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
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Melvin "Jeep" Sprehe - 88
4/13/1928 - 7/7/2016
Watseka, Ilinois
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Lowell Junior Swigart - 89
9/2/1926 - 7/1/2016
Watseka, Illinois
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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.

Byron Breymeyer - 66

10/12/1949 - 12/12/2015
Ellsworth, Illinois
Byron Breymeyer, 66, of Ellsworth, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015. He was born on October 12, 1949 in Watseka, Il, the son of Elmer Breymeyer and Annette (Frerichs) Breymeyer. Byron married Pamela Miller on August 6, 1979 in Champaign, IL. She survives. Mr. Breymeyer worked as Director of Human Resource and Loss Prevention at Cubs Foods in Bloomington, Il. He also served in the National Guard. Byron was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, IL. He enjoyed being with his family. Surviving Mr. Breymeyer is his wife, Pamela Breymeyer of Ellsworth, Il; two sons, Aaron Breymeyer of Ellsworth, IL and Michael Breymeyer of Ellsworth, Il; two daughters, Nancy Breymeyer of Colfax, Il and Alyssa Breymeyer of Ellsworth, Il; one sister and brother-in-law, Raymond and Phyllis Jameson Gibson of Milford, Il; three grandchildren, Breyden Breymeyer of Colfax, Il, Brynne Meyer of Colfax, Il, and Blaine Meyer of Colfax, Il; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one sister, Nancy Sloan. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 10-11 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, Il. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 11:00 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, Il. Pastor Matt Steendahl will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Schwer, Il. Memorials in Mr. Byron Breymeyer's names can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Robert "Bob" Tonner - 87

10/30/1928 - 12/8/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Robert “Bob” Tonner, 87, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. He was born on October 30, 1928 in Rensselaer, IN, the son of Paul Tonner and Callista (Reiff) Tonner. Mr. Tonner married Carol Culp On July 3, 1954. She passed on August 24, 1996. Later, Robert married Phyllis Ringle-Gross on June 22, 2002. Mr. Tonner was the Owner and Operator of Superior Dry Cleaners in Watseka since 1959, until retiring in 1989. Robert served twelve years in the National Guard. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years and a member of St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. He also volunteered at IMH. Mr. Tonner enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood working, and singing in the choir for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rensselaer, IN and St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka Surviving Mr. Tonner is his wife, Phyllis Ringle-Gross-Tonner of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Robert Jr. and Debbie Tonner of Greenville, MO, and John and Lynara Tonner of Watseka; six step-sons and daughter-in-law’s, Gene and Maryann Gross of Clearwater, FL, Larry and Cindy Gross of Prescott, AZ, Dennis and Debbie Gross of Tucson, AZ, Kent and Lu Ann Gross of Earl Park, IL, Brent Gross of Ambia, IN, and David Gross of Laguna Niguel, CA; two step-daughters and son-in-law’s, Paula and Mark Hodak of Kankakee, IL, and Cyndi and Charles Corrigan of Laguna Niguel, CA; five brothers and sister-in-law’s, Donald Tonner of Rensselaer, IN, George and Betty Tonner of Rensselaer, IN, Margie Tonner of Longboat Key, FL, Arthur and Jean Tonner of Gainesville, FL, Gerald and Betty Tonner of Longboat Key, FL, Harold and Marcie Tonner of Upland, CA; two sisters and brother-in-law’s, Carolyn and Gerald Grube of Wheatfield, IN, Susan and Jim Enright of Greensboro, NC, and Kennth “Bud” Culp Jr. of Rensselaer, IN; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seventeen step-grandchildren; eleven step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one wife, Carol (Culp) Tonner; two sisters, Mariana and Pauline; one brother, Leo; one sister-in-law, Pama; and one brother-in-law, Richard. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Prayer service will take place at 3:00pm. Mass will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois. Memorials in Mr. Tonner's name can be made to the St. Edmund’s Church, American Cancer Society, or Donor’s Choice.

Grace Boomgarden - 102

11/10/1913 - 11/10/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Grace Boomgarden, 102, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. She was born on November 10, 1913 in Middleport Township, IL, the daughter of Harm Boomgarden and Anna (Medendorp) Boomgarden. Ms. Boomgarden worked for Kankakee Arsenal for two years, was a Radio Condenser inspector and supervisor for TRW in Hoopeston and Watseka, and then worked for Howard Industry until she retired in 1982. Grace was a Life Member of the Ladies VFW, supporter of Veteran’s Children’s Home, treasurer for 20 years at the Auxiliary, member of the Watseka American Legion Post 23, the Iroquois County Democrats Secretary, and a committee person. She enjoyed traveling, bus trips, embroidery, visiting family, and crocheting. Surviving Ms. Boomgarden is many great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; three sisters, Rose Walton, Rena Alcorn, and Florence Lease; and four brothers, William, George, Harry, and John Boomgarden. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at the GAR Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Grace's name can be made to the Veteran’s Children’s Home, Watseka VFW or American Legion, or Donor’s Choice.

Barbara E. Ritter - 83

5/16/1932 - 11/7/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Barbara E. Ritter, 83, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015. She was born May 16, 1932 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Everett and Ellen (Parks) Elson. Barbara married Harold Ritter in Kentland, IN on November 18, 1950. Mrs. Ritter was a member of the Boot Kicker Line Dance Club and a Homemaker. She enjoyed ceramics, reading, puzzles, and playing board games especially Yahtzee. Surviving Mrs. Ritter is her husband, Harold Ritter of Watseka; one daughter, Judy Cartelli of Watseka; three grandchildren, Tammy (Dustin) Honn, Justin Boatman, and Michael Cartelli; one sister-in-law, Sue Elson of Florida; two brother-in-laws, Lowell (Lindy) Ritter of Arkansas and Tommy (Jan) Ritter of California; three great-grandchildren, Bailey and Kylie Honn, and Amelia Cartelli; and three nieces and nephews, Lesa, Jaimie, and Terry. She is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Everett “Sonny” Elson Jr.; and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Ritter. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 4-7p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Tyson Graber will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Ritter's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

Robert Hartman - 85

3/14/1930 - 10/31/2015
Sheldon, IL
Robert “Bob” “Grandpa O’Bob” Hartman, 85, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015. He was born on March 14, 1930 in Milford, IL, the son of Harold Burnison Hartman and Maud (Rush) Hartman. Robert married Phyllis Brubaker on July 1, 1956 in Sheldon, IL. Mr. Hartman was in the US Air Force from 1949 to 1953 and served in Alaska, England, and North Africa. He was a farmer for his father and father-in-law, and later for himself. He also, worked as a Crop Adjuster for Country Companies for 44 plus years, before retiring at age 81. For a while he drove a charter bus for Crawford Bus Services. Robert was the Co-Owner for Hartman Packaging Services for 26 years, where he was known to others as the “Candy Man”- passing out samples of chocolate and Tootsie Rolls. In his spare time he sometimes he worked as a carpenter, renovator, and painter. Robert was the Secretary for the Farm Bureau Board for 3 years. A member of Iroquois County Fair Board, in which he helped move the fairgrounds from the Milford High School to the present Crescent City site. Part of the Young Farm Bureau Leaders member, where he debated at state finals with John Block (Presidents Reagan’s Secretary of Agriculture) and a Sheldon Lions Club Member where he held nearly every office. Mr. Hartman also helped Sheldon Jaycee’s that started “Fun Days”. He enjoyed his children, grand kids, great grandkids, coin and stamp collecting, making pies from scratch and sharing with friends, helping gather funds for Relay for life, playing scrabble, chess, and risk games, and socializing with friends over coffee. Mostly of all being available for the Lord’s Service during all of his different fellowships. Surviving Mr. Hartman is his wife, Phyllis Hartman of Sheldon; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Todd and Margo Hartman of Charleston, IL, and Marty and Julie Hartman of Greenville, SC; two daughters and son-in-law, Laurie and Roger Poindexter of Fowler, IN, and Gena Hornbuckle of Brook, IN; two sisters, Barbara Moore of Arlington Heights, IL, and Nancy Crist Plainfield, IL; two sister-in-laws, Betsey Hartman of San Diego, CA, and Dean Hartman of St. Louis, IL; grandchildren: Matthew Poindexter, Daniel and Terry Poindexter, Christa Poindexter, Josh and Megan Shufflebarger, Sadie Rae and Toby Sylvester, Sara and David Gonzalez, Ryan Lane, William and Amy Hornbuckle, Ian Shepard, and Taylor Shepard, Emma Hartman, and Jacob and Ashley Hartman; great-grandchildren, Eli Hornbuckle, Josie Hornbuckle, Jordyn Poindexter, Tristan Brown, Josie Rae Sylvester, Adriana and Allyson Gonzalez, Coltyn, Sophia, and Kinley Shufflebarger; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; many brother and sisters; and one grandson, Stephen Poindexter. There will be a Gathering of Friends on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 2-3pm at Trinity Church in Watseka, IL. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm, at Trinity Church in Watseka, IL. Pastor Marty Schoenleber will officiate. Burial will take place at Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon, IL at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Hartman's name can be made to Trinity Church, IMH Hospice, American Cancer Relay for Life, Wordsower Liberia, Cru Jesus Film, or Pregnancy Choices.

Jim Mortensen - 59

12/15/1955 - 10/29/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Jim Mortensen , 59, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born on December 15, 1955 in Watseka, the son of Donald and Rosemary (Worm) Mortensen. Jim married Betty Hofer on July 2, 1977 in Watseka, at Calvary Lutheran Church. Mr. Mortensen worked for UARCO as a Pressman for 27 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and playing with his dog Sadie. He also liked watching NASCAR and driving his corvettes. As well as, going to the car shows in Effingham to spend time with his “Classy Corvettes of Watseka” friends. Surviving Mr. Mortensen is his wife, Betty Mortensen of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Tyler and Jen Mortensen of Bloomington, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Paul Taranowski of Ashkum, IL; two grandchildren, Ethan Mortensen and Alaina Taranowski; one sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Larry Hasbargen of Watseka; mother-in-law, Lela Hofer of Watseka; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; and father-in-law, Earl Hofer. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church, with a one hour visitation prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Mortensen's name can be made to the Kankakee Humane Foundation or Donor’s Choice.

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