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Obituaries Archives for 2019-02

San Juanita Palomares, 53, of Rantoul

San Juanita Palomares, 53, of Rantoul, passed away at 2:06 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Juanita was born on August 11, 1965, in Hoopeston, Illinois, the daughter of Baltazar and Angela (Mendoza) Zarate.  She married Jesus “Jesse” Palomares on June 13, 1987, in Ruskin, Florida.  He preceded her in death on August 21, 2017.

She is survived by three daughters- Janette (Adrian) Menchaca, Jasmine Palomares and Rebecca Clerget all of Rantoul; three sons- Jesus (Jamie) Palomares, Juan Palomares and Joseph (Elizabeth) Palomares all of Rantoul; ten grandchildren- Janeiza Menchaca, Adilany Palomares, Erin Menchaca, Javian Jesus Palomares, Jaylianna Juanita Palomares, Andrea, Perla, Lizeth, Yohanny and Danny Morlaes; three brothers- Baltazar Zarate Jr. of Pharr, Texas, Raul (Valerie) Zarate of Pharr, Texas and Matias Zarate of Rantoul; three sisters- Saturnina (Santiago Sanchez) Zarate of Donna, Texas, Martina (Hilario) Palomares of Ruskin, Florida and Lucinda (Valentin) Cabral of Ruskin, Florida; uncles- Pedro (Melida) Zarate of Hoopeston and Luis (Martha) Mendoza of Pharr, Texas and Nabor Villarreal of Rio Grande City, Texas; aunts- Guadalupe (Robert) Kirkhart of Danville, San Juana (Dupertino) Lopez of La Grulla, Texas, Espernaza Zarate of Sullivan City, Texas, Eva Mendoza of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and her special Chihuahua baby Jack Olaf Palomares.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Juanita was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Rantoul.  She enjoyed cooking, babysitting, shopping, traveling, dancing and taking care of her family.  Juanita loved having parties, family gatherings and playing loteria. 

A Celebration of San Juanita Palomares Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Father Joel Phelps officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Juanita’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Opal M. Irwin, 90, of Sour Lake, Texas, formerly of Hoopeston

Opal M. Irwin, 90, of Sour Lake, Texas, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Silsbee Oaks Health Care.

Opal was born on August 6, 1928, in the hills of Barren County Kentucky. She was the daughter of Branford and Georgia (Polson) Lawson.  She married Glen Allen Irwin on July 12, 1952, in Henderson, Kentucky.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

She is survived by two daughters- Karen (Jay) Stover of Sour Lake, Texas and Barbara Fleenor of Rockville, Indiana; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; one brother- Clifton (Roberta) Lawson of Danville; one sister- Juanita (Clay) Wallace of Rossville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son- Kenny Glass, one grandson- Jimmy Fleenor, four brothers and one sister.

Opal enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking and listening to bluegrass music.

A Celebration of Opal M. Irwin’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Locust Grove Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Opal’s name to Alzheimer’s Association.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Opal’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Penny Ann Smith, 63, of Potomac, formerly of Paris

Penny Ann Smith, 63, of Potomac, formerly of Paris, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2018, at her home.

Penny was born on August 6, 1955, in Paris, Illinois, the daughter of Norma Jean Pine.  She was previously married to Terrance Patrick Hodge.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children- Brooke (David) Shewmake Paris, Illinois and Seth Hodge of Mansfield, Illinois; two grandchildren- Cheyenne Montgomery of Rantoul and Daely Shear of Paris, Illinois; great-grandchild- Hayven Montgomery; three brothers- Fred Pine, Chuck (JoAnne) Pine  and Branden Pine; three sisters- Susan Curry, Lynn Pine and Kari Romero; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved dogs- Rascal, Yarp and Bud.

Penny graduated from Jamaica High School and attended Parkland College.  She enjoyed gardening, Tai Chi, taking care of her plants and she was an avid reader and bird watcher.

According to her wishes cremation rites will be accorded.  There are not any services scheduled at this time.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac to assist them in honoring Penny’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Roy Lee Cherry, 89, of Hoopeston

Roy Lee Cherry, 89, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:55 P.M. Sunday February 10, 2019, at his residence at Autumn Fields in Hoopeston.  He was born July 7, 1929, in Red Boiling Spring, TN, the son of Silas and Ollie Cherry.  He married Martha Ann Clark on December 21, 1947 in Newman, IL.  She survives in Hoopeston.

He is also survived by four daughters, Beverly (Sam) Minton of Wilkesboro, NC, Nancy Marshall of Scottsdale, AR, Rose (Kenny) Holycross of West Lebanon, IN, and Julie (Mark) Newman of Rankin, IL; one sister, Willodeen Dixon of Bowling Green, KY; 13 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters; 4 brothers; one grandson, Dustin Marshall; and one great-grandson, Tyler Minton.

Roy was a farmer for over 65 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston and a charter member of the Rankin Lions Club.  He loved music and playing the guitar and enjoyed bowling in his younger days.  Roy especially loved his family and his grandchildren.

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday February 14, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the First Baptist Church 323 E. Seminary Ave, Hoopeston, IL, with Pastor Adam Taubert officiating.  Burial will follow in Rankin Union Cemetery in Rankin, IL.

Memorials may be made to IMH Hospice 200 N. Laird Lane Watseka, IL 60970 or to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Carolyn Joyce Brooks, 77, of Hoopeston

Carolyn Joyce Brooks, 77, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:35 A.M. Wednesday February 6, 2019 at her home.  She was born February 21, 1941, in Matteson, IL the daughter of Fred and Verna (Langrader) Heusman.  She married Earl G. Brooks in Chicago Heights, IL.  He survives in Hoopeston.

She is also survived by one brother and one step-brother.

Carolyn was a homemaker.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated, and no services will be held.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Charles Robert "Bob" Totheroh, 88, of Wellington

Charles Robert “Bob” Totheroh, 88, of Wellington, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening (February 6, 2019) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, following a brief illness.  At his bedside were his son, four of his granddaughters, his son-in-law, and his former daughter-in-law.

Bob was born on July 19, 1930, in Lovejoy Township where he made his lifelong home.  After graduating from Wellington High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and soon married Louise Leverenz of Wellington on August 24, 1951.  Soon after, Bob was deployed to Morocco where Louise and their eldest daughter, Kathy, later joined him.

Following his discharge from the service, the family returned to Wellington where Bob began a career at Wellington State Bank, serving as Vice President and Manager for nearly 20 years.  He then went on to start the Totheroh Insurance Agency with offices in Hoopeston and Milford, which he operated until his retirement.

An excellent conversationalist, Bob became an authority on local area history and loved nothing more than to regale anyone who would listen with his “seemingly endless tales” of his own life experiences and the scores of fascinating people he met along the way.  He was a lifelong student of agriculture and financial markets and enjoyed golf, collecting coins, and watching Illini sports in his spare time.

Bob is survived by one sister, Norma Irvin, of Wellington; one son, Todd Totheroh of Bloomington; one son-in-law, Eric “Rick” Bach of Bloomington, IL; 6 granddaughters, Whitney Totheroh of Bloomington, IL, Lacey Stroink of Dallas, TX, Taylor (Cody) Robinson of Atlanta, IL, Emma, Grace, and Sophie Totheroh of Bloomington, IL; two great – granddaughters, Lillian and Delilah Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Maury of Wellington; his wife, Louise; and two daughters, Kathy Stroink and Cindy Bach.

He was a member of the Milford Christian Church and served his community in many volunteer positions over the years.

Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday February 12, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday February 13, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

The family suggests donations to the Milford Christian Church 811 E. Hickory St., Milford, IL 60953, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637, or a charity of the donor’s choice in Bob’s name.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Sarah "Betty" March, 96, formerly of Goodwine

Sarah “Betty” March, 96, formerly of Goodwine, passed away at 10:56 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton Senior Living.

Betty was born on October 8, 1922, in Hoopeston, the daughter of German and Anna (Griffin) Robertson.  She married Henry March on September 25, 1941, in Perrysville, Indiana.  He preceded her in death on November 2, 1976.

She is survived by three children- Fred (Pam) March of Fithian, Mark March of Philo and Becky (Gene) Miller of Ogden; six grandchildren- Missy Melton, Hank March, Heather March, Miranda Walker, Shauna Miller and Aaron Miller; eight great-grandchildren- Jonathon Melton, Madi Melton, Zak March, Ethan March, Austin Cuppernell, T.J. Wade, Finnegan Walker and Rowan Walker; brother-in-law- Charles Smotherman of Shawnee, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson-Jacob March and two sisters- Lillian Smotherman and Lenora Kerrill.

Betty worked at Stokley’s for several years and was a nanny to many children.  She was a former member of the Goodwine Methodist Church and was currently a member of the St. Joseph Church of Christ.  She was also a member of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors.  Betty enjoyed flower gardening, feeding the birds and she was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

A Celebration of Sarah “Betty” March’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Amity Cemetery, in Goodwine.  Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice or to Accolade Healthcare of Paxton Senior Living.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Betty’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Harold Lloyd Smock, 95, of Rossville

Harold Lloyd Smock, 95, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 6:48 P.M. Saturday February 2, 2019 at Faith Place/Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, IL.  He was born October 21, 1923, in Rossville, IL, the son of Harold Odum and Gladys (Cooper) Smock.  He married Donna Marie Peterson on August 20, 1949, at the Church of Christ Parsonage in Rossville.  She preceded him in death on December 21, 2008.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda (Duane) Turner of Rossville, IL, Karen (Stephen) Philbrook of Holt, MI, and Jo Anne (Gary) Milton of Rossville, IL; one son, David Lloyd Smock of Rossville, IL; two sisters, Ethel Roach of Hoopeston, IL and Mary Stillwell of West Melbourne, FL; four brothers, Jack (Marybelle) Smock of Rossville, IL, John Smock of Pharr, TX, Gordon (Sue) Smock of Alvin, IL, and Larry (Kenna) Smock of Rossville, IL; four grandchildren, Erin (Robert) Danner of Rossville, IL, Courtney (Nathan) Reynolds of Lansing, MI, Megan (Ryan) Anderson of Hoopeston, IL, and Tori Smock of Alvin, IL; 4 step-granddaughters, Stacey, Kym, Amy, and Jami; 5 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and 16 nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a special friend, Betty Yeats of Rossville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; one sister, Beatrice Scott; one brother, Donald Smock; two brothers-in-law, Tom Scott and Robert Compton; and one nephew, Chuck Smock.

Harold was a meat-cutter at the Grab-It Here and later at the A & P (The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.) until his retirement.  He served as a Paratrooper and Medic in the United States Army during World War II, serving in Japan and the Philippines. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rossville, where he was an elder and did a lot of volunteer work.  He was a past Rossville School Board member and past Ross Township Board member.  Harold enjoyed woodworking and carving, golfing, and fishing.

A visitation will be held 4:00 -7:00 P.M. Thursday February 7, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday February 8, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will follow in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in rural Rossville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 207 S Prospect Rd Ste 1, Bloomington, IL 61704 or Prairieview Lutheran Home 403 N 4th St, Danforth, IL 60930,

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Helen Lorraine Schieler, 90, of Hoopeston, IL

Helen Lorraine Schieler, 90, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:30 A.M. Thursday January 31, 2019 at her home at Autumn Fields in Hoopeston.  She was born February 9, 1928, in Pontiac, IL, the daughter of Clifford and Roe (Sedekum) Herbert.  She married Robert E. Schieler on October 16, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Tyler of Rankin, IL and Nancy Mason of Rankin, IL ; one daughter-in-law, Marie Schieler of Hoopeston, IL; one sister, Mary Tronc of Pontiac, IL; 7 grandchildren, Tricia (John) Freeland of Hoopeston, IL, Angela Schieler (Brian Street) of Sitka, AK, Robert (Dee) Schieler of Bloomington, IL, Cindy (Garry) Brown of Alvin, IL, Connie (Greg) Davis of Tuscola, IL, Tim Tyler of Paxton, IL, and Kellen Piffner of Seattle, WA; nine great-grandchildren, Austin and Caden Schieler, Reese Davis, Andrew Short, John Halley, Monica (Lucas) Wright, Marshall Dale, Kimberlin Oleynichak, and Beau Tyler; 3 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jerry Schieler; two sons-in-law, Larry Tyler and Tom Mason; one brother and sister-in-law, Arthur (Ann) Herbert and one brother-in-law, LeRoy Tronc.

Helen was the bookkeeper for Galloway Machine Shop in Hoopeston until her retirement in 1993.  She was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and going on church mission trips.

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Tuesday February 5, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating.  A private burial will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Public Library 110 N. 4th St. Hoopeston, IL 60942 or the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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