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Phyllis Theesfeld

BUCKLEY - Phyllis E. Theesfeld, 84, of Buckley, and a resident of Freeport for several months, died Thursday (March 25, 1999) at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, and from 1 p.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, where she was a member. The Rev. Gunard Heikkila will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
She was born April 10, 1914 in Crystal Falls, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Julia Bjork. Her father was killed in a train accident when she was 19 months old and was raised by her mother and stepfather, Charles Davison.
She was a 1931 graduate of Crystal Falls High School in Crystal Falls, Mich.
Mrs. Theesfeld worked as a nurse's aid in a nursing home in Crystal Falls, a nanny in Chicago and was employed by the Peacock Cleaners in Chicago.
Her husband, Albert Theesfeld, whom she married Feb. 4, 1940 in Buckley, died March 12, 1996.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Carole Theesfeld of Arlington Heights and Donald and Rosi Theesfeld of Houston, Texas; one daughter and son-in- law, Judith and Keith Stanton of Freeport; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Chrles Davison of Dalton, N.H.; and one sister, Dorothy Bauer of Winter Springs, Fla.
A daughter died in infancy.
She enjoyed sewing, gardening and canning.

Judith Goudreau

Judith Goudreau, 47, of Kankakee, died today (March 26, 1999) at Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
Among survivors are one daughter and one cousin, both of Bourbonnais.
Arrangements are pending at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Emerson Nourie

CLIFTON - Visitation for Emerson J. Nourie, 88, of Clifton, formerly of Kankakee, will be from 5-8 p.m. today 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.
Mr. Nourie died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born May 3, 1910 in Beaverville, the son of Henry and Georgiana Besse Nourie.
Surviving are his wife, the former Annabelle Forgue, whom he married Nov. 20, 1941 at Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais; one sister, Lorella 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.

Marie Fent

FAIRBURY - Marie F. Fent, 101, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at Fairview Haven, Fairbury.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at First Baptist Church, Fairbury, where she was a member for over 80 years. The Rev. Russell Jackson will officiate.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.
Memorials may be made to her church or to Fairview Haven.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Homes, Fairbury was in charge of arrangements.
She was born March 22, 1898 in Avoca Township, Fairbury, the daughter of Charles J. and Cora Mae Lane.
Her first husband, Vernon Bingham, whom she married Nov. 28, 1917 in Fairbury, died June 16, 1946. She later married Leonard Fent July 2, 1949 at Lexington and he died July 9, 1978.
Surviving are one daughter, Pearl Thompson of Fairbury; one son, Charles Bingham of Fairbury; one daughter-in-law, Arlene Bingham of Milwaukee, Wis.; one sister, Anita Scherr of Fairbury; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Harold Bingham; two brothers; two sisters; and one grandson.
She was a member of the Sunbeam Club and the Amaoa class of her church.

Earnest Jefferson

Visitation for Earnest ''Big Jeff'' Jefferson, 69, of Kankakee, will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Gate M.B. Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Ronald Bartlett will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Mr. Jefferson died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born in Longwood, Miss., the son of Harrison and Laura Fesley Jefferson.
Mr. Jefferson had been employed by Vulcan Materials Company.
Surviving are his wife, the former O'Dessa Sykes; one son, Earnest Jefferson Jr. of Rockford; two daughters and one son-in-law, Charlotte Jefferson and Paulette and Frederick Banks, all of Kankakee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Silbert Blake, Pauline and Horace Broadwater and Ida Mae and Sidney Brooks, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Harrison and Pearline Jefferson Jr. of Chicago; 10 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents; two brother, Rufus and Henry Jefferson; and two sisters, Rosie Lee Johnson and Lizzie Rogers.

Leroy Kusper

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Leroy F. Kusper, 79, died March 9, 1999 at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif.
He was born in South Wilmington, Aug. 26, 1919, the son of Frank and Mary Kusper, being educated in the South Wilmington and Gardner schools.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force for three years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores Donna of Braidwood, whom he married Feb. 2, 1942; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jeanette Kusper of Newport Beach; a sister, Rita; in-laws; and nieces and nephews.
A brother, William is deceased.
He lived in Braidwood until 1986, moving to Huntington Beach, Calif.
He played the saxophone in the Barney Faletti Orchestra from age 14 and remained active with the Bernie Farr Orchestra and Huntington Beach Concert Band until his death.
He retired from Joliet Caterpillar Tractor Company.
He belonged to the Immaculate Conception Parish of Braidwood and teh St. Bonaventure Parish in Huntington Beach.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services and inunrment in Braidwood and Braceville will be at a later date.

Dorothy Sherman

CHEBANSE - Dorothy Sherman, 83, of Chebanse, died from a lengthy illness, Thursday (March 25, 1999) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home in Bourbonnais.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
She was born Feb. 21, 1916 in Newton, the daughter of James and Sadie Hoel Rohr.
Her husband, Earl L. Sherman, whom she married Dec. 8, 1946 in Chicago, died Dec. 11, 1981.
Mrs. Sherman was a law clerk for 20 years at the Cook County States Attorney's office.
She was a Democratic precinct committeeman in Chicago for many years.
Surviving are one sister, Norma Elliot of Lake Alfred, Fla.; and two brothers, Kenneth Rohr of Chebanse and Donald Rohr of Mahomet.
Deceased are two brothers and one sister.

Verona Brouillet

Verona ''V'' Brouillet, 87, of Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home, Bourbonnais, formerly of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, with a 3 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, where she was a member, by the Rev. Anthony Taschetta.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory or to the Ray Graham Assoc. for the Handicapped.
She was born May 24, 1911, in Fowler, Ind., the daughter of Dennis and Cora Soucie Regnier.
Surviving are her husband, Fabien Brouillet, whom she married June 30, 1930, at St. Rose Catholic Church, of Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home; one son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Tanya Brouillet of Bainbridge, Ga.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Joel Brault of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Lee Regnier of Georgia; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
One sister, Bernadette Lambert; and two brothers, Randall and Harold Regnier, are deceased.
Mrs. Brouillet had been a volunteer for Easter Seals and received a 15 year Special Achievement Award in 1960.
She was a member of the Riverside Hospital Auxiliary-Volunteer Twig and the St. Rose Mission Society.

Helen Walter

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Helen Walter, 70, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., formerly of Bonfield, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Southwest Regional Hospital, Ft. Meyers, Fla.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Farley Memorial Funeral Home, Lehigh Acres.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Christ United Methodist Church, Lehigh Acres.
Entombment will be in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Red Cross, Christ United Methodist Church in Lehigh Acres, or to the Bonfield Evangelical United Methodist Church.
She was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Hannibal, Mo, the daughter of Theodore and Vera Neal.
Surviving are her loving husband, Henry Walter, who she married on Sept. 20, 1947 in Peoria, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ronellva and Edwin Ziebart of Peotone; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Brenda Walter of Bradley, and Dennis Scott and Kathleen Walter of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Gladys Vaughn of Minier, Ill., and Peg Fremaux of Spring Hill, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Lori and Todd Keigher, and Jennifer and Ryan Walter.
Mrs. Walter was a retired accountant from the Roper Corp., Kankakee and the co-owner of Walter's Office Machines of Bradley.
She and her husband moved to Lehigh Acres from Bonfield in 1987.
Mrs. Walter was involved in the local and state levels of the W.I.B.C., and a board member and finance committee member of the C.H.A.
Prior to moving to Florida, she was very active in the Bonfield Evangelical United Methodist Church.
She was an avid bowler and golfer, and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. (Pd.)

Paul Toliuszis

A funeral Mass for Paul Toliuszis, 85, of Bradley, co-owner of Toliuszis Bakery in Bradley, was celebrated at 10 a.m. March 27 at St. Joseph Chur-ch, Bradley.
Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Grade School.
Mr. Toliuszis died Thursday (March 25, 1999) at his home, following an extended illness.
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 Norgal Toliuszis.
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 Toliuszis of Kankakee and John Toliuszis 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.
Two brothers, Anthony and John ''Moon'' Toliuszis, are deceased.
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.
(Pd.)

Ward Reed

Ward J. Reed, 86, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (March 26, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. today at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Mary Louise Haxton will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Surviving are his first wife, the former Jean LaFaber, whom he married Sept. 13, 1934 in Manteno.
His second wife, the former Isabelle Bradley, whom he married Nov. 5, 1954, died March 5, 1980.
Surviving are seven daughters and three sons-in-law, Beverly Davis of St. Anne, Elaine Phillips of Kankakee, Joyce and Tom Prince of Bradley, Sandy and Dale Kelly of Kankakee, Janice Hoffner of St. Anne, Linda Absher of Bourbonnais, and Debbie and Greg Carter of Kankakee; special friend, Myrna Kavaney; 26 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
One brother, Sam Reed; four sisters, Hazel Bever, Valeria Noble, Florence Bever, Minnie Bernhart; one daughter, Glenda Harrawood; one grandson, Joey Regnier; one granddaughter, Brenda Bowers; and two sons-in-law, Chuck Davis and Norman Phillips, are deceased.
Mr. Reed retired in 1975 from A.O. Smith. He owned Reed's Engine Repair in Bourbonnais.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Earnest Jefferson

Visitation for Earnest ''Big Jeff'' Jefferson, 69, of Kankakee, will be from 3-5 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Gate M.B. Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Ronald Bartlett will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Mr. Jefferson died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born in Longwood, Miss., the son of Harrison and Laura Fesley Jefferson.
Mr. Jefferson had been employed by Vulcan Materials Company.
Surviving are his wife, the former O'Dessa Sykes; one son, Earnest Jefferson Jr. of Rockford; three daughters and one son-in-law, Easter Nuckolls, Charlotte Jefferson and Paulette and Frederick Banks, all of Kankakee; sisters and brothers-in- law, Ruby and Silbert Blake, Pauline and Horace Broadwater and Ida Mae and Sidney Brooks, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother and sister-in- law, Harrison and Pearline Jefferson Jr. of Chicago; sister-in-law, Pearl Jefferson of Kankakee; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
His parents; two brother, Rufus and Henry Jefferson; and two sisters, Rosie Lee Johnson and Lizzie Rogers, are deceased.
(Pd.)

Matilda Flessner

CULLOM - Matilda C. Flessner, 93, of Luther Place, Danforth, formerly of Cullom, Chicago and Pontiac, died Friday (March 26, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom. The Rev. William Shields of First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, where she was a member, will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 22, 1905, in Cullom, the daughter of Heye and Ricka Hippen Flessner.
Surviving are two half-sisters, Marie Lindquist of Chatsworth, and Grace Schaffer of Peoria; one half- brother, Walter Flessner of Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.
Six brothers, Emil, Henry, John, George, William, and Albert Flessner; one sister, Rieke Reed; and two half-brothers, Herbert and Fred Flessner, are deceased.
She attended Cullom Schools.
Miss Flessner had worked in Chicago for 60 years as a hairdresser.

Judith Goudreau

Visitation for Judith Kaye ''Judy'' Goudreau, 47, of Kankakee, will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11:30 a.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Burial will be private in Danforth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for her daughters education fund.
Ms. Goudreau died Friday (March 26, 1999) at Embassy Care Center, Wilmington. Her parents are deceased.
She was born Feb. 9, 1952, in Kankakee, the daughter of Eugene and Mildred Krieger Goudreau.
Surviving are one daughter, Emma Jaine Goudreau of Bourbonnais; and one cousin, Kathy Miller of Bourbonnais.
Ms. Goudreau had been a Mental Health Technician at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.
She was an Education Judge in Hillcrest.
She was affiliated with the Lutheran church.
She was an avid book reader.

Kathleen Jordan

Kathleen A. Jordan, 74, of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, after an extended illness.
There will be no visitation or services.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 22, 1924, in Gridley, the daughter of Gideon and Tillie Wenger Rinkenberger.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Wasnea of Kankakee, Terry and Dennis Yohnka of Joliet; two sisters, Marcella Rinkenberger of Kankakee, Dolores Ninis of Momence; one brother, Richard Rinkenberger of Arlington, Texas; her mother of Fairbury; one grandchild and one great-grandchild; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
One brother, Gene Rinkenberger; and one son, Mark Allen Jordan, are deceased.
Mrs. Jordan worked as a welder in the shipyards in Seattle, Wash., during World War II.
She was a retired postal clerk from the Herscher Post Office.

Genevieve Mickler

MANTENO - Genevieve Ann ''Jenny'' Mickler, 74, of Manteno, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ed Grotovsky at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church, Manteno, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno.
She was born Nov. 8, 1924 in LaSalle, the daughter of Franklin and Laura Coleman Weber.
She married Paul Mickler in Redwood City, Calif.
Mrs. Mickler retired after 19 years as a dietary supervisor from Manteno State Hospital.
She had been an election judge and volunteered at her church.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Patty Mickler of Bradley; three daughters, Mary Mickler of Albuquerque, N.M., Paula Mickler of San Mateo, Calif. and Michaleen Mickler of Clinton, Ky.; three brothers and two sisters-in- law, Dan and Betty Weber of Orlando, Fla., Pauly Weber of Chicago, Ed Weber of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Elizabeth Coleman of Manteno; one brother-in-law Jack Loebach of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; a sister Mary Loebach and a brother, John Coleman.
She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and baking.

Lisa Tosh

Lisa R., Tosh, 42, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Bloomington, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee of natural causes.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the 10:30 a.m. services at Beck Funeral Home, Bloomington.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.
Surviving are her husband, Harold R. Tosh, of Bourbonnais, whom she married Oct. 19, 1974 in Bloomington; her father and step-mother of Bloomington, Sidney and Jean Miller; two sons, Eric Tosh and Harold R. Tosh Jr., both of Bourbonnais; stepsisters, Lee Phoenix, Judy Brooks and Bebbie Roech, all of Bloomington and Raelene King of Milwaukee, Wis.; stepbrothers, John Roy and Ronald Roy Grant Stevenson of Bloomington and Brad Stevenson of Normal; and three grandsons.
Her mother, Louise Jordan Miller is deceased.
She was a member of First Assemblies of God in Bourbonnais.
Mrs. Tosh was a scheduler and supervisor at Gilster-Mary Lee Packaging in Momence for 11 years. She was a former employee of Eureka Company.

Karolyn Kerst

Karolyn Kerst, 88, of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from noon Tuesday until the 1 p.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Guy Warke will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
She was born Aug. 17, 1910 in Ashton, the daughter of Frank and Hanna Cordes Ashenbrenner. Her husband, Duke Kerst whom she married in Ashton, is deceased.
She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Kerst graduated from Paw Paw, Mich., High School. She worked for the American Red Cross and was a Twig member of Riverside Medical Center. She also worked on many fund-raisers in the community.
Surviving are a niece Karolyn Zock and a nephew Ron Moser, both of Michigan.
Deceased are two sisters, Matilda Moser and Betty Knolls and a brother, Charles Ashenbrenner.

James Verchio

James ''Jim'' Verchio, 90, of Kankakee, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Clancy-Gernon Fu-neral Home, Bourbonnais., where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Deacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Verchio was a former partner of Sully's Restaurant and a former Chicago Heights fireman. He was a member of the Fireman's Union in Chicago Heights.
He was born Aug. 30, 1908 in Fraser, Iowa.
His wife, the former Virginia Ricchiuto, whom he married March 8, 1930 in Chicago Heights, died in August of 1986.
He was a member of the Elks.
Surviving are one son, Eugene Verchio of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Thomas Martin of Bourbonnais; three sisters, Laura Spinozzi of Chicago Heights, Esther Pilotta of Glenwood and Irene Rotolini of Steger; one brother, August Verchio of Bellflower, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are eight brothers and sisters.

Victor Mertes

BLACKSTONE - Victor Mertes, 83, of Blackstone, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at his daughter's residence in Naperville.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. wake service at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, where services will be from 11-11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Arthur Ryan at noon Wednesday, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where he was a member.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Loretto.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Dupage, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188.
He was born Nov. 10, 1915 in Odell, the son of William and Elizabeth Eich Mertes. He attended Odell schools and graduated from Tilden High School, Chicago.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
Early in his career he was a meatcutter in Chicago. In 1961 he moved to Blackstone where he ran the Katydid Restaurant. In 1966 he moved across the road and owned and operated Vic and Ethel's Restaurant until it closed 18 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ethel Rukuslo, whom he married March 30, 1940 in Chicago; one son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Sara Mertes of Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Roberta ''Bobbi'' and John Robbins of Naperville; two sisters, Betty Estes of Pontiac and Marie Mertes of Ranson; two brothers, Donald Mertes of Sterling and Wilfred Mertes of Ranson; a daughter-in-law, Marlene Mertes of Emington; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Ervin; two brothers, Kenneth and Ervin; and a sister, Florence Myers.

William Overbey 

MARTINTON - William L. Overbey Sr., 73, of Martinton, died Friday (March 26, 1999) in Lakeland, Fla.
Arrangements are pending at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Kevin Rapier

Kevin E. Rapier, 35, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Kankakee, died Friday (March 26, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Private family services will be held.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Sept. 14, 1963. His mother, Patricia McIntosh Rapier is deceased. His father and step- mother, Eli ''Ray'' and Virginia Rapier reside in Ft. Smith, Ark.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Cynthia Alvey, whom he married Jan. 10, 1991 in Bradley, now residing in Herscher; one son, Ryan Rapier of Herscher; two stepdaughters, Brandy and Nicole Bentz of Herscher; five brothers and one sister-in-law, Leon and Cindy McIntosh of Council Bluff, Iowa, Douglas and Kay Rapier of Hensley, Ark., Kenneth and Janie Rapier of Omaha, Edward and Theresa Rapier of Bradley and Robert Rapier of Omaha; several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
A brother, Steven is deceased.
Mr. Rapier was an employee of R. Repair Kar Inc. in Omaha, Neb.
He enjoyed the outdoors.

Martha Suter

KENOSHA, Wis. - Martha Suter, 89, of Kenosha, formerly of Crete, Chicago, Evanston and Beecher, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) in Kenosha.
She was born May 29, 1909 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of William Richard and Louise Griese Schroeter.
Her husband, Walter Suter, whom she married Sept. 6, 1030, died in 1992.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Larson will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.
Memorials may be made to the Luthern Hour Ministries.
Mrs. Suter had been an office manager.
She was a member of the Society for Shutins; the Women's Club; Beacher Lionesses; Zion Dorcas Society; honorary member of Crete JayCees; and received the Lions Club Fellowship Award in 1993.
Surviving are one son, Walter Richard Suter and one daughter, Leona Susan Suter, both of Kenosha; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Louise Wehrmann of Beecher and Betty and Carl Braun of Crete; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A sister is deceased.

Hulda Naeve

Hulda Genz Naeve, 96, formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Among survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Lee Rodgers of Mahomet.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 3 p.m. services at Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ and/or to Prairieview Lutheran Home.

Florence Mulligan

DWIGHT - Florence Rita Mulligan, 82, of Dwight, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, where services will be from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Rickey at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born July 31, 1916 in Blackstone, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Ella Corrigan Bernard.
Her husband, Ray Mulligan, whom she married Nov. 17, 1942, died July 26, 1984.
Mrs. Mulligan was a beautician.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Rosemary Mulligan of Crest Hill; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Thomas Haigh of Wheaton, Kathy and John Shreffler of Manteno and Linda and Steve Lovell of Dwight; one sister, Bernadine Whalen of Streator; sister-in-law, Lois Corrigan of Kankakee; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Francis Corrigan and two sisters, Veronica Corrigan and Sr. Mary Teresetta, RSM.
She enjoyed baking, sewing and shopping.


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