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Obituaries Archives for 2019-11

Margaret A. Johnson, 95,of Watseka

Margaret A. Johnson, 95, of Watseka passed away November 28, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born August 21, 1924, in Watseka, the daughter of Floyd and Ethelwyn (Garfield) Gillfillan; and they preceded her in death. Margaret married Bernard A. Johnson, and he preceded her in death on August 5, 2017. Margaret was, also, preceded in death by her brother, Jack Gillfillan; son, Mark Johnson; son-in-law, Ron Scharf; and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Anne Scharf of Watseka; one son, Stephen (Rebecca) Johnson of Oak Ridge, TN; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Margaret was a member of Watseka First United Methodist Church.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Stephen Johnson will officiate.

Arrangements provided by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Enola L. "Tillie" Newman Beausoleil, 97, of Winter Haven, FL

Enola L. “Tillie” Newman Beausoleil, 97, of Winter Haven, FL and formerly of Milford and Woodland passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. She was born May 20, 1922 in Milford, the daughter of Everett and Virgie (Rogers) Hawthorne. She married James Earnest Newman in August of 1940 in Iroquois County and he preceded her in death in June of 1980. She later married Joseph Beausoleil in Winter Haven, FL and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Earnest Ray Newman; one son-in-law, Bradley Buttman; one daughter-in-law, Donna Elliott Newman; one great-great-grandson; one sister; and three brothers.

She is survived by four children, Ronda (Glen) DeValk of Mahomet, Jimmie Newman of Winter Haven, FL, Linda (Rick) Jones of Auburndale, FL and Jill Newman Buttman of Lakeland, FL; one sister, Iona Reed of Bend, OR; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Tillie was of Christian Faith attending the Methodist Churchs. She worked at Howard Industries, TRW Condensor in Watseka and operated Brown’s Grocery Store in Woodland. She loved singing, dancing, fishing, gardening, spending time with her family and was a great homemaker.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Memorials may be made to the Milford Christian Church or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

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Robert F. Lesch, 97, of Watseka

Robert “Bob” F. Lesch, 97, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born September 17, 1922 on the family farm west of Papineau, the son of Henry J. and Josephine (O’Donnell) Lesch and they preceded him in death. He married Luella Burgess on February 16, 1946 in St. Anne and she preceded him in death on May 19, 2008.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Decker of Watseka; two grandchildren, Sarah Decker of Rockford and Saul D. (Sandy) Decker of Elizabethtown, KY; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Decker of Elizabethtown, KY and Jacob (Lauren) Decker of Colorado Springs, CO.

Mr. Lesch was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. He was primarily a dairy farmer in the Papineau area and loved animals. Robert was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, University of Illinois Basketball fan, and in his younger days was an avid bowler. He never knew a stranger.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. memorial service on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or for the family’s wishes.

Arrangements are by the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Please share a memory of Robert “Bob” at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Harold J. Bishop, 79, of Hoopeston

Harold Junior Bishop, 79, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 6:50 A.M. Friday November 22, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born February 2, 1940 in Hoopeston, IL, the son of William Lee and Elsie Mae (Hurt) Bishop.  He married Carol Ann Denton on September 15, 1962 in Hoopeston.  She survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Sandra (Roger) Burton of Hoopeston, IL and Karen (Ken) Sweet of Hoopeston, IL; two grandchildren, Kyle Scot Sweet and Nathan Burton; one nephew, Randy Richards; and one uncle, Don Dean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Connie Cramer; and one nephew, Larry Richards.

Harold worked at American Can Co. for 42 years until his retirement in 2001.  He enjoyed fishing, playing poker, and playing on the computer.  He also enjoyed doing yard work and spending time with his family. 

Harold proudly gave the gift of life through organ donation.

Per his wishes, he will be cremated, and no services will be held.

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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Catherine Louise Troxel, 87, of Hoopeston

Catherine Louise Troxel, 87, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:55 P.M. Wednesday November 20, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, IL.  She was born August 3, 1932 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Bratton and Ophia (Carothers) Franklin.  She married Harold Dewey Troxel on August 19, 1950 in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death on July 2, 1974.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Vogel (Tom Fairbairn) of Normal, IL and Sara Troxel of Hoopeston, IL; three sons, Jerry Grove of Hoopeston, IL, Jack Grove of East Lynn, IL, and Jim Grove of East Lynn, IL; two sisters, Mary (Treedy) Norris of Hoopeston, IL and Betty Wheeler of Paxton, IL; five grandchildren, Kyle (Danielle) Vogel, Kent (Debra) Vogel, Jordon Grove, Alexsis Grove (Adam Nelson), and Mitchell Grove; eight great-grandchildren, Gavin, Talan, and Karsyn Vogel, Julian and Laney Vogel, Alyssa Bell, Jaxson Grove, and Abram Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Dorothy Campana, Carrie Kelnhofer, Dalton Cuzzort, and Barbara Roberts; and three brothers, Ray Cuzzort, Earl Cuzzort, and Ronald Franklin.

Louise worked at Bob’s Market in Rankin.  She also worked at Paxton Electronics and owned and operated restaurants with her husband.  She attended Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin.

A visitation will be held 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Monday November 25, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Jennifer Hartweg-Brown officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church P.O. Box 275 Rankin, IL 60960.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Ronald William Camp 83

Ronald William Camp was born March 14, 1936 in Danville, IL. He was the son of Ellis Camp and Mabel Josephine Brooks Camp.  He lived his early life on the Camp Farm just east of Westville. Ron attended Westville public schools including Westville High School.

 

Ron married Virginia Rose Schultz Camp on August 23, 1953. He spent his early married life in rural Westville.  They moved to Collison area in August of 1960.  They bought 15 acres along the Middle Fork River with a two room house and expanded it to a 3 bedroom home. In 1971 the state bought it for the lake project. Ron and Virginia then bought 100 acres just south of Collison and built a new brick home.  They lived there until they went to the nursing home.

 

They had six children: Carl (Carol) Camp of Loda, IL; Robert (Bob- deceased) (Kathy) of Collison, IL; Cheryl (Tom-deceased) Lancaster of Port Angels, WA; Jim (Beth) Camp of Ogden, IL; Mary (Kent) Hawkins of Collison, IL; and Jeromie (Donna) Camp of Oakwood, IL.  He has 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

 

Ron was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, his parents, and his son, Robert (Bob) Camp.  Ron also had 5 siblings. All of his siblings and their spouses preceded him in death. – John (Marge) Camp, Helen (Sam) Ridlen, Betty (Wes) Doney, Alma June Camp, and Kate (Ray) Prather.

 

Ron had a number of jobs in his early life.   He worked at an elevator, block plant, General Electric, the General Motors plant in Tilton plus other places from 1953 until 1960.  He was a young worker during a time of economic hardship but in 1960 with help of his brother-in-law Wes Doney he got a job at Lauhoff Grain Company.  He started out as a sweeper and then moved to an operator and finally got in a skilled trade and became a Millwright.  Ron worked at Lauhoff until 1982 when he had a stroke and was forced to retire.  Ron also was a part time farmer most of his life.  He raised hogs, cattle, chickens, ponies and horses plus farmed as much as 250 acres.  

 

Ron was a 4-H leader, a member of the Vermilion County Fair Board, a baseball coach, a faithful member and Elder at the Lone Oak Church of Christ.  During his youth he owned a horse that he taught many tricks and he had a life-long love of horses and ponies.   After his retirement he put together a pony hitch of 4 ponies that he showed in fairs and parades for a number of years.  Ron was very active in the Collison community helping others during his life.

 

A Celebration of Ronald’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Rev. Dr. Judith Ridlen officiating.  He will be laid to rest following the services in Collison Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Ronald’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Ronald’s life.  Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Edna Creighton, 91, of Armstrong

Edna Creighton, 91, of Armstrong, passed away at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, in Urbana.

Mrs. Creighton was born on January 7, 1928, in Danville, the daughter of Russell and Lena (Goble) Craigmyle.  She married Bud Creighton on November 20, 1946. He preceded her in death on September 25, 2007.

She is survived by one half-brother- Danny (Susan) Owens of Danville; and special friend- David (Amy) Wilken of Armstrong.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister- Betty Pollock.

Edna graduated from Armstrong High School.  She worked as a clerk at Chanute Air Force Base, in Rantoul.  Edna formerly attended the Armstrong United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed traveling, cooking and doing things around her home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Partlow Cemetery, in Armstrong, with Pastor Patti Wise officiating.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, to assist them in honoring Edna’s life.  Memories or photos may be shared with the family on his everlasting memorial page at:  www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.

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Kay Wilken, 74, of Hoopeston

Kay Wilken, 74, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 2:39 P.M. Tuesday November 19, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  She was born February 18, 1945 in Little Rock, AR, the daughter of George and Marie Eloise (Williams) Thompson.  She married Tom Wilken on December 8, 1963 at the Union Church in Cissna Park, IL.  He survives.

She is also survived by one daughter, Michelle Jackson of Sidney, IL; one son, Todd (Janus) Wilken of Bowling Green, KY; one brother, Don (Sandi) Thompson of Cissna Park, IL; and four grandchildren, Sydney Jackson, Cole (Caroline) Wilken, Alex Wilken, and Drew Wilken.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Kay spent most of her life working as a bookkeeper for various companies.

Cremation rites will be accorded, and a graveside service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Monday November 25, 2019 at Cissna Park Cemetery in Cissna Park, IL with Larry Johnson officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living, 423 N. Dixie Highway, Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

  

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Richard L. Johnson, 75, of Fruitland Park, FL

Richard L. Johnson, 75, of Fruitland Park, FL, formerly of Danville, IL, passed away on November 14, 2019 at the Villages Rehab and Nursing Center in Lady Lake, FL.  He was born September 14, 1944 in Westville, IL, the son of Wilford L. and Betty (McFarland) Johnson.  He married LaDonna Hanson on October 14, 1973 in Danville, IL.  She preceded him in death on September 7, 2019.

He is survived by two step-daughters, Roxie (Larry) Nixon of Danville, IL and Dianna Turner of Danville, IL; one sister, Dorie Benting of Danville, IL; one sister-in-law, Rose Johnson of Attica, IN; one brother, Pete Johnson of Attica, IN; two aunts, Helen Johnson of Danville, IL and Victoria Van Sant of Georgetown, IL; one uncle, Alford Johnson of Danville, IL; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard Johnson Jr., one sister, Minnie Johnson; and two brothers, David and Terry Johnson.

Richard worked as a union carpenter for the Laborer’s Local #269 until his retirement.  He enjoyed doing carpentry work especially home improvements.  He also enjoyed playing computer games, watching westerns, and was an avid Florida Marlins fan.

A visitation will be held 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Tuesday November 26, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  A graveside service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:30 A.M. at Gundy Cemetery in Bismarck, IL, with Pastor Richard Lewis officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

 

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Gary Earl Raymond, 72, of Watseka

Gary Earl Raymond, 72, of Watseka passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago.

 

Gary was born June 1, 1947 in Watseka, the son of Charles Earl and Rita Eileen (Clawson) Raymond and they preceded him in death. He married Trula Jane Hoover on February 4, 1978 in Watseka and she survives.

 

Besides his wife, Trula Raymond of Watseka, he is survived by one son, Nathan Earl (Jill) Raymond of Arcola; one grandson, Beau Jamison Raymond; one granddaughter, Ivy Maxine Raymond; honorary son, Ryan (Alicia) Hoover and their son, Owen, of Indianapolis, IN; and one sister, Diana Thomas of Sarasota, FL.

 

Gary was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was baptized March 22, 1969, dedicated his life to the faith, and built many Kingdom Halls. He owned and operated local concrete companies for many years, but his true passion were the farms he owned and operated. Gary was a very kind man that loved his family and his greatest pride and joy were his grandkids. He died faithful to his Heavenly Father, Jehovah God.

 

Memorial visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Brother Eric Richardson will officiate.

 

A memory box will be provided for those to share a memory in honor of Gary or you may share a memory at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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Julie K. Borchers, 57, of Rural Gilman, IL

Julie K. Borchers, 57, of rural Gilman passed away November 18, 2019 in Champaign. She was born January 4, 1962 in Watseka, the daughter of Richard and Norma (Marggart) Pool. Julie married Vaughn Borchers on December 31, 1987 in Watseka and he preceded her in death on October 8, 2013. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Monty Pool.

 

Julie is survived by two sons, Zachary (Kristin) Borchers of rural Gilman and V. Dakota (fiancé, Kara Crabtree) Borchers of rural Onarga; two grandchildren, Bridon and London Borchers; two sisters, Kendra Pool of Gilman and Debra Pool of Gilman; mother-in-law, Sharon Borchers of Gilman; sister-in-law, Dana (Paul) Grosse of Skokie; nieces and nephews, Matt, Kelsey, Nikki and Tyler Pool, and Sara, Amelia, and Joshua Grosse; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Julie was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman. She graduated from Gilman High School in 1980. She was a farm wife, dedicated to her family, and enjoyed working outside. She received much enjoyment watching her grandchildren grow up.

 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2019 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman with an hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 a.m. service.  Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at Wenger Cemetery in Gilman.

 

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman, Riley Hospital for Children (705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN., 46202), or Donor’s Choice.

 

Please share a memory of Julie at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Marjorie A. "Ann" Coffman, 81, of Hoopeston

Marjorie Anne Coffman, 81, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:51 A.M. Sunday November 17, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  She was born January 16, 1938, in Milan, TN, the daughter of Charlie and Alene (Milam) Stewart.  She married David V. Coffman on December 25, 1956 in Corinth, MS.  He preceded her in death on March 29, 2015.

She is survived by one daughter, Debra Foran of Bement, IL; two sons, Mike (Jeri) Coffman of Hartland, WI and Stewart (Chrissy) Coffman of Hoopeston, IL; one brother, Bobby Joe (Brenda) Stewart of Atwood, TN; eight grandchildren, Chelsea (Pete) Sachs, Cameron (Sheila) Coffman, Frankie Foran, Hannah Foran, Haley Foran, Cory Coffman, Christopher Coffman, and Michael Zillgitt; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kate, Pippin, Mira, and Jacob and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Stewart; infant brother, Billy Stewart; and one grandson, Casey Coffman.

Anne worked at the cable office in Hoopeston as a secretary until her retirement.  She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Medina, TN.  She was also a member of the ETA BETA Sorority.  Anne loved golfing and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Friday November 22, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home, with Rev. Bobby Stewart officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Animal Shelter 901 W. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Eugene "Smitty" Smith, 91, of Rossville

Eugene “Smitty” Smith, 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.  He was born January 9, 1928, in Mackville, KY to John and Catherine Votaw Smith.  He married Norma Decker on May 24, 1947 in Milford.

He was a graduate of Stockland High School and was a valued citizen of Rossville.  Because of his deep love for his Savior, he served in many capacities during his 56 years as a member of First Baptist Church in Hoopeston.  Some of those roles included serving as a deacon and chairman of the deacon board, trustee, Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, and Camp Assurance Trustee.  He also served on the Stockland School board for 10 years.

Eugene and his wife loved adventure.  They enjoyed golfing and traveled extensively.  During one of their winters in Palm Springs, California, he had the privilege of acting as marshal for the Bob Hope Golf Classic.  Cruising was also a favorite pastime of theirs, allowing them to explore Alaska, Hawaii, and several islands in the Caribbean.  One of his favorite experiences was being chosen as a contestant on the Price is Right.

Working hard was in Eugene’s blood.  In addition to farming for 50 years, he and his wife founded Smitty’s Dual Wheel and Tire Service in 1964.  It is currently owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Steve and Diana Torbet.

Eugene adored his family.  Even though he worked hard, he always made spending time with his loved ones a priority.  He will be greatly missed by those he left behind, but they take comfort in the fact that they will be reunited with him in Heaven. 

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Norma; daughter, Diana (Steve) Torbet of Rossville, IL; three grandchildren, Angela (Justin) Smith of Danville, IL, Heather (Tim) Lehman of Shannon, IL and Jerry Torbet of St. Louis, MO; five great-grandchildren, Nicolas Cruppenink, Karis Lehman, Daniel Lehman, Julia Lehman, and Lydia Lehman; and one sister, Birdie Bond of Watseka, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Louise Wheeler; a brother, Carl Smith; and his two sons, Larry Eugene Smith and Gary Dean Smith.  He is now joyfully reunited with them.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday November 24, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday November 25, 2019 at the First Baptist Church 323 E. Seminary Ave., Hoopeston, IL, with Pastor Adam Taubert officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

Memorials may be made to Camp Assurance Duplex Project, P.O. Box 18, Georgetown, IL 61846.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements. 

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Anna Rachelle Warner, 21, of Beaverville

Anna Rachelle Warner, 21, of Beaverville, IL, passed away at 2:38 A.M. Sunday November 10, 2019 in Crown Point, IN. She was born February 1, 1998 in Danville, IL, the daughter of Bruce (Jessica) Albright and Kathy Mann. They survive.


She is also survived by her grandmother, Eleanor Mann; two sisters, Angie (Ryan) Devore and Katie Davis; two brothers, Daniel Franklin and Dalton Warner; five nieces and nephews, Miley, Melia and Kai Franklin and Chase and Seth Devore; and one cousin, Joseph Mann.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond Mann and Wilbur and Viola Warner; and one sister, Tobey Warner.


Anna worked as a waitress in Watseka. She enjoyed playing basketball and spending time with her family.


Cremation rites will be accorded. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday November 19, 2019 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.


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

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Annabelle Bird, 95, of Hoopeston,

Annabelle Bird, 95, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 9:42 A.M. Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.  She was born April 28, 1924, in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of William Horace and Anna Frederika (Wahlfeldt) Lingley.  She married Willis L. Bird on February 4, 1945, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston.  He preceded her in death on October 28, 2019.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie (John) Mortonson of Green Bay, WI and Cathy (David) Hagan of Gibson City, IL; one son, Jerry Bird of Fairmount, IL; 6 grandchildren, Greg Bird of Hoopeston, IL, Joel (Melissa) Bird of Hoopeston, IL, Michael (Karen) Mortonson of Walnut Creek, CA, Andrew (Hannah) Mortonson of Indianapolis, IN, Justin (Melissa Travis) Hagan of Oak Park, IL, and Jennifer Hagan of Gibson City, IL; two great-grandchildren, Elise and Ian Mortonson of Walnut Creek, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Karen Bird; one son, Gary Bird; four sisters, Laura Lindley, Emma Lindley, Marie Webber, and Beulah Brown; two brothers, Louis Lingley and Robert Lingley; and one grandson, Jeremy Bird.

Annabelle was a homemaker.  She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Hoopeston and a member of the Jolly Dozen.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, baking, and crocheting.  Annabelle also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.

Visitation will be held 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Sunday November 17, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday November 18, 2019 at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 502 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL, with Rev. Tom Cici officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 502 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Mary "Tootsie" C. Diskin, 84, of Rankin

Mary “Tootsie” C. Diskin, 84, of Rankin passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was born on July 28, 1935 in Butler Township, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Bush) Shaeffer. Tootsie married James L. Diskin on December 19, 1953 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Penfield. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2002.

Tootsie worked for Kuperschmidt Egg Grading Station, and retired from selling real estate. She enjoyed vacations to Florida and made it her home in the winter. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren.

Tootsie was a member of the Rankin Lions Club and Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin.

She is survived by two sons James (Kim) Diskin Jr of Rankin and Andy Diskin of Deltona, FL; one daughter Clementine (Arlan) Kaufmann of Cissna Park; one sister Janet Powell of Florida; four grandchildren Andrew (Katie) Kaufmann, Dylan Kaufmann, Dalton Kaufmann and Valla Diskin; and one great-granchild Kaimbry.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Andy and her sister Clementine.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4-7pm at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11am at Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin. Burial will follow the service at Rankin Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.


 

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Jerry Collier, 74, of Hoopeston

Jerry Lee Collier, 74, of Hoopeston, IL passed away at 9:02 A.M., Saturday November 9, 2019 at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, IL.  He was born July 9, 1945, in Danville, IL, the son of Clarence Clyde “Slim” Collier, Jr. and Hazel Marie (Pinnick) Collier.

He is survived by his cousins, Pat Wells Burch, Karen Sue Wells (Gerry) Evans, Sadie Beth Evans, and Karen Lee Evans all of Hoopeston, IL and special friends, Tom Weber of Bloomington, IL, Marie Schieler of Hoopeston, IL, Elizabeth Schott of Lancaster, PA, and Carol Arnold of Hoopeston, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Hazel Collier and grandparents, Leo and Lanie Ethel (Flick) Pinnick, Clarence Clyde Collier, Sr., and Fred and Viola (Tinch) Marks.

Jerry attended Maple Grade School, John Greer Jr. High, and Hoopeston High School where he was a 1963 graduate.  During his high school years, he was a member of the John Greer Players Drama Club, the Rifle Club, Thespian Troupe 282, and Hall Monitors.  He attended Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, IN where he was a member of the 1967 graduating class.  He became a National Board-Certified funeral director on September 21, 1967.  He later attended the University of Illinois School of Engineering for three years.  Jerry then attended Gordon Jewelers Managerial Training and worked for this company for many years until he returned home to take care of his family member during her final illness.  He later went through insurance/management training with Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Company and worked in their Danville, IL, office until his retirement.   Jerry was a member of the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War.  He attended the Church of Christ and the First Church of God, both in Hoopeston.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed science fiction books and movies.  Jerry was a motorcycle enthusiast and had traveled from coast to coast by cycle, enjoying many festivals, motorcycle jamborees, and roundups.  He loved to travel and had always dreamed of taking a tour of Italy someday.  Jerry also enjoyed flying in a private plane co-op group.

Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  A graveside service will be held at 12:30 P.M. Wednesday November 20, 2019 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with Pastor David Bowen officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Hoopeston Public Library or to the Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child (Jerry always enjoyed filling a box for a child each year.)

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

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Viola M. Greiner, 91, of Cissna Park

Viola M. Greiner, 91, of Cissna Park passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9th 2019 at the Hoopeston Heritage Health in Hoopeston.

 

Viola is survived by her 3 daughters; Barbara Holbert-San Diego, CA; Mary Tucker-Champaign and Elaine Mackey-Columbia, MO. A son: Doug Greiner -Carlock, IL. A sister; Frieda Hamrick-Cissna Park, IL along side 12 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren. 

 

A visitation will be held from 3-7pm on Wed. 11/13/19 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park and one hour prior to the 10am Thursday(11/14/19) service being held at the Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. 

 

Arrangements are being made possible with Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. 

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Sue Hofer, 76, of Rankin

Sue Hofer, 76, of Rankin passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at her home. She was born on November 12, 1942 in Marion, IN, the daughter of Archie Goin and Mildred Strong-Goin. Sue married Larry Hofer on May 11, 1963 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rankin. He survives.

 

Sue worked for the Rankin Dr. Office, Rankin Grade School, and the Rankin Market in her early years. She also worked for Kuperschmidt Egg Grading Staion in Rankin. But one  of Sue’s favorite jobs was working for the Paxton Daycare. She enjoyed watching the children and building strong connections with her fellow coworkers. Sue also enjoyed shopping on her free time and spending time watching her grandchildren. She loved to go to all her grandkids sporting events and cheering them all season long. Sue had a knack for word searches and enjoyed camping with her family. She was also a member of the Jr. Womens Club of Rankin, and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston.

 

Along with her husband, Larry, she is survived by two sons, Randall Alan (Tonna) Hofer of Hoopeston and Darrin Michael (Nancy) Hofer of Loda; one daughter Tara Nicole (Steve) Shields of Hoopeston; two brothers Randy Dean (Martha) Goin of Carmi, IL and Bob and (Sheila) Cleary of Mansfield, IL. One sister, Bette Jo (Kevin) Brennan of Paxton. Two sister in laws, Pat Goin of Danville and Carol Goin of Rankin; twelve grandchildren Sadie Hofer, Lucas Hofer, Nick Hofer, Allison Hofer, Abby Hofer, Alyssa Hofer, Caleb (Sharim) Shields, Chloe Shields, Jacob Shields, Mackenzie Shields, Josslyn Shields, and Maverick Shields; one great-grandchild Ezekiel Shields. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Sue was proceeded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Rolland Goin and Donnie Goin.

 

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm at Cox-Knapp Funeral Home, Rankin. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hoopeston. Burial will follow the service at Rankin Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Paxton Daycare, Rankin Lions Club, or St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

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John W. Decker Sr., 92, of Champaign, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL

John William “Bill” Decker, 92, of Champaign, IL, formerly of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 4:18 P.M. Thursday November 7, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.  He was born June 22, 1927, at home in Hoopeston, IL, the son of John William Decker, Sr. and Ruby K. (Finch) Decker.  He married Carol Lee Teegarden on July 5, 1952, at the First Christian Church.  She survives in Champaign.

 

He is also survived by two daughters, Ann (David) Quigg of Champaign, IL and Molly (Stephen) Ayers of Champaign, IL; one son, John William (Diana) Decker III of Winterville, NC; one sister, Marilyn McCoy of Pebble Beach, CA; six grandchildren, Joseph Decker, William Decker, Rachel Haverstrom, Andrew Ayers, Alexandra Braconnot, and Hannah Trautman; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by parents and two sisters, Jane Pittman and Goldie Stewart.

Bill served in the United States Navy from May 10, 1945 – August 7, 1946.  After his service, he attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  In 1951, he began working as a Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Joan of Arc, which later became Pillsbury, until his retirement in 1989.  Bill was a member of the Hoopeston First Christian Church Disciples of Christ where he also served as a deacon.  He later became a member of the University Place Christian Church in Champaign. 

 

A visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Saturday November 16, 2019 at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St. Hoopeston, IL.  The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home, with Rev. Kris Light officiating.  Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.  Military rites will be accorded by the Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 

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

 

Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

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Dan A. Cross, 66, of Milford

Dan A. Cross, 66, of Milford passed away October 28, 2019 at Carle Hoopeston Regional Hospital in Hoopeston. He was born April 6, 1953 in Watseka, the son of James Lee and Marjorie June (Zimmerman) Cross. Dan married Cathy Fleming in Watseka on September 14, 1974 and she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Amy Cross of St. Louis, MO; one son, Jacob Cross of Milford; one grandson, Damon James Arthur Cross and his mother, Mendy Williamson; his mother, Marjorie Cross of Milford; and one sister, Pam (Brad) Cross-Craig of White Heath.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, James Lee Cross.

 

Dan worked as an Operations Manager at T&D Metals since 1992. He enjoyed golf, yard work, and flowers. Dan was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandson.

 

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Fr. Michael Powell will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Milford Fire Department.

 

Arrangements provided by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Rev. Don Richard Stuckwisch Sr. 78, of Goodwine

Rev. Don Richard Stuckwisch Sr., 78, of Goodwine passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka. He was born on April 20, 1941, the son of Carl and Beulah (Steltenpohl) Stuckwisch. He married Sandra Lee Helmer in St. Louis, MO on June 13, 1964 and she survives.

 

In addition to his wife, Sandra Stuckwisch of Goodwine, Don is survived by two sons, Don Richard “Rick” (LaRena) Stuckwisch Jr. of South Bend, IN and Paul Alexander (Nora) Stuckwisch of Manhattan, KS; two daughters, Dorisa Lee (Robert) Polk of Scottsbluff, NE and Dawn Marie (Virgil) Fisher of Terre Haute, IN; one sister, Leota Barnett of Seymour, IN; twenty grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Shirley Mails.

 

Mr. Stuckwisch received the gift of baptism into the family of God on May 4, 1941 and confirmed in the faith on April 3, 1955. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest and taught in Philadelphia, PA, Bergholz, NY, Westlake, OH, and in Australia. He then became a Lutheran Minister after graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN and served in Nebraska and Illinois.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford. Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford.

Visitation will be one hour prior the funeral service Monday, November 11, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

 

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Milford or LCC Comfort Dog Ministry.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

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Charla J. Molck, 85, of Onarga

 


Charla J. Molck, 85, of Onarga passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at her home. She was born December 21, 1933 in Ambia, IN, the daughter of Charles and Teresa (Leuck) Grogan. She married Marvin Clyden on November 25, 1950 in Ambia, IN. She later married Norman Molck on April 1, 1974 in Gilman and he preceded her in death on December 28, 1994.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Henson of Onarga and Marva Crandall of Gibson City; three sons, Gail (Cindi) Clyden of St. Anne, Alan (Diane) Clyden of Clifton and David Clyden of St. Anne; thirteen grandchildren, Ashley (Mark) Classen, Jeremy (Jill) Schumacher, Daniel (Hannah) Cole, Amanda (Jeremy) Huml, Brian (Molly) Clyden, Kristen (Mark) Mitchell, Kimberly (Ryan) Cooper, Stacie (William) Powers, Sara (Rory) Mulcahay, Joshua (Emily) Clyden, Whitney (Christopher) Williams, Naomi (Justin) Lamarr and Noah (Jessica) Clyden; thirty-three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marlene Sue Clough, Pat Vanrickle, Judy (Ed) Roark and LeAnn (Thomas) Putney; three brothers, Jay Grogan, Edward (Leanda) Grogan and Terrance (Margaret) Grogan; and three step-children, Vicki Goldenstein of Danforth, Michael (Cathy) Molck of Crescent City and Dennis Molck of Danforth.

 

In addition to her second husband, Charla was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Darrell; step-son, Jeff Molck; son-in-law, Tom Henson; daughters-in-law, Debbie Clyden and Vickie Clyden; great-grandchildren, Leland Clyden and Addison Williams; and a step-great-grandchild, Sarah Molck.

 

Charla was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gilman, Altar Guild, and volunteered for many things within the church and with hospice. She was also a member of the Onarga and Watseka VFW Auxiliary and served as the 7th District President for VFW Auxiliary. Charla was an LPN at many area nursing homes. She loved adult coloring, word searches, baking bread, having coffee with her friends at K&H, collecting bells, angels and cardinals, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga. Rev. Pete Hinrich will officiate. Burial will follow at the Onarga Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Onarga with a 7:00 p.m. VFW Auxiliary Service.

 

Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

 

Please share a memory of Charla at knappfuneralhomes.com

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Donald "Pudge" Gerdes, 81, of Onarga

Donald “Pudge” Gerdes, 81, of Onarga, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at his home surrounded by beloved family. He was born August 2, 1938 in Watseka, the son of Dwane and Ozilda (Gagnon) Gerdes and they preceded him in death. Donald married Ramona (Mona) “George” Zirkle on August 1, 1959 in Gilman and they resided in LaHogue.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mona Gerdes of Onarga; his children, Diane (Larry) Neste of Spooner, WI, Donald (Sherri) Gerdes of Thawville, Becky (Gary Fuoss) Gerdes of Thawville, Kathy (Duane) Menigoz of Onarga, Lisa (Curtis) Bloom of Fisher, and Ronne (Sandy) Gerdes of Rantoul; 14 grandchildren, Heather, Nichole, Erica, Derek, Mandy, Connor, Jake, Brandon, Hilary, Jamie, Danielle, Ashton, Kody, and Kyle; 28 great grandchildren, Kara, Nautica, Harper, Sawyer, Paisley, Kailin, Hadley, Hayden, Austin, Jarrett, Mason, Brooks, Ryan, Christian, Cale, Jacksen, Jolene, Danielle, Ethan, Leighlah, Reece, Piper, Calvin, Owen, Miles, Morgan, Conner, and Natalie; his faithful dog, Molly; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Kay) Zirkle of Onarga and John Zirkle of Woodland; three sisters-in-law, Joan Sterk of Milton, WI, Mary Mulligan of Arlington, TX, and Nina (Tom) Dundas of Clifton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his step father, Troy Eads; sister, Brenda Champaigne; son-in-law, Jeffrey Bull; father-in-law, Clyde Zirkle; mother-in-law, Mary Zirkle; brother-in-law, Bob Sterk; sister-in-law, Gloria Zirkle; niece, Mary Zirkle; nephews, Danny Zirkle, Eric Sterk, and Tim Zirkle; and his godson, Troy Chayer.

 

Grandchildren were his joy. He never missed a game or event and loved being a grandpa. He looked forward to every opportunity to see his great grandchildren.

 

After graduation, Mr. Gerdes went on to farm with his father, he then worked for Don Wrede breaking and training horses and farming. He was a union carpenter in Chicago. He then worked for Ficklin Machine Company and Roeder Grain Elevator. He drove semi-trucks for Ficklin’s and Roeder’s. He then went on to work for the Village of Onarga. He became Superintendent of Public Works after studying at KCC to obtain his class A drinking water operator certification. He retired after 20 years of service to Onarga, at age 70. Pudge was a member of Immaculate Conception/Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Gilman; a born-again Christian. He was also a member of Illiana Ropers & Doggers Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. First and foremost, he was a genuine cowboy, winning many trophy buckles. He was a longtime team roper as a header. Mr. Gerdes was a coach for little league baseball and later for junior high girls’ softball. He was the Onarga Indian Mascot for two years and lead the teams out at home games. He was quite the craftsman, and a patent holding inventor. He was the biggest prankster around. Pudge was an avid Onarga Indian’s, Chicago Bears and University of Illinois fan. He received the 2003 Citizen of the Year Award and was grand marshal of the 4th of July parade. He loved rodeos, feeding birds, metal detecting, his grandkids and great grandkids, and wintering in SPI, TX.

 

He was a 1956 graduate of Gilman High School and participated in football, track, choir, and marching band. His nickname from birth on was Pudge.

 

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Funeral service will be at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 also at the funeral home. Fr. Marek Herbut will officiate. Burial will be at the Onarga Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.

 

Please share a memory of Donald at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Steven Kissack, 67, of Milford

Steven Kissack, age 67, of Milford passed away on Monday, October 28th, 2019. 

 

Steven is survived by his wife, Dana Kissack, and 4 children; Brandon Barker,Trachelle Williams,Kirsten Johnson, and Candi Kissack. 

 

A funeral service is set for Saturday, November 9th @ 11am with a visitation from 9am-11am prior at Milford Christian Church.

 

Arrangements are being made by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

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Marjorie Cailteux Heeler, 95, of Clifton

Marjorie L. Cailteux Heeler, 95, of Clifton passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.

 

Marjorie was born February 12, 1924 in Papineau, the daughter of Phillip and Lena (Kempen) Chenore. She married Russell A. Cailteux on January 24, 1948 in Beaverville and he preceded her in death August 18, 1982. She later married Owen W. Heeler on October 24, 1987 in L’Erable and he preceded her in death on November 27, 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Roger Chenore; and three sisters, Velma Miller, Elenore Depatis, and Therese Yeoman; and one son in law, John Blasey.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Sheila Blasey of Ashkum, Marla (Michael) Reichert of Ft. Myers Beach, FL, and Brenda (Rodney) Ader of Thawville; eleven grandchildren; and twenty eight great grandchildren.

 

Marjorie was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Clifton and also CCW. She was a member of Kankakee and Chebanse Senior Citizens as well as President of Clifton Women’s Club. Marjorie enjoyed playing bingo and cards, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and traveling.

 

A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in L’Erable. Fr. Doug Hauber will officiate. Burial will follow at L’Erable Catholic Cemetery in L’Erable.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass in L’Erable on Friday from 10:00-11:00am.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Beaverville, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or Prairieview Lutheran Home.

 

Please share a memory of Marjorie at www.knappfuneralhomes.com

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Ross L. Verkler, 84, of Watseka

Ross L. Verkler, 84, of Watseka passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

 

Ross was born August 17, 1935 in Cissna Park, the son of Harry and Mildred (Harweger) Verkler and they preceded him in death along with two brothers, Robert and Charles Verkler; two sisters, Helen Fox and Carol Shaffer; one step-son, Ryan Gagnon; one step-daughter, Renee Gagnon; one grandchild, Mara Verkler; and one great grandchild Finn Henneike. He married Janice Cook on July 1, 1956 in Hoopeston and she preceded him in death April 9, 1968. He married Ruth Schippert and she preceded him in death on June 2, 1989. He later married Shirley Sorensen on August 1, 1992 in Watseka and she survives.

 

Besides his wife, Shirley Verkler of Watseka, he is survived by one son, Kevin (Pam) Verkler of Watseka; two daughters, Karen (Rodney) Conley of Watseka and Rhonda (Toby) Harris of Watseka; two brothers, Dale Verkler of Watseka and Lowell (Rita) Verkler of Sparta, WI; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several brother-in-laws; several sister-in-laws; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mr. Verkler was a member of First Christian Church in Watseka and Watseka Elks. Ross enjoyed fishing, golfing, and playing euchre. He was head of maintenance at Iroquois County Courthouse from 1964-1997.

 

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at First Christian Church in Watseka. Pastor Roy Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.

 

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Watseka or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Robert (Paul) Klemme, 94, of West Lafayette/Fowler IN

Robert (Paul) Klemme, age 94 passed away on Thursday, October 31st due to age and after having lived a long and blessed life.  Betty (Sparrow), his wife of 66 years, survives.

 

Paul was the last living child of Louise and Leo Klemme, whose land continues to be farmed for the third generation in the Fowler, IN and Stockland, IL areas. Paul farmed with his brother Orval and until retirement, his son Mark. 

 

Paul was a devoted man of his Catholic faith.  Paul and Betty were dedicated, life-long members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunnington, IN and received spiritual nurturing and faith from their nephew Father Robert Klemme.  The family greatly appreciates Fr. Bob for his frequent visits and spiritual inspiration especially during these final weeks.

 

Paul served his country as a Marine.  Seldom were there conversations that didn’t include stories of how he reported for duty and was sent directly to boot camp, being assigned to the Marine Corps, and his service tour of duty in China, which included accompanying officers to the Great Wall.

Paul and Betty’s favorite pastimes were listening to and watching sports both on radio and TV.  They enjoyed trips to Washington D.C., Alaska, Ireland, and Hawaii.

 

Paul and Betty were the best of role models for their four children Richard (Cynthia) of Madison, WI,  Mark (Sherry) Hoopeston, IL,  Maureen (Robert Morgeson) of Marion, IL  and Patrick (Teresa) of Fowler; 8 grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) of Madison WI, Ryan of Vail, CO, Amy of Chicago, IL, Paul of Marion IL, Michael, Noah, Samantha, and Zoe of Fowler, IN; and two great grandchildren, Samuel and Celia of Madison, WI. 

 

Paul and Betty together made a mutual decision to move from the farm to Elmcroft Assisted Living in 2013 where they again extended themselves as ambassadors to other Elmcroft residents.  They happily embraced their new lives at Elmcroft.

 

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dunnington, IN will host the visitation beginning 10:30 EST on Wednesday, November 6th with Mass following at 12 noon.  Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery.    A light luncheon and gathering will be held in the church basement. 

 

Memorials may be offered to the perpetual care of St. Mary’s Dunnington Cemetery, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Dunnington, IN or Franciscan Hospice of Lafayette.  The family is being assisted by Shoemaker Funeral Home of Otterbein, IN (Shoemakerfh.com).

 

“Grandpa, we will always remember your stories, your loud sneezes, and every time we visited you saying, “thank you for coming”.

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