Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for April 25, 1997


Charles Tanner

Charles B. Tanner, 65, of Bourbonnais, the former fire chief in the village and an 18-year fire fighter there, died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at his home.
Mr. Tanner retired from the fire department in 1984 after serving as chief from 1979 to 1984.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 6 p.m. by Mayor Grover Brooks at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens in Metropolis.
Burial will be in Memorial Gardens, Metropolis.
''He was a real community person who took the fire department very seriously,'' Mayor Brooks said. Brooks served on the fire department as a volunteer along with Chief Tanner for years.
''He was respected by the men and very civic-minded,'' the mayor said.
In 1986, he was honored as the grand marshal of the Bourbonnais Friendship Festival.
Chief Tanner was instrumental in the early discussions about merging the Bourbonnais village and Bourbonnais township departments. For many years the Bourbonnais Village department was located near the triangle in Bourbonnais, across from Olivet Nazarene University. Now the two merged departments are located in a beautiful new building on Armour Road.
Ernie Mooney, the present Bourbonnais director of public works and former mayor, selected Mr. Tanner to be chief.
He ''pioneered the way'' for the unification, the former mayor said.
Memorials may be made in Chief Tanner's name.
He was born July 19, 1931, in Metropolis, the son of Ernest Sr. and Reaka Street Tanner.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dolores Harris, whom he married Dec. 26, 1952, in Arkansas; one son, Brian Tanner of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim LaBarge of Chebanse; one sister, Mary Henson of Energy; one brother, Bill Tanner of Metropolis; one grandson, Corey Charles LaBarge of Chebanse; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents; one sister, Louise Terry; and six brothers, Chester, John, Ernest Jr., George, Bobby Joe, and Sammy Tanner, are all deceased.
Mr. Tanner was employed by Illinois Fire and Police Equipment. He retired in 1983 after 30 years at Fisher Body Division of General Motors Corp., Willow Springs.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He enjoyed hunting and travel.

Art Vecellio

CARBON HILL - Art Vecellio, 91, of Carbon Hill, died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, where he was a member, by Rev. Mark Jendrysik.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood. Pallbearers will be Robert, James, Timothy, and William Crawford, Thomas and Jeff Herbst.
Memorials may be made in his name to the donors choice.
He was born March 8, 1906, in Carbon Hill, the son of John and Angela Jaicomo Vecellio.
Surviving are his wife, the former Victoria Vacca, whom he married May 31, 1927, at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Dorothy and Raymond Isberg of Plainfield, Anna Jean and Robert M. Crawford of Carbon Hill; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandson, several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Anton and John; and one sister, Flora Vecellio.
Mr. Vecellio was employed by C and N Railroad, Pennsylvania and Illinois Coal Mines, Joliet U.S. Steel Mill, Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, and retired from A.P. Green Refractories in 1971.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society at the church, and served on the Carbon Hill School Board.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Walter Voigt

Graveside services for Walter M. Voigt, 86, of Bradley, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bonfield Cemetery. The Rev. Oren Banks will officiate. A military service will be conducted by the Clifton VFW.
Mr. Voigt died April 15, 1997 at Bradley Royale Nursing Home.
Hertz-Thomas Chapel, Kankakee is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Hankey

MILFORD - Frank Hankey, 80, of Milford, died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford and one hour prior to the services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milford, where he was a member. The Rev. Raymond Harms will officiate.
Burial with military graveside rites will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church.
He was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Buckley, the son of John and Christine Osterhous Hankey.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sinda K. Stephenson, whom he married on July 12, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo.; one sister, Alma Schuldt of Milford; one nephew that he raised and wife, Richard and Judy Brassard of Milford; one niece that he raised, Elaine Davis and her spouse Bill Davis of Thawville; and several other nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and five sisters.
Mr. Hankey was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.
He was a 50-year member of the Milford American Legion, Watseka VFW, past commander of the county American Legion organization, past president of the Benton County Country Club.
He was active in several church organizations.

Emma Carr

SPRING HILL, Fla. - Emma Dierking Carr, 90, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Wednesday (April 23, 1997).
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Beecher. The Rev. Susan Brewer will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Beecher.
She was born Aug. 21, 1906, the daughter of Henry and Sophie Wehrmann Dierking.
Her husband, John Carr, died in 1959.
Surviving are one son, Gerald Carr of Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Dianne Hysell of Spring Hill, Fla.; one sister, Bernice Hasemen of Manteno; four brothers, Henry Dierking of Muskegon, Mich., Edward Dierking of St. Charles, Mo., Arthur Dierking of Beecher, Arnold Dierking of Red Bluff, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, one brother, and two sisters.

Lloyd Berkey

Services for Lloyd Berkey, 94, of Bourbonnais, were held at 10 a.m. today at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Home. Deacon E. Marcotte officiated.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Mr. Berkey died Wednesday (April 23, 1997) at the Bourbonnais Terrace Home.
He was born June 28, 1902, in Elkhart, Ind.
Surviving are friends, Joyce and George Grizzle of Kankakee, with whom he lived until he went to the nursing home.
Deceased are two brothers.
He had been employed by Steel Transportation in Ind. Harbor as a truck driver.

Stella Blanchette

Visitation for Stella M. Blanchette, 88, of Bradley, will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the rosary at 4 p.m. at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bradley, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph's Building Fund or the Parkinson's Foundation.
Mrs. Blanchette died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital, following a short illness.
She was born Sept. 30, 1908, in St. George, the daughter of Eugene and Regina Bouchard Granger.
Her husband, Francis A. Blanchette, whom she married Oct. 2, 1929, in St. George Church, died Oct. 2, 1993.
Surviving are two sons and three daughters-in-law, Maynard and Janet Blanchette of Kankakee, Vernon and Mary Blanchette of Manteno, Eileen Blanchette of Momence; one daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Harold Janssen of Broomfield, Colo.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Russell Cassidy, Bernice and Joseph Arseneau, all of Bradley; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Orville and Dorothy Granger of Bourbonnais, Edgar and Lucille Granger of Bradley; 14 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, and four step-great- great-grandchildren, and a special caregiver, Anna Dziurkiewicz.
Deceased are one son, Roland Blanchette, one grandson, Keith Blanchette, two brothers, Lloyd and Harold Granger, and one sister, Lorene Hebert.
Mrs. Blanchette was a member of the St. George Church CCW.

John Slager

SHERBURNVILLE - Visitation for John B. Slager, 84, a 22-year resident of Sherburnville and former 32- year resident of Dolton and the Roseland area, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park, and one hour prior to services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sherburnville Christian Church in Sherburnville, where he was a member. Dale Gravelle will officiate.
Burial will be in Sherburnviile Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Sherburnville Christian Church.
Mr. Slager died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at Columbia Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital in Olympia Fields.
He was born March 9, 1913, in Roseland, the son of Claus and Ruth Brons Slager.
His wife, Ruth Slager, whom he married March 9, 1935, at Bethany Reformed Church, in Roseland, died April 16, 1996.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Janet Slager of Crete, Doug and Cathy Slager of Crossville, Tenn., Claude and Doreen Slager of Rapid City, S.D.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Slager was an industrial engineer at the Ford Motor Co. Assembly Plant in Chicago for 35 years.
He was a volunteer fireman on the Dolton fire department for over 20 years and served on the Dolton Park Board for over 28 years.
Mr. Slager was a mason.

Mary Larkin

DWIGHT - Mary L. Larkin, 82, of Dwight, died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at her home.
VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Nuckolls

BLOOMINGTON - Robert R. Nuckolls, 71, of Bloomington, brother of a Kankakee resident, died Tuesday (April 22, 1997) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Services were at 1 p.m. today at the Warren Mortuary, Bloomington. The Rev. James Simms officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 29, 1926, the son of George and Ruth Ellen Johnson Nuckolls.
Surviving are his wife, the former Latrice Thomas, in Bloomington; one son, Glenn R. Nuckolls of Bloomington; two sisters, Verla L. Carter and Kathryn V. Nuckolls, both of Chicago; two brothers, George T. Nuckolls of Kankakee, Gerald Nuckolls of Chicago; and two granddaughters.
Deceased are two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Nuckolls was a postal clerk.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II.

Loretta Bretveld

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Loretta Bretveld, 71, of Chebanse, will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at 11 a.m. at Faith Reformed Church, Kankakee, where she was a member. The Rev. Del Belcher will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wichert.
Memorials may be made to American Bible Society.
Mrs. Bretveld died Thursday (April 24, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Hazelcrest, the daughter of Garrett and Lydia Koster Jager.
Surviving are her husband, Henry Bretveld, whom she married Jan. 16, 1946, in Wichert; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Marcia Bretveld of Kankakee, Kenneth and Sharon Bretveld of Beaverville; one daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Tennis Arseneau of Chebanse; two sisters, Mary Kuipera and Johanna Bittner, both of Hazelcrest; seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.