Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for February 01, 1998


Henry Grinstead

SMITHS GROVE, Ky. - Henry Clay Grinstead, 90, of Smiths Grove, Ky., great-grandfather of a Bourbonnais resident, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Monday at the Hardy and Son Funeral Home, Bowling Green Chapel, Bowling Green, Ky., where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
He was born in Barren County, the son of Emmett and Annie Lewis Grinstead.
His wife, the former Myrtle Whalin, is deceased.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty Eskildsen and Delores Merritt, both of Bull Shoals, Ark.; three sons, Paul Grinstead of Bull Shoals, Ark., Donald Grinstead of Magalia, Calif., and Larry Grinstead of Denver; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, including Sherri Lynn Grinstead, of Bourbonnais; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Grinstead was a retired plumber and pipe fitter for Therma Trane Plumbing and Heating.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II.
He attended Lawrence Chapel Baptist Church.

Joseph Flynn

PALM HARBOR, Fla., - Joseph F. Flynn, 83, of Palm Harbor, Fla., father of a Bourbonnais resident, died Monday (Jan. 26, 1998) at Harborside Health Care of Clearwater, Fla.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Drive, Largo, Fla. 33770, or the Alzheimer's Association, 9365 U.S. Hwy., 19 North, Suite B, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33782.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Kathlyn S. Flynn; one son, John Flynn of Bourbonnais; two daughters, Mary Jo Renner of Palm Harbor, Ann Hollowell of West Point, Va.; one sister, Virginia Petrie of Sweetwater, Texas; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Flynn moved to Florida in 1981 from Buffalo where he retired as librarian for Burghard High School.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Dunedin, Fla.; and the American Association of Retired Persons.
He was a graduate and member of the Notre Dame Alumni.

Francis Downey

PUMPKIN CENTER, La. - Francis B. Downey, 65, of Pumpkin Center, formerly of Hammond, La., and a cousin of area residents, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998), at his home.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the Geisler Chapel, Hammond, La. and from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of services at 1 p.m. at Woodhaven Church of God, Tickfaw, where he was a member. The Rev. Bob Gray will officiate.
Burial will be in Woodhaven Church Cemetery.
He was born April 1, 1932, the son of Glover Francis and Louise Faber Downey.
Surviving are his wife, the former Shirle Pistorius; four daughters, Natalie Davis of Pumpkin Center, Karen Downey Kinchen of Hammond, Barbara Tate and Tana Crowe, both of Pumpkin Center; two sons, David Hooker and Michael Roscoe Downey, both of Pumpkin Center; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Deceased are his parents; and one daughter, Shannon Lynn Downey.
Mr. Downey was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a retired brick mason.

Dorothea Smith

WILMINGTON - Dorothea Amalia Smith, 77, of Wilmington since 1944, died Wednesday (Jan. 28, 1998) after a battle with leukemia.
She was born Feb. 2, 1920 in Ashland, Wis., the daughter of the Rev. Otto G. and Emma Brauer Hattstaedt. She was a 1937 graduate of Wausau High School.
Surviving are her husband, Earl Louis Smith, whom she married Sept. 14, 1941; four children and spouses, Christopher and Lois Smith of Wilmington, Timothy and Kitty Smith of San Diego, Calif., Nicholas and Susan Smith of Lincoln Park, Mich. and Deborah and David Houghton of Portland, Ore.; nine grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; a sister, Johanna (Orville) Beaulieu; a brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Otto H. and Carol Erickson Hattstaedt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Two sisters, Helen and Louise, are deceased.
She earned a bachelor's degree in English linguistics in 1966 at Illinois State University, Normal and a master's degree in library science in 1971 at the University of Illinois, Urbana. She worked as an English teacher and librarian at Troy Junior High School in Shorewood from January 1966 until her retirement in June, 1980.
She was active in the children's, youth, men's and women's groups at her church, as a choir singer and Bible class leader of Grace Lutheran Church since its formation in 1944. She volunteered as church librarian since the 1960s and was one of a small group of church quilters who provided nearly 100 quilts a year to Lutheran World Relief. She was Cub Scout den mother for five years and Girl Scout leader for 10 years.
Mrs. Smith began writing ''The Way We Were,'' a historical column, for the Wilmington paper in 1980. In 1982, while working as a volunteer docent for the Wilmington Area Historical Society, she started a series, ''On View for You,'' for the Free Press newspaper. The same year she began a regular weekly column, ''From Wilmington's Great Past,'' which continued through 1997. Mrs. Mary Jane Anderson, former Wilmington Public Library director, has been compiling an index of her columns for the Internet.
Mrs. Smith published two books on the history of the Grace Lutheran Congregation on the occasions of their 40th and 50th anniversaries. As necrologist for the Wilmington public library, she continued a project began by a former employee, Andy Bale, of providing a record file and preserving on microfilm every obituary published in Wilmington.
She served many years as a Freedom Writer for Amnesty International USA and was a sponsor for seven Asian children. During her many years of community service, Mrs. Smith received numerous awards and recognitions.
There will be no visitation or funeral; Mrs. Smith has donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, Chicago.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to her church.

Jeneva Friberg

Jeneva M. Friberg, 79, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, after a sudden illness.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Maternity Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the Moog Oral School for the Deaf, St. Louis, where her great-grandson attends school.
She was born March 5, 1918, in Chicago, the daughter of Leonard and Agnes Braschler Mastenbrook.
Her husband, Elmer Friberg, whom she married Aug. 24, 1940, in Chicago, died June 27, 1995.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Faith and Jack Beaupre of Bourbonnais; two sisters, Beverly Larson of Vandalia, Mich., and Virginia Johnson of Lockport; two granddaughters, Susan and Robert Lindholm of Highland Park, Nancy and Frederick Waldschmidt of Bourbonnais; and three great-grandsons.
Deceased is one sister, Harriet Evans.
She was a member of the Tuesday Book Review, Bradley-Bourbonnais Seniors, Riverside Twig, and the Quadrille Club.

Mary O'Connor,

Mary Ellen O'Connor of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, with a wake service at 3 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where she was a member, by the Rev. Donald Wehnert.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the Mary O'Connor Scholarship Fund at Bishop McNamara High School.
She was born Sept. 17 in Chicago, the daughter of Colman and Bridget Delia Connolly Welby.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Leo F. O'Connor, of Kankakee, whom she married Feb. 14, 1963, at St. Gertrude's Church, Chicago; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin M. and Gloria O'Connor of Riverside, Dr. Kelly and Linda O'Connor of Bradley; five daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie M. and Thomas A. Tisbo of Barrington Hills, Frances M. and Robert Marko of Hopkinsville, Ky., Shawn and Kelvin Noe of Fox River Grove, Angie and Thomas Holmes of Altorf, Erin E. and Todd Dressel of River Forest; one brother-in-law, Roman Grohwin of Chicago; one brother, Patrick Welby of Kankakee; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; one brother, Thomas Welby; and one sister, Winifred Grohwin.
She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Prep., Davenport, Iowa, and Loyola University, Chicago.
Mrs. O'Connor was the owner/operator of Pasta Plus Inc., Bourbonnais. She served as the director of the Restaurant and Catering Service. She was a member of the Illinois Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association, the Bradley- Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce, and was a licensed food handler.
She was a Broker/Realtor for McCracken Realty for 20 years, a 20- year member of the Kankakee Co. Board of Realtors, serving as President in 1986; served the board on many state and local committees; and was a lifetime member of the Bronze Award President's Club.
Mrs. O'Connor was a member of the St. Patrick Parent-Teachers Council, Provena St. Mary's Auxiliary, Eastside Junior Football, where she was chairman of fund-raising, Jaycees Little League, and was past- president of the St. Patrick CCW.
She was also a member of the McNamara High School Parents Club, Huddle Club member, co-chair of the 1st Annual ''Pig Roast'' Fundraiser and Spring Dance chairwoman and had worked on Mad- Caps.
Mrs. O'Connor was a member of the Tuesday Book Review Club, a 35- year member of the Kankakee Country Club, where she had served on the committee for the spring luncheon and was on the committee for the Directors Ball.

Ursula Robinson

Visitation for Ursula E. Robinson, 82, of Kankakee, will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where she was a member, by the Rev. Joel Fortier.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Robinson died Thursday (Jan. 29, 1998) at her home.
She was born May 24, 1915, in Kankakee, the daughter of Frank and Emma Drolet Cartier.
Her husband, Harry Robinson, whom she married Feb. 16, 1957, in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Bonnie Robinson of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Gerald Timmsen of Kankakee; one brother- in-law, Vernon Fortier of Kankakee; one sister-in-law, Pauline Cartier of Clifton; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Lionel; one sister, Genevieve; one grandchild, Diana Timmsen; and one great-great-grandson, Brandon Robinson.
Mrs. Robinson had been a retail clerk for Penney's, Alden's, and McClellan's. She was also a payroll clerk for General Mills.
She was a member of the Kankakee Homemakers Extension Association.
She enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Ronald Smith

Visitation for Ronald J. Smith, 52, of Bourbonnais, was from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Joel Giles will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mr. Smith died Thursday (Jan. 29, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, after an extended illness.
He was born June 27, 1945, in Kankakee, the son of Charles and Dorothy Allen Smith.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sandra Nowman, of Bourbonnais, whom he married July 16, 1971, in Kankakee; two sons, Charles Smith of Bourbonnais, and Troy Smith of Florida; two daughters and one son- in-law, Brandi Smith of Bourbonnais, Angie and Randy Heagle of Chebanse; one brother, Robert Smith of Bourbonnais; six grandchildren; and his mother, Dorothy Smith of Bourbonnais.
Deceased are his father and one daughter, Samantha Smith.
Mr. Smith enjoyed fishing and NASCAR racing.

Ervin Taylor

Ervin William Taylor, 75, of Bradley, died Saturday (Jan. 31, 1998) at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes and from 11 a.m. Tuesday until the time of services at noon. The Rev. John Hauck will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee
He was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Chatsworth, the son of John and Ethel Eaker Taylor.
Surviving are his wife, the former Zella Spaulding, whom he married Oct. 27, 1951, in Bradley; one son, Terry Taylor of Bradley; one sister, Alma LaGesse of Bradley; one sister- in-law, Carol Taylor of Kankakee; one brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Jean Taylor of Bradley; two grandsons, Matthew and Joshua Taylor; and one niece.
Deceased is one brother, Robert Taylor.
Mr. Taylor had been a Sheet Metal Worker for Local 265 for 50 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a member of Bradley Evangelical United Methodist Church, the Bradley V.F.W., and Local 265 of the Sheet Metal Workers.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and woodworking.

Mary Baron,

Mary Frances ''Blondie'' Baron, 76, of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Doug Hauber will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
She was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Kankakee, the daughter of Elmer Lyle and Emma E. Schutte Larkins.
Her husband, Orland R. Baron, whom she married April 2, 1938, in Valparaiso, Ind., died June 2, 1978.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Lyle and Joan Baron of Bradley, Danny and Dawn Baron of Phoenix; two daughters and sons-in- law, Marylin and Jay Martin of Bradley, Kay and Timothy Owen of Bradley; one sister and brother-in- law, Gertrude and Frank Tomastik of Wilmington; one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Gail Larkins of Sun City, Ariz.; several brothers- in-law and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Jerald; and one sister, Charlene.
Mrs. Baron had worked at J.W. Mortell for 32 years.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley and a member of the Bradley VFW Auxiliary.
She loved sewing, sports and ceramics.

Andrew Beegle, WWII veteran

CHEBANSE - Andrew R. Beegle, 80, of Chebanse, died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. Monday until the time of services at 10 a.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton. The Rev. Brad Blissett will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born May 25, 1917, in Mounds, the son of Royal and Minnie Beegle.
Surviving are his wife, the former Gerald ''Jerry'' Brown, of Chebanse, whom he married April 8, 1941, in Charleston, Mo.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Myra Beegle of Grand Prairie, Texas, Gary and Lori Beegle of Braceville, Gregory and Cathy Beegle of Chebanse; three daughters and one son-in-law, Linda and David Ulrich of Chebanse, Joyce Smith of Ashkum, Sharon Beegle of Kankakee; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers and one granddaughter.
Mr. Beegle was a retired serviceman for Kankakee Roper for 17 years.
He was a member of the Clifton Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge Chebanse, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Chebanse.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing and reading.
Mr. Beegle served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

John Dalle

MANTENO - Visitation for John D. Dalle, 83, of Manteno, will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, where Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m.
Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, Manteno, where he was a member. The Rev. Larry Moslener will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Dolton.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, the First Presbyterian Church of Manteno, or the Alzheimer's Research Association.
Mr. Dalle died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) in Chicago.
He was born Feb. 4, 1914, the son of Bortola and Teresa Carreta.
Surviving are his wife, the former Jeanette Dyke of Manteno, whom he married Feb. 14, 1942, in Chicago; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Carole and Don Owen of Bloomington, Paula Fadke of Carrollton, Texas, Judy and Mark Dalcason of Tinley Park, Joanne Mayfield of Nashville, Tenn., and Pam and John Brandon of Colleyville, Texas; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Gene Dalle.
Mr. Dalle was superintendent of the paint department at Ford Motor Co. for 22 years.
He was the owner and operator with his wife of Dalle Paint and Hardware in Dolton for 20 years. In his retirement his hobby was selling Harper Industrial Brushes for 22 years.
He was president of Dolton Volunteer Firemen for more than 20 years, president of the Business Association, and president of the Dolton Civic Association.
Mr. Dalle was a member of the Dolton Civil Service Board and president and long-time member of the Riverdale-Dolton Lions Club; a 30- year member of the Arcadia Masonic Lodge and a member of the Calumet Shrine Club.
He was director of the First National Bank of Dolton for 32 years.
He was a member of the Arcadia Lodge 1138 AF and AM, Lansing.

Eleanor Cuthrell

MANTENO - Visitation for Eleanor B. Cuthrell, 86, of Manteno, formerly of Grant Park, will be held from 3-8 p.m. today at the Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jack McCormick of the Manteno Church of the Nazarene will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Manteno Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. Cuthrell died Friday (Jan. 30, 1998) in Manteno.
She was born Nov. 21, 1911, in Aurora, N.C., the daughter of Leslie and Eva Dell Benson Watson.
Her husband, Mark Cuthrell, whom she married Aug. 1, 1934, in Aurora, N.C., died Nov. 28, 1988.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Janet Cuthrell of Mahomet; one daughter and son- in-law, Margaret and Dale Bjorklund of Manteno; two sisters, Bessie Land of Greensboro, N.C., Margaret Peterson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four sisters-in-law, Nellie Dalton and Edith Watson, both of Aurora, N.C., Blanche Cuthrell of New Bern, N.C., Louise Watson of Raleigh, N.C.; one grandson, Brian and Kelly St. Aubin of Manteno; two granddaughters, Michele St. Aubin of Manteno, Patty and Dan Smelcer of Mahomet; and three great-grandchildren, Zachary and Hannah St. Aubin, and Cassidy Smelcer.
Her parents; one son, Thomas Cuthrell; and four brothers, Archie, Benson, Frank and Walter ''Buddy,'' are deceased.
Mrs. Cuthrell had been employed at the Manteno Mental Health Center in 1952 where she was in the Activity Therapy Dept. in the Ceramic Room, retiring in 1974.
She was a member of the Grant Park United Methodist Church.

Joseph Regan

GALENA - Joseph P. Regan Jr., 69, of Galena, formerly of Oak Lawn, and father of a Bourbonnais resident, died Thursday (Jan. 29, 1998) after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at the Thompson-Kuenster Funeral Home, 5570 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gerald's Church, 93rd Street and Central Avenue, Oak Lawn.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
He was born May 14, 1928, in Chicago.
Surviving are his wife, Darlene; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Judy and Dr. David Krause of Bourbonnais, Donna Mrotek of Palos Heights, Sherry and Mike Arrigoni of Orland Park; one son and daughter- in-law, Joseph P. and Sheila Regan III of Cary; and 12 grandchildren.
Following a career in which he owned several automobile dealerships in the Chicago area, he came out of retirement in 1993 to become co-founder and managing general partner of Galena's award-winning Fried Green Tomatoes restaurant.