Francis A. Rich, 87, of Princeton, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in his home.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Fr. Daniel Gifford officiating. Military honors will follow by the Princeton Veterans Memorial Group. His family will receive friends Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com
Francis was born on May 17, 1930 in Chicago, to Charles and Ellen (Lonmor) Rich. He married Helen Haun on June 29, 1963 in Mendota. He had served in the United States Army and later in the United States Air Force and retired from the Army Reserves having attained the rank of Sergeant Major.
He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, a 50 year member of the Wyanet VFW, the Princeton Elks, the Princeton Moose Lodge, and the Bureau Valley Camping Club “Good Sams”. He had been a little league coach, a Boy Scout leader, volunteered as a driver for veterans and drove for the Share Food Program.
He is survived by: his wife, Helen Rich of Princeton; his children, David (Robin Wolf) Underwood of Brattleboro, Vermont, Joanne (Roger) Carr of Troy Grove, and Linda (Mike) Fisher of Sheffield; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; his sister, Irene (Lee) Christiansen of Oswego; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: His parents; a son, Alan Rich; 5 brothers; and 2 sisters.
Memorials may be directed to the Bureau County Senior Center.
LOIS JEAN HALL
Lois Jean Hall, 71, of rural Malden, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 in her home.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Rev. Daniel Gifford officiating. Interment will follow. Her family will receive friends Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com
Lois was born on January 1, 1947 in Kenmore, New York, to Edwin and Grace (Kirsch) Myers. She had worked as a midwife. She married Dennis R. Hall on April 2, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan. She was a member of the Catholic Church, she founded the New Beginnings Food Co-op, she was a La Leche League leader and a home school instructor.
She is survived by: her husband, Dennis R. Hall of rural Malden; her daughters, Jennifer (Darren) McCoy of Mahomet, Pamela (Joshua) Dent of Middleport, New York, Rebecca Kenwick of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth (Nicholas) Pratt of Peoria; Katherine Hall of San Diego, California, and Victoria Hall of Decatur; 15 grandchildren; her brother, Ronald (Jan) Myers of New York, her sister, Barbara McKnight of New York; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: Her parents.
Ruby Irene Stacker, 93, of Tiskilwa, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois. Ruby was born to Marshall L. and Freda I. (Heininger) Downey on June 8, 1924 on the Downey family farm at Lone Tree, Wheatland Township, Illinois.
She married James L. Stacker on October 28, 1951. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1962. Also preceding her in death were her brother Harold Downey, brother-in-law Francis Ary, and nephew Ted Downey.
She is survived by three children David Stacker (Leslee) of LaSalle, John Stacker (Ellen) of Bloomington, and Abby McAnally (John) of Downers Grove; six grandchildren Christopher (Shuqing), Rebecca, and Sara Stacker, Kevin and Quinn McAnally and Brin (Daniel) Higgins; her sister Dorothy Ary; and many nieces and nephews.
Ruby attended a one room schoolhouse at Lone Tree and graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1942. After graduating from Brown’s Business College, she worked at Caterpillar and the law firm Bartley & Bartley in Peoria. She also managed the family farms and worked for many years at the Tiskilwa State Bank.
Ruby was very active in the Tiskilwa community, including being the Treasurer of the Tiskilwa United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Tiskilwa Historical Society. She was also a member of the Tiskilwa Library Board, Tiskilwa School Board, Tiskilwa Zoning Board, Methodist Women, Loyal Daughters, and the Yoked Parish Bible Study Group.
She loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed reading, her daily crossword puzzle (in pen), and caring for her many plants.She was known as a strong independent woman who never spoke an ill word of others, worked hard throughout her life, and raised three young children on her own.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday April 13, 2018 in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, April 14 in the Tiskilwa Community Church. Memorials may be directed to Tiskilwa Community Church, Tiskilwa Historical Society, or Tiskilwa Ambulance.
MARILYN I. GARLAND-RUSS
Marilyn I. Garland-Russ, 78, of Princeton, formerly of Lombard, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Aperion Care of Princeton.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the chapel of the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home in Princeton and again 1 p.m. Monday in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services Sunday in the funeral home.
BERTA JEAN "BJ" FREDENHAGEN
Bertal Jean "BJ" Fredenhagen, 89, of Tiskilwa, passed away Friday March 2, 2018 at Liberty Village in Princeton.
BJ was born June 14, 1928 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Albert and Imogene (Sarver) Lee. She resided in Tiskilwa, IL all her life. She married David C. Fredenhagen August 5, 1950. He preceded her in death in 2013.
She is survived by her three children: Charles (Jane) Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa; Roger Fredenhagen of Champaign; and Judy (Bill) Kramer of Waynesville, NC; 2 grandchildren: Adam Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa and Laura Fredenhagen of Las Cruces, NM; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband David; her brother Charles E. Lee; and her parents.
Mrs. Fredenhagen was a 1946 graduate of Tiskilwa High School, and a 1949 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Business Education. She was a teacher in the Tiskilwa school district for 27 years. Over the years she taught Physical Ed and Business Ed at Tiskilwa High School and 4th Grade and Physical Ed at Tiskilwa Grade School.
She was a member of the Tiskilwa Methodist Church, the P.E.O. sisterhood Chapter IH, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Illinois Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association.
She loved spending time with her family and her special cat. Hosting parties at their home and socializing with friends were favorite activities of BJ and her husband Dave. They also enjoyed several memorable trips during their retirement years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 16, in the Chapel of Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private interment will be held at a later date in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Friday in the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for BJ's family at www.fiocchifuneralhomes.com.
Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service or the Tiskilwa Historical Society.