Geraldine L. Hatfield
ELIZABETH -- Geraldine Lucille Hatfield, 84, of Elizabeth died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, in University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis.
Geraldine was born Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1919, to Orville and Thelma (Paynter) Kuhns in Hanover. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, Class of 1937. Geraldine married C.J. Gordon Hatfield on Jan. 20, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. Mr. Hatfield died Jan. 2, 1992, in Elizabeth.
Geraldine was a farm wife who she worked for 10 years at Eaton Corporation. She was the director of the Northern Illinois Agency on Aging, and worked at the senior center in Galena. Following her work at the senior center, Geraldine was the Assistant Secretary at the Extension Office. In 1985, Geraldine took over the duties at the Elizabeth Public Library. She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she participated in Dorcas Circle, Altar Guild and Lutheran Women's Missionary Society.
Geraldine was a member of Apple River Historic Fort Foundation, Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce and Derinda Home Extension Unit. She helped start Elizabeth Historical Society. She led the 4-H Club for 20 years, and was a founder of Stepping Stones Grief Support Group of Jo Daviess County. Geraldine directed the foodstand at the Elizabeth fairgrounds.
She enjoyed dancing, ceramics, music, reading, doing crossword puzzles in her spare time, and especially spending time with her loving family.
Geraldine is survived by two daughters, Sharon Hatfield of Chesterfield, Mo., and Sunny (David) Hughes of Oregon; four sons, William (Mae Ann) Hatfield and Robert Hatfield, both of Elizabeth, Jerald (Barbara) Hatfield of Warren and Richard (Mary) Hatfield of Rockton; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, William Kuhns of Loran; and a sister, Betty (Joe) Pash of Hanover.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gordon.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elizabeth with the Rev. Kenneth R. Arndt officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hanover.
The visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Elizabeth.
Memorials may be made in Geraldine's name to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Robert L. Powell
ROCKFORD -- Robert L. Powell, 78, of Rockford, formerly of Freeport, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Wesley Willows in Rockford.
Born Feb. 25, 1926, in Knox, Pa., he was the son of Amos and Mary Louise (Boyd) Powell. Robert and Thelma McIntyre were married Jan. 12, 1952.
He was an insurance agent for almost 30 years.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
His memberships included Excelsior Masonic Lodge, York Rite and White Shrine.
Surviving are his wife of Rockford; son, Howard Powell of Freeport; daughters, Barbara (Paul) Taylor of Esmond and Linda Ditsler of southern Illinois; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
His parents, one brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Cremation rites were accorded and memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Steven Mindrup of Wesley Willows officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, there will be a Masonic service.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Anthony C. Weems
FREEPORT -- Anthony C. "Tony" Weems, 61, of Freeport departed this life on Monday, June 28, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.
He was born to Clyde Weems and Carrie Williams Weems on Oct. 10, 1942, in Laurel, Miss.
Mr. Weems was employed by Burgess Battery and Modern Plating companies.
Anthony and Burnette Manning were married Dec. 15, 1967, in Freeport.
Surviving are his loving wife; one son, George Manning of El Paso, Texas; one daughter, Katrina Manning of Freeport; one goddaughter, Latasha Hicks Manning of Atlanta; one sister, Doris Windstead of Rosell, N.J.; one brother, Jesse Weems of East Orange, N.J.; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Burial will be at City Cemetery in Freeport.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Saturday to time of service at the funeral home.
Jeane Baker Batts
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Funeral services for Jeane Baker Batts, 81, were held Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Raybrook Manor Chapel.
Batts died at the Hospice of Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Her husband, Martin, and her son, John, preceded her in death.
Survivors include Dr. Donald (Mary) Batts of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Gayla Batts (widow of John) of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.; Dr. Martin Batts of Reston, Va. and Ellen (Ed) Jongsma of Freeport.
Grandchildren include Nathan, Christopher (Rachael), Julie (Chris Bol), Kimberley, Michael, Susan, Zachary and Amanda Batts and Stacy (Nate) DeMaster, Tim and Stephanie Jongsma.
Great-grandchildren include Madelyn, Audrey and Ellie Batts.
Jeane was a registered nurse and a former member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit and a member of Third Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo. She volunteered for Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Disaster Relief, The American Red Cross and Hospice of Kalamazoo.
Memorial contributions have been established for the Music Fund of Third Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo or Hospice of Holland Home.
Justin D. Covert
BRODHEAD, Wis. -- Justin Duane Covert, 19, of Brodhead, Wis., passed away Thursday, July 1, 2004.
He was born Dec. 14, 1984, in Monroe, Wis. to David and Jackie (Huffman) Covert.
Justin graduated from Brodhead High School in 2003. He loved the outdoors and especially fishing, coaching and umpiring little league games.
He is survived by his parents, Jackie and David Covert of Brodhead; his maternal grandparents, Marvin and Cathy Huffman and Norman and Violet Truman, both of Brodhead; three brothers, Jason, Jimmy and Jake; and one sister, Jana, all at home.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Roland "Dewey" Covert.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Victor's Catholic Church in Monroe, Wis., with Monsignor Thomas Campion presiding. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead.
A memorial fund will be established.
Roland H. Drayton
FORRESTON -- Roland H. Drayton, 75, of Forreston died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 19, 1929, in Thomas to Asa and Marion (Bruning) Drayton.
Roland married Delores Reinders of Forreston on March 2, 1957. She passed away Jan. 24, 1995.
Roland owned and operated Roland's Service Station in Forreston for 46 years.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Forreston. He enjoyed driving and working on his 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Drayton and Tim (Michelle) Drayton, both of Forreston; four brothers, Lowell (Marilyn) Drayton and Marlow (Wanda) Drayton, both of Walnut, Kennard (Carol) Drayton of Flanagan and Gordon Drayton of Elco, Nev.; and one grandson, Trevor Drayton.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles W. Sensel officiating.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston. Burial will be held at White Oak Cemetery in Forreston.
A memorial has been established for First United Methodist Church in Forreston.
Manie E. McPeek
STOCKTON -- Manie Ellen McPeek, 69, of Stockton died Friday, July 2, 2004, at home.
She was born July 19, 1934, in rural Stockton, daughter of Leon and Manie (Gates) Spencer. She married Kenneth McPeek on Jan. 19, 1952, in Stockton, and they farmed together their entire married life.
She was a 1952 graduate of Stockton High School, a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Society, JoDaviess County Farm Bureau for 21 years, and the share person for the women's committee and the state women's committee for six years. She was a leader for the Willow 4-H Club, Home Extension, Associated Milk Producers both local and district, and the FFA Board.
She enjoyed sewing and reading.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth McPeek; five sons, Karl (Rhonda) McPeek of Stockton; Todd (Barbara Kepner) McPeek of Freeport; Perry (Roberta) McPeek of Lake Zurich, Mark (Amy) McPeek of Stockton and Ryan (Lana) McPeek of Pearl City; two daughters, Ellen (Roger) Glisan of San Antonio; and Judy (Rick) Rowe of Saratoga, Calif.; one sister, Glenda Leitzen of Stockton; 27 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Jackie McPeek; and one sister, Jewel Spencer.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton. Burial will be at Townsend Cemetery in Stockton.
A memorial fund has been established.
Charles W. Miller
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Charles W. Miller, 73, died Thursday, July 1, 2004, at Monroe Clinic Hospital.
He was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Morris, to Everett P. and Gertrude (Wesley) Miller.
Miller married Arita M. Pester on Nov. 17, 1950, in Elgin.
He is survived by his wife, Arita; two sons, Tim (Darcy) Miller of Freeport and Philip (Elaine) Miller of Janesville; daughter, Cynthia Bell of Evansville, Ind.; five grandchildren, Scott, Jenny, Heather, Jake and Nick; great- grandson, Daniel; sister, Marilyn Larson of Genoa; and a brother, Dean (Mary) Miller of Bradenton, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jeffrey and Daniel Miller; two grandchildren, Jason and Carrie; and one brother, Claire Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Schneider Apfel Schneider and Schneider Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Logan officiating.
Friends may call the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday. The family will be using memorials for the purchase of a headstone.
FREEPORT -- Glayds M. Tielkmeier, 75, of Freeport died Friday, July 2, 2004, at FHN Memorial Hospital.
Tielkmeier was born in Stephenson County on Sept. 11, 1928, to Fred and Mary (Chapman) TerHark.
She married Leo D. Tielkemeier on Dec. 10, 1950, in Ridott. They spent their marriage farming. She also worked in office for Union Dairy and Sieg Ill. Co.
Glayds was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and volunteered for RSVD. She enjoyed time with family, especially the grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Leo; two daughters, Wanda (Dr. Jack) Herrmann of Freeport and Peggy (Grant) Afflerbaugh of Oregon; four brothers, Donald (Lorreta) TerHark of Freeport, Elmer (Lorriane) TerHark of Dakota, Maurice (Corolyn) TerHark of Rockford and Glen (Elaine) TerHark of Winslow; one sister, Alice DeVries of Freeport; and four grandchildren, Anne and Katie Herrmann of Freeport and Matt and Emily Afflerbaugh of Oregon.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Russell.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Memorials are established for Trinity United Methodist Church and Leonard Ferguson Cancer Center.
Jeffrey R. Beam
CEDARVILLE -- Jeffrey R. Beam, 39, of Cedarville died Sunday, July 4, 2004, as a result of a motorcycle accident in rural Dane County, Wis.
Born September 17, 1964, in Freeport, he was the son of Ronald H. and Barbara A. (Baldwin) Beam. He married Jodi L. Boyer on April 4, 1998 in Freeport.
He worked at Freeport Honda/Kawasaki for several years and most recently was working at Perdue Marine.
A remarkable man who was extremely devoted to his family and friends, he especially enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in the woods.
A motorcycle enthusiast, he was a collector of vintage cycles and was a well-respected motorcycle mechanic. He loved his weekend cycle rides with his friends.
Surviving are his wife and parents of Cedarville; three sisters, Wendy J. (Bill) Schmidt of Blanchardville, Wis., Jody L. (Stan) Petta of Freeport, and Rhonda L. (Bruce) Allen of Rockford; grandmother, Isabel Baldwin of Freeport; in-laws, Ron and Karen Boyer of Ridott; brother-in-law, David Boyer of Marshfield, Wis.; four nieces; and five nephews.
His grandparents and brother- in-law, Michael Boyer, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Park Hills Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. Lyle D. Babcock of Richland Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cedarville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Walker Mortuary.
A memorial has been established in his name.
LAGO VISTA, Texas -- Richard "Dick" Halsted, 75, of Lago Vista, Texas, formerly of Warren, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2004.
He wan born Jan. 20, 1929 in Warren to Carroll and Grace (Wainwright) Halsted.
A graduate of Warren High School, he attended Platteville Institute of Technology after serving in the Marine Corp and Army. He received a Civil Engineering degree from University of Illinois in June 1954.
In December 1954, he married Virginia Lee Evans, Seward. Before retiring, Dick worked as city Engineer for the city of Austin, Texas for 18 years and previously in Woodstock, Naperville, and Memphis, Tenn.
While in high school, he was a member of the "Fabulous Five" basketball team that was undefeated until meeting Freeport in the regionals in 1945. He was an intern engineer on the Freeport Junior High building. A project most dear to his heart was his work on the Children's Hospital in Austin.
He served as president of the Austin Branch of the America Society of Civil Engineers from 1975-76. His passion was golf, which he played for 61 years. He made countless lifelong friends as a golfer at Lago Vista Country Club, serving as president of the Men's Golf Association in Lago Vista.
He was elected mayor of Lago Vista from 1989-1991. His hobbies included stone masonry and ceramics, creating countless gifts for family and friends. He was president of the Art League in that city.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger; one daughter, JoAnn (Jim), Jarl; two sons, Randy and Rick (Julie) Halsted; one granddaughter, Jacgue; three grandsons, Jeremy, Jason, Jarl and Jeffrey Halsted; one brother, Carroll (Sharon) Halsted of Green Bay; one aunt, Katharine Wainwright of Rockford and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marguerite; and two brothers, Victor and Raymond.
A Celebration of life service was held at Rolling Hills Community Church in Lago Vista on Friday. Contributions may be made to the building fund at Rolling Hills Community Church and the American Heart Association.