grain dealer and community leader
CLIFTON - Omer E. Rabideau, 83, of Clifton, retired grain dealer and
community leader, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital,
following a lengthy illness.
A longtime village trustee in Clifton, he was Mayor from 1964- 1972
Mr. Rabideau, along with his brother Clyde, owned and operated Rabideau
Grain from 1952 -1978 and he remained active in the business until 1997.
He was active in farming and property management.
Mr. Rabideau was president of the Clifton Centennial Association in
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Lee
Bacchi, at St. Peter's Church, Clifton, where he was a member and former
member of the Church Council.
Burial will be in L'Erable Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Omer Rabideau Scholarship Fund or to the
Oncology Unit at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Mr. Rabideau was founder and administrator of the Omer Rabideau Scholarship
Trust Fund, which he set up in 1987 in the amount of $100,000 at Central
High School, Clifton.
He was born Dec. 5, 1915 in L'Erable, the son of Louis and Ellen Rabideau
Rabideau. A 1932 graduate of the old Central High School, he then attended
the Gallagher School of Business in Kankakee.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, attaining the
rank of Captain. He served in the Phillipines and was active in the Army
Reserves until 1953.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marian R. Lanoue, whom he married
Aug. 16, 1952 at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-
law, Jeanne and James Hooper of Essex; one sister, Edna Warmbir of Ft.
Morgan, Col.; one brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Antoinette Rabideau
of Kankakee; two grandsons, Zachary and Jonathon Hooper of Essex.
Deceased are one sister, Olieda Ponton; and four brothers, Leroy, Elza,
Raoul and Milton Rabideau.
He was a member and past president of the Clifton Lions Club; an early
board member for Central Community Hospital; board member at First National
Bank of Clifton; the Ft. Myers, Fla. Elks Club; the Loyal Order of the
Moose Lodge, Bradley; Clifton American Legion, Central VFW Post 2131; and
the Whiskey Creek Golf Club at Ft. Myers.
He enjoyed the stock market and golfing. (Pd.)
MANTENO - Visitation for Freda Ann Shreffler, 83, of Manteno, will be
from 3-8 p.m. today, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Edward
Grotovsky at St. Joseph Church in Manteno, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Shreffler died of a long illness, Monday (March 22, 1999) at the
home of her daughter, Kathy Kingston in Manteno.
She was born Nov. 4, 1915 in Bonfield, the daughter of William and
Clara Hummel Seimetz.
Her husband, Daniel Shreffler, whom she married July 3, 1936 in Kankakee,
died April 9, 1986.
Mrs. Shreffler retired from Manteno State Hospital.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Kathy Shreffler
and Ron and Linda Shreffler, all of Manteno, and Sam and Becky Shreffler
of Ashkum; five daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Jim Hebert, Mary Ann
and Jerry Curwick, Kathy and Jim Kingston and Tina and Mike DuMontelle,
all of Manteno, and Danielle and Danny Ramien of Euless, Texas; one sister,
Alice Barbara of Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter
and Ann Seimetz of Chicago and George and Barbara Seimetz and John and
Laura Seimetz, all of Bonfield; 37 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, one sister-in-law, three grandsons and one
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose and Manteno Sportsman Club.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, babysitting, traveling and shopping.
Velva Leggott, 98, of Shorewood, formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (March
21, 1999) at Rosewood Care Center in Joliet.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a..m Graveside
services at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee. The Rev. Kevin Comfort will
The Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes were in charge
She was born May 5, 1901 in Hamletsburg, Ill., the daughter of Robert
and Mary Jane Miller Hogan.
Her husband, Harry J. Leggott, whom she married Dec. 26, 1924, died
March 8, 1963.
Surviving are her children and spouses, H. Keith and Betty Leggott
of East Peoria; Donna and Charles Leggott of Shorewood; five grandchildren;
Deceased are three brothers, three sisters, one granddaughter and one
MILFORD - Betty L. Breeding, 71, of Milford, died Tuesday (March 23,
1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home in
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Milford Christian Church, where
she was a member. The Revs. Neil Larimore and Bruce Thornsbrough will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to her church, to the Milford Ambulance or to
the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 15, 1927 in Hoopeston, the daughter of Oliver Roy
and Edith Davis Queen.
She had been employed for over 20 years by Howard's in Milford.
Surviving are her husband, Donald ''Bud'' Breeding, whom she married
July 25, 1967 in Oxford, Ind.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and
Lou Strawser of Brighton, Colo., Terry and Diane Strawser of Chatsworth,
Ga. and Bill and Janice Strawser of Dalton, Ga.; three daughters and one
son-in-law, Diane and Bob Luecke, Cindy Arseneau and Susan Strawser, all
of Milford; four brothers and sons-in-law, Danny and Ingrid Queen of Fairlawn,
N.J., Richard ''Dick'' and DeAnne Queen of Hoffman Estates, Melvin and
Jan Queen of Eaton, Colo. and David and DeeDee Queen of Danville; two sisters
and brothers-in-law, Viola ''Sis'' and Lloyd Fetters of Rossville and Creta
and Roy Davis of Lumberton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, two brothers, one sister and one grandson.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, the Rebekah's Lodge and the
Lupus Chapter in Danville.
She enjoyed taking pictures.
GILMAN - Arne S. Peterson, 88, Gilman, formerly of Panora and Jefferson,
Iowa, died Monday (March 22, 1999) at the Gilman Nursing Pavilion, following
a lengthy illness.
Memorial services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10,
at the Christ Lutheran Church in Jefferson, Iowa, where he was a former
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery,
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born May 23, 1910 in Westby, Wis., the son of Gilbert and Ciara
A financial accountant for North- Western Bell Telephone and a predecessor
firm, from 1931 until retiring in 1972, he graduated from the University
His wife, the former Marian Whiteside whom he married Oct. 23, 1936
in St. Paul, died Feb. 26, 1980.
Surviving are one son, John Peterson of Washington, D.C.; two daughters
and sons-in-law, Karen and Ron Armstrong of Danforth and Christine and
John Sutton of Arlington, Va.; four grandchildren; three great- grandchildren;
one brother, Ray Peterson of St. Paul, Minn.
Deceased are two brothers.
MELROSE PARK - Edward I. ''Ed'' Fisher, 67, of Melrose Park, died Tuesday
(March 23, 1999) at Gottlieb Hospital in Melrose Park.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel,
Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Beverly Marshall-Goodell
Burial with military graveside rites by the Aroma Park American Legion
F-Troop, will be in the Aroma Park Cemetery.
He was born April 30, 1931 in Argo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew
Mr. Fisher retired at the age of 65 as a semi-truck driver, after 29-years
with Kohls Trucking and eight years with Brockway Trucking.
Surviving are his wife, the former, Patricia White, whom he married
March 14, 1970 at Aroma Park United Methodist Church; two sons, Edward
Fisher Jr. and Thomas Fisher of Melrose Park; two daughters, Cheryl Kay
Ward of Manteno and Kathy of Chicago; one sister, Rosemary Spive of Cairo,
Ga.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
His parents and one brother, George, are deceased.
He served in the Army.
He enjoyed fishing.
CULLOM - A memorial service for Wayne A. Mansfield, 84, a resident of
Cullom since 1977, will be at 2 p.m. March 28 at the Gilman Church of the
Mr. Mansfield died Feb. 4, 1999 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery,
Braidwood, with full military honors by members of the Skinner- Trost American
Legion Post 122, Cullom.
Arrangements were by Harris- Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom.
BRAIDWOOD - Catherine Howard, 81, of Braidwood, died Tuesday (March
23, 1999) at the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
She was born Sept. 24, 1917 in Edwardsville, the daughter of John and
Carrie Heritage Calhoun.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Nancy Howard
of Douglasville, Ga., Ronald and Ruth Howard and David and Linda Howard,
all of Enfield, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Phillip
Dunning of Braidwood; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five
great-great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Martha
Calhoun of Greenup; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Cavaness of
Manteno and Pearl and Joe Brown of Wilmington; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her husband, Olen William Howard; a son, William Howard;
one granddaughter; two brothers, Albert and Lester Calhoun; three sisters,
Margaret Countryman, Arzola Nowman and Verna Allen.
Private visitation and funeral services will be at the R.W. Patterson
Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington.
She enjoyed bird watching, crocheting and the outdoors.
line Paznokas, 57, of Pullman, Wash., former area resident and the assistant
principal at Pullman High School, died Thursday (March 18, 1999) while
on vacation in Hawaii of a cardiac problem.
She was born Aug. 13, 1941 the daughter of Lawrence J. and Adeline
Smiles Costello at Blue Island.
A graduate of St. Patrick's High School, Kankakee and Clarke College
in Dubuque, Iowa. She received a master's at Washington State University.
Mrs. Paznokas taught in Riverside, Calif. in 1964, West Covina, Calif.,
St. Louis, Mich,. and Huntington Beach, Calif. before moving to Pullman,
Wash. in 1976. At Pullman, she taught math and was a PE teacher as well
as a track coach and basketball coach. She also acted as the chair of the
math/science department. In 1987 she became the assistant principal.
Surviving are her husband, John L. ''Skip'' Paznokas; a son and daughter-
in-law, Peter J. and Brianna L. Paznokas of Kent, Wash.; her mother; two
sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Bob Hadfield and Laura J. and Larry
Winking, all of Minden, Nev.; two granddaughters; a cousin and aunt, Susan
and Jacqueline Marino, both of Pullman.
Her father is deceased.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 440 NE Ash, Pullman, where she was a member.
She was a member of the sacred Heart Folk Group.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at her church.
Burial will be in Pullman City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Kimball Funeral Home, Pullman.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the donor's choice.
She enjoyed golf, the piano, traveling, cooking.
DECATUR, Ala. - Thelma M. Burton, 82, of Decatur, Ala., formerly of
Sheldon, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at Sunrise Rehabilitation Center
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home in
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sheldon Church of Christ, where
she had been a member.
Burial will be in the Sheldon Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born Feb. 2, 1917 in Kentland, Ind., the daughter of Roy and
Anna Hiatt Bowen.
Mrs. Burton was a clerk at Value Village.
Her husband, William B. Burton, whom she married June 30, 1937 in Donovan,
died April 5, 1979.
Surviving are one son, William L. Burton of Decatur, Ala.,; one brother,
Bob Bowen of Vienna, Miss.; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are three brothers.
William Russell, businessman
MAZON - William H. Russell, 68, of Mazon, died Sunday (March 21, 1999)
in Tucson, Ariz.
Mr. Russell owned B.R. Enterprise in Mazon and was the Wick Building
Systems contractor, who constructed Wick buildings in the area including
Dwight, Gardner, South Wilmington, Braidwood and Momence.
He was born March 7, 1931 in Savannah, Mo., the son of John and Beatice
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife, the former Carolyn D. Lowdon, whom he married
Oct. 18, 1971 in Oklahoma City, Okla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa
Marie and Kevin Van Fleet of Virginia Beach, Va.; five sons and two daughters-in-law,
Alex of Venezuela, S.A., Andrew of Louisville, Ky., Brian and Kathy and
Carl and Lynn Russell, all of Mazon; eight grandchildren; one sister of
Tucson; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and a brother are deceased.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral
Home, Morris, where visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Masonic
services at 8 p.m.
Burial with military rites will be in Mazon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to MVK Ambulance Service or Mazon Fire Department.
ONARGA - Edna E. Henrichs, 88, of Onarga, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999)
at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home,
Watseka and from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church in Woodworth, where she was a member.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Building Fund, to the Prairieview
Lutehran Home in Danforth or to Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley.
She was born July 12, 1910 in Thomasboro, the daughter of Louis and
Ella Rewerts Demien.
Her husband, Lehnard Henrichs, whom she married Jan. 26, 1930 in Thomasboro,
died Aug. 16, 1985; two daughters and son-in-law, Doris and Francis Lucht
of Milford and Berneda Robb of Indian Head Park; one son and daughter-in-law,
Norvan and Dottie Henrichs of Roseville, Minn.; three sisters, Ida Weber
of Roberts and Hilda Wattjes and Bernice Patterson, both of Thomasboro;
10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great- great-grandchildren.
Deceased are seven brothers, three sisters, one daughter and one son-in-
She was a member of the Sunshine Club and enjoyed baking and gardening.
Paul Toliuszis, 85, of Bradley, co- owner of Toliuszis Bakery in Bradley,
died today (March 25, 1999) at his home, following an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph
Church, Bradley, where he was a member and belonged to its Holy Name Society.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Grade School.
Mr. Toliuszis retired in 1978, a longtime co-owner with his wife of
Toliuszis Bakery in Bradley, which was started by his father in 1911.
He was born Dec. 3, 1913 in Chicago Heights, the son of John and Anne
His wife, the former Ruth Larkins, whom he married Aug. 28, 1938 at
St. Joseph Church, died March 5, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, Michael of Kankakee and John of Ft. Lauderdale;
two daughters and one son-in- law, Sonya and Richard Study and Mary Rich,
all of Chicago; two sisters, Bernice Sollo Doris of Lady Lake, Fla. and
Veronica Bellmore Boudreaux of Corvallis, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Anthony and John ''Moon.''
Mr. Toliuszis was a member of the Elks, Loyal Order of the Moose and
the Knights of Columbus.
He was a basketball and football referee for many years at the high
school and college levels.
He was an avid golfer.
MUNSTER, Ind. - Marguerite E. Norris, 77, of Munster, Ind. and Kankakee
native, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at St. Margaret Mercy South Hospital
in Dyer, Ind.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, with services by the Eastern
Star at 7:30 p.m., at Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, Ind.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church
of Hammond, where she was a member. The Rev. C. Ann Girton will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetis Foundation.
She was born in Kankakee, Nov. 20, 1921, the daughter of Albert and
Alice Wright Mackley.
Her husband, Shirley Norris, died in 1980.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and David Linvill of
Highland; one son and daughter-in- law, John and Cathy Norris of St. Charles;
two grandchildren; two step- grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren;
two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Alyce and Eldon Bruce of South
Bend and Helen Norris of Kewanna, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was a 50-year member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter 370 in Hammond. She was a member of Phi Omega Club.
MANTENO - John J. Mitchka, 85, of Manteno, died Wednesday (March 24,
1999) at Miller Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Friday until the 8 p.m. services at
the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kankakee Memorial
Gardens. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
He was born Nov. 10, 1913 in Chicago, the son of John J. and Mildred
His wife, the former Mildred Steve, died in 1949.
Mr. Mitchka was a farmer He also retired after 24 years with Ford Motor
Works, Chicago Heights.
He was of the Christian faith.
Surviving are a son and daughter- in-law, Melvin J. and Mary Angie
Mitchka; and one brother, Joe Mitchka of Manteno.
Two sisters, Rose Bidgood and Mildred Pankey are deceased.
He enjoyed dancing and to talk farming.
CLIFTON - Emerson J. Nourie, 88, of Clifton, formerly of Kankakee, died
Wednesday (March 24, 1999) following a short illness, at Provena St. Mary's
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home
in Bourbonnais, and from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass,
which will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Pighini, at St. Patrick's
Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to his church.
He was born May 3, 1910 in Beaverville, the son of Henry and Georgiana
Surviving are his wife, the former Annabelle Forgue, whom he married
Nov. 20, 1941 at Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais; one sister, Loretta
Beaupre of Clifton; two brothers, Rosewell Nourie of Clifton and Wendell
Nourie of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Nourie retired from Bradley Roper, where he was a manager in data
processing. He was a member of Data Processing Management Association,
a past president.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, and a member
of the Kankakee American Legion.
Mr. Nourie was a member of St. Patrick's Holy Name Society.
A member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th Degree, he was financial
secretary of the 3rd Degree, past comptroller of the 4th degree and was
honored as ''Sir Knight of '83''
Mr. Nourie was a saxophone player and member and former president of
Musicians Local 288.
Jessie Meader, 89, of Bourbonnais, died today (March 25, 1999) at Provena
St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Private memorial services will be held at her home. Cremation rites
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Arrangements are by the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
She was born Aug. 29,1909 in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore and
Ottilie Beihl Couperous.
He husband, Arthur J. Meader, whom she married July 1, 1939 in Chicago,
died April 30, 1974.
Mrs. Meader was a retired retail sales clerk.
Surviving are one daughter, Laura Miller of Bourbonnais; four grandchildren
and spouses, Charles and Karen Miller of Bradley, Kathy and Bill McCabe
of Bourbonnais, Gayle Miller of Atlanta, Ga. and Dawn and Troy Webber of
Bloomington; five great-grandchildren; and many close friends.
Deceased are one brother, one sister, one son, David E. Meader; and
a grandson, David E. Meader Jr.
MORRIS - Wilbur A. Komnick, 78, of Morris, died Wednesday (March 24,
1999) at the Grundy County Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Fruland Funeral Home
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church,
where he was a member. The Rev. Steven C. Lombardo will officiate.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
He was born Dec. 10, 1920 in Emden, the son of Louis and Elizabeth
Rademaker Komnick. He grew up and received his education in Dwight.
A farmer for many years, he was employed at the Morris Paper Mill Company.
He was also a crane operator for 14 years at Page Engineering of McCook.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elaine Anderson whom he married
Sept. 27, 1947 in Lemont; four sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Cheryl
of Morris, Dale and Connie Sr. of Rantoul, Dennis of Lisbon and David and
Margaret of Tullahoma, Tenn.; former daughter-in-law, Diane Ponton of Aurura;
nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Daryl in 1959; one granddaughter; two sisters,
Doris Komnick and Wendella Mitchell.
MANTENO - Daisy Nard Leverett, 75, resident of Harding, a former 35-year
resident of Manteno, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) in Wesley Village Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center, Pittston, Pa.
She was employed as a practical nurse at Hillman Memorial Hosptial
and both the Manteno and Kankakee state hospitals. After her retirement
she worked at the family business, the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyerville,
She was a member of Harding Church of Christ and had been a founding
member of the Bradley Church of Christ in Bradley.
Her husband, Robert, who served as Chief of Police in Manteno and as
a Kankakee County Deputy Sheriff, died in 1974. A grandson also is deceased.
Surviving are two sons, T. Doyle Leverett of Tobyhanna, Pa., and Lt.
Col. Hubbert Lee Leverett of the U.S. Air Force, retired, Mexico, Mo.;
one daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Dr. Robert Bishop of Harding, Pa.;
five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home in Manteno,
where visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Earnest Jefferson, 69, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.