Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries

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Charles Gaus

BUCKINGHAM - Visitation for Charles ''Charlie'' Gaus, 50, a self- employed farmer of Buckingham, will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes and from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services, at Trinity Lu-theran Church in Herscher, where he was a member. The Rev. Gary Ruckman will officiate.
Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Herscher.
Memorials may be made for the education of Katie and Andrew Gaus.
Mr. Gaus died Sunday (March 14, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 30, 1949 in Streator, the son of Vernon G. and Verda B. Taylor Gaus, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Debra Andersen, whom he married June 22, 1973 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Craig and Renee Gaus of Kankakee, Eric and Misty Gaus of Herscher, Vernon A. Gaus of Bourbonnais and Andrew Gaus at home; one daughter, Katherine ''Katie'' Gaus at home; one brother and sister-in-law, George V. and Rita Gaus of Buckingham; and two grandchildren, Taylor Dawn Gaus and Morgan Danielle Gaus.
Mr. Gaus was a member of the Will County Threshermen's Association, Mid-America Paleontology Society; and numerous other fossil clubs, Kankakee Valley Vintage Car Club. He collected antique tractors, fossils and had many other hobbies. He also was an animal lover.
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Angela Price

Visitation for Angela ''Angel'' Thompson Price, 27, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Dana Thompson will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to be made for family wishes.
Ms. Price died Saturday (Mar-ch 13, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, following a long illness.
She was born Feb. 14, 1972 in Kankakee, the daughter of Roderick and Maxine Holder Price.
Surviving are a son and daughter, DaKwame L. Boice, age 7, and Haley Lee Young, age 4 months, both of Kankakee; sisters, Trena R. Thompson of Memphis, Tenn., Carla M. Thompson of Pekin, Latisha Richardson of Minneapolis, Minn., and LaTasha Richardson of Bloomington; brothers, Robert L. Thompson Jr., Toney Thompson, Roderick Price Jr., Brian Price and Maurice Richardson, all of Kankakee, Louis Richardson of Aurora, Earl Richardson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Aron Richardson of Minneapolis.
Deceased are maternal grandparents, Lars and Lizzie Holder; paternal grandparents, Helen Wells and Vivian Price; a brother, Frederick Price; aunts, Oletha Terrell and Claudia Green; and an uncle, Virgil Price.
She was a member of Christ Temple Full Bible Church of Kankakee.

Merle Conrad

ONARGA - Merle Conrad, 74, of Onarga, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending, with visitation on Wednesday and services on Thursday, all at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.

Gottfried Vic

MANTENO - Gottfried Vic, 91, of Manteno, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday.

Elsie Carmain

Visitation for Elsie F. Carmain, 88, lifelong resident of Kankakee area, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home, where the 10 a.m. services on Thursday will be officiated by the Rev. Jay De-Ment.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Che-banse.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
Mrs. Carmain died Sunday (March 14, 1999).
She was born Oct. 12, 1910 in Columbia, S.C., the daughter of Basil and Ethel Beatrice Swindin Copping.
Her husband, Clyde Carmain, whom she married May 3, 1936 in Buckley, is deceased.
Mrs. Carmain retired in 1975 from the Kankakee State Hospital, where she worked in the dietary department.
She attended the Bourbonnais United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Clyde J. and Carol Carmain of Florida and Bennie D. Carmain of Bourbonnais; a son-in- law and spouse, Larrin and Sharon Nottke of Bonfield; one sister, Bessie Bowry of Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Edith Nottke; granddaughter, Michelle; grandson, Chris; and an infant sister, Dorothy Copping.
Mrs. Carmain enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Elizabeth Ritsema

HOLLAND, Mich. - Elizabeth Ritsema, 93, of Holland, Mich., former area resident, died Monday (March 15, 1999).
She was born, raised and lived the majority of her life in the Momence- Wichert area.
She married Herman Ritsema in 1929. He died in 1985. She and her family owned and operated a large vegetable and gladiolus farm in Wichert for over 40 years. 
She also was a member of the Home Bureau for women of Kankakee county. She moved from Wichert to Holland in 1985 to be near her family.
She was the oldest living, baptized- member of First Reformed Church of Wichert, where she taught Sunday school and volunteered in the women's guild ''The Helping Hands Society.''
All of her brothers and sisters are deceased.
Surviving are children, Dr. Herbert and Jeanne Ritsema of Orange City, Iowa, Harold and Anna Ritsema and Dan and Evonne Ritsema, all of Holland, Mich.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Tallman of Holland.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. Thursday until the 1 p.m. services at the First Reformed Church of Wichert. The Rev. William Unzicker will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Wood Cemetery in Wichert.
Memorials may be made to Ritsema Scholarship Fund at Western Theological Seminary, 101 E. 13th St., Holland, Mich., 49423 or to The Gideon Memorial Bible Fund, P.O. Box 2142 Holland, Mich. 49424.
Arrangements are by the Dkystra Funeral Homes Inc. in Holland.

Carol Mourning

BRACEVILLE - Carol Mourning, 51, of Braceville, died Saturday (March 13, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Wednesday until the 8 p.m. services at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. The Rev. Brian Kenney will officiate.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials in her name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
She was born March 26, 1947 in Chicago, the daughter of Clarence and Lorraine Hickey Mourning.
Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Mourning of Villa Park; and a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Jim Schuett of Plano, Texas.

Lester Lambert Sr.

Lester Lambert Sr., 91, formerly of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 13, 1999) at his home in Roch-ester, Wash.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. A local memorial service may be held at a later date.
Mr. Lambert retired from Roper Stove Company, Kankakee Division, after 24 years. Also, he and his wife owned and operated the Lambert Court Grill in downtown Kankakee for over 21 years.
He was born April 7, 1907 in Kankakee County, the son of Arthur and Ida Boisvert Lambert. He was educated in Kankakee area schools.
Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Ratliff, whom he married April 17, 1928; one son and daughter- in-law, Lester and Alice Bradley Lambert of Bonfield; three daughters and sons-in-law, Juanita and Sidney Abbott of Rochester, Wash., Claudia and Richard Powell of Red Bluff, Calif., and Sandra and Gerald Powell of Paradise, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Leona Parker of Bourbonnais.
Deceased are three sisters, two brothers, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed making stained glass music boxes and lampshades and being outdoors.

Lena Wilson

Lena R. Wilson, 80, of Bourbonnais, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Wednesday until the 8 p.m. services at Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home. Deacon Eucharist Marcotte will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Lions Foundation.
She was born Feb. 7, 1919 in Chicago, the daughter of Pasquale and Rosa DeGuida DeLordo.
Her husband, Donald E. Wilson, whom she married Aug. 3, 1946 in Chicago, died Nov. 5, 1991.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Cynthia DeLordo of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; one daughter and her companion, Laura Lee Wilson and Debbie Wood, both of Hammond, Ind.; one brother, Marvin Leib of Naperville; one sister-in-law, Lorraine DeLordo of Chicago; and one grandson and his wife, Mark and Christy DeLordo of Streamwood.
Deceased are two sisters, Loretta Pignotti and Joseph Leib and one brother, Frank DeLordo.
Mrs. Wilson worked as a supervisor in Food Service at Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
She was a member of the Lioness Club.
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Harold Morrical

Harold Morrical, 74, of Kankakee, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Morrical worked for 26 years in production at Mortell Company.
He was born Aug. 22, 1924 in Irwin, the son of Tolfy and Rose Anderson Morrical.
Surviving are his wife, the former Isabell Thomas; four sons and daughters-in-law, David and Lorie Morrical, Miles and Karen Morrical and Gary and Pat Morrical, all of Kankakee, and Tim and Sherry Morrical of Pontiac; one daughter and son-in-law, Melodie and Guy Mason of Momence; one sister, Esther Dailey of Chicago; one brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Naomi Morrical of Irwin; 11 grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Melvin, Richard and Victor; and two sisters, Hazel Tatro and Ruth Repple.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines.
He enjoyed traveling, gardening and fishing.

Edith Crouch

WATSEKA - Visitation for Edith Margaret Crouch, 80, of Watseka, will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Body Cemetery, Woodland.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mrs. Crouch died Saturday (March 13, 1999) at Magnolia Wood Nursing Home in Watseka.
She was born June 26, 1918 in Rossville, the daughter of Herman and Bessie Hughes Morecraft.
Her husband, Glenn A. Crouch, whom she married July 1, 1934 in Watseka, died Nov. 13, 1986.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Jan Crouch of Belton, Texas and James and Judy Crouch Sr. of Milford; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Fay of Watseka; three brothers, James Morecraft of Lincoln, Robert Morecraft and Merle Morecraft, both of Oklahoma; an aunt, Alice McEwen of Sheldon; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Carol Yarno; one brother, Herbert Morecraft; a half-sister, Jennetta Hobalt; and her step-mother, Florice Morecraft.
Mrs. Crouch had worked at various restaurants and local factories.
She and her husband owned a family grocery in West Watseka in the 1950s.

George Murphy

DWIGHT - George Wm. Murphy, 90, of Dwight, died Sunday (March 14, 1999) at Asta Care, Pontiac.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. March 25 at First Baptist Church, Dwight. The Rev. Daniel Woodward will officiate.
His body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Chicago.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Murphy retired from A.O. Smith Corp., Kankakee, where he was a machinist for 25 years.
He was born Jan. 14, 1909 in Broughton Township, the son of William and Dora Trusler Murphy.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army in New Guinea and Luzon, receiving many bars, medals and ribbons, including three Bronze stars and a Purple Heart.
Surviving are his wife, the former Goldie Stevens, whom he married Feb. 19, 1951 in Kankakee County; one daughter, Sarah Norton of Dwight; two sisters, Betty Murphy and Ethel Stevens, both of Cabery; two brothers, Mike Murphy of Cabery and Donald Murphy of Bradley; one grandson; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are several brothers and sisters.
He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Marcelline P. Balthazor

Marcelline P. Balthazor, 84, of Bourbonnais, died March 6, 1999 at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home, Bourbonnais.
Cremation rites were accorded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Rev. Anthony Taschetta will officiate.
Miss Balthazor retired as an oxygen technician, from St. Mary's Hospital where she worked for 18 years. She also worked for more than seven years at Shapiro. She managed and operated Langlois Cafe in Manteno for 26 years.
She was born March 17, 1914 in Limestone Township, the daughter of Harry and Eveline Longtin Balthazor.
Surviving ate two nieces, Donnarae (Frank) Hasik and Mary Foley, of Kankakee; one nephew, Terry Douglas of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nephews.
Her sister is deceased.
She had been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Gottfried Vick

MANTENO - Visitation for Gottfried Vick, 91, of Manteno, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Jack McCormick will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakland Memory Lane, Dolton.
Memorials may be made to Hospcie of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Vick died Monday (March 15, 1999) at his home.
Mr. Vick retired after 45 years with Acme Steel Company, Riverdale.
He was born April 26, 1907 in Stahl, Russia, the son of Phillip and Sophie Walters Wick.
His wife, the former Mabel Sons, whom he married in August of 1926, died Feb. 16, 1979.
He attended Manteno Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Stone and Ruth Schultz, both of Manteno; one sister, Mary Cassidy of Indiana; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Henry Wick fo Calumet City and Edward and Elaine Wick of Dolton; six grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Donald who died in the Korean Conflict and a grandson, Richard.

Elenore Stark,

WILMINGTON - Elenore ''Ellie'' Stark, 77, of Wilmington, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Mark Strothmann will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer's Association.
She was one of the founding owners of Stark's Auto Body and Towing Service of Wilmington.
She was born July 28, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Margaret Platell Whittle.
Surviving are her husband, Clayton Stark; one daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Thomas Terlep of Midlothian; two sons and one daughter-in- law, Douglas Stark of Custer Park and Philip and Loralee Stark of Belleville, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeanne Ryan of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and its choir, in Wilmington.

Stanley Shimkus

ROMEOVILLE - Stanley Shimkus Jr., 67, a resident of Romeoville for the past 39 years, and father of a Coal City resident, died March 9, 1999 at Edward Hospital in Naperville.
A memorial service was held March 12 at the Anderson Memorial Chapel in Romeoville.
He was born May 26, 1931 in Chicago, the son of Stanley and Adele Shimkus, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, Louise M. Shimkus; a son, Kevin Shimkus of Chicago; two daughters and a son-in- law, Laura and Dennis Watson of Coal City and Roseann Shimkus of Romeoville; and two grandchildren.
He was a model maker for the Rheem Manufacturing Co. of Chicago, retiring in 1989 after 41 years of service.

May Schroeder

GRANT PARK - Mae Schroeder, 94, of Grant Park, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hub Chapel in Grant Park, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Christopher K. Pratt will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Grant Park, where she was a member, or to the American Heart Association.
She was born June 27, 1904 in Momence, the daughter of Allen and Cora Smith Buckner.
Her husband, Elmer W. Schroeder, whom she married July 17, 1965 at First Congregational Church in Steger, recently died Feb. 12, 1999.
Her first husband, Lowell Robinson, died in 1959. Also deceased are two sisters, two brothers, one great- grandchild and one great-great- grandchild.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Joyce Schroeder and Rolland and Joan Schroeder, all of Grant Park and Allen and Jean Schroeder of Eagle River, Wis.; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann and Duane Schmidt of Flossmoor; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great- great-grandson.

Lucille Worm

DWIGHT - Lucille Anna Worm, 79, of Dwight, died Tuesday (March 16, 1999) at her residence.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight. The Rev. Craig Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight. Pallbearers will be Bill Branz, Doug and Lee Bunting, Jim and Lee Patten and Bob Weller.
She was born Jan. 8 1920 in Dwight, the daughter of Lewis and Margaret Kime Hansen, who are deceased.
Her husband, Marion Worm is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Worm of Dwight.
Educated in Dwight schools, she was a member of the Dwight United Methodist Church.

Selma Cory

COAL CITY - Selma A. Cory, 88, of Akron, Ohio, and a sister of a Coal City resident, died Feb. 26 in Akron.
A funeral Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Thomas, March 1, at St. Joseph Melkite Church in Akron, where she was a member.
Burial was at Rose Hill Burial Park in Akron.
Memorials may be made to her church at 600 W. Exchange St., Akron 44302.
Cirello Funeral Home-Rose Hill Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are a son, Eugene Cory and a daughter, LaVone Cory, both of Akron; a sister, Catherine Hines of Coal City; six sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She had been instrumental in the operation of the Bell Tavern, the West Hill Delicatessen, High Light Cafe and the Happy Landing Tavern.

Torry Williams

Torry Allen Williams, 40, of Hopkins Park, died Saturday (March 13, 1999).
Arrangements are pending at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Kathryn Lanoue, centenarian dies

ASHKUM - A memorial Mass for Kathryn M. Lanoue, 101, of Ashkum, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home or to Assumption Catholic Church in Ashkum, where she was a member.
Mrs. Lanoue died Saturday (March 13, 1999) at Merkle-Knipprath, following a short illness.
She was born Jan. 6, 1898 in Momence, the daughter of John F. and Catherine O'Donnell Manau.
Her first husband, Harold Motie, whom she married Nov. 12, 1921 at St. Patrick's, died April 4, 1958.
Her second husband, Emery F. Lanoue, whom she married Jan. 17, 1968 at St. Patrick's, died May 4, 1975.
Mrs. Lanoue had worked as a bookkeeper for LeCours.
She was a member of Assumption Church and its CCW.
Surviving are nephews, George Thielemann of West Palm Beach, Fla., John and Mary Jane Thielemann of Clifton, Donald and Grace Thielemann of Charleston and Fred Thieleman of Hoffman Estates; a niece, Marvella Sweeney of Peoria, Ariz. and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, John, Ed and Fred Manau; three sisters, Mae McGann, Mary Ellen Thielmann and Rosemary Doss.
She enjoyed playing Bridge.

Essie Smith

Essie Fay Smith, 86, of Bourbonnais, a former Benton resident, died Tuesday (March 16, 1999) at Bradley Royale Health Center.
Visitation will be from noon Friday until the 2 p.m. services at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. The Rev. Michael Davis will officiate.
Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton.
She was born Feb. 2, 1913 in Benton, the daughter of Jess and Affie Glover Sanders.
Surviving are her husband, Howard L. Smith, whom she married Aug. 11, 1934; two sons, Howard Wayne Smith of Freeburg and Donald Lee Smith of Reddick; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Harry Howard Sanders of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Mabel M. Gates and a half-brother, Clarous Sanders.
Mrs. Smith was a retired supervisor from the Manteno Mental Health Center.
She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee.

Dorothy Drach

PONTIAC - Dorothy M. Drach, 78, of Pontiac, formerly of Saunemin, died today (March 17, 1999) in Livingston Manor, Pontiac.
Arrangements are pending at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Cullom.

Merle Conrad, WWII vet

ONARGA - Visitation for Merle F. Conrad, 74, of Onarga, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, where services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Robert Downs will officiate.
Burial with military rites by the Danforth American Legion Post will be in Danforth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Mr. Conrad died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
He was born July 14, 1924 in Danforth, the son of Frank and Eva Wolgast Conrad.
Mr. Conrad was a retired truck driver, working for Conrad Trucking in Danforth and Roeder Grain in Onarga.
His first wife, the former Genevieve Barr, died in 1966. He then married Virginia LeClair and she died in 1992.
Surviving are two sons, Michael R. Conrad of Chatsworth and Robert W. Conrad of Mahomet; two stepsons, Robert Warren of Union City, Calif. and Edward Gray of DesMoines, Iowa; three stepdaughters, Marian Scott of Livermore, Calif., Kathleen Parker of Casey, Iowa and Sandy Silva of Fremont, Calif.; three brothers, Ervin Conrad of Danforth, Delmar Conrad of Kankakee and Wilbur ''Bill'' Conrad of Watseka; two sisters, Mary Lou Constantine of Melbourn, Fla. and Barbara Dillworth of Glendale, Ariz.
Deceased are a brother, James and stepson, Jack Warren are deceased.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army and was a member of the Danforth American Legion Post.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Danforth.


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