Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Sandra Hebert

Visitation for Sandra Lee Hebert, 59, of Bradley, will be held 3-8 p.m. Sunday, with the 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 Church, Bradley, where she was a member, by the Rev. Doug Hauber.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to the Easter Seal Society or for Masses.
Mrs. Hebert died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, after an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 1, 1940, in Kankakee, the daughter of Karl L. and Marjean Duchene Neifing.
Surviving are her husband, Mark L. Hebert, whom she married May 14, 1960, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley; one daughter and son-in-law, Marybeth and David Dummer of Bradley; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Richard Rue of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Tiffany and Mallory Dummer of Bradley; four nephews, Ryan, Aaron, Jonathan, and Andrew; and two nieces, Kelly and Alison.
Deceased are her parents; one daughter, Jamie Susanne Hebert; one son, Jeffery Scott Hebert; and one sister, JoAnn Neifing.
Mrs. Hebert devoted her time to taking care of her handicapped son.
She was a homemaker.
She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and watch television.

Gertrude Brauman

DWIGHT - Gertrude P. Brauman, 89, of Dwight, formerly of Piper City, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Sunday until the 2 p.m. services at the United Methodist Church, Piper City, where she was a member. The Rev. Dori Dana Hudson will officiate.
Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Piper City.
She was born June 15, 1909, at Roberts, the daughter of William John and Cornelia Johnson Day.
Her husband, William Brauman Jr., whom she married Aug. 10, 1936, died Nov. 4, 1980.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Jerry Curtis of Dwight; two grandchildren, Patricia Aldrich of Seneca, and Scott Curtis of Carrollton, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Aldrich and Bryan Curtis.
Deceased are one daughter, Elsie, who died in infancy; two sisters; and five brothers.
Mrs. Brauman spent her childhood in the Melvin area and attended school there. She received her teacher's certificate from Illinois State Normal University. She taught in rural area schools near Piper City.

Almeda Windmiller

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. - Almeda M. Windmiller, 80, of Golden Valley, Ariz., formerly of Kankakee, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at her home, after an illness.
Cremation rites were accorded.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Golden Valley.
She was born May 3, 1918, in Warren, the daughter of James and Catherine Luy.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Windmiller, whom she married Nov. 13, 1947; two daughters and sons-in- law, Beverly and Ward Sommer of Fallon, Nev., Roberta and Lew Bloomfield of Golden Valley, Ariz.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Glynn and Karen Billingsley of Chebanse, Duane and Susan Windmiller of Bourbonnais, Keith and Jennifer Windmiller of Grenoble, France; two foster daughters, Lynn Reed of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mary Wind of California; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Windmiller ran a day care center in Kankakee for many years.

Grace Lauterbach

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Grace C. Lauterbach, 89, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Milford, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Robert Einhouse will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Milford United Methodist Church or to Asbury Methodist Church, Springfield, Mo.
She was born June 30, 1909, in Ashkum, the daughter of Sophus and Anna Christena Larsen Christensen.
Her husband, Albert F. Lauterbach, whom she married in December 1928, died in July 1986.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Lois Woods of Springfield, Mo., Marian and Robert Ryburn of Ellsworth; one sister, Dorothy Normandin of Sun City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Lori and Kimberly Ryburn, Scott Ryburn, Randall (Jean) Lauterbach; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers; one sister; and one son, Ronald Lauterbach.
She was a graduate of Gilman High School in 1926.
Mrs. Lauterbach lived and farmed with her husband in the Milford area until his death.

Paul Scott

MORRIS - Paul H. Scott, 93, of Morris, died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at the Walnut Grove Health Care Center, Morris.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. services at the Fruland Funeral Home, Morris. Pastor Kevin Yandell will officiate.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
He worked for Trimbles Green house in Princeton. In the late 20s and early 30s he owned a florist shop in Geneseo. Arriving in Morris, in the mid-30s he worked for Liningtons Greenhouse before starting Scotts Greenhouse and Nursery in 1939. He and his wife owned and operated their business before retiring in 1979.
He was born Dec. 22, 1905, in LaRue County, Hodgenville, Ky., the son of George and Ella Hubbard Scott.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elsie Louise Krause, of Morris, whom he married June 4, 1927, in Peru, Ill.; four daughters and sons-in- law, Beverly and Frank Lutz of Morris, Virginia and Michael Ercegovich of Reddick, Ruth and William Cheshareck, and Paula and Dan Beeler, all of Morris; one son and daughter-in-law, George and Doris Scott of Holiday, Fla.; one brother, John Scott of Vandalia, Ohio; one sister, Dorothy Moore of Prairie Village, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Glenn Peterson of Walnut; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Thelma Cosat and Roberta Foreman; one son-in-law, Merle Wills; and one grandson-in-law, Gary Larson.

Margaret Kuipers

GILMAN - Visitation for Margaret M. Kuipers, 75, of Gilman, will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Revs. Charles Shelquist and Connie Williams-Moodie will officiate.
Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Onarga United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Kuipers died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at her residence.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence H. Kuipers, whom she married Feb. 20, 1943; one son and daughter- in-law, Greg and Kathy Kuipers of Onarga; one sister, Edna Jimison of Crown Point, Ind.; and two grandchildren, Kyla and Trever Kuipers, both of Onarga.
Deceased are two sisters and one grandchild.
Mrs. Kuipers was a member of the Onarga United Methodist Church, the Methodist Women, Jolly Neighbors, and the Sunshine Club.
She taught Sunday school for several years.
She enjoyed crocheting and gardening.

Edwin Schmidt Jr.

KINSMAN - Visitation for Edwin Schmidt Jr., 77, of Kinsman, will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Oaklwan Cemetery, Dwight. The Rev. Roy Wilson will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Kountz, Dan Foster, Tom Thompson, Jack Dewey, Alfred Austino, John Knibbs, Reuben Thompson, Omar Hammen, Maurice Ryan, and Hayden Dewey.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Schmidt died Wednesday (April 21, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
He was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Marion, Ind., the son of Edwin and Dora Wilkey Schmidt.
He married the former Viola Juhl April 16, 1960.
Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Schmidt of Kinsman, and LouAnn Medina of Joliet; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Douglas Snow of Yuma, Ariz.; one sister-in- law, Phyllis Schmidt of Normal; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother Ronald Schmidt.
He was educated at Goodfarm Grade School and attended Dwight Township High School.
Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a truck driver most of his life.
He was a member of the VFW in Dwight, and the Teamster's Joliet Local 179.

Lawrence J. Shepard

Lawrence J. Shepard, 79, of Kankakee, died Friday (April 23) at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home in Bourbonnais, and from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Lee Funeral Home in Washington, Indiana. 
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Washington, Ind. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Washington, Ind.
Shepard was born Feb. 20, 1920 in Washington, Ind., the son of Charles and Laura Stumph Shepard.
He retired from The Kankakee Daily Journal in 1982, where he was a pressman.
Surviving are a stepson, Dennis Hoffman of Miami, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Thurman Gill of Seymor, Ind.; a very good friend, Dr. James Kemblowski of Miami, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
His first wife, Mary Ellen Auberry, whom he married Feb. 3, 1940, died in 1967.
He married Garnet Hoffman on April 26, 1969 in St. George, and she died in 1993.
Two brothers, Ralph and Harold Shepard; two sisters, Regina Arnold and Mary Butt; and one stepson, Howard Hoffman, are also deceased.
Mr. Shepard was a veteran of World War II in the Army infantry. He served in Europe
He was a member of St. Patrick's Church of Kankakee, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
A woodworker, he also built several homes in the Kankakee area.(pd.)

Rosalie Giunta

Rosalie Giunta, 84, of Kankakee died Friday (April 23) in Kankakee.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Charles Wheeler at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Rose Catholic Church.
Burial with be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kankakee.
She was born July 21, 1914, in Greenfield, Mass., the dau-ghter of Rosario and Angela Garofalo Giunta.
She worked for 36 years at the Bear Brand Hoisiery Company as a labeler and printer, retiring in 1967.
Survivors include special friends Frank and Josephine Raspolich, family, and many special long-standing friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.
She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church. She loved cats and praying.

Jessie Harris

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.
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 cousins.
Her parents, two sisters and two brothers are deceased.
Ms. Harris had been a residential housekeeper for many years.
She enjoyed sewing, reading and gardening.

Iris Heriot

CLIFTON - Iris Heriot, 77, of Clifton died Saturday (April 24) at the Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home in Clfton. Funeral arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Ricky M. Stapleton

Ricky M. Stapleton, 39, of Kankakee, died Friday (April 23) in Kankakee. 
Visitation will be from 10 a.m., Monday, May 3, until services at 11 a.m., at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Fu-neral Homes. Rev. Wills will officiate. Burial will be at the Mound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee.
He was born Sept. 26, 1960 in Kankakee, the son of Robert and Calina Stapleton.
Mr. Stapleton was employed at ITW Angleboard and Riverside Medical Center in housekeeping. He served in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Joy N. Parker-Stapleton, whom he married on Aug. 21, 1998 in Kankakee; two sons, Qa'mari Stapleton, of Kankakee, and Canei Johnson of Kankakee; three daughters, Saporia Johnson of Kankakee, Latavia Fortney of Kankakee, and Cleopatra Stapleton of Hazel Crest; six sisters and brothers- in-law, Dora Mae Stapleton of Kankakee, Whendy Stillwell of Detroit, Mich., Suzane Tucker of Ohio, Alberta Stapleton of Califonia, Tammy Burse of Kankakee and sister-in-law Tammie Mason of Kankakee; two brothers, Robert Taylor of Joliet and David Stapleton of Woodstock; two brothers-in law, William Parker, Jr. of Kankakee and James Martin, Jr. of Kankakee; father-in-law William Parker, Sr.; grandson Sylvester; several cousins, neices, nephews; and several special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gordon.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert Parker and a brother, Glen Stapleton.
He had a loving wife who took care of him through his sickness from cancer since Sept. 3, 1999, as well as brothers Bobbie and David, Sister Tammy, cousin Bertha, Uncle Cleadus, Aunt Shantell, and loving mother-in-law Cleaster Martin and Family.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Paul Brownfield

THAWVILLE - Paul Raymond Brownfield, 86, of Thawville, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) at Gibson Area Hospital-Annex, Gibson City.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Lamb-Young Funeral Home, 108 N. Walnut St., Roberts.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Thawville. The Rev. Melvin Bell will officiate.
Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Thawville or to the American Cancer Society.
He was born May 12, 1912, in rural Ludlow, the son of Harvey W. and Maud Turner Brownfield.
Surviving are his wife, the former Phyllis Margaret Hapenny, whom he married June 30, 1938 in Princeton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Patricia Brownfield of Naperville, and Bill and Diane Brownfield of Thawville; one daughter and son- in-law, Patricia and Tim Bittner of Bloomington; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Brownfield owned and operated Watseka Auto Sales from 1930 to 1940. He farmed most of his life, retiring in 1976.
He was a lay leader for the United Methodist Church at Thawville, past treasurer and trustee of the church.
He was a member of the Ford County Fair Board and was a deputy sheriff for Iroquois County.
Mr. Brownfield lived in Thawville most of his life, formerly living in LeRoy and Watseka.

Mrs. Marge Finfrock

Mrs. Marge Finfrock, former co- owner of Finny's Jewelry Store in Watseka, died Friday (April 23) in Arvada, Colorado. Funeral arragements are pending for a burial in Cullom.

Joan Louise Helgeson

Joan Louise Helgeson, 39, of Kankakee died Friday (April 23) in Kankakee.
Vistation will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday (April 27) until the time of services at 11 a.m., in the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
She was born Jan. 18, 1960, the daughter of James L. and Ruth Louise Karns Burton.
Surviving are daughters Lanay M. Benfield of Kankakee, and April L. Hennessy of Kankakee; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Nancy and Roy Lambert of Bradley and Donna Helgeson of Kankakee; Brothers and sisters-in-laws, James and Geri Burton of Bradley, and Randy and Terry Burton of Kankakee; one grandchild; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, neices and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth, and an uncle, Mike Karns.
She enjoyed writing poems.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Vince E. Lillig

WATSEKA - Vince E. Lillig, 34, of Watseka died Friday (April 23) at his home.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., today at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Visitation will also be from 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. at the Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. Joe Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.
He was born April 25, 1964 in Chicago, the son of John Peter and Barbara Schultz Lillig, Jr.
He was the store manager at the Eagle Country Store in Watseka.
Surviving are a his mother and step-father, Barbara and Stuart Moore of Watseka; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Russell and Susan Lillig of Watseka, and twin brothers Keith and Kevin Lillig of Watseka; a sister and brother-in-law, Sheri and Albert Costello of Canyon Lake, Texas; two nephews, Matthew and Mason Lillig of Watseka; and a special friend, Kim Coffman of Donovan.
He was preceeded in death by his father.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the donor's choice.

Edward Garcia

CLARENDON HILLS - Edward F. Garcia, 58, of Clarendon Hills, formerly of Chicago and Wilmington, died Thursday (April 22, 1999) after a kidney illness.
Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday for the celebration of the 1 p.m. funeral Mass at St. Rose Catholic Church, Wilmington.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born March 16, 1941, in San Antonio, Texas.
Surviving are his mother, Corine Harwood of Joliet; one sister, Dolores Dion of Joliet; two nieces, Ricci (Timothy) Flynn of Clarendon Hills, Bobbie (John) Walker of Joliet; two great-nieces and one great-nephew.
His father, Manuel Garcia; and one brother, Roy Garcia, are deceased.
Mr. Garcia was an employee of Airport Express of Chicago.
He loved fishing, gardening and having a good book nearby.

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