Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for March 25, 1999


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Paul Toliuszis

Paul Toliuszis, 85, of Bradley, co- owner of Toliuszis Bakery in Bradley, died today (March 25, 1999) at his home, following an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church, Bradley, where he was a member and belonged to its Holy Name Society.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Grade School.
Mr. Toliuszis retired in 1978, a longtime co-owner with his wife of Toliuszis Bakery in Bradley, which was started by his father in 1911.
He was born Dec. 3, 1913 in Chicago Heights, the son of John and Anne Norgac Toliuszis.
His wife, the former Ruth Larkins, whom he married Aug. 28, 1938 at St. Joseph Church, died March 5, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, Michael of Kankakee and John of Ft. Lauderdale; two daughters and one son-in- law, Sonya and Richard Study and Mary Rich, all of Chicago; two sisters, Bernice Sollo Doris of Lady Lake, Fla. and Veronica Bellmore Boudreaux of Corvallis, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Anthony and John ''Moon.''
Mr. Toliuszis was a member of the Elks, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Knights of Columbus.
He was a basketball and football referee for many years at the high school and college levels.
He was an avid golfer.

Marguerite Norris

MUNSTER, Ind. - Marguerite E. Norris, 77, of Munster, Ind. and Kankakee native, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at St. Margaret Mercy South Hospital in Dyer, Ind.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, with services by the Eastern Star at 7:30 p.m., at Kuiper Funeral Home, Highland, Ind.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, where she was a member. The Rev. C. Ann Girton will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetis Foundation.
She was born in Kankakee, Nov. 20, 1921, the daughter of Albert and Alice Wright Mackley.
Her husband, Shirley Norris, died in 1980.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and David Linvill of Highland; one son and daughter-in- law, John and Cathy Norris of St. Charles; two grandchildren; two step- grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Alyce and Eldon Bruce of South Bend and Helen Norris of Kewanna, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was a 50-year member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 370 in Hammond. She was a member of Phi Omega Club.

John Mitchka

MANTENO - John J. Mitchka, 85, of Manteno, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at Miller Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Friday until the 8 p.m. services at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kankakee Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
He was born Nov. 10, 1913 in Chicago, the son of John J. and Mildred Zoubeck Mitchka.
His wife, the former Mildred Steve, died in 1949.
Mr. Mitchka was a farmer He also retired after 24 years with Ford Motor Works, Chicago Heights.
He was of the Christian faith.
Surviving are a son and daughter- in-law, Melvin J. and Mary Angie Mitchka; and one brother, Joe Mitchka of Manteno.
Two sisters, Rose Bidgood and Mildred Pankey are deceased.
He enjoyed dancing and to talk farming.

Emerson Nourie

CLIFTON - Emerson J. Nourie, 88, of Clifton, formerly of Kankakee, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) following a short illness, at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Clancy- Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, and from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass, which will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Pighini, at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made for Masses or to his church.
He was born May 3, 1910 in Beaverville, the son of Henry and Georgiana Besse Nourie.
Surviving are his wife, the former Annabelle Forgue, whom he married Nov. 20, 1941 at Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais; one sister, Loretta Beaupre of Clifton; two brothers, Rosewell Nourie of Clifton and Wendell Nourie of Kankakee; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Nourie retired from Bradley Roper, where he was a manager in data processing. He was a member of Data Processing Management Association, a past president.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, and a member of the Kankakee American Legion.
Mr. Nourie was a member of St. Patrick's Holy Name Society.
A member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd and 4th Degree, he was financial secretary of the 3rd Degree, past comptroller of the 4th degree and was honored as ''Sir Knight of '83''
Mr. Nourie was a saxophone player and member and former president of Musicians Local 288.

Jessie Meader

Jessie Meader, 89, of Bourbonnais, died today (March 25, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Private memorial services will be held at her home. Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Arrangements are by the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
She was born Aug. 29,1909 in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore and Ottilie Beihl Couperous.
He husband, Arthur J. Meader, whom she married July 1, 1939 in Chicago, died April 30, 1974.
Mrs. Meader was a retired retail sales clerk.
Surviving are one daughter, Laura Miller of Bourbonnais; four grandchildren and spouses, Charles and Karen Miller of Bradley, Kathy and Bill McCabe of Bourbonnais, Gayle Miller of Atlanta, Ga. and Dawn and Troy Webber of Bloomington; five great-grandchildren; and many close friends.
Deceased are one brother, one sister, one son, David E. Meader; and a grandson, David E. Meader Jr.

Wilbur Komnick

MORRIS - Wilbur A. Komnick, 78, of Morris, died Wednesday (March 24, 1999) at the Grundy County Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Fruland Funeral Home in Morris.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where he was a member. The Rev. Steven C. Lombardo will officiate.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the donor's choice.
He was born Dec. 10, 1920 in Emden, the son of Louis and Elizabeth Rademaker Komnick. He grew up and received his education in Dwight.
A farmer for many years, he was employed at the Morris Paper Mill Company. He was also a crane operator for 14 years at Page Engineering of McCook.
Surviving are his wife, the former Elaine Anderson whom he married Sept. 27, 1947 in Lemont; four sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Cheryl of Morris, Dale and Connie Sr. of Rantoul, Dennis of Lisbon and David and Margaret of Tullahoma, Tenn.; former daughter-in-law, Diane Ponton of Aurura; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Daryl in 1959; one granddaughter; two sisters, Doris Komnick and Wendella Mitchell.

Daisy Leverett

MANTENO - Daisy Nard Leverett, 75, resident of Harding, a former 35-year resident of Manteno, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) in Wesley Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pittston, Pa.
She was employed as a practical nurse at Hillman Memorial Hosptial and both the Manteno and Kankakee state hospitals. After her retirement she worked at the family business, the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyerville, Pa.
She was a member of Harding Church of Christ and had been a founding member of the Bradley Church of Christ in Bradley.
Her husband, Robert, who served as Chief of Police in Manteno and as a Kankakee County Deputy Sheriff, died in 1974. A grandson also is deceased.
Surviving are two sons, T. Doyle Leverett of Tobyhanna, Pa., and Lt. Col. Hubbert Lee Leverett of the U.S. Air Force, retired, Mexico, Mo.; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Dr. Robert Bishop of Harding, Pa.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home in Manteno, where visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.

Earnest Jefferson

Earnest Jefferson, 69, of Kankakee, died Tuesday (March 23, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.