elizabeth Shei, both of Kankakee; one sister, Susan E. Miller of Indianapolis, Ind.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael J. and Deborah Mueller and Paul D. Mueller, all of Portland, Ore., Gregory A. and Sharyn Mueller of Kewanee; Thomas J. and Laura Mueller of Shelbyville, Ind., and Robert S. and Suzanne Mueller of Beach Grove, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed water sports and playing games with her children.
(Pd.)

Gerald Markham

Visitation for Gerald Lee Markham, 56, of Kankakee, will be from 2- 8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Martin R. Gutzmer will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Mr. Markham died Saturday (Jan. 9, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born May 10, 1942 in Kankakee, the son of John and Zelma Simpson Markham, who are deceased.
Mr. Markham was employed by the Kankakee City Fire Department for 18 years and had been a fire inspector as a lieutenant.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, the former Annetta Dale Hileman, whom he married June 10, 1978 in Kankakee; one son, James Gerald Markham of Kankakee; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Michelle and Ken Meents and Annette Markham, all of Denver, Colo. and Karen and Kelly Nzerem of Las Vegas, Nev.; step- daughters, Elizabeth and Kenneth Brock of Winnsboro, Texas, Linda and Vernon Bell of Goreville, Donna and Ky Burke of Martinton and Arlene and Brent Bires and Susan and Polo Mendez, all of Kankakee; 20 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He enjoyed motorcycles and computers.

Byron Nolin

HOOPESTON - Byron O. Nolin, 74, of Hoopeston, died Dec. 23, 1998 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Danvillle.
Services were Dec. 28 at Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home, Hoopeston.
Burial with military rites was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.
He was born Sept. 1, 1924 in Watseka, the son of Samuel K and Alta V. Sites Nolin.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty L. Hrouda, whom he married April 29, 1945 at Tonopah, Nev.; one son, Rick Nolin of Greenville, N.C.; one daughter, Deborah Hamilton of Hoopeston; three grandsons; a brother, Eugene Nolin of Cissna Park.
A sister is deceased.
He was a graduate of Milford High School.
He served in the Army Air Force during World War II.
Mr. Nolin was employed as a service manager for Hoopeston Automobile dealer. He was a past member of the Hoopeston Jaycees, the Hoopeston Lions Club and Ira Owen Kreager American Legion Post 384 at Hoopeston.

Jack DeMarti

Jack F. DeMarti, 76, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Park Forest, died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at his home.
Family and friends may gather at the church where visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. memorial Mass to be celebrated at Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais. Mr. DeMarti donated his body to science.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. DeMarti was a retired 30- year-employee, working in quality control at Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights. He was a member of UAW 588.
He was born July 30, 1922 in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Dr. Salvatore and Pearl Smith DeMarti.
His wife, Celeste Prince DeMarti is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Toni DeMarti of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters and brothers- in-law, Pearl and Ray Forbes of Las Vegas, Nev., Marie and Ron Spong of Grand Island, N.Y., and Joan and Tom Matthews of Williamsville, N.Y.; one brother, Richard DeMarti of Sun City West, Ariz.; a sister-in- law, Norma Prince of Bradley; two grandchildren; his companion, Phyllis Fischer of Bourbonnais; and many nieces and nephews.
He served in the Army from 1943- 46 and was a member of the Park Forest American Legion. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and former member of the Elks.

Anna Strong

WILMINGTON - Anna M. Strong, 83, of Wilmington, died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Provena St. Joseph's Hospital, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 9:45 a.m. Thursday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Mark Fracaro at St. Rose Church, Wilmington, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity Services.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, James and Vicki, Mark and Mervin, all of Wilmington; eight daughters and three sons-in- law, Sherlene Martin of Virginia, Beverly and Odell Clawson of Arkansas, Delores Boyd, Mary Brock and Patricia Strong, all of Wilmington, Rita and Jim Van Duyne of Braceville, Elizabeth Wilkins of Dwight and Billie and William Wofford of Casey; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Glenna Sheets of Florida; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Herman Romines of Texas; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Sheets; her husband James; one daughter, Shirley Thornton; one son, Donald; one sister, Margurite Ready; and one brother, Raymond.

Gloria Plaza

Graveside services for Gloria Plaza, 65, of Gilman, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Lemont.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Mrs. Plaza died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
She was born May 29, 1933, the daughter of C.A. and Natalie Snow Lybargar.
Surviving are a daughter, Maria Plaza of Virginia, and a brother, Richard Lybargar of Jackson, Miss.

Robert DeVore Sr.

MANTENO - Memorial services for Robert DeVore Sr., 70, of Manteno, will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Manteno Christian Church.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or services at this time.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. DeVore died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born March 21, 1928 in Hoopeston, the son of Andrew and Mary C. Griely DeVore.
He was a veteran who served in the Navy.
He was of the Nazarene faith, attending church in Hoopeston.
Surviving are one son, Robert DeVore Jr. of Bradley; one daughter, Debra Cirullo of Manteno; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers, two sisters, his parents and one daughter.
He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and reading westerns.

LeRoy Gordon

MORRIS - LeRoy C. Gordon, 75, of Morris, brother of Coal City residents, died Jan. 8, 1999 at his home.
Services were Jan. 12 at U.C. Davis & Sons funeral Home. The Rev. James Walcott officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Feb. 16, 1923 in Morris, the son of Charles and LaVina Ashton Gordon.
Mr. Gordon was a self-employed automobile mechanic for many years.
A veteran, he served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded campaign medals, the European-African-Middle Eastern ribbon with four bronze stars, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf clusters and the Bronze Star.
Surviving are his wife, the former Deloris Emanuelson, whom he married Feb. 23, 1945 in Morris; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Gary Michl of Morris; three sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Donna Gordon, John and Sandy Gordon and Jamie and Kimberly Gordon, all of Morris; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Fern Wren and Ruth and Edgar Sanders, all of Coal City.
Deceased are four brothers, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rose Ann Ryan

MOMENCE - Rose Ann Ryan, 80, died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home, where she resided.
There will be private services for Mrs. Ryan.
The Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Oct. 22, 1918 in Kenilworth, the daughter of Dominic and Piacentina DiPietra Falasco.
Her husband, Willard Ryan, whom she married April 19, 1945, in Litchfield, Ill., died Oct. 12, 1967.
She was of the Roman Catholic faith.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine and Walter Pong of Brattleboro, Vt., and Susan and Cliff West of Kankakee; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Willard Schneider of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother-in-law and spouse, Marvin and Ilmi Ryan of Waynesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Ryan, Patrick and Anthony West, Marcia Smith and Kara and Josh Tonnesen, all of Vermont; and one great-grandchild, Dion Tonnesen.
Deceased are three brothers, three sisters and a son, Patrick Ryan.
A homemaker, she was a seamstress and enjoyed knitting. (Pd.)

Leonard Wiekert

MORRIS - Leonard Wiekert, 85, of Morris, father of Coal City resident, died Jan. 9, 1999 at the Grundy County Home.
Services were today at Bethlehem Lutheran church, Morris, where he was a member. Pastor Steven Lombardo officiated.
Burial with military rites by the members of the John Martin Steele VFW Post 6049 and Morris American Legion Post 294 was in Saratoga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
The Fruland Funeral Home in Morris was in charge of arrangements.
He was born June 22, 1913 in Emdon, the son of John and Mattie Rademaker Wickert.
Surviving are his wife, the former Freda Lund, whom he married June 7, 1935 in Morris; two daughters and sons-in-law, Faith and Bruce Swenson of Western Springs and Barbara and Wayne Pope of Coal City; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Karen Wiekert of Washington; two sisters, Mildred Thompson and Phyllis Wiekert, both of Morris; one brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Peggy Wiekert of Morris; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, the Rev. Paul Wiekert in 1997; one grandson, Christopher Wayne Pope; two sisters, Hazel Crawford and Edna Roseland; and four brothers, Nanke, Harold, Martin and Valentine Wiekert.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in Europe. He received the Bronze Battle Star.
For over 30 years he was employed at the Morris Paper Mill Company.

Clara Bryant

BEECHER - Clara C. Bryant, 89, of Beecher, formerly of Hammond, Ind., died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Steven Schuneman will officiate.
Burial will be in Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Schererville, Ind.
She was born Nov. 8, 1909 in Hammond, the daughter of Theodore and Mary Weaver Cutler.
Her husband, Raymond Bryant is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Liz Bryant of Griffith, Ind.; one daughter and son- in-law, Janice and Bill Brand of Beecher; one sister, Verla Walker of Hammond; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Munster and the Independent Order of Foresters.

Robert Durgan

Visitation for Robert Durgan, 63, of Kankakee, will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Burial will be at a later date at Mound Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Durgan died Sunday (Jan. 10, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Feb. 15, 1935 in Michigan, the son of Clayton and Opal Homes Durgan, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marie Genzler, whom he married Feb. 3, 1998 in Kankakee; one son, Bob Morgan of Wheaton; four sisters, Virginia and Joseph Bottando of Manteno, Rose and Frank Klenzak of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Dora McDermott of Hot Springs, Ark., and Mary and Ron Hecker of Bourbonnais; one brother, Clayton Durgan Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Esther Lang

WILMINGTON - Esther Erma Lang, 101, of Wilmington, died Monday (Jan. 11, 1999) at the Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
She was born July 17, 1897 in Jamestown, N.D., the daughter of Albert and Sophia Allie Weedman.
As a child she traveled across the country by wagon, settling in Roscoe, Mo. As a young woman, she moved to Butte, Mont., where she lived until moving to Illinois in 1968.
For many years she was employed at Metals Bank in Butte, retiring in 1962.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Maxine Livermore of Ogden, Utah, and Darlene and Russel Mereditch of Oklahoma City, Okla; one son and daughter-in-law, Darwin and Sharon Lang of Coal City; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two husbands; one son, Carl Mise; nine sisters and five brothers.
Graveside services will be held Friday in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Butte.
Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City was in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Pelehowski

Stephen Pelehowski, 29, of Ashkum, died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at the Embassy Healthcare Center, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Nick Orlich

CLIFTON - Nick Orlich, 82, formerly of Clifton, died today (Jan. 13, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.


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