Dana Miller - 6211/22/1954 - 1/4/2017
Dana Miller, 62, of Watseka, IL, passed away on...
Ora Lee Bertram - 8412/2/1932 - 12/24/2016
Ora Lee Bertram, 84, of Stockland, Illinois,...
James Harmeson - 7510/4/1941 - 12/21/2016
James Harmeson, 75, of Watseka, Illinois,...
Deborah Kae Williams - 596/4/1957 - 12/12/2016
Deborah Kae Williams, 59, of Milford, IL,...
Gayle Osterhous - 767/12/1939 - 3/10/2016
Gayle L. Osterhous, 76, of Woodland, Illinois passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016. She was born on July 12, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of Albert and Gertrude (Grzyevinski) Ifland. On June 12, 1956, she married Gene Osterhous at First Christian Church in Watseka, Illinois. Mrs. Osterhous was an administrator for public aid for the state in Iroquois County. She enjoyed trail horseback riding, reading, and loved spending time with family. She was a member of the Illinois Stock Horse Association. Surviving Mrs. Osterhous is her husband, Gene Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Robert and Debra Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois & Danny and Melanie Osterhous of Woodland, Illinois; four grandchildren, Ashley and Troy Odgers of Watseka, Illinois; Kayla and Andy Manos of Belfast, Tennessee; Mindi and Andy Walton of Watseka, Illinois; and Jessica Osterhous and A.J. Kingdon of Watseka, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Ifland; and sister, Geraldine Ifland. Visitation for Mrs. Osterhous will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 4-7pm at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois. Memorials in Mrs. Osterhous may be made in her name to Illinois State Stock Horse Association, Woodland Methodist Church, or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly.
Delmer Ellsworth Short - 9910/6/1916 - 3/7/2016
Delmer Ellsworth Short, 99, of Gilman, IL, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016. He was born on October 6, 1916 in Champaign, IL, the son of Fred Short and Laura (Manuel) Short. Mr. Short married Juanita Pence in Canton, Missouri in 1940. Delmer was a Foreman for Illinois Central Railroad for over thirty years before retiring. He enjoyed playing music, playing cards, and tinkering with electronics. He was one of the first of friends to have a radio in his car. He also once made a short wave radio set. Surviving Mr. Short is one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pat Short of Gilman; two daughters, Tammy Short of Gilman and Kris Fouse of Gilman; nine grandchildren, Jamie Short, Patti Boughton, Skip Fouse, David Fouse, Billy Short, Brian Short, Kelly White, Bob Short, and Scott Short; twenty-one great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; wife, Juanita Short; six brothers; two sisters; one son, Robert E. Lee Short; and one infant daughter, Jo Deen Short. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Short's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Winifred Anderson - 6611/17/1949 - 3/6/2016
Winifred “Winnie” Anderson, 66, of Milford, IL, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Urbana, IL. She was born on November 17, 1949 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Frank Short and Patricia (Irwin) Short. Mrs. Anderson was an Assistant Manager at Walmart located in Watseka. She enjoyed crafts and gardening. Surviving Mrs. Anderson is her significant other, David Long of Milford; one son, Joshua Anderson of Rantoul; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarra and Ryan Rigsby of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Logan Hall, Jessica Rigsby, and Mitchell Rigsby; and two nephews, Adam Cleutter and Matthew Cleutter. She is also preceded in death by her parents; onesister, Peggy; and one toddler brother, Jeffrey Short. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 1-3pm, at the First Church of God in Hoopeston, IL. Pastor Micah Mobley will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Anderson's name can be made to the Milford Fire Department or the First Church of God in Hoopeston. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Willard "Willie" Burger - 825/22/1933 - 3/4/2016
Willard “Willie” Burger, 82, of Martinton, Illinois, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 22, 1933 in Whitehall, IL, the son of Lloyd Burger and Helen (Ryan) Burger. Mr. Burger worked for the Ford Motor Company stamping plant in Chicago Heights. He also served in the Air Force. Willard enjoyed wood carving, camping, riding his ATV and his dog “Zip”. Surviving Mr. Burger is one son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Pam Monroe Jr. of Martinton; one brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Margie Burger; three grandchildren, Aaron and Michelle Monroe, Christana Monroe, and Jacob and Jess Jackson; and nieces and nephews, Debbie Trotter, Randy Kesinger, Jeff Burger, Vickie Amos and Sherry West. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, Gerald Burger. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Memorial Services will take place at a later date in Arkansas. Memorials in Mr. Burger's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Carroll Adams - 965/27/1919 - 3/3/2016
Carroll Adams, 96, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Watseka. She was born on May 27, 1919 in Rantoul, IL, the daughter of Marion Webster and Lucy (Collins) Webster. Carroll married Robert Adams on March 25, 1944 in Chicago, IL. He passed November 4, 1986. Mrs. Adam's worked at the Iroquois County Treasurer’s Office. She was a member of the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Carroll enjoyed knitting, sewing, camping, jokes, and playing music, especially the mandolin. Surviving Mrs. Adams is one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Marcia Adams of Watseka; one sister, Lorene Whitman of Watseka; two sister-in-law’s, Carolyn Webster of Arkansas and Retha Webster of Watseka; three grandchildren, Luci and Randy DeFauw of Watseka, Daniel Adams II of Dallas, Texas, and Alex and Jessica Adams of Donovan; five great-grandchildren, Jacob DeFauw, Dylan DeFauw, Adrienne Adams, Hunter Adams, and Sawyer Adams; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Robert Adams; two brothers, Melvin and Daniel Webster; and three sisters and brother-in-law’s, Connie (Kenny) Bierger, Jean (Harold) Ahlen, and Doris (Wes) Kissack. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 11:00a-1:00p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka. Memorials in Mrs. Adams's name can be made to the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or Donor’s Choice.
Bert Byrle Eckstein II - 836/13/1932 - 2/29/2016
Leesburg, FL formerly of Sheldon, IL
Beloved father, Bert Byrle Eckstein II, age 83, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Sheldon, IL, moved to Heaven joining his Lord and Savior February 29th, 2016. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlyss Munsterman and his second wife Gladys (DeMent) Flota. He was the son of the late Homer and Aileen (Hocutt) Eckstein of Donovan, IL. His sister Phyllis (Jim) Schultz, his grandson Jonathan M. Eckstein, and his devoted dog, Suzie, also preceded him in death. Three children survive: Bert Eckstein III of Chicago Ridge, IL; Arlyn Eckstein of Leesburg, FL; Arlyn’s twin sister, Arlynda Eckstein also of Leesburg, FL; and a great grandson, Emrys Eckstein of Goldwaithe, TX. Also, surviving are step children, Danna (Darrel) Fischer of Watseka, IL, and Stan (Brenda) Flota of Florence, MS. Step grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive as well. Bert was born June 13, 1932, in Watseka, IL, and graduated from Donovan High School in 1950. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 and served in the Korean War where he was stationed as Control Tower Chief in Japan. He was married to Arlyss Munsterman from 1955 until her death in October of 1976. He later married Gladys Flota in 1981, and they were married until her death in 2007. Bert worked as an agent at Iroquois Insurance in Watseka, IL, and Allstate in Kankakee, IL, where most all of his clients became his friends? Bert officiated as a layman and sang at the Woodland United Methodist church, served as a member of the Woodland Schoolboard, enthusiastically volunteered at the VA in Manteno, became Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge in Kankakee, and organized and became President of the Watseka Flying Falcons. During retirement he enjoyed singing, driving a tractor for local farmers, restoring his ’56 Ford pickup, reading and watching westerns, and flying radio controlled airplanes! Eventually, he sold his Sheldon home and moved to Florida accompanied by his dog Suzie to enjoy time with the twins. Yet, he always considered Iroquois County home! In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Woodland United Methodist Church as this church was dear to Bert. A wake honoring Bert Eckstein will be held at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 4-7pm. The Woodland United Methodist Church will host the funeral services on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 2:00 pm. Committal will be a private service.
Dorothy Williams - 763/6/1939 - 2/27/2016
Dorothy Williams, 76, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016. She was born on March 6, 1939 in Cayunga, IN, the daughter of Cecil Murdock and Ethel (Browning) Murdock. Dorothy married George Snedeker in 1957 in Chicago, IL. He passed in 1975. She later married Ronald Williams on June 5, 1982 in Watseka, Il. He has since passed as well. Mrs. Williams was a live in companion for elderly. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, cards, and helping others. Surviving Mrs. Williams is two sons and daughter-in-law, George Snedeker of Oregon and Michael and Lisa Snedeker of Lafayette, IN; two daughters, Judith Snedeker of Lafayette, IN and Carol Shoemaker of Lafayette, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Louella and Sam Cook of Watseka, IL; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; two husbands, George Snedeker and Ronald Williams; four brothers; and two sisters. Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
Mary E. Hines - 9610/31/1919 - 2/16/2016
Mary E. Hines, 96, of Venice, FL, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Harbor Inn, at Venice, FL. She was born on October 31, 1919 in Hoopeston, IL, the daughter of Joseph Vorick and Mary (Kozak) Vorick. Mary married Ralph “Bud” Hines Sr. on June 21, 1941 in Hoopeston, IL. Mrs. Hines was an Electronic Inspector for Littlefuse which was located in Watseka at one time. She enjoyed gardening, outdoor activities and cooking. Surviving Mrs. Hines is one son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Kay Hines of Venice, FL; one brother and sister-in-law, Lewis and Lucy Vorick of Chicago; one sister, Margaret Carter of Pekin, IL; one grandchildren, Eric Hines; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; and husband, Ralph “Bud” Hines. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 9am-11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:00 am, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. Father Michael Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL. In Lieu of Flowers the family of Mary Hines request that donations be made for the wonderful caregivers of Harbor Inn of Venice, FL. Please forward and make payable to our facilitator P.C. Walker, 527 Habitat Blvd., Osprey, FL 34229.
Danny C. Thomas - 625/6/1953 - 2/13/2016
Danny C. Thomas, 62, Watseka, Il passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 6, 1953 in Watseka, the son of Oscar Thomas and Mary Ann (Reynolds) Thomas. Danny married Sue Ratliff on June 16, 2001 in Watseka, IL. Mr. Thomas was a Geography and History teacher for Iroquois West High School. He enjoyed photography and bird watching. Surviving Mr. Thomas is his wife, Sue Thomas of Watseka; mother, Mary Ann Thomas of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Mary Ratliff of Copperas Cove, TX; one brother, Jeff and Darla Thomas of Oakley, CA; two grandchildren, Corrine and Susan Ratliff of Copperas Cove, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his father, Oscar Thomas; and one sister-in-law, Diana Cailteux. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 4-7:30 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:30pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Minister Elizabeth Reis will officiate. A private family interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL. Memorials in Mr. Thomas's name can be made to CAMP 911.
Mildred Zelhart - 9211/16/1923 - 2/12/2016
Mildred Zelhart, 92, of Beaverville, IL, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1923 in Kankakee, the daughter of Charles Sommer and Lela (Morris) Sommer. Mildred married Warren Zelhart on April 22, 1943. He has since passed. Mrs. Zelhart was a sewer at Kroehler Manufacturing. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and crocheting. Surviving Mrs. Zelhart are two sons and daughter-in-law’s, Phillip and Joy Zelhart of Beaverville, Kevin and Dawn Zelhart of Fayetteville, Tenn; one daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Wayne Rieches of Watseka; two brothers, Charles Sommer of Kankakee and Donald Sommer of Washington; seven grandchildren, Lisa Lease, Angie Arseneau, Roberta Clutz, Leighann Greenawalt, Veselin Rieches, Stacy Kaufmann, and Kaitlyn Zelhart; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Warren Zelhart; one sister, Violet; and two brothers, Richard and Lenord. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Graveside Services will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:45 am, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kankakee, Illinois. Pastor P.J. Parker will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Zelhart's name can be made to IMH Hospice.
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