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Dustin Luedtke

ST. ANNE - Dustin Luedtke, 23, of St. Anne, died Saturday (May 22, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, after falling from a ladder while roofing a two-story house.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kankakee Cha-pel of the Schre-ffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Aroma Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Aroma Park Little League, St. Anne Grade School Athletic Department, or to the Bishop McNamara Varsity Baseball Uniform Fund.
He was born Nov. 9, 1975, in Kankakee, the son of Brian and Julie Cooper Luedtke.
Surviving are his fiancee, Elizabeth Macari, whom he was to marry Sept. 2, 2000; his parents of St. Anne; two brothers, Shaun and Trevor Luedtke of St. Anne; maternal grandparents, Norman and Lois Cooper of St. Anne; paternal grandparents, Harry and Dorie Luedtke of St. Anne; maternal great-grandmother, Theresa Cooper of Kankakee; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Deceased are his maternal great- grandfather, Howard Cooper; maternal great-grandparents, Edward and Dorothy Winkel; paternal great- grandparents, Pat and Jeanette Stirling.
Mr. Luedtke was an employee of the Kankakee Highway Department and worked on the family farm.
He was affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.
He graduated from St. Anne Grade School in 1990 where he played baseball, track, and basketball. He had played little league and was on the All Star Team.
He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 1994 where he played football, baseball, and played in the state finals in 1994 and placed third in the state.
Mr. Luedtke was a pony league coach in Kankakee
He was a Chicago Cubs fan.

John Kernagis

PIPER CITY - John A. Kernagis, 76, of Piper City, died Friday (May 21, 1999) at OSF Saint Francis Hospital, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Karanovich Funeral Home, Clinton, Ind., and from 8 a.m. Tuesday until the 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church, Clinton, Ind., by the Rev. Michael Kelley.
Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ashley Kernagis fund.
He was born June 16, 1922, at Clinton, Ind., the son of Anton and Anna Markunas Kernagis.
His wife, the former Wanda Hixon, whom he married Jan. 19, 1945, died May 15, 1999.
Surviving are one son, John M. Kernagis of Greenfield, Ind.; three daughters, Sharon Cunningham of Latham, Susan Innaimo of Fraser, Mich., and Linda Kernagis of Piper City; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Stanley, Frank and Anton; one sister, Veronica Sheehan; and one grandson, John Kernagis.

Catherine McGrath

Catherine A. ''Kay'' McGrath, 86, of Kankakee, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at Manor Care.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, until the celebration of the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, by the Rev. Dennis Settles.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or for Masses to the church.
She was born April 3, 1913, in Manteno, the daughter of John Joseph and Elizabeth McCormick McGrath.
Surviving are one sister, Loretta Cavanaugh of Kankakee; one brother, Francis McGrath of Manteno; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
Ms. McGrath was a teacher in Los Angeles, Calif., for 50 years.
She was affiliated with the Catholic church.
She was a graduate of St. Francis College in Joliet, and had a masters degree from the U. of I.
She enjoyed Dodgers fan and loved to travel.

Andrew Saindon

MOMENCE - Andrew V. Saindon, 81, of Momence, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at the Illinois Veterans Home, Manteno.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence, where he was a member.
Burial, with military honors conducted by the Momence Honor Guard, will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made to the Illiois Veterans Home in Manteno or to the donor's choice.
He was born Nov. 14, 1917, in Beaverville, the son of Phillip and Helen Regnier Saindon.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marie Barrie-Mohr, whom he married Aug. 31, 1941, in Momence; two sisters-in-law, Christine Johnston of Momence, Martina Saindon of Chicago; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, William and Beatrice Mohr of Ft. Meyers, Fla., and John Maloney of Chicago.
Deceased are two sisters and three brothers.
Mr. Saindon was a veteran of World War II serving with the 82nd Airborne Div. of the Army. He served in Northern Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and the invasion of Holland. He received a Bronze Battle Star, two Purple Hearts, European- African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with arrowhead and four stars.
He was a retired machine operator for Continental Midland in Park Forest for 46 years, retiring in 1983.
Mr. Saindon was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus No. 3755, a member of the 82nd Airborne Association, and a member of Paraglide.

Antoinette Roberts

CHEBANSE - Antoinette J. ''Toni'' Roberts, 57, of Chebanse, died Friday (May 21, 1999) at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, from injuries received in an auto accident near Mendota.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Maternity BVM Catholic Church, Bourbonnais.

Mary Miller

Mary Louise Miller, 70, of Kankakee, died Sunday (May 23, 1999).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Bishop McNamara High Scho-ol or to St. Martin of Tours Grade School.
She was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Streator, the daughter of Howard and Nora Dixon Mackey.
Surviving are her husband, John Miller, whom she married Dec. 27, 1948, in Dwight; two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Janet Miller of Bourbonnais, Paul and Karen Miller of Kankakee; one sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Albert Beyer of Dwight; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Arthur Mackey of Mesa, Ariz., Harry and Elizabeth Mackey, Harold and Phyllis Mackey, all of Streator; two sisters-in-law, Alta Mackey of Streator, Jane (Dennis) Donelly of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother-in-law, Maurice (June) Miller of Dwight; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Courtney, Sean, and Kyle.
Deceased are three sisters and two brothers.
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Caroline Lohrbach

PEOTONE - Caroline Lohrbach, 92, of Peotone, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at Anchorage of Beecher Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone, where she was a member. The Rev. David McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Pallbearers will be Dean and Franklin Lohrbach, Mark Coffill, Jeffery Hochmuth, and Nick Khoury.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone.
Arrangements are by the Fedde- Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
She was born July 29, 1906, in Beecher, the daughter of Eckhard and Caroline Schuette Stolzenbach.
Her husband, August Lohrbach, whom she married Jan. 27, 1929, in Beecher, died in 1991.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Bernice Coffill of Homewood, Shirley and Nick Khoury of Worth; two grandchildren, Cheryl (Jeffery) Hochmuth and Mark Coffill, and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are 12 brothers and sisters; and one son-in-law, Lawrence Coffill.

Early Brown

Cremation rites will be accorded for Early Brown, 90, of Bourbonnais.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are by the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Mrs. Brown died Friday (May 21, 1999) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home, Bourbonnais.
She was born April 22, 1909, in East St. Louis.
Her husband is deceased.
Surviving are one granddaughter, Latada Cook of Chicago; and one nephew, Maurice A. Holmes of Chicago.
Deceased are one daughter, four brothers, and three sisters.
Mrs. Brown was a resident of the area for 55 years.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hopkins Park.
She enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

Victor DeLonais

BUSHNELL, Fla. - Victor DeLonais, 82, of Bushnell, Fla., formerly of Bradley, died Thursday (May 20, 1999) at Heritage Village, Kankakee.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 28 at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel, Kankakee.
Blake-Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are requested to the donor's choice.
He was born July 12, 1916 in Kankakee, the son of Lionel and Gertrude Cogswell DeLonais.
His first wife, the former Edna Gilbert, whom he married July 28, 1937, died May 29, 1980. His second wife, the former Loretta Benoit, whom he married Jan. 4, 1981, died Oct. 8, 1982.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Charles Coffel and Vickie and Roger Beland, all of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Walter DeLonais of Hemet, Calif. and Leonard and Helen DeLonais of Bourbonnais; one sister, Maybelle Morris of Kankakee; a special friend, Blanche Benoit; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are sisters and brothers, Hazel Mezera, Pauline O'Donnell, Loretta Cromwell and Alfred (Barbara) DeLonais.
Mr. DeLonais retired March 31, 1977 from Ford Motor Company and moved to Florida in 1983.

Charles Hasselbring

BYRON CENTER, Mich. - Charles M. Hasselbring, 64, of Byron Center, Mich., father of Kankakee resident, died Sunday (May 23, 1999).
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brookside Christian Reformed Church. The Revs. Virgil Mills and Kenneth Anderson will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Grand Rapids First Church of the Nazarene, 3765 Kalamazoo S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49508.
Surviving are his wife, Kathryn; his mother, Mary Ruth Hasselbring; three daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Scott Lenger, Melissa and Doug Gallup of Kankakee, and Jennifer and Chris Shride; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles ''Kip'' and Margaret Hasselbring; his father-in- law, Ken Horner; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard and Joyce Horner, Ed and Marilyn Mattax; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and received his masters degree from Western Michigan University.
Mr. Hasselbring was the band director for Kentwood Public Schools for 31 years.
He was minister of music at First Church of the Nazarene in Grand Rapids, Mich. for 26 years, member and director of Gospel Choristers.
He enjoyed playing golf.

Ethel Whitney

ST. ANNE - Ethel Whitney, 70, of St. Anne, died Monday (May 24, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

John Leathers

Visitation for John William Leathers, 86, of Bourbonnais, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Jack McCormick will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Leathers died Sunday (May 23, 1999) in Kankakee.
He was born May 24, 1912, in Anderson Co., Ky., the son of James and Lilly Wahls Leathers.
His first wife, Helen, is deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Katherine M. Gaffney, whom he married Feb. 14, 1954; two sons, Delmar Leathers and Raymond Leathers, both of Bloomington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Owen Hunter of Ogden, Kathy and Darrel Powers of Bradley; four step- sons, Harold Mayer of Walls, Miss., Kenneth Mayer of DeWitt, Royden Mayer of Santa Rosa, Calif., James Mayer of Clifton; one sister, Ethel Grammer of Leroy; eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 13 step-grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers, two sisters, one daughter, Carol Leathers, and a step-son, David Mayer.
Mr. Leathers was a resident of the community since 1953.
He worked for the State of Illinois at Manteno State Hospital for 20 years, the last 15 years were as a security officer retiring in 1977 as lieutenant.
His hobby was remodeling homes then selling them.
He loved to camp, travel, garden and tinkering in his shop.

Leslie Cook

WATSEKA - Visitation for Leslie A. Cook, 21, of Watseka, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. David Bondurant will officiate.
Burial will be in Gaffield Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Cook died Saturday (May 22, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born July 7, 1977, the son of Raymond and Elizabeth Leppard Cozart.
Surviving are one daughter, Sydni Cook of Watseka; his fiancee, Keri Roe of Watseka; his mother of Corcoran, Calif.; his father of Paris, Ill.; one sister, Dawn Kraay of Tulare, Calif.; three brothers, Raymond Cook of Watseka, Terry Farris of Corcoran, Calif., Jason Farris of Ft. Riley, Kan.; two step-sisters, Sherry Ashley of Clinton, Paula Gagnon of Dwight; and one niece, Christina Farris of Corcoran, Calif.
Mr. Cook was a self-employed carpenter.
He played the guitar.
He enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a Rusty Wallace fan.

Audrey Rambo

MOMENCE - Audrey R. Rambo, 65, of Momence, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at St. Luke's Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago.
There will be no visitation or services.
Memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Research in Ruth McConnell's name.
She was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Hammond, Ind., the daughter of Ross and Ruth Jeanette Davis Tennyson.
Surviving are her husband, John H. Rambo, whom she married March 27, 1969, in Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Waneta and Richard Perez of Munster, Ind.; one son-in- law, Darris McDonnell of Grant Park; and two granddaughters, Bridget and Jenna McConnell of Grant Park.
Deceased are one daughter, Ruth McConnell; one grandson, Jonathan McConnell; and two sisters.
Mrs. Rambo was a longtime employee at Dovatech, formerly Bernard's, in Beecher.

Antoinette Roberts

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Antoinette J. ''Toni'' Roberts, 57, of Chebanse, will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Maternity BVM Catholic Church, Bourbonnais, where she was a member.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Snows Missionary Oblates of Mary.
Mrs. Roberts died Friday (May 21, 1999) at Loyola University Medical Center, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
She was born June 13, 1941, in Chicago, the daughter of Casimir B. and Stella Woiciechowski Cukierski.
Surviving are her husband, Bobby Roberts, whom she married June 9, 1968, in Chicago; two daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and James Lavigne of Naperville, Kimberley and David Guritz of Elgin; one sister and brother-in-law, Rosalie and Kenneth Grant of Lombard; and three grandchildren, Rachael and Joseph Guritz, and Ryan Lavigne.
Deceased are her parents.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker.
She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Victor DeLonais

BUSHNELL, Fla. - Cremation rites for Victor DeLonais, 82, of Bushnell, Fla., formerly of Bradley, were accorded.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 28 at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel, Kankakee.
Blake-Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Bourbonnais Library.
Mr. DeLonais died Thursday (May 20, 1999) at Heritage Village, Kankakee.
He was born July 12, 1916 in Kankakee, the son of Lionel and Gertrude Cogswell DeLonais.
His first wife, the former Edna Gilbert, whom he married July 28, 1937, died May 29, 1980. His second wife, the former Loretta Benoit, whom he married Jan. 4, 1981, died Oct. 8, 1982.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Charles Coffel and Vicki and Roger Beland, all of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Walter DeLonais of Hemet, Calif., Leonard and Helen DeLonais of Bourbonnais; one sister-in-law, Barbara DeLonais; one sister, Maybelle Morris of Kankakee; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are sisters and brothers, Hazel Mezera, Pauline O'Donnell, Loretta Cromwell and Alfred DeLonais; and special friend, Blanche Benoit.
Mr. DeLonais retired March 31, 1977 from Ford Motor Company and moved to Florida in 1983.

Clarence Damron

Cremation rites for Clarence Collin Damron, 92, of Kankakee, have been accorded.
Burial will be Thursday in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by the Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors.
Mr. Damron died Saturday (May 22, 1999).
He was born March 16, 1907, in Anna, the son of Alva and Mandanie Sivia Damron.
Surviving are one sister, Mildred Boyer of Anna; one niece, Mary Birr of Chicago; and one nephew, Charles Miller.
Deceased is one nephew, James Damron.
Mr. Damron was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army from March 23, 1942-Aug. 16, 1945.

Edward Schneider

DWIGHT - Visitation for Edward X. Schneider, 96, of Heritage Manor, Dwight, will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10:30 a.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Herscher, where he was a member, by the Rev. Ronald Hart.
Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Herscher.
Memorials may be made for masses.
Arrangements are by the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Mr. Schneider died Monday (May 24, 1999) at Heritage Manor, Dwight.
He was born Oct. 28, 1902, in Buckingham, the son of Joseph and Mary Walgenbach Schneider.
Surviving are one brother, William J. Schneider of Kankakee; six nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bill and Linda Hines.
Deceased is one infant sister.
Mr. Schneider was a lifelong farmer in the Buckingham area.

Benjamin Hakey

BRAIDWOOD - Benjamin Thomas Hakey, 77, of Braidwood, died today (May 25, 1999) at the Edward G. Hines Veterans Hospital, Hines.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ted Glidden will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Inurnment will be in North Cemetery, Essex, at a later date.
He was born March 25, 1922, in Tolono, the son of Herman and Jennie Nagra Hakey.
His wife, the former Rozella M. Kirdendall, whom he married June 22, 1940, in Chicago, is deceased.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Delmer and Joan Hakey of Braidwood, Ronald Hakey of Braceville; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Jeannette Wallace, and Anne and Donald Wilda, all of Joliet; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are seven brothers, Herman, Charles, John, Francis, Louis, William, and Edward Hakey; and two sisters, Elizabeth Lissy and Clara Shelly.
Mr. Hakey was a retired plaster contractor.
He was a member of Plasterer's Local No. 5 in Chicago.
Mr. Hakey was a veteran of World War II having served in the Phillipines in the U.S. Army, Infantry Division 37.
He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and tinkering.


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