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Recap for November 28, - December 3, 1999

Local Obituaries for December 5, 1999

Esme Prather
BEAVERVILLE - Esme Prather, 85, of Beaverville, died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Born Again Apostolic Assembly of Christ Church, Kankakee, where she was a member. The Rev. Mack Burnett will officiate.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Kankakee County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2115, Kankakee, or to the Animal Foundation, Box 304, Bradley.
She was born May 23, 1915, in Chester, England, the daughter of Charles and Florence King.
Her husband, Wayne Prather, whom she married in England, died in March 1986.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Yvonne Prather of Titusville, Pa.; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Roselind Diane and Robert Munro of Idaho Springs, Colo., Aleta Chellino and Angela Ames, both of Kankakee, Patricia and David Broadwater of Parkersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Delphine Radcliffe of Boston, Mass., and Pamela Klarenburg of Cheadle Hulme, England; 22 grandchildren and severl great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Prather was the owner of a pedigree animal kennel in Pennsylvania for several years.
She was a veteran of the Woman Air Force in England.

Carl Austin
PONTIAC - Carl O. Austin, 85, of Pontiac, died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, and from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. services Monday at First Christian Church, Pontiac, where he was a member. The Rev. John Kenerley will officiate.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Emington.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Pontiac; or United Church of Christ, Emington; or to the donor's choice.
Mr. Austin was born May 23, 1914, in Freeland Park, Ind., the son of Matt S. and Ada Swisher Austin.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lorraine Hole, whom he married Dec. 27, 1939 in Emington; one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Dean Romein, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; one son and two daughters-in- law, Roger and Bonnie Austin, Odell, and Margaret Austin, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Maurice and Wilma Austin, Pontiac, and Alvin and Mary Austin, Emington; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Gary Austin; and two step-grandsons.
Mr. Austin attended school in rural Emington and was a graduate of Saunemin High School.
He farmed for more than 50 years in the Emington area until his retirement. He moved to Pontiac in 1991.
He was a member of the Livingston County Farm Bureau, past member of the Emington Grade School and Saunemin Unit 6 School Boards, township clerk for Broughton Township for 22 years and served as a precinct committeeman for the township. He was a director on the Point Mutual Insurance Board for 30 years.

Faye Bell
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Faye Bell, 88, Ocean Springs, Miss., formerly of Watseka, died Friday (Dec. 3), at Sunplex Rehabilitation Center in Ocean Springs.
Arrangements are pending at Segur-Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka.

Kenneth Schultz, Sr.
LODA - Kenneth E. Schultz Sr., 67, of Loda, died Friday (Dec. 3), at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, after a brief illness.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the Ford- Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Jerry Haley will officiate.
Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda.
He was born Aug. 3, 1932 in Kankakee, the son of Emile and Lillian B. Gigl Schultz. His parents are deceased.
Surviving are his wife, the former Lela M. Russell, whom he married Jan. 14, 1952 in Kankakee; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Jr. and Bev Schultz of Paxton; one sister and brother-in-law, Berniece and Leonard Papineau of Herscher; one sister- in-law, Lorena Schultz, Kankakee; one grandson; and several other relatives.
Mr. Schultz attended Kankakee schools.
He was employed 23 years at General Foods/Gaines Dog Food Plant, and for 20 years at Toll Manufacturing, Paxton, retiring in 1996.
He lived in Buckley several years before moving to Loda.
He enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking.

Franklin Mercer
LIMESTONE Twp. - Franklin L. "Frank" Mercer, 82, of Limestone Twp., died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at his residence.
Cremation rites will be accorded by Hertz-Thoma Crematory.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee. The Rev. Dennis Settles will officiate.
Private burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 9, 1917, in Bradley, the son of Charles and Emma Rose Mercer.
His wife, the former Frances Serve, whom he married in 1936, at St. Rose Church, Kankakee, is deceased.
Surviving are one son, Franklin "Skip" Mercer of Monee; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Roger Norton of Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Eva L. Daniels of Florida; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Vivian Mercer of Bourbonnais; six grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Peter, Lincoln, James, Jerry and Lewis; and two sisters, Viola and Irene.
Mr. Mercer had been a carpenter millwright for Local Union 496.
He was a veteran of the military.

Catherine Sheridan
WILMINGTON - Catherine Sheridan, 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Westmont, died Wednesday (Dec. 1, 1999).
Private services were held Dec. 3 at the Freitag Funeral Home, Wilmington.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
She was born Dec. 29, 1909 in Hibbing, Minn., the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Locher.
She is survived by one grandson, Michael Towner.
Deceased is one son, Michael Towner Sr.

Jesse Gathing Sr.
Jesse (J.C.) Gathing Sr., 76, of Kankakee, died Saturday at Riverside Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements with Lax Mortuary are pending. Survivors include former Kankakee alderman Jesse Gathing, Jr., his son.

Birdeen Friant
SAUNEMIN - Birdeen M. Friant, 83, of Saunemin, died Friday (Dec. 3, 1999) at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Wiliam H. Beswick will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunny Slope Cemetery, Saunemin.
Memorials may be made to the Saunemin Fire Department or to the Saunemin Community Building.
She was born Dec. 30, 1915, in Cabery, the daughter of Melvin B. and Charlotte J. DeMoure Clark.
Her first husband, Rex K. Wright, whom she married Dec. 25, 1942, died Oct. 25, 1952.
Her second husband, W. Howard Magee, whom she married Nov. 1, 1956, died March 1, 1978.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer W. Friant, whom she married March 9, 1979, in Saunemin; one daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Rick Stang of Pontiac; one son and daughter-in- law, Allen and Deborah Wright of Wood Dale; four step-children, Lois and Paul Immke of rural Saunemin, Elmer H. "Sonny" and Sue Friant of Fairbury, Otis and Emogene Friant of Towanda, and Paul and Joan Friant of Stillwater, Minn.; one brother and sister-in-law, Elzie and Louella Clark of Gulfport, Miss.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Wayne and Ralph Clark; and one grandson, Doug Friant.
She was educated in Cullom and Cabery area schools.
Mrs. Friant was a clerk in the U.S. Post Office at Saunemin for many years.
She was a member of the former Saunemin Christian Church and a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Saunemin American Legion Auxiliary.

Joseph Ehlers
THORNTON - Joseph Ehlers, 78, of Thornton, and a brother of area residents, died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital.
Visitation was held Dec. 3 at the Hallinan Funeral Home, Blue Island. A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 4 at St. John Church, Glenwood, where he was a member.
Burial was in St. Benedict Cemetery, Crestwood.
He was born August 15, 1921 in Chicago, the son of William and Elizabeth Blazsek Ehlers.
His wife, the former Lucienne I. Stone, is deceased.
Surviving are four daughters, Linda Ehlers of Palos Hills, Dorina and Robert Maynard of Colorado, Sharon Ehlers of Park Forest, and Lisa Ehlers-Matthias and Mitch Pontow; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathleen of Thornton, Ronald and Mary Lou of Homewood, Randall and Pam of Geneva, Barry and Tammy of Winnetka, and John of Colorado; three sisters, Josephine Alderson of Fla., Lucille Zielinski of Beaverville, and Johanna Blake of Kankakee; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Alfred and Jean of Florida, and Walter of Blue Island; and 18 grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Irene Ehlers and Catherine Luchene; and two brothers, Willard and Miles.
Mr. Ehlers was a longtime Thornton resident.
He was a retired employee of Allis-Chalmbers Corp.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Johns Seniors of Glenwood and Chicago Heights Moose Lodge 828.

Peggy Kociss
GARDNER - Peggy Ann Kociss, 56, of Gardner, died Saturday (Dec. 4, 1999) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Julia Baum- Coldwater will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville. Pallbearers will be Larry Phillips, Kevin, Kurt, Kerry and Kyle Kociss, and Julie Crater.
Memorials may be made to the Church of Hope in Gardner, or to the Gardner Fire Department.
She was born Sept. 8, 1943, in Gardner, the daughter of John William and Gladys Irene McGurk Kociss. Her parents are deceased.
Surviving are two sisters, Winonia (Boots) Phillips of Crest Hill, and Linda (Ted) Christensen of Gardner; three brothers, Kenny Joe Kociss, James (Lynne) Kociss, and Gary Kociss, all of Gardner; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, John and Glen Kociss.
Miss Kociss had been employed at the Illinois Valley Workshop in Morris, and at Indicator Lights in Gardner.
She enjoyed homemaking.

Minnie Scheiwe
WATSEKA - Visitation for Minnie H. Scheiwe, 91, of Watseka, will be from 1 p.m. today until the 2 p.m. services at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Woodworth, where she was a member. The Rev. Terry Strom will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Mrs. Scheiwe died Thursday (Dec. 2, 1999), at Prairie View Nursing Home, Danforth.
She was born April 8, 1908 in Flanagan, the daughter of Theodore and Anna Mueller Janssen.
Her husband, Harry A. Scheiwe, whom she married April 8, 1928, in Woodworth, died in October of 1967.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Irma Scheiwe, Crescent City, and Paul and Sue Scheiwe, Lowell, Ind.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bernice and Edgar Peters, Paxton, and Norma and Gene Brott, Seward, Neb.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers and one sister.
She was a volunteer at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for 10 years and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of her church and the LWMJ.
Mrs. Scheiwe enjoyed quilting, baking, gardening and flowers.

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