Dr. K.I. Kline
Visitation for Dr. Kay Irven Kline, 77, of Bourbonnais, well-known chiropractor,
will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, with a Masonic Lodge service at 6:30 p.m.
and Elks service at 7 p.m., at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral
Homes. Services at the funeral home will be at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev.
Michael LeBuhn will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Elks Crippled Children or to the Shriners'
Dr. Kline died Saturday (Feb. 27, 1999) in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born July 14, 1921 in Cumberland, Md., the son of Eston Lee
and Helene Foley Haines Kline.
Dr. Kline was a doctor of chiropractic for over 45 years.
He enrolled in Logan Chiropractic College in 1946. Graduating in 1949,
he moved to Kankakee and started his practice on Merchant Street. In 1950
he opened the Bradley Chiropractic Clinic, selling the practice in 1984.
He opened the Kline Chiropractic and Therapy Center in Bradley in 1996
with his son, Dr. David Kline.
He was a member of the National Chiropractic Association, the Illinois
Chiropractic Society (serving on several state committees of the ICS) and
the International Basic Technique Society. He served on several state committees
for the ICS.
Dr. Kline was Past Exalted Ruler of the Kankakee Elks 627 from 1978-
79. He served as state ritual chairman and ritual judge. He judged the
National Ritual Contest in Portland, Ore. in 1988.
He was a member of the Masonic Temple and the Kankakee Shrine Club.
He also was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Bradley Lodge,
and the American Legion. Dr. Kline served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps
Surviving are his wife, the former Carolyn Byarley, whom he married
Nov. 14, 1984 in Louisville, Ky.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. David
and Julie Kline of Bourbonnais and Steven and Vicki Kline of Overland Park,
Kan.; three daughters, Pamela Shoemaker and Carla Kline, both of Phoenix,
and Marsha and Dale Latham of Leawood, Kan.; step- daughters, Rhonda Whitman
and Robin Casteel, both of Bourbonnais; and Raeann Harms of Florida; 20
grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, Gregory Kline and a great- granddaughter.
Dr. Kline sponsored and worked with the Little League and Cub Scouts.
He enjoyed traveling in his motorhome, and was a member of the Winnebago-Itasca
Travelers, the Good Sam Club and the Family Motorcoach Runaways.
He also enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing.
Maxine Yvonne Neblock, 69, of Bourbonnais, died Sunday (Feb. 28, 1999)
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of
the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Charles
Wheeler at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was a
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born Jan. 5, 1930 in Kankakee, the daughter of Paul and Freida
Rankin Gadbois, who are deceased.
Her husband, Kenneth W. Neblock, whom she married Dec. 8, 1946 at St.
Rose, is deceased.
Mrs. Neblock was employed as ladies wear manager for Bell Scott Department
Store, retiring in 1971.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Susan Neblock
of Bourbonnais and Gregory and Cynthia Neblock of Florida; one daughter
and son-in-law, Nancy and Robert Dorsey of Bourbonnais; one sister and
brothers-in-law, Dolores and Lucius Bales of Kankakee; two brothers and
sisters-in-law, Raymond and Norma Gadbois of Kankakee and James and Lillian
Gadbois of California; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed yard care, gardening, especially roses and reading.
Georgia Marie Longtin, 88, of Kankakee, died Monday (March 1, 1999)
There will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded.
The Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of
She was born Dec. 24, 1910 in Aroma Park, the daughter of George and
Jenny Vickery Hester.
Her husband, Oley Longtin, whom she married in 1936 in Kankakee County,
Mrs. Longtin retired in 1974 from Armour Pharmaceutical where she worked
She had been a member of the Aroma Park United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Agnes Longtin
of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Dorsey Melton of
California; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Thomas and William Hester, are deceased.
DANFORTH - Wilbur H. Eimen, 90, of Danforth, died Monday (March 1, 1999)
at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman,
and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion United Church
of Christ in Gilman, where he was a member. The Rev. Connie-Williams Moodie
Burial was in Wenger Cemetery, Gilman.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
He was born March 18, 1908 in Danforth, the son of Tebbe and Minnie
Mr. Eimen retired from the State of Illinois Highway Department.
Surviving are his wife, the former Thelma V. Hausman, whom he married
Aug. 23, 1947 in Normal; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, Hye, Tobe, Alvah and Luke; and four sisters,
Eunice Gerlach, Florence Voigt, Alice Eden and Vera Henrichs.
Mr. Eimen sang in church choirs for 70 years. He was a member of Odd
Fellow Lodge in Gilman and IOOF Encampment.
He was a sports fan and enjoyed fishing and playing cards.
WILMINGTON - Vilas E. Booth, 90, of Wilmington, died Monday (March 1,
1999) at Silver Cross Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Reeves Funeral Home,
Wilmington, where services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Frank
Vitus will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Care Cottage, St. Rose Church, Wilmington,
where he was a member, or to the donor's choice.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mayme Querio in 1994;
his parents, Earl and Grace Booth; and one brother, Roger. Booth Central
School in wilmington was named after his father, who had been Superintendent
Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Colombo of Joliet and Rose
Booth of Braidwood; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Booth was a former member of the K.C. Braidwood Council 1574, the
''Over The Hill Gang'' and Wilmington Area Historical Society.
A graduate of Wilmington High School and the University of Illinois,
he retired from Peabody Coal Company and Caterpillar Tractor Company.
Visitation for Charles R. ''Chuck'' Carraher, 75, of Kankakee, will
be from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7 p.m. service by the Kankakee
VFW Post 2867, at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, Kankakee, where services will
be at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Carraher died Sunday (Feb. 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Aug. 23, 1923 in Kankakee, the son of Frank and Kate Sobel
Carraher, who are deceased.
Mr. Carraher was a self-employed brick mason.
He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II in the South
Pacific, earning a Purple Heart.
He was a member of the VFW, the Kankakee County Chapter of DAV 34 and
the Kankakee American Legion Post 85.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ina Mae Bass, whom he married Sept.
20, 1949 in Kentucky; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Lana
Carraher of Bourbonnais, John and Deb Carraher of Virginia, Richard Carraher
of Florida and Thomas Carraher of Kankakee; two daughters and one son-in-law,
Mary and Steve Whitaker of Paxton and Patricia Carraher and Harvey Taylor
of Kankakee; one sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Bill Howard of Manteno;
two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ed and Georgianna Carraher of Kankakee
and Eugene Carraher of Washington, D.C.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-
Deceased are one son, Donald; one daughter-in-law, Marian Carraher;
a brother, Frank Carraher Jr.; and a sister, Doris Carrow.
He was a Cubs Fan and enjoyed reading.
Kenneth Horn, 82, former home builder in Kankakee, died Monday (March
He was born Nov. 18, 1916 in Kankakee, the son of Arthur and Mamie
His wife of 55 years, the former Cora Jensen, whom he married Aug.
12, 1939 is deceased. A son, David is also deceased.
He and his wife were the owners of Kenneth Horn Home Builder in Kankakee
and built over 300 homes in the Kankakee area. After selling the home building
business in 1961 they built and operated the Kay Lynn Resort in Osage Beach,
Mo. until retiring in 1975 to Titusville, Fla.
Mr. Horn was one of the original members of the American Lutheran Church
in Kankakee, where he helped with the building of the church.
He was a member of the Kankakee Home Builder's Association.
Surviving are daughters, Judith Clark of Titusville, Sharon Haven of
The Colony, Texas and Marcia Jackson of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; 12 grandchildren;
12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles and Richard of Portales, N.M.,
Howard of Titusville, Leslie of Bradley; and sisters, Opal Bisaillon of
Bonfield, Ida Cote of Bradley.
Her son David; brother, Robert; and sister, Alvina Zilm, are deceased.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. March 6 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Springfield,
Memorials are requested to Hospice of St. Francis Inc., P.O. Box 5563,
Titusville, Fla. 32780.
Everett D. ''Mac'' McCormick, 77, of Bourbonnais, died Sunday (Feb.
28, 1999) following an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon
Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Minnie Mary Brewton, 83, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (Feb. 26, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Homes,
Kankakee, and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Bourbonnais
Kingdom Hall, with Clarence Thacker officiating.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 25, 1915 in James, Macon County, Ga., the daughter
of Jesse and Elzade Balkum Franks.
Surviving are her husband, Zett Brewton, whom she married June 27,
1936 in Chicago; sons and daughtersin-law, Alvin Brewton of Kankakee, Nolan
and Margaret Brewton of Walnut Creek, Calif., Raymond and Sonia Brewton
and Charles and Alice Brewton, all of Stone Mountain, Ga., Kenneth and
Asaline Brewton of Fairburn, Ga., Leroy Brewton of College Park, Ga., Warren
Brewton of Bourbonnais and Norman and Kathy Brewton of University Park;
daughters and sons-in- law, Alberta Wesley of Champaign, Olivia and Jerry
Cooper of Chicago Heights and Linda Brewton of Bourbonnais; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Netti and Lawrence McCoy, New Rochelle, N.Y., and Elizabeth
and Arthur Justice of Orlando, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Inell Franks of
Chicago; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; uncles, aunts, nephews
Deceased are one brother, Jesse Franks Jr.; and sisters, Emma Baker,
Rebecca Henderson and Lillian Franks.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.
PALMYRA, Wis. - Joan ''Margy'' Whetlow, 78, of Palmyra, Wis,. and mother
of Kankakee resident, died Sunday (Feb. 28, 1999) at Fairhaven Residential
Facility in Whitewater, Wis.
She was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Momence, the daughter of James and Mae
Surviving are her husband, Walter Whetlow, whom she married May 15,
1944 in Lompoc, Calif.; one son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Stacy Whetlow
of Lake Geneva; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Pat Sukowski
of Palmyra and Sandy and John Pella of Waukesha, Wis.; nine grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren; her mother, of Elkhorn; and two sisters, Ella
Parcell of San Marcos, Calif., and Jerry Wetmore of Kankakee. She was preceded
in death by her father.
Memorial services will be held on March 6 at St. Matthews Lutheran
Church in Palmyra.
Olsen Funeral Home in Whitewater was in charge of arrangements.
Macen Jace Renchen, the infant son of Todd and Katie Posing Renchen
of Bourbonnais, died at birth Saturday (Feb. 27, 1999).
He is also survived by one brother, Devon Renchen at home; maternal
grandparents, Becky and Tom Erickson of Chicago; paternal grandparents,
William and Judy Renchen of Bourbonnais; aunts and uncles, Shelly and Jeff
Jones of Kansas City, Mo., Stacey Posing of Charleston, S.C., Alex and
Jenny Renchen of Kankakee, Chad and Chris Renchen of Bourbonnais and Jack
Renchen of Peotone; a great-aunt and uncle, Sharon and Karl Brevik of California;
great-great-aunt, Marion Renchen of Cedar Rapids, Mich.;
His maternal grandfather, Dennis Posing, is deceased.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at the
Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Jay DeMent will
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
HAMPTON, VA. - Leonard B. Lottinville, brother of Kankakee resident
Rita Schultz, died Friday (Feb. 26,1999) at his home in Hamton, Va. He
Mr. Lottinville was born Jan. 14, 1913 at Martinton, the son of Leroy
and Ida Baron Lottinville.
He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Pabst, whom he married
in Sedalia, Mo., on Dec. 26, 1941; four children; sister and brother-in-law
Rita and Milton Schultz of Kankakee, sister Pauline Hamilton of Riverside,
Conn., and brother-in- law Francis Kroha of Kankakee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Maureen Lottinville,
Peg Kroha and Gertrude Seymore.
Mr. Lottinville left Kankakee in 1929. He retired in 1975 after a long
career with Swift & Co.
Services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Monroe, Va.
WILMINGTON - Shirley A. Watters, 74, of Wilmington, died Monday (March
1, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Freitag Funeral
home, Wilmington, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Revs.
Frank Berman will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice or to the Wilmington Fire
She was born May 26, 1924 in Wilmington, the daughter of David E. and
Hazel Mae Jenks Brandon, who are deceased. Also preceding her in death
were her husband, Harry Watters Sr. and one brother, Darrell L. Brandon.
Surviving are one son, Harry Watters Jr. of Braceville; a dear friend,
Billy Abanatha of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Waters was a retired employee of Brandon Trucking Co. of Wilmington
and the Joliet Arsenal (Uniroyal).
She was a graduate of Wilmington High School and a member of the First
United Methodist Church of Wilmington.
DECATUR - Louis W. Marquis, 87, a Donovan native and longtime resident
of Watseka, moving to Decatur in 1982, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at
Aspen Ridge Nursing Home in Decatur.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery,
Watseka. The Rev. Hubert Lytle will officiate.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, Decatur, where
he was a member; the Iroquois Memorial Hospital; or to Iroquois Residents
Arrangements were by Segur- Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
He was born Jan. 14, 1912 in Donovan, the son of A.D. ''Alphonse''
and Cora Kitty Trumble Marquis.
Mr. Marquis worked for 29 years at A.O. Smith Corporation.
His first wife, the former Dorothy Kiser, whom he married July 8, 1934
in Muncie, Ind., died in 1975.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margery Littell, whom he married
June 5, 1976 in Decatur; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda
Marquis of Dana Point, Calif.; two grandchildren; one sister, Irene Miller
of LaCrosse, Wis.; one stepdaughter and spouse, Claudia and Roger Metzger
of Decatur; two step- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
He was a member of the Cornerstone Club of St. Mary's Hospital and
the Kankakee Elks Lodge 627. He also was a member of the Perma Glass Guild
and served as Junior Achievement Advisor, both at A.O. Smith.
He was a Red Cross volunteer.
PEOTONE - Leo Frank Bieronski, 78, of Peotone, died Tuesday (March 2,
1999) at Rush Presbyterian, Chicago.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 2 p.m. services
at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. The Rev. Allen Campbell will officiate.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Peotone Methodist Church.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps, and
a lifetime member of Homewood VFW.
He was born June 5, 1920 in Chicago Heights, the son of Walter and
Anna Gluza Bieronski.
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Rathje whom he married Sept.
6, 1952 in Peotone; one son and daughter-in-law, Jet L. and Janice Bieronski
of Westmont; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan B. and Thomas Fagan of
Aurora and Pamela I. and Scott Freeman of New Lenox; six grandchildren;
one brother and sister-in-law, James and Millie Bieronski of South Chicago
Heights; two sisters, Nell Klendera of Round Lake Park and Helen Bilinski
of Montrose, Calif.
Deceased are two brothers, Walter and Frank.
He was a member of the Peotone United Methodist Church.
He belonged to the China Berma India Veterans Association, Chicago
BLOOMINGTON - A memorial service for David N. Gilmore, 74, of Bloomington,
will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Normal.
Officiating will be a nephew, the Rev. Paul Gilmore of Lincoln. Another
nephew, John Gilmore of Decatur, Ga. will assist.
The service will be followed by a fellowship and refreshments at the
Mr. Gilmore died Jan. 11, 1999 in Bloomington. Burial was in Oakwood
Cemetery, Wichert. His surviving wife, Viola Tallman Gilmore, was formerly
Kibler-Smith Memorial Home in Bloomington was in charge of arrangements.
STREATOR - Carol A. Padilla, 54, formerly of Streator, died Feb. 24,
1999 at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Elias Funeral
Home, Streator, with visitation from 6-8 p.m. prior. The Rev. Jerome Ham
of St. Anthony of Padua Church will officiate.
She was born Dec. 15, 1944 in Streator, the daughter of Lawrence and
Marion Obenhin Padilla. She married Paul Wachowski in 1974 and later divorced.
Also surviving are her mother of Streator; one daughter, Taye J. Padilla
of Streator; three stepsons, Paul (Jan) Jr. of Streator, Jeff (Marsha)
of Morris and Scott Wachowski of Streator; four step-daughters, Dawn (Tony)
Moore, Debra (Gary) Wissen and Babette (John) Austin, all of Streator and
Tina Popplewell of Braidwood; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
two sisters, and a brother-in- law, Sharon and Rodney Steffey of Prospect
Heights and Suzanne Leonard of Phoenix, Ariz.; a friend Shirley Dey of
Phoenix; and many friends in the Kankakee area, including Mickey McMahon
and Dawn Tutt.
She was a claims analyst for an insurance company in Arizona and a
beautician in Streator.
She was active at Engle Lane Theater and a member of St. Anthony Church.
She attended St. Mary's Grade School and Streator Township High School.
She volunteered for St. Mary's Food Bank in Arizona.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
COAL CITY - Evelyn W. Andrews, 93, of Shannon, formerly of Cicero and
a native of Coal City, died Feb. 20 in the Villas of Shannon Nursing Home
Graveside services were held Feb. 24 at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Stickney.
A memorial fund has been established in her memory.
She was born Nov. 2, 1905 in Coal City, the daughter of Samuel and
Jesse Henderson Wharrie.
She married Leonard H. Cameron Nov. 2, 1905 in Waukegan. Her second
husband, Max H. Andrews, whom she married July 26, 1956 in Waukegan, died
Dec. 22, 1977.
Mrs. Andrews moved from Morris to Cicero where she lived for much of
her life. Later she moved to Schaumburg to reside with a daughter.
Surviving are four daughters and two sons-in-law, Beverly and Arthur
Wilkosz of Freeport, Jean Patterson of Schaumburg, Marilyn and Raleigh
Philip of Shannon and Roberta Skerik of Lanark; one brother, Robert Wharrie
and a sister, Ramona Scubic, both of Coal City; five grandchildren; and
Deceased are two sisters and two sons-in-law.
A graduate of Coal City High School, she worked at Electro Motor Division
of General Motors in McCook and for Amphenol Company in Cicero.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and dining out and was a Cubs
MARBURY, Ala. - A memorial service for Patrick Garrett, 49, of Marbury,
Ala., a Kankakee native, will be at 1 p.m. March 13 at the Salvation Army
Chapel in Kankakee. Captain Kevin Vanzee will officiate.
Mr. Garrett died Feb. 4, 1999 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.,
from injuries received in an accident which happened July 4, 1998.
Charles C. Crosby, 84, of Bradley, died today (March 3, 1999) at the
Manteno Veterans Home.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Visitation for Everett D. ''Mac'' McCormick, 77, of Bourbonnais, will
be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais,
where services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Marsha Collins will
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens.
Mr. McCor-mick died Sunday (Feb. 28, 1999) at Mo-mence Meadows.
He was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Gary, Ind., the son of Richard and Edna
His wife, the former Jeannie Sutton, whom he married May 4, 1984 at
Romeoville Baptist Church, died in 1989.
Mr. McCormick was a steelworker in Gary for 39 years at American Bridge.
He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for a number of years.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon McCormick of
Bourbonnais and Carol and Brian McCaslin of Seattle, Wash.; two stepdaughters,
Lora Page and Betty and Dillard Merritt, all of Wilmington; two grandchildren;
one great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren;
and nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a sister, Mildred DePew.
He enjoyed golf, bowling and gardening.
MARTINTON - William Barney, 61, of Martinton, died Tuesday (March 2,
1999) at his home.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Baier Funeral Home
in Watseka. The Rev. David Bondurant will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Martinton.
Memorials may be made to Hospice, the family wishes or to the donor's
Mr. Barney owned a restaurant in Martinton.
He was a fireman and EMT in Martinton. He was a member of Christian
He was born June 19, 1937 in Watseka, the son of William and Jo ''Juliette''
Nourie Barney. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Watseka.
He served in the Marines.
His first wife, the former Shirley Bennett, whom he married in 1957,
died in May 1984.
Surviving are his wife, the former Agatha Mickel, whom he married June
15, 1985 in Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, William and Lee Ann Barney
Jr. of Donovan; two daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda St. Peter of Donovan
and Barbara and Russel Denoyer of Watseka; one stepson, Douglas McCullough
of Bloomington; stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Kimberly McCullough
of Peoria, Michelle and Cary Sawyer of Normal and Carla and Cory Kilgore
of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and John Juergens of
Nevada; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Linda Barney of Watseka;
three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a brother-in-law, Thomas Ruffner.
Dora Villarreal, 71, of Mexico and a resident of Bourbonnais from 1976
to 1993, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at home after an 18-month battle
She volunteered as an interpreter at both St. Mary's and Riverside
hospitals for many years before retiring to Mexico in 1993.
She was born May 5, 1927. Her parents are deceased.
Her husband of 49 years, Ramiro Villarreal, is deceased.
Surviving are her eight children and spouses, Dora A. and Manuel, Ramiro
and Gella, Carlos and Rosa, Rosa Yolanda, Jose Roberto and Kathy, Patricia,
Irene and Paul and Loralee Villarreal; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be private.
ODELL - Agnes C. Downey, 99, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., formerly of Odell,
died Monday (March 1, 1999) at Ila's Adult Care Center in Lake Havasu.
Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Duffy Funeral Home,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Anthony
Lee at St. Paul Catholic Church in Odell, where she was a member. She also
was a member of its Circle 9, Sodality and Altar and Rosary Society.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Memorials may be made to her church and its school.
She was born March 28, 1899 in Odell, the daughter of Thomas and Mary
Jane Miller Kennedy.
Her husband, Thomas F. Downey, whom she married Oct. 26, 1920 in Odell,
died Jan. 22, 1958.
Survivors include one grandchild and one great-grandchild; nieces and
nephews; and a special friend, Monica Mackinson of Pontiac.
Preceding her in death were two sons and 10 brothers and sisters.
She attended St. Paul Grade School and rural Odell Grade School through
the eighth grade.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors.
BRAIDWOOD - Gertrude Frances Waleryszak, 90, of Braidwood, formerly
of Chicago, died Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at the Embassy Care Center in
She was born March 31, 1908 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter Jacob
and Anna Parazinska Kroll.
Her husband, Stanley T. Waleryszak is deceased, as well as one son,
David and a daughter Joy Everson; four brothers, Frank, Jessie, Anthony
and William Kroll and a sister, Mary Ann Mathay.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Clay Tatum
of Braidwood and Donna and Clyde Cole of Henderson, Nev.; 16 grandchildren;
26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 1 p.m. services
at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Steve Bondi
Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Justice.
DWIGHT - Elwood H. Pfeifer, 61, of Dwight, farmer and businessman, died
Tuesday (March 2, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, where services will be at 9 a.m. Friday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Rickey at 10 a.m.
Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Goodfarm Cemetery.
Mr. Pfeifer farmed for 20 years and owned and operated Pfeifer Grain
and Commodities. In recent years he operated Pfeifer Insurance Agency and
was a realtor for the Ron Wilder Agency.
He was born Jan. 16, 1938 in Gardner, the son of Fred and Viola Weikum
Pfeifer. His mother resides in Dwight and his father is deceased.
He was a veteran of the Marine Reserves.
He was a graduate of Dwight High School and attended Northern University.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Coughlin, whom he married
Feb. 27, 1960 in Kinsman; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Kim and
Brad Kinkade, Kathy and Bryan Shaw and Kaye Pfeifer, all of Dwight and
Karen and Todd Horrie of Gardner; and five grandchildren.
Also deceased are a sister, Jeanette Dixon and a brother, Roger Pfeifer.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
WILMINGTON - Edna Begler, 81, of Kankakee, formerly of Wilmington, died
Tuesday (March 2, 1999).
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Reeves Funeral Home,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Frank Vitus at 10 a.m.
Friday at St. Rose Church of Wilmington, where she was a member. She was
also a member of the St. Rose Mothers' Club and CCW for many years.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to St. Rose School, Kuzma Care Cottage, Wilmington
or to the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 17, 1917 in Manchester, England, the daughter of
Sydney and Elizabeth Geddes Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, a daughter Frances
''Betty'' Guile and three sisters, Amy, Ida and Lucy.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Lew Rogers of bourbonnais;
a son-in-law Bill Guile of Hoffman; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elsie
Arden of Guildford, England, and Alice and Godfrey Green of Manchester,
England; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.
DWIGHT - Evelyn N. McConnell, 92, Dwight native, died Tuesday (March
2, 1999) at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, where she resided.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held
at a later date. The Rev. Deborah Hilgartner will officiate with burial
of cremains in McDowell Cemetery in Dwight.
She was born March 1, 1907 in Dwight, the daughter of John A. and Nellie
She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and
a member of the Ladies Benevolent Society.
Mrs. McConnell was employed by Van Eman's Drygoods Store as a retail
sales clerk for many years.
Surviving are one sister, Helen McConnell of Pontiac; nieces Phyllis
Baylor of East Dundee, Joyce Rhoades of Fairview, Okla. and Marilyn Hensel
of Dwight; three great-nieces/ three great-nephews; six great-great-nieces
and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Caroline McConnell of Dwight.
Deceased are a brother, Alan McConnell.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the McDowell Cemetery.
STOCKLAND - Charles K. Alsip, 65, a farmer of Stockland, died Tuesday
(March 2, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hosptial, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home in
Milford, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Neil Larimore
Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to Josh Longest Fund at the Citizens State Bank
He was born Aug. 30, 1933 in Shakertown, Ky., the son of John Robert
and Naomi Laudermilk Alsip.
His wife, the former Eleanor Silvers, whom he married Jan. 13, 1973
in Stockland, died Dec. 3, 1998.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa and George Seng
and Gina Alsip, all of Sheldon; one son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Colleen
Alsip of Rockton; five grandchildren; one brother, Forest Alsip of Harrodsburg,
Ky.; two sisters, Lela Crain of Campbellsville, Ky. and Marie Lackey of
Vidor, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.