Louis P. Stein - 976/24/1918 - 6/22/2016
Louis P. Stein, 97, Watseka, passed away...
Willard "Poody" Kessinger - 8611/6/1929 - 6/19/2016
Willard “Poody” Kessinger, 86, of Watseka,...
Dustin Pattenaude - 3611/18/1979 - 6/15/2016
Dustin Pattenaude, 36, of Woodland, Illinois,...
Jerry W. Allhands - 7010/30/1945 - 6/15/2016
Jerry W. Allhands, 70 of Watseka, IL passed...
Doris Duensing - 916/21/1924 - 10/14/2015
Doris Duensing, 91, of Beaverville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at her home. She was born on June 21, 1924 in Cabery, IL, the daughter of Francis Sheppard and Veronica (Mashing) Sheppard. Doris married Melvin “Mel” Duensing on May 17, 1975 in Momence. He preceded her in passing on February 8, 2011. Mrs. Duensing was book keeper at Curby Hardware for 44 years. A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Momence, as well as a member of the Beaverville Town Board for over 40 years. She enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. Surviving Mrs. Duensing are two sons and daughter-in-law's, Glenn “Bud” and Mary LaFond of Kentucky, and Wray and Beverly LaFond of Texas; one daughter, Patricia Haste Hardin, IL; four sisters, Leona Shafer of Watseka, Betty Volden of North Carolina, Mary Ott of Arizona, and Carol Hildenbrand of Urbana, IL; fifteen grandchildren, Amanda LaFond, Samantha LaFond, Walter Haste, Charlene Neukomm, Amy Given, Laura Salveson, Chante Norder, Nicole Blunk, Caleb LaFond, Josh LaFond, Isaac LaFond, Judy LaFond, John LaFond, Tom LaFond, B.J. LaFond; 29 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband; son Leslie; one sister Joann McFaden; one daughter-in-law, Susanne LaFond; and one great-great-grandson. Visitation will be on Monday, October 19, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Caleb LaFond will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL, at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Duensing name can be made to the Family. Cremation rites will be accordingly following services.
Michael J. Hodolitz Sr. - 501/30/1965 - 10/13/2015
Michael J. Hodolitz Sr., 50, of Woodland, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at his home. He was born on January 30, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John Hodolitz and Judith (Enlow) Hodolitz. Michael married Ruth Billquist on May 22, 2003 in Mt. Pocono, PA, having now been together for over 25 years. Mr. Hodolitz was a sheet metal worker for Crown Corr Inc. He enjoyed helping everyone , working on cars, crossword puzzles, traveling, and fixing everything. Surviving Mr. Hodolitz is his wife, Ruth Hodolitz of Woodland; four sons Steven J. Billquist of Watseka, Michael J. Hodolitz Jr. of Woodland, Matthew J. Hodolitz of Woodland, and Simon J. Hodolitz of Woodland; one daughter, Samantha J. Hodolitz of Woodland; one brother, Paul Hodolitz of Wilmington, IL; three sisters and brother-in-laws, Kelly and Tim Robertson of Tinley Park, IL , Chris and Dean Wojciehowski of Plainfield, IL, Susan and Shawn Lahr of Lindenhurst, IL; 23 nieces and nephews; 7 great-nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents. Memorials in Mr. Hodolitz's name can be made to the family’s wishes. A Gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been recorded with the Anatomical Gift Association.
Mary Kottke - 707/16/1945 - 10/10/2015
Mary Kottke, 70, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015. She was born on July 16, 1945 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Walter Faupel and Leona (Shay) Faupel. Mary married Marvin Kottke on July 21, 1966 in Illinois. He passed in 2001. Mrs. Kottke was a home maker. She enjoyed doing puzzles, playing Yahtzee, and doing crosswords. Surviving Mrs. Kottke is one son, Merle Kottke of Woodland; one daughter, Regena Kottke of Watseka; two stepsons, Kenneth and Paula Kottke of FL, and Jeff Kottke of WI; two stepdaughters, Darlene and Rich Noennig of TN, and Jay and Dave Hutchinson of FL; one brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Kimble of Granger, IN; three sisters and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Larry Deitch of AZ, Sandra Ray of CA, and Kris Ray of Southbend, IN; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; fourteen step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by both parents; Husband, Marvin Kottke; and two brothers, John(Jack) Turpin and Kenny Turpin. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Kottke's name can be made to the Family.
Michael "Wheels" Wielert - 561/4/1959 - 9/30/2015
Michael “Wheels” Wielert, 56, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at his home. He was born on January 4, 1959 in Watseka, IL, the son of William Wielert and Mary (Hamilton) Wielert. Mr. Wielert married Patricia Molter on April 22, 1978 at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentland, IN. Michael was a farmer and also worked for the County Highway Department, as well as a former member of the Watseka Fire Department. He enjoyed farming, friends, and socializing. Surviving Mr. Wielert is his wife, Patricia “Patty” Wielert of Watseka, IL; two sons, William Wielert of Watseka, Jonathan Wielert and fiancée Jessica Paro of Sheldon; one daughter and son-in-law, Valorie and Lance Kimbrell of Nesbit, Mississippi; five grandchildren: Aiden Wielert, Ian Wielert, Allison Kimbrell, Sarah Kimbrell, and Brianna Kimbrell; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Allen and Sharon Wielert of Watseka, James and Teresa Wielert of Warrensburg, Missouri; two sisters, Pam Boswell of Cleveland, Mississippi, Linda Sharper of Limestone, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; step-father, Delmar Laney; father-in-law, John Molter; and best friend, Delbert Onnen. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2p-7p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 5, 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 Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL. Memorials in Mr. Wielert's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Rose M. Kent - 844/9/1931 - 9/27/2015
Rose M. Kent, 84, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015. She was born on April 9, 1931 in Newman, IL, the daughter of John Pate and Audrey (Flynn) Pate. Mrs. Kent worked at Uarco for 20 years and was also a school cook. She enjoyed playing the piano, crocheting, and babysitting. Surviving Mrs. Rose Kent is one son, John Kent of Woodland; three daughters and son-in-laws, Judy and Rick Ziebart of Harpers Ferry, WV, Peggy and Joe Jaskula of Milford, and Penny Hasselbring of Watseka; one brother and sister-in-law, Alfred and Gertrude Pate of Hoopeston; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dale Livingston of Hoopeston; thirteen grandchildren, Julie Feller, Tracy Heitmann, Kevin Ziebart, Ricci Dews, Nina Surber, Georgia Woodby, Stephanie White, Joe Jaskula, Eric Jaskula, Adam Jaskula, Rachael Jaskula, Kurtis Hasselbring, and Karlie Brown; 23 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Donald Pate and John Pate; and one grandson, Matthew Ziebart. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 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 Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Kent's name can be made to the local area food pantry.
James J. Alder - 738/16/1942 - 9/19/2015
James J. Alder Sr., 73, of Watseka, IL, passed away on September 19, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. He was born August 16, 1942 in Watseka, the son of George and Betty Alder. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Alder, three children, Vicki (Mark) Garfield, James (Nancy) Alder Jr., Valorie (Terry) Walwer, ten grandchildren, Melissa McGary (Josh DeLahr), Chris (Tonia) Walwer, Nathan (Britany) Walwer, Chad (Crystal) Walwer, Michael McGary, Alicia (Matt) Wilkins, Katelin Garfield, Joseph Walwer (Lexi Shoemaker), Lucas Alder (Brooke McCain), and Alex Alder, eleven great-grandchildren, Cooper DeLahr, Baylie Walwer, Chasine Walwer, Jax Walwer, Kasen Walwer, Zacary Walwer, Haley Walwer, Keirstin Wilkins, Allison Wilkins, Brennah Wilkins, and Ethan Wilkins. Also surviving are three sisters, one brother, and seven sister-in-laws, and four brother-in-laws: Sandra San Antonio, Georgia (Robert) Hubert, Karen Hopper, Michael Alder, Carol Alder, Judy Alder, Shirley (Knick) Knickerbocker, Lucille Themer, Mary Price, Helen Peck, Kendall Lamb, Bobby (Lisa) Themer, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dearly loved friend Bubba. He is also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Roger Alder and Ricky Alder, and two sisters Dorine Lamb and Diane Alder. Mr. Alder worked at Ropers, ECC, Baker & Taylor, Norm Chase Farm, and Felesena Construction. He was an elder of Centennial Christian Church. He loved doing many family activities such as bowling, camping, fishing, playing ball, Sunday rides in the country, yard work, and spending the afternoon at the park feeding the ducks with his grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Centennial Christian Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Alder’s name can be made to the Family.
Nita Jean Keller - 875/16/1928 - 9/17/2015
Nita Jean Keller, 87, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015. She was born on May 16, 1928 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of John McCloskey and Milley (Axtell) McCloskey. Mrs. Keller was an LPN, as well as owner and operator of Happy Siesta Nursing Home in Sheldon, IL. She enjoyed Tole painting, gardening, and shopping. Surviving Mrs. Keller is one son and daughter-in-law, Mike (Anita) Keller of Sheldon; three daughters and son-in-laws, Kathy (Don) Lindsey of Greenfield, IN, Kim (Jeff) Mabbitt of Sheldon, Candy Keller of Greenfield, IN; grandchildren, Kris Butler of Sheldon, Brian Butler of Kansas City, MO, Matt Lindsey of New Buffalo, MI, Kristi Yamaoka of Greenfield, IN, Erin Yamaoka of Uganda, Africa, Ashley Clemmons and Donnie Mabbitt of Sheldon, Ethan (Gunnar) Keller of Watseka, Whitney Keller of Ofallon, IL, and Lindsey Keller of Colorado Springs, CO; great-grandchildren, Kristin and Kristopher Butler of Sheldon, Viola Clemmons of Sheldon, and Jessica and Jeremy Butler of Kansas City, MO; and nephew, Jack (Mary) Kohl of Watseka. She is also preceded in death by both parents; one infant son, Stephen Keller; husband, Paul Keller; one nephew, Jerry Kohl; and one sister, Nettie Kohl. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Keller's name can be made to IMH Hospice. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Eric Reder - 704/20/1945 - 9/15/2015
Eric "Rick" Reder, 70, of Antioch, Illinois, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly while traveling back to Illinois from a family function in Colorado on September 15, 2015. He was born in Watseka, Illinois on April 20, 1945 to August and Gertrude Reder. Rick was a loving brother, uncle and friend. In his youth he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, but anybody who was familiar with Rick knew his greatest love was fishing. Recently he was involved in a program in which he took wounded veterans out on his boat for a day of fishing. Rick retired as a machinist in 2011. Rick is survived by his brothers Paul (Linde) Reder of Falcon, Colorado; Phillip (Mary) Reder of Penrose, Colorado; and Kurt (Martie) Reder of Deer Trail, Colorado; nephews Kyle Reder of Brighton, Colorado and Justis Reder of Falcon, Colorado; niece Kayla (Jason) Wilton of Parker, Colorado; and aunts Elsie Reder and Leona Vitous of Watseka, Illinois; Marie Fischer of Clearwater, Florida; cousins Lois Ann Thomas of Farmverville, Louisiana; Robert Fischer of Corpus Christi, Texas; Patricia Ellingham of Clearwater, Florida; and Greg (Cathy) Vitous of Kentland Indiana; and nine second and third cousins. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, August and Gertrude Reder, sister Jeanne Reder-Pasetta, cousin Phyllis Reder, uncles Robert Fischer and Fritz Reder, and aunt Ella Case. Rick's sudden passing is a great loss to all and he will be deeply missed. Viewing will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 12:00 pm until Funeral Services at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois. Rev. Paul Koester will officiate. Memorial contributions in Mr. Reder’s name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Robert Deaton - 8110/4/1933 - 9/14/2015
Piper City, Illinois
Robert Joseph Deaton, 81, of Piper City, Illinois, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015. He was born on October 4, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Joseph Deaton and Helen (Shipp) Deaton. Mr. Deaton married Cecelia Tregoning in Ohio on September 26, 1988. She preceded him in passing on October 14, 2008. Robert served three years in the ARMY and was a newspaper delivery man for the Kankakee Daily Journal. He enjoyed grandkids and anything to do with working with his hands. Surviving Mr. Deaton are two sons, Robert Joseph Deaton Jr. and Joseph Deaton; nine daughters, Lynn, Helena, Margaret, Jennifer (Steve) Hornbrook of Paris, IL, Melody Smith of KoKomo, IN, Kimberlee (Chip) Bahler of Rensselaer, IN, Dawn Delaney of Escondido, CA, Theresa Ann Smith of Danforth, IL, and Erin Legner of Bloomington, IL; two brothers, Tom Deaton of Milwaukee, WI, and Jerry Harmen; sixteen grandchildren, Steven II, Brandon, Benjamin, Michelle, Ashley, James, Danny, Brandon, Samantha, Joshua, Jared, Jeramiah, Jeremey, Dalton, Mercedes, and Hailee; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one wife, Cecelia Deaton; one daughter, Kathy Light; grandchild, Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Brooklynn and Ayden; one brother, Richard Deaton; and three sisters; Shirley, Phyliss, and Gloria. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Pastor Amber Burns will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Deaton's name can be made to the Piper City Nursing Home.
Marjorie Washburn - 863/4/1929 - 8/29/2015
Hillsboro, IL formerly Watseka, IL
Marjorie Jean Washburn, 86, of Hillsboro, Il formerly of Watseka, Il, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015. She was born on March 4, 1929 in Casey, Il, the daughter of Ivan Carpenter and Lydia (Cochanour) Carpenter. Marjorie married James R. Washburn on July 20, 1948. He passed on October 5, 1982. Mrs. Washburn was a receptionist at Illinois Bell for 10 years and a dispatcher for AT&T for 10 years. She was also a member of the Lady’s Auxiliary VFW in Watseka. She enjoyed cross stitching and baking. Surviving Mrs. Washburn is one son and daughter-in-law, James and Lynn Washburn of Taylor Springs, IL; one grandchild, Ken Kellerman of Decatur, Il; three great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, James Washburn; and two sisters, Judy and Rosemary. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, Il. Memorials in Mrs. Washburn's name can be made to Montgomery County Cancer Association.
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