Aaron D. Arseneau - 89
6/15/1927 - 7/15/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Aaron D. Arseneau, 89, of Watseka, IL, passed...
Josephine (Courtney) Polson - 93
11/19/1922 - 7/12/2016
Sheldon, Illinois
Josephine (Courtney) Polson, 93, of Sheldon,...
Melvin "Jeep" Sprehe - 88
4/13/1928 - 7/7/2016
Watseka, Ilinois
Melvin Sprehe, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away...
Lowell Junior Swigart - 89
9/2/1926 - 7/1/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Lowell Junior Swigart, long-time resident of...

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Doris Ahrens-Taber - 85

7/23/2016 - 1/19/2016
Watseka, formerly Decatur, Illinois
Doris Ahrens-Taber, 85, of Watseka, IL formerly Decatur, IL, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born on July 24, 1930 in Chebanse, IL, the daughter of Rudolph Ahrens and Anna (Rabideau) Ahrens. Doris married Thomas Taber Jr. on June 25, 1972 in Decatur, IL. He has since passed. Mrs. Taber was an Operator for Illinois Bell Telephone for 34 years before retiring. She enjoyed watching all sports on TV. Surviving Mrs. Taber is one brother and sister-in-law’s, Rudolph “Rudy” and Pat Ahrens Jr. of Watseka, Karen Ahrens of Watseka, and Sheryl Ahrens of Eagle Grove, IA; six sisters and brother-in-law’s, Betty Ahrens of Watseka, Lois Kennedy of Milford, Reta Myers of Watseka, Ruth Salm of Watseka, Anita and Darrell Speers of Palm Bay, FL, and Kay and James Green of Georgetown, IL; many nieces and nephews including one special niece, Nichole. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Thomas Taber Jr.; two brothers, Francis and Harold Ahrens; two sisters, Geraldine Hinrichs and Joanne Ahrens; four brother-in-law’s, Clarence Kennedy, Harold Salm, Kenneth Myers, and Donald Hinrichs. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 from 4-6pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL. In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mrs. Taber's name can be made to the family or donor’s choice.

Lois Redburn - 88

10/18/1927 - 1/14/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Lois E. Redburn, 88, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, October 18, 1927 in Wellington, the daughter of Edgar and Doris (McClure) Davis. On September 5, 1981, she married Roy Redburn at Milford Christian Church in Milford, Illinois. He passed away in 1988. Mrs. Redburn was a factory worker at Howard Industries in Milford, Illinois. She worked for Catholic Charities and was a member of Centennial Christian Church in Watseka, Illinois. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, sewing, reading, and cooking. Surviving Mrs. Redburn are her children Gary and Betty Hawthorne of Winterhaven, Florida; Gayle Spade of Houston, Texas; and Connie and Chuck Vanhoveln of Iroquois, Illinois; one sister, Sally Long of Danville, Illinois; two step-sons and daughter-in-law’s, Steve Redburn of Milford, Illinois, and Bill and Jodi Redburn of Terre Haute, Indiana; two step-daughters and son-in-law’s, Shirley and Melvin Doughty of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Carol and Larry Taylor of Milford, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Jennifer and Jacob Hagan, Bill Vanhoveln and Megan Murphy, Jacob Schoon and Samantha Griffin, Jordan Schoon and Karissa Cox, and Brian Spade; nine step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Lois is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Redburn; Kloie Vanhoveln; Cole Hagan; and Megan Spade. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 am at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka with Pastor Joseph Hughes officiating. A one hour visitation will be held prior to service. Memorials in Mrs. Redburn's name can be made to the Catholic Charities and Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Marilyn (Thomison) Dykstra - 81

7/10/1934 - 1/14/2016
Pharr, Texas and Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Marilyn (Thomison) Dykstra, 81, Pharr, Texas and Pardeeville, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Texas. She was born on July 10, 1934 in Beaverville Township, IL, the daughter of Lowell Swanson and Catherine (Disosway) Swanson. Marilyn married James Thomison on September 18, 1955 in Sheldon, IL. He has since passed. On August 29, 2013 Marilyn married Severyn Dykstra in Branson, Missouri. Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra was a factory worker in Watseka, IL. She enjoyed traveling and bird watching. Marilyn was a member of the Watseka American Legion Auxiliary, Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Iroquois County of Salon Eight and Forty. Surviving Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra is her husband, Severyn Dykstra of Pharr, TX and Pardeeville, WI; one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Ashlie Thomison of Bozeman, MT; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tom Coventry of Bolingbrook, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Ada Swanson of Indiana; two sisters and brother-in-law’s, Reta and Lloyd Beherns of Danville, IL, and Arlene and Morris Hill of Woodland, IL; one step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Terry Dykstra and Robin of DeForest, WI; one step-son-in-law, Bruce Vandezande of Madison, WI; five grandchildren, Jared Hagar, Kelsey Hagar-Olsen, Drew Hagar, Dillon Coventry, and Connor Coventry; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Hadley Olsen; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, James Thomison; one brother, Wayne Swanson; and step-daughter, Laurie Vandezande. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9am-11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Thomison-Dykstra's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

Mary Ann McGrew - 83

12/24/1932 - 1/2/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Mary Ann McGrew, 83, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was born December 24, 1932 in Claytonville, IL, the daughter of William Egolf and Anna (Wurtholz) Egolf. Mary married Dwight McGrew on April 4, 1952 in Manhattan, Kansas. He passed on July 21, 1998. Mrs. McGrew was a home maker. She enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and the BULLS. Surviving Mrs. McGrew are her one son and daughter-in-law's, John and Lori (Feller) McGrew of Ballwin, MO, and Rebecca McGrew of Chesterfield, MO; two daughters and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jonathan Fruendt of San Antonio, TX, and Jane Harris of Watseka; two sisters, Viola Greiner of Cissna Park, and Frieda Hamrick of Cissna Park; eight grandchildren, Bradley McGrew, Adam Fruendt, Kelly Davison, Ashley Barton, Rebecca Henderson, Megan Clark, Kyle Harris, and Mary Lou Littlejohn; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Gracie, Rylee, Cooper, Claire, Alexis, Hadley, Cruz, Avery, Brendon, Brody, Blake, and Grace; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Judge Dwight McGrew; one son, Rodney McGrew; and three brothers, John Egolf, Glenn Egolf, and Ray Egolf. Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Matthew Kreeb officiating. Private family interment will take place at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. McGrew's name may be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.

Lisa Brutlag - 55

12/2/1960 - 12/31/2015
Crescent City, Illinois
Lisa Brutlag, 55, of Crescent City, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was born on December 2, 1960 in Watseka, Illinois, the daughter of Richard McGill and Lois (Wilken) McGill. Lisa married Barry Brutlag on September 22, 1984 at the Old Court House in Watseka, IL. Mrs. Brutlag was a secretary for Country Financial in Watseka. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, taking care of the family, and spending time with her doll baby Olivia. Surviving Mrs. Brutlag is her husband, Barry Brutlag of Crescent City; mother, Lois McGill of Crescent City; three sons and daughter-in-law’s, Doug and Kaity Brutlag of Watseka, Daniel and Lexie Brutlag of Onarga, and Dustin and Katie Brutlag of Woodson, IL; six brothers and sister-in-law’s, Kevin and Amy McGill of Crete, Eric and Vicky McGill of Crete, David and Nikki McGill of Watseka, Kyle and Kristin McGill of Ottawa, Sean and Stacy McGill of St. John’s, IN, and Daren and Heather McGill of Sheldon; four sisters and brother-in-law’s, Pam and Larry Munro of Gilman, Diana and Jack Lowe of Rossville, Cheryl and Martin Wessels of Watseka, Kristi and Jason Asher of Bradley; grandchildren, Olivia and One on the way; family friend, Rhonda McGill of Donovan; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her father, Richard McGill; and one niece, Kelsey McGill. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 4-8 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Elder Paul White will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Brutlag's name can be made to the Family. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly following services.

Artie Lee Bratcher - 68

9/21/1947 - 12/24/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Artie Lee Bratcher, 68, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015. He was born on September 21, 1947 in Watseka, IL, the son of Arthur Bratcher and Hazel (Kessinger) Bratcher. Artie married Louanne Nordmeyer on July 8, 1978 in Clifton, IL. Mr. Bratcher served in the ARMY from 1968 until 1972. He earned the Purple Heart in Vietnam, and was the youngest solider to earn the rank of Captain in Vietnam. Mr. Bratcher worked for Watseka Interstate for 38 years. Artie was a member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and flying. Surviving Mr. Bratcher is his spouse, Louanne Bratcher of Watseka; first wife, Lonita (Loni) Burger of Omaha, NB; two sons and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kim Bratcher of Hayward, CA, and Alan Bratcher and fiancée Megan Carmain of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Robert McCullough of Watseka; four nieces and nephews, Janet Anderson of Sycamore,IL, Danny McCullough of Watseka, Judy Mae Bingman of Savoy, IL , and Patti Jo Jenkins of Flora, IL; and a special friend, Theresa Fowler of Watseka. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; two sisters, Carol Ann Bratcher, and Toni Rae Bratcher; one niece, Brenda Haven; and mother-in-law, Blanche Reid. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Nourie will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Bratcher's name can be made to the Family or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly following the services.

Bertha LeClair - 101

12/12/1914 - 12/18/2015
Clifton, Illinois
Bertha LeClair, 101, of Clifton, Illinois, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015. She was born on December 12, 1914 in Milks Grove Township, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph Claire and Mary (Savoie) Claire. Bertha married Lowell LeClair on September 19, 1935 at St. John’s Catholic Church in L’Erable. He has since passed. Mrs. LeClair was a homemaker. She was a member of the Lady of St. Anne Sodality. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Surviving Mrs. LeClair is one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Phyllis LeClair of Clifton, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and George Heagle of Martinton, IL; eight grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Lowell LeClair; three brothers; and three sisters. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Mass will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date, at L’Erable Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. LeClair's name can be made to the Clifton Food Pantry, Presence Merkle Knipprath, or Donor’s Choice. Cremation rites have been made accordingly following services.

Norman Bertram - 77

12/8/1938 - 12/15/2015
Sheldon, Illinois
Norman “Peanut” Bertram, 77, of Sheldon, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. He was born on December 8, 1938 in Frazer, Kentucky, the son of Jimmie Bertram and Ina (Brown) Bertram. Norman married Lorraine King on May 28, 1957 in Sheldon, Illinois. She has since passed. Mr. Bertram was the owner and operator of SunRay Transport. He also hauled U.S. Mail and helped friends with farming. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Mason and became a Master Mason in April 1979 of Sheldon Lodge #609. Norman received the 5 Million Mile Award for his career in the trucking industry. He was also a Life time member of the Mahomet Shrine Temple in Peoria and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, working on projects, and spending time with his family. Surviving Mr. Bertram is one son, Jeff Bertram and Lisa Rudisell of Watseka; one daughter, Kelly Young of Sheldon; one brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Ora Bertram in Stockland; two grandchildren, Suzanne and Jeremy Snodgrass of Sheldon, and Patrick Parsons and Jinger Bennett of Sheldon; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Snodgrass and Bella Parsons; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Lorraine Bertram; one brother, Haskel Bertram; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Bertram; two infant sisters, Lexie and Barbara Bertram; and one son-in-law, John Young. Burial with Scottish Rites will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Bertram's name can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Jude’s, or IMH Hospice. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

Ednabell Sapp - 78

4/17/1937 - 12/12/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Ednabell Sapp, 78, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at her home. She was born on April 17, 1937 in Fair Oaks, IN, the daughter of Roscoe Durflinger and Nellie (Wolford) Durflinger. Ms. Sapp was a restaurant worker. She enjoyed watching news shows and soap operas. Surviving Ms. Sapp is one daughter, Sharon Rapier of Watseka; one granddaughter, Lisa and Mike Dethrow of Watseka; four great-grandchildren, Leslie, Ashlee, Casey, and Michael; two step-great-grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jasmin; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; lifelong partner, Marion “Dale” Sapp; four sisters; and six brothers. Memorials in Ms. Sapp's name can be made to the family. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

Shirley Socia - 76

6/25/1939 - 12/12/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Shirley Ann Socia, 76, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015. She was born on June 25, 1939 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Clifford Kruse and Rosemary (Jarvis) Kruse. Shirley worked as a CNA for Iroquois Memorial Resident Home. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Surviving Mrs. Socia is one son, Curtis Barrett of Grandin, MO; three daughters and son-in-law’s, Charlene Walker of Watseka, Carrie and Jason Parcus of Ellsinore, MO, Carla and James Blackwell of Milford; two brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry Kruse of Missouri, and Jimmy and Cindy Frazier of Missouri; three sisters and brother-in-law, Helen and Ronnie McManus of Missouri, Mary Lou Bell of Springfield, MO, and Ruth Green of Missouri; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; two sons, Calvin and Chris Barrett; one brother, Billy Frazier; one grandson, Keith Sherrion; and one son-in-law, Bob Walker. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorials in Mrs. Socia's name can be made to IMH Hospice, American Diabetes Association, and/or American Heart Association. Cremation rites will be made accordingly following services.

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