Local Obituaries for January 21, 2000
Visitation for Goldie G. Pommier, 91, a lifelong resident of Kankakee, will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, with a 7 p.m. wake service at the Clancy- Gernon-Houk Funeral Home, St. Anne.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church, where she was a member, by the Rev. James Fanale.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois County Hospice.
Mrs. Pommier died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at Sheldon Meadows Nursing Home.
Mrs. Pommier was a registered nurse and former employee of Provena St. Mary's Hospital. She graduated in 1930 from St. Mary's School of Nursing.
She was born Oct. 8, 1908, in St. Anne, the daughter of William and Louise Pombert Hiser.
Her husband, Henry R. Pommier, whom she married June 2, 1934, died in 1976.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Barbara Pommier of St. Anne, Gary and Sharon Pommier of Kankakee; twin daughters, Marilyn and Harold Krueger of Morocco, Ind., and Madonna and Robert Prock of Plainfield; three sisters, Dorothy Mayotte of Chebanse, Mina desLauriers of Kankakee; Audrey LaRocque of Kankakee; one brother, Harlan Hiser of Kankakee; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter, Rhoda; one son, Henry R. Jr.; one brother, William; and one sister, Rhodamae.
She was a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the St. Anne Sodality of Maternity Church, Christian Family Movement, St. Jude League, St. Teresa Mother's Club, St. Teresa's Sodality and past member of the Joliet Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
Claude O. Bechtel, 88, of Bourbonnais, died today (Jan. 21, 2000) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley, where he was a member, by the Rev. John Ant-czak.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kan-kakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
He was born July 2, 1911, in Herscher, the son of Orie and Lillian Goss Bechtel. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Bob O'Connor of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters-in- law, Theresa Bechtel Mitchell of Deerfield, Marian Bechtel of Kankakee; nieces and nephews, Gary J. and Cheryl Bechtel of Bourbonnais, Bill Bechtel of Deerfield, Brenda Bechtel Wood (David) of Lincolnshire; and five great-nieces and nephews, Kristen and Allison Bechtel, Henry, Brion and David Wood.
Deceased are three brothers, Earl, Jim and Howard; and three sisters, Edith, Venita and Mae.
Mr. Bechtel retired after working as a bus driver and mechanic for the Herscher School District for 40 years.
CAMPUS - Patricia Foley, 62, of Campus, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Arrangements are pending at the Hager Memorial Home, Dwight.
Visitation for Jean M. Goselin, 75, of Bourbonnais, will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, with a 5 p.m. wake service at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Ma-ternity BVM Ca-tholic Church, Bourbonnais, where she was a member. The Rev. Charles Bol-ser will officiate.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Memorials may be made in her name.
Mrs. Goselin died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at St. Francis Hospital, Blue Island.
Mrs. Goselin was a self-employed beautician for 38 years retiring Jan. 7, 2000.
She was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Campus, the daughter of Frank and Irma Burgess Kuntz.
Surviving are her husband, Francis Goselin, whom she married Sept. 26, 1942, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee; two sons and daughters-in-law, F. Gene and Christy Goselin, Scott and Melanie Goselin, all of Bourbonnais; one daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and David Cale of Ankeny, Iowa; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Geraldine and Francis McGregor of Bonfield, Jim Blan of Manteno; three brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Josephine Kuntz of Bradley, Gerald and Eleanor Kuntz of Kankakee, Wayne and Maxine Kuntz of Bourbonnais; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Benny, Leo and Russell; and two sisters, Rita and Lorraine.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, Ladies of St. Anne and the Hairdresser Group; and a former member of the K of C Auxiliary.
She enjoyed bowling and bingo.
GILMAN - Dorothy Classen Moore, 85, of Savoy, a former resident and teacher in Gilman and Berwyn, died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2000) at Carle Arbours, Savoy.
Visitation will be from 4-9 p.m. today at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman, and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at the United Methodist Church, Gilman, where she was a member. The Rev. Leon McClimans officiated.
Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gilman.
She was born July 21, 1914, in Crescent City, the daughter of Fred and Grace Hotaling Nightingale.
Her first husband, Dr. Arthur C. Classen, whom she married Dec. 24, 1938, in Gilman, died Oct. 17, 1989.
Surviving are her husband, Glendon Moore, whom she married April 23, 1993, in Gilman; one daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Edward Zunke of Kankakee; one step- daughter, Carolyn Smith of Richmond, Va.; one step-son, Richard Moore of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Deceased is one brother, Vincent Nightingale.
A Gilman High School graduate, she also graduated in 1936 from Illinois State University with a degree in domestic science.
She was a resident of Berwyn from 1953-1971.
She was a member of the P.E.O. Womens Organization.
She enjoyed music.
MOMENCE - Donald Mueller, 63, of Momence, died Friday (Jan. 21, 2000) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Momence.
MANTENO - Agnes "Aggie" Bonsett Oliver, 68, of Manteno, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno, and from noon until the 2 p.m. services Tuesday at the Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home, Vernon, Ind.
Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Ind.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
She was a self-employed painter.
She was born Oct. 20, 1931, in Vernon, Ind., the daughter of Chas and Inez Arbuckle Everhart.
Her first husband, Gilbert Bonsett, died Sept. 9, 1974.
Her second husband, Robert Oliver, died July 10, 1992.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Gail Oliver of Manteno; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Mary Hornback, Ethel and Marty Williams, Beverly and Randy Carroll, Roberta and Alan Stauffenberg, all of Manteno; three sisters, Ruth Trowbridge of Commiskey, Ind., Helen Coons of Indianapolis, Ind., Elsie Goins of Milton, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son-in-law, Rick Hornback; three sisters, Reba Mae Wilkerson, Laverne Sipes, Florence Cardinal; and four brothers, Howard, James, Charles and Raymond Everhart.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Janet Elizabeth Oberlin McBride, 84, a former Kankakeean who has been a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1972, died Saturday (Jan. 15, 2000) at Hospice of the Comforter, Colorado Springs.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Lehmberg Chapel, First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs.
Memorials may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 616 N. Royer, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903.
Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Inc., 501 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. McBride was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 30 years.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church Hope Circle for 30 years.
She was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Kankakee, the daughter of Arthur Jacob and Hazel McGinnis Oberlin.
Her husband, Hugh D. McBride, whom she married Jan. 4, 1941, is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter, Gail E. Madsen; one son, Dr. Martin H. McBride; one brother, Arthur J. Oberlin; and one sister, Bernice O'Brien.
PIPER CITY - JoAnne R. Eshleman, 62, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Piper City, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) in Janesville.
Arrangements are pending at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City.
Nancy Jean Laskey, 73, of Manteno, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the 3 p.m. services at the Brown Funeral Home, Manteno. Lance Hurley will officiate.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
She was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Flora, the daughter of Harry and Osa Springer Keith.
Surviving are her husband, Walter Ray Laskey, whom she married Sept. 6, 1946, in Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debbie Laskey of Manteno; one daughter and son-in-law, June and Merle Raymond of Manteno; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Marylee Keith of Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one sister.
Mrs. Laskey was a Cubs fan.
MANTENO - Leonard J. Norek, 62, of Manteno, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2000) at Riverside Medical Center, after an extended illness.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Buffalo, N.Y.
Memorials may be made to the family wishes.
Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Manteno, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 16, 1937, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Raymond A. and Helen A. Rajeweski Norek. Deceased are his parents.
Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leonard R. and Patricia Norek of Manteno, Kevin Norek of Buffalo; two daughters, Donna and Nikki Norek, both of Buffalo; one sister and brother-in-law, Christine and John Jennings of DePew, N.Y.; two brothers and sisters- in-law, Raymond and Sandy Norek of Lancaster, N.Y., Dennis and JoAnn Norek of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Norek was a former tailor for M. Weil and Co. and a former bar owner, both in Buffalo.
He upholstered the interior of boats.
He enjoyed the Buffalo Bills, hunting and fishing and outdoor sports.
GRANT PARK - Visitation for Edna Cirks, 92, of Grant Park, will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Hub Funeral Chapel, Grant Park, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Charles Anthony will officiate.
Burial will be in Union Corners, Grant Park.
Memorials may be made to the Grant Park Paramedics.
Mrs. Cirks died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at her home.
She was born Aug. 9, 1907, in Beecher, the daughter of August and Amanda Kregel Haseman.
Her husband, Enno W. Cirks, whom she married Jan. 1, 1927, in Beecher, died Jan. 3, 1975.
Surviving are two sons, Elden and Martha Cirks of Aledo, Edward and Patricia Cirks of Mt. Zion; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Edith and Kenneth Grimes, Elsie Siebert, Erma and Elden Mittag, all of Grant Park, Elizabeth Workman of Tenn., Evelyn and Joel Danker of Yorkville; 26 grandchildren, 32 great- grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Edwin Cirks, who died in 1936; two sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Cirks attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Beecher.
She enjoyed gardening, raising orchids and violets, and quilting.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Finley C. Libby, 90, of Riverside, Calif., formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (Jan. 2, 2000) in Riverside.
Cremation interment services were held Jan. 12 at Kankakee Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mr. Libby lived in California for 23 years after retiring from 30 years of service with the Illinois Central Railroad. He also worked 10 years at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
He was born Sept. 23, 1909, in Alvin, Texas, the son of Harry and Bertha Smith Libby, formerly of Kankakee.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sarah Becker, whom he married May 5, 1937, in Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Christa Libby of Jefferson City, Tenn.; one brother, Haslin Libby of Hesperia, Calif.; two grandchildren, Kai and Penny Libby of Aurora, Tanya Libby of Bensalem, Pa.; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, William, George and Lawrence; and two sisters, Marie and Julia.
He was a member of Faith Community Church in Riverside where he served four years as a deacon.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge 50 years and in his youth was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
SHELDON - Robert Hausz, 83, of the Sheldon Meadows Nursing Home, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday until the noon services at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Wellington, the son of Fredrick and Belle Crail Hausz.
His wife, Helen Richards, whom he married Aug. 2, 1960, in Joliet, died in 1994.
Surviving are one step-son, Harry and Sandra Richards of Plainfield; one sister, Elizabeth Phelps of Wellington; one brother, John Hausz of Watseka; one granddaughter, Linda and John McDowell of Crest Hill; and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers; one sister; and one nephew.
Mr. Hausz had worked at Watseka Farm Service and Argonne National Laboratories in Joliet.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a member of the Watseka VFW.
PEOTONE - Rosina Meyer, 92, of the Peotone/Monee area, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) at Momence Meadows Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Richton Park, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert Erickson will officiate.
She was born Feb. 11, 1907, in Monee Township, the daughter of Fred and Mary Stade Oehlerking.
Her husband, Henry P. Meyer, whom she married May 29, 1927, in Monee, died in 1939.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Elsie and Bill Erickson of Grant Park; one brother, Alfred Oehlerking of Peotone; four grandchildren, Ronald Erickson of Momence, Kenneth and Larry Erickson, both of Grant Park, Judy Wolff of Peotone; and 10 great- grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Arthur, Ed and Theodore Oehlerking; and two sisters, Selma Esch and Ella Oehlerking.