Monday, November 28, 2011

Robin J. Schroeder - Kankakee

Robin J. Schroeder, 42, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2011) at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Her body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Association in Chicago. Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee, is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 26, 2011

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Wayne D. Huenerberg - Beecher

Wayne D. Huenerberg, 77, of Beecher, died Wednesday (Nov. 24, 2011) in Chicago Heights. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hack Funeral Home in Beecher, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.

Mr. Huenerberg worked at Calumet Steel in Chicago Heights. He was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Beecher, the son of Donald and Nora Ekhoff Huenerberg.

Surviving are his wife, the former Lois Kuhlman; one daughter, Debbie Huenerberg; one grandson, Keith (Melissa) Huenerberg; one granddaughter, Nikki (Nicholas) Fiddler; three great-grandchildren, Tori, Emilee and Grace; and one great-great-grandchild, Kendyl.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Mark. (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 26, 2011

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William P. Boyle - Manhattan



William P. Boyle, 83, of Manhattan, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2011) at his home. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Forsythe Funeral Home, 507 S. State St. (U.S. Route 52), Manhattan, and from 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 140 S. Thelma St., Manhattan, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

Interment will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Memorials to St. Paul United Church of Christ or to the Joliet Community Area Hospice would be appreciated.

Please sign his guestbook atwww.forsythefuneralhome.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 26, 2011

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ilse Hayum Weiner -Bourbonnais


Ilse Hayum Weiner, 90, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011). Private services were held at Oakridge Jewish Cemetery in Hillside. In remembrance, donations may be made to Temple B'nai Israel, 600 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, IL 60901 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60661.

She was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Germany, the daughter of Frieda and Ludwig Levy. She and her parents emigrated to the United States in 1938. In 1941, she married Alfred Hayum, in Chicago. They moved to Kankakee in 1957. After Alfred's death, she married Alex Weiner. She was a longtime member of Temple B'nai Israel. She was a volunteer for many years at Shapiro Developmental Center. In 1995, she received the outstanding volunteer award from the Junior League. She was creative and full of energy, teaching her great-grandchildren many of her crafts. She derived great pleasure and pride from her family and their accomplishments. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, sewing and crocheting.

Ilse is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Julian and Enid Hayum, of Kankakee; two granddaughters, Alyse (Steven) Wittenberg, of Oak Park, and Danielle (Joel) Pekay, of Northbrook; and five great-grandchildren. She was a stepmother to Art (Evelyn) Weiner, Bernard (Libby) Weiner and Shirley Alexander; and a grandmother to Mickey, Cindy, Abbe, David, Mark, Debbie and Todd.

Her family appreciated the devotion of her caregiver, Carolyn Gebhardt, and the kindness shown by the staff at the Miller Center. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by the people whose lives she touched. (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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James Roy Eich - St. Elmo



James Roy Eich, 82, of St. Elmo, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 3 p.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at the Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo. The Rev. John Louis OMI of the Belleville Catholic diocese will officiate.

A funeral Mass will also be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Campus. Burial, with military rites, will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Campus. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Mr. Eich had been employed by the Natural Gas Pipeline in Herscher. He was then transferred, and he and his family moved to St. Elmo in 1975, where he served as a foreman for the company until his retirement. He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Livingston County near Campus, one of eight siblings to Roy and Viola Zeller-Eich. He graduated from Campus Grade School and from Reddick High School with the Class of 1947. After meeting the love of his life, he married the former Delores Prouty on Feb. 4, 1956, in Rockdale. Jim served his country well as being a member of the U.S. Regular Air Force reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He received an honorable discharge Jan. 8, 1955, for four years of service both in the United States and Germany. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in St. Elmo, the St. Elmo Golf Club and the Altamont VFW Post 7676. He enjoyed his home, family, yard work and golf.

In his passing, he leaves behind his wife, Delores Prouty-Eich, of St. Elmo; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Maureen Eich, of Clearwater, Fla., Robert and Rena Eich, of Herscher, LeRoy and Linda Eich, of Kankakee, Charles and Betty Eich, of Romeoville, Gary and Sue Eich, of Reddick, and David and Kathy Eich, of Plainfield; one sister, Evelyn Hanlin, of Campus; one brother-in-law, Tony Foth, of Elwood; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; and beloved daughter, Nancy Jo Eich, taken by an accident in 1984.

Condolences may be left to the family atwww.kullfuneralhome.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

Gus A. Cotsones- Bradley



Gus A. Cotsones, 76, of Bradley, passed away Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011). Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. Prisagon service, at the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. Family and friends are welcome to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday and process over to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 296 N. Washington Ave., Kankakee, for the 11 a.m. funeral services.

Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

He was born May 10, 1935, in Vrontama, Greece, the son of Antonios and Angeliki Kotsonis. In 1951, Gus emigrated to the United States and moved to Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1953, he moved to Kankakee to work at the Normandy Restaurant with his cousin, Leo Cotsones. Shortly thereafter, Gus entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany. Upon his return, Gus and his brother, Pete, opened The View Restaurant in the Meadowview Shopping Center in Kankakee.

In 1974, he moved to Hickory Hills, where he met his wife, Pat. They were married in 1975 and later that year, Pat gave birth to their daughter, Angella. In 1979, Gus and Pat returned to Kankakee and opened the Town and Country Restaurant. They retired in 1997.

He was a member of AHEPA; a parish council member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; and a member of the Aroma Park American Legion Post 1019. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, bowler, golfer, beekeeper and the world's biggest White Sox fan.

Gus is survived by his wife, Pat Cotsones; children, Angella Stavrakis (Cotsones), Dean "Dino" Panagopoulos, Martha "Martie" Mancuso (Panagopoulos); grandchildren, Nicole Cummens (LaFine), Michael Mancuso, Dina Stavrakis, Chris Stavrakis; brother, Pete Cotsones; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Christos and Dimitri.

Please sign his guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Richard H. Butzow - Watseka


Richard H. Butzow, 74, of Watseka, died Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. Saturday until the 2 p.m. funeral services at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Wes Osborn will officiate.

Burial will be in Flesher Cemetery, Crescent City. Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Historical Society or to the donor's choice.

Mr. Butzow worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for many years. He was born April 21, 1937, in Watseka, the son of Henry and Helen Ahlgrem Butzow. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Rudolph Orr, and Nancy and Gordon Langellier, all of Watseka; one brother, Steven Butzow, of Flanagan; one sister-in-law, Connie Butzow, of Hoopeston; four nieces; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William.

Please sign his guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Mylee Fay Kozel - Wilmington

Mylee Fay Kozel, infant daughter of Robert and Brandy Cummings-Kozel, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. Cremation rites have been accorded. Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, Wilmington, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 25, 2011, in Joliet.

Surviving besides her parents, are her maternal grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth Binder, of Sauk Village, and Clarice Cummings, of Coal City; paternal grandmother, Peg Kozel, of Homer Glen; and siblings, Kendall Kozel, Jake Cozel, Tamen Calhoun, Tabitha Bundy, Kelton Kozel and her twin brother, Connor J. Kozel.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Robert Kozel.

Please send condolences to the family at www.frbfuneral.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Beverly Dawn Boomsma - St. Charles

Beverly Dawn Boomsma, 77, formerly of St. Anne, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2011) in St. Charles.

She was born April 2, 1934, in Charlotte, Mich., the daughter of Donald and Hilda Fullerton. Beverly will be remembered for her love of teaching, music, family, friends and her Lord.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kay Dawn and Craig Tower, of St. Charles; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jackie Boomsma, of St. Anne; and six grandchildren, Anna, Emory, Austin and Aaron Tower, and Mallory and Ellen Boomsma.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilbert Boomsma.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 903 E. Nerge Road, Roselle, IL 60172. For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060 or visit online atyursfuneralhomes.com. (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Anna E. Cruse - Champaign

Anna E. Cruse, 82, of Champaign, formerly of Cissna Park, died Thursday (Nov. 24, 2011) at the Heartland Health Care Center in Champaign. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. The Rev. Janet Longtin will officiate.

Burial will be in the Cissna Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Please sign her guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Kelli Ann Marie Beever - Springfield


Kelli Ann Marie Beever, 4, of Springfield, granddaughter of former Kankakee residents, died at 1:33 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. Fifth St., Springfield, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Keith Anderson will officiate.

Burial will be in the Chatham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

She was born Feb. 25, 2007, in Springfield, the daughter of Deanna M. Day-Beever. Kelli attended Ball Elementary Preschool in Chatham. Her mischievous grin would light up a room. She enjoyed fishing, chasing butterflies, playing dress up, putting together puzzles and reading books. She liked listening to Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Luke Bryant and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." She was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Surviving besides her mother, are her grandparents, Lori Day, of Springfield, formerly of Kankakee, and Tim Day, of Springfield; great-grandparents, Thomas and Gail Beever, of Springfield, formerly of Kankakee, and Trudy and Don Day, of Springfield; godmothers, Fawn Hilton and Ann Szabo, both of Springfield; and three cousins, Taylor, Zach and Erin Beever, of Mansfield.

Her dog, Bailey "Bay Bay," preceded her in death.

Please sign her guestbook at www.staab.net.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Vincas "Dr. J" Janevicius, M.D. - Kankakee


Vincas "Dr. J" Janevicius, M.D., 89, of Kankakee, died Friday (Nov. 18, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, after a long illness. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family wishes. Cremation rites will be accorded by the Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Crematory, west Kankakee.

He was born July 18, 1922, in Vilnius, Lithuania. He finished medical school in Hamburg, Germany, and came to the United States in 1951, where he started his medical career in 1952 at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. He came to Kankakee in 1962 and served as clinical director at Kankakee State Hospital for 27 years. He also had a private practice in psychiatry in Kankakee and was an aviation medical examiner. He spoke five different languages. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Kankakee, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Kankakee Valley Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He enjoyed listening to music and played many different musical instruments. He held a private pilot's license and enjoyed flying his plane to numerous destinations. He also enjoyed golfing and swimming.

Surviving are his wife, the former Anna Balciunaite, of Kankakee, whom he married Jan. 7, 1953, in Chicago; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Lori Janevicius, of Oak Brook, and Richard and Ellen Janevicius, of Naperville; one daughter, Audra Bowen, of Marlton, N.J.; and two grandchildren, Michelle and Marshall Janevicius, both of Oak Brook.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Please sign his guestbook at clancygernon.com.  (Pd.)


Source:  The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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Richard Allen Carter - Kankakee



Richard Allen Carter, 86, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center. A gathering time for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the noon memorial service at Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel. The Rev. Craig Crombar will officiate.

Military rites will be performed, and a light reception will follow at the funeral home.

Mr. Carter was an electrician for Local 176 in Joliet, from which he retired in 1988. He also served in the U.S. Army as a private first class for the 3702nd Unit, where he was awarded the American Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. In his spare time, he enjoyed photography, carving wood and using his computer.

He was born June 14, 1925, in Joliet, the son of Samuel and Frances (Edith) Birkey. He married the former Le Etta Davy.

Mr. Carter is survived by two sons and two daughters, James (Jean Ann) Carter, of Morris, Kathleen Albrecht, of Bolingbrook, Beverlee (David) Bergevin, of Hixson, Tenn., and Terry Carter, of Ashkum; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marjorie Gait and Norma Kollman, both of New Lenox, and Elanie (Joseph) Neese, of Elwood; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Please sign his guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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Marietta Cremer - Manteno

Visitation for Marietta Cremer, 90, of Manteno, will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. memorial service at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.

Burial will be in Union Corners Cemetery, Grant Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of God Benevolent Fund. She died Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011) at Manteno Springs Assisted Living.

Mrs. Cremer was a homemaker. She was born July 18, 1921, in Grant Park, the daughter of Fred and Esther Molton Vagt. Her husband, Lester Grant Cremer, whom she married July 23, 1938, in Grant Park, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Marsha Cremer, of Birmingham, Ala.; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and William Ford, of Taylorville; one grandson, Jason (Wendy) Cremer, of Alabama; one granddaughter, Leslie Cremer, of Alabama; one great-grandson, Noah Cremer, of Alabama; and one sister, Margaret Keen, of Momence.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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Gloria "Jean" Cross - Milford

Gloria "Jean" Cross, 80, of Milford, died Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, until the 11 a.m. memorial service at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Milford.

Please sign her guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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Claire D. Smith - Pharr TX


Visitation for Claire D. Smith, 90, of Pharr, Texas, formerly of Milford, will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, until the 10 a.m. funeral services at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford. Pastor Chris Lentz will officiate.

Burial, with military graveside rites provided by the Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450, will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. He died Nov. 12, 2011, at Los Palmes Nursing Home in McAllen, Texas.

Please sign his guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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John Carlton Berger - Wilmington


John C. Berger, 70, of Wilmington, formerly of the southside of Chicago, passed away Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in John's memory to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Honor Squad or to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

Mr. Berger retired from ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery in 1998 after 27 years of service. He was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Chicago, the son of Carl and Martha "Becky" Randolph-Berger. He was raised and educated in Chicago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Mobil Retirement Club and had a love for traveling and nature. He was a volunteer at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, as well as, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. John will be remembered as a faithful and loving husband and father, who was forever dedicated to his wife and children.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Katherine "Shirley" Milholland, whom he married Oct. 15, 1966, at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, in Chicago; daughter, Amy Berger, of Port Orange, Fla.; two sons, Christopher Berger and Matthew Berger, both of Wilmington; brother and sister-in-law, William and Barbara Berger, of Tempe, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Please sign his guestbook at frbfuneral.com.  (Pd.)

Source: The Daily Journal - November 23, 2011

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Albert F. "Ab" Potter - Albuquerque NM


Albert F. "Ab" Potter, 81, of Albuquerque, N.M. and Kankakee, died Saturday (Nov. 12, 2011) in Albuquerque.

He was co-owner of Gordon Electric Supply Co. in Kankakee. A humanitarian and community leader, Ab served in leadership positions, mentored business owners and provided philanthropic support throughout his life. He was active in numerous organizations, including United Way, Kiwanis, the Economic Development Council and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation in the Kankakee area.

Surviving are his wife, Cara; and five children, including Scott Potter, of Kankakee, and Sabrina and Michael Potter, formerly of Kankakee.

Information about his memorial service is available atwww.uuabq.org under "Light a Candle." In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to United Way in his name. Riverside Funeral Home, Albuquerque, is in charge of arrangements.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 19, 2011

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Harriet E. Dyer - Geneva


Harriet E. Dyer, 90, of Geneva, and a former longtime Kankakee resident, died Sunday (Nov. 13, 2011) at her home. There will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to Lazarus House, 214 Walnut St., St. Charles, IL 60134.

She was born April 4, 1921, in Decatur, the daughter of Dr. Raymond and Ruth Bradley Evans. Her husband, Wayne P. Dyer, whom she married May 14, 1943, in Chicago, preceded her in death. Harriet attained Life Master status as a bridge player and competed in bridge tournaments throughout the country. She was well traveled, an avid reader and a fan of professional golf and football. She was also interested in colonial history, especially that relating to her Welsh Quaker ancestors who came to America in the 1600s. She was a beloved grandmother who spent tireless hours entertaining her grandchildren and instilling in them a love for reading and a sense of family history.

Surviving are two sons and three daughters-in-law, Ernest W. and Rosaura Dyer, of Elmendorf, Texas, Raymond E. and Tereza Dyer, of Oak Park, and Theresa Dyer, of Victorville, Calif.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Edward Schreiber, of Campton Hills; eight grandchildren, Susan, Caroline, Gretchen, Renata, Katrina, Gilbert, Eva and Tem; and one great-grandchild, Ryan.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 19, 2011

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Arthur P. Sharkey Jr. - Momence

Arthur P. Sharkey Jr., 83, of Momence, died Friday (Nov. 18, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Cotter Funeral Home in Momence. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Please sign his guestbook at cotterfh.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 19, 2011

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Colin A. Beck - Clifton

Colin A. Beck, 71, of rural Clifton, died Friday (Nov. 18, 2011) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. At his request, cremation rites will be accorded by the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. There will be no visitation or services.

Please sign his guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.


Sourcer: The Daily Journal - November 19, 2011

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Peggy D. Buss - Kankakee


Peggy D. Buss, 89, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Nov. 17, 2011) at her home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Interment will be in the Gilman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Mrs. Buss worked in the banking business until 2001. She was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Chelmsford, England, the daughter of Leonard and Lena Rogers Garner. Her husband, Benjamin Buss, whom she married July 7, 1945, in Chelmsford, preceded her in death. She was an avid bowler, swimmer and knitter.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Tina Haigh, and Debra and Carl Brazelton, all of Kankakee; two grandchildren, James (Harisha) Haigh, and Ben (Kim) Haigh; and two great-grandchildren, Trinity and Anderson Haigh.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 18, 2011

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Christine Joyce Marshall - Manteno


Christine Joyce Marshall, 42, of Manteno, died Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2011) at her home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 3 p.m. funeral services at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the family wishes.

She was born Sept. 2, 1969, in Kankakee, the daughter of Bobby W. and Joyce L. Kane Blankenship. She enjoyed riding Harleys.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Monica Stone, of Kankakee; one daughter, Leeanne Marshall, of Manteno; two sisters, Sheila Eason, of Cleburne, Texas, and Connie Puraleski, of McKinney, Texas; and one brother, Wayne Blankenship, of Cleburne.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 18, 2011

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Clement Joseph "Clem" Barry - Mesa AZ



Visitation for Clement Joseph Barry, 89, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of St. Anne, will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church. The Rev. James Fanale will officiate.

Burial will be in St. James the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Irwin. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 7310 N. 16th St. Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85020. He passed away peacefully Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2011) at his home in Mesa.

Mr. Barry worked at the A&P Tea Co., retiring after 36 years of service. He also worked for 20 years at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home. He was born Dec. 16, 1921, in Manlius Township, the son of Jeremiah F. III and Josephine O'Brien Barry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, the former Joan T. Youtz, of Mesa, whom he married Sept. 1, 1944; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Jeremiah Barry, of San Diego, Calif., Douglas and Judy Barry, of Canton, Ga., Leo and Jan Barry, of Bourbonnais, Daniel and Patricia Barry, of St. Anne, and Nicholas Barry, of Bourbonnais; three daughters and one son-in-law, Marilyn and Leonard Mulcahy, of Kankakee, Marian Barry, of Mesa, and Bernadette "Barbara" Barry, of San Diego; 28 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Catherine Linquist, of Santa Clara, Calif., and Joan Clary, of Kewanee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Madonna and Mary; and two brothers, Robert and Lawrence.

Please sign his guestbook at clancygernon.com. (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 18, 2011

Patricia A. "Pat" Maicach - Goose Lake

Patricia A. "Pat" Maicach, 58, of Goose Lake, and sister of a Piper City resident, Michelle (Kevin) Zanardelli, died Wednesday (Nov. 16, 2011) at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 S. Kankakee St., Coal City. The Rev. Robert Noesen will officiate.

Memorials may be made to COPE Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 801, Channahon, IL 60410. For more information about the organization, visit www.COPErescue.org or call 815-773-4340. Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd., Coal City, is in charge of arrangements.

Please sign her guestbook at reevesfuneral.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 18, 2011

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ronald K. Michels - St. Anne


Ronald K. Michels, 52, of St. Anne, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 16, 2011) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. A gathering time for family and friends to honor Ron and his life's legacy will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Aroma Park American Legion Post 1019, 739 S. Sandbar Road, Aroma Township. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to AMVETS. Cremation rites have been accorded, and burial will be held at a later date. Schreffler Life Story Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Michels worked in the maintenance department at Conair Corp. in Rantoul for 15 years, retiring in 2006. He was born Dec. 24, 1958, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of John Sr. and Gloria Phelps Michels. He was affiliated with Grace Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved to fish.

Surviving are his parents, of St. Anne; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Randy Michels, of St. Anne, and John Jr. and Patricia Michels, of Pinckneyville; six nieces and nephews; and some great-nieces and great-nephews. Ron was loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Please sign his guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 18, 2011

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Hazel Elizabeth Castle - Watseka

Hazel Elizabeth Castle, 76, of Watseka, passed away Saturday (Nov. 12, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to Carle Auxiliary, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, IL 61801. Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Elkton, Md., the daughter of Hugh Evans and Maryetta Samson Cantler. Her husband, Paul Castle, whom she married Sept. 16, 1964, in North East, Md., preceded her in death Oct. 20, 1971.

Surviving are one son, John M. Apgar, of Lindenhurst; and three sisters, Mary Rose Stepo and Fay Cox, both of North East, and Barbara Parrot, of Havre de Grace, Md.

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

Please sign her guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.  (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 17, 2011

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Joseph Edward Tanner - Beaverville

Memorial services for Joseph Edward Tanner, 64, of Beaverville, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Leggett Funeral Home in Hopkins Park. Cremation rites have been accorded. Mr. Tanner died Nov. 8, 2011, at his home.

Please sign his guestbook at leggettfuneral.net.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 17, 2011

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Eunice JoAnn Gibb - Pontiac


Eunice JoAnn (Spray) Gibb, 74, of Pontiac, formerly of Chatsworth, died Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2011) at her home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until the 1 p.m. funeral services at the Martin Funeral Home in Pontiac. The Rev. Ray Owens will officiate.

Burial will be in South Side Cemetery, Pontiac. Memorials may be made in her name to the Pontiac Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 886.

Please sign her guestbook at martin-funeralhomes.com.


Source: The Daily Journal - November 17, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dorothy Rowena McNeely Coffman Hester - Toano VA


God called Dorothy Rowena McNeely Coffman Hester, 94, of Toano, Va., formerly of Bradley, home Friday (Nov. 11, 2011) in Williamsburg, Va. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. The Rev. Andrew Anthony will officiate.

Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens, Aroma Township. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Bradley.

Ms. Hester was a secretary for State Farm Insurance for 23 years. She was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Davison, Mich., the daughter of Lewis Franklin and Amanda Julia Maloney McNeely. She grew up in Chatsworth, Ill. She was a lifelong Methodist who loved gardening and entertaining her family and friends. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 766 for 35 years.

Surviving are one son, Darryl Coffman, of Normal; two daughters, Joyce Coffman Robbins, of Bourbonnais, and Shirley Coffman Long, of Virginia; and one stepdaughter, Jane Hester Hirt, of Bourbonnais.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Myrtle McNeely Read, Ruth McNeely Kesler and Dolores McNeely Friedman; and infant daughter; two stepdaughters, Susan Hester Dermody and Betty Hester Clough; and five grandchildren.

Please sign her guestbook at clancygernon.com. (Pd.)


Source: The Daily Journal - November 16, 2011

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