John David Hoover - 475/11/1969 - 2/11/2017
John David Hoover, 47, of Watseka passed away...
Melvin Allen - 938/6/1923 - 2/8/2017
Melvin L. Allen, 93, of Woodland, IL, passed...
Joyce Heideman - 721/26/1945 - 2/6/2017
Joyce Ann Heideman, 72, of Watseka, IL, passed...
Alicia Weber - 361/9/1981 - 2/6/2017
St. Anne, Illinois
Alicia Weber, 36, of St. Anne, IL, passed away...
Mary Ann McGrew - 8312/24/1932 - 1/2/2016
Mary Ann McGrew, 83, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was born December 24, 1932 in Claytonville, IL, the daughter of William Egolf and Anna (Wurtholz) Egolf. Mary married Dwight McGrew on April 4, 1952 in Manhattan, Kansas. He passed on July 21, 1998. Mrs. McGrew was a home maker. She enjoyed playing bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and the BULLS. Surviving Mrs. McGrew are her one son and daughter-in-law's, John and Lori (Feller) McGrew of Ballwin, MO, and Rebecca McGrew of Chesterfield, MO; two daughters and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jonathan Fruendt of San Antonio, TX, and Jane Harris of Watseka; two sisters, Viola Greiner of Cissna Park, and Frieda Hamrick of Cissna Park; eight grandchildren, Bradley McGrew, Adam Fruendt, Kelly Davison, Ashley Barton, Rebecca Henderson, Megan Clark, Kyle Harris, and Mary Lou Littlejohn; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kayleigh, Gracie, Rylee, Cooper, Claire, Alexis, Hadley, Cruz, Avery, Brendon, Brody, Blake, and Grace; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Judge Dwight McGrew; one son, Rodney McGrew; and three brothers, John Egolf, Glenn Egolf, and Ray Egolf. Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka with Pastor Matthew Kreeb officiating. Private family interment will take place at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. McGrew's name may be made to The ARC of Iroquois County.
Lisa Brutlag - 5512/2/1960 - 12/31/2015
Crescent City, Illinois
Lisa Brutlag, 55, of Crescent City, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015. She was born on December 2, 1960 in Watseka, Illinois, the daughter of Richard McGill and Lois (Wilken) McGill. Lisa married Barry Brutlag on September 22, 1984 at the Old Court House in Watseka, IL. Mrs. Brutlag was a secretary for Country Financial in Watseka. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, taking care of the family, and spending time with her doll baby Olivia. Surviving Mrs. Brutlag is her husband, Barry Brutlag of Crescent City; mother, Lois McGill of Crescent City; three sons and daughter-in-law’s, Doug and Kaity Brutlag of Watseka, Daniel and Lexie Brutlag of Onarga, and Dustin and Katie Brutlag of Woodson, IL; six brothers and sister-in-law’s, Kevin and Amy McGill of Crete, Eric and Vicky McGill of Crete, David and Nikki McGill of Watseka, Kyle and Kristin McGill of Ottawa, Sean and Stacy McGill of St. John’s, IN, and Daren and Heather McGill of Sheldon; four sisters and brother-in-law’s, Pam and Larry Munro of Gilman, Diana and Jack Lowe of Rossville, Cheryl and Martin Wessels of Watseka, Kristi and Jason Asher of Bradley; grandchildren, Olivia and One on the way; family friend, Rhonda McGill of Donovan; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her father, Richard McGill; and one niece, Kelsey McGill. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 4-8 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Elder Paul White will officiate. Memorials in Mrs. Brutlag's name can be made to the Family. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly following services.
Artie Lee Bratcher - 689/21/1947 - 12/24/2015
Artie Lee Bratcher, 68, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015. He was born on September 21, 1947 in Watseka, IL, the son of Arthur Bratcher and Hazel (Kessinger) Bratcher. Artie married Louanne Nordmeyer on July 8, 1978 in Clifton, IL. Mr. Bratcher served in the ARMY from 1968 until 1972. He earned the Purple Heart in Vietnam, and was the youngest solider to earn the rank of Captain in Vietnam. Mr. Bratcher worked for Watseka Interstate for 38 years. Artie was a member of the Elks, the American Legion, and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and flying. Surviving Mr. Bratcher is his spouse, Louanne Bratcher of Watseka; first wife, Lonita (Loni) Burger of Omaha, NB; two sons and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kim Bratcher of Hayward, CA, and Alan Bratcher and fiancée Megan Carmain of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Robert McCullough of Watseka; four nieces and nephews, Janet Anderson of Sycamore,IL, Danny McCullough of Watseka, Judy Mae Bingman of Savoy, IL , and Patti Jo Jenkins of Flora, IL; and a special friend, Theresa Fowler of Watseka. He is also preceded in death by both his parents; two sisters, Carol Ann Bratcher, and Toni Rae Bratcher; one niece, Brenda Haven; and mother-in-law, Blanche Reid. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Nourie will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Bratcher's name can be made to the Family or Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be made accordingly following the services.
Bertha LeClair - 10112/12/1914 - 12/18/2015
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 - 7712/8/1938 - 12/15/2015
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 - 784/17/1937 - 12/12/2015
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 - 766/25/1939 - 12/12/2015
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 - 6610/12/1949 - 12/12/2015
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 - 8710/30/1928 - 12/8/2015
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 - 10211/10/1913 - 11/10/2015
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.
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