June Alice Sloan Hubbard died peacefully in her sleep in her home early in the morning of Friday, March 17, 2017, after a 37 year battle with cancer, which she fought valiantly up to the very end. She was 90 years old. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years at the time of his death (August 28, 2004), Dr. Robert M. Hubbard, and one brother, Mr. Alex M. Sloan, who died in 2015. She is survived by her son, Dr. Ned B. Hubbard and his wife, Bitha Self Hubbard; and daughter, Jan Hubbard Gunter and her husband, Guy F. Gunter, III. Bitha and Guy are listed as among her children, because June considered them “one of her own” as well. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Shannon L. Underberg, Bryan M. Gunter (Michele), and Dawn A. Hubbard; and three great grandchildren, Hannah Underberg, April Underberg, and Kaia Gunter; and one brother Fred Sloan (Linda).
Mrs. Hubbard was born on June 20, 1926 to Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Bonnie) Sloan in McLeansboro, Illinois. Upon graduation from High School, she went into nursing training in St. Louis, and entered the Army Cadet Nursing Corps in the summer of 1944 during the WWII efforts while her (then) husband to be Robert Hubbard served his country in battles overseas in the United States Marine Corps. After the end of WWII, June and Robert Hubbard were married on July 7, 1946, while he was in Optometry School in Chicago, Illinois. During that time, June worked as an RN in the Chicago area, at different hospitals and physicians’ clinics. After Robert earned his degree, June went back to school herself in Chicago, earning her CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse of Anesthesia) Degree.
In 1964, June and Robert Hubbard moved from McLeansboro to Kewanee, where they remained the rest of their lives. During her lifetime, June Hubbard was very active in the The Garden Club of Kewanee, Illinois-becoming a certified Master Gardener-and the Kewanee Chapter of the DAR. She served in regional and state positions as an officer in both of those organizations over the years. For most of her life, her hobbies and interests included: genealogy research, gardening, ceramics, bird watching, sewing, quilting, loving on her various pets, and visiting with her friends. June had an immense love for her family and took great delight in the accomplishments and talents of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of June’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Please leave the family an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
Private family burial services will take place later this year.
Nancy C. Janson, 75, of Cambridge, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at her home. Cremation has been accorded and a committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24th, at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Rev. David Joyce will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Nancy Janson Memorial Fund. Those wishing to attend the service should meet at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 212 E. Court St., Cambridge, by 10:00 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Nancy Carol Clark was born September 5, 1941 in Geneseo, the daughter of Edward and Madelyn Hogren Clark. She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1959. Her marriage to Clair "Skip" Janson took place on August 15, 1970 in Cambridge. Nancy worked as a court reporter for Judge Conway Spanton for 12 years. She then served as the secretary for the Cambridge Lutheran Church for over 20 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading and traveling.
Those surviving are her husband, Skip, a son, Adam Lindquist, two stepsons, Rodney (Paula) Janson, Cambridge, and Scott (Katie) Janson, Cambridge, three grandsons, Reid Janson, Nick Janson, and Blake Janson, two granddaughteres, Amelia Janson and Kourtnie Janson. Her parents, a son, Jade Lindquist, and a sister, Joyce Seitzinger, preceded her in death.
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Dorothea “Dodie” Henrietta Weedman, 90, a resident of the Kewanee Care Home, formerly of rural Bishop Hill, died at 8:15 a.m., Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 25 at Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church.
Dorothea was born November 21, 1926 to Henry and Ruth (Spiegel) Johnson. She graduated in 1944 from Galva High School after which she was employed for a short time as a stenographer in East Moline, IL. Dorothea married her high school sweetheart, Wallace Leroy Weedman, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1947, in the home of her parents in rural Galva, after his service in WWII. Wallace and Dorothea had one son, David Eugene, born on January 27, 1957. Dorothea was a devoted farm wife, helping her husband in the farming operation when necessary. She loved gardening and raising beautiful flowers in her yard. Dorothea and Wallace enjoyed travelling and taking pictures and slides of the historic places in America they visited. Dorothea was an avid writer, keeping yearly diaries and writing long letters to special friends and relatives that lived far away. She had a special friend, Moreen, from Australia, whom she corresponded with for over 70 years. Dorothea was a member of the Burns Day Home Extension Unit of Henry County for many years. Dorothea was an active member of the Bishop Hill Community Methodist Church in Bishop Hill, IL.
Dorothea is survived by six nieces and nephews: John (Yvonne) Nelson of Lanark, IL, Robert (Terri) Nelson of Leaf River, IL, Michael (Orysia Lamport) Chezem of Makanda, IL, Linda Chezem, Janet Chezem and Mark (Lori) Chezem, all of Galesburg, IL, a brother-in-law, John Richard (Grace) Chezem of Galesburg, several great-nieces and nephews and three special cousins: Roberta Gambrel of Rockford, IL, Doris Hanson of Galesburg, IL and Marian Mundy of Pella, IA. Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant sister, Eleanor Mae, her husband, Wallace on October 29, 1994 and her son, David on September 3, 2016. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Larry Eugene Humble, 80 of Bloomington died at 2:25 PM Sunday March 19, 2017 at his residence.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated for Larry at 10:00 a.m., Saturday March 25 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. There will be a visitation Friday, March 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington and additional visitation from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Saturday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and the family asks that in honor of Larry please wear your Cubs attire at both the visitation and funeral. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation or Home Sweet Home Ministries.
Larry was an only child born to Howard and Carol (Smith) Humble. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Duytschaver on May 4, 1957. She and his parents preceded him in death. He is survived by three children, Teri (John) Goembel of Danvers, Mark (Heidi) Humble of Bloomington, and Lynda (Scott) Baugh of Bloomington. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Niki, Sheli, Amanda, Kati, Cassandra, Stephanie, George, Melissa, Nathan, Tony, Tori, Anthony and Treyton as well as eleven great-grandchildren and his beloved dog Snickers.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bloomington. He worked thirty-nine years for Growmark in Bloomington. He retired December 31, 1998. He also spent time working with FS and Illinois Grain. He held numerous positions which required six moves. He enjoyed virtually every minute of his career. Larry and Betty took numerous road trips relishing just being able to “take off” with no specific destination in mind and no plans or reservations. Larry enjoyed relating tales of these adventures to his friends. He claimed that they were the only people to have driven from Bloomington to Gettysburg, PA by way of Biloxi, MS. On one trip, they visited eight national parks and on another trip lost a piece of luggage in New Orleans that ended up in Houston. He would always end his stories by asking, “Have you ever spent the night in Horseheads, NY?” Larry spent many hours researching the fate of his father, who remains a POW/MIA of WWII.
Larry suggested that his friends have a VO Manhattan in his memory. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Sue (Kubiak) Holtschult, 61, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017 surrounded by family and love.
Sue is survived by her mom, Mona Kubiak; sisters, Lynne (Bill Reed) DeBlieck and Teri (Joe) Warner; daughter, Brean (Jeremiah Bruegman) Holtschult; grandchildren, Coleman, Harper, and Collins; nephews and nieces, Mark (Tara) DeBlieck, Mallery, Jersi, Jerni, Kendyl, Jexsi, Kenzie, and Linkin. She is preceded in death by her dad, Walt.
Sue was born on August 16, 1955 in Kewanee. She graduated from Kewanee High School and Black Hawk College. Sue and her daughter moved to Texas in 1989 where she was a legal assistant at Baker Botts in downtown Dallas. They moved back to Kewanee in 1995. Sue loved spending time with family and friends, listening to music (especially the Beatles), gardening and nature, cooking, reading, and antiquing. She looked forward to having her granddaughters at her house every day after school.
Calling hours are scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from5:00-7:00 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Funeral services will be officiated by The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko on Friday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to the Boiler Room in Kewanee following funeral services. A memorial fund has been set-up for Sue’s grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.
KEWANEE - Lucille G. Kemerling, 86, of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred 1 mile south of Kewanee on Rt. 78.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m, Thursday, March 23 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Burnell Eckardt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
She was born January 4, 1931 in rural Geneseo, the daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Neumann) Kane. She married Monroe R. Kemerling Jr. on June 27, 1954 at St. John Lutheran Church in Edford Twp. He survives, as well as their children, Karla (John) Perkowski of Parkville, MO, Diana (Jeff) Shreck of Kewanee, Tammie (William) Johnson of Round Lake, IL, Monroe (Frances) Kemerling III of Cary, IL and Kim (Eric) Michaelsen of Lemont, IL, eight grandchildren, Adam (Karen) Shreck, Melinda (Michael) Fisa, Paul Neumann, Sara (Luke) Weeks, Mary Michaelsen, Rebekah Michaelsen, Alexia (Josh) Kuta and Susanna Kemerling, five great grandchildren and a sister, Joyce DeFauw of Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, a brother and an infant daughter, Nancy.
Lucille graduated from Geneseo High School in 1949. In earlier years, she had worked at Carp’s Shoe Store and as a rural mail carrier and as a carrier for the Kewanee Star Courier. She sold dolls at flea markets and doll shows in the area. Lucille had a faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where she was active in many church activities, including Women for Christ. She enjoyed her collection of dolls and was especially proud of her children and grandchildren and their families. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.
WILLIAMSFIELD - Elizabeth M. “Liz” Heffernan Blust, 87, of Williamsfield, died at 6:45 a.m., Friday March 17, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or the Williamsfield Library. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
She was born August 24, 1929 in Peoria County, the daughter of John and Susie Harriet (Lewis) Lindgren. She married Ivan C. Heffernan on June 20, 1946 and he preceded her in death in September of 1969. She later married Lloyd C. Blust on July 16, 1971 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Linda. She is survived by two sons, Steven (Diane) Heffernan of Canton, IL, Kevin Heffernan of East Peoria, a daughter, Anna (Milo) Gibbs of Gilson, a step-son, Stephen (Debra) Blust of Normal, IL, two step-daughters, Donna (Don) Secrist of Pinckneyville, IL and Teresa (Pat) Burns of Galesburg, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren, a sister, Sarah Perryman of Williamsfield, a brother Willard “Butch” (Denise) Kimler of Williamsfield and several nieces and nephews.
Liz graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1946. She had worked for various local businesses, last working for Baird Insurance Agency for 27 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church and the Williamsfield American Legion Auxiliary #371 where she held various offices over the years. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, reading, playing cards, watching TV and visiting with people. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.