Lois Parker, 86, of Indianapolis, formerly of Versailles, Indiana, passed away, Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Morristown Manor in Morristown. She was born in Elmira, Illinois on August 19, 1917, the daughter of Charles and Marian Grieve Welch. She was married to Robert Parker on August 2, 1941. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1988.
She was a 1935 graduate of Kewanee High School and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in business. She was a homemaker and had worked as a secretary at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles from 1967 to 1983.
She was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles and was a life member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by three sons, Richard (Linda) Parker, of Morristown, Indiana, Jack (Theresa) Parker, of Versailles, Indiana, and William Parker, of Indianapolis; eleven grandchildren; and one sister, Charlotte Wilkinson, of Wyoming, Illinois.
Funeral services were Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles. The Reverend Mike Hendrix officiated. Burial was in the Cliff Hill Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation was Friday, April 16 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. American Legion services were at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Robert and Lois Parker Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home at box 84, Versailles, Indiana 47042.
Edith A. Miller Manwarren, 86, of Princeville, died at 12:37 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2004, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria.
Born December 18, 1917, in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of Elmer and Estella DeFraties Smith, she married Russell P. Miller on April 29, 1934, in Winchester, Illinois. He died on July 20, 1967, in Princeville. She then married Lynn Manwarren on May 17, 1969, in Princeville. He died on March 17, 1977, in Princeville.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy (Frank) Kerrn, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Barbara (Earl, Jr.) Gum, of East Peoria, Illinois; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Maxine Hendricks, of Peoria, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, one brother, two sisters and one grandson preceded her in death.
She worked at Christ’s Bakery and The Whip, both in Princeville, and also was a cook at Princeville High School for several years before retiring. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Princeville.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery, Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service.
Thomas “Butch” Blakey, 63, of 506 N Galena Ave, died at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in rural Essex Township in Stark County.
Born March 6, 1941, in Stark County, the son of Thomas and Lona Reed Blakey, he married Nancy Timmons on December 13, 1959, in Princeville.
She survives, along with his parents of Wyoming, one daughter, Kim (Mark) Plumer of Wyoming, two grandchildren, Jacob and Tiffany Plumer, and three sisters, Barb Turner of Wyoming, Karen (Tom) Rachel of LaLuz, New Mexico, and Kathy (Irven) Senders of Cromwell, Indiana.
A member of UAW 974, he worked for Caterpillar for many years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and his grandchildren.
Funeral services were at noon Friday, April 9, 2004 at Wyoming Funeral Home. Visitation was from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of services. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wyoming Ambulance Service or to Kewanee Hospital Hospice.
Donna Vinavich, 71, of Toulon, Illinois, formerly of Kewanee, died at 8:45 a.m., Thursday, April 8 2004 at her home.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a private graveside service an inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Vinavich was born on September 14, 1932 in Geneseo, Illinois, the daughter of John and Laura (Jacobs) Johnson. She married Charles Vinavich on July 5, 1955 in Cambridge, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 21, 1977. Survivors include, two sons, Farley Vinavich of Kewanee and Rich Vinavich of Toulon, one daughter, Mrs. (Robert) Deanne Taylor of Toulon, five grandchildren, Rachael Kessinger, Tracey, Jeff and Marty Vinavich and Mrs. (Brent) Sadie DeWolfe, nine great grandchildren, two brothers, one sister and her lifelong friend, Donna Williams. She is also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bernard Johnson.
Mrs. Vinavich had been a homemaker all of her life. She was an avid Fighting Illini, Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bears fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences may be left a
Glenn V. Streitmatter, 82, formerly of rural Speer, died at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Toulon Health Care Center, where he was a resident.
Born September 25, 1921, in Princeville, Illinois, the son of Peter and Emma Kupfer Streitmatter, he married Daralene Cave Hagberg on September 25, 1966, in Edelstein. She died July 6, 1999, in Speer.
Surviving are one daughter, Sharron (Michael) Ryan, of Edelstein, Illinois; four sisters, Sadie Streitmatter and Viola Streitmatter both of Princeville, Elma Brown, of Jacksonville, Illinois, and Laura Hartness, of Peoria, Illinois; one granddaughter, Vickie Williams, of Chillicothe, Illinois; two great-grandsons, Krystopher Williams and Tracy Williams both of Chillicothe, several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several great-great nieces and great-great nephews. His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
He farmed in the Princeville area retiring in 1990. He was a former member of the Kewanee Moose Lodge. He also was a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Mr. Walter Herrmann officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to funeral services. Burial was in Blue Ridge Cemetery, rural Edelstein.
Memorial contributions may be made to Toulon Health Care Center in memory of Glenn Streitmatter or Wyoming Ambulance Service.
Robert E. Pullen, 82, of Princeville for the past nine years, formerly of Dunlap, died 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2004, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where he was admitted on March 28, 2004.
Born April 12, 1921, in Peoria County, Illinois, the son of William and Lillie Turner Pullen, he married Erma J. Mankle on July 31, 1942, in Kahoka, Missouri. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Billy E. (Louise) Pullen, of Princeville, Illinois, and Robert C. (Jean) Pullen, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Grace Lemm, of Peoria, Illinois. His parents, four sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
He was a graduate of Dunlap High School. He was a pipefitter in the maintenance department at Caterpillar Tractor Company for 43 years, retiring in 1982. He was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a lifetime member of the Dunlap American Legion Post. He also was a member of the Alta Lodge #748, AF&AM, and the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, with Masonic Services at 7 p.m. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, with military graveside services by his American Legion Post.
Memorial contributions may be made to Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service or Prospect United Methodist Church.
Albert L. Gruner, 87, of Chillicothe, Illinois, formerly of rural Princeville, died at 3:20 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, where he had been a patient for about two weeks.
Born July 29, 1916, in Akron Township, Peoria County, Illinois, the son of Leroy Gruner and Maria Fritz Gruner, he married Pauline A. Wishall on February 17, 1943, in Chillicothe. She survives.
Also Surviving are two sisters, Evelyn (Ted) Goffrier of Princeville, Illinois, and Viola Bateman, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.
He was a co-pilot in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, serving in the European theater. While stationed in England he flew 35 missions over Germany, France and Yugoslavia. After the war he was a pilot for the Princeville Stone Company and served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1979. He operated the family farm, raising sheep from 1960 to1981, and was also an Independent Insurance agent for Blackhawk Insurance Company from 1960 to 1990.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Princeville, where he had served on various boards. He was also a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, Peoria County Water & Soil Conservation, and former member of the Peoria County Lamb and Wool Producers Association.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church, Princeville. The Reverend Harry Losey officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home and also from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lacon.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Chillicothe Rescue 33, or Historical Association of Princeville.
James F. “Jim” Carter, 93, of 141 Junior Avenue, Kewanee, Illinois, formerly of West Jersey, died at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee.
Born May 30, 1910, in West Jersey Township, Stark County, Illinois, the son of Charles Leroy and Daisy Nadine Finley Carter, he married Camilla Frances Slygh on August 9, 1944, in rural Toulon. She died January 11, 2002, in Kewanee.
Surviving are one sister, Edith Lorena Ballentine, of Galesburg, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, one son, Andrew Millar Carter, one brother, Walter Carter, and four sisters, Esther Spencer, Evelyn Rosenbaum, Ethel Emery, and Elnora Jean Priest preceded him in death.
He was a 1928 Toulon Township High School graduate and he received his Associates Degree from Blackburn College in 1935. He worked for 20 months as a Farm Bureau dairy technician in Rockford, IL, and then he returned home to assume farming duties at the family farm in 1937. In 1955, he began a 22-year career as a West Jersey Grade School bus driver and additionally as custodian in 1961, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of the former West Jersey Odd Fellows Lodge, Stark County Farm Bureau, and a lifelong member of the West Jersey United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, at West Jersey United Methodist Church. Rodger Cowser officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon. Cremation followed the funeral services and burial of ashes will be in West Jersey Cemetery, West Jersey, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Lois E. Higgs, 94, of Princeville, died at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton, where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.
Born April 15, 1909, in Monica, Illinois, the daughter of Ernest and Mabel Leaverton LaMay, she married Paul D. Higgs on June 21, 1933 near Monica.
He survives, along with two sons, Donald Paul (Margie) Higgs, of Rochelle, Illinois, and Richard Harold (Kathy) Higgs, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and one daughter, Marilyn (Brian) Telander of Cuba, Illinois, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. One brother, Lloyd LaMay, and one great-granddaughter, Cora Lee Higgs, preceded her in death.
A graduate of Normal Teacher’s College, Normal, Illinois, she first taught at Trivoli Grade School. She then taught at Edelstein Grade School, and later became Principal. She retired as a first grade teacher at Laura Grade School in 1972. In 1991, she received the WPEO Senior Citizen Award in recognition of her outstanding public service to central Illinois. She was a member of the Princeville Women’s Club, former member of Garden Grove Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and Peoria County Home Extension. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent, and president of the Women’s Missionary Society.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at her church. Rev. Harry Losey officiated. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial was in the Princeville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church
Marian R. Hinshaw, 95, formerly of rural Dunlap, died at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Apostolic Christian Skylines, Inc., Peoria, where she was a resident.
Born September 12, 1908, in Princeville, Illinois, the daughter of Alva and Olivia Kuntz Ricketts, she married Harold Hinshaw on December 15, 1934, in Peoria. He preceded her in death August 13, 1967, in Peoria. Also preceding her in death were two brothers and one sister.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry (Mary Jane) Hinshaw, and John (Cheryl) Hinshaw, both of Dunlap, Illinois; two daughters, Judy (Jack) Wilmoth, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Nancy (Jim) Herron, of Dunlap, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Roy Ricketts, of Peoria, Illinois.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Herron Motors in Dunlap for many years and later for Wyoming Motors, Wyoming. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Princeville.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Apostolic Christian Church, Princeville. Ministers of the Church officiated. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Princeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, Inc., 7023 NE Skyline Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61614
Marcia D. O’Neill, 48, of Wyoming, died at 11:11 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2004, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Born April 3, 1955, in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter of Darwin “Bud” and Ada A. Randall Terwilliger, she married Don E. O’Neill on April 14, 1973, at the Methodist Church in Wyoming, Illinois. He survives.
Surviving are her parents of Wyoming, Illinois; two daughters, Stephanie Ward, of Springfield, Illinois, and Terri (Ryan) Farrell, of Oswego, Illinois; two sons, Andrew O’Neill and Randall O’Neill, both at home; three grandchildren, Samantha Ward, Miles Ward, and Joseph Farrell; two sisters, Cynthia (Bob) Hanning, of Avon, Illinois, and Rosemary Thomas, of Palm Springs, California; two brothers, Chuck (Debbie) Terwilliger, of Wyoming, Illinois, and Kevin (Paula) Terwilliger, of Concord, California; and several nieces and nephews.
She graduated cum laude from St. Francis School of Nursing with a BSN in December of 1991. She began nursing at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in January of 1992 at 5 Gerlach to September of 1996; White Oaks Center in September of 1996 to October of 1998; OSF Emergency Room in October of 1998 to May of 2002; and OSF Nursing Supervisor in May of 2002 until the time of her death. At OSF, she was part of Six Sigma and was well respected as a mentor to all of her co-workers.
She was a member of Daughter of the American Revolution and was a former member of the 4-H Club. She also was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church. She enjoyed coaching softball and of course was an avid fisherman. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Wyoming. Revs. Robert Rayson and Ralph Ogden will officiate. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at Wyoming Funeral Home, Wyoming. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wyoming Ambulance Service, an education fund for her grandchildren at CEFCU, or Susan G. Komen Breast Center, Peoria.
Diane M. Rickey, 46, of Princeville, died at 3:20 p.m., Friday, March 19, 2004, in the emergency room at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
Born August 9, 1957, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of James and Betty Sheely Jenkins, she married Robert L. Rickey, Jr. on June 21, 1975, in Princeville. He survives.
Also surviving is her mother, Betty (Richard) Close, of Belleview, Florida; one son, James Robert “Jamie” Rickey of Princeville, Illinois, one daughter, Tara Michelle (Nicholas) Davies of Creve Coeur, Illinois; one granddaughter, Jordyn Nicole Davies; two brothers, Rod (Patti) Jenkins, of Princeville, Illinois, and Dale (Lisa) Jenkins,of Loughborough, Swithland, England. Her father preceded her in death.
She and her sister-in-law cleaned homes in the Princeville area, and she also worked for her brother at the Butcher Block in the Metro Center, Peoria. She most recently worked at the Village Bake Shop, Princeville, for the past two years, until it’s closing on December 24, 2004. She was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church.
Cremation has been accorded and memorial services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, at Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home. Burial of ashes will be in the Princeville Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron/Princeville Ambulance Service.
Luella Stuck Cline, 89, a lifelong resident of rural Dunlap, died 9:55 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004, at her residence.
Born February 21, 1915, in Dunlap, Illinois, the daughter of Rollin R. and Bessie Harlan Stuck, she married Donald E. Cline on August 21, 1943, in Dunlap. He died March 19, 1979. Also preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters.
Surviving are three sons, Robert (Bunni) Cline of Peotone, Illinois, John Cline, of rural Dunlap, Illinois, and Lynn Cline, of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Ardith (Everette) Simpson, of Bloomington, Illinois; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Illinois State University in 1940 and taught in the Sullivan, Kelly Avenue, and Banner Elementary Schools for several years. She was a member of the Peoria Area Retired Teachers Association, the Illinois State University Geography Tripper’s Club, and the Peoria County Farm Bureau. She was the church historian for the Prospect United Methodist Church, Dunlap, where she was a lifelong member.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Prospect United Methodist Church. Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral services on Thursday. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Dunlap.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church or Dunlap Fire Department.
Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements.