Ronald Lee Wright, 70, of Cherry, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 in the Illinois Veterans Home, LaSalle.
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon, June 17, in the Chapel of the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry. Interment will follow in Miners Memorial Cemetery, Cherry, with military honors by the Ladd Veterans Memorial Group. His family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday in the funeral home.
Ronald was born on June 8, 1946 in Sparta, Illinois, to Everett and Violet (Pillbean) Wright. He had worked at Consolidated Freight. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 422 and the Cherry Booster Club.
He is survived by: His daughter, Charmaine (Brock) Hansen of Princeton; his son, Walter Wright of Cherry; 3 grandchildren, Gracelynn, Piper and Taeghan; his siblings, Darlene (Walter) Kelly of Tilden, Illinois, Wayne (Kathy) Wright of Covington, Georgia, Mary Kelly of Tilden, Loren Wright of Clarksville, Tennessee, Larry (Vicki) Wright of Sulphur, Louisiana, Peggy Jonassen of Ottawa, Ted Wright of Clarksville, Tennessee, Richard (Debbie) Wright of Seneca, and Bobby Wright of Cherry.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; and 2 brothers, Daniel and Fred.
Kathleen Elaine Lucas, 66, of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Private services will be held at a later date. Her family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com
Kathleen was born on June 16, 1950 in Princeton to Lowell Paul and Margaret (Taggart) Christiansen, Sr. She was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, and the Princeton Moose Lodge.
She is survived by: her fiancé, Randy Saemon of Princeton; her 2 daughters, Heather Marie Lucas of Naperville, and Tonia Leigh Lucas of Princeton; her brother, Lowell P. Christiansen, Jr. of Princeton; several nieces and nephews; and her 2 companions, Missy and Abby
Roger K. Pinter, 73, of Princeton, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
Services will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Christ Community Church, Princeton. Interment will follow in the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church “Church on the Hill” Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the Church. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Roger was born on April 27, 1944 in Spring Valley to Harold and Ruth (Schallhorn) Pinter. He was a graduate of Hall High School. He had worked at Champion Pneumatics for 38 years.
He was a member of the Christ Community Church, Princeton. He attended Bible Study every Saturday morning and church every Sunday. He was an avid Cubs fan and loved to play cards. He enjoyed going to the Metro Center and loved anything Harley Davidson.
He is survived by: his 3 children, Luke Pinter of Ottawa, Alvin Pinter of Indiana, and Hannah Wilhelm of Malden; his granddaughter, Mikayla Wilhelm; his sister, Sue (Randy) Schumacher of Spring Valley; his brother Kurt (Tammy) Pinter of Ladd; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: His parents; a brother, Ron; and a son, Lester.
Memorials may be directed to his family.
Viola Helen Lange, 85, of Malden, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 in Liberty Village of Princeton.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Princeton, with Rev. Scott Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Princeton. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Lonnie Lee Nora, 78, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in his home.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Chapel of the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tiskilwa. His family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com
Lonnie was born on February 26, 1939 in Princeton to Dr. Joseph J. and Helen (Hills) Nora. He was a class of 1957 graduate of St. Bede Academy. He married Beverly Kitterman on June 14, 1958 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa. He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa.
He is survived by: his wife, Beverly Nora, of Tiskilwa; his children, Cynthia (Alen) Foster of Buda, LeighAnn Hendrickson of Tiskilwa, Jeffrey (Mary Anne) Nora of Wyanet, Russel (Melissa) Nora of Wyanet, and Dr. George(Stephanie) Nora of Aberdeen, South Dakota; 7 grandchildren, Shane, Alexia, Lura, Nicole, Brittany, Tiffeny and Lydia; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Louise (Marshall) Brown of Chicago, and Ruth (John) Rader of Milwaukee; and 1 brother, Dr. James (Dr. Audrey) Nora of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by: his parents.
Douglas Whitfield passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at home, with loved ones by his side. As per his wishes there will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial will be held at Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Gene Gustafson, 82, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in his home, surrounded by his family.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tiskilwa Community Church with Rev. John Gray officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date in Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. His family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Gene was born on November 5, 1934 in Princeton to Malcolm and Alma (Magnuson) Gustafson. He married Betty Jo Lauritzen on March 21, 1957 in the Tiskilwa Baptist Church. He had worked for the Co-op Feed Service in Princeton, the Village of Tiskilwa, and had been a custodian for the Tiskilwa School Systems until his retirement. He had served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Tiskilwa Community Church and he had served on the Tiskilwa Village board for many years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan all his life.
He is survived by: his wife, Betty Jo Gustafson of Tiskilwa; his children, Jill (Joseph) Kunkel of Wyanet, Jack (Laurie) Gustafson of Wyanet, Rick (Beth Ann) Gustafson of Houston, Texas, Buzz (Tammy) Gustafson of Wyanet and Lisa Gustafson of Ottawa; 18 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; his sister, Doris (Wilbur) Giltner of Princeton; his 2 brothers, Robert Gustafson of LaSalle, and Gerald Gustafson of Carlyle, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by: 1 brother; 1 sister; a daughter, Nancy Jo (Gustafson) Funderberg; and a granddaughter in infancy.
Memorials may be directed to: the Tiskilwa Community Church or the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Lucille A. Olson, 75, of Wyanet, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of The Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday in the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Anna Catherine Hamblin, 85, of Princeton, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, Princeton with Rev. Brian Gilbert officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Anna was born on November 2, 1931, in Carmi, Illinois, to Homer “Martin” and Florence (Wooten) Hamblin. She worked as a cost accountant at Western Electric/AT&T. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Princeton. She was a United Methodist lay speaker for a number of years.
Anna is survived by: her 2 sisters, Mildred (Clem) Evans of Libertyville, Illinois; and Mary Garland of Sanford, Florida; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
She was preceded in death by: 1 brother, John Hamblin.
Memorials may be directed to Voice of the Martyrs.
Katherine A. “Kathy” (Centko) Reihl, of Henry, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 28, in her home.
A private ceremony to celebrate Kathy’s life will be held Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Starved Rock Lodge. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.
Kathy was born March 18, 1959, in Streator, to Florian “Ous” and the late Martha (Engle) Centko. Kathy graduated from Streator Township High School in 1977.
She was the adored wife of Gerald “Jerry” Reihl, her soulmate whom she married Sept. 7, 2005; proud and devoted mother of Alek Reed, of Orlando, Fla., and Derek (Florence DiGennaro) Reed, of Lawrence, Kan.; stepmother of Collin and Aaron Reihl, of Kangley, Jerilyn (Reihl; Nick) Johnson, of Belleville, Wis., and Adam Reihl, of Aurora, Colo.; devoted sister to Cynthia (Michael) Pollard, of Streator, Frederick (Rebecca York) Centko, of Streator, and Connie (Glennon) Svoboda, of Streator; caring stepgrandmother to two grandchildren; and loving aunt to seven nieces and nephews and their families.
Kathy was a warm and creative soul, inspired by the grandeur of nature. Her impact on the world is best captured by Edward W. Bok who wrote, “make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it” — a sentiment she espoused throughout her lifetime.
She and her husband Jerry enjoyed sharing in the quiet solitude of the outdoors: bird watching, hiking and enjoying the beauty of butterflies. Her love of nature and wildlife is exemplified in the sanctuary of her backyard garden where she enjoyed countless hours in solace with friends and family.
Kathy brightened and enriched the lives of many, particularly children, through her work at the Streator Child Development Center and performances with Gingerbread Players. She also was a lover of the arts, passionately contributing to Engle Lane Theater and the Community Players of Streator as a volunteer, performer and director.
WL "Lee" Sidebottom of Tiskilwa passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Colonial HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre in Princeton.
Lee was born in Tiskilwa on June 11, 1927, to Vernon and Mary (Bottom) Sidebottom. Lee only weighed 2 pounds and they were told he wouldn't last til morning, but God blessed him with a fighting spirit to the end.
Lee and Mildred Marie Martin were married in the Tiskilwa Baptist Church on May 16, 1953. She survives.
Lee attended Tiskilwa schools. One of his first jobs was working in the cheese factory in town. Lee worked many years as a train order clerk for the Rock Island at the Bureau depot. Later he worked for CSX as a road agent, retiring after over 43 years combined work.
Lee is also survived by one daughter, Patricia (Randy) Hassler of Tiskilwa; two grandchildren, Jeanette (Brian) Cain of Princeton and Jon (Stacey) Hassler of Sandwich; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Nick, Kristopher and Brooklin Cain, Brysen and Avery Hassler, and Logan Goffinet; two great-great-granddaughters, Reign and Autumn; one sister-in-law, Christine Perry of Green Bay, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Ralph (Jan) Martin of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Carl, in World War II.
Lee was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving in World War II (1945-1947) and the Korean Conflict (1950-1951).
Lee was a member of Tiskilwa Community Church, where he was active as a deacon, usher and secretary of the Sunday school for many years. He and two other couples would buy donuts from Casey’s for the Bible school children as a special treat. He was a member of the Tiskilwa Lions Club, American Legion, and past president and treasurer for the Bureau County Fair.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a service to follow in the chapel of the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton. Internment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Private online condolences may be left at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
JAMES R. HARNISH
James R. Harnish, 94, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Colonial Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Princeton.
Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left atwww.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
James was born on February 25, 1922 in Peoria to John and Viola (Ulrich) Harnish. He married Donna Hartzler. He had been a member of Plow Creek Fellowship since 1974.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Donna.
LEONA M, LUNDEEN
Leona M. Lundeen, 94, of Princeton, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Colonial Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Princeton.
A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa, with Fr. Kevin Creegan, Deacon John Murphy and Deacon David Lundeen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, January 20 in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left atwww.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Leona was born on December 20, 1922 in Tiskilwa to Leo and Mary (Morris) Nevitt. She was a graduate of Tiskilwa High School. She had worked at Harper-Wymann until retirement. She married Kenneth Lundeen on January 1, 1943 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa, the Church Altar and Rosary Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by: Her 2 sons, Leo (Peggy) Lundeen of Tiskilwa, and David (Marian) Lundeen of Cleveland Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: Her husband, Kenneth, on July 7, 1992; 1 daughter, Jean; and 7 brothers and sisters.
LOUISE THELMA (STENBECK) KUNKEL
Louise Thelma (Stenbeck) Kunkel, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Louise was born Sept, 14, 1932, in Oglesby, the daughter of Edna Marzetta Garzanelli and Samuel Stenbeck.
Louise graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1950, where she developed a deep appreciation for the importance of a good education. After high school, she worked at Sieg’s of LaSalle. In 1952, Louise met Joseph Conrad Kunkel of Granville at Monday Night Square Dancing in Utica. After verifying that Joe was older than she (Louise would not date younger men), a courtship ensued until Joe’s return from duty in the Korean Conflict in July 1953. They were united in holy matrimony on Aug. 22, 1953, at Holy Family Catholic Church of Oglesby and in early 1954, moved to a farm in Wyanet, where they lived happily for over 60 years.
Louise was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiskilwa, where she served God as a Eucharistic minister, a catechism instructor, and an officer of the Altar and Rosary Society. As an advocate for education, Louise was an active member of the parent-teacher organization in Tiskilwa. She was also a volunteer for Lighted Way in Peru helping children in need. She was elected multiple times to the Tiskilwa School Board, and served on several district and regional committees. Later in life, Louise developed a keen love of gardening, especially flowers. She spent many hours outside planting and caring for her many flower beds, she marveled at the beauty of every flower she encountered.
Louise developed many close friendships through St. Mary’s Church, knitting clubs, and the many other activities she volunteered and/or participated in. She was particularly close with her grandmother, Adele (Tamborini) Marzetta; her mother, Edna (Marzetta) Garzanelli; her sisters and brothers; and Joe’s sisters and brothers. Family visits were precious to Louise and to a great degree shaped who she was. However, her greatest love and passion was for her family. She always enjoyed being surrounded by family, especially at the holidays. There was always an abundance of food and goodies at family gatherings.
Louise is survived by her husband, Joseph; seven children, Michael (Sharon) Kunkel, Lynda (Mac) Abbey, Joseph David (Jill) Kunkel, Edward (Peggy) Kunkel, Robert (Erin) Kunkel, Mary Jo (Michael) Gustafson and Gary (Sara) Kunkel; 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence (Jane) Garzanelli and Joseph (Jonelle) Garzanelli; two sisters, Angie Smart and Mary Ann Lasik; six brothers-in-law, Aloysius, Richard, Lawrence, Eugene, Kenneth and Christopher Kunkel; and six sisters-in-law, Loretta Stenbeck, and Rita, Mary, Joan, Sharon Kunkel and Sister Teresa Kunkel.
Louise is preceded in death by two sons in infancy; one brother, Deacon John Stenbeck; three brothers-in-law, August Kunkel, David Lasik and Peter Smart; and two sisters-in-law, Betty and Ann Kunkel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiskilwa at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, with Father Jeffrey Stirniman and Deacon John Murphy officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton, with the rosary recited at 6 p.m.Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Tiskilwa, Lighted Way Association, Inc. or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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