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Florence Anna Carstens Florence Anna Carstens
Date of Death: April 4, 2014

Florence Anna Carstens, age 92, of Peotone, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2014 at her son-in-law's home in Bourbonnais.

She was born September 13, 1921 in Chicago Heights, the daughter of the late Edwin and Lorena (Bode) Stuenkel. She resided in Beecher for several years until the time of her marriage. She married the late Roy Carstens on April 5, 1942 in Peotone. He died on April 2, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen (Carstens) Tietjens on March 4, 2011; and a brother, Norman Stuenkel.

Mrs. Carstens was a homemaker and a farmer's wife. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and the church's Women's Fellowship. She enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting, traveling, and baking.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Joseph Tietjens of Bourbonnais; 4 grandchildren, Lenae Tietjens of Park Forest, Janeen Tietjens of Bourbonnais, Joe (Lana) Tietjens of Bourbonnais, and Dr. Kiiri Tietjens of Bourbonnais; 4 great-grandchildren, Quinn and Samuel Kirchner and Caroline and Benji Tietjens; a sister-in-law, Betty Stuenkel of Beecher; a brother-in-law, Manrow Hameister of Peotone; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Immanuel United Church of Christ or Hospice of Kankakee Valley would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook
 
Lois Fabian

Lois J. Fabian
Date of Death: April 3, 2014

Lois J. Fabian, 85, of Peotone, died suddenly Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

She was born April 15, 1928, in Beecher. She was a retired employee of Chemtron and a homemaker. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone.

Mrs. Fabian is survived by a son; Robert (Cindy) Fabian of Peotone; a granddaughter, Carie Fabian of Peotone; a great-granddaughter, Makenzie Fabian; a brother, Earl Schroeder of Peotone; an aunt, Hilda Matthies of Peotone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Fette; her mother, Alice Matthies Fette Schroeder; step-father, Alfred Schroeder; a sister-in-law, Sharon Schroeder; and a grandson, Billy Fabian.

Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Burial in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ. Sign the guestbook

 
Kathleen A Koehn

Kathleen A Koehn
Date of Death: March 31, 2014

Kathleen A Koehn, 82, of Fulton, IL and formerly of Peotone, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, IA.

There will be visitation both in Fulton and Peotone. The first visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Fulton Chapel-Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The second visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery, Will Township.

Kathleen Ann Batson was born October 18, 1931, in Joliet, IL to Edward W.C. and Martha E.M. (Nickel) Batson. Kathleen was educated in the Andres, Bettenhausen, Richards, and Mueller country schools and Frankfort Grade School, all in Will County. She was a 1949 graduate of Peotone High School.

Kathleen married Harris Irvin Koehn on July 17, 1949, at Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Peotone. He died on October 29, 2004.

She worked several years as a part-time sales clerk for the H.A. Heyerman Jewelry Store in Peotone. For 31 years she was employed as a bookkeeper, teller, and operations officer at the Peotone State Bank which became the Peotone Trust and Savings Bank. For 24 years she served as the elected tax collector of Peotone Township in Will County and was a member of the Township Officials of Illinois.

Kathleen was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and its Afternoon Women's Fellowship. Since 1953 she was a member of the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary Post 392. After moving to Fulton in 2006, she attended the Presbyterian Church of Fulton and participated in its Lunch Brunch. As a member of the Friends of the Windmill, she volunteered at the Windmill Cultural Center. She also volunteered at the Senior Center in the Robert Fulton Commons.
Survivors include her son, Ronald H. (Constance H.) Koehn; and daughter, Barbara A. Koehn, all of Fulton; a brother, Ralph S. (Rita A.) Batson of Peotone; two other sisters-in-law, Lucille L. Batson of Frankfort, IL and Roberta C. "Birdie" Koehn of Fergus Falls, MN; nephews, nieces, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Marie B. Christopher, Betty J. Rehak, and Bonita F. "Bonnie" Hagglund; and two brothers, William D. and Eugene E. Batson.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Fulton, Schmaling Memorial Library of Fulton, or Immanuel United Church of Christ of Peotone. Sign the guestbook

 
Elvera Schmidt

Elvera Schmidt
Date of Death: March 22, 2014

Elvera Schmidt went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2014 at her home in Peotone after an extended illness. Elvera Jacobucci, the daughter of the late Liborio and Alfonsina (Petrarca) Jacobucci, was born November 27, 1927 in Chicago Heights where she was raised and graduated from Bloom High School.

Elvera and Theodor Schmidt were married on September 4, 1948 and raised their family in Flossmoor. From that union came 6 children; Eric (June) Schmidt of Beecher, Vivian (Richard) Stehr of Oklahoma City, OK, Eve (Joseph) Russell of Peotone, Joy (David) Brannon of Diamond, Doris (Mark) Baumgartner of Peotone, and Spencer (Sue) Schmidt of Midlothian.

She is also survived by 19 grandchildren; Melanie, Eric (Amy), Brian and Julie Schmidt, April (Nick) Manosoupolous, Christopher and Amy Stehr, Holly Russell, Rebecca (Mike) Stiglitz, Victoria (Gary) Chilo, Joseph (Tia) Russell, Kelly (Mike) Olson, Amanda (Jeff) Pritchett, Sarah (Josh) Schroeder, Jennika Brannon, Jacob, Joshua, and Adam (Gina) Baumgartner, and Ashley Schmidt. In addition she is survived by 18 great-grandchildren.
Elvera was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Theodor H. Schmidt; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers.

Family was a top priority for "Grandma" Schmidt. Her boundless love for her husband and children spread to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was returned by them all. Her greatest joy was having her family around her; the early spaghetti dinners up to her recent Christmas gatherings which were full of love and laughter.

Vera loved music and movies and was still dancing at her 75th birthday party. She knew all the stars from early movies and much of the dialogue. She enjoyed going to concerts, plays, movies, and enjoyed life to the fullest until illness held her down.

She was a member of Glory to God Lutheran Church, Tinley Park, where she was in attendance regularly until illness kept her home. Above all, she had a faith that shone through, during happy times or as she faced the trials of life. She will be missed by the many family and friends that she touched with her faith and love.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W. Main St., Peotone, on Wednesday, March 26 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Glory to God Lutheran Church, 18401 66th Ave., Tinley Park on Thursday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m., Pastor David Ernest officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Flossmoor. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be directed to Glory to God Lutheran Church. Sign the guestbook

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Lois Wilson

Lois M. Wilson
Date of Death: March 15, 2014

Lois M. Wilson, age 80, of Peotone, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Beecher, IL.

She was born on December 29, 1933 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late Arthur and Bernice (Lucas) Heinberg. She married the late George R. Wilson (12-23-1991) in Dolton, IL on November 22, 1952. She was a retired employee of Federal Signal in University Park, IL. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and enjoyed gardening, especially her flower garden. She loved her dog, Boots, who gave her great companionship.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by a son, Kenneth Wilson of Peotone; two daughters, Catherine (Dale) Werner and Sharon (Bill) Schreiber of Peotone; eight grandchildren, Tracy (Jake) Davis, Jennifer (Doug Drinnan) Wilson, Robert (Gina Ziems) Werner, Neil (Shelly Breymeyer) Werner, Brittney Moser Orbeck (Nick), Brandon Schreiber, Barbara (Marshall) Penka, and Lydia (Scott Phillips) Wilson; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Michael A. Wilson; a daughter-in-law, Crystalle Wilson; a brother, Robert Heinberg; and a sister, Faye Adams.
Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. Private burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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Rhea Christenson

Rhea E. Christenson
Date of Death: March 1, 2014

Rhea E. Christenson, 97, formerly of Monee, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born April 17, 1916, in Gardner, she was a former schoolteacher, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse for five years and also worked at her husband's Ford Implement Dealership as a secretary/bookkeeper for many years. Rhea was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Monee, enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Christenson is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Ronald) Werner of Peotone and Sue Christenson of Carmel, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Nietfeldt, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Werner, David Werner, Andrew (Suzie) Werner, John (Jennifer) Werner, Phillip (Stefanie) Knickrehm and Stephanie Knickrehm; 11 great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jacob Nietfeldt, Andrea, Amanda, Tyler and Emma Werner, Peyton McCarthy, Lauren and Allie Werner, Hannah and Ella Knickrehm; one great-grandchild, Avery Cooper; a brother-in-law, Dick (Betty) Christenson of Odell; and several nieces and nephews.

She married Dale E. Christenson on July 19, 1939 in Dwight, and he died July 17, 2008. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Christenson; her parents, Frank and Mable Nelson Barrett; and two sisters, Yvonne Berryhill and Eileen Christensen.

Visitation and services were held on Tuesday, March 4, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery in Dwight. Pallbearers Phillip Knickrehm, Jeffrey Werner, David Werner, Andrew Werner, John Werner and Kevin Nietfeldt. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Monee or Beecher Manor Activities Department. Sign the guestbook

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Richard Rogers

Richard J. Rogers, Sr.
Date of Death: February 21, 2014

Richard J. Rogers, Sr., age 87, of Manteno, IL passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee. He was born north of Pillager, MN on July 25, 1926, the son of George and Minnie (Fish) Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Allen and George; six sisters, Pearl, Ivy, Ruby, Ruth, Claryce, and Anna; a grandson, Gary Jones; and a nephew, Father Michael Ginter.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie E. (Ginter) Rogers, who he married in Santa Rosa, CA. Richard and Marjorie were blessed with 68 years of marriage on February 16, 2014. He is also survived by four children; his two daughters, Audrey (Jim) Van Hoveln and Mary (Larry) Jones of Manteno; and two sons, Steven Rogers of Hutton, IL and Richard Jr. (Mary) Rogers of Peotone; four grandchildren, Jim (Jennifer) Van Hoveln, Jamie Stokes, Beth (Craig) Acton, and Jerry (Christine) Jones; nine great-grandchildren, Ilana Van Hoveln, Dillon Jones, Easton Jones, Janel Knight, and Elizabeth, Caeley, Mackenzie, Danica, and Travis Acton; and three great-great-grandchildren, Michael, Hannah, and Elizabeth.

Richard served in the US Navy and received an honorable discharge on October 22, 1946 at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA. He was a General Motors (Fisher Body) employee for 29 years first working as a millwright then as a millwright supervisor. He never tired of roaming the Minnesota woods on his four-wheeler. He loved to golf and visit with his grandkids. He was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and was a 50 year member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. Richard always remembered the winters he and Marjorie spent in Arizona. He always said, "We have met and enjoyed the company of many wonderful people."

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 25 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services and military honors will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Family's Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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Edwin Legge

Edwin Legge
Date of Death: February 2, 2014

Edwin Legge, age 86, of Rural Peotone, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at VITAS Hospice of Franciscan St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights.

He was born December 5, 1927 in Chelsea, MA, the son of the late Walter and Georgina (Brown) Legge. He graduated from and was an active alumnus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was a Korean Conflict veteran of the US Navy holding the rank of LT JG. He was a Master Mason for 64 years, a 32nd degree Mason Scottish Rite, and a member of the Shriners International. He was a retired insurance surplus lines broker, most recently with Avreco, Inc. He married the late Dorothy “Dottie” C. (Cousineau) Legge (July 17, 2002) on June 30, 1951 in Long Beach, CA. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher; and a son, Matthew Legge.

Mr. Legge is survived by a son, Andrew Legge of Jacksonville, FL; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne (Paul) Miller of Mokena; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Legge of Elizabeth, CO; 5 grandchildren, Shaun (Erin) Legge of Sandwich, Valerie (Donald) Adkins of Plainfield, Christopher Lynch of Newport Beach, CA, Stephen (Lyndsey) Lynch of Fountain, CO, and Alicia Legge of Elizabeth, CO; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Gertrude Shea of Naples, FL and Isabel Davis of Georgetown, MA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation 3 p.m. until the hour of services and military honors at 8 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2014, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, with Rev. Chris Hopkins officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded with interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Shriners Children’s Hospital would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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Raymond Manning

Raymond William Manning
Date of Death: January 30, 2014

Raymond William Manning, 77, of Peotone, died Thursday, January 30, 2014, at St. James Manor in Crete.

He was born December 27, 1936, in Chicago. He was a retired business agent for Elevator Constructors Local #2 in Chicago. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church of Peotone, and member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was an Ecumenical Minister and liturgist at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He was the past president of the Church Council. He enjoyed golf, fishing and gardening. He was a Chicago Bears fan and a fan of Notre Dame football.

Mr. Manning is survived by his wife, Irene (Minervino) Manning, whom he married on May 3, 1958, at St. Anthony in Chicago; two sons, Thomas (Katharine) Manning of Bourbonnais and John (Rose) Manning of Bergland, Mich.; grandchildren, Jessica Manning (fiance John Paul McCaslin V) of Peotone and Neil Manning of Battle Creek, Mich.; a step-grandson, Joseph Taftafoya III; a brother, Roy (Fayrae) Manning of White Pidgeon, Mich.; a sister, Linda (Robert) Segretti of Merrionette Park; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Margaret) Minervino of Chicago Ridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheri Manning; his parents, Roy and Katherine Buckley Manning; and two sisters, Katherine Sheehan and Susan Manning.

Visitation 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 3, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. Burial in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Alsip.
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Mary Thomas

Mary Louise Thomas
Date of Death: January 29, 2014

Mary Louise Thomas, 94, of rural Peotone, formerly of Steger, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at her home.

She was born September 14, 1919, in Chicago. She was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. She enjoyed gardening and playing bunco.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by a daughter, Julie (Keith) Becker of Peotone; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Jepsen of Seattle, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Thomas, whom she married on June 19, 1937 in Chicago; a son, Daniel Thomas; a daughter, Barbara "Susie" Becker; her parents, Dominick and Antoinette (Orlando) Dimenn; five brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation 9 a.m. until the hour of services at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Burial in Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Patricia Motyka

Patrici Ann Motyka
Date of Death: January 28, 2014

Patricia Ann Motyka, age 79, of Peotone, formerly of Madison, WI, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014. She was born October 7, 1934, the daughter of the late Barney and Nellie (Kunysz) Marynowski. She was the beloved wife of Walter A. Motyka, who she married on June 9, 1962 at St. Kevin Catholic Church in Chicago. She was the loving mother of Michael P. (Mary M.) Motyka of Chicago and Robert J. (Sue Kasun) Motyka of Logan, Utah; adored grandmother of Alexander, Lara, Maya and Kai; and cherished sister of Joanne (Harry) Stelmaszek of Crete, IL. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone, and past member of St. Dennis in Madison, WI, and was an avid gardener. Visitation from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, January 31 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Prayers at the funeral home prior to mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be private at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Calumet City. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Patricia’s name to Larabida Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Kankakee Valley would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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Ruth Kopman

Ruth E. Kopman
Date of Death: January 15, 2014

Ruth E. Kopman, age 99, of rural Peotone, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at her home. She was born July 13, 1914 in Peotone Township, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Ullrich) Krapf. She married the late Walter Kopman on February 5, 1933. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1976.

Mrs. Kopman was a homemaker and helped out with the family farm. She was a member of the Green Garden United Methodist Church her entire life. She enjoyed church, farming, and cooking and baking for her family and family gatherings.

She is survived by three sons, LeRoy (Carol) Kopman of Crete, Leslie (Lola) Kopman of Beecher, and Roger (Sharon) Kopman of Peotone; one daughter, Barbara (Don) Matherly of Manteno; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Kopman of Joliet; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one cousin; and her caregiver, Anna.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Wayne Kopman (August 25, 1991); one brother, Ervin Krapf (1946); and one sister, Esther Heisner (2009).

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, January 17, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Green Garden United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Richard L. Young officiating. Visitation will be held at the church form 9:00-10:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to VITAS Hospice or the Green Garden United Methodist Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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Vernette Gunderson

Vernette (Rosenbrock) Gunderson
Date of Death: January 11, 2014

Vernette (Rosenbrock) Gunderson, age 98, of South Holland, IL, formerly of Hazel Crest, IL, passed away January 11, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Waldo Gunderson; loving mother of Daniel (Sharon) Gunderson; cherished grandmother of two grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; dear sister of Hazel Senesac. Funeral and interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association, Ingalls Hospice or Windmill Nursing Pavilion, South Holland, IL appreciated. Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook

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PJ Mudro

P.J. Mudro
Date of Death: January 9, 2014

P.J. Mudro, 63, of rural Peotone, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Ingall's Hospice in Harvey.

Born June 4, 1950, in Hammond, Ind. He worked as the horseman's relations person at Sportsman's Park and also was a mutual clerk and a cowboy who loved his horses. He was a member of the NRA and was of the Catholic Faith.

Mr. Mudro is survived by his wife, Patricia J. (Griffiths) Mudro; five children, Bryan Mudro, Eric Griffiths, Erin Griffiths, Kara (Jay) Kessinger and K.C. (OZ) Griffiths-Lopez; six grandchildren, Devon Shoemaker, Alyssa Schultz, Trey Kessinger, Jayce Kessinger, Liam Mudro and Eva Mudro; three brothers, William Mudro, Tom Mudro of Peotone and John (Andrea) Mudro of Munster, Ind.; a sister, Lee Mudro; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe "Boo" and Patricia Ann Burns Mudro; a brother, Scott Mudro; and a sister, Jean "Mud" Mudro McCullough.

Visitation 3 p.m. until the hour of services at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, with Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services.
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Lawrence Coghlan

Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Coghlan Sr.
Date of Death: January 5, 2014

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Coghlan Sr., 77, of Monee, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home. He was born on March 19, 1936, the son of the late Malachy and Eleanor (Goggin) Coghlan. He was a retired electrician and member of Local 134 I.B.E.W.

He was a US Army Veteran and member of the Frankfort, IL American Legion, a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Frankfort, and was a founding Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus 11232 and a Grand Knight.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen (Sula) Coghlan who he married on December 31, 1957 in Chicago. He is also survived by his loving children, Maureen (Mike) Beierman of Peotone, Mark Coghlan of Chicago, Lisa (Scott) Siemsen of Monee, and Michelle (John) Lumb of Peotone; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons, Daniel Malachy Coghlan and Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Coghlan Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Coghlan; 3 sisters, Margaret Mary Cross, Eleanor Fitzgerald, and Maureen Pierz; and a brother, Malachy Coghlan.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Wednesday, January 8 from 3-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Frankfort on Thursday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. with prayers at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. prior to mass. Father Greg Skowron will officiate. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. For info call 708-258-6737 Sign the guestbook

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Fred Johannsen

Fred F. Johannsen
Date of Death: January 2, 2014

Fred F. Johannsen Jr., 49, of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

He was born March 8, 1964 in Chicago, the son of the late Fred F. Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Mabry) Johannsen. He is survived by his wife, Melissa (McKenzie) Johannsen who he married on May 23, 1987 in Mokena, IL. He is also survived by his 2 children, Megan and Collin Johannsen both of Peotone; 2 sisters, Donna (Ronald) Cooling of Lowpoint, IL and DiAnn (Ronald) Cobb of Arizona; his Godmother, Betty Habisohn of Chicago; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Fred worked as a tool and die maker for American Cylinder in Peotone. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was very active with his daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and his son’s Boy Scout Troop for many years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing with his family. He also enjoyed camping and hunting.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m., Nancy Wheeler officiating. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Memorials to his children’s education would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

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