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Eileen M. Leemon, 89, of Hoopeston, IL

Eileen M. Leemon, 89, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:43 P.M. Wednesday May 25, 2022, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born November 15, 1932, in Wellington, IL, the daughter of Thomas and Meda (Hocutt) Evans.   

She is survived by one son, William “Bill” (Jeanne) Leemon of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Thomas Evans of Hoopeston, IL; one sister-in-law, Donna Fleming of Des Moines, IA; two grandchildren, Casey and Joshua Leemon of Hoopeston, IL; and five nieces and nephews, Floyd (Cindy) Evans, Jr. of Rossville, IL, Cindy Evans Hardwick of Hoopeston, IL, Dee Evans of Watseka, IL, Linda Gilman of Des Moines, IA; and Steve Berry of Des Moines, IA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Floyd Evans; and one grandson, Matthew Leemon. 

Eileen worked at Scranton’s, which later became Gulbransen and then CBS, until her retirement. She was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church where she helped with the “Feed My Lambs” program.  She loved all church activities and enjoyed watching college basketball and Chicago Cubs baseball. 

Per her wishes, she will be cremated. A visitation will be held 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Friday June 10, 2022, at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. A memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Friday June 10, at the church with Pastor Kathy Murphy officiating. Burial will be held at a later day.  

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston United Methodist Church 403 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

Mary E. Davis, 75, of Cissna Park

Mary E. Davis, 75, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born June 23, 1946 in Kankakee, the daughter of Melvin and Florence (Dionne) Karsgaard and they preceded her in death.

She married James M. Davis on July 19, 1991 in Kankakee and he survives in Cissna Park. Also surviving are eight daughters, Theresa Norton of Chebanse, Patty Pappan of Alabama, Cindy (Jerry) Mullin of Alabama, Chris Norton (Chris Musser) of Cissna Park, Carol Norton (Mark Ehlers) of Cissna Park, JonAnne (Brandon) Sellek of Alabama, Carrie (Darwin) Armstrong of Roanoke and Heather (Michael) Labit of Kankakee; three sons, James Davis Jr. of Homer, Jeremiah Davis of Tennessee and Thomas (Rachel) Davis of St. Anne; two brothers, Adrian Karsgaard of Illinois and Terry (Mary) Karsgaard of Jacksonville, IL; twenty-eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Mary enjoyed puzzles and playing Bingo. She loved spending time with her family.

Cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.

Burial will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.

Please share a memory of Mary at knappfuneralhomes.com.

Darrick Edward Gage, 46, of Show Low, AZ

Darrick Edward Gage, 46, of Show Low, AZ, passed away on November 26, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born December 18, 1974, at the Hahn Airforce Base in West Germany, the son of Ronnie Gage and Cathie (Parrish) Ingham. They survive. 

He is also survived by one sister, Chrystal Lee Stewart of Moses Lake, WA; his grandfather, Charles Davis of Hoopeston, IL; and 2 nieces and nephews, Micah Stewart and Ashiah Stewart. 

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Florence Davis and uncle, Martin James Parrish. 

Darrick enjoyed dancing, drawing, watching movies, and listening to music. He also enjoyed football, bowling, swimming, and gardening and participating in the Special Olympics. 

Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday May 27, 2022, at the First Baptist Church 323 E. Seminary, Hoopeston, IL. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Marilyn McGinley, 81, of Hoopeston

Marilyn Sue (Trosper) McGinley born June 2, 1940, of Hoopeston, IL passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on February 5, 2022.  She was reunited in heaven with her husband of 46 years Danny L. McGinley, son Raymond Zimmerman Jr., parents Mary (Fink) Trosper and Claude Trosper, brother Don Trosper, great grandson Christopher Cuvar Jr., and numerous family and friends.  She will continue to live on in the memories of her children, Billie Zimmerman Shore, Marilyn Zimmerman, Jennifer DiSanto, Tim Brady, James Bailey Jr, Dustin Bailey, Steven McGinley, and Dorsey McGinley as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, sister Shirley Lambert, brother Paul Trosper and countless friends.  Graveside services for Danny and Marilyn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, at Floral Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requested donations to be made to Hoopeston Multi Agency, the Hoopeston Conservation Club, Hoopeston VFW, or American Legion.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Marilyn and Danny’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

Molly Layden Miller, 56, of Danville, IL

Molly Layden Miller, 56, of Danville, IL passed away on May 17, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with her family by her side.

Molly was born June 4, 1965, the daughter of Edward Joseph and Eileen Green Layden of Hoopeston, IL. Her husband, Paul Offutt, and Molly’s son, Declan Miller survive.  Also surviving are seven siblings: Edward (Yvonne) Layden of Hoopeston, Tade (Sue) Layden of Normal, Kay (Jim) Brown of Hoopeston, Margie (Alan) Brewer of Faucett, MO, Colleen (Edward Dority) Layden of Edwards, MO, Abby (Mark) Linesch of Houston, TX and Patrick Layden of Wauwatosa, WI. Others include sister-in-law, Barb Layden of Phoenix, AZ and 20 nieces and nephews, as well as many extended family and friends. 

Molly is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Mike Layden.

Molly was a Physician’s Assistant, (PA), at the Danville VA Medical Center. She enjoyed serving Veterans with their healthcare needs.  Molly was an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Her hobbies were playing trivia with friends, cooking and gardening, playing cards, and attending Declan’s soccer games. Molly also loved listening to stand-up comedy. 

A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM, Monday, May 23, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in Hoopeston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Molly’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please join Molly’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com .

Gladys Kuntz, 95, of Hoopeston

Gladys Nathalia Kuntz, 95, of Hoopeston, IL, went home to be with the Lord at 11:17 P.M. Tuesday May 17, 2022, at Autumn Fields Adult Community in Hoopeston.  She was born May 6, 1927, in Fountain Creek Township, the daughter of John and Alline (Bauer) Otto.  She married Charlie “Charlo” Kuntz on November 1, 1950, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston. He survives in Hoopeston. 

She is also survived by six children, Ken (Dana) Kuntz of Hoopeston, IL, Amy Kuntz of Bloomington, IL, Mary (Jim) Hawley of Waukesha, WI, Ron (Jody) Kuntz of Hoopeston, IL, Susan (Mark) Wagoner of Hoopeston, IL, and Jayne Kuntz (Phil Chmielewski) of Champaign, IL; one sister, Velma Hoerr of Peoria, IL; 11 grandchildren, Andy (Kristina) Kuntz, Kristy (Zach) Langel, Abby (Phillip) McDonald, Katie Kuntz (Chris Turner), Heather (Matt) Olsen, Jimmy Hawley, Matthew (Alicia) Kuntz, Kerrie Kuntz, Daniel (Chelsea) Wagoner, Betsy (John) McLaughlin, and Emma Chmielewski; 15 great-grandchilden, Hadley and Kru McDonald, Beckett, Decker, and Harper Kuntz, Ryder and Emerson Langel, Julius and Violet Olsen, Graysha and Azalea Kuntz, and Damon, Lee, Neil, and Nathan Wagoner; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Otto Kuntz; and 5 sisters, Marie Kupferschmid, Lorene Purgett, Bernice Otto, Edith Otto, and Lila Leigh. 

Gladys was a homemaker. She attended the First Baptist Church in Hoopeston. She was an active member of the PTA and 4-H and served as a host for the National Sweetcorn Festival contestants. Gladys loved reading and writing and in 1994, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of writing a poetry book. She enjoyed entertaining, especially hosting tea parties with her friends and grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday May 22, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday May 23, 2022, at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Sharp and Pastor Adam Taubert officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to the Samaritans Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to Autumn Fields Adult Community Staff Appreciation, 325 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

to view Gladys’ eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. 

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

Apolinar Solis Jr., 32, of Milford

Apolinar Solis Jr., 32, of Milford, IL, passed away at 12:30 A.M. Thursday May 12, 2022, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL. He was born October 8, 1989, in Danville, IL, the son of Apolinar and Candice (Petty) Solis, Sr. They survive. 

He is also survived by two sons, Cayden and Alejandro “Alex” Solis; his girlfriend, Abigail Buell; one sister, Belinda Solis; two brothers, Dustin Solis and Joel Solis; his grandparents, Joes and Olivia Solis; and 9 nieces and nephews, Izzy, Gabby, JJ, Emalina, and Xavier Solis, Dusty Solis Jr., Tanner Bowen, Aubry Solis, and Jorge Antuna Jr. 

Apolinar owned and operated Solis Construction & Repair, which he was very proud of. He attended the Antioch Church of Christ in rural Rossville. While attending school, he was a member of the marching band. Apolinar served as a volunteer at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds and helped many people with construction.  

Cremation rites will be accorded. A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday May 19, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Earl Eells officiating. No burial will be held. 

Memorials may be made to Apolinar’s family. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

Margaret "Peg" Grant, 71, of Watseka

Margaret "Peg" Grant, 71, of Watseka passed away May 12th, 2022, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. 

 

Funeral Service is set for Monday, May 23rd 2022 at 11:00am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. 

 

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka with a visitation from 10am-11am. One hour prior to the 11:00am funeral service

Rosemary Drake, 92, of Watseka

Rosemary Ann Drake, 92 of Watseka passed away on Friday April 29, 2022 at Watseka Rehab and Healthcare Center. She was born on March 10, 1930 in Cleveland, OH a daughter of William and Colletta (Kruger) Jaros. Rosemary married Robert M. Drake in Cleveland, OH on July 4, 1950 and he preceded her in death on November 21, 2000. Survivors include five sons- Robert Drake of France, David (Bonita) Drake of Melvin, Marty (Cheryl) Drake of Watseka, Paul (Kelly) Drake of Bourbonnais, and Chris (Jennifer) Drake of Watseka; four daughters- Rosemary Drake Medlock of Watseka, Nancy (Brent) Wardell of Elizabeth, CO, Susan Kerr of South Charleston, OH, and Sandy Drake of Watseka; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters, and one grandson- Michael Medlock.

Rosemary was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. She enjoyed baking, sewing, and was an avid Chicago Bulls fan who loved raising her children and babysitting many others.

Private services and burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Danny W. Schroeder 57, of Watseka

Danny W. Schroeder, 57, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at his residence.

Danny was born on May 15, 1964 in Watseka, the son of Rodney B. and Betty Mae (Jones) Schroeder and they preceded him in death. He married Brenda Craighead on December 17, 1988 in Milford and she preceded him in death on August 20, 2017. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Rodney Schroeder.

He later married Linda Burk on April 28, 2019 in Cissna Park and she survives in Watseka. He is also survived by two daughters, Patty (Kenneth Dean Sr.) Millard of Crawfton, KY and Farida Schroeder of Watseka; two grandchildren, Kenneth Dean (Tasha) Millard of Crawfton, KY and Christian Olivia Millard of Crawfton, KY; three brothers, Tim (Michelle) Schroeder of Tilton, Billy (Charlotte) Schroeder of Thomasboro, and Randy (Margo) Schroeder of Milford; and his step-mother, Addie Calvert Schroeder of Hoopeston.

Danny worked 11 years at Ravens as a Truck Driver.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 12:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Pastor Troy Clemens will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Patty, Farida, Kenneth and Olivia’s Education Fund.

Winifred Lillian Thomas, 96, of Danville, IL formerly of Rossville, IL

Winifred Lillian Thomas, known as Winnie, 96, of Danville, IL, formerly of Rossville, IL, peacefully passed away on Friday April 22, 2022, at the Villas of Holly Brook in Danville, IL. She was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on a cold and blustery March 27, 1926. At the time, her mother, Lillian Johnsen Houldridge, her father, Edgar A. Houldridge, and her brother Ronald were living in the small town of Thompson, South of Grand Forks, where Edgar was the Methodist minister. Winnie lived in several Illinois towns as the family moved from church to church. She moved from Sheldon to Rossville in 1943. It was there that she met a handsome classmate and her future husband Max Lee Thomas. As a cheerleader in high school, Winnie developed her love of sports. She was especially fond of Illini basketball, but her greatest pleasure came from watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play ball and participate in track. In 1946, she began her nursing career as a student at the Lakeview School of Nursing. At this time, she also completed her training for the Cadet Nurse Corps. If the essential job of a nurse is to care for others, Winnie was a nurse throughout her life. She worked as an obstetrics-gynecology and pediatric nurse at Lakeview Hospital in Danville in the 1950s and again in the late ‘60s and 1970s. When her children were in grade school and high school, she worked as a nurse in the office of Dr. Waschick in Rossville. When her kids moved off to college, she returned to pediatric nursing at Lakeview. Whether working as a nurse or not, Winnie was consistent in caring for others. Winnie traveled widely during her life. Her travels took her to most of the United States and British Columbia in Canada. She cruised the Caribbean with her daughter Kathy and her family. She also traveled with her father to Norway where her mother’s family came from, and England where her father was born. An accomplished seamstress, Winnie made clothing throughout her life. Later, she turned her focus to quilting, and she made numerous quilts and smaller quilted products, all done with artistry and meticulous care. Following the loss of her husband Max, she lived in Autumn Fields in Hoopeston. She later moved to the Villas of Holly Brook in Danville where she continued to be a cheerful and supportive member of the community. She was preceded in death by her husband Max and daughter Kathy Layden in 2016, her sister Gwendolyn McCorkle, and brother Ronald Houldridge. She is survived by her son Stephen Thomas (Keven Roth), granddaughter Abbie Layden Rogiers, grandson Matt Layden, and great-grandchildren Avé, Oliver, Raenen, Taddy and Yelka Layden. 

Per her wishes, cremation rites were accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Friday May 20, 2022, at the Rossville Church of Christ 514 E. Attica St. Rossville, IL, with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.  Visitation will be held prior from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. No burial will be held. 

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Winnie to the Lakeview College of Nursing or the Rossville Historical Society. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

 

Jeri Michelle Galyen, 57 of Veedersburg, IN formerly of Rossville, IL

Jeri Michelle Galyen, 57, of Veedersburg, IN, formerly of Rossville, IL, passed away at 5:40 P.M. Thursday May 12, 2022, at Franciscan Health Lafayette East Hospital in Lafayette, IN. She was born January 12, 1965, in Jacksonville, FL, the daughter of Roy J. and Carol F. (Pettice) Goin Jr.  

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Matthews of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Ryan (Lanee) Peterson; son-in-law, Jason Matthews; one sister, Robin (Dennis) Thomas of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, James “Beau” Goin (Angela Brewer) of Rossville, IL; one brother-in-law, Robert Bruner; 7 grandchildren, Jason R. Matthews, Joshua Matthews, Jasper Matthews, Joden Matthews, Raelynn Peterson, Elijah Phillips, and Avree Peterson; 2 nieces; 3 nieces-in-law; 4 nephews; 1 nephew-in-law; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Crystal Bruner; and her fiancé, Gregory Allen “Pete” Peterson. 

Jeri was a homemaker. She loved playing with her grandkids and listening to music. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held. 

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

Terry Ray Misner, 61, of Rossville

Terry Ray Misner, 61, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 12:48 A.M. Wednesday May 11, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. He was born June 28, 1960, in El Paso, TX, the son of John Misner and Joanne Hamilton Bruner.  His father survives in Carnation, WA along with is stepmother, Sunnihilt “Sunni” Misner.  He married Deanna Lynn Gonzalez on April 2, 1983, at the Rossville United Methodist Church.  She survives in Rossville. 

He is also survived by his son, Tyler Bennett Misner of Rossville, IL; one brother, Victor Misner of Sadorus, IL; two step-sisters, Kristen (Daniel) Robinson of Carnation, WA and Susan Hibbard of Goffstown, NH; one sister-in-law, Gail Jones of Madera, CA; one brother-in-law, Dennis Gonzalez of Rossville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers, Jeff Misner and Daryl Bruner; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arthur and Bonnie Gonzalez; and two brothers-in-law, Chapman Jr. Jones and Dana Gonzalez. 

Terry worked at Flex-N-Gate in Covington, IN.  He retired from the United States Air Force on January 31, 1999, after 20 years of service.  His hobbies included woodworking, golfing, and collecting baseball cards. Terry was also an avid movie buff. 

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Tuesday May 17, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday May 17, 2022, at Mann’s Chapel in rural Rossville, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Pauline Kathryn LeFever, 98, of Penfield

Pauline Kathryn LeFever, 98, of Penfield, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her longtime farm home.

Pauline was born on November 13, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Walter S. and Carrie A. (Gosser) Parrish.  She married Francis LeFever on July 2, 1944, at the Hope United Church of Christ.  He preceded her in death on May 6, 2004.

She is survived by one daughter- Rita Armes of Armstrong, Illinois; one son- Francis (Juliet) LeFever Jr. of Elgin, Illinois; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers- Robert and Walter Parrish.

Pauline graduated from Armstrong High School, in 1944.  She worked at Heinemann’s Bakery, in the Chicago area, for 11 years, until she retired in 1983.  She was a member of the Hope United Church of Christ.  Pauline was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a Worthy Matron.  She also served as an election judge for Kerr Township, for several years and was a Girl Scout Leader for 13 years, in Freemont, California.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and loved animals.

A Celebration of Pauline’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service at Stearns Cemetery, in Fithian.  Memorials may be made to the family.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

Tammy Uppinghouse, 57, of Wellington

Tammy Luann Uppinghouse, 57, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 1:15 A.M. Saturday May 7, 2022, at her home. She was born December 8, 1964, in Washington, D.C.  

She is survived by three children, Amanda Lea Hollis, Anthony James Uppinghouse, and Tasha Lynn Uppinghouse; one sister, Kathy (Jose) Ramos of Wellington, IL; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; and one brother. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Tammy Irene Moore, 57, of Hoopeston

Tammy Irene Moore, 57, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 7:40 P.M. Monday May 2, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born September 25, 1964, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Chapman and Mollie (Petty) Jones.  She married Scott Moore in Paxton, IL.  He survives in Hoopeston. 

She is also survived by her mother, Mollie Jones of Hoopeston, IL; two sons, Greg Longfellow of Hoopeston, IL and James Robert “Jim Bob” Longfellow of Paxton, IL; two sisters, Donna (Jim) Pierce and Mary (Wally) Gilonske; two brothers, Bobby (Sharon) Jones and Woodrow “Butch” Jones (Mary Mortensen); one brother-in-law, Glen Ferrell; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Audrey, Brody, and Sophi; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father; two sisters, Toni and Anna; four brothers, Tommy, Junior, Joey, and Johnny; and one brother-in-law, Jim Pierce. 

Tammy was a homemaker.  She enjoyed shopping, visiting with friends, and watching soap operas.  She will always be remembered for her ability to make people laugh. 

Cremation rites will be accorded, and no services will be held. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Sally Jo Keith, 81, of Hoopeston

Sally Jo Keith, 81, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 10:30 A.M. Thursday May 5, 2022, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, IL. She was born September 11, 1940, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Robert and Dode (Hanson) Galloway.  She married Robert Wayne Keith on January 1, 1960, at the Hoopeston United Methodist Church. He survives in Hoopeston. 

She is also survived by one son, Todd (Lori) Keith of Rossville, IL; one brother, Bob (Cookie) Galloway of Hoopeston, IL; one grandson, Hunter Keith; and four nieces and nephews, Terina Bruening, Carrie Novello, Abbie Paul, and Bobby Galloway. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Synde; and one sister, Linda Forshier. 

Sally worked as a legal secretary at Moore, Nelson & Stipp for 44 years. She was a member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church.  She served as a board member for the Charlotte Ann Russell Foundation and the Hoopeston Public Library. Sally enjoyed golfing, flower gardening, and playing Bridge.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and watching any sport her grandson participated in. 

Per her wishes, she will be cremated. A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Monday May 16, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL. The memorial service will follow the visitation and will begin at 12:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Milton officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Hoopeston Public Library 110 N. 4th St. Hoopeston, IL 60942. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Ronald "Ronnie" Gossett, 86, of Hoopeston

Ronald A. “Poppy” Gossett, 86, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:45 P.M. Tuesday May 3, 2022, at his home.  He was born August 5, 1935, in Hoopeston, the son of Clarence and Blanche May (Holt) Gossett.  He married Joyce A. Pentecost on July 16, 1955, in Milford, IL.    

He is survived by his daughter, Connie Gossett Mills (Bob Bruens) of Hoopeston, IL; one son, Randall L. (Sherry) Gossett of Hardyville, KY; one sister, Betty J. (Laverne) Hamm of Danville, IL; one sister-in-law, Joann Gossett of Charleston, IL; six grandchildren, Jennifer Mills, Erin Mills, Anthony Mills, Josh Gossett, Matthew Gossett, and Katie Gossett; three great-grandchildren, Laynee and Raeghan Dickison and Dawson Burton; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, of 52 years; his parents; and three brothers, Gerald, Harold (Ruth), and Donald (Doris) Gossett. 

Ronnie worked at Hotts Lumber & Coal Company for 10 years and later at American Can as a forklift driver for 25 years until his retirement. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and enjoyed watching their sporting events.  He also loved old cars and tractors and enjoyed woodworking and visiting with his friends at McDonald’s and Henning’s.  Ronnie always enjoyed a good cup of coffee and a cigarette. 

A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday May 10, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday May 11, 2022, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Area Softball Association. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Patricia "Patti" Martin, 69, of Hoopeston

Patricia “Patti” Martin, 69, of Hoopeston passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on December 3, 1952 in Watseka, the daughter of Herman H. and Arcelia (Kaufman) Bauer. She married Randal “Randy” Martin in Cissna Park on August 31, 1975.

Surviving are her husband, Randy Martin of Hoopeston; three daughters, Christina Hall of Carmel, IN, Rebekah (fiancé Pete Vela) Martin of Indianapolis, IN, and Jessica (Matt) Hall of Clinton, IL; one granddaughter, Evelynn Hall; one sister, Ann Hillenburg of Danville; and one brother, David Bauer of Hoopeston.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Patti was a member of Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Church. She was a school teacher for seventeen years in Hoopeston School District and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Patti enjoyed spending time with her family and referred to her granddaughter as her ‘precious angel’.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at church.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will follow in Cissna Park Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Judith Ann "Judy" Longfellow, 67, of Hoopeston

Judith Ann “Judy” Longfellow, 67, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:52 A.M. Tuesday April 26, 2022, at her home.  She was born January 17, 1955, in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Robert and Betty (Harris) Hurt.  She married Larry Allen Longfellow on June 12, 1972, in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death. 

She is survived by one daughter, Rebecca (Josh) Simonton of Hoopeston, IL; two sons, Jason Longfellow (Dawn Davis) of Hoopeston, IL, and Matthew (Kimberly) Longfellow of Hoopeston, IL; three sisters, Barbara Lee Hurt of Sheldon, IL, Susan Marie (Kenneth) Everhart of Pekin, IN, and Debra Ann (Brian) Brough of Pekin, IN; two brothers, James Wade Hurt of Sheldon, IL and Charles Timothy Hurt of Watseka, IL; eight grandchildren, Michael Hagele, Madalyn Longfellow, Breana Barber, Dustin Longfellow, Corey Longfellow, Kaylee Longfellow, Cassandra Simonton, and Jonathan Simonton; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Crystal Longfellow; two step-sisters, Nina and Marie; and two half-brothers, Richard and Dale. 

Judy worked at Howards and Casey’s in Milford.  She then worked at Walmart and Casey’s in Watseka.  She later worked at Rantoul Products and most recently at Danville Metal Stamping.  Judy loved to can, make floral arrangements, play her farming game, and most of all, spend time with her family.   

A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Wednesday May 4, 2022, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, at the funeral home with Pastor Adam Taubert officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to Judy’s family. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Todd A. Rohlfs, 51, of Watseka

Todd A. Rohlfs, 51, of Watseka passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 at his home in Watseka. He was born on November 4, 1970, in Kankakee County, the son of Roger D. and Terrie (Ferris) Rohlfs. Both of his parents preceded him in passing.

He is survived by two daughters and one son, Jessica Drewer of Edwardsville, IL, Michael Daniel of Bradley, IL, and Micaela Leon of Streetsboro, OH; and two brothers, Tim Rohlfs of Michigan and Tad (Yamei) Rohlfs of Watseka.

Todd served in the United States Army. He was a great father, loved animals, enjoyed making people laugh, and was very strong willed. He loved to “tinker” with various mechanical projects and was very handy.

Cremation rites are being handled by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a gathering at The Rohlfs’ residence.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Please share a memory of Todd at baierfuneralhome.com.

Rollin "Jim" James Goodhue, 60, of Potomac

Rollin “Jim” James Goodhue, 60, of Potomac, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Hawthorne Inn, in Danville.

Jim was born on July 12, 1961, in Paris, Illinois, the son of Lawrence Lee and Carolyn Jean (Henry) Goodhue Sr.  He is survived by his mother- Carolyn Goodhue of Potomac; three children- Taylor (Jacob) Beitz of Danville, Jeromy Creamer Sr. of Bismarck and Aaron (Hannah Ritter) Goodhue of Danville; two brothers- Lawrence “Larry” (Judy) Goodhue JR. of Tilton and David (Teresa) Goodhue of Edwardsville; two sisters- Brenda (Ed) John of Fithian and Clarenda (Travis) Taylor of Potomac; aunt- Kate Potter of Ohio; cousins- Marvin and Susan Goodhue of Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; the Long and McElhoe families, who he was very close with.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Jim graduated from Armstrong High School.  He enjoyed farming and worked as a farm hand for years.  He also enjoyed driving his car around town and watching his nieces and nephews play sports.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Potomac Community Building, 310 West State Street, Potomac, with food and refreshments being served.  Cremation rites have been accorded and he will be laid to rest in Embury Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Potomac Grade School or Hawthorne Inn, in Danville.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jim’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

Jennifer J. Sinclair, 62, Formally of Hoopeston

Jennifer J. Sinclair, 62, of Hoopeston, Il, passed away suddenly on April 18, 2022, from a cardiac event.  Jennifer also bravely struggled with cancer and was taken from us too soon.

 

Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents, Guy E. (Gene) and Margaret Sinclair of Hoopeston, Il.  She is survived by her two sisters, Ann Sinclair of Phoenix, AZ, Toni (Greg) Morgan of Libertyville, Il and her brother, Larry (Muffy) Sinclair of Louisville, KY.  She is also survived by two nieces, Leya (Kevin) Carstensen, Abby VanWinkle, three nephews, Jake (Becca) Sinclair, Lucas (Kimberly) Sinclair, and Ian (Diana) Sinclair and eight grandnieces and nephews (Max, Morgan, Maggie, Mary, Samantha, Henry, Eleanor, and Anisa).

 

Funeral services for Jennifer will be held Saturday, May 7 at Blurton Funeral Home, 309 East Washington St, Hoopeston, Il.  Visitation will be held from 10AM to 12 Noon CST followed immediately by a funeral service and burial at Floral Hill Cemetery.  In addition, or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

The American Cancer Society , https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/illinois.html

Big Brothers and Big Sisters, https://bbbscil.org

or Hoopeston Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) https://hartshelter.org

 

Condolence’s may be shared with her family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

Winifred "Winnie" Thomas, 96, of Danville, IL, formerly of Rossville

Winifred Lillian Thomas, known as Winnie, 96, of Danville, IL, formerly of Rossville, IL, peacefully passed away on Friday April 22, 2022, at the Villas of Holly Brook in Danville, IL. She was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on a cold and blustery March 27, 1926. At the time, her mother, Lillian Johnsen Houldridge, her father, Edgar A. Houldridge, and her brother Ronald were living in the small town of Thompson, South of Grand Forks, where Edgar was the Methodist minister. Winnie lived in several Illinois towns as the family moved from church to church. She moved from Sheldon to Rossville in 1943. It was there that she met a handsome classmate and her future husband Max Lee Thomas. As a cheerleader in high school, Winnie developed her love of sports. She was especially fond of Illini basketball, but her greatest pleasure came from watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play ball and participate in track. In 1946, she began her nursing career as a student at the Lakeview School of Nursing. At this time, she also completed her training for the Cadet Nurse Corps. If the essential job of a nurse is to care for others, Winnie was a nurse throughout her life. She worked as an obstetrics-gynecology and pediatric nurse at Lakeview Hospital in Danville in the 1950s and again in the late ‘60s and 1970s. When her children were in grade school and high school, she worked as a nurse in the office of Dr. Waschick in Rossville. When her kids moved off to college, she returned to pediatric nursing at Lakeview. Whether working as a nurse or not, Winnie was consistent in caring for others. Winnie traveled widely during her life. Her travels took her to most of the United States and British Columbia in Canada. She cruised the Caribbean with her daughter Kathy and her family. She also traveled with her father to Norway where her mother’s family came from, and England where her father was born. An accomplished seamstress, Winnie made clothing throughout her life. Later, she turned her focus to quilting, and she made numerous quilts and smaller quilted products, all done with artistry and meticulous care. Following the loss of her husband Max, she lived in Autumn Fields in Hoopeston. She later moved to the Villas of Holly Brook in Danville where she continued to be a cheerful and supportive member of the community. She was preceded in death by her husband Max and daughter Kathy Layden in 2016, her sister Gwendolyn McCorkle, and brother Ronald Houldridge. She is survived by her son Stephen Thomas (Keven Roth), granddaughter Abbie Layden Rogiers, grandson Matt Layden, and great-grandchildren Avé, Oliver, Raenen, Taddy and Yelka Layden. 

Per her wishes, she will be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Friday May 20, 2022, at the Rossville Church of Christ 514 E. Attica St. Rossville, IL, with Pastor Kevin Purdy officiating.  Visitation will be held prior from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. No burial will be held. 

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Winnie to the Lakeview College of Nursing or the Rossville Historical Society. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

Betty Jeanne McClure, 82, of Wellington, IL

Betty Jeanne McClure, 82, of Wellington, IL, passed away at 5:35 P.M. Tuesday April 26, 2022, at her home.  She was born September 5, 1939, in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Forrest and June (Lockhart) Eckersley.  

She is survived by three daughters, Debbie (Craig) Luke of Milford, IL, Diane (Jon) Goldenstein of Watseka, IL, and Lori (Todd) Keith of Rossville, IL; 7 grandchildren, Jackie Norton, Julianne (Ryan) Andrews, Schuyler (Lindsey) Boyden, Brenna (Justin) Schroeder, Jake Goldenstein, Jordan (Larina) Goldenstein, and Hunter Keith; 14 great-grandchildren, Masie and Weston Norton, Kennedy and Brody Andrews, Wyatt and Lucy Boyden, Avery, Nolan, and Ryder Schroeder, Reed, Coby, and Trae Goldenstein, and Hayden and Grayson Goldenstein; and her constant companion, Kitty. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Joe Eckersley. 

Betty worked at the Wellington State Bank for 42 years, until her retirement.  She was a member of the Wellington United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of the Wellington Junior Woman’s Club, the Milford Community Band, and the musical group The Wind.  She also served as the former secretary for the Village of Wellington and leader of the Iroquois Mounties 4-H Club.  Betty loved her children and grandchildren.  She also loved all animals.  She enjoyed flower gardening and music, especially playing her saxophone. 

A visitation will be held 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M Tuesday May 3, 2022, 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 Gary Milton officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. 

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Fair- Horse Department P.O. Box 301, Crescent City, IL 60928. 

Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com

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