Douglas E. Friant
Age 50, of Park City, Ill., died July 18, 2001.
Beloved son of Ervin and June Friant of New Lenox; dear brother of KarenMansfield of Bensenville, Patricia (Scott) Thomas of Vincennes, Ind. and Lynn (Vance) Manheim of Braidwood; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his mother,Marian Friant.
Funeral Services 11 a.m., Monday, at Hickey Memorial Chapel, 442 E. Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Visitation Monday 9-11 a.m.
HICKEY MEMORIAL CHAPEL
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Joseph W. Garncarz
Joseph W. Garncarz, 53 of Coal City, died Friday, July 20, 2001 at Hines VA hospital in Hines, IL.
Born on February 8, 1948 in LaSalle, IL, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Gertrude Garncarz. He was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his wife, Vickey Garncarz; a son, Jim Garncarz; a daughter, Alyssa (Mike) Gutzwiler; two brothers, Jerry and Bill Garncarz; a grandson, Zachary Gutzwiler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph F. and Gertrude Garncarz.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at The Assumption Church in Coal City. Father Donald O'Connor will officiate with inurnment in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ferrari Funeral Services in Coal City, 1044 Ferrari Drive (815) 634-4040 for information. Cremation rites will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph's name to the American Cancer Society.
Beloved Organist of the Ingalls Park United Methodist Church for 68 years, died July 19, 2001 at the age of 87. Daughter of Carl and Lyda McKee, she was preceded in death by them and a brother, William (Della).
Grace was a graduate of JTHS ('31) and of J.J.C. She worked for the F.E. Shundler Co., later Johns Manville, and retired after 42 years of service. Grace traveled extensively, including two trips to the Holy Land and tours of 6 of the 7 continents. Writing was one of her enjoyments and she attended elderhostels and writer's workshops for several years before publishing two books of poems and prose. Grace gave freely of her time as a volunteer at Silver Cross Hospital, though Reach to Recovery, and at Sunny Hill Nursing Home. She was a past president of Church Women United of Greater Joliet, and of the Ladies Auxiliary Cantigny Post #367 V.F.W. As an active member of Ingalls Park Church, Marguerite #187 Order of the Eastern Star, Bethany Shrine #7, White Shrine of Jerusalem, and the Will County Union of the Kings Daughters and Sons Nellie K. Smith Circle, Grace worked faithfully to support each. She was one to generously help others and received loving care, especially during her final months, in response. Grace will be missed. She requested that memorial gifts be directed to Ingalls Park United Methodist Church, Joliet.
Lying in State Monday July 23, 2001 at the Ingalls Park United Methodist Church at 10:00am until time of services at 10:30am. Interment Elmhurst Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home. BLACKBURN-GIEGERICH-SONNTAG, 1500 Black Rd., Near Midland,
Mathilda E. "Tillie" Meditz (nee Rusina)
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2001. A lifelong resident of the Joliet-Crest Hill area. Graduate of Joliet Central Grade School and Joliet Township High School, Metropolitan Business College of Chicago and the Selan System of Beauty Culture of Chicago. She was manager of New Art Beauty Shop and Kline's Beauty Shop. Tillie was a member and secretary of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, Wreath 16, for many years. Her religion was a very important part of her life. She was very active in church work until her health prevented her from participating. Mrs. Meditz was involved in many activities at S.S. Cyril and Methodius Church. She was also a member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Alter and Rosary Society. When Holy Family Church was established, Tillie and her late husband, Henry, were among the first parishioners, devoting their time to many church activities.
Preceded in death by her husband, Henry R. Meditz (1991); her parents, John and Anna Rusina; three brothers, Francis (Sue-deceased) Rusina, John (Catherine) Rusina and Rudolph Rusina.
Survived by a daughter, Marilyn (William) Ferguson of Joliet; and a son, David (Margaret) Meditz of Texarkana, TX. A dear sister and best friend, Ann (Reinhart-deceased) Stonitsch of Joliet. Four grandsons, William Ferguson of Schaumburg, IL, Brian Ferguson of Crest Hill, Bruce Ferguson of Clearwater, FL and Brad Ferguson (Fiancee-Tammy Jusell) of Joliet. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home, 2320 Black Rd., Monday, July 23, at 11:00 AM. Fr. George Klepec, officiating. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until time of services.
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Bertha Mikula (nee Spillie)
Age 73. Passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001 at her late residence. Born in Joliet and a lifetime resident. Member of St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church.
Preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Anna (nee Gaydos) Spillie; infant sister, Marcella; one sister, Johanna (Edward) Pasega; two brothers, Joseph and Anthony Spillie.
Survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Leo Mikula of Joliet; one son, Richard (Sharon) Mikula of Joliet; daughter, Nancy (Darrell) Tielbur of Lockport; one sister, Emily (Lou) Strojin of Joliet; six grandchildren, Diannaha, Darrell and Dannielle Tielbur; Tania, Kayla and Bridget Mikula; two sisters-in-law, Helen Spillie and Marie Spillie. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Bertha Mikula will be Monday, July 23, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home chapel to St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2-8 p.m. at:
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Mary Jo Papesh (Schwab)
Mary Jo Papesh (Schwab), 78, of Indianapolis, IN passed away Thursday, July 19, 2001 in St. Francis Hospital, Beach Grove, IN.
Mrs Papesh had been employed by Detroit Diesel Allison, St. Francis Hospital in Emergency Room Admitting and most recently by Hawkins Cabinet Company as a secretary, all located in Indianapolis, IN. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen F. Papesh, Mr. Papesh was born and raised in Joliet. They were married July 12, 1947 in St. Joseph Church, Joliet, IL; a son, Stephen R. Papesh, Indianapolis, IN; three daughters, Judith M. Reynolds, Indianapolis, IN, Joellyn P. Robbins, Summerville, SC and Sr Ann P. Papesh, O.S.B., Beach Grove, IN; three sisters, Lucille Marx, Greenwood, IN, Agnes Genier, Greenwood, IN and Evelyn Haliburton, Indianapolis, IN; two brothers, Joseph Schwab and Otto Schwab, both of Indianapolis, IN; nine grandchildren; and a great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, July 24, 2001 in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 PM Monday, July 23, 2001 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Indianapolis, IN.
Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Benedict/Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, IN, 46107. Arrangements by Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home, Indianapolis, IN. 317-787-8224.
Peter J. Pullara, Sr. "Poppy"
Age 62. Unexpectedly, Saturday, July 21, 2001 at Silver Cross Hospital. Born October 7, 1938 in Joliet, he was a lifetime resident.
Beloved son of Rose (nee Trizzino); loving father of Laurie (Mitch) Ramsey, Michael (Diane), Peter Jr. (Jeanne), Sally, David (Martine) and Steven (Mary Sue) Pullara. Proud grandpa of 13 grand-children, Nicholas, Jonathon, Alexander, Alexis, Ariana, Alyssa, Alayna, Jacob, Steven, Luke, Josh, Ryan and Morgan; fond brother of Bernard and Paul (Cheryl) Pullara. Also survived by an aunt and uncle, numerous nephews, cousins and many friends.
Preceded in death by his father, Peter Pullara.
Pete was the owner/operator of Pullara Construction for 40 years. A member of the Irving A.C., Joliet Elks Lodge #296, Unico, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #300 and the Cement Masons Union Local #161.
Funeral Services for Peter J. Pullara, Sr. will be Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 9:15 AM from the funeral home to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Please omit flowers; donations in his memory to Silver Cross Cancer Center would be appreciated. Visitation Monday 2-9 PM at:
FRED C. DAMES WEST CHAPEL
3200 Black at Essington Rds.
Harry Russell (Swede) Sandberg
76, of St. Petersburg, FL and formerly longtime Lemont resident passed away July 17, 2001.
Preceded by LaVerne (Lovey). He is survived by daughters, Susan Squier, Karen Beardsley and Kristine Ball, all of California; one son, Erik, also of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren; two nephews; one niece; as well as several cousins and longtime friends in both Lemont and Florida.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 23 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gerharz Funeral Home, Lemont. He will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. til time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Lemont.
Charlotte J. Vickery
Charlotte J. Vickery, 86, of Minooka, Illinois passed away on Friday, July 20, 2001 at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville, Illinois. She was born on March 20, 1915 in Newark, Illinois, the daughter of Hans and Molly (Johnson) Johnson.
Charlotte was united in marriage on September 5, 1936 at the Lisbon Lutheran Church Parsonage in Newark to Mr. Walter J. Vickery; and they spent the next 31 years of their lives together until his passing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.
Mrs. Vickery was a long time member of the Plattville United Methodist Church where she was a member of both its Bethany Circle and Stage Coach Group. Charlotte farmed beside her husband, Walter, for most of her life. She was employed for over 24 years by Anchor Brush in Montgomery, Illinois until her retirement. Mrs. Vickery was also a member of the Community Pleasure Club.
She is survived by her children, Rosemary Breen of Minooka, Raymond L. (Ann) Vickery of Minooka, Robert W. (Pat) Vickery of Newark, June L. (Don) McCord of Yorkville and Jean (Steven) Hadaway of St. Joseph, Michigan; her grandchildren, Chris Bomstad, Mary Sorensen, Kim Hurtz, Steven Hadaway, Jr., Barbara Breen, Richie McCord, Mike, Jason and John Vickery, Susan McKinney, Sheryl Watson, Jessie Harvey and Greg Hadaway and her 20 great grandchildren; as well as, many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; her great grandson, Andrew Vickery; her four sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2001 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville with Pastor Jorge Nolla officiating. Interment will follow in the Au Sable Grove Cemetery in Yorkville.
Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2001 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home. 410 E. Countryside Parkway in Yorkville.
Memorials in Mrs. Vickery's name may be made to the Plattville United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes. Philip S. Nelson, Owner and Director. 630-553-7611.
Marilyn J. Woock
Age 66. Suddenly, Tuesday July 17, 2001 at her late residence. Born in Joliet and a lifelong resident. A graduate of St. Francis Academy Class of 1952. She was a lifetime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, their former CCW and Sacred Heart League (former Woman of the Year);member of the Senior Association, Senior Services of Will County and the Third Order of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. Marilyn also volunteered at the Shepherds Table.
Preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mae Ann (nee Schreiner) Woock.
Survived by her sister, Anna Mae Woock and several cousins.
Private services were held on Friday July 20, 2001. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John Church followed by the interment at St. John Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Arrangements by:
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3200 Black at Essington Rds.