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Anita Ward - 91

9/7/1926 - 8/16/2018
Galesburg, IL formerly Iroquois, IL

 Anita Ward, 91, of Galesburg, IL formerly Iroquois, IL passed away on August 16, 2018.

She was born on September 7, 1926 in Martinton, IL, the daughter of Albert Kempen and Leonide (Benoit) Kempen. 

Anita married Robert Ward on July 10, 1943 in Martinton, IL. 

She enjoyed crafts, sewing, reading, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, and Big 10 basketball. Anita was a long time member of St. Martin's Catholic Church, a thirty-five year member of the election board, Red Cross blood donor/volunteer, and a community of Iroquois volunteer.

Surviving Mrs. Ward is one son, Mitchel and Mary-Jo Ward of Williamsburg, VA; two daughters, Lonita and John Burger of Omaha, NE, and Judith and Gary Morgan of Abingdon, IL; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; son, David; four sisters; and one brother.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 10a-11a, at St. Edmund's Catholic Church in Watseka, IL.

Funeral Mass will be held following visitation at the church at 11:00 am. Father Powell will officiate.

Burial will take place at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Ward's name can be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church of St. Jude's.

Gene Quakenbush - 81

9/19/1936 - 8/10/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 Gene "Stringbean" Quakenbush, 81, of Watseka, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018.

He was born on September 19, 1936 in Crescent Township,IL, the son of Earl Quakenbush and Lena (Hurling) Quakenbush.

Gene married Nancy Ailey on January 27, 1956 in Milford. Gene was a member of the Watseka United Methodist Church, Odd Fellows of Watseka, a Lay Speaker for Woodland Church, and a recipient of an award for Norman Rockwell School of Art.

He worked at TRW, UARCO, Louis Melind in Onarga, and Chicago Steel Tape. He enjoyed oil painting, woodworking, fishing, and hunting.

Surviving Mr. Quakenbush is his wife, Nancy Quakenbush of Watseka; daughters, Vicky (Janice) Quakenbush of Kankakee, and Cindy (Dennis) Young of Cissna Park; sister-in-laws, Mary Quakenbush of Appleton, WI, and Diane Quakenbush of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Karen Bolen of Cissna Park; grandchildren, Mike (Kandace Arseneau) Rogers, Jacob (Michaela McKenna) Young, Jessica (James) Doudera; Joshua (Amaria) Young, Jeremy (Sherri) Young, and Rachel Wright; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LaMar and Jim; one sister, Barbara; and brother-in-law, John Bolen.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Bob Sabo will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Body Cemetery in Woodland, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Quakenbush's name can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Matthew L. Walwer - 38

5/30/1980 - 8/7/2018
Danforth, IL

Matthew L. Walwer, 38, of Danforth, Illinois passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 due to an automobile accident in rural Danforth.

He was born on May 30, 1980 in Watseka, Illinois the son of Pamela M. (Walwer) Burch.

Matthew was a member of the Danforth Reformed Church in Danforth.  He served in the United States Air Force.  Matthew worked for Watertight Construction as a carpenter.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Matthew was an avid Cubs and Bears Fan.  He also enjoyed playing softball, camping and fishing.

Matthew married Julie Miller on October 24, 2009 in Danforth.  She survives.  He is also survived by three daughters Mariah Gonzalez, Liliana Walwer and Khloie Walwer all of Danforth; his parents Pamela and John Burch of Watseka; maternal grandmother Marilyn Schultz of Watseka; three brothers Brian (Rachael) Walwer of Woodland, Illinois, John Burch of Chicago; Matthew (Tiffany) Burch of Hampton, Virginia and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Charles L. Walwer and paternal grandparents Helen Smith and Alvin Burch.

Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Donald J. MacDonald III officiating.

Burial will be in the Danforth Cemetery, Danforth.

Memorials may be made to his family.

Arrangements by the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

 

Josephine Sansone - 90

10/25/1927 - 8/6/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 Josephine Sansone, 90, of Watseka, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on October 25, 1927 the daughter of Francesco Buonarigo and Felicia (Camerano) Buonargio.

Josephine married Frank Sansone Sr. on November 30, 1946 in Cook County, Illinois.

She enjoyed her kids, cooking, and most of all her grandchildren.

Surviving Mrs. Sansone is her sons, Frank Sansone, Nick (Alyss) Sansone, and Jim (Amy) Sansone; daughters, Mary Tuminello, Felicia Bartkowiak, and JoAnne (Michael) Chiarenza; seventeen grandchildre; twenty-two great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Francesca, Bertha, Mayme, and Carmela; brother, James; grandchildren, Anthony, Jonathan, and Joshua; daughter-in-law, Susan; and her loving husband, Frank.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 rom 4-8pm, at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, IL.

Graveside Services will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:00 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL.

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

Lucille E. Foreman - 93

1/27/1925 - 7/31/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 

Lucille E. Foreman, 93 of Watseka, peacefully entered heaven on July 31, 2018.

She was born January 27, 1925 in Vermont, Illinois to parents Ada (Harmon) Miner and Henry Earl “Buck” Miner.

She was united in marriage to Lester W. Foreman on September 29, 1945 in Sheldon, Illinois.  They remained happily married for 57 years until his passing on January 20, 2003.

Lucille helped farm with her husband.  She enjoyed gardening with her Mother-in-Law, Alma Foreman, reading, making afghans for family members, traveling, and all her Scottish Terriers.  She also enjoyed many games of Uno with her caregiver, Patty, and going out to lunch.  She was a member of the Fun Club and enjoyed the meetings and birthday breakfasts.  She was also a member of the First Christian Church of Watseka and attended the Pittwood Christian Church for many years.

Surviving are her two sons, Denny (Debby) Foreman of Watseka, Terry Foreman of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kathy (Michael) Caplis of Glenview, IL; grandchildren, Drew (Jodi) Foreman of Peoria, Sara Foreman of Watseka; and great-granddaughter, Blakely Foreman of Peoria. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Baier Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be private with internment at Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois.

Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka or Prairie State Christian Service Camp in Watseka.  Flowers will be donated to the Iroquois Resident Home.

Donald Richardson - 77

4/20/1941 - 7/29/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 Donald Richardson, 77, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

He was born on April 20, 1941 in Gridley, IL, the son of Estil Richardson and Wilda (Johnson) Richardson.

Donald married Linda Harness on May 24, 1963. She preceded him in passing on December 24, 1977.

Mr. Richardson worked for the City of Watseka for twenty years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, welding, making knives, and computers.

Surviving Mr. Richardson is his son, Donald (Vickie) Richardson of Milford, IL; daughter, Debra (Martial) Roy of Fairbury, IL; grandchild, Kayln Roy; and great-grandchild, Isabelle.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda; and brother, Ray Richardson.

A Gathering of Friends will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2p until 4pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka, Illinois.

Memorials in Mr. Richardson's name can be made to Donor's Choice.

Timothy "Tim" Portwood - 56

11/4/1961 - 6/27/2018
Sheldon, Illinois

Timothy Portwood, 56, of Sheldon, IL, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

He was born on November 4, 1961 in Watseka, the son of Bill and Cleta (Johnson) Portwood.

Tim served in the ARMY. He was recently a Heavy Equipment Operator. He was a member of the State Line Riders ABATE of Illinois, Watseka American Legion Honor Guard, and the Sheldon Masonic Lodge 609. Tim enjoyed spending time with his father, daughter, friends, watching football especially the BEARS, and Harley Davidson.

Surviving Mr. Portwood is his father, Bill Portwood of Sheldon; daughter, Page Portwood of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Mark (Amy) Portwood of Sheldon; grandchild, Airabella Davenport; nieces and nephews, Ashlen Risley, Alaina Portwood, Alex Portwood, and Adin Portwood.

He is also preceded in death by his mother, Cleta.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 3-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Sundaya, July 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Baier Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Milton will officiate.

Burial will follow at a later date at Iroquois Memorial Park Cemetery in Watseka, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Portwood's name can be made to the Family's Wishes.

Cremation Rites will be recorded following services.

James Leroy Schultz - 91

8/29/1926 - 6/21/2018
Iroquois, Illinois

James Leroy “Jim” Schultz, 91, of Iroquois, IL, went to be with his lord and savior on June 21, 2018.

James was born August 29, 1926 to Roy and Donna Schultz in the farm house where he would spend he next 71 years. He married Phyllis Eckstein on August 28, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville, IL. They were married 50 years at the time of her passing in June of 1999.

Surviving Mr. Schultz include his children Brad (Kathy) Schultz of Florida, James Schultz Jr. of Iroquois, and Carol Massey of Kentland, IN; grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) Eilers, Scott Eilers, Ali Eilers, Eric (Monica) Schoonveld, Lacey (Bill) Buss, Kevin (Elayne) Obenland, Paul McEnterfer, Josie Goyette, Bradley Goyette, and Jaclyn Cruz; sixteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Philip and Paul; sister, Hazel; and daughters, Chris Schoonveld and Connie Goyette.

Jim never met a stranger and brightened the day of every person he met with his great sense of humor and kindness. Jim greatly enjoyed his season tickets to the Country Theatre, playing cards with anybody he could, and eating ice cream every day. His faith in the lord, loyalty and love of family and friends will be unmatched and greatly missed by us all.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 4-8pm, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka.

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Beaverville. Father Belanger will officiate.

Burial to follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials in Mr. Schultz name can be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Country Theatre Workshop in Cissna Park.

Linda Blair - 71

2/17/1947 - 6/17/2018
Watseka, Illinois

 Linda Blair, 71, of Watseka, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

She was born February 17, 1947 in Lafayette, IN, the daughter of William and Jewel (Merrick) Jones.

Linda married Jerry Blair on May 1, 1965 in Watseka, IL.

She was a receptionist and biller for Teverbaugh, Croland & Mueller OBGYN. She enjoyed cooking, baking, spending time with the grandkids, and taking care of her husband.

Surviving Mrs. Blair is her husband, Jerry Blair of Watseka; son, Jerrod Blair of Chatham, IL; daughters, Dr. Lori (Chad) Teverbaugh-Kunkle of Peoria, IL and Debra (Dan) Hankey of Watseka; brothers, Virgus Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Richard (Laura) Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX, Donald (Norma) Jones of Somerset, KY, and Gerald Jones of Sulfur Springs, TX; sisters, Betty Jones of Colorado, Delorus (Mason) Campbell of Lexington, KY, Kathleen (Rick) Cadwallader of St. Pete, FL; grandchildren, Ian Teverbaugh, Skyler Hankey, Blair Hankey, Dylan Hankey, Gavin Ray Blair, and Collin Robert Blair; great grandchild, Jude Hankey; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Ray Blair Jr.; and sister, Carolyn Sue Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will take place prior to services. Pastor Ray Jackson will officiate.

Burial will follow at GAR Cemetery in Watseka.

Memorials in Mrs. Blair's name can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.

Ronald "Jim" Roach - 92

2/6/1926 - 6/12/2018
Martinton, Illinois

 Ronald "Jim" Roach, 92, of Martinton, IL, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

He was born on February 6, 1926 in Martinton, IL, the son of John Roach and Aldea (Benoit) Roach.

Jim married Esther (Duclos) Wehling on June 18, 1966 in St. Martins Catholic Church in Martinton, IL.

Mr. Roach was an Insurance and Real Estate Broker. He served in the ARMY as a Corpral, serving in the Korean Conflict and was a Medical Corpsman. He was a clerk for the Martinton Township and Village Board for 20 years. Jim was a member of the St. Anne Church in St. Anne, and the Watseka American Legion Post #23. He enjoyed doing yard care, especially landscaping for his wife. He also liked watching his crop grow. Jim took pride in helping take care of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery starting when he was only 9, until eventually taking over and running/managing it up until recently.

Surviving Mr. Roach is his son, David (Nancy) Wehling of Racine, WI; son-in-law, Dave Webster of Martinton, IL; grandchildren, Adam Wehling, Sara Merten, and Scott (Michele) Webster; great-grandchildren, James Wehling, Chase Merten, and Tiffany Webster; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; wife, Esther; daughter, Sandra; three sisters, Romella LeReau, Rethel Tatro, Rueletta "Betty" Tilton; two brothers, Romeo Roach and Ruel Roach.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 fom 4-7pm, at Baier Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Baier Funeral Home. A one hour visitation will be held prior to services. Father Jim Fanale will officiate.

Buriall will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martinton, IL.

Memorials in Mr. Roach's name can be made to the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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