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Barbara M. Arseneau - 656/16/1950 - 5/21/2016
Barbara M. Arseneau, 65, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on May 21st after a courageous three year battle with cancer. A life-long resident of Beaverville, she was born on June 16, 1950, the daughter of Lorraine (Dolly) and Morris Arseneau. Barbara was a graduate of Donovan High School and Marycrest Business College. In 1970, she married Daniel Arseneau. They are the parents of one son, Cameron Daniel. Barbara was a homemaker who enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother with Cameron and supporting him in his activities as he grew older. After Cam was in high school, she worked as a Patient Support Specialist for the organization that is now Presence St. Mary’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Bourbonnais. She retired in 2015, looking forward to traveling with Danny in their fifth wheel, working in her garden, and enjoying her sewing and other creative projects. Barbara was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In 1983 she was named St. Mary’s Woman of the Year. Over the years, she served as an officer or a committee member of almost every parish office, including the Council of Catholic Women and the Parish Council. For more than ten years, she served as a Lector. Projects which were especially important to her were the preservation and restoration of the church, editing the St. Mary’s Preservation Newsletter and, with church colleagues, creating the annual Founder’s Day Celebration. When Barbara’s mother, Lorraine Arseneau, died in 1990, Barbara set a precedent by donating the monies which were given in her mother’s memory to the Church Restoration Fund. She is thankful that community generosity has kept “the Cathedral in the Cornfields” viable. Surviving Barbara are her husband, Dan; her son, Cameron and his fiancee, Andrea Kerouac, of Loveland, Colorado; her sister, Diane (Jim) Wiltjer of Pinehurst, NC; her aunts, Marian (Jeanne) Arseneau Barker of Shiloh, NC and Yvonne (Toots) Blanchette Martin of Denver, Colorado; her niece Laurie Manley (Pete) Conaty of Sanford, NC and eight special cousins. Survivors also include her brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families, three nieces and seven nephews: Bob (Judy) Arseneau;Wayne (JoAnne) Arseneau; Karen (Bill) Dowling; Kenneth (Linda) Arseneau; and Loretta (Steve) Moehler. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Lorraine Blanchette Arseneau and Morris Arseneau; her brother, David Nourie, and her niece Leisa Manley Urrutia. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, at Baier Funeral Home from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friends and family are invited to share photos and memories during this time. A “Memory Book” will be available. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville on Friday morning, May 27, at 11:00a.m. Father Dan Belanger, C.S.V. will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Barbara’s memory may do so to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Preservation Fund, P. O. Box 152, Beaverville, IL 60912 which she so valued, or to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice 200 N. Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970, which provided gentle and loving care in her final days.
Joyce A. Regnier - 823/29/1934 - 5/19/2016
Joyce A. Regnier, 82, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. She was born on March 29, 1934 in Momence, Illinois, the daughter of Levi Rechkemmer and Golda Hildabridle. Joyce married Weldon Regnier in Beaverville, Illinois who passed in March 2002. Mrs. Regnier was a homemaker and lunch lady at Donovan Elementary. She was also a member of the Beaverville Ladies Auxillary and St. Mary’s CCW. Joyce loved to crochet and sew. If you have a crocheted blanket that she made for you, please bring it to show the love she shared with so many. Most courageous of all, Joyce is a 20 year cancer survivor. Surviving Mrs. Regnier is two sons and daughter-in-laws, Perry and Betty Regnier of Beaverville, Illinois and Lee and Dawn Regnier of Buckley, Illinois; one daughter, Mary Jo Wingerter of Beaverville, Illinois; four brothers and sister-in-laws, Levi Rechkemmer Jr. of St. Anne, Illinois; Shirley Rechkemmer of St. Anne; Dennis and Diane Rechkemmer of Rushville, Illinois; Barney and Adeline Rechkemmer of Oakland, Illinois; and Bertie Russell of Donovan, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Mathew Regnier, Christina Regnier, Kayla Regnier, Devin Regnier, Wyatt Wingerter, Jacalyn Wingerter, and Keegan Wingerter; two step grandchildren, Tyler Ecker and Holly Jones; two step-great grandchildren; Cadence and Dalton Jones; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband; one son, Ronald; one brother, Maurice of Beaverville, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Betty Rechkemmer of St. Anne, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00pm. Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, Illinois. Father Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. Regnier's name can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, Illinois and Hospice.
Ora John Hausz - 1011/24/1915 - 5/19/2016
Ora John Hausz, 101, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was born on January 24, 1915 in Wellington, Illinois, the son of Fredrich and Belle (Crail) Hausz. Ora married Geneva Firchau, who has passed on August 16, 1981. Mr. Hausz was an Elevator manager in Bloomington and Flanagan. He was a member of the Watseka Masonic Lodge #446 and a 70 year member of the American Legion. Ora enjoyed fishing, hunting, and biking. Surviving Mr. Hausz is one sister, Elizabeth Phelps of Wellington, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Kay Martin, John Martin of Watseka; Jan Martin of Buellton, California, and Susan Trillet of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Margaret, Terry, Kena and London Clark; Donna Dearth; Dana Harper; Alice Huffman; Mindi Walton; Vince O’Brien of Greenbrae CA; grand-nieces Aimee O’Brien of Sacramento, CA , Erin O’Brien of Los Angeles and Kate O’Brien of Greenbrae, CA; and special caregiver, Nick Menigoz. He is also preceded in death by, both parents; wife, Geneva; one son, Kevin; three brothers, Michael Hausz of Wellington, Robert Hausz of Joliet, and one infant brother; and one sister, Viola Hari of Cissna Park. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 10-11am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Milford, IL. Memorials in Mr. Hausz's name can be made to the Watseka United Methodist Church in Watseka, Illinois.
Margaret "Margie" Atkins - 821/6/1934 - 5/19/2016
Margaret “Margie” Atkins, 82, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. She was born on January 6, 1934 in Clarksville, TN, the daughter of Louis Jackson and Barbara (Johnson) Jackson. Margaret worked as a Dietician for IMH in Watseka for over 30 years. She also volunteered for meals on wheels. She enjoyed walking, baking, word search puzzles, reading, and the White Sox. Surviving Mrs. Atkins is one son, Mike Atkins and Mike’s father Bob Atkins of Watseka; one brother, Jesse Jackson of Clarksville, TN; and seven nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; one sister, Virginia Walker; one brother, L.T. Jackson; sister-in-law, Barbara Jackson; brother-in-law, Cecil Walker; and one nephew, Richard Walker. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. Atkins's name can be made to the family of Donor’s Choice.
Charles Eighner Jr. - 9312/12/1922 - 5/17/2016
Kankakee, IL (formerly Watseka)
Charles Richard Eighner Jr., 93, of Kankakee, formerly Watseka, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. He was born on December 12, 1922 in Sheldon, the son of Charles Eighner Sr. and Mabel (Keene) Eighner. Charles married Betty Stilwell on October 6, 1947 in Watseka, IL. Mr. Eighner was an Asphalt Foreman for TriangleConstruction in Kankakee for 40 years. Charles served in the ARMY for 4 years in the 3rd ARMY traveling to North Africa, France, Italy, and Sicily. He was also a member of the VFW Post #7450. He enjoyed watching Westerns, gardening, and oil painting. Surviving Mr. Eighner is his wife, Betty Eighner of Kankakee, formerly Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, James Allen and Marsha Eighner of Frankfort, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Jean Irene and David Marone of West Wellington, CT; three grandchildren, Chad Allen (Stacy) Eighner, James Brett (Sheryl) Eighner, and Edward Adam Blomquist; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Eighner, Tyler Eighner, Paige Eighner, and Holly Eighner; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; five brothers; and two sisters. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka. In Lieu of Flowers please make memorials in Mr. Eighner's name to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dale Janssen - 745/2/1942 - 5/13/2016
Crescent City, Illinois
Dale Janssen, 74, of Crescent City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born on May 2, 1942 in Watseka, IL, the son of Walter Janssen and Vera (Langenbahn) Janssen. Dale married Cheryl Klann on April 14, 1962. She passed away on May 1, 1998. He later married Beth Stanley on April 10, 1999. She has since passed. Mr. Janssen worked for CIPS – Ameren. He served in the Air Force from 1961 until 1967. Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing, hunting arrow heads, baseball and other sports. He also enjoyed End of the Trail timber project and volunteered for the Christ Lutheran High School. Surviving Mr. Janssen are two sons and daughter-in-law’s, David and Lisa Janssen of Newark, IL, and Troy and Jenifer Janssen of Buckley; grandchildren, Jacqui and Chad Berenyi, Kyle Janssen, Olivia Janssen, Trenton Janssen, and Connor Janssen; great-grandchildren, Rilynd and Landen Berenyi. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Cheryl Janssen; wife, Beth Janssen; and brother, Don Janssen. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Hann and Pastor Robert Schermbeck will both officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at End of the Trail. Memorials in Mr. Janssen's name can be made to Christ Lutheran High School, Crescent Iroquois Fire Department, or Donor’s Choice.
Perry Bitzel - 832/28/1933 - 5/13/2016
Crescent City, Illinois
Perry Bitzel, 83, of Crescent City, IL, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was born on February 28, 1933 in Legro, IN, the son of Allie Bitzel and Florence (Scott) Bitzel. Perry married Mabel Hoover in Kentland, IN on June 8, 1957. Mr. Bitzel worked for the Laborer Union for 50 years. He enjoyed fishing, mowing, doing yard work, playing cards, and watching politics. Surviving Mr. Bitzel is one sister-in-law, Doris Bitzel of Sheldon, IL; one grandson, Shawn Bitzel of Crescent City; several nieces and nephews including: Tony Bitzel and Tanya Kazy of Cleveland, TN, Susan Wynn Bence of Watseka, and Kenneth Bitzel of Diamond, IL. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Mabel Bitzel; sisters, Betty and Annabell; brothers, Kenneth, Bill, and John; and son, William “Bill”. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mr. Bitzel's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Christopher Jones - 412/8/1975 - 5/13/2016
Clinton, Illinois (Wapella)
Christopher Lee Jones, 41, of Clinton, Illinois, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home of natural causes. He was born on February 8, 1975, the son of Larry Jones and Linda (Worthey) Jones. Mr. Jones was a Seed Tech for Monsanto. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, and working on cars. Surviving Mr. Jones is his mother, Linda Jones of Watseka; one sister, Lena Lade of Sheldon, IL; and several nieces and nephews, Caitlin and Lauren Jones, Mersades Wheeler, and Callen Mears. He is also preceded in death by his father, Larry Jones; maternal and paternal grandparents; Aunt, Bonnie; and Uncle, Wilbur. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. One hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Jones's name can be made to the Family.
Jimmy Marshall Jr. - 346/2/1981 - 5/12/2016
Jimmy Marshall Jr., 34, of Donovan, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016. He was born on June 2, 1981 in Kankakee, IL, the son of Jimmy Marshall and Clara (Wilson) Marhsall. Mr. Marshall was a care taker. He enjoyed fishing and shooting guns. Surviving Mr. Marshall is his mother, Clara Marshall of Donovan; one sister and brother-in-law, Alucia and Keith Davis of San Antonio, TX; nephews and niece, Ethan Davis, Keifer Davis, and Kourtney Davis. He is also preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Marshall; and one uncle, Buddy Marshall. Memorials in Mr. Marshall's name can be made to National Foundation for Transplants or Wounded Warriors. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.
Helen Adams - 838/22/1932 - 5/11/2016
Helen Adams, 83, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. She was born on August 22, 1932 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Kenneth Williams and Mabel (Potzler) Williams. Helen married Harry Adams on August 11, 1992 in Watseka. Mrs. Adams was a legal secretary for Mylo Fleming then Razzono and Kinzer. She was also a Hospice Volunteer for the office and enjoyed bowling, quilting, and sewing. Surviving Mrs. Adams is her husband, Harry Adams of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Lonnie (Jody) Ulitzsch of Watseka and Alan (Lisa) Ulitzsch of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Marlita (Eric) Hassbargen of Woodland; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard Williams of Clinton, IL and Veda Williams of Texas; one brother-in-law, Gene Schwitek of Decatur, IL; two step-sons and step-daughter-in-law, Greg (Letta) Adams of Muncie, IN and George (Wanda) Adams of Lehigh Acres, Florida; two step-daughter and step-son-in-law: Lyn Dean of Louisville, KY and Jeanne (Pat) Snyder of Watseka; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; first husband, Ardell Ulitzsch; two brothers, Harold and Ronald Williams; and one sister, Eleanor Schwitzek. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Jordan Cooper will officiate. Burial will follow at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Adam's name can be made to Faith Lutheran Church or Donor’s choice.
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