Francis Herr, retired chairman of McDonald Products, WWII
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Kankakee native, Francis V. Herr, 80, retired chairman
and president of McDonald Products Corp., died Thursday (April 1, 1999)
at his home in Williamsville near Buffalo, N.Y., after a long illness.
Herr headed McDonald Products Corp., an office and building products
company, from 1964 to 1986. He was operations manager for the steel-castings
and forgings company Pratt & Letchworth from 1953-1964 and had been
an industrial engineer for Merck-Sharpe & Dome, a pharmaceutical products
firm in Rahway, N.J., from 1950-53 and for the Sherwin Williams Co. in
Chicago from 1946-1950.
He served as an infantryman in the 75th Division in the European, African
and Middle Eastern campaigns, and received the Bronze Star Medal and Croix
Mr. Herr was responsible for financing and moving the St. Patrick's
statue from over the school building entrance to the yard between St. Patrick's
Church and rectory. The plaque at the base of the statue honors Mr. and
Herr, was born in Kankakee, the son of Frank and Freida Herr. He attended
local schools and St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee. He had a bachelor's
degree in industrial management from Northwestern University and a master's
in business administration from Rutgers University. He also graduated from
the Harvard Business School Executive Training Program.
He was a member of Park Country Club, Buffalo Launch Club and Buffalo
Club. He belonged to the 75th Division Veterans Association, International
Executive Service Corps, American Management Association, American Society
of Manufacturing Engineers and American Legion.
He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Addie Lou Erickson,
whom he married in Colorado; three daughters, Donna Madden of Williamsville,
Judith Ann VanGorden of Boulder, Colo. and Cynthia Pino of Indianapolis;
three sons, Richard and Charles, both of Williamsville and Douglas of Liverpool;
15 grandchildren; and nieces.
He was a longtime friend of Kankakee residents, including the Robert
Deceased is a sister, Marjorie.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at his church in Amherst, N.Y.
Dietrich Funeral Home, Snyder, N.Y., was in charge of arrangements.
Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda, N.Y.
IRWIN - Grace P. Blanchette, 71, of Irwin, died Tuesday (April 20, 1999)
at her home, following a 15- month illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. James Church
in Irwin, where she was a member.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
She was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Kankakee County, the daughter of Orville
M. and Pearl Scheppler Denault.
Her husband, William A. Blanchette, whom she married Nov. 27, 1946
in Irwin, died April 12, 1993.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Laura Blanchette
of El Centro, Calif. and Terry and Gay Blanchette of Clermont, Fla.; one
daughter and son-in- law, Marilyn and Keith Poitras of Albuquerque, N.M.;
one brother and sister-in-law, Orlan and Wanda Denault of Irwin; seven
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a sister, Darlene Martin, and a daughter-in-law, Lynne
She was named Woman of the Year by the CCW of her church.
Mrs. Blanchette had worked at Club Irwin.
She was a member of the Irwin Lions Auxiliary and the Women of the
Lillia Nelda Noel, 88, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (April 20, 1999) at
Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais, following an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday with a wake service at 4:30
p.m. at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of
Lima Catholic Church, where she was a member. Burial will be in St. John
the Baptist Cemetery in L'Erable.
Memorials may be made to her church, to Our Lady of Victory Home, or
to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
She was born June 13, 1910 in Iroquois County, the daughter of John
B. and Ida Dutour Rabideau.
Her husband, Perry R. Noel, whom she married Jan. 21, 1930 at St. John's
in L'Erable, died in 1970.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Janis Noel of
Bourbonnais; two daughters and one son-in-law, Ivadelle and Reese Trudeof
Falcon, Mo., and Bernadette Denault of Kankakee; two brothers and one sister-in-law,
Oscar Rabideau of Kankakee and Leland and Helen Rabideau of Momence; 18
grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren;
five step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
One granddaughter, Susan, is deceased.
She belonged to the Ladies of St. Anne at her church.
WILMINGTON - Waldo M. ''John'' Weaver, 87, of Wilmington, died Monday
(April 19, 1999) at Salem Village.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the First United
Methodist Church of Wilmington, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday.
The Rev. Frank Berman will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Wilmington,
where he was a member.
Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 14, 1911 at Fenamore, Wis., the son of M.J. and Maude
Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia Jenks, whom he married
Aug. 5, 1937; one daughter and son-in- law, Judith and Carl Larson of Sun
City West, Ariz.; one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Joyce Weaver
of Keowee Harbor, S.C.; one sister, Mary Frankenburger of LaPorte, Ind.;
one brother, William Weaver of Goodyear, Ariz.; four grandchildren; three
great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
Mr. Weaver was a retired employee of Uniroyal Chemical Company.
L. Mardell Beaupre
L. Mardell Beaupre, 80, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (April 20, 1999)
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradley Chapel of the
Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The
Rev. John Peeters will officiate.
Burial will be in Maternity BVM Catholic Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the family.
She was born Aug. 13, 1918 in St. Anne, the daughter of Grover and
Aurelia Allain- Wools.
Surviving are her husband, Sylvester J. Beaupre, whom she married Aug.
31, 1935 in Potomac, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Faith
Beaupre of Bourbonnais; one daughter, Lana Wisniewski of Bradley; one sister,
Jean Julian of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren, Susan Lindholm of
Lake Forest, Nancy Waldschmidt of Bourbonnais and Kristin Wisniewski and
Douglas Wisniewski of Bradley; and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Elwood Wools.
A homemaker, she was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. (Pd.)
Paul Williams Sr.
ST. ANNE - Visitation for Paul Williams Sr., 76, of St. Anne a 29- year
resident of the area, will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services
at Pembroke Community Reformed Church, Hopkins Park, where he was a member.
The Rev. K. Edward Copeland will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery in Ganeer Township.
Mr. Williams died Friday (April 16, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center,
He was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Tchula, Miss., the son of Elijah and Emma
Surviving are his wife, the former Annie Scott, whom he married Sept.
26, 1973 in Kankakee; four sons and three daughters-in-law, James and Sharon
Williams of Milwaukee, Wis., and Paul and Darlene Williams Jr., Tyrone
Williams and Aaron and Meredith Scott Williams, all of St. Anne; seven
daughters and one son- in-law, Frances Sparks, Pauline Williams and Bertha
Palm, all of Gary, Ind., Dorothy Williams of Metropolis, Ind., Sarah and
James Brown and Katherine Williams, all of Chicago, and Shirley Sampson
of St. Anne; one sister, Eva Handy of Osceola, Ark.; his mother-in-law,
Lenora Johnson of Chicago; 49 grandchildren; 86 great- grandchildren; and
11 great-great- grandchildren; and special friends Eric and Viola Williams,
Annie McKennon and Ophelia Coward.
Deceased are a daughter, Delores Williams, two brothers, one sister
and two grandchildren.
Mr. Williams was a retired tractor operator for Midwest Steel Corp.
in Portage, Ind.
He was a member of the Masons.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Cosette DiJonne, insurance agent
BEECHER - Cosette D. DiJonne, 53, of Beecher, died Friday (April 16,
1999) at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. John's Lutheran
Church, Beecher, where she was a member. The Rev. Maynard Toensing will
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.
She was born May 5, 1945 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of LaVerne
and Myrtie Golding Dyon.
Mrs. DiJonne was an insurance agent.
Surviving are one sister, Paulette Alshanski of Bensenville; three
brothers and one sister-in-law, LaVerne and Nancy Dyon, Larry Dyon and
Darrell Dyon, all of Beecher.
Her father and a daughter, Monique are deceased.
Matthew Connell, WWII vet
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Matthew ''Bud'' Connell, 81, of Springdale, Ark.,
and a former Coal City resident, died April 14, 1999 in Springdale.
Services were April 19 at the chapel at First Baptist Church, where
he was a member.
He was born July 22, 1917 in Coal City, the son of Matt and Emma Kehnast
Connell. Formerly of Plainfield, he moved to Springdale in 1979 where he
was owner and operator of Deluxe Dry Cleaners, retiring in 1990.
Surviviors include his wife, Virginia Freeman Connell; a son and daughter-in-law,
Scott and Kathy Connell of Claremont, Calif.; two daughters and a son-in-law,
Rebecca Freeman and Susan and Paul Neveu,all of Springdale; one brother
and sister-in-law, Roy and Bessie Connell of West Frankfort; a sister,
Jessie Connell of Springdale; and 10 grandchildren.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he served in Okinawa and Iwo Jima and
was part of the occupation of Japan.
Visitation for Jessie L. ''Dike'' Harris, 78, of Kankakee, was from
6- 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel.
Services were held at 11 a.m. today at the Christian Hope Baptist Church
in Hopkins Park, where she was a member. Pastor Harold Harris officiated.
Burial was in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Ms. Harris died Friday (April 16, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
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.
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.
Lizzie Miller, 82, of Kankakee, died Thursday (April 15, 1999) at Provena
St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the services at 10 a.m.
at Born Again Apostolic Church, where she was a member. Elder Mack Burnett
Burial will be in Restvale Cemetery, Alsip.
Arrangements are by Lax Mortuary, Kank-akee.
She was born Oct. 23, 1916 in Tutwiler, Miss., the daughter of Dave
and Melissa Baker Blossom.
She was previously a member of True Vine Church of God In Christ, where
she served on the Mother's Board for approximately 15 years. She was selected
as ''Mother of the Year'' several times.
Her husband, Emmanuel Miller, whom she married in 1949, is deceased.
Aso deceased are her daughter and son, Hattie B. Cole and Robert.
Mrs. Miller had been a resident of Kankakee for 23 years and had worked
in housekeeping at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago.
Surviving are a brother and sister- in-law, Calvin and Shelly Blossom
of Chicago; nieces and nephews, which includes a devoted niece, Cateena
Ivy and her husband, Walter, of Kankakee; and special friends, Mary McCarty
and Maggie Carter of Kankakee; five grandchildren; two great- grandchildren;
and other relatives and friends.
She enjoyed quilting and working in the church.
SOUTH WILMINGTON/ BRAIDWOOD - LeRoy F. Kusper, 79, formerly of South
Wilmington and Braidwood, late of Huntington Beach, Calif., died March
9, 1999 at the Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. memorial
Mass to be celebrated by the Rev. Steve Bondi at Immaculate Conception
Church, Braidwood, where he was a member.
Inurnment will be in Braceville- Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
Memorials may be made to the Braidwood Emergency Squad.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 26, 1919 in South Wilmington, the son of Frank and
Mary Sabella Kusper.
Mr. Kusper retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Joliet.
In Huntington Beach he was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Force.
He played the saxophone in the Barney Faletti Orchestra from the age
of 14. Remaining active, he played with the Bernie Farr Orchestra in Orange,
Calif. and with the Huntington Beach Concert Band until the time of his
Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores Donna, whom she married
Feb. 2, 1942 in South Wilmington; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard
and Jeanette Kusper of Newport Beach, Calif.; a sister, Rita; inlaws; and
nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a brother, William Kusper.
Sandra Lee Hebert
Sandra Lee Hebert, 59, of Bradley, died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital, following an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, with a wake service at 3 p.m.
and Rosary at 8 p.m., at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic
Among survivors is her husband, Mark L. Hebert and a daughter, Marybeth
GILMAN - Margaret Kuipers, 75, of Gilman, died today (April 22, 1999)
at her home.
Arrangments are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga.
Elena Kalasunas, 82, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at
her daughter's home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home,
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Rose
of Lima Catholic Church, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born March 10, 1917 in Sarasai, Lithuania, the daughter of
Adamos and Julia Sirvinskas.
Her husband, Kazys Kalasunas, whom she married Jan. 9, 1952 in Kankakee,
died July 18, 1997.
She was a retired employee of General Foods Corporation.
Surviving are one son, Kazys J. Kalasunas of Kankakee; two daughters
and sons-in-law, Danute and Joseph Sheehan of Kankakee and Irene and David
Kibbons of Momence; one sister, Emilija Vaitkevicius of Derby, England;
three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A sister is deceased.
She enjoyed crocheting.
Edward Frank Drassler, a Bradley native, died at his home in Tucson,
Ariz., March 16, 1999.
He was born Jan. 19, 1910 in Bradley.
A Tucson resident since 1945, he retired as a department manager for
Sears in 1972.
He was a member of Perpetual Adoration at the Benedictine Convent for
many years. For the past 20 years he has been a member of the Newman Center.
He was a supporter of the University of Arizona football and basketball
programs and a founding member of the Tucson Kankakee Club.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Patrick and his first wife,
Patricia Cotter Drassler, whom he married on Aug. 21, 1937.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Flynn Drassler; a daughter and son-
in-law, Joanne and Neil Brown of Phoenix; a son and daughter-in-law, John
and Betty Jo Drassler of Tucson; six grandchildren; four great- grandchildren;
and two sisters, Alice Spreitzer of Libertyville and Rose Hansen of Phoenix,
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 20 at the Newman Center.
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary or the Catholic Newman
Center Education Fund, 1615 E. 2nd St., Tucson, Ariz. 85719.
MILFORD - Visitation for Elizabeth F. Kelnhofer, 63, of Milford, will
be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Milford Christian Church, Milford,
where she was a member.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Kelnhofer died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial
She was born July 28 1935 in Edmonton, Ky., the daughter of Lloyd Austin
and Velma Curry Robertson.
Surviving are her husband, Homer E. Kelnhofer, whom she married May
2, 1954 in Hoopeston; one daughter, Brenda Schumacher of Stitzer, Wis.;
two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Brenda of Milford and Jim and Teresa
of Watseka; two sisters, Jean Jeffries of Columbus, Ind. and Beverly Buley
of Mt. Sherman, Ky.; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents and one brother, Lloyd.
She enjoyed collecting things, the outdoors and was a Chicago Bulls
CHATSWORTH - Services for Walter A. Klehm, 96, of Charleston, formerly
of Chatsworth, were held April 20 at the Wesley United Methodist Church
Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon.
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Klehm died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at his residence.
Memorials may be made to the Walter A. Klehm Industral Arts Education
Award through the Eastern Illinois University Foundation.
He was born Feb. 10, 1903 in Huntington, Ind., the son of Henry and
Lizzie Shafer Klehm.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Zorn, whom he married in
1930; one son, Merwyn Klehm of Charleston; one sister, Emma Bargman of
Peoria; and one brother, Wesley Klehm of Chatsworth.
Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
KEMPTON - Doris Broughton, 69, of Shelbyville, formerly of Kempton,
died Tuesday (April 20, 1999) at Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home
in Shelbyville, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Building fund
or to the Autism Society of Illinois.
She was born Jan. 20, 1930 in Lincoln, the daughter of Lee M. and Bessie
N. Martini Jackson, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, E. Dale Broughton, whom she married May
17, 1953; two daughters and sons-in- law, Nancy and Ken Keating of Mattoon
and Janet and Doug Sutherland of Tolono; one son and daughter-in- law,
Monte and Laura Broughton of Shelbyville; one brother and sister- in-law,
Davey and Ann Jackson of Normal; and six grandchildren.
DWIGHT - Edwin Schmidt, 77, of Kinsman, died Wednesday (April 21, 1999)
at Morris Community Hospital, Morris.
VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements.