Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for December 2, 1996


Louis Drazy
Louis J. Drazy, 82, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 1996) at St. Mary's Hospital.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Wednesday, until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born April 10, 1914, in Bourbonnais, the son of Joseph and Angeline Boudreau Drazy.

His wife, the former Bernadette Gadbois, whom he married May 15, 1982, in Kankakee, died Aug 19, 1987.

Surviving are three sisters and one brother-in-law, Cecile Daniels of Kankakee, Theresa and Ernest Humick of Bradley, and Ruth Anderson of Glendora, Mich.; one aunt, Tara Boudreau of Bourbonnais; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are three sisters.

Mr. Drazy retired from Walgreens. He had also worked at St. Mary's Hospital.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Church.

Susan Winterroth
Visitation for Susan Carol Winterroth, 41, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home, where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Revs. Dan Boone and Charles Wheeler will officiate.

Burial will be in L'Erable Cemetery.

Memorials may be made for family wishes.

Mrs. Winterroth died Friday (Nov. 29, 1996) from injuries received in a house fire.

She was born July 30, 1955, in Kankakee, the daughter of Donald and Bernadette Noel Denault.

Surviving are her mother, of Kankakee; her husband, Kenneth Winterroth, whom she married Dec. 24, 1994, in Kankakee; two sons, Kip Burton of Kankakee and Kurt Burton at home; two stepdaughters, Kelly and Katie Winterroth, both of Chebanse; seven sisters, Tammy Harms, Marsha Harms and Donnita Denault, all of Kankakee, Jennifer Bonds of Bradley, Jill Woodard of Bourbonnais, Laurie Palinski of Bonfield and Joanne Lackey of Springfield; two brothers, Perry and Mark Denault, both of Kankakee; three grandchildren; and her grandmother, Lillia Noel.

Deceased are her father; her first husband, Charles Burton; and a stepson, Kenny Winterroth.

She was a past employee of Esselte.

A volunteer for the Red Cross, she enjoyed quilting and sewing.

Corlett Thornton
WILMINGTON - Services for Corlett G. Thornton, 86, of Wesley Township, were at 11 a.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington. The Rev. Francis Maher officiated. Visitation was from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorials may be made to St. Rose School, Wilmington, or to Kuzma Care Cottage.

Mr. Thornton died Wednesday (Nov. 27, 1996) at Riverside Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 18, 1910, in Wesley Township, the son of John and Ruth Babcock Thornton.

His wife, the former Bernadette Hermes, is deceased.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Nancy Thornton of Joliet; two daughters and sons- in-law, Mary Lou and Gary Gooper of Deefield, Marge and John Flynn of Bourbonnais; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Thornton was a lifetime farmer and retired employee of Peabody Coal Company.

He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and the United Mine Workers.

Clarice Wille
Clarice R. Wille, 83, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at St. Mary's Hospital.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 2 p.m. memorial services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. The Rev. John Antczak will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Ms. Wille was born May 7, 1913, in Kankakee, the daughter of Frank and Bertha Michaels Jonas.

Surviving are her husband, Christian H. Wille, whom she married June 20, 1935, in Kankakee; two sisters, Frances Morgan of Las Vegas, Nev., and Margaret Peters of Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are one brother, Franklin Jonas, and one sister, Lucy Caron.

Mrs. Wille assisted her husband in operating Club 49 and the House of Wille furniture store.

She was a member of the Needleworkers Guild and the Bradley-Bourbonnais Twig of Riverside Medical Center.

Gary Thyfault
MOMENCE - Gary F. Thyfault, 57, of Momence, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 1996) at his residence, after a long illness.

Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7- 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cotter Funeral Home.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the Rev. Dennis Settles, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where Mr. Thyfault was a member.

Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.

Memorials may be made for the education of his son, Michael.

He was born Feb. 18, 1939, in Kankakee, the son of Paul C. and Pauline E. Bydalek Thyfault.

Surviving are his wife, the former Marilyn Oakes, whom he married June 7, 1980, in Momence; four daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Bob Simpson, Paula and Rick Stromme and Kris and Tom Madison, all of Momence, and Kathleen and Don Bakhaus of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one son, Michael Thyfault of Momence; one brother and sister-in- law, Jim and Diane Thyfault; and eight grandchildren.

Deceased are his parents and one brother.

Mr. Thyfault owned and operated Red Cedar Lanes Bowling Alley with his brother, Jim.

He was a member of Monday Night Bowling League, past president of the Momence Chamer of Commerce, and a member of the Momence Conservancy District.

He enjoyed golfing and was a Chicago Bears fan.

George Wilson
GARDNER - George ''Hoppe'' Wilson, 75, of Gardner, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in South Wilmington. The Revs. Steven Kettelkamp and Steven Friese will officiate.

Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in South Wilmington, where Mr. Wilson was a member.

He was born Dec. 25, 1920, in South Wilmington, the son of George and Lena Berta Wilson.

Mr. Wilson retired in 1982 from Caterpillar after 3012 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, the former Arla Christensen, whom he married April 30, 1944, in Dwight; two daughters and one son-in-law, Bev and John Cullick of South Wilmington, and Debbie Granger of Morton; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Thalia Wilson of South Wilmington; one sister, Irene States of Elwood; six grandsons; one great- granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased is one sister, Lenora Allen.

He was a member of the Retirees Club, and the South Wilmington and Gardner Senior Citizens.

Irvin Karstensen
NEWBERG, Ore. - Irvin F. Karstensen, 83, of Newberg, Ore., died Thursday (Nov. 28, 1996) at Chehalem Care Center, Newberg.

There will be no visitation or services.

Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Ore.

He was born May 31, 1913, in Grant Park, the son of Kris and Lulu Unruh Karstensen.

His wife, the former Arlene S. Sanor, whom he married Nov. 20, 1940, in Bordonis, died in 1994.

Surviving are four sons, Norman Karstensen of Austell, Ga., Lyle Karstensen of Sacramento, Calif., Terry Karstensen of Van Nuys, Calif., Ronald Karstensen of Newberg, Ore.; five brothers, Walter Karstensen of Gary, Ind., Raymond Karstensen of Chicago, Wayne Karstensen of Chicago Heights, Arnold Karstensen and Harold Karstensen, both of Beecher; one sister, Marie Marsh of Chicago; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Deceased are one brother, Vernon, and two grandchildren, Darren and Shel Karstensen.

Mr. Karstensen was raised and schooled in Beecher. He lived in Illinois until moving to Hollywood, Calif., in 1950. He lived in Van Nuys, Calif., and Pacomia, Calif., and moved to Springfield, Ore., in 1971. He moved to Lafayette, Ore., in 1976; then to Newberg in 1991.

He served in the merchant Marines during World War II.

Mr. Karstensen was a mechanic all his life.

He loved to garden, camp, fish, and dredge for gold. He helped design a gold dredging machine for Keene Engineering during the early 1960's.

Andrew Housman
PONTIAC - Andrew R. Housman, 77, of Pontiac, formerly of Braidwood, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at St. James Hospital, Pontiac.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Rodman, Iowa, the son of John and Cecelia Hoffman Housman.

Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth Stevens; nine sons and six daughters-in-law, Raymond and Linda Housman of Dwight, Ronald and Mary Housman of Braceville, Donald and Donna Housman of Seneca, David Housman of Coal City, Warren and Linda Housman of South Carolina, William and Brenda Housman of Dwight, Nathan and Kay Housman of West Virginia, Richard Housman of Cairo, George Housman of Coal City; eight daughters and six sons-in-law, Margaret and Ronald Wendel of California, Marilyn Housman of Pontiac, Carol and Gary Zilm of Braidwood, Patricia and Ray Sox of Florida, Hope and Barney Honrud of Kempton, and Penelope and Terri Runyon, Karen and John Hufford, Ronda Housman, all of Pontiac; one brother, Bill Housman of Washington; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Charles Cooke of Sesser, Gertrude and John Hansen of Missouri; 36 grandchildren, two great- grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are one son, Ralph, and one brother, John.

Mr. Housman was a retired carpenter, a member of Will County Carpenter's Local 174.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

Vincent Trudeau
Vincent J. Trudeau, 51, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 1996) at St. Margaret's Hospital, Hammond, Ind.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hertz-Thoma Chapel.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.

He was born Aug. 13, 1945, in Manteno, the son of Artel and Pearl Trepanier Trudeau.

He is survived by one brother, Harold Trudeau of Kankakee.

Deceased are his parents.

Mr. Trudeau was an employee of Ra-Co Security.

He was of the Catholic faith.

A. Dale Johnson
HERSCHER - A. Dale Johnson, 57, of Herscher, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at Prairie View Nursing Home, Danforth.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Gene Bauman will officiate.

Burial will be in Pilot Cemetery, Herscher.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern Illinois.

Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 7, 1939 in Herscher, the son of Arthur and Edith Martin Johnson.

Surviving are one son, Jeff Johnson of New Preston, Conn.; one daughter, Julie Vergara of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; one brother, Martin LaVern Johnson of Herscher; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents are deceased.

Mr. Johnson was the farm loan manager for Federal Land Bank.

He was a 1957 graduate of Herscher High School; and a graduate of Southern Illinois University, class of 1961.

Harold Keigher
MANTENO - Harold W. Keigher, 92, of Manteno, died today (Dec. 2, 1996) at Heritage Village in Kankakee.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manteno.

Carrie Pinson
L'ERABLE - Carrie Pinson, 72, of L'Erable, died Saturday (Nov. 31, 1996) at St. Mary's Hospital.

Services will be held in Farmington, Mo.

Local arrangements are by Hertz- Thoma Chapel.

She was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Ironton, Mo., the daughter of Raymond and Lydia Knight Hardin.

Her husband, Elmon ''Boney'' Pinson, whom she married Oct. 31, 1949, in Pocahontas, Ark., is deceased.

Surviving are two sons, Elmon Pinson Jr. of Kankakee, and Harry D. Pinson of Godley; one daughter, Lois Warner; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Deceased is one son, Robert Pinson.

Mrs. Pinson was a life member of the Legion Auxiliary in Watseka.

She enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Eileen Ohlenkamp
Eileen Ohlenkamp, 79, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Dec. 1, 1996) at Manor Care Nursing Home, following a long illness.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Charles Shelquist will officiate.

Burial will be in Onarga Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Dialysis Unit.

She was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Gardner, the daughter of Marvin and Mildred Goode Erickson.

Her husband, Alvin Ohlenkamp, whom she married Feb. 2, 1935, in Kankakee, died June 11, 1976.

Surviving are one son, Edward Ohlenkamp of Normal; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bertha and Orville Peppin of Bourbonnais, Patricia and Ronald Shewmaker of Westchester, Ohio, and Leah and Dennis Askew of Kankakee; two sisters, Virginia Taube and Bessie Burn of Kankakee; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Frances Erickson of Bradley, Robert and Nancy Erickson of Fulton, Mo., and Willard and Susanne Erickson of Brandon, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Deceased are two sisters, Evelyn Erickson and Betty Linton.

She was a past member of Manteno United Methodist Church and enjoyed flowers and bird watching.

Robert Giasson Sr.,
BONFIELD - Visitation for Robert ''Bob'' D. Giasson Sr., 59, of Bonfield, will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Aroma Park Cemetery, with the Rev. David Babb officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Mr. Giasson died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at St. Mary's Hospital, following an extended illness.

He was born July 25, 1937, in Aroma Park, the son of Stanley P. and Beatrice R. Landry Giasson Sr.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret M. Harrawood, whom he married June 28, 1958, in Momence; one son, Robert D. Giasson Jr. of Bonfield; three sisters and brothers- in-law, Naomi and John Davidson and Susan and Roy Falter, all of Kankakee, and Debra and Carl Meyer of Momence; two brothes and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Caroline Giasson of Momence, and Art and Betty Giasson of Bradley; and his mother-in-law, Rose Harrawood.

Mr. Giasson was a 30-year employee of Kankakee Roper, and he worked at the Kankakee Nursery and Bear Brand Hosiery. He owned Outlaws Trading Post in Bonfield, a grocery store and antique shop.

He had been a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

He was a game hunter, enjoyed fishing, gardening, horsemanship, nature walks, reading, music and singing. He was a collector of Native Americanrelics and coins.

Catherine Torrence
MARTINTON - Catherine Torrence, 87, of Martinton, died Saturday (Nov. 30, 1996) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Martin's Church, Martinton, where she was a member.

Arrangements are by the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

She was born Nov. 16, 1909, in Martinton, the daughter of Thomas T. and Nora Schyke O'Donnell.

She was married in 1948 in Chicago.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

Deceased are five brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Torrence was self-employed as a electrologist, and had worked for 37 years in Chicago.

Chester Ely
WATSEKA - Chester F. Ely, 74, of Watseka, died Friday (Nov. 29, 1996) at Manor Health Care in Urbana.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, including a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. today by the Rev. Lee Ryan, at St. Edmunds Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watseka.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes or Kidney Foundations.

Mr. Ely was born Sept. 4, 1922, in Henry, the son of Ernest and Anna Klein Ely.

Surviving are his wife, the former Norma Behrens, whom he married June 7, 1947, in Watseka; three sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Marianne Ely of Fort Wayne, Ind., Michel and Diane Ely of Bourbonnais, and Thomas and Pamela Ely of Watseka; one daughter and son-in- law, Janice and William Skeen of Plainfield; one sister and brother-in- law, Carole and Richard Reichert of Peotone; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Clifford and Jean Ely of Seattle, Wash., and John and Betty Ely of Pendleton, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents are deceased.

Mr. Ely was employed for 30 years by the U.S. Postal Service in Watseka.