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Obituaries from the past week

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BILLY JOE 'BJ' KAMMES

Billy Joe "BJ" Kammes, 22, of DeKalb, Ill., formerly of Sycamore, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, in Okeechobee, Fla., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born June 20, 1981, in Sycamore. He was employed by Mascal Electric Co. in DeKalb. He is survived by his mother, Connie Heath of Dixon; a sister, Kimberly Kammes of DeKalb; his grandparents, Robert and Kathy Heath of Sycamore; several aunts, uncles and cousins; his fiancée, Victoria Weiger of DeKalb; and his father, Gregory Kammes of DeKalb. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marian Heath. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, with Pastor Garry Briesacher officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the funeral home. A memorial fund is established in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-6589 or visit the Web site www.quiram.com.

ROSE MARIE HABERKORN

Rose Marie Haberkorn, 87, of Aurora, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Aurora Rehab and Living Center in Aurora. Born Sept. 8, 1916, in Hardin, Mont., she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Goble) Heffner. Rose worked in the Inspection Department of Briggs & Stratton Co. in Milwaukee, Wis., for 40 years before retiring in 1978. Rose lived in Aurora since 1988, having moved from Milwaukee. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb. She is survived by two sons, Robert Haberkorn of DeKalb and Frank (Karen) Haberkorn of California; four grandchildren, Robert T. Haberkorn of DeKalb, Debra (Dan) Selnar and Pamela (Scott) Lyons, both of Minnesota, and Scott Haberkorn of California; five great-grandchildren, Tristan and Kathryn Haberkorn, both of DeKalb, Micaela Selnar of Minnesota, and Megan and Matthew Lyons, both of Minnesota; a brother, John (Audrey) Heffner of California; and a sister, Catherine Hester of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Elizabeth Regal, Mary Gundisch and Helen Adamczyk; and a brother, Joseph. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements were made by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home at 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

MAYNARD FERDEN

Maynard Ferden, 91, of Sycamore, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Pine Acres Care Center in DeKalb. Born April 4, 1912, in Buckingham, he was the son of Abraham and Anna (Olson) Ferden. He married Violette M. Feller in 1937 in Morris. He received his master's degree in education from Northwestern University and was a teacher and former superintendent for the Sandwich School District. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sandwich and the Sandwich Lions Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Violette, of Sycamore; a a son, Ronald Ferden of Lakeview, N.Y.; two daughters, Barbara Makela of Sycamore and Carol (James) Desponett of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Heather and Derek Ferden, both of San Diego, Calif., Julie (Mike) Stone of DeKalb, Deborah (Dale) Mitchell of Sycamore, Terri Crabill of Harrisburg, Pa., Michael Foster of San Diego, Bobbi Tremper of Upland, Calif., Kelly Tremper of Bonfield and Billy Desponett of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marcella (Harold) Warmbir of Herscher; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis; a grandson, Gregory Foster; a brother; and a sister. The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, with the Rev. Gary Erickson, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb, officiating. Burial will be private. Memorials can be made in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information, call (815) 895-2833.

OPAL PETSCHKE STEWART, corrected

Opal Virginia Petschke Stewart, 89, of Hinckley, Ill., passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora. Born Oct. 29, 1914, in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, she was the daughter of John and Ida (Leifheit) Hartman. Opal was united in marriage on July 17, 1935, in Elkhart, Ind., to Irvin Petschke; they spent the next 27 happy years of their lives together until Irvin's passing on June 16, 1962. She was later united in marriage on Aug. 20, 1965, in Woodstock to Arthur Stewart; he passed away in 1970. Mrs. Stewart was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley. Opal was employed for many years as a waitress at several restaurants in the Hinckley area, including Hamilton's Restaurant in Hinckley, and was most recently employed at Edmeier's Grocery Store in Hinckley. Mrs. Stewart enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed bowling, having bowled a 601 series on Nov. 14, 1972. Opal loved the game of golf, which her second husband, Arthur, taught her. She also was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan. Mrs. Stewart was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by two sons, Roger (Arlene) Petschke and Dean (Diann) Petschke, both of Hinckley; six grandchildren, Robert Petschke of Hinckley, Susan Kiani of North Aurora, David Petschke of Elburn, Sue (Dan) Glenn of Mitchellville, Md., Leonard Burkhart of California and Timothy Burkhart of Las Vegas, Nev.; two great-grandchildren, Kristen and Kaitlin Petschke of Hinckley; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ida Hartman; her first husband, Irvin Petschke; her second husband, Arthur Stewart; two brothers; three sisters; and a grandson-in-law. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley, with Pastor Donald Balgeman officiating. Interment will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Hinckley. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel in Hinckley. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Opal's name can be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley. Arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Homes. For information, call (815) 286-3247 or (630) 553-7611.

DORIS D. PEARSON

Doris D. Pearson, 79, of Sycamore, Ill., passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. Born April 27, 1924, in Princeton, she was the daughter of Alfred and Ida Mae (Routt) Swanlund. She married Clarence Martin Pearson on Jan. 31, 1953, in Marengo. Doris was a homemaker and enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed her life on the farm homestead and visiting with her many friends. She is survived by two children, Martin (Colleen) Pearson of Sycamore and Donna (Michael) Zang of Virgil; two grandchildren, Chad and Holly Pearson; three step-grandchildren, Ben Zang, Rachel (Matt) Meyers and Jon Zang; a step-great-grandson, Jack Meyers; a brother, Herb (Lorraine) Swanlund of Marengo; three sisters, Janice Anderson of Belvidere, Marilyn (Arthur) Hensel of Marengo and Barbara Medelberg of Waukegan; several nieces and nephews; and a brother- and sister-in-law, Gunnard and Dorothy Pearson of Sycamore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, on Oct. 9, 2003; her parents; and a brother, Carl Nyman. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Marilyn G. Hanson of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home. A memorial is being established for Doris D. Pearson in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

KATHLEEN LEVINE

Kathleen Levine, 78, of DeKalb, Ill., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at her residence. Born March 9, 1925, in Liverpool, England, she was the daughter of Henry and Alice (McDonald) McNamara. Kathleen married LeRoy F. Levine on Nov. 2, 1946, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Liverpool. Later that month they set sail aboard the Cunard Liner Franconia from Liverpool, arriving in New York 10 days later on Nov. 29, 1946. After arriving in DeKalb, Kathleen went to work for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle as its receptionist and quickly became an advertising representative, a position she held for 42 years. She retired from the Chronicle in 1989. Kathleen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America 996 and the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club. Kathleen also could be seen playing bingo every Monday and Thursday. She is survived by a brother, Anthony (Doreen) McNamara of Liverpool; two sisters, Anne Marie Burrowes of Liverpool and Mary Elizabeth (John) Thomson of Chester, England; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends in the DeKalb community. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy F. Levine. The memorial funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Cremation has taken place at the Finch Crematory. Memorials can be made to St. Mary School in DeKalb. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

DOROTHY COOPER

Dorothy Elizabeth (Corbat) Cooper, 90, of Glendale, Ariz., died Dec. 19, 2003, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born July 27, 1913. She worked for Essex Wire from 1959 to 1979 when she retired and moved to Glendale to be with her family. She is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Warner of Chandler, Ariz., Laura Cooper of Phoenix, Sharon Fleetwood of Glendale and JoEllyn (Terry) Murphree of Phoenix; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Cooper. Services were held on Dec. 23 at Green Acres Mortuary in Glendale.

MARY LEE HENDERSON

Mary Lee Henderson, 48, of Lee, Ill., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at her residence. Born Jan. 16, 1955, in Streator, she was the daughter of William R. and Frances (Senko) Graham. Mary Lee married Jeffrey Henderson on March 27, 1975, in Wheaton. For the past 11 years, Mary Lee had been working for Hertz Farm Management as its secretary. Mary Lee also worked for DeKalb Optometric and Farmers Insurance in Aurora. Mary Lee lived in Lee the past 19 years, having moved from North Aurora. She attended Newman Catholic Church in DeKalb. Mary Lee was into her music association and she was most proud of her musical awards during her high school years. Mary Lee loved being with her family and friends. She graduated from Wheaton Central High School with honors. She is survived by two daughters, Leah Henderson of Sycamore and Teresa (Robert) Fulco of DeKalb; her parents, William R. and Frances (Senko) Graham; a grandson, Ian Dober of Sycamore; a sister, Julie (Tom) Pels of Virginia; a brother, William R. (Elizabeth) Graham II and his children, Caneel, Daniel and Chelsea, all of New Hampshire; and numerous other nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home in DeKalb, with Father Stephen Knox officiating. Cremation will follow in the Finch Crematory. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

S. MARIAN ANDERSON

Saima Marian Anderson, 83, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. Born March 14, 1920, in DeKalb, Ill., she was the daughter of August and Valpori Hemming. Marian graduated from DeKalb High School and then worked for the Wurlitzer Piano Co. in DeKalb. After marrying, she became a devoted homemaker and mother. Marian then was employed by the DeKalb Agricultural Association Inc. in the accounting department for 10 years, and then worked for many years as the secretary to the principal of Haish Elementary School. In 1971, Marian and her husband, Richard, moved to Logan, Utah, transferring with the Wurlitzer Co. In 1981, they retired to Port Charlotte. She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Richard "Ric" Anderson of Port Charlotte; a loving son, Col. James N. (Beverly R.) Anderson, U.S. Air Force, retired, of Green Valley, Ariz.; and two faithful grandchildren, Richard B. and Jennifer L. Anderson, both of Irvine, Calif. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 22107 Elmira Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Arrangements were made by Kays-Ponger Funeral Homes in Port Charlotte. For information, call (941) 625-4113.

OPAL N. HEINS

Opal N. Heins, 88, previously of Malta, Ill., passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, in DeKalb. Born July 27, 1915, in Shelby, Neb., she was the oldest of the four daughters of Howard and Anna Ethel (White) Doty. Her parents and grandparents were farmers. She married Alfred Heins on Dec. 28, 1935, in Columbus, Neb. They celebrated 66 years of marriage prior to his death in January 2002. Opal grew up on a farm outside Rising City, Neb., attending the Greenleaf rural grade school there. She graduated from Rising City High School in 1932 and worked for the Rising City Newspaper as a typesetter. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist Church in Surprise, Neb. After moving to Illinois, she joined the Malta United Methodist Church in 1941 and was a 50-plus-year member. She was a devoted church member and belonged to the Ruth Circle. After her marriage to Alfred, they operated a service station and restaurant in Rising City. After a few months, they, with six other couples, went to Washington state for the fruit harvest. After six months, they returned to Rising City, experiencing the depression, drought and grasshoppers, as well as an incredibly cold winter in 1936. Roads were closed for weeks at a time and machinery could not clear the roads, so men scooped the highway between Rising City and Shelby - about seven miles. In the fall of 1937, her husband came to DeKalb County with his father-in-law, Howard Doty, and brother-in-law, Ivan Stoddard, to pick corn. He returned to Nebraska in January 1938 and brought his family to Illinois. They worked for farmers in the DeKalb, Shabbona and Waterman area for the next several years. They moved to Malta in 1941. Opal worked for the Rochelle Asparagus Company and DeKalb Del Monte Canning Factory during the spring and fall harvests. Opal and her mother operated the lunch counter at the Malta sale barn on Wednesdays, making lots of homemade sandwiches, rolls and pies. She worked at the Malta Food Locker for three years. Then she and Alfred bought the grocery part of the food locker. In 1952, she and Alfred joined Robert and Marion Jacobs and built a new supermarket, "The Spot-Lite Food Mart," in Malta. In 1966, the Jacobs' sold their interest to Opal and Al's daughter, Janice, and her husband, Daniel Haws. After selling the food mart, Opal worked for Glidden Florists. She then worked and retired from Lincoln Hall Food Services at Northern Illinois University. Opal and Alfred had a cottage at Lake Delavan, Wis., for summer enjoyment. After their retirement in 1980, they bought a home in Homosassa Springs, Fla., where they enjoyed 18 winters on Sesame Street Terrace and made many friends. When in Florida, they attended and were active at Homosassa Springs Methodist Church. Opal was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was involved in her community and church. She enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, sewing and playing cards. She is survived by two children, Dennis (Vicke) Heins of Malta and Janice (Daniel) Haws of DeKalb; five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Lisa) Heins of Monument, Colo., Lori (Victor) Mangan of Garland, Texas, Molly Heins of Morris, Michael (Lori) Haws of Arlington, Texas, and Mark (Melissa) Haws of Keller, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Nicole and Janna Heins, Dylan, Kyle and Melinda Mangan and Jessica Haws; three sisters, Maxine (Ivan) Stoddard of Malta and Ruth (Wayne) Pisto and Doris (Robert) D'Lamater, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Alfred and her parents. The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Malta United Methodist Church with the Rev. Judy Giese officiating. Burial will follow at Malta Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. A memorial is being established for Opal N. Heins in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 756-1022.

JOHN ATLEE

John Lloyd Atlee, 88, of Benton, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at his home. Born June 28, 1915, in Genoa, he was the son of John Henry and Bessie (McCoulough) Atlee. He married Evonne Boyer on Dec. 25, 1940. He was a carpenter with the Carpenter's Union Local 790 in DeKalb and a member of the East Benton Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife; four children, John "Jack" Atlee of Conifer, Colo., Sandi Cunny of Spring Grove, Randall Atlee of Marion and David Atlee of Stillman Valley; eight grandchildren, Shanatt Holsinger of West Frankfort, Scott Rempfer of Stillman Valley, Jennifer Beatty of Valier, Miriam Atlee of St. Louis, Mo., Elizabeth Atlee of West Frankfort, Micah Atlee of Herrin and David Aaron Atlee Jr. and Simeon Atlee, both of Carbondale; three step-grandchildren, Sean, Patrick and Treyson Cunny of Spring Grove; and seven great-grandchildren, Sara, Cassandra and Brittany Beatty, all of Valier, Megan Atlee of West Frankfort, Amy and Kelsey Rempfer of Stillman Valley and Christopher Atlee of Herrin. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ralph, Lyle, Glen and Arnold Atlee; and three sisters, Ruth, Florence and Ruby. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Roger Moore, from the Corinth Christian Fellowship Church, officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the East Benton Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. For information, call (618) 438-8711 or visit www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com. Visitors to the Web site can sign the memorial guest register.

BERNICE BROWN

Bernice (Parkins) Kalemback Brown, 94, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in Somerset, Ky. She is survived by a son, Warren (Fuzzy) Parkins, and a daughter, Pat (Tom) Sutton, both of Kentucky; a sister, Elizabeth Lane of Texas; a brother-in-law, Roy Talbot of DeKalb, Ill.; two daughters-in-law, Frieda Parkins of Florida and Zela McKitrick of Montgomery; 11 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Chester Parkins, John Kalemback and Fred Brown; a daughter, Betty Webster; two sons, George Parkins and Glen McKitrick; and 19 brothers and sisters. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

JERRY RAYMOND

Jerry Raymond, 49, of DeKalb, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. Arrangements are pending at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call (815) 758-3841.

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