George P. Kellerman
Mr. George P. Kellerman, of Mt. Prospect, formerly of the Pinckneyville area, departed this life at his residence on Saturday, December 7, 2002, surrounded by his family. He was 78.
George was born at Todds Mill on February 14, 1924, the son of George and Rose (nee Kurtz) Kellerman. He was united in marriage to Agnes Grzegorek at Posen on October 18, 1947 and she survives his passing.
Mr. Kellerman retired from the Navy in 1967 after serving 24 years, his last assignment being at the Glenview Naval Air Station. While serving in WW II, the ship that he was assigned to (LCI-782), was involved in the Battle of Okinawa. Upon leaving the service, Mr. Kellerman was employed at the Kitchens of Sara Lee in Deerfield for 20 years. At the time of his retirement, George held the position of Quality Control Manager.
Mr. Kellerman was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Mt. Prospect, Knights of Columbus Fr. Dussman Council #3731, the VFW and the Moose Lodge of Mt. Prospect. He enjoyed his hobbies of gardening, traveling, cooking and especially baking. Family and Friends fondly remember his delicious breads, cookies, pies and cakes.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 55 years, Agnes Kellerman of Mt. Prospect; two daughters, Patricia Allison and husband Thomas of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Sharon Faltemeir and husband Edward of Mililani, Hi; one son, Mark Kellerman and wife Sandra of Palos Heights; five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Timothy, Stacy and Matthew; other relations and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Paul, James and Charles.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church at Todd's Mill on Thursday, December 12 at 10 a.m. with Fr. James Van Oss officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Friends called at the Campagna Funeral Home of Nashville on Wednesday from 4 until 8:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m.
Vigil prayer services were held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeastern Illinois.
Albert Geroge Kravec
Albert 'Al' George Kravec, age 58, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died Thursday, December 26, 2002.
Albert was born in Granite City on April 9, 1944, son of Andrew and Marie (Lesko) Kravec. he served with the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a data processing programmer and a five-year resident of Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Waligorski of Las Vegas; son, James of St. Louis, Mo.; daughters, Callie of Las Vegas, Nev. and Sally of St. Louis, Mo. and sisters, Marie Adamick and Julie Becker, both of Collinisville.
His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held on January 2, 2003 at St. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church in Las Vegas. A memorial service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City on January 31 at 11:30 a.m.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation (1-800-93-2837) or the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Barbara Ann Graham Kronk
Barbara Ann Graham Kronk, 69, of Jefferson City, Missouri, formerly of Du Quoin, passed away on December 9, 2002 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Barbara attended school in Du Quoin and was a graduate of Du Quoin High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her Master of Science in Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis. She taught school at Granite City, Illinois for a number of years before moving to Jefferson City, Missouri, where she had been employed with the Jefferson City Public School system for over thirty years until her retirement. She taught Remedial Reading at South School, Southwest School, East School, Gordon School, and West School in the elementary grades. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Cole County Retired Teachers Association, the Missouri State Retired Teachers Association, the American Early Childhood Association, and the Cole County Historical Society where she served as a docent for the Cole County Historical Society. She was also a member of the Adult 7 and the Koinoina Classes of the First Baptist Church, member of the Friendship Singers, the Adult Senior Council, Representative of the Concord Association for the First Baptist Church, member of the Mission Development Committee, and the Missouri Baptist Historical Commission. She had also been with several Ministry Teams of the church, including the Homebound Ministry, the Sunday Visitation Ministry, the Caring Hands Ministry, and the Baptism Ministry. She had been very active with the Missions of the church, being a Mission Kids Teacher, member of the Missions Committee, and a member of the Women's Mission Union. She had been a second grade teacher of the Sunday School Class. She had done missionary work in China and Alaska, having been to China on six different occasions. She had also been active with the Meals on Wheels program.
She was born July 26, 1933 at Benton, Illinois, the daughter of Preston Frazier and Stella (Gilliam) Graham.
She is survived by two sisters - Maribel McMillan of Murphysboro, Illinois and Linda Sue Rolando of Alamo, Texas and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Dr. Doyle Sager and Rev. David Phelps officiating. Graveside services were conducted on Sunday, December 15, 2002 at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Du Quoin with Rev. Gary Pate officiating.
Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Du Quoin.
Friends may make memorials to the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Searby Funeral Home of Du Quoin was in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Helen Kuberski
Barbara Helen Kuberski, 87, of Tamaroa, passed away at 1:43 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2002 at St. Mary's Health Center in Clayton, Missouri.
Barbara was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa.
She was born October 25, 1915 at Radom, IL, the daughter of Leo and Josephine (Sodka) Rybacki.
She married Louis A. Kuberski on May 16, 1933 at Radom, IL and he preceded her in death on June 16, 1994.
She is survived by four sons - Paul Kuberski Sr. and wife Caroline of Tamaroa, Jerry Kuberski and wife Cindy of Union City, TN, Clarence Kuberski of Tamaroa, and James Kuberski and wife Cathy of Mulkeytown, two daughters - Helen Perjak and husband Jerome of Ashley, and Bernice Frost and husband Lawrence of Cahokia, IL, one sister - Theresa Sturgis of Richview, IL, one half sister - Irene Miller of Wynne, AR, three brothers - Joe Rybacki of Cahokia, IL, Ed Rybacki of Mount Vernon, IL, and Louie Rybacki of St. Louis, MO, two half brothers - Leonard Rybacki of Du Quoin and Eugene Rybacki of Du Quoin, eighteen grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son - Lawrence Joseph Kuberski in 1952, two brothers - Frank and Tony, and two sisters - Mary and Clara.
Funeral services were at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa with Msgr. Melvin Vandeloo officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Monday at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.
Rosary was said at 7 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Tamaroa.
Friends may make memorials to Masses.
Blanche Lemmon, 89, of Tamaroa, passed away at 7:18 P.M., Thursday, December 26, 2002 at Fair Acres Nursing Home in Du Quoin.
Blanche was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tamaroa and Pinckneyville Eastern Star.
She was born December 23, 1913 at Tamaroa, IL, the daughter of Ed and Ethel (Brown) Smith.
She married William R. Lemmon on April 14, 1933 at Pinckneyville, IL and he preceded her in death on October 17, 1983.
She is survived by one daughter - Mary Ann Brandon of Tamaroa, one son - William Ray Lemmon and wife Carolyn of Marion, one sister - Vivian Lewis of Du Quoin, five grandchildren - Alexis Wilson, Chad and Brad Morgenthaler, Dustin Brandon, and Melinda Lemmon, and four great-grandchildren - Justin, Lindsey and Matt Blue, and Gordon Wallin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son - Larry Lemmon, one brother - Everett Smith, and two half sisters.
Funeral services were at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, December 29, 2002 at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa with Rev. Raymond Baggott officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Saturday at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.
Interment was in the Mueller Hill Cemetery at Pinckneyville.
Friends may make memorials to the First Baptist Church of Tamaroa.
Alice Marek, 96, of Du Quoin, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 12:15 a.m. at Marshall Browning Hospital.
Mrs. Marek had worked in the Lard Room at the Packing Plant. She was a member of Greenwood Methodist Church.
She was born April 2, 1906 in Elkville, the daughter of William W. and Berthena Ann (Powell) Watson. She married William Waller in 1924 at De Soto and he preceded her in death on September 22, 1944. She then married Frank Marek on April 27, 1959 at Du Quoin and he preceded her in death on March 27, 1995.
Surviving are two sons, Andrew Waller of Crossville, Tenn. and William Waller of Dewey, Ariz; four daughters, Wilma Johnson of Du Quoin, Roberta Swisher of Mulkeytown, Sharon Louis of Pinckneyville and Karen Waller of Du Quoin; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one son, Raleigh; three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at Neal-McClure Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Morgan officiating. Interment was in IOOF Cemetery at Du Quoin.
Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Neal-McClure Funeral Home in Du Quoin and from 7:30 a.m. until time of services on Monday.