Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for June 4, 1997


Florence Petersen

JOLIET - Florence I. Petersen, 85, died Monday (June 2, 1997) at Rosewood Care Center in Joliet.
Born in Duluth, Minn., she was a lifelong resident of Elwood and member of Elwood Community Church, its Rebecca Circle and the Elwood Community Club.
She was known as the ''Butterfly Lady'' because of her 15 years of making butterflies for craft shows.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ginlio and Maria Dallavia; an infant daughter, Nancy; her husband, Leroy; one sister, Theresa; and one brother, August.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, LeRoy and Jean of California and Robert L. and Pat of Joliet; one daughter, Joan B. Menozi of Elwood; 13 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington. The Rev. Laura Reason will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Elwood.
Memorials may be made to Elwood Community Church.

Julia Neveau

A memorial Mass for Julia M. Neveau, 66, of Bourbonnais, will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home Chapel, Bourbonnais
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made for family wishes.
Miss Neveau died Monday (June 2, 1997) at Our Lady of Victory.
She was born July 9, 1930 in Kankakee, the daughter of Julius and Velma Fortin Neveau.
Surviving are one sister, Jacqueline Hanson of Newport Richey, Fla.; one brother, James Neveau of Bradley; three nephews, Michael, Jeff and Rick Hansen; and two nieces, Jolene and Brittanya Neveau.
Her parents are deceased.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Datzman

WATSEKA - Mary Datzman, 84, of Watseka, died Tuesday (June 3, 1997).
Arrangements are pending at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

Robert Tyus

A memorial service for Robert L. Tyus, 91, a former Papineau resident, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Merkle-Knipprath Countryside Home, Clifton. Burial will follow at the Papineau Cemetery.
Mr. Tyus died May 26, 1997 at St. Mary's Hospital, following a short illness.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee was in charge of arrangements.

Opal Griffith

McLEANSBORO - Opal Ida Ethel Griffith, 82, of McLeansboro, died Sunday (June 1, 1997) at her residence.
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell Funeral home in Norris City. Services were at 11 a.m. today at the New Prospect Baptist Church. The Rev. C. Ernest Essary officiated. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 28, 1915 in Iroquois County near Wellington, the daughter of Thomas Roe and Hulda Louise Butzow Odle.
Surviving are her husband, Paul Griffith, whom she married March 21, 1932; three daughters, Joy Gaddis of Bourbonnais; Rhoda Carter of Champaign and Betty Lou Rych of New Lenox; one son, Ron Griffith of Mahomet; two brothers, Charles Odle of Champaign and Melvin Odle of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Emily Zaziemblo

WILMINGTON - Emily H. Zaziemblo, 81, of Wilmington died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at her home.
Visitation will be from 8:45 a.m. Friday until 9:45 a.m. services at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rose Church by the Rev. Francis Maher.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to St. Rose Church, where she was a member.
Deceased are her parents; husband, Frank; two brothers; and two sisters.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jacqueline and Ed Unger of Coal City and Bernadette and Kenneth Fuller of Elgin; two grandchildren, Michelle Grygiel of Aurora and Steven Fuller of Elgin.
She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Wilmington.

Frances Roou

WILMINGTON - Frances L. Roou, 87, of Wilmington, died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at her home.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. David Catlin will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church music ministry or to St. Rose School, Wilmington.
She taught school in DeSelm, Braceville, Braidwood and Wilmington.
She also was a former owner of Parky's Dry Goods, Wilmington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jacque Parkinson and her husband, Stanley Roou.
Surviving are one son, Larry of Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bud Lombardi of Wilmington; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step- great-grandchildren; one sister-in- law, Marie and Francis Kurth of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wilmington and a past matron of the Eastern Star Holly Chapter.

Betty Dundas

CLIFTON - Visitation for Betty Dundas, 74, of Clifton, will be from 5- 8 p.m. Thursday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Don Lewandowski at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clifton, where she was a member.
Burial will be in the church cemetery, Clifton.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Hospice.
Mrs. Dundas died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at her residence, following a long illness.
She was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Chciago, the daughter of John L. and Harriet Gallagher Joyce. Her parents are deceased.
Surviving are her husband, Gene Dundas, whom she married Dec. 19, 1941 at Chicago; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Jim and Loretta Dundas and Tom and Nina Dundas, all of Clifton, Leo Dundas of Hillside and Steve and Noreen Dundas of Ashkum; two daughters and one son- in-law, Joyce and Dave Jensen of Chebanse and Cathy Dundas of Ashkum; two sisters, Alice Duax of Ashkum and Harriet Bjork of Clifton; 14 grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.
Mrs. Dundas was a cook at Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth and was employed by Central Hospital in Clifton for 15 years.

Helen Fiedorowicz

CLIFTON - Helen A. ''Nanny'' Fiedorowicz, 88, of Clifton, died Sunday (June 1, 1997) at Merkle- Knipprath Nursing Home.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may bee made to Merkle-Knipprath Nursing Home, Clifton.
Arrangements were by Hertz- Thoma Chapel, Kankakee.
She was born Sept. 3, 1908 in Plymouth, Pa., the daughter of Claistas and Anna Rasimovitch.
Her husband, Peter Fiedorowicz, whom she married in 1926 in New Jersey, is deceased.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Janice Fedrow of Limestone; two grandsons and spouse, Jacob and Diane Fedrow of Limestone and Gregg and Amanda Fedrow of Kankakee; and one granddaughter and spouse, Karin and Christopher Ryan of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two great-grandchildren.

Jennifer Flowers

LIMESTONE - Jennifer L. Flowers, 32, of Limestone, died Monday (June 2, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Home, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Michael Sparks will officiate.
Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery, Plato.
Memorials may be made for her children's education.
She was born April 12, 1965 in Kankakee, the daughter of Mark Wayne and Virginia Wilson Adams. Her father resides in Houston, Texas, and her mother and step-father, Virginia and Frank Mangino, reside in Limestone.
Also surviving are her husband, Anthony Flowers, whom she married Nov. 26, 1981 in Kankakee; one son, Anthony Stephen Flowers and one daughter, Lee Ann Flowers, both at home; one sister, Sarah Buhr of Limestone; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ty and Melody Adams of Bradley and Andrew Adams and Jenn Gadbois of Kankakee; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Maxine Wilson of Bonfield; paternal grandparents, Leroy and Marilouise Adams of Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.
One brother, Mathew Adams, is deceased.
Mrs. Flowers was employed as a scale house operator at North Central Material Company, Manteno.

Lionel Senesac

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Lionel Louis Senesac, 74, of South Bend, formerly of Bourbonnais, died suddenly Sunday (May 25, 1997) at his home.
He was born Oct. 19, 1922 in Bourbonnais, the son of Felix and Elizabeth Rivard Senesac, and had been a resident of South Bend since 1952.
He was an employee of Joer's Floor Center in the Contract Division.
Surviving are his wife, the former Maxine F. Hays of Bradley, whom he married Sept. 14, 1947, now residing in South Bend; two daughters and one son-in-law, Colette and Matt Magor of South Bend and Elizabeth Senesac of Mishawaka; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Marc Senesac of Hinsdale and L. Michael and Patty Senesac of South Bend; one sister-in- law, Marge Hays of Bradley; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A daughter, Laura Schellinger, died in 1991.
He served in the military during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8748, Golden Hill Post.
Visitation was at Hickey Funeral Home, South Bend. A funeral Mass was celebrated May 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, were he was a member. Burial was in the church's cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church.

Stanley Bloomstrand

BUCKLEY - Stanley W. Bloomstrand, 77, a retired Buckley farmer, died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at the Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, where he had been a resident for four years. He had been in failing health for several years.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, and from 1 p.m. Thursday until the 2 p.m. services at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, where he was a member. The Rev. Edgar L. Peters will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Church and school or to Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth.
He was born Sept. 26, 1919 at Champaign, the son of Herman J. and Ellen C. Hammerstrand Bloomstrand.
His wife, the former Irene Lietz, whom he married Oct. 29, 1949 in Buckley, died Aug. 15, 1965.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Kathleen Bloomstrand of Hoffman Estates and Steve and Kathy Bloomstrand of Lake Iroquois, Loda; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Marty Vance of Lake Iroquois, Loda; six grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Hartzell and Sylvia Bloomstrand of Dwight.
Deceased are his parents and one granddaughter.
He attended Paxton schools and graduated from Rankin High school. He also attended a technical school in Chicago.
Mr. Bloomstrand farmed in rural Buckley for over 50 years.
He was a member of Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, Buick Club of America, Chicagoland Buick Club of America and the Grand Sport Club of America.

Flossie Kolesar

MARION - Flossie W. Kolesar, 86, of Marion, died Monday (June 2, 1997) at the Marion Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday (June 4, 1997) at the Meredith-Blue Funeral Home, Marion, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Elder Gordon Lambert will officiate.
Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Marion.
She was born Nov. 4, 1910 in Marion, the daughter of Allen and Jennie Dillow Webb. Her first husband, Sam Weir, died in 1949. She then married Richard Kolesar. He died in 1970.
Surviving are one son and two daughters-in-law, Parmley and Sandra Weir of Manteno and Billie Jo Weir of Marion; four granddaughters, Lisa Taibi of New York, Vicki Lee Weir of Bradley and Dani Jo Goodman and Dawn Dionne, both of Manteno; and onr great-granddaughter.
Deceased are one son, William Weir, and eight brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Kolesar retired from the Manteno State Hospital as a clerk typist after 31 years. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, Marion, the Marion Eagles and the Marion VFW Post 1301.

Frank Hill

TUCSON, Ariz. - Frank A. Hill, 76, of Tucson, Ariz., a former resident, died April 18, 1997.
He was born Feb. 28, 1921 in Paxton, the son of Frank and Lillian Hill.
His wife, the former Dorothy Rohrig, whom he married in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 19. 1946, died in 1989.
He graduated from Kankakee High School, and then served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a lieutenant.
He moved to Santa Monica, Calif., where the family resided until his retirement in 1988.
He was active in the First United Methodist Church and community and in political affairs on a local and statewide level. He was in the real estate business and owned and managed several other businesses.
For 10 years he was a member fo the Los Angeles County Tax Appeal Board.
Surviving are two sons, Gary and Steve; daughter-in-law, Linda; one grandson; four sisters, Betty Zack, Harriet Swenson, Patricia Hodson, all of California, and Kathryn Herranen of Texas; and many nephews and nieces.
Memorial services were held. Arrangements were by Abbey Funeral Chapel.
Burial was in The National Cemetery in West Los Angeles, May 19.