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Victor Danca

Victor Danca, 90, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Charles Wheeler will officiate. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Kankakee.
Burial with military rites will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Sept. 7, 1908 in Bayou Currents, La., the son of Rosario and Nickalina Maddie Danca. He attended school through the seventh grade.
He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Luzon in the Pacific as a metalsmith. He was a member of the Kankakee American Legion Post 85 and Disabled American Veterans, Kankakee Chapter.
Mr. Danca retired in 1973 after 48 years with Mortell Company in maintenance.
Surviving are his wife, the former Darlyne A. Miller, whom he married June 28, 1936 at St. Rose of Lima Church, Kankakee; two daughters and one son-in-law, Diana and James E. Beck of Crystal Lake and Cynthia Danca of Kankakee; three grandchildren and spouses, Brian and Grace Beck of Chicago, Kevin and Tracey Beck of Genoa and Erin Beck of Crystal Lake; two great-grandchildren, Maggie and Katie Beck; two brothers, Michael and Samuel Danca, both of Kankakee; two sisters, Mrs. John Sovinski (Angeline) of Kankakee and Mrs. Wayne Hosier (Frances) of Naples, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Charles Danca; and two sisters, Lena Canino and Carmella Eserhut.
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Sheryl Zehr

BUCKINGHAM - Sheryl Jean Zehr, 53, of Buckingham, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Jerry Watkins will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Provena St. Mary's Cancer Center.
She was born Oct. 26, 1944 in Buckingham, the daughter of James Rollo and Mary Mildred Askew Harris.
Surviving are her husband, Marlow Zehr, whom she married Aug. 31, 1973 in Herscher; stepsons and spouses, Mitchell and Debra Zehr of Neena, Wis., Mark and Laura Zehr and Matthew Zehr, all of Portland, Ore.; one daughter and son-in- law, Julia and Wayne Bisaillon of Bonfield; one sister and brother-in- law, Sharon and Val Sprietzer of Joliet; four grandchildren; three nieces; and four nephews.
Deceased are her parents and a sister, Betty Gross.
She was a member of Herscher United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Zehr had been employed at General Foods and the Special Education Cooperative for the last three years.
She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and Elvis.

Ruby Pearson

WATSEKA - Ruby Pearson, 79, of Watseka, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at her home.
Private family services will be held.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements are by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
She was born July 2, 1919 in Wellington, the daughter of Elmer and Nellie Bennett King.
Surviving are her husband, Leland Pearson, whom she married March 11, 1952 in Lafayette, Ind.; one daughter, Barbara Prince of Elmhurst; three grandchildren, Donald Steen Jr., Pamela Sue Lundbohm and Lisa Ann Simpson, all of Arizona; six great-grandchildren; one brother and sister, Kenneth King and Olive Windler, both of Fowler, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister preceded her in death.
She enjoyed playing Bingo.

Mabel Horan

Mabel E. Horan, 92, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Oct. 17, 1998) at Provena Heritage Village.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a 5 p.m. wake service at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Denis White, 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.
Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Irwin.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
She was born Sept. 4, 1906 in Wichert, the daughter of De-witt and Jane McKenna Yates.
Her husband, Raymond Horan, whom she married June 20, 1931 in St. Anne, died in September of 1964.
A retired teacher, she taught in Bradley, Clifton and Herscher schools.
She was a graduate of St. Anne High School and the American College of Education in Chicago. She attended Illinois State University.
A member of St. Martin of Tours Church, she was a former longtime member of Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Chebanse.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sherry Horan of Austin, Texas; one daughter and son- in-law, Delores and Ed Safiran of Kankakee; nine grandchildren, Mike and Steve Krizan, Carolyn Krizan Fletcher, Liz Safiran O'Connor, Edward Jr. and Tim Safiran, Jennifer Horan Greer, Amy Horan Nelson and Katy Horan; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two daughters, Rita Horan and Mary Therese Krizan; three brothers, Bill, Charles and Joe; and four sisters, Helen, Mary, Jeanette and Ann.
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Ed Reiter

MILFORD - Ed Reiter, 97, of Milford, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Wally Waiter will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Radio Ministries or the Milford Ambulance Fund.
Mr. Reiter farmed for 60 years.
He was born Oct. 29, 1900 in Yugoslavia, the son of Fred and Elizabeth Bitch Reiter.
His wife, the former Lola Aeschelman, whom he married May 22, 1925 in Roanoke, died March 24, 1974.
Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, LaVerne and Don Hubner, Phyllis Huff and Wilma and Vernes Wilkening, all of Milford, EdWaina and Darwin Fatland of Maple Lake, Minn.; one brother, Carl Reiter of Mansfield, Ohio; two sisters, Julia Keller of Mansfield, Ohio, Katie Doty of Escondido, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, three sisters and two sons.
He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford.
He enjoyed gardening.

Emanuel Steffen

FAIRBURY - Emanuel ''Manny'' Steffen, 78, of Fairbury, died Oct. 10, 1998 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.
He was born Jan. 6, 1920 at Cropsey, the son of Andrew and Sarah Streitmatter Steffen.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Schupbach, whom he married March 31, 1946 in Cissna Park; two sons, Keith of Washington and Jerry of Miami Beach, Fla.; a brother, Robert of Washington; and seven grandchildren.
His son Jim and a sister preceded him in death.
Services were Oct. 12 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Fairbury.

Shirley Pierce

WOODLAND - Shirley Pierce, 79, Woodland, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Magnolia Wood Health Care Center, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.

Jesse Lamie

Jesse Harvey Lamie, 78, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) .
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 5:30 p.m. at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles Wheeler, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the Mercy Home in Chicago for boys and girls.
He was born Aug. 22, 1920 in Pocahontas, Io-wa, the son of Claude and Catherine Feldhaus Lamie.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ethel Henning, whom he married Aug. 30, 1941 in Beaverville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Donna Lamie of Kankakee and Bill and Tonya Lamie of Herscher; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Chuck Price of Clifton and Patty and Nate Pecchenino of St. Anne; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Dorothy Billadeau of Momence, Leonita Regnier of Georgia and Claudia and Alan Anderson of Bradley; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Kermit and Audrey Lamie of Ashkum, Quentin and Dolly Lamie of Chebanse, Art Lamie of Iowa and Richard and Ruth Lamie of St. Anne; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Norbert and Joe; and three sisters, Donola, Earlene and Roberta.
Mr. Lamie was a self-employed barber and a past member of the Barbers Union.
He enjoyed golf, cards and was a Cubs Fan.

Glenn Schultz

STEGER - Glenn R. Schultz, 74, of Steger, formerly of Beecher, died Thursday (Oct. 15, 1998) at his home.
Visitation was from 1-7 p.m. Saturday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. John Stellick officiated.
Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Crete.
Memorials may be made to the activity fund at Manteno Veterans Home.
He was born March 12, 1924, in Beecher, the son of Edward and Clara Selk Schultz.
His wife, the former Lucille Haseman, died in 1997. A daughter and son are also deceased.
Mr. Schultz was a heavy equipment operator.
A veteran, he served in the Army.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Crete.
Surviving are one son, Glen Allen Schultz of Steger; eight sisters, Lorraine Olson, Bonnie Matthias and Jean Lange, all of Beecher, Garneta Huseman of Lowell, Ind., Faith Skiba of Buffalo Grove, Clara Walza of Antioch, Betty Donoho of Xenia; and Carol McConkey of Richmond, Wis.; three brothers, Robert Schultz of Beecher, Jack Schultz of Quincy, Fla. and Jim Schultz of Park Forest.

Harold Vadeboncoeur

Harold E. Vadeboncoeur Sr., 70, of Kankakee, died today (Oct. 19, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

D. Frank Harshbarger

D. Frank Harshbarger, 51, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Oct. 17, 1998) at his home.
Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services or visitation.
Burial of cremains will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Arrangements were by Clancy- Gernon Funeral Homes.
He was born Dec. 28, 1946 in Kankakee, the son of Leslie and Agnes Harshbarger.
Mr. Harshbarger was a former employee of Conrail and Pepsi Company. He also had worked as a surveyor in Florida.
He was a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the Army.
Surviving are one daughter, Shani Harshbarger of Bourbonnais; one brother, Lee Harshbarger of Tallahasse, Fla.; and a special friend, Darlene Blanchette of Bradley.

George Alford

George D. Alford, 64, of Kempton, died Saturday (Oct. 17, 1998) at St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Cremation rites have been accorded by Hertz-Thoma Chapel of Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Vienna, the son of Harry and Aline Rion Alford.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Alford was a construction worker for local firms.
Surviving are two sons, Jimmy of Kentucky and John of Virginia; four sisters, Agens Stokes of Kempton, Helen Martin of Kankakee, Virginia Farino of Florida and Glenda Alford of Clifton; six brothers and two sisters-in-law, Darrel of Bourbonnais, Virgil and Jean Alford of Farmington, N.M., Roger and Marty Alford of Aroma Park, Ralph Alford of Bradley, Russell Alford of Kankakee and Jack Alford of Las Cruces, N.M.
Deceased are his parents, one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Archie Favors and one brother Wayne.

Harold Vadeboncoeur

Visitation for Harold E. Vadeboncoeur Sr., 70, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Alan Good will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes or Heart Association.
Mr. Vadeboncoeur died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born July 28, 1928 in St. Anne, the son of Herman and Edna Dumontelle Vadeboncoeur.
Mr. Vadeboncoeur was a member of United Steel Workers of America.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Duffield, whom he married May 1, 1945 in Joliet; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Jr. and Julie Vadeboncoeur of Bradley and Michael and Darra Lynn Vadeboncoeur of Iroquois; two daughters and one son-in-law, Marsha and Greg Faford of Bourbonnais and Mary Pender of Kankakee; and grandchildren, Tim and Kelly Faford, Jason Faford, Michele and Amber Vadeboncoeur, Christopher Pender, Danae, Devin and Matthew Vadeboncoeur.
Deceased are two brothers, Elsworth and Ronald and one son Harold.
He enjoyed the outdoors and reading.
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John Paro

WATSEKA - John M. Paro, 59, of Watseka, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, with a Rosary recited at 7:45 p.m. at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Lee Ryan will officiate. He was of the Roman Catholic faith.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the Heart or Cancer Association, Hospice or to the donor's choice.
He was born Aug. 23, 1939 in Watseka, the son of Roy and Lucille Lavoie Paro. His mother, Lucille Koets, resides in Watseka. His father is deceased.
He served three years in the Army.
Mr. Paro worked over 37 years at Uarco, Watseka, part of that time as a supervisor.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bonnie L. Brewington, whom he married Dec. 6, 1958 in Hoopeston; three sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Viola Paro of Fort Hood, Texas, Randell and Peggy Paro of Donovan and Larry and Tammy Paro of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Bob Grimes of Crescent City; six grandchildren, Samantha Landrus, Mandy, Mindi, Travis, Michel and Jessica Paro; and several nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed golf, travel and woodworking.
(Pd.)

David Wetmore

KENTLAND, IND. - David L. Wetmore, 59, a long-time resident of Kentland, Ind., died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at his residence of brain cancer.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland, where services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
He was born Feb. 22, 1939, and was reared first in the Lowell, Martinton and Brook areas and then in Valparaiso, where he was very active with the Boy Scouts. 
After graduating from Purdue University in 1970 with a degree in animal science, he moved to Kentland and was self-employed for several years. For the past six years he worked at Bernie's Amoco in Kentland.
Surviving are his wife, Claire and their son, Andy, both at home; his mother, Doris Ann Chidester Wetmore of Valparaiso; another son, Mark, and his wife, Tammey of Columbus, Miss.; one daughter, Tracey, and her husband, Mike Parker of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Wayne Hosier, WWII vet

NAPLES, Fla. - Wayne F. Hosier, 73, of Naples, Fla., died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998). 
He was born in Buckingham, the son of Raymond and Goldie Hosier. He had been a resident of Naples since 1972, moving from Ft. Myers, Fla. and Kankakee.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Navy.
Surviving are his wife, Frances Hosier; a son, Dennis Hosier of Naples; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Michael and Michaela Schuh of Naples; three grandsons; a sister, Lucille Richards of Ironwood, Mich.
Deceased are three brothers, Russell, Dale and Ralph Hosier and a daughter, Cheryl Schuh.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Muller-Thompson Funeral Chapel in Naples.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Naples, where he was a member.
Burial will follow at Naples Memorial Gardens.

John Koch

John E. Koch, 79, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grand Prairie Cemetery, Bonfield. The Rev. Craig Sweet officiated. There will be no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Koch was a payroll clerk at A.O. Smith Corp. for 36 years.
He was born June 16, 1919 in Reddick, the son of John N. and Esther Schultz Koch.
His wife, the former Arlene Brunner, whom he married Feb. 8, 1953 at Grand Prairie Church, Bonfield, is deceased.
He served in the Army during World War II.
Surviving are two sons, David and Michael Koch, both of Florida; one sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Hugh Ingram of Tallahassee, Fla.; three nieces and four nephews.
He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Kankakee.

Maybelle Landry

Maybelle Landry, 85, of Kankakee, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Manor Care Health Services.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Orville Prather

CLIFTON - Orville Prather, 77, of Clifton, died Monday (Oct. 19, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, following a short illness.
Arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

Lisa Hoy Kronz

Lisa Kronz, 36, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Sunday (Oct. 18, 1998), from injuries sustained in an auto accident Oct. 15.
She was born Feb. 21, 1962 in Watseka. Her parents, Norm and Barbara Conrad Dillsworth of Phoenix and George and Barbara Hoy of Grayslake, survive.
Also surviving are her children; three brothers, Gary of Watseka and Jeffery and Ronald, both of Phoenix; one sister, Nancy Raupp of Phoenix; grandmother, Vera Hoy of Onarga; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Conrad and John Hoy.


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