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Ida (BROWN) KAMINSKI Age 96, passed away October 31, 2006 at Franciscan Village in Lemont. She was a lifetime resident of Lemont. Survived by sisters-in-law, Irene BROWN of Wyoming, Marie BROWN and Estelle KAMINSKI, both of Lemont; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Alex; brothers, Bud and Russell; and parents, William and Lydia (nee MARTIN) BROWN. Mrs. KAMINSKI served in the U.S. Army during WWII. She was a member and past Commander of Lemont VFW Post 5819 Ladies Auxiliary for many years and member of the American Legion. Retired from United Airlines. Memorial Services Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 11:00 AM at Lemont United Methodist Church. Pastor Juan Campanano officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lemont United Methodist Church, 25 W. Custer, Lemont, IL 60439. Arrangements by Gerharz Funeral Home 630-257-2123

Source: Joliet Herald News, 16 Nov 2006 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 16, 2006

April Jane KAMM

April Jane KAMM 1961-2004 April Jane KAMM of Lockport, IL passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2004 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. April is survived by her husband, Steven; and two sons, Nathan and Berin. April is also survived by four sisters and two brothers, Leah (Tom) MORGAN of Snohomish, WA, Jeanne (John) SHEKA of Lynwood, WA, Robert (Billie) BORMS of Peotone, IL, Sally (Mark) WIECLAW of New Lenox, IL, Shirley (Steven) BLOCK of Roselle, IL and Raymond BORMS of Campbell, CA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Virginia (STEIDINGER) BORMS of Peotone, IL. April was raised on the family farm in Green Garden Township and was a member of the Green Garden United Methodist Church, where she was married on June 15, 1985. April received an Associates Degree in Interior Design and Mechanical Design Technology from Joliet Junior College. April was most recently employed as a drafter at Electromotive in LaGrange, IL and at various Nothrup Defense Systems offices in the Northwest suburbs. April was most recently employed as an aide for Melni-Kelvin Grove School District 91 in Lockport. A memorial service for April will be held on Monday, October 25th at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 South Washington Street, in Lockport, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lockport in April’s name. For information, contact Goodale Funeral Home at 815-838-1533. GOODALE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport 815-838-1533

Source: Joliet Herald News, 22 Oct 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 22, 2004


Services will be held Thursday for Albert KANNBERG of South Chicago Heights. Mr. KANNBERG died Jan 22, 1955, at Woodside Manor in South Chicago Heights. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan 26, at Hirsch Funeral Homes West End Chapel in Chicago Heights. The Rev. John Noer, pastor of St. John United Church of Christ in Chicago heights, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Monee. Memorials can be made to the attention of Gadus, Vitas Hospice Foundation, 1055 W. 175th St., Homewood, Il 60430; or St. John’s United Church of Christ, 17th and W. Wilson, Chicago Heights, Il 60411. He was born Oct 4, 1901, in Goodenow to Carl and Wilhemina (nee BLUM) KANNBERG. Mr. KANNBERG retired in 1966 from the maintenance department of Inland Steel after 18 years of service. He also farmed his family’s farm in Goodenow, then the BISCHMAN farm and then his own farm in Manhattan, from 1942 to 1948. He was a resident of Monee for 43 years. He was the oldest member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Chicago Heights, and attended Zion Lutheran School in Crete until the eighth grade. Mr. KANNBERG is survived by his wife, Viola (nee KOPMAN)a daughter, Betty (Ronald) HUTCHISON of South Chicago Heights; two grandchildren, Rhonda (Jeremiah) DALEY of Indiana and Randall (Mary) HUTCHISON of Steger; and a great-grandson, Nicholas HUTCHISON. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Flora (nee BISCHMAN)in 1937; two sisters, Elizabeth HOTHAN and Friede COSGROVE and four brothers, William, Otto, Edward and Herman.

Source: Manhattan American, 26 Jan 1995 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 29, 2004


Our community received a severe shock last Monday afternoon when the telephone gave out the news that Nannie KAVANAUGH, wife of Matt KAVANAUGH, was dead. She was born and raised in Elwood, a favorite with all the large circle of friends among whom she had grown up. She passed away after but a few hours of sickness, leaving her husband and six children, the eldest of whom is about 13 years old, to get along as best they can without her. She was the oldest daughter of Frank SHERAN. There are three sisters, Mrs. Rose KEENY, of Joliet, Maggie BREEN, of Jackson, and Alice DELANEY of Manhattan. Funeral was held Wednesday morning at the Catholic church in Wilmington. May her soul rest in peace.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Nov 9, 2000


In this city, on the 22d inst., Mr. John KEEGAN, aged 40 years.

Source: Joliet Signal, Vol. 21, No. 17, Page 2, Tues, Oct 6, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 4, 2000

Hannah KEITH

Deaths KEITH-Hannah, wife of W.F.KEITH, of Elwood, this morning at her residence in Elwood. She was 70 years of age and for forty years had been a resident of Will county. Funeral will be held Wednesday morning from her late home in Elwood. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, Joliet.

Source: Unknown newspaper and date Posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 30, 2000


Death of the Oldest Resident of Will County, — Mrs. Fanny KENDRICK, formerly wife of Philip SCOTT of this town, who died many years ago, and laterly the consort of the late Tunis KENDRICK, died at her son-in-law’s, Mr. Joseph LEWIS, in Channahon, on the 15th inst., at the age of sixty-eight.– The decease of this worthy lady awakens in our minds reflections of the past. Thirty-two years ago, when she made this town her home, Will county, as well as the whole of Northern Illinois, was a vast wilderness, inhabited by savages and wild beasts.– Chicago was then a small village and Joliet was unknown. Thirty-two years, what changes they have made! The mind can easier realize than can the tongue describe it.Yet this lady whose death we are called upon to cronicle, witnessed it all. She was, indeed, one of the mothers of our country. Since our earliest boyhood we have been accustomed to hear her name held up as the pattern of christianity, humility, virtue, and all the attributes that adorn the sex. Earth can boast of many angel mothers, and we believe that Mrs. Fanny Kendrick was one of them. Heroes have their fame and statesmen their praise, but the attributes of a good woman, who has lived out her days, eclipse all these. The remains of the truly noble lady were deposited in a cemetery near this city.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 20, No. 45, Page 2, Apr 21, 1863 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 3, 2000


Caton Farm, Sept. 27, – – Mrs. Alice KENTNER is spending this week with her mother, Mrs. Ellen SMITH, of Plainfield, and helping to take care of her brother, Bernard SMITH, who was injured in a fall from a horse last Saturday and is in a serious condition, being unconscious most of the time, and his recovery is not expected. Mrs. John POWERS and Dominic SMITH have also spent several days at his bedside.

Source: The Joliet News, Joliet, IL, 37th Year, No. 145, Page 11, Sep 27, 1913 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jan 13, 2001


Died — On Hickory Creek, on the 14th inst., Mr. Lewis KERCHEVAL in the 52d year of his age. Mr. K, was one of the oldest inhabitants, of this county, and much respected by a large circle of acquaintances.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 4, No. 14, Page 3, Sep 15, 1846 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Aug 14, 2000

Josephine M. KIEP (STOOS)

Josephine M. KIEP, nee STOOS Deceased. Josephine M. KIEP, nee STOOS, age 78, Friday, Feb. 22, at Joliet, Ill., widow of the late Robert P., fond mother of Alfred, Walter, Robert, and Henry, sister of Theresa BRAUN, Mary ROLF, and A. J. STOOS. Funeral from chapel, 251 N. Center street, Joliet, Monday at 9:30 a.m. to St. John’s Catholic church, 10 a.m. Interment St. John’s cemetery, Joliet. Record Number: 19460224dn090

Source: Chicago Tribune, 24 Feb 1946 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006

Robert J. KIEP

Robert J. KIEP, age 81, died Friday, June 22, 1984, at his late residence in La Grange, he was a retired partner with William Blair & Co. and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, LaGrange, beloved husband of Helen G., nee GALLINGER KIEP of La Grange; father of Richard P. KIEP of Elmhurst, Peter J. KIEP of Cedar Falls, IA; grandfather of Anne, Robert, Lisa, Laura, James and Joseph KIEP; brother of Henry J. KIEP of Joliet; uncle of several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass and burial will be private. Memorials, in his memory, to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Spring & Ogden Avenues, LaGrange, IL. 60527 will be appreciated. No visitation. Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 251 N. Center at Campbell Street, Joliet, IL., In charge of arrangements. Info. call 815-726-5211. Record Number: 19840623dn025

Source: Chicago Tribune, 23 Jun 1984 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006

Robert P. KIEP

ROBERT P. KIEP 65, retired director of community affairs for Metra, died of cancer Sunday, April 7, in Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. Mr. KIEP was born in Joliet and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School and the University of Notre Dame. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1960. After working for a family business and in real estate, Mr. KIEP took a job with the Regional Transportation Authority, and later became Metra’s community affairs director. Mr. KIEP also served on the Will County Board from 1972 to 1974 and was also elected to the Joliet Junior College Board, serving from 1970 until 1983, his family said. Most recently, he served on the college’s foundation board. “He always captured people’s attention when he spoke in public,” said his daughter, Geraldine SANGIACOMO. Mr. KIEP was on the board of the George Werden Buck Boys Club in Joliet for 30 years. He stayed abreast of Will County politics, keeping a weekly lunch date with friends who shared his interest in the Joliet community. He also helped with fundraising efforts at Holy Trinity High School. After 17 years as director of community affairs at Metra, Mr. Kiep retired in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his grandchildren, who called him “Baba.” Mr. KIEP also had a license to fly small planes. Survivors also include his wife, Lois; another daughter, Jill Marie STINN; a son, Robert P. III; a sister, Barbara A. RASMUSSEN; and nine grandchildren. Services have been held.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 13 Apr 2002 Posted by Bonnie D Bouchard, Mar 29, 2006

Mrs. Eva KING

Died at her home in Kansas City, on the 31st ult., Mrs. Eva KING, in the 65th year of her age. The deceased was the mother of J. Q. A. KING, formerly of this city, sister of Daniel BAILEY, of Jackson, and aunt of J. P. KING, the well known lumber dealer, of this city. She was an early settler of this county, for many years a resident of Joliet, and was loved by all her relatives and highly esteemed by her acquaintances.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 40, No. 3, Page 1, Jun 6, 1882 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jul 21, 2000


Kathleen C. Kinsella, 89, of Wilton Center, died Friday(July 7, 2006) at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Forsythe Funeral Home, Manhattan. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Wilton Center. Interment will be in Mount St. Patrick Cemetery, Wilton Center. Memorials may be made to the Manhattan Fire Department or St. Patrick Church. Ms. Kinsella was a school teacher for many years teaching in Symerton, retiring from Peotone Elementery School. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Wilton Center, where she was a sacristan for over 40 years, with the assistance of Aurora Toepper. She was also a former member of The Pinochle Club. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Carmen Kinsella of Wilton Center; two grandchildren, Paul (Jackie) Kinsella, and Angela Kinsella; brothers-in-law, Bernard Quigley, John Kinsella, and William (Edith) Kinsella; one special niece, Joyce Quigley; and many other nieces and nephews. Deceased are her husband Gerald; her parents, Joseph and Loretta Keigher Quigley; her brother, Emmett Quigley; sisters-in-law; Veronica and Terese Quigley, Marilyn Kinsella, Mary Radimacher; and brothers-in-law, Maurice Kinsella and George Radimacher.

Source: Kankakee Daily Journal, Jul 10, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Jul 10, 2006


A the residence of her husband, on the night of the 2d inst., Mrs. Mary E. KIRKPATRICK, wife of George KIRKPATRICK, aged 75 years. The deceased was one of the early settlers of this county, and beloved for her kind heart and correct deportment. Her funeral takes place at 10 o’clock a.m., today, from the family residence in the township of Jackson.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 36, No. 37, Page 8, Feb 4, 1879 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jul 27, 2000


Jerry Klecka, 63, of Peotone, died Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, September 24, 2005 at First Assembly of God Church, 27 N. Monterey Drive, Kankakee, where he was a member. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God, Kankakee, Building Fund. Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Klecka was a design engineer for Whiting Corporation in Monee since 1966. He was born November 13, 1941 in Chicago, the son of Karel E. Emily Lukacek Klecka. He was an ordained minister of Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He was a member of the Peotone Historical Society and loved gardening and geneology. Surviving are his wife, the former Diane Joy Hrad whom he married on May 18, 1963 in Chicago, 2 sons and daughers-in-law, Tim and Michelle Klecka and Steve and Mary Klecka, all of Peotone, 5 grandchildren and 1 sister, Rosemarie Klecka. His parents are deceased.

Source: Kankakee Journal, 9/19/05 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 19, 2005

Wilbert KLIER

Wilbert KLIER, Age 86, late of Frankfort, died May 8th 2001 at the Rosewood Care Center Joliet. Preceded in death by two sons, Wilbert and Wayne; one brother Robert; two sisters Caroline BUCHMEIER and Adeline BECKER, his parents William and Anna (nee SCHROTH). Survived by his wife, Lucile (nee BODE); two daughters Myrtle (Henry) DIMENT of Frankfort and Marilyn (John) TOEPPER of Mokena; two sons, Warren (Linda) of Frankfort and Dennis (Janice) of New Lenox; one sister Marjorie (Richard) STUENKEL of Monee; two brothers Gilbert (Eva) of Crystal Falls, MI, and William of Monee; six grandchildren, Brian, Courtney, Scott, Jennie, Dean, Lisa; one great-grandchild, Jessica. He was a Charter Member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frankfort. Member of the Frankfort Village Board (24 years), Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department (31 years), and the Chicago Teamsters 705. He enjoyed gardening and yard work and was a truck driver for B & R Sugar Supply. Funeral services are Saturday, 11:00am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Rev. Kevin HAHN officiating. Internment: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Richton Park. Visitation, Friday at the funeral home from 2:00-9:00pm, and Saturday at the church from 10:00am until the time of services. Family requests Memorials to the Church Building Fund. GERARDI Funeral Home Lincoln Highway & 95th Ave. Frankfort, IL. 815- 469-2144

Source: Joliet Herald News, 10 May 2001 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 10, 2001

Frederick A. KNATER

Frederick A. KNATER Age 81. Passed away January 25, 2004 at Alden Orland Park Rehabilitation and Health Care in Orland Park. He was a lifelong resident of Green Garden Twp. He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Frankfort. He worked and lived on his family’s farm. He is survived by his loving family, his brother Richard KNATER. One sister-in-law Marilyn KNATER. One niece Laura WOOD. One nephew Mark KNATER. Two step nephews Jack and Robert KNAPP. One step niece Kathy McCADDEN. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Emma (SCHRAM) KNATER, one brother Ralph KNATER and one sister-in-law Ann KNATER. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 28, 2004 from 2-6 p.m. at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way (corner of Lagrange and Old Frankfort Way), Frankfort, IL 60423. Funeral Service Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Kurtz Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dr. David Moffet-Moore officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 12 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423. KURTZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL 65 Old Frankfort Way Frankfort, IL 60423 (815) 806-2225

Source: Joliet Herald News, 26 Jan 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jan 26, 2004


Beverly Jean Knickrehm, 61, of Peotone, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at her home. Visitation will be from 3-9 pm Friday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone, where services will be held at 11 am Saturday. Rev. David Plant will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, where she was a member, or to Hospice of Kankakee Valley. Mrs. Knickrehm was a former waitress at the Hen House Restaurant. She was born September 7, 1941 in Kankakee, the daughter of Roy and Laura Eickmann Kannberg; her father is deceased. Surviving are 1 son Craig (Christine) Knickrehm of Tinley Park and 1 daughter, Michelle Knickrehm of Peotone; her mother Laura Pike of Peotone; 1 brother Dale Kannberg of Alsip; 3 sisters, Marilyn Jensen of Invergrove Heights, Minnesota; Carole (Don) Brady of Wichita, Kansas and Debra Pike of Peotone.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Oct 15, 2002 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Sep 27, 2005


Osmar A. KNICKREHM, a lifelong resident of the Peotone area, died Monday, June 23, 1985 at home. He was 84 years old. Born June 5, 1902, in Green Garden township, he married Pearl HEISNER, on Feb. 22, 1928, in Frankfort, She preceded him in death in 1976. Mr. KNICKREHM was a retired auto mechanic. He was a member and past Senior Elder of the Immanuel Chuch of Christ in Peotone. An outstanding citizen, Mr. KNICKREHM was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Will County Senior Citizens and the Peotone School Board. He was also a past assistant fire chief in the Peotone Fire Department and a member of the Immanuel Church golden Age, the Golden Keys, and the Peotone Sportsman’s Club. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Rev. Thomas G. Drewer will officiate and Joyce Werner will be the organist. Visitation will be held from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be at the Peotone Cemetery. Mr KNICKREHM is survived by two daughters, Dolores (Charles) KNUPP, of Manteno and Carol (Ed) MURPHY of Manteno; one daughter-in-law, Jean KNICKREHM ERICKSON, of Peotone; one brother, Harold KNICKREHM, of Westmont; one sister, Olga CARSTENS of Peotone; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; his parents, Theodore and Alvina KNICKREHM; his son, Wendell who died in 1981; and one brother, Alvin. Pallbearers will be Michael KNUPP, Christopher KNUPP, Steven KNUPP, James MURPHY, Robert MURPHY, Joseph MURPHY, Brian KNICKREHM, and Mark KNICKREHM. Memorials may be made to the Peotone Immanuel Church of Christ or the Peotone Paramedics.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 25 Jun 1986 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 27, 2004


Funeral services were held Monday for Pearl K. KNICKREHM a life-long resident of the Frankfort-Peotone area. Mrs. KNICKREHM, died late Friday night at Riverside Hospital following a short illness. She was 70. Mrs. KNICKREHM and her husband, Osmar, lived at 416 S. West Street in Peotone. She was born 27 Apr 1906, in Frankfort, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad HEISNER. She was married Feb. 22, 1928, in Frankfort. Mrs. KNICKREHM was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, the church’s Evening Women’s Fellowship, and a member of the Will County Home Extension Association. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Mrs. Charles (Delores) KNUPP and Mrs. Edward (Carol) MURPHY both of Manteno; a son, Wendell of peotone; and 11 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers and a sister. Rev. Dean Plassmann conducted services at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel with burial in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth, Leland and Leon KNICKREHM, Alan FINK, Lloyd CARSTENS and Neil HEISNER. Memorials may be directed to the Peotone Paramedic Unit.

Source: Peotone Vedette, 17 Nov 1976; Date of Death: 12 Nov 1976 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jun 28, 2004


Donald L. KOEHLER, Jr. Age 40. Suddenly Thursday, November 12 at the Olympic Fields Osteopathic Medical Center. Late of New Lenox. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Carol (Donald L., Sr.) KOEHLER, one sister, Valerie KOEHLER, good friend, Robert KREML. Also aunts, uncles and cousins. Born in Chicago, living in New Lenox the past 30 years. Preceded by his father, Donald L. KOEHLER, Sr. (1989).

Source: Joliet Herald News, 15 Nov 1999 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Nov 14, 1999


Edgar G. Koehn, 81, of Beecher, died Saturday (June 17, 2006) at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Hack Funeral Home in Beecher. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beecher. Rev. Maynard Toensing will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Handicapped Fund. Mr. Koehn was a retired farmer. He was born February 18, 1925, in Lansing, the son of George and Ella Kuhlmann Koehn. He was a treasurer, an elder and cemetery official for St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a Will County Farm Bureau Director and served on the Beecher Fire Department for several years. Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Piepenbrink of Beecher; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Kathy Koehn, Darwin and Pam Koehn, all of Beecher; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Lloyd and Patti Schoenbeck of Monee, James and Laurie Schoenbeck of Beecher; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Jed Beebe of Santa Maria, California, Darlene and Rick Baker of Shorewood, Vonda and Tim Hardesty of Beecher; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Susan and Allan Becker of Crete, Lois and Harry Witkowski of Lehigh, Florida; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Elma and Frank Waterman of Beecher, and Edna Senholtz of Albert Lea, Minnesota. His first wife, the former Dorothy Bremer, is deceased

Source: Kankakee Journal, Jun 18, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Jun 18, 2006

Harris KOEHN

Harris Koehn, 76, of Peotone, died Friday, October 29, 2004, at Riverside Medical Center. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, where he was a member. Mr. Koehn was a retired plasterer and cement finisher. He was born July 8, 1928 in Manteno, the son of Herman and Mildred Boigt Koehn. Surviving are his wife, the former Kathleen Batson of Peotone, whom he married July 17, 1945 in Peotone; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Connie Koehn of Fulton; one daughter, Barbara Koehn of Bradley; one brother and two sisters-in-law, LaVerne and Elaine Koehn of Peotone, Roberta Koehn of New York Mills, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews. One brother, Maynard Koehn, is deceased. He was a member and past president of the Peotone Sportsman’s Club.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Oct 31, 2004 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Oct 1, 2005

Lillian S. KOHL

Recent Deaths Lillian S. Kohl (nee DETTERMING) Age 86, late of Frankfort, IL. Beloved wife of the late Herbert KOHL. Loving mother of Robert (Elaine) KOHL, Sharon (late Melvin) DUEHR, the late Leslie (Carol KOHL MCNICHOLS) kOHL. Proud grandmother of Kysa, Kris, David, Clinton, Dianna, Steven, Stephanie and great-grandmother of 22. Fond sister-in-law of Janet DETTERMING. Caring aunt of Richard and Don DETTMERING. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 18, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at the Vandenberg Funeral Home, 19604 S. Wolf Rd., Mokena, IL. Interment in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. (708)479-1210

Source: Joliet Herald News, 15 Oct 2003; Date of Death: 14 Oct 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 15, 2003


Arlene M. KOHLHAGEN (nee KEELER) Age 86. At rest Friday, October 11, 2002. Survived by her loving children, Arlyn (late Joseph) PAPESH, James W. (Pat), Donis (late Frank) SUSKI and John H. (Jo Ann) KOHLHAGEN, 13 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins including Karen BREITWIESER and, Marilyn (Tom) GILES. Born in Momence, IL. Preceded in death by her parents, James A. and Lillian (STEVENS) KEELER, husband, Wilbur

Source: Joliet Herald News, 12 Oct 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 13, 2002


KOHLHAGEN, Elmer W.; age 57; died at his home, 107 Meda Ave., Dec. 22, 1947. Survived by his wife, Lydia; 1 son, Wilbur; 4 brothers, Harr of New Lenox; Walter of Joliet; Herbert and Fred of Frankfort; 2 sisters, Mrs. Carrie WEITENDORF and (Ida) Mrs. Arthur BAUMAN of Hobart, Ind.; 3 grandchildren. Funeral from Sonntag Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the Funeral Home.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 23 Dec 1947 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, May 25, 2005

Peter A. KOKAL

Peter A. KOKAL Age 85, of Frankfort passed away October 9, 2004 at Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet. He is survived by his loving wife, Bernice KOKAL (nee HAAKE); father of Ron (Cindy) KOKAL and Darlene (Michael) MARASCO; brother of William (Helen) KOKAL and Vincent (Norma) KOKAL; grandfather of four and great grandfather of eight. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Louisa KOKAL. Family will receive friends Monday, October 11, 2004 from 3 to 8 PM at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way (corner of LaGrange and Old Frankfort Way), Frankfort, IL, 60423. Funeral Service Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 11 AM at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 12 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL, 60423 with a visitation from 10 AM until time of service. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. Donations may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. KURTZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort 815-806-2225

Source: Joliet Herald News, 10 Oct 2004 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 11, 2004


Mill Employe Fatally Hurt by Fast Train Anton Kostelz Struck By Alton Flyer Near Yards of Company Anton Kostelz, 47 years old, 746 Summitt street, an employe of the Illinois Steel company, was fatally injured at 9:20 o’clock last night when struck by a south-bound Chicago and Alton passenger train in the yards near the steel company’s plant. The mill ambulance rushed the injured man to Silver Cross hospital, but he died before the hospital was reached. Kostelz had been in the employe of the steel company for more than twenty years. Recently he had been on the night shift. He was going to work last night when he noticed an oncoming freight train. He waited until the freight train went past, and not noticing the approaching of the passenger train, he is said to have walked directly in its path. The train hurled him a distance of forty feet. When picked up by the train crew his skull was crushed and his right foot severed. Medical assistance was summoned and temporary treatment given. Kostelz died a few minutes before the hospital was reached. The body was removed to Tezak and Markiewicz’ undertaking parlors. Coroner Wunderlich will conduct the inquest this afternoon.

Source: Joliet Evening News, Aug 24 1917; Date of Death: 23 Aug 1917 Posted by Vickie Tallent, Aug 25, 2003


Dies On Way To Her Home Blood Vessel Bursts And Death Follows at St. Joseph’s Hospital Coroner Has Case Mrs. Anton Kostelz, a tired little woman, whose nine children kept her working from early to late in her little home at 746 Summitt, got up early yesterday, as usual, prepared the breakfast, and went to 7 o’clock mass at St. John’s Catholic Church. One son, John, a cripple since he was injured in a bonfire one year ago, trudged along on his crutches for a block with her and then gave it up. –Little Cripple Waits.-

Source: Joliet Evening News, 16 Aug 1915; Date of Death: 15 Aug 1915 Posted by Vickie Tallent, Aug 25, 2003


Frank Kozlowski,husband of Antonia Kozlowski, died April 10, 1927. Born in Poland, Frank Kozlowski immigrated to the United States in 1885. Father to,Stanley Kozlowski,Anthony L. Sty, Victoria (Kozlowski) Ivansek, and Joseph Kozlowski. He worked at the Illinois State Penitentiary as a guard for many years. Home address: 1314 Elizabeth Street, Joliet, Illinois. Buried: April 13, 1927. Holy Cross Cemetary, Joliet, Illinois

Source: Joliet, date unknown Posted by Sherrill Taylor, Sep 28, 2003

Mabel A. KRAPF

Mabel A. KRAPF, Age 92 years. Late of Manhattan Twp., at her residence Friday, July 26, 2002. Survived by her son, Kenneth (Dorita) KRAPF of Wilton Twp; one granddaughter, Alexis and one grandson, Skylar. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Lulu PFEIFER STAUFFENBERG; her husband, Norman KRAPF and one sister, Edith BARR. Mabel KRAPF was born on her Father’s farm in Green Garden township, and has been a resident of the area all of her life. Until her retirement, Mabel KRAPF taught in the Peotone School District and led the Green Garden Snip ‘n Snack 4-H Club, which she founded. She has served the community in many capacities through her church, Green Garden United Methodist, the Manhattan Library Board and the Will County Home Extension. Mabel KRAPF will lie in state Monday, 10:30 AM, July 29, 2002 at the Green Garden United Methodist Church until time of services at 11:00 AM. Rev. Penny HOFFMAN officiating. Interment, at Green Garden Greenview Cemetery. Memorials to the Green Garden United Methodist Church and Manhattan Library would be most appreciated. Visitation Sunday, July 28 from 4PM to 8PM at the Forsythe Funeral Chapel, 320 Eastern Ave., Manhattan.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 27 Jul 2002 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Jul 27, 2002

Willard KRAPF

Willard J. Krapf, 86, of rural Peotone, died Saturday, May 20, 2006, at St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Michael Ginter will officiate. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. Mr. Krapf was a retired farmer. He had also worked at Bennett Industries in Peotone for 33 years, retiring in 1986. He was born January 3, 1920, in Kankakee, the son of John and Mary Stender Krapf. He attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Marie Berg, whom he married October 8, 1955, in Steger; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leo and Donna Krapf of Woodridge and Paul Krapf of Roselle; one daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and John Abell of Troy; three grandchildren; and one sister, Violet Doty of Crown Point, Indiana. Deceased are twin grandchildren; Jennifer and Ryan; and one brother, Martin Krapf.

Source: Kankakee Journal, May 22, 2006 Posted by Margaret Jennings, May 23, 2006


Mrs. George J. (Emma E.) KRATZENBERG, 62 of Frankfort, a lifelong resident of the community, died Saturday (Oct. 16, 1965) at Silver Cross Hospital following a lingering illness. Mrs. KRATZENBERG was born in Frankfort on Dec. 5, 1902. She was a member of St. Peter’s Women’s Guild. She is survived by her hsuband, George; a daughter, Betty HOLM of Mokena; two sons, George B., and Dale P., both of Frankfort; and eight grandchildren. A son, Martin, died in 1929. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Church, Frankfort with the Rev. LaVern SMITH officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the HIRSCH Memorial Chapel, Tinley Park, until noon Tuesday.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, 18 Oct 1965 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 22, 1999

Charles C. KROHN

Recent Deaths Charles C. KROHN Age 93, born September 13, 1907, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at his home at Salem Tower. Charles was one of 10 children born to Karoline EBERLEIN KROHN and Karl Johann KROHN, both German immigrants. Mr. KROHN was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Harry, Howard, Walter and Christian, and two of his sisters, Ella KROHN CARLSON and Louisa KROHN WITTEN-KELLER Mr. KROHN was married to Irene BUSH. She preceded him in death in 1981. They had three children, Charles E. KROHN, who died in 1994, Joan Irene KROHN, of Las Vegas, NM, and David Jon KROHN of Columbus, OH. Mr. KROHN is survived by his sisters, Hedwig KROHN QUIGLY age 107, and Charlotte KROHN MOWERY, age 89, both of Port Charlotte, FL. He is also survived by two grandsons, Brendan Robert KORB of Chicago and Ramble Jon KROHN of Columbus, OH. A lifelong resident of Joliet, Mr. KROHN retired from the Texaco Oil Refinery in Lockport, where he was a boiler house operator. Visitation will be at the Grant-Tapella-Freitag Westwood Memorial Chapel on Friday, from 3 to 7 PM. A funeral service will be held at the Chapel on Saturday, December 30, at 11:30 AM followed by a short Graveside Service at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Grant-Tapella-Freitag Westwood Memorial Chapel Jefferson St. at Essington Rd. 815-725-0100

Source: Joliet Herald News, 28 Dec 2000 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Dec 28, 2000


Bernice KRUSEMARK (nee WEICHBRODT) At rest Monday, October 20, 2003 at her home. Born February 10, 1911 in Manhattan (Wallingford), Illinois. She was a head cashier at Frankfort State Bank for 12 years, a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Junior Choir leader for 25 years, a member of the Frankfort Women’s Club, St. Peter’s Women’s Fellowship/Sunday school teacher and a volunteer at Silver Cross Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Albert H.; daughter, Sue (Jim) PHILLIPS of Urbana, IL; son, Albert H. “Butch” (Lyn) III; and sister, Jymme Senesac both of Frankfort, Il; nine grandchildren, albert H. “Chip” (Lori) IV of Frankfort, Il, Fred (Brenda) of Seatte, Wa., Kristine of Frankfort, Il, Tim (Carrie) of Granger, In., Allyn, Kery and Taylor of Frankfort, Jennifer (Mark) Whitlock of Huntington Beach, Ca and Melissa (Matt) Jokisch of Sycamore, Il; and ten great grandchildren. ..Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Source: Joliet Herald News, 23 Oct 2003 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Oct 23, 2003

Elfere KUCH

Mrs. Henry KUCH, 55, Frankfort. formerly Elsere HILDERAND of Tinley Park died Tuesday morning after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Mokena Lutheran church, Mokena. Survivors are her husband and several brothers and sisters. Remains resting at Hirsch Funeral Home, Tinley Park. Interment in the church cemetery, 159th St. and Oak Park Avenue.

Source: Blue Island Sun Standard, 22 Sep 1949 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 8, 2003

Henry A. KUCH

KUCH, Henry A. Age 79 of Frankfort. Husband of the late Elfere nee SCHADE and Della nee HAAKE. Father of Arline (George) BAUGHAN, Bernice (Peter) KOKAL and Shirley (Delbert) SEEMANN. Brother of Lydia MUELLER, Emily HOFFMAN and John. 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Late sister Myra, 2 brothers Willard and Irvin. Resting at the HIRSCH Memorial Chapel, Tinley Park from 2 till 10 p.m. Sunday. Services Monday 2 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Frankfort, Interment Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Tinley Park. Memorials to the Art Fund of Good Shepherd Church, Frankfort.

Source: Joliet Herald-news, 26 Apr 1975; Date of Death: Apr 1975 Posted by Colleen Bettenhausen, Aug 21, 1999

Henry KUSE

Henry H. Kuse, 87, of Hill Point, Wisconsin since 1993, formerly of Peotone, died Wednesday, November 2, 2005. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel, Peotone. Rev. Bill Riegle will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Matteson. Memorials may be made to the family wishes or to the donor’s choice. Mr. Kuse was a retired farmer and had worked at Mobil Chemical in Frankfort. He was born May 3, 1918, in Riverdale, the son of John F. and Julia Krumrey Kuse. His wife, the former Selma Bode, whom he married June 22, 1946, in Tinley Park, is deceased. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Hill Point, Wisconsin. He enjoyed traveling, bowling and playing cards. Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella and George Mollencupp of Dayton, Ohio, Evelyn and Dennis Rab of Hill Point, Wisconsin, Arlene and Burt Kline of Monee; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Alma Kuse of Frankfort, May Schrank of New Lenox, Ida Mersch of Kankakee, Amanda Longreider of Mokena; and several nieces and nephews. Deceased are one sister, Emma Kuse; and two brothers, John Kuse Jr. and Herman Kuse.

Source: Kankakee Journal, Nov 4, 2005 Posted by Margaret Jennings, Nov 3, 2005

George E KYRK

Died. In Jackson township, Feb. 23, George E., only son of Cicero and Ortha KYRK, of congestion of the lungs, aged 5 weeks and 2 days. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of numerous friends. Is there no kind, no healing art, To soothe the anguish of the heart. Spirit of grace be ever nigh, Thy comforts are not made to die; Hope wipes the tear from Sorrow’s eye, And faith points upward to the sky.

Source: Joliet Signal, Joliet, IL, Vol. 36, No. 40, Page 10, Feb 25, 1879 Posted by Lawrence B Peet, Jul 27, 2000