Dorothy L. Abbott (Nee Konow) (Miller)
Age 80. Suddenly Sunday, July 20, 2003 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Lockport and a lifelong area resident. Owner and operator of Dorothy's Beauty Shop in Lockport for 21 years.
Preceded in death by her husband Clarence Abbott (1991); her parents and a brother.
Survived by a son, Joseph W. (Marla) Miller Jr. of Plainfield, IL; a daughter, Leona M. (Robert Swanson) Enix. Five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. Two sisters, Florence (the late Ross) Mitchell and Lila both of Lockport.
Funeral services for Dorothy L. Abbott will be Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Pastor David Nygard officiating. Interment West Lisbon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Cancer Society in her name would be appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at:
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home
3200 Black at Essington Rds.
Maryann Betts (nee Giglietti)
Age 73, late of Lockport, Monday, July 21, 2003 at Silver Cross Hospital. Born in Joliet, lifelong area resident. Employed by International Paper for 31 years, retiring in 1989.
Preceded in death by her husband, Elwood, her parents Joseph and Maria (Mancuso) Giglietti, two brothers Victor and Santo Giglietti and a sister Margaret Wilhelmi.
Survived by a daughter Joanne (David) Cain of Lockport, two granddaughters Samantha and Danielle, a stepdaughter Deloras (Tom) Zimmerman of MI, two stepsons Eugene (Judy) Betts of TX, and Elwood (Jo) Betts of MI, six stepgrandchildren, nine stepgreat-grandchildren, five sisters Eleanore Baitenger of Joliet, Frances Plunge of Bradley, Rose Auten, Josephine (Richard) Beebe and Virginia Giglietti all of Joliet and a brother Joseph (Jeanne) Giglietti of Joliet. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Church, Lockport or Deike Home in Lombard, would be appreciated.
O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME,
1105 E. 9TH ST., LOCKPORT
where services will be held Thursday, July 24, 2003, 9:30 a.m. to St. Joseph Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville. Visitation Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Robert LaVerne Johnston AKA Quiet Earp
January 16, 1935-July 17, 2003
His family mourns the loss of their beloved Patriarch from complications following surgery at the age of 68.
Bob moved to Colorado Springs with his wife and children from his birthplace, Joliet, Illinois in 1972. He was so enchanted with the beauty he decided to make it his home. Being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather he jumped at the chance to show his family off. Social butterfly is a perfect term to describe him. He loved people and their company as his activities showed. Bob's choice of employment was as a a television repairman. His first employment was at Krause Television Repair followed by Community Television. He had always been community minded, serving eight years with the Marine Corp. Reserves, several years as a Will County Sheriff Deputy, Green Mountain Falls Chamber of Commerce, and current Miramont Castle Board Member. Bob was currently attending school at Intellitec College and participated as the video man and fictitious Preacher-Quiet Earp with the Rocky Mountain Gunslingers. God and church was also an important part of his life and have been a life-long obligation where he served in many different ways, currently being a member of The Rocky Mountain Chapel in Cripple Creek, Colorado. One of Bob's greatest talents was the ability to write poetry, recently being offered an opportunity to publish a collection of his poems. A few have been published in The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Cavalier DeWitt and Anna G. (French) Johnston, brother Earl, sister Bernice Johnston Moore. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Florence, daughter Patricia T. Welch, her spouse Edward of Pasco, Washington, their three children Richard, Teresa and Nicole and six great-grandchildren in Washington, daughter Robin D. Johnston of Colorado Springs, son David C., his wife Shereen, their children Liam and Seamus of Cripple Creek. Bob's immediate family in Joliet includes sisters Margie Vetter, Alice Cary and Norma Slick and brother George Johnston. There are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who he leaves behind. He loved and enjoyed them all. He will be missed beyond words.
How do you say Good-Bye?
People come, and people go, They pass through our lives each day, Sometimes they leave unexpectedly And you really don't know what to say. How do we day Good-Bye?
In war time, families are torn apart, Some have to leave while others have to stay, With tears in your eyes, and lumps in your throat, You can't find the right words to say. How do we say Good-Bye?
A family member is feeling good, And living a good life each day, When all of a sudden, their life is threatened, And you really don't know what to say.
God is our Master, our Lord and Savior, When he takes us we don't really die, We are alive with Him and our loved ones in heaven, so, how would you say Good-bye?
By Bob Johnston April 17, 2003
Sister Miriam Joseph Long, O.S.F.
Age 92, St. Francis Convent, Frankfort, Illinois died on July 20, 2003.
Sister Miriam Joseph was born Elizabeth Long on December 27, 1910 in Freeport, IL. Entered Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart September 8, 1936. Made First Profession of Vows on October 4, 1939 and Final Profession of Vows on October 4, 1942. Sister served at Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla, IN as Sacristan and Organist from 1939 to 1953. From 1953 to 1975 Sister continued at Provena Sacred Heart Home as Procurator and then as Assistant Administrator and Accountant. In 1975, Sister Miriam Joseph moved to the Motherhouse in Frankfort, IL where she appointed Assistant to the Local Leader and then Local Leader. Sister retired in 1989 but continued to serve in various ministries at the Motherhouse until 1994.
Sister is preceded in death by her parents Charles William Long and Elizabeth (Bach) Long and her sister Marie (Meler) Long.
Visitation at the Motherhouse is Tuesday, July 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Wake Service is at 6:00 p.m. and the Funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at Queen of Angels Chapel, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers a memorial may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart Senior Sisters Retirement Fund, 9201 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, Illinois 60423-8335.
Mary Ann Maxeiner (nee Limacher)
Age 52. Passed away Saturday, July 19, 2003 at her late residence. Born in Joliet and a resident of Frankfort the past eight months. An avid cubs fan.
Survived by her son, Michael (Michelle) Maxeiner of Frankfort; her granddaughter, Madison Maxeiner; her mother, Eleanor Limacher of Frankfort; a brother, John "Jack" Limacher of Hammond, IN; her former husband, Doug (Terri) Maxeiner of Frankfort; dearest "Aunt" of Christopher and Thomas Maxeiner.
Preceded in death by her son, Patrick Maxeiner (2000) and her father, John Limacher.
A memorial service for Mary Ann Maxeiner will be Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 12:00 noon at the funeral home chapel. Visitation Thursday, 11:00 a.m. until time of service at:
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home
3200 Black at Essington Rds.
Ronald P. Romanowski
Age 39. Passed away Sunday, July 20, 2003 after a long courageous battle against cancer. Born in Blue Island, IL, March 30, 1964 to Ronald P. and Patricia (Murphy) Romanowski, Ron was raised in Cal Park and graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School with the class of 1982. A resident of Joliet the past five years. Employed as a laborer at Cook County Hospital. Ron was a great man of God.
Beloved husband of 13 years to Jennifer (Knezz); Loving and devoted father of Shelby and Julia. Also survived by his parents, grandmother Mary Murphy, two brothers, Phillip (Tina) and Timothy. Fond in-law of Jennifer's parents and eight siblings; dear uncle of 14.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Mike Kell officiating. Interment Holy Sepulchre, Worth, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to Feed the Children Foundation would be appreciated. Visitation Tuesday 2-9 p.m. and Wednesday morning 10 a.m. until the services at:
FRED C. DAMES FUNERAL HOME
3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet
Age 79, of Goreville passed away at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at her residence.
Her wishes were to be cremated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and may be sent to in c/o Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Blue Funeral Home in Goreville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Stanford was born on February 24, 1924 in Lola, Kentucky to Gobel and Arley (Singleton) Pearson. She married Harry Stanford on November 10, 1941 in Charles, Mo. And he survives. Other survivors include her daughters, Nedra & Ed Shue of Goreville, Linda and Tim Philpott of Torrence, CA, Brenda and John Cosgrave of Joliet, IL; son, Skip Stanford of Joliet, IL; grandchildren, Jay, Jenifer, Ross, Randy and Michelle; five great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Pearson of Mabank, TX; sister, Anna Lee and Art Miskowski of Goreville and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Stanford's hobbies included crocheting and she loved spending time with her great-grandchildren.
Ezra Leo Vineyard
Of Marion, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion.
His wishes were to be cremated. Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel in Joliet, IL. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Myrtle Ashway of Joliet, IL; daughter, Kristina Vineyard of Marion; son, Jerry Vineyard of Marion; grandchildren, Josh Faulkner of Marion, Bre Faulkner of Marion, Amber Hughes of Marion, Zachary Vineyard of Marion and Ashton Vineyard of St. Louis, MO; four brothers and three sisters.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ezra Vineyard; son, Darrell Thomas Vineyard; wife, Linda Vineyard; three brothers and one sister.
Mary Lee Walker
Mary Lee Walker, 84, of Davenport, Iowa died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at her residence.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24, 2003 at the Progressive Baptist Church, Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 23, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, IA, With an Eastern Star service at 6:00 p.m. followed by Daughters of Isis. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, IL.
Memorials to be established.
Mary Lee was born April 19, 1919, in Clinton, Illinois to Thomas and Ora (Exum) Barker. She married Henry Martyn Walker, March 29, 1947 in Joliet, Illinois. He died December 4, 1975.
She was a graduate of the Joliet Township High School in 1939 and the American Baptist College, extension of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA.
Mary Lee worked as a procurement specialist at the Rock Island Arsenal for over 33 years, retiring in 1985.
She was a former member of Mr. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Joliet, IL.
Survivors include her daughters, Geraldine, Marlene (Levell) and Sandra; son, Robert (Dorothy). Grandchildren, Jamie, Cyntra, Sonji, Kenya, Raquita, Annette, Jennifer, France, JR., Megan, Marcus and Mario; four great grandchildren, sisters, Dorothy Fuqua and Pauline Whitfield and Kate Walker; special friend, Lenore Harris, numerous friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and ten siblings.
John H. Downey
Age 86. Passed away Tuesday July 20, 2004 at Silver Cross Hospital.
Survived by special friends Donna Dimmick, Robert Caddy and many other friends.
Preceded in death by his wifes, one son and parents.
Born in Joliet, a lifelong resident. W.W. II Army Veteran. Retired from GAF. John was an avid gardener.
A memorials service will be held, Friday July 23, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home. Interment of ashes, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Visitation Friday, 12:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Diabetes Assoc. would be app.
1500 Black Rd., near Midland