Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for October 13, 1997


Jimmy Johnson Sr.

ST. ANNE - Jimmy S. Johnson Sr., 81, of St. Anne, died Saturday (Oct. 11, 1997) at Watseka Healthcare Center, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Marion Price

Marion Price, 60, died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) at her home in Kankakee.
Services are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Fred Sawyer

CISSNA PARK - Fred W. Sawyer, 77, of Cissna Park, died today (Oct. 13, 1997) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga.

Donald Eastman

Donald E. Eastman, 66, of Bourbonnais, died today (Oct. 13, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

Francis Moritz

CULLOM - Francis R. Moritz, 61, of Cullom, died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Cullom, where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Scott E. Olson will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom.
Memorials may be made to the Cullom Junior Fair or to St. John's Lutheran Church, Cullom, where he was a member and had served as president of the church council and Sunday school superintendent.
Arrangements are by Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom.
Mr. Moritz farmed in the Cullom, Kempton and Cabery areas.
He had been a member for 16 years and former president of the Tri-Point School Board.
A longtime member of the Cullom Junior Fair Board, he had served as the beef superintendent. He was the treasurer of the Vermillion Special Drainage District.
He was born Feb. 28, 1936 in Benson, the son of George H. and Bernadine M. Waldschmidt Moritz.
He was a 1954 graduate of Minonk- Dana High School.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
His first wife, Beverly J. Donley, whom he married Feb. 22, 1959 in Cullom, died Sept. 16, 1986.
Surviving are his second wife, the former Karen E. Hendrix Siedentop, whom he married April 9, 1988 in Herscher; two sons and a daughter- in-law, Gary Moritz of Roberts and James and Sally Moritz of Piper City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and Gary Shelby of Saunemin and Sharon and Steve Haag of Cullom; three stepsons, Keith and Cindy Siedentop of Lawrenceville, Ga., Randy Siedentop of Herscher and Jeff Siedentop of Bradley; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers- in-law, Elizabeth Harms of Oldsmar, Fla., Eilene and Norman Young of Minonk and Alice and Stanley Ommen of Bloomington; three brothers and four sisters-in-law, Eugene and Patricia Moritz and Hilda Moritz, all of Minonk, Walter and Bernice Moritz of Cullom and Edward and Phyllis Moritz of Kempton.
Deceased are one brother, Harold Moritz.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Bradley.

Doris Beach

Visitation for Doris Evelyn Beach, 82, of Bradley, will be from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Lawrence Moslener of Manteno Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, where she was a secretary part of her 41-year career.
Miss Beach died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997) at her residence.
She was born March 24, 1915 in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Adam and Clara Dancaster Beach.
Surviving are two sisters, Viola Neubauer of El Paso, Texas, and Irene Dufrain of Hanes City, Fla.; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Fred and Paula Beach of El Paso, Texas, and John Beach of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are sisters, Marie Young, Mable Erickson and Hazel Monty; and brothers, Elmer and Leroy Beach.

John Kincade

MARTINTON - John W. Kincade, 52, of Martinton, died unexpectedly Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka emergency room.
Visitation will be from noon Wednesday until the 1 p.m. services at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Joe Hughes will officiate.
Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery, Watseka.
He was born Aug. 5, 1945 in Watseka, the son of Paul Raymond and Dorothy Simmons Kincade.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Beeney, whom he married Aug. 15, 1972 in Watseka; one son, John W. Kincade Jr.; and one daughter, Mabel R. Kincade, both of Martinton; three sisters, Jean Smillie of Livingston, Texas, Gayle Kerry of MOuntain Home, Idaho, and Ruby Ask of Sequim, Wash.
Preceding in death were his parents; three brothers, James, Ralph and Charles; three sister, Virginia, Patricia Ann and Patricia Ruth.
He enjoyed talking on the CB.

Marge Van Duyne

WILMINGTON - Marge M. Van Duyne, 77, of Wilmington, died Saturday (Oct. 11, 1997).
Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Francis Maher at St. Rose Catholic Church, Wilmington, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to Kuzma Cottage or to St. Rose School computer fund.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Farley, her husband, Claude, and one son, Danny.
She was actively involved in the plumbing and construction business for many years with her late husband.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Rita and Greg and Jo-Ellyn, all of Wilmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Claudia and Rob Wendel of Joliet and Eileen and Gene Tenn of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers- in-law and spouses, Francis and Katie Van Duyne of Coal City, Joe and Charlotte Van Duyne of Wilmington, LeRoy and Rose Van Duyne of Joliet, William and Elaine Van Duyne of Meza, Ariz.; five sisters-in- law, Betty, Joyce, Mary Turan and Millie and Lawrence Wallen, all of Wilmington, and Florence and John Jacklich of Arizona; and nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed boating and dancing and was a member of the Poker Club.

William Murphy

WILMINGTON - William P. Murphy, 77, of Wilmington, died Thursday (Oct. 9, 1997).
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Francis Maher at St. Rose Church, Wilmington, where he was a member.
Burial, with military graveside rites, will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Hospice.
He was a retired employee of the U.S. government and former owner of Murphy's Motel and Texaco Service station.
He was born March 22, 1920 in Wilmington, the son of Walter D. and Margaret Howard Murphy.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Ferne, in July of 1997; one brother, Benedict; and one sister, Lorraine Murphy Wilt.
Surviving are five sons and daughters-in-law, William and Barbara Murphy of Texas, Tim and Cheryl Murphy of Coal City, Pat and Bonnie Murphy of Pennsylvania, William and Mary Kasten of Idaho and Robert and Alta Kasten of Minooka; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Murphy Magee and Terry and Kasten Green of Joliet; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
He was a veteran of World War II in the Army, serving in the Italian Theater. He received a Bronze Star.

Virgil Rothrock

STREATOR - Virgil Noble Rothrock Sr., 69, of Streator, died Saturday (Oct. 11, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home in Dwight where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. John Beasley will officiate.
Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Mazon.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Mr. Rothrock was an International Harvester dealer for over 30 years and co-founder of the Rothrock Implement, Streator.
He was born March 30, 1928 in Saunemin, the son of Noble and Lola Skinner Rothrock.
He was a graduate of Saunemin High School.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Streator; the Illinois Retailers Association; the Rotary Club; American Legion and the VFW. He received the J.I. Case Sales Masters Award given to the top 50 salesman in the company.
His first wife, Erma Henderson Rothrock, whom he married Dec. 30, 1951, died July 6, 1986
Surviving are his wife, the former Janie Garner Wilkey, whom he married Nov. 30, 1991 in Dwight; one son, Virgil Rothrock Jr. of Streator; two daughters, Mary O'Brien of Peoria and Lynn Sands of Stanford; four stepchildren, Tom Wilkey of Danville, Vicki Ogg and Steve Wilkey, both of Dwight, and Janis Olson of Mazon; 11 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.

Deandre Rogers,

Deandre Scott Rodgers, infant daughter of Jaynia Rodgers and Andrea Dismang of Bonfield, was stillborn Oct. 9, 1997 at St. Mary's Hospital.
Among survivors are her parents; many aunts, uncles and cousins; grandparents, Michael and Diane Dismang and Darlene Peden; great- grandmothers, Opal Bisaillon, Callie Harris and Ruby Dismang.
Preceding her in death were her great-grandfathers.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wed. at All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Eva Hudson

OXFORD, Ind. - Eva E. Hudson, 88, of Oxford, Ind., mother of area residents, died Saturday (Oct. 11, 1997) at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Lafayette, Ind.
She moved to St. Anne in 1954 for six years, then to Bloomington for 14 years and for the past five years at Edgewood Manor in Oxford.
She was born March 7, 1909 in Mills Springs, Ky., the daughter of Ebeneener and Alice McLain Flynn.
Her husband, Oral Hudson, whom she married in July of 1928 in Hoopeston, died July 4, 1977.
Mrs. Hudson cooked and operated restaurants in Boswell and St. Anne.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Yuill-Shoemaker Funeral Home, Boswell, where visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be at Boswell Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Surviving are Clyde E. and Evelyn Hudson of Winchester, Ky., Oral and Dolores Hudson and James L. and Judy Hudson, all of St. Anne, Phil and Dianne Hudson of Normal, Bill and Carolyn Hudson of Battle Ground, Ind., and Sandra S. Brown of Bloomington; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers and three sisters.
She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and cooking.

Rev. Eugene J.

The Rev. Eugene Joseph Sullivan, CSV, 84, of Kankakee, former pastor at St. Patrick's Church of Kankakee, died Friday (Oct. 10, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital, following a short illness.
A service of the Greeting of the Body at Church will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, with visitation following from 3-8 p.m. at the church. A wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Robert Egan, provincal of the Clerics of St. Viator, presiding.
Burial will be in the Viatorian section of Maternity BVM Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Arrangements are by the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Homes and Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, both of Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Clerics of St. Viator.
He was born April 1, 1913 in Denton, Neb., the son of Patrick F. and Margaret Lowney F. Sullivan.
Survivors include a brother and two sisters-in-law, Harold and Lorene Sullivan and Mary Sullivan, all of Lincoln, Neb.; nieces, Gladys Meyer (James) and Sandra Yost (Steve), both of Nebraska, Genevieve Blaske of Kansas and Mary Goodrich of Colorado; nephews, Gerald Sullivan (Gladys) and Vincent Sullivan, both of Nebraska.
Deceased are brothers and sisters, John, Mary Barry, Timothy, Helen, James, Patrick, Edward, Bernard ''Dan.''
The Rev. Sullivan celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination in 1995.
His first parish was at St. Patrick's, as an assistant. After six years at St. Patrick's, Sullivan served six years as principal of Cathedral Boy's High School, Springfield. He then served two parishes in suburban Chicago before returning to St. Patrick's in 1961 as pastor for four years.
Following this, he was pastor of St. Viator's Church in Chicago for nine years and then pastor of St. Mary's in Beaverville 1973-78 before taking an assignment at St. Mary Magdalene's Parish in downtown Omaha, Neb., that enabled him to care for his brother until 1985.
After his brother Dan's death, Sullivan was assigned to Our Lady of Victory nursing home in Bourbonnais. He retired in August of 1993.
After retirement, he helped at the Illinois Women's Minimum Security Prison, visiting and distributing holy communion to the shut-ins. He also substituted as pastor at St. Lawrence's in South Wilmington.
He entered the Viatorian Seminary in 1937 and served at the Working Boy's Home in Chicago in 1939-1940. After going through the novitiate in Lemont, he arrived in Bourbonnais and entered St. Viator's College and was a 1942 graduate of St. Ambrose College, Danvenport, Iowa, receiving a bachelor's degree in Latin, and later a master's degree in education at University of Illinois. he also attended summers at DePaul University, Chicago.