John David Hoover - 47
5/11/1969 - 2/11/2017
Watseka, Illinois
John David Hoover, 47, of Watseka passed away...
Melvin Allen - 93
8/6/1923 - 2/8/2017
Woodland, IL
Melvin L. Allen, 93, of Woodland, IL, passed...
Joyce Heideman - 72
1/26/1945 - 2/6/2017
Watseka, Illinois
Joyce Ann Heideman, 72, of Watseka, IL, passed...
Alicia Weber - 36
1/9/1981 - 2/6/2017
St. Anne, Illinois
Alicia Weber, 36, of St. Anne, IL, passed away...

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Willard "Poody" Kessinger - 86

11/6/1929 - 6/19/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Willard “Poody” Kessinger, 86, of Watseka, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born on November 6, 1929 in Colfax, Illinois, the son of Frank Kessinger and Laura (Bratcher) Kessinger. Willard married Betty Cahoe on June 26, 1949 in Watseka at the Christian Church. Mr. Kessinger was a Section Laborer for the TPW Railroad for 40 years He enjoyed camping, watching old movies, and doing handy man work. Surviving Mr. Kessinger is his wife, Betty Kessinger of Wateka; four daughters and son-in-law’s, Sharry and Paul Davis of Watseka, Kathy Kessinger of Watseka, Nancy and William Kreznor of Woodstock, IL, and Debbie Pocica of Melrose Park, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Linard and Mini Kessinger of Watseka; nine grandchildren, Tommy Kusman, David Kusman, James Jones, Philip Kreznor, Abigail Kreznor, Donald Davis, Zachary, Max, Tessa, William, and Zoe Pocica; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Cruiz; and several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Kessinger; and five sisters, Glenna Matthews, Hazel Bratcher, Alice Leonard, Londa Frohling, and Lola Schultz. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Memorials in Mr. Kessinger's name can be made to Donor’s Choice. Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.

Dustin Pattenaude - 36

11/18/1979 - 6/15/2016
Woodland, Illinois
Dustin Pattenaude, 36, of Woodland, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. He was born on November 18, 1979 in Clearfield, Penn., the son of Alfred Pattenaude and Sandra (Luzier) Pattenaude. Dustin was a Production Supervisor at CNH in Goodfield, IL. He enjoyed motorcycles, remote control cars, music, camping, and fishing. Surviving Mr. Pattenaude are his parents, Alfred and Sandra Pattenaude of Woodland; two sons, Gavin and Austin Pattenaude of Woodland; two brothers and sister-in-law, Rustin and April Pattenaude of Marquette Heights, IL, and Kenneth Faught of Kenosha, WI; and three nieces and nephews, Tyler Pattenaude, Sierra Nolan, and Kenzee Masters. He is also preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; and three Uncles, David Pattenaude, Charlie Luzier, and Dale Irwin. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mr. Pattenaude's can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Cremation Rites have been made accordingly.

Jerry W. Allhands - 70

10/30/1945 - 6/15/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Jerry W. Allhands, 70 of Watseka, IL passed 11:30 P.M. June 15, 2016 at his family home in Watseka, IL. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, IL with Silas Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery, Watseka, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 4 – 7 P.M. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Jerry was born October 30, 1945 in Watseka, IL the son of Arthur P. and Ruth Louise (Davis) Allhands. He married his wife of over 43 years, Susan L. Elliott, December 22, 1972 in Watseka, IL. Survivors include his wife: Susan L. Allhands, Watseka, IL; 2 sons: Neil Allhands, Mable Hill , MO and David L. (fiancé: Lyndsay Mabbitt) Allhands, Clinton, IL; 2 granddaughters: Whitney Goza and Alexis Allhands; sisters: Sherry (John) Farris, Cissna Park, IL, Carol Lewis, Salem, VA, and Linda Burns, Pontiac, IL along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jerry retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service as Senior Chief, serving during Vietnam and then in Naval Reserves. After 23 years Jerry retired as a technician for the U.S. Soil and Water Conservation Office. Also he was an Educator and Riding Course Instructor for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Jerry enjoy traveling and riding motorcycles. Along with his wife, they had traveled on their motorcycle to all 48 continental states and some parts of Canada.

Marilyn Herriman - 88

4/21/2016 - 6/13/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Marilyn Herriman, 88, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. She was born on April 21, 1928 in Stockland Township, IL, the daughter of John Nolin and Harriet (Batt) Nolin. Marilyn married Wake Herriman on July 28, 1950 in Blytheville, Arkansas. Mrs. Herriman worked as an office manager for Wayne Pump Company for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading and was a member of the Stockland Methodist Church. Surviving Mrs. Herriman is her brother and sister-in-law, John and Beverly Nolin of Sheldon, IL; one sister, Dorothy Truby of Watseka; three nieces; four great-nieces; and one great-great-nephew. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband, Wake; and one sister, Jonelle. Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:30 am, at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will be held at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Herriman's name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Donor’s Choice.

Leonard Dehlin - 87

1/20/1929 - 6/13/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Leonard Dehlin, 87, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. He was born on January 20, 1929 in Graceville, Minnesota, the son of Alvin Dehlin and Ellen (Hanson) Dehlin. Mr. Dehlin married June Powell on October 29, 1953 in Edina, Minnesota. Leonard was the store owner and retailer of Ben Franklin for seventeen years. He also served in the Navy earning him a Korean Service Medal. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving Mr. Dehlin is his wife, June Dehlin of Watseka; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Maria Dehlin of Bartlet, IL; four daughters and son-in-law’s, Judy and Bill Kinney of Bridgman, MI, Karin and Terry Rasmussen of Louville, KY, Loni Dehlin of Streamwood, IL, and Lori Dehlin of Elgin, IL; four brothers and sister-in-law’s, Glenn and Joyce Dehlin of Mobile, AL, Floyd Dehlin of Rockford, IL, Coleen Dehlin of Ft. Worth, TX, Eugene and Bobbi Dehlin of Sycamore, IL, and Dale and Laurain Dehlin of Mandan, ND; nine grandchildren, Tracy (Robert) Brandenberg, Amanda (Brandon) Thompson, Kacey Rasmussen, Torey Rasmussen, Jami Dehlin, Karli Wenk, Matt Cork, Katianna Dehlin, and Kristina Dehlin; seven great-grandchildren: Anya, Zayden, Noah, Jacob, Lucas, Hannah, and Ava; and many nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lloyd, LaVerne, and Maynard Dehlin; and three sister-in-law’s, Deanna, Mary, and Jane Dehlin. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1-3pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Pastor John Franklin will officiate. Memorials in Mr. Dehlin's name can be made to the Watseka Food Pantry, Watseka Union Depot, and IMH Hospice. Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.

Irol L. Buswell - 90

5/14/1926 - 6/4/2016
Watseka, Illinois
Irol L. Buswell, 90, of Watseka, Illinois passed on Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was born on May 14, 1926 in Beaverville Township, the son of Delmar Buswell and Vera Whaley. Mr. Buswell was a carpenter. He was a member of the VFW and is a World War II Marine Corp veteran, and he enjoyed card playing and woodworking. Surviving Mr. Buswell are his sons and daughter-in-laws, Marc and Sherry Buswell of Rewey, Wisconsin & Scot and Janet Buswell of Mokena, Illinois; sister-in-law: Bernadine Buswell of Watseka; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents; two sons, Steven and Terry Buswell; two brothers, Ralph and Charles Buswell; and one sister, Anna Laura Wiltfang. Private burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been made accordingly. Memorials in Mr. Buswell's name may be made to St. Jude’s or Donor’s Choice.

Ronald F. Kottke - 70

5/15/1946 - 5/31/2016
Papineau, Illinois
Ronald F. Kottke, 70, of Papineau, IL, passed away on May 31, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1946 in Paxton, Illinois, the son of Edward Kottke and Orilla (Zabel) Kottke. Ronald married Trudy Watts on January 16, 1986 in Watseka. Mr. Kottke served in the ARMY for two years during Vietnam. He was a member of the Aroma Park American Legion. Ronald worked Construction in the Kankakee area. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, the CUBS, NASCAR, and his dogs. Surviving Mr. Kottke is his wife, Trudy Kottke of Papineau, IL; one son, Jason Kottke of Watseka; three daughters and son-in-law, Tonia Kottke of Watseka, Shannon (Kelly) Rogers of Watseka, and Teresa Keefer of Marion, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Arlis and Lonnie Johnson of Montrose, MN; grandchildren, Tasha Laird, Alivia Norrgran, Ashley Ulitzsch, Mercedes Sullivan, Dustin Houser, Tonia Keefer, Adrianna Richardson, Brittany Williams, and Brianna Williams; great-grandchildren, Jordan Kraay, Blayden Houser, Addison Williams, Adalynn Ulitzsch, and Arianna Ulitzsch; several nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by both parents; and two brothers, Marvin Kottke and Raymond Kottke. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Joseph Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow at Papineau Cemetery in Papineau, IL. Memorials in Mr. Kottke's name can be made to the Families Wishes.

Rosa Lee Fegett - 71

6/19/1944 - 5/29/2016
Hoopeston, Illinois
Rosa Lee Fegett, 71, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away on May 29, 2016 at her home. She was born on June 19, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Rosetta (Meeker) Louis. Mrs. Fegett worked as a CNA at Watseka Health Care for 33 years. She enjoyed reading books, fishing, camping, traveling, watching movies, and riding motorcycles. Surviving Mrs. Fegett is her significant other, Terry Schroeder of Milford, IL; two sons and daughter-in-law, George and Patty Wright of Ellington, MO, and Richard Wright of Hoopeston, IL; one daughter, Debra Torres of Danville, IL; one sister, Marie Fouse of Hoopeston, IL; six grandchildren, Jeremy Higgs, Jessica Barnes, Brandon Wright, Heaven Callahan, Destynee Callahan, and Clarence Callahan IV; eight great-grandchildren, Phoebe Higgs, Jasmine Higgs, Nicholas Barnes, Alexander Barnes, Kaylee Wright, Deante Callahan, Damya Mables, and Kailin Tompkins. She is also preceded in death by both parents; and one brother, William Masonburg. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Tom McCann will officiate. Burial will follow at Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City, IL. Memorials in Mrs. Rosa Fegett's name can be made to the Family.

Barbara M. Arseneau - 65

6/16/1950 - 5/21/2016
Beaverville, Illinois
Barbara M. Arseneau, 65, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on May 21st after a courageous three year battle with cancer. A life-long resident of Beaverville, she was born on June 16, 1950, the daughter of Lorraine (Dolly) and Morris Arseneau. Barbara was a graduate of Donovan High School and Marycrest Business College. In 1970, she married Daniel Arseneau. They are the parents of one son, Cameron Daniel. Barbara was a homemaker who enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother with Cameron and supporting him in his activities as he grew older. After Cam was in high school, she worked as a Patient Support Specialist for the organization that is now Presence St. Mary’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Bourbonnais. She retired in 2015, looking forward to traveling with Danny in their fifth wheel, working in her garden, and enjoying her sewing and other creative projects. Barbara was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In 1983 she was named St. Mary’s Woman of the Year. Over the years, she served as an officer or a committee member of almost every parish office, including the Council of Catholic Women and the Parish Council. For more than ten years, she served as a Lector. Projects which were especially important to her were the preservation and restoration of the church, editing the St. Mary’s Preservation Newsletter and, with church colleagues, creating the annual Founder’s Day Celebration. When Barbara’s mother, Lorraine Arseneau, died in 1990, Barbara set a precedent by donating the monies which were given in her mother’s memory to the Church Restoration Fund. She is thankful that community generosity has kept “the Cathedral in the Cornfields” viable. Surviving Barbara are her husband, Dan; her son, Cameron and his fiancee, Andrea Kerouac, of Loveland, Colorado; her sister, Diane (Jim) Wiltjer of Pinehurst, NC; her aunts, Marian (Jeanne) Arseneau Barker of Shiloh, NC and Yvonne (Toots) Blanchette Martin of Denver, Colorado; her niece Laurie Manley (Pete) Conaty of Sanford, NC and eight special cousins. Survivors also include her brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families, three nieces and seven nephews: Bob (Judy) Arseneau;Wayne (JoAnne) Arseneau; Karen (Bill) Dowling; Kenneth (Linda) Arseneau; and Loretta (Steve) Moehler. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Lorraine Blanchette Arseneau and Morris Arseneau; her brother, David Nourie, and her niece Leisa Manley Urrutia. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, at Baier Funeral Home from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friends and family are invited to share photos and memories during this time. A “Memory Book” will be available. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville on Friday morning, May 27, at 11:00a.m. Father Dan Belanger, C.S.V. will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville, IL. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Barbara’s memory may do so to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Preservation Fund, P. O. Box 152, Beaverville, IL 60912 which she so valued, or to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice 200 N. Laird Lane, Watseka, IL 60970, which provided gentle and loving care in her final days.

Joyce A. Regnier - 82

3/29/1934 - 5/19/2016
Beaverville, Illinois
Joyce A. Regnier, 82, of Beaverville, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016. She was born on March 29, 1934 in Momence, Illinois, the daughter of Levi Rechkemmer and Golda Hildabridle. Joyce married Weldon Regnier in Beaverville, Illinois who passed in March 2002. Mrs. Regnier was a homemaker and lunch lady at Donovan Elementary. She was also a member of the Beaverville Ladies Auxillary and St. Mary’s CCW. Joyce loved to crochet and sew. If you have a crocheted blanket that she made for you, please bring it to show the love she shared with so many. Most courageous of all, Joyce is a 20 year cancer survivor. Surviving Mrs. Regnier is two sons and daughter-in-laws, Perry and Betty Regnier of Beaverville, Illinois and Lee and Dawn Regnier of Buckley, Illinois; one daughter, Mary Jo Wingerter of Beaverville, Illinois; four brothers and sister-in-laws, Levi Rechkemmer Jr. of St. Anne, Illinois; Shirley Rechkemmer of St. Anne; Dennis and Diane Rechkemmer of Rushville, Illinois; Barney and Adeline Rechkemmer of Oakland, Illinois; and Bertie Russell of Donovan, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Mathew Regnier, Christina Regnier, Kayla Regnier, Devin Regnier, Wyatt Wingerter, Jacalyn Wingerter, and Keegan Wingerter; two step grandchildren, Tyler Ecker and Holly Jones; two step-great grandchildren; Cadence and Dalton Jones; and many nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by both her parents; husband; one son, Ronald; one brother, Maurice of Beaverville, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Betty Rechkemmer of St. Anne, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00pm. Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, Illinois. Father Dan Belanger will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorials in Mrs. Regnier's name can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, Illinois and Hospice.

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