Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for November 30, 1997


John Robicheaux

John Robicheaux, 83, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Nov. 29) at the St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Lax Mourtuary in Kankakee.

Victor Chicke

MANTENO - A memorial Mass for Victor Chicke, 84, of Manteno, will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Fracaro, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church in Manteno.
Mr. Chicke died Thursday (Nov. 27, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born July 28, 1913 in Chicago, the son of Daniel and Christina Maxima Chicke.
His wife, Irene, whom he married Nov. 7, 1937, died July 28, 1993.
Mr. Chicke was a retired self-employed printer.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Victor and Bonnie Chicke and Raymond Chicke; one sister, Ann Peterson of Florida; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Walter and one sister, Lee.
A member of St. Joseph Church, he belonged to the Harvey Knights of Columbus.

Ernest Petersen Sr.

BEECHER - Ernest Petersen Sr., 93, of Beecher, died Friday (Nov. 28, 1997) at his residence.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Monday at the Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Susan Brewer will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Beecher.
Memorials may be made to the St. John's United Church of Christ, where he was a member.
He was born Oct. 28, 1904 in Chicago, the son of Christian J. and Meta Fensholt Petersen.
His wife, the former Agnes Larsen, died in 1982. Also deceased are two brothers and one sister.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ernest and Helen Petersen Jr. and John and Virginia Petersen, all of Beecher; one sister, Ruth Cain of San Dimus, Calif.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Petersen had been employed by a roofing manufacturing company.

Elmer Ebert

ONARGA - Elmer R. Ebert, 81, of Onarga, died Friday (Nov. 28, 1997) at the Gilman Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga, where services will be at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Charles Shelquist will officiate.
Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ahlzeimer's Association or to the donor's choice.
He was born July 26, 1916 in Onarga, the son of George Elmer and Tona Brill Ebert.
A lifetime Onarga area farmer, he raised Polled Herford cattle on his farm.
Surviving are his wife, the former Viola Weber, whom he married June 15, 1941 in Onarga; one son, Roger R. and Kathy Ebert of Onarga; two grandsons; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Bessie Buck of Seattle, Wash., and Veda Mae and Ernest Lewis of Gifford.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.
He was a member of the Onarga United Methodist Church, serving as finance treasurer of the church and Sunday School, on the Board on Trustees, and a member of the Pastoral Committee.
Mr. Ebert was superintendent of 4- H beef barn of the Iroquois County Fair in Crescent City, and 4-H leader of Onarga Warriors.
He served as chairman of the Red Cross Drive for Onarga Township, and was a 24-year member of the Grand Prairie Seminary, serving part of the time as chairman of the farm committee.

Carl Edmundson

BRAIDWOOD - Carl S. ''Kully'' Edmundson, 91, of Braidwood, died Friday (Nov. 28, 1997) at the Embassy Care Nursing Center in Wilmington.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik, at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Braidwood.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville. Pallbearers will be Roert Edmundson, Edwin Viglia, Ray Serena, Martin and Robert Corn and Ray Biniak.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Four Rivers Chapter, or to the Salvation Army.
He was born Nov. 23, 1906 in Gardner, the son of Nels and Mary Olson Edmundson.
His wife, the former Dominica T. ''Mayme'' Sandretto, whom he married Nov. 14, 1929 in Braidwood, died July 16, 1991.
He was formerly employed at the Peabody Coal Co. in Braidwood as a truck driver for 40 years.
A former Reed Township Commissioner and a former Precinct Committeeman for Will County, he was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, all in Braidwood.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Janet Edmundson Jr. of Blairsden, Cal.; one daughter and son-in-law, Marguerite and Martin Corn of Braidwood; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; one sister, Isabelle Hagan of Morris; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one granddaughter; three brothers, Norman, Odis and Harold Edmundson; and two sisters, Lena Olson and Sadie Olson.
He enjoyed golfing and hunting.

Otto Smolik Jr.

SOUTH WILMINGTON - Otto Smolik Jr., 87, of South Wilmington, died Saturday (Nov. 29, 1997) at Heritage Manor in Dwight.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Bob Maternoski will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.
Memorials may be made to the South Wilmington Emergency Squad.
He was born Oct. 12, 1910 in Braidwood, the son of Otto and Mary Barber Smolik Sr.
His wife, the former Elvira Hockings, whom he married Oct. 16, 1937, died recently, on Nov. 17, 1997.
Mr. Smolik was employed for more than 50 years with Smolik Brothers Construction Company. The company was founded by Otto Sr. and employed Otto and his three brothers. Following his retirement in 1973, he began Smolik's Saw Sharpening service.
He was a member of Carpenter's Local 195 in Peru and a member of the South Wilmington Fire Department for more than 25 years. He was a charter member of the South Wilmington Fireman's Park and Beach Club and a former board member for many years.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Mary Lou Smolik and John and Jean Smolik, all of South Wilmington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Beatrice Smolik of South Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Joseph, Henry and Frank Smolki, as well as four brothers who died in childhood.

Marvel Ball

Visitation for Marvel Ball, 88, of Kankakee, will be from 2-6 p.m. today at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home or to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Ball died Thursday (Nov. 27, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
She was born Oct. 10, 1909 in Kankakee, the daughter of Fred and Laurela Sprimont Therien.
Her husband, Lynn Ball, whom she married April 16, 1930 in Joliet, is deceased.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Russ and Pat Ball of Watseka and Bill Ball of Harvard; one sister, Hazel Begnoche of Kankakee; five grandchildren: Steve (Audrey) Ball of Heyworth; Mike (Carmen) Ball of St. Louis, Mo.; Dave Ball of Watseka; Cathi and Mark Pondel of McHenry; and Jodi and Dale Clark of Harvard; nine great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, Jim and one brother, Russell.
She was president of Our Lady of Victory Auxiliary; past president of the Railroad Retirement Auxiliary; a member of the Women of the Moose; a member of the Chatter Club and St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary; and was a volunteer at the Salvation Army.
A homemaker, she enjoyed crafts and traveling.

Virgil Guimond

Visitation for Virgil J. Guimond, 79, of Manteno, will be from 2-7 p.m. today, with a wake service at 2 p.m.,
at the Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, by the Rev. Mark Fracaro.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to the Cemetery Association St. Joseph Church, where he was a member for more than 40 years.
Mr. Guimond died suddenly Thursday (Nov. 27, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
He was born July 30, 1918 in Manteno, the son of Alfred and Cordelia Mathew Guimond.
Surviving are his wife, the former Catherine J. Boyd, whom he married Aug. 10, 1942 in Tampa, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodger and Candace Guimond of Ione, Cal. and Mark and Cathy Guimond of Manteno; two daughters, Virginia Guimond and Martha Guimond, both of Dallas, Texas; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Rita Blanchette of Bourbonnais, Aldine and Gordon Brown of Franklin Park and Luella Rockway of Kankakee; and four grandchildren.
Deceased are three sisters, Inez, Helen and Isabelle.
Mr. Guimond was resident engineer for the new phase construction of the Waste Treatment facility in Manteno. He had worked in construction all of his life. He had farmed in the Manteno area.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, served as a French interpreter and helped develop the radar used by air controllers today. He was a member of the Manteno American Legion, VFW and Manteno Apostles Table.
A graduate of Manteno High Schoo, he held the record for the 220 yard dash.
Mr. Guimond was on the County Planning Commission; chariman of the Manteno Planning Committee for more than 20 years; member of the Rock Creek Draining District Board; helped with Matneno Youth Soccer; former member of the Manteno Village Board; member and former president of the Chamber of Commerce; former president of the Manteno P.T.A. He wrote and published the History of Manteno Township and was on the Illinois Diversatech Steering Committee.

Orville Dodd

COAL CITY - Orville W. Dodd, 82, of Coal City, died Saturday (Nov. 29, 1997) in his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Coal City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Carol Alice Edman will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
Memorials may be made to the Coal City United Methodist Church Building Fund.
He was born Dec. 19, 1914 in Danville, the son of Orville and Ethel Jane Trimmel Dodd.
As a child, he lived in Dixon, where he graduated with the Class of 1932. He later attended Illinois Wesleyan, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Roosevelt College.
Mr. Dodd was employed with Commonwealth Edison at its Crawford Avenue Station. In 1958, he moved to Coal City as part of the start-up crew for Dresden 1, the first privately owned nuclear power plant, where he worked as a maintenance foreman and later as maintenance engineer in charge of all mechanical and electrical maintenance.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy. He was a member of the American Legion.
A member of the Coal City United Methodist Church, he also was a Mason for more than 60 years and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
His first wife, the former Jean Baker, whom he married in 1946 in Flint, Mich., died in 1963.
Surviving are his second wife, the former Eileen May Emery, whom he married May 9, 1964; one son, Orville Wesley Dodd of Chicago; one daughter, Judith Ann Winship of New Jersey; one step-daughter, Ardis Dee Ochs of Minnesota; five grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Dodd Tyler and Alice Fredrichs of Dixon; and many nieces and nephews.
Also deceased are two sisters, Geneveve Eno and Elinor Hubbard.