Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for January 17, 1999


Anna Carroll

WILMINGTON - Anna Myra Carroll, 80, of Wilmington, formerly of the Chicagoland area, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at the Embassy Care Center in Wilmington.
Private services were held at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Inurnment of ashes will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
She was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Chicago, the daughter of Lewis and Helen Flint Goldsmith.
Her husband is deceased.
Surviving are three brothers, Oliver Goldsmith of Indiana, Harold H. Goldsmith of Crete, George Goldsmith of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.

James Lady

ST. ANNE - James R. ''Jim'' Lady, 62, of St. Anne, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, after a sudden illness.
Private cremation rites were accorded at the Hertz-Thoma Crematory, Kankakee.
He was born Jan. 30, 1936, in Greencastle, Ind., the son of Ora and Maude Smith Lady.
Surviving are two sons, Brian Lady of Knightdale, N.C. and Bruce Lady of Orlando, Fla.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane Lady, Colleen and David Bell, all of Vincennes, Ind., Cheryl and Leonard Brown of Annawan; two sisters, Margaret Redmond of Crawfordsville, Ind., Jean Wood of Greencastle, Ind.; one brother, Ora ''Bud'' Lady of Greencastle; one step-sister, Margaurite Grimes of Greencastle; two step-brothers, Dora F. ''Skeets'' and Katherine Simmerman, James and Ida Mae Simmerman, all of Greencastle; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and five brothers and sisters.
Mr. Lady worked as a custodian at the Manteno Post Office for 14 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Russell Starks

MINOOKA - Russell Starks, 73, of Minooka, died Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Reeves Funeral Home, Morris.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Minooka, where he was a member, by the Rev. Mark Fracaro.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Pallbearers will be Paul, John, Dr. Joel, and Curt Cassingham, Robert and Steven Gahm, Jeff Yusko, and Robert Weber. Honorary pallbearers will be the Minooka Volunteer Firemen.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church, the Minooka Fire Department, or to the donor's choice.
He was born July 17, 1925, in Verona, the son of Mark and Nora Corder Starks.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marie Muffler, whom he married Feb. 18, 1950, in Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Don Starks, Raymond and Phyllis Starks, Dale and Barbara Starks, all of Morris, John and Charlene Starks, Robert and Mabel Starks, all of Arizona; one sister, Wilma Glenn of Addison; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Deceased is one sister, Wanda Edmonds.
He was raised and educated in Verona and Morris. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1943-1946 in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
Mr. Starks and his wife lived, farmed, and dairied together in Aux Sable Township.
He was a member of the Grundy County Farm Bureau and the Pure Milk Association.

William Lyon III

THAWVILLE - William H. ''Sonny'' Lyon III, 78, of Thawville, died Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999) at Florida Hospital Kissimmee, Kissimmee, Fla.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service by the Watseka Masonic Lodge, at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Melvin K. Bell will officiate.
Burial will be in the Thawville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Thawville United Methodist Church, where he was a member, or to the donor's choice.
He was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Buckley, the son of William H. Jr. and Catherine H. Wilson Lyon.
Surviving are his wife, the former Waltrud F. ''Wally'' Krummel, of Thawville, whom he married Jan. 1, 1942, in Buckley; one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth ''Bette'' and William Fesselmeyer of Sheldon; one son, Richard D. Lyon of Thawville; three brothers, Harold Lyon of Savoy, Robert Lyon of Oak Lawn, and Jerry Lyon of Paxton.
Deceased is one brother, Peter Lyon.
Mr. Lyon spent his entire life in the Buckley-Thawville area. He graduated from Thawville High School in 1938.
He was a self-employed farmer and trucker.
He was a member of the Watseka Masonic Lodge, No. 446 A.F.&A.M., Mohammed Temple, Peoria, and Scottish Rite, Danville.
He was past patron of the Onarga Order of Eastern Star, was an associate director of the Iroquois County Soil and Water Conservation District, and a member of the National Grange, Salt Fork Grange No. 1938.
He enjoyed gardening.

Lloyd Wilken

PONTIAC - Lloyd C. Wilken, 80, of Pontiac, died Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital after a long illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, with a 4 p.m. rosary and 6:30 p.m. wake service, at the Duffy Funeral Home, Pontiac.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Gym, by the Rev. Thomas E. Mack.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Pontiac.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's School, St. James Hospital, or to the donor's choice.
He was born July 9, 1918, in Danforth, the son of Sebo S. and Tracy Classen Wilken.
His first wife, the former Belva Demers, whom he married Sept. 20, 1941, in L'Erable, died Dec. 31, 1993.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rosemary Jaegle of Pontiac, whom he married June 3, 1995; three sons, James L. Wilken of Woodstock, Ga., Ronald J. Wilken of Lexington, Stephen L. Wilken of Arlington, Texas; two daughters, Ann Foley of Delafield, Wis., Mary Spaeth of New Berlin, Wis.; two brothers, Delmar F. Wilken of Champaign, Donald R. Wilken of Loda; two sisters, Florence Mehlberg of Charlotte, Mich., Marilyn Boebel of North Olmsted, Ohio; seven grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Mr. Wilken was founder and owner of Wilken Seed until he retired in 1985.
He attended grade school at Danforth and graduated from high school at Gilman. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1941.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pontiac.
Mr. Wilken was past member of the Pontiac Elks Lodge and Pontiac Moose Lodge.
He served as a member of the Livingston County Board from 1978- 1995, a board member of the Illinois Crop Improvement Association, a member of the Illinois Seed Dealers' Association, a member of the American Seed Trade Association, and a board member of the American Soybean Association International Market Development Fund.
Mr. Wilken was the founder of the Illinois Soybean Board for which he also served as director/chairman.

Kay Allen

MILFORD - Kay Beth Allen, 65, of Milford, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 1999) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, with a 7 p.m. Order of the Eastern Star service, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Public Library or to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Champaign, the daughter of Al and Maxine Gingrich Hixson.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer L. Allen, whom she married Oct. 21, 1951, in Milford; four sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Pam Allen of Sherman, Sam and Paula Allen of Sullivan, Stan and Terasa Allen of Oviedo, Fla., Sid and Debbie Allen of Forrest; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kevin Swartz of Urbana; her mother of Champaign; twin brothers, Gary Hixson of Kentland, Ind., Larry Hixson of Clifton; and 14 grandchildren.
Deceased are her father and one sister, Ann.
She was a graduate of Milford High School.
Mrs. Allen had been a grade school bus driver in Milford for 23 years.
She currently was serving on the Milford Library Board and was a member of the Royal Chapter 217 of the Eastern Star, Watseka.

Timyia Anderson

PEMBROKE - Timyia D. Anderson, 17, of Pembroke, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 1999) in a traffic accident near Beaverville.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. today at Lax Mortuary, Kan-kakee, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Johnnie Robinson will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery, Kankakee.
She was born Feb. 9, 1981, in Kankakee, the daughter of Jimmie Strickland and William Anderson.
Surviving are her parents and step-parents, William and Jacquelyn Anderson and George and Jimmie Strickland-Sullivan; two brothers, William Anderson of Kankakee, Zohn Anderson of Bradley; two sisters, Maleeqa and Mackinzie Anderson, both of Bradley; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Strickland of Kankakee; paternal grandmother, Mabel Sparks of Chicago; maternal great- grandmother, Kitty Carter of Bourbonnais; paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Dangerfield of Maywood; several aunts, uncles, and special friends, Erica Crossley and Rashawna Morrow.
Deceased are her grandfathers, James H. Strickland and Archie Anderson.
She was a member of Agape Full Gospel Center where she participated in the Agape Dance Troop.
She was a senior who had completed her requirements for graduation in June from St. Anne High School. She was a cheerleader and participated in volleyball and basketball.
Since 1996, she was in the Kankakee Community College Upward Bound Program.
She had worked as a salesperson at Target, and had also been employed at Burger King and Taco Bell.
She enjoyed art and poems.

Albert Morris

Albert Morris, 68, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Estill Springs, Tenn., and a former 19-year Monee resident, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the noon services at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born June 21, 1930, in Estill Fork, Ala., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morris.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Lou Derrossette, of Bourbonnais, whom he married Aug. 22, 1949, in Kentucky; one son and two daughters-in-law, Gene and Margaret Morris of Eureka, Calif., Carol Morris of Las Vegas; two daughters and sons- in-law, Sue and Lou Smith of Bourbonnais, Tammy and Richard Wieties of Paris; seven sisters; three brothers; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents; and one son, Roger Morris in 1995.
Mr. Morris retired from Verson Steel Press in Chicago in 1993.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, woodworker and craftsman.

Thelma Carroll

PINE BLUFF, ARK. - Thelma Carroll, 87, of Pine Bluff, Ark., mother of a Bradley resident, died Thursday (Jan. 7, 1999) at Jefferson Medical Center, Pine Bluff.
Burial was in Cypress Memorial Gardens, Pine Bluff.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Grade School.
Local ar-rangements are by the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
She was born Oct. 15, 1911, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Charles and Kathryn Conrad Wertz.
Her husband, Neil Edward Carroll, whom she married April 25, 1932, in Chicago, died March 31, 1988.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Dale Branscum of Pine Bluff, and Norma and Paul Lovell of Bradley; one sister, Ellen Hobkirk of Danvers; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, four sisters and one grandson.
Mrs. Carroll was raised and received her early education in Lacon. She was a graduate of Lacon High School.
In 1936, Mrs. Carroll and her husband moved to Cabery, where they operated a grocery store. After residing in several other communities, they moved to Pine Bluff in the 1960s.
In Pine Bluff, Mrs. Carroll worked at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in the credit union office, and in the gift shop as a floral designer for 20 years, retiring when she was 85.
She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church, Pine Bluff.

Corina Cortez

WATSEKA - Corina I. Cortez, 59, of Watseka, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 1999) at Watseka Health Care Center in Watseka.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Watseka, where she was a member. The Rev. Lee Ryan will officiate.
Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 7, 1939, in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Manuel and Herminia Trevevino Ibanez.
Surviving are her husband, Amador Cortez, of Watseka, whom she married July 5, 1980, at Onarga Catholic Church; four daughters, Bernadette Hemp, Barbara Turner and Keith Lynch, all of Watseka, Belinda and Roger Garza of San Antonio, Texas, Blanche and Victor Vasquez of Watseka; three step-sons, Jesus Cortez and Antonio Cortez, both of Wisconsin, Eloy Cortez of Chicago; two step-daughters, Ana Maria Cortez of Wisconsin, Rita Cortez of Joliet; one sister, Cristina Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Manuel and Teresa Ibanez, Richard Ibanez, all of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents; one brother; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Cortez had worked as a cook.

Gerald Marr

Gerald Wayne Marr, 55, of Bourbonnais, died Friday (Jan. 15, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Terry Anglea will officiate.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Dec. 29, 1943, the son of Harvey and Ada Baker Marr.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rosa Dunbar, whom he married Dec. 11, 1965, at Wesley United Methodist Church; one son, Rollin Marr of Kankakee; his twin sister and brother-in- law, Genita and Mike Salvagio of Arizona; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Wendell and Lucille Marr of Manteno, Havlan and Audrey Marr of Arizona; his mother-in-law, Geneva Dunbar; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents; father- in-law, Rollin Dunbar; and brother- in-law, Ron Dunbar.
Mr. Marr was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1967-1968 during the Vietnam War.
He attended Wesley United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the V.F.W.
Mr. Marr was a production worker at Armstrong for 32 years.
He was a sports fan especially the Chicago Cubs.
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Mary Hanes

DONOVAN - Mary E. Hanes, 56, of Donovan, died Friday (Jan. 15, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center after a long illness.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Papineau. The Revs. Bruce Salter and Marsha Collins will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Carle/Iroquois Hospice, Watseka.
Arrangements are by the Clancy- Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne.
She was born April 7, 1942, in Anita, Iowa, the daughter of Byron and Ida Clausen Harrison.
Surviving are her husband, Marvin Hanes, of Donovan, whom she married Aug. 2, 1975, in Crown Point, Ind.; one son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Brenda Bringham of Edgerton, Wyo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and John Barnes of Cowley, Wyo., Gaylene and Tim Ryan of Seattle; three step-sons, Alan and Tammie Hanes, Marvin and Veniecia Hanes, Douglas and Tammie Hanes, all of Denver; six step-daughters, Laurie and Bill Flener-Hanes, Rhonda Plemmons, Caryl and Rich Morgan, Vicky and Chris Avery, Michelle and Terry Means, Kimberly Hanes, all of Denver; two brothers, Gerald Harrison and Leslie Harrison, both of Edgerton, Wyo.; 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are her parents; one sister, Ruby Jean Harrison; one brother, Larry Harrison; and one daughter, Ruby Jean Bringham.
Mrs. Hanes was a food service worker.
She enjoyed gardening and preserving fruits and vegetables.

William Norton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - William Curtis Norton, 88, formerly of Kankakee, died Friday (Jan. 15, 1999) at Veteran's Hospital, West Palm Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
Memorial services are pending and will be announced later this week.

Louise Rivard

CABOOL, Mo. - Louise Rivard, 82, formerly of Kankakee, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 1999) in Cabool, Mo.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Mary Jacobs

WATSEKA - Mary L. Jacobs, 36, of Watseka, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.

Leslie Underwood

NEW BERN, N.C. - Leslie Underwood, 80, formerly of Wilmington, died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 1999) at New Bern, N.C.
Services and burial were in New Bern.
Surviving are his wife, the former Arlene Smith, of Hot Springs, Ark.; one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and James Hebb of Custer Park; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Lois Underwood of Joliet, Jerry and Sandy Underwood of New Bern; step-mother, Cleo (Leopold) Underwood; two sisters and brothers-in- law, Elsie and Robert Understahl, Vivian and Thomas Lay; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sharon Underwood; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Deceased are his father, George Underwood and mother Glenace (Lovell) Wade.
Mr. Underwood was retired from Reynolds Aluminum.

Bernadette Casier

MOMENCE - Visitation for Bernadette Casier, 91, of Momence, will be from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Burial will be in New Calvary Cemetery, Flint, Mich.
Ms. Casier died Thursday (Jan. 14, 1999) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
She was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Indiana, the daughter of Steve and Carrie Meier Bechard.
Surviving are three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Arlington Bechard of Chicago, Earl and Barbara Bechard of Kankakee, Russell and Jo Bechard of Arizona; caregiver and special niece, Paula Deddo of Momence; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one daughter, Barbara, in 1969; three brothers and one sister.
She had been a beautician.
She enjoyed music and dancing.

Esther Soliz

SILVIS - Visitation for Esther ''Mickey'' Soliz, 64, of Silvis, will be Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Schroder Mortuary, 701 First Ave., in Silvis, Ill.
Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Silvis.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in East Moline.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the church.
Mrs. Soliz died Jan. 14, 1999, in Rock Island.
She was born in Silvis on Oct. 22, 1934, the daughter of Socorro and Jennie Penca Nache.
She married Guadalupe ''Sonny'' Soliz on Aug. 26, 1961, in Silvis.
Mrs. Soliz worked as a cafeteria cashier for the Silvis School District 34.
Surviving are her husband; daughters and sons-in-law Laura and James Shellie of Kankakee, Mary Esther and Chad Baldwin of Bloomington and Vikki Soliz of Silvis; son Steven Soliz of Chicago; sister Josephine Lopez of East Moline; brothers Ted Nache of Glendale, Ariz., Val Nache of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Ray Nache of Silvis; and seven grandchildren.
She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, the choir and was a catechism teacher at the church. She enjoyed sports, crossword puzzles, camping and collecting teddy bears.

Carol Wieggel

BEECHER - Visitation for Carol L. Wieggel, 86, of Beecher, will be Monday from 3-8 p.m. at Hack Funeral Home in Beecher. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grant Park. Rev. Christopher Pratt will officiate.
Burial will be at St. Paul's Cemetery in Grant Park.
She died Jan. 16 at St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights.
Mrs. Wieggel was born in Grant Park on April 23, 1912, the daughter of Charles and May Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Wieggel, on April 3, 1983, in Grant Park. They married on June 11, 1930, in Grant Park.
Also preceding her in death were brothers Kenneth, Edgar and Charles Wallace; and one granddaughter.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law Myron and Myrna Wieggel of Beecher and Glen and Mira Wieggel of Grant Park; two sisters, Lois Stadt of Grant Park and Charlotte Bohl of Danvers; four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grant Park and St. Paul's Ladies Aide.

Violet Markwalder

CISSNA PARK - Violet Markwalder, 88, of Cissna Park, died Saturday at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Arrangements are pending at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park.