Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Russell Lambert

GILMAN - Russell Lambert, 84, of Gilman, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Danforth, with a one hour visitation prior to services. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Church, Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 23, 1914 in Arrowsmith, the son of Thomas W. and Maybelle Savage Lambert.
His wife, the former Helen Marie Tholen, whom he married Oct. 27, 1934 in Gilman, is deceased.
Mr. Lambert was a retired farmer of the Clifton and Danforth areas. He was a 25-year salesman for Funks Seed Corn. He also worked at Kicks Plaza Restaurant and in sale barns in Cissna Park, El Paso and Kankakee.
He was a member of the Farm Bureau.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Arnold and Sandra Lambert of Piper City; nine daughters and eight sons-in-law, Sandra and Kenneth Curtis of Calvert City, Ky., Betty and Eugene Krones of Willfond, Ark., Lois and Thomas Krones of Chenoa, Marcella ''Sally'' and Leo Krones of Lawrence, Kansas, Barbara and Tom Coyne of Fairbury, Shirley and Hyram Langellier of Martinton, Linda Hensen of Clifton, Sharon and David Wilson of Sauk Village and Carol and John D. Hanlon of Gilman; one sister, Valmarie Wilson of Gibson City; 31 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, three sisters and three grandchildren.

Hildegarde Sloter

CRESCENT CITY - Hildegarde L. Sloter, 89, of Crescent City, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Crescent City, where she was a member. The Rev. Harold Grafe will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery, Crescent City.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Parish Nurse Ministry, Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
She was born July 28, 1909 in Woodworth, the daughter of Dietrich and Anna Schleef Bohlmann.
Her husband, Louis D. Sloter, whom she married Oct. 5, 1952 in Woodworth, died May 1, 1984.
Surviving are two brothers and four sisters-in-law, Alvin Bohlmann and Norman and Arleen Bohlmann, all of Watseka, Mildred Bohlmann of Kankakee, Gertrude Bohlmann of Danforth and Helen Bohlmann of Hinsdale; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are five brothers and four sisters.
Mrs. Sloter worked for many years at Crescent City Post Office.
She was a member of the Esther Circle of her church.

Richard Garrett

Richard P. Garrett, 78, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Grant Park, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Burial with graveside services at 11 a.m. Tuesday will be in Momence Cemetery.
Cotter Funeral Home, Momence is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Jan. 28, 1920 in Champaign, the son of Frank W. and Martha E. Baechler Garrett.
He was a graduate of Momence High School.
A retired farmer, he was a member of the Wildwood Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee.
Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, William and Viola Garrett of Champaign; and three nieces, Jane Johnson of Chicago, Bridgett Miller of Urbana and Susan Boecher of Wisconsin.
One brother and one sister are deceased.

Anita Blazek

Anita Blazek, 91, of Bourbonnais, died today (Jan. 25, 1999).
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Anne Dugard

PEORIA - Anne C. Dugard, 98, of Peoria, mother of Kankakee resident, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999) at her residence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Patrick Henahan, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria, where she was a member. There will be 30 minutes of visitation prior to the Mass.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Wright and Salmon Mortuary, with a Rosary recitation at 5 p.m..
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Peoria.
Mrs. Dugard was a chief telephone operator in Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada.
She was born Aug. 17, 1900 in Calascio, Italy, the daughter of Michael and Maria Del Grossi Pescitelli.
Her husband, Joseph w. Dugard, whom she married Nov. 24, 1927 in Peoria, died March 30, 1973.
Surviving are two sons, Michael and Edward of Peoria; three daughters, Lorraine Dugard, with whom she made her home, Sister Marya Dugard of Sinsinawa, Wis., and Elizabeth and Donald Spenard of Kankakee; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was a former member of the Legion of Mary and St. Bernard's Mother's Club.
Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Emilie Scheiwe

WOODWORTH - Emilie M. Scheiwe, 99, of Woodworth, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Hone in Danforth.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services on Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth, where she was a member. The Rev. Mark Nordman will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Woodworth.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Anniversary Building Fund, the Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 11, 1899 in Woodworth, the daughter of Henry and Emilia Homeier Hopman.
Her husband, Walter Scheiwe, whom she married Sept. 25, 1919 in Woodworth, died Aug. 13, 1988.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Mildred and John Brutlag of Woodworth, Velma and Allen Carley of Watseka and Marian and Harold Taden of Crescent City; one sister, Ida Bultman of Gilman; 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and two sisters.
She was a member of the Ladies Aid of her church.

Jack Weir

DALLAS, Texas - Jack Montague Weir, 78, died Dec. 29, 1998 in the Veterans Administration Hospital of Dallas, Texas, after a short illness.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor D. Weir; two daughters, Betty Jo Devine of Bloomington and Susan Weir of Richardson, Texas; three sons, Jack M. Weir Jr. of Kankakee, James E. Weir of Richardson, Texas and Jon A. Weir of Hong Kong; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Jan. 2 at Wildwood Chapel in Richardson, Texas.
He was born Feb. 6, 1920 in Meridian, Miss., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Weir. He was a 1940 graduate of Meridian Junior College.
A veteran, he served in the Navy as a pilot during World War II, from December of 1940 until the War's end.
Mr. Weir lived many years in Ashkum and retired in 1985 to Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Society or Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Stanley Smith

WILMINGTON - Stanley Preston Smith, 82, of Portsmouth, N.H., formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999).
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Frank Vitas will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the Wilmington High School Foundation Fund or to Kuzma Care Cottage.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau; the Joliet Rivals Club; former member of the Wilmington School Board, where he served for many years; and former Road Commissioner for Florence Township.
He also was past leader for the Florence Blue Ribbon 4-H Club.
He was born Dec. 27, 1916 in Wilmington, the son of Henry J. and Lulu Buss Smith.
His wife, the former Elizabeth ''Bette'' McHugh died in 1987.
Also deceased are one son, Phillip; one brother, Henry A. Smith; and one sister, Gladys Smith Cooper.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Stanley E. and Mary Smith of Wilmington and one daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Robert Lyday of Staunton, Ill.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jack Santacruz of Paducah, Ky.; one sister-in-law, Jean Smith of Minooka; an aunt and uncle, Gertrude and Rudy Nelson of Joliet; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Cross

SHELDON - Mary Cross, 73, of Sheldon, died today (Jan. 25, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

Ella Stoner

Ella Stoner, 73, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 24, 1999).
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home.

Roger Pflasterer

MANTENO - Roger Orlan Pflasterer, 60, of Manteno, died at his home on Friday (Jan. 22, 1999).
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 29) at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno. Immediately following visitation, a service will be conducted by the Revs. Larry Moslener, First Presbyterian Church of Manteno; Norman Smith of First Presbyterian Church, Henry; David McDonald of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone; and Richard Fehnel, retired chaplain at RMC, now of Lancaster, Pa.
Graveside rites will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, conducted by Rev. Jenna Meisner of the Holy Ghost United Church of Christ, Darmstadt, at the Darmstadt Memorial Cemetery.
If you wish, memorials may be made to the Wilton Center Federated Church or to the Darmstadt Memorial Cemetery.
He was born April 11, 1938, in Belleville, the son of Walter Nicolaus and Anita Elizabeth (Knecht) Pflasterer, both deceased.
Surviving are his wife, Carol (Wilkins) Pflasterer, whom he married Aug. 5, 1966, at Central Christian Church, Kankakee; his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Debbie Pflasterer of Lomax, Scott Lyons and Lisa Austin of Clarendon Hills, John and Karen Pflasterer of Fair Oaks, Calif., and James Pflasterer and his girlfriend, Julie Rougeau of Marlborough, Mass.; his daughter, Lisa Lyons of Humble, Texas; his grandchildren, Gareth Lyons of Humble and Miranda Lyons of LaPorte, Texas; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Calbert and June Pflasterer of Lenzburg and Roland and Patricia Pflasterer of Belleville; his sister and brother-in-law, LaVerne and Stephen Jaworski of Millington, Tenn.; and special friends, Joseph and Lori Toepper of Manteno.
Mr. Pflasterer attended Southern Illinois University, obtained his B.S. in Health Arts from St. Francis University and completed graduate work at the University of Illinois.
In January of 1964, he became the first Radiology Department Administrator at Riverside Medical Center. During his 33 years in Radiology, he also worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, the University of Chicago and Gulf Coast Hospital in Baytown, Texas.
Following his retirement from healthcare, he worked at Jacob's Ace Hardware in Manteno for three years.
He was a member and served on the board of the Wilton Center Federated Church, Manhattan.
As a member of numerous professional organizations, he served in offices and on committees at the state and national levels.

Durrill Foley

JOLIET - Durrill W. Foley, 65, the father of Elwood resident and a former State Police officer stationed in the Kankakee area, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999) at his residence.
He was born June 21, 1933, in Roseville, the son of Wendall and Ruth Frye Foley. He was a 1950 graduate of Monmouth High School and attended Monmouth College. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Kenan, whom he married June 1, 1952, in Monmouth; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Steven and Joyce Foley of Naperville and L. Bradley Foley of Elwood; three grandchildren; and two nephews.
His parents and a brother are deceased.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Foley graduated with honors from the Illinois State Police Academy.
In 1961 Durrill entered the industrial paint business and was currently employed with Specialty Coatings Inc. in Elk Grove Village.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until the 7 p.m. memorial services Jan. 28 at Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home in Joliet. The Rev. Earl Thornton will officiate.
Burial will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Stephen Corbett

Visitation for Stephen Dale ''Steve'' Corbett, 42, of Bourbonnais, will be from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Peeters will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded by the Hertz- Thoma Crematory, after services.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Corbett died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Jan. 8, 1957, in Kankakee, the son of Gary and Betty Corbett, who reside in Bourbonnais.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Constance Ward, whom he married Oct. 27, 1979, at St. George Church; one son and daughter, Ian and Page Corbett, both at home; two brothers, Gary Lee and Michael Corbett, both of Bourbonnais; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Joni Corbett and Debbie and Walt Wall, all of Bourbonnais; his grandmother, Dorothy Clodi of Kankakee; mother- in-law, Mercedes Ward of Bradley; a brother-in-law, Jason Ward of Bradley; and one niece and two nephews.
His grandfather, Elmo Clodi; paternal grandparents, Glen and Lorraine Corbett; and father-in-law, Donald Ward; are deceased.
Mr. Corbett worked in the family business, Gary Auto Sales in Kankakee.
He was a 1975 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
He had lived in Florida between 1978-94, moving back to Kankakee in 1994.
He enjoyed doing things with his family and sports.

Roscoe Read

CHATSWORTH - Roscoe O. Read, 86, a Chatsworth resident since 1987, who was formerly of Strawn, died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Mr. Read was a former Strawn Village Clerk and Fayette Township clerk. He drove a school bus and owned and operated Read Oil Service in Strawn for 40 years, retiring in 1982.
He was a charter member of Strawn Fire Department.
He was a former school board member during the consolidation of the Forrest, Strawn, Wing school district.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hager Memorial Homes, Chatsworth.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth, where he was a member. The Rev. Scott Olson will officiate.
Burial will be in Strawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Faith Place, Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth; to the American Cancer Association; or to his church.
He was born May 21, 1912, in Strawn, the son of Orvill and Lillian Roth Read.
He married Mildred Lee June 4, 1939. She died March 26, 1978.
His second wife, the former Lois Brieden, whom he married Aug. 4, 1979, died June 30, 1986.
Surviving are his wife, the former Faye Scott-Bayston, whom he married Feb. 1, 1987, in Chatsworth; one daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Wayne Builta of Mansfield; one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Carol Read of DesMoines, Iowa; one step-daughter and spouse, Joanne and Jim Perkins of Kempton; two stepsons and spouses, Gerald and Helen Bayston of Chatsworth and Darwin and Pat Bayston of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and 12 step- great-grandchildren.
Mr. Read was a graduate of Cullom High School and Gallagher Business School in Kankakee.

Ella Stoner

Visitation for Ella Katherine ''Kathy'' Stoner, 73, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Frank Hoss will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Veteran's Administration.
Mrs. Stoner died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
She was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Flora, the daughter of Benjamin and Dossie Brumfield Smith.
Her first husband, Roland Rudolph ''Curley'' Bertrand, died in January of 1963.
Surviving are her husband, Harry Stone, whom she married May 26, 1973 in Kankakee at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a member; one son, Vernon Bertrand of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Ardell and Oren Morrow of Bourbonnais; a stepdaughter, Susan M. Stoner of Oak Lawn; one sister, Evelyn Schoon of Bradley; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; an aunt, Fern Robertson of Flora; and several nieces and nephews.
Also deceased are five brothers and two sisters.
She enjoyed playing bingo and solving word search puzzles.

Thomas Wzorek Sr.

COAL CITY - Thomas Wzorek Sr., 48, a 13-year resident of Coal City, died Saturday (Jan. 23, 1999) in Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, where he was a member.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Wzorek Jr., William O'Donnell Sr. and Jr., Brian O'Donnell, Jack Schmitt, Michael Gabriel and Michael Lamb Sr.
He was born Sept. 21, 1950, in Chicago, the son of Stanley and Eleanore Wojiechouski Wzorek, who reside in Chicago. He was raised and educated in Chicago, a 1968 graduate of St. Rita High School.
Surviving are his wife, the former Leslie Hertrich, whom he married Nov. 7, 1976, in Chicago; two children, Thomas Jr. of Berwyn and Jennifer Wzorek of Coal City; one granddaughter; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
His grandparents are deceased.
Mr. Wzorek was employed as a mechanical maintenance supervisor with Commonwealth Edison at the Braidwood Station for the past 15 years.

Anita Blazek

There will be private services for Anita Ann Blazek, 91, of Kankakee, who died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) in Kankakee.
Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 14, 1907 in Fresno, Calif., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Christie.
Both of her husbands preceded her in death, Kenneth Spalding in 1963 and Joseph Blazek, whom she married in 1945 and who died in 1975.
Mrs. Blazek was a registered nurse, doing private duty home care. She and her second husband owned a restaurant in Rhinelander, Wis.before retiring in 1965.
She was of the United Methodist faith.
Surviving are five sons and four daughters-in-law, Robert Spalding of San Francisco, Calif., Richard and Rita Spalding of San Diego, Calif., Bruce Spalding of Mesa, Ariz., Ted and Marie Spalding of Kankakee, Jeannie Spalding of Carol Stream and John and Betty Spalding of Plano, Texas; one stepson, Joseph Blazek Jr. of Iowa; 27 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Mary Cross

SHELDON - Mary E. Cross, 73, of Sheldon, died Monday (Jan. 25, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Robert Einhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Ambulance Service.
She was born Feb. 3, 1925, in Anderson, Ind., the daughter of Ralph and Mertie Ellis Johnson.
Her husband, Harold D. Cross, whom she married Oct. 10, 1944, in Watseka, died in 1966.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Larry Hattabaugh of Milford; one sister, Helen Reeves of Milford; two grandsons, Aaron Hattabaugh of Pensacola, Fla., and Nick Hattabaugh of Romeoville; and her companion, Kenneth Williamson of Sheldon.
One brother is deceased.

Bobby Littrell

MOMENCE - Bobby G. Littrell, 43, of Momence, died today (Jan. 26, 1999) in the emergency room of Riverside Medical Center of a sudden illness.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, with visitation for one hour prior, at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence.

Patricia Inman

MILFORD - Patricia Ann Inman, 60, of Milford, died today (Jan. 26, 1999) at her home.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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