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Mary E. Anderson
Mrs Mary Anderson - Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Hepburn) Meharg was born December 14, 1868 at Kankakee, Illinois. She died at her home, 316 East Eighth St, Russell, KS on November 9, 1957, Saturday evening at 8 pm. Her age was 88 years, 10 months and 26 days. In 1873 she came with her parents to Kansas. The family settled in Russell County and she has been a resident of Russell since that year. She attended school, grew to womanhood on the farm home of the Shannon Community. On November 27 1887 she was united in marriage to Christopher Anderson. There were eight children born to this marriage; one son, Nelson, preceded her in death. These are but facts or statistics in the life of Mrs Anderson. But to her children, grandchildren, sisters, neighbors and friends, her life does not have to be eulogized. Along with rearing a large family through those many years of tribulations with which so many of these pioneer mothers contended with, she was always ready to extend a helping hand to anyone that was hungry or in distress. As a practical nurse she cared for a lot of older people in her home before the time of Nursing Homes. So to treasure her memory are: her children, Mrs Tora Rock, Navarre Kan; Mrs Susie Luckenbough, Abilene Kan; Chris Anderson, Ponca City Okla; Arnie Anderson, Russell Kan; Tom Anderson, Bunker Hill, Kan; Fred Anderson, Russell, Kan; John Anderson, address not known at this time. There are 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Also two sisters, Mrs Josephine Dietrich, Hoisington, Kan; Mrs Robert Heckman, Temple, Penn; two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Many other relatives and a host of friends. Services - held Wednesday, November 13, 1957 from the Deines Brothers Funeral Home at 10:30 am, Rev Lawrence Life of the Evangelical United Brethern Church officiated. Quartet - LW Banker, OG Rouse, Don Kready, Rudy Parker. Casket Bearers - Marion Weeks, Leland Weeks, George Weeks, Ray Meharg, Earl Harzman, Mayo Anderson. Hymns - In the Garden and Going Down the Valley. Final Resting Place -Cross Plains Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, Submitted By: Kyle M. Condon]

George H. Andrews
325 Bowen Ave. aged 68 years 5 months. Burial at Kankakee, IL. Saturday, June 1(4?). Notice of funeral hearafter.
[The Chicago Times Herald, Thursday Morning, May 30, 1895 - Tr by Suzan Stern]

Aldia Arseneau
Mrs. Aldia Arseneau Dies At Hospital After Brief Illness
Mrs. Aldia Arseneau, 47 of 642 South Evergreen Avenue died at St. Mary Hospital at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Patrick Church with the Rev. Eugene Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Senesac funeral home today and until the time of services. Mrs. Arseneau was born Jan. 22, 1903 at Beaverville and was married Feb. 11, 1924 to Daquin Arseneau. ………(can't read…) The couple has resided in Kankakee for the last 14 years. She is survived by her husband, Daquin; two sons, Ronald and Farrel, both of Kankakee; her mother, Mrs. Mary Dionne of Beaverville; a brother, Sylvanus Dionne of Beaverville; three sisters, Mrs. Phillip LaFond, Mrs. Hilaire LaFond and Mrs. Ansel Arseneau, all of Beaverville and one granddaughter. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, December 1950 - submitted by Jan Wagoner]


Edward Arseneau
Death Claims Edward Arseneau Of Kankakee
A lifelong residence of the Kankakee area, Edward D. Arseneau, 89, of 627 S. Poplar, died this morning at a nursing home after a long illness. He had retired from Kroehler Mfg. Co. after 49 years. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is to be at Clancy Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Thursday and until the services.
Mr. Arseneau was a member of the St. Patrick Holy Name Society, was a 50-year member of the Elks Club, belonged to St. Viateur Council 745 of the Knights of Columbus and Bishop McNamara Fourth Degree Assembly. He was born Aug. 11, 188? In Flint, Mich. His wife is deceased. He is survived by a sister Mrs. Florence Boughman, Kankakee, nieces and nephews. A liturgy service will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at ????? funeral home. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, December 1971]

G.F. Arseneau
Services Set Thursday
George F. Arseneau Sr., 73, 229 E. Marsile St., a lifelong resident of Bourbonnais died at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. He had been ill for a short time.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Arseneau, he was born Dec. 8, 1898 at Bourbonnais. a baker, he had been associated with the Arseneau Bakery, Bourbonnais and for many years was employed as a baker at a local hospital. He retired in 1965. Survivors include his wife, the former Pauline Beaudette; daughters, Mrs. Richard Lergner and Mrs. Arthur Sittigbotr of Bourbonnais, Mrs. Kenneth Donar of San Diego, Calif.; sons, George Arseneau Jr. and William Arseneau both of Kankakee, Robert Arseneau of manteno and Richard Arseneau of Lewiston, Main; a sister, Mrs. Harvey Savoie of Kankakee; brothers, Willard and Edward both of Bourbonnais, Anthony and Joubert both of Kankakee, Joseph of Bradley and Roy Arseneau of St. Petersburg, Fla. and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Maternity BVM Catholic Church. Burial will be in maternity cemetery. Visitation at the Senesac Funeral Home will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, Tuesday, February 8, 1972]

Helen Arseneau

A retired employee of the Jaffe Drug Store, Helen Arseneau, 72, died at 1:45 a.m. today, at a Kankakee nursing home. Mrs. Arseneau of 160 n. Blaine Ave., Bradley, had been ill for three months. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clancy Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 2 p.m. Thursday and until time of the services. She was born April 5, 1905, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Mr. and Mrs. John Parker. Before her retirement she was employed by Jaffe drug for 20 years. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Arseneau, to whom she was married March 8, 1953, at St. Patrick's Catholic church; a daughter Marilyn Coffman of Bradley; stepsons Ronnie Arseneau of Bourbonnais and Farrell Arseneau of Kankakee; brothers Kenneth and Floyd, both of Kankakee; a sister, Edith Dean of Kankakee; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. [The Kankakee Daily Journal, February 1978]


Joseph Arseneau
Joseph Arseneau, WWII vet
Joseph Arthur Arseneau, 89, of Bradley, died Friday (May 31, 2002) at Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tues-day at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradley. His son, the Rev. Vern Arseneau, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Mr. Arseneau was born Dec. 14, 1912 in Bourbonnais, the son of George Sr. and Eleanor Joubert Arseneau.
Surviving are his wife, the former Bernice Granger, whom he married Jan. 21, 1939, in St. George, of Bradley; one daughter, Marie Tanner of Santa Clarita, Calif.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Rev. Vernon Arseneau of St. Mary's Parish in West Chicago, Gene and Frances Arseneau of Bradley, Ronald and Beth Arseneau of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Ron Tanner and Jeff Tanner, both of California, Paul Arseneau of Phoenix, Ariz., Sarah David and Mary Beth Arseneau of Arlington, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Desci and Brianna Tanner, both of California, Clayton Arseneau of Phoenix, Ariz.; four step grandchildren, Sharon Ferriaolo of Kissimmee, Fla., Marie Yarno of Bradley, Dennis Nowman of St. Augustine, Fla., Pauline Morris of Kankakee; 11 step great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Dorothy Granger, and Lucille Granger, both of Bradley, and many nieces and nephews. One step grandchild, Ace Nowman Jr.; three sisters, Evelyn Roy, Jeanne Savoie, Edna Arseneau; and seven brothers, George Jr., Roy, Willard, Edward, Anthony, Albert and Joubert Arseneau, are deceased.
Mr. Arseneau was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Bradley American Legion, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bradley, and a member of the Holy Name Society. (Pd.) [The Daily Journal, Kankakee, June 02, 2002]

Monique Arseneau
Mrs. Arseneau, 69, Dies; Funeral Services Friday
Mrs. Monique Arseneau, 69, of 157 S. Fifth Ave., died at 10:30 a.m. today in St. Mary's Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Rose Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Senesac Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Thursday and until the hour of service.
Mrs. Arseneau was born May 4, 1886 in Beaverville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Octave Cote. She was a resident of the Beaverville area for 59 years and moved to Kankakee 10 years ago. Surviving are her husband, Camille; brothers, August Cote of St. Anne and Odella Cote of Davenport, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Helen Bushey of St. Anne. The family requests that flowers be omitted. [Kankakee Daily Journal, October 17, 1955]


Mose J. Arseneau Sr.

Kankakee Businessman Mose J. Arseneau Dies
Mose J. Arseneau Sr., 73, RR 7, a Kankakee businessman for many years, died at 6 a.m. today at St. Mary's Hospital following a short illness. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Arseneau, he was born Feb. 23, 1899 in Beaverville and was a lifelong resident of this area. From 1932 to 1957 Mr. Arseneau owned and operated the Kankakee Motor Coach Co. A real-estate developer, he established and developed the Skyline subdivision. He had served as president and as a trustee of the Kankakee Township Fire Department and was one of the founders of the Exline Sportman's Club. An active member of the Kankakee Loyal Order of the Moose 802, he was the oldest living past governor of the local lodge. His first wife, the former Viola Bovie, died Nov. 24, 1956. Survivors include his wife the former Lucille Wolfe, whom he married Nov. 25, 1957; son Mose Jr. of Kankakee and William of Fr. Wayne, Ind.; daughters Mrs. Yvonne LeClaire of Kankakee, Mrs. Robert Christiansen of Tucson, Ariz, Mrs. Phyllis Martin of St. Anne and Mrs. Angelina Nourie of Bourbonnais; brothers Clayton and Dacquin both of Kankakee, Lomar of Steger and Dellis of Carlisle, Ark.; sisters Mrs. Evelyn Pilott of Martintown; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation at the Senesac Funeral Home will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Kankakee Daily Journal, April 6, 1972]


T. Daquin Arseneau
T. Daquin Arseneau, 77 642 S. Evergreen Ave., died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fontableu Nursing Center following a three-year illness. He was born March 8, 1902, in Beaverville to Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Arseneau. He was married Feb. 11, 1924, at St. Mary's Church, Beaverville, to the former Aldia Dionne. She died in November 1950. He was married in March 1952 to the former Helen Kirchman. She died in 1978. Mr. Arseneau was a bus driver in Kankakee for 30 years. Surviving are two sons, Ronald Arseneau of Bourbonnais and Farrell S. "Red" Arseneau of Kankakee; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Coffman of Bradley; three brothers, Lomer of Calumet City, Clayton of Kankakee and Dellis of Carlisle, Ark., and three sisters, Evelyn Pilotte of Martinton, Lila Regnier of Florida and Phyllis Martin of Bradley. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maternity BMV Church. Visitation at the Clancy Funeral Home will be from 2 p.m. Tuesday. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. [Kankakee Daily Journal, July 25, 1979]


William Babst
Ex-Business Executive Dies
William C. Babst, 90-year old retired Kankakee businessman, died at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Hospital after a lingering illness. He resided at 1001 S. Evergreen Ave. Mr. Babst was a member of the board of directors of City National Bank for many years and was a past vice president of the organization. He also served as president of the Kankakee citizens System for several years. He was associated with the F.O. Savoie wholesale grocery company and later was associated with the Belt Route Warehouse. The lifelong resident of Kankakee was a member of St. Patrick's Church, the Holy Name Society of that Church, the Kankakee Elks Lodge and the Kankakee Rotary Club. He was born Dec. 5, 1876 in Kankakee and was married to Pearl Ruth Barid in Crown Point, Ind., in May, 1911. She died Nov. 13, 1954. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wayne Huot of Kankakee; a sister, Mrs. Laura Savoie of Pompano Beach, Fla.; a grandson, Gerald W. Huot of DeKalb and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. Daniel A. O'Connor officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The body is at the Phillips, Friday and Schreffler Funeral Home where visitation will be this evening and Friday afternoon and evening. Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Friday. [Kankakee Daily Journal, July 2, 1966]

J.L. Barnes

Died at the Insane Hospital
Springfield, Ills., May 10 - J.L. Barnes, of Kankakee, died suddenly at the Central Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville Tuesday night. The circumstances were such that a coroner's jury Investigating the case declined to render a verdict until a chemical analysis had been made of the stomach, and that organ was sent to the state laboratory at Urbana for examination. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), May 10, 1901]


Rosanna Longtin Beauvais
Rites Tuesday In Bradley For Mrs. Beauvais, 96
Mrs. Rosanna Longtin Beauvais, 96, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Laurent, 236 N. Grand Ave., Bradley, following an illness of seven years. She was born Sept. 18, 1863 at Manteno, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Pepin. Surviving are her daughter in Bradley, sons, Samuel Longtin, and Zephiere Longtin of Bradley; a grand daughter, Miss Delores Longtin of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. She had resided in Bradley for 23 years. Mrs. Beauvais was a member of St. Anne's Sodality of St. Joseph's Church in Manteno. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Bradley. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clancy Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Sunday and until time of the services. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday. [Kankakee Daily Journal Feb 1960]

Janet Benoit
Janet Ann Benoit, 22, formerly of Bradley, died Friday in Santa Fe, N.M. She was born Nov. 13, 1960, in Kankakee to Paul and Glenna Kolwelter Benoit. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's Grade School, Bradley, Bradley - Bourbonnais Community High School, and Southern Illinois University. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bradley. Survivors include her parents; two brothers, Harold of Rockford and David of Kankakee; two sisters, Judy Sunko of Lake Forest and Jane Rolph of Bradley; several nieces and nephews, and several aunts and uncles. Her maternal and paternal grandparents are deceased. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Monday at Schreffler and Sexton Funeral Home, Bradley Chapel. A funeral mass, celebrated by the Rev. James Muray, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais. [Kankakee Daily Journal November 11, 1983]


Laverne V. Benoit
Funeral Monday For Mrs. Laverne V. Benoit, 31
Funeral services for Mrs. Laverne V. Benoit, 31, of 273 S. Cleveland Ave., Bradley, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary. Mrs. Benoit, a resident of this area for 13 years, died Friday. Born in Carrsville, Ky., Nov. 22, 1929, she was married in Morganfield, Ky., Oct. 4, 1948. Surviving are her husband, Dwyer; daughters, Betty Jean, 12, Hazel, 11, and Christine, 5; sons, Michael, 9, Paul 7, and Duane Allen, 8 months; her mother, Mrs. Vedah Lee of Paducah, Ky.; brothers James and Deward Lawless of Gary, Ind., and Guy Lawless of Paducah, Ky.; and sisters, Mrs. Everett Odom, Mrs. Louise Moore and Mrs. Bobby Sanders of Paducah, Ky., and Mrs. James Belt of Illinois. Visiting hours begin at 2 p.m. today in the Rambo Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 8 this evening. Kankakee Daily Journal September 18, 1961

Leo Benoit, 59, Dies At Home In Bourbonnais
Leo E. Benoit, 59, a life-long farmer and resident of Bourbonnais township, died suddenly at his home at 5 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at the Maternity Church in Bourbonnais at 9:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Paul Hutton officiating. Friends may call at the Senesac funeral home after noon Saturday and until the time of services Monday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Benoit was born March 8, 1891 in Bourbonnais. In 1913 he married the former Loretta Betourne. Mr. Benoit was a member of the Holy Name society of the Maternity church and of the Gleaner society, Kankakee arbor. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Bissonnette of St. George and Mrs. Oscar Legris of Kankakee; four sons, Lionel, Adrian, Ambrose and Edward, all of Bourbonnais; two sisters Mrs. Zephire Brosseau of Tilburry, Canada and Mrs. Arthur Dion of Quebec, Canada; five brothers Felix, Alex and Damase of Detroit, Paul of Des Moines, Iowa, and Joachim of Kankakee and a half brother Zephire of Detroit. A son Armand preceded him in death. [Kankakee Daily Journal May 10, 1950]

Lewis W. Benoit
Lewis W. Benoit, 86, of Kankakee, died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital, following a short illness. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Thursday with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Clancy Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church. Mr. Benoit was born to August and Leonie Baron Benoit on July 7, 1899, in Beaverville. On Dec. 2, 1925, at St. Rose of Lima Church, he married the former Helen Clark. Mr. Benoit was a retired employee of the Kankakee Valley Park District. He was a member of St. Patrick Church, the Holy Name Society of the parish and the Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael of Winnetka; a son-in-law, C.A. Brault of Mattoon; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Beulah Blain of Martinton and Verona Arseneau of Kankakee. A daughter, Patricia Brault, four sisters and three brothers are deceased. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. [Kankakee Daily Journal, January 21, 1986]

Paul E. Benoit
CHEBANSE - The funeral mass for Paul E. Benoit, 21 286 N. Oak St., who died as a result of an accident Wednesday, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church. He was one of two men found in a car that overturned in a drainage ditch about 1 ½ miles southwest of Chebanse. State police theorized the car missed a T intersection and slid down an embankment into the ditch. He was born April 11, 1954 in Kankakee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer Benoit. His mother is deceased and his survivors include father and stepmother of Chebanse; brothers Duane at home and Michael of Kankakee; sisters Mrs. Christine Parraday, Mrs. Betty Powers and Miss Hazel Benoit, all of Kankakee, stepsisters Mrs. Lola Schafer of Bonfield and Mrs. Carol LeBeau of Kankakee; stepbrothers Raymond and Larry Gullquist, both of Clifton, paternal grandmother Mrs. Arthur Benoit of Manteno; and maternal grandmother Mrs. Vadah Lee of Paducah, Ky. He had been employed by Beatrice Foods Co., Kankakee. The Rev. Richard Kostelz will say the mass at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Friday at the Knapp Funeral Home. Clifton, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. [Kankakee Daily Journal, 1976]

Paul G. Benoit
Paul G. Benoit, 72, the president of the Bradley-Bourbonnais Senior Citizens, died Wednesday evening at Riverside Medical Center, following a one month illness. Visitation at the Schreffler Funeral Home, Bradley chapel, will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church by the Rev. William Jaeger. A lifelong resident of the area, he was born Dec. 30, 1912, in Manteno. On June 17, 1939, at St. Joseph Church, he married the former Glenna Kolwelter, who survives. Mr. Benoit was the former owner of the Kankakee Crawford Door Co. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and the Holy Name Society of the parish. His memberships, in addition to the Bradley-Bourbonnais Senior Citizens, included the Kankakee Moose Lodge, the Kankakee Valley Wanderers, the Gleaners, the Property Owners Association of Crestone, Colo., and the Kankakee County Senior Citizens. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Harold of Rockford and David of Kankakee; two daughters, Judy Sunko of Lake Forest and Jane Rolph of Bradley; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Patrick of Kankakee, Lawrence and Leonard, both of Bradley; for sisters, Alice Scheppler of Kankakee, Ann McCue and Leona Worby, both of Bradley, and Estelle Bennett of Petersburg, Va. A daughter, Janet Benoit, and two sisters are deceased. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bourbonnais. [Kankakee Daily Journal, May 15, 1985]

Vernon E. Benoit
Visitation for Vernon E. "Tex" Benoit, 55, Westwego, La. will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at the Senesac Bourbonnais Funeral Home. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Visitation Tuesday at the funeral home will be from 8-9:45 a.m. with a 10 a.m. funeral mass at Maternity BVM Church celebrated by the Rev. Daniel Antle. Mr. Benoit, a former resident of Bourbonnais, died in an auto accident Friday, in Raceland, La. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Benoit, he was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Bourbonnais. He was a graduate of St. Patrick Central high School, Kankakee. He was a veteran of service during World War II with the Navy and the Merchant Marine. Before moving to the New Orleans area six years ago, he had lived for a number of years in California. He was the owner and operator of the Benoit Liquid Cement Corp., Westwego. Survivors include his wife, the former Jean Dolan, to whom he was married March 1, 1976, in California; his mother, Edna Benoit of Bourbonnais and Allandale, Fla.; three sisters, Darlene Mason of Kankakee, Marilyn "Idge" Daucanski and Donola Hildebrand both of Bourbonnais; two brothers, Wayne of Centralia, Mo. and Steve of Bourbonnais; three stepdaughters, Connie Saffari, Barbara Roderigeuz and Patty Gisclair; four stepsons, John, Steven, David and Eddie Jr.; five stepgrandchildren. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery. [Kankakee Daily Journal, January 14, 1983]

Vivian Benoit
Vivian Benoit, 35, Dies; Kankakee Rites Thursday
A lifetime resident of the Kankakee area, Mrs. Vivian Joan Benoit, 35, 15 Guilford St., Bourbonnais, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn., following a seven-week illness.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church. Visitation will be at Clancy Funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday and until the services. Mrs. Benoit was born July 10, 1936 in Bradley, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams. She was married Sept. 21, 1957 in St. Patrick Church to Martin B. Benoit. She is survived by the widower; daughters. Madonna, Michelle, Jacquelyn, Linda and Julie, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Mona Williams of Kankakee; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schultz of Bradley; and sister, Mrs. Billie Belanger of Bourbonnais. Her father died in August of 1956. She was a member of St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday. [Kankakee Daily Journal, June 22, 1972]


Henry Bigelow

HENRY BIGELOW, CIVIL WAR VET, DIES WEDNESDAY
Henry Bigelow, veteran of the Civil war and Kankakee county pioneer , died Wednesday after several months illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Briggs of 1196 South Fifth avenue, in this city.
Henry Bigelow was born September 4, 1839 (looks like 9, poor copy), in Essex county N. Y. He lived there until he was 19 years old when he came to Kankakee county. When the Civil war broke out in 1860, he enlisted in the Union army and served throughout the war. At the Conclusion of the war he retunred home and was married to Miss Jennie Palmer. Mrs. Bigelow died November 18, 1905. Twelve years ago Mr. Bigelow left the farm which had been his home for many years and came to Kankakee.
He is survived by two daughters - Mrs. Belle Stevens of Salisbury, Mo, and Mrs. Fannie Briggs of Kankakee, one brother, Titus Bigelow of New York, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Emma Pitcher died several years ago. Mr. Bigelow was a member of the G.A.R.(Grand Army of the Republic)
The funeral will be held from the hertz funeral parlor on Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. J. A. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Hawkins cemetery.
[Kankakee Daily News, Oct 9, 1924 - Submitted By JBargeon]

Thomas Philip Bonfield
Kankakee Rail Chief Dies
Kankakee, Ill., Jan 22 - Thomas Philip Bonfield, president of the Kankakee & Seneca railroad and a director of the C.R.I. & P. and Big Four railroads and the oldest member of the Kankakee Bar association, died at his home in this city yesterday. Mr. Bonfield was the first president of the village of Kankakee. From 1877 to 1881 he was in the state senate and through his efforts the Kankakee state hospital was located here. He tried the first case in the Kankakee circuit court in 1853, before Judge Henderson, when court was held in the Illinois Central freight depot. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), January 22, 1913]

Jerry D. Brumitt
Jerry D. Brumitt of Pendleton Indiana,fomerly of Kankakee, who had his roots in Johnson County passed away Thursday June 16,2011 at St. James Medical Center in Anderson Indiana after a sudden illness. He was born September 19, 1938 in Kankakee the son of William Brumitt and Milderd [Moore] Brumitt who preceded him in death.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Jane Brumitt of Pendleton Indiana, two sons Michael Brumitt of Indianapolisand Gary Brumitt of Pendleton; one brother and two sisters Rodney Brumitt, Patsy Brumitt and Joyce Toronjo all from Kankakee; two brothers-in-law David Devening and Kenneth Devening both of Ohio and several nieces , nephews and great-nieces and grand-nephews.
[The Daily Journal, 6/20/2011 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Maude Brumitt
MAUDE BRUMITT OF KANKAKEE DIES; RITES THURSDAY
Mrs. Maude Ann Brumitt 85, of 1329 S. Sixth ave., who was born in Ozark, Johnson County and has lived in Kankakee for the past 67 years died Monday. She was born on Feb. 13, 1884 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Lawrence. She married David Brumitt in Kankakee April 10, 1911. He died in 1963. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Thomas Billadeuu and Miss Orpha Brumitt, both of Kankakee, and one grandchild. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. at Yates Orrison funeral home with the Rev. Roy Goodell officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening and until the time of the services on Thursday. [Kankakee Daily Journal, 1969 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Michael Butler
At Kankakee City, on the evening of the 24th ultimo, Michael Butler, while attempting to cross the Court Street Bridge, fell off, in consequence of the darkness of the night, and was instantly killed, having struck on the T rail of the Illinois Central Railroad over which the bridge is built. [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 5 December 1856]


Edward J. Colby
Bruises on the face and body of Edward J. Colby, the inventor who died in Kankakee hospital for the insane, led to an investigation by the police department of Chicago. [The Norfolk weekly news-journal.(Norfolk, Neb.), October 11, 1901]

Dr. J.C. Corbus

Dr. J.C. Corbus, for twenty-seven years president of the State board of charities and previous to 1906 superintendent of the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane at Kankakee, died at Mendota, aged 76 years. In the Civil War he served as assistant surgeon of the Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry. He was also a United States medical examiner for fifteen years. He was formerly a member of the Republican State Central Committee. [Chicago Eagle (Chicago, Ill.), March 27, 1909, Page 9]

William Marshall Crider
Anna, IL-- WILLIAM MARSHALL CRIDER, 83, formerly of Manteno, IL, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 in City Care Center in Anna.  He was born Aug. 2, 1925 in East Prairie, Mo., the son of Frank and Mattie Grant Crider.  He married Inis Kathryn Forby on Nov. 24, 1951 in Trussville, Ala. William is survived by his wife, Inis Kathryn Crider; five children, Marshall Crider and wife, Deanna, of Mary Esther, Fla., Marsha Simmons and husband, Sam, of Bourbannais, IL, Bobbie Crider of Conroe, Texas, Delaina Caise and husband, Allen, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Allen Crider and wife, Sonya, of Berthoud, Colo.; two sisters, Clara Daniels of Chaffee, Mo., and Gertrude Kohr of Scott City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gertrude May Crider; and half-brother, Odell Tiewater.
William worked as a press operator and retired from General Motors Corporation after 30 years of service.
Graveside services for Mr. William Marshall Crider will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 in Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.  Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  [Published in The Southern Illinoisan from 8/30/2008-9/2/2008]


Mrs. David Greenawalt
Mother of Ray Greenawalt Dies in Illinois; Was 93

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Greenawalt were grieved Saturday evening when they received a message telling of the death of the former's mother, Mrs. David Greenawalt which occurred that evening at her home southeast of Momence, Ill., following an illness of only about an hour. She was 93 years old. She is survived by six children, three having preceded her in death. Also twenty-one grandchildren and twenty great - grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church in Momence, of which she was a member and was attended by many sorrowing relatives and friends. Those attending from Monon were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Greenawalt and daughter, Margery, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Legan, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Lamport and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gross.
[The Monon News December 19, 2009 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


Hulse (children)
Kankakee, Ill, Dec 5 - Two children, aged 6 and 9, sons of Rudolph Hulse, were drowned in the Kankakee river yesterday while playing on a large cake of ice.  Two other children who were also on the ice were rescued by bystanders. [Rock Island Daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 05 Dec. 1892]


Minnie Ifland and Lulu Cook
A SUICIDE PACT. Two Girls Drank An Ounce of Strychnine and Died
Kankakee, Ill., Oct. 11.— A suicide pact has resulted in the death of Miss Minnie Ifland, 20, and Lulu Cook, 14, daughters of farmers 20 miles south of this city. Clasped in each others arms, the two drank the contents of an ounce bottle of strychnine. Death came before medical aid could be summoned. The reading of trashy novels is said to have led to the suicide. [The Evening Bulletin.(Maysville, Ky.), October 11, 1904]


Edward Kaumfleman
Edward Kaumfleman of Marceline (MO), who was injured in a hotel fire at Kankakee, Ills., Monday, died a short time afterward. [Chariton Courier., May 22, 1903, (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.)]


James S. Kimball
Class of 1847 - JAMES SPENCER KIMBALL. Born, June 12, 1817, Strafford, Vt. Son of Izri and Lydia (Robbins) Kimball. Mr. Kimball taught six months in Woburn, Mass., and then went to St. Louis, where he taught in the English Classical High School. About 1852 he moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and taught in private and in public schools at Keokuk, and at Hamilton, Ill., until 1865, when he removed to Baraboo, Wis. The latter place he made his home for thirty years, following his profession as a teacher. In 1895 he moved to Kankakee, Ill., living until his death, with his son.
Died, June 22, 1901, at Kankakee, Ill.
Married, Clara Partridge, Aug. 10, 1848, at Niagara Falls. [Source: "Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]


Noel Le Vasseur
Noel Le Vasseur, one of the oldest settlers of Kankakee county, died last week. He was born in Canada in 1798; established a trading post at Mackinac in 1869 in the interests of the Hudson Bay Company; and traded with the Indians for years along Lake Michigan and in eastern Illinois, and induced a large number of French Canadians to make the first settlements in Kankakee county. [The Ottawa Free Trader.(Ottawa, Ill.), December 27, 1879, Page 3]


Pearl Miley and Ross Morgan
ILLINOIS COUPLE DIES IN SUICIDE PACT
Kankakee, Ill., Aug. 26. - A young woman believed to be Pearl Miley, from Lafayette, Ind., and a young man believed to be Ross Morgan of Gilman, who registered at the Commercial hotel as Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Long of Lafayette, committed suicide today by swallowing poison. The act was premediated, the couple having addressed unsigned letters to various friends, telling them of the proposed intention. The woman first swallowed the poison and the man rushed to the office, called for a doctor and rushed back to the room and swallowed a quantity of the acid. [Ottumwa Tri-Weekly Courier. (Ottumwa, Iowa), 27 Aug. 1912]


Adelord Joseph Menard
Adelord J. Menard, 61 Brinkman’s Trailer Court, Bourbonnais, died Wednesday afternoon at Riverside Hospital following a short illness. Born May 6, 1913 in Bourbonnais, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Menard. He was married April 13, 1942 to Lucille Golding who survives. Other survivors include daughters, Mrs. Barbara Wood of Grant Park and Miss Carol Ann Menard of Bourbonnais; four grandchildren; brothers, Daniel of Chebanse, Joseph of Bourbonnais, and Arthur and Vincent, both of Bradley; and a sister, Mrs. Theresa Bright of Bonfield. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the maternity BVM Church in Bourbonnais with the Rev. Harold Devereaux officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Rambo Funeral Home in Bradley. [The Daily Journal, Sep. 13, 1974; Sub. by Maurene Richard Miller]


Mary Virginia Windmiller Nanos
Mary Virginia Windmiller Nanos, 68, of Bradley, died Sunday, November 8, 1992 at St. Mary’s Hospital after a short illness. A 1942 graduate of Kankakee High School, she had been employed for 20 years in the production control department of the General Foods Corporation. She is a first cousin to Mrs. Verdie (Evelyn) Smith, of Pleasant Hill. Born April 23, 1924 in Pleasant Hill, she was the daughter of John "Ralph" and Rose Bower Windmiller. She married George Nanos April 15, 1947, in Kankakee and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Alan Nanos and Greg Nanos, both of Bradley; four daughters, Janet Davis Wilson and Rosemary Faber, both of Kankakee, Jill and Valerie Nanos, both of Bradley; two brothers, Benson Windmiller of Florida and Robert Windmiller of Arizona; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Worth. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 1992, with Rev. David Babb officiating. Burial was in the Kankakee Memorial Gardens. [Unknown newspaper, c. Nov 1992; Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.]


Isaac Parrish
Isaac "Ike" Wesley Parrish, 101, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of the St. Anne area, passed away Monday (April 1, 2013). He was born July 13, 1911, near Nashville, Tenn., the son of the Rev. Isaac and Zetta Belle Parrish. Ike was a drainage engineer and was president of the St. Anne Farm Drainage Co. in St. Anne. He was also a farm manager and salesman. Ike was married to Eleanor for 79 years; she preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Ellan Wagner, of Mesa; two sons, Brian Parrish, of Tempe, Ariz., and Michael Parrish, of Belize; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Ike was a longtime Rotarian, serving as club president, district governor, world counselor, international director and honorary president of the Mesa Rotary Club. A memorial is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa. [Kankakee Daily Journal - Sunday, April 7 2013]

William W. Parish, Sr
Momence, Ill, March 12 - William W. Parish, Sr., Pioneer farmer and live stock raiser of Kankakee county, died at his home here last night. He was 94 years old and came to this place in September, 1840. He was born in Naples, NY. [Rock Island Argus.(Rock Island, Ill.), March 12, 1914, Page 10]

Wm. H. Patterson
The Hon. Wm. H. Patterson, of Momence, member elect of the constitutional convention from Kankakee county, died at his residence in Momence at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Mr. Patterson was a successful merchant, and for a long time a prominent man in that county; and for his honesty and integrity was the almost unanimous choice for the responsibile position he has just occupied. His death is regarded as a great loss to the community. [The Ottawa Free Trader.(Ottawa, Ill.), January 22, 1870, Page 4]

Mary E. Porter
DIES IN ILLINOIS -- Ray Greenawalt, daughter Margery and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Legan went to Kankakee. Ill. Wednesday morning of last week and in the afternoon attended funeral services for Mrs. Greenawalt's mother, Mrs. Mary E. Porter, at the First Baptist church in Momence, Ill. Mrs. Porter passed away November 3rd at St. Mary's hospital in Kankakee at the age of 81 years. Mrs. Greenawalt, who had been at Kankakee two weeks, returned home with her family Wednesday evening.
[Monon, Indiana - Friday, November 14, 1941 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


Marie Z. White Reinhart
Marie Z. White Reinhart, 80, of Bonfield, formerly of Goreville passed away, Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Provena St. Mary Hospital, Kankakee. Friends called from 11:00a.m. until noon Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at Meredith Funeral Chapel, Goreville. Graveside services were held immediately following the visitation at Busby Cemetery, Goreville with Rev. Ron Ferguson officiating.
Marie was born November 14, 1921 in Herrin to Ted and Eva (MARTIN) Craig. Her husband Robert White preceded her in death on November 5, 1985. On July 17, 1993 she married John Reinhart in Manteno. Survivors include her husband, John Reinhart of Bonfield; four sons and three daughters-in-laws, Bill and Sandy White of Mattoon, David and Barbara White of Westminster, Colorado; Lowell and Eula White of Cypress, Texas; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Linda and Charles Grant of Kankakee; Debbie and Mike Spilsbury of Kankakee; Sharen and Jerry Anderson of Bradley; Rose and Calvin Zelhart of Momence and Mary Haslett of San Diego, Calif.; three stepsons; four stepdaughters; one sister, Shirley Schriefer of Bradley; two brothers, Charles Craig of Vienna and Paul Craig of Seattle, Washington; nineteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.
Marie was a member of the First Baptist Church, Manteno. She had worked at Manteno State Hospital for thirty years before she retired. She loved reading and writing poems and sent them to be published in the Daily Journal in Voice of the People. [unknown newspaper, c. March 2002; Submitted by; Arlene Underwood]


Thomas Searle
Thomas Searle, of St. Anne township, Ill., the oldest inhabitant of Kankakee county, died at the age of 105 years. [Crittenden Press. (Marion, Ky.), February 20, 1902]

Smith
Woman Burned to Death - We learn that a young woman named Smith, residing near Momence, Kankakee county, was burned to death on last Saturday night.  It appears that she was lying on a lounge in a room by herself, reading or sewing, with a light near her; she fell asleep and her clothes took fire, and before assistance came to hand, she was so badly burned as to cause her death on the Monday following.  [Illinois State Journal, 13 October 1858]

Rev. John T. Smith
(Buried in Manteno - Kankakee County)
Funeral Rites Held For Rev. Smith Wednesday
Funeral services for The Rev. John T. Smith, administrator of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, who died suddenly, was conducted Wednesday, with a solemn mass in Sacred Heart Church, with The Most Rev. L. T. Lane, bishop of the Rockford diocese, the celebrant. The body had been taken to the church Monday afternoon from the Grennan and Son Funeral Home to lie in state until the hour of the services. Later the body was taken overland to Manteno, Ill., where burial services were conducted Thursday morning in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Bishop Lane was assisted at the requiem mass by the Rev. Frank Bonnike, St. Mary Church, as deacon; Rev. Michael Shanahan, director of the diocesan Catholic Charities, subdeacon; Rev. Edward Coakley, St. Patrick's Church, McKenry, and Rev. Raymond Gordon, St. Bridget's Love's Park, deacons of honor; Rev. Donald Shuler, Rockford, master of ceremonies, assisted by Rev. John Moroney, St. Mary Church, Sterling; Rev. Walter Roberts Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton, preacher.
Others assisting were Rev. Daniel Geohagan, chaplain of St. Anthony's Hospital, Rockford; Rev. William Boland, St. Mary's, Morrison; Rev. Paul Kimkel, Byron; Rev. Lawrence London, assistant pastor of St. Andrew's, Rock Falls; Rev Thomas Green, St. Patrick's, Dixon. The mass was sung by the Priests' Choir of the Rockford Diocese. There were about 100 clergy in attendance, as well as a large number of nuns from St. Mary parish and from the surrounding community. The active pallbearers were Paul Loos, Jr., Carl Gartner, Donald Hutten, Chester Anning, John Barthelme, and Al Dieterle. Honorary pallbearers were Roland Devine, John McDonnell, B. E. Austin, William Doyle, Edward Mee and Dr. F. L. Rubright.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illiinoi May 31, 1957 - Friday, pg 6 - Submitted by Melva L. Taylor]

John Strunk
Death of Hon. Jno. Strunk - We learn from the Joliet Signal that Hon. John Strunk, member of the Legislature from that district, died at his residence in Momence, Kankakee county, on the 12th inst.  His illness was of but a few hours duration.  [Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, 23 July 1855]

Hazel Susman
Hazel Susman, 94, died Monday at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Local arrangements are being handled by Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hertz-Thomas Funeral Home, Kankakee. Burial will be at Mount Grove Cemetery,
Kankakee.
Mrs. Susman helped organize the Heart of Illinois Women's Club and was a member of the Sterling Woman's Club. She and her husband formerly operated the "SND" Discount Department Store in Sterling.
She is survived by her husband, Maurice; a daughter, Elvetta Pistach, Kokomo, Ind.; two sisters, Viola Posken, St. Louis, Mo.; Luella Mae Schultz, Bradley, Ill.; one brother, Everette Meyers, Manteno, Ill.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son and three brothers. [Sterling Gazette September 18, 1990 - Thursday, pg A2, Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]

William G. Swannell
William G. Swannell, a well-known citizen of Kankakee, Ill., died at the age of 65 years. [The Columbus Journal.(Columbus, Neb.) , May 11, 1892]


Joseph Vanslette
A coroner's jury has returned a verdict that Joseph Vanslette, who died at Kankakee, Ill., had choked to death on a patent cough medicine. [The Liberal Democrat.(Liberal, Kan.), May 19, 1916]


Caleb Wells
At his residence in Momence, on Saturday, Nov. 29th, of old age, Caleb Wells, aged 85 years and 4 months. Mr. Wells was one of the old settlers. He came to Momence in 1837 and settled in what was called the Canada Settlement, and has lived there ever since. He was a very hard working and able bodied man. As a citizen and neighbor Mr. Wells was very much respected. He was strictly honest and peaceable. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and he believed that his religion required an upright and consistent life, and his great aim was to live such a life. He never swerved from the practice of genuine morality and christian kindness. Mr. Wells was a soldier in the War of 1812, and as such was receiving a pension of eight dollars per month. He had been quite feeble for a good while, but he managed to be promptly on hand every quarter to have his pension voucher prepared. But on Wednesday before he died he took a chill, after which a fever set in. He failed very fast after that and died on Saturday. His wife survives him; her age is about 76. [Momence Reporter, 11 Dec 1879, Pg 3 - Submitted by Carolyn Wells, who adds: What was not in the obituary was that he had 2 living children (Caleb James and Erastus). His third Timonthy Joshua died in 1858 at the age of 26. Caleb, wife and children are all buried in the Shrontz Cemetery.]


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