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Obituaries Archives for 2019-05

Tammy L. Boen, 61, of Rossville

Tammy L. Boen, 61, of Rossville, IL, passed away at 3:06 P.M. Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center. She was born October 26, 1957, in Forrest, IL, the daughter of George and Beverly (Houser) Swartz.  She married Stephen Boen in Rossville, IL, on March 7, 1981.  He survives in Rossville, IL.

She is also survived by two sons, Stephen (Heather) Boen of Westville, IL and Christopher (Kristen) Boen of Rossville, IL; one sister, Trudy (Terry) Compton of Flatville, IL; and three nieces, Nickole Swartz, Angela Strawser, and Acelynn Swartz.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Pamela Swartz.

Tammy was a homemaker, caring for her family.  She enjoyed playing bingo, attending family cookouts and spending time with her family.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday June 3, 2019 at Bethel Cemetery in rural Alvin, IL, with Pastor Gary Milton officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 2509 S Neil St Ste 1, Champaign, IL 61820 or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation 4601 Forbes Blvd – Suite #130, Lanham, MD 20706.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Mary Timmons, 64, was born in Norwich, NY

Mary Timmons, 64, was born in Norwich, NY and passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Surprise, AZ.  In heaven to welcome her are her sister (Patty Liberatore), parents (Joachim and Frances Liberatore) and parents-in-law (Clyde and Celeste Timmons)

Mary grew up in a large, loving, close knit family in Norwich, NY.  She attended St Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN and earned a degree in Chemistry.  She met her future husband, Paul, at the University of Notre Dame during their first week of classes and they have been inseparable ever since.  They married just after college and had three beautiful children.  Mary was a stay at home mom for many years, always dedicated, placing her family before herself.  She also volunteered extensively at church leading RCIA classes for many years in SC, CT and WI, and leading CCD classes in Mount Pleasant, SC, where she was the Director of Religious Education. She returned to working full time as an Events Coordinator for Catholic Charities in WI after her kids were grown.  She also served as the parish Secretary for Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Ashland, WI.  She enjoyed cross stitch, doing puzzles, reading and spending time with her family; especially her three grandchildren.  She was an incredible cook and a masterful baker, generously providing her talents to numerous charitable events and causes.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Paul; her sister Fran (Rich) Milanesi; her children Geoffrey (Kristi) Timmons, Michelle (Ufuk) Orhan and Andrew (Cassidy) Timmons; her grandchildren (Leyla, Joachim and Oliver).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Hoopeston, with Father Thomas Gibson officiating.  Burial will follow the service in Floral Hill Cemetery.

 

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David Edgar Rapier, age 33, a longtime resident of Plainfield

David Edgar Rapier, age 33, a longtime resident of Plainfield, IL passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019 at his Plainfield home.

He was born on May 26, 1985 in Urbana, IL.

David is survived by his mother Nancy Rapier; nine loving half siblings; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Harold “Ray” Rapier; a sister, a nephew, and an uncle.

David will be remembered as being courageous and a brave fighter who, despite all… the challenges his life gave him, had a smile that was able to light a room. He will be deeply missed.

David’s family would especially like to thank all the caregivers that helped him so much throughout his life.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Floral Hill Cemetery.  According to his wishes cremation rite have been accorded.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring David’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Brenda Kaye Stockton, 77, of Hoopeston, IL

Brenda Kaye Stockton, 77, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:30 P.M. Sunday May 26, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born February 16, 1941, in Rowena, KY, the daughter of Orley F. and Sytha E. (Beck) Weston.  She married Billy Eugene Stockton in Ringgold, GA on September 13, 1958.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie (David) Dukes of Versailles, KY and Donna (Thomas) Spear of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Barry (Carma) Weston of Louisville, KY; one sister-in-law, Mary Weston of Monticello, KY; 5 grandchildren, Ellen Dukes, Molly Dukes, Zachary Spear, Lance (Christine) Spear, and Spencer (Rashelle) Spear; three great-grandchildren, Stratton Thomas Spear, Jack Valor Spear, and Sytha Louise Spear; and 7 nieces and nephews, Linda (Terry) Cross, Dora Jean Griffin, Russell (Cathy) Stockton, Patsy (Jimmy) Sexton, Vickie Weston, Terry Weston, and Yvette (Brad) Sanders.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Glenn Weston, Jimmie Weston, and Carl Weston; one brother-in-law, John H. Stockton; and one sister-in-law, Mona Nell Stockton.

Brenda was a stay at home wife and mother, caring for her family.  She later worked at Howard’s, Schumacher Electric, and The Bakery.  She attended the Hoopeston First Church of God.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and crocheting.  Brenda also enjoyed making crafts, taking walks, and spending time with her family.

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

Memorials may be made to the Transitions Hospice and Home Medical Group, 201 N. Randolph St., Champaign, IL 61820 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 255 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Flossie Creamer, 58, of Hoopeston

Flossie Lee Creamer, 58, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday May 22, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born April 29, 1961, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Harston “Bud” and Leona (Brockman) Scott.  She married Tommy Creamer Sr. on July 11, 1980 in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death. 

She is survived by her father, Harston “Bud” Scott; three sons, Jeromy Creamer of Henning, IL, Ronald Creamer of Hoopeston, IL, and DeWayne Creamer of Hoopeston, IL; six grandchildren, Adam Creamer, Lela Kintner, Jayleigh Creamer, Jenesis Creamer, Jericka Creamer, and Jeromy Creamer Jr.; one great-grandson, Adam Creamer Jr; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Flossie previously worked as a CNA at the Hoopeston Nursing Home and later worked at the Hoopeston Hospital as a housekeeper for over 20 years.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and spending time with her family.

A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday May 29, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Dan Mikel officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the family of Flossie Creamer.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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James Edward "Jim" Smith, 76, of DeBary, Fla., formerly of Peotone

James Edward “Jim” Smith, 76, of DeBary, Fla., formerly of Peotone, died suddenly on Sunday, August 5, 2018, of a pulmonary hemorrhage in High Hill, Mo., as he and his wife were on a three-month trip to visit family and friends across the country, including Peotone.

Born September 18, 1941, at his parents’ home at the corner of Conrad and Wood Streets in Peotone, he attended Peotone schools and was a U.S. Army veteran. He lived in Peotone for much of his life on Corning and Blaine Streets. His first wife was Lolita Blume. On March 1, 1985, he married Linda Potts at Immanuel Church in Peotone. He received a degree from Kankakee Community College, with a 4.0 GPA. He then ran Temp-Rite Repair, a heating, cooling and refrigeration business. He and Linda retired in 2001, sold their Peotone property, and moved into their motor home to travel the country for 13 years. He was fortunate enough to combine the things he loved – the adventure of traveling with his wife by his side and visiting his children, family and friends throughout this great country. They finally settled in DeBary, Fla., in 2014, continuing their travels whenever they could.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Linda; five children, Michael (Gina) Smith of Apex, N.C., Jeffrey (Heather) Smith of Portland, Ore., Tary Putnam of Joliet, Joseph (Nancy) Roberts III of Virginia Beach, Va., and Laura (Lindsey) Scheidt of DeBary, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Esther Wichtendahl Smith; and twin baby grandsons.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington, Hoopeston, with Pastor Molly Spence Hawke officiating.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service in Floral Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Motel 70 930 Tree Farm Road, High Hill, MO 63350.  Memories or photos may shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Emilie "Emy" Lorraine Spain, 66, formerly of Potomac

Emilie “Emy” Lorraine Spain, 66, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 4:57 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. She was surrounded by family at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, in Wichita, Kansas.

Emy was born on June 25, 1952, in Danville, Illinois. She was the daughter of Truman “Buck” and Marjorie (Owens) Spain of Potomac.

She is survived by her only daughter Kari (Chad) Talbott and grandchildren Audrey and Cory Talbott of Danville. Also surviving are her brother Truman “JR” (Connie) Spain of Kansas, three sisters – Anne (Larry) Tellier of Florida, Gretchen (Alfred) Valdez of Texas and Melodie (Jim) Menke of North Carolina, three nieces, four nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Emy was a graduate of Bismarck High School and Danville Area Community College. She worked at the Curtis A. Anderson Law Office, in Danville and enjoyed helping clients and decorating their window displays for many years. She loved animals, especially her beloved rat terrier JayJay and Killer the cat.  Emy was an avid reader and enjoyed creating and painting crafts.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Potomac Library to ensure her love of reading continues to others.

A Celebration of Emy’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, 400 N. Vermilion, Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the services in Potomac Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Emy’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Mary Lou Lockhart, 92, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Wellington

Mary Lou Lockhart, 92, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Wellington, IL, passed away at 1:18 P.M. Saturday May 18, 2019 at her home in Lexington, KY.  She was born May 11, 1927, in Prairie Green, IL, the daughter of Harold and Mabel (Huffman) Fielding.  She married Gail Lockhart on December 26, 1947.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Sue Brakeville of Lexington, KY; one son, Bruce (Nita) Lockhart of Wellington, IL; one daughter-in-law, Linda Lockhart of Venice, FL; one sister-in-law, Jean Lockhart of Wellington, IL; four grandchildren, Mark (Misty) Lockhart of St. Joseph, IL, Brent (Margie) Lockhart of Danville, IL, Doug Stein of Lexington, IL and Rachel Brakeville of Lexington, KY; 5 great-grandchildren, Taylyn, Ryker, and Cruz Lockhart and Collin and Landyn Thomey; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen Lockhart; one son-in-law, Greg Brakeville; one sister, Clara Harris; and three brothers-in-law, Merle Lockhart, Robert Lockhart, and Bill Harris.

Mary worked alongside her husband Gail, as a farm wife, taking meals to the field and doing many other tasks.  She served as a Sunday school teacher and VBS Director at Prairie Green Church of Christ and later attended the Milford Christian Church.  She was a member of the Illinois Angus Women’s Auxiliary and the WOW Club of Wellington.  Mary enjoyed cooking and baking and was an Illinois and Kentucky fan.  One of her greatest joys was following her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through their many school and sporting events.

A visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday May 23, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday May 24, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Brent Zastrow and Pastor Paul Rebert officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie States Christian Camp or the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Arlene "Maggie" Margaret Smith, 84, of Rossville

Arlene “Maggie” Margaret Smith, 84, of Rossville, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Maggie was born on July 13, 1934, in Downers Grove, Illinois, the daughter of Bernard and Blanche (Hodous) Hanson.  She married Obie Smith on December 10, 1953.  He preceded her in death on October 12, 1980.

She is survived by one daughter- Cynthia Smith of Henderson, Texas; three sons- James (Debbie) Smith of Cissna Park, Illinois, Michael (Leonila) Smith of Duncanville, Texas and Bernard (Alora) Smith of Rossville; two sisters- Shirley Newman of Crestwood, Illinois and Murace Bullock of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother- Warren Hanson and sister-Jeanie Parrish.

Maggie worked as a seamstress at several factories in Danville and later worked at Cradco, in Rantoul, for over 20 years until her retirement.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Hoopeston.  Maggie enjoyed volunteering at several area organizations.  She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting, painting, drawing, baking and traveling. 

A Celebration of Arlene “Maggie” Margaret Smith’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the First Baptist Church, in Hoopeston, with Pastor Adam Taubert officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, at the church.  She will be laid to rest following the service in Floral Hill Cemetery.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, to assist them in honoring Maggie’s life.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

 

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Pamela L. Swartz, 60, of Hoopeston

Pamela L. Swartz, 60, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:37 P.M. Saturday May 11, 2019 at her home.  She was born November 9, 1958, in Fairbury, IL, the daughter of George and Beverly (Houser) Swartz.

She is survived by one daughter, Nickole Reanee Swartz of Rossville, IL; two sisters, Tammy (Stephen) Boen and Trudy (Terry) Compton; one granddaughter, Acelynn Anna Marie Swartz of Danville, IL; two great-grandchildren, Romelia Ordonez and Royalty Jackson both of Danville, IL and one great-grandchild on the way; two nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pam had previously worked as a CNA. She also worked the Hoopeston demolition derby for 18 years.  She enjoyed crocheting and cooking and loved spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandchildren. 

Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 12:30 P.M. Tuesday May 28, 2019 at the Floral Hill Cemetery Chapel in Hoopeston with Rev. Karl Gibbs officiating.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements

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Carolyn K. Mockbee, 78, of Danville, formerly of Potomac

Carolyn K. Mockbee, 78, of Danville, formerly of Potomac, passed away at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Hawthorn Inn, in Danville.

Carolyn was born on December 7, 1940, in Danville, the daughter of Cleo L. and Dallis Irene (Holt) Mockbee Sr.  She is survived by two brothers- Gary (Pat) Mockbee of Potomac and Cleo (Kay) Mockbee Jr. of Hawbuck; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant brothers.

Carolyn graduated from Potomac High School, in 1959.  She worked for several years at the Danville Police Department, as a records clerk, until her retirement in 2001.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and her pets.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor George Desmond officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest following the service in Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Carolyn’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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William Franklin "Frank" West, 85, of Hoopeston

William Franklin “Frank” West, 85, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:58 P.M. Friday May 10, 2019 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton.  He was born November 5, 1933, in LeFlore Wister, OK, the son of George Vestal and Nettie Elizabeth (Brand) West.  He married Lois Christine Gentry on August 1, 1952 in Gobler, MO.  She preceded him in death. 

He is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Joe) Handrahan of Mars, PA; three sons, Danny (Linda) West of Hoopeston, IL, Terry (Renee) West of Peotone, IL, and Phillip (Jodi) West of Goshen, IN; one sister, Jeanette West of Kennett, MO; 6 grandchildren, Shane, Amber, T.J., Kellie, and Phillip West and Chanelle Hawkey; 8 great-grandchildren, Jackson, Sophia, Hunter, Gavin, Bella, Norah, Charlotte, and Adelle West; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one granddaughter, Amber West.

Frank worked for the Local 41 Laborers Union for 35 years, before his retirement.  He enjoyed fishing and landscaping.

A visitation will be held 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Wednesday May 15, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice 200 North Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Emma E. Reardon, 90, of Danville

Emma E. Reardon, 90, of Danville, passed away at 5:19 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Emma was born on February 26, 1929, in Danville, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Jacks) Pichon.  She married Asa Kenneth Cottle on October 3, 1945, in Illinois.  He preceded her in death on February 1, 1976.  She later married Robert Reardon on October 2, 1976, in Bismarck.  He preceded her in death on August 14, 2008.

She is survived by four sons- Michael (Linda) Cottle of Rossville, Jim (Cindy) Cottle of Texas, Dan (Mary) Cottle of Indiana and Larry (Becky) Cottle of Danville; three daughters- Nancy (Vic) McFadden of Danville, Lori (Mike) Osborn of Texas and Kim (Darrell) Muirheid of Nebraska; one sister- Frances (Ernie) Benting of Danville; 24 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, three brothers- Robert, Harold and Jerry Pichon and four sisters- Edith Sporcich, Martha Nelson, Irma Galasinski and Mary Williams.

Emma was a member of the Chestnut Street Church of Christ.  She enjoyed music, playing the piano and accordion, painting, shopping and doing puzzles.  Emma had a profound pride of her children’s successes and the way they have passed them through the generations.  She also had a great sense of humor that only the ones close to her could recognize. 

The family would like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Dr. Kaufmann, Dr. Rowland, and Melissa at Dr. Rowland’s office and Maren and Sarah (with an “H”) at Carle Hospice.

A Celebration of Emma’s Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Chestnut Street Church of Christ, with Pastor John Morris officiating.  Burial will follow the service in Potomac Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Chestnut Street Church of Christ.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Emma’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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