Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for June 8, 1997


Irene Burger

DWIGHT - Irene A. Burger, 87, of Dwight, died at 1:51 a.m. Saturday (June 7, 1997) at Morris Hospital.
Mrs. Burger was born Sept. 21, 1909, in Kinsman to Harry and Della (Bush) Baker. She married Verl Burger on Sept. 17, 1929 in Dwight. Mr. Burger preceded her in death.
Visitation services will be held 5-8 p.m. today and 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Von Qualen-Harris Funeral Home in Dwight. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Debora Hillgartner will officiate.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Melvin, and Glen and Barb, all of Dwight; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by son, Lloyd; three brothers; and two sisters.
Mrs. Burger was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Dwight. She was also a member of the Ladies Benevolent Society and the treasurer of the church's Mission Fund for many years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Congregational Church or the Salem Children's Home in Flanagan.

Mildred Goolsby

CLIFTON - Mildred Marie Goolsby, 77, of Clifton, died Saturday (June 7, 1997) at Gilman Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. James Holup will officiate.
Burial will be in Ashkum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Assumption Catholic Church, Ashkum.
She was born Aug. 26, 1919, in Kankakee, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emery Betourne.
Surviving are her husband, John G. Goolsby, whom she married Dec. 26, 1970, in Kankakee, of Clifton; and one brother, Orville Betourne of Seattle, Wash.
Mrs. Goolsby was a packer for General Foods, Kankakee for 24 years.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Bradley.

Helen Francoeur

A 10:30 a.m. memorial Mass for Helen B. Francoeur, 92, of Kankakee, will be celebrated Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where she was a member.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Mrs. Francoeur died Saturday (May 31, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, is in charge of arrangements.

John Taylor

STREATOR - John Leo Taylor, 82, of Streator, died Thursday (June 5, 1997) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Elias Funeral Home, Streator, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church, Streator, by Monsignor James L. Morrissey.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Streator.
Surviving are three sons, Leon Taylor of Lawrenceville, Ga., Michael Taylor of Towanda, Mark Taylor of Fairbury; two sisters, Loretta Boatman of Streator, Genevieve Mischke of Pukalani, Hawaii; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jane Wasser

DANVILLE - Jane Kirsten ''Kris'' Wasser, 58, of Danville, died Monday (June 5, 1997) at her home, following a long illness.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the Pape Memorial Home and Gardens in Danville.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, where she was a member, by the Rev. Ted Pracz and Herman Bott.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Danville or Hope Lodge at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Kankakee, the daughter of Anthony J. and Lillian M. Mazur.
Surviving are her husband Paul Wasser, whom she married June 7, 1958, in Momence; two sons, Joe Wasser of Kennesaw, Ga., Dave Wasser of Bloomington; two daughters and one son-in-law, Liz and Randy Bedford of Leland, Katie Wasser of Ridge Farm; one sister and brother-in-law, Toni Jo and Gary Wilder of Bloomington; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, John Mazur of Kankakee, Chuck and Paula Mazur of Texas, Marty and Terri Mazur of Florida; her mother-in-law, Edna Wasser of Danville; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; two stepmothers, Catherine Felt Mazur and Bernadette Spees Mazur; one brother, Robert Paul Mazur; and an infant sister, Margaret Marie Mazur.
Mrs. Wasser was employed at Danville High School as a secretary in the guidance office. She was a graduate of Momence High School, and she attended the Illinois Valley Community College in Peru and Danville Area Community College. She enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Frank Booker Jr.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Frank Booker, Jr., 56, died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at his home.
Visitation was from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Officers Funeral Home, St. Louis, Mo. where services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
He was born in 1941, in Tilletoba, Miss., the son of Frank Sr. and Mattie Hollinghead Booker.
Surviving are two sons, Frank Booker III and Tracy Booker, both of St. Louis, Mo.; four sisters, Lettie Booker of Caruthersville, Mo., Mary Booker of St. Louis, Mo., Connie Booker and Geneva Jennings, both of Kankakee; and one brother, Ivory Booker.
Deceased are his parents and two brothers, Frank Caeser and Barney Booker.
Mr. Booker was self-employed and a laborer in St. Louis, Mo.

Helen Cantlin

Helen M. Cantlin, 91, of Kankakee, died Saturday (June 7, 1997) at Blossom Hill Health Center.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee with a 4 p.m. wake service.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 30, 1906, in Joliet, the daughter of Leonard and Barbara Jankowski Rymsza.
Her husband, Raymond Cantlin, whom she married Oct. 8, 1938, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee, died July 28, 1964.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Cantlin was the former owner and operator of Cantlins Grill.
She was a member of the CCW of the church.

John Jeffrey

JOLIET - John F. Jeffrey, 86, of Joliet, died Saturday (June 7, 1997) at the Rosewood Care Center, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Grant-Tapella-Freitag Westwood Memorial Chapel, Joliet. The Rev. William J. Ward will officiate.
Private burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Joliet Area Community Hospice.
He was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Wilmington, the son of John K. and Mary K. Cinotto Jeffrey.
His first wife, the former Harriet Dekens, died in 1967.
Surviving are his second wife, the former Dollie Davis Hancock; two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni and Dan Ryan of Tomahawk, Wis., Joan and George Madden of Plainfield; one step-son and daughter-in-law, James and Karen Hancock of Mokena; three step-daughters and one step-son-in-law, Jacqueline Hancock of Joliet, Charlene Lamping of Rockdale, Karen and John Tapley of Minooka; one brother, Joseph Jeffrey of Joliet; two grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jeffrey lived in Minooka for nine years, but lived in Joliet most of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He retired from Caterpillar in 1975.
Mr. Jeffrey was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, American Legion Harwood Post 5, American Society for Quality Control, Joliet Rivals Club, Rivals Senior Bowling Leagues, Caterpillar Retirees Club and A.A.R.P.

Tommie Falls

BEAVERVILLE - Tommie Falls, 66, of Beaverville, died Tuesday (June 3, 1997) at her home.
Visitation was from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home. The Rev. Bert Walls officiated.
Burial was in Homewood Memorial Cemetery, Homewood.
She was born May 10, 1930, in Meridian, Miss.
Surviving are her husband, Freddie; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Geneva, Richard and Myrtle, all of Chicago; two daughters, Elma Sharpe of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Falls of Chicago; one sister-in-law, Lula Evans of Colp; and eight grandchildren.

Noelle Causer

Noelle Marie Causer was stillborn Wednesday (June 4, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Private services will be held on Monday.
Hertz-Thoma Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are her parents David and Mary Gleeson Causer; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Nicky and Scott Graham of St. Anne, Natalie at home; two brothers, Dave and Derek Causer at home; maternal grandparents, John and Therese Gleeson Byrne; aunts and uncles, Jim and Linda Gleeson of Lake Villa, Deacon Marty Gleeson, O.P. of St. Louis, Mo., Tom and Lynne Gleeson of Stelle, Craig and Therese Cardosi of St. Anne, Bill and Bonnie Causer of Bourbonnais, John and Donna Ohrt of Kankakee, Mike and Linda Causer of Marco Island, Fla., Jerry and Julie Causer of Pontiac; niece and nephew, Miya and Dylan Graham; several cousins, great-aunts and uncles.
Deceased are her paternal grandparents, William G. and Vivian Causer; maternal grandfather, Martin T. Gleeson Jr., cousins Kimberly Causer and Matthew Snapp.

Russel Spangler

MANTENO - Russel E. Spangler, 83, of Manteno, died Friday (June 6, 1997) at Miller Health Care Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jack McCormick will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
He was born Feb. 19, 1914, the son of Fred W. and Florence E. Bush Spangler.
Surviving are his wife, the former Frances A. Coldwater, whom he married April 17, 1937, in Elwood; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anitra Spangler; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Annette and George Gomolski of Bloomfield, Mich., Carol and Joe Cochran of Manteno, Janice Wren of Bourbonnais; two sisters and one brother-in- law, Lydia Jefferies of Wilmington, Phyllis and Glenn Rayman of Manteno; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one grandson.
Mr. Spangler was a member of the Pilot Flying Farmers Association, (AOPA) Aircraft Owners Pilots Association, Joliet American Legion band for 10 years, and the Betourne Band for 10 years. He was a private pilot for 25 years. He was the former director of Kankakee Farm Bureau for Manteno. Mr. Spangler was a farmer. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Darlene Rogowski

URBANA - Services for Darlene Rogowski, 50, of Urbana, were held May 28 at Elmwood Chapel in South Chicago.
Mrs. Rogowski died May 20, 1997 at Carle Hospital in Champaign.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marc and Troy Toler, David Wilson, David Griffen, Max Emerson, and Ed Fields.

Mary Briggs

Mary Lois Briggs, 68, of Bourbonnais, died Saturday (June 7, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Robert Arndt will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Burial will be in Glen Oak Cemetery, Westchester.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Choir of St. John United Church of Christ or Kankakee Valley Theater.
She was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Janesville, Wis., the daughter of Elton and Constance Shaw Bingham.
Her husband, Herbert Briggs, whom she married Dec. 18, 1948, in Milton, Wis., died in March 1988.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Herbert E. Jr. and Nancy Briggs of Monee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Dr. Phil Hays of Kankakee, Elizabeth and Thomas Heebner of Oakland, Calif.; three sisters, Linda Hays of Chatawa, Miss., Ruth Berger of Janesville, Wis., Holly DeVaney of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two brothers, Steve Bingham of Safford, Ariz., Charles Bingham of Milton, Wis.; a special friend, Bob Lambert of Kankakee; seven grandchildren, Katherine and Margaret Hays, Claire and Zachary Heebner, Jeff, Scott, and Robyn Perz.
Mrs. Briggs was a secretary with the National Dairy Council, retiring in 1985. She then moved to Kankakee in 1986 and was active in many organizations. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ serving as president, elder, mentor, and an enthusiastic member of the choir.
She was an active member of the Womens Club of Kankakee and Kankakee Valley Symphony choir.
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Irma Higginbothan

HOPKINS PARK - Irma E. Higginbothan, 72, of Hopkins Park, died Thursday (June 5, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Mrs. Higginbothan was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Hopkins Park to Ulysess and Pearl Tetter Skaggs. She married Wesley Higginbothan on March 26, 1946, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1992.
Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Monday at Lax Mortuary and at 9 a.m. Tuesday until the time of the service at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Momence. The Rev. Dennis White will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.
A lifelong Hopkins Park resident, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bererly and Howard Tate of Bourbonnais; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wesley David and Linda Higginbothan of Phoenix, Ariz., and Warren Paul Higginbothan of Hopkins Park; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Ulysses, Roy and Ann, and Kenneth Skaggs, all of Momence; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Katherine and Elzie Higginbothan of Chicago, Vivian Lee of Kankakee, Madeline Graves of Momence, Joan and Joseph Wells of Kankakee, and Sandra and Theodore Sangster of Denver, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Ada Battle of Chicago, and Gertrude Higginbotham of Hopkins Park; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Jacqueline; two brothers, Billy Gene and Myron; and sister, Marcella Robinson.
She owned and operated Wes's 66 Service Station for more than 40 years. She served as the Pembroke Township clerk for 14 years and on the board of election judges for 20 years. She also served several years with the Federal Housing Authority.
She was a member of The Sacred Heart Church where she served nine years on the church council. She was a graduate of St. Anne Community High School.