Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Bruce Olson

MINONK - Bruce Wayne Olson, 52, of Minonk, formerly of Braidwood, died Wednesday (June 16, 1999) at his home following a short illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk and from noon- 2 p.m. Monday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes in Braidwood.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Steve Bondi, at Immaculate Conception Church, Braidwood.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
He was born May 15, 1947 in Melrose Park, the son of Raymond and Florence Butts Olson, who are deceased.
Mr. Olson was employed as supervisor for Specialty Metal Fabrication in Minonk for the past 11 years. He was formerly a policeman for the city of Minonk and had been an EMT on the Minonk Ambulance Squad.
While a resident of Joliet for several years, he had been employed at Caterpillar and with the Sheet Metal Workers Union 265 of Carol Stream, constructing the Commonwealth Edison Nuclear Power plant in Braidwood.
Surviving are his wife, the former Judith Hall, whom he married June 5, 1965 in Pontiac; one son, Eric Olson (Vicki Lindsay) of Tuscola; one daughter, Melanie Olson (John Sprayer) of Pontiac; one brother, Ken Olson of Braidwood; and all his in-laws.
His son, Lawrence Olson is deceased.
He was a Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do and enjoyed martial arts and computers.

Gina Boresi

COAL CITY - Gina Boresi, 21, of Coal City, died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
She was born Sept. 19, 1977 in Morris, the daughter of William J. and Susan L. Hertenstein Boresi Jr., who survive, residing in Coal City.
She was a 1995 graduate from Coal City High School and presently a student at North Central College at Naperville studying theater and business.
Also surviving are a brother, Matthew J. Boresi of Naperville; maternal grandparents, L.E. and Dolores Hertenstein and paternal grandfather, William Boresi Sr., all of Coal City; two aunts and uncles, Mary and Bruce Lane of Cary and Sherri and Mike Taylor of Morris; one uncle and aunt, Doug and Susan A. Boresi of Coal City; and many cousins.
Her paternal grandmother, Ila Boresi is deceased.
Visitation will be from 8-9 a.m. Monday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik, at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Assumption Cahtolic Church in Coal City.
Burial will be in Braceville-GArdner Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in her name to Cancer Research.

Richard Mehrer

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Richard J. ''Rich'' Mehrer, 60, of Chebanse, will be for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Craig Sweet officiating.
Visitation will also be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Mr. Mehrer died June 15, 1999.

Gail Kice

WATSEKA - Gail E. Kice, 82, of Watseka, died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at Iroquois Resident Home, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 2 p.m. services at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. Thme Rev. Hubert Lytle will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Mr. Kice was a real estate salesman. He owned Kice Motor Sales.
He was born April 27, 1917 in Watseka, the son of Hazwell W. and Mary E. Boring Kice.
Surviving are his wife, the former Geraldine Brockway whom he married Nov. 14, 1937 in Covington, Ind.; one son, Randolph E. Kice of Bloomington; one daughter and son-in- law, Sheila Ann and John Sekula of LaSalle; two granddaughters and spouses, Dawn and William Kiesling of Heyworth and Pamela and James Whiteaker of Princeton; and four great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Watseka Elks Lodge.

Everett Williams

SIMPSON - Visitation for Everett E. ''Ebb'' Williams, 78, of Simpson, will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at the First Christian Church, Watseka, where he was a member. The Rev. David Bondurant will officiate.
Memorial services will be held at a later date at County Line Baptist Church in Simpson.
Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Williams died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind.
He was born June 5, 1921, in Milford, the son of Elihu and Ida Mae Schroeder Williams.
Surviving are his wife, the former Stella D. ''DoraLene'' Sapp, whom he married May 20, 1942, in Milford; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard E. and Sharon Williams of Watseka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Leon Clatterbuck, and Karren and Dean Decker, all of Watseka; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Alvin Williams of Milford, and Ira and Mildred Williams of Roseville; eight grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four sisters and six brothers.
Mr. Williams was employed by the State of Illinois Department of Transportation and Rothway Hatchery.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a member of the Watseka V.F.W.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Velma Preston

MOMENCE - Velma Grace Preston, 87, of Momence, died Friday (June 18, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Center.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Monday at the Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pastor Sam will officiate.
Burial will be in Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood.
She was born July 5, 1911, in Muskogee, Okla., the daughter of Chester and Martha Sparks Millsaps.
Her husband Daniel B. Preston died in 1967.
Surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Daniel and Helen Preston of Chicago Heights, Raymond and Shirley Preston of Harvey, James and Linda Preston of LaGrange, Ga., and Edward Preston of Jacksonville, Ark.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Elaine and Arliss George of St. Anne, June and Robert Newton of Kevil, Ky., and Sharon Finnerty of Glenwood; one sister, Aileen Munch of Homewood; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Chester and Ruth Millsaps of N.M., Don and Miriam Millsaps of Md., Harding Millsaps of Okla., and Fred Millsaps of Ark.; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Preston was a member of East Hazel Crest Bible Church.

Hallie Smith

Hallie Smith, 82, of Hopkins Park, died Saturday (June 19, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services. Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, George.
Arrangements are pending at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee.

Louise Frantz

Louise Frantz, 73, of Kankakee, died Friday (June 18, 1999) at RML Specialty Hospital, Hinsdale, after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Deacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
She was born Sept. 13, 1925, in Kempton, the daughter of Michael and Nellie Putnam Schafroth. Her parents are deceased.
Her husband, Lawrence ''Larry'' J. Frantz, whom she married Nov. 10, 1945, at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, died in May 1986.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Joanne Frantz of Bourbonnais; two sisters, Ann Demers of Fla., and Kathy Delabre of Watseka; one brother, James Schafroth of Laverne, Okla.; and four grandchildren, Deborah and Brian Smith of Westmont, David Frantz of Manteno, Dawn and Mike Farrar of Bradley, and Deanna and David Schnell of Bourbonnais; and one great-grandchild, Mikey Farrar.
Mrs. Frantz had worked with her husband in Frantz Construction for many years in the Kankakee area.
She was a Catholic.
Her hobby was her grandchildren.

Lillian Smith

ST. ANNE - Lillian Smith, 80, of St. Anne and a resident of the area for 39 years, died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Leggett Funeral Home in Hopkins Park.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Momence Cemetery in Ganeer Township. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate.
She was born Sept. 12, 1918 in Clarksdale, Miss., the daughter of Corinthian and Emma Pittman.
Mrs. Smith was a retired mental health technician at Manteno Mental Health Center.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Emma and Eugene Stamps of St. Anne; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Raymond Smith and Sammy Davis, both of St. Anne and Andrew and Maria Raper of Las Vegas, Nev.; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren.
Her husband and six brothers are deceased.

John Herr

STREATOR - John R. ''Curly'' Herr, 68, of Streator, died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Monday until the 7 p.m. services at the Winterrowd-Hagi Funeral Home, Streator. The Rev. Richard Lewis will officiate.
Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Joliet.
He was born June 27, 1930, in Joliet, the son of Roy and Bernice Hendrickson Herr. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Judi Morse, whom he married Jan. 19, 1968; two daughters, Holly Herr of Pontiac, and Ericka Herr of Streator; one son and daughter-in-law, John III and Malinda Herr of Streator; two sisters, Grace Barnes of Manville, and Lillie Flaynik of Wilmington; two brothers, Tom Herr of Joliet, and Roy Herr of Galesburg; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Jack; and one sister, Bernice.

Dorothy Meyer

PIPER CITY - Dorothy M. Meyer, 77, of Piper City, died Friday (June 18, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Services were held June 19 at Kankakee Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Karl Koeppen officiated.
Burial was in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are by the Hertz- Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
She was born July 2, 1921, in Kankakee, the daughter of Arthur and Minnie Nehls Woodrich.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Walter Nolte of Chebanse, Carol and Robert Bradbury of Piper City; one sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Richard Hadders of Bradley; one sister-in- law, Dorothy Woodrich of Kankakee; two grandchildren and three step- grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Kenneth, LaVerne, and Donald.
Ms. Meyer worked over 20 years at Amberg File and Index Company.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kankakee.
She enjoyed fishing, reading and crocheting.

Robert Hofer

CISSNA PARK - Robert H. Hofer, 85, of Cissna Park, died Saturday (June 19, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Wayne Laubscher will officiate.
Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born April 15, 1914, in Cissna Park, the son of Alfred and Lydia Baier Hofer.
His wife, the former Gladys C. McLimans, whom he married July 29, 1940, in Alexandria, Va., died May 11, 1999.
Surviving are one sister, Nettie Obergfel of Claytonville; two brothers, Earl and Lawrence Hofer, both of Watseka; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are six brothers.
Mr. Hofer owned and operated Hofers Tavern in Cissna Park for 19 years.

Raymond Anderson

PEOTONE - Raymond Anderson, 94, of Peotone, died Friday (June 18, 1999) at South Suburban Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Monday until the 8:30 p.m. services at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Peotone Paramedics.
He was born April 7, 1905, the son of Peter and Emma Peterson Anderson.
His wife, Evelyn Mae Anderson, whom he married June 29, 1940, in Chicago, died in 1987.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Pat Anderson of Beecher, Stanley and Beverly of Anderson of Chicago Heights; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanette and Art Burchett, and Connie and Glenn Anderson, all of Monee; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one sister, Rachel; and two grandsons, Scott Lee and Darren Stanley Anderson.

Vernon Downs

CRESCENT CITY - Services for Vernon Carl Downs, 74, of Crescent City, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman. The Rev. Harold Grafe will officiate.
Burial, with military rites by the Gilman American Legion Post, will be in Flesher Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Gilman American Legion or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Downs died Thursday (June 17, 1999) at the V.A. Medical Center, Danville, after an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Frederick, the son of Carl and Pearl Beatrice Downs.
Surviving are his wife, Erma J. Downs, whom he married Aug. 24, 1948, in Beardstown; one son and daughter-in-law, V. Arthur and Corinne Downs of Watseka; two daughters, Jackie Lynn Dunn of Gratiot, Wis., and Sandra C. Grabow of Crescent City; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and four nieces.
Deceased are one great-granddaughter, two brothers, and two sisters.
He attended Center Grade School and Rushville and Beardstown High School.
Mr. Dunn was a fertilizer serviceman. He spent a lifetime in farming and ag services. He came to this area doing farm work for Milton Meyer in the Rankin area.
As a youth, Mr. Dunn started on a music career playing music on radio stations in Jacksonville and Carthage.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in Denver, Colo.
He was a member of the Middlefork Horse and Pony Club.
Mr. Dunn was a 4-H leader for 5 years in Vermilion County.
He enjoyed square dancing.

Joe Lameck

CYPRESSWOOD, Fla. - Joe Raymond Lameck, 76, of Winter Haven, Fla. since 1962, a native of Sheldon, died Monday (June 14, 1999) at his Cypresswood home.
Mr. Lameck retired in 1985 as a statistical engineer from the Department of Transportation for the state of Florida.
He was a member of Cypresswood Golf and Country Club; the Cypresswood Men's Association; his favorite early morning Dew Group, Friersen - Nichols American Legion Post 8; and Winter Haven Masonic Lodge 186.
He was of the Methodist Faith.
Surviving are his wife, Veda; a sister, Thelma Vicari of Barrington; an uncle Clayton Wedgbury of Sheldon; nieces, nephews; and sister-in- law and brother-in-law.
There will be no services.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Troy Sullivan

ST. ANNE - Troy Timothy Sullivan, son of James and Kandy Dommer Sullivan, of St. Anne, was stillborn Thursday (June 17, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Surviving besides his parents are, one brother, James Robert of St. Anne; one sister, Ashley Marie of St. Anne; aunts and uncles, Michael and Lori Sullivan of Fayetteville, Ark., Pamela and Mickey Hodges of Palos Hills, Robert and Sue Dommer of Oak Lawn, Robin and Clay Spring of Morristown, Minn.; paternal grandparents, James and Barbara Sullivan of St. Anne; maternal grandparents, Robert and Donna Dommer of Aroma Park; and paternal great-grandmother, Nora Sullivan of Ark.

Edna Cahill

PONTIAC - Edna Cahill, 85, of Livingston Manor, Pontiac, died Friday (June 18, 1999) at Livingston Manor.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the celebration of the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where she was a member, by the Rev. James Rickey.
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ransom. Pallbearers will be Bill, Dale, and Jim Coughlin, Pat Vint, Kevin Murphy, and Bob Slattery.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, or to Livingston Manor, Pontiac.
VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Kinsman, the daughter of Cornelius and Margaret Drinan Coughlin.
Her husband, Clarence Cahill, whom she married June 29, 1940, in Kinsman, died in 1997.
Surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Emmett, Eugene, and Joe Coughlin; and two sisters, Maxine Coughlin and Sally Vint.
Mrs. Cahill was educated in Streator Schools. She received her teaching certificate at Illinois State University. She taught for many years in several of the small area schools.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Altar and Rosary Society, and the Illinois Retired Teacher's Association.

Margaret Stalzer

Margaret I. Stalzer, 92, of Provena Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home, Bourbonnais, died Thursday (June 17, 1999).
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today at the Thompson and Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.
She was born Jan. 9, 1907, the daughter of Dennis and Mary Crowley.
Her husband, Joseph Stalzer Sr., is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Jr. and Margaret E. Stalzer of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Paul J. Arnold

Paul J. Arnold, 84, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday at his home. 
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

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