Miscellaneous Tazewell County, Illinois Obituaries

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DELBERT H. LUTZ
(1916~2001)

PEKIN ~ Delbert Henry "Del" Lutz, 84, of 4 Wildwood Court, Pekin, died at 4:29 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born April 17, 1916 in Malone Township, Tazewell County to Henry Joseph and Hattie Marie Heilman Lutz, he married Eileen Elizabeth "Tillie" Fulmer on October 10, 1942 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Esther L. (Carl) Beale of Mackinaw; one nephew, Marshall L. (Lauren) Beale of Waukesha, Wisconsin; one grandnephew; and one grandniece.

His parents and one sister, Kathryn Lutz, preceded him in death.

A 1934 graduate of Forest City High School, he attended the University of Illinois.

He was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin, and the East Bluff Property Committee of the church. He was also a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elk Lodge #1271 in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2001 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to the charity of the donors choice.

WILBUR L. HELMICK
(1929~2001)

PEKIN ~ Wilbur L. "Willie" Helmick, 72, (No Address) of Pekin, died at 8:09 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2001 at his residence.

Born February 1, 1929 in Pekin to Wilbur Samuel and Flossie Marie Hittle Helmick, he married Dorothy May Louwers on January 11, 1949 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael L. (Diana) Helmick of Pekin; two daughters, Deborah M. Helmick and Kelly A. Helmick, both of Pekin; and three grandchildren, Tammy S. (Lance) Edwards, Cory M. Helmick, and Christopher S. Helmick, all of Pekin.

His parents preceded him in death.

A mechanic for 53 years, Mr. Helmick had owned and operated Helmick’s Marathon Service Station in Pekin. He had also worked at Beres Motors, Court Motors, and Hymbaugh Motors, all in Pekin. He last worked at Kauth & Mayeur in Peoria, retiring in 1998.

He was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pekin and a member of N.A.I.C., Heart of Illinois Chapter.

He enjoyed woodworking and reading.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 2675 Allentown Road, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

ADOLPH C. NIERSTHEIMER
(1919~2001)

PEKIN ~ A.C. "Bud" Nierstheimer, 81, of 1850 Edgewater Drive, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at his residence.

Born February 26, 1919 in Pekin to Adolph and Anna Beimfohr Nierstheimer, he married Esther M. Eisele on January 5, 1939 in Davenport, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Kim G. Nierstheimer and two granddaughters, Amanda Nierstheimer and Melissa Nierstheimer, all of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Nierstheimer on March 8, 1952 in Pekin and one sister, Norma Berry.

Born into a deep heritage of agriculture, at age 19 upon his father’s death, he became the operator of the family dairy farm. He continued his career in crop production in Tazewell and Peoria Counties until his retirement in 1984 when his son succeeded him in management. He remained active in the interests of his farm and enjoyed his love of the land until his death.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He also was a member of the Pekin Elks Lodge 1271 and the Tazewell County Farm Bureau.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2001 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. The Rev. Gaylord E. Buss will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, and also 30 minutes before services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 503 North 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to Harbor Light Hospice, 416 St. Mark’s Court, Peoria, Illinois 61603.

JOHN L. "BILL" MESSMORE
(1915~2001)

PEKIN—John Louis "Bill" Messmore, 85, of 115 N. 18th St. died at 5:15 a.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria.

Born June 16, 1915 in Peoria, he was a son of Samual I. and Elizabeth M. Kreuch Messmore. He married Helen Marie Charlton on September 21, 1946 in Pekin.

Surviving are his wife; 1 son, Dale (Annette) Messmore of East Peoria; 1 daughter, Linda (Michael) Danz of Pekin; 4 grandchildren, Brian Messmore and Sharon Messmore, both of East Peoria and Rachel Cody and Amanda Sleater, both of Pekin; and 2 Great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by 1 sister and 4 brothers.

Mr. Messmore was employed by Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria for 33 years, retiring in 1979 as a maintenance tinsmith.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin and its United Methodist Men. He enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Celestial City Campers in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2001 at First United Methodist Church in Pekin. Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the missions fund at First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel.

HERMAN S. HEILMAN
(1904~2001)

SPRING BAY—Herman S. Heilman, 96, of 1113 Josephine St., died at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2001 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born August 9, 1904 in rural Tazewell County, he was a son of Phillip and Agnes Heilman. He married Velma L. Schwinn on December 28, 1929 in Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his wife on August 13, 1988 in Peoria and 1 sister, Erna Beck.

Surviving are 1 son, Bruce N. (Wilda) Heilman of Spring Bay; 2 grandchildren, Bryson N. Heilman and Wendy J. (Trent) Gilroy, both of Pekin; 2 step-grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 3 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-great-grandson; and his special friend, Bernice Light of Peoria.

Early in his career, Mr. Heilman operated his family farm in rural Pekin. In 1931, he designed a collapsible floral display stand and opened National Morticians Supply Company. In 1942, he joined the National Office of Price Control and eventually became the District Enforcement Executive. In 1945 he became the Federal Rent Control Office enforcement executive for most of Illinois. This eventually led to a career in real estate. He became a realtor for Commercial National Realty in 1953 and later worked for Lincoln National Realty. He became a commercial and industrial appraisor in the 1960’s and owned and operated HWC Realty Consultants in Spring Bay. He was the oldest active realtor in the United States.

He was a member and past president of the Peoria Board of Realtors. He was a former member and past chairman of the Peoria County Zoning Commission. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He helped organize the Teamsters and Chauffeurs Local 627 in Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Gaylord E. Buss will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday and 1 hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

EMIL A. PETRI
(1907~2001)

PEKIN ~ Emil A. Petri, 93, of 221 Henrietta Street, died at 8:55 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born November 12, 1907 in Pekin to Henry and Charlotte Vedel Petri, he married Margaret D. Smith on June 28, 1985 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are five step-sons, Martin G. Terrell, Michael L. (Rene) Terrell, John G. Osborne and Richard E. "Dicki" Bush, all of Pekin and David W. (Mari) Osborne of Spring Lake; one step-daughter, Lisa A. (John) Sutton of Pekin; one sister, Dorothy Lucas of Morton; thirteen step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence "Bud" Petri and one sister, Martha A. Riviere.

A 65-year member of Laborer’s Local 231 in Pekin, he worked for Monge Construction in Pekin for many years. He also worked as a commercial fisherman on the Illinois River for the former Bush Fish Market in Pekin.

He was a 60-year member of Pekin Eagles Aerie 1869.

He formerly attended Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Mr. Petri was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Gaylord E. Buss will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to Duck’s Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tennessee 38120-2351 or to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61603.

BETTY L. BARTLETT
(1927~2001)

PEKIN—Betty L. Bartlett, 73, of 110 Parkview Ct., Apt.5, died at 5:27 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2001 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born February 22, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, she was a daughter of Harry A. and Bertha P. Hastay Wilcken. She married Stanley L. Bartlett on September 20, 1947 in Kansas City.

She was preceded in death by her husband on January 23, 1991 in Mattoon, Illinois, and 1 son, Larry H. Bartlett on January 18, 1970 in Pekin.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Donna (Rick) Hochstetler of Pekin, Vicky (Rev. Thomas) Eckhardt and Phyllis (Jim) Scheuers, both of Peoria; 1 son, Kenneth (Jenny) Bartlett of Pekin; 11 grandchildren, Angela Welchel, Lonnie Hill, Angela Jones, Mark Hochstetler, and Chris Jones, all of Pekin, Kevin Bartlett, Keith Bartlett, Michael Eckhardt, Patrick Eckhardt, Timothy Eckhardt, and Bethany Eckhardt, all of Peoria; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bartlett had worked as a sales clerk for Thrifty Drug Store in Pekin, and its subsequent incarnations, SuperX and Revco, for 20 years until retiring in 1993.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, Pekin chapel. Rev. Thomas Eckhardt will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614 OR the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

SUSAN HANNAN
(1931~2001)

PEKIN ~ Susan M. Hannan, 69, of 312 Buena Vista Avenue, Apartment 11, died at 7:39 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2001 at her residence.

Born July 22, 1931 in Peoria to Arthur T. and Jessie Elizabeth Freitag Kriegsman, she married Donald J. Hannan on October 24, 1953 in Pekin. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth M. "Liz" (Mark) DeSchepper of Pekin; three sons, Matthew D. Hannan and Andrew K. (Angela) Hannan, both of Pekin and Timothy P. (Nicolle) Hannan of Bangor, Wisconsin; one brother, Philip F. (Jan) Kriegsman of Pekin and nine grandchildren, Brian F. DeSchepper, Chloe N. DeSchepper, Drew M. Hannan, Darah J. Hannan, Seth M. Hannan, Alex C. Hannan, Amanda N. Hannan, all of Pekin and Kate-Lynn Hannan and Sarah G. Hannan, both of Bangor, Wisconsin. Her parents preceded her in death.

In her younger years, she worked as a receptionist at Pekin Insurance. She also worked for a time in the family business, KMI Warehouses (Kriegsman Moving International) based in Pekin.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she was a teacher for the Wednesday morning’s T.L.C. program (Time to Love the Children) at the church.

She was a 50-year member and past president of Chapter GW of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Pekin.

She was a former member of the board of directors of the Kickapoo Council of Girl Scouts, Youth Farm and also the Pekin Y.W.C.A.

She and her husband traveled extensively in the last 10 years.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2001 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. The Rev. Krista L. Brockman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cremation will be accorded. Private inurnment will be in Lakeside Mausoleum in Pekin. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Education Department, 503 North 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to the P.E.O. Foundation, in care of Mildred Himmel, 703 Arlann Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

LARRY GOODLICK
(1943~2001)

PEKIN ~ Larry Wayne Goodlick, 57, of 1903 El Camino Drive in Pekin, died at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Pekin Hospital Emergency Room.

Born September 28, 1943 in Pekin to Carl Emil and Bernice Alma Peterson Goodlick, he married Kathy Sue Ruppel on August 21, 1968 in Pekin. She died July 1, 1994 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are one son, Brian C. Goodlick of Pekin; one granddaughter, Courtney Lynn Keller Goodlick of Pekin; one brother, Richard L. (Jan) Goodlick of Pekin; four sisters, Donna A. Alt of Washington, Mary Alice Kuntz of Mackinaw, Wilma I. (Ray) Garber of Pekin and Judith I. (Dale) Kumpf of Hopedale. He also leaves his fiancee, Cathy L. Beers of Pekin.

He was a 25 year member of the Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union Local 627 in Peoria, working the last ten years as the self-employed owner and operator of Larry’s Trucking in Pekin. He previously worked as a brick mason.

He recently founded Rod Savers, Inc. in Pekin, storage systems for fishing rods.

He coached in the Pekin Junior Football League for eight years. He also was formerly a captain and volunteer with the Schaeferville Fire Department in Pekin.

He was an avid fisherman and boater.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Robert N. Brite, Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to Larry’s Casting Kids, a fund set up in care of Pekin National Bank, 329 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554, to establish a youth fishing program.

SANDRA SUE KOST
(1950~2001)

MAPLETON ~ Sandra Sue Kost, 50, of 10409 West Sir Tristram Court, Lake Camelot, Mapleton, died at 1:45 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2001 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born February 21, 1950 in Canton to Charles and Myra Armstrong Martin, she married Dennis Gene Mortland. She later married Bruce W. Kost on June 18, 1995 in Nassau, Bahamas. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Myra Smith of Canton; two sons, David A. Mortland of Peoria and Danny G. Mortland of Canton; one step-son, Brian N. Kost of Vermont; one step-daughter, Stacey K. (Pete) Savage of Beardstown; one grandson, Brian Henderson of Canton; three step-grandchildren, Ryan Kost of Vermont, and Jacob Savage and Sydney Savage, both of Beardstown; two sisters, Linda Enders and Jeannine (Gary) Murphy, both of Canton; one brother, Michael (Jeanie) Martin of Morehead City, North Carolina; and one step-brother, Dan (Melanie) Smith of Canton.

She was preceded in death by her father, step-father (Hiram Smith), and one granddaughter (Kimberly Mortland).

She was a 1968 graduate of Canton High School in Canton.

Mrs. Kost currently was working as the bookkeeper for KRX Trucking in Vermont for the past 9 years. She previously had worked for the ACPM Podiatry Group at their Canton office for 6 years as a bookkeeper.

She attended the Northwoods Community Church in Peoria. She enjoyed making crafts.

Private services will be Saturday in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61614 or the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637.

MARVIN C. RIPPER
(1917~2001)

PEKIN ~ Marvin Carl Ripper, 83, of 2118 Marigold Drive, Pekin, died at 9:42 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born March 11, 1917 in Cincinnati Township, Tazewell County to Carl and Anna Marie Stoetzer Ripper, he married Alta E. Murphy on February 1, 1946 in Pekin. She died September 28, 1993 in Pekin. Two sisters (Olivia Schilling and Esther Diefendorf) also preceded him in death.

Surviving are two brothers, Rayburn E. Ripper and Nathan F. Ripper, both of Pekin.

Mr. Ripper worked at the American Distilling Company in Pekin for 35 years, retiring in 1979 as a shipping clerk. In prior years, he had worked at Standard Brands in Pekin.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and carpentry work.

He attended Congregational United Church of Christ in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Gary L. Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational United Church of Christ, 2200 Willow Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

DEANNE M. BAHN
(1954~2001)

EAST PEORIA ~ Deanne Marie Bahn, 46, of 102 Ridge Lane, East Peoria, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2001 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born December 4, 1954 in Pekin to Richard Paul and Maureen Turner Watson, she married Ronald Albert Bahn on March 9, 1974 in East Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her father and step-mother, Richard P. and Bonnie L. Watson of Pekin; mother, Maureen Turner of West Palm Beach, Florida; one son, Troy R. Bahn of East Peoria; one sister, R. Renee (Calvin) Sanden of West Palm Beach, Florida; one brother, Ronald J. Watson of West Palm Beach, Florida; and grandmother, Isabelle M. Watson of Pekin.

One sister (Kathleen M. Watson) preceded her in death.

She was a 1973 graduate of Pekin Community High School.

Mrs. Bahn lived in Florida from 1982 to 1997. While in Florida, she had worked as an office manager in a West Palm Beach, Florida dental clinic for 8 years.

She enjoyed reading.

She was a member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. James E. Kruse will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a Christian wake service at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

VIRGINIA M. WATKINS
(1919~2001)

PEKIN ~ Virginia Mable Watkins, 81, of 1100 South Capitol Street, Pekin, died at 5:46 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2001 at her residence.

Born November 2, 1919 in Quincy to Fredrick and Katherine Caroline "Katie" Yaeger Helmedag, she married Delbert Darrel Watkins on January 17, 1942 in Pekin. He died April 1, 1997 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Timmie L. (Cheryl) Watkins of Lansing and Jack J. (Debra) Watkins of San Jose; six grandchildren, David M. (Kelly) Watkins of Hebron, Indiana, Lori A. Watkins of Lansing, Joseph F. C. Benson of Holiday, Florida, and Jack J. Watkins, Jr., Nicholas T. Watkins, and Emily M. Watkins, all of San Jose; two great-grandsons; and one sister, Helen (Albert) Williams of Gainesville, Florida.

Mrs. Watkins did house cleaning and ironing for others for many years.

She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, and the Council of Catholic Women.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and her grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. The Rev. Timothy Nolan will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel with a Christian wake service at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 303 South 7th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

BETTY JANE REICHTER
(1924~2001)

PEKIN ~ Betty Jane Reichter, 77, of 319 Edgewood Drive, Pekin, died at 5:25 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2001 at her residence.

Born January 12, 1924 in Peoria to John Wesley and Lucy Ann Baird Roberts, she married Edward Wilbert Reichter on April 20, 1951 in Pekin. He died September 9, 1975 in Pekin. Her parents and one sister (Alice M. Roberts) also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Eric D. (Sherill) Reichter of Normal and Russell E. (Jodie) Reichter, M.D. of Duluth, Minnesota; and five grandchildren, Jason E. Reichter of Normal, Nicholas E. Reichter, Karl J. Reichter, and Elizabeth A. Reichter, all of Duluth, Minnesota, and Sarah M. Reichter of Fairview Heights.

A 1945 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria with a Bachelors of Science degree, she later received her teacher’s certification from Bradley University.

Mrs. Reichter worked for Standard Brands in Pekin from 1945 to 1953 as a chemist. She then taught for 20 years for Pekin School District #108 at Willow School, Edison Junior High School, and last at Washington Junior High School, retiring in 1987 as a math instructor.

She was a member of the Tazewell County Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Pekin Hospital Auxiliary where she was a past president.

She also was a member of the Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin, and a former member of the Saint John’s guild.

She enjoyed knitting, reading, and traveling.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or the American Diabetes Association, 2580 Federal Drive, Suite 403, Decatur, Illinois 62526.

LUCILLE M. ROCKHOLD
(1911~2001)

PEKIN ~ Lucille Marie Rockhold, 89, of 1503 Mechanic Street, Pekin, died at 5:10 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2001 at her residence. She was formerly of 613 Caroline Street in Pekin.

She was born February 12, 1911 in Pekin to John Franklin and Marie Esther "Minnie" Sampen Rockhold.

Surviving are three nephews, Jack A. Rockhold and Duane H. Rockhold, both of Pekin, and Kenneth H. Rockhold of Edina, Minnesota; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and friends, Sharon Smith and Kimberly Ball, with who she made her home with.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother (Norman F. Rockhold), and one nephew (Norman L. Rockhold).

Ms. Rockhold worked for the American Distilling Company in Pekin for 40 years, retiring in 1973 as a label room clerk.

She was a member of the Pekin Women of the Moose #673 and the AmVets Post #169 ladies auxiliary in North Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Robert N. Brite, Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.R.E. program at the Pekin Police Department, 400 Margaret Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

NEWANA "CONNIE" FOOTE
(1926~2001)

PEKIN ~ Newana Jerene "Connie" Foote, 74, of 1508 North Capitol Street, Pekin, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2001 at her residence.

Born April 2, 1926 in Kellerville to Roy Elmer and Minnie Alice Gabel O’Connor, she married Lester Eugene Foote, Jr. on June 17, 1951 in Clayton.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Deborah J. (Duane) Scogin and Leslie A. Zinkl, both of Kalamazoo, Michigan; one son, David R. (Candice) Foote of Clayton; and thirteen grandchildren.

Her parents and one sister (Joseph Fischer) preceded her in death.

A 1944 graduate of Clayton High School in Clayton, she received her teaching certificate from Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Mrs. Foote was an elementary school teacher in Clayton and later at C. B. Smith School in Pekin. She then was a substitute teacher for Pekin School District #108 and last was a librarian at Lincoln School in Pekin. She was a member of the Tazewell County Retired Teacher’s Association.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pekin, the Maranatha Sunday school class, and was a former Sunday school teacher. She and her husband were directors of the "Seniors Serving Seniors" ministry of the church.

She also taught piano lessons in her home.

Throughout her lifetime, her love for God manifested itself in her service to others. She especially enjoyed creating special memories with her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2001 at the First Baptist Church of Pekin. The Rev. Dr. Robert E. MacKay will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel and 30 minutes prior to services on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to "Seniors Serving Seniors" at First Baptist Church, 700 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Hospice, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637.

FLORENCE E. LINDSEY
(1916~2001)

PEKIN ~ Florence Evelyn Lindsey, 84, of 1108 South 11th Street, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at her residence.

Born August 8, 1916 in Spring Lake Township to Erastus Alrick and Martha Alice Smith Vale, she married Haywood Shelton "Woody" Lindsey on September 1, 1934 in Havana. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, William H. "Bill" (Connie) Lindsey of Manito; four daughters, Martha R. Hayden and Donna J. (Roger) Frampton, both of Pekin, Bertha E. (Gerald) Haverkamp of Metropolis, and Janice K. (Aaron) Denton of Manito; fourteen grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; eleven step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Joyce D. Lindsey and Joan Lindsey; one great-granddaughter; seven brothers, and seven sisters.

She worked for the American Distilling Company in Pekin for 30 years in the bottling department, retiring in 1978.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

She enjoyed sewing and making crafts.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

VELMA GREEN
(1914~2001)

PEKIN ~ Velma Edna Green, 87, of 1913 Highwood Avenue, Pekin, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born January 28, 1914 in Vienna to Earl and Pearl Coleman Henard, she married Clarence Otis Green on July 4, 1932 in Virginia, Illinois. He died October 9, 1976 in Hopedale. She was also preceded in death by her parents, step-father (John E. Williamson), one sister (Edna F. Krusa), and one brother (John Williamson).

Surviving are one daughter, Patsy A. "Pat" Stockert of Pekin; one son, Mickey M. "Mike" (Martha "Marti") Green of Wayne; four sisters, Essie Hyatt and Helen (Bill) Poff, both of Walnut Creek, California, June (Bill) Merris of Jacksonville, and Dolores (Verlin) Rolf of Bluffs; two brothers, Don (Irene) Henard of Marion and Rev. Dr. Ralph (Ruth) Henard of Boulder, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

A homemaker, Mrs. Green was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pekin.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, crocheting, sewing, and painting.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church of Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle and Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

WILLIAM A. METCALF
(1917~2001)

PEKIN—William A. "Red" Metcalf, 83, of 73 Grove Place died at 4:10 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2001 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born July 13, 1917 in Hennepin County, Illinois, he was a son of James Lee and Eleanor Myrtle Biggerstaff Metcalf. He married Elizabeth Jane Stutz on October 2, 1938 in Alton, Illinois. He later married Mary Alice Davis on September 23, 1961 in Davenport, Iowa. She died October 31, 1998 in Pekin. Also preceding in death were 2 sisters, and 1 great-granddaughter.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Tiffany (Randy) Hoyland of Delavan, Charmaine Metcalf of Concord, California and Linda (Al) Kareiva of Pauley’s Island, South Carolina; 1 son, Gerald (Alice) Metcalf of Chillicothe, Illinois; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Metcalf was a car salesman in the Pekin area for 33 years, last working for Scherer Buick-Isuzu in North Pekin for 25 years until retiring January 1, 1985. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post #44 in Pekin, a 50 year and life member of Empire Lodge #126 A.F.&A.M., a member and past president of Celestial City Campers, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Pekin. Rev. Terry Edele and Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel and 30 minutes prior to services Wednesday at the church. Masonic rites will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Doors Fund at First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.

LESLEY WATSON
(1916~2001)

PEKIN ~ Lesley "Lit" Watson, 84, of 1506 Norman Drive died at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born November 10, 1916 in Reynolds, Missouri to Leonard and Hattie Salsman Watson, he married Joyce M. Brawley on December 12, 1936 in St. Genevieve, Missouri. She died October 19, 1988 in Pekin. He then married Bonnie J. Johnson on June 3, 1989 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Irma L. (Jerry) Utsinger of Farmington; three sons, Wayne (Pat) Watson of Groveland, Larry (Sue) Watson and Terry L. Watson, all of Pekin; three stepsons, Philip (Sue) Kemper, Mark (Sharon) Kemper, all of Pekin and Randy (Brenda) Kemper of Brighton; one stepdaughter, Billie Jean (Kevin) Dricks of Cuba; eighteen grandchildren; thirteen step-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren.

One daughter, Myrna Miller; one son, Delmar Watson; seven brothers and three sisters also preceded him in death.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Watson was a self-employed logger for a majority of his working years. He last worked for Pekin Hardwood Lumber as the night watchman for more than seven years, retiring in during the 1990’s.

He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of God in Pekin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. James H. Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to a fund to help care for his son, Terry, in care of Pekin Savings Bank.

RITA M. MCCULLEY
(1915~2001)

PEKIN ~ Rita Mary McCulley, 85, of 1416 Caroline Street, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2001 at Pekin Hospital.

Born September 8, 1915 in Pekin to Louis Jacob and Anna Kathrine Haupts Hobe, she married Clarence "Mac" McCulley on June 11, 1938 in Pekin. He died April 7, 1995 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph Hobe, Louis M. Hobe and John Peter Hobe and two sisters, Florence Sciortino and Anna Marie Nelson.

Surviving are one son, Gary W. (and Nancy) McCulley; two grandchildren, Marci A. (and Gary) Muelling and Marc D. (and Melinda) McCulley, all of Pekin; and five great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. James E. Kruse will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

LENORA C. HOYLE
(1917~2001)

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Lenora Coralie Hoyle, 83, of 490 Jones Road, Clarksville, Tennessee, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 21, 2001 at her residence. She was formerly of 704 LaSalle Boulevard in Marquette Heights.

Born July 18, 1917 in Chandlerville to Andrew Anthony and JoAnne Combs Jackson, she married William Glen Hoyle on June 19, 1937 in Pekin. He died November 29, 1986 in Marquette Heights. She was also preceded in death by twin infant daughters (Bonnie J. Hoyle and Beverly J. Hoyle), one sister (Norma J. Lanhardt), one half-sister and two half-brothers.

Surviving are three daughters, Pat A. (Barry) Kirchner and Sharon F. (Ray) Rearden, both of Chillicothe, and Peg J. Jones of Clarksville, Tennessee; two sons, Ronald G. (Linda) Hoyle of Marquette Heights and Daniel L. (Brenda) Hoyle of Mapleton; ten grandchildren, Kelly L. (Don) Groeper and Tim K. (Carol) Kirchner of Washington, Ron M. (Christi) Hoyle of Marquette Heights, Todd J. (Gina) Rearden of LaGrange, Lori L. (Kevin) French of Clarksville, Tennessee, Andrew W. Hoyle and Mindy S. (Brian) Bevell of Mapleton, Jeffrey A. Jones of Visalia, California, Traci A. (Troy) Naylor of Pekin, and Jami L. (Randy) Lemon of East Peoria; nineteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Hornbacker of Glasford.

She enjoyed oil painting, sewing, and crocheting.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2001 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.


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