• Joliet,  Morris

    Catherine Griparis

    Catherine P. Griparis (Nee Pappas) “Cay” Age 89. Suddenly, Friday January 29, 2016 at home where Cay proceeded to sit down in a chair, closed her eyes, then woke up in the presence of the Lord. Born December 19, 1926 in Joliet, IL and a lifelong Joliet area resident. A graduate of Joliet Junior College with an Associates Degree in Biology. A graduate of Joliet Township High School, Class of 1944. Retired from General Electric in Morris, IL after many years of service as a chemical safety technician. Following her retirement, she took a position with family at the White Hen Pantry on Essington Rd. and Caton Farm Rd. location.…

  • Herrick,  Pana

    Sandra Kay “Sandy” Gibson – October 29, 1946 – January 28, 2016

    Sandra “Sandy” Kay (Dodson) Gibson, age 69, of Pana passed on January 28, 2016, in her home, with her family by her side, after a long battle with glioblastoma. Sandy was born on October 29, 1946 in Hillsboro, Illinois, to parents Nova Edward and Gwendolyn Mae (Neisler) Dodson. She graduated from Nokomis High School in 1964. She then attended Chrysler Academy of Beauty Culture and received her cosmetology license in 1970. She married Richard Gibson on October 4, 1969 and they had two children. Sandy is survived by her husband, Richard Gibson (Pana, IL), their children, Tammy Nohren (husband Grant Nohren) and Tim Gibson (wife Annell Gibson), 5 grandchildren (Matthew,…

  • Aurora

    Edward A. Ziemian

    Edward Ziemian (Whitey), 93 of Aurora, will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends. He passed away January 22, 2016, at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. Whitey was a very devoted husband to his beloved wife “Lois” Lois Mae Ziemian (McFarland) who passed away in November of 2014. Whitey is survived by his daughter Sue (Randy) Johnson; and Allen “Butch” (Carol) Ziemian and Lois’s daughters Kathi (Rich) Imbo and Sue Nikodem and sons Mike (Linda) McFarland and Bill (Kristi) McFarland. Married to Lois for forty‐one years, Whitey became the true patriarch who loved, laughed and warmed the hearts of his blended family. Seventeen grandchildren, twenty‐four…

  • Abingdon,  Galesburg

    Mrs. Cheryl Marie (Hills) Porter, Abingdon Chapel

    68 of Abingdon, passed away at 2:22 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born November 10, 1947 in Abingdon, the daughter of Virgil R. and Elnora June Harmon Hills.  She married Donovan Porter on October 12, 1968 in Galesburg and they later divorced. Cheryl is survived by two sons, Brian (Kristiana) Porter, Sr. and Chris Porter both of San Diego, California; seven grandchildren, Riley, Brian Jr., Nicholas, Amber, Caitlyn, Hailey, and Chelsea; one sister, Catherine Hills of Abingdon; one brother, Clinton (Linda) Hills of rural Galesburg; her sister-in-law, Teresa Hills of rural Abingdon; and nieces, nephews, cousins and their…

  • Naperville,  Plainfield

    Merilee Ann Skaar – August 17, 1948 – January 20, 2016

    Merilee Ann Skaar, age 68, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, was born on August 17, 1948 in Ithaca, NY. On January 20, 2016, Merilee passed away peacefully at her home. She is survived by her loving children, Kristi (Douglas) Hamelberg and Eric (Heather) Skaar; her cherished grandchildren, Chloe and Lucas Hamelberg and Ella and Hannah Skaar; her dear brother, Michael (Ginny) Smith and dear sister Tracey Smith; her nephew and niece, Jake and Jessie Tribbey; as well as her faithful Shih Tzu, Lexie, and a lifetime of good friends. Merilee earned her bachelors degree in physical education from Gettysburg College. She took extreme pride in operating her successful crafting…

  • Anna

    Tammie H. Bachtel-Curtis

    Tammie H. Bachtel-Curtis, 56, of Anna, and formerly of Ravenna, Ohio, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Anna. View Full Notice → Tammie H. Bachtel-Curtis

  • Alpha,  Woodhull

    Larry Loving

    Larry D. Loving age 66, of Alpha, Illinois died Friday January 29, 2016 at home. Private graveside and military services will be Tuesday February 2, 2016 at the Calvary Lutheran Cemetery in New Windsor, IL. Visitation is from 5 – 7 PM Monday at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha where a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com He was born May 21, 1949 in Aledo, Illinois to Roy and Dessal Harter Loving. He was raised by his mother and step-father Warren Vance and attended the Aledo schools. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran Sea Bee serving in the Vietnam War. Larry married…

  • Freeport

    Diekelman, Ada

    Ada Diekelman 1937—2016 Ada Jane Diekelman, 78, of Plover passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the Portage County Health Care Center in… View Full Notice → Diekelman, Ada

  • Decatur

    Evey-Hicks, Jayne Evelyn

    FORSYTH — Jayne Evelyn (Willcockson) Evey-Hicks (76) of Forsyth, IL, born May 26, 1939 in Dunkirk, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and minister at DMH in Decatur, IL on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. View Full Notice → Evey-Hicks, Jayne Evelyn

  • Kankakee County

    Cyndy Jean VanNamen

    Cyndy Jean VanNamen, 60, of Bourbonnais, passed away Saturday (Jan. 23, 2016) at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1955, in Kankakee, the daughter of Rodney and Patricia Atkinson Ohm. Cyndy was a registered nurse in labor and delivery for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. She also had worked at Rush Hospital in Chicago. She was a graduate of Marian College in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Cyndy was a member of Westview Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was very active in her work and in her church. Surviving are one son, Joshua and Kari VanNamen, of Elmhurst; daughters, Leah VanNamen, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; her…

  • Joliet,  Morris

    Edward Czyzewicz

    Edward D. Czyzewicz “Denny” Edward D. Czyzewicz, age 57, of Joliet, has found comfort with the Lord in the garden of his dreams on Thursday, January 28, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Loving husband of 32 years to Cheryl (Plikuhn) Czyzewicz; cherished father of Kayli, Austin, and Morgan; devoted son of Edna Januska and the late Edward S. Czyzewicz; fond son-in-law of Beverly and the late Edward Ester; dear brother of the late Steve Davenport, Carl (Teresa) Davenport, Debbie Czyzewicz, and Denise (Dave) Fudacz; special brother-in-law to Teri Wisdom, Nancy Hamik, Mary Jo (Gary) Grossi, the late Billy (Sandy) Plikuhn, Lora Lewis, Pam Humphrey and Maria Ester. Also a cherished…