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Lois Howe - 82

12/5/1935 - 12/5/2017
Macedonia, IL formerly Watseka, IL

Lois Blendene Howe, 82, of Macedonia, IL formerly Watseka, IL, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

She was born on December 5, 1935 in Watseka, IL, the daughter of Seibolt Gocken and Mabel (Henning) Gocken.

Lois married Robert Howe on January 9, 1954 in Crescent City, IL at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He passed March 11, 2006.

Mrs. Howe was a homemaker. She enjoyed watching sports especially the CUBS.

Surviving Mrs. Howe is her sons and daughter-in-law's, Rick and Kathy Vendt-Howe of Phoenix, AZ, Robin Howe and Penny Leister of McLeansboro, IL, and Tim Howe of Macedonia, IL; daughters and son-in-law's, Tammie and Preston Bixler of Thompsonville, IL, and Becky and Roger Harrison of Onarga, IL; brother, Dale Gocken; sister, Sandy McCann of Milford, IL; grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Longfellow of Watseka, IL, Keala Jackson and Casey of Thompsonville, IL, Robert Ziebart and Jennifer of Herrin, IL, Shelly Morgan of Marion, IL, Anthony Howe of Alaska, Candice and Tim Kirsch of Alaska, and Nicholas Howe and Theresa of Alaska; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Linkin, and Evan Longfellow, Cole and Gracyn Jackson, Emma Morgan, Tyra and Hailee Kirsch, and Akeylleez Howe; and several nieces and nephews. 

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brothers, Marvin Gocken and Norman Gocken; sisters, Mae Gocken, Darlene Klien, and Mildred Stevenson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 10am until 12pm (Noon), at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Graveside Services will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:00pm (Noon), at Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL. Mike Clutteur will officiate. Burial will follow.

Memorials in Mrs. Howe's name can be made to Donor's Choice.

Delmar Arseneau - 89

11/8/1928 - 11/21/2017
Donovan, Illinois

 Delmar Arseneau, 89, of Donovan, IL passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.

He was born on November 8, 1928 in Beaverville, IL, the son of Raymond Arseneau and Cleo (DuMontelle) Arseneau.

Delmar married Mary Askew on November 11, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL.

Mr. Arseneau served in the ARMY from 1951 until 1953 doing radio repair on tanks, more specifically 325 Tank Br. at Camp Irwin in California. He was a member of the American Legion in Donovan, Lions Club, a Firefighter for Donovan, Little League coach, and a softball coach. He was also a farmer. He enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, traveling, and attending the grandkids sports game. Delmar was an avid CUBS, Bears, an Illini fan.

Surviving Mr. Arseneau is his wife, Mary Arseneau of Donovan; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Debora Arseneau of Donovan; daughters and son-in-law, Lynne and Art Fleming of Double Oak, TX, and Kim Emmerson of L'Erable; grandchildren, Holly Emmerson (Kolton Koch), Casey Arseneau, and Kendell Arseneau; and several nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Jr. "Spike"; and two sisters, Wilma Peters and Marilyn Mayotte.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 9am until 11am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL.

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. Father Belanger will officiate.

Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Arseneau's name can be made to IMH Hospice or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Military graveside rites will follow burial by the Donovan American Legion Post #633.

Cremation rites have been recorded.

Lynn Edward Cluver - 74

5/4/1943 - 11/19/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Lynn Edward Cluver, 74, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

He was born on May 4, 1943 in Watseka, IL, the son of John H. Cluver and Mabel (Hasselbring) Cluver.

Lynn attended school in Watseka. He worked as a truck driver for John Woods Trucking and other firms. Before that he worked at the Joliet ARMY Arsenal after he returned from active duty in the military. He served in the ARMY from 1963 until 1966, being stationed at Schweinfurt, Germany for two of those years. He retired from truck driving to be a full-time caregiver for his mother until his own health started to decline in 2012.

Lynn was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Especialy the Canadian fishing trips with his buddies. At one time he was the catcher for the Calvary Lutheran Church fast pistch softball team.

Surviving Mr. Cluver is his sister, JoAnna (Dan) Van Hoveln of Danville; two half-brothers, Walmar (Martha) Cluver and Alvin Cluver, both of Watseka; twelve nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Paul G. Cluver; nephew, Matthew Alan Van Hoveln; and several cousins.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 9am until 11am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor Donald Love will officiate.

Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials in Mr. Cluver's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or Calvary Lutheran Church.

Martha Margaret Neukomm - 93

5/19/1924 - 11/15/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Martha Margaret Neukomm, 93, of Watseka, IL passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

She was born on May 19, 1924 in Ash Grove Township, the daughter of Henry Brutlag and Anna (Teske) Brutlag.

Martha married Ervin "Bud" Neukomm on May 4, 1947 in Woodworth, IL. He passed on January 20, 2013.

Martha was a member of the Ladies Aid and an American Red Cross Volunteer. She enjoyed quilting, babysitting grandchildren, gardening, canning, playing cards, bingo, and cooking, expecially baking pies. She made the best mincemeat pie you ever stick a fork in.

Surviving Mrs. Neukomm are her children, Larry and Sharon Neukomm of Roanoke, IL, Glenn and Connie Neukomm of Buckley, IL, Susan and Robert Ivey of Cape Coral, FL, Shirley and Gerald Bruens of Cissna Park, IL, and Peggy and Kenny Gossett of Watseka,; sister-in-laws, Hildegard Brutlag of Woodworth, Geneva Brutlag of San Leandro, CA, Evelyn Brutlag of Danforth, and Donna Brutlag of Woodworth; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud; one son, Dale Neukomm; five sisters, Alma Bohlmann, Lorena Lustfeldt, Mildred Buhr, Ella Brutlag, Amanda Sturm; seven brothers, Edwin, Elvin, Victor, Allen, Wilbur, Rudy, and Melvin Brutlag; son-in-law, Donald Benner; and one great-grandson, Nathan Simpson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2pm until 5pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 am, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Woodworth. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Pastor Stoerger will officiate.

Burial will follow at the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials in Mrs. Neukomm's name can be made to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Donor's Choice.

Grace H. Sears - 75

8/2/1942 - 11/14/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Grace H. Sears, 75, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

She was born on August 2, 1942 in Sycamore, Illinois, the daughter of Paul Gunn and Gabrielle (Vanderbrugen) Gunn.

Grace married Calvin Sears on May 29, 1965 in Aurora, Illinois. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Watseka, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and TOPS.

Surviving Mrs. Sears is one son and daugher-in-law, Dwayne and Christina Sears of Gary, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Wayne Hanna of East Moline, IL; step-sister, Jusy Stricklan; step-son, Joe and Shirley Sears of Salem, IL; step-daughter, Carol Baldus of Seymour, IN; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in passing by both parents; husband, Calvin Sears; and one brother.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5pm until 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Funeral Services will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:00am, at the First Baptist Church in Watseka, IL. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Rev. Ray Jackson and Rev. Roy Moffitt will officiate.

Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Mrs. Sears's name can be made to the Fisher House.

Ronald Oberloh - 77

2/28/1940 - 10/30/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Ronald Oberloh, 77, of Watseka, IL passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017.

He was born on February 28, 1940, the son of Edward Oberloh and Anna (Hurling) Oberloh.

Mr. Oberloh was a Maintenance Foreman for UARCO. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, and most of all spending time with family.

Surviving Mr. Oberloh is one daughter, Karla Smithson of Ward, AR; two brothers and sisters-in-law's, Tom and Donna Oberloh of Woodland, IL and Bill and Mary Lou Oberloh of Texas; one grandchild, Loyal and Julie Smithson of Springdale, AR; three nieces; and three nephews.

He is also preceded in death by both parents; wives, Karen nee Turner and Maggie nee Schaumburg; fiance, Jo Jacobs; one brother; and one nephew.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4pm until 7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL. A one-hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Dale Meyers will officiate.

Burial will follow at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Crescent City, IL.

Memorial's in Mr. Oberloh's name can be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Foundation, or Donor's Choice.

Esther Patterson - 94

7/28/1923 - 10/27/2017
Maysville, MI

Esther Louise Patterson (Hawkes), 94, of Marysville, MI passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Esther was born on July 28, 1923 to Arthur John Hawkes and Helen Carpenter Snook Hawkes in Sheldon, IL. They both precede her in death.

She attended school in Sheldon, IL. Esther married Marvin Eugene Patterson on June 8, 1941. Marvin preceded her in death on November 16, 1979 after thirty-eight years of marriage. They had eight children.

Esther was also preceded in death by four sons, Marvin (Skip) in 1999, Eugene in 1991, Fred in 2016, David in 2000; and one son-in-law, Ron Marshall in 2003.

Mrs. Patterson is survived by two daughters, Dianne Marshall of Anderson, IN and Lori and Jim Beatty of Marysville, MI; two sons, Kenneth and Nancy Patterson of Watseka, and Stanley and Kathy Patterson of Watseka; eighteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Esther was a member and past president of Royal Neighbors, as well as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved playing bingo and doing crafts with her friends Laurie and Rosie.

A private family viewing was held on October 26, 2017 at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL, followed by a graveside service and burial at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery. Pasto Joseph Hughes officiated.

Carolyn Miller - 67

3/21/1950 - 10/24/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 Carolyn Miller, 67, of Watseka, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

She was born March 21, 1950 in Kentucky, the daughter of William Jones and Jewel (Merrick) Jones.

Ms. Miller worked as a secretary before retiring. She enjoyed leather working, cross stitching, sewing, reading, quilting, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving Ms. Carolyn Miller is one son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Candy Miller of Riverton, WY; two daughters and son-in-law's, Kimberly and Eric Siebert of Arvada, CO, and Theresa and David Kellems of Watseka; brothers and sister-in-law's, Virgus and Joann Jones of Mustang, OK, Richard and Lora Jones of Sulphur Springs, TX, Donald and Norma Jones of Somerset, KY, and Gerald Jones of Sulphur Springs, TX; sisters and brother-in-law's, Betty Sears of Westminster, CO, Linda and Jerry Blair of Watseka, Delores and Mason Campbell of Lexington, KY, and Kathy and Rick Cadwallader of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren, Gabriel and Brendan Kellems, Kamen and Meya Miller, Zechariah Miller, and Logan and Sophia Siebert; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Ms. Miller's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

Bradley Bernard Frederickson - 80

11/26/1936 - 10/20/2017
Woodland, Illinois

 Bradley Bernard Frederickson, 80, of Woodland, IL passed away on Friday, October 20, 2017.

He was born on November 26, 1936 in Chicago, IL, the son of Jerome Frederickson and Ellen (Hutter) Frederickson.

Bradley married Joyce Kester on February 8, 1968.

Mr. Frederickson was a dog trainer and co-owned Aloha Kennels for many years with his wife. He truly enjoyed working with dogs. Bradley was a loving father and friend who will be dearly missed.

Surviving Mr. Frederickson is his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Brandli of Mauston, WI; one grandchild, Brock Frederickson; special friends, Tim, Tina, William, Molly, and Andrew Ailey of Woodland, IL; and his four legged companion, Pierce.

He is preceded in death by both parents; wife, Joyce Frederickson; and two sons, Herbert and Michael.

Burial will be held at a later date at Papineau Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Frederickson's name can be made to the Kankakee County Humane Foundation.

Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

John W. Urbanski Jr. - 63

6/14/1954 - 10/13/2017
Watseka, Illinois

 

John W. Urbanski Jr., 63, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017.

 

He was born on June 14, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John W. Urbanski and Lorraine (Posch) Urbanski-Rulien

 

John married Sandra (Spooner) Heitz on October 15, 1994 in Arizona.

 

Mr. Urbanski worked as a residential instructor at a group home in Arizona. He enjoyed shopping and loved playing with his dog Brynda. John was also a member of the Moose.

 

Surviving Mr. Urbanski is his spouse, Sandra Urbanski of Watseka; one son, John Urbanski III of Tinley Park, IL; mother Phyllis Urbanski; one daughter and daughter-in-law, Jackie and Tamy Urbanski-Simpson of Alsip, IL; mother Phyllis Urbanski; step-son, Richard Heitz Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughters, Shannon and Shane Kimbler of Ashland, KY, and Starla and Dale Jewson of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dyann and Doug Coffman of Sheldon, and Barbara Volkman and Robert Baumgardner of Orland Park, IL; grandchildren, John IV, Joshua, Jamie, Audrielle, Ashley, Brittany, Casey, Nicholas, Travis (Amanda), Makayla, Chelsey, Connor; great-grandchild, Everleigh; and nieces and nephews, Jonathon (Stephanie), Michael (Erica), and Paisley.

 

He is also preceded in death by both his parents.

 

Private services were held for the family.

 

Memorials in Mr. Urbanski’s name can be made to Donor’s Choice.

 

Cremation Rites will be accorded following services.

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