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Bertha Haley

CLIFTON - Bertha Winifred Haley (nee Boeman), 81, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at Faith Place in Danforth. She had been a resident of Luther Place for 23 months, after having been a Clifton resident for over 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lauffer Haley; a granddaughter, Kimberly; a brother, John S. Boeman; and her parents, George Russell ''Dutch'' and Winifred Warren Boeman.
She was born Jan. 18, 1918, in rural Ford County and grew up on her family's farm. She was a 1935 graduate of Cullom Community High School and attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville for one year on a scholarship.
She married her high school sweetheart, Donald, at her parents' home in rural Cullom on Feb. 11, 1937. The couple celebrated their 61st anniversary prior to Donald's death in 1998.
In addition to being a busy farmwife and mother, Mrs. Haley became a founding member of the Milks Grove HEA and remained active in the group until her death. She was a 4-H leader for the Milks Grove Junior Farmerettes for many years.
She also belonged to the Clifton GFWC and was an active member of the Kempton United Methodist Church and the Kempton United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Haley spent a number of years volunteering at the Merkle- Knipprath Retirement Home in Clifton.
Her hobbies included the craft of ''eggery,'' which she first learned in a class at the Kankakee Community College in 1974, needlepoint, flower arranging, reading and traveling to many foreign countries and 47 states in the United States.
Survivors are her children and spouses, Rita M. Haley of Lancaster, Pa., who cared for her in her last months with the aid of Iroquois County Hospice and Faith Place, George W. and Nancy Haley of Clifton, Howard E. and Carol Haley of Kempton, Lois A. and Robert Fritz of Park Forest, and Charles N. and Adrianne Haley of Clifton.
Also surviving are two sisters, Shirley Croft of Byron, Ga. and Phyllis Perring of Cullom; one brother and sister-in-law, Russell W. and Virginia Boeman of Crete; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Iroquois County Hospice, Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home or to the Donald Haley Scholarship Fund at Kankakee Community College.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at the Cullom United Methodist Church. The Rev. Herb Thompson will officiate.
Burial will be in Mona Township Cemetery.
Olson Funeral Home of Chicago is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth McConnell

GRANT PARK - Ruth Ellen McConnell, 46, of rural Grant Park, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at her residence.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park and services at 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Sollit.

Clarence Zap

CISSNA PARK - Clarence J. Zap, 76, of Cissna Park, died today (Jan. 22, 1999) at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Paul Danker

EAST MOLINE - Paul A. Danker, 88, of East Moline, former Kankakee resident, died Jan. 14, 1999.
Services were Jan. 19 at St. John's Lutheran Chu-rch, East Moline, where he was a member.
Burial was in Rock Island National Cemetery.
Visitation was Jan. 18 at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to his church.
Mr. Danker retired in 1972 as the chief of the supply division of the Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 38 years of service.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, including the Normandy invasion. He received three bronze stars, four overseas service bars and the Croix de Guerre.
He was born July 25, 1910 the son of Rev. and Mrs. P.J. Danker in Guthrie, Okla. His family later moved to Dwight and Kankakee areas.
He attended the Gallagher Business School in Kankakee.
His wife, the former Helen Kowalinski, whom he married in 1968 in Rock Island, is deceased.
He served for many years as treasurer, financial secretary and other offices of his church.
He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and in horseshoe tournaments.
Survivors include sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Clarence Smith of Herscher, Ruth and George Noffke of Kankakee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred and Eleanor Danker of Sacramento, Calif. and Arnold and Louise Danker of Cullmon, Ala.; many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Rose Ruemmler and Frances and Ted Cynarski, all of Granite City.
A brother and sister are deceased.

Mary Bellis

DWIGHT - Visitation for Mary F. Bellis, 88, formerly of Dwight, will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m., and from 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday, at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Rickey at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where she was a member. She also was a member of the church's Altar and Rosary Society.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Memorials may be made to the family or to the Parkinson's Disease Association.
Mrs. Bellis died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) at Gardenview Nursing Home in O'Fallon, Mo., where she resided.
She was born Sept. 6, 1910 in rural Ford County, the daughter of Louis and Anna Abry Duay.
Her husband, Andrew Bellis, whom she married Dec. 8, 1928 is deceased.
Surviving are five sons and three daughters-in-law, Gene and Elaine Bellis of Streator, John and Vickie Bellis of Racine, Wis., Larry Bellis of Clawson, Mich., Mike Bellis of Bradley and Richard and Darlene Bellis of Libertyville; eight daughters and four sons-in-law, Rosemary and Tom Brown of St. Peters, Mo., Debbie Eno of Aurora, Judy and Norm Lewis of Dwight, Dolores and Willard Maxson of Chatsworth, Barbara and Jim Pettit of Quincy, Theresa Pinkston of Tamarac, Fla. Catherine Riccolo of Dwight and Peggy Agamy of Manhattan; a brother, Earl Duay of Washington; a sister, Marguarite Lebo of Tucson, Ariz.; 35 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Louis Duay and a grandson, Randy Bellis.
She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Senior Citizens's Club, both of Dwight.

George Brinkman

Memorial services and military rites for George Brinkman Sr., 69, of Bourbonnais, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bradley VFW. Conducting them will be Bradley American Legion Post 766 and the Bradley VFW post 6502, where he had memberships and was a frequent volunteer.
Mr. Brinkman was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bradley VFW.
Cremation rites were accorded and burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Brinkman died Tuesday (Jan. 19, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
He was born April 12, 1929 in Ashkum, the son of August and Pearl Perry Brinkman, who are deceased. Also deceased are four sisters, five brothers and his wife LaVona who died in February 1998.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Dailey of Chicago and George Brinkman Jr. of Bradley; three daughters, Patricia Dailey of Bourbonnais, Linda Bess of Kankakee and Jo Ann Mattaliano of Chicago Ridge; two sisters, Grace Stephens of Piper City and Elsie Cleaton of Butte, Mont.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Brinkman retired in 1986 from A.O. Smith Corporation.

Robert Carman, pharmacist

MANTENO - Robert C. Carman, 63, of Manteno, died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) in Kankakee.
Mr. Carman was a pharmacist, owner of his own business in the Chicago Ridge area.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at Manteno United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
The Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Dec. 28, 1935 in Chicago, the son of Harry and Ethel Violet Sidel Carman, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elaine Tyrrell, whom he married Jan. 30, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa; one son and daughter-in-law, Wesley Robert and Angie Carman of Springfield; two daughters, Christine Elizabeth Carman of Bourbonnais and Valerie Tyrrell Carman of Manteno; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Linda Marie and Jim Galegos of LeMont and Sandra Gayle Carman of Claredon Hills; four grandchildren; and a cousin, Charles Sidel of Palatine.
A 1954 graduate of Calumet High School and 1959 graduate of Drake University, he was a member of IOTO-Chi Christian men's fraternity at Drake and a member of Power- Sertoma. in 1953 he was elected to Boy's State.
He was a member of the Lions Club in Chicago Ridge.

Gail DeWitt

PAPINEAU - Gail R. DeWitt, 58, of Papineau, who raised Holstein cattle, died today (Jan. 22, 1999) at Magnolia Wood Nursing Care of Watseka.
Mr. DeWitt was Road Com-missioner for Papineau and a past village trustee.
He attended Immanuel United Church of Christ, in Papineau.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Clancy- Gernon Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Bruce Salter will officiate.
Burial will be in Papineau Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born June 30, 1940 in Kankakee, the son of Robert and Leola Hubert DeWitt. His father is deceased and his mother survives, residing in Papineau.
His first wife, the former Sharon Henneike, whom he married April 4, 1959, died June 5, 1962.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Jackson, whom he married July 6, 1963; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rodney and Laurel DeWitt and Dale DeWitt, all of Papineau; three daughters and sons- in-law, Vickie and Don Jessie of Martinton, Kimberly and Randy Lowhorn of Sheldon and Valarie and Doug Schoth of Papineau; two sisters, Shirley Flowers of St. Anne and Bev Salyers of Martinton; one brother, Paul DeWitt of Rossville; six grandchildren.
Also deceased are one son, Jeffrey; two grandsons, Randy and Ryan.
He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

Margaret Eggenberger

ODELL - Margaret C. Eggenberger, 80, of Odell, died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) at Livingston Manor, Pontiac, where she resided since November 1996.
Mrs. Eggenberger was secretary/ bookkeeper for Union Consolidated Schools, west of Loretto. She also worked in catalog sales for J.C. Penny and Sears, retiring in 1980.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Duffy Funeral Home in Odell, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Gerald J. Verdun will officiate.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Pontiac.
Memorials may be made to Odell Public Library or the Livingston Manor.
She was born April 4, 1918 in Union Township near Odell, the daughter of John R. and Lottie A. Zogg Thomas.
She was a graduate of Odell High School.
Her husband, Frederick G. Eggenberger, whom she married Nov. 30, 1936 in Odell, died Jan. 8, 1982.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Gary L. and Sheila Eggenberger of Pontiac; two daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn M. and John Fairfield of Ft. Atkinson, Wis. and Mary E. and John Diemer of Pontiac; one brother, Robert Thomas of Streator; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two step- great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a granddaughter.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, Pontiac and the Dwight Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed playing Euchre.

Nellie Harrington

Nellie Monette Merritt Harrington, 76, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) at Vencor Hospital in Sycamore.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, were cremation rites will be accorded. The Rev. Beverly Marshall-Goodell will officiate.
She was born Dec. 25, 1924 in Kankakee, the daughter of Clyde and Elsie Hicks Redman Sr., who are deceased.
Her husbands are deceased, Jack Leo Merritt, whom she married Aug. 27, 1941 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Lester Harrington, whom she married Oct. 16, 1954 in Hammond, Ind.
Mrs. Harrington had been employed by Mortell Co., L&S Bait, Fiber and Drum and the Baker Taylor Book Company.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Sharon Merritt of Kankakee and Donald and Rose Merritt and Joe and Connie Harrington, all of Chebanse; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn and Gary LaGesse and Elizabeth Soucie, all of Chebanse, and Norma and Karl Meents of Herscher; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Bobbie Redman Jr. and Len and Gloria Redman, all of Kankakee; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Also deceased are one son, James L. Merritt; one brother, Frank Redman; four sisters, Norma Jean Matt, Juanita Simmons, Delores Molinaro and Juastina Perkins; one great-grandson, Stuart Bisaillon; and one son-in-law, Gregory Soucie.
She enjoyed recycling and crafts.

Helen Kloppenburg

MOMENCE - Helen L. Kloppenburg, 87, of Momence, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at St. James Manor in Crete.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville, Ind.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons International.
Cotter Funeral Home in Momence was in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 19, 1911 in Boonesville, Mo., the daughter of Emil and Anna Young Stegner.
Her husband, John H. Kloppenburg, whom she married July 25, 1936 in Billings, Mo., died May 9, 1996.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Helen Kloppenburg of South Holland; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Donald Schepel of St. John, Ind.; five grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Momence.

Jeffrey Redmond

Visitation for Jeffrey Paul Redmond, 30, of Bourbonnais, 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. Saturday. The Rev. Michael Lebuhn will officiate.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Redmond died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) at his residence after an illness of five months.
He was born Oct. 29, 1968, in Kankakee, the son of Charles and Connie Blair Redmond, who survive.
Also surviving are one son, Blake Redmond of Bradley; one sister and brother-in-law, Deanna and Rue Trompler of Bradley; maternal grandmother, Matilda Blair; several aunts and uncles; and special friend, Kristy Bryant of Bradley.
Deceased are his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
Mr. Redmond was an independent trucker.
He was a graduate of American Training Centers, Nashville, Tenn.
He was a member of Church of God Worship Center, Bradley.
His hobby was working on cars.

Geneva Raymond

PARK FOREST - Geneva Raymond, 68, of Park Forest, relative of area residents, died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999).
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at Steger Memorial Chapel, where services will be at 11 a.m. saturday. The Rev. Ron Long will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
She was born March 9, 1930 in Biggers, Ark., the daughter of Burley and Ruby Spargo Beller, who are deceased. Also deceased are two brothers, Earl and Ralph and an infant daughter, Pamela Sue.
Mrs. Raymond was credit manager for the Checker Oil Company in S. Chicago Heights.
She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in S. Chicago Heights.
She was very active in her church and in many civic associations in Park Forest.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and MaryLou Raymond of Manteno, David and Carol Raymond of Richton Park and Dean and Sharon Raymond of Sauk Village; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Mary and Brent Pruett of Texas, Laura and Larry Honkoski of Steger, Paula and Philip Guzzino of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Gene Pavlick of Kankakee; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Ruth McConnell

GRANT PARK - Visitation for Ruth Ellen McConnell, 46, of rural Grant Park, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, with visitation from 9 a.m. until services, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sollit, with which she was affiliated. Pastor Fred Beck will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research or to the Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. McConnell died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) at her residence.
She was born April 27, 1952 in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of James and Audrey R. Tennyson LeFever.
Surviving are her husband, Darris W. McConnell whom she married Nov. 2, 1973 in Kankakee; two daughters, Bridget and Jenna McConnell at home in rural Grant Park; one sister and brother-in-law, Waneta and Rich Perez of Munster, Ind.; mother and step-father, Audrey and John Rambo of Omence; her motehr-in-law, Thelma McConnell of Grant Park; and her two best friends, Shirley Hamann of Los Angeles, Calif. and Jackie Weitzel of Florida.
Deceased are one son, Jonathan Ross McConnell on Feb. 3, 1998 and her father in 1990.
Mrs. McConnell was employed in production at Dovatech in Beecher.
She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and woodcrafting.

Mildred Hubert

PEORIA - Mildred Dempsey Hubert, 80, of Bel-Wood Nursing Home, Peoria, formerly of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999).
Cremation rites have been accorded with a private memorial Mass.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Central Illinois or to the American Cancer Society.
Wright and Salmon Mortuary, Peoria, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Kankakee, the daughter of Edward and Hattie Attaleede Dempsey.
Her husband, Emory Hubert, whom she married Sept. 9, 1941, in Kankakee, died June 27, 1967, in Chicago.
Surviving are one son, Tom Hubert of East Peoria; one brother, Elwood (Jack) Dempsey of Lincoln, Neb.; and two grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother, Mitchell Emerson.
Mrs. Hubert had worked as a clerk for General Foods in Kankakee.
She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee.

Roger Pflasterer

MANTENO - Roger O. Pflasterer, 60, of Manteno, died Friday (Jan. 22, 1999) at his home.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.

Stanley Smith

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Stanley Preston Smith, 82, of Portsmouth, N.H., formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999).
Arrangements are pending at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.

Carl Rogers Jr.

Carl C. Rogers Jr., 59, of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 22, 1999) at Miller Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee and from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services Monday at the Church of Christ, Bourbonnais, where he was a member. The Rev. Tom Tate will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute.
He was born June 1, 1939, in Chicago, the son of Carl C. Sr. and Loretta Godbout Rogers.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Braxton, of Kankakee, whom he married in April 1992, in Park Forest; one daughter, Michelle Camarena of New Lenox; two step- sons, Leopold Sawyers Jr. of Carbondale, Sean Sawyers, Frankfort, Germany, in the U.S. Air Force; one step-daughter, Lacretia Sawyers of Kankakee; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Karen and Barry Cohen of Ottawa, Judy Rueger of Tinley Park; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Dennis Rogers of New Lenox, Donald and Jean Rogers of Geneva, Michael Rogers of Oak Forest; his father of Ottawa; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are his mother; one brother, Kenneth; and one son, Mark.
Mr. Rogers was an employee of Maries Salad Dressing Mfg. in Thornton.
He enjoyed golfing.

Lillie McCarty

Visitation for Lillie Belle McCarty, 75, of Kankakee, will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home and from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Fair Haven COGIC Church, of which she was a member and where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Carl A. Randle will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery.
Mrs. McCarty died Wednesday (Jan. 20, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center of conjestive heart failure.
She was born Jan. 11, 1924 in Birmingham, Ala., the daughter of Alvin and Alice Mae Sears.
Her husband, William Henry McCarty Sr., whom she married Jan. 27, 1940 in Indiana, is deceased.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, William H. McCarty Jr., DeWayne McCarty, Larry McCarty, Joel McCarty, Leo and Kimberly McCarty, Milan McCarty and Terry McCarty, all of Kankakee and Phillip McCarty of Chicago; daughters and son-in-law, Naomi McCarty of Chicago, Henrietta and Keith Black of Merrillville, Ind. and Christine McCarty of Kankakee; brother and sisters-in-law, Johnnie A. and Elizabeth Sears of Gary, Ind. and Mary McCarty of Kankakee; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Miriam and a sister, Jennie M. Clark.

Clarence Zap

CISSNA PARK - Cremation rites for Clarence J. Zap, 76, of Kellart Lake, near Cissna Park - formerly of Kankakee - will be accorded.
Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park.
Mr. Zap died Friday (Jan. 22, 1999) at his residence at Kellart Lake.
He was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Chicago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Zap.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rose Zoltas, of Cissna Park, whom he married Dec. 12, 1992, in Iroquois; and one sister.
Deceased is one brother.
Mr. Zap had been employed by the State of Illinois Department of Transportation.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a member of the Cissna Park American Legion.

Jeanette Christ

SULLIVAN - Visitation for Jeanette Christ, 63, of Sullivan, formerly of Cabery and Kankakee, will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. services Monday, at the Illinois Masonic Home.
Mrs. Christ died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) in Sullivan.
She was born Sept. 27, 1935 in Bradley, the daughter of James and Maude McClure. Her parents are deceased along with brothers, Art McClure and Ed Tunks.
Her husband, George, whom she married in 1976 is also deceased.
Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Ginger Clocksin of Jenison, Mich., Steve and Mary Clocksin of Sacramento, Calif., Dave and Sue Clocksin and Eric and Patsy Clocksin of Kankakee and Wayne Clocksin of Leesburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alberta Cloonen of Bourbonnais.
She enjoyed reading and crocheting.


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