Local Obituaries for March 29, 1999
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MANTENO - Genevieve Ann ''Jenny'' Mickler, 74, of Manteno, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ed Grotovsky at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church, Manteno, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno.
She was born Nov. 8, 1924 in LaSalle, the daughter of Franklin and Laura Coleman Weber.
She married Paul Mickler in Redwood City, Calif.
Mrs. Mickler retired after 19 years as a dietary supervisor from Manteno State Hospital.
She had been an election judge and volunteered at her church.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Pat and Patty Mickler of Bradley; three daughters, Mary Mickler of Albuquerque, N.M., Paula Mickler of San Mateo, Calif. and Michaleen Mickler of Clinton, Ky.; three brothers and two sisters-in- law, Dan and Betty Weber of Orlando, Fla., Pauly Weber of Chicago, Ed Weber of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Elizabeth Coleman of Manteno; one brother-in-law Jack Loebach of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; a sister Mary Loebach and a brother, John Coleman.
She enjoyed crocheting, sewing and baking.
Lisa R., Tosh, 42, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Bloomington, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee of natural causes.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the 10:30 a.m. services at Beck Funeral Home, Bloomington.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the McLean County Humane Society.
Surviving are her husband, Harold R. Tosh, of Bourbonnais, whom she married Oct. 19, 1974 in Bloomington; her father and step-mother of Bloomington, Sidney and Jean Miller; two sons, Eric Tosh and Harold R. Tosh Jr., both of Bourbonnais; stepsisters, Lee Phoenix, Judy Brooks and Bebbie Roech, all of Bloomington and Raelene King of Milwaukee, Wis.; stepbrothers, John Roy and Ronald Roy Grant Stevenson of Bloomington and Brad Stevenson of Normal; and three grandsons.
Her mother, Louise Jordan Miller is deceased.
She was a member of First Assemblies of God in Bourbonnais.
Mrs. Tosh was a scheduler and supervisor at Gilster-Mary Lee Packaging in Momence for 11 years. She was a former employee of Eureka Company.
Karolyn Kerst, 88, of Kankakee, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) in Kankakee.
Visitation will be from noon Tuesday until the 1 p.m. services at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Guy Warke will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
She was born Aug. 17, 1910 in Ashton, the daughter of Frank and Hanna Cordes Ashenbrenner. Her husband, Duke Kerst whom she married in Ashton, is deceased.
She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Kerst graduated from Paw Paw, Mich., High School. She worked for the American Red Cross and was a Twig member of Riverside Medical Center. She also worked on many fund-raisers in the community.
Surviving are a niece Karolyn Zock and a nephew Ron Moser, both of Michigan.
Deceased are two sisters, Matilda Moser and Betty Knolls and a brother, Charles Ashenbrenner.
James ''Jim'' Verchio, 90, of Kankakee, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Clancy-Gernon Fu-neral Home, Bourbonnais., where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Deacon Joseph Cotugno will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Mr. Verchio was a former partner of Sully's Restaurant and a former Chicago Heights fireman. He was a member of the Fireman's Union in Chicago Heights.
He was born Aug. 30, 1908 in Fraser, Iowa.
His wife, the former Virginia Ricchiuto, whom he married March 8, 1930 in Chicago Heights, died in August of 1986.
He was a member of the Elks.
Surviving are one son, Eugene Verchio of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Thomas Martin of Bourbonnais; three sisters, Laura Spinozzi of Chicago Heights, Esther Pilotta of Glenwood and Irene Rotolini of Steger; one brother, August Verchio of Bellflower, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are eight brothers and sisters.
BLACKSTONE - Victor Mertes, 83, of Blackstone, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at his daughter's residence in Naperville.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. wake service at VonQualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, where services will be from 11-11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Arthur Ryan at noon Wednesday, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where he was a member.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Loretto.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Dupage, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188.
He was born Nov. 10, 1915 in Odell, the son of William and Elizabeth Eich Mertes. He attended Odell schools and graduated from Tilden High School, Chicago.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
Early in his career he was a meatcutter in Chicago. In 1961 he moved to Blackstone where he ran the Katydid Restaurant. In 1966 he moved across the road and owned and operated Vic and Ethel's Restaurant until it closed 18 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ethel Rukuslo, whom he married March 30, 1940 in Chicago; one son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Sara Mertes of Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Roberta ''Bobbi'' and John Robbins of Naperville; two sisters, Betty Estes of Pontiac and Marie Mertes of Ranson; two brothers, Donald Mertes of Sterling and Wilfred Mertes of Ranson; a daughter-in-law, Marlene Mertes of Emington; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Ervin; two brothers, Kenneth and Ervin; and a sister, Florence Myers.
MARTINTON - William L. Overbey Sr., 73, of Martinton, died Friday (March 26, 1999) in Lakeland, Fla.
Arrangements are pending at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Kevin E. Rapier, 35, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Kankakee, died Friday (March 26, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Private family services will be held.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Sept. 14, 1963. His mother, Patricia McIntosh Rapier is deceased. His father and step- mother, Eli ''Ray'' and Virginia Rapier reside in Ft. Smith, Ark.
Also surviving are his wife, the former Cynthia Alvey, whom he married Jan. 10, 1991 in Bradley, now residing in Herscher; one son, Ryan Rapier of Herscher; two stepdaughters, Brandy and Nicole Bentz of Herscher; five brothers and one sister-in-law, Leon and Cindy McIntosh of Council Bluff, Iowa, Douglas and Kay Rapier of Hensley, Ark., Kenneth and Janie Rapier of Omaha, Edward and Theresa Rapier of Bradley and Robert Rapier of Omaha; several aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
A brother, Steven is deceased.
Mr. Rapier was an employee of R. Repair Kar Inc. in Omaha, Neb.
He enjoyed the outdoors.
KENOSHA, Wis. - Martha Suter, 89, of Kenosha, formerly of Crete, Chicago, Evanston and Beecher, died Saturday (March 27, 1999) in Kenosha.
She was born May 29, 1909 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of William Richard and Louise Griese Schroeter.
Her husband, Walter Suter, whom she married Sept. 6, 1030, died in 1992.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Larson will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee.
Memorials may be made to the Luthern Hour Ministries.
Mrs. Suter had been an office manager.
She was a member of the Society for Shutins; the Women's Club; Beacher Lionesses; Zion Dorcas Society; honorary member of Crete JayCees; and received the Lions Club Fellowship Award in 1993.
Surviving are one son, Walter Richard Suter and one daughter, Leona Susan Suter, both of Kenosha; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Louise Wehrmann of Beecher and Betty and Carl Braun of Crete; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A sister is deceased.
Hulda Genz Naeve, 96, formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth.
Among survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Lee Rodgers of Mahomet.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the 3 p.m. services at Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ and/or to Prairieview Lutheran Home.
DWIGHT - Florence Rita Mulligan, 82, of Dwight, died Sunday (March 28, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home, Dwight, where services will be from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James Rickey at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dwight, where she was a member.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born July 31, 1916 in Blackstone, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Ella Corrigan Bernard.
Her husband, Ray Mulligan, whom she married Nov. 17, 1942, died July 26, 1984.
Mrs. Mulligan was a beautician.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Rosemary Mulligan of Crest Hill; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Thomas Haigh of Wheaton, Kathy and John Shreffler of Manteno and Linda and Steve Lovell of Dwight; one sister, Bernadine Whalen of Streator; sister-in-law, Lois Corrigan of Kankakee; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Francis Corrigan and two sisters, Veronica Corrigan and Sr. Mary Teresetta, RSM.
She enjoyed baking, sewing and shopping.