Norma G. Elliott - 86
Norma Genevive Elliott, 86, widow of Cecil A Elliott, died peacefully Sunday, February 5, 2017, in Spartanburg SC surrounded by her family. She was born on October 27, 1930, in Onarga IL, the daughter of James and Sadie Hoel Rohr. Her parents preceded her in death.
Surviving are her sons, Stan Elliott (Jeanne), Robert (Bob) Elliott (Donna), William (Joe) Elliott (Marcia), and Richard (Rick) Elliott (Robin); grandchildren Tammy Bajurin, Jamie Elliott, Todd Elliott, Tina Wade, Tricia DeHart, Amy O’Keefe, Cindy Gibson, Nate Elliott, Cassie Anderson, and Drew Elliott, in addition to 16 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. One brother, Ken Rohr survives in Chebanse, IL.
In addition to her parents and husband, preceding her in death was her first husband, James M. Elliott, son Cecil K. Elliott, and his wife, Deanna Elliott; sisters Marjorie Rohr, Dorothy Rohr Sherman, brothers Butch Rohr, Del Rohr and Donnie Rohr.
Norma and Cecil Elliott were longtime business owners in Watseka area over the span of 30 plus years.
Private services will be held in Watseka, IL. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetary in Watseka IL.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Ruby Allene Summers - 79
Gilman, IL; previously Hoopeston, IL
Ruby Allene Summers, 79, of Gilman, IL; previously of Hoopeston, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
She was born on June 14, 1937 in Edmunton, KY, the daughter of Ernest Froedge and Ordria (Phelps) Froedge.
Ruby married Douglas Lee Summers on April 26, 1957 in Danville, IL. He has since passed.
Mrs. Summers worked at the Hoopeston Hospital in the Dietary Dept. for 25 years. She enjoyed watching tv, puzzles, reading, and fishing.
Surviving Mrs. Summers are two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Robert and Sheila Summers of Gilman, and Carl and Myrna Summers of Ottawa, IL; one sister, Lulu Louis of Hoopeston, IL; eight grandchildren, Jamie, Michael, Steve, Cory, Casey, Bobbi, Ryan, and Joshua; two step-grandchildren, Brian and Bonnie; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Douglas Summers; one sister; and one son, James Summers.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 4pm until 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Burial will follow on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:0am, at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Summer's name can be made to the Milford Christian Church or Donor’s Choice.
Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Karry "Mama Karry" Gray - 55
Karry Gray “Mama Karry”, 55, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
She was born on June 17, 1961 in Watseka, the daughter of Carl “Jolly” Gray and Wilma (Walters) Walters.
Mama Karry was a waitress for Topper for many years. She was an active member of the Miller High Life Pool League. She enjoyed playing pool, watching NASCAR, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Ms. Gray is her son, Tommy Gray of Watseka; daughter and son-in-law, Dustie and Richard Long of Kankakee; mother, Wilma Walters of Onarga; three brothers and sister-in-law’s, Kevin and Paula Gray of Gilman, Chris and Amber Rosenbaum of Nashville, Tenn., and Glenn and Stephanie Gray of Ft. Myer’s, FL; two sisters and brother-in-law, Stacey and Brad Ward of Onarga, and Kelly Schmidt of Rantoul; five grandchildren, Bradley Galarza, Christian, Noah, Savannah, and Madison Long; and man nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her father, “Jolly” Gray; step-father Pete Walters; and lifelong partner, Tom Andrews.
Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Memorials in Ms. Karry Gray's name can be made to the family’s wishes.
Dana Miller - 62
Dana Miller, 62, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
He was born on November 22, 1954 in Watseka, IL, the son of Marion Miller and Beverly (Pelletier) Miller.
Dana was a janitor for most of his working life. He was very family oriented and enjoyed spending any time he could with his nieces and nephews. Mr. Miller enjoyed riding his bike and nature. He was a CUBS fan, an old movie enthusiast, as well as a food buff.
Surviving Mr. Miller is his mother, Beverly Miller of Monticello, IN; one brother and sister-in-law, Matthew and Sharon Miller of Limestone, IL; three sisters and brother-in-law’s, Roxanna Brammer of Watseka, Denise and Curt Brazel of Morocco, IN, and Lynette and Anthony Dziedzic of Colorado; twelve nieces and nephews; eighteen great- nieces and nephews; and one great-great-nephew.
He is also preceded in death by his father, Marion Miller.
A Gathering of Friends will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 2-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Miller's name can be made to donor’s choice.
Ora Lee Bertram - 84
Ora Lee Bertram, 84, of Stockland, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2016.
She was born on December 2, 1932 in Pueblo,KY, the daughter of Willie Thompson and Ida (Hardwick) Thompson.
Ora married A. Edgar Bertram on September 30, 1950 in Frazer, KY.
Ora was a homemaker all her life. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, birdwatching, flowers, and playing Yahtzee and cards.
Surviving Mrs. Bertram is her husband, A. Edgar Bertram of Stockland; one daughter, Kathie Brady of Watseka; one brother, Estel Thompson of Monticello, KY; two sisters, Marie Phillips of Waitman, Ohio and Opal Carleton of Paxton, IL; four grandchildren, Anthony Brady of Watseka, Eric and Christina Hancok of Rossville, IN, Mark and Laeticia Hancock of Urbana, IL, and Amanda and Nathan Lambert of Milford, IL; ten great-grandchildren, Taylor and Connor Brady; Evan, Macie, Dallas, Brent, and Lucas Hancock; Morgan, Aurora and Kinsley Lambert; two special nieces, Sue White and Donna Chamberlain; special friend, Amy Gills of Hoopeston; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and one daughter, Linda Hancock.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 11am until 1pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Brent Zastrow will officiate.
Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mrs. Bertram’s name can be made to Clifford Bury Auditorium (Stockland Gym) or Milford Ambulance.
James Harmeson - 75
James Harmeson, 75, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
He was born on October 4, 1941 in Fairbanks, Minnesota, the son of Francis Harmeson and Dorothy (Diehl) Harmeson.
James married Linda Tincher on October 11, 1963 in Hoopeston, IL.
Mr. Harmeson was a Printer Pressman for URCO for over 25 years. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and traveling.
Surviving Mr. Harmeson is his wife, Linda Harmeson of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Matt Nelson of Parker, CO; two brothers, Glenn Harmeson of Winston-Salem, NC and Steve Crawford of Denver, CO; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents.
Cremation Rites have been recorded.
Memorials in Mr. Harmeson's name can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Deborah Kae Williams - 59
Deborah Kae Williams, 59, of Milford, IL, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016.
She was born on June 4, 1957 in Tacoma, WA, the daughter of Thomas Yarbrough and Gwendolyn (Schlief) Wright.
Deborah married Mark Williams on June 11, 2007 in Watseka.
Mrs. Williams was a local Registrar at IMH outpatient for over 27 years. She was also an active member of the Donovan United Methodist Church Board of Directors, Milford Christian Church Lady Group, Milford Christian Church Missions at Home, Milford Christian Church Christmas Cantata, Iroquois County Cantata Choir, Iroquois County American Red Cross Board of Directors, Country Theater Work Shop, and a United Methodist Church Youth Leader. In her spare time she enjoyed making flower arrangements, cooking and baking, grandchildren, collecting items of many kinds, and most recently making jewelry. She was also a big ILLINI fan.
Surviving Mrs. Williams is her husband, Mark Williams of Milford; two daughters and son-in-law, Michelle Larson and Daniel Rank of Ottawa, IL, and Samantha and Devon Tincher-Brassard of Milford, IL; one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jennifer Bahlmann of Crest Hill, IL; two brothers and sister-in-law’s, James and Karen Wright of Martinton, IL, and Charles and Deanna Wright of Ashkum, IL; three sisters and brother-in-law, Tina Lord of Kankakee, Tani Parrish of Woodriver, IL, and Patrica and James Roberts of St. Anne; two step-sons and step-daughter-in-law, Christopher and Cami Williams of Eureka, IL, and Wesley Williams of Champaign, IL; one step-daughter, Abigail Williams of Champaign, IL; eleven grandchildren, Cole Larson, Shelby Rank, Jason Clark, Jarred and Jayden Bahlmann, Brady, Vivian, and Caiden Brassard, Parker Williams, Kennedy Williams, and Brendan Williams; a life long friend, Cindy Trumble of Watseka; twenty nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by her father, Thomas Yarbrough; step-father, Charles D. Wright Sr.; and three grandchildren, Jasmin, Jenna, and Juliet Bahlmann.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, December, 18, 2016 from 2pm until 8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Milford Christian Church in Milford, IL. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Brent Zastrow, Neil Larimore, and Gary Milton will all officiate.
Burial will follow at the Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Williams name can be made to the American Cancer Society or Donor’s Choice.
Ruth Ellen Guill - 88
Ruth Ellen Guill of Watseka, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Presence St. Mary’s in Kankakee.
She was born on April 3, 1928 at Hartsburg, Il, the daughter of Seide Conrady and Anna Rademaker.
She and William were married May 30, 1948. He passed away on February 2, 2004.
Surviving Mrs. Guill are two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Dan and Mary Guill of Marietta, Ga., and Mark and Sue Guill of Watseka, Il. Also four grandchildren, Christopher and Lacy Guill, who they raised, Benjamin and Jenni Biskie of Streator, Julie and Captain David Ewing of Fairfax, VA, and Natalie and Warren Hirons of Marietta, GA; five great grandchildren, Tyler Biskie, Caleb and Devon Guill, and William and Asher Hirons; one sister, Lula Belle of Emden, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, William; one son, Darwin; one sister, Analina; and two brothers, Earl and Robert.
Ruth had worked as a secretary. She enjoyed being a homemaker, being with family, volunteering at church, camping, and playing bridge.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 11am until 12:00 pm (Noon), at Faith Lutheran Church.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 12:00pm (Noon), at Faith Lutheran Church.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Il.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to Faith Lutheran Church or Donor’s Choice.
Darlene McGunigal - 83
Clearwater Beach, FL
Darlene McGunigal, 83, of Clearwater Beach, FL, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016.
She was born on November 8, 1933, the daughter of Harry Behrens and Dorothy Wolf.
Darlene married Harry McGunigal in Florida in June of 2006. She was a homemaker and enjoyed visiting with family. Mrs. McGunigal was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving Mrs. McGunigal is her husband, Harry McGunigal of Clearwater Beach, FL; one brother, Gerald Behrens of Watseka; and two sisters, Shirley White and Mini Kessinger both of Watseka.
She is also preceded in death by both her parents; one brother, Sparky Behrens; and one sister, Eve Malizia.
Graveside Services will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:30 am, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Memorials in Mrs. McGunigal's name can be made to Donor's Choice.
Opal Perry - 94
Opal Alma Perry, 94, of Milford, IL, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016.
She was born on May 21, 1922 in Milford, IL, the daughter of Ray Stanley and Alma (Hicks) Stanley.
Opal was the Owner and Kennel Operator of Perry’s AKC for over 50 years. She loved everyone and her door was always open.
Surviving Mrs. Perry is one son, Frankie R. Perry of Watseka; one daughter, Donna Campbell of Woodland; one grandchild, Jacob Campbell; two sisters, Rita Stanley and Kim Stanley; and close family members, Tracie Hartman of Hoopeston, Russell Lauder of Milford, and Joe and Amber Pocica.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; one grandson, Frankie A. Perry; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Perry; one son in law, Bill Campbell; and one brother, Russell Stanley.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016, from 10 – 11 am, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor David Perry will officiate.
Burial will follow at Lyman Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Perry’s name can be made to Watseka Health Care Center or IMH Hospice.