Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for January 5, 1998


Donald Hewes

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Donald Hewes, 79, of East Lansing, Mich., formerly of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 2, 1998) at his home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Thomas- Aquinas Church in East Lansing, Mich.
Burial will be in East Lansing, Mich.
He was born Feb. 11, 1918, the son of Omar and Edna Raymond Hewes.
Surviving are several cousins in the Kankakee and St. Anne area.
Deceased are one brother, Raymond Hewes, and one sister, Bernice Hewes.
Mr. Hewes had been employed at Michigan State University in the power plant.

Mae Chipman

Mae B. Barnett Chipman, 87, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Miller Healthcare.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, where she had been a member for over 60 years. The Rev. Martin R. Gutzmer will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.
Mrs. Chipman was a food supervisor at Shapiro Developmental Center for 35 years.
She was born Feb. 8, 1910, in Carterville, the daughter of Harvey and Sarah Burklow Poole.
Her first husband, Cyrus Barnett, whom she married June 22, 1929, in Metropolis, is deceased.
Her second husband, Virgil Chipman, whom she married Aug. 13, 1982, in Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Alice Barnett of Manteno; two sisters and one brother-in-law, ImoJean Suprenant, Elizabeth and Gene Williams, all of Kankakee; two sisters-in-law, Jean Poole of Kankakee, Wanda Mae Poole of Carterville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; 10 nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Kenneth, Herschel and Harvey Poole; and her step-mother, Oleva Poole.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Rebeccas of the Kankakee Chapter of the Eastern Star, and Delphi Civic.
She enjoyed traveling.

Arthur Broadstreet

CLOVIS, Calif. - Arthur E. Broadstreet, 89, of Clovis, Calif., former area resident, died Friday (Jan. 2, 1998).
Cremation rites were accorded.
Burial will be in California.
He was born Sept. 1, 1908, in Urbana, the son of Walter and Bertha Noakes Broadstreet.
His first wife, the former Opal Klaiss, whom he married, Oct. 26, 1957, in Orlando, Fla., died Dec. 20, 1975.
His second wife, the former Naomi Bach, whom he married May 16, 1976, in Kankakee, died Dec. 3, 1989.
Surviving are four sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolores and Howard Nelson of Clovis, Calif., Edna and Judean Benston, Esther and William Rehmer, all of Kankakee, Patricia and Paul Johnson of Momence.
Deceased are three sisters.
Mr. Broadstreet served in the U.S. Air Force serving during World War II.
He was retired from the U.S. Post Office.

William McConnell

CLAYTONVILLE - William D. McConnell, 58, of Claytonville, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at his residence.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford. The Rev. Mel Meyer will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. McConnell had been a carpenter with Cleary Building, Gilman.
He was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Scott Co., Va., the son of David J. and Nina Compton McConnell.
Surviving are his wife, the former Joan M. Withers, of Claytonville, whom he married June 21, 1975, in Schwer; two daughters and one son- in-law, Suzie McConnell of Piper City, Tammy and Dale Brandenburg of Sheldon; one son and daughter-in- law, Douglas and Pam McConnell of Crescent City; two step-sons, Tony Hasselbring of Indianapolis, Ind., Tom Hasselbring of San Diego, Calif.; his mother, Nina Beard of Loda; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, June Moore of Loda, Sandy and John Smith of Tennessee, Pat and Butch Allen of Loda, Judy and Ron Lennington of Buckley; one brother, David McConnell of Loda; nine grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Deceased is his father.
He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Schwer.
He graduated from Coeburn High School, Coeburn, Va. in 1959.
He enjoyed fishing and bowling.

Yvonne Hanford

THAWVILLE - Yvonne A. Hanford, 89, of Thawville, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at 2 p.m. at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga. The Rev. Tom Jones will officiate.
Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Aug. 9, 1908, in Loda, the daughter of Herman and Margaret Koestner Weber.
Her husband, Garry D. Hanford, whom she married Dec. 30, 1955, in Watseka, died June 1, 1989.
Surviving are one sister, Gwendoline Smith of Milford, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Deceased is one half-sister.
Mrs. Hanford had been a switchboard operator for General Telephone Co. of Illinois.
She was a member of the Congregational Church in Thawville and the church choir.

Minerva Dominique

HOPKINS PARK - Minerva Dominique, 92, of Hopkins Park, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Paul Soucie,

BONFIELD - Paul A. Soucie, 76, a lifelong Bonfield resident, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Miller Health Care Center, Kankakee.Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Paul Jasinski will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made for masses or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Soucie had been a farmer all his life.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II as a paratrooper.
He was a member of the Kankakee VFW.
He was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Bonfield, the son of Frank and Nettie Orwig Soucie.
Surviving are his wife, the former Susan Bonomo, of Bonfield, whom he married Nov. 16, 1947, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee; six sons and three daughters-in-law, Joseph Soucie of Gillette, Wy., Michael and Arlene Soucie, Vincent Soucie, Stephen and Darlene Soucie, Thomas and Cindy Soucie, and Dennis Soucie, all of Bonfield; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and LaVern Hamende of Limestone, Sally and Fred Smith of Fort Collins, Colo., Debra and Bruce Spychala of Chicago; two sisters and one brother-in- law, Mary Louise and John Foster of Sebastobol, Calif.; Bertha Mae Nickelson of San Diego, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Phyllis Soucie of Bradley; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Berdell Wingert and Edith Grace Soucie.

Edward Bresnahan

Edward ''Sam'' Bresnahan, 54, of Bourbonnais, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Hines Veterans Hospital, Hines.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Scott Carlson will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Mr. Bresnahan had been general manager for Borg Warner Security Services of Chicago.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Bresnahan was president of the Kankakee River Valley Computer Users Group and a member of the Bourbonnais VFW. He was past president of the Y's Mens Club and the BBCHS Boosters.
He was born July 24, 1942, in Chicago, the son of Michael and Anne Payton Bresnahan.
Surviving are his wife, the former Katherine M. Heinemann of Bourbonnais, whom he married Aug. 1, 1967, in Morris; one son, Brian Bresnahan of Kankakee; one daughter, Katherine Bresnahan of Bourbonnais; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary and Larry Jeleniewski and Anne Marie Sullivan, all of Chicago, and Margaret and James Huels of McHenry; one brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Nancy Bresnahan of Chicago; his father, Michael Bresnahan of Chicago; and one granddaughter.
Deceased are his mother, Anne, and one brother, Michael.

Ruth Hendress

WATSEKA - Ruth L. Hendress, 76, of Watseka, died Saturday (Jan. 3, 1998) at Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton.
There will be no visitation.
Private burial services will be held today at Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donors choice.
Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 18, 1921, in LaHogue, the daughter of Emiel and Bertha Whitlow Johnson.
Her husband, Ray Hendress, whom she married Nov. 3, 1955, died March 17, 1996.
Surviving are one brother, W. Eugene Johnson of Clifton; two nieces; two nephews; six great-nephews; and three great nieces; four great-great- nieces and one great-great-nephew.
Deceased is a brother in infancy.
In 1935 she won the American Legion Bronze Award from the Onarga American Legion Post and a four- year college scholarship from grade school.
She graduated from Gilman High School in 1939.
Mrs. Hendress worked in Watseka for Gambles Store for 12 years and more than 30 years for the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid in Watseka, retiring in April 1983.
She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 217 and the Tea Leaf Club International.
She was past member of Kankakee Chapter Model T Ford Club and past member and treasurer of the Iroquois Antique Club.
Mrs. Hendress was secretary for many years for the Iroquois County Welfare Service Committee.

Raymond Mook

Raymond L. Mook, 73, of Kankakee, died today (Jan. 5, 1998) at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Nina White

MANHATTAN - Nina G. White, 72, of Manhattan, mother of a Coal City resident, died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 1997) at Salem Village, Joliet.
She was the daughter of John and Nina Breen McLaughlin.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald F. White, whom she married Sept. 12, 1953; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Tim Swartz of Coal City, Jean and Richard Mandella of Manhattan; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Christine White of LaGrange; three sisters, Mary Ellen O'Connor of Joliet, Angela O'Connor of Wheaton, Romayne Hassert of Joliet; one brother, Richard McLaughlin of Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Long and Helen Feeney of Wilmington; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was a member of St. Joseph Church CCW in Manhattan.

Martha Fitzgerald

WILTON TWP. - Martha W. ''Marse'' Fitzgerald, 82, of Wilton Township, died Saturday (Jan. 3, 1998) at Villa Franciscan Home, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Manhattan.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan.
Memorials may be made to the Manhattan Paramedics.
She was born Feb. 22, 1915, the daughter of Charles and Ada Towles Long.
Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Robert Fitzgerald; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Marilynn Doyle of Manhattan, Susan and George Roblee of California, Jean and William Weber of Manhattan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Judy Fitzgerald, David and Patricia Fitzgerald, all of Manhattan; one daughter-in-law, Marlis Gaudio of Florida; 30 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, Vernon, Vestel and August Long; two sons, Robert James and Joseph Charles Fitzgerald; one son-in-law, Robert Doyle; two granddaughters, Mary Ann Doyle and Susan Weber.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was very active in her community. She was a member and past president of St. Joseph CCW where she was Woman of the Year in 1977, past president of Manhattan American Legion Auxiliary and Legion Auxiliary Dist. 11 and Will County Deanery.

Otto Schmidt

MATTESON - Visitation for Otto J. Schmidt, 73, of Matteson, will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services at 3 p.m. at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman. The Rev. Leon McClimans will officiate.
At his request, cremation rites will be accorded after the service. His cremains will be scattered near Lake Michigan.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Schmidt died Saturday (Jan. 3, 1998) at St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, following a short illness.
Mr. Schmidt was office manager at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for World Book Encyclopedia.
He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Chicago, the son of Otto P. and Violet G. Yeager Schmidt.
Surviving are his wife, the former Florence I. Buttry, whom he married Dec. 31, 1948, in Chicago; one son and daughter-in-law, Walter Phyllip and Mariek Schmidt of Hanover Park; two daughter and sons-in-law, Kay Ann and Scott Chase of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Cynthia Lee and Robert E. Wilson of Gilman; one sister, Joan Schmidt of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, Richard Schmidt of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is one sister, Mary Ann Pietrasczak.
Mr. Schmidt was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II, in the Pacific Theater.
He was a member of the Rehfeldt- Meyer Legion Post 0474 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed golfing.

Vernon Haag

CULLOM - Vernon E. Haag, 81, of Cullom, businessman and civic leader, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 1998) at Livingston Manor, rural Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Cullom.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cullom United Methodist Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Mary Louise Haxton will officiate.
Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Cullom.
Memorials may be made to the Cullom Fire Department and Ambulance or Cullom Memorial Library.
He was a machinist and welder in the Chicago area. He also owned and operated Haag and Haag Implements from 1946-1984.
He served in various capacities with the Cullom Fire Protection District for over 50 years, retiring as trustee in 1996.
He had served on the Cullom Grade School Board and had worked with the Cullom School Cooperative Education work program.
For many years he served as a director of the former Board of the First National Bank of Cullom.
He was born June 15, 1916, in Cullom, the son of Walter E. and Minnie L. Farber Haag.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bernice F. Hostert, of Cullom, whom he married June 21, 1939, in Mokena; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ron Haag of Dwyer, Ind., Ray and Lynn Haag of Houston, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Alastair Robertson of Costa Mesa, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Connie Haag of Cullom; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary and Pete Walsh of Onarga, Dolores Jasin of Morton Grove; four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Herbert Haag; and two sisters, Ferne Haag and Helen Bartell.
Mr. Haag was a 1934 graduate of Cullom High School.
He was a member of the Pontiac Elks Lodge for 47 years.