Visitation for Maria G. ''Lupe'' Gaytan, 60, of Kankakee, will be from
3-9 p.m. Monday at Cotter Funeral Home in Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Taschetta at
10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Mo-mence.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Gaytan died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center,
She was born April 9, 1938 in Casa Cuaran, Mexico, the daughter of
Feliciano and Carmen Pizano Zavala.
Surviving are her husband, Jose Luis Gaytan, whom she married in 1956;
three sons and two daughters- in-law, Rafael and Alicia Gaytan, Jose Luis
and Carrie Gaytan, and Jose Guadalupe Gaytan, all of Kankakee; five daughters
and sons-in- law, Sylvia and Fillimon Gonzales of Tijuana, Mexico, Esther
and Alex Lopez, Carmen and Jose Delgado, Guillermina and Fernando Ayala
and Maria and Ismael Silba, all of Momence; one sister, Trinidad Montoya
of Salamanca, Mexico; one brother, Pedro Zavala of Casa Cuaran, Mexico;
and eight grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents and one brother.
Mrs. Gaytan was an employee of VanDrunen Farms in Momence.
CHATSWORTH - Eva K. Curtis, 84, of Chatsworth, died Friday (April 2,
1999) at Palmwood Healthcare, Piper City.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Hager Memorial Home,
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church,
Chatsworth, where she was a member. The Rev. Alex Francois will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Chatsworth.
She was born July 14, 1914, in Cicero, the daughter of George Stojan
and Martha Swanson Basara.
Her husband, Harley L. Curtis, whom she married April 22, 1958, in
La Grange, died Jan. 26, 1999.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Nora Lynn and Harold Christensen
of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Dr. John and
Kathy Curtis of Kankakee, James and Paula Curtis of Sioux Falls, Thomas
and Sharon Curtis of Greendale, Wis.; one son-in- law, Kevin (Michelle)
Campbell of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; one sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Reagan
Sheldon of Glendale, Ariz.; one brother-in- law, Dr. Douglas Eadie of Redlands,
Calif.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter; one brother; and two sisters.
Mrs. Curtis was a retired teacher.
She was educated in Chicago and Normal; Northern Baptist Theological
Seminary and the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
Mrs. Curtis was a Wisconsin Baptist State Convention Missionary and
an executive secretary of the Chicago Baptist Association.
She was a member of the Chatsworth Home Extension.
Arnold Berns of Kankakee died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
MANTENO - Visitation for Loretta Dahler, 73, of Manteno, will be from
3-9 p.m. Monday at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno, where services
will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Edward Grotovsky will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Women of the Moose or to St. Judes Childrens
Mrs. Dahler died Friday (April 2, 1999) at her home, after an extended
She was born May 11, 1925, the daughter of Walter and Helena Kwiatkowski
Her husband, Donald O. Dahler, whom she married in May 1947, in Chicago,
died in 1977.
Surviving are one sister, Virginia Zieman of Oak Lawn; and several
nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Dahler had been an employee of Fernes Orchid Dress Shop in Manteno
and was formerly at Josephines in Bradley.
She had owned/operated Dahlers Restaurant in Manteno.
She was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church, Manteno.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose.
She enjoyed bowling.
Margaret Rose Nelson, 83, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (March 31, 1999).
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the
Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Rev. Alan Good will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
She was born Sept. 17, 1915, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and
Bernadine Rose Schmidt-Wunderlin Michling.
Her husband, Melvin Boyd Nelson, whom she married April 27, 1935, in
Chicago, died Oct. 9, 1992.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Susan Nelson
of Iowa City, Iowa; one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Tucker Wilson
of Wheaton; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one brother, Charles Michling.
Mrs. Nelson had been a cashier and manager of the Kankakee Howard Johnson
Hotel retiring in 1967.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kankakee.
She was a member of the Kankakee Women's Club and Order of the Eastern
She enjoyed crossword puzzles and walking.
ST. ANNE - Visitation for Antoine Price, 35, of St. Anne, will be from
10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at Christian Hope M.B. Church,
Hopkins Park, where he was a member. The Rev. Harold Harris will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Ga-neer Township.
Leggett Fu-neral Home, Hopkins Park is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Price died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center,
after a long illness.
He was born Aug. 27, 1963, in Chicago, the son of Fred and Dorothy
Surviving are his parents of St. Anne; one sister and brother-in-law,
Alyca and Robert Evans of Chicago; and four brothers, Roosevelt Bowman
of St. Anne, Gregory Price of Watseka, Demetrious Price of East Moline,
and Patrick Price of Milwaukee, Wis.
Deceased are one brother and his grandparents.
Mr. Price was a resident of the area for 15 years.
He was a laborer.
He enjoyed fishing, baseball, and billiards.
MILFORD - Services for Waneta Smith, 82, of Milford, were held at 2
p.m. April 2 at the Baier Funeral Home. The Rev. Neil Larimore officiated.
Burial was 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 daughters, Arminta Hollis and Pearl Focken; two sisters
and a brother.
CLEVELAND, Miss. - Jennie Hill, 89, sister of Kankakee resident, died
Wednesday (March 31, 1999) in Cleveland, Miss.
Services will be held 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the Holy Ghost Temple,
Barksdale, Miss. The Rev. Abram Lane of Kankakee, will officiate.
She was born Dec. 24, 1909, in Alexandria, La., the daughter of Mary
Her husband, Cal Hill, whom she married in March 1986, in Kankakee,
Surviving are her sister, Louise Rosenthal of Kankakee; and several
nieces and nephews in the Kankakee area.
Deceased is one son, Chris.
ROCKFORD - Margaretta ''Gretta'' Thalacker, 90, of Rockford, former
area resident, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Wesley Willows Healthcare
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Personal Care
Chapel of Wesley Willows. Dr. David Powers, Chaplain, will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services
at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Westfield, Wis.
Burial will be in Westfield Cemetery, Westfield.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Willows Healthcare Center.
Arrangements are by the Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels, Ltd., North
She was born Dec. 24, 1908, in Westfield, the daughter of Fredrick
L. and Ida Springborn Roskie.
Her husband, the Rev. Leonard Thalacker, whom she married in June 1936,
in Westfield, Wis., died July 2, 1991.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John and Vicky Thalacker
of Friday Harbor, Wash.; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bengt Kuller
of Rockford; one sister, Maeda Jackson of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; five
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Terry Paul Thalacker; and one sister, Grace Kerst.
She attended Westfield Elementary and High School. She also attended
Wisconsin State Teachers College in Milwaukee and taught in Prairie Du
Chien and Evansville, Wis. for 8 years. She later received her B.A. in
Education in Childhood Education from Pestalozzi Froebell Teacher's College
Mrs. Thalacker worked as a teacher for the public schools.
She taught Christian kindergarten in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bradley
for 6 years and in the Bradley public schools for 11 years.
She was very active in all of her husband's parishes.
Vernell P. ''Curly'' Scroggins Sr., 73, of Kankakee, died Sunday (April
4, 1999) at Vencor Hospital, Sycamore.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home, Kankakee, with a 4 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose
of Lima Catholic Church.
Burial, with military rites by the Aroma Park American Legion F- Troop,
will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for masses.
He was born March 14, 1926, in Bradley, the son of Lyle and Opal Balthazor
Surviving are his wife, the former Arlene Chamberlain, whom he married
May 22, 1954, at the Kankakee Courthouse; two sons, Marshall Scroggins
at home, V. Paul Scroggins Jr. and Mary Myers of Bradley; three daughters
and two sons-in-law, Roberta and Robert Forgue Jr. of Momence, Debbie and
Robert Macak, and Kathy Scroggins, all of Kankakee; one sister-in-law,
Josephone Scroggins of Kankakee; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one sister, Ila Bertrand and one brother, Lyle Scroggins.
Mr. Scroggins was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War
II, receiving the Purple Heart.
He had worked at Kroehlers and as an attendant at Mobil Service Station.
He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening.
Visitation for Arnold E. ''Pops'' Berns, 85, of Kankakee, will be 6
p.m. Tuesday until the 8 p.m. services at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel.
Cremation rites will be accorded at the Hertz- Thoma Crematory.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Berns died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at his residence.
He was born Oct. 17, 1913, in Clifton, the son of Andrew J. and Lena
H. Siedentop Berns.
Surviving are his wife, the former Inez J. Jahoda, whom he married
Jan. 23, 1982, in Kankakee; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gary Berns,
and Lyle and Sharon Berns, all of Clifton; two step-daughters, Necy Jahoda
of Kankakee, Nancy and Doug Baker of Houston, Texas; one sister, Alma Johnston
of Clifton; many grandchildren and great- grandchildren, and two step-grandsons.
Deceased are two brothers, Henry and Lester of Clifton; and one sister,
Mr. Berns was a heavy equipment operator for many years, retiring from
Felesena Construction. He was a member of the Union Local.
He was a charter member of the Kankakee Pilots Association.
He was affiliated with the Catholic faith.
PIPER CITY - Harvard D. Johnson, 86, of Piper City, died Sunday (April
4, 1999) at Palmwood Healthcare Center, Piper City.
Arrangements are pending at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper
Mary Ann Byrne
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Mary Ann Byrne, 70, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly
of Bourbonnais, died today (April 5, 1999) at Baxter Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending in Mountain Home, Ark.
Visitation for Cletus Edsel ''Clady'' McNeal, 76, of Kankakee, will
be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Second Baptist Church.
Pastor Enell O. Hall will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Mr. McNeal died Wednesday (March 31, 1999).
He was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Bolivar, Tenn., the son of William and
Willie Sue Cox McNeal.
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in- law, Cletus McNeal
Jr. of Pensacola, Fla., Dwayne and Pamela McNeal of Alabama, Stephen and
Bonnie McNeal of Waterloo, Iowa, Aaron and Elmada McNeal of Kankakee; one
daughter and son-in- law, Brenda and Morris Alexander of Kankakee; one
sister, Anna Butler of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in- law, Lennie
and Thelma McNeal of Kankakee; and 20 grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Rudell and Lonnie; and two sisters, Rosella
Mr. McNeal retired from Shapiro Developmental Center.
He was a member of the New Jerusalem Seventh- Day Adventist Church,
He was a GOP volunteer.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Ellis Y. Berry, 96, of Rapid City, S.D., father of
Kankakee resident, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at West Hills Village,
Rapid City after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral
Home, Rapid City.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational
Church. The Rev. Ted Huffman will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church or to the
E.Y. Berry Learning Center at Black Hills State University in Spearfish,
He was born Oct. 6, 1902, in Larchwood, Iowa.
His wife, the former Rose Hartinger, whom he married March 4, 1928,
died Feb. 3, 1999.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Berry
of Alexandria, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Nila and John McCracken
of Kankakee; one brother, Bill Berry of Darnestown, Md.; four grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sisters, Gladys Inman and Ida Anderson; and one brother
He graduated from the University of South Dakota law school in 1927.
During the 1930's he served as Corson County states attorney and county
judge. In 1938, Mr. Berry and his wife purchased the McLaughlin Messenger
which they published until he was elected to Congress in 1950. He later
purchased the Corson County News of McIntosh and the Morristown World.
He was president of the South Dakota press association, an oranization
of weekly and daily newspaper editors for two years 1943-44. From 1938
until 1950, he served as editor fo the Douth Dakota Bar Journal. He also
served as mayor of McLaughlin.
He served on the House Interior and Insular Affairs and the Foreign
In 1938 and 1940, he was elected to represent Corson, Dewey, and Ziebach
counties in the state senate. In 1944, he was appointed to serve on the
Missouri River States Committee. In 1947, he was appointed to the State
Board of Regents of Education by Gov. George T. Mickelson from which he
resigned upon his election to congress.
Mr. Berry served longer in the U.S. House of Representaives than any
other member from South Dakota. He retired from Congress in January 1971.
WATSEKA - Services for Irma W. Rice, 75, of Watseka, were held at 11
a.m. today at the Baier Funeral Home. Pastor David Bondurant officiated.
Burial was in Lyman Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice or to the family.
Mrs. Rice died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital,
She was born Dec. 26, 1923, the daughter of John F. and Mary E. Wheat
Surviving are her husband, Edward ''Eddie'' Rice of Watseka, whom she
married Dec. 3, 1939, in Kentland, Ind.; three sisters and one brother-in-law,
Berdeena Studzenski, Donna and Paul Trudeau, all of Watseka, Dorothy Lareau
of Melbourne, Fla.; one brother and sister- in-law, Floyd and Lorena Saxton
of Colchester; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son in infancy; and one sister, Thelma Watson.
Mrs. Rice had worked at TRW Factory for 24 years and also Electronic
She was a member of the VFW of Watseka.