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Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Alvin Nelson, 69, of Bradley, died Friday (Feb. 5, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley, where he was a member, by the Rev. John Antczak.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley CCD or to St. Joseph Church in Ishpeming, Mich.
He was born Feb. 6, 1929, in Escanaba, Mich., the son of Alvin H. and Rose Olive LaVoie Nelson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Cecilia Poirier, of Bradley, whom he married June 10, 1950 at St. Joseph Church in Ishpeming, Mich.; one son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Marla Nelson of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Kendra and Zoran Karaklajic of Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Adelyne Quilliam and Bonnie Lou Nelson, both of Detroit; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Elmer and Joyce Nelson of Chicago, Dale and Mary Lou Nelson of Marquette, Mich.; one brother-in-law, Warren Contois of New Port Richey, Fla.; two grandchildren, Josh and Jenni Nelson of Bourbonnais; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and one sister, Lorraine Contois, are deceased.
Mr. Nelson was employed at Riverside Medical Center as the director of maintenance and engineering from Sept. 1, 1963 until he retired in October 1985 due to poor health.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1946-1949.
He loved family time, traveling, golf, computers, and most of all life.
(Pd.)

Donald Hamende

A memorial service for Donald L. Hamende, 64, former Kankakee native and resident, will be held in the spring by the family, to be announced at a later date.
Mr. Hamende died Feb. 3, 1999 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Metropolis.
Visitation, services and burial were in Metropolis.
He was employed by the AWAY Fertilizer Grain Co. since 1989.
Mr. Hamende retired after 33 years with Natural Gas Pipeline Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maude and Victor Hamende; a brother, Melvin; and a sister, June Harling.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Tammi Harvick of Bradley and Cindy and Kevin Heggie of Flat Rock, Ill.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Sandy, Don and Sandy and Dale and Liz Hamende, all of Watseka; a stepdaughter and her husband, Charlotte and Mark Peterson of Watseka; four brothers, Joseph Hamende of Reddick, Russ Hamende of St. Elmo, Harold Hamende of Florida and Jerry Hamende of Kankakee; one sister, Betty Lovell of Kankakee; six grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

Minnie Harrawood

BONFIELD - Minnie Rose Harrawood, 88, of Bonfield, died Friday (Feb. 5, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Fu-neral Homes where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Larry Schreffler will officiate.
Burial will be in Aroma Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Coronary Care.
She was born March 18, 1910, in New Wells, Mo., the daughter of Englebert and Eva Perlee Erlbacher.
Her husband, Elzie Harrawood, whom she married Oct. 18, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Nov. 21, 1975.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ed and Leanna Harrawood of Kankakee, Leon and Barbara Harrawood of Energy, Larry Harrawood of Aroma Park; three daughters and one son-in-law, Margaret Giasson of Bonfield, Georgianna Littlemyer of Gilbertsville, Ky., Shirley and Larry Johnson of Flora; 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 14 great- great-grandchildren.
Two sons-in-law, Robert Giasson Sr. and Clyde Littlemyer; two sisters, Bessie Harrawood and Bertha Sample; and one brother, Julius Erlbacher, are deceased.
Mrs. Harrawood had worked at Florence Stove in Kankakee, Bennett Industries in Peotone, and as a cook at the coffee shop in Momence, retiring in 1966.
She was affiliated with the Lutheran church.
She enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening, traveling, and reading the Bible.

Edna Hecht

SEATTLE, Wash. - Edna Hecht, 84, a resident of Kankakee for over 40 years, died Jan. 31, 1999 in Seattle, Wash. Mrs. Hecht and her late husband, Sam, owned the former Hecht's store on Schuyler Avenue.
She was born Edna Kaminsky on Sept. 15, 1914 in Atlanta, Ill.
Surviving are three daughters, Frances Hecht-McConchie of Walla Walla, Wash., Merna Hecht-Crawford of Vashon, Wash. and Debbie Hecht- Reier of Bellingham, Wash.; a brother Meyer Kaminsky of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Esther Charlam of Santa Monica, Calif.; her beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Robert, Matty, Louis and Sam; many loving nieces and nephews and cousins; a wide circle of loving friends; and the dear family of the later Naomi Helen Smith Calhoun, also of Kankakee.
She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generosity, her cooking and her remarkable vitality.
The funeral service was held on Feb. 3 in Bellingham, Wash.
Arrangements were by Jones- Moles Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
(Pd.)

Joseph Honn

Joseph G. Honn, 85, of Kankakee, died Friday (Feb. 5, 1999) at ManorCare.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, with a 7 p.m. wake service.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley, where he was a member, by the Rev. John McGeean.
Burial of remains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Josephs School, Bradley, or for masses.
He was born April 5, 1913, in Bradley, the son of Edward and Nora Hassett Honn.
His wife, the former Pearl Wheeler, whom he married April 19, 1933, died Nov. 4, 1992.
Surviving are one daughter, Donna Lee Krizan of Odessa, Fla.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Delores Honn of Pikeville, N.C., Michael and Jan Honn of Kankakee, James and Anita ''Neets'' Honn of Gilman; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
One sister, Loretta Benoit; one daughter, Joyce Honn; one grandson, Jeffrey Honn; and one son-in-law, Raymond Krizan, are deceased.
Mr. Honn was a carpenter and painter.
He retired from Roper in the maintenance department and was also retired from the University of Florida (Gainesville).
He was a former Knights of Columbus member.
He enjoyed baseball, reading, and traveling.

Edward Barth

CHICAGO - Edward C. Barth, 62, of Chicago, formerly of Cissna Park, died Saturday (Feb. 6, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Cissna Park, where he was a member. The Rev. Terry Strom will officiate.
Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home or to the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 4, 1937, in Cissna Park, the son of Carl and Erna Scheiwe Barth.
His first wife, the former Patricia Leiding, whom he married Dec. 28, 1958, in Watseka, died Aug. 22, 1990.
Surviving are his wife, the former Harlean Sterrenberg, whom he married Feb. 2, 1991, in Chicago; three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathy Barth of Coal Valley, Brad and Donna Barth of Danville, Douglas and Marcy Barth of Coconut Creek, Fla.; one step-son, Brad Sterrenberg of Des Plaines; two step- daughters, Lynn LeBoff of Tampa, Fla., Beth Kirby of Stuart, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy ''Dottie'' Gudeman of Bloomington, Ind., Betty Moderhack of Davis; and seven grandchildren.
His parents are deceased.
Mr. Barth was a retail consultant and also employed at Chicago City Day School.
He was a member of the Cissna Park American Legion.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mark Stibolt

MONEE - Mark L. Stibolt, 45, of Monee, died Thursday (Feb. 4, 1999) in Kankakee.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Calvary Memorial Baptist Church, 4216 W. 204th St., Matteson. The Rev. Rex Black will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Arrangements are by the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
He was born June 15, 1953, in Chicago Heights, the son of Noble E. and Jeanne L. Kilmer Stibolt.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sheila Diane Fouts, of Monee, whom he married April 8, 1977, in Big Fork, Mont.; three sons, Erik, Brett, and August Stibolt, all at home; one daughter and son-in-law, Portia and Adrian Valle of Richton Park; one sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Gary Miller of Matteson; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Dan and Michelle Stibolt of Schaumburg, Paul Stibolt of Matteson; one granddaughter; his parents; and many nieces and nephews.
One brother, Noble Stibolt II, is deceased.

James Carroll

WILMINGTON - James K. Carroll, 78, of Wilmington, died Thursday (Feb. 4, 1999) suddenly at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church, Wilmington, where he was a member, by the Rev. Frank Vitus.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Cottage.
He was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Dublin, Ireland, the son of William and Frances Carroll.
Surviving are his wife, the former Phyllis Finn; one son, Joseph of Chicago; one daughter and son-in-law, Lucy Ann and Rafael Serrano of Newark; and one sister, Nancy Carroll of Ireland.
One son, Timothy; two brothers, William and Joseph; one sister, Teresa; and one grandson, Ricky, are deceased.
He was a member of the Brick Layers Local #21 of Illinois and the Pioneers Club.
He was a former member of St. Andrians Parish, Chicago.

Harrison Yates

RANKIN - Harrison Yates, 83, of Rankin, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) at Florida Hospital Waterman, Eustis, Fla.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. The Rev. Ray Radae officiated.
Burial was in Rankin Union Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Ellis, the son of Samuel and Myrtle Watts Yates.
Surviving are his wife, the former Grace Alexander, whom he married Nov. 30, 1940, in Armstrong; two sons and daughters-in-law, Sam and Bev Yates of Cayuga, Ind., Dick and Carol Yates of Portage, Ind.; one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Dennis Weber of Rankin; one sister, Jessie Slade of Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, four sisters, and one grandchild are deceased.
Mr. Yates farmed in the Rankin area for many years.
He was an agent for Federal Crop Insurance for 18 years.

Theodore Eighner

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Theodore L. Eighner, 62, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., formerly of Rankin, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin, where he was a member. The Rev. Bruce Heck will officiate.
Burial will be in Rankin Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin.
Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 17, 1936, in Rankin, the son of Clarence J. and Marie Graffelman Eighner.
Surviving are one daughter, Jaime Neathery of Hoopeston; two brothers, Jack Eighner of Hoopeston, and Dick Eighner of Rankin; two grandchildren, Alston Hays and Reilly Neathery; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents; one brother, Mike Eighner; and one nephew, Steven Eighner, are deceased.
He was a graduate of Rankin High School.
Mr. Eighner was a self-employed semi-truck driver and was a heavy equipment operator.
He built several race tracks for Nissan Grand Prix.

Delores Hagen

RANTOUL - Delores Hagen, 84, of Rantoul died Saturday (Feb. 6) at Carle Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Feb. 8 at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 East Grove in Rantoul.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 9 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gifford. The Rev. Dennis Cooley will officiate.
Burial will be in Huls Cemetery, Gifford.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church. She was born Feb. 4, 1915 in Royal, Il, the daughter of Frederick and Carrie Maier Grussing. She married Martin M. Hagen on Oct. 15, 1933, who died in 1963.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother and an infant daughter.
Survivors include her sons Robert Hagen of Rantoul, Maurice Hagen of Watseka, and Richard Hagen of Thomasboro; two brothers, Francis Grussing of Royal and Raymond Grussing of Gifford; and two sisters, Rosalyn Huls of Rankin and Esther Lindsey of Mahomet.
Mrs. Hagen farmed in the Champaign County area with her husband for 30 years.
She retired from the University of Illinois.
She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church.

Miguel Matthews

Miguel J. Matthews, 17, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Feb. 6, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, from injuries sustained in an accident.
He was born Aug. 10, 1981, the son of Juan Pena and Pam Matthews. His mother, Pam Moreno resides in Kankakee.
Also surviving are three sisters, Sondra and Christina Pizano and Lindsay Morena, all of Kankakee; one brother, Juan Matthews of California; his grandmother, Rosetta Lovell of Bradley; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and one niece.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until the 1 p.m. services at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Fred Goldschmidt will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He enjoyed playing basketball.

Orville Reutter

MILFORD - Orville W. Reutter, 90, of Danforth, formerly of Arkansas and Watseka, died Sunday (Feb. 7, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. memorial services at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home.
He was born Jan. 26, 1909 in Cissna Park, the son of John and Anna Verkler Reutter.
Mr. Reutter was an insurance agent.
His wife, the former L. Pauline Breymeyer, whom he married May 14, 1932 in Hinsdale, died Jan. 10, 1991.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ronald Reutter of O'Brien, Ore. and James and Joyce Reutter of Watseka; two brothers, Richard Reutter of Cissner Park and Ernie Reutter of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Kay Knapp of Leroy; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers and one sister.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

William Doan

William G. Doan, 75, of Kankakee, died Monday (Feb. 8, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Private graveside services will be at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Arrangements are by Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee.
He was born June 23, 1923 in Tigerton, Wis., the son of Frank and Augusta Eisner Doan.
Surviving are his wife, the former Leona Stone, whom he married May 13, 1950 in Kankakee; seven step-children; and several step-grandchildren.
Mr. Doan was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and then worked for 18 years at General Foods Corporation.

Thomas Kibbons

CHEBANSE - Thomas A. Kibbons, 48, of Chebanse, died Sunday (Feb. 7, 1999) at the emergency room of Riverside Medical Center, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services Wednesday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Bob Hoover will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to Otto Township Fire Department.
He was born Dec. 11, 1950 in Kankakee, the son of Robert and Betty Freeman Kibbons, who reside in rural Watseka.
Also surviving are his companion, Terri Bowling of Clifton; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Bonnie Kibbons of Chebanse; two daughters, Amanda and Deanna Kibbons, both of Bourbonnais; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Pat and Paul Bukowski of Momence, Joyce and Marion Heideman of Watseka and Bonnie Thomas and companion Sam Gilpin of Claytonville; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Terry Kibbons of Kankakee, Bob and Kathy Kibbons of Bradley and Dennis Kibbons of Watseka; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kibbons was an exterminator.
He enjoyed golfing and fishing.


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