Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries

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Maria Gaytan

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 a member.
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, Kankakee.
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.

Eva Curtis

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, Chatsworth.
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

Arnold Berns of Kankakee died Saturday (April 3, 1999) at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Loretta Dahler

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 Hospital.
Mrs. Dahler died Friday (April 2, 1999) at her home, after an extended illness.
She was born May 11, 1925, the daughter of Walter and Helena Kwiatkowski Zalesiak.
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 Nelson

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 Star.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles and walking.

Antoine Price

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 Price Spain.
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.

Waneta Smith

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 Center.
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.

Jennie Hill

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 Cannon.
Her husband, Cal Hill, whom she married in March 1986, in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are her sister, Louise Rosenthal of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews in the Kankakee area.
Deceased is one son, Chris.

Margaretta Thalacker

ROCKFORD - Margaretta ''Gretta'' Thalacker, 90, of Rockford, former area resident, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Wesley Willows Healthcare Center.
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 Chapel, Rockford.
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 in Chicago.
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 Scroggins

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 Scroggins.
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.

Arnold Berns

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, Mary Christensen.
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.

Harvard Johnson

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 City.

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.

Cletus McNeal

Visitation for Cletus Edsel ''Clady'' McNeal, 76, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Mr. McNeal
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 and Margaret.
Mr. McNeal retired from Shapiro Developmental Center.
He was a member of the New Jerusalem Seventh- Day Adventist Church, Bradley.
He was a GOP volunteer.

Ellis Berry

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, S.D.
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 Carl Berry.
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 Affairs Committees.
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.

Irma Rice

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, Kankakee.
She was born Dec. 26, 1923, the daughter of John F. and Mary E. Wheat Saxton.
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 Factory.
She was a member of the VFW of Watseka.
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