James A. Fox
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
Robert Dennis Sea, Sr.
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
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 (Rathje) Anderson
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 D. Pool, Jr.
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 B. Barton
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 W. Mulcahy
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 H. Welsh, Sr.
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
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 M. Marchino
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
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 C. Wilson
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