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Wilbur Teske

Wilbur A. Teske
Date of Death: November 17, 2014

Wilbur A. Teske, age 72, of Rural Peotone, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 27, 1942 in Mokena, the son of the late Wilbur G. and Verna (Rockrohr) Teske.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Yunker) Teske of Peotone who he married on June 29, 1963 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Mokena. He is also survived by 5 children; Shirley (Robert) Vercruysse of Manteno, Michael (Olga) Teske of Peotone, Brenda Teske of Peotone, Kim Teske of Peotone, and Amanda (Ben) Brooks of Yorkville; 8 grandchildren, Lee Simonek III, Nicholas (Genie) Simonek, Tiffany Teske, Emily (Brice) Peters, Annie Vercruysse, Alex Teske, Sophia Brooks, and Michael Teske Jr,; 2 great-grandchildren, Madelyn and William Simonek; and 3 sisters, Violet Funk of Mokena, Shirley (John) Delladio of Mokena, and Carol (Ken) Jacobs of Manhattan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eric Teske; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Lynne) Teske, and a brother-in-law, John Funk.

He was a maintenance supervisor for Mobil Chemical in Frankfort retiring in 1992. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Peotone. He was a former member of the St. John’s Cemetery Board and St. John’s United Church of Christ of Peotone Church Board where he was also formerly president. He enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. He worked with Peotone Township and several other townships in the years since his retirement. He also volunteered with Helping Hands of Peotone.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Thursday, November 20 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at on Friday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Community Church, 21300 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort, IL. There will be visitation at the chrch from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to service. Pastor Zach Grell and Pastor Dave Marsett will officiate. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, North Peotone. Memorials to the Family’s Wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Dolores Soukup

Dolores M. Soukup
Date of Death: November 11, 2014

Dolores M. Soukup, age 74, of Peotone, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at her home.

She was born September 30, 1940 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of the late William and Esther (Mullally) Halpin. She was a retired rural mail carrier in Peotone. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone where she was a past Eucharistic Minister. She was also a former Girl Scout Leader.

She is survived by her husband, James L. Soukup of Peotone who she married on December 10, 1970 in Chicago, IL. She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Norman) Wyse of Ottawa, IL and her sister, Madonna (Corky) Albiero of Big Rock, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, William P. Halpin.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Friday, November 14 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 15 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone at 10:00 a.m., Father Denis White officiating. There will be prayers at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. prior to mass. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Earl Hoel

Earl J. Hoel
Date of Death: November 7, 2014

Earl J. Hoel, age 99, of Monee, IL, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at St. James Hospice in Chicago Heights, IL; just eighteen days before celebrating his 100th birthday.

He was born November 25, 1914 in Stoughton, WI, the son of the late John and Aletta (Peters) Hoel. He married the late Marie E. Hoel on August 17, 1946 in Monee, IL. She preceded him in death on January 28, 1998. He was a retired quality control supervisor for National Gypsum of Matteson, IL and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Monee where he was a former church board and choir member. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood. He enjoyed fishing, golf, NASCAR, and watching all Chicago sports teams, especially the Cubs. He worked as a caddie in his younger age.

He is survived by his son, Larry Hoel, of Monee; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (Clifford) Buchmeier of Bourbonnais; two grandsons, Brian (Liz) Buchmeier of Oswego and Clinton Buchmeier of Bradly; and two step great-grandchildren, Jake and Katie Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Hazel Varlinsky.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Monday, November 10 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Peggy Johnson officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Monee, IL. Memorials to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Rosemary Barton

Rosemary L. Barton
Date of Death: November 2, 2014

Rosemary L. Barton, age 81, of Poway, CA, formerly of Peotone, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at her home in Poway, CA.

She was born on February 15, 1933 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of the late David and Myrtle (Bastien) Jones. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William B. Barton of Poway, CA who she married on October 30, 1954 in Kankakee. She is also survived by her daughter, Lisa Barton (Dan) Fitzpatrick of Reno, NV; her son, Danny (Brandy) Ronek of Imperial, CA; 7 grandchildren, Aisling and Keara Fitzpatrick and Chloe, Emma, Allison, Brandan, and Mylee Ronek; a sister, Darlene Jones (Michael) Novak of Florida; a brother, Jerry (Claudia) Jones of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed playing golf, traveling, gardening, reading, and being with her family. She was just a joyous person to be around. Her home was always open to all of her family and friends. Her kindness, sense of humor, and amazing spirit will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, November 7 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 486 W. Merchant St., Kankakee, IL on Saturday, November 8 at 12:00 p.m., Father Bob Duda officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gentiva Hospice would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Donald Thurman

Donald Eugene Thurman
Date of Death: November 1, 2014

Donald Eugene Thurman, Sr., 85 of Peotone died Saturday (November 1, 2014) at home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, Peotone, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Inurnment and military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Born April 17th, 1929, son of Ethel Harriette Cash Thurman and Jay Leone Thurman. He was in the Army, 101st Airborne. He worked as an Auto Mechanic, then in Parts, Jack Brown Buick, Roy Lang, and Dralle Chevrolet. He loved working in the yard, and building different things. He loved going to the River, aka The River Rats, and building the biggest campfires. He loved to travel to different places and never liked taking the same way twice. He was still friends with his high school buddies “The Old Gang” from West Pullman.

Survived by his wife, Juanita (Engle) Thurman. One brother, James (Virginia) Thurman (Rhode Island), Three children, Harriet Thurman, Donald (Traci) Thurman and Connie (Harry) Timmer, Judy Schroth. Seven Grandchildren, Michael Thurman-Munger, Nichole Thurman-Smith, Leslie (Devon) Seemann, Melinda (Rickey) Vandine, Jay Thurman, Robert Barnett and Carrie Timmer. Three Great-Grandchildren, Chloe Forgett, Jasmine Seemayer, Decon Forgett. Special Grandkids: Kelly (Evan) Graves, Matt Schroth (Cortland Tuttle), Derek (Tasia) Munger. Special Great-Grandchildren: Jon Schroth, Adrianna Dietz and Max Munger. Sister-in-laws: Helen Phelps, Earlene Crouse, Bonnie Parkins, Linda Presley, Billie Engle, and Patricia Engle. One Brother-in-law, Harold Myler. Also several nieces and nephews.

His extended Family includes: Dearest Friend Waldo Pool, (Sister) Claudene Good, and their children. Kathleen & John, CJ and Evan Sandman, Linda & Ken Emery, Roger Barnett, Joey & LeAnn Soltys, Chuck & Trisha Soltys, Margie & Rick Stark and their children.

Waiting for him in Heaven are his Parents, In-laws (Carrie & Earl Engle), Larry Crouse, Dale Parkins, Michelle Parkins, Robert Engle, Agnes Myler and Junior Engle, John Presley. Granddaughter Sarah Munger, Dear friends, Joyce Pool, Chester & Peggy Soltys, Gordon & Jackie Hulvey, and Bea & Earl Pintler. Sign the guestbook

 
Richard Schumacher

Richard "Rick" Schumacher
Date of Death: October 30, 2014

Richard “Rick” Schumacher, 38, of Peotone, passed away suddenly Thursday, October 30, 2014. He was born December 27, 1975, at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, IL, the son of the late Ronald and Susan (Heine) Schumacher. He worked as a machine operator at Bernard Welding in Beecher, IL. He was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was an assistant little league coach in Crete. He enjoyed camping and helping his family and friends whenever it was needed.

Rick is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Schubbe) Schumacher of Peotone who he married on June 26, 1999 at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He is also survived by his Paternal Grandmother, Kathryn (Martin) Schumacher Bruder of Matteson; his sister, Sherri (Anthony) Jones of Steger; his brother, Robert (Leanne) Schumacher of South Chicago Heights; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leroy and Virginia Schubbe of Monee; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, Dale Schumacher; and Maternal Grandparents, Wilbert and Marian Heine.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Tuesday, November 4 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold will officiate. Burial will follow at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Immanuel United Church of Christ Sunday School, Ronald McDonald House Charities, or the family’s wishes would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
J. Franklin Norman

J. Franklin Norman
Date of Death: October 28, 2014

J. Franklin Norman, 95, of Peotone, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2014) at Arden Courts of Hazel Crest.

He was born Sept. 28, 1919, in Peotone, the son of Frank A. and Ada M. (Felton) Norman.

He married the former Eileen Arnold on Sept. 18, 1986, in Monee. She survives, of Peotone.

Surviving are one nephew, Richard (Barbara) Barbour, Kildeer; one niece, Carolyn (Steve Szabo) Barbour, of Greer, S.C.; two great-nieces, Katherine Barbour, of Houston, Texas, and Melissa Anderson, of Chicago.
Mr. Norman was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He was a retired farmer, a member and past elder of First Presbyterian Church of Peotone and enjoyed traveling around the country via his motor home.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Robert Norman (who passed away in 2002); sister, Lois Norman Barbour (who passed away in 1995); and infant brother, James.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m funeral services Saturday at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. The Rev. Jonathan Krogh will officiate. Interment will be in Peotone Cemetery, Peotone.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Peotone. Sign the guestbook

 
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Roy Joseph Letourneau
Date of Death: October 27, 2014

Roy Joseph Letourneau, 91, formerly of Peotone, died Monday, October 27, 2014, at Lincolnshire Health Care Center in Merrillville, Ind.

He was born May 29, 1923, in Great Falls, Mont. He was retired as a machinist from Cracker Jack in Chicago and was a WWII Navy veteran. He enjoyed fishing. He enjoyed anything electronic and tinkering with them. He was also a Ham radio operator. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone.

Mr. Letourneau is survived by a son-in-law, Keith Orr of Beecher; grandchildren, Jerry (Susan) Orr of Munster, Ind., Tambi (Mark) Kieta of St. John, Ind., Micki (Erica) Orr of Rennselaer, Ind., Roberta Stansu, Thomas Stansu and John Stansu; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Letourneau of Florida.

He married Irene M. Letourneau on September 2, 1967, in Chicago, and she died April 8, 2000. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Jean Orr; a son, Robert Stansu; his parents, Walter and Marie A. Fluet Letourneau; two brothers, Lloyd and Leo Letourneau; and an infant granddaughter, Kelly Ann Orr.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held with inurnment at Peotone Cemetery. Sign the guestbook

 
Gordon Kelly

Gordon D. Kelly
Date of Death: October 4, 2014

Gordon D. Kelly, age 78, of Peotone, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL.

He was born April 30, 1936, the son of the late Everett and Rose Kelly. He was a retired from Illinois Bell/ATT after 38 years of employment. He was a US Army veteran and member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church of Peotone and the St. Paul Knights of Columbus. He formerly owned and operated Kelly’s TV repair in Peotone. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs and Bears and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren play sports.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Manes) Kelly who he married on November 3, 1962 in Glenwood, IL. He is also survived by four children, Harold Kelly of Matteson, IL, Debbie (Randy) Johnson of Peotone, Catherine Cline of Davis, IL, and Anthony (Angela) Kelly of Homewood, IL; five grandchildren, Allie Johnson, Abby and Courtney Cline, and Quinton and Noelle Kelly; and a sister, Kay (the late Larry) Bangs of Hilton Head, SC.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Monday, October 6 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone on Tuesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J.D.R.F.) or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Ryan Van Ham

Ryan Joseph Van Ham
Date of Death: October 3, 2014

Ryan Joseph Van Ham, age 31, of Peotone, IL passed away suddenly on Friday, October 3, 2014 at home. He was born on May 28, 1983 in Harvey, IL. He was employed as a butcher at Berkot’s Super Foods in South Wilmington, IL.

Ryan is survived by his mother, Joan (nee Travis) (Jim McLaughlin) Van Ham of Monee; his father, Raymond Van Ham of Colorado; his sister, Meghan Van Ham of Conroe, TX; his maternal grandmother, Bernadine Travis of Peotone; his aunt, Susan Podgorny of Peotone; his uncle, Jeff (Jamie) Travis of Monee; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Clyde Travis; and his aunt, Karen (Travis) Buback.

A visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following all services. Sign the guestbook

 
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Robert A. Brown
Date of Death: September 27, 2014

Robert A. Brown, age 91, of Park Forest, IL, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014. He was born July 15, 1923 in Gloucester, MA, the son of the late John E. and Isabelle (Riggs) Brown.

He married the late Barbara (Morgan) Brown on August 1, 1948 in Gloucester, MA. He was a US Army World War II Veteran serving in the 95th Infantry Division, also known as the Iron Men of Metz, in recognition of their liberation of the town of Metz, France during World War II. He was a retired chemical engineer, a member of the Chicago Heights American Legion, and a member of the Calvary United Protestant Church in Park Forest for over 50 years.

He is survived by a son, Robert A. (Jill) Brown of Austin, TX; two daughters, Debi Paque of Sun City, AZ and Marcia (Al) Murray of Peotone, IL; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Lorelei, Adam, and Christopher; four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Henry, Mia, and Bryson; and a sister, Carol (Vinnie) Yannone of Old Saybrook, CT. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers, Jack and Norman Brown.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., at the Calvary United Protestant,425 N. Orchard Dr., Park Forest, IL, Pastor Caroline Underwood officiating. Memorials to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
James S. McDerman

James S. McDermand
Date of Death: September 28, 2014

James S. McDermand, age 86, of Andres, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at West Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomingdale, IL.

He was born in Chicago on June 7, 1928, the son of the late Sidney and Florence (Heninger) McDermand. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Mr. McDermand was a retired teacher, guidance counselor, and high school administrator. He began his teaching career in Crete, IL and then came to Peotone High School where he worked for 33 years. He was a math and science teacher, guidance counselor, and was the Principal of Peotone High School at the time of his retirement. He was an avid golfer and coached the Peotone High School golf team for several years. He loved animals, especially his dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte (Geuther) McDermand, who he married on August 18, 1951 in Joliet, IL. He is also survived by his daughter, Tamra McDermand of Manhatan, IL; 2 granddaughters, Sydnee Rae and Mathilda Marie McDermand; a sister-in-law, Mary McDermand of Deerfield, IL; and 2 nephews, Matthew McDermand of Indianapolis, IL and Michael McDermand of Jacksonville, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles McDermand; and a nephew, Christopher McDermand.

Services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with visitation from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Deacon Jim Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Frankfort, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Victory Reins Riding Center for Disabled Children would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 

Jane B. Bettenhausen
Date of Death: September 18, 2014

Jane B. Bettenhausen (nee Siemsen), age 90, of Rural Manhattan, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Presence Heritage Village in Kankakee. She was born November 24, 1923 in Peotone, the daughter of the late Alfred and Leota (Bell) Siemsen.

She is survived by a son, Dale (Sharon) Bettenhausen of Manhattan; a daughter, Susan (Richard) Seales of Los Angeles, CA; 5 grandchildren, Vicky (Sean) Gallaway of Braidwood, Scott (Denise) Bettenhausen of Manhattan, Craig (Erin) Bettenhausen of Manhattan, Kelly (Justin) Gold of Los Angeles, CA, and Gayle Seales of Los Angeles, CA; 8 great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jaclyn Gallaway; and Tyler, Dylan, Ayden, Madison, Emma, and Alyssa Bettenhausen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lorne W. Bettenhausen (June 14, 1990) who she married on May 16, 1943 in Peotone; and a brother, Alfred Lee Siemsen.

She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frankfort, IL and the Will County Farm Bureau.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Mark Milligan officiating. Burial will take place at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Presence Heritage Village would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Ronald J. Hack

Ronald J. Hack
Date of Death: September 9, 2014

Ronald J. Hack, age 87, of Rural Peotone, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

He was born on July 29, 1927 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of the late John C. and Blanche (Apking) Hack. He was the first ordained elder and a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and the Bradley Moose Lodge. He was a 4-H leader and former chairman of the board for 1st Farm Credit Services. He served as general livestock superintendent at the Will County Fair for many years.

Ronald was a lifelong farmer. He loved to go fishing in Ely, Minnesota with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie (Schroeder) Hack who he married on January 16, 1949 at Immanuel United Church of Christ. He is also survived by a daughter, Kathleen Shanahan of Peotone; a son, John (Denise) Hack of Peotone; 6 grandchildren, Paul (Allison) Hack, Kevin (Pamela) Hack, Jared (Melissa) Hack, Jaclyn (Michael Jr.) Cain, Donald (Thanh) Shanahan, and Michael (Denise) Shanahan; 8 great-grandchildren, Peyton, Austin, Tucker, Teagahn, Oliver, Caitlyn, Marjorie, and Samuel; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Cliff Oliver; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Betty Hack; 2 great-grandchildren, Samantha and Dylan Cain; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elaine and LaVern Koehn.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Saturday, September 13 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Sunday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. There will be visitation at church from 12:00-1:00 p.m. prior to service. Burial will take place at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Ralph Daum

Ralph Daum
Date of Death: September 8, 2014

Ralph Daum of Peotone passed away while sitting in his recliner, watching the Cubs on September 8, 2014 . He was born on May 6, 1926 to Henry & Minnie Daum. Ralph lived in Peotone his entire life. The day after graduating from Peotone High School in 1944, he joined the Navy. He spent 2 years in World War II as an electrician's mate on the USS Otter in Northern Africa. After serving his country, he attended Coyne Electrical school in Chicago and in 1947 went into the electrical contracting business in Peotone. Several months later Ralph added appliance sales to the business known as Daum Electric. In 1980, the business was renamed Daum Appliance & TV, and continues in operation today. In 1950, Ralph married Ruth Warren at the West Peotone Methodist Church. They were blessed with 3 daughters – Jane, Sally, & Nancy and a son, Douglas, who died in infancy.

Ralph was a cornerstone in the Village of Peotone. He served as commander and was a 68 yr. member of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. He was instrumental in constructing the Legion Hall on North Street. He was past president of Peotone Chamber of Commerce and the oldest living member of the Peotone Fire Department. Ralph was an active member of the Peotone United Methodist Church, serving on the board of trustees for many years, and was significantly involved in 2 major remodeling projects. World travelers, Ralph & Ruth visited 47 countries during his lifetime. He also enjoyed navy reunions with fellow destroyer shipmates. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening with his friends and was a founding member of the Peotone Conservative Garden Club. A dog lover, Ralph was often seen riding his motor scooter with his dog Herman in the sidecar. Ralph was a life-long Cub fan. He attended his first Cub game in 1931- "Wait 'til next year…"

Preceding him in death were his infant son, Douglas, and his brothers – Gerald and Robert. Ralph is survived by Ruth, his wife of 63 years, Jane (Mike) Jones of Peotone, Sally (Jim) Flynn of Sacramento, and Nancy (Eric) Lundahl of LaGrange Park. Grandchildren include Adam Jones, Abby (Chris) Jarchow, Ian (fiancée Jessica Jochim) McLean, Megan (David Morales) McLean, and Grant Lundahl.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Peotone United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Richard Young officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Peotone United Methodist Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Leatrice Buck

Leatrice Joyce Buck
Date of Death: September 2, 2014

Leatrice Joyce Buck, 91, of rural Peotone, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Miller Health Care Center.

She was born July 14, 1923, in Bridgman, Mich. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in North Peotone, Past President of the St. John's Women's Fellowship and also a past Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, playing cards, and her cats.

Mrs. Buck is survived by a son, Wayne (Debra) Buck of Momence; two daughters, Linda (Lane) Heatherwick and Janice (Victor VanHorn) Wolkow, both of Peotone; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Rachel) Buck of BelAir, Md., Hilary (Ron) Davis of Lockport, Bethany (Andrew) Lanagan of Mokena, Grant Heatherwick of Peotone and Carrie Heatherwick of Boston, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Buck, Andrew Buck, Alaina Buck, Christi Buck, Declan Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She married Everett Buck on October 28, 1945, in Bridgman, Mich., and he died November 7, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents, August and Martha Ratz Mensinger; a son-in-law, Roger D. Wolkow on February 8, 2009; a grandson, Christopher R. Wolkow on November 7, 2008; a brother, Leroy Mensinger; and a sister, Lorraine (Paul) Baginske.

Visitation 3 - 8 p.m. Friday, September 5, at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, September 6, at St. John's United Church of Christ in North Peotone, with the Rev. Bruce Salter officiating. Burial in St. John's Cemetery in North Peotone. Memorials may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ. Sign the guestbook

 
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Donald Walter Gorecki
Date of Death: August 28, 2014

Donald Walter Gorecki, 83, of Peotone, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

He was born on June 19, 1931 in Chicago, the son of the late Walter Donald and Marion (Feix) Gorecki. He was a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Donald is survived by three sons; Donald Walter (Tammy) Gorecki of Elmhurst, Joseph Paul (Susan) Gorecki of Edina, MN, and William R. Gorecki of Peotone; and six grandchildren.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held with inurnment to take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

 
Betty Jane Hack

Betty Jane Hack
Date of Death: July 29, 2014

Betty Jane Hack, 87, of Augusta, Ga., formerly of Peotone, passed away Tuesday (July 29, 2014) at Westwood Extended Care in Evans, Ga.

She was born May 13, 1927, in Frankfort, the daughter of Lloyd and Muriel (Bringelson) Bisping. They preceded her in death. She married Wallace R. Hack on Dec. 10, 1944, in Peotone. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2002.

Survivors include their son, Dennis (Barbara) Hack, of Grovetown, Ga.; her brother, Eugene (Jeannie) Bisping, of Elwood; sister, Donna (the late Ralph) Froehner, of Peotone; brother-in-law, George Krankoski, of Frankfort; sister-in-law, Florence Bisping, of New Lenox; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Marjorie Hack, of Peotone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; son, Roger Hack, who passed away in 1971; brother and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Audrea Bisping; brother, Glen Bisping; and sister, Joyce Krankoski.

Betty formerly worked as a sales clerk for the H.A. Heyerman Jewelry Store in Peotone. Later, she worked food demonstrations in various grocery stores in the Peotone and Kankakee area. She was a member of the Peotone American Legion Auxiliary, Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, the Immanuel Women's Fellowship and served as a Sunday school teacher. She loved to cook.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ. Sign the guestbook

 
Richard Dubbert

Richard A. Dubbert
Date of Death: July 26, 2014

Richard A. Dubbert, 63, of rural Peotone, passed away Saturday (July 26, 2014) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society.

He was born Aug. 26, 1950, in Kankakee, the son of Raymond W. and Edith M. (Rasmussen) Dubbert. They preceded him in death. He married Kandy (Ehrhart) Dubbert, of Peotone, on Feb. 16, 1974, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone.

Also surviving are one daughter Krista (Matthew) Walters, of Aurora; a brother Donald (the late Rebecca) Dubbert, of Manhattan; mother-in-law Janet Ehrhart, of Sandwich; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and friends.

Richard was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, LaVern Ehrhart.

Richard was a retired truck driver for Joliet Equipment in Joliet. He was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, assistant superintendent of Sunday school and played on the church's dartball team. Richard enjoyed collecting, working on and riding Cushman Motor Scooters. He enjoyed farming, fishing, gardening and watching cooking shows on television. Sign the guestbook


 
Joseph Mitchell

Joseph William Mitchell
Date of Death: July 24, 2014

Joseph William Mitchell, age 61, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Asta Care Center in Toluca, IL.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Green Garden Baptist Church, 25800 S. Center Rd., Monee, IL. Funeral services will be held Green Garden Baptist Church on Monday, July 28, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m., Pastor Jayson Workman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

Joseph was born on September 29, 1952 in Chicago, the son of the late Norman Sr. and Caroline (Serio) Mitchell. He is survived by his brother, Norman Jr. (Phillia) Mitchell; his sister, Linda (Robert) Schroth of Ingleside, IL; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

Joe was loved by everyone who knew him. His favorite bible verse was Acts 16:31: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Sign the guestbook

 
Patricia Tanikawa

Patricia Ann Tanikawa
Date of Death: July 19, 2014

Patricia Ann Tanikawa, age 60, of Peotone, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Peotone Public Library would be appreciated.

Patricia was born on September 5, 1953 in Harvey, IL, the daughter of the late James and Grace (Luke) McCarty. She formerly worked at the Peotone Public Library. She enjoyed playing bingo, quilting, and having lunch with her friends. She took special joy in spending time with her granddaughter, Maddy, and was excited and especially joyful while waiting for the birth of her second granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband, Tatsuhiko Tanikawa, of Peotone, who she married on February 28, 1982 . She is also survived by 2 children, Mike Tanikawa of Matteson, IL and Mika (Daniel) Munger of Clarsville, TN; a granddaughter, Madilyn Munger; a sister, Sue McCarty of Augusta, GA; and close family members, Gerald and Chereline McCarty. Sign the guestbook

 
William David Kannberg

William David Kannberg
Date of Death: July 18, 2014

William David Kannberg, age 57, of Rural Grant Park, IL, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL.

Bill was born December 2, 1956 in Joliet, IL, the son of the late Ray and Hazel (Tabbitt) Kannberg. He was a graduate of Manteno High School and Kankakee Community College. He was a farmer and a member of the Young Farmer’s Association of Kankakee County. He also served as the Assistant Dairy Cattle Superintendent at the Will County Fair. He was a lifelong member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone where he was baptized, confirmed, and served on the Church Board. He enjoyed hunting and was a Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears fan. He loved spending time with his family; especially with his nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bill is survived by his sisters, Sharon (John) Johnson of Morton Grove and Kathleen (Ted) Siemsen of Peotone; nieces, Donna (Charles) Richards of Mundelein and Jennifer (Nick) Rodgers of Kankakee; nephews, Stephen (Maureen) Olson of West Chicago, Kevin Olson of Lisle, Brian (Becky) Olson of Villa Grove, Bradley (Laura) Siemsen of Bourbonnais, Michael (Kelly) Olson of Bloomington, and Mark (Katie) Siemsen of Chicago; eleven great-nieces and great-nephews; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Olson; and a niece, Susan Johnson.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone on Thursday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dwight Gorbold and Nancy Wheeler will officiate. Interment will follow at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Olson, Kevin Olson, Brian Olson, Michael Olson, Bradley Siemsen, Mark Siemsen, Charles Richards, and Nick Rodgers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Meyer and Dan Anker. Sign the guestbook

 
Ted Regan

Thaddeus "Ted" Vincent Regan
Date of Death: July 1, 2014

Thaddeus "Ted" Vincent Regan, 59, of Peotone, IL, passed away July 01, 2014 after a valiant fight with colon cancer. Ted was born in Peotone, IL on October 2, 1954 to the late William and Leenora Regan (nee Davis). Ted wore many hats throughout his life and had an entrepreneurial heart for business. He had his own fuel company and for 23 years with Thrivent Financial he pursued his passion for helping others with their finances. He was an example for others on how to be an excellent grandpa, father, brother, son and husband. He constantly wanted to have his grandchildren help him in anything he did. He was a devout Lutheran and a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Matteson. Ted is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Judy Regan (neeBecker); 4 children, Timothy (Sarah nee Schilling) Regan of Frankfort, IL, Daniel (Courtney neeBrown) Regan of Oak Park, IL, Kelly (Jeffrey) Thrun of Chicago, IL, and Katie Regan ofPeotone, IL; 9 grandchildren; Lily, Madeline, Timothy, and Grace Regan; Lilah and Emmett Regan; and Jacob, Lucas and Joshua Thrun; and 4 siblings, Patrick Regan, Mary Ellen "Bee"Robbins, Catherine Nelson and Cynthia "Lou" Hagemaster. Memorials should be sent to Side by Side Corporation II, NFP, 428 S. Euclid Ave Apt. 1E Oak Park, IL 60302. His earthly life will be celebrated through a wake at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone, IL on Sunday July06, 2014 between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and a funeral service on Monday July 07, 2014 at 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church on 216th Street in Matteson, IL. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Skyline Memorial Park,Monee, IL. Sign the guestbook

 
Joyce Ann Melton

Joyce Ann Melton
Date of Death: June 24, 2014

Joyce Ann Melton, age 55, of Peotone, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at her home. She was born on February 19, 1959 in Chicago. She worked for John Amico Hair Care Products for over 20 years and was of the Catholic faith.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Daniel Melton of Peotone; 2 sons, Shawn (Amber) Melton of Ohio and Aron (Dawn) Melton of Minnesota; hermother, Joan (nee Walsh) Beganis of Peotone; a brother, Joseph (Fran) Beganis of Manteno; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Beganis. A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Andrew Michael Sawczenko

Andrew Michael Sawczenko
Date of Death: June 21, 2014

Andrew Michael Sawczenko, age 23, of Peotone, died Saturday,June 21, 2014. He was born October 14, 1990 in Chicago.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

Andrew is survived by his daughter, Natalie Ann Smiley; his mother, Kathleen Sawczenko of Peotone; and his brother, Lawrence Buelteman of Peotone. He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Buelteman. Sign the guestbook

 
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Dale Roy Kannberg
Date of Death: June 17, 2014

Dale Roy Kannberg, age 70, of Peotone, formerly of Alsip, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Presence Our Lady of Victory, Bourbonnais, IL.

Dale was born on August 7, 1943 in Kankakee, IL, the son of the late Roy and Laura (Eickmann) Kannberg. He was a US Army Veteran serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was retired from Clark Refinery in Blue Island, IL where he worked as a technician. He is survived by 3 sisters; Marilyn (Michael) Zippa of Farmington, MN, Carole Brady, and Debra Pike both of Peotone. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Beverly Knickrehm.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private inurnment with military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Memorials in his memory to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, IL would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

Mary Ann Peck

Mary Ann (Altmyer) Peck
Date of Death: May 27, 2014

Mary Ann (Altmyer) Peck, 70, of Bourbonnais, formerly of Peotone, passed away Tuesday (May 27, 2014) at Presence Our Lady of Victory in Bourbonnais. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Friday until the 8 p.m. funeral service at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, Peotone. The Rev. Jonathan Krogh will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Peotone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Society or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

Ms. Peck worked for the Kankakee County Court System as a clerk when she was young. She also previously worked as a cook at the Hen House in Peotone. She was a homemaker, taking care of and raising her children, then later she provided child care for other families. She was born March 16, 1944, in Kankakee.

Surviving are her mother, Dorine (Hartman) Altmyer, of Kankakee; two children, Christopher (Beverly) Peck, of Bourbonnais, and Joy Peck, of Davenport, Iowa; four grandchildren, Rebbeca and Melissa Peck, Logan Shirley and Chloe Wylie; five sisters, Diane (the late Marvin) Ford, of Minnesota, Lynn Altmyer, of Indiana, Carol (Ed) Lahners, of Manteno, Paula (the late Wayne) Kramer, of Buckingham, and Jen (Joe)Schumacher, of Dwight; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her father, Paul Altmyer, preceded her in death. Sign the guestbook

 
Doris Ganson Kruger

Doris Ganson Kruger
Date of Death: May 19, 2014

Doris Ganson Kruger, 90, formerly of Peotone, died May 19, 2014 at Brighton Gardens of Wheaton, IL.

Doris was born and raised in Havana, IL. She was born on July 13, 1923, the daughter of the late Herbert and Otilla (Lippert) Ganson. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois (U of I) in home economics where she was the President of the Isabel Bevier Home Economics Club and a member of the 4-H House. Doris was an active alumnus and was the Treasurer of the University of Illinois Home Economics Alumni Association. In 1989, the U of I Alumni Association awarded her the prestigious Loyalty Award for Devotion in Leadership, and service to her alma mater.

Her 38 year teaching career began in Melvin, IL. From there she moved to Peotone, IL and married Russell C. Kruger on May 30, 1952. She taught high school home economics for 36 years at Peotone High School. During this period of time, Doris was the school’s sponsor of the Future Homemaker of America (FHA) Club, State Sponsor for the Illinois Association of FHA, Advisor to State FHA Officers, and Advisor to National FHA Officers.

4-H was important throughout all of Doris’ life. She was the Organization Leader for the Peotone Cleverettes 4-H Club for 20 years and on the state level, the Secretary of Will County 4-H Leaders Organization. In 1984, Doris was one of the elite Illinois 4-H alumni to receive the 4-H Alumni Award. It honored the recipients for their career accomplishments in their civic, community and professional activities.

Doris was an active and faithful member of the First United Presbyterian church of Peotone. She was the co-founder of the Helping Hands in August 1986. It was an organization formed to help families in need of assistance with back-to-school clothing and supplies. Over the years, it expanded to help families with food for the Holidays and house hold bills. Little did these two ladies know their desire to meet a simple need would turn into an enduring ministry supported by community businesses, congregations and individuals. What began as a late summer project in August 1986 has turned into an on-going ministry assisting over 150 households each month representing 600 individuals. Doris was also responsible for creating the church’s Annual Quilt Show and actively assisted with the annual Antique Shows and Pork Chop BBQ dinner.

Doris was a true friend and supporter of her community. In 2001, she was named Citizen of the Year.

Doris is survived by her 2 children, Milton (Maureen J.) Kruger of Spring Lake MI, and Jean Kruger (John) Hicks of Wheaton, IL. She is also survived by 2 grandchildren; Kurt Kruger and Jackson Hicks; and a sister, Edna Faye (Jack) Steele of Havana, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell C. Kruger (Oct. 1, 2008); a brother, Milton Ganson; and a sister, Marjorie Kisler.

Visitation will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Saturday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m., Rev. Jonathan Krogh officiating. Burial will follow at Peotone Cemetery. Another celebration of Doris’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Peotone at a later date. Memorials to Helping Hands or the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Emily Lynn Ristau

Emily Lynn Ristau
Date of Death: May 14, 2014

Emily Lynn Ristau, age 21, of Peotone, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL.

She was born on September 20, 1992 at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, IL. She is survived by her parents, Peter A. and Denise R. (Dougall) Ristau of Peotone; 2 brothers, Peter A. (Brittany) Ristau Jr. of Lafayette, IN and Andrew E. (fiancé Trista Meadlo) Ristau of Peotone; maternal grandparents, Sally A. (the late Jack) Dougall; paternal grandparents, Peter and MaryAnn Ristau; aunts and uncles, Dianna L. (the late Neil) Daly, Donna Sue (the late Dan) Wirth, Susan and Donald Dixon, Karen and Jim Petrassi, Michael and Leslie Ristau, Amy and Todd Gatzke, and Erich Ristau and his wife, Cindy Updyke; and cousins, Jessica and Donald Jr. Dixon, Alexandria, Dominique, and Michaella Petrassi; Ashlie, Danielle, and Kaitlyn Ristau; Ty, J.P., and LeAnne Gatzke; and Hannah and Sarah Daly.

Emily was currently a student at Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School (PMTS) in Bradley, IL. She was a youth group leader and volunteer at Christ Community Church of Peotone. She loved to draw, write, read, and play music; including the piano and the ukulele. She was a fan of British T.V., especially Dr. Who. She especially loved snuggling with her dog, Chloe.

Visitation will be held at Grace Fellowship Church, 11049 W. LaPorte Rd., Mokena, IL 60448 on Saturday, May 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Grace Fellowship Church on Saturday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m., Pastor Zach Grell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Ronald McDonald House or Advocate Children's Hospital (pediatric cardiology or child life therapy) would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Kathleen D. Hoffner

Kathleen D. Hoffner
Date of Death: May 8, 2014

Kathleen D. Hoffner, age 58, of Peotone, formerly of Matteson, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the University of Chicago Hospital.

She was born January 19, 1956 in Blue Island, IL, the daughter of the late William R. and Betty S. (Sligar) Dailey. She worked as the church secretary at the Peotone United Methodist Church.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Stephen G. Hoffner of Peotone who she married on June 26, 1976 in Park Forest. She is also survived by a son, Kevin (Katie) Hoffner of Tinley Park; a daughter, Kelly (Greg) Swedberg of St. Charles; and a sister, Linda J. Leweling of Peotone.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 11from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be on Monday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. from the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home, Rev. Terry Krouskoupf officiating. Burial will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Peotone Firefighter's Association or the Peotone United Methodist Church would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
Terry Riney

Terry W. Riney
Date of Death: May 3, 2014

Terry W. Riney, age 58, of Peotone, passed away suddenly of Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Terry was born on June 29, 1955 in Sterling, IL, the son of the late Virgil and Marie (Myers) Riney. He was employed as a carpenter and enjoyed working on and fixing all kinds of different things.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne Riney and James Riney; a daughter, Danielle; a brother, Russ (Janet) Riney of Monee; 2 sisters, Connie (Gary) Clausing and Diane DeBoer both of Peotone; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial graveside committal service will be held at Peotone Cemetery, 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Memorials may be directed the family. Sign the guestbook

 
Irene Behrens

Irene E. Behrens
Date of Death: May 1, 2014

Irene E. Behrens, age 94, of Normal, IL; formerly of Peotone, IL, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

She was born September 1, 1919 in rural Manhattan, IL, the daughter of the late Adam and Alma (Carstens) Heisner. She married the late Norbert A. Behrens on April 16, 1945 in Peotone. He died on April 10, 2001. Mrs. Behrens was a retired Vice President of Peotone State Bank. She was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone where she was active in the Women's Fellowship. She was very strong in her Christian faith. She was always very active in the community of Peotone and always thought of others before herself. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth (Cynthia) Behrens of Bloomington; 2 granddaughters and their husbands, Katherine (Rich) Brown of Bloomington and Kimberly (Andy) Kaufman of Normal; 2 sister-in-laws, Leora Cross of Aurora and Lois Heisner of Peotone; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 brothers, Kenneth and Harold Heisner; her sister, Eleanor Arnold; and her twin-sister, Arline Asbrand.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone, Rev. Dwight Gorbold officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Immanuel United Church of Christ would be appreciated. Sign the guestbook

 
John W Knight

John W. Knight Sr.
Date of Death: April 27, 2014

John W. Knight Sr., age 92, of Matteson, formerly of Monee, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at VITAS Hospice of Franciscan St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, IL.
Cremation rites have been accorded. All services will be private.

He was born February 9, 1922 in Chicago, the son of the late George and Mabel Knight. He married the late Doris P. Knight on April 3, 1948 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on January 13, 1995. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Chicago Heights and retired after more than 30 years of employment. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He enjoyed bowling, bingo, and traveling to Florida for the winter.
Mr. Knight is survived by 3 children; Jacqueline (Dan) Lafferty of Monee, Jeanne (Ron) Mansmith of Monee, and John W. (Peg) Knight Jr. of Frankfort; 4 grandchildren, Marc (Meredith) Lafferty, Tom (Kelly) Lafferty, Ron (Nicole) Mansmith, and Jennifer (Shawn) Weekes; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and 3 sisters. Sign the guestbook

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Florence Anna Carstens

Florence Anna Carstens
Date of Death: April 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Lois Fabian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kathleen A Koehn

Kathleen A Koehn
Date of Death: March 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elvera Schmidt

Elvera Schmidt
Date of Death: March 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lois Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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Rhea Christenson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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Edwin Legge

Edwin Legge
Date of Death: February 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Raymond Manning

Raymond William Manning
Date of Death: January 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Louise Thomas
Date of Death: January 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Patrici Ann Motyka
Date of Death: January 28, 2014

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

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Ruth Kopman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vernette Gunderson

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

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

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PJ Mudro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fred Johannsen

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

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

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

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

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

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