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Mabel Turner

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, Kankakee.
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 in 1997.
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.

Preston Graham

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.

Vonda Kleinert

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 will officiate.
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.

Donald Gates

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 Tractor Co.
He was a lieutenant with the Joliet Auxiliary Police Department since 1988.
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.

Hilda Haase

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 16, 1978.
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.

Ethel Whitney

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 Home.
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.

Ellsworth Muldoon

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 Muldoon.
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 Wegner

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, is deceased.
Mrs. Wegner was a bookkeeper for Land Developer, checker and department manager for Jewel Food Store, General Foods and a checker for Super Value grocery.
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, are deceased.
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.

William Freehill

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 Cronin Freehill.
Mr. Freehill was a rural letter carrier for 35 years in the Roberts area.
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.

Virginia Howard

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.

Luella Naese

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 choice.
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 one granddaughter.
Mr. Moore was retired from Hartman Construction Company.
He was a member of Fair Haven Church of God in Christ and the Labor Union.
Mr. Moore was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He enjoyed hunting.

Genevieve Hakey

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 Vitus.
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, is deceased.
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 Faletti.
Mrs. Hakey was formerly employed as a seamstress at the Grinchuck Pants Factory in Braidwood.

Dennis Prince

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 Home, Bourbonnais.
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 is deceased.
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.

Edith Depler

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 Tammen.
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.

Bernice Buckley

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. wake service.
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 Wehnert.
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.

Raymond Scherer

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 Burns.
He was born July 1, 1915, in Chicago, the son of John and Lottie Hypki Scherer.
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.

Marvin Sweeney

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 Eilts Sweeney.
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.

Virginia Howard

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 emergency room.
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

Louise Johnson, 75, of Kankakee, died Friday (May 28, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home.

Cezaire Murrell

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.


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