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Erma Blanchette

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 Hoskins.
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.

Rose Macaluso

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 a member.
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 Coal City.
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.

Lucille Richmond

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.

Alfred Kunde

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 Rifle Association.

Lester Heldt

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, Beecher.
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 Klemme Heldt.
Mr. Heldt was a retired farmer and member of Associated Milk Producers Inc.
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.

Patricia Klinker

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 prayer group.
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 of service.
She enjoyed crafts and antiques.

Allen Colson

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 survive.
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 in-laws.
Mr. Colson was a Navy veteran.
He was an active member of the Millwright Local 1693, employed with Belding Walbridge.
He was a deer hunter and woodcrafter.
Arrangements were by Adduci- Zimmy Funeral Home in Posen.

Anna McCabe

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 will officiate.
Inurnment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to the Muscular Distrophy (ALS) Foundation.
She was born June 5, 1910 in Chicago, the daughter of Peter and Gertrude McBride Kuhl.
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 Blozan

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 Tritsch.
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 nine great-grandchildren.

Ira Chapman

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 Papesh

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 Papesh.
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 Waterhouse

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.

Elizabeth Hruska

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.

Ira Chapman

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 Momence Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Kankakee Valley Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
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 Chapman.
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.

Kathleen Scholey

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.m. Friday.
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.

Lucille Richmond

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 will officiate.
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.

Mary Totleben

MANTENO - Mary Case Totleben, 81, of Manteno, died Wednesday (Feb. 10, 1999).
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 officiate.
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 Maran Hughes.
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 Olson

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.

Donald Laws

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 Valley.
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 Toler Laws.
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

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.

Helen Grolla

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.

Erma Blanchette

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 Gardens.
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.


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