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Louise Lehnert

Louise A Lehnert
Date of Death: December 4, 2016

Louise A. (Wolf) Lehnert, age 97, of Evergreen Park, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.

Louise was born on September 10, 1919 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Carl and Louise (Conrad) Wolf. She married the late Lester M. Lehnert on August 16, 1942. He died on October 18, 2006.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry (Ellen) Lehnert of Wheaton; three grandchildren, David Lehnert of Wheaton, Melody (Rick) Gebhard of Cottonwood, CA, and Edward (Sandy) Lehnert of Morgan Hill, CA; four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Joshua, Brittany, and Ricky; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; her son, Lester Allen Lehnert (1983); two brothers, George and Carl; and four sisters, Teresa, Bess, Marion, and Charlene.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Richard Young officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Peotone American Legion Post 392, 109 E. North St. Peotone, IL, would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Ralph Stadt

Ralph L Stadt
Date of Death: December 4, 2016

Ralph L. Stadt, age 76, of Cherokee Village, AR and Manteno, IL, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at his home peacefully, surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 17, 1939 in Sollitt, IL, the son of the late Raymond and Grace (Richmond) Stadt. He married the late Sharon L. (Beaver) Stadt on December 16, 1961 in Peotone. She passed away on September 10, 2015. He was retired from Caterpillar Inc. of Joliet where he was a member of the machinist’s union. He was an avid fisherman, belonged to many fishing organizations, and participated in numerous fishing tournaments. He also enjoyed woodworking. He was a Marine Corp Reserve Veteran. He loved his family and his dogs.

He is survived by two daughters, Lori (Bruce) Borden of Manhattan, IL and Roberta Chavez of Manteno, IL; seven grandchildren, Linnea Borden, Brandon Borden, Laurie Ann Stadt, Corey Stadt, Tiffany (Adam) Toepper, Nick Chavez, and Stefanie Chavez; seven great-grand-children, Colton-David and Avery; Lorne and Ira; Olsen, Gavin, and Lakin; three brothers, Ronald (Jan) Stadt of Channahon, IL, Vern (Pat) Stadt of Michigan, and Gerald Stadt of Beecher, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, and a son, David R. Stadt (January 17, 2004), and an infant sister, Patty Ann (1941)

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Evelyn Brown

Evelyn(nee Carcelli) Brown
Date of Death: November 30, 2016

Evelyn (nee Carcelli) Brown, age 87, of Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL.

She was born on July 3, 1929 in Steger, IL; the daughter of the late Peter and Lillian (Eifling) Carcelli. She married the late Delbert L. Brown on June 19th, 1948 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. She as a former member of Immanuel United Church of Christ; Immanuel Women’s Fellowship; and former Sunday school teacher for many years. She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.

Evelyn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Danny (Jody) Brown; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Delbert (1982); her son, John A. Brown (2015); 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 brothers-in-law; 1 sister-in-law; and a granddaughter, Danielle.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00-a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Barbara Lohrbach officiating. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, IL. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Mary Anne Nardi

Mary Anne Nardi
Date of Death: November 24, 2016

Mary Anne Nardi, age 79, of Peotone, formerly of Chicago, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. She was born on August 9, 1937 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Joseph and Concetta Nardi. She was a graduate of DePaul University and a sorority sister of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a guidance counselor at Wells Community High School in Chicago for 35 years. She was a member of St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago and attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. She loved to travel, was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed the arts.

She is survived by her brother, John (Dorothy) Nardi of Homer Glen; her brother-in-law, Jerome Wicker of Peotone; niece and nephews, Joseph Nardi of Homer Glen, Charles (Natalie) Wicker of Glencoe, John Nardi Jr. of Homer Glen, Lisa Nardi (Michael) Byrne of Lockport, Joseph (Kelly) Wicker of Manteno, and Max Wicker of Peotone; and great-nieces and nephew, Addison Wicker, Brooklynn Byrne, and Jerome Wicker. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary J. Wicker (1998).

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 30 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W. Main St. Peotone, IL 60468. Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 1, 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 N. Conrad St., Peotone, IL 60468, Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Lutheran General Hospital would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Gail R

Gail Ann Romascan
Date of Death: November 11, 2016

Gail Ann Romascan, age 57, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016 at her home. Gail was cared for by Joliet Area Hospice.

She was born on February 15, 1959 in Evergreen Park, the daughter of Orville and Eleanor (Drexel) Paeth. Gail was a long time employee at Elco Laboratories in University Park, IL. She enjoyed going to craft shows and spending time with her family and numerous friends. Most of all she cherished her time with her son, Adam.

Gail is survived by her husband, Stephen Romascan; her son, Adam; her mother, Eleanor; two brothers, Garry Paeth and Glenn (Christina) Paeth; Sisters-in-law, Susan (Raymond) Labonte, Diana (James) Mullins, and Step-Father-in-law, Donald Piencak.

She was the loving Aunt to Ray Labonte Jr., Robert Labonte, Kelly Labonte, RJ Labonte, Phillip Streible, Sarah Garibay, Jim Mullins, Justin Ward, Robert Ward, Amanda Ward, Tyler Paeth, Kayla Paeth, Tanner Paeth, Kobey Paeth, Marina Griffin, Maya Griffin, Malia Griffin, and Mattea Griffin; and great-aunt of Jeremy Alan Ballard, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her father, Orville Paeth; a niece, Kelly Labonte, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugen Romascan. and Doreen Piencak.

A “Celebration of Life” dinner will be held on Saturday, November 19 at the Peotone American Legion, 109 E. North St., Peotone, IL 60468 from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. All friends and family are welcome to attend.Sign the guestbook

 
James Malloy

James R Malloy
Date of Death:November 10, 2016

James R. Malloy, 62, of Peotone, passed away Thursday Nov. 10, 2016 at St James Olympia Fields Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL.

He was born October 2, 1954, in Chicago, the son of John and Dorothy Janosky Malloy. James married Mary Breheny on July 1, 1977, in Chicago.  

He owned Malloys Remodeling Service and Cedar Bridges LLC. He was an Eagle Scout.

Surviving are his wife, of Peotone; daughter Geralyn & Travis Goers of limestone; sons, Matthew Malloy, of Peotone; David & Mary Malloy of Evergreen Park; Joseph & Kayleigh Malloy of Watseka; brothers, John Michael Malloy of Michigan; Daniel & Nancy Malloy of New Lenox; Larry Malloy of Mexico; Timothy & Renee Malloy of Monee; Ken & Nancy Malloy of Mokena; and Terry & Stephanie Malloy of Arlington, Texas, and 4 grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Visitation will be Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone and a funeral service Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher, IL., with Pastor Ron Rock officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery in Peotone, IL. Sign the guestbook

 
Shirley ALbers

Shirley A. Albers
Date of Death: October 23, 2016

Shirley A. Albers, age 85, of Manteno, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at River North of Bradley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on December 1, 1930 in Crete, IL, the daughter of the late Albert and Ella (Rincker) Batterman. Shirley married the late Delbert A. Albers on February 27, 1954 in Dyer, IN. He died on February 1, 1998. She worked in the food service industry for many years; her last job being with the Peotone School District. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. She was an avid baker, loved to garden, and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Love, of Manteno; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Albers of Peotone; two grandchildren, Ben (Brittney) Love of Peotone and Jessica (Damien Irby) Love of Bradley; a sister-in-law, Rose Ann Batterman of Steger; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; her son, Keith Douglas Albers (March 4, 2009); 4 brothers, Elroy, Leonard, Rufus, and Charles Batterman; and a sister, Ruth Dohrman.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Joseph Baker

Joseph A. Baker
Date of Death: October 17, 2016

Joseph A. Baker, age 85, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL.

He was born on February 14, 1931 in Custer Park, IL, the son of the late James and Elizabeth (Howett) Baker. Joseph was a retired farmer and truck driver. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran, a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392, and a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone.

He is survived by three children, Dora Portwood of Manteno, Joann (Randy) Murray of Peotone, and Larry (Pam) Baker of Momence; two step-children, Donna (Dale) Rabideau and Larry (Gretchen) Morgan; ten grandchildren, Bill Portwood, Jeff Portwood, Jackie Murray, Michelle (Ben) March, Ben (Ashley) Murray, Randy Jr. (Laureen) Murrray, Alex Baker, Nick Baker, Spencer Baker, and Robin Baker; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Norma Baker of Manhattan, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Lou (Dsida) Baker (1974); his second wife, Bernice Baker; a brother, James Baker; and a sister, Ann Crutchfield.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, October 21 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. Graveside committal services will be held at Mount St. Patrick Cemetery, 30020 S. Cedar Rd., Manhattan, IL, on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials to Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Joan M Beganis
Date of Death: October 16, 2016

Joan M. Beganis, age 86, of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

She was born in Chicago on May 16, 1930, the daughter of the late John and Marjorie (Maloy) Walsh. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. Joan enjoyed collecting antiques and was a big fan of Elvis.

She is survived by her son, Joseph M. (Fran) Beganis of Watseka and a brother Bernard (Loraine) Walsh of Cicero. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard Beganis (1977), and her daughter, Joyce Ann Melton (June 24, 2014).

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held. Sign the guestbook

David Birch

David E. Birch
Date of Death: October 14, 2016

David E. Birch, age 71, of Monee, IL, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

David was born on September 22, 1945 in Piper City, IL, the son of the late Benton and Mabel (Clemmons) Birch. He was a lifelong farmer and retired plumber. He enjoyed stock cars and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne K. (Corban) Birch; three daughters, Lisa (Tim) Shackley of Minooka, Rebecca (Jim Guenette) Birch of Monee, and Amy (James Kraus) Birch of Momence; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Anna, Dylan and Mya.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Thursday, October 20 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow visitation at 6:00 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Sylvia Schmitz

Sylvia Schmitz
Date of Death: September 26, 2016

Sylvia Schmitz, 91 of Peotone passed away Monday September 26, 2016 at St. Mary Hospital in Kankakee, IL. Sylvia was born on October 10, 1924 in Grant Park, IL the daughter of Carl and Elsie Schroeder. She is survived by her sister Carol (Robert) Hobbs and a niece Michelle (Daniel) Rantanen and nephews Michael (Stacie) Hobbs and David Hobbs. Also surviving are many great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband George Schmitz, her parents and sisters Iola Hobbs and Irene Bydalek. Her step mother Mildred Schroeder and brother in law Willard Bydalek also precede her. Sylvia especially enjoyed going dancing with her husband. Visitation will be held Thursday September 29, 2016 from 10-11 a.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Funeral services will also be conducted Thursday September 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. also at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Burial will be at Peotone cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel United Church of Christ. Sign the guestbook

 
John Wick

John M Wick
Date of Death: September 22, 2016

John M. Wick, 69 of Peotone, IL passed away Thursday September 22, 2016 at his home. Mr. Wick was born January 4, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA the son of Virgil and Grace Wick. He is survived by his loving wife Carrie Wick nee Green and his children John (Carryne) Wick of Otego, NY, Andrew (Brenda) Wick of Manteno, IL and Tami Spade of California. A brother Timothy (Laura) Wick and 7 grandchildren also survive. John served this country in the United States Navy, was a talented tradesman as well as being very involved in the Boy Scouts of America. His parents as well as a daughter Tanya precede him in death.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Christian Church of Manteno. Memorial services will also be conducted Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4:00p.m. at the Christian Church of Manteno. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Sign the guestbook

 
Peter DeYoung

Peter DeYoung
Date of Death: September 23, 2016

Peter DeYoung, 91, recently of Edgar, Wisconsin, and Mesa, Arizona, died on September 23 under hospice care in Holland, Michigan

Born in Woodstock, Minnesota, he graduated from Thornton Township High School and Thornton Junior College in Harvey, Illinois. He operated farms in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, gradually retiring in his 80s, and enjoyed spending winters in Mesa. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Edgar and worshiped faithfully with Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Mesa. Peter was a World War II Army Veteran, a skilled card player, and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan who was following their 2016 season with great interest and expectation.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin, in 1965; first wife of 58 years, June, in 2006; second wife of three years, JoAnn, in 2011; and siblings Evelyn and Joseph Bass, John L. Vinke, Ted and Barbara DeYoung, and Cathy DeYoung. He is survived by children Lee and Sheri DeYoung of Jenison, Michigan, Wayne and JoAnne DeYoung of Manteno, Illinois, Terry and Cindi Veldheer DeYoung of Holland, Michigan, Kent DeYoung and Joe Miracle of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Burt and Dawn DeYoung of Edgar, Wisconsin, and daughter-in-law Penny DeYoung of Dyer, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; siblings Kathryn Vinke of South Holland, Illinois, Jack and Ellen DeYoung of Lynden, Washington, and Jim DeYoung of Avon Lake, Ohio; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 W. Joliet Rd., Manhattan, Illinois. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Words of Hope, 700 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, or Peace Lutheran Church, F1843 Huckleberry Rd., Edgar, WI 54426. Sign the guestbook

 
Keith Drecksler

Keith B. Drecksler.
Date of Death: August 28, 2016

Keith B. Drecksler, age 69, died on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at his home in Goodyear, AZ. with his family by his side. Born December 19, 1946 he lived in Peotone, IL until recently moving to Goodyear, AZ. Keith worked for IDOT for 33 years retiring in 2002. Keith was a Captain on the Peotone Fire Dept. until retiring 2013 where he served 37 years. Keith was also a member of the Safety Team at the Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Drag Strip in Joliet, IL. Preceding him in death were his parents Vernon & Margret Drecksler.

Surviving is his loving wife Darlene of 47 years. Son and Daughter-in-law Brent & Angela Drecksler of Goodyear, AZ. Daughter & Son-in-law Shelly & Joe Hall of New Lenox, IL. Five Grandchildren Hanna, Sara & Noah Drecksler and Jenna & Ryan Hall.

A Memorial Visitation to celebrate Keith’s life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 2-5pm at Fedde Helfrich Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, IL. A Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. with William Beagle officiating.

Cremation rites were accorded.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Peotone Fire Department in memory of Keith B. Drecksler. Sign the guestbook

 
James R Balmer

James Robert Balmer, Jr.
Date of Death:September 14, 2016

James Robert Balmer Jr., age 46, of Peotone, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

He was born on December 18, 1969 in Hammond, IN, the son of the late James Robert Sr. and Joyce J. (Montalbano) Balmer. Jim was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a current member of the Peotone Baseball Board and enjoyed coaching softball, baseball, and football. He was a former member of the Peotone Park Board and the Blue Demon’s Football Board.

He is survived by his wife, Erin (Schwiesow) Balmer who he married on January 14, 2000. He is also survived by his three children, Teagan, Benjamin, and Delaney Balmer; three sisters and one brother, Kathleen (Phil) Talent of Lockport, Carrie (Bob) Petrowski of Tinley Park, William J. Balmer of Chicago; and Joan (Dave) Ball of Carmel, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, September 18 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Monday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m., Father Dan Hoehn officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the children’s college education fund would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Arlene C. Marcukaitis

Arlene C. Marcukaitis
Date of Death:September 14, 2016

Arlene C. Marcukaitis, age 94, of Peotone, formerly of Monee, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Heritage Woods of Manteno.

She was born on December 12, 1921 in Kankakee County, Rockville Township, the daughter of the late Stanley and Mamie (Wilcox) Cabit. She married the late Adam J. Marcukaitis on February 22, 1940 in Manteno, IL. He died on February 7, 1998. Arlene was a homemaker and worked as an aide and activity coordinator at the Peotone Bensenville Home. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Will County Senior Services and was President of their advisory board. She also volunteered in the senior center’s re-sale shop. She enjoyed crafts and bird watching. Arlene was a member of the Christian Church of Manteno.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-laws, Terry (Edna) Marcukaitis of Mills, Nebraska and Daniel (Ruth) Marcukaitis of Monee; six grandchildren, Troy (Gail) Marcukaitis, Michael (Sandra) Marcukaitis, Allison (Tom) Glover, Bradley (Diane) Marcukaitis, Adam (Jennifer) Marcukaitis, and Tina (Steve) Stein; 16 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (the late Thelma) Cabit of Monee; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marle (Donald) Schultz and Venita (Joseph) Marek.

Visitation will be held at the Christian Church of Manteno, 401 E. Third St. Manteno, IL 60950, on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be at the Christian Church of Manteno on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Bob Grove officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Janet Beckman

Janet Ellen Beckmann
Date of Death:September 1, 2016

Janet Ellen Beckmann, age 71, of Rural Monee, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at her home. She was born on December 16, 1944 in Harvey, IL, the daughter of the late Marley and Hilma (Wagner) Erickson. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Green Garden United Methodist Church, enjoyed camping, traveling, and caring for all of her loved ones.

Janet is survived by her husband, Marvin H. Beckmann who she married on September 21, 1963 at the Green Garden United Methodist Church in Manhattan, IL. She is also survived by two children, Joellyn (Sam) Smith of Bourbonnais and Darrin (Kathleen) Beckmann of Monee; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Smith, Jennifer Smith, Jessica Beckmann, Rachel Beckmann, Mia Beckmann, Kevin Beitler, and Kara Beitler; one brother, Steven Erickson of East Hazel Crest; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Sandra Beckmann. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Ryan Beckmann (Oct. 7, 1990); her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Siegfried and Evelyn Beckmann; a brother, Mickey Erickson; a half-sister, Maureen Gonzalez; and a half-brother, Jerry Baughman.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, September 5 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Richard Young officiating. Burial will take place at Green Garden Greenview Cemetery, Manhattan, IL. Pallbearers will be Marvin Beckmann, Darrin Beckmann, Wayne Kopman, Sam Smith, Robert Borms, Charles Patton, and Wayne Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be all of the grandchildren. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated.

The family would like to give a special thanks and recognition to VITAS Hospice for all of their care and support during this time. Sign the guestbook

 
Toby Ray Nelson

Toby Ray Nelson
Date of Death: August 26, 2016

Toby Ray Nelson. Age 59, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. He was born on December 4, 1956 in Harvey, IL; the son of the late Donald and Bobbi (Smith) Nelson. He was a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn M. (Miller) Nelson who he married on July 27, 1984 in Markham, IL. He is also survived by three children; Joshua Nelson of Lake in the Hills, Jessica (David) Finney of New Lenox, and Jason Nelson of Chicago; two grandchildren, Angelina Nelson and Alexander Finney; one sister, Terry (Steve) Sawatski of Huntley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W. Main St. Peotone, IL from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
ShirleyA. Tadevic

Shirley A. Tadevic
Date of Death: July 10, 2016

Shirley A. Tadevic, age 93, of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Miller Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. She married the late Thomas H. Tadevic on December 12, 1953 in Orland Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul S. and Alma (Baumeister) Ogle; her husband, Thomas H. Tadevic (Oct. 3, 2007); and her brother, Paul H. Ogle (Dec. 11, 1994).

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Judith A. (Edward) Urban of Peotone, David P. Ogle of Homewood, Linda S. Willis of Midlothian, and Roger J. Ogle of Park Forest. She is also survived by numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, July 14 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral mass. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Alsip, IL. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Sign the guestbook

 
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Richard H. Reichert
Date of Death: June 28, 2016

Richard H. Reichert, age 79, of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Riverside Miller Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee.

He was born on June 19, 1937 in Joliet, IL, the son of the late Elmer and Dorothy (Jarmuth) Reichert. He married Carole (Ely) Reichert on December 12, 1966. He was a US Army Veteran serving as a paratrooper. Rich was the former owner of Cliff and Tommy’s Bar in Monee and a former sales manager for several liquor and beer companies. He most recently worked as a bailiff for the Will County Court retiring in January, 2015. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone American Legion Post 392, Lifetime member of the Frankfort, IL Veterans of Foreign War, and the Bradley Moose Lodge. He served for 20 years as a trustee on the Peotone Village Board from 1995 to 2015.

Rich is survived by his wife, Carole (Ely) Reichert of Peotone; three children David (Kathy) Meyer of New Lenox, Ardythe (Michael) Duell of Scottsdale, AZ, and Julie (Joe) Pilbeam of Peotone; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Elmer “Sonny” (the late Nancy) Reichert of Las Vegas, NV; four sisters, Linda (Sonny) Bartolini of Indiana, Nita (Norm) Gravely of Florida, Carol (the late Chuck) Hasse of Beecher, and Patty (Lloyd) Schoenbeck of Monee; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Alan J. Meyer (8-7-2013)

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, July 1 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m., Father Dan Hoehn and Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Burial and military honors will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
James Flores

James Walter Flores
Date of Death: June 21, 2016

James Walter Flores, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from complications due to a recent surgery.

Jim was born and raised in Woonsocket and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. As a young man he served in the Air Force for four years. During his tenure in the military, he spent time in North Africa and was stationed at the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Florida.

While in service in Florida, Jim met his future wife Barbara. She was vacationing there while in her first year of nursing school. They dated for several years, and once Barbara graduated from nursing school, they moved to Chicago – her home town – married and started a family.

They lived on the South side of Chicago in the Hegewisch neighborhood where they had all four of their children, Kathy, Joe, Kristi and Patty. Jim worked for the Chicago Transit Authority as a bus driver (when they still made change for fares!). He attended the Washburne Trade School for pipefitting and became a member of the Pipefitters Local Union 597.

The family moved to Lynwood, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago, where all their children attended and graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School. Jim worked for the CTA for many years, retiring in 1993 as the Superintendent of Building Maintenance.

Jim and his son-in-law Brian (Patty’s husband) built a home for the family in Peotone in 1990. Here they hosted many family gatherings, reunions, holiday events, showers, etc.

Jim was an avid motorcyclist, enjoying Enduro Racing for many years. He raced with the Hill and Gully Motorcycle Club and was a top-ranked cycler for his age group in Enduro racing in the State of Illinois. He played Warhammer, loved to camp and canoe (the family camped for many years as members of the Calumet Chiefs Camping Club) and enjoyed many family road-trip vacations. Jim also loved to shop and was always in search of a good bargain. Later in life, Jim managed the Super Wash on Wilmington Road in Peotone.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, and children Kathy, Joe and Pam, Kristi and Kevin, Patty and Brian. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: David, Frankie, Lena, Brenna, Zoe, Eliana, Brittany, Jaimie, Brian and two great-grandchildren, Dimitri and a sweet baby boy that Jaimie is expecting in September.

Visitation will be held at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home at 112 W. Main St. in Peotone on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday, June 27 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 511 N. Conrad Avenue in Peotone at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be planned at a later date. Sign the guestbook

 
Julia Singleman

Julia A. Singleman
Date of Death: June 21, 2016

Julia A. Singleman, age 74, of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on November 20, 1941 in Peoria, IL, the daughter of the late Bert and Bernice (Griffin) Hopkins. She married the late Dennis Singleman on July 1, 1967 in Somonauk, IL. He passed away on April 11, 2013. She was retired from Bennett Industries in Peotone. She enjoyed reading, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Julia is survived by three sisters; Jane (Andy) Keisler of Mineral Point, WI, Joan (Barry) Jacobson of Newark, IL, and Jenelle (the late James) Helland of Newark, IL; one brother, Dan Hopkins of Newark, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Helping Hands of Peotone or Hospice of Kankakee Valley would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 

Sandra A. Rutledge
Date of Death: June 14, 2016

Sandra A. Rutledge, age 59, of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Joliet Area Community Hospice House.

She was born on April 18, 1957 in Meridian, MS. She is survived by her father, Brady Mixon of Peotone, her mother, Sarah Mixon of Bourbonnais; two daughters, Mary Ann Rutledge and Tami Lynn Bednarek; one son, Curtis D. Rutledge; five grandchildren, Cameron J. Hammons, Anthony Bednarek Jr., Samantha Bednarek, and Alyssa and Molly; brothers and sisters, Donny Rutledge, Stan Mixon, Brenda Guthrie, Steve Mixon, Brian Mixon, and Bill Mixon.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m., Pastor Mick Hall officiating. Interment will be at Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, IL. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Sign the guestbook

 
Alice Bettenhausen

Alice K Bettenhausen
Date of Death: June 6, 2016

Alice K. Bettenhausen, age 96, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Riverside Senior Life Community in Bourbonnais.

She was born on November 15, 1919 in Frankfort, IL, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Baumgartner) Wischover. Alice married the late Lloyd A. Bettenhausen on October 16, 1940 in Frankfort, IL. He passed away on April 6, 1991. She was a homemaker, a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Frankfort, was past president of the church women’s fellowship and treasurer of the church council. She also served as treasurer of KWIL and was a member of the Will County Homemakers Extension. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and was a sports fanatic.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Marla Bettenhausen of Peotone; two grandchildren, Tammy (Phil) Cowger and Tom (Courtney) Bettenhausen both of Peotone; and five great-grandchildren, Dakota and Mykayla Cowger; and Michael, Kiersten, and Brooke Bettenhausen. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Edith Warning.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, June 10 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 11 at St. Peters United Church of Christ, 12 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Mark Milligan officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankfort. Memorials to St. Peters United Church of Christ or Hospice of Kankakee Valley would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Mabel Feigel

Mabel L Feigel
Date of Death: June 3, 2016

Mabel L. Feigel, age 93, of Peotone, passed away at her home on Friday, June 3, 2016. She was born on January 2, 1923 in Peotone, IL, the daughter of the late Arthur and Martha (Poppenhagen) Juerres. She married the late Elmer H. Feigel on September 29, 1946 in Peotone. He passed away on March 25, 1994. She was a homemaker and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Frankfort, IL.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Ronald) Schubbe of Peotone, Linda (Thomas) Chellson of Manteno, and Richard (Becky) Feigel; her grandchildren, Brian (Sheri) Schubbe, Brenda Schubbe, Rena (Jeremy Kline) Chellson, Amber (Ben) Kenis, and Robert Feigel; and her great-grandchildren, Kristen, Luke and John Schubbe, and Devree and Daysen Kline. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Martha (Poppenhagen) Juerres; a sister, Ruth (Fred) Depperman, a brother, Orville (Dorothy) Juerres; a grandson, Eric Chellson; a brother-in-law, Edwin (Virginia) Feigel; and two sisters-in-law, Sylvia (Melvin) Knieriem and Edna Feigel.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Kevin Hahn officiating. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, IL. Memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Frankfort would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Leroy Lohmann

LeRoy Lohmann
Date of Death: May 22, 2016

LeRoy Lohmann, age 88, of Peotone, formerly of Beecher, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Beecher Manor, Beecher, IL.

LeRoy was born on October 11, 1927 in Beecher, IL, the son of the late Henry and Rosa (Schmidt) Lohmann. He married the late Marjorie J. (Klemme) Lohmann on April 21, 1951 in Beecher, IL. She passed away on April 29, 2016. He was a retired farmer, a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, enjoyed spending time with his family, going to dinner with friends and playing pinochle. He and Marjorie also enjoyed traveling together.

He is survived by two daughters, Lou Ann McKain of Grant Park and Denise Langreder of Beecher; four grandchildren, Lenny McKain of Grant Park, Matthew (Jenna) McKain of Grant Park, David (fiancé Mindy) Langreder of Beecher, and Dwaine (Michelle) Langreder of Roselle; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa (the late Arnold) Bruns of Beecher and Lois (John) Wierl of Beecher; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Lohmann of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Bernice Haseman and Elda Bell; and two brothers, Henry and Herbert Lohmann.

A memorial service for both LeRoy and Marjorie Lohmann will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.
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Anthony Issert

Anthony "Tony" B. Issert
Date of Death: May 1, 2016

Anthony “Tony” B. Issert, age 79, of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Riverside Senior Life Community in Bourbonnais, IL.

He was born on September 8, 1936 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, the son of the late Jules Phillip and Marie Ange (Fortin) Issert. Tony was a retired grain and cattle farmer in the Peotone area. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus member. He was a veteran of the National Guard, and a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392, the Bradley Moose Lodge and The Green Club. He liked gardening, music, was a car enthusiast, and enjoyed restoring antique tractors. He loved to travel and spend time with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Krohn) Issert, of Peotone, who he married on November 26, 1988 at Zion Lutheran Church in Grant Park, IL. He is also survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy (Mark) Stauffenberg of Manteno, Michelle (Bobby) Borden of Peotone, and Lisa (John) Dralle of Bourbonnais; a step-daughter, Michelle Montpetit (Chris) Lemp of St. Charles; eleven grandchildren, Burgandy (Ned) Robertson, Matthew (Lauren) Stauffenberg, Cortney (Dan) Kosmos, Krissi (Tim) Lengel, Carlo Dralle, Nicolette Dralle, Amanda (Jimmy) Skutt, Jade (Preston) Eilders, and Madeline and Brennan Lemp; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leon Issert of Peotone and Victor Issert of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Therese LaRocca.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, May 6 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at West Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Marjorie Lohmann

Marjorie J. Lohmann
Date of Death: April 29, 2016

Marjorie J. Lohmann, age 83, of Peotone, formerly of Beecher, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 at VITAS Hospice at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

Marjorie was born on October 21, 1932 in Hanover Twp., IN, the daughter of the late Elmer W. and Melba R. (Dierking) Klemme. She married LeRoy Lohmann on April 21, 1951 in Beecher, IL. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, enjoyed spending time with her family, going to dinner with friends and playing pinochle.

She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Lohmann of Peotone; two daughters, Lou Ann McKain of Grant Park and Denise Langreder of Beecher; four grandchildren, Lenny McKain of Grant Park, Matthew (Jenna) McKain of Grant Park, David (fiancé Mindy) Langreder of Beecher, and Dwaine (Michelle) Langreder of Roselle; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Leonard Beck

Leonard H. Beck, Sr.
Date of Death: April 21, 2016

Leonard H. Beck, Sr., age 90, of Monee, formerly of Burnham, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 21, 1925 in Woodville, Michigan, the son of the late George and Emma (Chartrand) Beck. He married his wife, Pauline (Pfantz) Beck on November 13, 1948 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Leonard was a World War II United States Marine Veteran (1943-1946) serving in the Pacific. He was a machinist for Chicago Bridge and Iron retiring in 1986. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher and the Peotone American Legion Post 392 in Peotone. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pauline (Pfantz) Beck of Monee; three children, Linda (Allen) Blogg of Manteno, Mary (Gordon) Bayless of Wheeling, and Leonard (Lucy) Beck Jr.of Dyer, IN; four grandchildren, Kristin (fiancé James Hines) Beck, Alison Beck, Chad (Valerie) Blogg, and Breeann (Danny) Nestorovski; and four great-grandchildren, Robert, Delaney, Madigan, and Emerson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Harry; and two sisters, Dorothy and Lorraine.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W. Main St. Peotone, IL on Saturday, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a memorial service and military honors at 12:00 p.m., Rev. Ronald Rock officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Gladys Knickrehm

Gladys Mae Knickrehm
Date of Death: April 19, 2016

Gladys Mae Knickrehm, age 87, of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Miller Health Care Center in Kankakee.

She was born on May 6, 1928 in Manhattan, IL, the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie (Betttenhausen) Krapf. She married the late Kenneth H. Knickrehm on June 17, 1951 at the Green Garden United Methodist Church. He passed away on June 10, 1999. She was a sales associate at JCPenney for over 20 years. Gladys was an active member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, the church’s Women’s Fellowship, and the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed painting, sewing, quilting, baking and crafts. Gladys especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. She also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gladys is survived by her three children; Jeanine (Wayne) Koelling of Kankakee,

Shelia (Steve) Vining of Batavia, and Kevin (Cathi) Knickrehm of Oak Park; eight grandchildren, Greg (Carly) Koelling, Chad (Erica) Koelling, Jeff Koelling, Ashley (John) Sullivan, Kirsten (Kyle) Lee, Rachel (Jason) Busch, Monika Knickrehm, and Claudia Knickrehm; three great-grandchildren, Nate and Emma Koelling, and Emme Busch; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two brothers, Norman and Melvin Krapf; and two sisters, Elda Johnson and Verna Steinberg.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, April 24 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Monday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Pallbearers will be Chad Koelling, Greg Koelling, Jeff Koelling, Kyle Lee, Jason Busch, and John Sullivan. Sign the guestbook

 
Christopher Kurowski

Christopher Joseph Kurowski
Date of Death: April 18, 2016

Christopher Joseph Kurowski, age 48, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016. He was born on February 10, 1968 in Blue Island, IL. Christopher was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Virginia (Jecman) Kurowski of Park Forest. Christopher is also survived by his wife, Gayle (Halverson) Kurowski who he married on October 1, 1994 at Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher; his daughter, Isabelle Kurowski of Peotone; his twin sister, Debbie (George Jr.) Peach of Crown Point, IN; his brother, Jeff (Christie) Kurowski of Elk Grove Village; nieces and nephews, Nathan and Samantha Peach, Aleksy and Lukas Kurowski, Elizabeth Latino, Justin Finley, and Jesse, Jack, and Erika Halverson; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jacque and Betty Halverson of Monee; two sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Randall) Bettenhausen of Peotone and Sandree (Scot) Latino of Manteno; one brother-in-law, Erik (Kim) Halverson of Peotone; and long-time friend and business partner, Jeff Baker of Peotone.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, April 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Doris Hawtyluk

Doris H Hawryluk
Date of Death: April 15, 2016

Doris H. Hawryluk, age 85, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Beecher Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 13, 1931 in Joliet, IL, the daughter of the late Michael and Mable (Kirstein) Gallagher. She married the late Wesley R. Hawryluk on March 5, 1949 in Manhattan, IL. He passed away on September 6, 1990. She was a former school bus driver for both Christensen and Warning Bus Companies and a former prep cook for The Cottage Bakery in Peotone. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the church’s Council of Catholic Women, and the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by four children; Sandra (Ed) Gall of Peotone, Karen (Russ) Anderson of Manteno, Brian Hawryluk of Peotone, and Susan Schwartz of Virginia; eight grandchildren, Amy (Andrew) Crawford, Theresa (Jack) Fitzpatrick, Mark (Nicole) Gall, Jeff (Heather) Anderson, Steven Anderson, Brian Anderson, Becky (Will) Hodges, and Charles (Colette) Schwartz; numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecelia Mundt of Manhattan; one sister-in-law, Joyce Hawryluk Anderson of Rockford; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six sisters, Irene Gallagher, Bernice Bratcher, Ruth Audette, Lillian Walsh, Hazel Draves, and Theresa Gallagher; and three brothers, Eugene, Francis, and Joseph Gallagher.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 N. Conrad, Peotone, IL on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Saturday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Carol Cann

Carol Ruth Cann
Date of Death: April 7, 2016

Carol Ruth (Rosin) Cann, age 78, of Milford, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, IL.

She was born on March 13, 1938 in Mountain Lake, MN, the daughter of the late Elmer and Verna (Langerman) Rosin. She married the late Ralph E. Cann on September 20, 1962 in Aurelia, Iowa. He died on April 14, 1993. She formerly worked at Teresa Pizza in Peotone, Peotone Supermarket, JC Penney, as well as alongside her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone where she helped organize and run the church’s antique show. She was an avid bingo player playing at the Peotone American Legion and Manteno Sportsmen’s Club. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting and playing cards. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She is survived by her son, Jeff (Kim) Cann of Milford; three step-children, Roger (Karen) Cann of Normal, Wayne (Joan) Cann of Peotone, and Debbie (Mark) Girling of Manteno; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; and a brother, Duane Rosin.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, April 10 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone on Monday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. There will be additional visitation at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Susan Young

Susan Young
Date of Death: April 3, 2016

Susan J. Young, age 74, of Peotone, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on July 28, 1941 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Samuel and Edith (Johnson) Boston.

She is survived by her husband, Orville W. Young of Peotone; her children, Brian (Krissy) Manion, Michael (Peggy) Manion, Karen (Dave) Randolph, Christopher Manion, Timothy (Karen Beers) Manion, Robert (Kathy) Young, Kristine (Mike) Tyler), and Thomas Young; her grandchildren, Tracey (Joe) Lowry, Sarah Pantoja, Casey, Corey, and Christy Manion, Alexis and Madison Manion, and Cody, Jacob, Ryan, Mia, and Marcus Young; four great-grandchildren, Carter Manion, Dylan Lowry, and Nick and Nate Pantoja; and a son-in-law, Billy Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two children, Denise Anderson and Mark Young.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sign the guestbook

 
Dennis Ziems

Dennis F Ziems
Date of Death: March 31, 2016

Dennis F. Ziems, age 66, of Peotone, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Clarksville, TN.

He was born on November 14, 1949 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of the late Clarence Louis and Patricia Kathleen (Soukup) Ziems. He was retired from Thrall Car Manufacturing after 30 years working as a supervisor. He was a US Army Vietnam Veteran, loved camping with his family, was a diehard Chicago White Sox Fan, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially loved his brand new motor home and traveling with his wife and spending the winter in Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Orzechowski) Ziems of Peotone who he married on October 18, 1970 in Steger, IL. He is also survived by his three children; Dennis M. (Janice) Ziems of Steger, Gina Ziems (Robert) Werner of Kankakee, and Nicole Ziems (Josh) Lambert of Bradley; three grandchildren, Luke Edward Ziems, Faith Lynn Lambert, and Nate Jacob Werner; and his two little Chihuahuas, Lulu and Bella. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Juanita Orzechowski; and his brother-in-law, Eddie Orzechowski.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Tuesday, April 5 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Interment and military honors will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Pallbearers will be Josh Lambert, Robert Werner, Nate Werner, Michael Orzechowski, Bill Krueger, Len Tibbie, and Luke Ziems. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Charles W. Burger
Date of Death: March 26, 2016

Charles W. Burger, age 80, of Peotone, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Momence Meadows Nursing Center in Momence, IL.

He was born on September 7, 1935 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late William and Grace (Inman) Burger. He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service in 1973 at the rank of Technical Sergeant receiving numerous commendations throughout his career. He was stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL at the time of his retirement. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked at Johnson & Johnson in University Park where he was very active in the union. After Johnson & Johnson relocated, he worked for Nabisco until he retired. He loved to fish, hunt, and all other outdoor activities including working in his yard and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Martha A. (Smith) Burger who he married on August 18, 1957 in Shawsville, VA. He is also survived by two children; Tracey A. (James M.) Sulzberger of Peotone and David A. (Dr. Kimberly R.) Burger of North Carolina; four grandchildren, Lindsey Sulzberger, James Sulzberger Jr., Dr. Ashley (Jeremy) Prejean, and Lauren Burger; two great-grandchildren, Chance Burger and Gage Prejean; one brother, William (Patricia) Burger of Orland Park; one sister, Suzanne (Dennis) Johnson of Ocala, FL; one sister-in-law, Gloria Burger; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joseph Burger; and one sister, Barbara Dedic.

Military honors and committal services will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Forest South Animal Hospital, 24341 Western Ave, University Park, IL 60484 would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
John Van Etten

John J. Van Etten
Date of Death: March 24, 2016

John J. Van Etten, Age 70, of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his home. He was born on October 19, 1945 in Chicago, the son of the late Norman Henry and Phyllis Jean (Asher) Van Etten.

He was a US Army Veteran serving from 1963-1966 stationed in Germany. He worked as an electrician for the Illinois Central/Metra Railroad for 42 years retiring in September of 2008. He attended the First Baptist Church of Manteno. He enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, riding his motorcycle and bicycle; and was a fan of the Chicago Bears.

He is survived by his wife, Carolynn L. (Walsh) Van Etten who he married on September 8, 1967 in Chicago. He is also survived by four children; Daniel (Kristi) Van Etten of Grant Park, Karen (Carl) Shoemaker of Manteno, Rebecca (Brian) Broderick of Manteno, and Katie (Gordie) Greenley of Kankakee; nine grandchildren, Jonathan and Alex Van Etten; Abigail, Sam, and Ian Malloy and Luke Shoemaker; Ben and Emma Broderick; and Ava Zelhart; three brothers, Ronald (Elizabeth) Van Etten of Arkansas, Robert Van Etten of Midlothian, and Michael Van Etten of Chicago; two sisters-in-law, Kit (Bob) Flanagan of Orland Hills, and Peggy (Milan) Nikse of Crete; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Van Etten; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Florence Walsh; and a brother-in-law, John R. Walsh.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m., Pastor Hal Trovillion officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to VITAS Hospice would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Lyle Wilke

Lyle Dean Wilke
Date of Death: March 19, 2016

Lyle Dean Wilke, 79, of Peotone, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Cottages of New Lenox.

He was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Peotone, the only son of Chris and Amanda (Most) Wilke. Lyle married Janet Plagge on January 10, 1959, in Beecher.

Mr. Wilke was a retired farmer and milk truck driver for Dairy Farms of Monee. He was a member, past president, Sunday school superintendent, and deacon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Beecher. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, bowling, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs. He was a kind, loving, and gentle husband, grandpa, and “papa” – he will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Wilke, of Peotone; four children, Daniel (Debbie) Wilke of Peotone, Lori (Rex) Klomparens of Peotone, Rhonda (Todd) Eviston of Peotone, and David (Sandra) Wilke of Raleigh, North Carolina; one sister, Audrey Soucie of Peotone: 10 grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Danielle, Matthew, Lindsay, Megan, Riley, Ryan, Evelyn and Jamie; and five great grandchildren, Liam, Naomi, Amelia, Sophie and David.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Bernice Dubbert of Peotone.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. An additional time for visitation will be from 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 until the 10 a.m. funeral service and burial at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher. The Rev. Joel Dietrich will officiate.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher or the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Sign the guestbook

 
Chad Carder

Chad Carder
Date of Death: March 17, 2016

Chad Carder, 47 of Peotone, IL passed away Thursday March 17, 2016 at Presence St. Mary Hospital in Kankakee, IL. Chad was born on November 4, 1968 in Lincoln, IL the son of Duane and Clem Carder. He is survived by his wife Deborah Carder, his parents and his brother Scot (Amber) Carder. Many adoring nieces, nephews and in-laws also survive. His grandparents precede him in death. While his home was in Illinois, his heart was in Alabama with his extended family. Chad’s favorite place to be was on the water in the Gulf Coast. It was during his frequent summer visits to the South that he became an avid Alabama Crimson Tide Football fan (Roll Tide). If not on the water, you could find Chad fishing with his nephews, golfing with his dad and brother, or traveling with family. Chad never turned down a friend in need, volunteered at local charities and was an active member of his church. He had a love for life and a big heart. Visitation will be held Sunday March 20, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. at Fedde Helfrich Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. Father Denis White will officiate. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. (www.illinois.wish.org). Sign the guestbook

 
Anne Helt

Anna Marie "Babe" Helt
Date of Death: February 29, 2016

Anna Marie “Babe” Helt, age 89, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.

She was born on January 28, 1927 in Joliet, IL, the daughter of the late Clarence and Frances (Reiter) Kestel and grew up in Manhattan, IL. She married the late Edward William Helt on October 20, 1951 in Manhattan and they lived there until moving to their family farm in Peotone in 1965. Edward passed away on August 12, 1996. She loved living on the farm, spending time with family, and loved to bake. She was a faithful member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rita (Brent) Kincheloe; three grandchildren, Christoper Kincheloe of Arlington, VA, Patrick Kincheloe of Champaign, IL, and Joseph Kincheloe of Champaign, IL; a sister, Margaret (the late Louis) Bosse of New Lenox, IL; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Maree) Kestel of San Jose, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, James Helt (1984); a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald (Patricia) Kestel; and a brother, Clarence Kestel Jr.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, March 4 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. Prayers will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. prior to mass. Interment will be at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee, IL. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
David Grabs

David Grabs
Date of Death: February 18, 2016

David Grabs, age 66, of Peotone, passed away at home with all his loving family surrounding him on Thursday, February 18, 2016. He was born on June 28, 1949 in Evergreen Park, the son of the late Fredrich and Mavis (Rowe) Grabs. He was one of six children with four sisters and one brother.

He was a retired journeyman electrician at the Union Pacific Railroad in the Dolton Yard. He enjoyed many hobbies, especially gardening. He always looked forward to Mother’s Day to start planting and wait for the harvest. He enjoyed teaching others how to can the bounty from his garden. He was a great teacher, friend, and kind spirit that will be truly missed but never forgotten.

David is survived by his wife of 42 years, Donna (Quinn) Grabs who he married on March 26, 1973 in Steger. He is also survived by three children, Joseph (April) Grabs of Peotone, Rachel Grabs of Peotone, and Andrea (Derek) Grabs of Berthoud, CO. They are blessed with six grandchildren, Emily and Olivia Grabs, Austin Rhoady and Coltin Grabs, and Dominic and Riley Shepard. He is also survived by three sisters, Ann (the late Bill) Adair, Roxanne (Ron) Wicklund, and Adrienne McPhail; and one brother, Fredrich (Maureen) Grabs; two sisters-in-law, Marybeth (the late Tom) Gaskin and Jeannine Toepper; one brother-in-law, Michael (Diane) Quinn; and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mavis Vought; a niece, Mavis Stadt; his grandmother, Evelynn Scott; and grandfather, Earl Rowe.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 24 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m., Chaplain Hamish Seegers officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Marie Williw

Marie Wille
Date of Death: February 17, 2016

Marie Wille, age 93, of Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. She was born on July 22, 1922, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Koerner) Younker.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Wille of Peotone and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Wille (December 3, 1987) who she married on April 12, 1947 at the Evangelical and Reform Church in Peotone with Rev. E.H. Plassmann officiating. She was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Erwin and Verna Wille, Clarence and Marie Sangmeister, Wilbur and Pearl Heisner, and Alvin and Dorothy Reils.

Marie was a homemaker. She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and belonged to the Women’s Fellowship of the church. In earlier years she was active in the Will County Home Bureau. She graduated from Peotone High School and Gallagher Business College in Kankakee. She worked at the Peotone Post Office for many years.

She loved her garden and flowers. She enjoyed reading, especially Amish books. She also looked forward to reading her Kankakee Daily Journal. She also enjoyed crafts, knitting, and crocheting. She listened to the Lutheran Hour on Sunday mornings and watched her church service on cable TV when she could not attend in person. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, attending the Ladies Bible Study Group, and also attending gatherings of family and friends.

Marie endured many hardships in her life losing her husband, John, to cancer. She also endured the loss of her farm place to a devastating tornado eight years ago. She survived colon cancer surgery years back. Her faith in God carried her through the hard times in life.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Sunday, February 21 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Monday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10-11 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Immanuel United Church of Christ or the Peotone Paramedics would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Bevely Haase

Beverly Ann Haase
Date of Death: February 15, 2016

Beverly Ann Haase, age 76, of Morris; formerly of Peotone, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Morris Hospital in Morris, IL.

She was born on February 9, 1940 in Peotone, the daughter of the late Lyle and Miriam (Deininger) Cann. She was a bookkeeper formerly working at Bate-Carstens Realty and Evergreen Sod Farm in Peotone. She was also a secretary for Sod Growers Association of America.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda (Ken) Unland of Minooka; a son and daughter-in-law, Brad (Nikki) Haase of Bradley; four grandchildren, Shelby and Kenadie Unland, Teagan Haase, and Nick Redmond; two sisters, Carol (Chuck Reese) Ruth and Bonnie Cann both of Miami, FL; and two nephews, Ron and Chris Ruth.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Monday, February 22 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
J Clifford Oliver

J. Clifford Oliver
Date of Death: February 12, 2016

J. Clifford Oliver, age 82, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016 at Provena Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais.

He was born on October 25, 1933 in Kankakee County, the son of the late Fred J. and Martha (Tank) Oliver. He married Joan (Schroeder) Oliver on April 26, 1953 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Cliff worked at Andres Elevator for 15 years until going to work for Will Dupage Service Company where he was employed for 28 years. He then worked for the Peotone Park District until retiring. He was a member of the Peotone Fire Protection District for over 30 years retiring as Chief of the department. He was one of the original paramedics in the State of Illinois and served in that capacity for 23 years in Peotone. He also served on the EMS board at Ingalls Hospital for over 20 years. He was a member and past elder at Immanuel United Church of Christ, life member of the Peotone Historical Society, former Peotone Park District Board member, and former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Legion of the Moose.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Schroeder) Oliver of Peotone; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg (Jean) Oliver and Brian (Karen) Oliver both of Peotone; four grandchildren, Matt Oliver, Jackie Oliver, Taylor Oliver, and Jacob Oliver; and one great-grandson, Bradley Oliver. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Patrick Oliver (1995); a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Ervin) Lange; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph (Jeanne) Oliver and Kenny (Barbara) Oliver.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 16 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ on Wednesday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to service. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Bernice Werner

Bernice Werner
Date of Death: February 3, 2016

Bernice Werner, age 93, of rural Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Bernice was born on December 6, 1922 in Kankakee, the daughter of the late Maurice and Louise DuVoisin. She married the late Wilbur P. Werner on November 14, 1942 in Kankakee. He preceded her in death on September 27, 1995. She was a founding member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. She enjoyed reading, loved flowers, and most of all was a dedicated farmer’s wife and loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three children; Barbara (John) Hunter of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Donna (Larry) Shivers of Viola, IL, and Dale (Catherine) Werner of Peotone; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Snezhana “Zsa Zsa”.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 N. Conrad St.,

Peotone, IL on Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m., Father Denis White officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Peotone Paramedics would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Diane Borgman

Diane Lucia Borgman
Date of Death: January 11, 2016

Diane Lucia Borgman, age 64, of Monee, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Bria Health Services in Chicago Heights, IL.

She was born on March 20, 1951 in Harvey, IL; the daughter of Jacob and Pauline (Vilc) Borgman. She was retired from Missouri Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven (Jackie) Borgman of Peotone; two granddaughters, Sydney and Scarlett Borgman; a sister, Carol (the late Elmer) Putitis of California; and two sisters-in-law, Carol and Maureen Borgman. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Wendy Borgman; and four brothers, Donald, Dale, Jacob, and Edmund Borgman.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Linda Mathers-Epperson

Linda Louise Mathers-Epperson
Date of Death: January 4, 2016

Linda Louise Mathers-Epperson, age 89, of Monee; passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields.

She was born on October 17, 1926 in Huntsville, AL, the daughter of the late Norval and Annie (Maze) Sisk. She was a 64 year resident of Monee, a retired special education teacher at Homewood Flossmoor High School and an artist. She loved animals and especially enjoyed feeding them. She was also a licensed, registered clown going by the name, “Country Bumpkin”. She was a member of the Sherburnville Christian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Gary (Joan) Mathers of Peotone and Kevin (Virginia Fenske) Mathers of Richton Park; three grandchildren, Steve (Karen) Mathers, Jennifer Mathers, and Kyle Mathers; and a former daughter-in-law, Kimberly Martinez Mathers of New Lenox.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands; Laverne “Bud” Mathers (1980) and John D. Epperson (2001).

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, January 8 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Danny Dodge officiating. Interment will follow at Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Memorials to the Morningstar Mission of Joliet or the Monee Fire Department would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook