Local Obituaries for July 04, 1999
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Howard Wood, WWII veteran
Visitation for Howard N. Wood, 77, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Revs. Alan Good and Karl Koeppen will officiate.
Burial, with graveside military rites, will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital or to the family's choice.
Mr. Wood died Friday (July 2, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Springfield, Mo., the son of Fred and Gladys Stapp Wood.
His first wife, the former Dorothy Forster, whom he married Aug. 12, 1948, in Glen Elder, Kan., died Jan. 27, 1952, in Englewood, N.J.
Surviving are his wife, the former Maxine Lindquist, of Kankakee, whom he married June 12, 1954, in Herrington, Kan.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Frederic Wood, and Kenneth and Julia Wood, all of Kankakee, David Wood and Susan Knill of Lake Zurich; three daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Biehler of Evansville, Ind., Sue and Dickey Matherne of Amite, La., Julie and Harold Vadeboncoeur of Bradley; 13 grandchildren, Terrie and Kevin Ledcke, Andrew and Ellen Biehler, Jessica and Whitney Matherne, Nikki and Jenny Wood, Michele and Amber Vadeboncoeur, Louis, Leah, and Emma Wood; and three great-grandchildren, Cass and Peytin Ledcke, and Damien Wood.
His parents and two brothers are deceased.
Mr. Wood worked at A.O. Smith in Production Control for 22 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon.
Mr. Wood was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kansas.
He was an all around handyman.
He enjoyed crosswords and golfing. (Pd.)
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Irene M. Offerman, 96, of Arlington Heights, a former 65-year resident of Kankakee, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at Lexington Health Care Center, Schaumburg.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at the Lauterburg and Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for masses.
She was born Oct. 28, 1902, in Kankakee, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mills.
Her husband, Floyd J. Offerman, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and David Roy; grandchildren, Denise (Duncan) Wyndham, Diane (Jeffrey) Johnson and Michael Roy; and three great- grandchildren, Qian and Landon Wyndham, and Katy Johnson.
Mrs. Offerman had worked as an Executive Secretary for A.O. Smith, Kankakee for 20 years. In 1967, she retired to Arlington Heights where she then worked as a secretary for the village of Arlington Heights Public Works Department. (Pd.)
Florence Loretta Golowski, 72, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (July 3, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Bradley.
SO. HOLLAND - Visitation for Virginia Shulz, 88, of Manor Care Nursing Center, So. Holland, formerly of Bourbonnais, will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday, with a 7 p.m. wake service, at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Maternity B.V.M. Catholic Church, where she was a member, by the Rev. Charles Bolser.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais.
Memorials may be made to Vistas Hospice.
Mrs. Shulz died Wednesday (June 30, 1999) at Manor Care Nursing Center, So. Holland.
She was born March 2, 1911, in Chicago, the daughter of Stanley and Mary Hertman Radwanski.
Her husband, Barney Shulz, whom she married Sept. 25, 1928, at St. Joseph Church, Chicago, died May 20, 1991.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Donna Shulz of Calumet City; one daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Roland Ring of Hickory, N.C.; three sisters, Jennie Baron of Lake Bluff, Edna Cadieux of Homewood, Adeline Jungiewicz of Midlothian; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
One sister, Estelle Lucas, is deceased.
Mrs. Shulz was a member of the St. Anne Sodality and the Kankakee Senior Citizens.
JOLIET - Herbert M. Farr, 85, of Joliet, father of a Coal City resident, died Thursday (June 24, 1999) at Glenwood Care Center, Joliet.
Services were held June 29 at the Fred C. Dames West Chapel, Joliet.
Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Joliet.
Memorials may be made to the Little Friends, Inc., 140 N. Wright St., Naperville, Ill. 60540 or to the Joliet Area Community Hospice.
He was born in New York, N.Y., the son of Herbert and Beatrice Smith Farr.
Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia ''Jean'' Straus, of Joliet; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jean and William Bonucci of New Leonx, Shirley and William Widlowski of Joliet, and Christine Farr of Wheaton; three sons and one daughter-in-law, John and Monica Farr, and Donald Farr, all of Joliet, Phillip Farr of Coal City; one sister- in-law, Ruth Farr; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
One brother, Robert Farr, is deceased.
Mr. Farr was owner/operator along with his brother, Robert, of Better Signs by Farr.
WATSEKA - Lillian M. Kendall, 92, of Watseka, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at her home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jeremy Vance will officiate.
Burial will be in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born June 21, 1907, in Rantoul, the daughter of John and Eleanor Mansfield Hitz.
Her husband, Lawrence Kendall, whom she married April 15, 1933, in Gilman, died Feb. 14, 1986.
Surviving are one son, Raymond Francis of Everett, Wash.; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister are deceased.
Mrs. Kendall had worked at T.R.W. for 30 years.
She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Watseka, and the American Legion Auxilary.
WATSEKA - Berniece E. Laird, 82, of Watseka, died Thursday (July 1, 1999) at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo, Ind.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Pastor Ray Jackson will officiate.
Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Carrier Mills, the daughter of Herbert and Myrtle Gaddis Reeder.
Her husband, Leonard Laird, whom she married July 14, 1939, in Milford, died in August 1989.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Hoepner of Kokomo, Ind.; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
One son and three brothers are deceased.
Mrs. Laird was a member of Trinity Evangelical Church, Kokomo, Ind.
She enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and garage sales.
COAL CITY - Charles W. Lawton, 79, of Coal City, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, by the Rev. Donald O'Connor. Veterans services will be provided by the Grundy Co. Amvets Post 53, Morris VFW Post 6049, and the Morris American Legion Post 294.
Memorials may be made to the Coal City Emergency Squad.
Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Aurora, the son of James and Bessie Clark Lawton.
Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Welter, whom he married in March 1946; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cheryl and Bill Sorensen of Braceville, Sheila Lowery of Mazon, Sharon and Chris Liesman of Robertsville, Mo.; and six grandchildren.
One son-in-law, Steve Lowery, is deceased.
He was a graduate of Aurora High School.
Mr. Lawton was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1940-1945. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor.
He was employed at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant until his retirement in 1962.
He enjoyed working with wood, tending to his garden, and watching and feeding his birds.
Michael J. ''Mike'' Zelinski, 42, of Kankakee, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at his home, after an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 3 p.m. wake service, at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Dialysis Unit at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born Sept. 12, 1956, in Chicago, the son of Theodore and Rose Curatolo Zelinski. His father is deceased.
Surviving are his mother of Kankakee; three sisters and brothers-in- law, Susan and Peter Goranowski of St. Charles, Mo., Joan and Robert Turner of Alexander City, Ala., Mary and Andrew Borowicz of Des Plaines; one brother, Frank Zelinski of Kankakee; and many nieces and nephews.
Aaron Donald Davison, 19, of Kankakee, died Friday (July 2, 1999).
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel and from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the 10 a.m. services at St. Mark United Methodist Church. The Revs. Craig and Kathy Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church, or the soccer program at Herscher High School.
He was born Oct. 18, 1979, the son of Bill Davison and Ruth Sonichsen Davison.
Surviving are his parents, both of Kankakee; two sisters, Michelle and her fiance, Chuck Segreti of Park Ridge, Sarah and special friend, Clint Cissell of Carbondale; one brother, Adam Davison; grandparents, Donald and Velma Sonichsen of Phoenix, Ariz. and Oak Lawn, Jeannette Davison of Du Quoin, and William Davison of Alabama; and special friend, Kerri Blanchette.
His grandmother, Shirley Sonichsen, is deceased.
Mr. Davison was a 1998 graduate of Herscher High School. There, he was the captain of the soccer team for two year.
Mr. Davison worked at Millenium Technical Services of Kankakee.
He played soccer and other sports at Herscher High School.
He enjoyed motorcycles and cars.
IUKA - Russell Wickland, 79, of Iuka, former Bourbonnais resident, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at his home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the 11 a.m. services at the Grace Church of the Nazarene, Salem, where he was a member. The Rev. Michael Ice will officiate.
Burial will be in May Chapel, Lawrenceville.
Memorials may be made to the Grace Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.
Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home, Salem, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 24, 1919, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Alfred and Sylvia Wickland.
His first wife, the former Martha Summers, died in 1971.
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Marse; one son, David Wickland of St. Peters, Mo.; four daughters, Debby Donberger of St. Joseph, Judy Nelson of St. Peters, Mo., Cheryl McGraw of Oklahoma City, Okla., Carol Saylor of Oreana; one brother, Alfred Wickland of Ariz.; three sisters, Maxine Anspach of Rock Falls, Donna Calvin of Oklahoma City, Okla., Colleen Hussong of Stillwater, Okla.; and 10 grandchildren.
Mr. Wickland was a retired Nazarene pastor, elementary school teacher, and carpenter.
BLOOMINGTON - Visitation for Warren Dean Gruender, 67, of Bloomington, was from 3 p.m., June 13, until the 4 p.m. services, at the Herscher Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Denis White officiated.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Bloomington Hospice.
Mr. Gruender died June 10, 1999 in Bloomington.
He was born March 3, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wis.
Surviving are his surrogate family: Dr. David and Mrs. Mary (Gadbois) Kruger of Watseka and their children, Stephanie, Joshua, Veronica, Jeremiah, Theresa, Joseph, Margaret Gadbois, Jessica and Brady Brooks, Kelly, Kaylynn, Lorna, Layne and Sarah Gadbois and one grandchild, Siri Brooks. (Pd.)
GILMAN - Alice Georgia Stein, 73, of Gilman, formerly of Ashkum, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at her home, after a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Zion Lutheran Church, Ashkum, where she was a member. Pastor Paul Uhl will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashkum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Ashkum, the daughter of Albert Sr. and Anna Neeland Brinkman.
Surviving are her husband, Delmar M. Stein, whom she married Sept. 20, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ashkum; one daughter, Sharon Sue Stein of Lakeland, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Marcia Stein of Ashkum; one sister, Marie Klemit of Kankakee; one brother, Albert Brinkman Jr. of Gilman; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Stein attended Brinkman School.
She moved to Gilman in 1992 from Ashkum.
She enjoyed gardening.
Verna L. Jankuski, 79, of Bradley, died Thursday (July 1, 1999) at the Miller Health Care Center.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Services will be announced at a later date.
Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
ST. ANNE - Magelean Coleman, 74, of St. Anne, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
FLINT, Mich. - Lenore ''Lee'' Duffy, 87, of Flint, Mich., formerly of Kankakee, died Thursday (July 1, 1999).
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Kankakee.
Sara Hoskins, 66, of Kankakee, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel of Kankakee.
MILFORD - Sara Jane Lewis, 84, of Milford, died Friday (July 2, 1999) at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford.