Local Obituaries for November 2, 1999
Visitation for Richard T. Cline, 52, of Kankakee, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with services at 7 p.m. at the Kan-kakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes. The Rev. Ele-anor Ditrick will officiate.
Cremation rites will follow.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Center and Radiation Therapy, c/o Provena St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Med Center, West Suite 108, 500 W. Court St., Kankakee.
Mr. Cline died Monday (Nov. 1, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Mr. Cline had been an air traffic controller for the last 17 years and most recently at the Greater Kankakee Airport.
He was born July 20, 1947, in Chicago, the daughter of Cecil R. and Margaret Greene Cline, who are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, Darleen Napoleon, whom he married Feb. 23, 1999, in Kankakee; one daughter, Samantha Cline of Chicago; two stepsons, Sam Napoleon of Crestwood and William Napoleon of Kankakee; six sisters and two brothers-in-law, Margaret Cline of Westmont, Joyce Cline, Mary Cline and Phyllis and Mike Mazupappa, all of Chicago, Lucille Cline of Melrose Park and Gloria and George Theros of Lily Lake; one brother and sister-in-law, William and Marie Cline of Chicago; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He served in the U.S Air Force as a staff sergeant.
He enjoyed traveling and golfing.
MILFORD - Graveside services for John W. Murray Sr., 76, of Milford, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Milford Fire Department or the Milford Christian Church.
Arrangements are by Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.
Mr. Murray died Monday (Nov. 1, 1999) at Home Hospital in Lafayette, Inc.
Mr. Murray was owner of Murray's Garage in Milford until his retirement in the mid '80s. He was a former member of Milford Fire Department, the Elks and American Legion.
He was born April 5, 1923 in Ventura, Calif., the son of Lee and Mable Longacre Murray.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ruth Ann Fleming, whom he married May 5, 1946, in Milford; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Connie Murray Jr. of Monticello, Ind.; one brother, Richard Murray of Bakersfield, Calif; two sisters, Helen Miller of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Edith Skillen of Fresno, Calif.; three grandsons; one great-grandson.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy on the USS Croatan.
An accomplished gunsmith, he was a gun collector. He enjoyed fishing.
BEECHER - Barbara Ann Goodwin, 61, of Arcadia, Calif., formerly of Beecher, died Oct. 30, 1999, at an Arcadia Hospital.
She was born in Chicago Heights the daughter of Ingram and Myrtle Lien.
Surviving are her husband, Cliff Goodwin, whom she married Oct. 24, 1959; one son, John of San Francisco; one daughter and son-in-law, Staci and Hans Vis of Monrovia, Ga.; one brother and sister-in-law, Alton and Wanda Lien of Oak Lawn; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Lawrence Ervin of San Angelo, Texas, formerly of Piper City; a sister-in- law, Ruth Lien of Crete; and two grandchildren.
Her parents and two brothers, Maurice and Richard Lien, are deceased.
Benny Flahive, 62, of Kankakee, died Saturday (Oct. 30, 1999) at his home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Manteno Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Jack McCormick will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family.
The Bradley Chapel of Schreffler Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Jan. 15, 1937 in Crawfordsville, Ind., the son of David and Luella Ralls Flahive, who are deceased.
Mr. Flahive was employed by Gary's Auto Sales in Kankakee for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are two sons, Brian and Jeremy Flahive, both of Kankakee; two daughters and one son-in-law, Darcy and Steve Drummer and Tracy Flahive, all of St. Anne; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Emily and Bob Goncher of Manteno, Margaret and Sherman Propes of Lowell, Ind., Shirley Gaines and her fiance Steven Culpepper of Bradley and Trudie and Johny Hughes of Steger; five brothers and three sisters-in- law, Chuck and Rhonda Flahive of Kentland, Ind., Lenny and Bart Flahive, both of Bradley, Jack and Patty Flahive of Park Forest and Dale and Beth Flahive of Manteno; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews.
A sister, Martha Flahive, and a granddaughter, Ashley Haug Flahive, are deceased.
He enjoyed antique cars and his animals.
COAL CITY - Harry G. Willis Jr., 50, of Coal City, died Sunday (Oct. 31, 1999) at Provena St. Joseph Mecical Center, Joliet, from a year-long battle with multiple myeloma.
There will be no visitation.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Donald O'Connor, at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Assumption Catholic Church, Coal City, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Rolintis, Tim O'Keefe, Matthew Hook, Jim Goebel, Jim Tira and Eric Graff. Honorary pallbearer will be Roland Schmitt.
Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City is in charge of arrangements.
Most of his life he was employed as a mechanical engineer, the past 15 years with Victor Reinz Division of Dana Corporation in Lisle as senior mechanical development engineer.
He was born Sept. 6, 1949 in Joliet, the son of Harry and Ann Vitko Willis, who are deceased. He was a 1967 graduate of Coal City High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois, receiving a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. In 1992 he received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.
Surviving are his wife, the former Rita Fornelli, whom he married July 8, 1972, in Coal City; his step-mother, Ardele Willis; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Gail Renee Merritt of Largo, Fla., and Jennifer and James Goebel of Kankakee; three nieces; German exchange daughter, Anna Dittrich of Berlin, Germany; and his mother-in-law, Pauline Fornelli.
WILMINGTON - Phyllis J. Vercelli Long, 80, of Wilmington, died Monday (Nov. 1, 1999) at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Joliet.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Wilmington where she was a member. Services will be held there at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Frank Berman will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the donor's choice.
Reeves Funeral Home, Wilmington, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec. 8, 1918, the daughter of Elmer and Jean Allott Kahler. Her grandfather was the late Lloyd W. Kahler, one of the last surviving veterans of the Civil War. He died in December 1940 at the age of 96.
Her husbands preceded her in death, Leo Gravot in 1937, Emil "Scotty" Vercelli in 1977, and Dr. Raymond G. Long in 1981. Also deceased are a sister, Pauline Mayer; a brother, Elmer Kahler; step-mother Isabel Neese Kahler; a step-brother, George Neese; and an infant daughter, Roberta Gravot.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles "Butch" and Charlotte Vercelli of Montgomery, Ala., Emil P. Jr. "Scotty" and Sharon Vercelli of Wilmington, Lodi and Lynn Vercelli of Wilmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and James Stickel of Wilmington and Toni and Jerry LaPointe of Lockport; 15 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Dorothy Kahler of Florida; one step-sister, Jeannette Hemmerling of California; a sister- in-law, Alice Kahler of Minooka.
Mrs. Long was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a lifetime honorary member of the PTA.
MOMENCE - Visitation for Frances M. Cromwell, 81, of Momence, will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Momence.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Momence, where she was a member.
Mrs. Cromwell died Monday (Nov. 1, 1999) at her residence.
She was born June 28, 1918 in Gibson City, the daughter of Louis and Essie P. Bishop Fawver.
Her husband, William Cromwell, whom she married Jan. 25, 1935 in Momence, died May 12, 1997.
Mrs. Cromwell had worked at the North End Tap and TNT Restaurant for many years. She had also worked at Baker and Taylor as a comptometer operator for 19 years.
Surviving are a daughter and son- in-law, Janice and Donald Martin of Momence; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Cromwell and Steve and Carrie Cromwell, all of Momence; one brother and sister-in- law, Bud and Linda Fawver of Momence; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Two sisters and one daughter preceded her in death.
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - Laura Esther Strickler, 88, formerly of Bradley and a charter member of the College Church of The Nazarene, died today (Nov. 2, 1999) at her home in Overland Park, Kan.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.