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Gerald Pankey

CLIFTON - Gerald J. Pankey, 73, of Clifton, farmer and carpenter who was active in community affairs, died Saturday (May 29, 1999) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Pankey was township clerk in Milks Grove Township from 1958-1973 and township commissioner in Chebanse from 1979-1990.
A veteran of World War II, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army at POW Camp in Sugamo, Japan.
He was a member and past president of the Clifton Lions Club; a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Bradley; the Elks Club in Watseka; Central VFW Post 2131; and Clifton American Legion.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 4:15 p.m. wake service at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Lee Bacchi, at St. Peter's Church, Clifton, where he was a member.
Burial will be in the church Cemetery, with military rites by the VFW 2131.
A scholarship has been established in his name at Central High School for health care services students.
He was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Milks Grove Township, the son of Albert C. and Elizabeth Frake Pankey.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elaine M. Mahoney, whom he married June 26, 1948, in L'Erable; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerome and Debbie Pankey of Clifton and Dennis and Mary Beth Pankey of Herscher; two daughters and sons-in- law, Denise and Dennis Egan of Aurora and Jill and Rick Taden of Hampshire; one sister, Frances Will of West Chicago; one brother and sister-in-law, Glenn and Nancy Pankey of Clifton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents and one grandson.
He enjoyed sports, playing cards, listening to the radio, dancing and traveling. he collected farm toys.

Matthew Swisher

CUSTER PARK - Matthew James Swisher, 35, of Custer Park, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, from a rare blood disease.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ron Taylor will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made in his name to Bailor University in Houston, Texas, for research on Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, more commonly known as TTP.
He was born March 7, 1964, in Joliet, the son of Dale E. and Patricia Uschold Swisher. His father is deceased.
Surviving are two children, Jackie and Jeremy at home; his mother, Patricia and Paul Dempsay of Wilmington; two brothers and one sister- in-law, Dale and Janice Swisher of Wilmington, Justin Swisher of Omaha, Neb.; one sister and brother-in- law, Lynnette and Jesse Cruitt of Wilmington; maternal grandfather, Herbert J. Uschold of Madison, Wis.; his fiancee, Peggy McPhearson of Custer Park; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one brother, Phillip Lee Swisher; maternal grandmother, Violet Uschold; and paternal grandparents, Roy and Regina Swisher.
Mr. Swisher was employed by Welsch Red-E-Mix, Joliet, as a truck driver through Teamsters Local 179 in Joliet.
He was a Gulf War veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington, and the American Pool Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing on pool leagues.

Marie Hildenbrand

THAWVILLE - Marie Hildenbrand, 81, of Urbana, formerly of Heber Springs, Ark. and Thawville, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts.
Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.
She was born July 22, 1917, in Annville, Ky., the daughter of Elden and Della Adams Bales.
Surviving are her husband, Leroy V. Hildenbrand, whom she married Jan. 28, 1938, in Onarga; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Carol Hildenbrand of Thawville; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ray Hayward of No. Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, James Bales of Fort Worth, Texas; three sisters, Wilma Gibson of Denver, Colo., Margaret Bryan of Elwood, and Virginia Hanson of Napa, Calif.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers.
She graduated from Thawville High School in 1935.
Mrs. Hildenbrand was a former member of the Thawville Congregational Church.
She enjoyed reader.

Kenneth Brutlag

CRESCENT CITY - Kenneth L. Brutlag, 69, of Crescent City, died today (June 1, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth, where he was a member. The Rev. Mark Nordman will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Building Fund or to Hospice.
He was born April 15, 1930 in Crescent City, the son of Arthur and Ella Luecke Brutlag.
A veteran of the Army, he served as a medic in Panama during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Brutlag was a farmer and served in the township office.
Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Focken, whom he married Feb. 27, 1955, at St. Peter's Church in Crescent City; one son and daughter- in-law, Terry and Michelle Brutlag of Crescent City; one daughter and son-in-law, Nacy and Bob Hinton of Kankakee; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Dorothy Benner of Woodland, Norma and Len Laubenstein of Denver, Colo., Marilyn and Rex Brown of Decatur and Ruth Smith of Tyler, Texas; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Joan Abel

GARDNER - Joan Alice Abel, 85, of Gardner, formerly of Chicago, died Sunday (May 30, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Private burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Arrangements are by the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
She was born Jan. 9, 1914, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Horner Parker.
Her husband, Russell K. Abel, died in 1963.
A special friend, Ralph C. Gourley, died in 1986.
Surviving is one sister, Edith Schultz of Texas.

George Seimetz

BONFIELD - George A. Seimetz, 79, of Bonfield, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a wake service at 4:30 p.m. at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankalee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Rev. Paul Jasinski, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Goodrich, where he was a member.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Seimetz farmed all of his life in Bonfield. He also retired in 1982 after 21 years as a machinist/troubleshooter at Personal Products in Wilmington.
He was born Feb. 6, 1920 in Bonfield, the son of William and Clara Hammel Seimetz.
Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Blanchard, whom he married Jan. 21, 1950 at Visitation Church in Chicago; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen Seimetz of Chicago, Melinda and Ed Larson of Cambridge, Minn., and Nancy Therese and Brian Tucker of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Alice Barbera of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Ann Seimetz of DesPlaines and John and Laura Seimetz of Bonfield; and seven grandchildren.
One daughter, Rosanne Lovejoy; two brothers, William and Oscar; and one sister, Freda Shreffler, are deceased.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
A hard working farmer, he enjoyed his church and family.

John Jones

WILMINGTON - John C. Jones, 35, of Wilmington, died Saturday (May 30, 1999) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.The Rev. Frank Vitus will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made for his son.
His parents, Robert and Virginia Carroll Jones, are deceased.
Surviving are one son, Jonathan Jones of Braidwood; one brother, Robert of Braidwood; one sister and brother-in-law, Stacey and Henry Weidling of Wilmington; four aunts and three uncles, Frances and William Rutledge of Wilmington, Penny Heggie, Charles and Janice Jones, all of Fla., Eileen Webb of Glen Ellyn, Sue and Jim Benson of Naples, Fla.; one nephew and three nieces; and several cousins.
Deceased is one brother, Greg.
Mr. Jones was a graduate of Wilmington High School.
He was a member of Carpenters Local 174 and St. Rose Catholic Church.
He enjoyed boating and being a comedian.

Dorothy Hornback

MANTENO - Dorothy Louise ''Dutch'' Hornback, 74, of Manteno, died Saturday (May 31, 1999) at Momence Meadows.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
She was born May 6, 1925 in Manteno, the daughter of Eugene and Stella A. Jones O'Neill.
Her husband, Harry Hornback, whom she married June 5, 1946 in Manteno, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Richard Richmond of Manteno; two sisters, Norine Osman of Tennessee and Orajane Dobin of California; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Richard; one granddaughter, Leslie Richmond; and a sister, Mary ''Peg'' Mitchell, are deceased.
She was involved in the family business of raising horses and dairy cattle.
She was a member of the Manteno Methodist Church.

Dorothy Hornback

MANTENO - Dorothy Louise ''Dutch'' Hornback, 74, of Manteno, died Saturday (May 31, 1999) at Momence Meadows.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
She was born May 6, 1925 in Manteno, the daughter of Eugene and Stella A. Jones O'Neill.
Her husband, Harry Hornback, whom she married June 5, 1946 in Manteno, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Richard Richmond of Manteno; two sisters, Norine Osman of Tennessee and Orajane Dobin of California; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Richard; one granddaughter, Leslie Richmond; and a sister, Mary ''Peg'' Mitchell, are deceased.
She was involved in the family business of raising horses and dairy cattle.
She was a member of the Manteno Methodist Church.

Mildred Themer

ST. ANNE - Mildred L. ''Mel'' Themer, 87, of St. Anne, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee, where services were at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Bruce Salter will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Home Health Care.
She was born May 2, 1912 in Limestone Township, the daughter of Theodore and Alice Knox Leidecker.
Her husband, Charles Themer, whom she married April 14, 1931 in Kankakee, died March 17, 1994.
Surviving are four daughters, Marian and Bob Boudreau of St. Anne, Donna and Chuck Fisher of Aroma Park, Charlotte Alford of Bristol, Ind. and Alice Themer of St. Anne; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law.
One son, Alan Themer; four sisters; and one brother, are deceased.
She enjoyed playing bingo.

LaVern Vining

LaVern Avery Vining, 85, of Bradley, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at his home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born May 15, 1914 in Custer Park, the son of Austin James and Fannie Mae Darby Vining.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joan H. Rimke, whom he married Oct. 6, 1945 in Joliet; two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan James and Glenna M. Vining of Bolingbrook and Russell Wayne and Jackie Vining of Bradley; one daughter, Kay L. Matzen of Herscher; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Austin James and Richard Vining, are deceased.
Mr. Vining had been a security guard for City National Bank, Kankakee.
He was involved in the auxiliary police and civil defense in Kankakee.

Drucilla Pletscher, centenarian

Drucilla Pletscher, 107, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (June 1, 1999).
Mrs. Pletscher was born Dec. 7, 1891 in Cobden, Ill., a town a few miles south of Carbondale, the daughter of Michael and Mattie Mays Rich. She stayed in southern Illinois for 40 years.
She attended the one-room school her late uncle George Rich directed, and graduated from high school and business college.
She met her husband, Hans J. Pletscher, at age 16, while at the Anna County Fair. Mr. Pletscher, a native of Mounds, Ill., asked Mrs. Pletscher's cousin to arrange an introductory date. He then visited at Mrs. Pletscher's family farm Sundays until the two married two years later in 1910.
Mr. Pletscher worked as a railroad engineer. After he died, Mrs. Pletscher moved to Kankakee and worked as a secretary in the security department of the Manteno State Hospital. She enjoyed her work so much that she didn't quit until she was 76 - 40 years after she began.
In 1989, Mrs. Pletscher was involved in a car accident, which forced her into nursing care. At Manor Care, she enjoyed card games, bingo, attending church services and watching the news and Chicago Bulls. She served several terms as Manor Care residence council president and has acted as a liaison between residents and staff.
She was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, Robert H. and Ann Pletscher of St. Cahrles, Mo. and Michael and Louise Pletscher of Springfield; grandchildren, Susan of St. Charles, Mo. and Michael and Crystal of Springfield.
Two brothers, Robert and George Rich are deceased.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds, Ill. The Rev. Jerry Herring will officiate.

Maurine Nally, beautician

Visitation for Maurine Nally, 96, of Bourbonnais, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. by Rev. John Peeters, at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Larry Lentz, at Maternity BVM Catholic Church, Bourbonnais.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made in her name to Maternity BVM Church where she was a member.
Mrs. Nally died Sunday (May 30, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
The daughter of Joseph and Louise DeLaFontaine Brosseau, she was born Sept. 30, 1902 in rural Bourbonnais. She lived most of her life at the family's homestead along Route 102.
She was a graduate of Joseph's Seminary, where she attended for 12 years.
She also graduated from Brown Business College and the Chicago Academy Beauty College. She operated her own beauty shop on the corner of Court Street and Schuyler Avenue for about 20 years.
Her husband, Ray J. Nally died Feb. 9, 1959; a daughter, Corrine Bailey, died Aug. 13, 1993; and a brother, Robert Brosseau is also deceased.
Mrs. Nally and her husband operated ''Nally Livestock'' company for many years. After her husband's death she was a beautician at the Manteno Mental Health Center, with over 20 years of service.
She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.
Mrs. Nally was a member of the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society, the Lions Club of Bourbonnais, Women of the Moose, ISEA Retired Farm Bureau and a life-long member of the CCW of Maternity Church.

Cezaire Murrell

Visitation for Cezaire L. Murrell, 18, of Kankakee, will be from 9 a.m. Friday until the 10 a.m. services at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee. Brother John Ponting will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Murrell died Thursday (May 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Sept. 9, 1980 in Kankakee, the seventh of nine children born to Kenneth and Mary Scott Murrell.
He attended Kankakee High School and The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Bourbonnais Congregation.
He was employed by Cage Marketing and Taft School.
Surviving are his parents of Kankakee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lamar Scott and Aaron and Danielle Scott, all of Dallas, Texas, Damon and Amanda Scott of Hillsboro, N.C. and Ken, Zevez and Zekwan Murrell, all of Kankakee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cala and John Calvin of Kankakee and Keneta Walls of Milwaukee, Wis.; maternal grandparents, King Scott of Bolivar, Tenn. and Mary Scott of Israel; paternal grandfather, Johnnie Murrell of Denver, Colo.; four aunts, Yvonne Murrell of Denver, Amonez and Sam Rover of Momence, Dorothy Poe of Milwaukee and Sylvia Bell of Kankakee; nine uncles, Johnnie Murrell of Denver, Wendell Murrell of Indianapolis, Cornell and Sharon Murrell and Alvin Murrell, all of Kankakee, Calvin Murrell of Hopkins Park, Oreon and Brenda Murrell of Bourbonnais, Floyd and Deloris Murrell of Nashville, Tenn., Charles Scott of Israel and Alvin Scott of Decatur Ga.; a special friend, Edna Parham of Kankakee; and many nephews and nieces.
His grandmother, Fatima Murrell is deceased.

Louise Johnson

Visitation for Louise ''Sis'' Johnson, 75, of Kankakee, will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Morning Star MB Church, with the Revs. Vincent E. Clark and William H. Copeland officiating.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson died Friday (May 28, 1999).
She was born Nov. 10, 1923 in Artesia, near Columbus, Miss., the daughter of Elisha and Ellen Davis Williams.
Her husband, French Johnson Jr., whom she married in 1955, is deceased.
Five brothers, four sisters and three grandchildren are also deceased.
Mrs. Johnson was a technician at Shapiro Developmental Center and Menteno Mental Health Center for 23 years.
She was on the Mother Board at Mt. Olive MB, the Usher Board at Morning Star MB churches, and assisted with Vacation Bible School at Second Baptist Church. She was a member of the NAACP and Eastern Star.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, Arthur and Jessie Williams, Larry and Mary Walker, Edward and Sheila Johnson and David and Jennifer Johnson, all of Kankakee, and French and Brigette Johnson of Garland, Texas; sisters and brother- in-law, Amy and Calvin Jones of Kankakee and Kay Johnson of Richmond, Va.; one sister and brothers- in-law, Lena and Daniel Price of Artesia, Miss.; brother, Willie Jones of Columbus, Miss.; 27 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking and flowering.

Harry Schweizer

Harry A. Schweizer, 73, of Bradley, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at the home of his son in Shorewood.
Visitation will be from 2-5 and 6- 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes and from 9 a.m. Friday until the 10 a.m. services at River Valley Christian Fellowship Church in Bradley, where he was a member. The Rev. George Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for his grandchildren's education fund.
Mr. Schweizer was a driver for Consolidated Trucking for 38 years.
He was a past member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Kankakee.
He was born Nov. 3, 1925 in Holder, the son of Samuel and Blanche Agnes Schnault Schweizer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Oyler, whom he married Dec. 19, 1944 in Peoria; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Gary Schweizer, Todd and Sheri Schweizer and Monte and Donna Schweizer, all of Bradley, Mitchell and Cindy Schweizer of Tremont, Jeffery and Carol Schweizer of Shorewood, and Randy and Donna Schweizer of Bourbonnais; four daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Ron Hudson of Ava, Carolynne and Doug Shear and Lana and Bob Carraher, all of Bourbonnais, and Rosalind and Rick Martin of Bradley; one sister and brother-in- law, Carol and Bob Shapmire of Decatur; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were brothers, Lincoln, Lyle, Donald, Cleave and Harlan Schweizer; and sisters, Verna Armes, Frances Bergman, and Opel, Emma and Mary Schweizer.

Marie Beland

ASHKUM - Visitation for Marie M. Beland, 87, of Ashkum, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday with a wake service at 5 p.m., at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday By the Rev. James Holup at Assumption Catholic Church in Ashkum, where she was a member.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Beland died Tuesday (June 1, 1999) at Watseka Health Care Center.
She was born Sept. 28, 1911 in Ashkum, the daughter of Sefert and Nettie Bull Brinkman.
Her husband, Emery J. Beland, whom she married Feb. 25, 1933 in Ashkum, died April 9, 1996.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Marvin Trudeau of Clifton and Vickie and Erik Widholm of Holmes Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Four brothers are deceased.
She was a member of the Ashkum Birthday Club.

Lena Tjarks

Lena H. Tjarks, 85, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (June 1, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Captain Kevin Van Zee will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
She was born Nov. 21, 1913 in Ashkum, the daughter of Louis and Rose Aimee Bouffard Dion.
Mrs. Tjarks retired from Shapiro Development Center, where she worked in the dietary department.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Three brothers and four sisters are deceased.
She was a member of the Salvation Army Chorus and enjoyed oil painting.

Dorothy Hornback

MANTENO - Visitation for Dorothy Louise ''Dutch'' Hornback, 74, of Manteno, will be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Mrs. Hornback died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Momence Meadows.
She was born May 6, 1925 in Manteno, the daughter of Eugene and Stella A. Jones O'Neill.
Her husband, Harry Hornback, whom she married June 5, 1946 in Manteno, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Richard Richmond of Manteno; two sisters, Norine Osman of Tennessee and Orajane Dobin of California; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Richard; one granddaughter, Leslie Richmond; and a sister, Mary ''Peg'' Mitchell, are deceased.
She was involved in the family business of raising horses and dairy cattle.
She was a member of the Manteno Methodist Church.

Shirley Allott

JOLIET - Shirley M. Allott, 73, of Joliet, formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday (May 29, 1999) at Provena St. Joseph's Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at First Presbyterian Church, Joliet, where she was a member and belonged to its Deborah Circle. The Rev. Craig Herr will officiate.
Private family burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Camp New Hope for the Handicapped in Mattoon.
Reeves Funeral Home in Wilmington was in charge of arrangements.
A graduate of Wilmington High School and the Memorial Hospital of Springfield School of Nursing, she operated the Yarn Shop in Wilmington from 1969-1978. She retired in 1991 from Provena St. Joseph's Hospital where she worked in medical word processing.
Surviving are her mother, Mary Simon Cinotto; one son and daughter- in-law, David and Betty Dermott of Urbana; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Paul Vote of Wilmington; one brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Mickie Begler of Wilmington; eight grandchildren; one step-sister, Simone Kavanaugh; many brothers- and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Her father and husbands, Orville Dermott and Thomas Shanks are deceased.

Clyde Williams

Clyde Williams, 88, of Bradley, died Sunday (May 30, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Roger Harris will officiate.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Oct. 13, 1910 in Evansville, Ind., the son of Andrew and Nellie Reese Williams.
Mr. Williams retired from Sears, Roebuck and Company.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are one sister-in-law, Nellie Williams of Bourbonnais; two nieces and their spouses, Virginia and Mel Burlend and Janice and Rich Carlson; and several great- nieces and nephews.
His brother, George Williams, is deceased.

Virgil Denoyer

Virgil B. Denoyer, 76, of Kankakee, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
There will be no visitation or services.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Senesac Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 12, 1922, in Kankakee, the son of Gilbert and Julia Lehnus Denoyer.
Mr. Denoyer retired from Kankakee Roper in 1963.
He was affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Johnston FitzHenry, WWII vet

RANKIN - Johnston ''Jack'' FitzHenry, 74, of Rankin, died Tuesday (June 1, 1999) at Watseka Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until the 2 p.m. services at Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. The Rev. Raymond D. Radae will officiate.
Burial will be in Rankin Union Cemetery, with military graveside rites by Cissna Park American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born July 4, 1924 in Rankin, the son of Edwin and Flossie Owens FitzHenry.
His wife, the former Ruby Boehme, whom he married Nov. 14, 1947 in Rossville, died March 10, 1972.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
Surviving are two brothers, Edwin FitzHenry of Florida and Jay FitzHenry of Saybrook.
Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.
He was a member of Rankin United Methodist Church.

Marlene Salzman

CLIFTON - Frances Marlene Salzman, 57, of Clifton, died Monday (May 31, 1999) at her residence, after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Pugh Funeral Home, 400 Chestnut, Golden City, Mo., where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, west of Golden City.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Local arrangements were by Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.
She was born June 2, 1941, in Ina, the daughter of Neal and Bernice Webber.
Surviving are her husband, Jerry Salzman Sr., of Clifton, whom she married April 4, 1957, in Marion; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Jr. and Debbie Salzman, Doug and Jeanette Salzman, all of Golden City, Mo., and Kenny and Shona Salzman of Winfield, Kan.; one brother, Neal Webber of Chebanse; two sisters, Sharon DeLong of Chebanse, and Janice Brough of Bethune, S.C.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Deceased are her parents; one sister, Sandy; and two nieces, Tami and Sindy.
Mrs. Salzman worked as an assistant maintenance supervisor for A.N. Webber.

Ethel Strom

CISSNA PARK - Visitation for Ethel G. Strom, 91, of Cissna Park, will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park, and from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 10 a.m. services at the Cissna Park United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Raymond Radae will officiate.
Burial will be in East Lynn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cissna Park United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Strom died Monday (May 31, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
She was born June 14, 1907, in East Lynn, the daughter of John and Alice Rhinehardt Clements.
Her husband, Glenn W. Strom, whom she married March 15, 1926, in East Lynn, died April 21, 1980.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Beverly Strom of Watseka, Arthur and Lois Strom of Effingham; one daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Ronald Robb of Yorkville; one sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Bob Taylor of Cissna Park; eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Deceased are four sisters and one grandchild.

Joseph LaRocque, businessman

CHAMPAIGN - Joseph J. LaRocque, 74, of Champaign, former Kankakee resident, died Thursday (May 27, 1999) at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. June 1 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, by the Rev. Msgr. Albert Hallin.
Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
Mr. LaRocque was a founding partner of the Champaign Computer Center and former owner of the Finish Point Camera Store in Champaign.
He began his professional career as a sales representative for Vita Craft and was later District Manager for Wearever, Inc. and was also owner of Midwest Sales, Inc.
He was born April 1, 1925, in Kankakee, the son of Edward and Lucille Eddy LaRocque.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bernadette Marcotte, whom he married Aug. 2, 1947, in Kankakee; three sons, Joseph E. LaRocque of Silver Spring, Md., Stephen LaRocque of Los Angeles, Calif., and Daniel LaRocque of Auburn, Ala.; two daughters, Barbara Clennon of Southlake, Texas, and Mary Klobuchar of Barrington; and 11 grandchildren.

Vincent Donna

DWIGHT - Vincent Donna, 87, of Dwight, died Tuesday (June 1, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac, emergency room.
Arrangements are pending at the Von Qualen Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.


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