Donald Keckler - (Toulon) - Donald E. Keckler, 83, of rural Toulon died at 4:55pm Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Born March 4, 1918, in Galva to Vernon H. and Mabel Johnson Keckler, he married Velma L. King on Oct. 22, 1943, in Toulon. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Donald (and Carolyn) of Franklin, TN; and two grandchildren.
He was a self-employed farmer until he retired in 1982. He was a member of Stark County Farm Bureau.
He was a member and past noble grand of the Odd Fellows Lodge in West Jersey.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Toulon.
Services will be at 11am Wednesday (3/28) at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Albert Harmon will officiate. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church or the American Heart Association.
Margaret Mahaffey - (Kewanee) - Margaret M. Mahaffey, 86, of Kewanee died at 5:55am Sunday, March 25, 2001 at Kewanee Hospital.
Born March 15, 1915, in Port Byron to Cornelius and Frieda Lippens Lazoen, she married Mose Mahaffey on May 21, 1936, in Toulon. He died Dec.14, 1988.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and one nephew.
Surviving are one sister, Mrs. James (Serena) Traphagan of Wyoming, IL; two nephews, Richard (and Brenda) Lazoen of Stanford and Larry (and Kate) Lazoen of Port Charlotte, FL; and one niece, Mrs. Steve (Mary Ann) Chilausky of Kewanee.
She worked on the family farm from 1937 - 1960.
She was a member of the Flemish American Club in Kewanee, where she served as a bartender for 24 years.
Services will be at 11am Tuesday (3/27) at Rux Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Duane Jack will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Mary Grieve - (Kewanee) -Mary Ethel Grieve, 98, of 730 15th St. East, formerly of Toulon, died at 6:55am Saturday, March 24, 2001, in the Shirley Phillips Home in Kewanee.
Born Sept. 3, 1902, in Toulon Township to Reuben J. and Della Fuller Peterson, she married William Robert Grieve on Dec.4, 1924, in rural Toulon. He died April 30, 1966.
Surviving are two sons, Dean (and Donna) of Toulon and Paul (and Kay) of Buda; three daughters, Katherine Kermeen of Wyoming, IL and Carolyn (and Harry) Foglesong and Evelyn Musselman, both of Toulon; 24 grand-children; 46 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, one grandchild, one brother and three sisters.
She was a homemaker, including in-home care for others. She was a teacher prior to 1924.
She was a former member of the Toulon Rebekah Lodge. She was active in Toulon Home Extension.
She was active in the Toulon Baptist Church and Elmira Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11am Tuesday (3/27) at First Baptist Church in Toulon, where Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation will be private. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Kewanee. DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Toulon Lions Club for work with the blind.
George Stange - (Bradford) - George F. Stange, 79, of Bradford died at 8:15am Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX.
Born March 20, 1922, in Bradford to George Edward and Clara Forbes Stange, he married Ann Behrends on Nov.13, 1948, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Charles of Bradford; two grandchildren; one brother, Francis (and Verna) of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Jean Rosenbaum; two brothers; and two sisters.
A WWII Army infantry veteran, he attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of Bradford American Legion Post 445.
A farmer, he also did custom work and was the owner and operator of a corn shelling business.
He was a member of Stark County Farm Bureau; Wyoming Lodge 479, AF & AM; and Mohammed Temple, Shrine.
He was a member of St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wyoming, where services will be at 10:30am Saturday (3/24). The Rev. Sylvia Mueller will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-4pm and 6-8pm today (3/23) at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford, with a Masonic service at 8pm tonight (3/23). Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Wyoming, where military honors will be accorded by his American Legion post.
Memorials may be made to his church or Bradford Rescue Squad.
Lolita Bewley - (Toulon) - Lolita M. Bewley, 83, formerly of Yates City, died at 8:30am Sunday, March 18, 2001, at Toulon Health Care Center in Toulon, where she was a resident.
Born Oct.10, 1917, in Glasford to Oscar and Minnie M. Sonnemaker Slone, she married James Bart Bewley on Nov.25, 1938 in Bowling Green, KY. He died Feb.1, 1998.
Four brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, J. Boyd (and Christine) of Yates City; one daughter, Mrs.Jimmy (Brenda) Shelley of Toulon; and five grandchildren.
She was a lifelong teacher in the Glasford area before retiring.
She was a 50-year member of Glasford Order of the Eastern Star, Philippine Chapter. She also was a member of Peoria County Homemakers and the Peoria County Farm Bureau.
She was a member of Glasford United Methodist Church, where services will be at 11am Wednesday (3/21). The Revs. John Simpson and Harry Losey will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight (3/20) at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery in rural Glasford.
Memorials may be made to the Illini Bluffs Scholarship Fund or to Kewanee Hospice.
Norma Timmons - (Wyoming) - Norma A. Timmons, 82, a resident of Debbie Scott's Room & Board, Kewanee, formerly of Wyoming, died at 6:50pm Monday, March 12, 2001, at Kewanee Hospital.
Born Feb.9, 1919, in Princeville to Frank and Maude Williams Carman, she married Thomas Timmons June 16, 1936, in Wyoming. He died Oct. 7, 1982.
She also was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
Surviving are two daughters, Marcia (and Paul) Nothnagel of Clinton and Nancy (and Butch) Blakey of Wyoming; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She owned and operated Wyoming Florist for 18 years, retiring in 1984.
She was a 50-year member of the Wyoming Order of Eastern Star chapter. She was the first woman in the history of the Peoria Skeet & Gun Club to win a class championship, winning the "C" class trophy.
She was a 60-year member of Princeville United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1pm Thursday (3/15) at Wyoming Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before. The Rev. Rex Hendrix will officiate. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church or Wyoming Ambulance Service.
Clyde Hinchee - (Wyoming) - Clyde D. Hinchee, 70, of 511 W. Smith died at 12:06pm Monday, March 12, 2001, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
Born Dec. 1, 1930, in Repton, KY, to Harvey and Ann Elrod Hinchee, he married Linda Hincher on Nov. 7, 1990, in Toulon. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Anna Hinchee of Creve Coeur, Diane Scholty of Spring Bay and Penny Hinchee of Chicago; one son, James of Princeville; five grandchildren; and two brothers, M.T. Nelson of Orange Park, FL, and Don Nelson of Flint, MI.
He worked at Caterpillar for 36 years, retiring in 1987.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be 1pm Friday (3/16) at Wyomiing Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Hamilton will officiate. Visitation will be from 10am-noon Friday (3/16) at Wyoming Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Aaron Snoke - (LaFayette) - Aaron W. Snoke, 76, of LaFayette died at 9:30am Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana.
Born Dec.15, 1924, in Harrisburg, PA, to Samuel and Mabel Snoke, he married Ella M. Hazelwood on March 15, 1958, in Rock Falls. She survives.
Also surviving are five daughters, Anna (and Michael) Vannoy of Mount Zion, Vicki (and John) McRell of LaFayette, Bonnie Eyrich of Erie, Mary Snoke of Morrison and Nancy Copeland of Peoria; two sons, Aaron (and Pam) Wulf Jr. and
Terry (and Jenny) Wulf, both of LaFayette; one sister, Jane Christman of Newburg,PA; one brother, Clarence Snoke of York, PA; 22 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He worked at Hyster in Kewanee for 21 years, retiring in 1986.
He had been the town constable of LaFayette and had operated the LaFayette Water Department for several years.
He was a past member of LaFayette Fire Department and LaFayette Park District Board.
He had served on the board of trustees of the LaFayette FIre Protection District.
Services will be at 7pm Friday (3/9) at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home in Toulon, where visitation will be two hours before. The Rev. Rick Anderson will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the services.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Audrey Grigg - (Wyoming) - Audrey A. Grigg, 68, of Wyoming died at 9:48pm Friday, March 2, 2001, at Waterman Hospital in Eustis, FL.
Born Dec.29, 1932, in Stark County to Duane and Vera Burgess Hollis, she married Raymond Dean Grigg on May 27, 1952, in Wyoming. He died Aug. 28, 1968, in Stark County.
Surviving are one son, Leland of Princeville; two daughters, Jill Marie Grigg of Arcadia, FL, and Kimberly Worth of Fort Ogden, FL; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Streitmatter of Wyoming; and three brothers, Francis Hollis of rural Princeville, Gary Hollis of London Mills and Edward Hollis of North Little Rock, AK.
She worked as an assembler for Trans Technology in Wyoming for many years before retiring.
Cremation has been accorcded, and a graveside service will be at Wyoming Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by Hamitt-Hott Funeral Home in Princeville.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Constance DeRycke - (Kewanee) - Constance C. "Connie" DeRycke, 58, of Kewanee died at 7:50pm, Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Kewanee Hospital.
Born Feb.5, 1943, in Kewanee to Frederick and Catherine Frances Wolfe Thurwanger, she married David C. DeRycke on Nov. 21, 1964, in Kewanee. he survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Dan (and Trina) of Galva and Andrew of Kewanee; four daughters, Sharon DeRycke of Woodhull, Mrs. Matthew (Phyllis) Murphy, of Decatur, and Mrs. Neal (Judy) Post and Jennifer DeRycke, both of Kewanee; one grandson; four brothers, Joe (and Linda) Thurwanger and Bill Thurwanger, both of Peoria, AZ., John (and Kay) Thurwanger of Neponset and Tom (and Linda) Thurwanger of Florida; and nine sisters, Mrs. Larry (Joyce) Young of Everton, AK, Mrs. Leo (Rita) Sulaski of Lubbock, TX, Carole Moates and Pat Bent, both of Kewanee, Mary Bell of Peoria, AZ, Mrs. Alan (Mary) Warrick and Mrs. Jim (Yvonne) Decker, both of Carrollton, TX, Mrs. Gene (Edie) Graham of Hot Springs, AK, and Theresa Pistole of Sacramento, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant brother.
She was a graduate of Black Hawk East College in Kewanee and Western Illinois University in Macomb.
She receved a master's degree in education from Xavier College in Chicago in December 2000.
She was a science teacher at Stark County Junior High School in Wyoming.
She was a former member of Wethersfield High School Booster Club.
She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kewanee, where she served as a minister of communion, was a member of R.I.C.A. and was a former C.C.D. insturctor.
A funeral Mass will be at 9:30am Wednesday (3/7) at her church. The Rev. Duane Jack will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 - 8pm Tuesday (3/6) at Rux Funeral Home in Kewaneee, where a wake service will be at 8pm. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to her church.