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Stillman 'Larry' Linebarger

ST. ANNE - Visitation for Stillman ''La-rry'' Linebarger, 69, of St. Anne, Pembroke Township road commissioner and resident of the area for 36 years, will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park and from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services, at St. Anne Woods Chapel in St. Anne, where he was a member. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Momence Color Guard, will be in Momence Cemetery.
Mr. Linebarger died Tuesday (May 4, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 29, 1929 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the son of Willie James and Lizzie Brown.
Mr. Linebarger had been a private in the U.S. Army; a member of the Kankakee County Auxiliary Police; Pembroke Township trustee; and first commander-Ottoway Williams, VFW Post 7951.
Surviving are his companion, Betty Logan of St. Anne; five sons and one daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Linebarger and Samuel Linebarger, all of Tuscaloosa, Avery Logan and Christopher Roby, both of St. Anne and Thurgood Linebarger of Michigan; 11 daughters and two sons- in-law, Linda and Jackie Linebarger of Tuscaloosa, Vanessa Logan and Jerri Hood of Kankakee, Carolyn and Al Hawkins, Sonja and Dwayne Tensley and Jeanette, Janetta, Charisse, Shontay, Shontrell Linebarger, all of St. Anne; 48 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Alice of Tuscaloosa; and a special niece, Sharon Carruthers of Kankakee.
Deceased are four sons.

Dyer Vaillencourt

ST. ANNE - Dyer W. Vaillencourt, 95, of St. Anne, died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Bruce T. Salter will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Momence.
He was born Nov. 12, 1903, in St. Anne, the son of William and Lilly Larivere Vaillencourt.
His wife, the former Geraldine Hudson, whom he married March 5, 1927, in Crown Point, Ind., died March 7, 1949.
Surviving are two granddaughters, Kimberly (Brian) Rasmusen, Kathy Kelly, all of St. Anne; four great- grandchildren, Davis Wielgus Jr., Travis, Chance, and Kelsey Rasmussen, all of St. Anne; and special friends, Tom and Tricia Jackson of St. Anne, and Kristen Milone of Bourbonnais.
Deceased are one daughter, Wilma Kelly; one son, Willy; two brothers, Gasper ''Shorty'' and Armond ''Curly''; and two sisters.
Mr. Vaillencourt retired in 1970 after 25 years from Mobile Corp.
He enjoyed traveling and reading.

Evelyn Cooke

Evelyn ''Grandma'' Cooke, 66, of Kankakee, died Friday (May 7, 1999) at Sheldon Meadows Nursing Home.
Among survivors are one son, Terry Cooke of Kankakee.
Visitation and services are tentatively set for Wednesday afternoon at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Betty Jennings

Betty Rene Jennings, 48, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Kankakee, died Thursday (May 6, 1999) of a long-term illness.
Arrangements are for a wake service from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the noon services at the Living Word Church in St. Paul, Minn.
Arrangements are by the Werness Brothers Funeral Cha-pels, Minneapolis.
She was born April 5, 1951 in Kankakee, the daughter of Mary Alice Jennings and Eugene Dear.
Ms. Jennings worked for Shapiro Developmental Center for 10 years before relocating to Minneapolis.
Surviving are a daughter and son- in-law, Chynece and Gregory Lee, and two sons, Edward Darnell Jennings and Detric ''Bookie-Dee'' Dee, all of Kankakee; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Rosemary Jennings of Aurora; two sisters, Mary Lucille Browder of Kankakee and Annie and Robert Mosby of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents and a brother, Gary Jennings are deceased.
She enjoyed playing bingo.

Francis McNeil

THAWVILLE - Francis B. McNeil, 96, of Thawville, died Friday (May 7, 1999) at Gibson Area Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Thawville Congregational Church with the Rev. Tom Jones officiating.
Burial will be in the Ridgeland Township Cemetery in Thawville.
Mr. McNeil was born Nov. 27, 1902 in Thawville to Birch and Lillie Wallis McNeil. He married Zoetta G. Spellman on June 29, 1929 in Ridgeland Township. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Lee of West Chicago, and John of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Charlene Stevens of New Carlisle and Jane Giese of Granite City; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Mr. McNeil was a farmer and a breeder of fine livestock. He was a member of the Thawville Congregational Church where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was also a member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau for more than 60 years.
Memorials can be made to Thawville Congregational or Gibson Area Hospital.

Anna Peel

MORRIS - Anna Peel, 93, of Morris, and sister of a Coal City resident, died Sunday (May 2, 1999) at the Grundy County Home, Morris.
Private services were held May 4 at the U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home, Morris. The Rev. Robert Hoffenkamp officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris.
She was born July 22, 1905, in Coal City, the daughter of James and Mary Brudova Vilt.
Her husband, Robert Peel, whom she married in 1920 in Morris, died in 1972.
Surviving are one daughter, Virginia Sanders of Morris; one sister, Rose Vondrasek of Brookfield; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Ruth Vilt Jr. of Coal City; two grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and one great-great-grandson.
Deceased are one sister and four brothers.
She was educated in Coal City schools.
Mrs. Peel was employed by Florence Wainwright for 53 years and by Dr. William Sachse.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Morris.

Laura Haag

SAUNEMIN - Laura Mae Haag, 75, of Saunemin, died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Saunemin United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 
Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Wing.
Memorials may be made to the Saunemin United Methodist Church, where she was a member, Livingston County Health Department Cancer Fund, or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the Harris- Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom.
She was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Saunemin, the daughter of Watler and Nellie Perrine Baehler.
Surviving are her husband, Eugene W. Haag, whom she married June 12, 1948, in Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Deborah and Harold McKinney of Pontiac, Pam Geyer of Champaign, Kim and Jim Miller of Herndon, Va.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Kathy Haag of Minonk, Jon and Nancy Haag of Saunemin, and Randy Haag of Normal; one sister, Thelma Moore of Forrest; one brother, Gerald Baehler of Saunemin; two half-sisters, Carol Cantrall of Saunemin, and Donna Conroy of Monmouth; and 12 grandchildren.
She attended Bell Top Grade School and was a graduate of Saunemin High School and attended Gallagher Business College, Kankakee.
From 1942-48 she worked as a private secretary for an oil firm in Chicago. She was a former bookkeeper for Pontaic Ford Tractor; assistant cashier for State Bank of Saunemin; and was owner and bookkeeper for Triple HLP Gas Service, Inc., Saunemin.
Mrs. Haag held many offices on the church board. She was a former member of the Saunemin High School Board of Education and Saunemin Women's Club.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and had been both Unit and County president.

Mayme Kenney

MORRIS - Mayme Kenney, 87, of Morris, died Friday (May 7, 1999) in the Grundy County Home.
Visitation will be private.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Hoffenkamp, at 10 a.m. Monday, at Immaculate Conception Church, Morris.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Reeves Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Grundy County Home Activity Fund.
She was born July 21, 1911 in Seneca, the daughter of John and Louise Muester Prograce.
Educated in Marseilles, she married Leo Kenney in Marseilles on Feb. 1, 1929 and he preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Michael of Mazon; three daughters and one son- in-law, Mary and Don Berglund of Gardner, Phyllis Swartz of Morris and Joan Vota of Coal City; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Grindle of Plattville, Florence Kneipp of Marseilles; and many nieces and newphews.
Also deceased are two sons, Leo and Gerald; four brothers; and one sister.

Lucille Langlois

MANTENO - Lucille E. Langlois, 97, of Kankakee, formerly of Manteno, died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be Monday evening at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno. Services will be Tuesday at the funeral home. Other arrangements are pending.
Burial will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Manteno.

Ruth Parish

MOMENCE - Ruth Parish, 82, of Momence, died Friday (May 7, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence, where she was a member, by the Revs. Denis White and Dennis Settles.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to Good Shepherd Manor.
She was born Dec. 28, 1916, in Momence, the daughter of Rexford and Bernice Buche Sharkey.
Her husband, Anthony M. Parish, whom she married April 12, 1942, in Momence, died Aug. 17, 1987.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Marsha and Jim Rose, and Ann Delphine Mehler, all of Momence; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Sharkey of Momence; three grandchildren, Alycia and Scott Ottesen of Valparaiso, Ind., P. Christian and Denise Rose of Momence, Trisha and Jon Sprimont of Buckingham; and five great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Emily, Connor, Zoe and Keely.
Deceased are one son, Anthony Parish Jr.; one daughter, Colleen Parish; one son-in-law, Neil Mehler; and one brother, Orville Sharkey.
She was a member of the Momence Woman's Club.
Mrs. Parish was a homemaker.
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Iva Nozickova

Memorials for Iva Nozickova, 55, of Kankakee, may be made to the donor's choice to Care Memorial of Illinois, 1912 West 170th St., Hazel Crest, Ill. 60429, which will be forwarded to the family.
Formerly of Czech Republic, Mrs. Nozickova died April 15, 1999 at South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, from injuries sustained in an auto accident that day.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Liberac, Czech Republic.
She was born March 1, 1943 in Butores, Czech Republic, the daughter of Jaroslav and Jarmila Nozickova, who are deceased.
Surviving are one sister, Jarmila Vititalova of Czech Republic; and her companion, Peter Moravec of Czech Republic, formerly of Kankakee.
Ms. Nozickova was employed by Anderson Fitting Co.

Harold Jensen

Harold H. Jensen, 79, of Kankakee, died Sunday (May 9, 1999) at his home, after an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wed-nesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he was a member, by the Rev. Charles Wheeler.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for Masses at St. Rose of Lima Church or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
He was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Kankakee, the son of Holger Sr. and Helen Hoppel Jensen.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marjorie Cheffer, whom he married Aug. 12, 1941, in San Francisco, Calif.; one son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Amy Jensen of Kankakee; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Charmaine and Scott Pullon of Hilton Head, S.C., Linda and Bob Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn., Karen and Orval Schierholz of Indianapolis, Ind., Diane and Dale Gordon, and Mariann Jensen, all of Bourbonnais; one sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Ernie Schiller of Goodrich; one brother and sister-in-law, Holger Jr. ''J.R.'' and Joan Jensen of Kankakee; 14 grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.
Deceased is an infant sister, Annabelle Jensen.
Mr. Jensen retired from Azzarelli Construction in 1981 as a construction foreman.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the Pacific.
He was a 55 year member of the American Legion Post 85, the Moose, the VFW Post 1059, and the longest standing member of the Carpenter's Union Local 496.

Elaine Brandau

MANHATTAN - Elaine J. Brandau, 69, of rural Manhattan, died Sunday (May 9, 1999) at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, emergency room.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Thomas A. Zimmerman will officiate.
Burial will be in Tinley Park Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Park Forest Garden Club.
She was born May 31, 1929, in Chicago, the daughter of Weldon and Minnie Nichols Doss.
Surviving are her husband, Ray Brandau, whom she married June 15, 1947, in Tinley Park; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Maureen Brandau of Manhattan, John and Kathy Brandau of Bloomington; one daughter, Alice Harms of Grant Park; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Jean Doss of Crete; and five grandchildren.
She was a member of the Deselm Methodist Church.
Mrs. Brandau was a member of the Park Forest Garden Club, a delegate to the National Convention of State Garden Clubs for the Garden Clubs of Illinois, a special chairman of World Gardening and Natural Disasters, the Conservation Chairman of Park Forest Garden Club, and the Moose.
She was a life member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and a number of Chicago Botanical Gardens and the Horticultural Society of London.

Lloyd Campbell

MANTENO - Lloyd Campbell, 82, of Manteno, died Sunday (May 9, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.

Lucille Langlois

Visitation for Lucille E. Langlois, 97, a resident of Heritage House, Kankakee, formerly of Manteno, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. John McGeean will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Josephs Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to St. Josephs Church, Manteno, where she was a member.
Mrs. Langlois died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
She was born May 1, 1902, in Chicago, the daughter of John and Alice Sharp Nusbaum.
Her husband, Fred Langlois, whom she married Feb. 12, 1923, at St. Josephs Church, Manteno, died in 1964.
Surviving are two daughters, Luella Pepin of Kankakee and Frank Eagan of Bourbonnais; Eloise and Harold ''Red'' Lemner of Bradley; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons-in-law, Arnold Trepanier and Arthur Pepin; one sister, Ethel Lewis; one grandson, Scott Trepanier, and one great- grandson, Brandon Trepanier.
Mrs. Langlois farmed in the Manteno area with her husband until 1951.
She enjoyed word puzzles, sewing, and crocheting.
She was an avid bowler.

Cletus Walls

GILMAN - Cletus Paul Walls, 84, of the Gilman Nursing Home, died Friday (May 7, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Services were held at 1 p.m. today at the chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Joseph Hughes officiated.
Burial was in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
He was born May 4, 1915, in Adamsville, Tenn.
His wife, the former Maxie May Sweat, whom he married in 1931, died Dec. 14, 1996.
Surviving are three sons, Victory Walls of Chicago, Larry Walls of Dixon, David Walls of Chicago; two daughters and one son-in-law, Florence Dunn of Chicago, Annie and Kenneth Beal of Tiptonville, Tenn.; one sister, Hazel Sweat of Dyersburg, Tenn.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five sisters.
Mr. Walls was a farmer.
He enjoyed fishing.

E. Loraine Cutler

DALTON CITY - E. Loraine Cutler, 70, of Dalton, formerly of Clifton, died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at her home.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Dawson and Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Decatur, the son of Nelson and Niota Hinton Phelps.
Surviving are her husband, E. Wayne Cutler, whom she married April 20, 1952; one daughter-in-law, Cindy Best of Hammond, Ind.; three sisters, Jackie Stewart of Alhambra, Calif., Evelyn Hoffman of New Port Ritchie, Fla., and Clea Bean of Staunton; and four grandchildren, Jason Cutler of Bloomington, Ind., Jennifer, Judith, and Josh Cutler, all of Hammond, Ind.
Deceased are her parents and one son, David.

Roy Brackney

Roy L. Brackney, 91, of Kankakee, died Saturday (May 8, 1999).
There will be no visitation.
Private services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Larry Schreffler will officiate.
Burial will be in Lyman Cemetery, Roberts
Memorials may be made to the Kankakee County Animal Foundation.
He was born Feb. 28, 1908, in Newton County, the son of Edward F. and Luella Hutson Brackney.
His wife, the former Elizabeth Schafer, whom he married Feb. 28, 1942, died in 1984.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Robert Ragain of Bradley; one son-in-law, Timothy Piehl of Bloomington; and three grandchildren, Trina Ragain of Urbana, Gemma Ragain of Bradley, and Patrick and Cassandra Piehl of Bloomington.
Deceased is a daughter, Shirley Piehl, in 1984.
Mr. Brackney had worked at Roper's Factory retiring after 23 years.
He enjoyed baseball and ''Wheel of Fortune.''

Edna Knott

MANTENO - Edna Mae Knott, 68, of Manteno, died today (May 10, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home, Braidwood.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Manteno, where she was a member, by the Rev. Ed Grotovsky.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Pallbearers will be Charles Knott Sr., Mack Divine, Charles Knott Jr., Ken, Jr., Mark Ravens, and Lebron Cooper.
Inurnment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington at a later date. 
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville.
She was born June 3, 1930, in Joliet, the daughter of John L. Sr. and Ellen Rogers Vogrin.
Surviving are her husband, Emil A. Knott, whom she married in August 1961, in Kankakee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Mack Divine of Bourbonnais, Janice and Lebron Cooper of Lafayette, Ga.; one brother, John Leo (Mary) Vogrin, Jr. of Joliet; one sister, Joann Williams of Joliet; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four infant children; one grandson, Daniel Willard; and one sister, Barbara Jean Vogrin.
Mrs. Knott was employed as a bookkeeper, primarily for insurance companies in the local area. She had also been employed at the Bradley Candy Co.

Thomas Crivellone

Thomas J. Crivellone, 59, of Hollister, Mo., formerly of Bradley, died Friday (May 7, 1999) in Branson, Mo.
Cremation rites will be accorded Wednesday at Springfield Mortuary, Springfield, Mo.
He was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Chicago, the son of John and Mary Crivellone. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard and Millie Crivellone of Belview, Neb., and Michael Crivellone of Steger; one brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Julia Crivellone of Bourbonnais; one sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Ralph Fionda of Manteno; and many nieces and nephews.

Fern Jackman

MAINE Township - Fern Jackman, 98, of Maine Township, died Saturday (May 8, 1999) at the Grundy County Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Carol Alice Edman will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dale and Jim Jackman, Bill Pohl, George and Dave Mehochko, and Larry Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Mehochko, David and Devan Jackman.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born March 3, 1901, in Coal City, the daughter of Herbert and Anna Thom Palmer.
Her husband, Roy W. Jackman, whom she married April 3, 1920, in the Methodist Church in Joliet, is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Melvin and Norma Jackman of Maine Township; one daughter and son-in-law, Anabelle F. and Don Beier of Dwight; one grandson, James Jackman; and two great- grandchildren, David and Devan Jackman.
Deceased are one grandson, Melvin William; and three brothers, Russell, Walter, and Melvin Palmer.
She was raised and educated in Coal City.
Mrs. Jackman and her husband farmed together in Maine Township.

Jewell Harwell

Jewell Harwell, 62, of Kankakee, died Friday (May 7, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.


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