George William Schlung, age 77, of Antioch lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, April 2, 2014. George was born July 28, 1936 to Jack Schlung and Peggy Molidor. He was raised in Round Lake, IL and attended Allendale. He met the love of his life Carol Johnson. They were married for 49 years and together they had four children: Ron (Lori) Schlung, Tyanna (Jeff) Cannata, Charlene (Jack) Rabey and Denise (Jeff) Greinke. He was blessed with nine grandchildren: Jennifer and Michelle Schlung, Alec, Jake and Paige Cannata, Jaime and Ashley Utter, Nicole Lidstrom and Jakob Greinke and one great-granddaugther, Vanna Lidstrom. George is also survived by his sister, Judy (Ray) Richardson and many nieces and nephews. George was a former resident of Round Lake, Fox Lake, and Hainesville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol. George worked at Spinney Run Farms, Ziegler Construction, General Iron and Lake County Grading Company. He also served many years as Trustee and Police Commissioner for the village of Hainesville and was a volunteer at Condell Hospital for many years. He was a die-hard sports fan, avid snowmobiler, and loved playing cards. Most important in his life was his family as he cherished attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events. Friends of the family may visit from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road (Route 120), Grayslake, IL 60030. There will be a visitation from 9:00am until 10:00am Monday, April 7, 2014 at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 265 East Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030, with the funeral service commencing at 10:00am at the church. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to www.relayforlife.org under Team Schlung or to the Mission Endowment Fund at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.

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LeRoy “Ford” “Clem” Clemons, age 68, of Morris, Illinois, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2013, in his home. He was born August 9, 1944 in Starke County, Indiana, the son of the late Jerry and Adie (Bailey) Clemons. LeRoy was raised and educated in Indiana, graduating from Knox High School with the class of 1963. He went on to attend Indiana State University. On November 16, 1962, he entered the United States Army where he would proudly serve his country, a member of the 82 nd Airborne. During his time, he earned the Vietnamese Air medal and was also awarded the Purple Heart. He received honorable discharge on November 18, 1965 and was a reserve until 1968. On October 2, 1966, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, he married Susan Zimpel of Boscobel, Wisconsin. Clem worked for many years with the Hornsby Store Sales/Management Division. He also worked for Wilhelmi Distributing and Kozel Brothers Distributing. He was a member of St. Thomas Church, American Legion and Masonic Lodge of Morris, Illinois. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Lazy Acres. Clem had a great love for baking and grilling. He also was an avid reader of American History. His greatest joy was his children and grandchildren. Even though Ford grew up in a large family of twelve, 6 boys and 6 girls, He grew up in the middle of two girls older and two younger. This was not so easy for a young boy listening to all the girl issues. Ford was a very kind and caring person, giving to others in many ways. He was also very much a big kid at heart, doing fun things and buying those silly junky toys for the grand kids, saying we never had this when I was growing up! Surviving is his wife, Susan; their two children, Teri(TC) (Michael) McCracken of Arvada, Colorado, and Jason, of Morris, Illinois; three grandchildren, Lydia, Ian and Patrick McCracken, all of Arvada, CO.; one brother, Elem (Betty) of Tipton, IN.; five sisters, Pearlie Bottorff of South Bend, IN., Dorothy Hornback of Indianapolis, IN., Brookie Stapleton of Austin, TX., Lorretta (David) Kelly of Plainfield, IN., and Fayetta (Patrick) Younggreen of Michigan City, IN.; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by four brothers, Merdie B, Menifee, John, and Carl; and one sister, Icie Shepherd. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 at the U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:00am in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Morris, Illinois, with Rev. James Steele officiating. Burial will be in Abraham National Cemetery in Elwood with the Morris Color Guard providing military honors. Memorial Contributions may be made in LeRoy’s name to St. Thomas Church, the wounded Warriors project of John Steele Chapter, and the Morris Cardiac Rehab Unit at Morris Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted with U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home LTD in Morris, Illinois. Online condolences can extended to the family by clicking on Clem’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.    

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Glen F. Kinzler, 85, of Morris, Illinois, passed away early Sunday morning, February 17, 2013, in Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on November 24, 1927, in his parents, Frank and Ida Morrken Kinzler’s home in Troy Township, Will County, Illinois. He married the love of his life, A. Faye Gutzman, in Morris, IL. Glen was employed with Federal Paper Board Company in Morris, Illinois, and then with Embassy Care Center in Wilmington, Illinois, before returning to Morris, where he was employed with the Holiday Inn. He enjoyed spending time visiting with his friends and family. He truly found that special feeling that one receives from their grandchildren. Surviving are his four children, Patty (Bill) Lawson of Chenoa, IL., Mike (Kathy) Kinzler of Las Vegas, NV., Tom (Terry) Kinzler, and Kevin (Nancy) Kinzler of Morris, IL.; 10 grandchildren, Willliam E. ( Onawa ) Shepherd, Brandon L. ( Katie ) Shepherd, Jessica, Allysa, Rebecca and Dylan Kinzler, Stephanie ( Calvin ) Coleman, Stephen ( Katie ) Kinzler, Eric ( Courtney ) Ferrara, and Douglas ( Tifanie ) Ferrara; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents; his loving wife, on October 7, 1990; one daughter, Mary Beth Gutzman; one sister; and four brothers. Friends may call on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 5:00-8:00PM, at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL., where funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Scott McClellan of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Glen’s memory directed to the Mosaic Homes in Dwight, IL. Serving as his pallbearers will be William and Brandon Shepherd, Stephanie Coleman, Stephen Kinzler, Eric and Doug Ferrara. Online condolences can be extended to his family by clicking on his name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

View Full Notice → Glen F. Kinzler, 85, of Morris, Illinois, passed away early Sunday morning, February 17, 2013, in Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

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Nolan O. Nelson, 90, formerly of rural Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, November 9, 2012, in his home , with his loving family by his side. He was born on May 27, 1922 in Morris, Illinois, the son of Sidney and ArlotteBrewe Nelson. He received his education in the Morris schools and graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1940. He was past president and member of the Morris Chapter F.F.A., and was elected to the State Farmer Degree, presented with a gold key, the badge of the organization at a state F.F.A. meeting at the University of Illinois on June 17, 1941. He married Louise Trenter on January 31, 1953 in the First United Methodist Church in Morris, illinois. With his wife, they owned and operated the Sandwich Grain Company in Sandwich, Il. for 27 years. Together they farmed in Saratoga Township all their married life. They enjoyed riding their bikes though the country side, playing golf, and at the age of 68, he learned to fly, then built and flew his ultralight airplane for many years. Nolan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, served as a leader with the Saratoga 4-H, and served on the Saratoga Grade School Board of Education. His hobby was showing Hereford cattle and Southdown Sheep at county and state fairs and National Livestock expositions. In 1950, he proudly showed and won with Baca Royal, his 1100 pound grand Champion Hereford steer at the Chicago International, Springfield, IL., Kansas City Royal, Denver Co., San Francisco, CA. He ended up winning and selling Baca Royal, setting the record price for a steer at the Ogden Utah Live Stock Exposition. Surviving is his loving wife of over 59 years, Louise, and their children, Lynn and her husband Alan Muir, Sid and his wife, Debra Nelson; two grandsons, Michael and Daniel Nelson; two great granddaughters, Faith and Hailey Nelson; one sister, Georgene Anderson; two sister-in-laws, Faye Nelson and Bertie Nelson.; his faithful companion” Tootsie “ ; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, and two brothers , Sherwood Nelson and Dr. Dale Nelson. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11:00 a.m. , with Rev. Scott McClellan of the First United Methodist Church officiating at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL. Interment will follow in Saratoga Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Nolan’s memory directed to Transitions Hospice, 12040 Raymond Court, Hundley, IL. 60142. Online condolences can be made to the family by clicking on Nolan’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

View Full Notice → Nolan O. Nelson, 90, formerly of rural Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, November 9, 2012, in his home

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August B. Black passed away on October 20, 2012. August (Augie) was born in Morris, Illinois on August 1, 1915, the son of Frank Black and Kate (Ryan) Black. Augie graduated from Morris High School in 1933. He attended St. Viator’s College and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1940. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1940. He served 51 months in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Special Military Intelligence Agent. Visitation will be at Immaculate Conception Church, 516 East Jackson Street in Morris, Illinois, from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Church will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Morris. Augie and his brother, John Black, formed the law partnership of Black & Black in 1947, and Black & Black has continued with sons George, Frank, Donald, Richard, James, and grandsons, Timothy and Bryan Black. Augie Black was elected State’s Attorney of Grundy County in 1948. He was re-elected 3 times for 16 years of public service. He became President of the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association. Augie married Marie Weber of Bellwood, Illinois on October 19, 1944. He is survived by Marie and their 9 children: George, Don, (Kathy), Frank, Jean, Ed, Linda, Jim (Marifran), Michael (Tricia), and Richard. Also surviving are his sister, Sister Lorraine Black, Sisters of The Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Augie was preceded by his parents; his sisters Alice Watters, Marie Watson, Agnes Olson; Sister Antonella and Sister Anna, Sisters of the The Holy Cross; and his 3 brothers, George, John and Ed. Augie was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Grundy County Historical Society, Union League Club of Chicago, The Thoreau Society, Knights of Columbus, American Chesterton Society and Immaculate Conception Church. As a lawyer he was a member of the Grundy County Bar, Illinois State Bar, Wisconsin State Bar, and American Bar Association. He maintained his law license for 72 years. He authored “My Briefs on Life,” a booklet of quotations. Any memorial can be to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted with U.C Davis and Sons LTD., 301 West Washington Street, Morris Illinois. On line condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Mr. Black’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

View Full Notice → August B. Black passed away on October 20, 2012. August (Augie) was born in Morris, Illinois on August 1, 1915, the

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Kathleen M. Gonnam, 92, formerly of rural Verona, Illinois, passed away peacefully, Sunday, October 14, 2012, in St. Paul’s Nursing Home in Greenville, PA., with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 29, 1919 in the home of her parents, Oliver and Vietta Woods Madison in Mazon Township, Grundy County, Illinois. She received her education in the Mazon schools and graduated from Mazon High School with the Class of 1936. She attended Gregg Business College in Chicago, Illinois, and later on was employed as a secretary. Kathleen married the love of her life, Byrl Gonnam, on January 7, 1939 in the parsonage of the First United Methodist Church in Morris, Illinois. With her loving husband, they farmed for over 40 years in Vienna Township in Grundy County. She was a member of the Verona Methodist Church, and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Norman Homemakers Club, and the Home Bureau unit in Norman Township. Surviving is her son Kerry, and his wife, Donna Gonnam of Meadville, PA.; and her four granddaughters, Jorie and her husband Brian Novacek of Erie, PA., Sarah and her husband, Chris Ward, Nashua, N. H., Susan and her husband, Greg Beato, Blacksburg, VA.; and Robin and her husband, Jack Goodman, Kalamazoo, MI.; one great grandson, Hunter Ward; one great granddaughter, Allison Novacek; one brother, Norman and his wife, Doris Madison, Mazon, IL.; two sister-in-laws, Gwendolyn Gonnam, Morris, IL. and Jean Wooden, Verona, IL.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, and her husband, Byrl, on February 28, 1997. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 19, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jill Bunker of the Verona Methodist Church officiating at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Kathleen’s memory directed to St. Paul Homes, 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, PA. 16125 or the Alzheimer’s Association. On line condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Kathleen’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Mrs. Joseph ( Norma Lee Fisher ) Corsello, 75, of Morris, Illinois,passed away peacefully, early Wednesday morning, October 3, 2012 in her home, with her loving husband and family by her side. She was born on October 14, 1936 in the home of her parents, Frank C. and Gertrude Ellis Fisher, in Ridge Farm, Illinois. She was the fourth of five children. Norma was raised and educated in rural Vermilion County, Illinois, and graduated from Armstrong High School with the Class of 1954. She graduated from Brokaw School of Nursing in Bloomington, Illinois in 1958. She received her B.S.N. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1959. While attending Wesleyan, she met the love of her life, Joseph L. Corsello on a blind date. They were married on November 28, 1959 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Penfield, Illinois. Together, they raised three children in Morris, Illinois. Norma’s nursing career included OB at the Morris Hospital, teaching at the Grundy Area Vocation Center as the first health occupations instructor, and finally as a home health nurse for Quality Home Health. She enjoyed reading, quilting and baking. She was a charter member of the Pieces of the Heart Quilt Guild and active in Friends of the Morris Area Library, and Moms Cookies. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Morris, Illinois. Surviving is her loving husband of over 52 years, Joseph, and their three children, Holly ( Jack ) Howard and Trudy ( Kim ) DesLauriers of Morris, Illinois, and Carter ( Jackie ) Corsello of Bangkok, Thailand; 5 grandchildren, John ( Anna ) Howard, Joseph Howard, Marc and Jackie DesLauriers, and Luke Corsello; one sister, Marty ( Harold ) Edwards; one brother, Carl ( Audrey ) Fisher. She was preceded by Marianne Bridgeland, and her brother, Robert Fisher. Mrs. Corsello will lie in state on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Church, 516 E. Jackson St., Morris, Illinois, and the family will welcome friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, with Rev. Edward J. Howe, CR officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Norma’s memory directed to Immaculate Conception School, Moms Cookies, or Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice. Serving as her pallbearers will be John and Joe Howard, Marc and Jackie DesLauriers, Luke Corsello, Casie Miller, Andrew and Kendal Behrens. Arrangements have been entrusted with U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois, 60450. Online condolences can be extended to her family by clicking her name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Max M. Babcock, 75, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, August 20, 2012, in the Morris Hospital with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born on April 11, 1937 in Morris, Illinois, the son of Clinton LaVerne & Geraldine Murray Babcock. He received his education in the Morris schools and graduated from MCHS with the Class of 1955. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army reserves from October 15, 1960 until he received his honorable discharge on March 30, 1966. Max married his high school sweetheart, Donna K. Kirk, on July 11, 1959 in the First United Methodist Church in Morris, Illinois. He was employed with Federal Paper Board Co. for 13 years and then entered the employment of the City of Morris Police Department, and retired with the rank of Sergeant after offering over 33 years of service to the community in August of 1999, and served as head of security with the Morris Holiday Inn for 20 years. Max was a true American who loved the red, white and blue. He was a Chicago Bears and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed putting puzzles together, spending time visiting with his many friends and family, especially his 10 grandchildren. With his wife, they attended the First United Methodist Church in Morris, Illinois. Max was a member of F.O.P., N.R.A. and D A V. Surviving is his loving wife of over 53 years Donna, and their four children, Derek Babcock of Orlando, Fl., Kirk ( Jeanne ) Babcock of Battle Creek, MI., Brandon ( Marcy ) Babcock of Germantown Hills, IL., and Shawn Babcock of Milwaukee, WI.; ten grandchildren, Lindsey, Max, Curran, & Patrick Babcock, Marie, Hannah, Jacob Babcock, & Samantha, Bryce & Maggie Babcock; two sisters, Betty Williams of Mazon, IL. & Norma ( Duane ) Engelhard of Summit, N.J.; two-sister-in laws, Darva Babcock & Lorraine Babcock of Morris, IL.; and brother-in-law, Kenneth ( Vivian ) Kirk, Lockport, IL. He was preceded by his parents; two sisters, Gwen Newport, & Patricia Plett; two brothers, Lowell & Verne Babcock. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., with the Grundy County Law Enforcement Managers Association Honor Guard present, at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd. 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois, where funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Scott McClellan and Rev. Deborah Percell of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by the Morris Color Guard. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts directed to the First United Methodist Church or Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice. Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on Max’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

View Full Information → Max M. Babcock, 75, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, August 20, 2012, in the Morris Hospital with his

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Brian D. Riley, 33, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 4, 2012, in his home with his family and friends by his side, after a two year courageous and hard fight against Glioblastoma Multiform Grade 4 Brain Cancer. He was born on November 8, 1978 in Morris, Illinois, the son of Donald E. & Brenda L. Jones Riley. He received his education in the Morris schools and graduated from Morris Community High School with the Class of 1997. Brian enjoyed all sports, but his greatest love was playing baseball during his formative years. He was a member of the MCHS 1995 State Champion Baseball team and was awarded the Best Designated Hitter. After his graduation from high school, he continued playing on several softball teams. He also followed the Chicago Bears and was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends, going fishing, playing cards, and shooting pool. A devoted family man, he treasured the time spent with his family, and daughter Sophia Alexa Riley. He is survived by his loving daughter, Sophia Alexa Riley, and her mother, Brian’s special friend, Dorothy Stergiou of Marseilles, Illinois; his parents, Brenda and Don Riley of Morris, Illinois; four sisters, Stacy Ward of Crest Hill, Illinois, Sue ( Mark ) Castanier, Laura ( Bob ) McCullough, & Jennifer Riley, all of Morris, Illinois; one brother, Jim Ward of Florida; paternal grandmother, Mary Riley of Morris, IL.; Uncle Ron Jones of Wilmington, IL.; and Aunt Donna Windell of Tennessee; along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. He was preceded by his maternal grandparents, Josephine & Floyd Jones, and his paternal grandfather, Orville Riley. Friends may call on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL. and on Thursday, August 9, from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Steven Lombardo II of the West Lisbon Church officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Brian’s memory directed to the Brian Riley account at the Grundy County Bank in Morris, Il., or Wilmington, Il., for distribution to local charities of their choosing. Serving as his pallbearers will be Jamie Dedin, Chuck Pruett, Matt Wilkinson, Rick Smith, Brian Darling and Brian Laing. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Brian’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

View Full Information → Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Brian D. Riley, 33, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, August

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. Margaret (Curry) Bednarik, 91, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her home, Saturday evening, July 21, 2012, with her loving children at her bedside. Born November 2, 1920, in Strasburg, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Paul and Ethel (Boyd) Curry. She was educated in Central Illinois Schools and went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in 1941, and a M.S. degree in 1945. In 1945, she married Dalton Bednarik, who preceded her in death in 1964. Margaret was a member of Delta Kappa Pi and Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, education honoraries. She taught Home Economics at Morris Community High School for many years, retiring as Dean of Students and teacher in 1981. She also taught for a short time at St. Angela’s Academy in Morris, Illinois. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Morris, Martha Circle of United Methodist Women, and the MD Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood. She served as a volunteer for “We Care”, coordinator of mobile meals for the Church and Morris Hospital Auxiliary. She was a long time member of the Illinois Rural Carrier Auxiliary and Grundy County Retired Teachers. She especially enjoyed reading, cooking, and being with her family. Surviving are her four children, Edward (Socorro) Bednarik of Bluffton, SC, Beth (Mike) Myers of Butternut, WI, Thomas (Marsha) Bednarik, and John (Sandy) Bednarik both of Morris, IL.; nine grandchildren, Frankie (Susan) Mylott of NC, Jennifer (Stephen) Pierce of AR, Becky (Jay) Cryder of AZ, David (Amelia) Myers of CO, Andy (Farah) Myers of Chicago, IL, Thomas Bednarik of Westchester, IL, Katie Bednarik of Tampa, FL, Stephanie (Dominic) Messina of Morris, and Patrick (Betty) Bednarik of Yorkville, IL.; seven great-grandchildren, Marisa Mylott, Jacob Cryder, Morgan Cryder, Hunter Pierce, Sarah Pierce, Mackenzie Messina and Samir Myers. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, and one great grandson Justin Mylott. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Morris, Illinois, with Pastor Scott McClellan officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the U. C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home LTD., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Margaret’s name to the Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice or the First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be extended to Margaret’s family by clicking on her name at the top of this obituary. For more information please call 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. Conrad (Rosemary) Weitz, of Morris, Illinois, passed away at her home, Friday, May 25, 2012. She was born on January 22, 1920, in Vienna Township, Grundy County, Illinois, the daughter of Frank E. and Elizabeth Casey DeVaney. She married Conrad Weitz, of Morris, Illinois, after he returned from service during World War II. Their wedding was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca, Illinois, on September 7, 1946, and they then lived in Morris, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980, her granddaughter Ashley Croom (at age 9) in 1992, her parents, and a sister who died at birth. Rosemary is survived by three children, Mary Jo Croom (Jim) of Cary of N.C., Virginia Woods (Tom) of Fairfield, OH., and Paul Weitz of Morris, Illinois; three grandchildren, Warren Croom and Blythe Croom of Cary, N.C., and Stephanie Woods of Fairfield, OH. After graduating from Mazon Township High School with the class of 1937, she attended the College of St. Francis. She was a graduate of the Peacock Business School, and later took many classes at Joliet Junior college. Prior to her marriage, she lived in Seneca and worked for American States Insurance Company in Ottawa, Illinois. In Morris, she served as the fifth president of the Morris Junior Women’s Club, and from 1962 to 1971, she served on the Board of Trustees of the Morris Library, during which time the first phase of present library was constructed. Over the years, she served as a volunteer for the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H Club, Morris Hospital Auxiliary, and the Grundy County Health Department Immunization Clinic. Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Morris, Illinois,with Fr. Edward Howe CR officiating. A luncheon will follow in Kenrick Hall. Mrs. Weitz requested that cremation rites be accorded. Ashes will be interred at Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home LTD., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois, 60450. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084. Memorials may be made in Rosemary’s name to Morris Hospital, the Grundy County Volunteer Hospice, or the building fund of Immaculate Conception Church. To leave online condolences, please click on on Mrs. Weitz’s name at the top of this obituary.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. H. Lee (Gloria A.) Wilkinson, 80, of Morris, Illinois, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, in the Joliet Hospice Home, Joliet, Illinois, with her loving family at her bedside. Gloria was born on May 31, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Delia O. Bansback. She was educated in the Morris Schools and graduated from Morris High School with the class of 1949. On January 20, 1951 in Chicago, illinois, she married H. Lee Wilkinson. She was employed with Morris Paper Mill from 1949 to 1954, and with Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Joliet, Illinois, from 1964, until retiring in 1987. Gloria served for the City of Morris Zoning Board of Appeals. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Morris, Illinois, where she served on the Worship Commission, Eucharistic Ministry, and Funeral Dinner Committee. She was also past member of Morris Business and Professional Women’s Club and Grundy County Republican Women’s Club. Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen (Micheal) Nehf of Columbus, Ohio and Joan (Michael) Soland of Sugarland, Texas; two sons, John (Jamie) Wilkinson of Morris, Illinois, and Scott (Jami) Wilkinson of Morris, Illinois; ten grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Charles (Margaret) Garling of Morris, Illinois; one brother, Earl (Carole) Bansback of Fort Wayne, Indiana; several nieces and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by her mother and her husband, H. Lee, who passed away on September 10, 1993. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:00am in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris, Illinois, with Father Ed Howe officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the U. C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home, LTD. 301 W. Washington St., in Morris, Illinois. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Gloria’s name to the Immaculate Conception School Endowment Fund or the Joliet Community Hospice. Online condolence can be extended to Gloria’s family by clicking on her name at the top of this obituary. For more information, please call U. C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home LTD. at 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. John ( Mary Ellen “ M. E. “ ) Harder, 89, of Duncan, Oklahoma and formerly of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, April 6, 2012, in her daughters home with whom she resided. She was born on July 24, 1922 in Herrin, Illinois, the daughter of John and Lola Vinson Yuill. She was educated in Herrin graduating from Herrin High School with the Class of 1940. She attended Southern Illinois Normal University & Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. On June 15, 1944, she married the love of her life, John E. Harder, of Morris, in the Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara, California. All of her adult life was lived in Morris, Illinois, until 2010 when she moved to Duncan, Oklahoma to make her home with her daughter. Mrs. Harder was employed as Secretary of the Grundy County Chapter of the American Red Cross, a social worker with the Grundy County Office of Illinois Department of Public Aid, and Director of Grundy County Senior Services retiring in 1987. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she had served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, President of the Women’s Association, and Circle leader. She regularly attended the First United Methodist Church in Duncan, Oklahoma, and was involved in many activities there. M.E. was Past President of the GFWC Morris Jr. Women’s Club, Girl Scout Leader, and member of the Board of Directors of Trailways Girl Scout Council. She served on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the Northeast Illinois Agency on Aging. She was a longtime member of the Morris Country Club, member of GFWC Owl Club of Duncan, and the Duncan Federated Music Club. She is survived by her two loving daughters, Joan ( Jerry “ Andy “ ) Collins of Duncan, OK. and Mary “ Sis “ Harseim of Morris, IL.; five grandchildren, Scott Heakin of Simi Valley, CA., Tracy ( James ) Juengst of Goodyear, AZ., Brian Harseim of Morris, IL., Brent ( Jocelyn ) Harseim of Fisher, IL. and Jennifer ( William ) Mellon of Webster, N.Y.; four great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Juengst, Ella And Gage Harseim, and Samantha Heakin; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; husband on December 4, 1967; two sisters, Edith Davis and twin sister, Helen Brooks, on March 27, 2000; and three brothers, Paul, Harry and Thomas Williams. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Mrs. Harder will lie in state from 9:30 a.m., April 13, 2012, until time of funeral services at 10:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Jackson St., Morris, Illinois, with Rev. John Mattson officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Serving as her pallbearers will be Scott Heakin, Brian and Brent Harseim, Steve and Christopher Brooks and Jerry Collins. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers, Bruce Brooks, Jim Juengst and William Mellon. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Mrs. Harder’s memory to First Presbyterian Church. Memorial services for Mrs. Harder will be held at a later date in the First United Methodist Church in Duncan, Oklahoma. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Mrs. Harder’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Kenneth E. “ Kenny “ Davis, 49, of Oglesby, Illinois, and formerly Morris, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 9, 2012. He was born on June 7, 1962 in Morris, Illinois, the son of Donald E. and Margaret Dabbs Davis. He received his education in the Morris schools. Kenny married Melanie K. Carlile on December 7, 2007 in LaSalle, Illinois. Ken was employed as a laborer in construction. He enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, creating offerings for himself and his family. He enjoyed fishing at his favorite spots in LaSalle County, along with spending time with his many friends and family. Surviving are his is wife, Melanie of Oglesby, Illinois; two children, Jeremy and Sarah Carlile, of Sullivan, Illinois; his father, Don Davis of Oglesby, Illinois; two sisters, Maggie Holcomb, Morris, IL., and Brenda Davis, Davenport, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his mother on May 28, 1989; two brothers, Rondell and John Davis; one sister, Nora Weathersby. Friends may call on Friday, April1 13, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. until time of Memorial Services at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Deborah Percell officiating, at U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home LTD., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Per the family’s wishes, cremation rites were accorded. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Ken’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Janeann Marie “Jane” Barnett, 75, of Morris, Illinois, passed away Sunday morning, April 1, 2012, in the Morris Hospital with her family at her bedside. Born January 17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Theresa (Neuwirth) Jirak. Jane Barnett was raised and educated in Central Iowa and married Harold Barnett on November 24. 1956, before moving to Morris in 1964. Harold passed away on June 17, 1979. For many years Jane worked as a waitress for restaurants in the Morris area including Sis’s, Holiday Inn, and The Cabaret. She was voted “Best Waitress in Grundy County” in 1996. Over the past 24 years, Jane enjoyed special time with her best friend and fiancé Bernie Kapinus. They enjoyed traveling the United States, tending to her garden, and flowers, watching the birds and cheering on the University of Oregon Duck football team. Jane’s true love was spending time with her family and visiting with friends, many of whom she had met while waitressing. Jane is survived by her three children, Rick (Susan) Barnett of Morris, Illinois, Steven (Kirsten) Barnett of Eugene, Oregon, and Dawn Barnett of Seattle, Washington; four grandchildren, April Warren, Brynn Barnett, Emily Barnett and Harold Barnett; two great grandchildren, Kahla Warren and Chloe Warren; sister, Rosalie McGinnis; and fiance, Bernie Kapinus. Preceded in death by Harold; son, Randall.( at birth); sisters, Rosemarie (Lewis) Callaway and Margaret (Peggy) Frick;and brothers Eugene Jirak and Leo Jirak. Cremation Rites were accorded. The family of Janeann Barnett will receive friends at the U. C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home LTD., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois, on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Janeann will be held at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday April 4, 2012, with Father Edward Howe of Immaculate Conception Parish officiating. Memorials may be made in Janeann’s name to American Lung Association at 3000 Kelly Lane in Springfield, IL., 62711 Arrangements were entrusted with U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, IL. Online condolences can be extended to her family by clicking on Janeann’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. Glen ( Janet L. ) Anderson, 91, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, February 14, 2012, in the Morris Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was born on August 1, 1920, in Wauponsee Township, Grundy County, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur & Sadie Berkland Gunderson. She received her education in the rural schools of Wauponsee Township and graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1938. She attended and graduated from the Nuway Beauty School in Joliet, IL. Janet married the love of her life, Glen C. Anderson, on November 25, 1945 in Morris, Illinois. She owned and operated Janet’s Beauty Shop in her home on East Washington St. for 27 years, retiring in 1985. For many years, she served as the hairdresser for the locally owned funeral homes in the community. Janet was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morris, Illinois. She was a former member of the Grundy County Republican Women’s Club and Goose Lake Home Extension. She was a very generous lady, and well known for her donations of homemade quilts to various civic and non profit organizations in the county. Surviving are her two loving daughters, Nancy ( James ) McCormack of Mazon, IL. & Betty ( David ) Findlay of Morris, IL.; one granddaughter, Kimberly ( Russ ) Wendling, Kaneville, IL.; one grandson, Brian ( Annette ) Findlay, Bradley, IL.; five great grandchildren, Kaitlyn & Anna Wendlling, Kyle, Ashlyn & Kierra Findlay; one brother, Wayne Gunderson, Morris, IL.; along with several nieces & nephews. She was preceded by her parents; husband on December 18, 1990; one sister, Beverly Kaldheim; and one grandson, Brent Douglas Findlay. The Family will receive friends on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois, where Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Steve Larson of the First Baptist Church will be officiating. Interment will follow in Saratoga Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Janet’s memory to the First Baptist Church in Morris, Illinois, Firefighter’s Association, or Verona Methodist Church. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Janet’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. John ( Nancy L. ) Day, 70, of Ottawa, Illinois & formerly Morris, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday evening, Janaury 18, 2012 in the Morris Hospital. She was born on May 19, 1941 in Morris, Illinois, the daughter of Robert M. & Anna C. Phillips Zink. She received her education in the Morris schools. Nancy married John R. Day on February 10, 1961 in the First Baptist Church in Morris, Illinois. She was employed with Morris Paper Mill, Humiston Keeling Pharmaceuticals, the Morris Daily Herald, & Bimet Corp., all in Morris. She loved to camp with her friends and family at the Grundy County Rod & Gun Club. Nancy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morris, Illinois. Surviving are two daughters, Kelly ( Mike ) Gramza, N. Ft. Myers, Florida and Lisa ( Larry ) Morris, with whom she made her home in Ottawa, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, Phil ( Shirley ) Zink of Morris, Illinois, & Ken ( Karen ) Zink of Earlville, Illinois; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; her husband on October 9, 1989; twin sons at birth; and one brother, Bill Zink. Friends may call on Monday January 23, 2012 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.in the funeral home with Rev. Steve Larson of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Nancy’s honor directed to the family for distribution to local charities at a later date. Online condolences may be made by clicking on Nancy’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Billy ” Bill ” Morse, 79, of Morris, Illinois, passed away peacefully, Wednesday evening, January 18, 2012 in Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois, with his devoted wife and daughters at his bedside. He was born on May 21, 1932 in Reddick, Illinois, the son of William H. & Ruth Scott Morse. He received his education in the Gardner schools & graduated from Gardner South Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950. He received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University in 1963. He served his country in U.S. Army from May 19, 1954 until his honorable discharge, May 1, 1956, and was stationed in Germany. Bill married the love of his life, Sue Williamson, on November 29, 1958 in the First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Illinois. He was employed as an accountant in the chemical industry. Bill was a member of the Grundy County Board of Review for 20 years. He took great pleasure in raising horses and farming. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Morris, Illinois. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of over 53 years, Sue, and their three daughters, Susan (Patrick) Cortesi of Bloomington, Illinois, Pamela (Anthony) Overmier of Normal, Illinois, and Paula Morse of Bloomington , Illinois; two grandchildren, Grant Milling of Springfield, IL. & Leah Overmier of Normal, IL.; one sister, Mary ( Donald ) Simms of Huntsville, AL.; along with several nieces & nephews. He was preceded by his parents; two sisters; eleven half siblings; one nephew, Dean Larson. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral services at 12 noon, with Rev. Dr. Roy C. Backus officiating in the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Jackson St., Morris, IL. Interment with full military honors under the direction of the Morris Color Guard will follow in Sample Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial gifts in Bill’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of their own choosing. Arrangements were entrusted with U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinois. Online condolences can be extended to the family by clicking on Bill’s name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call the funeral home at 815-942-0085.

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Please click on name above for online GUESTBOOK. Mrs. Robert ( Virginia ” Ginny ” ) Ryder, 85, of Sister Bay, Wisconsin & formerly of Morris, Illinois, was called home on Tuesday afternoon January 31, 2012 in Ministry Door Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, WI. She was born on June 10, 1926 in Morris, the only child of Clarence E. and Genevieve Ferguson Davidson. She received her education in the Morris schools and graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1944. She was employed with Northwestern Corporation for a few years. Virginia married the love of her life, Robert J. Ryder, on November 27, 1948 in the Federated Church in Morris, Illinois. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Morris, and had been active in the church’s Women’s Association. Ginny enjoyed golfing and a good game of bridge. She was a caring and giving lady who was very generous with volunteering her time at the visitors desk in the Morris Hospital, the Grundy County Home for resident’s outings, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Surviving are her two loving children, Kathy ( David ) Cecil of Fish Creek, WI. & Jeffry ( Cyndi ) Ryder of Two Harbors, MN.; three grandchildren, Robert Aidan ( Joan ) Ryder, Chicago, IL., Amanda ( fiancée, Mitchell Houle ) Ryder, Two Harbors, MN. & Greg Ryder, Chisholm, MN.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Bernard ( Ruth ) Ryder, Normal, IL.; along with One Niece & Two Nephews. She was preceded by her parents and her loving husband on November 14, 2007 The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until time of a celebration of Virginia’s life service at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Roy C. Backus officiating, in the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Jackson St., Morris, IL. Following a time of fellowship with a memorial service meal served by the women of the church, inurnment will follow at 2:00 p.m.in Evergreen Cemetery. Preferred form of remembrance would be memorial Gifts in Virginia’s memory to First Presbyterian Church, Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice, Scandia Good Samaritan Society in Sister Bay, WI., or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville, WI . Online condolences can be extended to Virginia’s family by clicking on her name at the top of this obituary. For further information, please call 815-942-0084. Arrangements have been entrusted with U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, Illinoia, 60450.

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