Ruby Allene Summers - 796/14/1937 - 1/29/2017
Gilman, IL; previously Hoopeston, IL
Karry "Mama Karry" Gray - 556/17/1961 - 1/5/2017
Dana Miller - 6211/22/1954 - 1/4/2017
Ora Lee Bertram - 8412/2/1932 - 12/24/2016
Kathleen "Kathy" Roach-Dehn - 603/5/1955 - 4/4/2015
Bernard Fay Tatro - 923/11/1923 - 4/3/2015
Jerome C. Cotter - 725/27/1942 - 3/26/2015
Jerome C. Cotter, 72, of Watseka, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
He was born May 27, 1942, the son of Lester and Frances (Ratcliff) Cotter, in Iroquois Township, IL.
Mr. Cotter worked for Hamilton Brothers of Watseka for 39 years, until they closed, then opened up his own shop to work on starters, alternators, and hoses.
He was a Shriner and was Worshipful Master from 1999-200 at the Watseka Lodge #446. He was also a member of the 100 mile Trail Horse Association for 30 years, and a member of Scottish Rite – Valley of Danville. Jerome enjoyed horseback riding and anything to do with horse. He also enjoyed visiting at VIPS with his coffee buddies.
Surviving Mr. Cotter is one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Jessica Cotter of Watseka; one daughter, Janice Cotter and fiancé Fred Dietrich of Watseka; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Calvin and Mary Cotter of Watseka, and Lavonne and Liz Cotter of Onarga; one sister and brother-in-law, Estella and Pat McCullough of Watseka; ten grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both his parents; and one sister, Bev Cotter.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Masonic Services will take place at 7:00pm.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Elaine Daugherty will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Cotter’s name can be made to the Family.
George C. Malone - 778/29/1937 - 3/25/2015
Linda Jane Thorp-Barney - 762/23/1939 - 3/25/2015
Linda Jane Thorp-Barney, 76, of Watseka, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
She was born February 23, 1939, the daughter of Donald and Jane (Carlson) Thorp, in Jamestown, New York.
Linda married Donald Barney on June 28, 1958 in Watseka.
Mrs. Barney worked in Medical Records for IMH. She enjoyed going to Lake Shafer and boating.
Surviving Mrs. Barney is her husband, Donald Barney of Watseka; two sons, John Barney of Watseka, and James Barney of Rensselaer, IN; one daughter, Donna Williams of Kankakee; two sisters and brother-in-law, Susan and Dean Hill of Fort Myers, FL, and Linnea Ritchie of Fort Myers, FL; grandchildren, Derek and Amanda Houdashell-Williams of Mesa, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both her parents; and one granddaughter, Stacey Williams.
A Gathering of Friends will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12p-3p, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorial Services will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Father Michael Powell will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mrs. Barney’s name can be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Cremation rites have been made accordingly.
William J. Ahlgren - 9212/12/1922 - 3/20/2015
Rose Marie Howe - 536/27/1961 - 3/13/2015
Rose Marie Howe, 53, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at her home surrounded by loved ones.
She was born June 27, 1961, the daughter of Frank Soranno and Mary (Troendle) Soranno, in Harrison Charter Township, MI, at the Self Ridge Air Force Base.
Rose married Mark Howe on February 2, 1985 in Watseka, IL.
Mrs. Howe was a Customer Service Representative at Cigna. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting, cross stitching, and baking.
Surviving Mrs. Howe is her husband, Mark Howe of Watseka; two daughters and son-in-law, Dawn Howe of Watseka, and Niccole and Marty Peck of Watseka; father, Frank Soranno of Detroit, MI; mother, Mary Troendle of Watseka; two brothers and sister-in-law, Daniel Soranno of Sheldon, and Frank and Lynn Soranno of Nevada; two sisters and brother-in-laws, Deb and Tom Madey of Florida, and Tina and Fernando Anaya of Texas; two grandchildren, Haylie and Markus Peck of Watseka; grandmother, Rosina Soranno of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by one paternal grandfather and both maternal grandparents.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 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 Mrs. Howe's name can be made to the Hospice of Kankakee Valley or grandchildren's college funds.
Betty "Diane" Sherman - 627/18/1952 - 3/9/2015
Betty "Diane" Sherman, 62, of Watseka, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at her home.
She was born July 18, 1952 in Galesburg, IL, the daughter of Russell Watkins and Betty (Emken) Watkins.
She married Jerald Lynn Sherman on May 6, 1972 at the Elmwood Methodist Church.
Mrs. Sherman was a Merchandising Manager for Big R Stores. She enjoyed crafts, painting, wood working, cross stitching, fishing, gardening, Caribbean cruises, and spending time with family and friends at Two Crows Acres (Watkins' Farm).
Surviving Mrs. Sherman is her husband, Jerald Lynn Sherman of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Jason Sherman of Farmington, Il, and Shantel Sherman of Farmington, Il; one daughter, Melissa Sherman and fiancé Bart Heckman of Chicago; one sister and brother-in-law, Julie Wherley of Canton, Il, and Randy Wherley of Lafayette, IN; three grandchildren, Kassidy Harper of Watseka, Il, Jordan Sherman of Burlington, IA, and Brian Sherman of Farmington, Il; nieces and nephews, Mike Wherley of Canton, IL; Adam Wherley of Canton, IL; Brandon Wherley of Lafayette, IN; Michelle Marten of Montana; Megan Haynes of Montana; Mike Sherman of Illinois; Tim Goeppinger of Sonoma, CA; Tom Goeppinger of Milwaukee, WI; Toby Goeppinger of St. Louis, MO; Tyson Goeppinger of Seattle, WA; Tracy Goeppinger of Woodinville, WA; Danial Knox of Waukegan, IL; Shelly Bloomer of Maquon, IL; and Josh Knox of Missouri.
She is also preceded in death by one son, Brian Sherman.
Visitation will be held from 10am-1pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Sherman's name can be made to IMH Hospice or Donor's Choice.
David W. Walls - 6010/25/1954 - 3/7/2015
David W. Walls, 60, of Sheldon, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
He was born October 25, 1954, the son of Cletus Walls and Maxie (Sweat) Walls, in Adamsville, Tennessee.
Mr. Walls was a carpenter. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing the guitar and singing.
Surviving Mr. Walls is one daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Jeff Wood of Chicago; two grandchildren, Samantha Wood and Jeffrey Wood; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both his parents; six brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Vickie Killus will officiate.
Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, Illinois.
Memorials in Mr. Wall's name can be made to the Family or Donor's Choice.
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