MANTENO - John P. Schmidt, 77, of Manteno, formerly of Aroma Park, died
today (Jan. 14, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, with a 4 p.m. wake service,
at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Richard
Pighini at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Masses and a memorial
established in his name for Parkinson's Research.
He was born Aug. 6, 1921 in Bonfield, the son of John F. and Elizabeth
Mr. Schmidt retired in 1981, a 33- year city mail carrier for the Kankakee
Post Office. He was treasurer of the Kankakee County Federal Employees
Federal Credit Union for 18 years.
He was a member of the Retired Letter Carriers.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army in the 987th Field
Artillery in Europe and was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Surviving are his wife, the former Beryl Bertrand, whom he married
Nov. 22, 1945 at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, now of Manteno; four sons
and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Margaret of Champaign, Stephen and Cassandra
of Kankakee, David and Jeanne of Collierville, Tenn. and Randy and Jane
of Pittsboro, Ind.; six daughters and three sons-in-law, Judy Ponton of
Bourbonnais, Janet Hanson of Kankakee; Sue and Ron Harpin of Aurora, Minn.,
Donna Earnhart and Mary and Brian Prairie, all of Clifton, and Cathy and
Scott Betourne of Bradley; two sisters, Bertha Hebert of Geneva, Ill. and
Sr. M. Adrienne Schmidt, CSJ, of LaGrange; one brother, Vincent Schmidt
of Bourbonnais; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and two brothers, Anselm and James.
Raymond L. Haldorson
ELWOOD - Raymond L. Haldorson, 78, of Elwood, died Tuesday (Jan. 12,
1999) at Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington,
where services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday. His funeral will be at 10
a.m. Friday at Elwood Community Church, where he was a member. The Rev.
Laura Reason will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Elwood.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Mr. Haldorson was a charter member of the Elwood Fire Department.
He was a member of the musician local, carpenters local 174, a former
drummer with Barney Faletti's Orchestra, Larry Baudino's group, Bubbles
Wesly Orchestra, Raleigh Miller Trio and Yvonne Pack Trio.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Petersen; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Lee and Patricia of Joliet and William and Kathy of Wilmington; one daughter
and son-in- law, Kathy and Elbert Smith of Morris; 15 grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Genevieve
of Morris, George and Margaret of Joliet and Ralph and Lela of Mazon; six
sisters and five brothers- in-law, Elsie Skubic and Lucille and Royce Quayle,
all of Carbon Hill, Helen and Harold Jensen of Reddick, Betty and Joe Panish
of Morris, Alice and Elmer Wills of Coal City and June and Lee Hedgecock
of Momence; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Haldorson.
Deceased are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haldorson and four brothers,
Howard, Clyde, Charles and John Henry.
Elnora Hunley, 78, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at her
daughter's home in Bradley.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
BUCKINGHAM - Marie G. Jordan, 76, of Buckingham, died Wednesday (Jan.
13, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Herscher Chapel of the
Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Pilot Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to St. Jude Children's
She was born Dec. 19, 1922 in Bradley, the daughter of John and Florence
Her husband, John Jordan, whom she married Sept. 24, 1940 in Davenport,
Iowa, died Sept. 11, 1980.
Mrs. Jordan was a dietary cook at the Kankakee State Hospital, retiring
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Patricia Jordan
of Naples, Fla., Richard and Ethel Jordan of Buckingham, Larry and Sherry
Jordan of Chebanse and Raymond and Margie Jordan of Maple Park, Ill.; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Rose Mary and Bernard Gill and Sandy and Lee
Dyer, all of Buckingham; one brother and sister- in-law, Ralph and Joan
Adams of Herscher; 17 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; six step-grandchildren;
and six step-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Charlotte Hartley and Lillian Adams.
She enjoyed word puzzles and crocheting.
Doris A. Taylor, 83, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Athens and Knoxville,
Ill., died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at the home of her son in Bourbonnais.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville. The Rev. David G. Hultberg will
Burial will be in Gilson Cemetery in Gilson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 1015 N. Fifth
Avenue, Kankakee, Ill. 60901.
She was born Feb. 15, 1915 in London Mills, the daughter of Otto and
Gladys Welsh Brashear.
Her husband, Harlan L. Taylor, whom she married Jan. 13, 1934, died
Aug. 26, 1993.
Surviving are one son, Carroll Eugene Taylor of Bourbonnais; three
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Cable and
Mildred Nelson, both of Galva, and Evelyn Cabrera of Galesburg; two brothers,
Bill Brashear of Bull Head City, Ariz., and Ralph Brashear of London Mills,
GILMAN - Visitation for Stephen Mark ''Steve'' Pelehowski, 29, of Gilman,
formerly of Ashkum, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home
Memorials may be made for his son's education.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Mr. Pelehowski died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at Embassy Care Center
in Wilmington, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Aug. 20,
1998 near El Paso.
He was born June 4, 1969 in Kankakee the son of Stephen S. and Jean
A. Gray Pelehowski. His father resides in Kankakee and his mother in Gilman.
Mr. Pelehowski was a union carpenter.
Also surviving are one son, Nathan Mark Pelehowski of Herscher; three
sisters, Linda Holborow and Vickie Wright, both of Gilman, and Lorie Bruer
of El Paso, Ill.; and two brothers, Cal Hickson and Brian Pelehowski, both
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Thomas John Dionne, 63, of Savannah, Ga., a Kankakee
native, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) after a long illness of cancer.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradley Chapel of the
Schreffler funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph
He was a Roman Catholic.
Memorials may be made for masses.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Mr. Dionne retired in 1997 after eight years at Silgan Container Corp.
He was born July 11, 1935 in Kankakee, the son of Emory and Helen Rittmanic
He served in the Army.
His wife, the former Patricia Barnes, whom he married in August of
1955 is deceased.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, Michael and Melanie Dionne
of Savannah, Ga., Andrew and Carol Dionne of Charlotte, N.C., Phillip Dionne
of McDavid, Fla., Daniel Dionne of Decatur, Ga. and Stephen Dionne of Mt.
Home, Idaho; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Michael VanDenhout
of Kankakee, Dorothy and Ron Mason of Appleton, Iowa, Bonnie and Steve
Berenics of Cortland, Ohio and Ann and Stanley Wright of Ft. Collins, Col.;
11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Joseph Dionne.
He enjoyed golfing.
CLIFTON - Graveside services for Nick Orlich, 82, formerly of Clifton,
will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Danville VA Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
Mr. Orlich died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital
He was born Feb. 24, 1915 in Gary, Ind., the son of Joseph and Helen
Mr. Orlich worked at U.S. Steel in Gary, Ind., for many years.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.
Surviving are two sisters, Violet Radonovich of Merrillville, Ind.,
and Mary Orofino of Oceanside, Calif.; and one brother, Eli Orlich of Portage,
Four brothers are deceased.
Visitation for Elnora W. Hunley, 78, of Kankakee, will be from 11 a.m.
Saturday until the noon services, at Summers-Kistler Funeral Home, 925
S. Main in Clay City, Ill. Brother Andrew Evans will officiate.
Burial will be in Clay City Cemetery.
Local ar-rangements are by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Hunley died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at her daughter's home in
She was born Dec. 24, 1920 in Clay City, the daughter of Edward and
Josephine Tetrick Wilson.
Her first husband, Ralph S. Wilson, whom she married in October 1943,
died in 1946. She then married John T. Hunley Dec. 24, 1947. He died April
She was a member of Clay City Christian Church.
Mrs. Hunley was a retired employee of Kankakee State Hospital.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Stephen LaGesse
Sr. of Bradley; one sister, Alice Gill of Clay City; one sister-in- law,
Heidi Wilson of Clay City; two granddaughters, Kim LaGesse of Wheeling
and Stacy LaGesse of Bradley; one grandson and spouse, Stephen and Daphne
LaGesse Jr. of Bradley; four great-grandchildren, Colby, Kaitlynn, Calynn
and Corbin LaGesse; many nieces and nephews; and a long time neighbor and
friend, Vera Dahn.
Deceased are one sister, Thelma Glover, and one brother, Charles Wilson.
She enjoyed crocheting and gardening.
PONTIAC - William G. Fecht, 80, of Pontiac, brother of area residents,
died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and
wake service at 7 p.m at Duffy Funeral Home in Pontiac.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's School Gym, Pontiac,
with the Rev. Thomas Mack officiating.
Burial, with military rites, will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Grade School in Pontiac or to the
He was born Oct. 27, 1918 in Mexico, Mo., the son of William J. and
Clementine Koerner Fecht.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sophia E. Arnolts, whom he married
March 6, 1943 in Pontiac; one son and daughter-in-law, William J. and Susan
Fecht of Normal; one daughter and son-in-law, Jill E. and Philip Rambo
of Pontiac; one brother, Wayne Fecht of Cullom; one sister, Evelyn Dietz
of Gilman; four grandsons; one great-granddaughter; three step-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and two sisters.
Mr. Fecht farmed in Owego Township many years also working at Livingston
Stone Co. He later operated Swygert Grain Elevator.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
He was a 1936 graduate of Herscher High School.
Mr. Fecht was a past member of Pontiac Moose and member of the Pontiac
American Legion Post 78.
He enjoyed sports and the St. Louis Cardinals.
MOMENCE - Bernadette Casier, 91, of Momence, formerly of Bradley, died
Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Arrangements are pending at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
WOODWORTH - Marie E. Ecker, 85, of Woodworth, died Thursday (Jan. 14,
1999) at Magnolia Wood Health Care in Watseka.
Mrs. Ecker was a former owner/ operator of Woodworth El-ectric Shop
for 58 years.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Segur- Knapp Funeral Home
in Watseka, and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Woodworth, where she was a member. The Rev. Mark Nordman
Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Woodworth.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Woodworth Anniversary Building
She was born Feb. 15, 1913 in Milford, the daughter of Carson and Anna
Her husband, Leonard John Ecker, whom she married Oct. 11, 1932 in
Schwer, died Oct. 3, 1982.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Patricia Ecker
of Woodworth; two sisters, Emma Carley of Bourbonnais and Helena Breymeyer
of Milford; one brother Carl Duis of Martinton; five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.
She was a member of the Ladies Aid, Golden Agers, Lutheran Women's
She enjoyed gardening.
Robert Askew Sr.
ESSEX - Robert W. Askew Sr., 77, of Essex, died Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999)
at his home.
Private visitation and services will be held. Cremation rites will
be accorded. Inurnment will be in Coleman Cemetery in Union Hill.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 11, 1921 in Iroquois County, the son of Walter and
Prudence Foster Askew.
He retired after 25 years at Catepillar Inc. in Joliet.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Donovan.
A veteran, serving with the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean
Conflict, he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and received two purple
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Merchant, whom he married
Oct. 11, 1954 in Jeffersonville, Ind.; four daughters and two sons-in-law,
Joan and Richard Wepprecht of Union Hill, JoAnn and John O'Brien of Buckingham,
Roberta and Phyllis of Donovan; two sons and daughters- in-law, Walter
and Trish Askew of Reddick and Robert and Heather Askew Jr. of Essex; seven
grandchildren; two brothers, Basil Askew of Donovan and Willis Askew of
Sheldon; one sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and James Martin of Donovan.
His brother, Francis Askew is deceased.
He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.
GARDNER - Shirley A. Viviana, 62, of Gardner, died Thursday (Jan. 14,
1999) at the Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 10-10:45 a.m. Monday at R.W. Patterson Funeral
Homes, South Wilmington Chapel.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Matthew Mazzuchelli,
at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington,
where she was a member.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville. Pallbearers
will be Jeremy and Donald McKinney Sr. and Jr., Mike and Allen Kingman
and Adam Colclasure.
Memorials may be made to the Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
He was born July 24, 1936 in Morris, the son of John and Minnie Cole
Mrs. Viviana was secretary/treasurer for the Braceville-Gardner Cemetery
in Braceville for 10 years.
Surviving are her husband, Roger, whom she married Aug. 16, 1958 in
South Wilmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Colette and Glenn Mattes
of Morris and Jamie and Philip West of Gardner; two grandchildren; two
sisters and brothers-in- law, Lois and Ronald Taylor of Godley and Joan
and Herman Wilhelm of coal City; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two infant daughters, Dawn Marie and Crystal Lee Viviana
and one brother, John Francisco.
She enjoyed gardening.
Charles Reeder, farmer
WATSEKA - Charles Mark Reeder, 90, of Watseka since 1995, formerly of
Tiptonville, Tenn., died Saturday (Jan. 9, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital,
Visitation was Wednesday at Dyersburg Funeral Home Chapel in Tiptonville,
Tenn., and services were Thursday at First Baptist Church, Tiptonville,
where he was a former member and deacon.
Mr. Reeder was a member of Watseka Baptist Church.
Burial was in Tiptonville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Tiptonville.
Mr. Reeder was a retired owner of Tiptonville Laundry and Cleaners
and a farmer. He was a van driver for Lake County Office on Aging and worked
at Dyersburg Walmart as a greeter until 1994, all in Tennessee.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.
He was a officer in the Harmony Lodge 184 in Tiptonville; a member
of Eastern Star; and member of local Civitan and Kiwanis Clubs.
His two wives, Florence Rose Reeder and Beulah Virginia Reeder, are
Surviving are two sons, Richard Reeder Sr. of Watseka and Mark V. Reeder
of Bradley; a niece whom he raised, Rose Biggs McClain of Houston, Texas;
and a sister, Hattie Ford of McComb, Miss.; four grandchildren; and five