Local Obituaries for January 6, 2000
Visitation for Barbara June- Lagesse, 66, of Kankakee, will be from 4 p.m. Friday until the 8 p.m. services at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. The Rev. Lance Hurley will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home, Manteno.
Mrs. June- Lagesse died Wednesday (Jan. 5, 2000) at Riverside Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 28, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Henry and Catherine Russotto Heinrich. Her father is deceased.
Her husband, Robert Lagesse, whom she married Oct. 31, 1987, in Kankakee, died April 27, 1989.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Michael Maycen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sue and Mike Hildebrand of Bourbonnais; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Josephine Heinrich of Chiefland, Fla.; three grandchildren, Tiffany, Matthew and Alyssa Hildebrand; two step-grandchildren, Erin and Michelle Maycen; her mother of Stuart, Fla.; and first husband and friend, Charles June, whom she married Oct. 5, 1957.
Mrs. June-Lagesse was the retired Personnel Director of the Illinois Veterans Home.
She had also been office manager for George Ryan from 1974-1983 when he was in the House of Representatives and his Administrative Assistant from 1983-1985 when he was Lt. Governor.
She enjoyed reading, playing mahjongg and crossword puzzles.
MORRIS - Ethel E. Kelly, 82, of Morris, and the mother of a Coal City resident, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000) at her home.
Services were held Jan. 5 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morris. The Rev. Steven C. Lombardo officiated.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was a member.
Fruland Funeral Home, Morris, was in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 30, 1917, in Ottawa, the daughter of Bernard and Anna Brei Eichelkraut.
Her husband, Erwin L. Kelly Sr., whom she married Jan. 16, 1934, in Morris, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Betty Sjostrom of Morris; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Erwin Jr. and Delores Kelly of Coal City, William E. Kelly of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Chris Munson of Fla.; one sister, Florence Doss of Morris; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mabel Noel; one son- in-law, Arthur Sjostrom; and one brother-in-law, Arthur Kelly.
She was a member of the Elizabeth Circle of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Kelly was employed for many years at Seneca Shipyards, the Morris Paper Mill and Self Locking Carton Corp. in Morris.
She grew up and received her education in Ottawa.
STREATOR - Walter A. Simpson, 80, of Streator, and brother of a Dwight resident, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2000) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Solon and Baker Funeral Home, Streator, with the rosary at 6 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Stephen's Church, Streator, by Monsignor Peter Bolerasky.
Burial, with full military rites by Streator Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492 and Streator Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217, will be in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery, Odell.
He was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Evansville, the son of Raymond and Anna Horrel Simpson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth A. Foley, whom he married Feb. 5, 1944, in Loretto; one daughter, Linda and William Mangan of Rutland; four sons, Daniel and Mary Beth Simpson of Blackstone, Gary and Loretta Simpson of Phil Campbell, Ala., Keith and Mary Simpson of Magna, Utah, and Steven and Wanda Simpson of Streator; four sisters, Mary and John Fecarrotto, Margaret Wallace, all of Largo, Fla., Sylvia Keating of Odell, Anna Mae and Jim Scott of Dwight; three brothers, David and Helen Simpson of River Grove, Robert and Lorraine Simpson of Largo, Fla., and Valla Simpson of Pontiac; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Delbert and Justin Simpson.
ST. ANNE - Jacqueline H. Schoop, 78, of St. Anne, died Wednesday (Jan. 5, 2000) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Teresa Cath-olic Church, Kan-kakee, where she was a member, by the Rev. Anthony Taschetta.
Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort.
Memorials may be made to Provena St. Mary's Dialysis Unit.
She was born June 19, 1921, in Joliet, the daughter of Allen and Elizabeth Breckenridge Dailey.
Her husband, Herbert Schoop, whom she married Dec. 19, 1943, in Battle Creek, Mich., died July 3, 1990.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, John and Janice Schoop of St. John, Ind., Alan Schoop of St. Anne; one daughter and son-in- law, Kathy and Charles Rice of Kankakee; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers and two sisters.
FAIRBURY - Raymond F. Ferguson, 70, of Fairbury, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2000) at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until the 1 p.m. services at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac. The Rev. Kim Ernst will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.
He was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Griswold, the son of Calvin and Lola Davis Ferguson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Juanita Thompson, whom he married Jan. 1, 1949, in Pontiac; three sons, Donald Ferguson of Fairbury, David and Ann Ferguson of Denver, Colo., Larry and Lori Ferguson of Peoria; two daughters, Deborah Jackson of LaSalle, Sandra and Tim Osborne of Forrest; four brothers, Kenneth Ferguson of Pensacola, Fla., Lester Ferguson of Dwight, Clarence Ferguson of Pontiac, Herb Ferguson of San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Miller of Lansing, Mich., Zella McKittrick of Boulder Hill, Vada Baker of Chicago; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and one foster granddaughter.
Deceased are two brothers.
Mr. Ferguson was employed at Honegger's in Forrest for 40 years; Provico Feeds for three years; and most recently was the manager of the Sporting Goods Department at Wal-Mart, Pontiac.
He was educated in Cornell schools.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Plymouth, Ind.
He had served in the National Guard and ROTC.
PEOTONE - Elsie E. Morrison, 98, of Joliet, formerly of Peotone, died Wednesday (Jan. 5, 2000) at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. The Rev. Barbara Lohrbach will officiate.
Burial will be in Wilton Center Cemetery, Manhattan. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Green Garden United Methodist Church.
She was born Aug. 31, 1901, in Manhattan, the daughter of Emil F. and Mary E. Temme Rovenhagen.
Her husband, Elmer D. Morrison, whom she married April 6, 1927, in Manhattan, died in 1980.
Surviving are one son and two daughters-in-law, Ralph and Norma Morrison of Ft. Mill, S.C., and Lois M. Morrison of Peotone; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Reese E. Morrison, who died in 1991; two brothers, Ervin and Elmer Rovenhagen; one grandson, Bruce S. Morrison; one great-grandson, Albert August Lindemann II.
Mrs. Morrison was a member of Green Garden United Methodist Church.
TELL CITY, Ind. - Mabel S. Kellems, 82, of Tell City, Ind., formerly of Onarga, died today (Jan. 6, 2000) at Perry County Memorial Hospital, Tell City.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga.
BEAVERVILLE - Henry O. Perzee, 68, of Beaverville, died Wednesday (Jan. 5, 2000) at the University of Chicago Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy-Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne.
Visitation for Sarah Myrick, 83, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Craig Sweet will officiate.
Burial will be in Brooks Cemetery, Lockport.
Mrs. Myrick died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2000) at the Crestwood Terrace.
She was born May 31, 1916, in Salford Man-chester, England, the daughter of Walter and Sarah Ashton Pyatt.
Her husband, Foster Myrick, whom she married June 16, 1945, in England, died in March of 1984.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Toni Myrick of Manteno; one daughter, Corrine Myrick of Posen; one sister, Hilda; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Walter, Eric and Thomas Pyatt; and two sisters, Edie and Alice.
Mrs. Myrick was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, Kankakee.
COAL CITY - George E. Tomastick, 88, of Joliet, and father of a Coal City resident, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 1999) at Glenwood Healthcare Center in Joliet.
Private services and burial were held at Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville.
Memorials may be made to the Harbor Light Hospice, 800 Roosevelt Rd., Bldg. C., Ste. 206, Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60137.
Goodale Memorial Chapel in Lockport was in charge of arrangements.
He was born in Bneld, the son of Joseph and Margaret Baran Tomastick.
His wife, the former Dorothy Ott, is deceased.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Allen Pflibsen of Coal City, Georgine and Donald Brick of Joliet; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one grandson, Donald Tomastick Jr. and one sister, Margaret Trizna.
Mr. Tomastick was a John Hancock Insurance agent until his retirement.
LAKELAND, Fla. - Frank Joseph Testa, 73, of Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Coal City, died Wednesday (Dec. 29, 1999) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Memorial services were held Jan. 2 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
Memorials may be made to the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 719 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, Fla. 33800.
Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland was in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 8, 1926, in Coal City, the son of Frank and Anne Martinec Testa.
His wife, Barbara Testa, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Larry Testa of River Falls, Wis.; one daughter, Marie Clauser of River Falls, Wis.; one sister, Albuquerque, N.M.; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Testa was a nuclear engineer for Argonne National Laboratories in Lemont.
He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines serving during World War II.
He moved to Lakeland from Joliet in 1988.
MOMENCE - Elijah Bethsun, 38, of Momence, died Saturday (Jan. 1, 2000) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate.
Burial will be in Mound Grove Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
He was born Oct. 21, 1961, in Kankakee, the son of Robert and Lena Nixon Bethsun. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Neisha Williams of Streator; one son, Elijah Bethsun Jr. of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Lena Bailey of Momence, Shirley Bethsun of Hopkins Park; and one sister-in-law, Stella Thomas of Momence.
Deceased are two brothers.
Mr. Bethsun had been a laborer at the Sears Warehouse in Manteno.
He enjoyed sports.
GRIDLEY - Marguerite M. Andrews, 91, of Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa, formerly of Gridley, died Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2000) at Meadows Mennonite Home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the Froelich Memorial Home, Gridley.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Church of Gridley, where she was a member. The Rev. Jack Nicolay and Steve Estes will officiate.
Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First United Church of Gridley or to Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.
She was born Sept. 27, 1908 at Waldo Twp., Livingston Co., the daughter of William H. and Myrtle Hoobler Gibbs.
Her husband, Jim L. Andrews, whom she married Nov. 18, 1945 in Gridley, died in August 1975.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Bill Wilson of Bloomington; and three grandchildren, Andrea, Josh and Zack Wilson.
Deceased is one sister.
Mrs. Andrews was employed by the Gridley Telephone Company and later retired from the Gridley Post Office.
She served as an election judge for several years.
MARION - Carl Grant, 89, of Fergus, and uncle of a Bourbonnais resident, died Thursday (Dec. 30, 1999) at his home.
Services were held Jan. 2, 2000 at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home, Johnston City. The Rev. Robert Goldsborough officiated.
Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Marion.
He was born Dec. 22, 1910, in Williamson County, the son of Otto Lee and Ora Chamness Grant.
Surviving are two sisters, Anna Dickson and Ruth Snider, both of Ferges; one brother and sister-in- law, John L. and Leesa Grant of Ferges; sister-in-law, Hazel Grant of Ore.; and several nieces and nephews, including Joy Gravelle of Bourbonnais.
Deceased are four brothers, Donald, Wesley and two infant brothers.
Mr. Grant was a coal miner, construction worker and farmer.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1935-1938 and the U.S. Navy during World War II.