MOMENCE - Memorial graveside services for Mabel A. Turner, 86, of Momence
Meadows Nursing Home, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Grundy Cemetery,
Bismarck. The Rev. Kenneth Fetters will officiate.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Turner died Saturday (May 15, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center,
She was born Aug. 26, 1912, in Galloway, Ohio, the daughter of John
L. and Effie Neff Thompson.
Her husband, James W. Turner, whom she married Jan. 11, 1934, died
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Ruth Turner
of Manteno; one son-in-law, Merle Schroeder of Greencastle, Ind.; two sisters,
Edith Seedle of New Rome, Ohio, Lucille Show of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers,
Charles Thompson of Columbus, Ohio, Virgil Thompson of Galloway, Ohio;
five grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Donald Turner; one daughter, Helen Schroeder;
two grandchildren, Myra Schroeder and Viki Dixon; and three brothers, Eddie,
Ben, and Tommy Thompson.
Mrs. Turner had worked at Kmart in Danville.
She was a member of Bismarck First Church of Christ.
WILMINGTON - Preston J. ''Cracker'' Graham, 64, of Wilmington, died
Monday (May 24, 1999) at Carle Clinic, Champaign.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Reeves
Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Tom McCormick will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born April 4, 1935, in Savannah, Ga.
Surviving are his wife, the former Alice Ann Griffin; three daughters
and sons-in-law, Debbie and Victor Howard, Renee and George Zouganelis,
and Krista and Kevin Nicoll, all of Wilmington; three brothers, Patrick,
Gene and Glenn Graham; three sisters, Willa, Loretta, and Jolene, all of
Savannah, Ga.; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and two brothers.
Mr. Graham was a retired employee of General Motors Corp. Fisher Body.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a member of United Auto Workers and the Moose Lodge of Wilmington.
ST. ANNE - Vonda Kleinert, 83, of St. Anne, died Wednesday (May 26,
1999) at Miller Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy- Gernon-Houk Funeral
Home, St. Anne, and from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services at
First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Felipe Martinez
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born April 10, 1916 in Aroma Park, the daughter of James and
Pearl Belle Hester Scott.
Surviving are her husband, Herman Kleinert, whom she married Feb. 10,
1934, recently celebrating their 65th anniversary; two sons and daughter-in-law,
Robert Kleinert of Paulsboro, N.J., and Larry and Linda Kleinert and Bernadine
Kleinert, all of St. Anne; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
Two sons, Gerald and Norman; one grandson; three brothers, Lee, Wesley
and Lowell Scott; and a daughter-in-law, Judy, are deceased.
She enjoyed playing cards and dancing.
JOLIET - Donald H. Gates, 75, of Joliet, and father of a Coal City resident,
died Friday (May 21, 1999) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m., May 25, at the Carlson-Holmquist-
Sayles Funeral Home in Joliet. The Rev. Barb Donica officiated.
Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet.
Mr. Gates retired in 1988, after 33 years of service with Caterpillar
He was a lieutenant with the Joliet Auxiliary Police Department since
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn R. Eberhard Gates; three daughters and
sons-in-law, Kathy and Darrell Young of Coal City, Jan and Mike Mueller
of Joliet and Lori and Kyle Davis of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren;
two sisters-in-law, Theoda Dillon of Joliet and Helen Baldwin of Adrien,
Mich.; a brother-in-law, George Eberhard of Joliet; two cousins, Bob Hoffman
of Princeton, N.J. and Marge Darr of Jacksonville, Fla.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Third Division Infantry
in the European Theater. He was a member of the VFW Stone City 2199, the
American Legion Harwood Post 5 and RFACT.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
CRETE - Hilda Haase, 95, of Crete, formerly of Grant Park, died Wednesday
(May 26, 1999) at St. James Manor.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until the 2 p.m. services at
Hack Funeral Home, Beecher. The Rev. Christopher Platt will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Grant Park.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Grant Park, where
she was a life-long member.
She was born April 3, 1904 in Grant Park, the daughter of Henry and
Marie Lange Ruprecht.
Her husband, Albert Haase, whom she married Dec. 29, 1929, died August
Surviving are one niece, Marcella (Ray) Whitten of Crete; and two nephews,
Dale (Barbara) Stadt of Crete and Garland (Carolyn Stadt) of Steger.
Her sister, Lillie Stadt, is deceased.
Mrs. Haase was a member of the Corcas Society, the Crete Upper Crust,
and the Cook County Association for Home and Community Education.
ST. ANNE - Visitation for Ethel Whitney, 79, of St. Anne, will be from
9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass to be celebrated by the
Rev. Denis White, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hopkins Park, where
she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Mo-mence.
Arrangements were by the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Mrs. Whitney died Monday (May 24, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing
She was born July 10, 1919 in Brokenbough, Okla.
Her parents, husband and one brother are deceased.
Surviving are her companion, Atlas Terrell of St. Anne; two sons, Derrick
Terrell of St. Anne and Terry Terrell of Kankakee; two daughters, Eloise
(Benjamin) Billips of Joliet and Tessona Terrell of Kankakee; 15 grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
A resident of the area for 30 years, she retired as a mental health
technician at Manteno Mental Health Center.
She was a foster grandparent.
CLIFTON - Ellsworth C. ''Bea'' Muldoon, 88, of Clifton, a farmer, died
Wednesday (May 26, 1999) at his residence.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. services
at Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton. The Rev. James Holup will officiate.
Burial will be in L'Erable Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for Masses.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, L'Erable.
He was born June 9, 1910 in Danforth, the son of Owen and Fern Chapman
His wife, the former Evelyn Lanoue, whom he married Dec. 28, 1947 in
L'Erable, died July 20, 1980.
A nephew, Ronald Eimen of Tulsa, Okla., survives.
Norma R. Wegner, 77, of Bourbonnais, died Thursday (May 27, 1999) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's
Catholic Church, where she was a member.
Cremation rites were by Hertz- Thoma Crematory.
Memorials may be made to the Provena St. Mary's Oncology Department
or to the donor's choice.
She was born Nov. 6, 1921 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Ronald D.
and Ruth Dickie Bleau.
Her husband, Joseph Wegner, whom she married May 25, 1941 at St. Patrick's,
Mrs. Wegner was a bookkeeper for Land Developer, checker and department
manager for Jewel Food Store, General Foods and a checker for Super Value
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Van and Kay Wegner, Dr.
Richard and Doreen Wegner and Timothy and Lana Wegner, all of Kankakee,
and Mark and Michele Wegner of Clifton; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynn
and Larry Bertrand of Bourbonnais; one sister, Madonna ''Sis'' Shea of
North Carolina; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
A granddaughter, Shawnna Wegner, and one brother-in-law, John Shea,
Mrs. Wegner was an associate member of the Sisters of the Congregation
of Notre Dame.
She was past president of the St. Patrick's CCW and a lector.
A 1938 graduate of Bradley High School, she was a member of the Bradley
American Legion Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose.
ROBERTS - Visitation for William ''Bill'' Aquinas Freehill, 73, of Roberts,
will be from 6-8 p.m. today, with a rosary recited at 8 p.m., at Lamb-Young
Funeral Home, Roberts.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John Balluff at 10 a.m.
Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Roberts, where he was a member.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Burial, with military rites accorded by Wagner Davis American Legion
Post 641, will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Roberts.
Memorials may be made to the Roberts Library Fund.
Mr. Freehill died Tuesday (May 25, 1999) at his home.
He was born June 27, 1925, in Strawn, the son of James Elroy and Mary
Mr. Freehill was a rural letter carrier for 35 years in the Roberts
Surviving are his wife, the former Donna Belle Peters, whom he married
June 18, 1949, in Melvin; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Danny and
Karen of Sulphur, Okla., Andy and Karen of Carlinville, Mike of Sterling,
Francie and Becky of Windsor, Colo. and Tim of Roberts; three daughters
and sons-in-law, Susie and Rick Copass of Decatur, Pam and Mike Koch of
Buffalo Grove and Eileen and Ron Woolums of Gibson City; one brother and
sister-in-law, Marty and Angie Freehill of Bloomington; three sisters and
brothers- in-law, Mary Ann and Glenn Miller of Decatur, Mary Ellen and
Bruce Johnson of Rantoul and Rita and Leonard Gehlsen of Grapevine, Texas;
14 grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter; two brothers,
Tom and Leo; and one sister, Eileen Buchanan.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army. He was a member of
the Melvin VFW and the Wagner Davis American Legion Post 641 in Roberts.
He enjoyed reading.
MANTENO - Virginia C. Howard, 73, of Watseka, died today (May 28, 1999)
at Riverside Medical Center emergency room.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
Home in Manteno, who are in charge of arrangements.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph
Church in Manteno.
Visitation for Luella A. Naese, 99, formerly of Bonfield, will be from
9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Steven Friese will officiate.
Burial will be in Limestone Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Limestone Fire Department or to the donor's
Mrs. Naese died Wednesday (May 26, 1999) at Heritage Village, Kankakee,
where she resided.
She was born Aug. 9, 1899 in Limestone Township, the daughter of Albert
and Susanna Hertz Falter.
Her husband, Ferdinand Naese, whom she married Sept. 27, 1923 in Kankakee,
died on July 18, 1984.
She was a past member of Riverside TWIGS, Fire Belles, Jolly Sam's
Camping Club, Jolly Club and the Gleaners.
She was a member of the Bonfield First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Norma Naese
of Kankakee and Lyle and Norma J. Naese of Bradley; one daughter and son-in-law,
Beverly and Erwin Wulff of Bonfield; two sisters- in-law, Evelyn Ziemer
of Crystal River, Fla. and Virginia Naese of Kankakee; 12 grandchildren;
30 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Lillie Riegel and Una Means; a granddaughter,
Pamela Grzelak; and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Naese enjoyed her family, crocheting and gardening.
Willie Moore Jr.
Visitation for Willie ''Buddy'' Moore Jr., 76, of Kankakee, will be
from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Jones Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Gate Missionary Baptist
Church. Elder Carl Randle will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Moore died Wednesday (May 26, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Panther Burn, Miss., the son of Willie
Sr. and Fannie Brown Moore.
Surviving are his wife, the former Clara Tate, of Kankakee, whom he
married Oct. 15, 1938, in Bolivar, Miss.; six sons and three daughters-
in-law, Joseph and Armentha Moore of Kankakee, Ronald and Sharon Moore
of Chicago, Alphonso and Renee' Moore of Bloomington, Walter Moore of Culver
City, Calif., Jabbri Moore of Ghana, Africa, and Davis Moore of Kankakee;
four daughters, Willie Lee Smith, Fannie Moore, and Shirley Moore, all
of Kankakee, and Lavon Moore of Ames, Iowa; one brother and sister-in-law,
Leo and Parthena Payne of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Inez Tate
of Kankakee, and Ella Tate of Lockport; 24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren,
and one great-great-grandchild; special friend, Dave Richardson; and several
nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Deceased are one sister, two brothers, one son-in-law, one son, and
Mr. Moore was retired from Hartman Construction Company.
He was a member of Fair Haven Church of God in Christ and the Labor
Mr. Moore was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He enjoyed hunting.
WILMINGTON - Genevieve Hakey, 91, of Wilmington, died Saturday (May
29, 1999) at Embassy Care Center, Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral
Homes, Braidwood Chapel.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose
Catholic Church, Wilmington, where she was a member, by the Rev. Frank
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
She was born June 22, 1907, in Carbon Hill, the daughter of John and
Margaret Rolando Enrietta.
Her husband, John Hakey, whom she married July 29, 1933, in Coal City,
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Roger Cushman
of Normal, Marilee and Clyde Miller of Margate, Fla.; two sisters, Elsie
Groff and Verna Rawlish, both of Coal City; five grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two grandchildren, Mary Louise and Victoria Cushman; two
brothers, John and Louis Enrietta; and two sisters, Mary Owens and Evelyn
Mrs. Hakey was formerly employed as a seamstress at the Grinchuck Pants
Factory in Braidwood.
Dennis A. Prince, 56, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (May 28, 1999) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, after an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maternity
B.V.M. Catholic Church, where he was a member.
Cremation rites were ac-corded.
He was born July 10, 1942, in Kankakee, the son of Leo and Angeline
''Nellie'' Wieliczko Prince. His mother survives in Bradley and his father
Surviving are his wife, the former Karen Haas, whom he married May
6, 1977, at the Kankakee County Courthouse; two sons, Timothy Prince of
Joliet, and Dennis Prince Jr. of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one daughter and son-in-law,
Denise and Michael Lindstrom of Chicago; one sister and brother-in-law,
Dolores and James F. Moriarty of O'Fallon, Mo.; one brother and sister-in-law,
James and Nancy Prince of Bradley; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Robert Prince and David Prince.
Mr. Prince was a Lab Tech at Henkle, retiring in January of this year.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy as a submariner.
He enjoyed traveling, downhill skiing, feeding/watching birds, and
was especially interested in recycling.
GILMAN - Visitation for Edith Elizabeth Depler, 79, of Gilman, will
be from 1 p.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at St. Johns Lutheran Church,
Danforth, where she was a member. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church, Prairieview Lutheran
Home, or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.
Mrs. Depler died Friday (May 28, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home,
Danforth, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Danforth, the daughter of Albert and
Elsie Trepton Johnson.
Surviving are her husband, James ''Jim'' Depler, whom she married Aug.
3, 1938, in Kentland, Ind.; one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Sheila
Depler of Sesser; two sisters, Ruth Henrichs of Danforth, June Pankey of
Gilman; one sister-in-law, Jean Johnson of Ashkum; one brother-in-law,
George Tammen of Danforth; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Vincent Johnson; and one sister, Phyllis
She attended Danforth Schools.
Mrs. Depler had been a waitress at the Coral Lounge and the 66 Station
Restaurant, both in Gilman, and also a cook at the Gilman Grade School
for many years.
Visitation for Bernice A. Buckley, 85, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8
p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, with a 4 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's
Cath-olic Church, Kan-kakee, where she was a member, by the Rev. Donald
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Pastoral Care Ministry or to
the donor's choice.
Ms. Buckley died Thursday (May 27, 1999) at Heritage Village, after
a short illness. She was a former resident of Butterfield Court.
She was born Nov. 26, 1913, in Buckingham, the daughter of Timothy
B. and Alice M. King Buckley.
Surviving are two sisters, Elvira Wright of Largo, Fla., Rita H. O'Connor
of Kankakee; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Vincent and Eileen Buckley
of Kankakee, Alice Buckley of Buckingham; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Leo Buckley and Viator Buckley.
She retired from Kroehler's in 1979 after 30 years.
BEECHER - Raymond J. Scherer, 83, of Beecher, died Saturday (May 22,
1999) at his residence.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 7, at St.
Liborius Catholic Church, Steger, where he was a member, by Rev. Joseph
He was born July 1, 1915, in Chicago, the son of John and Lottie Hypki
His first wife, Florence, died in 1983.
Surviving are his wife, Marion, of Beecher; one son and daughter-in-
law, David and Sandra Scherer of Oak Forest; one daughter, Cathy Scherer
of Beecher; one step-daughter, Dorothy and Ron Gjeston; one brother and
sister-in-law, William and Madelyn Scherer of Dyer, Ind.; one granddaughter,
two great-grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.
Deceased is one sister, Catherine.
Mr. Scherer was a Landscape Contractor.
He was founder of the Illinois Landscape Contractors.
He was an extra ordinary minister of St. Liborius Catholic Church.
Mr. Scherer was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Whiting, Ind.
WATSEKA - Marvin A. Sweeney, 76, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Watseka,
died Thursday (April 22, 1999) in Mesa.
Services were held April 24.
Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa, Ariz.
Local arrangements are by the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
He was born Jan. 21, 1923, in Watseka, the son of Arthur and Trena
His wives, Gayle and Inez, are both deceased.
Surviving are one step-daughter, Phyllis Mandrell of Mesa, Ariz.; one
step-son, Jerry Ferren of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren;
and several cousins.
Deceased is one sister, Nelda Ann Goldsby.
MANTENO - Visitation for Virginia C. Howard, 73, of Manteno, will be
from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno, with a
7 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Jo-sephs
Catholic Church, Manteno, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Associ-ation.
Mrs. Howard died Friday (May 28, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center
She was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Chicago, the daughter of Stanley and
Elizabeth Drazinski Dyrek.
Surviving are her husband, Wilburn E. Howard, whom she married Oct.
1, 1945, in Chicago; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gene Allen and Debbie
Howard of Strawn, Gary E. and Debbie Howard of Steger; seven grandchildren
and six great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers.
Louise Johnson, 75, of Kankakee, died Friday (May 28, 1999) at Manor
Care Health Services.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home.
Cezaire L. Murrell, 18, of Kankakee, died Thursday (May 27, 1999) at
Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Services are tentatively set for Friday morning at Lax Mortuary.