Saturday, March 31, 2012

Phyllis & Gene Corban 60th Anniversary

Phyllis & Gene Corban 60th Anniversary

CHATSWORTH — Gene H. and Phyllis A. Corban of Chatsworth observed their 60th wedding anniversary Friday.
Corban and Phyllis A. Pearson were married March 23, 1952, at the Evangelical United Brethren parsonage in Chatsworth. Their attendants were Helen Gerdes Flessner and Eldon Flessner.
They are the parents of Larry (Joy) Corban, Pontiac, and James (Debra) Corban, Greeley, Colo. They have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He retired from Mitsubishi Motors North America.
She retired from Citizens Bank of Chatsworth
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Obit of Lucille (Copas) Herscher

Lucille Herscher, 82, of Heritage Woods, Watseka, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gilman, died at 8:17 p.m. Thursday (March 1, 2012). Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m., at the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman, with the Rev. Michael Pennock officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Gilman. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Nina Lucille was born Jan. 8, 1930, southwest of Chatsworth, on the Franey Farm, the daughter of Van and Elva (Strode) Copas. She attended the Hubly School near Chatsworth and the Hitchcock School, southwest of Crescent City. Lucille attended one year of high school in Crescent City and graduated in 1947 from Gilman High School. Lucille was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Council of Catholic Women, serving as president for two terms. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of Ashkum. She enjoyed baking, doing crafts, playing cards and spending time with her family. Upon their retiring from K&H Truck Plaza, Lucille and Raymond lived at Whispering Palms, Phoenix, Ariz., for 26 years. While in Arizona, she was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
Surviving are her loving husband, Charles Raymond Herscher, whom she married May 1, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman; eight children, including her five daughters, Catherine (Richard) Sikora, of Bloomington, Mary Herscher (William Seman), of New Bern, N.C., Debra Herscher (Scott Ellis), of Bryson City, N.C., Margaret (James) Seedorf, of Reeds, Mo., and Christine (Raymond) Krones, of Gilman; and three sons, Dennis (Debra) Herscher, of Gilman, Robert (Linda) Herscher, of Birchwood, Wis., and John (Leigh) Herscher, of Gilman. Lucille was a loving grandmother to 30 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Karl Copas, of Newport Beach, Calif., and Harold (Margaret) Copas, of Crescent City.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; one great-grandchild, Ethan; and two brothers, Eugene and Paul.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

100 Years Ago

This is something new I thought I would start this year.

Click on the above link.
The entire year is now finished as of March 15, 2012.

Obit of Hilda (Cohernour) Cox

Hilda Mae Cox, 83, of Gilman, IL., formerly of Thawville, IL., died at 6:50 A.M., Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Gilman Health Care Center, Gilman. Her funeral service will be at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman with Pastor Brian King officiating. Burial will be in Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Redenius Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Thawville American Legion Auxiliary, American Diabetes Association or Donor's Choice.
Hilda was born on September 6, 1928 in Charleston, West Virginia to Harvey & Modenia (Munday) Cohernour. She moved to Chatsworth in her early childhood. Hilda attended Chatsworth schools. Her first husband was to Guy Baker, she later married D. Gene Cox on June 2, 1956 in Thawville. Surviving children - Casandra (Robert) Jacobs of Thawville, Kimberly "K.C." (Sarita) Cox of Normal, IL., Valerie Cox of Roberts, IL., and Katana (Todd) Cook of Onarga, IL. Four grandchildren - Tisha Holden, Kameron Cox, Trenton Jacobs, and Cyrus Cook. Two great-grandchildren - Tannor and Chesnie Holden. Four sisters - Bernice Bender of Fairbury, IL., Judith (Bob) Reisinger of Mission Viejo, CA., Mariel Centobie of Tustin, CA., and Laurie (Jim) Kadow of Bourbonnais, IL., and one brother - Franklin (Jane) Cohernour of Avon, IN. Hilda is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, one sister - Lisa, and three brothers Lee, Ernie and Elden Cohernour.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thawville. Hilda had also lived in Onarga for a brief time. She was a homemaker and waitress for 25 years working at Hicks Plaza and the Gilman Restaurant and Lounge. Her memberships included the Thawville American Legion Auxiliary and the Friday 13th Card Club. Hilda enjoyed playing cards, entertaining, baking, collecting chicken and rooster figurines and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by the Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Please sign the guest book at 

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Obit of Gladys (Dassow) Brunner

REDDICK — Gladys Dassow Brunner died at home, in Reddick, in the company of her husband and children, in the evening Saturday (March 10, 2012) at the age of 88.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. celebration of life service Monday, all at Zoar Community Church on highway 17, two miles northeast of Reddick. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 482 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Gladys and Eldon were volunteers there for 27 years, and then received excellent, compassionate care for the last months of her life.
Gladys was born on the Dassow farm in Chatsworth, on May 13, 1923. She was active there in 4-H, basketball and church activities. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville in 1945, with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. Gladys married Lt. Eldon Brunner on July 9, 1945, and they lived in Europe in Linz, Austria, soon after World War II and had the time of their lives traveling with other Army pilots and their wives. Eldon and Gladys later had two children, and lived in Champaign; Fort Worth, Texas; Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Glen Ellen; Matawan, N.J.; Berwyn, Penn.; and Reddick.
Gladys was adored by her husband, Eldon; son, Roger (Niesje) of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Betty (Joe) Roza of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three granddaughters, Laura, Jill and Stephanie; and great-granddaughter, Anna.
Gladys was active in church activities, women’s societies, was a Cub Scout den mother, Sunday school teacher, swim instructor, PTA mom, and a 2-pin life member of the United Methodist Women’s Society. She loved stamp collecting, bridge playing, gardening, canning, travel, mystery novels, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and taking care of her family. Gladys always packed a swimsuit for trips “in case there is a swimming pool” and she liked to hitch a ride in the combine during fall harvest. Gladys was a master seamstress who made her own wedding gown, suits of clothes, and over four dozen quilts, including small ones for youngsters in the Cunningham Children’s Home to have something of their own.
Gladys lived a full and active life. Her strong faith in God was life long, and continued after she learned that she had only six to 12 months to go. She was not afraid of death. Gladys was determined to live fully while she was here, and to “do the best she could with what she had.” She did.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Obit of Thomas S. Askew

FAIRBURY — Thomas S. Askew, 80, Fairbury, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27, 2012) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
A private graveside service will be at Chatsworth Cemetery, Chatsworth. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation.
Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Forrest, is handling arrangements.
Tom was born June 25, 1931, at Pontiac, a son of Albert and Evelyn Schade Askew.
He married Gretta L. Lang on Feb. 2, 1974, at Lexington, Ky. She survives in Fairbury.
Also surviving are four daughters, Cindy (Larry) Bell and Linda Rhodes, both of Forrest; Toni (Danny) Graham, Chatsworth; and Cathy Carpenter, Florida; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Askew, and one daughter, Vicki Pike.
Tom was educated in Chatsworth schools and retired from the U.S. military, serving four years in the U.S. Air Force and 16 years in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Fairbury American Legion.
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Obit of Stephen Powles

Stephen B. Powles, 62, of Danforth, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, following an extended illness. At his request, cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. A remembrance gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Andrews Pub in Clifton. Memorials may be made for the Physicians Without Borders. Knapp Funeral Home, Clifton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Powles owned and operated St. Andrews Pub in Clifton and The Highlander in Chatsworth. He was born Dec. 13, 1949, in Kankakee, the son of Eugene and Marcella LeCocq Powles. He belonged to the Clifton Lions Club, the Illinois License Beverage Association, the Illinois Sheriffs Association and the One Hundred Club. He was an avid golfer. He enjoyed politics and history. He loved animals, traveling and especially helping others.

Surviving are his wife, the former Linda M. Randall, whom he married Nov. 17, 1973, in Kankakee.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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