Visitation for Marquae J. Simington, 5-month-old son of Renee Johnson
and Theodore Simington, of Kankakee, will be from 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
until the 11 a.m. services at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee. The Rev. Tyler Prude
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Marquae was born Nov. 3, 1998 in Kankakee.
Surviving are his parents; a sister Genesis Davis of Kankakee; maternal
grandparents, Kimberly Hines of Kankakee and Kelley Thomas of Chicago Heights;
maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Hines of Kankakee; paternal grandparents,
Theodore Simington Sr. and Mary Jackson of Kankakee; paternal great-grandmothers,
Dorothy Jackson of Kankakee and Margaret Simington of Bourbonnais; two
aunts, Ruthie Davis of Ft. Benning, Ga. and Robin Johnson of Kankakee;
three uncles, Teneika, Gerald and Germar Simington, all of Kankakee; and
a special family friend, Lorenzo Bell of Kankakee.
Deceased is a great-grandmother, Maxine Johnson and cousins, Travis
Qualls and Frederick Price.
PEOTONE - Carol J. Salazar, 54, of Peotone, died Saturday (April 17,
1999) at South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, by the Rev.
Michael Ginter, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, where she was
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Pallbearers will be
Doug Podgorny, Jeff Grunwald, David Banaszak, Ryan Van Ham, Jeff Travis
and Cyrus Steczo.
She was born June 1, 1944 in Harvey, the daughter of Alexander and
Elizabeth Sienko Banaszek. Her father is deceased and her mother resides
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Karen Bradford
of Orland Park; one daughter, Dawn Brown of Crestwood; two grandchildren;
one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Marlene Banaszak of Roselle;
one brother-in- law, Frank and Diane Toczek of Oak Forest; one sister,
Bernie Travis of Peotone; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Barbara Toczek is also deceased.
Mrs. Salazar was employed at Jetson Mailers of Bridgeview.
PEOTONE - Harold F. Wickstrom, 75, of Peotone, died Sunday (April 18,
1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Fedde- Helfrich
Chapel, Peotone, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Bruce
Salter will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Allen, Larry,
Tom and Kevin Blogg, Shayne Schwartz and Richard Spindler.
Memorials may be made to the Peotone Paramedics or to Immanuel United
Church of Christ.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
He was born Sept. 12, 1923 in Joliet, the son of Fred and Eva Korn
Wickstrom. His parents and a brother, George Wickstrom are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lois Blogg, whom he married May
10, 1941 in Paducah, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Ed Schwartz
of Peotone; two grandchildren, Shayne and Jennifer Schwartz; two great-grandchildren;
and one sister, Marion Melzer of Crystal Lake.
Mr. Wickstrom retired in 1985 after 36 years with ComEd, as a supervisor.
Visitation for Deller Jones, 67, of Kankakee, will be from noon Thursday
until the 1 p.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee. The
Abraham Lane will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Mrs. Jones died Sunday (April 11, 1999).
She was born July 29, 1931 in Grand Junction, Tenn., the dau-ghter
of Felix and Opa Turner Hussey, who are deceased.
Surviving are four sons and one daughter-in-law, William Jones, Fred
and Jeannette Jones, Rocky Jones and Silas Jones, all of Kankakee; three
daughters, Ophelia Jones, Mary Jones and Deborah Jones, all of Kankakee;
four sisters, Annie Hussey, Etta Lambert, Ella Hussey and Edna Hussey,
all of Grand Junction, Tenn.; four brothers, Pedro, Willie, Henry and Jenus
Hussey, all of Grand Jucntion, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
Her brother, Elmo Hussey is deceased.
GOREVILLE - George Schoon, 69, of Goreville and uncle of Bradley resident,
died Saturday (April 17, 1999 at the Marion Memorial Hospital in Marion.
As per the family request there will be no visitation or services.
Mr. Schoon will be cremated.
Surviving are his wife, Christine; three daughters, Chri-stine and
Tonya Schoon, both of Goreville and Mary Ann Ker-ens of Mountain Grove,
Mo.; one son, George T. Schoon of Mountain Grove; five grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; one nice, Lori Pontious of Bradley and a nephew, Bobby
Pontious of Chicago.
Deceased are his parents, George and Martha Hethke Schoon; one sister,
Elaine Pontious; two brothers, Edwin and Emery Schoon.
Ricky Joe Billingsley Sr.
WILMINGTON - Ricky Joe Billingsley Sr., 44, of Wilmington, died Sunday
(April 18, 1999) at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the R.W. Patterson
Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The Revs. Steve Wilkinson and Raymond Jones will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born Oct. 13, 1954 in Joliet, the son of Billy Joe and Nellie
Brock Billingsley. His father is deceased and his mother resides in Wilmington.
He was employed as a carpenter with the Will County Carpenters Union
Local 174, Joliet.
He was a member of the Gospel Assembly Church in Kankakee; the Masonic
Lodge 704 in Braidwood; and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 241, Wilmington.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Linda Countryman, whom he married
May 10, 1973 in Wilmington; three children, Billy, Ricky Jr. and Jennifer
Billingsley, all at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Ronda
of South Beloit and Ron and Carole of Wilmington; two sisters, and brothers-in-law,
Debbie and Manuel Esparza of Custer Park and Robyn and Kevin Rynearson
of Braidwood; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Scott Billingsley; a niece, Megan Mishel Billingsley and
a nephew, Cody Rynearson are deceased.
Jessie L. ''Dike'' Harris, 78, of Kankakee, died Friday (April 16, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 6- 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral
Chapel, where services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Feb. 22, 1928 in Leighton, Ala., the daughter of Jessie
and Clara King Goodman. Her parents, two sisters and two brothers are deceased.
Ms. Harris had been a residential housekeeper for many years.
She was a member of Christian Hope Baptist Church, Hopkins Park.
Surviving are sisters, Rosie Madden and Pattie King, both of Leighton,
Ala., Clara Berryman of Rock Island and Emma Steward of Rochester, N.Y.;
one brother, John Goodman of Rock Island; and many nieces, nephews and
She enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening.
Visitation for Margaret A. Baird, 96, of Bourbonnais, will be from 5-7
p.m. Wednesday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee, where services
will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Connie Williams-Moodie will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Congregational United Church of Christ in
Aroma Park, where she was a member.
Mrs. Baird died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at Miller Health Care Center,
She was born April 12, 1903 in Peotone, the daughter of William J.
and Mary Koenning Schroeder.
Her husband, John W. Baird, whom she married April 23, 1930 in Peotone,
died in 1962.
Mrs. Baird was co-owner of Thomas Baird and Sons Inc. in Kankakee.
She was a member of the Kankakee Woman's Club; the Business and Professional
Women's Club, where she was assistant treasurer for two years; and the
She was very active in Cub Scouting after her marriage.
She was a graduate of Peotone High School and taught Sunday School
for 12 years at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Peotone. She took courses
at Elmhurst College for teaching Sunday School.
Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Deidre Baird of Bourbonnais; granddaughters,
Barbara S. Mau of Spring, Texas, Phyllis A. Zyck of Bradley and Alice K.
Hays of Cissna Park; great-grandsons, Andrew R. Hays and Griffin B. Hays,
both of Cissna Park, Daniel Zyck of Manteno and Donald Zyck of Chicago
Heights; sisters-in-law, Betty Parkany of Williamsburg, Va. and Clara Bate
of Peotone; four nieces and four nephews.
Deceased are one son, Donald T. Baird, and three brothers, Harry, Raymond
and Leo Schroeder.
CULLOM - Helen L. Busick Flessner, 88, of Cullom, formerly of Sheldon,
died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services
at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Robert McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Magnolia Wood's Van Fund, the Watseka Food
Pantry, or to the donor's choice.
She was born June 26, 1910 in Sheldon, the daughter of Clarence and
Ella A. Swisher Austin.
Her first husband, Albert Busick, whom she married Nov. 11, 1928 in
Sheldon, died Jan. 11, 1956.
She married W. J. Flessner Feb. 12, 1959 in Cullom and he died Feb.
Surviving are one daughter, Frances Solomko of Prescott, Ariz.; two
sons, Richard Busick of Denison, Texas, and Donald ''Bo'' Busick of Watseka;
one stepson, Ronald Flessner of Charsworth; eight grandchildren and two
step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, one sister, one step-daughter; and one step-greatgrandchild.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Cullom, and its women's
Mrs. Flessner was a member of the Charlotte Unit of the Home Extension.
She owned and operated a restaurant in Sheldon for some time. While
residing in Bloomington, she was employed at a doctor's office.
She sang with the Bloomington Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.
A memorial service for Alyce Blanche Loucado, 87, of Kankakee, will
be at 11:30 a.m. May 1 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Bourbonnais,
where she was a member. Mr. David Ellison will officiate.
Cremation rites were ac-corded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Burial of cremains will be in St. Anne Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Loucado died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at her residence in Kankakee.
She was born May 24, 1911 in Taylorville, the daughter of Samuel A.
and Nora Heninger Kennedy.
Surviving are her husband, Earl Ray Loucado, whom she married Nov.
16, 1935 in Terre Haute, Ind., of Kankakee, who will shortly be moving
to Ventura, Calif.; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Helen Loucado
of Ventura; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Brueggert of Kankakee;
five sisters and two brothers-in-law, JoAnne and Russell Patnaude and Dixie
and Harold Capelle, all of Kankakee, Maxine Keith of Wildwood, Ill., Kathryn
Woods of Brooksville, Fla. and Evelyn Miller of Bradley; one brother, Roy
Kennedy of Brighton, Colo.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are six brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Loucado was a former beautician. She enjoyed reading, Bible study
and visiting the sick.
PEWAUKEE, Wis. - Jerome M. Kelly, 56, of Pewaukee, Wis., formerly of
Kankakee, died Monday (April 19, 1999) in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Mr. Kelly was a managed care contractor in Pewaukee.
He was born Jan. 10, 1943 in Houston, Texas, the son of Dr. Vincent
and Leona Hughes Kelly, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Ryan and a daughter Tracy,
both of Pewaukee; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Susanne and Doug
MacFarlane, Diane Kelly and Donna and Bill Franke; a brother and sister-in-law,
Doctors Kevin and Christine Kelly; and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 4-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the funeral
Mass at St. James Church, 7219 S. 27th St. in Franklin, Wis.
Private entombment will be in Wisconsin Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Medical College of Wisconsin for esophageal
cancer research. Checks may be made to the Medical College of Wisconsin
in memory of Jerome Kelly.
Max A. Sass and Sons, Mission Hills Chapel, Milwaukee, was in charge
CRETE - Esther E. Meier, 78, of Beecher, formerly of Crete Township,
died Saturday (April 17, 1999) at Anchorage of Beecher.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hope Lutheran Church in
Park Forest, where she was a member. The Rev. Michael Heggen will officiate.
Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Crete.
She was born Aug. 4, 1920 in Crete Township, the daughter of William
T. and Emma Marie Hibbing Meier.
Miss Meier was a payroll clerk.
Surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Doris Meier
of Philo, Ill. and Richard and Virginia Meier of Lancaster, Pa.; four nieces;
one nephew; four great- nephews; and two great-nieces.
Deceased are one brother, Melfin in 1992; one niece; and one nephew.
GRANT PARK - A memorial gathering for Benito G. ''Benny'' Barrera, 57,
of Grant Park, will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Grant Park Shelter.
Hertz-Thoma Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
Live plants or memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley,
Grant Park Am-bulance Fund, or to the family.
Mr. Barrera died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at his residence.
He was born Dec. 9, 1941 in Willacy County, Texas, the son of Fidel
Vela and Eloiza Gracia Gomez Barrera, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Donna Hutson, whom he married March
10, 1962 in Kankakee County; two daughters, Dawn Glidewell of Lancaster,
S.C. and Misty Barrera of Collinsville; one sister and brother- in-law,
Emily and Rudy Hudson of Vienna; one brother and sister-in- law, Fred and
Pat Barrera of Grant Park; two grandsons; in-laws, Frank and Marie Hutson
of Bourbonnais; and many nieces and nephews.
He worked at Lhommedieu in Grant Park; Owens Glass in Chicago Heights;
as a foreman at Park's in Grant Park; at Marie's Truck Stop and Loitz Brothers,
both of Grant Park; as a spotter at Ford's; his own Benito Barrera Trucking
Inc.; and a spotter for IVEX.
MIMS, Fla. - Blendine O. Carpenter, 99, of Mims, Fla., Kankakee native
and former resident of Sheldon, died Tuesday (April 12, 1999) at a Titusville
Mrs. Carpenter was an accomplished artist, receiving many awards for
her fine oil paintings. Her paintings were often on display at the Art
She also taught art lessons.
She was born June 3, 1900 in Kankakee, the daughter of Robert and Nellie
She was a graduate of Sheldon High School and MacMurray College in
Her husband, James R. Carpenter, whom she married in 1926 in Sheldon,
Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Betty Carpenter and three grandchildren,
all of Mims, Fla.
Preceding her in death were her son, James D. Carpenter; one brother,
Harold Smalley; and her twin sister, Geraldine Clayton.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport.
MOMENCE - Florence J. ''Jean'' West, 84, of Momence, died Monday (April
19, 1999) at Provena Heritage Village.
Private family services will be at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
The Rev. Jim Ruberg will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
There will be no visitation.
She was born Feb. 22, 1915 in Sexton, Mo., the daughter of Edward and
Her husband, Alanson ''Lance'' West, whom she married Aug. 4, 1935
in Kankakee, died March 26, 1987.
Mrs. West had assisted her husband in the operation of West's Farm
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Momence.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Lance G. and Patty
West of Bradley and Frank West of Momence; one daughter, Sandra Crane of
Umatilla, Florida; four grandchildren, David and Drew Crane and Lance and
Luella Mae Krug
PONTIAC - Visitation for Luella Mae Krug, 93, of Pontiac, will be from
9 a.m. Thursday, until the 11 a.m. services at VonQualen-Harris Funeral
Burial will be in Goodfarm Cemetery, Dwight. Pallbearers will be Kirby,
Carl and Richard Krug and Bob, Bill and Floyd Pfeifer.
Mrs. Krug died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at Livingston Manor, where she
She was born Nov. 4, 1905 in Goodfarm Township, rural Gardner, the
daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Ellen Lewis Haskins.
Her husband, Herman Krug, whom she married March 4, 1926, is deceased.
She was a graduate of Gardner High School.
Mrs. Krug was a member of the First Congregational United Church of
Christ and a member of the church Ladies Benevolent Society.
Surviving are one daughter, Marjorie Pfeifer of Kingston, Tenn.; two
sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Jean Krug and Robert and Esther Krug,
all of Dwight; one sister, Vivian May Nielsen of Dwight; 11 grandchildren;
21 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five step- great-grandchildren;
and 3 step- great-great-grandchildren.
MOMENCE - Services for Keith L. Gregerson, 20, of Momence, will be at
11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Momence. The Rev.
Jim Ruberg will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will be in Lake Village Cemetery, Lake Village, Ind.
Mr. Gregerson died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born March 30, 1979 in Crown Point, Ind., the son of Wallace
and Mona Christenson Gregerson. His father resides in Morocco, Ind. and
his mother lives in Decatur.
Also surviving are his maternal grandparents, Robert and Gloria Christenson
of Lake Village; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mr. Gregerson had attended Momence High School and was an employee
of Sears Logistic Services in Manteno.