Robert Delahr Sr. - 876/6/1929 - 2/19/2017
Mildred V. Brutlag - 968/15/1920 - 2/18/2017
John David Hoover - 475/11/1969 - 2/11/2017
Melvin Allen - 938/6/1923 - 2/8/2017
Helen Gray - 964/7/1920 - 10/30/2016
Helen Gray, 96 of Watseka, IL passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
She was born on April 7, 1920 in Iroquois Township, IL, the daughter of Charles Kaufman and Mary (Cnudde) Kaufman.
Helen married Cecil Gray on May 13, 1939.
Helen was a farmer’s wife and a mother. She was also a member of the Gleaner Society. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with family.
Surviving Mrs. Gray two sons and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marianne Gray of Watseka and Roger Gray of Watseka; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Glenn Thomas of White Heath, IL; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Cecil; and four brothers.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:00 am. Pastor Robert Sabo will officiate.
Burial will take place at Lyman Cemetery, Watseka, IL
In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Mrs. Gray’s name can be made to Prairieview Lutheran Home and IMH Hospice.
Sue Ellen Pfingsten - 7410/14/1942 - 10/23/2016
Sue Ellen Pfingsten, 74, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
She was born onOctober 14, 1942 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Warren Williams and Ruth (Nally) Williams.
Mrs. Pfingsten was a homemaker and ran a cleaning service. She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka, as well as a member of the Legion Auxiliary for 40 years. She also served as an election judge. Sue enjoyed camping, traveling, sporting events, and the BEARS.
Surviving Mrs. Pfingsten is her husband, Leon Pfingsten of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Lisa Pfingsten of Redding, CA; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Jim Schork of Fenton, MO; three grandchildren, Jimmy and Jeremy Schork of Fenton, MO and Savanna Hawley of Chico, CA; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Williams of Watseka, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous brother in law’s and sister in law’s.
She is also preceded in death by both her parents; and her in law’s, Walter and Elma Pfingsten.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:00 am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Woodworth, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Pfingsten's name can be made to Calvary Lutheran Pre-School, IMH Hospice, or Donor’s Choice.
Richard "Dick" Corke - 6711/10/1948 - 10/22/2016
He was born on November 10, 1948, the son of Stanley Corke and Ruth (Bouhl) Corke.
Richard married Cindy Grimm on September 28, 1988 in Barron, WI.
Mr. Corke served in the ARMY as a Military Police. He was a Watseka City Police officer for thirty years, before retiring as Chief. He then went on to become Cissna Park town police officer for ten years. Richard also worked part-time for the Iron Horse as security. He was a member of the Cissna Park American Legion, the Iroquois County DTSB, and was an Alderman for Watseka. Richard was an avid fisher man who also enjoyed hunting, gardening, doing handy work, traveling, but only by car and watching the CUBS play.
Surviving Mr. Cork is his wife, Cindy Corke of Watseka; one sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Dave Brutlag of Hudson, IL; four special cats, Buttercup, Snickers, Wayne, and Garth; and seven nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Ron; one sister-in-law, Sheila; and one brother-in-law, John Skawinski.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 form 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Minard will officiate.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Mr. Corke's name can be made to the American Cancer Society, IMH Hospice, or IMH Auxiliary.
Cremation rites will be made accordingly following services.
Marietta (nee Marcott) Farrar - 879/14/1929 - 9/30/2016
Mary Ellen Ralph - 797/6/1937 - 9/24/2016
She was born on July 6, 1937 in Ashkum, IL, the daughter of Elmer Prater and Lenora (Mason) Prater.
Mary Ellen married Marion Ralph on February 17, 1957 at the Methodist Church in Watseka.
Mrs. Ralph worked as a cashier for Scotchman’s.
She enjoyed reading, playing cards, watching the CUBS, Watseka High School sports, and the UofI.
Surviving Mrs. Ralph is her husband, Marion Ralph of Watseka; two sons and daughter-in-law’s, David and Cheryl Ralph of Dry Ridge, KY and Mark and Carol Ralph of Two River, WI; three sisters and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Ken Brown of Crescent City, Eileen Duden of Woodland, and Janet Rabideau of Watseka; six grandchildren, Ian, Rileigh, Caleb, Nathan, Katelyn, and Ethan; and nineteen nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; and one sister, Nancy Thompson.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor David Ralph will officiate.
Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka.
Memorials in Mrs. Ralph's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Harry J. Manning - 682/14/1948 - 9/18/2016
He was born on February 14, 1948 in Chicago, IL, the son of William D. Manning Sr. and Geraldine (Cronin) Manning.
Mr. Manning served in the United States Marine Corp. as an E4 Corporal, completing two tours in Vietnam, serving on the bomb division. He worked for the Union Local 150 as an International Operator Engineer.
Harry was a member of the AM Vets Post 67 of Beecher, VietNow in Dupage County Chapter, American Legion in Cissna Park, and the NRA. He enjoyed racing and gardening.
Surviving Mr. Manning is his daughters, Jennifer Gallegos of Colorado Springs, CO, Michelle Cooper of Colorado Springs, CO, Elizabeth Ann Manning of Monee, IL, and Catherine Weber of Kempton, IL; brother and sister-in-law, Patrick L. and Suesan Manning of Beecher, IL; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Richard McArtor Jr. of Milford, IL; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Sean Lowry, Vanessa Grime, Richard McArtor III, Bridget McArtor, Patrick W. Manning, and Amber Renalds.
He is also preceded in death by both parents.
Private arrangements have been made for Graveside Services.
Burial will be held at a later date at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Memorials in Mr. Hanning's name can be made to Donor’s Choice.
Patricia E. McGill - 8212/13/1933 - 9/16/2016
Wilma Tegtmeyer - 916/21/1925 - 9/9/2016
Wilma Tegtmeyer, 91, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016.
She was born on June 21, 1925 in Belmont Township, the daughter of Mannis Martin and Nellie (Strawser) Martin.
Wilma married Ernest Tegtmeyer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schwer, IL on December 18, 1943. He has since passed.
Mrs.Tegtmeyer worked at TRW, Catholic Charities, and was a cook for Woodland Grade School for over 20 years. Wilma enjoyed crossword puzzles and collecting pencils.
Surviving Mrs. Tegtmeyer is one son, Larry Tegtmeyer of Watseka, IL; three daughters and son-in-law, Judy and Dan Holder of Bloomington, IL, Arclista Story of North Little Rock, AR, and Arliss Tegtmeyer of Frisco, TX; numerous foster children; one sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Wesley Clement of Watseka; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by both parents; husband, Ernest; one brother; and three sisters.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Jordan Cooper will officiate.
Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL.
Memorials in Mrs. Tegtmeyer's name can be made to Iroquois Resident Home, IMH Hospice, or Donor’s Choice.
Father F. Lee Ryan - 838/14/1933 - 9/2/2016
He was born on August 14, 1933 in Kinsman, IL, the son of Leo Ryan and Hildegard (Coughlin) Ryan.
Mr. Ryan was in the ARMY. After completing his time in the Army he attended U of I, transferring over to Conception Seminary Conception Missouri where he received his Masters of Theology. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1968. He was a priest at St. Edmunds Catholic Church in Watseka for over 20 years. He was also a Chaplin and Chaplin emeritus for the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed gardening and traveling.
Surviving Father F. Lee Ryan is one brother, Maurice and Sue Ryan of Palm Harbor, FL; one sister, Leona Myers of Dwight, IL; two nieces and nephews; Jane and Steve Fritsch, Michael and Kelly Myers, Kelly and Jeff Heckman, and Kevin and Carrie Ryan.
He is also preceded in death by both his parents; and one brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Myers.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10:00 am, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Clifton, IL. Father Vern Arseneau will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ransom, IL.
Memorials in Father F. Lee Ryan's name can be made to St. Edmunds Catholic Church.
Vernice Marcotte - 7511/17/1940 - 8/19/2016
Vernice Marcotte, 75 of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2016 at her home. She was born on November 17, 1940 in Beaverville, IL, the daughter of Vernon Arseneau and Bellesmiere (LaFond) Arseneau. Vernice married Gerald “Jerry” Marcotte on August 30, 1958 in Martinton. Mrs. Marcotte was a cook at Donovan High School and worked for Union Carbide / Viskase. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed cooking and watching movies. Surviving Mrs. Marcotte is her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Marcotte of Watseka; sons and daughter-in-law’s, Leroy and Julie Marcotte of Spring, TX, Alphonse “Joe” and Jill Marcotte of Kankakee, and Patrick Marcotte of Woodstock, GA; daughter, Cynthia Veneman and Chris Bates of Kenosha, WI; brother and sister-in-law’s, Gale Arseneau of Bourbonnais, IL, and Merle and Mary Arseneau of Greenville, N.C.; sister, Carolyn Cote of Watseka; grandchildren, Robert and Kelly Stokes, Lindsey and Shayne Johnson, Sara Marcotte, Nathan Comes, Jaycen Marcotte, Piper Marcotte, and Camryn Marcotte; great-grandchildren, Tyler Stokes, Colton Stokes, and Brayden Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by both parents; and two brothers, Wendell and Dale. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mrs. Marcotte's name can be made to the Family’s Wishes.
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