Local Obituaries for February 26, 1997
BATH, Maine - Donald R. Arnold, 39, of Bath, Maine, native and relative of area residents, died suddenly Feb. 16, 1997 in Bath. Services were held Feb. 19 in Bath.
He was born Nov. 3, 1957 in Kankakee, the son of Donald G. and Shirley Upton Arnold, who survive.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Marge Decker, one son Donald J. Arnold and one daughter, Jennifer M. Arnold, all of Bath; two brothers, Rick Arnold of Van Buren, Ark., and Bill Arnold of Kankakee; one sister, Dana Bowen of Kankakee; half-brothers, Ernie Arnold of Watseka and Nathan Arnold of Kankakee; paternal grandfather, Welty Arnold of Indianapolis, Ind.; uncles and aunts and nieces and nephews.
CRESCENT CITY - Larry D. Boyer, 49, of Crescent City, was called to his eternal rest Tuesday (Feb. 25, 1997) at the Iroquois Residents Home in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Friday at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth, where he was a member. The Revs. Mark Nordman and Curt Boyer will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth.
Memorials may be made to Crescent City EMTs.
He was born Sept. 6, 1947 in Watseka, the son of Delbert and Winona Sorensen Boyer.
He was a 1965 graduate of Crescent-Iroquois High School and was employed as a driver for Sea Sprite and a meat-cutter in Gilman.
Surviving are his wife, the former Michele Trasatti, whom he married June 1, 1980 in Woodworth; his mother, Winona Boyer of Lawrence, Mich.; two brothers, Rev. Curt Boyer of Snellman, Minn., and Dennis Boyer of Crescent City; one sister, Lisa Boyer of Lawrence; two nieces, Cheri Rogers and Amy Boyer of Bourbonnais; two great-nieces, Abigail and Rebecca Rogers of Bourbonnais; and his father-and mother-in- law, Al and Verna Trasatti of Galt, Calif.
His father is deceased.
Services for Genevieve E. ''Gen'' Potter, 92, of Kankakee, are to be private, with the Rev. Kent Tarpley officiating.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Mrs. Potter died Monday (Feb. 24, 1997) at Manor Care Health Services.
She was born Nov. 27, 1904 in Kankakee, the daughter of Milton and Minnie Kirchman Potter.
Miss Potter was employed for 55 years as an office worker at Kroehler Manufacturing, Bradley.
Surviving are one sister-in-law, Adelaide Potter of Kankakee; nephews, William, Richard and James Potter of Kankakee; and nieces, Barbara Dumey of bourbonnais and Nancy Born of Bradley.
Deceased are two brothers, William and Emory Potter and one sister, Lorraine Jackson.
She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. Paul's and enjoyed playing bridge and gardening.
GILMAN - Roselda Julia ''Granny'' Finnegan, 63, of Gilman, died today (Feb. 26, 1997) at Iroquois Medical Center in Watseka.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Connie Williams Moodie will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
She was born Oct. 12, 1933 in Beecher, the daughter of William and Talitha Becker.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Connie Finnegan of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Joe Harriman of Smyrna, Tenn.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Belle and George Millar of Peotone and Cynthia and Floyd Naese of Kankakee; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; her husband, Joseph Finnegan; one granddaughter Diana; and one sister, Leora Young.
She was a member of United Zion Church of Christ in Gilman.
Mrs. Finnegan retired from Littel Fuse in Watseka where she was an assembler.
She enjoyed gardening.
DWIGHT - Julia S. Gantzert, 78, of Dwight, died today (Feb. 26, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home Ltd., Dwight.
SHELDON - Visitation for Edgar A. Buckley, 93, of Sheldon, will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, with Masonic services at 7 p.m. and from noon Friday until the 1 p.m. services all at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon. The Rev. Norman Kao will officiate.
Burial will be in Sheldon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Keller House and R.P. Roberts Friendship Home.
Mr. Buckley died Monday (Feb. 24, 1997) at Sheldon Meadows Nursing Center.
Mr. Buckley retired in 1976 from farming. He was a member of the Iroquois County Farm Bureau and a former Sheldon School Board member.
He also was a member of the Sheldon Lions Club, Sheldon Masonic Lodge, Valley of Danville Scottish Rite, Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield, the Iroquois Valley Shrine Club, and original board member of the R.P. Roberts Friendship Home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1903 in Sheldon, the son of Alonzo and Calistia Martha Hickman Buckley.
His wife, the former Dorothy Drake, whom he married Aug. 16, 1922 in Watseka. She died Oct. 3, 1973.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Buckley of Watseka ane Linda Ewing of Roscoe; one son, Alan Buckley of Crescent City; two grandchildren, Sheryl Hansen of Marquette Heights and Michael Buckley of Peoria; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, one sister and one daughter.
He was a member of United Church of Sheldon.
RANKIN - Rebekah Barr, 96, of Rankin, died Teusday (Feb. 25, 1997) at Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Rankin, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Robert Greene will officiate.
Burial will be in Rankin Union Cemetery, Rankin.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church or to the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 21, 1900 in Ford County, the daughter of John and Louella Flora Newkirk.
Her husband, Lawrence D. Barr, whom she married Aug. 24, 1920 in Covington, Ind., died March 16, 1984.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rankin.
Mrs. Barr had been a grocery store clerk and a nurse's aide at Ford County Nursing Home.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Virginia Barr of Rankin and D.J. and Joanne Barr of Sun Lake, Ariz.; one daughter and son-in-law, LaRee and Roger Jacobson of Aurora; three sisters, Della Barr of Rankin, Boeneta Smith of Paxton and Byrnina Crane of Rantoul; nine grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; three step-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, John; one sister, Nellie; and one son, Ronald.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Senior Women's Club, both of Rankin.
MILFORD - Pamela Sprehe, 44, of Milford, died today (Feb. 26, 1997) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford.
Visitation for Lucille Landfair, 67, of Kankakee, will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Funeral Home, where services will be at 1 p.m. Friday. The Rev. James E. Richards will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Mrs. Landfair died Feb. 19, 1997 at Vencor Hospital, Northlake, following a long illness.
She was born May 6, 1929 in Grenada, Miss., the daughter of Clyde and Betty Ola Foster Dickens.
Her husband, Oscar Landfair, whom she married in Grenada, is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Walter Landfair of Kankakee, Daniel Landfair of Memphis, Tenn., and Charles and Josie Dickerson of Romulus, Mich.; one brother, Gene Dickerson of Greenwood, Miss.; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are two daughters, Cathy and Alice Landfair and one son, Clyde Landfair.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church, Kankakee.
Mrs. Lanfair retired as a housekeeper from St. Mary's Hospital.
WATSEKA - Viola Elizabeth Hartman, 76, of Watseka, died Tuesday (Feb. 25, 1997) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were by Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
She was born Aug. 13, 1920 in Gilman, the daughter of Henry and Louise Kraft.
Her husband, Charles Hartman, whom she married May 4, 1951 in Papineau, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Greg Cavanaugh of Watseka; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Two sons are also deceased.
She was of the protestant faith.
Christopher Douglas Youngblood, 11, of Bourbonnais, died Tuesday (Feb. 25, 1997) at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, and from 12:30 p.m. Thursday until the 1:30 p.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kankakee. The Rev. Jim Schouweiler will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the Christopher Youngblood Memorial Fund.
He was born June 8, 1985 in Fort Myers, Fla., the son of James F. and Kimberly Emberton Youngblood III.
He had been a fourth grade student at Bridgman Elementary School, Bridgman, Mich.
Surviving are his mother, Kimberly Nicholson of Bourbonnais; one sister and one brother at home, Kyna Youngblood and Kayden Nicholson; maternal grandparents, Jim and Diana Kamp of Kankakee and Joe Emberton of Florida; paternal grandparents, Jim and Rose Youngblood of Florida; maternal great-grandparents, Gene and Colleen Morrison of Missouri; paternal great-grandmother, Eileen Youngblood of Florida; and several aunts and uncles.
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Robert E. Corlett, 94, of New Port Richey, Fla., Bourbonnais native, died Jan. 31, 1997 at his home.
He was born June 20, 1902 in Bourbonnais, the son of Arthur and Eliza Ann Corlett.
He farmed in the area many years prior to moving to Chicago, where he was employed as a truck driver for Zallar Brothers Tobacco. He retired to Florida in 1979.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Wynne, whom he married May 18, 1921; three sons, Francis of Port Richey, Fla., Robert of Holiday, Fla., and Richard of New Port Richey; one daughter, Shirley Pheifer of Hometown, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in the Kankakee area.
Deceased are children, Juanita Wanat, Gracie and Winfield Corlett and two great-grandsons, Ryan and Justin Corlett.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 5 at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Holiday, Fla.
Burial was in New Port Richey. Pallbearers were grandsons, Jerome DeBeltz, Duane and Terry Corlett, Rick Cornish, Bruno Wanat Jr. and Henry Wilson.