Local Obituaries for May 5, 1997
WATSEKA - Visitation for Charles L. Walwer, 59, of Watseka, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. John Coney will officiate.
Burial with graveside military rites will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to the Charles L. Walwer Memorial Fund.
Mr. Walwer died Friday (May 2, 1997) in Jefferson, Ohio.
He was born July 4, 1937, in St. Anne, the son of Charles W. and Grace Easter Walwer.
Surviving are his wife, the former Emilie ''Tina'' Altemeier, whom he married June 17, 1989, in St. Petersburg, Fla., of Watseka; his mother, Grace Walwer of Watseka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathrine and Wayne Schwartz of Hoopeston, Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; three sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Valorie Walwer of Watseka, Donald and Keiko Walwer of San Diego, Calif., Scott and Chris Walwer of Martinton; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Danny Mizer of Cleveland, Ohio, Debra and Donald Lynch of Jefferson, Ohio; one sister, Mary Fry of Winterhaven, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Walwer of Winterhaven, Fla., and Dennis Walwer of Watseka; and 21 grandchildren.
Deceased are his father, one son, Brian, and one sister, Katherine.
Mr. Walwer was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Watseka VFW.
BUCKLEY - Clara E. Hartke, 83, of Buckley, died Sunday (May 4, 1997) at Heartland Health Care, Paxton, following a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, and for one hour prior to the services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, where she was a member. The Rev. Gunard Heikkila will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Window Fund, Grand Forks Relief Fund, Lutheran Hour and St. John's Church.
She was born Nov. 14, 1913, in Buckley, the daughter of Louis and Elsie Weisenbarn Hecht.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer Hartke, whom she married Jan. 8, 1933, in Chicago; one daughter and son-in-law, Jeannette and Warren Winder of Milford; two sisters, Ruth Hartke of Zion, Delta Sprehe of Milford; three grandchildren, Gene Winder of Fowler, Ind., James Winder and Susan Ricketts, both of Milford; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one sister and one grandson.
She attended St. John's Lutheran School, Buckley.
Mrs. Hartke was a member of the St. John's Ladies Aid and a former member of the Buckley Flying Needle Sewing Club.
She retired after 19 years of taking the recorded church service to shut- ins.
SHELDON - Joseph L. O'Connor, 82, formerly of Sheldon, died Wednesday (April 9, 1997) in Logan, Utah.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland, Ind.
A burial service will follow at the Sheldon Cemetery.
He was born April 19, 1914, in Sheldon, the son of Thomas and Cora Brandt O'Connor.
His wife, the former Veronica Keller, whom he married Dec. 31, 1937, at St. Ita's Church in Chicago, died in 1982.
Surviving are three sons, Terence O'Connor of Hartsdale, N.Y., John O'Connor of Alpharetta, Ga., Brian O'Connor of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; one daughter, Carol Milner of Logan, Utah; one brother, Martin O'Connor of Allentown, Pa.; 11 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including Tom Kirk of Kankakee.
Deceased are two sisters, Mary Kirk and Louise Anderson; two brothers Daniel and John O'Connor.
His work was in sales promotion and advertising for Zenith Radio, Bendix Corporation and other firms.
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Frieda Milkereit, 89, of Valparaiso, Ind., formerly of Bradley and Monee, died Sunday (May 4, 1997).
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services at 7 p.m. at the Kosanke Funeral Home, 105 E. Indiana, Kouts, Ind. The Rev. Kathy Sweet of Kankakee will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Lemont.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born March 19, 1908 in Kiel, Germany, the daughter of Hinrch and Ida Hoflund Tasche.
Her husband, Karl Milkereit, whom she married Aug. 16, 1928, in Riverdale, died in 1966.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Gilbert and Carla Milkereit of Kouts, Ind., Roy and Phyllis Milkereit of St. Anne; three grandchildren, Karl, Eric, and Lisa Milkereit.
Deceased are three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation for Essie Hamilton, 90, of Kankakee, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Second Baptist Church where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Tyler J. Prude will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Eventide.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hamilton died Friday (May 2, 1997) at her home.
She was born March 16, 1907, in Forrest City, Ark., the daughter of Sammie and Mathan Sheldon Caldwell.
Her husband, James Hamilton, whom she married in Forrest City, Ark., is deceased.
Surviving are two sisters, Mayacia Spencer of Crossett, Ark., Evelyn Canada of Kankakee; one brother, Searcy Caldwell of Meadville, Pa.; a niece she helped raise, Barbara Caldwell.
Deceased are one sister, Nevelyn Sanders, and one brother, Lessie Caldwell.
Mrs. Hamilton was retired from nursing care.
She was a cook for a senior citizen program.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church Mission.
CHEBANSE - Harold F. ''Harry'' Barbieri, 34, of Chebanse, died Sunday (May 4, 1997) of injuries from an auto accident.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Lee Bacchi will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial fund has been established at Bank of Chebanse for his daughter's education.
Mr. Barbieri was master mechanic for 15 years with Lockwood Chevrolet in Herscher and was currently service manager.
He was born Aug. 14, 1962, in Kankakee, the son of Frank Jr. and Sharron Brenneisen Barbieri.
Surviving are one daughter, Veronica Barbieri at home; one stepson, Dylan Heil of Chebanse; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Gary Seedorf, Cheryl and Tom Goodrich, all of Chebanse, Paula and Todd Schoon of Clifton; one brother, Edward Barbieri of Chebanse; his parents of Chebanse; maternal grandparents, Edward ''Buzz'' and IvisBrenneisen of Chebanse; paternal grandmother, Mary Barbieri of Chebanse; nine nieces and nephews.
Deceased is his paternal grandfather, Frank Barbieri Sr.
He was affiliated with the Catholic Church.
He collected Budweiser memorabilia.
Sharon Lea Williams, 55, of Kankakee, formerly of Wilmington and the Joliet area, died Friday (May 2, 1997) at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Grant-Tapella- Freitag Westwood Memorial Chapel, West Jefferson at Essington Rd., Joliet where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee or King's and Daughters and Son of Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.
She was presently employed with St. Mary's Hospital (3 West) in Kankakee as the charge nurse.
She was a former instructor at Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, Joliet Junior College Adult Ed. Program for LPN's and was a clinician at Silver Cross Hospital.
She was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Joliet, the daughter of Harry W. and Ruth S. Cady.
Surviving are one daughter, Tori Rae Williams of Wilmington; her mother of Joliet; one brother, H. Smith Cady of Wisconsin; her former husband, Berl Gene Williams of Wilmington; four step-daughters, Kim Benson, Lori Lake, Patricia Paulson, and Diane Brownlee; and six step- grandchildren.
Deceased are her father and an infant sister.
She received an RN degree from Decatur Macon County Memorial Hospital, a bachelor's degree from Millikin University and her master's degree from Central Michigan University.
She served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force at Edwards AFB
FAIRBURY - Margaret H. Foster, 98, of Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury, died Saturday (May 3, 1997) at OSF Saint James Hospital, Pontiac.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury. The Rev. Stanley Rapp will officiate.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw.
Memorials may be made to the Dominy Memorial Library, Fairbury.
She was born March 17, 1899, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Ezra J. and Sadie Euline Betz.
Her husband, John K. Foster, whom she married June 30, 1926, died Jan. 11, 1946.
Surviving are one daughter, Judy Haas of Avon Park, Fla.; one brother, Homer Betz of Fairbury; six grandhildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Deceased are one brother, two sisters, and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Foster had been a resident of Fairbury since 1950 and a resident of Fairview Haven Nursing Home since 1994.
She graduated from De Pauw University in 1921 and taught high school French for five years before her marriage. She later worked at Record Printing, Fairbury, for 20 years.
She was a member of Fairbury United Methodist Church where she was a member of Dorcas Circle and the Optimist Sunday school Class.
She was a member of the Joker Bridge Club, Fairbury Hospital Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.
BRAIDWOOD - Justice Steven Carr, 15, of Braidwood, died Saturday (May 3, 1997) in Reed Township near Braidwood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., 389 E. Main St., Braidwood.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Braidwood, by the Rev. Bill White.
Burial will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.
Memorials may be made to a fund in his name at the Beverly National Bank in Braidwood.
He was born Jan. 9, 1982, in Gainesville, Fla.
Surviving are his mother and step- father, Donna Roe and Richard Fay of Braidwood; his father, Steven Carr of Crystal River, Fla.; two sisters, Meredith and Sabrina Gribble, both of Braidwood; maternal grandmother, Margaret L. Roe of Chicago; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Margaret Carr of Crystal River, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Mary Hoets of New York, N.Y., Charles Roe of Chicago, Melanie Carr and Rodney Carr, both of Crystal River, Fla.
Deceased is his maternal grandfather, Charles Roe.
He was a freshman at the Reed Custer High School in Braidwood.
He enjoyed fishing and rollerblading.
Everette Hodgins Jr.
BRAIDWOOD - Everette Lee Hodgins Jr., 14, of Braidwood, died Saturday (May 3, 1997) in Reed Township, near Braidwood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. George Hendricks will officiate.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood.
Memorials may be made to a fund in his name at the Beverly National Bank in Braidwood.
He was born Nov. 12, 1982, in Eustis, Fla.
Surviving are his mother and step- father, Lorra Shakelford and Robert Wolfenbarger of Braidwood; his father, Everette Hodgins Sr. of Sorrento, Fla.; one sister, Jeanette Hodgins of Braidwood; maternal grandparents, Jeanette C. Rodgers of Sorrento, Fla., and Kenneth Dale Baker of Bolingbrook; step-grandparents, Jack and Carolyn Wolfinbarger of Channahon; aunts and uncles, John Rodgers of Wilmington, John George Fodero of Joliet, Sylvia Neese of Rest Haven, and Hazel Wascial of Jacksonville, Fla.
He was a seventh grade student at the Reed Custer Middle School in Braidwood.
He enjoyed fishing and rollerblading.
Charles Ellison, 76, of Kankakee, died Saturday (May 3, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at 11 a.m. at Lax Mortuary. The Rev. Reginald Simmons will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens.
He was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Arkansas, the son of Charles and Pearl Toliver Ellison.
He was married to Alma Ellison.
Surviving are two sisters, Polly Anna Ellison White of Kankakee, Coral Ellison of Chicago; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Sandra Ellison of Hopkins Park; two special nephews, Daryl and Wayne Ellison of Chicago; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers and six sisters.
Mr. Ellison had been a security guard. He also had been employed with the railroad and the Palmer House Hotel.
He had resided in Kankakee since 1984 and enjoyed fishing.
A memorial service for Lillis Robertson, 78, who died Friday (May 2, 1997) will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley Methodist Church, Bradley.
LEESBURG, Fla. - Elizabeth ''Bess'' Tavares of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Campus, died Saturday (May 3, 1997).
Arrangements are pending at the Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight.
LIMESTONE Twp. - Della A. Wepprecht, 85, of Limestone Twp., Kankakee, died Sunday (May 4, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Allen Good will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Limestone Fire Department.
She was born July 27, 1911, in Cabery, the daughter of Edward and Lottie Reith Spies.
Her husband, Arnold Wepprecht, whom she married Sept. 12, 1934, in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Nyla J. Wepprecht of Kankakee; one sister, Thelma Scott of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one brother and sister-in-law, Gaylord and Lorraine Spies of Kankakee; two nieces and two nephews.
Deceased are one sister, Nellie Sadler, and two brothers-in-law, Henry Sadler and Ralph Scott.
Mrs. Wepprecht was retired from the Park-A-Tot Day Care Center.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee.
She attended St. Mary's Day Care.
MIDDLETOWN, Ky. - Stephen F. Yonke, 50, of Middletown, Ky, formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (May 4, 1997) at his home, from cancer.
Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Patricia Yonke of Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending in Middletown, Ky.
Johnie B. Montgomery, 63, of Kankakee, died Saturday (May 3, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church until the time of services at noon. The Rev. William H. Copeland Jr. will officiate.
Survivors include his wife, Aretta Montgomery.
Arrangements are by Lax Mortuary, Kankakee.