Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for October 19, 1997


Helen Nims

Helen H. Nims, 76, of Gilman, died Saturday evening at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Kankakee. Arrangements are pending at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.

Neil J. Fahrow

Neil J. Fahrow, 68, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday at his home. Arrangements are pending at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

Irene Schneider

Visitation for Irene Marie Schneider, 91, of Kankakee, Limestone Township, formerly of Buckingham, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where there will be a 4 p.m. wake service, a 5:30 p.m. service by the Ladies of the Moose, and a 7 p.m. rosary service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by the Rev. Charles Wheeler.
Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Herscher.
Memorials may be made to the Limestone Township Fire Department, Masses for St. Margaret Mary in Herscher and St. Rose of Lima in Kankakee.
Mrs. Schneider died Friday (Oct. 17, 1997) at her home.
She was born Feb. 17, 1906, in Martinton, the daughter of Edward and Lillian LeSage LeCocq.
Surviving are her husband, William Schneider, whom she married June 12, 1928, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Robert and Phyllis Schneider of Lancaster, Texas, Lionel and Loretta Schneider of Clifton, Ronald Schneider, Jerome and Martha Schneider, all of Buckingham, Gerald and Linda Schneider of Springfield, Dennis and Janice Schneider of Bonfield; one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Creighton Coxey of Sterling, Texas; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Emile LeCocq and Melvin LeCocq, both of Kankakee, Edward and Willene LeCocq of Gun Barrel, Texas; sisters- in-law, Ruby LeCocq of Watseka and Marjorie ''Marg'' LeCocq of Kankakee; brother-in-law, Eugene Powels of Kankakee; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great- grandchild, three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Marylin Schneider; sisters, Marcella Powels and Iona LeBeau; brothers, Renie LeCocq, LeRoy LeCocq, and Leslie LeCocq.
Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Catholic church, St. Margaret Mary CCW, St. Rose CCW, and the Ladies of the Moose.
She enjoyed crocheting and playing cards.
Mrs. Schneider was employed by the Bear Brand for a time but primarily was a homemaker.

Joseph Belluso

Joseph I. Belluso, 86, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, with a wake service at 4 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where he was a member, by the Rev. Charles Wheeler.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the National Federation for the Blind.
He was born May 18, 1911, in Kensington, the son of Isacc and Assunta Barbieri Belluso.
Surviving are his wife, the former Annette R. Boucher, whom he married July 3, 1934, at Maternity B.V.M. Catholic Church, of Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Doris Belluso of Kankakee; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and John Lagacy of St. Anne, Sandra and Tom Terry of St. Paul, Minn., Kathryn and Dave Langevin of Fairfield, Conn.; one sister, Enes Pegorin Oedzes of Riverdale; three brothers, Nicholas Belluso of Atlanta, Ga., Victor Belluso of Kankakee, F. John Belluso of St. Louis, Mo.; 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Michael; two brothers, Russell and Edward; and one sister, Amelia.
Mr. Belluso was a retired employee of the Penn Central Railroad, working from 1942-1973 as a conductor. Prior to that he had worked for the Ash Grove Dairy from 1925-1942.
He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Railroad Trainmen, the United Transportation Union and the Gala Senior Bowling League.
He was a former member of the South Shore Golf Course.
Mr. Belluso was an avid golfer and bowler.

Earl McDermott WWII veteran

JOLIET - Earl N. McDermott, 85, of Joliet, formerly of Coal City, died Sunday (Oct. 12, 1997) at Meadowbrook Manor in Joliet.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fred C. Dames West Chapel in Joliet. The Rev. Richard Ross officiated.
Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.
Memorials may be made to his family.
He was born March 17, 1912, in Coal City, the son of James and Jessica Bilslund McDermott.
Surviving are his wife, the former Anastasia Smith, whom he married in 1945; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard and Bobbie McDermott of Arizona, Michael and Pam McDermott and David McDermott, all of Joliet; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna and Robert Anderson of Florida, Doris and Roger Lonergan of Joliet, Janice McDermott of Naperville, and Vivian McDermott of Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Shirley McDermott of Tennessee; one sister, Blanche Allen of Joliet; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three sisters, Fern McDermott, Elsie Withrow, and Genevieve ''Honey'' Cooper; and one brother, James ''Bud'' McDermott.
Mr. McDermott was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he developed a lifelong interest in aviation.
He was owner and operator of Earl's Auto Supply until his retirement.
He enjoyed crossword puzzles.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter in his youth.

William Krabbe

BEECHER - William L. Krabbe, 65, of Beecher, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) at his home.
Arrangements are pending at the Crete Funeral Home.

Cinderella Schroeder

MILFORD - Cinderella Schroeder, 92, of Milford, died Friday (Oct. 17, 1997) at Sheldon Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Wallace Waite will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Milford, where she was a member.
She was born Oct. 6, 1905, in Milford, the daughter of Joseph T. and Rose Parks Jones.
Her husband, Ora Schroeder Sr., whom she married Oct. 11, 1920, in Watseka, died Aug. 3, 1973.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Edna Schroeder, Ora Jr. and Mary Schroeder, all of Milford; two daughters and sons-in- law, Oraleen and Ted Boehm of Milford, Martha and Dr. William Keefe of Oakmont, Pa.; one daughter-in- law, Thelma Schroeder of Danville; 15 grandchildren, several great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, two sisters, four sons and one grandson.
She was a member of the Lutheran Women Missionary League Dorcas, where she was Flower Chairman for many years, and the Federated Grandmothers Club.
She loved cats and gardening.
She played dartball for the church team.

James Martin, WWII Army vet

WATSEKA - Private services for James F. ''Jim'' Martin, 78, of Watseka, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. Joseph Hughes will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Watseka.
Mr. Martin died Friday (Oct. 17, 1997) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Arlington, Ky., the son of Jim and Elth Bellamy Martin.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Jerry Martin, Kenneth Martin, and James ''Jr.'' and Nellie Martin, all of Watseka; three daughters, June Louise Huerta, Dorothy Alvarodo, and Trisha Walker, all of Watseka; four sisters, Louise Sturgeon, Virginia Lee Hardkock, Ann May Martin, and Doris Sue Hooper, all of Kentucky; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
Mr. Martin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
He had worked 40 years as a landscaper.
He enjoyed gardening and flowers.

Marion Jones

BRACEVILLE - Marion I. Jones, 69, of Braceville, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) at her home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Steve Kettelkamp will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
She was born Dec. 15, 1927, in Marseilles, the daughter of Arthur and Frances Cavanaugh Jones.
Her husband, Bobbie C. Jones, whom she married Sept. 3, 1948, died Sept. 26, 1997.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Linda Jones of Charleston, S.C., Jack and Becky Jones of Verona; two daughters and one son-in-law, Candy and Ron Byers, Bobbie Berta and her fiance Keith Powell, all of Braceville; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Peggy Jones of La Salle, Mardell and Joe Duffy of Peru, Helen Farrell of Marseilles, and Gayle Lesofsky of Mundelein; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents, one brother and three sisters.

Elijah Gray

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Elijah D. Gray, 35, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Oct. 15, 1997) in Minneapolis of natural causes.
Services are tentatively set for Tuesday at the Second Baptist Church, Kankakee. Arrangements are being handled by the Jones Funeral Home.

Delmar Cox

JOLIET - Delmar L. Cox, 76, of Joliet, and father of a Coal City resident, died Saturday (Oct. 11, 1997) at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Blackburn-Giegerich- Sonntag Funeral Home in Joliet.
Burial was in Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet.
He was born in Casey County, Ky., the son of Matt and Nora Lowe Cox.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ina VanDuke, of Joliet; one son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Denise Cox of Coal City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Jerry Loucks and Joan and Marvin Niedbalski, all of Joliet; three sisters, Betty Haney of Liberty, Ky., Pearl Burris and Beulah Schaffer, both of Muncie, Ind.; one brother, James Cox of Joliet; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are five brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Cox was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
He was a member of Cantigny Post 367 VFW, the Joliet Moose Lodge 300, and Caterpillar Retirees.
Mr. Cox retired from Caterpillar in 1980.
He was a Joliet resident most of his life.

Carole Christensen

LaPLACE, La. - Carole Lynn Walker Christensen, 36, of LaPlace, La., niece of a Watseka resident, died Wednesday (Oct. 15, 1997) at her home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services at 2 p.m. at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka. The Rev. David Bondurant will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 29, 1960, in St. Charles, the daughter of Daniel R. Sr. and Mary Catherine Pampel Walker.
Surviving are her mother and step- father, Mary Catherine and Harry Beebe of Clewiston, Fla.; one son, Ryan William Christensen of LaPlace; one daughter, Erin Victoria Christensen of LaPlace; two brothers, Daniel R. Walker Jr. of Old Hickory, Tenn., and Chief Steven J. Walker, U.S. Navy, of Kings Bay, Ga.; two aunts and four uncles, which include Mary Beth and Gary Cahoe of Watseka.
Deceased are her father and one sister, Susan Walker.
She was a member of the Lutheran church in LaPlace.

George Fanning

SHELDON - Visitation for George C. Fanning, 77, of Sheldon, formerly of Milford, will be from 3-7 p.m. today at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Fanning died Friday (Oct. 17, 1997) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
He was born May 9, 1920, in Milford, the son of Charles and Clara Clark Fanning.
His first wife was the former Hester Singleton Teske.
His second wife, the former Darlis Smith, died Feb. 15, 1992.
Surviving are his third wife, the former Nan Wesley, whom he married July 24, 1992, in Milford, of Sheldon; one son and daughter-in-law, George F. and Jean Fanning of Milford; two daughters and one son-in- law, Gloria and Barry Bell of Watseka, Jody Fellows of Charleston; one step-son, Charles and Jeanette Wesley of Watseka; two step-daughters, Neola Wesley of Pattersonville, N.Y., and Elsie Wesley of Goose Creek, S.C.; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and five step- grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers, one sister, one half-brother, and one half- sister.
Mr. Fanning was a retired employee of CSX railroad.