Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for April 12, 1998


J. Harold Edwards

WATSEKA - J. Harold Edwards, 81, of Watseka, died Saturday (April 11, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.

Lewis Brooke Sr.

HOMEWOOD - Lewis V. Brooke Sr., 79, a Homewood resident for 20 years, died Friday (April 10, 1998) at Frankfort Terrace Nursing Home, Frankfort.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 2 p.m. services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. The Rev. David MacDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Shrontz Cemetery, Momence. Pallbearers will be Leroy Brooke Sr., Donald Brooke, Lewis Brooke Jr. and Dan Tiegler.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born June 3, 1918 in Kentland, Ind., the son of Leonard V. and Marie McCord Brooke. His parents are deceased along with a grandson, LeRoy V. Brooke Jr.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Ellen Golding, whom he married Oct. 25, 1940 in Morroco, Ind., now of Homewood; four sons and daughters-in-law, Leroy V. and Marge Brooke Sr. of Peotone, Lewis V. and Bernice Brooke Jr. of Franklin Grove, Donald and Joan Brooke of Madison, Wis., and Daryle J. and Karen Brooke of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Charles Cook of Harvey; five grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Amy Brooke of McHenry.
Mr. Brooke retired after 30 years as supervisor for Allis Chalmers.

Bert Baker

Bert Baker, 83, of Wharcliffe, W.Va., formerly of Momence, died Monday (April 6, 1998) at Logan, W.Va.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the 2 p.m. services at Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home in St. Anne. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
He was born April 3, 1915 in Momence, the son of Cornelius and Jennie Ritsema Baker.
His first wife, the former Leotha Manny, whom he married April 28, 1942, died Feb. 24, 1982.
Surviving are his wife, the former Polly Baisden, whom he married Dec. 21, 1983; one daughter, Genola Chinn of Momence; two stepsons, Roy Messer of Florida and Ira (Rebecca) Messer of West Virginia; two stepdaughters, Eloise (Jack) Diamond of Florida and Irene (John) Tofer of West Virginia; one sister and brother-in-law, Sadie and John Leensvaart of Inverness, Fla.; three grandchildren, Terry and Carol Chinn of Bourbonnais, Gary and Pegg Chinn of Naperville and Cheryl and Ray Laney of Momence; and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Baker was a retired farmer in the Wichert area, and was also retired from Armour Pharmaceutical, Kankakee.

Lillian Sites

ST. JOSEPH, Ill. - Lillian I. Sites, 81, of St. Joseph, a mother of a Milford resident, died Friday (April 10, 1998) at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Freese Funeral Homes, 302 E. Grand in St. Joseph.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in St. Joseph, where she was a member. The Rev. Ken Fetters and Jim Kruse will officiate.
Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Body Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the Illini Christian Children Home or Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo.
She was born May 18, 1916, at Bertrand, Okla., the daughter of Bretz and Jenny Simmons Wiggs.
Her husband, E. Forest Sites, whom she married July 2, 1933, died Nov. 22, 1968.
Surviving are four sons and one daughter-in-law, William L. and LaVerne Sites of Austin, Texas, George Sites of Bloomington, Ind., Dan Sites of Warrenton, Mo. and Rod Sites of Boonville, Mo.; two daughters, Ethel Fargusson of Decatur and Edwina Conley of Milford; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Deceased are one son, one grandson, one great-granddaughter and three sisters.
She received an associate of arts degree from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, Mo. She was a longtime Stanley Home Products dealer, worked for many years at the Prairie State Christian Camp in Watseka and was employed for several years at Illini the Christian Children's Home in St. Joseph.
She was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

William Von Drehle

LINCOLN, Ill., - William C. F. Von Drehle, 78, of Lincoln, a relative to residents of Gilman and Bourbonnais, died Thursday (April 9, 1998) at his home.
Mr. Von Drehle was a tool and die maker for Revere Copper and Brass.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Clarence Gall will officiate.
Burial will be in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Central Illinois.
He was born Feb. 8, 1920 in rural Lincoln, the son of William D.H. and Magdalena Schneider Von Drehle. His parents and one sister are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Doris Denning, whom he married March 29, 1943 in Clearwater, Fla., now of Lincoln; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bill and Sue Von Drehle of Gilman, John Von Drehle of Lincoln and Terry and Valerie Von Drehle of Decatur; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Ron Davis of Bourbonnais and Doris Jean and Michael Zink of Normal; one sister, Esther Cattron of Heyworth; 14 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He was a member of the V.F.W. of Heyworth and the Barbershop Quartet (SPEBSQSA).

Deborah Balgeman

HOFFMAN ESTATES - Deborah Ruth Balgeman, 40, was called to her eternal home by our Lord on April 8, 1998, late Wednesday evening. She went peacefully at her home in Hoffman Estates, Ill., after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 9, 1957 in Mobile, Alabama.
Debbie was a dedicated teacher at St. Peter's Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, Ill., daily reminding her preschool pupils that, ''Jesus loves you, and so do I.'' She also taught at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Kankakee, Ill. and Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, Ill. Debbie will be remembered by thousands for her love of the children and the Lord.
Debbie was also employed by Desiree's Stamps and Crafts in Palatine, Ill., where she also taught several stamping classes, including birthday parties for children. She was an active member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Barrington, Ill., and a member of the Palatine Jaycees.
During Debbie's teaching years, she was also involved in coaching a variety of athletic teams in the elementary school, including volleyball and basketball.
Debbie graduated from Concordia College in Steward, Neb., with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1979 and a master of arts degree in elementary education in 1983.
Debbie is survived by her husband of nearly 14 years, Bob Balgeman of Hoffman Estates, Ill., son of Eldon and Ruth Balgeman of Kankakee. She is also survived by her father and mother, the Rev. Thomas and Martha Glammeyer of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Diane (Nelson) Muhoberac of Houston and Rachel Glammeyer of Buffalo, N.Y.; a brother, Timothy (Michelle) Glammeyer of Portland, Tenn.; and 14 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 East Northwest Highway in Palatine.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 111 West Olive Street in Arlington Heights.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington, following the services.
In lieu of flowers, Debbie has asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Peter's Lutheran School in Arlington Heights. If preferred, memorial contributions may be given to another educational institution or to the American Cancer Society, 625 North Court, Suite 280 in Palatine, Ill., 60067.

Lawrence Winge,

World War II vet
Visitation for Lawrence M. Winge Sr., 78, of Bourbonnais, will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kankakee, where he was a member. The Rev. Mark Peters will officiate.
Burial with military rites will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Options Center for Independent Living or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Mr. Winge died Friday (April 10, 1998) at R.M. Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, after a short illness.
He was born March 23, 1920 in Blanchardville, Wis., the son of Alvin and Ida Paulson Winge.
His wife, the former Irene Prince, whom he married Feb. 15, 1944 in Manteno, died April 15, 1997.
Mr. Winge retired in 1984 as a supervisor with Armstrong.
He was a member and usher at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps and flying the B-24 Liberator. He was a member of the Bourbonnais VFW.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Lawrence M. Winge Jr. and his friend Deb Cetar of Bradley, Don and Lisa Winge of Bourbonnais and Bob and Jill Winge of Chebanse; two daughters and one son-in-law, Joyce and John Latham of Bourbonnais and Donna Cavendar and fiance, Al Trefz of Steger; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Harry Winge and Pete and June Winge - all of Chicago - and Alvin and Mildred Winge of Aroma Park; seven granddaughters and four grandsons; three great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters; two brothers- in-law, Mel and Dorothy Prince of Bradley and Edward and Eve Prince of Talbot, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Prince in Bourbonnais and Belle Prince of Provo, Utah.
Deceased are one sister, Mina Evers, and three brothers, Robert, Everette and Howard Winge.
Mr. Winge was a member of Shamrock Golf Course; he hit two holes-in-one. He also enjoyed bowling and was a past member of the West Side Boosters.

Elizabeth Stinson

Visitation for Elizabeth J. ''Betty'' Stinson, 83, of Kankakee, will be from 1 p.m. April 18 until the 2:15 p.m. services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kankakee, where she was a longtime member and member of its St. Margaret's Guild. The Rev. Wayne Carlson will officiate.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's or to Riverside Medical Center.
Senesac Kankakee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Stinson died Nov. 2, 1997 at Riverside Medical Center.
She had been a resident of Kankakee since 1947.
She was born Sept. 10, 1914 in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of George H. and Elizabeth J. Hunter Rudy, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Charles H. Stinson of Kankakee, whom she married July 15, 1937 at Estes Park, Colo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Elisabeth and Gerald Anderson of Kankakee and Oak Brook Terrace.
Mrs. Stinson was a longtime real estate saleswoman employed by Key Real Estate and other realty firms, and was owner of Bellflower Antiques Shop for many years.
She was a 4-H Club leader.
Among her memberships and involvements were the Kankake County Historical Society, Twentieth Century Club, Kankakee County Association of Realtors, Minerva Club, Kankakee County Home Extension, Kankakee Kultivators Club, Kankakee Country Club, Kankakee Camera Club, Alpha Phi Sorority and Daughters of the American Revolution.
She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a bachelor of science degree in farm management.

Larry Burke

PEOTONE - Larry Noel ''Stoney'' Burke, 39, formerly of the Manteno/ Peotone area, died April 5, 1998 at Palm Springs, Calif., after a long illness.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Manteno at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or for Masses.
He was born July 25, 1958 in Chicago, the son of William and Gloria LeBeau Burke, who reside in rural Peotone.
Also surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Paulette Butler of Bourbonais and Judy and Doug Hescox of San Ramon, Calif.; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William and Kathy Burke of Niles and Noel Burke of Manteno; three nieces and five nephews; and three uncles, one aunt and cousins.
He was a 1976 graduate of Manteno High School, a 1979 graduate of Kankakee Community College and a 1981 graduate of University of Illinois. He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb.
Mr. Burke served in the U.S. Army. He was self-employed at Lincoln Park, Chicago, and then in California.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Maxine LeBeau and William and Mary Burke.