Local Obituaries for September 20, 1998
Jeannette A. Owen, 93, of Bradley, died Friday (Sept. 18, 1998) at Vencor Hospital, Sycamore.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, with a 5 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Bradley, where she was a member.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made for Masses.
She was born March 18, 1905, in Manteno, the daughter of August and Emma Ashline Saindon.
Her husband, Raymond Owen, whom she married Jan. 23, 1922, in Bradley, died April 5, 1985.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Annabelle Owen of Bourbonnais; one sister, Genevieve Williams of Peneville, La.; eight grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren.
One daughter, Gloria; son-in-law, Robert Oliver; and four sisters, Maude Ostrowski, Maybelle Chinski, Gladys Sharp, and Louise Saindon are deceased.
Mrs. Owen had been employed at the Bear Brand, Lil and Stan's Restaurant, Bradley, and was retired from the Joliet Arsenal.
She was past-president of the Bradley American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Bradley V.F.W. Auxiliary Mother's of World War II.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
CARTERSVILLE, GA. - Danny Lee Porter, 44, a resident of Cartersville, Ga., for one month, and former 15-year resident of Momence, died Wednesday (Sept. 16, 1998) from injuries received in an automobile accident in Cobb County, near Marietta, Ga. He had also lived in Indiana.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer, Ind., where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer.
He was born Aug. 5, 1954, in Rensselaer, Ind., the son of Ron and Betty Gilmore Porter. He was a 1972 graduate of Momence High School.
Mr. Porter had been a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was employed by Birmingham Steel Company as a rougher for six years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara L. Lunsford, whom he married March 29, 1995, in Kankakee; two sons, Mario Howard and Shane Porter and one daughter, Kasina Porter, all of Cartersville; a daughter-in-law to be, Jami Ross of Cartersville; one grandson, Ezra Howard; his parents, Ron Porter of Winamac, Ind., and Betty Porter of Momence; a grandmother, Mary Gilmore of Ga.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenny and Mary Porter of Bradley and Mickey and Ann Porter of Grant Park; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Sally Schmidt and Sandra and Don Kinney of Momence; three step-sisters, Doreen Anderson of Grant Park, Julie Colbert of DeMotte, Ind. and Leanne Wilson of Crescent City, Ind.
His stepmother, Shirley Porter, is deceased.
Fr. Raymond Grasso
NAPERVILLE - Fr. Raymond F. Grasso, 68, died Thursday (Sept. 17, 1998).
Fr. Grasso will lie in state from 2- 8:30 p.m. today, with a wake service at 7 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 145 E. Grand Ave., Bensenville, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday.
Entombment will be in Holy Family Mausoleum, St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.
Memorials may be made to the Diocese of Joliet, 425 Summit St., Joliet, Ill. 60435.
Arrangements are by the Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary, Elmhurst.
He was born May 22, 1930, the son of Joseph and Josephine Bosco Grasso.
Fr. Grasso was baptized at St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Chicago. Following schooling at Harper High School in Chicago, he entered St. Joseph Seminary in Elgin.
On Oct. 8, 1953, he professed Solemn Vows with the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites).
After completing his seminary studies at the Marianum (St. Alexis) in Rome, he was ordained April 6, 1957, at the Church of San Marcello Al Coroso in Rome.
His first assignment was to Our Lady of Riverside Seminary in Riverside, Calif. In 1961, he was named pastor of Seven Holy Founders Parish in Calumet Park. He then served at St. Dominic Parish in Bolingbrook (1965) and St. Mary Parish in Downers Grove (1966). In December of 1968, Father Grasso was incardinated into the Diocese of Joliet.
He was named pastor of St. Mary Parish in Paxton (1972), St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensenville (1973) and St. Patrick Parish in Wilton Center (1987).
In 1987, he became chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee. From 1996-1997, he served as chaplain at Edward Hospital, Naperville, with residence at St. Thomas Parish in Naperville.
Fr. Grasso retired to St. John Vianney Villa in Naperville.
DANVILLE - Walter Robert ''Bob'' Ritter, 71, of Danville, formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 1998).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Burial, with graveside military honors by the Wilmington VFW Post 5422, will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
He was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Danville, the son of Ernest and Maggie Pentecost Ritter.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Belle Powell, whom he married Sept. 25, 1946, in Danville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Charles Olson of Shererville, Ind., Mary and Bucky Rodgers of Wilmington; one son and daughter-in- law, Robert and Jean Ritter of Coal City; one sister, Edna Powell of Momence; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Nine brothers and sisters are deceased.
Mr. Ritter retired after 24 years as an operating engineer with Chicago Gravel Co. and was a former antique dealer in Wilmington.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
DOWNERS GROVE - Gail M. Behnke, 62, of Downers Grove, died Sept. 12, 1998 at her home.
Mrs. Behnke was a resident of the area for over 20 years, teaching in the Herscher Grade School. She had also been a secretary and market analyst.
She was born March 30, 1936 at Kearney, Neb., the daughter of Richard L. and Fordyce Brown Speidell.
She first married Bill Moss and in 1964 they moved to Kankakee. She moved from the area about 10 years ago.
Surviving are her husband, Donald Behnke; children and spouses, Richard and Sara Moss of Downers Grove, David and Kimpa Moss of Springfield and John and Cathy Moss of Oak Park; step-children, Chris Behnke, Suzanne Behnke and Donna Behnke Mattos; eight grandchildren; a sister, Joy Speidell of Gibbon, Neb.; and other relatives.
Visitation, memorial services and reception celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st St. at York Road, Oak Brook.
Memorials may be made to Love Christian Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 50, Clarendon Hills, Ill. 60514.
MINOOKA - Mary M. Keigher Fleming, 75, of Minooka-Channahon area, formerly of Manteno, died Friday (Sept. 18, 1998) at the Walnut Grove Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Blackburn- Lanagan Funeral Home, Channahon- Minooka Rd. For directions call (815) 467-1234.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Minooka.
PEOTONE - Kenneth Maves, 81, formerly of Peotone, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 1998) at the Prairieview Nursing Home, Danforth.
Arrangements are pending at the Fedde-Helfrich Funeral Home, Peotone.