Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for April 29, 1999


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Remo Bortolotti

Visitation for Remo D. ''Ray'' Bortolotti, 89, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Leah Pogemil-ler and Rev. Charles Wheeler will officiate.
Burial will be in Skyline Cemetery, Monee.
Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Music Department.
Mr. Bortolotti died Tuesday (April 27, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center emergency room.
He was born Sept. 29, 1909 in Gallup, New Mexico, the son of Eligo and Katerina Cortasso Bartolotti.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army.
Surviving are his wife, the former Erma Friese Volden, whom he married Feb. 14, 1990 in Kankakee; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Bortolotti of Chicago and Donald and Terese Bunna of Naperville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Thorel and James Jogleski of Burbank, Rae Terese Bortolotti of Park Forest and Carol and Robert Trenary of Matteson; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jack Riordan of Calumet City; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, James and Robert; two wives, Annabelle Furhman and Della Weston; two brothers; Romelo and Valentino; and one sister, Florence.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic faith and an associate member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Mr. Bortolotti was a self-employed caterer. He also worked at the Chicago Daily News and for the Tribune. After retirement, he worked for West Rich High School and was an active volunteer for St. Mary's Hospital for 10 years.
He was a member of the Manteno American Legion and the Kankakee Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.
He enjoyed playing with pets, feeding birds and squirrels.

Marjorie Finfrock

WATSEKA - Family graveside services for Marjorie Finfrock, 89, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., formerly of Watseka, will be at 9:30 Friday at the West Lawn Cemetery in Cullom, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. The Rev. Dean Bottjen will officiate.
Arrangements are by Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mrs. Finfrock died April 23, 1999 at Sandalwood Nursing Home in Wheat Ridge.
She was born Nov. 9, 1909 in Cullom, the daughter of thomas and Bertha Ferdinand Thorndyke.
Her husband, Alden M. Finfrock, whom she married Sept. 2, 1928 in Fowler, Ind., died Jan. 26, 1993.
She and her husband owned and operated Finy's Jewelry Store in Watseka for 41 years.
She was a teacher in Cullom and Stockland for 13 years.
Surviving are one son, Norman Finfroc, of Arvada, Colo.; one brother, Harlod Thorndyke of Sidney, Ill.; four grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, Arlan.

Lena Aiello

Lena P. Aiello, 89, of Kankakee, formerly of Riverdale, died today (April 29, 1999) at Manor Care Health Services.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church in Homewood.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais is in charge of arrangements.

Martin Meier

ST. ANNE - Martin M. Meier, 81, of St. Anne, president of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of St. Anne since 1981, died Tuesday (April 27, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, following a short illness.
Mr. Meier was former president of St. Anne High School Board of Education and former president of the St. Anne Village Board.
Mr. Meier retired from Eastern Illinois Clay Company in 1984.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, with Masonic services at 7 p.m., at Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne, where services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will officiate. Cremation rites were accorded.
Burial will be in St. Anne Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, St. Anne, where he was a member.
He was born March 24, 1918 in St. Anne, the son of Louis and Vernice Martin Meier, who are deceased.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lois Fullerton, whom he married Nov. 8, 1940 in Peoria; two daughters and one son-in-law, Merri and Robert Borkowski of Big Rapids, Mich. and Catherine M. Ross of Bourbonnais and her fiance, James Jenkins of Chicago; four grandsons, Timothy Ross of Dallas, Texas, Jason Ross of Studio City, Calif., Brian and Casey Borkowski of Big Rapids; a sister-in- law, Joyce Meier of Kankakee; and a niece and her spouse, Deborah and Thomas Gledhill of Northbrook.
Preceding him in death were a brother Gordon Meier and niece Elizabeth Frauenhoffer.
He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Elks Country Club.
He enjoyed golf, bridge, Dixieland music and travel.
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Olga Bayless

ASHKUM - Olga A. Bayless, 82, of Ashkum, died Wednesday (April 28, 1999) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Danforth, where she was a member. The Rev. James Gerth will officiate.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 31, 1916, in Ashkum, the daughter of Carl and Viola Carlson Hokanson.
Her husband, W. Lester Bayless, whom she married April 8, 1947, in Ashkum, died July 20, 1969.
Surviving are one daughter, Anna Bell Bayless of Ashkum; one brother and sister-in-law, Virden and Cherie Hokanson of Ashkum; two sisters, Ethel Hokanson of Gilman, and Darlene Billerbeck of Cullom; special friends, Harold, Sandy, Janie, Emily and Ross Wilken, all of Danforth; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Charles and Francis.
She enjoyed craftwork, playing cards, and taking care of many area children.

Wilbert Wegner

Wilbert D. Wegner, 72, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (April 28, 1999) at Gilman Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Friday until the 6:30 p.m. services, with American Legion services at 6 p.m., at Senesac Kan-kakee Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis Settles will officiate.
Private burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
He was born March 7, 1927 in Kankakee, the son of Wilbert H. and Margaret McMullen Wegner, who are deceased.
His wife, the former Rosemary C. Fecht, whom he married May 1, 1948 in Piper City, died Dec. 22, 1993.
A disabled veteran, he served in the Navy.
Mr. Wegner was a Kankakee County Animal Control officer, retiring in 1992 and formerly worked at Hammes Ford Sales and Posing Phillips 66 service station.
Surviving are two sons, David Wegner of Boulder, Colo. and Richard ''Rick'' Wegner of Crescent City; two daughters, Kristine Douglas and Susan Wegner, both of Chebanse; one grandson, Jeff Douglas.
Also deceased are one sister, Euphemia ''Famia'' Haigh.

Louis Bertani

JOLIET - Louis Robert ''Big Lou'' Bertani, former State's Attorney of Will County from 1968-1972, and principal with the Law Firm of Herschbach, Tracy, Johnson, Bertani and Wilson for over 20 years and who was of counsel with Tracy Johnson, Bertain and Wilson at the time of his death, died Wednesday (April 28, 1999).
He was born May 19, 1928 in Joliet, the son of Louis D. and Helen Henke Bertani.
He was a graduate of Joliet Junior College and DePaul University School of Law. He practiced his profession in Joliet beginning in 1951.
He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to conduct character and fitness examinations of bar applicants. He served as a board member and president of the Joliet Public School District 86.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Doris M. Agazzi; his many children and grandchildren; a sister, Jean Stobbe; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerry and Jean Agazzi; and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. Friday at the Carlson-Holmquist- Sayles Funeral Home, Joliet, were services will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of St. Anthony, where he was a member.
Entombmemt will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association or to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.

Marian Peters

WATSEKA - Marian M. Peters, 75, of Watseka, died today (April 29, 1999) at the home of her daughter in Litchfield, Ill.
Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Fred Meadows

SAUNEMIN - Graveside services for Fred B. Meadows, 95, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Saunemin, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin. The Rev. Donald Pratt of Saunemin United Methodist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin.
Mr. Meadows died Tuesday (April 20, 1999) at Naples Community Hospital.
He was born Sept. 15, 1903, in Glasgow, Ky., the son of Bluford and Sarah Bowman Meadows.
His wife, the former Elaine Shepherd, whom he married Sept. 2, 1928, in Pontiac, died Aug. 31, 1990.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald F. Meadows of Bluffton, S.C., and Richard K. Meadows of Naples, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
He was a longtime resident of Saunemin and Ft. Myers, Fla.

Dr. Antaun Terrell

A memorial service to honor the memory of Antaun Y. Terrell, M.D., will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 1999 in the Johnson Lecture Hall at Riverside Medical Center. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Terrell, who practiced internal medicine and pediatrics with Kankakee MedPeds Associates until recently, died in a traffic accident April 25.
Visitation will be at 7 p.m. today at Vidalia Funeral Home, 108 Pine Street, Vidalia, Ga.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in McRae, Ga.
Memorials may be made to the YMCA, 1075 N. Kennedy Drive, Kankakee.