MANTENO - Visitation and memorial services for Erma Mae ''Bridget''
Blanchette, 87, of Manteno, will be Saturday morning at the College Church
of the Nazarene, 200 University Avenue, Bourbonnais.
Cremation rites were accorded. Inurnment will be in Mound Grove Gardens.
She died Dec. 27, 1998.
She was born Feb. 6, 1912 in Flora, the daughter of Andrew and Mame
She was a member of the Central Christian Church.
Mrs. Blanchette was employed by Florence Stove Company, J.C. Penney's
and lastly Samuels.
Her husband, Ted Z. Blanchette, whom she married Dec. 9, 1929 in Joliet
and with whom she farmed, died May 24, 1991.
She was a high school graduate.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Jackie and George Little
of Kentucky and Donna Calabria of Arizona; five sons and four daughters-in-law,
Larry and Rita Blanchette, Bruce and Diana Blanchette and Dick Blanchette,
all of Kankakee, Andy and Linda Blanchette of Bradley and Terry and Darlene
Blanchette of Bourbonnais; one sister, Doris Blanchette of Bourbonnais;
38 grandchildren; 50 great- grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
Deceased are fhree sons and one daughter, Theodore M., Jerald, Randy
and Sharon; and three grandchildren.
She enjoyed reading, fishing, cooking and crocheting.
COAL CITY - Rose Macaluso, 89, lifelong resident of Coal City, died
Monday (Feb. 8, 1999) in the Embassy Care Center in Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Reeves Funeral Home
in Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik at 9:30
a.m. Friday at the Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, where she was
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born Sept. 10, 1909 in Coal City, the daughter of John and
Olympia Rovedatti Groff.
Her husband, Nick Macaluso, whom she married Oct. 26, 1936, is deceased.
For over 20 years she was employed by the Hyman Clothing Factory in
She was a past member of the St. Juvin Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Raymond Fitzpatrick
of Wilmington; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ann Bertagnoli of Coal
City and Josephine and James Macketta of Verona; six grandchildren; three
great- grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Elsie Groff.
Also deceased are a son, Anthony John; and four brothers, John, Henry,
Nick and Frank Groff.
ST. ANNE - Lucille M. Richmond, 79, of St. Anne, died Monday (Feb. 8,
1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral
Chapel in Kankakee, where services will be Saturday.
Burial will be at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Richmond was a 50-year member of the Women of the Moose and a
book buyer for Baker and Taylor for over 20 years.
ROCKVILLE TOWNSHIP - Visitation for Alfred C. ''Fritz'' Kunde, 92, of
Rockville Township, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Senesac Bourbonnais
Funeral Home, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kathy
Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Kunde died Monday (Feb. 8, 1999) at his home.
He was born Dec, 1, 1906 in Bourbonnais Township, the son of Albert
and Louisa Meinke Kunde.
Mr. Kunde was a lifelong grain farmer, raising livestock.
His wife, the former Clora L. Evans, whom he married June 11, 1950
in Kankakee, died Feb. 15, 1997.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Alfred N. and Debra Kunde
of Bourbonnais; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Dennis LeBeau
of Bourbonnais and Louisa and David Kannberg of Wellington, Fla.; eight
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Albert; two sisters, Minnie Kunde and Irene
Ahrens; and one great-grandson, A.J. Africano.
He was a member of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau and the National
BEECHER - Lester L. Heldt, 86, of Beecher, formerly of rural Dyer, Ind.,
died Tuesday (Feb. 9, 1999) at St. James Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hack Funeral Home,
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park,
where he was a member. The Rev. Fred Beck will officiate.
He was born Nov. 27, 1912 in Grant Park, the son of Charles and Pauline
Mr. Heldt was a retired farmer and member of Associated Milk Producers
Surviving are his wife, the former Esther Piepenbrink; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Leon and Donna Heldt of Beecher and Ralph and Marla Heldt
of Grant Park; one daughter-in-law, Judy Heldt of Crete; one brother, Elmer
Heldt of Grant Park; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, Richard; a granddaughter; brothers, Emery, Charles
and Frank Heldt; and one sister, Della Kurth.
He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Dyer.
PLAINFIELD - Patricia H. Klinker, 64, of Plainfield, daughter of a St.
Anne man, died Feb. 2, 1999 at Loyola Hospital, Maywood.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 5 at Our Lady of the Ridge Church,
Chicago Ridge, where she was a member, sang in the choir and was in the
Burial was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Chicago Ridge.
She was born Nov. 24, 1934, the daughter of Clyde and Kathleen Slifer.
Her mother is deceased and her father and step-mother, Clyde and Ila Slifer,
reside in St. Anne.
Also surviving are her husband, Joseph; one daughter and son-in-law,
Kathleen and Andy Spindler of Plainfield; two grandsons; one aunt and uncle,
Beverly and Harold Heinz of DesPlaines; several cousins; and many friends,
some in the St. Anne area.
Mrs. Klinker retired from Sears in the Chicago area, after 20 years
She enjoyed crafts and antiques.
MOMENCE - Allen Colson, 37, was accidentally killed at his home in Momence
Feb. 3, 1999, while repairing a car tire and rim.
Mr. Colson was welding a cracked wheel rim when the tire exploded.
A memorial service will be held at his home at 2 p.m. Saturday. The
Rev. Mr. E.J. Marcotte will officiate. Cremation rites were accorded.
He was born March 3, 1961, the son of Gifford and Sylvia Colson, who
Mr. Colson and his wife, Bonnie, who survives, were recently married
on the Kankakee River in Momence, near their home.
Also surviving are his three step- children, Tim, Tammy and Tom, of
Momence; brothers, sisters and spouses, Ernest and Linda Colson, Rose Marie
and Rodney Dunton, Sylvio and Kim Colson, Michael and Bonnie Colson and
Linda Lee and Mike Seekins; a grandmother, Katharine Woodward; all oringinally
from Winterport, Maine; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and
Mr. Colson was a Navy veteran.
He was an active member of the Millwright Local 1693, employed with
He was a deer hunter and woodcrafter.
Arrangements were by Adduci- Zimmy Funeral Home in Posen.
LIBERTYVILLE - Anna M. McCabe, 88, of Libertyville, formerly of Momence,
died Monday (Feb. 8, 1999) at Winchester House in Libertyville.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Cotter Funeral Home
in Momence, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Denis White
Inurnment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to the Muscular Distrophy (ALS)
She was born June 5, 1910 in Chicago, the daughter of Peter and Gertrude
Her husband, James J. McCabe, whom she married June 24, 1939 in Chicago,
died Aug. 30, 1993.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James and Yildiz McCabe
of Flossmoor; one daughter and son- in-law, Marianne and James Finlay of
Libertyville; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
One brother is deceased.
Jan Michaud-Blozan, a resident of Kankakee for many years, died Monday
(Feb. 8, 1999) in Pomona, Calif.
She was born Feb. 9, 1910 in Indiana, the daughter of Harry and Ester
Surviving are her children, Ernie and Rosie Michaud of Bourbonnais,
Marge and Jack Martinson of Kankakee, Nancy and Butch Owen of Alta Loma,
Calif., and Cindy Michaud of Ontario, Canada; eight grandchildren; and
MOMENCE - Ira Chapman, 73, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Momence, died
Wednesday (Feb. 10, 1999) at his residence, from an extended illness.
Arrangements are pending at the Cotter funeral Home, Momence.
Valentine R. Papesh, 78, a lifelong resident of Joliet, and father of
a Goose Lake resident, died Saturday (Feb. 6, 1999) at the Illinois Veteran's
Home in LaSalle.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Joliet, where he was a member.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Joliet.
Fred C. Dames West Chapel, Joliet, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Papesh was a retired member of the Will County Carpenters Union
Local 174, after 54 years of service, last employed by Ben B. Cabay Construction.
He was born Jan. 20, 1921 in Joliet, the son of Martin and Johanna
A veteran, he served with the Navy SeaBees in the South Pacific during
World War II.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Lorraine Ward Papish; three sons
and daughters-in-law, Dale and Barbara Papesh of Valencia, Calif., James
and Georgene Papesh of Goose Lake, Jerald and Kathy Papesh of Joliet; six
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law,
Johanna and Frank Rogel; one brother and sister- in-law, Joe and Wanda
Papesh; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Steve, Martin and Michael Papesh; and
one sister, Mary Lipshansky.
He was a lifetime member of the Rivals Club, Cantigny Post VFW 367
and the Holy Name Society of his church.
Paul G. Waterhouse Jr., of Glenwood, 84, former Kankakee resident, died
Jan. 30, 1999.
Tews Funeral Home, Homewood, was in charge of arrangements.
Services were at St. John the Evangelist Church in Flossmoor.
Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park.
Memorials may be made to The Church of St. John the Evangelist.
He was born Oct. 29, 1914.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mavis McMullen, whom he met and
married in Kankakee in 1943 before moving to Chicago in 1944; one son and
daughter-in-law, Paul Waterhouse and Mary Solomon of Chicago; a brother-in-law,
Millard Coleman of South Bend, Ind.; sister- in-law, Audrey Waterhouse
of Orland Park; a sister-in-law and niece in Bradley.
Deceased are a sister, Louisa Coleman; two brothers and a sister-in-
law, Richard Waterhouse and Stanley and Myrel Waterhouse.
WATSEKA - Elizabeth A. Hruska, 84, of Watseka, died today (Feb. 10,
1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
MOMENCE - Visitation for Ira Chapman, 74, of Bourbonnais, formerly of
Momence, will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Cotter Funeral Home,
Momence, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Lawrence
Moslener will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Momence Honor Guard, will be in
Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice or the American Cancer
Mr. Chapman died Wednesday (Feb. 10, 1999) at his residence.
He was born Nov. 19, 1924 in Casey, the son of Ira and Merle Johnson
A veteran, he served in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Chapman retired as a quality control inspector at The Ford Stamping
Plant in Chicago Heights.
His first wife, the former Verna Decker, whom he married March 31,
1945 in South Bend, Ind., died June 6, 1980.
Surviving are his wife, the former Wanda Swink Raetz, whom he married
June 6, 1984 in Clifton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Janet
Chapman of Normal and Joe and Debby Chapman of Momence; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Sandy and Ron Hart and Sherry and James Monday, all of Manteno;
three stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Bill and Sheila Raetz of Momence,
Randall and Denise Raetz of Lusk, Wyo., and Brian and Jane Raetz of Grant
Park; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Joanne and Greg Johnson of
Mesa, Ariz. and Lori and Jim Ault of Santa Barbara, Calif.; 10 grandchildren;
11 stepgrandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law,
Clifford and Iris Chapman of Rockville, Ind.; two sisters and one brother-in-law,
Martha and Lee Reynolds, and Lois Swick, all of Casey.
Deceased are one brother and one grandson.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Manteno, the UAW
Union Retirees Chapter, Momence American Legion Post 40, and the Monday
Coffee Group at the mall.
WILMINGTON - Kathleen L. Scholey, 39, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Feb.
9, 1999) at Provena St. Joseph's Medical Center, Joliet, after a long illness.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, with prayer service at 6
p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 9:45
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Frank Vitus at 10 a.m.
Friday at St. Rose Church, Wilmington, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Cottage.
She was born Jan. 30, 1960 in Silverhill, Md., and was a 1978 graduate
of Wilmington High School.
Surviving is her mother, Marty; three brothers and sisters-in-law,
James and Patti of Texas, Anthony and Denice of Florida and Kenneth and
Tina of Gardner; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Michele and Peter
Profilet and Dolores and H.P. Howard, all of Texas, and Sandra of Wilmington;
and one niece, Clarisse Profilet.
Her father, James, is deceased.
ST. ANNE - Visitation for Lucille M. Richmond, 79, of Aroma Township
in St. Anne, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel,
Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Leah Pogemil-ler
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer
Research Foundation or to the American Diabetes Association.
Mrs. Richmond, the oldest of 13 children, died Tuesday (Feb. 9, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born April 13, 1919 in Kankakee, the daughter of Bascom and
Leona Lake Jackson Sr.
Her husband, Chester A. Richmond, whom she married Aug. 15, 1939 in
Davenport, Iowa, is deceased.
Mrs. Richmond was a book buyer, employed for over 20 years at Baker
and Taylor Company.
She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Mary Richmond
of Bourbonnais and Jack and Dawn Richmond of Aroma Park; two daughters
and one son-in-law, Mary Lou and James Stahl of Aroma Park and Barbara
Richmond of St. Anne; eight sisters and six brothers-in-law, Ethel and
Bill Venema of Sun Valley, Calif., Louise and Russell Hamende of St. Elmo,
Ill., Ruth and Everette Lefeave of El Paso, Texas, Gladys Zbinden and Shirley
Wooldridge, both of Bourbonnais, Thelma and Melvin Alcorn of Watseka, Lillian
and Gerhard Hansen of St. Anne and Phyllis and Austin Knecht of Redding,
Calif.; four brothers and sisters- in-law, Bascom and Bernadine Jackson
Jr. and Donald and Sheri Jackson, both of Kankakee, James and Marguerite
Jackson of Hillsbourough, Calif. and Charles and Gwen Jackson of Lansing,
Mich.; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
Deceased are several brothers-in- law and sisters-in-law.
She will be a member of Loyal Order of Women of the Moose for 58 years
and a member of the College of Regions.
Mrs. Richmond was an area leader for the March of Dimes.
She enjoyed yardwork and was a Bulls fan.
MANTENO - Mary Case Totleben, 81, of Manteno, died Wednesday (Feb. 10,
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno,
where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Edward Grotovsky will
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory, Bourbonnais.
She was born July 16, 1917 in Chicago, the daughter of Guy G. and Margret
Her husbands are deceased.
Mrs. Totleben was a former Republican precinct committee woman in Chicago.
She was a member of the Annunciata Church in Chicago.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Carol Case of Manteno;
one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Alex and Mary Lou Tottleben of Lansing;
one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Margret and Alfonso Rodriguez of Chicago;
one sister-in-law, Lucy Hughes of Chicago; three grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren; and one niece.
Deceased are one brother, Francis Hughes; one sister, Lenor Walters;
and one grandchild.
Calvin J. Olson, 68, of Riverdale, died Tuesday (Feb. 9, 1999) at South
Suburban Hospital in Olympia Fields.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Friday at Brown Funeral Home, where
services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded and burial of cremains will be in
Columbarium ''Punch Bowl'' National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He was born May 12, 1930, the son of John E. and Alice Roberts Olson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elaine EnBulger, whom he married
Nov. 15, 1958 in Chicago; and several cousins.
Deceased are his parents and one brother, Vernon Olson.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Olson was a machine operator for Georgia Pacific Corp. in Chicago.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He enjoyed race cars and was a football fan.
MANTENO - Donald Laws, 76, of Manteno, died Wednesday (Feb. 10, 1999)
at the Illinois Veterans Home, Manteno.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral
Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev.
Martin Gutzmer will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home or to Hospice of Kankakee
Mr. Laws retired after 42 years as a conductor for ConRail.
He was born Sept. 25, 1922 in Kankakee, the son of Ralph and Gertrude
His wife, the former Helen ''Mignonne'' LeBoeuf, whom he married June
10, 1944 at St. Patrick's Rectory, died Oct. 13, 1983.
Also deceased is a sister, Beatrice Peterson.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and MaryNell Laws
of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Kevin and Darlene Laws of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada;
two daughters and one son-in-law, Diane and Kenneth Johnson of Bourbonnais
and Tina Laws of Kankakee; three sisters, Imogene Wadley of Bradley, Eileen
''Muggs'' Welcher of Indianapolis, Ind. and Kathleen Lucus of West Palm
Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Aircorps.
He was a member of the Kankakee VFW, The American Legion, Masons, Elks
and Loyal Order of the Moose.
Norman Phillips, 64, of Kankakee, died suddenly Wednesday (Feb. 10,
1999) in Okeechobee, Fla.
Among survivors is his wife, Elaine.
Tentative arrangements are for services on Monday.
The Kankakee Chapel of Schreffler Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
BEECHER - Helen T. Grolla, 92, of Beecher, died Wednesday (Feb. 10,
1999) at Anchorage Nursing Home, Beecher.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 1 p.m. services at
Hack Funeral Home, Beecher. The Rev. David McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Beecher.
She was born Feb. 4, 1907 in Pocohantas, Va., the daughter of Peter
and Barbara Halacz Balogh.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ron and June Grolla of St.
John, Ind.; two sisters, Julia Minigan of Knox, Ind. and Bertha Niemojuski
of Harvey; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her husband and one son.
MANTENO - Visitation and memorial services for Erma Mae ''Bridgett''
Blanchette, 87, of Manteno, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the
College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais.
Cremation rites were accorded and inurnment will be in Mound Grove
Mrs. Blanchette died Dec. 27, 1998.
Among her survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and George
Liddle of Arizona. Four grandchildren are deceased.