Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for February 15, 1999


Ray Mulvihill

Ray A. Mulvihill, 81, a former Kankakeean and longtime businessman, died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at Manor Care Nursing Home in Venice, Fla.
In 1946, he founded Mulvihill Interiors, a business that continues today after half a century.
A nearly lifelong resident of Kankakee, he was born in 1918, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mulvihill.
He served his community in several ways. He was chairman of the Kankakee Plan Commission during the administration of Mayor Tom Ryan and was chairman when the Harbor House for battered women was approved. He also served on the board of directors of the Kankakee Chamber of Commerce.
He prepared for his career by studying design at the New York School of Interior Design and the Academy of Fine Arts. He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda fraternity and the National Society of Interior designers.
After spending some early childhood years in Chicago, he moved here with his family and graduated from St. Rose Elementary and St. Patrick High.
He was active in St. Patrick's parish and in activities at St. Patrick High, the forerunner of today's Bishop McNamara High School.
Mr. Mulvihill was a charter member of the Lions Club and a Knight of Columbus. A golfer, he was a member of the Elks and the Kankakee Country Club. Records at The Journal credit him with at least four holes in one. He was also an avid hunter and fisher, who toured both the Rockies and Canada.
He and his wife, Iris, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1991. They have a daughter, Susan, and a son, Stephen.
Mr. Mulvihill retired in 1982.
A memorial service will be at a later date at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.


Thomas Egan

MANTENO - Thomas P. Egan, 88, of Manteno since 1990, formerly of Tinley Park for 23 years, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at the home of his daughter.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
He was born Feb. 25, 1910 in Chicago, the son of Thomas and Josephine Ryan Egan.
His wife, the former Loretta Kalinowsky, whom he married in 1930 in Crown Point, Ind., died in 1988.
Mr. Egan retired from Swift and Company and he had worked at the Union Stockyards as a stationary engineer.
He was a member of the Manteno Sportsman's Club.
Mr. Egan was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are three sons, Frank Egan of Schiller Park, Tom Egan of Tinley Park and Larry Egan of Marengo; one daughter, Loretta Corcoran of Manteno; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty and Gene Eppenstein of Chicago and Josephine Wynn of Oak Lawn; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers, one daughter, Patricia Thompson and a son Daniel Egan.

Loretta Huckins

Loretta J. Huckins, 93, of Bradley, died today (Feb. 15, 1999) at Bradley Royale Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Wednesday, until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Bradley Royale Nursing Home.
She was born Feb. 13, 1906 in Kankakee, the daughter of Gilbert and Lucy Gagnon Douglas.
Her husband, Warren Huckins, whom she married in St. Charles, Mo., is deceased.
Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Lola Douglas of Elkhart, Ind.
She was a retired employee of Kroehlers Manufacturing.
Also deceased are six brothers and four sisters.
She was a member of the Emblem Club of the Elks and enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Louise Bush

COAL CITY - Louise M. ''Toots'' Bush, 60, of Coal City, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rich Marizza, Louie Ruffatti, Vince Bleifield, Paul Onorato, James Gabehart and Eric Bleifield.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 5, 1938 in Morris, the daughter of Claude and Mildred McCormick Saulsburry, who are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Gene Bush, whom she married Nov. 7, 1959 in Coal City; one daughter and son- in-law, Nancy and Elmer Schmalle of Cincinnati, Ohio; one son, Robert bush of Coal City; four grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Irene Saulsburry of Alamo, Ky.; one sister and brother- in-law, Charlene and Gordon Bleifield of Coal City; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bush had been employed for 20 years as a CNA at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet.
She enjoyed traveling and flowers.

Zeni Helling

CRETE - Zeni M. Helling, 89, of Crete, formerly of Ft. Myers, Fla., died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at St. James Manor in Crete.
She was born June 24, 1909 in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Inez Smith Bucknam.
Her husband, Arthur Helling, died in 1991.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda Helling of Novi, Mich.; one daughter, Karen Nelson of Beecher; two sisters, Mildred Coonradt of Osage, Iowa, and Viola Schuhart of Yuma, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters and two brothers.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher. The Rev. Mark Larson will officiate.
Burial will be in Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens.

Karen Schmidt

PIPER CITY - Karen ''Joan'' Schmidt, 58, of Piper City, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1998) at her home.
Arrangements are pending at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City.

Gerard Dummer

Gerard ''Jerry'' Dummer, 78, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Tuesday until the 6 p.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. The Rev. Frank Hoss will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to the donor's choice.
He was born March 20, 1920 in Kankakee, the son of Carl and Florence Duchene Dummer.
Mr. Dummer retired from Roper Corporation, Kankakee, where he spent 18 years as a tool and die maker.
He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, the former Irma Schuck, whom he married May 5, 1946 at St. Rose of Lima Church; one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Rick Leonard of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Norman Dewmer of Riverside, Calif.; one granddaughter, Kathy Swinford of Bourbonnais; a grandson, James Offerman of Indianapolis; one great-granddaughter.
His daughter, Sandra Offerman is deceased, along with two sisters, Marie Poitras and Bernice Hanks, and a brother, Francis Dummer.
Mr. Dummer was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Golden Eagle Museum Club in St. Louis, Mo.
His hobbies included making miniature steam engines from castings, hunting, fishing and reading. He was involved with powerboat racing, both as a driver in his earlier years and as a mechanic in his later years.

Dr. Richard Grove

PAXTON - Dr. Richard Grove, 60, of Rensselaer, Ind., a former Paxton resident, died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at the LaFayette Home Hospital in LaFayette, Ind.
Visitation will be from noon today until the 1:30 p.m. services at the Ford-Baier Funeral Homes, Paxton. The Rev. Jerry Haley officiated.
Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
He was born Oct. 25, 1938 at Paxton, the son of Edwin T. and Irene D. Wissmiller Grove, who are deceased.
A graduate of Paxton High School, Wesleyan University in Bloomington and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was a practicing osteopathic physician in Brooke, Ind.
Surviving are one brother, Dr. Ronald E. Grove of Oldsmar, Fla.; two nephews, John T. Grove of Largo, Fla., and Jeffrey S. Grove of Belleair, Fla; one great-nephew and two great-nieces.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Osteopathic Association and a board certified member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Sigma Sigma Phi Fraternity.
His hobbies were playing golf, music and fishing.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.

John Dorris

PEOTONE - John T. Dorris, 66, of Peotone, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church in Manteno.

Millard Calvert

Visitation for Millard ''Cal'' Calvert, 84, of Kankakee, will be from 11 a.m. Tuesday until the 1 p.m. Services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. The Rev. Charles Wheeler will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Calvert died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at Manteno Veterans Home.
He was born Jan. 27, 1915 in Kankakee, the son of Millard and Mary Viano Calvery.
Mr. Calvert was a carpenter and member of Carpenters Union Local 496.
He was a veteran, serving in the Army and a member of the American Legion Post 1019 in Aroma Park.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Cuddy, whom he married Sept. 1, 1967 in Paxton; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Susan Calvert of Ohio; stepsons and spouses, Rodney and Cindy Tofte of Rock Spring, Ga., Roger and Betty Tofte of Los Osos, Calif., Jim and Marge Tofte of Bourbonnais and Gene and Debbie Tofte of Bradley; two sisters, Maxine Renquist of Colorado and Crystal Dupuis of Bourbonnais; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Mary Calvert of Bradley, Bobby and Mary Calvert of California and Pearl Calvert of Kankakee; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a stepson, Steven Tofte and a brother, Ronnie Calvert.
He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
A member of the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge, he enjoyed playing cards.

Jessica Kohrt

BRACEVILLE - Jessica Kohrt, 12, of Braceville, died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at her home.
She was born June 20, 1986 in Joliet.
She was a sixth grade student at the Braceville Elementary School.
She was a member of the Ambassadors for Christ Church in Morris and a member of the cheerleading squad and speech team at her school.
She was previously a spokesperson for the Heartland Muscular Distrophy Association for two years.
Surviving are her mother and step- father, Debra and Greg Jerantowski of Braceville; her father and his special friend, Mark Kohrt and Katie Grove of Blackstone, Ill.; two brothers, Pete Kohrt and Makenna Jerantowski, both of Braceville; maternal grandparents, Pastor Bill and Beverly Stinnett of Morris; and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Gladys Kohrt of Dwight.
Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until the 2 p.m. services at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel. Her grandfather will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason and David Stinnette, Greg Ramsey and Karl Kohrt.
Memorials may be made to the Heartland Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Charlene Wells

Charlene Wells, 43, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, of a long illness.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Francis R. Albee

Francis R. Albee, 85, of Gilman, died Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.
Arrangements are pending at Redenius Funeral Homes in Gilman.

Rolland Schultz

REDDICK - Rolland W. Schultz, 80, a lifelong farmer of Reddick, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at the Salem Village Nursing Home in Joliet.
He was born Sept. 4, 1918 in Essex Township, the son of John and Mary Kirchner Schultz.
He was a member of the Essex Lions Club, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Kankakee and the St. John's United Church of Christ in Kankakee.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Linda Schultz of Essex; one daughter and son-in- law, Joann and Dean Norgaard of Manhattan; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Rosella Waide and Elaine and Clyde Leeson, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his wife, the former Leila Thomason, whom he married May 28, 1937 in Morganfield, Ky.; one brother, Myron Schultz.
Visitation will be from 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Doug Johnson- Robinson will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Mike and Jim Schultz, Paul Jensen, Dan Ryan, Richard King, Richard Swartz and John Coles. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Moranski and Jim Piper.
Memorials may be made to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Essex Fire Department Ambulance funds.

Eileen Billingsley

Eileen Billingsley, 72, of Bradley, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
Services on Thursday are pending .

Walter Landfair

Walter Landfair, 55, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Feb. 11, 1999) at Hines V.A. Hospital, Maywood.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Elberta Essmann

GILMAN - Elberta Essmann, 92, of Gilman, died Sunday (Feb. 14, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.

Dorothy Dades

Dorothy ''Demetria'' Dades, 99, of Bradley, died Saturday (Feb. 13, 1999) at Bradley Royale Nursing Homer.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Hertz- Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church.
She was born Jan. 27, 1900 in Greece, the daughter of Steven and Rita Chrisanthakopoulos.
Her husband, Nichlos Dades, whom she married in January of 1923 in Chicago Heights, is deceased.
Also deceased are a daughter, Lula Dades Lorand; three brothers; and a sister.
Surviving are one son, John Dades of Bourbonnais; two daughters and one son-in-law, Eugenia Sprimont of Vernon Hills, Rita Dades of Lexington, Ky. and Gus Lorand; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, great- nieces and -nephews; and great- great-nieces.
She was a member of the Ladies Philoptocos Society.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting and making Greek pastry.
During World War II she helped in the War Relief through her church.