The Times from Streator, Illinois on November 14, 2007 · 12
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Streator, Illinois
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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M Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 The Times, Ottawa, II 61350 OBITUARIES Irene V. Wright 1916-2007 Raymond A. McClernon 1923-2007 Richard L Miller 1922-2007 PONTIAC - Irene Vera Wright, 91, of Pontiac, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at 6:35 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She had waged courageous battles against a cancer of the blood, multiple myeloma. Her funeral will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with the Rev. Phillip Icenogle officiating. Friends may call for one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in South Side Cemetery in Pontiac. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Pontiac was in charge of arrangements. She was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Serena, 111., a daughter of Marshall and Ruby (Brandenburg) Scheidecker. Irene met her future husband, Lloyd Wright, at a high school reunion and celebrated 67 years of marriage before his death in 2005. She helped Lloyd start their family business, Wright's Furniture in 1953. The couple traveled extensively abroad and spent many winters in their condo in Mesa, Ariz., where they attended the Velda Rose Methodist Church. A graduate of Serena High School Irene shared her talents as a pianist, artist and vocalist with family and friends at school musicals, church choir, nursing homes, neighborhood coffees and family gatherings throughout her life. She was a homemaker who excelled at Dolores H. Dixon 1917-2007 creating beauty in her home for her family to enjoy, especially at the Christmas holidays which were just magical for her grandchildren. Irene volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and was a member of the Pontiac Women's Club and Methodist Church Guilds. She also was a member of the United Methodist Church in Pontiac for 67 years and sang in the choir there for many years. Irene will be remembered for her bright smile, quick wit, skill in solving crossword puzzles and for producing world-class chocolate chip cookies. She saw only beauty in the world and her presence will be greatly missed by family and friends. Survivors include one daughter, Lynn (Bill) Hodge and one son, Gary (Mary Ann) Wright of Pontiac; her grandchildren, Kathy, Brian and Bruce Chenoweth, Shawn and Eric (Kristy) Wright; her stepgrand-children, Leslie and Brett Hodge, DJ and Bill (Stack) Elliott; and her caregiver and friend, Carolyn Howland Brackney. Also surviving are her beloved six great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to The Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (checks payable to CCF Palliative Medicine) P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193 or First United Methodist Church in Pontiac. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www. mart in-bur kef Obituary written by family members. OTTAWA - Dolores H. Dixon, 90, of Ottawa, formerly of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pleasant View Luther Cremation rites were accorded. Burial will be in Lake Havasu City. Arrangements were entrusted to Ottawa Funeral Home Mrs. Dixon was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Pesotume, to Harry and Marie (Ricketts) Holl. She married John William Dixon on April 24, 1936, in Maroa. He died DEATH NOTICES FARRO Mary Farro, 80, of Ottawa, died Monday at Community Hospital of Ottawa. Arrangements are pending at Ottawa Funeral Home. DEMINSKY Agnes Deminsky, 104, of Bloomington, formerly of Streator, died Monday at Martin Health Center in Bloomington. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen's Church in Streator. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Solon, Baker & Telford Funeral Home in Streator. SALATA Francis J. "Frank" Salata, 90, of Streator, died Tuesday afternoon at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen's Church in Streator with Monsignor John J. Prendergast officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Streator with full military rites. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Solon, Baker & Telford Funeral Home in Streator. Aug. 4, 1997. She is survived by two sons, John (Linda) of Ottawa and Dean William of Island Lake; 10 grandchildren, Brenda Sisson, Theresa Roman, John M. and Mark Dixon, Michele Pizur, Lori Amato, John, Allen and Daniel Logsdon and Susan McCormiek; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Monte Holl; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Luther Home. There's more online Celebrating 20 Years in Business Just 1 .mile west of I- 39 Mendota 538-4800 Mon.-Fri. 8-5; Sat. 9-4; Sun. 1 1 -3 LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. Raymond A McClernon, 84, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at the sur-by McClernon home rounded family. A celebration of his life will begin with visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Presentation Our Lady of Catholic Church, 150 NW Murray Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am Entombment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements were handled by Mt. Moriah & Freeman in Kansas City, Mo. Ray was bom Sept. 18, 1923, in Belmont, Iowa, and grew up in Streator, SI. He grew up on the family farm, working in the family coal mine and on the farm while growing up in the Depression Prior to going to war in the Navy, he worked in a brickyard and then a shipyard, welding ships and perfecting the welding trade that would serve him as a profession after the war. He served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War n, serving in the Navy as a crewman on landing ships and boats. hi 1949, he married Kathleen M. Greenwald. He was married in Streator and then moved to Kansas City, Mo. He worked as a pipeline welder until his retirement in 1989 and was a loyal union man, Plumbers Local Union No. 8. He was highly respected as a welder and was always given the most difficult and complicated parts of the job. He loved being outside, and later in life, enjoyed coming to his son's house in the CatsJnll Mountains. In an act of great generosity and kindness, Ray and Kathie McClernon adopted as infants and raised three children, Michael J. McClernon (partner Elizabeth) of New Jersey, Raeleen Eddings (husband Michael) of Accokeek, MA, and Marlene Alley (husband Rick) of Lee's Summit. Ray was extraordinarily proud of his children and grandchildren and followed each of their achievements and life changes with keen interest He believed to education and encouraged his children to complete their education. He worked very hard all of his life to make sure his children had every possible advantage and believed that it mis his job as a husband and father. He was a devout Catholic. In 1999, Ray and Kathie moved to Lee's Summit, where they have lived with their youngest daughter and family and were treated with extraordinary kindness for the past two years. In addition to his children who love him very much, Ray is also survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathie; his four grandchildren, Rachel and Allison Eddings and Sara and Matthew Alley. Ray also leaves many beloved nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Loretta and Helen; his brothers, Francis, Patrick, Donald and Gerald; and his parents, Annie and Joseph. He will be greatly missed. Obituary written by family members. Miller DAVENPORT, Iowa -Richard L. Miller, 85, of Davenport, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's . and Parkinson's. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Runge Mortuary Chapel in Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Rock Island. Richard was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Earlville. HI , the son of Roy and Isabell (Thompson) Miller. Richard was united in marriage to Shirley Barron on Sept. 6, 1947, in Ottawa. He was a graduate of Ottawa Township High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a pharmacist's mate. He was a sales representative for General Foods for 35 years, retiring in 1985. He loved photography and spending time with his grand-kids and family. Richard was active in numerous organizations over his lifetime and enjoyed traveling. Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Shirley; son, Richard L. Miller Jr. and his wife Deanna of Chicago, HI.; daughter, Dr. Marilyn losing and husband Jerry of Davenport; son, David Miller and wife, Dr. Jan Milner of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Melinda Bums of Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren, Tim, Wendy, David and Ryan Miller, Allison Miller-Kaufman, Nathan and Katharine Lensing and Jennifer, Jonathan, Lauren and Lindsay Burns; one greatgrandchild, Mason Lensing; brothers, Willard Miller of Peoria, HI., Donald Miller and Edward Miller, both of Ottawa, and the Rev. Walter Miller of New Jersey; and sister, Mary English of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by brothers, Robert, R. Jerome, James and Bernard; and sister, Laura Matthews. Memorials may be directed to the National Parkinson's Foundation. Obituary written by family members. Dylan Michael Picco 20072007 Florence G. Hercer 1909-2007 UTICA Dylan Michael Picco, infant son of Scott and Kelly Picco of Utica, died Monday evening, Nov. 12, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Private services will be at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru with the Rev. Michael Andrejek of Holy Family Church in Oglesby officiating. .Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery in La Salle. Dylan was born Nov. 12, 2007, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -Florence Gayle Hercer, 98, of Arlington Heights, formerly of Ottawa, died Saturday, Nov. 10, in Arlington Heights. Funeral services will be private. Seals-Campbell Funeral Home in Marseilles was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Hercer was born Oct. 25, 1909, in Sheffield, to William John and Bertha (Schunemen) Marshall. She married Adam Hercer of Rockford who preceded her in death in 1976. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ottawa and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She is survived by three daughters, Diane (Roger) Rice of Joliet, Sharon (Angelo) Antonucci of Arlington Heights and Beverly (Robert) Dillaway of McClean, Va.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Hercer; one grandson, Dean Rice; four brothers; and three sisters. in Peru, to Scott and Kelly (Ajster) Picco. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Ethan Scott at home; his paternal grandparents, Harry and Bonnie Picco of Oglesby; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Kim Ajster of Peru; and his paternal and maternal great-grandmothers. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal great-grandparents. Serving you for 30 mm mt pirn am service SO mm. 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