Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for September 1, 1997


Charles Reeves, funeral director, assistant coroner

WILMINGTON - Charles W. Reeves, 86, of Wilmington died Saturday (Aug. 30, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Reeves Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 9:45 Wednesday at the Reeves Funeral Home. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church. The Rev. Francis Maher and Decon Donald Dyer of St. Rose and the Rev. Dr. Douglas Hall of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita (nee Palmer); two sons, C. James (Sandy) and Gregory of Wilmington; two daughters, Carol Ann (Donald) Kodrick of Shorewood and Janice A. (John) Hiller of Plainfield; 10 grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren; nieces nephews, cousins and two sisters-in-law - Leona Canaday of Florida and Sylvia Reeves, of Morris.
Mr. Reeves was preceeded in death by his parents Wilfred and Anna (Sweeney) Reeves, one brother, James, and one sister, Olive.
Mr. Reeves was a prominent Will County funeral director for 65 years, in business with his sons and wife in Wilmington. He served as a deputy coroner of Will County for many years.
Mr. Reeves was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church where he and numerous friends built St. Rose School in 1946-1947. He was also a member of St. Rose Benefactors Club, Lions Club of Wilmington, Charter member and former member and President of the Wilmington Library Association, Illinois and National Funeral Directors Association, Joliet Elks Club, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Honorary member of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Honorary member of the Wilmington Masonic Lodge. He also served on numerous boards throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Rose School, Kuzma Care Cottage and the Wilmington Emergency Squad.

Robert Floyd

CHEBANSE - Robert ''Red'' Floyd, 52, of Chebanse, died Thursday (Aug. 28, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
Military services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ashkum Protestant Cemetery.
Burial will be in Ashkum Protestant Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Association.
He was born Jan. 4, 1945, in Weldon, the son of Float and Octavia Rainwater Floyd.
Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Woodall, whom he married May 10, 1967, at the Kankakee Court House; three daughters and one son- in-law, Robin and Scott Campbell of Bonfield, Rene Floyd of Chebanse, Rhonda Floyd of Arlington, Texas; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Orvile and Jean Floyd of Cullom, Garvile Floyd of Memphis, Tenn.; one grandchild; and many brother and sisters-in-law.
Deceased are his parents.
Mr. Floyd was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a 30 year employee of Consumer Illinois Water Company.
He enjoyed auto racing, playing pool, and collected model cars.

Homer Frederiksen

BRAIDWOOD - Homer C. Frederiksen, 82, of Braidwood, died Thursday (Aug. 28, 1997) at the home of his daughter in Morton.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Steve Erickson will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood.
He was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Newell, Iowa, the son of Thor and Inger Jensen Frederiksen.
His wife, the former Josephine Williams, whom he married March 19, 1939, in Homer, Neb., is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Roy Johnson of Morton; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Vickie Frederiksen of Benton; one brother, Tom Frederiksen of Storm Lake, Iowa; two sisters, Nadine Anderson of Carson City, Nev. and Oda Ericksen of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are one son, Allan Frederiksen; one brother, Bob Frederiksen; and two sisters, Leona Simeno and Elsa Hendershott.
Mr. Frederiksen was formerly employed by Modern Builders in Joliet.
He was a member of the Carpenter's Union, Joliet Local.

Marion Young

ATLANTA, Ill. - Marion E. ''Butts'' Young, 77, of Atlanta, father of a Bourbonnais resident, died Thursday (Aug. 28, 1997) at Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. David Harmon will officiate.
Burial will be in Mountjoy Cemetery, rural Atlanta, with military rites accorded by the Atlanta American Legion Post 341.
Memorials may be made to Hawes Elevator Restoration Fund, in care of Atlanta National Bank.
He was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Beason, the son of Tomie and Dena Young.
Surviving are his wife, the former Phyllis Frantz, whom he married June 21, 1947, in Atlanta; three sons, Bobby Young of Bourbonnais, Bruce Young of Normal, Billy Young of Lincoln; one daughter, Bonnie Sue Pettigrew of Bloomington; two sisters, Ellen Lynch of McLean, Ivol Park of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother.
Mr. Young farmed 50 years west of Atlanta before his retirement.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the European Theatre and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars.
He was a 50-year member of the Atlanta American Legion Post 341, Lincoln Veterans of Foreign War, and a member of Atlanta Christian Church.
Mr. Young was a former Atlanta Fire Department member.

Tommie Hawkins

Tommie Lee ''Curly'' Hawkins, 46, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Aug. 28, 1997) at St. Mary's Hospital.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lax Mortuary, Kankakee until the time of services at 11 a.m. Elder Tubbie Gordon will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
He was born Jan. 17, 1951, in New York, N.Y., the son of Janie and Tommie Hawkins, Sr.
Surviving are his mother of Kankakee; one son, Dana Willis of Bloomington; three daughters, Jonette Taylor of Kankakee, Tammy Williams of Indianapolis, Ind., Dionne Monroe of Kankakee; 10 brothers and three sisters-in-law, Larry Hawkins of Columbia, S.C., Gregory and Priscilla Hawkins, Kevin and Cheryl Hawkins, all of Kankakee, Sebon and Kim Hawkins of Columbia, S.C., Sylonnieo, Verran and Leonard Burdunice, all of Minneapolis, Minn., Michael Burdunice of Dubuque, Iowa, Ronnie Green of Harvey, and Marshall Maxwell of Tacoma, Wash.; five sisters and one brother-in-law, Parthenia Hawkins, Iris and Sherman Collins, all of Kankakee, Jennifer and Nancy Burdunice, both of Minneapolis, Minn., and Patricia Brown of Columbia, S.C.; six grandchildren; and several other relatives.
Deceased is his father.
Mr. Hawkins lived in Kankakee for 37 years.
He attended St. Anne High School and completed his GED after enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1971.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Azzarelli Construction Company.
He enjoyed rebuilding engines.

Doris Daniels

HOPKINS PARK - Doris Daniels, 86, of Hopkins Park, died Tuesday (Aug. 26, 1997) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation with the rosary will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hopkins Park, where a Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., by the Rev. Denis White.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery, Ganeer Twp.
She was born March 19, 1911, in Little Rock, Ark., the daughter of Willie James and Mattie Lee.
Surviving are her husband, Louis G. Daniels, whom she married Sept. 24, 1932, in Chicago, of Momence; one son, Thayle M. Daniels of Evanston; special friend, Johnnie Murrell of Colorado; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of the Pembroke Senior Citizens and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mrs. Daniels was a resident of the area for 23 years.

Maximina Zacarias

ST. ANNE - Maximina Zacarias, 87, of St. Anne, died Friday (Aug. 29, 1997) at Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne.

Harold Holt

Harold J. Holt, 62, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (Aug. 27, 1997) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services at 8 p.m. at Hertz- Thoma Chapel, Kankakee. Mr. Mack Holt will officiate.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Cremation rites accorded at the Hertz-Thoma Crematory, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1202, Chicago, Ill. 60602.
He was born July 7, 1935, in Peoria, the son of Oscar and Riley Kyle Holt.
Surviving are his wife, the former JoAnn M. Mason, whom he married July 12, 1995; one daughter, Leann R. DeMuth of Hopkins Park; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Richard Moody of Memphis, Tenn., Shirley and Cliff Hill, Joanne and Melvin Boone, all of Milwaukee, Wis., Cynthia and Titus Barner of Cleveland, Ohio; five brothers and two sisters- in-law, Oscar and Lorena Holt, Mack and Jackie Holt, Robert Holt, all of Milwaukee, Wis., Samuel Holt of Cleveland, Ohio, and Roger Holt; one grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his parents; two sisters, Carol Tate and Katie Gayton; and two brothers, Elbert and Leon.
Mr. Holt was a truck driver for H and E Sod Farm in Momence.

Verna Porter

CHEBANSE - Verna M. Porter, 68, of Chebanse, died Friday (Aug. 29, 1997) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the time of services at 2 p.m. at the Hertz-Thoma Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Leah Pogemiller will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Chebanse.
She was born Nov. 17, 1928, in LaCrosse, Wis., the daughter of LaVern and Louise Siebolt Thorpe.
Her husband, James E. Porter, whom she married April 21, 1959, in Iowa, at the Little Brown Chapel in the Vale, is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bruce and Yvonne Thompson of Momence, Brian and Deborah Thompson of Bourbonnais, Vern Thompson of Chebanse; one sister, Hazel Thorpe of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are her parents; one son, Mark; one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Porter was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Kankakee.
She was an avid reader.

Eva Winterroth

CARMEL, Ind. - Eva J. Winterroth, 81, of Carmel, Ind., formerly of Aroma Park, died Friday (Aug. 29, 1997) in Carmel.Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Spencer Barnard will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association.
She was born April 20, 1916, east of Kempton, the daughter of Kige and Easter Hill Weaver.
Her husband, LaVerne Winterroth, whom she married Dec. 26, 1934, in Herscher, died May 21, 1982.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Bob Berry of Tampa, Fla., Pat and Hal Waters of Carmel, Ind.; a dear friend, Russell Kamp of Kankakee; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one brother, Delmar Weaver; one sister, Nelva Lambert and spouse.
Mrs. Winterroth was a member of the Aroma Park United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Helen Buhrmester

MILFORD - Helen D. Buhrmester, 84, of Milford, died Friday (Aug. 29, 1997) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Church, Milford, where she was a member, or the donor's choice.
She was born April 15, 1913, in Stockland, the daughter of John A. and Augusta Isaksson Johnson.
Her husband, Ralph Buhrmester, whom she married Feb. 2, 1935, in Watseka, died Oct. 3, 1979.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Gloria Buhrmester of Savoy, Gary Buhrmester of Watseka, Ronald L. Buhrmester of Milford; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one sister.
Mrs. Buhrmester was a nurses aid at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, a 50 year member of Rebekah Lodge 510, Order of Eastern Star, and Grandmothers Club, all of Milford.
She helped Volunteer Services deliver meals-on-wheels.

Melese Buchan

WATSEKA - Melese Buchan, 94, of Watseka, died Saturday (Aug. 30, 1997) at Watseka Health Care Center.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka with a wake service at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Beaverville, where she was a member, by the Rev. Bob Coleman.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Beaverville.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
She was born Sept. 22, 1902, in Beaverville, the daughter of Charles and Leonie Pombert Regnier.
Her first husband, Elmer DePatis, whom she married in 1932 in Beaverville, is deceased.
Her second husband, Glen Buchan, whom she married in Watseka, died in 1971.
Surviving are one brother, Horace Regnier of New Port Richey, Fla.; two daughters-in-law, JoAnne DePatis of Beaverville, Maria DePatis of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Michael DePatis of Donovan, J.P. DePatis of Johnson City, Tenn., Debbie DePatis of Phoenix, Ariz., and Yvonne DePatis Kupka of Los Angeles, Calif., and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are seven brothers and sisters, three sons, and one grandson.
She was a member of the St. Anne Sodality.

L. Jean Feller

CLAYTONVILLE - L. Jean Feller, 68, of Claytonville, died Saturday (Aug. 30, 1997) at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton.
Private visitation and services will be held at Knapp Funeral Home, Milford. The Rev. Ralph Faber will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 15, 1929, in Milford, the daughter of Clifford and Hazel Rader Smith.
Surviving are her husband, Bud Feller, whom she married Oct. 11, 1946, in Watseka, of Claytonville; one daughter, Hope Reeder of Claytonville; one son, Billy Joe Feller of Sunnyville, Calif.; one brother, Ed Smith of Milford; one sister, Penny Keith of Wellington; and two granddaughters.
Deceased are her parents and one daughter.
Mrs. Feller enjoyed horses and gardening.
She was a beautician for over 20 years.