Karen Lynn Burden, 52, head librarian for the Bourbonnais Library who
was known for her excellent summer reading programs, died Sunday (March
28, 1999) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington after a short bout
She also had been an active volunteer for several community groups.
A 30-year resident of Kankakee, Miss Burden became the head librarian
at Bourbonnais in April 1990 in the new facility on John Casey Drive. She
formerly had been reference librarian at the Kankakee Public Library for
Children will recall her animated stories during fun times at the library.
Many library patrons have marveled at how she always made story hours
fun - even during the summer when children had other things on their minds.
Schoolteachers from Bourbonnais elementary and other school districts
recommended her excellent summer reading program to bridge them over until
the fall in maintaining numerous skills.
Friends remember her as outgoing and always busy, out and about promoting
the library programs and geneology.
Her lifetime was focused on helping people, and having an excellent
handle on the library, enhanced those efforts.
She always looked forward to the challenges of teaching children and
adults to love reading and books.
A former teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School, she was a graduate
of Concordia Teacher's College in River Forest.
A former Cub Scout Den leader, she was active in many volunteer and
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Otto-Argo Funeral Home, Danvers,
and from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 2 p.m. services at Zion Lutheran Church
in Danvers. Pastors Frank Zimmerman and Park Peters will officiate.
Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Pekin.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 11 at St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Kankakee, where she was a member. She was Sunday School superintendent,
on the Board of Parish Education and president of the Lutheran Women Missionary
Miss Burden was born Dec. 23, 1946 in Peoria, the daughter of Lawrence
and Evelyn Burden. Her father is deceased. Her mother resides in Mackinaw.
Also surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kay L. Wheat
of Hartsburg and Karla J. and Larry Hasler of Stanford, Ill.; and three
brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence A. and Helen Burden of Morton, Randy
K. and Rebecca Burden of Pekin and Harlan R. and Barbara Burden of Mackinaw.
She was vice president of the Kankakee Valley Genealogy Society and
president of the church's bowling league in Kankakee.
Kevin E. Rapier, 35, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of the Kankakee area,
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; one
sister, Ilene McIntosh of Omaha, Neb.; five brothers and four sisters-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.
MILFORD - Waneta Smith, 82, of Milford, died today (March 30, 1999)
at Magnolia Wood Healthcare, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
FAIRBURY - Dale ''Squirt'' Magee, 71, of Fairbury, died Monday (March
29, 1999) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Arrangements are pending at the Duffy-Pils Memorial Home in Fairbury.
Clarence W. Anderson, 79, of Kankakee, died Monday (March 29, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 3 p.m. services
at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Burial will be in St. Anne Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Dec. 27, 1919 in Chicago, the son of Anton and Sophia Sorensen
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
Mr. Anderson was a retired employee of Illinois Fabricators. He had
also been a truck driver.
Surviving are his wife, the former Pearl O'Lena, whom he married May
30, 1942 at St. Anne Catholic Church; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert
and Kathy Anderson and Ronald and Joyce Anderson, all of Monticello, Ind.;
one daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Roger Benjamin of Bourbonnais;
one sister, Helen Clement of St. Anne; one brother, Walter Anderson of
Alpena, Mich.; and six grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, three brothers and one grandson, Troy Anderson.
He enjoyed playing cards and was a Cubs Fan.
Robert E. Stilwell, 58, of Bourbonnais and formerly of Pontiac, died
Monday (March 29, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac.
Visitation for James ''Jim'' Verchio, 90, of Kankakee, will be from
3-7 p.m. today at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, where services
will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. D-eacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Verchio died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
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
He was born Aug. 30, 1908 in Fraser, Iowa, the son of James and Esther
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.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS - John Dmitrasz, 82, of Chicago Heights, formerly of
Manteno, Homewood and Chicago, died Monday (March 29, 1999) at St. James
Hospital and Health Care Centers, Chicago Heights.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Hirsch Funeral Homes, West
End Chapel, Lincoln Highway and Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Kieran
Church in Chicago Heights, where he was a member. He was a former member
of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Peotone.
Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood.
Memorials may be made for Masses.
He was born Jan. 16, 1917 in Chicago.
Mr. Dmitrasz was employed as a dispatcher for Railroad Express Agency
Surviving are his wife, the former Ann T. Svancarek; two daughters
and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Stephen Walsdorf of Wilmette and Dorothy
and Rich Higbee of Manteno; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Felicia
Dmitrasz of Manteno; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation for Hulda Genz Naeve, 96, of Kankakee, will be from 1 p.m.
Wednesday until the 3 p.m. services at Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home, Kankakee.
The Rev. Pat Rittenhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ and/or Prairie-view
Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Mrs. Naeve died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home.
She was born Jan. 25, 1903 in Kankakee, the daughter of Herman and
Ida Birr Genz.
Her husband, George ''Ted'' Naeve, whom she married May 9, 1931 in
Kankakee, died Dec. 24, 1977.
Mrs. Naeve was a secretary for Kankakee School District 111.
She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Kankakee.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Lee Rodgers of
Mahomet; four grandchildren, Jeff and Kent Roders, Leanne Courson and Melody
Rodgers; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one grandson, Timothy Lee Rodgers; five sisters, Bertha
Coghlan, Alma Offerman, Antionette Pinnow, Willahmena Ross and Louise Volkmann;
and four brothers, Emil, Herman, Walter and William Genz.
William Overbey Sr.
MARTINTON - Visitation for William L. Overbey Sr., 73, of Martinton,
will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where
services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Overbey died Friday (March 26, 1999) at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center in Lakeland, Fla.
He was born Jan. 24, 1926 in Chalmers, Ind., the son of Robert and
Myrtle Stephens Overbey.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Irvin, whom he married
Jan. 8, 1988 in Henderson, Ky.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda and
John Riegart of Shakopee, Minn. and Tina Overbey of Brook, Ind.; two sons
and daughters-in-law, Don and April Overbey of Eden Prairie, Minn. and
William Jr. and June Overbey of Norco, Calif.; four brothers, Ed of Spooner,
Wis., Phillip of Daytona Beach., Fla., Leonard of Marcelles, Mich. and
Clarence of Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Viola Overbey of Gulfport,
Miss., Bernice Huff of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Darlene Isaccs of Reno,
Nev.; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, one brother and one sister.
Mr. Overbey was a member of Teamster Local 710.
Ada Jane Lavender
MANTENO - Ada Jane Lavender, 86, of Manteno, died Tuesday (March 30,
1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno,
where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to the Manteno Fire and Rescue Squad.
She was born Nov. 15, 1912 in Johnson County, the daughter of Otto
B. and Minnie Cook Martin.
Her husband, Lloyd Lavender, whom she married Dec. 8, 1935 in Mounds,
Ill., died March 18, 1987.
Mrs. Lavender was a sales person for Sears and the Orchid Salon.
She was of the Methodist faith and a 50-year member of the Eastern
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Charles Henshaw
of Manteno; one brother, Rev. Herschel Martin of Thornton, Colo.; two grandsons,
Jeffery (Tonia) Henshaw and Darrell Henshaw, all of Manteno; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
PONTIAC - A memorial service for Robert E. Stilwell, 58, of Bourbonnais
and formerly of Pontiac, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist
Church, Pontiac, where he was a member. The Rev. Donald Black will officiate.
Friends may visit with the family following the service in the Fellowship
Arrangements are by Harris- Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac.
Inurnment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Pontiac Township High School Athletics or
to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Stilwell died Monday (March 29, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center,
He was born Oct. 8, 1940 in Pontiac, the son of James W. and Mabel
A. Fuss Stilwell, who are deceased.
He was a 1961 graduate of Pontiac Township High School
Mr. Stilwell was the owner and operator of Stilwell Insurance Agency
Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Barbara and Jim
Pritz of Bloomington, Robin and Joseph Poston of Oklahoma City, Okla.,
Kiristen and Ryan Rink of Kankakee and Marren Stilwell of Massena, Iowa;
two sons and one daughter-in- law, James ''Gus'' and Shelly Stilwell of
Oklahoma City and Adam Stilwell of Bradley; 10 grandchildren; one brother
and sister-in-law, William ''Billy'' and Becky Stilwell of Pontiac; two
sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and John Tucker of El Paso, Ill. and
Jeannie and James Walls of Pontiac.
A grandson, Casey Stilwell is deceased.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Bradley.
He enjoyed golfing and high school football and basketball.
WATSEKA - Mary-Ann Walton, 63, of Watseka, died Tuesday (March 30, 1999)
at Magnolia Wood Health Care in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Milford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Milford Christian Church, where
she was a member. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Potomac Cemetery, Potomac.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Sept. 26, 1935 in Potomac, the daughter of Cecil and Ethel
Watson Miller, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Walton Sr., whom she married Feb.
15, 1955 in Chicago; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Charles and Becky
Walton Jr. of Milford, James Walton of Woodland and Mark and Chris Walton
of Watseka; two daughters and one son-in-law, Aleta and Greg Totire of
Southington, Conn. and Teresa Redeker of Watseka; two sisters, Phyllis
White of Westville and Gloria Sue Kincade of Attica, Inc.; one brother,
David Miller of Westville; nine grandchildren.
She enjoyed quilting.
George Fredensborg, WWII vet
DWIGHT - George Fredensborg, 88, of Dwight, died Tuesday (March 30,
1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at VonQualen-Harris Funeral
Home, Dwight and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at St.
Peter's Lutheran Church, Dwight, where he was a member. The Rev. Stephen
Lauricella will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight.
Memorials may be made to his church.
He was born July 30, 1910 in rural Dwight, the son of Christ and Carstence
Anderson Fredensborg, who are deceased.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army and stationed
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Bruback, whom he married May
10, 1941 in Kahokia, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and James
Robinson of Coal City; two sons and daughter-in-law, Harold and Phyllis
Fredensburg of Coffeyville, Kan. and Gary Fredensborg of Cincinnati, Ohio;
a brother, Howard Fredensborg of Ft. Meyer's BEach, Fla.; two sisters and
one brother-in- law, Marie Peterson of Audubon, Iowa and Esther and Clyde
Kepplinger of Audubon, Iowa; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters;
and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, Roger Laverne and two brothers, Elmer and Chris.
Mr. Fredensburg worked for the V.A. Hospital in Dwight and retired
from the Fox Center, where he was a supply clerk. He had also worked for
the Village of Dwight for several years and as a farmer.
He was a member of the Dwight VFW and the Men's Club at his church.
He enjoyed to golf, bowl and watch baseball.
FAIRBURY - Visitation for Dale ''Squirt'' Magee, 71, of Fairbury, will
be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 3:45 p.m., at Duffy-Pils
Memorial Home, Fairbury.
Visitation will also be the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until the
11 a.m. funeral Mass, to be celebrated by the Rev. Scott Archer, at St.
John's Catholic Church, Fairbury, where he was a member.
An IOOF service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Home.
Burial, with full military rites by the Fairbury VFW, will be in the
church Cemetery, Fairbury.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Magee died Monday (March 29, 1999) at Carle Foundation Hospital,
He was born Oct. 1, 1927 in Pontiac, the son of Lewis and Hazel Haag
Magee, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ellen Fruin, whom he married Oct.
9, 1948 in Ashkum; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Vicki Magee of
Elgin, Texas, Marsha and Chuck Harder of Chenoa, Julie and roger Meyer
of Colfax and Jan and Kenny Palmer of Wichita, Kan.; one son, Greg Magee
of Bloomington; two sisters, Phyllis Gray of Cullom and Joann Polson of
Paxton; two brothers, Richard Magee of Cullom and Don Magee of Lawrenceville,
Ga.; eight grandchildren. One brother is deceased.
A veteran, he served in the Army.
He was a member of IOOF Lodge 290, Fairbury; American Legion John Joda
Post 54; and the Knights of Columbus.
CHATSWORTH - Arlene N. Rosenboom, 79, of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (March
30, 1999) at Fairview Haven, Fairbury.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Chatsworth United Methodist Church,
where she was a member. The Rev. Steve Kettlecamp will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.
Memorials may be made to MADD, CAPS or Fairview Haven.
She was born July 12, 1919 in Chatsworth, the daughter of Charles F.
and Nellie M. Glabe Shafer.
Her husband, Kenneth Rosenboom, whom she married Sept. 15, 1940 in
Chatsworth, died Nov. 20, 1985.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Patricia and Donald
Baker of Fairbury and Sherry Rosenboom of Riverton; one son and daughter-in-law,
Dale and Roz Rosenboom of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Elma Trinkle of Chatsworth;
one brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Ruth Shafer of Chatsworth; and
Deceased are one sister and three grandchildren.
She was a graduate of Chatsworth High School and was self-employed
as a Shaklee coordinator for 25 years, as well as being a milliner for
She was a member of the Chatsworth Women's Club.
Janet Lynne Ely
DUBLIN, Va. - A sister of a Coal City resident, Janet Lynne Ely, 55,
of Dublin, Va., died March 26, 1999, following a long illness.
Services were held March 29 at Grove United Methodist Church in Radford,
Va., where she was a member and active in its mission work and Sunday school
Graveside services were held March 29 at Riverview Cemetery, Radford.
Memorials may be made to her church's Missions Fund or to the Janet
Ely Scholarship Fund, c/o Ruritan National Foundation, P.O. Box 487, Dublin,
Seagle and Sons Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va. was in charge of arrangements.
A childhood resident of Wilmington, she was born March 2, 1944, the
daughter of Blaine and Marian Vandermark.
Surviving are her husband, Richard N. Ely of Dublin; a son, Richard
Mark Ely of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Lynne Christina Ely of Charlottesville,
Va.,; her mother and stepfather, Marian and Weldon T. Gray of Jonesbory,
Ark.; a brother, James Vandermark of Beecher; and sisters, Anita Huston
of Coal City and Marjorie Dorton of Jonesboro, Ark.
Her father is deceased.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she worked as a technical
writer for high-tech companies in the Washington, D.C. area.
CRETE - Juanita G. Szczygiel, 77, lifetime resident of Crete, died Monday
(March 29, 1999) at her home.
She was the aunt of Carol Sue (Jack) Sharman of Crete and great- aunt
of Tamara Sharman of Kankakee and Mark Sharman of Florida.
Her husband, Stanley died in June, 1958. Her son, Stanley died in November,
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the noon services at
Hirsch Funeral Homes, Spindler- Koelling Chapel in Crete. Deacon Ray Deabel
Burial will be in Congregational Cemetery, Crete.
MILFORD - Visitation for Waneta Smith, 82, of Milford, will be from
4-8 p.m. Thursday at Baier Funeral Home, where services will be at 2 p.m.
Friday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Smith died Tuesday (March 30, 1999) at Magnolia Wood Health Care
She was born April 18, 1916 in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of Guss
and Abbey Lambert Eldridge.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Frank Smith of Watseka
and Ernest and Sherry Smith of Tenn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Thelma
Jean and Donald Paulin of Mass.; one sister and brother-in-law, Nellie
and Marion Fawbush of Watseka; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren;
many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Alvin Williams of Milford.
Deceased are two sisters and a brother.
MOMENCE - Jean Katzer, 67, of Momence, died today (March 31, 1999) at
Arrangements are pending at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.