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Francis A. Troxel

Francis A. Troxel, 81, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:13 P.M. Tuesday October 15, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.  He was born December 24, 1937, in Danville, IL, the son of Marion and Ruby (Cassady) Troxel.  He married Faye Chaney on August 29, 1958 at the First Christian Church in Hoopeston.  She survives in Hoopeston.

 

He is also survived by one sister, Sue (Wayne) King of Rankin, IL; three grandchildren, Jeremy Rossi of Ridgeway, PA, Erich Troxel of Nashville, TN, and Tristin Troxel of Idaho Falls, ID; two nieces; and one nephew.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lori Troxel; and one son, Steve Troxel.

Francis served in the United States Navy from 1956 – 1958 as a 2nd class shipfitter.  He then served as an instructor at the Danville U.S. Naval Reserve Center from 1958-1959.  He began working as a foundry man at John Deere in 1958 and worked there until 1977.  In 1978, he became the plant manager for Vermilion Iron Corp. until 1985.  Francis later managed Danville Brass for several years and then sold foundry supplies until his retirement.  Francis was a longtime member of the Hoopeston Community Church of the Nazarene.  He served on the Grant Township United Fund serving in many capacities.  He was a member of the Hoopeston Jaycees where he was honored by receiving the JCI Senatorship in April 1977 where he also received the spoke award.   Francis was also involved with the Cub Scouts Pack 37, the Hoopeston Little League, and the Parent Teacher Organization.  He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles.  He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his friend Doug Wagoner.

 

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday October 25, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL with Tom McCann officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Nazarene Church 402 E. Honeywell Ave. Hoopeston, IL.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Francis’ eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Larry Smith, 81, of Watseka

Larry Smith, 8`1, of Watseka passed away on Thursday October 17th, 2019. 

 

Larry is survived by his wife, Shirley Smith, and 5 children; Larry Smith,David Smith, Lori Lyons, Mary Stenstrom, and Dorrine Giahan.

 

A visitation is set for Monday October 21st, 2019 from 4-7pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

A funeral service is set for October 22nd, 2019 at 11am at the Calvary Lutheran Church with another visitation 1hour prior to the funeral service. Burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery 

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Aileen M. Miller, 90, of Gilman

Aileen M. Miller, 90, of Gilman passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She was born December 20, 1928 in rural Gilman, the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Peters) Miller.

 

She is survived by one sister, Charleen Blair of Danforth; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Eugene (Judy) Miller of Onarga, William (Doris) Miller of Gilman; and Judy Miller of Gilman; one step-sister-in-law, Mary Jane Muller of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Aileen was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Florence Miller; two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Lorraine (Roy) Goldenstein, Elsie (William) Carmichael and Donald Blair; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert (Ethyl) Miller and Edward L. Miller; and two step-brothers and one step-sister-in-law, June “Hack” (Mary Mae) Muller and Glenn Muller.

 

Ms. Miller was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Gilman and Zion Women’s Circle. She retired from Housekeeping at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Aileen won many prizes at the Iroquois County Fair for her handiwork and loved to knit, crochet and put puzzles together.

 

Visitation will be from 9:00-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Zion United Church of Christ in Gilman. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Dr. Rev. Carol Lange will officiate. Burial will be at the Gilman Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Gilman Healthcare Auxiliary or donor’s choice.

 

Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

 

Please share a memory of Aileen at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Elsie E. Storm, 90, of Watseka

Elsie E. Storm, 90, of the Crescent City area, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth. She was born on April 22, 1929, the daughter of Henry and Eva (Ducat) Hammende. Elsie married Francis F. Storm on December 7, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2002.

 

Elsie took great pride in being a farmer's wife, and had milked cows for about 35 years. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Crescent City, as well as the Crescent City Woman's Methodist Group and Grandmothers Group of Crescent City, An avid Chicago Cubs fan, she was happy to watch the team win the World Series. Elsie was also an avid Bingo player, enjoyed going out to eat and spending time at Plato with her family and friends.

 

She is survived by five children Linda (Gordon) Thompsen of Martinton, Larry

(Marla) Storm of Monticello, IN, Gary (Donna) Storm of Watseka, Debra (Chuck) Tibbetts of Herscher and Jerry (Nancy) Storm of Crescent City; one sister Justine Collins of Louisiana; one brother Vernon (Donna) Hammende of Florida; twelve grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Russell Hammende.

 

Per Elsie's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. The family will hold a  

Celebration of Life at a later date, with inurnment at Wilson Cemetery to follow. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Crescent City or Crescent Iroquois Fire Department.

 

Please sign her guestbook at www.baierfuneralhome.com

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John E. Crusie, 65, of Milford

John E. Crusie, 65, of Milford passed away on October 15, 2019 at his home in Milford. He was born on December 29, 1953 in Sheldon, the son of Raymond and Ellen (Fawbush) Crusie. He married Carol Ann Reed in Milford on June 26, 1993 and she preceded him in death on April 23, 2018.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Gina L. (Tim) Worthey of Milford and Tina (Tom) Tatlock of Bloomington, IN; three sons, Harold Biggs of Etna, OH, John (Tina) Crusie of Sullivan, IN, and Scott (Barbara) Crusie of Chicago Heights; one sister, Shirley Hayden; one brother, Butch Crusie; eleven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

 

In addition to his wife, Carol Ann Crusie, he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond Crusie; and one sister, Mary Trevino.

 

Mr. Crusie was an avid Chicago Cub’s fan, collected model trains, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to the Milford Ambulance Service.

 

Please share a memory of John at knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Ruby June (Boohe)r Winnett, 91

Ruby June (Boohe)r Winnett of Livonia, MI and Wichita Falls, TX went to join her Lord on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Presbyterian Manor, in Wichita Falls.


Ruby was born on June 10, 1928 in the Booher family's home in Armstrong, IL to Charles Newell and Mary Ann (Obenland) Booher. She attended Armstrong Grade School and High School. During summers in High School, she worked at Steak and Shake in Rantoul, IL and the Dining Halls, at Chanute Air Force Base.  Following graduation in 1946 she worked at General Electric, in Danville, IL for 20 years.


Miss Booher married her husband, Ewell B. Winnett on May 18, 1962 in Danville, IL.  They continued living there for several years before moving to Livonia. They enjoyed visiting with family and friends and traveling throughout the country.  They loved hosting relatives and were extremely generous in spoiling nieces and nephews.  


Mrs. Winnett joined St. Matthew's Methodist Church in Livonia and became very active in numerous committees and worship groups.  She especially enjoyed listening to Christian music and spending time in Christian fellowship.  She still met for refreshments sometimes with the group, after she was not physically able work in the Memorial Garden. In 2014, she reluctantly moved to Royal Estates Retirement Community in Wichita Falls where she made many friends who loved her for her gentle spirit and her wicked Trivial Pursuit skills.  She will be truly missed by all the residents there.


Ruby was known to her family as their precious daughter, kindhearted sister and magical aunt.  She was preceded in death by her husband Ewell, her parents, her brothers Charles "Chuck", Harold, Glen and Lester "Leck" Booher, sisters Louise Booher Cannon and Mary Ruth Booher Miller, and two nephews. She's survived by a sister-in-law, Jane Hughes Booher of Pitcairn, PA, 9 nieces and nephews, and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.  


A Celebration of Life service was held at New Bethel Church in Wichita Falls and another service will be at Blurton Funeral Home, Potomac, IL at 11 AM October 18, 2019 with visitation an hour before. Burial will follow in Partlow Cemetery, Armstrong, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Memorial Garden Fund, 30900 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI, 48152.  

 

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Robert Kent First, 54, of Sheldon

Robert Kent First, 54, of Sheldon passed away on Friday, October 11th, 2019.

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Mary Louise Reece, 96, of Danforth

Mary Louise Reece, 96, of Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, IL, formerly of Wellington, IL., passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:50 A.M.  She was born February 2, 1923, in Edmonton, KY, the daughter of Sanford William and Margaret Lee (Hamilton) Free.  She married Robert Lee Reece Sr. on November 9, 1940.  He preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by four daughters, Judith Ann (Wes) Knapp, Laura Ruth (Robert) Daugherty, Brenda Joyce (Phil) Thornton, and Patricia Louise (Frank) Blanchette; one son, Robert Lee Reece Jr.; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-four great – grandchildren, three great- great – grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, two brothers, and one grandchild.

 

Mary worked at the Wellington State Bank for many years.  She was a member of the Wellington Methodist Church and was very active in the D.A.R. and B.P.W. programs.  Mary also wrote the book titled, “Thank You Lord”, along with numerous articles and short stories.

 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  Monday, October 14, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.  The funeral service will follow the visitation at 12:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Lewis officiating.  Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.

 

Memorials may be made to the Kankakee Valley Hospice 482 Main St. NW Bourbonnais, IL 60914, the Wellington Methodist Church 314 E. Main St. Wellington, IL 60973 or to the Prairieview Lutheran Home 403 N. 4th St. Danforth, IL 60930.

 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Mary’s eternal tribute page and to send condolences to the family.

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Katherine H. Longfellow, 53, of Watseka

Katherine H. Longfellow, 53, of Laporte, IN formerly of Watseka passed away on Friday, Oct. 11th, 2019.

 

Arrangements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Joseph Kusman, 70, of Donovan

Joseph Kusman, 70, of Donovan passed away on Wednesday Oct. 9th, 2019 

 

Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. 

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Eliner Meierle, 81, of Watseka

Eliner Meierle, 81, of Watseka passed away on Monday Oct. 7th, 2019 

 

Arrangements are pending with Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL

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Paul Petry, 94, of Watseka

Paul Petry, 94, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday Oct. 8th, 2019. 

 

Paul is survived by his wife Betty Petry and 12 children. 

 

A visitation is set for Wednesday Oct. 16th, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at the First Baptist Church in Watseka with the Funeral Service to follow the visitation starting at 3pm.

 

Burial will be the following day, Thursday Oct. 17th, 2019 at 1pm at Lisle Cemetary in Lisle, IL. 

 

Baier Funeral home will be conducting the services. 

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LoAnne Schriefer, 82, of Libertyville, IL

LoAnne A. (Sunnen) Schriefer died on Friday, August 30th, 2019 under the care of Journey Care Hospice in Libertyville, IL surrounded by her daughters, Noreen & Lynda. LoAnne was born on July 25, 1937 in Portland, OR to George & Mildred (Meade) Sunnen who both proceeded her in death.

 

She married Dale Schriefer on November 9, 1956. They were married 48 years before his death on November 11, 2004. Survivors include: daughters and sons in law Noreen & Bob Buss of Wilmington, NC and Lynda and Rich Lavin of Lake Villa, IL and son Alan (Karen) Schriefer. LoAnne had 8 grandchildren: Carson Lavin, Mackenna Lavin, Mitchell Lavin, Nicole (Schriefer) & David Mc Gill, Stephanie (Schriefer) & Dan LaGesse, and Adam Schriefer. LoAnne also had 3 great grandchildren: Alexis & Gavin McGill, and Garrett LaGesse. LoAnne’s surviving siblings are Liz (Sunnen) Roberts and Ruth (Sunnen) Savoie. Her brother, Leslie Sunnen, died in 2017.

 

LoAnne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who loved reading, crossword puzzles, movies, flower gardening, camping and traveling with family and friends, dancing with Dale to big band music, volunteering at the Zion UCC, and playing cards and dominoes with dear friends. And she made THE BEST peach and pecan pies. She was also an avid Chicago Bears fan. She lived most of her life in Gilman, IL with her family.

 

She spent her early years in North and South Dakota where her parents were teachers on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. In 1950, her parents moved the family to Gilman to open the Gambles Store. LoAnne graduated from Gilman High School in 1955. She worked at A.O. Smith right out of high school, then later at K&H when they first opened. She also worked at Gilman Motor Company for several years. But her favorite position was at Gilman Grade School (later known as Iroquois West Elementary) where she was the unit secretary for 20 years. She retired from Iroquois West in 1999. She moved to the Lake Villa, IL area in 2012 to be near her daughter Lynda when LoAnne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

 

LoAnne proudly served on the Gilman Library Board for 12 years and was part of the board responsible for the fund raising, design, and building of the new Gilman/Danforth Library. She was an active member of Zion United Church of Christ where she served on the church council, was a youth group sponsor with Dale, an Evening Guild member, and sang in the choir. After retirement, she also enjoyed volunteering with the children’s reading program at Iroquois West Elementary School.

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Jean C. Feller, 92, of Hoopeston

Jean C. Feller, 92, whom resided at Autumn Field’s in Hoopeston and was formerly of Cissna Park, IL, passed away at 3:01 P.M. Monday October 7, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  She was born March 8, 1927 in Neillsville, WI, the daughter of Herbert and Elizabeth (Markert) Quimby.  She married Charles L. Feller on October 15, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Kentland, IN.  He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Betty Simpson and Mary Olsen.

She is survived by two daughters, Ronda (William Eitzenhoefer) Feller of Sleepy Hollow, IL and Rita (Paul) Moenck of Milford, IL; two sisters, Nancy Catenacci of Wisconsin and Peggy Zbinden of Tennessee; four grandchildren, Megan (Chris) Harrell of Little Elm, TX, Tyson Cluver of Cissna Park, IL, Alexis (Tyler) Zindars of Catlin, IL, and Kamron (Katie Janicek) Kissamis of Downers Grove, IL; six great-grandchildren, Cody, Logan, and Tara Harrell, Ashlynn Linck, and Mariah and Claire Zindars; and many nieces and nephews.

Jean grew up in Mackinaw, IL.  She attended and graduated from Illinois State University.  After college, she taught at Iroquois West schools for 27 years.  She was a volunteer tutor for ALIVE (Adult Literary Program) through Kankakee Community College at the Iroquois County Jail.  She also tutored at Parkview Home in Cissna Park.  Jean served as the past President of Iroquois Retired Teachers, and past President of the Cissna Park Library.  She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Cissna Park where she served as a Sunday School teacher and AWANA leader.  Jean was also a member of the Cissna Park Junior Women’s Club and was a past Girl Scout leader. 

Cremation rites will be accorded.  A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Tuesday October 15, 2019 at Grace Bible Church 201 Kellerhal Drive Cissna Park, IL.  A celebration of life will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church, with Pastor Trey Scheffer officiating.  A private burial will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Church 201 Kellerhal Dr. Cissna Park, IL 60924, the Cissna Park Library 511 N Second St, Cissna Park, IL 60924, or the American Cancer Society PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Jean’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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James M. Fletcher, 83, of Gilman

James Millard Fletcher, 83, of Gilman passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Gilman Healthcare Center in Gilman.

 

He was born on May 10, 1936 in Mason City, the son of Harry Dillard and Leona (Brewer) Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Harry Fletcher; and four sisters, Wilma Smith, Joyce Schoonover, June Hernan, and Joanne Steen.
Mr. Fletcher is survived by many nieces and nephews.


He served in the United States Army as a medic in England. James taught in the Gilman area for many years.


Cremation rites have been accorded by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
Burial will take place at a later date in Mason City Cemetery in Mason City, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Gilman Danforth Library District.
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Ruth Knight, 90, of rural Indianola,

Ruth Elaine Knight, 90, of rural Indianola, IL, passed away at 8:05 P.M. Saturday October 5, 2019, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born November 8, 1928 in Georgetown, IL, the daughter of Chester and Dorothy (Chandler) Moreland.  She married Robert Knight on November 12, 1948 in Catlin, IL.  He preceded her in death in 2006. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bill and Jim Moreland; two sisters-in-law, Doris Moreland and Myrtle Knight; and three brothers-in-law, Glen Dale Knight, Franklin Knight, and Jack Williams.

She is survived by three daughters, Cindy (Ron) Masengale of Rossville, IL, Susan (Rick) Green of Rossville, IL, and Donna (Bruce) Lackey of Danville, IL; three sisters-in-law, Mary Williams, Marie Knight, and Gwen Price; four grandchildren, Bob (Jennifer) Todd, Lisa (Justin) Acton, Mark (Melanie) Green, and Matt Green; four great-grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Todd, Connor (Briana) Todd, Ava Acton, and Ella Acton; one great-great-grandson, Everett Todd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Indianola United Methodist Church and was also a member of the United Methodist Women’s group.  She assisted with cancer drives, served as an election judge, and helped with the PTA.  Ruth enjoyed cooking, especially her famous noodles and fried chicken.  She also enjoyed gardening, watching Illini basketball, and attending her children and grandchildren’s activities and events. 

Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  A visitation will be held 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Thursday October 10, 2019 at the Indianola United Methodist Church 1 N. High St. Indianola, IL.  The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. at the church, with David Almy officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery of Indianola. 

Memorials may be made to the Indianola United Methodist Church 1 N. High St. Indianola, IL 61850 or to the Woodlawn Cemetery Association 120 Wild Rose Ave. Indianola, IL 61850.

Ruth’s family would like to extend a thank you to all the caregivers that cared for their mother.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Ruth’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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David Dixon, 70, of Wellington

David Dixon, 70, of Wellington, IL, made his journey home on October 5, 2019.  He was born April 4, 1949 in Lafayette, IN, the son of Carl and Zolene (Eaton) Dixon.  He married Deborah Long on June 14, 1969 at the Wellington United Methodist Church.  She survives. 

He is survived by one daughter, Jenn (Steve) Robinson of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Dana (Amy) Dixon of Wellington, IL; five grandchildren, Cassidy Dixon of Los Angeles, CA, Katie Dixon of Wellington, IL, and Logan, Miles, and Parker Robinson all of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, W. Carol Preston of Mahomet, IL; one brother, Donald (Sharon) Dixon of Hoopeston, IL; two sisters-in-law, Sue (Mark) Davia of Vero Beach, FL and Karen (Stan) Peterson of Hoopeston, IL; two brothers-in-law, John (Jackie) Long of Danville, IL and Steve (Matt) Long of Hoopeston, IL; and two very special cousins, Earl (Cecelia) Dixon of Wellington, IL and Jim (Nancy) Rosborg of Swansea, IL.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wally and Nancy Long.

Dave graduated from Wellington High School in 1967 where he had a successful basketball career.  The highlight being his senior year when he scored a career high of 44 points.  He made all state honorable mention in basketball that same year.  He attended Danville Junior College, earning an associate degree in Ag Mechanics.  He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1969 – 1975.  Dave was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church where he was a past member of the board of trustees.  He was also a past member of the Wellington School board, Prairie Green Township Trustee, and Iroquois County Career Center.  He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a life-long Cubs and Illini basketball fan.  There were many before, during, and after game phone calls made to his two cousins.  Dave’s greatest joy in life was visiting with family, friends, and even complete strangers.  His grandkids received many life lessons from him throughout the years.  His last words to anyone he was talking to were “be careful now”.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated.  A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday October 11, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday October 12, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Wade Meranda and Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the John Greer PTO for their Playground for All Project, 609 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Dave’s eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.  

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Cheryl K. Broderick, 68, of Gilman

Cheryl K. Broderick, 68, of Gilman passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born February 13, 1951 in Savanna, the daughter of Ervie and Almira (Reineck) Guenzler. She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Renae Brown.

 

She married James “Jim” Broderick on January 29, 1972 in Savanna and he survives. She is also survived by one son, Keith (Becca) Broderick of Eagle River, Alaska; one sister, Connie (Bob) Sigrist of Hartland, WI; her mother, Almira Guenzler of Hartland, WI; brother-in-law, Tom Brown of Dixon; one niece, Ashley Sigrist of St. Petersburg, FL; one nephew, Sean (Allison) Sigrist of Wauwatosa, WI; two great-nephews, Benjamin and Henry Sigrist of Wauwatosa, WI; brother-in-law, Tom Broderick of Peoria; and sister-in-law, Mary (David) Broderick Kreir of Viroqua, WI.

 

Cheryl was a Special Education Teacher for 39 years at the Gilman and Iroquois West Schools and retired in 2016. She was a member of the teacher’s union and was on the executive board for quite a few years. She gave reading programs with seminars and classes. Cheryl impacted students for three generations, was on the Family Reading Night Committee, and did mentor children after she retired. She enjoyed traveling, having traveled all over the United States and Ireland. Cheryl also enjoyed sports, plays, and was an avid reader.

 

Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. also at the funeral home with SAM Lynn Culkin officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

 

Please share a memory of Cheryl at knappfuneralhomes.com

 

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Jamie Lynn Neumann, 67, of Watseka

Jamie Lynn Neumann, 67, of Watseka passed away on Saturday. September 28 at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. 

 

Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. 

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Timmy J. Powell, 59, of Gilman

Timmy J. Powell, 59, of Gilman passed away on Monday, September 30th. 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. 

 

Timmy is survived by his sister, Judy Sacotnik as well as 4 children; Taylor Powell, Olivia Powell, Christopher Powell, and Clayton Powell. Timmy is also survived by 8 Grandchildren. 

 

A Funeral Service is scheduled for 1pm on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford with a visitation 1 hour prior to the 1pm service. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home will be conducting the service. 

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William Maul, 74, of Cissna Park

William Maul, 74, of Cissna Park passed away on Tuesday, October 1st at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana

 

William is survived by his wife, Wanda Maul of Cissna Park as well as his 6 children. 

 

A visitation is set for Saturday, October 5th at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park from 3-8pm as well as 1 hour prior to the Sunday service at the Church

 

A funeral service is set for 12:30pm on Sunday, October 6th at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. 

 

Knapp Funeral Home will be conducting the services. 

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Levi Cross, 2, of Watseka

Levi Josiah Cross, 2, of Watseka passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at his family’s home.

Levi was born December 17, 2016 in Watseka, the son of Daniel and Pamela (Jones) Cross and they survive.

 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his big brother, Liam Cross (6); grandparents, Mark Dennis and Beverly Jean Cross of Milford and Sue and Ken Cantrell of Donovan; great-grandparents, Wanetta Waltz of Marshall, Connie Cross of Watseka, and Joan Cantrell of Bourbonnais; six aunts and uncles, Cynthia R. Cross, Heather Jones, Jay Jones, Carrie, Parry (Christina) Jones, and Tammy Arthur; great aunts and uncles, Steve (Susan) Cross, Dave (Sandy) Cross, John Cross, Rodney (Barbara) Cross, Julie (Jorge) Jones, Judy VanAntwerp, Chuck (Donna) Cantrell, and Kathy LaVoie; and many, many cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Richard and Margaret Jones; his great-grandpa, Bill Cross; an aunt, Jackie; a great uncle, Greg LaVoie; and his older sister in heaven.

Levi was a very happy, always smiling little guy who loved to dance and swing, especially with his big brother. Levi enjoyed falling asleep to worship music and Oh how Levi loved to pray, even when he wasn’t feeling well, he prayed. Most importantly, his big brother was the best medicine; he would help Levi to walk and dance and to move around once they were home after each treatment. Things Levi loved was the color green, Paw Patrol, Trains, and all of his stylish accessories.

 

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Watseka Community High School Gymnasium. Pastor Ben Stone will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or OSF Children’s Hospital Wing in Peoria, IL.

 

Mighty Levi – he may have been tiny, but he was mighty in the Lord.

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Lavera M. Bowen, 104, of Milford

Levera M. Bowen, 104, of Milford passed away on Monday, September 30 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka.

 

Levera is survived by her two daughters, Delores Bowen of Milford and Phyllisann Burke of Martinton. Levera is also survived by her 3 Grandchildren, 7 Great-Grandchildren, 21 Great-Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-Great-Great- Grandchild, and serveral Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. 

 

A visitation will take place two hours prior to the 11:00am Funeral Service on Saturday, October 5th at the Milford Christian Church.

 

Burial will follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland.

 

Knapp Funeral Homes in Milford will be conducting the services.

 

 

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Helen Delores (Holt) James, 91, of Potomac

Helen Delores (Holt) James, 91, of Potomac, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2019, at Country Health, in Gifford.

Helen was born on July 20, 1928, in rural Potomac, the daughter of Richard Ezra and Laura Nettie (McGlaughlin) Holt.  She attended the No. 10 one room grade school and graduated at the top of her class.  Helen graduated from Armstrong High School, in 1946, as class valedictorian.  After high school, she worked at Consolidated Products, in Danville.  She married Hardin Thomas James Sr. on June 5, 1949, at No. 10 Church of Christ, in rural Potomac.  He survives.

She is also survived by three sons- Hardin "Tom" James Jr. of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Richard A. James of Potomac and Mark O. (Kathy) James of Austin, Texas; one daughter- Melody J. (Ron) Domanico of Atlanta, Georgia; nine grandchildren- Jason, LaTessa, Kristin, Eli, Josie, Michelle, Adam, Daniel and Amy; six great-grandchildren and three more on the way; one sister- Lillian Criblez of Potomac; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law- Della M. James and two sisters- Evelyn Butler and Richardeen Watt.

Helen was a member of No. 10 Church of Christ her entire life, where she sang in the choir.  She was also a member of Iota Theta Chapter of Psi Iota Xi, Extension Homemakers Club, Junior Women's Club and Armstrong Grade School PTA.  Helen played saxophone with Hardin for several years in their band, the Dream Beats.  She enjoyed sewing, baking, horse riding, gardening, bowling and spending time with her family. 

A celebration of Helen James life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019, at No. 10 Church of Christ, with Pastor Ted Rohde officiating.  She will be laid to rest following the service in Partlow Cemetery, in Armstrong.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Memorials may be made to the No. 10 Church of Christ.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Helen's life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Gary Mark Guy, 76, of Ashkum

Gary Mark Guy, 76, of Ashkum passed on away on Thursday, September 26 at his home. 

 

Arragements are pending with Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.

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