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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

 
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Steven E. Breault
Date of Death: December 26, 2015

Steven E. Breault, aged 62, a native of Oak Lawn, Blue Island, and Peotone, Illinois. Son of Ernest Cyril and Shirley Emma (Hayden) Breault of Oak Lawn. Brother of Christine (Robert) Crudo of Tinley Park. Devoted husband of Donna M. (House) Breault and loving father of Nathaniel E. Breault of Peotone. Cousin of Kellie (Al) Folkerts of Wisconsin and several aunts, uncles, and cousins from the areas of Hastings, Nebraska and Ohio.

On the surface of life, he worked at Southwest Lawnmower in Chicago for 40 years and was an excellent mechanic and gifted tinker who helped thousands of people get their work done. If you met him, you would remember him. Beneath the surface, he was a curator of the world who loved history and the people around him.

He loved small towns and rural America deeply and was a devotee of early 20th century Americana. His historical interests encompassed how the people lived at that time, their music, their homes, and especially, their machines. He had a hands-on passion for history and restored a number of 20th century clocks and lamps. In his lifetime, he also owned nearly 150 cars and painstakingly restored at least 20 to their original conditions.

Steve deeply respected others’ heritage. One of his proudest accomplishments was returning fragments of a Norman tapestry, found by his father during WWII, to the French people.

He belonged to the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone where his spiritual leanings found a home and forged a quiet strength. He later served as a church Trustee and oversaw the restoration of the church and its crumbling masonry steeple. The project let him express his love of rural America, and he guided the restoration with his relentless attention to historical detail.

He came to marriage and fatherhood late in life. He was a loving, gentle, and devoted husband and father, who imparted to his son not just the qualities of a good man but also his love of people, music, and mechanics.

Steve was patient, fair, and just. He held those who tried hard in high esteem but could suffer fools too. He would not suffer intimidating or aggressive people. Here, he showed his temper but took no pride in it.

He was humorously proud of his French Canadian heritage and often ended off-the-wall escapades or ideas he championed with, “But you see, I am French Canadian…”.

Steve died December 26, 2015 at his home in Peotone. He was a friend to many and left a lasting mark on all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 9th at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone with visitation from 10:00 am to 11:30 and a memorial directly after with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Marian Chesser

Marian Chesser
Date of Death: December 23, 2015

Marian Chesser died early in the morning of December 23, 2015 at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Park, IL after a short fight with cancer. She was born November 29, 1938 in Sumner Township, rural Grant Park, IL to Gilbert Wichtendahl and Florentina Mecklenburg.

She attended Manteno schools graduating with the class of 1956. She met and married Ervin Kannberg at Bennett Industries in Peotone where they both worked. They raised 3 children: David, Daryl and Suzanne. Ervin and Marian divorced after the children were grown and Marian married Fred Chesser.

Marian loved to travel and had traveled to Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Hawaii and all across the US. She started a travel agency late in life.

She was predeceased by her parents, Gilbert and Florentina; stepmother Darline Meyer Wichtendahl; sister Eilene Wichtendahl; and infant twin brothers.

She is survived by her husband Fred of Momence, ex-husband Ervin (Mary) Kannberg of Peotone, sons David (Louisa) Kannberg of Wellington, FL, Daryl (Joni Sand) Kannberg of Solon, OH, daughter Suzanne (Mike) Meyer of Oconomowoc, WI, and step-daughter Cassandra Pferschy. She is also survived by grandchildren Lisa (Adam) Becker, Laura Kannberg, Christopher Kannberg, Savannah Kannberg, Seth Kannberg, Sophie Kannberg, Sean Meyer and Max Meyer. She is also survived by a great grandson, Ricky Becker.

Memorial visitation will be on Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, 112 W Main, Peotone, IL with a memorial service at 7 pm officiated by Nancy Wheeler. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or Manteno Education Foundation. Sign the guestbook

 
John A Brown

John A. Brown
Date of Death: December 19, 2015

John A. Brown, age 66, of Peotone passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at his home, suddenly. He was born on June 17, 1949 in Joliet, IL. He was a retired truck driver working for Evergreen Sod Farm of Peotone. He enjoyed bowling, watching professional bowling on television, and muscle cars. He liked fast cars and fast women.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn (Carcelli) Brown of Peotone; two daughters, Michelle (Joel) Marquez and Christina (Eduardo) Noriega both of Lexington, KY; eight grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother, Danny (Jody) Brown of Kankakee; and two nieces, Kaitlyn and Jadyn. He was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Brown; and an infant daughter, Danielle.

Cremation rites have been accorded. All services will be private. Sign the guestbook

 
Arnold Landeck

Arnold Andres Landeck
Date of Death: December 16, 2015

Arnold Andres Landeck, age 90, of Rural Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Faith Place of Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, IL.

He was born on May 17, 1925 in Blue Island, IL, the son of the late Arnold and Lillian (Andres) Landeck. He was a US Navy World War II Veteran. He played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees organization. He then worked in management for Sears Roebuck Company retiring in 1981. He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Mark) Zebrowski and Bonnie (William) Matthies both of Peotone; four grandchildren, Matthew (Cassie) Zebrowski, Nathan Matthies, Sarah (Kyle) Hankey, and Meghan (Michael Thompson) Matthies; and three great-grandchildren, Jack Zebrowski and Gabe and Ginnie Hankey. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Virginia (Skinner) Landeck.

Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Faith Place of Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth, IL would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Eugene Borowski

Eugene F. Borowski
Date of Death: December 4, 2015

Eugene F. Borowski, age 56, of Portage, IN, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2015. He was born in Chicago on September 9, 1959, the son of the late Walter and Mary (Kozlowski) Borowski. He was a truck driver for All Trucking in Hammond, IN.
He is survived by two sisters, Maxine Grzeskowiak of Chicago an Diane Luptak of Danforth, IL; two brothers, John (Mary) Borowski of Crown Point, IN and Richard (Diane) Borowski of Blue Island, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Arthritis Foundation or donate online to http://www.jbr.org/rivervalley/maryarellano would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Zachary Taylor Rogers

Zachary Taylor Rogers
Date of Death: November 28, 2015

Zachary Taylor Rogers, Jr., age 83, of Peotone, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. He was born on April 6, 1932 in Winchester, TN, the son of the late Zachary Taylor Sr. and Virgie Lee (Bishop) Rogers. He married his wife, Doris L. (Womack) Rogers on June 25, 1956 in Huntsville, Alabama. He was a retired Local 502 cement mason. He was a US Army Veteran serving in the 6th Armored Division from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. He enjoyed auctions, antique collecting, and all outdoor activities including fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Doris L. (Womack) Rogers of Peotone; four children, Gary S. (Shirley) Adams of Beecher, Mark A. (Karen) Rogers of Peotone, Melody Jane Nehls of Manteno, and Rodney S. Rogers of Peotone; eleven grandchildren, Haley Katherine Nehls, Zachary Ryan Rogers, Allison J. (Adam) Sanders, Amanda Rae Rogers, Molly Ann Rogers, Justin Adams, Jessica Adams, Sarah (Ian) Hook, Scott Saari, Kirsten (Bruno) Modolo, and Aime Saari; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Weddington; and three brothers, James, Edward, and John Rogers.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral service and military honors will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m., Rev. Richard Young officiating. Private burial services will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Rosemary L. (Briggs) Kochel
Date of Death: November 19, 2015

Rosemary L. (Briggs) Kochel, age 73, of Manteno, formerly of Manhattan, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields. She was born on July 27, 1942 in Rome, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kochel. Cremation rites have been accorded. All services will be private. Sign the guestbook

Brenda Pool

Brenda (Benoit) Pool
Date of Death: November 14, 2015

Brenda (Benoit) Pool, age 52, formerly of Peotone and Manteno, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, IL. She was born on January 18, 1963 in Harvey, IL. She is survived by a daughter, Lindsey Meeks of Willow Hill, IL; her mother and step-father, Margie and Jim Janda of Monee, IL; and two sisters, Linda (John) Quigley of Manhattan and Jennifer (Craig LaMore) Janda of Manteno. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Benoit; and a sister, Wanda Benoit. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private inurnment services will take place at St. George Cemetery in Bourbonnais, Pastor Sam Waterloo officiating. Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes. Sign the guestbook

 
Donald Stonchus

Donald E. Stonchus
Date of Death: November 13, 2015

Donald E. Stonchus, age 53, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015.

He was born in Chicago on November 26, 1961, the son of the late Paul and Barbara (Luecht) Stonchus. He was an avid Chicago Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks fan. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone.

Donald is survived by his wife, Samantha (Baker) Stonchus of Peotone who he married on December 23, 2000 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, North Peotone. He is also survived by his children, Jason P. Stonchus of Chicago, Holly E. Sandberg of Chicago, and Douglas W. Sandberg of Peotone; two brothers, Paul Stonchus and Bob (Susan) Stonchus; two sisters, Deanne Stonchus and Sharon (John) McMahon; eleven nieces, Linsey, Jamie, and Abigail Stonchus, Morgan McCaron, Megan McMahon, Abby, Gabrielle, Maddy, and Natalie Dersch, and Lily and Kendall Martinez; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Laurel (Sippel) Baker of Peotone; and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Stephanie (Baker) and Ed Dersch, and Sara (Baker) and Henry Martinez.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 16 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Joan Pool

Joan E. (Lovison) Pool
Date of Death: October 13, 2015

Joan E. (Lovison) Pool, age 88, of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Provena Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais, IL. She was born on October 15, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Elisa (Velo) Lovison. She married the late Warren D. Pool Jr. on February 14, 1949 in Chicago. He died on February 12, 2015. She was a retired nurse working at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. She enjoyed knitting, reading, shopping, and dancing. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family being the best mom and grandmother possible.

She is survived by three daughters; Denise Joslyn of San Pedro, CA, Pam (Dennis) Tattersall of Peotone, and Donna (Tommy) Rauch Lanford of Spartanburg, SC; a son, Daniel Pool of Bourbonnais; grandchildren, Douglas Joslyn III, Domonique Joslyn, Desiree Joslyn, Todd Domagalla, Keri (Mike) Nicotra, Melissa Domagalla, Leah Domagalla, Mike (Nicki) Tattersall, Dustin (Juli) Tattersall, Kathleen Tattersall, Jeffrey Rauch, Andrea Rauch, Danielle Pool, and Ryan Pool; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Lisa J. Domagalla (Dec. 11, 2009); a son-in-law, Gary Domagalla (Sept. 27, 1994); a great-grandson, Kyle Lawrence Bogart Domagalla; three sisters, Josie, Annie, and Ines; and two brothers, Bill and Joe.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, October 15 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Friday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson ’s disease research) would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Manrow Hameister

Manrow Orville Hameister
Date of Death: October 12, 2015

Manrow Orville Hameister, of Peotone, age 95, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 12 with his family by his side. Manny, as he was known by his friends and family, was born December 29, 1919 at his home in rural Beecher to Ludwig & Katherine (Buhr) Hameister. He attended Beecher Zion Lutheran Church and school thru 8th grade. He was then needed to help on the family farm.

He married Anna Carstens on May 19, 1946 at Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Peotone, where he was a member. They moved to a farm three miles west of Peotone where they had two daughters, Bonnie and Judy. They farmed soybeans, corn, oats and hay and raised dairy cattle, hogs, chickens, a few cats and always a dog.

Manny gave up the dairy in 1970 and they were able to travel more, going to Europe, Hawaii, and around the states.

Manny was very involved with the Will South Cook County Conservation District, local drainage districts, and a member of the American Milk Producers, Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, Bradley Moose Lodge, and the Will County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Bonnie & Glenn Ginder, Judy & Dennis Cowger both of Peotone; Grandchildren, Phillip & Tammy Cowger, Nathan & Monica Cowger, Kelly & Henry Reus, Scott & Nicole Ginder and Kurt Ginder.

Great grandchildren: Dakota, Mykayla, Logan & Conner Cowger and Henry Reus. Sister-in-law Thelma (Sally) Hameister and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his loving wife Anna and grandson Chad Cowger. His siblings and spouses Henry & Laura Hameister, Louise & Edwin Andres, Authur & Anna Hameister, Martha & Fredrick Mohr, Elsie & Heinrich Seitz, Clarence & Zephyrine Hameister, Louis & Marcella Hameister, Irene & Edgar Sennholtz, and Harry Hameister. Also Anna’s family, John & Bertha Carstens parents, Gilbert Carstens, Roy & Florence Carstens, and Marie & Charles Schomas.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, October 16 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Peotone on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Peggy Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Vitas Hospice, or family’s wishes. Sign the guestbook

 
 

Robert Michael Maxson
Date of Death: September 27, 2015

Robert Michael Maxson Sr., age 60, of Peotone, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at ManorCare of Kankakee. He was born on September 5, 1955 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Oliver and Lorraine (Korbel) Maxson.

Robert married the late Julia Maxson and is survived by his son Robert Maxson Jr and brother Joe Maxson. Robert was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother, Dennis Maxson, and sister, Susan Maxson.

Arrangements were under the direction of Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Flameless Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be private. Sign the guestbook

 

Mark P. Ammann
Date of Death: September 22, 2015

Mark P. Ammann, age 65, of Homewood, IL, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. He was born on February 26, 1950 in Joliet, IL, the son of the late Carlyle and Marjorie (Lawhead) Ammann. He was a counselor at Thornton Heights Terrace in Chicago Heights, IL. He is survived by a brother, Greg (Debbie Aken) Ammann of Yachats, OR; and a nephew, Jesse Ammann of Portland, OR. Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be private. Sign the guestbook

denny cann

Dennis "Denny" G. Cann
Date of Death: September 20, 2015

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 for Dennis “Denny” G. Cann of rural Peotone. Mr. Cann died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields. The memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Immanuel United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in Peotone, Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Denny was born on December 9, 1941 in Kankakee. He worked on his father’s farm and mowed grass with his brother until a stroke paralyzed him in 1999. Denny like to watch professional wrestling and was a loyal Chicago White Sox fan. He also like vintage tractor pulls and loved his Ford 960 and John Deere green. Mr. Cann is survived by his mother, Ferne; four brothers, Brian (Mary), Stuart (Jerri), Monte (Debbie), Barry (Carol); a sister, Kristie Lou (Mike) Jones; several cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde, in August 1982. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Carol Radtke

Carol E. Radtke
Date of Death: September 18, 2015

Carol E. Radtke, age 80, of Peotone, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on July 18, 1935 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Lucy (Savoy) Schneider. She married the late Donald J. Radtke on May 11, 1957 in Chicago Heights. He died on January 29, 2013. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Teresa Pizza in Peotone for over 35 years. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed crocheting, and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

She is survived by seven children, James (Elizabeth) Radtke of Hopkins, SC, Donald (Susan) Radtke of Chapin, SC, Diane (Ted) Gerndt of LaGrange, GA, Nancy (Mike) Neiner of Manteno, IL, Mary Dugan-Bell of Manteno, IL, Lori (Robert) Anker of Grant Park, IL, and Lucy Radtke of Manteno, IL; thirteen grandchildren, Dan Radtke, Jami (Nathan) Christiansen, Hayden and Alton Radtke, Nick (Danielle) Gerndt, Jerry Gerndt, Jesica (Jake) Mahnke, Nicole Neiner, Kristy Dugan, Katie Bell, Ashley and Samuel Anker, and Dylan Radtke; five great-grandchildren, Brad and Aubri Christensen, Ella and Avery Gerndt, and Jaxon Mahnke; and a brother, Robert (the late Cookie) Schneider of Paxton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two daughters, Susan and Carol; and two brothers, Charles (Janet) and Nicholas Schneider.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrcich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, IL. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Sharon Stadt

Sharon L. Stadt
Date of Death: September 10, 2015

Sharon L. Stadt, age 69, of Cherokee Village, AR and Manteno, IL, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at her home.

She was born on September 11, 1945 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of the late David Beaver and Lorraine “Tootie” Stadt. She married Ralph L. Stadt on December 16, 1961 in Peotone. She was a retired dietician working at the Peotone Bensenville Home. She was very active in church and community activities in Cherokee Village, AR. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed crocheting, mending, sewing, and fishing. She was a devoted and caring wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also loved her dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph L. Stadt; 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 (Lindsay) Chavez, and Stefanie Chavez; seven great-grand-children, Colton-David and Avery; Lorne and Ira; Olsen, Gavin, and Lakin; and two brothers, David Bruce (Lisa) Beaver of Texas and Roger (Jacquie) Beaver of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, David R. Stadt (January 17, 2004).

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 16 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Charlene Darling

Charlene V. Darling
Date of Death: September 3, 2015

Charlene V. Darling, age 83, of Peotone, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015 at her home.

She was born on September 26, 1931, the daughter of the late Charles and Valeria (Loitz) Younker. She married the late Charles (Chuck) Darling on October 18, 1953 in Peotone. Charlene was a homemaker, caretaker, and a beautician. She was a member of the Peotone United Methodist Church and the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children, Nancy (Michael) Jaffe of Bensenville, IL, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Darling of Peotone, and Susan Luehrs (Doug Ogle) of Nashville, IN; grandchildren, Amy (Scott) Scheffers of Peotone, Julie (John) Hollandsworth of Peotone, Melanie Luehrs of Peotone, Jacob and Benjamin Darling of Peotone, and Phillip Jaffe of Bensenville; six great-grandchildren, Joseph, Olivia, Tyler, Jack, Madilyn, and Henry; a brother, Calvin Younker of Peotone; a nephew, Gary (Mary) Younker of Chicago; and two wonderful caretakers, Jackie and Donna. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chuck; an infant son, Jonathan; and a son-in-law, Donald Luehrs.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, September 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, September 6 at 4:00 p.m., Rev. Richard Young officiating. Memorials to the Rush University Medical Center Parkinson’s Program, 1725 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60612 or VITAS Hospice and Healthcare, 525 E. North St., Suite C, Bradley, IL 60915 would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Eleanor Andres

Eleanor Andres
Date of Death: August 28, 2015

Eleanor Andres, 76, of Monee, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Beecher Manor in Beecher, IL.

She was born on January 2, 1939 in Peotone, the daughter of the late John and Hattie (Gast) Thiesfeld. Eleanor married the late Kenneth Andres on July 27, 1957. They had four children together; Taffy, Dale, Beth, and David. She worked and retired from Jewel Foods after 35 years. Ellie enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, and attending grandchildren’s events. She was also a member of the Peotone Immanuel United Church of Christ and the Immanuel Women’s Fellowship.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth Broadrick of Florida; her children, Beth Andres Jones of Peotone, and David (Ellen) Andres of Lansing; three grandchildren, Andrew, Jessica, and Brenden; three step-grandchildren, Joseph (Rachael), Nicole (Josh), and Jason (Tabitha); four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Verlin (Beverly) and Franklin (Charlotte); a daughter, Taffy; a brother-in-law, Merlyn; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Jones. All services will be private. Sign the guestbook

 
Joe Fitzgerald

Joseph P. Fitzgerald
Date of Death: August 24, 2015


Joseph P. Fitzgerald, age 79, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015 at his home.

He was born on September 24, 1935 in Chicago, the son of the late Edward and Mary (Sullivan) Fitzgerald. He was a US Air Force Veteran and a retired teacher at Bogan High School in Chicago. Joseph was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone where he was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus. He was an avid runner, had a great sense of humor, loved to read, and was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan. He was also a former trustee with the Peotone Library District Board.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Buerkley) Fitzgerald who he married on October 15, 1955 in Chicago. He is also survived by four children; Daniel (Toni) Fitzgerald of Oak Lawn, David (Barbara) Fitzgerald of Tinley Park, Donald (Karen) Fitzgerald of Tinley Park, and Denise Fitzgerald of Peotone; seven grandchildren, Brandon, Sean, Tara, Christopher, Kelsey, Molly, and Cailey; and two brothers, John Fitzgerald of Evergreen Park and James (Sandee) Fitzgerald of Naperville. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Thomas, Edward and Richard; and one sister, Mary.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, August 27 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Friday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m., Father Denis White officiating. Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Covenant House would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Bernard Voight

Bernard A. Voight
Date of Death: August 19, 2015

Bernard A. Voight, age 83, of Channahon, formerly of Peotone, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Symphony of Joliet, IL.

He was born on February 4, 1932 in Joliet, the son of the late Luther and Lydia (Hauck) Voight. He was a US Army Veteran and a retired Operating Engineer for Local 150.

He is survived by a son, Bernard J. Voight of Minooka; two daughters, Lori (the late John) Dede of Channahon and Shannon Emmons of Little Elm, TX; two grandsons, Cole and Jake Emmons; and a sister, Charlene L. Boswell of Peotone. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his loyal companions, Lexi and Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

All services will be private. Cremation rites have been accorded.

 
Jamie Smith

Jamie Lee Smith
Date of Death: August 12, 2015

Jamie Lee Smith, age 39, of Beecher, formerly of Peotone, tragically passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, IL.

She was born on June 29, 1976 in Hinsdale, IL. She was a homemaker and a mother. She enjoyed volunteering at the Peotone American Legion. She is survived by her husband, Mark C. Hoover of Beecher; a daughter, Courtnie Shawver; a son, Nicholas Hoover; her mother, Debra Harbin of Peotone; her father and step-mother, Jack (Rhonda) Smith of Mississippi; a sister, Monica Smith of Peotone; a step-sister, Julie Jamieson Duffek of Florida; a step-brother, Scott Rush of Wisconsin; and three step-children, Tiffany, Andrew, and Danial Hoover. She is also survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Saturday, August 15 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Verna

Verna W. Vehrs
Date of Death: August 9, 2015

Verna W. Vehrs, 96, of Dexter, MO, formerly of Monee died August 9, 2015 at Cypress Point Skilled Nursing in Dexter, MO.

She was born on December 21, 1918 in Monee, the daughter of the late George and Emma (Bauer) Seggebruch. She married the late Edward G. Vehrs on February 17, 1946 in Monee. He died July 27, 2003. She was a homemaker, a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee, and a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter; Beverly J. Seabaugh of Dexter, MO; a son; Edward Vehrs of Dexter, MO; three Grandchildren: Missy Ashley of Dexter, MO, Tony Seabaugh of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Tim Seabuagh of Dexter, MO; and nine Great Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Saturday, August 15 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Peggy Johnson officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Monee. Sign the guestbook

 

Thomas F. Papp
Date of Death: July 20, 2015

Thomas F. Papp, age 72, of Manteno, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on August 22, 1942 in Chicago, the son of the late Joseph and Marion (Hickman) Papp. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Smith) Papp who he married on November 1, 1960 in Chicago. He is also survived by five daughters, Tammy (Steve) Hoffman of Peotone, Kim Molik of Manteno, Penny Papp of Manteno, Christy Papp of Lockport, and Carey (Greg) Meyer of Manteno; seven grandchildren, Jill (Justin) Schroeder, Jami (Dave Cyrier) Baumgartner, Mandi (John) Byrne, Lauren (Craig) Nelson, Kara Molik, Kali (Ryan Lancaster) Molik, and Tommy Meyer; three great-grandchildren, Kobe Baumgartner, Madison and Mallory Schroeder; two sisters, Carol (Charles) Billick of Tinley Park and Patricia (Russ) Roff of Florida; four sisters-in-law, Marge (Jim Mitchel) Papp of Crete, Millie Heinz of Oklahoma, Joan Dunham of California, and Michele (Dave) Wise of Florida; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Papp; a sister-in-law, Barbara Johnson; and his mother-in-law, Mildred “Baba” Smith.

Mr. Papp was a retired machinist. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. He was a fan of Chicago sports and auto racing, enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting, and loved animals.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, July 23 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or the Humane Society would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 

Jeanne Ruth (Montpetit) Oliver
Date of Death: July 18, 2015

Jeanne Ruth (Montpetit) Oliver, age 88, of Peotone, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on March 1, 1927 in Peotone, the daughter of the late Walter and Charlotte (Conrad) Montpetit. She was a former nursery aide at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was a member of the Peotone United Methodist Church and Peotone American Legion Auxiliary. She bowled for many years in Peotone leagues, enjoyed playing euchre, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by five children; Ralph “Jack” (Wanda) Oliver Jr. of Cleveland, TN, Laurie (Eric) Morse of Peotone, Shelley (Gary) Crews of Florida, Jeffrey (Jean Marie) Oliver of Peotone, and Michael (Cindy) Oliver of Peotone; eleven grandchildren, Kim (Eric) Smith, Joey (Jennifer) Oliver, Shelley (Don) Marevka, Daryl (Kelly) Morse, Danielle (Todd) LaRoche, Andrew (Kristin) Crews, David Crews, Nathan (Ashley) Oliver, Katie Oliver, Brittany (Quinn) Pedigo, and Renee (Kevin) Shaide; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph (Winkie) Montpetit of Manteno; one sister, Patricia Hacek of Manteno; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Oliver was also a foster parent to numerous children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ralph F. Oliver Sr. (February 27, 1996); a son, Daniel; a son-in-law, Gary Morse; a sister, Shirley Ivanoff; a brother, Buddy Montpetit; and a brother-in-law, James Hacek.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 22 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the Peotone United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 

Oliver L. Lawrence
Date of Death: July 9, 2015

Oliver L. Lawrence, age 85, of Peotone, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born April 19, 1930 in Wilton Township, the son of the late George and Charlotte (Oliver) Lawrence. He was a member and former trustee of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He loved spending time with his family and being involved in his grandchildren’s lives. He enjoyed being outside, especially working in his yard. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago White Sox.

He is survived by his wife, Colette S. (Carstens) Lawrence, who he married on July 26, 1952 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He is also survived by a son, Steve (Pam) Lawrence of Grant Park; a daughter, Linda (Vince) Vogel of Peachtree, GA; and four grandchildren, Jeff Lawrence, Mark Lawrence, Vanessa Vogel, and Luke Vogel.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, July 12 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Monday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Immanuel United Church of Christ or the donor’s choice would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Clarence Cowen

Clarence H. Cowen
Date of Death: July 7, 2015

Clarence H. Cowen, age 85, of Monee, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at his home.

He was born on April 3, 1930 in Tinley Park, IL, the son of the late Harold L. and Ethel (Willie) Cowen. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee. He was a Korean War Air Force Veteran, the former police chief of Monee and also served as a commissioner for the village. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed auto racing, and loved to watch his grandchildren play sports.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Arnold) Cowen who he married on March 17, 1956 in Tinley Park. He is also survived by a son, Steven L. (Ellen) Cowen of Manteno; a daughter, Kimberly (Erik) Halverson of Peotone; nine grandchildren, Brian, Alex, Kimberly, Ashley, Alyssa, Justin (Mimi), Jesse, Erika, and Jack; two great-grandchildren, Rocky and Mila; one brother, Edward (Margo) Cowen of New Mexico; two nephews, Charles and David; a daughter-in-law, Cindy (Bruce) Fehland of Peotone; a brother-in-law, Gilbert Klier of Crystal Falls, MI; and a niece, Betty Anderson of Crystal Falls, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Cowen; and a sister, Bernice Klier

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Peggy Johnson officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Sign the guestbook

 

Eileen C. (Arnold) Norman
Date of Death: June 30, 2015

Eileen C. (Arnold) Norman, age 66, formerly of Peotone, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2005 at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, IL.

She was born on February 17, 1949 in Chicago Heights, IL; the daughter of the late Elmer P. and Eleanor S. (Heisner) Arnold. She was a retired computer programmer at Financial Federal Savings and Bank in Olympia Fields, IL. She married the late J. Franklin Norman on September 18, 1986 in Monee. He died on October 28, 2014. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone and enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by two sisters, Evonne (Daniel) Koepke of LasCruces, NM and Eva M. (Michael) Dunning of Palos Park, IL; two nieces, Jeanette E. (Ciaran) O’Loughlin of Elmhurst, IL and Suzanne Dunning (Shawn) Staples of Chicago, IL; and four great-nephews and nieces, Ryan, Aidan, Abby, and Clark.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, July 3 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Friday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Monee, IL. Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Tad Rutnicki

Tadeusz Rutnicki
Date of Death: June 27, 2015

Tadeusz Rutnicki Jr., age 34, of Houston, TX, formerly of Peotone, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Houston, TX.

He was born on August 12, 1980 in Chicago Heights, IL. He is survived by his father, Tadeusz Rutnicki Sr. of Steger; his mother, Mary (Grady) Rutnicki of Peotone; two children; Ava Riann and Gabriella Diane; a brother, Jeremy (Carrie) Rutnicki of Peotone; a half-brother, Christopher Caleb Rutnicki of Steger; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Tadeusz Rutnicki III.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, July 3 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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James David Cutten
Date of Death: May 11, 2015

James David Cutten, 52, of Peotone, formerly of South Florida, passed away suddenly at his home from a heart attack on Monday, May 11, 2015.

He was born on December 22, 1962 in Boston, MA. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Valerie Hills Cutten; daughter, Jamie Lynn Cutten; father, William Cutten Jr.; birth father, John Pantazelos; two sisters, Merna Henegan and Stella Barrett; brother, Michael Cutten; half-brother, John Pantazelos; two half-sisters; Chrissy Barone and Kathy Pantazelos; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Hancock Cutten; and a brother, William G. Cutten.

A memorial service will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 311 W. Corning Ave., Peotone, IL 60468 on Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a gathering following the service for family and friends at Valerie and James’s home. Sign the guestbook

 
Kenneth D'Andrea

Kenneth Frank D'Andrea
Date of Death: June 7, 2015

Kenneth Frank D’Andrea, age 73, of Monee, formerly of Peotone and Chicago Heights, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born on October 16, 1941 in Chicago Heights, the son of the late Mario and Nora (nee DeJoris) D’Andrea. He is survived by his wife, Suellyn (nee Gebhardt) D’Andrea of Monee who he married on October 21, 1978 at Sauk Trail Baptist Church in Richton Park. He is also survived by two sons, Kenneth Mario D’Andrea of Manhattan and Brian and his wife Jaclyn D’Andrea of Peotone; grandchildren, Tyler Minyard, Peyton Renaud and expecting Aria and Dominic D’Andrea; one brother, Pastor Edward and his wife Beth D’Andrea of Beecher; one sister, Eddie D’Andrea of Crete; and many much loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Angela D’Andrea Spina; and one brother, Eugene D’Andrea.

Kenneth retired as an asphalt construction worker. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Green Garden and was a boat enthusiast. Kenneth was known as “The Supervisor” because of his willingness to oversee projects at church, home, or wherever needed.

Visitation will be held at Faith Baptist Church of Green Garden, 25800 Center Rd., Monee, IL 60449 on Wednesday, June 10 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Faith Baptist Church of Green Garden on Thursday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Jayson Workman officiating with Pastor Edward D’Andrea and Pastor Bruce Humbert assisting. Burial will take place at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Faith Baptist Church of Green Garden and Beecher Fellowship Baptist Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Dr. Richard J. Davies
Date of Death: May 27, 2015

Dr. Richard J. Davies, age 85, formerly of Peotone, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Florida. He was born December 31, 1929. He attended Elmhurst College and Northwestern Dental School. Dr. Davies hada dental practice in Peotone for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Cathy (McNally) Davies; a son, Lee (Beth) Davies; a daughter, Ruth (Craig) Farmer; and five grandchildren, Megan, Ryan, Natalie, Stephanie, and Dane.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (Mesenbrink) Davies; and ason, Richard A. Davies. A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Monday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. memorial service. Inurnment will follow at Peotone Cemetery. Sign the guestbook

 
Lester Silcox

Lester F. Silcox
Date of Death: May 31, 2015

Lester F. Silcox, age 92, of Green Garden (Frankfort), IL, formerly of Monee, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Miller Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Kankakee, IL.

He was born on February 2, 1923 in Thornton, IL, the son of the late Calvin J. and Susan Florence (Perry) Silcox. He married the late Mardella L. (Hohmann) Silcox on April 25, 1942 in Monee. She passed away on June 18, 1998.

He was a World War II Navy Veteran and a former member of the Doss Malone American Legion Post in Monee. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee and the Peotone Prairie Cardinals Camping Club. He enjoyed making wood crafts and looming rag rugs and also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years in Monee. He was a retired supervisor with the Will County Department of Transportation and also formerly worked at Portion Packaging of South Chicago Heights.

He is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Ronny) Christensen of Frankfort, IL, Karen (Richard) Rehberg of Crossville, TN, and Verna Nelson of LaCrosse, WI; five grandchildren, Jodi (Dan) Becker of Peotone, Pam (Duane) Hull of Chebanse, IL, Jeff (Tammy) Rehberg of Marengo, IL, Todd (Rosie) Nelson M.D. of Reedsville, WI, and Heather (Todd) Carr of LaCrosse, WI; twelve great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one brother, Ford Silcox of Grant Park, two sisters, Geraldine Sharp of Naples, FL and Florence Leichering of Apoka, FL; two special friends, Ron Paul of Kankakee and John Piller of Strassburg, CO; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson, Scott Christensen (1987); six brothers, Orville, Richard, Roy, Alpha, Victor, and James; and two sisters, Helen Becker and Mildred Hensley Lillgaard.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. Burial and military honors will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Monee, IL. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Larry Jones

Larry E. Jones
Date of Death: May 30, 2015

Larry E. Jones, age 68, of Manteno, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Margaret’s Mercy Hospital in Dyer, IN.

He was born on October 17, 1946 in Chicago, the son of the late Otis and Marie (O’Daniel) Jones. He was a retired truck driver and very much enjoyed driving trucks. He also enjoyed anything to do with classic cars but got the most joy out of spending time with his grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary (Rogers) Jones of Manteno who he married on July 22, 1967 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He is also survived by his son, Jerry Jones of Manteno; three grandchildren, Jerry Dillon Jones, Easton Cooper Jones, and Trace Richard Jones; extended grandchildren, Miranda, Nathan, and Maziyah; a brother, Don (Joyce) Jones of Kankakee; a sister, Leanne (Larry) McClain of Hidalgo, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary Jones (May 30, 1998); a brother, Robert; and a sister, Lois.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, June 5 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Colleen A. (Stassen) Rousseau
Date of Death: May 28, 2015

Colleen A. (Stassen) Rousseau, age 59, of Monee, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL.

She was born on September 25, 1955 in Chicago Heights. She was a clerical worker at Carbon Alloy and Steel in Monee.

She is survived by her mother, June (Jacobs) Stassen; a sister, Beverly (Chester) Johnson; a niece, Cathy Johnson; a nephew, Greg Johnson, and a special friend, Warren Slocum all of Monee. Colleen was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Stassen, on May 29, 2004.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m., Rev. Tom Ewing officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Marjorie Colehower

Marjorie Colehower
Date of Death: May 11, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Marjorie Colehower who went home to be with our Lord and her beloved husband Elwood (Colie) Colehower on May 11, 2015 at her home in Miami. Marge was born November 16, 1927 in Kankakee, IL.

She attended Bishop McNamara High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Colie, of 58 years. She is survived by her 4 children; Kaye & Glenn Bishop of Sopchoppy Fl , Mark & Sue Colehower of Peotone, IL. , Scott Colehower, of Miami, Fl. and Kirk & Alice Colehower of Austin, Texas along with 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Leonard & Paulina Lanoue of Houston TX and sister Marie & Ernie Berns of Chandler Az.

She will be remembered for her cheerful, kind spirit who was even more beautiful inside than the gorgeous women she was outside. She was a warm, caring and compassionate person, wonderful helpmate to her husband whom she adored and helped in his many years in the petroleum distribution business in Peotone and a stay at home mother who devoted herself to loving and improving her children’s lives. She was a member of the Peotone Women’s Club and always loved their Christmas Around The World event decorating her home in a different country each year.

In lieu of flowers she would want donations to go to Hospice Of Will County. She will be laid to rest at the Peotone Cemetery on May 16, 2015 with private family services, Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Sign the guestbook

 
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Candis M. Carey
Date of Death: April 30, 2015

Candis M. Carey, age 51, of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, May 4 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 4 at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Candis was born on June 16, 1963 in Chicago. She was an eleven year survivor of a severe brain injury defying all odds. She walked, she talked; and with all odds against her became very high functioning. In a group setting she was able to find a new purpose in life by helping care for a gentleman with Alzheimer’s disease who she said reminded her of her father. She loved life, loved to laugh, and was full of passion. The gift from her brain surgery left her forever young in the hearts of those who loved and cared for her.

She is survived by a sister, Laura Walsh; a dear friend; Pamela Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews; and two special care givers, Juliana and Val.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Grages Sr.; her loving sister, Linda (Grages) White; and her brother, George Grages Jr. Sign the guestbook

 
Charles Smith

Charles A. Smith
Date of Death: April 27, 2015

Charles A. Smith, age 77, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Mark Quanstrom officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery on Monday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials to the College Church of the Nazarene would be appreciated.

He was born on January 12, 1938 in Leechburg, PA, the son of the late Ralph and Olive (Rearick) Smith. He was retired working the last 10 years of his career with Alcoa in Morris, IL. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He was an active member of the College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. He enjoyed gardening and being in the outdoors.

Charles is survived by his wife, Jane (Dreger) Smith of Peotone who he married on September 25, 1965 in Blue Island, IL. He is also survived by three children, Jason (Deborah) Smith of Peoria, AZ, Blake Smith of Bradley, and Myles (Samantha) Smith of Bourbonnais; five grandchildren, Connor, Ian, Jasmine, Emma, and Logan; four brothers, Donald (Ruth) Smith of West Virginia, Robert (Carm) Smith of Pennsylvania, Richard (Judy) Smith of Washington, and Gary Smith of Colorado; and two sisters, Patricia (Wayne) Smith of Pennsylvania and Sandy Mangini of Virginia. Sign the guestbook

 
Gary Love

Gary Allen Love
Date of Death: April 22, 2015

Gary Allen Love, 56 of Peotone, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 25 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 311 West Corning Ave., Peotone, where he was a member his entire life. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Rev. John Billow officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services with inurnment in Peotone Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made to the family’s wishes.  

Gary was an elder of the church, Sunday School Superintendent, and a member of the choir. He graduated from Peotone High School 1976. 

He was born on September 29, 1958 in Harvey, IL He is survived by his parents, Clyde and Patricia (Rehberg) Love. Gary married Susan Bold on August 7, 1989. They have 2 sons, Aaron and Dawn of Manhattan and Grant also of Manhattan, one daughter April and Geremy Adams of Peotone and 5 grand-children, Jared, Tyler, Kaylee, Logan and Posie Mae. One sister Lori and Joe Toepper of Manteno, and one brother Bob of Chicago. 

He has numerous loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Gary was employed by the Peotone School District as Director of building and grounds. Prior to that Gary worked at Bimba Manufacturingbefore becoming the owner of Gary’s Home Improvements, where he was a “jack of all trades”. He could fix anything and became a friend to everyperson who’s home he entered. 

Gary was a true outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, arrowhead hunt, bow hunt, sit around a campfire, camp, walk with his dog Ellie and brew his own beer. He took great pleasure in attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.  A happier, more friendly person you will never meet. If you knew him, then you were his friend. He will be greatly missed by many, many people. Sign the guestbook

 
Edwin Moore

Edwin Gaylord Moore
Date of Death: April 9, 2015

Edwin Gaylord Moore, age 84, of Wilton Center, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his home.

Edwin was born in Joliet, Illinois on May 5, 1930 to Iva (nee Ruhlander) and Edwin E. Moore. He graduated from Joliet High School in 1948.

He married Shirley Goolsby on April 17, 1949 at First Christian Church in Joliet. Shirley and Ed farmed in Wilton Center for 52 years. Edwin was active in Wilton Center Federated Church, served on the District 207 School Board, and volunteered for many farming organization. Ed enjoyed woodworking, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with family. Edwin shared his love of wood working by making many beautiful wood clocks, cribs and furniture for family and friends.

Edwin is survived by his sons Edwin (Marcia), Richard (Marlene), John, and Jeff (Leann), and daughters Penny DeYoung and Leneya (Tim) Houslet; grandchildren Shelley (Andy) Maves, Lynn (Keith) Klunder, Amy (Adbeel) Alvarez, Jennifer (Ryan) Kramer, E. Bradford Moore, Alicia (Bill) Hulsey, Shannon (Troy) Greenquist, Brian (Carrie) DeYoung, Jill (Steve) Prokop, Danielle DeYoung, Rebecca (John) Ruff, Josh (Amber) Schwartz, Rachel (Dan) Stavros, Margaret (Grant) Zaukte, Aaron Moore (KIim Madden), Lexie (Dan) Kesler, and Alex Moore; great-grandchildren Katelynn Klunder, Ethan Hulsey, Alyssa Maves, Cameron Greenquist, Lincoln Hulsey, Sarah & Lindsey Klunder, Zachary Hulsey, Kasen Kramer, Caleb Greenquist, Breanna Maves, Lillianne Prokop, Hallie Hulsey, Kate Hulsey, Connor Maves, Sophia Prokop, Coltin Greenquist, McKenzie Zautke, Josephine Ruff, Heidi DeYoung, Rylan Prokop, Krista DeYoung, Josie Ruff, Declen Schwartz, and Kadence Kramer. Also surviving are brother-in-law Grant (Joan) Goolsby; sisters-in-law Mary Goolsby and Hazel Moore; many nieces and nephews; and his devoted caregiver Zolo Eldoobazar.

He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents Iva (nee Ruhlander) and Edwin E. Moore, his brothers, William and Tom Moore and sister, Anita Bartol.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Sunday, April 12 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 W. Joliet Rd., Manhattan, IL on Monday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Rich DeVries officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Wilton Center Cemetery. Memorial gifts to the Wilton Center Federated Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Arlene Scubbe

Arlene M. Schubbe
Date of Death: April 7, 2015

Arlene M. Schubbe, age 82, of Peotone, formerly of rural Monee, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on August 21, 1932 in Bonfield, IL, the daughter of the late William and Ruth (Rathman) Buckman. She grew up in Bonfield and lived there until she married the late Ervin W. Schubbe on March 2, 1962 in Bonfield. He died on August 25, 2002.

Arlene was a registered nurse, a farmer’s wife, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. She was active in the Eastern Will County Senior Services and the Will County Fair. She loved to travel with her family and friends.

She is survived by three children; Thomas Schubbe of San Antonio, TX, Robert Schubbe of Monee, and Pamela Schubbe of Bourbonnais; three grandchildren, Nick Ellingham, Tiffany Ellingham, and Tony Lind; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her step-mother, Florence Buckman; five brothers, James, Howard, Harold, Lawrence, and Frederick; and one sister, Patricia.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, April 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be a memorial service at the funeral home on Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m., Rev. Kevin Werner officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Eleanor G. Phelan

Eleanor G. Phelan (nee Guerin), beloved wife of Timothy (Ted) Phelan; loving sister of Margaret (Austin) Leyden and Franklin (Aiko) Guerin; and fond aunt of many nephews and nieces in Ireland, Chicago, and Hawaii. Funeral arrangements are private. Sign the guestbook

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Evelyn M Crocker
Date of Death: April 1, 2015

Evelyn M. Crocker, age 98, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Presence Heritage Village in Kankakee.

She was born on March 8, 1917 in Peotone, the daughter of the late Anton and Emma (Younker) Eilers. She married the late Maynard C. Crocker on August 18, 1937 in Peotone. He died on June 6, 2001. Mrs. Crocker was a homemaker and a farmer’s wife who worked on the family farm. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone and a long-time member of the Immanuel Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed needlework, baking and gardening.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley (Paul) Loverin of Grant Park; two granddaughters, Vicki Gawlinski and Karen (Tony) Brunello both of Grant Park; and a great-granddaughter, Zoe Gawlinski.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Plassmann Scholarship Fund at Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Robert James Hogeveen
Date of Death: March 30, 2015

Robert James Hogeveen, age 73, of Manhattan, IL; passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

He was born on July 23, 1941 in Blue Island, IL; the son of the late Andrew and Carole (Gerdes) Hogeveen. He was a retired employee of the South Cook County Mosquito Abatement District and was of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Haddow) Hogeveen, who he married on July 29, 1990. He is also survived by two children; David (Diane) Hogeveen of New Lenox and Kristin (Paul) Polillo of Elmhurst; four grandchildren, Andrew and Elaina Hogeveen and Veronica and Samantha Polillo; and one sister, Deanna (Joaquin) Vera of Hazel Crest.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, April 3 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. In lieu of flowers, memorial to PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Thomas Fitzpatrick

Thomas Lee Fitzpatrick
Date of Death: March 9, 2015

Thomas Lee Fitzpatrick, age 27, of Peotone, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at his home.

He was born on March 16, 1987 in Chicago Heights, IL. He is survived by his parents, Bill and Cindy (Ward) Fitzpatrick of Peotone; brother, Bill (Nicolette) Fitzpatrick of Mokena; adored nephew, Anthony Fitzpatrick; Paternal Grandparents, Bill and Joyce Fitzpatrick of Plainfield; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and an abundance of caring friends. He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, Bert and Arlene Ward.

He previously worked at Terry’s Ford in Peotone. He loved motorcycles, his Jeep, and detailing cars. He collected watches, enjoyed target shooting, and especially loved his dogs.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Wednesday, March 11 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following all services. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
James A Fox

James A. Fox
Date of Death: March 4, 2015

James A. Fox, age 55, of Peotone, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at his home, suddenly.

He was born on September 1, 1959 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of the late James F. and Virginia (Grundler) Fox. He was currently working as a cook at Heritage Woods in Manteno, IL. He was the former owner for 10 years of Peotone Quick Lube. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher where he currently served as a Deacon. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards and board games with his family. He especially just enjoyed spending time with his family.

James is survived by his wife, Donna (Schwer) Fox of Peotone who he married on August 1, 1980 in Tinley Park. He is also survived by two daughters, Renee (Mark) Weaver of Bradley and Rachel Fox of Peotone; one grandson, Lucas Weaver; two sisters, Pam (Richard) Bruns of South Chicago Heights and Sue Fox of Indiana; a brother, Mike Fox of Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, James A. Fox Jr.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6 at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1407 W. Church Rd, Beecher, IL at 11:00 a.m, Rev. Joel Dietrich officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will take place at Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Weaver, Donald Schwer Jr. Don Cook, Ronald Dymerski Sr., Donald Schwer III, and Ryan Schwer. Ronald Dymerski Jr. will be the bagpiper for the services. Memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Bob Sea

Robert Dennis Sea, Sr.
Date of Death: February 22, 2015

Robert Dennis Sea, Sr., AKA: Bob and Pa, age 65, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his residence in Peotone. He was born October 15, 1949, the oldest of 8 children.  He is survived by his previous wife Lida (Matijczuk) Sea; his children, Jennifer (James) Ostrowski, Robert Jr., and Melissa, and his grandchildren: Zachary, Madelyn, Emma and Wyatt Ostrowski.  Robert has been a resident of Peotone since 1991. He was a US Army Vietnam War veteran serving as a Specialist 4 in the reconnaissance division. He was very well known in the community for his presence and work at the Peotone American Legion Post 392 where he served as past commander and was very active in the Adopt a Soldier Program.  He was also the former service manager at Dralle Chevrolet and Buick in Peotone.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Services and military honors will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you make a donation in his name to either Adopt a Soldier Fund or the Peotone American Legion. Sign the guestbook

 

Elizabeth "Betty Jean" Schuler
Date of Death: February 19, 2015

Elizabeth “Betty Jean” Schuler, age 77, of Wilton Center, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

She was born on December 26, 1937 in Peotone, the daughter of the late Robert and Ina (Giles) Barten. She was a retired sales associate at Hansen’s Villa in Manhattan, IL. She was a member of the Wilton Center Federated Church. She loved collecting green glass, sitting in the boat reading, sunbathing, and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Charles E. Schuler, who she married on June 22, 1958 at Wilton Center Federated Church; her loving children; Robert (Connie Rose) Schuler of Elwood, Connie Pope of Wilton Center, and Cathy (David) Fausett of Rockford; cherished grandchildren, Amber Bregar, James Craft, Michael and Nicole Pope, Elizabeth, Scott, Jennifer, and Sarah Fausett; adored great-grandchildren, Paige and Maddie Bregar, and Haley and Isaac Craft; and life-long friend, cousin, and S.B.C. (sister by choice), Marlene Jones of Joliet.

Visitation will be held at the Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 W. Joliet Rd, Manhattan, IL on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Wilton Center Federated Church on Saturday, February 28 at 12:00 p.m., Pastor Rich DeVries officiating. Interment will be at Wilton Center Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth (Rathje) Anderson
Date of Death: February 12, 2015

Elizabeth (Rathje) Anderson, age 96, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Her life was defined by grace, kindness, and the loving care of others. Born at the family farm on Rathje Road in Peotone, she was one of the four daughters of Otto and Margery (Gilkerson) Rathje. Her grandfather was Henry Rathje who built the “Peotone Mill” (located on Corning Rd. in Peotone) and who was one of the founders of the Peotone State Bank. She and her twin sister, Catherine, graduated from Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. Elizabeth is probably best remembered for having worked as the office nurse for Dr. Lloyd Jessen in Peotone for 35 years. In 1940 she married James Anderson who died in 1980. In 1983 she married school classmate Charles “Shadow” Anderson who passed away in 2000.

Elizabeth’s three sisters; Catherine Menser, Marjeanne Johnson, and Joyce Arnstrom, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Robert) Osborne of Davison, MI; two stepchildren, Patricia (Donald) Beutien of Carmel, IN and Russell (Karen) Anderson of Deselm, IL; seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Her family is especially thankful for the care provided to Elizabeth by Sofiya Shpay and Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone, 200 W. Crawford Ave., on Saturday, February 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Burial will follow at Skyline Memorial Park in Monee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Peotone or Helping Hands of Peotone would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Warren Pool

Warren D. Pool, Jr.
Date of Death: February 12, 2015

Warren D. Pool Jr., age 89, of Peotone, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL.

He was born June 6, 1925 in Goldsberry, MO, the son of the late Warren D. Pool Sr. and Lula (Ratliff) Pool-Hill. Warren was a World War II Army Veteran serving as a gunner’s mate during WW II and then with the Military Police in Germany post World War II. He was a member of the VFW in Dolton, IL and of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone. He loved to golf, fish, bowl, cook for his family, and dance with his bride of 66 years. He also loved to travel, but most of all spend time with his family. He was a retired car salesman retiring from Jack Brown Buick in Chicago Heights, IL.

Warren is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan (Lovison) Pool who he married on February 14, 1949 in Chicago. He is also survived by four children; Denise Joslyn of San Pedro, CA, Pam (Dennis) Tattersall of Peotone, Donna (Tommy) Rauch Lanford of Spartanburg, SC, and Daniel Pool of Bourbonnais. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren; Douglas III, Domonique, and Desiree Joslyn; Todd, Melissa, and Leah Domagalla and Keri (Mike) Nicotra; Mike (Nicki), Dustin (Juli), and Kathleen Tattersall; Jeffrey and Andrea Rauch; and Danielle and Ryan Pool; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Waldo M. Pool of Frankfort, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lisa J. Domagalla (12-11-2009); a son-in-law, Gary L. Domagalla (9-27-1994); a great-grandson, Kyle Lawrence Bogart Domagalla; step-father, W. Dennison Hill; two infant sisters, Doris Jean and Mary Elaine; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Elaine Pool.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Sunday, February 15 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Monday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m., Father Roger Kutzner officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to mass. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Pallbearers will be Daniel Pool, Todd Domagalla, Michael Tattersall, Dustin Tattersall, Jeffrey Rauch and Ryan Pool. Honorary pallbearers will be Waldo Pool and Douglas Joslyn III. Sign the guestbook

 
William Barton

William B. Barton
Date of Death: February 3, 2015

William B. Barton, age 88, of Poway, CA, formerly of Peotone, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, CA.

He was born on January 22, 1927 in Peotone, IL, the son of the late Stacey B. and Elsie E. (Jurres) Barton. He married the late Rosemary L. (Jones) Barton on October 30, 1954 in Kankakee, IL. She preceded him in death on November 2, 2014. Bill was a stock broker who loved following and analyzing the stock market. He was a very social, quick witted, funny man. He was a member of a number of different social groups including golf leagues and a wine tasting group. He loved being with his family and friends, playing golf, and traveling all over the world with his wife and children. He especially loved his grandchildren and spoiling them, often sneaking them chocolate and Dr. Pepper. He was a master gardener who was known for his tremendous rose bushes. He would have his grandchildren help him in the garden where he let them get filthy digging in the dirt and watering the plants with him. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, but also enjoyed all other sorts of sports. He was a World War II Army Veteran drafted into the service right out of high school. He was a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392 and a longtime former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone.

He is survived by his two children; Lisa Barton (Dan) Fitzpatrick of Reno, NV and Danny (Brandy) Ronek of Imperial, CA; and seven grandchildren, Aisling and Keara Fitzpatrick and Chloe, Emma, Allison, Brandan, and Mylee Ronek.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, February 12 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone on Friday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Sign the guestbook

 
Terry Mulcahy

Terry W. Mulcahy
Date of Death: January 25, 2015

Terry W. Mulcahy, age 55, of Wilton Center, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

He was born on April 16, 1959 in Blue Island, IL, the son of the late Robert and Mary (Orr) Mulcahy. He is survived by his wife, Daryl Anne (Frohlich) Mulcahy who he married on May 12, 1979 in Orland Park, IL. He is also survived by three daughters, Grace (Matthew) Sealy, Delia Mulcahy, and Elle Mulcahy; one grandchild; two brothers, Tom (Sandy) Mulcahy and Robert Mulcahy; two sisters, Susan (John) Dekoker and Marybeth (Michael) Dunne; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Terry was a brick layer. He loved his family, friends, going to church, his dog Brandy, and the outdoors.

Visitation will be held at Faith Baptist Church, Green Garden; 25800 S. Center Rd. Monee, IL on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Wednesday, January 28 at 12:00 p.m., Pastor Jayson Workman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Pallbearers will be Bob Mulcahy, Tom Mulcahy, Matthew Sealy, David Santefort, Ed Lukasik, George Rung, Alston Stanley, and Ray Gondorilla. Sign the guestbook

 
Earl Welsh

Earl H. Welsh, Sr.
Date of Death: January 20, 2015

Earl H. Welsh Sr., 93, of Peotone, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at Symphony of Joliet Health Care Center in Joliet.

He was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Wilmington, the son of William and Lula (Bell) Welsh. Both of his parents preceded him in death. Earl and Maurine U. Welsh were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1942, in Kankakee. She preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 2007.

Earl was a farmer, worked at Andres Elevator and retired from Mobil Chemical in Frankfort. He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and a Lifetimer member of the Peotone Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.

Surviving are children, Dorothy Meyer, of Beecher; Earline (Charles) Patton, of Channahon, and Elwynne (Joan) Welsh, of Peotone; daughter-in-law, Cindy Welsh, of Wilton Center; grandchildren, Mike Patton, Amy (Jason) Bade, Kevin Meyer, Brian Meyer (fiance Theresa Perry), Erin Welsh, Mark (Keeley) Welsh, Earl "JR" Welsh III and Stacey Welsh; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Peyton, Camden and Parker Bade, and Spencer Welsh; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Bird, of Tamaroa, and Maybelle Welsh, of Manteno; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, preceding him in death were a son, Earl Welsh Jr., son-in-law, Willard G. Meyer; four brothers, George, Harold, William and LeRoy; and four sisters, Irene Blogg, Marie Foster, Eleanor Smith and Evelyn Welsh.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wesley Cemetery in Wilmington. Pallbearers will be Michael Patton, Kevin and Brian Meyer, Mark and Earl Welsh III, Jason and Tucker Bade. Memorials may be made to the family's wishes. Sign the guestbook

 

Geraldine "Gerry" Randell
Date of Death: January 13, 2015

Geraldine “Gerry” Randell, age 77, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, suddenly.

She was born on October 3, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Florian Frederick and Celia Helen (Jablonski) Malczynski. She married her husband, Kenneth M. Randell, on March 8, 1969 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights, IL. She worked as a secretary for many different businesses and organizations over the years. She retired from Early Prevention of School Failure in Peotone in 1999. She was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Park Forest, IL. Gerry loved to sew, cross stitch, read, and cook and bake for her family. She was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth M. Randell of Bourbonnais; her children, Debra A. Davis of Sidney, IL, John J. Ose of Kissimmee, FL, Lee F. (Diana) Randell of Valparaiso, IN, and Dana E. (Michael) Anderson of Lake Zurich, IL; six grandchildren, Megan (Shawn) Nova, Danny “D.J.” Davis Jr., Taylor Cohs and Kalli Randell, and Aubrey and Ellie Anderson; and five great-grandchildren, Mason, Addison, Ivy, Dylan, and Nathan. She is also survived by special friends; Vivian Purnell and Scott (Karla) Kuriger.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Sunday, January 18 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Carl Anderson officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following all services. Inurnment will take place at Peotone Cemetery at a later date. Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Lois Marchino

Lois M. Marchino
Date of Death: January 6, 2015

Lois M. Marchino, age 70, a resident of Manor Health Care Center in Kankakee, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

She was born on March 18, 1944 in Harvey, IL. She is survived by her mother, Angela (Ribando) Marchino of Watseka, formerly of Peotone; a brother-in-law, James L. Fox of Peotone; a niece, Vanessa Koehn of Woodworth, IL; and 3 great-nephews, Cory (Erin) Koehn of New Albany, IN, Randy (Emily) Koehn of Indianapolis, IN, and Daniel Koehn of Watseka. She was preceded in death by her father, Sam Marchino (1972); her sister, Jeannine P. (Marchino) Fox (2003), and a nephew, Duane Koehn (2001).

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 13 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Duane Haskins officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Manteno. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
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Erik Lee Bjelke
Date of Death: January 5, 2015

Erik Lee Bjelke, age 70, of Monee, IL, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL.

He was born on August 27, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Gustav and Margaret (Erickson) Bjelke. He was a retired brick mason.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Droesser) Bjelke of Monee who he married on June 5, 1965 in Oak Lawn, IL. He is also survived by 3 children, Kerry (Ernesto) Gonzalez of Beecher, Tracey (Carlos) Arrendondo of Monee, and Stephan Bjelke of Bourbonnais; 6 grandchildren, Alexis, Nicole, Megan, Madison, Matthew, and Erik; and a cousin, Debra (Steve Pinkey) Erickson of Staughton, WI.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held, Pastor Phil Epperson officiating. Sign the guestbook

 
Virginia Wilson

Virginia C. Wilson
Date of Death: January 3, 2015

Virginia C. Wilson, age 76, of Beecher, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Vitas Hospice at Franciscan St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights, IL.

She was born April 22, 1938 in Crete, IL, the daughter of the late Emil and Laura (Hohmann) Buchmeier, Sr. She married the late Kenneth M. Wilson on June 22, 1957 in Monee, IL. He passed away on July 31, 2012. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by 3 children; Diana (Joe) Gordon of Demotte, IN, Steve (Michelle) Wilson of Peotone, and Robert (Toni) Wilson of Beecher. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Joe (Kelli) Gordon III, Tonia Gordon, Kyle Wilson, Wade Wilson, and Samantha Wilson; 4 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Adyson, Cody, and Journey; 3 brothers, Emil (the late Peggy) Buchmeier Jr. of Monee, Lloyd (Tiny) Buchmeier of Crete, and Larry Buchmeier of Monee; 4 sisters, Jeanette Amstien of Warren, IN, Barbara (Doug) Warner of Pleasant Hill, OH, Linda Kiel of Warren, IN, and Cindy (LeRoy) Matthias of Monee; a brother-in-law, Harry (Jan) Wilson of Indianapolis, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 6 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 7 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Ronald Rock officiating. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook