Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for August 16, 1998


Frederick Price

Frederick Earl Price, 25, of Bourbonnais, died Thursday (Aug. 13, 1998).
Wake Monday at 3 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at Bethel Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul Mount will officiate.
Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
He was born Jan. 2, 1973, the son of Roderick and Brenda Simington Price.
Mr. Price worked for five years in the meat department at Kroger Supermarket.
He was educated in Baton Rouge, La.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lori K. Watson, whom he married Sept. 28, 1996 in Bourbonnais; one daughter, Breanne K. Price and an expected child; his father and step- mother, Roberick and Maxine Price; his mother and step-father, Brenda and Oreon Roberts; one sister, Kaya Foster of Bourbonnais; three brothers, Roderick Jr., Rashad and Brian Price, all of Kankakee; step-brothers and step-sisters, Angel, Trena, Robert, Carla and Tony Thompson, all of Kankakee; paternal aunts and uncles, Virgil, Rosella and Vernon Price and Ramona and George Smith, all of Kankakee; maternal aunts and uncles, Earl Leon Simington and Barbara Adams, both of Chicago; Robert Hannon of Michigan; Zachary Simington of Cincinnati, Ohio, Eula Simington of Norfolk, Va., Larry and Irma Simington of Joliet; and Gregory and Bindia Simington, Theodore and Darlene Simington, Charles and Regina Simington and Marie Simington, all of Kankakee; and grandmothers, Margaret Simington and Ruth Price, both of Kankakee.
Deceased are grandfathers, Earl Otto Simington and Vivian Thomas Price, and an uncle, Earl Lee Ray Simington.
He enjoyed music.

Rena Ruder

MONEE - Visitation for Rena M. Ruder, 92, of Monee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert Hurst will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Monee. Pallbearers will be Paul and David Haemker and Ronald, Richard, Robert and Gregory Ruder.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or Eastern Will County Senior Services, both of which she was a member.
Mrs. Ruder died Friday (Aug. 14, 1998) at St. James Manor in Crete.
She was born Jan. 7, 1906 in Orland Park, the daughter of B. and Bertha Copling Habenicht, who are deceased.
Her husband, Jake Ruder, whom she married in 1929, in Orland Park, died in 1988. Also deceased is a son, Robert, who also died in 1988.
Surviving are one son and two daughters-in-law, Louis and Norma Kay Ruder of South Bend, Ind., and Lois Ruder of Beecher; one daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Paul T. Haemker of Crete; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Henry Messier

CHICAGO - Henry J. Messier, 68, of Chicago, died Friday (Aug. 14, 1998) at Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.

Helen Krantz

PEOTONE - Helen Krantz, 87, of Peotone, formerly of Harvey for 40 years, died Saturday (Aug. 15, 1998) at St. James Hospice in Chicago Heights.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Fedde- Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Patrick Coakley will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Monee Free Methodist Church, where she was a member, past Sunday school teacher, youth director, steward and member of the Willing Workers at the church.
She was born Nov. 26, 1910 in Briceville, Tenn., the daughter of Abraham and Milly Slover.
Her husband, Clarence Krantz, whom she married Jan. 10, 1927 in Benton, died in 1995.
Mrs. Krantz owned and operated S & S Steaks in Harvey from 1961-1972.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Linda Krantz of Lowell, Ind.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Virginia and John Keith, Betty Garrett and Sharon and Fred Tetreault, all of Peotone; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Thelma White of Peotone; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a past member of the Homemakers of Peotone.

Charles Bitsky

PEOTONE/CRETE - Charles J. Bitsky, 78, of Peotone, formerly 18 years in Crete, died Friday (Aug. 14, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone, where services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday. The Rev. Michael Ginter will officiate.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth. Pallbearers will be grandsons.
He was born Nov. 3, 1919 in Chicago, the son of Charles J. and Agnes Kuratko Bitsky.
Mr. Bitsky was a machinist at G and W in Alsip, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone, and the Eastern Will County Senior Services.
His wife, the former Mary Grace Bitsky, whom he married Dec. 20, 1947 in Chicago, died June 18, 1997.
Surviving are sons and daughters- in-law, Joseph and Barbara Bitsky of Newport Beach, Calif., and Thomas and Lisa Bitsky of Lemont; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Stanley Pavesich of Peotone; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolores and Frank Jecmen of Georgetown, Calif., and Agnes and Leonard Undratis of Encinitas, Calif.

Thelma Perry

TUCSON/MANTENO - A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno, for Thelma Payne-Perry, 92, who died May 30, 1998 at the Balmoral Nursing Home in Tucson.
Her husband, Ezra, a daughter, son and a son-in-law, are deceased.
Surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Manteno United Methodist Church, where she was the oldest member.

Margaret Whitehead

Margaret Whitehead, 76, of Kankakee, died Friday (Aug. 14, 1998) at home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Arrangements are by the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
She was born March 2, 1922 in Demascus, Va., the daughter of Fred and Dolly Cress Lewis, who are deceased.
Her husband, Wilson Whitehead Jr., whom she married in Omaha, Neb., died Sept. 9, 1993.
Mrs. Whitehead worked for 15 years at General Foods.
She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Margaret Paquette and her special friend, Denis of Boulder City, Nev., and Barbara Jo Mason and her special friend, George of Bourbonnais; two grandchildren, Brian and Kristi Paquette of Reno, Nev., and Josh Mason of Bourbonnais; two great- grandchildren, Zachary and Emily Paquette; and a life-long friend, Sylvia Ulivi.
A daughter, Jeanne Schnorf, is deceased.
She enjoyed reading, traveling and fishing.

George Anderson

MILFORD - George E. Anderson, 85, of Milford, died Friday (Aug. 14, 1998) at Watseka Healthcare Center.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. Lee Ryan, at St. Edmund's Catholic Church, Watseka, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
He was born Nov. 6, 1912 in Martinton, the son of Charles O. and Julia Lemeaux Anderson.
He was a farmer. He also served one year as president of the Iroquois County Fair Association.
Surviving are his wife, the former Loraine J. Mathewson, whom he married March 31, 1940 in Watseka; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis and Edalu Anderson of Lakeland, Fla., and Wayne and Donna Anderson of Sheldon; one daughter and son- in-law, Nancy and Ray Langellier of Wellington; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, three half- brothers, and three half sisters.
Mr. Anderson served one year as president of the Iroquois County Fair Association.

Sophie Christiansen

PEOTONE - Visitation for Sophie M. Christiansen, 86, of Peotone, will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Fedde- Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, where she was a member. The Rev. David McDonald will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church.

Emil Eskengren

Emil Eskengren Jr., 74, of Springfield, a former Donovan resident, died Thursday (Aug. 13, 1998) at his home.
He was born May 12, 1924 in Donovan, the son of Emil Oscar and Margaret Tomb Eskengren Sr.
He served in the Navy 1943-46.
He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in civil engineering. He was employed by Frisco Railroad, July 1, 1949 at Springfield, Mo., and worked over the nine-state area, serving as roadmaster, division engineer, process engineer and manager of rail systems. He left Frisco in 1981.
He was involved with various community activities: Springfield Traffic Advisory Board, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Kiwanis of Ozark Empire, BN Retirees Association, Railroad Historical Museum Inc., Greene County Republican Central Committee, American Railway Engineering Association, Roadmasters and Bridge and Building Association, St. Louis Railway Club, University of Illinois Alumni Association.
His parents are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, Jane; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Brad Wright of Columbia, Mo., and Carol and Lou Juergens of Ballwin, Mo.; one son, Andy of Tacoma, Wash.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Walnut Lawn DeGraffenreid-Wood Funeral Chapel, Springfield, Mo. There will be no formal visitation but friends may call anytime after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial and graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Beaver County Cemetery in Donovan.

Michael Rexroade

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Michael Hamilton Rexroade, 37, of Santa Ana, Calif., brother of a Coal City resident, died Wednesday (Aug. 5, 1998) in the Western Medical Hospital in Santa Ana.
Cremation rites were accorded.
He was born May 2, 1961, the son of Buddy Victor and Lois Rexroade. He was a 1979 graduate of Mazon- Verona-Kinsman High School.
Surviving are his mother and step- father, Lois and John Runkle; two sisters, Michelle Rexroade of Tennessee and Brenda Rexroade of California; two brothers, Victor Rexroade of Coal City and Rick Rexroade of California; a step-brother, John Allen Runkle of Singapore; his paternal grandmother, Hazel Price of Michigan; a special friend, Verne Onman; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
His father is deceased.

Billie LaReau

BEAVERVILLE - Billie Gaye LaReau, 63, of Beaverville, died Saturday (Aug. 15, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in Beaverville where she was a member. The Rev. Robert Coleman will officiate.
Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Beaverville.
Memorials can be made to St. Mary's Church Restoration Fund or to the donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 17, 1935 in Nauvoo, Ala., the daughter of William and Susan E. Jackson Townley. She was married to O'Neil LaReau Feb. 11, 1956 at St. Mary's Church.
She had been a nurses' aide in Beaverville and Kankakee for more than 20 years.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Brent LaReau of Beaverville; a daughter, Linda Watts of Hoopeston and a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Bruce Suver of Woodland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Katherine and Don Young of Wyandotte, Mich., and Lois Dover of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lowell and Francis Lawrence, James and Lena Lawrence and Craig and Marsha Lawrence, all of Nauvoo; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.