Wilma Tegtmeyer - 91
6/21/1925 - 9/9/2016
Watseka, Illinois
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Watseka, Illinois
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11/17/1940 - 8/19/2016
Watseka, Illinois
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4/1/1957 - 8/17/2016
Ashkum, Illinois
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Nita Jean Keller - 87

5/16/1928 - 9/17/2015
Sheldon, Illinois
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 - 70

4/20/1945 - 9/15/2015
Antioch, Illinois
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 - 81

10/4/1933 - 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 - 86

3/4/1929 - 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.

Carl McCarty Berg - 23

9/6/1991 - 8/27/2015
Kentland, IN formerly Cissna Park, IL
Carl McCarty Berg, 23, of Kentland, IN formerly of Cissna Park, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015. He was born on September 6, 1991 in Danville, IL, the son of Glenn Berg and Linda (McCarty) Berg. Mr. Berg worked as a farmer for McCarty Family Farms, worked with INTX - Biological Fertilizer Company in Kentland, IN and was a Laborer for Yates Construction. He played MCP Football, was a member of the Fountain Creek 4-H and showed cattle at Iroquois County Fair, and a member of Cissna Park FFA. Carl enjoyed fishing, chopping firewood, and golfing. He was a big BEARS, Boilers and CUBS fan. Most of all he enjoyed farming with his brothers and his grandpa, as well as grandma Pat’s cooking. Most recently he became a Member of the Local #274 Lafayette, IN. Surviving Mr. Carl Berg are his parents, Glenn and Linda Berg of Cissna Park, IL; four brothers and sister-in-laws, Michael and Melissa Blanding of Wolcott, IN, Mark and Jennifer Blanding of Brook, IN, Nye Berg of Cissna Park, and Tyler Blanding of Cissna Park; four nieces and nephews, Kylie Blanding, Michaela Blanding, Trenton Blanding, and Evan Blanding; maternal grandparents, Delbert and Patricia McCarty of Kentland, IN; three aunts, Karen (John) Dolan, Susan McCarty, Sandra (Bob) Bevill; one uncle, Bob Berg; and nine cousins. He is also preceded in death by one uncle, Dick Berg; and paternal grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Berg. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 4-8pm (CST), at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 am (CST), at Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, IL . A visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Pastor Silas Montgomery will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Berg's name can be made to the Milford Swimming Pool and the Cissna Park Education Foundation.

Donna Schoonveld - 63

12/25/1951 - 8/23/2015
Iroquois, Illinois
Donna “Chris” Schoonveld, 63, of Iroquois, IL, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015. She was born December 25, 1951 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of James Schultz and Phyllis (Eckstein) Schultz. Donna was a secretary at FS in Beaverville for 20 years. She enjoyed bowling, cooking, and canning. She was also active in 4-H in her younger years. Surviving Ms. Schoonveld are three sons and daughter-in-law, Steven and Lisa Eilers of Brook, IN, Scott Eilers of Iroquois, Eric and Monica Schoonveld of Indianapolis, IN; two daughters and son-in-law, Ali Eilers of Cissna Park, Lacy and Bill Buss of Lincoln, IL; father, James Schultz of Iroquois; two brothers and sister-in-law, Brad and Kathy Schultz of Florida, Jim Schultz of Iroquois; one sister, Carol Massey of Kentland, IN; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her mother; and one sister, Connie. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:00pm, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. With a one hour visitation being held prior to mass. Memorials in Ms. Schoonveld's name can be made to St. Mary’s Restoration.

Lloyd Boone - 95

5/2/1920 - 8/21/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Lloyd Boone, 95, of Watseka, formerly of Martinton, IL, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. He was born on May 2, 1920 in St. Anne Township, the son of Walter Boone and Louise (Bolen) Boone. Lloyd married Dorene Provost on April 19, 1941 at St. George Catholic Church. She passed on July 2, 2009. Mr. Boone was a Farmer. He was also a Charter Member of Martinton Lions Club, Member of the Farmers Bureau, and a Member of District #4391 Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, all sports, especially CUBS Baseball. Surviving Mr. Boone are three sons and daughter-in-laws, Wallace Boone of Chebanse, Rodney and Gloria Boone of Martinton, Bruce and Judy Boone of Frankfort, IL; five grandchildren, Ryan (Kristy) Boone, Renee (Jay) Morris, Robyn (Brandon) Branson, Anne Marie Boone and Chris Bray, Julie Boone and Tazio Kubbs; twelve great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; wife, Dorene; and one brother, Camille. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 4-8 pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00 am, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Martinton, IL. Father Powell will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Martinton, IL. Memorials in Mr. Boone's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

Jerry Dean Alcorn - 73

2/14/1942 - 8/20/2015
Bourbonnais, Illinois
Jerry Dean Alcorn, 73, of Bourbonnais, IL formerly of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015. He was born on February 14, 1942 in Watseka, IL, the son of Melvin Alcorn and Rena (Boomgarden) Alcorn. Jerry married Virginia Brown on February 26, 1969 in Watseka, IL. Mr. Alcorn served in the Navy from 1959 – 1963. He was a member of the American Legion in Bradley as well as the VFW in Bradley. Jerry was an electrician for Crown Cork and Seal in Bradley, IL for 38 years. He recently retired in 2007, but still enjoyed working for NAPA in Kankakee for the last 8 years. He enjoyed watching the races at Mac & Frankie’s with friends, as well as spending time with family. Surviving Mr.Alcorn is his wife, Virginia Alcorn of Bourbonnais; four sons and daughter-in-laws, Scott Campbell of Springfield, IL, John and Yolanda Alcorn of Florida, Jeff and Pat Alcorn of Hersher, and Jason and Shelley Alcorn of Bourbonnais; one brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Thelma Alcorn of Watseka; three sisters and brother-in-laws, Lola and Merle Arnold of Watseka, Carol DeLahr of Watseka, and Judy and Jim Crouch of Watseka; ten grandchildren, Jessica and Melyssa Campbell, Wes Alcorn, Trevor (Katelyn) Alcorn, Cameron, Matthias, and Xavier Alcorn, and Cote, Morgan, and Rylee Alcorn; three great-grandchildren, Jase, Brynlee, Fulton; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Wes; one son, Jerry Jr.; one daughter, Crystal; and one brother-in-law, Marvin DeLahr. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3-7 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Robert Grove will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Alcorn's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation rites will be recorded following the services.

Peter Necco - 80

4/4/1935 - 8/13/2015
Kentland, Indiana
Peter Necco, 80, of Kentland, IN passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015. He was born on April 4, 1935 in Gary, IN, the son of Peter Necco and Virginia (Kravets). Mr. Necco was a Steel Worker and served in the ARMY. He enjoyed sports especially the CUBS. Surviving Mr. Necco is four sons and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Tara Burns of Belknap, IL, Paul Necco of Logansport, IN, Brian Burns of Columbus, OH, and Jim Burns of Las Vegas, NV; five grandchildren, Tai Burns, Lyndia Burns, Zachary Burns, Brianna Bates, Brooke Burns; and four great-grandchildren. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; one brother, David. Private graveside services will be held later in the week by the family. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Portage, IN.

Bernice D. Rajala - 96

6/30/1919 - 8/7/2015
Watseka, Illinois
Bernice D. Rajala, 96, of Watseka, IL formerly Park Ridge, IL, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015. She was born June 30, 1919 in Niles, IL, the daughter of Herman Ellerbrock and Elsie (Stolting) Ellerbrock. Bernice married Walfred Rajala on October 7, 1939. He passed on December 14, 1996. Mrs. Rajala was an Operator for Central States Telephone Company as well as a Bookkeeper for Yost and Company in Park Ridge, IL. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL, Calvary Lutheran Church, and a former member of the W.O.S.A. at St. Andrews. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, golfing, and bowling. Surviving Mrs. Rajala is one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Rajala of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and John Vogt of Florida; one sister-in-law, Mary Rajala of Chassel, MI; two grandchildren, Kirstin Rajala of Atlanta, GA, and Amy and Mark Harper of Frisco, TX; four great-grandchildren, Gabriela Sexson, Gary Sexson III, Ian Harper, and Jayson Harper; and four nephews, Jerry Nebel, Terry Vogt, Michael Vogt, and Jeffrey Vogt. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Walfred Rajala; one brother; one sister; and one son, Bruce Rajala. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 12:00pm-2:00pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:00pm, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. Pastor Donald Love will officiate. Burial will follow on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Town of Maine Cemetery located in Park Ridge, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Rajala's name can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, IMH Residents Home, and St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

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